Al Iaquinta: ‘I Love Fighting, But I’m Not Gonna Ruin my Body’

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Al Iaquinta may decide that fighting simply isn’t worth it. Last night (April 22), Iaquinta made his return to active mixed martial arts (MMA) competition against Diego Sanchez. “Raging” earned a first-round knockout inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee for UFC Fight Night 108. It was Iaquinta’s first bout since April 2015. Iaquinta had […]

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Artem Lobov on Bout With Cub Swanson: ‘I Hope it Was a Good Fight For The Fans’

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Artem Lobov fell short against Cub Swanson, but the fight has been met with a positive response. Lobov took on Swanson last night (April 22) inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The featherweight scrap served as the main event of UFC Fight Night 108. Swanson won the bout by unanimous decision. “The Russian Hammer” […]

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Mike Perry on Finishing Opponents: ‘I Always For my Protection & Their Protection’

By Fernando Quiles Jr. Mike Perry talks the talk, but he insists he has no ill feelings towards his opponent. Perry is coming off a sensational second-round knockout over Jake Ellenberger. It’s a significant victory for Perry, who toppled the 13th ranked welterweight on the official Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) rankings. “Platinum” is sure to get a spot in […]

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Aljamain Sterling thought of retiring if he didn’t get decision against Augusto Mendes

By Dave Doyle

Aljamain Sterling was fairly sure he was going to be announced as the winner after his UFC on FOX 24 bout with Augusto Mendes went the distance.

But after dropping a pair of split decisions in his previous two fights, there was still that little seed of doubt in his head.

“I thought I won it. I thought, if I lose it, maybe I give up altogether,” Sterling said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “If they can’t figure out who won this fight then I just suck at this and I’m going to stick to real estate.”

While Sterling has taken up real estate on the side, he’s not about to become a full-time house flipper anytime soon. The judges correctly gave him a unanimous nod after a strong performance and a two-fight losing streak which seemed much longer was suddenly in his rear-view mirror.

“I hadn’t won since Dec. 10, 2015,” Sterling said. “Long time coming when you think about it like that. It’s not like I never lost before, but, damn, it sure does feel good to be back and still showing I belong on the top of the heap.”

In the process, Sterling hopes he made a point. An idea that he doesn’t like to get hit, which if true would be quite a problem when you make fighting your profession, had taken root.

“It’s just so frustrating to hear people say, ‘oh, he can’t strike, he can’t box, he’s afraid to get hit,’” the Long Island-based bantamweight said. ”It’s more annoying than anything. It’s like, do you think I’ve just been in the training room wrestling and just humping some guys leg along the wall for eight to 12 weeks as a training camp? What do you think we do as fighters?”

The criticism grew after his split decision losses to Bryan Caraway and Rafael Assunaco, which came after a 12-0 start to his career and a high-profile free agency period.

“Those two losses put me in a position where it was, screw this, I need to start the fight picking up like I did in that third round against Assuncao,” Sterling said. “Come out aggressive and look for the finish, and I knew if I did that, then good things were going to happen.”

Mind you, Sterling isn’t convinced his opponents should have gotten the nod during his two-fight losing streak, particularly Assuncao. So he felt a need to play for what the thought the judges were looking for, and on this night, the approach paid off.

“I mean, the Caraway fight, I gassed out doing three workouts the day of the fight,” Sterling said. “That was my fault. He did what he had to, so kudos to him. The Assuncao fight, I thought I won, but it isn’t like I dominated by any means, don’t get me wrong, but when you double up on strikes you should win the fight. But that’s water under the bridge at this point. I realize what scores in fights — people are more knowledgeable about boxing and punches. So I had to switch up a little bit and play to the system and do what I know I’m capable of doing. Yeah, I took more shots than I normally do, but it’s not like I can’t take it.”

Sterling is hoping for a quick turnaround so he can continue building his momentum. He’d like to be a part of International Fight Week in July in Las Vegas, and he doesn’t sound too picky about who he’d like to fight.

