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UFC Fight night 79's Yoshihiro Akiyama, 40, undecided on fighting future
Akiyama (14-6 MMA, 2-6 UFC), who boasts South Korean family heritage and competed for the nation's national judo team, faced Alberto Mina (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on the evening's main card. Promoted for the event using his Korean name of Choo Sung …
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Benson Henderson has a tendency toward split decisions in the cage. He may have a similar tendency for splitting hairs outside of it.

Henderson, who won a close split decision over Jorge Masvidal on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 79, confirmed after the fight that he would like to test MMA free agency—and in the same sentence seemed to say he was committed to staying in the UFC.

“When I retire, it will be retiring in the UFC – I know that for sure,” Henderson said, according to a Saturday report from John Morgan and Steven Marrocco of MMA Junkie. “But I’m going to test the market, yes.”

The Saturday event took place in Seoul, South Korea, and aired early Saturday morning in the United States.

This fight was the last of Henderson’s current contract, clearing the way for new contract negotiations. Observers have long expected Henderson to become a free agent, as opposed to automatically re-upping with the UFC. Bellator—which has recently signed relatively high-profile UFC departees like Phil Davis and Josh Thomson—has been suggested as a potential landing place for Henderson.

Although Henderson’s stated desire to test free agency and remain in the UFC are not necessarily mutually exclusive, it is interesting to hear him express with certainty that he will retire in the Octagon even as he states with equal certainty that he will test the open market.

“I’m not trying to send any message of any type,” Henderson told MMA Junkie. “But if it plays out a certain way, I want to have some pretty good memories to go out on.”

This was the UFC’s first event held in Korea, which held particular meaning to the Korean-American Henderson. 

It is anyone’s guess what will happen next, but it’s clear that the 32-year-old Henderson (23-5) is still a high-level fighter. He has won four of his last six, including a 2-0 mark as a welterweight, the weight class at which he faced Masvidal on Saturday. 

Potentially working against Henderson is his aforementioned tendency for closely contested decisions. He has gone the distance 13 times as a pro fighter, with four of those being split-decision wins for Henderson. That tendency appeared to manifest after he captured the lightweight title in 2012; all four of the split decisions came in the 10 fights since he won the belt.

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UFC VP Ken Berger bullish on promotion's future in Asia over next two years
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WSOF 25 interview: “The Kansas City Bandit” spoke with prior to his co-main event with “El Terrible” inside Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona this Friday night (Nov. 20, 2015).

Recent World Series of Fighting (WSOF) acquisition Jason High (18-5) is here to remind the mixed martial arts (MMA) masses of his skills in combat when he makes his return to competition at WSOF 25 this Friday night (Nov. 20, 2015).

“The Kansas City Bandit” hasn’t fought in 17 months after being released from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in June 2014. High has compiled an impressive resume in UFC, Strikeforce and Japanese organization DREAM, defeating notable names such as Andre Galvao and Hayato Sakurai, among others.

The 34-year-old carries a 2-2 record in his last four outings into the WSOF ranks, where he will face former UFC and Bellator combatant Estevan Payan 16-8-(1) inside Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

High spoke with prior to his tilt with the dangerous striker to talk about how he’s kept busy during his down time, a future bout against 155-pound champion Justin Gaethje and more.

It’s been a while since we’ve seen you compete in MMA. Obviously, your American Top Team brothers have been at it, but how anxious are you to finally get back to fighting?

JH: I’m excited, man. It sucks to sit while your healthy. It just sucks. I wouldn’t say I’m anxious, but I’m definitely happy to get back in there.

What have you maybe added to your game during this time? Have you been helping your other teammates get ready?

JH: Yeah, of course. I stay in the gym so it really wasn’t like an issue. I stay training. Financially it’s probably the biggest difficulty. I like training and staying in the gym. It really wasn’t too much of an issue, like staying motivated or whatever. I definitely feel like I’ve added things. If there’s a silver lining it definitely allows me to free up some of my time and concentrate on doing some things I want to do fight-wise. I did some jiu-jitsu tournaments. I’ve been doing a lot of reading — fighting-related.

Did your passion for fighting ever waver during this time away from the sport?

JH: I had some moments. I talked a lot with my manager and you have moments where you’re just sitting around and you’re like, ‘Oh, maybe I should retire.’ I was able to back off the cliff … nothing I couldn’t handle.

With a new crop of contenders in front of you, what will you need to do to stand out from the rest?

JH: I never really go into my fights thinking about other people, or thinking I have to set myself apart. I’m just going in there and fighting and I always tell people whether this fight is on NBC — or it’s just me and Estevan in a backyard — I’m going to try and get him out of there. It doesn’t really change too much for me.

How do you feel about starting over after having worked your way up from the preliminary card and onto the main card of UFC events?

JH: I’d say that’s something I would’ve been disappointed about when I got cut from UFC. I was a little disappointed when I got cut from the UFC and I was right there. Now, I’m just like I got a fresh start here.

When did you start camp for this fight against Estevan?

JH: I train pretty much all year round. I find that’s best for me and my body. When you train consistently, your body adapts to it. You get in a rhythm. When I take a bunch of time off, I come back and feel like my body is hurting. When I have a fight coming up, I usually take four weeks and I’ll turn it up a little bit.

What problems does he present for you?

JH: He’s a tough guy. He’s got some solid kickboxing and he likes to brawl. I’ve seen him in a couple of fights where he’s able to pull guys into his game and his fight. That’d be something I’d look to avoid the most.

Should you win on Friday night, who are you looking at next?

JH: I want to fight Justin Gaethje, man. When I win, I’m not going to be calling out any losers that’s for sure.

