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The MMA Hour with Daniel Cormier, Rory MacDonald, Tony Ferguson, Chael Sonnen, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Jessica ... - MMA Fighting

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The MMA Hour with Daniel Cormier, Rory MacDonald, Tony Ferguson, Chael Sonnen, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, Jessica ...
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4:45 p.m. -- The MMA (After) Hour will air exclusively on Twitter. We'll showcase Ric's Picks and answer your questions sent via the hashtag #themmahour. Watch the segment live HERE. Also, you can give us a call on our hotline at 1-844-8-MMA-Hour (1 ...

MMA: Kattar prevails before Hub faithful - The Union Leader

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MMA: Kattar prevails before Hub faithful
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MMA: Kattar prevails before Hub faithful. By LYNNE SNIERSON Special to the Union Leader January 21. 2018 8:47PM. Calvin Kattar beat previously undefeated Shane Burgos via TKO on the main card of UFC 220 at sold-out TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night ...
UFC 220 live blog: Calvin Kattar vs. Shane BurgosMMA Fighting

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Two champions reassert their MMA dominance at UFC 220 - Calgary Sun

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Two champions reassert their MMA dominance at UFC 220
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BOSTON – Heading into UFC 220, it felt like the entire MMA world was anticipating the crowning of a couple new kings. Instead, two champions reasserted their claims to the throne and, in doing so, derailed a couple of fast-moving hype trains. In the ...
UFC 220 post-event facts: Stipe Miocic breaks new ground in heavyweight record booksMMAjunkie

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Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala announced as alternates for 2018 Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix - MMA Fighting

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Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala announced as alternates for 2018 Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix
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The Grand Prix features eight — now seven, with Quinton Jackson losing to Chael Sonnen in the opening round on Saturday evening — of the biggest names in Bellator competing for the right to claim the vacant heavyweight title. But as with all MMA ...
Bellator grand-prix notebook: Coker on bracket, alternates (including Kongo), event datesMMAjunkie

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'Rampage' Jackson: Chael Sonnen 'fought like a bitch' at Bellator 192 - MMA Fighting

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'Rampage' Jackson: Chael Sonnen 'fought like a bitch' at Bellator 192
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There was nothing but respect, admiration and even some camaraderie between Chael Sonnen and Quinton Jackson leading into Bellator 192. That was then. After Sonnen's unanimous decision victory over Jackson in the main event of the card Saturday night ...
Live! Bellator MMA Heavyweight Grand Prix press conferenceMMAmania.com
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UFC 220 post-event facts: Stipe Miocic breaks new ground in heavyweight record books

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The UFC’s first title fights of the year didn’t provide any shakeups. Both champions defended on Saturday’s UFC 220 card, which took place at TD Garden in Boston and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) established himself as the most successful heavyweight champion in divisional history when he turned back hyped challenger Francis Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for his third title defense.

Light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) got his business done inside the distance, overwhelming Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) for a second-round TKO win.

The UFC’s first pay-per-view of the year featured some record-setting moments. For more on the facts, figures and footnotes form UFC 220, check below for 40 post-event facts.

* * * *

General

TD Garden

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $249,500.

Cormier, Abdul Razak Alhassan, Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos earned $50,000 UFC 220 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 1-3 on the card.

UFC 220 drew an announced attendance of 16,015 for a live gate of $2.45 million.

Betting favorites went 7-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:09:40.

Main card

Stipe Miocic

Miocic’s three consecutive UFC heavyweight title defense are most of any champion in divisional history.

Miocic’s six-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Ngannou had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2013.

Daniel Cormier

Cormier joined Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win two championship fights following a loss.

Cormier improved to 7-1 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC light-heavyweight division in February 2014.

Cormier has earned five of his seven UFC light-heavyweight victories by stoppage.

Cormier improved to 8-0 in his career when he lands at least two takedowns in a fight.

Cormier became the seventh fighter in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from the crucifix position. Jones, Gary Goodridge, Matt Hughes, Dong Hyun Kim, Paul Kelly and Tyson Pedro also accomplished the feat.

Oezdemir suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Kattar (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 10 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2010.

Kattar earned his first knockout victory since June 19, 2010 – a span of 2,772 days (more than seven years) and eight fights.

