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The three stars of 'UFC Fight Night 79: Henderson vs. Masvidal' in Seoul
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Former Glendale Fighting Club fighter: Ronda Rousey 'should listen to her
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The current FOX analyst and UFC commentator thinks the world of his one-time teammate at the Albuquerque, N.M. fight camp.

With her resounding upset knockout finish of Ronda Rousey at the UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) earlier this month, Holly Holm supplanted “Rowdy” to become not only the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight titleholder, but the new face of female mixed martial arts (MMA).

Most didn’t expect “The Preacher’s Daughter” to pull off the monumental victory (video) over an Olympic bronze medalist in Judo like Rousey.

Not even her former teammate at the Jackson-Wink fight camp and current UFC commentator Brian Stann.

“The All-American” gives his thoughts on Holm and the pair’s headliner in Australia to MMA Fighting:

“Part of me feels guilty because I do think so highly of her, because I do have a relationship with her, but it makes it all the more special. I remember when I said on UFC Tonight and I got made fun a lot by some of the people there and even people online, but I said when they talked about her coming to the UFC, ‘If there is a woman I’ve met I want my daughters to be like, it’s Holly. I certainly felt – and I said this in my interviews and breakdowns – there is definitely a way she can win. And if there is a person who could catch Ronda and defeat her if she’s not focused, it was Holly. She is absolutely every bit a role model you want, not just for women, but for any person. I truly mean that.”

Stann, an ex-UFC middleweight, trained with Holm previously for the duration of his Octagon tenure between 2010-13.

The FOX Sports analyst is well-regarded among the MMA masses as one of the brightest minds in the game and undoubtedly received a good look of what was to come from the 18-time former world boxing champion Holm, just as another teammate of hers, Jon Jonesdid.

The 34-year-old’s schedule has indeed picked up following her six-minute drubbing of Rousey as she’s traveled cross country to appear on popular morning television and radio programs like “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” and “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

Time will tell if Holm is built for the champion lifestyle, which may or may not have played a part in Rousey’s failure in “The Land Down Under.”

For now, she gets to bask in the limelight, while the now mortal Rousey disappears to film multiple movie projects, before an eventual rematch takes place sometime in 2016.

Stann also has his own feelings on that subject.

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Following their first fight over a decade ago on a New Year’s Eve show in Japan, Rizin FF announced that Bob Sapp vs. Akebono will be taking place on their inaugural event next month.

The first time Sapp and Akebono met in the ring, it was a clear-cut ratings winner in Japan, something the new Rizin promotion led by pro wrestling and PRIDE legend Nobuhiko Takada is hoping will happen again this year.

Sapp vs. Akebono joins a card headlined by Fedor Emelianenko’s MMA return fight against an opponent that has yet to be announced on New Year’s Eve in Japan.

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In a new interview with MMAFighting.com, longtime UFC contender “The Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit spoke about his upcoming title fight with UFC Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler, his teammate Holly Holm’s victory over Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 and his own future plans.

In the interview, which you can watch above, Condit claims he “probably doesn’t have too much longer” left in his MMA career, noting that he is winding down what has been an excellent career in the fight business.

Condit also discusses Holm’s shocking defeat of Rousey in Melbourne, and his own title fight coming up at UFC 195.

UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit is scheduled for Saturday, January 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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As a general rule, the UFC does not lose out on fighters it covets. The UFC has the most prestigious belts, the most rabid audiences and the largest imprint. Most everything you would want as a fighter is under that roof or in that Octagon. But not exactly everything

If it was, Benson Henderson would not be thinking about the possibility of taking his toothpick and plying his trade elsewhere. After beating Jorge Masvidal in South Korea in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night main event, the former UFC lightweight champion finally acknowledged during the post-fight press conference the long-rumored belief that he would test free agency. 

The man who will seemingly fight anytime seems right on time for prime market conditions. He enters free agency at its most competitive point in years, at least since UFC parent company Zuffa acquired Strikeforce in 2011. And he does so with some leverage, having won two straight since moving up to welterweight. 

Those factors should combine to make the 32-year-old a wanted commodity, with suitors coming from not only the U.S. but also overseas. While Bellator will certainly be interested in his services to add quality and depth to its roster, so will be One Championship, the Singapore-based promotion that has expanded rapidly across Asia. 

This makes Henderson the rare case of a fighter who is free and wanted and could ostensibly land anywhere. Generally speaking, we rarely get to this point; the UFC tends to re-sign wanted athletes before their deals expire. But in hopes of testing the market, Henderson gambled on himself, rode out his deal and now gets the chance to listen to multiple offers that may be both lucrative and creative.

While media conglomerate Viacom has owned a majority stake of Bellator since the fall of 2011, it did not ramp up free-agent activity until Scott Coker replaced Bjorn Rebney in the summer of 2014, bringing with him a starkly different philosophy centered on name-driven events over tournaments. Late in 2014, Coker let it be publicly known that he would be in the bidding for any major name who came on the market, telling MMA Fighting, “There’s not going to be a fighter on the planet we can’t afford and have access to.”

Unfortunately for Coker and Bellator, precious few championship-level fighters have hit the open market in the time since. Though they have managed to snag both Phil Davis and Josh Thomson, both of those signings could be written off by the UFC as unwanted commodities. Davis had lost two of three and had repeatedly stalled as he neared the top of the division; Thomson had lost three straight and was nearing his 37th birthday at the time of his signing.

Henderson is different, a former lightweight champ in both the UFC and WEC who has shown few signs of slipping from his prime. Even if you look at his record since losing the UFC lightweight belt, he is 4-2 in his last six fights, with his only losses to current champion Rafael dos Anjos and No. 1 contender Donald Cerrone. The latter fight, by the way, was one most onlookers judged in Henderson’s favor.

In other words, he remains an elite fighter with mileage to spare. 

While Coker hung out the “open for business” shingle long ago, Bellator’s attractiveness as a suitor was recently helped by the UFC’s exclusive sponsorship deal with Reebok. While that deal put a huge dent in UFC individual athlete sponsorships, Bellator fighters are free to contract with a host of companies and brands that were locked out of the system.

The move caused many disparate opinions and created something of a new class hierarchy that prized the tenured, big names. Generally, the champions and others who collect money based off pay-per-view buys are going to want to remain in the UFC. No one else can match that deal or draw the audiences that will lead to seven-figure paydays. But one step below that is a class of fighters who are not so lucky. They may make a good purse comparative to other fighters, but otherwise they have few ways to cash in on a name that they spend years building.

Henderson is in that camp; he’s a frequent focus as one of the best lightweights of the last decade who headlined 10 of the 14 UFC events in which he participated. During that time, Henderson was never a pay-per-view cash cow or ratings monster, but he was versatile and reliable and without question a key component of the roster. 

His utility cannot be understated. Aside from his headlining ability, three times in 2015, he accepted short-notice bouts with replacements. First, it was against Cerrone on just 13 days’ notice. Despite losing, he took an even greater risk next time out, facing Brandon Thatch on two weeks’ notice and moving up a division in the process. He likewise stepped up in this most recent event, taking a short-notice bout with Jorge Masvidal after Thiago Alves injured his ribs two weeks before showtime. 

In a sport where injuries can scuttle major plans in a heartbeat, that gameness has real-world value. If the UFC so frequently used him to prop up an event, imagine what he could do in Bellator, where he would arrive as an instant challenger to lightweight champ Will Brooks or welterweight kingpin Andrey Koreshkovor in One Championship, where he could match up with 155-pound titleholder Shinya Aoki or as a compelling challenger to 170-pound champ Ben Askren. 

He could do any one of those things. Or, of course, he could stay in the UFC, where he is still ranked seventh as a lightweight and may simultaneously break into the Top 15 at welterweight with his recent win.

In other words, he has options. That’s great for him and not so great for the UFC. Henderson’s free agency does not necessarily mean an exodus is coming, but rest assured that others on the roster will be watching closely, thinking about their worth and contemplating a gamble of their ownconsideration that proves the market is not as one-sided as it used to be.

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UFC fighter/writer/promoter Josh Samman driven by goal of diverse life
When you consider everything Josh Samman has going on in his life, it's kind of impressive that he finds the time and energy to compete, and win, at the highest level of MMA. In addition to his career in the UFC, the multifaceted Samman is a fight

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Mad for MMA: Meet the martial art obsessed McKennas
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They even go on MMA-themed holidays. Their hobby combines different combat sports and Olympic disciplines including boxing, judo, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and wrestling. Mum Wendy said: “MMA brings us all together. “On our last holiday we went to California

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Fight fans wanted it, and now they’ve got it, as UFC FIGHT PASS’ special Black Friday deal is back for a limited time, starting Sunday, November 29. With this special offer, which lasts until Tuesday at midnight EST, new subscribers to UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, will receive a free Google Chromecast device with a one-year subscription. So, in addition to viewing the biggest library in mixed martial arts, as well as live events from the UFC, Invicta FC, Pancrase, Shooto Brazil and Titan FC, on your PC, television or mobile device, you can also download the UFC app an … Read the Full Article Here

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