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UFC to Host Times Square Viewing Party for Khabib vs. Conor Press Conference

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going big for its Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor press conference.
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Lazy Jake Ellenberger Is Still ‘100 Times Better’ Than Inferior Ben Saunders

“Nobody beats me but me.” —Jake Ellenberger

For a guy who is 2-8 over his last 10 fights — getting finished six times along the way — you would expect maybe a softer approach when assessing what went wrong. Instead, Jake Ellenberger simply s—t all over his last opponent because it probably makes him feel better about losing.

The fighter in question is Ben Saunders, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 grad who also made a name for himself in Bellator MMA. I guess the idea of losing to “Killa B” at UFC Utica by way of knockout is too much for “The Juggernaut” to process, judging by his comments to Submission Radio.

Here’s a snip:

“I should never lose to a guy like Ben Saunders. Ben Saunders is not… he’s not a world-class fighter. That’s just not a guy I should ever lose to. I shouldn’t lose to him on my worst day. Like, that’s just me being real. And I would tell him that to his face. I am a hundred times better fighter than he is. And he knows that. But at the end of the day I fucking got lazy, I got complacent, he caught me. I wouldn’t say I looked past him, but I had no respect for him. Literally, I had no respect for him. And I was kind of like, the longer this fight goes the better. I hope it goes three rounds. I don’t even care. Like I said, I got comfortable, I got complacent in his clinch and he only just touched me, caught me, that’s all it was. But it is what it is.”

“It is what it is” is the new GOT CAUGHT.

Ellenberger (31-14) will have the opportunity to snap his three-fight losing streak when he battles the venerable Bryan Barberena at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 135 event on FOX Sports 1, scheduled for Aug. 25, 2018 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A loss could mean the inevitable pink slip.

As for Saunders (22-9-2), he looks to build on his “Juggernaut” win by taking on dangerous Brazilian bruiser Sergio Moraes at the pending UFC Fight Night 137 fight card next month inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also on FOX Sports 1.

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Midnight Mania! Joe Rogan says Yamasaki should have stopped Shevchenko-Cachoeira fight ‘15-20 times’

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Joe Rogan has added his voice to the backlash from the trashfire that was the Shevchenko-Cachoeira fight. The bout was allowed to continue for two rounds while Shevchenko administered a clinical and brutal beating, 217 strikes landing from the top. It finally ended when Shevchenko secured a rear-naked choke, tapping Cachoeira. Transcript of Rogan’s take via MMAJunkie.com:

“Mario Yamasaki said he gave her the opportunity to, ‘Be a warrior,’” Rogan said. “That’s what he said. That was his take on it. I mean, not just beat up. Did you see the stats? The actual physical striking stats? It was some unbelievably overwhelming number, like one vs. several hundred, in the significant strike department. Like literally, she landed one decent punch.

“They should have stopped that fight a long time ago. That fight should have been stopped 15 or 20 times.”

As it turned out, Priscila Cachoeira had torn her ACL in the first round- but when she told her corner about it, they told her to shut up. There is plenty of blame to go around, including, perhaps more egregiously, the matchmakers themselves, who rarely book such mismatches.

“It was a bad matchup, because that girl, I believe it was her UFC debut,” Rogan said “To have a UFC debut, to have a woman that’s fought for the title and is a world-class striker, I mean literally one of the very-best strikers on the planet earth – male or female – it’s just not fair.”

What’s important to remember in this discussion is just how good Valentina Shevchenko is.

“Valentina is one of the most well-rounded women in the sport,” Rogan said. “She subbed Julianna Pena off her back, she stands up and out-strikes Holly Holm. She went toe-to-toe with Amanda Nunes, she went toe-to-toe with some of the best kickboxers in the world. She’s a world champion muay Thai fighter. She’s just a (expletive) beast. She’s an all-around just bad-ass fighter.”


Insomnia

Once again, the Tim Means decision is a perfect example of why we don’t need win bonuses. Fighters should get all the money up front.

The better to kick you with, my Yoel.

I agree with this breakdown if the fight goes to a decision, but I also think there is a high chance Yoel finds a spectacular finish

Part of me wants to find the supplements that are spiked so I can get some mild steroid gains going.

