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Our enduring memory from UFC Fight Night 59 will be Conor McGregor, moments removed from his easy destruction of Dennis Siver, leaping over the Octagon in search of his next foe.

McGregor found him. Jose Aldo, located in the second row—next to McGregor‘s stunning girlfriend, no less—stood with a smile on his face. McGregor, held back by a security detail that included Dana White‘s massive personal bodyguard, Kea (no last name needed), screamed at Aldo. In return, the UFC featherweight champion simply smiled. Aldo’s daughter, standing in front of him, beamed at McGregor as well. Aldo continued smiling as McGregor climbed back on the cage and made the classic pro-wrestling “I’m taking the belt” motion with his hands.

It was an interesting moment. In McGregor, Aldo must see a chance to finally make the kind of big money he has watched other famous Brazilians bring home but has never quite obtained himself. The loudmouthed Irishman has been selling a fight with Aldo for what seems like ages now. He has constantly ensured that his current opponent was not overlooked but continually reminded fans of the ultimate goal: a championship fight with Aldo.

And now that moment is here—or at least it will be in a few months—and I wonder if Aldo will hold up his end of the deal. He has complained about his pay on a regular basis for quite some time. And there are signs that Aldo understands that he needs to be a little more vocal when it comes to McGregor; he took a photo of himself wearing a robe, crown and scepter while holding a drawing of McGregor as a court jester. 

That’s clever. It is a good start.

But when given a chance to go in the Octagon and face off with McGregor, to build the fight even more, Aldo demurred, saying that he is superstitious and would only go in the Octagon for an actual fight. It was a promotional failure on Aldo’s part.

And while I believe Aldo vs. McGregor has the chance to be one of the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view events of the year, it’s going to take both parties to create interest. McGregor is a promotional machine, full of clever put-downs and off-the-cuff remarks.

But big fights rarely occur when just one side is promoting. Here’s hoping Aldo realizes that he has a big opportunity in front of him and holds up his end of the promotional bargain. If he does not, it will be the biggest wasted opportunity of his career, and he’ll no longer have room to complain about his paycheck.

And now, let’s take a look at a few more notes from UFC Fight Night 59.

JUDGING SUCKS. WHAT ELSE IS NEW?

Poor judging in mixed martial arts is a running joke. It’s not a funny one, but it is a joke all the same.

We have seen some terrible decisions over the years. We have become numb to asinine judges who have no idea what they’re watching. Which is why it’s amazing when judges still have the ability to surprise us by being completely inept at their jobs.

I don’t know if Cathal Pendred‘s unanimous-decision win over Sean Spencer was the worst decision in mixed martial arts history.

Here’s what I do know. According to MMADecisions.com, a clearinghouse for judge and media scorecards: 

1. Media members unanimously gave the fight to Spencer. Twelve scored the fight 30-27. One scored it 30-28, and three scored it 29-28. 

2. Fan scoring saw 70.2 percent of submitted scorecards give Spencer the 30-27 win. Just over 6 percent of fans gave the fight to Pendred, while 1.2 percent scored it 30-27 for Pendred.

The situation is remarkably similar to Diego Sanchez’s June win over Ross Pearson at UFC Fight Night 42. The media unanimously gave that fight to Pearson, and all but one did so with 30-27 scorecards.

Somehow, the Pendred decision felt worse, if that makes sense. Sanchez at least gave the impression that he was fighting; Pendred, moving as though stuck in syrup, was hardly in the fight at all. It was as clear a win for Spencer as you can get without a finish, and yet Douglas Crosby, Eric Colon and David Ginsberg somehow saw fit to award the fight to Pendred. Crosby and Colon handed in unthinkable 30-27 scorecards.

Crosby has a long history of poor judging dating back to 2001. It is not a surprise that he would hand in such a poor scorecard. The surprise is that athletic commissions continue to employ him as a judge when he clearly has no real idea what he’s watching. He’s one of the longest-tenured judges in the sport, and yet he has learned nothing.

And that’s the real shame here. Judges will be terrible, because that is what they do. They make terrible decisions and hand in wrong scorecards. The real blame lies on the good ole’ boy networks at the athletic commissions for continuing to use judges like Crosby and others.

