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UFC 206: Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson Extended Preview Video

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Take a closer look at the light heavyweight title rematch between champ Daniel Cormier and challenger Anthony Johnson. In the co-main event, a huge featherweight tilt goes down when Max Holloway takes on Anthony Pettis.

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What’s Next for Ryan Bader, the Top Free Agent on the Market?

Ryan Bader, after taking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for a second time, has quietly become one of the highest profile free agents on the market.

Heading into his UFC Fight Night 100 headliner with Nogueira, Bader could have inked a new deal with the UFC. He didn’t feel the promotion’s offer was quite what he wanted it to be, so he opted to roll the dice and fight it out, believing that he would again get the better of his Brazilian foe.

Ryan BaderThe gamble paid off in the fight, as Bader took Nogueira out via strikes late in the third round of their scheduled five-rounder.

So what comes next? For Bader, it’s uncharted territory.

“I haven’t really thought about it. When it came time to re-up on that fight it was kind of like why not fight it out? I got the Lil Nog fight and now here we are,” Bader said at the UFC Fight Night 100 post-fight press conference.

“Look, I love the UFC, I want to fight in the UFC. It’s got to make sense though.”

Although he said that “it’s got to make sense,” it didn’t appear that Bader was talking as much about money as he was opportunities, particularly an opportunity to fight for the UFC light heavyweight championship.

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“I’ve been top five for a while now and I want those big fights. There’s a big fight coming up in December, so we’ll just have to get with them and see where we go from here really,” he said, referring to Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson at UFC 206.

“I’ve fought everybody in this division and been consistent. I think I’ve won seven out of my last eight fights, so I feel like I hit my stride now because I had the momentum after my last loss. I said screw it, I’m just going to go out there and do what I do and not over think it. That’s my mindset and hopefully things fall into place.”

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Invicta FC Announces First Event for 2017

Invicta Fighting Championships begins its 2017 season at home. Historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. once again hosts the leader in women’s mixed martial arts, serving as the site of Invicta FC 21 on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Announced during the broadcast of Invicta FC 20 (available to watch any time via UFC FIGHT PASS) on Saturday, 26-year-old featherweight prospect Megan Anderson (7-2) will face Canadian veteran Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet (9-5) in the main event of Invicta FC 21.

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anderson-tweet-invicta21-750Anderson, a native of Australia’s Gold Coast, now calls the Kansas City metro area home, training out of Glory MMA & Fitness in Lee’s Summit, Mo. She enters the bout on a three-fight winning streak, all three coming by way of knockout.

Tweet, also having won three-in-a-row, last competed at Invicta FC 17 in May, impressively knocking out then-undefeated Latoya Walker via spinning backfist.

Recently signed boxing world champion Heather “The Heat” Hardy will make her professional mixed martial arts debut at Invicta FC 21 in a flyweight contest.

The Brooklyn-born Hardy enters the cage with an unblemished record of 18-0 inside the boxing ring and currently holds the WBC international female featherweight and super bantamweight titles.

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Rashad Evans Rebukes Athletic Commission Health Concerns

Rashad Evans was recently denied a license to fight Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 in Toronto. It marked the second time in two weeks that Evans had the fight fall apart.

Evans was originally slated to make his middleweight debut against Kennedy at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York. The New York State Athletic Commission denied him a license due to concerns about irregularities on his MRI. 

Rashad EvansWhen the UFC 205 fight fell through, the UFC attempted to rebook the bout for Dec. 10 in Toronto. The Office of the Athletics Commission in Ontario, however, followed in the NYSAC’s footsteps.

Despite the athletic commissions’ concerns, Evans believes that he is healthy and has no plans to quit fighting.

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“Despite the latest news on not getting a license to fight in Toronto, I am 100-percent healthy,” Evans said in a statement issued via Twitter. “I will not retire.”

It’s unclear how soon or in what jurisdiction that Evans might next attempt to fight, but he indicated that the UFC was helping him to get the concerns about his health cleared up with the commissions.

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No Major Suspensions Out of UFC Fight Night 100 in Brazil

There were some hard-fought battles at UFC Fight Night 100: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but the event didn’t produce any lengthy medical suspensions.

Antonio Rogerio NogueiraIn a rematch six years in the making, No. 4 ranked light heavyweight Ryan Bader fought out the last bout on his current contract by once again getting the better of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Having won a unanimous decision over Nogueira in their first fight, Bader this time finished Nogueira via strikes in the third round of the UFC Fight Night 100 headliner.

Nogueira was issued one of the lengthiest suspensions on the roster. He will be sidelined for 45 days with no contact for 30 days.

