Women’s MMA Report: Invicta FC and Jewels announce 115-pound title fights

Invicta Fighting Championships is set to crown its second champion on Jan. 5 with 115-pounders Claudia “Claudinha” Gadelha vs. Carla “Cookie Monster” Esparza.

Additionally, Japan’s Jewels promotion will feature a title fight three weeks prior with strawweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Emi “Kamikaze Angel” Fujino.

In our latest Women’s MMA Report, MMAjunkie.com’s Robert Sargent looks at both cards and discusses other news and notes from the world’s top female fighters.

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UFC’s Dan Hardy plans future training sessions with St-Pierre, targets spring return

After a four-fight skid that had him thinking about retirement, Dan Hardy’s evolution is continuing in the midst of a two-fight resurgence.

The former UFC welterweight title challenger is coming off a stint at Montreal’s Tristar Gym to help champion and former nemesis Georges St-Pierre prepare for common opponent Carlos Condit.

And recently, the Brit revealed he is planning to train in the future with St-Pierre and the Tristar crew.

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Rory MacDonald’s coach says he should wait for UFC title shot

Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, thinks it is high time his pupil gets a shot at the UFC belt. In fact, after MacDonald’s TKO win last weekend against Tarec Saffiedine, the coach insists that “Ares” (18-2) should refuse to fight anyone other than the winner of Johny Hendricks vs. Robbie Lawler II, for the 170 pound title.

“How many more fights are on the table?” Zahabi asked in an interview with MMA Fighting.

“If you look at the top-10, who else would be eligible? Everybody’s pretty much booked or [MacDonald] has beat. I don’t see who’s really out there who makes sense. I think the only thing that makes sense now is the winner of Hendricks and Lawler. I can’t think of anybody else.”

The 25 year-old Georges St. Pierre protege is on a three-fight win streak since losing a close decision to Robbie Lawler in their title eliminator match back nearly a year ago. Hendricks (16-2) and Lawler (24-10) will fight for the championship Dec. 6 in Las Vegas.

The two first duked it out in one of the nastiest, and closest slug fests in UFC history last March, for the then-vacant welterweight title. Hendricks earned the decision and has not fought since then, because of torn biceps.

Do you want MacDonald to fight the winner of this title rematch? Let us know in the comments section!

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Expert picks: Clay Guida breaks down UFC 179

UFC featherweight star Clay Guida checks in this week and lends the Cagewriter team a hand by breaking down the main and co-main events for tonight’s big UFC 179 world title card in Rio. Check out Clay’s picks, and then let us know who you’ve got in the comments section!

UFC 179 main event – Jose Aldo defends his featherweight UFC world title against Chad Mendes in a rematch

This fight is a long time coming, since Jose and Chad’s first fight two and a half years ago. Jose Aldo has definitely proven to be arguably one of the greatest fighters of all time.

You don’t say that about just anybody. It’s been what, five, six, seven years since he’s last been defeated?

I remember seeing him fight for the first time in the WEC, when Urijah Faber fought Jens Pulver the first time, and he knocked the dude out. I thought, ‘wow, this guy has got something. He’s talented.’ We’ve also seen Aldo shake off some pretty good wrestlers over the years.

You could make the argument that Aldo was more impressive in the WEC than he has been in the UFC, but you know how it is. In the UFC, you’re fighting the best of the best and top athletes every time out. Every fight is five rounds, and Aldo doesn’t get any easy fights, ever.

Tonight, however, I think Chad Mendes is going to have Aldo’s number. Compared to the last time he fought Aldo, and lost, Chad is much more well-rounded on his feet, now.

He’s more calm, and he feels more at home standing and trading. The difference in this fight will be if Chad gets to take Aldo down, which I think he can do. I hope they’ve been working on that.

We’ve seen it time and again with Aldo. By the fourth and fifth rounds, he’s often already done so much damage that he can usually coast. He’s either leg-kicked you into oblivion, or he’s worn you down some other way where rounds four and five don’t make a difference. 

I think it’s going to be a different story this time around, with Chad. Unfortunately, in the first fight they only had five minutes to feel each other out, but I’m sure both camps have been doing a lot of game planning around footage study.

I think ground game and conditioning and who drives harder in those championship rounds is going to be crucial, and I think Chad can win there. We’ve seen Jose take some pretty good shots. He’s got a good chin.

We’ve also seen Chad take shots, and he’s got a pretty good chin. Both men are good on the ground, and have knockout power. I think whoever shows a little bit more grit in the later rounds is going to win.

Clay believes challenger Chad Mendes will have his hands raised tonight at UFC 179. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

I’ve got to go with the wrestler in this one. Looking at both their recent histories, I think this has a good chance of going all five rounds.

Sometimes the five rounders are awesome, though. This one is going to be a banger of a fight, and I’m looking forward to my buddy Chad bringing the belt back to the States.

Light heavyweight contenders Glover Teixeira and Phil Davis meet in the UFC 170 co-main event

As a former NCAA Division I wrestling national champion, Phil is hard to keep off your legs, man. But, I think fighting and losing to Anthony Johnson had an effect on him.