And unless real pressure is placed on those commissions by those with enough power to effect change—the UFC, for example—we’ll continue to see atrocious judging. We’ll keep on shaking our heads and raising our fists, all the while knowing that nothing will be done about it.

THIS IS WHY YOU DON’T FIGHT TWICE IN TWO WEEKS

Donald Cerrone is a man’s man. Of this, there is no question. For the most part, he is a promoter’s dream, what with his willingness to fight anyone, anywhere at the drop of a hat. I am sure White and Lorenzo Fertitta would prefer a tamer, more subdued “Cowboy” who did not seek dangerous adventure around every corner. But with guys like Cerrone, you take the good with the bad.

We were all thrilled when Cerrone stepped up to face Benson Henderson shortly after dispatching Myles Jury two weeks ago. We’ll embrace any opportunity we can to see Cerrone do his thing. And against Henderson? Sign me up.

That was the idea. Until the fight started, at least.

And this is not to say that Cerrone and Henderson turned in a bad fight. They did not. But it was clear that Cerrone was tired before the fight even began. He came out flat and didn’t show much fire until the closing seconds of the fight. It wasn’t your typical performance from Cerrone, and the fact that he and Henderson are friends made it feel more like a glorified sparring session than a real fight.

We love Cerrone because he wants to fight and because he would rather fight than wait around for title shots that he has already earned. But when Cerrone noted at the post-fight news conference that he would be taking some time off, we breathed a sigh of relief. I know I did. Because it is one thing to get behind a man who just loves to fight and earn paychecks. It is another thing entirely to watch that man perform at a level far below his best because he’s not giving his body enough time to rest.

Cerrone now has seven wins in a row in a tough lightweight division. He has done far more than enough to face the winner of the upcoming Anthony Pettis vs. Rafael dos Anjos fight. Instead, it looks like he’ll face Khabib Nurmagomedov. It’s another tough fight for Cerrone, and it is one he’ll willingly accept. But at least this time he’ll have some rest before he fights.

LORENZ LARKIN: A TERRIFYING WELTERWEIGHT

And finally, a quick note about Lorenz Larkin, who appears to have found a home at welterweight after three consecutive losses at middleweight left him on the brink of losing his job.

Larkin‘s first-round destruction of John Howard was incredibly impressive. He was worlds faster than Howard, and it appears he’s lost none of the power he possessed at 185 pounds. He was once considered an intriguing prospect in the sport—he came into the UFC with a 13-0 record with one no-contest. But middleweight was never the best place for him. He was soft and small. At 170 pounds, he is ripped, fast, powerful and accurate.

Larkin is just 28 years old. This is a new beginning. Don’t be surprised to hear his name bandied about with the best of the welterweight division for years to come.

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Getting released from the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization can leave even the manliest man feeling “like a hormonal girl” after a break-up. 

Just ask former UFC lightweight Isaac Vallie-Flagg. 

Following a 1-3 stint with the promotion from February of 2013 until December of 2014, the Greg Jackson’s MMA product was recently given his walking papers and left looking for work outside the historic Octagon. 

In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report, Vallie-Flagg opened up on his release, his future and the brotherhood he’s felt at Jackson’s gym. 

 

Bleacher Report: Hey, Ike, thanks for taking the time to chat. How’s everything going, man? What’s your life like these days?

Vallie-Flagg: I’m actually heading over to the gym right now, just trying to find a new home, I guess, or a new place that will have me.

 

B/R: I’ve seen you campaigning Bellator (Fighting Championships) and Titan (Fighting Championship) on Twitter. Is that your focus stillone of those two? Have you heard back from either?

V-F: Yeah, I’ve heard back from Titan, and we’re kind of waiting to hear back from Bellator. Both of them seem like they’re pretty good organizations, you know, so we’re waiting to hear back mostly from Bellator. Titan, like I said, I’ve started to speak to their matchmaker, Scott (Cutbirth), over there.

 

B/R: Very cool. It sounds like, and I don’t know if you’re holding out just to compare the offers, but it kind of sounds like you’re holding out for Bellator over Titan. Is that accurate? 

V-F: I’m pro whoever wants to fight me. *laughs*

 

B/R: I should’ve figured that was your mentality!

