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the ultimate fighter 22 finale

Chad Mendes has long-been a follower of former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.

This December, Mendes will get to share the Octagon with Edgar, as the two headline The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. The event takes place in Las Vegas, a night before Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor battle to unify the featherweight titles.

For “Money,” this was a fight long on his radar, as he told “UFC Tonight” recently.

“This is a fight a lot of people wanted to see for a long time,” Mendes said. “I’ve been watching Frankie for a long time. When I worked my way up the rankings and he dropped down to 145, I figured we would face each other. The time is now and I’m excited. He’s a scrapper. We have similar styles. He has great cardio, pushes the pace and mixes his boxing with wrestling.

“The winner will be right in line for the title. It’s a huge fight for me. ”

Mendes (17-3) believes he has one key advantage in the fight: his power. He finished Cody McKenzie, Yaotzin Meza, Darren Elkins, Clay Guida and Ricardo Lamas during a recent run that netted the Team Alpha Male fight two shots at UFC gold.

“I can put anyone to sleep with one punch,” he said. “Since dropping down to 145, I don’t think (Edgar’s) power is there like it was at 155. If I fight a smart fight, I win this fight.

“I’m more dangerous than he is if I’ve had a full camp. I’m a very dangerous fighter.”

After an injury to Aldo, UFC officials asked – and Mendes answered – for the fighter to step in on short notice and face McGregor for the interim title. He suffered a second round TKO loss.

The decision was one that has left Mendes hungry for a rematch with “Notorious.”

“That was 110-percent the factor. None of those body kicks hurt at all,” Mendes said. “Going into the fight, I was in decent shape and talking it up, but I wasn’t in five-round shape. With a full camp, I destroy that guy. He better not try to ditch out to 155. He owes me a rematch with a full camp. We’ll see if he’s man enough to do that.”

As for that upcoming Aldo-McGregor contest, having spent almost eight rounds inside the cage with both fighters, Mendes has a pretty good idea on what is going to happen.

“I think Aldo wins the fight. He’s more athletic, he’s faster and he hits harder. He has more weapons,” Mendes said. “Conor has splashy spinning kicks, but it’s nowhere near what Aldo has. He’s going to find out real soon.”

urijah faber

Urijah Faber has reached a point in his MMA career where he can say and talk about literally anything he wants.

The former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title contender recently appeared on an episode of Submission Radio to talk about a number of subjects.

While he doesn’t have a fight lined up, “The California Kid” did just finish filming The Ultimate Fighter 22 alongside interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The two had a minor “dust-up” backstage at an event, and that fire continued to grow during filming, though a relationship also formed.

“It’s interesting,” Faber said. “(Dominick) Cruz and I don’t like each other, but Conor and I have a funny relationship. We like to talk crap to each other, but I actually think he’s a decent dude. I think as a competitor, he’s a guy that likes to win and that makes for a good competition. I was pretty pumped about it.”

During TUF, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and McGregor “got into it” on multiple occasions.

“It’s funny ’cause Conor and I have been around each other and have an interesting relationship, but him and T.J. on two different occasions have gotten into it with things escalating to them kind of bad mouthing each other,” Faber said. “So there’s a little tension there as well and I think that’s a good fight the fans would love to see.

“One time T.J. and Conor and I in the back of the Ronda Rousey fight in LA, we were in just a private little bar with celebrities and the UFC brass and words were exchanged, and TJ was talking about Conor’s title shot and Conor went back and forth and they were getting on each other’s nerves, really. So I think they ended up having to be split up a little bit.”

Faber also had stern words for former TAM head coach Duane Ludwig, who continues to work with Dillashaw and others.

“From my stand point, what I’ve seen from him, I don’t like the way he treats people,” he said. “He’s a bully, he’s done things that have really rubbed me the wrong way as far as building a positive environment, and I feel bad for the people that are stuck with him, because he takes and he takes and he takes, and it’s not the way that I built my team and I don’t appreciate his negativity.

“So for me, I’m done with the guy.”

melvin guillard

With no UFC this weekend, Bellator takes center stage with an Octagon veteran in the main event.

Bellator 141 goes down Friday night from Temecula, California and the Pechanga Resort and Casino with Melvin Guillard making his promotional debut vs. Brandon Girtz.

Guillard has fought for both the UFC and World Series of Fighting before, joining a select list of fighters to compete for the three main MMA promotions in the U.S. Girtz has won 11 of 15 career fights, while Guillard is 32-14-2 with a pair of no-contests in his long career.

Other Spike TV main card bouts include Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Saad Award, Justin Wren vs. Josh Burns and Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood.

The prelim lineup boasts fighters such as Marloes Coenen, Derek Anderson, Brent Primus and Curtis Millender.

