Abel Trujillo on 'gimme fight' vs. John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26: 'It's going to be a fatality'

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You know that familiar “he’s a tough opponent, I respect his skills” type of talk? Well, you’re not going to hear it from Abel Trujillo here.

Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) meets John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) at next month’s UFC on FOX 26 looking to bounce back from a submission loss to James Vick.

The lightweight matchup between strikers has been years in the making. The two were originally set to meet at UFC 186 in 2015 before injury forced Trujillo out.

Safe to say, Trujillo is happy that it’s finally coming together.

“It’s a fight I wanted, and I like it a lot,” Trujillo told MMAjunkie Radio.

But perhaps that has something to do with the fact that Trujillo’s not particularly worried about how it will unfold.

“Listen, it’s a gimme fight,” Trujillo said. “It’s going to be a fatality. First round. Listen, I’m going to (expletive) this boy up. If he makes it out the first round, which I don’t see, then he’s out of there the second.”

UFC on FOX 26 takes place at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card, headlined by a battle of ex-champs between Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos, airs on FOX. The preliminary card airs on FS1, following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

For both fighters, the meeting is a chance to get back on track. Like Trujillo, Makdessi was finished in his last outing – in this case, a knockout to Lando Vannata at UFC 206. Momentum, though, is different. While Trujillo’s last official loss before Vick came in 2014, to interim champion Tony Ferguson, Makdessi’s last win, over Mehdi Baghdad, was the only triumph in his four most recent fights.

The upcoming meeting at Makdessi’s native Canada also means Trujillo’s first foray overseas since a UFC Fight Night 77 clash with Gleison Tibau back in 2015 – which involved a trip to Brazil. The result, originally a submission win to the Brazilian, was overturned to a disqualification in Trujillo’s favor after Tibau failed a drug test.

If you ask Trujillo, he’ll tell you he would prefer to stay in the U.S. But, as his career progresses, he understands that occasionally venturing into hostile territory is part of the package.

In any case, where they are won’t matter when the cage door closes.

“He likes to pressure,” Trujillo said. “He likes to go forward. But one thing I know is he doesn’t like to be pressured. He doesn’t like being bullied. He likes to be the bully. I’m just going to go ahead and change that script real quick as soon as the bell rings.”

To hear from Trujillo, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2553 with Ovince Saint Preux, Ryan Benoit, Abel Trujillo, Ricky Lundell

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ovince Saint Preux, Ryan Benoit, Abel Trujillo and Ricky Lundell.

Saint Preux fights Corey Anderson at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, Benoit meets Ashkan Mokhtarian at UFC Fight Night 121 on Nov. 19, and Trujillo takes on John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16. MMA coach Lundell and Benoit were in-studio guest hosts.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ovince Saint Preux, Abel Trujillo, Ryan Benoit, Ricky Lundell (in studio)

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ovince Saint Preux, Abel Trujillo, Ryan Benoit and Ricky Lundell.

Saint Preux takes on Corey Anderson next week at UFC 217 in New York. Trujillo returns in December to take on John Makdessi at UFC on FOX 26. UFC flyweight Benoit will co-host the show in the studio and will be joined by notable MMA coach Lundell to help us break down Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 card in Brazil. Benoit has a fight coming up at UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia against Ashkan Mokhtarian.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTubepages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise among additions to UFC on FOX 26 in Winnipeg

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With the main event for the UFC’s return to Winnipeg now set, the card below it continues to build.

The UFC announced a welterweight headliner between former champion Robbie Lawler and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos today for UFC on FOX 26, and three new bouts will join the undercard, as well.

Galore Bofando (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) meets Chad Laprise (12-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at welterweight; John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) will take on Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at lightweight; and Sultan Aliev (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) fights Nordine Taleb (13-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a welterweight bout. The promotion announced the new bookings today.

UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Bofando will be looking to build on his sensational promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 113 in July. In Scotland, he slammed Charlie Ward in a big way, which led to a first-round knockout. The fight was the first for England’s Bofando in two and a half years.

Chad Laprise

Laprise has won back-to-back fights, both by TKO, after consecutive losses to Francisco Trinaldo and Ross Pearson, which were his first two setbacks as a pro after a 10-0 start. That perfect start included a win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier to take the “TUF: Nations” crown. In August 2016, he stopped Thibault Gouti in the first round. After a lengthy layoff, he moved back to welterweight in July and stopped Brian Camozzi at UFC 213.

Makdessi will be looking to get back in the win column after a knockout loss to Lando Vannata at UFC 206 this past December. He’ll be fighting for the first time in a year and has losses in three of his past four fights.

Abel Trujillo

Trujillo needs to get back on track, as well. After a three-fight winning streak, Trujillo was submitted by James Vick at UFC Fight Night 104 in February in Vick’s home state of Texas. That was Trujillo’s first loss since a December 2014 setback to new interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson.

Taleb has alternated wins and losses for his past five fights, but got back on track in May in Sweden with a unanimous decision over Oliver Enkamp. That helped erase the memory of a decision loss to Santiago Ponzinibbio in Canada in February.

Aliev will be looking for his second straight win, as well. After a UFC debut loss to Kenny Robertson in Sweden in January 2015, he was sidelined for nearly two years before returning in December 2016 for a split-decision win over Bojan Velickovic. His fight with Taleb will be his first in a year.

With the additions, UFC on FOX 26 now includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Before UFC 216 title fight, watch Tony Ferguson fight Abel Trujillo in 2014

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Before his UFC 216 title fight, watch a vintage Tony Ferguson performance as he takes on Abel Trujillo in 2014.

At UFC 181, Ferguson picked up win No. 4 in his current nine-fight winning streak. However, he had to overcome a deficit after losing the first round to the slugger.

Check out the full fight above.

And catch Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who’s No. 3 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, back in action when he takes on No. 8-ranked Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) in UFC 216’s headliner.

UFC 216, which features a pair of title fights, takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

or more on UFC 216, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Abel Trujillo replaced by Bobby Green, who will fight Lando Vannata at UFC 216 in Las Vegas

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Abel Trujillo has been forced to withdraw from yet another UFC fight.

Trujillo will no longer be able to compete against Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 216 and has been replaced by fellow lightweight veteran Bobby Green (23-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC), UFC officials announced today.

UFC 216 takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Green will carry a three-fight losing skid into the event for what will be just his third fight in three years. “King” has dropped consecutive fights against Rashid Magomedov, Dustin Poirier and Edson Barboza. His most recent win came against former Strikeforce champ Josh Thomson at UFC on FOX 12 in July 2014.

Vannata, meanwhile, is coming off a somewhat surprising loss to David Teymur in the “Fight of the Night” at UFC 209 in March. He’s alternated wins and losses over his three-fight UFC tenure and has won a fight-night bonus in each of those bouts.

With the change, the latest UFC 216 card now includes:

  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 216 gets 7 bouts, including Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush, Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites

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The UFC has added seven new bouts to UFC 216, including lightweight and middleweight showdowns with implications in the rankings.

Today, the promotion announced that lightweight standouts Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will face off, as will middleweights Brad Tavares (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and one-time title challenger Thales Leites (27-7 MMA, 12-6 UFC).

UFC 216 take place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Also confirmed for the fall card: a heavyweight clash featuring Walt Harris (9-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) vs. Mark Godbeer (12-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC); a lightweight fight between Lando Vannata (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Abel Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC); a previously reported lightweight contest between Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC); and a pair of flyweight bouts, John Moraga (17-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Magomed Bibulatov (14-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Matt Schnell (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (8-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

Dunham, on a four-fight win streak, will look to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, where Dariush stands at No. 10. Dariush, meanwhile, is looking to rebound from a knockout loss to No. 6 ranked Edson Barboza in his previous outing. Dunham previously expressed interest in a bout with Dariush.

Tavares, an honorable mention in the middleweight rankings has won his past two bouts and hopes to break into the top 15 with a win over No. 13 Leites, who recently outpointed Sam Alvey.

Heavyweight Harris is on the upswing with back-to-back knockout wins in bouts against Chase Sherman and Cyril Asker, respectively. Godbeer most recently outpointed Daniel Spitz, upping his UFC record to 1-1 after a debut loss to Justin Ledet.