Burgos (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Gian Villante

Gian Villante (16-9 MMA, 6-6 UFC) absorbs 6.12 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the third highest among active fighters in the company behind Leslie Smith (8.4) and Dooho Choi (6.26).

Francimar Barroso (19-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has suffered three of his four UFC losses by decision.

Rob Font (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) improved to 14-2 in his past 16 fights.

Font has earned all five of his UFC victories by stoppage. That includes four knockouts.

Rob Font

Font’s five stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind champ T.J. Dillashaw (seven) and Urijah Faber (six).

Font’s four knockout victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (six).

Thomas Almeida (21-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Almeida has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Preliminary card

Kyle Bochniak (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Abdul Razak Alhassan

Alhassan (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all his career victories by first-round knockout.

Sabah Homasi (11-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has suffered seven of his eight career losses by stoppage.

Dustin Ortiz’s (18-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) seven UFC flyweight victories are tied for third most in divisional history behind champ Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Ortiz has earned four of his seven UFC victories by decision.

Alexandre Pantoja (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since June 2010.

Pantoja has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Dan Ige (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Enrique Barzola

Enrique Barzola (14-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.

Barzola has landed 26 takedowns in his four UFC victories.

Matt Bessette (22-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his eight-fight unbeaten streak snapped for his first loss since August 2015.

Islam Makhachev (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) earned his first knockout victory since May 6, 2011 – a span of 2,451 days (nearly seven years) and 13 fights.

Gleison Tibau’s (33-13 MMA, 16-11 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his carer. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2015.

Tibau has suffered two of his past three UFC losses by knockout after going more than eight years without being stopped by strikes.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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UFC 220 post-event facts: Stipe Miocic breaks new ground in heavyweight record books

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The UFC’s first title fights of the year didn’t provide any shakeups. Both champions defended on Saturday’s UFC 220 card, which took place at TD Garden in Boston and aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) established himself as the most successful heavyweight champion in divisional history when he turned back hyped challenger Francis Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for his third title defense.

Light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) got his business done inside the distance, overwhelming Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) for a second-round TKO win.

The UFC’s first pay-per-view of the year featured some record-setting moments. For more on the facts, figures and footnotes form UFC 220, check below for 40 post-event facts.

* * * *

General

TD Garden

The UFC-Reebok Athlete Outfitting payout for the event totaled $249,500.

Cormier, Abdul Razak Alhassan, Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos earned $50,000 UFC 220 fight-night bonuses.

Debuting fighters went 1-3 on the card.

UFC 220 drew an announced attendance of 16,015 for a live gate of $2.45 million.

Betting favorites went 7-4 on the card.

Total fight time for the 11-bout card was 2:09:40.

Main card

Stipe Miocic

Miocic’s three consecutive UFC heavyweight title defense are most of any champion in divisional history.

Miocic’s six-fight UFC winning streak in heavyweight competition is the longest active streak in the division.

Ngannou had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2013.

Daniel Cormier

Cormier joined Randy Couture as the only fighters in UFC history to win two championship fights following a loss.

Cormier improved to 7-1 (with one no-contest) since he dropped to the UFC light-heavyweight division in February 2014.

Cormier has earned five of his seven UFC light-heavyweight victories by stoppage.

Cormier improved to 8-0 in his career when he lands at least two takedowns in a fight.

Cormier became the seventh fighter in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from the crucifix position. Jones, Gary Goodridge, Matt Hughes, Dong Hyun Kim, Paul Kelly and Tyson Pedro also accomplished the feat.

Oezdemir suffered the first knockout loss of his career.

Kattar (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) extended his winning streak to 10 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since February 2010.

Kattar earned his first knockout victory since June 19, 2010 – a span of 2,772 days (more than seven years) and eight fights.

Burgos (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) had his 10-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career.

Gian Villante

Gian Villante (16-9 MMA, 6-6 UFC) absorbs 6.12 significant strikes per minute in UFC competition, the third highest among active fighters in the company behind Leslie Smith (8.4) and Dooho Choi (6.26).

Francimar Barroso (19-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has suffered three of his four UFC losses by decision.

Rob Font (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) improved to 14-2 in his past 16 fights.

