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Watch Chris Weidman knock Anderson Silva off his pedestal (UFC Boston free fight)

Chris Weidman knocks out Anderson Silva - UFC 162

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Chris Weidman shocked the mixed martial arts world when he became the man to upset long reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva when they threw down in the UFC 162 main event on July 6, 2013. Not only did Weidman win, he laid Silva out on the canvas.

Weidman moves up to light heavyweight on Saturday at UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, where he will square off with one of the division’s top contenders in Dominick Reyes. Before their main event, watch the full fight where Weidman become the first man to knock out Silva.


TRENDING > Dana White trying to make Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa before Adesanya vs. Jon Jones


Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Friday, Oct. 18 for full UFC on ESPN 6: Reyes vs. Weidman live results from Boston, Mass. Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman moves up to light heavyweight, where his welcoming committee is highly regarded contender Dominick Reyes.

UFC 244 Masvidal vs. Diaz promo: Who is the BMF?

UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz fight poster

(Courtesy of UFC) Two of the truest fighters in mixed martial arts will meet in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on November 2, as Nate Diaz faces Jorge Masvidal in the five-round main event of UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The build-up between the two has been so intense that UFC president Dana White has decided to award the winner an actual BMF belt. What is a BMF belt?
TRENDING > Anthony Johnson trashes Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz’s ‘imaginary’ BMF belt
After Diaz defeated Anthony Pettis, he declared himself the Baddest Motherf—er in MMA and challenged Masvidal to throw down. And just like that, the fictional BMF championship and belt were willed into existence.

UFC 244 Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz first face-off

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants Kamaru Usman to beat Colby Covington’s ass (video)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk with Polish flag

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Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk typically isn’t one to talk out against a teammate, but she decided to make an exception for American Top Team stablemate Colby Covington.

Covington is gearing up to challenge UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, but don’t count Jedrzejczyk as a supporter. In fact, she stated during Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday, “I hope that Usman will beat his ass.” Later adding, “He’s acting like Conor McGregor.”

Jedrzejczyk specifically pointed to the disrespect she feels that Covington has shown American Top Team and some of her other teammates, such as Jorge Masvidal, who is slated to headline UFC 244 opposite Nate Diaz on Nov. 2 in New York City.


TRENDING > UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson recap video


Prior to discussing Covington, Jedrzejczyk also gave an update on the foot she believed to have broken in her UFC on ESPN+ 19 fight with Michelle Waterson over the weekend, and gave update on her expectations for a UFC strawweight title shot at current champion Weili Zhang.

Cain Velasquez issues farewell message to UFC, embarks on WWE journey

Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez’s rise to the top of the mixed martial arts world was meteoric. In less than three years, he went from Octagon newbie to UFC heavyweight champion.

The man he defeated to become champion? Brock Lesnar. 

Fast forward several years and the two are now set for a rematch, albeit under vastly different circumstances. Following a few injury-plagued years in the cage, Velasquez has opted to join Lesnar in the WWE sphere.

WWE officials last Friday made Velasquez’s signing official, announcing that he would face WWE champion Brock Lesnar at the pro wrestling promotion’s Crown Jewel event on Oct. 31 in Saudi Arabia. 

When the two met in the Octagon, it took Velasquez little more than four minutes to pound out Lesnar to capture UFC gold. Lesnar will now get the opportunity to even the score in a world in which he is vastly more experienced than Velasquez.

Over the course of 13 years, Velasquez amassed a 14-3 record in mixed martial arts, which included two stints as the UFC heavyweight champion.


TRENDING > Cain Velasquez and Brock Lesnar to rematch in WWE


With the WWE match-up becoming official, Velasquez on Monday issued a farewell statement to UFC officials and fans, as he embarks on his WWE journey.

“To the UFC, my family, friends, and all the fans, thank you for the past 11 years. Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and agents. I am so blessed to have been able to have a career doing something I absolutely love. I knew from the time I was a junior in college I wanted to be a fighter and after graduating from college, I set off on my journey of becoming a fighter with the goal of being UFC Heavyweight champion. There are few people in this world that can say they have achieved what I have, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and position I held being a part of the UFC. With my official retirement from the UFC, it’s time for the next chapter.

“A year ago, when I went to my first WWE show, I fell back in love with a sport that I had watched and participated in since I was a child. From that moment, I have been doing a crash course on all things that relate to pro wrestling. I’ve been training at different gyms, going to shows and watching more matches (than) I would like to admit, but I can honestly say I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling now. The contract is signed and I’m on my way to my next goal which is Universal Champion.

