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Andre Harrison Heading into WSOF 35 to Take Lance Palmer’s Title

Looking back on a successful 2016 that saw him pick up wins in his four fights for the year and remain undefeated to start off his pro career, featherweight Andre Harrison admits it didn’t go as smoothly as it could have, but he nonetheless persevered.

In particular, Harrison’s wins over Steven Siler at Titan FC 37 in March, and Alexandre Bezerra in September at TFC 41 presented their own challenges for him to overcome.

“With Siler, that guillotine that he has, he’s really good at getting that,” Harrison told MMAWeekly.com. “Bezerra had me in all kinds of trouble in that fourth round, and somehow I managed to come out of there and have a really dominant performance in the fifth round.

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“I learned a lot during that time frame, so it was a good year. Good wins over good opponents.”

Entering his sixth year of fighting in2017, Harrison feels he’s been able to grow significantly over the course of his pro career, and is committed to continuing his growth moving forward.

“There’s overall a big difference, it’s a completely different ballgame,” he said. “Even my wrestling is different. I don’t even shoot the same I used to shoot back then. I think I’ve improved in pretty much every area, and I’m looking to continue on that road.”

Harrison (15-0) challenges Lance Palmer (11-2) for the World Series of Fighting 145-pound championship in the evening’s co-main event on Saturday in Verona, N.Y.

“You get two wrestlers together and you get yourself a striking war,” said Harrison of facing Palmer. “With that being said, I have to control the fight from the feet; back him up with good pressure on the feet; and be the aggressor. I have to be the aggressor to etch out this win.”

Having held titles previously in other promotions, the physical belt doesn’t mean a whole lot to Harrison. For him it’s more about the experience of the fight and what it does for him that matters.

“Honestly, the titles that I have won in the past are at the gym,” he said. “It’s not something that I carry around. I know people who hang them up at the house or something, but I don’t really care too much about that kind of stuff.

“To me it’s more about the fight and the experience of it. That’s what I enjoy the most. I enjoy the memories of the actual fight; good shots I might have landed, good take downs and how I felt overall; that’s what I enjoy the most.”

Perhaps even more important to Harrison is proving that he belongs at this level, and that he’s going to be someone to reckon with in his new promotion.

“I’m going in there to take this title, and definitely want to defend it, and solidify myself as the top of the division here,” he said. “I want to let people know that I didn’t come to WSOF just to be here. I came here with a goal and purpose, and I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure I get there.”

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VIDEO: What Started as an MMA Fight Broke Out Into This Massive Brawl

Remember when Jake Shields beat Dan Henderson at “Strikeforce: Nashville” all those years ago? The aftermath of that fight stirred up more than your typical post-fight comments when Jason Miller confronted Jake in the cage and all of a sudden a huge fight broke out.

This moment gave birth to the words that in-cage interviewer Gus Johnson probably regrets today, seven years later:

“Sometimes these things happen in MMA. A lot of testosterone in the cage. Gentleman, we’re on national television!”

Gus got a ton of crap for saying that (on national television, LOL), mostly from MMA hardcores who were offended at the idea that MMA is about unprofessional brawls and chaos. How dare he say such a thing.

Well, guess what? He was kinda right all along because sometimes this kind of stuff does, in fact, happen.

In the latest version of post-fight brawls, a match in Dagestan between Vladimir Mineev and Aziz Dzhumaniyazov blew up into chaotic mess when a bunch of dudes rushed the ring after an ungentlemanly strike from one of the fighters. It’s like Nashville again. Strikeforce, never die. 

For what it’s worth, the president of the Dagestani regional MMA Union, Shamil Alibatyrov, told BloodyElbow.com that the whole incident was exaggerated by the press (whatever, man).  

To the footage!

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Dana White Now Believes Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Will Happen

UFC president Dana White at one time said no way, not ever, but he is now a believer that a boxing match between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and retired boxing legend Floyd Mayweather will happen.

Though White recently said publicly that the parties involved were still “not close” to an agreement and that there was no target date set, he’s changed his tune dramatically on whether or not he thinks the fight will happen. 

“I do think it’s gonna happen. I think it’s going to be a tough deal, because obviously a lot of egos involved in this deal and a lot of people, so that always makes it tougher,” White said on Wednesday night’s edition of Conan. “On the flip side, there’s so much money involved. I just don’t see how it doesn’t happen.”

There’s been a lot of public posturing by McGregor and Mayweather over the past year or so, both making significant monetary demands and calling each other to task for not making the fight happen. Mayweather, however, upped the ante last week, announcing that he was coming out of retirement in an effort to force McGregor’s hand

Even with all the recent movement, and rumors that a June 10 date was held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the fight, there has been no sign of a contract in sight.

If it were to happen, however, the fight would take place under boxing rules, which would certainly stack the deck fully in Mayweather’s favor. White, however, believes there are some factors that could make it a more competitive fight than it appears on paper.

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“A lot of things make this fight intriguing, but the reality is this,” White explained. “Conor McGregor is huge. He’s 27 years old. He’s in the prime of his career. Floyd is 40. Floyd has always had a problem with southpaws. Conor is a southpaw. And Conor hits hard. When he hits people, they go. Floyd’s definitely not knocking him out, that’s for sure. I’m not saying that Conor would win this boxing match, but it sure makes it interesting.”

So the interest that White never displayed in the past has materialized. So how far off can we be from what could easily become one of the biggest pay-per-view events in the history of combat sports?

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