Font has earned all five of his UFC victories by stoppage. That includes four knockouts.

Rob Font

Font’s five stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind champ T.J. Dillashaw (seven) and Urijah Faber (six).

Font’s four knockout victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (six).

Thomas Almeida (21-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career.

Almeida has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout.

Preliminary card

Kyle Bochniak (8-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights.

Abdul Razak Alhassan

Alhassan (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has earned all his career victories by first-round knockout.

Sabah Homasi (11-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) has suffered seven of his eight career losses by stoppage.

Dustin Ortiz’s (18-7 MMA, 7-5 UFC) seven UFC flyweight victories are tied for third most in divisional history behind champ Demetrious Johnson (13) and Joseph Benavidez (10).

Ortiz has earned four of his seven UFC victories by decision.

Alexandre Pantoja (18-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) had his 11-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since June 2010.

Pantoja has suffered all three of his career losses by decision.

Dan Ige (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has suffered both of his career losses by decision.

Enrique Barzola

Enrique Barzola (14-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned all four of his UFC victories by decision.

Barzola has landed 26 takedowns in his four UFC victories.

Matt Bessette (22-8 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his eight-fight unbeaten streak snapped for his first loss since August 2015.

Islam Makhachev (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) earned his first knockout victory since May 6, 2011 – a span of 2,451 days (nearly seven years) and 13 fights.

Gleison Tibau’s (33-13 MMA, 16-11 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his carer. He hasn’t earned a victory since January 2015.

Tibau has suffered two of his past three UFC losses by knockout after going more than eight years without being stopped by strikes.

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

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Abdul Razak Alhassan lands No. 1 on 'SportsCenter Top 10' with sick KO at UFC 220

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It’s not often an MMA fight lands the No. 1 spot on the famous “SportsCenter Top 10” list. However, Abdul Razak Alhassan’s first-round knockout victory at UFC 220 was just that good.

Hassan (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) starched Sabah Homasi (11-8 MMA, 0-3 UFC) in a welterweight bout on the FS1-televised prelims of Saturday’s UFC 220 event, which took place at TD Garden in Boston and aired on pay-per-view. He scored a clean finish with a near-perfect uppercut, and the result was a highlight that couldn’t go unrecognized.

RelatedWatch Abdul Razak Alhassan knock Sabah Homasi out cold with one uppercut at UFC 220

Despite UFC 220 going up against Bellator 192 and a notable NBA game between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors, ESPN’s “SportsCenter” deemed Homasi’s knockout as the best play from Saturday (via Instagram):

“It was amazing,” Alhassan said after the fight (watch his post-event interview above). “It wasn’t something I planned ahead of time, but I saw the way he was moving his head. I saw him moving his head, and when I threw the jab, I knew he was going to duck that way, so that’s when I threw the uppercut.”

The fight was actually a rematch. Alhassan beat Homasi by first-round TKO at UFC 218 in December, but aside from referee Herb Dean, almost everyone felt the bout ended with an early stoppage.

Alhassan said he was pleased with the rematch because it left “no doubt if it was a fluke.” The brutal knockout kept Alhassan’s 100 percent career first-round knockout rate in tact, and he said he hopes the UFC gives him a notable opponent next.

RelatedUFC 220 bonuses: Daniel Cormier, Abdul Razak Alhassan among $50,000 winners

“I do not call people out,” Alhassan said. “Whoever the UFC gives me (is fine). I want somebody that can push me up there in the ranks. It doesn’t matter who it is.”

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Bellator 192 post-event facts: Michael Chandler ties all-time wins record

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Bellator 192 took place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and it marked a new chapter in the history of the Bellator organization.

The first fight card to air on the newly launched Paramount saw Chael Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) emerge victorious in the main event. He defeated Quinton Jackson (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) by unanimous decision to advance in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix.

A new champion was also crowned at the event when Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) claimed welterweight gold by dethroning Douglas Lima (29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) in a grueling co-main event.

For more on the numbers behind Bellator’s first event of the year, check below for 20 post-event facts from Bellator 192.

* * * *

General

Debuting fighters went 0-1 on the main card.

Betting favorites went 4-1 on the main card.

Total fight time for the five-bout main card was 1:10:37.

Main card

Chael Sonnen

Sonnen was successful in the first heavyweight fight of his nearly 21-year career.

Sonnen improved to 2-1 since he returned to competition from a more than three-year layoff in January 2017.

Sonnen earned consecutive victories for the first time since 2012.

Sonnen has earned 18 of his 30 career victories by decision. That includes both of his Bellator wins.

Sonnen became the first fighter to earn career victories over Jackson and Wanderlei Silva.

Jackson fell to 3-3 in his career in heavyweight fights.

Jackson has suffered his past four losses by decision. He hasn’t been stopped since September 2011.

MacDonald became the sixth Bellator welterweight champion.

Lima has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision. That includes all three of his Bellator defeats.

Michael Chandler

Michael Chandler’s (17-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA)14 victories in Bellator competition are tied with Patricio Freire for most in company history.

Chandler’s 11 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are most in divisional history.

Goiti Yamauchi (22-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) fell to 3-1 since he moved up to the Bellator lightweight division in October 2016.

Yamauchi has suffered all four of his career losses by decision.

Aaron Pico

Aaron Pico (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) improved to 2-0 since he dropped to the featherweight division in September 2017.

Pico has earned both of his career victories by knockout.

Shane Kruchten (12-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage.

Georgi Karakhanyan (27-8-1 MMA, 6-6 BMMA) fell to 4-4 since he returned to Bellator for a second stint in January 2015.

Karakhanyan has suffered six of his eight career losses by decision.

For complete coverage of Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript.

Bellator 192's Aaron Pico working on defense but willing to take 'years off my life'

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Looking at Aaron Pico’s Bellator 192 featherweight fight (all 37 seconds of it), it was clear that the super prospect was on the hunt for a body shot.

As we know, he found it – and it wasn’t just once. Right away, Pico (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) dropped Shane Kruchten (12-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) after hitting his midsection. Kruchten was tough enough to get up, but it wasn’t long before a nasty left hook kept him down.

RelatedBellator 192 results: Aaron Pico scores 37-second knockout with body shot

Strategy? Sure. But, for Pico, it was more like a prediction.

“I knew I was going to knock him out with a body shot,” Pico said after the main-card bout, which aired on Paramount from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. “I didn’t really say it; I just knew. He was long, lanky. I just knew if I got to the inside – I’ve seen a couple of tapes on him. He’s taken some kicks to the body, which he didn’t really like.

“So I knew. If I got to the inside on him, and I let it rip, he would just go down. There would be no way he would be able to stand. I showed it tonight.”

That, he did. Now two gnarly first-round knockouts removed from a disappointing loss to Zach Freeman in his pro debut, Pico has further confirmed the high expectations that have surrounded his transition to MMA following a lauded amateur-wrestling career.

The excitement, however, doesn’t mean it’s all praise. Despite the undeniable results it’s recently got him, Pico’s aggression has also been subject of some criticism – specifically, his openness when engaging early, which has left him open for counters.

RelatedBellator 192 video highlights: Sonnen advances, MacDonald guts out title win

Pico is aware that he needs to work on his defense, which is why he does just that with coach Antonio McKee every day. But at the same time, he’s a fighter, and the occupational hazards that come with it are something he’s aware and accepting of.

“Like I said, I’ll take one to (give) five,” Pico said. “That’s just kind of who I am. This is a fighting sport. You’re going to take punches. If I take eight years off my life because I took some punches in the cage, I’m OK with that. As long as my family is good and I had a good career, I’m fine with it.”

In any case, Pico knows there’s a process to these things. And at 21, he’s off to a solid start. He’s winning fights. He’s making good money. Even his high-profile loss at Madison Square Garden, he said, ended up being a blessing: Without it, he wouldn’t have joined The Bodyshop team to which he credits so much of his success in MMA.

Now, after a golden ending to an injury-free camp, Pico is optimistic about both his present and future.

“Everything just felt right,” Pico said. “I was nervous, of course. I’m always nervous. But I just knew this was just – it’s just my time. I feel good at featherweight, and 145 is the perfect weight for me. I feel strong, fast, and like I said, I just need time.

“Time is my friend right now, so each time I keep fighting is going to get better an better. I’m having a good time.”

