Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2468 with Ben Nguyen and Dann Stupp

Stream or download Wednesday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ben Nguyen and Dann Stupp.

Nguyen discussed his UFC Fight Night 110 win over Tim Elliott and possible next opponents. Stupp, the MMAjunkie editor-in-chief, was announced as the interim president of the new MMA Journalists Association.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Ben Nguyen and Dann Stupp

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ben Nguyen and Dann Stupp.

Nguyen defeated former title challenger Tim Elliott this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110. Stupp, MMAjunkie’s co-founder/editor-in-chief, is interim president of the new MMA Journalists Association.

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.

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After 3 years off, UFC Fight Night 110 winner Vinc Pichel has thoughts on ring rust

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Ring rust? What ring rust?

There’s a line of thinking out there that if a fighter is off for a year, he’s at a distinct disadvantage when he finally returns. It would’ve been perfectly reasonable to figure Vinc Pichel’s return after more than three years would have him really backed into a corner.

But this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110, Pichel (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) went to New Zealand and finished Damien Brown (16-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in the first round with a knockout that might’ve been bonus-worthy had it not been for some other nice finishes after his fight.

“It feels good to be back,” Pichel told MMAjunkie Radio on Monday. “It was a long past three years for me. I went out and did what I had to do. I’m back, and it feels great.”

UFC Fight Night 110 took place at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. It aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

But the whole ring rust phenomenon is just that to Pichel, he said.

“Ring rust is bull(expletive),” he said. “That’s just a mental thing for people. Ring rust is self doubt, and that’s what it is to me. I don’t have any self doubt, especially with what I’ve been through and what I’ve had to train and everything.”

Pichel said if anyone thought his slow start in the fight was him experiencing any kind of ill effects from the lengthy layoff, they’d be mistaken. Instead, he was merely figuring out what Brown had to offer and waiting for his opportunity.

“In that first round, I was studying him – I wanted to see how he moved,” Pichel said. “I wanted to know how he’d react to my movements, because I knew he had no clue what to expect out of me. He basically was going out there unknowing what I was going to throw at him because it’s been three years. No one really knows what to expect out of me right now.”

Now that he’s back, Pichel said he’s got his eyes on a rematch for his next fight. A member of Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the series’ live season, Pichel won two fights in the house to advance to the semifinals against Al Iaquinta. But Iaquinta won a two-round unanimous decision, and Pichel’s hopes of taking a “TUF” crown were denied.

Iaquinta went on to lose to Michael Chiesa in the final. And lately, he’s been in a crazy war of words with the UFC. Whether he even fights for the promotion again might be up in the air.

But if he does, he’s got a more than willing foe in Pichel, it seems.

“I kind of want revenge on Al,” he said. “Al beat me on the show and kind of took my chance away to fight Chiesa and win that Harley. After the show, I told him I wanted a rematch. Al’s a good fighter, and I think that’s a good fight and the fans want to see that one. I’ll take that fight. That’d be a good fight, I think.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, 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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2466 with Max Holloway, Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Gaston Bolanos

Stream or download Monday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Max Holloway, Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Gaston Bolanos and Simon Samano.

Holloway talked about his UFC featherweight title unification win over Jose Aldo and who his next opponent might be. Sonnen headlines the Bellator NYC pay-per-view against Wanderlei Silva next week at Madison Square Garden. Pichel beat Damien Brown this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand. Bolanos, a Bellator MMA fighter and kickboxer, co-hosted the show in the studio, as did MMAjunkie assistant editor Simon Samano.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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Could this really be the end of Derrick Lewis' MMA career?

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Say, just for the sake of argument, that Derrick Lewis was telling us the truth. Say that when he told us his TKO loss to Mark Hunt on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110 would “probably” be his last fight, he really meant it. Say it wasn’t just the pain and disappointment talking. What then?

What are we supposed to make of a career as short and strange and somehow memorable as his? Roughly seven years as an active MMA fighter, three years in the UFC, only the last year of which saw him become a household name among fight fans.

And now, according to “The Black Beast,” it’s over? You know, probably?

Even without that seed of doubt, it’d be hard to believe. A 32-year-old fighter who calls it quits immediately after a loss is practically begging for a little skepticism.

