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How To Watch ‘Overeem Vs. Oleinik’ On ESPN+

It all goes down tomorrow afternoon (Sat., April 20, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 7 live on ESPN+ from inside Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia, as heavyweight legend Alistair Overeem attempts to knock off submission guru and hometown favorite Aleksei Oleinik.

In addition to the heavyweight main event, there will be a slew of rising contenders on display, including lightweight finisher Islam Makhachev, surging light heavyweight Polish prospect Michal Oleksiejczuk, middleweight knockout artist Alen Amendovski, and women’s flyweight prospect Antonina Shevchenko, sister of UFC champion Valentina Shevchenko.

Take a look below at UFC Saint Petersburg’s complete fight card line up and start times:

Main Card (ESPN+)
1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT

Alistair Overeem vs. Alexey Oleinik
Islam Makhachev vs. Arman Tsarukyan
Sergei Pavlovich vs. Marcelo Golm
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
Roxanne Modafferi vs. Antonina Shevchenko
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Alen Amedovski

‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN+)
10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT

Movsar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi
Sultan Aliev vs. Keita Nakamura
Alexander Yakovlev vs. Alex da Silva Coelho
Marcin Tybura vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Rafael Fiziev

Here are all the ways to catch the action:

Online

Television

Tablet/Mobile

Bars

  • Check out a list of sports bars and pubs near you that will most likely be showing tonight’s fights CLICK HERE.

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Midnight Mania! Watch NBA Star Land ‘Bones’-Approved Spinning Elbow

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Every so often you see MMA emerge, sometimes completely by accident, in places and situations you least expect. That happened tonight, as Philadelphia 76ers power forward landed a pretty effective spinning elbow on Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen.

The foul drew praise from UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who tweeted, “That technique wasn’t too bad, always room in the UFC.” Jones is something of a specialist with the spinning elbow. He has landed it with frequency throughout his career, notably on Stephan Bonnar, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, and Alexander Gustafsson in their first bout. That particular spinning elbow may have saved his belt, rocking Gustafsson and turning the momentum in a very close fight against the Swede.

It is unlikely the 7-foot tall Embiid, who weighs 249 pounds, would ever consider competing in the Octagon. He signed a 147 million dollar contract over five years, earning 25 million dollars for the 2018/2019 season. If he ever wanted to take a massive pay cut to start over in a sport that inflicts unknown amounts of long-term damage on the brain, he could probably go train with ‘Bones’! He’s already got at least one technique down. We can officially add him to the list of non-MMA fighters we wouldn’t want to fight.

Embiid claimed the foul wasn’t intentional, but his own teammate couldn’t help but break into a chuckle when he said that.


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Supposedly Conor McGregor declined to fight Justin Gaethje.

Israel Adesanya may or may not get past Robert Whittaker next, but he is already an unbelievable phenom. The progress he has made in a short time is incredible.

Max Holloway is nothing but class all day. For that matter, so was everyone else in the main and co-main event at UFC 236. It was a pleasure to watch four fighters with nothing but respect for each other go to war in the Octagon.

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he didn’t agree with the scorecards. That seems like a pointless debate, but it is only fair to Max to note that he did much better than the final score indicated; I half expected a split decision at the end.

For people arguing immediately after UFC 236 about scorecards and whether Poirier-Holloway or Adesanya-Gastelum was better, Justin Gaethje has a response: who cares about that? We just witnessed legends do battle!

Taking the gold back to Africa is a great angle for the UFC’s two Nigerian-born champions.

Everyone needs a friend as hyped for them and their success as Theo Von is for Dustin Poirier.

No shit. That was just about the toughest fight we’ve ever seen.

Imagine watching Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum pour their blood out in the Octagon and decide it was the interim titles that made the fight great. Also… maybe actually pay them some real coin for fights like that?

Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson would be unbelievable as a matchup. There are just no bad fights at the top of the lightweight division.

It’s this kind of difficult, boring work that often gets overlooked in favor of the difficult but fun sparring or grappling. Both are important for a fighter’s improvement.

