Gina Mazany Replaces Injured Liz Carmouche, Meets Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 105

“The Ultimate Fighter 18” cast member Gina Mazany will make her Octagon debut against Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 105 on Feb. 18.

Dennis Bermudez: ‘Korean Zombie is Another Guy in the Way’ (UFC Houston Video)

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Dennis Bermudez is ready and motivated as he heads into a match-up with the “Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung on Saturday in the main event at UFC Fight Night Houston.

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Mickey Gall Recounts Taking Out CM Punk and Sage Northcutt

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Mickey Gall isn’t simply a youngster in the UFC, he’s also a youngster in the sport of mixed martial arts. Gall has two fights in the UFC and two prior to that. 

In his first fight in the Octagon, Gall had to deal with the pressure of welcoming an inexperienced superstar to the promotion, making quick work of former WWE champion CM Punk. 

In Gall’s return trip, he was handed a much more significant challenge in rising star Sage Northcutt. He didn’t skip a beat, however, also putting the finishing moves on Northcutt.

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Though he doesn’t currently have a fight on tap, Gall talked about his arrival in the UFC, his fights thus far, and what direction he is headed.

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Korean Zombie Pulls Off First Twister in UFC History (UFC Houston Free Fight)

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Watch the “Korean Zombie,” Chang Sung Jung, submit Leonard Garcia at UFC Fight Night Seattle in 2011 with the first ever Twister in UFC history.

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Decade-Long UFC Veteran Thiago Tavares Exits Promotion

After spending the past decade under the UFC banner, Thiago Tavares has inked a multi-fight deal with Brazilian promotion Aspera FC.

Tavares first fought for the UFC in April of 2007, amassing a 10-7-1 record in the Octagon and earning seven post-fight honors. He leaves the UFC following a knockout loss to Doo Ho Choi last summer. 

A native of Brazil, Tavares will make his debut with his new promotion on Feb. 18. He faces featherweight Mauricio Machado (17-10) at Aspera FC 49 in Balnearo Camburiu, Brazil.

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UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie Live Results and Fight Stats

(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 fight is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.)

UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. Korean Zombie Full Results

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Dennis Bermudez: ‘I Want To Be The World Champion’ (UFC Houston Video)

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Ninth-ranked featherweight Dennis Bermudez is coming off two big wins, and looks to welcome Chan Sung Jung back to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night Houston and establish himself as a top contender in one of the most talent-stacked divisions in the UFC.

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Jake Shields Reportedly Saves Man From Masked Attackers During UC-Berkeley Riot

Former Strikeforce champion Jake Shields reportedly came to the aid of an unidentified man who Shields said was jumped by masked attackers during the riotous scene on Wednesday night at UC-Berkeley, a public university in Berkeley, Calif.

The riots erupted in response to the scheduled appearance of a controversial speaker, Milo Yiannopoulos, whose appearance at the university was later canceled due to the chaos.

“Amid an apparently organized violent attack and destruction of property at UC Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, the UC Police Department (UCPD) determined it was necessary to evacuate controversial speaker Milo Yiannopoulos from campus and to cancel his scheduled 8 p.m. event,” according to UC-Berkeley officials.

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Shields reportedly came to the defense of a man that was being attacked by people that wore masks that hid their identities. Shields later said, “They attacked him for being a Trump supporter, no other reason.”

After protecting the man, Shields confronted some of the masked protesters, saying, “You guys have your faces covered. You’re attacking people. You are being (expletive) fascists. Look at you guys, you’re (expletive) embarrassing. It’s not okay.”

In a Twitter post about the incident, Shields indicated that police officers and other citizens watched as the attack unfolded. He indicated that several people were attacked, and that he was involved “in a few scuffles” during the riot.

Shields most recently fought under the World Series of Fighting banner, losing a five-round unanimous decision to Jon Fitch at WSOF 34 on New Year’s Even in New York. He is also a former UFC welterweight title contender.

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Conor McGregor: ‘UFC Can’t Stop Me’ From Boxing Floyd Mayweather

UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is taking time away from mixed martial arts while he prepares to become a father, but has his eyes set on a return fight. 

“I have my eyes on one thing right now and that’s Floyd Mayweather. That’s the thing I have my eye on,” McGregor recently said during a pay-per-view question and answer session in Manchester, England. 

