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Bellator 183: Ben Henderson not thinking about retirement after loss to Patricky Freire

Ben Henderson’s run inside the Bellator MMA cage since jumping ship from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hasn’t exactly been a bed of roses; losing three of his four fights including last night’s (Sat., Sept. 23, 2017) bout against Patricky Freire at Bellator 183.

Despite his skid, “Smooth” isn’t thinking about anything else other than to keep fighting, as retirement is the furthest thing from his mind. When the time comes to hang them up, Ben says he will know.

“When you get to a point where you’re losing and it doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t sting and you’re like, ‘Oh, I lost another one; oh, well’ (then you should retire),” Henderson said during the post-fight conference via MMA Junkie.

“This burns my soul. This does not feel good. It is burning inside. You have to learn who to deal with it. Learn how to accept it, take it like a man, and get better from it. In no way, shape or form, am I not highly upset. But I know if I tear a TV off the wall and smash it, it doesn’t do anything. It’s just all theatrics. I know on Monday I need to get back in the gym and work on getting better so I don’t have close decisions, period.”

Failing to win any titles in two separate divisions in his two chances inside the Bellator cage, Henderson now goes back to the drawing board and will take anyone the promotion gives him next.

“For me, it’s always get back in there right away,” Henderson said. “I’m pretty healthy. No black eyes or not beat up or too sore or nothing like that. I’d like to get back in there right away, but who knows what Bellator is going to say, match-wise, who I’m going to match up with next. That’s a whole spaghetti and pile of noodles I don’t want to worry about.”

Anyone care to throw out any suggestions?

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Kelvin Gastelum ‘thinking about getting the 170 belt’ despite 185 success

It seems the entire mixed martial arts world wants Kelvin Gastelum to stay at 185 pounds.

Except for Gastelum himself.

The Ultimate Fighter 17 winner has been a monster since his embarking on his most recent middleweight stint, earning back-to-back finishes of Tim Kennedy and Vitor Belfort. A high-profile matchup with the legendary Anderson Silva awaits next.

Contrast that to welterweight, where he missed weight three times in the span of two years, then was pulled from a UFC 205 bout with Donald Cerrone over a weight cut gone awry.

Still, even though the sky appears to be the limit at 185, Gastelum isn’t letting go of his dream of competing at 170. On Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Gastelum said his goal is to win titles at both welterweight and middleweight.

“I’m thinking about getting the 170 belt,” Gastelum said. “But, I’m thinking about getting the 170 belt, but if I have to get the 185 belt before, so be it.”

As far as Gastelum is concerned, it’s a practical matter. He’s won four out of his past five fights, including victories over former UFC champs Belfort and Johny Hendricks and former Strikeforce champ Nate Marquardt.

Given that the middleweight picture is tied up with champion Michael Bisping fighting Georges St-Pierre on a date to be determined, Gastelum simply wants to keep all his options open.

“We’ll see after this fight,” Gastelum said. “I dunno. Hopefully I’ll be in a position when I win this fight I can lay out a few options and see what they are and go from there. Next step would be title shot at ’85, but realistically that might not happen.”

He says he has plenty of respect for St-Pierre, but doesn’t agree with the call to give him a middelweight shot ahead of top contender Yoel Romero.

“While people were saying Anderson was the greatest of all-time, I was saying GSP was the greatest of all-time. He’s my favorite fighter and he’s viable. I don’t agree with him skipping Romero when he clearly deserves it.”

Gastelum has been criticized for fighting aging legends like Belfort and Silva over fighters in their primes, but he points out that between injuries and previously made matchups, it’s not like he’s had a ton of say in the matter.

“I’m calling out the greatest of all-time. Who does that?” Gastelum said of his June 3 fight with Silva in Brazil. “The bigger name. There’s a bunch of killers right now. Everyone in the division is older than me except Robert Whittaker and he has a fight. Everyone is injured, Rockhold, he’s injured, Weidman, Mousasi are fighting. Jacare and Whittaker are fighting. I see a lot of people mad about that.”

Gastelum believes a win over Silva vaults him into position for a title shot, whether it is at 170 or 185. Of course, there’s the not-so-small matter of his weight misses at welterweight. But Gastelum, insists that his weight-missing days are in the rear-view mirror.

“I just know that I can make it. I just had to figure out a healthy way to make it. Instead of cutting it all, I had to figure out how to make my body work and how to do it right. For sure.”

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Claudia Gadelha not thinking about title shots ahead of UFC Fight Night 100 bout with Cortney Casey

SAO PAULO, Brazil — Claudia Gadelha returns to action for the first time since losing to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 100 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, against Cortney Casey, and spoke to MMA Fighting about the match-up, what a win means for her run back to the top of the division, her first camp outside Nova Uniao, and more.

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Jussier Formiga’s plan to win UFC belt includes not thinking about it

BRASILIA, Brazil — Jussier Formiga once was the No. 1 flyweight in the world, and he changed his approach to the game in order to get back to the top.

Matched up against Dustin Ortiz at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil, on Saturday night, the Nova Uniao talent decided to stop thinking about UFC title shots. Coming off a loss to Henry Cejudo in November, a result that gave his opponent a chance for the gold against flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson, Formiga won’t discuss title shots anymore.

“This time without fights was great because I had a chance to rethink my career,” Formiga told MMA Fighting. “I got close to fighting for the belt twice, but I have decided to stop thinking about it now. I won’t want to fight with this idea that I have to get through this guy to show something to someone. I want to fight to have fun and do what I do best. Whatever happens, happens. I will get the job done.

“Many people talk about title shots and speculate,” he continued. “When you have a good win, they always ask about the belt. But I have to stop thinking about it. I have to focus on my opponent and do what I do best.”

Even though he’s changed his mind set, Formiga, who holds wins over the likes of Wilson Reis, Zach Makovsky, Scott Jorgensen and Chris Cariaso, admits that not winning a belt in the UFC can change the way he will be seen in the future — and that gets him pumped up again.

“I believe that a fighter’s career is made of highs and lows,” he said. “I dominated the division before the UFC opened the flyweight division, and I want to show everybody I’m one of the best. It will happen naturally. Not being cocky, I know I’m still one of the best, and it will happen naturally. I will get there.”

Formiga had a long time to rethink his career, but his original plan was to compete around June in the United States. However, the Nova Uniao fighter says that the promotion kept postponing his return. In the end, it worked out perfect for him.

“I’ve been training all year for this fight,” Formiga said. “At first, I was going to fight in June, and then they moved it to July in Sioux Falls, and then to September. But I was already training. I helped Jose Aldo in his camp because I’m as tall as Frankie Edgar. When I went back to Natal, that’s when they called me with a date and opponent for my fight, so I returned to Rio for my camp. It was perfect.

“When I’m in Rio to help Aldo, we train more focused. It was a great chance to train the technical aspect of the game outside a camp. Wrestling, boxing, muay thai, and also the chance to do some different sparring during Aldo’s camp. It was a great experience for me.”

Formiga has a positive record when fighting in Brazil, winning three of his four UFC bouts in his native country. Ortiz also has good memories from Brazil, when he successfully made his Octagon debut in Rio de Janeiro by beating Jose Maria Tome via TKO.

At UFC Fight Night 95, Formiga aims to win by any means, and foresees a complicated clash style-wise.

“Dustin has an interesting style,” Formiga said. “He’s not a grappler or a striker, he pretty much does everything, so it’s a good match-up for me. Other fighters might see me as a pure grappler, but I have showed that I can fight in all areas. Dustin stood and fought 15 minutes fight (Joseph) Benavidez, and grappled with (John) Moraga, so you don’t know what to expect from him. Anything can happen.”

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[VIDEO] Chuck Liddell Says What We’re Pretty Much All Thinking About Jon Jones’ Cocaine Scandal

(If what we’re all thinking is, “I need to start partying with Jon Jones!!”)

I don’t know about you guys, but I was shocked (shocked I tell you!) and disgusted when I heard that Jon Jones — a multi-millionaire athlete in the prime of his career — was a dirty cocaine user. I mean, Krokodil is like, *way* fancier than coke and it gets you sooooo much higher. What a noob, right?

And when Jones bounced out of his 30-day rehab stint 29 days early? Clearly a cry for help from a man with such an addiction problem that he tested clean two weeks after he failed and then beat an Olympian until he cried two weeks after that. He’s basically Lindsay Lohan with Gibbon arms.

The point of my sarcastic rant is, Jon Jones is going to be fine. He slipped up once (well, twice) and will hopefully use this experience to better himself and refocus on certain areas of his life that he perhaps let get a little out of control. You know it, I know it, and Chuck Liddell knows it. So when TMZ Sports (via MMAWeekly) caught up with the former light heavyweight champion last night, he was quick to tell us all what we needed to hear: Calm the f*ck down and give Jon Jones a break.

Video after the jump. 

“But Jared and/or Chuck, Jon Jones is a professional athlete and needs to serve as a role model to blah blah and also yadda yadda. Rabble! Rabble!!”

