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Bellator 145 results: Daniel Straus wins featherweight title in thriller over Patricio Freire

If you tuned out Bellator 145 after the announcement of Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie toward the end of Friday night’s broadcast, you missed out on one of the best fights of the year.

Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire went toe-to-toe in their trilogy fight for 25 minutes in the main event at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center, with Freire’s featherweight title hanging in the balance.

And while Freire went for broke in the late rounds, which have traditionally been Straus’ Achilles heel, this time, Straus held on for the decision. The American Top Team fighter became a two-time champion with his 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 unanimous decision over Freire.

“It was an extremely tough Patricio yet again,” Straus (25-6) said in a nod to his opponent. “I’m sure he’s going to want to get it back.”

Both fighters pushed a frenetic pace from the outset, but Straus turned the fight in his favor with a bomb of a straight left hand late in the second round. Straus rained down elbows and punches from top position, but Freire managed to keep his cool and keep from getting finished.

Straus seemed well on his way to victory by the time the fourth round rolled around, but by this point, a broken left hand, which Straus said occurred in the opening round, began to catch up with him, as he noticeable throw more elbows and fewer punches from the left. Freire picked up the pace in the fourth. He turned it up further in the fifth, gettting Straus’ back and sinking in a choke, but Straus managed to ride it out and get to safety and finally earn the win over Freire after dropping their first two matchups.

Straus had previously held the title from Nov. 2013 until March 2014, winning and losing it back to Pat Curran. Freire beat Curran for the belt in Sept. 2014 and had won seven in a row before Friday’s setback.

In the co-feature, submission whiz Marcin Held went for it in the opening round of his Bellator lightweight title fight against champion Will Brooks, going for submissions left and right and trapping him in a deep kneebar.

After that, though, Brooks took over. Fighting through a jacked knee from the first round kneebar, Brooks went to his wrestling base and worked over Held from the top for the better part of the final 20 minutes.

Brooks scored a unanimous decision, with a bizarre 50-45 to go with a pair of 49-46s for his second successful lightweight title defense.

“In the first round, when he got me down, my knee popped I thought I was okay,” Brooks said. I the second, I thought I gotta get through this and survive … do I want to make it through the fight and live another day, or mess around and get in trouble?”

It was the cap of an eventful week for the champion, who was allegedly assaulted by the Freire brothers in the fighter hotel on Wednesday, then missed weight on his first attempt Thursday before making it on the second attempt.

“Earlier this week an unprofessional thing took place, and I was a big part of it,” Brooks said of the hotel incident. “I apologize to the organization.”

The first time Michael Chandler met David Rickels, Chandler finished the fight in less than a minute. This time around, Rickels lasted into the second round, but that’s the best you can say for “The Caveman.”

Chandler, the former Bellator lightweight champion, put on a vicious display in the second round to finish Rickels. The time of the TKO stoppage was 3:05 of the second round.

Chandler dominated the first round both in the standup and on the ground. In the second, the two were standing and trading when Chandler loaded up on a huge right hand and landed right on the nose, crumpling Rickels to the mat. Chandler went for a guillotine, then opened up a nasty striking assault on Rickels’ busted nose to finish the fight.

Chandler (13-3) won his second straight fight; Rickels (16-4,1 NC) has dropped three of his past five. Chandler, who lost three straight fights before righting the ship in his past two, made his case for a title shot.

“I want the belt so bad, I can taste it,” Chandler said. “The dry spell, 668 days without a win, I can taste it. I want the winner [of Brooks-Held].”

Brooks had an answer for Chandler after his win over Held: “What’s the score? I think it’s 2-0,” said Brooks, who has twice defeated Chandler. “We’ll see what happens.”

A heavyweight rematch more than three years in the making turned into a short and bad night for James Thompson. Thompson suffered a leg injury landing awkwardly on a Lashley single-leg. Then Thompson rained down punches from the top until the fight was waved off at the 54-second mark.

“That feels good man, said Lashley (14-2). “I had a great training camp I feel light, I feel fast, I feel like there wasn’t anything out there I couldn’t do today.”

The main-card opener featured an upset, Emmanuel Sanchez scored a split-decision victory over Justin Lawrence in a featherweight bout. Sanchez (12-2), a Roufussport fighter, took two out of three 29-28 scores for the win.

Lawrence got the better of a first-round that was mostly conducted in the clinch. The second round also appeared to be going to a stalemate, but Sanchez landed a nasty, fighting-turning head kick which landed flush on the jaw in the closing seconds to steal the round.

