Catching up with Ronys Torres before PFL 2019, Week 2

Ronys Torres’ career has taken him all over the world. Just 32, Torres (37-6), whose fight resume includes a UFC stint, has seen and done it all.

Except for winning $1 million. That, Torres has a chance to rectify. He’s part of the PFL 2019 lightweight season, and he’ll kick off with a tall task on Thursday night, as he faces Ramsey Nijem in his first regular-season matchup at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

MMA Junkie recently caught up with Torres to talk about the fight, the season and a whole lot more. 

Can you recap your career up to now?

I’m very happy to be fighting in the U.S. again. It was never my choice not to be fighting there. Just the opposite. The biggest and best organizations are American. I simply hadn’t received any invitations. After I left the UFC, I fought in various other promotions. I ended up fighting in places like Portugal, Spain, China, and South Korea. Now we’re coming back to America. I hope to be victorious in my return. I’ve been training very hard to show up at 100 percent and have a great win in the PFL. It’s a grand prix, so I’m giving all I have.

The final battle now is against the weight. I’m much more experienced than when I fought in the UFC or in the WSOF. I have a new mindset. I’m a new athlete. I’ve fought 49 times. I have 43 wins to 6 losses. Some of my early wins in Manacapuru (state of Amazonas, Brazil) aren’t on my record. But even with those missing bouts, you can see my level of experience.

What can you say about your next opponent, Ramsey Nijem?

He’s truly tough. He goes for knockouts. He’s got heavy hands. I think that when he tries to go for a KO, I should be able to get him down and work on my ground game. Although, nowadays, fights are mostly won on strategy. So, he may not rush me, to avoid going to the ground. I’ve watched his videos. He’s good on the mat, too. He fights hard with a lot of heart. He never quits. I think everything is in place for a great fight. We’re both coming off wins now. I’m sure he’s also studying me. It’s going to be great. The real winners will be the fans.

How’s your preparation going?

It was actually hard to find his videos. I couldn’t find his last fight in the PFL. In the PFL, I only found the one where he got KO’d (by Brian Foster). I was also able to find his UFC fights. I’m training at Nova Uniao under coach ‘Dede’ Pederneiras. My training partners are Leonardo Santos, Jose Aldo, Marlon Sandro, Hacran Dias, Giovanni Diniz, and several others. I’ve been training hard on my standup and takedowns, but the goal is always to fight in my comfort area, which is the ground. 

Plans for the future?

I’m already booked for two fights. After the one in May, I’m already scheduled to fight in the PFL in July. After the points are added up, we’ll see if I get into the tournament quarterfinals. My plan is to keep winning in the PFL so I can make it to the grand finale, so I can capture the $1 million prize. 

Anything else?

I’m working very hard to reverse the old trend of losses in the U.S. I want to show that I’m a warrior. I’ll give everything I have to be the PFL champion. 

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Fortunes changed for five at UFC Rochester

Rafael dos Anjos

When Rafael dos Anjos welcomed Kevin Lee to the welterweight ranks with a fourth-round submission in a competitive fight, it kept the former lightweight champion on a treadmill of sorts.

Dos Anjos (29-11) came into Saturday’s fight in Rochester, N.Y., as the third-ranked welterweight contender in the UFC. The problem is that his two losses in the division have been to Kamaru Usman (15-1) and Colby Covington (14-1). Both were able to out-wrestle dos Anjos and take five-round decisions over him. The expectation is that Usman and Covington will meet for the title, but the problem for dos Anjos is both beat him in similar fashion and in a manner that wouldn’t make anyone clamor for a rematch.

There’s always the option of moving weight classes. Dos Anjos was successful as a lightweight, with wins over the like of Benson Henderson, Nate Diaz, Anthony Pettis (who he won the title from), and Donald Cerrone all in a row. He lost the title to Eddie Alvarez and the chance for dos Anjos to get a shot at getting it back ended when Tony Ferguson won a decision over him. This version of dos Anjos is bigger and stronger than the other version, but he is small compared to a lot of welterweights.

One could argue that if the UFC was to open up 165 pounds as a division, that perhaps that would be dos Anjos’ best bet. With the added muscle, a move back to 155 would be more difficult to make. Unfortunately for him and Lee, there is no real movement toward adding a new men’s division. Cerrone moved back to lightweight after competing at welterweight. Cerrone didn’t do as well as a welterweight as dos Anjos has done. And that move back worked out well for Cerrone, since he’s back in the lightweight championship picture.

