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With USADA Situation Pending, Sean O’Malley Reveals Plans to Undergo Hip Surgery

Sean O’Malley will undergo surgery on his right hip, a procedure he estimates will keep him sidelined for approximately four months.
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Georges St. Pierre: Fighting Tyron Woodley Not a ‘Complete Win-Win Situation for Me’

When Georges St. Pierre returned from retirement last year to face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship, he felt that all the cards were in his favor.
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Jeremy Stephens Believes Win Over Jose Aldo Puts Him in ‘Undeniable Situation’ for Title Shot

Some matchups just jump off the page as soon as they’re announced. Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo certainly fits that bill, but the featherweight co-headliner at UFC on Fox 30 is far more than just a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
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Jeremy Stephens Believes Win Over Jose Aldo Puts Him in ‘Undeniable Situation’ for Title Shot

Some matchups just jump off the page as soon as they’re announced. Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo certainly fits that bill, but the featherweight co-headliner at UFC on Fox 30 is far more than just a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
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Jeremy Stephens Believes Win Over Jose Aldo Puts Him in ‘Undeniable Situation’ for Title Shot

Some matchups just jump off the page as soon as they’re announced. Jeremy Stephens vs. Jose Aldo certainly fits that bill, but the featherweight co-headliner at UFC on Fox 30 is far more than just a “Fight of the Night” candidate.
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UFC 225: Is Alistair Overeem In A No-Win Situation

It surprised many when the UFC moved Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes to the prelim main event of this Saturday’s UFC 225 card on FOX Sports 1.

But regardless of where the fight takes place, what’s in it for Overeem?

The 38-year-old is coming off a first round knockout loss to Francis Ngannou that snapped a two-fight win streak. He was unable to solve the champion in the heavyweight division, Stipe Miocic, in 2016 when the two faced off.

Is this a no-win situation for “The Reem” in the “Windy City” of Chicago?

To an extent, yes it is.

Blaydes is a 27-year-old rising contender in the UFC who scored the biggest win of his career in February when he defeated Mark Hunt. Overall, he is 9-1 with a no-contest, falling only to Ngannou when the doctor stepped in after the second round.

He is a big, strong heavyweight with a background in wrestling. And, Blaydes will be fighting in his hometown of Chicago in his biggest fight to date.

What’s there for Overeem to accomplish with a win? Outside of keeping his standing in the division, not much.

If the former Strikeforce champion destroys Blaydes, many will say “that’s what he should do.” If he earns a decision, most will likely view it as a loss in terms of putting him back in a No. 1 contender match anytime soon.

And if Blaydes earns the victory, Overeem’s days as a challenger to the UFC heavyweight title will be gone like all those heroes in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

For this weekend to be a success for Overeem, he needs to come out, take care of Blaydes in convincing fashion and make a bold post-fight speech in regards to who he wants next.

Anything short of that, and Overeem will be an oversight on a night packed with championship matches and big-name stars.

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Robert Whittaker Gives Surprising Update on Health Situation; Champ Excited for Rockhold-Romero

Things are looking up for UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker.
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Holly Holm’s coach says fight with Bethe Correia could be ‘do or die,’ but mostly a ‘do’ situation

Holly Holm’s professional mixed martial arts career has taken a sharp left turn from its auspicious start — she began as a crossover boxing champion who went 10-0 and a shocked the MMA universe by upsetting Ronda Rousey, and is now in the midst of a lingering hangover after three straight losses.

As she heads into her fight with Bethe Correia at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore, Holm finds herself in a rare position. She can either regain an ounce of the original self that went on the title run by taking out Correira, or disappear from contention altogether.

Perhaps even disappear from the UFC. Drastic? Maybe.

Her longtime coach Mike Winkeljohn, who will be in Holm’s corner on June 17 in Kallang, was asked on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour if this was “do or die” for his longtime charge.

