Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren, John Castaneda

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Mackenzie Dern, Alexander Shlemenko, Campbell McLaren and John Castaneda.

Dern submitted submitted Mandy Polk this past week at LFA 24. Shlemenko headlines Friday’s Bellator 185 event against Gegard Mousasi. McLaren is CEO of Combate Americas, and Castaneda is part of the organization’s $100,000 single-night tournament on Nov. 11.

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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LFA 27 heads to Oklahoma with Watley vs. Wilson lightweight title fight

LFA will return to Oklahoma next month, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event.

Lightweight champion Robert Watley (8-1) will take on top contender Daryl Wilson (7-1) in the LFA 27 main event, the promotion today announced. In the co-feature, Myron Dennis (15-6) will take on Ryan Spann (11-5) in a light heavyweight bout.

LFA 27 takes place Nov. 10 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The main card will air live on AXS TV.

Watley lost his pro debut, but hasn’t looked back with eight straight wins. He signed with LFA earlier this year and got an immediate title shot against final RFA lightweight champ Thiago Moises and won a unanimous decision at LFA 17 in July to take the belt. The fight against Wilson will be his first title defense.

Wilson will be fighting in front of his home Oklahoma fans. He comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak, including a one-punch knockout of Jarrod Card at LFA 18 in August in just 64 seconds. That fight was his promotional debut.

Dennis and Spann were supposed to fight at LFA 9 in April, but Spann was forced out with a training injury. Dennis fought and beat Danilo Marques, instead. Spann fought and submitted LeMarcus Tucker at LFA 23 in September.

The LFA 27 event includes:

For more on LFA 27, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 24 highlights: Mackenzie Dern's finishing choke, Curtis Millender's brutal KO in headliner

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Curtis Millender and Mackenzie Dern were the stars of LFA 24, earning impressive finishes in their bouts.

LFA 24 took place Friday from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix and aired live on AXS TV.

In the main event, four-time Bellator veteran Millender (13-3) helped his cause to return to the big stage with a highlight-reel head-kick knockout of Matthew Frincu (11-3) in just 38 seconds of their welterweight contest. The two explosive fighters came out looking to bang, but it was Millender who patiently absorbed blows before countering with a right high kick that landed flush on the chin and sent Frincu crashing to the canvas.

In a featured women’s flyweight fight, jiu-jitsu world champion Mackenzie Dern (4-0) earned another submission win by locking in a rear-naked choke to make Mandy Polk (3-4) tap out at the 2:55 mark of the first round. What stood out, though, was the fact that Dern’s striking – not her grappling – set up the finisher.

Watch the full highlights above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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LFA 24 results, video: Curtis Millender scores highlight-reel finish, Mackenzie Dern stays perfect

Four-time Bellator veteran Curtis Millender (13-3) is looking for a return to the big show, and he certainly helped his cause with a 38-second knockout of a tough Matthew Frincu (11-3).

The welterweight contest served as the headlining bout of Friday’s LFA 24 event, which aired on AXS TV from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix.

The two explosive fighters came out looking to bang, and it was Frincu who flashed powerful high kicks to open. However, Millender patiently absorbed the blows, adjusted his angles and countered with a right high kick of his own that landed flush on the chin and sent his opponent crashing to the floor. Millender was poised to follow with additional strikes, but the referee called off the fight at just 38 seconds.

Afterward, an emotional Millender pleaded for a UFC invite, insisting his “circumstances need to change.”

In the bantamweight co-feature, Brazilian import Vinicius Zani (11-4) picked up his fourth consecutive win in impressive fashion, outgunning Joey Miolla (9-3) in a three-round striking battle.

Both fighters came out ready to trade shots, sitting down on every blow from the start. Both landed flush in spots – and both immediately insisted it didn’t hurt – before Miolla eventually brought the fight to the floor. However, he couldn’t keep it there, with Zani popping quickly back to his feet to resume the entertaining exchanges.

