UFC KO of the Week: Donald Cerrone’s Head Kick Finish of Matt Brown

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At UFC 206 in December 2016, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone put Matt Brown away with a brutal head-kick knockout. Cerrone faces Yancy Medeiros in the UFC Fight Night 126 main event on Sunday.

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Cerrone and Medeiros headline the UFC Fight Night 126 card in Austin, Texas, on Sunday, but there will also be a lot of eyes on home state hero Derrick Lewis. The 33-year-old UFC heavyweight resides in Cypress, Texas, and squares off with Marcin Tybura in the UFC Fight Night 126 co-main event.

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-ko-of-the-week-donald-cerrones-head-kick-finish-of-matt-brown


Bellator 194: Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione (Countdown, Episode 2)

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Take an in-depth look at Bellator 194, which features the second quarterfinal match-up of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, pitting Roy Nelson against Matt Mitrione. This is the second episode of a two-part series leading up to the fight. You can watch the Countdown to Bellator 194 Episode 1 here.

In advance of Bellator 194 at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut and airing on Paramount Network Friday, Feb. 16, Bellator is proud to present Bellator Countdown. This two-part series offers a behind-the-scenes look at Roy “Big Country” Nelson and Matt Mitrione as they prepare for their rematch in the first round of the 2018 Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix.

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Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/bellator-194-roy-nelson-vs-matt-mitrione-countdown-episode-2


Tyron Woodley Squashing His Beef with Dana White and RDA

Things hit a fever pitch last week surrounding UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley

He had long been talked about and had talked about being in a fight with Nate Diaz. Diaz had also talked about the possibility of such a fight. Top welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos took umbrage with that and called Woodley out. UFC president Dana White didn’t like what was being reported and also called Woodley out, in not so pleasant terms.

Woodley last week admitted he was “pissed off” about White’s reaction and all the flack he was getting for simply talking about a potential fight with Diaz. 

Having had a few days to take a step back and reassess, Woodley is ready to bury the hatchet and focus on moving forward.

Tyron Woodley Squashing His Beef with Dana White

Dana White and Tyron Woodley“I’m squashing everything. I’m focusing on getting this shoulder together. One by one, everybody will get these hands. I don’t know the order; I don’t know who is next,” Woodley said on the latest edition of his TMZ Sports web series “Holloywood Beatdown.”

“I’ve never wanted to bounce around and not continue to defend my belt. I’ve been there for a while and I plan on knocking everybody out. People have a short term memory on what I’ve been able to do. 11 finishes, nine in the first round. Some of the most vicious KOs in UFC history. Those stats are never talked about, so therefore, I’m gonna take a woosah!”

Woodley realized that, especially since he is currently unable to fight, he had been spinning his wheels arguing with everyone, particularly his boss. 

Tyron Woodley Focusing on Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

The UFC welterweight champion underwent shoulder surgery late last year when he realized he didn’t have a fight lined up and is still on the mend. Though he plans to be able to fight sometime around late first quarter to early second quarter of 2018, that doesn’t mean he’s ready now.

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“Burying the hatchet with everything because, at the end of the day, a lot of people say, ‘Why don’t you just fight?’ I’ve had surgery; Dec. 19 of 2017. We are exactly eight weeks from that point. You guys think from a serious labrum tear, you can be back fighting in eight weeks, you guys need to get a life.”

So for now, Woodley is going to focus on recouping his shoulder and getting back in to fighting shape.

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/tyron-woodley-squashing-his-beef-with-dana-white-and-rda


Adriano Moraes Faces Reece McLaren at ONE: Visions of Victory

Reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes will be in action at ONE: Visions of Victory on March 9. The Brazilian is set to defend his belt against Reece McLaren at Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur.

Moraes (17-2) has won eight fights out of ten for ONE Championship with both defeats coming by way of split decision. He is one of the promotion’s most dominant champions, but faces a tough test against an opponent who nearly claimed the bantamweight belt.

McLaren (10-5) pushed Bibiano Fernandes all the way before dropping a split decision in 2016. He showed in those five close, competitive rounds that he has what it takes to compete with one of the best fighters in the division.

Since that defeat McLaren has had mixed results. He was brutally knocked out by Kevin Belingon, but bounced back to submit Anatpong Bunrad with an anaconda choke on his flyweight debut. Moraes has won four in a row with three of those victories coming inside the distance. 

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So far, eight fights have been announced for ONE: Visions of Victory. The show will also feature a featherweight match that pits Christian Lee against Kazunori Yokota and a flyweight bout between Gianni Subba and Danny Kingad.

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/adriano-moraes-faces-reece-mclaren-at-one-visions-of-victory


LFA 33’s Kyle Stewart Predicts He’ll Be in the UFC This Year

With four wins in four fights in 2017, welterweight Kyle Stewart was able to match the output he had previously experienced in the two years prior.

In particular, the second half of Stewart’s year was monumental for him, as he was able to get one step closer to his career goal with opportunities to fight on the national stage.

“I made my LFA debut (in May) and fought Ty Freeman, and I finished that fight in the first round, and that’s when I got the call to do the Contender Series (in July),” Stewart told MMAWeekly.com. “I was a little injured before that fight, so I didn’t look as good as I wanted to in that fight, to say the least, but I was able to win that fight (versus Jason Jackson).

“My 2017 was pretty good. My goal for 2017 was to put my name on the UFC’s radar. I wanted the UFC to know who I was. My call to the Contender Series kind of accomplished that.”

Not only was Stewart able to double his win total last year, he also feels he’s grown quite a bit and matured as a fighter.

“Honestly, everything has gotten way better,” said Stewart. “I think now I’m a lot more comfortable in the cage. I’m more comfortable testing things out, setting guys up, not getting too excited and remaining calm. Being calm and turning it into a technical fight and not let it turn into a brawl.”

At LFA 33 this Friday in Dallas, Texas, Stewart (8-0) takes on fellow undefeated up and comer Jaleel Willis (8-0) in the evening’s 170-pound main event.

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“He’s a tough fighter, he’s 8-0, and that’s what I’m excited about,” Stewart said of Willis. “A lot of guys try to get to the UFC by taking the safest route there. But once you get to the UFC you’re fighting the best guys in the world. So when I get to the UFC I knew I took the hard road to get there.

“Every opponent I’ve ever fought has a winning record. I’d rather fight the tough guys now, so once I get there, I know I’ve been through it before.”

Stewart knows to make the move up to the UFC he can’t just win, he has to win impressively, and that’s exactly what he hopes to do on Friday night.

“2018 is the year I want to make it to the UFC, and this is the fight I think can definitely put me there,” said Stewart. “I know the UFC is coming here in April, and that’s my goal: to get on that card and to make my UFC debut in my hometown.

“The UFC isn’t looking for 170-pound fighters. You have to do something impressive. So to me, anything other than a highlight reel knockout is just another win. The highlight reel knockout is the real key towards moving up.”

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/lfa-33s-kyle-stewart-predicts-hell-be-in-the-ufc-this-year





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