Tim Kennedy’s Waterboarding Holiday Gala (video)

UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy made an appearance on Steven Crowder’s new show on CRTV, and what better way to usher in the Holidays than with a good old fashioned waterboarding demonstration? #FestivusForTheRestOfUs

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Video: A Closer Look At Johny Hendricks Ahead Of Neil Magny Showdown At UFC 207

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https://youtu.be/V6dcJOfhqgk While the fight hasn’t been getting its’ proper attention heading into the show, Johny Hendricks vs. Neil Magny will headline the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card that will serve as the lead-in to next Saturday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Featured above is “UFC 207: The Roots of Johny Hendricks,” which gives fans a closer look at the former UFC Welterweight Champion as he prepares to head into battle against Neil Magny in what could be the last fight of Hendricks’ storied MMA career. Hendricks-Magny joins the stacked UFC 207 card next Saturday night, December 30th, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show features, among other noted fights: Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey for the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship, Dominick Cruz vs. Cody “No Love” Garbrandt for the UFC Bantamweight Championship, Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum in a battle of former UFC Heavyweight Champions and a battle of the number one and two contenders in the UFC Bantamweight division as former champion TJ Dillashaw goes one-on-one with knockout artist John Lineker. Join us here at MMANews.com on 12/30 for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 207 pay-per-view.

Nate Diaz Sets Demands For His Next Fight

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Former UFC title contender Nate Diaz has set his demands for making his return to the Octagon after a loss to Conor McGregor in August. And they are steep. Diaz told MMA Fighting that he wants a “big fight or $20 million” just to get on the phone with the promotion. “I’m only fighting at lightweight for a big fight or 20 million just to take the call,” Diaz wrote in a text message. “Until then, I’m just living my life.” The UFC has not reached out to Diaz for any upcoming fights, but they could be in need of lightweight contenders. Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson were scheduled to battle for the interim 155-pound belt, but there is a hold-up over contract demands with Ferguson.

UFC Champion Demetrious Johnson Tears Muscle, Avoids Surgery

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UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has started to show signs of wear and tear on his body. After an injury knocked him out of a planned title defense earlier this year, “Mighty Mouse” returned and scored a victory over Tim Elliott recently. During that fight, though, he suffered a tear in his popliteus muscle. The injury will not require surgery, but will keep Johnson out for the first part of 2017. “I’m going to let this heal and not rush back in there,” Johnson told MMAFighting.com. “Maybe April or May (for a return), but if my injury needs more time, I’ll let it heal.” Johnson is one title defense away from tying Anderson Silva’s UFC record of 10. He is the only fighter to wear the 125-pound belt.

Video: Highlights From 2016 in Bellator MMA

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Who doesn’t love a highlight package? And a year-end one to boot. Bellator MMA has put together two-plus minutes of highlights from 2016, featuring some of the bone-crunching knockouts, slick submissions and top fights from the past 12 months.

Spend Christmas Eve With UFC 206

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This Christmas Eve, FOX will bring you two hours of action from UFC 206 in a special broadcast. The program airs at 8 p.m. ET and features four of the top fights from the recent card from Toronto. In a press release sent out, credit for the decision goes to UFC president Dana White, as Max Holloway-Anthony Pettis, Donald Cerrone-Matt Brown, Cub Swanson-Dooho Choi and John Makdessi-Lando Vannata will be shown. Many have given Swanson-Choi the “Fight of the Year,” while the Makdessi-Vannata bout features a “Knockout of the Year” candidate, as does Cerrone’s finish of Brown. It’s difficult to tell if all of each fight will be replayed, or just pieces of the action.

