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urijah faber

Urijah Faber has reached a point in his MMA career where he can say and talk about literally anything he wants.

The former WEC champion and multi-time UFC title contender recently appeared on an episode of Submission Radio to talk about a number of subjects.

While he doesn’t have a fight lined up, “The California Kid” did just finish filming The Ultimate Fighter 22 alongside interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The two had a minor “dust-up” backstage at an event, and that fire continued to grow during filming, though a relationship also formed.

“It’s interesting,” Faber said. “(Dominick) Cruz and I don’t like each other, but Conor and I have a funny relationship. We like to talk crap to each other, but I actually think he’s a decent dude. I think as a competitor, he’s a guy that likes to win and that makes for a good competition. I was pretty pumped about it.”

During TUF, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and McGregor “got into it” on multiple occasions.

“It’s funny ’cause Conor and I have been around each other and have an interesting relationship, but him and T.J. on two different occasions have gotten into it with things escalating to them kind of bad mouthing each other,” Faber said. “So there’s a little tension there as well and I think that’s a good fight the fans would love to see.

“One time T.J. and Conor and I in the back of the Ronda Rousey fight in LA, we were in just a private little bar with celebrities and the UFC brass and words were exchanged, and TJ was talking about Conor’s title shot and Conor went back and forth and they were getting on each other’s nerves, really. So I think they ended up having to be split up a little bit.”

Faber also had stern words for former TAM head coach Duane Ludwig, who continues to work with Dillashaw and others.

“From my stand point, what I’ve seen from him, I don’t like the way he treats people,” he said. “He’s a bully, he’s done things that have really rubbed me the wrong way as far as building a positive environment, and I feel bad for the people that are stuck with him, because he takes and he takes and he takes, and it’s not the way that I built my team and I don’t appreciate his negativity.

“So for me, I’m done with the guy.”

melvin guillard

With no UFC this weekend, Bellator takes center stage with an Octagon veteran in the main event.

Bellator 141 goes down Friday night from Temecula, California and the Pechanga Resort and Casino with Melvin Guillard making his promotional debut vs. Brandon Girtz.

Guillard has fought for both the UFC and World Series of Fighting before, joining a select list of fighters to compete for the three main MMA promotions in the U.S. Girtz has won 11 of 15 career fights, while Guillard is 32-14-2 with a pair of no-contests in his long career.

Other Spike TV main card bouts include Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Saad Award, Justin Wren vs. Josh Burns and Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood.

The prelim lineup boasts fighters such as Marloes Coenen, Derek Anderson, Brent Primus and Curtis Millender.

Check out the current lineup below, along with a video preview of the card:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Melvin Guillard Vs. Brandon Girtz

Lightweight: Patricky “Pitbull” Freire vs. Saad Awad

Heavyweight: Josh Burns vs. Justin Wren

Heavyweight: Raphael Butler vs. Lorenzo Hood


Female Featherweight: Marloes Coenen vs. Ariene Biencowe

Female Featherweight: Adrienna Jenkins vs. Lissette Neri

Welterweight: Curtis Millender vs. Steven Ciacco

Welterweight: Johnny Cisneros vs. Gabriel Miglioli

Female Flyweight: Ilima Macfarlane vs. Maria Rios

Featherweight: James Barnes vs. A.J. McKee

Light Heavyweight: Luc Bondole vs. Ray Sloan

Lightweight: Derek Anderson vs. Brent Primus

Welterweight: A.J. Matthews vs. Emiliano Sordi

warlley alves

Last November, Colby Covington packed up his bags and headed to Brazil.

Covington scored a third round submission victory over Wagner Silva to begin the action from Uberlandia, and proceeded to stick around and watch three more key welterweight scraps later in the night.

One of those featured Covington’s UFC 194 opponent, Warlley Alves, who earned a co-main event win over Alan Jouban that same night.

The two unbeaten 170-pound fighters will square off this December 12 at UFC 194 as part of a night that will see both the UFC featherweight (Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor) and middleweight (Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold) belts on the line.

For Covington (8-0), the opportunity to meet Alves was one he had his sights set on.

“Warlley was definitely on my radar because he co-main evented and won the the show I fought on for the UFC in Brazil,” said Covington, during an exclusive interview with FightLine. “I figured our paths were destined to cross.”

