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Embedded! ‘That Belt Will Start Collecting Dust’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will offer combat fight fans a championship doubleheader later tonight (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) at UFC 227 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

UFC 227 will be headlined by the bantamweight grudge match between reigning 135-pound kingpin T.J. Dillashaw and ex-champion Cody Garbrandt, while offering a co-main event tilt between UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and former title challenger Henry Cejudo.

In preparation for the two title fight rematches, the promotion has released the latest and greatest episode of UFC 227 “Embedded,” which can be seen above in its entirety. This time around, the action focuses on final weight cuts, staredowns, and pre-fight preparations before the action unfolds this evening in L.A.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 5 of UFC 227 Embedded, athletes sound off at Ultimate Media Day before squaring off with their opponents: middleweights Kevin Holland and Thiago Santos; strawweights JJ Aldrich and Polyana Viana; flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Henry Cejudo; and bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw and former champion Cody Garbrandt. Back at the host hotel, Garbrandt gets more celebrity support as Chuck Zito and Russell Peters stop by. Final weight cuts begin Thursday night for the fighters including featherweight foes Renato Moicano and Cub Swanson. Everyone makes weight on Friday morning, and a packed ceremonial weigh-in sets the stage for an incredible event. UFC 227 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two world title rematches taking place Saturday, August 4th on Pay-Per-View.

To watch episodes one, two, three, and four of UFC 227 “Embedded” click here, here, here, and here.

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TUF 27 Finale Start Time, Schedule, Who Is Fighting Tonight!

International Fight Week continues to roll right along as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings us The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale mixed martial arts (MMA) event later tonight on FOX Sports 1, featuring a hard-hitting main event along with a pair of glass trophies in the featherweight and lightweight divisions.

And we’re here to make sure you know just how to watch it in this convenient TUF 27 Finale cheat sheet.

What UFC event is on tonight? TUF 27 Finale: “Tavares vs. Adesanya”
Who is fighting tonight at TUF 27 Finale? Middleweights Brad Tavares and Israel Adesanya top the FS1 main card, shortly after Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano (lightweight) and Brad Katona vs. Jay Cucciniello (featherweight) collide for their respective glass trophies.
When does TUF 27 Finale start? Today (Fri., July 6, 2018), beginning at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will TUF 27 Finale take place? “The Pearl” at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada
How can I watch TUF 27 Finale? UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” start time at 7 p.m. ET. Then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
Where can I get TUF 27 Finale updates and results? Get complete play-by-play updates and live coverage here!

Tavares (17-4) and Adesanya (13-0) are battling for a coveted spot in the division top 10. Gianetti (6-0) defeated John Gunther and Allan Zuniga to reach the lightweight finale, while Trizano (6-0) topped Thailand Clark and the returning John Gunther to earn his place. As for Brad Katona (6-0), he turned away Kyler Phillips and Bryce Mitchell to reach the featherweight finale. Cucciniello (8-0) lost to Bryce Mitchell, but got called back and upset Tyler Diamond to make it to tonight’s show.

Here’s the complete TUF 27 Finale fight card:

FOX Sports 1 Main Event:

185 lbs.: Brad Tavares vs. Israel Adesanya

FOX Sports 1 Main Card (10 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano (TUF 27 lightweight tournament final)

145 lbs.: Brad Katona vs. Jay Cucciniello (TUF 27 featherweight tournament final)

145 lbs.: Alex Caceres vs. Martin Bravo

125 lbs.: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Barb Honchak

185 lbs.: Alessio Di Chirico vs. Julian Marquez

FOX Sports 1 Prelims (8 p.m. ET):

125 lbs.: Montana De La Rosa vs. Rachael Ostovich

155 lbs.: Luis Pena vs. Richie Smullen

145 lbs.: John Gunther vs. Allan Zuniga

UFC Fight Pass Prelims (7 p.m. ET):

145 lbs.: Matt Bessette vs. Steven Peterson

185 lbs.: Gerald Meerschaert vs. Oskar Piechota

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UFC ‘Rotterdam’ start time, TV schedule, who is fighting tonight at ‘Volkov vs. Struve’’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business tonight after a four-week hiatus (Sat. Sept. 2, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 115, which is set to go down from inside Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The UFC Fight Pass card will feature a Heavyweight fight between Alexander Volkov and towering striker Stefan Struve. In the co-main event, Siyar Bahadurzada takes on newcomer Rob Wilkinson

What’s Hot:

The good thing is mixed martial arts (MMA) is back in your lives after a month-long hiatus to make way for the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Stefan Struve will look to climb the 265-pound ladder as he eyes his third straight win against Alexander Volkov, who has won four in a row.

