Ronda Rousey: ‘We changed what it means to fight like a girl’ (video)

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In an exclusive sitdown interview, pioneering champion Ronda Rousey talks to Megan Olivi about her induction into the UFC Hall of Fame, her relationship with UFC President Dana White, and the mark she hopes to have left on the world.

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Dana White Looking for a Fight: Season 4

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Dana White, Matt Serra, and Din Thomas are back with an all new, fourth season of the popular Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight series.

Dana, Matt and Din venture to Austin, Texas to hang with craftsman Jesse James and filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. They’re also going to check out the famed food truck scene and then scout a loaded LFA fight show.

Rashad Evans joins UFC Hall of Fame; check out his career retrospective video

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A veteran of 33 professional fights during his 14-year career, Rashad Evans compiled a record of 24-8-1 (14-8-1, UFC), which included wins over UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, former UFC middleweight champion and 2019 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Michael Bisping, UFC 17: REDEMPTION middleweight tournament champion, and former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson and former WEC light heavyweight champion Jason Lambert.

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Now, Evans joins the ranks of the UFC Hall of Fame as the “Modern Era” inductee for the class of 2019. He’ll be inducted alongside Michael Bisping in July during International Fight Week in Las Vegas.

Rafael Dos Anjos: ‘I’m on a mission… I want to be a two-division champion’ (video)

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Rafael Dos Anjos had to go deep into the fourth round to finish Kevin Lee at UFC on ESPN+ 10 in Rochester, New York, on Saturday, but that’s exactly what he did. 

He weathered an early storm from the younger fighter, but at 34 years of age and 40 fights into his professional career, Dos Anjos proved that experience pays off. 

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So what’s next for Dos Anjos? He wasn’t exactly ready for a direct callout, but the Brazilian is on a mission, one that involves becoming a two-division UFC champion.

Prelim fighters sweep the post fight bonuses at UFC Fight Night in Rochester

The preliminary card at UFC Fight Night in Rochester produced a slew of exciting finishes and the ‘Fight of the Night’ as the post fight bonuses were awarded after the show.

Undefeated bantamweight prospect Aspen Ladd moved to 8-0 in her career in a back and forth battle against Sijara Eubanks while both took home ‘Fight of the Night’ honors on Saturday.

Ladd and Eubanks will each pocket $50,000 for their performances.

Meanwhile, Michel Pereira had arguably the biggest jaw dropping finish on the entire card as he landed a flying knee followed by punches that got him a knockout win over Danny Roberts.

Grant Dawson also wrapped up a second round rear naked choke submission to hand former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ winner Michael Trizano the first loss of his career.

Pereira and Dawson each earned $50,000 bonuses for the ‘Performance of the Night’ awards at UFC Fight Night from Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York.


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UFC on ESPN+ 10 Fighter Bonuses

  • Fight of the Night: Aspen Ladd vs. Sijara Eubanks
  • Performance of the Night: Michel Pereira
  • Performance of the Night: Grant Dawson

UFC on ESPN+ 10 Gate and Attendance

  • Gate: $643,840.50
  • Attendance: 8,132

Rafael dos Anjos gets back in the win column with submission win over Kevin Lee

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Rafael dos Anjos showed once again why he is one of the top welterweights in the sport with a fourth round submission win in the UFC Fight Night main event from Rochester, N.Y.

After a pair of tough losses to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and former interim champion Colby Covington in his past two fights, dos Anjos needed a strong performance on Saturday night and that is exactly what he delivered against Kevin Lee, was moving up to 170 pounds for the first time in his UFC career.

As many expected, the fight really played out in two parts with Lee storming out to a strong start and dos Anjos biding his time to then attack his opponent once his conditioning started to fail him.

Lee came out like a ball of fire in the opening round as he immediately went on the attack with striking combinations and then attempting to pressure dos Anjos with his wrestling.

It was a strong start from the former lightweight but dos Anjos was able to weather the storm and begin battling back with his own counter shots.

As the round wore on, dos Anjos began settling into a better rhythm as he fought off takedown attempts from Lee and then snapping off his combinations on the feet with good power and solid accuracy.

Lee refused to back down as the fight moved forward and he was coming after dos Anjos with a relentless pace that carried into the second round.

While Lee slowed down compared to the first five minutes, he was still moving forward with his takedown attempts as he tried to punish the Brazilian from inside the clinch. Still, Lee’s movement was definitely more deliberate and labored compared to the opening round.

In the one minute break between rounds, Lee’s corner advised him that this was going to be a war of attrition, which meant he was going to have to find a way to maintain his pace or risk running out of gas.

Dos Anjos definitely did his best to take advantage of Lee slowing down as he defended his opponent’s wrestling while constantly trying to reverse positions against the cage or on the ground.

Lee was glued to dos Anjos throughout the third round as he transitioned into several positions looking for the submission but he just couldn’t hold onto the former lightweight champion. Again and again, dos Anjos found a way to escape but he also just couldn’t seem to completely break away from Lee’s grasp.

It was a grueling pace set by both fighters but it was definitely taking a bigger toll on Lee, who just continued to slow down with each passing exchange and that gave dos Anjos the confidence he needed to surge forward to ultimately get the win.

In the middle of another back and forth round, dos Anjos was able to secure a takedown of his own and once he had Lee down on the mat, he had no intention of letting him up again.

Dos Anjos shredded Lee’s defense, moved into the mount and then saw an opening with Lee’s head and neck exposed that allowed him to go for the submission.

He immediately jumped into an arm triangle choke position, moved his body around to the side and cinched up the hold and there was no escape for Lee. He tried to resist for a moment but was then forced to tap out with the end coming at 3:47 into the fourth round.

“I knew he would come strong in the first round and he pushed through the third,” dos Anjos said about Lee after the fight was finished. “I was just using my experience. I needed that victory.”

While the two losses suffered to Usman and Covington will never be erased, dos Anjos knows that he has what it takes to compete with the top fighters in the division and he’s still determined to earn his shot at the championship as he looks to build off this latest win.

“I know that I have what it takes to be a world champion,” dos Anjos said. “I want to be ready for the right opportunity and I’ll be ready to take advantage of it.”

As for Lee, he’s now dropped his past two fights in a row with his welterweight debut against dos Anjos and his previous bout at lightweight against Al Iaquinta. A supremely talented fighter, Lee has shown flashes of brilliance at times but he has come up short against the best competition he’s faced at both welterweight and lightweight.

Now Lee has to decide if he wants to continue to bulk up to compete at welterweight or if his future will take him back to lightweight following this latest setback.  

UFC Rochester Main Card Highlights: Rafael Dos Anjos submits Kevin Lee!

UFC Rochester main card fight highlights

Rafael dos Anjos def. Kevin Lee via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:47, R4

 

Ian Heinisch def. Antônio Carlos Júnior via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Felicia Spencer def. Megan Anderson via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:24, R1

Vicente Luque def. Derrick Krantz via TKO (punches) at 3:52, R1

Charles Oliveira def. Nik Lentz via TKO (punches) at 2:11, R2

Davi Ramos def. Austin Hubbard via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

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Check out the main card highlights from UFC on ESPN+ 10: Dos Anjos vs. Lee in Rochester, New York.

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