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  1. Emin "Borz" Magomadov
    Emin Magomadov
    12.11.2018, 1:23 PM ET
  2. Author: eminmma Approver: Gregory

    Emin Magomadov is amateur fighter , fighting out of SKS Sørlandets kampsport senter Norway
  3. Legacy Fighting Alliance
    LFA
    12.09.2018, 8:50 PM ET
  4. Author: MassaBruce Approver: Mikey1903

    Current Champions

  5. TKO Major League MMA
    TKO
    12.09.2018, 8:49 PM ET
  6. Author: MassaBruce Approver: Mikey1903

    Champions


    Heavyweight (265 lbs) - Cyril Gane

    Light Heavyweight (205 lbs) - Vacant

    Middleweight (185 lbs) - Vacant

    Welterweight (170 lbs) - Vacant

    Lightweight (155 lbs) - Jesse Ronson

    Featherweight (145 lbs) - Charles Jourdain

    Bantamweight (135 lbs) - Jesse Arnett

    Flyweight (125 lbs) - Malcolm Gordon

    Women's Strawweight (115 lbs) - Ashley Nichol

  7. Extreme Fighting Championship Worldwide
    EFC Worldwide
    12.09.2018, 8:43 PM ET
  8. Author: MassaBruce Approver: Mikey1903

    Champions


    Heavyweight - Dalcha Lungiambula

    Interim Heavyweight - Jared Vanderaa

    Light Heavyweight - Dalcha Lungiambula

    Middleweight - Dricus Du Plessis

    Welterweight - Dricus Du Plessis

    Interim Welterweight - Gunther Kalunda

    Lightweight - Dave Mazany

    Featherweight - Igeu Kabesa

    Bantamweight - JP Buys

    Interim Bantamweight - Luthando Biko

    Flyweight - Nkazimulo Zulu

    Women's Bantamweight - Amanda Lino

    Women's Flyweight - Amanda Lino

    Women's Strawweight - Karolina Wojcik


  9. Ultimate Fighting Championship
    UFC
    12.09.2018, 8:42 PM ET
  10. Author: MassaBruce Approver: Mikey1903

    Current Champions

    Heavyweight (265 lbs) - Daniel Cormier

    Light Heavyweight (205 lbs) - Daniel Cormier 

    Middleweight (185 lbs) - Robert Whittaker

    Welterweight (170 lbs) - Tyron Woodley

    Interim Welterweight: Colby Covington

    Lightweight (155 lbs) - Khabib Nurmagomedov

    Featherweight (145 lbs) - Max Holloway

    Bantamweight (135 lbs) - TJ Dillashaw

    Flyweight (125 lbs) - Henry Cejudo

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

    Women's Bantamweight (135 lbs) - Amanda Nunes

    Women's Flyweight (125 lbs) - Valentina Shevchenko

    Women's Strawweight (115 lbs) - Rose Namajunas

  11. Erik "The Evolution" Vo
    Erik Vo
    12.09.2018, 5:05 PM ET
  12. Author: Legz Approver: MassaBruce

  13. Justin "King of Spades" Carter
    Justin Carter
    12.08.2018, 5:29 PM ET
  14. Author: justincarter429 Approver: Gregory

    upcoming fight for Maverick11

  15. Morgane Ribout
    Morgane Ribout
    12.08.2018, 12:06 PM ET
  16. Author: WastelandWanderer Approver: HybridVenom

    Ribout has a background in Judo where she was coached by former Olympic Champion Cathérine Fleury-Vachon. Having excelled in the sport internationally and domestically in France, where Judo is considered a national sport - she earned her stripes competing against the likes of Telma Monteiro and other elite competitors of her division in Judo. She has earned a slew of achievements including multiple podium finishes at IJF Grand Slam tournaments onway to a 3rd place finish at the 2009 European Championships aswell as becoming World Judo Champion also in 2009. She retired from Judo in 2014 with a 'JudoInside' record of 61 - 38. 


    She has also done charity work with "Fondation Du Sport".

