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Episode two of the reality series “Lookin’ for a Fight” with UFC president Dana White, former champion Matt Serra and Nick the Tooth has been released.

The crew heads to Alaska to scout for more talent, and you can see the complete episode in the video below:

Conor McGregor

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor has the opportunity of a lifetime this March, taking on Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title.

With a win, “Notorious” will become the first UFC fighter to hold two titles at the same time.

And while that will most definitely get McGregor inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame – if he hasn’t already done enough – the fighter went ahead and declared himself a member.

The Irish fighter has actually upped his social media game in recent days, posting several comments about his future and his standing in the UFC:

benson henderson

Benson Henderson caused shockwaves with news of his signing a fight contract with Bellator on Monday.

Henderson became the latest athlete to leave the UFC for Bellator, agreeing to a multi-fight deal.

While no announcement was made concerning when he’ll first fight, or at which weight, Bellator president Scott Coker sounds giddy over the addition.

Check out the complete press release regarding the signing below:

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker continues to make good on his commitment of adding value to the Bellator roster, as he and the promotion are pleased to announce the signing of former UFC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson (23-5) to an exclusive, multi-fight deal. The signing was scheduled to be announced today on “The MMA Hour,” which is hosted by 6-time MMA Journalist of the Year, Ariel Helwani. When news of the signing broke earlier than anticipated, the flood of traffic to the website may have been responsible for technical difficulties causing some of the interview to not stream live; However, the interview will be available in its entirety this afternoon at www.mmafighting.com.

Henderson has accomplished a great deal over the course of his 10-year professional career as a mixed martial artist. A former WEC and UFC lightweight titlist, “Smooth” holds black belts in both Taekowndo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and also earned NAIA All-American honors in both 2005 and 2006. Multiple media outlets named Henderson the fighter of the year in 2012, and has been a part of several epic battles that have received “Fight of the Year” accolades: Donald Cerrone (2009), Anthony Pettis (2010), Frankie Edgar (2012), and Brandon Thatch (2015).

“Benson is a tremendous athlete who puts forth an exciting effort each and every time he steps into the cage,” said Coker. “Whether he chooses to fight at lightweight or welterweight, he’s without question a great addition to this promotion, and brings countless amazing matchups to the table. We’re looking forward to having him put on a show for the great Bellator MMA fans that tune into Spike. We plan on announcing his Bellator debut in the very near future.”

Having competed at both lightweight and welterweight, there are plenty of enticing potential matchups in Henderson’s future. Bellator’s lightweight division is currently championed by Will Brooks, and features many of the world’s best including: Michael Chandler, Josh Thomson, Marcin Held, Brandon Girtz, Brent Primus, Derek Anderson, and Melvin Guillard. Meanwhile, Andrey Koreshkov sits atop the welterweight division with studs the likes of Paul Daley, Brennan Ward, Michael Page, Josh Koscheck, Douglas Lima and Chris Honeycutt vying for his gold.

ufc fight night 82

What a weird and interesting past few weeks for the UFC Fight Night 82 card – or the one that was previously entitled UFC 196.

First, Cain Velasquez pulled out of the planned UFC heavyweight title fight main event with Fabricio Werdum. Stipe Miocic stepped in, but shortly after, Werdum exited the card.

We are left with an event set to air live on FOX Sports 1 instead of pay-per-view this Saturday night with former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks facing Stephen Thompson from Las Vegas and the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Along with Hendricks-Thompson, Roy Nelson takes on Jared Rosholt in a heavyweight affair, while Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante battles Ovince Saint Preux at light heavyweight.

The FS1 main card, which begins at 10 p.m. ET, opens with flyweights Joseph Benavidez and Zach Makovsky.

All the action starts at 6 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass before shifting over to FS1 for the remainder of the night at 8 p.m. ET. Veterans Josh Burkman and KJ Noons collide in the main prelim bout.

Below is the complete lineup, along with a video promo:

MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1/10 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson

Heavyweight: Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt

Light Heavyweight: Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux

Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 pm. ET)

Lightweight: Josh Burkman vs. KJ Noons

Heavyweight: Derrick Lewis vs. Damian Grabowski

Welterweight: Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer

Light Heavyweight: Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson

Featherweight: Artem Lobov vs. Alex White

Flyweight: Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins

Featherweight: Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas

ufc on fox 18

A wild and crazy first month of 2016 for the UFC wrapped up Saturday with UFC on FOX 18.

It didn’t take Anthony Johnson long to show why he’s a scary contender at 205 pounds.

After “Rumble” defended a takedown attempt by Ryan Bader, he quickly gained mount and knocked the former Ultimate Fighter winner – and two-year unbeaten contender himself – out on the ground with a series of shots.

Johnson now has 10 career finishes inside the Octagon, tied for third-most in promotion history with former champion and Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell.

Ben Rothwell admitted he has the utmost respect for former UFC champion Josh Barnett. That didn’t stop him from becoming the first fighter to submit Barnett, locking up a second round choke for his fourth consecutive finish.

Competing in front of family and friends, Jimmie Rivera earned his 19th straight win, downing Iuri Alcantara via decision. Rivera, a native of New Jersey, picked up his third win with the UFC.

For as quickly as he emerged on the MMA scene, Sage Northcutt knew he would be a target. Bryan Barberena embraced that, earning a second round submission win over the 19-year-old prospect to kick-start the FOX main card.

Tarec Saffiedine capped off the FOX Sports 1 prelims by earning a hard-fought decision over Jake Ellenberger. Carlos Diego Ferreira turned back the effort of Ultimate Fighter alum Olivier Aubin-Mercier, claiming a decision victory.

Rafael Natal and Alexander Yakovlev picked up prelim finishes. Natal stopped Kevin Casey in the third round via strikes, while Yakovlev knocked George Sullivan out in Round 1.

Alex Caceres got back into the win column, scoring a decision over Masio Fullen, while Wilson Reis did the same vs. Dustin Ortiz.

Randy Brown highlighted the early UFC Fight Pass prelims with a decision victory over Matt Dwyer. Brown was featured on the reality series “Lookin’ for a Fight” with UFC president Dana White.

Tony Martin earned a third round technical submission on Felipe Olivieri, while Damon Jackson and Levan Makashvili fought to a majority draw. Makashvili was deducted a point for an illegal knee and eye poke in the third round.

Johnson and Rothwell took home “Performance of the Night” bonuses for their efforts, while Rivera and Alcantara were named the “Fight of the Night.” All four scored an additional $50,000.

The attendance was announced at 10,555 for a live gate of $818,000.

Complete results can be found below:

Anthony Johnson def. Ryan Bader via KO (strikes) at 1:26 of Round 1

Ben Rothwell def. Josh Barnett via submission (guillotine choke) at 3:48 of Round 2

Jimmie Rivera def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Bryan Barberena def. Sage Northcutt via submission (arm-triangle choke) at 3:06 of Round 2

Tarec Saffiedine def. Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Carlos Diego Ferreira def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rafael Natal def. Kevin Casey via TKO (strikes) at 3:37 of Round 3

Wilson Reis def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan via KO (strike) at 3:59 of Round 1

Alex Caceres def. Masio Fullen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Randy Brown def. Matt Dwyer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili ruled a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Tony Martin def. Felipe Olivieri via technical submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:02 of Round 3

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