UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson undergoes elbow surgery

If the UFC’s lightweight title picture wasn’t clouded enough already, it appears interim champ Tony Ferguson is now going to be on the shelf for a while.

Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), who claimed the interim strap with a third-round submission of Kevin Lee at UFC 216 in October, has been clamoring for a unification bout with Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) as soon as possible.

Those plans are seemingly now on hold after Ferguson’s wife, Cristina Ferguson, revealed on social media that “El Cucuy” had undergone elbow surgery (via Instagram):

The severity of Ferguson’s injury and the timetable for his recovery are unknown. Ferguson currently is riding a 10-fight winning streak in the lightweight division and has asked McGregor to “defend or vacate” while he looks for the undisputed belt.

Everything is on halt now, though, especially after UFC President Dana White recently said he’s operating as if McGregor is never going to return to the UFC for another fight.

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

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Kevin Lee on UFC champ Conor McGregor's antics: 'He's (expletive) up'

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DETROIT – Kevin Lee watched his fellow Michigan native Floyd Mayweather blow through $100 million, so he doesn’t think Conor McGregor will have much trouble doing the same.

“You can blow through that quick,” Detroit native Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) told reporters backstage at UFC 218, where he served as a guest fighter and received a hero’s welcome from the crowd. “Ask Floyd Mayweather –Floyd did that about six, seven times.”

Lee has kept tabs on all the McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) headlines as of late. He thinks the UFC lightweight champ is “(expletive) up” by blowing through cash and allegedly getting into bar fights with mobbed-up characters.

“If the rumors are true, he better get his (expletive) together,” he said. “Because he’s got a long mountain to climb.”

But all the better for Lee. If McGregor tanks, he’ll be waiting to pick up the pieces.

“He’s got Tony (Ferguson) as soon as he comes back,” said Lee, whose title dreams were dashed by Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) less than two months ago at UFC 216. “Tony’s going to beat the hell out of him. As soon as he loses that one, I’m going to beat the hell out of him. And then he’s going to be down in the dirt.”

Some think Lee might never get the chance to get over on the Irish champ. This past week, UFC President Dana White reiterated the possibility that McGregor might never fight again after banking $100 million to fight Mayweather in “The Money Fight.”

But Lee said that will only last so long. And the trouble McGregor has created for himself outside of the cage may cause him to seek shelter within it.

“I don’t think he really understands what he’s getting himself, if he’s really messing around with the Irish mob,” Lee said. “I don’t think he’s really from the streets like that. I don’t think he wants none of that smoke.

“But that’s on him. I’m just looking forward to his comeback, and looking forward to taking him out after he gets his ass beat.”

For more from Lee, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Max Holloway vs. Conor McGregor 2? Don't count on it (for now), Dana White says

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DETROIT – Max Holloway has had quite the run since losing to Conor McGregor in 2013, but don’t expect to see a rematch anytime soon.

At UFC Fight Night 26 more than four years ago, Holloway suffered a decisive decision loss to McGregor, who was fighting in just his second UFC fight.

Since then, Holloway has won 12 consecutive fights, which included a second straight victory over Jose Aldo. It came in Saturday’s UFC 218 pay-per-view headliner and marked his official first featherweight title defense.

McGregor, meanwhile, has since become the sport’s biggest star, which included a brief reign as featherweight champion before a move up to lightweight, where he’s the current titleholder.

After Saturday’s event at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC), who picked up a third-round TKO win over Aldo (26-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC), said he wants to solidify himself as the greatest 145-pounder the sport has ever known.

Still, the 25-year-old Hawaiian didn’t discount the possibility of moving up a weight class or two – and even jokingly mentioned fighting at heavyweight one day because of his eating habits.

Could that open the door for McGregor vs. Holloway 2? According to UFC President Dana White, who recently suggested McGregor may not fight again in the UFC, fans shouldn’t hold their breath.

“Again, like I said last week to everybody who was in my office, who knows if Conor’s even going to fight again,” White said after UFC 218. “I’m rolling like he’s not.

“But yeah, if Conor comes back and defends his title, anything is possible.”

