UFC Fight Night Japan Returns to Saitama Super Arena on Sept. 23

Tokyo – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts (MMA) organization has announced it’s return to Saitama Super Arena on Saturday Sept. 23, 2017. This will be the fifth time UFC has brought their highly anticipated live event to Japan and will be the third event to be held in Asia Pacific this year.“Our fervent fan base in Japan is a cornerstone of our success in the region and we are thrilled to bring another action-packed live event to the market this year.” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content, Joe Carr, said “Japan has a rich his … Read the Full Article Here
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Poirier auctioning fight kit to give back to community

My UFC 211 Fight Kit Auction on EBay 100% of proceeds going to Second Harvest Food Bank Lafayette La
A post shared by Dustin Poirier (@dustinpoirier) on May 15, 2017 at 8:13am PDT

Dustin Poirier could have been a statistic. Instead, he’s one of the top 155-pound fighters in the world, a family man with a bright future. That would be enough for most. Forget the past, forget the hard times and move on. But Poirier can’t and won’t do that, and despite fielding endless questions about his controversial no contest with Eddie Alvarez last Saturday in Dallas, h … Read the Full Article Here
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Hassan believes recent TUF experience gives him edge


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If Hayder Hassan had turned down a spot in The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption tournament, it would have been understandable, considering he fought three times in 17 days during his first go-round on the show in 2015. But when American Top Team’s Dan Lambert told him about this season’s format, ten days before Hassan was scheduled to fight in a December bout for the Titan FC promotion, the 34-year-old didn’t hesitate to take another shot at TUF glory.“I was excited to be fighting … Read the Full Article Here
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Lima found the fun in fighting again

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For a former UFC fighter, the road back to the big show is a fairly simple one. On paper … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC Unfiltered: Kevin Lee, UFC 211 recap and John Morrison

No. 12 ranked UFC Lightweight Kevin Lee calls in to talk about his altercation with Michael Chiesa at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference over the weekend, fighting Chiesa at UFC Fight Night: Chiesa vs. Lee on June 25, training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier, and more. Later, Lucha Underground wrestler and actor John Morrison calls in to discuss his new movie, “Boone: The Bounty Hunter”, training parkour, and whether or not he would fight in MMA. Plus, Matt is joined by guest co-host Jamie Crowder of Renzo Gracie Academy to break down all the action from U … Read the Full Article Here
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Dillon Danis issues statement following SUG 4 loss to Jake Shields

Heavy favorite Dillon Danis came up just short against Jake Shields at Submission Underground yesterday, and issued a statement on social media following the loss. Dillon Danis has made a lot of waves in the grappling and MMA scenes with his brash talk, but he wasn’t quite able to back it up at Submission Underground 4 in Portland on Sunday. In the main event match of the show he was narrowly defeated by MMA stalwart Jake Shields, who won after three overtimes on escape time. Danis didn’t take long to go to social media to issue a statement, where he gave Shields his props but lashed out at the people that relished in his loss:

I show up to any rule set- Gi or No Gi and will take my losses like a man. Jake survived a 10 min onslaught of my submissions to beat me in the overtime round by 8 seconds for fastest escape, fair play to him he is a legend. I still believe in myself 100% and this will not define me. You will all swallow your words keep basking in a other mans struggles i’ll remember everything. A post shared by jefe (@dillondanis) on May 15, 2017 at 4:13am PDT

“I show up to any rule set- Gi or No Gi and will take my losses like a man. Jake survived a 10 min onslaught of my submissions to beat me in the overtime round by 8 seconds for fastest escape, fair play to him he is a legend. I still believe in myself 100% and this will not define me. You will all swallow your words keep basking in a other mans struggles i’ll remember everything.”
The 23-year-old Danis, a teammate of UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, is a black belt under Marcelo Garcia, but his antics led Garcia to ask him to leave his gym recently. He also signed with Bellator MMA, boasting that he has the most lucrative contract in the company despite having no fights, and saying he would only fight at the Bellator NYC event if he was on the main PPV card.
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Boxing fight card and preview: Crawford vs. Diaz, Russell Jr. vs. Escandon and Davis vs. Walsh this Saturday

