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WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje said former Bellator champ Will Brooks has been chirping about a fight on social media for a long time.

With Brooks’ (17-1) recent Bellator release and all the likely unrealistic talk of a cross-promotional bout in the background, Gaethje (16-0) told MMAjunkie Radio he’s all for making the fight a reality.

In addition, Gaethje said he believes Brooks would be well served to lower his expectations on the free agent market. After all, Brooks has only finished two opponents in his ten most recent fights. Something a marquee promotion like the UFC may find undesirable.

“He’s always been talking this type of crap about doing cross-promotion with Bellator and World Series when he knew damn well that was never going to work out,” Gaethje said. “I never even acknowledged it when he said it then. When he started saying it, I never wanted it then. … I don’t think he’ll get a lot of money. I’m sure he thinks he’s going to get top dollar from a promotion, but I don’t think – just being honest, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

The well of opponents to challenge Gaethje has been running dry recently.

Only two men have managed to make it to the scorecards with the undefeated 27-year-old and, at times, it feels the biggest question is the manner in which he’ll score his stoppage over the next man to challenge for the belt.

That makes a bout with Brooks, who is on an eight-fight winning streak and never lost the Bellator title in the cage, appealing to not only fans, but to Gaethje.

“I have no idea,” Gaethje said. “I hope (the fight happens). I’ve been putting out enough hints out there. I don’t think it’s smart for any company to sign someone to a one-fight deal. It would be something that wouldn’t be normal, but there’s only one way to grow as a promotion and that’s to do things that aren’t normal. I think it would be huge for me, for Will and for World Series of Fighting. I think it would be the biggest fight they could put on right now.”

Check out the full video above.

For more on WSOF’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Training camp for his first UFC main event has been a little too normal for Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 headliner Cody Garbrandt.

Previous training camps have been surrounded with questions about the departures of T.J. Dillashaw and Joseph Benavidez from Team Alpha Male, or about his relationship with now former girlfriend and fellow fighter Paige VanZant.

There always has been something in the lead-up to a Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fight … except this time. Preparation for his bantamweight showdown with Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has been smooth sailing, and for “No Love,” he said that’s an odd and somewhat discomforting feeling.

“I wish there was more drama,” Garbrandt told MMAjunkie. “I always felt like when I’m invested in ways or put in situations where I have to overcome a lot of adversity going into fights. This is the first time where I’m just training and that’s it. Nothing really gets in my mind, and nothing blocks my focus from what I have to do when the fight comes on that day when I step in the octagon.

“It doesn’t really bother me if there’s drama with the team or if people believe in something or talk (expletive) about the team. I don’t let it enter my training or my thought process. When I leave the gym, I don’t think about fighting. I think about being with my family and other things from just fighting. That’s why I can stay in my own lane with stuff like that. I think about what I cherish the most. That drama is a small percentage of my life.”

UFC Fight Night 88 takes place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For Garbrandt, 24, the chance to headline a UFC card for the first time represents an opportunity for more exposure than ever before. And he said Almeida, 24, is the type of opponent who can bring out the best of his ability.

Garbrandt, an honorable mention selection in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, said he’s had No. 12-ranked Almeida on his radar for some time. The Brazilian’s first UFC opponent, Tim Gorman, spent a portion of his training camp at Team Alpha Male prior to a “Fight of the Night” loss to Almeida at UFC Fight Night 56 in November 2014.

It was during that fight that Garbrandt became truly aware of Almeida’s flashy, violent style. He said he knew it wouldn’t be long before they shared the octagon together, and that’s why he called UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby personally to request the fight.

“I remember Tim Gorman came out here to train at Alpha Male for like two weeks and he was fighting Almeida,” Garbrandt said. “He had ‘Fight of the Night’ with that guy, and that guy had a rough time out here. Then, also, the Brad Pickett fight: (Almeida) was hurt, (but) he showed heart and came back. As a fighter, I want that in an opponent. I’m excited for what he brings to the table with his skills. It’s going to be an even greater victory for me.”

