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Te Edwards Expecting Highlight-Reel Finish at UFC Fight Night 138

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Following nine months of inactivity, lightweight Te Edwards returned to fighting this past June with the biggest win of his career.

Facing Austin Tweedy at Dana White’s Contender Series, Edwards was able to pick up a TKO win in just under 30 seconds, earning himself a UFC contract in the process.

“We spent a while trying to get in front of Dana and showing the world what we have to offer, the Contender Series was a perfect platform for that,” Edwards told MMAWeekly.com.

“We went in there knowing what we had to do and got the highlight reel finish that we wanted that was enough to impress Dana. We got our contract and now we’re moving forward.”

For Edwards, getting his UFC contract has been exciting, but more so he feels like it has given him a bit of security that he didn’t feel before in his career.

“Before I was unsure where my fight career was going; if we were going to get fights, when to prepare, when to get ready,” said Edwards. “Now we have that ability to know when the fights are, we know we will have time to prepare and train.

“It’s been a relief to train with that security and not worry if we’ll have a fight come up in two weeks or something, or if they switch guys out or whatever.”

On October 27 in Moncton, Canada, Edwards (6-1) will make his full promotional debut when he faces Don Madge (7-3-1) in a preliminary 155-pound bout at UFC Fight Night 138.

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“From what I’ve seen his footwork and head movement aren’t that great,” Edwards said of Madge. “He’s more of a Thai guy, kind of stands in place, walks forward and throws volume at you. That doesn’t work well against me; a guy with good head movement and good reaction time.

“I think he’s going to walk forward into something or get set up and get hit. I’ve got heavy hands and he doesn’t seem the type to move out of the way. We’ll have to feel what we want to throw in the highlight reel, and see if I can mix it up for you guys and give you some cool footage to have.”

Now that he’s in the UFC, Edwards intends on pursing his opportunity in the company to the fullest.

“The spotlight doesn’t bother me at all,” said Edwards. “I think I actually perform better when the camera is on and the spotlight is on. It benefits me if anything.

“I think I have an exciting fighting style and good personality; I’m good in front of the camera, I talk a good game, I have highlight reels (finishes). I want to go out and promote and build that following and get fans wanting to watch me more and get me on bigger cards.”

Jon Jones Fires Back at Critics Calling Him Cheater to Take Away His Accomplishments

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Jon Jones readily admits he aspires to finish his career as the greatest mixed martial artist of all time.

Actually, Jones might already be near the top of the list based in a resume littered with former champions and future Hall of Famers while serving as the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in UFC history.

He’s never truly tasted defeat and Jones has really only been pushed to the limit in one fight during his entire career and he ultimately still came away with the win.

Still, Jones has heard criticism from fighters and fans that his gaudy list of accomplishments is somehow tainted because of two past doping violations after failing drug tests administered by USADA.

In both instances, Jones was exonerated by USADA from knowingly taking the banned substances found in his body, although he faced lengthy suspensions from each violation.

Despite being cleared — for all intents and purposes — from actually trying to cheat, Jones can’t avoid the people telling him that everything he’s accomplished should have an asterisk next to it because of those failed drug tests.

“I would say that those would be people looking for an excuse not to give it to me, not to give credit where it’s due,” Jones said in response when speaking on the Jackson-Wink podcast. “In both situations, whatever was in me chemically was proven scientifically that the amounts were so small that there was no way possible to affect my performance in a positive or a negative way.Jon Jones UFC 214 weigh

“The two times where I’ve failed drug tests for performance enhancers, it’s been so small that it can’t affect your performance.”

Jones went onto explain the results of the findings in both of those drug tests after a lengthy adjudication process with USADA.

“The d–k pill situation, that was proven that it was a mistake,” Jones explained when speaking about his first violation in 2016. “Who takes a male enhancement pill expecting to fight better. I mean nobody. We actually found the company, found the exact pills, we ordered the pills and the pills came back with stuff in it that wasn’t supposed to be in there. Such a small amount that it’s not going to make you fight any better or be stronger.

“Then in the second situation, we just found out to have USADA say ‘the amount of steroids we found in your body Jon, it was like taking a pinch of salt and throwing it in an Olympic size swimming pool’. It was such a small amount that it was pretty obvious this was an accident. For this to be something that got into your body two weeks before the fight. So two weeks before the fight, you took a pinch of steroids and threw it in an Olympic size swimming pool. It’s clear this is nothing that helped you knock out Daniel Cormier.”

That’s why Jones isn’t losing any sleep over anybody attempting to discredit his past performances or the long list of accomplishments during his career.