Ummm… no.

A head-butting sport sounds like a genius plan with no drawbacks at all.

It would look like this:

My Houston-area Texas boys are fighting this weekend (Disclaimer: I’ve never met Sage or Derrick Lewis. I’m still claiming them)

This weekend in combat sports:


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

If you watch any fight this weekend, make it Israel Adesanya’s debut.

Nicely done

I really want to try this on someone


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Vitor Belfort looking to fight five more times after ‘reinventing’ himself at UFC 212

Nobody knew for sure what Vitor Belfort was going to say after his UFC 212 matchup with Nate Marquardt last night (Sat., June 3, 2017) at UFC 212 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Rumors had swirled about the MMA legend possibly retiring, or even taking his talents to another promotion.

After capturing a unanimous decision win over Marquardt to earn his first UFC win since a knockout of Dan Henderson in 2015, Belfort eased the minds of Brazilian fans everywhere during his post-fight interview by saying he plans to fight five more times. “The Phenom” expanded on that notion backstage.

“We are reinventing Vitor Belfort again,” Belfort said during UFC 212’s post-fight press conference (watch here). “So, we are changing a lot of things in the game, a lot of things I was doing wrong. Not rushing, taking my time. We had more power in the third round than the first round. That’s a good thing.”

UFC 212 marked the first fight Belfort has had under new head coach, and king of Tristar, Firas Zahabi. It was a pairing that was sure to deliver results, but Belfort needed to be motivated again to put his previous Octagon defeats behind him.

“Something stirred in me, so I love to train again, I love to fight again,” Belfort added. “That’s something that’s been away from me for my last three fights, to tell you the truth. I was burned out.”

As long as Belfort can continue to shows improvements at 40 years of age, and UFC wants him back inside of the Octagon, fight fans will still get to see one of the best fighters ever compete. Belfort may not be able to challenge for a title in 2018, but his dominant performance over Marquardt at UFC 212 suggests he can wreak some havoc on the middleweight top 15.

For complete UFC 212 results and coverage click here.

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Mike Perry hoping to fight four more times in 2017: ‘Every month-and-a-half’

When fight fans and pundits call Mike Perry’s second-round masterpiece over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108 the early frontrunner for ‘2017 Knockout of the Year,’ Perry can’t help but agree.

Perry demolished Ellenberger with a grisly standing elbow knockout on Saturday night, leaving Ellenberger down on the canvas for several minutes afterward. When asked if the devastating finish should be considered the best knockout of the year thus far, Perry said Monday on The MMA Hour that it should, though not because of the scary sight that followed it with Ellenberger.

“That doesn’t matter to me. I’m not excited about how long the guy is asleep for,” Perry said on The MMA Hour. “I was excited to have won against one of the top athletes in the world, and won in a winner’s fashion. So I was excited about that, but his health, things like that — I saw him the next morning in the hotel lobby, so I’m glad he’s doing alright.

“I think I was like, ‘how are you?’ or ‘how you doing?’ and he said he was good, so nothing else needed to be said.”

The performance at UFC Fight Night 108 served as a welcome rebound for Perry, whose stock took a hit in December when “Platinum” suffered his first career loss at the hands of Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

But with his knockout of Ellenberger, Perry propelled his UFC record back up to 3-1, with all three of those wins ending in vicious finishes from the heavy-handed 25-year-old. And a cult following of Mike Perry fans were once again out in full force across the internet, celebrating the return of a man who is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing — and divisive — prospects in the UFC lightweight division.

“Real recognize real, that’s why,” Perry said. “I keep it real, and that’s great to hear that people understand it wasn’t no fluke the first two times. It wasn’t a fluke on Saturday night. What happened with Jouban was just one athlete against another, and one was a little smarter that night. He was a little smarter than me that night. I gave that away. That’s what happened, I gave it away. It’s my fault.

“But I can live with that, I can deal with that, because if you want to come and grab me and get me, if you want to finish, now we’re talking my language. You’re going to have to stand in front of me for long enough for me to put my hands on you.”

Perry indicated that his loss to Jouban was somewhat of an eye-opening experience, one that made him reassess his preparation and rededicate himself to the nuances of the fight game.

