Gustavo Lopez Retains Bantamweight Championship in Combate Americas 42 Headliner

Gustavo Lopez greased Joey Ruquet with a crushing right hook to retain the bantamweight title in the Combate Americas 42 main event.

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Watch Dustin Poirier knock out Justin Gaethje (UFC 242 fight video)

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Interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier looks to unify his title with that of champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 242 main event on Saturday, September 7, in Abu Dhabi.

Before that happens, watch Poirier knock out Justin Gaethje in their UFC on FOX 29 headliner.


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Tune in Saturday, Sept. 7, at a special EARLY START TIME of 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT for full UFC 242: Khabib vs. Poirier live results from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov looks to unify his belt with that of interim lightweight titleholder Dustin Poirier in the UFC 242 main event.

Conor McGregor admits he was ‘in the wrong’ punching a pub patron; addresses retirement comments

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Conor McGregor, speaking to ESPN on Thursday, made his first public statement about punching a pub patron in the face back in April of this year. McGregor admitted he was “in the wrong.”

The incident, according to a TMZ report, occurred on April 6 at The Marble Arch Pub in Dublin. McGregor apparently stepped into the pub to buy a round of his Proper No. Twelve Irish whiskey for the patrons, lining up glasses for each and pouring it himself.

One man apparently refused the whiskey, which allegedly led to McGregor throwing a punch at the man. Two other men immediately grabbed McGregor and removed him from the pub, but the incident was caught on camera.

There was no sound on the recording, so it was unclear what was said between McGregor and the pub patron that refused his hospitality.

UFC president Dana White recently discussed the incident on The Jim Rome Show, saying, “That happened in April, and I knew that happened. They just got the video, and, yeah, it’s pretty bad.”


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McGregor apparently agreed with White’s sentiment.

“In reality, it doesn’t matter what happened there. I was in the wrong,” he told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “That man deserved to enjoy his time in the pub without having it end the way it did. I tried to make amends. And I made amends back then. That doesn’t even matter; I was in the wrong.

“I have to realize, that’s not the attitude or behavior of a leader or martial artist, of a champion,” McGregor continued. “I must get my head screwed on and just get back in the cage (and) fight for redemption, retribution, respect. The things that made me the man I am. And that’s what I will do.”

McGregor has been somewhat quiet about his fighting career recently, even having mentioned retirement. That’s nothing new, however, as McGregor has stated his retirement in the past, only to return to the Octagon.

With his latest remarks, that appears to be the case once again, as McGregor said, “Sometimes you just need to take a back step. I don’t think I will ever retire from this game.”


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Jeff Joy is out to show who is No. 1 in the Northeast at Cage Titans 45

After picking up an impressive 63-second submission victory in his amateur debut in June of 2018, bantamweight Jeff Joy was looking to keep his momentum going when an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

Shortly after he picked up his debut win against Ton Vivieros at Cage Titans 39, Joy suffered the injury that would cost him seven months of action.

“I broke my foot about a month after I fought at the end of July/August, then had rehab, and started training again,” Joy told MMAWeekly.com.

Finally recovered and ready to fight again, Joy has since gone on to pick up back to back victories in 2019 and claim the Cage Titans bantamweight title in the process.

“January hits and I fight Will Alfano and it goes great,” said Joy. “It was a good fight, back and forth, and I think my hands and submissions were deeper than his.

“I took a month and a half off and just trained for that (Arthur Mpofu title) fight. That was a real emotional fight and everything worked out like it was supposed to.”

This Saturday in Plymouth, Massachusetts, Joy (3-0) will look to defend his title for the first time when he faces Kam Arnold (5-0) in the 135-pound championship main event of Cage Titans 45.

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“He’s a big puncher,” Joy said of Arnold. “Obviously I can’t stand flat-footed in front of him like a lot of people did and give him easy shots. I have to be in and out.

“I have to work for the takedowns. I can’t get silly with him. I can’t keep my hands down. I’ve always got to be on my toes with him and use a lot of movement to get this win.”

Being undefeated with a title in hand, Joy could make a case for turning pro sooner than later. Rather than force it, Joy would rather let the move happen when it happens.

“In my personal experience things work out best when you don’t force them,” said Joy. “I can’t really think about that. I’ve talked about and have probably talked about it too much during this camp anyway, so I’ve just got to focus on camp.

