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Greg Jackson Talks BJ Penn’s Return

Greg Jackson is helping train BJ Penn for his return to the octagon after his recent announcement that he is coming out of retirement. Jackson spoke with MMA Junkie about […]

Greg Jackson is helping train BJ Penn for his return to the octagon after his recent announcement that he is coming out of retirement. Jackson spoke with MMA Junkie about the highly anticipated return, heres what he had to say:

“He said, ‘I’ve been thinking about a run at it, I said, ‘That’s an awesome idea.’ I stayed up for a couple of days putting together a plan, and that’s kind of how it happened, He’s such a talented and great athlete, once he finds himself and finds his love for it, I think he’s got a good two or three more years in him,” Jackson said. “Why not? What do we have to lose? Performances due to information limitations and morale limitations, don’t matter to me at all, What I look at is context and relevance within that realm. The performances don’t matter, because the potential is there. I just have one word for him: talented,” Jackson said. “His sense of how he can find rhythm, how he sees fighting, there’s a reason he’s one of the greatest fighters. If he’s happy and productive and pushed mentally, I think he’s going to do great things. I think of it as another step in his evolution, I don’t think he’s rehabbing anything. I think he’s just beginning to evolve again. He’s no any more of a challenge or less of a challenge than anybody else. It’s just another challenge.”

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Li Kai Wen Talks His Journey To ONE: Dynasty Of Champions

ONE Championship’s expansion into China has given many local fighters the chance to use the platform to make a name for themselves on the international stage, but none have done […]

ONE Championship’s expansion into China has given many local fighters the chance to use the platform to make a name for themselves on the international stage, but none have done so like Li Kai Wen.

He headed into the inaugural ONE: ‘Dynasty of Champions’ event in December of 2014 virtually unknown but made a name for himself by beating two separate opponents in the space of a single night to win the organization’s first ever Beijing Flyweight Tournament. Heres what he had to say about his journey:

“I didn’t train MMA until 2013. Before that I was training wrestling exclusively. Then one day I caught Anderson Silva’s videos online and thought ‘MMA is a man’s sport, only real men dare get into the cage’. That moment inspired me and so after watching my first MMA video I embarked on this journey to pursue a career in MMA. I only knew wrestling then and I got the take down and let off some ground and pound but the ref stood us up quickly for no reason. I thought it was an MMA fight but the rules were more like Sanda, it was unfair, whatever. It was called a TKO against me and I stood speechless knowing then my career had been tarnished by a bad call. I’m from Zhang Jia Jie in Hunan. It’ss a tourist town and has beautiful scenery. There is nothing not to love about the place, my hometown is great. It’s near to Changsha and my family and friends will all be there to support me. I also spent 10 years wrestling in Changsha so this is a real homecoming for me, I can’t wait to finally fight at my doorstep! My motivation is to do well for my family. I know my home is a broken one but I will still do what I can to unite my family through their united support for me. My family is where my spiritual support comes from. I want to do my best for my parents, the rest of my family, and my future wife. My youth was spent in a sports academy and my childhood was relatively dull but I gained a lot through wrestling. I can say wrestling made me stronger than other kids my age and helped me understand more than other kids my age. I left for the sports academy at age 8 and stayed until I was 18. That was my youth and a very long 10 years. My coaches and teammates at K-1 Club in Tianjin spend a considerable amount of time to take care of me before fights. Someone takes the responsibility of helping me relax, someone take the responsibility of washing my clothes, and so on. During my fight camp my coaches are serious about my training. They not only prepare my physical training, but also help me adjust psychologically to the state of mind I need to be in to fight my best. When I am tired they encourage me, sometimes the language gets ugly, but I know my coaches only want the best for me. I am very happy and really looking forward to this fight since Changsha is on the doorstep of my home. I feel ONE Championship has given me a lot to get motivated for because I have the chance now to go further and become better. Chance are given to the people most prepared to take it them and I won’t waste a single chance I am given from ONE Championship.”

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UFC 197 Press Conference (Video)

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Ferguson vs. Johnson ll At UFC 197

Since winning The Ultimate Fighter in 2011, number five-ranked lightweight contender Tony Ferguson has lost just once in 11 Octagon bouts. On Saturday, March 5, “El Cucuy” gets his chance […]

Since winning The Ultimate Fighter in 2011, number five-ranked lightweight contender Tony Ferguson has lost just once in 11 Octagon bouts. On Saturday, March 5, “El Cucuy” gets his chance to avenge that defeat in a UFC 197 bout against number seven-ranked Michael “The Menace” Johnson.

