MMA Chronicles

Video: Santiago scores gnarly spinning elbow KO at Brave CF 23

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 2:00 AM Apr 24, 2019 by Lucas Rezende
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Luan Santiago knocked out Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady at with a perfectly-timed spinning elbow to become the new Brave CF lightweight champ. Luan Santiago regained the Brave Combat Federation lightweight belt with a highlight-reel performance at Brave CF 23, in Amman, Jordan, on April 19. In the first of three title fights held at the event, the Brazilian knocked out then title-holder Abdul-Kareem Al-...

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Masvidal says he will get title shot if he beats Askren, Askren responds

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 1:00 AM Apr 24, 2019 by Lewis Mckeever
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“Well, they had to dangle some type of carrot to get him to agree to take a beating,” says Ben Askren. Jorge Masvidal could soon be fighting for the UFC welterweight title. If ‘Gamebred’ gets past former ONE FC and Bellator welterweight champion Ben Askren at UFC 239, the ex-street fighter will be next in line for a title shot, according to his recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. The curre...

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Tavares believes he would beat Adesanya in rematch: ‘I know I can beat that guy’

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 12:00 AM Apr 24, 2019 by Lewis Mckeever
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“Because I know I can beat that guy. I know what it takes and what I need to do to beat that guy, and he’s a champion now.” UFC vet Brad Tavares is currently sidelined due to injury, but the 31-year-old is confident he will return to the Octagon stronger than ever. Tavares last fought in the Octagon at The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale, where he dropped a unanimous decision to newly-crowned interim m...

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Rockhold on move to LHW: I’d accept fight against Jon Jones ‘in a heartbeat’

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 11:00 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Lewis Mckeever
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“I’m gonna go focus on what I’m doing here this summer and if everything works out, me and Jon will be dancing later this year or 2020.” Luke Rockhold has yet to make his light heavyweight debut, but the former UFC middleweight champion is already eyeing a fight with reigning 205-pound king Jon Jones, who will compete on the same card as Rockhold at UFC 239. Rockhold, who will look to spring back ...

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Nicco Montano among three others accept USADA suspensions

www.bjpenn.com Posted 10:32 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Drake Riggs

It has been an absolute rollercoaster ride of a career to this point for the inaugural UFC flyweight champion, Nicco Montano. Entering The Ultimate Fighter season 26 as a bright prospect yet consensus underdog, Montano would go on to win the whole show and become the champion as she defeated some of the division’s best. […] The post Nicco Montano among three others accept USADA suspensions appeare...

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Ponzinibbio calls out Pettis: ‘Come get this beating’

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 8:00 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Mookie Alexander
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UFC welterweight contender Santiago Ponzinibbio has yet to fight in 2019, but he does have an opponent in mind. Could we see Santiago Ponzinibbio face “Showtime” next? For whatever reason, we have yet to see Argentinian UFC welterweight contender fight in 2019, or even booked for an event. Despite numerous call-outs of Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC opted to book RDA against Kevin Lee, and several othe...

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Mookie & Crookie Show 16: Did Amir Khan quit against Bud Crawford?

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 7:00 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Stephie Haynes
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Episode 16 discussion: Amir Khan’s performance against Terence Crawford, BJ Penn’s latest legal issues, Jarrell Miller tested for EPO, HGH and a partridge in a pear tree Welcome to the Mookie & Crookie Show, a spinoff of The Level Change Podcast that goes a little more in-depth on major combat sports news, as well as takes a humorous look at the crazy world of combat sports social media. The show ...

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USADA suspends UFC’s Walt Harris four months

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 7:00 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Nick Baldwin
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UFC heavyweight Walt Harris accepted a four-month USADA suspension on Monday. Walt Harris has accepted a four-month USADA suspension, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Monday. Harris, a UFC heavyweight, failed an in-competition drug test related to last December’s UFC 232, where he defeated Andrei Arlovski by split decision in Inglewood, California. “Big Ticket” tested positive for the anabo...

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Chris Weidman explains why he is a ‘nightmare matchup’ for Israel Adesanya

www.bjpenn.com Posted 6:16 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Tom Taylor

Like pretty much everybody else inside the MMA bubble, former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has enjoyed watching new interim middleweight champ Israel Adesanya compete inside the Octagon. That being said, he believes he possesses the physical tools and the skills to give the Nigerian-born Kiwi fits inside the cage. Weidman explains why he feels […] The post Chris Weidman explains why he ...

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Dana White updates on Zuffa Boxing venture

www.bjpenn.com Posted 6:01 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Tom Taylor

UFC President Dana White has previously claimed that he plans to venture into the world of boxing promotion. “I had a meeting in LA yesterday. We are continuing to move forward, and we will absolutely, positively be in the boxing business,” White told ESPN last year. “If you know how I run my business and […] The post Dana White updates on Zuffa Boxing venture appeared first on | BJPenn.com....

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Stephen Thompson plans August comeback: ‘You can’t condition the brain’

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 6:00 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Shakiel Mahjouri
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Former UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson reveals his target date for his return to the Octagon. Stephen Thompson wants to return to the Octagon in the best-shape possible and that means taking his time. “Wonderboy” tells Bloody Elbow he is unable to headline UFC Greenville on June 22 and is instead hoping to return in the late summer. “Possibly August. I’ll be able to have some contact with sp...

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EXCLUSIVE | Hall of Fame inductee Rich Franklin reflects on highs and lows of UFC career

www.bjpenn.com Posted 4:42 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Tom Taylor

This July, amid the buzz of the UFC’s International Fight Week in Las Vegas, Rich Franklin will be inducted into the Pioneer Era wing of the UFC Hall of Fame. The former UFC middleweight champion, who now serves as the Vice President of ONE Championship and CEO of ONE Warrior Series in Singapore, learned of […] The post EXCLUSIVE | Hall of Fame inductee Rich Franklin reflects on highs and lows of ...

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More Booze, More MMA: How combat sports became a key populist component of the Ontario government’s 2019 budget

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 4:00 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Karim Zidan
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Karim Zidan delves into the Ontario Progressive Conservative government plan to modernize rules for “combative sports” as part of its highly controversial 2019 budget and how it serves as nothing more than a distraction from key policy concerns in the province. The Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) government recently unveiled its 2019 budget, which boasted a chirdcare tax credit, redesigned l...

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Whittaker wants to fight Adesanya on same card as Khabib vs. Poirier

www.bloodyelbow.com Posted 3:30 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Lewis Mckeever
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Robert Whittaker has some big ideas in mind for his UFC return to Sydney, Australia. Robert Whittaker wants his title unification bout with Israel Adesanya to headline one of the biggest UFC pay-per-view events of the year. In a recent Instagram post, the reigning middleweight champion proposed a blockbuster UFC event in his hometown of Sydney, Australia featuring not one but two title unification...

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Walt Harris accepts USADA sanction, win over Arlovski overturned

www.bjpenn.com Posted 2:29 PM Apr 23, 2019 by Tom Taylor

UFC heavyweight Walt Harris has accepted a four-month sanction from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for the anabolic agent LGD-4033. In addition, Harris’ UFC 232 split decision victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski has been overturned to a no-contest. USADA announced this news in a release, explaining that Harris’ […] The post Walt Harris ...

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