Bisping ‘tore the cartilage’ in his ribs one week before GSP fight

Michael Bisping suffered a serious injury just one week before his middleweight title bout with Georges St-Pierre. Michael Bisping probably should have pulled out of his middleweight championship bout with Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217.
According to Bisping, ‘The Count’ suffered a serious injury just one week before UFC 217, when training partner Dean Amasinger charged at Bisping with a double leg take down and left him with a torn cartilage in his ribs.
Bisping, who ended up losing the title to St-Pierre, revealed the details of his injury on the latest episode of True Geordie podcast.
“I actually tore the cartilage in my ribs the week before the fight,” Bisping said, per MMA Weekly’s Damon Martin. “It was the final training session, we shouldn’t have done this sparring session, this sounds like an excuse. I didn’t talk about it at the time because it sounds like you’re making excuses but the reality was on the Friday before we flew to New York, Dean [Ammasinger] was out there, he was helping me a little bit and he shot in for a double leg takedown like his life depended on it. Ran me across the Octagon, I went down and he landed on top of my ribs.
“Generally that would be fine, but as soon as I went down, I felt something rip so I couldn’t move, I couldn’t rotate, I couldn’t do anything.”
The 39-year-old UFC veteran held his own against ‘Rush’ before being dropped with an overhand left and finished with a brutal rear-naked choke in the third round.
Bisping, the light heavyweight tournament winner of The Ultimate Fighter 3, said he couldn’t pull out of the fight because there was just too much on the line.
“I got to New York and I was having treatment on it everyday, it was an absolute nightmare,” he said. “So people said to me ‘you looked a little stiff in there, Michael’. Yeah, I was stiff for a very good reason. I tore the cartilage in my ribs but it was a big fight, a lot of money on the line, and as a fighter you still think you can do it.”
The Brit went on the credit GSP for the win.
“It wasn’t my best performance, it didn’t go my way, but not taking anything away from Georges. God bless him, good for him, he got the job done.”
Bisping, a UFC veteran of almost twelve years, accepted a short-notice fight against Kelvin Gastelum just three weeks after losing the title to St-Pierre and was knocked out in the opening three minutes of the first round.
It’s expected that Bisping’s next fight will be his last, although the British fan favorite hasn’t decided on an opponent.

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Mauro Cerilli retains Cage Warriors heavyweight title with 15-second KO of Karl Moore

Karl Moore’s bid to become the first fighter since Conor McGregor to hold two Cage Warriors titles was short lived as he suffered a 15-second knockout at the hands of heavyweight champion, Mauro Cerilli, at Cage Warriors 92 in London on Saturday night.

Light heavyweight champion Moore landed a couple of crisp two-punch combinations before the Italian bowled forward and blasted him with the two lethal right hands, the second of which put him down.

Referee Marc Goddard got in between the fighters quickly as Cerilli looked to add two finishing shots.

The quick win was Cerilli’s first defense of the Cage Warriors heavyweight title.

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Max Holloway thinks Mayweather’s MMA claims with ‘TMZ reporter’ Woodley are a ‘PR stunt’

Max Holloway doesn’t believe Floyd Mayweather.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. has never struggled to keep his name in headlines — and that hasn’t changed in retirement.

Somehow, the former boxing champion has become a pervasive figure in mixed martial arts since his Aug. 2017 boxing match against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor. In recent months, Mayweather’s presence in the sport has centered primarily around the notion that he is eyeing an MMA fight in the future, with rumblings of a potential rematch against McGregor in four-ounce gloves infecting the online rumor mills. Mayweather even went so far as to recently claim to TMZ that he’ll need 6-8 months of training then will “eventually” apply for an MMA license to make his Octagon debut.

But UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway isn’t buying into Mayweather’s gimmick.

“In boxing, he’s greatest,” Holloway said Monday on The MMA Hour. “There’s no hate towards him. He finished smart, he made a lot of money, he changed the sport in a lot of ways, and he got there using his brains and being smart … and not being humiliated.

