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MMA Rundown, April 20th-22nd: LFA, ONE, Combate Americas and ACB bring the action this weekend - Bloody Elbow

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MMA Rundown, April 20th-22nd: LFA, ONE, Combate Americas and ACB bring the action this weekend
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We have yet another UFC card this week, no Bellator until next week, and Invicta on the horizon a few weeks from now. Considering all of the other great stuff we saw last week (including Quintet - run off right after reading this and watch Quintet ...

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Alexander Gustafsson announces 'lucrative' new UFC deal - MMA Fighting

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Alexander Gustafsson announces 'lucrative' new UFC deal
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The 31-year-old light heavyweight contender did not mention the details of his contract, but manager Nima Safapour told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that it's the best deal yet for Gustafsson. “What I can tell you is this is the most lucrative deal of ...
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Alexander Gustafsson signs multifight deal with UFC, expects his next fight 'soon' - ESPN (blog)

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Alexander Gustafsson signs multifight deal with UFC, expects his next fight 'soon'
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Two-time UFC title challenger Alexander Gustafsson has signed a new multifight deal with the promotion and expects his next fight to take place "very soon." The Swedish light heavyweight signed his new deal while in Los Angeles this week. He announced ...
Alexander Gustafsson announces 'lucrative' new UFC dealMMA Fighting
Daniel Cormier, Alexander Gustafsson and the art of uncomfortable back-and-forthMMAjunkie

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MMA Announcer Fucks Up Fight Decision Not Once, But Twice In The Span Of 15 Seconds - Deadspin

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MMA Announcer Fucks Up Fight Decision Not Once, But Twice In The Span Of 15 Seconds
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David Booker won a decision against Elijah Terrell last night at regional MMA event Alaska Fighting Championship 139, which was good news for him. The bad news was that he only learned that he'd won after riding a true emotional roller coaster. The ...
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Alexander Gustafsson signs new UFC contract, jabs at Daniel Cormier in announcement - MMAjunkie

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Alexander Gustafsson signs new UFC contract, jabs at Daniel Cormier in announcement
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Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) has twice before competed for the UFC's 205-pound title, dropping hard-fought decisions both times. He first fell short to Jon Jones via unanimous decision in September 2013 at UFC 165. In his second try, Gustafsson lost ...
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No target on Sam Sicilia's back, but hopefully that will change once he builds Bellator resume

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When he first came into Bellator, Sam Sicilia brought in the name he’d made for himself as a “The Ultimate Fighter” contestant and a UFC veteran.

That, as we’ve seen in the fight business, can be enough to turn someone into somewhat of a target. After all, one could reasonably argue, by taking on someone who’s already gained some popularity, some of it might just rub off on yourself.

Sicilia, however, also brought in a three-fight skid. And though he snapped that in his debut, with a unanimous-decision win over ex-champ Marcos Galvao, he’s yet to feel like a target.

He’s hoping to change that, though.

“I feel like in this sport, once you get on a roll, that’s when (the target) gets on your back,” Sicilia told MMAjunkie. “Coming over after a couple of losses, I think mostly people wanted to see like, ‘How is this going to play out?’ Getting that win, first, is huge. And then we’ll see where it goes from there. Let’s see. You want the target on your back, so hopefully I’ll have it soon.”

Sicilia (16-8 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) gets another step towards that on April 28, at Bellator 198, when he meets Emmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) in a featherweight bout at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., just outside Chicago. It airs on Paramount, with the rest of the main card, following prelims on MMAjunkie.

While it’s only Sicilia’s second fight for Bellator, after a preliminary-card debut, it’s already in a co-headlining spot – and against noteworthy competition in Sanchez, who’s coming off three straight wins, two of them against former champions.

Snapping Sanchez’s streak could reasonably allow Sicilia to nourish some “what’s next” thoughts in the cage. And he is doing that, a little bit. But the featherweight is also acutely aware that he’s just starting out his path in a new promotion. And, as boring as Sicilia knows that may sound, it’s one step at a time at this point.

“I don’t like to sort out the bracket, or to look too far ahead,” Sicilia said. “Obviously there’s a tough task ahead of me and I’m up for it. Once I show that fist, I can produce results before I start talking and asking for stuff. But, yeah, absolutely, after I get this win, then I feel I’ve got something – a resume. I’ve got to build a resume with Bellator.

