Hassan Out; Krahl In At Titan FC 42

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Hayder Hassan’s post UFC debut will have to be put on hold as the it was announced on Monday that Hassan had to be pulled from the fight due to an undisclosed injury. While Hassan was looking forward to fighting on the same card as his brother and showing his full potential, it will have to be another man’s opportunity to impress. That man fighting in his place is Hassan’s American Top Team teammate Taylor Krahl. The 24 year old Krahl  is stepping up with less than 2 weeks until the fight. Looking to overcome his promotional debut loss to Robert Turnquest this past September. Prior to that loss Krahl was on a four fight win streak, including two impressive TKO’s for local organization Absolute Fighting Championships. Standing in his way is Brazillian submission expert Adriano Capitulino. Capitulino is coming off the first loss of his young career, just 2 weeks ago, to former Ultimate Fighter  16 contestant Eddy Ellis. Both fighters will be looking to make a statement and earn their first Titan FC victory. A loss for either man could mean being sent back to their local promotions, respectively. No doubt that this fight will be a battle of wills. Who will show the heart to overcome the adversity of opponent change and rebounding from a loss? With four title fights taking place, including the headliners Dhiego Lima and Jason Jackson, this card is sure to deliver. Tune in live to Titan FC 42 on December 2nd in Coral Gables, FL live on UFC Fight Pass.

See One Of Derek Brunson’s Impressive Finishes In This UFC Fight Night 101 Replay

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Did you know that Derek Brunson has finished four consecutive opponents? Well, Brunson has, and he’ll try to make it five straight this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 101 when he meets Robert Whittaker in the main event. The card takes place from inside the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia and airs live on FOX Sports 1. In this fight replay, Brunson adds Roan Carneiro to his resume with a knockout.

Stephen Thompson: UFC Looking At February For Championship Rematch With Woodley

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Stephen Thompson and Tyron Woodley were both left feeling unsatisfied after UFC 205. Woodley left Madison Square Garden with the UFC welterweight title still intact, but the end result was a majority draw for both fighters. Now, “Wonderboy” is targeting early in 2017 for a rematch with Woodley. “The final judgement was that it was a draw, which means we are gonna be able to fight again,” said Thompson, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “And I think the fans enjoyed the fight. I think the loved it, it was very exciting. So dude, I am so down to do it again. We’re looking at February, hopefully, to get this next title shot going.” Thompson, who bested Rory MacDonald and Johny Hendricks to earn his shot at the belt, doesn’t believe the UFC would let Conor McGregor jump him in line. McGregor is currently the UFC featherweight and lightweight champion. “We haven’t heard anything yet from the UFC. That’s just kind of what we’re thinking about healing up time, getting these lacerations on my nose fixed. I don’t have a broken nose, there’s just some little lacerations that we need to get healed up and get back in the swing of things. And to be honest with you, it’s a short turn around, but UFC haven’t said anything to us yet,” he said. “I think they’re just waiting for me to heal up, for both of us. I know Tyron is shooting for a shorter date. I know he’s calling out Conor McGregor, but I think you know I deserve it, man. You know, us going out there and it being a draw is like we never fought at all. It’s a tie, basically. So we gotta go out there and we gotta settle this and we’re gonna settle it hopefully here pretty soon. “To be honest with you, I think the UFC knows that I deserve that title shot, that I deserve that rematch. And you know what, I think that Conor McGregor’s gotta defend the 145 and the 155 title and I just think he’s too small for the 170 division. I mean, he’s walking around right at 170, maybe a little bit less. I don’t think it would be a good division for him to step up to.”

Tim Kennedy Waiting For An Opponent For UFC 206

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Tim Kennedy believes the UFC has plenty of time to find him a replacement opponent this time around. After it was confirmed on Monday that Kennedy will not be facing Rashad Evans at UFC 206 next month, the former Strikeforce title contender posted on social media that he will remain in the “longest fight camp in history” to compete on the card. The Ontario Athletic Commission revealed that they will not allow Evans to compete in Toronto next month. Earlier this month, the New York Athletic Commission did the same just hours before UFC 205 weigh-ins, scrapping the middleweight encounter. Kennedy has not fought since September 2014 when he lost to Yoel Romero.

Yoel Romero-Michael Bisping Targeted For UFC 208 This January

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It appears that the planned middleweight title fight between champion Michael Bisping and top contender Yoel Romero has a date. Romero, who recently finished former titleholder Chris Weidman to cement his status in the division, sent out a message on Twitter Tuesday indicating UFC 208 in January as the landing spot for the bout. Romero, a former silver medalist in wrestling at the Summer Olympics, has won all eight of his Octagon fights. Along with besting Weidman, he’s also defeated Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, Lyoto Machida and Tim Kennedy. Bisping claimed the belt earlier this year with a finish of Luke Rockhold, defending it in England vs. Dan Henderson. UFC 208 takes place January 21 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. No bouts have been revealed for the lineup.

Recent UFC Fight Night 100 Result Changed By Brazilian Athletic Commission

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Darren Stewart likely returned home from UFC Fight Night 100 believing he was a winner. That has all changed now, as the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA has changed the result of Stewart-Francimar Barroso from a TKO win for Stewart to a no-contest. Immediately following the result, Barroso appealed, according to a report by MMAjunkie. Stewart dominated the fight from the start, earning a takedown and proceeding to ground-and-pound Barroso before the referee called a stop to it 94 seconds in. Barroso, though, believed Stewart used an accidental head-butt to gain the advantage, and the commission agreed.
After receiving Francimar Barroso´s formal appeal on November 19, 2016, the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has done a detailed analysis of the newly implemented “Instant Replay” guideline as a tool to insure fairness in the match and a proper outcome at the conclusion of the fight. Due to the complexities involved in the sport of MMA, the referee may only use “Instant Replay” when he/she feels that a “Fight Ending Sequence” was possibly caused by an illegal action (foul) whether intentional or unintentional. At such time, the referee and only the referee may call for a review of the last moments of the fight. Once reviewing the replay, the referee, with or without the help of the other assigned referees of the event, can either confirm or dispel whether the foul was committed that brought about the fight ending sequence and take the appropriate actions from there. If a referee utilizes “Instant Replay”, the information obtained from the replay cannot be used to restart the fight as the fight is officially over and may not be resumed. The sole purpose of “Instant Replay” in MMA is to allow the referee to make a correct call on the outcome of the fight in calling: a. A winner of the match b. Having the fight go to the judge’s scorecards for a Technical Decision c. Is the fight going to be a “No Contest”? d. Disqualification Below are the facts, related to the case, seeing the replay from the referee´s perspective: (i) The contact seen from that angle and the speed in which occurred was interpreted as part of a moving in attempt to clinch the opponent. (ii) The referee did not identify it as head butt and told the fighter to continue on fighting. (iii) As they were clinched on the fence, the referee told again the fighter not to stop, either to defend or to continue on fighting. (iv) The fighter had plenty of time to defend himself or fight, as he continued on signaling to the referee the possible illegal blow, but chose not to do so. (v) The fighter wanted to use that possible illegal blow to stop the moment as he was being pressured to the cage. (vi) The fighter was taken down, ground and pounded, and the match was brought to an end. Below are the facts, related to the case, seeing the replay from the Commission´s/Regulator perspective: (i) The contact of the head to any part of the body, when not in a push but rather in a clash movement, can be considered a head butt. (ii) The intensity of the blow cannot be measured, even when bruises, cuts or fractures are not identified. (iii) The fighter signaled to the referee the possible illegal blow. (iv) The fighter stopped his action, fighting and/or defending, due to the possible illegal blow. (v) The fight ending sequence started due to the possible illegal blow. Conclusion: (i) The referee would have acted differently and asked for time out if he had seen the incident from a better position/angle in the cage, even if not entirely sure of what caused it, since it was being signaled to him by the fighter. (ii) After the time out, and normal/event replay shown on the big screen and referee identifying it as a contact of head to face, would have given a strong warning to the opponent, advising him to be more careful with clinching attempts using ‘‘head in’’ first movements/contacts . If not identified as it, but rather a normal blow (elbow, punch) and understood that the athlete was trying to misguide the referee to break that moment, the referee would have called the result as a TKO or desistance, since it was the fighter that signaled to the referee to interrupt the moment. But for this case, it should be considered as an unintentional foul. (iii) The incident did have an effect of the outcome of the fight since it was part of what ended the fight. Consequently, after reviewing the case, the Executive Committee has understood that the sole purpose of the “Instant Replay” was not properly achieved, therefore decided to overturn the result of Barroso vs. Stewart bout and is officially determining it a NO CONTEST.

