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Brendan Schaub Officially Steps Away from Competitive MMA

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The Ultimate Fighter season 10 runner-up Brendan “Big Brown” Schaub, has called time on his MMA career, at least for now. The popular heavyweight leaves with a record of 10 – 5 (6 – 5 UFC).

Schaub, who had originally planned a move to 205, made the announcement to FOX Sports on Friday, but, unlike many who leave the sport, Schaub has very definite plans going forward. “Basically, I don’t want to say anything was planned. I’d love to fight maybe one more time, but I didn’t plan for this ‘Fighter and the Kid’ stuff to take off like it has,” he said. “We landed a big gig on a major network, which I can’t announce yet because we’re still going through negotiations, but I did get the gig and with ‘The Fighter and the Kid’ podcast and now we start shooting in November for ‘The Fighter and the Kid’ video series and the live shows, we’re actually doing a tour now. My first live show was last week at the Brea Improv, which was sold out, and our next one’s sold out in Arizona.”

Schaub has not fought since December 2014 and, following that, there was the infamous Joe Rogan ‘intervention’ pleading for him to retire. So what made Schaub realise the time was right to leave the fight business now?

I got a call from my manager this morning, Lex McMahon,” Schaub explained. “And he goes ‘hey the UFC needs you to sign this Reebok thing for your name and likeness and I need you to fill out this paperwork for the drug testing’ and I’ve been tested a million times and never taken anything, but it’s just all that stuff came together and we’ve got to make a move here. He said ‘I know your stance on Reebok’ and I said ‘there’s no way I’m signing that thing, I’m not signing anything’,”

At that point, Schaub had a serious decision to make. “He goes ‘well you’ve got to do something here’ and he said ‘if the UFC offered you a fight right now what would you do?’” he continued. “And I said ‘there’s nothing I can do, it doesn’t make sense’. Financially it doesn’t make sense. Logistically it doesn’t make sense. There’s no way I could step away from all the stuff I have going on in entertainment, which was holding things up, because people were worried I was going to jump into camp so this was the right step. To step away and take a break or whatever you want to call it, take a break from the UFC.

The success Schaub and Brian Callen are having with their ‘Fighter and the Kid’ podcast is the chief reason for Schaub’s decision. Of course, as he mentioned above, he has also been an outspoken critic of the UFC’s Reebok deal, but his foray into entertainment with Callen is taking up much of his time. “Literally, I’m too busy with entertainment to think about anything else.” He said. “No one knows this sport better than I do. I’ve been a fan of this sport since UFC 1 in Denver. I’ve followed this sport, I’ve been obsessed with this sport, I’ve trained with the best of the best and I’ve fought the best of the best. I beat some of the best of the best and I’ve lost to some of the best of the best. To have two feet in entertainment as well as I’m doing and to try and take on some monster right now and who knows who it would be, I just wouldn’t do this sport a service. To say I’m completely out, that’s tough, but for right now there’s no way and I don’t see it happening any time soon. But I will never say never.

As Schaub stated, ‘never say never’ on the possibility of seeing him fighting again, but he took this decision to step away for now and, he explained why, financially, his decision makes sense. “I would say it’s a positive promotion out of fighting. I was talking to my agent at CAA and my manager, Lex McMahon, and they said ‘let’s just go through the numbers’. It actually costs me money to fight and that’s insane. It’s insane, but I don’t want that as a negative view, it’s insane, but that’s how well things are going.

However, Schaub wanted to stress that this is not a shot at the UFC. Over the past few months, Schaub has been an outspoken critic on a number of issues with the promotion, but, since he has his own regular podcast, as well as being a recurring guest on Joe Rogan’s podcast, his opinions are continuously in the public domain. He went on to say “I made a good living in the UFC. This isn’t a negative thing. I’ll always love the UFC. I still do “UFC Now” and I love breaking down the fights and I never miss anything and if they need anything they know who to call.

