CA returns to Guadalajara with USA vs. Mexico headliner on 9/27
Combate Americas announced its return to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico with a star-studded card on Friday, 9/27, broadcast live on television in the U.S. on both Univision (12 a.m. ET/PT) and TUDN (12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT), and streaming on DAZN. The featherweight main event is a classic Mexico-USA showdown, with Guadalajara hero Horacio “The Punisher” Gutierrez making his long-awaited return to La Jaula, vs. fellow rising star Chase “El Guero” Gibson. Additional bouts for the event will be announced soon. CEO Campbell McLaren: “We have a lineup filled with some of the most exciting new stars in our sport and a classic Mexico vs. USA showdown in the main event that will highlight our return to Guadalajara, one of Combate Americas’ favorite cities in Mexico."
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“I think if you want to improve your legacy by changing weight classes, I don’t think this is help for you. Only one thing helps for you. You have to beat up-and-comers. What about when you beat tough opponents and you’re still undefeated more than the others. I think this is going to improve your legacy. If you lose couple times and you win one title, second title, you lose again, and then you win third title, this does not make you great. My opinion, when you’re undefeated long time and you never lose, this is when it’s real thing. … When you go to the cage and again, again, again, you win, win, win, win, that helps to talk about ‘this guy is tough’. I don’t focus on welterweight or featherweight, my focus is the lightweight division. I’m a real lightweight and my fights are going to be in the lightweight division. I don’t want to change any weight classes. I want to focus on my weight division.” 'The Eagle' fights interim champ Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 on Saturday. h/t MMA Junkie
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Felipe Silva unfazed by opponent change at BRAVE 26 and more
One of the leaders of the world-famous CM System, striker Felipe Silva cornered 3 teammates at Brave 25 in Brazil on Friday, and this Saturday he fights in Bogota, Colombia. Adding to the burden, his scheduled opponent, Guram Kutateladze from Georgia recently suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Bogota native Dumar Roa. Silva says that changes nothing: "Of course it's disappointing, we had everything ready for Kutateladze, who's a tough opponent and has had a good win for BRAVE CF already. But nothing else changes, as far as we're concerned. We are here to do a job, and we will take him seriously as we always do", says Felipe, who can't wait to make his BRAVE CF debut, regardless of the opponent change."
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Lee moved up vs. flyweight champ Xiong in March, but was TKoed in the fifth. Then she lost to Michelle Nicolini, again at flyweight. Now she has a rematch vs. Xiong, who is dropping down to challenge for Lee's atomweight belt: “It is a crazy situation. I have two losses in my last two fights, so the pressure of losing is off my shoulders.But, I have to defend my belt now, which is a lot of pressure. I didn’t get to show my skills my last two fights. ... I’m making changes, I know she will make changes to her game plan. I think this time around, I’m looking to defend my belt. This is my division and this is where I feel the best as I am undefeated. ... There are incredible fighters on the card so for them to choose me as the main event is surreal,” she said. “I’m vert grateful for that. Added pressure, added motivation. The whole day is going to be amazing.” h/t Sherdog
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“I’m very proud of what I did. To go through a different time zone, to come all the way here and fight her. She landed a good hand. I had never been knocked out before, and she did it. Who knows one day I can meet her again and then we will have a real fight. I felt the punch, then came the elbows. I kept blacking out and coming back and blacking out again. There wasn’t much to do. I couldn’t work my aggressiveness, my strikes. The little I put on her, she felt. It’s part of the job, one day you win, one day you lose.” h/t BE • Combate (original Portuguese)
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Victorious at BRAVE 25, Matheus Nicolau can cause problems for champ Loman
Matheus Nicolau had a BRAVE dream debut, beating former title contender and top striker Felipe Efrain in the co-main event of the evening at BRAVE CF 25 in Belo Horizonte: "I won at home, in front of my people, and at Minas Tênis Clube, where I had fought before. It was amazing to feel the energy emanating from the crowd. Family, friends, and fans were all there. ... I hope to build on that win and I'm down to fight for the title next. I have a lot of respect for [BRAVE bantam champ Stephen Loman], he has a big win streak going, but I believe I have all the weapons to cause him problems. I know I can give him the biggest test, and bring questions that he has yet to answer inside the BRAVE arena, I'm confident I can have my hand raised if we fight. The focus is entirely on helping [girlfriend and fellow BRAVE fighter Luana Pinheiro] now. She has a tough fight ahead of her, but we are well-prepared. After that, I want to rest for a bit, and enjoy the victory, which was against a very tough and well-respected opponent."
Why Ricardo Almeida doesn't hit pads
“I still can’t hit pads because I think that if I hit pads the next step will be start sparring again and then I get in my mind that I’ll want to fight again. I’m afraid to give that too much thought, you know? [laughs].” I always have that desire, ‘Can I still fight?’, but then I see Marlon sparring with Frankie, Zabit with Eddie, and I think that I’m gonna have to spar with those guys. Are you crazy? I’m too old for this [laughs]. When I really stop and think about it, I’ve already fought, there’s no reason to fight more. I stopped because I lost a fight that I thought I could have won. I always fought because I wanted to become champion and be the best, and when I lost this last fight I knew that it would take more time. I have my students, my family, I have my life to live. I gave my all into fighting, so now I don’t really think about coming back. If I stop and think about it, I think my energy is best served in other opportunities as a coach, as a teacher in my school, as a family man, as a father for my sons. That’s what I’m focusing on now." h/t MMA Fighting
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Dutin Poirier: With win over Khabib, I'm the lightweight G.O.A.T.
“A win vs. The Eagle at UFC 242 on 9/1 in Abu Dhabi] is huge. It’s history. When I go out there and beat Khabib, it’s not a question of am I the best UFC lightweight? It’s a question of am I the best lightweight to ever fight in mixed martial arts with the run I’m on. Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis, Eddie Alvarez, Khabib Nurmagomedov, winning over those guys in a row in main events, over and over, that’s the best run in lightweight history. If I go out there and stop Khabib, I’m the best lightweight fighter to ever strap on a pair of four-ounce gloves. Simple and plain. I’m not wrong in saying it. This is going to start the reign. This is the fight that gives me the undisputed title. But on the other side, this is the fight where I etch my name into the history books forever. Because of this win, I’m going to forever be a part of the best of the best of mixed martial arts. But I’m 30 years old and I still feel like my best fights are ahead of me. I’m starting to hit my stride. This is the beginning of “The Diamond” reign.” h/t MMA Fighting
Gustafsson heading to return, he hopes vs. Luke Rockhold
Alexander Gustafsson is only MMA "retired" and appears to be headed back to the Octagon: “I’m talking with the UFC, we are going back and forth. I’m about 240-245 lbs. I’m a heavyweight right now” joked Gustafsson. “I’ve had a good time with family and friends. It has been a good two and half months. I am in no man’s land” says the light heavyweight title challenger about his status as he begins to start training again without any official fight. I just want to train and get into shape. Let’s see how it goes. Luke Rockhold would be a good payday. Would love a fight. A fight against Luke would be a great way to comeback. He is a tough guy, a legend. We are trying to figure out what I do wrong in competitions. I felt so good before the last fight. Something is not right, and I need to fix it.” h/t MMA Viking