UFC Rankings: Kyoji Horiguchi Moves Into Top-3 At Flyweight

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On the heels of his win over Ali Bagautinov, Kyoji Horiguchi finds himself ranked third in the latest UFC flyweight rankings. Horiguchi, a former title contender who fell to Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186, has now won three in a row. Marion Reneau was also a mover, as she climbed two spots to 13th at female bantamweight, while Alexander Volkov debuted at heavyweight with a 13th-place honor. Krzysztof Jotko is now ranked 11th at middleweight after his win over Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 100. Uriah Hall, Rashad Evans, Bryan Caraway and Eddie Wineland were among those who fell in the latest rankings.

Rashad Evans, Ontario Commission Statements On UFC 206 Cancellations

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On Monday, shortly after the news surfaced, the former UFC 205-pound and TUF Champion took to social media to address his fight with Kennedy being cancelled for the second time in a row. The following is the statement Evans released via his official Twitter page yesterday:
“Despite the latest news on not getting a license to fight in Toronto I am 100% healthy. I will not retire. Thank yuh for the support. The UFC have been very helpful with making sure I am ok and getting this cleared up. I apologize to Tim Kennedy for the inconvenience.”
In addition to Evans, both the UFC and the Ontario Commission issued statements regarding the matter. Below is the statement released by the Ontario Commission. To read the UFC statement, click here.
“The Office of the Athletics Commissioner is responsible for upholding medical requirements, which are put in place to protect the safety of contestants. In regards to the UFC 206 event on December 10, Mr. Evans has not cleared Ontario’s medical licensing requirements. We can confirm that his proposed bout has not been approved but are unable to comment further on his private and confidential medical information.”

Machida On 18-Month Suspension: “I Want To Say I’m Very Disappointed In USADA”

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https://youtu.be/tc7nxBq4Ots After releasing a lengthy statement regarding his 18-month suspension for violating the USADA Anti-Doping Policy implemented by the UFC, former 205-pound champion Lyoto Machida spoke with Ariel Helwani about the matter during his appearance on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour” at MMAFighting.com. “When the UFC brought USADA in, I thought it was to instruct and educate all the fighters,” Machida said on Monday. “But instead they came in to punish in a very unreasonable fashion. Machida continued, expressing his disappointment in USADA for their decision to suspend him 18-months for a violating of the policy, which he claims was a result of an over-the-counter supplement he had taken. “I want to say that I’m very disappointed in USADA,” said Machida. “I think it is all extremely unfair. I take the blame for taking 7-keto. It was banned substance, since I bought it over the counter at a supplement store, when it stated on its label 60 vegetarian capsules. “For me, USADA didn’t give us proper instruction, and I think they failed in giving us an education about everything. So, they only sent me a proper list of banned supplements after they decided on my suspension, so they sent me maybe two-to-three days later, they sent me the list of the supplements so I could understand everything. But before it was where it was supposed to be, it didn’t happen.”

For Family: Fight Blog With Titan FC 42 Fighter Kurt Holobaugh Part 3

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Fight camp is coming to an end and Kurt Holobaugh is ready. Done with his regular 9 to 5 job until after the fight, Holobaugh is focusing on getting in as much mat time as possible. Making the minor adjustments necessary, adjustments that could mean the difference between a victory and a defeat. Even with his fight camp winding down, Kurt makes sure to make time for the kids he trains on an every day basis. Always coaching and building, doing his part to help his team and community. “…I’m trying to teach them everything I can. To get them ready for whatever they want do in life.  It might not even be fighting, or jiu-jitsu, or sports but just in general, ya know? Just trying to give them every bit of knowledge that I can to help them succeed. To do better things when their older. Ya know, if some of my kids lose then im definitely there to help them keep their head up and move on to the next thing.” Fighters like Kurt are the ones that should be recognized and celebrated throughout the sport. The guy who coaches and trains every day. The guy who goes out of his way, even during his fight camp, to make sure he is there to support all of his young athletes. The guy who see’s his team as family. Listen to the full interview and hear Kurt talk about what it’s like fighting the very best in MMA, his thoughts on UFC 205, and who he thinks “The Notorious” Conor McGregor should fight next. Make sure to watch Kurt fight dangerous Lightweight Yosdenis Cedeno at Titan FC 42 on December 2 in Coral Gables, FL exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.