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Knockout Radio LIVE: Tim Boetsch, Jarred Brooks & Ronda Rousey’s Retirement

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Tune in Wednesday at 3:30 pm ET, for Knockout Radio LIVE! Tim Boetsch and Jarred Brooks join the show, the crew talks about Ronda Rousey‘s career situation, recaps UFC Denver and looks ahead to UFC Houston. Plus, all the hottest MMA news!

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LFA 6 Brings Top Prospects to San Antonio

Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) CEO Ed Soares announced on Wednesday that the LFA will make its second visit to Texas in March. This will be the sixth LFA event after the strategic merger between leading developmental organizations Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA) and Legacy Fighting Championship (Legacy FC).

The main event of LFA 6 will feature a heated local rivalry between two of the most accomplished featherweights living in The Lone Star State. Jiu-Jitsu ace Rivaldo Junior will tangle with crosstown rival Ray “The Judge” Rodriguez in a showdown that is bringing a whole new meaning to the Battle of the Alamo. Also on the main card, local standouts Larry Crowe and Katherine Roy face highly-touted prospects Eryk Anders and Mackenzie Dern. LFA 6 – Junior vs. Rodriguez takes place Friday, March 10th at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio, Texas. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

LFA 6 Fight Poster“I can’t wait to bring the LFA to San Antonio in March,” stated Soares. “The city has hosted fantastic RFA and Legacy FC events and the LFA will continue that tradition starting with LFA 6 – Junior vs. Rodriguez.”

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Junior (15-6-2) is a widely respected jiu-jitsu black belt from Manaus, Brazil. The northern Brazilian now trains alongside 4th degree jiu-jitsu black belt Rodrigo Pinheiro and UFC vet Pete Spratt in San Antonio. This is where Junior made his long-awaited international MMA debut last summer in the co-main event of RFA 41. Prior to that contest, Junior competed for the prestigious Brazilian promotions Jungle Fight and Shooto Brasil. At one point, he had a fight scheduled with Raoni Barcelos, who is now the final RFA featherweight champion and a current top title contender in the LFA. Junior hopes to finally challenge his fellow countryman with a dominant win at LFA 6.

Rodriguez (11-4) is a proud San Antonian that is arguably the most accomplished featherweight to come from Alamo City. Over the past two years, he has defeated six consecutive opponents, but ironically the man known as “The Judge” only let those six fights go to the judge’s scorecards once during that streak. Rodriguez now has his sights set on winning gold on a global stage. In order to jump into the title picture in a stacked LFA featherweight division, the talented Texan is looking to make an example of his crosstown rival in the biggest MMA show to hit San Antonio this year. Judgement Day for “The Judge” comes Friday, March 10th at the always rowdy Cowboys Dancehall.

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The co-main event of LFA 6 will feature the return of two-time Legacy FC middleweight title challenger Larry “Tae Kwon” Crowe (9-6). The Houston  native is one of the longest tenured fighters in Legacy FC history. Crowe made his debut for Legacy FC in his second professional fight back in July 2010. That bout happened to occur at the third-ever Legacy FC event. In many regards, Crowe and Legacy FC grew up together. Crowe grew into one of the promotion’s most revered fighters, while Legacy FC grew into one of the top two developmental organizations in the world. Now the proud Texan will add his name to another piece of history as he makes his LFA debut on the sixth-ever LFA event after the merger of Legacy FC and RFA.

The other half of the LFA 6 co-headliner will feature San Antonio native and top middleweight prospect Eryk “Frankenstein” Anders (6-0). Before MMA, Anders gained national notoriety on the gridiron by playing football at NCAA Division I powerhouse University of Alabama. The standout linebacker is widely known by the Crimson Tide faithful as the man who sealed their 2009 National Championship with a win-sealing sack late in the fourth quarter. In fact, three of Anders’ teammates on that championship team will be playing in Super Bowl 51. While Julio Jones, Courtney Upshaw, and Dont’a Hightower look to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy this weekend, Anders will look to lift his own arms in victory on March 10th.

The main card of LFA 6 will also feature the highly-anticipated LFA debut of Mackenzie Dern (2-0). Dern is the daughter of legendary jiu-jitsu and judo black belt Wellington “Megaton” Dias and the most accomplished female jiu-jitsu practitioner competing in MMA. The multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion has won a world title at every rank (blue belt through black belt) and in 2015 added an ADCC Submission Wrestling World title to her trophy case. Now the woman who former UFC champion Benson Henderson famously stated “will be bigger than Ronda Rousey” is looking to claim her third MMA victory after going 2-0 for Legacy FC in 2016.

