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Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao will make his return to the Octagon on Dec. 20 against Canadian Mitch Gagnon in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Machida vs. Dollaway. It will be quite the step up in competition for Gagnon, who will see an even more motivated and angry Barao on fight night. 

A vengeful Barao is looking to make a statement to the mixed martial arts world after he was thoroughly outclassed, and finished, by current champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 173. Things went from bad to worse when Barao fainted on the day of weigh-ins prior to his rematch with Dillashaw just three months later. Now, the Brazilian must regroup and channel his frustration towards Gagnon, who is 4-1 in the UFC.

“My preparation is going great,” Barao told Sherdog.com’s Gleidson Venga. “I train three times a day and hope to give 100 percent so that everybody will keep talking about the fight. I hope they’ll enjoy it.”

Barao, the former pound-for-pound king of the 135-pound weight class, fell from grace just as he was beginning to establish a dominant legacy in the Octagon. The 27-year-old was riding a 16-fight win streak prior to his UFC debut. Barao was thrust into the spotlight with little to no experience fighting in a top promotion—he only fought twice in the WEC—but was a force in his native country of Brazil. 

The Nova Uniao team member’s striking is a spectacle to watch. Similar to his teammate, Jose Aldo, Barao mixes up his punches well with deceptive spinning back kicks and crippling leg kicks. He’s also got the killer instict; when he smells blood in the water, it’s lights out for his opponents. For a 5’6″ bantamweight, Barao‘s reach is an impressive 70 inches. 

His competitors are normally goaded into a stand-up exchange, partly because of his reach, which Barao uses to dictate the pace of the fight, but also because of his elite takedown defense. Prior to his bout with Dillashaw, Barao had stuffed 17 of 17 takedowns coming his way for a whopping 96 percent takedown defense percentage. 

Barao‘s reign at the top of the 135-pound division was short but sweet. After winning the interim title, in Dominick Cruz’s absence against Urijah Faber, Barao went on to defend the strap three times, including once more vs. Faber. His run included finishes of Michael McDonald, Eddie Wineland and Faber. 

Like every human, even a top-level UFC fighter can experience a sudden downfall. While not the most marketable or talkative fighter, Barao was part of the new wave of Brazilian mixed martial artists. Along with former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos and Aldo, Barao was the last of his young countrymen to win a title, and nearly the last one to lose it.

Aldo is the last one left standing, with Barao forced to answer the questions that followed his UFC 177 weigh-in debacle, which cost him an immediate chance of putting the memory of a one-sided title defense loss behind him.

Four months is the amount of time between his missed opportunity and a chance at silencing critics on UFC Fight Night. The man he is up against, Gagnon, has only lost once in the Octagon, which came against bantamweight contender Bryan Caraway in his UFC debut. Since the loss, Gagnon has went on to steamroll his way through the division, with all three of his finishes coming in the first round. 

The 30-year-old, who began his MMA career six years ago, sports solid wrestling and jiu-jitsu skills—he’s a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu—but also displays great power in his hands. A funny fact about Gagnon: he has only fought in his native country of Canada because of his visa issues. The Canadian will be traveling to hostile territory this winter when he heads south of the equator to Barueri, Brazil, to tangle with Barao

Gagnon presents a unique challenge to Barao. He is the first southpaw fighter Barao has faced in the UFC. This can potentially alter Barao‘s game plan for a couple of reasons; one, because he will need to be wary of the well-timed straight left and, two, because of the left head kick. Don’t let his three submission wins fool you; Gagnon is a more-than-capable striker. 

He dropped Walel Watson, via a left hook, before securing an easy rear-naked choke. Note: Gagnon has rarely, if at all, fought in the southpaw stance in the UFC but has prior to his time with the promotion. 

Like Barao, Gagnon possesses excellent takedown defense and striking defense. Make no mistake about it, when the two battle in Brazil, it’s going to be a stand-up affair. With the pair boasting takedown defensive percentages upwards of 85 percent, it’s unlikely this fight will go to the ground.

Barao is a black belt in BJJ and has only been taken down once in his WEC/UFC career. Gagnon was neutralized by the grappler Caraway back in July 2012, but outside of his debut, he has shown great activity while on his back.

“I definitely think I can (submit Barao),” Gagnon told MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz. “I will put the pressure on him and if he makes any mistake, I’ll definitely [be] getting a submission.”

