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  1. John "Juggernaut" Potter
    John Potter
    07.19.2018, 3:54 PM ET
  2. Author: Jugger187 Approver: Gregory

    UFC 28 tuf  alternate a top  contender  Training under coach and manger    Mr. Dunbar  owner of UBJJ 
    Jugger187
    • Member Since: 07.19.2018

    Jugger187   |   07.19.2018 1:01 PM

    More to come thank you sincerely mr. S.S

  3. Ultimate Fighting Championship
    UFC
    07.18.2018, 10:59 PM ET
  4. Author: 4L3X1 Approver: snakeman88

    Current Champions (Updated 7/19/2018):

    Heavyweight (265 lbs) - Daniel Cormier

    Interim Heavyweight: N/A 

    Light Heavyweight (205 lbs) - Daniel Cormier 

    Interim Light Heavyweight: N/A

    Middleweight (185 lbs) - Robert Whittaker

    Interim Middleweight: N/A

    Welterweight (170 lbs) - Tyron Woodley

    Interim Welterweight: Colby Covington

    Lightweight (155 lbs) - Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Interim Lightweight: N/A

    Featherweight (145 lbs) - Max Holloway

    Interim Featherweight: N/A

    Bantamweight (135 lbs) - TJ Dillashaw

    Interim Bantamweight: N/A

    Flyweight (125 lbs) - Demetrious Johnson

    Interim Featherweight: N/A

    Women's Featherweight (145 lbs) - Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino

    Interim W Featherweight: N/A

    Women's Bantamweight (135 lbs) - Amanda Nunes

    Interim W Bantamweight: N/A

    Women's Flyweight (125 lbs) - Nicco Montano

    Interim W Flyweight: N/A

    Women's Strawweight (115 lbs) - Rose Namajunas

    Interim W Straweight: N/A

  5. Daniel "The Hangman" Hooker
    Daniel Hooker
    07.12.2018, 10:00 PM ET
  6. Author: MousasiMMA Approver: Gregory

    FROM FIGHT PROMOTION LEGEND FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (WWW.LEGENDFC.COM):


    Daniel Hooker is a representative of Strike Force, the academy which has produced some of the most elite competitors in the current generation of New Zealand fighters. A native of Auckland, Hooker was introduced to martial arts by a friend who was actively competing at the time. The young Kiwi soon discovered a natural talent for combat sports, and took his first professional fight shortly after his 19th birthday. Since then, Hooker has fought increasingly challenging opponents in both New Zealand and Australia, and is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s top lightweight prospects. With teammates like Sam Brown, Pat Crawley, Gareth Ealey, and Rod MacSwain having represented their team and their country in the Legend Ring, Hooker is now proud to follow in their footsteps.


    Dan Hooker is also a pro kickboxer with a 15-5-3 record, winning the King In The Ring Middleweight Kickboxing Championship and WKBF X-Rules Welterweight Championship.


    He has also competed in a heavyweight fight, for which he weighted in at 86 kg / 189 lbs, against Mark Creedy, winning by knockout in the second round.

  7. Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson
    Tony Ferguson
    07.12.2018, 3:15 AM ET
  8. Author: GreenHornet Approver: DoubleGee8

    Tony Ferguson was very athletic growing up earning 12 varsity letters in football, baseball and wrestling. He was on the 2002 state champion football team and was a three-time All-State selection in wrestling as well as winning the 152 pound division in 2002. He went on to wrestle in college and would be an All-American twice and win the national championship in the 165 pound division once. He was working at a bar when a patron invited him to join a MMA gym to help some of the people out with their wrestling. Ferguson fell in love with the sport and had his first fight in 2008. He would rack up a 10-2 record before trying out for the 13th season of the Ultimate Fighter that he would ultimately win with a Knockout of the Night over Ramsey Nijem.

    Since winning the Ultimate Fighter Ferguson has gone 8-1 with wins over Aaron Riley at UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage via KO, Yves Edwards at The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale via UD and a Submission of the Night victory over Mike Rio, at UFC 166: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos 3. His only loss in the UFC was to Michael Johnson, at UFC on FOX 3: Diaz vs. Miller via UD.


    Ferguson fought Katsunori Kikuno at UFC 173. Kikuno immediately came out strong in the opening round. With his opponent pushing the pace, Ferguson met this challenge and turned the fight a slugfest. Ferguson caught Kikuno and got him in a D'Arc choke. Kikuno was able to escape but Ferguson tagged him with a big right shorter after. This immediately knocked Kikuno out, giving the win to Ferguson via TKO at 4:06 in Round 1.