Even with the depth of talent in the lightweight division, it’s the weight class dos Anjos went the farthest in. Granted, current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov also has a win over dos Anjos. It was the same story, a decision based on having superior wrestling. But it was also five years ago.

The flip side is that dos Anjos would be healthier over the long run at welterweight because it’s much easier to make weight. However, welterweight leaves his career at a standstill given who bested him and how they did it.

Let’s look at how Fortunes changed for five stars of Saturday night’s show:

RAFAEL DOS ANJOS – At welterweight, given that Tyron Woodley is injured and Covington and Usman are fighting each other, the best opponent for dos Anjos looks to be Santiago Ponzinibbio (27-3). But even with a win, it’s hard to say that gets him any closer to a title shot in the division.

KEVIN LEE – Lee’s move to welterweight didn’t go as planned. Lee (17-5) started out strong and was competitive for much of the fight, but tired as it went on and fell in the fourth round to an arm-triangle. If Lee is to stay as a welterweight, a good next opponent would be Vicente Luque (16-6-1) or Gunnar Nelson (17-4-1). But he’s another fighter who probably would have more succesd at lightweight.

FELICIA SPENCER – Spencer’s UFC debut couldn’t have gone better. She improved to 7-0, tapping out Megan Anderson (9-4) in a women’s featherweight fight. The problem of the women’s featherweight division, is that there is a champion who is really a bantamweight, and there is little competition beyond Anderson and Cris Cyborg.

Just because of that lack of depth, there was talk from that one win, that Spencer should face Cyborg (20-2, 1 NC) next. On one hand, it seems ridiculously early for such a match; on the other hand, there is nobody else for either of them unless UFC talks one of the bantamweights into moving up.

CHARLES OLIVEIRA – Saturday’s win for Oliveira (27-8, 1 no contest) was his fifth in a row, but his first using his fists as the finisher in more than a decade, dating back to when he was 19 years old. The UFC’s all-time submission king should next face either Justin Gaethje (20-2) or Paul Felder (16-4).

ASPEN LADD – Ladd (8-0) took the measure of Sijara Eubanks (4-3) via decision. Ladd should next face Ketlen Vieira (10-0). The winner of such a bout could easily be pushed for a bantamweight title shot against the winner of Amanda Nunes vs. Holly Holm. Vieira was in that category already when she was taken out of action with a knee injury. Another undefeated opponent Ladd could face would be Macy Chiasson (5-0).

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Josh Copeland Pleads Guilty in Domestic Violence Case, Receives 2 Years Probation

Professional Fighters League heavyweight Josh Copeland pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in court on Tuesday, according to TMZ Sports. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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Chris Leben expects a war in Bare Knuckle FC the second time around

NEW YORK – Chris Leben has been around the fight game long enough to know that back-to-back easy fights don’t come around all that often.

So while the popular former “Ultimate Fighter 1” competitor won his Bare Knuckle FC debut os Jason Baesman at BKFC 5 in just 25 seconds, he doesn’t expect every bare-knuckle boxing venture to be a walk in the park.

Thus, when he meets Brennan Ward at BKFC 6 on June 22, he’s preparing to go all five rounds if he must.

“I kind of look at this fight much like any fight, where, it’s the hardest fight of my life,” Leben told MMA Junkie at Monday’s news conference promoting the card. “It’s the most important fight of my life. I’m coming off a quick victory. I know you never have two of those in a row, so I’m prepared for war, and I’m doing everything I can.”

Now that he’s been through the process, Leben has a better feel for prepare for a bare-knuckle bout, and says the difference between preparing for a bare-knuckle fight and an MMA bout are exactly what you’d probably expect.

“As far as what’s different than, say, an MMA camp, you know, I’m utilizing my footwork substantially more, working a lot of striking with gloves, using the pads,” Leben said. “Obviously you can’t spar very often with no gloves on, you do a lot of training, a lot of hitting, a lot of knuckle-conditioning stuff.”

“It’s similar except for obviously this is all standup, so my focus is 100 percent standup,” Leben continued. “I feel like since I’ve been able to just focus on my hands my skill level has shot through the roof. We’ve got a giant boxing program at my gym and the MMA coaches are very progressive on their striking, so I really have been trying to sharpen some new tools. I want to go out and showcase something a little different from Chris Leben.”

Leben’s win over Baesman was part of a BKFC 5 package, including the exciting main event between Artem Lobov and Jason Knight, which created quite a bit of buzz in fight circles. Leben is convinced BKFC is on to something, and that sport’s popularity will surge.