V-F: Yeah, I mean, I have a few good years left in me, and I want to find a good home for the rest of my career. I don’t feel like I’m done fighting yet. I don’t feel like I looked horrible my last fight; I just made some bad decisions that kind of cost me the fight. That being said, I want to continue to fight until I feel like it’s my time to stop.

 

B/R: Once you do land in another organization, where does your focus go? Do you want to be the champ there for a long time and stay with them, or is your focus still getting back to the UFC?

V-F: I’d love to make a statement with whatever organization I’m in and either stay there as the champ, or if the UFC takes me back, they take me back. But my focus is just winning fights and doing so in a really decisive manner.

 

B/R: The UFC release, to me at least, was shocking on some level. You were a guy who always brought the fight, you never caused a fuss or problems and you were active and funny on Twitter, which is something I think they really do want to see. How did you first find out you were cut? How did you receive that news?

V-F: My manager spoke with Joe (Silva, UFC matchmaker). Obviously, I got the call from my manager, and we talked for a bit about everything. It bummed me out. I was hoping to have another fight or another chance with the UFC, but I understand the decision they made.

 

B/R: What was your initial reaction? You said you were “bummed,” but how did you cope with it right off the bat?

V-F: I think I sat in my room for a little bit and ate some chocolates. I think I did the whole hormonal-girl-getting-broken-up-with thing. I sat in my room and ate some chocolates and watched some TV. I worked really hard to get where I was at, and I lost this fight, so I was really sad about it.

 

B/R: Obviously, in my eyesnot being a fighterit’s harder for me to judge, but the way I see it, there are a couple of reasons why it would eat at you. First, not being in the world’s premier organizationthat’s a big deal. But just from a competitive standpoint, basically being told, “You’re not good enough for us anymore,” that had to be brutal, man. Did you start second-guessing your skills at any point when that happened?

V-F: I really didn’t with this one, because I know what I did wrong. I know the mistakes I made. A couple of them were that I had some personal issues earlier in the year, and I’m not trying to justify my losses because I lost, but I know what I did. Because of that, I still think I’m good enough.

I still think, given the right opportunity, I can really make a statement with world-class guys in the UFC. I know I made mistakes and so I never really thought I wasn’t good enough.

 

B/R: Coming off two losses, was it in the back of your head going into the (Matt) Wiman fight that if you lost that one, you’d be on the chopping block?

V-F: Oh, of course. I wanted to prepare myself for the worst, and I think I was this entire time. I had other teammates and people on Twitter and friends like, “You always bring a fight so they’re not going to cut you,” and I was hoping that was the truth, but I knew there was a possibility of getting cut.

 

B/R: Now that some time has passed, how do you feel about it now? You said you went through the “hormonal girlfriend” stage, but how are you feeling about it now?

V-F: I feel pretty positive that I still have some fight left in me, and I’m focusing on what’s ahead. I’m still bummed, you know? I went to the fights (UFC 182) and it was a little bittersweet. I got to watch (teammates) Donald Cerrone and Jon Jones and Paul Felder win, but at the same time, it was sad because I wasn’t going to be there anymore. It was a bummer, and I’m still, in some ways, pretty bummed about it, but I can’t dwell on it. I need to focus on what’s next.

 

B/R: You make an interesting point there. Training at Jackson’s MMA, you’re constantly surrounded by UFC fighters and fighters in other organizations as well. Have you been in the gym when somebody else got cut, when one of your teammates got cut? I feel like there’s a pretty good possibility that you’ve been around this situation before.

V-F: Sure. I was there when Leonard Garcia got cut and when Damacio (Page) got cut. I understand what happens when you lose fights, so when you see guys go through stuff in the gym, we’re all pretty tough guys, so a lot of times you don’t talk about it in the gym. But I’ve seen it. I understand what the deal is.

 

B/R: So does the brotherhood rally around them when they get cut, or is it just kind of unspokenyou go about your business and do your thing? What is that dynamic like?

V-F: Some guys definitely do come to your side and make you feel better about yourself, and some guys you just get a text from them and they say, “Sorry, bro.” There’s different guys who react differently to the situation.

 

B/R: Can you tell me who, specifically, helped you out and made you feel good about yourself?

V-F: Definitely Cub (Swanson). Cub Swanson’s one of my best friends. Donald Cerronein his own wayhe’s definitely one of those guys who gives you the “Sorry, bro” text, but Donald is a great dude who always makes you feel good about yourself. And then, you know, Clay (Guida) is not in town, but Clay’s a guy who is a very good friend of mine, so he’s been making me feel and stay positive about everything.