UFC president Dana White made Mayweather and McGregor an offer on Jan. 13 to promote the boxing Conor McGregorbout, but Mayweather laughed at the $25 million proposal. 

“I’m sitting at the house and Floyd offers $15 million. Then Dana offers $25 million. I’m sitting in my house watching the millions go up. Like, this is all right. This is all right,” said McCgregor. 

The Irishman plans to travel to Las Vegas to negotiate with Mayweather in person and come to an agreement. 

“I’m going to go out there. Everything is good on the phone, but I need to go out there and really be in there,” he said.  “I need to get my skin back in the game fully. I’ve been in the game from a distance, but now I’m going to get back in and get everything settled.

“Me and Floyd have got to get together and talk and figure it out the same way he and Manny Pacquiao figured it out. Once we come to a number, once we come to a set number that I’m happy with and he’s happy with, then we go to the customers. Then we go to the promoters, the buyers, and then we get it done. That’s next. I’ll go to Vegas. I’ll handle the commission, or we’ll figure that situation out and then we’ll come to a dotted line. This is happening.”

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McGregor said a fight with Mayweather has been in the works for some time and is determined to make the match-up a reality. 

“That fight was more than just being explored. That fight has been in the works for a while now. Look, there are a lot of steps to get the fight done. It’s the fight to make. It’s the fight that people want. It’s the fight that I want. I’m confident going in there. I’ve got the reach. I’ve got the youth. I’ve got the confidence. I’ve got an unpredictable style. You can’t prepare for a style like me,” he said.  “A guy said to me, why conquer one world when you can conquer two, so I’m going to conquer two worlds.”

McGregor is under contract with the UFC.  He believes that he can get the fight done without the fight promotion, but says it would be “smoother” if all parties were involved.  

Conor McGregor at UFC 194 open workouts“I believe so. With the Ali Act, I believe I can (do the fight without the UFC), especially now that there are offers on the table. But I think it’s smoother if we’re all involved. I think we’re all about good business. I’ve done great business with the UFC, with Dana, with everyone. I think it’s smoother if everyone gets together and are involved. But, again, everybody has to know their place. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” he said. 

“Everyone’s got to know their place,” he added. “There’s Mayweather Promotions. There’s the UFC, and now there’s the newly formed McGregor Promotions. And we’re all in the mix, so that’s what I’m saying. Nobody is my boss. I know Floyd likes to say that Dana is my boss and that he decides. Hell no. Nobody decides this. If they let people go fight jiu-jitsu tournaments, they can’t stop me going to fight a boxing fight.”

The UFC has created an interim lightweight title in McGregor’s absence.  “The Notorious” believes that the next time we see him competing, he’ll be boxing Mayweather. 

“I believe it will happen at the end of this year or early next year,” he said.  “I believe the next time I step in a combat arena will be through the ropes wearing 10-ounce or eight-ounce gloves.”

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Demian Maia Issues Statement on Waiting for UFC Title Shot

Demian Maia is riding a six-fight winning streak, which spans nearly three years. He believes he is next in line for a UFC welterweight title shot and is willing to wait for it.

Maia hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since August of 2016. Since that time, champion Tyron Woodley has put the welterweight strap on the line, retaining it after fighting to a draw with Stephen Thompson. Maia was hopeful to get the winner of that bout for his next fight, but the draw necessitated an immediate rematch, which will take place in March at UFC 209. 

Not wanting to leave Maia on the sidelines, the UFC tried to put together a fight with Jorge Masvidal, who just knocked off Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. The Brazilian would prefer to wait to his shot at the belt, but before he even uttered a definitive decision, news broke that he had declined the fight.

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Besieged by interview requests about his status, Maia took to his Facebook page to issue a lengthy statement on his current status, his thoughts on his career, and waiting for a shot at the belt:

I have been reading a lot of things online lately, a lot of speculation, and I have been approached a lot by the press with interview requests because of it, so I decided to come here and express myself directly so everybody can “hear” from me, and know what has been going on.

Demian MaiaWhen Dana White said at UFC NY post fight press conference, after Wonderboy and Woodley fought to a draw for the WW title, that I would get the next shot if I want to wait or I could fight somebody else, my understanding was that I had earned my title shot and that it was going to happen sooner or later, and it was my choice if I wanted to remain active or not. I have the biggest respect for Dana, I trust him, and I had seen how Woodley could wait for longer than a year and get his title shot, that ultimately crowned him as a champion, so why would I believe it would be any different with me?