And you’re right, John Q. Pedestal. Everyone who has an above-average ability to dribble a ball or kick someone in the face should be aware that, in order to do so, they must first eradicate the part of their brain that weakens them to the temptations that come with said abilities. But Jones didn’t do that, and maybe allowed himself to fall prey to those constant temptations. This is also what we call “being human,” which many of us seem to overlook while casting shade from our thrones of perfection on Mt. Internet Comments Section. I mean Jesus, people, it’s like you’ve never seen an episode of Behind the Music before.

Look, I’m not going to say that Jones’ possible cocaine problem is something that should be celebrated. That’s the UFC’s/his mother’s job. I’m just saying that for once, Internet, could we tone it down with the faux outrage? I know it’s asking a lot from the same people who lost their minds when a rocket scientist wore a sexist t-shirt, but let’s not act as if the majority of us wouldn’t be blowing lines off a dead mule’s hoof while gambling away the last of our pesos on an underground cockfighting match if put in the same position as Jones.

(What? It’s like you’ve never been to Tijuana before.)

-J. Jones


Holly Holm ‘still has a lot to prove’ before thinking about a fight with Ronda Rousey

LAS VEGAS — Holly Holm talks about being anxious to fight again, recovering from arm and neck injuries, being rematched with Raquel Pennington, her thoughts on Ronda Rousey, the power of confidence in fighting, and more.

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Morning Report: Joe Rogan says CM Punk should work on MMA skills for at least a year before ‘thinking about fighting on f***ing TV in a cage’

While the merits of the UFC allowing unproven professional wrestler CM Punk to scratch an itch by competing in the Octagon have been argued, most of the signings detractors at least agree the added attention will bring eyes to the sport.

Speaking with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt Eddie Bravo, UFC commentator Joe Rogan gave his take on whether or not the move was truly good for the promotion.

“Business? It depends on what your business is,” said Rogan. “This is what I believe, honestly. All bulls**t aside. Your business is the Super Bowl of mixed martial arts. Your business is the best fighters in the world. What this is, is an opportunity like James Toney was, to showcase how ridiculous our ideas are about these athletes that have never competed in MMA in comparison to a true, legitimate MMA fighter. But I don’t think that’s going to happen in this fight.”

Rogan refers to former heavyweight world champion boxer James Toney, who famously fought Randy Couture at UFC 118 in 2010. Couture was able to secure a takedown on Toney with relative ease, submitting the via arm triangle in the first round.

“It was easy,” Rogan said of Couture’s win over Toney. “But this is Randy Couture, a heavyweight UFC champion, UFC light heavyweight champion, a real legend, versus CM Punk. Who is going to fight … who? He’s going to fight a guy who’s 0-1? Is he going to fight a guy who’s 1-0? Why is that 1-0 guy in the UFC? Well, he’s only in the UFC because of CM Punk.”

As UFC president Dana White previously stated would likely be the case, Rogan believes Punk will face a relative newcomer with a comparable record, meaning someone with perhaps two professional fights at most.

“His idea is that he can do this as a challenge and that he wants to jump in and give this a shot,” said Rogan. “But I would tell him, if he was my friend, and supposedly he’s very wealthy, I would tell him the same thing I would tell [former UFC heavyweight champion] Brock Lesnar, if I ever had Brock Lesnar alone before he started his career, if he asked me, ‘What should I do?’

“I’d say, ‘How do you want to do this? Do you want to just climb Mount Everest once? Or do you want to be the best that you can be? If you want to be the best that you can be you need to take a legitimate year plus and work on skills only. Only skills, no fighting. No fighting in the UFC! What are you? Crazy?”

In step with retired Dutch MMA legend Bas Rutten, Rogan believes Punk should abandon the States for the Netherlands, or maybe even Thailand. Punk has revealed he’ll be training at Roufusport in Wisconsin, close to his Chicago home.

“What I would do is bring you to f***ing Holland,” Rogan continued. “If I had a guy who was a multi-millionaire, I would bring that guy somewhere you’ve got a bunch of people that are the elite of the elite in whatever discipline. I’d bring them to [Eddie Bravo's] 10th Planet Jiu Jitsu to have him learn Jiu Jitsu. ‘Dude, you’re going to train here every day for a year before we even think about you fighting someone on f***ing TV in a cage.”

Punk has tentatively planned for his UFC debut to come in late 2015. By the sounds of it, Rogan believes slow and steady is the way to go.