Katherine Roy (1-0) will be the woman looking to make an immediate statement by taking out the most talked about prospect in all of women’s MMA. The U.S. Army SGT veteran and 2015 Golden Gloves champion comes into this fight fresh off a successful professional MMA debut last summer in the Philippines. Roy defeated the more experienced Singaporean fighter May Ooi via Unanimous Decision, but that victory took place on the other side of the planet, while many of her teammates were competing at RFA 41 in San Antonio. Roy will now look to celebrate alongside her teammates with a signature win in her hometown at LFA 6.

In September, RFA and Legacy FC officials announced that they would be merging to form the premier developmental organization in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) starting in January 2017. RFA and Legacy FC have launched the careers of over 100 athletes that have reached the pinnacle of MMA by competing in the UFC. San Antonio is one of two cities that have hosted individual RFA and Legacy FC events that were televised live and worldwide.

The entire fight card for LFA 6 – Junior vs. Rodriguez and further information regarding this event will be announced soon. LFA 6 will be the promotion’s second event to take place in “The Lone Star State” of Texas. The entire main card of LFA 6 will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT on Friday, March 10th.

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Josh Koscheck Returns at Bellator 172 Against Mauricio Alonso

A welterweight bout pitting Josh Koscheck (17-10) against Mauricio Alonso(12-7, 1 NC) has been added to the Spike-televised main card of Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. on February 18, 2017.

In addition, recently signed Russian star Anatoly Tokov (24-2) is set to square off against Francisco France (13-4-1) in a middleweight clash that will be featured on the Bellator.com-streamed undercard, while a previously announced main card bout between Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus has been cancelled after Piccolotti has been forced to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury.

Koscheck will be making his highly anticipated Bellator MMA debut after signing with the Viacom-owned promotion in 2015. Prior to the signing, “Kos” competed under the UFC banner for nearly a decade, compiling 15 wins and nine finishes. Now, the 39-year-old Dethrone Base Camp product hopes to soar to the top of Bellator MMA’s stacked welterweight class and add to his impressive resume of 17 career victories. Never one to mince words, Koscheck has made it clear that he hopes to once again meet Paul Daley inside the cage, but first, the Fresno, Calif. native must get through Alonso on Feb. 18 when he returns to action on Spike.

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Hailing from Parana, Brazil, Alonso will be making his second appearance under the direction of Bellator MMA and first in the welterweight division since 2014. The 36-year-old enters the bout riding a recent string of success, earning victories in each of his last two contests and seven of his last 10 dating back to 2010. Of his 12 career wins, Alonso has finished his opponent five times, including four knockouts. Alonso will look to build off of an undefeated 2016 campaign when he competes on Feb 18.

Under the tutelage of the legendary Fedor Emelianenko, Tokov has strung together an impressive resume of his own, where from 2012 to 2016, the prospect was riding a streak of 17 consecutive wins. The 26-year-old Russian is known to end fights early and often, finishing his opponent in 19 of his 24 career wins, including nine first round finishes. If Tokov is going to continue to blossom on the Bellator roster, he will have to defeat his opponent on Feb. 18 first.

Hailing from Gilbert, Arizona, 18-fight veteran France enters the bout having won six of his last eight contests, including one draw and five finishes. The 33-year-old submission specialist will be making his third appearance under the Bellator MMA banner and first in nearly a year at Bellator 172. “Kiko” brings with him one of the most dynamic ground games in the division, finishing 12 of his 13 victims via submission; displaying a wide array of devastating techniques, including rear-naked and arm-triangle chokes, arm bars, and kimuras.

