Kings MMA fighters bring home gym atmosphere, fellowship, to Fortaleza

FORTALEZA, BrazilIt is just past midnight when coach Rafael Cordeiro begins the session in the workout room of the Hotel Gran Marquise in Fortaleza.Several fighters and coaches are gathered to support three names: Kelvin Gastelum, Shogun Rua and Beneil Dariush, all of whom will see action Saturday night at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza.More than 5,000 miles separate the Kings MMA gym in Huntington Beach, California from the small, hot room in Fortaleza, but the energy is the same tonight as it is on any day.Professor Cordeiro orders five rounds, mixing shadow boxing and grappling followed by a min … Read the Full Article Here
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Fight Night Fortaleza: Weigh in results

UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, which is headlined by the five-round middleweight clash between Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum, and the light heavyweight bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Gian Villante, airs live on FS1 from the Centro de Formação Olímpica de Fortaleza in Fortaleza, Brazil on Saturday, March 11 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Two fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 7pm ET/4pm PTMain Event – Five round boutVitor Belfort (186 lbs) vs Kelvin Gastelu … Read the Full Article Here
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If I Did It: UFC 209 flops, Ferguson gets stiffed

Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we handle PR kerfluffles from the world of MMA and beyond. This week we look at the disaster that was UFC 209 and more. Alexei Auld is back with a brand new book available 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators to grill Eugene S. Robinson (who’s pushing a GoFundMe to pay for the new Oxbow album) and myself with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.
For the audio only version check us out on SoundCloud and be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on iTunes and subscribe to MMA Nation on YouTube so you’ll never miss an episode. This week’s kerfuffles include:
You’re WME-IMG. With your second main event pay per view title fight ending in controversy, how do you avoid the rematch now and forever?
You’re UFC Fighter Tony Ferguson. Despite reports that you’d receive your show money for your cancelled co-main against Khabib Nurmagomedov, you claim you received half of your purse. Is it better for your UFC career to keep quiet and if not, what’s your PR plan for getting the rest of your money, live and in public, if you will?
You’re Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. While speaking to your workers about America being a “land of dreams and opportunity,” you lectured “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.” After the internet exploded over your misapplication of the word immigrant, you doubled down. So are your critics. Now that it’s your turn at the table, is it time to hold em, fold ‘em, walk away, or run from this kerfuffle?
You’re Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Noah Dyer. Explain the PR behind posting the following statement on your campaign website under a category you labeled “scandal and controversy”: “Noah has had both deep and casual sexual experiences with all kinds of women. He is an advocate of open relationships. He’s had group sex and sex with married women. He has sent and received intimate texts and pictures, and occasionally recorded video during sex.”
You’re Apple. Wikileaks published thousands of alleged CIA documents last Tuesday which exposes the tools to hack your products and spy on Americans. What PR moves do you need to take to make your users safe from spying?
You’re a Hollywood Casting Agent. Samuel L. Jackson questioned your decision making on Hot 97. “There are a lot of black British actors in these movies…I don’t know what the love affair is with all that, it’s all good. Everybody needs to work, but there are a lot of brothers here that need to work.” Explain to us why you don’t want to give that work to the brothers here that need it.
TEACHABLE MOMENT. You’re Iron Fist actor Finn Jones. When British Pakistani actor and MC Riz Ahmed posted his House of Commons speech about the need for representation through diversity, you chimed in. And got smacked down for contributing to a white savior trope and depriving an Asian American actor a stereotypical kung fu master role. You deactivated your twitter account for a day before making a return like Danny Rand. What can we learn from your failed, but earnest attempt, to be an ally nobody wanted?
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Three fights added to UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro

The UFC has added a trio of bouts to their upcoming date in Rio.

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely, Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez, and Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Alcantara have been added to UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the company announced Thursday.

Carlos Junior (7-2, 1 NC) carries a two-fight win streak into his mddleweight matchup with Boston area-native Spicely (10-1). The duo have combined for 11 submissions among their 17 career victories.

