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Watch Shogun Rua Blast Lyoto Machida to Take the UFC Belt (UFC KO of the Week)

Lyoto Machida vs Shogun Rua

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Shogun Rua won the UFC light heavyweight championship with a knockout of Lyoto Machida back at UFC 113 in 2010. Rua looks to build a case for another title shot when he faces Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC Fight Night 134 in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, July 22.

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Bellator Unveils Welterweight Tournament Field, Including Champion Rory MacDonald

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Bellator media streaming partner DAZN announced details for its U.S. launch on Tuesday. Bellator president Scott Coker used the occasion to announce the field for his promotion’s welterweight tournament.

While the tournament will eventually have 10 participants, the currently announced field sits at nine, including Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald. The rest of the announced participants include former champions Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov, Yaroslov Amosov, Jon Fitch, Neiman Gracie, Lorenz Larkin, Michael Page, and Ed Ruth.

Gegard Mousasi vs Rory MacDonaldThe first tournament bout is scheduled for Sept. 29, featuring a trilogy bout between Lima and Koreshkov, who have split their first two meetings. Koreshkov won their first fight via unanimous decision, but Lima exacted his revenge by knocking Koreshkov out in the rematch.

The Sept. 29 event will be Bellator’s first live stream on DAZN and features MacDonald challenging Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi for his belt.

If he beats Mousasi, MacDonald would become Bellator’s first simultaneous dual-division champion.

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DAZN on Tuesday announced that a U.S. subscription would cost $9.99 per month. The subscription will include several exclusive Bellator events, but will also provide live streams of Bellator events that are delayed broadcasts on the Paramount Network in the U.S.

Andre Harrison Plans Epic Night Against Nazareno Malegarie at PFL 4

Having gone undefeated his previous seven years as a fighter, featherweight Andre Harrison wasn’t looking to change anything up heading into his first fight of 2018 in June against Tuerxun Jumabieke at PFL 1.

Over the course of three rounds, Harrison feels like was fully in control as he worked his way towards a unanimous decision victory.

“I would have loved to have gotten the finish, but it didn’t happen for me that particular night,” Harrison told MMAWeekly.com. “Either way I feel put on a really dominant performance. I’m happy with the way I started off, and hopefully I can keep the ball rolling.”

The fight against Jumabieke was Harrison’s first bout in almost a year. And while Harrison wasn’t exactly pleased to have so much time off, he feels he used it productively.

“I look at it like a positive,” said Harrison. “I went to the gym and I was able to work on a lot of different tools. I was able to do a lot of stuff and build myself up to be a better martial artist.

“I think I’m scratching a whole different level; from my grappling to my wrestling to my stand-up. I’m definitely a more confident fighter. I’m trying to be great. I think I’m going to get to that point where other people are seeing that.”

This Thursday in Long Island, New York, Harrison (18-0) will look to remain undefeated when he takes on Nazareno Malegarie (35-4) in a 145-pound co-main event of PFL 4.

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“I have to out-strike (Malegarie), out-grapple him, and everything,” Harrison said. “He’s a tough dude. He’s been in there with a lot of tough dudes. I’ve just got to get out there and do my thing and make him fight an Andre ‘the Bull’ kind of fight.

“Anytime you go and try to adapt to somebody else’s game plan, you’re already at a losing point. For me, if I go out there and make people fight my kind of fight, they’re at the losing point. They’ve got to worry about what I’m doing, as opposed to me worrying and adjusting to what they’re doing.”

While the PFL’s seasonal format sets the path towards a championship, Harrison’s focus is firmly set on Malegarie and picking up his next win.

“I’m happy and I’m looking forward to Thursday night and fighting on national TV in front of my hometown fans,” said Harrison. “It’s going to be an epic night for me.”

Wanderlei Silva Embraces Being a Part of Bellator’s ‘Stars Division’

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When Wanderlei Silva failed to submit to a random drug test ahead of a proposed fight with Chael Sonnen under the UFC banner in 2014, he was eventually handed a lifetime ban and fined $70,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Nearly everyone felt that would be the end of the career of “The Axe Murder.”

Abut a year later, a judge overturned the lifetime ban, and Silva was eventually released by the UFC. 

Now, two years down the road, the 42-year-old fighter has found new life under the Bellator banner. The promotion hasn’t billed it as such, but it seems that Silva sees Bellator’s penchant for signing fighters in their sunset years as a de facto “stars division” akin to Vitor Belfort’s idea of a Legend’s Division.

