Ovince Saint Preux Takes Cerebral Approach To Opponent Change

Ovince Saint Preux has been in this position before – hit with a late change in opponents after the heavy lifting of training camp has already been completed. That’s how he came to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua the first time around and now, it’s the scenario that has left him facing returning veteran Yushin Okami instead of the Brazilian legend this Friday in Saitama, Japan.In that initial encounter, it was Saint Preux who acted as the fill-in, stepping up in place of Jimi Manuwa and venturing to Uberlandia, where he would score arguably the biggest win of his car … Read the Full Article Here
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The Ultimate Fighter 26 – Episode 4 Preview

NEXT WEEK! @Ealvarezfight chooses @LaurenMurphyMMA to fight next vs. @NRMontano! Who will win? https://t.co/uQMDeotFPY
— The Ultimate Fighter (@UltimateFighter) September 14, 2017

The higher seeds in The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion continued to roll on last week’s episode, as Montana Stewart finished off Ariel Beck with an impressive first-round D’Arce choke submission. In tonight’s episode, No. 3 overall seed and longtime UFC bantamweight Lauren Murphy will look to keep that trend alive as she takes on No. 14 seed Nicco Montano, who enters the competition with a 3 … Read the Full Article Here
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Get To Know TUF Cast: Nicco Montano

Mom was going to save the day for Nicco Montano.Long before the 28-year-old earned a spot in The Ultimate Fighter 26 flyweight tournament, Montano was a high school student with no thoughts of becoming a fighter, despite having a father who spent most of his life in the boxing business before passing away in 2006.“I was a quiet kid who liked drama and liked to do play performances in high school,” laughed Montano, who suddenly got thrust into drama of a different sort when a friend got into it with another group of girls. “She somehow or another made an offensive gesture or s … Read the Full Article Here
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Introducing Gokhan Saki – MMA's Newest Wrecking Machine

I’m ready. Are you? #ufc @ufc @UFCEurope pic.twitter.com/y6RnttJkE9
— Gokhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) September 19, 2017

Please allow Gokhan Saki to introduce himself…“The difference (between me and other MMA strikers) is that they try to strike, and me, I am a striker,” he explained. “Whatever I touch, it falls like leaves on a tree in autumn.”For most fighters, that would be the mic drop moment, the signal that everything has been said. Most would also be exaggerating a little (or a lot, depending on the fighter). But when UFC newcomer Saki says it, a quick gla … Read the Full Article Here
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Jessica Andrade Looks To Continue Brazil's Winning Ways At Saitama

Jessica Andrade of Brazil interacts with the media during the UFC Ultimate Media Day at the Park Hyatt on 9/20/17 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)” align=”center” />The last 18 months have been a whirlwind for Jessica Andrade.Following a seven-fight run in the bantamweight division, the Brazilian relocated to the strawweight ranks, where her diminutive stature no longer gave her opponents an immediate advantage. Within minutes of her divisional debut, it was clear that the power she exhibited in the first phase of her UFC career had carried over to her new weight class.After … Read the Full Article Here
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UFC Statement on Carlos Felipe

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carlos Felipe of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017. Because of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28, 2017, against Christian Columbo, Felipe has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Fel … Read the Full Article Here
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Happier Gadelha Focused On Going After What She Wants: The Belt

Claudia Gadelha was happy. Really happy. Yes, she defeated former world title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a little over three minutes in their June bout in Brazil, but it was more than that. In effect, that one win proved that all the changes she had made in her life since losing her rematch with strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk a little less than a year earlier were working. And if that doesn’t produce a smile, nothing will.“I am happier the way I see things now, the way that I live my life now,” she said. “I feel like I was a slave of the sport because … Read the Full Article Here
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Get To Know TUF Cast: Lauren Murphy

Lauren Murphy poses for a portrait during the filming of The Ultimate Fighter: at the UFC TUF Gym on July 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC)” align=”right” />It’s funny how the universe works sometimes. Lauren Murphy, a former Invicta FC bantamweight champion with four UFC fights to her name, didn’t feel like an MMA veteran earlier this year. Then she joined the cast of The Ultimate Fighter and everything changed.“I felt like I was still a little bit in over my head and like I was still the new kid on the block,” she said. “I had o … Read the Full Article Here
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Fight Night Japan: Fantasy Cheat Sheet

As the UFC embarks on another journey to Japan, a former title challenger gets the opportunity to return to the Octagon as Yushin Okami makes his return to face light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux in the main event. At one time in his UFC career, Okami was one of the most feared middleweights on the roster, but now he’ll get the chance to pull off an upset in his return as he bumps up to 205 pounds to face OSP on Friday night. Also on the card, two former strawweight title challengers will clash when Claudia Gadelha faces off with Jessica Andrade in a battle with huge implications … Read the Full Article Here
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Unfiltered Episode 130: Dominick Cruz

Former UFC Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz calls in to talk to Matt and guest co-host Phoenix Carnevale about Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217, Bisping vs. GSP, whether he’d fight Demetrious Johnson again, super fights, in general, Jon Jones, USADA, and much, much more. Plus, Matt and Phoenix break down all the action from UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh. Dominick on Team Alpha Male messing with TJ’s head going into UFC 217 Dominick wants a rematch with Cody Garbrandt for the UFC Bantamweight title Dominick on superfights as the thing to keep combat sports alive Dominick would ste … Read the Full Article Here
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