“I think I handled [the loss] well, considering how I came back,” Perry said. “It was fine, it just lit a fire under my ass. Excuse my language. I got ready to stop messing around. I don’t know, I paid more attention and I got things done right, and I didn’t slack on my diet, and I didn’t not go run when I supposed to or should have. I went and did those things, no matter how comfortable I was.

“My weight cut (for UFC on FOX 22), at times, was nowhere near the weight cut I just had,” Perry added. “There was a lot of suffering involved for the Jouban weight cut, and there was none for this one. I could’ve fought the day of weigh-ins.”

After fighting three times in his first five months in the UFC in 2016, Perry now hopes to replicate that pace in 2017. Though the year is already nearing its halfway mark, Perry hopes to have five fights in the books by the end of December, even if that means fighting the kind of schedule that would give Donald Cerrone pause.

“I’m going to try to surpass [my total for 2016],” Perry said. “How many months we got left? We’ll see. (I want to fight) every month-and-a-half. Every month-and-a-half, okay, so four more.

“I could’ve fought again Saturday night. Of course that would’ve taken a toll on my body, but I was in the back saying ‘what if this was the NBA or the NFL, what if our sport worked that way and it was just a set of games?’ I mean, I spar in the gym every other day, so why can’t I take someone who’s actually trying really, really hard and still not let them injure me. So, I can, and I showed that.”

Perry has high aspirations for those fights, as well. Though he is early in his UFC rise, Perry already has his sights set squarely on UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“Man, that night that I fought (on Saturday), I was Snapchat’ing the champ right before I think he did his little news interview,” Perry said. “And I sent him a video talking about belts, collecting them, because I’d seen his little thing, man. He said ‘get a ticket, pack a lunch.’ I told him I was ready for my field trip.

“Respect to him. I have to get a couple more before I’ve even earned that. I’m ready for him, but I gotta get a couple more. But it’ll be fun. I’ll just beat a couple guys up and it’ll be fun.”

As for who’s next, Perry reiterated remarks made in his post-fight interview that it really doesn’t matter to him. Whatever the fans want to see, he’s up for the challenge, as long as it’s a name that gets him closer to where he ultimately wants to go.

“I really don’t care. Like I said, whose life do y’all want me to ruin next?” Perry said. “Y’all want the entertainment. Who am I to say (a name), to take money away from a family? I just deliver. They order and I deliver. That’s what I’m here for.

“There’s a lot of names (I’m hearing from fans),” Perry added. “Everybody. Neil Magny, (Tarec) Saffiedine, also Robbie Lawler, Thiago Alves or Gunnar (Nelson). So, any one of them. … Let’s do it. Whatever they offer, I’m not going to say no. I’m going to get the job done.”

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Mike Perry hoping to fight four more times in 2017: ‘Every month-and-a-half’

When fight fans and pundits call Mike Perry’s second-round masterpiece over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108 the early frontrunner for ‘2017 Knockout of the Year,’ Perry can’t help but agree.

Perry demolished Ellenberger with a grisly standing elbow knockout on Saturday night, leaving Ellenberger down on the canvas for several minutes afterward. When asked if the devastating finish should be considered the best knockout of the year thus far, Perry said Monday on The MMA Hour that it should, though not because of the scary sight that followed it with Ellenberger.

“That doesn’t matter to me. I’m not excited about how long the guy is asleep for,” Perry said on The MMA Hour. “I was excited to have won against one of the top athletes in the world, and won in a winner’s fashion. So I was excited about that, but his health, things like that — I saw him the next morning in the hotel lobby, so I’m glad he’s doing alright.

“I think I was like, ‘how are you?’ or ‘how you doing?’ and he said he was good, so nothing else needed to be said.”

The performance at UFC Fight Night 108 served as a welcome rebound for Perry, whose stock took a hit in December when “Platinum” suffered his first career loss at the hands of Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

But with his knockout of Ellenberger, Perry propelled his UFC record back up to 3-1, with all three of those wins ending in vicious finishes from the heavy-handed 25-year-old. And a cult following of Mike Perry fans were once again out in full force across the internet, celebrating the return of a man who is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing — and divisive — prospects in the UFC lightweight division.