 

B/R: I’m glad to hear that, man. It seems at Greg Jackson’s, you guys all have a great sense of pride training there, and it all translates to your friendships.

V-F: Yeah, for sure. The whole family aspect of this gym is true with the majority of the guys who have been here a long time. We view each other as family, so we treat each other as family.

 

B/R: And you hear a lot of people, recently, complain about different aspects of the UFC. You hear talk about fighter pay, the politics, the marketing of some fighters over others, stuff like thatwas there any silver lining in being released? Was there any sense of relief?

V-F: I’ve always wanted to fight in the UFC, man. I can’t say there’s a silver lining to this. That’s been the place I’ve wanted to fight. Any business is going to have people that don’t like the way the business is run. Even guys who like the business aren’t going to like certain things about the way the business is run, but at the end of the day, the UFC is the premier place to fight the best fighters at this point.

 

B/R: Sure. I just want to jump back a second to something you mentioned earlier. You said you had some personal problems earlier in the year, and I hadn’t heard anything about that. Are you in a position to speak about it or is it personal info you’d rather not air out?

V-F: Some of it is kind of personal, and then, obviously, my father had cancer, so I was dealing with stuff like that. He went through remission, so thankfully that happened, you know?

But there was some other stuff I’d really rather not talk about.

 

B/R: That’s totally understandable. I also wanted to ask, in my research for the interview, I came across a few older articles saying you had a “troubled youth,” but I never really heard anybody talk too much about it or dive into it too much. I’ve never heard you talk about what was going on, so I was wondering: What did you have to overcome and what did you get through to eventually make it to the UFC?

V-F: With me personally, all my troubles were my own making. I come from a great family. My mom always loved me; there wasn’t any of that. My biological father wasn’t around, but I had a great stepfather and I had a great family life. I was just a trouble-maker for some reason and I got to hanging out with the wrong crowd. I started hitting the booze and the drugs pretty hard at a young age, and then I cleaned myself up.

All that kind of stuff is all stuff that was, like I said, of my own making. It’s not like I came from a bad background or a broken home. There are guys with a lot worse stories. I try not to focus on it. I don’t want to sound like a guy who’s whining about what’s happened to him in the past.

 

B/R: A lot of people stuck in that situation never get out of that rut. Luckily, you were able to make it out. What caused that shift, that motivation to change, for you?

V-F: I had good friends who helped me out of it. I had real good, solid role models. I think a judge intervened at one point and told me I could get locked up or I could go to a treatment center. Obviously, I took the softer, easier way. I wasn’t trying to be a hard ass. I went to a treatment center, and that kind of changed my life.

 

B/R: That’s excellent to hear. So many people don’t make that decision.

V-F: Yep. There are some hard-heads out there who don’t think they have a problem and they don’t ever change. I was lucky enough to figure out I had a real problem early on.

 

B/R: For sure. And you mentioned earlier that Donald Cerrone was a great guy, a great friend, who would help you out when you needed it. How does the gym react to him? He’s in the headlines right now for taking the Benson (Henderson) fight (January 18 at UFC Fight Night 59), but what do you guys think? Does it surprise you when he takes a fight on two weeks’ notice?

V-F: It’s not surprising, but then you have to realize: Cowboy is a crazy m———-r. That stuff, it’s not like he’s insane or anything, but there’s a craziness to him where he’s not afraid to take a fight on two weeks’ notice. He very much has that Cowboy mentality, and we all sit around and kind of laugh about it, say, “That’s Cowboy,” you know?

 

B/R: I figured as much! I just want to thank you for taking the time to talk today, Ike. I appreciate it, and I wish you all the luck moving forward.

V-F: Thanks, man. I appreciate it.

 

*All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. 

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LAS VEGAS — In the end, the Nevada State Athletic Commission’s much-anticipated session on its out-of-competition drug-testing program ended up being much ado about nothing.

The program came under fire when UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones tested positive for cocaine metabolites prior to his UFC 182 title defense against Daniel Cormier. Because Jones tested positive early in December rather than close to the actual fight, the test result was considered “out of competition” rather than “in competition,” and punishment could not be doled out to Jones by the commission.