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This is soooooooo much harder than it looks #Repost @jquintnmt with @get_repost ・・・ Working to increase physical capacity. . @iamtheimmortal actively exploring the outer ranges of the articular workspace within his hip joint post PAILs/RAILs training. . ✅Overall Objective: expand & improve neurological control by providing the central nervous system (CNS) with as much afferent feedback as possible within the newly acquired ROMs. . ✅Afferent Feedback: is information coming from the peripheral tissues structures (articulating tissues of the joint) that provides the CNS with information about where the joint is in space and what it is doing. . ———————————————————————— . ☑️PAILs/RAILs in hip internal & external rotation performed at ~70% of maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) for 3 repetitions of 15 seconds each. . ☑️15 second PAILs into 15 second RAILs; rest for 30 seconds within the newly acquire range (actively explore newly acquired range; searching for new lines of tension to load for the next repetition); then load again. . Cultivating physical capacities that did not exist prior, is an incremental process that occurs over time. . @functionalrangeconditioning @functionalrangerelease . #ufc #mma #functionalrangerelease #functionalrangeconditioning #functionalrangesystems #controlyourself #westsidebarbell #conjugate #conjugatemethod #conjugateclub #asseenincolumbus #physicalcapacity

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Maybe the guy in the red polo was a 39th degree blackbelt.

McGregor was tweeting over the weekend, as usual, saying ridiculous things like Khabib’s grappling was overrated.

Tony Ferguson didn’t even think this was him

Paulo Costa hitting pads


Slips, Rips, Spinning Elbow Clips

Combate Americas bringing the slugfest

Nice to meet you, Zaakir Badat

It was a good weekend for fans of spinning elbows!

Is this accurate?


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The Notre Dame burning was a sad sight.

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


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An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


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Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Have we got a show for you.

Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Rewind! Watch ‘Countdown To UFC 236’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will makes its official pay-per-view (PPV) debut using the ESPN+ digital streaming service (details here) beginning with UFC 236: “Holloway vs. Poirier 2” event, taking place this Sat. night (April 13, 2019) inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Headlining the championship doubleheader is the interim lightweight title fight pitting Max Holloway against Dustin Poirier. “Blessed,” who currently holds the promotion’s featherweight strap, is jumping up to 155 pounds to avenge his 2012 loss to “The Diamond” (see it again here).

And become the next contender for the M.I.A. Khabib Nurmagomedov in the process.

In the UFC 236 co-main event, also contested for an interim title, top middleweight contenders, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum, will collide for the substitute strap while Robert Whittaker recovers from his recent stomach surgery.

Watch both championship showdowns get the full “Countdown” treatment in the embedded video above and to check out the rest of the UFC 236 fight card and line up click here.

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How To Watch Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 5

Artem Lobov and Jason Knight square off tonight April 6th in a bare knuckle brawl, just part of a card that features lots of former UFC fighters.

Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is back for its 5th edition, with all the fisticuffs going down in Biloxi, Mississippi tonight, April 6th at 9PM EST on pay-per-view. $ 29.99 will get you the full eight bare knuckle boxing main card.

In the main event, Conor McGregor training partner and close friend Artem Lobov takes on the former UFC fighter fondly referred to as “Hick Diaz”, Jason Knight. In the co-main, Chris Leben takes on Justin Baesman in a light heavyweight tilt. And Christine Ferea fights Britain Hart for the women’s American featherweight championship. Other former UFC fighters on the card include Chase Sherman, Isaac Vallie-Flagg, and Johnny Bedford.

So how do you watch this BKFC 5?

Unlike the UFC, Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship is still available on traditional pay-per-view, with the event being carried on all major satellite and cable providers. So whether you’re DirecTV, Dish, FIOS, XFinity, Spectrum, Cox, Rogers, Bell, whatever! You can get order it through the pay-per-view feature on these services. If you’re still unsure of how to order, BKFC has further instructions broken down by provider here.

