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Glory Veteran Aleksandro Pereira Signs to Compete on UFC’s Brazilian Contender Series

Brazilian kickboxing champion Aleksandro Pereira will get an opportunity to earn a UFC contract this summer.
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Glory Veteran Aleksandro Pereira Signs to Compete on UFC’s Brazilian Contender Series

Brazilian kickboxing champion Aleksandro Pereira will get an opportunity to earn a UFC contract this summer.
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Video: Ortega Sets New Record To Become UFC’s Hardest-Hitting Featherweight

And that’s just his warm-up shot.

He may not be in the 145-pound title picture just yet, but I’ve seen Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight contender Jeremy Stephens put some people down.

Hard.

But it looks as though we have a new king of featherweight power punchers, as Brian Ortega recently stopped by UFC Tonight to wallop the in-studio punching machine, where he registered a record-setting score of 942.

These machines have been popular at the boardwalk for years, so I’m not sure why they are suddenly making a comeback, but it sure is fun to watch.

That number (942) tied former middleweight champion Michael Bisping and put “T-City” ahead of “Lil Heathen” and 145-pound champion Max Holloway.

I guess now we know why Ortega was able to sleep Frankie Edgar at UFC 222.

Speaking of Holloway, he’ll defend his strap against Ortega this summer, just as soon as “Blessed” gets his ankle cleared to return. No question the Hawaiian will be looking to keep those hands up and that chin tucked.

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UFC’s Jon Anik Discusses How he Treats Every Event Like it’s His Last

Ultimate Fighting Championship lead commentator Jon Anik has talked about his mindset going into each event and how he treats every production like it’s his last.
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Alexander Volkov Seeking Heavyweight Title Shot at UFC’s Debut Event in Russia

Stipe Miocic is already slated to defend the heavyweight crown against Daniel Cormier in a champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 226, but once that concludes, Alexander Volkov believes he has the resume to be next in line.
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Alexander Volkov Seeking Heavyweight Title Shot at UFC’s Debut Event in Russia

Stipe Miocic is already slated to defend the heavyweight crown against Daniel Cormier in a champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 226, but once that concludes, Alexander Volkov believes he has the resume to be next in line.
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Alexander Volkov Seeking Heavyweight Title Shot at UFC’s Debut Event in Russia

Stipe Miocic is already slated to defend the heavyweight crown against Daniel Cormier in a champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 226, but once that concludes, Alexander Volkov believes he has the resume to be next in line.
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Alexander Volkov Seeking Heavyweight Title Shot at UFC’s Debut Event in Russia

Stipe Miocic is already slated to defend the heavyweight crown against Daniel Cormier in a champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 226, but once that concludes, Alexander Volkov believes he has the resume to be next in line.
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UFC 222 Primer: Cris Cyborg Is the UFC’s Band-Aid

Maybe it isn’t happening any more than usual, but lately it feels like crucial UFC main event fights keep failing apart.

When that happens, it jeopardizes the viability of the entire card, because a strong main event is expensive and that can leave a smaller budget to pay for the undercard.

For UFC 222, the strong main event was featherweight champ Max Holloway versus top challenger Frankie Edgar. Those guys command decent salaries, and have just enough star power to carry a weaker card. But Holloway had to bow out with injuries, and where did that leave the UFC? With a pay-per-view that had a crappy undercard and no main event.

So they called their current Band-Aid, and got her to fill in.

No, Cris Cyborg isn’t fighting Edgar (although that would be interesting…). She is, however, taking on Invicta FC bantamweight champ Yana Kunitskaya, with Edgar relegated to co-main event status opposite Brian Ortega.

Getting Cyborg into the cage no doubt costs a lot of cash. But it’s worth it. Kunitskaya is probably considerably less expensive given her Octagon inexperience, and Cyborg’s name carries enough mojo with the fans that people will likely tune in, even if it’s just to see her destroy some scrub. And that means the UFC gets to cover up the open, bleeding gash Holloway’s departure left UFC 222 with.

Thank God for Band-Aids, right?

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UFC Fight Night 126 Primer: Donald Cerrone, The UFC’s MVP

Sure, the UFC wishes it had a roster full of Conor McGregors and Ronda Rouseys, because those kinds of fighters rake in the pay-per-view dough.

But the sad truth is, a Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey is a rare thing.

More numerous are the fighters just struggling to find a win and get their paycheck.

Most valuable though are the ones who bring an unending supply of violence every time.

Donald Cerrone has been one of those MVPs for a while now, always ready and always willing, and that willingness has earned him a ton of fans.

It’s come with a downside, of course. “Cowboy” didn’t have to give relative unknown Darren Till the time of day, but he did, agreeing to face the Brit slugger in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118. Cerrone got clobbered.

And Cerrone got clobbered against Jorge Masvidal. And Rafael dos Anjos – twice. And Anthony Pettis.

But Cerrone has made it clear he cares more about throwing down than he does about his win/loss record

This Sunday, Cerrone will headline another UFC – UFC Fight Night 126 – and he’ll be doing it opposite another scrapper, Yancy Medeiros. Like Cerrone, Medeiros favors banging it out above all else, so the expectation is that these two are going to throw leather until one of them is unconscious.

That’s fine. In fact, that’s what the UFC wants. The FOX deal demands a certain amount of events per year on the FOX networks, and the UFC certainly can’t spare McGregor or anyone other pay-per-view stars for them. Nor can the UFC make those cards all about nigh-worthless unknowns battling it out for a tiny bit of recognition.

Therein lies Cowboy’s value.

He’ll never be a champ, not with his limitations and closing window of opportunity. But he be a superstar of violence and attitude, and that makes him the perfect kind of fighter for the organization.

Here’s a sample of the MVP in action.

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