That’s true in any division, but especially at heavyweight, where the talent is rare and old. Just look at the 43-year-old Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC), who gave Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) a lesson in cage control and victory via attrition in front of his hometown crowd in Auckland, New Zealand. Even he seems seems a little surprised that his career is still in progress.

But now that he’s settling down, Lewis isn’t sure he wants to keep putting his family through this. Fair enough. Fight camps and quality family time are often incompatible. As much as fighters like to say they’re doing it for their families, by which they mean sacrificing their bodies for money, the lifestyle itself is necessarily a pretty selfish one.

Plus, not all your loved ones are going to think the paychecks are worth the risk of brain trauma – or the stress of sitting around and hoping you come home in one piece.

But a Lewis exit right now would leave a considerable hole in the heavyweight division. A knockout artist with real personality? A contender still young enough to withstand the inevitable ups and downs of the weight class? Someone fans actually care about, at least in part because, when he makes inside jokes like this one at a UFC weigh-in, he seems like one of us, just another MMA nerd, albeit with actual physical skills?

Yeah, that’s someone you might like to keep around if you’re the UFC.

But let’s not kid ourselves. As much fun as Lewis has been to have around, he’s also been somewhat limited as an MMA fighter.

His striking is lethal in short bursts. His ground game consists of one move: standing up. His cardio is such that, win or lose, he’s bound to be out of breath for the post-fight interview. It’s very possible that a six-fight winning streak beginning with Viktor Pesta in 2015 and culminating with Travis Browne in February was bound to be the high-water mark for his career.

Then again, if the enduring appeal of fighters like Hunt proves anything, it’s that we’re not just here for champions in this sport. That, too, is especially true at heavyweight, where a colorful character with the power to separate other big men from their consciousness can be a draw for years to come.

But if a fighter weighs the pros and cons of that situation and decides he’d rather seek a new career elsewhere, I’m not sure I can blame him. This is a tough sport in which to be a lovable punching bag. It’s also, however, a tough sport to quit on your first try.

And remember the last time Lewis informed us of his plans for the future, how he wasn’t even going to answer the phone if his coaches or manager called him about taking another fight?

That was in February, after his win over Browne. A month later he was signing up to fight Hunt in New Zealand. Don’t be too surprised if a man who takes vacations like that ends up taking the same approach to retirement.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel, Simon Samano

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Chael Sonnen, Vinc Pichel and Simon Samano.

Sonnen meets Wanderlei Silva in the Bellator NYC headliner on June 24. Pichel defeated Damien Brown this past Saturday at UFC Fight Night 110. Samano, an assistant MMAjunkie editor, joins us in studio.

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.

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UFC Fight Night 110 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media

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Since the early days when the sport was anything but a mainstream endeavor, the MMA industry has thrived and survived through various websites, forums and, perhaps most importantly, social-media platforms.

Fighters interact with fans, each other and many more through the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, which helps outsiders get a deeper look into the minds of the athletes.

Following Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 event in Auckland, New Zealand, several of the winning and losing fighters, along with their coaches, training partners or family members, took to social media to react to the event or share a message with supporters.

Check out some of those reactions.

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For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Why UFC-Auckland winner Alex Volkanovski wants to fight 'the bad guys'

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Following his UFC Fight Night 110 victory on Saturday, Alex Volkanovski said he refuses to follow the trend of fighters who use an outspoken approach to further their careers. However, the featherweight wants to fight the ones who do.

Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who earned a unanimous-decision victory over Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) on the FS1-televised main card at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, said he wants to be different from all the “bad guys” who are trying to cater to what they think fans and UFC officials want most.

Instead of talking trash or picking Twitter fights, Volkanovski said he wants to take on the competitors who are trying to make a name for themselves by doing anything other than stepping in the octagon and performing.

“I want the bad guys,” Volkanovski told MMAjunkie after his win. “Let them call me out. I want the bad guys, though.”

Although Volkanovski doesn’t have a specific name in mind, he does know he wants to get back in the octagon as soon as possible. His two UFC fights have come seven months apart, after all.

“I want to fight regularly,” Volkanovski said. “I’m ready to fight. Even with these black eyes, I’ll go in there in two weeks and get another fight. I want anther couple of fights this year. If I can get another one, bring it on.”