“This fight is to see who is number one in the Northeast, and anything after that can happen. Like my trainer has said, we’ll talk about all that shit after.”

Gustavo Lopez is giving opponents more to worry about heading into Combate Americas 42 title defense

Looking back on his first round TKO of Jose Alday this past March at Combate Americas 33, bantamweight Gustavo Lopez notes a difference in attitude more so than technical skills that made for such a strong performance.

Lopez notes that when things are going well for him outside the cage that things tend to go well inside the cage and it showed in his win over Alday.

“Everything has been going pretty well; no issues, no drama; my mind has been so happy recently, and that was one of the biggest assets was that my mind was in a happy place,” Lopez told MMAWeekly.com.

“There’s a couple of photos of me smiling in the cage. It’s what I love to do. Everything just felt right.”

While his mental state helped him claim his first major MMA championship in the victory against Alday, Lopez feels there has been a big leap forward in one particular area of his game.

“My hands looked so much better than in previous years,” said Lopez. “In that fight I moved very well, striking looked very crisp, angles are going right and I finished that fight with a TKO.

“Overall I have a heavy pace, good pressure, great wrestling, but now people have to worry about my striking. I think that’s going to open up my takedowns even more. Now if you keep your hands down to try to stop my takedown I’ll hit you in the face. Now I give people more to worry about than just my wrestling.”

On Friday in Lake Tahoe, Nev., Lopez (10-4) will look to successfully defend his title for the first time when he faces Joey Ruquet (7-2) in the 135-pound main event of Combate Americas 42.

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“I feel like in the first fight we had (in 2015), in the first round he felt like he was losing, so he pressured me a little forward, and then got taken down and pretty much got ran over after that,” Lopez said of Ruquet. “If it hits the ground I feel I’m deadly against anyone.”

Now that he’s a title holder, Lopez is looking forward to seeing how things shake out in the bantamweight division below him to determine who he faces in his next title defense.

“I want to continue to fight the best Combate has,” said Lopez. “I feel there are a lot of fighters in Combate that deserve a shot. I feel that people have to start fighting each other to get a shot at me.

“A lot of our 135ers are amazing fighters; they’re great, so just picking one is going to be hard. I feel we’re going to have a lot of great events with 135ers headlining the card, fighting each other to see who is going to fight for my title.”

Austin Vanderford ‘excited’ for ‘great match-up for him’ at Bellator 225

Following a couple of years on the regional circuit, middleweight up and comer Austin Vanderford got his opportunity to step up to the national stage when he made his Bellator debut this past February.

Facing Cody Jones at Bellator 251, Vanderford was able to have one of the strongest performances of his two year career with a first round submission victory in the fight.

“It was an amazing experience,” Vanderford told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s something that I’ll remember for the rest of my life; making my Bellator debut and fighting their organization. The cherry on top was getting the first round finish.

“I had always dreamed about fighting for a major promotion and it’s just kind of the waiting game and picking up fights on the local circuit and whatnot; when the opportunity arose we jumped on it right away. I’m really fortunate and happy to be in this position.”

Since the win over Jones, Vanderford has continued to work on his game as a whole rather than focus on individual areas.

“It’s more the little things (I focus on working on),” said Vanderford. “I try to be as well-rounded as I can be, so I really haven’t worked on anything specific, but more try to make my game as well-rounded and bring along my skillset all the same.”

On Saturday in Bridgeport, Conn., Vanderford (7-0) will look to remain undefeated when he takes on Doug Usher (10-3) in a preliminary 185-pound bout at Bellator 225.

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“He’s a very talented fighter in his own right,” Vanderford said of Usher. “He’s 10-3 and has got six wins a row. I think it’s a great match-up for me.

“He comes out with really heavy hands. I think I also have knockout power. I also possess the skill of take people down and wrestle people. I’m excited for the fight, and if I stick with my game plan and what I’m best with I’ll be successful.”

While Vanderford would like to close out 2019 with an additional bout, he does acknowledge that such a fight could be conditional barring personal business involving his wife, UFC veteran Paige VanZant.

“If I’m going to be completely honest, I’d like to fight one more time before the end of the year,” said Vanderford. “I’ll have this fight and take whatever time I need. I’m always training. I don’t really take that many breaks.

“My wife and I got married about a year ago and I haven’t taken her on our honeymoon yet, so that’s kind of my only obligation, but other than that it’s training and getting ready for the next one.”