McGregor hasn’t fought since an August boxing blockbuster against Floyd Mayweather ended in a TKO loss, and he’s been dealing with a fair amount of out-of-the-cage issues. With a reported nine-figure payday for the Mayweather fight, McGregor may have little incentive to rush back to the UFC octagon, where interim lightweight titleholder Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) is also awaiting a fight with “Notorious.”

Holloway, though, doesn’t seem to concerned about avenging that loss to McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which probably seems like a distance memory given his current run of success. Besides, Holloway said he’s focused on other things – namely, Aldo’s record of seven UFC featherweight title defenses.

“This is huge,” Holloway said after his UFC 218 victory. “People ask what this makes me. It makes me a guy with two wins over Aldo, and I got a bunch more to catch up to him. He’s the greatest of all time. He got seven, eight title defenses. I’ve got to catch up. Numbers don’t lie. Women lie, men lie, but numbers don’t lie. I’ve only got one defense. I’ve got a bunch of catching up to do. He’s still the GOAT, I still respect him, and I’m coming for that record, though.”

As for Aldo, White suggested it’s time the former king of 145 pounds to make some decisions about his future. That could include a move up to lightweight, where the 31-year-old Brazilian may have his best options for future big fights.

“Jose Aldo is one of the longtime reigning champions in this sport,” White said. “He is an absolute legend. The guy has nothing left to prove.

“I think it’s one of those things where he has to go down, sit down with his family, and decide what he wants to do next. He’s got plenty of money, though.”

For complete coverage of UFC 218, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Not caring about Conor McGregor, Justin Gaethje wants Tony Ferguson if he KOs Eddie Alvarez

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DETROIT – UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje puts the odds of delivering a boring fight with Eddie Alvarez at pretty low.

After all, both fighters have agreed their season-ending brawl is for the unofficial title of “most violent man.”

Even if Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) suspects Alvarez (28-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will try to slow him down when they meet at UFC 218, he doesn’t expect to be held back.

“He’s talking a big game, but I still think he’s going to try and stick me against the fence and hold me there,” Gaethje, who coached “The Ultimate Fighter 26” opposite Alvarez, told MMAjunkie. “I’m a Division I wrestler, so I’ve got to focus on keeping him off me and landing hard punches and kicks, making him quit. I don’t know how many times he’s been finished, but I’m shooting to finish him, that’s for sure.”

Gaethje stormed into the UFC’s title picture with a debut stoppage of Michael Johnson, but he’s unconcerned about the logjam at the top of the division. Even though there’s no guarantee a fight with champ Conor McGregor awaits, Gaethje is resolved to press forward with the next best option: interim champ Tony Ferguson.

“I honestly don’t give a (expletive about McGregor’s plans), because it does not matter,” said Gaethje, who fights Alvarez on the pay-per-view main card of Saturday’s event at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. “If I don’t win this fight, I’m not even in that picture. So I’m focusing on Eddie. Can’t hate on Conor for making a (expletive) of money. Don’t hate him at all. So if I finish Eddie, I definitely want to fight Tony.”

Ferguson already green-lighted a fight with Gaethje after watching his stunning debut. But there’s a lot of moving parts when it comes to title opportunities, which is why Gaethje would rather think about putting on the most violent performance against Alvarez.

Even if he loses, Gaethje is confident his stock will remain high. So no matter what happens at the top, he’ll be back.

“I would rather lose than not get a finish I don’t want to win a boring decision,” Gaethje said. “That’s the last thing I want. It’s impossible. It’s either I get finished, or he gets finished. That’s how I fight. It’s life or death.”

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC champ Tony Ferguson has retort for 'fragile fatass' Khabib Nurmagomedov

The word on the street – and by “word on the street” we mean straight from the horse’s mouth – is that Khabib Nurmagomedov accepted an offer to fight Tony Ferguson at next month’s UFC 219 pay-per-view, but it’s not happening because the interim lightweight champion declined.

