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Neil Magny Refuses to Be a ‘Douche’ Just to Get Attention Before or After His Fights

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Neil Magny might be associated with the term underrated but the better word to describe him is probably unassuming.

Consistently ranked in the top 15 at welterweight — arguably the toughest division in all of mixed martial arts — Magny has faced anybody and everybody the UFC has thrown at him and never backed down from a challenge no matter how big or small.

That's why Magny doesn't really agree with the idea that he's underrated because when you look at his resume, see who he's beaten and where he's ranked, it's unfair to say that he's not given credit for the work he puts in.

Instead, Magny suggests that you won't hear his name being mentioned as often because he's not the loudest guy in the room acting like an idiot just for the sake of getting attention before or after his fights.

"At the end of the day, I'm one of the guys who is least outspoken when it comes to fighting," Magny told MMAWeekly. "I've never been the guy to be out there being all boastful and saying what I deserve or don't deserve. I'm the kind of guy who keeps his nose down and just works his butt off. It has a tendency, not necessarily work against me cause I'm top 10 in my division right now and regardless of whether anyone appreciates that or accepts that, it's a fact that no one can take away from me unless you want to fight me for it.

"So I don't think I'm being overlooked in that sense but at the end of the day, I think the thing that distinguishes me from other fighters is that I'm not willing to be as vocal as they are. That just comes from how I grew up and how I trained in my career early on."Neil Magny - UFC

One of the biggest lessons Magny was ever taught came from his high school wrestling coach who instilled on him a phrase that he still uses today — pretend like you've been there before.

"When guys are climbing up on top of the cage and going crazy to celebrate a win, it's like did you not expect to win? Why are you so excited?" Magny stated. "You put the work in, you should expect to win. Why are you acting surprised about it?

"I go in there, I work for it and I expect the outcome when I go in there to fight."

It's the same reason why Magny has never cared about traveling into an opponent's backyard for a fight, knowing that the crowd will probably be against him just for the fact that he's taking on a hometown hero.

He'll do that again on Saturday night when he faces Santiago Ponzinibbio in Argentina and while he expects to receive an unfriendly welcome from the local crowd, Magny won't do anything extra to incite them because he just doesn't gain anything from it besides additional animosity for no reason.

"I think what's helped me do that is I don't come across as the douche in the sport," Magny said. "There's a lot of guys like Matt Brown or Colby Covington who tend to go into foreign territory and let their presence be known in a negative way. Matt Brown flipping off the Brazilian crowd and then you have Colby Covington with his whole filthy animal comment down in Brazil. I don't come across as that guy.

"Whatever state, city or country I go to, the fans can expect me to go in there be super respectful, work my butt off and give them a show."

Donald Cerrone’s Latest Thrill Ride is One that Blindsided Him

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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone is known for his thrilling escapades outside of the cage as much or perhaps even more so than his fireworks in it. If there is something that gets the adrenaline pumping, Cerrone has probably done it: bull riding, wakeboarding, motorcycles, cave diving.

Cerrone's latest thrill ride is one that kind of blindsided him. Like many before him, Cerrone has been consumed by the emotion of becoming a father for the first time.

After he defeated Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 on Nov. 10 in Denver, Cerrone immediately ran over to the edge of the cage and began calling for his son, who eventually joined him in the Octagon.

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At his post-fight scrum, Cerrone recounted the overwhelming feelings pouring out of him with his son along his side for his first fight since becoming a father.

Chuck Liddell Defends Against Claims of Lackluster Performance in Training Footage

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UFC Hall of Famers Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are coming out of retirement for a trilogy fight, but it won't take place in the famed Octagon, it will happen at the debut mixed martial arts event for Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Liddell has come under heavy criticism for training footage that was released to the public for looking slow. Ortiz saw the footage, but doesn't believe it was legit, instead indicating that he thinks Liddell was sand bagging to lull him into a false sense of security.

In a gym day scrum with members of the media, Liddell defended the video by questioning it.

