Watch MMA Junkie Radio here at 8 p.m. ET with Kayla Harrison, Corey Anderson, Andre Harrison

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with guests Kayla Harrison, Corey Anderson and Andre Harrison.

Kayla Harrison has sealed her spot in the PFL women’s lightweight playoffs and will join the show to discuss her preparation heading in. UFC light heavyweight Anderson has expressed his desire to be champion Jon Jones’ next opponent. Andre Harrison fights Movlid Khaybulaev on July 25 at PFL Week 5.

MMA Junkie Radio airs from 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 156) airs the show live, or you can catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM apnp.

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Watch MMA Junkie Radio here at 8 p.m. ET

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT).

Tonight, “Gorgeous” George and “Goze” will talk about the latest in MMA news, including UFC president Dana White’s comments about Conor McGregor’s future, how that affects Jorge Masvidal, Cody Garbrandt’s thoughts on steroid use, and more.

MMA Junkie Radio airs from 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 156) airs the show live, or you can catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM apnp.

MMA Junkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ONLINE): Watch a live stream on MMA Junkie’s YouTube page.HOW TO CALL: MMA Junkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call the MMA Junkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMA Junkie Radio live and in person at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s sports book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to http://www.mandalaybay.com. (Note: You must be 21 or older to enter the casino.)
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Back on winning track, Jared Gordon targets UFC 244 return in New York

Jared Gordon is back to his winning ways and would love an opportunity to fight at home.

Born and raised in Queens, New York, Gordon (15-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) hasn’t fought in his home state yet. With the UFC heading to New York on Nov. 2 for UFC 244, Gordon believes should he compete on that card, he’ll be able to sell a large amount of tickets himself.

“November 2nd is what I’m manifesting,” Gordon told MMA Junkie Radio. “Madison Square Garden, and I’m putting that energy out there, and I think it’s perfect timing, four months after my last one. I’m coming off a win, I’m from New York, I know they want New York fighters on there, and I think I can sell the place out myself.”

Gordon is coming off a unanimous-decision win over Dan Moret at UFC on ESPN 3, snapping a two-fight skid. Despite a dominant outcome on the judges’ scorecards, Gordon wasn’t too happy with his performance.

“Got the job done, wasn’t that thrilled with my performance even though on the scorecards I crushed him, I guess. It was weird,” Gordon said. “He was a tall, awkward south paw, way bigger than me. Fought very awkwardly, very stiff and herky-jerky, so it was hard to get a read on him. I did land some clean shots, and I was able to win in the scrambles, but he definitely came to fight. It was in his hometown, and he definitely didn’t want to lose. He sold like 100 something tickets apparently, and I remember coming out, and everyone was booing me, which I’m used to, but he didn’t want to lose in front of everyone.”

After losing two straight to Carlos Diego Ferriera and Jaoquim Silva, Gordon felt like his back was against the wall. The loss to Silva earned him a “Fight of the Night” bonus, and to his surprise, a new contract with the UFC, which led to the Moret fight booking.

“We were both on a two-fight losing streak, and I guess we were fighting for our jobs even though I didn’t want to make it seem that way,” Gordon said of fighting Moret. “I didn’t want to project that energy. I just wanted to go out there and stay in the moment. I knew I was the better fighter than him, and I could do what I had to do, and I got the job done.”

Gordon credits the help of a sports psychologist with whom he started working for his ability to turn things around. Prior to the two fight losing streak, he was 14-1 in his pro MMA career, notching wins in his first two UFC appearances.

“I was just staying in the moment. I happened to work with a sports psychologist,” Gordon said. “She was like, ‘If you were going to be confident, you have to be prepared. If you know you’re prepared, then you’re going to be confident, so don’t worry about the result. Just go in there and do what you do, and if you’re prepared, you should do well.’”

For more on upcoming UFC events, check out the UFC schedule.

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Paul Felder plans to make 155 pounds for UFC 242 in case Nurmagomedov, Poirier can’t

Paul Felder almost got the chance of a lifetime in April 2018, but the New York State Athletic Commission got in the way.

Come Sept. 7, when he shares a card with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and interim champ Dustin Poirier, he once again will be ready to step in should one of the main-event fighters fall out.

Nurmagomedov takes on Poirier in a title unification headliner at UFC 242 at The Arena t Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Felder (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) will rematch Edson Barboza in the co-main event.

At UFC 223, Tony Ferguson was forced out of his lightweight title fight against Nurmagomedov just days before the fight. The UFC was in dire need of a replacement.

Featherweight champion Max Holloway got the call, but was deemed medically unfit. Also competing at UFC 223 was Felder, who was scheduled to take on Al Iaquinta. When news emerged that Holloway couldn’t compete, Felder threw his hat in the ring.

