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Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Vinny Magalhaes, Ray Sefo and Sammy the Squid.

Magalhaes and Sefo phoned in to talk about WSOF 33, which takes place Oct. 7. Magalhaes challenges champ David Branch for the light-heavyweight title at the event. WSOF president and matchmaker Sefo discussed the event and recent happenings in the promotion. Squid shared his NFL picks with Junkie Nation. He squares off vs. listener Aaron from Minneapolis in the weekly Beat the Squid segment.

You can listen below, or directly download (right click) the episode.

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Hey fight fans, we’ve got another one for ya! UFC Fight Night 96 is coming live from Portland, with Fight Pass prelims beginning at 7:15 p.m ET, and the main card starting at 11 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1. Let’s take a closer look at the main card with some predictions, and don’t forget to stick around for a live discussion.

2016 Important Results:

Jessica: 157-126-4 (55 percent)
Burnsy: 107-106-3 (50 percent)
Ryan: 12-2 (86 percent)
Jason: 67-55-1 (55 percent)
Bill: 46-30 (61 percent)
Jared: 38-28 (58 percent)
Jackman: 7-5 (58 percent)
Enrique: 7-5 (58 percent)
Jamie: 16-13-1 (55 percent)
Justin: 13-4 (76 percent)
Marty: 20-12-1 (62 percent)
Parker: 3-4 (43 percent)
Team Davis: 79-59-3 (57 percent)
Dan: 4-1 (80 percent)

Flyweight: Louis “Da Last Samurai” Smolka vs. Brandon “The Assassin” Moreno

Jessica: Smolka has been tearing things up recently. I’m taking him to win and get closer to a title shot down the line. Smolka wins by first round KO.

Burnsy: What if this was actually a fight between a samurai and an assassin? I bet things would get messy. Still not as messy as when that one girl’s ear exploded, probably. Remember that fight? That was crazy! Smolka wins.

Bill: Let’s note one thing: Moreno’s nickname is actually “The Assassin Baby.” Who is letting a baby do assassinations? That’s bad parenting at best. Also, babies would be terrible at contract killing. They don’t have the motor skills to work a garotte! C’mon, people, stop hiring babies to do murders! Smolka is going to trounce this stupid baby.

Jared: Smolka is going to smolke this Moreno kid, amiright y’all?

(*dodges bottle*)

Jason: Let’s continue with this theme, and discuss if Smolka became Da Last Samurai because of Assassins? What now? Who dare we pick? Obviously, Smolka.

Lightweight: Zak “The Barbarian” Ottow vs. Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman

Jessica: I will still stupidly hold onto my appreciation for Burkman until the day after he retires. American Who Hit U is a top 3 made up fighting style of all time, and Burkman’s the last practitioner. Also Ottow has wins over dudes who are dogsh*t, including a dude that’s 13-59. And that was like 3 fights ago for him. Burkman wins by second round submission.

Burnsy: Jessica wants to use numbers to impress you, but you know what? A dude who has fought 72 times isn’t dogsh*t. He’s a brave man. Sure, when you lose 59 of those matches, he’s probably also not the brightest, but he’s still brave, I think. Right? Anyway, it’s not the quality of the opponent but what we learn from beating their asses. Ottow wins.

Ryan: Please don’t base any gambling decisions on this pick because I’m choosing Burkman solely because us wily old bald guys gotta stick together. My heart says Burkman is gonna win this one via gritty decision like a North American Sakuraba.

Bill: His name is Ottow and he loves to lose by referee stop-o.

Jared: I had such high hopes for Burkman after watching him dust Jon Fitch in WSOF, but the dude just hasn’t been able to put it together since rejoining the UFC ranks last year. That said, he’s durable as all hell and still throws heat when he wants to, and should pick up another win over a sacrificial lamb the likes of Ottow.

Jason: The wild WSOF days for Burkman are long gone, Jared. 2012/2013 were wild times, but now we’re just left with a husk of a Burkman, who is roughly 10 years pat dating Arianny. Zack Ottow doesn’t seem all that impressive, however, so it looks like the UFC is putting Burkman in line for a good win here, because we all know a winning Burkman lifts all boats, or something. Burkman via 2nd round submission?

Lightweight: “Ill” Will Brooks vs. Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira

Jessica: The more Brooks beats people up, the louder I can yell for Michael Chandler to get a UFC contract, so of course I’m going with Ill Will here. Brooks is going to wrestle the fake Cowboy to dust. Brooks takes a decision.