“I think this sport is going to be huge,” Leben said. “Look at the average fan, the average fight fan. I’m a brown belt in jiu-jitsu, I’ve been doing jiu-jitsu for 20 years, when I watch the UFC and it hits the ground, I’m go ‘[expletive], you were banging it out and it was so exciting.’ Someone who hasn’t been doing jiu-jitsu for 20 years, they might not even know what’s going on on the ground. Everybody understands a fist fight, you know? You go in there and you watch two guys slugging it out, everybody knows who’s in there, who’s winning, who’s losing, what’s going on and I think it’s like all the good stuff, all the red life savers all packed into one sport.” 

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Leon Edwards: Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos bouts can ‘bridge the gap’ to title 

Despite his seven-fight win streak and his growing stock among the U.K. fan base, Leon Edwards is still looking to book a date on the back of his Gunnar Nelson victory at UFC London in March.

“Rocky” has recently thrown his name in the hat to step in on short notice to replace Tyron Woodley for his UFC Minneapolis clash with Robbie Lawler. He also declared interest in facing off with Rafael dos Anjos following his win over Kevin Lee at last weekend’s UFC Rochester event.

“There’s no news at the moment, I’m still pushing for a big fight,” Edwards told MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. “I’m trying to get that Robbie Lawler fight, but I haven’t heard anything yet.”

“Robbie is a former champion, he’s a big name in the sport. I think I could go in there and dismantle Robbie and I should have a title shot after that. Since the weekend, RDA has gone and got a good win under his belt. That would be a good fight as well.”

The Birmingham native praised the Brazilian’s performance in his win over Kevin Lee.

“It was a solid performance, he done really well. He was on a two-fight skid before that and to come back and beat somebody like Lee, it proves a point. He’s a former world champion as well, so I think that’s another good fight for me.”

As far as Edwards is concerned, he now needs to get closer to the title by fighting a top tier welterweight.

“I’m on a seven-fight win streak now, one more fight puts me on an eight-fight streak and I would accept nothing else but a title shot when that happens. It’s just a matter of waiting now, but I really feel like after one more I’m going to be ready. I just need a high ranked opponent to prove that I deserve that title shot.”

“I’m trying to bridge the gap to the title,” he added. “For me to take on some random opponent, that does nothing for me. I feel like it’s got to be a top-five opponent next and then a title shot. Realistically, I should already be in title contention. My win streak is the second longest in the division next to the champion.”

After his success on the ground against jiu-jitsu ace Gunnar Nelson and coming off best from a five-round striking match with Donald Cerrone, Edwards thinks the higher ranked opponents in the division do not want to risk losing their ranking spots by facing him.

“I think that’s the problem; none of these guys want to lose,” said Edwards. “Robbie Lawler probably only has two fights left in him, I think he’s probably picking his fights very carefully. I’m dangerous to all of these guys. I’m well rounded; I’m one of the best strikers and one of the best grapplers. I’m out-grappling Gunnar Nelson, I’m out striking “Cowboy” Cerrone. I want some respect on my name. I know I’ll be a world champion.”

Edwards laughed off his countryman Darren Till’s attempt to get the Lawler fight.

“He needs to go and try to get his chin back,” he said. “I don’t understand where he’s coming from. He’s on a two-fight skid and he got stopped both times. I don’t think he has a say in when or where he fights.”

The current welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, handed Edwards his last defeat in December 2015. The Team Renegade fighter is confident that it would be a completely different contest if they locked horns again.

“I’ve watched that fight many times and I’ve played through it in my head many times,” he explained. “I was a very young man back then, when me and him first fought. Now, I know that I could go out there and beat him. I’ve improved leaps and bounds since the first time I competed against him. I know I’ll be the champion if I get that rematch.”

Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Leon Edwards interview begins at 8:40.

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Francis Ngannou vs. Junior dos Santos Moved from UFC 239 to UFC on ESPN 3

UFC on ESPN 3 has a new headliner, as a heavyweight clash between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos will top the June 29 card in Minneapolis, Minn. View full post on Recent News on Sherdog.com

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‘Cage Warriors 106: Night of Champions’ receives sixth title fight

Cage Warriors’ upcoming “Night of Champions” event now has six title fights set for the evening’s main card.

Promotion officials today announced that top flyweight contenders Sam Creasey (11-2) and Samir Faiddine (10-5) will face off for the promotion’s vacant 125-pound title at Cage Warriors 106, which takes place June 29 at Eventim Apollo in London. The night’s main card, including all six title fights streams live on UFC Fight Pass.

