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Darrion Caldwell Hints at Kyoji Horiguchi Rematch: ‘Next Time We Dance in the Cage’

Darrion Caldwell came up short in his bid to become a champion in two promotions, falling to Kyoji Horiguchi at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve.
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Jones Has No Time For Bisping’s Dumb S—t

The difficulties begin at the 1:45 mark.

Before Jon Jones recaptured his light heavyweight title, thanks to a technical knockout victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 (watch it), UFC on FOX analyst and former 185-pound kingpin, Michael Bisping, had a very legitimate question about post-fight drug testing.

“The Count” wanted to know if “Bones” was still at risk of testing positive for picograms of Turinabol, since it seemed to be happening with greater frequency ahead of the Dec. 29 fight card and caused the entire event to be relocated.

Jones avoided the question, asked during last Friday’s weigh-in show, and did not sound overly enthusiastic about returning to the airwaves and going through yet another battery of drug-related questions after finishing “The Mauler.”

I guess Bisping didn’t get the “better journalism” memo from Izabelle Kostic.

“I don’t care about asking difficult questions and I asked Jon Jones some questions,” Bisping said on his official podcast. “Which apparently he didn’t like, because after the fight, we interviewed him again. When we were on commercial break, he was talking shit. ‘Is that motherfucker…’ to whoever the powers to be are at FOX, ‘is that motherfucker Michael Bisping going to be asking questions again, with his dumb shit?’ I was like ‘oh yeah.’”

Bisping is no stranger to starting shit after an event.

If Jones was popping for Turinabol before the event, and the pulsing effect is rumored to last for years, then it’s not outrageous to suggest that more positive results are on the way. That would lead us into uncharted territory, in terms of how athletes are screened.

It also puts pressure on Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to establish protocol for this sort of thing, since Jones was barred from competing in Las Vegas until the results of his tests were sorted through and explained.

And if Jones thought Bisping had difficult questions…

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Max Holloway Still Believes Jose Aldo is ‘Greatest Featherweight of All Time’

After Saturday’s remarkable beatdown of the previously unbeaten Brian Ortega in the UFC 231 main event, it would’ve understandable if Max Holloway wanted to brag a little bit.
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The ‘Prime Time’ Record Has Been Broken!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will occasionally send its fighters to the “Dream Racing” experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, for no other reason than to see what they can do with a super fast car and miles of asphalt to burn rubber.

Veteran middleweight Uriah Hall was the previous record holder with the fastest track time of 57.22 behind the wheel of his Ferrari F430 GT Race Car. The operative word here? “Was,” as The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 contestant, Bea Malecki, got strapped into her Lamborghini Gallardo GT and torched “Prime Time” by nearly two seconds.

That’s twice Hall got beat by a girl.

So, what is Dream Racing? Well, exactly what it sounds like. You hop into a dream car and start racing it around the track. The all-inclusive experience includes classroom training, as well as a 3D simulator session before you roll onto the track.

And yes, it has a lounge!

For much more on Dream Racing click here. To follow Malecki every week on TUF 28 click here.

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Santos Enjoying Time At 205, Wants Manuwa Next

Light heavyweight may have just gained another dangerous member.

Thiago “Marreta” Santos has contested his entire UFC career at 185 pounds … right up until accepting a late replacement fight in Sao Paulo at 205 pounds. Initially against Jimi Manuwa, he ended up facing Eryk Anders … and defeating him in impressive fashion (watch it here). Now it sounds like he’s considering an extended stay at light heavyweight, and perhaps even making it his new home.

“I can make 185. That’s a fact,” Santos said at the post fight press conference (translated by MMA Fighting). “I’m coming off three fights at 185. The problem is the recovery. I don’t get back to 100 percent. So what’s important is my health. Regardless of fighting someone like Jon Jones’ size or Alexander Gustafsson. But if I’m healthy, it’s going to be a war for them.”

But first things first: Santos wants what he originally agreed to: a bout with British slugger Jimi Manuwa.

“I hope that he recovers well,” Santos said. “I hope to meet with him in December so we can fulfil the contract that we signed. I want to fight at 205 against a guy that’s bigger than me like Manuwa so I can feel the pressure from a heavier guy. To see if I get punched by that guy and I change my mind and go back to 185 or step up. So, we’ll see.”

Santos is just the latest fighter to make his mark at 205 after struggling to get noticed at 185. Anthony Smith exploded into the light heavyweight rankings after a single win over “Shogun” Rua and is now set to face #2 ranked Volkan Oezdemir at the end of October. If Santos gets his hands on Manuwa, he may find himself at the top of the light heavyweight division, which seems better than sitting outside of the top ten at middleweight.

