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DID CONOR MCGREGOR EARN TITLE SHOT?

IS MCGREGOR WORTHY OF ALDO FIGHT?

Did McGregor Earn Shot With Talk Or Walk?

Did McGregor Get His Crack At Aldo With Talk Or Walk?

Los Angeles, CA-Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC) has proven his talent in the Ultimate Fighting Championships thus far, but many question whether he is truly deserving of a scheduled May featherweight (145 lbs.) title fight with Jose Aldo (25-1).  While McGregor may not have as much experience in the UFC as other combatants, I feel he has the skills to seriously challenge the last remaining Brazilian champ.

UFC FEATHERWEIGHT RANKINGS
1 Chad Mendes (16-2, 7-2 UFC)
2 Frankie Edgar (18-4-1, 12-4-1 UFC)
3 Ricardo Lamas (15-3, 6-1 UFC)
4 Conor McGregor (17-2, 5-0 UFC)  McGregor went up from 5 to 4 after Saturday.
5 Cub Swanson (21-6, 6-2 UFC).  Swanson dropped from 4 to 5 after Saturday.
6 Dennis Bermudez (14-4, 7-2 UFC).  Bermudez went up to 6 from 7 after Saturday.
7 Dustin Poirier (16-4, 8-3 UFC).  Poirier dropped from 6 to 7 after Saturday.
8 Nik Lentz (25-6-2-1, 9-3-1-1 UFC)
9 Charles Oliveira (19-4-0-1, 7-4-0-1 UFC)
10 Jeremy Stephens (23-11, 10-10 UFC) Stephens went up to 10 from 11 after Saturday.
11 Clay Guida (31-15, 11-9 UFC).  Guida went up to 11 from 12 after Saturday.
12 Dennis Siver (22-10-0-1, 12-7-0-1 UFC).  Siver dropped from 10 to 12 after Saturday.
13 Max Holloway (11-3, 7-3 UFC)
14 Darren Elkins (16-5, 8-4 UFC)
15 Hacran Dias (22-3-1, 2-2 UFC)

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT 59: CONOR MCGREGOR WINS!

CONOR MCGREGOR GETS TITLE SHOT

McGregor Will Face Aldo Next

McGregor Will Face Aldo Next

Los Angeles, CA- After almost two years of trash talk, Conor McGregor (17-2) will finally get the title shot he promised.  Ever since he first entered the promotion back in April 2013, “Notorious” has said he would bring the featherweight (145) belt back to Ireland.  In Las Vegas this May, he will get the chance to back up his talk.

GAME SIVER NO MATCH FOR MCGREGOR

Dennis Siver (22-10, 1 NC) of Russia landed some decent strikes.  He even managed to drag Conor to the canvas for a few seconds.  Unfortunately, those were the only highlights on Fox Sports 1 for the Russian.  He spent most of 7 minutes getting busted up but the power and speed of McGregor’s strikes.  After being dropped with a body punch in round two and finished with some ground and pound, referee Herb Dean called an end to the contest at 1:54.

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PITBULL WIN TOPS BELLATOR 132 RESULTS

PITBULL PULLS OUT WIN IN TOUGH FIGHT

The Champ Retains

The Champ Retains

Los Angeles, CA- At Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA in the main event of Bellator 132  featherweight (145 lbs.) champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (23-2) kept his Bellator belt despit a tough test from Daniel Strauss (22-6).  Strauss was getting the better of Pitbull for three out of four rounds before the champ secured a rear-naked choke and finished the fight at 4:49 of Round 4.  A rematch may be in order after a great display by the challenger, who out-struck Pitbull on the feet throughout the bout.  Pitbull is now 2-0 versus Strauss, as he won a decision over the tough featherweight back in 2011 at Bellator 45, however, so a third fight may not be in the cards.

KARAKHANYAN WINS FEATHERWEIGHT CO-MAIN  

Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1) needed only 1:49 to submit Bubba Jenkins (8-2) by Guillotine.  With the win, Karakhanyan continues to make his case for a title shot.