Featherweight is clearly a good place for Pico, but it’s one that comes with a caveat: Training partner and childhood friend A.J. McKee, who also happens to be the son of coach Antonio, is also there. And logically, both fighters have title aspirations.

But while Pico’s taking a wait-and-see approach to his future, which he relies on his team to help map out, there’s one compromise he’s categorically not willing to make.

“A.J. and I won’t fight; that’s just a given,” Pico said. “A.J. McKee and I have been friends since we were little kids. He used to be at my house all the time, spending the night over for barbecues on family trips with us. No, that’s just weird. There’s many people in the world to beat up, rather than us fighting. That’s just not going to happen.”

For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Is Stipe Miocic the greatest heavyweight in UFC history after record-breaking title defense?

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For a long time it remained one of the more frustrating questions in all of MMA – who’s the greatest heavyweight champion in UFC history?

Up until now, it’s been a stubborn numbers game. With no champion able to hold onto the belt for more than two straight title defenses, you ended up going on gut feeling. It was all about who seemed like the greatest, who might have been, if not for one bad break or another.

Then along came Stipe Miocic, and suddenly the conversation got a little easier.

RelatedHeavyweight champ Stipe Miocic declares himself greatest of all-time after UFC 220 win

With his unanimous decision win over Francis Ngannou at UFC 220, Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) is now the sole owner of the record for consecutive UFC heavyweight title defenses with a whopping three. That makes him, at least according to the numbers, the most dominant heavyweight champ in UFC history.

But does it also make him the greatest?

The rational answer – the one that relies on stuff like proof and evidence – is yes. By dominating Ngannou (11-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), one of the more electrifying heavyweight contenders in years, Miocic broke a UFC record that stretches back to the VHS days. Three in a row wouldn’t be historic in most other weight classes, but at heavyweight it practically makes you a one-man dynasty.

It’s not like Miocic slid by on narrow technicalities, either. He claimed the belt with a knockout, tied the record with two more, then broke it with a one-sided destruction of the big, scary man who came into the fight as a walking highlight reel.

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You know he’s the best heavyweight because he keeps beating up anyone who tries to prove otherwise.

Still, that other part of the brain – the one that feels more than thinks – might still struggle with this one. For all his many virtues, Miocic doesn’t quite give off the “baddest man alive” vibe.

He’s not the biggest or the scariest heavyweight. He’s not the guy who strikes terror into the hearts of men. He’s just a guy who’s really good at fighting and seems like he’d prefer if he never had to talk about it.

In theory, that shouldn’t matter. Against Ngannou, he fought an extremely smart and disciplined fight. He minimized risks, did damage, and won rounds while finding all the best ways to poke a series of important holes in the challenger’s gas tank.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Stipe Miocic's historic title defense vs. Francis Ngannou at UFC 220

He did exactly what he needed to do, and as a result he did what no one else has been able to do.

If he’s missing anything, it’s that aura, that movie star swagger, whatever nameless thing it is that we want from our heavyweight champs even more than we want it from all the others. And Miocic, he’s not that. He also doesn’t seem to care.

As he said after his win, he’s not the most terrifying heavyweight out there – he’s just “the best.”

If that’s not enough for us, maybe that’s our problem rather than his.

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BOSTON – There are a few angles in which you can look at a situation like Volkan Oezdemir’s.

There’s the obvious (and frustrating) one: Saturday’s UFC 220 co-headliner opposite light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) meant not only fast-rising Oezdemir’s (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) first loss in the octagon, but also his failure to capture the 205-pound crown.

But then there’s the glass-half-full approach. After all, MMAjunkie’s “2017 Breakout Fighter of the Year” did get a title bid against one of the sport’s greatest – less than one year after his UFC debut. There’s all that he learned as he prepared for it. And there’s all he got to experience throughout, from the pre-fight banter to the champ’s post-fight words of encouragement – with the actual fight in between.

RelatedVolkan Oezdemir praises Daniel Cormier after UFC 220 loss: 'You deserve this title'

It seems Oezdemir is choosing to focus on the second option.