“You guys really believe this guy is going to take an MMA fight, at however old he is right now, against a young guy that’s tough who people consider one of the best in the sport? It just blows my mind, man.

“If people believe that kind of stuff, it’s wild. I really don’t know what to say.”

Mayweather, 41, retired from the boxing ring with an undefeated 50-0 record last year following his 10th round TKO win over McGregor.

Earlier this month, despite never competing in any form of event that involved kicking or grappling, Mayweather rated his kicking skills as a “four” out of 10 and his wrestling skills as a “seven” out of 10, claiming he could push his wrestling up to a “nine” with a half-year of work. He added that the transition from boxing to MMA was “probably going to be a little difficult,” but spoke optimistically about his abilities to make such a transition with the help of UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

Woodley has championed the idea from the start.

On a recent segment of his TMZ show Hollywood Beatdown, Woodley said that he and Mayweather crossed paths at NBA All-Star weekend and made plans to train together so Woodley could teach Mayweather the basics of MMA. Woodley has since doubled down on the claim. Yet while Holloway remains a fan of the welterweight champ, he can’t help but wonder if “T-Wood” is saying things just to stir up some noise.

“I mean, I love Woodley,” Holloway said. “Woodley’s the man. He’s a great dude, but I swear he talks about everything. He’s talking about everything. Whatever you can talk about, he talks about it. That guy is always on TMZ or something, so he wants to be talked about all of the time, that’s it. Woodley, you are the man, brother, but I think it’s a PR stunt.

“How can you not think it’s not a PR stunt? I don’t know. This guy is always — every time I see on Twitter something retweeting about TMZ, it’s Tyron Woodley talking about it. So it’s like, gosh, is this guy a champion or is he a TMZ reporter? What is going on, my friend?”

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Invicta FC 28: Inoue vs Jandiroba preview, weigh-in video

A main event replacement leads to an even more intriguing main event as Invicta continues to rebuild. It’s time for more Invicta FC this weekend, and this one’s got some serious divisional movement and a title fight as the cherry on top.
Brazilian grappling sensation Virna Jandiroba (12-0) squares off against agile and technical Japanese striker Mizuki Inoue (12-4). The two will challenge each other for the currently vacant strawweight title, which was vacated by brutal striker (and essential Twitter follow) Angela Hill upon her return to the UFC. Jandiroba’s dynamic grappling style and relentless pressure on the ground will prove to be a challenge for the 23-year-old Japanese standout. Inoue’s striking is on a very high level, though. Neither fighter will have an easy time here. Inoue’s last fight was a submission win over Lynn Alvarez, extending her win streak to four.
The co-main event is a great matchup between DeAnna Bennett (8-3-1 draw) and Mexican talent Karina Rodriguez (6-2). Bennett returns to Invicta after participating in The Ultimate Fighter and ending up with a draw in her UFC debut. She was then released and heads back to her old stomping grounds to use her well-rounded MMA game against a sharp and accurate striker that knows how to pace herself and break through to find a finish. It should be noted that Bennet had unfortunately missed weight, and will be fined accordingly.
Former UFC fighter Milana Dudieva (11-7) faces yet another former TUF contestant, Christina Marks (8-9). Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez (6-3) will also see action as she faces tough rising prospect Kali Robbins (5-0).
Here’s the weigh-in video:

Full card and bout order are as follows:
Mizuki Inoue (113.9lbs) vs Virna Jandiroba (115lbs)- Strawweight title fight
DeAnna Bennett (127.9lbs) vs Karina Rodriguez (125.2lbs) – Flyweight
Milana Dudieva (125.9lbs) vs Christina Marks (124.8lbs) – Flyweight
Pearl Gonzalez (115.9lbs) vs Kali Robbins (115.4lbs)- Strawweight
Minna Grusander (105.8lbs) vs Fernanda Priscila (105.9lbs) – Strawweight
Kal Schwartz (115.6lbs) vs Kay Hansen (115.3lbs) – Strawweight
Chelsea Chandler (135.7lbs) vs Kerri Kenneson (135.7lbs)- Bantamweight
Jillian DeCoursey (106lbs) vs Rebekah LeVine (104.9lbs) – Atomweight
Tracy Cortez (124.7lbs ) vs Kaytlin Neil (125.5) – Flyweight
Invicta FC 28: Inoue vs Jandiroba takes place this Saturday night, live from Salt Lake City, UT. The full card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass, starting at 8:00pm EST.
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Invicta FC title challenger Jandiroba will be ‘one step closer’ to the UFC with win over Inoue

