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Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva will be given an opportunity to earn a spot on the 2016 Brazil Summer Olympic taekwondo team.

Silva, who held a press conference on Wednesday alongside Brazilian Taekwondo Federation president Carlos Fernandes, stated his plans to tryout for the team in January.

“I stopped training taekwondo when I was 17 so it’s going to be tough, because taekwondo is very different today,” Silva said (thanks to MMAFighting.com for the quotes). “I’m not worried about being embarrassed by the other athletes. For everything sport gave to me, I will try to give it back.

“I don’t have anything to prove. I’m here to help the sport and make it stronger.”

Silva, a former UFC middleweight champion, returned from a year-long layoff to defeat Nick Diaz earlier this year. After the fight, though, his drug test results came back positive for banned substances. “The Spider” has yet to have his second hearing ahead of the Nevada Athletic Commission.

Fernandes added that Silva will need to score enough points in competitions in the heavyweight division to earn a spot on the team, saying “The rules will be respected.”

Regarding the NAC possibly handing him a suspension that could include the Olympics, Silva said “if they stop me, I would respect it.”

one championship

Unbeaten former Olympic wrestler Ben Askren will once again put his ONE welterweight championship on the line this coming Friday at ONE: Valor of Champions.

Askren defends his title against Luis Santos from the Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines. The entire event streams live on the official ONE website.

In other action, Mark Striegl battles Casey Suire in a bantamweight contest and Brianata Rosadhi faces Eugene Toquero at flyweight.

“ONE: Valor of Champions is set to be the biggest night of mixed martial arts action in the Philippines,” ONE CEO Victor Cui said. “The main event will feature two of the top welterweights in the world battling for supremacy when the best wrestler in mixed martial arts, Ben Askren, takes on 61-win veteran Luis Santos.”

Below is the current card, along with a video preview:

ONE Welterweight Championship
Ben Askren (c) vs. Luis Santos

Bantamweight: Mark Striegl vs. Casey Suire

Flyweight: Brianata Rosadhi vs. Eugene Toquero

Flyweight: Anatpong Bunrad vs. Geje Eustaquio

Featherweight: Edward Kelly vs. Jimmy Yabo

Featherweight: Amir Khan vs. Shannon Wiratchai

Featherweight: Wang-Yai Wei vs. Tsu Notto

invicta fc 12

The ladies of Invicta FC return to UFC Fight Pass this Friday night with Invicta FC 12: Kankaanpaa vs. Souza.

Set for the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, the card features Invicta FC strawweight champion Katja Kankaanpaa defending her title against Livia Renata Souza in the main event.

Kanaanpaa, a 33-year-old from Finland, won the title and improved to 10-1 with a fifth round submission victory over Stephanie Eggink last September. Her lone career loss came to Joanne Calderwood via decision, while she also scored a win over UFC fighter Aisling Daly in 2012.

Souza is unbeaten in her MMA career, going 7-0 with six submission wins to her credit.

Also, Vanessa Porto faces Roxanne Modafferi, Faith Van Duin battles Amanda Bell, Ediane Gomes meets Raquel Pa’aluhi and Peggy Morgan squares off with Latoya Walker.

Porto (17-6) and Modafferi (17-11) are two of the more experienced flyweights in the world, as Porto has faced the likes of current Invicta FC champions Cris Cyborg and Barb Honchak, Zoila Frausto Gurgel and Amanda Nunes, while Modafferi holds a 2008 TKO win over her.

Check out the current lineup and a video preview for the event below:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/10 p.m. ET)

Invicta FC Strawweight Championship
Katja Kankaanpaa (c) vs. Livia Souza

Flyweight: Roxanne Modafferi vs. Vanessa Porto

Featherweight: Amanda Bell vs. Faith Van Duin

Bantamweight: Ediane Gomes vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi

Featherweight: Peggy Morgan vs. Latoya Walker

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/8 p.m. ET)

Strawweight: Lacey Schuckman vs. Jenny Liou

Atomweight: Cassie Rodish vs. Stephanie Skinner

Strawweight: Delaney Owen vs. Sharon Jacobson

Flyweight: Shannon Sinn vs. Maureen Riordon

Flyweight: Roma Pawelek vs. Sijara Eubanks

ufc 186

This coming Saturday night, FightLine will have complete coverage of UFC 186 from Canada.

The card features a main event between flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson and Kyoji Horiguchi, along with middleweights Michael Bisping and C.B. Dollaway colliding in the co-main event.

All of the action starts at 7 p.m. ET with three Fight Pass prelim bouts before moving over to FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET with four more prelims. The pay-per-view card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET.

Johnson is the only man to hold the UFC 125-pound title, having successfully turned back challenges from Joseph Benavidez, John Dodson, John Moraga and Ali Bagautinov. Horiguchi is unbeaten since signing with the UFC.