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Source: Renan Barao Was Offered Time To Make Weight, Declined To Try

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion missed weight on Friday for his fight against Andre Ewell tomorrow night, and his opponent’s camp is not surprised.
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Paulo Costa Accuses Yoel Romero Of ‘Stalling,’ Pulling Out of UFC 230 For More Time To Train

Surging Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Paulo Costa has taken a shot at Yoel Romero for pulling out of their scheduled fight at UFC 230 because he believes the Cuban wants to train more ahead of their much-anticipated clash
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White Says No World Tour For Khabib Vs. McGregor – ‘We Don’t Have Time’

Despite a marvelous UFC 227 fight card that lit up the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., UFC president Dana White still had to answer questions last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s upcoming lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor.

The massive superfight was announced earlier this week and will take place at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 from Las Vegas, Nevada. That puts us just about two months away from arguably the biggest fight in UFC history.

The rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov has been brewing for a very long time, and hit a whole new level this past April when “Notorious” attacked a Brooklyn bus to get to Khabib. McGregor ended up getting hit with a felony and misdemeanors, but was cleared of most charges late last month.

A title fight as big as Khabib vs. McGregor warrants all the attention in the world, especially from a promotional standpoint. But with 60 days to prepare for a Las Vegas showdown, White confirmed UFC won’t be bringing the circus on the road, which is exactly what UFC did for McGregor’s anticipated clash with Jose Aldo three years ago.

“We don’t have time for a world tour,” White said during UFC 227 post-fight press conference (full replay here). “These guys are going to fight the first week of October. Both guys are going to go into camp. We’ll do something fun, we’ll do some different stuff. We’re literally having a big meeting on Monday to get this stuff in order and get it going.”

Unfortunately for White, promoting Khabib vs. McGregor isn’t the only thing he has to worry about. In addition to attracting massive interest from fight fans all across the globe, White and company must do their best to prevent any out-of-cage encounters between Khabib, McGregor, or any members of their teams.

When one fighter throws a dolly through a bus window to get to another fighter you can understand UFC’s cautious approach.

“We’re pretty confident that we can control what happens,” White said. “What happened in New York, obviously if you look at what happened, everyone was loading onto the buses, everything was done, and our staff still handled it pretty damn well for what was going down.

“We’re very aware. Nothing is going to happen. We’ll be good.”

With just two months before Khabib and McGregor finally clash inside of the Octagon, expect countless Twitter feuds, verbal lashings, face-to-face staredowns, and behind-the-scenes video coverage, all of which will be used to promote the Russia vs. Ireland superfight.

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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

For much more on this season of TUF click here. Enjoy the show!

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Where Does Michael Bisping Rank Amongst The All Time Greats?

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

 

When people talk about the absolute, greatest fighter of all time, Michael Bisping’s name doesn’t typically enter the discussion. But, where does “The Count” sit on the all time greats list? You could certainly make the case he’s up there.

Now, usually when people talk about the G.O.A.T., names like Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and more recently, Demetrious Johnson get mentioned. After all, of those fighters reigned their respective divisions, or still do, for a prolonged period of time.

In the case of Bisping, yes, his reign as the UFC’s middleweight champ ended not long in. After the British star shocked the MMA world in June, 2016 by taking out Luke Rockhold, Bisping barely got by Dan Henderson in what turned out to be his first and only title defense.

But, if we pull out a little form the G.O.A.T. contenders, and review Bisping’s career through a bit of a different lens, there’s no denying that he is one of the greatest fighters to date.

Bisping remained in the contender mix, pretty much, during the entirety of his UFC run. When you consider he made his way into the UFC, after winning TUF 3 in 2006, that’s a ridiculously long time to compete against the best of the best, and remain in title contention. Further, a lot of people closed the book on Bisping’s championship aspirations years ago, and yet, the rugged fighter went on to secure the middleweight title when he was 37 year’s old.

In addition to Bisping’s wins over Rockhold and Henderson, he also defeated notable fighters like Cung Le, Brian Stann, Chris Leben, Thales Leites and the legendary, Silva. All of his defeats came against former champs or top contenders. Bisping also won 20, yes, 20 UFC bouts, and he’s currently tied with GSP and Donald Cerrone for the most wins ever in the promotion.

But, while reflecting on Bisping’s career, and how much impact he had on the game, you also have to factor in his persona. There’s no question that at times, Bisping was one of the most polarizing fighters in the sport. In terms of the best trash talkers and self promoters MMA has seen, the former champ is right up there with Chael Sonnen and Conor McGregor. Few could pull of the smug act like Bisping, as a means to enrage his opponent’s fans, and drive interest in a bout. Leading up to his fights with Henderson and GSP, depending on who you talked to, Bisping was loathed.

Finally, there’s been a tidal wave of support sent Bisping’s way since he announced his retirement, and that doesn’t typically happen with fighters who aren’t great. “The Count’s” bouts, and the lead up to them, will be sorely missed.

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