Valentina Shevchenko on loss to Amanda Nunes: ‘3 rounds out of 5, I definitely won’

Valentina Shevchenko is questioning the split decision verdict that was awarded to Amanda Nunes on Saturday at UFC 215. Valentina Shevchenko and Amanda Nunes met for the second time on Saturday at UFC 215. This time, Nunes had the women’s bantamweight title in her possession, but the result was another decision verdict in her favor.
It was indeed a close fight, but two judges Sal D’Amato and David Therjan awarded Nunes rounds 1,3 and 5, and rounds 1, 2, and 5, respectively. Judge Tony Weeks, however, saw Shevchenko winning rounds 2, 3, and 5. The official split decision scores were 48-47, 47-48, and 47-48.
Shevchenko was duly disappointed with the result, but she is arguing that Nunes was way too “passive” to be given the win, based on the new rules.
“In addition, the new rules say and we were advised before the fight say that if you do not do any damage or action when you hold a position (including takedown) then this control does not give an advantage,” Shevchenko wrote in lengthy social media post. “And Nunes couldn’t land not one punch on the graund (sic).”
She also went after those who pointed out that Nunes was able to control the center of the cage.
“Our competitions are not called – to guard the center of the octagon and win. Yes, you can occupy the center of the octagon, but then receive all possible attacks. A fighter must and can use the entire perimeter of an octagon according to his tactics and style.”
Below is the entire post written by Shevchenko.

First of all, I want to thank all those who supported me!
The support from my dear friends, media, and fans is very important to me!
After 5 rounds fight the judges were divided in opinion, and 2-1 they gave victory to Nunes (48-47, 47-48, 47-48)
I do not think that the fight was lost, 3 rounds out of 5 I definitely won.
In the middle of the first round, after exchanging of punches, I dislocated a finger on my left hand , so I could not fully realize my advantage from the beginning of the fight.
During the break after the first round, my coach Pavel Fedotov put the joint in place, and from the second round I was able to work with both hands.
And in the last 5th round Nunes made one take down against one of mine.
In addition, the new rules say and we were advised before the fight say that if you do not do any damage or action when you hold a position (including takedown) then this control does not give an advantage. And Nunes couldn’t land not one punch on the graund.
For the whole fight, I did not get a hit to my face from her.
If someone else has a doubt in my victory in the 2, 3, 4 rounds, then by what advantage did Nunes win?
Leading a passive fight only pushing me with “tips” to the leg and not landing any punchs?
While I had to in the same time to both counterattack and attack her, because she took in passive position.
Some write and say that she held the center of the octagon, as an advantage.
Our competitions are not called – to guard the center of the octagon and win. Yes, you can occupy the center of the octagon, but then receive all possible attacks. A fighter must and can use the entire perimeter of an octagon according to his tactics and style.
For example, the style of Mohamed Ali and Mike Tyson is completely different in how they used the different parts of the ring.
This rule of the center of the octagon is made for when one fighter avoids fight and runing out from the fight. Then, yes, the one who is in the center of the octagon has the advantage.
Running into an open strike exchange against an opponent who is taller, bigger and heavier would be foolish of me.
And how bad can end this kind of “runs forward ” we have seen in various fight.
In my fights I put emphasis on technique, tactics, and speed.
We are doing martial arts, it is not the hardest forehead competition to win the victory, and not to win in accidentally striking exchange. The goal is to strike inflict damage and not receive damange in a response. And this can only be achieved by training your art to the highest level.
Therefore, after the fight, I have not a single bruise on my face, but all my fists and fingers are broken from delivering punches.
I am very upset that it happened, especially upset for those fans who worried about me and supported me.
MMA is a very interesting and diverse sport, anything can happen. Of course, I’m upset, but I’m not going to let this stop me from achieving my goal.
I’ll rest a bit and then start training in order to get back to the octagon in the near future.
Nunes, we will meet again!

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‘UFC Pittsburgh Countdown’ video

The ‘UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch Countdown’ video takes a closer look at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 116 event on Sat., Sept. 16 at the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pa.

In the main event, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold returns from a 15-month layoff to take on former World Series of Fighting two-division champion David Branch.

Check out the full episode of UFC Pittsburgh Countdown above.

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Luke Rockhold furious with Bisping vs. GSP: ‘I think Georges St-Pierre is a joke’

Luke Rockhold isn’t even sure if Georges St-Pierre will make it to the Octagon against Michael Bisping at UFC 217. Luke Rockhold is looking make a serious statement in his UFC return against David Branch this Saturday.
Rockhold, the former middleweight champion, is sick of waiting for a title shot while Michael Bisping defends his belt against the likes of Georges St-Pierre (a fight that has been criticized by many fans and fighters).
“I’m (expletive) tired of waiting,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m not (expletive) around. I’m tired of this (expletive). I’m tired of talking about it. I’m coming with a vengeance.”
St-Pierre, the former welterweight kingpin, retired in 2013 but announced that he would be making a comeback against Bisping in the hopes of becoming a two-weight world champ.
Rockhold, though, thinks ‘Rush’ is a joke and isn’t convinced that he even shows up at UFC 217.
“I think Georges St-Pierre is a joke,” Rockhold said. “I still don’t have faith that Georges makes it to the fight, so we’ll see what happens.”
The middleweight championship tilt between Bisping and St-Pierre was initially booked for August but cancelled — and then rebooked again — for UFC 217 on November 4.
GSP has been out of the Octagon for four years while Bisping, 38, has been criticized for not defending the title against the divisional elite.
Rockhold, who hasn’t fought since he lost the 185-pound strap to Bisping last year, meets David Branch at UFC Fight Night 116 on September 16 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg rescheduled for UFC 216

The UFC will take one more crack at the Flyweight title fight that was previously scheduled for UFC 215. Ray Borg will have a second chance to take on UFC Flyweight Champion Demetrious Johnson, this time at UFC 216. According to Globo, the bout has been rescheduled after Borg pulled out of UFC 215 due to a viral illness. MMA Fighting later confirmed Globo’s report, although the UFC hasn’t made an official announcement themselves.
UFC 216 is currently headlined by an Interim Lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. It has not been made clear if Johnson’s record breaking attempt will headline over Ferguson and Lee.
Borg has had a history of weight-cutting issues, having failed to make weight in two of his last four fights. Borg also withdrew from his UFC 203 bout vs. Ian McCall after falling ill.
When speaking to Ariel Helwani on the MMA Hour this Monday, Johnson expressed concern over rebooking the fight, in case Borg doesn’t make weight or pulls out of the fight again.
“I have no idea. All I can do is what I do best — get ready for my fight and hope he shows up.” Johnson said, “We can’t have an unreliable champ. I gotta go out there and put this man away and make sure you guys have a champion that’s always gonna show up, always gonna fight and is always gonna make weight.”
It still isn’t clear exactly what Borg came down with during fight week, but UFC officials said a UFC doctor did not clear him to fight due to a “viral illness.”
UFC 216 takes place on October 7th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main card also features a Heavyweight fight between Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis and a strawweight fight between Paige VanZant and Jessica Eye.
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LFA champ Andrea Lee discusses why she didn’t try out for TUF 26, potential for UFC signing

Andrea Lee would have been a shoo-in for The Ultimate Fighter 26. The charismatic, marketable women’s champion surely would have made the show — which will crown the UFC’s first-ever flyweight champion — had she tried out in May.

Lee, though, opted to pass on the tryouts. The Legacy Fighting Alliance women’s flyweight champ told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that a back injury from a fight right before the tryouts kept her out.

“I didn’t think that it was in my best interest to go and try out a couple days after my fight and my back is also kind of injured,” Lee said. “We figured that it would just be better for me to wait and come into the UFC in a more conventional way.”

On May 20, Lee defeated Liz Tracy by split decision at Invicta FC 23 in Kansas City. Three days later, the UFC held tryouts for TUF 26 in Las Vegas.

It was a tough choice, Lee said. But she and her husband Donny Aaron asked for advice from many people, she said, including high-level female UFC fighters. Many told her she would be “better off” not going on the show. Strawweight fighters like Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha have had plenty of success in that young division despite never having entered the TUF house.

For now, though, Lee is on the outside of the UFC looking in. The Texas native and Louisiana resident will defend her LFA title against Jamie Thorton at LFA 23 on Sept. 22 in Bossier City, La. The plan currently is to fight for Invicta again, too, before the year is up. Lee, 28, says she is unsure when the UFC signing will come.

“I don’t know really,” Lee said. “Like I said, I am planning on fighting again with Invicta on one of their next events. If I haven’t been called to the UFC by then, then I’ll be fighting again for LFA to defend my title or maybe I’ll get another fight with Invicta, whatever one comes first. We’re playing it by ear.”

