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UFC-Pittsburgh results: Kamaru Usman right hand proves problematic for Sergio Moraes

Kamaru Usman scored the biggest win of his burgeoning career, devastating Sergio Moraes with a crushing blow.

The welterweight matchup took place on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 from PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.

Usman was on point from the start, wobbling Moraes with a low kick and then dropping him briefly with a right hand. Unsurprisingly, Usman refused to follow to the floor, and Moraes crawled back to his feet and looked to brawl. Haymakers followed, but Usman slipped well and scored a beautiful finish with a destructive straight right to the chin. Moraes crashed to the floor, and Usman landed one hammerfist to an already vanquished foe.

Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) now sports a 10-fight winning streak and is due for a big fight; “The Nigerian Nightmare” suggested former UFC lightweight champ and current welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) as a possible opponent.

Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) loses for the first time in eight appearances.

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Champ Tyron Woodley responds to Rafael dos Anjos' callout, has eye on Bisping-GSP winner

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Champion Tyron Woodley doesn’t appear to be all that interested in granting Rafael dos Anjos the next UFC welterweight title shot.

Dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), who earned a first-round submission victory over Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event, called out Woodley (18-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) following the event.

Woodley, who served an a in-studio analyst for FS1 during the event, replied immediately and dismissed dos Anjos as a threat to his reign.

“Well, I’ve got a Gucci belt you can have,” Woodley during UFC 215’s post-event show. “I’ve got a Louis Vuitton belt you can have, but the welterweight gold, the 14 pounds, brother – it’s going to be a long time before I give that up.”

Woodley didn’t explicitly say he wouldn’t fight dos Anjos, but he said the Brazilian needs to put in more work in the 170-pound division. Dos Anjos is a former UFC lightweight champion who moved up a division earlier this year, and he’s since gone 2-0. The win over Magny was particularly impressive, but was it enough to stake the next claim to a title shot?

Woodley doesn’t think so.

“I didn’t take (the callout) personally,” Woodley said. “All I’m saying is there are a lot of guys in my division. They always put them in front of me, and everyone thinks they have the solution to beat me. But I think I’m the most well-rounded fighter. I punch the hardest in the UFC of all the fighters. And he’s a great fighter. He’s a former world champion. I do think one or two more fights in the division, with a great performance like he had this evening, we will see him on the other side of the octagon. At that point, we’ll be ready to role.”

Dos Anjos said following UFC 215, which took place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, that the fact he was already considered for a title bout with Woodley at UFC 214 in July should put him in line for a crack at the gold.

Woodley apparently has other plans in mind, though. With UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) by his side at the studio desk, “The Chosen One” hinted that he would like to move up to 185 pounds and fight the winner of November’s UFC 217 main event between Bisping and Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC).

“I want to fight at middleweight,” Woodley said. “So, I’m thinking about taking a trip up to middleweight.”

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Rafael dos Anjos wants title shot, promises not to let champ Tyron Woodley 'walk around'

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EDMONTON – Rafael dos Anjos wants the next title shot against UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and he believes his UFC 215 victory over Neil Magny may have solidified it for him.

Former UFC lightweight champ dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) improved to 2-0 since he moved up to 170 pounds earlier this year, when he earned a first-round submission win over Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event, which took place at Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Dos Anjos was already on the cusp of a fight with Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) at UFC 214 in July when he was pegged as an alternate if top contender Demian Maia would’ve been unable to fight at the event. Maia ended up taking the fight and lost an underwhelming unanimous decision to the champion. With no clear-cut No. 1 contender in the division, dos Anjos thinks he has a good chance of sliding into position as the next challenger.

“This division’s wide open; all the top-five, top-six guys in this division have lost to the champion or to the last challenger, which was Demian Maia,” dos Anjos said after UFC 215. “(Stephen) Thompson lost twice to Woodley already. I’m the new blood in this division. I was getting ready to fight Woodley if Maia didn’t take the fight, but he ended up taking the fight. But I was getting ready for it, so here I am.”