"They put out a video of me warming up my legs right when I got in the gym. Out of all the video they took, why they would choose to put that out, I have no idea," said Liddell. "I challenge anyone talking trash about it to take one of those kicks anyway; they're not that soft."

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Tito Ortiz Not Buying How Bad Chuck Liddell Looks in Public Training Footage

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UFC Hall of Famers Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell are coming out of retirement for a trilogy fight, but it won't take place in the famed Octagon, it will happen at the debut mixed martial arts event for Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

Ortiz is looking forward to avenging his two previous losses to Liddell, but isn't buying into some of the public video footage that he has seen of Liddell training for the fight, where he has looked less than stellar. Ortiz believes Liddell is sand bagging and is expecting a much better fighter than he's seen on video.

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Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 takes place on Nov. 24 in Los Angeles and airs live on pay-per-view.

Youssef Zalal Didn’t Know What MMA Was When He Arrived in the U.S., Now He’s a Top Prospect

It's hard to believe that just a few years ago Youssef Zalal didn't even know what mixed martial arts was much less how to do it.

Growing up in Morocco, Zalal was a student of martial arts at an early age but not in the way that he was put into a karate or taekwondo class as a child. Instead, Zalal joined a kickboxing class because his mother was trying to keep him out of trouble with many kids from his neighborhood ending up dead or in jail at a very young age.

At 11, Zalal had been doing kickboxing for about a year and he was put into his first match but it's not exactly what you might picture when thinking of a child getting involved in combat sports.

"In Morocco, all they do is protect the legs. You're going to have shin guards, that's about it," Zalal described when speaking to MMAWeekly. "No head gear, no nothing. It's basically a square mat, your coaches are sitting in the corner. It's not a ring or nothing. Back in Morocco, they didn't have that back then.

"There's a referee in the middle and you just go at it. Gloves and shin guards. Nothing else."

That's a hardcore introduction to the sport for a kid not even old enough to see over a steering wheel in a car but Zalal fell in love with kickboxing right away.

Unfortunately his kickboxing journey came to an abrupt halt after his father decided to relocate to the United States, which took Zalal away from home and at 14 years of age, he was in a new country where he knew virtually no one with no ability to speak English.

The next six months saw Zalal just focus on learning the language so he could communicate and another six months passed as he was started to get acclimated to his new life in the United States.

"It was a culture shock," Zalal said.

Finally after a year living in the U.S., Zalal finally decided to look into reigniting his passion for martial arts and that's when he discovered a gym right next door to the apartment complex where he lived with his father.

The gym was an American Top Team affiliate run by current WWE superstar Bobby Lashley but the day that Zalal walked through the doors, he had no idea what he was about to experience.

According to the 22-year old prospect, not only did he not understand the concept of mixed martial arts — he had never even heard of the sport.

"I didn't know a single thing about MMA," Zalal said. "I started my career in kickboxing and I thought that was going to be my career. As soon as I came here, my family thought cage fighting was fighting until somebody died. We didn't know what MMA was until I came here."

Call it a trial by fire but once Zalal started hitting the mats, he fell in love with MMA but really still just considered it a fun activity even when he started competing as an amateur. When time came to finally turn pro, Zalal started to realize that he could transform MMA from a hobby into a career and while his parents weren't exactly excited about his new occupation, they still supported him every step of the way.

"My dad is that guy. He wanted me to go to college but when he watches me, he's my biggest supporter," Zalal said. "He screams and he's watching everything. He still doesn't like it but he knows this is my dream and this is what I want to do. My mom is in Morocco and she calls me everyday and she'll call me after every fight. She doesn't want to watch the fight but she wants to make sure I'm OK afterwards."

Zalal is now competing as a featherweight with a 5-0 record with every fight ending by way of knockout or submission including a pair of victories in Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA), an organization that notoriously sends a lot of fighters to the UFC.

Zalal is also training under head coach Marc Montoya and his crew at Factory X in Denver where he's working with a laundry list of top talent including numerous UFC fighters such as Ian Heinisch, Maycee Barber and top ranked light heavyweight contender Anthony Smith.

"I feel like I'm in the top of the top of the regional level," Zalal said. "It takes a lot of balls to say that but I'll back it up every time. I train with the best guys in the world. The best guys in the world. I fought at LFA twice. I took a fight on two hours notice and I finished the kid. I learn everyday with mixed martial arts.

"It's a blessing in my life. I never knew that I could be here and what would be ahead of me. Until I came here it opened my eyes and I realized it could be achieved."

Time is running short in 2018 but Zalal says he hopes to get in one more fight this year and will absolutely stay ready if the UFC comes calling for a short notice opportunity.

"I'm definitely again before the end of the year, that's going to happen," Zalal said. "I'm ready for anything to be honest. UFC, whatever, I'm ready. I know my opportunity will come."

 

UFC 25 Years in Short: How Dana White and Donald Trump Connect, ‘A Fighter’s Mentality’

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When Donald Trump opened his Atlantic City casino to the struggling UFC, it was the start of an unlikely friendship between the current POTUS and UFC president Dana White.

In the upcoming Combatant in Chief: The Story of Donald Trump's History in Combat Sports, go behind the scenes of one the more interesting stories behind the UFC's becoming one of the most successful sports properties in history. This latest episode of UFC 25 Years in Short is set to debut on UFC Fight Pass on Wednesday, Nov. 14.

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UFC 25 Years in Short is a 25-part documentary series celebrating the UFC silver anniversary. This compilation of short films presents 25 captivating UFC stories, one for each year of existence, and every piece stands alone as an independent feature. Viewed as a whole, these films form a larger, mosaic narrative of the UFC’s amazing evolution, fascinating characters and lasting influence.

Undefeated Welterweights Added to ONE: Conquest of Champions

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Two undefeated welterweights will face off at the MOA Arena on Nov. 23. Raimond Magomedaliev and James Nakashima both make their promotional debuts at ONE: Conquest of Champions, but only one of them will emerge with his perfect professional record intact.

Nakashima (9-0) is the current Legacy Fighting Alliance welterweight champion and has been the distance in all nine of his fights to date. He fights out of the MMA Lab in Arizona and was a standout wrestler at the University of Nebraska before becoming a full-time mixed martial artist.

Magomedaliev (5-0) hails from Dagestan, a region famous for producing MMA fighters. He has spent his entire career competing under the banner of Russian promotion Fight Nights and is likely to have a significant reach advantage going into this contest.

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As previously announced, the card will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Brandon Vera and Mauro Cerilli. Meanwhile, the vacant lightweight title will be on the line in the co-main event when Eduard Folayang faces Amir Khan.

ONE: Conquest of Champions Fight Card

Paige VanZant Admits WWE Interest, but Still Eyes Long Future in the Cage

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Paige VanZant will make her return to the Octagon at the first UFC on ESPN+ Fight Night in January, where she faces Rachael Ostovich in the women’s flyweight division.

VanZant last fought ten months ago when she lost to Jessica-Rose Clark by unanimous decision. She also broke her arm in that contest, which forced her to undergo two surgeries to repair the broken limb.

Speaking ahead of her comeback in two months time, VanZant said she is “really excited” to get back into the Octagon and put all her injuries behind her. “The layoff has been difficult in the sense that I just really want to fight again. I’ve had long layoffs before and found success off the back of them. I don’t believe in ring rust; I think if you are prepared then that’s enough. I just can’t wait to get back in there,” added the 24-year-old.

VanZant, who has lost her last two UFC fights, admitted she found it difficult to get over her recent losses. “It’s really challenging after a loss. All eyes are on me and you can’t hide away from it. Social media can be tough as well because fans come down hard on you, but losses don’t define who I am and I need to constantly remind myself of that,” she said.

Paige VanZant open workoutOstovich is 1-1 in the UFC after making her debut in December 2017 with a first-round submission win over Karine Gevorgyan. She followed that with a submission loss to Montana De La Rosa in July.

