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Magana Releases Video Statement Following Coma Incident

It’s been a rough week for former UFC fighter Angela Magana. A herniated disc forced her into the hospital for a nerve block procedure, which led to doctors diagnosing her with cauda equina syndrome and prepping her for emergency spine surgery. That went down on Tuesday night, but something went very wrong with the anesthesia. Magana fell into a coma after the operation and wouldn’t wake up for two days.

Fortunately, we got word on Thursday morning that Magana was slowly coming to: blinking, moving her fingers, and doing various other things living people not in comas enjoy doing. Now she’s recorded an emotional message for all those who sent her thoughts and prayers during her ordeal.

“Hi, guys, I’m awake,” a dazed looking Magana said. “I still feel very tired. Like, I can barely open my eyes. But thank you, everybody, for thinking about me. I feel like I’m a very rich woman because I have a lot of time.”

”Look what happened,” she continued. “I almost lost all my time. But to take time to wish somebody well, what do we do with time? We make money. So time’s more valuable than money. So, thank you to everybody who took the time to wish me well. I’m going to make a full recovery.”

”The problem was just the anesthesia. The disc procedure and cauda equina stuff was better than they thought. The surgery was great, it was just the anesthesia. I’m going to get better, and I’ll be fighting again soon. Nothing will stop me, man. And Combate Americas has been so good to me. Thank you.”

Magana was set to fight at Combate Americas on April 26th, and the initial nerve block was booked in an attempt to push through back pain she was suffering during training. How terrible would that have been if it ended up killing her? MMA fans, this is the stuff you don’t see going on in the background of many fighters’ lives.

And just in case you were wondering where the typically fiesty AF Magana went … she’s still around.

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UFC 237 Video: Anderson Silva Holds Open Workout In Rio

Anderson Silva will look to get back into the win column when he faces off against Jared Cannonier at the upcoming UFC 237 pay-per-view (PPV) event on May 11, 2019 inside Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Before then, “The Spider” showed off some of his best moves earlier today (April 17, 2019) by working out for the media inside Cesario Bezerra Boxing Club in Rio de Janeiro to promote the fight, and MMA Fighting was there to capture all the action.

Silva was last seen coming up short to current UFC interim Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya a few months ago at UFC 234 (see the highlights here). Over his last seven outings inside the Octagon, Anderson has dropped five with one no contest sandwiched in between.

While the matchup against Cannonier seems odd at this point in Anderson’s career, Jared is more than capable, as evidenced by his knockout victory over David Branch in his last outing.

UFC 237 will feature a women’s Strawweight title fight between division champion Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade. In the co-main event, Jose Aldo will take on Alexander Volkanovski.

To see who else is competing at UFC 237 click here.

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UFC 236 Video! ‘Blessed’ Details His Biggest Octagon Battles

UFC featherweight king Max Holloway will try to become just the fourth fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles when he squares off with Dustin Poirier later tonight (Sat., April 13, 2019) at UFC 236 live on ESPN+ PPV from inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, for the interim lightweight title. It is a rematch over seven years in the making as “Diamond” defeated Holloway via submission back at UFC 143.

This is not only a huge opportunity for Holloway to headline UFC’s PPV debut on ESPN+, but it’s a chance for “Blessed” to prove that his long-storied success at featherweight can transition over to the 155-pound level. As the owner of a staggering 13-fight win streak, which is insanely impressive given the current talent at 145 pounds, Holloway is on the cusp of everlasting greatness. A win over Poirier should also line the Hawaiian up for a massive showdown with undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

In advance to Holloway’s main event rematch with Poirier, the featherweight champion sat down with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto to take a look back at his Octagon journey throughout the years. Holloway not only breaks down his key wins over the likes of Jose Aldo and Brian Ortega, but he also discusses his first encounter with Poirier back in 2012 and his last recorded loss to Conor McGregor back in 2013.

Check out the video above courtesy of ESPN.

Only time will tell if Holloway can get his revenge on Poirier later tonight at UFC 236. If “Blessed” is able to win in convincing fashion and hoist two belts atop the cage in front of Atlanta’s finest it may finally be time to mention him among the best fighters to ever do it.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 236 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the ESPN+ PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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UFC 236 Free Fight Video! Gastelum Sleeps Bisping In Shanghai

Kelvin Gastelum will look to win gold next weekend at UFC 236 when he takes on undefeated contender Israel Adesanya for the interim UFC middleweight title.

Remember, Gastelum was expected to face current 185-pound titleholder Robert Whittaker back at UFC 234 this past February, but an injury to “Bobby Knuckles” put that championship bout on ice.