Virna Jandiroba expects a tough fight with Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 28.

Virna Jandiroba will attempt to win her first MMA title outside of Brazil when she faces Mizuki Inoue for the vacant strawweight belt at Invicta FC 28 in Salt Lake City on March 24, and capturing the gold would have a huge meaning for her.

Jandiroba has campaigned for a deal with the UFC for years, calling out UFC president Dana White in every single one of her post-fight interviews in Brazil, but a contract with Invicta FC came first.

If she’s successful in her attempt to defeat Inoue in the main event of Saturday’s Invicta FC card, the unbeaten talent expects to be closer to the Octagon. If everything goes right, she says, her next fight could already be in the UFC.

”It definitely gets me closer, especially because Mizuki is seen as a definitive test,” Jandiroba told MMA Fighting. “I think I will be one step closer to the UFC. I expect to defend the title at least once before going to the UFC, but I hope I’m wrong [laughs]. I expect to defend the belt. I think Invicta is a amazing promotion that respects the fighters.”

The original plan for Invicta FC 28 was to feature fellow Brazilians Jandiroba and Janaisa Morandin for the vacant championship, but Inoue stepped in to replace the injured Morandin on three weeks’ notice.

”The characteristics of the fight changes, of course, but I’m not worried about it because I’ve trained with grapplers and strikers, so I’m prepared for everything,” Jandiroba said. “Janaisa was more explosive, Mizuki is not that explosive nor has her pressure, but maybe she’s more technical, especially on the ground. Her style is similar to mine, going for takedowns. That’s the biggest difference, but I’ve fought many grapplers before.”

Jandiroba holds a perfect 12-0 record in MMA with 10 submission victories. Inoue has a similar record, submitting nine opponents en route to a 12-4 record, but “Carcara” expects the Japanese strawweight to try to test her hands a little bit before turning the fight into a grappling war.

”I believe she will avoid going to the ground, at least early in the fight,” said Jandiroba, who trained with boxing coach Luiz Dorea, who has trained MMA stars like Junior dos Santos, Anderson Silva and the Nogueira brothers for years. “I believe this fight will be longer, maybe we fight five rounds. I don’t expect a quick and easy fight, but I hope I’m wrong as well [laughs].”

”I don’t know if it’s a better match-up (than Morandin), but I think that fighting Mizuki is better for me because she’s like a definitive test. Many fighters that have fought her are in the UFC today, she’s very popular, so that motivates me even more.”

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Stipe Miocic massively favored over Anthony Joshua in potential crossover UFC match

The UFC’s heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic opened up as an astronomical betting favorite over undefeated boxing great Anthony Joshua in potential UFC match. If the planets just so happen to align in just the right way, then MMA and boxing fans could be treated to a heavyweight crossover UFC match involving the promotion’s 265 pound king, Stipe Miocic, and undefeated boxing icon Anthony Joshua. Of course, whenever there is potential for a mega-matchup on the horizon, you can expect some rather thrilling betting odds to follow suit.
If this amazing spectacle is to actually go down, then according to online gambling site Odds Checker, it will be Miocic who is heavily favored at whopping 1/50 odds to Joshua’s 10/1 line. The UFC’s heavyweight champ is being shown ample respect here, especially after coming in as the betting underdog to Francis Ngannou at UFC 220 this past January, to which Miocic dominated his opposition for five rounds straight.
Stipe Miocic: 1/50 (-5000)
Anthony Joshua: 10/1 = (+1000)
So, what do these numbers mean exactly? Well, if you were to bet $100.00 on Anthony Joshua at 10/1 odds, then you stand to make $1000.00 plus your $100.00 back. On the flipside, if you were to drop $100.00 on Stipe Miocic at 1/50 odds, then you stand to make a mere $2.00. Joshua has never been an underdog in his professional boxing career, and Miocic has never even come close to being this heavily favorited.
Take a look at the career betting odds for Stipe Miocic courtesy of