Wanderlei Silva vs Chael Sonnen Bellator NYC Fight Highlights“Bellator is indirectly creating the stars division – I’m 42 now – where stars fight each other,” Silva said in an interview with MMAFighting.

In addition to Silva, Bellator has inked the likes of Tito Ortiz, Chael Sonnen, Fedor Emelianenko, Jon Fitch, Rampage Jackson, Frank Mir, and numerous other athletes that are essentially past their prime fighting years, but want to remain active.

Silva especially lauded the recent addition of former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.

“They brought Lyoto now, a nice acquisition,” he said. “Lyoto’s contract with the UFC ran out and they didn’t call him to talk. Bellator called him and they had a good conversation, so ‘good, deal.’ The offer was really good, to make a good number. I also make good money.”

Silva believes that the stars division is paying off, as witnessed by his first fight for Bellator, a loss to Sonnen in the bout that “never was” under the UFC banner.

“My return was interesting because Bellator gave me a stage that was worthy of the return of Wanderlei Silva. I was the main event, sold out. Bellator guys said that it was the biggest ratings in promotion history,” said Silva. “We really broke all records, so I’m happy to bring all this attention from the audience to see that Wanderlei Silva is stronger than ever.”

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While he isn’t likely headed toward a title fight any time soon, Silva is content to give the fans what they want from the Axe Murderer. He’s doubtful that his pending match-up with Rampage Jackson will be the barnburner that fans want to see, but is hopeful that he’ll find a fighter that will stand and trade with the man known for his brutal knockout-or-be-knocked-out bouts under the Pride FC banner.

“(Rampage) keeps complaining about wrestlers, but I wanna see if he will have the courage to stand in front of me and trade punches. People talk, talk, but when it’s time to fight me, they all wanna hug me. When they give me a striker that agrees to trade with me, it’s going to be great.

UFC Fight Night 134 Results: Shogun vs. Smith (Full Results and Live Fight Stats)

UFC Hamburg Shogun 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 134: Shogun vs. Smith bout from Hamburg, Germany, is scheduled to begin on Sunday, July 22, at 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT.)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Hamburg, Germany, for the first time in two years for UFC Fight Night 134: Shogun vs. Smith.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua squares off with late-replacement Anthony Smith in the main event. 

Shogun had been slated to fight Volkan Oezdemir in a battle that would have made a strong case for the winner to get a title shot. Oezdemir, however, was pulled from the bout for a match-up with returning top 205-pound contender Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.

UFC Hamburg Shogun vs Smith Live ResultsThough Oezdemir is the highest ranked fighter of the three, Shogun’s task doesn’t get any easier against Smith, who is fresh off of a win over Rashad Evans.

The UFC Fight Night 134 co-main event pits two more of the division’s top contenders, Glover Teixeira and Corey Anderson, against one another as the top end of the light heavyweight division could undergo a massive transformation in Germany.

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

UFC Fight Night 134 Results: Shogun vs. Smith

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Three Fighters Earn UFC Contracts at Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Week 5 (Results & Video)

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Three of the five victors on Week 5 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, Season 2, impressed the UFC president enough to earn UFC contracts.

Women’s strawweight Maycee Barber earned her trip contract with a third-round finish over Jamie Colleen. Men’s bantamweight Domingo Pilarte scored a technical submission over Vince Morales early in the second frame of their fight. But Edmen Shahbazyan needed just 40 seconds to stop Antonio Jones to earn his spot on the UFC roster.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Season 2, Week 5 Results

  • Maycee Barber def. Jamie Colleen via TKO (elbows) at 4:15, R3
  • Domingo Pilarte def. Vince Morales via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:52, R2
  • Chibwikem Onyenegecha def. Anthony Adams via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Austin Vanderford def. Angelo Trevino via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:42, R2
  • Edmen Shahbazyan def. Antonio Jones via TKO (strikes) at 0:40, R1

UFC Partners with M-1 Global for Newly Formed Company UFC Russia

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The Russian-Chinese investment fund, Mubadala Investment Company, and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) have jointly announced the foundation of UFC Russia. The new company will promote MMA and organize new shows in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). 

M-1 Global is going to be a partner, responsible for scouting and signing Russian athletes to prepare them to fight in the UFC. M-1 Challenge champions will have a unique opportunity to sign contracts with the UFC.

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“We are looking forward to further cooperation with the UFC and the Russian-Chinese investment fund working on developing young Russian talents,” M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelchtein said. “This partnership will benefit our sport very much. MMA is a very popular sport and cooperation of the UFC, investment fund and M-1 Global can take MMA in Russia to a new level. Competition in M-1 Global is going to be even tougher and that means we are going to see even more excellent and spectacular fights!”