To be clear I was offered to fight @TonyFergusonXT on December 30th and I accepted the fight but my focus is barboza. @danawhite @ufc

Chalk it up as another failed attempt for the UFC to make Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) vs. Nurmagomedov a reality. They’ve been booked three times before but still haven’t fought, most recently their UFC 209 co-headliner falling apart at the last minute because of Nurmagomedov’s failed weight cut.

We’ve written in this space before that Ferguson accepting the fight would’ve made zero sense because of that recent history and also because risking a potential “money fight” to unify the title with champ Conor McGregor just would not have been smart.

Ever since Nurmagomedov’s withdrawal from UFC 209 earlier this year, there’s been widespread negative opinion on his health, which Ferguson has talked about before. But as a showdown with fellow contender Edson Barboza looms Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nurmagomedov – apparently feeling good about his health – took aim at his critics on Twitter.

they talk about me when im injured, but I don’t hear them when im healthy, Where are they? @ufc

Ferguson, as you might expect, did not let this tweet go without a retort.

.Listen Ya Fragile Fatass, The Last Time We Tried To Fight That Hat Of Yours Collected Cobwebs. How ‘Bout Ya Take A Number… Make Weight, Show Up & Shut Up. Who’s Irrelevant Now? 🖕🏽😎 -Thee MF’n Champ 🇺🇸🏆🇲🇽 #SnapDownCityBitch SnapJitsu™#TeamTiramisu4L #Towel7 #JustSayNo

Who knows if Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov will ever happen? Ferguson obviously has bigger fish to fry at the moment. But if they never fight each other, it’ll be a real shame, won’t it?

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

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Daniel Cormier tweeted something peculiar about Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had an interesting conversation today with Khabib Nurmagomedov and shared the details on Twitter.

According to Cormier, the UFC tried to book lightweight contender Nurmagomedov opposite interim champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 219. Ferguson, however, declined (via Twitter).

So I walk into the gym today and @khabib_nurmagomedov walks up and says the @Ufc is wanting to make me vs @tonyfergusonxtfor dec 30. Then he tells me that tony is saying no to the fight. Come on Tony, that ain’t gangsta bruh. Take the fight man!!!!

Purely speculating here, but before the Cris Cyborg-Holly Holm title fight got booked last week, my guess is the UFC tossed some Hail Mary’s in hopes of booking a main-event worthy fight for the Dec. 30 pay-per-view in Las Vegas. Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov was one of those desperation inquiries, even though Nurmagomedov is already booked against Edson Barboza on the card.

And whereas Nurmagomedov was game, Ferguson wasn’t – and for good reason.

Why would Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) defend an interim belt against Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) when a potential title-unifying “money fight” with champion Conor McGregor is right in front of him? And why would Ferguson even want to fight Nurmagomedov after what happened earlier this year, with Khabib being forced out of their UFC 209 interim title fight because of a bad weight cut?

Ferguson declining the fight might not be “gangsta,” but accepting it also wouldn’t have been very smart, either.

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Dana White on Conor McGregor's co-promotion demand: 'Easy to deal with,' deal will get done

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NEW YORK – UFC President Dana White has no concerns about a power struggle with Conor McGregor as he works on getting the UFC lightweight champion back in the octagon for his next fight.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) raised eyebrows Wednesday when he declared he woouldn’t return to the UFC unless he’s a co-promoter for the event, stating, “I ain’t stepping in that octagon again unless I’m part owner of the whole setup – I’m a promoter.”

When “The Notorious” wants something, he typically gets his wish. He hasn’t fought under the UFC banner in nearly a year because he was pursuing and ultimately competed in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, and before that was granted the opportunity to become the first simultaneous two-division titleholder in the UFC, which he accomplished.

McGregor is a master at using the media to twist a narrative in his favor and put pressure on the UFC to make a move. White is fully understanding of the process and said he has complete confidence a deal will come together.

“As we go into negotiations with Conor there’s always all kinds of crazy stuff out there,” White said at today’s UFC 217 news conference. “We always get deals done with Conor. Conor has been easy to deal with, and we’ll get it done.”