“It’s really hard to pick anybody, everyone is booked,” Sterling said. “I know Dodson is fighting Eddie Wineland, I’m going to be there this weekend so I’ll see it live, which will be pretty cool. I’m interested in fighting in two months, I wanted to get on that [Oklahoma City] card (on June 25), but Sean (Shelby) said it was full. Maybe International Fight Week, I’m thinking maybe fight on the first card.”

Oddly, Sterling expressed ambivalence about fighting at UFC on FOX 25 on Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum, citing concerns with the New York State Athletic Commission, which hasn’t exactly showered itself in glory in its first year overseeing MMA events.

“I would love to fight in my hometown, I just don’t know what do to with New York,” Sterling said. “They’re weird with some stuff. Even though I’m cleared everywhere else to fight, they’re being weird about everything, so I don’t know. I would love to, but it’s right before my birthday.”

For now, though, he’s going to take a little time to appreciate Saturday night’s win.

“I did everything that I said I was going to do,” Sterling said. “I said I was going to go out there and be more aggressive, use my kicks, use my punches, use my wrestling, be more aggressive and I want to make it a nasty fight everywhere it goes. I was in the clinch. It was a good fight. I thought I went out there, I had a good beard and I showed I had good hands and good combinations.”

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The Weekly Grind: Alistair Overeem has dinner with Salt Bae, Ronda Rousey trolls fiancé

By Danny Segura

The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour.

As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well…interesting.

To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The Weekly Grind.”

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Dinner at master’s @nusr_et

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@spartan_sano @champagnepapi @thehollywoodroosevelt #drake #drizzy

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Here is a reply video I sent one of my protégés who was seeking advice on some boxing only pad work footage they sent me. I believe you will like it. The focus has been solely boxing lately but make no mistakes, the kicking and grappling aspects, and everything else got to do with unlimited free fighting, is still very much present in my thoughts. Floyd may crap his jocks after all and if so I will go back to true fighting or just pick another boxer like manny or something. But whatever that’s another conversation. I like to build fighters and watch their progression. I have built many to this date, and all unintentionally. One is fighting in the UFC main event this weekend. When my son is born I will build him up into a multiple free fighting world champion also. Just like his old man. I look forward to it.

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❤️ @travisbrownemma

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My Relationship status: Keep making dr. appointments until I find one who’s early 30s cute and single

— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) April 18, 2017

Looking for a man like……. pic.twitter.com/65ZRdiBtZA

— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) April 21, 2017

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My dog stole my weed..

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Thank you @time magazine and @schwarzenegger for including me in this years “TIME 100 Most influential people” list

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Today is red zone day on the Conor McGregor FAST conditioning program for me. What zone are you in today? @conormcgregorfast

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Yum! #springfair

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It’s soooo damn good @nutsnmore send more lmao #nutsnmore

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— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) April 17, 2017

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Thanks Toyo @toyotires for the Proxe T1 Sport Tires! Can’t wait to put them on my Shelby GT500

A post shared by Sage Northcutt (@supersagenorthcutt) on Apr 20, 2017 at 11:54am PDT

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I’m gonna fuck everybody up when I come back…
You’re all on notice…

— TheOnceAndFutureKing (@BensonHenderson) April 20, 2017

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Exercício para habilidade dos movimentos! @felipewerdum

A post shared by Fabricio Werdum (@werdum) on Apr 19, 2017 at 9:53am PDT

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— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) April 20, 2017

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— TJ Dillashaw (@TJDillashaw) April 20, 2017

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The poster I drew for TUF 25… pic.twitter.com/OklQrvaxXn

— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) April 20, 2017

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Sad to see my former friend @tjdillashaw lie about me on national television to save his reputation. He knows there was no ultimatum, he got lured by money And @ludwigmartialarts your welcome for employing you (when u were broke, down & out) for 1 year and 3 months – of the 14 yr existence of @teamalphamalemma, a team built with some of my closest friends, with blood, sweat, and tears. And thanks Duane for trying to warn me about TJ being sold off, once he won the belt (see the text on 3rd slide). Thank u @thenotoriousmma for seeing the future Thank u @cody_nolove for being a real champion inside and outside of the octagon Thank u to @studshowradio for the best podcast ever (kinda ) My coaching staff that is the best in the world @justinbuchholz_ @holdsworthmma @lastcall155 @dustinakbari @fabiopradobjj @masterthong916 @joey_rodriguez916 And for the word LOYALTY which is hard to find.

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Happy #hump day #easymoney #makeufcgreatagain #therealisback

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#420 thank you come again

Posted by Yancy Medeiros on Thursday, April 20, 2017

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So I get back to London and catch a cold

— JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) April 20, 2017

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25 yrd plate rack with pistol | @modernoutfitters @moderncarbine @skillsetmag

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This is fight time Bacon #bellyrub #bacon #ufc #food #delicious #sandwich

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come roll with Ricky

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Hey @dillondanis is that a pellet gun posing with??? You look tough pic.twitter.com/9YDWH96BoD

— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) April 21, 2017

.@dillondanis So your not brining your B.B. Gun to our match?

— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) April 21, 2017

@jakeshieldsajj We’ll see when i take your head clean off with my bare heads you little twat.

— dillon (@dillondanis) April 21, 2017

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Treinadores de internet. Esta ai a resposta que vocês queriam. Mas qual motivo a gabi quer entrar em baixo da barra? quer aprender a técnica do #lpo , quer fazer crossfit? Um treino liga o outro. Estou chateada estes dias, triste com a lesão no joelho, porém vou com pouca carga e se estou 18 horas em jejum, com o joelho machucado, me resta usar a técnica. levantar o @raphaeldavis205 do chão não é facil, mad hoje saiu muitas vezes, sem dor e usando aquilo que eu tinha, O QUADRIL. Antes de criticar qualquer esporte tente aprender, crossfit não machuca. Machuca é não treinar com um bom profissional, wrestling não machuca, meu professor me ensina passo a passo. 18 horas em jejum, treino com @kennethleverich pra fortalecer minha perna e meu core. Treino de #wrestling com @raphaeldavis205 e apenas água. Força? não…. REPETIÇÃO. Obrigado @kennethleverich por toda paciência, obrigado @raphaeldavis205 por me ensinar passo a passo. Meu time me faz acreditar no impossível. venha #rizin2017 venha #adcc Nós vamos com ou sem dor. #welovebrutalworkouts #gabigarcia #teamgabigarcia #bjj #jiujitsugirls #wrestling #learning #diet #painistemporary #rizinff #rocktape #tc1gel #crossfit #kennethleverich #wrestling #tc1gel @raphaeldavis205 @kennethleverich @rayelbe @tyler_wombles @rawtalentboxing @dacikfitfoods @rocktape #mma #wmma @primetime360esm @titoortiz1999 @rizin_staff @rizin_pr @nobu_sakakibara @tc1gel @therock @dacikfitfoods @assaultairbike @kvraco @adccsubmission

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Strenght with these guys @athletic.performance.training

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Photoshooting here in dubai

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Ummmm about last weekend 4am shenanigans always end in me hitting someone #bodyshots #loca #kickons

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Damn you @thephotoshopsteve Ps. That’s a ugly ass baby

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Taking the game to a new level #UFCokc #MTP pic.twitter.com/Xnc6xmlH7N

— Kevin Lee (@MoTownPhenom) April 21, 2017

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Music, nature and the beach Thailand. Phuket island. April 2017 #ukulele

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Dancing in #Paradise Festejo para el mundo Thank you @FettichFilm for amazing video shoot!
Thailand. Phuket Island. April 2017 pic.twitter.com/BFzFXhyQJa

— Valentina Shevchenko (@BulletValentina) April 23, 2017

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STOP TELLING ME YOUR NEWBORN’S WEIGHT AND LENGTH I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THAT INFORMATION.

