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Manager: Anthony Johnson to meet with UFC about return, likely at heavyweight
Anthony Johnson’s time in retirement might be short. Johnson’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that “Rumble,” known for his devastating knockout power, is planning a potential comeback and they will be meeting with UFC president Dana White this week to discuss it.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 9:10PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
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UFC middleweight Rafael Natal retires from MMA
UFC middleweight Rafael Natal hung up his gloves. The Brazilian fighter, who competed inside the Octagon 17 times over the last seven years, announced on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has decided to retire from his mixed martial arts career.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 7:24PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Injury forces ‘King Mo’ Lawal to withdraw from Liam McGeary bout at Bellator 185
Bellator 185 just lost its co-main event. Officials confirmed with MMA Fighting that Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal has been forced out of his light heavyweight bout vs. Liam McGeary at Bellator 185 on Oct. 20 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. due to an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 7:19PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Alistair Overeem says he’s been told he’ll get UFC title shot with win over Francis Ngannou
Alistair Overeem’s career renaissance could lead him to another UFC title shot. “The Reem” told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has been told he’ll receive a heavyweight title opportunity if he beats Francis Ngannou at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 6:47PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Kalindra Faria will face Mara Romero Borella on UFC 216 main card
Brazilian Kalindra Faria will remain on the main card of UFC 216 with new opponent Italian Mara Romero Borello . I wondered what the other main card bout would be....surprise,surprise
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 4:56PM by AndyWarho - 8 comments
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UFC's Alexa Grasso undergoes knee surgery, still all smiles
UFC strawweight and perpetually upbeat Alexa Grasso is on the mend following a recent knee surgery. According to Grasso, an MRI revealed a “damaged” meniscus. Here’s a full translation provided by MMAjunkie:
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 4:18PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Cub Swanson says he's headlining UFC Fight Night 123 against Brian Ortega
UFC Fight Night 123 in California appears to have its headliner. Cub Swanson (25-7 MMA, 10-3 UFC) today announced he’s fighting undefeated Brian Ortega (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at the December event. His announcement follows an initial report from Farah Hannoun
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 3:26PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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UFC champ Max Holloway hints at possible move to 155 for Conor McGregor rematch
Max Holloway really wants a rematch with fellow UFC champ Conor McGregor – and he can’t understand why his former opponent seems uninterested. In fact, Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who’s won 11 straight fights and claimed the featherweight belt since a 2013 loss to current lightweight titleholder McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), pointed to LeBron James and the Golden State Warriors to make his point. Holloway, who awaits his next assignment after scoring a TKO win over Jose Aldo and unifying the belts in his most recent performance, seems a bit perturbed about McGregor still claiming himself as the true king of 145 pounds. He’s not ruling out a move up in weight of his own to get that long-awaited rematch with “The Notorious.”
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 2:59AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping to appear on Wednesday's episode of 'Conan'
Some of the UFC’s biggest stars, including Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz and Ronda Rousey, have been on the air with Conan O’Brien. Now it’s Michael Bisping’s turn Bisping will appear on “Conan” on Wednesday night. O’Brien this past year was revealed to be one of many new celebrities who purchased an investment stake in the UFC after it was sold to WME-IMG.
Submitted Oct 2, 2017 12:16AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Johny Hendricks heads to Jackson-Wink for UFC 217 training camp
“Big Rigg” is trucking on down to Albuquerque. On Sunday, sources confirmed to Ariel Helwani of MMA Fighting that Johny Hendricks will be working with the Jackson-Wink camp in New Mexico ahead of his upcoming middleweight bout against Paulo Borrachinha at UFC 217 on Nov. 11.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 11:53PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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MMA fighter pulls off incredible pro-wrestling style Boston Crab submission
An MMA fighter pulled off a ridiculous, pro-wrestling style submission Saturday in a fight at Full Contact Contender 19 in Bolton, England. Jonno Mears finished Aaron Jones with what looked exactly like a Boston Crab ripped right from the world of WWE. With Jones laying on his stomach, Mears grabbed both of Jones’ legs and bent them backward until Mears was in a sitting position. Jones was forced to tap out — either to the pressure on his back or what could have also been a foot lock variation. Either way, it was a unique and spectacular way to end a fight. It was reminiscent of the finishing move used by WWE’s Chris Jericho, which he has dubbed The Walls of Jericho.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 8:18PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
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Louis Smolka vs. Matheus Nicolau added to UFC 219
Matheus Nicolau’s suspension is not over yet, but he already has a date for his return to the Octagon. Nicolau is set to take on Louis Smolka in a flyweight bout at UFC 219, a pay-per-view event scheduled for Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the promotion announced.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 3:36PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Rafael dos Anjos dismisses Kamaru Usman’s callout, wants Tyron Woodley next
Fresh off his first stoppage win at welterweight, Rafael dos Anjos wants no business with fighters ranked below him. The former UFC lightweight champion needed less than four minutes to submit Neil Magny at UFC 215. Now saying he’s “better adapted to the division,” dos Anjos is expecting a shot at the champion Tyron Woodley next, and that’s why he’s not interested in fighters like Kamaru Usman.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 2:21PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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Rory MacDonald: I'm on a Different Level than Rest of Bellator Welterweight Division
Rory MacDonald is a believer in the talent of Bellator MMA’s welterweight division, but he still considers himself to be a level above everyone in his new home. That includes reigning champion Douglas Lima, who he will face in the main event when Bellator travels to Los Angeles on Jan. 20. Lima is coming off a five-round verdict over Lorenz Larkin — another UFC signee — on June 24.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 3:25AM by RacingHartPurple - 3 comments
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Douglas Lima Predicts KO of Rory MacDonald: ‘I'm Gonna Find that Jaw
Douglas Lima has seen Rory MacDonald fail to make the final bell before in his MMA career, and he believes he has what it takes to join the elite company that has finished “The Red King” inside the cage.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 3:23AM by RacingHartPurple - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Mickey Gall challenges ‘f*cking idiot’ Kevin Lee to ‘no rules’ gym fight
Earlier this year, during a mid-spring episode of The MMA Hour, UFC lightweight contender Kevin Lee let his opinion be known about Mickey Gall. To put it lightly, Lee wasn’t a fan of the media push Mickey Gall was receiving from his early Octagon wins over CM Punk and Sage Northcutt, and he felt that push would be better served on other fighters who had put in the time. As it turns out, Gall heard Lee’s criticisms loud and clear. On Monday, nearly six months after the initial shots were fired, Gall issued his response, effectively challenging Lee to put his money where his mouth was.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:37PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
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Rory MacDonald explains controversial comments about Robbie Lawler, performance-enhancing drug use
Rory MacDonald gave a four-word answer last month when he was asked on a Reddit AMA if he thinks Robbie Lawler was on performance-enhancing drugs when the two met at UFC 189 for the UFC welterweight title in 2015. “I’m convinced he was,” MacDonald said. MacDonald explained that conclusion in an interview with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. MacDonald, who now fights for Bellator MMA, said he believes the way in which Lawler pushed through in the all-time classic battle was unnatural. Lawler won the fight by fifth-round TKO in a bout in which MacDonald was ahead on the scorecards.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:35PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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CBD will no longer be prohibited by WADA beginning in 2018
Cannabidiol will be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list beginning in 2018, WADA announced Friday. Cannabidiol, most commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid contained in cannabis. Currently, all cannabinoids are prohibited in-competition by WADA.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:32PM by Five-Alive - 11 comments
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Lyoto Machida reflects on life during doping suspension
Lyoto Machida will return to the Octagon for the first time in over two years on Oct. 28. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was suspended by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after disclosing his usage of a product containing the banned substance 7-keto-dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) during a sample collection in April 2016. Machida always insisted that he didn’t know DHEA was a banned substance, but it didn’t matter. He still spent 18 months out of the game due to USADA. Now weeks away from returning to action in the main event of UFC Sao Paulo opposite middleweight talent Derek Brunson, “The Dragon” gave MMA Fighting a long answer when asked about what the positives and negatives of being away for so long during his suspension.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:29PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Andrea Lee releases statement following removal from UFC 216
After a whirlwind week that saw her highly anticipated UFC debut announced and then canceled within a span of 12 hours, Andrea Lee has issued a statement shedding some light on the situation.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:25PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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