Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale post-fight press conference: Joanne Calderwood, Jessica Penne, Yancy Medeiros, Felice Herrig, Charles Oliveira, Rose Namajunas, and new 115-lb. champion Carla Esparza. Performance of the Night went to surging lightweight Yancy Medeiros and new champion Carla Esparza. Despite all of the hype surrounding opponent Rose Namajunas coming, Esparza was able to use her dominant ground game to overpower the young phenom before finishing with a rear-naked choke in the third round. Medeiros continued … Read the Full Article Here

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A 2008 Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling, UFC debutant Henry Cejudo didn’t need his ground game at all in early prelim action at US Airways Center in Phoenix on Saturday, as he displayed an excellent striking game in winning a shutout three-round unanimous decision over Dustin Kimura.
Scores were 30-27 across the board, for Cejudo, the third winner of Olympic gold to compete in the Octagon, joining fellow wrestlers Kevin Jackson and Mark Schultz.Cejudo fought at a measured pace in the opening round and dominated the first five minutes with a stand-up attack punctuated by a kn … Read the Full Article Here

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Junior Dos Santos may not hold a heavyweight title belt anymore, but he fought with the heart of a champion Saturday night at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, surviving a spirited effort from Stipe Miocic to fight his way out of an early hole and win a punishing five-round unanimous decision.Scores were 49-46 twice and 48-47 for Dos Santos, who returned to active duty for the first time since losing his rubber match to current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in October of 2013.After a brief feeling-out process, Dos Santos fired off a quick 1-2 that Miocic avoided, and the Ohio nati … Read the Full Article Here

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In a grueling and exciting clash of unbeaten strawweights, Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk made her case for a shot at newly-crowned champion Carla Esparza, taking a closely-contested three-round split decision over highly-touted Claudia Gadelha in UFC Fight Night prelim action at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona.Scores were 29-28 twice and 28-29 for Jedrzejczyk, now 8-0; Gadelha falls to 12-1.Both fighters had success on the feet to kick the bout off, and then it was time for Gadelha to close the distance and clinch up. With 3:13 left, Gadelha got the bout to the mat and after a few … Read the Full Article Here

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The percent varies, as does attribution, but in short, the quote that says a high percentage of success comes from showing up is one that heavyweight contender Matt Mitrione takes quite seriously. But not for the usual reason.“I need to start showing up to my biggest fights,” Mitrione, who takes on Gabriel Gonzaga in Phoenix tonight, said. “I can talk about the belt and talk about what I want the end game to be. But more than anything else, I need to show up to big fights and put on the show and display what type of fighter all my teammates see in practice. So the goal for … Read the Full Article Here

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Unlike many of his peers in the pool of mixed martial arts prospects, Bryan Barberena didn’t spend his non-fight weekends sitting by the phone waiting for a call from the UFC. It’s not that he didn’t want it, but the 25-year-old was keeping his eyes on what needed to be done and not what could happen.“I wasn’t banking on it,” he said of a call from the big show. “If they called me, great; if not, I’m just gonna keep knocking down whoever gets in front of me, and they’ll have to call me.”It’s quite a mature attitude to have, and it’s not lik … Read the Full Article Here

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