What’s Not:

The bad thing is there isn’t much of a card to get excited about aside from the main event, unfortunately. How bad is the card? The co-main event is Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson. No disrespect to those two talented men, but the lack of talent on the card shows by the placement of this fight.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

Abu Azaitar was expected to face Siyar Bahadurzada in his UFC debut at this event, but pulled out and was replaced by fellow newcomer Rob Wilkinson. Islam Makhachev pulled out of a scheduled bout against Michel Prazeres and was replaced by Mads Burnell.

Marcos Rogerio de Lima was pulled from his Saparbek Safarov fight after he was notified of a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

Injuries:

After Marcos Roferio de Lima was flagged by USADA, Saparbek Safarov was also forced off the card with a rib injury Nick Hein was set to face newcomer Zabit Magomedsharipov, but pulled out on August 21 due to injury. Hein was replaced by promotional newcomer Mike Santiago.

Ex-UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie was expected to faced Marion Reneau at the event but pulled out of the fight with an injury and replaced by Talita Bernardo.

Talk about getting hint wit the injury bug.

New Blood:

All of the countless injuries allowed many newcomers to make their unexpected debuts at this event. Rob Wilkinson, Mads Burnell, Mike Santiago, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Talita Bernardo will all fight inside the octagon for the first time. Also making their debuts for the promotion are Aleksandar Rakić and Abdul-Kerim Edilov.

How The “Prelims” Look:

Just, dreadful. With a bunch of newbies making their way onto the card, it’s really hard to get excited about the underbelly of an event that was already lacking in star power.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

Thibault Gouti, yes, that Thibault Gouti, is riding a three-fight losing streak, losing all of his fights inside the octagon since entering the promotion back in 2016. Should he lose his fourth straight fight against Andrew Holbrook, don’t be surprised to see him get his walking papers shortly thereafter.

Interest Level: 3/10

I really, really, really can not get excited about this event. Like at all. Call me a hard critic if you’d like, but in a day where people want excitement, and fast, you have to start with big names and good matchmaking. Now, the event could turn out to be fireworks, but getting people interested in it is half the battle, and its a battle UFC lost. Plus, it’s not like too many people are thrilled with the UFC’s digital platform at the moment. And once again, overseas fight fans get stuck with an event the promotion hopes to sell tickets to based on the UFC brand alone. That said, the Heavyweight bout coud lprove to be fireworks, as Volkov, the former Bellator MMA champion, looks to put a stamp on his curretn run inside the octago nand perhps punchig nhis way up the ladder with a win over season veteran Stefan Struve. It could lend early, so don’t blink.

Full UFC Fight Night 115 Fight Card:

UFC Fight Night 115 Main Event:

265 lbs.: Alexander Volkov vs. Stefan Struve

UFC Fight Night 115 Main Card (3 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Marion Reneau vs. Talita de Oliveira

185 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson

170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

UFC Fight Night 115 Prelims (11:30 a.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic

155 lbs.: Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov

155 lbs.: Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres

155 lbs.: Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov

205 lbs.: Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic

145 lbs.: Mike Santiago vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov

205 lbs.: Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

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UFC Singapore preview: Rafael dos Anjos looking for fresh start at 170 pounds

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight titleholder Rafael dos Anjos is set to make his 170-pound debut against ex-Strikeforce welterweight kingpin Tarec Saffiedine at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 111 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, set for Sat., June 17, 2017 inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.

Red-panty night feels like a lifetime ago.

Dos Anjos (25-9) is abandoning his post at 155 pounds — rather hastily — after coming up short in back-to-back defeats to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, with the former costing the Brazilian his division crown.

While the move up to welterweight was a surprising one, especially considering his 10-1 run from 2012-15, the Brazilian, 32, has publicly loathed his cut to the lightweight division, which undoubtedly got harder after saying goodbye to his twenties.

“For how much I’m making right now, it’s not worth it for me to make 155 (pounds),” Dos Anjos told MMA Junkie. “If it’s a superfight and I’ll make more money, I’ll do it. But (for) how much I’m making right now, it’s not worth it to put my body at that level of stress.”

That said, the field is getting increasingly crowded at 170 pounds.

Saffiedine (16-6) — who struggled to stay healthy after crossing over from the ranks of Strikeforce — is also coming off a pair of recent losses inside the cage, getting outworked by Rick Story and Dong Hyun Kim to close out his 2016 fight campaign.

This might be a do-or-die situation for the Belgian brawler.

Who ya’ got?

