Rodriguez, Stephens Excited For High Level War

“I think Jeremy Stephens represents a big risk for my career because he comes to look and strike,” he said. “He lost to pretty tough guys, pretty good guys. Now, I think he comes with that thing inside him that he wants to win no matter what, and I think I can use that as an advantage because he’s going to be trying to finish me.” Stephens, who regularly wears the Mexican flag across his shoulders when he walks to the Octagon, knows the measures he needs to take in…

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Luque’s Surge Has Just Begun

The only man to get the better of him during his current scorching hot streak is surging contender Leon Edwards, who extended his own winning streak to eight two weeks ago with a unanimous decision win over Rafael Dos Anjos. “The question of what more do I have to do in order to get a Top 15 opponent definitely crosses my mind sometimes,” said Luque. “But I’m ready to do anything and I’m ready to do everything the UFC wants me to do in order to get a top opponent,…

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Unfiltered Episode 315: Luque and Oezdemir, Shevchenko vs Carmouche 2 Preview

Then #7 light heavyweight Volkan Oezdemir joins the show to talk about prepping for his long-sought fight with former training partner Ilir Latifi this Saturday. He also talks about his brutal — and controversial — split decision loss to Dominick Reyes in March. Then the guys discuss the latest with the Covington-Usman matchup, and preview the fights this weekend, including the main event between women’s flyweight champ Valentina Shevchenko and Liz Carmouche, who has beaten Valentina once before. FULL EPISODE

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Bandenay Confident Sacrifices Will Pay Off

“The level of MMA in Peru is good, but to compete at the UFC level, I need to be in Brazil or the USA,” he said. “It’s always difficult to be away from your loved ones, especially your family, but it is part of the sacrifice that one makes in order to achieve their goals. I love my country and my people. Unfortunately, this is just a reality of the path I’ve chosen.” Bandenay is confident these sacrifices will pay off, and with his first two years in the big…

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Fab Five: Valentina Shevchenko | UFC

(WATCH ON UFC FIGHT PASS) It was assumed that if the main event clash between top bantamweight contenders Valentina Shevchenko and Julianna Pena went to the ground, it would be Pena’s fight. Instead, it was Muay Thai specialist Shevchenko that emerged victorious on the mat at Pepsi Center in Denver, as she submitted Pena in the second round to cement her No. 1 ranking at 135 pounds and likely set up a rematch with champion Amanda Nunes. “Many people asked me before the fight, ‘Valentina, you are a striker, Julianna…

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The Stage Is Set For Kaitlin Young at Invicta 36

“Well when I started, I think I had probably a very realistic assessment of myself,” Young said. “I still had an understanding that I was beating other fighters who were also new to MMA, so I knew it wasn’t going to be easy by any means, but I also felt like I had a lot of potential.” It was the honest assessment and blooming two-year career that kept Young’s chin up with a .500 record, which she followed by winning three out of her next four before being offered a…

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UFC Newark: Bonus Coverage | UFC

Mickey Gall did not disappoint in front of his hometown New Jersey fans. Gall and Salim Touahri put on an electric show, exchanging blows back-and-forth for all 15 minutes. The pressure of fighting for the home fans clearly gave Gall a boost. “I fed off their energy,” Gall said. “Every time I cracked him and I heard them go crazy, I got excited. It’s Jersey toughness.” Is there a more fitting nickname than Scott “Hot Sauce” Holtzman? Holtzman has delivered entertaining fights time and time again and he didn’t disappoint…

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White Delivers Update on Cyborg Situation

Cyborg, 34, a former Strikeforce and Invicta FC champion, compiled a 6-1 record over the course of her three-plus years in the UFC. In 2017, she won the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title with a win over Tonya Evinger and successfully defended the belt twice before losing it to Amanda Nunes in 2018 in a first-round knockout. As for the post-UFC 240 video confrontation, Cyborg issued an apology on her Instagram account on Friday, which reads in part: “I want to let everyone know that the video was edited by…

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