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Tony Ferguson's potential team-up, Cowboy Cerrone's quest for 50 and a fix for MMA judging

Source: ESPN
Date: 2022-05-25

Even in a week without fights, there's plenty to discuss about some of the biggest stars in the UFC.

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Morning Report: Coach: Holly Holm ‘easily won’ against Ketlen Vieira, says current judging is ‘not fair to the fighters’

Source: MMA Fighting
Date: 2022-05-25

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCJudging and scoring in MMA has been quite a hot topic among the community following Holly Holm’s split-decision loss to Ketlen Vieira this past Saturday night in the UFC Vegas 55 main event. For a headliner bout that a lot of fans seemed to hate on beforehand, it sure has resulted in plenty of heated opinions and conversation. In most cases, there’s been the strong belief that one side rightfully won over the other with those on Team Holm claiming robbery. In reality, it was a close fight that does create an interesting look into the criteria with Holm outstriking and controlling Vieira throughout their five rounds, but Vieira did more damage and got closer to finishing. Now, even just saying that it can be interpreted as the fight was scored as a whole, which it wasn’t. Fights in the UFC are scored round by round which always can make stat arguments a little funny specifically when mentioning total strikes landed over the entire fight’s span. Whe

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Behind on points, ex-champ Emiliano Sordi knows 'it's all or nothing' at PFL 4

Source: MMA Junkie
Date: 2022-05-25

MIAMI – Emiliano Sordi is aware his entry into the 2022 PFL playoffs is at risk. The 2019 PFL champion returns at 2022 PFL 4 on June 17 for his second regular season bout in the light heavyweight season. And having lost his first bout last month by unanimous decision, Sordi (23-10-1) has no choice but to put away Delan Monte early to make up points and punch his ticket into the playoffs. After a stellar 2019 in which he went 5-0 to become champion and win the $1 million prize, Sordi’s 2022 run has come under less-than-ideal circumstances. “I tore my (knee) ligaments like four weeks before the fight,” Sordi told MMA Junkie in Spanish regarding his start to 2022. “I didn’t have time to recover, much less get a surgery, so I accepted the fight, and I went out to fight like that. “Now I’ve gotten a lot more time to recover the knee, and I feel it much more stable, and I’m going to continue to move forward. I’m going to go and win this fight on June 17. I have to win

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EPISODE 4 RECAP | THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM PEÑA vs TEAM NUNES

Source: UFC
Date: 2022-05-25

Relive The Third Episode Of The 30th Season Of The Ultimate Fighter Where Team Peña vs Team Nunes Fight To Determine The Next Stars Of The UFC Flyweight And Heavyweight Divisions Read the Full Article Here

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Smith reveals how drunk Bilzerian, Cerrone ‘removed’ his family from UFC 235 seats

Source: Bloody Elbow
Date: 2022-05-25

Dan Bilzerian at UFC 235 in 2019. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLCProbably a headline you didn’t expect to read. Apart from being a poker player and reputed playboy millionaire, Dan Bilzerian is also a known UFC fan. The 41-year-old influencer even lost what’s believed to be more than $1 million when he bet on Donald Cerrone against Conor McGregor at UFC 246 in 2020. Bilzerian and Cerrone are the two main characters in this story involving former UFC title contender Anthony Smith. As “Lionheart” told Michael Bisping in a recent episode of the Believe You Me podcast, it happened during his UFC 235 title fight with Jon Jones in 2019. “When you get a title fight, they give you a bunch of tickets that are very, very close. So my mom, my wife, my manager’s mom, and, like two other people in my group are sitting front row. Very front row in Dana’s section,” he recalled. “I’m in the Octagon and while this is happening, Jon Jones is making his way to the

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'An Out-of-Body Experience': What Being a Slap Fighter Is Actually Like

Source: Bleacher Report
Date: 2022-05-25

After a long day, Koa Viernes needs to unwind. That means retreating into a world of happy trees and fluffy clouds. That's right: the world's most famous slap fighter is a Bob Ross fan...

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Mark Muñoz will lose HS job after allowing students to settle rift by boxing

Source: Bloody Elbow
Date: 2022-05-25

Anton TabuenaUFC veteran Mark Muñoz was reportedly placed on administrative leave for letting two young students boxing each other. UFC veteran Mark Muñoz is in a bit of trouble as of late. According to a report by TMZ, the 44-year-old retired fighter was placed on administrative leave from his job as a high school wrestling coach because he allowed two students to engage in a playground boxing match. According to sources close to the situation, the two kids approached Muñoz to ask him if they could settle their rift by lacing a pair of gloves and duking it out. “The Filipino Wrecking Machine” reportedly agreed. Per the report, the incident was “more jovial than violent.” However, the parents of both children were understandably enraged and decided to escalate the situation to the school administration. A spokesperson for Anaheim’s Fairmont Private Schools later confirmed with TMZ that Muñoz has been sanctioned and will not have his contract renewed once it lapses.

