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Inspiring Video Shows Volkan Oezdemir Working On Wrestling In The Locker Room Right After UFC 220 Loss

Though his face bore the markings of a painful stoppage defeat, Volkan Oezdemir’s confidence did not seem at all dented when he spoke to the media gathered at the UFC 220 post-fight press conference last Saturday night in Boston. “I will be champion, that’s for sure,” said Oezdemir, who was bludgeoned to a second-round TKO loss by UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier …

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Cain Velasquez’s Reaction To The Announcement Of Miocic – Cormier Was Interesting, To Say The Least

At last weekend’s UFC 220 post-fight press conference, UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier didn’t seem particularly interested in a mooted super-fight with the promotion’s heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic. Earlier that evening, Cormier had impressively finished the dangerous Volkan Oezdemir with strikes from the crucifix position in the second round before Miocic put on an MMA masterclass to diffuse and dominate the …

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Michael Conlan Announces That He Has Hooked Up With A New Trainer

Ireland’s Michael Conlan has announced that he has hooked up with a new trainer, one who is based much closer to home. Conlan signed with Bob Arum’s Top Rank promotional outfit a few months after his controversial exit from the Rio Olympic games in 2016 and subsequently relocated from Belfast to Los Angeles, California to train with the highly-regarded Manny …

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Red-Hot Canadian Prospect Joins SBG Ireland Ahead Of UFC Debut

In large part due to the staggering success of it’s most famed member, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor, the SBG Ireland gym on the Naas Road in Dublin has become the mecca of European MMA in recent years, attracting aspiring and already established fighters from all over the continent. As a result, it’s pro team has swelled significantly, bolstered by …

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Paulie Malignaggi Gives ‘Little Baby’ Conor McGregor Some Career Advice In Cutting Rant

No, Paulie Malignaggi hasn’t quite given up ragging on former target, turned sparring partner, turned bitter enemy Conor McGregor just yet. Malignaggi was a key character in the most intriguing subplot of the strange and enthralling McGregor – Floyd Mayweather Jr. saga last year. Before McGregor vs. Mayweather actually signed to meet in a boxing ring, when the mooted bout …

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Watch: Every Time Stipe Miocic Made Francis Ngannou Swing & Miss At UFC 220

Francis Ngannou’s streak of hype-generating first-round victories, particularly his utterly terrifying one-punch knockout win over Alistair Overeem in his previous outing, made the French-Cameroonian a betting favourite over UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic heading into their massive title fight on Saturday night and had many envisaging another quick, brutal finish for the man that Dana White was predicting could be …

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BRAVE CF Confirm March Opponents For SBG Ireland Prospects Dylan Tuke & Frans Mlambo

SBG Ireland featherweight prospect Dylan Tuke will face American opposition in his debut for the BRAVE CF promotion at BRAVE 10: The Kingdom Rises in Amman, Jordan on March 2nd, while bantamweight teammate Frans Mlambo takes on a dangerous young Brazilian veteran on the card. Tuke revealed that he had signed a three-fight deal with the Bahrain-based promotion during an …

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Dana White Interested In Making Miocic Vs. Cormier Super-Fight

During an interview with Fox Sports 1 after UFC 220 on Saturday, UFC president Dana White expressed an interest in matching the winners of the evening’s two main attractions, the promotion’s light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, against one another in the near future. Cormier looked impressive in finishing dangerous puncher Volkan Oezdemir with grounded strikes in …

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Dana White Provides New, Rather Scary Details Regarding Robert Whittaker’s Condition

When news broke earlier this month that Robert Whittaker had been forced to withdraw from UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia and his first scheduled middleweight title defence, against former champion Luke Rockhold, there was little information available regarding his condition. The initial report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto stated that the withdrawal was due to an undisclosed injury, but a …

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Watch: All The Highlights From Bellator 192

While their rivals promoted title fights in the sport’s two heaviest weight classes at UFC 220 in Boston, Bellator MMA put forth a stacked card of their own across the country at The Forum in Inglewood, California on Saturday night. Bellator 192 featured the opening fight in the promotion’s heavyweight Grand Prix between Chael Sonnen and Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Douglas Lima …

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Pics: Rory MacDonald Suffered A Grotesque Shin Injury In Bellator Title Win Over Douglas Lima

Rory MacDonald captured the Bellator MMA welterweight title on Saturday night at The Forum in Inglewood, California, as he snapped the three-fight winning streak of Douglas Lima via unanimous decision in the co-main event of Bellator 192. However, the Canadian really had to push through the pain barrier to get his hands on the gold. The five-rounder was a gory …

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Watch: Daniel Cormier Finishes Volkan Oezdemir From Crucifix Position At UFC 220

Ahead of Saturday night’s UFC 220 card in Boston, UFC light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier claimed that challenger Volkan Oezdemir just wasn’t on his level. In an interview on the Real Quick with Mike Swick podcast earlier this week, former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, who is a longtime friend and training partner of Cormier but a recent gym-mate of Oezdemir, made a …

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Twitter Reacts As Miocic Retains ‘Baddest Man On The Planet’ Moniker With Win Over Ngannou

Few could have imagined before UFC 220 on Saturday night in Boston that the heavyweight title fight between Stipe Miocic and Francis Ngannou would go the five-round championship distance. The champion, Miocic, came into the bout on the back of five consecutive KO/TKO finishes, the last four coming in the very first round. The challenger had finished ten straight opponents …

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