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SPIKE TV AIRS BELLATOR 132 FRIDAY

BELLATOR KICKS OFF 2015 ON SPIKE TV

Patricio Pitbull

Patricio Pitbull

Los Angeles, CA- The Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA will host Bellator 132 , which will kick off a busy fight weekend of mixed martial arts.  In the main event, featherweight (145 lbs.) star Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (22-2) will defend his Bellator belt against Daniel Strauss (22-5).  Pitbull should win here, though Strauss is a solid challenger.

MORE FEATHERS DUEL IN CO-FEATURE

Georgi Karakhanyan (23-4-1) will lace them up versus Bubba Jenkins (8-1) in the chief support for the evening.  Karakhanyan has the experience advantage and will be favored here.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205) REMATCH ON THE CARD

Houston Alexander (16-10-1, 2 NC) will again face Virgil Zwicker (12-4-1) on the undercard.  I thought the draw these two battled to in the first bout should have been a win for Alexander, thus he wins the rematch.  As long as Alexander doesn’t do something stupid like losing a point for throwing a headbutt this time, he should win.

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UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MACHIDA WINS BIG!

FORMER CHAMP DOES NOT EVEN BREAK A SWEAT

Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida

Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida


Los Angeles, CA- Lyoto Machida (22-5) put on a short show for his home fans at the Jose Correa Arena in Bareuri, Sao Paolo, Brazil on Saturday, December 20.   C.B. Dollaway (15-6) was brutalized with a body kick and punches that ended his night in just 1:02.  It was the latest notch in a hall of fame-worthy career for the middleweight (185) “Dragon“.

BARAO CAN MAKE 135 IN BRAZIL?

Renan Barao (33-2, 1 NC) got an expected yet underwhelming win over  Mitch Gagnon (12-3) by submission

CORMIER’S RAGDOLL CUMMINS RETURNS

Patrick Cummins (6-1) was thrown around the octagon effortlessly and TKO’d in just 1:19 by Daniel Cormier in his fight UFC fight, but the light heavyweight (205) has rebounded by winning two straight, including a UD 3 overKyle Kingsbury (11-6, 1 NC).  Antonio Carlos, Jr. (4-0) should taste defeat for the first time on Saturday, courtesy of Kingsbury.  Preceding this bout will be a matchup between lightweights (155) Rashid Magomedov (17-1) and Elias Silverio (11-0) that seems to favor the Russian.

SPOTTY SILVA ATTEMPTS TO RIGHT THE SHIP

Welterweight (170) Erick Silva(16-5, 1 NC) has several impressive finishes to his name, but just cannot seem to break through to the next level.  He has gone 4-4 in the UFC, including two TKO losses.  It should be noted that one of the losses was a dubious disqualification againstCarlo Prater (31-14, 1 NC), but even 5-3 is not exactly the greatest of records.  Silva should be able to remain under contract after he beats Mike Rhodes (6-3).  The same may not be said for Rhodes if he loses, as he enters the Silva fight with a record of 0-2 in the UFC.

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“THE DRAGON” TOPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

LYOTO MACHIDA ON FOX SPORTS 1 SATURDAY

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida


Los Angeles, CA- Everybody agrees that Brazilain middleweight (185 lb.) contender Lyoto Machida gave champion Chris Weidman (12-0) the toughest fight of his career so far. The UD loss after 5 rounds of action may have been a setback for the veteran striker, but Machida can earn his way back to another crack at the belt.  The road to redemption starts Saturday, December 20 versus C.B. Dollaway (15-5).  Dollaway looks like the kind of fighter Lyoto normally eats for breakfast, so expect a highlight-reel finish here from the Jose Correa Arena in Bareuri, Sao Paolo, Brazil.

BARAO CAN MAKE 135 IN BRAZIL?

Renan Barao (32-2, 1 NC), recently considered one of the best fighters in the world, is on his own road to redemption after losing his title in embarrassing fashion to T.J. Dillashaw (11-2) this May, and then failing to make weight for a schedule rematch in August.  Mitch Gagnon (12-2) does not look like much of a threat to Barao on paper, but it is difficult to determine which version of Renan will show up.  If the version that was brutally beaten by Dillashaw en route to a 5th round TKO loss shows up, Barao may be in trouble.