Jones isn’t going to waste time responded to the critics because chances are he’s not going to change their minds anyways but he knows deep down what he’s done during his career and where it stands amongst the best in history.

“To answer your question — to anybody who would say ‘well he must have been cheating’ — after what I just said, if you still want to call me a cheater, you just don’t want to admit that I’m f–king pretty good at this,” Jones said in closing.

Jones will look to prove he belongs at the top of that all time great list when he finally makes his return to action at UFC 232 where he faces Alexander Gustafsson with the light heavyweight title on the line.

 

Watch Anthony Smith Crush Shogun Rua (UFC Moncton Free Fight)

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Anthony Smith has felt right at home after moving from middleweight up to light heavyweight, and it’s no wonder. He has scored quick victories over two legends of the Octagon since bumping up a weight class.

After knocking out Rashad Evans in under a minute, Smith took out another former UFC light heavyweight champion by knocking Shogun Rua out only a minute and a half into their fight. That set him up for his UFC Fight Night 138 headlining showdown with Volkan Oezdemir on Oct. 27 in Moncton, Canada.

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Before that fight is upon us, take a look back at Smith’s bone-rattling finish of Shogun.

PFL 10 Results: Ray Cooper III Leads the Charge to the Championship Round

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The Professional Fighters League (PFL) finished their third of three playoff events leading up to the 2018 Championship with a 12-bout card at Washington, D.C.’s brand new Entertainment and Sports Arena on Saturday. Two fighters from each the welterweight and middleweight divisions secured their spots in the upcoming 2018 Championship at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve for a chance to win their share of $10M.

“After two fantastic playoff events in New Orleans and Long Beach, we were happy to put on another great show for our fans here in our home town of Washington, D.C.,” said PFL President Carlos Silva. “Every division is now finalized, and we could not be more excited for the 2018 Championship in New York City.”

Russian Magomed Magomedkerimov earned his 2018 Championship birth first after beginning his night with a unanimous decision win over Ukrainian Pavlo Kusch in his welterweight quarterfinal match. Magomedkerimov then kicked off the semis with a bang, finishing Serbian Bojan Velickovic with a second-round TKO.

American Louis Taylor then secured his spot in the 2018 Championship after a night that included a unanimous decision victory over fellow countryman Rex Harris in the middleweight quarterfinals, followed by a technical draw with Boston native John Howard in the semis that saw him advance by tiebreaker.

Top-seed Ray Cooper III continued his streak of dominance in the welterweight division, first stopping Jake Shields for the second time this year, this time in the quarterfinals, via TKO in the first round. Cooper’s heavy hands remained on display in the semifinals, as he emerged victorious via another first-round TKO over Brazilian Handesson Ferreira.

To culminate the night, German Abus Magomedov defeated Swedish kickboxer Sadibou Sy by unanimous decision to earn his 2018 Championship birth after getting by Russian Gasan Umalatov by tie-breaker after a majority in the middleweight quarterfinals.

“It is an amazing feeling to have finally gotten down to the final 12 fighters,” said PFL President of Fighting Operations Ray Sefo. “I am beyond thrilled to watch all the finalists compete at the 2018 Championship for $1 million and the PFL belt.”

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PFL Playoffs 2018: PFL 10 Post-Fight Show

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Rose Namajunas Found Family in Fighting

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UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas discusses how and why she became a fighter. The 26-year old won the title at UFC 217 by knocking out then undefeated champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk. She defeated Jedrzejczyk a second time at UFC 223.

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Quick Hit: Official UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega Fight Poster Features Dueling Title Fights

UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega Fight Poster

It’s time!!!! To try this again.

Now that UFC 230 has settled in with Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis in the main event, UFC 231 returns to featuring two title fights.

Max Holloway will put his featherweight title on the line opposite Brian Ortega in the UFC 231 main event on Dec. 8 in Toronto. The event’s co-main event was nearly hi-jacked for the UFC 230 fight card when it was in desperate need of some firepower, but now that UFC 230 is set, Valentina Shevchenko and Joanna Jedrzejczyk are back on for the UFC 231 main event in a battle for the vacant UFC flyweight title.

Holloway and Ortega had been slated to meet at UFC 226 on July 7, but Holloway was pulled from the fight with just a few days prior because he was suffering from concussion-like symptoms. They’ll try to run it back at UFC 231.

Now that things have quieted down, officials have dropped the UFC 231: Holloway vs. Ortega fight poster. What do you think of the UFC’s latest in pugilistic artwork?

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UFC 231 Holloway vs Ortega Fight Poster