Rico DiSciullo Going for the Finish at CES 46

Following a seven month layoff, bantamweight Rico DiSciullo’s unanimous decision victory over Matt Lozano at CES 43 in April was a tough, but rewarding, way to get back into fighting.

According to DiSciullo, Lozano was just the right opponent to get back on track with following his first loss in his previous bout seven months earlier.

“It was a good fight to have,” DiSciullo told MMAWeekly.com. “He was a pretty well-rounded, tough, kid. He was scrappy and it made for a good fight. The fans loved it.

“I want to be in there with a guy who is going to be exciting and test me, and that’s pretty much what went down. I felt I did pretty well, good output, and did what I had to do to win.”

Four years into his pro MMA career, DiSciullo is by no means finished developing his style. So it is when he returns to the gym he’s constantly seeking to improve himself.

“After fights, the big thing is instead of going back into the gym and grinding away like I was in a camp and focused on a specific opponent, I got back in a little looser and just have fun and work on things I wouldn’t necessarily work on,” said DiSciullo. “This way I kind of catch some random stuff and it helps me learn new things.”

DiSciullo (7-1) will look to pick up his second win of 2017 when he faces Justin King (6-5) in a CES 46 main card 135-pound bout on Friday in Lincoln, R.I.

“For me, I always go out there, feel out my opponent, and do my best to put it on him and try to get the finish,” DiSciullo said. “(King is) a scrappy wrestler, has a NCAA background, so I think it’s going to make for a lot of explosive exchanges and scrambles.

“I’ve got to be smart, pick my shots, not over-extend on things, and just set things up and go with the flow. I can’t be over-thinking things. I’ve got to be loose and let it go.”

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Not one to excessively plan things out, DiSciullo is open to whatever comes next, whether that means one more fight in 2017 or waiting until next year to return to action.

“If something presents itself at the right time, I’ll take a look at it,” said DiSciullo. “I try not even think about anything past this fight. I don’t like to look too far ahead. I like to focus on my next fight and take care of business.

“I definitely want to be more active. I had a couple fights fall through this year, so I’d love to get in at least four fights next year. We’ll see what happens.”

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Lauren Mueller’s Dominating Win That Led to UFC Contract (Full Fight Video)

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Lauren Mueller showcased all of her skills in a three round dominant win to earn a UFC contract during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Week 8.  Watch the fight in its entirety. 

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UFC president Dana White has stated that he intends to continue his Tuesday Night Contender series sometime after the beginning of the year in 2018.

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Georges St-Pierre: Michael Bisping Is ‘Begging Me’ to Stand and Trade With Him at UFC 217

Georges St-Pierre knows he has a lot of ways to beat Michael Bisping but he’s counting on the fact that the middleweight champion only has one real weapon in his arsenal ahead of UFC 217.

In the weeks leading up to the fight, St-Pierre has stated candidly that he’s been working on adding a few new tricks to his game while also promising that he’s going to aggressively go for the finish as he competes for the 185-pound title for the first time.

St-Pierre was criticized for a big part of his previous title reign with the UFC that he often times played it safe rather than going for the kill. Now he’s confident that he can still put together a winning strategy while doing everything in his power to put Bisping away before the final bell.

Of course Bisping doesn’t buy it and has repeatedly said that he expects St-Pierre to come out in the opening round, shoot for a double leg takedown and then try to do that over and over again until the final horn sounds.

St-Pierre answered those claims on Thursday during the UFC 217 media conference call and he feels like Bisping is needling him about wrestling because he knows the only chance he has to win their fight is it stays standing.

“The problem with Michael Bisping is every interview he does, he’s begging me to stand and bang with him because that’s the only way he can win,” St-Pierre stated. “Even there, it’s not guaranteed he’s going to win.

“He’s begging me because he’s terrified that I put him down and I punch him in the face and break him down.”

Obviously, Bisping feels differently because he’s positive that St-Pierre’s only path to victory will be with his takedown heavy attacks. If St-Pierre struggles to get the fight down on the ground, Bisping feels like the former welterweight champion will go into panic mode and that’s when his world will crumble down around him.

