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Yair Rodriguez Expects to Be Cleared Soon, Wants to Rebook Fight with Magomedsharipov

Yair Rodriguez believes he still has unfinished business with Zabit Magomedsharipov.
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‘The Magician’ Won’t Disappear From UFC Anytime Soon

Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight contender John Dodson will be competing inside the Octagon for the foreseeable future after “The Magician” inked a new four-fight deal with the promotion, according to MMA Fighting.

Dodson didn’t last on the market too long, as he didn’t opt to test the free agent waters once his last deal ran out following his split decision victory over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 222 last March in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ranked No. 7, Dodson has competed in both the Flyweight and Bantamweight division, competing for the 135-pound strap in two separate occasions, though division king Demetrious Johnson stopped all of “The Magician’s” tricks both times.

While there is no timetable for Dodson’s return, the scrappy 135-pounder could make some noise in the division and inch himself toward another title shot with a few more impressive victories.

Care to throw out some suggestions for John’s first bout on his new UFC deal?

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Too much, Too soon?

Mackenzie Dern is getting a lot of attention as we barrel down on the UFC 224 pay-per-view (PPV) event. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace competes on Saturday night’s (May 12, 2018) main card (see it) opposite rugged boxing standout Amanda Bobby Cooper.

That’s a pretty impressive feat for a fighter who is just 1-0 in her Octagon career. Even more so when you consider her UFC debut, a split decision over the middling Ashley Yoder, was a sloppy, less-than-impressive performance.

So why all the hype? It’s not like the promotion is trying to lock down the local market. UFC 224 features Amanda Nunes, Ronaldo Souza, and Vitor Belfort, just to name a few, who are sufficiently worshipped in their native Brazil. Outside of this weekend, we still have Jose Aldo, Cris Cyborg, and Rafael dos Anjos.

I guess it’s no secret the new owners of UFC are more interested in building stars than athletes, but I’m not sure if that’s feasible in mixed martial arts (MMA), where the margin for error is so tiny. In sports like baseball and basketball, one bad night can be forgotten with a big performance the following evening.

Compounding the problem is the bizarre way Dern has chosen to market herself. We’ve already discussed her inconsistent accent ad nauseam, but it’s not just a Portuguese inflection or the fact that she inexplicably needs a translator … it’s her weird, caveman-like affectation that causes her to talk like she was hit in the head with a brick.

“When I was really committed to take down, I was able to take down.”

Dern, who was born in the United States and graduated from Ironwood High School in Glendale, Arizona, could end up fizzling out like Paige VanZant, another chipper upstart who had the “it factor.” That may depend on her performances inside the cage, as well as how much of her evolving persona fans are willing to overlook.

We also know how well other fighters handle special treatment.

There is no questioning her accomplishments on the grappling circuit. But UFC is forcing her into the limelight and she may not be polished enough to deliver on the hype, both as a fighter and as a celebrity. That takes time and more importantly victories, and that may explain why she’s facing an opponent with three submission losses.

For a much closer look at Dern vs. Cooper click here.

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Nick Diaz Suspension to End Soon

Lovable MMA fighter and ardent weed smoker Nick Diaz may return soon. Or at least he’ll be able to from a USADA-suspension perspective.

According to ESPN, Diaz’s suspension – which he was hit with for totally blowing off telling USADA his whereabouts – will be up on April 19. After that, Diaz could return to fighting… if that’s what he even wants.

Despite ascending to great heights in popularity, both in the Octagon and in other organizations, the older Diaz brother has made it clear this whole fighting thing sucks and he’d rather be doing something else.

Which is sad for us, because when Diaz fights, it’s usually fun as hell. His last fight, against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 back in 2015, was chock full of Diaz shenanigans.

Here’s ESPN:

Diaz, 34, has accepted a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for missing three out-of-competition drug tests within a 12-month span. He is the first athlete to record that violation under the UFC’s program.

USADA announced Diaz’s suspension on Monday. The timing of the announcement is unique, in that Diaz has already served nearly all of the suspension.

The one-year period of ineligibility is retroactive to the date of Diaz’s third missed test, which was April 19, 2017. That means the suspension ends in just 10 days.

Diaz (26-9) has not expressed interest in a fight for some time, but has never officially retired.

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Frankie Edgar Cool With Fighting Soon After Knockout Loss

Former lightweight champ and longtime featherweight contender Frankie Edgar was supposed to challenge Max Holloway for the belt. But injury put Holloway on the shelf, so Edgar took on up-and-comer Brian Ortega instead.

That didn’t end well. At UFC 222, Ortega knocked Edgar out.

It was the first time Edgar has ever lost via knock out. Shocking, yes. But it happens.