For those who are looking to stream the event online over the internet, BKFC has teamed up with FITE.TV so you can watch the event through their site or download their app on your Android, iPhone, Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, PlayStation, or Smart TV device.

Here’s the full card including estimated walkout times:

Main Card
Jason Knight vs. Artem Lobov — 145 pounds, walk to cage by 11:25 p.m.
Chris Leben vs. Justin Baesman — 205 pounds, walk to cage by 11:05 p.m.
Christine Ferea vs. Britain Hart — women’s american featherweight championship (125 pounds), walk to cage by 10:45 p.m.
Chase Sherman vs. Sam Shewmaker — heavyweight, walk to cage by 10:25 p.m.
Reggie Barnett vs. Rusty Crowder — lightweight semi-final (135 pounds), walk to cage by 10:05 p.m.
Randy Hederick vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg — 165 pounds walk to cage by 9:45 p.m.
Johnny Bedford vs. Abdiel Velasquez — lightweight semi-final (135 pounds), walk to cage by 9:25 p.m.
Harris Stephenson vs. Khalib Harris — 165 pounds, walk to cage by 9:05 p.m.

Prelims (available to watch for free on Facebook)
Ivana Coleman vs Sheena Starr — 125 pounds, walk to cage by 8:20 p.m.
Troy Beets vs Bobo O’Bannon — heavyweight, walk to cage by 7:50 p.m.

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Midnight Mania! Watch Garbrandt’s Corner Melt Down During KO

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Cody Garbrandt can’t seem to help himself. The former bantamweight champion has now suffered three nearly identical KO losses in a row, all stemming from his insistence on planting his feet and just swinging full force from his hips with both hands down until his opponent catches him mid-swing and puts him out. TJ Dillashaw scored the first two; Pedro Munhoz scored the third this past Saturday at UFC 235. Garbrandt was knocked down in a clash of heads and got up swinging for the fences, on full autopilot brawl mode.

His Team Alpha Male corner were not happy with him. Danny Castillo was screaming at him; Chris Holdsworth had a look of profound resignation. Even Bruce Buffer, sitting behind them, could only shake his head.

Former Team Alpha Male coach Justin Buckholz took the opportunity to take a couple jabs at his old team’s coaching and cornering.

Cody Garbrandt will have to be matched carefully going forward; his coaches will have to find new ways to try to reign in his brawler’s instincts. They clearly know what the issue is; getting Garbrandt to avoid it is the trick.


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If you thought that was the end of the Cody Garbrandt news, you would be wrong. See, the weird thing about this new TJ Dillashaw ink is that Cody has a tattoo that is virtually identical, which he got in 2017, after TJ knocked him out the first time.

I have no idea what to make of that.

Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler was an infuriating stoppage, but it was also prime meme material

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Some of them got weird. Here is one of Askren’s future fight with Darren Till.

Matt Hughes is not a great human being to his wife, brain trauma or no.

We are all kinda grateful to Anthony Smith for not taking the DQ, but he lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars and another chance (however slim) to beat Jon Jones. I can’t tell whether that’s honorable, plain stupid, or both.

That’s a nice hook

Chase Gamble and Marcel Stamps are fictional names, the kind of names you think up for your first handwritten novel in high school.


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I think the dog did this on purpose.

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How To Watch UFC 235 ‘Prelims!’

It all goes down later this evening (Sat., Mar. 2, 2019) at UFC 235 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Jon Jones puts his light heavyweight title on the line against streaking contender Anthony Smith.

In addition to the light heavyweight main event, the co-headliner will see current UFC welterweight king Tyron Woodley defend his 170-pound title against “Nigerian Nightmare” Kamaru Usman. The main card will also feature the Octagon debut of undefeated welterweight contender Ben Askren as he takes on former UFC champion Robbie Lawler.

Before Jones vs. Smith leads an absolutely stacked PPV card, a slew of preliminary bouts will unfold on Fight Pass and ESPN.