While VanZant says her sole focus is on her upcoming fight, she believes she still has to work to do before a title shot comes along. “I still think I have to prove myself before I get any title shot. I know the division is quite small, but I need at least two or three wins before I get there. I’d obviously love if that opportunity came sooner, but I also want to give myself the proper time to prepare for something like that. I want to earn it,” said VanZant.

While her next bout is scheduled in the flyweight division, VanZant says she is still open to bouncing between flyweight and strawweight with a potential rematch with champion Rose Namajunas being one possibility.

"I see myself as the perfect fit between 115 pounds and 125 pounds and I intend to bounce back and forth depending on what opportunities arise and right now I see my opportunity at 125 pounds, but who knows where I might go after my next fight," she said. "The Rose fight is definitely an option down the line. We went five rounds already and that’s an opportunity that could be explored."

However, VanZant admits that she doesn’t enjoy forcing her body to make 115 pounds and says it’s very dangerous as a female fighter.

“When I fight at 115 pounds, it’s very difficult because I have to cut quite a lot of weight. I walk around at about 137 pounds, so it was causing a lot of harm to my body by cutting so much weight. As a female it’s also much more dangerous cutting so much weight because of the damage it can do to the body,” she added.

The UFC star also weighed in on the current debate around the men's flyweight division after most signs are pointing to it being dissolved in the near future.

"It’s really sad because there is a lot of talent in that division, so I hate to see them go, but I know there’s a lot of other successful organizations that they can transfer to. It’s hard for the UFC because most men aren’t that small. So, while the top five are incredibly talented, there aren’t a lot of men who are that size, so it’s difficult for it to be a strong division," VanZant explained.

"The UFC just has to go where they’ll make money. They’re an entertainment company and perhaps don’t see the value in it. But it is hard; I am a huge fan of Demetrious (Johnson) and he has been amazing for this sport and he was a great champion. I'm very excited to see his future at ONE and I think he is going to be great for them,” she added.

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VanZant is currently in Portugal attending global tech conference Web Summit, where chief brand officer for WWE Stephanie McMahon is one of the other main speakers. VanZant flirted with the idea of following in the footsteps of Ronda Rousey in making a switch to WWE, but it’s not likely to happen anytime soon.

"I’m not ready to leave the UFC just yet. I love being a professional fighter and I still have a long career ahead of me. I also think the WWE is an amazing organization and it’s a very athletic entertainment industry which would suit me," she admitted.

"There’s probably huge potential for a crossover down the line and of course I’m a big fan of what they do, so it would be great to be a part of. I got the opportunity to talk to Stephanie for a little bit on Tuesday which was great.”

VanZant’s comeback fight in January will be the promotion’s first fight card under its new deal with ESPN.

(Written by MMAWeekly.com contributor Stephen Larkin)

Robert Whittaker vs. Kelvin Gastelum Official for UFC 234 in Australia

Robert Whittaker and Kelvin Gastelum

The middleweight title will go up for grabs when champion Robert Whittaker takes on Kelvin Gastelum on Feb. 9 from the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

UFC officials announced the official date and location on Monday.

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Whittaker and Gastelum have been on a collision course for months after being selected to coach against each other on the latest season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' that's currently airing on FS1.

While the original plan was to have the title fight in late November or early December, Whittaker was still recovering from a hand injury suffered in his most recent title defense against Yoel Romero and he was unable to compete on either of those dates.

Now that he's on the road to recovery, Whittaker will be ready to fight by February while also getting the opportunity to defend his title close to home in Australia.

As for Gastelum, the former welterweight turned middleweight title contender has won his past two fights in a row including a knockout over former champion Michael Bisping as well as a decision victory against Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza.

Gastelum will get his first shot at UFC gold when he faces Whittaker in February from Australia as the main event at UFC 235.

UFC Connected Featuring Darren Stewart, Alessio Di Chirico, and Carlo Pedersoli

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This episode of UFC Connected features UFC middleweight Darren Stewart at his home in East London and find out what has been the key to his success in 2018 in ‘Fighter Focus.’

