King Mo to face ex-champ McGeary at Bellator's Hawaii debut
Tonight Bellator MMA President announced that Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal will face ex-lightheavyweight champion Liam McGeary at the promotion's debut event in Hawaii on December 15th. A match up between the two was made in 2017, but never happened with Lawal was forced to withdraw.
Woodley: UFC failed to help me capture the barbershop market
UFC welterweight champion Woodley has more title defenses than any other champ in the UFC, hasn’t lost in four years, finished his opponent in six of nine Octagon wins, has his own Hollywood Beatdown show on TMZ Sports, has or has scheduled nine film roles, just released a single with Wiz Khalifa, and is underutilized by the league. “This sport is trying to be parallel with NFL, MLB, and all these other sports, you wanna be taken seriously,” said Woodley during a recent appearance on Sway's Universe. “You got people who wanna f*** with the sport, but they think MMA is a whole bunch of crazy white people beating each other’s ass with a sprinkle of a few brothers. But it’s my job to get the people from the barbershop, to bring over the Mayweather fans, and I think as an organization we failed to get me to grab that market." H/T MMA Mania
Murtazaliev: I was surprised Herb Dean didn't stop it
Herb Dean is one the best referees in MMA, but waited an unfathomably long time to stop Khalid Murtazaliev’s win vs. C.B. Dollaway at UFC Moscow on Saturday. In fact, it was Dolloway who stopped it when he couldn't rise off the floor after the close of the round. Murtazaliev took the fight on a week's notice; it was Dolloway's third opponent. “I actually think it’s the referee’s habit to handle it that way,” said Murtazaliev afterward through a translator. “But I was pretty tired, as well, so my punches were slow. I was surprised, myself, that he didn’t stop it. ... I feel really good, but I’m a bit tired since I didn’t have that much time for prepation. It was only a week, and the weight cut went really fast, as well. But thank God I’m here and I made it. … C.B. Dollaway is a veteran. He’s been top-ranked and he’s a great fighter. I was trying to get myself in really good shape.” H/T MMAjunkie
Lesnar plans to do WWE show in November, UFC in 2019
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar entered the USADA testing pool to finish his suspension, with the intention of challenging new division champ champ Daniel Cormier early in 2019. It was believed Lesnar was done with the WWE, at least for the time being, after performing in SummerSlam in August. However, Lesnar appeared on Sunday night at the WWE Hell in a Cell pay-per-view show. Now Dave Meltzer reports that Lesnar still plans to fight in the UFC, but has not signed a deal, and plans a WWE contest in Saudi Arabia on November 2. H/T MMA Fighting
Ramazan Emeev moving to ATT in Florida following win at UFC Moscow
Welterweight Ramazan Emeev defeated Stefan Sekulic via Unanimous Decision on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow, Russia. What's next is a move to American Top Team headquarters in Coconut Creek, Florida. Now 15-1, Emeev says he plans to improve everything. “Great coaches, great team and I have lots of friends from my own republic who train there and I can see how they perform. So, everything on a very high level, including main coach, Conan [Silveira]." H/T MMAjunkie
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Cleiton 'Predator' lashes out at Brave champ Azaitar
Cleiton 'Predator' Silva got his second promotional win at last week's Brave 15, with a rear-naked choke over Marcelo Bustos, in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Now the Brazilian lightweight has harsh words for divisional champion Ottman Azaitar. "I'm doing this video to talk about the lightweight champion, whose name I don't even know," he said. "He has to defend the f@$%ing belt. He's running and I know it. He was supposed to fight 'Miau' and he ran. The same thing happened with 'Mineiro' to unify the belts. Stop being a chicken, I'm getting there and I want to make sure everyone knows I'm coming for that belt. Defend or vacate!" H/T Instagram
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Manuwa out, Anders in vs. Santos in UFC Fight Night 137 main event
Jimi Manuwa is out of the light heavyweight main event against Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC Fight Night 137 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo on Saturday, and has been replaced by Eryk Anders. Anders is coming off a performance bonus winning kick KO over Tim Williams at UFC Fight Night 135 on August 25. This will be Santos's fourth fight in 2018, and will be his league debut at light heavyweight; he formerly fought in the UFC at middleweight. The main event was originally Glover Teixeira vs. Manuwa, but Texeira withdrew with an injury, and now Manuwa is out as well.
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Taisumov: If I can't get a visa, maybe I quit, and btw Kevin Lee fight me
Mairbek Taisumov defeated Desmond Green at UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow, earning his third straight performance bonus. However, each fight was international, because Taisumov has a visa issue. “I want to be champion. That’s why I’m here in the UFC, why I’m still fighting," he said. "I need that belt – it’s the only thing I want. Only the belt. That’s it. If I can’t get that visa, maybe I’m going to stop. I need a visa to fight in America to get that belt. If I don’t get that visa and I can’t fight in the best organization to get that belt, I’m not going to fight. I don’t want to fight anywhere – I want to be UFC champion. ... I want to fight Kevin Lee. Kevin Lee’s a Conor wannabe. Hey, fight me, man. You say bad things all the time about Russia. I’m Russian – I’m Chechen. Let’s fight – don’t talk, man.” H/T MMAjunkie
Henry Cejudo's belt is missing in Moscow
UFC flyweight champion Henry Cejudo flew to Moscow for UFC Fight Night 136, and saw his belt inadvertently stripped. ”I was flying first class priority, but my luggage is lost at this point,” said Cejudo to MMANytt. “Luckily the UFC took me shopping, they took me on a shopping spree and I got all kinds of clothes, but unfortunately my belt was in my luggage. So now on top of my gold medal, now I’ve lost my belt! I don’t know what it is about gold, I just can’t keep it! But we’re gonna find it, they’re looking for the bags now. ... Let’s be honest, material comes and goes. It’s the memories, it’s the legacy that comes with being a champion. I’m going to get a gold medal back, I’m going to get a belt back. But it’s the memories that come with that that makes it special.” Cejudo lost his gold medal in a California wildfire in 2017; the IOC will replace it. If the UFC is irretrievably lost, that belt too will doubtless me replaced. H/T MMA Fighting