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Jose Aldo says weight cut ‘very easy,’ will be champ at 135

LAS VEGAS – Jose Aldo has only positive comments about his first cut down to the bantamweight division and insists everything is going smoothly ahead of Friday’s UFC 245 official weigh-in. After being a career-long featherweight and the longest reigning UFC champion in the division’s history, Aldo (28-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) decided to make a drastic change by moving down a weight class. It was a surprising development, because the Brazilian
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Amanda Nunes doesn’t recognize de Randamie as a former champ

Germaine de Randamie was never a champion in Amanda Nunes’ eyes. Despite winning the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight belt in a decision victory against Holly Holm back in February 2017, Nunes (18-4 MMA, 11-1 UFC)  doesn’t think de Randamie (9-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) did enough to deserve the champion label. That would’ve been different for Nunes if de Randamie had gone on to defend her title, which she didn’t. Instead, she
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A deep dive into champ Max Holloway’s epic resume

UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway returns to the octagon Saturday for what he hopes will be his fourth consecutive title defense, this time against Alexander Volkanovski. Since his title reign began two years ago, Holloway (21-4 MMA, 17-4 UFC) has proven himself to be one of the most dominant champions in the sport. “Blessed” will attempt to continue that against Volkanovski (20-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) when they meet in the
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Ex-Bellator champ, UFC fighter Will Brooks participates in WWE tryout

Former Bellator champion Will Brooks is trying his hand at the world of professional wrestling. In a recent press release, WWE revealed that Brooks (20-5-1 MMA) was among more than 40 athletes to partake in a recent tryout. The tryout was the WWE’s final of 2019. The week was overseen by WWEPC head coach Matt Bloom. The tryout took place at the WWE performance Center in Orlando, Fla., and featured
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Daniel Cormier expects trilogy with UFC champ Stipe Miocic in June

WASHINGTON – Daniel Cormier would prefer to close out his UFC heavyweight title trilogy with Stipe Miocic as soon as possible, but has already accepted he has no control over the timeline. Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), the former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, will meet Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in the final fight of his decorated MMA career sometime in 2020. After winning the first meeting in at
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UFC cuts Renan Barao, former bantamweight champ

Former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao’s tenure in the company has come to an unceremonious end. The Brazilian competitor, who will turn 33 in January, was recently released by the company. MMA Junkie confirmed an initial report by Combate through a source with knowledge of the situation. After losing his MMA debut in 2005, Barao went on an incredible run of 32 consecutive victories. That included his first two fights
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UFC champ Zhang Weili’s striking better than Jedrzejczyk

WASHINGTON – Song Yadong doesn’t think the UFC’s strawweight champion will lose her belt in her next title defense. The Team Alpha Male fighter, who’s set to compete at Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, D.C., against Cody Stamann, thinks Zhang Weili will defeat Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her first title defense, scheduled for UFC 248 in March. It’s hard to deny that Weili is a threat to anyone competing
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KSW champ Scott Askham wants to knock out Mamed Khalidov

KSW middleweight champion Scott Askham knew he would be in Mamed Khalidov’s sights as soon as the Polish MMA star announced his return from retirement, but he admits he was left bewildered when their fight at KSW 52 was booked as a non-title fight, at a catchweight of 187 pounds. “We all know he’s the (expletive) guy,” Askham told MMA Junkie from Gliwice ahead of the bout on Dec. 7.
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Former champ Holly Holm, Raquel Pennington set for rematch

Former UFC champ Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington finally will have their rematch in January. Holm (12-5 MMA, 5-5 UFC) is set to run it back with Pennington (10-7 MMA, 7-4 UFC) in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC 246. The rematch originally was booked for UFC 243 in October, but Holm had to withdraw due to a hamstring injury. MMA Junkie verified the matchup will multiple persons close to