If the pressure is on any fighter in this tussle, it’s Barao. Figuratively speaking, if he was to lose this bout against a 15th-ranked bantamweight contender, Barao‘s collapse would rival that of the 2004 New York Yankees. One would start to question his desire, motive to fight and overall work ethic. Thankfully, it’s not Dec. 20 yet. 

A win for Gagnon could rocket him into the top 10 of the bantamweight division, or at least have him teetering on the outside of it. Gagnon has a skill set that can cause problems for the former champion. He has also performed well against fighters who have a 70-inch reach or greater, but he has yet to face anyone who is as fast and as technically sound as Barao.

Barao is now in a logjam atop the bantamweight ladder, with Cruz set to fight for the title next year and Raphael Assuncao waiting for his shot. Assuncao defeated Dillashaw previously at UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. Shields. With a renewed focus and a noticeable mean streak, it’s up to Barao to put away this would-be challenger and assert himself back in the mix. 

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Former PRIDE champ and UFC veteran Wanderlei Silva is less than thrilled after being handed a lifetime ban by the Nevada State Athletic Commission Tuesday, and he isn’t shy about saying so. 

The Axe Murderer was issued a precedent-setting lifetime ban by the commission, per Luke Thomas of MMA Fighting, after refusing a random drug test issued back in May. 

In an interview with Brazilian media outlet Combate, Silva went on a tirade blasting the decision, noting some inconsistencies in recent rulings made by the NSAC (translation per Guilherme Cruz MMA Fighting). 

The punishment they gave (Sonnen) was unfair. We don’t know what’s behind this commission because at the same hearing they punished Sonnen they cleared (Vitor Belfort) who tested positive for high levels of testosterone in February, to fight for the title in December. Both had a history. The same case. One is banned, the other one is cleared to fight. … We have to know who’s regulating this commission, who controls it, because it looks like a circus. They do what they want, and where are we going to complain about it? 

Former three-time UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen was set to face Silva at UFC 175 in July, but once his old rival was removed from the card after his drug testing fiasco, The American Gangster was paired with Vitor Belfort, per Matt Erickson of MMA Junkie.  

However, Sonnen was then subsequently removed from the annual Fourth of July weekend pay-per-view event after failing a drug test for anti-estrogenic drugs, per Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com.  

After the results of a second drug test revealed that Sonnen had used performance-enhancing drugs such as EPO and human growth hormones, Sonnen was eventually issued a two-year ban by the NSAC, per Matt Parrino of UFC.com.

Although Belfort tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone in February, the NSAC still granted the Brazilian slugger a conditional license to fight UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman at UFC 181, per Tristen Critchfield of Sherdog

That championship matchup was postponed after Weidman suffered a broken hand in training (h/t Ariel Helwani).  

While it may be inconsequential either way, was the NSAC‘s punishment of Silva far too harsh or necessary to send a statement to other fighters that the last thing they want to do is refuse a drug test?

 

John Heinis is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA editor for eDraft.com.

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Alistair Overeem avoided a three-fight losing streak at UFC 169 in February when he pounded on Frank Mir for 15 minutes en route to a unanimous-decision victory. As “The Reem” looks to get back in the title conversation in the heavyweight division and pick up some momentum, his Fight Night 50 opponent, Ben Rothwell, is an ideal adversary.

Overeem came into the UFC with much fanfare and finished Brock Lesnar in the first round of his UFC debut at UFC 141 in December 2011. He earned a title shot with then-champ Junior dos Santos, but it never came to fruition, due to a positive drug test for Overeem ahead of their planned May 2012 fight.

He served a nine-month suspension handed down by the NSAC and returned with back-to-back knockout losses to Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and Travis Browne.

Overeem gassed out in the third round of the Bigfoot fight, and the giant pulverized him when he dropped his hands.

Against Browne, Overeem nearly finished the fight with a barrage of punches and knees to the body, landing shots that were very close to putting Browne away. The Hawaiian somehow endured the punishment and knocked out Overeem with a front kick after Overeem had zapped himself of all energy trying to finish Browne earlier in the fight.

Overeem has lost some big fights, and he needs to rack up a few wins before he can fight the best heavyweights in the division. His win over Mir set him on the right path, but he’s going to have to beat back some of the guys from the middle of the pack. Enter Ben Rothwell.

