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33-fight veteran Kyle Noke announces retirement
(mmajunkie.com)
A longtime stalwart of Aussie MMA is calling it a career. Following a loss to Omari Akhmedov at UFC Fight Night 101, UFC middleweight Kyle Noke announced he is now retired. “Thank you to the ufc and all the fans,” Noke wrote. “It’s time to hang up the gloves. I’ve had a blessed life doing what I love. I wouldn’t change a thing.”
Submitted Nov 27, 2016 2:13AM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Fedor Emelianenko: 'It's time to retire'
(mmafighting.com)
From where Nogueira sits, though, perhaps Emelianenko should stay retired. Nogueira, in Melbourne for Saturday's UFC Fight Night card, was asked by Australia's Submission Radio what he thought about "The Last Emperor's" continued fight career and suggested Fedor may have been better off retired. "If he got to the UFC five years ago, maybe seven years ago, something like that, he'd be in his prime," Nogueira said. "But now, it's not his time go anymore. If I'm in his place, It's time to retire."
Submitted Nov 26, 2016 3:39PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
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With one fight left on UFC contract, Gegard Mousasi wants No. 1 contender match next ... on his terms
(mmamania.com)
Mousasi revealed on "The MMA Hour" that he isn’t in a hurry to step back into the cage; in fact, he likely won’t resume fighting until March of next year. And when the time comes, he’d prefer to face Luke Rockhold in what will mark the final fight of his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contract.
Submitted Nov 24, 2016 9:35PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Cortney Casey addresses kick controversy, says it ‘sucks’ people are questioning her character
(mmafighting.com)
If it weren’t daunting enough for Cortney Casey to go into Brazil and take on women’s strawweight No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha, the aftermath of the fight may have pushed things over the edge. Casey appeared to take a blatantly illegal kick to the head while she was on the ground during the third round in her fight with Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo. Though there was a halt to the action, at the time referee Fernando Portello didn’t issue Gadelha any kind of warning, and no point was deducted, even as Casey appeared to be noticeably affected by the kick. And after conferring with cageside physicians, Casey said she was able to continue. The head kick ultimately wouldn’t have mattered in terms of a point deduction, anyway. She ended up losing the fight via a one-sided unanimous decision 30-27 on all three scorecards. Yet, the new question became — did she actually get kicked in the head? Fans began to accuse Casey of exaggerating the blow — which many believe never really connected — to try for an advantage in a fight she was losing. The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission’s COO Cristiano Sampaio went one step further, putting out a statement to MMA Fighting that Casey had "forged" her injury, saying the kick didn’t land. Sampaio even went so far as to say that Casey conduct was "wrong and unsportsmanlike." The 29-year-old Casey saw that statement — as well as all the other accusations on social media — after she got back home to Maui. The comments caught her off guard, as she said those kind of theatrics were the last thing on her mind.
Submitted Nov 23, 2016 4:42PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Khabib’s dad says son is willing to fight Tony Ferguson to cement title shot
(bloodyelbow.com)
Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, revealed that his son is willing to face another contender to cement his claim as lightweight title contender.
Submitted Nov 22, 2016 3:26PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
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Manager: Rashad Evans not cleared to fight at UFC 206
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight fight between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy will not take place at UFC 206, according to Evans’ manager and Kennedy. Evans was unable to get medical clearance for a fight license at the Dec. 10 event, manager Ali Abdelaziz today told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Nov 21, 2016 3:45PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Roy Nelson suspended nine months, fined for kicking referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy
(mmafighting.com)
Roy Nelson won’t be fighting anytime soon. The long-time UFC heavyweight was issued a nine-month suspension, as well as a $24,000 fine, by the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) for assault and unethical behavior following his knockout win over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on Sept. 24 at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil. Nelson kicked veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy after the bout because he thought McCarthy took too long to stop the contest, forcing Nelson to hurt Silva more than he needed to win the fight. Later that night, at the post-fight press conference, Nelson apologized to McCarthy, but added that he "wouldn't take it back."
Submitted Nov 17, 2016 4:52AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Nate Diaz: UFC wanted to keep me out of MSG for Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez
(mmafighting.com)
Nate Diaz thinks the UFC didn't want him or his brother Nick at UFC 205 on Saturday. Diaz, Conor McGregor's greatest rival, told ESPN in a video published Tuesday night that he believes the promotion intentionally tried to keep the two of them out of Madison Square Garden for the UFC's first card in New York City.
Submitted Nov 16, 2016 4:51PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Eddie Alvarez's striking coach believes Conor McGregor could beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in boxing.
(mmafighting.com)
After watching him up close at UFC 205, Mark Henry, the striking coach for Eddie Alvarez, believes Conor McGregor is a "once in a lifetime" fighter. "You cannot teach somebody how to swing like that," Henry told RJ Clifford on The Luke Thomas Show. "It takes hips, it takes a certain shoulder, it takes a flick of the wrist, there are so many tiny mechanics. What it takes to make an eyeball work is what it takes to make the perfect swing. Like Babe Ruth. I just compare Conor - his swing - to Babe Ruth. I always watch tape of it but to be that close and watch it was a whole other thing. "It comes along once in a lifetime or once every hundred years or what not. I think God has just blessed him with a swing that I'll probably never see again. Before this fight, I would highly doubt him fighting Mayweather, but I think this dude can take out Mayweather. I'm not even joking."
