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T.J. Dillashaw Departs For Colorado-Based Fight Team

UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw became the first fighter to bring Octagon gold back to Team Alpha Male.

Now, Dillashaw will take his title and move on, as he has joined the Elevation Fight Team in Colorado, according to multiple sources.

Dillashaw (12-2) is set to defend his title against Dominick Cruz this January. He started training with Duane Ludwig – who left TAM and opened his own gym in Colorado – and claimed the UFC belt when he defeated Renan Barao.

Leister Bowling is the head coach at Elevation, but Dillashaw is expected to continue to work with Ludwig for striking. Others based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center and Research Institute in Denver are Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny and Cat Zingano.

“The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me,” Dillashaw told “I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we’ve shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.

“I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they’ve offered me an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.”

Dillashaw, a former contestant on The Ultimate Fighter, was the center of friction between Ludwig and Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber. Ludwig and Faber have gone back-and-forth in the media, hurling accusations at one another.

one tigers of asia

ONE middleweight champion Igor Svirid makes his first title defense this Friday at ONE: Tigers of Asia against Vitaly Bigdash.

Set for the Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the card boasts several fights that were cancelled from a previous event.

Along with Svirid-Bigdash, female flyweight Ann Osman and Irina Mazepa take to the cage. Other planned bouts include Honorio Banario-Ev Ting, Peter Davis-Adrian Pang and Eric Kelly-Hiroshige Tanaka.

Check out the complete fight card below:


ufc 192

Many wondered if the UFC 192 main event would be one-sided, either in favor of the champion or the challenger.

That was not the case Saturday night in Houston, as Daniel Cormier scored a split decision victory over Alexander Gustafsson in defense of his light heavyweight title.

Cormier earned the bout on two scorecards, 48-47 and 49-46, while Gustafsson claimed the other, 48-47.

For “DC,” it marked his first title defense after winning the vacant belt from Anthony Johnson earlier this year. Officials stripped Jon Jones of the title after his outside-the-Octagon run-in with the law.

In the co-main event, Ryan Bader scored his fifth consecutive victory and positioned himself as a top contender with a decision victory over former UFC champion Rashad Evans.

Evans was making his return after a lengthy layoff due to knee surgery, but was unable to defeat the former Ultimate Fighter winner.

Ruslan Magomedov, Joseph Benavidez and Julianna Pena all completed the main card with decisions, as all five bouts went the distance.

A previously scheduled welterweight title-eliminator featuring Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley was scrapped after Hendricks was forced to the hospital with kidney stones and intestinal blockage a day before weigh-ins.

Yair Rodriguez started a string of six straight decisions when he bested Dan Hooker in the prelim feature bout, while Albert Tumenov and Adriano Martins claimed “Performance of the Night” finishes.

Rose Namajunas, Sage Northcutt, Sergio Pettis and Derrick Lewis all earned wins inside the Toyota Center. The attendance was announced at 14,622.

Along with Tumenov and Martins claiming bonuses, Cormier and Gustafsson were awarded the “Fight of the Night.” All four picked up $50,000 for their efforts.

Complete results can be found below:

Daniel Cormier def. Alexander Gustafsson via split decision (48-47, 47-48, 49-46) to retain the UFC light heavyweight championship

Ryan Bader def. Rashad Evans via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Ruslan Magomedov def. Shawn Jordan via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Joseph Benavidez def. Ali Bagautinov via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)

Julianna Pena def. Jessica Eye via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)

Yair Rodriguez def. Dan Hooker via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Albert Tumenov def. Alan Jouban via TKO (head-kick, strikes) at 2:55 of Round 1

Adriano Martins def. Islam Makhachev via KO (strike) at 1:46 of Round 1

Rose Namajunas def. Angela Hill via technical submission (standing rear-naked choke) at 2:47 of Round 1

Sage Northcutt def. Francisco Trevino via TKO (elbows, strikes) at :57 of Round 1

Sergio Pettis def. Chris Cariaso via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)

Derrick Lewis def. Viktor Pesta via TKO (strikes) at 1:15 of Round 3

ufc 192

Weigh-ins for UFC 192 went down earlier today, and FightLine has complete results.

In the main event, Daniel Cormier defends his light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson. Cormier will be making his first title defense after winning the belt from Anthony Johnson earlier this year.

“DC” weighed in at 205 pounds, while Gustafsson tipped the scales at 204.

A planned title-eliminator in the welterweight division between Johny Hendricks and Tyron Woodley was scrapped earlier in the day after Hendricks had to be hospitalized. Woodley did weigh-in, earning his show money and a future title shot.

Francisco Trevino was the only fighter to miss weight, coming in over for his prelim scrap with Sage Northcutt.

Complete weigh-in results, along with a video replay, can be found below:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Daniel Cormier (205 lbs.) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (204) for Cormier’s title

Rashad Evans (205) vs. Ryan Bader (206)

Shawn Jordan (265) vs. Ruslan Magomedov (236)

Joseph Benavidez (126) vs. Ali Bagautinov (125)

Jessica Eye (136) vs. Julianna Pena (135)


Yair Rodriguez (145) vs. Dan Hooker (146)

Albert Tumenov (170) vs. Alan Jouban (170)

Islam Makhachev (156) vs. Adriano Martins (156)

Rose Namajunas (115) vs. Angela Hill (115)

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6:40 p.m. ET)

Sage Northcutt (156) vs. Francisco Trevino (160)

Chris Cariaso (126) vs. Sergio Pettis (126)

Viktor Pesta (237) vs. Derrick Lewis (265)

nik lentz

Former UFC champion BJ Penn is currently retired.

However, the proud Hawaiian would end that retirement if famed trainer Mike Dolce brought one of his pupils inside the Octagon to face him.

Appearing on Wednesday night’s edition of “UFC Tonight,” Penn stated that he would like to fight Lentz at featherweight. The 36-year-old retired after a third straight loss to Frankie Edgar in 2014.

“I’m sick and tired of hearing about Mike Dolce,” Penn said. “I’ll put a challenge out right now: You go get Nik Lentz, your boy, bring him down to 145 and I’ll run right through him in one round and then I’ll find you in the back and smash you.

“If Dolce says I don’t train, let’s do this. I would come out for this. Some things were said, got heated. I worked with him for 20 days and paid him $1,000 a day. I’m sick of hearing that.”

Ahead of making his return to the Octagon and facing Edgar, Penn enlisted the help of Dolce to get his weight down. After, the two sides engaged in verbal warfare against one another.

Instead of training, Penn has spent time doing the “taro farms. The Hawaiians love the poi; I love the poi” he said.

As for that possible Lentz contest, Penn would like for it to be back at featherweight to prove a point.

“At 145. Let’s do this,” he said. “That was my last fight. I had a bad showing. I’m ready for something like this. I haven’t been in a gym for two years. I’ll come back for the grudge match, then we’ll see.”

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