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Holly Holm sums up Germaine de Randamie’s controversial win at UFC 208: ‘That’s not a real victory’

Holly Holm was big enough to take her loss against Germaine de Randamie like a pro, showing up at the press conference, answering tough questions, and trying to make sense of it after UFC 208. Still, a little reflection on what transpired at the Barclays Center fueled the fire for a rematch. The late punches after the second and third rounds that de Randamie landed fueled an official appeal to the New York State Athletic Commission.

And Holm’s competitive spirit fueled her own reluctance to give in to easy excuses.

“I know a lot of people say I won the fight clear, regardless of the late hits and all this, but I don’t really want a victory like that,” Holm said during an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I don’t necessarily want it overturned to like a win, but I definitely want to get a rematch. Hopefully the appeal will help with that.

“I also feel like I had her rocked so badly in the last round that I should have just sat back and picked my shots, and not even left it to the judges. So there’s a lot of things that I feel like in myself that I could have done better, and I should have done better, and I know I could have done better. In hindsight, everything is 20/20 you know?”

Just a few weeks removed from suffering her third straight loss, Holm says she is pushing forward with life, and trying to get her bearings again. She just returned from a trip to Peru, and said she’s trying not to let what happened in Brooklyn dictate her own general happiness.

Still, the loss gnaws at her when she gets to thinking about it. From the lack of execution on her own end, to the late punches that she believes were intentional. Her appeal to the New York commission was denied, but she hopes it will lead to a rematch with de Randamie, who has publicly said she would welcome a second fight with Holm ahead of a showdown with Cristiane Justino.

“I want to be able to feel I have the opportunity to move forward. Like I said, I wouldn’t want to have a victory that way. To me, that’s not like a real victory. I would just love to have the opportunity to do it again,” Holm said.

The 35-year-old Holm said she hasn’t backed off the idea that de Randamie delivered the hard blows after the horn on purpose. The first time, between the second and third rounds, she says she was “rocked” pretty good.

“I was with it mentally, because I knew exactly what happened,” she said. 
“[But], of course she did it on purpose. You’re not just waiting for the bell, you hear the 10-second taps before that. You know the end is coming. So, no, she wasn’t in the heat of the moment, and especially doing it twice, and especially with the cockiness she had after it. Even still I wish I’d have kept going after the bell, too.”

Holm was cautious not to let herself off the hook for her part in the fight, or to come off like she was complaining.

“I’m not trying to be like a wuss about it and whine,” she said. “That’s definitely not what I’m trying to do. I think that’s a hard spot for me. A lot of people keep saying, well, she hit you after the bell, how do you feel? Well, I’m a fighter. I’m not going to sit here and whine about it and complain. There’s a lot of things I could have done.

“At least own it. She knows she did it on purpose and one of them definitely rocked me.”

Since defeating Ronda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 193 in Nov. 2015, it’s been a hard stretch for the former boxing champion Holm. She lost her title against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 last March, and then showed up flat in her rebound fight against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX in July.

The move up to featherweight to fight for the inaugural belt in that weight class was a chance for her to make history. Yet she came up short in a fight that will forever carry asterisks, which she admits is hard to swallow.

Asked if she still enjoyed fighting, with the initial highs and the recent string of lows, Holm said she did.

“Yes, I love it,” she said. “Right now there’s a big hole in my heart. There’s an ache in my heart, having two losses that hole just got bigger. I’m not saying it doesn’t bother me. I think a lot of people, they see me still wanting to live my life and still wanting to push forward and wonder how I really feel.

“Yeah, I cry. I have days where I’m really upset about it. But I’m not going to go hide under a rock for the rest of my life, and I’m still in charge of my own happiness. The only thing to cure this is another victory, so that’s what I need to go for. I don’t want to just sit aside and just be in a dark place. I still want to surround myself with my team and my friends, people who know what I’m passionate about and know that I still want to be involved in this with the passion I have.”

Holm said it’s a delicate thing when dealing with losses, because she has to contend with wondering how long she wants to continue fighting, and hear concerns about the ticking of the biological clock.

“I do sometimes have to separate myself from the people that don’t do that,” she said. “From the people that think I should be retiring and having babies and all that kind of stuff. I don’t even like to really listen to it, because that’s not where my passion’s at right now or where my mind’s at. So everybody else that’s out there saying, oh you’re 35, what do you really want to do? Well I’m still fighting, and that’s what I want to do, and I want to surround myself with the people that are supportive of my passion.

“I would rather know in my heart I won, than know in my heart I lost. That hurts more.”

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Midnight Mania! Story behind Fedor’s ‘Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory’ revealed

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight …

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, Bellator raises the curtain and shares the dramatic tale behind Fedor’s “Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory,” Max Holloway will finally face off against Jose Aldo at UFC 213 in Brazil, UFC 208’s Nik Lentz contemplates metaphysical questions of existence, LFA3 knockouts and highlights, Khabib Nurmagomedov answers questions, and much more.


Insomnia

Ever catch a glimpse of “Last Emperor” on television and wonder where his sweater came from? Wonder no longer, Maniacs. Bellator took a deep dive into the origins, the story, and the overlooked influence of the sweater on mixed martial arts (MMA). It is a tale that will by turns shock, surprise and delight you. Without further ado, I present to you:

The Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory

This is good marketing.


Bobs and Weaves

MAX HOLLOWAY AND JOSE ALDO ARE FINALLY BOOKED TO FIGHT IN BRAZIL … and it’s not until UFC 212 … on June 3, 2017. That’s about 20 months away. Can you feel my excitement ebbing as I pack it up and put it on a high shelf in my closet?

This has got to be embarrassing … especially after the effects of a dehydrating weight cut.

It wasn’t let go, actually — Lentz knocked the towel out of official’s hands when he moved to flex.


Podcasts and Video:

UFC 208 “Embedded,” episode five:

Here’s Khabib Nurmagomedov answering questions earlier this afternoon (McGregor’s name may or may not have come up)

Khabib Nurmagomedov Q&A

Khabib “the Eagle” Nurmagomedov Q&A ahead of his title fight at #UFC209

Posted by MMAFighting.com – The Mixed Martial Arts News Website on 10hb Februari 2017

Jack Slack did a mini Friday podcast. That is evidently a cheeky thing to do.

This still looks like an interesting program:

Bronson, an amateur Navajo MMA fighter, explains the importance of his people’s history and what it means to be a “warrior.” RISE tonight at 9.

Posted by VICELAND on Friday, February 10, 2017


Quick Hits

  • Dana White says that Woodley is not booed because he is black. He also calls Woodley a drama queen. He also mispronounced Woodley’s first name. Even I know his name is Tyron. None of which hurts Woodley’s claim that he is the worst-treated UFC champion in history (as overblown as that sounds):


Slips, Rips and KO Clips

Legacy Fighting Championships 3 is tonight — enjoy the .GIFs!

This was many nights ago:

This was last night!

Anderson Silva is tomorrow night:

That covers all the nights!


Random Land

Legend says Chuck Norris has no chin. Indeed, beneath his beard is a third fist.

Google eviscerated this man.

I’m teaching my Google home to talk like me, but I created a monster ✋. She too much, these machines is out of line they will run the world. She did call me fat and handsome though
Snapchat: floodhp
#googlehome

Posted by Travis Cee on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stay woke, Maniacs!

Follow me @Vorpality on Twitter

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Megan Anderson hoping Invicta interim title victory puts her on UFC fast track

There has never been a better time to be a 145-pound female MMA fighter than right now.

The UFC will put its inaugural women’s featherweight title on the line in a matchup between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 on Feb. 11 in Brooklyn. Bellator will pit Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd against one another for its women’s featherweight belt at Bellator 174 on March 3 in Oklahoma.

First up is an interim Invicta women’s featherweight title fight between Megan Anderson and Charmaine Tweet in the main event of Invicta FC 21 on Saturday night in Kansas City. Cris Cyborg is currently still the Invicta champ, but is in limbo. Her last two fights were in the UFC and now she’s facing a drug suspension from USADA.

Ironically, Cyborg, the best women’s featherweight fighter in the world, is not a part of any of the three title fights. But Anderson sees it as a chance to get the rest of the division some spotlight.

“This is a very exciting time for the featherweights,” Anderson told MMA Fighting. “I think it’s finally been given the opportunity and the recognition that it should have gotten a long time ago. I think us female athletes in the featherweight division are ready to showcase why the UFC are making the right decision.”

Anderson, 26, is the top prospect of the bunch. She has won her last three Invicta fights via knockout and, at a statuesque 6-feet tall, is a dream for UFC marketers. The Australia native thinks there’s a strong chance she could be in the UFC before the end of 2017. The winner of her fight with Tweet this weekend, she said, will get a jump start to that next level.

“I think they already know who they want,” Anderson said. “They already have names that they’re looking at. I think this fight is just who is fast-tracked higher than the other. I’m sure that both of us will be in the UFC at one point. It just depends on this fight. I feel like it’s going to [determine] who’s gonna go first.”