Below is the current card and a video preview:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi

Middleweight: Michael Bisping vs. C.B. Dollaway

Light Heavyweight: Fabio Maldonado vs. Steve Bosse

Catchweight: John Makdessi vs. Shane Campbell

Bantamweight: Yves Jabouin vs. Thomas Almeida

PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1/8 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Patrick Cote vs. Joe Riggs

Female Bantamweight: Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis

Lightweight: Chad Laprise vs. Bryan Barberena

Lightweight: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. David Michaud

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/7 p.m. ET)

Welterweight: Nordine Taleb vs. Chris Clements

Women’s Strawweight: Jessica Rakoczy vs. Valerie Letourneau

Female Strawweight: Aisling Daly vs. Randa Markos

luke rockhold

So the prelims are over for UFC on FOX 15, and now it’s time to move to the main card, which will see Lyoto Machida battle Luke Rockhold in the headliner.

Let’s get to the main card action.

Paige VanZant vs. Felice Herrig

Both strawweights come out firign. VanZant clinches up and fires some knees. VanZant hits a trip but Herrig takes her back. Herrig dives for an armbar but gets slammed. VanZant gets back to her feet. Herrig has VanZant up against the cage. They break apart but VanZant pushes Herrig to the cage. VanZant throws Herrig to the mat. VanZant lands a fews shot from above. VanZant drops back for a heel hook but the round ends.

Round 2: VanZant attempts a kick but falls to the mat. Herrig rushes in. They clinch against the cage. VanZant lands a couple of knees. VanZant attempts to take Herrig to the mat, loses the position and then reverses. Lots of scrambling, Herrig has VanZant against cage. Wow. They spill to the mat again and VanZant winds up on top. VanZant lands a series of shots from above. Herrig swings for an armbar but VanZant pulls out. The latter throws down several punches from above. Round ends.

Round 3: Both women throw kicks to begin the round. VanZant clinches up and throws Herrig down once more. VanZant lands several more shots from above. Herrig looks for a heel hook but eats several punches in response. Herrig moves to VanZant’s back but loses the position. VanZant is flurrying punches down from above. Herrig just can’t get out from the bottom. VanZant adds some elbows to the menu as well. Round ends.

Paige VanZant def. Felice Herrig via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)

Max Holloway vs. Cub Swanson

Holloway throws a front kick to start things off. Holloway comes in a right and then a kick that Swanson blocks. Holloway storms in and Swanson counters with left. Holloway lands a right. Swanson throws a couple of kicks. Wow. Swanson follows up with a  kick and then wings a punch. Holloway throws a hard knee. Swanson is having difficulties findingt his range. Swanson’s left eye is pretty, pretty red. Swanson lands a left. Holloway fires a spinning back kick to the body. Another kick from Holloway to the body. Wow. Holloway fires a spinning kick that just misses. They flurry hard to end the round. On replay it shows Swanson took a big right hand.

Round 2: Swanson comes out firing in round two. Holloway chucks a kick and then flurries to the body. Swanson is pursuing Holloway and the latter is looking to counter. Swanson changes levels but Holloway counters with a choke attempt. Holloway wings a big overhand right. Holloway continues to counter well. Swanson eats a stiff jab. Swanson continues to pursue Holloway but is having problems breaking through. Holloway plants a big left. Round ends.

Round 3: Swanson could need a stoppage to win. Swanson clinches up and pushes Holloway to the cage. Both men land lefts. Swanson lands another hard left. Swanson attempts a spinning kick but slips to the mat. Holloway lands a couple of big shots to the body and Swanson goes to the mat. Holloway moves into an arm-triangle-choke. Wow. Swanson defends and Holloway gives it up. Fights on its feet. Swanson lands a nice kick to the body but eats a left. Holloway lands another big left and jumps on a guillotine. Wow. Swanson finally taps. What a win for Holloway.

Max Holloway def. Cub Swanson via submission (guillotine choke) R3, 3:58

Chris Camozzi vs. “Jacare” Souza

Camozzi fires a leg kick to begin the fight. Fires another. Souza comes in with a kick and then plants a big right. Souza lands another body kick but eats a jab. “Jacare” explodes in and lands a double leg. Souza passes. Beautifully done. Souza rolls into an armbar. Wow. Camozzi taps. What a performance for the #1 middleweight contender.

“Jacare” Souza def. Chris Camozzi via submission (armbar) R1, 2:33

Luke Rockhold vs. Lyoto Machida 

Machida fires a left to begin the fight. Rockhold returns with a leg kick. Machida lands a left and Rockhold taunts in response. Machida plants a couple more shots, but winds up on the ground and in a guillotine attempt. Machida defends but Rockhold has full mount. Machida moves to a deep half guard but backs off. Machida gives up his back after attempting to scramble out. Machida gets up but gets dragged back down. Machida rolls but Rockhold is still on top. Machida almost gets back up again but gets taken down. Rockhold starts landing big, big shots from above. Machida looks battered. Rockhold goes for a choke. It looks like he almost had it but Machida escapes. Machida takes a big elbow. Round ends.

Round 2: Machida’s right eye is swollen. He still looks shaky. Rockhold fires a kick to the body. Machida throws a right that misses. Rockhold lands a right. Machida loads up on a left but misses and falls to the mat. Rockhold’s on top again. Machida gives up his back again. Rockhold locks up a rear-naked-choke and Machida taps. Massive win for Rockhold.

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