“Yeah, it could be yeah,” Winkeljohn said. “If she loses this fight, it actually could be die. I can’t really see Holly retiring on a loss, and she’s not going to lose. So it’s not [so much] do or die, it’s just a do situation honestly.”

Holm is coming off a controversial loss against Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, a fight that was for the inaugural featherweight title. The bout was close throughout, and it carries an asterisk because on two separate occasions de Randamie struck Holm after the horn to signal the end of the round. Holm appealed the loss with the New York State Athletic Commission, to no avail.

That defeat — coupled with the UFC 196 bout in which she ceded the bantamweight title to Miesha Tate and a subsequent unanimous decision against Valentina Shevchenko — has put the 35-year old Holm into a precarious spot heading into her fight with the Brazilian Correia.

Yet Winkeljohn exuded confidence when talking about Holm fighting with her back against the wall.

“I can’t see Holly losing,” he said. “I really don’t. She’s looking really good, great game plan. She’s got some really good people helping her out. Joey Villasenor, one of the old Pride fighters who helps out at the gym has really been in her head on a few things, as far as what can help take her to a new level. And we’re excited about it.”

Holm appeared at the post fight press conference after her loss to de Randamie and, while still processing the fight emotionally, seemed resolved to pick up the pieces and continue on. Winkeljohn said that at no point did Holm lose faith in what she was trying to accomplish, nor contemplate retirement.

“Nope, not even in the slightest,” he said. “I know Holly. She would never ever stop on a loss. That’s just Holly.”

In the pantheon of the most popular women to compete in MMA, Holm has been a bit of an exception. Rousey returned for just one more fight after her UFC 193 loss to Holm, and doesn’t look to be coming back again, while Gina Carano — who helped bring recognition to the ranks — never returned after losing to Cris “Cyborg” Justino in Strikeforce.

Holm, on the other hand, has showed a sense of resolve after each loss, a trait that Winkeljohn says is hers alone.

“That’s exactly it, that’s Holly — that’s why she has gone so far that she’s gone so far as she has in the world of boxing, and beat Ronda Rousey,” he said. “We’ve just had a bad string here. Some bad decisions, a little bit of bad luck, I think a little bit of bad judging, and it’s time for Holly to be back. She’s the real deal. Not only is she the person she is that’s so marketable, but she’s a fighter at heart.”

Part of the reason “Wink” says he believes Holm’s confidence remains so sturdily intact is the nature of her losses. That and some mental fortification in training, which he has helped with.

“You know what, she was on point with Miesha, but just got caught off guard, Miesha just did a great job there,” he said. “It was a game of inches there at the end of the fight. The next fight [against Shevchenko] was one I should never have let Holly take, and I’ve said that before. I won’t say why, but it took a while to get her out of that, and a lot of that has to do with mindset and the confidence.

“And she’s back. I think people are going to see the old Holly Holm, the new and improved version, with even more tools in this fight.”

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Michael Bisping responds to Yoel Romero, clarifies UFC title situation

While the landscape of several UFC divisions are becoming clearer, the upcoming schedule at middleweight remains very much a mystery.

Part of that delay is due to the recent surgery of Michael Bisping, the UFC’s reigning middleweight champion, who underwent a procedure to repair a torn meniscus along with several other minor knee issues this past winter. But with Bisping’s recovery timetable on track and nearing an end, things are starting to once again take shape at 185 pounds.

“Odds are it’s going to be Yoel Romero, my next fight,” Bisping said Monday on The MMA Hour. “That’s what I’m assuming. I’ve had no further dialogue with the UFC, but I know that Georges (St-Pierre), his trainer (Jorge Blanco) told me recently that they’re pretty much at an agreement with the UFC, so the deal is almost done and he wants to fight me. I am the fight that they’re targeting, so it’s not beyond the realm of possibility. As of right now, I would assume that Yoel is my next opponent, but there’s always that wild card.”