Take a look at the career betting odds for Anthony Joshua courtesy of

Hey, it could happen?
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Fernandes retains title with split decision over Nguyen

Bibiano Fernandes (right) throws a punch in the main event of ONE Championship: Iron Will in Bangkok, Thailand, on Saturday.

Facing one of the toughest tests of his career, Bibiano Fernandes came out of it in the same fashion as he has so many others – with his hand raised in the air.

In the main event of ONE Championship: Iron Will on Saturday at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand, “The Flash” emerged victorious with a split decision nod over two-division champion Martin Nguyen to successfully defend his ONE bantamweight title for a seventh consecutive time.

The outcome was in doubt for the majority of the five-round contest as both Fernandes and Nguyen had their moments. Fernandes repeatedly used leg kicks and a lunging overhand right to set up takedowns, while Nguyen countered with leg kicks and his own stiff right hand. “The Situ-Asian” was able to hold his own against Fernandes’s vaunted grappling for the most part, scrambling out of dangerous situations even when Fernandes was able to put him on the mat.

In Round 3, Fernandes managed to secure back control and he searched for a rear-naked choke only to have Nguyen slip out of his grasp.

Nguyen’s jab was giving Fernandes problems throughout the fight. He opened up a cut on Fernandes’s forehead and opened it up even more in Round 4 when he caught Fernandes with a kick as he ducked in for a takedown attempt.

The judges likely were waiting for a decisive final frame to help them render their decision (ONE bouts are scored in their entirety, not round by round) and it was Fernandes who would land the most telling blow, knocking Nguyen down with about a minute remaining in the fight:

In the end, two of the three judges deemed Fernandes the winner. In addition to increasing his championship streak, he has now won 14-consecutive bouts and his pro record stands at 22-3.

“I said I would win the fight. I really needed the challenge for my life right now,” Fernandes said post-fight. “I’m here to stay. I’m the champion. I’m the best in the world. I’m the best bantamweight in the world. I proved it many times. By this moment in my life right now I want to only put my stamp here and say I’m the man.”

Nguyen (10-2) was vying to become a three-division MMA champion, having previously captured ONE’s lightweight and featherweight belts with wins over Eduard Folayang and Marat Gafurov, respectively. Instead, he tastes defeat for the first time since September 2015.

Saturday’s ONE event also marked the MMA debut of Brazilian jiu-jitsu star Garry Tonon. The New Jersey native opened up the main card with a win over a game Richard Corminal.

Tonon surprisingly spent much of the fight on his feet and he scored a knockdown near the end of round one that nearly led to a finish. However, it was his grappling that eventually got him the win as he took the fight to the mat in round two and finished with ground-and-pound from full mount.

In other main card highlights, strawweight Jeremy Miado and lightweight Shannon Wiratchai authored a pair of fast first-round knockouts, and lightweight Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev capped off a back-and-forth battle against Tetsuya Yamada with a third-round armbar:

Pakistan’s Waqar Umar weathered an early storm from Zhikang Zhao and came back to secure a first-round rear-naked choke in their featherweight clash:

And newcomer Angela Sabanal pulled off an upset by out-striking Rika Ishige en route to a unanimous decision win.