This year I’ll complete 10 years in the UFC, and I’m very proud of it. I’m the Brazilian fighter with most wins inside the octagon ever, which also make me very proud, and I`m also extremely proud to represent a martial art that became my own life, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Trough all this time in the UFC, my dream and goal has always been to be a champion. Everybody knows money is needed and important for everybody, but that was never what got me out of bed to train every morning. Compete, test myself, be the best I can be, represent what I love and try my best to become a UFC champion is what drives me forward, and because of that no other fight would appeal to me more than a title shot right now, not even a “Money Fight,” which seems to be the flavor of the moment.

Ever since I dropped to Welterweight I have been working hard to climb up the rankings, and it has been a grind. There were wins where I didn’t move up one single spot, I fought several up and comers, guys on winning streaks, and out of 11 fights at WW, with the vast majority being against guys in the top #15 or top #10 at the time, I won 9 fights, all of them either by submission or almost complete domination. My only two losses came against guys with impressive records and in a split decision loss, and a “Fight of the Night” decision loss. Currently I’m in a Six Fight Win Streak, the biggest active winning streak in the division, with my last fight being a 1st Round win against a former champion, who had just challenged for the belt in his previous outing, and left considered by many the real winner of his title shot. After that journey at WW, it was natural for me to consider Dana`s words justified, and the feedback I got from the fans everywhere was that I had earned my title shot no matter what.

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During the course of my WW journey, I have seen other fighters get title shots with win streaks that went from just 1 win, to three wins, and even people get a title shot coming of a loss. The only exceptions were Hendricks on his first title shot, and Wonderboy on his title shot, and I always went on record agreeing and understanding that they were the rightful contenders. During those times, I took fights, such as the Condit fight, as as sportsman I understood and agreed with the choices and decisions. Also, even though I was naturally frustrated, I understood that a draw between Wonderboy and Woodley warranted a rematch, even though I had a different take on their fight. But with their next fight just four weeks away, why can’t I have my shot after they fight? If others got their opportunities with less wins, or sometimes close fights? If the next WW fight was months away, I could understand any urgency’s, or a scenario where people feel other guys had to have their chance to claim a spot as the next contender right away. But the WW title fight is pretty much one month away, so It seems only natural to wait, and finally have my chance at WW, as this is what I really care about.

I have seen a lot of people justify my lack of title shot so far, because I’m not as popular as other guys, or I’m not as outrageous, or because of my fighting style. Sometimes perception is very subjective, and when you see the rumored numbers for many PPV cards headlined by WW Championship fights over recent years, it’s tough to really believe my own title shot would be so much worst than many of the fights that were booked. Also, when you look at social media numbers for many of the former challengers at WW and myself, you don`t also see that much difference to justify what became the perceived truth. Not to mention that biggest star the UFC WW Division had in recent years, was far from being outrageous, and wasn’t and flamboyant striker either.

I respect Masvidal, Lawler, and each and every MMA fighter that steps inside a cage or a ring. It’s not easy at all, and it’s way more pressure than many people can imagine. Nobody that does this for a living, and even more that get to this level, doesn’t deserve a lot of respect. I have fought many of the top fighters at MW and WW, including maybe the best ever at his prime, and I never had any problem fighting anyone at the right time. I would fight anyone at WW For a belt right now, interim or linear, and when we got the Masvidal fight offered we explained our reasons for being frustrated and wanting to wait for a Title Shot, how the proposed card could impact us financially, but said we would discuss it and come up with a decision. We haven’t even said “no” yet, when news starting to pop up that we had declined the fight. Fair enough I guess, as it’s not what we had in mind anyways.

The reasons why we had to think, and explained our frustrations are obvious I guess, and I have already touched on them a lot on all those lines above. I have been doing this for a long time, and my dream continues to be the same. There`s nothing I want more right now than fighting for the belt, and with the rematch just weeks away, I hope that I hadn’t understand wrong and that I can have my chance. All I want is an opportunity that others had, sometimes with much less done to get their chances. This is a sport in the end, and even though it’s entertainment, there is no reason why it can’t be treated as a sport and still entertain lots of people. Whatever happens next, I trust Dana and the UFC, a place I have been calling home for the last 10 years, and I’ll continue on my path to become the best I can be. In life you can’t be sure about where you’ll get, so you have to treasure your journey. My journey continues, and we are learning something new every day.

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