The pace slowed a bit in the second, thought both men were still throwing meaningful strikes. Zani controlled the center of the cage for most of the round, and he punctuated his highlights with applause and knowing nods, much to the delight of a vocal crowd.

Zani seemed to gain control as the third unfolded. Powerful low kicks started to dot his opponent’s lead leg, and while Miolla’s returns were still loaded with power, they weren’t thrown frequently or quickly enough to prove truly effective. Miolla scored a takedown with 80 seconds left, but Zani simply pushed the head away, drove elbows inside and created enough space to scramble back to his feet. Zani finished strong with punches and kicks to seal the result, 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27.

In a featured women’s flyweight fight, submission specialist Mackenzie Dern (4-0) earned another tapout, but it was her hands, not her grappling, that earned the win over Mandy Polk (3-4).

After a brief striking exchange to start the contest, it was Dern who looked first for the takedown, though Polk displayed excellent defense to remain upright. Forced to adjust, Dern backed away and fired wild haymakers, rocking Polk with one and sending her to the canvas with another. With Polk dazed on her knees, Dern followed to the floor, slipped to her back and locked in a rear-naked choke, earning a tap at the 2:55 mark of the first frame.

LFA 24 results include:

  • Curtis Millender def. Matthew Frincu via knockout (kick) – Round 1, 0:38
  • Vinicius Zani def. Joey Miolla via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Mackenzie Dern def. Mandy Polk via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:55
  • LaRue Burley def. Maycon Mendonca via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Cory Sandhagen def. Luiz Gavinho via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:00
  • Glen Baker def. Kevin Natividad via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:09
  • Keoni Diggs def. Nick Chasteen via submission (kneebar) – Round 3, 1:53

For more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Video: Bantamweight Glen Baker scores 9-second KO at LFA 24

Glen Baker had yet to score a knockout victory entering his fifth professional fight. He earned his first in style.

“Bad Boy” Baker (3-2) needed just nine seconds to score a crushing knockout victory over fellow bantamweight Kevin Natividad (3-1), who was undefeated before the result.

The contest took place on the AXS TV-televised main card of LFA 24 from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, and the bout was so short, AXS TV Fights officials tweeted out the entire contest.

Check out Baker’s setup before dropping the big left hand for the shockingly quick victory.

For more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Matthew Frincu, Curtis Millender talk kitchen sinks and potential UFC deals ahead of LFA 24 headliner

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A pair of high-level strikers meet in tonight’s LFA 24 main event, but their philosophies about how the matchup will go down are divergent.

Matthew Frincu (11-2) takes on Curtis Millender (12-3) in the welterweight headliner at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The main card airs on AXS TV.

Frincu says he’s all about meat-and-potatoes fist fighting. Millender is more apt to get fancy when it comes to his offense.

“It’s a great matchup – it’s a tailor-made matchup for me because I’m a striker,” Frincu told former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano ahead of the fight. “I want to fight other strikers. I want to display what I do. I’m excited to get in there, see what he throws, and then put the kitchen sink in his face and see if he can get through it.

“He likes to work his tricks – he like’s spinning kicks, oblique kicks, spinning elbows. But I’m going to keep it old school. I’m going to stick with my bread and butter – my 1-2 – and we’ll see what happens.”

Millender doesn’t deny he’ll try some spinning stuff when he gets in the cage. When it comes to his fights, if spinning stuff gets him a win, and a win gets him a call from the UFC, he’s all about it.

“I’m definitely going to go out there and do exactly what I said I was going to do – get a finish, be exciting and take that next step in my career,” Millender said. “I’m hoping after this, I’ll officially be a UFC fighter. I’m ready to be in the UFC. I’m ready to beat those guys up, too. I wouldn’t mind taking the (LFA) title, but I’m ready to be a UFC fighter. It’s time to make some money. I’ve got two little boys at home who need it, so that’s what I want.”