Lee (7-2) was sidetracked in 2016 when she tested positive for a diuretic in relation to an Invicta loss to Sarah D’Alelio. She was suspended nine months for the infraction. Lee admits now she was used the substance to cut weight, not having any idea it was prohibited or why.

“I took half of a diuretic, because I was feeling really bloated and I was stressing out and I didn’t think that I was gonna be able to like cut that little bit of weight,” Lee said. “I wasn’t really thinking about it being a drug. I wasn’t thinking about it being on the banned substance list or anything like that. Then, I wasn’t familiar with the whole USADA banned substance list. I took half of a pill to flush out the last little bit of water in my system and I got suspended.”

After doing some research, Lee said she now gets that some diuretics are banned due to their ability to mask steroid use. Going down that road again is not a consideration, she said.

“I don’t take them now,” Lee said. “And I’m not going to. I have a good diet now, so I’m doing good.”

Lee said she’s “impressed” with the top five or six girls on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which began airing on FS1 last month. But she’s unsure of the others. Lee already has a win over Rachael Ostovich, one of the cast members, in Invicta. Even so, with another title defense coming up, and potential to make the UFC the old-fashioned way, Lee has no regrets.

“I think we did the right thing,” she said.

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Bellator 183’s Brooke Mayo on male sensitivity, EBI spankings, training at Team Alpha Male

Bloody Elbow spoke with TAM flyweight Brooke Mayo ahead of her Bellator 183 bout with Kaytlin Neil, to discuss the doctor stopping her debut, spankings in Combat Jiu-Jitsu at EBI 12, and how an injury led to her discovering martial arts. Team Alpha Male flyweight, Brooke Mayo, is looking to make her Sophomore appearance for Viacom’s brand of MMA, as she is scheduled to tangle with Kaytlin Neil at Bellator 183, on September 23, 2017. Mayo made her promotional, and professional, debut in an all out war with Veta Arteaga back in February, at Bellator 172, and after sustaining a huge hematoma over her left eye in the 3rd round, and despite her frantic pleas to continue, the doctor recommended that the fight be stopped. Before hopping back in the Bellator saddle, Mayo caught up with Bloody Elbow to discuss whether or not a doctor stoppage was warranted, dishing out spankings in Combat Jiu-Jitsu at EBI 12, and how a fasciotomy indirectly sent her down the martial arts path.
Tune in to the Bellator 183 main card live on Spike TV, Saturday night at 9:00 P.M. ET with the prelims streaming online at 8:00 P.M. ET.
Dropping pro/promotional debut, by 3rd round doctor stoppage, to Veta Arteaga at Bellator 172:
“From that fight, I learned a lot about myself, good and bad. There’s a lot of holes in my game that I needed to patch up. So, I took the opportunity to come move up here to Team Alpha Male and work on my wrestling, footwork, boxing, and all of the things I needed back home, but wasn’t getting.”
After the fight, you publicly stated that you believe the fight wouldn’t have been stopped had you not been a female. Do you still feel the same way?
“The crazy person I am, I still stand behind what I first said. Everyone gets upset when I say this, but being a female, you are looked at differently. I don’t blame an individual for that, I think it’s natural for men to have this sensitivity, I feel like, towards women, which is good. It’s a good thing, but in those moments, when I’m like, ‘come on, let me fight,’ to me, I was like, ‘come on, 50 something seconds left. We were close to finishing the fight.”
Did you sustain any serious damage to your eye?
“They were tying to say crazy stuff like there was possibly bone fragments in my eye, whatever. When I went to the doctor, they were like, ‘it’s a hematoma; you have no concussion; you have no broken bones.’ I was almost like more mad, like dang, I wish I actually had something wrong with me. It’s my job, as a fighter, to be equipped to handle any situation in the cage, and obviously I took more damage than I should have.”
Silver lining:
“I just feel as if it was somebody else, they may have let it go. Maybe if it was someone who had some more professional fights in her career, maybe they’re looking at it like, ‘she’s only had 1 professional fight. Maybe we don’t her to screw herself up, or her career up, for this particular injury.’ So, I can see both sides of it. There’s definitely a lot of layers to the stoppage if you look at it.”
What was the big takeaway from making your debut?
“As tough as it was to lose, and in the way I did, I think it shows that I’m game, and can take on fighters in the top 15. I bit off maybe a little more than I can chew, in my pro debut, being that it was on the main card against someone that was ranked in the Top-15 flyweights right now in the division. I really like the fact that I was that game to take on such a tough challenge, and it shows me where I’m at already, so early into my career. So, there were a lot of positives with what happened.”
My mother, the most casual of casual MMA fans, happened to catch your bout with Arteaga, and after watching you plead with officials, urging them to not stop the fight, you became her favorite fighter. Now, when I scroll through social media, I see her liking your posts, and I must admit, it throws me off, haha. So, mom says hello, and wants to know how you discovered martial arts?
“Tell her I said hello; that’s awesome! What led me to martial arts was, long story short… One day, I was like, ‘ok, I’m going to go buy a bike.’ I went to the bike shop, and my friend, well now my friend, was there and he had cauliflower ear, his name is Derek, and he was like, ‘hey, you want to buy a bike?’ I was like, ‘yeah, do you wrestle?’ He was like, ‘no, I do Jiu-Jitsu.’ So, he gave me the address to Ralph Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in Dublin [CA], and that’s when, I was hooked on Jiu-Jitsu. I just came up on 3 years of Jiu-Jitsu the other week in August. So, that’s kind of what led me to MMA.”
Fasciotomy sidelining soccer scholarship:
“I played soccer since the age of 5, and got a scholarship to Saint Mary’s College. So, that was my primary sport before I ever trained martial arts. I didn’t know Karate, Tae Kwon Do, nothing, just soccer, basketball, and all those sports. Midway through my freshmen year in college, I realized I had compartment syndrome, where my muscle got too big for the fascia, so both of my lower legs, I had to get a fasciotomy. I had to have the fascia open up so my muscle could expand. After that surgery, I was still having problems, still stubbornly tried to fight through, and still tried to play, and it just wasn’t working out. I wasn’t able to keep up with the pace I was before, so after I quit soccer, I was on this search to find a workout, or just something to keep me busy because I was bored with all the free time I now had.”