Bisping, 37, last fought in October when he avenged his most notorious career loss by edging Dan Henderson via unanimous decision to successfully make the first defense of his UFC middleweight title reign. Tensions have since flared between he and Yoel Romero, the fearsome Cuban wrestler who is undefeated in the Octagon and staked his claim to the division’s No. 1 contendership with a devastating flying knee knockout of Chris Weidman at UFC 205.

Though a few other middleweight names also hold viable cases for a title shot at 185 pounds, Romero is believed to be the next in line. But when Bisping hears recent claims made by Romero that the UFC is attempting to book the fight for May 13 in Dallas, Texas at UFC 211, he isn’t sure where Romero is getting his facts.

“I don’t know if he’s making it up, but I have not been told the same,” Bisping said. “I was offered a bout agreement (for) April 8th, and I needed knee surgery. I’m still limping around right now, I’m in a lot of pain still. I’m lifting weights, just upper body because that’s all I can do. But I haven’t heard anything about May. I guess that timing would work. I’m assuming that would work. What’s that, 12 weeks away? I think, hopefully, another month and I’ll be able to train properly. That potentially could work. But formally, and hand-to-my-heart, I have not been approached about that date by the UFC.”

Bisping noted several times that, at this point, his next opponent “could be anybody,” as nothing has been officially signed. He also reiterated that his preference would be to land the first mammoth payday of his career by defending his belt against legendary UFC champion Georges St-Pierre.

But if Romero does end up getting the shot, a budding rivalry has already begun to blossom between the two middleweights. Bisping and Romero have taken repeated jabs at one another over recent weeks in the media. That tension came to a head last Thursday when Romero called into Bisping’s SiriusXM show to personally confront Bisping after a heated Twitter exchange. And with that in mind, Bisping on The MMA Hour doubled down on his belief that Romero isn’t even the mastermind behind his own tweets.

“It’s his Twitter account, yes, but I don’t believe that it’s actually him writing the tweets,” Bisping said. “The guy can hardly speak English, but yet he seems to able to tweet it perfectly with the perfect punctuation, apostrophes, et cetera. And I really don’t believe that he has the wit. Look at him, the guy is knucklehead. He’s only a couple of DNA strands away from — he’s a barbarian. He’s a knucklehead. Come on, he hasn’t got wit. He hasn’t got humor. He called into my radio show last week, The Countdown. … I tried to have an intelligent discussion with this guy and all he could do was scream and shout and then hang up the phone.

“This guy, he’s got rocks for brains.”

Romero’s viral call-in came just a day after the 39-year-old trolled Bisping by setting up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Bisping’s medical expenses and retirement party after the two potentially meet in the Octagon later this year. And while Bisping appreciated the effort made by his next potential challenger, he wasn’t a big fan of Romero abusing GoFundMe’s charitable purposes.

“I get it,” Bisping said. “It’s a decent stab, an attempt to stir the pot, so to speak. I’ll say first and foremost, I think there’s $ 200 in that pot. I’ll take that $ 200, thank you. I’ll go get a nice massage after I whoop his ass, when that day comes. Because make no mistake, that day will come. I’ll use that $ 200 to go for a nice massage, so thank you Yoel, I appreciate that. On a more serious note, GoFundMe pages do fantastic work for people who need help, so it was a little distasteful, him using that to mock me. I’m currently using a GoFundMe page to help a young child beat cancer for a fourth time, and thankfully Leo the Lion, we raised the money. So GoFundMe pages are great things, so I don’t know, (it was in) poor taste.

“Not what he was trying to do,” Bisping added. “That didn’t rub me the wrong way at all. I get it. He’s trying to get create excitement, he’s trying to get the fight, he’s trying to get people talking to me. He’s like a little annoyance in the corner. He’s a fly buzzing around my head, and that fly will get swatted, believe you me.”

Bisping said he ultimately is looking at a return to action in the early summer, with a June or July date being preferable to something as soon as May. And he already knows that regardless of which contender he ends up facing, there are going to be plenty of complaints heard from the rest of the ranks at 185 pounds.