I’ll be forever in debt to the UFC. I owe anything I have going on to the UFC and I think a lot of people think because I’m very outspoken and I speak my mind and I’ve never told a lie — that’s the one thing you can say about me is that I’ve never said anything that wasn’t true, from the sponsor money to my negative view on Reebok, I’ve never said anything that wasn’t true — so I think that people see me as an anti-UFC guy but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Schaub left the final words of his announcement to pay tribute to some of the unsung heroes who work behind the scenes for the UFC. “I’ll leave it on this — I won’t miss dealing with Dana White and Joe Silva, those guys are rock stars and Dana White makes a billion dollars a year and he’s the Scrooge McDuck of the UFC, that’s great, he has his own thing, but what I will miss are the people behind the scenes. The people who win, lose or draw, knockout or submission, they treated me f**king fabulous. They’re the people who don’t get recognition; Shanda with the social media team, Morgan who deals with appearances and marketing, Burt Watson, the make-up lady, just that whole circus, it’s what makes the UFC, the UFC. The people dealing with the fighters fight in and fight out, those are the people I will 100-percent miss. No matter how stressful the situation was on fight week, those people actually gave a f**k and that’s very rare in professional sports. So I’ll miss them.

Everyone here at MMA Latest would like to wish Brendan all the best in his future endeavours and, if this is the end of his time as a fighter, thank him for the entertainment he provided during his MMA career.

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Stephen Thompson wants Rafael dos Anjos in contender eliminator bout

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Over the weekend, Rafael dos Anjos defeated Robbie Lawler at UFC Fight Night: Winnipeg, in dominant fashion via unanimous decision. The main event of the Canadian event was Dos Anjos’ third victory in as many fights at welterweight. The former UFC lightweight champion moved up in weight after suffering two consecutive losses. First, relinquishing his championship title to Eddie Alvarez, then falling to current interim lightweight champion, Tony Ferguson. Although the Brazilian had fought at the 155-pound weight limit exclusively in his career, his weight cut in order to reach the lightweight limit is admittedly brutal.

When talking with FloCombat, the top welterweight contender claimed, “It is not worth it [the weight cut] considering the amount I’m earning today. This was one of my motivations to change to welterweight. I don’t need to kill myself and earn this salary.” He further explained the agony of making the weight limit, “I want to avoid those last 15 pounds. That is terror and panic. It’s almost death. I don’t need to face that anymore. I want to fight well and happy, get in there strong and in good shape”.

Now that Dos Anjos has arrived at welterweight with such success, he believes he deserves a shot at Tyron Woodley and the 170-pound belt.

This is a sentiment that UFC president Dana White seems to agree with. At the Toronto press conference, White fielded a question on whether or not the winner of the Lawler vs. Dos Anjos match-up would yield a title contender, “Yup,” he responded. Later in the press event, White further clarified Dos Anjos’ position in the welterweight ranks, “(RDA) just had a great win to get himself back into contention and a win over Robbie Lawler obviously would do it”.

Yet, another top-ranked welterweight does not agree. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson wants a third crack at welterweight gold, and he believes Dos Anjos is his ticket back to title contention.

What makes this challenge intriguing? The status of current welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley. Last week, Woodley announced on his TMZ show, The Hollywood Beatdown, he would be having surgery. The champion stated, “I’m going to go ahead and get this shoulder repaired. I’ve been saying, ‘You know what, I don’t want to get it cut on, I don’t want to get it repaired.’ But if there’s no fight that really makes a ton of sense for me to take the risk, to not be 100 percent with my shoulder, then I’m going to go ahead and have it repaired. They’re not going to do a full orthopedic rehabilitation, but they’re going to do a scope and they’re going to anchor down some sides. Then I’m going to get some PRP (platelet-rich plasma), some stem cells.” A timetable for his return is not readily available.

As the division stands, the truly deserving of the next welterweight title shot would be either Thompson or Dos Anjos. The recent credentials of both garner such status. Thompson most recently defeated rising contender, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217. Before his early November victory over Masvidal, the undefeated kick-boxer challenged for the belt twice, consecutively. While he was unsuccessful in both attempts to earn the belt, each fight was extremely close. The first of which, scored a majority draw.

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*Live Updates* UFC Winnipeg Official Results

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The UFC returns to Canada for the final Fight Night card of 2017. In the cold of Winnipeg, Manitoba, the UFC will host eleven of the originally twelve scheduled fights. Unfortunately, Tim Elliot will not fight in the north country. His scheduled opponent, Pietro Menga, a newcomer to the promotions roster, failed to make weight after taking the bout with just over a weeks notice.

