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Jason Knight wants Doo Ho Choi fight, but open to showing he can ‘whoop’ Artem Lobov

DALLAS – Jason Knight speaks to the media at UFC 211 about his technical knockout win over Chas Skelly, wanting to fight Doo Ho Choi but willing to settle for Artem Lobov, and much more.

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UFC Fight Night 103 Primer: Joe Lauzon Gonna Whoop That Butt

The next UFC on the menu comes at as on Saturday, with UFC Fight Night 103 rocking our television screens with the return of BJ Penn. That’s the main event, though; the co-main has veteran leg-taker Joe Lauzon taking on young buck (and former Bellator stud) Marcin Held, who also likes to snag leglocks in […]

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Jorge Masvidal’s goal after fight with Jake Ellenberger: ‘I want to whoop Donald Cerrone’s ass’

Jorge Masvidal has a tough fight ahead. Jake Ellenberger is up next for him in a pivotal welterweight bout at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.

Forgive Masvidal for looking into the future a bit, though. The American Top Team product has had four ranked opponents pulled from him by the UFC in recent years. The latest was Kelvin Gastelum, who Masvidal was supposed to fight last month in Mexico City.

Gastelum was yanked from that fight to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York. That contest never happened, because Gastelum was unable to make weight.

“I never think past any man, because every guy has two hands and every dude wants to hurt you,” Masvidal told MMA Fighting. “But god willing and I get this victory, I want to whoop Donald Cerrone’s ass. I don’t say I want to compete with him, because I don’t. I want to whoop his ass. He took Kelvin Gastelum from me and put lies to the public, that he’d fight anybody, any place.”

Masvidal (30-11) said Cerrone had the option to face him after Gastelum fell off. Instead, Cerrone will take on Matt Brown at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto. Masvidal, of course, was already booked against Ellenberger. But, on the other hand, Gastelum was booked against Masvidal before that fight was scrapped.

“Right after [Cerrone's] fight got dropped, I put my name in there,” Masvidal said. “My name was on the table. He chose Matt Brown, the guy that almost got assassinated on national TV. He chose that fight. Why? I wonder why he chose that fight over me.”

The guy who knocked Brown out at UFC 201 in July was Ellenberger, who will be across the Octagon from Masvidal on Friday night. This wasn’t the matchup Masvidal wanted. He doesn’t think a win would elevate him in the rankings as much as a win over Gastelum would have.

“I was gonna fight No. 5 in the world,” Masvidal said. “Now I’m fighting, I think he’s No. 15 in the world. So obviously it’s not the matchup I would have preferred, but this is obviously as good as it gets for me right now. This is the cream of the crop for me right now. So I’ve gotta take it and keep moving forward.”

Ellenberger (31-11) is a unique challenge. He’s physically gifted, a good wrestler and has some of the best one-punch knockout power in the division. Consistency has been an issue recently for Ellenberger, but when he’s on, he’s flat-out scary. Masvidal believes he knows why Ellenberger has been up and down over the last few years.

“I know exactly what I’m gonna get — I’m gonna get that post-USADA dude,” Masvidal said. “I’ve never been a dude that has relied on anything that USADA has a problem with. The things that I rely on, USADA doesn’t have a problem with them. I’m gonna continue to be the same athlete that I’ve always been.”

In Masvidal’s perfect world, he beats Ellenberger this weekend, gets a spot in the UFC’s top-15 rankings, and then gets the bout he’s been seeking against Cerrone.

“That’s just the fight I want,” Masvidal said. “I want to expose him to the real truth. He thinks he’s gonna fight whoever they put in front of him. My name gets brought up, he’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to fight that dude.’ I’m sick and tired of that sh*t, you know what I’m saying?”

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Jorge Masvidal’s goal after fight with Jake Ellenberger: ‘I want to whoop Donald Cerrone’s ass’

Jorge Masvidal has a tough fight ahead. Jake Ellenberger is up next for him in a pivotal welterweight bout at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale on Friday in Las Vegas.

