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Report: UFC 224 Booked for May 12 in Rio de Janeiro for Octagon’s Ninth Trip to the City

Before the Ultimate Fighting Championship makes its debut in Belem this Saturday night, Brazilian fans have reason to be excited.
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Fresh from trip overseas, Rose Namanjunas still fancies fight with Michelle Waterson

Rose Namajunas is ready to get back into the Octagon soon, and after a recent month-long trip to Southeast Asia with her boyfriend Pat Barry, she has a changed outlook.

The 24-year-old Namajunas last fought against Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC 201 in Atlanta in July, in what ultimately ended up being a No. 1 contender bout. Kowalkiewicz scored an upset split decision victory over Namajunas, punching her ticket to fight with Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205. While Kowalkiewicz ended up fighting (and losing) Jedrzejczyk at Madison Square Garden in November, Namajunas was roughing it in Indonesia.

She chronicled her adventures through her documentary series, the Thug Diaries, and said the trip was designed to break her out of the comfort zone of living in suburban Denver. And it helped. On Monday, Namajunas she was back in Colorado for less than a week when she got the itch to fight again, and that she feels more accountable to be in the gym regularly.

“I’m so much more opportunistic [now],” she said during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “Instead of just being like, I don’t feel like it today…I’m just more motivated to make the best out of every opportunity. For example, Valentina Shevchenko, Valentina’s here training for her fight [at the Grudge Training Center]. She’s really hard to train with.

“Everyday I’m just like, nope, I can’t be the first one to not show up. Anytime they ask me to come, I have to make sure to show up because I’m the only girl from MMA experience. Whereas there’s been moments where I’ve been like, oh, I feel sick today or I feel a little bit run down or something like that, I can just take off today. Normally that’s what I would have done. You know, listen to your body, time off or whatever. I’m like screw that, because when am I going to run into a girl like her that comes to my gym. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Namajunas had won three straight fights to put her in the title eliminator with Kowalkiewicz, and most people thought she would be too much for the Polish fighter. It didn’t end up being that way.

Namajunas said that her mistakes in the fight were fairly cut and dry, and that she would welcome a rematch with Kowalkiewicz down the road. But first “Thug” Rose said she still has her eyes on a fight with Michelle Waterson, who recently used a FOX platform to showcase her skills against Paige VanZant.

Fighting for the first time in a year-and-a-half, Waterson submitted VanZant impressively with a first-round rear-naked choke. Namajunas tweeted that she would like to fight Waterson next shortly thereafter, and says that many fans have been pining for that fight as well.

“I think it kind of makes the most sense,” she said. “Every time there’s a strawweight fight, I always get messages, ‘oh you should fight Rose,’ or, ‘Rose should fight them,’ and it’s just like, it’s cool and everything. But there was a noticeable difference, the amount of people recommending I fight somebody, and then [the amount saying I should fight] Michelle. It was a crazy amount of response.

“So, that just makes the most sense. It would be the most exciting I think. She’s coming off of a hot win, and it’s just, she won in really fast fashion and she looks great and she’s marketable. I’m marketable. It makes sense. I’d love to fight anybody, really, at this point. I was hoping maybe I’d call her out and there’d be some type of backlash or some type of noise created out of it, but it’s just more of the fans going, yeah, that’s a good idea. So it’s kind of like, either way.”

Asked if the UFC agreed that that was the fight to make, Namajunas said it was definitely in consideration.

“I think they’re going to try and make that happen,” she said. “There were a couple of other names thrown out there too, but it’s just kind of…I don’t know what’s going on. I’m just waiting. Just going to keep training.”

Namajunas was part of the strawweight tournament that took place during The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014. She made the finals, where she fought Carla Esparza for the inaugural strawweight title in December of that year, but she fell short, losing via a third-round submission (rear-naked choke).

Since that time she rattled off three wins in a row, including a first-round finish of Angela Hill and a demolition of VanZant in Dec. 2015 (fifth-round submission), which many believe was her best performance to date.

Namajunas said she’s hoping to fight again soon.

“I’m cool with February, I’m cool with March, either way,” she said. “March sounds like a good time.”

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A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE: DAN HENDERSON’S TOP 7 SENSATIONAL FIGHTS

NOT HENDO…NEVER HENDO!

