Sarah D’Alelio Not Underestimating Roxanne Modefferi at Invicta FC 23

After a stretch that saw her lose three in a row, flyweight veteran Sarah D’Alelio has been able to win her last five bouts with finishes in four of them.

According to D’Alelio, it was her move down from bantamweight and the work to remain lighter that has been a big key in her recent success.

“A couple years ago my coach told me that it might be a good idea to drop down a weight class for a number of reasons,” D’Alelio told MMAWeekly.com. “It was possible I was fighting up a weight class my whole career.

Sarah D'Alelio Invicta FC“The consistent training that came with dropping that one weight class; I can’t take more than five or six days off before I start getting a little bit too heavy for my liking. Whether I have a fight or not, I’m always staying in the gym, staying active and am always trying to learn and continue growing as a fighter.”

Another thing that D’Alelio believes has helped along the way has been her maturation as a fighter. As she’s gained more experience, she’s better learned to deal with the mental aspects of MMA.

“As you fight and learn things, the experience of being in the cage makes it not be so scary,” she said. “You can think through the fear. The fear and nervousness is always going to be there, but knowing that makes it easier to deal with.”

D’Alelio (11-6) will look to keep her roll going when she returns to Invicta FC for the first time in a year on May 20 in Kansas City, Mo., to take on fellow vet Roxanne Modefferi (20-13) in 125-pound co-main event bout.

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“I definitely can’t underestimate her,” D’Alelio said of Modefferi. “She is experienced. She is smart. Just go in and know that at any moment she can do anything really that I’m going to have to deal with. That’s a strong, smart, experienced fighter that I have to go in with and find a way to manage.

“Just staying in that mindset where she’s going to throw something at me and do all these things at me, and that I’ll have to deal with it at any point. That’s the biggest thing: keeping my wits about me and not underestimating her.”

Now that she’s gotten her career on the right path, the big thing going forward for D’Alelio is to make a stake for herself to compete at the top of the Invicta featherweight class.

“Definitely the goal is to get the belt by the end of the year,” said D’Alelio. “But first I have to deal with Roxy. I’m definitely not looking beyond her. She’s like the gatekeeper to me. I feel like if I can get past her, I can get past anybody.”

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Tyson Nam Takes Out Ali Bagautinov at the Bell (video)

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Tyson Nam may have never made it to the UFC due to a contract dispute with Bellator, but he took out one of the UFC’s former flyweight title contenders over the weekend at Fight Nights Global on the Russian fighter Ali Bagautinov’s home turf.

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He waited until the last possible moment, but all is fair in love and war… and fighting.

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Matt Hamill Wins First Fight in 5 Years in Devastating Fashion (video)

Matt Hamill, a UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter Season 3 cast member, won his first fight in nearly five years this weekend, and he did so in devastating fashion. 

Hamill (13-8) ended a four-year losing skid by taking out fellow former UFC fighter Luiz Cane on Friday at Fight 2 Night 2 in Foz do Iguacu, Parana, Brazil. 

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It was Hamill’s first win since he defeated Roger Hollett at UFC 152 in 2012.

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Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Wladimir Klitschko; Mauro Ranallo Makes the Call (video)

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Anthony Joshua was crowned the king of the heavyweight division as he unified the division with an 11th round TKO of long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko before a record 90,000 fans at London’s Wembley Stadium.

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Veteran MMA commentator Mauro Ranallo was on the call. Check out the Joshua vs. Klitschko fight highlights, courtesy of Showtime Sports.

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Ronda Rousey’s Coach Thinks Kids, Not Fighting Are Her Future

It’s been difficult to figure out if Ronda Rousey will ever fight again, but we may have just gotten the most insight into the matter that we’ve had since she last fought.

Rousey rocketed to stardom as the first ever UFC women’s bantamweight champion, shredding all-comers. That was until Holly Holm dropped her and took the belt in November of 2015. A year later, Rousey attempted a comeback, but was stopped even quicker by Amanda Nunes.

So what does she do now? Another comeback? Call it a day? 

According to her Judo coach, Jason Flores, he thinks Rousey is likely to call it a day on her fight career.

“I’m not discounting anything, maybe later. But I just don’t see (fighting) being something she wants to jump into and focus full force to be the best. Because if she’s gonna do anything, from what I know about her, she’s gonna do it to be the best. And not that I don’t think that she can be the best. It’s just, I just don’t know if her body and her mind at this stage in her life, if that’s what’s right for her,” Flores said in an interview on Submission Radio.

“She’s competed her whole life. Her whole life has been about being the best, and I just think personally, the best thing is for her to kind of be okay with herself not as a fighter. I just know the pain she’s gone through physically, doing this forever, multiple surgeries, concussions, broken bones, weight cutting. All those things add up and take its toll, and it’s cumulative.

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“So being 30 years old now and doing this since you were 8 years old non-stop, the mileage you’ve put on your body and that she’s put on her body, I just don’t think, if she wants to live a long, happy life and raise kids with Travis, which I know that’s the future; I just don’t think that’s something I feel like would be in her best interests.”

Rousey has yet to make any public comment about her fighting future, although she and Browne recently confirmed that they are engaged.

