Stream or download MMA Junkie Radio #2920 with Frankie Edgar, Damon Jackson

Stream or download Wednesday’s episode of MMA Junkie Radio with Frankie Edgar and Damon Jackson.

Edgar discussed how his shot at Max Holloway’s featherweight tile came about and the prospects of fighting Alexander Volkanovski next if he wins, and Damon Jackson talked about turning down a Dana White’s Contender Series offer for the PFL and the chance at winning $1 million.

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Watch MMA Junkie Radio here (8 p.m. ET) with Frankie Edgar, Damon Jackson

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with special guests Frankie Edgar and Damon Jackson.

Edgar, the former UFC lightweight champion, will talk about his attempt to become featherweight titleholder when he challenges Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 240. Jackson will discuss his upcoming fight at PFL 2019, Week 2.

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PFL announces round three selections to 2019 roster

The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the first organization ever to present MMA in the sport-season format of Regular Season, Playoffs, and Championship, today unveiled Round 3 of “The Selection.” In 2019, 68 fighters will compete for a million-dollar prize, beginning Thursday, May 9 on ESPN2, ESPN+, ESPN Deportes and distributed to over 150 countries worldwide.

The group of newcomers includes Cincinnati, OH native Chris “The Action Man” Curtis, who joins the Welterweight division. Curtis has a 20-5 career record and enters the PFL on a seven-fight win streak, with his last win coming over UFC veteran Matt Dwyer in a brutal slug fest. Also new to the PFL is international Heavyweight Satoshi Ishii, who won Olympic gold in judo at the 2008 Beijing Games representing Japan at the age of 21. Rather than choosing a lucrative judo career in his native country, Ishii retired to chase his childhood dream of being a professional MMA fighter. He now represents Croatia, where he trains with MMA legend Mirko Cro Cop.

As one of the top young fighters coming out of Canada, Jeremy Kennedy joins the PFL looking to build on an impressive 13-1 career record, including a 3-1 run in the UFC. Ronys “Jungle Boy” Torres, a Lightweight hailing from Manacapuru, Brazil, a small town on the banks of the Amazon River, boasts an impressive 37-6 record, with 20 wins coming from submission. Torres will continue his tradition of wearing an Amazonian headpiece to
weigh-ins with the PFL. Jorge “George Street” Gonzalez brings knockout power to the Light Heavyweight division. Gonzalez has one his last six fights by first-round stoppages.

Additional top fighters from the PFL 2018 season will look to finish what they started last year. Returning PFL fighters include Brazilian Francimar “Bodao” Barroso (Heavyweight), who clinched the #1 seed last season before being upset in the quarterfinals. Rashid Yusupov also returns after having his 2018 season cut short due to injury after suffering a broken jaw in PFL 2, the first loss of his career.

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“We have assembled the best available talent from around the world in what proved to be a challenging, highly competitive selection process. More than half of our 2019 roster will be making their PFL debut in 2019,” said Ray Sefo, President of PFL Fighter Operations. “68 fighters will compete on the biggest stage in primetime on Thursday nights, looking to earn a playoff spot and a shot at being a champion. Every fight matters in our season-format, so fans can expect to see action packed fights across six divisions. We’ve elevated our roster, now it’s time to elevate the sport beginning May 9.”

Round 3 Highlights – The Selections:

Satoshi Ishii (Croatia), 2019 Heavyweight Contender

At just 21 years old, Satoshi Ishii won Olympic gold in judo at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Before his gold medal performance, he earned silver at the 2006 Asian Games and won two All-Japan Judo Championships. Satoshi retired from judo at the very height of his career to pursue his dream of becoming a professional MMA fighter. Now, Ishii will look to build on his 20-8-1 career record and claim the PFL Heavyweight title.

Jorge Gonzalez (Mexico), 2019 Light Heavyweight Contender

Jorge “George St.” Gonzalez, hailing from Mexico City, has won six fights in a row, all by first-round stoppage. Of those six fights, five were knockouts and one submission. Gonzalez has a career 15-4 record.

Damon Jackson (USA), 2019 Featherweight Contender

Damon “The Leech” Jackson joins the PFL from Legacy Fighting Alliance, where he held the Featherweight title. Since going pro in 2012, Jackson has competed in the UFC, Bellator, King of the Cage and Legacy FC, compiling a 16–2–1 record.

Jeremy Kennedy (Canada), 2019 Featherweight Contender

One of the top young fighters from Canada, Jeremy “The Bandit” Kennedy joins a stacked PFL Featherweight division. He holds a 13-1 career record, including a 3-1 run at the UFC.

Ronys Torres (Brazil), 2019 Lightweight Contender

Brazilian fighter Ronys Torres joins the PFL with an impressive 37–6 career record. 20 of those wins are by submission while fighting around the world for the UFC, WSOF, Road FC (South Korea) and Jungle Fights (Brazil). His nickname, “Jungle Boy,” is a nod to having been born and raised in Manacapuru, Brazil, a small town on the banks of the Amazon River. Torres will continue his tradition of wearing an Amazonian headpiece to weigh-ins with the PFL.

Chris Curtis (USA), 2019 Welterweight Contender

Cincinnati, OH native Chris “The Action Man” Curtis joins the PFL Welterweight division. Curtis has a 20-5 career record and enters the PFL on a seven-fight win streak, with his last win coming over UFC veteran Matt Dwyer in a brutal slug fest.

Francimar Barroso (Brazil), 2019 Heavyweight Contender

Nicknamed “Bodao,” Francimar Barroso was the #1 seed in the 2018 PFL Heavyweight division heading into the playoffs. He lost in the quarterfinals in an upset to the #8 seed in the division. He returns looking to regain the top spot and finish as champion. He holds a career 22–7–1 record.

Rashid Yusupov (Russia), 2019 Light Heavyweight Contender

Rashid Yusupov makes his return to the PFL after his season ended early last year following a broken jaw suffered against Rakim Cleveland at PFL 2. His bout with Rakim at PFL 2 was the first loss of his career. He is 10–1 entering the 2019 PFL season.

(Courtesy of PFL MMA)

PFL’s latest roster reveal includes Satoshi Ishii and return of Francimar Barroso

The PFL continues to build toward the promotion’s second season and today announced eight more names that will be part of the 2019 schedule.

At featherweight, Jeremy Kennedy (13-1) and Damon Jackson (16-2-1) join the field. Ronys Torres (37-6) is in the field at lightweight. At welterweight, Chris Curtis (20-5) makes his way to the promotion.

Jorge Gonzalez (15-4) is in the mix at light heavyweight, and Rashid Yusupov (10-1) is back for a second crack with the promotion. And at heavyweight, Francimar Barroso (22-7-1) returns for a second season, and Satoshi Ishii (20-8-1) will go after the $1 million.

“We have assembled the best available talent from around the world in what proved to be a challenging, highly competitive selection process,” PFL President Ray Sefo stated. “More than half of our 2019 roster will be making their PFL debut in 2019. … Every fight matters in our season format, so fans can expect to see action packed fights across six divisions.”

The PFL announced the first two rounds of signings for 2019 in March. Included in that mix was Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison in Round 1 of PFL’s 2019 roster reveal, and UFC vet Jordan Johnson in Round 2 of the reveal.

The PFL’s second season kicks off May 9 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. The promotion recently struck a deal with ESPN that will see events broadcast stateside on ESPN 2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+, with TSN broadcasting events in Canada.

For more on the PFL’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.