“(Cormier) just talked to me a little bit, and we exchanged some words,” Oezdemir told reporters after the pay-per-view co-headliner, which took place at Boston’s TD Arena. “He’s a really cool, and definitely it’s a lot of hype, definitely, before the fight. Just talks. It was fun, definitely. I enjoy all the process.

“I just love the fight game, at the end of the day. It’s something you start to really – you feel a lot of love for this sport and all the different aspects. So there is the outside of the cage, inside of the cage, all of that is a blessing. Because all fight week was amazing. I got all my friends coming here. I got all my team. It was a good moment. I shared a lot of moments with a lot of people” (via Instagram):

It’s safe to say: Anyone who was expecting a pity party from Oezdemir after the loss, which came via second-round TKO, must have been terribly frustrated. Instead, the challenger offered his opponent tons of praise and valued his own title efforts.

Of course, the challenger wanted a win. But you can do worse than rising through the UFC’s 205-pound division at lightening speed, ultimately getting beaten by an opponent who’s not only skilled, but a class act – and get praise from him in the process.

RelatedUFC 220 video highlights: Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Then, while he’s yet to review the tape, there’s the little bit of comfort Oezdemir could gather from what happened in the cage. While it was a somewhat dominant display by Cormier, Oezdemir did put on some pressure early and was able to fend off Cormier’s wrestling for a bit.

“I think I surprised myself, because I know I have a good position in the close range like that,” Oezdemir said. “So I felt good. I felt really good. Upper body work, greco and stuff – I worked a lot on that. So, definitely, it was a good momentum for me. But then I got caught on the floor once and maybe the second time. And then I got stuck, so I don’t really know.

“But I surprised myself. I realized that I really progressed in my wrestling. I took definitely a lot of commitment into my wrestling training and improving on my defense and my offense and everything. So I’m also happy with what I did do in that fight.”

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As for the way it ended, with Oezdemir being pummelled by Cormier from the mounted crucifix position, the challenger was, as it showed, quite stuck. But the damage looked scarier that it really was.

“I mark really easily on my face, and I get red super easily,” Oezdemir said.  “But I wasn’t really rocked. But definitely I (would have taken) a lot of damage, so the referee stopped the fight.”

As of now, the plan for the 28-year-old is to put on some sun glasses over his bruised face. and enjoy the extra day he’s got in Boston. Then, on Tuesday, he’ll be back in the gym – doing more wrestling, of course, but still not neglecting his striking.

And as for his plans a little further down the road?

“I will be champion, that’s for sure,” Oezdemir said . “I will be champion. It’s just a matter of time. Definitely, tonight wasn’t my night. Cormier is definitely one of the best light heavyweights that ever existed. He’s ranked in the pound-for-pound division.

“It’s already a great honor for me to fight this guy so early in my career. But I have so many more years in front of me, and I’m really going to make the best out of it.”

For complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Bellator grand-prix notebook: Coker on bracket, alternates (including Kongo), event dates

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Following Bellator 192, company president Scott Coker gave us the latest news and notes about the Bellator heavyweight grand prix.

In Saturday’s Paramount-televised headliner, which took place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., the yearlong eight-man tournament kicked off when Chael Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) earned a decision victory over Quinton Jackson (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) to advance to the semifinals.

Sticking to the plan

With the first tourney fight completed, Coker said the seedings and tournament bracket aren’t changing.

Sonnen will meet the winner of former UFC champ Frank Mir (18-11 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. ex-PRIDE FC titleholder Fedor Emelianenko (36-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA), who meet in April.

“I think the pairings are matched up properly, and a lot of it was timing – like when Frank Mir was going to be ready to fight, when Fedor was going to fight,” he said.

In fact, Coker said he wanted Emelianenko to fight in Los Angeles, but an issue with his nasal passage had to heal up, which pushed the fight to April.

“I think the pairings are great, and I think it’s going to be really entertaining, and I’m really excited about the yearlong storyline and hosting this tournament,” he said.

Tourney alternates

Coker also confirmed two tourney alternates – Cheick Kongo (27-10-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) and Javy Ayala (10-6 MMA, 5-3 BMMA) – and the possibility of more.

Kongo, who’s won five straight, was noticeably absent from the initial tourney field, but Coker said there was a good reason for it.

“He and ‘Rampage’ are good friends and training partners, and the decision was not to put him in the tournament because of their relationship,” he said.

