Ben Rothwell Defends Upcoming Opponent Junior Dos Santos

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Ben Rothwell got a little defensive during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight” when the future of his opponent, Junior dos Santos, was brought up.

The two heavyweight contenders meet this coming Sunday from Croatia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 86.

Despite being just 2-3 in his last five fights, dos Santos is a former champion. He also holds a win during that time over current title contender Stipe Miocic. Rothwell is on a four-fight win streak, all of which have come via finish.

“Why are we talking bad about him?” Rothwell wondered. “His back’s against the wall. He’s an animal backed into a corner. He’s going to be ferocious. I’ve been training for the champion Junior and he better be all of that because that’s what I’m coming to fight.”

Rothwell, who has flexed his submission skills as of late, made sure to let everyone know he holds knockout power in his hands much like “Cigano.” The Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt owns 20 career stoppages via KO or TKO to his credit.

“I have that too. Who knows what he’s going to do? I bring out the best in everybody,” he said. “I’m sure he’s changing up something in his camp. He throws a hard left hook, a hard left overhand and has added in kicks too. It doesn’t matter. I’m ready for anything.”

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Ben Rothwell got a little defensive during a recent appearance on “UFC Tonight” when the future of his opponent, Junior dos Santos, was brought up.

The two heavyweight contenders meet this coming Sunday from Croatia in the main event of UFC Fight Night 86.

Despite being just 2-3 in his last five fights, dos Santos is a former champion. He also holds a win during that time over current title contender Stipe Miocic. Rothwell is on a four-fight win streak, all of which have come via finish.

“Why are we talking bad about him?” Rothwell wondered. “His back’s against the wall. He’s an animal backed into a corner. He’s going to be ferocious. I’ve been training for the champion Junior and he better be all of that because that’s what I’m coming to fight.”

Rothwell, who has flexed his submission skills as of late, made sure to let everyone know he holds knockout power in his hands much like “Cigano.” The Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt owns 20 career stoppages via KO or TKO to his credit.

“I have that too. Who knows what he’s going to do? I bring out the best in everybody,” he said. “I’m sure he’s changing up something in his camp. He throws a hard left hook, a hard left overhand and has added in kicks too. It doesn’t matter. I’m ready for anything.”

Ross Pearson Vs. James Krause Booked For The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale

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Lightweights Ross Pearson and James Krause will meet this July at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

The bout was recently added to the July 8 card from Las Vegas that will feature Joanna Jed…

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Lightweights Ross Pearson and James Krause will meet this July at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

The bout was recently added to the July 8 card from Las Vegas that will feature Joanna Jedrzejczyk defending her strawweight title against Claudia Gadelha.

Pearson (19-10) recently picked up his fourth win since 2014 with a split decision over Chad Laprise. The former winner of TUF, the Brit is now 4-4 with a no-contest over his last nine fights.

Krause (23-7) has won two straight, scoring victories over Shane Campbell and Daron Cruickshank. He is 4-3 over his last seven Octagon appearances.

Other bouts set for the night include Anthony Smith vs. Scott Askham and Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir.

UFC Reveals Cast For Upcoming Ultimate Fighter 23

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will lead female strawweights and male light heavyweights on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 23.

Officials released the complete cast fo…

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will lead female strawweights and male light heavyweights on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 23.

Officials released the complete cast for the season, which debuts on FOX Sports 1 on April 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

Jedrzejzyk, the reigning UFC strawweight champion, will meet Gadelha later this year at the TUF Finale event in Las Vegas.

STRAWWEIGHTS

Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich.

Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash.

Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo.

Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind.

Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash.

Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England

Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain

Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.

JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo.

Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M.

Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England

Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif.

Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England

Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria

Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.

Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.

Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas

Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.

Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.

John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.

Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio

Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway

Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.

Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil

Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.

Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France

Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.

Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.

UFC Reveals Cast For Upcoming Ultimate Fighter 23

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will lead female strawweights and male light heavyweights on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 23.

Officials released the complete cast fo…

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha will lead female strawweights and male light heavyweights on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter 23.

Officials released the complete cast for the season, which debuts on FOX Sports 1 on April 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

Jedrzejzyk, the reigning UFC strawweight champion, will meet Gadelha later this year at the TUF Finale event in Las Vegas.

STRAWWEIGHTS

Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich.

Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash.

Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo.

Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind.

Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash.

Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England

Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain

Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev.

JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo.

Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M.

Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England

Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif.

Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England

Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif.

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHTS

Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria

Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.

Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.

Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas

Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.

Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.

John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.

Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio

Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway

Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.

Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil

Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.

Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.

Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France

Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.

Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.

Miesha Tate To Defend Her Title At UFC 200 Vs. Amanda Nunes

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Miesha Tate’s first title defense will come at UFC 200, as the reigning UFC female bantamweight champion takes on Amanda Nunes.

The bout was announced with Tate in attendanc…

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Miesha Tate’s first title defense will come at UFC 200, as the reigning UFC female bantamweight champion takes on Amanda Nunes.

The bout was announced with Tate in attendance on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”

Tate vs. Nunes will join a lineup that includes Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title.

Tate (18-5) finds herself on a five-fight win streak, including her March victory over Holly Holm for the belt. The former Strikeforce champion scored a technical submission in the fifth round of their bout, joining a select few to hold titles in both promotions.

Her run includes decision victories over Jessica Eye, Sara McMann, Rin Nakai and Liz Carmouche.

The 27-year-old Nunes (12-4) has won three in a row since a 2014 loss to Cat Zingano. Overall, the Brazilian is 5-1 inside the Octagon, including victories over Valentina Shevchenko, McMann and Shayna Baszler.

Khabib Nurmagomedov: “Cowboy” Fight Signed, Then Cerrone Injured; Cowboy Responds

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Now this is something you don’t hear everyday.

According to a post on Twitter by Khabib Nurmagomedov, the unbeaten lightweight had signed to meet Donald Cerrone next week …

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Now this is something you don’t hear everyday.

According to a post on Twitter by Khabib Nurmagomedov, the unbeaten lightweight had signed to meet Donald Cerrone next week at UFC on FOX 19 earlier in the day.

However, Nurmagomedov stated that Cerrone injured his ribs hours after signing on the dotted line and will not make the April 16 event in Tampa.

Earlier this week, Tony Ferguson was forced to pull out of the planned lightweight title-eliminator vs. Nurmagomedov, who has battled injuries recently himself.

Cerrone, however, doesn’t seem to see things the same way as Nurmagomedov, responding to the fighter on Twitter: