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Author: Michael DeSantis

Dustin Poirier Raises $6,500 for Fallen Police Corporal’s Family

NORFOLK, VA – NOVEMBER 11: (L-R) Dustin Poirier celebrates after defeating Anthony Pettis by TKO in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside the Ted Constant Convention Center on November 11, 2017 in Norfolk, Virginia. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) It’s been a good week for Dustin Poirier. It started when “The Diamond” defeated former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night 120 last Saturday. It got better when he successfully sold the fight kit he wore in his victory on Ebay for $6,500. The 28-year-old will be donating all...

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Mackenzie Dern Signs with Invicta FC

Photo courtesy of LFA. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Mackenzie Dern (4-0) announced Monday on The MMA Hour to Ariel Helwani that she has signed to Invicta Fighting Championships.  She will make her debut for the all-women’s organization at Invicta FC 26 on Dec. 8. She’ll fight Kaline Medeiros (8-5 MMA, 2-1 IFC), who came up short against Angela Hill for the Invicta strawweight title. Top prospect @MackenzieDern will make her Invicta debut this December 8th at #InvictaFC26 against @kmedeirosmma78 LIVE on @UFCFightPass! — Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) November 13, 2017 The fight will take place in the strawweight division. Dern last fought Mandy Polk at flyweight...

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UFC 218: 4 Potential Replacement Opponents for Max Holloway

UFC 218 just took a hit. Combate reported that Frankie Edgar is out of the Dec. 2 featherweight championship bout due to a facial injury. The champion, Max Holloway, is adamant about remaining on the card. “Detroit, you guys are a bunch of tough mfers,” he wrote on an Instagram post. “You guys deserve the best fight card of the year and you’re still gonna get it. I’m fighting no matter what.” Without further ado, here are four potential opponents for “Blessed.” Jose Aldo Aldo lost his featherweight belt in his last bout against Holloway back in June at...

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UFC 217: Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas Full Breakdown

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 02: (L-R) Opponents Joanna Jedrzejczyk of Poland and Rose Namajunas face off during the UFC 217 Press Conference inside Madison Square Garden on November 2, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) The first of three title fights slated for mega-card UFC 217 will go down in the strawweight division. Joanna Jedrzejczyk will look to tie Ronda Rousey’s UFC title defense record for women’s MMA at six. In order to do so, she’ll have to defeat “Thug” Rose Namajunas.  How They Got Here Jedrzejczyk has rattled off...

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Pauline Macias On Next Fight, Career Goals, and How Rousey Got Her Into MMA

Pauline Macias, a judoka-turned-mixed martial artist, hopes to improve to 3-0 as an amateur on Saturday, Nov. 4, when she meets Jennifer Clausius (6-4, per Tapology), at Valor Fights 46 for a flyweight bout. Ironically, Macias’ close friend since middle school happens to be a renowned mixed martial artist who transitioned from judo herself. Macias said that same friend is responsible for getting her into MMA. That friend is Ronda Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight queen. Macias, 29, who said she spent nearly 20 years in judo, began to be burnt out by the sport. Then, her life changed with a...

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Heather Hardy not Rushing Title Shot Ahead of Bellator 185: “I’ll Know When I’m Ready”

It’s an exciting time for Heather Hardy. The undefeated professional boxing champion will make her second mixed martial arts appearance when she meets Kristina Williams at Bellator 185 on Saturday in Connecticut. The bout will come just two weeks before Bellator 186, where Ilima-Lei MacFarlane will fight Emily Ducote to determine the inaugural Bellator women’s flyweight champion. Heather Hardy not Rushing Title Shot Ahead of Bellator 185: “I’ll Know When I’m Ready” “I think it’s great,” Hardy told MMASucka regarding a title opening up in her weight class. “The women’s 125-pound division is opening up across all of MMA, which I think was needed. It proved there are too many girls with talent cramming into a couple of different weight classes. It’s nice to see them open up the 125. There’s a bunch of us there, it’s going to be really competitive and exciting. It’s a fun time to be a girl.” Bellator’s flyweight division contains potential contenders such as Valerie Letourneau, Kate Jackson, Bruna Ellen, Veta Arteaga, Anastasia Yankova, Keri Melendez, Colleen Schneider, and, of course, MacFarlane and Ducote. So how long does Hardy expect it will take for her to be fighting for an MMA title? “It’s hard to say,” she admitted. “It’s when I know that I’ll feel comfortable to beat the girl who has the belt, and that can be one win, two wins, five...

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