UFC 25 video: ‘Blackout: The Story of the Political Crusade to Keep UFC Off TV’

UFC officials recently announced that the promotion’s Emmy-nominated short film series, “UFC 25 Years in Short,” is no longer exclusive to UFC Fight Pass.

Originally released in 2018, the compilation of 25 short films was produced to celebrate the UFC’s 25th anniversary. In April, the docuseries received a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Edited Sports Special or Series” category.

“‘UFC 25 Years in Short’ premiered on UFC Fight Pass in fall of 2018, so the time is right to showcase it to a new audience,” UFC senior vice president of production and programming Chris Kartzmark stated.

On Thurssday, the promotion released the fourth film in the series, “BLACKOUT: The Story of the Political Crusade to Keep UFC Off TV.”

The official description, courtesy of the UFC:

A political crusade to ban “ultimate fighting” successfully pressured the US pay-per-view industry to stop airing UFC events, nearly extinguishing the new sport..

Check out the full video above.

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UFC parent company Endeavor files papers to go public

The UFC’s parent company is going public.

On Thursday afternoon, according to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the entertainment conglomerate, Edeavor (EDR), had filed the paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

According to a form on the SEC’s site, the company headed by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, generated $3.61 billion in revenue for 2018 with a net income of $100.1 million after adjustments. The report also indicated Endeavor’s revenue increased drastically between December 2016 and 2017 “primarily due to the impact of the UFC Acquisition, increased revenue from media rights and a higher number of events and increased sponsorships at these events.”

However, the form also outlined several potential risks, including the possibility of being “sued over alleged long-term neurocognitive impairment arising from concussions” as well as collective bargaining:

“There have also been efforts to unionize the MMA athletes that participate in UFC’s events. A work stoppage at one or more of our operated venues or at our promoted events could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. We cannot predict the effect that a potential work stoppage would have on our business.”

It should also be noted the form included the current class action lawsuits against the UFC:

“UFC is currently named in five related class-action lawsuits filed against it alleging that UFC violated Section 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act of 1890 by monopolizing the alleged market for elite professional MMA athletes’ services. If we are unable to resolve these matters favorably, our business, operating results and our financial condition may be adversely affected.”

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Legacy Fighting Alliance 67 Weigh-in Results: Main Event Official; Three Heavy

Legacy Fighting Alliance returns to Branson, Missouri for LFA 67 this Friday. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Raphael Assuncao vs. Cory Sandhagen on tap for UFC 241

A longtime contender in the bantamweight division is set to square off with one of the division’s fastest-rising contenders.

Raphael Assuncao will meet Cory Sandhagen at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. MMA Junkie confirmed the bout after an initial report by ESPN.

Sandhagen is on a six-fight win streak which includes all four of his UFC bouts. The 27-year-old Colorado native has finishes in three of his four UFC bouts, with the only exception being his recent split-decision victory over John Lineker.

Assuncao (27-6 MMA; 11-3 UFC) has been with the UFC since 2011, and before that the WEC dating back to 2009. Assuncao (11-1 MMA; 4-0 UFC) has been victorious in nine of his past 11 outings. He’s looking to rebound from a loss to Marlon Moraes in his most recent outing.

For more on UFC 241, check out the site’s Rumors section.

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Nick Newell vs. Antonio Castillo Jr. set for CES 56

Nick Newell will make the walk to the cage once again.

On Thursday afternoon, CES MMA announced the man known as “Notorious” is set to return against Antonio Castillo Jr. at CES 56 on May 31 in Hartford.

Newell (14-2), a congenital amputee born without the lower portion of his left arm, has not competed since coming up short to Alex Munoz on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July 2018. Prior to this, fans saw the Connecticut native rattle off three straight victories under the WSOF and LFA banner.

Prior to this string of wins, Newell suffered his first professional defeat to current UFC lightweight contender and former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje.

Castillo (10-11) was expected to face Dylan Lockard on June 7 before being tabbed as a short-notice replacement for Kalvin Hackney against Newell.