An exciting main card will be capped off with a potential contender eliminator bout featuring, Robbie Lawler and Rafael Dos Anjos. The former champions (Lawler at welterweight, Dos Anjos at lightweight) both put together impressive win streaks which dispatched top contenders in their respective divisions. Elsewhere on the main card, Santiago Ponzinibbio takes on the outspoken Mike Perry.

The card begins on UFC Fight Pass at 4:30/1:30 ETPT.

UFC Winnipeg Official Results:

MAIN CARD – FOX – 8PM/5PM ETPT

  • #2 Robbie Lawler (28-11) vs. #4 Rafael Dos Anjos (27-9) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Rafael Dos Anjos def. Robbie Lawler via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
  • #3 Ricardo Lamas (18-5) vs. Josh Emmett (12-1) – Catchweight bout (148.5 lbs)
    • Result: Josh Emmett def. Ricardo Lamas via KO (punch) 4:33 round 1
  • #10 Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3) vs. Mike Perry (11-1) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Mike Perry via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • #3 Glover Teixeira (26-6) vs. #7 Misha Cirkunov (13-3) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Glover Teixeira def. Misha Cirkunov via TKO (punches) 2:45  round 1

PRELIMINARY CARD – FS1 – 5PM/2PM ETPT

  • #14 Jared Cannonier (10-2) vs #15 Jan Blachowicz (20-7) – Light Heavyweight bout
    • Result: Jan Blachowicz def. Jared Cannonier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Julian Marquez (6-1) vs. Darren Stewart (7-2) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Julian Marquez def. Darren Stewart via submission (standing guillotine) 2:42 round 2
  • Chad Laprise (13-2) vs. Galore Bofando (5-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Chad Laprise def. Galore Bofando via TKO (punches) 4:10 round 1
  • Nordine Taleb (13-4) vs Danny Roberts (14-2) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Nordine Taleb def. Danny Roberts via KO (head kick and punch) :59 round 1
  • John Makdessi (14-6) vs Abel Trujillo (15-7) – Lightweight bout
    • Result: John Makdessi def. Abel Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Alessio Di Chirico (10-2) vs Oluwale Bamgbose (6-3) – Middleweight bout
    • Result: Alessio Di Chirico def. Oluwale Bamgbose via KO (knee) 2:14 round 2

EARLY PRELIMINARY CARD – UFC FIGHT PASS – 4:30PM/1:30PM ETPT

  • Jordan Mein (29-12) vs. Erick Silva (19-8) – Welterweight bout
    • Result: Jordan Mein def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-26)
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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Added to UFC Orlando

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The UFC has now added more bouts to the front end of their 2018 schedule. Gilbert Burns (13-2, 5-2 UFC) will face Olivier Aubin-Mercier (10-2, 6-2 UFC) in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

Alongside a few other high-profile fight announcements, is the addition to the UFC Orlando, Florida card. The two lightweights will join Jake Collier and Marcin Prachnio, as the second fight set for the event.

It has been a while since the UFC hosted an event in the state of Florida. Last seen by the Floridians was UFC on Fox: Texeira vs. Evans, on April 16, 2016 in Tampa Bay. The card was a success, despite the cancellation of its planned main event between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Drawing a gate of $1.05 million and 2.13 million viewers.

Gilbert Burns signed with the UFC after accumulating an undefeated record of 8-0. His first loss came in his home country of Brazil, as Rashid Magomedov defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3, in November of 2015.

In his most recent bout, Burns defeated Jason Saggo by KO with five seconds remaining in the second round at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Branch.

Aubin-Mercier will come into the contest as a winner in his last three bouts. The Canadian fighter trains out of the Tristar gym, alongside legends such as Georges St. Pierre and head coach, Firas Zahabi.

In 2011, Aubin-Mercier was chosen to compete on The Ultimate Fighter: Nations. Competing in the welterweight bracket, he became a finalist by defeating both, Jake Mathews (unanimous decision) and Richard Walsh (rear naked choke). In the finale, Aubin-Mercier lost to Chad Laprise by split decision.

UFC Orlando will take place at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida on February 24th, 2018.

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