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Study looks at what boxing, MMA fighting may do to the brain
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Michael Finney started boxing when he was 9 years old. Now, 15 years later, he's a professional boxer with more than 150 fights under his belt. He fears that those years in the ring have taken a toll on his brain. "A little bit of memory, stuff like

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Feeling like 'The Rodney Dangerfield of MMA,' Ricardo Lamas looks to play spoiler again at UFC 199
Lamas (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to face Max Holloway (15-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 199, which takes place June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Holloway enters …

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Taking on a streaking fighter fans feel may be the future of the featherweight division is nothing new to Ricardo Lamas. After all, the 34-year-old has been put in the position over and over again in recent years.

Lamas (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to face Max Holloway (15-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at UFC 199, which takes place June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Holloway enters the fight on an eight-fight winning streak, but Bermudez seems unfazed by the younger fighter’s success. After all, he’s been cast as the opponent before and put a halt to significant hot streaks.

“I like to play the spoiler a lot,” Lamas told MMAjunkie Radio. “A lot of my UFC fights have been against these up-and-comers, these guys on streaks, these guys coming in from other organizations. I played the spoiler against Cub (Swanson), everybody thought he was going to roll through me. I played the spoiler against (Hatsu) Hioki, against Erik Koch and against Dennis Bermudez. I’m kind of used to it by now. I’m the Rodney Dangerfield of MMA, I don’t get no respect.”

At UFC 169, Lamas got a crack at then-champion Jose Aldo and the featherweight title. Aldo won the fight by decision, snapping a four-fight winning streak for Lamas.

Lamas said the title is still his ultimate goal and he takes his losses as learning opportunities.

“I’m a completely different fighter now,” Lamas said. “Every camp I go through, I improve. I feel more mature and smarter as a fighter. You can’t judge someone on their past fights, it’s what they’re doing now and what they’re going to do. I don’t look at it as losing, I look at it as learning and improving.”

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British promoter BAMMA has been forced to postpone next month’s event in Dublin, Ireland, in order to implement “higher medical practices” with regards to fighter safety.

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BAMMA Postpones Dublin Show as Ireland Looks to Increase MMA Fighter Safety
MMA is currently unregulated in Ireland. Following the death of Carvalho last month, Irish Minister of Sport Michael Ring stated that he plans to introduce regulation for MMA under one of Ireland's National Governing Bodies (NGBs) which oversee sports.
BAMMA postpones event to implement mandatory MRI scans for fightersMMA Fighting
Major Dublin MMA show postponed to allow for introduction of pre-fight scansNewstalk 106-108 fm
Major Dublin MMA event postponed to allow for new medical guidelinesIrish Independent
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Elizeiu Zeleski dos Santos

Elizeiu Zeleski dos Santos

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos got his call to join the UFC as a backup fighter for Josh Koscheck at UFC Fight Night 62.

“The week of (the event) which was held in Rio de Janeiro, I was notified that I would be ‘plan B’ against Erick Silva,” dos Santos told MMAjunkie. “That was in case Koscheck didn’t have enough time to get a work visa for Brazil.”

Already a titleholder in Brazil’s Jungle Fight promotion, dos Santos had a quick decision to make. He chose to vacate his title and wait for the call that could change his career. Only, it never came.

“Koscheck was able to fight,” dos Santos said. “I remained under contract with the UFC.”

The deal led to a debut under much better circumstances, with dos Santos booked opposite Nicolas Dalby at UFC Fight Night 67. But after three rounds, Dalby took home a split-call win, leaving dos Santos wondering when his breakthrough would come.

A subsequent elbow surgery pushed back his next UFC fight and upped the chance for cage rust.

With a booking at tonight’s UFC on FOX 19 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., dos Santos (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) hopes his moment is now. He opens up the card on UFC Fight Pass before the rest of the event on FOX.

“My learning experience is that I have to go after victory with more zeal,” he said. “We never know what will happen when it goes to the judges. So we have to either win by stoppage, or at least dominate 70 percent or more of every round.”

That’s pretty much what the UFC tells every single fighter on the roster to chase, regardless of how realistic it is every time they step into the octagon. But against his second UFC opponent, Omari Akhmedov (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), he might not have a choice.

Akhmedov has stopped seven opponents via knockout, including his first UFC opponent, Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo. But he was also stopped in his most recent bout against “TUF: Brazil” finalist Sergio Moraes.

“He’s extremely tough,” dos Santos said of his opponent, whom he faces on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed prelims. “He comes from a place, (Dagestan), that has many great fighters. His two UFC losses were to top opponents (Gunnar Nelson and Sergio Moraes). But that only motivates me. That’s the type of opponent I like to face.

“Our styles match up well. I’ll move forward the entire time. He likes to strike and to throw counters. That’s good for me. I like to bang it out, especially against top guys. If we hit the ground, I’ll submit him, no doubt. And if we’re standing, at the first opportunity, I’ll knock him out.”

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In a career forged in the cage, there is going to come a point where you experience defeat. For some, it comes early and often. For others, losses are few and far between. For an even more select group, they can be singular and isolated and come after a stretch of performances that lead a competitor to feel indestructible.Given everything that has happened in the nine months since Bethe Correia shared the Octagon with Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we’ve reached a point where the heated rivals could probably relate to each other a little more now. Heading into the cla … Read the Full Article Here

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Video: Uriah Hall looks absolutely terrifying leading into UFC 198 bout with Anderson Silva
Former TUF runner-up and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight contender Uriah Hall will be given the opportunity of a lifetime when he meets mixed martial arts (MMA) legend and former UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva …

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Here's what the star-studded UFC 200 lineup looks like so far
The monumental card features two title bouts (one interim), a few No. 1-contender fights and a couple dream matchups for hardcore fans. So let's dig into the 10 fights announced for what is shaping up to be one of the more talent-filled events in UFC
UFC champ Miesha Tate on future fight with 'Cyborg' Justino: 'A win-win situation'
Miesha Tate to Defend Title at UFC 200 Against Amanda
UFC 200: Miesha Tate Says UFC Brass Didn't Believe Rematch With Holly Holm Was “Necessary”

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Andre Ward did what he was supposed to do — even coming off a nine-month layoff.

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