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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Curtis Blaydes Believes There’s ‘No Doubt’ He’s Next in Line for UFC Heavyweight Title

Outside of a loss to Francis Ngannou in his debut, Curtis Blaydes is unbeaten inside the Octagon and getting better with each fight. After adding Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt to his resume in 2018, the Chicago native believes he’s risen to the top of the division.
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Dana White on Relationship with Conor McGregor: ‘There’s a Mutual Respect Between Us’

Conor McGregor did his best to ruin UFC 223 when he attacked a charter bus transporting fighters from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday. As a result, his immediate future with the Las Vegas-based promotion is uncertain, at best.
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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Mark Hunt says ‘there’s a lot of scared puppies out there’ hindering a UFC fighters union

Mark Hunt scored an early victory ahead of his UFC Fight Night 110 showdown against Derrick Lewis.

Last week, Hunt’s lawsuit against the UFC, Dana White, and Brock Lesnar survived a motion to dismiss by the defendants, allowing Hunt’s case to move forward in the courts. The win was a small but important one for Hunt in the ongoing saga of Lesnar’s failed drug test at UFC 200, however the “Super Samoan” isn’t getting ahead of himself when it comes to the bigger picture.

“I’m never confident about anything, especially with law,” Hunt said Monday on The MMA Hour. “All I’m trying to do is get a fair go at fighting. I’m sick of fighting these juicers, and like I said before, if they didn’t do enough to keep me happy, I’ll just do it myself. You guys put me in this position. I didn’t put myself in this position. I didn’t do anything wrong here. So you need to fix what you did wrong and change things, because like I said before, someone’s going to die.

“But I’m glad that the judge allowed it to go through to discovery, which is good.”

In the amended complaint filed last week, Hunt alleged the UFC, White and Lesnar knew of Lesnar’s performance-enhancing drug use but aided Lesnar in fighting Hunt at UFC 200 regardless. Lesnar went on to test positive for the banned substance clomiphene in two separate drug screenings, the results of both of which were unavailable until after the fight, which Lesnar won via unanimous decision. The Nevada Athletic Commission subsequently overturned that result into a ‘no contest’ and fined Lesnar a total of $ 250,000.

Altogether, the moment was a breaking point for Hunt, a 43-year-old heavyweight legend who has fought numerous UFC opponents who either possessed a checkered PED past or popped positive immediately after facing Hunt. Hunt said he hopes the lawsuit helps show “how corrupt this bullsh*t is,” and vowed to continue speaking his mind about his situation without fear of UFC repercussions.

“I don’t really care. If they want to fire me, go right ahead,” Hunt said. “It doesn’t do anything, I’ll just find a new contract. Like I said, if that’s the case, then why even want to be a part of the UFC? I’ve done nothing wrong here. All I’ve done is been a good company man, [fighting] all the time. You want me to fight? Yeah, when’s the date and where? Look, I’m just sick of fighting these juicers. They just keep giving me f*cking cheaters, so that’s all I’m trying to do is make it fair so that I can get a shot at fighting here for a title. And every time I start getting a run on, I get a f*cking juicehead because that’s all they have. So like I said, if they want to fire me now, go right ahead.

“I don’t give a rat’s,” Hunt continued. “Man, why would I give a rat’s about something, like I said, being in a company that treats you like dirt? Why would I want to be a part of that sh*t? … I’ve been fighting cheaters. They got freakin’ help and they got away with it. So being part of such a sh*tty company who treats you like this, why would I want to be here? Fire me. F*ck, I’m out of here. I can go do something else.”

Hunt’s suit comes at a time in which fighter unrest is the highest it’s ever been in the UFC, at least publicly. He said hopes his cause makes a difference to help future generations “reap the rewards of being the best fighter and having great money, instead of being a great fighter but being broke.” Hunt noted that “a lot of other fighters are getting thrown under the bus all the time,” stating as much on the same day one of the best pound-for-pound fighters the sport has ever seen, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, went public with his own accusations of “mistreatment and bullying” from the UFC.

One much-discussed solution that could potentially help fighters handle such grievances would be a UFC fighters union or association. Hunt has offered his support causes like that in the past, but remains unenthusiastic about any unionization progress thus far.

“I’m just focused on fighting and on the court case,” Hunt said. “Like I said, with the union, I don’t know what’s going on. All the fighters need to band together for that, but there’s a lot of scared puppies out there.

“I hope a union starts or something happens, but it’s all big talk, big talk, but that’s all it is at the moment. Just talk. Right now, it’s nothing.”

As it stands, Hunt still has enough on his plate dealing with the challenge looming ahead of him this weekend. His battle in Auckland against Lewis is a major fight for the heavyweight division and is essentially a homecoming for Hunt, who was born and raised in nearby South Auckland. And despite all of the negativity that surrounds his current relationship with the UFC, Hunt said he is still enjoying the fisticuffs side of the sport as much as he ever has.

“The last time I fought here was 15 years ago and it was a Muay Thai fight. Now it’s MMA with the biggest company in the world,” Hunt said.

“It’s good to be here again a second time, regardless of the gloomy cloud hanging over the whole situation. It’s going to be a great event. Derrick Lewis is hopefully one of the clean ones and we’ll put on a good show this weekend. It’s a good opportunity for a lot of (local) fighters here.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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