Lightweight Vannata is looking to rebound after a decision loss to David Teymur that sapped his momentum after a spectacular wheel-kick knockout of John Makdessi this past December. Trujillo also needs a boost after a submission loss to James Vick, which snapped a three-fight win streak.

Lightweight Lentz mostly suffered a decision loss to Islam Makhachev, which brought his first loss since returning to the lightweight division from featherweight. Brooks has lost back-to-back fights in bouts against Alex Oliveira and Charles Oliveira, respectively.

One-time flyweight title challenger Moraga recently got back in the win column with a decision over Ashkan Mokhtarian in June, while Bibulatov puts his unbeaten record to the test after a debut decision against Jenel Lausa.

Flyweight Schnell is in dire need of a win after losses against Rob Font and Hector Sandoval in his first two UFC appearances. Beltran, meanwhile, has hit the skids with back-to-back losses after a trio of wins.

With the additions, the UFC 216 lineup now includes:

  • Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush
  • Brad Tavares vs. Thales Leites
  • Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer
  • Lando Vannata vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Nik Lentz vs. Will Brooks
  • John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov
  • Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

For more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean Shelby's shoes: What's next for Yoel Romero and UFC 213's other losing fighters?

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UFC 213 took place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with a five-fight main card on pay-pay-per-view.

Yoel Romero (12-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) fell short of the interim UFC middleweight title in the headliner when he suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Robert Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) to experience the first blemish on his previously unbeaten UFC career.

Some other fighters suffered notable losses, as well, with Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC), Daniel Omielanczuk (19-8-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) and Jim Miller (28-10 MMA, 17-9 UFC) falling short on the scorecards, while Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) was stopped inside the distance.

After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. And with another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 213’s key losing fighters.

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Jim Miller

Should fight: Abel Trujillo
Why they should fight: Although Miller fell short against a former UFC champion in Anthony Pettis, there’s no taking away from his status as one of the most decorated names in UFC history who should keep a place on the roster as long as he sees fit.

Miller tied the record for most appearances in UFC history in the unanimous-decision loss to Pettis. He was once considered a contender, but at this point in his career his position on the roster is fairly clear, and he should be allowed that position until he either completely falls off the map or retires.

Miller has almost exclusively lost to top tier opponents. A step back is necessary if he wants to keep his career in a safe position, and Trujillo (15-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is just that. Although Trujillo is not an easy fight, he’s winnable for Miller and also a name which would not be viewed as a write-off.

Daniel Omielanczuk

Should fight: Winner of James Mulheron vs. Justin Willis at UFC Fight Night 113
Why they should fight: Omielanczuk was pegged as the biggest betting underdog on the card and unfortunately that rang true when he fell short against Curtis Blaydes in a heavyweight fight.

Omielanczuk suffered a unanimous-decision loss to fall under .500 over the course of his nine-fight UFC career. He’ll need to go back to drawing board, but his hope of keeping a UFC roster spot is not yet lost.

A win for Omielanczuk would have potentially pushed him into top 15 matchups in the heavyweight division. The loss keeps him paired against fighters of a similar stature, though, and the winner of the July 15 fight between Mulheron (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Willis (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113 would be right in his wheelhouse.

Fabricio Werdum

Should fight: Loser of Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou at UFC 215
Why they should fight: Werdum’s chance to break back into heavyweight title contention was harshly derailed with a majority-decision loss in his trilogy fight with Alistair Overeem.

With his 40th birthday rapidly approaching, it’s difficult to gauge whether the Brazilian will be eager to make another run in the division. The upside is that he’s a former champion, has a name and could be just a few wins and a couple good breaks from becoming a pertinent contender again.

Werdum needs to beat a key name, though, and the loser of September’s UFC 215 bout between Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) would be a solid target.

Werdum has history with Dos Santos after he suffered a stunning knockout loss to the then-UFC newcomer in 2008. The rematch has been long in the making and frankly should have already been done. If Ngannou comes up short, however, a showdown with Werdum would be another big chance after the Frenchman’s first octagon defeat.

Yoel Romero

Should fight: Luke Rockhold
Why they should fight: Watch the video above to see why Romero should fight Rockhold (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) next.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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