In terms of competition, “Mexican Muscle” is looking to get back into the win column after dropping a decision to Dan Dubuque in March. Prior to this, Castillo suffered losses to Frank Caraballo, Adam King and Branden Seyler, Sr.

CES 56 will go down on May 31 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, Conn.

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Joanne Calderwood Hopes for a Finish Against Katlyn Chookagian at UFC 238

Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight Joanne Calderwood returns to the Octagon on June 8 for UFC 238 to face off against Katlyn Chookagian. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Twitter Mailbag: Are Khabib Nurmagomedov and his manager tempting the MMA gods?

Are Khabib Nurmagomedov and his manager asking for trouble by looking too far ahead in their 2019 plans? Does Conor McGregor seriously think it’s a good idea to run it back with the champ? How often should your baby poop, and do you really want to take a sports writer’s advice on that?

That and other pressing questions in this week’s Twitter Mailbag. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

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You’re not crazy. Khabib Nurmagomedov and manager Ali Abdelaziz looking past Dustin Poirier and all the way to a year-end mega fight against a currently retired UFC great in Georges St-Pierre, that’s what’s crazy.

This is such a classic MMA plan, in that we can all see about a dozen ways it could potentially go wrong. Trying to peer so far into the future in this sport is always risky. Organizing your plans around a guy who, when last we heard, isn’t even in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool any more, that’s just begging for disappointment.

It could work out just the way Nurmagomedov and his easily excitable manager want it to. Stranger things have happened. Then again, if you’re trying to imagine scenarios where Poirier beats the current UFC lightweight champion, you could do a lot worse than to start with a version of Nurmagomedov that’s so certain of victory he’s already lining up the next big payday.

Are we really going to act surprised that Conor McGregor is maybe not choosing the most logically sound path? I’ll tell you why he keeps talking about a rematch with Nurmagomedov: because it brings him instant attention, and he’s in no danger of actually getting it right now. Also, yeah, I’ll bet he does think he can win, the same way he probably genuinely thinks he’d beat Floyd Mayweather in a rematch.

McGregor didn’t reach this level of superstardom by dreaming small. Lots of his plans have seemed ridiculous until they became reality. A guy like that can’t step forward and ask for a winnable fight on a moderately sized stage. He needs each step to be bigger and better than the last, even if it comes off sounding absurd.

Plus, let’s not act like the UFC wouldn’t book another Nurmagomedov-McGregor fight if it thought that’s where the money was. McGregor probably doesn’t have to do anything except remain prominent in the minds of the fans. Which is, of course, exactly what he’s doing with his constant barrage of tweets and attention-getting claims.

I see your point, but I think we both know that there are no guarantees when it comes to the life and career trajectory of your dude Jon Jones.

Will he hold it down as UFC light heavyweight champ for the next decade? Maybe. Will he jet off to heavyweight with the right financial offer from the UFC? Possibly. Will he buy a boat during a weeks-long bender and then run it aground on an uninhabited island in the Pacific, never to be heard from again? I can’t rule it out.

Point is, you could do a lot worse than hanging around and staying relevant in this division, which is mainly what the winner of this fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Smith will have accomplished. And if Jones doesn’t go mad or go to heavyweight, eventually the UFC will run out of people for him to beat up at 205 pounds. At that point the carousel might come around again for guys like Smith and Gustafsson.

What a dilemma. On one hand, no, that is not a normal amount of poop for a human baby to produce, in my experience. On the other hand, less poop means fewer disgusting diapers to change, so is that a problem you really even want to solve?

It’s weird how my stance on what merited a doctor visit changed between child one and child two. With the first baby, every cough and sniffle seems like a medical emergency. By the time you get around to the second all you want to know is whether or not anyone’s bleeding and will it clot on its own if we just chill for a few minutes?

All of which is to say, yeah, I’m a terrible person to turn to for pediatric care advice.

