Eddie Bravo details altercation with Michael Bisping

Eddie Bravo discusses his recent argument with UFC champ Michael Bisping. During the World MMA Awards, video came out showing UFC champ Michael Bisping getting in a heated and expletive-filled argument with Eddie Bravo. The jiujitsu ace has since discussed how the confrontation happened on a recent appearance at Joe Rogan’s Fight Companion.
“Bisping is my friend,” Bravo explained. “People were like ‘were they going to fight?’ Not for one second did I think that a fight was going to break down.”
According to Bravo, Bisping was offended by one of his comments, and admitted that a few adult beverages have been ingested during the night as well.
“I said ‘he visually improves from fight to fight, and you can see it’, I’m sure he’s sick of hearing that. I was complimenting him, and I can see how he thought that implied he was subpar at one point,” he said. “He was like ‘I take offense to that man! I was always a bad ass since the Ultimate Fighter show.’ I understand where he’s coming from.
“We were trying to talk about fighting GSP. We were arguing, and he was getting kinda insulted. ‘I’m insulted when people say that!’ I’m sorry! I get it. I was trying to compliment you, but I see how you — I should’ve kept my mouth shut.”
By the end of that encounter, Bravo says cooler heads prevailed and Bisping even asked to train together so he can shore up his ground game before the Georges St-Pierre fight.
“He didn’t even remember, and he blacked out. He didn’t even remember,” Bravo laughed. “But we’re cool, he DM’d me on twitter and said ‘dude, sorry about last night.’”
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UFC Unfiltered: Forrest Griffin, Ray Longo

UFC Hall Of Famer Forrest Griffin joins Matt and guest co-host Ray Longo to discuss UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum, the UFC Performance Center, hard sparring, training at different gyms, and much more. Before that, Matt and Ray talk about recently announced fights like Bisping vs. GSP, the stacked UFC 211 card, and more.Some of the highlights from Episode 77 of UFC Unfiltered include:Forrest on Vitor Belfort’s “Legend League” idea Forrest on his regrets Forrest on benefitting from jet lag in sparring Forrest on the UFC Performance Institute Read the Full Article Here
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Reasons to Watch Fight Night London

The last time the UFC went to London, it was a legendary showdown between Anderson Silva and current middleweight champion Michael Bisping that headlined on UFC FIGHT PASS. This time around the focus has been placed on the rising prospects within the UFC ranks, and specifically those in Europe. These are the reasons to watch UFC Fight Night London Saturday on UFC FIGHT PASS. 1 – The KO artist main events in hometown The most dangerous puncher on the UFC roster is arguably Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who fights for the light heavyweight title at UFC 210 in a rematch with … Read the Full Article Here
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Silva-Gastelum set for UFC 212 in Brazil

Following his victory over Vitor Belfort last Saturday, middleweight contender Kelvin Gastelum called for another UFC legend to face off with. On June 3, he gets his wish, as he will battle Brazilian icon Anderson Silva in a UFC 212 bout in Rio de Janeiro.

In the main event of UFC 212, which airs live on Pay-Per-View from Jeunesse Arena, Jose Aldo meets Max Holloway for the undisputed UFC featherweight championship.A former Ultimate Fighter winner who scored five wins at welterweight, the 25-year-old Gastelum is making even more noise at 185 pounds, where he has knocked out … Read the Full Article Here
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Duffy prepared to entertain & finish in London

Joe Duffy prepares for his lightweight matchup with Reza Madadi at Fight Night London. Photo by Florian Sadler” align=”center” />The last time Joe Duffy was set to compete close to home, a punch during the last sparring session for his UFC Dublin headliner against Dustin Poirier ended those plans with a concussion that forced “Irish Joe” to pull out of the fight at the last minute. Fast forward almost two years and, this time, the last gym obstacle before his appearance at UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson in London on March 18 has been passed with flying colors. Just having gon … Read the Full Article Here
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Tony Ferguson wants to fight Nate Diaz next: ‘I’ll knock the guy out’