“When you can’t take me down, pal, you’re f–ked,” Bisping said in response.

St-Pierre doesn’t seem so sure about that as he feels like whether this fight takes place on the feet or on the floor, he’s walking out of Madison Square Garden as the new UFC middleweight champion.

“I’m going to win a kickboxing match with him and I’m going to put him down when I want to put him down, whenever I want to put him down,” St-Pierre said. “It’s going to happen when I say it.”

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Watch M-1 Challenge 84: Kunchenko vs Romanov Live, Free (Friday at 11 am ET)


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Watch M-1 Challenge 84: Kunchenko vs Romanov live and free on Friday, Oct. 27, at 11 a.m. ET / 8 a.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com. 

M-1 Challenge 84: Kunchenko vs Romanov Fight Card

  • Alexey Kunchenko vs. Sergey Romanov
  • Caio Magalhaes vs. Artiom Frolov
  • Joe Riggs vs. Oleg Olenichev
  • Janne Elonen-Kulmala vs. Bair Shtepin
  • Enoc Solves Torres vs. Andrey Seledtsov
  • Jani Salmi vs. Roman Bogatov
  • Philip De Fries vs. Anton Vyazigin
  • Sascha Sharma vs. Zalimbek Omarov
  • Akhmadkhan Ozdoev vs. Danila Prikaza
  • Temirlan Sharipov vs. Maksim Grabovich
  • Vasily Volodko vs. Dmitry Tebekin
  • Ilya Bochkov vs. Arkadiy Lisin

(Fight card subject to change.)

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Watch Friday’s UFC Fight Night 119 Ceremonial Weigh-in Live at 4 p.m. ET

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Watch the UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo ceremonial weigh-in on Friday, October 20 at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT live from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on MMAWeekly.com.

Former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida returns to fight for the first time in two years. He will square off with Derek Brunson in a middleweight main event.

The co-main event features Demian Maia, fresh off of his shot at UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, as he faces rising contender Colby Covington.

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Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday for full UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida live results and fight stats. The first bout is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

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Lyoto Machida Set for Return Opposite Derek Brunson Following UFC Sao Paulo Weigh-in

The UFC Fight Night 119 main event middleweight battle between Derek Brunson and Lyoto Machida is set following the official weigh-in on Friday in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Brunson is returning off of a win over Daniel Kelly in June of this year. It was his first victory since a two-fight skid that sidetracked his run toward a middleweight title shot. 

Derek BrunsonMachida will be fighting for the first time in more than two years, after having been sidelined because of an 18-month suspension for an anti-doping policy violation. He had lost three of his four most recent bouts before being sanctioned, so it’s a very important return for Machida, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, who said earlier this week that he has reinvented himself.

Both fighters stepped on the scale at 185 pounds, making their headlining bout official.

Lyoto Machida Weigh-InColby Covington faces the biggest, and most difficult, opportunity of his career when he squares off with Demian Maia in the UFC Sao Paulo co-main event. 

Covington has amassed a 12-1 record, but Maia is the missing piece of the puzzle. With Maia fresh off of a disappointing loss to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in July, Covington would vault himself into title contention should he upset the No. 3 ranked welterweight. 

Maia and Covington each stepped on the scale at 171 pounds, which is within the one-pound allowance for a welterweight non-title bout.

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UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida Weigh-in Results

Prelims (10 pm ET / 7 pm PT on FS1)

  • Derek Brunson (185) vs. Lyoto Machida (185)
  • Demian Maia (171) vs. Colby Covington (171)
  • Pedro Munhoz (136) vs. Rob Font (136)
  • Francisco Trinaldo (155) vs. Jim Miller (155)
  • Thiago “Marreta” Santos (186) vs. Jack Hermansson (185)
  • John Lineker (136) vs. Marlon Vera (135)

Prelims (8 pm ET / 5 pm PT on FS2)

  • Vicente Luque (171) vs. Niko Price (171)
  • Antônio Carlos Júnior (185) vs. Jack Marshman (186)
  • Hacran Dias (155) vs. Jared Gordon (156)
  • Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171) vs. Max Griffin (171)

Prelims (7 pm ET / 4 pm PT on UFC Fight Pass)

  • Deiveson Figueiredo (126) vs. Jarred Brooks (125)
  • Marcelo Golm (242) vs. Christian Colombo (258)

Derek Brunson and Lyoto Machida Weigh-in

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Demian Maia and Colby Covington Weigh-in

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Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday for full UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida live results and fight stats. The first bout is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

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Cage Warriors 88: Preview The Two Title Fights (Video)

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Cage Warriors 88 takes place on Saturday at The Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, and features two title fights. Preview the title bouts. The event airs live on UFC Fight Pass.