Not only does the fight represent the first UFC main event for both Garbrandt and Almeida, it also represents just the second time a non-title bantamweight bout has topped a UFC card, and the first that didn’t come as the result of a fighter replacement situation.

That fact shows the UFC has confidence in the two young fighters to put on a memorable show, and Garbrandt said he takes that honor seriously. That doesn’t mean he feels pressure to perform, though. Rather, it motivates him more to put forth his best effort to date and hand Almeida his first career loss.

“I get better every fight, and that’s what you should do as a talented fighter, is get better every fight,” Garbrandt said. “For me, my next fight is always the best I’m going to perform at, so I don’t really watch much film because I go in there and fight off instinct and reactions.

“I have to fight at my pace and make him dance to my song. I really believe boxing beats muay Thai every time. This matchup is a long time coming that I’ve wanted to get my hands on this dude.”

A combined 28-0 record with 26 total stoppages between them means the matchup between Garbrandt and Almeida has the potential to be something spectacular and special. Garbrandt isn’t looking for a war, though. He’s been calling for the matchup with Almeida for a long time, and that’s not because he thinks it will be a fun fight. He said it’s because he thinks he can beat him in one-sided and impressive fashion.

“He’s never been hit by a fighter that knows how to punch,” Garbrandt said. “I’m definitely going to test his chin early on and go from there. If he’s still standing, we’ll find another way to break him down.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 88, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rousimar Palhares complains about illegal strikes in quick knockout loss
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"What went wrong in the fight is that I was hit with illegal elbows in the back of the head and couldn't see anything next," Palhares told MMA Fighting. "When I was hit, I went out. I couldn't even understand what happened. I kept asking my corners

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Rousimar Palhares, who ran out of places to compete in the United States, returned to mixed martial arts (MMA) action last weekend (Sat., May 21, 2016) for Italy’s Venator FC in Milan.

Watch the video here.

Palhares was stopped just 45 seconds into the opening round, but “Toquinho” is not ready to accept his loss to Emil Weber Meek and move on. That’s because the Brazilian was clobbered with “illegal elbows” to the back of his head, according to his recent conversation with MMA Fighting.

His words:

“What went wrong in the fight is that I was hit with illegal elbows in the back of the head and couldn’t see anything next. I didn’t say anything (after the fight) because I was off, but my coaches saw and complained, but nobody did anything. They just sent me to the hospital for observation, to make sure everything was alright with my brain. I’m not 100 percent yet. Let me get the MRI done first. I don’t want to cause harm to anyone, I just want to be healthy. I was afraid, but I know I can walk now. It would be devastating to become paralyzed because of an infraction like that. I feel dizzy sometimes, but I’m happy I’m walking. I’m afraid of this MRI results. About getting the fight overturned, honestly, I’m not worried right now. I just want to be as healthy as I was when I got there. We’ll think about it later. I will only know my next step after I get the MRI done because sometimes I feel I’m going to black out. I feel dizzy when I look down. I’m not used to getting hit in the back of the head. I don’t blame the guy that fought me, but the referee shouldn’t let it continue. I’m strong, you know, and I still went out. Imagine if it’s someone else, someone not well prepared as I am? People could die.”

I’m sure he won’t be getting any sympathy from these folks.

After getting tossed from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) for unsportsmanlike conduct (details), World Series of Fighting (WSOF) went and gave him a new lease on his MMA life — only to eventually suspend him for (wait for it) … UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT.

I guess it beats murder.

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MMA legend BJ Penn’s Octagon comeback is no longer scheduled for next month’s UFC 199 pay-per-view.

After initially being booked to fight Dennis Siver, only to have Siver pull out and Cole Miller fill-in on short-notice, Penn will no longer be fighting at all at the June 4th event.

BJ Penn has been flagged by USADA and provisionally suspended for a “potential Anti-Doping Policy violation.”