Tony Ferguson isn’t sure what is happening with Khabib Nurmagomedov, so he has a new target in mind – Nate Diaz. Tony Ferguson has had a very interesting last few weeks. He was all set to fight for the UFC interim lightweight title against Khabib Nurmagomedov, a bout that would have given him the biggest payday of his career. Instead, Khabib was forced out the day before the fight, and Ferguson allegedly got paid less than half of the title fight show money he thought he was going to get.
He has tried to stay positive in the aftermath, but it appears that the UFC unable to re-book the Khabib fight or a bout between Ferguson and Eddie Alvarez for UFC 210. Instead, Ferguson has his eyes on a new opponent – Stockton’s own Nate Diaz.
As a guest on The MMA Hour today, Ferguson laid out his reasoning behind asking for a bout with Diaz – namely, he thinks he Diaz is a great test for him (via MMA Fighting):
“I’m just throwing a name out there, but I think Nate Diaz and myself could actually put on a good show. I think his ranking is kind of bulls—t too, but I don’t really see anybody else. I mean, Edson Barboza called me out, but it is what it is. Everything’s in the air right now. I want to fight for the title. I want a fair fight, I want to go in there and kick this dude’s ass no matter who’s signed to the dotted line, and f—king move on. And kick Conor’s ass. I don’t know what he’s up to, but lets just go.”
He also believes that he could knock Diaz out:
“Just because he’s a decent striker, I mean, I haven’t had a knockout in a long time,” he said. “Not trying to call out my shot for a knockout, but I think my boxing’s a little bit better than his. It is what it is, I think my stand-up is a lot better, but this is not a boxing match, it’s MMA. And I’m just starting to mix it up with some takedowns and cool stuff.
So why Nate? Well, Ferguson doesn’t see how fighting anyone else in the division does anything for him. He obviously would like to fight McGregor, and he’s not opposed to a Khabib rematch but he believes that Nurmagomedov still isn’t 100%, and with Ramadan coming up, he thinks the fight wouldn’t take place for a while. Then it came back to Diaz:
“Nate’s one of those dudes that I think honestly could challenge my talents right now. I mean, he’s a good fighter man. Black belt level jiu-jitsu, respect that. I’ll go as far as Eddie (Bravo)’s system goes and then my own system, I’m a black belt in my own system. This is something I’ve been doing for a long time. This is an Octagon, it’s not a mat.”
Ferguson laid down the challenge at the end of the interview:
“July’s fine, I like July. If we can do this sooner, that’d be dope,” he said. “But you name the place, you name the time, and I’ll be right there and I’ll knock the guy out.”

“Let’s go man, I want to go toe-to-toe,” he said. “Think you’re good, think you’re bad, think, you say ‘don’t be scared homie,’ I’m standing right here. Live what you say.”
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Cain Velasquez gives update on injury, says he can’t give return timetable

Cain Velasquez is unsure when he’ll be back in the Octagon.

The former UFC heavyweight champion said in a statement Monday on social media that he is still recovering from back surgery in January and is not fully up to 100 percent just yet. Velasquez said he is staying in shape, but not yet doing the kind of training needed to return to the cage soon.

“I have to be smart about going back and can’t rush just to make a fight and then risk another injury,” Velasquez wrote.

Velasquez, 34, wrote that he’ll be watching the heavyweight fights at UFC 211 intently, since he believes he’ll be fighting one of those athlete in his next bout. On that card, Stipe Miocic defends his heavyweight belt against Junior dos Santos in the main event. Fabricio Werdum was supposed to face Ben Rothwell, but Rothwell was flagged last week by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation and is provisionally suspended. It’s unclear if Werdum will remain on UFC 211.

“I want nothing more than to get my belt back,” Velasquez wrote.

Velasquez finished by saying he takes his performances seriously and does not want to return until he can give his fans the type of level they “deserve and paid for.”