Forgive Masvidal for looking into the future a bit, though. The American Top Team product has had four ranked opponents pulled from him by the UFC in recent years. The latest was Kelvin Gastelum, who Masvidal was supposed to fight last month in Mexico City.

Gastelum was yanked from that fight to face Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York. That contest never happened, because Gastelum was unable to make weight.

“I never think past any man, because every guy has two hands and every dude wants to hurt you,” Masvidal told MMA Fighting. “But god willing and I get this victory, I want to whoop Donald Cerrone’s ass. I don’t say I want to compete with him, because I don’t. I want to whoop his ass. He took Kelvin Gastelum from me and put lies to the public, that he’d fight anybody, any place.”

Masvidal (30-11) said Cerrone had the option to face him after Gastelum fell off. Instead, Cerrone will take on Matt Brown at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto. Masvidal, of course, was already booked against Ellenberger. But, on the other hand, Gastelum was booked against Masvidal before that fight was scrapped.

“Right after [Cerrone's] fight got dropped, I put my name in there,” Masvidal said. “My name was on the table. He chose Matt Brown, the guy that almost got assassinated on national TV. He chose that fight. Why? I wonder why he chose that fight over me.”

The guy who knocked Brown out at UFC 201 in July was Ellenberger, who will be across the Octagon from Masvidal on Friday night. This wasn’t the matchup Masvidal wanted. He doesn’t think a win would elevate him in the rankings as much as a win over Gastelum would have.

“I was gonna fight No. 5 in the world,” Masvidal said. “Now I’m fighting, I think he’s No. 15 in the world. So obviously it’s not the matchup I would have preferred, but this is obviously as good as it gets for me right now. This is the cream of the crop for me right now. So I’ve gotta take it and keep moving forward.”

Ellenberger (31-11) is a unique challenge. He’s physically gifted, a good wrestler and has some of the best one-punch knockout power in the division. Consistency has been an issue recently for Ellenberger, but when he’s on, he’s flat-out scary. Masvidal believes he knows why Ellenberger has been up and down over the last few years.

“I know exactly what I’m gonna get — I’m gonna get that post-USADA dude,” Masvidal said. “I’ve never been a dude that has relied on anything that USADA has a problem with. The things that I rely on, USADA doesn’t have a problem with them. I’m gonna continue to be the same athlete that I’ve always been.”

In Masvidal’s perfect world, he beats Ellenberger this weekend, gets a spot in the UFC’s top-15 rankings, and then gets the bout he’s been seeking against Cerrone.

“That’s just the fight I want,” Masvidal said. “I want to expose him to the real truth. He thinks he’s gonna fight whoever they put in front of him. My name gets brought up, he’s like, ‘Oh, I don’t want to fight that dude.’ I’m sick and tired of that sh*t, you know what I’m saying?”

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Amanda Nunes prefers to fight Ronda Rousey, would gladly whoop Julianna Pena in her place

Why is Amanda Nunes in such a hurry to fight Ronda Rousey?

Probably because the reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion, who captured the crown by submitting Miesha Tate at UFC 200 last month in Las Vegas, Nevada, was unimpressed with what the rest of the division has to offer, including top contender Julianna Pena.

From the UFC 201 fan Q&A (via FOX Sports):

“I’ve been training jiu-jitsu since I started. Jiu-jitsu and judo both together. I know how to block very well judo throws, I know how to use my hips very well. I know if Ronda Rousey is coming back, I’m going to keep the championship. But we have a couple of girls in line right now — Julianna Pena, Valentina Shevchenko, and if Ronda’s not coming back, I’ll take Julianna Pena. It’s no problem.”

Shevchenko might have something to say about that.

The women’s bantamweight division is currently on hold until Rousey — still considered one of the biggest stars in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) – decides on her UFC return date. “Rowdy” hasn’t been seen since Holly Holm smashed her at UFC 193 in Australia.

Who do you, as a fan, want to see Nunes fight next?

