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UFC Fight Night 116: Pittsburgh
Tony Martin vs Olivier Aubin-Mercie

UFC Fight Night 118: Poland
Jonathan Wilson vs. Oskar Piechota

UFC Fight Night 120: Norfolk
Andrei Arlovski vs Junior Albini
Nate Marquardt vs Cezar Ferreira
Karl Roberson vs Darren Stewart
Jake Collier vs Marcel Fortuna

UFC Fight Night Sydney
Mark Hunt vs Marcin Tybura

UFC Fight Night Winnipeg
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Jared Cannonier

UFC 216
Bobby Green vs Lando Vannata
Fabricio Werdum vs Derrick Lewis
Tony Ferguson vs Kevin Lee

UFC 217
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Stephen Thompson vs Jorge Masvidal
Corey Anderson vs Patrick Cummins
Johny Hendricks vs Paulo Borrachinha
Aleksei Oleinik vs Curtis Blaydes
Aiemann Zahabi vs Ricardo Ramos
Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs Ion Cutelaba

DWTNCS WEEK 6 RECAP: Dawson shines with second-round submission finish

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Mayweather vs McGregor: Floyd Mayweather Media Conference Call

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The Mac Life: Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather | Episodes 1-3

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Conor McGregor issues a message to the boxing media, has words for Mayweather

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Conor McGregor: Media Workout | Mayweather vs. McGregor – 8/26 on SHOWTIME PPV

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MMA Quick Shots For The Week Ending August 13th

Here are the latest bouts announced for upcoming UFC events:

UFC 216 on October 7 in Las Vegas
Pearl Gonzalez vs Poliana Botelho

UFC 217 on November 4 in NYC
Johny Hendricks vs Paulo Borrachinha

UFC Fight Night Japan on September 23
Luke Jumeau vs Shinsho Anzai

UFC Fight Night 118 Poland on October 21
Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark

UFC Fight Night Brazil on Oct. 28
Glover Teixeira vs Misha Cirkunov

It’s being reported that Paige VanZant will fight Jessica Eye at UFC 216 in the new Flyweight division, a weight change for both women.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Undercard Announced

Two world championship fights including a title defense by America’s youngest world champion are part of the trio of high stakes matchups on the Mayweather vs. McGregor SHOWTIME PPV undercard on Saturday, Aug. 26 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and presented by Mayweather Promotions.

The four-fight SHOWTIME PPV event, beginning live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, is headlined by the unprecedented super welterweight matchup between boxing’s undefeated all-time great Floyd Mayweather and UFC superstar Conor McGregor. In the co-featured bout, undefeated rising star Gervonta “Tank” Davis will make the second defense of his IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship against undefeated challengerFrancisco Fonseca as the 22-year-old looks to continue his reign as the youngest current champion from the U.S.

WBA Light Heavyweight TitlistNathan Cleverly will defend his title against former 168-pound world championBadou Jack “The Ripper”, who is stepping up in weight and into this world title tilt.

The pay-per-view telecast will open with undefeated rising cruiserweight contenderAndrew “The Beast” Tabiti taking on two-time world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunninghamin a 10-round bout for the USBA cruiserweight title.

“What a night this will be for fight fans,” said Leonard Ellerbe, CEO of Mayweather Promotions. “Not only will they witness a first of its kind main event, but they will also see two incredible world title fights, as Mayweather Promotions’ very own current and former world champions go head-to-head in separate bouts. Gervonta Davis is nothing short of pure boxing talent with dynamite power. Former super middleweight world champion Badou Jack is making his light heavyweight debut, and looking to take the title away from a tough and experienced Nathan Cleverly. But first, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti will open the pay-per-view telecast with what I expect to be a magnificent performance. This diverse card is an epic, international affair stacked with talent. Make sure you don’t miss the biggest event the sport has ever seen.”

“This undercard includes three meaningful matches featuring fighters we’ve seen develop over the years on SHOWTIME,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Gervonta Davis has fast-tracked himself to stardom on this network, we’ve seen Badou Jack develop from prospect to champion, and we’re now witnessing similar growth with Andrew Tabiti. We’re excited to watch them compete in tough, competitive matchups on this global stage.”

