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Thiago Moises Hopes to Jump to the UFC After LFA 17 Title Fight

Over the course of the past two years, last RFA lightweight champion Thiago Moises has been on a four-fight winning streak.

Not only has Moises been able to showcase all aspects of his game, picking up wins by submission and TKO, but a big factor in his success has been the opposition he’s faced isn’t anything different than what he sees in training.

“On the ground, with my wrestling and striking, I train with high-level guys,” Moises told MMAWeekly.com. “So what these guys bring to the fight is nothing more than what I see day to day by everybody.

“This is MMA and you need to be ready to fight everywhere. You need to know how to defend yourself. You cannot just have one weapon. I’m ready to fight a Jiu-Jitsu guy, a wrestler and a striker.”

Not only did the winning streak bring him his first major MMA title with the RFA, but his highlight reel helicopter armbar finish of Dave Castillo earned him a lot of attention as well.

“It was great,” said Moises. “I had a lot of recognition after that fight. I have more stuff like that; I just need an opportunity to do something like that again.”

Moises (9-1) takes on Robert Watley (7-1) in the main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 17 for the promotion’s 155-pound title on Friday in Charlotte, N.C.

“For me I’m used to (title fights) now,” Moises said. “Every fight for me is the same; I have to just go there, enjoy myself, have a good time, be focused and that’s it – it’s normal.

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“(Watley is) a tough opponent, so I’m training hard. He has some holes in his stand-up game, and I’m going to use that to my favor. I have better wrestling and a better ground game. I’m ready to fight everywhere.”

Having held titles before and with an opportunity to add another to his collection, Moises believes his move up to the next level could very well happen after his July 21 fight.

“I’m really focused on this fight right now, but after this fight I want to be in a big show, I want to be in the UFC,” said Moises. “I want to go after this fight.”

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Jon Jones mocks Daniel Cormier in Instagram photo updating his weight before UFC 214

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones continues to go at bitter rival and current champ Daniel Cormier.

With 10 days to go until their long-awaited rematch at UFC 214, Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) took to Instagram to tout his slimming waistline and mock Cormier’s (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), re-enacting the champ’s infamous UFC 210 weigh-in that Jones called “one of the dirtiest things I’ve seen in sports.”

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“All the discipline and hard work is definitely paying off, was a mean 217lbs today after practice. #NoShortcutsToGreatness #CheatingAsshole,” Jones captioned his post, which parodied Cormier’s obvious towel-grab before a rematch with Anthony Johnson.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

The light heavyweight title headliner puts Jones and Cormier in the octagon two years after Jones beat Cormier to defend his title at UFC 182. The two were supposed to rematch one year ago at UFC 200, but Jones was scratched at the last minute after failing a drug test.

Jones was subsequently suspended one year and stripped of an interim light heavyweight title he won after being stripped of the undisputed title in the wake of a hit-and-run accident in April 2015.

UFC 214’s must-see promo video takes a look at the long-simmering rivalry, Jones’ fall from grace and subsequent quest for redemption.

The rivals have increasingly taken shots at each other as UFC 214 draws near. After Jones served his suspension, Cormier begged the former champ not to do anything to jeopardize the rematch. Cormier later posted messages Jones sent to him on Instagram.

Unlike previous fusillades, Jones hasn’t deleted all of his troll work.

“I have zero respect for you (expletive) you’re going to really hate me by the time I’m done with you,” he tweeted Monday.

July 29th can’t come soon enough.

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

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Why Kevin Lee gives 'culture vulture' Conor McGregor a pass on perceived racism

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How can Conor McGregor truly know what he’s saying if he doesn’t understand it?

That seems to be Kevin Lee’s assessment of McGregor after the UFC lightweight champion came under fire last week for remarks that ventured into racially insensitive territory during his world tour with Floyd Mayweather.

“Honestly, I think that Conor doesn’t really understand, because he’s from a different culture,” Lee told MMAjunkie. “He’s an Irishman. He’s a culture vulture.”

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face each other on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time. Their four-city, three-country press event shined a spotlight on McGregor’s perceived racism.

It started on the first two stops in Los Angeles and Toronto, where McGregor twice commanded Mayweather to “dance for me, boy” while on stage. It amplified after the Toronto stop when McGregor made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and wondered if “Rocky 3” was “the one with the dancing monkeys in the gym.” It reached its lowest point in New York, where McGregor declared himself “half-black from the bellybutton down” to the Barclays Center crowd before humping the air as “a little present for my beautiful black female fans.”

Combine all that with the over-the-top swagger McGregor tries to exude, and Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) sees someone who’s simply confused.