When someone hits you as hard as Johnson hit you, it makes you think, and pause. And, if another guy can hit you as hard as Johnson, it’s Glover Teixeira.

Clay says that Glover Teixeira [R] has nasty KO power.

We saw that with Glover’s fight against Jon Jones last April. Jon beat him up and down, but there was always one hook, or one cross that Glover would come back with and hit Jones to keep him honest.

I was sitting front-row for that one and Jon’s eyes got as big as baseballs everytime Glover hit him with one of those. That type of power is an intangible.

Not to mention that, every time Jon took Glover down, Glover got back up quickly. We know that Phil is going to want to get the take down in the first few minutes, but it’s going to be hard for him to win if he can’t keep Glover down.

Both fighters are coming off of tough decision losses, so you know they are both looking to prove something. But I think Phil may have some trouble getting over his last loss, more than Glover has with his.

I love Penn State, where Phil wrestled, and I’d like to see him bring one back to his home town, but this one is a toss-up with the slight edge going to Glover. Realistically, I’ve got to go with Glover by decision.

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VIDEO UFC 178: Dustin Poirier “thinks Conor McGregor sucks as a person, is in love with himself”

Dustin Poirier has been seriously irked by Conor McGregor and believes the Irishman’s self-promotion has driven him up the rankings after three fights in the UFC. “I don’t see anybody else winning two or three fights and getting contender matches. Was Chael Sonnen main-eventing cards before he started running his mouth? He was on the [...]

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Bruce Buffer debuts mobile app on Nov. 27, eyes 2013 for clothing line launch

While Dana White is the unquestionable face of the UFC, ring announcer Bruce Buffer has parlayed his role into massive recognition, as well.

Fans at UFC events often mimic his signature calls, and he’s stopped on the streets for pictures and autographs as often as any of the promotion’s most-respected fighters.

On Nov. 27, Buffer adds to his ever-growing empire with the launch of an “It’s Time” app. It could signal the start of a busy stretch for the 55-year-old “veteran voice of the octagon.”

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Fighters seek primal, truer challenge at Battlegrounds MMA

Like most high-level professional MMA fighters, Brock Larson, (37-8) can often spend his training camps obsessing about a coming opponent. In these days of specialized camps, coaches watch tons of opponent film and tailor training towards beating that one guy, on that one night.

But, as he prepared for who knows what (or who) as a participant of the Battlegrounds MMA 8-man one night tournament, which takes place tonight in Tulsa, Larsen was involved in a more basic, truer training camp. Like the other seven participants in the tournament, Larson hopes to fight and win three times in order to be the evening?s champion.

Because the brackets were not made until after weigh-ins on Thursday night, Larson and his fellow welterweight tournament competitors had no idea who they?d face at any point in the competition. This type of challenge is almost of unheard of in modern MMA, and quite daunting for any fighter.

Fortunately for Larson, his career extends much further back than ?modern MMA,? and he?s the veteran of a number of tournaments where he fought and beat multiple men in a single night. Like July 23, 2005 in a place called Hayward, WI, on an Extreme Challenge card where Larson beat Ryan McGivern, Ryan Jensen, and DeMarques Johnson in succession.

Or, on March 12, 2004, when Larson submitted Brian Maceachern with an arm bar, took a breather, and then stepped back in to submit Alex Gasson with another arm bar at the International Cage Combat trials in Minnesota.

?Back in the day, there wasn?t much film on anybody so you just kind of focused on what you were good at, during training,? Larson remembers and tells Cagewriter during a break in training several weeks ago.

?Now a days there?s a risk of us over analyzing things. It?s kinda refreshing to have been in training and work on what I?m good at, and work on my own weaknesses instead of trying to replicate another specific opponent.?

For Jesse Taylor (27-10), another Battlegrounds welterweight tournament participant, the challenge of something like a one night tournament is mostly psychological. ?It?s a psychological game,? he says.

?Don?t get me wrong, I?m training hard. But there are things you can?t train for and that?s heart and the mental side to fighting. You?ve got to have a bad-ass mental game if you?re looking to fight and win three times in one night ? which, of course, is my goal. I enjoy that type of fighting. It?s old-school, and a throw back.?

Battlegrounds MMA executive and former MMA fighter and Olympic gold medalist Kenny Monday is quite familiar with competing in tournaments from his lifetime of wrestling, and he agrees that these welterweights face particularly mental obstacles. ?In tournaments, confidence and being mentally strong are so crucial,? he says.

?You don?t know who you?ll come up against so you?ve got to be certain in your own preparation and abilities.?

On the physical side, both Larson and Taylor have adjusted the way they train to hopefully be prepared for the toll fighting multiple times in one night will put on their bodies. At home in Minnesota, Larson takes time each week to mimic fight night.

?We?ve done things a lil bit different this time,? he explains.

?Twice a week I kind of go through the tournament. I?m doing three, five-minute rounds, then I?ll rest for ten minutes, and then hit it again. I do that a total of three times with fresh guys in on me every round.?