Eduardo (28-10) will be fighting in his hometown. The 36-year-old bantamweight has won three out of his past four fights, most recently a second-round submission of Manny Gamburyan in November. Arizona’s Lopez (9-1) scored his first UFC win over Mitch Gagnon back in December.

At flyweight, Mexico City’s Beltran (6-4) is 3-1 in the UFC and is looking to shake off a submission loss to Joe Soto last time out. He’ll face in intriguing prospect in the Brazilian Alcantara, who brings five KOs and five submissions as part of his 11-0 record into his UFC debut.

The card will be headlined by a Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway featherweight title unification fight.

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Joe Rogan: Bisping vs. St-Pierre ‘hijacks the whole situation’ at middleweight

Joe Rogan has major issues with the recently announced Michael Bisping-Georges St-Pierre middleweight title fight. Many people have questioned the making of the UFC middleweight title fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. The prevailing sentiment is that number one contender Yoel Romero should be getting the shot at the belt, instead of St-Pierre, who is coming off a three-year absence and has never fought at middleweight before.
One of those who has issues with the newly-made matchup is veteran analyst Joe Rogan. In his recent appearance on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast, Rogan says there should be a “clear hierarchy” within any weight class in the UFC.
“I really want to see Yoel Romero get a shot at the title,” Rogan said (transcription via MMA Fighting). “I know he’s waiting, he’s waiting right now for what I think is an interesting fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. I think that’s an interesting fight. I don’t like it in terms of the hierarchy of the division. I think that, as far as the division goes, it’s not good at all. It sort of hijacks the whole situation.”
“I don’t like it. I’m not concerned because there’s great fighters and you get them together and you make great fights,” he continued. “I’m not concerned at that. But from a purist point of view, and someone who feels like – look, if you’re going to have a champion and you’re gonna have these divisions where one man rules over the division, there should be a very clear hierarchy.
“If you have a champion and you have all these people waiting in line to get a shot at that champion, the person who is perceived to be the best in that division is the one who should be fighting the champion next. The champion should always be fighting the number one available challenger. Right now, that is Yoel Romero.”
In recent years, the making of interim titles left and right has been the progression in the UFC. Rogan also feels the concept of championships has been somewhat devalued by this new trend.
“As a person who deeply respects the position of champion – if you’re gonna do this whole interim title thing and you’re gonna have guys come back after being out of the sport for three years and get a shot right at the title, why have f**king championships at all?
“Why have a champion at all? Just set up great fights,” Rogan said. “And if you’re just setting up great fights, well that’s a great fight. Bisping versus GSP is a great fight. If you’re going to have a title, this is the champion of the world, then the champion should be defending his title against the number one challenger and that right now is Yoel Romero.”
UFC is targeting the Bisping-St-Pierre fight to take place at UFC 213 on July 8th in Las Vegas.
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UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum media day staredowns video

Watch the main card staredowns for UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum in Fortaleza, Brazil. MMA Fighting was on hand for the UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Gastelum media day session in Fortaleza, Brazil. The event concluded with staredowns for all of the main card fighters, starting with welterweights Tim Means and Alex Oliveira, and finishing with middleweight headliners Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum.
Video of the UFC Fortaleza prelims can be viewed at the top of the page. In the meantime, here’s the current fight card lineup for Saturday, March 11th. We will have full weigh-in results for you on Friday, along with the ceremonial weigh-ins live stream.
Main Card (10 PM ET, FS1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin GastelumMauricio Rua vs. Gian VillanteEdson Barboza vs. Beneil DariushRay Borg vs. Jussier FormigaBethe Correia vs. Marion ReneauTim Means vs. Alex Oliveira
Preliminary Card (8 PM ET, FS1)
Kevin Lee vs. Francisco TrinaldoSergio Moraes vs. Davi RamosJoe Soto vs. Rani YahyaJosh Burkman vs. Michel Prazeres
Preliminary Card (7 PM ET, Fight Pass)
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy KennedyPaulo Henrique Costa vs. Garreth McLellan
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Submission Radio #117: Luke Rockhold, Bas Rutten, Javier Mendez, Dan Kelly, Damon Martin

This week, Submission Radio chats with Luke Rockhold, Bas Rutten, Javier Mendez and Dan Kelly. Also, Damon Martin (FOX Sports) joins the roundtable to discuss MMA’s hot topics. Submission Radio returns this week with another packed episode, featuring interviews with Luke Rockhold, Bas Rutten, AKA head coach Javier Mendez and the big winner from UFC 209, Dan Kelly. Also, Damon Martin (FOX Sports) returns and joins the roundtable discuss to talk Michael Bisping vs. GSP, Tyron Woodley’s PR troubles, Demian Maia’s elusive title shot and more!
As always, the video above features clickable annotations and timestamps, and below is a rundown of what to expect on the episode. We hope you enjoy the show!
Luke Rockhold returns to the program (at 1:26:37 the mark) to discuss:

The state of the middleweight division
Michael Bisping vs. GSP
Who he thinks will win and if he thinks GSP would ever stay at middleweight
His disappointment in the UFC’s decision to hold up the middleweight division
Who he wants next upon his return

Michael Bisping’s comments towards him
Preferring a rematch with Bisping over a title shot
Losing faith in ever fighting Anderson Silva

His knee injury and what his return timeline looks like
His recent trip to Australia and more!

“El Guapo“ Bas Rutten returns to Submission Radio (at the 56:18 mark) to discuss the hot topics in MMA, including:

Michael Bisping vs. GSP and if Bas is a fan of the match-up
Who he’s picking to win and GSP’s long layoff and if it’ll be a factor in the fight
The controversial fight between Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson and who Bas thought won
Tyron Woodley voicing his frustration and what’s next for the welterweight champ
Why Alistair Overeem has been looking so good lately
What to do with Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson

Conor McGregor’s next opponent
The new Logan movie
How he overcame his past drug addiction and more!

AKA head coach Javier Mendez stops by (at the 26:53 mark) to discuss:

Khabib Nurmagomedov being forced out of UFC 209
If the fight should be re-booked and if Khabib could be ready in time for UFC 210

How Javier saw Khabib beating Tony Ferguson
Who the tougher fight is between Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor
Khabib’s father wanting Khabib to retire soon
What makes his relationship with Khabib so special
Khabib’s grappling compared to Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier
The new approach to his fighters sparring and argument he’s had with fighters when he tells them they can’t spar
Cain’s injuries and if they’ve changed him as a fighter
When Cain will fight again and who Javier wants to see him face

Daniel Cormier’s upcoming fight against Anthony Johnson and how Javier sees it finishing, and more!

Dan Kelly returns to Submission Radio (at the 4:49 mark) to discuss:

His big win over Rashad Evans at UFC 209
The reaction from his wife and kids and how he celebrated
Getting more recognition and respect from fighters afterwards
What went through his mind as he entered the octagon
His gameplan and what it was like during the fight
Rashad ripping his shorts and what exactly happened

Joe Rogan hilariously asking about his knee brace
Rashad being classy in defeat
How this win washes away some of the regret Dan has about his Judo career and if he ever thought MMA would have that effect on him
Who he wants next and when he’ll fight again.

Damon Martin (Fox Sports) joins the roundtable discussion (at the 1:44:58 mark) to break down the big topics in MMA, including:

Michael Bisping vs. GSP and if the fight makes sense
Who wins and how much of a factor GSP’s layoff and Bisping’s size will be
If Anderson Silva vs. GSP still has value and if we want to see it happen

Tyron Woodley’s promotion issues and fans not getting behind him
Tyron’s next options in terms of opponents

Demian Maia’s elusive title shot and if he’s being mistreated by the UFC

Robert Whittaker vs. Jacare Souza
A big review of the new X-Men movie, Logan!

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