In the third, Lawrence ended up in top position, but Sanchez was active from the bottom, landing strikes and going for submission attempts for the bulk of the round. That was enough to get him two out of three judges’ cards. Lawrence (8-3) had a four-fight win streak snapped.

The 36-year old Thompson lost in his first fight in 18 months. Thompson won their first fight in India in 2012. Lashley has won seven straight fights since.

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Bellator 145 results: Daniel Straus wins featherweight title in thriller over Patricio Freire

If you tuned out Bellator 145 after the announcement of Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie toward the end of Friday night’s broadcast, you missed out on one of the best fights of the year.

Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire went toe-to-toe in their trilogy fight for 25 minutes in the main event at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center, with Freire’s featherweight title hanging in the balance.

And while Freire went for broke in the late rounds, which have traditionally been Straus’ Achilles heel, this time, Straus held on for the decision. The American Top Team fighter became a two-time champion with his 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 unanimous decision over Freire.

“It was an extremely tough Patricio yet again,” Straus (25-6) said in a nod to his opponent. “I’m sure he’s going to want to get it back.”

Both fighters pushed a frenetic pace from the outset, but Straus turned the fight in his favor with a bomb of a straight left hand late in the second round. Straus rained down elbows and punches from top position, but Freire managed to keep his cool and keep from getting finished.

Straus seemed well on his way to victory by the time the fourth round rolled around, but by this point, a broken left hand, which Straus said occurred in the opening round, began to catch up with him, as he noticeable throw more elbows and fewer punches from the left. Freire picked up the pace in the fourth. He turned it up further in the fifth, gettting Straus’ back and sinking in a choke, but Straus managed to ride it out and get to safety and finally earn the win over Freire after dropping their first two matchups.

Straus had previously held the title from Nov. 2013 until March 2014, winning and losing it back to Pat Curran. Freire beat Curran for the belt in Sept. 2014 and had won seven in a row before Friday’s setback.

In the co-feature, submission whiz Marcin Held went for it in the opening round of his Bellator lightweight title fight against champion Will Brooks, going for submissions left and right and trapping him in a deep kneebar.

After that, though, Brooks took over. Fighting through a jacked knee from the first round kneebar, Brooks went to his wrestling base and worked over Held from the top for the better part of the final 20 minutes.

Brooks scored a unanimous decision, with a bizarre 50-45 to go with a pair of 49-46s for his second successful lightweight title defense.

“In the first round, when he got me down, my knee popped I thought I was okay,” Brooks said. I the second, I thought I gotta get through this and survive … do I want to make it through the fight and live another day, or mess around and get in trouble?”

It was the cap of an eventful week for the champion, who was allegedly assaulted by the Freire brothers in the fighter hotel on Wednesday, then missed weight on his first attempt Thursday before making it on the second attempt.

“Earlier this week an unprofessional thing took place, and I was a big part of it,” Brooks said of the hotel incident. “I apologize to the organization.”

The first time Michael Chandler met David Rickels, Chandler finished the fight in less than a minute. This time around, Rickels lasted into the second round, but that’s the best you can say for “The Caveman.”

Chandler, the former Bellator lightweight champion, put on a vicious display in the second round to finish Rickels. The time of the TKO stoppage was 3:05 of the second round.

Chandler dominated the first round both in the standup and on the ground. In the second, the two were standing and trading when Chandler loaded up on a huge right hand and landed right on the nose, crumpling Rickels to the mat. Chandler went for a guillotine, then opened up a nasty striking assault on Rickels’ busted nose to finish the fight.

Chandler (13-3) won his second straight fight; Rickels (16-4,1 NC) has dropped three of his past five. Chandler, who lost three straight fights before righting the ship in his past two, made his case for a title shot.

“I want the belt so bad, I can taste it,” Chandler said. “The dry spell, 668 days without a win, I can taste it. I want the winner [of Brooks-Held].”

Brooks had an answer for Chandler after his win over Held: “What’s the score? I think it’s 2-0,” said Brooks, who has twice defeated Chandler. “We’ll see what happens.”

A heavyweight rematch more than three years in the making turned into a short and bad night for James Thompson. Thompson suffered a leg injury landing awkwardly on a Lashley single-leg. Then Thompson rained down punches from the top until the fight was waved off at the 54-second mark.

“That feels good man, said Lashley (14-2). “I had a great training camp I feel light, I feel fast, I feel like there wasn’t anything out there I couldn’t do today.”