Burnsy: What’s the time? It’s time to pick Ill. And what’s the time? It’s time to pick Ill. So what’s the time? It’s time to pick Ill. Now what’s the time? It’s time to pick Ill.

Ryan: This is gonna be one of those frustrating fights where the more dynamic and exciting fighter gets wrestlef**ked to a decision loss. Will Brooks is gonna win, and no sir, I don’t like it.

Bill: This is a showcase match for Brooks and I share in Ryan’s frustration, but UFC is now licensed to Ill and we all have to deal with it.

Jared: I refuse to recognize Alex Oliveira as “Cowboy” following his loss to Donald Cerrone. If this world made any sense he would have been downgraded to Alex “The Farmhand” Oliveira right then and there, and he won’t be in for any easier of a night against Ill Will here.

Jason: Love me some Will Brooks! We seem to have normalized from the worst wrestlef*ck days of 2007-2012 to a more active sport in which referees are fine lifting fighters out of dominant positions, so I think all is well and dandy in the world. I’m picking Will to continue the Bellator invasion angle that no one seems to care about.

Bantamweight: John “The Magician” Dodson vs. John “Hands of Stone Lineker

Jessica: EEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! Tiny punch babies! Dodson has crazy speed, but all he’s really shown offensively is his left hand. Lineker is slower, but he’s got a few more weapons. I’ve gone back and forth a few dozen times, but I think I’m going to give the edge to Dodson because of how quick he is. Dodson wins by fourth round KO.

Burnsy: A battle of Johns, and this one doesn’t involve me and another dude fighting over a hooker. Wait, what? Anyway, this is a great fight on paper, as Lineker comes into this one on a five-fight winning streak, and if his name isn’t Mighty Mouse, Dodson usually has no problem beating him. Fortunately, Dodson realized he’s never gonna beat the Mouse, so he has moved on. He’ll win this one as he figures out which belt he won’t win next.

Ryan: John Dodson is the best flyweight in the world not named Mighty Mouse. That being said, there’s a lot of bantamweights out there that I think can pull out a win over him. Dodson may be fast, but Lineker hits like a truck. I say Lineker catches Dodson with something nasty in the third and then ground and pounds him til the ref stops it.

Bill: I again agree with Ryan that if Dodson loses this fight, it’s because Lineker gets lucky and catches him with a haymaker. That said, I don’t believe luck is on Lineker’s side this time. Dodson takes it.

Jared: John Lineker is violence personified, but the Flash-level speed of Dodson simply cannot be overlooked here. He landed something like 140 uppercuts on Manny Gamburyan when given the smallest opening in his return to bantamweight earlier this year, and Lineker is certainly hittable. Dodson by KO.

Jason: Jared, if Cowboy Oliveira lost his “Cowboy” moniker to Cerrone, can we agree (at least between everyone here) that whoever loses this fight can no longer be called John? Name vs. Name match, like how Burnsy said. That’ll raise the stakes! But yeah, I like Dodson always and forever. Speed kills.

Performance of the Night

Jessica: Smolka, Dodson

Burnsy: Fili, McCrory

Ryan: Burkman, McCrory

Bill: Burkman, Dodson

Jared: McCrory, Dodson

Jason: Dodson/Smolka

Fight of the Night

Jessica: Dias vs. Fili

Burnsy: Burkman vs. Ottow

Ryan: Burkman vs. Ottow

Bill: Burkman vs. Ottow

Jared: Burkman vs. Ottow, I guess

Jason: Dodson vs. Lineker you guys are crazy

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Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos is a finisher. With 14 finishes in 15 career victories, he’s planning to score another knockout when he faces Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 96.

The Brazilian started off his UFC career on a sour note, losing a close split-decision to Nicolas Dalby at UFC Fight Night 67. A knockout of Omari Akhmedov at UFC on FOX 19 got dos Santos (15-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) back on the winning track.

Now, he’ll look to run his winning streak to two when he faces Nakamura (32-7-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout to kick off the FS2 prelims from Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The FS2 prelims follow early prelims on UFC Fight Pass and air ahead of a main card on FS1.

“My career started on the right foot, as seen by my (four-fight) winning streak at Jungle Fight in Brazil,” dos Santos told MMAjunkie. “Since I entered the UFC, I’ve managed to get even better, and I’ve been showing my work to the rest of the world. I feel happy with the work I’ve put in with my team. My first fight in the UFC was a split-decision loss, which many people felt I won. After my second UFC fight, I was able to prove that I’m here to stay.”