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UFC 212 start time, TV schedule for Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

The UFC 212 start time, TV schedule for the Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway event at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The main card airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt

Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose

Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros

The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FX at 8 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely

Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez

Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kelleher

The first portion of the preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle

Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead

Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

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UFC 211 start time, TV schedule for Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2

The UFC 211 start time, TV schedule for the Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The main card airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Jessica Andrade
Demian Maia vs. Jorge Masvidal
Frankie Edgar vs. Yair Rodriguez
David Branch vs. Krzysztof Jotko

More Coverage: UFC 211 Results | UFC news

The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FX at 8 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
Chas Skelly vs. Jason Knight
Chase Sherman vs. Rashad Coulter
Marco Polo Reyes vs. James Vick

The first portion of the preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Jessica Aguilar vs. Cortney Casey
Gabriel Benitez vs. Enrique Barzola
Joachim Christensen vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov

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Paige VanZant explains decision to move back to Portland, ‘start over’ with a new gym

Paige VanZant hasn’t done much media since her last UFC fight, a tough loss to Michelle Waterson in December, but that doesn’t mean she’s not gearing up already for her return to the Octagon.

In fact, “12 Gauge” plans on showing a different fighter whenever she get back in action.

“It was a really tough loss, it was really hard on me, but, actually, for the most part, I’m getting used to training with a new fight camp,” VanZant told MMA Fighting. “I moved back to Portland, Oregon, to be with family, so I guess I’m taking some time to adjust to a new fight team and a new gym for my upcoming fight.”

VanZant was coming off a devastating knockout victory over Bec Rawlings prior to her defeat to Waterson, but explains that her decision to move closer to her family was already made prior to UFC on FOX 22.

“I was just kind of planning it already,” VanZant said. “My whole family is from Portland, I just always had it on my mind that I wanted to be back around family, and it was just a perfect time for me to start over and train with a new camp and be around a huge support and finally have family in my life again.”

Back to Portland, VanZant is now training alongside Bellator star Chael Sonnen and working with his jiu-jitsu coach Fabiano “Pega-Leve” Scherner.

“Me and Chael Sonnen have the same management team. I’ve been friends with Chael for a while,” VanZant said. “I knew he was in Portland and he had a really successful fight team out in Portland. I just called him and he really took me under his wing, he set me up with a great MMA gym, which is Gracie Barra with Fabiano, and he also set me up with an amazing conditioning program, Dave. Chael really took me under his wing and set me up with everything I needed.

“I definitely do (feel a better fighter). I can see myself growing. Training with Fabiano, he has some of the best jiu-jitsu I’ve ever had in my life, so I can definitely see the difference in my fight game because of him. I can already tell I’m getting a lot better. It’s really cool to be working with someone so positive and so talented like he is.”

Given that both of her UFC losses came by way of submission, to Waterson and Rose Namajunas, VanZant believes that working with Scherner will take her jiu-jitsu to another level.

“I knew I had aspects of my fight game that I needed to work on,” VanZant said. “With every fight I try to earn from my mistakes, and even in my wins I try to learn from the areas that I messed up on.”

VanZant’s next UFC fight is still up in the air, but the 23-year-old fighter is already discussing it with the company.

“I’ll be in the cage soon,” VanZant said, “I’m talking to the UFC right now about getting me back in the cage. I’m definitely looking at various offers.”

As for the opponent, “12 Gauge”, who currently sits at No. 11 in the official UFC strawweight ranking, hopes to face someone above her to get back in the top 10.

“It’s really up to the UFC,” VanZant said. “I would like it to be in the top 10 if there’s people available. So you know, we’ll see it’s just whoever doesn’t have a fight, whoever’s ready at the same time, or whoever the UFC gives me.”

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UFC on FOX 24 start time, TV schedule for Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis

The UFC on FOX 24 start time, TV schedule is for the Johnson vs. Reis event at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The main card airs on FOX beginning at 8 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis
Rose Namajunas vs. Michelle Waterson
Ronaldo Souza vs. Robert Whittaker
Jeremy Stephens vs. Renato Moicano

The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FOX at 6 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson
Patrick Williams vs. Tom Duquesnoy
Bobby Green vs. Rashid Magomedov
Tim Elliott vs. Louis Smolka

The first portion of the preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 4 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier
Anthony Smith vs. Andrew Sanchez
Aljamain Sterling vs. Augusto Mendes
Zak Cummings vs. Nathan Coy
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Ketlen Vieira

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UFC 210 start time, TV schedule for Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2

The UFC 210 start time, TV schedule is for the Cormier vs. Johnson 2 event at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The main card airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi
Cythnia Calvillo vs. Pearl Gonzalez
Thiago Alves vs. Patrick Cote
Will Brooks vs. Charles Oliveira