Competing in Combat Jiu-Jitsu against undefeated Bellator flyweight, Ilima Macfarlane, at the Eddie Bravo Invitational 12:

“OMG, I loved it! To be honest, I really, really like Combat Jiu-Jitsu! I think it’s more of a realistic take on grappling because stylistically, sport Jiu-Jitsu, guys like to play in their guard, they like to play off their back, but when you add strikes into the rule set, it definitely changes the game. There’s not a lot of inversion and Berimboling, and that stuff going on. You’re putting yourself in more jeopardy, so. When Ilima-Lei and I competed, it was cool because it was a clash of styles in a sense. She’s very, obviously 10th Planet nogi, and I’m very traditional Jiu-Jitsu, like you wear you gi and all that stuff. I interpreted the rule set slightly differently, haha, and maybe more aggressively than some of the other competitors, and I just really let my hands fly at certain points in the match. For my style, I think it’s awesome. I want to get into more Combat Jiu-Jitsu in my off time, if I don’t have an MMA fight coming up.”
Now, there were some spankings going on in that match; you were really whacking her. Do you think it did more damage to your hand than it did to her?
“I need to give Ilima-Lei credit. She’s the one that was saying in a previous interview, we were kind of talking about what we were going to do, we were trying to hype up the match, and I was like, ‘I’m going to knock you out with a palm strike.’ I was trying to be all tough guy with her, and she was like, ‘I’m just going to spank your ass.’ I was like, ‘what?’ I was confused. I was taken back like, ‘what are you talking about; that’s weird.’ I laughed; I thought it was funny, and then we go to the rules meeting and she brings it up again. She’s like, ‘booty bongo contest; winner gets whatever.’ So, we get to the match, and in the first minute, she spanks me. I don’t know if anyone saw it because it was discrete, so when she went for her toe hold, I was like, ‘I’m going to do it.’ On the first one I hit her, and everyone erupted, so that’s what kind of encouraged me to keep doing it. It was funny because she kept loosening her grip, so I was like, ‘if it’s working, it’s working.’ I saw a lot of funny memes and GIFs and all that stuff, so it was pretty hilarious, but it was her idea.”
Cheeky:

“Knowing Ilima, she probably likes it.”-@GeoFreakah10p @eddiebravo #EBI12 #combatjiujitsu #heright #spankdatass pic.twitter.com/j3ajnlj4v6— Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (@ilimanator) August 1, 2017

