Video: The Evolution Of CM Punk (Ep. 3): Hurt

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Ahead of his long-awaited Octagon debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 next month, part three of his new multiple-part documentary, “The Evolution Of Punk (Ep. 3) — Hurt,” is now available for viewing.

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Ahead of his long-awaited Octagon debut against Mickey Gall at UFC 203 next month, part three of his new multiple-part documentary, “The Evolution Of Punk (Ep. 3) — Hurt,” is now available for viewing.

Featured above is the complete third episode of the four-part special that will document the transition of CM Punk (aka Phil Brooks) from former longtime pro wrestling star and WWE Superstar to legitimate MMA fighter and UFC Superstar.

CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall takes place at next month’s UFC 203 pay-per-view, which is headlined by Stipe Miocic’s first UFC Heavyweight Championship defense against fellow dangerous knockout artist Alistair Overeem.

UFC 203 is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, 2016 from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, and will air exclusively on pay-per-view. If you aren’t ordering the PPV on 9/10, join us for live round-by-round converge of the show right here at MMANews.com.

Travis Browne: Ronda Rousey is ‘physically and mentally doing great’

UFC heavyweight Travis Browne provides an update on former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

In just under two weeks, Travis Browne will rematch Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event of UFC 203, with Browne replacing the injured Ben Rothwell. Browne had fought Werdum in the main event of UFC on FOX 11 in April 2014, losing a very one-sided unanimous decision. His 2nd crack at Werdum is an arguable must-win, as he is just 2-3 in his last 5 and coming off a 1st round TKO defeat to Cain Velasquez at UFC 200.

Meanwhile, Browne’s girlfriend, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, has had her future subject to huge speculation for virtually all of 2016. As part of an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Browne provided an update on Rousey’s current physical and mental state.

Spoke to Travis Browne. UFC 203 story next week. FWIW, on Rousey: “Physically and mentally doing great. I feel bad for whoever’s next.”

— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) August 30, 2016

Rousey has not fought since her November 2015 KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Ronda later admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she had contemplated suicide following the loss, but said that, “I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.”

She will not be fighting at UFC 205 in New York City, and the current expectation is that if she does compete again, it will be in early 2017. Dana White has already stated that Rousey would receive an immediate title shot upon her return.

Browne’s co-main vs. Werdum will be on Saturday, September 10th, in Cleveland, Ohio. The main event of UFC 203 is a heavyweight title match between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.

UFC heavyweight Travis Browne provides an update on former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.

In just under two weeks, Travis Browne will rematch Fabricio Werdum in the co-main event of UFC 203, with Browne replacing the injured Ben Rothwell. Browne had fought Werdum in the main event of UFC on FOX 11 in April 2014, losing a very one-sided unanimous decision. His 2nd crack at Werdum is an arguable must-win, as he is just 2-3 in his last 5 and coming off a 1st round TKO defeat to Cain Velasquez at UFC 200.

Meanwhile, Browne’s girlfriend, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, has had her future subject to huge speculation for virtually all of 2016. As part of an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Browne provided an update on Rousey’s current physical and mental state.

Rousey has not fought since her November 2015 KO loss to Holly Holm at UFC 193. Ronda later admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that she had contemplated suicide following the loss, but said that, “I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.”

She will not be fighting at UFC 205 in New York City, and the current expectation is that if she does compete again, it will be in early 2017. Dana White has already stated that Rousey would receive an immediate title shot upon her return.

Browne’s co-main vs. Werdum will be on Saturday, September 10th, in Cleveland, Ohio. The main event of UFC 203 is a heavyweight title match between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.

Quote: I’m Going To Make Cyborg Bleed

Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino is set to make her second appearance in the UFC’s Octagon, when she takes on the ‘Elbow Princess’ Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95. Justino (16-1) most recently saw Octagon action for the first time under the UFC banner when she dismantled Leslie Smith via round one KO at UFC 198

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Cristiane ‘Cyborg’ Justino is set to make her second appearance in the UFC’s Octagon, when she takes on the ‘Elbow Princess’ Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 95.

Justino (16-1) most recently saw Octagon action for the first time under the UFC banner when she dismantled Leslie Smith via round one KO at UFC 198 this past May.

Lansberg (6-1) will make her own UFC debut against arguably the most dominant women’s mixed martial artist of all time, coming off of a second round TKO win over opponent Maria Hougaard Djursaa in March.

During a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Lansberg discussed her upcoming bout with ‘Cyborg’ and credited the Brazilian for her ability to mentally break her opponents before they even step inside of the cage:

Cris Cyborg fed her fists with the brains of Leslie Smith, but they are still hungry...
Cris Cyborg fed her fists with the brains of Leslie Smith, but they are still hungry…

“It’s tough for them to find opponents for Cris, and I’ve had a lot of standup fights before, so I do understand why they chose me,” Landberg said. “Of course I was familiar with her.

I know some of the others as well, but I have been following her for years in muay Thai and in MMA. I know her well.Definitely she beats opponents before they get in the cage. When she gets in there, and you see it in her last fight against (Leslie) Smith.

You saw it from the start that she was beat waking to the cage. It’s definitely the biggest reason to why she wins all the time.”

While Lansberg may be criticized by many MMA fans for not knowing what she is getting herself into with such a tall task in her UFC debut, her track record certainly speaks volumes about her ability to stand and trade with any female combatant she is thrown in against:

“I’ve been fighting muay Thai for so many years now,” Lansberg said. “I have 85 or 90 fights, many of them in the European and world championships.

I’ve fought against (Valentina) Shevchenko, who is fighting in the UFC now. I fought her in the finals of a world championship match. I’ve done it for many years, and I’ve won several gold medals in the European championship and the world championship.

“I’ve been preparing for something like this for a long time. I’ve been traveling the world to fight before, and it’s a lot of pressure, but it’s the way I want it to be. That’s the fun part as well. The bigger, the better.”

Lansberg claims that mentally she is ‘100 percent’ ready to step inside the cage with Justino, but pities ‘Cyborg’s’ current position as the one with everything to lose but nothing to gain from this contest:

“Everything is mental 100 percent,” Lansberg said. “It’s a mental game. The technique and the physics is just a small part of it. It’s the mental gave that’s most important.

I’m comfortable with that, and I work a lot mentally right now, as well, and I have for quite a while with my coach and with a psychologist. It’s a mental game.

“I’m lucky I’m not Cris in this actually because I know the feeling when you go into a fight and you have everything to lose and nothing to win really. I wouldn’t like to be her in this fight. It’s much better to be me to be the underdog and have everything to win.”

Lina-Akhtar-Lansberg-Elbow-578The ‘Elbow Princess’ plans to topple ‘Cyborg’ en-route to a ‘shortcut’ to the top of the UFC, and plans on utilizing her coveted elbows to bust open the ‘beatable’ Justino in order to do so:

“I love elbows,” Lansberg said. “They make everybody bleed so much, and I love that. It will be so much fun. She’s tough, and she’s going to bleed a lot. That’s why I do it. I’m going to enjoy it, and we’re going to have a good time, me and Cris.”

“This fight is absolutely a shortcut to the top, and it’s the best way possible,” Lansberg said. “She is beatable. She has beat many good names, but also a lot of names that weren’t that good, and she’s still human.

A lot of people win all the time, but everybody is beatable.”

‘Cyborg’ and Lansberg will meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 95 live from the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil on September 24, 2016.

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CM Punk’s Opponent Thinks He Won’t Last One Round

While many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans may be fixated on the debut of former WWE star CM Punk’s UFC debut come fight night in Cleveland at UFC 203, they could very well be left talking about Mickey Gall when it’s all said an done. Gall will be the man who gets the honors in

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While many mixed martial arts (MMA) fans may be fixated on the debut of former WWE star CM Punk’s UFC debut come fight night in Cleveland at UFC 203, they could very well be left talking about Mickey Gall when it’s all said an done.

Gall will be the man who gets the honors in welcoming Punk to the UFC’s Octagon and he’s using the former professional wrestling star’s name-power to thrust him further in his MMA career:

“This fight is high-risk, high reward,” Gall told Jim Norton on UFC Unfiltered (courtesy of FightSports.TV). “If I win, it’ll really help my MMA career, give me a lot of exposure.

I get to keep moving on with my dream of being in the UFC. If I lose, I look like a freaking asshole. Everyone treats him like a joke, so I’m not making that mistake. I’m taking him very seriously.”

Punk has been deep in preparation for two-years since making the jump to MMA, and Gall says that if he hasn’t dramatically improved since then, he’s in for a rough night:

“I’m sure he’s improved tremendously since then — he better have, or he’s dead — but I still think when we get into it, and we’re in the fight and I’m hitting him, like we get in the sh*t, I still think those bad, clunky habits will come out and I’m gonna expose that.”