  17. Amber Leibrock
    Amber Leibrock
    12.06.2018, 1:21 PM ET
  18. Author: Confusion Approver: Gregory


    Confusion
    • Member Since: 07.13.2015

    Confusion   |   12.06.2018 11:25 AM

    added

  19. Legacy Fighting Alliance
    LFA
    12.02.2018, 3:00 PM ET
  20. Author: MassaBruce Approver: WastelandWanderer

    Current Champions

  21. Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
    KSW
    12.02.2018, 12:29 PM ET
  22. Author: MassaBruce Approver: Confusion

    Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki was created by two men - Martin Lewandowski and Maciej Kawulski (commonly known as K&L to the fans) back in 2004 and started up as a fascination with the early Gracie Challenge/style vs. style/early UFC 8 man tournaments and PRIDE FC. For the first events (the very first happening in the hotel where Lewandowski was the manager) 8 men (gradually alternates have been added), each from a different martial arts background would fight it out in a ring in an elimination tournament with no weight limits until only the Tournament Champion remained.

    As time passed, a lot has changed, that included gradually stepping away from the tournament format, including and later tweaking weight classes, creating a set of rules and leaving the white ring in favour of a cage (that included a little known, yet very important trial run cage event held by KSW as early as in 2010). As of 2016 KSW has become the première Polish promotion, one of the biggest in Europe and recognized internationally.

    The current KSW Champions are:

    HW (120.2 kg): Phil De Fries
    LHW (93 kg): Tomasz Narkun
    MW (83.9 kg): Vacant
    WW (77.1 kg): Roberto Soldić
    LW (70.3 kg): Mateusz Gamrot
    FW (65.8 kg): Mateusz Gamrot

    Women FLW (56.7 kg, previously 55 kg): Vacant

  23. UFC 230
    UFC 230
    11.29.2018, 9:30 PM ET
  24. Author: Yorick Approver: Gregory

    UFC 230 was a pay-per-view event held at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 3rd, 2018. The main event saw Daniel Cormier defeat Derrick Lewis to retain his heavyweight title.
    Yorick
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    • Member Since: 11.28.2018

    Yorick   |   11.29.2018 7:50 PM

    added small summary of event

  25. "Platinum" Mike Perry
    Mike Perry
    11.29.2018, 9:47 AM ET
  26. Author: Yorick Approver: WastelandWanderer

    Mike Perry is currently fighting in the UFC welterweight division. He is currently training out of Jackson-Wink MMA Academy. He holds a purple belt in brazilian jiu jitsu.
    Perry's full name is Michael Joseph Perry. He was born in Flint, Michigan. He has two sisters, and one brother. Growing up, he had to learn to defend himself at a young age. He started training at 11 years old.
    Perry compiled an amateur MMA record of 8-3, after which he made his professional debut in September 2014. In two years of professional fighting, he had finished all nine of his opponents via KO/TKO. This lead him to be signed by the UFC, and him making his octagon debut on August 20th, 2016.
    Yorick
    • Location: Netherlands
    • Member Since: 11.28.2018

    Yorick   |   11.29.2018 7:54 AM Report

    added small summary of Perry

  27. Daniel "DC" Cormier
    Daniel Cormier
    11.29.2018, 8:21 AM ET
  28. Author: Yorick Approver: mattjawor

    Daniel Cormier is an American light heavyweight and heavyweight fighter currently signed to the UFC. He is a former Olympic wrestler, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and trains out of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California. He has previously fought for King of the Cage and Strikeforce where he was the Heavyweight Grand Prix champion. He has notable wins over Soa Palelei, Jeff Monson, Antonio Silva, Josh Barnett, Frank Mir, and Roy Nelson. Of his twenty-two career wins, seventeen have been finishes including ten T/KOs. He has previously held the UFC light heayvweight title, and currently holds the UFC heavyweight title.


    Daniel had a daughter who died in a car accident in 2003. Cormier has a son and daughter with his girlfriend.  He had stated on numerous occasions that he would drop to the light heavyweight division before he would fight his friend and AKA teammate Cain Velasquez, who was the UFC Heavyweight Champion. He made good on his promise and debuted at light heavyweight at UFC 170.  In his MMA career, he has broken his hand in three separate fights against Palelei, Silva and Barnett. When he won the heavyweight title from Stipe Miocic, he re-injured his hand. Cormier is an analyst for the UFC on the FOX stations.