McGregor, who hasn’t fought in MMA since winning the 155-pound title with a second-round knockout of Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in November 2016, is expected to face interim UFC lightweight champ Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 12-1 UFC) in his next bout.

At this point it just seems like a matter of when it will happen.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Fight of the Month' for October: A bloody brawl that ends in a draw

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best fights from October. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Fight of the Month” award for October.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting on your choice.

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The Nominees

Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata at UFC 216

Every time Lando Vannata (9-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) has stepped in the octagon he’s delivered a bonus-worthy performance. He did it again in his lightweight bout with Bobby Green (23-8-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC), but it wasn’t enough to leave with a victory.

Vannata had a point taken away in the first round when he threw an illegal knee. Green continued despite absorbing the blow, and it was high-intensity for the remainder of the bout. Green’s late rally got him back in the fight, and the judges rules the contest a split draw.

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Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham at UFC 216

It was a tale of two fights for Evan Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) and Beneil Dariush (14-3-1 MMA, 8-3-1 UFC), and the result of the entertaining lightweight bout was a majority draw.

Dariush had a big first round against Dunham, and it resulted in a pair of 10-8 scores. So even though Dunham won the second two rounds from that same pair of judges, it only got him to a pair of 28-28 scores for the draw. A third judge gave the fight to Dariush, 29-28.

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Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee at UFC 216

It was far from an easy night of work for Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), but a third-round a slick triangle choke”>triangle choke got Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to tap, crowning “El Cucuy” as the UFC’s newest interim champion.

After a back-and-forth two rounds began the fight, Ferguson’s superiority on the ground allowed him to set up. Lee attempted to fight out, but the choke was too fight and he was forced to tap out, crowning Ferguson as the new interim UFC lightweight champion.

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Brian Kelleher def. Damian Stasiak at UFC Fight Night 118

Brian Kelleher (18-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had to struggle through some early adversity against Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC), and then he had to find a way to put away an extremely tough opponent.

Kelleher managed to do both, rallying from behind to win the bantamweight contest. He wore Stasiak down with his physicality and managed to thump his way to a TKO stoppage with less than 90 seconds remaining in the fight.

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Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos def. Max Griffin at UFC Fight Night 119

Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) nearly put Max Griffin (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) away in the first, causing many to criticize the referee, doctors and cornermen. Griffin managed to stay in the fight, though, hurting dos Santos in the second.

But after a wild fight with swings in both directions, it was dos Santos who put things together down the stretch to beat a very tough Griffin via unanimous decision after three rounds of exciting welterweight action.

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The Winner: Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata

In a razor-thin fight, it was a point deduction that led to the draw between lightweights Vannata and Green.

Vannata had a point taken away in the first round when he threw an illegal knee against Green. Each fighter took a 29-27 score, and a third judge scored the fight 28-28. Absent the point deduction for the illegal knee, Vannata would have walked away with a split decision win.

Vannata pushed Green back early, then ducked under a Green left hand. The two tied up briefly, and when they broke it was Vannata who landed two heavy leg kicks, the second of which nearly took Green off his feet. After a brief clinch on the fence, where Green landed a solid elbow, Vannata landed a head kick.

Green survived it, but seconds later Vannata stunned Green and put him on the canvas. He went after him and landed ground-and-pound, but when Green tried to get up, with one of his knees still grounded, Vannata threw a big knee. He knew immediately it was illegal and referee Herb Dean stopped the fight.

Although the replays showed the knee didn’t land flush, it still was an illegal strike, and Dean took a point. On the restart, Vannata went after a guillotine choke, but Green fought out of it and with 75 seconds left they went back to work in the center of the cage. Vannata attacked Green’s lead leg down the stretch, then got a late takedown. But the point deduction turned a 10-9 round for Vannata into a 9-9.

Green landed a good left hand early in the second, but it was Vannata who made it look a little easier finding homes for his strikes. Green stayed in the fight with counters, but Vannata’s right was more effective. Even though it didn’t seem Green was landing heavy shots, Vannata was wearing the damage on his face from Green’s jabs. Midway through, Green pushed Vannata to the fence, but Vannata shrugged him off and dropped him to the canvas. Green got up quickly, but a scramble moments later had Vannata ready to take advantage.