“He’s on a roll, and he’s been in the promotion longer. I’m just the new guy coming over here and I’ve got to get on a roll, too, so that’s what I’m focused on right now.”

At least Sicilia got a start to his roll, with his win over Galvao. That one came after a two-year winless period, which involved the consecutive losses to Doo Ho Choi, Gabriel Benitez and Gavin Tucker that ended his 12-fight UFC stint.

Despite the skid, which Sicilia didn’t make excuses for heading into Bellator, Sicilia was optimistic about his fresh start. And now, with a win to show for it, he reflects on some of the circumstances that contributed to make it happen.

“It’s easier to focus on being more competitive, or keeping that competitive mindset than being kind of sold as a brawler and then sent all over the world to fight always the hometown guy,” Sicilia said. “I fought the Brazilian in Brazil, the Japanese guy in Japan. I was kind of playing a role. Now I feel a little, like I said, heard through Bellator, where they’re just letting me compete and do my thing.

“Even the whole thing – the fight week, and the lead-up for the fight. Everything was a little more relaxed and a little bit more about the fight than the entertainment aspect and the Twitter followers and all that kind of stuff.”

Of course, even the most carefree of fighters won’t tell you losing is a desirable experience. In the UFC, for instance, a win means double your pay check. But, as fighters will also often tell you, there’s the type of lesson you simply don’t learn by winning fights.

Sicilia has learned from his losses that the sun still rises the next day. And that, ultimately, there’s more to fighting than how it will look on your record.

“I’ve only lost one time where I felt terrible, because I didn’t give it my all,” Sicilia said. “I kind of lost and felt terrible about it, because I still had a bunch of energy, I didn’t leave it all out there. And that’s the only thing that I said to myself, (not that) going in there I have to win or I can’t lose, but I have to do my damndest there.

“That’s what makes me feel great as a fighter. Win, lose or draw, as long as I left it out there, then I can feel good about myself. Walk away with my head held high. I can’t walk away and not give it my all and lose, that’s a terrible feeling.”

For some, it’s the thoughts of gold that push them to get up in the morning and hit the mats. And sure, gold is pretty nice. But Sicilia, who’s had to deal with his share of self-doubt in light of consecutive setbacks, gets his drive mostly from this one basic idea: competing.

“I want to walk away knowing that I did my best,” Sicilia said. “And knowing that I actually got better an did the best to my abilities. To be honest, I want to walk away with a crazy highlight reel and I want to know that I did my damndest. That’s what matters to me.

“So, you come in with these dreams, like the belt and stuff. And that stuff can happen. But when you focus too much on that, you kind of lose sight of why you’re there. I just love fighting and that’s what my focus is.”

Now, that doesn’t mean Sicilia doesn’t think about being champion. It just means he knows there’s a process to it.

“Your focus has to be on the task at hand and then, eventually, I guess once the higher-ups start talking about it,” Sicilia said. “Even being the people’s champ – that’s why you fight. Once the people want to see you, then eventually that will happen.”

For more on Bellator 198, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

Dan Hooker once viewed Jim Miller as 'unimaginable' matchup, now he's fighting him

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Dan Hooker is somewhat taken aback by the fact he’s just days away from fighting Jim Miller at UFC Fight Night 128.

When Hooker (15-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) made his MMA debut in March 2009, Miller (28-11 MMA, 17-10 UFC) had already been a member of the UFC roster for five months. He’s stayed put since, and more than nine years later the two are set to match up in a lightweight bout this weekend.

Hooker said he’s not the type to get starstruck, but having reached a point in his career when he’s now fighting the names he watched coming up is a testament to how far he’s come. The bout holds value to Hooker, he said, even more so than if he’d been booked against someone currently in the top 15.

“That’s a name that I’ve been looking at since I first started in the sport,” Hooker told MMAjunkie. “I would prefer this Jim Miller fight over a couple other guys in the top 15. I really like this fight. He’s such a name – he’s a name that’s been at the pinnacle of the sport since I first got into it. When I was first starting out, he was in the UFC and it was kind of unimaginable to kind of reach this stage.”