    On 30 August, 2014 at UFC 177, Ferguson faced Danny Castillo. Ferguson won the fight via split. decision


    Ferguson continued his hot streak when he faced Abel Trujillo, at UFC 181: Hendricks vs. Lawler 2. Trujillo was dominate in Round 1, rocking Ferguson several times and scoring some takedowns, but Ferguson weathered the storm and took control in Round 2 when Trujillo showed signs of tiring. After a battle up against the cage, late in the round, Ferguson was able to sink his arm under Trujillo's neck and secure a Rear-Naked Choke. Trujillo tapped out at 4:19.


    At UFC 184: Rousey vs. Zingano, Ferguson showed us once again why everyone in the Lightweight division should be keeping an eye on him. Originally slated to fight Yancy Medeiros, but instead fought Gleison Tibau, due to Medeiros injuring his foot during training. The change-up made no difference to Ferguson who made short work of Tibau. Unlike his previous bout, Ferguson came out hard in Round 1, controlling the fight. He eventually rocked Tibau forcing him to turtle-up, Ferguson took advantage of this and locked in a Rear-Naked Choke. Tibau soon tapped at 2:37. His work earned him his first Performance of the Night bonus; that was his 3rd post-fight honours and 5th First Round victory in the UFC. After this victory Ferguson saw himself on the UFC Rankings for the first time, coming in ranked in 13th.


    With a 5 fight win streak and a spot in the top 15, Ferguson was climbing the ranks and coming ever closer to getting into the conversation for a UFC title shot that had eluded him.


    Following his win over longtime Lightweight Contender, El Cucuy was given a top contender in Josh Thomson in the co main event at UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego.  Expectations were high on El Cucuy as he came in the moderate favorite over Thomson at -265 and he did not disappoint.  Ferguson would go on to have an absolute war with the former Strikeforce Champion that resulted in Ferguson picking up the unanimous decision victory and earning a $50,000 dollar Performance of the Night bonus as well.


    Following his victory, El Cucuy was then scheduled to take on undefeated Lightweight phenom Khabib Nurmagomedov at the TUF 22 Finale, but Khabib would have to drop out of the bout due to lingering injuries.  Instead, Ferguson was given Edson Barboza as his next opponent.  Ferguson would again put on a highlight reel performance against one of the top lightweights in the division as he would go on to submit Barboza via D'Arce Choke in the Second Round earning himself bonus money in back to back fights as a result of beating another top contender in the division, firmly putting him in title fight contention talk.


    Despite this, any talk of a title shot in the immediate future was turned down due to Ferguson and Nurmagomedov not deciding who was the definitive contender between the two.  Instead, El Cucuy began preparation for a fight with Michael Johnson at UFC 196 only for the bout to get scrapped due to Johnson withdrawing.  From there, preparations for another attempt at making Nurmagomedov vs Ferguson popped up again when the two were booked as the main event for UFC on Fox 19 in Tampa.  This time, however, it would be Ferguson that had to pull out due to injury and getting replaced by Darrell Horcher.


    Following his recovery from injury and another missed opportunity to fight Khabib, Ferguson began training to fight Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls only to run into more bad luck as Chiesa had to pull out due to a back injury.  Ferguson would not be pulled off the card, however, as he faced a last second replacement in regional lightweight prospect Lando Vannata.  Initially taking his opponent lightly, Vannata quickly earned El Cucuy's respect after he had the top lightweight contender on the ropes in the first round.  Ferguson, however, would regain focus and ultimately finish the promising newcomer in the Second Round via submission by D'Arce Choke, which increased his win streak to eight.


    El Cucuy would then be squared off with another top shelf contender for the first time since his fight with Barboza as he would take on former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico City.  In the build up to the fight, Ferguson and RDA served as coaches on the third installment of TUF Latin America 3.  In what would be considered as a closely contested and technical fight, Ferguson would come away with a big decision victoy over the former champion in what many considered to finally his signature victory to earn a title shot at then champion Conor McGregor.


    However, this would not be the case as the UFC considered Khabib to have as much of a claim to the #1 contender title as El Cucuy following his domination of Michael Johnson.  So, once again, both Nurmagomedov and Ferguson were scheduled to face off, this time at UFC 209.  Unfortunately, the bout would once again fall through due to weight cutting issues for Khabib.


    With impatience growing with both Ferguson and the UFC over him getting a chance at the belt, due to Conor taking time out to do other business ventures and fighting in Pro Boxing, Ferguson was finally put in a title bout with Kevin Lee at UFC 216; albeit an interim title bout.  Ferguson would go on to win the fight via submission, earning his first title in the UFC and putting himself in a prime opportunity to fight McGregor.