    Cormier was a three-time Louisiana state champion wrestler in high school. After his freshman year, he suffered only two losses the rest of his high school career, both due to injury. He finished high school at 101-9 and was also an all-state selection in football.


    After high school, DC attended Colby Community College where he was a 2-time national champion. He left Colby and enrolled at wrestling powerhouse, Oklahoma State, where he would be the NCAA runner up, losing only to Cael Sanderson who was a future Olympic gold medalist. At Oklahoma State, Cormier graduated with a degree in Sociology. 

    After college, Daniel was on five United States wrestling teams including the 2004 and 2008 Olympic teams. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Cormier lost in the semi-finals to eventual gold medalist Khadjimourat Gatsalov and ended up fourth, just off the podium. In 2008, Cormier was named the USA team captain, but was not able to compete due to kidney failure. He won gold in the 2002 Pan American Championships and the 2003 Pan American Games. He also took bronze in the 2007 Pan American Games as well as a bronze in the 2007 World Championships.  

    DC began competing in Mixed Martial Arts in 2009, beating Gary Frazier at Strikeforce Challengers. He would pcik up another win in Strikeforce before going on to pick up the heavyweight titles in XMMA and KOTC. He would pick up another win in Strikeforce before defending his XMMA title one time against future UFC fighter, Soa Palelei. He would return to Strikeforce once again, picking up the first decision win of his career, against Devin Cole.


    His impressive performances earned him a spot as an alternate in the Strikeforce Grand Prix. He took on long time MMA veteran, Jeff Monson, in the alternate bout and was able to pick up another unanimous decision. Three months later, Cormier was tapped to replace Alistair Overeem in the semi-finals against Antonio Silva after Overeem had to withdraw due to injury. He would beat Silva with a first round knockout to advance to the finals where he would meet Josh Barnett. On May 19th, 2012, he would dominate Barnett and win a unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 49-46) to become the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion.  He took on Dion Staring at the final event for Strikeforce on January 12, 2013. Although Staring was vastly outmatched, he was able to make it to the second round before losing via TKO. With this win being Strikeforce's final show, the 11-0 Cormier signed a contract with the UFC.


    Cormier would make his UFC debut at UFC on Fox 7 against Frank Mir as the co main event on the card. He would keep his win streak alive defeating the former UFC champion by a unanimous decision. He next took on Roy Nelson in the co main event of UFC 166. DC was able to utilize his wrestling to nullify Nelson's right hand and was able to pick up another unanimous decision victory. Both fighters had stated that they intend to drop to light heavyweight after this fight. Cormier made good on his intentions and made his light heavyweight debut against Pat Cummins as the co main event fight of UFC 170. He was originally slated to take on fellow FOX analyst, Rashad Evans, but Evans had to withdraw from the fight ten days before had due to a leg injury. Cummins was a former training partner of Cormier when he was training for the Olympics and jumped at the chance to replace Evans when it was announced that DC was without an opponent. Before their fight, Cummins had only four professional fights. It took DC less than eighty seconds to dismantle his opponent who he finished by TKO.


    Cormier was then set to face a true MMA and UFC veteran and fellow Olympian Dan Henderson, whose career was rejuvenated after scoring a come from behind KO victory over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. The bout would take place at UFC 173, and Cormier would go on to win in dominant fashion via 3rd round RNC. 


    Following his victory against Dan Henderson, Cormier would go on to call out light-heavyweight champion, Jon Jones. Cormier would be granted his wish for a title shot against Jones, and the bout was set for UFC 178 in September of 2014. During a pre-fight press conference at the MGM Grand, Cormier and Jones engaged in an altercation which resulted in reporter Jon Anik to be pushed through a UFC 178 promotional poster and a brawl would ensue before Jones and Cormier would be separated. After separation, Cormier would accidentally hit a female reporter with a shoe he had intended to hit Jones with. Following the brawl, Jones and Cormier would engage in a verbal fight during a live interview with ESPN. On August 12, 2014 Jones would suffer a leg injury ultimately postponing the UFC 178 bout back to UFC 182 in January of 2015. 