“You look at any other Irishman, no other Irishman got swag like that,” said Lee, No. 8 in the current USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. “He’s a culture vulture. He is what he is. But I think he doesn’t understand the culture. He’s trying his best, and it’s just something that he didn’t grow up with. He ain’t grew up over here in the States. He doesn’t understand it to the core. He kind of understands it a little bit, but he don’t really understand it.

“He’s trying his best, but I didn’t hold it against him, because I honestly don’t think he understands it.”

Lee, who is coming off a submission win over Michael Chiesa last month, expects to fight McGregor in the future. And he likes that McGregor continues to focus on Mayweather and boxing.

“He’s getting worse. I’m getting better,” Lee said. “So we’ll see what happens when we cross paths.”

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

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Check Out Thomas Almeida’s Flying Knee Finish of Brad Pickett (UFC KO of the Week)

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Check out Thomas Almeida‘s flying knee knockout against Brad Pickett form UFC 189. Almeida faces Jimmie Rivera to lead off the main card at UFC on FOX 25 on Long Island on Saturday.

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Video: Watch that brutal Jon Jones submission of Lyoto Machida from 2011

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Jon Jones is back, and next week, he looks to reclaim the UFC light-heavyweight title. Before then, watch his second title defense, which came in 2011 with a brutal submission finish.

Back at UFC 140, Jones took on ex-champ Lyoto Machida, who had hoped to reclaim the belt he lost a year prior by taking out the young champ. “Bones,” though, spoiled those plans in a big way.

Check out the full fight, including the fight-ending choke, above.

It was title defense No. 2 of eight overall for the ex-champ, who reigned from 2011-2015 before he was stripped following a series of out-of-the-cage issues.

And catch (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC), who’s No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, back in action July 29 at UFC 214, where he takes on reigning titleholder and No. 2-ranked Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC). The pay-per-view event takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

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

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Five Fighters Could Be Out Six Months After UFC Glasgow Suspensions Released

The Ultimate Fighting Championship released the medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 113 which took place on Sunday at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. Twenty-four fighters competed on the fight card and five could be facing lengthy suspensions.

Santiago Ponzinibbio, who knocked out Gunnar Nelson in the fight card’s main event, received a seven-day suspension, while Nelson was handed a 45-day suspension. The suspensions ranged from a week to six months.

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UFC Fight Night 113 Medical Suspensions

  • Gunnar NelsonSantiago Ponzinibbio suspended 7 days
  • Gunnar Nelson suspended 45 days due to TKO
  • Cynthia Calvillo suspended 30 days
  • Joanne Calderwood suspended 30 days
  • Paul Felder suspended 30 days due to eyelid laceration
  • Stevie Ray suspended 60 days due to TKO
  • Jack Marshman suspended 45 days
  • Ryan Janes suspended 30 days due to cheek laceration
  • Khalil Rountree suspended 7 days
  • Paul Craig suspended 60 days due to TKO
  • Justin Willis suspended 180 days due to rib injury, or cleared by a doctor, with 30 days minimum suspension
  • James Mulheron suspended 45 days
  • Danny Roberts suspended 7 days
  • Bobby Nash suspended 45 days
  • Alexandre Pantoja suspended 30 days
  • Neil Seery suspended 180 days, or cleared by doctor for ribs, with 45 day minimum suspension
  • Galore Bofando suspended 7 days
  • Charlie Ward suspended 60 days due to TKO
  • Danny Henry suspended 7 days
  • Daniel Teymur suspended 180 days or doctor clearance on right hand. 45 day minimum suspension due to TKO.
  • Brett Johns suspended 180 days, or needs negative MRI on right shoulder, with 30 days minimum suspension
  • Albert Morales suspended 30 days due to brow laceration, with 21 days minimum suspension
  • Leslie Smith suspended 30 days
  • Amanda Lemos suspended 180 days, or negative X-ray on right thumb, with 45 days minimum suspension

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Conor McGregor's nutritionist aiming for speed over power in Floyd Mayweather fight

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Conor McGregor and his team are making sure every bit of preparation is done perfectly so a peak performance is delivered in the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26, and that includes cutting weight differently than he would for MMA.

McGregor’s ability to fluctuate his weight has been one of the greatest contributors to his success. He’s the only fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold championship belts in two weight classes and is one of just seven athletes in company history to win fights in three different weight classes.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) doesn’t do it all on his own, though. Renowned nutritionist George Lockhart has been attached at the hip for his past several training camps, and “The Notorious” again enlisted his services for his late-summer showdown with Mayweather (49-0 boxing), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.

Lockhart has worked with many of the best in MMA, but his boxing experience is lesser, especially for a fight the magnitude of Mayweather vs. McGregor. He said tweaks were necessary going from one sport to the other, with the prominent change being a reduction in walking around weight.

“With an MMA match, wrestling, (jiu-jitsu and) having someone on top of you, weight matters – with wrestling it does have a huge effect,” Lockhart told MMAjunkie. “With boxing, I believe speed is key. If I’m bigger than you but can’t hit you, it doesn’t make a whole lot of difference. Not as much grappling, the referee pulls you apart as soon as that does happen. I want to make sure the fighter is lower in weight, the cut is not as big and the reload is not as much.”

Weight cutting in MMA is a much more prominent part of the sport than in boxing. That’s partially due to the limited number of weight classes but also because athletes transitioning from amateur wrestling have heavily influenced the culture.

McGregor is the current UFC lightweight champion, meaning he has to weigh in at 155 pounds or less. His boxing match with Mayweather is contracted at 154 pounds, and while it’s essentially the same final mark, Lockhart said there’s a different way of getting there.

“For an MMA fighter to reload, they’ll gain 15, 18 pounds, which gives them that advantage (on fight night),” Lockhart said. “Boxing, I want him actually walking in close to weight the week of the fight. Walking in, weighing in and maybe gaining a couple pounds after that.”

To hear more from Lockhart, check out the video above.

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

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Cris Cyborg Forgives Dana White for Rocky UFC Start

To say that Cris “Cyborg” Justino got off to a rocky start in her relationship with the UFC would be a massive understatement.

At the time she inked her deal with the promotion, Cyborg held the Invicta FC featherweight championship, but had plans to eventually meet Ronda Rousey in a UFC superfight.

At that time, Rousey was still undefeated and a fight between her and Cyborg was the most talked about women’s fight in combat sports history.

Dana White and Cris CyborgDuring that time, the UFC was all-in for Rousey, but not so much so with Cyborg, who was struggling with the idea of having to constantly cut dangerous amounts of weight to accept fights at 140 pounds, let alone get down to the required 135 pounds in order to fight Rousey.

With Rousey having since suffered two defeats and looking like she might never return to the Octagon, the UFC has finally created a women’s featherweight division and Cyborg is about to fight for the belt, but what about the rocky relationship?

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Following a recent admission by UFC president Dana White that they didn’t exactly handle Cyborg’s situation all that well, Cyborg says she is ready to forgive and forget, moving on with her career inside the Octagon.

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'Cyborg' Justino on standing her ground, filling Ronda Rousey void, Evinger, Magana and Holm

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Cristiane Justino is finally about to get her stab at the belt of a UFC division that she was basically responsible for creating.

But the road to get here was anything but smooth.

First, many wondered if the former Invicta FC featherweight champ would ever make it into the UFC octagon at all. That happened, but it took compromise – she’d have to make a tough 140-pound catchweight limit.  Twice. All the while, Justino made her weight struggles known. She spoke up about the UFC’s failure in promoting her. And she pushed for the creation of her own division.

“Cyborg” once again got her wish, but even that took a weird turn. When she was unable to make the turnaround that the promotion had in mind for its initial title fight, she was left out of it. All the while, UFC President Dana White made his difficulties in dealing with the Brazilian fighter clear. And she always fired back.

On July 29, at UFC 214, Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) finally gets her UFC title shot when she meets Invicta FC bantamweight champ Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) for the vacant 145-pound belt. White has already admitted to a lot of wrongdoing when it comes to the long-reigning featherweight queen. And, at least for now, the two seem to have come to somewhat of a truce.

Through it all, was the vocal “Cyborg” ever afraid her willingness to speak up would hinder her career?

It doesn’t seem like it.

“I can’t be just another one in the UFC,” Justino said on Tuesday. “If I say amen to everything people say, I’ll be just another one. And I never wanted to be just another one. I want to make a difference. I want to improve this sport. I want to be remembered by the other athletes not only as the world champion, but as someone who made a difference.

“I try to fight for improvements for fighters, the same way I fought for women to have more divisions. I’ll keep fighting whenever I think something’s wrong, even if it might hurt me. I’m in there to make a difference. I’m not there just for status. Giving things to me just to keep me quiet? No, I believe that doesn’t corrupt me.

“I believe in making the sport better. I’m an athlete, and I know that I won’t fight forever. One day I won’t fight anymore, and what happens after that? I have to make things better for the athletes who come after me.”

UFC 214, which features three title fights, takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Ahead of the bout, Justino spoke to Brazilian reporters about numerous topics. One part of the chat, in which she addresses the rocky division, original UFC 214 opponent Megan Anderson and ex-champ Germaine De Randamie, can be checked out here.

For additional thoughts on filling the void left by former champion Ronda Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), the matchup with Evinger and a possible scrap with ex-champ Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), as well as a (very) brief update on the situation with Angela Magana (11-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC), check out the translation below.

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With Ronda Rousey out of the picture, do you think a title win at UFC 214 would solidify your as the face of women’s MMA?