    This would not come to pass as McGregor's hiatus from MMA got to the point where Dana White and the UFC ultimately had to strip him of the title and announced that Tony Ferguson would be fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight for the Undisputed title at UFC 223 in Brooklyn.  However, injury would once again prevent this fight from going through as Tony would suffer a knee ligament injury that would cause him to pull out of the bout and be stripped of his interim title.


    The Ultimate Fighter 13
    Episode 6 Ferguson def. Justin Edwards by KO (Upkick) at 3:56 of Round 1
    Episode 9 Ferguson def. Ryan McGillivray by TKO (Punches) at 0:46 of Round 1
    Episode 10 Ferguson def. Chuck O'Neil by TKO (Punches) at 3:10 of Round 3
    The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale Ferguson def. Ramsey Nijem by TKO (Punches) at 3:54 of Round 1

  9. Carlos "The Grimm Reaper" McGee
    Carlos McGee
    07.10.2018, 10:32 AM ET
  10. Author: cmcgee96 Approver: mememememe

    4-0 after winning At COH In June And Successfully Gaining The  AFC Light Heavyweight belt Saturday in Farmington Mo

  11. Daniel "The Hangman" Hooker
    Daniel Hooker
    07.09.2018, 2:59 PM ET
  12. Author: MousasiMMA Approver: mememememe

    FROM FIGHT PROMOTION LEGEND FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP (WWW.LEGENDFC.COM):


    Daniel Hooker is a representative of Strike Force, the academy which has produced some of the most elite competitors in the current generation of New Zealand fighters. A native of Auckland, Hooker was introduced to martial arts by a friend who was actively competing at the time. The young Kiwi soon discovered a natural talent for combat sports, and took his first professional fight shortly after his 19th birthday. Since then, Hooker has fought increasingly challenging opponents in both New Zealand and Australia, and is now regarded as one of New Zealand’s top lightweight prospects. With teammates like Sam Brown, Pat Crawley, Gareth Ealey, and Rod MacSwain having represented their team and their country in the Legend Ring, Hooker is now proud to follow in their footsteps.


    Dan Hooker is also a pro kickboxer with a 15-5-3 record, winning the King In The Ring Middleweight Kickboxing Championship and WKBF X-Rules Welterweight Championship.


    He has also competed in a heavyweight fight, for which he weighted in at 83 kg / 183 lbs, against Mark Creedy, winning by knockout in the second round.

  13. Gökhan "The Rebel" Saki
    Gökhan Saki
    07.07.2018, 8:14 PM ET
  14. Author: GreenHornet Approver: Gregory

    With a career spanning 3 decades, Saki started off fighting under Muay Thai and Kickboxing rules, as a Welterweight and Middleweight, but would bump up to Light-Heavyweight and Heavy-weight later on in his career. 



    Despite often being classed as undersized for the upper weights, he would take on some of the greatest full strikers of an era, Including Peter Aerts, Semmy Schilt, Badr Hari(2x), Remy Bonjasky and Pavel Zhuravlev, and earning big wins over fighters like Tyrone Spong(2x), Nathan Corbett, Ray Sefo, Alexey Ignashov, Daniel Ghiţă(2x), Henri Hooft, Paul Slowinski, Carter Williams, Anderson Silva, Mourad Bouzidi, Melvin Manhoef, Freddy Kemayo and many more.       

    Over the years he has trained at many gyms including the renowned Cor hemmer's 'Golden Glory' gym, 'Mike's Gym', 'SuperPro Gym' and in Thailand. He credits Jan Pasztjerik, his initial trainer, as the person who most helped him develop and progress successfully as a fighter. Jan still runs his own gym 'Sportschool Pasztjerik', in Schiedam.      
     
    Saki has trained over the years Golden Glory' gym. The gym's roster has boasted many MMA fighters of which he was able to work with, including Alistair Overeem and Sergei Kharitonov. He has also trained 'Tatsujin Dojo', famously being submitted by Marloes Coenan in an online video. In preparation for his UFC debut, his training camp involved working with Turkish and Iranian national-level wrestlers, and Jiu-Jitsu specialists.    

    In 2015, he retired from professional striking to focus more on a run in MMA. In pro Kickboxing/Muay Thai he went 83 - 10 - 1, with an impressive 59 victories by tko/ko, and also 9 losses by tko/ko, in what is perhaps always living up to his reputation as a kill or be killed fighter, and a crowd favorite. 
     
    He was born and raised in Schiedam, Netherlands, the son of Turkish immigrants of Armenian descent from the Selim district in Kaars province. He started playing soccer and kickboxing when he was 10. He would prove succesful in soccer where he eventually received offers from big name Dutch soccer clubs to join their talent program.         

    At 16 however, he stopped playing soccer competitivley to focus on martial arts fulltime. He first started on the Dutch Muay Thai circuits fighting in 30+ bouts under those rules, becoming a Dutch, European and World champion within 3 years of active competition. He would bulk up in weight eventually, and begin competing under K1-rules fights.            

