Georges St. Pierre: ‘Nothing to Gain’ from ‘Easiest Fight I Can Take’ Against Nate Diaz

While Dana White had designs on adding Georges St. Pierre vs. Nate Diaz to his ideal UFC 227 card, it appears that neither fighter is much interested in the booking.

Coach: Eddie Alvarez Has the ‘Best Chance’ to Dethrone Khabib Nurmagomedov

Eddie Alvarez UFC 205 weigh-in

Eddie Alvarez already has his hands full with his next fight as he faces Dustin Poirier in the main event at UFC on FOX 30 but a win will undoubtedly put him that much closer to another shot at the lightweight title.

Of course, Alvarez has tasted UFC gold before but he believes he’s made some adjustments since a 2016 loss to Conor McGregor that would put that title back around his waist.

Right now, McGregor is no longer champion and instead it’s undefeated Russian wrecking machine Khabib Nurmagomedov who stands on top of the world at 155 pounds. Nurmagomedov got to the title with a suffocating style that typically employs a ton of takedowns and then absolutely mauling his opponents on the mat.

Thus far no one has been able to stifle Nurmagomedov’s grappling but Alvarez has long believed that he would be the kryptonite that would finally put a loss on the Russian’s record.

“I just feel people don’t know Eddie’s wrestling and jiu-jitsu is off the hook. I feel the one that would have the best chance, that lines up best with Khabib stylistically is definitely Eddie. Eddie’s not afraid of anything. Eddie could definitely defend the shot and his jiu-jitsu is off the hook,” Alvarez’s head coach Mark Henry told MMAWeekly about the potential matchup.

“Most of all, Eddie’s crazy. He’s out of his mind. That definitely counts for something. He’s a veteran and his game is getting better and better. I definitely think he lines up with Khabib better than anyone.”Khabib Nurmagomedov - UFC-223 official weigh-in

Now Henry is the first to admit that he’s a fan of Nurmagomedov and what he’s done inside the Octagon. In fact, Henry lists Nurmagomedov and featherweight champion Max Holloway as his two favorite fighters outside of the laundry list of athletes who currently train under him in New Jersey.

A healthy respect for Nurmagomedov’s skills is what leads Henry to believe that Alvarez could present some real problems for him if they stepped into the Octagon together.

Obviously, Henry isn’t looking ahead at Nurmagomedov and somehow ignoring the fight with Poirier in July but it’s a subject that has been broached quite often in recent months.

The bottom line according to Henry is that Alvarez has a lot of tools that could negate Nurmagomedov’s best weapons. If that happens, Alvarez then has a huge offensive arsenal of his own that could do a lot of damage to Nurmagomedov over five rounds.

“His wrestling is great. Someone will shoot on him and sometimes he’ll be a little late on his defense and his hips are so good, even when he sees the shot and defends it late, his hips are so good. He’s so stocky and strong, it’s like hitting a brick wall sometimes going to shoot on him,” Henry said about Alvarez. “His wrestling defense is amazing. His jiu-jitsu is amazing.

“I’ve seen Eddie spar thousands of rounds and I’m not sure I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him on his back much less taken down much.”

It remains to be seen if the fantasy matchup will ever happen but Alvarez will be tough to deny a title shot should he get past Poirier in July at UFC on FOX 30.

 

Meet the TUF 28 Female Featherweights with Cris Cyborg (Video)

Cris Cyborg in the Octagon at UFC 222

Cris Cyborg has long said that she wants to build the women’s featherweight division in the UFC, and she’s putting her money where her mouth is.

Season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter is holding tryouts for 145-pound ladies who want to enter the Octagon, perhaps one day squaring off with Cyborg. But not only did women showing up to try out, they were welcomed by the champ herself. 

Cris Cyborg UFC 219 PostFighters from around the globe were in attendance at Tuesday’s tryout with Cyborg walking around welcoming them and having them introduce themselves. She even set up a pre-arranged dinner for the athletes that are sticking around in Vegas and wanted somewhere to hang out.

Cyborg (20-1, 1 NC) is coming off of a stretch where she fought three times in eight months. During that span, she won the UFC featherweight championship and defended it twice. 