Tickets for UFC 197, which is headlined by the lightweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Conor McGregor and the women’s bantamweight title bout between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate, go on sale on January 22.

Currently on a seven-fight winning streak that has seen him win four post-fight bonuses in his last three victories over Gleison Tibau, Josh Thomson and Edson Barboza, Ferguson can clear the way to move into the title picture if he settles his business with the Blackzilians’ Johnson, a TUF 12 finalist who has won four of his last six bouts and who defeated Ferguson via unanimous decision in May of 2012.

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Mickey Gall Determined Not To Waste His ‘Golden Ticket’ @ UFC 196

We’ve seen and heard these stories before. Charlie Bucket found the ‘Golden Ticket’ to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and Rocky Balboa was plucked from obscurity to challenge Apollo Creed. But […]

We’ve seen and heard these stories before.

Charlie Bucket found the ‘Golden Ticket’ to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, and Rocky Balboa was plucked from obscurity to challenge Apollo Creed.

But those stories came from the realm of fantasy. In the case of New Jersey native Mickey Gall, it’s all very real.

Gall made his professional MMA debut last November at a regional event called Dead Serious 17 in Philadelphia, registering his first win with an impressive rear-naked choke finish of Ron Templeton.

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Sanchez vs. Miller At UFC 197

After a one-fight experiment in the featherweight division, Diego Sanchez will move back to 155 pounds on Saturday, March 5 when he faces Jim Miller in a UFC FIGHT PASS […]

After a one-fight experiment in the featherweight division, Diego Sanchez will move back to 155 pounds on Saturday, March 5 when he faces Jim Miller in a UFC FIGHT PASS featured bout on the UFC 197 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

“We’re thrilled to present Jim Miller vs Diego Sanchez as our Featured Bout on the UFC FIGHT PASS early Prelims,” UFC Senior Vice President and FIGHT PASS General Manager Eric Winter said. “FIGHT PASS has made a commitment to its customers to deliver strong featured Prelim fights throughout 2016 and beyond – and a matchup between these two world-class veterans is certainly a great FIGHT PASS exclusive for our customers around the world.”

The winner of season one of The Ultimate Fighter at 185 pounds, Albuquerque’s Sanchez has since become a contender at welterweight and lightweight. And while a trip to the featherweight division last November saw him fall short of victory against Ricardo Lamas, he believes a win over Miller in March will put him right back in the title picture.

One of the toughest outs, pound for pound, in the sport today, New Jersey’s Miller has been battling it out in the Octagon since 2008, delivering 14 wins in the process. Eager to get 2016 off to a winning start, Miller knows that a win over Sanchez will send a message to his peers that he’s ready for a run at the belt.

Perhaps more importantly, on a stacked UFC 197 card, these two may steal the show.

“These guys have 11 Fights of the Night between them,” Winter added. “This should be a great fight.”

Tickets for UFC 197, which is headlined by the lightweight title fight between Rafael dos Anjos and Conor McGregor and the women’s bantamweight title bout between Holly Holm and Miesha Tate, go on sale on Jan.

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UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez Preview (Video)

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Michael Bisping Talks His Plans For UFC Fight Night 83 If He Wins

Michael Bisping trash talked Anderson Silva on his radio show this morning, and also announced his plans for UFC Fight Night 83 if he’s wins. Heres what he had to […]

Michael Bisping trash talked Anderson Silva on his radio show this morning, and also announced his plans for UFC Fight Night 83 if he’s wins. Heres what he had to say:

“I’m going to destroy Anderson Silva; I’m telling you right now, my camp’s going the best it’s ever been. I’m performing better. Mentally, I’m way better than I’ve ever been, and I’m going to destroy this guy. Then after that, I’m going to get the people of London to cheer and make some goddamn noise and demand that I get a title shot.”

“I do believe that Luke Rockhold is going to be in the building when I fight Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold and I have some unfinished business. He head-butted me in the first round. That’s what I’m looking for. Will the UFC give it to me? Probably not, but I’m going to try. I’m going to try.”

