Is ‘UFC 25 Years in Short’ the Ultimate Rags to Riches Story?

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2018 marks twenty-five years of the UFC, and in celebration of their silver anniversary, they are presenting a groundbreaking, 25-part series of original, documentary short films.

UFC 25 YEARS IN SHORT brings together an award-winning team of documentary filmmakers, to tell twenty-five captivating stories, one for each year of the UFC’s extraordinary history. UFC 25 YEARS IN SHORT premieres this September, only on UFC Fight Pass.

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Anderson Silva: ‘I Think Khabib Nurmagomedov is the Best’ Fighter in the World

Former middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva held the 185-pound title for a record 2,457 days. He’s widely considered the greatest fighter of all time. Silva’s been out of action since February 2017, but expects to return to the Octagon next year. While not actively fighting, Silva continues to watch the sport. Two fighters stand out to the 43-year-old Brazilian legend: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. “Khabib is a great fighter. I’m very impressed. Conor is a great fighter. Having a new generation of fighters, especially in the UFC… this is a huge company that’s worked for a long time to get the great fighters in the sport,” said Silva in an interview with Inquistr. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC on FOX 30 BackstageMcGregor became the third two-division champion in UFC history when he knocked out Eddie Alvarez to capture the lightweight title at UFC 205 in November 2016.  He was stripped of the belt after the conclusion of UFC 223 in April due to inactivity.  Nurmagomedov won the title that night by defeating late replacement Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision. On Aug. 3, it was announced that McGregor would return at UFC 229 in Las Vegas to face Nurmagomedov in the Oct. 6 pay-per-view event’s headlining bout.  Silva didn’t make a prediction for the fight’s outcome, but he did weigh-in on who he thinks is the better fighter. TRENDING > Oscar De La Hoya Aims to Upend MMA and ‘Pay Fighters What They Deserve’ “I think Khabib is the best, here, in this moment,” said Silva. Nurmagomedov has yet to lose a fight. He is 26-0 overall with 10 of those victories occurring in the Octagon. He puts all that on the line, as well as the undisputed UFC lightweight title, when he meets McGregor at UFC 229.

Wanderlei Silva’s Run for Office is Official; Rampage Jackson Might Be Final Fight

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There are two things for sure in 42-year-old Wanderlei Silva’s future. One, he is fighting Quinton “Rampage” Jackson on Sept. 29 at Bellator 206 in San Jose, Calif. Two, he is officially running for office in Brazil.

Disheartened by the corrupt political landscape of Brazil, Silva had talked about potentially running for a position as a federal deputy in the Chamber of Deputies, which is similar to the U.S. House of Representatives. He has moved full speed ahead and confirmed his candidacy recently on Instagram.

Rampage Jackson vs Wanderlei Silva UFC 92Silva told MMAFighting that, whether or not he won the electoral campaign, his fight with Rampage Jackson might be his final bout. 

“I’m facing this as maybe it is my last fight,” Silva said. “I will run for federal deputy now. It’s a new career, a new time in my life. I’m seeing the need for it. There are guys being elected that have no business being there, a bunch of poor guys, dishonest guys that steal from the people. You have to put guys that have an ideal and already have money to live so they don’t need to steal from the people.

“I will do this fight and then I’ll run for congress and if I get elected, I’ll go one direction, and if I don’t get elected, I’ll go another one. But the intention is that maybe this is my last fight. … I think that being elected or not, maybe this is my last fight. I’ve done enough. But there are a lot of people coming back. I think that my performance will say if it’s my last one or not.”

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Bellator, in particular, has signed a lot of fighters in the sunset of their careers over the past few years. Silva joins Jackson and the likes of Chael Sonnen, Fedor Emelianenko, and others that appear to be fighting their final bouts under the Bellator banner.

Jon Jones Says He Never Left USADA’s UFC Testing Pool

Jon Jones UFC 197 Open Workout

Though it’s been quite some time since Jon Jones set foot in the Octagon, the former UFC light heavyweight champion claims he has never left the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool for UFC athletes. “Glad you enjoyed the few seconds of training footage I shared the other day,” Jones wrote on Twitter. “Just wanted to let everyone know, I never left the testing pool, not even for a day.” Jones is currently mired in the adjudication of his latest UFC Anti-Doping Policy infraction, which showed an anabolic steroid in his collection sample that was taken the day of weigh-ins prior to his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July of 2017. He defeated Cormier in the Octagon, but the outcome of the bout was changed to a no contest following the positive result of his drug test, and he was stripped of a UFC title for the third time in his career. While it’s been more than a year since that fight, Jones insists he has still been available for drug testing. According to USADA records, he is likely telling the truth. Jones was tested nine times in 2017, although the USADA records only break out testing by quarters, so it is unclear how many times he was tested following the positive result at UFC 214. Jones was tested at least one time in the fourth quarter, which absolutely was after he was suspended. TRENDING > Wanderlei Silva’s Run for Office is Official; Rampage Jackson Might Be Final Fight Jones was not tested in the first or second quarters of 2018, but has been tested in the third quarter; thus far, his lone test of 2018.

