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  • Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz full fight video highlights

    Watch Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz full fight video highlights from UFC Fight Night 57's main event above, courtesy of FOX Sports.

    UFC Fight Night 57: Edgar vs. Swanson took place November 22, 2014 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. Edson Barboza (19-5-1) collided against Bobby Green (10-9-1) in the night's fifth fight on the main card, which aired live on FOX Sports 1. Catch the video highlights above.

    For more on UFC Fight Night 57, check out the UFC Fight Night 57 results.



  • Jon Jones doesn't think 'class act' Bill Cosby is guilty of allegations

    Jon Jones hopes the damning accusations against legendary comedian Bill Cosby are not true -- and he doesn't believe they are.

    Cosby is being accused of sexual assault by at least 15 different women. TMZ cameras caught Jones outside LAX and asked him what he thought of the allegations.


    "I don't think Bill Cosby would do that," the UFC light heavyweight champion said. "I've never met him, but from what I've seen he seems to be a class act. I kind of grew up admiring him as a black actor and I really hope that's not true."

    Jones, not taking the conversation very seriously, also did an imitation of Cosby from his Jello commercials and insinuated that the "Cosby Show" star didn't need to assault women, because he was rich.

    "He's Bill Cosby -- he shouldn't have to take it," a laughing Jones said, making a giving-away-money gesture with his hands.

    Netflix, TV Land and NBC have all cut ties with Cosby, foregoing potential future projects. The 77-year-old has never been convicted nor even tried for any alleged crimes.



  • Even if a little quick on the draw, Metamoris 5 had meaning

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – By traditional standards, there was only one winner at Metamoris 5, and that was New Jersey’s Garry Tonon in the very first match. He scored a heel hook on Zak Maxwell, and heard a few ominous pops in the process. Otherwise, there were enough people drawing to create a mural on the Long Beach Convention Center.

    The biggest of which came in the main event between Renzo Gracie and Kazushi Sakuraba -- two fight game iconicals who’d arrived this time as lovable fortysomethings to rekindle an old bit of business.

    They didn’t clash in the middle of the apron so much as ease into a slow, deliberate toil in which, after seemingly flipping through each other’s biographies on the feet, opportunities were sought within the smallest cracks on the ground. Turned out both held their own just fine. The great Sakuraba, who broke Renzo’s arm that time in Japan more than a decade ago, wasn’t going to budge. Renzo, who said he lost nearly 30 pounds in three months to prep for not only this bout but another MMA run (!) and his ADCC clash with Matt Hughes, wasn’t either.

    They cancelled each other out, and by doing that they both got their arms raised.

    Which by now has become a common sight at Metamoris. The cats competing are so versed in the singular craft of jiu-jitsu, in all its fluid instinctive arrangement of limbs and pressure points, that submissions are like trying to smash a drop of mercury with a pen.

    If you’re going to knock Metamoris at this point, it’s not because it’s an exclusive Fight Club jiu-jitsu competition with secret knocks and stars and hot sharp-angled women and acai being served in the refreshment stands and Gracies galore roaming around (because all of that is awesome); it’s just that there’s rarely a sense of resolve in the end. No closure. Most matches end in draws. These matchings are heavily nuanced, very technical, totally thoughtful encounters, but America likes to see somebody vanquished.

    That’s what the UFC preaches, and uses its fight night bonus structure to award. The motto is: Make something emphatic happen. Nobody’s trying to split first place, if you know what I mean. It’s just not that simple in the land of slick rashguards. Submissions at this level become a casualty of sweat and fatigue. Purchases are harder. And through the course of 20 minutes, so is friction. Unless there are tweaks made at some point -- or Metamoris goes in for mismatches -- draws are going to be the norm.

    But here’s the thing from a viewer of all five Metamoris’s to date, and a live audience member for two: What glorious draws they are. Gotdamb. The origami that plays out in rapt silence at these things is pretty tense. And it’s hard not to like the matchmaking. Sakuraba vs. Renzo, in the more restricted/restrained area of jiu-jitsu, is classic…something. The idea of Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie is part of the sport’s connective tissue. Kron Gracie and Shinya Aoki carries something for the imagination.

    These are hardcore imaginings.

    And the crossovers at this point work well. Rory MacDonald competing this weekend...why? Best I can tell, because it’s a spiritual asides from the hardwired straight-to-bashing world of straight MMA. There’s a rooting in Metamoris, which not only attracts big name participants, but sort of geeks them out. MacDonald, like Chael Sonnen and Josh Barnett, can’t help but feel good about themselves for slipping off to the art house theater while the blockbusters roar on across the street.

    In fact, when MacDonald got caught there for a minute he said he was going to let J.T. Torres break his arm, if that was the way it had to happen. This is man assured of a title shot in the UFC, waiting the winner of Robbie Lawler and Johny Hendricks, who was willing to throw it all away in a moment of pure competition. Because that’s what the thing is: Pure. It may be too pure for popular taste, a delicacy that Metamoris serves, but it’s one that you can acquire a taste for if you aren’t afraid to order it again.

