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UFC Milwaukee: Edson Barboza Octagon Interview

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Edson Barboza scored an impressive knockout of Dan Hooker at UFC on FOX 31 on Saturday night in Milwaukee. It marked the final UFC event on FOX, and was a huge statement by Barboza, who came into the fight off of back-to-back losses to Khabib Nurmagomedov and Kevin Lee.

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Hear from Edson Barboza after his dominant victory over Hooker at UFC on FOX 31.

Invicta FC 33 Fight Highlights: Emotional Jinh Yu Frey Defends Her Atomweight Belt

Invicta FC 33 Fight Highlights

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Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander have fought twice this year for the Invicta FC atomweight championship and twice Frey has walked away with the belt around her waist. 

Frey fought what appeared to be a very emotional battle on Saturday night, once again getting a nod from the judges, this time to retain the belt she won on the first meeting with Grusander.

Watch the full Invicta FC 33: Frey vs. Grusander 2 event fight highlights.

(Photo courtesy of Dave Mandel, Invicta FC)

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Invicta FC 33: Frey vs. Grusander 2 Full Results

  • Jinh Yu Frey def. Minna Grusander by split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) – for atomweight title
  • Danielle Taylor def. Monserrat Ruiz by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Kay Hansen def. Sharon Jacobson by submission (armbar). Round 3, 4:43
  • Alesha Zappitella def. Amber Brown by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
  • Brianna Van Buren def. Jamie Moyle by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Brittney Victoria def. Sarah Kleczka by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
  • Anastasia Nikolakakos def. Ashley Medina by TKO (strikes). Round 2, 3:26
  • Chantel Coates def. Ashlynn Kleinbeck by knockout (punch). Round 1, 0:28

UFC Milwaukee: Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee Octagon Interviews

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Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta fought a tough back-and-forth battle in the main event of the UFC’s final event on FOX before they slide over to ESPN in January.

Lee had been looking forward to avenging a loss to Iaquinta from several years ago. As the scorecards were read, Lee was nodding his head, believing he had done enough to win the fight, but was surprised when it was Iaquinta’s name, not his, that was attached to a unanimous decision victory.

After the fight, Iaquinta and Lee each had their say with UFC commentator Jon Anik.

They each, of course, believed they had won the fight, but also had a little something to say to the other fighter before leaving the Octagon.

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Hear from Al Iaquinta and Kevin Lee after their five-round main event bout at UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Saturday.

Dana White Offers Hilarious Response to Oscar De La Hoya Wanting to Fight Him

Dana White and Oscar De La Hoya

Dana White isn’t all that surprised that Oscar De La Hoya wants to fight him.

Over the past couple of weeks, the UFC president and the retired boxer turned Golden Boy CEO have been at odds over the mixed martial arts card that De La Hoya recently promoted with UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.

In the aftermath of that fight, White erupted on De La Hoya while calling him a ‘cokehead’ and refuting statements from the retired boxing champion about how much money Liddell and Ortiz made during their careers in the UFC.

That war of words eventually spiraled into De La Hoya saying he could beat up White in a fight and then going as far as suggesting a three round boxing match between them to settle the score once and for all.

Well White wasn’t all that impressed by De La Hoya’s comments but he did offer up a hilarious response when speaking to Barstool Sports last week.

“I just heard him say on TMZ that he would kick my ass in the ring,” White said about De La Hoya. “Makes sense — this guy likes to see 50-year olds fight. So it makes sense that’s the fight that he would want to do.”

White’s dig comes after De La Hoya brought Liddell out of retirement at 48 years of age for the fight against Ortiz, who is 43, before promoting them in a pay-per-view main event.

Ortiz ultimately knocked out Liddell in the first round.

While the pay-per-view numbers for the card have never been released, industry sources have said the event was a disaster in terms of sales with figures as low as 25,000 sold.

Bellator Unveils Newcastle Full Fight Card

Bellator Newcastle Pitbull vs Scope fight poster

Bellator on Monday unveiled additional marquee bouts for the first event in the newly launched U.K., Ireland and Western Europe fight series. Taking place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, the stacked card is brimming with homegrown and international talent.

Joining headliners Ryan Scope and Patricky “Pitbull” on the main card is Terry “The Dominator” Brazier(10-1), who will face Chris Bungard (11-4) in an all-British lightweight clash. In another homegrown affair, middleweights Fabian “The Assassin” Edwards (5-0) and Lee “The Butcher” Chadwick (24-1-13) will meet in a main card middleweight bout.

In the prelims, local light heavyweight, James “The Juggernaut” Mulheron (11-2), is up against Arunas Andriuskevicus (14-4), whilst Jim “Judo” Wallhead (29-11) makes his return to MMA action against fellow welterweight, Lewis “The Foot” Long (16-5).

Tickets are now on sale to the general public and can be purchased through Ticketmaster.co.uk and Bellator.com, as well as the Metro Radio Arena box office.

Making his highly-anticipated Bellator debut, London’s Terry Brazier is a former two-division BAMMA champion and is currently enjoying a rich vein of form, riding a nine-fight winning streak. Having secured four of his last five wins via the judges’ decision, Brazier will be looking to return to the spectacular first round knockout form of his first five professional MMA bouts which rightfully earned him the nickname “The Dominator”.

Standing between Brazier and a 10th consecutive victory will be Chris Bungard, also making his first appearance for Bellator. Fighting out of the Scottish Hit Squad, Bungard has enjoyed wins in four of his last five bouts and has a reputation for being an exciting lightweight, with nine of his 11 professional wins coming via knockout/TKO or submission. 