In 2007, the NSAC voted to adopt the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances, effectively picking and choosing portions of the WADA code to follow. The WADA code defines “in competition” as the 12 hours before and immediately following a fight. Any other time is considered out of competition, and cocaine is only banned in competition.

During a Monday meeting attended by Bleacher Report, the Nevada commission—spurred by chairman Francisco Aguilar—opened discussions regarding its program. But no decisions were made, with the commission instead opting to focus its efforts on researching possible changes to Nevada code.

Aguilar explained his reasoning for wanting the discussion on the agenda for today’s meeting.

“Given that we didn’t have any authority to address it—from what I understand based on the attorney general—I would have liked to have that conversation as a full commission as to what direction we can go and how we can move forward with disciplinary action,” Aguilar said. “And with that in mind, I thought, do we need to discuss the definition of in-competition versus out-of-competition?”

Commissioner Anthony Marnell brought up the idea of moving cocaine from the list of drugs that are solely banned in competition to the list of those that are banned out of competition. But it was clear from the response of the other commissioners that they are wary of taking any drastic steps without being absolutely certain they have the jurisdiction to do so.

“What are we discussing?” commissioner Pat Lundvall asked. “What is on the table? What is being proposed? This is an area that sort of falls through the cracks. It’s an area we should carefully review and have deliberate discussions about.”

“We need to figure out how to move forward with disciplinary action,” Aguilar said. “Do we want to deviate from WADA and develop our own definition of out-of-competition testing?”

The commission seemingly admitted it is woefully unprepared to deal with scenarios such as the one surrounding Jones. The end result of the meeting was a proposal for creating a committee that will begin looking into possible changes to Nevada code.

“Maybe it’s time for us to hold another one of those hearings,” Lundvall said, “so that we can get further educated on new practices, new techniques, new issues that are arising, and figure out what additional rules and regulations that we may also want to consider.”

Commissioner Marnell noted that he is currently researching the possibility of an entirely new drug-testing policy—one that will be more encompassing and perhaps tougher on offenders—but said he is not ready to report back on his findings.

All quotes were obtained firsthand. 

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The main event of UFC 182 saw Jon Jones retain his UFC Light Heayweight Championship in a victory over Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision.

Jones handed Cormier his first MMA loss in a thrilling fight that was scored 49-46 in favor of Bones by all three judges. Fox Sports’ Mike Chiappetta logged what Jones said about Cormier after the win, which shows how intense their rivalry had gotten before they entered the Octagon:

Fans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas couldn’t have been disappointed, as Saturday’s fight card lived up to the hype in producing five bouts that went the distance.

Below is an overview of the complete results, along with analysis on what the future likely holds for both Jones and Cormier as they prepare to take the next step in their UFC careers.

Jon Jones, Daniel Cormier Post-Fight Analysis

It is evident that Jones isn’t going to be intimidated by anyone. He talked a big game prior to the bout with Cormier, gave the former Olympic wrestler his best shot by engaging in close quarters and still emerged as the clear-cut winner.

Jones could go to blows with anyone, and it would be a must-see fight. However, a couple of potential adversaries stand out. A rematch with Alexander Gustafsson, whom Jones beat in the main event of UFC 165 in September 2013, is one intriguing possibility.

Gustafsson appears to already be angling for another shot at Bones in light of his assessment of the champ’s win on Saturday:

In the event that Gustafsson loses to Anthony Johnson on January 24, though, Jones brought up a superior alternative in the post-fight press conference:

Cain Velasquez is the current UFC heavyweight champion, and it would be interesting to see whether he would come down to Jones’ weight, or if Jones would try to take the title belt in the higher weight class.

What makes this even more tantalizing is the fact that Velasquez is an American Kickboxing Academy teammate of Cormier’s. DC could relay a considerable amount of intelligence to Velasquez if the star heavyweight decides to take on Jones.

If Jones were to come out on top against Velasquez, the rivalry between AKA and Bones would only strengthen, creating an excellent subplot in the UFC.

After Jones came out on top against Cormier, though, UFC.com’s Damon Martin is among those who feel the champ can clear any hurdle ahead of him:

A triumph over Velasquez would only bolster Jones’ advocates in the conversation about the greatest fighter ever.