“Here’s the thing, I have the belt. And everybody wants to fight for the belt, everybody wants to be the champion,” Bisping said. “Of course they do, that’s part of the reason why we do this, and I totally get it. The reality of the situation is I can’t fight everybody at the same time. I can’t do that. So regardless of who I fight, there’s always going to be someone pissed off. People are talking sh*t about me. Where’s Luke Rockhold since I knocked him out? Has he come back and fought? No. People aren’t talking sh*t about him. ‘Jacare’ wasn’t exactly the most busy person. He comes back and fights No. 13 ranked Tim Boestch. He did a great job, but he did what he should’ve done against Tim Boestch, no disrespect to Tim Boestch.

“There’s always going to be someone pissed off. Yoel Romero said he’s going to be pissed off, he’s calling me out. I can’t fight everybody on the same night. Fingers crossed, I get through them, I’ll happily fight them one by one. I’ve never turned anyone down. I’ve paid my dues to this sport. I’ve fought everybody. I’ve fought people on short notice. I’ve saved cards. I’ve fought people who we all knew were on goddamn steroids at the time, and I still took those fights, and I went out there and fought and I went out on my shield. I did my best all that time, and now I’ve got the belt, and now I’ve got a little bit of say in the matter. That’s all it is.

“And if you don’t like it, tough sh*t. That is the prize of being world champion. If you don’t like it, kiss my ass, because I have the belt and I do get a say. And that’s why I said to Yoel Romero: until I decide to fight you, you are my little b*tch. Now go roll me a cigar.”

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Darren Stewart on CABMMA’s decision to overturn UFC win: ‘The entire situation stinks’

Darren Stewart finished Francimar Barroso in the first round at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, but the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission overturned his victory to a no-contest three days later.

Barroso complained that Stewart connected on an illegal headbutt moments before the finish. Even though the referee Eduardo Herdy still decided to award Stewart the TKO victory after checking the replay, CABMMA announced on Tuesday that they have decided to overturn it after a further review.

Stewart, who didn’t expect such a decision from the Brazilian commission moments after the fight, reacted to the news on his social media.

“To say I’m disappointed is an understatement,” he posted on his Instagram. “I travelled to Brazil, missed my son’s second birthday, missed a holiday I paid for with my fiancée and son to show up and compete in Brazil. The entire situation stinks.

“I put a lot of time and money into this fight, won the fight, and his mates at the Brazilian MMA commission overturned the decision. Fighting a Brazilian in Brazil is something that every fighter should think very strongly about. Had I lost and made and appeal to the Brazil commission I doubt it would be overturned because I’m not from Brazil.”

Stewart remains undefeated as a mixed martial artist with a 7-0 record with one no-contest, and called for another shot at Barroso in 2017.

“Let’s get the rematch on for London, March 18th,” said Stewart, mentioning the UFC Fight Night 108 card scheduled for the O2 Arena. “If they refuse the rematch, it just stinks more.”

Referee Eduardo Herdy released a statement to MMA Fighting, saying the instant replay wasn’t able to help him understand what happened in the fight, and that he supports CABMMA’s decision to overturn the result.

Even though there was a light, unintentional clash of heads during the fight, because of a clinch position in a grappling exchange, which didn’t diminish the athlete’s physical condition to fight, I told the fighter twice to continue fighting. Disobeying that command, he didn’t observe the primary command to protect yourself at all times, succumbing to the opponent’s punches. With that interpretation, the result was rightfully announced.

The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, with my full support, will always look for the fairest result. If that’s not possible during the fight, there are ways to make it happen. Despite being recent, we have an athletic commission in Brazil that is fully focused on developing the sport and the improvement of its practices, including some innovations, and always looking for interchange with the main MMA regulator entities for constant evolution.

With the applicability of the instant replay, a different result could have been announced. Since this is a new resource, the tool wasn’t applied as it should. Considering everything, confronting what happened at the time of the fight and with the search of what’s fair, the change of the result had my support. We have to take advantage of the innovations so the sport grows even more.

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