    At UFC 182, Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous decision. This was also the first instance of Cormier being taken down in an MMA fight. Jones was involved in a hit-and-run incident, and stripped of the title. This gave Cormier an opportunity to fight for the now vacant belt, in a bout against Anthony Johnson. Cormier defeated Johnson via rear naked choke to become the UFC light heayweight champion.


    A rematch with Jones was expected to take place after Jones had been reinstated to the UFC roster. The match was supposed to take place at UFC 197, but Cormier pulled out of the fight with an injured foot and was replaced by Ovince Saint Preux. Another match between Jones and Cormier was supposed to take place at UFC 200, but Jones was removed from the bout by USADA after a potential doping violation.


    Finally, the rematch with Jones happened at UFC 214 on July 29th, 2017. Jones kicked Cormier in the head, and after tripping Cormier, followed up with strikes on the ground to become UFC light heavyweight champion. After the fight it was announced that Jones had tested positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol, and Cormier was reinstated as champion after the fight was overturned to a no-contest.


    Cormier defended his belt against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220. He finished Oezdemir in the 2nd round, winning a Performance of the Night bonus.


    Daniel Cormier moved up in weight and faced then reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 226. DC knocked Miocic out in the first round, becoming one of only two UFC fighters to hold two belts simultaneously. Cormier defended the heavyweight belt against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230, making him the first UFC fighter to defend both the light heavyweight and heavyweight title.

    Yorick
    • Location: Netherlands
    • Member Since: 11.28.2018

    Yorick   |   11.29.2018 8:18 AM

    small spelling fixes, and added paragraphs to update the page

  29. UFC 229
    UFC 229
    11.28.2018, 10:14 PM ET
  30. Author: Yorick Approver: MassaBruce

    UFC 229 was a pay-per-view event hosted at Madison Square Garden on October 6th, 2018. The card was headlined by the highly anticipated lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor. The main card also featured Tony Ferguson fighting Anthony Pettis, Dominick Reyes fighting Ovince Saint Preux, Derrick Lewis fighting Alexander Volkov, and Michelle Waterson fighting Felice Herrig.
    After the main event, Khabib jumped over the Octagon fence to attack Dillon Danis. Danis, a teammate of McGregor, had been on record casting doubts about Khabib's skills in the buildup to the event, and there have been accusations that Danis had been yelling personal insults to Khabib during the fight.
    The event also saw Derrick Lewis make his statement "my balls was hot".
    Yorick
    • Location: Netherlands
    • Member Since: 11.28.2018

    Yorick   |   11.28.2018 6:28 PM Report

    added small summary of event

  31. "The Notorious" Conor McGregor
    Conor McGregor
    11.28.2018, 10:14 PM ET
  32. Author: Yorick Approver: MassaBruce

    Conor McGregor is a professional mixed martial artist from Dublin, Ireland. He currently fights in the lightweight division and is based out of Straight Blast Gym in his hometown. He trains with many notable Irish fighters such as John Michael Sheil, Cathal Pendred, Chris Fields and Aisling Daly. Conor is a Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also trains in both Dublin and Iceland with fellow UFC fighter and current 170-pound prospect Gunnar "Gunni" Nelson.


    He was scheduled to face Jim Alers on the 31st of December at Cage Warriors Fighting Championship 51 in Dublin but Alers had to pull out citing a hand injury. McGregor instead faced Ivan Buchinger for the CWFC 155 pound belt. McGregor gave an extremely dominating performance showing off all facets of his mixed martial arts skills finishing Buchinger by KO at 3.40 of round 1.


    McGregor was signed by the UFC and would face fellow featherweight prospect Marcus Brimage on the preliminary card of UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Stockholm, Sweden. McGregor would make an impressive statement with his debut knocking Brimage out in the first round to earn himself Knockout Of The Night honors in his debut. His next test would be against Max Holloway when they squared off at UFC on FOX Sports 1. Even though McGregor tore his ACL during the fight he would go on to win a unanimous decision showing his wrestling skills by taking his opponent down and controlling him with surprising ease.


    After a nearly 1 year layoff resulting from the injury, McGregor would face Diego Brandao as the main event of UFC Fight Night 46. He would make it 3 in a row in the UFC by finishing Brandao with strikes in the first round. McGregor faced Dustin Poirier on September 27, 2014, at UFC 178. He won via TKO in the first round. The win also earned McGregor his second Performance of the Night bonus award. McGregor would then face Dennis Siver on January 18, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 59. For the third straight time, he would win by TKO and also earn the Performance of the Night bonus. He was then slated to face Jose Aldo at UFC 189, but Aldo withdrew with rib injuries. 2 weeks before the fight he instead opted to face Chad Mendes for the Interim Championship. He knocked Mendes out in the final seconds of round 2. After the fight, you may note that he was approached by Frankie Edgar, who he most likely would have faced if he hadn't taken his hiatus from MMA from 2016-2018.


    Before fighting Mendes at UFC 189, Conor was chosen to coach the European team for The Ultimate Fighter Season 22. His team succeeded in wiping out the American team, and his teammate and prodigy Artem Lobov was scheduled to face Saul Rogers in the TUF 22 finale. Due to visa issues Saul was forced to pull out and was replaced by Ryan Hall, who won the fight by UD, much to McGregor's dismay.


    McGregor faced UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo at UFC 194. He beat him by KO in the first round to earn the Undisputed UFC Featherweight belt. He then faced UFC Lightweight Champ Eddie Alverez for the LW belt, which he promptly claimed by KOing Alverez in the second round, becoming the first UFC fighter to hold belts in two divisions simultaneously. He was stripped of the lightweight belt during UFC 223 and replaced by Khabib Nurmagomedov as LW champion after he won a UD vs Al Iaquinta.


    McGregor fought UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229 on October 6th, 2018. Nurmagomedov bested McGregor in the fourth round, submitting him with a neck crank to retain his title. After the fight an altercation occurred in which McGregor was hit in the back of the head by an associate of Nurmagomedov. The highly anticipated fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas lived up to financial expectations, selling over 2 million pay-per-view buys according to UFC President Dana White.

    Yorick
    • Location: Netherlands
    • Member Since: 11.28.2018

    Yorick   |   11.28.2018 6:37 PM

    changed (incorrect) location from MSG to (correct) t-mobile arena

  33. Anthony "Showtime" Pettis
    Anthony Pettis
    11.28.2018, 9:54 PM ET
  34. Author: Yorick Approver: Oh_fiddle_sticks

    Following a decision loss in his promotional debut, Pettis found his rhythm, reeling off dramatic inside-the-distance finishes against Danny Castillo (KO/TKO), Alex Karalexis (Submission), and, most remarkably, Shane Roller via submission with only nine seconds remaining in the final frame. The electrifying win over Roller earned Pettis a title shot against reigning champ Ben Henderson in a test of two young lions of the lightweight division.


    In addition to his early successes in the cage, Pettis was introduced to the world at large as the focal point of the debut episode of MTV's "World of Jenks," which tracked Pettis in documentary style through his daily life and training. The Pettis World of Jenks episode was viewed by more than two million people, making it one of the most successful series launches in MTV history. "It was an absolute honor to work with Andrew and the staff at MTV," Pettis stated of his participation on the show.


    In his match with Henderson, Pettis was able to get the better of "Bendo" several times with his kickboxing, and avoid being taken down by the champion's wrestling. After four close rounds, and the fight seemingly hanging on the fifth rounded, Pettis surprised Henderson by leaping of the kick, and performing his spectacular "Showtime kick" which would lead to him winning the round and the fight. The matchup was the last ever held by the WEC, and celebrated one of the best fights of 2010.   

    With the WEC and UFC merger Pettis was lined up for a title shot with the winner of Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. However that fight went to a draw so an immediate rematch was scheduled, and then delayed another 5 months with both men sustaining injuries. Pettis didn't want to be side lined waiting for that fight so he took a fight with Clay Guida losing a unanimous decision and his title shot. Pettis bounced back with a split decision win over Jeremy Stephens and a highlight reel head kick knockout over Joe Lauzon


    Following "Showtime's" knockout over Lauzon, Dana White again declared Pettis would receive a title shot. However, popular opinion led to Frankie Edgar receiving a rematch with new champion Ben Henderson. When Nate Diaz vs Jim Miller was announced as the winner receiving the next title shot, Pettis elected to have elbow surgery done as all major opponents in the lightweight division were booked in other matches at the time.