Lots of big fighters are in action this Saturday with 6 fights across 3 locations from HBO and Showtime. Get the full details and fight cards here. Saturday is a big day for boxing fans, with hours and hours of back-to-back content available. You’ve got some quality fights in here, plus some of the sport’s elite fighters – which is a good thing because after Canelo vs. Chavez Jr., frankly, we’ve earned it.
Showtime kicks the marathon day off with a split-site quadruple-header. The day opens with maybe the most intriguing fight, as recently minted champion Gervonta Davis takes on Liam Walsh in London. After that, Showtime shifts over to featuring three fights from the US. Headlining is the excellent Gary Russell, Jr. who takes on Oscar Escandon. The show starts at 6:00 p.m. ET, which means Davis vs. Walsh should be on a slight tape delay. Our coverage of that fight will be based on the Showtime broadcast.
HBO takes the reigns after that, with Terence Crawford headlining a doubleheader against Felix Diaz. That show is scheduled for 10:15 p.m. ET, so Showtime’s programming should be off the air by the time HBO starts. Which means it’s a busy night for fans of the Sweet Science.
Bloody Elbow will have live fight night coverage of both the Showtime and HBO cards this Saturday night.
RUSSELL JR. vs. ESCANDON FIGHT CARDShowtime, Sat. May 21, 6:00 p.m. ET
Gary Russell Jr. vs. Oscar EscandonAndre Dirrell vs. Jose UzcateguiRances Barthelemy vs. Kiryl RelikhGervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh
CRAWFORD vs. DIAZ FIGHT CARDHBO, Sat. May 21, 10:15 p.m. ET
Terence Crawford vs. Felix DiazRaymundo Beltran vs. Jonathan Maicelo
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Video: Blazing quick head kick KO in amateur bout

A brutal finish on the regional scene that you have to see to believe You’d be forgiven for not knowing that an MMA event took place in Searcy, AR over the weekend, but sometimes the smallest shows can provide MMA’s wildest moments.
Jordan Fowler took on Dylan Goforth at Pyramid Fights 2 in an amateur contest slated for a 195lb catchweight. The fighters squared off and circled briefly, then Goforth… well… went forth as Fowler launched a picture perfect left kick to the head. Goforth was immediately slept, lands on his back and remained with his arms outstretched and tense.
It was a short night at the office, to say the least.
Here’s the video courtesy of Twitter’s own Grabaka Hitman:

Jordan Fowler vs. Dylan Goforth 4 second KO at Pyramid Fights 2. (Fowler wins). Welp. pic.twitter.com/QbpV6MnbWH— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) May 14, 2017

It should be noted that this was Goforth’s first and only loss in his brief career. He had two wins to his name with his last win at the previous Pyramid Fights event in late January (which he won by submission). Despite being his only setback, it’s as dramatic a loss as you’ll find on the regional amateur circuit. For his part, Fowler is an officer with the Jonesboro Police Department. This win also appears to be a record for quickest knockout in the entire state of Arkansas.
Welcome to internet notoriety, Mr Fowler. It’s a magnificent way to introduce yourself.

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Tyron Woodley on Demian Maia: Of all top 10 welterweights, ‘I match up the best with him’

Tyron Woodley said Monday that he hasn’t yet been contacted by the UFC about defending his welterweight title against Demian Maia, but if Maia is indeed next — as UFC president Dana White alluded to after UFC 211 — Woodley is open to the match-up.

“I’m not against fighting Demian Maia,” Woodley said on The MMA Hour. “I think, out of all the guys in the top-10 that are really threatening guys who are frightening in the Octagon — whether it’s submissions or knockouts or just their ability to be tough — I match up the best with him. I’ve fought that style so many different times. I’ve trained against that style.

“My last five fights have been against southpaws — Dong Hyun Kim, Kelvin Gastelum, Robbie Lawler, Stephen Thompson — so as far as the stance and the style, I’ve seen it so many times and I have such great resources, guys like Ben Askren. I might even pick up the phone and grab Jake Shields, because a lot of people don’t realize that Jake Shields went to Brazil and dominated Demian Maia.”

Maia extended his division-best winning streak to seven straight at UFC 211, capturing a hard-fought split decision over Jorge Masvidal in a back-and-forth affair. Afterward, Maia knelt in front of White in the Octagon to request — and ultimately be granted — the UFC welterweight title shot that has eluded him throughout his latest run.

But while the 39-year-old Brazilian is certainly the most deserving contender in the 170-pound division, he doesn’t provide the same type of promotional firepower that a challenger like Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz would, and Woodley admitted the match-up isn’t really one that excites him.