CORMIER’S RAGDOLL CUMMINS RETURNS

Patrick Cummins (6-1) was thrown around the octagon effortlessly and TKO’d in just 1:19 by Daniel Cormier in his fight UFC fight, but the light heavyweight (205) has rebounded by winning two straight, including a UD 3 over Kyle Kingsbury (11-6, 1 NC).  Antonio Carlos, Jr. (4-0) should taste defeat for the first time on Saturday, courtesy of Kingsbury.  Preceding this bout will be a matchup between lightweights (155) Rashid Magomedov (17-1) and Elias Silverio (11-0) that seems to favor the Russian.

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UFC ON FOX 13 RESULTS

JDS (17-3) Wins, But Looks Lackluster

JDS (17-3) Wins, But Looks Lackluster

DOS SANTOS WINS UGLY

Los Angeles, CA- Junior Dos Santos, who held the UFC heavyweight (265 lb. limit) for one fight back in 2012, handed Stipe Miocic (12-2) the second loss of his career in the main event of UFC on Fox 13 from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ.  Dos Santos was bloodied and rocked throughout the fight, but overcame a stiff test and escaped with another addition to his win column.  Now let’s just hope he stays far away from another whooping at the hands of champ Cain Velasquez (13-1).

DOS ANJOS DOMINATES DIAZ 

Lightweight (155) Rafael dos Anjos (23-7) thoroughly outclassed Nate Diaz (17-10) in the fight before the headliner.  Dos Anjos caused serious damage to Diaz lead leg with vicious kicks, and took the Stockton, CA native down repeatedly to make a statement tonight.  He has earned a shot (poor guy) at Anthony “Showtime” Pettis’ (18-2) belt.

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TONIGHT UFC ON FOX WITH DOS SANTOS

BIG FOX NETWORK FEATURES EX-UFC CHAMP

 Junior Dos Santos

Junior Dos Santos


Los Angeles, CA- Although ex-UFC titleholder (heavyweight- 265 lb. limit) Junior Dos Santos is coming off two horrendous beatings at the hands of champion Cain Velaquez (13-1), he should still have enough left to beat the limited Stipe Miocic (12-1) in the main event of UFC on Fox 13 from the US Airways Center in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, December 13.  If he does not, do not be surprised if Dos Santos is cut by the UFC for his own good.

YOUNGER DIAZ RETURNS   

Lightweight (155) Nate Diaz (17-9), the brother of the infamous Nick Diaz (26-9, 1 NC), returns to fight Rafael dos Anjos (22-7).  Nate may be able to win with his high volume, but he will need to be careful of the dos Anjos counters that stopped  former champ Ben Henderson (21-4).

STEROID CHEAT IN DANGER OF BEING CUT 

Heavyweight Alistair Overeem (37-14), once thought to be a threat to Cain, is now fighting for his job.  He is 2-3 in the UFC, with all three losses coming by knockout and the last two coming in the first round.  Luckily for him, he will be facing Stefan Struve (25-6), who is pretty good at getting knocked out himself.  Five of Struve’s six losses have been knockouts.

MORE HEAVYWEIGHTS ROUND OUR MAIN CARD

Matt Mitrione (8-3) and Gabriel Gonzaga (16-8) will open up the four-fight Big Fox card at 8PM/5PM ETPT by facing each other.  Mitrione is a slight favorite here, but Gonzaga is a very live dog.  As usual, the UFC has put up a good card for Big Fox in the hopes of drawing greater interest in the sport of MMA.  Tune in for a solid event.

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ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE RESULTS

FEMALE STRAWWEIGHTS TAKE CENTERSTAGE

Carla Esparza  First UFC Strawweight (115 lb.) Champion

Carla Esparza First UFC Strawweight (115 lb.) Champion

Los Angeles, CA- Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza was crowned The Ultimate Fighter tonight at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV, as she defeated Rose Namajunas (2-2) with a rear-naked choke at 1:26 of round number three.  With several strawweights featured on this card, Esparza will have her hands full defending this new belt.

