Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2545 with Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, Mohammed Usman

Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, and Mohammed Usman.

All four guests previewed their upcoming fights. Font takes on Pedro Munhoz on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119. Julaton fights Lisa Blaine this Friday at Bellator 185. Usman competes Nov. 2 at Tachi Palace Fights 33 vs. Van Palacio. Norris fights this Friday vs. Alonzo Martinez at LFA 25.

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

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, News, Radio, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Bellator 185 pre-event facts: Can Shlemenko strengthen resume at Mousasi's expense?

Despite a bevy of changes to the card, Bellator action returns on Friday with Bellator 185, which takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

One of the more noteworthy debuts in company history is set for the headliner when former Strikeforce champion and longtime UFC middleweight contender Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) meets former Bellator 185-pound champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA).

With 116 professional bouts between them, Mousasi and Shlemenko will set a new record for the most combined experience in a Bellator main event. For more on the numbers behind Friday’s Bellator 185 fight card, check out 20 pre-event facts.

* * * *

Main event

Mousasi makes his Bellator debut after a 12-fight UFC career in which he went 9-3.

Mousasi enters the event on a five-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since September 2015.

Mousasi has earned 35 of his 42 career victories by stoppage. He’s earned 31 of those wins in Round 1.

Mousasi has earned his past four victories by knockout.

Mousasi’s eight victories since 2014 in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Sam Alvey for most in the division.

Mousasi absorbed just 1.42 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the third best rate in divisional history behind Chael Sonnen (1.12) and Ivan Salaverry (1.15).

Shlemenko competes in his 16th Bellator middleweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history.

Shlemenko enters the event on a seven-fight unbeaten streak. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since September 2014.

Shlemenko’s 12 victories in Bellator competition are tied for fourth most in company history behind Patricio Freire (14), Michael Chandler (13) and Joe Warren (13).

Shlemenko’s 12 victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Shlemenko has earned 40 of his 56 career victories by stoppage. He earned 25 of those wins in Round 1.

Shlemenko’s eight stoppage victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Shlemenko’s six knockout victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history.

Co-main event

Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), 28, is the youngest of the 10 scheduled main-card fighters.

Gracie is 3-0 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015.

Gracie has earned three of his four Bellator victories by submission.

Remaining main card

Heather Hardy

Heather Hardy (1-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), a pro boxing champion, returns to MMA after making a successful debut at Bellator 180 in June.

Ana Julaton (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), 37, is the oldest of the 10 scheduled main card fighters.

Julaton returns to MMA competition for the first time since Dec. 11, 2015. The 679-day layoff is the longest of her more than three-year career.

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Filed under: Bellator, News
Source: MMA Junkie

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, Mohammed Usman

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, News, UFC

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris and Mohammed Usman.

Font fights Pedro Munhoz on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119, Julaton meets Lisa Blaine on Friday at Bellator 185, Norris takes on Alonzo Martinez on Friday at LFA 25, and Mohammed Usman – younger brother of UFC fighter Kamaru Usman – returns Nov. 2 at Tachi Palace Fights 33.

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 YouTube pages. 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.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • 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.

Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Bellator, News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Pro boxer Ana Julaton talks great 'TUF 26' tryouts experience, hints at unique Bellator negotiations

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid4621179066001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAABvaL8JE~,ufBHq_I6FnxR-PQW_F3sm5QdUbP7D6E9&bctid=5544010512001
Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos

Boxing standout and MMA fighter Ana Julaton may not have gotten the gig she was looking for, but attending “The Ultimate Fighter” tryouts was no waste of time.

Speaking to MMAjunkie Radio before the “TUF 26” selection process, which took place on May 27, Julaton was non-committal about her participation. But the ONE FC veteran not only took part – she made it through a few steps, advancing as far as being placed on standby.

Julaton, we now know, ended up not making it into the later-released list of “TUF 26” cast members. But she has no regrets about her decision to embark on the journey.

“It was just amazing to see the support for women,” Julaton told MMAjunkie Radio. “There was a lot of them out there. It wasn’t anything malicious or anything like that in terms of how women were interacting with each other, which was refreshing for me. I was taking it all in.

