• Stunner: Renan Barao yanked from UFC 177 during difficult weight cut

    Kevin Iole at Cagewriter2 days ago

    Former bantamweight champion Renan Barao suffered some sort of incident while cutting weight in his hotel room in Sacramento, Calif., on Friday and was pulled from his title bout Saturday at Sleep Train Arena in the main event of UFC 177 against champion T.J. Dillashaw for medical reasons.

    It remains unclear the nature of Barao's medical condition, but one UFC source said, "I know he's going to be fine, but he's definitely not fighting Saturday."

    Nova Uniao, Barao's fight team, issued a statement to MMA Fighting . The statement said Barao was dizzy when getting out of the tub, slipped and hit his head against the wall. It said he passed out and was taken to the hospital.

    UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said Barao was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons.

     "Safety has to come first," Fertitta said. "We just wanted to make sure he was all right. My understanding is that he is [OK] and that everyone was being extra cautious, so he was taken to the hospital to be checked."

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  • Kamal Shalorus grabs for gold again at ONE FC 19

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    Kamal Shalorus (9-3) was born and raised with wrestling all around him. Growing up near the wrestling hot-bed of Azerbaijan, Shalorus had both the intense Iranian and Russian wrestling cultures pushing in on him as a young man.

    The wrestling passion of the region became his, and he used it to lift himself up, professionally. He would go on to represent Britain’s wrestling team at the 2004 summer games, and later become a top MMA fighter.

    Kamal’s parents had no problem accepting his career as a wrestler, but fighting in a cage with less rules seemed more foreign to them, at first. “Wrestling, they knew, so they were very supportive,” he tells Cagewriter.

    “But MMA, well, my mom was a lot more nervous about that (laughs). But now they see what it is and understand it a bit more.”

    It took Shalorus some time himself to begin to fully understand MMA. He first got into the sport as a training partner for MMA fighters to better their wrestling, but soon realize that he was good enough to step into a second career as well.

    “The transition was definitely challenging, especially the striking, but I enjoyed it and it ultimately came natural to me,” he says.

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