Ryan Bader Steps in to Face Rogerio Nogueira in UFC Sao Paulo Main Event

Ryan Bader has agreed to step in and fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the UFC Sao Paulo main event slated for Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Nogueira had originally been slated to face Alexander Gustafsson, who is out due to an undisclosed injury. MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed that Bader would replace Gustafsson, following an initial report by MMAFighting.com.

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Ryan BaderNogueira, Bader, and Gustafsson are all trying to get back into the thick of the UFC light heavyweight title talk after having been recently derailed. With Gustafsson out of the picture, however, it will be up to Nogueira and Bader to settle which of them will take the next step toward the championship.

Nogueira (22-7) has been fairly inactive over the past couple of years, but bounced from back-to-back losses to Anthony Johnson and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua earlier this year with a win over Patrick Cummins. Having managed to maintain a No. 9 ranking in the division, he’ll try to catapult himself higher by avenging a previous loss to Bader.

Ranked No. 7, Bader (21-5) is well positioned to return to the championship mix with a win over Nogueira. Johnson ended a five-fight winning streak for him in January, but Bader got back in the win column with a victory over Ilir Latifi in September.

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Jeremy Stephens: ‘Leprechaun’ Conor McGregor Wanted No Part of It (video)

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Conor McGregor insulted Jeremy Stephens at the UFC 205 press conference in New York by asking, ‘Who the f*** is that guy?’ after Stephens said that he was McGregor’s toughest match-up at 145 pounds. PROcast brings you Stephens’ heated response to McGregor.

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Weights from Ecatepec

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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

Yessica Chávez 111.75 vs Naoko Fujioka 111.60
(WBC female flyweight championship)

Aaron Alameda 118 vs Rafael Reyes 117.50
Alejandro Dávila 147 vs José López 146

Venue: Centro Regional del Deporte de Las Américas
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa

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Sylvester Stallone, The Weekend, Mark Wahlberg Among Full List of New UFC Investors

Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, Adam Levine, Anthony Kiedis, Ben Affleck, Calvin Harris, Cam Newton, Conan O’Brien, Flea, Guy Fieri, Jimmy Kimmel, Li Na, LL COOL J, Maria Sharapova, Mark Wahlberg, Michael Bay, Rob Dyrdek, Robert Kraft, Serena Williams, Sylvester Stallone, Tom Brady, Trey Parker, Tyler Perry and Venus Williams are the latest to join UFC’s ownership group.

In July 2016, global entertainment and sports leader WME | IMG – joined by Silver Lake Partners, KKR, MSD Capital, L.P. and MSD Partners, L.P. – announced it would acquire UFC, the world’s premier professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization.

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Tom Brady - Ben Affleck - Cam Newton - UFC Owners“Expanding our ownership group to include this caliber of talent and entrepreneurs is a strong indicator of UFC’s fast-growing global presence,” UFC President Dana White said. “Our new investors bring an incredible depth of knowledge and experience to help us continue to elevate this brand and capitalize on its entertainment and sports crossover appeal.”

Founded in 1993, UFC is one of the largest and fastest growing global sports brands. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, broadcast in over 156 countries and territories to more than 1.1 billion television households in 29 languages. UFC continues to capitalize on digital platforms via its wholly owned subscription over-the-top service, UFC FIGHT PASS, which delivers exclusive live events, thousands of fights on-demand and original content to fans around the globe.

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With Matt Hughes in His Corner, Adam Osmoe Ready to Kick Career into Full Gear

While he hasn’t made massive changes to his game over the past couple years, Adam Osmoe believes the adjustments he’s made have helped the lightweight prospect grow quite a bit since turning pro in 2015.

After a couple years balancing school with fighting, the recently graduated Osmoe is able to focus solely on his fighting. And with the help of UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes, Osmoe feels his best days are ahead of him.

“When I came in as a pro, I was still falling back on my wrestling pretty hard,” Osmoe told MMAWeekly.com. “Kyle Watson helped me out a lot with my ground game. And then, once I started training with (Matt) Hughes again, he helped me out tons.

“I feel like I’ve matured as a fighter all-around pretty much. With school and everything at work, I kind of have to take time off to finish up my senior year, but now that I’ve graduated, I can focus on fighting.”

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Osmoe can’t overstate how big Hughes’ influence has been on him.

“I can’t thank him enough for him taking time out to help me,” said Osmoe. “We are so much alike with our game. Having that kind of coaching and first-hand experience in my corner is awesome. It’s really one of the best tools I could have.”

Next up for Osmoe (4-0) is a main card 155-pound bout at RFA 44 on Friday in St. Charles, Mo., against promotional newcomer Zach Fears (5-2).

“I think Zach is a very tough dude,” Osmoe said. “He’s really aggressive from what I hear. I think it will be a tough fight, maybe the toughest fight I’ve had.

“I think we’re both very aggressive fighters, we’re both wrestlers, and even though he’s taller than me, I think I’m going to be stronger than him. We both have our strengths, and it will be an interesting fight.”

Having built up some solid momentum at the start of his career, and with a very experienced team behind him, Osmoe is expecting good things to come. But first, he wants to make sure he’s ready for them when they happen.