Anderson (7-2) debuted for Invicta in September 2015, falling by second-round submission to veteran Cindy Dandois. Anderson then decided to stay in the Kansas City area (nearby Lee’s Summit) and train at Glory MMA & Fitness with the likes of UFC fighters James Krause and Tim Elliott. She hasn’t been home and has been training there ever since. The move has hastened her development as a fighter exponentially.

Win or lose against Tweet, Anderson will be paying very careful attention to the bout next month between Holm, the former UFC bantamweight champ, and de Randamie. Those are legitimate future opponents for her now.

“I feel like I match up very well with both those girls,” Anderson said. “That’s two fights that never would have happened without the 145-pound division being implemented. I feel like they will be fireworks fights. I think I’m ready for that level. On Saturday night, it’s just about me showcasing why I should be on the top, why I should be on that level and getting the exposure the featherweights should be.”

After crowning a champion at UFC 208, the promotion will surely need to fill the division at least a bit. And Anderson knows she can put herself on that short list — and gain some gold to boot — by beating Tweet.

“That would be a massive opportunity,” Anderson said. “It’s something that, as a fighter, the UFC is the top organization. For me to be able to get there, it’s definitely a dream and I’m going to do everything that I possibly can to get there.”

Anderson doesn’t know what the outcome of Cyborg’s USADA situation will be, but understands that her path is very influential for the rest of the 145-pound division due to her standing at the top. Anderson thinks Invicta needs to decide if it wants an interim belt moving forward or if Cyborg will ever return to the promotion.

“Every day it’s something different with Cris. I respect the hell out of her. She’s been a pioneer in the sport, but every day is something different,” Anderson said. “She wants to fight in the UFC, she wants to defend the [Invicta] belt, she’s doing this, she’s doing that, she doesn’t want to fight unless they bring in a 145 division. Her first two [145] fights, she turns them down. Well, OK. It’s very confusing. Every day I read another article that comes out with her. OK, something new today.”

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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Retires Again Following Rizin Grand Prix Victory

Mirko Filipovic has announced his retirement — again.
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Keys to Victory! Who will win Paige VanZant vs. Michelle Waterson UFC on FOX 22 main event fight tonight

The always entertaining Paige VanZant will make her return to the Octagon later tonight (Sat., Dec. 17, 2016) at UFC on FOX 22 live on FOX from inside Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., as she takes on former Invicta FC atomweight champion Michelle Waterson in an ultra-important strawweight clash. It will be the second time VanZant is headlining a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event and just the second time Waterson will compete inside the Octagon since joining the promotion last year.

With much at stake, fight fans can expect the very best out of both “12 Gauge” and “Karate Hottie.” They are two of the more better looking fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today, but undoubtedly match their beauty with world-class skill. As we approach their main event clash later this evening on big FOX, we take a second to dissect what both fighters need to do in order to end 2016 on a good note.

Paige VanZant

1. Close the distance on the feet…

A lot is being made out of PVZ’s switch kick knockout of Bec Rawlings earlier this year. It was, and still is, one of the best finishes in women’s MMA history and a defining moment in VanZant’s career that sheds light on her evolution as a striker. However, it’s important for VanZant to not get caught up in her own hype and think she can steamroll someone like Waterson on the feet.

Therefore, VanZant must close the distance on the feet to suffice for Waterson’s Karate expertise. Waterson is tremendous in mixing it up from distance and controlling range, so “12 Gauge” needs to get inside, land offense to the body, implement her underrated dirty boxing and pick apart “Karate Hottie” from the inside out.

2. Rely on her ground game…

There is a real good chance that VanZant encounters difficulty in the striking department against someone as versatile as Waterson. If she feels like she’s falling behind on the scorecards, VanZant can always rely on her wrestling.

The Team Alpha Male standout has some of the best MMA wrestlers in her corner everyday in training, so it’s no secret that she can take an opponent down, batter them with ground-and-pound and score points in bunches. She did it against all three of her first UFC opponents and could find similar success tonight against Waterson, assuming VanZant can defend the arm bars of “Karate Hottie.”

Michelle Waterson

1. Create havoc on the feet…

VanZant is coming off her knockout of Rawlings earlier this year and is going to be extremely confident on the feet tonight at UFC on FOX 22. While VanZant’s evolution as a striker is evident heading into 2017, she isn’t on the same level as Waterson just yet.

