Watch the Full Glory 46: Rico Verhoeven vs. Bigfoot Silva Replay Free, Now!

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Watch the full replay of the Glory 46 kickboxing event featuring Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. It’s FREE, now on MMAWeekly.com.

Rico “The King of Kickboxing” Verhoeven returns to the GLORY ring to take on UFC veteran Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in a heavyweight showdown. This event was streamed FREE worldwide courtesy of UFC FIGHT PASS, but now you can watch it on MMAWeekly.com. Just click on the video above to watch the full event or scroll through to the fight you want to watch.

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The next UFC event on Fight Pass is UFC Fight Night 118: Cerrone vs. Till from Gdansk, Poland, on Saturday, Oct. 21. The headlining bout features Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone vs. Darren Till.

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Dana White Wants Tougher Anti-Doping Penalties, but ‘It’s Not That Simple’

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Why are fighters with multiple anti-doping violations still fighting? That’s what UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping wants to know. 

According to an interview conducted with UFC president Dana White by Sports Illustrated, Bisping would like to see fighters like Jon Jones, who has been involved in multiple anti-doping violation cases, banned for life. Mark Hunt, who has railed for stricter punishment, actually has a lawsuit that takes aim at anti-doping violators and the lack of stricter punishments.

In fact, White told SI that he doesn’t disagree with the likes of Bisping and Hunt. 

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“I don’t disagree with that,” White said in regard to stiffer punishments. “But USADA deals with that, we don’t. We’re out of that business. We leave it to the professionals. But yeah, I don’t disagree.”

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Dana White Separates Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre in Toronto (UFC 217 Face-Off)

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UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping is on a mission to crawl under the skin of Georges St-Pierre. 

It will have been four years since St-Pierre last fought when he enters the Octagon with Bisping in the UFC 217 headliner on Nov. 4 in New York. Despite the obvious potential x-factor of ring rust that is likely to follow St-Pierre to the cage, Bisping is looking for every advantage possible. His main focus appears to be to try and rattle the former welterweight champion.

From the day their fight was first announced earlier in the year, Bisping has been needling St-Pierre, calling him every derogatory name he could think of and lobbing numerous unsubstantiated steroid accusations at him.

In the two times that they have faced off, Bisping and St-Pierre squared off in Las Vegas recently, things have gotten physical with UFC president Dana White having to step in and keep them apart. 

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Their latest altercation was on Friday following the UFC 217 press conference in Toronto. Bisping again got in St-Pierre’s face, sticking his finger on his chin, getting St-Pierre to react.

Is Bisping’s approach working? Is he getting under St-Pierre’s skin? Or is the former welterweight kingpin too savvy for the Englishman?

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Mackenzie Dern’s Stellar Striking Sets Up Fight-Finishing Choke (LFA 24 Results & Highlights)

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Legacy Fighting Alliance delivered finish after finish on Friday on AXS TV FIGHTS, highlighted by headliner Curtis Millender (13-3) landing a head kick knockout against welterweight Matthew Frincu (11-3) and top prospect Mackenzie Dern (4-0) knocking down Mandy Polk (3-4) before sinking a rear-naked choke to win her fourth fight at LFA 24.

In another must-see highlight, Glen Baker (4-2) knocked out Kevin Natividad (4-1) in only 9 seconds.

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LFA 24: Heinisch vs. Perez Results

  • Main Event – Welterweight Fight – Curtis Millender (13-3) knocked out Matthew Frincu (11-3) with a head kick at 0:38 in the first round.
  • Co-Main Event – Bantamweight Fight – Vinicius Zani (11-4) outlasted Joey Miolla (9-3) to win by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).
  • Flyweight Fight – Mackenzie Dern (4-0) submitted Mandy Polk (3-4) with a rear-naked choke at at 2:55 in round one.
  • Lightweight Fight – LaRue Burley (8-3) defeated Maycon Mendoca (6-3) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).
  • Featherweight Fight – Cory Sandhagen (6-1) took out Toninho Marajo (7-4) with a series of punches to win by TKO at 3:00 in round one.
  • Bantamweight Fight – Glen Baker (4-2) scored a 9-second knockout to defeat Kevin Natividad (4-1) via punches.
  • Lightweight Fight – Keoni Diggs (4-0) caught Nick Chasteen (0-1) in a knee-bar to win by submission at 1:53 in round three.