“Real recognize real, that’s why,” Perry said. “I keep it real, and that’s great to hear that people understand it wasn’t no fluke the first two times. It wasn’t a fluke on Saturday night. What happened with Jouban was just one athlete against another, and one was a little smarter that night. He was a little smarter than me that night. I gave that away. That’s what happened, I gave it away. It’s my fault.

“But I can live with that, I can deal with that, because if you want to come and grab me and get me, if you want to finish, now we’re talking my language. You’re going to have to stand in front of me for long enough for me to put my hands on you.”

Perry indicated that his loss to Jouban was somewhat of an eye-opening experience, one that made him reassess his preparation and rededicate himself to the nuances of the fight game.

“I think I handled [the loss] well, considering how I came back,” Perry said. “It was fine, it just lit a fire under my ass. Excuse my language. I got ready to stop messing around. I don’t know, I paid more attention and I got things done right, and I didn’t slack on my diet, and I didn’t not go run when I supposed to or should have. I went and did those things, no matter how comfortable I was.

“My weight cut (for UFC on FOX 22), at times, was nowhere near the weight cut I just had,” Perry added. “There was a lot of suffering involved for the Jouban weight cut, and there was none for this one. I could’ve fought the day of weigh-ins.”

After fighting three times in his first five months in the UFC in 2016, Perry now hopes to replicate that pace in 2017. Though the year is already nearing its halfway mark, Perry hopes to have five fights in the books by the end of December, even if that means fighting the kind of schedule that would give Donald Cerrone pause.

“I’m going to try to surpass [my total for 2016],” Perry said. “How many months we got left? We’ll see. (I want to fight) every month-and-a-half. Every month-and-a-half, okay, so four more.

“I could’ve fought again Saturday night. Of course that would’ve taken a toll on my body, but I was in the back saying ‘what if this was the NBA or the NFL, what if our sport worked that way and it was just a set of games?’ I mean, I spar in the gym every other day, so why can’t I take someone who’s actually trying really, really hard and still not let them injure me. So, I can, and I showed that.”

Perry has high aspirations for those fights, as well. Though he is early in his UFC rise, Perry already has his sights set squarely on UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“Man, that night that I fought (on Saturday), I was Snapchat’ing the champ right before I think he did his little news interview,” Perry said. “And I sent him a video talking about belts, collecting them, because I’d seen his little thing, man. He said ‘get a ticket, pack a lunch.’ I told him I was ready for my field trip.

“Respect to him. I have to get a couple more before I’ve even earned that. I’m ready for him, but I gotta get a couple more. But it’ll be fun. I’ll just beat a couple guys up and it’ll be fun.”

As for who’s next, Perry reiterated remarks made in his post-fight interview that it really doesn’t matter to him. Whatever the fans want to see, he’s up for the challenge, as long as it’s a name that gets him closer to where he ultimately wants to go.

“I really don’t care. Like I said, whose life do y’all want me to ruin next?” Perry said. “Y’all want the entertainment. Who am I to say (a name), to take money away from a family? I just deliver. They order and I deliver. That’s what I’m here for.

“There’s a lot of names (I’m hearing from fans),” Perry added. “Everybody. Neil Magny, (Tarec) Saffiedine, also Robbie Lawler, Thiago Alves or Gunnar (Nelson). So, any one of them. … Let’s do it. Whatever they offer, I’m not going to say no. I’m going to get the job done.”

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Mike Perry hoping to fight four more times in 2017: ‘Every month-and-a-half’

When fight fans and pundits call Mike Perry’s second-round masterpiece over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108 the early frontrunner for ‘2017 Knockout of the Year,’ Perry can’t help but agree.

Perry demolished Ellenberger with a grisly standing elbow knockout on Saturday night, leaving Ellenberger down on the canvas for several minutes afterward. When asked if the devastating finish should be considered the best knockout of the year thus far, Perry said Monday on The MMA Hour that it should, though not because of the scary sight that followed it with Ellenberger.