In case you haven’t heard Dan Henderson is no longer with us. No, he didn’t die (although he did nearly kill Michael Bisping) but he has finally retired from the UFC. Although he’s been flirting with the idea for years, it all still seems too soon as he finally called it quits last saturday in his UFC 204 rematch against Michael Bisping.

But how did he get here? How did he become the people’s champ after nearly 20 years of competition and 47 sanctioned bouts? Speak softly and carry a big right hand, that’s how. The knockout artist every man has something for everyone, blue collar for the rednecks, nice guy for the general public, true martial artist for the die hards, and pure K.O. power for everyone. What’s not to like? But even K.O. power needs the right opponent to take your name from a whisper to roar. Check out Dan Hendo’s seven most pivotal fights that propelled him into super stardom.

1997 - Crezio de Souza – Brazil Open Result After competing in the Olympics as a Greco Roman wrestling, Dan Henderson though he’d try his hand at MMA. His first fight was in a Brazilian tournament called Valeo Detudo against Crezio de Sousa. He ended up knocking out Sousa at 5:25 into the bout as well as submitting Eric Smith via standing guillotine choke in the same night. Hendo: TKO

2001- Renzo Gracie – Pride 13- You don’t knockout 2001 Renzo Gracie in the first round, you just don’t. Dan Henderson however, did. He solidified his place in MMA history by becoming the first and only man to K.O. Renzo Gracie via right uppercut in the first round. It was raw power combined with perfect placement as Renzo shot for a takedown and Dan was there to meet him. Hendo:KO1

2017 – Wanderlei Silva II – Pride 33- After beating names like “Ninja” Rua and Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson became a star in Pride, but he still had some unfinished business. After losing against Wanderlei Silva the fist time, Henderson now had a chance to avenge his lost as well as gaining the middleweight (205) belt in the process. He saw his opportunity in the 3rd round where he laid Wanderlei flat with a sweeping right hook. He became the first man in history to hold two pride belts Hendo: KO3

Michael Bisping –  2009 – UFC 100- How could we leave out the infamous punch. What led up to the obliteration of Michael Bisping’s jaw was…well, Michael Bisping’s jaw. While coaching opposite Dan Henderson, Bisping ended up flapping his gums a little too much which gave Hendo a little extra muster for the fight. What was heard round the world wasn’t the 2nd round knockout, it was the aerobatic air jordan style follow up to the already in “la la land” Bisping Putting a devastating exclamation mark to the end of the fight. Hendo:KKO2

2011 – Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson Could there be a more fitting fight to the end of Dan Henderson’s strikeforce career? I don’t think so. In the July 30th bout, Hendo tasted the onslaught that is Fedor and survived, only to dish out some raw power of his own in which he ended the fight 4:12 into round 1. RD: 1, Hendo KO

2011 – UFC Fight Night – Shogun RUA In probably one of the greatest fights in MMA history, Dan Henderson engaged in a 5 round war! The scene was set, it was Henderson’s first UFC fight back since his recent stint in strikeforce, there were a lot of questions of whether he could still cut it. Though not the 1st round K.O. we’re used to from Dan Henderson, this fight did not disappoint with back and forth action that saw Henderson getting his hand raised. Hendo: RD 5 DEC

2014 – UFC Fight Night – Shogun Rua II – While their first fight was a vicious war of attrition, this one ended with more of an exclamation point. After his pulling out of the Jon Jones fight and the three fight losing streak to top names Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Vitor Belfort, Dan Henderson was looking to get back in the win Column. In the second matchup between these two pride legends, Shogun appeared to have Dan’s number, outpointing him on the feet and nearly having the fight stopped. Dan Henderson regained himself in the third round and a right hand that dropped Shogun and eventually put him away. Hendo: RD 3, K.O.

What are some of your favorite Dan Henderson moments? Let us know in the comments section below.

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UFC Plans Return Trip to Philippines on Oct. 15

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will touch down in the Philippines for the second time in its history on Oct. 15.
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Four fights booked for UFC’s first trip to Scotland, including Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer

Four new bouts were added to UFC’s first card in Scotland on July 18.

According to a report by Kimura, Swedish light heavyweight Ilir Latifi is set to meet Hans Stringer, while Leon Edwards takes on Pawel Pawlak and Robert Whiteford fights Paul Redmond. As reported by Combate, Steven Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira is also booked for the card.

UFC Fight Night 72 will take place at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and the main event was not announced yet.