Dos Anjos, 32, plans to take some time off after competing twice in a three-month stretch, but he said that works perfectly since Woodley is nursing a shoulder injury coming out of the fight with Maia. UFC President Dana White said after UFC 214 that ex-champ Robbie Lawler could be next in line, but it was far from a definite.

Given his one-sided performance over Magny at UFC 215 and the fact Woodley already holds a first-round knockout of Lawler, dos Anjos thinks he’s the most probable candidate.

“I’m the former lightweight champion looking forward to being a two-division champion,” dos Anjos said. “I know Woodley has an injury, but I need some time off now. I fought three months ago in Singapore. I just fought now. I was preparing for Woodley, but Maia took the fight. I don’t want to lose what I was training already, so I called (UFC matchmaker Sean) Shelby and said, ‘Hey, I want to fight, if you have somebody.’ Then the opportunity with Neil Magny came up.

“We’ll see. My goal is to fight for the title.”

One thing dos Anjos said he has going for him is the challenge he brings Woodley. “The Chosen One” has received criticism for his past two title defenses, against Maia and Thompson, and dos Anjos promised there would be no complaints about a lack of action.

“One thing I can be sure, is we’re going to fight,” dos Anjos said. “I’m not going to let him walk around, and I’m going to make sure I push the pace. I’m not saying I will not use my strategy. Of course I will. But I will walk forward. I have confidence in me, in my cardio, and I’m going to make him work.”

For complete coverage of UFC 215, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 215 bonuses: Rafael dos Anjos, Henry Cejudo haul in $50K extra for impressive wins

EDMONTON – Rafael dos Anjos, Henry Cejudo, Jeremy Stephens, and Gilbert Melendez each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 215 event.

Dos Anjos (for his first-round submission of Neil Magny) and Cejudo (for his second-round knockout of Wilson Reis) picked up “Performance of the Night” awards, and Stephens-Melendez took home “Fight of the Night” honors.

The UFC announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.

UFC 215 took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Twitter reacts to Rafael dos Anjos' submission of Neil Magny at UFC 215

Rafael dos Anjos looked absolutely incredible in his second fight at welterweight, dominating Neil Magny en route to a first-round finish in Saturday’s UFC 215 co-main event.

Former UFC lightweight champ dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) improved to 2-0 at 170 pounds when he grounded and submitted Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC) early in the first round of the pay-per-view headliner, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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UFC 215 results: Rafael dos Anjos runs through Neil Magny to stake title claim

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC) may soon find himself challenging for a welterweight belt following an impressive first-round finish of Neil Magny (19-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC).

The welterweight bout was the co-headliner on today’s UFC 215 main card, which took place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and aired on pay-per-view.

Magny started quickly, rushing out and looking to use his range to strike on the outside. However, dos Anjos fired a big low kick that swept his opponent to the floor, and the Brazilian immediately pushed down to secure top position. Magny scrambled well underneath, working a deep half-guard to try and recover position, but dos Anjos proved heavy on top, eventually moving to side control and then stepping over to mount. Magny tried to turn and escape but wound up getting his left arm caught inside, and dos Anjos happily locked in an arm-triangle choke. Magney initially relented, but dos Anjos’ positioning was secure, and he continued to squeeze until he got the tap at the 3:43 mark of the opening round.

Following the win, dos Anjos is now 2-0 in the UFC’s welterweight division. Magny falls to 1-2 in his past three appearances.

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UFC 215's Neil Magny: Welterweight title shot 'within reach' if I beat Rafael dos Anjos

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EDMONTON – There is no clear-cut No. 1 contender to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley at this time. Neil Magny believes he could slide right in should he defeat Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 215.

Dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) was recently discussed as an alternate for Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) at UFC 214 in July if top contender Demian Maia wasn’t available. It didn’t come to fruition, but the consideration proves how highly the UFC regards the former lightweight champion, despite having just one bout at 170 pounds.

For Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC), he’s won 11 of his past 13 UFC appearances with wins over key names such as ex-champ Johny Hendricks and “The Ultimate Fighter 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum. Putting a name like dos Anjos on his resume would lend even more credibility and, in his opinion, should set up a showdown with Woodley.

