Stephen Thompson Speaks On UFC Nashville Loss

Stephen Thompson was quick to provide an update following his UFC Nashville defeat. Last night (March 23), Thompson shared the Octagon with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Thompson was the favorite as he was the third ranked welterweigh…

Stephen Thompson was quick to provide an update following his UFC Nashville defeat. Last night (March 23), Thompson shared the Octagon with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Thompson was the favorite as he was the third ranked welterweight, a division that was foreign to Pettis under the UFC banner. “Showtime” ended up scoring a […]

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Justin Willis Addresses Curtis Blaydes Following UFC Nashville Loss

Curtis Blaydes had never been one to trash talk, but at the close of his lopsided UFC Nashville victory over Justin Willis, Blaydes could not help himself. After defeating Justin Willis 30-27, 30,26, and 30-25 on the judges’ scorecards, Wills let…

Curtis Blaydes had never been one to trash talk, but at the close of his lopsided UFC Nashville victory over Justin Willis, Blaydes could not help himself. After defeating Justin Willis 30-27, 30,26, and 30-25 on the judges’ scorecards, Wills let loose in the Octagon, rubbing rub it in after all the trash talk from […]

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Jose Aldo Released From Hospital In Rio De Janeiro

Earlier this week, news broke that former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo had been hospitalized in his native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The MMA world will be grateful to see Aldo released from said hospital today. According to a report from Combate (via MMA Mania), Aldo was released from Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro […]

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Earlier this week, news broke that former UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo had been hospitalized in his native Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The MMA world will be grateful to see Aldo released from said hospital today.

According to a report from Combate (via MMA Mania), Aldo was released from Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro this morning. He should be able to resume training in a few days. He was hospitalized for a bacterial infection due to a cut last Wednesday.

It’s apparently great news for his upcoming fight. Aldo is scheduled to take on surging competitor Alexander Volkanovski at May 11’s UFC 237 from Curitiba, Brazil. Aldo’s longtime coach Andre Pederneiras confirmed that the fight will still move forward as planned and the injury won’t affect it.

That’s good news for fights fans. It’s especially good for Brazilian fans who want one last chance to see the legend fight on native soil. Aldo has won his last two fights over Jeremy Stephens and Renato Moicano, finishing both with relentless body shots. He’s put together a late-career resurgence after two brutal losses to current champion Max Holloway.

Aldo has teased at fighting the last two bouts of his current UFC contract and retiring. But he’s not going to do that against any easy challenge. ‘The Great’ is arguably featherweight’s fastest-rising star. He’s won six straight fights in the UFC and sits at a resounding 19-1 overall. He was last seen knocking out former title challenger Chad Mendes.

A win over Volkanovski would propel Aldo back into the title discussion for an unlikely shot at gold as his decorated career winds down. For that reason, it’s fortunate he was able to emerge from the hospital relatively unscathed.

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RECAP! Pettis Crushes ‘Wonderboy’ in Nashville!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight ninjas Anthony Pettis and Stephen Thompson threw down last night (March 23, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 148 inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
It’s been an entertaining few year…

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight ninjas Anthony Pettis and Stephen Thompson threw down last night (March 23, 2019) at UFC Fight Night 148 inside Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

It’s been an entertaining few years from Pettis, but he’s wound up on the wrong side of some losses that have largely eliminated him from title contention at his home weight class of 155 pounds. Rather than start over at Lightweight, “Showtime” called for an entertaining match up at 170 pounds, looking to find out for himself whether the grass was greener at Welterweight. His debut would not be easy though, as “Wonderboy” was a certified contender. In truth, Thompson has not definitively lost in years — the man could very easily have won the title in his rematch with Tyron Woodley. Things didn’t quite work out that way though, leaving Thompson in need of a win to get him back in the mix.

Pettis looked to pressure “Wonderboy” early, backing his foe up behind a high guard. Both men were looking to kick: Thompson flung up an early high kick early and stabbed at the mid-section with side kicks, whereas Pettis looked to slam round kicks to the body and leg depending on Thompson’s stance.

In the first half of the round, Pettis seemed to land the harder kicks between the two, doing well to block his foe’s kicks. As a result, “Wonderboy” grew more active with his hands, darting in-and-out with fast combinations. Nothing incredibly dramatic landed, but Pettis still walked back to his corner with a bloody nose.

Thompson took some hard kicks but won the first round.

Both men doubled down on their strategies in the second. Thompson continued to show off his speed, shooting jabs into Pettis’ face and landing quick kicks as Pettis advanced. None of those strikes deterred Pettis though, who continued to stalk forward and throw the leg kick at every opportunity. Most notably, Pettis was chopping across Thompson’s waist, aiming at the back leg.

In addition to the jab, Thompson’s lead leg grew more effective. The side kick landed to the chest more often, allowing Thompson to begin hooking off to the face as well. A good deal of leg kicks aside, but the fight seemed to be going well for Thompson, who was landing at a higher rate and doing a lot of damage to Pettis’ face.

It ended in an instant (watch highlights here).

As Thompson pushed forward behind his side kick, Pettis parried it a bit past him and got Thompson out of position. The Karateka was still reasonably far back from Pettis, so “Showtime” jumped in the air with something of a Superman Punch/jumping hook hybrid, catching Thompson full on the chin.

Like last weekend’s Welterweight knockout, the defeated fighter was instantly unconscious but ate a few more shots on the way down.