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Fabian Edwards, brother of UFC’s Leon Edwards, is seeking a sixth straight win as he looks to maintain his 100% record in professional MMA. The highly-touted middleweight, who trains in Birmingham alongside brother Leon, Tom Breese and close friend Aaron Chalmers, will bring his all-court game to the Metro Radio Arena.

Lee Chadwick, a veteran of the sport, will provide Edwards with a stern challenge. Wining 24 of his 38 professional MMA bouts, Chadwick’s career spans two decades and has seen him fight for several promotions, including Cage Warriors, BAMMA and ACB. With more than half of his career wins coming via submission, Chadwick can be expected to test Edwards’ skills on the floor as he looks to extend his three-fight winning streak.

In addition to the above bouts, Cal Ellenor will face Nathan Greyson in a bantamweight bout; Colin Fletcher will face Mehrdad Janzemini in a welterweight bout; Ashley Reece will take on John Ross in a welterweight bout; Dominique Wooding faces Bailey Gilbert in a featherweight bout; Nathan Rose takes on Ranjeet Baria in a featherweight bout; whilst heavyweights Darren Towler and Paul Elliott will take on Karl Etherington and Mindaugas Gerve respectively.

Bellator Newcastle: Pitbull vs. Scope Fight Card

Main Card

  • Lightweight Main Event: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (17-4) vs. Ryan Scope (11-1)
  • Lightweight Co-main Event: Aaron Chalmers (4-0) vs. TBD
  • Lightweight bout: Terry Brazier (10-1) vs. Chris Bungard (11-4)
  • Middleweight bout: Fabian Edwards (5-0) vs. Lee Chadwick (24-1-13)

Prelims

  • Light heavyweight bout: James Mulheron (11-2) vs. Arunas Andriuskevicus (14-4)
  • Welterweight bout: Jim Wallhead (29-11) vs. Lewis Long (16-5)
  • Bantamweight bout: Cal Ellenor (7-2) vs. Nathan Greyson (6-2)
  • Welterweight bout: Colin Fletcher (16-10) vs. Mehrdad Janzemini (9-3)
  • Welterweight bout: Ashley Reece (6-1) vs. John Ross (1-0)
  • Featherweight bout: Dominique Wooding (5-2) vs. Bailey Gilbert (0-1)
  • Featherweight bout: Nathan Rose (6-1) vs. Ranjeet Baria (3-0)
  • Heavyweight bout: Darren Towler (10-8) vs. Karl Etherington (14-3)
  • Heavyweight bout: Paul Elliott (2-0) vs. Mindaugas Gerve (3-2)

Nick Diaz Says He Never Agreed to Fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235

Dana White and Nick Diaz

A week after UFC president Dana White confirmed Nick Diaz was set to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235, Diaz is reportedly denying he ever agreed to the fight.

White told ESPN in November that a bout between Diaz and Masvidal had been agreed to for UFC 235, which is scheduled for March 2 in Las Vegas. Following UFC 231 in Toronto on Dec. 8, White confirmed that the fight was still a go, as far as he was aware. 

“As far as I know sitting right here right now, that fight’s on,” he said. “As far as I know, that fight is on. Unless something happened since Tuesday, which is very possible, it’s on.”

The only thing that has happened since Tuesday is that Diaz spoke with ESPN, telling them that he had never agreed to the fight.

“I think it’s rude of the UFC to try and lowball me and expect me to negotiate a deal while I’m training for a fight,” Diaz said via text message, according to an ESPN report. “It’s not gonna go down like that. If anybody wants to fight me they know where to find me. I’m not a hard guy to find. Come get some.

“I have a lot going on trying to manage a few different businesses. Once things make sense for everybody in that they actually have some fighters that they respect and I respect, we can try and come to a deal and do a show. That’s how I feel.”

Diaz, who hasn’t stepped in the Octagon since fighting Anderson Silva in January of 2015, reportedly stressed that he has no issue with Masvidal, but simply had not agreed to fight him. Apparently, Diaz has too many other irons in the fire already, and hinted that the UFC’s deal wasn’t good enough to pull him back into the cage.

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“As soon as I am in a good place with what I’m working on and things look the way it should, I’ll be happy to give the fans what they need. But I think they will be okay for now with what’s out there. There aren’t any fights for me until someone stands out,” Diaz said.

“I’ll fight if they can be more reasonable, but, really, I didn’t even talk about what it would or could [take]. They are the one’s tripping.”

Joaquim Silva KO’s Jared Gordon (UFC Milwaukee Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the lightweight bout between Joaquim Silva and Jared Gordon from UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Saturday.

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Jack Hermansson Taps Out Gerald Meerschaert (UFC Milwaukee Highlights)



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Check out the highlights from the middleweight bout between Jack Hermansson and Gerald Meerschaert from UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Saturday.

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Mike Rodriguez Takes Out Adam Milstead (UFC Milwaukee Highlights)

Check out the highlights from the light heavyweight bout between Mike Rodriguez and Adam Milstead from UFC on FOX 31 in Milwaukee on Saturday.

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Charles Oliveira Makes Quick Work of Jim Miller (UFC Milwaukee Highlights)

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Check out the highlights from the lightweight bout between Jim Miller and Charles Oliveira that kicked off the UFC on Fox 31 main card in Milwaukee on Saturday.

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