“WWE Universe, thank you for welcoming me with open arms.”

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UFC on Tampa: Joanna Jedrzejczyk Octagon interview – ‘Who’s the real queen?!’

Joanna Jedrzejczyk UFC on ESPN+ 19 victory

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Make no doubt about it, former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk believes she is destined to recapture the thrown.

Rose Namajunas took the belt from Jedrzejczyk in 2017, but the belt has changed hands two more times since. It is currently wrapped around Weili Zhang’s waist, but Jedrzejczyk doesn’t think it will be there for long.

With her victory over Michelle Waterson at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on Saturday in Tampa, Fla., Jedrzejczyk likely earned the first shot at Zhang, and she intends to make good use of the opportunity.

“Who is the real queen?” she quipped after defeating Waterson. “Bow down, bow down. I’m the real queen.”


TRENDING > UFC on ESPN+ 19 results: Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts on master class, ‘bow down’


 

UFC on Tampa: Cub Swanson Octagon interview

Cub Swanson emotional at UFC on ESPN+ 19

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UFC veteran Cub Swanson gave an emotional post-fight interview following his victory over Kron Gracie in the UFC on ESPN+ 19 co-main event on Saturday in Tampa, Fla. 

It’s no wonder either, as the win broke the first four-fight losing skid of Swanson’s storied career. At 35 years of age, even with his pedigree, Swanson couldn’t afford to lose a fifth consecutive fight. 

And he didn’t. Swanson outworked Gracie for the duration of their three-round fight. Gracie toughed it out, but there was no question when Swanson’s hand was raised in victory.


TRENDING > Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie take Fight of the Night honors at UFC on ESPN+ 19


 

UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson recap video



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See the highlights and recap from UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson. Jedrzejczyk bounced back from a loss in her bid to capture the flyweight title by putting on a master striking class against Waterson.

While Waterson never backed down, Jedrzejczyk chewed up her legs with brutal kicks, kneed her in the clinch, and peppered her with punch combinations to earn a dominant unanimous decision from the judges in Tampa, Fla.


TRENDING > Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson exchange hugs, jerseys after UFC Tampa


UFC on ESPN+ 19: Joanna vs. Waterson took place on Saturday, Oct. 12, in Tampa, Fla. The fight card was headlined by Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Michelle Waterson, while the co-main event featured Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie.

Dana White trying to make Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa before Adesanya vs. Jon Jones

Dana White at UFC 229 post-fight press conference

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UFC president Dana White, in a recent interview with TMZ Sports, gave an update on the lightweight and middleweight championship landscape.

While there has been a lot of chatter between Israel Adesanya and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones ever since Adesanya unified the middleweight belts, that isn’t the fight that White is looking to make… at least, not yet. He’s certainly interested in such a match-up, but wants to match Adesanya up with top middleweight contender Paulo Costa first.


TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones management involved in ‘physical altercation’ at PFL


White also provided an update on UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, insisting that he is still trying to make Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson. He won’t allow Conor McGregor to skip the line, although a rematch with Nurmagomedov, not a titillating fight with Justin Gaethje, is what McGregor wants.

Aung La Nsang stops Brandon Vera to retain ONE Championship light heavyweight title

Aung La N Sang punches Brandon Vera at ONE Century

Aung La Nsang remained a two-division champion after the ONE: Century – Part II headliner. The Burmese fighter might have been smaller than Brandon Vera, but he more than made up for it with speed and stamina.

La Nsang was the more proactive of the two fighters in the first round. He set out of his stall to attack with low kicks, but there was noticeably more power behind Vera’s shots, with the Filipino scoring with several kicks to the body.

In the second stanza, La Nsang’s low kicks started to have a more visible effect on Vera. The UFC veteran looked to be fading and the Burmese fighter became increasingly confident, moving forwards and applying pressure.

Vera landed a few shots on the counter, but was too tired to mount any sustained offense as La Nsang came on strong. A spinning back fist might have missed the target, but a follow-up right hand landed flush.

Vera collapsed to the floor and it became a question of how many follow up punches the referee would allow La Nsang to land before stopping the action. It was an entertaining fight that justified ONE Championship’s decision to give it top billing.

Ultimately, it was La Nsang who underlined his status as arguably the biggest star on the roster. Meanwhile, Vera looked like he might be ready for retirement, although the Fil-American remains the heavyweight champion.

Ls Nsang retained his light heavyweight title and improved to 26-10-0-1, extending his winning streak to seven. Meanwhile, Vera dropped to 16-8-0-1 after suffering defeat for the first time since 2013.

Earlier in the night, Bibiano Fernandes played to his strengths to submit Kevin Belingon in the second round. The Brazilian pursued takedowns relentlessly and the challenger spent most of the opening round on his back.

In the second stanza Fernandes got the fight down again and capitalized ruthlessly, taking Belingon’s back and sinking in a rear naked choke. The win was his third against the Filipino and takes him to 24-4 while Belingon drops to 20-7.

Former ONE and Dream lightweight champion Shinya Aoki returned to form in Tokyo after losing the belt to Christian Lee back in May. He needed less than a minute to submit Honorio Banario with a D’Arce choke.


TRENDING > Demetrious Johnson wins ONE Championship Flyweight Grand Prix


ONE: Century – Part II results

  • ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship: Aung La N Sang defeats Brandon Vera by TKO (Strikes) at 3:23 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight: Shinya Aoki defeats Honorio Banario by Submission (D’Arce Choke) at 0:54 minutes of round 1
  • ONE Bantamweight World Championship: Bibiano Fernandes defeats Kevin Belingon by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:16 minutes of round 2
  • ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Walter Goncalves by Split Decision (SD) after 5 rounds
  • ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Championship Final: Giorgio Petrosyan defeats Samy Sana by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight: Arjan Bhullar defeats Mauro Cerilli by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Atomweight: Mei Yamaguchi defeats Jenny Huang by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Strawweight: Yosuke Saruta defeats Daichi Kitakata by Knockout (KO) at 0:59 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight: Shoko Sato defeats Rafael Silva by TKO (Strikes) at 4:30 minutes of round 2
  • Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight: Hiroyuki Tetsuka defeats Hernani Perpetuo by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds
  • Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight: Takasuke Kume defeats Koshi Matsumoto by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds

Bibiano Fernandes bringing a new Bibi into fourth ONE Championship fight with Kevin Belingon

Bibiano Fernandes - ONE Championship

Looking back on his ONE Championship featherweight title match versus Kevin Belingon this past March, Bibano Fernandes is disappointed with the outcome of the bout even though he won.

Shortly into the third round of the bout, Belingon was disqualified for using illegal strikes on Fernandes, thus awarding him the win and the featherweight title in the process.

“That fight I was very disappointed,” Fernandes told MMAWeekly.com. “Not for me, but for the fans and the corporation, too. I believe they were all supposed to get a good fight, and because I cannot control the blows to the back of my head I cannot (give them a good fight).

“That was supposed to be a great fight, but it did not go through. It was no good fight at all because he throws the elbow. I was very disappointed the fight goes that way.”

Up until the point of the illegal strikes, Fernandes feels like he was winning the fight, making the outcome even more disappointing as he was not the one to determine how the bout ended.

“I was pretty good in the fight,” said Fernandes. “I knocked him down, I take him down. He tried coming and going on me (but) I took him again. I took his back. I think I was good that fight.

“That night was my night, but I cannot control his reaction. I cannot control him throwing the elbow. If he (had) not thrown the elbow, it would have been a completely different outcome and we wouldn’t be talking about the fight now.”

On Sunday in Tokyo, Fernandes (23-4) will face Belingon (20-6) for a fourth time when the two meet in the bantamweight title co-main event of ONE: Century – Part 2, which is set to be broadcast live on TNT in the United States.

“I’m happy to fight more than three times,” Fernandes said. “I come from Jiu-Jitsu, so in Jiu-Jitsu you can compete with a guy maybe seven times if you’re really good. That’s the mentality I have. I just have to make sure my mind is good and make sure my body is good and let’s do it.


TRENDING > Khabib Nurmagomedov and Jon Jones management involved in ‘physical altercation’ at PFL


“I can look back (on our previous fights), but right now at this moment it’s a new fight. It’s a new fight. It’s a new Bibi. For sure (Belingon is) going to try to do something, but for sure when I step in the cage you’re going to see a new Bibiano.”

When it comes to the future, Fernandes is unsure where his road could lead to in 2020. It all depends on how he feels at any given time. What he is sure about is what’s in front of him, and that’s defending his featherweight title versus Bellington on October 13.

“How I feel, how my body feels, how the fight goes, you never know if it’s going to be a quick fight or a 25-minute fight,” said Fernandes. “I don’t know how I’m going to handle it. It’s everything about how I feel.

“If my body is not best, if my mind is not there, I don’t have to go back to fighting anymore. But my mind is still good and body is still good. There are so many things that can happen, but right now the focus is Kevin and that is the most important thing right now.”


Bibiano Fernandes ONE: Century pre-fight interview

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