“I feel great for a potential title shot after this win,” Magny told MMAjunkie at Wednesday’s UFC 215 media day. “The biggest thing is to focus on beating dos Anjos first, but I’m pretty sure a title shot is within reach with an impressive performance against dos Anjos.”

UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Magny vs. dos Anjos airs on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Magny, No. 10 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, has become somewhat of a forgotten man in his division in recent months. Over the past several years he’s competed as much as anyone on the roster, but injuries have prevented him from stepping in the octagon in 2017.

After taking eight months between bouts to rest and rehab, Magny said he feels healthy and better than ever.

“This has been the longest layoff I’ve had in my entire professional career,” Magny said. “I’m just fortunate enough to be back. I had a back and neck injury that kept me from training. It was getting to the point where it was possibly going to need surgery, but through physical therapy and those things I was able to get back to training and avoid surgery.”

One thing that helped Magny get through his time off is the awareness his fellow contenders recognize his value to the weight class. He’s been repeatedly called out by the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman and others, but wasn’t physically capable of accepting any such matchups.

“That was the hardest part of it all, just getting called out week after week,” Magny said. “I was like, ‘Man, I haven’t fought in six months, and you guys have the biggest wins of your careers, and the first thing you bring up is me.’ On the other side of it, it made me feel pretty good knowing I had some job security once I got cleared by a doctor.”

Instead of fighting one of the names who requested him, Magny was paired against dos Anjos. He admits the bout came as somewhat of a surprise due to the fact the Brazilian wasn’t even in his division the last time he fought. However, Magny said he likes how his style meshes with dos Anjos, and he sees plenty of avenues to what would be a crucial victory.

“I win this fight by just going out there and being confident,” Magny said. “I know I have this fight in the bag. I’ve just got to go out there and execute at this point.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Rafael dos Anjos explains Conor McGregor criticism after Floyd Mayweather fight

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EDMONTON – Rafael dos Anjos isn’t backing down from his criticism of Conor McGregor following his recent boxing match with Floyd Mayweather.

After McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) bout with Mayweather earlier this month, which “The Notorious” lost by 10th-round TKO, dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) released some social media posts ripping him, most of which did not sit well with the Irishman’s rabid fanbase.

The former UFC lightweight champion has a history with McGregor stemming back to UFC 196 in March 2016 when the pair were supposed to fight for the 155-pound belt. Dos Anjos was forced to withdraw from the contest and subsequently lost the gold to Eddie Alvarez, who later dropped the strap to current owner McGregor.

Dos Anjos, who meets Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC 215, said his comments didn’t come out of hatred or personal animosity for McGregor, but rather his honest feelings about what he witnessed in the ring.

“I don’t have to kiss Conor’s ass just to please all his fans,” dos Anjos told MMAjunkie at today’s UFC 215 media day. “I wasn’t happy because he lost, that’s for sure. I can do that, because I am the next to step in the octagon and that’s a thing called karma. That comes back to you. I just say the truth. I think he’s a fast starter, and he gassed out. He’s had this problem. I think everyone saw before he’s gassing out with (Nate) Diaz as well. I think he doesn’t have a strong mind. He doesn’t push his cardio enough, that’s why he gets tired. A 40-year-old man made him tired.”

UFC 215 takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Dos Anjos vs. Magny airs on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Although dos Anjos has a history with McGregor, he said he’s not going to pursue the opportunity he missed out on at UFC 196. Dos Anjos moved up to the welterweight division earlier this year and said he has no intention of returning to lightweight no matter how great the opportunity.

“I’m not really excited to come back to lightweight,” dos Anjos said. “I’m not really excited to do it. We’ve got to see. It’s too much for me. It’s been too much. My health means more than money.”

Despite the potential significance of a matchup with McGregor, the Brazilian said his focus is on winning the title at 170 pounds. He nearly had the chance to fight champion Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) at UFC 214 in July as an alternate for challenger Demian Maia, who lost by unanimous decision, but it never materialized.

The fact dos Anjos was even considered to fight Woodley with only one welterweight fight to his credit was flattering, he said, and he believes he will once again be in consideration to get that title shot if he defeats Magny at UFC 215.

“(Woodley) deserves respect,” dos Anjos said. “But one thing, I can be a threat. I can be a threat. I’m an aggressive fighter who walks forward. I will make sure I push the pace for five rounds. One thing will happen: He will break or I will break. I’m sure I will not break. I’m sure about it. I will push the pace hard, and I will make him fight. I’m not going to let him walk around. I’m going to make him work.”

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC 215 and the championship doubleheader

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We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC 215 event, which features a championship doubleheader.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC 215 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC 215 takes place Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

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Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg

Records: Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC), Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Past five: Johnson 5-0, Borg 4-1
Division: Flyweight
Rankings: Johnson No. 1 (and No. 2 pound-for-pound), Borg No. 5
Odds (as of 9/3/17): Johnson -900, Borg +600

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Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

Records: Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Past five: Nunes 5-0, Shevchenko 4-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Nunes No. 1, Shevchenko No. 2
Odds (as of 9/3/17): Shevchenko -120, Nunes -110

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Rafael dos Anjos vs. Neil Magny

Records: Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC), Neil Magny (19-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC)
Past five: dos Anjos 3-2, Magny 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: Magny No. 10
Odds (as of 9/3/17): dos Anjos -200, Magny +170

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Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro

Records: Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC), Tyson Pedro (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Latifi 3-2, Pedro 5-0
Division: Light heavyweight
Rankings: Pedro honorable mention
Odds (as of 9/3/17): n/a

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Gilbert Melendez vs. Jeremy Stephens

Records: Gilbert Melendez (22-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC), Jeremy Stephens (25-14 MMA, 12-13 UFC)
Past five: Melendez 1-4, Stephens 2-3
Division: Featherweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 9/3/17): Stephens -120, Melendez +100

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Ex-UFC lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos calls out current kingpin 'McChicken' Conor McGregor

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Now that Conor McGregor’s foray into the world of boxing is over – for now, anyway – let the callouts of the UFC champion begin.

McGregor’s manager, Audie Attar, said his client has all kinds of options for what comes next in the UFC – including the potential for a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz, a title unification bout with the upcoming interim belt winner between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee, Khabib Nurmagomedo, or even featherweight champ Max Holloway.

One name he didn’t mention, though, started his callout of the Irishman not long after McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) lost his pro boxing debut to Floyd Mayweather (50-0) in Saturday night’s “Money Fight” at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. McGregor lost by TKO in the 10th round, but put up a better showing than many expected.

When he was the UFC’s lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos (26-9 MMA, 15-7 UFC) was supposed to fight McGregor, who then was the UFC’s featherweight titleholder. But a broken foot took dos Anjos out of the fight at UFC 196. Instead of going after his second concurrent title, McGregor fought Diaz at welterweight and was upset by second-round submission.

Dos Anjos eventually recovered from his foot injury, but lost his title at UFC Fight Night 90 to Eddie Alvarez. McGregor went on to beat Alvarez this past November to become the first concurrent two-division champ in UFC history, then was stripped of his featherweight title. After a second consecutive lightweight loss, Dos Anjos moved up to welterweight.

Now that the Brazilian is back on track after a win over Tarec Saffiedine in June, he thinks he and McGregor should settle their score. With post on his social media accounts, dos Anjos called McGregor “McChicken” in the first of many hashtags.

He also questioned whether McGregor might even disappear from MMA in the wake of his likely $100 million-plus payout for the Mayweather fight.

“If you are not running away from the game, we still have unfinished business!” dos Anjos wrote. “You got lucky that I got hurt #chickenheart || <> <> <> || This chicken heart was lucky that my foot was broken !! We still have unfinished business to solve #McChicken”

What do you think of dos Anjos as an option for McGregor? Or is one of the other fights a better choice? Sound off in the poll below.

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