With more than 40 professional bouts, Nakamura, 32, is one of the most experienced competitors on the UFC roster.

dos Santos said he’s aware of Nakamura’s experience. However, the 29-year-old believes he has the perfect style to counteract the pressure fighting style of the Japanese welterweight.

“Keita Nakamura is very versatile, complete, and experienced,” dos Santos said. “But there are holes in his game. It will be a very interesting fight in regards to strategy. He likes to move forward. So all the elements are there for a great fight. Without a doubt, I’ll look for a knockout. And I have zero fear of going to the ground. I’m feeling sharp. If he goes to the ground, he’s getting submitted.”

This will be dos Santos’ second straight fight in the United States. At UFC on FOX 19, he took out Akhmedov at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla.

The extra travel from Brazil to Portland appeared to be a significant issue for Brazilian fighters because three missed weight at the official weigh-ins. However, dos Santos came in at the 171 mark to make his fight official.

He said he believes his success in making weight will carry over successfully to the octagon.

“It’s a matter of adaptation,” dos Santos said. “I train in Curitiba, synced with fight time. And Curitiba is cold too. Sometimes it’s even cold in the middle of summer. So I don’t think it will be hard to adjust. I’ll simply arrive and show my work.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 96, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Don’t let the timid 6-0 record fool you: fighting has long been Ketlen Vieira’s passion.

On Saturday, Vieira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes her international MMA debut when she steps into the octagon for the first time. But, set to open UFC Fight Night 96 opposite Kelly Faszholz (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), the 24-year-old “Phenom” is not at all intimidated by the big stage.

Involved in martial arts for half her life, Vieira has been through enough competition that not much can scare her.

“I don’t have many fights, but I’m sure my record is better than that of many girls who are in there,” Vieira told MMAjunkie ahead of her UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelim scrap at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. “I’ve had six wins and no losses, and I fought many girls from outside (my home state of) Manaus. I fought girls who are now in Bellator or Jungle Fight. And many of them were undefeated.

“I already competed in the world’s amateur jiu-jitsu tournament (Mundiais), and at Grapplers’ Quest in Las Vegas. I’m feeling very calm. I’m going to show up and do my job. I don’t care about what the crowd says – I don’t even speak English, so I couldn’t even understand them.”

Vieira’s MMA career started two and a half years ago, but her involvement with martial arts goes way back. At 12, fascinated with fighting, the Manaus, Amazonas, native asked her mom to be enrolled in jiu-jitsu classes. Four years later, she went into judo – which she, now a black belt, practiced until her early twenties.

It was only when the UFC opened its first women’s division that Vieira, inspired by then-champ Ronda Rousey, took up striking in order to become a mixed martial artist. Vieira, who dropped out of law school to pursue it full time, can’t really offer many explanations as to what sparked her interest in the world of combat sports – other than that it’s always been there.

“Since I was a kid, I have always been passionate about fighting,” Vieira said. “I had no one, no relatives, no neighbors, nothing of that sort who trained. It was something I was born with.

“I watched and thought it was nice seeing the girls fighting. I always asked my mom to enroll me and when I was 12 she signed me up for my first sport, jiu-jitsu.”

Though her family is now very supportive of Vieira’s career choice, it hasn’t always been the case. After initial concerns around her transition from grappling, however, the judo black belt now celebrates a promising start to her so far undefeated MMA venture.

“My mom was scared that I would get hurt,” Vieira said. “She’d say, ‘You’re too muscular already, now you want to hurt your face?’ but then she saw the girls in the UFC and thought, ‘If they can do it, my daughter can.’

“Then she started supporting me. And also my three brothers – I am the only girl. Now my family supports me and thankfully I’ve been doing MMA for two years and a half and I’m already in the biggest event with the world.”

Vieira is the first woman in the Brazilian state of Amazonas to be signed by the UFC. She is, however, in good company when it comes to her fellow state representatives, including middleweight contender Ronaldo “Jacare,” who’s not a native but began his martial arts career there, and interim featherweight champ Jose Aldo – whose first coach is now Vieira’s head MMA trainer at the local Nova Uniao branch.

And being the first woman from her state on the octagon, Vieira says, just serves as extra motivation to do an even better job.

“It’s a big responsibility, but I don’t see it as pressure,” Vieira said. “As the first girl from Amazonas, I feel I can open many doors for other girls in the state, so I see this as an extra strength to make it up there and do my job.

“In Manaus, there are many talents. Aldo, (Ronaldo) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) and with more incentive I’m sure there’ll be many more names. I think we lack incentive, because I feel it’s got many talented fighters not only in MMA, but in other styles. I certainly look up to them, especially Aldo, who’s a humble guy who left Manaus with the dream to see the ocean and is now a world champion.”

Even though she still lives in Manaus, Vieira did her camp for her UFC debut under Dede Pederneiras at Rio de Janeiro’s Nova Uniao – where she had already trained in the past. The strategy, she explains, was very focused on Fasholz – who, in spite of having octagon experience, has a slimmer 3-1 overall professional record.

“I saw that she’s a tough girl,” Vieira said. “Her strength is grappling, but she also strikes. So we’re getting ready for everything. To strike, go to the ground, whatever happens we’ll be ready.

“I think it will be a great fight. Expect to see violence from start to finish.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 96, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night Portland, which is headlined by the bantamweight clash between John Lineker and John Dodson, and the lightweight fight between Will Brooks vs Alex Oliveira, airs live on FS1 from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, October 1 at 11pm ET / 8pm PT.Four prelim bouts will air live on FS2 at 9pm ET / 6pm PT, and the event’s first four prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:15pm ET / 4:15pm PT.Main Event – Five RoundsJohn Lineker (136.5)* vs John Dodson (135)FS1 Main Card – 11 pm ET on FS1Will Brooks (156) vs Alex Oliveira (161.5)**Joshua Burk … Read the Full Article Here

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will return to free television tonight (Sat., Oct. 1, 2016) as the promotion presents UFC Fight Night 96 from inside Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The FOX Sports 1-televised event will be headlined by an intriguing Bantamweight bout, as John Lineker and John Dodson collide in an explosive 135-pound showdown. In addition, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Will Brooks looks to pick up his second win inside the Octagon when he faces Alex Oliveira in the co-main event of the evening.

Who: John Lineker vs. John Dodson
What: UFC Fight Night 96
When: Sat., Oct, 1 2016, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass
Where: Portland, Ore., inside Moda Center
How To Watch: FOX Sports 1 main card at 10 p.m ET; FOX Sports 2 “Prelims” undercard at 8 p.m. ET; and UFC Fight Pass early “Prelims” at 7 p.m. ET. Live UFC Fight Night 96 Play-by-play coverage here!

What’s Hot:

John Dodson will look to keep his momentum going since going up to Bantamweight following two failed attempts to capture the Flyweight strap, which is still in the hands of long-time roost ruler Demetrious Johnson. In his way, though, is the hard-hitting, power-packing John Lineker, who at one time was considered a title contender, but never actually got to the big dance. A win over Dodson could be what he needs to inch him closer to a potential title fight.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

Bobby Green was originally set to face Josh Burkman in the opening fight of the main card, but pulled out on Sept 9. 2016, for unspecified reasons. Brian Ortega was also forced out his fight against Andre Fili, while Sergio Pettis was also a late scratch, bowing out his bout against Lois Smolka. As a result, Burkman was given newcomer Zak Ottow, while Hacran Dias stepped in to fight Andre Fili. Stepping in for Pettis on short notice is Brandon Moreno. Quite a drastic change.

New Blood:

Ottow will look to make the most of his opportunity as his UFC debut comes against long-time veteran Josh Burkman. Brandon Moreno, Joachim Christensen and Ketlen Vieira all make their Octagon debuts at UFC Fight Night Portland, as well.

Injuries:

Pettis, Green and Ortega all either fell victims to the injury big or had to pull out for personal reasons.

How The “Prelims” Look:

Pretty decent, if I’m being honest. Looking down the card, there aren’t really too many intriguing fights that would probably catch the attention of most, but I’m digging the Andre Filia vs Hacran Dias bout, as well as eager to see if Luis Henrique da Silva can keep his perfect (11-0, 1-0 UFC) record intact against newcomer Joachim Christensen. Plus, Nate Marquardt’s fight against Tamdan McCrory will tell us what “The Great” has left in the tank, as the one-time Strikeforce Welterweight champion has taken a huge fall over the last few years, losing six of his last eight fights.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

This portion is typically reserved for fighters who could be fighting for their jobs today, rather than contenders or title challengers needing victory. Let’s take a look at those who need to pull it together:

Since returning to UFC, Burkman hasn’t quite enjoyed the success he garnered while fighting for World Series of Fighting (WSOF), losing four of five since his return, though his loss to Hector Lombard was ruled a “no contest.” Still, Burkman is getting main card love against a newcomer, which could be his final shot to right his ship.