UFC Fight Night 128 takes place Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Hooker vs. Miller airs on the FS1-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Although it’s somewhat of a dream matchup for Hooker, he does admit that the version of Miller he’s set to share the octagon with is not the same as the one who was making a run as a 155-pound title contender years ago. Miller is currently sitting on a three-fight losing skid, but Hooker knows that’s not a definitive representation of his current ability.

Miller has almost exclusively been fighting the best competition available in recent years. Hooker said he wants to put on a winning performance that shows he’s on that level.

“This is going to be a big test and a big showing for both of us,” Hooker said. “For me, it’s going to show if I belong at that elite tier of the division, and then for Jim, it’s going to show a lot of fans where he stands in the division and how much he still wants to be part of it.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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The MMA World's Initial Reaction To Conor McGregor's Most Legendary Tweet - Pundit Arena

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The MMA World's Initial Reaction To Conor McGregor's Most Legendary Tweet
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It has been two years to the day since Conor McGregor's legendary tweet that sent the sporting world into nothing short of an absolute frenzy. Long before he was engaging in crossover super-fights and throwing 'dollies' at buses, Conor McGregor was the ...
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MMA's Steve Harvey? Announcer calls out wrong winner in cage after fight - MMA Fighting

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MMA's Steve Harvey? Announcer calls out wrong winner in cage after fight
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... the actual winner by decision. Then, seconds later, the man on the microphone issued another mea culpa. “My bad,” the announcer. “I called it wrong. My bad. I got the scores right, I got the winner wrong. My bad, my friend. I'm sorry.” He then ...
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UFC Fight Night 128's Frankie Edgar defies critics on quick turnaround, Ortega loss

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ATLANTIC CITY – Frankie Edgar knows there’s no way to appease critics concerned for his safety, so he might as well give up trying.

For the record, the ex-champ doesn’t think he’s returning to the octagon too soon after a knockout loss to Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) this past month at UFC 222. Because he didn’t go completely unconscious, he doesn’t count it as a knockout. Because he didn’t suffer any serious aftereffects, he believes he’s ready to fight again one month after the fight.

“I felt fine,” Edgar (22-6-1 MMA, 16-6-1 UFC) said. “No one’s going to believe anything I say, so it doesn’t matter, really. No one’s going to believe me that I felt fine in the hotel room that night, but I know how I felt.”

Edgar did consult with his family and his team before signing on for a rematch with Cub Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 128. Equal as his desire to get back in the win column was an opportunity to fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where he won his first regional title before signing with the UFC.

Edgar raised eyebrows when he announced he’d gotten back into the gym shortly after the Ortega loss to begin sparring, forcing him to clarify that he hadn’t taken any head shots in violation of his mandatory medical suspension.

The former UFC lightweight champ knows well of other fighter’s who’ve returned too quickly to the cage only to suffer another devastating loss. He just believes the circumstances he faces are different.

“I guess we’re going to know for sure on Saturday night, but I believe in myself, I believe in my skills, and I believe in my team,” he said. “I know I took a loss, I was stopped, I didn’t go all the way out, and everyone’s going to doubt that, but I know who I am.”

The last time Edgar set foot in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, he faced off with another hard nosed New Jersey fighter Jim Miller. He won the fight, but didn’t emerge unscathed.

“I got a piece of my cauliflower kicked off my head,” Edgar said. “He head kicked, I blocked, I blocked, and I don’t know if it was his toenail or pinched off my head, and it went flying. It looked like a tooth, but it was a piece of my ear.”

Of course, that damage was plainly easy to see. The type Edgar suffered against Ortega isn’t as visible. But for Edgar, there’s only one way to find out how bad it is or isn’t. And no one can tell him to go about things any other way.

“I didn’t listen to them before, and I don’t listen to them now,” he said. “So what’s the difference?”

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John McCarthy: Fedor Emelianenko will be inspired to prove two things at Bellator 198

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Of course Fedor Emelianenko wants to advance in Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix next week. Of course he wants to become the promotion’s heavyweight champion.

But Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) will have something else on his mind as a goal when he takes on Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in the Bellator 198 main event, former referee and current Bellator analyst John McCarthy says.

He’ll want to prove to the world that years ago, when Mir was ruling the roost as the UFC’s heavyweight champion, that it was Emelianenko who was the best in the world while he was fighting in PRIDE.

