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“Bellator is hoping to book AJ McKee’s father Antonio on the same Sept. 28 card his son is fighting on at The Forum in LA, as first reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Antonio McKee is 49 years old and has not fought in five years. He still needs medical clearance from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) before he can be officially booked at Bellator 228. If it goes down, it is believed that it’ll be the first time a father and son have fought on the same MMA card in the United States.”

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Jorge Masvidal ready to send in Yoel Romero to ensure Dana White makes the ‘right decision’

Jorge Masvidal is looking to secure a title shot and is willing to send in his good friend Yoel Romero in order to sway negotiations.

The surging UFC welterweight contender, Masvidal, is coming of back to back knockout victories over opponents Darren Till and Ben Askren.

After setting the promotional record for fastest knockout in history at UFC 239, Jorge Masvidal believes he is next in line for a title shot against current division champ Kamaru Usman.

With that said, UFC President Dana White doesn’t seem to be on board with ‘Gamebred’ getting the next crack at ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’.

Now, Jorge Masvidal has threatened to send in his good friend and training partner Yoel Romero in order to sway negotiations back in his favor.

“Dana White better give me my shot or I’m sending Yoel Romero to help him make the right decision #supernecessary”

Following his sensational 5-second flying knee knockout of Ben Askren, Jorge Masvidal said there were only two opponents who he would accept for his next fight.

The two names Masvidal dropped were the aforementioned Kamaru Usman, and former UFC ‘champ champ’ Conor McGregor.

Usman has said that fans need to “slow down” on the Jorge Masvidal title talk. Whether or not ‘Gamebred’, and possibly Romero, can away Dana White to choose otherwise remains to be seen.

Do you think Jorge Masvidal deserves a title shot against Kamaru Usman following his knockout wins over Ben Askren and Darren Till? Sound off in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on bjpenn.com July 18, 2019

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Bellator is hoping to book AJ McKee’s fa…

Bellator is hoping to book AJ McKee’s father Antonio on the same Sept. 28 card his son is fighting on at The Forum in LA, as first reported by the Long Beach Press-Telegram. Antonio McKee is 49 years old and has not fought in five years. He still needs medical clearance from the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) before he can be officially booked at Bellator 228. If it goes down, it is believed that it’ll be the first time a father and son have fought on the same MMA card in the United States.

Bloody Elbow 2019 Half-Year Awards – Results

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Let’s take a look at some of the best of 2019 in MMA so far, as voted by you.

Like we do every year, Bloody Elbow put the best of the first half of 2019 up for a vote. Five categories were available to chime in on, and our readers did exactly that – to the tune of 8000+ votes. I’d like to thank you for your responses, and here’s how it all broke down.

You can click on each individual category for the full breakdown, but I’ll just show the top three vote-getters here.

The number beside each nominee is the number of votes received, and the % is the % of total votes.

Best Submission

1. Brent Primus gogoplatas Tim Wilde – 303 (37%)

2. Charles Oliveira Anacondas David Teymur – 211 (26%)

3. Jack Hermansson guillotines David Branch – 202 (25%)

Best Knockout

1. Jorge Masvidal on Ben Askren – 1784 (57%)

2. Valentina Shevchenko on Jessica Eye – 821 (26%)

3. Jessica Andrade on Rose Namajunas – 150 (5%)

Best Fighter

1. Henry Cejudo – 721 (54%)

2. Jorge Masvidal – 401 (30%)

3. Israel Adesanya – 110 (8%)

Best Fight

1. Israel Adesanya vs. Kelvin Gastelum – 855 (60%)

2. Max Holloway vs. Dustin Poirier – 311 (22%)

3. Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone – 107 (8%)

Best Event

1. UFC 236 – 565 (34%)

2. UFC Fortaleza – 563 (34%)

3. UFC 239 – 416 (25%)

Kevin Lee says opportunity to train with Georges St-Pierre triggered move to TriStar

Former UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee is on a two-fight losing streak and has thus decided to change up camps.

After dropping his last fight to Rafael dos Anjos, in a bout that served as his welterweight debut, “The Motown Phenom” is now set to train at TriStar with Georges St-Pierre for his next fight.

“I just got done doing this crazy seven-week tour of going around to different camps,” Lee said in his appearance on Submission Radio. “I went to LA, I went to Phoenix, I went to Denver, I went to Montreal. I’m back in Vegas now.”

During his search, Lee realized it was Montreal and TriStar that suited him the best. Part of the reason was learning under Firas Zahabi who is considered one of the top coaches in MMA.

“(I went) to try and find that guy out there, that somebody who would really speak to me. And to be honest, I feel like I did in Montreal with Tristar and Firas Zahabi,” Lee said. “Just having him and being around him and getting to pick his brain and his mind and seeing how it works. I feel like that’s what I’ve been missing. I know that’s what I’ve been missing a little bit ever since my coach Robert Follis passed, I haven’t had that guy to really guide me and show me the correct way of what to do. I’ve just been kind of trying to listen to myself and figure I got it enough.”

Kevin Lee: GSP is ‘going to train with me a lot’

Another reason why he made the move is to train with one of the greatest fighters ever in Georges St-Pierre. Although Lee had called him out for a fight, he is now glad to be learning from him and continuing to grow as an MMA fighter.

“He understands it. We’re martial artists, we’re competitors,” Lee said. “If I’m not trying to push myself to the limit and I’m not trying to fight the best that’s out there, then I feel like he wouldn’t understand me as much. I think he’s got the same kind of fire in him.

“He’s going to train with me a lot. I feel like he’ll be another one of those great minds that I can kind of pick,” he added. “Seeing what makes him tick and what made him such a great champion, those are the things that I think will boost me to the next level.”

For right now, Kevin Lee says he has no opponents in mind for his next fight. But, he is hoping to return to the Octagon in October.

Do you think training with Georges St-Pierre at TriStar will get Kevin Lee back on track? Sound off in the comment section, PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 7/18/2019.

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Oezdemir vs. Latifi moved to UFC Uruguay

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The pair of 205-pound contenders have been taken off the UFC Newark card and will instead fight a week later.

Volkan Oezdemir vs. Ilir Latifi is still a go, but is happening a week later than initially planned.

The bout between the two light heavyweight contenders has been moved to UFC Uruguay from UFC Newark, ESPN reported Thursday. Per the report, the switch is due to visa issues.

UFC Uruguay takes place Aug. 10 in Montevideo, Uruguay and is headlined by a women’s flyweight title fight between champion Valentina Shevchenko and Liz Carmouche.

UFC Newark, scheduled for Aug. 3, is headlined by Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler.

After starting his UFC career with three straight wins (all of which were upsets), Oezdemir has lost three in a row. Most recently, he fell to rising contender Dominick Reyes in March in a controversial decision. Oezdemir challenged Daniel Cormier for the 205-pound title in early 2018, but lost by submission.

Latifi is coming off a decision loss to Corey Anderson last December at UFC 232. The loss snapped a two-fight winning streak, which included a finish of Ovince Saint Preux and a decision over Tyson Pedro.

Oezdemir and Latifi were originally scheduled to fight in June at UFC Stockholm, but Latifi pulled out of the fight the day before the card due to an injury.