Knowing he will be part of a card that boasts two title matchups and some of the biggest names and draws in the sport, the American Top Team-trained Covington sees this as a perfect chance to shine bright under the spotlight.

“It is business as usual fighting on this mega card,” he said, “but it is nice to actually have a training camp instead of short notice. I plan on making the most of it and putting on a performance to remember.”

After taking care of Silva in November for his second straight UFC submission win and third overall, Covington fought on the Memorial Day Weekend UFC 187 event against veteran Mike Pyle. He earned a decision, going the distance for just the third time in his career.

“Pyle was a good win in my career,” said the former Iowa Central Community College and Oregon State University wrestler. “But I have been envisioning this for a long time and this is just the beginning.”

ufc fight night 74

After a long hiatus in terms of their usual scheduling, the Octagon returned Sunday night with UFC Fight Night 74.

Max Holloway was declared the winner of the main event after an injury to Charles Oliveira ended the contest early in the first. Oliveira appeared to hurt his left shoulder after going in for a takedown.

Referee Herb Dean immediately stepped in and called a stoppage to the fight, as Oliveira was in obvious pain and took several minutes of medical attention before he could be moved.

Fighting on short notice was no problem for Neil Magny, as he bounced back from a loss to Demian Maia by controlling Erick Silva and scoring a decision. Magny, who is now 8-1 over his last nine, replaced Rick Story in the co-main event.

Former UFC middleweight title contender Patrick Cote flexed his power, handing Josh Burkman his first stoppage loss via TKO. Cote landed with a clean shot in the third after a slugfest between the two veterans, following up on the ground for the win.

One of three unbeaten fighters competing on the card, Chad Laprise was unable to keep his record intact, as Francisco Trinaldo delivered a powerful first round finish of the Canadian. Trinaldo flattened Laprise out and pounded away until the referee stepped in.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier pushed his pro MMA record to 7-1 with a strong win over Tony Sims. While he was unable to secure the finish, OAM used his judo and wrestling skills to control Sims and claim a decision.

Canada’s own Valerie Letourneau kicked off the main card with a decision victory over Maryna Moroz. The loss was the first in the career of Moroz, who was coming off a stunning upset of Joanne Calderwood.

Frankie Perez earned the biggest win of his career, and decided that was the right time to walk away from MMA. Despite being just 26 years old, Perez announced his retirement after finishing Sam Stout in the prelim main event.

Brazil’s Felipe Arantes traveled into hostile territory and walked out with a submission victory over Canadian Yves Jabouin. It marked the debut at bantamweight for Arantes, who is 4-3-1 over eight Octagon appearances.

Nikita Krylov and Marcos Rogerio de Lima went full-speed ahead in a light heavyweight affair, as Krylov defended two deep guillotines and locked up his own rear-naked choke. The win was the third straight for “Al Capone.”

Chris Kelades opened up the televised action by scoring a decision victory over Chris Beal. Despite one judge giving Beal all three rounds, the other two ruled in favor of Kelades.

Shane Campbell improved to 8-2 over his last 10 with a decision victory vs. Elias Silverio. Misha Cirkunov, who trains out of Toronto, started his UFC career with a convincing first round finish over fellow Octagon newcomer Daniel Jolly.

Arantes and Perez were awarded $50,000 each for “Performance of the Night,” while Cote and Burkman the same for “Fight of the Night.” The attendance for the first-ever UFC event in Saskatchewan was 7,202 for a live gate of $949,000 Canadian ($717,000 U.S.).

Complete results can be found below:

Max Holloway def. Charles Oliveira via TKO (injury) at 1:39 of Round 1

Neil Magny def. Erick Silva via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)

Patrick Cote def. Josh Burkman via TKO (strikes) at 1:26 of Round 3

Francisco Trinaldo def. Chad Laprise via TKO (strikes) at 2:43 of Round 1

Olivier Aubin-Mercier def. Tony Sims via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Valerie Letourneau def. Maryna Moroz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Frankie Perez def. Sam Stout via TKO (strikes) at :54 of Round 1

Felipe Arantes def. Yves Jabouin via submission (armbar) at 4:21 of Round 1

Nikita Krylov def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:29 of Round 1

Chris Kelades def. Chris Beal via split decision (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

ufc fight night 74

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC Fight Night 74.

Tonight’s event marks the first-ever stop for the Octagon in Saskatchewan, as the SaskTel Centre opens its doors for fights.

