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In a sport that never stops moving, even MMA junkies can struggle to keep up with all the latest news. If you missed any of Tuesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

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Bantamweights Michael McDonald and John Lineker have taken over the main event role for UFC Fight Night 91.

A planned headline fight pitting Tony Ferguson vs. Mike Chiesa was scrapped when Chiesa bowed out due to a back injury. Ferguson will remain on the card, taking on newcomer Landon Vannata.

McDonald (17-3) and Lineker (27-7) have a combined Octagon record of 14-4. They are both right on the edge of contention in the stacked bantamweight division.

Vannata (8-0) will try to spoil the run put together by Ferguson (20-3), who has gone 10-1 in his UFC career.

UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 from the Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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CM Punk isn’t one to back away from the truth.

The former WWE wrestler, who will make his UFC debut later this year, appeared on Tuesday’s edition of “The Herd” with Colin Cowherd.

You can see the complete interview in the video below:

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The UFC makes its first visit to Utah this August, and featherweights top the bill, with Alex Caceres taking on top prospect Yair Rodriguez.

UFC Fight Night 92 takes place Aug. 6 at Salt Lake City’s Vivint Smart Home Arena with a main card on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets for the event range from $50, plus fees, in the upper level to $150 plus fees for cageside seats. Additional ticket price levels include $125, $90 and $75, plus fees.

Caceres (12-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) rebounded from a three-fight losing skid that stretched from 2014 to 2015 with a current two-fight winning streak. “Bruce Leeroy” dominated Cole Miller in his most recent bout, taking a unanimous decision at UFC 199.

Rodriguez (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is riding a six-fight winning streak with his four most recent bouts taking place in the UFC octagon. In his most recent bout, he scored a head kick knockout of Andre Fili at UFC 197. He currently holds an honorable mention spot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. MT local time at VivintArena.com. However, UFC Fight Club members can purchase their seats beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m. MT, and UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers can buy their tickets on Wednesday beginning at 10 a.m. MT.

The latest UFC Fight Night 92 card includes:

  • Alex Caceres vs. Yair Rodriguez
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Cub Swanson
  • Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele
  • Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Chris Camozzi vs. Thales Leites
  • Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason

For more on UFC Fight Night 92, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Michael Chandler, Jacob “Stitch” Duran and Terrion Ware.

Chandler just captured the Bellator lightweight title this past Friday at Bellator 157, when he brutally knocked out Patricky Freire. Veteran cutman Duran worked the Bellator 157 card, which featured Chandler, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Matt Mitrione as main-card winners. Ware is featured in the co-main event at RFA 40 on July 15 vs. Marvin Blumer.

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

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Up-and-coming regional prospect Mickey Gall earned his way onto the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster by calling out CM Punk on Dana White’s ‘Looking’ for a Fight’ series.

Now that he got his much-desired showdown against the former WWE superstar-turned mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, an opportunity he is thankful for, Gall doesn’t want to be known as “the CM Punk guy” for the remainder of his career.

As he declared during a recent stop at The MMA Hour,  while he appreciates Punk accepting the bout, he has bigger goals for the future, like becoming an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) world champion.

“I don’t want to be the CM Punk guy. The only reason I said his name was to get my foot in the door. Like I said before, I’ve seen people before who haven’t been able to. So I got my foot in the door, the Jackson fight kind of kicked the door down and now I’m going to stomp around the living room with him. And then I want to climb the stairs, I want to have the belt. I’m going to have the belt.”

Unfortunately for Gall, the stigma of being attached to a big name like Punk — real name Phil Brooks — will likely stay with him for awhile, whether he likes it or not.

Just ask Miesha Tate, who still can’t escape Ronda Rousey’s name during any interview, ever. This, despite the fact that “Cupcake” is now the women’s bantamweight champion while “Rowdy” hasn’t been heard from much since getting knocked out by Holly Holm at UFC 193.

