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Staredowns! Belfort’s Bathrobe Steals The Show

Casual Thursday?

I guess it was “take your pajamas to work day” in Brazil.

I’m not sure how else to explain Vitor Belfort’s bathrobe at the UFC 224 media day, designed to promote the upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (May 12, 2018) in Rio. Credit to opponent Lyoto Machida for staying in character.

Also coming nose-to-nose were Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. They’ll collide for the women’s bantamweight strap in the five-round headliner, while Ronaldo Souza and Kelvin Gastelum try to stay alive in the middleweight title chase by way of UFC 224 co-main event.

See the entire UFC 224 fight card and line up here.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 224 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

For much more on UFC 224 click here.

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Watch ‘Bullet’ Show Off Bruised Elbows From UFC Belem

Remember when former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko put together one of the most dominant one-sided beatdowns ever in her flyweight debut opposite Priscila Cachoeira at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, this past February?

Well, despite that submission victory over Cachoeira being nearly two months in the book, “Bullet” is still feeling the after effects of her destruction in South America.

Shevchenko, 30, hurt Cachoeira so badly with ground-and-pound before choking her out in the second frame that her elbows are still battered and bruised. Being in the gym and using those same elbows to train isn’t going to help the Russian’s healing process, but Shevchenko was proud to show off her face-splitting bows earlier this week in the following Instagram post:

#FightersLife #MuaythaiElbow

A post shared by Valentina Shevchenko (@bulletvalentina) on

“I was thinking, No, I cannot believe that it’s still after from my last in Belem, I still have this injury on my elbow,” Shevchenko said.

“This is what I have — full-of-bruises elbow,” Shevchenko added after taking off her rash guards.

Pretty gnarly, huh?

We see a lot of ferocious ground-and-pound each and every week in mixed martial arts (MMA), especially when UFC is on display, but we rarely see aftermath like this two months removed from a fight. Shevchenko’s complete and utter decimation of Cachoeira didn’t just earn her her first UFC victory at 125 pounds, but it scored her these awesome battle wounds.

Look for Shevchenko to parlay her recent victory at UFC Belem into an eventual title shot with current champion Nicco Montano. And if Cachoeira’s demise is any indication of what “Bullet” can do one weight class lower than her usual stomping grounds then the entire flyweight division better take a vacation to Barbados.

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PFL Partners Up With Reality TV Show King Mark Burnett for Upcoming Season

Professional Fighters League has landed itself a big shark.
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PFL Partners Up With Reality TV Show King Mark Burnett for Upcoming Season

Professional Fighters League has landed itself a big shark.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

PFL Partners Up With Reality TV Show King Mark Burnett for Upcoming Season

Professional Fighters League has landed itself a big shark.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

PFL Partners Up With Reality TV Show King Mark Burnett for Upcoming Season

Professional Fighters League has landed itself a big shark.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Conor McGregor and Max Holloway Show Frankie Edgar Some Love

Frankie Edgar didn’t have to take his UFC 222 fight against Brian Ortega.

Edgar was supposed to face featherweight champ Max Holloway for the belt. But when Holloway dropped out with an injury, young buck Ortega offered up his services. Despite having a well-earned title shot waiting for him, Edgar took the Ortega fight.

And he got knocked out.

Since then, both Holloway and former featherweight (and current lightweight) champ Conor McGregor have chimed in to show Edgar some love. Edgar is, after all, a no-nonsense fighter who’s given everything he has in every fight – a trait that has made him a fighter’s fighter.

How’s that for respect from your peers?

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Conor McGregor and Max Holloway Show Frankie Edgar Some Love

Frankie Edgar didn’t have to take his UFC 222 fight against Brian Ortega.

Edgar was supposed to face featherweight champ Max Holloway for the belt. But when Holloway dropped out with an injury, young buck Ortega offered up his services. Despite having a well-earned title shot waiting for him, Edgar took the Ortega fight.

And he got knocked out.

