Derek Brunson Accuses Anderson Silva Of Greasing

Throughout 2017 thus far, middleweight contender Derek Brunson has compiled a record of 1-1, dropping a closely-fought decision to the legendary Anderson Silva at UFC 208 earlier this year and rebounding with a stoppage victory over Dan Kelly this past June. After his bout with Silva, Brunson made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with […]

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Throughout 2017 thus far, middleweight contender Derek Brunson has compiled a record of 1-1, dropping a closely-fought decision to the legendary Anderson Silva at UFC 208 earlier this year and rebounding with a stoppage victory over Dan Kelly this past June.

After his bout with Silva, Brunson made it clear that he wasn’t pleased with the decision, and it now appears as if he feels as if “The Spider” was cheating.

Set to take on former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 119 on Oct. 28, 2017 in Brazil, Brunson recently asked “The Dragon” not to put ‘cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did’:

“Just make sure you don’t put cooking oil all over your body like Anderson did so it’ll be easy to grab ahold of you,” Brunson told Machida on Twitter.

That’s quite a bold claim being made by the 33-year-old Brunson, who will look to continue his winning ways against Machida.

Machida hasn’t competed since June 2015, as he’ll be returning from an 18-month suspension due to the fact that he admitted to taking a banned substance. The 39-year-old ex-champion is riding a two-fight losing streak in addition to losing three of his last four bouts.

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Justin Gaethje Wants To Be The ‘Most Violent’ Lightweight

Based on what you see from ex-World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) lightweight champ Justin Gaethje inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage, you wouldn’t expect him to be a guy concerned about taking fights on short-notice – think again. Gaethje is preparing to fight former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on December 2nd […]

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Based on what you see from ex-World Series Of Fighting (WSOF) lightweight champ Justin Gaethje inside the mixed martial arts (MMA) cage, you wouldn’t expect him to be a guy concerned about taking fights on short-notice – think again.

Gaethje is preparing to fight former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on December 2nd at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan. During a recent media scrum, Gaethje was asked about the possibility of taking a UFC lightweight title match on short-notice. Gaethje would like to think that he could say no to the opportunity, as he is not a big fan of taking fights on short-notice (quotes via MMA Junkie):

“The effort I put in, I expect myself to have eight to 12 weeks of preparation, and that’s the way I do things,” said Gaethje. “So I hope to never make the mistake – I just want to put it on the record for myself, to look back on – that I hope I never make the mistake of taking a last-second fight. Because inside, I would want to. But it shouldn’t happen.”

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As for his fight against Alvarez, Gaethje said he’s looking to go into the Octagon at UFC 218 and finish “The Underground King” as quick as possible in attempt to earn a shot at the 155-pound crown:

“I’m going to go in there and finish Eddie absolutely as fast as possible,” he said. “I deserve a shot at the championship if I keep beating these guys. So I hope I earn that. I will earn it. I think Conor’s going to make somebody earn it. These boys tonight, I hope they put on a show for us. But I have a feeling one of them just wants to win.

“I don’t want to win. I want to put on a show. I want to be the most violent lightweight in the world. And if I have to go through one of these guys after I beat Eddie, I will. But I’m going to be running for sheriff around here.”

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Kevin Lee Admits He’s A Little Annoyed With Joe Rogan

One of the most controversial topics coming out of UFC 216 was Kevin Lee’s staph infection being discovered as he made his entrance into the Octagon for his interim lightweight title clash with Tony Ferguson. Lee would go on to lose the fight via third round submission by way of a triangle choke, however, it’s […]

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One of the most controversial topics coming out of UFC 216 was Kevin Lee’s staph infection being discovered as he made his entrance into the Octagon for his interim lightweight title clash with Tony Ferguson.

Lee would go on to lose the fight via third round submission by way of a triangle choke, however, it’s believed that the staph infection hindered his performance a bit. “The Motown Phenom” recently joined Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour to discuss the controversy yesterday (Mon. October 16, 2017) and admitted that he was a little annoyed with UFC commentator Joe Rogan for bringing up the infection despite orders from the production team not to (quotes via Bloody Elbow):

“It kind of takes away from it, and it kind of takes away from Tony too,” Lee said. “I thought Tony did a great job, even with the staph infection.”

“It kind of takes a little bit away from our performance. But look, it’s the truth, and it is what it is. I always like to do that with people, I always like to tell people the way it is, so I can’t really hold it against him. I was a little annoyed at first that he would bring it up, but it’s clear.”