    Over the years he competed in many 1 night tournaments, often fighting 3 times back to back and fought in many promotions including 'K1',  'Its Showtime' and 'Glory Kickboxing'. 
     
    A long list of his achievments include 'Glory Kickboxing Light-Heavyweight Champion"(inaugral), '2010 K1 World Grand Prix' 3rd place, and '2008 K1 World Grand Prix' 3rd place.     

    While Saki had an illustrious career in Kickboxing, he had rarely tested the waters in the world of MMA only fighting in one bout in 2005 where he lost to British vet James Zikic in 2004.  But after a 13 year absence from the sport, Saki would make his big return back into MMA when he signed with the UFC and booked to fight prospect Luis Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 117 at Saitama Super Arena.  Saki made quick work of Luis Henrique as he would viciously KO the man nicknamed Frankenstein in the first round with a hard hook, making a name for himself and an instant threat in the division despite only fighting in his second fight.
    Saki was then matched up to face Khalil Rountree at UFC 219, but would have to pull out due to a knee injury.  The bout would then get pushed back to UFC 226.

       It has been debated that Gökhan's true surname is actually "Sakissian", but his forebears along with many other ethnic Armenian and Greeks of the day were Turkified after the Ottoman-Turk conquest and absorbtion of the region.


  15. Pedro Carvalho
    Pedro Carvalho
    07.07.2018, 6:28 PM ET
  16. Author: MousasiMMA Approver: WastelandWanderer

    Pedro Carvalho is also a Kickboxer with a 5-1 record under K-1 rules, being the Arena K-1 Lightweight champion. He is also 1-0 in amateur kickboxing.


    Pedro was also the number 1 ranked Lightweight in the Perfect Fighter organization, where the fights are one round boxing, one round kickboxing and one round MMA.

  17. Honor FC 5
    Honor FC 5
    07.03.2018, 2:29 AM ET
  18. Author: tizwhiz Approver: mememememe



    Doug Lewis def Tyler Laphon at 1:55 of round #3 by tap out (Rear Naked Choke).
    Juwan Minniefield def Dontrel Person at 2:52 of round #1 by TKO (Strikes).
    Darnell Truett def Terry Demore at 1:34 of round #1 by tap out (Rear Naked Choke).
    George Pointer def Christian Carreras-Goday at 1:39 of round #2 by KO (Strikes).
    Dakota Day def Tim Frye by Unanimous Decision (29-28/30-27/29-28).
    Tirzah Gunther def Christina Edwards at 1:33 of round #1 due to referee stoppage.
    Tyree Tyrone Johnson def James Neff at 2:20 of round #1 by TKO (Strikes).
    Dom Johns def John Macgregor at 2:21 of round #1 by tap out (Arm Bar).
    Edwin Taylor def Mitch Ditto at 2:59 of round #1 by TKO (Strikes).
    Jeffrey James Offak def Dante Pennachio by Unanimous Decision (30-27/30-27/30-27).
    Lucas Mast def Casey Turnbull by Unanimous Decision (29-28/29-28/29-28).
    Timothy A. Hughes II def Eric Pozun at 2:59 of round #2 by tap out (Triangle Choke).
    Michael Addo def Kyle Booth at 16 secs of round #2 by TKO (Strikes) to win HFC Amateur Welterweight Championship.
    Jamaal McCain def Fred Davis at 33 secs of round #1 by KO (Strikes) to win HFC Amateur Middleweight Championship.
  19. Yuki "Aurora" Ohara
    Yuki Ohara
    06.30.2018, 8:10 PM ET
  20. Author: Legz Approver: WastelandWanderer


  21. Kayla Harrison
    Kayla Harrison
    06.24.2018, 10:19 PM ET
  22. Author: mickumix Approver: MassaBruce

    Kayla Harrison (born July 2, 1990) is an American former judoka and who competed in the 78 kg weight category and current mixed martial artist who competes in the lightweight category. She won the 2010 World Championships, gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and gold at the 2011 and 2015 Pan American Games.
    Born in Middletown, Ohio,[2] Harrison took up judo at the age of six, having been introduced to the sport by her mother, who was a black belt herself.
    She began training and won two national championships by the age of 15.
    On August 31, 2016 the United States Judo Association (USJA) made a batsugun promotion of Kayla to rokudan (6th Degree Black Belt) making her the youngest person in the US to ever be awarded this rank.
    Harrison, a former training partner of fellow judoka Ronda Rousey, announced in October 2016 that she had signed with World Series of Fighting. While she will initially work as a commentator she said she was also signed as a fighter for the company. Making her MMA debut at PFL 2 on June 21, 2018 against Brittney Elkin in the Women's Lightweight division.
  23. Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide
    EFC Worldwide
    06.23.2018, 7:48 PM ET
  24. Author: Sobanito Approver: mickumix