Nevertheless, Gall wants to desperately avoid that, and the first step in doing so is taking out his foe at at the upcoming UFC 203 pay-per-view (PPV) event inside Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, on Sept. 10, 2016.

And eventually capturing UFC gold won’t hurt, either.

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WWE wrestler turned UFC fighter CM Punk appeared on Tuesday’s edition of “The Herd” to discuss a number of items.

Punk will make his long-awaited Octagon debut later this year at UFC 203 vs. Mickey Gall.

Hear what he had to say in the video below, which features the complete interview:

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The Edmonton police department has posted a press release detailing the exact cause of death for former UFC fighter Ryan Jimmo.

Jimmo, 34 years old, was struck by a vehicle recently and died as a result of the injuries sustained. The Edmonton Medical Examiner confirmed that he died due to blunt force trauma.

The police department also revealed that they have found the vehicle they believe hit Jimmo and are examining it for more information.

Below is a press release sent out by the Edmonton Police:

Edmonton Police Service Homicide Detectives are no longer looking for the suspect vehicle in the fatal hit and run from Sunday morning. The vehicle was located late yesterday evening (Monday, June 27, 2016) in Edmonton and seized for forensic examination.

The autopsy on the victim was completed today and Edmonton’s Medical Examiner has confirmed that Ryan Paul Jimmo, 34, died as a result of blunt force trauma.

Detectives continue to investigate and continue to ask the public for any tips about the incident.

Anyone with information about the hit and run is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.

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Carlos Condit will return to the cage after all.

After losing a thin decision to champion Robbie Lawler in January, the popular welterweight wondered aloud about his future in fighting.

“I’ve been at this for a long time; over 40 professional MMA fights,” Condit said after the fight, per Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog. “I came up short tonight. I don’t know. Tonight was kind of a do-or-die moment for my career. I was all in. If I got that strap I was gonna keep fighting. If I didn’t, like I didn’t, I have to see if I can continue to do this. … I have to evaluate, but there’s a possibility that might be my last one. We’ll see.”

He never actually retired, but speculation arose over what, exactly, it might take to lure Condit (30-9) back to action. On Tuesday afternoon, per a report from MMA Junkie, fans got their answer when UFC officials announced Condit would face streaking jiu-jitsu hero Demian Maia (23-6). The two contenders will fight August 20 at UFC 202 in Las Vegas.

Condit hinted on his social media accounts Monday that an announcement might be coming.

 

 

Per usual, financial terms were not disclosed, but it’s a smart guess that the UFC showed Condit the proverbial money. The 32-year-old former interim welterweight champ is one of the most liked and respected MMA fighters in any weight class, thanks to a high-octane striking style, a proven track record of success and his relative ease in front of the lens or microphone.

More than that, though, you have to think they backed up the Brink’s truck to the Condit house because Maia is one heck of a risky matchup.

The 38-year-old Brazilian has won five consecutive matches over standouts like Matt Brown and Gunnar Nelson. While The Natural Born Killer appears to be on the outside looking into the current welterweight title picture—January’s fight, while epic, was his second loss to Lawler—Maia would almost certainly receive a title shot if he can get past Condit.

What’s more, Maia’s world-class jiu-jitsu—he is a fourth-degree black belt and boasts several international accolades—presents Condit with a stiff stylistic challenge. Although Condit is a strong and polished grappler, very few people in the world are on Maia’s level. Over the bout’s three scheduled rounds, it’s possible Maia could smother Condit for a decision.

This is not to say Condit has no shot; far from it. He will have a clear striking edge and is dangerous in all phases. And Condit certainly doesn’t appear to be the type to shy away from a challenge; quite the opposite.

But given his desire for big-time bouts, coupled with the implication that he can see the end of the line somewhere on the horizon, this date with Maia—occurring on a big pay-per-view but not in the main event—may pose more risk than reward.

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Patricky Freire has been suspended indefinitely following a first-round knockout loss to Michael Chandler in the Bellator 157 co-main event.

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