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UFC Fight Night 138 Results: Oezdemir vs. Smith (Full Results and Live Fight Stats)

UFC Moncton Volkan vs Smith Live Results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC Fight Night 138: Volkan vs. Smith bout from Moncton, Canada is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.)

UFC Fight Night 138: Volkan vs. Smith features two light heavyweight contenders trying to get a crack at the belt.

Volkan Oezdemir has fought once before for the belt, losing early this year, but at No. 2 in the division and the changing light heavyweight landscape keeps him right on the cusp of another shot. Standing in his way is Anthony Smith, whose career has exploded since he moved from middleweight up to the 205-pound division.

UFC Moncton Volkan vs Smith Live ResultsThe Moncton co-main event was shaken up when Zubaira Tukhugov was pulled from his fight with Artem Lobov because of his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl between Khabib Nurmagomedov’s team and Conor McGregor’s cohorts.

Lobov, who is a teammate of McGregor’s, will now fight Michael Johnson in a featherweight showdown.

Check out the MMAWeekly.com Rumors page for more scheduled events and rumored fight cards.

UFC Fight Night 138 Results: Oezdemir vs. Smith

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UFC 230 Results: Cormier vs. Lewis (Full Results and Live Fight Stats)

UFC 230 Cormier vs Lewis Live Results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis bout from New York is scheduled to begin on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT.)

UFC 230: Cormier vs. Lewis underwent a long and winding road to finally arrive at Madison Square Garden, but we’ve finally arrived with a heavyweight championship main event.

It took a long time for UFC officials to nail down the title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and No. 2 ranked heavyweight Derrick Lewis. Cormier will be risking a potential mega-payday with Brock Lesnar, but he agreed to step in and give UFC 230 a Madison Square Garden worthy headliner.

UFC 230 Cormier vs Lewis Live ResultsHot on the heels of the main event is a cobbled together co-main event as well, as Chris Weidman faces Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza in a pivotal bout in the middleweight division. The winner is likely to earn a title shot with a victory. 

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UFC 230 Results: Cormier vs. Lewis

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Renato Moicano vs. Mirsad Bektic On Tap for UFC 231 in Toronto

A featherweight bout is in the works for UFC 231 as Renato Moicano is expected to face Mirsad Bektic on Dec. 8 in Toronto.

Sources close to the fight confirmed the news on Monday with verbal agreements in place from the fighters following an initial report from Combate.

The UFC has made no official announcement regarding the fight but it’s expected that this will serve as the backup for the main event where featherweight champion Max Holloway will face Brian Ortega. If either fighter in the main event is unable to compete then either Moicano or Bektic would be pulled into that contest.

Moicano is coming off two wins in a row including a first round submission over Cub Swanson in his most recent performance. The Brazilian has gone 5-1 in the UFC with his only loss coming in a third round submission to Ortega in a ‘Fight of the Night’ outing last July.

As for Bektic, he’s long been considered one of the top prospects in the featherweight division while putting together an impressive 6-1 record overall. Bektic has rattled off two wins in a row including a split decision victory over former title contender Ricardo Lamas from June.

Now Bektic is expected to face Moicano in December as part of the UFC 231 card featuring the featherweight title fight in the main event.

Dana White’s State of the UFC: Khabib vs. McGregor Fallout, DC vs. Lewis, Brock Lesnar, GSP, and More

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Dana White, in a recent interview with ESPN, talked at length about all things UFC. Of course, the Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor bout and post-fight brawl were front and center, but the UFC president also discussed the likelihood of Georges St-Pierre getting a shot at Nurmagomedov, his thoughts on the Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis UFC 230 main event, Brock Lesnar’s UFC status with Cormier putting the heavyweight strap at risk, Floyd Mayweather’s recent rumblings, and more.

Daniel Cormier Breaks Down Volkan Oezdemir vs Anthony Smith: UFC Fight Night Moncton

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Daniel Cormier breaks down the main event of Saturday’s Fight Night Moncton event, featuring the light heavyweight tilt between Volkan Oezdemir and Anthony Smith. With Oezdemir ranked No. 2 in the 205-pound division, the fight has major implications in the light heavyweight title picture.

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Conor McGregor Gives Detailed Breakdown of His Performance Against Khabib Nurmagomedov

Two weeks have passed since Conor McGregor suffered a fourth round submission defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 and now he’s given a detailed breakdown of what went wrong.

McGregor was competing in mixed martial arts for the first time in nearly two years after becoming a two-division champion back in 2016 while holding the UFC lightweight and featherweight titles at the same time.

Upon his return, McGregor was matched up with the undefeated Russian, who has been an absolute wrecking machine since first arriving in the UFC.

While McGregor did manage to cost Nurmagomedov the first round of his entire UFC career, the reigning lightweight champion ultimately dominated the majority of the fight before wrapping up the submission in the fourth round.