“That doesn’t matter to me. I’m not excited about how long the guy is asleep for,” Perry said on The MMA Hour. “I was excited to have won against one of the top athletes in the world, and won in a winner’s fashion. So I was excited about that, but his health, things like that — I saw him the next morning in the hotel lobby, so I’m glad he’s doing alright.

“I think I was like, ‘how are you?’ or ‘how you doing?’ and he said he was good, so nothing else needed to be said.”

The performance at UFC Fight Night 108 served as a welcome rebound for Perry, whose stock took a hit in December when “Platinum” suffered his first career loss at the hands of Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

But with his knockout of Ellenberger, Perry propelled his UFC record back up to 3-1, with all three of those wins ending in vicious finishes from the heavy-handed 25-year-old. And a cult following of Mike Perry fans were once again out in full force across the internet, celebrating the return of a man who is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing — and divisive — prospects in the UFC lightweight division.

“Real recognize real, that’s why,” Perry said. “I keep it real, and that’s great to hear that people understand it wasn’t no fluke the first two times. It wasn’t a fluke on Saturday night. What happened with Jouban was just one athlete against another, and one was a little smarter that night. He was a little smarter than me that night. I gave that away. That’s what happened, I gave it away. It’s my fault.

“But I can live with that, I can deal with that, because if you want to come and grab me and get me, if you want to finish, now we’re talking my language. You’re going to have to stand in front of me for long enough for me to put my hands on you.”

Perry indicated that his loss to Jouban was somewhat of an eye-opening experience, one that made him reassess his preparation and rededicate himself to the nuances of the fight game.

“I think I handled [the loss] well, considering how I came back,” Perry said. “It was fine, it just lit a fire under my ass. Excuse my language. I got ready to stop messing around. I don’t know, I paid more attention and I got things done right, and I didn’t slack on my diet, and I didn’t not go run when I supposed to or should have. I went and did those things, no matter how comfortable I was.

“My weight cut (for UFC on FOX 22), at times, was nowhere near the weight cut I just had,” Perry added. “There was a lot of suffering involved for the Jouban weight cut, and there was none for this one. I could’ve fought the day of weigh-ins.”

After fighting three times in his first five months in the UFC in 2016, Perry now hopes to replicate that pace in 2017. Though the year is already nearing its halfway mark, Perry hopes to have five fights in the books by the end of December, even if that means fighting the kind of schedule that would give Donald Cerrone pause.

“I’m going to try to surpass [my total for 2016],” Perry said. “How many months we got left? We’ll see. (I want to fight) every month-and-a-half. Every month-and-a-half, okay, so four more.

“I could’ve fought again Saturday night. Of course that would’ve taken a toll on my body, but I was in the back saying ‘what if this was the NBA or the NFL, what if our sport worked that way and it was just a set of games?’ I mean, I spar in the gym every other day, so why can’t I take someone who’s actually trying really, really hard and still not let them injure me. So, I can, and I showed that.”

Perry has high aspirations for those fights, as well. Though he is early in his UFC rise, Perry already has his sights set squarely on UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“Man, that night that I fought (on Saturday), I was Snapchat’ing the champ right before I think he did his little news interview,” Perry said. “And I sent him a video talking about belts, collecting them, because I’d seen his little thing, man. He said ‘get a ticket, pack a lunch.’ I told him I was ready for my field trip.

“Respect to him. I have to get a couple more before I’ve even earned that. I’m ready for him, but I gotta get a couple more. But it’ll be fun. I’ll just beat a couple guys up and it’ll be fun.”

As for who’s next, Perry reiterated remarks made in his post-fight interview that it really doesn’t matter to him. Whatever the fans want to see, he’s up for the challenge, as long as it’s a name that gets him closer to where he ultimately wants to go.

“I really don’t care. Like I said, whose life do y’all want me to ruin next?” Perry said. “Y’all want the entertainment. Who am I to say (a name), to take money away from a family? I just deliver. They order and I deliver. That’s what I’m here for.

“There’s a lot of names (I’m hearing from fans),” Perry added. “Everybody. Neil Magny, (Tarec) Saffiedine, also Robbie Lawler, Thiago Alves or Gunnar (Nelson). So, any one of them. … Let’s do it. Whatever they offer, I’m not going to say no. I’m going to get the job done.”