Submitted Nov 16, 2016 4:47PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Lyoto Machida suspended 18 months by USADA for UFC anti-doping violation
(mmafighting.com)
Lyoto Machida's sanction has finally come down. USADA suspended the former UFC light heavyweight champion for 18 months due to a UFC anti-doping violation, it was announced Wednesday. The suspension is retroactive to April 8, 2016, so Machida will be eligible to compete again in October 2017.
Submitted Nov 16, 2016 4:42PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Weidman suggests Romero ‘shouldn’t be fighting anymore’
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fresh from his UFC 205 defeat at the hands of Yoel Romero, Chris Weidman - accompanied by Stephen Thompson - spoke to the media backstage at Madison Square Garden. Weidman was asked if Romero deserved to now challenge UFC middleweight champ Michael Bisping for the belt. “He just put in a good performance against me,” said Weidman, hinting that Romero had done enough to earn the shot. However, Weidman did expose some doubts over whether Romero, or any fighter who had been banned for PEDs, should still be allowed to compete. “I just feel like they shouldn't be fighting anymore,” opined Weidman, siding with views previously expressed by Bisping. “A lot of guys I fought in the past have failed for steroids, a good majority of my last six fights.”
Submitted Nov 14, 2016 3:57AM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
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Tyron Woodley reluctantly loans UFC belt to Dana White to present to Conor McGregor at UFC 205
(mmamania.com)
Awkward. A new rivalry between Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and now multi-division title holder, Conor McGregor, seemed to be budding during this week in New York City after the two had a couple of confrontations in "The Empire State." So when company president Dana White asked "The Chosen One" to loan him his belt for a hot minute in order to present a second title to Conor inside the Octagon after disposing of Eddie Alvarez in the main event (see it again here), Woodley put his bitterness toward Conor aside to oblige. Though he wasn’t exactly thrilled.
Submitted Nov 14, 2016 3:52AM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
McGregor on potential bouts with Khabib, Woodley
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor is now the UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, the first person to ever accomplish such a feat. Eddie Alvarez is in the rear-view mirror. So what's next for "The Notorious." First, McGregor is going to be busy with the birth of his first child in May. After that, he said UFC and WME-IMG brass must offer him a share of the company for him to compete again. When all is said and done and McGregor is ready to get back into the Octagon, though, there are a list of opponents lining up for him. Two possible opponents are Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tyron Woodley. McGregor got into verbal altercations with both of them before the UFC 205 ceremonial weigh-ins Friday.
Submitted Nov 14, 2016 3:46AM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Yoel Romero says Michael Bisping is 'afraid' to fight him
(mmafighting.com)
Yoel Romero talks win over Chris Weidman at UFC 205, Michael Bisping for the middleweight title, and more.
Submitted Nov 14, 2016 3:43AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Khabib reveals what he told White during fight
(mmafighting.com)
Khabib Nurmagomedov told Dana White to stop sending him 'fake' contracts, talks about his submission win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205, the lightweight title, Conor McGregor, and much more.
Submitted Nov 14, 2016 3:40AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Conor McGregor demands UFC ownership stake after claiming second title
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor had an announcement to make after becoming the first simultaneous two-weight-class champion in UFC history on Saturday night: He's going to become a father. "I'm going to be a daddy early next year," the UFC lightweight and featherweight champion said during the UFC 205 post-fight press conference at New York's Madison Square Garden. "I'm crapping my jocks, it's messing with my head." With a family to feed, McGregor has decided it's time to really cash in. His second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez to claim the lightweight belt in the main event of UFC 205 capped the event which drew the biggest gate in the illustrious history of the world's most famous fight venue: UFC 205 drew a reported gate of $17.7 million, topping the record of $13.5M set by Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis in 1999. And while the bombastic Irishman has certainly reaped financial benefits for his exploits, he wants more: With the company selling for an eye-popping $4.2B to Hollywood entertainment conglomerate WME-IMG this summer, McGregor bluntly stated that he want's what's his. "If you want to come at me, if you want me to stick around and help service that debt and continue to push the company, bring me on board, for real," McGregor said. "I need to be set for life for this. If you want me to be truly on on board, then I need to be all-in on this proper, as an owner, and have an equity stake in the company. That's what I'm looking for."
Submitted Nov 14, 2016 3:19AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Miesha Tate retires after loss to Raquel Pennington
(mmafighting.com)
Tate, the former UFC and Strikeforce champion, announced her retirement after her bout at UFC 205.
Submitted Nov 13, 2016 2:12AM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Conor McGregor gets into altercations with Tyron Woodley, Khabib Nurmagomedov at ceremonial weigh-ins
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor seemed poised to throw down with just about everyone Friday. Hours after a tense confrontation and Twitter beef with Tyron Woodley, McGregor had verbal altercations with both Woodley and Khabib Nurmagomedov backstage at the UFC 205 ceremonial weigh-ins Friday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York.
Submitted Nov 11, 2016 9:31PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Dana White on Kelvin Gastelum: ‘I'll never let him fight at 170 again'
(mmafighting.com)
Kelvin Gastelum's time at welterweight appears to be at an end. Following yet another botched weight cut by Gastelum, this time ahead of his pivotal UFC 205 showdown against Donald Cerrone, UFC president Dana White made it clear that the UFC is done giving the TUF 17 winner further chances to prove himself at 170 pounds.
Submitted Nov 11, 2016 3:38PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Champ Michael Bisping wants next defense at UFC 208, plans to retire when he drops belt
(mmajunkie.com)
With a record-tying 27 UFC fights to his name, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has put a time limit on his career – and it’s set around the length of his title reign.
Submitted Nov 11, 2016 1:59PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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