Updated Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione Main Card:

  • Heavyweight Main Event: Fedor Emelianenko (36-4, 1 NC) vs. Matt Mitrione (11-5)
  • Lightweight Co-Main Event: Josh Thomson (22-8, 1 NC) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” (16-8)
  • Heavyweight Feature Bout: Cheick Kongo (25-10-2) vs. Oli Thompson (17-9)
  • Welterweight Feature Bout: Josh Koscheck (17-10) vs. Mauricio Alonso (12-7, 1 NC)

Preliminary Bouts:

  • Middleweight Preliminary Fight: Anatoly Tokov (24-2) vs. Francisco France (13-4-1)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: James Terry (18-9) vs. David Douglas (9-6)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Nikko Jackson (1-1) vs. Cesar Gonzalez (0-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Juan Cardenas (1-0) vs. Luis Vargas (0-1)
  • Welterweight Preliminary Bout: Danasabe Mohammed (5-1) vs. Carlos Rocha (9-4)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Anthony Do (4-1) vs. Bobby Escalante (4-5)
  • Flyweight Preliminary Bout: Matt Ramirez (1-2) vs. Jeremy Murphy (3-3)
  • Lightweight Preliminary Bout: J.J. Okanovich (3-1) vs. Paradise Vaovasa (5-1)
  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Justin Tenedora (Debut) vs. Roque Reyes (0-3)

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Raphael Assuncao: ‘I Just Want to Get Back to the Top’

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Raphael Assuncao talks about his UFC on FOX 23 victory over Aljamain Sterling and trying to get back to the top of the bantamweight division.

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UFC Champ Amanda Nunes Issues Apology to Ronda Rousey

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes recently solidified her position atop the division by derailing former champ Ronda Rousey‘s comeback. 

Nunes, however, made a few comments following the fight that she’d now like to apologize for.

While Nunes did not specify the comments she was referring too, she had called Rousey overrated amongst other things, never really going too far over the top with her comments. It was enough in her own mind to issue an apology though. 

Amanda Nunes - UFC 207 Post“Let me take a moment to explain myself. I was overwhelmed with adrenaline, emotion and hurt at the time. I held so much in during the weeks prior to my fight with Ronda. I might have said or posted some things at the time that I now realize was not the right thing to do,” Nunes wrote on Instagram.

“I want to apologize to Ronda. Her fans and mine and the UFC as well. Ronda is an amazing athlete and has done so much for this sport, especially for the women.”

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UFC Issues Statement Addressing Controversial Travel Ban Executive Order

U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent executive order instituting a travel ban has come under scrutiny across the globe. Considering the possibility that it could affect its business, the Ultimate Fighting Championship recently issued a statement regarding the order.

President Trump signed the executive order, often referred to as the “travel ban,” on Friday. The direction of the order bars refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days. It also put a temporary 90-day ban on immigrants from seven nations identified by the Obama administration as “countries of concern” for terrorist activity, according to the Trump administration. The seven countries are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia.

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Although the UFC is based in Las Vegas, it holds events globally and has many fighters and employees from around the world. Among them is Iranian-born Dutch national Gegard Mousasi, who recently expressed concern over what the order would mean to him.

Gegard Mousasi“I don’t know,” Mousasi told MMA DNA, when asked what the travel ban might mean to him. “The UFC is working on it. The lawyers and guys that take care of the visas. I just have to wait. They’re gonna change some things probably in a couple weeks, because there’s a lot of protests. I just have to wait and see.”

Mousasi is, of course, just one example of someone that might be affected by the executive order. The Ultimate Fighting Championship and its new owners, WME-IMG, have many other employees under similar circumstances, and they are of course proactively addressing the situation.

“We are aware of the federal travel ban,” UFC officials said in a statement released to MMAWeekly.com. “There are numerous variables including a judicial injunction. We are monitoring and will be affirmatively engaged to ensure that our fighters and employees are able to compete and do their jobs.”

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Dana White Addresses Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen Fixed Fight Claims

UFC Hall of Fame fighter Tito Ortiz fought the final fight of his career at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. He choked out Chael Sonnen a little over two minutes into their main event fight, ending his career on a high note.

Several doubters, however, said that the fix was in, accusing Sonnen of giving in to a choke that wasn’t properly applied

Don’t count UFC president Dana White among those making such accusations. 

Saying Ortiz’s retirement fight was the first time he had watched a Bellator event, White declared on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that there is “no way in hell” that the fight was a work. 

“I’d love to come out here and (expletive) all over Bellator, but there’s no way that was a work,” he said.

“Both guys are forty-something years old. It was basically a retirement fight. A lot of people, I think, were calling it a fix. There’s no way.”

Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen - Bellator 170 - Final FightWhite’s comments carry a fair amount of credence considering his history with Ortiz. Prior to becoming a part owner in the UFC, White was Ortiz’s manager. And after he became UFC president, White was his boss for several years, despite numerous times that they butted heads, even going so far as scheduling a boxing match between them to settle their differences.