Gervonta Davis vs. Francisco Fonseca – IBF Junior Lightweight World Championship

One of the fastest-rising young stars inthe sport, Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) became the youngest reigning champion from the U.S. when he knocked out Jose Pedraza in January to capture the IBF 130-pound crown. The 22-year-old made his first title defense in style when he went to London and stopped Liam Walsh in May. Both bouts aired live on SHOWTIME. Representing Baltimore, Davis won the 2012 National Golden Gloves championship and scored knockouts in his first eight fights after turning pro in 2013. He enters this matchup on a streak of nine-straight fights that have ended with a knockout victory.

“I’m really excited to fight as the co-main event on the biggest card in combat sports history,” said Davis. “I plan to put on a great show for everyone in attendance in Las Vegas and for those who purchase the PPV. I want to thank my team for this incredible opportunity. I’m ready for Floyd Mayweather to pass his torch to me. To my fans, I appreciate all of you. Support me and I’ll fight for you!”

Fighting out of San Ramon, Costa Rica, Fonseca (19-0-1, 13 KOs) has won 19 straight fights after turning pro with a majority draw in 2013. Fonseca quickly established himself as one of the top fighters from his country with victory after victory, including a fourth-round knockout of Luis Gonzlaez to capture a regional 130-pound belt last August. The 23-year-old will make his U.S. debut when he faces Davis and he enters this contest having won his last five bouts inside of the distance. Fonseca began his 2017 with a third round knockout of Eliecer Lanzas in March and is trained by two-time world champion Ivan Calderon.

“I am super grateful for this great opportunity,” said Fonseca. “The dream of every young boxer is to fight for the world title and this opportunity comes at the best moment of my career and in the biggest in the history of this sport. I will beat Gervonta Davis and I will shock the world that night.”

Nathan Cleverly vs. Badou Jack – WBA Light Heavyweight World Championship

A two-time world champion at light heavyweight, Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) bounced back from a defeat to Andrzej Fonfara in a 2015 Fight of the Year contender to defeat hometown champ Juergen Braehmer last October to pick up his WBA title. Cleverly’s previous title reign saw him take down the likes of Tony Bellew, Nadjib Mohammedi, Shawn Hawk and Tommy Karpency before dropping a contest to Sergey Kovalev. The Wales resident will make his fourth start in the U.S., having won two of his first three contests stateside.

“This is a fight I have wanted ever since Badou Jack moved to light heavyweight and I’m delighted to fight in Vegas on an event like this,” said Cleverly. “I’ve trained long and hard for this fight and I’m ready to be let off the leash. This is the biggest fight of my career so far and I’m going to do a number on Badou Jack on August 26.”

Now fighting in the 175-pound division, Jack’s final fight at 168 pounds came in a title unification on SHOWTIME in January against James DeGale. Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs) shook off an early knockdown to floor DeGale in the final round in a close majority draw in which both fighters retained their belts. The 2008 Olympian from Gambia won his world title in 2015 by defeating then unbeaten Anthony Dirrell and defended the belt against current champion George Groves and former champion Lucian Bute. The 33-year-old is unbeaten in his last six bouts as he seeks a world title in a second weight class.

“I’m thankful for this opportunity and I’m excited about getting another shot at a world title,” said Jack. “To be a part of this event and fighting on this card is historic. Nothing beats it. I’m excited to get back in the ring. I’m getting ready to take that belt, and win a title in my second weight class. The biggest difference between past training camps and preparing for this fight is the fact that I was training to get the weight down, now I’m training to build muscle and perfect my boxing strategy. This will be a tough fight, but I don’t see any issues getting through it. I feel confident and fans can expect a win by knockout or decision. He’s not leaving with that belt. It’s staying right here in Las Vegas.”

Andrew Tabiti vs. Steve Cunningham – 10 Round Cruiserweight Bout

Originally from Chicago but fighting out of Las Vegas, Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) recorded victories against previously unbeaten fighters Keith Tapia and Quantis Graves in his last two outings – both on ShoBox: The New Generation – as he works to solidify himself as a contender in the red hot cruiserweight division. The 27-year-old turned pro in 2013 after amassing a solid 32-6 amateur record and scored knockout victories in his first 10 fights. He’ll battle his most experienced opponent to date when he faces the multiple-time champion Cunningham.

“I’ve always been dedicated when it comes to training and this camp has been no different,” said Tabiti. “I know I am fighting a veteran who has a lot of experience, so I can’t slack on my conditioning and training. He’s tough and he’s only been stopped once and that was when he moved up in weight to heavyweight, so it would be a big statement for me to stop him. This fight is a test for me. Anytime you get in the ring you never really know how things will pan out, but I have a great team. To the fans, expect a victory and a great fight on August 26th because I am going to make sure I come out on top.”