Although, it’s stuff like this that can really make you think back on your own upbringing and how birth order might have affected things. Just ask my sister-in-law, a youngest child who was once told to stop being so dramatic about her supposedly hurt leg …which turned out to be a fractured femur. And if you think that doesn’t still get brought up in their family conversations, think again.

When it comes to domestic violence, fight promoters seem to ask themselves only a few questions:

1) Is it public knowledge?
2) Do people seem to care?
3) Is there any chance this guy makes me a lot of money anyway?

If the answer to the first two is yes and the answer to the third question is no, then sure, that dude is done like dinner. And that’s about as principled a stand as any fight promotion (UFC included) seems to be willing to take.

I know we’re all going to view every little thing that happens with Tony Ferguson through that specific lens, and to some extent I get it. But I also think we ought to be very careful about playing armchair psychiatrist here. We don’t know exactly what has gone on or might still be going on with Ferguson. What details we do have are troubling, but it’s not necessarily the full picture.

At this point, all we can do is hope that the people around Ferguson – his team, his management, the UFC – have a better idea of how he’s doing than we do. We also have to hope that none of those people would let him step in a cage and fight if there were any concerns about his mental health. I just wish it were easier to believe in the fight game’s overall willingness and ability to look out for its own in situations like this.

Ben Fowlkes is MMA Junkie and USA TODAY’s MMA columnist. Follow him on Twitter at @BenFowlkesMMA. Twitter Mailbag appears every Thursday on MMA Junkie.

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Committed to KSW, Roberto Soldic believes he would be top 10 in UFC 

Welterweight champion Roberto Soldic has no intentions of leaving of KSW for the foreseeable future, but the Croatian knockout artist believes he could be among the top 10 fighters in the UFC’s welterweight division.

Soldic continued his reign at the top of the Polish promotion’s welterweight bracket with a devastating one-punch, first-round knockout of previously undefeated prospect Krystian Kaszubowski in the main event of KSW 49 on Saturday.

One of the most talked about fighters in Europe at the moment, many ponder how “Robocop” would fare if he plied his trade in the UFC. And although Soldic acknowledges that some of the best fighters are currently fighting in the UFC, he believes that simply competing in the Octagon doesn’t make you one of the best in the world.

“The UFC is number one in the world and a lot of the guys there are high level, the top 10 guys and the top 15 guys,” Soldic told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast.

“It’s hard to say if I would finish these guys, but you can see from the guys who have gone to ONE Championship from the UFC—not every fighter in the UFC is the best fighter in the world. [It also shows] that outside of the UFC there are very good fighters too.”

Soldic was quick to point out that he is completely content fighting for KSW and has no plans to leave the promotion.

“For me, KSW is good; I really like KSW,” Soldic said. “I think I’ll stay here for a long time, so I don’t really think about the UFC, I just think about KSW. They take care of me and they give me support. I’m champion here, I enjoy it here and we’ll see what the future brings.”

That being said, if he was to compete in the UFC, Soldic believes he would be able to quickly force himself into the division’s top 10.

“I believe in a very short time I could be in the top 10 [of the UFC]. I believe that because I’ve had really good spars with top-level guys. They had some trouble with me and they respected me afterwards. I’m sure I could compete there.”

Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Roberto Soldic interview begins at 41:50.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Releases Statement Regarding Reduced Suspensions for Teammates

An official announcement of the Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title unification bout between current king Khabib Nurmagomedov and newly-crowned interim ace Dustin Poirier is imminent after the reduced sanctions handed down to Nurmagomedov’s teammates Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov for their roles in the post-UFC 229 brawl. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Stream or download MMA Junkie Radio #2925 with Jim Ross, Ian Heinisch, Yves Edwards

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMA Junkie Radio withJim Ross, Ian Heinisch, and Yves Edwards.