However, Edgar is jumping back in the cage at UFC Fight Night 128 to rematch with Cub Swanson. On April 21. Just a little over a month since he was KO’d.

Technically, the automatic suspension handed down by athletic commission to victims of knockouts is 30 to 60 (or sometimes 90) days. But neurological clearance by a physician can supersede that, so really, the only thing stopping Edgar from getting into the cage too soon is Edgar’s sense of self-preservation.

But when Edgar was on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” yesterday, he seemed unconcerned.

“I’m the one in there. I’m the one putting it on the line, and there’s nothing like getting in there and getting a win to erase that last loss. And again, it’ll never erase it, but at least it’ll kinda help deal with that stink, and like you said, give me something positive to kinda focus on instead of focusing on the negative.”

“I was pretty with it,” Edgar said. “I recall the knockout because I didn’t get turned off or anything. Even when I was going down, I knew I had a short time. In my head I was saying, ‘Alright, short time, short time. Let’s try to get through this.’ But obviously he was able to capitalize on it with that uppercut. And even when I fell, as soon as the ref came over me, I said I was good, and maybe I wasn’t — I’m not really complaining about the stoppage, I can see why he stopped it — but I was with it. As soon as he stopped it, I said, ‘I’m good! I’m good!’ I was trying to argue. Obviously I needed a little help [to stand up], but I wasn’t all the way out. I didn’t even have a headache afterwards that night at the hotel or anything.”

Come on, Frankie. We love you. Take care of yourself.

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Dustin Poirier Could Win a Belt Soon

I don’t believe that reading tea leaves can give you a glimpse into the future, but I did go to law school, so I do believe that reading contracts can give you insight as to what may come.

And guess what might loom on the horizon for longtime UFC fighter Dustin Poirier? According to his new contract with the organization, a championship fight.

As per MMAJunkie:

The key element of Poirier’s new contract, he said, is the fact there are terms in place if he becomes UFC lightweight champion. How far off that is from happening remains to be seen, but Poirier said everything is there for a reason.

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

No, this doesn’t mean that the UFC’s legal counsel employs a witch with a crystal ball or a clairvoyant of some sort. But what it does mean is that someone in the UFC thinks the possibility of Poirier getting a title shot is real enough to warrant inclusion in a contract.

That’s something worth noting, folks. Let’s see what happens when he takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29.

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Dustin Poirier Could Win a Belt Soon

I don’t believe that reading tea leaves can give you a glimpse into the future, but I did go to law school, so I do believe that reading contracts can give you insight as to what may come.

And guess what might loom on the horizon for longtime UFC fighter Dustin Poirier? According to his new contract with the organization, a championship fight.

As per MMAJunkie:

The key element of Poirier’s new contract, he said, is the fact there are terms in place if he becomes UFC lightweight champion. How far off that is from happening remains to be seen, but Poirier said everything is there for a reason.

“I don’t know how many contracts I’ve had with the UFC, but this is my first contract with championship language in it,” Poirier said. “We have a plan figured out for when I win the belt, and it’s in my contract. This is my first contract with that in it, and I’ve had a lot of contracts with the UFC. This is the closest I’ve ever come to being a world champion, and everything is happening like clockwork like it’s supposed to.”

No, this doesn’t mean that the UFC’s legal counsel employs a witch with a crystal ball or a clairvoyant of some sort. But what it does mean is that someone in the UFC thinks the possibility of Poirier getting a title shot is real enough to warrant inclusion in a contract.

That’s something worth noting, folks. Let’s see what happens when he takes on Justin Gaethje at UFC on FOX 29.

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Lyoto Machida Believes Bisping Fight Makes Sense: ‘He Might Retire Soon, I Could Retire Soon’

Moments after Lyoto Machida ended a three-bout skid with a hard-fought split verdict over Eryk Anders in the UFC Fight Night 125 headliner, he set his sights on a high-profile opponent.
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Raquel Pennington Won’t Be Challenging Amanda Nunes Anytime Soon

File this one under ‘Ouch, That Hurts’: Raquel Pennington was supposedly going to challenge Amanda Nunes for the female bantamweight belt, but the fight is off now because… she broke her leg. That sucks. It sucks because Pennington has clawed her way into a contender slot after a lot of hard-won fights, it sucks because […]

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Raquel Pennington Won’t Be Challenging Amanda Nunes Anytime Soon

File this one under ‘Ouch, That Hurts’: Raquel Pennington was supposedly going to challenge Amanda Nunes for the female bantamweight belt, but the fight is off now because… she broke her leg. That sucks. It sucks because Pennington has clawed her way into a contender slot after a lot of hard-won fights, it sucks because […]

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