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UFC 192 Embedded, Episode 5: ‘I’m going to whoop you’

In the latest episode of UFC 192 Embedded, the fighters complete their final workouts, Daniel Cormier talks more trash talk to Ryan Bader, Sage Northcutt arrives to fighter hotel, the fighters step on the scale, and more.

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Rico Verhoeven responds to Alistair Overeem’s GLORY snub: ‘Guys like Daniel Ghita might whoop his ass’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight and former K-1 champion, Alistair Overeem, made some waves on Thursday (Aug. 6, 2015) after making some disparaging remarks about the current state of the GLORY heavyweight division.

The K-1 2010 World Grand Prix champion told Ground and Pound TV, “The problem is, there is no heavyweight division. It’s only Rico [Verhoeven] because everybody else quit or is retired or injured. That’s why for me, there is no challenge in kickboxing at all.”

Verhoeven, 26, gave MMAmania.com his take on “Reem’s” comments and agreed with the No. 9-ranked UFC heavyweight, to a certain degree.

“I don’t really feel that he is attacking me,” Verhoeven said. “I don’t feel like any hate or anything. He did try to knock the GLORY heavyweight division down, saying ‘there is nobody.’ I defeated everybody. I defeated Peter Aerts, [Gokhan] Saki, [Daniel] Ghita — they are all top fighters. Even when he was fighting K-1, Ghita, Saki, and Peter were all in there and I beat them all. I feel like I am the true champion and I think… the only thing he is kind of right about, is there is no really new guys coming up — like really quick — like a few years ago. A few years ago, we had like eight or nine or maybe 10 heavyweights that were really good and now we have four or five. So, I think that is the difference.”

However, even thought he thinks there is a shortage of great talent at the top, in his eyes, the future looks bright for the up and comers.

“For the rest, there are still young and hungry guys,” he said. “I think the sport is evolving as well. If you check the level of the guys of six-seven years ago, and you check the level now of the heavyweights, I think it’s higher. That is my vision on the sport, because the sport keeps evolving. If you go further in time, this sport just keeps getting better and better. The younger guys are getting better and better. If you check from like 20 years ago ’til now, most heavyweight champions were between 30 and 35 and I took that level down 10 years. I was 24 years old when I became champion for the first time.”

So, hypothetically, if Overeem was to enter into the GLORY heavyweight division, how does the champion think he would do?

“I think he would do good,” said Verhoeven, who believes he will most likely fight again in December. “His standing level is okay, but guys like Ghita he would have his hands full and maybe get his ass whooped. Of course, against me, the level is just different. Way different. And maybe a guy like Jamal [Ben Saddik], Alistair has more technique, but Jamal has the power. Everybody has to watch out for that. You have to really have to have a good game plan and defense for that.”

Verhoeven (46-10-1) is simply on another level as far as his competition in the division. The Dutch native has won eight straight fights in GLORY competition and dominated Benny Adegbuyi over five rounds to defend his title at GLORY 22 in France back in June. Anderson “Braddock” Silva faces Jamal Ben Saddik on the Superfight Series portion of GLORY 23 on Friday night (Aug. 7, 2015) and the winner of that fight could be a potential future opponent for the champion, but according to him, no one has really stood out.

“For Benny — like I already said in many interviews — it was just too early for him,” he said. “He’s only been doing kickboxing for like six years and he doesn’t have the experience yet. Anderson Silva, he’s okay. He’s a good fighter, but he’s not… Championship worthy is not the right words to say, but he’s not on that level. He’s been around for a few years, but I don’t think he has the level to be the champion. I mean zero disrespect, because I love his style of fighting, but his body is just not built for real heavyweight. He’s like 100 kilos. 102, 103. If you get a guy at 115 or 120 kilos, it’s just a big difference.”

And that is what is going to be the winning factor for Saddik in tonight’s fight, according to “The Prince.”