As for Cormier, he just has to make sure he gets back on track. Velasquez was there to embrace him after the loss to Jones (h/t MMAJunkie.com’s Ben Fowlkes), as DC was clearly emotional and crushed by his defeat.

It’s going to be a delicate balance for Cormier to face quality opponents who are still beatable and can help ensure another shot at Jones. Since he put so much stock into UFC 182, Cormier’s next step is difficult to discern.

The only man to defeat Gustafsson other than Jones is Phil Davis, so he would be an intriguing opponent for Cormier to consider.

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  • UFC 183 Live Results Coverage At MMANews.com!
    Welcome to the UFC 183 Results live coverage center. Here we will be providing live, detailed, round-by-round results coverage of the entire UFC 183 pay-per-view event. On Saturday, January 31, 2015, make sure to stop back by this page, as we will provide live results of the entire UFC 183 card. We will have live, […]
  • Gastelum, Lineker Update: Fined 30 Percent Of Purses, Fights Will Go On As Scheduled
    As noted earlier, both John Lineker and Kelvin Gastelum missed weight by a considerable amount during the official UFC 183 weigh-ins earlier today in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lineker missed weight for his fight with Ian McCall by four pounds, as he tipped the scales at 130 pounds for a 125-pound flyweight bout. This is the […]
  • Rousey-Zingano Headlines UFC 184 As Chris Weidman Pulls Out With Injury
    UFC's injury woes continue as one of the biggest fights of the year has been postponed yet again. UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman has pulled out of his scheduled UFC 184 main event title fight with Vitor Belfort, scheduled for February 28, 2015 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. There aren't a lot […]
  • VIDEO: UFC 183 Weigh-In Results — Gastelum Misses Weight By Nine Pounds
    The following are results of the official weigh-ins for Saturday's UFC 183 pay-per-view, which takes place live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. For a complete video archive of the UFC 183 weigh-ins, hit play on the YouTube player embedded above. UFC 183 Pay-Per-View Fights (10pm EST.) - Anderson Silva (186) […]
  • Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira: “I’d Love To Fight Brock Lesnar”
    Add Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to the list of UFC Heavyweight contenders who have thrown their name into the hat of fighters who are campaigning for a potential fight with Brock Lesnar. The former PRIDE Heavyweight Champion recently told the folks at MMAFighting.com that he would love to fight the former UFC Heavyweight Champion. "I heard […]
  • Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo Title Fight Officially Announced For UFC 189
    At the UFC 183 Q&A with "The Notorious" Conor McGregor, the official announcement was made regarding the new UFC Featherweight Championship fight. The festivities were delayed by approximately 20 minutes and when the live Q&A finally began, it was officially announced that Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo will take place during the UFC's "International Fight […]
  • Video: UFC 183 Q&A With Conor McGregor (Full Archive)
    UFC Featherweight contender "The Notorious" Conor McGregor took part in a live UFC Fight Club Q&A ahead of today's UFC 183 weigh-ins at the MGM Grand. Check out the video above to watch McGregor's complete Q&A with the fans in Las Vegas, Nevada. Talk about this on our official FACEBOOK page, or on our official […]
  • Video: UFC 183 Embedded — Episode Three
    UFC has posted episode three of their "UFC 183 Embedded" behind-the-scenes, all-access series for this Saturday's big pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The official description for episode three of the show, which you can watch above, reads as follows: "On episode #3 of UFC 183 Embedded, middleweight headliner Nick Diaz has some feedback for […]
  • Rampage Confirms Maldonado Bout For UFC 186, Says “This Dude Is In Trouble”
    Although it was reported nearly two weeks ago, MMA legend Quinton Jackson vs. Fabio Maldonado is now official for the upcoming UFC 186 pay-per-view in April. Rampage Jackson confirmed on social media on Wednesday that he has officially signed the bout agreement to face Maldonado at the Montreal-based event. "It's official like a referee's whistle. […]
  • Photo: Gina Carano Returns To Training
    Whether it's a mere coincidence or a sign of things to come, the original face of Women's MMA -- Gina Carano -- is back in training. Carano, the former female standout of the now defunct Strikeforce promotion, was spotted training at the Combat Sports Academy in Dublin, California. Jennifer Ferguson posted the following photo of […]
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