Brooke Mayo vs. Ilima-Lei MacFarlane in an MMA match?
“I think it would be a good matchup. I don’t know what Bellator’s plan is, or what they want to do, but hopefully down the road we can see something like that. If we put on that exciting of a Combat Jiu-Jitsu match, why not see an MMA fight?”
What are your thoughts on your Bellator 183 opponent Kaytlin Neil?
“I think she’s really athletic, she’s definitely much taller and has more range. I actually had watched her fight, when I was as an amateur, against Brieta Carpenter, who I fought as an amateur. So, it’s kind of funny; I’ve been following her a little bit. I just want it to be an exciting all out war. I want it to be entertaining.”
Training at Team Alpha Male
“It’s been awesome to have Cynthia [Calvillo] and Sara [McMann] help me with this training camp. They’re definitely some of the best training partners anyone can ask for. They’re both Top-10 ranked in the world in the UFC, so I’m super happy with how my training is going. I’m feeling super confident and just super happy to be here.”
Watch Brooke Mayo wage war with Kaytlin Neil at Bellator 183: Henderson vs. Pitbull, from San Jose, California on September 23, 2017. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for all of your MMA event coverage including interviews, play-by-play, highlights, and more!
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What does Jon Jones’ positive ‘B’ sample really tell us?

USADA have confirmed that Jon Jones’ B sample tested positive for the same substance as his A sample. Iain Kidd explains exactly what that does and doesn’t tell us about Jones’ case, and what effects it has on his case. As first reported by ESPN, UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ “B” sample has returned positive for the same substance as his “A” sample. A USADA spokesperson provided the following statement to Bloody Elbow:
“Mr. Jones B sample has confirmed the A sample findings. Importantly – as previously stated – due process should occur before drawing any conclusions about this matter.”
There has been some confusion about what, exactly, a positive “B” sample tells us, with some people believing it means Jones has been definitively convicted, or that he no longer has any meaningful defense. That’s not necessarily the case.
To understand what the “B” sample tells us, we need to know how the sample process works. When an athlete gives a sample, a USADA agent monitors them urinating into a container. The urine is then split into two separate, secure containers, which the athlete seals. One container will be the “A” sample, and one the “B” sample.
This is important, because the two samples are actually from the same urine. The “B” sample exists to guard against the possibility of contamination or tampering during testing. When an “A” sample is positive, the athlete has the right to be present, or have a representative present, at the opening and testing of their “B” sample.
The two samples are tested at the same lab, unless there is a good reason that can’t happen, such as a lab having its accreditation revoked in the meantime, or not being accredited for a specific test that has to be performed on the “B” sample.
So, with that in mind, what does Jones’ “B” sample testing positive tell us in regards to his test? Nothing new. It just means we can rule out the A sample being accidentally contaminated at testing time, which was never likely to begin with.
It should be noted that—to my knowledge—no “B” sample has ever come back negative after a positive “A” sample in the entire UFC/USADA program, though I am awaiting official confirmation from USADA on that fact.
USADA have separately confirmed to Bloody Elbow that samples taken from Jones in early July did not test positive for Turinabol—and Turinabol screening is part of the regular urine test at all WADA labs—meaning he must have ingested the substance sometime between those tests, and his positive test on July 28th.
Due to the timing of the positive test, a claim of a tainted supplement was always the most likely defense. As stated by UFC VP of athlete health & performance, Jeff Novitzky, to Yahoo Sports:
“Any sophisticated user, or anyone who does a Google search, will see it could be potentially two months in your system. Thus, it would not be a drug of choice if you had any level of sophistication.”
The “B” sample coming back positive has no real effect one way or another on the potential tainted supplement defense. It’s certainly not the case that the positive “B” sample somehow precludes Jones from having any defense whatsoever, and he still has plenty of opportunity to present his case to USADA, or to the UFC’s neutral arbitration panel if he so chooses.
That being said, the “B” sample coming back positive does have one notable effect; it has resulted in the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) overturning the result of his fight with Daniel Cormier, which is now considered a no contest.
Andy Foster, the executive director of the CSAC, provided this statement to Bloody Elbow:
“Once we receive confirmation of the positive test, the result of the fight is overturned. Mr. Jones still has all of his due process rights, and he can still appeal the decision.”
While some may feel overturning the decision at this point in the process is premature, it makes sense. The question of whether or not Jones had Turinabol in his system has been pretty definitively answered by the positive “B” sample. The only remaining question is how the substance got there.
Regardless of how it got in his system, the fact is he had a banned substance in his system leading up to his fight with Daniel Cormier. It’s unfair to Cormier to leave a loss on his record after that fact has been established. While it may turn out that Jones didn’t intentionally ingest Turinabol, it was still present and still, in theory, provided an unfair advantage.
Once the CSAC received confirmation that the substance was in Jones’ system, the right thing to do is overturn that decision. It’s worth comparing this response with the response of the Texas department of licensing & regulation (TDLR), which overturned the result of Cortney Casey’s fight after a positive “A” sample, before Casey even had the chance to show the result was due to testing error.
Outside of the result now officially being overturned, the “B” sample returning positive doesn’t actually change anything. Jones still has the right to present possible explanations and defenses for the positive test to USADA, and to take his case to arbitration if he so chooses. He also has the right to appeal the CSAC’s decision to overturn his fight.