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Dana White Admits to Giving Conor McGregor ‘Longer Leash’ Than Others

When UFC president Dana White first met Conor McGregor he didn’t know that he was talking to a future two-division UFC champion.  He wasn’t sure if McGregor was a good fighter or not, but he instantly recognized McGregor’s potential star power.  Superstars don’t come around everyday. They’re unicorns. 

“In this sport you’re only going to have so many superstars. They’re very rare and very hard to find,” White said about McGregor while appearing on The Exchange.

McGregor took self-promotion to a level never before seen in mixed martial arts.  He knew what to say and when to say it with an eye out for a camera pointed in his direction.

“Personality” is what stood out to White after that first meeting.

“I mean, you sit down and you listen to him, and when he’s joking, and when he laughs. He’s a very contagious guy… His timing is perfect. He’s witty. He’s smart. He’s hilarious.”

McGregor has headlined some of the biggest UFC pay-per-view events in the promotion’s history, including the most purchased UFC pay-per-view with his UFC 202 rematch against Nate Diaz.  The Irishman’s charisma and popularity separates him from everyone else on the UFC’s roster.  White admitted that he gives “The Notorious” more leeway than other fighters. 

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“Conor and I have always had a great relationship. Listen; do I give Conor a little more leash than I give some other people? Absolutely. You know why? Because Conor is one of these guys who steps up and fights. He steps up, he fights, puts all his chips out on the table. He’s one of a kind.”

A Conor McGregor is a promotion’s dream.  He promotes a fight like no one else in the sport today and wins.  White believes there’s only one other fighter in the history of combat sports that understood self-promotion as much as McGregor. 

“That’s how Conor became Conor, at press conferences and doing media. And he’s great at it. He’s the best. Seriously, he’s the best. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody in the sport ever, other than (Muhammad) Ali, who is so entertaining, that can take a press conference and turn it into a must-see.”

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Anthony Joshua Takes Out Wladimir Klitschko to Become Boxing’s King (photos)

Anthony Joshua on Saturday became the new keeper of the flame in the heavyweight boxing world. 

Everyone had been looking forward to his showdown with former heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko and the 27-year-old delivered. 

Taking out Klitschko in the 11th round via a brutal TKO, Joshua improved his record to 19-0 and unified the IBF, WBA, and IBO championships.

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Dana White Would Have Signed a 55-Year Deal as UFC President

When UFC was sold in July 2016 to WME-IMG for a staggering $4.2 billion, longtime UFC president Dana White inked a five-year deal to remain with the company.

As a minority owner, he could have walked away with the money he profited from the sale, but the thought of not being a part of the fight promotion never entered his mind. In fact, he would have signed a much longer contract if offered.

Dana White - UFC The Exchange“I couldn’t do that (walk away). I’m in, man. I love this. I’m not going anywhere. Everybody keeps asking me, ‘You signed a five-year deal?’ I signed a five-year deal because you have to sign a deal. I would have signed a 55-year deal,” said White during an appearance on The Exchange.

The 47-year-old White could have retired. He’s financially secure and doesn’t have to work. He remained because promoting fights and booking bouts is what he does. It’s who he is.

“At the end of the day, it’s not like, oh, you have a five-year deal, you have to work for five years. Nobody can make you work. If I said (expletive) it; I’m done. I’m not going to do it anymore. I could get up and walk out of here right now. Nobody can make me work. So no matter what you sign, you’re either here because you want to be here or you’re not,” he said.

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“I want to continue to put on badass fights and break records. I said it a long time ago, this has the potential to be the biggest sport in the world. We have more potential now to reach more people, so that the world can see the fights.”

White has made a lot of money during his time in the fight game. While he enjoys the lifestyle and luxuries that come with being a multi-millionaire, he was never driven by the dollar.

“I don’t even think about the money,” he said. “It’s not what I’m in it for. I was never in this for the money, ever.”

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Head Kick from Nowhere = Lightning Fast Lights Out (video)

With a flash, multiple-time Muay Thai world champion Ledsila Phuket landed one of the fastest round house kicks in Lion Fight history to knock out his opponent Jacob Hebeisen in the main event of Lion Fight 36 on Friday night.

That deserves a “damn, son!”

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Watch WFCA 36: Battle in Grozny Live for Free, Saturday at 1 pm ET

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Watch WFCA 36: Battle in Grozny live and free on Saturday, April 29, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com.

WFCA 36: Battle in Grozny Fight Card

  • Paata Robakidze vs. Dzhihad Yunusov
  • Maksim Maryanchuk vs. Akhmed Shervaniev
  • Magomed Gadzhiev vs. Apti Bimarzaev
  • Ilimbek Toktogulov vs. Mansur Djamburaev
  • Anzor Abdulkhozjaev vs. Narek Bahtavoryan
  • Akhmed Gakiev vs. Aziz Satibaldiev
  • Anton Vasiliev vs. Imran Zhulagov
  • Abdulkhakim Medzhidov vs. Fatkhidin Sobirov
  • Ismail Madarov vs. Stepan Korolev
  • Shamil Nasrudinov vs. Beksultan Kaipnazar

(Fight card subject to change.)

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