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) April 20, 2017

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Good wrestling session at the infamous Sunnyside wrestling room yesterday. #wrestling #studs

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Heard there was some trouble in my hood #laperla #bossbitch #yourmajesty #warface #unimpressed pic.twitter.com/5lrRbl6fSO

— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) April 20, 2017

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Deep #loreto #Mexico this fan asked for a pic with me. #MMA fans are everywhere. #charity

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Buy my house!
Or else!

But really, it’s a sick starter home! https://t.co/v6lx1ZdkuV pic.twitter.com/X28nwQKZia

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) April 20, 2017

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That moment when u secretly cut weight and diet but you still realize, ur a natural 185er. Dont care about being big, I care about energy pic.twitter.com/FrvfpFtRiI

— Oluwale Bamgbose (@HolyWarAngelMMA) April 20, 2017

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Late night @bmfranch

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Frank Mir issues statement on two-year USADA suspension

By Marc Raimondi

Frank Mir was scrambling to figure out what he ingested in a span of six weeks last year that might have caused a positive drug test. The former UFC heavyweight champion was not pleased to find out his search might have been a giant waste of time, he wrote Saturday on Facebook.

On Friday, USADA announced Mir would be suspended two years, retroactive to April 2016. Mir tested positive for the banned drug Dehydrochloromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), which falls under the anabolic agent category, in a sample collected March 20, 2016.

It was initially thought that Mir passed a Feb. 5, 2016 drug test, but, per USADA, a new testing method showed that Mir had actually tested positive for DHCMT in that sample as well.

“It is frustrating to now be told that USADA has changed their mind about the February 5 test, claiming that the sample they once cleared is now clouded with the same trace metabolite,” Mir said in the Facebook statement. “Even more frustrating is that I’ve been told that the long term metabolite could date back two years, prior to the implementation of USADA standards and possibly to a time when I had a legal exemption for testosterone replacement therapy.”

I have consistently denied knowingly taking anything that would violate USADA’s guidelines. I was originally told that…

Posted by Frank Mir on Friday, April 21, 2017

USADA’s statement that went out Friday said previous Mir samples had been re-tested using the new method after his March 2016 sample came back positive. That new method, used by a WADA-accredited lab in Tokyo, was what turned up the banned agent. USADA described the DHCMT metabolite as “long term.”

“As investment and commitment to anti-doping research increases, significant advancements in laboratory testing methods have allowed for improved sensitivity and longer detection windows,” USADA wrote. “By continually utilizing the most advanced testing methods as part of a comprehensive retesting program, USADA aims to maximize both the deterrence and detection of doping so athletes who seek an unfair advantage are held accountable now and in the future.”

Now being told what was a negative test turned out to be positive, Mir seems to feel misled by the process. His lengthy search to attempt to find what might have caused the positive test in the March 2016 sample was for naught.

“As hard as it was to try to retrospectively analyze everything I had consumed within a fairly recent six week period of my life, I would have no idea where to start going back years into my past,” Mir wrote.

Mir, 37, will be eligible to return to competition on April 7, 2018. He has previously requested his release from the UFC and has pursued gigs in broadcasting over the last few months. Mir maintains he did not knowingly take any illegal substance.

“What I can do is reiterate my denial and ask you to note that my position on this issue has remained consistent,” Mir said. “By contrast, USADA now has two versions of their narrative concerning me.”

Source:: MMA Fighting

With baby on the way, Cub Swanson hoping for title shot in late December or early 2018

By Shaun Al-Shatti

Cub Swanson kept his hot streak alive on Saturday night, defeating Artem Lobov in a one-sided decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108 to extend his four-fight winning streak in the UFC featherweight division.

Swanson then called for a shot against the winner of UFC 212‘s title unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, and afterward, Swanson admitted that his championship aspirations were a major reason why he accepted such a high-risk, low-reward fight against an unranked opponent like Lobov.

“It was an opportunity to do five fives and the extra media,“ Swanson told reporters in Nashville after UFC Fight Night 108. “I really did all the media and just attacked it and had a positive mindset and embraced it, and it was mental training for the title fight. That’s how I took it. I knew that Artem was no slouch and that he was going to come hard, but I knew that I’m just more well-rounded and more of a veteran, and that I was able to do all the media, do all the things and train for five fives, and just mentally prep myself for a title fight.”

Swanson’s victory over Lobov, while far from the most impressive feat he has accomplished over his run, was still a worthy performance that kept Swanson active in a highly competitive 145-pound class. Swanson now turns his gaze toward June 3, as regardless of who emerges from UFC 212 as the division’s champion, both Aldo and Holloway present equal opportunities at redemption for Swanson.

“I’ve lost to both those guys, so they both equally sting,” Swanson said. “In my whole career, I’ve never fought for a belt, so that’s something that I would like to do, or at least have the opportunity to do.

“For the division, I think it’s exciting for Holloway to win, and just kinda build more buzz. But I think my chances of fighting for a title, it’s more likely if Aldo wins, because then there’s not going to be a rematch (between Aldo and Holloway), things like that. So I see both sides.”

Though he has fallen to both men, Swanson’s defeats at the hands of Aldo and Holloway are two wholly separate beasts.

Swanson suffered a brutal eight-second knockout against Aldo all the way back in 2009, before Aldo was even crowned WEC featherweight champion. Both men have grown significantly in the eight years since, and Swanson is confident things would end differently against Aldo a second time around.

“I think it’d be a great fight,” Swanson said. “I’ve studied him for a long time. I know what he’s good at, I know what I’m good at, and I just know that I can make any fight a war and make it my fight, so I think it’d be a good match-up. I’m excited to do it again. I took a lot of lessons away from that fight, some that have molded me into who I am. All my losses, really, but that one in particular, and I’d like to get it back.”

By contrast, Swanson’s loss to Holloway was much more recent. In fact, the third-round submission loss he suffered to Holloway actually stands as the last setback Swanson was dealt before turning his momentum around and embarking on the stellar four-fight run Swanson currently enjoys.

“It was all mental in the Holloway fight,” Swanson said. “It was funny because my whole career, I’ve been afraid of being nervous. I’m like, ‘when do you get to a point where you’re not nervous anymore?’ And I realized in the Frankie (Edgar) fight and the Holloway fight, I went in there with zero nerves and I got beat up both fights. That fear, it heightens your senses.

“It makes you aware, and it makes you fight on a different level. And that can turn into an actual fear that shuts you down, or you can turn it into excitement that it’s going to be the greatest night of your life, and that’s what I’ve been able to do. I’ve been able to say, ‘yeah, that’s pressure, cool, let’s do it.’ Rather than, ‘man, I don’t want to lose. I don’t want to be embarrassed on TV,’ or anything like that. It’ all mental. So I’ve been able to conquer that and every fight has been a progression.”

Nonetheless, Swanson is not alone in his title hopes.

Mexican standout Yair Rodriguez is slated to fight Frankie Edgar next month at UFC 211, and a win over Edgar would surely thrust Rodriguez into the title picture. But regardless, Swanson knows that he has time, and with his first child due to be born in August, the 33-year-old veteran is looking at a long break before the next time he returns to the cage.

“I’m definitely going to take some time off, but I’m going to be training the whole time,” Swanson said. “I’ve got good people around. I enjoy training at this point in my career. I feel like I’m a lot smarter at it, I enjoy pushing myself, so I’ll be training. But realistically, fighting, probably not until late December or early next year.”

Source:: MMA Fighting