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Emily Whitmire recounts finding her homeless mom living in a tent (UFC on ESPN 3 video)

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Emily Whitmire has overcome a lot of hardship in her life, much of it dealing with the absence of her mother, whom she eventually found. It wasn’t exactly a fairy-tale ending though. Whitmire found her mother homeless, living out of a tent. 

But she’s overcome her hardships to become a professional mixed martial artist fighting on the biggest stage in the sport. 

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Ahead of her UFC on ESPN 3 bout against Amanda Ribas, Whitmire recounted her struggles without her mother and the emotion of finding her mother living in a tent.

BKFC 6: Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi Full Recap (Bare Knuckle Fighting video)

BKFC 6 Artem Lobov vs Paulie Malignaggi recap

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MMAWeekly: The Low Down’s Jake Hattan recaps Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi from their headliner at Saturday’s Bare Knuckle FC 6 in Florida. (Music provided by https://www.bensound.com/)

There were weeks of venom being spewed between Lobov and Malignaggi leading up to the fight. Much of that stemmed from Malignaggi’s disastrous sparring gig with Lobov’s teammate Conor McGregor when the Irishman was preparing for his blockbuster bout with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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But just how much of that venom carried over into the fireworks we were promised in the ring? How did Lobov’s power punching and mixed martial arts skill match up with Malignaggi’s boxing savvy in a sport that is largely based on the Marquess of Queensberry Rules, albeit with a few twists and turns thrown in?

FIGHT REVIEW > Artem Lobov defeats Paulie Malignaggi at BKFC 6

Full BKFC 6: Artem Lobov vs. Paulie Malignaggi fight highlights video

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Artem Lobov puts the past in the past, tips his hat to Paulie Malignaggi

Artem Lobov and Paulie Malignaggi fought under the rules of bare knuckle boxing this past weekend, but their grudge match at Bare Knuckle FC 6 stole much of the thunder from competing mixed martial arts fight cards from both the UFC and Bellator MMA.

Lobov is a UFC veteran, so his ties to MMA are strong, but Malignaggi’s interest from the MMA fan base is largely due to his disastrous outing as a sparring partner for Conor McGregor. Lobov is a teammate of McGregor’s and his beef with Malignaggi largely stemmed from the failed attempt of Malignaggi to help McGregor prepare for his boxing debut with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

There was a lot of trash talk and explosive meetings between Lobov and Malignaggi during the promotion leading up to Saturday’s fight in Florida, but little of it carried over into the ring. And none of it was on display after the fight, as Malignaggi immediately bowed to Lobov and the two talked and embraced.

Each had his reasons for why the fight wasn’t as exciting as expected. Malignaggi said that he thought he broke his hand, perhaps in the second round of the five-round affair, while Lobov was a bit baffled by the way the referee was so quick to break up his clinch work, which is allowed under bare knuckle boxing rules.

“I knew he was a tough guy. He’s experienced; he won like 50 fights. I knew this was not going to be easy. I was a little bit surprised with the way the referee kind of worked the clinch. He was on top of me right away, trying to break up the clinch,” Lobov stated.

“If you look at some of the boxing fights, even in the boxing fights where the clinch is not allowed, they allow people to work a little longer in the clinch than they did in this where the clinch is allowed. The one time where Paulie’s talking about where I caught him and I was landing shots and then the ref comes on top of me and pulls me off. I’m like what’s going on and he says ‘you’ve got to be landing shots’ and I’m like what the f— was I doing do you think? I was landing shots. I was throwing shots.”

Not being able to work from the clinch the way he had planned disrupted Lobov’s approach, although he eventually was awarded a unanimous-decision victory.

“That was a big part of my game plan. Get him in the clinch and work him there and I really wanted to push him against the ropes. Because the ropes here are really hard, almost like a cage, so I was going to do like we do in MMA,” Lobov explained.

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“Push him against the cage, get good position, get the under hook and then land some shots but the referee didn’t allow me to do that for some reason. I was a little bit surprised.”

“I’m pretty sure I broke my hand in the second,” Malignaggi said, although he still felt like he had won the fight. “But even after that I felt like I boxed him pretty well. Maybe, just maybe this wasn’t meant to be. A lot of people in boxing told me (I shouldn’t do this, you’re above this).”

As for all of the explosive encounters before the fight fading away so quickly, Lobov boiled it down to the idea that, apart from what was said or done, Malignaggi, a former world champion boxer, showed up to fight.

“I said this before, for me I will always respect the fighter that shows up. Paulie showed up to the spar. If you were to offer the same thing to many other boxers, they probably wouldn’t show up to the spar but he did and he did a full 12 rounds twice and he showed up again today. I take my hat off to him. He’s always been a fighter and he still is.”

The future of the UFC: Touring the UFC Apex with Dana White (video)

UFC old school logo 25th Anniversary Denver

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While a new building may not sound like all that big of a deal to most of us, to UFC president Dana White and the rest of his crew, the UFC Apex is much more than a new building or a venue to hold smaller events.

The UFC Apex represents the future of the most prominent fight promotion in mixed martial arts history. That’s saying a lot, considering the UFC was acquired for more than $4 billion just a couple short years ago.

White and his staff hosted reporters on the day of the launch of the UFC Apex, guiding them on a personal tour of the inner workings of the facility, explaining why it was such a crucial element to his company’s future.

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UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos Media Day Faceoffs

The stars of UFC 239 faced off after a media day in Los Angeles on Monday including Jon Jones, Thiago Santos, Amanda Nunes, and Holly Holm. UFC 239: Jones vs. Santos takes place on July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and features two world title fights.

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Watch Jorge Masvidal knockout Donald Cerrone in the first round (UFC 239 Free Fight Video)

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In one of the best performances of his career, Jorge Masvidal knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC Fight Night Denver in 2017. Masvidal meets Ben Askren at UFC 239 on July 6, only on Pay-Per-View.

Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones puts his title on the line against Thiago Santos in the fight card’s main event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  In the co-main event, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes against former titleholder Holly Holm. 

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday, June 29, for full UFC on ESPN 3: Ngannou vs. dos Santos live results from Minneapolis, Minn. Current contender Francis Ngannou takes on former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos in the five-round main event.

Daniel Cormier doesn’t blame Brock Lesnar for choosing WWE over fighting him (video)

Daniel Cormier and Brock Lesnar

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UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was looking forward to a massive payday in a showdown with WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar, so when it failed to come to fruition, Cormier couldn’t help but be disappointed. He doesn’t, however, fault Lesnar for doing what he thinks is right for himself and his family.

“Ultimately, you get paid that much money to go and wrestle as opposed to fighting me…” said Cormier in an interview with TMZ Sports.

“So, I think he made the smart decision. He always does. Brock always does what’s best for Brock and his family. Can’t fault a guy for doing that.”

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With Lesnar out of the equation – UFC president Dana White said that Lesnar opted to retire from MMA – Cormier will instead put his heavyweight belt on the line against the man he took it from. Cormier headlines UFC 241 on Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif., where he rematches former champ Stipe Moicic. Cormier has hinted that the Miocic rematch might be the final fight of his career.

Ben Askren’s fantasy UFC fight would be against Georges St-Pierre

Undefeated welterweight Ben Askren made his UFC debut in March, defeating former champion Robbie Lawler by submission. He faces Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239 on July 6 but would rather be fighting former two-division titleholder Georges St-Pierre.

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Jon Jones reacts to Chael Sonnen’s retirement

Light heavyweight champion Jon Jones soundly defeated Chael Sonnen when the two fought at UFC 159 in April 2013. Following his Bellator 222 loss to Lyoto Machida, Sonnen announced his retirement from fighting. Jones weighed in on Sonnen’s retirement during the UFC 239 Media Day on Monday.

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Bellator London fight highlights: Rafael Lovato Jr. captures championship gold (video)

Bellator London Fight Highlights

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Rafael Lovato Jr. used his jiu-jitsu expertise to pull off the upset and take the Bellator middleweight championship from Gegard Mousasi. The bout was the headliner for Bellator’s latest European Series event, Bellator: London, which took place on Saturday, June 23, at SSE Arena in London.

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Bellator London Full Results

  • Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gegard Mousasi via majority decision (47-47, 48-47, 48-47)
  • Melvin Manhoef def. Kent Kauppinen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Aaron Chalmers def. Fred Freeman via submission (triangle choke) at 4:05, R2

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