The Kenosha, Wisconsin, native is coming off a win over Brandon Vera last August at UFC 164. Rothwell received a therapeutic-use exemption from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services and was on TRT for the Vera fight.

When he tested positive for elevated testosterone levels, the commission opted to give him a warning, while the UFC suspended him for nine months.

The fact that he wasn’t punished by the commission means his win wasn’t overturned. He’s alternated wins and losses since his UFC debut against Cain Velasquez in October 2009. Both Rothwell and Overeem have won and lost half of their UFC fights.

Rothwell needs to prove a few things in his fight against Overeem. The first thing he needs is a second win in a row to show he is more than just a “win one, lose one” heavyweight on the roster.

The next thing we need to see is whether Rothwell can fight off of TRT. We’ve seen mixed results when fighters stop taking steroids, and that will be a factor when Rothwell and Overeem throw down at Foxwoods.

Rothwell is going to move forward and try to knock out Overeem, and he doesn’t have the best cardio. Overeem will have a clear striking advantage, and as long as he doesn’t punch himself out, he should be able to pick apart Rothwell. He came in pretty lean for the Mir fight, relatively speaking, and he was landing hard shots until the very end of the fight.

It might finally be time for Overeem to go on a run in the UFC that sees him challenge for the title. He’s got to get past Rothwell if he wants title-eliminator fights, and Big Ben is undoubtedly going to be looking to be the latest heavyweight to send Overeem careening toward the canvas.

It’s a great fight between two hard-hitting heavyweights, and it is the perfect opportunity for Overeem to showcase his skills against a formidable foe.

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Alexis Davis is a walking study on the dynamic contrasts that exist in combat sports. 

Outside of the cage, the Ontario native falls on the quieter side of the spotlight, nearly to the point of the shy variety. She is quick to produce a smile and the ever-polite wave, as she takes in those elements that move at a rapid pace around her. It’s not that Davis can’t keep up with the speed her career is moving at, but more along the lines she’s learned the value of observation. 

Yet, once the cage door closes, she’s as gritty as they come. The California transplant has a career littered with rock em’ sock em’ affairs, and on those nights—like her action-packed tilt with Sarah Kaufman back in 2012—Davis has no trouble donning the crimson mask of battle, just as she is equally comfortable with handing them out to her opposition.

Davis simply loves to scrap. There is something that comes alive inside of her when the conflict begins, and she has no problem leaving the trash-talking and Twitter beefs for those are perhaps better suited.

The 29-year-old knows it is what happens inside the Octagon that matters, and her efficiency inside the cage has allowed her to climb the ranks of the women’s bantamweight division. Davis’ tenacity has earned her three consecutive victories under the UFC banner, and that run has brought her to the doorstep of the biggest opportunity of her career in a showdown with superstar Ronda Rousey.

At UFC 175 this Saturday night in Las Vegas, she will attempt to dethrone the reigning queen of the 135-pound fold and take her shot at being the first person to derail the rocket-fueled trajectory of the former Olympic judoka turned MMA phenom. So far no one has even come close, but all things are said to have their moment, and Davis believes hers will come on Saturday night.

A shot at championship gold is an opportunity years in the making, but Davis still feels like she’s just getting started.

“It does feel like a long time coming, but at the same time it doesn’t,” Davis told Bleacher Report. “I’ve put in a lot of work to get where I am, but how many people can say they have been in the UFC for a year and earned a title shot? This will be my fourth fight for the UFC and I’m already fighting for the title.

“This has all been kind of surreal. When I first started in a small town of Four Corners, Ontario, Canada—most people don’t even know where that is—to living in California and fighting for a world title. It has just been crazy, and you almost have to pinch yourself sometimes.”

While the women’s bantamweight division is still relatively new to the UFC stage, the fighters involved have wasted no time in making it a weight class to watch. In addition to Rousey‘s dominance, a handful of competitors have consistently engaged in high-caliber bouts that have kept stride with—and in some cases eclipsed—their male counterparts on various fight cards.

Of that collective, Davis is certainly a member, and her three wins inside the Octagon steadily carved out her place in the title picture. Yet, in a game where self-promotion can serve to rapidly elevate a fighter’s profile, Davis has been content to do the work in the belief that the biggest opportunity will materialize as the result.