OLVEIRA TOPS STEVENS IN CO-FEATURE

Featherweight (145) Charles Oliveira (19-4, 1 NC) won a unanimous decision after 3 rounds over Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stevens (23-11) in an uneventful scrap.  A lightweight (155) bout between K.J. Noons (13-7, 1 NC) and Daron Cruickshank (16-5, 1 NC) ended in a no-contest after Noons’ repeated eye pokes left Cruickshank unable to continue.  Lightweight Yancy Medeiros (11-2, 1 NC) took just 4:37 to submit Joe Proctor (10-3) with a guillotine in round 1.  Jessica Penne (12-2) defeated Randa Markos (4-2) by split decision in the opening bout of the main card.

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THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER FINALE TONIGHT!

UFC ON FOX SPORTS TONIGHT WITH TUF FINALE

Jessica Penne

Jessica Penne


Los Angeles, CA- The latest incarnation of The Ultimate Fighter, the UFC‘s flagship television series, will conclude this evening from the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, NV.  The main event on the card will be the coronation of the female 115 lb. strawweight division.  Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza (9-2) will square off with Rose Namajunas (2-1) in a fight that seems to favor the far greater experience level of Esparza.

KNOCKOUT ARTIST STEVENS (23-10) RETURNS IN CO-FEATURE

Featherweight Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stevens will take on Charles Oliveira (18-4, 1 NC) in a decent scrap.  Other than that, this card looks devoid of real entertainment value.  K.J. Noons (13-7) will meet Daron Cruickshank (16-5) in a lightweight (155) battle, lightweights Yancy Medeiros (10-2, 1 NC) and Joe Proctor (10-2) will mix it up, and rounding out the main card is a strawweight bout between Jessica Penne (11-2) and Randa Markos (4-1). A lot of up and comers both male and female on this card.

THE STRAWWEIGHT PRELIMS

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ROBBIE LAWLER WIN TOPS UFC 181

LAWLER BEATS HENDRICKS BY SPLIT DUKE IN REMATCH 

Robbie Lawler

Robbie Lawler


Robbie Lawler (24-10, 1 NC) scored a win over Johny Hendricks (16-3) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV.  Their first fight back in March was a close decision that went in favor of Hendricks, and the second was more of the same, with many observers feeling Hendricks did enough to keep his belt.  The bout could have gone either way, as the  48-47 cards in favor of each man showed.   What was inexcuseable was the 49-46 card for Lawler turned in by Glen Trowbridge.  Giving Hendricks only one round is inexcusable.

TRILOGY IN ORDER? 

With the score tied 1-1 in fights, it seems a third fight is inevitable.  I think Rory MacDonald will likely be next for the new champ, with Carlos Condit (29-8) and Tyron Woodley (14-3) looming large in the background.  If Hendricks keeps winning, he will get another crack at the strap in the near future.

LIGHTWEIGHT (155) CHAMP PETTIS AMAZING

Anthony “Showtime” Pettis choked out Gilbert Melendez (22-4) in the second round of their championship battle.  Time was 1:53.  After a competitive first round that saw Melendez pursue effectively and saw Pettis land some solid strikes, the champion took over in the second and finished Melendez with a Guillotine choke.  Pettis continues to prove he is a great athlete and a mixed martial arts star.

TWO HEAVYWEIGHT KNOCKOUTS UNDERNEATH

Travis Browne (17-2-1) knocked out Brendan Schaub (10-5) with just ten seconds left in the very first round. It was a fairly competitive round, but the superior striking and chin of Browne was too lethal a combination for Schaub in the end.  Rounding out the main card was a Todd Duffee (9-2) knockout of Anthony Hamilton (13-4) in just 33 seconds and a lightweight SUB2 (4:19) by Tony Ferguson (18-3) of Abel Trujillo (12-6, 1 NC).