“I think he is going to overpower Silva,” the champ predicted. “It’s just a big difference. Even now, he’s heavier than ever. He was like 133 kilos. It’s crazy that’s like 280 almost.” Verhoeven was then informed Saddik, in fact, weighed in at 295 pounds yesterday. “295? He’s almost 300 pounds, that’s crazy.The difference is too crazy, man. He’s just going to overpower him. When Jamal hits Anderson, he’s not going to know what’s happening to him. He is going to go ‘oh what’s this?’ I think he is going to be too much for him.

“Like I said, in the heavyweight game, you have a lot of guys that aren’t very good, but are strong and wild and they are taking a chance,” he continued. “With taking that chance they try to bull the other guy in the fight and try to get the knockout. When you are strong and they punch hard, it’s easy to get the knockout. It doesn’t mean that you are a good fighter. It just means you have a strong punch.”

There is one more heavyweight clash on the docket tonight. The co-main on the Spike TV main card has Xavier Vigney taking on United Kingdom veteran Daniel Sam. It’s the first step up in competition for Vigney (8-1) and Verhoeven thinks the Californian fighter will pass it.

“I think it’s going to be Vigney,” Verhoeven said. “I think he is going to win it. He’s in a good flow right now. And I think Daniel Sam is not the best fighter. Sometimes I say stuff and I don’t mean it bad, but it is what it is. He’s been in fights where he’s been hit and just dropped down. I was like, ‘you want to fight or are you just quitting right now?’ You know? Xavier is really on a winning streak and what I like about his style is he can take a punch and he’s not afraid to take a punch to give one back. It’s maybe not the smartest always, but it’s fun to watch. I definitely think he is going to win. When he hits Sam, he’s going to go backwards and he’s going to finish him.”

Verhoeven said he’s still training hard while waiting for a new opponent to be scheduled and mentioned enjoying some vacation time with his family. He does have a hunch at who is next opponent might be, even though nothing has been set in stone.

“The feeling that I’m getting right now is that they are trying to push Jamal,” he said. “That is the feeling I”m getting now. It’s the same with him. I think he should fight for like two or three more fights, before even getting the right for a title fight. He’s been out for a while and he’s fought no-level guys.”

Saddik (25-5) returned to action at GLORY 22 after serving a year-long suspension for attacking Hedsy Gerges on the ground and getting disqualified at Qabala Fight Series in June of 2014. He crushed Mamoudou Keta in a mismatch after Keta took the fight on less than a day’s notice.

Verhoeven noticed a tweet from GLORY recently, one that compared Saddik to a kickboxing legend, and that’s what got him thinking the promotion may be trying to pump “Goliath” up, so they can eventually match the two of them up. Not to mention, it got under his skin.

“I was pissed off,” he explained. “Maybe that’s not the right words. GLORY put on Twitter, ‘Is Jamal the new Semmy Schilt?’ I was like ‘how in the hell can you say something like that. That is completely disrespectful to your old champion.’ I was the first guy to comment on that post. I said ‘Semmy is in every possible way a better fighter, a better person, and a better representative of our sport and Jamal could’ve wished he is half the man that Semmy is.’

“That was my comment. How can you say something like that about your former champion. Jamal, in a kickboxing match, took down Hedsey and just kept punching him like some wild animal. How can you compare him with one of the most respected champions in combat sports there i?. That’s why I got the feeling that they are trying to push him now.”

Silva is ranked No. 5 and Saddik is No.12. It’s safe to say it’s an imperative match up for the future of both heavyweights, if they want a crack at Verhoeven.

For the GLORY 23: “Holzken vs. Daniels 2″ live stream, including play-by-play results, click here.

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Morning Report: Anthony Pettis wants to ‘whoop’ ‘irrelevant’ Nate Diaz

Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis was due to fight Myles Jury this weekend in Chicago at UFC on FOX 16, but another injury has made a rough 2015 campaign even worse.

In May Pettis suffered ligament damage when he dislocated his right elbow during wrestling training, pushing his return to year’s end.

As for dance partners, Pettis has a few ideas.

