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In what may be the biggest, bad blood grudge match the UFC has seen since the likes of Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock, finally comes to a head Saturday night as reigning light-heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones will defend his title against the undefeated Daniel Cormier. The war of words between the two has been going on since UFC 173 when Cormier declared “No matter where you go, boy, I’m coming!” to Jones, culminating in an onstage scuffle at the UFC 178 media day on August 4th leading to the infamous “Hot Mic” situation. Once the cage door closes, all of their animosity will come to a head, in what will assuredly be a fight for the ages.

The rest of the main card is being filled out by showdowns between prolific lightweight Donald Cerrone and the rising Myles Jury, middleweights Nate Marquardt and Brad Tavares, “Kid” Yamamoto flyweight protege Kyoji Horiguchi and Louis Gaudinot, with the returning Josh Burkman and welterweight monster Hector Lombard starting the show.


Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones

John Michael Edwards: Anderson Silva had an aura of invincibility until Chael Sonnen laid down a blueprint on how to beat “The Spider”. Chris Weidman followed the basics of that blueprint (pressure, pressure, pressure) and is now the champion. I feel the narrative will be the same in this fight, replacing the names Silva, Sonnen, and Weidman with Jones, Gustafsson, and Cormier (TKO in the 4th).

Sam LaPoint: I think Cormier will tire himself out trying to wrestle with Jones and Jones will begin to pick him a part and get the finish in the later rounds.

Iain MacMillan: In what has been made out to be a good guy (Cormier) vs. a bad guy (Jones) matchup, many people are giving Cornier a better chance than what he has, in my opinion. Jones’s skillset, reach and athleticism will be too much for Cormier to handle. Jones via 4th round TKO.

Ethan Mudford: I have the exact same gut feeling leading into this fight that I had when Jon Jones won the title from Shogun back in 2011. I see Cormier using his strength to put immense pressure on Jones. Cormier via UD

AJ Camacho: Herb Dean has been confirmed as the referee for this bout. Therefore I give it to Jon Jones via early TKO stoppage in the 2nd Round. If Big John was the ref. then he would tell John to knock off that open handed eye poking shit and I’d be giving it to Cormier. Oh well.

Matthew Wells: Reach. Nobody uses it better than Jon Jones. This will be the determining factor of success in this fight. Can Cormier overcome the significant reach advantage? Knowing how Jon Jones thinks, he will want to wrestle Cormier to prove a point. That could be extremely dangerous, but I still see Jon Jones with his hand raised at the end of this war. Jones UD.


Donald Cerrone vs. Myles Jury

John Michael Edwards: Cerrone UD

Sam LaPoint: Jury UD

Iain MacMillan: Jury UD

Ethan Mudford: Jury UD

AJ Camacho: Jury UD

Matthew Wells: Cerrone TKO


Nate Marquardt vs Brad Tavares

John Michael Edwards: Tavares SD

Sam LaPoint: Tavares SD

Iain MacMillan: Tavares UD

Ethan Mudford: Marquardt TKO

AJ Camacho: Marquardt SUB

Matthew Wells: Marquardt TKO


Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Louis Gaudinot

John Michael Edwards: Horiguchi UD

Sam LaPoint: Horiguchi UD

Iain MacMillan: Horiguchi TKO

Ethan Mudford: Horiguchi TKO

AJ Camacho: Horiguchi TKO

Matthew Wells: Horiguchi TKO


Josh Burkman vs. Hector Lombard

John Michael Edwards: Lombard TKO

Sam LaPoint: Lombard UD

Iain MacMillan: Lombard KO

Ethan Mudford: Lombard TKO

AJ Camacho: Lombard TKO

Matthew Wells: Lombard TKO


Stephen Howson730.700%
John Michael Edwards1680.667%
Sam LaPoint1590.625%
Dorian Bell850.615%
Ethan Mudford14100.583%
Matthew Wells12120.500%
AJ Camacho790.438%
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UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event



Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.

GDANSK, POLAND – OCTOBER 21: (R-L) Darren Till of England punches Donald Cerrone in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Ergo Arena on October 21, 2017 in Gdansk, Poland. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.

He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.

In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.

UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.

The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.

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Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation



Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.

Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.

Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.

From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.

The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:

The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
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Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198



Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.

Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).

Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.

In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.

The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.

Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.

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