Looking back, McGregor doesn’t seem to believe he really lost the first round in a grappling heavy exchange with Nurmagomedov but he says the second round is where the tide really turned for his opponent.

“Thoughts on my last fight,” McGregor wrote on Instagram. “Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round.

“Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now.”

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Thoughts on my last fight. Round 1. I believe from a sport standpoint, round 1 was his. Top position against the fence. Zero position advancement or damage inflicted. But top position. From a fight standpoint the first round is mine. Actual shots landed and a willingness to engage. Straight left early. Knee to the head on the low shot. Elbows in any and all tie up scenarios. Opponent just holding the legs against the fence for almost the entire round. Round 2 he is running away around the cage before being blessed with a right hand that changed the course of the round, and the fight. It was a nice shot. After the shot I bounced back up to engage instantly, but again he dipped under to disengage. That is the sport and it was a smart move that led to a dominant round, so no issue. Well played. If I stay switched on and give his stand up even a little more respect, that right hand never gets close and we are talking completely different now. I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation. No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. To defense minded. Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice. Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round. Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage. Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here. That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square. What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared. If it is not the rematch right away, no problem. I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway. See you soon my fighting fans I love you all ❤

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McGregor admitted in his lengthy post that he gave no respect to Nurmagomedov’s striking game and spent no time in camp preparing for it either.

He also echoed a statement from his head coach John Kavanagh gave just days after the fight where he said they spent too much time in camp preparing defensively without adding much offense to their strategy.

So much effort was put into stopping Nurmagomedov’s grappling game that McGregor didn’t really address his own offensive weapons on the ground and he paid for it.

“I gave his upright fighting no respect in preparation,” McGregor said. “No specific stand up spars whatsoever. Attacking grapplers/wrestlers only. That won’t happen again. I also gave my attacking grappling no respect. Too defense minded.

“Lessons. Listen to nobody but yourself on your skill set. You are the master of your own universe. I am the master of this. I must take my own advice.”

McGregor was able to turn things around in the third round, which is where all three judges gave him the nod. While it wasn’t an offensive onslaught from McGregor, he was able to keep the fight standing and finally put to work some of his striking acumen.

“Round 3. After the worst round of my fighting career, I come back and win this round,” McGregor said. “Again walking forward, walking him down, and willing to engage.”

Unfortunately, McGregor’s success was short lived as he was running out of gas in the fourth round and once Nurmagomedov took him to the ground, it was only a matter of time until the fight ended.

“Round 4. My recovery was not where it could have been here,” McGregor said. “That is my fault. Although winning the early exchanges in 4, he dips under again and I end up in a bad position with over 3 on the clock. I work to regain position and end up upright, with my back to the fence. A stable position. Here however, I made a critical error of abandoning my over hook at this crucial time, exposing the back, and I end up beaten fair and square.

“What can I say? It was a great fight and it was my pleasure. I will be back with my confidence high. Fully prepared.”

In the aftermath of his defeat, UFC president Dana White has said that McGregor has requested an immediate rematch with Nurmagomedov but no decision has been made regarding what comes next for either fighter.

Based on his latest post, McGregor isn’t losing any sleep over the rematch with Nurmagomedov, although it sounds like he expects to face him again whether that’s the next fight or somewhere down the road.

“If it is not the rematch right away, no problem,” McGregor said. “I will face the next in line. It’s all me always, anyway.”

Jon Jones Fires Back at Critics Calling Him Cheater to Take Away His Accomplishments

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Jon Jones readily admits he aspires to finish his career as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

Actually, Jones might already be near the top of the list based in a resume littered with former champions and future Hall of Famers while serving as the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history.

He’s never truly tasted defeat and Jones has really only been pushed to the limit in one fight during his entire career and he ultimately still came away with the win.

Still, Jones has heard criticism from fighters and fans that his gaudy list of accomplishments is somehow tainted because of two past doping violations after failing drug tests administered by USADA.

In both instances, Jones was exonerated by USADA from knowingly taking the banned substances found in his body, although he faced lengthy suspensions from each violation.

Despite being cleared — for all intents and purposes — from actually trying to cheat, Jones can’t avoid the people telling him that everything he’s accomplished should have an asterisk next to it because of those failed drug tests.

“I would say that those would be people looking for an excuse not to give it to me, not to give credit where it’s due,” Jones said in response when speaking on the Jackson-Wink podcast. “In both situations, whatever was in me chemically was proven scientifically that the amounts were so small that there was no way possible to affect my performance in a positive or a negative way.Jon Jones UFC 214 weigh

“The two times where I’ve failed drug tests for performance enhancers, it’s been so small that it can’t affect your performance.”

Jones went onto explain the results of the findings in both of those drug tests after a lengthy adjudication process with USADA.