This is a fascinating knockout and great performance from Pettis. Perhaps the most interesting part of the finish was just how opportunistic it was: Pettis had not previously shown a strategy of passing the side kick by and countering with his hands. That’s always the risk of side kicks, but Pettis immediately capitalized on a very slight opening in the biggest way possible.

It had nothing directly to do with his overall game plan of dedicated leg chopping, but I expect Duke Roufus had Pettis drilling for this scenario quite a bit anyway.

What does a massive Welterweight knockout mean for Anthony Pettis? Let’s be honest here, this win may make him a Top 5-ranked contender, but is Pettis going to fare well against an even bigger class of pressure wrestler like Kamaru Usman or Colby Covington? Probably not. Let’s avoid that by matching Pettis with a Welterweight contender unlikely to grind on him — someone like Santiago Ponzinibbio or Jorge Masvidal.

Thompson looked pretty sharp last night. His kicks and jabs were ridiculously quick, and though his legs showed some bruising, he did not yet seem to be suffering any consequences from the low kicks. Prior to the right hand knockout, very few of Pettis’ punches were landing at all.

It’s unfortunate that despite his mostly strong showing, this loss is likely the nail in Thompson’s coffin as a contender. The 36-year-old striker is very deep into his combat sports career, meaning he’s unlikely to grow dramatically from here. He’s no longer just a win or two away from the title, as a long win streak is mandatory to recover from losing three of four.

Last night, Anthony Pettis rallied in the second round to end his opponent’s night early. Who should Pettis face next?

For complete UFC Fight Night 148 results and play-by-play, click HERE!

Barber on Rousey comparisons: I’m the face of ‘new breed’ of athletes

Undefeated UFC strawweight Maycee Barber addresses some comparisons with former women’s MMA superstar Ronda Rousey. 20-year-old strawweight Maycee Barber was able to keep her professional record unblemished on Saturday night with a come-f…

Undefeated UFC strawweight Maycee Barber addresses some comparisons with former women’s MMA superstar Ronda Rousey.

20-year-old strawweight Maycee Barber was able to keep her professional record unblemished on Saturday night with a come-from-behind win over J.J. Aldrich. Now on her third straight TKO win, “The Future” is starting to make herself known to the MMA public.

So much so that she had apparently been getting comparisons with former UFC women’s bantamweight champion and company superstar Ronda Rousey. Barber, however, is looking to pave her own path to greatness, as she separates herself from such associations.

“I’m a completely different person than Ronda, and that’s no disrespect to her,” Barber told the media during a post-fight scrum. “She’s a phenomenal athlete, phenomenal fighter, she had an amazing career. But I feel like I want to take my career a little bit different, and if I ever do get a loss – which I’mma continue to fight so that I never get one – I hope that I can come back a little bit differently than she did.

“But we’ll see. I’m hoping to not take that loss.”

Looking at the bigger picture, Barber is planning to open the doors for younger female fighters, much like how Rousey did for women’s MMA as a whole.

“I should definitely bring a lot of attention to the sport, especially as a young athlete,” she said. “I feel like I do that a little more as a young female athlete than just a female athlete. I’m kind of like the face for all of us up-and-coming fighters who are well-rounded, who are tough.

“We work hard and we’re coming to finish again. We’re the whole new breed of athletes who are coming.”

As for her next fight plans, Barber is looking at International Fight Week in July. Nonetheless, she is confident about her ability to sell any card she would be part of.

“I feel like I’mma start making the card big, so doesn’t matter what card you put me on, it’s gonna be a big card.”

After UFC Nashville, Barber improves to a record of 7-0 (with 6 wins by stoppage).

Aldo Released From Hospital, UFC Rio Fight With Volkanovski Still On

Jose Aldo will indeed fight at UFC Rio on May 11th after being successfully treated for a bacterial infection on his knee. When Jose Aldo was admitted to the hospital last week with a bacterial infection, it looked like the MMA Gods were a…

Jose Aldo will indeed fight at UFC Rio on May 11th after being successfully treated for a bacterial infection on his knee.

When Jose Aldo was admitted to the hospital last week with a bacterial infection, it looked like the MMA Gods were at it again. With his UFC Rio fight against Alexander Volkanovski on May 11th less than two months away, would the former featherweight kingpin still be able to compete?

Fortunately, it sounds like Aldo’s medical situation is under control. According to Brazilian MMA news outlet Combate, Jose was released from Samaritano Hospital in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday morning and should be back to training in a few days. According to his coach Dedé Pederneiras, the fight is still on and the infection won’t affect their preparation for the match.

Aldo is currently on a two fight win streak and is looking to put an exclamation point on the end of his career with two more victories at UFC events held in Brazil. Volkanovski is just the latest tough test thrown at the former WEC and UFC champ: Alexander “The Great” is on a six fight UFC win streak with three of those coming by TKO. His sole loss came back in 2013, and he currently stands at 19-1.

But as Aldo showed in his last two knockout wins over Renato Moicano and Jeremy Stephens, there’s still gas left in his tank and he’s putting his foot down on the pedal for this self-described retirement run. Whether he’ll actually step away from combat sports entirely after he fulfills his contractually obligated two fights with the UFC is less clear.

For a guy now talking about retirement, he’s spent a lot of time talking about boxing and other challenges. And if he adds Volkanovski to his impressive list of victims, the temptation to keep going rather than hang ‘em up may be impossible to resist.