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Former champion Johny Hendricks is ready to get that welterweight title back.

And he'll attend UFC 189 on July 11 to watch current champion Robbie Lawler defend the belt against Rory MacDonald to find out who it is he'll be facing.

According to a report on UFC Tonight, Hendricks has been informed that he's next in line for the winner MacDonald-Lawler, but he and his camp is taking it with a grain of salt. Hendricks' manager Ted Erhardt told Ariel Helwani that they will believe they are next for a shot when they see it, but that right now Hendricks isn't interested in anything else.

Erhardt said Hendricks wants the shot that he was promised prior to fighting Matt Brown at UFC 185 in Dallas. Hendricks dominated Brown for three rounds en-route to a unanimous decision.

As for Tyron Woodley, who has campaigned for a fight with Hendricks, he hasn't been told that it's off the table yet. According to the report, Woodley -- who has won two in a row and four of five overall -- is still holding out hope that the next guy he faces will be Hendricks.


Johny Hendricks told he's next for welterweight title shot, will attend UFC 189 - MMA Fighting
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You know, one thing that seems off to me in MMA is the cost of losses to an athlete’s career in the sport.

We all are looking for exciting fights; we want these guys to go out there and let it all hang out. But when a fighter does that, he must risk losing. In many great fights, the loser might have won if he had gone out there and played it safe. Instead, the guy goes out there, stands in the middle of the ring, and slugs it out, right? And when you do that, it is a lottery.

You might be winning – and bam! – out of nowhere, you get clipped, and down you go!

It’s fun to watch. That’s what makes us all sit at the edges of our seats. But then, one guy is all smiles when his hand is lifted while the other guy sulks out of the octagon with a new loss on his record. He went out there and risked taking that loss in order to put up a great fight. But that goes on his record as a loss, no matter how great, how exciting, how hard he fought and how that blemish got there.

It seems to me contradictory, that we want these guys to go out there and risk everything and put on a great fight yet then punish them because they lost doing exactly what we are asking of them, when maybe they could have played it safe and grinded out a win! And this is proven if you look at the guys that had a bad run, took some losses, and then remade themselves – guys who looked at what was not working, changed things, and came back and made new runs. The rosters are full of cases like this.

There is not a fighter walking the earth that cannot be beaten. They are all humans, who have good days and bad days.


Read more: Are the costs of losses too great in MMA? Alex Davis believes they very well may be | MMAjunkie
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Yoel Romero's biggest career victory soon gave way to online controversy on Saturday night.

After Romero finished Lyoto Machida in the third round of their main event at UFC Fight Night 70 in Hollywood, Fla., the fighter nicknamed "Soldier of God" took to the mic.

In heavily accented English, Romero, whose first language is Spanish, chose to speak directly to the audience, rather than through an interpreter. In doing so, he made comments many interpreted as a statement against Friday's Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states (you can listen to the interview here and decide for yourself).

At the post-fight press conference, Romero sought to clarify his comments.

"I would like to apologize if there was a misunderstanding," Romero said through an interpreter. "First of all, I am a man of God. And God is love. My expressions are always going to be about love. What I was trying to say in the Octagon was, live for the American Dream."

Later, Romero said he has no intention of casting judgement on anyone.


Read more: Yoel Romero clarifies controversial comments, says they were a 'misunderstanding' - MMA Fighting
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The MMA gods can go ************************ themselves.

Jose Aldo vs Conor McGregor was supposed to be the biggest fight in UFC history, and it had the makings of something that would actually deliver. A volcanic rivalry between a shit-talking Irish hothead and a stoic Brazilian badass? Check. Two fighters with exciting, crowd-pleasing styles? Check. Characters who felt larger than life, like embodiments of their respective homelands—stuff of Rocky-style flag-on-the-back legend? Check.

After months of build-up—a hype machine in overdrive, cylinders churning away to create the most expensive marketing campaign the UFC’s ever undertaken—it all went down the toilet this week. The injury bug bit Aldo, and it bit him hard. He had to pull out of the fight at the last possible second. Worse, there’s a good chance that this fight—which UFC president Dana White thought would be “everything Mayweather vs. Pacquiao was not”—is permanently ruined. I’m gonna recount how we got here and explain why the future isn’t exactly looking bright.