Justino: I believe women’s MMA can’t be about a single face. There are many athletes in the UFC. What happened was, they made Ronda the face of MMA, and when she lost, which she did twice, she didn’t want to come back. It’s about all the women who are in there, not just a face. When you make it about one face and the person leaves, you miss that. When I carry my belt, I’ll be representing all women. The same way women in the UFC are representing all women in MMA. I think it’s bad when you make MMA about one face. MMA is about all women.

Any updates on the legal situation after you “attacked” Angela Magana at the 2017 UFC athlete summit?

Justino: She attacked me, as well. There are many types of attacks. My lawyer is handling it. I have nothing to say. When I have more information, I’ll share with you. But my lawyer is handling it.

Thoughts on Evinger saying she’s your toughest challenge yet?

Justino: I think she’s been showing a lot of courage for taking this fight on short notice. She’s a great opponent. She has many fights. She’s experienced. I believe she’ll be more work than Megan Anderson (because she’s had) more time in the cage. Let’s see. Things are different in the octagon. Everyone has a plan going in there, but after the first punch that changes.

Considering Evinger is coming in from a lighter division, do you agree that you’re the favorite coming into the fight?

Justino: I believe Tonya taking this fight saved us. It was last minute, a month before. It was very irresponsible of Megan Anderson to accept the fight and not have the documents in order to fight. Thankfully, Tonya Evinger accepted it. I believe you have to respect your opponent, and a fight is a fight. You can’t judge it before it happens. You have to be ready for whatever may happen. Whenever someone goes in the octagon with me, I never see it as an easy fight. I see that I need to be prepared for five rounds. The win or the loss will be God’s will. I just need to give it my best in there.

Who might be next after Evinger?

Justino: Since Holly Holm fought for the 145-pound belt, I believe it’d be a good fight. The fans would like it. She’s a striker. She likes standup. I like standup. Why not? It could be my next fight. I know she’s up there for the 135-pound belt. Maybe if she fights for it, or wins the belt – though I believe it stays with Amanda (Nunes, current UFC bantamweight champ). If that opportunity comes up, it’s a fight that I think all fans would like to watch. Who knows?

Do you think there is such a thing as fighters being scared of certain fights or opponents?

Justino: I believe some athletes are scared. But they have to work on that. Athletes can’t be scared. Scared of what? Losing? Anyone can lose. Some days you win, and some days you lose. We’re in a sport in which it’s impossible for both fighters to come out victorious. You need to give it your best, train and leave it in God’s hands. It’s insecurity. But losing is not the end of the world. It happens to everyone, naturally. But you have to be prepared to give it your best. If the other person is better that day, they’re going to win. If you’re a fighter, you can’t lose – you can lose a battle, and not the war. You need to keep going. That’s what the fans like: overcoming. Getting back out there and winning again. That’s what makes athletes grow, and that’s what makes the fans follow you – overcoming adversity.

Your contract with the update has been reported to expire in October. Do you have any plans when it comes to that? Do you feel that, with that deadline approaching, there’s more pressure on your next fight?

Justino: I’m thinking about this fight now. If I’m happy, I’ll keep working with them. There’s no reason why I wouldn’t. (But) as far as my opponent goes, I don’t think there’s pressure. I need to be ready to fight at my best. And I always leave it in God’s hands. If His plan is for me to win the belt and the fight, I’ll win. If that’s not His plan, it’s OK. I’m prepared. I don’t see it as added pressure on me. I see myself as the champ. I’ll defend my belt. But there’s no pressure. I have to train, to be ready, give it my best inside the octagon and leave the win in God’s hands.

You’re already looking slimmer on social media this time. How’s the weight coming along?

Justino: I think these three years I’ve been cutting to make the (140-pound) catchweight helped a little in staying lighter. It made it easier for my (145-pound) division. It’s not easy, but I believe I’ve been getting better with my diet every day. I’ve learned a lot in these three years of dieting. Now it’s a lot more professional. I’m very happy with the results. I’m working and training well, training happy. My last weight cuts, of course, were a good opportunity for me to showcase my work. But I wasn’t going into training happy. The people in my camp are a lot happier that I’m in my division now. I’m happy in training, I’m eating a little more. And I’m enjoying it more. I love my job, so going to the gym (while I’m) happy is a different vibe.

Despite the weight difficulties, would you ever consider trying for a two-division championship?

Justino: Only if they open my division at 155 pounds (laughs).

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

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Dana White’s Contender Series 2 Results & Highlights: Sean O’Malley Earns Contract

Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 2 Results

  • Daniel Spohn def. Angel DeAnda via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:10, R1
  • Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via knockout at 4:14, R1
  • Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via knockout at 1:35, R2
  • Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • Casey Kenney def. C.J. Hamilton via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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