Cyborg doesn’t currently have her next fight scheduled yet, largely due to a UFC division that has very few opponents for her. She is hoping that The Ultimate Fighter is just the first step toward building the division for generations to come.

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Play UFC 3 Against Dana White, Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping; Tuesday on Twitch

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On Tuesday, May 22, UFC and EA SPORTS will host a EA SPORTS UFC 3 Twitch live stream from UFC’s global corporate campus in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC President Dana White, YouTube Influencer KSI and four additional hosts will be playing EA SPORTS UFC 3 against each other, as well as against select fans who join the live stream via PlayStation 4 during the event. Fans that tune in will hear an exclusive UFC announcement and be able to ask the hosts questions.

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WHO:

  • UFC President Dana White
  • YouTube Influencer KSI
  • UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier
  • Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra
  • Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping
  • Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman

WHEN:

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET

Fabricio Werdum Notified of Potential UFC Doping Violation by USADA

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum has been notified of a potential doping violation by USADA from an out-of-competition drug test taken on April 25.

UFC officials announced the news on Tuesday.

“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Fabricio Werdum of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on April 25, 2018,” UFC officials wrote in the statement.

Fabricio Werdum - UFC weigh-inWerdum will be provisionally suspended while awaiting the outcome of his potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. All fighters are afforded an adjudication process under the UFC’s anti-doping policy.

The bad news for Werdum comes less than a day after he was confirmed for his next fight, where he was expected to headline the first-ever UFC event in Russia on Sept. 15 in a match-up against Alexey Oleynik.

The UFC had never officially confirmed that match-up, so obviously no statement is being made about whether or not he will be pulled from the event.

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The UFC card in Russia doesn’t happen until September, but there’s no telling how long it will take for Werdum to settle his case with USADA, especially considering potential sanctions he may face for a doping violation.

For now, Werdum will remained sidelined until his situation with USADA is resolved.

Colby Covington Slams Fabricio Werdum After Potential Doping Violation Revealed

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Colby Covington is never far away when it comes time to fire back at one of his detractors.

Case in point on Tuesday when former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was flagged by USADA for a potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy.

Of course Werdum has history with Covington after the two were involved in an altercation in Australia late last year that ended with the Brazilian throwing a boomerang at the interim welterweight title contender.

Following news of Werdum being flagged by USADA, Covington was quick to pounce on a response.

“Why am I not surprised that a slime bag like Fabricio Werdum is on the juice and pissed hot?! You do the crime you do the time, you FILTHY ANIMAL!” Covington wrote on Twitter.

Covington has been rather outspoken in his disdain towards Brazilians over the past year, especially after his win over Demian Maia last year.

Following his victory, Covington addressed the Brazilian crowd as ‘filthy animals’ while calling the country a ‘dump’ during his post fight speech.

Covington hasn’t let up on his assault on the country with an upcoming fight against Brazilian Rafael dos Anjos scheduled for June 9 in Chicago at UFC 225.

Obviously Covington never misses a chance to take a shot at a former rival as he proved on Tuesday with his post about Werdum.

Mirko Cro Cop Undergoes Surgery After Pulling Out of Bellator 200

Mirko Cro Cop Bellator 200 knee surgery

Little more than a day after it was confirmed that Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic was forced out of his Bellator 200 headlining bout with Roy Nelson because of a knee injury, the legendary fighter has had surgery.

In a lengthy post on Facebook, Cro Cop explained that he had been in the middle of sparring on his last day of training, when his knee gave out and he fell to the floor in pain. After a lengthy training camp, working hard to prepare for Nelson, he was understandably disappointed and wanted nothing more than to stay in the fight.

Mirko Cro Cop Filipovic UFC 103Upon getting an MRI of his knee the next day, however, doctors discovered that Cro Cop had torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and suffered cartilage damage. The damage was too severe to try and fight on. He instead opted for surgery at St. Cathedral’s hospital.

Cro Cop expressed his apology, especially to Nelson, and said that he hoped they could re-schedule the rematch once he is healed. The two last fought under the UFC banner in 2011, where Nelson stopped Cro Cop with punches less than two minutes into the third round of the bout.