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Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg rebooked for UFC 216

Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg is back on.

The flyweight title fight, which was previously scheduled to headline UFC 215, has been rebooked for Oct. 7 at UFC 216 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Wednesday following an initial report by Combate.

In the process of rebooking the contest, per Johnson’s management, “Mighty Mouse” restructured his UFC deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Borg was pulled from UFC 215 two days out from the event after battling an illness and being deemed unfit to fight by UFC doctors, leading to Johnson being scratched from the card as well.

Instead, the fight will now take place three weeks later than expected at UFC 216. Johnson, the reigning UFC flyweight champion, will be attempting to make history in the bout, as a win over Borg will break the all-time record for consecutive UFC title defenses, a mark that currently sits at 10 and is shared by both Johnson and legendary middleweight champion Anderson Silva.

UFC 216 takes place at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. An interim lightweight title bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee was already scheduled to headline the event. As of this writing, it is unclear when Ferguson vs. Lee will remain the main event or if Johnson vs. Borg will receive top billing on the show.

An updated UFC 216 fight card can be seen below.

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Thiago Alves out of UFC Pittsburgh co-main event vs. Mike Perry

UFC welterweight Thiago Alves is no longer going to be fighting Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yet another UFC event has lost either its main or co-main event at the last minute. Last week it was UFC 215’s headliner between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Ray Borg, this week it’s the UFC Pittsburgh co-main featuring welterweights Thiago Alves and Mike Perry.
A report from MMAjunkie confirmed on Wednesday that the former 170-pound title challenger Alves was removed from the card due to undisclosed reasons. Officials are searching for a replacement to fight “Platinum” Perry.
Alves (22-11) was coming off a unanimous decision win over Patrick Cote at UFC 210 in April, while the hard-hitting Perry (11-1) bounced back from his loss to Alan Jouban by violently knocking out Jake Ellenberger at UFC Nashville in April.
This was definitely shaping up to be one of, if not the single most-anticipated fight on this weekend’s event, but now it’s not happening. In the event that the UFC can’t find a replacement for Perry to fight, that means the card will be reduced to just ten fights.
UFC Fight Night: Pittsburgh airs live on Fox Sports 1 on Saturday, September 16th. The main card starts at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT and features a main event between former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and top-10 ranked David Branch.
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Tyron Woodley: I will heal up for now since ‘there’s no clear-cut number one contender’

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley plans to go on a brief hiatus to focus on healing his injured shoulder. After three title fights over the course of eight months, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley is planning to slow things down a bit. And like how it has been a trend in the UFC in recent years, a lull in the division’s title picture is expected to come about.
Woodley specifically plans to heal up a shoulder injury that happened during his fight against Demian Maia at UFC 214. And in doing so, he intends to take as much time as he needs, especially since he feels there is no real challenger for his title.
“Long story short, it’s gong to be a minute before I’m out in the octagon, which almost works to the division’s credit because the deck needs to be shuffled a little bit more,” Woodley told Sirius XM’s “MMA Tonight” (transcript via MMA Junkie). “There’s no real and true clear-cut No. 1 contender right now, and once these fights take place and these guys get out there, compete, do a training camp and fight, the world champion will just be getting back in the mix. So it’ll be perfect timing.”
Woodley’s injury had forced the California State Athletic Commission to extend his initial medical suspension from seven days, to 180 days. Apparently, it is an injury that he had been dealing with since 2008, which was further aggravated at UFC 214.
This time, he plans to avoid surgery as much as possible, and instead go for stem-cell injections.
“I didn’t completely tear it, but I tore it enough where I should consider surgery,” Woodley said. “I’m actually investigating stem-cell (platelet rich plasma) injections – things of that nature first – and rehab because obviously if I can avoid going under the knife, I obviously want to try to do that. So that’s my option right now.”
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