Check out the current lineup below, along with a video preview of the card:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Melvin Guillard Vs. Brandon Girtz

Lightweight: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Saad Awad

Heavyweight: Josh Burns vs. Justin Wren

Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood

PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com/7:45 p.m. ET)

Female Featherweight: Marloes Coenen vs. Ariene Biencowe

Female Featherweight: Adrienna Jenkins vs. Lissette Neri

Welterweight: Curtis Millender vs. Steven Ciacco

Welterweight: Johnny Cisneros vs. Gabriel Miglioli

Female Flyweight: Ilima Macfarlane vs. Maria Rios

Featherweight: James Barnes vs. A.J. McKee

Light Heavyweight: Luc Bondole vs. Ray Sloan

Lightweight: Derek Anderson vs. Brent Primus

Welterweight: A.J. Matthews vs. Emiliano Sordi

warlley alves

Last November, Colby Covington packed up his bags and headed to Brazil.

Covington scored a third round submission victory over Wagner Silva to begin the action from Uberlandia, and proceeded to stick around and watch three more key welterweight scraps later in the night.

One of those featured Covington’s UFC 194 opponent, Warlley Alves, who earned a co-main event win over Alan Jouban that same night.

The two unbeaten 170-pound fighters will square off this December 12 at UFC 194 as part of a night that will see both the UFC featherweight (Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor) and middleweight (Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold) belts on the line.

For Covington (8-0), the opportunity to meet Alves was one he had his sights set on.

“Warlley was definitely on my radar because he co-main evented and won the the show I fought on for the UFC in Brazil,” said Covington, during an exclusive interview with FightLine. “I figured our paths were destined to cross.”

Knowing he will be part of a card that boasts two title matchups and some of the biggest names and draws in the sport, the American Top Team-trained Covington sees this as a perfect chance to shine bright under the spotlight.

“It is business as usual fighting on this mega card,” he said, “but it is nice to actually have a training camp instead of short notice. I plan on making the most of it and putting on a performance to remember.”

After taking care of Silva in November for his second straight UFC submission win and third overall, Covington fought on the Memorial Day Weekend UFC 187 event against veteran Mike Pyle. He earned a decision, going the distance for just the third time in his career.

“Pyle was a good win in my career,” said the former Iowa Central Community College and Oregon State University wrestler. “But I have been envisioning this for a long time and this is just the beginning.”

ufc fight night 74

After a long hiatus in terms of their usual scheduling, the Octagon returned Sunday night with UFC Fight Night 74.

Max Holloway was declared the winner of the main event after an injury to Charles Oliveira ended the contest early in the first. Oliveira appeared to hurt his left shoulder after going in for a takedown.

Referee Herb Dean immediately stepped in and called a stoppage to the fight, as Oliveira was in obvious pain and took several minutes of medical attention before he could be moved.

Fighting on short notice was no problem for Neil Magny, as he bounced back from a loss to Demian Maia by controlling Erick Silva and scoring a decision. Magny, who is now 8-1 over his last nine, replaced Rick Story in the co-main event.

Former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote flexed his power, handing Josh Burkman his first stoppage loss via TKO. Cote landed with a clean shot in the third after a slugfest between the two veterans, following up on the ground for the win.

One of three unbeaten fighters competing on the card, Chad Laprise was unable to keep his record intact, as Francisco Trinaldo delivered a powerful first round finish of the Canadian. Trinaldo flattened Laprise out and pounded away until the referee stepped in.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier pushed his pro MMA record to 7-1 with a strong win over Tony Sims. While he was unable to secure the finish, OAM used his judo and wrestling skills to control Sims and claim a decision.

Canada’s own Valerie Letourneau kicked off the main card with a decision victory over Maryna Moroz. The loss was the first in the career of Moroz, who was coming off a stunning upset of Joanne Calderwood.

Frankie Perez earned the biggest win of his career, and decided that was the right time to walk away from MMA. Despite being just 26 years old, Perez announced his retirement after finishing Sam Stout in the prelim main event.

Brazil’s Felipe Arantes traveled into hostile territory and walked out with a submission victory over Canadian Yves Jabouin. It marked the debut at bantamweight for Arantes, who is 4-3-1 over eight Octagon appearances.

Nikita Krylov and Marcos Rogerio de Lima went full-speed ahead in a light heavyweight affair, as Krylov defended two deep guillotines and locked up his own rear-naked choke. The win was the third straight for “Al Capone.”

Chris Kelades opened up the televised action by scoring a decision victory over Chris Beal. Despite one judge giving Beal all three rounds, the other two ruled in favor of Kelades.

Shane Campbell improved to 8-2 over his last 10 with a decision victory vs. Elias Silverio. Misha Cirkunov, who trains out of Toronto, started his UFC career with a convincing first round finish over fellow Octagon newcomer Daniel Jolly.

Arantes and Perez were awarded $50,000 each for “Performance of the Night,” while Cote and Burkman the same for “Fight of the Night.” The attendance for the first-ever UFC event in Saskatchewan was 7,202 for a live gate of $949,000 Canadian ($717,000 U.S.).

Complete results can be found below:

Max Holloway def. Charles Oliveira via TKO (injury) at 1:39 of Round 1

Neil Magny def. Erick Silva via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman via TKO (strikes) at 1:26 of Round 3

Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 1

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Sims via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Valerie Letourneau def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Frankie Perez def. Sam Stout via TKO (strikes) at :54 of Round 1

Felipe Arantes def. Yves Jabouin via submission (armbar) at 4:21 of Round 1

Nikita Krylov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 1

Chris Kelades def. Chris Beal via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

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