The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption episode 12 live discussion

Tune into FS1 on Wednesday, July 5th at 10 PM ET/PT for episode 12 of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption, with coaches Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw. A new episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption airs tonight (Wednesday, June 28th) at 10 PM ET on Fox Sports 1. Last week, Dhiego Lima defeated Tom Gallicchio to become the first fighter to ever reach two TUF finals. It looks as if Gallicchio will still be on the season finale card, just not for the grand prize.
Tonight’s episode features the second semifinal. We know that Jesse Taylor is set to compete, but it’s no longer certain that James Krause will be his opponent. Krause has an ongoing eye problem that may prevent him from fighting Taylor, so we could see a replacement. You can discuss the show in the comments section, then Beau Dure will have a full recap on Thursday.
Here are the two sets of teams, with the winner taking home $250,000. The season finale is Friday, July 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Team Cody Garbrandt: Seth Baczynski (eliminated), Mehdi Baghdad (eliminated), Eddie Gordon (eliminated), Hayder Hassan (eliminated), Julian Lane (eliminated), Justin Edwards(eliminated), Johnny Nunez (eliminated)
Team T.J. Dillashaw: James Krause, Jesse Taylor, Ramsey Nijem (eliminated), Dhiego Lima, Joe Stevenson (eliminated), Tom Gallicchio, Gilbert Smith (eliminated)
Jesse Taylor vs. James Krause/Or Someone Else
Dhiego Lima def. Tom Gallicchio by unanimous decision

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Paul Daley vs. Michael Page grudge match targeted for early 2018, ‘MVP’ to box in meantime

Bellator president Scott Coker reveals that Daley vs. Page is planned for early next year, with MVP expected to box in preparation. Michael Page, or MVP, is one of Bellator’s fastest rising stars and was hoping to fight British rival Paul Daley in September.
But, according to Bellator CEO Scott Coker, Daley wanted the fight pushed back to next year. Coker is hoping to get the fight booked for early 2018 in London, England.
“What happened was, Paul called out MVP, and so we reached out to Paul and said, ‘hey, do you want to fight before September?’ And he said, ‘no, I don’t want to fight before September,’” Coker told Ariel Helwani on a recent appearance of The MMA Hour (h/t Shaun Al-Shatti of MMA Fighting). “He said, ‘I’ll fight MVP, but I’ll fight him at the beginning of the year.’
“So that fight will happen. It’s going to happen in London and it’ll probably be in the first quarter of next year.”
Daley and Page have been going at it for over a year, but things really kicked off when ‘Semtex’ charged at ‘Venom’ at Bellator 179, which saw Daley lose in the main event to former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald.

Wow. Paul Daley just went for Michael Page in the front row and they had a scuffle. Pandemonium. #Bellator179— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) May 19, 2017

Page, an undefeated fighter with a background in Taekwondo, mocked Daley for turning down the initial fight offer after making such a scene at Bellator 179.
According to Coker, the striking dynamo will be taking a couple of boxing fights later this year to prepare for his showdown against the Nottingham-based Daley.
“We have a deal with the local promoter over there,” Coker said.
“We asked [Page], ‘do you want to kickbox or do you want to box?’ He prefers boxing. He wants to get a couple fights in, probably to get ready for Paul. Paul’s got some good hands. So we said, ‘go ahead and go do that,’ just like we did a deal with (boxing promoter) Lou DiBella (to promote some of his boxers in MMA), right?
“So it’s exactly the opposite. It’s like we’re kind of lending out MVP to go box, and then I told him, I said, ‘MVP, if you want to come kickbox or fight MMA before the end of the year after your boxing, you’re more than welcome to. Or if you want to take a couple boxing fights, go ahead and just get ready for this fight at the beginning of next year.”
The boxing fight taking up all the headlines this year, of course, is the 12-round extravaganza between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on August 26.
Page, 30, last fought at Bellator 165 where he beat Fernando Gonzalez via a lackluster split decision.

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Megan Anderson ‘even more confident’ about facing Cyborg after Claressa Shields sparring footage