The main-card opener featured an upset, Emmanuel Sanchez scored a split-decision victory over Justin Lawrence in a featherweight bout. Sanchez (12-2), a Roufussport fighter, took two out of three 29-28 scores for the win.

Lawrence got the better of a first-round that was mostly conducted in the clinch. The second round also appeared to be going to a stalemate, but Sanchez landed a nasty, fighting-turning head kick which landed flush on the jaw in the closing seconds to steal the round.

In the third, Lawrence ended up in top position, but Sanchez was active from the bottom, landing strikes and going for submission attempts for the bulk of the round. That was enough to get him two out of three judges’ cards. Lawrence (8-3) had a four-fight win streak snapped.

The 36-year old Thompson lost in his first fight in 18 months. Thompson won their first fight in India in 2012. Lashley has won seven straight fights since.

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Bellator 145 results: Daniel Straus wins featherweight title in thriller over Patricio Freire

If you tuned out Bellator 145 after the announcement of Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie toward the end of Friday night’s broadcast, you missed out on one of the best fights of the year.

Daniel Straus and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire went toe-to-toe in their trilogy fight for 25 minutes in the main event at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center, with Freire’s featherweight title hanging in the balance.

And while Freire went for broke in the late rounds, which have traditionally been Straus’ Achilles heel, this time, Straus held on for the decision. The American Top Team fighter became a two-time champion with his 49-46, 48-47, 48-47 unanimous decision over Freire.

“It was an extremely tough Patricio yet again,” Straus (25-6) said in a nod to his opponent. “I’m sure he’s going to want to get it back.”

Both fighters pushed a frenetic pace from the outset, but Straus turned the fight in his favor with a bomb of a straight left hand late in the second round. Straus rained down elbows and punches from top position, but Freire managed to keep his cool and keep from getting finished.

Straus seemed well on his way to victory by the time the fourth round rolled around, but by this point, a broken left hand, which Straus said occurred in the opening round, began to catch up with him, as he noticeable throw more elbows and fewer punches from the left. Freire picked up the pace in the fourth. He turned it up further in the fifth, gettting Straus’ back and sinking in a choke, but Straus managed to ride it out and get to safety and finally earn the win over Freire after dropping their first two matchups.

Straus had previously held the title from Nov. 2013 until March 2014, winning and losing it back to Pat Curran. Freire beat Curran for the belt in Sept. 2014 and had won seven in a row before Friday’s setback.

In the co-feature, submission whiz Marcin Held went for it in the opening round of his Bellator lightweight title fight against champion Will Brooks, going for submissions left and right and trapping him in a deep kneebar.

After that, though, Brooks took over. Fighting through a jacked knee from the first round kneebar, Brooks went to his wrestling base and worked over Held from the top for the better part of the final 20 minutes.

Brooks scored a unanimous decision, with a bizarre 50-45 to go with a pair of 49-46s for his second successful lightweight title defense.

“In the first round, when he got me down, my knee popped I thought I was okay,” Brooks said. I the second, I thought I gotta get through this and survive … do I want to make it through the fight and live another day, or mess around and get in trouble?”

It was the cap of an eventful week for the champion, who was allegedly assaulted by the Freire brothers in the fighter hotel on Wednesday, then missed weight on his first attempt Thursday before making it on the second attempt.

“Earlier this week an unprofessional thing took place, and I was a big part of it,” Brooks said of the hotel incident. “I apologize to the organization.”

The first time Michael Chandler met David Rickels, Chandler finished the fight in less than a minute. This time around, Rickels lasted into the second round, but that’s the best you can say for “The Caveman.”

Chandler, the former Bellator lightweight champion, put on a vicious display in the second round to finish Rickels. The time of the TKO stoppage was 3:05 of the second round.

Chandler dominated the first round both in the standup and on the ground. In the second, the two were standing and trading when Chandler loaded up on a huge right hand and landed right on the nose, crumpling Rickels to the mat. Chandler went for a guillotine, then opened up a nasty striking assault on Rickels’ busted nose to finish the fight.

Chandler (13-3) won his second straight fight; Rickels (16-4,1 NC) has dropped three of his past five. Chandler, who lost three straight fights before righting the ship in his past two, made his case for a title shot.

“I want the belt so bad, I can taste it,” Chandler said. “The dry spell, 668 days without a win, I can taste it. I want the winner [of Brooks-Held].”

Brooks had an answer for Chandler after his win over Held: “What’s the score? I think it’s 2-0,” said Brooks, who has twice defeated Chandler. “We’ll see what happens.”