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Michael Bisping, GSP Get in Expletive Filled War of Words Backstage Following UFC 217 Presser

For the second time in a week, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre had to be separated after a heated stare down at the conclusion of a press conference.

The latest altercation continued backstage as Bisping confronted St-Pierre just moments after the press conference ended as he charged at the former welterweight champion while sending him a warning about putting his hands on him.

The incident occurred after Bisping put a finger in St-Pierre’s face and the Canadian responded with a quick shove before UFC president Dana White could step in between the two fighters before the situation got out of hand.

“Georges, you put your hands on me that means you’ve got a f–king problem,” Bisping said in a video from TMZ.  “Keep your f–king hands to yourself, pal.”

St-Pierre, who is known for always keeping a calm composure when facing off with any of his past opponents, let out some raw emotion when firing back at Bisping.

The former welterweight champion even dropped a few expletives of his own while responding to Bisping’s taunts.

“F–k off man,” St-Pierre shouted. “F–k off! You’re the one who put your hands on me. Don’t touch me. I’m not afraid of you.”

The altercation continued until security finally pushed the fighters away from each other so UFC 217 didn’t get started three weeks early.

Sadly, the incident ended with a young fan wanting a picture with St-Pierre but apparently seeing him seething with anger was more than enough to pass on that opportunity.

Bisping and St-Pierre will settle their differences on Nov. 4 when they meet at UFC 217 in New York.

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Check Out the Emotion of UFC 216 in The Thrill and The Agony

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Check out the emotional behind the scenes reactions at UFC 216: Ferguson vs. Lee from this past weekend in Las Vegas.

It was an emotionally charged week leading up to the show, following the devastating tragedy of the Las Vegas shooting. All that emotion seemed to spill over on fight night, as John Moraga returned to flyweight contention, Demetrious Johnson staked his claim as the best fighter ever, and Tony Ferguson captured the interim UFC lightweight championship.

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UFC Streams Glory Kickboxing 46 for Free, Featuring Bigfoot Silva vs. Rico Verhoeven

The world’s greatest kickboxer – GLORY world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven – collides with former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this Saturday, October 14 in the main event of GLORY 46 SuperFight Series. The historic event from Guangzhou, China, can be seen FREE for fight fans around the world via UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, and GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing promotion.

The platform and the promotion have worked together to make the entire seven-fight GLORY SuperFight Series available both live and on a video-on-demand basis.

Fans who download the UFC App or click HERE on their desktop will be able to enjoy the action, whether they currently have a subscription to UFC FIGHT PASS or not.

The live event begins streaming at 6am ET, with Bigfoot and Verhoeven expected to clash around 8am ET. After the live stream, the event will be available on a video-on-demand basis – for FREE – for a period of one week. 

As FIGHT PASS subscribers are well aware, 28 year old Dutchman Verhoeven has established himself as kickboxing’s No.1 star. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 260 pounds, “The King of Kickboxing” is riding a 13-fight winning streak inside the GLORY ring that includes five defenses of his heavyweight title and victories over a who’s who of the division including kickboxing icons Badr Hari, Daniel Ghiță and Peter Aerts.

Verhoeven describes facing former UFC contender Silva as a new challenge: 

“Fighting MMA fighters in cross-over fights is interesting and I’m always looking for new challenges and new ways to keep entertaining the fans. Bigfoot always brings a war in his fights and that’s what the fans want to see. If I take him lightly, I will put myself in a dangerous position. He can hit hard from all angles and has real heavyweight power, so I know I can’t lose concentration for an instant.”

“Bigfoot is dangerous throughout the fight – I know we will have an exciting fight this Saturday.”

