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Friday’s Legacy FC 51 event in Minnesota was a night of upsets and impressive stoppages in front of UFC President Dana White.

White and his “Lookin’ for a Fight” crew were on hand to check out the action at Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. The main card aired on AXS TV.

In the main event, Manuel Vazquez (8-1) took his vacant bantamweight title fight against unbeaten Ricardo Lucas Ramos (8-1) on three weeks’ notice and was a 4-1 underdog. But the Midwestern wrestler got the Brazilian to the ground quickly into the fight and choked him out with a rear-naked choke – leaving Ramos on his knees in tears over a missed opportunity to potentially wind up with an offer from the UFC.

The event featured a couple other big stoppages, as well. In the co-main event, 38-year-old Brock Larson (42-10) had to fend off a lengthy guillotine choke from Travis Coyle (12-8) that left his face purple. But when Larson finally got out, he went to work with ground-and-pound to get the win – and then announced his retirement from MMA.

Legacy heavyweight champion Cody East (12-1) didn’t put his belt on the line against Kevin Asplund (16-10), but in an appearance requested by White, he got a 40-second TKO win courtesy of a head kick – and it may get him a shot at the UFC.

Check out the highlights from those fights above.

And for more on Legacy FC 51, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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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 Wednesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following links:

  • Benson Henderson gets welterweight title shot vs. Koreshkov in Bellator 153 main event
  • Dana White: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier rematch ‘probably going to happen in April’
  • UFC boss: Luke Rockhold to rematch Chris Weidman for middleweight title in June
  • Dana White ‘blew it’ allowing Sage Northcutt to fight sick: ‘I should have pulled him’
  • Ex-champ Velasquez completes back surgery, ready for full-time training in ‘4 to 5 weeks’
  • UFC Fight Night 82’s Mickey Gall doesn’t even want to say the name ‘CM Punk’

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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.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following links:

  • Benson Henderson gets welterweight title shot vs. Koreshkov in Bellator 153 main event
  • Contract disputes see Jake Shields out at WSOF 30, Jon Fitch now meets Joao Zeferino
  • UFC’s Hector Lombard: I wanted to fight Rory MacDonald, but he doesn’t want to
  • Boxing coach details Team Takedown fallout, new camp with ex-champ Johny Hendricks
  • CSAC suspends Ronda Rousey coach Edmond Tarverdyan for falsifying paperwork

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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 Monday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following links:

  • Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he’s signed with Bellator
  • Twitter reacts to former UFC champ Benson Henderson signing Bellator contract
  • Dana White: ‘Great guy’ Benson Henderson got ‘right deal for him’ in move to Bellator
  • Henderson’s UFC defection makes sense for all, but also nudges the fighter economy
  • UFC Fight Night 82’s Joseph Benavidez still with Team Alpha Male despite mixed camp
  • Baptist preacher hopes Conor McGregor gets struck down by lightning bolt
  • Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones planning 3 more bouts at 205: Cormier, Johnson, Gustafsson
  • MMAjunkie’s ‘Knockout of the Month’ for January: A walk-off no-doubter

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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 Thursday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following links:

  • Dana White responds to Aldo’s rematch request: ‘It’s tough to make that fight again’
  • UFC on FOX 18’s Sage Northcutt already feeling advantages of Saturday’s move to 170
  • Bellator notebook: Coker discusses Overeem, ‘Bendo,’ Minakov’s expected ‘mid-2016’ return
  • Chael Sonnen joins Laila Ali, Vince Neil, Snooki on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

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Fresh from an impressive third-round knockout of Willie Gates in August and eager to add to his win total this Saturday in Newark against Wilson Reis, flyweight contender Dustin Ortiz has a simple mantra for 2016 and beyond.“Sign me up for five fights a year,” he said. “Let’s do it.”He’s not kidding either, and he has the track record to prove it. In the Franklin, Tennessee product’s first year as a pro in 2010, he fought six times, and if you’re going from November of 2013, when he made his UFC debut by defeating Jose Maria, to November of 2014, … Read the Full Article Here

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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 Wednesday’s biggest headlines, catch up with “The Comeback.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following links:

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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.”

Check out the video above to get caught up on the latest news. And if you’d like to read more, check out the following links:

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Chad Mendes

Chad Mendes

Former UFC champion B.J. Penn recently ended his brief retirement and declared his intention to chase the featherweight championship. Longtime 145-pound contender Chad Mendes said he questions the wisdom behind that decision.

Although Mendes (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has come up short in three UFC title bouts, he’s shared the octagon with the best in the weight class, from Conor McGregor to Jose Aldo to Frankie Edgar.

Penn’s (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) recent announcement was met with mixed opinions. “The Prodigy” is training at Jackson-Wink MMA in Albuquerque, N.M., and is shooting for a return at UFC 197 on March 5. Mendes said he’s not fond of this idea and believes Penn should stay put in the comfort of retirement.

“No, B.J. Just no,” Mendes said on the “You’re Welcome with Chael Sonnen” podcast. “I think for a lot of people that have been the man for as long as he has – and I’m not saying this like I know him, and this is all speculation – but I think it’s hard for a lot of these people to let go. Some time passes, and it’s not like he’s being forgot, but he probably doesn’t get quite the attention he does when he’s in the octagon.”

Penn last appeared in the octagon at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale in June 2014, when he took a beating from Edgar before being stopped with strikes in the third round. The Hawaiian arrived to the event’s post-fight press conference in tears and revealed his time as an active competitor was over.

The retirement lasted less than two years, though. Penn said he’s motivated and determined to regain a prominent position in the sport, but Mendes doesn’t see the value in making such an attempt.

“I can’t imagine there are any financial issues, but you never know,” Mendes said. “But (expletive), he had a run. He did great. He’s a legend in the sport. There’s got to be a time.”

The main concern of most, including Mendes, is the potential damage the 37-year-old could take at this point in his career. The featherweight division is full of fighters determined to make an impression and get the biggest fight the sport has to offer against reigning champ McGregor.

Mendes said he simply doesn’t see Penn as someone who could fall into that category. And more importantly, he doesn’t want to witness the UFC Hall of Famer take any more unnecessary damage.

“More than anything I just don’t want to see the guy get hurt,” Mendes said. “He’s getting older, and this is a brutal sport – not just in the fights, but through training camps. I feel like we get more damage done in training camps than most of the time when you step in the octagon. If it’s that time, it’s that time.”

 

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Fresh from an impressive third-round knockout of Willie Gates in August and eager to add to his win total this Saturday in Newark against Wilson Reis, flyweight contender Dustin Ortiz has a simple mantra for 2016 and beyond.“Sign me up for five fights a year,” he said. “Let’s do it.”He’s not kidding either, and he has the track record to prove it. In the Franklin, Tennessee product’s first year as a pro in 2010, he fought six times, and if you’re going from November of 2013, when he made his UFC debut by defeating Jose Maria, to November of 2014, … Read the Full Article Here

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