In preparation for Gastelum’s upcoming clash with “Last Stylebender,” UFC has released arguably the best performance of Kelvin’s accomplished career, which can be seen in the above video player. The action focuses on Gastelum’s main event bout with former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping back at UFC Fight Night 122 in 2017. In just over two minutes into the very first round, Gastelum was able to land a ferocious left hand counter that put “The Count” out for good.

Only time will tell if Gastelum is able to apply this sort of punching power against the longer and more versatile striking of Adesanya, or if the former Ultimate Fighter winner will have to rely on his ground game to subdue “Last Stylebender” en route to his first UFC title.

UFC 236 will take place on April 13 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and feature a main event interim lightweight title fight between current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier.

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Video: Malignaggi Slaps Lobov, All Hell Breaks Loose

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight punching bag, Artem Lobov, was on location earlier today (Tues., April 2, 2019) for a special media workout in advance of his Jason Knight showdown in the main event of Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 5, going down this Sat. night (April 6) live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.

Not coincidentally, former IBF and WBA world boxing champion Pauli Malignaggi, who signed with the Bare Knuckle boys just last month, was also on hand and to the surprise of no one, the shit hit the proverbial fan at some point during the festivities.

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Lobov and Malignaggi have beef from summer 2017, when Conor McGregor was training for his Floyd Mayweather showdown in Las Vegas. After the “did he or didn’t he” knockdown controversy, Malignaggi left the “Notorious” fight camp under not-so-great terms.

McGregor remains under contract with UFC and is not in any position to fight Malignaggi, even if he wanted to, but Lobov was recently granted his release and will likely take that contest in June, regardless of how he performs against Knight.

Assuming they don’t end up brawling in the parking lot before then.

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Video: Usman And Covington Casino Scuffle After UFC 235

With minutes left in Kamaru Usman’s one sided domination of Tyron Woodley at UFC 235, Dana White left cageside to talk to Colby Covington. According to White, he was there to try and keep the peace. He confirmed Covington would get the first shot at new champ Kamaru Usman … so long as he didn’t do anything crazy that started another post-fight Vegas brawl.

Even with that request, things almost kicked off between Covington and Usman regardless. Here’s footage of that showing Kamaru trying to get to Colby, only to have stonefaced security step in and effectively shepard them into opposide sides of the arena.

Staff working the event had been on high alert all night, and it paid off. We imagine they knew all about Colby Covington and his tantalizingly punchable face.

That wasn’t the end of the story, though. Kamaru Usman took a page out of Covington’s book and tracked Colby down to the buffet line at the Palms Casino, where a brawl nearly broke out in the middle of a bunch of confused tourists and families. TMZ Sports has that video, which you can watch here:

You can see Usman and his manager Ali Abdelaziz yelling at Covington while bystanders plead for calm. A bunch of pushing and shoving begins and Colby ends up in front of Abdelaziz, who takes a swing at him.

“You’re not even a fighter!” Covington exclaims.

If all parties manage to avoid arrest and/or getting suspended, a fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington should end up going down over the next couple of months. No date has been set, but the UFC might want to consider making it happen fast, before these two guys end up duking it out in an Applebees or something.

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Video: Whittaker Issues Statement From Hospital Bed

Robert Whittaker was unable to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title last night (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia due to an internal hernia.

As a result, “Bobby Knuckles” underwent emergency surgery, as it was discovered he had a twisted and collapsed bowel on top of the already-existing hernia. Facing an extended road to recovery, Whittaker will remain in the hospital for a few more days and will face a lengthy road to recovery.

Being the warrior that he is, Whittaker posted a video message for all of his supporters on Instagram updating us on his health.

Hey guys ! Still kicking. I’m sorry to all my friends, fans and family for not being able to get in there Sunday. Apparently if you get emergency surgeries you can’t be cleared to fight. Thanks for the overwhelming support from all my fans I am so blessed to know you guys have my back. A big thanks to my team mates @fabricioitte @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @justinlang_ep @titusday77 and all the others from behind the scenes you guys were there from start to finish worrying and prioritizing my health above all. Lastly to @danawhite and @ufc for the immediate help and support throughout the process of testing and the emergency surgeries. I am blessed I found out when I did and avoided life long consequences. I’ll be back better than ever.

Despite his removal from the card, Whittaker is still UFC’s middleweight champion. As a result of Robert’s withdrawal, Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya were bumped up to the headlining act and wowed fans for 15 minutes of striking action (full video replay here).