The Brazilian-born Silva, who will be making his kickboxing debut in China, is well-known to MMA fans. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound brawler boasts 14 knockouts from his 19 wins in MMA and holds stoppage wins over the likes of former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Andrei Arlovski along with PRIDE FC champ Fedor Emelianenko.

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“Bigfoot” relishes the challenge of competing under kickboxing rules, especially in a sprint of a fight which will be contested over three, three-minute rounds: 

“Rico is one of the best in the world, a champion and has a lot of power and explosiveness – but I’m very relaxed about this fight. I’ve fought the best strikers in the world – Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and others from kickboxing – and I believe one punch will finish this fight.”

“I have kicks in my game, but I really believe in the power of my hands. If I can put one punch on his, I will put him down.”

The full GLORY 46 SuperFight Series is below:

GLORY 46 SuperFight Series

  • Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
  • Catchweight (75 kg): Shanghai Gao vs. Alan Scheinson
  • Middleweight: Wei Zhou vs. Andre Walker
  • Catchweight (53 kg) Bout:  Jia Liu vs. Zaza Sor. Aree
  • Catchweight (68 kg) Bout: Lei Xie vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao
  • Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Pascal Schroth
  • Professional Sanda Bout: Hongxing Kong vs. Yang Sun

For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

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Georges St-Pierre Shoves Michael Bisping After Enduring Insults at UFC 217 Press Confrence

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The war of words turned physical on Friday as Georges St-Pierre once again took a swipe at Michael Bisping following their latest press conference to promote their upcoming fight at UFC 217 in New York.

Following 30 minutes of Bisping needling at St-Pierre in front of the Toronto crowd, the fighters came nose-to-nose with UFC president Dana White standing in between them.

Bisping raised his hands towards St-Pierre’s face after jawing back and forth for a few seconds, which prompted the former welterweight champion to extend his arm for a shove before White could quickly separate them before anything else happened.

The talking didn’t stop from there as Bisping continued to fire away at St-Pierre until the press conference concluded. 

Judging by the latest face off, Bisping and St-Pierre are anxious to settle their difference when they meet at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York. 

After nearly four years on the sidelines, St-Pierre will challenge Bisping for his UFC middleweight championship. Other title fights on the UFC 217 card include Cody Garbrandt putting his bantamweight belt on the line against TJ Dillashaw, and strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending against Rose Namajunas.

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Bellator 187 Gets New Main Event as AJ McKee Takes James Gallagher’s Spot

Bellator MMA is set for its return to Dublin, Ireland, as undefeated sensation A.J. McKee (9-0) will look to play the role of spoiler against Brian Moore (10-5), a teammate of James Gallagher at Dublin’s SBG, in the featherweight main event of Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore at 3Arena on Nov. 10.

In addition to the new main event, Ireland’s Sinead Kavanagh (4-2) will battle Maria Casanova (2-4-1) in a women’s featherweight main card bout, while Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. (1-1) will compete against Fred Freeman (1-0) in a 165 pound-catchweight contest.

James Gallagher was initially slated to headline against Jeremiah Labiano, but was forced to withdraw from the card after suffering an injury during training, leaving room for his divisional rival to headline an event in hostile territory. Moore’s previously scheduled opponent, Andre Goncalves (3-1), will now face Northern Ireland’s Decky Dalton (7-3) in a Bellator 187 featherweight matchup.

Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore will be broadcast free on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT. Tickets for the event are on sale now and currently available at Ticketmaster.ie.

Bellator 187 McKee vs Moore Fight PosterLabiano will now move to Bellator 188: Pitbull vs. Weichel 2 one week later in Tel Aviv, where he is set to take on Israel-born Noad Lahat (11-3) in a main card featherweight bout. Bellator 188 takes place inside Menora Mivtachim Arena and airs on SPIKE at 9 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. CT on Nov. 17.

The son of respected MMA veteran Antonio McKee, A.J. McKee spent his entire childhood in the gym soaking up every bit of knowledge and experience available to him. The 22-year-old prodigy has applied that knowledge inside the Bellator cage and has made quite a statement in his first nine fights as an MMA professional, racking up seven finishes in nine outings. The Long Beach, Calif.-native now heads to Ireland, a country that is all too familiar with “Mercenary” due to his feud with Gallagher.