“I don’t really care,” Pettis told Talking Brawls. “As long as it gets me that next title shot. If Khabib’s [Nurmagomedov] healthy and he’s next in line, that’s who I want. Or Nate Diaz. I’ve been calling him out, as well. Diaz has been talking a lot of s**t.”

Diaz hasn’t been too complimentary of Pettis lately, mocking him for a string of injuries.

According to Diaz, the pair also had a brief flareup in Mexico City at UFC 188 in June.

“He’s not relevant at all but it’s personal,” Pettis said of Diaz. “When someone talks crap to me in my face I need to address that. Where I grew up that doesn’t happen. He just talks s**t. When I walk past him he has something to say. In Mexico City he had a few words, but it was by the media event.

“He runs over, gets on the camera and stays relevant. I don’t play into that. If he wants to fight, let’s set it up. I’m not afraid to fight this dude. He’s not even top ten.

With Pettis ranked No. 1 and Diaz at No. 14, the swing may be a bit much for UFC matchmaker Joe Silva.

“It doesn’t make sense for me but the fact that it’s personal is why I want that fight,” said Pettis. “I want to whoop his ass. That’s it.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

‘What is this? Nineteenth-century Prussia?’ Chuck Mindenhall explains why the UFC firing Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran was really not cool… and in fact, just cold.

Blowback. Reebok issues statement in wake of ‘Stitch’ Duran firing.

Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas previews UFC on FOX 16, discusses Stitch Duran’s Reebok comments, HBO’s report and more in this week’s live chat.

‘I gave you a sign; you didn’t understand…’ Anderson Silva says his second loss to UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman was God sending him a message.

A little help. The UFC is working to book former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 191 in September, currently headlined by Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC on FOX 16 embedded episode 1.

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Episode 2 of Joe Lauzon’s UFC on FOX 16 vlog.

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Jason Miller’s uncomfortable interview on Real Sports.

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Don Frye and Forrest Griffin, together at last.

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Jose Aldo suing Chael Sonnen and UFC?

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Zach Makovsky smashing things in slow motion to dubsteb.

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Long watches.

UFC on Fox: Dillashaw vs Barao 2 Care/Don’t Care Preview

Chael Sonnen’s ‘You’re Welcome’ with Donald Cerrone

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TWEETS

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Even more Stitch.

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Buds.

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Beef.

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Paging Rockhold.

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Get well soon.

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Aw.

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Legitimately worried about how slippery those rocks are.

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Family, Friends Mourn Death of Cage Fighter

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (July 22 2015)

Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood at Bellator 141: Dynamite

cancelled Uriah Hall vs. Joe Riggs at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Teixeira

cancelled Jared Cannonier vs. Jonathan Wilson at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Teixeira

Nazareno Malegarie vs. Joaquim Silva at UFC 191

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UFC 185: Anthony Pettis really wants to whoop Khabib Nurmagomedov’s ass

FOCUS!

Anthony Pettis hasn’t been getting much trash talk from his upcoming opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, who he will fight this weekend (Sat., March 14, 2015) at UFC 185 in Dallas, Texas, but he has been getting a heavy dose from Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“The Eagle” has constantly picked on “Showtime,” saying that he’s been avoiding him and gone as far as questioned his fight skills.

And while Pettis’ focus is strictly on “RDA” at the moment, he took the time to send a message to the Dagestani during today’s (March 12, 2015) media day (via MMA Fighting).

“He wants his title shot so he’s got to talk as much as he can. He’s got “Cowboy” to get through, and “Cowboy” is a task. If he gets through him, I hope he does get through him because I want to whoop this guys ass because I’m tired of hearing him talk.”

Nurmagomedov and Donald Cerrone are scheduled to face off at UFC 187 on May 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada (details). And even though the lightweight bout hasn’t been pegged as a title eliminator fight, it’s widely believed the winner will earn a shot at the division strap.

It’s famous!

And in a perfect scenario, “Showtime” would love nothing more than to walk out of “Big D” with his title this Saturday and have Nurmagomedov defeat Cerrone so he can shut his mouth once and for all.

First things first, though.

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