Read more: How The Biggest Fight In UFC History Fell Apart
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Oh joy! I was looking for something to upset my stomach and here it is!

Thanks to our mates "Down Under" at Submission Radio Australia, a video compilation of the most gruesome injuries to the schnozes of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters throughout history.

The obligatory "viewer discretion advised" applies for the squeamish. As in, don't watch this with your kids standing next to you. Or do, I'm not telling you how to parent.

Some of the broken noses include Brandon Vera, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Rich Franklin, Thiago Alves (video highlights here), Miesha Tate, Junior dos Santos, Cung Le, Shane Carwin, Charley Lynch, Gabriel Gonzaga, Olaf Alfonso, Nathan Dunn, Craig Ninow, Joe Rogan, Andy Eichholz and Ryan McGillivray.

My personal favorite is Thiago Silva's handiwork on Brandon Vera. How about yours? See any they missed?


Video: Video: Worst broken noses in UFC and MMA history - MMAmania.com
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Manne wrote:

Oh joy! I was looking for something to upset my stomach and here it is!

Thanks to our mates "Down Under" at Submission Radio Australia, a video compilation of the most gruesome injuries to the schnozes of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters throughout history.

The obligatory "viewer discretion advised" applies for the squeamish. As in, don't watch this with your kids standing next to you. Or do, I'm not telling you how to parent.

Some of the broken noses include Brandon Vera, Mauricio Shogun Rua, Rich Franklin, Thiago Alves (video highlights here), Miesha Tate, Junior dos Santos, Cung Le, Shane Carwin, Charley Lynch, Gabriel Gonzaga, Olaf Alfonso, Nathan Dunn, Craig Ninow, Joe Rogan, Andy Eichholz and Ryan McGillivray.

My personal favorite is Thiago Silva's handiwork on Brandon Vera. How about yours? See any they missed?


Video: Video: Worst broken noses in UFC and MMA history - MMAmania.com

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Tito Ortiz is not confident in his old company's future.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion thinks the promotion is heading in the wrong direction given recent events like the controversial Reebok deal and the firing of respected cutman Jacob "Stitch" Duran.

"It's just a matter of time," Ortiz said Tuesday at a Bellator: Dynamite media day in Hollywood. "Rome crumbles from inside and that's what they're going to do. They're going to crumble from inside. They're their worst enemies. I could just sit back and nobody is gonna talk trash about Dana, talk trash about the UFC. I'll let them do their own damage."

The last month or so has seen some excellent fights and an historic event for the UFC. But with it has come myriad public-relations nightmares. The unveiling of the Reebok uniforms was filled with gaffes, Duran was fired after criticizing cutmen's lack of compensation in the Reebok deal and UFC president Dana White went on a Twitter tirade against fans last week.

"It's sad for 'Stitch' Duran," said Ortiz, who is in the UFC Hall of Fame. "He's a guy that's been in this business since Day One and he's done a lot of great things, not only in mixed martial arts, but in professional boxing. He should be respected. It just shows, you say something against the company that's trying to monopolize everything, you get thrown to the wolves -- as I did, as many other fighters did. And that's why they left."

Ortiz, 40, retired from the UFC in 2012 and resurfaced in Bellator a year later. He has been there ever since and says he is happy. The popular "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" challenges for the Bellator light heavyweight title against champion Liam McGeary at Bellator: Dynamite on Sept. 19 in San Jose.



Read more: Tito Ortiz on the UFC: 'They're going to crumble from inside' - MMA Fighting
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The UFC veteran pleaded guilty Monday to three criminal charges, including a felony charge of possession of an assault weapon in San Diego district court, NBC San Diego reported. The two misdemeanor charges were vandalism and violation of a temporary restraining order.

Leben, who retired from the UFC in 2013, was accused of scaling a wall and entering his estranged wife's apartment, one in which he used to live, in June. An assault weapon was later found in a maintenance closet a few floors away from the apartment that belonged to Leben, according to a police report.

Prosecutors told NBC San Diego that Leben is expected to get probation at his Aug. 31 sentencing.

