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  • Delusional quote of the day: Vitor Belfort wants interim title

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter3 hrs ago

    Despite avoiding real regulation for two years by fighting internationally, and allowing his licensing in U.S. jurisdictions to lapse while using banned drug treatments,Vitor Belfort(24-10) was granted a middleweight title shot by the UFC. The UFC wanted the big middleweight title fight between Belfort and champion Chris Weidman (12-0) to take place in the fight capital of the world, Las Vegas (where Belfort had already failed a drug test in 2006 by testing positive for a steroid. That failed drug test resulted in a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission - NAC- that Belfort disregarded by fighting in the United Kingdom during it.), so the Nevada commission promptly administered a drug test to Belfort.

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  • Former champ Dominick Cruz next in line for UFC title shot

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter1 day ago

    The UFC men's bantamweight title landscape has seemed a bit complicated, of late. First, dominant champion Renan Barao lost his title to TJ Dillashaw, this year.

    Then, instead of the next shot going to Raphael Assuncao - who was set to face Barao before getting injured, and who also has a recent win over the new champ Dillashaw - Barao was rushed into a senseless immediate rematch that heultimately could not even make. Assuncao would certainly seem next in line for a crack at Dillashaw, except he's got a fight booked with Bryan Caraway this Saturday.

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  • Demetrious Johnson submits Chris Cariaso at UFC 178

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago

    UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson took less than two rounds to finish Chris Cariaso and successfully defend his title Saturday night in Las Vegas, but in his opinion he still took too long to do it. "I was just a little bit too patient for my own good," the champ said in his post fight interview.

    The win is Johnson's seventh straight and it also further solifidied his position atop the 125 pound class. As he looks out on a mostly conquered flyweight landscape, Johnson insists that he doesn't want to fight anyone in particular next.

    Instead, he'll just be ready to fight whoever the UFC calls and tells him to. "I'm just a man who sits by the phone and answers it, and I go fight," he said.

    The one knock on the well-rounded Johnson used to be that most of his top wins came by way of decision after hard-fought and still-impressive bouts. This finish was the third time in his last four outings that he refused to let his opponent hear the final horn, however.

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  • Conor McGregor wins with controversial KO at UFC 178

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter2 days ago

    Conor McGregorwon his fourth straight UFC fight Saturday night in Las Vegas but it wasn't without controversy. The brash Irishman moved ahead in the featherweight rankings with a first round TKO win over Dustin Poirier at UFC 178, but the unfortunate manner in which it ended still left plenty of questions regarding not just the fight but the rising star's ability to take on and possibly take out the very best in the world.

    After a good number of striking combinations thrown from both men, with mostly only glancing connections for either, McGregor caught a ducking Poirier with a left hook to the back of the head. The American appeared to go out and fell to the mat.

    McGregor followed up with strikes to the downed Poirier, forcing referee Herb Dean to step in and call a stop to the fight. Strictly speaking, strikes to the back of the head area that McGregor hit Poirier on are not allowed in unified MMA rules.

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  • Coach says UFC's Conor McGregor could be three-division champ

    Elias Cepeda at Cagewriter4 days ago

    Rising UFC featherweight Conor McGregor and his team are confident heading into their UFC 178 fight against Dustin Poirier this Saturday. McGregor's coach John Kavanagh is looking way past this fight, however, and toward all-time greatness for the "Notorious" one.

    “It’s hard to put in words why I think he will be remembered as the greatest of all time," Kavanagh recently told SevereMMA. "I do think that he will definitely be a two-weight world champion, that’s a given, and I think with a certain set of circumstances he will be the first and only three-weight division UFC champion. That would be at featherweight, lightweight and welterweight."

    Whoah. 

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