Deiveson Alcantara meets Jarred Brooks in battle of unbeatens at UFC Fight Night 119

A flyweight bout between Deiveson Alcantara and Jarred Brooks is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 119 lineup.

Alcantara (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) confirmed the 125-pound matchup with Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Combate (via Instagram):

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UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Alcantara made a successful UFC debut in June when he earned a second-round TKO of Marco Beltran at UFC 212. The Brazilian has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage, with eight of those wins coming inside the opening round.

Brooks went the distance in his octagon debut when he defeated Eric Shelton by split decision at UFC 214 in July. “The Monkey God” promised big things for his sophomore UFC appearance, vowing to “fight like a god” the next time he enters the cage.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Ben Sergent Focused on Finishing Brandon Bell at Bristol Motor Speedway

Not too long ago it appeared as if welterweight Ben Sergent was on his way out of MMA for good.

Sergent had stopped fighting and took up a coaching position, but he soon realized that it was not the right path for him. So earlier this year he returned to active competition, picking up a first round submission win at Warrior FC versus Valor Fights against Steve Bell in May.

“I felt for a little short time that I was retired and took it easy, but it was a mindset where I needed to clear my head and get right,” Sergent told MMAWeekly.com. “I felt ready again and I took a fight and I won in the first round. I got this opportunity and absolutely jumped over the idea.

“I realized that being a coach, I couldn’t give myself the opportunity to be successful. I’m not a good coach. I’m way too hard on myself and way, way, too hard on my students. Now I’m at a place where I have everything to successful.”

As he prepared to return to fighting, Sergent decided he needed to get back to what was successful him in the past so that he could keep moving forward with his career.

“Honestly, I want to get back to the old Ben; the Ben that fought as an amateur and was ready to rock in roll at any time at any moment,” said Sergent. “(My coach) said we’ll get you there, and sure enough he got me there. I’m a new and improved Ben. I’m in my prime and I’m mentally and physically there.”

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Now that he’s back to fighting, Sergent (7-0) will face his most experienced opposition to date when he takes on Brandon Bell (7-6) in the 170-pound main event of Bellator’s show at the Bristol Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup this Saturday.

“I don’t really focus on the win too much,” Sergent said. “I focus on finishing. (Bell) said he wants to break me; break my body and break my spirit; it’s going to be a really tough task for him.

“He relies on his strength and relies on his muscle. Many fans have said this is brains versus brawn, with me being the brains and him being the brawn. It’s going to be an interesting match-up.”

For Sergent not only is Saturday’s event an opportunity to showcase on the biggest stage of his career, but he also views it as a way to attract the kind of support he needs to continue fighting.

“I’m going to go out there and put on a show as always,” said Sergent. “I’m going to perform. That’s what I do. I perform. After that we’ll talk business. I’d like to get this finish, make it a beautiful finish, and get some sponsors.”

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UFC Fight Night 117: Shogun vs. Saint Preux 2 Fight Card

UFC Fight Night 117
Shogun vs. Saint Preux 2
Date: September 23, 2017
Venue: Saitama Super Arena
Location: Saitama, Japan

 

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UFC Fight Night 117 Fight Card

  • Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua (24-10) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (20-10)
  • Claudia Gaelha (15-2) vs. Jessica Andrade (16-6)
  • Gökhan Saki (0-1) vs. Henrique da Silva (12-3)
  • Teruto Ishihara (10-4-2) vs. Rolando Dy (8-5-1, 1NC)
  • Mizuto Hirota (19-8-2) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3)
  • Keita Nakamura (32-8-2, 1NC) vs. Alex Morono (13-4)
  • Jussier Formiga (19-5) vs. Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2)
  • Syuri Kondo (5-0) vs. Chan-Mi Jeon (5-1)
  • Naoki Inoue (11-0) vs. Jenel Lausa (7-3)
  • Daichi Abe () vs. Lim Hyun-gyu (13-6-1)

 

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No 'JDS'? No problem. Francis Ngannou says bring on Alistair Overeem at UFC 215

Francis Ngannou got the bummer news Friday that he suddenly was without an opponent for UFC 215, just three weeks away.

Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) was supposed to fight former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) at the event. But Friday, “JDS” was taken out of the fight due to a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

Ngannou’s initial response? He tweeted that he was “very, very angry.” (A rep for the ex-champ said the Brazilian tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic, and that his team hopes to find just how it got into his system.)

But after apparently hearing from Dos Santos and getting an apology, Ngannou already is focusing his attention on remaining part of the show at UFC 215, which takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Today, Ngannou took to Twitter to say he wants to fight former Strikeforce champion and recent UFC title challenger Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC), seeing as how Overeem has been name-dropping him.

“@Alistairovereem been mentioning my name everywhere. I’m now open and free for you guy. Let do this at #ufc215,” Ngannou posted.

He even included a trio of fireball emojis, seemingly to indicate he thinks a matchup between the two of them would be, as the kids say, “lit af.”

Ngannou is about the hottest thing going in the UFC’s heavyweight title picture. He has nine straight wins, including his first five in the UFC. All 10 of his career wins are by stopppage. His most recent two wins against arguably his toughests tests yet in Anthony Hamilton and former champ Andrei Arlovski were first-round bonus winners, and he has three straight wins in less than two minutes of work.

Overeem has back-to-back wins after losing his shot at UFC champ Stipe Miocic nearly a year ago at UFC 203 in Miocic’s home city of Cleveland. He knocked out Mark Hunt at UFC 209 and took a majority decision from ex-champ Fabricio Werdum earlier this year to get back in the title picture. He has won six of his past seven with four finishes.

So what say you? Is this the fight to make on short notice? Vote in our poll below.

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2515 with Kevin Lee and Simon Samano

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Kevin Lee and Simon Samano.

Lee discussed his recently announced fight at UFC 216, where he’ll compete vs. Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title. MMAjunkie’s Samano and the hosts covered the latest MMA news and fight bookings. Both guests were in-studio.

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Could McGregor actually win? How the hype shifted to get us all to ask the same question

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If you asked me to pinpoint the moment that I went from being mostly annoyed to at least slightly awed with the build-up to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, I’d have to say that it was when my mom asked what size gloves they were going to fight in.

We hadn’t been talking about gloves. We hadn’t even been talking about the fight. She’s a 68-year-old woman who doesn’t follow combat sports apart from occasionally reading articles written by her son, and still she’d heard that there was some dispute about glove size and was curious how it had been resolved.

When I told her they’d decided on eight-ounce gloves, she replied: “Does that help McGregor?”

This, of course, is the question she was supposed to ask. That’s what the last few weeks have all been about. If you’ve been following the pre-fight headlines – and it would require a diligent, disciplined effort to avoid them – you might have noticed that there’s a recurring theme here.

The smaller gloves. The sparring footage. Mayweather’s admission that he’s “lost a step.” Mayweather’s claim that he’ll be “partying the entire week” leading up to the fight.

All the recent developments point in the same direction, and they’re all intended to get you to ask the same question: Could McGregor actually win this?

It’s a smart promotional strategy, but it also feels like a bit of a course-correction. Back in the time of the four-day world tour, which now feels like it was 15 years ago, the story was money, fame, and hate. At each stop the fighters told us how many millions they’d make, how important they were, and what a weak, no-account loser the other guy was.

Then someone realized that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to keep bragging about all that money, seeing as how it’s coming from us, the viewing public, and besides, you can only listen to two grown men call each other the same names for so long before you just feel embarrassed for both of them.

That was enough to grab a few headlines, especially when the material got more and more questionable, but it wasn’t going to be enough to sell us this fight. Not when the perceived skill gap was wide enough to drive a fleet of Mayweather’s Bentleys through. Not when people still remembered feeling fleeced by his expensive snoozefest against Manny Pacquiao in the last “fight of the century.”

