Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2543 with Eddie Alvarez, Brad Tavares, Ben Fowlkes

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Eddie Alvarez, Brad Tavares and Ben Fowlkes.

Alvarez discussed his upcoming Dec. 2 fight vs. Justin Gaethje at UFC 218 and his coaching stint on ‘TUF 26.’ Tavares was in studio to recap his UFC 216 win over Thales Leites. Fowlkes talked about the latest MMA news, including Mark Hunt vs. the UFC and the dangers of weight cutting.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Brad Tavares, Eddie Alvarez, Ben Fowlkes, Campbell McLaren

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Brad Tavares, Eddie Alvarez, Ben Fowlkes and Campbell McLaren.

Tavares opened up UFC 216 this past Saturday with a big win over Thales Leites in Las Vegas. He’ll be in the studio to co-host and talk about the fight. Alvarez, currently can be seen coaching Season 26 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The former UFC lightweight champ will fight opposing coach Justin Gaethje in December at UFC 218 in Detroit. MMAjunkie’s Fowlkes will call in to talk about the latest MMA news, including Mark Hunt vs. the UFC. And McLaren, CEO of Combate Americas, will discuss his upcoming one-night tournament on Nov. 11 and his new Telemundo TV deal.

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.
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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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2542 with Evan Dunham, Zach Makovsky

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Evan Dunham and Zach Makovsky.

Dunham visited the studio to talk about his recent fight against Beneil Dariush at UFC 216, which ended in a draw. Makovsky is headlining ACB 72 on Saturday in Montreal against Yoni Sherbatov.

You can stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 133 – Las Vegas: Marcin Tybura, featuring Demetrious Johnson

Episode No. 133 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

Cold Coffee is wrapping up his vacation in Spain, so John Morgan is rolling solo since “The MMA Road Show” never misses a beat. Morgan recounts his experience at UFC 216 and shares a few minutes of an exuberant Demetrious Johnson. Morgan also discusses a few hot topics in MMA, including the ongoing Mark Hunt saga, and shares an interview with UFC Fight Night 121 headliner Marcin Tybura.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.

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UFC 216 winner John Moraga has fought top guys for pennies, now wants to get paid

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When UFC flyweight John Moraga knocked out Magomed Bibulatov at UFC 216 with a thunderous left hook, he was purging months – and perhaps years – of dissatisfaction.

When the referee pulled him off Bibulatov (14-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), a 6-1 betting favorite, all of those feelings came bubbling to the surface. But rather than scream or cry, Moraga (18-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC) just slumped against the fence. He was too overwhelmed to emote.

“I’ve been at this for a while, man, and it just hasn’t seemed like it’s been paying off,” Moraga this week told MMAjunkie Radio. “It has been, but at the same time, it really hasn’t. It hasn’t been what I’ve needed it to be, so it was just a big win for my career.”

Moraga made his UFC debut five years ago, when the promotion’s flyweight division was new. It was years before Demetrious Johnson secured an iron grip on the weight class and became its highest-paid fighter. When Moraga secured a title shot against Johnson just two fights into his UFC career, he was guaranteed $17,000 for the opportunity. Then he was submitted in the fifth round.

The paycheck he earned for that fight dwindled his next time out. Then he lost to one-time title challenger John Dodson. He managed to win his next two fights only to lose three straight, endangering his UFC job.

So when people ask now about when he’d like a title shot, Moraga can’t help but remember what happened after he lost to Johnson, who headlined this past Saturday’s pay-per-view event with a record-breaking win over Ray Borg.

“The only bad thing from a business standpoint: I didn’t have a great experience,” Moraga said. “I fought the guy for $17,000. So after that, and you lose, it’s a rough road back.

“So right now, I’ll just be content getting some more wins and stacking my money a little bit. And if the opportunity should come up quick, I’m never one to turn anything down.”

Moraga recently signed a new UFC deal. He indicated the contract didn’t secure his financial future any better than his previous one. After a trio of losses, he had little leverage.

“I was in no position to re-negotiate for myself a whole lot, so I just kind of took what they gave me,” he said.

