Barber knew the contract was hers even before the fight

Maycee Barber celebrates her victory over Jamie Colleen in their womens strawweight fight during Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series at the TUF Gym on July 17, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/DWTNCS LLC)” align=”center” />It’s an exchange repeated throughout boxing history, so many times that it’s impossible to pin down to one pugilist, but it still sounds cool whenever it is brought back.“Champ, when did you know you had your opponent in trouble?”“When he signed the contract.”That brings us to Maycee Barber, the newest member of the … Read the Full Article Here
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Shahbazyan, Tarverdyan working towards making a dream come true

As Edmen Shahbazyan made his name in the amateur boxing world, winning at the PAL Tournament and the Desert Showdown and getting close to a berth in the 2016 Olympic trials, his coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, watched closely.Sure, Tarverdyan was the coach of UFC Hall of Famer Ronda Rousey and several other MMA notables, but he had also worked with former world boxing champion Vic Darchinyan and a host of hopefuls in the sweet science. So he saw the fast hands, the power, and the unlimited potential of Shahbazyan as a boxer, and he knew a path had to be chosen.“I asked Edmen what he wanted to … Read the Full Article Here
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Five added to UFC 229 card

The highly-anticipated UFC 229 event on October 6 is starting to take shape, with five bouts announced Thursday for the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which is headlined by the UFC lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor.Tickets for UFC 229 go on sale on Friday, August 17.In the flyweight division, two contenders will battle for position in the race to take on new champion Henry Cejudo, as No. 2-ranked Sergio Pettis faces No. 5-ranked Jussier Formiga.There will be plenty on the line in the strawweight division as well on October 6, as No. 7-ranked Michelle … Read the Full Article Here
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Antonina Shevchenko is right where she belongs, in the UFC with her sister

As a 3rd Dan black belt in Taekwondo and the president of the Kyrgyzstan Muay Thai Federation, Elena Shevchenko had no hesitation starting her daughters, Antonina and Valentina, in martial arts as youngsters. But more than two decades later, she probably couldn’t have imagined that she would have not one, but both daughters on the UFC roster.So it was a pretty special day on June 26 when Antonina stopped Jaimee Nievera in two rounds on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series and earned a UFC contract, joining Valentina – the number one flyweight contender – on the p … Read the Full Article Here
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De Randamie-Pennington highlights three bouts added to Denver card

A former champion, a top contender, and several top prospects will take to the Octagon on Saturday, November 10, as three intriguing bouts have been added to the UFC’s 25th Anniversary event at Pepsi Center in Denver.UFC Fight Night, which airs live on FS1, is headlined by the featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung.In a bantamweight clash pitting two of the best in the game against each other, former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie makes her return to 135 pounds to faces recent world title challenger – and Colorado’s own – Raquel Pennington.In strawweight a … Read the Full Article Here
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The 10: The Best Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series Performances

Tuesday marked the conclusion of the second season of the wildly successful and tremendously entertaining Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, with three more competitors earning UFC contracts, bringing the total number of new roster additions for Season 2 to 23 and raising the number for the series to 39 in total.By the way, that doesn’t include the fighters who earned developmental deals or athletes who competed inside the TUF Gym this summer or last and received a call to the Octagon despite not initially being awarded a contract.Basically, this series has been phenome … Read the Full Article Here
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Sanchez battles White in Dallas on September 8

The great state of Texas will be treated to its first visit from Diego “Nightmare” Sanchez in over four years when he faces British finisher Craig White in a UFC 228 welterweight bout at American Airlines Center in Dallas on September 8.UFC 228, which airs live on Pay-Per-View, is headlined by a championship doubleheader featuring Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title defense against Darren Till, and Nicco Montano’s women’s flyweight title defense against Valentina Shevchenko.A member of the UFC roster since he won season one of The Ultimate Fighter in 2005, Sanchez has thrilled fans for over 13 … Read the Full Article Here
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Unfiltered Episode 221: Mickey Gall and Big Jay Oakerson

UFC Welterweight, and friend of the show, Mickey Gall joins the show and talks to the guys about fighting George Sullivan on August 25 at UFC Lincoln, learning from his loss to Randy Brown at UFC 217, working on his striking with Joe Schilling, living with Yves Edwards in Los Angeles, and more. Plus, comic Big Jay Oakerson joins in-studio and talks about how he got into MMA, Khabib vs. Conor, his new special “The Crowd Work Sessions 2”, and more. Then, Jim and Matt discuss some MMA gossip and recently announced fights. Full Episode: Big Jay on how he got into UFC Mickey on training with Joe … Read the Full Article Here
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Grant embracing change of scenery and the grind of MMA

As a former stuntman, Dwight Grant had been in more frightening situations, namely making a nine-foot jump off a New York City skyscraper to a ledge below just days before a fight. But when he got a dose of reality from American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez early in his stay at the renowned California gym in 2013, he admits to being a little shaken up.“When I came to AKA, I wanted to go to the UFC,” recalls Grant. “I had just finished trying out for The Ultimate Fighter show and I felt like I deserved to be on the show and deserved to fight. And I saw the seaso … Read the Full Article Here
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Spann bounces back on DWTNCS to earn UFC debut in Sao Paulo

On September 22, Ryan Spann will make his UFC debut against Luis Henrique in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A little over a year ago, the Texan didn’t even know if he was going to ever fight again.It was a natural reaction from anyone who suffered a crushing defeat on the biggest stage he had ever been on, and after getting stopped in 15 seconds by Karl Roberson on season one of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series last July, Spann believed that his big chance had passed him by“Initially, I thought that was it,” said Spann. “For a minute, I was done. I wanted to not do … Read the Full Article Here
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