Exclusive – Cody Stamann Admits ‘Career Was On The Line’ Against Eddie Wineland At UFC Austin

Cody StamannSnapping a run of three consecutive fights last month at UFC Austin, bantamweight contender, Cody Stamann has admitted that his career in the sport was likely on the line against former WEC champion, Eddie Wineland – prior to a blistering first round knockout win. Stamann, who featured on the preliminary card of the promotion’s return […]

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Snapping a run of three consecutive fights last month at UFC Austin, bantamweight contender, Cody Stamann has admitted that his career in the sport was likely on the line against former WEC champion, Eddie Wineland – prior to a blistering first round knockout win.

Stamann, who featured on the preliminary card of the promotion’s return to Austin for a ‘Fight Night’ billed card, steamrolled former WEC bantamweight titleholder, Wineland, stopping the retiring veteran with a 59-second first round knockout win – earning him a Performance of the Night bonus subsequently. 

Prior to his first round win, however, Xtreme Couture mainstay, Stamann had suffered a trio of losses to Said Nurmagomedov, surging contender, Merab Dvalishvili, and promotional alum, Jimmie Rivera.

Cody Stamann admits his UFC run was likely over with a loss in Austin

20-5-1 as a professional, Stamann landed in the promotion with a trio of eye-catching victories of his own, defeating Terion Ware, Tom Duquesnoy, and then Bryan Caraway, however, admitted that a loss to Wineland last month would have forced him to consider his career in the sport.

“Going into that fight, I knew if it was Eddie Wineland or anyone else, I was gonna knock them out,” Cody Stamann during an interview with LowKick MMA reporter, Alex Behunin. “I was just geared up, I knew what was on the line, I knew my career was on the line – if there was ever a time I needed to show up and show the athlete that I am, it was that night. 

“Nah, I think that was 100 per cent, I think that was a certainty,” Cody Stamann said of his prospects of being cut from the UFC roster. “I think I almost need that pressure though, you know. I’ve been in high-stakes situations like that, you know, UFC 250 was a completely different thing – but a very emotional, high-stress situation, and I feel like that’s when I really perform at my best.”  

In between a prior submission defeat to current bantamweight champion, Aljamain Sterling, and a draw with Song Yadong – Stamann landed a pair of other UFC wins against Alejandro Perez, and Brian Kelleher.

Adrian Yanez: UFC Staff Were Telling Me To F*ck Kelley Up

UFC bantamweight Adrian Yanez had plenty of support ahead of his fight against Tony Kelley, including from within the promotion itself. In one of the most notable bouts on show at Saturday’s UFC Austin event, rising 135-pound prospect Yanez opened the main card against Kelley, who’s cut a controversial figure as of late following comments…

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UFC bantamweight Adrian Yanez had plenty of support ahead of his fight against Tony Kelley, including from within the promotion itself.

In one of the most notable bouts on show at Saturday’s UFC Austin event, rising 135-pound prospect Yanez opened the main card against Kelley, who’s cut a controversial figure as of late following comments he directed towards Brazilians while in the corner of his partner Andrea Lee.

With that in mind, Texas’ Yanez not only had the support of his home state on fight night, but also the country of Brazil and a host of fighters, fans, and pundits who took issue with Kelley’s remarks and lack of remorse.

Thankfully for his legion of backers, Yanez got the job done inside the Moody Center, and in some style, knocking Kelley out inside one round and with little resistance.

And while the likes of Gilbert Burns were left delighted at the result, with “Durinho” even lining Yanez’s pockets with some extra bonus money, another group of individuals were seemingly left joyous: the UFC’s staff.

During a recent interview with The AllStar’s John Hyon Ko, Yanez looked back on the victory, which he said was made all the more satisfying after he came to learn that members of the promotion’s staff were rooting for him to “f*ck” Kelley up in Austin.

“It’s an awesome moment for me. Man, that was a lotta emotion. That was a lotta raw emotion, of me just wanting to f*ck that guy up, man. I don’t like that guy,” said Yanez. “I genuinely don’t like that guy… I heard a lotta stuff about him. It’s a different thing when I’m like, going through the hallways and the UFC staff is telling me to f*ck him up.