Latifi (9-4, 1 no-contest) was 2-0 with a pair of first-round stoppages since losing to Gegard Mousasi in his Octagon debut, but suffered a TKO loss to Jan Błachowicz in October. Stringer (22-6-3) looks to get back on track following his first UFC loss, a second-round TKO loss by the hands of Fabio Maldonado.

Edwards (9-2), a former BAMMA welterweight champion, scored his first UFC win by knocking out Seth Baczynski in eight seconds in April. Pawlak (11-1) competed on the same card in Poland, defeating Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision.

Whiteford (11-2), who tapped to Jimy Hettes in his promotional debut in 2013, bounced back to the win column with a unanimous decision over Daniel Pineda. He was slated to meet Dennis Siver last October, but was forced out of the card with an injury. Redmond (10-4) looks for his first UFC win after a decision loss to Mirsad Bektic in January.

Ray (17-5), a former BAMMA and Cage Warriors 155-pound champion, tries to go 2-0 in the UFC following a second-round finish over Marcin Bandel in April. Mafra (12-2) recently scored his first win since joining American Kickboxing Academy, defeating Cain Carrizosa by decision at UFN 62.

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Four fights booked for UFC’s first trip to Scotland, including Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer

Four new bouts were added to UFC’s first card in Scotland on July 18.

According to a report by Kimura, Swedish light heavyweight Ilir Latifi is set to meet Hans Stringer, while Leon Edwards takes on Pawel Pawlak and Robert Whiteford fights Paul Redmond. As reported by Combate, Steven Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira is also booked for the card.

UFC Fight Night 72 will take place at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and the main event was not announced yet.

Latifi (9-4, 1 no-contest) was 2-0 with a pair of first-round stoppages since losing to Gegard Mousasi in his Octagon debut, but suffered a TKO loss to Jan Błachowicz in October. Stringer (22-6-3) looks to get back on track following his first UFC loss, a second-round TKO loss by the hands of Fabio Maldonado.

Edwards (9-2), a former BAMMA welterweight champion, scored his first UFC win by knocking out Seth Baczynski in eight seconds in April. Pawlak (11-1) competed on the same card in Poland, defeating Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision.

Whiteford (11-2), who tapped to Jimy Hettes in his promotional debut in 2013, bounced back to the win column with a unanimous decision over Daniel Pineda. He was slated to meet Dennis Siver last October, but was forced out of the card with an injury. Redmond (10-4) looks for his first UFC win after a decision loss to Mirsad Bektic in January.

Ray (17-5), a former BAMMA and Cage Warriors 155-pound champion, tries to go 2-0 in the UFC following a second-round finish over Marcin Bandel in April. Mafra (12-2) recently scored his first win since joining American Kickboxing Academy, defeating Cain Carrizosa by decision at UFN 62.

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Four fights booked for UFC’s first trip to Scotland, including Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer

Four new bouts were added to UFC’s first card in Scotland on July 18.

According to a report by Kimura, Swedish light heavyweight Ilir Latifi is set to meet Hans Stringer, while Leon Edwards takes on Pawel Pawlak and Robert Whiteford fights Paul Redmond. As reported by Combate, Steven Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira is also booked for the card.

UFC Fight Night 72 will take place at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and the main event was not announced yet.

Latifi (9-4, 1 no-contest) was 2-0 with a pair of first-round stoppages since losing to Gegard Mousasi in his Octagon debut, but suffered a TKO loss to Jan Błachowicz in October. Stringer (22-6-3) looks to get back on track following his first UFC loss, a second-round TKO loss by the hands of Fabio Maldonado.

Edwards (9-2), a former BAMMA welterweight champion, scored his first UFC win by knocking out Seth Baczynski in eight seconds in April. Pawlak (11-1) competed on the same card in Poland, defeating Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision.

Whiteford (11-2), who tapped to Jimy Hettes in his promotional debut in 2013, bounced back to the win column with a unanimous decision over Daniel Pineda. He was slated to meet Dennis Siver last October, but was forced out of the card with an injury. Redmond (10-4) looks for his first UFC win after a decision loss to Mirsad Bektic in January.

Ray (17-5), a former BAMMA and Cage Warriors 155-pound champion, tries to go 2-0 in the UFC following a second-round finish over Marcin Bandel in April. Mafra (12-2) recently scored his first win since joining American Kickboxing Academy, defeating Cain Carrizosa by decision at UFN 62.