That boxing match never occurred, and the two continued to have an on-again, off-again relationship, but White does not doubt the legitimacy of Ortiz’s final victory.

“Tito Ortiz is strong. He put me in a neck crank one time and almost popped my (expletive) head off my shoulders. This guy is physically very strong. And I think his ground game is very underrated,” said White.

“There’s no way in hell that was a work.”

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Ben Askren Returns at ONE Championship’s Upcoming Manila Event

Ben Askren hasn’t had much luck since signing for ONE Championship. He’s seen one fight end in a controversial no contest, another abandoned at the last minute when his opponent missed weight, and a recent title defense postponed following the death of HM the King of Thailand.

The reigning ONE Championship welterweight king will hope to be busier in 2017 and Askren is set to make the second defense of his belt on April 21. The former welterweight champion will be fighting at the MOA Arena for the third time with his opponent’s identity as yet undisclosed.

Ben AskrenAskren (15-0-0-1) has been out of action for just over a year.  Meanwhile, Luis Santos has won back to back fights and, having proved he can make welterweight under ONE Championship’s new regulations, he will be hoping for a rematch with the champion.

The April 21 card will also feature the first title defense for newly minted lightweight champion Eduard Folayang. He was already a hero in the Philippines before capturing the crown from Shinya Aoki and will be guaranteed a raucous reception from the crowd in Manila.

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Folayang (17-5) is also without an opponent, but Ariel Sexton must surely be a contender to face him while the lightweight bout between Ev Ting and Kamal Shalorus next month could also have implications for the title picture.

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Dana White Says Ronda Rousey is Likely Done Fighting

After losing back-to-back bouts for the first time in her career, it appears that former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey may be riding off into the sunset.

Rousey has not made any statement regarding the status of her career, but UFC president Dana White, during a recent UFC Unfiltered podcast, relayed that he thinks she is probably done fighting.

“Her spirits are good. She’s doing her thing,” said White. “In the conversation I had her with her, if I had to say right here right now, and I don’t like saying anything because it’s up to her, but I wouldn’t say she fights again. I  think she’s probably done and she’s going to ride off into the sunset and live her life outside of fighting.”

Ronda RouseyPrior to her recent skid, Rousey had risen from a bronze medal in the 2008 Olympics to an unblemished amateur career to the inaugural UFC women’s champion. As a professional fighter, she went on a 12-0 run, including six UFC title defenses, before tasting defeat. 

That first defeat, however, was a devastating one. Rousey’s star had risen higher than any other fighter, male or female, in the history of mixed martial arts. 

So when a Holly Holm head kick sent her crashing back to Earth in November of 2015, Rousey took it hard. She spent more than a year out of the Octagon before making her comeback attempt opposite current bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 to close out 2016.

The fight with Nunes didn’t go any better. It actually went worse. Nunes ended the fight 48 seconds into the opening round. 

Rousey’s perceived invincibility was erased. She has since been mostly off the radar, save for an appearance at the Dakota Access Pipeline protest at Standing Rock Indian Reservation in North Dakota, where she delivered supplies in support of the protesters.

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“It’s not even that I think it was an invincible thing, it’s just she’s so competitive that her career, her record, meant everything to her, and then once she lost, she started to say to herself, what the (expletive) am I doing? This is my whole life? This is it? I want to experience and start doing other things,” White said, putting Rousey’s current mood in perspective.

Ronda Rousey“And that’s what she started to do. She’s got a lot of money. She’s never gonna need money again. Unless you spend money like Floyd (Mayweather), you’re not gonna need money again when you have the kind of money that Ronda has. She’s not a big spender. She’s got a cute place down in Venice, California. She’s got some plans where I think she wants to move to a more desolate place and do her thing.”

The UFC has struggled to schedule marquee fights during the early part of 2017, primarily due to injuries and the like, so White might be expected to press Rousey to make another go of it. It sounds as if he has no such intention and is at peace with Rousey walking away, if she so chooses. 

“I’m happy for her man. She came in man, she changed the world. She put female fighting on the map. She’s been part of the biggest fights in the history of women fighting.”

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk Shoots Down Michael Waterson Rumors, So Who’s Next?

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Rumors have run rampant that UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk is going to next defend her belt against Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson. The champ, however, shot those rumors down, and discussed at length what her next move is.

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