“It didn’t interest me,” Woodley said. “It didn’t make my adrenaline pump. To be honest, neither one of those guys (Maia or Masvidal) did, because they’re trying to build their brand up and I’m trying to build my brand up, and I feel like my brand is a little bit further than theirs is, so it didn’t really interest me. You’ve got to realize, man, I’ve been in two very annoying training camps. Stephen Thompson is not a fun training camp. It’s not fun having Sage Northcutt kick you through a cage or having all these different guys throwing random kicks that you’ve never seen before and dealing with it, and not being able to explode like you want to at times, and being very wise, because if you make a millimeter mistake, you get knocked out.

“So for me to go into another camp — the two best specialists in our sport just so happen to be in my weight class. There’s no other weight class that has these guys who are specialists who are still around. It’s not like the Royce Gracie days, but Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia have found a way to adapt their striking style and grappling style into an MMA style, and it’s very frustrating. So I was excited — Jorge Masvidal, he kinda pumped me out a little bit with some of his shenanigans during the interviews. It would’ve been a fun training camp.

“I had Shane Mosley Jr., his son was going to spar with me. I had a whole set-up at Wildcard Boxing. I was already planning a camp based on possibly fighting Masvidal or Georges St-Pierre or Nick Diaz, a striker. And now, I haven’t talked to Dana yet, they haven’t called and offered me the fight yet, I’ll get with those guys are see what’s what, but to be honest — you know me, I’ve never taken anyone lightly, but think about [UFC 211]. How ridiculous was that card? And if you can think of one fight, one fight on the whole card, which one are you going to plan on it maybe not being the adrenaline-packed or the action-packed fight? It’s going to be that one. And you’re going to put me in that fight again? So I can have to hear all this stuff from the fans again? I’m going to get it done if that’s the next fight up, but don’t blame me.”

Woodley’s welterweight title reign has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start, bogged down by a pair of fights against Thompson at UFC 205 and UFC 209. After the first Thompson fight ended in a contentious majority draw, the rematch ended in further controversy, as Woodley defeated Thompson via majority decision in a contest that drew widespread criticism for its long stretches of inactivity. Likewise, Maia’s current run is undoubtedly impressive, however his BJJ-centric style has proven somewhat polarizing for a fanbase that delights in stand-up affairs, and Woodley isn’t thrilled about the prospect of another potentially unpopular title defense.

That being said, Maia remains one of the most talented and decorated jiu-jitsu artists to ever step foot in the Octagon, a mat wizard who confounds his foes with back-takes from seemingly any position on the canvas, and Woodley is confident he has the tools to stop Maia where Carlos Condit, Gunnar Nelson, Matt Brown and so many others could not.

“You start seeing Demian Maia when he doesn’t get that shot,” Woodley said. “When he starts to get punched, those shots start coming really wide open. They start coming with no set-ups. It’s almost like he’s gotten underneath their legs. And if remember my fight against Andre Galvao, I’m not the guy you want to do that to. I will knock you out.”

Woodley said he isn’t sure yet what date the UFC is targeting his next title defense. He’s already in camp and would be willing to step in for July 8 at UFC 213 or July 29 at UFC 214, or even some time in August at the latest, if the UFC prefers. He said he would need to be offered “seven figures” to accept a fight against Maia in Maia’s home country of Brazil, but regardless of where and when he lands on the calendar, he indicated that he’s “not going to be easy to deal with” in negotiations with the UFC because of Maia’s lack of drawing power.

“I’m going to be in Vegas for the Athlete’s Retreat deal coming up, so I’ll set up some meetings with Dana and the guys and I’ll what their plans are,” Woodley said. “But I’m not going to be easy to deal with, man; Demian Maia’s not a guy who’s going to push the needle. I don’t even know what the pay-per-view numbers were for Stephen Thompson, but I can’t go out here and try to start something or pump up these fans for a fight that, one, you’ve already seen the first one (Thompson), so it’s like a self-sell fight, and then secondly, this guy (Maia) is going to be like the most nice, gentlest human being on Earth.

“I respect him, and you know me, I’m not going to do something that’s not me. I’m not going to go and start something that’s not there. But at the end of the day, this is a prizefighting situation, so I think champions in the past have been compensated for opponents that may not push the needle and they may not get the (pay-per-view) points you think you’re going to get, and a little extra fat was thrown on the top for them. So, me knowing that, I’m going to go in there and look for that myself.”

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