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Mike Perry hoping to fight four more times in 2017: ‘Every month-and-a-half’

When fight fans and pundits call Mike Perry’s second-round masterpiece over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108 the early frontrunner for ‘2017 Knockout of the Year,’ Perry can’t help but agree.

Perry demolished Ellenberger with a grisly standing elbow knockout on Saturday night, leaving Ellenberger down on the canvas for several minutes afterward. When asked if the devastating finish should be considered the best knockout of the year thus far, Perry said Monday on The MMA Hour that it should, though not because of the scary sight that followed it with Ellenberger.

“That doesn’t matter to me. I’m not excited about how long the guy is asleep for,” Perry said on The MMA Hour. “I was excited to have won against one of the top athletes in the world, and won in a winner’s fashion. So I was excited about that, but his health, things like that — I saw him the next morning in the hotel lobby, so I’m glad he’s doing alright.

“I think I was like, ‘how are you?’ or ‘how you doing?’ and he said he was good, so nothing else needed to be said.”

The performance at UFC Fight Night 108 served as a welcome rebound for Perry, whose stock took a hit in December when “Platinum” suffered his first career loss at the hands of Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

But with his knockout of Ellenberger, Perry propelled his UFC record back up to 3-1, with all three of those wins ending in vicious finishes from the heavy-handed 25-year-old. And a cult following of Mike Perry fans were once again out in full force across the internet, celebrating the return of a man who is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing — and divisive — prospects in the UFC lightweight division.

“Real recognize real, that’s why,” Perry said. “I keep it real, and that’s great to hear that people understand it wasn’t no fluke the first two times. It wasn’t a fluke on Saturday night. What happened with Jouban was just one athlete against another, and one was a little smarter that night. He was a little smarter than me that night. I gave that away. That’s what happened, I gave it away. It’s my fault.

“But I can live with that, I can deal with that, because if you want to come and grab me and get me, if you want to finish, now we’re talking my language. You’re going to have to stand in front of me for long enough for me to put my hands on you.”

Perry indicated that his loss to Jouban was somewhat of an eye-opening experience, one that made him reassess his preparation and rededicate himself to the nuances of the fight game.

“I think I handled [the loss] well, considering how I came back,” Perry said. “It was fine, it just lit a fire under my ass. Excuse my language. I got ready to stop messing around. I don’t know, I paid more attention and I got things done right, and I didn’t slack on my diet, and I didn’t not go run when I supposed to or should have. I went and did those things, no matter how comfortable I was.

“My weight cut (for UFC on FOX 22), at times, was nowhere near the weight cut I just had,” Perry added. “There was a lot of suffering involved for the Jouban weight cut, and there was none for this one. I could’ve fought the day of weigh-ins.”

After fighting three times in his first five months in the UFC in 2016, Perry now hopes to replicate that pace in 2017. Though the year is already nearing its halfway mark, Perry hopes to have five fights in the books by the end of December, even if that means fighting the kind of schedule that would give Donald Cerrone pause.

“I’m going to try to surpass [my total for 2016],” Perry said. “How many months we got left? We’ll see. (I want to fight) every month-and-a-half. Every month-and-a-half, okay, so four more.

“I could’ve fought again Saturday night. Of course that would’ve taken a toll on my body, but I was in the back saying ‘what if this was the NBA or the NFL, what if our sport worked that way and it was just a set of games?’ I mean, I spar in the gym every other day, so why can’t I take someone who’s actually trying really, really hard and still not let them injure me. So, I can, and I showed that.”

Perry has high aspirations for those fights, as well. Though he is early in his UFC rise, Perry already has his sights set squarely on UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“Man, that night that I fought (on Saturday), I was Snapchat’ing the champ right before I think he did his little news interview,” Perry said. “And I sent him a video talking about belts, collecting them, because I’d seen his little thing, man. He said ‘get a ticket, pack a lunch.’ I told him I was ready for my field trip.

“Respect to him. I have to get a couple more before I’ve even earned that. I’m ready for him, but I gotta get a couple more. But it’ll be fun. I’ll just beat a couple guys up and it’ll be fun.”