Although she never shouted from the rooftops for a title shot, Davis never took her eyes off the prize at the top of the mountain.

“I’ve always looked to fight the best people possible because that is what I got in this for,” Davis said. “That’s why I got into this sport. I don’t just want to fight anybody…I want to fight the best. I want to fight whoever is at the top, and I’m going to get that opportunity at UFC 175.

“I’m so excited for this fight because she is exactly the type of fighter you want to face. I want fights like the one with Sarah Kaufman where it’s going to bring out the best in me, and I know this is one of those fights. I know she’s going to bring it. I know she’s going to be coming forward regardless.”

While the matchup between Rousey and Davis will feature two high-level grapplers, Davis isn’t necessarily set on the idea that the champion is a “one-trick pony.” Throughout her title reign, Rousey has shown an ever-evolving striking attack and an increasing willingness to trade leather on the feet.

Those skills were certainly on display in her most recent title defense, as she scored a first-round stoppage victory over Sara McMann after she landed a vicious knee from the clinch that put her fellow Olympian on the canvas. The win over McMann was Rousey‘s first of the non-armbar variety, and Davis believes it is a sign of the how rapidly the champion’s game is evolving.

Davis knows she has to be ready for anything on Saturday night, and she’s confident she’ll be ready for whatever Rousey brings.

“I almost feel like you don’t know what to expect from her anymore,” Davis said. “Of course everyone is always saying armbar, armbar armbar, but she’s put a ton of work into her boxing and clinch work. She is coming off a knockout victory in her last fight, so it’s a case of having to be ready for everything. I’m going to have to be fully prepared for this fight to go anywhere and I’m confident that I am.” 

 

Duane Finley is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. All quotes are obtained firsthand unless noted otherwise. 

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Demetrious Johnson did it again on Saturday at UFC 174, leaving yet another highly ranked challenger choking on his exhaust fumes with astonishing ease.

This time it was Ali Bagautinov starting out game but ending the fight down 50-45 on all three scorecards. The 29-year-old Dagestani fighter came in undefeated in the Octagon and riding an 11-fight overall win streak, but by the end of 25 minutes with Johnson, he looked as helpless as the rest.

Dominance is becoming a habit for the UFC’s 27-year-old flyweight champion. Johnson’s unique brand of excellence hasn’t yielded monster ratings, but so far opponents have been powerless to reckon with his blend of mobility, versatility and quickness.

Johnson has been the 125-pound titlist for less than two years, and he’s already cleaned out the rest of the division’s Top Five. His ability to chew up and spit out top contenders only feeds our view of the flyweight class as a work still in progress.

Depth may be an issue for the UFC’s newest men’s division, but a surprising number of viable contenders still lurk. Here’s a look at several who could still give Johnson a run for his money in 2014.

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Given all that Dan Henderson has accomplished in his mixed martial arts career, the notion that he could ever be out of his depth inside the cage is completely counterintuitive. However, his scheduled bout with Daniel Cormier at UFC 173 seems, at least on paper, to verge on being a mismatch.

Hendo’s admirers are legion, so I imagine I’ll be getting a little pushback on that last point. Looking at where the 43-year-old is in his career, though, can a reasonable argument be made that he has a realistic shot against Cormier, who seems to be improving by the second?

Certainly, the former two-weight PRIDE champion always has a puncher’s chance; his overhand right could disintegrate even the most robust chin. One need only go back as far as Henderson’s most recent fight, against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, for evidence of how quickly he can end a contest with a single swing of his right arm.

That being said, it’s all too easy to forget that Henderson had been dominated right up until the moment he almost decapitated Rua with what appeared to be desperation shot.

Operating under the weight of a three-fight losing streak, it looked like Hendo was heading for his fourth straight loss for two-and-a-half rounds, with the inevitable calls for his retirement soon to follow.

One right hand later, punctuated by a few follow-up shots, and all that came before was seemingly forgotten.

This inability to remember anything beyond the immediate past seems to be the plight of the fight fan—and sports fans generally. You are only as good as the last 10 seconds of your last fight. Everything else fades into irrelevance.

Imagining the recent version of Henderson taking on Cormier is something you might expect from the mind of a 1980’s WWF booker. It looks like a squash match designed for the purpose of putting one fighter over.