Interest Level: 6/10

The multiple scratches changed the FOX Sports 1 event quite a bit, as UFC had to scrounge around, filling some of the slots with Octagon newcomers after fighters such as Green, Pettis and Ortega were forced out. The losses of those fights definitely downgraded the event, but, that’s the hurt business, as “cards are subject to change” at any given time. The main event, though, is rather interesting, as I’m eager to see if Lineker has enough speed to keep up with “The Magician.” Or at least enough to connect one of his powerful strikes. On the flip side, seeing if Dodson have enough moves to connect while avoiding the haymakers will be fun to watch, too.

UFC Fight Night 96 Full Fight Card:

FOX Sports 1 Main Event:

135 lbs.: John Lineker vs. John Dodson

FOX Sports 1 Main Card (11 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Will Brooks vs. Alex Oliveira
125 lbs.: Louis Smolka vs. Brandon Moreno
155 lbs.: Josh Burkman vs. Zak Ottow

FOX Sports 2 “Prelims” (9 p.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Joachim Christensen vs. Luis Henrique da Silva
145 lbs.: Hacran Dias vs. Andre Fili
265 lbs.: Shamir Abdurakhimov vs. Walt Harris
170 lbs.: Keita Nakamura vs. Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos

UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” (7 p.m. ET):

185 lbs.: Nate Marquardt vs. Tamdan McCrory
205 lbs.: Ion Cutelaba vs. Jonathan Wilson
265 lbs.: Curtis Blaydes vs. Cody East
135 lbs.: Kelly Faszholz vs. Ketlen Vieira

For much more on the upcoming UFC Fight Night 96 event click here.

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Check out a special preview for “Countdown to UFC 204,” which debuts Sunday at 12:30 a.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The event features Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson for the middleweight title next Saturday from England.

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Check out the video highlights from Friday’s RFA 44 event, which included some slick scrambles and a few crafty submissions.

RFA 44 took place at St. Charles Convention Center in St. Charles, Mo., and the main card aired on AXS TV.

In the headliner, reigning lightweight titleholder and UFC hopeful Thiago Moises (9-1) strengthened his resume with a dominant (49-46, 49-46, 50-45) unanimous-decision victory over challenger Zach Freeman (8-2).

Elsewhere on the card, we saw some solid ground battles – and a nifty takedown – as Zach Fears (6-2) submitted lightweight Adam Osmoe (4-1) and Joey Miolla (9-2) tapped out featherweight T.J. Brown (4-3).

Check out the highlights above.

And for more on RFA 44, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Mirsad Bektic will remain on next week’s UFC 204 lineup, after all.

Earlier this week, MMAjunkie first reported Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had been forced out of his bout with featherweight Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and undefeated Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, officials today announced.

UFC 204 takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Bektic, who’s No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, and Kennedy are slated to open the main card.

Bektic is 3-0 since joining the UFC with decision victories over Chas Skelly and Paul Redmond, as well as a recent TKO win over Lucas Martins. The 25-year-old Bosnian fighter, who’s previously competed for Victory FC, RFA and Titan FC, returns from a 16-month injury layoff when he fights at UFC 204.

Kennedy, a 24-year-old Canadian fighter, fought throughout his home country before signing with the UFC earlier this year. In his promotional debut, he picked up a unanimous-decision victory over lightweight Alessandro Ricci, which marked his third straight decision win. He now heads to featherweight, as he previously planned (check out the video above).

The latest UFC 204 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson – for middleweight title
  • Vitor Belfort vs. Gegard Mousasi
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Ovince Saint Preux
  • Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Stefan Struve
  • Mirsad Bektic vs. Jeremy Kennedy

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Iuri Alcantara vs. Brad Pickett
  • Ian Entwistle vs. Rob Font
  • Davey Grant vs. Damian Stasiak
  • Leon Edwards vs. Albert Tumenov

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Mike Perry vs. Danny Roberts
  • Adriano Martins vs. Leonardo Santos
  • Marc Diakiese vs. TBA

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Lineker vs Dodson

John Lineker vs John Dodson this Saturday LIVE and FREE on @FS1!!! pic.twitter.com/IyrnQbPWag
— Dana White (@danawhite) September 29, 2016

 

Here’s the stats for this fight. Another reason for y’all to watch #UFCPortland this Saturday pic.twitter.com/oUMHLXj57L
— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) September 29, 2016

 

More motivation to win. #thankyou
— Will Brooks (@TRILLwillbrooks) September 30, 2016

Adjusting to New Bosses

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