The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre
Kamaru Usman vs. Sean Strickland
Charles Rosa vs. Shane Burgos
Patrick Cummins vs. Jan Blachowicz

The first portion of the preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 6:15 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook
Josh Emmett vs. Desmond Green
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Irene Aldana
Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov

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UFC Fight Night 107 start time, TV schedule, who is fighting today at ‘Manuwa vs Anderson’

dUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business this afternoon (Sat., March 18, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 107: “Manuwa vs. Anderson,” which takes place inside The O2 in London, England, airing live online via Fight Pass. The promotion’s latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card, headlined by a Light Heavyweight showdown between Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson, will also feature a Welterweight showdown between Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson.

What UFC is on tonight? UFC Fight Night 107: “Manuwa vs. Anderson”
Who is fighting tonight at UFC Fight Night 107? Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson is the main event.
When does UFC Fight Night 107 start? Today (Sat., March 18, 2017) beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass.
Where will UFC Fight Night 107 take place? The O2 in London, England.
How can I watch UFC Fight Night 107? UFC Fight Pass main card start time at 5 p.m. ET. “Prelims” undercard start time at 1:30 p.m. ET on Fight Pass.
Where can I get UFC Fight Night 107 updates and results? Get full play-by-play coverage and live updates here!

What’s Hot:

Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson will both look to score back-to-back victories after defeating Ovince Saint Preux and Sean O’Connell, respectively, in their last outing. While the bout doesn’t exactly raise my excitement levels through the roof, I get why the promotion is trying to bank on Manuwa’s hometown fandom to headline the event. Plus, if he can score another spectacular knockout, he can inch himself closer to proving he can indeed sleep Jon Jones.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

Brad Pickett was set to Henry Briones, but “One Punch” was re-booked to face Marlon Vera after Briones had to bow out with an injury. Also Lina Lansberg has her opponent switched after Veronica Macedo bowed out of the event. Lansberg remained on the card to face newcomer Lucie Pudilova.

Injuries:

Herny Briones and the aforementioned Veronica Macedo were the only two combatants kicked off the card due to the injury bug.

New Blood:

Lucie Pudilova will bring her three-fight win streak into the Octagon as she makes her debut against Lina Lansberg, who was last seen getting beatdown by Cris Cyborg last September. I’m sure Lucie would’ve like more time to prepare for her Octagon debut, but when opportunities knocks, you answer.

How The “Prelims” Look:

There’s nothing to get excited too much for, but Brett Johns looks to stay on the winning track to show that he is indeed one of the most-highly touted prospects in the game today when he meets Ion Enwsitle, who failed to make weight. Furthermore, Joseph Duffy looks to go into free agency on a high note as he gears up to face Reza Madadi.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

Call me crazy, but i think Joseph Duffy needs a win in the worst way. After all, this will be his last fight under his current contract, and he if wants the promotion — or perhaps another one like Bellator — to show him the money, he needs to wow, impress and pick up the all-improtant “W” Reza Madadi.

Interest Level: 6/10

I try not to be too critical most of the time when I do these previews, but this card simply doesn’t make sense. The main event features Jimi Manuwa and Corey Anderson, two combatants, though entertaining to watch and skilled, are no where near title contention. And while not all main event bouts are title fights or title eliminators, for that matter, this fight, to me, doesn’t have anything really attached to it. No beef, no rivalry, no stakes high enough to get me excited. It just doesn’t scream headlining status. Don’t get me wrong, it would be a good fight on the main card, but not a main event. I get it, it’s on Fight Pass, but for the fight fans going to see the bout in person, I’m sure even they are finding it hard to get excited.

Alan Jouban and Gunnar Nelson should be a very competitive match, while the hometown crowned anxiously awaits to see if Brad Pickett can end his MMA career on a high note.

Full UFC Fight Night 107 fight card:

UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass Main Event:

205 lbs.: Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson

UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass Main Card (5 p.m. ET):

170 lbs.: Alan Jouban vs. Gunnar Nelson
135 lbs.: Brad Pickett vs. Marlon Vera
145 lbs.: Arnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani

UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass Prelims (1:30 p.m.):

155 lbs.: Joseph Duffy vs. Reza Madadi
205 lbs.: Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart
265 lbs.: Timothy Johnson vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
155 lbs.: Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen
170 lbs.: Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Tom Breese
170 lbs.: Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque
135 lbs.: Brett Johns vs. Ian Entwistle
185 lbs.: Scott Askham vs. Brad Scott
135 lbs.: Lina Lansberg vs. Lucie Pudilova

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