TJ Dillashaw Still Willing to Fight Boxer Gervonta Davis and His Padded Record

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UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw has been doing the media rounds apparently to drum up interest in a potential fight with newly crowned UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo, but another fighter has interjected himself into the conversation.

Undefeated Floyd Mayweather boxing protege Gervonta Davis tweeted that he wanted to “fight the dude that fought Cody yesterday,” after Dillashaw knocked Cody Garbrandt out for a second consecutive time at UFC 227 earlier this month. He added, “I will whip ya ass.”

Not one to shy away from some good trash talk, Dillashaw responded by saying, “Come on over then. Ask daddy Mayweather for permission and come sign a one fight contract then. Actually, no need for a one fight contract, just sign a one round contract. That’s all I need.”

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Of course, most people dismissed the exchange a short time later, but Dillashaw told TMZ Sports recently that he would definitely want to take a fight with Davis, who said that he would fight Dillashaw under mixed martial arts rules.

“I would love to show him what real fighting is all about. This guy has the most padded record I’ve ever seen.”

Jon Tuck Expecting Can’t Have a Boring Fight with Drew Dober at UFC Lincoln

It’s been over a year since UFC lightweight Jon Tuck stepped into the Octagon.

After getting a first round submission win over Takanori Gomi at UFC Fight Night 111 in June of last year, Tuck has dealt with an inability to find fights, taking care of personal business and recovering from injury.

“After my fight with Gomi I was trying to get a fight with anyone,” Tuck told MMAWeekly.com. “At UFC (214) they had a guy fall out of a fight with Sage Northcutt, and I told them I wanted to fight on that card, but I guess the UFC and Sage’s team didn’t accept the fight because of the style of fight I would have brought.

“From there I got married and was training and trying to get a fight for UFC Australia, but nothing came through. Then I ended up having to take care of a knee injury, and that put me on hold for a bit. I’ve been helping guys get ready for fights coming up, and just staying ready.”

Just because he wasn’t fighting in MMA, that doesn’t mean that Tuck wasn’t competing during his time off.

“I actually did an Oceania tournament for wrestling just to keep me motivated because I was looking for a fight and nothing came through,” said Tuck. “I never got to compete in wrestling, and even though I don’t utilize it much in my fights, I decide to do the Oceania tournament and won the championship.”

On August 25 at UFC Fight Night 135 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Tuck (10-4) will finally return to the Octagon when he faces Drew Dober (19-8) in a preliminary 155-pound bout.

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“It’s interesting because we both came from The Ultimate Fighter 15, so we could have fought there, but we didn’t,” Tuck said of Dober. “We’re both respectful fighters and love the martial arts and bringing out the best in people. He’ll bring out the best in me.

“He’s a great fighter who definitely loves to put a show on for the fans. I can’t have a boring fight with him, and I’m excited by that. I don’t always look for Fight of the Night, but with his style of fighting and my style of fighting, I think we can bring that to Lincoln.”

Should Tuck come out of his bout with Dober healthy, he’s more than ready to step back into the cage, no matter the opportunity and no matter the weight class.

“I’m always willing and available,” said Tuck. “I always tell them for fights that are last-minute fallouts; I’ll fight at 170 pounds. Even as crazy as it sounds, I might fight at 185 pounds.

“I’m not a huge middleweight fighter, but I train with bigger guys, so putting it together and fighting in there I don’t think would be too much of a difference. I’ll fight anywhere; 185 pounds, 170 pounds, and 155 pounds too.”

Phil Davis Meets Vadim Nemkov at Bellator in Israel on Nov. 15

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Jose Aldo’s Coach Responds to Conor McGregor’s Kind Words

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Yana Kunitskaya: “Nothing Can Be Worse” than UFC 222

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Cory Sandhagen on Iuri Alcantara: “I Think I’m Going to Pick Him Apart”

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