With a heavy emphasis on fighters from the Europe, Middle East and Asia regions, UFC Connected gives fans a unique look inside the UFC with exclusive access to fighters, teams and events from around the globe.

Fronted by widely respected sports presenter Layla Anna-Lee, each episode includes regular segments and features that cover a diverse range of all aspects within the UFC.

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UFC analyst, Dan Hardy lists his favorite signature submissions in ‘Take 5’, and in ‘Battle Grounds’ we go inside Italy's front running fight team at the Gloria Fight Centre in Rome.

Oscar De La Hoya Criticizes Floyd Mayweather for His MMA Tease and Being Unfair to Conor McGregor

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Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather certainly has a penchant for two things: drawing attention to himself and making money. A former opponent of his, Oscar De La Hoya, has become a successful boxing promoter who is dipping his toe into mixed martial arts, but can't help but criticize Mayweather for the way he does both.

“I think he just wants attention,” De La Hoya told MMAjunkie on Monday. “That’s all it is, and Floyd is a fighter who should just stick to boxing.”

After boxing former UFC champion Conor McGregor in the Irishman's professional boxing debut, Mayweather teased getting into the UFC's Octagon for a rematch. It has not materialized, but it has garnered a lot of attention for Mayweather, who can't seem to move along without a white-hot spotlight.

His latest headlines came when he was announced for a bout under the Rizin FF banner in Japan on New Year's Eve, where he was expected to fight undefeated kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in a bout for which the rule set was yet to be negotiated... per Mayweather.

Oscar De La Hoya and Chuck Liddell - Golden Boy MMAA few days later, Mayweather posted on social media denying that he had ever agreed to the bout and that he went along with a press conference and interviews endorsing the bout in Japan because he felt bad for everyone that had traveled there for the announcement. It was mind boggling at best.

De La Hoya simply doesn't think Mayweather can remove himself from the spotlight, but also doesn't think he'll ever live up to the MMA tease he has propagated.

"I don’t think he’ll ever step into the cage. Making up these special rules, it’s ridiculous," De La Hoya said.

“If you want to get involved and be in the MMA world, then do it. Don’t set the rules. I just think he should stick to boxing. That’s what he knows best. But he can’t help himself. If he ever fights Khabib inside the Octagon, come on, we all know what’s going to happen. That fight’s going to end in one minute... or 30 seconds.”

It's not surprise to De La Hoya that Mayweather would avoid fighting under a true MMA rule set. Mayweather only does what is good for Mayweather.

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“Floyd is a fighter who knows how to pick and choose his opponents at the right time for his benefit,” he said. “When he fought Conor McGregor, the reason why I was hugely against it is because it was unfair to Conor. It was totally unfair to Conor McGregor. I mean, Conor is not a boxer. He’s not a boxer fighting 12 rounds, and it was totally unfair, but these are the things that Floyd does to his advantage.”

Mayweather has been hugely successful following that model. He picks and chooses his battles so that he minimizes the odds against him while maximizing his pocket boot. It worked well against McGregor, where he stopped the Irishman in the 10th round and walked away with a nine-figure paycheck.

It's unclear what exactly is happening with Rizin after the fight promotion issued an apology following Mayweather's social media statement, but added that they are still negotiating with Mayweather's camp.

Regardless of the resolution, it's sure to keep Mayweather's name scrolling through our Twitter feeds and popping up on Instagram, and it could lead to Mayweather having to make another deposit in his bank account.

Meanwhile, De La Hoya is busy promoting a Nov. 24 showdown between UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, which opens the floodgates to his Golden Boy Promotions entering the mixed martial arts fray for real.

Dana White Confirms TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo, Addresses Flyweight Division

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There have been a lot of questions about the future of the UFC flyweight division after several fighters were released last week who then claimed that they reason they were pink slipped stemmed directly from the elimination of the 125-pound men's division.