Ross, the legendary broadcaster, joined to talk about Saturday’ AEW debut show, and talked about the pro wrestling and MMA crossover with the likes of Ronda Rousey and Brock Lesnar. Rising UFC middleweight Heinisch discussed his exciting win over Antonio Carlos Junior at UFC Rochester. Edwards talked about Thursday’s PFL card, for which he’ll be a color commentator.

Stream or download the entire episode over at AudioBoom.com, or watch a replay in the video above.

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For PFL champ Lance Palmer, a second $1 million payday could soon be on the way

Lance Palmer is one of the tourney favorites for PFL’s second featherweight season.

Lance Palmer had a New Year’s Eve celebration to remember last year — and he hopes history repeats itself by the end of 2019.

The four-time NCAA All-American won a life-changing $1,000,000 purse on the final day of 2018 after emerging victorious in the inaugural PFL featherweight season. Palmer ran the table to do so, racking up a 5-0 record over a six-month span. In the process, he made history by becoming the first-ever three-time WSOF/PFL champion. The entire experience was a blur for Palmer, whose defense of his throne kicks off Thursday at PFL Uniondale with the start of season two’s featherweight bracket. And more so than anything else, the sense of accomplishment he felt last New Year’s Eve is a feeling that Palmer is eager to rediscover.

“The money wasn’t really the high, honestly,” Palmer told MMA Fighting ahead of PFL Uniondale. “I mean, it was cool and I was able to do some stuff with it, be able to do some things that I’ve been wanting to do. We refinanced our house and put some into some investment accounts and stuff like that. But the high was really just from being able to get through five fights in six months and be healthy through it all. I was more happy with that than with anything else, to be honest. It was more of a relief than a high after the fight on New Year’s Eve, to get through such a great thing like a tournament like this.”

That being said, the prize money certainly didn’t hurt either. Being handed a seven-figure lump sum can change a lot in one’s life. Fortunately, Palmer seems to have been prudent with his winnings thus far. Most of the money either went into investment accounts, savings accounts, or his house. Only once since the tournament has Palmer truly splurged — a fan of American muscle cars, who has long wanted a vehicle that could run a quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds, the 32-year-old wrestler bought himself a destroyer grey Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. He’s quite happy with his decision.

But the only thing better than one $1,000,000 paycheck is two $1,000,000 paychecks, and that is exactly what Palmer is angling for in 2019. PFL’s second featherweight season kicks off this week in Long Island with a 12-man field headlined by multiple tournament veterans, including last year’s runner-up Steven Siler and former WSOF/PFL champion Andre Harrison. Such an experienced lineup means that Palmer won’t be the only returning veteran who picked up a few tips and tricks from last year’s marathon bracket.

“The season wasn’t long, but it wears on your body when you’re literally in fight camp for about eight months out of the whole year, straight through, and there’s not really much time off in between,” Palmer said. “I mean, you have your time off in between fights, but you’re training for the next fight that whole time.

“For me, it was more about just being smart with my training. Just knowing that I’m already in shape from the first fight. I’m already putting the work in, I’m already in shape, I’m already eating healthy. There’s no reason to go above and beyond, because most of the time that’s what you think — you think you’re not doing enough. You think just because you feel good after a practice, that you need to be doing more. That’s where a lot of guys either get injured or get over-trained. And a lot of times, once you’re over-trained, it takes weeks and weeks to get back to feeling good again.

“I’ve done a good job of balancing training hard and recovering hard,” he continued. “And I think a lot of guys don’t do that. And that was the main thing that helped me with getting through that last stretch of the last eight weeks before the finals last year.”

Other than the trio of Palmer, Siler, and Harrison, no other veterans of PFL’s first season are making their return for season two. The two that were supposed to — Brazilian featherweights Alexandre Almeida and Alexandre Bezerra, both of whom made last year’s playoffs — were removed from the tournament Wednesday due to weight-cutting related issues.

That means plenty of new faces will be debuting in the bracket this week in Nassau Coliseum, and for Palmer, that feeling of journeying into the unknown is a familiar one.