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Midnight Mania! PVZ Shocks Fans With ‘Soul Of A Lion’ Tattoo

Source: MMA Mania
Date: 2022-05-25

Photo By David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile via Getty ImagesBringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight! Welcome to Midnight Mania! MMA fighters and bad tattoos, a combination as successful as peanut butter and chocolate. That’s said without judgement, too, speaking as the professional fighter with a diamond carved into the sole of his foot. The longstanding trend makes it clear that getting questionable tattoos is a hard urge to resist for those who get punched in the face for money. Just to name a few examples over the years, there’s iffy ink of famous flying knees, brand-elevating skull helmets, and of course, a certain homage to the great Johnny Cash. That’s not even the worst of it. There is some great artwork circling the MMA world as well, like this Joe Rogan piece or the rather accurate portrait of Urijah Faber. Ultimately, it’s all up for debate whether work is good or bad, particularly online where every little detail will be analyzed an

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UFC rankings: Ketlen Vieira enters bantamweight title mix

Source: Bloody Elbow
Date: 2022-05-25

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCAs usual, not much happened in the aftermath of UFC Vegas 55. While it was quite controversial, the main event of UFC Vegas 55 produced a new title challenger at women’s bantamweight. Ketlen Vieira didn’t do a ton to Holly Holm over five rounds, but it was enough to pull off a close split decision and move into the upper echelon at 135. People can debate the judging all the want, but it won’t change the result. In other news, not much happened. Michel Pereira fought a great fight and took a victory over a game Santiago Ponzibbio. That got him into the rankings. After that? Pretty much nada. Here’s a look at the changes this week. Men’s P4P - No changes. Heavyweight - No changes. Light Heavyweight - No changes. Middleweight - No changes. Welterweight - Pereira enters at 14 following his co-main event win. Lightweight - No changes. Featherweight - No changes. Bantamweight - No changes. Flyweight - No changes. Women’s P4P - Marina Rodriguez is u

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Just One More! Maia Not Retired Yet

Source: MMA Mania
Date: 2022-05-25

Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLCDemian Maia has been flirting with retirement for a few years now but targets one final dance. A former two-time Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title challenger in two different divisions (Middleweight and Welterweight), Maia has etched his name into the mixed martial arts (MMA) history books as arguably the greatest Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) practitioner of all time. Now 44-years-old, Maia realizes it’s just about time to call it a career officially. “I’m not officially retired,” Maia told Morning Kombat. “I wanna do one more fight in the UFC but I don’t want to fight at any other event because UFC is my house, it’s been my house for the last 15 years. So if I get another chance, I will do one more fight there but I’m pretty much focused more on my other parts of my career. I still train in MMA, I still do boxing and Thai-boxing with takedowns, this kind of thing, so that I can keep sharp if I need to do one more fight but at the sam

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The Ultimate Fighter 30 results: Laura Gallardo vs. Kathryn Paprocki

Source: MMA Fighting
Date: 2022-05-25

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCLaura Gallardo made the most of a last-second opportunity and is now one step closer to a UFC contract. The fourth episode of The Ultimate Fighter 30 saw Team Julianna Peña’s Laura Gallardo (4-1) become the most unlikely of semifinalists in the season’s flyweight tournament as she defeated Team Amanda Nunes’ Kathryn Paprocki (3-2)* by majority decision after being brought in as an alternate fighter for Chantel Coates. Gallardo wasn’t the only part of the bout switched, as Paprocki stepped in for teammate Brogan Walker. It was Coates’ exit from the competition that caused the chain of changes as the recent Combate Global and Invicta FC fighter found herself unable to make weight. She had previously discussed how her health was affected by a bout with COVID-19 and a miscarriage, and when she told Peña and her coaches that she was 28.5 pounds over the flyweight limit ahead of her fight, they were immediately concerned. It was eventually decided t

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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, May 24: Ketlen Vieira enters top 5 at women's bantamweight

Source: MMA Junkie
Date: 2022-05-25

The women’s bantamweight division was shaken up after a controversial split decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 206. Ketlen Vieira squeaked by Holly Holm after five rounds of back-and-forth action, claiming a split decision victory over the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. The fight was incredibly close, with both women having their moments throughout the fight. However, when it was all said and done and the scores were read, the result did not sit well with many, including Holm, who thought her work in the clinch sealed the win. Vieira’s strikes appeared more impactful when in space, earning her the nod on two of the three judges’ scorecards. After the win, she moves up to claim the No. 4 spot in this week’s rankings update while Holm falls behind her at No. 5. The co-main event saw a Fight of the Night battle between Michel Pereira and Santiago Ponzinibbio. This one was another intense fight that was so close the judges had trouble agreeing on who won af

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