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UFC Fight Night Mexico City Fighter Profile: Yair Rodriguez - El Pantera

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When it comes to dynamic and creative strikers at featherweight, we have some outliers. Zabit Magomedsharipov, Jose Aldo, and maybe most impressively, UFC Fight Night Mexico City headliner Yair 'El Pantera' Rodriguez. The Chihuahua native has reinstated himself into the 145 pound elite with his last second upward elbow stoppage of Chan Sung Jung last November, after suffering a battering at the hands of Frankie Edgar in his premier Octagon loss. Still just 26 years of age, Rodriguez remains a highly thought of contender amongst his featherweight peers, but faces arguably his most dangerous striker to date this Saturday, in the form of Jeremy Stephens.

The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America victor has displayed his well varied standup weaponry in each of eight Octagon appearances to date, stopping Andre Fili with a jumping switch-kick as well as a front kick stoppage of former UFC lightweight and welterweight best B.J. Penn. Against former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, Rodri…

Dana White Targeting Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier Trilogy

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UFC President Dana White has told in a recent interview with Barstool Sports, that the promotion will attempt to make a third clash between reigning heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, and former 'champ-champ' Daniel 'DC' Cormier, once the Cleveland native recovers from injuries sustained in the rival's August meeting. Speaking ahead of the UFC 244 press conference in New York tonight, White had this to say; "Stipe is recovering from that fight. He's got some bumps and bangs from that fight. We're waiting for him to heal and then yeah, we're going to do the trilogy."

Ahead of the pair's recent rematch at UFC 241, Cormier had told how he was contemplating his retirement from active competition, and despite dominating the opening two rounds, lost for just the second time in his professional mixed-martial-arts career as Miocic rallied in the fourth round. The supposed planning of a rubber match between arguably two of the greatest heavyweight…

UFC Fight Night Mexico City Fighter Profile: Jeremy Stephens - Lil' Heathen

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The career of UFC Fight Night Mexico City headliner Jeremy Stephens, Is that of a storied one. The Iowa native has spent twelve of his fourteen year professional career under the promotion's banner, but so far, has yet to achieve title challenger status. The 33-year-old made an impressive  blitz to the top of the featherweight rankings over the last year, but consecutive losses to former champion Jose Aldo followed by a decision defeat to Zabit Magomedsharipov, has seen him slide down the rankings. This Saturday, Stephens stands opposite Yair 'El Pantera' Rodriguez, with an opportunity to re-cement his stake for 145 pound prominence.

A true knockout artist during both his days at lightweight and featherweight, on any given night, the Des Moines striker has the ability to leave an opponent staring at the bright lights of the Octagon from their back. With a new found focus on footwork, under the guidance and advice of lightweight contender Tony Ferguson  at the title hopefu…

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Robbie Lawler Headed For Las Vegas' UFC 245

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A welterweight showdown between the surging Santiago 'Gente Boa' Ponzinibbio and former division best 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler is expected to feature on the UFC 245 card in the promotion's pay-per-view return to 'Sin City' on December 14th. Ponzinibbio is currently riding a seven-fight win streak at 170 pounds and the #8 ranked contender has been paired with Lawler, who has dropped his last three fights.

Argentina native Ponzinnibio has made impressive inroads to the title, stopping Neil Magny last time out, after a failed pairing with current division best Kamaru Usman. The always dangerous Lawler lost his title to Tyron Woodley in 2016 and despite a contentious decision victory over 'Cowboy' Cerrone, has failed to find the winner's enclosure since, in outings against Rafael dos Anjos, Ben Askren and last month, against the controversial Colby Covington.

Hard Knocks 365 trainee Ponzinibbio has displayed a keen eye for finishes during his six-y…

Dan Hardy Identifies Nate Diaz As The "Ideal" Opponent Ahead Of Octagon Return

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One-time welterweight title challenger Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy, has told of his intentions to face off with the hugely popular Nate Diaz, upon his expected Octagon return. The Nottingham native spoke with ESPN's Brett Okamoto recently, where he outlined a possible opponent to welcome him from his almost eight-year absence from active mixed-martial arts competition. On an episode of Joe Rogan's 'JRE MMA Show' last month, the 37-year-old confirmed how he intended to re-enter the USADA testing pool in the coming months which would allow him to make his promotional return. Hardy was diagnosed with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome in 2013, a condition where the heart may beat abnormally due to an extra electrical ulse between the heart chambers, but has never affected his career in the sport according to him and was medically cleared to compete in October last year.

Diaz who has a November 2nd. UFC 244 headlining date with the always entertaining Jorge Masvidal alread…

UFC Fight Night Vancouver - The Fallout

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It's now three first-round finishes on the trot for perennial lightweight contender Justin 'The Highlight' Gaethje. Our three judges were unlikely to have much involvement in the headliner of UFC Fight Night Vancouver last night, but the timely manner in which Gaethje dispatched 'Cowboy' Cerrone was somewhat shocking. Inside the final minute of the opening round, Gaethje had faced planted the Denver cult hero with a series of right hooks, forcing referee Jerin Valel to halt the contest, eventually. Setting the pace early on with leg kicks to draw Cerrone onto his power, Gaethje kept his distance, forcing Cerrone to engage. Clipping the one-time title chaser on cue, an over-extended Cerrone fell straight onto a handful of right hooks and slumped to the canvas.

Donald Cerrone vs. Justin Gaethje:

Before the end of last night's main event, the consensus within the mixed-martial-arts community was pretty cut and dry. The winner of 'Cowboy' vs. Gaethje become…

UFC Fight Night Vancouver Fighter Profile: Donald Cerrone - Cowboy

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It's a rarity that a professional mixed-martial artist receives as much popularity and fanfare, as Donald 'Cowboy' Cerrone. Few examples spring to mind when we envision legitimate cult-hero stars in combat sports. Circa 2015 Conor McGregor, Nick, and Nate Diaz, Anderson Silva and in recent years, heavyweight big hitter Derrick Lewis and the hugely entertaining Jorge Masvidal. A man who gazumps arguably all those names is 'Cowboy' Cerrone. Popularity alone would mean very little by itself, but Cerrone is still to this day, one of the most dangerous Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioners on the UFC roster.

With a professional career spanning just thirteen years, relatively short compared to other names in this sport, Cerrone is undeniably one of the most active fighters we've ever seen in this sports antiquity. 'Cowboy' made the walk for the forty-ninth time against top lightweight contender Tony Ferguson at UFC 238 recently, a truly remarkable …