Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 222, where Eminem curse didn’t work

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

See what the fighters from Bellator 222 went with as their backing tracks in New York.

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Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47)

Rory MacDonald: “Elevation Worship” by Resurrecting

Neiman Gracie: “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen via TKO (knee, punches) – Round 2, 0:22

Lyoto Machida: “Demoro é Nós” by Montagem

Chael Sonnen: “Too Much Fun” by Daryle Singletary

Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:28

Dillon Danis: “Without Me” by Eminem

Max Humphrey: “Patience” by Damian Marley

Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas via knockout (punch) – Round 2, 4:59

Juan Archuleta: “Heads Will Roll (A-Track Remix)” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Eduardo Dantas: ”

Patrick Mix def. Rickey Bandejas via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 1:06

Patrick Mix: “All of the Lights” by Kanye West feat. Rihanna

Ricky Bandejas: “BLKKK SKKKN HEAD” by Kanye West

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)

Kyoji Horiguchi: “My Time” by Fabolous

Darrion Caldwell: “Victory (Remix)” by P. Diddy, Notorious B.I.G., Busta Rhymes and 50 Cent

For complete coverage of Bellator 222, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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UFC 25 video: ‘We are Live: The Story of UFC Live Experience and Those Who Bring it to Life’

UFC officials recently announced that the promotion’s Emmy-nominated short film series, “UFC 25 Years in Short,” is no longer exclusive to UFC Fight Pass.

Originally released in 2018, the compilation of 25 short films was produced to celebrate the UFC’s 25th anniversary. In April, the docuseries received a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Edited Sports Special or Series” category.

“‘UFC 25 Years in Short’ premiered on UFC Fight Pass in fall of 2018, so the time is right to showcase it to a new audience,” UFC senior vice president of production and programming Chris Kartzmark stated.

On Wednesday, the promotion released the 18th film in the series, “WE ARE LIVE: The Story of UFC Live Experience and Those Who Bring it to Life.”

The official description, courtesy of the UFC:

The UFC production crew has a distinctive broadcast style, unlike any other sports media presentation, creating the electric atmosphere that has shaped the UFC experience.

Check out the full video above.

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Paige VanZant has surgery on arm, shares absolutely grotesque photos of it

We’ve seen X-ray images of broken bones, cuts pouring forth blood and all manner of graphic images that make professional fighting what it is.

But Paige VanZant perhaps set a new bar with her most recent Instagram post, which contained pictures of her forearm flayed out mid-surgery as she attempts to fix a problematic injury for good.

Chop chop!! All this and still itching for more😝 #UFC #surgery #pvzstrong

WARNING: IT’S GRAPHIC

The post had under 9,000 likes just seven minutes after it went live. VanZant’s cheeriness wasn’t shared by all of her followers, some of whom wondered why there wasn’t a warning attached, which, not incidentally, Instagram community guidelines require (and remove offenders for explicit content).

Recently, VanZant took to Instagram to announce a new blog for her followers, asking for recommendations on what fans wanted to see of her and her husband, Bellator fighter Austin Vanderford.

Now, she’s giving them all access – for better or for worse.

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Turns out Justin Bieber wasn’t serious about fighting Tom Cruise in the octagon

Conor McGregor can put his checkbook away. Justin Bieber was just playing about wanting to fight Tom Cruise.

Pop music star Bieber, 25, made headlines earlier this week when he challenged 56-year-old actor Cruise to a fight specifically “in the octagon.” Bieber even tagged UFC president Dana White in his one tweet that went viral.

I wanna challenge Tom Cruise to fight in the octagon. Tom if you dont take this fight your scared and you will never live it down. Who is willing to put on the fight? @danawhite ?

White never responded. But UFC two-division champion McGregor did, offering to host the fight.

BUT STAND DOWN, EVERYONE. BIEBS WAS JUST MESSING AROUND.

“It was just a random tweet. I do that stuff sometimes,” Bieber told TMZ.

“I think he would probably whoop my ass in a fight,” he added. “He’s got that dad strength.”

And you know what? He’s probably right.

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Yoshihiro Akiyama came dressed to impress for his ONE Championship debut

Sexy is back this weekend at ONE Championship 97.

For the first time since November 2015, Yoshihiro Akiyama is set to compete in MMA action when he takes on Agilan Thani in a middleweight bout at ONE Championship 97 on Friday.

Akiyama (14-6) has rarely been seen or heard from after losing five of six fights to end his UFC tenure, but now he has popped back up in his old stomping grounds in Asia. He may be 43, but Akiyama was still looking sharp as ever as he made his first fight week appearance at ONE Championship 97 media day.

Check it out:

ONE Championship 97 takes place at Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China. The main card streams on B/R Live following prelims on Facebook and Twitter.

The latest ONE Championship 97 lineup includes (MMA bouts only):

MAIN CARD (B/R Live)

Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Agilan Thani
Koyomi Matsushima vs. Won Il Kwon
Reinier de Ridder vs. Gilberto Galvao

PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, Twitter, 5 a.m. ET)

Anthony Engelen vs. Chen Lei
Sherif Mohamed vs. Fan Rong
Niu Kang Kang vs. Eric Kelly
Chang Min Yoon vs. Trestle Tan
Itsuki Hirata vs. Angelie Sabanal
Victorio Senduk vs. Phoe Thaw

For more on ONE Championship 97, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Ryan Seacrest gets fighting lessons from Bellator’s Juan Archuleta


Fast-rising Bellator featherweight Juan Archuleta probably didn’t head to New York this week thinking he was going to have the easiest fight.

Archuleta (22-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will meet former bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas on the main card of Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden.

On Tuesday, though, Archuleta got into a “fight” of a different sort. Appearing on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” Archuleta was was asked to demonstrate moves by co-host Ryan Seacrest.

Archuleta was all too happy to oblige. And as you can see in the clip above, let’s just be nice and say that while Seacrest is a great TV host, as a fighter, well, he’s a great TV host.

Archuleta, who takes a 17-fight win streak, including all four of his Bellator bouts, into Bellator 222, also talked a bit about the fight with Dantas (21-6 MMA, 11-3 BMMA), which you can see below.

Bellator 222 takes place Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.

For more on Archuleta’s “fight” with Seacrest, click on the video at the top of the story.

For more on Bellator 222, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

UFC 25 video: ‘Worth the Wait: The Story of Daniel Cormier’

UFC officials recently announced that the promotion’s Emmy-nominated short film series, “UFC 25 Years in Short,” is no longer exclusive to UFC Fight Pass.

Originally released in 2018, the compilation of 25 short films was produced to celebrate the UFC’s 25th anniversary. In April, the docuseries received a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Edited Sports Special or Series” category.

“‘UFC 25 Years in Short’ premiered on UFC Fight Pass in fall of 2018, so the time is right to showcase it to a new audience,” UFC senior vice president of production and programming Chris Kartzmark stated.

On Tuesday, the promotion released the 17th film in the series, “WORTH THE WAIT: The Story of Daniel Cormier.”

The official description, courtesy of the UFC:

In 2009, Daniel Cormier transitioned from Olympic Wrestler to MMA rookie, launching a second act in combat sports and difficult journey to the top of UFC.

Check out the full video above.

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