“When we went into it last year, I knew the guys that I had fought before,” Palmer said. “I knew Siler, I knew Almeida, I knew Harrison. This year, it’s pretty much the same as that — I know the guys that I’ve fought before. Like, Jeremy Kennedy is a tough guy because he only had one loss in the UFC and then he didn’t end up re-signing with them, and had a couple fights outside of the UFC, and he was a training partner for some of my time last year in Vegas, so he’s going to be a guy who’s definitely going to be tough in there.

“There’s other guys that are tough but I just don’t know of them, so that’s the other hard part too. There’s a Russian guy who’s really tough. He’s a really tough guy but he’s mainly a striker from what I know. And then there’s a Brazilian guy who has a really good record — he has like 30 fights or something, but I don’t know the quality of all of those guys that he’s fought, so you can’t really just look at the record and be like, ‘dang, this guy’s really good.’

“The good part is we’ll get to see everybody fight [on Thursday] and get a really recent look at their fights, because it’s hard to tell sometimes — their fights either aren’t on YouTube or aren’t televised, or they haven’t fought in a little while so you don’t get the most recent version of them. So it’s good to have that tournament feel, because you know they can only do so much to improve from one fight to the next with these fights being so close together.”

Palmer’s first opponent is one of those new faces. The reigning PFL featherweight champion is slated to face Alex Gilpin at PFL Uniondale, a 27-year-old prospect who captured victory on the UFC’s Contender Series in his most recent outing. With a 12-1 record and a litany of submission finishes to his name, Gilpin has a chance to be the darkhorse of the featherweight tourney, but Palmer has made it his mission to see that doesn’t happen. After all, being the only four-time PFL champion has a nice ring to it.

“I see a lot of holes on his feet mainly,” Palmer said of Gilpin. “On the ground, he likes to be in the submission game. He likes to attack the neck, likes front headlock positions and d’arce positions and guillotines, stuff like that from trying to attack the neck with grappling. So just making him uncomfortable in those positions [is key].

“Guys are going to be trying super hard not to get finished,” added Palmer. “I mean, that’s just the way it is. So when I go into these fights, I’m going to be looking for the finish as always, but if the finish doesn’t accumulate, I’m not going to be down on myself just because three points is still three points. It’s still going to take you towards where you want to be, and they can’t deny you if you win. You’ve got to win and you’ve got to score points.”

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Despite Struggles, Reeling Kevin Lee Commits to UFC Welterweight Division

Kevin Lee’s Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight debut didn’t go as planned last Saturday night as the former lightweight took on Rafael dos Anjos, losing by submission in the fourth round. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Sage Northcutt shares update from hospital, says he’s getting better after facial surgery

Sage Northcutt isn’t fully recovered from extensive facial surgery, but he at least looks better.

Last week, Northcutt suffered a brutal loss in his ONE Championship debut when he was knocked out with one punch by Cosmo Alexandre in just 29 seconds at ONE Championship 96.

Even though the finish was devastating, with Northcutt face-planting onto the canvas, he appeared OK just a few minutes later. But the next day, Northcutt shared the news that he’d undergone a nine-hour surgery in Singapore to repair eight facial fractures.

Four days later, on Wednesday, Northcutt followed up with an update, naturally seeming upbeat while also looking better than before (via Instagram).

Still in the hospital recovering in Singapore getting better.. thanks for all the prayers!

Northcutt didn’t provide a date for when he’d be released from the hospital or a timetable for his return to the cage.

UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber, who was in Northcutt’s corner at ONE Championship 96, provided more context to the injury during an appearance this week on “The MMA Hour.”

“Sage went one way and then the other way, first time in a ring, and literally gets manhunted with the nastiest punch and crushes his whole face,” Faber said. “Basically splintered his cheek into 30 pieces and broke his orbital bone. He had eight different fractures and literally they had to pick the pieces of the bone fragments out, 30 different pieces out of his face.”