Rumors have been swirling for the better part of two years now regarding the UFC's willingness to dump the flyweight division as a whole. The prospect of dropping the flyweights got even stronger after former champion Demetrious Johnson was traded to ONE Championship.

Still, the UFC has yet to make any official announcements regarding the division and now there's at least one more flyweight title fight on the books.

Current champion Henry Cejudo will defend his belt against bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw, who will be dropping down to 125 pounds for the opportunity to battle for a second world title at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 in Anaheim.

UFC president Dana White confirmed that matchup on Saturday night while also saying that they are working on some things for the flyweight division but he wouldn't commit to whether or not the division would stick around past the next title fight.

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"Listen, we're working on some things right now with that division," White said about the flyweight division when speaking on the FS1 post fight show. "Dillashaw wants to win two belts like there's five or six guys who have done it. He wants to do it. Cejudo is absolutely fine fighting at that weight instead of going to 135 [pounds] so we made it."

Dillashaw will drop down to 125 pounds for the first time for the fight against Cejudo with the flyweight title on the line.

Beyond saying that he's 'working' on some things, White didn't expand any further regarding the future of the flyweight division or the possibility that the title fight at UFC 233 could be the last for the weight class.

For now, flyweight is still moving forward with at least one more championship bout set for January.

Rose Namajunas on Recovery, Targets Opponent and Return

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UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas hasn't fought since taking the belt and defending in an immediate rematch against Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The second fight was in April.

Since that time, Namajunas has been dealing with some health issues and is on the road to recovery, but still doesn't plan on being back in the cage until probably the spring of 2019. She insists that she's feeling good, though, and even has her next opponent in mind.

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Namajunas discussed her recovery and her return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver on Saturday night.

Kevin Belingon vs. Bibiano Fernandes – ONE: Heart of the Lion Full Fight

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962 days after losing out to ONE's most dominant World Champion ever, Kevin Belingon has redeemed himself by ending the incredible eight-year winning streak of Bibiano Fernandes at ONE: HEART OF THE LION.

In a gritty back-and-forth affair, “The Silencer” showcased his improved grappling game, finding his way out of countless dangerous situations on the ground. The Filipino phenom punctuated the fifth and final round with some scintillating striking to emerge victorious, winning via split-decision to become the undisputed ONE Bantamweight World Champion.

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Donald Cerrone’s Grandma Delivered a Message to His Former Coach

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Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone has been fighting for a long time. At 35 years of age, he was the eldest fighter on the UFC's 25th Anniversary fight card in Denver, but he finished his much younger former teammate Mike Perry in the first round.

Leading up to the bout, Cerrone split with his longtime team Jackson-Wink MMA over a unbridgeable divide with coach Mike Winklejohn. It was a bitter split that remains following the fight.

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In fact, Cerrone said after the victory over Perry that his grandmother even jumped in the mix and delivered a stinging message to Winklejohn.

Germaine de Randamie on Nearly Going Blind and Her Rollercoaster Ride Back to the Cage

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An emotional Germaine de Randamie after her win at the UFC 25th Anniversary event in Denver at UFC Fight Night 139 talked about her comeback journey and her recovery after nearly going blind.

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De Randamie scored a tremendous victory in her first fight in almost two years, earning a unanimous decision over Raquel Pennington on Saturday night in the Mile High City.

Dana White Credits Yair Rodriguez for ‘Craziest Finish Ever’ with Last Second Knockout

It's fitting that on the night the UFC celebrated its 25th anniversary, Yair Rodriguez pulled off a finish unlike anything we've ever seen before.

With one second remaining in his fight against 'The Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung, Rodriguez uncorked an upward elbow strike that absolutely demolished the former featherweight title contender.

Jung felt face first onto the canvas as the fight was stopped and Rodriguez earned one of the craziest knockouts not only in the history of the UFC but the history of mixed martial arts.

Afterwards, UFC president Dana White was dumbfounded by what he had just seen with Rodriguez snatching victory from the jaws of defeat considering he was down on the judges' scorecards with just seconds remaining in the fight.