Representing the great fight city of Philadelphia, Cunningham(29-8-1, 13 KOs) returned to action in March with a victory over Felipe Romero after an exciting challenge of cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Glowacki in April 2016. Twice a world champion as a cruiserweight, he defeated Krzysztof Wlodarczyk in 2006 to capture his belt before successfully defending his title against Marco Huck via a twelfth-round TKO. He became a world champion again in 2010 when he stopped Troy Ross in the fifth round. The experienced veteran also owns victories over previously unbeaten fighters Amir Mansour and Natu Visinia and scored a knockdown of Tyson Fury in a losing effort during their 2013 bout.

“This is one of the biggest cards of the decade and its mind blowing to be a part of it,” said Cunningham. “I have to top it off with a victory. Taking on a good, undefeated young prospect is a challenge in itself, but a victory will prove age is just a number. Hard work is a part of my everyday life.”

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DWTNCS Week 5 Recap: Rodriguez, Perez score stoppage wins, UFC deals

After becoming an instant sensation with fight fans seeking an early-week fix during the month of July, the first August edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series kept the momentum going with an action-packed collection of matchups inside the Ultimate Fighter Gym.

Tuesday night’s fights felt like a game of “Anything you can do, I can do better,” as each successive contest raised the bar a little more, making the task of determining which fighters would go home with a UFC contract an even more difficult undertaking than usual.

With a handful of deserving options to choose from, UFC President Dana White opted to hand out a pair of contracts once again, tapping Alex Perez and Mike Rodriguez to join the UFC roster.

Here’s a look back at how they got there and what transpired on week five of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series.

MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ vs. JAMELLE JONES

Week five’s featured bout took place in the light heavyweight division, with Joe Lauzonpupil Mike Rodriguez taking on former collegiate wrestler Jamelle Jones.

While they call him “Slo Mike,” Rodriguez needed only half a round to collect a victory and impress the hell out of Dana White and leave matchmaker Mick Maynard looking astounded by what he saw as Rodriguez flew across the cage and planted a knee right on the button to drop Jones. A sniper shot left followed as referee Mark Smith rushed in to wave things off, giving the 28-year-old his fourth straight first-round stoppage win.

Official Result: Mike Rodriguez def. Jamelle Jones by Knockout (Flying Knee) at 2:15 of Round 1

JULIO ARCE vs. PETER PETTIES

Regional standouts in the featherweight division went toe-to-toe in the penultimate pairing this week as Titan FC and Victory FC veteran Peter Petties squared off with Ring of Combat standout Julio Arce.

After an opening round where Petties seemed to get the better of the exchanges and control things along the cage, Arce came out hunting in the second and put it on Petties. Walking him down behind clean strikes from range, Arce teed off with combinations, rocking Petties with a series of strikes that brought referee Jason Herzog in for a closer look.

With Petties clearly hurt, Arce refused to let off the gas, crashing home patient, powerful blows to get the stoppage. Feeling like he didn’t perform up to his abilities when White and crew were in town for an episode of Lookin’ for a Fight, Arce made the most of his second chance to impress the UFC brass, picking up a dominant second-round stoppage win to extend his winning streak to five.

Official Result: Julio Arce def. Peter Petties by Technical Knockout (Punches) at 2:39 of Round 2

ALEX PEREZ vs. KEVIN GRAY

Flyweights held it down in the middle of this week’s five-pack of fights as one of the most experienced fighters to appear on the Contender series, Alex Perez, locked up with Nebraska’s “Pocket Herc,” Kevin Gray, who earned a win over current UFC flyweight Eric Shelton earlier in his career.

From the outset, Perez’ experience advantage was obvious, as the Team Oyama representative found his range early and began picking at Gray with low kicks and sharp punches, keeping him on the outside. When Gray finally committed to trying to get inside, Perez made him pay, landing a heavy knee and quickly locking up an anaconda choke as Gray looked to scramble free.

As Perez rolled to his back, tightening his squeeze, Gray went out, bringing the fight to a halt and giving the seasoned 25-year-old his fifth straight victory.

