Claudia Gadelha Faces Cortney Casey at UFC Sao Paulo

A women’s strawweight fight between top contender Claudia Gadelha and No. 14-ranked Cortney Casey has been added to the Nov. 19 UFC Fight Night card in Sao Paulo, Brazil. UFC officials announced the bout on Tuesday.

Claudia GadelhaGadelha (13-2) hopes to rebound after losing to champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk in her last outing in July. The only two losses on Gadelha’s record have been to Jedrzejczyk.

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Casey (6-3) is riding a two-fight winning streak after dropping her first two fights in the UFC. She’s coming off a sumbmission win over Randa Markos in her last outing in August. A win over Gadelha would rocket Casey up the women’s 125-pound rankings.

UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo takes place on Nov. 19 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera. The event is headlined by a light heavyweight between 205-pound contenders Alexander Gustafsson and Rogerio Nogueira.

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Former WWE Wrester Ryback Wants to Fight for Bellator

Ryback, a former WWE intercontinental champion who once wrestled CM Punk for the WWE championship, is looking to make a jump from the squared circle to Bellator’s Hexagon. Or Polygon. Or whateveragon.

Ryback is nearly 300 pounds of solid muscle and enjoyed upper mid-card booking in the WWE before his push stalled and he found himself in the opening match of WrestleMania this year, fighting in front of a mostly empty ATT stadium.

Ryback left the WWE this summer, unhappy with his push, to take independent bookings. He has teased joining TNA and now Bellator.

Ryback was not exactly the most fluid professional wrestler. He was good at body slamming his opponents and knocking them down, but his character was reminiscent of Bill Goldberg’s; he was a big guy who was limited in the ring, but could throw other guys around. His matches rarely lasted more than 15 minutes. In Bellator, as a special attraction, he could certainly draw money, but don’t blink or expect his fights to get out of the first round.

Here he is throwing around John Cena.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov ‘Got Used’ to Make Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez

Khabib Nurmagomedov feels like he got used to force Conor McGregor and Eddie Alvarez to “get on their knees and beg.”

While there are a lot of people jumping for joy after UFC officials announced that Alvarez vs. McGregor would headline UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York, Nurmagomedov isn’t one of them.

Currently ranked No. 1 in the UFC’s 155-pound division and sporting a spotless 23-0 record, Nurmagomedov was under the belief that he was the next challenger to Alvarez’s belt. And why wouldn’t he? After all, he had two bout agreements in front of him to fight the champ.

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Eddie Alvarez - Khabib Nurmagomedov - Conor McGregorFollowing a tweet saying that McGregor would not be fighting Alvarez in New York, company president Dana White told UFC Tonight just last week that the UFC had issued Alvarez a bout agreement to fight Nurmagomedov at UFC 205. As the report goes, Alvarez didn’t sign the bout agreement by a specified deadline, so the UFC issued a second bout agreement for him to fight Nurmagomedov at UFC 206 in Toronto in December.

Those are the two bout agreements that Nurmagomedov referred to in a tweet after the Alvarez vs. McGregor bout was revealed on Monday night.

It appears that the dealings with Nurmagomedov may have been a diversion, while the deal with Alvarez and McGregor came together. At least, Nurmagomedov seems to think so, saying, “I got used.”

Regardless of how the situation unfolded behind the scenes, Nurmagomedov had further words for Alvarez and McGregor, tweeting that they were afraid of him.

In the meantime, No. 6 ranked lightweight Michael Johnson, fresh off of a UFC Fight Night headlining victory over Dustin Poirier, has launched a Twitter campaign to try and get a fight with Nurmagomedov. It could be the perfect match-up for the Russian fighter while he waits for Alvarez and McGregor to play out.

Alvarez vs. McGregor was the third title fight added to the UFC 205 fight card.

В то время когда я подписывал контракт с @ufc это ещё был спортом, щас это перешло в шоу, или как это назвать я не знаю, единственное что меня держит в этом гребенном так называемом спорте – это то что я не хочу останавливаться на пол пути, этому меня не учили, я продолжу идти ИншаАллагь. When I signed agreement with @UFC it was sport. Now it became a freak show, or I don’t know how to call it right. Only thing that keeping me in this cracking sport, is that I don’t want to stop on the halfway, I wasn’t raised like this, not a quiter. I’ll keep moving forward InshaAllah.

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Joe Rogan: ‘I’m Not Doing It Anymore’

UFC commentator Joe Rogan has been critical about interviewing fighters moments after they’ve suffered a knockout for years, but after UFC 203, Rogan has put his foot down and refuses to do it anymore.

“It’s something I had suggested a long time ago, back when we interviewed Mirko Cro Cop (Filipovic) after (Gabriel) Gonzaga knocked him out,” said Rogan during his podcast.

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The straw that broke the camel’s back for the broadcaster came at UFC 203 on Sept. 10. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic knocked out Alistair Overeem in the fight card’s main event. Following the loss, as has been customary, Rogan asked Overeem about the defeat moments after the fighter regained consciousness. Overeem said that he thought Miocic tapped out earlier in the fight. The replay was shown from two separate angles, revealing that there was no tap. It was an awkward moment.

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“It made Alistair look bad. And I think if you gave him a few hours, or even a day to talk about it, he probably would realize that (the tap) never happened and that it was just that his brain was scrambled,” Rogan explained.

Rogan has made up his mind and isn’t wavering.

“I don’t care. I’m not doing it anymore. I’m not doing it. If guys get knocked the (expletive) out, if someone really wants to talk to them, they’re going to have to talk to them. I’m not talking to any of them anymore,” he said. “I’m not doing it anymore.”

The longtime play-by-play announcer believes the practice is unnecessary and thinks the fight promotion is on the same page.

“I don’t think we need to (interview guys that just got knocked out), and I think the UFC agrees.”

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  • they could do away with the entire in ring interviews for all I care

    • especially when they need to use an interpreter.

      • Which is 90% of the time.

  • Agreed. I really don’t care about the interviews, but the winners of the fight should be given some time, so just interview the winners. They can talk to everyone else at the post press new conference.

  • Don’t know if Overeem is a good guy, or a conceited jerk…. but nobody deserves to look like a fool after just being KTFO.

    Totally agree with Rogan, for the one or two good interview you get from a loser, (on the same card, CM Punk got destroyed… but had one of the classiest interview ever) too many are a guy that’s disoriented, and likely to say something stupid…. making them look the fool.

    They’ve already been beaten, no need to heap humiliation on top of it.

    • RIght- I mean they already have post fight press conferences anyway

  • Do these guys proofread their work before it’s published?

  • Good for him. Too bad he had to wait until he had F U money. The UFC would fire most announcers who refused an order.

  • Remember when this moron said Ronda Rousey was ” the most dangerous ATHLETE ( not fighter or female fighter, but athlete ) on the Planet? He must have been concussed.

    • If dangerous = fugly, he was correct.

  • If only they would do away with Bruce Buffer and his comical ” It’s time ” thingy. It’s embarrassing.

    • It was actually a lot more comical, but he cut it out. It used to be “IT’S TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIME……………..TO BEGIN………………..THE UFC…………….HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIP OF………………THE…………………WORLD!………….IN THE RED CORNER………….”

      • Except that the Blue corner is always introduced first …

  • Good call Joe Rogan… I’ve always admired your perspectives and work……

  • What’s this?

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