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Four fights booked for UFC’s first trip to Scotland, including Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer

Four new bouts were added to UFC’s first card in Scotland on July 18.

According to a report by Kimura, Swedish light heavyweight Ilir Latifi is set to meet Hans Stringer, while Leon Edwards takes on Pawel Pawlak and Robert Whiteford fights Paul Redmond. As reported by Combate, Steven Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira is also booked for the card.

UFC Fight Night 72 will take place at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and the main event was not announced yet.

Latifi (9-4, 1 no-contest) was 2-0 with a pair of first-round stoppages since losing to Gegard Mousasi in his Octagon debut, but suffered a TKO loss to Jan Błachowicz in October. Stringer (22-6-3) looks to get back on track following his first UFC loss, a second-round TKO loss by the hands of Fabio Maldonado.

Edwards (9-2), a former BAMMA welterweight champion, scored his first UFC win by knocking out Seth Baczynski in eight seconds in April. Pawlak (11-1) competed on the same card in Poland, defeating Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision.

Whiteford (11-2), who tapped to Jimy Hettes in his promotional debut in 2013, bounced back to the win column with a unanimous decision over Daniel Pineda. He was slated to meet Dennis Siver last October, but was forced out of the card with an injury. Redmond (10-4) looks for his first UFC win after a decision loss to Mirsad Bektic in January.

Ray (17-5), a former BAMMA and Cage Warriors 155-pound champion, tries to go 2-0 in the UFC following a second-round finish over Marcin Bandel in April. Mafra (12-2) recently scored his first win since joining American Kickboxing Academy, defeating Cain Carrizosa by decision at UFN 62.

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Four fights booked for UFC’s first trip to Scotland, including Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer

Four new bouts were added to UFC’s first card in Scotland on July 18.

According to a report by Kimura, Swedish light heavyweight Ilir Latifi is set to meet Hans Stringer, while Leon Edwards takes on Pawel Pawlak and Robert Whiteford fights Paul Redmond. As reported by Combate, Steven Ray vs. Leonardo Mafra Teixeira is also booked for the card.

UFC Fight Night 72 will take place at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, and the main event was not announced yet.

Latifi (9-4, 1 no-contest) was 2-0 with a pair of first-round stoppages since losing to Gegard Mousasi in his Octagon debut, but suffered a TKO loss to Jan Błachowicz in October. Stringer (22-6-3) looks to get back on track following his first UFC loss, a second-round TKO loss by the hands of Fabio Maldonado.

Edwards (9-2), a former BAMMA welterweight champion, scored his first UFC win by knocking out Seth Baczynski in eight seconds in April. Pawlak (11-1) competed on the same card in Poland, defeating Sheldon Westcott via unanimous decision.

Whiteford (11-2), who tapped to Jimy Hettes in his promotional debut in 2013, bounced back to the win column with a unanimous decision over Daniel Pineda. He was slated to meet Dennis Siver last October, but was forced out of the card with an injury. Redmond (10-4) looks for his first UFC win after a decision loss to Mirsad Bektic in January.

Ray (17-5), a former BAMMA and Cage Warriors 155-pound champion, tries to go 2-0 in the UFC following a second-round finish over Marcin Bandel in April. Mafra (12-2) recently scored his first win since joining American Kickboxing Academy, defeating Cain Carrizosa by decision at UFN 62.

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Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira to headline UFC’s first trip to Porto Alegre, Brazil

Rashad Evans is back. And now it’s official.

Evans will return to the Octagon for the first time in more than a year to meet Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61 on Feb. 22 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the UFC announced Friday. It will be the UFC’s first trip to the city. The main card will air live on FOX Sports 1. The bout was first reported by Globo.

Evans (19-3-1), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, has not competed since beating Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier last February, but injured his knee just 10 days before the bout and needed surgery. “Suga” was also linked to a bout with Alexander Gustafsson in January, but Evans, 35, would not have been ready in time.

Instead, he’ll get Teixeira (22-4), who has lost two straight. The Brazilian is coming off a unanimous decision defeat against Phil Davis at UFC 179 in November. Previously, he fell to Jon Jones in a light heavyweight title fight at UFC 172 in April. Teixeira, 35, had won 20 straight fights before that, including five in a row in the UFC, to earn the title shot against Jones. He’ll now try to get back on track against Evans.

Evans-Teixeira is the first bout announced for UFC Fight Night 61. The event will take place at Gigantinho Gymnasium.

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