So if it’s up to him right now, he would like to fight opponents that bring two things: Wins and steps up that ascending pyramid of paydays.

“If I could choose, yeah, I want the easiest opponents,” Moraga said. “I want to get more money and fight the easier opponents, get some highlights, raise my spots a little bit, and then fight the top guys for more money and make it worth it, because I fought them all for pennies, basically. I just made bad business decisions.”

Before he agreed to fight Bibulatov, Moraga explored the idea of moving up to bantamweight, simply so he could rack up a few more wins in a division with more elbow room. Then he’d have more experience – and a little more money in his pocket – for a rematch with Johnson.

At this point in his career, though, Moraga’s main concern is to “get things going in the right direction.” He is more confident in his skills with more UFC fights and more top-level training under his belt. He won’t hesitate to fight Johnson again.

As impressive as the champ is, Moraga said Johnson’s had some favorable circumstances during his reign.

“First of all, he’s an impressive fighter, and then on top of that … they keep throwing people that are not ready to fight him,” Moraga said. “I think that’s helping him, too.”

Moraga used to be one of those guys – a little over his head on the business side of the sport and a little uncertain of his abilities. He found out what happened when you get rushed too quickly in the sport. And now, he’s trying to make sure that the next time around, he’s as ready as can be.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events 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 to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Evan Dunham, Zach Makovsky

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Evan Dunham and Zach Makovsky.

Dunham fought Beneil Dariush at UFC 216 this past Saturday in Las Vegas. He’ll be in the studio to talk about the fight, which ended in a draw. Makovsky headlines ACB 72 on Saturday against Yoni Sherbatov in Montreal. The former Bellator champ and UFC fighter will talk about the bout.

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.
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UFC 216 'Fight Motion:' Check out Demetrious Johnson's insane armbar in super slo-mo

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The UFC’s latest edition of “Fight Motion” with super slow-motion highlights is out, and in it we can see just how amazing flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson’s finish was.

In the co-main event, in the fifth round, Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) picked up challenger Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) for a suplex, and before he even hit the ground he took his left arm for an armbar finish for the ages. The win was Johnson’s 11th consecutive title defense, which broke Anderson Silva’s UFC record.

In the video above, check out the super slow-motion highlights from the action at UFC 216 this past Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

The “Fight Motion” highlights also include the main event, which saw Tony Ferguson (24-3 MMA, 14-1 UFC) submit Kevin Lee (16-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to become the UFC’s interim lightweight champion to set up a likely fight against champ Conor McGregor.

Check out the “Fight Motion” highlights above.

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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After wild UFC 216 result, Bobby Green says judges aren't looking at right things

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UFC lightweight veteran Bobby Green would rather hand off judging duties to his fighting peers, biased as they might be, than those professionally tasked to score fights.

“I don’t feel like we have good judges,” Green (23-8-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) told reporters following a split draw against Lando Vannata (9-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) at UFC 216, which took place this past Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I can’t even care what the judges think. Sometimes, they’re totally on, and sometimes, they’re totally off. That’s the way it is in our sport.”

Green said he’s gone to the scorecards several times thinking he’d won, only to get bad news. Now, he approaches a matchup with the intention of winning a bonus, so regardless of whether or not the right call is made, he picks up an extra $50,000.

It drives him crazy to think about what the judges are looking at when a fight goes down.

“We don’t get enough credit for who’s pressing the action,” he said. “A lot of times, one guy chases the other guy around, and he ticks and tacks and runs, but he doesn’t get the credit for being the aggressor.

“Even though we say we judge upon aggression and cage control, they don’t give enough credit to those things. Because if I don’t push the fight, there is no fight. We’ll just be standing there looking at each other. But nobody understands that. Until you’ve fought, you wouldn’t understand that.”

This time around, Green actually got a break on scorecards. But it was only because Vannata threw an illegal knee that cost him one point.

At the time he gave his backstage interview, Green was hopeful he’d done enough to earn a bonus. As it turned out, his thrilling 15-minute scrap was one of four $50,000 checks written out at UFC 216, so he couldn’t complain too much about what had transpired.

Still, in an interview Monday on MMAjunkie Radio, he hinted it would have been nice to have been able to win his full purse, rather than the half paid out with no official winner.