As for Kongo and Ayala, Coker wouldn’t say if they’ll actually fight each other, but we should get an answer soon. In fact, the news could include even more alternates.

“We’ll probably be announcing two more heavyweights that we’ll invite this coming week, and then we might shuffle the deck, but we’ll let you know soon,” he said.

Mir-Emelianenko have a date

Up until Saturday, we knew Mir and Emelianenko would fight in April in Chicago, but we didn’t have an exact date or venue. Now, though, we do: April 28 at Allstate Arena, which is located in Rosemont, Ill.

Mir vs. Emelianenko headlines the card.

As for the rest of the tourney, Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) headline Bellator 194 in Uncasville, Conn., on Feb. 16. The winner meets either current 205-pound champ Ryan Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) or Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-4 BMMA), who fight May 12 in San Jose, Calif.

The dates and locations for the semifinal round of the tourney haven’t been decided.

A shoutout to ‘DC’

While discussing the Bellator tourney, Coker gave a special shoutout to Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who defended the UFC light-heavyweight title on Saturday at UFC 220 in Boston with a TKO victory over Volkan Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC).

Cormier won a massive grand prix in 2012 with Strikeforce, which Coker used to run before the UFC acquired it and ultimately shut it down.

“As you know, things can happen in a tournament,” Coker said. “The last tournament I threw, it was the third alternate fighter who ended up winning the whole thing in great fashion. And he won tonight, so congratulations.”

For more on Bellator 192, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Islam Makhachev ready to start training to join Khabib Nurmagomedov on UFC 223 card

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BOSTON – After a quick fight, Islam Makhachev is ready for a relatively quick turnaround.

Makhachev (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) kicked off Saturday’s UFC 220 in thunderous fashion, needing less than one minute to spoil Gleison Tibau’s (33-13 MMA, 16-11 UFC) octagon return. It seems Makhachev already had a name in mind when he walked out in Boston’s TD Garden, because he was quick to fire it – in English, no less.

“In the top 15, there are a lot of bum opponents,” Makhachev told the UFC after his fight. “I think the No. 1 bum opponent is Kevin Lee. UFC, give me Kevin Lee.”

Backstage with reporters, he elaborated on the callout.

“Kevin Lee (says) about Russian fighters a lot of trash talk,” Makhachev said after the bout, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass. “Why not? I want to beat him. I deserve an opponent like top 10, top 15.”

OK, there wasn’t that much elaboration there. But, after reiterating whom he’d like to fight, he did expand on when and where he’d like to fight: at April 7’s UFC 223 – non-coincidentally, the same card on which teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov is set to meet interim champ Tony Ferguson for a stab at 155-pound gold.

“If the UFC gives me a fight in Brooklyn, the same card as Khabib, I start training tomorrow,” Makhachev said.

One can see why he’d like to combine training camps with “The Eagle.” As it turns out, there are a couple of up sides to training with an undefeated lightweight who’s made a hobby out of casually squashing high-level competition in the cage.

“After sparring with Khabib, everybody like, top-15, I think (will be) easy for me,” Makhachev said.

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Lee remains unbooked since the UFC 216 encounter that earned Ferguson the interim title. He recently told MMAjunkie Radio that he was taking some time and aimed toward a July return.

Makhachev, who ended an almost year-long layoff on Saturday, is now on a three-fight streak, following decision wins over Chris Wade and Nik Lentz. His career’s lone loss took place in the octagon: he was knocked out by Adriano Martins at UFC 192, in October 2015.

Now, more than two years after falling victim to a well-placed hand, he got to be the one delivering it.

“I know this is MMA, this is not boxing,” Makhachev said. “This is small gloves. One time, my opponent give me like this punch. Now I give Gleison this punch.”

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

And for complete coverage of UFC 220, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 220 and Bellator 192 went head-to-head and produced a strangely uneven night - MMA Fighting

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UFC 220 and Bellator 192 went head-to-head and produced a strangely uneven night
MMA Fighting
It's not all that unusual for the UFC and Bellator to run events opposite each other. MMA, after all, is like business, a bloodsport. But at least from the view inside the bubble, this one felt different. Part of that was because the dazzling ascent of ...

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