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Claudia Gadelha vs. Jessica Andrade: UFC Japan Joe Rogan Preview

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Joe Rogan breaks down the exciting UFC Japan co-main event between Claudia Gadelha and Jessica Andrade going down on Friday, Sept. 22 at Saitama Super Arena.

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Gadelha and Andrade have both challenged for the UFC starwweight championship, but both came up short against the current queen of the 115-pounders, Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Their co-headliner in Japan could go a long way toward determining who challenges the winner of Jedrzejczyk’s bout with Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 in November.

Follow along on Saturday on MMAWeekly.com for full UFC Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Okami Live Results and Fight Stats from Japan.

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Ovince Saint Preux: ‘I Can Beat Anybody You Put in Front of Me’

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Ovince Saint Preux was supposed to rematch Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Night 117 on Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. That fight fell apart when Shogun had to withdraw from the fight because of a knee injury.

Instead of canceling the main event, the UFC moved swiftly to keep Saint Preux on the fight card. 

Matchmakers inked a deal with former UFC middleweight title contender Yushin Okami, who agreed to step in on short notice to fight Saint Preux at light heavyweight.

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While many fighters might hesitate at a last-minute change, Saint Preux did not. He’s ready for whomever the UFC puts in front of him. 

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Newcomer Carlos Felipe Pulled from UFC Fight Night 119 for Anti-Doping Violation

Incoming UFC heavyweight Carlos Felipe was pulled from the upcoming UFC Fight Night 119 fight card.

Felipe had been slated to make his promotional debut opposite Christian Columbo on Oct. 28 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Because of a potential UFC anti-doping violation, however, the Brazilian has been removed from the event.

The UFC organization was notified on Tuesday that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) had informed Felipe of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017, according toUFC officials.

Carlos FelipeBecause of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout against Columbo, Felipe was 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 Felipe. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.

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UFC Fight Night 119 features the return of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, who faces Derek Brunson in the night’s headliner.

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Stipe Miocic Has Eyes On Next UFC Heavyweight Title Defense

UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic hasn’t fought since May, but he’s got his sights set on his next fight. If all goes according to plan, Miocic could be back in the Octagon by December or January.

There has been some friction between Miocic and the UFC. Following his victory over Junior dos Santos in his most recent fight, Miocic appeared ready to sit on the sidelines until his management was able to iron out some wrinkles in his UFC contract. Apparently, though he has won five consecutive fights, Miocic had been paid less than his last two opponents, dos Santos and Alistair Overeem, both of which were successful title defenses.

That didn’t sit well with the champion, but it appears there is progress being made.

Stipe Miocic UFC 203 pre press“We’re talking,” Miocic told The MMA Hour on Monday. “I’m probably looking at December or the end of January.

“I’ve got a great management team and they’re doing everything they’re supposed to. We’re talking, it’s all good.”

There hasn’t really been any talk of an opponent, however. UFC president Dana White had mentioned that they were going to try and put Miocic in a fight with Jon Jones, but that was before Jones tested positive to steroids

Up-and-comer Francis Ngannou has been calling for a fight with the champ, but there hasn’t been any word on that being Miocic’s next fight either.

“There are a lot of guys that are there already. In the heavyweight division, anything can happen on any night. That’s what’s scary about the division: no matter how good you are, there is always somebody that can beat you,” he continued.

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Aside from being the UFC heavyweight champion, Miocic is also a fireman and paramedic in Ohio, but he certainly sounds as if he is ready to get back in the Octagon. He doesn’t care whom it is he fights.

“Listen, whoever the UFC wants me to fight, I’ll fight – Overeem, or whoever’s next… Volkov… he’s a tough guy, too. Or Cain (Velasquez), whoever they say, I’m not going to back down.”

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UFC Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Okami Live Results and Fight Stats

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UFC Fight Night 117: Saint Preux vs. Okami Full Results

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Cris Cyborg: Ronda Rousey’s Coach is a Joke

Ronda Rousey‘s coach said on Monday that he would like to see his fight return for one more fight and wants it to be against UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg

Cyborg laughed off Edmond Tarverdyan’s suggestion, calling him a joke.

There was a time when Rousey vs. Cyborg was on everyone’s wishlist, most of all Cyborg’s. That was prior to Rousey being dismantled by Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes in her last two outings. Both women knocked Rousey out. It would be difficult to even categorize either of Rousey’s performances against Holm or Nunes as competitive.

Cyborg wanted to fight Rousey at the top of her game, not someone that she believes is a shell of her former self.

Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg“If Ronda wants to come back for a fight,” Cyborg told MMAFighting, “I believe it’s better for her to fight Miesha Tate. I’m in another stage of my career. I wanted to fight Ronda when she was psychologically well and confident.”

A longtime professional wrestling enthusiast, and having taken part in-ring at WrestleMania 31, Rousey has been linked to talks with WWE, perhaps considering a post-fight career with wrestling’s leading promotion.

As such, Cyborg may not want to step in the Octagon with Rousey, but wouldn’t be averse to meeting her in the squared circle at a WWE event.

“Now, if she wants to make a good fight for the fans, we can make it at WWE,” she told MMAFighting. “It would fit perfectly [for her] to go to Hollywood, and for me would be another challenge in my career.

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“And something brilliant, her coach would fit perfectly in her corner in WWE, he’s nothing but a joke.”

In the meantime, Cyborg is awaiting her next bout in the Octagon. She’s been angling for a fight with Holly Holm, who said she is willing to fight Cyborg, but wants the money to be right.

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UFC 216 Ferguson vs. Lee Extended Preview: Two Title Fights

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Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee collide for the interim lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 216 in Las Vegas on Oct. 7. Plus, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson goes for his record 11th title defense vs. Ray Borg. Watch the extended preview.

Despite their bout being for the interim lightweight belt, the winner of Ferguson vs. Lee still hasn’t been promised a shot at Conor McGregor in his next bout. McGregor remains the UFC’s unicorn, frequently calling many of his own shots. He could opt to push the UFC in another direction, such as a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov in Russia or a trilogy bout with Nate Diaz, instead of facing the winner of Ferguson vs. Lee. The winner, however, can at least lay claim to the idea that he should be next for the Irishman.

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Johnson and Borg were supposed to have headlined UFC 215 in Edmonton, but Borg fell ill and was removed from the bout. Now, rescheduled for UFC 216, the promotion is hesitant to headline a card with the fight, although Johnson has the opportunity to move into sole possession of a major UFC record.

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Ronda Rousey’s Coach Wants Her to Fight Cris Cyborg in Final Fight

Ronda Rousey hasn’t uttered a word about her future in fighting since having lost back-to-back bouts to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, albeit with a year between fights. 

It’s been nine months since Rousey last set foot in the Octagon and she’s still not talking, but her coach is. Edmund Tarverdyan told The MMA Hour on Monday that he still wants one more fight for Rousey… against UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg.

A death wish? Not from Tarverdyan’s point of view. He thinks Rousey would defeat Cyborg.

“That’s the one,” Tarverdyan said on The MMA Hour. “I want that fight. When I trained Ronda, I know Ronda could beat Cyborg. I know that. Cyborg is too slow.”

It’s not that Tarverdyan knows anything more about Rousey’s future than the rest of us. He didn’t indicate that she’d said anything about one more fight, but Rousey and Cyborg teased the fight for years, each saying she wanted to fight the other. Tarverdyan still wants to see the fight happen despite Rousey dipping to a career low and Cyborg riding high.

Tarverdyan gave a sideways glance to possible injuries that might still be hampering Rousey, although he didn’t go into specifics.

“If injuries weren’t there and everything was where it was, we would take that fight and I’m telling you (Cyborg) is too slow for us and Ronda will beat her. Ronda needs a challenge that she really needs to be like this person is no good and I need to prove something to the whole world. That’s how Ronda works good.”

Rousey has generally risen to the occasion when challenged, but faced the most scrutinizing pressure of her career for her last two bouts. If she were to attempt another comeback, the spotlight would likely be blinding. 

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UFC president Dana White has said that he doesn’t think Rousey will return to the Octagon. He seemed to think she was content to move on with her life and her family.

Tarverdyan isn’t so sure.

“I’ve spoken to her. I don’t know if she’ll do it. One more fight, maybe. If she really can. If her body does give her one more fight and she really wants to mentally, she might. It’s 50-50 right now, I would say.”

Is Rousey vs. Cyborg fight something that you want to see?

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ONE: Total Victory Fight Highlights Include 11-Second Knockout

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The ONE: TOTAL VICTORY main event saw former ONE Flyweight World Champion Kairat Akhmetov score a close three-round split decision victory over the Philippines’s Geje Eustaquio. The event also featured an 11-second knockout amongst a night full of exciting finishes.

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ONE: TOTAL VICTORY Full Results

  • Flyweight bout: Kairat Akhmetov defeats Geje Eustaquio by Split Decision after three (3) rounds
  • Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Sim Bunsrun by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 1:07 minutes of round 1
  • Heavyweight bout: Alain Ngalani defeats Hideki Sekine by Knockout at 0:11 minutes of round 1
  • Strawweight bout: Roy Doliguez defeats Yago Bryan by TKO (Strikes) at 2:58 minutes of round 3
  • Featherweight bout: Hisyam Samsudin defeats Jeremy Meciaz by TKO (Strikes) at 2:47 minutes of round 1
  • Flyweight bout: Ramon Gonzales defeats Liu De Li Ge Ri Hu by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:52minutes of round 2
  • Strawweight bout: Adrian Matheis defeats Phat Soda by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:11 minutes of round 1
  • Bantamweight bout: Riski Umar defeats Adi Nugroho by TKO (Strikes) at 2:00 minutes of round 1
  • Catchweight bout (68.3kg): Thai Rithy defeats Jerome S Paye by Knockout at 0:19 minutes of round 2

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