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Former Champ Lyoto Machida Reinvented Himself for UFC Return

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After two years away from the Octagon, former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida is set to make his return against Derek Brunson in the main event of UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo on Saturday.

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Stay tuned to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday for full UFC Fight Night 119: Brunson vs. Machida live results and fight stats. The first bout is slated to begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.

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Derek Brunson Doesn’t Buy Anybody’s Excuse for Using Banned Substances Including Lyoto Machida

Derek Brunson has heard all the excuses.

As a staunch advocate against the use of performance enhancing drugs in mixed martial arts, Brunson has spoken out numerous times against the athletes who have been busted since USADA (United States Anti-Doping Agency) started year-round drug testing for all UFC athletes.

Having already faced three fighters in the UFC who have a history of some kind with using banned substances, Brunson doesn’t feel much sympathy for an athlete who gets busted and then faces a lengthy suspension as a result.

The same goes for former champion Lyoto Machida, who Brunson faces on Saturday night in his first fight back after serving an 18-month suspension after admitting use of 7-keto-DHEA, a substance that is banned by USADA based on the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency) banned substances list.

“Everybody will come out and say ‘I didn’t do this’ but it’s like OK let it play out, save face, whatever, but we all know somebody is going to try to take a supplement that masks something else and something else will show up,” Brunson told MMAWeekly ahead of the fight. “I’ve seen guys get short suspensions like Yoel [Romero], he got six months. He had a [performance enhancing drug] in his body but he came up with an excuse, saying it was in a supplement and wasn’t on the label, which is in my opinion easy to get that done.

“For a guy to take a [18 month] suspension and he was innocent it’s kind of like come on man. You know there was more to it than that. Maybe he wanted people to stop talking about it.”

Machida accepted the 18-month suspension but maintained that he didn’t purposefully take a banned substance, instead blaming USADA for insufficient information being provided to the athletes about what substances aren’t allowed.

That doesn’t fly with Brunson, who makes it clear that fighters should always know what they are putting into bodies and the litany of excuses just makes them look guilty.

“Guys know exactly what they should be doing and what they shouldn’t be doing,” Brunson said. “USADA has a list of banned supplements and substances, you can go to the website and look it up.

“It is kind of ridiculous that all these guys will pop for PED’s or have something in their system but I’m hoping that it shows in their fighting styles. Let’s see what type of fighter you are without that.”

As far as styles go, Machida presents an interesting matchup with his extensive background in karate while also employing counter striking as arguably his best weapon in any fight.

Brunson has faced that kind of fighter before in his career so he doesn’t expect Machida to throw anything at him that he hasn’t seen previously. In fact, Brunson feels like he’s already faced a slightly superior version of Machida just a few fights ago and he earned a knockout in less than two minutes on that night.

“I think he has a lot of tendencies like Uriah Hall,” Brunson said. “In my opinion, if Uriah Hall and Lyoto fought, I don’t know, maybe I’d slightly favor Uriah Hall. I believe Uriah Hall’s a slightly better striker, a little more creative, but I see a lot of the same tendencies in their fighting styles so I definitely see a lot of things I can expose and feel like I can get the finish in this fight.”

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Chael Sonnen Explains Why Size Won’t Play a Factor in Bisping vs. GSP

Chael Sonnen doesn’t believe that Michael Bisping’s size will give him an edge against Georges St-Pierre. On Nov. 4, Bisping will defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title against St-Pierre inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. The championship showdown is set to headline UFC 217. During a recent appearance on BJ Penn […]