To hear more from Frincu and Millender with Zingano, check out the video above. And don’t miss Zingano’s interview with LFA 24’s Mackenzie Dern below.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Mackenzie Dern just as curious as you are for how she'll fare at flyweight at LFA 24

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After fighting at strawweight for her first three MMA bouts, Mackenzie Dern is hoping a change to flyweight will make life a little easier.

The weight cuts to get to 115 pounds weren’t fun for Dern (3-0), a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt and world-champion MMA grappler. She failed to make weight for her past two wins in Legacy FC and LFA. But tonight, at LFA 24, Dern gives 125 pounds a try against Mandy Polk (3-3).

LFA 24 takes place tonight at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. The main card airs on AXS TV.

Apart from the easier weight cut, Dern said she’s just as curious as anyone how she’ll fare in the new division.

“It’s hard for me to say what I’m going to improve on now,” Dern told former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Cat Zingano ahead of the fight. “But I think just that it’s a new (weight class), that’s going to be a good test for me – if I try to stay at 125, or if I try to do the sacrifice to go back to 115. It’s going to be a surprise for me, too, how I feel my opponent is – if I feel she’s stronger than me, or if I feel good here. It’s going to be a surprise for me, just like everyone else.”

Polk is a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who’s an RFA vet and IFBB professional fitness competitor. The 32-year-old made her pro MMA debut in 2014. The high-school wrestling coach was on a three-fight winning streak before a December loss to Katy Collins at RFA 46.

“From what I know about her, she’s a wrestler,” Dern said. “I’m a jiu-jitsu girl, so for me to be on the ground is OK. I imagine she probably wants to be on top and ground-and-pound.”

To hear more from Dern with Zingano, check out the video above.

And for more on LFA 24, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Grandson of famous mobster set for pro MMA debut

John Gotti’s grandson is about to join another kind of family – the hurt business.

John Gotti III (0-0) will make is professional MMA debut on Oct. 27 at CES 46, taking on Johnny Adams (0-1) at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., the promotion confirmed to MMAjunkie. The card airs live on AXS TV.

Gotti, the son of John Gotti II, fights on what would have been the 77th birthday of his grandfather. He wants to pay tribute to the fallen mobster’s memory.

“I chose my pro debut with CES because I know several of the fighters that have fought for them,” Gotti said in a prepared statement released by CES, which added interview requests are a no-go per John Gotti II. “They said they were good guys to work with and that they put on a great show. So it was a natural fit when I heard they were promoting a show on Oct. 27.

“The significance of the date is that it would have been my late grandfather’s 77th birthday, and I wanted to honor him on that day.”

Gotti III said his interest in MMA stems from his father’s release from prison, presumably after a 2008 indictment on racketeering and murder conspiracy failed to stick.

“When my father first came home from prison, (MMA) was a means for us to bond,” Gotti III said. “We would watch all the big fights together at home, as well as attending several cards in New Jersey.

“I think now, as I’ve chosen this as a profession, although my father is proud of me, I think he regrets fostering my interest. I don’t think he ever thought this would be the end result. What father wants to watch his son in this type of environment?”

As rough-and-tumble as MMA is, though, it’s still a lot less dangerous than the life in the family business.

Convicining Adams he’s not endangering himself by winning might be the prmotion’s next step.

The current card for CES 46 includes:

MAIN CARD (AXS TV)

  • John Howard vs. Roger Carroll
  • Dinis Paiva vs. Branden Seyler
  • Josh LaBerge vs. Jon Lemke
  • Shedrick Goodridge vs. Justin Sumter
  • Rico DiSciullo vs. Justin King
  • Gary Balletto Jr. vs. Sharif Jones

PRELIMINARY CARD (untelevised)

  • Pat McCrohan vs. Buck Pineau
  • Marquis Brewster vs. Raymond Yanez
  • Johnny Adams vs. John Gotti III

For more on the upcoming CES MMA 46, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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