Known around “The Emerald Isle” as “Pikeman,” Brian Moore will be making his third appearance in the Bellator cage and his first main event. Having previously competed against top-rated competition the likes of Daniel Weichel and Mike Wilkinson, the 30-year-old SBG Ireland standout most recently stopped Michal Horejsi via punches at Bellator 177 this past April. Moore grew up 90 minutes from 3Arena and will undoubtedly have home field advantage against McKee on Nov. 10.

Fresh off his first-round TKO finish of D.J. Griffin, at Bellator 179 in London, the son of the legendary Kimbo Slice will return to Europe in search of his second victory as professional. Also training under the tutelage of Antonio McKee at Team Bodyshop in Long Beach, Calif., Slice is one of the main sparring partners for A.J. McKee, Aaron Pico and Joey Davis. Fighting out of St. Louis, Fred Freeman made his professional debut in March, finishing his opponent with punches in the second round of their regional matchup. Before turning pro, Freeman laced up the gloves nine times as an amateur.

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Set for her fourth Bellator appearance, Sinead Kavanagh returns to the site of her promotional debut, a venue that saw her defeat Elina Kallionidou with a decisive victory at Bellator 169. A three-time veteran of BAMMA, “KO” most recently took on Arlene Blencowe, who now fights Julia Budd for the women’s featherweight title. A native of France, Maria Casanova has competed professionally since 2015. With two submission victories on her resume, the KTP Scola-product will look to hand Kavanagh the first submission loss of her career.

Complete Bellator 187: McKee vs. Moore Fight Card:

  • Featherweight Main Event: A.J. McKee (9-0) vs. Brian Moore (10-5)
  • Women’s Featherweight Main Card Bout: Sinead Kavanagh (4-2) vs. Maria Casanova (2-4-1)
  • 165 lb. Catchweight Main Card Bout: Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr. (1-1) vs. Fred Freeman (1-0)
  • Featherweight Main Card Bout: Charlie Ward (3-3) vs. John Redmond (7-12)

Preliminary Card:

  • Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Decky Dalton (7-3) vs. Andre Goncalves (3-1)

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Dana White Claims He’s Only Saving Mark Hunt from Himself

When the UFC removed Mark Hunt from the UFC 121 main event bout in Sydney, Australia, earlier this week, the transplanted New Zealander was livid. 

UFC officials stated that Hunt was removed from his fight with Marcin Tybura and replaced by Fabricio Werdum due to concerns about his health following comments he made in an interview with the Player’s Voice.

“Sometimes I don’t sleep well. You can hear me starting to stutter and slur my words,” he was quoted as saying. “My memory is not that good anymore. I’ll forget something I did yesterday, but I can remember the (expletive) I did years and years ago. That’s just the price I’ve paid – the price of being a fighter. But I’ve fought a lot of drug cheats and copped a lot of punishment from guys who were cheating and that’s not right.”

Dana White over bloody Mark HuntAfter being removed from the fight, Hunt took to his Instagram account, where he stated that he was misquoted in the interview and claimed that the UFC was punishing him for a lawsuit that he is currently pursuing in relation to his contract and having to compete against fighters that had been caught using performance-enhancing drugs. 

“I’m disappointed that I have been withdrawn from the fight, I have passed all medicals two days ago. And spent $100,000 on camp,” Hunt said. “The truth is the legal case I have filed has caused me to be withdrawn. The interview has been taken out of context and want to reassure all my fans, I slur my words only when I have a drink. I’m fit and healthy, and would have understood if the UFC requested a medical to ensure my safety, however, this is total (expletive). (Expletive) you Dana, you’ve always hated me you dog.”

White, in a Thursday comment to TMZ Sports, denied Hunt’s accusations, claiming that he and the UFC were only acting in Hunt’s best interests.

“I never hated Mark Hunt,” said White. “Sometimes, you gotta protect these guys from themselves and that’s what we’re looking into right now.”

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