A heavyweight rematch more than three years in the making turned into a short and bad night for James Thompson. Thompson suffered a leg injury landing awkwardly on a Lashley single-leg. Then Thompson rained down punches from the top until the fight was waved off at the 54-second mark.

“That feels good man, said Lashley (14-2). “I had a great training camp I feel light, I feel fast, I feel like there wasn’t anything out there I couldn’t do today.”

The main-card opener featured an upset, Emmanuel Sanchez scored a split-decision victory over Justin Lawrence in a featherweight bout. Sanchez (12-2), a Roufussport fighter, took two out of three 29-28 scores for the win.

Lawrence got the better of a first-round that was mostly conducted in the clinch. The second round also appeared to be going to a stalemate, but Sanchez landed a nasty, fighting-turning head kick which landed flush on the jaw in the closing seconds to steal the round.

In the third, Lawrence ended up in top position, but Sanchez was active from the bottom, landing strikes and going for submission attempts for the bulk of the round. That was enough to get him two out of three judges’ cards. Lawrence (8-3) had a four-fight win streak snapped.

The 36-year old Thompson lost in his first fight in 18 months. Thompson won their first fight in India in 2012. Lashley has won seven straight fights since.

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MMA stars show off Halloween spirit, Dominick Cruz wins best costume

Dominick Cruz couldn’t just be a zombie or a vampire for Halloween. He had to make his costume personal (and hilarious).

Decked out in Muay Thai shorts, a floppy blonde wig, a black eye and – the best accessory of all – a jar of peanut butter, Cruz fired shots at UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and his mentor and coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig.

Both men recently departed Sacramento’s Team Alpha Male for greener pastures at Colorado’s Elevation Fight Team, and with a title shot against Dillashaw looming on Jan. 17, Cruz decided now would be a good time to heat things up a bit.

Check out Cruz’s get-up and others from fighters such as Paige VanZant, Joe Lauzon, Daniel Cormier, Miesha Tate, Felice Herrig and more below:

.@ufc Happy Halloween from the “REAL” champ! #monsterenergy #ufc #nutrasumma #ToyotaEscondito #halloween2015

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Ur world just got much safer! #avengers #happyhalloween

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It’s only once a year I get to bust out this one. #happyhalloween

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What you’ve never seen a super hero in a comic book store ? #lbdcosplay

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Happy Halloweennnnnn

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#HappyHalloween

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Legally blonde ☺️

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#halloween2015 #criscyborg #rayelbe

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Just killed a few people…#familynight #happyhalloween #superfrenchie

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With my love @ryanmarie05 … I’m her side kick#BatmanNRobin

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#halloweeny2015y #ladybug #vegas #duckface

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#HappyHalloween

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Playboy Halloween party #pb #pbmansion #halloween @daveophilly

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When u try n look cute, but your dead AF. #happyhalloween #trickortreat @josecorella

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Happy Halloween! #bestholidayever #theraven #edgarallanpoe

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My favorite moment of yesterday was giving @brendonsmall my crappy homemade balloon guitar. #metalocalypsenow #nailedit

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Vitaly Bigdash Wins Title, Ann Osman Upset at ONE: Tigers of Asia

Today’s ONE Championship event in Malaysia, dubbed “Tigers of Asia,” saw dramatic knockouts in its two featured bouts. Russian Vitaly Bigdash had to rise from the canvas to score a TKO victory in the show’s main event. Bigdash, who had been floored by his opponent, ONE middleweight titlist Igor Svirid early in round one, scored […]

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GLORY 24: If Benjamin Adegbuyi wins ‘Contender’ tournament, he vows to give champion Rico Verhoeven ‘fight of his life’

Benjamin Adegbuyi is confident if he wins GLORY 24 Heavyweight “Contender” tournament, he will defeat GLORY champion Rico Verhoeven for the title in a rematch.

Benjamin Adegbuyi (20-3) has been steadily rising through the kickboxing ranks the last few years, winning his first three GLORY match ups to earn a crack at current Heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven.

Unfortunately for the Transylvania native, he fell to the champion via unanimous decision in the main event at GLORY 22 in Lille, France, this past June. Adegbuyi looked great early on, but wilted as the fight grew longer and Verhoeven took command for the rest of the bout en route to his second straight title defense.

Adegbuyi, 30, chalks up the loss to lack of experience.

“It was my first five-round fight and I didn’t know how to handle it,” Adegbuyi told MMAmania.com. “I was maybe scared to not get tired and so my mind played a trick and nothing went right. I entered his gameplan and everything was not good. I respect him as a fighter, but I didn’t feel him as so strong. He’s a good fighter and had some good combos on me, but if I was in one of my best nights I could win that.”