For more on ONE Championship 96, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Cosmo Alexandre admits he was ‘sad’ after learning extent of Sage Northcutt’s injuries

Cosmo Alexandre stopped Sage Northcutt in 29 seconds at ONE Championship.

Cosmo Alexandre’s return to mixed martial arts only lasted 29 seconds, but he doesn’t feel 100 percent happy about it.

Alexandre, one of Brazil’s most experienced kickboxers, took on UFC veteran Sage Northcutt in his first MMA bout in almost three years, and stopped him with a brutal right hand at Friday’s ONE Championship event in Singapore.

A day after the contest, Northcutt revealed on social media that he suffered eight fractures and had undergone a nine-hour surgery in Singapore to fix the injuries sustained in the short bout.

”When the fight was over and he got back up his face was already swollen, and that’s something unusual,” Alexandre told MMA Fighting. “I had a feeling that it wasn’t 100 percent. I left the ring and went backstage to see the doctor, he was in a different room, but I decided not to get in there because there was too many people out there. When they brought a stretcher, I knew something serious had happened.”

Alexandre only heard about the effects of his right hand when Northcutt posted about it on his social media.

”The next day I heard that he had a long surgery. I hate that, man,” Alexandre said. “I’m doing my job there, to go in there and win. I know we can get hurt, but nothing that serious. I was sad because that’s his job and I don’t wish that to anyone.”

The vicious knockout went viral immediately, but the Brazilian didn’t approve the way some fans talked about Northcutt in the aftermath.

”When I got back to the hotel there were a lot of messages online, people talking trash at him,” Alexandre said. “I honestly don’t know why. I can’t understand why people hate him so much. I don’t know if it’s because he’s good looking, like a model. I can’t understand, and I don’t like that. I asked people to stop tagging me on those messages.”

An 89-fight veteran under kickboxing rules and 8-1 with six knockouts in MMA, Alexandre did not expect to win that quickly. However, he admits to be surprised with the amount of hype around Northcutt going into the fight.

A former Bellator fighter himself, Alexandre doesn’t watch UFC events that often. In fact, he didn’t even know how to correctly pronounce Northcutt’s name until after the event. He had only watched a video of one of Northcutt’s UFC wins, and was told “that’s what he always does.”

His initial reaction was, “no big deal.” Alexandre worked on his takedown defense after learning that Northcutt was training at Team Alpha Male, but mostly sharpened his already deadly striking skills for his MMA return.

”Americans would tell me he was badass, and my question was always the same: What did he win?” Alexandre said. “I was not being arrogant, it was an honest question. I wanted to know who did he beat, what did he win. He never beat nobody, never won anything that I know of.”

Alexandre and Northcutt met in a 185-pound contest in Singapore, since ONE doesn’t allow fighters to dehydrate. The Brazilian says he weighed around 185 pounds when he entered the ring on Friday, and that people can’t blame the weight on the result.

”I thought it would take longer, but I forget about the size of gloves,” said Alexandre, who fought most of his career in Bellator as a lightweight, between 2011 and 2012. “I’m used to fighting with 8oz, 10oz gloves, and it never crossed my mind that with small MMA gloves, if one good hand landed clean, he would probably go down.”

Alexandre considered to retire from combat sports after such an impressive victory in Asia. With three bouts left on his contract with ONE Championship, though, he plans on pocketing some cash before walking into the sunset.

If offered the same amount of money going forward, Alexandre would choose going back to muay thai over kickboxing and MMA next, and welcomes new sponsors after the spotlight that his win over Northcutt brought.

”I’ve fought everyone and won everything I could win in muay thai. The major titles, I’ve fought and won them all, so there’s no goal left. And neither in MMA,” Alexandre said. “Being the ONE champion, being a UFC champion, I don’t have that (desire). The thing for me now is making money. I want to retire soon, so all I think about is money.

“Having good fights, of course, to finish my career on a high note, and make money. It’s up to ONE now. I have can fight muay thai, kickboxing or MMA there.”