    Pettis next fought Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 6 winning by a quick first round knockout. After the win, Pettis was promised a title shot by UFC president Dana White, which he would live up to and offer Pettis a shot at Jose Aldo's featherweight title in August. However due to a knee injury Pettis was forced to withdraw from the bout and once again miss his shot at a title. However thanks to a TJ Grant injury it would set Pettis up for a title shot and rematch against Ben Henderson in his home state of Milwaukee. Pettis would once again walk away victorious however this time he was able to finish Henderson in the first round with a well executed armbar. He would become the new lightweight champion as well as earning Submission of the Night.


    There was talks of a match up with featherweight champ Jose Aldo but instead Pettis would coach the 20th season opposite Gilbert Melendez with the two meeting for the lightweight strap afterwords. On December 6th, 2014 Anthony Pettis defeated Gilbert via guillotine choke in the 2nd round to retain his UFC lightweight championship. At the UFC 181 post-fight press conference Pettis was questioned by Khabib Nurmagomedov on whether he would receive the next shot at the title. Pettis agreed, but the bout was never signed, instead Pettis would defend against Rafael dos Anjos. Dos Anjos would pull off the upset taking the title from Pettis in a dominant five round decision.


    Pettis fought Tony Ferguson at UFC 229. Pettis dropped Ferguson in the fight, but broke his hand prompting his corner to throw in the towel between the second and third round.

    Yorick
    • Location: Netherlands
    • Member Since: 11.28.2018

    Yorick   |   11.28.2018 6:35 PM

    added paragraph for ufc 229

  35. Tony "El Cucuy" Ferguson
    Tony Ferguson
    11.28.2018, 6:40 PM ET
  36. Author: Yorick Approver: Confusion

    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.


    At UFC 229 Ferguson faced Anthony Pettis. In the fight, Ferguson was dropped but recovered quickly. Tony Ferguson outstruck Anthony Pettis, landing 115 significant strikes to Pettis' 49 significant strikes. During the fight Anthony Pettis broke his hand, and during the resting period after the second round his corner decided to throw in the corner. This awarded Tony Ferguson the victory, advancing his record to 24 wins and 3 losses.


    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

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    Yorick   |   11.28.2018 6:32 PM

    added new paragraph to reflect ufc 229

  37. Herb Dean
    Herb Dean
    11.28.2018, 6:15 PM ET
  38. Author: Yorick Approver: MassaBruce

    Herb Dean is an MMA referee and former MMA fighter. He is widely regarded as one of the best MMA referees, garnering public praise from the Nevada State Athetlic Commission and UFC President Dana White.


    Herb Dean has won Fighters Only Magazine's Referee of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.


    Dean has refereed a large number of high profile matches, including Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga and Tim Sylvia vs. Frank Mir.

  39. Khabib "The Eagle" Nurmagomedov
    Khabib Nurmagomedov
    11.28.2018, 6:14 PM ET
  40. Author: Yorick Approver: MassaBruce

    Khabib Nurmagomedov holds a black belt in Judo and has also competed in Sambo. He is a 2 time Russian Combat Sambo Champion and a 2 time World Sambo Champion. He began his MMA career in 2008 and hasn't looked back racking up wins for Pankration, M-1 and ProFC bringing his record to 16-0.

    The UFC would take notice and sign the rising star and he would not disappoint finishing 2 out of 4 opponents in the Octagon. He would pick up the wins over some tough veterans in Thiago Tavares, Gleison Tibau and a win over Kamal Shalarous in his debut. He followed it with a dominating victory over striker Abel Trujillo at UFC 160, by putting on a grappling clinic and scoring a record number of take downs in a UFC fight (21 out of 27 attempted).

    Khabib's next UFC fights were at UFC 165: Jones vs. Gustafsson on September 21st, 2013 against Pat Healy and on April 19th, 2014 against Rafael dos Anjos at  UFC on FOX 11: Werdum vs. Browne. Khabib earned unanimous decision victories in both fights running his undefeated MMA record to 22-0.   