“That would be lovely to have a little taste, and have a better opportunity to make more money,” Green said. “I feel the same way, and I’ll bet Lando feels the same way.”

With 10-8 rounds being rewarded more frequently in MMA, the two draws seen at UFC 216 could be a preview of coming attractions. As a solution, some have suggested a tiebreaking round to determine a fight’s winner in the case of a draw at the end of a fight. Green likes the idea, but he has reservations.

“Maybe we could finish it up,” he said. “I was really catching on to what he was doing more, and my punches were more effective. I think that would be awesome if we could have another round. But at the same time, does that constitute more pay? You do want to find a winner, and the crowd wants to see more action.

“But to be honest, they want to see action at the expense of two good guys, to great fighters. Should we get paid more for that?”

If Green is taking more damage, he of course wants to get paid more money. For fighters still working their way to a title shot, that eases the sting of battles endured on the way to glory.

“I’m all down for it,” he said. “You’re asking me to fight more, but are you asking to pay me more? I’m all down for the fight, don’t get me wrong, but there’s two human beings losing their lives. I took shots and he took shots. Every time I get in the cage, you can bet on that.”

Then again, another solution is to simply do away with “win” bonuses, which might do away with the incentive for fighters to take more conservative gameplans in hopes of doubling their paychecks.

According to Green, “that would be the best and the ultimate.” But for now, he’ll just have to keep fighting for those bonuses. The way it sounded, he wasn’t expecting a discretionary bonus that might make up for his win purse.

One thing he did gain, however, was a new comrade. Out on the town after his win, he bumped into Vannatta, who was nursing his own wounds with a drink.

“I gave him a big hug, and I let him know we’re brothers in war,” he said. “That was awesome. I’m down to do it again if he wants to do it again, but at the same time, we should get paid more for doing what we’re going to do.”

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

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 10: Demetrious Johnson again takes P4P throne

Say what you will about his ability to draw pay-per-view buys – Demetrious Johnson’s fighting skills are simply off the charts.

At this past weekend’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas, Johnson earned the 11th consecutive defense of his UFC flyweight title, breaking a promotional record he shared with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva. “Mighty Mouse” did so in style, submitting Ray Borg in the fifth round with an incredible suplex-to-armbar series that will surely gain “Submission of the Year” nominations.

With the win, Johnson again moves past former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to take the No. 1 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings.

Johnson wasn’t the only fighter making moves on the pound-for-pound list. Check out the updates on that chart, as well as moves across several divisions following this past weekend’s MMA action.

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No rush for UFC 216's Mara Romero Borella as she savors stunning short-notice debut

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It’s been quite an eventful few days for Mara Romero Borella.

Barely a week ago, Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was sitting at 142 pounds, coming off an Invicta FC win in July, with no UFC contract in place. But then came the call to fill in for Andrea Lee against Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 216. Now, Borella has not only added a win to her octagon record – it was a first-round submission, in a pay-per-view main-card slot, against a more than 2-1 favorite in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

Borella’s first UFC step was simply a “dream come true.” But after an emotional rollercoaster that also involved a weight cut down to the flyweight’s 125-pound limit, she understandably wants to let things sink in before plotting the next ones.

“I’m going to live today and take it little by little,” Borella said after Saturday’s UFC 216 bout.

The 31-year-old flyweight, who’d been previously riding a five-fight winning streak capped off by a split call over Milena Dudieva at Invicta FC 24, knew her manager had been working toward getting her a UFC contract. But as it usually happens with these things, it’s never a done deal until it is.

Borella, in fact, didn’t even know until the Monday or Tuesday prior to the fight her UFC 216 spot was on the main card. Not that it would have mattered, anyway. While she understands the placement is a bigger deal, she simply received an opportunity and took it.

Once that happened, though, Borella and her team had some serious cramming to do. The preparation time might not have been ideal – but the rear-naked choke that came from it certainly was.

“My training camp was just a week,” Borella said. “So I was working on my head and also on the technique for this fight. Basically, that’s exactly the result that we were looking for.”

To hear from Borella, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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