Cody Stamann Not Rushing Things After Upsetting Tom Duquesnoy

Looking back on his win over Tom Duquesnoy at UFC 216 on October 10, bantamweight Cody Stamann feels like he could have had a more dominant output, but is nonetheless pleased with how the bout turned out.

“I don’t really think I had the greatest performance of my life, but Tom is a very tough opponent,” Stamann told MMAWeekly.com. “It’s huge, going in being the underdog against the next superstar of the bantamweight division and showing everyone that I am (the next superstar) not him.”

Cody Stamann UFC 216 Fight HighlightsThe fight was ruled a split-decision by the judges, and while Stamann admits he might have not won all three rounds, he believes the bout wasn’t close enough to warrant the kind of decision it received.

“I know the first round was close,” said Stamann. “I thought being the underdog, I could have easily lost that round, but I definitely won two and three, so when I heard split decision, there was some funny judging going on.

“There’s some judges who don’t know what they’re doing with us yet. There’s one judge that seems to be the opposing judge on every single decision. I wasn’t that surprised that it happened, because it’s happened in the past, but ultimately I won the fight and it showed on the judges’ scorecards.”

With just under two months left in 2017, Stamann doesn’t feel like he’ll fight again before the end of the year. And while he doesn’t completely rule it out if a great opportunity comes his way, Stamann is more focused on bettering himself for his 2018 campaign.

“I’m always in the gym, so it’s definitely not impossible for me to get back in there before the end of the year,” Stamann said. “Am I looking to compete in the next two or three months? No. I would like to take a little bit of time to work and improve, that way I can be a better version of myself going into this next fight.

“If something pops up, I’ll take it, but I’m probably looking at three or four months before I get back in there.”

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When he does return to action, Stamann has a very clear picture on what kind of opposition he would like to face when he comes back.

“I want somebody in the Top 10,” said Stamann. “There’s a few guys in the Top 10 that I know I can beat. In my next fight I want a contender, I want somebody that’s tough, I want to be the underdog again and whoop another person that will allow me to get better in this sport.”

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Check Out the Emotion of UFC 216 in The Thrill and The Agony

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Check out the emotional behind the scenes reactions at UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee from this past weekend in Las Vegas.

It was an emotionally charged week leading up to the show, following the devastating tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting. All that emotion seemed to spill over on fight night, as John Moraga returned to flyweight contention, Demetrious Johnson staked his claim as the best fighter ever, and Tony Ferguson captured the interim UFC lightweight championship.

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Michael Bisping, GSP Get in Expletive Filled War of Words Backstage Following UFC 217 Presser

For the second time in a week, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre had to be separated after a heated stare down at the conclusion of a press conference.

The latest altercation continued backstage as Bisping confronted St-Pierre just moments after the press conference ended as he charged at the former welterweight champion while sending him a warning about putting his hands on him.

The incident occurred after Bisping put a finger in St-Pierre’s face and the Canadian responded with a quick shove before UFC president Dana White could step in between the two fighters before the situation got out of hand.

“Georges, you put your hands on me that means you’ve got a f–king problem,” Bisping said in a video from TMZ.  “Keep your f–king hands to yourself, pal.”

St-Pierre, who is known for always keeping a calm composure when facing off with any of his past opponents, let out some raw emotion when firing back at Bisping.

The former welterweight champion even dropped a few expletives of his own while responding to Bisping’s taunts.

“F–k off man,” St-Pierre shouted. “F–k off! You’re the one who put your hands on me. Don’t touch me. I’m not afraid of you.”

The altercation continued until security finally pushed the fighters away from each other so UFC 217 didn’t get started three weeks early.

Sadly, the incident ended with a young fan wanting a picture with St-Pierre but apparently seeing him seething with anger was more than enough to pass on that opportunity.

Bisping and St-Pierre will settle their differences on Nov. 4 when they meet at UFC 217 in New York.

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Mackenzie Dern’s Stellar Striking Sets Up Fight-Finishing Choke (LFA 24 Results & Highlights)

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Legacy Fighting Alliance delivered finish after finish on Friday on AXS TV FIGHTS, highlighted by headliner Curtis Millender (13-3) landing a head kick knockout against welterweight Matthew Frincu (11-3) and top prospect Mackenzie Dern (4-0) knocking down Mandy Polk (3-4) before sinking a rear-naked choke to win her fourth fight at LFA 24.

In another must-see highlight, Glen Baker (4-2) knocked out Kevin Natividad (4-1) in only 9 seconds.

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LFA 24: Heinisch vs. Perez Results

  • Main Event – Welterweight Fight – Curtis Millender (13-3) knocked out Matthew Frincu (11-3) with a head kick at 0:38 in the first round.
  • Co-Main Event – Bantamweight Fight – Vinicius Zani (11-4) outlasted Joey Miolla (9-3) to win by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
  • Flyweight Fight – Mackenzie Dern (4-0) submitted Mandy Polk (3-4) with a rear-naked choke at at 2:55 in round one.
  • Lightweight Fight – LaRue Burley (8-3) defeated Maycon Mendoca (6-3) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Featherweight Fight – Cory Sandhagen (6-1) took out Toninho Marajo (7-4) with a series of punches to win by TKO at 3:00 in round one.
  • Bantamweight Fight – Glen Baker (4-2) scored a 9-second knockout to defeat Kevin Natividad (4-1) via punches.
  • Lightweight Fight – Keoni Diggs (4-0) caught Nick Chasteen (0-1) in a knee-bar to win by submission at 1:53 in round three.

(Photo courtesy of LFA / Rich Burmaster)

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Dana White Separates Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre in Toronto (UFC 217 Face-Off)

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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is on a mission to crawl under the skin of Georges St-Pierre. 

It will have been four years since St-Pierre last fought when he enters the Octagon with Bisping in the UFC 217 headliner on Nov. 4 in New York. Despite the obvious potential x-factor of ring rust that is likely to follow St-Pierre to the cage, Bisping is looking for every advantage possible. His main focus appears to be to try and rattle the former welterweight champion.

From the day their fight was first announced earlier in the year, Bisping has been needling St-Pierre, calling him every derogatory name he could think of and lobbing numerous unsubstantiated steroid accusations at him.

In the two times that they have faced off, Bisping and St-Pierre squared off in Las Vegas recently, things have gotten physical with UFC president Dana White having to step in and keep them apart. 

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Their latest altercation was on Friday following the UFC 217 press conference in Toronto. Bisping again got in St-Pierre’s face, sticking his finger on his chin, getting St-Pierre to react.

Is Bisping’s approach working? Is he getting under St-Pierre’s skin? Or is the former welterweight kingpin too savvy for the Englishman?

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Dana White Wants Tougher Anti-Doping Penalties, but ‘It’s Not That Simple’

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Why are fighters with multiple anti-doping violations still fighting? That’s what UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping wants to know. 

According to an interview conducted with UFC president Dana White by Sports Illustrated, Bisping would like to see fighters like Jon Jones, who has been involved in multiple anti-doping violation cases, banned for life. Mark Hunt, who has railed for stricter punishment, actually has a lawsuit that takes aim at anti-doping violators and the lack of stricter punishments.

In fact, White told SI that he doesn’t disagree with the likes of Bisping and Hunt. 

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“I don’t disagree with that,” White said in regard to stiffer punishments. “But USADA deals with that, we don’t. We’re out of that business. We leave it to the professionals. But yeah, I don’t disagree.”

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