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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

MMA

Lyoto Machida beats Chael Sonnen with two big flying knees

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida beat Chael Sonnen via second-round TKO during their fight at Bellator 222 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Machida knocked Sonnen to the ground in the first round with a big flying knee and dominated him the rest of the round. He caught him again with a flying knee in the second that effectively ended the fight.

The official time of the stoppage was 22 seconds into the second round.

The win marked Machida’s fourth in a row and makes him 26-8 in his career. Sonnen’s defeat ended his fifth fight with Bellator. He went 2-3 during his five-fight deal and announced after his loss that he was retiring.

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Chael Sonnen retires from MMA after loss to Lyoto Machida

Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA following his loss to Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222 in New York on Friday night.

Sonnen lost via second-round TKO after being knocked down by a flying knee and becoming unable to defend himself. He was interviewed after his fight and announced his retirement.

“I’ve got one thing to say. I had a hell of a lot of fun. I had a good run. Scott Coker gave me a 5-fight deal. He let me honor all five fights, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m walking out. I appreciate the memories, and goodbye,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen laid down his gloves in the ring, which is a tradition for fighters upon retirement after a fight.

The 42-year-old ends his career 31-17-1.

Beyond his trash talk, he is perhaps best known as a fighter for his two-fight series with Anderson Silva. Their first fight in 2010 went five rounds before Sonnen tapped and earned Fight of the Year honors. It came at a time when Silva was at his peak and considered invincible.

Sonnen beat the likes of Shogun Rua, Yushin Okami, Michael Bisping, Nate Marquardt, Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson during his career.

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Justin Bieber wants Dana White to make fight between him and Tom Cruise

Justin Bieber wants to fight Tom Cruise in the octagon and is hoping the UFC will make arrangements.

Bieber tweeted on Sunday night about his desire to face Cruise and asked who was willing to put on the fight. He tagged UFC president Dana White in the tweet.

The consensus seems to be that Cruise would destroy Bieber in an MMA match. But you never really know what will happen until the bell rings. It would be a battle between the Church of Scientology and the Hillsong Church.

If they’re able to make this fight happen, we’d love to see it.

Cowboy Cerrone blew his nose while broken and his eye blew up

Cowboy Cerrone

Cowboy Cerrone made a rookie move during his loss to Tony Ferguson at UFC 238 on Saturday night in Chicago.

Cerrone lost his fight to Ferguson when it was called off after two rounds due to Cerrone’s swollen eye. Cerrone had a broken nose and made the mistake of trying to blow his nose before the third round. Immediately after he blew his nose, his right eye swelled up. You can see it actually blow up the moment after he did it.

Veteran fighters like Cerrone should know better than to blow their nose when it’s broken. He said as much after the fight.

“I shouldn’t have blown my nose. I’m a veteran, I’m old school, and I should’ve known that. But I did, and I humbly couldn’t finish the fight, and I apologize,” Cerrone said, via MMA Junkie.

Ferguson was declared the winner via injury TKO.

Cerrone, 36, is now 36-12 with one no-contest.

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Anderson Silva says he has no plans to retire despite knee injury

Anderson Silva

Anderson Silva lost yet another fight last weekend when he was unable to get out of the first round against Jared Cannonier at UFC 237, and many people feel the former middleweight champion needs to accept his fate and retire. Silva, however, disagrees.

Silva lost by TKO after he collapsed following a leg kick from Cannonier, but an MRI has since revealed no structural damage in his knee. In a brief interview with TMZ this week, the 44-year-old said he is going to keep fighting.

“Hey guys, I’m not stopping,” Silva said convincingly. “I’m not retiring.”

Silva said he will spend some time in China promoting his movie while rehabbing from the knee injury, but he plans to return to the Octagon soon. He described the condition of his knee as “not good, but not too bad.”

Silva has won just one of his last eight fights, and his last win was by unanimous decision over Derek Brunson in February 2017. He’s one of the greatest champions in UFC history and held the middleweight title from 2006 to 2013, but his best days are clearly behind him.

While we have heard some rumors about big fights involving Silva, it’s going to be hard for UFC president Dana White to keep putting him on cards.

Douglas Lima hands Michael Page first career loss with shocking KO

Douglas LIma

Michael Page on Saturday suffered the first defeat of his MMA career, and it came at the hands of Douglas Lima.

The two fighters met at Bellator 221 in Rosemont, Ill. in the semifinals of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. Lima tripped Page with a leg kick and nailed him with a big uppercut while he was on the ground. The uppercut seemed to be the knockout blow, because the referee stepped in to stop the fight before Lima could get more than a few more slugs in.

Lima, a former Bellator welterweight champion, is now 31-7. Page (aka MVP) is now 14-1 in his pro MMA career.

Lima will face the winner of Rory MacDonald-Neiman Gracie in the finals of the Grand Prix.

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Watch: Raymond Daniels delivers highlight knockout in Bellator Birmingham

Raymond Daniels knockout

Raymond Daniels showed on Saturday why “The Human Highlight Reel” is an appropriate nickname for him.

Daniels knocked out Wilker Barros at the end of the first round of their welterweight fight at Bellator Birmingham at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, England. He did so with a huge punch that came after some fake flying spin kicks. Take a look:

Here’s the full fight:

This fight and win is a big deal for Daniels. The 39-year-old has mostly fought in Bellator Kickboxing, going 8-0 in those fights. He is 35-3 as a kickboxer. However, he was 0-1 as an MMA fighter prior to this win and hadn’t had an MMA fight since 2008.

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