UFC 211 ‘Miocic vs. dos Santos 2’ Play-by-Play, Results & Round-by-Round Scoring

Sherdog.com’s live coverage of UFC 211 “Miocic vs. Dos Santos 2” kicks off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Anderson Silva Officially Removed from UFC 212

Though Anderson Silva packed up his fight camp and his bags for a return home to Los Angeles from Brazil just a few days ago, UFC officials didn’t immediately remove him from the UFC 212 event page. 

While many held onto hope that he would somehow be persuaded to fight on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, those hopes were quashed on Thursday when the promotion issued a statement officially removing Silva from the fight card, offering refunds to jilted fans. 

Anderson Silva“Following the April 6 removal of Kelvin Gastelum from his UFC 212 bout against Anderson Silva, UFC officials attempted to find a replacement to meet Silva on June 3.  However, an opponent was not secured to face the former middleweight champion on short notice, prompting his removal from the card at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,” read the UFC’s statement.

“Due to Anderson Silva’s withdrawal, customers may request a full refund of their purchased tickets until May 18, 2017.

“To request a refund of a purchase made at the event box office or points of sale, the customer must return to the point of purchase with the original tickets. For credit card transactions, the refund will be credited to credit card statement. For debit card transactions, the refund will be credited to the account linked to the debit card used for the purchase.

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“To refund a purchase made online or through the call center, the customer should access https://atendimento.tudus.com.br/hc/pt-br/requests/new, and select the category “Cancellation” and list “UFC 212” as the subject.”

Silva had pressed hard for an interim middleweight title fight with No. 1 contender Yoel Romero for the UFC 212 fight card, but when that proposal was declined by UFC president Dana White, Silva shut down his fight camp, which he had been doing in Brazil. 

The former middleweight kingpin has threatened retirement over his furor at the way the UFC treated him after Gastelum was removed from the fight. He has yet to say definitively whether or not he will follow through on his threat.

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Yair Rodriguez Wanted Frankie Edgar Because He’s the Toughest Challenge

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Yair Rodriguez didn’t pull any punches when asked why he wanted to fight Frankie Edgar. He simply wanted to fight the next best guy that would get him to a title shot.

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Rodriguez and Edgar square off on Saturday, May 13 at UFC 211 in Dallas.

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UFC Returns to Mexico City in August

UFC on Thursday officially announced its return to Mexico City on August 5, 2017, marking the fifth time UFC has held a card in Mexico.

After a successful debut in the country in 2014 with UFC 180: Werdum vs. Hunt, selling 22,000 tickets in less than eight hours, UFC has continued to bring Mexican fans more incredible action, intriguing matchups and home grown stars.

UFC MexicoLive events in Mexico have also showcased champions and former champions including Cain Velasquez, Fabricio Werdum, Rafael Dos Anjos, Eddie Alvarez and top contenders in their divisions like Tony Feguson, Ricardo Lamas, Dennis Bermudez, Henry Cejudo, Kelvin Gastelum and Diego Sánchez. Additionally, fans have been able to cheer on their fellow countrymen like No. 7 featherweight Yair “Pantera” Rodríguez, Erik “Goyito” Pérez, Marco Beltrán, Henry Briones, Polo Reyes, Alejandro Pérez and Alexa Grasso over the last three years of historic Mexico events.

With another exciting Fight Night heading to Aztec territory, UFC renews its commitment to both Mexico and Latin America as a whole.

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“We’re thrilled to be bringing another live event to Mexico City and the Arena Ciudad Del Mexico,” UFC Senior Vice President of International and Content Joe Carr, said. “Fans in this country have proven to be some of our most knowledgeable and passionate in the world. We are firmly committed to the Mexican market and our talent development efforts here, which have resulted in rising stars like Yair Rodriguez and Brandon Moreno. UFC will continue to be the MMA leader in Latin America and home to the region’s top talent.”

Ticket and card information will be released at a later date.

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Jedrzejczyk and Andrade Hug It Out Before Punching Each Other Out (UFC 211 Embedded, Ep 4)

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On Episode 4 of UFC 211 Embedded, spirits are high as the athletes arrive in Dallas for fight week. Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk crosses paths with opponent Jessica Andrade, who then reveals the victory dance she is preparing for Saturday. Heavyweight titleholder Stipe Miocic trades barbs with his fellow champion and plays an intense game of euchre. Heavyweight title challenger Junior dos Santos struggles with English pronunciation and trains at the facility of a UFC pioneer. Mexican featherweight Yair Rodriguez expects a supportive Texas crowd at his bout against former champion Frankie Edgar. Then the fighters sound off to reporters and square off against their opponents at Ultimate Media Day.