    Champions


    Heavyweight - Dalcha Lungiambula

    Light Heavyweight - Dalcha Lungiambula

    Middleweight - Dricus Du Plessis

    Welterweight - Dricus Du Plessis

    Lightweight - Vacant

    Featherweight - Igeu Kabesa

    Bantamweight - Vacant

    Flyweight - Nkazimulo Zulu

    Women's Bantamweight - Vacant

    Women's Flyweight - Amanda Lino

    Women's Strawweight - Chiara Penco


  25. Bellator MMA
    Bellator MMA
    06.22.2018, 8:15 PM ET
  26. Author: MassaBruce Approver: MB alias Mboris

    Current Champions

    Heavyweight - Vacant

    Light Heavyweight - Ryan Bader

    Middleweight - Gegard Mousasi

    Welterweight - Rory MacDonald 

    Lightweight - Brent Primus

    Featherweight - Patricio Freire 

    Bantamweight - Darrion Caldwell


    Female


    Featherweight - Julia Budd

    Flyweight - Lei Macfarlane

  27. Gabrielle "Gabi" Garcia
    Gabrielle Garcia
    06.22.2018, 7:43 PM ET
  28. Author: mickumix Approver: MassaBruce

    Gabrielle "Gabi" Lemos Garcia is a Brazilian professional martial artist, specializing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and grappling. She is a member of the IBJJF Hall of Fame.
    Garcia was born on November 17, 1985. She has achieved three Abu Dhabi Combat Club championships and nine world Brazilian jiu-jitsu gold medals. Also winning a silver medal during the 2013 Brazilian jiu-jitsu Championships in the women +74kg category

    Garcia's results from the 2013 IBJJF World Jiu-Jitsu Championships (IBJJF) were automatically disqualified when she tested positive for the fertility drug Clomiphene, which is on the USADA banned list. After a case review, Garcia was found to have not been at fault for the positive test—no suspension was given.

    Garcia appeared as a guest coach for Wanderlei Silva on The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3.
    Garcia was at one point scheduled to face Megumi Yabushita for the Japanese promotion Real Fight Championship. This bout, however, fell through
    Garcia was then scheduled to make her MMA debut with Jungle Fight in March 2015. However, this bout also didn't happen.
    On November 6, 2015, it was announced that Garcia was going to debut against a Pro-wrestler Lei'D Tapa who was also making her debut on MMA for japanese promotion Rizin Fighting Federation on December 31, 2015. She won the fight via TKO in the first round.
    She made her shoot boxing debut on July 7, 2017 when she faced Megumi Yabushita at Shoot Boxing Girl’s S-Cup 2017. The bout was declared a No Contest after twice hitting Yabushita with illegal soccer kicks when her opponent fell to the ground.
  29. Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
    Cage Warriors
    06.22.2018, 5:04 AM ET
  30. Author: MassaBruce Approver: AkhmaStockton209

    Current Cage Warriors Champions:


  31. "Hanmer" Shawn Allen
    Shawn Allen
    06.16.2018, 10:38 PM ET
  32. Author: ShawnAllen133 Approver: WastelandWanderer

    Shawn Allen come to Cleveland Ohio and I will change you to a match no joke
  33. ONE Championship
    ONE
    06.16.2018, 5:59 PM ET
  34. Author: MassaBruce Approver: Sspiteri11

    Current Champions 

    Heavyweight - Brandon Vera

    Light Heavyweight - Aung La N Sang

    Middleweight - Aung La N Sang

    Welterweight - Ben Askren 

    Lightweight - Martin Nguyen

    Featherweight - Martin Nguyen

    Bantamweight - Bibiano Fernandes 

    Flyweight - Adriano Moraes

    Interim Flyweight - Geje Eustaquio

    Strawweight - Yoshitaka Naito

    Women's Flyweight - Jingnan Xiong

    Women's Atomweight - Angela Lee

  35. Frank Mir
    Frank Mir
    06.14.2018, 3:57 PM ET
  36. Author: GreenHornet Approver: MassaBruce

    Frank Mir made his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2001 and worked his way into the UFC that same year, defeating Pete Williams with an inside shoulder lock in his fourth fight. After suffering the first defeat of his career to Ian Freeman in 2002, Mir rebounded with four straight victories. He took the UFC Heavyweight Championship in a major upset over Tim Sylvia at UFC 48 in 2004, breaking the defending champion’s arm in the process. Although he was lauded as the best heavyweight in the world after the win, tragedy struck the same year when Mir was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident on September 17, 2004 that broke his femur and tore all of the ligaments in his knee. His return to the cage would come two years later when the not-fully-recovered Mir disappointed fans by losing to Marcio Cruz by TKO in the first round, and repeated the dismal performance against surging young star Brandon Vera later that year.