“I want to see guys get you in side control, get you in a mounted crucifix,” said Rogan. “Ready? Escape. You’ve got to do that every f***ing day. I want to see what happens when someone puts you on your back. Can you threaten off your back? Can you get back up? What’s your half guard like? Do you have a lockdown? Or one of these stupid 1994 half guards where you’re just flopping your legs around?

“What are you doing? Are you doing the best, go-to s**t when you’re in bad situations? No. Then why are you in the UFC? It’s two thousand and f***ing 14. You need to be at ‘Mom & Pop F***ing MMA’ in Bismark South Dakota or wherever the f**k that is and fight in some small shows. You need to get some seasoning. Some experience. You need to start slow.”

According to Rogan, Punk should be worrying exclusively about mechanics at this point, not trying to string together imperfect techniques.

“You need to start working on mechanics,” said Rogan. “Have a guy like a [Blackzilians head striking coach] Henri Hooft or a [9X kickboxing and Muay Thai world champion] Rob Kaman going over mechanics with you where you’re doing slow motion drills.

“You’re throwing left hook, right leg kick and he’s going to go, ‘No no no, pivot, pivot.’ They’ll show you over and over again. You should be doing that s**t forever. You shouldn’t be relying on simple athleticism and grit and toughness. Dropping your hands and winging punches with your f***ing chicken neck up in the air. F**k that! No! This is the goddamn UFC. You’ve got one shot at this. You should do this right. You’ve got to get skillful.”



Post show. Ariel Helwani, Chuck Mindenhall and Dave Doyle discuss and break down the top storylines coming out of UFC 182.

‘I hope he’s somewhere crying right now.’ Jon Jones says he still doesn’t respect Daniel Cormier. ’I know if he would have won, he would have been up here talking all types of trash.’

Aftermath. Dave Doyle recaps all the action from UFC 182.

‘This is not going to ruin me.’ Daniel Cormier vows to rebound from loss to Jon Jones.

Notorious. Conor McGregor is predicting he’ll put Dennis Siver away in the first round. ‘I’ve ran through some scenarios, I cannot see him escaping the first two minutes.’




Highlights from Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier.


Jones talks post-fight.


Dana White talks UFC 182.


Highlights from the UFC 182 post-fight presser. (Full press conference here)


Daniel Cormier reflects on the Jones fight.


‘Rare’ early Nick Diaz bare knuckle fight.

(via r/MMA)


Long watches.

CM Punk UFC 182 Q&A video

UFC fight pass update announcement



See how the pros reacted to UFC 182.


Victory lap.

Thank you also, but now late Happy New Year this year! Match Result is not doing is very convincing in the judgment difference safely and form their own that was had drawn can win! You would like to come back to become more strongly to practice now more! The rip aiming above! !


Better luck next time.


Not impressed.


Neither were they.


Lost a big MMA fan.


He retired, too.


Get well soon.


Worth a read.




Teaching seminars.



Announced this weekend (Jan. 2-4 2015)

Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 185



Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via Simon Head.

Why Jon Jones is the UFC’s undisputed king of the mountain

Surely there can be no argument now. Jon Jones is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. For my money he’s also the most complete mixed martial artist of all time.

A systematic dismantler of opponents, from their psyche to their technique to their heart, Jones is the best there is in the sport of mixed martial arts.

The American light heavyweight has taken on, and beaten, all comers since becoming the youngest belt-holder in UFC history and he’s done so in remarkable fashion in almost every case.

One by one the challengers come, each offering a new test. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belts, elite strikers, former world champions and, most recently, Olympians have all taken on ‘Bones’ Jones, but none have found a way to defeat him.

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Bellator 121 Uncut: ‘Now I’m the thinking meathead’

Take a backstage look at Bellator 121, including Philipe Lins‘ first-round finish of Austin Heidlage, plus Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and James Thompson’s successful promotional debuts on the latest edition of Bellator Uncut. Bellator 121 took place June 6, 2014 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma and aired live on Spike TV.

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Jon Jones Only Thinking About 205 And Not Heavyweight Anymore

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones can move into a tie with Matt Hughes this weekend at UFC 172 if he can defeat Glover Teixeira and secure title defense No. 7. Jones, who has talked openly before about moving up to the heavyweight division in the near future, now appears focused on maintaining his spot […]

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“Hitman” Kampmann Still Thinking About Possible Return To Fighting

Martin Kampmann has put his body through 27 MMA wars, including back-to-back knockout losses to Carlos Condit and UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. For Kampmann, a former WEC champion, the thought of officially hanging up his gloves is something he is not ready to do – yet. However, he also is unsure if a return […]

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