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Douglas Lima-Rory MacDonald welterweight bout to take place Jan. 20

A highly anticipated Bellator MMA title fight between welterweight champion Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald has been booked for Jan. 20 in Los Angeles. Bellator officials confirmed the 170-pound matchup on Wednesday, following a report by the Los Angeles Times. The fight will take place at The Forum. A former UFC title challenger, MacDonald (19-4), 28, became one of the most significant free-agent acquisitions in Bellator history when he signed a multifight deal in August 2016. Fighting out of British Columbia, he compiled an 8-4 record in the UFC and…

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Bellator fighter post fight portraits

In MMA, there’s truth to the punchline: You should see the other guy. Deep in the heart of New York’s Madison Square Garden, Clay Patrick McBride captured portraits of each Bellator 180 contestant after matches in the iconic arena. The results are written on the fighters’ faces, euphoria and bitterness etched in every cut and bruise. An emphatic victory on the undercard by Irish featherweight James Gallagher earned a tweet from mentor Conor McGregor: “Atta boy Jimmy boy!! Smooth work.” In dual debuts, 20-year-old Aaron Pico, touted by some as…

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino said fight vs. Ronda Rousey would be better suited for WWE ring

Current featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino said that she’d fight Ronda Rousey again, but not in the UFC. “If Ronda is wanting to make the fight for the fans, I would still be willing to give them it,” Justino said on her website Tuesday. “But I think it would be better to take place inside the WWE ring. For her it gets her one step closer to Hollywood and for me it would be another exciting challenge and a chance to test my athletic ability.” Edmond Tarverdyan, Rousey’s trainer, told…

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Sage Northcutt to face Michel Quinones in UFC Fight Night lightweight bout

Lightweight prospect Sage Northcutt will face Michel Quinones at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 11 in Norfolk, Virginia. Additionally, bantamweight contender Raphael Assuncao (25-5) will meet Matthew Lopez (10-1) on the card at Ted Constant Convocation Center. This will mark Northcutt’s first appearance of 2017. The 21-year-old is 3-2 in the UFC, with both losses coming at the 170-pound welterweight limit. As a lightweight, Northcutt (8-2) is 3-0 inside the Octagon. Fighting out of Katy, Texas, Northcutt burst onto the scene with back-to-back wins in 2015, before falling to earth…

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Ronda Rousey trainer says 50-50 she fights again

Ronda Rousey’s longtime trainer Edmond Tarverdyan believes there is a “50-50” chance the UFC star ever fights again. Rousey (12-2) has declined to address her fighting future since a one-sided knockout loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 last December. UFC president Dana White has stated he believes it’s unlikely she’ll fight again. Speaking to The MMA Hour on Monday, Tarverdyan admitted Rousey, 30, struggled with injuries in the later part of her career, but did not rule out a comeback. John Locher/AP Photo “It’s going to be her decision,”…

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Kamaru Usman continues rise to the top with brutal knockout

After winning his last four UFC fights by judge’s decision, most fans would be forgiven for expecting more of the same from Kamaru Usman on Saturday night. However, Usman showed up to UFC Fight Night with other plans and produced vicious first round knockout against Sergio Moraes, which was exactly what the Nigerian Nightmare needed in order to remind match makers why deserves a top five (or at least top ten) opponent next. After walking out to the Octagon to a song by Nigerian musician Olamide, Usman showed his intent…

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Luke Rockhold beats David Branch at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh

It’s been a long time coming, but Luke Rockhold is finally back in the winner’s column. The former UFC middleweight champion defeated David Branch by TKO on Saturday night at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh. It was Rockhold’s first victory since he defeated Chris Weidman at UFC 194 in December 2015 to claim the belt. “I wanted to wait for my timing,” Rockhold said. “I felt if I got my bearings in the second round I would take control no matter where it goes.” Luke Rockhold’s win was his first…

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Daniel Cormier addresses championship reinstatement, Jon Jones’ failed tests

Daniel Cormier‘s head continued to spin on Friday, two days after the UFC officially reinstated him as its light heavyweight champion. During his two-year title reign, Cormier (19-1) repeatedly said he was an undisputed champion — even though he never technically took the belt from its previous owner, Jon Jones. Cormier said it wasn’t his fault Jones was ineligible to compete. And while Jones was sidelined for various reasons, Cormier won the vacant title in 2015 and defended it against dangerous opponents in Alexander Gustafsson and Anthony Johnson. Under the…

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UFC’s David Branch has overcome far greater obstacles than Luke Rockhold will ever present

According to oddsmakers, David Branch is about a 4-to-1 underdog against Luke Rockhold at UFC Fight Night this weekend in Pittsburgh. Those numbers would imply that Branch (21-3), who is riding an 11-fight win streak, has less than a 20 percent chance to win Saturday’s middleweight main event. It’s certainly worth mentioning, however, that Branch has already beaten far greater odds than that. “I’ve overcome all kinds of adversity that are set forth for people in impoverished situations growing up,” Branch told ESPN. “I was born into a situation that…

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Benson Henderson says Mayweather, McGregor fight was ‘detrimental to MMA’

All things considered, most observers seemed relatively pleased with last month’s super-hyped boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. But, of course, you can’t please everyone. Gilbert Melendez admits he’s at the tail-end of his professional MMA career. But despite his fourth loss in a row — most recently to Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 — he isn’t ready to hang it up just yet. Despite a late opponent change, Mike Perry is confident he’ll win this weekend at UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh. And he wants Robbie Lawler…

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