Since then, both Holloway and former featherweight (and current lightweight) champ Conor McGregor have chimed in to show Edgar some love. Edgar is, after all, a no-nonsense fighter who’s given everything he has in every fight – a trait that has made him a fighter’s fighter.

How’s that for respect from your peers?

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Blaydes To Bellator? Show Him The Money

UFC heavyweight up-and-comer, Curtis Blaydes, is coming off the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after turning away Mark Hunt in the UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event last weekend in Perth, Australia (watch the highlights here).

As a result, “Razor” is now one step closer to contending for the heavyweight strap.

That might be a big deal to most aspiring 265-pounders, but Blaydes isn’t trying to become a household name. He just wants to show up and bust some heads — and get paid handsomely in the process.

Call him Big Heathen.

And if he can do it by recycling cans on the Bellator roster, then he’ll gladly have that conversation with Scott Coker and Co. after his UFC deal expires, which as it stands, has just one fight remaining.

Blaydes breaks it down for MMA Junkie:

“They’ve been offering guys fat, fat contracts, and those heavyweights aren’t nearly as good as the ones in the UFC. So the enticement is there – lesser competition for more money. I don’t care if no one ever learns my name, as long as my bank account is full. Because I’m not getting hit in the face just because I like it. I know there are guys who enjoy getting hit in the face. I don’t. It pisses me off. I’m in it for the money. I don’t feel bad about that at all. I get why [Francis Ngannou] got the hype train, and I get why I’m not getting the hype train. I don’t have the eight-pack. I don’t look to stand and bang with my chin high and my hands below my waist. And I’m an American – and there are over 100-plus Americans in the UFC. I’m sure once I show the UFC I deserve it, I’ll get my due money too. I’m only 26. Most guys my age aren’t making half what I’m making, so I’m fine with that. For now.”

Blaydes wants a “decent offer” from UFC prior to his last fight.

Prior to knocking around the “Super Samoan” at UFC Perth, Blaydes (9-1, 1 NC) put together four straight wins, one of which was overturned by the Texas Athletic Commission after he flunked for weed.

Smoke Water under the bridge.

In fact, his only loss to date came against top contender Francis Ngannou at UFC Fight Night 86 back in April 2016, a technical knockout loss that occurred when the cageside doctor rules Blaydes medically unfit to continue.

It will be interesting to see how UFC matches him up (as well as how it plans to pay him) moving forward, but the heavyweight division is in dire need of young, talented contenders, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.

For much more on UFC 221 click here.

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John Dodson will receive portion of show money after UFC Belem fallout

Despite not competing this weekend at UFC Fight Night 125 in Belem, Brazil, UFC bantamweight contender John Dodson will receive a portion of his show money after opponent Pedro Munhoz failed to make weight.

The payout was originally reported by MMA Junkie and then later confirmed by MMA Fighting.

Dodson, who was pegged to fight Munhoz in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 125, was not expected to bank any money after Munhoz came in four pounds over weight, but the promotion has changed its mind. It comes as a little bit of a surprise considering UFC rarely pays out show money when a bout doesn’t occur, especially if both fighters are offered a chance to still compete.

In this instance, Dodson could have accepted to fight Munhoz at a catchweight of 140 pounds but ultimately felt that the Brazilian probably weighed closer to that of a featherweight.

“He came in five pounds over weight,” Dodson said, according to MMAWeekly.com. “Originally, they told me he was three pounds (over), and I gave him the benefit of the doubt and said, ‘Oh, he’s 139?’ They said he’s more like 140-point-something. I’m guessing he’s in the ballpark figure around 141. He’s not bantamweight now, he’s a featherweight, first. Second, I made all the sacrifices and did my job to make weight, and he chose not to.”

Already in fight shape and eager to get back into the Octagon to shake off a recent split-decision loss to Marlon Moraes, look for “The Magician” to schedule a quick turnaround in the next month or two.

For complete UFC Fight Night 125 results and coverage click here.

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