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) has also been under fire as of late for allowing Lee to compete with the staph infection, but Lee was quick to jump to their defense:

“They got a little bit of backlash for letting me fight, but they were mostly just concerned about the weight,” Lee said. “I think I did a pretty good job of hiding it. I felt like I did a good job of using makeup and trying to hide the best that I could. It wasn’t really their fault. “

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Patrick Cummins Posts Pic Of Disgusting ‘Mutant’ Staph Infection

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) may have come under fire recently for allowing Kevin Lee to compete at October 7’s UFC 216 with an obvious staph infection, but the state of New York won’t be having any similar problems with light heavyweight Patrick Cummins. Cummins announced on social media (via MMA Fighting) that he had […]

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The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) may have come under fire recently for allowing Kevin Lee to compete at October 7’s UFC 216 with an obvious staph infection, but the state of New York won’t be having any similar problems with light heavyweight Patrick Cummins.

Cummins announced on social media (via MMA Fighting) that he had acquired a ‘mutant’ staph infection that was so resilient even IV antibiotics would not kill it, making it impossible for him to make it to his scheduled bout against Corey Anderson at November 4’s UFC 217 from New York City. The infection was so bad his foot swelled up to almost twice normal size.

Check it out here:

It’s a significant setback for ‘Durkin,’ who rebounded from two TKO losses to Glover Teixeira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira to win decisions over Gian Villante and Jan Blachowicz in his last two bouts.

In a division as talent-starved as light heavyweight, title contention is truly only a few wins away, but Cummins will obviously need his foot to go back to normal size before he can even consider a return.

Based on the toughness he’s displayed in the octagon since debuting as a late replacement for Rashad Evans in 2014, he should be back sooner than later.

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Holly Holm Reacts To Cris Cyborg’s Drug Testing Demands

UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has been campaigning hard for a shot at ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm – and she just may get it. Lately on social media Cyborg has been going off on how frequently she has been tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as opposed to everyone else […]

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UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has been campaigning hard for a shot at ex-UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm – and she just may get it.

Lately on social media Cyborg has been going off on how frequently she has been tested by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) as opposed to everyone else – especially her likely next opponent Holly Holm. Cyborg has no issue being drug tested; however, she’d like for it to be an even playing field and see her fellow combatants tested just as much as she is:

Earlier today (Tues. October 17, 2017) Holm took to Instagram to respond to Cyborg’s online rant, revealing she has actually been tested more times than the Brazilian (quotes via MMA Fighting):

I've actually just wasted a minute of my life on this video.

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“So apparently there was a little bit of drama today because USADA went to Cyborg’s house and I know I’ve been the topic of interest a lot on her social media and I don’t mind fighters trying to promote fights, that’s fine, but let’s be real for a minute.

“She said she’s been tested by USADA and wants to be tested just as much, and she probably should have looked on their public records on the USADA web page and seen I’ve been tested nine times compared to her eight. I’m in no race, I really don’t care, I just know I compete clean and they test me all the time. So, I just never needed an applause for passing my tests. In the meantime, I’ll just spend my time training and she can spend her time complaining and making false accusations and false memes.”

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Ian McCall Signs With New MMA Promotion

One week after publicly announcing his release from the UFC, former flyweight title contender Ian McCall already has a new promotion. News came from MMA Junkie today (Mon., October 16, 2017) that McCall has signed with Japanese promotion Rizin FF and will compete in the second round of their upcoming bantamweight Grand Prix when he […]

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One week after publicly announcing his release from the UFC, former flyweight title contender Ian McCall already has a new promotion.

News came from MMA Junkie today (Mon., October 16, 2017) that McCall has signed with Japanese promotion Rizin FF and will compete in the second round of their upcoming bantamweight Grand Prix when he takes on 23-year-old Manel Kape. The event, Rizin FF 8: World Grand Prix Second Round, will take place on December 29 from Japan’s famed Saitama Super Arena.

It’s an odd set of circumstances for “Uncle Creepy,” who has fought only one single time since 2014, losing a hard-fought decision to John Lineker. Since then, he’s been scheduled to fight several times, but for one reason or another involving injuries, illness, and weight-cutting issues, McCall has been unable to fight and therefore asked for his release from the UFC.

He got it, and now he could be fighting three times in three days after fighting once in three years. He’ll meet a rising prospect in the 7-1 Kape, who knocked out Erson Yamamoto in the opening round of the bantamweight GP last weekend.

The two squared off in a heated staredown on social media today:

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