‘Personal stuff’ may have cost Megan Anderson her spot against Cris Cyborg at UFC 214, but the Aussie is still pushing hard for that fight when she returns. For a brief moment, Aussie featherweight Megan Anderson was set to make a spectacular UFC debut. The Invicta interim featherweight champion had been signed to take on Cristiane Justino, better known as Cris Cyborg, for the newly vacated UFC women’s featherweight title at UFC 214.
And then, suddenly, the fight was off.
While speculation ran rampant over Anderson’s mental state, possible visa issues, or even a potential pregnancy, Anderson maintains that some “personal stuff” outside of her control is the real culprit. Although she still won’t elaborate on what that personal stuff is.
In a recent interview for the Sean, Funky, and the Baddest Man podcast, Anderson attempted to give some clarity to her feelings at the moment and deny some of the rumors floating around (transcript via MMA Fighting).
“I understand where people are coming from, but honestly I don’t owe anyone an explanation. I have personal stuff. Say if you had personal s**t you were dealing with. Would you want the whole world pressing you and forcing you to try to tell them? No, you’d probably be like, ‘F**k you guys, this is my s**t.’”…“I want to make one thing clear and that’s unfortunately this is out of my control and I didn’t want to have to pull out of the fight. I was ready for that fight. I wanted that fight more than anything. I’m definitely not scared of Cris and hopefully once this stuff is kind of figured out, I want that fight back. She can say what she wants, but I’m coming for her regardless.”
And if that last sentiment wasn’t confident enough, she also made it clear that if anything, she’s feeling better about her chances against Cyborg than ever. She even took a jab at Cyborg’s recently released sparring footage against Olympic champion Claressa Shields.
“I’ve seen that,” Anderson said of the Cyborg/Shields footage, “and I was even more confident going into that fight. I seen a lot more holes in her game from that footage than I saw positives. I was even more excited for the fight. It was almost like the opposite of what people said and maybe we can rematch that fight when on the card when McGregor comes back.”
In the meantime, UFC 214 will go ahead, without Megan Anderson. The card is expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones, with Cris Cyborg vs. Tonya Evinger for the featherweight title, sharing the co-main spotlight with a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia. The card takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, July 29th.
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Ronda Rousey talks home invasion scare on ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan’: They ‘stole my guns’ and Olympic rings

The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and PPV star sat down for her first public interview in months, where she revealed that her home had been burglarized. One of the prices of celebrity is that you become an easy target. People know you, they know where you live, they know where you are day to day, and they know you have money. It’s one of the reasons that prominent celebrities end up with so much security, or walling themselves up in private ‘compounds.’
As Ronda Rousey recently found out, even being a famous fighter, fully capable of defending yourself, doesn’t make you immune to being robbed. In a recent interview for ‘Live with Kelly and Ryan,’ the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion detailed a recent incident. Apparently Rousey and her boyfriend Travis Browne were on their way to getting engaged, when they stopped by their house, only to find that they’d been the victim of a burglary (transcript via MMA Weekly).

“We stopped by the house right before we were going to go to the airport and he was going to sneak away and go ask my mom for permission, but right when we got to the house, we realized we were robbed,” Rousey explained. “Someone had been squatting in my house for like three days, sleeping in my bed.
“[They] stole my Olympic rings, stole my guns, stole all my precious jewelry, every headphone in the house, credit cards.”

However, Rousey also revealed that, with the help of a few security cameras, they knew exactly who the perpetrators were, and caught them soon afterward.

“We have security cameras so we looked back at them and we saw that they were a bunch of kids with skateboards and there’s a famous skate park right across the street cause we’re in Venice,” Rousey said. “So my man’s six-foot-seven, like 260 [pounds], he like beelines it straight to the skateboard park, finds the guys right away.
“He’s smart enough not to [hit them], we’ll get sued pretty hard, but he found the police right then and they caught them.”

TMZ reports that two suspects have been arrested in the burglary of Rousey’s residence: A 21-year-old woman, Zhamila Bolat, and a 20-year-old man, Alim Young. Apparently while the two were arrested for the crime, they have yet to be formally charged.
Rousey’s MMA career didn’t come up (potentially as part of what may be an ongoing media blackout from fight related questions). She’s currently doing work as a coach for ABC’s Battle of the Network Stars reboot. While she was slated for a series of Hollywood movie projects at the height of her UFC run, updates on her film career have been few and far between since her pair of losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes.
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John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor doing ‘four times’ more sparring for Floyd Mayweather camp

The SBG head coach claims that McGregor is doing a “huge amount of extra rounds” compared to preparation for a MMA fight.

John Kavanagh believes Conor McGregor’s isolated training in boxing will help him when he returns to the Octagon following his polarizing bout with Floyd Mayweather.

In an interview with, the SBG head coach revealed that McGregor has been doing four times more training for his boxing bout than he usually would when he preparing to fight in MMA.

“Without going into too much detail – just to throw a number at you – we’re doing four times the amount of sparring for this camp than we would do for a regular MMA camp,” Kavanagh said.

“That’s a huge amount of extra rounds. Whatever other parts you get ready for a fight whether it’s boxing or MMA, without doubt the most important part of that is sparring. That’s the sport. So you can be doing movement drills and weight lifting and running and all of these different things that go with it but number one should be sparring, as long as it’s sensible.”

Although some have concerns that time away from MMA could affect McGregor’s skillset should he return to the Octagon, Kavanagh expects training an isolated skillset to have a “positive effect” on his MMA game.

“It’s a learning experience. You don’t get to do this too often, where you immerse yourself in one style. I read somewhere that people were saying that this would have a negative effect on Conor when he goes back to MMA; I think it’s only going to have a positive effect. When else could you shelve everything and focus on one art?

“Whatever about the other arts in MMA, Conor came from boxing and boxing was always in his heart. He was always showing me different boxing fights over the years, so now that he really gets to immerse himself in it and drag us all deep into that rabbit hole with him it is fascinating.”

Kavanagh reiterated his previous comments, insisting that it is “simpler” to prepare for a boxing contest as opposed to an MMA bout.

“I get in trouble when I say this, but I’m saying it’s simpler because there are just less skills involved as opposed to getting ready for mixed martial arts, boxing is just one element (of mixed martial arts).

“When you’re boxing for MMA you don’t go into the same detail as you do when you’re boxing for boxing sake. However, it is just one in a myriad of skills that you need for MMA. It’s simpler, but then on the flip side it’s interesting because you get to really delve deep into what boxing is.”

The jiu-jitsu black belt revealed that McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, is responsible for putting together McGregor’s game plan for the undefeated boxer.

“I’d have to say right off the bat that it’s Owen Roddy that deserves the credit for putting together the game plan for this one. I’m playing a role in it but I’ve just been sitting back and watching Owen,” stated Kavanagh.

“Owen and Conor have been with me since they were 16 or 17 coming up with plans and playing around with different martial arts and techniques and strategies. Just watching the two of them bounce ideas off each other, whatever it is, 10 or 11 years later, it’s a very proud moment.”

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Michael Bisping ‘sick of the bulls—t’, will fight winner of Romero-Whittaker if GSP doesn’t ‘man up’

Bisping is losing his patience with Georges St-Pierre and says he is willing to fight the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker at UFC 213. Michael Bisping is just about fed up of the situation with Georges St-Pierre and the other middleweight contenders.
Bisping, the current UFC middleweight champion, was expected to defend his title against St-Pierre in August, but UFC president Dana White called off the fight due to complications with the date (GSP allegedly wanted to fight in the fall and claims the UFC knew he wasn’t ready for August).
Yesterday, White confirmed that Bisping would face the winner of the interim middleweight title bout between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker at UFC 213, with no mention of a potential fight against ‘Rush’.
‘The Count’ expressed on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, however, that he’s still interested in defending his strap against St-Pierre but is ‘sick of the bulls—t’. Bisping is willing to fight the winner of Romero-Whittaker if GSP doesn’t ‘man up’.
“I was supposed to fight GSP. Why wouldn’t I want to fight him? Of course, that would be big business,” Bisping said, per Peter Carroll of MMA Fighting. “He’s a guy that will be regarded as a welterweight legend forever. I would love that fight for my legacy. We’ve been over this a million times.
“I’m sick of everyone saying I don’t want to fight. Honestly, who I fight next? I couldn’t give a shit. I really couldn’t. Whether it’s GSP, whether it’s Yoel, whether it’s Whittaker. … I’m sick of all the bulls**t.
“Georges, man up! Make the call. I know you have some issues, but call the man, call Dana White.”
Bisping, who is currently nursing a knee injury, told the former welterweight champ to make the fight happen by Saturday or forfeit his title shot.
“Georges, if you’re watching, which I know you are because you want to know what I’m saying,” Bisping said, “you’ve got until Saturday, because on Saturday I’m going to be on the FS1 post-fight show. Tune in, because one of those (fighters), Yoel Romero or Robert Whittaker, will be joining me on the desk.
“If I can’t say I’m fighting GSP by then, then I have to say I’m going to fight Whittaker or Romero. I can’t be a little bitch about it. Basically, the countdown is on.”
UFC 213, which features Romero vs. Whittaker in the co-main event, takes place this Saturday, July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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The MMA Circus w/ Kevin Lee and Brent Primus

Episode 118 of The MMA Circus features UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee and Bellator MMA lightweight champion Brent Primus. EPISODE 118: The MMA Circus, hosted by Nick Baldwin and Andrew Lawrence, is back for your listening pleasure.
Kevin Lee — UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee discusses his recent main event win over Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 112, Chiesa’s appeal, his growth as a fighter, his knee injury, who he’d like to fight if Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is scheduled, Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather, new weight classes, and much more.
Brent Primus — New Bellator MMA lightweight champion Brent Primus discusses his recent injury TKO win over Michael Chandler at Bellator NYC, the controversy surrounding the main card title fight, whether he’s heard anything regarding a Chandler rematch, being injured going into the biggest fight of his career, and much more.
Discussion Topics:

UFC 213 preview

TUF 25 Finale preview
Gets It/Doesn’t Get It
Dumb Questions

Social Media:
Nick Baldwin: @NickBaldwinMMA
Andrew Lawrence: @TheClownKid
Kevin Lee: @MoTownPhenom
Brent Primus: @brentprimus155
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