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Daniel Cormier: Friendship with Jon Jones would be 'very difficult,' wants 3rd fight

Former UFC champion Daniel Cormier is still working to move past his UFC 214 title-fight loss to Jon Jones. Part of that process includes looking ahead to a third encounter with his longtime rival.

Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has kept a low profile since his third-round knockout defeat against Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in July. He dropped the 205-pound belt and fell to 0-2 against “Bones” in a moment he’d anticipated for more than two years. Cormier was understandably devastated by the outcome, but as he said in his return to hosting duties on FS1’s “UFC Tonight” this week, he’s come to realize the loss doesn’t define him.

“It takes time to get over something that’s so big, especially when you’re unsuccessful in such a big event,” Cormier said. “But, you know, day by day you get better. You keep fighting. You keep learning that there are things much more important than the competition. I’m the guy that really does love what I do, and I’m a guy that takes it very hard if I am unsuccessful. And I think you saw that down at the Honda Center in Anaheim.”

After losing to Jones by unanimous decision in the pair’s first meeting at UFC 182 in January 2015, Cormier took over the role as champion when Jones was stripped of the title due to out-of-competition actions. During that time the tension between the pair grew thicker, and finally it came to a head at UFC 214.

Jones, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, was classy in victory. He’s done nothing but praise No. 2-ranked Cormier in the fallout of the event, claiming he would like to form a working relationship despite seeing a high probability of a third bout in the future.

Fighting Jones one more time is among Cormier’s highest athletic priorities. He said he’s happy to be cordial with Jones, but that will never outweigh his desire to find a way to defeat him inside the octagon.

“I believe he’s being genuine; I do believe he’s trying to turn over a new leaf,” Cormier said. “I think he’s trying to show that he’s a different person than he was in the past. With that being said, friendship would be very difficult for us to achieve. And I’m OK with that. … In terms of going forward, we will be professional because we have to until the cage door closes again.”

Cormier, 38, may have been knocked out by Jones at UFC 214, but before the fight-ending sequence he was enjoying some solid success. He couldn’t get the job done, though, and Cormier said that’s one of the cruel aspects of the sport.

“If fighting was a nice ex-girlfriend, she would’ve allowed (Jones) to walk out and double-knee me and knock me out in 10 seconds,” Cormier said. “But, no, she had to give me some success before it happened. It was just too easy to say, ‘Don’t let the guy in the fight at all.’”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Don't expect to see Rory MacDonald in the Bellator cage until 2018

Rory MacDonald is next in line for a shot at the Bellator welterweight championship. Unfortunately, it seems he’s going to have to wait a little bit longer before fighting for the belt.

MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) made his promotional debut in May with a second-round submission of Paul Daley at Bellator 179. It marked his return from an 11-month layoff and set him up for a showdown with champion Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA).

The Canadian said after he signed with Bellator that keeping an active schedule was one of his priorities going forward. Sometimes figuring out the timing of a marquee fight means sitting on the sidelines, though, and that’s apparently the situation MacDonald is facing (via Twitter):

Bellator champ Lima, No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is coming off a successful title defense against Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC in June. Afterward, No. 4-ranked MacDonald said he wasn’t impressed.

“I was really underwhelmed,” MacDonald said. “If these guys think they’re keeping the belt fighting like that, they’re just going to be another body in the grave.”

Although an opportunity to compete could potentially come up through injury to another fighter or other circumstance, MacDonald’s schedule for the remainder of the year appears to be clear. That doesn’t seem to be sitting all that well with “The Red King” (via Instagram):

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

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Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather’s Ring Resume: Career Highlights Video

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SHOWTIME Boxing analyst and Hall of Famer Steve Farhood takes a look into the boxing career of five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Mayweather faces all-time MMA great Conor McGregor in a 12-round super welterweight in the main event of a four-fight SHOWTIME pay-per-view boxing event on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

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Before MayMac madness, watch pre-UFC Conor McGregor's first time winning 2 titles

Filed under: Cage Warriors, News, UFC, Videos

Conor McGregor made UFC history this past November, but really it was old hat to the Irishman.

Then the featherweight champion, McGregor took out lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez in the UFC 205 main event to become the first fighter in promotional history to hold two belts at the same time.

It was a familiary feeling for McGregor. Less than four years prior, he became the first fighter in Cage Warriors history to hold two titles simultaneously. While featherweight champ, he knocked out Ivan Buchinger at Cage Warriors 51 in front of his home fans in Dublin to win the vacant lightweight title.

That wound up being all McGregor needed to get the call from the UFC, where he proceeded to make quick work of making history.

In a week, McGregor will put another milestone on his resume when he continues to rewrite the rules in his favor. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) fights unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in a match that is expected to eclipse records – and is could net McGregor a staggering nine-figure payday. The fight goes down at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.

But ahead of that fight, it’s worth checking out a younger Conor McGregor before all the big money – and before all the chest tattoos – in his fight against Buchinger. Could anyone have predicted back then just how big he would become?

Check out the video above.

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

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor gets special hype video from The Killers

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The days are quickly winding down to the anticipated Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. That means the final push of promotional hype is gearing up.

The matchup between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view, is such a big event that its got its own music video from The Killers.

To the theme of the Las Vegas-based band’s recently released track “The Man,” Showtime Sports today revealed the special hype video for “The Money Fight.”

Watch it above.

Group members Ronnie Vvnnucci Jr. and Brandon Flowers also weighed in on Mayweather vs. McGregor, courtesy of a press release from Showtime Sports.

Ronnie Vannucci Jr.: “McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. It’s unprecedented, right? I mean two different schools, one ring.”

Brandon Flowers: “It sounds like an exciting movie in the 80s. It sounds like some movie, good premise. It’s exciting. It is surreal.”

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

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UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez details how he used free agency to his advantage

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Two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez is one of the few big-name fighters to come out of MMA’s free agency process better than he came in.

Melendez signed with Bellator and allowed the UFC to match, which gave him leverage to get a better deal. A subsequent wave of free agencies can partially be attributed to his unprecedented move.

Now, Melendez’s contract requires he be on a pay-per-view main card every time he steps into the octagon, which is why his fight with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 won’t be lost in the shuffle.

“There’s definitely fatter contracts, but I’ve got a good contract,” Melendez told MMAjunkie Radio. “I can’t say (I get pay-per-view points on every fight), but there is a purse and some other things that are factored in that add up … to what we’re looking for.

“We brainstormed some really good things that were important to me that cover some other payments.”

Melendez is no doubt happy for those payments with the Reebok deal in full effect. Now, his top priority is reversing an octagon slide that’s seen him lose three straight. After all, taking out Stephens at the Sept. 9 pay-per-view event is the best way to get paid in full.

Here more from Melendez in the video above.

UFC 215 takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more on the event, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship 59 highlights: Title changes hands with Martin Nguyen's devastating right

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A title changed hands with a big upset in ONE Championship 59’s main event.

Martin Nguyen (9-1) avenged the lone loss of his career and took the featherweight title from champion Marat Gafurov (15-1) in Friday’s headliner. Not only did Nguyen get back a split-decision loss to Gafurov from two years prior, but he handed him his first career setback – and did so after fending off repeated submission attempts to land a sickening knockout in the second round.

In the co-main event, Ev Ting (14-4) made easy work of Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2), who hadn’t fought in more than three years. Ground-and-pound got the job done in decisive fashion.

“ONE Championship 59: Quest for Greatness” took place at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Also on the main card, former bantamweight title challenger Kevin Belingon (16-5) needed only 62 seconds to take out Reece McLaren (9-5). And Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke shut down Robin Catalan with a TKO 46 seconds into the second round.

Check out the highlights from those four fights above, courtesy of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and an always for some reason angry-sounding Mitch Chilson.

ONE Championship 59 main-card results:

  • Martin Nguyen def. Marat Garufov via knockout – Round 2, 1:27
  • Ev Ting def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3: 29
  • Agilan Thani def. Sherif Mohamed via unanimous decision
  • Kevin Belingon def. Reece McLaren via knockout, Round 1 – 1:02
  • Gianni Subba def Riku Shibuya via unanimous decision
  • May Ooi def. Ann Osman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:27
  • Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Robin Catalan via TKO – Round 2, 0:46
  • Christian Lee def. Keanu Subba via submission (armbar) – Round 3
  • Emilio Urrutia def. Edward Kelly via unanimous decision
  • Rene Catalan def. Bu Huo You Ga via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 59, including a recap of the event, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Aleksandr Shabliy's sweet knee led to this violent KO at ACB 67

Knee strikes are among the more challenging ways to go about getting a knockout in MMA. Aleksandr Shabliy appears have a pretty good system for getting it done, though.

Shabliy (16-3) entered today’s ACB 67 event with a handful of knockouts stemming from knee strikes, be it of the flying variety or otherwise. He added another one to his record when he timed a perfect shot to Gleristone Santos’ (33-8) chin in their lightweight bout.

Check it out (via Twitter):

And another angle from cageside (via Twitter):

ACB 67 took place at the Colosseum Sports Complex in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. Shabliy ended the fight with Santos at the 2:41 mark of Round 1.

Shabliy is forming quite the collection of highlight-reel finishes. He’s earned all 16 of his career victories by stoppage, including this flying knee finish from ProFC 57 in March 2015 (via Twitter):

For more on the MMA events schedule check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 115 lineup set with 11 bouts in the Netherlands, led by Struve-Volkov

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The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to the Netherlands next month.

The card features 11 fights, including a heavyweight headliner. UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire event, with four main-card fights and seven prelims, streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Alexander Volkov

In the main event, Dutch big man Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) gets a home fight and takes on former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Struve has won three of his past four fights, including a bonus-winning 16-secodn knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the UFC’s first trip to Rotterdam in 2016.

Germaine de Randamie

In the co-feature, inaugural women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) moves back to bantamweight after having her 145-pound title stripped. She’ll be fighting in front of her home fans, as well, and will take on Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC).

To fill out the main card on UFC Fight Pass, Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fights Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout, and Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) takes on Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at welterweight.

The prelims will feature seven fights on UFC Fight Pass. The featured bout is Darren Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) at welterweight. There also are a trio of lightweight fights ahead of that: Felipe Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Mads Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michel Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), and Desmond Green (20-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Rustam Khabilov (21-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

In addition, Francimar Barroso (19-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Aleksandar Rakic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight, Nick Hein (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) takes on newcomer Zabit Magomedsharipov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at featherweight, and 205-pounders Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Bojan Mihajlovic (10-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will meet.

The complete UFC Fight Night 115 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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