“Mr. Gentleman” was disappointed at his performance because he “really wanted it,” but he has another chance to earn a rematch against the champion at GLORY 24 if he wins the the four-man Heavyweight “Contender” tournament tomorrow night (Fri., Oct. 9, 2015) inside Magness Arena. The winner is guaranteed a future title shot against Verhoeven.

Adegbuyi is matched up against Mladen Brestovac (49-9-1) — who he has beaten once before —  in the semifinal bracket.

“I fought him like three years ago,” said Adegbuyi, who defeated Brestovac in the semifinals at SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix III via unanimous decision in 2012. “It was my seventh or eighth professional fight. He had more experience than me. Even now he has more experience than me because he’s been fighting for a long time. It’s a tough fight, but I think I can handle it.”

In the opposing bracket, Australia’s Ben Edwards will square off against Jahfarr Wilnis. GLORY’s No. 1-ranked Heavyweight is prepared for two fights, but for now his sole focus is on the rematch against the Croatian known as “The Scorpion Sting” first and foremost.

“I just worry about the first fight,” he explained. “I always do it like this. I’m working different strategy for both because Mladen is a southpaw, you know. We did a lot of stuff even for the other fighters. But now, I try to focus on the first fight with Mladen and then after that I can focus on the other.”

Adegbuyi has changed up his conditioning training because of the loss to Verhoeven and won his last bout against Alexandr Soldatkin at Tatneft Cup 2015 in Russia via technical knockout in round three. He noticed an improvement saying, “I was feeling very good. So I think I will be better now.”

He has made the trek from Romania to Denver, Colo., and has his heart set on winning the “Contender” tournament and Ramon Dekker’s trophy because he wants to prove things will be different when he meets Verhoeven for a second time.

“Now I have to win this tournament,” he said. “If I win and they give me another chance against Rico and I have two months to prepare I really could give him the best fight of his life and win it.”

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GLORY 24: If Benjamin Adegbuyi wins ‘Contender’ tournament, he vows to give champion Rico Verhoeven ‘fight of his life’

Benjamin Adegbuyi is confident if he wins GLORY 24 Heavyweight “Contender” tournament, he will defeat GLORY champion Rico Verhoeven for the title in a rematch.

Benjamin Adegbuyi (20-3) has been steadily rising through the kickboxing ranks the last few years, winning his first three GLORY match ups to earn a crack at current Heavyweight champion, Rico Verhoeven.

Unfortunately for the Transylvania native, he fell to the champion via unanimous decision in the main event at GLORY 22 in Lille, France, this past June. Adegbuyi looked great early on, but wilted as the fight grew longer and Verhoeven took command for the rest of the bout en route to his second straight title defense.

Adegbuyi, 30, chalks up the loss to lack of experience.

“It was my first five-round fight and I didn’t know how to handle it,” Adegbuyi told MMAmania.com. “I was maybe scared to not get tired and so my mind played a trick and nothing went right. I entered his gameplan and everything was not good. I respect him as a fighter, but I didn’t feel him as so strong. He’s a good fighter and had some good combos on me, but if I was in one of my best nights I could win that.”

“Mr. Gentleman” was disappointed at his performance because he “really wanted it,” but he has another chance to earn a rematch against the champion at GLORY 24 if he wins the the four-man Heavyweight “Contender” tournament tomorrow night (Fri., Oct. 9, 2015) inside Magness Arena. The winner is guaranteed a future title shot against Verhoeven.

Adegbuyi is matched up against Mladen Brestovac (49-9-1) — who he has beaten once before —  in the semifinal bracket.

“I fought him like three years ago,” said Adegbuyi, who defeated Brestovac in the semifinals at SUPERKOMBAT World Grand Prix III via unanimous decision in 2012. “It was my seventh or eighth professional fight. He had more experience than me. Even now he has more experience than me because he’s been fighting for a long time. It’s a tough fight, but I think I can handle it.”

In the opposing bracket, Australia’s Ben Edwards will square off against Jahfarr Wilnis. GLORY’s No. 1-ranked Heavyweight is prepared for two fights, but for now his sole focus is on the rematch against the Croatian known as “The Scorpion Sting” first and foremost.

“I just worry about the first fight,” he explained. “I always do it like this. I’m working different strategy for both because Mladen is a southpaw, you know. We did a lot of stuff even for the other fighters. But now, I try to focus on the first fight with Mladen and then after that I can focus on the other.”