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Dana White Confirms On BJ Penn Coming Out Of Retirement

UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday he has been talking to BJ Penn regarding his return to competing in the UFC. White confirmed the news of Penn coming out […]

UFC president Dana White revealed on Tuesday he has been talking to BJ Penn regarding his return to competing in the UFC. White confirmed the news of Penn coming out of retirement when he was contacted for a comment.

“It’s true, but I don’t know when or who he will fight.”

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TUF LATAM 3 To Be Filmed In Argentina

For the first time in its history, UFC®, the leading organization of mixed martial arts, will produce content in Argentina. Televisa and Mandarina TV, a local TV production company, will […]

For the first time in its history, UFC®, the leading organization of mixed martial arts, will produce content in Argentina. Televisa and Mandarina TV, a local TV production company, will be responsible for the creation of the third edition of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America for UFC.

The reality show, since its first airing in the U.S. in 2005, has produced more than 30 seasons. The Latin American version made its debut in 2014 and has launched two seasons that were previously recorded in Las Vegas. For the first time, the show will be produced and filmed in Argentina in May and June of 2016 with an airing date set for late August. The series will be broadcasted in over 20 countries in Latin America through UFC Network, free-to-air partners in the region and UFC FIGHT PASS®.

“After two successful first seasons we felt it was time to move the center of the stage from Las Vegas to Latin America to create a more direct link between the participants and their roots, and to offer a completely new experience to the viewers as well as the athletes” said Jaime Pollack, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Global Content for Latin America. “We also believe in the expansion of the brand in the region and we truly believe that this may be the next step to bring a live event to the Southern Cone in the next coming years,” added Pollack.

In the reality show 16 fighters live, train and compete to for a chance to win a contract with the UFC. The Ultimate Fighter® has recorded over 30 seasons over these past 11 years: 22 seasons in the U.S. as well as various international editions (Brazil, Australia, China, Canada, Latin America and Europe). The series introduces audiences to the nature of mixed martial arts, based on the values of respect, friendship and sacrifice.

“We are just starting to develop local content in the region for the rest of the world. We want to cross over the borders and show that excellent production quality can come from Latin America and that we trust that a country like Argentina has the ability to accomplish this project. We believe Mandarina TV will be a strong ally in building a great season,” expressed Fernando Muñiz, CEO of Televisa Networks.

“As a producer we had never participated in such a thorough selection process and we are proud that UFC has chosen Mandarina TV. It is a great opportunity to show the resources we have in Argentina. It is a great challenge and we are really excited to tell the life story of 16 Latin athletes fighting to achieve the same dream,” said Mariano Chihade, CEO of Mandarina TV.

In addition to the taping of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America, open tryouts will be held in Buenos Aires March 10th, where all male and female fighters of any weight class will be invited to attend.

Several winners of The Ultimate Fighter® have gone on to become UFC champions as seen with Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Matt Serra and Carla Esparza. Latin America is eager to have more local talent in the UFC and this next reality show, filmed in Argentina, could be the opportunity to see its awakening.

About The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America

• The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America was the first Spanish speaking edition of the reality show – two seasons have been previously filmed.

• The latest seasons of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America premiered in late August of 2014 and 2015. The reality aired on 14 free-to-air channels in Latin America.

• In 2014 the premiere of the reality in Mexico had an audience of over 7 million on Channel 5.

• UFC Network subscribers had the opportunity to watch the complete series, replays and also view exclusive content on both the channel and ufcnetwork.com.

• The winners of the first season were Mexicans participants Yair Rodriguez (featherweight) and Alejandro Perez (bantamweight). The winners of the second season were Peruvian lightweight fighter Enrique Barzola and Mexican welterweight Erick Montaño.

• The coaches of the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America were heavyweight fighters Cain Velasquez, representing the Mexican team, and Fabricio Werdum, on behalf of the Latin American team.

• The second season included the winners of the series’ season 17 and 8, Kelvin Gastelum and Efrain Escudero, as the head coaches of fighters from across the region.

• Current UFC fighters that originated from The Ultimate Fighter® Latin America: Yair Rodriguez, Alejandro Perez, Henry Briones, Masio Fullen, Marco Beltran, Jose Quinones, Guido Canetti, Marlon Vera, Diego Rivas, Erick Montaño, Enrique Barzola, Cesar Arzamendia, Alvaro Herrera, Polo Reyes, Hector Aldana, Enrique Marin, and Fredy Serrano.

• Fighters from the two seasons originated from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Spain, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

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