“That was the first guy I’ve had (where they’ve) been like, ‘F*ck that guy up. Like, beat the sh*t out of him.’ And there’s been so many thank yous after,” Yanez continued. “Everybody’s like, ‘Thank you man, f*ck.’ Those are the nicest people in the world, too, man, so it means a little bit more. It was a little bit more satisfying.”

Despite what most would expect to be a humbling victory, Kelley has continued to trash talk post-fight. But while Yanez has noted that he’d be open to knocking the 35-year-old out again, a move into the bantamweight top 15 in the latest update should mean that he’s destined for things much bigger than Kelley next time out.

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Chael Sonnen Ponders: ‘What If Hawes Had Swung At Cormier?’

Former UFC star Chael Sonnen believes it’s a good thing that middleweight Phil Hawes chose to de-escalate his Octagon exchange with Daniel Cormier this past weekend. Saturday’s UFC Austin card brought fans a lot of things, from a host of knockouts and exciting finishes to impressive debuts and an entertaining main event. But beyond the…

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Former UFC star Chael Sonnen believes it’s a good thing that middleweight Phil Hawes chose to de-escalate his Octagon exchange with Daniel Cormier this past weekend.

Saturday’s UFC Austin card brought fans a lot of things, from a host of knockouts and exciting finishes to impressive debuts and an entertaining main event. But beyond the action, one moment caught the attention of viewers.

On the preliminary card, Cormier, who was on color commentary duty inside the Moody Center, witnessed his protégé Deron Winn suffer a dominant and devastating TKO loss to Hawes.

While Hawes’ performance was initially the main talking point, his decision to set his sights on Cormier as he entered the Octagon for the post-fight interview and accuse the former champ-champ of ‘picking the wrong pony’ quickly stole the headlines.

Ultimately, after a confrontation that saw Cormier instruct “Megatron” to show some respect, the victorious middleweight apologized in the cage before repeating his regret during his appearance at post-fight press conference.

During a recent video uploaded to his YouTube channel, Chael Sonnen became the latest to give his take on the matter. And despite the fact he initiated the exchange, the 45-year-old believes that Hawes actually left it looking good.

“One of the high moments over the card that we got to see Saturday was drama between Phil Hawes and Daniel Cormier… Phil Hawes, not only was right, he was perfect,” said Sonnen. “Phil was right for being wrong. He had to be wrong first. But you wanna know who looked good in that story? It was Phil, and I really hope you guys see it that way.”

Sonnen went on to suggest that Hawes is owed some leeway given the fact he was riding high on adrenaline at the time following an impressive victory. But while the 185lber quickly settled down and took Cormier’s advice, Sonnen questioned what would have happened if he’d done the opposite and turned the altercation physical.

“Daniel knew how to come to a young athlete. What would have happened if Phil hadn’t been so gracious?” Sonnen asked. “Don’t forget guys, Phil was high, Phil was out of his mind, he was drunk, Phil was under the influence, he was intoxicated. This is a natural high, an endorsement and an adrenaline release.

“So, when I tell you that Hawes, first off, deserves a bit of understanding, he was out of his mind. He was out of his mind with excitement that he earned, so go a little easy on Hawes. But when he came at Daniel, what if — ’cause Daniel didn’t back away did he? His face went real straight,” Sonnen continued. “Daniel did not like that. Daniel did not like being spoke that way… What if Phil would have swung on him?”

Sonnen: Hawes’ Apology Took “Character”

Fortunately, the retired former two-division titleholder wasn’t required to make a sudden return to Octagon action, and the pair completed the post-fight interview cordially.

According to Sonnen, Hawes’ decision to do that, and reiterate his apology again following the incident, took “character,” and was something he appreciated from the 33-year-old New Jersey native.

“Phil spoke that language and Phil stopped, and Phil was right,” said Sonnen. “He said it again (at the press conference). He was like, ‘I apologize. That is the two-time champion of the world, I was wrong.’ Perfect. That took character, it did…. He came back to (his senses) quickly, he stood on it… He apologized. Phil was right. I appreciated it.”