Adegbuyi has changed up his conditioning training because of the loss to Verhoeven and won his last bout against Alexandr Soldatkin at Tatneft Cup 2015 in Russia via technical knockout in round three. He noticed an improvement saying, “I was feeling very good. So I think I will be better now.”

He has made the trek from Romania to Denver, Colo., and has his heart set on winning the “Contender” tournament and Ramon Dekker’s trophy because he wants to prove things will be different when he meets Verhoeven for a second time.

“Now I have to win this tournament,” he said. “If I win and they give me another chance against Rico and I have two months to prepare I really could give him the best fight of his life and win it.”

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Pedro Rizzo Announces Retirement, Wins Final Bout in Brazil with Trademark Leg Kicks

Less than two weeks after Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira announced his retirement from MMA, another legendary Brazilian heavyweight left the sport: Pedro Rizzo.
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UFC 191 results: John Lineker wins wild slugfest against Francisco Rivera

John Lineker went up to the bantamweight division Saturday night. And he remembered to bring the power he showed in the flyweight division with him.

Lineker (26-7) got into a wild brawl with Francisco Rivera (11-5 1 NC) at UFC 191 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, then sealed the deal with a guillotine choke. The time of the whirlwind fight was 2:08.

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The Brazilian standout landed several big blows at the outset as the fighters stood and traded, which knocked Rivera to the mat, then continued to land punches to the downed Rivera.

Rivera, however, was determined to make a comeback or go out on his shield. He got back to his feet and managed to land a couple impressive shots of his own. The two winged punches at one another until Rivera pulled guard and got the winning choke.

“He wasn’t intimidated because I was coming up from a lower division,” Lineker said. “I’m glad he did that.”

Lineker has won three straight and seven of his past eight. However, he consistently missed weight in the 125-pound division, necessitating his jump to 135.

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CSAC will no longer recognize wins earned in unsanctioned events

LOS ANGELES — The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has fired its first salvo against unsanctioned events in its state.

CSAC executive officer Andy Foster said Tuesday during the commission’s meeting that he would ignore victories obtained in unsanctioned events when he’s vetting the matchmaking of CSAC-regulated promotions. If all of a fighters’ wins have come in unsanctioned shows, CSAC will treat that fighter like he or she is making his or her pro debut and that fighter will not be able to compete against a more experienced opponent.

In theory, this will make it more difficult for a fighter who competes at unsanctioned events to make a direct jump to a major organization like the UFC or Bellator.

“If you’ve done all your fights against fake record people, you’re starting at nothing,” Foster said.

The commission will also be looking into other alternatives to curb the practice of fighters competing at unsanctioned events with the hopes of building their résumé against seemingly untrained opponents with records like 1-16 and 0-22.

CSAC will explore legal options into disciplinary action against licensees who compete at unsanctioned events and attempt to work with the Association of Boxing Commissions to reach out to the Native American reservations that host these shows. The commission will also consider upping the medical testing requirements of fighters who compete in unsanctioned events and then attempt to fight in a CSAC show.

The issue of unsanctioned events was brought to CSAC’s attention by the viral video of a particularly brutal knockout at Xplode Fight Series in January. Ilima MacFarlane, a trained and talented fighter out of San Diego Combat Academy, viciously knocked out Katie Castro in just 10 seconds. Castro, who looked ill prepared and not trained for a fight, was dubbed a “soccer mom” (even though she is not) by blogs. Castro had an 0-2 record coming into the fight with both losses coming via TKO in fewer than 30 seconds.

Fighters, managers and coaches told MMA Fighting in a three-part investigative piece that Xplode Fight Series did not require any medical exams or blood work from its competitors and deliberately sets up egregious mismatches.

XFS owner Gregg Sharp maintains that his standards are similar to sanctioned, regional shows across the country and that he does require things like blood work and medicals. Sharp told MMA Fighting on Sunday that he is in the process of bringing aboard a third-party sanctioning body for his next event Sept. 19.

Promotions like Xplode Fight Series and Gladiator Challenge skirt state athletic commission regulation by running events on Native American reservations. CSAC cannot regulate a show on a reservation unless explicitly invited by the tribe. Sharp said he has considered using CSAC to regulate his events, but commission sanctioning is too expensive.

The Association of Boxing Commissions, which oversees the state athletic commissions, recommends a 120-day suspension for fighters who compete on unsanctioned shows, but actual regulations are dependent on the legislation of the respective state.

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