Therefore, Waterson can use VanZant’s own momentum to her advantage and draw out mistakes in her striking. VanZant will more than likely be open to early exchanges on the feet, which will allow Waterson to launch unorthodox strikes from distance, land kicks to the body and legs, and try to overload VanZant’s reactionary senses. If she can do that, and pull out ahead on the scorecards, she can turn PVZ into a desperate wrestler in the later rounds.

2. Stay active off her back…

Waterson may very well end up on her back at some point tonight. She possesses sound wrestling defense and has displayed an ability to stay on her feet in the past, but she isn’t immune to a takedown, especially against someone like “12 Gauge.”

If Waterson is indeed taken down and held on the canvas, she must remain active off her back. VanZant has beaten opponents inside of the Octagon before by scoring points in bunches from top position. To limit VanZant’s ability to control the action on the ground, “Karate Hottie” needs to land punches from the bottom, threaten with submission attempts (which she has) and do everything in her power to bring the fight back to the feet.

Prediction: VanZant via split decision

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 22 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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Ryan Roberts suffers knee injury, retires after TKO loss to Rob Emerson at Victory FC 54

Ryan Roberts will have more hurdles to cross in the coming months.

A UFC veteran who endured through a series of tragic circumstances over the past three years, Roberts suffered a first-round TKO loss due to a knee injury in the co-main event of Victory FC 54 on Friday night, falling short in his bid for the vacant Victory FC featherweight title against Rob Emerson in his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.

Roberts, 38, was returning to the fight game for the first time since a rare bacterial infection nearly took his life this past spring. But it wasn’t meant to be, as the longtime Omaha veteran ate a nasty straight right that sent him reeling awkwardly across the cage. Almost instantaneously, Roberts turtled up clutching his right knee in pain, forcing the referee to rush in and stop the contest at 1:34 of the opening round.

Afterward, Roberts revealed that he suffered a torn ACL last week in training, but was intent on competing against Emerson regardless. Then, he announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“This obviously didn’t go my way. Hats off to Rob, he fought one hell of a fight,” Roberts said. “I came out, I really pushed through. I actually ended up tearing my ACL last Friday night in practice, and tried to ice, tried to get it (right), thinking I was going to be able to come in here and still compete with the guys at his level. And that wasn’t the case.

“The reason I pushed so hard is, this was my last fight. I’m retiring after tonight. I’m going to focus on my family. But I appreciate all of you guys supporting me all of the years. Everything I’ve been through, you guys have always had my back. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Omaha. You have made this an awesome sport, not just for me, but for all of the other athletes coming up.”

Roberts (21-12-1, 1 NC) has overcome a lot over the past several years. In 2013, his sister Andrea was murdered as part of a four-victim spree by serial killer Nikko Jenkins. A year later, Roberts’ mother fell into a coma due to a rare bacterial infection and ended up requiring all four of her limbs to be amputated in order to save her life. Then, this past autumn, Roberts nearly died at the hands of an equally rare bacterial infection that he contracted while cornering a teammate in Grozny, Russia.

Through it all, Roberts has remained positive and continued moving forward with his life. He was the subject of a profile published Friday on MMA Fighting.

“Things don’t just go away. But if you stay persistent, if you keep trying, even after you’re told no, you keep trying, keep trying to do the next right thing, eventually it will start working out,” Roberts told MMA Fighting. “It probably won’t be near as fast as you want it to, but eventually it will all work out. And for me, I just keep living my life that way, man. Just keep trying to do the next right thing.”

As for Emerson, the victory pushes the former TUF 5 cast member to a record of 7-1 since 2012, with six of those victories ending via stoppage. The win also sees Emerson crowned as a two-division Victory FC champion, as he now owns the promotion’s bantamweight and featherweight titles. Following his performance, the 35-year-old MMA Lab product made a plea for the UFC to give him a second chance.

“It’s been seven years since I’ve been in the big show. What do you guys think? Bring me home,” Emerson said. “I think I can go tear up that bantamweight division. There’s a lot of tough guys over there I think I can knock out, and put on some great fight nights and get some Fight of the Nights.”

Victory FC 54 took place Dec. 9 at the Baxter Arena in Omaha, Nebraska. The event aired live on UFC Fight Pass.

In the night’s headlining bout, Kassius Kayne defeated Maki Pitolo via brutal, one-punch knockout at :05 of the second round to claim the vacant Victory FC welterweight title.

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‘Victory’ Belfort says Gegard Mousasi is ‘very, very’ wrong about his prediction

MANCHESTER, England — At UFC 204 workouts, Vitor Belfort discusses his upcoming opponent Gegard Mousasi, if he plans to retire anytime soon, who will win Bisping vs. Henderson 2, his missing Rage Cage belt, and more.

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