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Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams Targeted for UFC San Antonio on July 20

Juan Adams will be getting his wish. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Joe ‘Diesel’ Riggs’ pro boxing debut canceled after opponent withdraws

MMA veteran Joe Riggs is going to have to wait a bit to make his professional boxing debut.

Riggs (50-18-1 MMA, 0-0 Boxing) was scheduled to fight in his home state of Arizona in a bout against David Damore (1-6-3 Boxing) on a Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions event at Casino Del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater in Tucson.

However, the promotion announced at Wednesday’s weigh-ins that Damore was pulled from the bout, and the fight was canceled. No reason was given for the decision.

While Riggs is off the card, the event itself is still on. Tunisia’s Ikram Kerwat (9-1 Boxing) headlines against nine-time world title challenger Simone Da Silva (15-12 Boxing) of Brazil for the vacant WBC silver female lightweight championship.

The fight card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

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PFL 13 weigh-in results: Alexandre Bezerra hospitalized, misses weight by nine pounds

Alexandre Bezerra (pictured) was hospitalized before the official weigh-ins in Long Island.

The Professional Fighters League returns to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday for its second show of the 2019 season, but three Brazilians have been pulled from the card in Long Island, NY.

Alexandre Bezerra, who was slated to take on Jeremy Kennedy in a featherweight bout, weighed in at 155 pounds on Wednesday morning, coming in nine pounds over the weight.

Bezerra told MMA Fighting he passed out while cutting weight in a hot tub and was taken by his coach to a local hospital. According to “Popo”, he still had seven pounds left to cut when he passed out.

Kennedy, a UFC veteran, will now take on Brazilian prospect Luis Rafael Laurentino, who was left without an opponent after Alexandre Almeida missed weight by one pound.

The third Brazilian removed from Thursday night’s event is Ronys Torres, who was not medically cleared by the New York State Athletic Commission for undisclosed reasons, according to sources. His opponent, Ramsey Nijem, will be awarded three points in the PFL system.

The PFL card will be headlined by featherweights Lance Palmer and Alex Gilpin, who made weight on Wednesday. The complete weigh-in results can be seen below.

Lance Palmer (145.2) vs. Alex Gilpin (145.4)
Chris Wade (155.4) vs. Nate Andrews (155.6)
Andre Harrison (145.8) vs. Peter Petties (144.6)
Ramsey Nijem (154.4) vs. Ronys Torres (not medically cleared)
Akhmed Aliev (155.4) vs. Carlao Silva (154.8)
Alexandre Almeida (147*) vs. Luis Rafael Laurentino (145.4)
Islam Mamedov (155.6) vs. Ylies Djiroun (155.4)
Rashid Magomedov (154.8) vs. Loik Radzhabov (155.6)
Natan Schulte (155) vs. Bao Yincang (154.8)
Alexandre Bezerra (155*) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (145.4)
Damon Jackson (145.2) vs. Movlid Khaybulaev (145.8)
Steven Siler (145.4) vs. Gadzhi Rabadanov (145.6)
*missed weight

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Alessio Sakara to Headline MMA Portion of Bellator’s Upcoming Italian Card on Oct. 12

Bellator MMA will return to Italy with another mixed card featuring both mixed martial arts and kickboxing bouts on Oct. 12. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

Video: Backstage at Bellator 221 with Michael ‘Venom’ Page

Bellator 221 didn’t exactly go according to plan for Michael Page.

The sensational British striker known as “MVP” got caught and knocked out by the dangerous Douglas Lima in their welterweight grand prix semifinal bout, which made for Page’s first professional MMA loss.

But the evening was a learning experience for “Venom,” who was philosophical about losing the former Bellator welterweight champion, and appeared to take all the right lessons out of his defeat.

Check out the Bellator MMA video above, which shows Page’s fight day in Rosemont, Ill., from his arena arrival to the knockout in the fight to his cordial conversation with Lima in the backstage area after the bout to his discussion of what’s next.

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