See the full results below:

Main Card

Bibiano Fernandes def. Martin Nguyen via split decision

Jeremy Miado def. Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke via KO (punches) at 1:29 of Round 1

Shannon Wiratchai def. Rahul Raju via KO (punch) at :21 of Round 1

Angelie Sabanal def. Rika Ishige via unanimous decision

Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev def. Tetsuya Yamada via submission (armbar) at 2:51 of Round 3

Waqar Umar def. Zhikang Zhao via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:21 of Round 1

Garry Tonon def. Richard Corminal via TKO (ground and pound) at 3:40 of Round 2

Preliminary Card

Kritsada Kongsrichai def. Robin Catalan via TKO (suplex slam, ground and pound) at 1:40 of Round 1

Alain Ngalani def. Ariunbold Tur-Ochir via split decision

Gilberto Galvao def. Jake Butler via TKO (knee injury) at :07 of Round 2

Sunoto Peringkat def. Hisyam Samsudin via unanimous decision

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Elizeu Zaleski vs. Sean Strickland booked for UFC 224

Elizeu Zaleski is going for his fifth straight win in the UFC.

The UFC officially announced the 12th match-up for its upcoming event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Coming off four straight victories in the Octagon, Elizeu Zaleski will take on Sean Strickland in a welterweight clash at the UFC 224 card on May 12, the company announced following a report by Combate.

Strickland (19-2) is 6-2 under the UFC banner, defeating Court McGree in his most recent appearance in Nov. 2017. “Tarzan” suffered his only MMA losses by the hands of UFC Chile headliners Kamaru Usman and Santiago Ponzinibbio.

Zaleski (18-5) lost a split decision to Nicolas Dalby in his Octagon debut in 2015, and since then he went on to defeat Omari Akhmedov, Keita Nakamura, Lyman Good and Max Griffin, earning “Fight of the Night” bonuses in two of his four victories.

UFC 224 takes place at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro and features Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington for the bantamweight championship in the main event.

Check the current fight card below.

Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington
Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida
Ronaldo Souza vs. Kelvin Gastelum
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher
Thales Leites vs. Jack Hermansson
Davi Ramos vs. Nick Hein
Alberto Mina vs. Ramazan Emeev
Junior Albini vs. Alexey Oleynik
Cezar Ferreira vs. Karl Roberson
Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper
Warlley Alves vs. Sultan Aliev
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Sean Strickland

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Watch: MMA vs. Wing Chun ends in TKO

‘Mad Dog’ Xu Xiaodong is at it again. This time he fought a Wing Chun master in front of a throng of TV cameras. Beijing-based MMA fighter Xu Xiaodong, aka Mad Dog, has gone viral again for another style vs. style street-fight in Japan. This time, in a video uploaded by YouTuber purported freelance Xu takes on a so-called Wing Chun master named Ding Hao.
Check out the video of the contest below, the fight begins at around the 8 minute mark.

In the video Ding, who according to Taiwan News claims to be a 4th generation descendant of Yip Man (Bruce Lee’s legendary master), attacked Xu first with a flurry of seemingly ineffectual strikes. After a few seconds, Xu tossed Ding to the ground with relative ease prompting the snappily-dressed pseudo-referee to impose a break in the action.
When the combatants resumed Xu weathered some more punches before landing counters and another easy throw. The white-clad ref stopped the action again. When it continued Xu landed an overhand right that send Ding to the ground, prompting the referee to dive over top to signal yet another break.
Ding got up and stumbled towards Xu. The MMA fighter then peppered the Wing Chun stylist with punches until Ding crumbled and the ref stepped in again. A man in a white-coat (likely a doctor) then assessed Ding’s condition, while Xu posed for the cameras.
Ding squared up to Xu again, but was punched, kneed, and then thrown head first into a dragon-wrapped column. By this point Ding had a bloody face, but still seemed game to continue fighting. He squared up to Xu one final time and ate a load more punches before the fight was finally called off.
Taiwan News reports that the referee declared the fight a draw.
The match between Xu and Ding was held in front of a throng of TV cameras and officials (including a number of police officers). The event featured a second MMA vs. traditional martial arts fight. In that contest MMA fighter Xiong Cheng Cheng aka ‘One-handed Bear’ (according to fought a Wing Chun fighter named Yu Changhua (who also claims Yip Man lineage).
Xiong (who is a dead ringer for boxer and Shaolin Monk cos-player Yi Long) appeared to beat Yu rather easily, despite fighting the entire match with his right hand behind his back.