Bellator 198 takes place April 28 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., near Chicago. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Related'Bellator 198 Countdown,' No. 1: Fedor returns to 'the place where I became the man I am now'

Mir will be making his Bellator debut and will be fighting for the first time in more than two years. Emelianenko made his Bellator debut last June and was knocked out by Matt Mitrione at Madison Square Garden. Mir is a slight betting favorite against the 41-year-old Russian legend.

In the video above, McCarthy breaks down the legend that is Fedor ahead of his long-awaited fight against Mir.

For more on Bellator 198, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Firas Zahabi wants you to 'put down your potato chips' and join Wimp 2 Warrior at Tristar Gym

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Tristar Gym is the latest facility to team up with the Wimp 2 Warrior foundation with hopes of changing the life of men and women through mixed martial arts.

If you don’t know much about Wimp 2 Warrior, here’s a quick briefing, per the organization’s description:

Designed to make the sport of MMA accessible at a grassroots level to anyone who wishes to challenge themselves, Wimp 2 Warrior has taken thousands of everyday men and women on a 22-week life changing journey into the world of mixed martial arts. The transformative experience culminates with these men and women becoming stronger, healthier and more confident people in every aspect of their lives while taking on the ultimate challenge, stepping into the cage in front of cheering family and friends to face off against another W2W competitor in carefully selected match ups of equivalent skill, fitness and weight.

Several notable gyms have already joined up with Wimp 2 Warrior, and Tristar Gym will mark its 20th notable partnership over the past 12 months. Reputable gyms such as Syndicate MMA, Team Oyama, Straight Blast Gym (SBG) are already associated to the program, which dates back to early 2012.

Tristar Gym head coach Firas Zahabi will be one of the leaders for the 22-week program, which begins June 18 in Montreal. According to Wimp 2 Warrior, “Tristar’s roster of elite level UFC, Bellator and MMA fighters will be getting involved by working directly with the Wimp 2 Warrior participants throughout the training process. This will range from leading classes, personal instruction, as well as mentoring on the nuances of training, fighting and psychology around being successful at both.”

Zahabi, who coaches the likes of former UFC champ Georges St-Pierre and current Bellator champ Rory MacDonald, has been a frequent proponent of using MMA as a positive driving force both in an out of the cage. He said he’s eager for that to continue with Wimp 2 Warrior.

“It is fantastic to see the worldwide surge of martial arts training and we at Tristar gym are very excited to be featuring this life changing program that takes things one step further. We want to grow our sport by highlighting the best it has to offer, namely the training that translates into emotionally and physically accomplishing your goals while facing your fears. So put down your potato chips and close that laptop, it’s time to transform from a wimp…. to a WARRIOR.”

Applications to participate in Wimp 2 Warrior “Tristar” are already open. Tryouts will be being held June 3 at Tristar Gym. Men and women of all ages and fitness level are eligible to apply at Wimp2Warrior.com.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly seriously, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS.

Frankie Edgar rematch at UFC Fight Night 128 was last thing Cub Swanson expected

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Of all the losses Cub Swanson wanted to avenge, ex-champ Frankie Edgar was low on the list.

So when the UFC offered him a new contract on the contingency that he rematch Edgar, Swanson was a bit surprised.

“It’s been (Jose) Aldo, (Ricardo) Lamas, Max (Holloway),” Swanson told MMAjunkie in advance of his second go-around with Edgar at UFC Fight Night 128, which takes place Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. “Those are the guys that were on my radar. For some reason, Frankie was always on a different path, fighting different people.”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 128 breakdown: Will Cub Swanson make Frankie Edgar pay for quick turnaround?

Edgar (22-6-1 MMA, 16-6-1 UFC) famously snapped Swanson’s longest UFC win streak, submitting him with four seconds remaining in a 2014 headliner at UFC Fight Night 57. But Swanson (25-8 MMA, 10-4 UFC) sees the rematch as more of a practical matter for Edgar, who suffered the first knockout loss of his career last month at UFC 222.

“I guess he just wanted to fight here back in his hometown, and I get it,” Swanson said. “Coming off a loss, you feel like, man, I just made a mistake and I want to get back in there.

“I’ve been there. Last time I fought Frankie and lost, I wanted to get right back in there, and that’s when I fought Max. Sometimes it works out for you, and sometimes it doesn’t.”

Edgar, a perennial UFC contender and former lightweight champ, has walked a long road to reacquire a title. Swanson, meanwhile, is still working to get his first title shot. Both fighters have met high-profile setbacks, but Swanson expects the same tough opponent he met four years ago.

Gallery Photos: Best of Cub Swanson view 25 images

“When his name came up, it took me by surprise, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to do that,'” he said.

Swanson ultimately chose to stay with the UFC because the promotion met his financial demands, but also because the level of competition is higher than any other promotion in the world.

“Passion and pay at the same time, that seemed like the right move,” Swanson said.

It also gives him a better shot at correcting all the missteps of his early career, even if he’s not necessarily a fighter driven by revenge. The chance to beat Edgar might not have been his first choice, but it’s a good option nonetheless.

For more on UFC Fight Night 128, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMA Announcer Pulls Steve Harvey, Botches Result Leaving Both Fighters Confused - Bleacher Report

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MMA Announcer Pulls Steve Harvey, Botches Result Leaving Both Fighters Confused
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Being a ring announcer is a thankless job, and Alaska Fighting Championship's man in the cage is finding that out after botching the official decision for Elijah Terrell vs. David Booker at AFC 139 on Wednesday at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Anchorage ...
MMA's Steve Harvey? Announcer calls out wrong winner in cage after fightMMA Fighting
WATCH: Ring announcer declares wrong winner twice in one MMA fightCBSSports.com
VIDEO | Is this the most ridiculous announcing blunder in MMA history?BJPenn.com (press release) (blog)

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Dillon Danis, Brittney Palmer, Joe Giannetti

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Dillon Danis, Brittney Palmer and Joe Giannetti.

Danis, a decorated grappler, will make his MMA debut against Kyle Walker next week at Bellator 198 in Rosemont, Ill. Palmer is a longtime UFC octagon girl, as well as a model and host, who has been part of the MMA scene for more than 10 years. Giannetti made his debut on Season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter” on Wednesday night with a quick win over John Gunther. He’ll discuss the first episode and his role on Daniel Cormier’s team on the show.

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.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • 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.

Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2663 with Yancy Medeiros, Daniel Straus

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Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Yancy Medeiros and Daniel Straus.

Former Bellator featherweight champion Straus called into the show to share his health status after being injured in an accident last December. UFC welterweight Medeiros, who will face Mike Perry on July 7 at UFC 226, called in to talk about his fight in Las Vegas.

You can listen to the entire episode on AudioBoom.com. You can watch a replay of the episode below, as well.

New headliner Peter Queally promises fight of the year, Fight Nights Global title shot

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The man known as “The Showstopper” hasn’t had an easy run thus far in his Fight Nights Global career, but that isn’t doing anything to dampen his expectations ahead of his next appearance.

David Khachatryan is very dangerous, but people with this aggressive fighting style bring out the best in me,” Peter Queally said. “No man has ever been able to stop him his entire career, and no man has ever been able to stop me my entire career. We are both known for our fights being crazy wars.

“This is going to be Fight Nights Global ‘Fight of the Year.'”

Queally (10-4-1) faces Khachatryan (24-3) in the main event of the newly announced Fight Nights Global 87 event, which takes place May 19 at KSK Express in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. As with all Fight Nights Global events, the card streams live on Russian social media outlet VK.com.

An Armenina who has been competing under the Fight Nights Global banner since 2014, Khachatryan will unquestionably enjoy a favorable crowd against the traveling Irishman, but Queally said his previous three contests for the promotion have him well-prepared.

“Yes, the support of the arena is a powerful weapon that he will have in his favor,” Queally said. “However, I have dealt with this my entire career.

“Twelve-thousand Kazakhs couldn’t stop me in my last fight. I expect Rostov to be just as loud, hostile and crazy. I am ready for this.”

An SBG Ireland product who reportedly was once incredibly close to a UFC berth, Queally’s time with Fight Nights Global hasn’t been easy. Three fights have all gone to the judges, with him dropping one via majority decision and second scored the same but ultimately overturned to a draw after a review from the Russian commission that oversees the events.

Queally is ready to put all the behind and thinks that a win against another dangerous opponent – especially if the fight goes down as he plans – should earn him a shot at the title.

“With a win over Khachatryan, I am 100 percent the No. 1 contender,” Queally said. “If I am victorious, I want to fight Akhmed Aliev for the belt in Dublin next.”

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