PunkMickeyGall would go on to predict that he will finish the former WWE champ in the first round:

“I think I’ll take him out in the first round,” he said. “I think five minutes is too long for him to be able to hang with me. But if it goes into the second, that’s fine with me.

I’m just gonna get stronger as that goes on. My conditioning, everything. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, it’ll just give me more ring time, more cage time, more experience.

If I’m not completely dominating, then it’s bad and I’m underperforming. But I’m not worried about that. I’m not worried about underperforming.”

The conference call for the upcoming UFC 203 pay-per-view (PPV) is approaching this Thursday (September 1, 2016), and Gall said he will use the opportunity to fire some jobs at his opponent Punk:

“I hear we have a conference call this Thursday,” Gall said with a certain eagerness. “I’m looking forward to it, I’m gonna light him up.”

“He has been respectful. I guess he has to do that positive, ‘believe in himself’ stuff,” he said. “But I’ve got the truth on my side. Anything I say, I truly believe. 

When I say I’m gonna dominate him for every minute of the fight, I know that’s the truth.”

Gall and Punk will meet on the main card of UFC 203 live on PPV, from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on September 10, 2016.

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Rumor: Conor McGregor vs. GSP To Headline UFC 205

A massive main event may be in the works for the UFC’s upcoming card from Madison Square Garden in New York City. According to a report from Kimura.se, the UFC is set to announce a main event between Conor McGregor and longtime 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre for UFC 205 in November. The announcement is said

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A massive main event may be in the works for the UFC’s upcoming card from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

According to a report from Kimura.se, the UFC is set to announce a main event between Conor McGregor and longtime 170-pound king Georges St-Pierre for UFC 205 in November.

The announcement is said to be made on tomorrow’s edition of UFC Tonight:

“A super match between former welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre and the reigning featherweight champion Conor McGregor rumored to be ready. The match will be scheduled as the main match on the UFC’s first gala in New York.

It is the American news page Smackhisface.com announcing that the game will be ready and will be presented at tomorrow’s episode of “UFC Tonight”. According Smackhisface are sources of GSP’s gym, Tristar Gym, reporting matching. The same sources say that the game was originally supposed to take place already at UFC 200, but those plans were scrapped when Conor lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196th”

McGregor (20-3) is coming off of an amazing 25-minute battle against Stockton Native Nate Diaz at UFC 202 earlier this month, in which the Irish featherweight champion took home a majority decision win.

St-Pierre (25-2) hasn’t seen the inside of a UFC Octagon in nearly three years since he successfully defended his then-welterweight title against Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 via split decision.

The Canadian phenom has been teasing a potential return to the UFC for quite some time now, however, names that are commonly being thrown about for the return include combatants such as Nick Diaz or current 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley.

If a bout with McGregor is on the table, it will certainly generate a massive payday for all parties involved.

We’ll keep you updated as more news becomes available on the potential super-fight between St-Pierre and McGregor…

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RDA Hit With The Hard Truth After Title Loss

Coming off of a disappointing title loss to newly-crowned UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez this past July, former 155-pound champ Rafael dos Anjos recently joined The MMA Hour (courtesy of Bloody Elbow) to discuss a hard truth he learned after losing the lightweight throne. ‘RDA’ stated that it was a huge blow for him and

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Coming off of a disappointing title loss to newly-crowned UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez this past July, former 155-pound champ Rafael dos Anjos recently joined The MMA Hour (courtesy of Bloody Elbow) to discuss a hard truth he learned after losing the lightweight throne.

425_Rafael_Dos_Anjos_vs_Eddie_Alvarez.0.0‘RDA’ stated that it was a huge blow for him and his family after dropping the title to Alvarez, but it was nice to know who would truly stick by your side when you are no longer on the top of the mountain:

“I learned a lot of things,” dos Anjos said. “For instance, the way people treat you. I learned from each person in my family. My wife and kids were really sad, it was a big loss for us, especially due to the way it was. At the gym, too.

People treat you one way when you’re the champion and another when you’re not.”

The former lightweight champion then revealed that he would be trimming the fat off some of his so called ‘friends’ circle, and that thankfully some of them will no longer be with him once he is hoisting the 155-pound title above his head once again:

“It was good to know what people really think,” dos Anjos said. “We can’t stop adjusting and we will let some people go in order to be champion again.

Fortunately, some people will not be with me anymore.”

Dos Anjos will attempt to regroup when he takes on Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America Season 3 Finale (TUF Latin America 3 Finale), from the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico on November 5, 2016.

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