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UFC fighter Jose Aldo believes fans have seen the last of Ronda Rousey in the Octagon following her shock loss against Holly Holm at UFC 193.

Speaking to the media at Nova Uniao, the Brazilian compared Rousey’s situation to that of Gina Carano, who never returned to fighting after her first-round loss against Cris Cyborg at Strikeforce. Like Rousey, Carano’s career outside of the Octagon was blossoming at the time of her first loss, and she hasn’t fought since.

Per MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz, Aldo had this to say about Rousey:

I think it’s really hard for her to return to fighting. Her career has taken a different direction. If I’m making a lot of money doing movies or something else, I’d go that direction too. Am I going to mess my face up getting punched in the face? You’re crazy [laughs]. In my opinion, I don’t think (she fights again). If she comes back, of course she can (win the title). She was always a fighter, but if I were her, I wouldn’t come back.

I see this as Gina’s situation. Gina was a great fighter and went her way to become an actress after she lost to Cyborg, and she’s getting more attention than if she was still fighting. No diet, not getting punched in the face, nothing.

Rousey was a heavy favourite going into her bout with Holm at UFC 193 as the undefeated women’s bantamweight champion. Only one fighter, hated rival Miesha Tate, had ever made it out of the first round with her, and her last three wins combined took less than two minutes, per ESPN.

Former boxing champion Holm was in full control of their title match from the start, however, tagging Rousey with several good punches and a sharp elbow in the first round. Rousey returned to her corner bloodied and breathing heavily, and she couldn’t make the necessary adjustments to find more success in the second round.

A vicious kick sent her tumbling to the canvas, ending her undefeated reign:

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is more optimistic than Aldo and believes Rousey will return and face Holm again, but he believes it will take her at least a year to prepare for such a fight.

Appearing on Colin Cowherd Tuesday (h/t MMA Fighting’s David St. Martin), he said he personally wouldn’t take a rematch, and the stylistic differences between the two fighters mean Rousey will need a lot of time to change her approach in the Octagon:

Holly Holm looked like a world-beater on Saturday. Going forward, they’re talking about an immediate rematch for Ronda Rousey? The improvements Ronda needs to make will take much longer than the six-month break she’s anticipating. She needs a year or so. I would actually not fight her back again, if I was Team Rousey.

Here’s video of the interview:

As reported by Elias Cepeda of Fox Sports, Rousey has been handed a six-month medical suspension by the UFC, which can only be overturned by a head CT scan which reveals no damage. She’s also not allowed to “have contact” for 45 days.

The 28-year-old could very well use the time to make some important decisions regarding her future, and following Carano’s example is something she’ll have to consider. Rousey has already found more mainstream success than Carano did during her fighting career, appearing in blockbuster films like Furious 7 and The Expendables 3.

If she does return to the Octagon, a rematch with Holm is likely to be made rather quickly. The shocking upset at UFC 193 went viral, and Rousey has been one of the organisation’s most popular and visible athletes, so her ability to generate a ton of interest in a rematch won’t be questioned.

Few will blame her if she decides her fighting days are over, however. Hollywood and mainstream stardom await, and after suffering her first loss in the Octagon, now might be the time to say goodbye to her old life.


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Whenever people join the workforce, the mindset is generally the same whether you’re in finance, filmmaking or fighting: go to work, put some money in the bank and build for the future, often with an eye towards having a family and setting your future children up so they don’t have to work as hard as you do once they get older.Over the last year, that “plan for the future” approach became Ricardo Lamas’ reality. In February, the featherweight standout tied the knot with his girlfriend Olivia and in June, the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Abel.&l … Read the Full Article Here

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MELBOURNE, AustraliaUnless you were the lucky bloke whose $20K bet on Holly Holm to win turned into $240K of genius, you likely never envisioned Ronda Rousey succumbing to the striking and Leg Kick That Shocked The World.In Melbourne, Australia, before a record crowd of 56,214 that commanded a record gate of AUD $9.53 million, the general reaction to Holm’s second-round knockout leg kick was pure astonishment.Did that really just happen?As if the head kick — coming off a hail of combination punches, jabs and abdominal kicks — wasn’t devastating enough, the force of it knocked Rou … Read the Full Article Here

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Matt Brown, citing an injury, has been forced to pull out of his November 21 main event bout with Kelvin Gastelum.

The popular welterweight evidently injured his ankle while training, according to a report released Monday night by Damon Martin of Fox Sports

Brown himself subsequently took to Twitter to confirm the news firsthand.



The bout was scheduled to headline the finale of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2, which will air in the United States on Fox Sports 1.

So far, the UFC has not made any announcements as to who might replace Brown against Gastelum, or even whether the bout will definitely continue. With the event less than three weeks away, finding a suitable replacement may be difficult.

The co-main event of the evening is a featherweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Ricardo Lamas.

Gastelum (11-1) is still only 24 years old and has displayed great promise, despite repeated struggles making the division’s 170-pound limit. 

With several top welterweights already committed to other fights, it may be difficult to find a replacement with the skill set to stand up to Gastelum‘s heavy wrestling base. 

Jorge Masvidal and Dong Hyun Kim are set to tangle at UFC Fight Night 79, which directly follows the TUF Latin America 2 finale. It is at least theoretically possible that one of those competitors could be shuffled to the previous card. Other welterweights who appear to be available and might make sense in the bout include Tarec Saffiedine and Alan Jouban



Whatever ultimately happens, fans were certainly saddened by the news that Brown (20-13) would not appear on the card. Known for his hyperaggressive muay thai style, Brown is coming off a first-round submission of Tim Means at UFC 189. It was Brown’s first fight following consecutive classics against Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks, both of which Brown lost.

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