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Tom Taylor

Yancy Medeiros is wondering where Mario Yamasaki was when he needed him

On Saturday night, the UFC touched down in Austin, Texas with an exciting night of fights. In the main event, Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros stepped into the cage with fan favorite finisher Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone.

Had Medeiros won this fight, he likely would have surged into the welterweight top-10. Regrettably for the Hawaiian and his fans, he was put down by a cracking Cowboy right hand, and the fight was waved off with just two seconds remaining in the first frame.



Tom Taylor

James Vick is ready to replace Tony Ferguson or Khabib Nurmagomedov if disaster strikes

On April 7, in the main event of UFC 223, interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and undefeated contender Khabib Nurmagomedov will battle for the lightweight title. This fight stands out as one of the biggest and most important in the illustrious history of the UFC lightweight division. Regrettably, it’s also one of the most ill-starred fights in MMA history.

Yes, having been booked to no avail on multiple occasions over the last few years, this matchup looks very much like its...


Tom Taylor

Athlete outfitting pay for UFC Austin: Donald Cerrone and Thiago Alves earn top payouts

Last night, the UFC touched down in Austin, Texas with an exciting, 12-fight card. In the main event of this action-packed broadcast, long-time UFC welterweight contender Donald Cerrone picked up a knockout win over Yancy Medeiros, rebounding from a three-fight losing streak in the process. In the co-main event, meanwhile, Texas’ own Derrick Lewis burst back into heavyweight title contention with a stoppage win over Poland’s Marcin Tybura.

Elsewhere on this action-packed card, we saw big...

MMA Fighting

Chuck Mindenhall

Every fighter slips eventually, but for Cowboy Cerrone that time isn’t now

Donald Cerrone quietly went into his fight with Yancy Medeiros on the cusp of many things. If he won, it would be a 20th overall victory in the UFC, which would tie the record currently held by Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping. If he did it in the first round, he would tie Vitor Belfort and Anderson Silva for the most at 14. If he lost? That would be four losses in a row, and perhaps complete the process of unraveling for one of the UFC’s most reliable phone numbers.

The severity of...

Bloody Elbow

John S. Nash

UFC Lawsuit: Expert for Plaintiffs sets damages at up to $1.6 billion

The Plaintiffs have filed for Class Certification, the next major hurdle in the lawsuit, and their experts have come up with an estimate for the damages they claim they suffered under the UFC’s “scheme”

After a lull in the antitrust lawsuit against the UFC, we now see some activity. Late Friday, the plaintiffs filed their Motion for Class Certification, along with several supporting expert reports and rebuttals, while Zuffa’s attorneys filed a Daubert Motion to exclude some of the...


MMAjunkie Staff

UFC Fight Night 126 Athlete Outfitting pay: Yearly total passes $1 million

AUSTIN, Texas – Fighters from Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 126 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $165,000.

UFC Fight Night 126 took place at Frank Erwin Center in Austin. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were a pair of longtime UFC veterans. Donald Cerrone (33-10 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and Thiago Alves (22-12 MMA, 14-9 UFC) earned a maximum non-title payoff of $20,000...


Simon Samano

Raphael Assuncao doesn't support Dillashaw-Johnson super fight, wants top-three guy next

AUSTIN, Texas – Raphael Assuncao might be the forgotten man near the top of the UFC bantamweight division, and he seems to be wondering what’s going on.

Champion T.J. Dillashaw, official UFC No. 1 Cody Garbrandt, No. 2 ranked Dominick Cruz, none of them seem to be interested in third-ranked Assuncao.

“They’re not calling me out,” Assuncao told MMAjunkie backstage Sunday night at Frank Erwin Center during UFC Fight Night 126. “They know I’m right there. I guess they’ve got...


Tom Taylor

Donald Cerrone wants one more lightweight title run, targets an old rival

Last night, in the main event of the UFC’s anticipated return to Austin, Texas, Donald Cerrone rebounded from a three-fight losing streak with a destructive, first-round stoppage of Yancy Medeiros. While this impressive win served to keep Cerrone ranked at welterweight, he admitted post-fight that he plans to return to his former haunts in the lightweight division, where he hopes to make one last run at the title.

In particular, Cerrone seems hellbent on a fight with Dagestan’s Khabib...


Tom Taylor

After big win in Austin, Derrick Lewis names three possible opponents for next fight

Last night, in the co-main event of the UFC’s anticipated return to Austin, Texas, Derrick Lewis survived a few scares to author a thunderous third-round TKO win over Polish talent Marcin Tybura. With this win, Lewis rebounded from  tough, stoppage loss to heavyweight legend Mark Hunt, and reasserted himself as a top contender in the perilous UFC heavyweight division.

Though he’s likely still a win or two away from a heavyweight title shot, Lewis has a few opponents in mind for his next...

MMA Fighting

Shaun Al-Shatti

Donald Cerrone targets 155 return, Nurmagomedov after UFC Austin win

Donald Cerrone shook off the demons of a three-fight losing streak at 170 pounds with his electrifying knockout win over Yancy Medeiros at UFC Austin. Now he wants to return to his original stomping grounds in the lightweight division.