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The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) released the UFC Fight Night 100: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 medical suspensions to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. The event took place on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

UFC Fight Night 100: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 Medical Suspensions

  • Ryan Bader: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Rogerio Nogueira: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days 
  • Thomas Almeida: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Albert Morales: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days 
  • Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Courtney Casey: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Krzysztof Jotko: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days 
  • Thales Leites: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days 
  • Kamaru Usman: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Warley Alves: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days 
  • Sergio Moraes: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Zak Ottow: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Cezar Ferreira: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days 
  • Jack Hermansson: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Gadzhimurad Antigulov: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Johnny Eduardo: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Manvel Gamburyan: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days 
  • Luis Henrique: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Christian Colombo: Suspended 30 days with no contact for 21 days
  • Pedro Munhoz: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Justin Scoggins: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Darren Stewart: Suspended 14 days with no contact for 7 days
  • Francimar Barroso: Suspended 45 days with no contact for 30 days

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Darren Stewart’s UFC Sao Paulo Victory Overturned

Darren Stewart’s UFC debut victory over Francimar Barroso has been overturned.

Stewart was initially awarded the victory at UFC Fight Night 100 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, stopping Barroso via strikes at 1:34 of the first round. Replays in the arena showed what appeared to be an inadvertent headbutt by Stewart as he charged Barroso, backed him up to the fence, and took him to the canvas.

Immediately after the headbutt, Barroso erupted in agony and gave up on his takedown defense. Shortly thereafter, he hit the ground and Stewart hit him with several punches, forcing the referee to stop the bout.

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Darren Stewart UFC Sao Paulo weigh-inAfter the win was announced, Stewart was apologetic to the booing crowd, insisting that, if there was a headbutt, he never intended for it to happen.

Barroso filed a formal appeal. While the referee at the time, Eduardo Herdy, missed the call in the Octagon, the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) reviewed the fight and changed the outcome to a no contest.

In changing the outcome, CABMMA noted, “The incident did have an effect of the outcome of the fight since it was part of what ended the fight.”

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Watch Robert Whittaker Make Quick Work of Brad Tavares (UFC Melbourne Free Fight)

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Watch as Robert Whittaker makes quick work of Brad Tavares. Whittaker headlines UFC Fight Night 101 opposite Derek Brunson on Saturday, Nov. 26 (Sunday, Nov. 27 local time) in Melbourne, Australia.

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Watch Brock Lesnar Get Ragdolled by Bill Goldberg at WWE Survivor Series

First-round KO by the looks of it.

WWE Survivor Series 2016 is likely a night that Brock Lesnar will want to forget. Of course, it wasn’t as bad as being beaten up by Cain Velasquez, but it was still pretty bad for the former UFC heavyweight champion. In a match against 49-year-old Bill Goldberg, Brock was tossed around more than an insult during a presidential election campaign. He ended up losing the match and with six months of training his takedown defense we’re pretty sure Goldberg can crack the UFC’s top 15 rankings. Check out the video above of Lesnar getting owned.

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Brad Pickett, Paul Felder and Elias Theodorou Fan Q&A Video from UFC Belfast

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Brad Pickett, Paul Felder and Elias Theodorou fielded questions from the fans and media prior to the Fight Night Belfast weigh-in on Friday in Northern Ireland. Hear what the fighters had to say.

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UFC Issues Statement on Rashad Evans Being Denied a License

For the second time, former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans has been denied a license based on a medical issue.

Evans was scheduled to face Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York, but the fight was canceled the week of the event due to the New York State Athletic Commission having concerns over Evans’ medicals, specifically with his MRI results.  The fight with Kennedy was rescheduled for UFC 206 on Dec. 10 in Toronto.  On Monday, Kennedy revealed that Evans was pulled from the bout a second time after the Ontario Athletic Commission denied to grant Evans a license.

On Monday evening, the UFC released a statement regarded Evans’ situation.   

“UFC has been notified by the Ontario Athletic Commission that it has declined to approve a license for middleweight Rashad Evans, based on the recent medical issue that prohibited him from competing at UFC 205 in New York City. As a result, Evans’ rescheduled bout against Tim Kennedy, set for UFC 206 in Toronto on Saturday, December 10, has subsequently been cancelled,” read the statement. 

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“The UFC organization takes the health and safety of all athletes competing under the UFC banner very seriously and has encouraged Evans to take all the appropriate time to consult with his physicians and properly evaluate his medical status prior to scheduling any future bouts,” the fight promotion added. 

Evans stated on Nov. 8 that he was physically fine after the New York Athletic Commission denied him a license.

“I’m healthy. I don’t want anyone worrying about me. I’m fine, physically speaking. Never felt better. It’s just the commission and their rules. I guess they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to this,” he told MMAFighting.com at the time. 

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