Examining the pair’s strengths and weaknesses, it’s hard to give Hendo the edge anywhere. Even his much-celebrated durability has seemingly deteriorated. It might not be as dramatic as Chuck Liddell’s plummeting punch resistance toward the end of his career, but there is no doubt that Henderson doesn’t absorb the shots quite like he used to.

Despite being 35 years of age, Cormier appears to be in his prime. His evolution as a fighter is staggering.

As a former Olympic freestyle wrestler, we expected him to rely on his base and achieve a certain amount of success. What we didn’t see coming was the rapid development of his striking. Cormier looks like he has been kickboxing since he was a child.

Where the ceiling is on his potential remains to be seen, but his career remains on an upward trajectory. A meeting with Jon Jones increasingly seems like an inevitability—assuming Alexander Gustafsson doesn’t do his Superman routine again.

Henderson, on the contrary, surely must be close to calling time on his legendary career. If his fight with Cormier is as one-sided as expected, Dana White and the UFC may end up making the decision for him.

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The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn continued Wednesday evening, April 30, on Fox Sports 1. 

After winning the show’s first matchup between Hector Urbina and Cathal Pendred, Team Edgar earned control of the matchups and elected for one of their top dogs, light heavyweight Dan Spohn, to enter the cage to face Team Edgar’s Todd Monaghan

In his elimination fight to enter the house, Spohn defeated Tyler King via knockout in just 10 seconds, crushing his opponent with a brutal overhand right that ended the fight almost before it began.

Now, Spohn enjoys significant momentum moving forward, and his coach, UFC legend BJ Penn, said on tonight’s episode that he thinks Spohn will knock out all of his opponents on his path toward winning the title of Ultimate Fighter. 

Monaghan, meanwhile, faced significant adversity during his fight to enter the house. 

Against Jake Heun, Monaghan was dropped early and nearly finished, but he recovered and slapped on a fight-ending armbar to salvage his chance at UFC glory. 

Now these two face off inside the cage, and only one man can advance to the next round. 

 

Here’s how it went down:

There’s no sense in detailing this matchup too much. It was awful. 

Spohn apparently didn’t want to pursue another knockout, as he rocked Monaghan early in Round 1 but proceeded to wrestle his way to a unanimous decision victory. 

After his early success on the feet, Spohn barely threw another punch for the remaining nine minutes of action, electing to out-grapple and out-position his foe instead. 

While Spohn said after the fight that he was happy to show off his other skills, UFC President Dana White disagreed. When previewing next week’s fight, the bald-headed boss said, “It’s impossible to suck as bad as the last fight did,” per Dan Downes of UFC.com

Ouch. 

 

Speaking of next week’s fight…

Team Penn chose Tim “The South Jersey Strangler” Williams (8-1) to face Team Edgar’s Dhiego Lima (9-1). 

Penn said during the episode that Williams is a “cardio machine,” and he expects him to break Lima with his pressure and relentless offensive attack. 

 

Episode Highlights: 

  • Combat sports legend Renzo Gracie visited Team Edgar to drop some knowledge and to inspire the UFC hopefuls. All the fighters, especially Monaghan, enjoyed learning techniques from the lauded Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout, and they all seemed impressed with his teaching style and execution. If only Monaghan had actually used what he learned in his fight…
  • The show’s first winner, Cathal Pendred, brought mats into the house so he and his teammates could work even when they were away from the gym. Spohn took the lead, showing them some breathing and relaxation techniques that he teaches as a third-degree black belt in Kachido Aikijitsu. The fighters struggled with Spohn‘s workout routine and walked away positively impacted by his lesson. 
  • Spohn dropped a fellow cast member in training, prompting everybody to paint him as a ferocious killer on the feet. As we saw, it didn’t quite work like that during his fight with Monaghan, but the potential is certainly there. 
  • Monaghan, a preacher, gave a sermon to the house. While some absorbed his message, others, notably Team Penn’s middleweight standout Pendred, mocked him and questioned how genuine his teachings were. Was it from the heart, or was it for TV time? 
  • Team Edgar’s Corey Anderson asked Monaghan before the fight what he would do if he was in trouble during the fight, and Monaghan replied that this was not even a possibility. Monaghan‘s inability to accept his potential defeat bothered Anderson and the rest of Team Edgar, and they felt he was overconfident heading into his fight with Spohn. They were right. 

 

Episode 4 of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn will air next Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. 

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