The UFC 235 “Prelims” stack up as follows:

ESPN “Prelims”
8:00 p.m. ET / 5:00 p.m. PT

Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Misha Cirkunov vs. Johnny Walker
Cody Stamann vs. Alejandro Perez
Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall

Fight Pass Early “Prelims”
6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT

Edmen Shahbazyan vs. Charles Byrd
Gina Mazany vs. Macy Chiasson
Polyana Viana vs. Hannah Cifers

Check out below to find out when and where you can catch the action.

How to watch UFC 235 Fight Pass “Prelims” (Start time: 6:30 p.m. ET)

ONLINE:

CABLE/SATELLITE:

  • Brazil — Combate
  • Mexico — UFC Network
  • Argentina — UFC Network
  • Bolivia — UFC Network
  • Chile — UFC Network
  • Colombia — UFC Network
  • Ecuador — UFC Network
  • Panama — UFC Network
  • Paraguay — UFC Network
  • Peru — UFC Network
  • Dominican Republic — UFC Network
  • Venezuela — UFC Network

How to watch UFC 235 ESPN “Prelims” (Start time: 8:00 p.m. ET)

CABLE/SATELLITE:

  • UFC 235: Jones vs. Smith “Prelims” can be viewed via ESPN. Check your local providers or click here for instant access to ESPN.
  • Canadian viewers can watch UFC 235 “Prelims” via TSN Network.

If you find yourself mobile tonight and unable to view UFC 235 from the comfort of your own home, feel free to find a participating bar near you!

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 235 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

For the complete UFC 235 fight card click here.

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How To Watch ‘Ngannou Vs. Velasquez’ Tonight On ESPN!

The heavyweight action spills into the Octagon later tonight (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) at UFC on ESPN 1 from inside Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, as former champion Cain Velasquez makes his long-awaited return against knockout artist and former title challenger Francis Ngannou.

In addition to the heavyweight main event, lightweight contenders James Vick and Paul Felder will square off in the co-headliner, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prodigy Kron Gracie will make his anticipated Octagon debut against veteran Alex Caceres, Cortney Casey will lock horns with Cynthia Calvillo in an important women’s strawweight affair, Aljamain Sterling will test his skill against bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, and talented women’s flyweight contender Andrea Lee will make her return to the cage against battle-tested veteran Ashlee Evans-Smith.

Take a look below at UFC Phoenix’s complete fight card lineup and start times:

Main Card (ESPN)
9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT

Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez
James Vick vs. Paul Felder
Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo
Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie
Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena
Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury

‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN)
7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT

Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling
Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee
Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz

Early ‘Prelims’ Undercard (ESPN+)
5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT

Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders
Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel
Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire

Here are all the ways to catch the action:

Online

Television

Tablet/Mobile

Bars

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Five Reasons to Watch UFC Phoenix This Weekend

The next installment of UFC on ESPN+ is coming to us this weekend from Phoenix, AZ, and with it comes the promise of a lot of violence. Like, a whole lot.

The main event will see the former heavyweight great Cain Velasquez emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou. If you’ll recall, Ngannou punched his way up to the top of the mountain, only to get out-worked by Stipe Miocic (who then got smoked by Daniel Cormier). I guess that makes Ngannou the division’s number three guy?

Regardless, that makes Velasquez the mysterious old star who keeps chilling on the bench because of injuries. But he was at one time the best! That counts for something!

Paul Felder is taking on James Vick in the co-main, and if you’ll recall, besides being one hell of a dude on the mic (his commentating side gig), he’s a beast of a Muay Thai ace. Since Vick likes to strike, this one could be bloody.

Elsewhere on the card, we have two on-again-off-again rising stars in Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera fighting each other. These guys were two stars from the Northeast regional scene, but were called up to the UFC before they could fight each other. So really, this match-up is a sweet one for us Northeasterners.

And of course, Kron Gracie is making his Octagon debut against Alex Caceres. His last name is Gracie, folks. That’s all you need to know.

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