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Troll Pleads for Lenience Following Verbal Attack On Julian Marquez After UFC Austin Defeat

Julian MarquezAn Instagram user has pleaded with UFC middleweight, Julian Marquez to refrain from exposing abusive direct messages he had issued to the Octagon feature following his UFC Austin knockout defeat against Gregory Rodrigues last weekend, claiming that he has now himself received backlash for his comments. Julian Marquez, a five-fight Octagon veteran and product of […]

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An Instagram user has pleaded with UFC middleweight, Julian Marquez to refrain from exposing abusive direct messages he had issued to the Octagon feature following his UFC Austin knockout defeat against Gregory Rodrigues last weekend, claiming that he has now himself received backlash for his comments.

Julian Marquez, a five-fight Octagon veteran and product of Dana White’s Contender Series, featuring opposite grappling standout, Rodrigues at UFC Austin last weekend at the Moody Center, suffering a first round knockout defeat.

Julian Marquez landed in the UFC following a high kick KO win against Phil Hawes at DWCS

Following the loss, the Missouri native revealed a slew of derogatory and abusive messages aimed at him by an Instagram user.

“This is part of being a fighter,” Julian Marquez tweeted, accompanied by a series of direct messages sent to him. “This kid lost money betting on me and is super upset.”

“Wake up sleepy head,” The Instagram user messaged Marquez. “You num you just got pieced to the shadow realm. Ur dead. Na ur not good ur f*cking dosh*t and u sold the lay so hard.Go to hell you f*cking bum. F*ck you. Miley Cyrus doesn’t want your c*ck. You made Greg rich tonight good sh*t. He’s laughing that 50k to the bank after 4 knockdowns in the first round. Gregory knocked any last brain cells u had into another dimension my boy.”

Following Marquez’s decision to reveal the direct messages he had received, the Instagram user claimed that his family and himself had received threats, major criticizm and backlash for his actions.

“They are threatening me and my family. And what I’ve sent today, is an apology, so if you want  something to post you can post that or just posting about me. Please, I regret what I have said to you and I am dealing with my ranking being sent threats. So please understand that and just please stop posting about me, I’m asking very nicely.”

“It’s one thing for people to threaten me, I can take it. But my family? It’s not right, just please leave it be and move on and just forget about posting about me please. … C’mon man, you already did enough you have it on your Twitter feed forever, can you please just be done posting about me.”

Tony Kelley Speaks Out After UFC Austin Loss: “F**k You, Haters”

UFC bantamweight Tony Kelley has spoken out following his knockout loss to Adrian Yanez at UFC Austin this past weekend. Kelley made himself an adversary of many UFC fans following his controversial remarks while cornering UFC flyweight Andrea Lee last month. He was overheard referring to Lee’s opponent, Viviane Araújo, and her kind as “dirty…

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UFC bantamweight Tony Kelley has spoken out following his knockout loss to Adrian Yanez at UFC Austin this past weekend.

Kelley made himself an adversary of many UFC fans following his controversial remarks while cornering UFC flyweight Andrea Lee last month. He was overheard referring to Lee’s opponent, Viviane Araújo, and her kind as “dirty f**king Brazilians”.

Kelley’s remarks caused quite the uproar from the fans as well as some of his UFC fighting colleagues. But, he denied any wrongdoing, citing ‘cancel culture’ as the reason for people being upset about his comments.

Despite his disappointing loss to Yanez, Kelley remains unaffected by his recently-grown base of haters.

In a recent Instagram post, Kelley hit back at his detractors following the first-round knockout loss.

“At the end of the day….it’s still F*** youuuu haterrsss
Who’s next ?!” Kelley posted. “Lot of context for what happened last night.. but shit it is what it is, you simple mfers couldn’t begin to understand.”

Before his loss to Yanez, Kelley earned back-to-back wins over Randy Costa and Ali AlQaisi. He made his UFC debut against Kai Kamaka III at UFC 252 following brief stints in Legacy FC and WFF.

Kelley will look to get back in the win column in his expected return to the Octagon later this year. While he’s rubbed a good portion of the UFC faithful the wrong way, he appears to be embracing the role of a heel following his recent comments.