Creasey and Faiddine were initially linked together for a 2017 contest, though the bout never came to fruition. Since then, Creasey challenged for the Cage Warriors flyweight title but came up short in a barnburner with Nathan Greyson. “The Hobbit” has since rebounded with a pair of victories in the promotion.

Meanwhile, Frenchman Faiddine makes his Cage Warriors debut, looking to build off the strength of an April decision win under the Cage Survivor banner.

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass)

  • Champ Ross Houston vs. interim champ Nicolas Dalby – for welterweight title
  • Jack Grant vs. Jai Herbert – for vacant lightweight title
  • Dean Trueman vs. Mads Burnell – for featherweight title
  • Champ James Webb vs. Nathias Frederick – for middleweight title
  • Marthin Hamlet vs. Modestas Bukauskas – for vacant light heavyweight title
  • Sam Creasey vs. Samir Faiddine – for vacant flyweight title

PRELIMINARY CARD

  • Morgan Charriere vs. Lewis Monarch
  • Adam Aramasinghe vs. Darren O’Gorman
  • Hakon Foss vs. Jason Radcliffe
  • Kingsley Crawford vs. James Hendin
  • Ian Garry vs. Tayo Odunjo
  • Josh Onwordi vs. Jabeed Rahman

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Viviane Araujo moves down to flyweight, meets Alexis Davis at UFC 240

Viviane Araujo will return to the Octagon in a flyweight bout.

Fresh off an impressive win in her Octagon debut, former Pancrase strawweight champion Viviane Araujo won’t return to her original weight class just yet.

Araujo, who stopped Talita Bernardo in a bantamweight bout at UFC 237 on May 11, is set to face Alexis Davis in a flyweight contest at UFC 240 in Edmonton, Canada, on July 27. Both fighters confirmed the booking on social media following a report by Combate.

Davis (19-9), who sits at No. 7 in UFC’s official 125-pound ranking, is coming off back-to-back decision defeats to Katlyn Chookagian and Jennifer Maia. The Invicta FC and Strikeforce veteran currently holds a 6-4 record under the UFC banner, 1-2 since moving down to flyweight.

Araujo (7-1) made her Octagon debut on four days’ notice, replacing Melissa Gatto against Talita Bernardo in Rio de Janeiro, and now rides a four-fight winning streak with all wins coming by way of stoppage.

UFC 240 will take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Canada, and feature Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar for the featherweight championship in the main event.

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UFC on ESPN+ 10: Julio Arce revels in first UFC knockout, first head-kick finish

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Julio Arce beat Julian Erosa with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout Saturday night to open the prelims at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, N.Y.

Take a look inside the fight with Arce, who got back in the win column after a tough split-decision loss at UFC 230 in New York this past November.

Result: Julio Arce def. Julian Erosa via knockout (head kick) – Round 3, 1:49
Updated records: Arce (16-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC), Erosa (22-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC)
Key stat: Arce got his first knockout win in the UFC, and first career win by head kick.

On the fight’s key moment

“He has a very interesting style – he’s kind of like Dominick Cruz, moving a lot. I had to be very patient and also find my range for a longer fighter.”

On his first UFC knockout

“Sometimes I do it in practice, and it just happened. I noticed he took two of my head kicks before. He was coming in tough as nails. So I was like, ‘This time, let’s hit it and land it.'”

On what he wants next

“I’m not that kind of guy. Whoever wants to fight, they can come to fight. I don’t really call people out. It’s whoever’s going to be available. I’m working my way up the ranks, but I’m not in a position to call anybody out.”

To hear more from Arce, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above.

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Urijah Faber: Sage Northcutt’s cheek was ‘splintered’ into ‘30 pieces’ in ONE debut

Cosmo Alexandre (blue gloves) stands over a fallen Sage Northcutt (red gloves) at ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon in Kallang, Singapore on May 17

There’s not a lot you can say when one of your fighters is knocked out in less than 30 seconds.

That’s the situation Urijah Faber and his team had to deal with when they cornered Sage Northcutt this past Friday in his promotional debut at ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon in Kallang, Singapore. The former UFC fighter was stopped in the first-round by kickboxing ace Cosmo Alexandre when Alexandre landed a cracking right hand that left Northcutt flat on the mat.

Faber appeared on The MMA Hour on Monday to talk about what went wrong for the 23-year-old Team Alpha Male prospect.

“25 seconds in really, he got stalked, Cosmo who’s an amazing kickboxer and a big, strong guy, came out and pressed the action right off the bat,” Faber told host Luke Thomas. “Right off the bat, did like a couple of stutter steps, switch-step fakes to kind of corral Sage in. 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. 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.

“So a bunch went wrong, 23, 25 seconds in we really didn’t see much of a fight. Cosmo’s a seven-time world champ, he’s a dangerous, fighting at 185 pounds, under the impression that nobody cuts weight in ONE FC and they do hydration tests because of etc., and we didn’t get to see much of a fight to be honest.”

The damage from Alexandre’s finishing blow was evident in a post that Northcutt later shared on social media in which he wrote that he had to undergo a nine-hour operation to take care of his injuries. Faber said that the always-positive Northcutt appeared to be in good spirits.

In regards to any potential issues with weight, Faber mentioned that it’s possible Northcutt (who competed at lightweight and welterweight in the UFC before meeting Alexandre at 185 pounds) was giving up some size despite ONE’s strict weight-cutting policies. ONE does not make their weigh-in results public and the lack of transparency raised the question of whether or not Alexandre had an advantage in Faber’s eyes.

“Sage is such a faith-based guy and takes things as they’re said. Of course, everybody’s cutting weight,” Faber said. “I was kind of trying to wrap my head around the thing and you have to do a hydration test and they weigh you in a couple of days in a row, so it makes it really difficult. But I talked to multiple guys there that were cutting weight and it is what it is.

“That wasn’t the main problem there. Cosmo’s an incredible fighter, seasoned Muay Thai kickboxer, 7-1 as a mixed martial artist. Just came across the ring and landed a nasty punch and ended it for Sage there.”

This was the first knockout loss of Northcutt’s career and also the first time he’d failed to make it out of the first round. He compiled a 6-2 record competing in the UFC and was viewed as an intriguing signing for ONE when the company announced that it was bringing him into the fold last November.

According to Faber, the transition not been without its speed bumps due to Northcutt not being completely healthy and he wondered if his team should have counseled him to hold off on making his ONE debut until the circumstances were more favorable.

“There’s a lot of stuff going into this fight, he’d had to pull out a couple of different times on dates, it’s been almost 10 months since he actually had a fight,” Faber said. “Didn’t get to see him follow through with practices for a long time now because of some little injuries. In retrospect, there were some warning signs maybe not to take this fight and like you said, it’s not like you go into a fight thinking you’re gonna get your face smashed.

“But against some advice, the fight was taken, not that we don’t believe in Sage absolutely, in the future I’d like to see him at 170 pounds and I’d like to see him at least be able to follow through with an entire camp or at least more than he was able to. Again, that’s not the reason why he lost the fight. He fought a great competitor and it’s his first time in the ring and kind of a freak of a thing happened with his face shattering like that I feel like. In the future, maybe coaches having the final say on whether or not a guy goes out there is a good idea and I think talking to his father who loves Sage very much and believes in him, hard lesson learned for all of us.”

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Megan Anderson Releases Statement on Loss to Felicia Spencer at UFC Rochester

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MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with special guests Cris Cyborg and Aspen Ladd.

Cyborg, considered by many the greatest fighter in women’s mixed martial arts history, is the former UFC, Strikeforce, and Invicta featherweight champion. She’ll talk about her upcoming plans. Ladd, meanwhile, is the undefeated UFC bantamweight coming off a Fight of the Night-winning effort in her unanimous-decision win over Sijara Eubanks at UFC on ESPN+ 10.

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Video: Paulie Malignaggi spits at Artem Lobov at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship press conference

Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov had to be separated at a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship press conference in New York City on Monday

The feud between Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi is apparently going to get a lot uglier before it gets better.

Squaring off after a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship press conference in New York City ahead of their June 22 meeting in Tampa, Fla., the two pugilists were given plenty of time to jaw at each other with promotion president David Feldman standing between them.

Malignaggi, a former WBA and IBF boxing champion, can be heard questioning Lobov’s MMA record and warning “The Russian Hammer” to stop pointing his finger at him.

Lobov did not stop pointing and Malignaggi responded by spitting at Lobov.

It’s not clear if Malignaggi was able to actually hit his target, though Feldman can be seen reacting as if he inadvertently caught some stray spittle.

This is not the first time Malignaggi has chosen spit as his weapon of choice when disrespecting Lobov and associates, nor is the first time they’ve been in a heated confrontation. Malignaggi was recently seen spitting at a mural of Lobov’s close friend and teammate Conor McGregor, and Malignaggi and Lobov also got in each other’s faces at a BKFC media event in New York on April 2.

Monday’s press conference is available on the BKFC Facebook page in its entirety.

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