    And besides, at some point it’s not about MacDonald so much as it’s about Torres, a marauder in the BJJ circuit, showing off against a commodity. Or Roberto Satoshi, who let out a growling roar before he tangled limbs with Jake Shields in the "Secret Match." Or Sonnen, who was the steak slid under the door for Andre Galvao. If Metamoris uses UFC names to compete, it’s at least in part because there are people like Torres, Satashi and Galvao that could use the push to the broader audience.

    It’s an intriguing world. I like dipping my toe in it. And Metamoris, with its drums documenting the intricacy of the action, does a fine job of displaying that intricacy, even if the idea of grappling alone continues to be a tough draw.



  • After scoring deal he couldn’t refuse, Nick Diaz wonders why he accepted fights against ‘mediocre level opponents’

    When Nick Diaz retired in March 2013 fresh from dropping a lopsided unanimous decision to then-UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, he told reporters that the only fights to could coax him back into the cage would be a rematch against the Canadian or a superfight against Anderson Silva. At the time, Diaz's requests were largely scoffed at. This was a guy who'd lost two straight outings; he wasn't exactly in the position to barter for another big opportunity.

    But a funny thing happened in the 16 months that followed that night. St-Pierre retired, lifting the curtain on the sport's drug epidemic on his way out; Silva lost just not once, but twice in bizarre fashion; Chael Sonnen unceremoniously exited the spotlight; a rash of injuries swept across the UFC's upper echelon; the promotion's fading draws faded just a bit more.

    Suddenly Diaz's enigmatic star power was in higher demand than ever, and those demands that once sounded so outrageous... well, they weren't so outrageous after all.

    "I mean, I wasn't going to walk out of there with something I wasn't happy with," Diaz said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "So I just, you know, I was able to score a deal I can't refuse. That's how I look at it.

    "I look back and think about why did I take one of these, you know, mediocre level opponents or fights, or something like that. I could see myself going, I didn't need to do that, I didn't need to go there. I'm not fanatical or in love with being an MMA fighter. It's just, I'm the right guy for the job nowadays. Pretty much after my first couple pro fights I wound up being the right guy for the job, so that's why I'm still here, and I'll fight the right fights if I have the opportunity."

    Diaz is now set to make his return in a blockbuster showdown against Silva on Jan. 31 at UFC 183. It'll be Silva's first in-cage appearance since suffering a gruesome broken leg in late-2013, and the first foray into middleweight of Diaz's extensive fighting career.

    "It's not like I'm going to have to lose weight to make 185," Diaz said. "It's not going to be (something) I'm overly concerned about, especially in this fight, I think, because my opponent is not one of these big, strong guys who like to get through a fight by being strong, so that really doesn't come into play.

    "The reach, you could say okay, reach may come into play, but neither of us are getting any taller or shorter for this fight, so there's nothing I can really do about size when it comes to this fight, other than coming in as strong and healthy as I can."

    Even with the fight more than two months away, Las Vegas oddsmakers have already instilled Diaz as a near three-to-one betting underdog. Those odds are only likely to climb as the hype swells around Silva's return come 2015, but Diaz, as always, isn't fazed.

    "I was supposed to lose every fight that I fought," he said. "For the most part, since the time I was in EliteXC fighting, maybe there were one or two fights here and there that they had me to win, but for the most part I've been an underdog.

    "I'm not a kickboxer so I'm going to lose to a kickboxer. I'm not a wrestler, my wrestling sucks, so I'm going to lose to a wrestler. Or you know, I'm fighting somebody twice my age, a long time ago. So I've always been kinda not favored to win. But, you know, I wound up with a decent performance out there or I pulled it off."



  • Leandro Lo chokes out UFC lightweight Gilbert Burns at Copa Podio

    Gilbert Burns’ return to the jiu-jitsu mats didn’t go as he expected.

    Fresh off a first-round submission victory over Christos Giagos at UFC 179, the Brazilian lightweight returned to Copa Podio on Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a submission-only, no-time limit jiu-jitsu match against fellow BJJ world champion Leandro Lo.

    Burns, who was 3-0 against Lo in grappling competition, nearly secured a leglock, but Lo was able to survive. After 20 minutes of action, Lo tapped "Durinho" with a cross collar choke.

    Joao Miyao and Gianni Grippo also battled in a submission-only no time limit match, but the promotion decided to end the contest after one hour. Miyao and Grippo are expected to compete again at Copa Podio’s next edition.

    In the middleweight grand prix, Felipe Preguica claimed the gold after defeating Luiz Panza in the final. In the previous matches, Preguica scored wins over Claudio Calasans, Gregor Gracie, Thiago Sa, Patrick Gaudio and Erberth Santos.

    In the "Brazil vs. United States challenge," Tim Spriggs choked out Lucas Hulk.







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