    After being written off by many, Mir came back healthier, stronger and more focused in 2007-2008 to win three straight fights over Antoni Hardonk, Brock Lesnar, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to win the Interim Heavyweight Championship, proving that his return back from the accident had been rushed. Mir was the first man to ever finish the legendary “Minotauro” Nogueira. However, Nogueira later claimed he had been suffering from a staph infection, leading to bad blood between the two men.


    Predominantly known for his expert-level ground skills—especially off of his back—in a division where Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belts are relatively less common, Mir has evolved his stand-up in recent years to rival that of anyone in the heavyweight division. He duplicated his finish of Nogueira with strikes in 2008 by knocking down French kickboxer Cheick Kongo with a hard left hand in 2009 and finishing him off on the ground. He also is the  only fighter to ever win a fight by toe hold submission in UFC history.


    One of the most talented trash-talkers in the sport, Mir is one of the best in the world at selling a fight, often at the expense of his opponent’s personal dignity. He was also embroiled in one of the most famous feuds in MMA history with WWE import Brock Lesnar, settling on a 1-1 record with the heavyweight behemoth when the dust cleared. The articulate Mir is also an accomplished MMA sportscaster, having called many of the WEC’s live events on cable.


    After dropping a fight to Shane Carwin he would go on a three fight win streak with victories over Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson and a come from behind Submission of the Night in a rematch over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The Cro Cop fight had been so uneventful however, that even though it was the only knockout that night it did not receive a "Knockout of the Night" bonus. The Nelson fight was also a letdown, but the Nog clash was a thriller. Nogueira was able to stun Mir with punches, but had after a series of submission reversals, Mir was able the break the Pride veteran's arm with a kimura.


    This was enough to earn Mir the title shot against Junior Dos Santos but he would fall short in his attempt losing by TKO in the second round. He attempted to take down the UFC champion several times, but was unsuccessful, before being knocked out by the champions superior striking.  He was then supposed to fight the Heavyweight Gran Prix winner in Strikeforce, Daniel Cromier. The bout with Cormier was expected to take place on November 3, 2012 at Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir However, on September 19 it was revealed that Mir suffered an injury in training and was forced to pull out of the match up.  The bout was then rescheduled for UFC on Fox 7.   Mir lost the uneventful fight by unanimous decision.  Next Frank would welcome Josh Barnett back to the UFC on August 31st, UFC 164: Henderson vs Pettis 2. Mir was unable to deal with the striking of Barnett and would end up on the losing end of a TKO in the first round for his third straight loss. He would end up losing his next fight as well against Alistair Overeem at UFC 169. The loss would make his fourth in a row so it remains to be seen what will happen with the former champ.


    After a year layoff Mir would get back in the cage against Antônio Silva as the main event at UFC Fight Night 61.  The year layoff ultimately proved to help Mir's body recover immensely as he would go on to knockout Silva in under two minutes in round one, elevating him back into the Heavyweight title picture.  Following this win over Bigfoot Silva, Mir would then take on UFC returnee Todd Duffee at UFC Fight Night 71 in San Diego in the main event.  Despite coming in as an underdog, Mir would make quick work of Duffee and finished him with a KO victory in under a minute and a half in round one.  This two fight win streak would put him just fingertips away from getting another shot at the UFC Heavyweight title.  In order to get that title shot, however, Mir would need to beat another resurgent Heavyweight fighter in fellow former champion Andrei Arlovski at UFC 191 in Las Vegas.  What many thought would be an exciting brawl between two former champions going all or nothing for a shot at the title would end up becoming a drag out decision that saw both men not engage very much.  This inactivity from Mir would ultimately cost him as Arlovski would pick up the victory via unanimous decision, despite many pundits and UFC president Dana White scoring the fight in favor of Mir.


    Not wanting to fall out of the title picture, Mir would accept a fight offer against another top 10 heavyweight and former PRIDE vet in Mark Hunt at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane.  The fight would ultimately not go Mir's way as he would get knocked out in one punch by Hunt three minutes into round one.  The knockout would only be the least of Mir's worries as he would get red flagged by USADA after a fight day sample showed Mir tested positive for turinabol.  Mir denied ever taking the substance in question and would sit out the rest of 2017 until he would be granted release from his UFC contract, ending his 16 year stint with the promotion.


    Following his release, Mir would then sign on with Bellator MMA and was announced as one of the eight participants in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix where he would take on legendary Heavyweight fighter Fedor Emelianenko in the quarterfinals at Bellator 198.  Mir would ultimately lose the fight by TKO in the first round.

  37. "The Last Emperor" Fedor Emelianenko
    Fedor Emelianenko
    06.14.2018, 3:56 PM ET
  38. Author: GreenHornet Approver: MassaBruce

    Fedor Emelianenko is a mixed martial arts legend, considered by many the greatest fighter in the history of the sport. Hailing from Russia, “The Last Emperor” began his martial arts training in the disciplines of Combat Sambo and Judo, and was among the world’s greatest Sambo practitioners both before and after his highly successful entrance into mixed martial arts.


    Before entering the world of MMA, after finishing high school Fedor Emelianenko served in the Russian Army as a firefighter. At his best, Fedor excels at virtually all of the skills necessary to compete in top-flight MMA, including uncanny quickness and balance for a heavyweight, extraordinary takedown ability, throws and throw defense, a full arsenal of top and bottom game submissions, and legendary ground-and-pound. In recent years Fedor has also contributed one-punch or near-one-punch knockouts over some of MMA’s elite heavyweight competition, including Andrei Arlovski and Brett “The Grim” Rogers, further solidifying him as one of the most complete fighters in the sport’s history. Fedor is best known for a trilogy of dominating fights over Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira in Pride (the second of which was called off due to an inadvertent cut), and his legendary win over Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic at Pride Final Conflict 2005.  
    Emelianko's first fight was Nogueira was surprising because of "Big Nog's" feared submission game. Yet Fedor dared to take down Nogueira, and would bait potential submission holds in order to land punches from inside of Nogueira's guard. Their second match would end in a no contest after 3:52, but their third was another classic fight. This time Fedor would stand the majority of the fight but would still take home the decision victory.

    Emelianenko has further distinguished himself with his ability to escape from dangerous, potentially fight-ending situations, including a disorienting blow to the head courtesy of Japan’s Kazuyuki “Ironhead” Fujita, a memorable suplex slam onto his head versus Kevin Randleman, and a series of deep cuts and gashes against fighters such as Matt Lindland and Brett Rogers. As such, Fedor’s ability to “find a way to win” can rightly be considered among his greatest championship attributes.


    In addition to his physical and technical ability, Emelianenko is known as a master of gameplanning, particularly against Filipovic, whom Fedor elected not only to stand with, but to stalk, in the early goings of the fight, a technique he used to great effect in gaining a decision victory. His stalking was key, as Filipovic could not throw his celebrated head-kicks with full force. He also would kick "Cro Cop" without turning his hips, which would have reduced his power, but allowed him to land before Filipovic's more powerful kicks.


    Also adding to the Russian’s mystique is his reliance on traditional training methods such as outdoor push-ups and pull-ups, dips and extensive road work, frequently at altitude. MMA forum and blog contributors delight in depicting “The Last Emperor” as an indestructible half-man, half-machine humanoid, à la The Terminator. Despite his smaller size in comparison to his opponents, Fedor found more success at heavyweight than most could ever hope to achieve.


    The major criticism of Emelianenko was that he faced several less than remarkable opponents, such as Zuluzinho, Hong Man Choi, and Yuji Nagata. His later victories against former UFC champions Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski are diminished by his detractors, due to the failings both men had after facing the "Last Emperor." 


    Fedor's first legitimate loss in roughly a decade came at the hands of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fighter Fabricio "Vai Cavalo" Werdum, who pulled off one of the sport's greatest upsets by landing a triangle choke / armbar combination on Fedor just minutes into the fight, forcing the great Russian fighter to tap. The always-humble Emelianenko accepted the loss in stride and vowed to be back.


    After the lose to Werdum, Fedor entered in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix, a Grand Prix that many people thought that Fedor would win. After being matched up with relatively unknown Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva, Fedor entered the Strikeforce Cage as a heavy favorite to beat Silva, but after a brutal defeat at the hands of a much larger Silva it was a sign that the once great Fedor was not as invincible as others saw. 


    As the first losing streak of Fedor's career, it seemed like Fedor's great run was at an end. Another loss occurred  to Emelianenko after he met fellow PRIDE FC alum Dan Henderson in the cage for a Strikeforce super fight. With his 3rd straight lose, Fedor went back to his winning ways after beating experienced opponent in Jeff "The Snowman" Monson in his home country of Russia. Fedor soon returned to the country that brought him great fame in his past by fighting Satoshi Ishii in Japan. After achieving his second straight win, Fedor sought to fight former UFC Title Challenger Pedro "The Rock" Rizzo in Russia under M-1 Global. After a first round knockout for Emelianenko, Fedor took this opportunity to ride off into the sunset and retire from the sport that has brought him such pride and glory throughout the MMA world.



    After three years since his victory over Pedro Rizzo, Fedor Emelianenko announced on July 14, 2015 that he would come out of retirement and begin his training for his return to active competition; while also retiring from his post in the Russian Ministry of Sport.  This announcement sent shock waves throughout the MMA community and many began to speculate where Fedor would sign.  By early September, it was reported by Combat Press that Fedor Emelianenko had signed with the UFC and that the official announcement was to be made within a couple weeks.

    This news was considered by many analysts and fans as an amazing feat by the UFC, because of the checkered past between the promotion and Emelianenko in prior negotiations to bring the Last Emperor into the UFC dating as far back as 2007; primarily stemming from issues between Dana White and Emelianenko's management team headed by Vadim Finkelstein during these multiple contract negotiations.  However, Dana White dispelled rumors that Fedor had signed with the organization at a UFC 193 press conference, stating that Fedor had not signed the contract the UFC had submitted to him.

    After months of speculation, Fedor finally confirm who he was going to sign with at Bellator's DYNAMITE event; announcing that he had signed with RIZIN Fighting Federation, a new Japanese MMA promotion ran by former Pride FC executive Nobuyuki Sakakibara and that he would fight on their New Years Eve show.
    On the RIZIN New Year's Eve show, the Last Emperor made his return to Japan for the first time in four years since his win over Satoshi Ishii and fought former K-1 kickboxer and then Deep Megaton Champion Jaideep Singh and finished him with ease as Singh would tap to punches three minutes into Round 1.
    Following his triumphant return to the world of MMA, Fedor would then take on a stiffer challenge in former UFC fighter Fabio Maldonado at Fight Nights Global 50 in St Petersburg.  This fight would really test the former Pride Heavyweight Champion as Emelianenko would get battered around in the first round, with many arguing that it should have been stopped.  Fedor would ultimately come back and fight valiantly midway through round two and onward.  Emelianenko would ultimately gain a highly controversial majority decision win over Maldonado, as many pundits and fans argued that it should have been a draw or a win for Maldonado.  After his time spent in Fight Nights Global, the rumor mill yet again began to turn as to where Emelianenko would sign as many believed he would finally stop delaying and officially join the UFC.  This would not come to pass, however, as Fedor would end up signing a contract with his old business partner Scott Coker and join Bellator MMA and was scheduled to fight former UFC veteran Matt Mitrione at Bellator 172 in San Jose.  The fight would ultimately get pushed back to the Bellator NYC card as Mitrione had issues with a kidney stone leading up to Bellator 172.
    In his first fight in the USA in almost six years since he lost to MMA legend Dan Henderson, Fedor would again feel the sting of defeat at Bellator NYC as Matt Mitrione would score a crazy flash knockout over Emelianenko 1:14 seconds into round one.  Many speculated at the time that this would be end of Fedor's return tour and he would head back to his government position in Russia.  However, in November of 2017, Fedor Emelianenko was revealed as one of the eight competitors in Bellator's Heavyweight Grand Prix as he would take on Frank Mir in the quarterfinals at Bellator 198 in Rosemont, Illinois.  Despite coming in as the underdog, the Last Emperor would shock everyone as he would go on to knockout the former UFC Champion at Bellator 198 48 seconds into round one, moving on to fight Chael Sonnen in the semi-finals.

    Fedor is a current co-owner of the Russian based MMA organization M-1 Global, along with his manager, Vadim Finkelstein.


    Fedor is a 1st Razryad Grand Master in Russian Sambo where he holds many gold medals, along with an international black belt in Judo. His younger brother Aleksander was also an accomplished mixed martial artist, who also retired in 2012.

  39. Greg Hardy
    Greg Hardy
    06.14.2018, 2:34 PM ET
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    A former NFL Pro Bowl Defensive End, Greg Hardy switched careers from the Gridiron to the MMA cage following his release from the Dallas Cowboys due to new information coming out about his 2014 domestic violence case with his ex-girlfriend as well as his confrontational behavior between him and members of the Cowboys coaching staff.  While he still plays football for a minor league team in the Spring League, Greg Hardy was still able to carve out a name for himself in the amateur MMA ranks at Heavyweight where he won all 3 of his amateur MMA fights by KO/TKO in the first round. As a result, Hardy then accepted an offer from Dana White to turn pro and fight on the Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, where he will make his pro debut with a chance to win a UFC contract.  He fought against fellow former NFL Defensive End in Austen Lane and KOed Lane in 57 seconds of the first round with a right hook left hook combination.  This highlight reel knockout in his pro debut earned Hardy a developmental contract with the UFC, in which he will continue to hone his skills and get more fights under his belt before the UFC gives him the call up to the big show.

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