UFC issued the following statement on the matter (via UFC.com):

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) informed BJ Penn of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation. Penn disclosed the usage of a prohibited method – the use of an IV in excess of 50 ML in a six-hour period – during a March 25, 2016, out-of-competition sample collection. In accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, Penn has received a provisional suspension, and has been removed from his scheduled bout against Cole Miller on June 4 in Los Angeles.

“UFC will announce a replacement opponent for Miller shortly, and additional information will be provided by USADA and UFC at the appropriate time as the process involving Penn moves forward.”

Penn issued the following statement on his official website, BJPenn.com:

“I voluntarily disclosed to USADA that during a non-fight period that I had an IV administered under the care of a doctor.

“The rule for IV usage had changed since my last fight in the UFC and was unaware of the change and voluntarily disclosed the information to USADA. I had no idea that IV use was banned 365 days a year.

“At no time in my career in martial arts have I ever doped and anticipate all test results from USADA will come back clean and will be working with the UFC to get the matter cleared up and return to fight as soon as possible.”

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UFC's Aljamain Sterling compares Bryan Caraway to a 'parasite'
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Cage Warriors returns to Wales next month, and it now has its headlining bout.

Middleweight Jack Marshman (18-5) will take on Ali Arish (21-4) in the Cage Warriors 76 main event, the promotion today announced. Cage Warriors 76 takes place June 4 at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

It will be the second event under Cage Warriors’ new ownership and its second since it struck a deal with UFC Fight Pass, the UFC’s online digital network.

“I’m very excited to be fighting on this show against a very good opponent with a great record,” stated Marshman, who will be fighting in front of his home fans in Wales. “I’m looking forward to showing everyone how much I have improved since the last time Cage Warriors came to Wales.”

The 26-year-old Marshman will bring a four-fight winning streak into the fight, including two victories under the Cage Warriors banner. At Cage Warriors 69 in 2014, he submitted the highly regarded Bola Omoyele in the first round. He followed that up with a second-round TKO over UFC veteran Che Mills at Cage Warriors 72 – which also took place in Newport. Overall, the “Hammer” has 15 of his 18 career wins by stoppage, including 11 knockouts.

Arish, who was born in Iran but fights out of Manchester in England, will fight for the third time under the Cage Warriors banner, where he’s 1-1. He got his lone win for the promotion in 2013 with a decision over Jack Mason at Cage Warriors 57, which gave him nine straight wins. After back-to-back losses following that, he got back in the win column in June 2015.

Cage Warriors matchmaker Ian Dean said finding an opponent for Marshman was difficult.

“After several other fights fell through, it’s great to get Jack Marshman a credible and tough opponent upon his return to Cage Warriors,” Dean stated. “Ali Arish has been in there against some top domestic names and doesn’t turn up to lose. I give credit to both fighters for accepting what is a tough, stylistic matchup for them.”

The current Cage Warriors 76 card now includes:

  • Ali Arish vs. Jack Marshman
  • Lewis Long vs. Andreas Stahl
  • Eddi Pobivanez vs. Jack Shore
  • Nad Narimani vs. Daniel Requeijo

For more on Cage Warriors 76, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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It wasn’t easy for Michael Bisping to finally get his long-awaited UFC middleweight title shot.

Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) got the shot against champion Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) courtesy of an injury to former champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), of course. And now he’ll go after the belt in the UFC 199 main event on June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

But to get consideration, Bisping had to win his past three bouts – all after a submission loss to Rockhold in November 2014. And included in that bunch was a “Fight of the Night” win in February in front of his home fans in England over none other than the man considered the greatest of all time, Anderson Silva.

Rockhold is a heavy favorite over Bisping in their middleweight title fight next month. But Bisping has been an underdog before, including against Silva.

Before the rivals square off again, this time with much more at stake, check out how Bisping won his third straight when he took a unanimous decision from “The Spider” at UFC Fight Night 84’s five-round main event.

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