Leben did not respond to a request for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Leben's wife, Kaleena, wrote in a request for the restraining order that she awoke around 3 a.m. on June 8 to the sound of someone banging and kicking at her door, according to NBC. Ninety minutes later, she wrote she saw Leben scaling the outside wall and then fled on foot to a neighbor's home.

Immediately after the incident, a .45-caliber hangun was found on Kaleena's bed, according to a San Diego Police Department report, per NBC.

A day before the incident, Kaleena said Leben threatened to murder her father in a text message, she wrote in the restraining order.



Read more: Report: UFC veteran Chris Leben pleads guilty in felony assault weapon case - MMA Fighting
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Ronda Rousey had a big announcement on “Good Morning America” Friday (Aug. 21) — the details about her next turn in the octagon.

“Jan. 2 I’ll be fighting Holly Holm, who is actually the most decorated striker we have in all of Mixed Martial Arts. Not the women’s division, not the bantamweight division … [she’s] definitively my biggest challenge to date. I’m super excited about it,” Rousey tells the morning hosts.

Indeed, Holm is a former professional boxer who held several welterweight titles before moving to MMA in 2011. Since her debut four years ago, Holm has gone undefeated, 9-0. But Rousey is also undefeated in MMA with a 12-0 record and is largely considered the most dominant female MMA fighter of all time, so this could shape up to be a very good match — with hopefully a little more action than her last fight.


Rousey’s last bout, against Bethe Correia, lasted only 34 seconds. When “GMA” asks Rousey why anyone would buy a ticket to one of her fights since they’re over so quickly, Rousey says Holm is going to be a challenge.

“I prepare for a five-round war every time I get in there. No one’s easy until after you beat them,” says Rousey. “With Holly Holm, she’s the type that is ready to go 12 boxing rounds. She’s not the average chick that I would fight. She’s the best striker I’ve ever fought and striking is something I learned much later in my career. I don’t ever expect fights to be easy and fast.”

The fight is part of UFC 195 Saturday, Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 23.


MMA star Ronda Rousey taking on Holly Holm in next fight |
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UFC 191 wasn't the promotion's strongest effort. A card that looked somewhat underwhelming on paper turned out precisely so in practice, with a mostly fun preliminary card getting dragged down by methodical, one-sided beatings and flat-out stinkers on the main card. Few casual viewers who tuned in after the glorious madness of the UFC's last several offerings on pay-per-view will be converted to regular fandom by Saturday's offering.

With that said, several of those one-sided beatings did a great deal to advance the careers of the victors and to prepare them for substantial steps up in competition. Demetrious Johnson showcased his greatness once again in a dominant performance and effectively cleaned out the flyweight division. We'll look at what comes next in this installment of "Matches to Make."


Pictures: UFC 191 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers | Bleacher Report
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Manne wrote:

UFC 191 wasn't the promotion's strongest effort. A card that looked somewhat underwhelming on paper turned out precisely so in practice, with a mostly fun preliminary card getting dragged down by methodical, one-sided beatings and flat-out stinkers on the main card. Few casual viewers who tuned in after the glorious madness of the UFC's last several offerings on pay-per-view will be converted to regular fandom by Saturday's offering.

With that said, several of those one-sided beatings did a great deal to advance the careers of the victors and to prepare them for substantial steps up in competition. Demetrious Johnson showcased his greatness once again in a dominant performance and effectively cleaned out the flyweight division. We'll look at what comes next in this installment of "Matches to Make."


Pictures: UFC 191 Results: Matches to Make for the Winners and Losers | Bleacher Report

This sport is too much blood for me.
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Conor McGregor can sleep easy tonight knowing he has a mixed martial arts legend fighting in his corner.

Two-time UFC tournament winner Don Frye has backed the featherweight champion during his ongoing issues with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. McGregor was recently pulled from the landmark UFC 200 event this July by the promotion for refusing to participate in pre-fight media obligations. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier will not fill the main event gap previously held by McGregor and Nate Diaz. Jose Aldo, Frankie Edgar, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes will also feature at the event.

UFC 200 takes place on July 9th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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nattika wrote:

This sport is too much blood for me.

This sport is too much blood for me.


You can see blood in all sports!! (maybe not in golf) :1orglaugh
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