“The d–k pill situation, that was proven that it was a mistake,” Jones explained when speaking about his first violation in 2016. “Who takes a male enhancement pill expecting to fight better. I mean nobody. We actually found the company, found the exact pills, we ordered the pills and the pills came back with stuff in it that wasn’t supposed to be in there. Such a small amount that it’s not going to make you fight any better or be stronger.

“Then in the second situation, we just found out to have USADA say ‘the amount of steroids we found in your body Jon, it was like taking a pinch of salt and throwing it in an Olympic size swimming pool’. It was such a small amount that it was pretty obvious this was an accident. For this to be something that got into your body two weeks before the fight. So two weeks before the fight, you took a pinch of steroids and threw it in an Olympic size swimming pool. It’s clear this is nothing that helped you knock out Daniel Cormier.”

That’s why Jones isn’t losing any sleep over anybody attempting to discredit his past performances or the long list of accomplishments during his career.

Jones isn’t going to waste time responded to the critics because chances are he’s not going to change their minds anyways but he knows deep down what he’s done during his career and where it stands amongst the best in history.

“To answer your question — to anybody who would say ‘well he must have been cheating’ — after what I just said, if you still want to call me a cheater, you just don’t want to admit that I’m f–king pretty good at this,” Jones said in closing.

Jones will look to prove he belongs at the top of that all time great list when he finally makes his return to action at UFC 232 where he faces Alexander Gustafsson with the light heavyweight title on the line.

 

Te Edwards Expecting Highlight-Reel Finish at UFC Fight Night 138

Te Edwards

Following nine months of inactivity, lightweight Te Edwards returned to fighting this past June with the biggest win of his career.

Facing Austin Tweedy at Dana White’s Contender Series, Edwards was able to pick up a TKO win in just under 30 seconds, earning himself a UFC contract in the process.

“We spent a while trying to get in front of Dana and showing the world what we have to offer, the Contender Series was a perfect platform for that,” Edwards told MMAWeekly.com.

“We went in there knowing what we had to do and got the highlight reel finish that we wanted that was enough to impress Dana. We got our contract and now we’re moving forward.”

For Edwards, getting his UFC contract has been exciting, but more so he feels like it has given him a bit of security that he didn’t feel before in his career.

“Before I was unsure where my fight career was going; if we were going to get fights, when to prepare, when to get ready,” said Edwards. “Now we have that ability to know when the fights are, we know we will have time to prepare and train.

“It’s been a relief to train with that security and not worry if we’ll have a fight come up in two weeks or something, or if they switch guys out or whatever.”

On October 27 in Moncton, Canada, Edwards (6-1) will make his full promotional debut when he faces Don Madge (7-3-1) in a preliminary 155-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 138.

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“From what I’ve seen his footwork and head movement aren’t that great,” Edwards said of Madge. “He’s more of a Thai guy, kind of stands in place, walks forward and throws volume at you. That doesn’t work well against me; a guy with good head movement and good reaction time.

“I think he’s going to walk forward into something or get set up and get hit. I’ve got heavy hands and he doesn’t seem the type to move out of the way. We’ll have to feel what we want to throw in the highlight reel, and see if I can mix it up for you guys and give you some cool footage to have.”

Now that he’s in the UFC, Edwards intends on pursing his opportunity in the company to the fullest.

“The spotlight doesn’t bother me at all,” said Edwards. “I think I actually perform better when the camera is on and the spotlight is on. It benefits me if anything.

“I think I have an exciting fighting style and good personality; I’m good in front of the camera, I talk a good game, I have highlight reels (finishes). I want to go out and promote and build that following and get fans wanting to watch me more and get me on bigger cards.”

Quick Hit: Official UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega Fight Poster Features Dueling Title Fights

UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega Fight Poster

It’s time!!!! To try this again.

Now that UFC 230 has settled in with Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis in the main event, UFC 231 returns to featuring two title fights.

Max Holloway will put his featherweight title on the line opposite Brian Ortega in the UFC 231 main event on Dec. 8 in Toronto. The event’s co-main event was nearly hi-jacked for the UFC 230 fight card when it was in desperate need of some firepower, but now that UFC 230 is set, Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk are back on for the UFC 231 main event in a battle for the vacant UFC flyweight title.

Holloway and Ortega had been slated to meet at UFC 226 on July 7, but Holloway was pulled from the fight with just a few days prior because he was suffering from concussion-like symptoms. They’ll try to run it back at UFC 231.

Now that things have quieted down, officials have dropped the UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega fight poster. What do you think of the UFC’s latest in pugilistic artwork?

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UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega Fight Poster

Rose Namajunas Found Family in Fighting

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UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas discusses how and why she became a fighter. The 26-year old won the title at UFC 217 by knocking out then undefeated champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She defeated Jedrzejczyk a second time at UFC 223.

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