As for who’s next, Perry reiterated remarks made in his post-fight interview that it really doesn’t matter to him. Whatever the fans want to see, he’s up for the challenge, as long as it’s a name that gets him closer to where he ultimately wants to go.

“I really don’t care. Like I said, whose life do y’all want me to ruin next?” Perry said. “Y’all want the entertainment. Who am I to say (a name), to take money away from a family? I just deliver. They order and I deliver. That’s what I’m here for.

“There’s a lot of names (I’m hearing from fans),” Perry added. “Everybody. Neil Magny, (Tarec) Saffiedine, also Robbie Lawler, Thiago Alves or Gunnar (Nelson). So, any one of them. … Let’s do it. Whatever they offer, I’m not going to say no. I’m going to get the job done.”

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Mike Perry hoping to fight four more times in 2017: ‘Every month-and-a-half’

When fight fans and pundits call Mike Perry’s second-round masterpiece over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 108 the early frontrunner for ‘2017 Knockout of the Year,’ Perry can’t help but agree.

Perry demolished Ellenberger with a grisly standing elbow knockout on Saturday night, leaving Ellenberger down on the canvas for several minutes afterward. When asked if the devastating finish should be considered the best knockout of the year thus far, Perry said Monday on The MMA Hour that it should, though not because of the scary sight that followed it with Ellenberger.

“That doesn’t matter to me. I’m not excited about how long the guy is asleep for,” Perry said on The MMA Hour. “I was excited to have won against one of the top athletes in the world, and won in a winner’s fashion. So I was excited about that, but his health, things like that — I saw him the next morning in the hotel lobby, so I’m glad he’s doing alright.

“I think I was like, ‘how are you?’ or ‘how you doing?’ and he said he was good, so nothing else needed to be said.”

The performance at UFC Fight Night 108 served as a welcome rebound for Perry, whose stock took a hit in December when “Platinum” suffered his first career loss at the hands of Alan Jouban at UFC on FOX 22.

But with his knockout of Ellenberger, Perry propelled his UFC record back up to 3-1, with all three of those wins ending in vicious finishes from the heavy-handed 25-year-old. And a cult following of Mike Perry fans were once again out in full force across the internet, celebrating the return of a man who is quickly becoming one of the most intriguing — and divisive — prospects in the UFC lightweight division.

“Real recognize real, that’s why,” Perry said. “I keep it real, and that’s great to hear that people understand it wasn’t no fluke the first two times. It wasn’t a fluke on Saturday night. What happened with Jouban was just one athlete against another, and one was a little smarter that night. He was a little smarter than me that night. I gave that away. That’s what happened, I gave it away. It’s my fault.

“But I can live with that, I can deal with that, because if you want to come and grab me and get me, if you want to finish, now we’re talking my language. You’re going to have to stand in front of me for long enough for me to put my hands on you.”

Perry indicated that his loss to Jouban was somewhat of an eye-opening experience, one that made him reassess his preparation and rededicate himself to the nuances of the fight game.

“I think I handled [the loss] well, considering how I came back,” Perry said. “It was fine, it just lit a fire under my ass. Excuse my language. I got ready to stop messing around. I don’t know, I paid more attention and I got things done right, and I didn’t slack on my diet, and I didn’t not go run when I supposed to or should have. I went and did those things, no matter how comfortable I was.

“My weight cut (for UFC on FOX 22), at times, was nowhere near the weight cut I just had,” Perry added. “There was a lot of suffering involved for the Jouban weight cut, and there was none for this one. I could’ve fought the day of weigh-ins.”

After fighting three times in his first five months in the UFC in 2016, Perry now hopes to replicate that pace in 2017. Though the year is already nearing its halfway mark, Perry hopes to have five fights in the books by the end of December, even if that means fighting the kind of schedule that would give Donald Cerrone pause.

“I’m going to try to surpass [my total for 2016],” Perry said. “How many months we got left? We’ll see. (I want to fight) every month-and-a-half. Every month-and-a-half, okay, so four more.

“I could’ve fought again Saturday night. Of course that would’ve taken a toll on my body, but I was in the back saying ‘what if this was the NBA or the NFL, what if our sport worked that way and it was just a set of games?’ I mean, I spar in the gym every other day, so why can’t I take someone who’s actually trying really, really hard and still not let them injure me. So, I can, and I showed that.”