Across the country, Taylor utilized his long days of training and driving from gym to gym in Southern California to help him get ready for the grueling tournament, tonight. ?It?s just been a lot of old-fashioned training,? he said.

?I?ve just thought about fighting for all that much time. It?s basically like we?ve had to get ready to fight all day long. I?m getting a lot of sparring rounds in. I have to be careful doing it, but we do a lot.

?There are three days a week where I?m sparring all day. I go up to Team Quest to spar in the morning, then I have a little break, and drive back down to San Diego and spar more at The Arena from 4:00pm to 8:30pm. It?s perfect for what I?m going to be doing in the tournament.

Although tonight?s tournament may just be another day in the office for professionals like Taylor and Larson, in many ways, doing what they do for a living, both men seem keenly aware that this is something special. Accordingly, they each have particular reasons for taking part in the 8-man tournament.

?I think it is an interesting twist for me in the later part of my career,? Larson says.

?I did [tournaments] a lot when I first started. I thought, heck, I did this when I was 27, might as well do it again when I?m 37 (laughs). The guys in this tournament are pretty tough, so that makes it even more exciting.

?At this point in my career, I?m looking for new challenges. I?m looking for some fun stuff.?

The younger Taylor won?t have the same full-circle experience as Larson, but he can?t wait to make it is own. ?I?ve always wondered what it would be like doing a tournament,? he says.

?It?s definitely something on my ?bucket list.? It?s going to be a really cool story to tell my grand kids (laughs). I?m looking forward to it?I?m just doing this for the challenge.?

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Chael Sonnen: ‘I’m not sorry for drug use’

Retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen is finally being honest about intentionally violating drug rules, but he isn’t about to apologize for any of it. Speaking on his new podcast, You’re Welcome, Sonnen says he’ll just have to live with intentionally trying to game the system.

“I’m not going to apologize because I’m not sorry. I’m a consenting adult. I knew exactly what I was doing. This was a premeditated decision,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen went on to explain the rationale and criteria he used when deciding what drugs to take. What substances were and were not allowed by governing athletic commissions was not one of the criteria he was concerned with.

“For me, the litmus test was flawed, but here was my litmus test: Can’t be a steroid, and it’s got to be legal,” Sonnen explained.

“I can’t take anything, I don’t wan’t to be in possession of anything that isn’t legal. What I’m talking about there, I’m not talking about the commissions and their rules, I’m talking about the law. I’m talking about, am I holding something in my possession and then a police officer sees me, am I allowed to have that. If the answer’s yes, then I’m in. That was my test. If I could get this legal, if there’s a legal medication, I’m taking it, I’m not cross-referencing it with the commission. I’m not taking the rules or someone else’s over that of a doctor. That’s what I’d tell myself to sleep well at night.”

There is no way of knowing for certain if Sonnen is telling the truth here, or once more lying. As a convicted felon, he has shown to have trouble keeping on the right side of the law, and before he got caught using himself, he criticized other athletes for using drugs he himself used or would go on to use.

All that is to say – we may be finally getting the full truth from Sonnen, or just another partial version of it. In any case, the three-time UFC title challenger isn’t shrinking away from his actions or the limelight.

Sonnen will admit to cheating, but he won’t say he’s sorry for having tried. “If you’re going to try to get away with something, if you’re beat, you’re beat,” Sonnen concluded.

“There’s nothing more to it, there’s nothing more to the story. I took something, I was caught, I got tarnished and that’s it.”

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Dominick Cruz: ‘TJ Dillashaw has my UFC belt’

In Dominick Cruz’s three-year absence due to injuries, Faber teammate TJ Dillashaw (11-2) has become the new UFC bantamweight champion. After his stunningly quick and dominating win over Takeya Mizugaki (fight video above) last month, Cruz was quick to call out “Team Alpha Fail,” as he called Dillashaw and his Team Alpha Male stablemates.

Despite how it may appear, however, Dominick Cruz (20-1) says he doesn’t have anything personal against TJ Dillashaw or Team Alpha Male. Cruz has a long-running feud with the team’s founder, Urijah Faber, and the two have faced off twice with each of them owning a victory over the other.

?It?s just, man, he?s got my belt, and he thinks it?s his, and it?s not,” Cruz explained recently.

“So it?s me vs. Team Alpha Male.?

Cruz feels as though he has already dealt with the team’s leader Faber, but now has to take out another Alpha Male guy in Dillashaw. The “Dominator” is fine with it because, as he sees it, he’s got a style custom-built to beat those types of athletic wrestlers.

?The truth is, I cut one head off and another one keeps popping up,” Cruz said.

“So I?ve already realized in my head, I?m fighting these guys. If it?s all of them, OK, let?s do it. I have a good track record against their style of fighting, and it?s not a personal thing when it comes to T.J. Dillashaw.”

Do you think Cruz can step back into title-winning form and beat Dillashaw, or do you think the new champ will be able to hang onto his title? Let us know in the comments section!

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