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FRANKIE EDGAR WIN TOPS UFC FIGHT NIGHT

EDGAR SUBMITS SWANSON IN UFC FIGHT NIGHT 57 MAIN EVENT

Frankie Edgar-Cub Swanson

Frankie Edgar-Cub Swanson

Los Angeles, CA- Former UFC lightweight (155) champion and current featherweight (145) contender Frankie Edgar dominated Cub Swanson.  Edgar should change his nickname to “Bear” after the way he made Cub his son in the octagon.  It was nowhere near close by the time Edgar submitted Swanson with a neck crank with just 4 seconds left in the 5th and final round.  Swanson was nearing a title shot against Jose Aldo (25-1), and Edgar may just get his second shot at Aldo’s belt.  Their first fight was competitive, and Edgar may be able to pull off the W in a rematch.

BARBOZA DECISIONS GREEN IN CO-HEADLINER

Lightweight (155) contender Edson Barboza (15-2) out-struck Bobby Green (23-6)  and earned a unanimous decision nod.  Green employed a poor game plan of hanging around the outside against an excellent striker who prefers space.  It was a recipe for disaster, and Barboza inches closer to a title shot against Anthony Pettis (17-2) with the win.

HO-HUM UNDERCARD FOR THIS FIGHT NIGHT

Bantamweight (135) Chico Camus (15-5) took a split decision over Brad Pickett (24-10).  Joseph Benavidez (21-4) continued his solid career with a unanimous decision win over Dustin Ortiz (14-4) at flyweight (125). Lightweight Matt Wiman (16-7) was a UD3 winner versus Isaac Valle-Flagg (14-6-1).  The main highlight of the undercard was heavyweight (265 limit) Alexey “The Boa Constrictor” Oleinik (50-9-1), who knocked out Jared Rosholt (11-2) in just 3:21.

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KYLE KINGSBURY ON RING TALK MMA

“KING KYLE” KINGSBURY JUST BEING KYLE

Cris "Needs A Shave" Santos

Cris “Needs A Shave” Santos


San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez got a Envicta Fighting Championships #9 report from MMA writer Zak “Attack” Young. This show also marked the return after several weeks of UFC fighter “King Kyle” Kingsbury who puts forth expert commentary and blunt analysis like nobody else!

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

“Ring Talk” airs LIVE on the Sports Byline & I Heart Radio Networks Saturday (1 hour) and Sunday (two hours) at 11 AM PT LIVE. On Monday, Ring Talk goes for two hours on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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JOSE ALDO & UFC 179 RESULTS

UFC 179 MAIN EVENT A THRILLER

Jose "Scarface" Aldo

Jose “Scarface” Aldo

Los Angeles, CA- The rematch between UFC featherweight (145) champ Jose Aldo and Chad “Money” Mendez (16-2) was much more competitive the first, which ended in a first round knee-to-the-face knockout of Mendez by Aldo.  This one went the full five rounds.  Mendez managed to drop Jose in the first round, but was also dropped twice himself in the same stanza.  The second knockdown Mendez suffered was just after the bell, which is a bit of a gray area.  Still, it looked as though Aldo won the first round, the next two, and maybe gave up the last two to Mendez.  In the end, it was the 18th straight win for the Brazilian.  I personally scored it 49-46 for Aldo, which was the same as all three judges.

CO-MAIN EVENT MORE OF A SNOOZER 

The co-main was essentially a wrestling exhibition for light heavyweight contender Phil Davis (13-2, 1 NC), who repeatedly took down Glover Teixeira (22-4) en route to a unanimous decision win.  It was far from entertaining, and I give Phil Davis absolutely no chance of beating champion Jon Jones (20-1).  He deserves a title shot, but he would be thoroughly outclassed in every aspect of fighting by Jones.

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RING TALK: ART DAVIE PUT UFC ON TV!

LISTEN AS UFC 1 WAS MADNESS BEHIND THE SCENES

At Amazon.com

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San Francisco, CA- The longest running fight show in history, 30 years, “Ring Talk Worldwide with host Pedro Fernandez had the man that had the balls to put the UFC on TV way back in 1993, UFC 1, the man that could see the future, promoter Art Davie talks about his new book, “Is This Legal?”.” Art also expands on the “nervous breakdown” Royce Gracie had during UFC 1, that he didn’t have a TV deal until 90 minutes before the first match. What a guest!

RADIO SHOW “OFTEN IMITATED, BUT NEVER DUPLICATED”

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