"Craziest finish ever," White said during the post fight show on FS1. "There was one second left on the clock when he landed that elbow and Yair was losing four [rounds] to one. Zombie had the fight in the bank, he had one more second to go and wow what a finish."

Rodriguez was rewarded for his stunning knockout by taking home an extra $100,000 for both 'Fight of the Night' and 'Performance of the Night'.

It's been a tumultuous year for Rodriguez after he was involved in a dispute with the UFC that resulted in him being released from his contract.

Cooler heads eventually prevailed and he was invited back to the UFC but then Rodriguez suffered an injury that kept him out of his next scheduled fight.

He then accepted a short notice opportunity against Jung on Saturday night and pulled off a move that will likely be a part of UFC highlight reels for the next 25 years.

 

Donald Cerrone Teases a ‘Very Exciting’ Clickbait Fight at 155 Pounds is Next

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Following his win over Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone insisted his next fight would be at 155 pounds and that the UFC offered him a fighter that he deemed "very exciting."

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Cerrone fought at 170 pounds in Denver, submitting and reportedly breaking the arm of Mike Perry in the first round of their co-main event fight.

Fighters Lose Their Minds in Reaction to Yair Rodriguez’s Knockout of The Korean Zombie

Yair Rodriguez's walk off knockout of "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung in the UFC Fight Night 139 main event on Saturday was stunning and spectacular. With one second remaining in the fight, Rodriquez landed an elbow that crumbled Jung and fighters went crazy with reactions.

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Yair Rodriguez TKOs Korean Zombie in the Final Moment (UFC 25th Anniversary Highlights)

Yair Rodriguez vs Korean Zombie UFC Denver Fight Highlights

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Check out highlights from Yair Rodriguez's last-second TKO finish of Chan Sung Jung (aka the Korean Zombie) at UFC Fight Night 139 on Saturday in Denver. The event marked the UFC's 25th Anniversary with an event in the city where it all started.

From the old into the new, the UFC moves on to its debut event in Argentina next week with UFC Fight Night 140 in Buenos Ares. The main event features a five-round welterweight showdown between Neil Magny and home country fighter Santiago Ponzinibbio.

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Cowboy Cerrone Lands Quickfire Submission on Mike Perry (UFC 25th Anniversary Highlights)

Donald Cerrone UFC Denver Fight Highlights

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Check out highlights from Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone's record-setting, first-round finish of Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139 on Saturday in Denver. The event marked the UFC's 25th Anniversary with an event in the city where it all started.

From the old into the new, the UFC moves on to its debut event in Argentina next week with UFC Fight Night 140 in Buenos Ares. The main event features a five-round welterweight showdown between Neil Magny and home country fighter Santiago Ponzinibbio.

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UFC Denver: Yair Rodriguez Octagon Interview

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Yair Rodriguez caps off the UFC's 25th anniversary event with a knockout win over The Korean Zombie in the final seconds of an instant classic at UFC Denver.

TRENDING > UFC Denver Results: Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez (Full Results and Fight Stats)

UFC Denver: Maycee Barber Octagon Interview

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Maycee Barber made a big statement in her UFC debut with a second-round TKO stoppage of Hannah Cifers at UFC Denver on Saturday.

TRENDING > UFC Denver Results: Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez (Full Results and Fight Stats)

Kevin Belingon Ends Bibiano Fernandes’ 8-Year Win Streak (ONE Heart of the Lion Highlights)

ONE Championship Heart of the Lion Fight Highlights

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Bibiano Fernandes’ eight-year, 14-fight winning streak is over. Kevin Belingon beat the Brazilian at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 9, to become the undisputed ONE Championship bantamweight king.

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UFC Denver: Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone Octagon Interview

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Donald Cerrone makes history in Denver as he sets the record for UFC wins and finishes with a submission of Mike Perry in the UFC Fight Night 139 co-main event.

TRENDING > UFC Denver Results: Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez (Full Results and Fight Stats)

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