As for what “The Last Stylebender’s” win over “The Spider” means for the 185-pound weight class remains to be seen depending on Robert’s recovery time. That’s because Israel stamped his ticket to the big dance, though he won’t be able to tango until after Whittaker and Gastelum take care of their unfinished business.

Above all else, Whittaker seems to be in good spirits following his double surgery. Just last year, Robert was bounced from his title fight against Yoel Romero — also in Australia — after a sever staph infection spread to his stomach.

For complete UFC 234: “Silva vs. Adesanya” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Video: McGregor Dropping Millions On Luxury Yacht

“When some trendy new atrocity has brought you to your knees, come with us, we’ll sail the seas of cheese.”

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, appears to be dropping several million dollars on a personalized yacht, according to the fancy-shmancy brochure he’s flaunting on Instagram.

After all, that tequila won’t drink itself.

And there’s no better way to complement his new Spanish villa — also worth a few million — than by cruising the surf in a brand-new 2019 Prestige 750. Should we assume that Jesus Dillon Danis will assume the role of Burl “Gopher” Smith?

McGregor is expected to learn his combat sports fate when Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) convenes on Tuesday. “Notorious” is being held accountable for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl last October.

“The Eagle” will also be on hand.

Promotion president, Dana White, has linked McGregor to several return fights (like this one) but as of this writing, nothing is official and probably won’t be discussed any further until NSAC hands down its judgment.

Though serving a suspension on a luxury yacht doesn’t sound that bad, to be honest.

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Video: Watch Rogan Lose His Sh*t After Pico KO Loss

Henry Corrales stunned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world last night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) after he knocked out Aaron Pico in the very first round in the co-main event of Bellator 214 in Los Angeles Calif., handing Pico just his second loss in mixed martial arts (MMA).

See it all unfold here.

Naturally, the MMA world was tuning in, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan, who was hosting a special Bellator edition of Fight Companion, a podcast he usually conducts with a few of his buddies for UFC events he isn’t calling.

Known for his priceless reactions following an upset, Rogan had another one last night after Corrales came back from the brink of defeat to knockout Pico. Seconds prior to delivering the crushing right hand that put the former Olympian out for the count, Henry found himself on the ground after eating a huge uppercut from the talented striker.

Once he was able to shake off the cobwebs, Corrales stood in the pocket and managed to sneak in a shot that stunned Pico on his feet before connecting a two-piece to seal the deal. The upset KO also had Brendan Schaub falling out of his chair, as evidenced in the video player above.

The loss is Aaron’s second under the Bellator banner, which will now slow his momentum after gaining some traction following his debut loss back in 2017. As for Corrales, that is now his fifth straight win after starting his Bellator MMA career with three straight defeats. And by the looks of it, “OK” is ready to become a legit a star for Coker and Co.

For complete Bellator 214 results and coverage click here.

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LIVE! Bellator 214 Early Weigh In Results, Streaming Video

The place is here, The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and the time is now. The weigh ins for Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” tomorrow night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) on Paramount Network (and DAZN) officially go down today (Fri., Jan. 15, 2019) before the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix as Fedor Emelianenko (38-5, 1 NC) faces Light Heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (26-5).

The official weigh-in results will be updated for everyone below courtesy of a live stream from MMAFighting.com starting at 12 p.m. ET.

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” Weigh-In Results:

Fedor Emelianenko (236.2) vs. Ryan Bader (227.8)
Aaron Pico (145.5) vs. Henry Corrales (145.7)
Jake Hager (238) vs. J.W. Kiser (224.3)
Juan Archuleta (135.8) vs. Ricky Bandejas (135.9)
Brandon McMahan (144.7) vs. Adel Altamimi (144.9)
A.J. Agazarm (159.6) vs. Jesse Roberts (159.8)
Chris Gonzalez () vs. Henry Mendez ()
Weber Almeida () vs. Odan Chinchilla (135)
Jay-Jay Wilson (146) vs. Tyler Beneke (144)
Sean Johnson (252) vs. Arturo Rivas ()
Jorge Juarez (154.2) vs. David Pacheco (155.8)
Jesse Merritt (169.4) vs. Thor Skancke (168.4)
Osman Diaz (188.3) vs. Christopher Reyes (187.9)
James Barnes (135.7) vs. Ryan Lilley (135.8)
Ian Butler (169.3) vs. Craig Plaskett (170.9)
Steve Ramirez (134.9) vs. Desmond Torres (135.1)

MMAmania.com will deliver coverage of Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” tomorrow night, with the main card on Paramount Network (and DAZN) at 9 p.m. ET.

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