Back on the feet, Vannata landed a huge right hand, then started pouring it on with Green’s hands down. With a minute left, they started slugging. Vannata landed a leg kick. Green landed a knee to the body. And they both were feeling the effects late in the frame.

The two kept trading in the third, and a takedown attempt from Vannata wasn’t there a minute in. Green made sure the cuts on Vannata’s face kept the blood flowing, touching him up just enough. Green caught Vannata a few more times midway through. But Vannata kept the offense flowing, as well. They slugged it out down the stretch, and it was Green who landed several huge combinations just before the horn. Vannata walked away still standing, but with the blood gushing.

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UFC champ Conor McGregor declares he won't return to octagon unless he's co-promoter

UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor broke barriers with his record-setting boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, he wants to become the first fighter to co-promote an MMA event with the UFC – and he claims he won’t return unless the McGregor Sports and Entertainment logo finds its way inside the octagon.

“I was promoter on the Mayweather fight, and we’re in current negotiations,” McGregor told the crowd during a Q&A prior to the debut of his biopic “Notorious” in Dublin. “I ain’t stepping in that octagon again unless I’m part owner of the whole setup – I’m a promoter.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) was answering a question about whether his future plans include a homecoming fight, perhaps at Croke Park in Dublin. The Irish star seemed hesitant about the idea, saying his considerations for taking a fight are different now that he’s playing a role in the business behind the events. But he also admitted the pull of a fight on home soil might prove too strong.

At the moment, McGregor said he’s still weighing his options as to his next move. Although he appeared to welcome a UFC lightweight title unifier against interim champ Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), and UFC President Dana White said the fight is next on his schedule, he said the experience of watching his story play out on screen brought his current situation into perspective.

“Seeing this, it’s taking me back and making me realize, if I really, truly want to get back into the fighting – I’m in (the) negotiation stage,” McGregor said. “Everyone’s trying to get me to do something for money, and that’s all the way up, and all the way down. That’s from the fight game, that’s talk, that’s what they’re trying to do.

“They’re trying to get me back before the end of the year to make the company money so they can re-service the debt after the big $4.2 billion sale and all this bollocks, and I’m sitting there watching them type of wars I came through, back-to-back-to-back, and watching how I got there, and I’m like, I need to take my time here. I’m in no hurry. I’m in a great position. I’m in the forever money stage now. My money is up there rattling around in the money counter machine, so I’m good.”

McGregor banked a guaranteed $30 million for his boxing match with Mayweather, the highest disclosed purse ever taken home for a UFC fighter. But he said his payday could “clear $100 million” if the event performed as expected on pay-per-view. According to White, it did and then some, drawing 6.7 million buys worldwide.

The UFC president didn’t raise an objection to McGregor’s promotional company getting involved in “The Money Fight,” though the fighter was not listed as an official promoter of the event, as was UFC parent Zuffa.

McGregor, though, claims he was a promoter, and would need to share the role with Zuffa if he returns to the UFC. That would put him in uncharted territory, as no fighter or other promotional entity has shared such a relationship with the industry-leading fight promotion.

UFC 219 serves as the UFC’s end-of-year event on Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena, and McGregor’s inclusion has been heavily speculated.

Whatever the UFC lightweight champ decides to do next, he said his top priority is making sure it’s the right deal for him – and the right preparation to ensure success.

“I still love fighting,” he said. “I love watching that (movie). I’m twitching watching all them shots being thrown. It’s just something I love to do. I don’t know what it is. I will fight again, no doubt, and I’ll fight multiple times. But when I do do it, I must eliminate all the outside stuff, because there’s so much business stuff, so much personal stuff, so much everything involved in an empire – running it, maintaining it, building it.