The Hirota victory pushed Volkanovski’s impressive winning streak to 12 fights. He hasn’t lost since May 2013, and in both of his UFC appearances, he’s shown the skills that could make him one to watch in the future.

After his debut came in the lightweight division, Volkanovski dropped down to featherweight at UFC Fight Night 110 and didn’t appear to lose any of his edge. He said he would have loved to finish he fight and put himself in line for a $50,000 fight-night bonus, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“Any win is a good feeling; it’s a good feeling to win, but in UFC, the pinnacle of the sport, it’s just unreal,” Volkanovski said. “With how I’ve been feeling the past couple of weeks, I’m just happy with the win. It’s a relief for me. My debut was a relief for me finally getting in there and getting a win, but overcoming sicknesses and whatnot and stuff getting the win, it feels great.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Derrick Lewis responded to Travis Browne and Francis Ngannou in 'Black Beast' fashion

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Derrick Lewis appeared to be an easy target following a loss in this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 110 headliner, but the retiring heavyweight had a few final shots.

Following a fourth-round TKO loss to vet Mark Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) in the FS1-televised headliner at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, Lewis (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) provided a surprise by suggesting he’s done fighting.

“It’s probably my last fight,” the 32-year-old said after the bout. “I’m getting married next week, and I don’t like to put my family through this. That will be my last fight.”

The announcement prompted a few reactions from fellow UFC heavyweights. They included Travis Browne, who suffered a knockout loss to “The Black Beast” earlier this year. In the buildup to the fight, Lewis mentioned Browne’s alleged past domestic violence – something Browne called “fake news.” Well, following Lewis’ loss on Saturday, Browne post a message saying he “just watched you quit” and told Lewis he should retire. However, “if you have the balls,” Browne stated he’s open to a rematch.

Additionally, fellow contender/potential future opponent Francis Ngannou also took a shot at the “baby” following the Hunt loss.

Well, this morning, Lewis, who’s one of MMA’s better social-media stars, responded (via Twitter):

Although he may be done fighting in the cage, it appears Lewis’ social-media game will remain in full effect.

For more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Luke Jumeau used home crowd to get through jitters: 'I felt I was the main event'

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AUCKLAND, New Zealand – Luke Jumeau wasn’t entirely at ease during his UFC debut, but he thankfully counted on some massive home love to get through it.

Jumeau (12-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) added a seventh win to his current streak by edging out Dominique Steele (14-9 MMA, 1-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 110. Nerves, Jumeau said, certainly came into play on Saturday, but fighting a short drive away from his hometown of Hamilton, the 29-year-old was able to get the push that he needed from his fans, family and friends.

“(It) got me through my jitters, picked me up in spots where I needed it,” Jumeau said after the FS1-televised preliminary-card welterweight scrap at Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. “It was absolutely amazing. Now I’m just happy that I got the W for them. To do this at home, with the screaming crowd, all for me – I felt I was the main event. Amazing.”

Jumeau hadn’t needed the judges for a win since 2012. With Steele, however, he wasn’t able to pull the trigger, and he walked away with 29-28 scores across the board instead. There’s something to be said for Steele’s resilience; Jumeau said he’d dropped men with some of his less potent shots before.

But, otherwise underwhelmed by what his opponent presented, the newcomer said he didn’t perform at his highest.

“He wasn’t as strong as I thought he was going to be,” Jumeau said. “He wasn’t as explosive as I thought he was going to be. I was better in every way than I sort of held him. I held him higher than I should have. I put on – not a real high expectation on him. I knew I was going to go in there and do well. But I sort of held him a little bit higher.

“The jitters did get to me a little bit. I was sort of – not gassing, but just in moments where I felt I should have exploded. I was kind of freezing a little bit. But in saying that, he wasn’t damaging me. So, just a couple of spots where I should’ve put some pressure on.”

It may not have been the perfect UFC arrival, but it was a solid start to his long-awaited UFC run. As far as immediate plans go, Jumeau is now eyeing a November return – with anyone, really, though he does see the logic in a rematch with Australia’s Jake Matthews.

But, in it “for the long haul,” the ambitious Jumeau already has high hopes for the more distant future.

“I’d love to (carry the New Zealand flag),” Jumeau said. “I’d absolutely love to. If I get that gold strap and put this place really on the map.”

To hear Jumeau’s full chat with the reporters, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 110, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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