ONE Championship 66 highlights: Check out this crippling liver shot

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Dann StuppONE Championship closed out its 2017 campaign this past weekend, and the main card opened with a crippling liver shot.

“ONE Championship 66: Warriors of the World” took place Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, and it streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

In the first main-card bout, featherweight Sagetdao Petpayathai (3-0) scored a first-round win after delivering a quick and precise knee to the liver that crippled Jimmy Yabo (5-6).

Also on the card, Alex Silva (7-1) scored a unanimous-decision victory and dethroned strawweight champion Yoshitaka Naito (12-1) in the headliner.

Additionally, teenager Christian Lee (8-1) used a first-round suplex and punches to stop featherweight Kotetsu Boku (26-12-2), and atomweight Rika Ishige stopped Rome Trinidad with a second-round rear-naked choke.

Check out all of the highlights above.

And for more on ONE Championship 66, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Bellator 190 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s Bellator 190 event in Florence, Italy, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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After viral video, UFC notables have a message for bully victim Keaton Jones

Keaton Jones’ emotional video – one that quickly went viral – showed the truly heart-breaking effects bullying can have.

Keaton Jones’ mom, Kimberly Jones, posted the gut-wrenching video after picking up her son from his Knoxville, Tenn., school.

In the video, as well as the accompanying caption, Keaton explains why he was scared to go to lunch because of the bullying, which included dousing him with food and milk.

Hoping to show the true effects of bullying, Kimberly posted the video (via Facebook):

As she wrote: “For the record, Keaton asked to do this AFTER he had he me pick him up AGAIN because he was afraid to go to lunch. My kids are by no stretch perfect, & at home, he’s as all boy as they come, but by all accounts he’s good at school. Talk to your kids. I’ve even had friends of mine tell me they’re kids were only nice to him to get him to mess with people. We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”

The emotional video has resulted in an outpouring of support, especially from the Tennessee sports scene.

The UFC – including champs Daniel Cormiers and Tyron Woodley, fighter/commentator Paul Felder, vet Rashad Evans, and UFC commentator Kenny Florian – also were part of a video the UFC dedicated to Keaton (via Twitter):

Tennessee native and UFC Fight Night 123 winner Scott Holtzman also hopes to get some time with Keaton (via Twitter):

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Score a scary knockout win? Handle it like the ultra-classy Marlon Moraes

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Dann StuppIf you’re going to blast an opponent with a scary knockout, you can win over a lot of fans if you handle it the way Marlon Moraes has.

On Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 main card, Moraes (20-5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), a former WSOF bantamweight champion, fought for the second time in less than a month and blasted Aljamain Sterling (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC).

The 67-second knockout win was impressive – after a wild exchange, Moraes tagged Sterling with a violent fight-ending knee – but the aftermath was a little scary.

As the FS1-televised bout was called off, Sterling remained on the canvas at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. He eventually was carried out of the cage on a stretcher.

Immediately after the bout, MMAjunkie’s John Morgan reported Sterling was coherent backstage and transported to a hospital for precautionary reasons. Sterling then posted an update to assure fans he was OK.

After the fight, Moraes discussed why it can be bittersweet to win in such a manner.

“You don’t want to see your friend – he’s my friend, you know, because he does the same sport I do,” the 29-year-old Brazilian told MMAjunkie. “I don’t hate anybody in this sport.

“I’m just in this sport for my legacy and my family. That’s my job. But I don’t want to hurt my friends. I don’t want to hurt a guy. But man, if you have to, it is what it is. Hopefully he has a speedy recovery and he can come back to the cage soon.”

Moraes, a longtime WSOF titleholder who suffered a split-decision loss to Raphael Assuncao in his UFC debut, now has wins over former title challenger John Dodson and Sterling, who entered UFC Fight Night 123 in the No. 12 spot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings.

“For me, it’s not about being a UFC fighter,” No. 6-ranked Moraes said. “I’m one of the best. I don’t want to be a UFC fighter just to say I’m a UFC fighter. I want to prove to everyone I’m one of the best. That’s it.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Alexis Davis isn't getting big-headed about hematoma-inducing UFC-Fresno win

Dann StuppAlexis Davis knew it was a close fight, and she’s now 2-0 over Liz Carmouche, but she’s not exactly crowing about the victory.

In Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 featured preliminary-card bout, which aired on FS1 from Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., Davis (19-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) edged out a narrow victory over fellow ex-bantamweight title challenger Carmouche (11-6 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in a flyweight fight.

The victory came via 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28 scores, and Davis knew the decision could’ve gone either way.

“You never know,” Davis, who was No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s bantamweight rankings before her drop to flyweight, told MMAjunkie after the victory. “Regardless if you thought you won, you just don’t know when it comes to the judges.

“You know, I was happy. Like, you saw me with a big smile on my face. I had a good time. I had a good fight. That’s just what we do because we love it.”

However, the win did come with some baggage – and it was nearly suitcase-sized and bulging from her forehead. The nasty hematoma probably churned a few stomachs, but for Davis, who’s now on a 3-1 run and looking for a title shot in the UFC’s newly minted women’s 125-pound division, it’s nothing too concerning. In fact, she jokingly modeled the growth afterward.

“It’s a new look,” said Davis, pointing to the hematoma. “It’s a new look. …

“I don’t (do well when I) get hit in the temple. It never really turns out that well for me.”

Check out the full interview above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Pro tip: Don't shove your 'deathly sick' baby on a fighter before a UFC main event

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Dann StuppWhile some advice seems like common sense, it apparently needs to be shared with some MMA fans.