UFC 211 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the two title fights at UFC 211: Miocic vs. dos Santos 2, taking place Saturday, May 13.

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Dustin Poirier Says Eddie Alvarez is Going to Get ‘Whipped’ at UFC 211

UFC lightweight Dustin Poirier doesn’t shy away from the fact that he can be an emotional fighter. On more than one occasion he’s allowed his emotions to get the better of him, and it has cost him.

One particular time that sticks out to Poirier was his UFC 178 loss to Conor McGregor in 2014.

“(Fighting emotionally) makes me do stuff I normally wouldn’t do,” Poirier said during a recent stint on the UFC Unfiltered podcast. “It makes me make mistakes. I’m a way better fighter than that. When I get mad, and get emotional and fight with a lot of emotion like that, it blinds me a little bit and I make big mistakes.”

Poirier feels he’s made adjustments to help him get past the issue, especially in thanks due to becoming a father.

Dustin Poirier“I have a mental coach, and just growing as a person,” said Poirier. “I have a daughter now and she’s teaching me patience. It’s just life pretty much. Life makes you better.”

After dropping a TKO loss to Michael Johnson last September at UFC Fight Night 94, Poirier rebounded with a majority decision victory over Jim Miller at UFC 208 in February. Poirier believes he’ll be able to keep things rolling, like he did after his loss to McGregor, when he went on to a five-fight winning streak.

“I just have self-belief and I stay true,” Poirier said. “I’m really in this sport to win it and be in it for the long run. It’s a marathon. I just pace myself and just believe in myself.

“It’s tough what we do – fight the best guys in the world – one mistake and you can lose. I always go back to the drawing board, reassess, make adjustments, and I think every time I lose it shows the adjustments are made and I come back better.”

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On Saturday in Dallas, Poirier (21-5) takes on Eddie Alvarez (28-5) in the headlining bout of the UFC 211 undercard in a 155-pound showdown.

With Alvarez making his first fight since his loss to McGregor in November, Poirier was asked if he thought his opponent would be looking to make a statement after suffering defeat in his last bout.

“That doesn’t have anything to do with me, honestly,” said Poirier. “It’s up to (Alvarez). I’m going to fight my fight.

“If he’s going to be in there emotional, thinking it’s all on the line and this will be his last fight; if he goes in there thinking that, he’s going to get his ass whipped. If he goes in there thinking smooth and clean, he’s going to get his ass whipped either way.”

With McGregor’s future in the division unclear at the moment, and with other fighters jostling for position, Poirier addressed where he feels he can end up in the lightweight division.

“This is probably one of the craziest divisions right now,” Poirier said. “With them maybe making an interim belt (because) the champion is not fighting, no telling what’s going to happen. Anything can happen in this sport, so we’ll see in a couple months, but after (UFC 211) it will be clearer.”

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Dana White Sets Deadline to Keep Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Fight Alive

While UFC president Dana White recently said that he lost his target date for a Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match, he’s now put a deadline on moving the negotiations forward. 

While it would seem that the fight was closer than ever when White said that they lost their intended September date to a boxing match between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin, there has been little movement on getting McGregor and Mayweather to put pen to paper.

Though he wasn’t giving up on the fight, White told Jim Rome on Thursday that he has a deadline to at least get McGregor’s side of the equation nailed down. Now that the UFC’s first dual-division champion has welcomed his first child into the world, White wants to get him moving on a target for returning to work.

Conor McGregor - UFC 202“I plan on having (McGregor) locked up by this Sunday and then moving on to Team Mayweather and start to negotiate with them,” White said. “If we really do get it done in that timeframe, then this thing could possibly happen. But again, I still need to go and negotiate with them. There’s no guarantee that we’re going to come to a deal.”

If he can’t at least lock down McGregor by Sunday, White insisted that the fight would be “absolutely” dead in the water. He doesn’t, however, expect things to go sideways.

“I think (the chances of getting McGregor’s side done) are pretty good,” White continued. “Hopefully Monday, I’m going to sit down and negotiate with Team Mayweather. I just can’t keep messing with this thing. I have to run my business and I have to focus on all the other things that are going on around here.”

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After nearly two years of chatter, it appears we may be close to getting a definitive answer on whether or not McGregor and Mayweather are going to actually step into the ring.

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Demian Maia Reinvented Himself by Going Back to His BJJ Roots

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Demian Maia has become one of the most successful welterweight fighters in the world over the past few years. So what changed? What clicked for him to put himself on a six-fight winning streak?

It’s actually quite simple, Maia told MMAWeekly.com that he went back to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu roots to get better and win more consistently in mixed martial arts.

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Maia faces Jorge Masvidal on Saturday, May 13 at UFC 211 in Dallas.

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