Nelson is still hoping to remain on Friday’s Bellator 200 fight card in London, but officials have yet to announce whether or not they have been successful in finding a suitable replacement.

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Is Darren Till the Next Big Star in the UFC?

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Since his 2015 debut, UFC welterweight Darren Till has dazzled the division with his captivating style, both inside and outside the Octagon. See the journey that brought him from his perilous beginnings in Liverpool to his thrilling ascent to prominence in the UFC. Then hear the sport’s top fighters and analysts reveal why they believe Till has all the makings of a future champion.

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Till next steps into the Octagon in front of his hometown crowd at UFC Fight Night 130 on Sunday in Liverpool, England. He will square off with the welterweight division’s No. 1 contender. If he beats Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson on Sunday, Till will immediately vault into title contention. 

Ramiz Brahimaj Has the Kill Switch Set to ‘On’ Heading into LFA 40

Ramiz Brahimaj - LFA

With his first-round submission win over Bilal Williams at LFA 33 in February, welterweight Ramiz Brahimaj was able to extend his undefeated streak to start his career with possibly his strongest performance to date.

“I thought it was an amazing fight against a very tough veteran in Bilal,” Brahimaj told MMAWeekly.com. “Words can’t describe putting on the performance I did in front of my home crowd and on national television. With such a dominant win over Bilal, it was truly an amazing experience.

“The game plan was to stay in Bilal’s face and keep the pressure on him. It was an amazing experience in a phenomenal environment.”

Ramiz Brahimaj - LFAWhen it comes to his evolution as a fighter since he turned pro four years ago, Brahimaj feels he’s a much different fighter in many ways, but maintains the same aggressive attitude heading into each fight that he’s always possessed.

“I see myself as a completely changed fighter,” said Brahimaj. “I train with some of the best guys in the world. I get the best looks with all my training partners and teammates. Seeing the evolution from four years ago to today, I’m definitely very happy.

“I’m one of those fighters who goes in with a kill or be killed mindset. My kill switch is set to ‘on’ every time I step in the cage. I’m looking to stop to my opponent. The state of the judges nowadays, you can’t rely on their scorecards.”

This Friday in Dallas, Brahimaj (6-0) will look to keep his record unblemished when he faces Evan Cutts (8-3) in an LFA 40 main card 170-pound bout.

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“I think Evan is an extremely tough opponent,” Brahimaj said. “I’ve seen him fight many times before, and he has fought one of my teammates, so we did write up a game plan with the blueprint we had to beat him.

“We’re going to make him extremely uncomfortable and just go in there and get the job done either by knockout or submission.”

While he’s not sure what could be next for him in the second half of 2018, Brahimaj does have a clear idea of where he’d like to be in the near future.

“After May 25 I see myself at 7-0 after I defeat Evan,” said Brahimaj. “After that I definitely want to see what’s next lined up. I’m hearing about many different possibilities, but as long as I’m healthy and staying active, I’m open to anything on my horizon.

“The UFC is the ultimate goal; but not only getting to the UFC, but making waves when I get there.”

Mauro Ranallo Opens Up About Exposing His Personal Demons in New Documentary

Mauro Ranallo

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By now, most people know that veteran combat sports broadcaster Mauro Ranallo has revealed a very personal side of himself in a new documentary that is about to launch via Showtime Sports. 

“Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller” takes a look at Ranallo’s lifelong battle with mental illness. The film explores Ranallo’s career, including his work on the two biggest pay-per-view events in television history, and his relentless pursuit of a childhood dream despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Through the deeply personal portrait, Ranallo hopes that the film might inspire others to persevere in pursuing their dreams despite the challenges of a mental health condition.

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In a recent interview on The MMA Hour, Ranallo went behind the scenes of the documentary and talked at length about what led him to do the documentary in the first place, how it has affected him, and what he hopes comes from exposing such a personal side of his life.

Check out the trailer > Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller

Bipolar Rock ‘N Roller will premiere on Showtime during Mental Health Awareness Month on Friday, May 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.