An example: If your baby is “deathly sick,” think twice about shoving the kid into the arms of a UFC fighter on the day before a main event.

That’s apparently what happened to Cub Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) on Friday, a day before he suffered a second-round submission loss to fellow featherweight Brian Ortega (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 123 headliner.

“It was a stressful day,” Swanson told MMAjunkie after the bout, which aired on FS1 from Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. “I woke up a little sick this morning. I didn’t really want to tell my coaches.

“The funniest thing happened. Some guy walks up to me in the lobby, and he goes, ‘Hey, take a picture with my daughter,’ and he shoves her in my face. I was like, ‘all right.’ She was like screaming and crying. And she wouldn’t stay with me, so I hand her back after we took a picture together.”

Father of the Year then dropped an interesting nugget, one that no fighter wants to hear before a pivotal five-round bout – an end-of-contract fight, even.

“He was like, ‘Oh yeah, I was going to go to open workouts, but my daughter is deathly sick,’” Swanson said. “I was like, ‘Dude.’

“So I think that’s what got me. So I woke up this morning, and I was pretty stressed out all day. I just felt awful all day.”

Once he warmed up, though, Swanson said he felt better. Still, it’s not exactly a concern a fighter wants bouncing around in his head during such a pivotal moment.

Remember, MMA fans: Fighters cut weight and compromise their immune system, and your kids are germ buckets.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 123

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno, Calif., went with as their backing tracks.

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Brian Ortega def. Cub Swanson via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:22

Brian Ortega: “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX

Cub Swanson: “Wake N Bake/4AM” by Machine Gun Kelly/2 Chainz

Gabriel Benitez def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 29-27)

Jason Knight: “Mama Said Knock You Out” by L.L. Cool J

Gabriel Benitez: “Tierra Santa” by Mejor Morir en pie

Marlon Moraes def. Aljamain Sterling via knockout (knee) – Round 1, 1:07

Aljamain Sterling: “InfraRed” by Vybz Kartel & Masicka

Marlon Moraes: “Coming Home” by Diddy Dirty Money feat. Skylar Grey

Scott Holtzman def. Darrell Horcher via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Scott Holtzman: “Nothin’ But a Good Time” by Poison

Darrell Horcher: “Miracle” by Nonpoint

Eryk Anders def. Markus Perez via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 29-28)

Eryk Anders: “Set it Off” by Lil’ Boosie

Markus Perez: “Ecstacy of Gold (Bandini Remix)” by Ennio Morricone

Benito Lopez def. Albert Morales via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Benito Lopez: “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G.

Albert Morales: “Belizean Warrior” by Fuego

Alexis Davis def. Liz Carmouche via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Alexis Davis: “The Mission” by Puscifer

Liz Carmouche: “Satisfaction” by Benny Enassi

Andre Soukhamthath def. Luke Sanders via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:06

Andre Soukhamthath: “All of the Above” by Maino feat. T-Pain

Luke Sanders: “Hair of the Dog” by Nazareth

Alex Perez def. Carls John de Tomas via submission (D’arce choke) – Round 2, 1:54

Alex Perez: “Bad Mother(expletive)” by MGK

Carls John de Tomas: “Noypi” by Bamboo

Frankie Saenz def. Merab Dvalishvili via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Frankie Saenz: “Calm Like a Bomb” by Rage Against The Machine

Merab Dvalishvili: “Chveni Samshoblo” by Jgufi Bano

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Alejandro Perez def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Alejandro Perez: “Originala” by Movimiento Original

Iuri Alcantara: “El Rey” by Vincente Fernandez

Davi Ramos def. Chris Gruetzemacher via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 0:50

Davi Ramos: “Till I Collapse” by Eminem

Chris Gruetzemacher: “Till It’s Gone” by Yelawolf

Trevin Giles def. Antonio Braga Neto via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 2:27

Trevin Giles: “Wait a Minute” by Phresher

Antonio Braga Neto: “Without Me” by Eminem

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 190

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s Bellator 190 in Italy went with as their backing tracks.

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Rafael Carvalho def. Alessio Sakara via knockout (elbow) – Round 1, 0:44

Rafael Carvalho: “Ja Posso Suportar” by Pregador Luo

Alessio Sakara: “Kung Fu Fighting” by Carl Douglas

Brandon Girtz def. Luka Jelcic via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:57

Brandon Girtz: “Dead Man Walking” by Cayvs

Luka Jelcic: “Bolt Thrower” by The Killchain

Alejandra Lara def. Lena Ovchynnikova via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 4:09

Alejandra Lara: “Sonido Bestial” by Richie Ray & Bobby Cruz

Lena Ovchynnikova: “Bring Me To Life” by Evanescence

Carlos Leal Miranda def. Mihail Nica via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Carlos Leal Miranda: “Isaias 9” by Rodolfo Abrantes

Mihail Nica: “Sent To Gaja”

For complete coverage of Bellator 190, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Twitter had some thoughts (and bad jokes) about Jason Knight's UFC Fight Night 123 bite

Jason Knight decided to go way outside the ruleset at UFC Fight Night 123 on Saturday when he had a point deduction due to biting his opponent.

Knight (20-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who suffered a unanimous decision loss to Gabriel Benitez (19-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in Saturday’s FS1-televised co-headliner at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., had a point taken away in the first round when he bit his opponent on the hand.

It was perhaps the first point deduction of its kind in the UFC history, and the MMA community had plenty of thoughts about it on social media.

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MMA's week out of the cage: Joanna Jedrzejczyk the stormtrooper, Mark Hunt's painful tattoo

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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Weddings, anniversaries, engagements

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