“You’ve got all these separate entities growing. I’ve got employees that have employees, and it’s all involved in this whole bubble. So if I truly get back and it’s time to fight again, I must distance myself.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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MMAjunkie's 'Submission of the Month' for October: A legendary sub ends a historic title fight

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best submissions from October. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and the winner of MMAjunkie’s “Submission of the Month” award for October.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The Nominees

Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus at Bellator 184

It took overcoming some rough spots early, but grappling-savvy Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) looked nothing short of impressive en route to a third-round submission win over former champion Daniel Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA).

After an action-packed first round, which saw some crazy reversals and near-misses, Sanchez took control of the featherweight bout in the final two rounds, marking his best Bellator display yet with the rear-naked choke of Straus.

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Demetrious Johnson def. Ray Borg at UFC 216

Demetrious Johnson’s (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) long journey toward UFC championship history reached its conclusion with his most memorable octagon moment to date when he scored a spectacular fifth-round submission of Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).

Johnson’s unprecedented run of success as UFC flyweight champion claimed another victim when he defeated challenger Borg with a one-of-a-kind armbar in the final round. With the win, he broke Anderson Silva’s longstanding UFC title-defense run.

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Tony Ferguson def. Kevin Lee at UFC 216

It was far from an easy night of work for Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC), but a third-round triangle choke got Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to tap. It earned “El Cucuy” the UFC’s interim lightweight title.

After a back-and-forth two rounds, Ferguson’s superiority on the ground allowed him to set up a slick triangle choke. Lee attempted to fight out of it, but the choke was too fight, and he was forced to tap out in the title fight.

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Jan Blachowicz def. Devin Clark at UFC Fight Night 118

Devin Clark’s (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) rushing attack had Jan Blachowicz (20-7 MMA, 3-4 UFC) on his heels in the first round. But in the second, Blachowicz had an answer to end the light-heavyweight bout.

Clark exposed his neck while charging forward, and Blachowicz seized it. He secured a rarely seen standing no-hooks rear-naked choke in the second round, ending a three-fight slump for the Polish fighter.

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Vicente Luque def. Niko Price at UFC Fight Night 119

Vicente Luque (12-6-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) made the most of his short-notice opportunity against Niko Price (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), chipping away with heavy shots until a finish presented itself.

Luque dropped Price with a combo in the second round of the welterweight fight. But rather than punch his way to a stoppage, he locked in a D’Arce choke and forced a tap, becoming just the third fighter in UFC history to earn two or more submission wins with the technique.

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The Winner: Demetrious Johnson

Demetrious Johnson

In what may go down as the slickest finish in his record-breaking championship reign, Johnson tapped Borg with a fifth-round armbar.

Just when it appeared Johnson was going to cruise to an easy decision win over Borg, “Mighty Mouse” lifted his opponent, grabbed his left arm in one fluid motion, and got a tap-out from an armbar at the 3:15 mark of the fifth round.

Johnson was listening when Borg said in a pre-fight interview he liked to upset his opponents’ balance to initiate winning scrambles. When he saw an opportunity to do the same, Johnson seized it and pulled off his eye-popping armbar.

“A couple of weeks ago, he was saying when somebody’s planted, you have to shift their weight, and when they shift their weight, they’re light,” Johnson said following the pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “So I kneed him, and then I shook his weight – I shifted his weight, and when he shifted, he went back and threw and elbow, and I was like, ‘Got you.’”

It wasn’t the first time Johnson had pulled off such a move, which he dubbed the “Mighty Armbar,” as improvisational as it seemed. He had pulled it off several times in practice for UFC 215, where he was originally scheduled for his try at the all-time UFC record before Borg fell ill and was forced to withdraw the day before the fight.

But the general public would never have known it was coming since Johnson has a strict rule of secrecy when it comes to his work in the gym.

“You see a lot of people that are doing their (video blogs), but I don’t show any of my training,” he said. “I just don’t do it. It’s none of your guys’ business what I’m doing in the gym. But we do have the ‘(UFC) Embedded’ crew come out there, and I show my warmup, and they’re like, ‘Dude, you need to let us film your sparring because the stuff you’re doing in sparring, you’re actually doing in the octagon.’

“When I was in Edmonton (for UFC 215), I was practically throwing people up. I do it all the time in the gym.”

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