Anderson Silva Averts Four-Year Suspension After USADA Ruled He Ingested a Contaminated Substance

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Anderson Silva is expected to be cleared to fight again in October after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency ruled his most recent anti-doping violation was the result of his ingestion of a contaminated substance.

“USADA announced (Wednesday) that Anderson Silva, of Palo Verdes, Calif., has accepted a one-year sanction for his second anti-doping violation after testing positive for prohibited substances from a contaminated supplement,” USADA officials told MMAWeekly.com.

Silva tested positive for methyltestosterone and hydrochlorothiazide in a sample collected on Oct. 26, 2017, ahead of a planned headlining bout opposite Kelvin Gastelum in November of 2017. Methyltestosterone is an anabolic agent, while hydrochlorothiazide is classified as a diuretic or masking agent.

Following the infraction being made public, Silva said he was unsure of how he could have tested positive.

“Maybe the supplements I’m using is contaminated,” Silva told TMZ Sports, at the time. “I don’t know. I’m just waiting. Because obviously if I take these steroids, I’m stupid. Because I’m too old. I’m not at the start of my career. I’m [at the] finish.”

Silva appears to be caught up in an ongoing problem with a specific type of supplier in Brazil. He is the fourth athlete to accept a sanction under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy as a result of a positive test caused by the use of contaminated supplements purchased from a Brazilian compounding pharmacy, according to USADA.

Unlike retail pharmacies and drugstores, which receive their drug inventories from commercial manufacturers, compounding pharmacies prepare their medications onsite according to specifications contained in a written prescription.

Anderson SilvaIn this instance, the compounding pharmacy also produced and sold nutritional supplements. Although athletes competing in the UFC are repeatedly warned that supplements are risky and frequently contain substances not listed on the label including prohibited, as well as, harmful drugs, the pharmacy that prepared Silva’s supplement marketed its products as a safe alternative to mass produced medications and supplements and also claimed to utilize manufacturing processes designed to eliminate the possibility of cross-contamination.

Despite having previously served a suspension for an anti-doping violation in relation to his UFC 183 bout with Nick Diaz in January of 2015, Silva’s suspension was only for one year because it was determined that his recent violation was because of a contaminated substance. If no reduction in sentencing had been applied due to the finding that Silva’s positive test was caused by a contaminated product, the standard sanction for a second violation involving a non-Specified Substance would have resulted in a four-year period of ineligibility.

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“I am vindicated. The past nine months have been extremely difficult. I felt like my career and everything I had worked so hard for was dying and my future was hanging in the balance. I knew in my heart that I had done nothing wrong and fully cooperated with USADA during their inquiry to prove it,” Silva said in a statement to ESPN provided by his PR team.

“Today, I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting.”

Silva last fought in February of 2017, when he scored a unanimous-decision victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 208 in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Nicco Montano to Make First Flyweight Title Defense at UFC 228

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Nicco Montano will make the first defense of her UFC flyweight title since winning the belt late last year, when she steps into the Octagon at UFC 228 on Sept.8 in Dallas, Texas.

Montano will put her belt on the line against Valentina Shevchenko in a bout that has building for several months, while Montano sat on the sidelines recuperating from injury. The bout was announced by UFC officials on Wednesday.

Montano (4-2) won the belt at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on Dec. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas. She navigated a minefield of top contenders that included Lauren Murphy, Montana Stewart, and Barb Honchak, before ultimately defeating late-replacement Roxanne Modafferi for the belt. She was initially supposed to have fought Sijara Eubanks, who had to pull out of the fight with kidney failure while attempting to make weight.

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A strong contender at bantamweight, Shevchenko (15-3) was unsuccessful in wresting the belt from current champion Amanda Nunes, whom she has lost to twice. After failing in her second bout with Nunes, Shevchenko made the drop to 125 pounds, where she found immediate success by taking out Priscila Cachoeira on the Brazilian’s home turf.

Having waited for the past five months for her title shot to arrive, Shevchenko will now step into the cage opposite Montano at UFC 228.

Aspen Ladd and Lucie Pudilova Agree to Fight

Rising bantamweight contenders Aspen Ladd and Lucie Pudilova want to fight…badly. It all began when Aspen Ladd’s peaceful Sunday afternoon was interrupted by a sudden passive aggressive tweet from Pudilova: @AspenLaddMMA I have noticed that you have been enjoying food lately. I don’t know if it may be that you are preparing for competitive eating? […]

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