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Ngannou Releases Statement: ‘The Predator Is Back!’

Ngannou took to social media to celebrate his UFC Beijing win and the ‘redemption’ that came with it.

After a two fight stumble that saw him mauled in his first title fight by Stipe Miocic and then psyched out in a headscratcher of a decision loss to Derrick Lewis, some had written Francis Ngannou off.

Those people are crazy, of course. Fighters have ups and downs, and it was inevitable that Ngannou’s relative inexperience would cost him some losses at some point. But since that January loss to Miocic, there’s been non-stop quotes from bosses and coaches about Ngannou losing his way. Freezing up against Lewis in July only made things worse.

Ngannou did his best to put that talk to rest in Beijing, China, knocking the equilibrium out of Curtis Blaydes and forcing a stoppage just 45 seconds into their second fight (watch it here).

Now he’s taking to social media to thank those that stood by him during his slump.

“I finally saw the light yesterday night at UFC Beijing by overcoming my darkness which dragged me deep to the bottom,” Ngannou wrote. “My fans, my family and all those people who trust and believe in me have got persecuted by haters and doubters but they didn’t give up and they kept supporting me and that’s where I found strength to overcome all this.”

“I wanna thank every single one of you, who once trusted me and who kept supporting me, who stayed beside me and who didn’t stumble,” he continued. “I’m grateful to have any of you known and unknown by my side and in my life since this is all my life.”

“Thank you China and particularly Beijing for welcoming us and for all the love and energy you guys put in, it was an honor for me to perform for you guys such an amazing people and a great crowd.”

He finished off his letter with hashtag #TheRedemption, but it may take more than a single win to convince some followers of the sport that Stipe Miocic didn’t steal a bit of his soul during their fight.

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Kevin Aguilar Replaces Arnold Allen, Meets Rick Glenn at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 28’ Finale

A bout originally scheduled for Gilbert Melendez vs. Arnold Allen has gradually transformed into Kevin Aguilar vs. Rick Glenn.
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Kevin Aguilar Replaces Arnold Allen, Meets Rick Glenn at ‘The Ultimate Fighter 28’ Finale

A bout originally scheduled for Gilbert Melendez vs. Arnold Allen has gradually transformed into Kevin Aguilar vs. Rick Glenn.
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UFC 231 Promo Video Welcomes To ‘The New Era’

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) next pay-per-view (PPV) offering will see the promotion stage UFC 231 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sat., Dec. 8, 2018.

The event will be headlined by a highly-intriguing Featherweight title fight that will see division king Max Holloway defend his title against undefeated (14-0-1, 6-0 UFC) submission wizard, Brian Ortega. Working his way up the ladder, “T-City” has dominated the competition, finishing all seven of his fights inside the Octagon, including one over Mike de la Rosa, which was eventually overturned to a no-contest due to a failed drug test.

His next test, though, will be the biggest one of all.

Indeed, Holloway has been blitzing through the 145-pound division, winning 12 straight fights including capturing the strap by defeating Jose Aldo, and then subsequently defending it against “Junior” months later. In fact, Max hasn’t tasted defeat in four years since losing to Conor McGregor.

Now, two of the youngest and brightest stars in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) will test their skills against one another in a bout that could very well usher in a new era.

In the co-main event, former women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko duke it out for the vacant Flyweight title.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 231: “Holloway vs Ortega” click here.

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Dana White Calls Israel Adesanya ‘The Future’

The main card of UFC 230 in New York kicked off with a near-perfect performance by one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars in Israel Adesanya, who completed his transition from middleweight prospect to bona fide contender.
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Dana White Believes Demetrious Johnson Didn’t Get “The Love And The Respect” he Deserved From Fans…

Many folks have argued that Demetrious Johnson never received the fanfare he should have, during his historic run with the UFC, and Dana White has echoed that sentiment.

As you’ve almost certainly heard by now, recently it was confirmed that Johnson’s headed to ONE Championship, in exchange for undefeated welterweight, Ben Askren. The move comes not long after Johnson’s historic reign as flyweight champ was ended by Henry Cejudo, this past August.

Well, recently TMZ caught up with White, and when asked about Johnson’s departure, the UFC President said this (quote via MMA Fighting):

“If you look at it, the kid broke the record for the most title defenses (11),” White said. “I feel like he never really got the love and the respect that he deserved from the fans. I don’t know if he was always thrilled being here. So hopefully he’s a lot happier where he’s headed now. His longtime trainer and coach [Matt Hume] is an executive over there, so maybe he’ll be happier over there.”

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Daniel Cormier on UFC 230 Fight With Derrick Lewis: ‘The Deal I Got Was So Good’

The announcement of the main event heavyweight title fight next month at UFC 230 in New York between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis definitely surprised a few fans, given the short notice.
Cormier had announced previously that he would retire from MMA for good by March 2019 and a fight with World Wrestling Entertainment super star Brock Lesnar had been pencilled in for “early 2019.”
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‘The No. 1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter On The Planet’

I don’t typically watch these goofy “Embedded” video blogs, but this one actually matters as we gear up for the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s because UFC 229 marks the first time mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will see Conor McGregor in almost two years, which means his Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight will let us know if he’s still the king of combat sports, or just the promotion’s part-time court jester.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 1 of UFC 229 Embedded, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finishes his training camp, surrounded by his coach, fans and “big energy.” Former lightweight champions Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis prepare in their respective hometowns for a high-stakes co-main event. And two-division champ Conor McGregor returns to form, gathering his team for a late-night training session in Las Vegas. UFC 229 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor taking place Saturday, October 6th on Pay-Per-View.

We’re just five days out.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 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 FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 229 click here.

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‘The Greatest Fighter To Ever Step Foot Inside The Octagon’

Hey, remember back in April when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White told the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that Daniel Cormier — not Jon Jones — was the greatest light heavyweight of all time?

Yeah, he was just kidding.

Or perhaps he was trying to sell “DC” to a bunch of up-and-coming fighters (and a casual audience) when Cormier was coaching season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Either way, that opinion has changed now that “Teflon Jon” is back in business.

“Jon Jones … and many people will tell you this … is probably the greatest of all time,” White told ESPN’s First Take. “I think Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside the Octagon. If he could have kept his personal life on track, God knows what this guy would be doing right now.”

Jones was will be reinstated by UFC next month after serving a reduced sentence from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). That means White has to promote “Bones” for an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV), so I guess he’s “fixable” after all.

There were rumors of a UFC 230 return; however, White continues to put Jones back inside the Octagon in first-quarter 2019 against an opponent to be named. With Daniel Cormier tied up with Brock Lesnar, the next logical choice would be that Alexander Gustafsson rematch.

Time till tell.

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‘The Ultimate Fighter 27’ Finalist Joe Giannetti Released from UFC After One Bout

Joe Giannetti didn’t make much of a first impression at “The Ultimate Fighter 27” finale, and now he’s no longer part of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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