But the NYSAC put a halt on his opportunity since he was an unranked fighter. His opponent, Iaquinta, got the call, which left Felder with no opponent. Ultimately, he was removed from the card.

Now ranked in the top 10 of the UFC’s lightweight rankings, Felder said he will make sure to weigh in at championship weight, 155 pounds or less, just in case he gets the chance to step in at UFC 242.

When he got the call from his manager that he’d be fighting halfway across the world in Abu Dhabi, Felder was excited.

“A co-main event with Khabib and Poirier headlining? The answer is yes,” Felder told MMA Junkie Radio (go to the 1:45:35 mark in the video above). “I’ll be making 155 pounds for weigh-ins. Of course.”

For more on UFC 242, check out the MMA schedule.

MMA Junkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio. You can also check out http://www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmfightnation.

Watch MMA Junkie Radio here at 8 p.m. ET with Tito Ortiz, Jay Hieron, Richard Hunter

MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with guests Tito Ortiz, Jay Hieron and Richard Hunter.

MMA Junkie Radio airs from 8-10 p.m. ET (5-7 p.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 156) airs the show live, or you can catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM apnp.

MMA Junkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ONLINE): Watch a live stream on MMA Junkie’s YouTube page.HOW TO CALL: MMA Junkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call the MMA Junkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMA Junkie Radio live and in person at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s sports book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to http://www.mandalaybay.com. (Note: You must be 21 or older to enter the casino.)
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Duke Roufus praises candid Ben Askren and his ‘special winning attitude’ after UFC 239 loss

We’ve seen many fighters handle losses well, but perhaps none quite like Ben Askren.

Askren suffered his first pro loss in devastating fashion when he was knocked out in just five seconds – a UFC record – by Jorge Masvidal at UFC 239. He  handled the loss just about as well as anyone could.

And his coach Duke Roufus, who was in his corner for the July 6 fight, praised Askren for the way he handled things and his ability to address the media just days after.

“One, it’s a special winning attitude,” Roufus told MMA Junkie Radio (go to the 1:23:46 mark in the video above). “Even in losing, he’s going to focus on winning again right away, and how do you do that? You own it, you deal with, you accept it and you figure it out. He’s a great role model for young wrestlers, athletes and mixed martial arts.

“Don’t play the blame game. It’s so easy to make up excuses. It’s a mixed martial arts fight. He also gave Jorge a lot of credit – great move, and he even said he doesn’t deserve a rematch. Ben’s very candid, and that’s what I love about him.”

Askren did a lot of talking prior to the fight, and successfully built it up to one of the most anticipated fights on a stacked card that had two championship bouts with two of the greatest UFC fighters of all time, Jon Jones and Amanda Nunes.

The build-up made the fall down that much harder. But Askren seemed to take it all in stride. Naturally, Roufus was concerned when Askren went down and admitted he wasn’t quite sure what happened since everything happened so quickly with Masvidal’s flying knee.

“Anytime a guy goes down on the canvas and they’re hurt, as long as I’ve been doing this, it never gets easier,” Roufus said. “It never gets better. I was very concerned. I didn’t see the move happen exactly, so when I saw Ben on the mat, I thought maybe his orbital was smashed, his nose, and it looked like he was in a lot of pain. It was hard, and luckily it landed on the neck – but they all hurt.

“Just a great attitude and … MMA is such a crazy sport in the cage that there’s so many ways to win and lose that you got to be prepared to lose in this thing. It’s very hard to be Floyd Mayweather, undefeated.”

Roufus didn’t get a chance to speak to Askren right after the fight since he was rushed to a hospital. A former fighter himself and a renowned coach, Roufus has seen it all and was happy with the way Askren was taken care of after the fight.

“The UFC were worried about his health, so they rushed him out,” Roufus said. “He was taken straight from the medicals in the back to the hospital, and I applaud the UFC, the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I just love that they’re so cautious.”

Masvidal followed up with two shots after Askren was out cold, which he dubbed as “super necessary.” Many were critical of Masvidal’s actions, but Roufus said he didn’t pay much mind to it.

“I didn’t really pay attention,” Roufus said. “It was in the moment and they’re fighters. But my thing is, just have some rules of engagement with the smack talk, too. Just keep it cheeky, funny – that’s cool. Let’s face it: We all love Muhammad Ali. He was one of the best trash talkers. Just don’t insult people’s families, cultures. I think MMA is growing exponentially, and lets use this to unify people, not divide.”

For complete coverage of UFC 239, check out the UFC results.

MMA Junkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to http://www.mmajunkie.com/radio. You can also check out http://www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmfightnation.