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Neiman Gracie: ‘Amateur’ Dillon Danis has to fight more and talk less

Neiman Gracie is set to meet Dave Marfone at Bellator 180 in New York, but that wasn’t the promotion’s original plan for the June 24 event at Madison Square Garden. Before the bout was officially announced by Bellator, Gracie tweeted that Bellator reached out to offering him a fight with MMA newcomer Dillon Danis, a jiu-jitsu ace who trains with UFC champion Conor McGregor. Gracie agreed, but Danis turned down the offer because it was a preliminary bout, saying he would only miss the IBJJF World Championship for a spot on the pay-per-view main card. Days away from his fourth Bellator appearance, the undefeated Gracie fired shots at Danis when asked if he’s still interested in meeting him inside the cage. “To tell you the truth, I don’t care about him,” Gracie told MMA Fighting. “I accepted the fight and he didn’t. I think he has to fight first because we’re here talking about an amateur. He didn’t fight anyone and is talking a lot. “He’s 0-0, he never fought anyone, so he has to fight before he talks about anyone. He needs to work, and then I’ll get this fight at any time. First, he has to stop talking and actually fight. He’s an amateur, I’m a professional.” That doesn’t mean Gracie wouldn’t accept to be Danis’ first opponent in MMA, though. “I’ll accept it, I’ll accept it,...

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UFC Fight Night 110 averages 923,000 viewers

Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night from Auckland, New Zealand, headlined by Mark Hunt’s fourth-round stoppage of Derrick Lewis, averaged 923,000 viewers. The number was strong enough for FS 1 to place first among cable sports networks in prime time in both total viewers and in the 18-49 demo. It was the second most-watched sports event on U.S. television in prime time that night, trailing a major league baseball game on FOX that did 2,311,000 viewers. The Hunt vs. Lewis main event peaked at 1,087,000 viewers. The number is slightly down from normal for 2017. Prime-time Fight Night shows so far this year on FS 1 are averaging 962,000 viewers. The show had a main event of interest, with two ranked heavyweights with knockout power. But from a television standpoint, it lacked name power depth. Aside from Hunt vs. Lewis, Derek Brunson was the biggest name. He faced Daniel Kelley, an Australian market star who he defeated quickly in the first round. Ross Pearson has some name value from being around UFC for many years and early success from The Ultimate Fighter, but hasn’t been a major player in a long time. The prelims featuring Vinc Pichel’s first-round knockout over Damien Brown, averaged 696,000 viewers. That was the lowest of the year for a prime time FS 1 airing and 12 percent below the 2017 average. Pichel hadn’t fought in...

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NYSAC: Chael Sonnen, Wanderlei Silva will be drug tested before Bellator NYC

Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva will both be drug tested ahead of Bellator NYC, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. The news was first reported Monday by MMA Report. Per New York State Department of State spokesperson Laz Benitez, Sonnen and SIlva, both recently coming off lengthy doping suspensions, will underdog out-of-competition drug testing administered by a third-party agency. The cost of the tests will be “borne by the athlete being tested,” Benitez said via e-mail. Bellator president Scott Coker said Tuesday on a media conference call that the tests are expected to return before the event at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 24. Sonnen and Silva are scheduled to compete in the night’s pay-per-view main event. Coker said that it was his understanding that both fighters have already been tested. Silva, 40, confirmed on the call that he, indeed, has had a sample taken already. This will be his first fight back coming off a three-year suspension for evading a drug test by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). “Both fighters have been tested recently for out-of-competition testing,” Coker said. … “Those test results will be back I want to say any day now.” Sonnen, 40, served a two-year suspension in Nevada from 2014 to 2016 after he tested positive for banned substances in multiple drug tests prior to what...

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UFC Fight Night 110 Results: Lewis vs. Hunt

MMA Fighting has UFC Fight Night 110 results for the Lewis vs. Hunt fight card June 10 at the Spark Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. In the main event, top heavyweights Derrick Lewis and Mark Hunt will square off in a key contest. Middleweights Derek Brunson and Dan Kelly will clash in the co-main event. Check out the UFC Fight Night 110 results below. Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET) Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt Derek Brunson vs. Dan Kelly Dan Hooker vs. Ross Pearson Ion Cutelaba vs. Henrique da Silva Tim Elliott vs. Ben Nguyen Alexander Volkanovksi vs. MIzuto Hirota Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET) Damien Brown vs. Vinc Pichel John Moraga vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian Luke Jumeau vs. Dominique Steele Kiichi Kunimoto vs. Zak Ottow Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET) JJ Aldrich vs. Chan-Mi Jeon Thibault Gouti vs. Dong Hyun Kim MMA Fighting – All Posts...

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Jimi Manuwa: Dana White ‘said I’ll get a title shot’ with win over Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 214

Jimi Manuwa is in a tricky but good spot in his UFC career. The No. 2 ranked light heavyweight is currently scheduled to take on top-five contender Volkan Oezdemir on the main card of UFC 214 on July 29. Conveniently enough, Daniel Cormier will defend his light heavyweight strap in the main event of the card against long-time rival and former champ Jon Jones. Prior to the Cormier-Jones booking, Manuwa was a solid candidate to challenge for the belt, but the UFC decided to go Jones. Despite not getting the crack at the champ, Manuwa remains optimistic that he’ll be fighting for the belt soon. “I’m okay, I can’t argue with Jon Jones getting the fight,” Manuwa told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “He’s one of the greatest fighters of all-time, like I said before. I believe I’ll knock Volkan out and Dana said I’ll get a title shot after that, so if one more person has to get it, then so be it.” Although, UFC president Dana White told Manuwa he’ll be getting a shot at the belt with a win over Oezdemir, we’ve seen cases where the UFC has failed to fulfill promised title shots to contenders. And for Manuwa, this could possibly be bad news, as his training partner and No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson recently inserted his name in the title...

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