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UFC champ Cris Cyborg waiting for right deal to fight Holly Holm at UFC 219
Cris Cyborg’s longtime manager said he and his team are in “daily” communications with UFC officials as a fight offer looms for UFC 219. Cyborg could look to defend her women’s featherweight title against ex-bantamweight champ Holly Holm at the Dec. 30 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Holm already has said she’s open to the fight. But Prajin said a new deal needs to be struck before Justino can commit.
Submitted Oct 9, 2017 5:45PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Ian McCall granted release from UFC contract
One of the UFC’s best known flyweight fighters is no longer with the promotion. Ian McCall told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has been released from his UFC contract. Previously, McCall said he wouldn’t feel comfortable returning to the UFC under his standing contract due to health issues, including brain treatment. McCall said he asked the UFC for his release and was granted it.
Submitted Oct 9, 2017 5:35PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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Will Brooks puts Nik Lentz, Kevin Lee on blast after UFC 216 weight issues
Will Brooks says he knew from the jump that he wasn’t actually going to fight Nik Lentz at UFC 216. Brooks also had words for UFC 216 headliner Kevin Lee, who needed two attempts to make weight before his UFC interim lightweight title fight with Tony Ferguson became official.
Submitted Oct 7, 2017 5:09AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Anthony Johnson fires back at ‘cry baby ass’ Daniel Cormier
Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson have fought twice and hardly any trash talk was exchanged prior to those bouts. Things have changed between the two men now, however. One day after Cormier called Johnson “f*cking soft” on his podcast, Johnson has fired back at the UFC light heavyweight champion on social media.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 9:05PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Full Conor McGregor film trailer released
Conor McGregor is coming to the big screen. On Thursday, the full trailer for McGregor’s documentary film was released online. The UFC lightweight champion tweeted about it, writing that the movie will be coming to theaters in November.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 3:30PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Daniel Cormier calls Anthony Johnson ‘f**king soft’ amidst comeback rumors
When Anthony Johnson tapped out to Daniel Cormier at UFC 210 earlier this year, it was supposed to be his final act in the cage. After coming up short for a second time against Cormier, Johnson announced a shocking retirement from the sport to venture into the marijuana business. But earlier this week, Johnson’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour that “Rumble,” was already contemplating a return to fighting, and that doesn’t sit right with his most recent opponent. On the most recent edition of his podcast Talk & Talker, Cormier spoke out about Johnson’s short-lived retirement, saying that it seems Johnson was just bitter about losing to him for a second time.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 2:57PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Knee injury, surgery forces Teemu Packalen from UFC Fight night 118 vs. Marcin Held
The UFC’s return to Poland later this month for UFC Fight Night 118 has taken a hit to one of its featured bouts. Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is out of his lightweight fight against Marcin Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after suffering a knee injury that required surgery.
Submitted Oct 5, 2017 2:48PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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UFC legend Matt Hughes returns to hospital to honor nurses who treated him after crash
Just four months after incurring a serious injury in a crash that could have been deadly, Matt Hughes was standing up, walking around and laughing with friends and family. Hughes, the UFC Hall of Famer, returned to HSHS St. John’s Hospital on Tuesday to honor the two nurses who treated him immediately after his truck-train crash in June, per a release sent out by the hospital. Hughes attended the event with his wife Audra and daughters Hanna and Katelyn.
Submitted Oct 4, 2017 6:24PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Jon Fitch pays tribute to Tom Petty with (a pretty darn good) rendition of 'Learning to Fly'
MMA fighters have quite frequently used Tom Petty’s catalog as walkout music, so when the music icon passed away late Monday, the news struck close to home for many competitors. Petty, 66, died after suffering cardiac arrest, ending a life and music career that had a global impact. When it comes to MMA, Petty’s music is perhaps best associated with former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who famously walks out to “I Won’t Back Down.” Petty’s music clearly had an influence on others, though, including Jon Fitch (30-7-1). The current PFL welterweight champion and former UFC welterweight title challenger apparently has some music talent in his back pocket, and after Petty’s passing, he honored him with a rendition of “Learning to Fly.”
Submitted Oct 4, 2017 1:33PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Conor McGregor praises Max Holloway’s capture of 145 title, open to fight at 155
For MMA fighters, getting praise from Conor McGregor is a pretty rare phenomenon, but in Glasgow on Friday night the Irishman heaped praise on UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. Although he first announced that he “sonned” the Hawaiian when they fought back in 2014, the SBG fighter went on to praise how he reacted to the decision loss at the TD Garden, in what was only McGregor’s second outing with the UFC.
Submitted Oct 3, 2017 8:42PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Cris Cyborg claims the UFC is trying to nickle and dime her on Holly Holm fight
The UFC continues to struggle with their women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg. The relationship between the two has never been great, with the promotion signing Cris back in 2015 on a unique contract that kept her fighting for female promotion Invicta FC while they tried to pressure her into cutting down to 135 pounds for a showdown with Ronda Rousey. Over the next two years, Cyborg regularly complained about poor treatment from the promotion (real and imagined) so I suppose it should be no surprise they're butting heads again.
Submitted Oct 3, 2017 8:33PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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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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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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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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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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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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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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