“It was just nice to see a lot of very athletic powerful women, and it was just a room full of them trying out for the show.”

Julaton says she is satisfied with how she was able to perform  – especially considering that, with a boxing match on the horizon, she hadn’t even been focused on MMA training. She was also there for a full week, which allowed her to see up close just how impressively thorough the entire process was.

“It’s so different than going into a boxing match,” Julaton said. “In a boxing match, it’s almost like a mom and pop kind of scenario, where you have a lot of these individuals that are going to deal with you. And it’s not so official – like how it was for ‘TUF.’

“At ‘TUF,’ you had the interview process, obviously the striking and the grappling portion, and then there was all these contracts you have to go through – and I’m talking about pages and pages and pages of it. So it ended up being like a whole-day thing and a week-long thing where you have a bunch of these women start doing all these medical checks, which takes forever. Again, it was a great experience.”

Julaton may currently be out of the running to become the UFC’s initial women’s flyweight champion, but she’s got some stuff cooking in the oven. While the flyweight – who hasn’t competed in MMA since December of 2015 – couldn’t give too many details, she hinted at some exciting scenarios that may or may not involve boxing.

“All I can say right now is that there’s this huge, huge possibility and this great opportunity that can happen where it hasn’t been done before,” Julaton said. “It will work out between boxing promoters – one being mine, Allan Tremblay – and Bellator. I’m just going to keep it at that.”

Julaton clarified that, while there’s a long-term “thing” in the works, she’s not yet signed under the Bellator banner. But she can say that she’s excited about the idea of working with a promotion that would allow her to pursue other endeavors.

“For me, it’s a dream come true just to not get locked up, so to speak, to just one organization or just one sport,” Julaton said.

Julaton says that, for now, she can’t go into too much detail. However, further pressed about the possibility of maybe meeting boxing champ Heather Hardy – who made waves with her successful pro MMA debut at last June’s Bellator 180 – Julaton said she’d be fully on board.

“The possibilities are endless,” Julaton said. “I think that would be a great fight. It would be a big money fight. Especially if it’s done correctly, in the right stage.”

Hardy, in turn, recently revealed on “The MMA Hour”  that she’s set to return at Bellator 185, which takes place at Oct. 20 in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Her opponent remains unknown. At the occasion, Hardy also said that her new-found passion for MMA won’t deter her from pursuing boxing, as well.

On her end, at least, Julaton would be be open to meeting Hardy either whether it’s within boxing or MMA rules.

“It’s an extremely rare time – and it’s an exciting time for a lot of females at combat sports,” Julaton said. “I’m going to leave it at that.”

To hear more from Julaton, check out the video above.

For more on the upcoming MMA schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go towww.mmajunkie.com/radio.

Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos
Source: MMA Junkie

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2511 with Paulie Malignaggi, T.J. Dillashaw, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton, Angelo Reyes

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Paulie Malignaggi, T.J. Dillashaw, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton and Angelo Reyes.

Malignaggi addressed the leaked videos of him sparring Conor McGregor. Dillashaw discussed impending fatherhood and the likelihood he will fight UFC champ Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217. Andrade spoke about her 2016 World MMA Awards Ring Card Girl of the Year award. Julaton discussed her tryout for The Ultimate Fighter 26 and contract talks with Bellator.

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 YouTube pages. 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.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • 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.

Filed under: Bellator, News, Radio, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie

Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with T.J. Dillashaw, Jorge Masvidal, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton, Angelo Reyes

Filed under: News, UFC

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests T.J. Dillashaw, Jorge Masvidal, Jhenny Andrade, Ana Julaton and Angelo Reyes.

Ex-champ Dillashaw is expected to fight current bantamweight titleholder Cody Garbrandt later this year. Masvidal wants to meet Stephen Thompson at UFC 217. Andrade is a ring UFC octagon girl, and she’s in studio with ONE Championship vet Ana Julaton and boxing coach Angelo Reyes.

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 YouTube pages. 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.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • 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.

Filed under: News, UFC
Source: MMA Junkie