Official Decision: Alex Perez def. Kevin Gray by Submission (Anaconda Choke) at 2:54 of Round 1

DONOVAN FRELOW vs. RICKY SIMON

One of the best on-paper matchups to hit the cage to date on the Contenders Series, this bantamweight pairing between former WSOF title challenger Donovan Frelow and Pacific Northwest standout Ricky Simon was as good as anticipated.

A classic clash of styles between a striker and a grappler, the opening five minutes were a chess match as Frelow pressed forward behind big swings with bad intentions and Simon countered with a steady diet of takedown attempt, including a sequence reminiscent of Matt Hughes’ iconic scoop-carry-slam on Frank Trigg.

Frelow, the older brother of UFC light heavyweight prospect Khalil Rountree, opened up a cut over the left eye of Simon early in the second and seemed to get spurred on by seeing successful returns as he did a better job avoiding the takedowns and popping right back up to his feet when Simon did manage to put him on the mat.

Over the opening three minutes of the third, the duo chomped down on their gum shields and started trading, with Simon pressing forward behind confident hands before hitting a well-timed takedown with two minutes remaining. From there, the once-beaten Gracie Barra Portland product was able to maintain control, neutralize Frelow and put the finishing touches on a strong performance.

Official Result: Ricky Simon def. Donovan Frelow by Split Decision

EVERETT SIMS vs. SHELTON GRAVES

The big boys got things started this week as unbeaten American Top Team prospect Everett Sims jumped in with Team Lloyd Irvin representative Shelton Graves in a battle of heavyweights looking to impress White and the UFC matchmakers.

As odd as it may sound, the opener was both a dominant one-sided effort and fairly uneventful as Graves put repeatedly put Sims on the canvas and kept him there. The twist, however, is that in each round, the Maryland native only followed up with light ground-and-pound, never really doing any significant damage.

But after urging Sims to fight back throughout the second round without much of a response from the unbeaten prospect, referee Mark Smith called things to a halt once Graves returned to a dominant position and started landing standing knees to the midsection with Sims turtled up on the canvas.

Official Result: Shelton Graves def. Everett Sims by TKO (Knees) at 2:20 of Round 3

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The Ultimate Fighter 26 Cast Revealed

UFC veterans, Invicta FC stars and a host of top prospects from around the globe will compete to become the UFC’s first women’s flyweight champion on season 26 of The Ultimate Fighter, which premieres on FS1 on Aug. 30 at 10pm ET / PT.

Coached by former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez and exciting 155-pound contender Justin Gaethje, the 16 competitors battling to wear 125-pound gold were announced Saturday night, with four-fight UFC vet Lauren Murphy, TUF 18 and Invicta FC’s Roxanne Modafferi, and Invicta standout Barb Honchak among the notables.

The full list of TUF 26 cast members is as follows:

Ariel Beck
DeAnna Bennett
Shana Dobson
Sijara Eubanks
Melinda Fabian
Karine Gevorgyan
Barb Honchak
Christina Marks
Roxanne Modafferi
Nicco Montano
Lauren Murphy
Rachael Ostovich-Berdon
Gillian Robertson
Maia Stevenson
Montana Stewart
Emily Whitmire

The inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion will be determined on Dec. 1 in Las Vegas.

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UFC Fight Night Mexico Results & Highlights

Sergio Pettis def. Brandon Moreno by unanimous decision (49-46, 48-46, 48-46) [Highlights]

Alexa Grasso def. Randa Markos by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28) [Highlights]

Niko Price def. Alan Jouban by TKO (punches) at 1:44 of Round 1 [Highlights]

Humberto Bandenay def. Martin Bravo by knockout (knee) at :26 of Round 1 [Highlights]

Sam Alvey def. Rashad Evans via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Alejandro Perez def. Andre Soukhamthath via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Jack Hermansson def. Bradley Scott via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3:50
Dustin Ortiz def. Hector Sandoval via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:15 [Highlights]

Rani Yahya def. Henry Briones via submission (kimura) – Round 1, 2:01

Jose Quinonez def. Diego Rivas via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Joseph Morales def. Roberto Sanchez via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56
Jordan Rinaldi def. Alvaro Herrera via submission (Von Flue choke) – Round 1, 2:01

Bonuses:

Dustin Ortiz, Joseph Morales, Humberto Bandenay, and Niko Price each earned $50,000 bonuses and were awarded “Performance of the Night” honors.

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