These fights, which happened last Sunday, are the latest incidents in a drawn-out saga involving Beijing MMA Association director Xu Xiaodong and China’s traditional martial arts establishment, also known as the Wulin.
The clash between Xu and the Wulin began online, with the MMA coach and fighter beefing with traditional martial artists and stating that mixed-martial-arts had supremacy over any other style of fighting. The debate grew more intense and eventually a fight was set-up in Chengdu, Sichuan Province between Xu and a Tai Chi master named Wei Lei.
Xu knocked out Wei in 10 seconds. After his win Xu told the large crowd that Tai Chi, and all other traditional martial arts, were shams. The claims lead to a number of other Tai Chi proponents challenging Xu, but the MMA fighter left the scene without further conflict.
After this Xu took to Chinese social media network Weibo to continue his rant against Chinese martial arts and what he saw as their ineffectiveness. In those posts Xu challenged any martial artist to prove him wrong. Xu also offered a reward of 1.2 million yuan ($174,000) to anyone who could do it.
Xu’s challenge garnered mainstream attention in China. A juice tycoon named Chen Sheng offered an additional 10 million yuan ($1.4 million) to anyone who could beat Xu. A number of Tai Chi stylists told the media they would take on Yu. So did Yi Long and Canadian Wing Chun street fighter Pierre Francois Flores.
However, Xu’s challenge fizzled out. His posts on Weibo discussing the challenge mysteriously disappeared. China’s authoritarian government have a long history of censoring Weibo. China’s traditional martial arts are important tools for both China’s tourism industry and the nation’s international diplomacy.
After this happened Xu, whose personal Weibo page was also taken down, told the BBC that he would be keeping quiet on the internet and begin studying traditional martial arts.
That didn’t seem to last, though. A month later, in June 2017, video emerged of Xu and a group of MMA fighters trying to fight a squad of Tai Chi masters, again in Chengdu. However, the mass brawl was shut down by local police. It has since been rumored that a nephew of one of the Tai Chi stylists called the police to put an end to the spectacle.
Since then Xu has been quiet, despite teasing a release of more footage of fights between him and traditional martial artists.
His re-emergence last week is not a surprise, but the grand stage it took place on is rather shocking.
After being censored by the government and shut down by police, Xu’s latest match seems to be endorsed by some-level of officialdom. The fight versus Ding also appeared to be covered by mainstream media; whereas his previous fights were transmitted only on grainy cell phones. The location for the Ding match was also far more spectacular than the dingy gyms he fought in previously.
Perhaps instead of fighting Xu’s insistence that MMA trumps traditional martial arts, and trying to cover-up any evidence that this is true, China’s rules-makers are happy to be at the forefront of a resurgence of style vs. style fighting; the kind that once launched MMA and ushered in the UFC.

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Video: Shannon Wiratchai, Jeremy Miado smash opponents at ONE event

Shannon Wiratchai’s reputation as a fight finisher isn’t going away anytime soon.

The 29-year-old lightweight bounced back from a unanimous decision loss to Rasul Yakhyaev in spectacular fashion, needing just 20 seconds to shut down Rahul Raju at ONE Championship: Iron Will on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand.

Wiratchai stayed calm as Raju stomped towards him until he found an opening for a counter left hand that caused Raju to face plant. Now 9-2 (1 NC) as a professional, Wiratchai’s last four wins have all come by way of knockout.

Watch the fast finish above.

Perhaps motivated by that display of violence, Jeremy Miado scored a big knockout of his own in the very next fight, blasting Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke with a combination of punches that put the former ONE strawweight champion away 89 seconds into round one:

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