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Diego Sanchez will not enter the Octagon on Saturday night if Michel Pereira comes in over the welterweight limit, but the Brazilian guarantees he shouldn’t worry about it. In fact, Pereira believes that’s the veteran brawler is coming up with excuses to deal with fear. Pereira missed weight by a pound for his last fight with Tristan Connelly in Vancouver last September, and later told MMA Fighting he considered quitting due to exhaustion in the...

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LAS VEGAS – Sodiq Yusuff hopes to parlay a win over Andre Fili at UFC 246 into a marquee fight in the featherweight division. Yusuff (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) said he carries the utmost respect for Fili (20-6 MMA, 8-5 UFC) after seeing him do years of work inside the octagon. Yusuff stopped short of calling his next opponent a gatekeeper but said he knows a win is necessary if he wants to break through...

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SAITAMA, Japan – Fedor Emelianenko bid farewell to his Japanese fans at Bellator 237 with a first-round knockout of Quinton Jackson, and Bellator president Scott Coker said another former Pride FC legend could be next for “The Last Emperor”. Speaking to reporters, including MMA Junkie, backstage at the Saitama Super Arena, Coker said former UFC heavyweight champion Josh Barnett (35-8, 0-0 BMMA) is a strong candidate to face Emelianenko (39-6, 3-2 BMMA) next. “The guy...

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Israel Adesanya is keeping eyes on all the happenings in the UFC middleweight division, and that includes the come-up of Edmen Shahbazyan. Shahbazyan (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is an unbeaten rising star at 185 pounds who has vocalized his desire to become youngest champion in UFC history. He just turned 22, and has a little less than two years to break Jon Jones’ mark in the record books. After getting three solid wins to begin...

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Augusto Sakai wants a top-ranked opponent after inking a new deal with the UFC. The Brazilian heavyweight, who stopped Marcin Tybura in just 59 seconds back in September, announced the news on his social media. Sakai told MMA Fighting he signed a six-fight contract. Sakai remains unbeaten in four Octagon appearances, which includes a second-round TKO over Marcos Conrado Jr. at Dana White’s Contender Series and UFC wins over Chase Sherman and Andrei Arlovski. Sakai...

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Bellator Europe 6 is in need of a new main-event matchup after one of the headliners needed to drop out. Derek Anderson, who was slated to face Michael Page in the welterweight main event of the Nov. 23 card in London, had to pull out of the fight due to an undisclosed injury. MMA Junkie confirmed the news through a person with knowledge of the situation after an initial Tuesday report by FanSided. The company...