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UFC 200 Post-Fight Press Conference Highlights

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Highlights:

  • The VP of public relations, Dave Sholler and Brock Lesnar walked into the room together to begin the conference where Lesnar took to the podium to take questions.
  • Anderson Silva wants his rematch with the middlweight champion, Michael Bisping, but prefers the title shot go to his ‘brother,’ Ronaldo Souza.
  • Daniel Cormier stated he used to let the crowds unpleasant reactions get to him, but now he just continues to focus on what he can take care of, which is fight.
  • Cormier believes he’ll fight the winner of Anthony Johnson and Glover Teixeira.
  • Cain wants to fight the winner of Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.
  • Amanda Nunes was asked how she feels about being the first openly gay champion in the UFC and she believes it to be a positive thing and it feels amazing.

Amanda Nunes on her next fight:

“Whatever Dana White puts in front of me I’m going to take it. I am the champion, I am going to enjoy [it and get] back to the gym.”
Miesha Tate on her loss:
“She caught me and I wasn’t able to recover. I knew she was dangerous in the first round, but with that being said, it’s always going to be a learning experience.”
Daniel Cormier’s response when asked if he’d wait to fight Jon Jones:

“I think we need to see what happens with Jon, let him kind of get through that and then see what’s gonna happen next. Because with all that’s going on, the focus can’t be fighting, it has to be figuring this out.”

Cain Velasquez on the wheel kicks he threw: 

“I’ve been working on that for a while now. I feel pretty comfortable with it. I just got to a point in the fight where I said throw it. “

Brock Lesnar on his MMA future and his whole experience:

“Lets get one thing clear, Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants to do. My future is already laid out for the next month. I’m doing summerslam [a pro wrestling PPV] with Randy Orton, so once the dust settles there I don’t know what I’m going to do. I had a one hell of time tonight and I enjoyed myself.”

on taking Mark Hunt’s punches:

I wasn’t rocked. I don’t know if they were his best shots or not. I felt them. The mystery is gone. I guess I can take a shot.”

giving a run down of his fight:

“I stuck to the plan, I took some good shots, I took him down. It was a wrestler versus the power hitter. He never knocked the f*** out of me, and here I am. I’m happy!”

 

 

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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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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida Officially Headlines UFC Belem

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Eryk Anders vs. Lyoto Machida is officially booked to headline UFC Belem in Brazil.

Following his unanimous decision victory over Markus Perez on last weekends, UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Swanson, undefeated middleweight, Eryk Anders, called for the match-up with former UFC light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida. The UFC heard, and obliged.

First reported by The MMA Kings (@mma_kings.)

Anders holds a 2-0 undefeated record in the UFC. The Alabama native made his promotional debut against Rafael Nata in July of this year. A bout he took on short notice, replacing Alessio di Chirico whom withdrew from the fight due to a neck injury. Anders defeated Natal by knockout in the first round that night at UFC Long Island.

Prior to his indoctrination to MMA, the undefeated middleweight played for the University of Alabama football team, between 2006-2009.

Machida recently returned to the UFC roster after an 18-month suspension handed down by USADA, stemming from a failed out-of-competition test leading up to his April 2016 contest against Dan Henderson.

In his return to the octagon, Machida faced Derek Brunson in the main-event of the UFC Fight Night: Brunson vs. Machida, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “The Dragon” lost the bout via first round KO.

UFC Belem, Brazil is scheduled for February 3rd, 2018, at the Mangueirinho Arena. The card will also feature the flyweight debut for Valentina Shevchenko as she faces Priscila Cachoeira

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Sensor Equipped Tracking Gloves to be Used at UFC 219

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From implementing the likes of USADA, the UFC Performance Instiute and the introduction of the instant replay. The UFC has always prioritized being at the top of the sport science game. 

Now, at UFC 219 on December 30th, the Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved a test run for sensor equipped tracking gloves to be worn by a selection of fighters on the card.

The technology behind the gloves comes from AGI International (an analytics company) along with HEED (a consumer platform company). A collaboration founded by the UFC.

After a sparring exhibition between top lightweights, Edson Barbosa (19-4-0) and Mark Diakiese (12-1-0), HEED co-founder Mati Kochavi had this to say regarding how “70 insights” collected from sensors on the gloves, the corner-men, the octagon itself can depict a clearer image of a fight.

“Those insights are covering entire aspects  of the fight between Diakiese and Barbose. Their passion, power of the fight, resiliency and strategy. All happen in the octagon.“

Shouldn’t sport be told in real-time, with real data, information and emotions?”

He finally promises “We are a company which is trying to revolutionize the way we (broadcast) sports and live events”

As for now there is little to zero information into the technical aspects of the gloves, however products like a Fit Bit have similar abilities to give data on speed,  force, motion, elevation, heart rate etc.

The UFC 219 card takes place on Decemebr 30th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. It will be headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight between current champion Cris Cyborg (18-1) and former UFC bantamweight champion, Holly Holm (11-3).

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