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MMA News’ Top 10 Finishes Of The Week (6/12 – 6/18)

Welcome to this week’s edition of MMA News’ Top 10 Finishes of the week! Every week there’s highlight-reel finishes all across the MMA world, and we’ve found some of the absolute best ones to showcase. The UFC’s card in Austin tied a promotional record for the most KO/TKO stoppages at a single event, but only…

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Welcome to this week’s edition of MMA News’ Top 10 Finishes of the week! Every week there’s highlight-reel finishes all across the MMA world, and we’ve found some of the absolute best ones to showcase.

The UFC’s card in Austin tied a promotional record for the most KO/TKO stoppages at a single event, but only a few of those managed to make the cut in a week full of impressive finishes.

The return of the PFL provided several candidates, but promotions from Europe and Mexico also managed to produce everything from head kicks to one-shot counters for this week’s list.

#10: Roman Dolidze Sets The Tone In Austin

The first of 9 stoppage victories at UFC Austin also serves as the first finish for this week’s list, courtesy of Georgian middleweight Roman Dolidze.

Dolidze pressed Kyle Daukaus to the fence just over a minute into their fight before throwing up a knee that dropped “The D’Arce Knight” and had the ref jumping in after a few follow-up punches.

#9: Itzel Padilla Impresses In Pro Debut

Debuting atomweights opened the night at Lux Fight League 23 where Itzel Padilla set a high bar for the rest of her career.

Padilla landed a head kick that sat Tania Tapia down on the canvas and provided the first of three head kick finishes included on this week’s list.

#8: Adrian Yanez Puts On A Show

The bad blood between bantamweights Adrian Yanez and Tony Kelley was a major talking point ahead of UFC Austin, and Yanez rose to the occasion in his home state of Texas.

Yanez pushed the pace for as long as the fight lasted before finally dropping Kelley with a series of punches that had the fans in Austin roaring.

#7: Omari Akhmedov Books A Playoff Spot

Omari Akhmedov put in an impressive performance that guaranteed him a spot in the 2022 PFL playoffs, but he also got a little help from the referee to earn a place on this week’s list.

Akhmedov locked up an arm triangle choke on Teodoras Aukštuolis that put the Lithuanian unconscious as the PFL’s “Ref Cam” gave fans a close-up of Aukštuolis’s face.

#6: Kacper Formela Defends FEN Title

This week’s second head kick finish comes from featherweight Kacper Formela’s main event victory at FEN 40 in Poland.

Making the first defense of his FEN featherweight title against Aleksandr Gorshechnik, Formela landed a head kick just before the end of the first round and followed-up with a few brutal hammer fists for good measure.

#5: Jeremiah Wells Flatlines “The Crusher”

Jeremiah Wells managed to deliver a highlight-reel KO on a night where the crowd at UFC Austin had already witnessed several fantastic finishes.

The 35-year-old welterweight flattened Court McGee with a left hook and handed the longtime veteran just the second stoppage loss of his MMA career.

#4: Joseil Silva Counters Off The Back Foot

Time was winding down in a flyweight bout at ACA 140 until Josiel Silva turned defense into offense with just over a minute remaining.

Goga Shamatava tried walking the Brazilian down with strikes, but Silva comfortably slipped away before landing a perfectly timed left hand.

#3: Ivan Vitasovi? Doesn’t Look Back

In a week that featured several head kick finishes, Ivan Vitasovi?’s win in the main event at FNC 6 managed to stand above the rest.

The Croatian claimed the FNC heavyweight title when he dropped Oli Thompson and walked away before his opponent even hit the mat.

#2: Alan Castro Refuses To Let Go

Mexican flyweights Alan Castro and Osovaldo Gonzalez managed to fit an entire bout’s worth of action into just over a minute of fight time at Naciones 7.

After the two traded on the feet and engaged in several scrambles on the ground, Castro locked up a triangle choke that eventually put Gonzalez unconscious.

#1: Ricardo Ramos Flashes Back To 2017

On a night where the UFC handed out bonuses to every fighter that earned a finish, Ricardo Ramos stole the spotlight be recreating a knockout he scored nearly 5 years ago.

The 26-year-old landed a spinning elbow that had Danny Chavez slumped against the cage just over a minute into their bantamweight bout on the UFC Austin prelims.

What do you think of this week’s list? Are there any finishes you think should have made the cut that didn’t? What about ones you think should have been ranked higher or lower?

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