Serra: Aging fighters are like aging strippers
UFC Hall of Famer Matt Serra is 44, some four years younger than Chuck Liddell, who is having a trilogy fight this year vs. Tito Ortiz, 43. However, 'The Terra' retired in 2010, and explains why. "I always say an aging fighter is like an aging stripper," explained Serra. "Fighters, they're not as funny. An aging stripper is funny. But who wants to see that? I don't want to take my shirt off on TV. ... Here's when I knew it was time not to fight anymore. Usually, when someone would say they want to fight me, back in the day, I'd get pissed off, and I'd be like, 'oh really? You just made the mistake of your life, motherf@$%er' And I remember, literally, I was on my iPhone and I was about to go to the park with my kid, and I saw someone call me out, and I was like, ‘I don't give a s***.' That's when I knew it was over." H/T MMA Fighting
Markos feels she got home cooked decision in Brazil
Iraqi-born Canadian strawweight Randa Markos isn't a fan of fighting opponents in their hometown. She lost a split decision to Mexico's Alexa Grass in Mexico City on August 5, 2017. And that followed a Split Decision win over the USA's Carla Esparza in Halifax, NS on February 19, 2017. She didn't want to fight Brazil's Mariana Rodriguez on Saturday in Sao Paulo. “I didn’t have a choice for this fight,” said Markos post-fight. “It was short notice, and I was kind of told I needed to take this fight.” She ended with a Majority Draw, and was asked if had gotten a little “home cooking” from judges. “Definitely,” replied Markos. “I’ve been through that before. I completely dominated the first round, and every time we were inside, I was throwing uppercuts to her face over and over and over."
Little Nog: I want to fight again soon, and have to think about my retirement
Antonio Rogerio 'Little Nog' Nogueira smashed Sam Alvey on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 137, and then the 42 year old, whose brother 'Big Nog' retired in 2015, detailed the trials leading up to the fight, which including a back injury that left him unable to train early in the camp, and an infection that hospitalized him for ten days a month before the fight. “I intend on coming back to fight,” said Nogueira. “I want to come back. I want to feel the octagon again. For as long as I can train well. And if my back injury doesn’t put me to the side, I intend on fighting again. ... I’m 42. I think in the UFC, there’s not many fighters my age. Dan Henderson and Randy Couture fought at 44, 45 years old. But definitely I have to think about my retirement. It’s not something out of the question, but I think tonight’s performance maybe will put that to the side a little bit more. I intend on fighting this year again; I’m going to ask to see if I can fight before the end of the year, or the beginning of next year.” H/T MMAjunkie
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Patricky Freire makes case for title shot over Michael Chandler following Bellator 205 KO
Lightweight Patricky Freire set a new promotion record for finishes via strikes with a KO win over Roger Huerta at Bellator 205 on Friday. Now he wants a shot at division champion Brent Primus. “I’m going to take your belt, and take your head,” he promised. ... "I wait to beat the champion and take my belt. He’s the best because he is the champion. I am ready. I’m the No. 1 contender."
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Evan Dunham retires at age 36
UFC lightweight Evan Dunham retired following a TKO (knee to body) loss to Francisco Trinaldo at UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo on Saturday night. He leaves the sport with a record of 18-8-1, 10-8-1 in the UFC, where he won four Fight of the Night bonuses, and an additional performance bonus. Career wins include Tyson Griffin, Gleison Tibau, and Joe Lauzon. “I already knew what I was going to do, going into this fight win, lose or draw,” he said post-fight. “My last three losses have come by body shot knockout. I have a responsibility to myself and the fighters coming up behind me to know when you’re body is telling you to quit. It’s time to quit, time to hang it up.I’m very happy with my career and wouldn’t change a single thing. ... I’m not coming back. I’m happy. I’ve got plans. I’ve got things already set up and going that I want to do….I have no intentions of coming back at all. I’m ready to move on.” H/T Sherdog
UFC Fight Night 137 performance bonus winners
UFC Fight 137 in Sao Paulo, Brazil saw four $50,000 performance bonuses awarded: Fight of the Night: Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders, Performance of the Night: Charles Oliveira, Performance of the Night: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Eryk Anders had fun at the office Saturday night
Now Russian citizen Jeff Monson likes Khabib over Conor
Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Jeff Monson recently received Russian citizenship and offered TASS a fight prediction for UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. former champ Conor McGregor at UFC 229 on October 6. "Khabib will be destroying Conor during all five rounds of the fight. I do not think he wants to finish the fight quickly, he will exhaust the opponent, and then he will decide how to win."
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McGregor praises Poirier, Diaz
Conor McGregor fights UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6. With a win, the first challenger may be the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz at UFC 230 on November 3. “I think it’s gonna be a great fight," said McGregor Two amazing fighters,” said McGregor at the recent press conference. “Nate Diaz as tough as they come. Dustin Poirier took that loss on the chin and came back and has showcased a good mental strength and has had some great, phenomenal fights and wins inside the Octagon."