To really sell this thing, they needed to convince us that McGregor has a chance – a good one, too, not just the lottery-ticket left hand with the odds stacked high against it. That’s a tough case to make when a guy who’s never had a boxing match goes up against one of the best to ever step through the ropes, and so making it requires a series of attacks on multiple fronts.

Convince us that the gloves favor McGregor. Convince us that he’s secretly a boxing genius behind closed doors. Convince us that Mayweather is too old and too arrogant to take it all seriously enough.

Sell us on a perfect storm of circumstances, the chance that the stars may align just a few days after the moon blocks out the sun. Get us to ask the question whose answer previously seemed too obvious to be interesting. At least it beats throwing money in the air and making fun of each other’s clothes.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Dominick Cruz’s Expert Insight on Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor

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On the latest Fight Society podcast, former bantamweight champion and UFC analyst Dominick Cruz joins the show to break down the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Also on the show, former WBA champion Austin Trout gives his take on Mayweather vs. McGregor as well as perspective on MMA fighters in boxing after training with Carlos Condit in recent years.

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All this, plus the latest on the Paulie Malignaggi situation with Conor McGregor, as well as a deep dive on all the ways Skip Bayless knows nothing about MMA.

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Bellator 182's Chidi Njokuani on why he wouldn't encourage his kids to become fighters

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After a slew of health issues, UFC flyweight Ian McCall recently opened about being afraid of the long-term damage that a career in MMA could end up causing to his brain.

McCall didn’t place the blame of his issues entirely on the sport. But, in a chat on “The MMA Hour”, he did question his decision to even go down that career path in the first place. Revealing episodes that ranged from “out-of-nowhere crying” and rage, McCall cited the case of Chris Benoit – the pro-wrestler who committed suicide after murdering his wife and child – to explain his fears.

While not many fighters have been as candid and open about it, it’s hard to believe that most of them haven’t at least stop to consider the possible repercussions of their day-to-day routines at some point.

Bellator 182’s Chidi Njokuani, at least, can certainly say he has. A lot. And while he won’t go so far as to say he regrets his career choice – which has done “a lot of good” for him – he wouldn’t exactly recommend it to his loved ones.

“I think about the boxers that are dying recently,” Njokuani told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s crazy to me. For instance, if I were to have a kid, if they were trying to get into fighting, I’d encourage them not to. But I’m not just going to go out and say it’s the worst thing to be doing. But I think about it a lot.”

Njokuani (17-4-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who enters the Aug. 25 headliner with former Bellator champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) on the strength of a nine-fight unbeaten streak, says these concerns have had direct implications not only on his training, but also on the way he goes about taking shots.

“I see people in the gym getting dropped left and right,” Njokuani said. “And it’s like, that can’t be good for them. It can’t be good, getting rocked, taking a little break and then jumping back into sparring. It goes through my mind a lot.

“At the same time, it helps me work on my defense, too. I’m constantly trying not to get hit. Not that I’m afraid of getting hit, (but) I just know the damage that it can do to you.”

To hear more of Njokuani’s thoughts, including his expectations for Bellator 182’s headliner, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 19 highlights: Watch Ciro Rodrigues spoil UFC vet David Michaud's homecoming with sick left

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Homecoming was the theme of Friday night’s LFA 19 event in South Dakota. It went very well for one of the fighters at the top of the bill. For another? Not so much.

In the main event, UFC veteran David Michaud (11-4) hoped to thrill his home fans. Instead, Stateside newcomer Ciro Rodrigues (21-6), from Brazil, ended his night early thanks to a wicked left hand and a few punches on the ground for good measure.

In the co-feature, though, flyweight Sid Bice (7-1), a South Dakota native now fighting out of Denver, moved to 2-0 for LFA with a dominantn decision win over Ken Porter (10-4).

LFA 19 took place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card aired on AXS TV.

Check out all of the highlights of the main and co-main event above. Additionally, see how Maikel Perez made easy work of Derrick Mandell, as well as Maurice Greene’s devastation of Jermaine McDermott with a first-round triangle choke.

For more on LFA 19, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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