“I want ’55. I want to go get that belt,” Cerrone announced Sunday on the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show.

“Khabib (Nurmagmedov), I’m coming, baby. I’m coming. I ain’t scared to fight you.”

Cerrone, 34, was long considered one of the best...

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Milan Ordoñez

Brunson to Bisping: ‘You’re ranked 6, I’m ranked 7, let’s exchange’

Derek Brunson recently called out former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping via Twitter.

Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping was reportedly penciled in to face fellow former champion Rashad Evans in a rematch at the UFC’s London event on March 17th. But as confirmed by Evans last week, Bisping’s “contract problems” resulted in the cancellation of the supposed matchup.

It did not take long before “The Count” got a new possible opponent. On Sunday,...


MMAjunkie Staff

Tom Duquesnoy vs. Terrion Ware added to UFC Fight Night 127 in London

Apr 15, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Tom Duquesnoy (blue) following the win over Patrick Williams (not pictured) at the UFC Fight Night at the Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tom Duquesnoy (red gloves) punches Cody Stamann (blue gloves) during the third round during UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports Oct 7, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Tom Duquesnoy (red gloves) punches...


Mike Bohn

Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC Fight Night 126 with classic Queen, Ted Nugent

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 126 in Austin went with as their backing tracks.

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Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:58

Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” by Kid Rock

Yancy Medeiros: “Take Me Home Country Roads” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and...

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Ariel Helwani

Watch The MMA Hour live today

The MMA Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday's show:

1:00 p.m. ET -- We'll recap the week that was in MMA.

1:25 p.m. -- Mike Perry will join us in studio to preview his UFC on FOX 28 fight against Max Griffin this weekend.

2:25 p.m. -- UFC veteran Elias Theodorou will stop by to share some news regarding his career.

2:45 p.m. -- Yoel Romero will recap his win over Luke Rockhold at UFC 221 and discuss what's next for him.

3:05 p.m. -- Rising star Israel Adesanya will look...

MMA Fighting

Jed Meshew

Morning Report: Tyron Woodley ‘squashes beef’ with Dana White, Rafael dos Anjos, and Colby Covington

In recent weeks, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has been embroiled in very public disputes with several notable figures in the MMA community. UFC President Dana White said Woodley was “full of s**t” about being offered a money-fight opportunity against Nate Diaz and other elite welterweight contenders - namely, Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington - took shots at Woodley for chasing a title fight against a lightweight instead of against one of them. But after a few weeks of...

Bloody Elbow

Milan Ordoñez

Garbrandt on being kicked by Van Damme: ‘He just can’t control himself’

Cody Garbrandt bares more details from his side about the accidental kick that Jean-Claude Van Damme landed on him during a training session.

Trouble almost went down between former UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and actor Jean-Claude Van Damme. It all began during one training session a few weeks before UFC 217 last November, when Van Damme dropped by the Team Alpha Male gym Sacramento to train.

As seen in the video that was released via Instagram early last month, Van Damme was...


MMAjunkie Staff

Video: 'Road to the Octagon' full episode for Saturday's UFC on FOX 28

Check out the full “UFC Road to the Octagon” episode for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 28 event.

UFC on FOX 28 takes place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., and it airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, rising contender Josh Emmett (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), who’s No. 12 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, meets veteran slugger Jeremy Stephens (27-14 MMA, 14-13 UFC).

RelatedOfficial poster and latest card for 'UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs....

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Dayne Fox

UFC Austin: Cerrone vs. Medeiros - Winners and Losers

Everything is bigger in Texas as Derrick Lewis and Nate Diaz’s blunt can attest to. But not everyone in Texas can be a winner. Who walked out of the Lone Star State with their head held high?

UFC Austin ended up being one hell of a wild night. We had a one round barnburner in the main event. The co-main event was about as sloppy as it gets, but it still produced a brutal KO and a classic Derrick Lewis interview. And of course, there’s Nate Diaz stealing the show without even stepping...

UFC News

By Thomas Gerbasi

Cowboy ties for multiple UFC records with Medeiros finish

TIED: Most UFC victories.TIED: Most UFC finishes.@CowboyCerrone #UFCAustin pic.twitter.com/p2cake7ncc — UFC (@ufc) February 19, 2018 CERRONE vs MEDEIROSStepping into the Octagon with a three-fight losing streak, the longest of his career, perennial contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone put that skid to an end in a hurry Sunday night, halting Hawaii’s Yancy Medeiros in the first round of their UFC Fight Night main event at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center.In the process, Cerrone moved into...

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By Thomas Gerbasi

Lewis stuns Tybura in final round & more from Austin main card

LEWIS vs TYBURAHouston’s Derrick Lewis had fans at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center roaring in the UFC Fight Night co-main event Sunday, as he scored a third-round knockout of Marcin Tybura in a clash of top-ten heavyweights.A mix of a right hand and a takedown put Tybura on the deck in the first 30 seconds of the bout, but the Poland native stayed cool under pressure, and after getting to his feet, he took advantage of a Lewis slip and took the mount position on the fighters’ second trip...

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