Perry has high aspirations for those fights, as well. Though he is early in his UFC rise, Perry already has his sights set squarely on UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

“Man, that night that I fought (on Saturday), I was Snapchat’ing the champ right before I think he did his little news interview,” Perry said. “And I sent him a video talking about belts, collecting them, because I’d seen his little thing, man. He said ‘get a ticket, pack a lunch.’ I told him I was ready for my field trip.

“Respect to him. I have to get a couple more before I’ve even earned that. I’m ready for him, but I gotta get a couple more. But it’ll be fun. I’ll just beat a couple guys up and it’ll be fun.”

As for who’s next, Perry reiterated remarks made in his post-fight interview that it really doesn’t matter to him. Whatever the fans want to see, he’s up for the challenge, as long as it’s a name that gets him closer to where he ultimately wants to go.

“I really don’t care. Like I said, whose life do y’all want me to ruin next?” Perry said. “Y’all want the entertainment. Who am I to say (a name), to take money away from a family? I just deliver. They order and I deliver. That’s what I’m here for.

“There’s a lot of names (I’m hearing from fans),” Perry added. “Everybody. Neil Magny, (Tarec) Saffiedine, also Robbie Lawler, Thiago Alves or Gunnar (Nelson). So, any one of them. … Let’s do it. Whatever they offer, I’m not going to say no. I’m going to get the job done.”

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Valentina Shevchenko on armbar finish over Julianna Peña: I felt her arm crack three times

Valentina Shevchenko knew she got the win before her opponent Julianna Peña tapped out to her armbar submission at UFC on FOX 23.

Shevchenko and Peña met in the main event of last Saturday’s event in Denver in what was believed to be a women’s bantamweight title eliminator. This was a matchup pitting the two top contenders in the division, both with very different styles, as Shevchenko was considered the superior striker and Peña the superior grappler.

“The Bullet” locked up an armbar in the second round that forced the talented grappler Peña to tap out. Shevchenko remembers knowing she had the victory in her pocket before the tap came, and it was several sounds in Peña’s arm that signaled it.

“When I was on the ground and she started to throw punches, they weren’t hard, they weren’t effective because I was covering everything, and she didn’t hit one strong punch or anything like that,” Shevchenko told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “But when I tried to go for the submission, got her arm and put my belly down, in that moment, I felt like two or three times a click in her arm, like, ‘crack, crack, crack,’ and then I felt, ‘this is it, I have this armbar. It’s only a matter of time before she taps.’ But then, she started to protect it, so I just put a little bit of pressure and she tapped at that moment.”

This moment came by surprise to many, as Shevchenko has been considered to be a striker in the UFC, and her last submission win came almost 11 years ago. But to Shevchenko, this was no surprise, as she fancies herself a complete fighter, and trained for every possible situation for this pivotal bout.

“For every fight, I’m not only thinking about one strategy, my coach Pavel [Fedotov] is always thinking about every possible situation that I will possibly be in during the fight,” Shevchenko explained. “That’s why we’re training standing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu, everything, but I was pretty sure I would take this fight, I would win this, and I was prepared for striking, submissions, everything. Before the fight, everyone asked me, ‘Valentina, you’re a striker, how do you feel about your wrestler opponent?,’ and every time I would say, ‘I’m a martial artist, I’m a complete fighter.’”

Although it hasn’t been officially announced by the UFC, Shevchenko expects to be challenging for the title in her next bout, and says that the UFC bringing Amanda Nunes inside the octagon after her win last Saturday was a confirmation of that. If this fight comes to fruition, as many expect, this will be a rematch as Nunes and Shevchenko fought in the past at UFC 196 in 2016.

Their bout was a close contest that had Nunes winning the first two rounds and Shevchenko the final round. The Kyrgyzstan native is confident that with the two extra rounds a title fight offers, her fight with Nunes will be completely different.

“I’m feeling a much better fighter than last time, and of course all this training and fights that I’ve had after [the first fight with Nunes] will help me to have a great fight,” Shevchenko said, “and I’m very excited, and can’t wait ’til it happens.”

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