Former UFC Champion Cain Velasquez Headed For Back Surgery

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Don’t worry, as of right now, the plan is still for former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez to face Fabricio Werdum next Friday night at UFC 207. Following that, Velasquez could be on the sidelines once more for an extended period of time. In an interview with ESPN, the 34-year-old confirmed he is headed for back surgery due to bone spurs that are causing him intense pain. Velasquez underwent a similar operation in February. “It’s an achy pain that goes down your leg, and it gets to a point where if you’re standing for 10 minutes, you have to sit down,” Velasquez said. “If you’re going out for a while, a half-hour, you know it’s going to be pretty painful. You have to sit down and take the compression off your back. “The surgery is basically shaving off some bone to make room for my sciatic nerve. After the last surgery, the doctor said I might be pain-free forever, but knowing how I train and what I do as a fighter, the pain could come back. I didn’t really know how long I was going to feel good. It ended up being about a year.” Velasquez will undergo the operation five days after his bout with Werdum. He admitted that he has been using Cannabidiol (CBD) to get through training and make it to the T-Mobile Arena for a rematch with the Brazilian. “It’s the only thing that allows me to still train, and I’m not taking a harmful painkiller into my body that I’ll later become addicted to,” Velasquez said. “I don’t know how everyone is going to feel about me saying this, but this is just one of the hard facts we as fighters have to go through. In the past, in the NFL, players have gotten addicted to painkillers. I don’t want to be an addict of some sort.” CBD is not on the banned list of substances under watch by the UFC for out-of-competition testing.

Jake Shields Avoiding The Trash Talk Ahead of WSOF Title Fight With Jon Fitch

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Jake Shields isn’t one to back down from a verbal battle, just ask Conor McGregor. But as the former Strikeforce champion and UFC title contender told MMAjunkie Radio recently, he doesn’t feel the need to do any of that ahead of facing Jon Fitch for the WSOF welterweight title. The two are set to meet at WSOF 34 on NBC New Year’s Eve. “He’s a guy I’ve got a lot of respect for, so I’m certainly not going to talk any (expletive) on Fitch,” Shields said. “He’s a great welterweight. He’s had a great career, and I think he’s still talented, so I’m excited to be fighting him for this title. It’s one of those fights I expected to happen years ago. I always thought me and Fitch wold fight, both being NorCal guys, both being Top-5 welterweights most of our career, I’m surprised we haven’t fought before.” Shields, who will turn 38 years old shortly after the fight, has not fought since August 2015 when he was submitted by Rousimar Palhares for the title. WSOF officials eventually stripped Palhares of the belt for holding on to the submission for too long. Overall, Shields is 5-2 with a no-contest since a 2011 loss to Jake Ellenberger in the UFC.

Junior Dos Santos Views Stefan Struve Fight as Stepping Stone

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos spent much of 2016 on the sidelines, fighting just once when he defeated Ben Rothwell back in April. For “Cigano,” the opportunity to get back into the swing of things early in 2017 was his reason for accepting a bout with Stefan Struve. The two square off at UFC Fight Night from Halifax, Nova Scotia on February 19. “What I wanted was to fight,” Dos Santos said during a recent interview with MMAjunkie. “So I was happy he took the fight. It’s not relevant at the moment, but there were some athletes who kind of turned it down, made up excuses not to fight. So I was happy he took the fight.” Back in 2008, dos Santos (18-4) scored a 54-second finish vs. Struve. However, the Brazilian knows his foe is much-improved since that time. “He’s coming off a good moment, good wins,” he said. “He’s right there around the top 10 and I’m sure it will be a great fight.” Struve (28-8) has won three of his last four, including wins over former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and one-time title contender Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. He also holds a 2012 finish vs. current UFC kingpin Stipe Miocic to his credit.

Video: Sean Shelby, Jon Anik Preview UFC 207 In “Watch List”

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We are just over a week away from UFC 207 and the return of former female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Rousey steps back inside the Octagon for the first time since suffering her first career loss in 2015 to Holly Holm. She also lost the belt in that fight, but will challenge Amanda Nunes for the title from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Along with that title fight, Cody Garbrandt steps inside the Octagon to challenge Dominick Cruz for the bantamweight belt. In this edition of “Watch List,” UFC senior vice president of talent relations Sean Shelby sits down and chats with Jon Anik on who are the fights and fighters to be on the look out for at the event.