    Khabib tore his meniscus training for a fight against Cowboy Donald Cerrone and tore it once more when the fight was rescheduled. He was scheduled to face Tony Ferguson at the TUF 22 Finale, but broke a rib in training. 


    After two years of being plagued with injuries, Khabib finally returned to the octagon on April 16th 2016 to face Pennsylvania prospect Darrell Horcher, who replaced the injured Tony Ferguson. After a brief feeling-out process in round 1, Khabib quickly finished Horcher via ground-and-pound TKO in round 2. 


    The UFC sought to bring Khabib and Tony Ferguson once more into the octagon for UFC on FOX 19, however the fight was canceled yet again. This time, however, it was Ferguson who pulled out due to injury. Michael Johnson replaced the injured Ferguson and the bout was rescheduled for UFC 205. The first round saw Khabib encountering a fleeting moment of adversity, when Johnson hit Khabib with a quick right hook, causing the Dagestani to wobble briefly. However, that was only highlight of Johnson's night, as Khabib delivered a one-sided beating which ended in a submission victory via Kimura. 


    Coming off a dominant victory over Michael Johnson, Khabib was scheduled to face Tony Ferguson for the third time at UFC 209. All signs were pointing to both fighters making it to the cage in the lead up. However during weigh-ins, Khabib was nowhere to be found. It was later reported that he entered a hospital due to complications stemming from a bad weight cut. The fight was canceled. 


    Nine months later, Khabib faced Edson Barboza at UFC 219. For this camp, Khabib hired nutritionist Tyler Minton and was able to comfortably make 155.5 lbs. Khabib won the fight in a lopsided 30-25x2, 30-24 unanimous decision. 


    Finally...for the fourth time...Khabib was scheduled to Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 for the UFC lightweight championship. On April 1st 2018, it was reported that Ferguson tore his MCL while fulfilling his media obligations for the UFC. The fight was canceled, and Dana White commented that he would never reschedule it again. With a week left until fight night, the UFC scrambled to find a replacement and UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway offered to take the fight. However, a day before the fight the NYSAC ruled that Holloway was unfit to compete due to concerns of his rapid weight cut. Paul Felder, who was scheduled to face Al Iaquinta, offered to serve as a short notice replacement, but the NYSAC rejected him due to Felder being unranked. Anthony Pettis, who was originally scheduled to face Michael Chiesa who pulled out due to lacerations on his face he received from the bus incident with Conor McGregor, was sought as a replacement, however a disagreement emerged over pay. Ultimately, Ragin' Al Iaquinta offered his services to take the fight on a day's notice and save the card. 


    On April 7th 2018, Khabib faced Al Iaquinta for the UFC lightweight championship. In the first round, Iaquinta was able to pressure Khabib and seize octagon control. For a grappler who depends on the cage for his takedowns, Khabib was forced to shoot for takedowns in the middle of the cage, something that's not often seen. With a little perseverance, Khabib was able to take Iaquinta down and begin his ground and pound for the first two rounds. A question on many people's minds was whether Khabib could keep up for five whole rounds and pace himself. This question was answered when Khabib surprisingly decided to stand with Iaquinta in rounds 3 and 4. Khabib later stated that his corner wasn't happy with him deviating from the gameplan and playing into Iaquinta's strength, which is his boxing. Finally in round 5, we see Khabib return to his gameplan and take Iaquinta down. Khabib defeated Al Iaquinta by unanimous decision (50-44x2, 50-43) to become the UFC lightweight champion. 


    On the 6th of October 2018 at UFC 229 Khabib defeated Conor McGregor to retain his lightweight title. He dropped McGregor in the fight, and submitted him with a neck crank in the fourth round. Afterwards, Nurmagomedov jumped out of the Octagon and attacked McGregor's teammate Dillon Danis. The fight was one of the most highly anticipated events in the history of the UFC. According to UFC President Dana White, the fight sold over 2 million pay-per-view buys.

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    Yorick   |   11.28.2018 6:05 PM

    added a paragraph to reflect the recent khabib conor fight

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