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ufc 203

As he posted on social media, Stipe Miocic’s first heavyweight title defense will take place “in the Land!”

Miocic announced that UFC 203 will go down September 10 from Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena during the NBA Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night.

It's on! Defending the belt in the land!!!! #andstill #clevelandagainsttheworld #ufc203 #clevelandtough #theland

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It marks the debut of the Octagon in Cleveland, and has everything to do with Miocic after the Ohio native won the belt with a first round knockout of Fabricio Werdum in Brazil earlier this month.

The 33-year-old Miocic (15-2) has won three in a row and is 6-1 over his last seven, including his finish of Werdum. He’s also topped Andrei Arlovski, Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson.

Overeem (41-14) sports a four-fight win streak that features a recent knockout of Arlovski and victories over Junior dos Santos, Nelson and Stefan Struve.

james te huna

Following 10 fights inside the Octagon and 25 overall, James Te Huna has decided to move on in life.

Te Huna announced his retirement from mixed martial arts earlier this week, posting a message on social media.

The 34-year-old has lost each of his last four fights after going 10-1 during one point in his career. He finishes with an overall record of 16-9 and a UFC mark of 5-5.

Hey guys ..yes I'm alive haha, it's been a couple months since my last post and I apologise for my absence. I have discovered something that is tough to swallow (but made a lot of sense) since the last fight but this recent decision is a positive step towards a healthy future, I hope you can all understand. I gave it everything I had guys, and those closest to me know how much of my life I gave to competition-I didn't have the gift when I started..just put in the work to chase a childhood dream. This career has expanded to 20 years and I have/am very grateful for all the help and support that I have received along this amazing journey. I got to learn and gain respect, discipline from martial arts, my culture and my family. Living a healthy lifestyle (minus the hospitals lol). Experiencing the positives and negatives of a sport-I have been through it all and I'll be using this knowledge in my next venture. I received a lot of help and I always done my best to give back whenever I could. I would like to encourage the youth to get involved and I will continue to promote. There have been a lot of proud moments-having the opportunity to represent my culture to the world, but most of all being told from the person who I looked up to, my nephew my namesake. Again, thank you guys for all the support and a big thank you to my family. Kia ora Jamie

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UFC 199

We won’t get to see Luke Rockhold-Chris Weidman 2 this June at UFC 199, but the middleweight champion will still be in action.

Before Rockhold defends his belt vs. Michael Bisping, check out the fight that won him the title in this replay:

bellator 155

Rafael Carvalho left the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho Friday night with his Bellator middleweight title.

However, it came with plenty of controversy.

Carvalho retained the title and won his 13th straight fight with a split decision victory over Melvin Manhoef in the main event of Bellator 155. The main card aired live on Spike TV.

The decision was met with plenty of boos by the crowd and caused a fire storm on Twitter afterwards.

In the co-main event, Pat Curran picked up a decision over Georgi Karakhanyan, while Alexis Dufresne stunned Marloes Coenen with a first round submission win. Dufresne, though, came in four pounds over the featherweight limit for the contest.

Complete results can be found below:

Rafael Carvalho def. Melvin Manhoef via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 48-47) to retain Bellator middleweight championship

Pat Curran def. Georgi Karakhanyan via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai declared a majority draw (30-26, 28-28, 28-28)

Alexis Dufresne def. Marloes Coenen via submission (triangle armbar) at 4:33 of Round 1

Chase Gormley def. Joey Beltran via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)

Jesse Brock def. Olly Bradstreet via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57 of Round 3

Marcin Held def. Dave Jansen via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

Casey Johnson def. Brendon Raftery via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:16 of Round 2

Joe Hamilton def. Tyler Freeland via submission (rear-naked choke) at :22 of Round 11

Vince Morales def. Hamilton Ash via TKO (strikes) at 2:32 of Round 3

Veta Arteaga def. Jackie Vandenburgh via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Scott Thometz def. Josh Tyler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)

Will Noland def. Sean Powers via KO (strike) at 3:29 of Round 1

bellator 155

Bellator MMA recently held a conference call featuring the main and co-main event for Friday night’s Bellator 155 event.

Check out highlights below from the call, with comments by Bellator president Scott Coker, middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho, challenger Melvin Manhoef, Pat Curran and Georgi Karakhanyan.

Scott Coker

“We’re excited to be in Boise, fighting at the Century Link Arena. I think this is a fight town that has been hungry for a big MMA promotion and we’re proud to be the first to do it. We’ve got a great middleweight world title fight between Carvalho and Manhoef… Carvalho is coming off of a big win with a KO over Brandon Halsey and undoubtedly this fight is going to have a bunch of fireworks between both of these guys.”

On the fight between Curran and Karakhanyan…

“I definitely think that this fight has some title implications but we always like to see how the fight pans out…honestly if this is something that’s exciting and a barn burner and if this fight can stand on its own feet, it very well could be.”

On if a Bellator bonus structure is going to come to fruition in the future…

“It is something we’re working on but we’re just a little bit different, because we’re a premium TV model so it’s something that has been considered, but right now it’s something that is still just in dialogue.”

Rafael Carvalho

“I am excited and really think this could be historical. It’s going to be a lot of strikes and it’s going to be a kickboxing fight with MMA gloves.”

“Every fight you’ve got to show what you got. In this fight, it’s going to be no different [now that I’m a champ]. I’m going to show everything I’ve got and I am always looking forward to the next fight.

“People recognize me more now and I have gained more respect now as the champion…Winning the belt for the first time is one thing, but the real deal is when you defend the belt and keep the belt. That’s when you become the real champion.

On overcoming challenges of living in Rio…

“There are good people as well as bad but the only thing that is going to dictate your future is you and how hard you work for it. It doesn’t matter where you live or what kind of clothing you wear, if you put your mind into it and are willing to work hard for it.

Melvin Manhoef

“I look forward to making a kickboxing with small gloves. I am prepared for anything so it doesn’t matter what’s going to happen. I am looking forward to being there and doing what I do best, which is the striking, so for me it’s very nice that he wants to do the kickboxing in the cage with me.

Do you feel like people are counting you out heading into this fight?

“I don’t know what people are thinking but it all depends on what me and my team think and the fans who are supporting me think. I feel like the fight is still in me and I showed it at my last fight. I trained real hard for this fight and my goal is to show it again that you cannot count me out… You know my fight style; I do everything to knock people out so I am glad if [Carvalho] wants to make a kick boxing fight out of it.”

What would winning the Bellator title mean to you?

“It means a lot, with all of the hard work and a lot of people writing me off, but I think this is like a new era or new beginning for me and I could become a world champion. I think that being a fighter that’s been in the business so long, it has been an achievement already.”

Pat Curran

“I am really excited to step in there on Friday and put on a dominant performance. I have made a lot of changes in my life, in my camp and everything is falling into place right now and I’m excited to showcase that on Friday.”

Do the stakes of this fight change for you as they would for a title?

“I feel like every fight at this point in your career, especially in this division is do-or-die and if you win you’re going to get that much pull-through coming or having the chance to fight for the title again and I feel like over and over George and I have been that much closer to another title shot.”

Georgi Karakhanyan

“I can’t wait for Friday night. I am going out there with nothing to lose, just going 100 percent and fighting my fight and come out with a victory.”

On this being a potential title eliminator and going up against two-time champ Curran…

“I know everybody is talking about the title but to me I don’t think about that, right now I have a good opponent in front of me with Pat Curran, a former champion and I can’t ask for a better opponent than him. I am very excited, I cannot wait and I am ready to put on a great show and I’m for sure coming out with my hands right.”

On coming back from surgery and making adjustments…

“I treat everything the same, I got about five surgeries last year and the last surgery was just a meniscus tear but after that, Bellator took good care of me. They put me in a very good rehab place and I’ve started my training and feel 100 percent.”

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