The American Kickboxing Academy product was supposed to face Werdum at UFC 207 in December, but was pulled from the bout a week prior due to the concerns of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). Velasquez discussed with ESPN in a December interview about pain in his back and impending surgery to repair things. The NAC, after looking at medical records and consulting doctors, deemed Velasquez “unfit to fight.”

Velasquez disagreed with the decision at the time. Now, three months later and after surgery, he is still unsure of when he’ll be able to compete again.

“I can’t provide a definitive timeline on when I’ll be ready to go, but you’ll be the first to know when the time comes,” Velasquez wrote.

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Ninja Turtle-clad Vasyl Lomachenko calls out Conor McGregor

Olympic gold medalist and current 130lb WBO king Vasyl Lomachenko is the latest in a long line of boxers to call out UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor. As UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor awaits the birth of his child, the queue to meet him next in a contest of martial skill has grown yet again. The latest athlete to call him out via social media is—you guessed it—another boxer.
Reigning WBO super featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko has made his intentions known, and he did it in Ninja Turtle training wear. Now, that is how you call someone out. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist issued this challenge via Twitter:
“@TheNotoriousMMA NinjaTurtle Lomanchelo waiting for you in the ring.I can test you”

@TheNotoriousMMA NinjaTurtle Lomanchelo waiting for you in the ring.I can test you pic.twitter.com/tjD2LEJS8f— Vasyl Lomachenko (@vasyllomachenko) March 11, 2017

The growing list of boxers that have issued fighting words to McGregor includes Floyd Mayweather (recently unretired), Paulie Malignaggi (recently retired), Ricardo Mayorga (retired), Manny Pacquiao (active) and now Lomachenko. Vasyl may be a little undersized for “The Notorious,” but as a slobbering, rabid fan of the Ukranian boxing god, I would pay big bucks to watch it. Crosses fingers.
The 130lb king of the ring is known for his exceptional hand speed, lateral foot movement and accuracy. “Hi-Tech” is considered by many to have been the greatest amateur boxer of all time, and as a professional, he is racking up quality wins, already coming in at No. 5 on the BoxRec P4P rankings list.
As a little bonus for my fellow Lomachenko fans, here’s a clip of him working the speed bag in his “Lomanchelo” gear:

Ninja turtles pic.twitter.com/ODOEAoEmyI— Vasyl Lomachenko (@vasyllomachenko) March 11, 2017

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UFC Fight Night: Manuwa vs. Anderson fight card

Check out the full fight card and bout order for UFC Fight NIght: Manuwa vs. Anderson on Saturday, March 18th in London, England. The final UFC event of March will take place at The O2 Arena in London, England on the 18th. Saturday’s headliner is a light heavyweight bout between London’s own Jimi Manuwa and TUF 19 winner Corey Anderson. The co-main event will see welterweight submission specialist Gunnar Nelson take on the always exciting Alan Jouban. Brad Pickett’s retirement fight will be against short-notice replacement Marlon Vera, while th main card will open with featherweight prospects Arnold Allen and Makwan Amirkhani.
UFC London streams exclusively on Fight Pass. Here’s the full fight card:
Main Card (5 PM ET/2 PM PT)
Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey AndersonAlan Jouban vs. Gunnar NelsonBrad Pickett vs. Marlon VeraArnold Allen vs. Makwan Amirkhani
Preliminary Card (1:30 PM ET/10:30 AM PT)
Joseph Duffy vs. Reza MadadiFrancimar Barroso vs. Darren StewartTimothy Johnson vs. Daniel OmielanczukMarc Diakiese vs. Teemu PackalenOluwale Bamgbose vs. Tom BreeseLeon Edwards vs. Vicente LuqueIan Entwistle vs. Brett JohnsScott Askham vs. Brad ScottLina Akhtar Lansberg vs. Lucie Pudilova
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