“I have a couple more fights for the RFA after this one,” he said. “There are some parts of my game that I do want to step back and fix those parts of my game and improve the weaknesses I have.”

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Something MUST give! Braekhus VS Mathis poised for historic Unified World Championship in Oslo

Braekhus-MathisUndisputed WBC female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus and challenger Anne Sophie Mathis are ready for their historic clash this Saturday, at the Spectrum Arena in Oslo, Norway.

Labeled “Homecoming”, Braekhus will fight for the very first time in front of her home fans, after the Norwegian government lifted the ban on professional boxing earlier this year.

Because the sport had been prohibited for 35 years in her homeland, the “First Lady” had to start her pro career in Germany, and then become a road warrior, competing in Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark and Finland.

When the “Homecoming” fight was announced the 9,000 seat Spectrum Arena sold out in two hours!

Braekhus and Mathis know each other all “Two” well. In September 2012 they went the distance, battling for ten exciting and absorbing rounds, with Cecilia earning a close decision win (97-93 on all three cards) in Frederikshavn, Denmark.

Now the 39-year-old challenger will try her utmost to spoil the homely celebration, attempting to take Braekhus’ impressive collection of World Championship belts back home to France.

At today’s official weigh-in, Mathis was slightly lighter than the champ weighing in at 66.3 kg (146.1 lbs) while Braekhus touched the scale at the limit of 66.6 kg (147 lbs.).

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John Lineker, Two Other UFC Portland Fighters Miss the Mark at Official Early Weigh-in

UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker vs. Dodson is set following Friday’s official weigh-ins in Portland, Ore.

It has been seven years since the UFC visited Portland, but the promotion is bringing a couple high-profile fights to top the bill. Unfortunately, one of the fighters in the co-main event seriously flubbed the weigh-in.

John Lineker vs John DodsonThe headliner features top UFC bantamweights John Lineker and John Dodson going head to head in what promises to be an exciting battle between two fighters that like to throw down.

Lineker had many issues making weight when he was fighting in the flyweight class, but has performed well since returning to bantamweight. He unfortunately missed the mark on Friday, weighing in at 136.5 pounds, 0.5 pounds over the limit for a non-title fight. Dodson never has trouble on the scale, weighing 135 pounds.

Lineker will have to forfeit 20 percent of his show money to Dodson, but the fight will go on. This was the fifth time in his UFC tenure that Lineker has missed weight, although it is the first time since he returned to bantamweight that he has failed on the scale.

Alex Oliveira, who is set to face former Bellator champion Will Brooks, missed the 156-pound lightweight cutoff by a whoppping 5.5 pounds. He stepped on the scale at 161.5 pounds, leading Brooks to rail on him and call him “unprofessional.”

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After making weight at 156 pounds, Brooks will receive 20 percent of Oliveira’s show money, which he tweeted would go to his daughter’s college fund.

Lineker and Oliveira weren’t the only ones having trouble with the scale.

Featherweight prelim fighter Hacran Dias also missed the mark, weighing in at 148.5 pounds, which is 2.5 pounds over the non-title fight limit. His opponent, Andre Fili, after weighing 146 pounds, will receive 20-percent of Dias’ show money.

UFC Fight Night 96: Lineker vs. Dodson Official Weigh-in Results

Main Card (on Fox Sports 1):
John Lineker (136.5) vs. John Dodson (135)*
Will Brooks (156) vs. Alex Oliveira (161.5)*
Josh Burkman (171) vs. Zak Ottow (171)
Louis Smolka (126) vs. Brandon Moreno (126)

Prelims (on Fox Sports 2):
Luis Henrique da Silva (206) vs. Joachim Christensen (205)
Hacran Dias (148.5) vs. Andre Fili (146)*
Shamil Abdurakhimov (256) vs. Walt Harris (254)
Keita Nakamura (170.5) vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (171)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass):
Nate Marquardt (186) vs. Tamdan McCrory (185)
Jonathan Wilson (205) vs. Ion Cutelaba (206)
Cody East (261) vs. Curtis Blaydes (265.5)
Kelly Faszholz (134.5) vs. Ketlen Vieira (136)

*Lineker, Oliveira and Dias missed weight and had to forfeit 20-percent of their show money to their opponents.

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Will Brooks Rips Alex Oliveira, Who Misses Weight by 5.5 Pounds

Will BrooksWill Brooks was upset and tore into Alex Oliveira after his UFC Fight Night 96 opponent missed the lightweight cutoff by 5.5 pounds.

Missing weight by a small margin isn’t unheard of in this day and age when every athlete is vying for even the slightest of advantages in a fight. Oliveira, however, was beginning to knock on the door of the next weight class up when he tipped the scale at 161.5 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in in Portland, Ore.

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Though he’ll receive 20 percent of Oliveira’s show money after he stepped on the scale at 156 pounds – the limit for a lightweight non-title fight – Brooks was not happy with Oliveira not meeting his contracted requirement.

“Come on man, this is unprofessional. I take this serious. I’m not in the business of not doing my job,” Brooks said in a video he tweeted from a sauna while still cutting weight. “This is a profession. This is your job. Make weight. This is my problem with guys now.”

Brooks could have declined the fight, but accepted it at a catchweight, tweeting that the 20 percent he received from Oliveira was going into his daughter’s college fund.

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