In the main event, featherweight contenders Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira do battle.

Holloway (13-3) has reeled off an impressive six-fight win streak since going the distance with current interim UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor back in 2013.

Oliveira (20-4) is on a four-fight win streak that includes submission wins over Nik Lentz, Hatsu Hioki and Andy Ogle. He is 6-2 over his last eight, losing only to Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson.

Also, Neil Magny steps in on short notice as a replacement for Rick Story, taking on Erick Silva in the co-main event.

Other FOX Sports 1 main card fights include Patrick Cote vs. Josh Burkman, Chad Laprise vs. Francisco Trinaldo, Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Tony Sims and Maryna Moroz vs. Valerie Letourneau.

Four of the six prelims also air live on FS1, featuring Sam Stout vs. Frankie Perez, Yves Jabouin vs. Felipe Arantes, Marcios Rogerio de Lima vs. Nikita Krylov and Chris Kelades vs. Chris Beal.

UFC Fight Pass will kick things off with Shane Campbell-Elias Silverio and Misha Cirkunov-Daniel Jolly in early prelim action.

Now, on to fights! Remember to keep hitting “refresh” for the latest results:


Daniel Jolly vs. Misha Cirkunov

We begin the night in the light heavyweight division, as UFC newcomers Misha Cirkunov (9-2) and Daniel Jolly (5-0) face off. Jolly is replacing Sean O’Connell, who pulled out of the fight earlier this month.

Round 1: You can tell these Canadian fans have been waiting for UFC action, as they are loud and proud here early on. Cirkunov currently trains out of Toronto, so he’ll be the hometown favorite. Jolly throwing big kicks, but Cirkunov lands with a huge right hand right off the bat. Nice 1-2 combo from Jolly connects, and he lands a counter-right off a missed kick by Cirkunov. Judo throw from Cirkunov gives him side control and plenty of time to work. He’s using his size advantage, looking for a choke. Jolly rolls, but Cirkunov still has hold of his neck. Nice defense by Jolly, using his strength to off-set the size disadvantage. Cirkunov slips in a hook, jumps on his back, but winds up on his own back with Jolly on top. Jolly wants nothing to do with a grappling exchange and they stand back up. Jolly with the clinch and a knee, but Cirkunov uses his skills to take him down and gain full-mount. Shots from Cirkunov, Jolly turns and gives up his back. Cirkunov gets a hook in again and looks to be rolling for either an arm-lock or rear-naked choke. He’s peppering him with shots. After failing to get the submission, Cirkunov rolls and begins landing more and more shots. The ref steps in and this one is all over.

Misha Cirkunov def. Daniel Jolly via KO (strikes) at 4:45 of Round 1

Shane Campbell vs. Elias Silverio

All the way down to the lightweight ranks with Shane Campbell (11-3) and Elias Silverio (11-1). Campbell is a well-decorated Muay Thai champion, while Silverio once held the Jungle Fight welterweight title.

Round 1: Silverio gets his kick caught, but still works and gets the takedown. He’s trying to propel himself on Campbell’s back. He breaks him down by kicking off the fence. Campbell, though, pounces right back up. The Brazilian still has hold of the body-lock, forcing Campbell to carry him around. Another kick off the fence earns him a takedown and into half-guard off the scramble. While he isn’t really putting finishing shots together, Silverio is doing enough to keep them from being stood up. Silverio attempts to take the back, but that gives Campbell the opportunity to reverse and wind up on top with under a minute to go. He stands up and is out. Nice little flurry by Campbell to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Silverio

Round 2: Silverio attempts to bring this one down to the ground again, but Campbell uses the fence for leverage. Campbell felt the takedown coming and reversed, pushing Silverio to the ground. He’s landing nice kicks from this position now, and he shows off his takedown skills, using a nice judo trip to score. Another takedown and Campbell winds up on top, giving Silverio a taste of his own game. Campbell showing off his striking skills, as Silverio appears fatigued.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campbell

Round 3: Silverio looks to be the more fatigued fighter, and Campbell is taking advantage. He’s peppering him with lefts and rights, moving and dodging shots. Takedown attempt by Silverio is telegraphed, but he is able to score with it. He’s got on hook in and is working to advance his position with three minutes left in the fight. The crowd is growing restless with Silverio’s decision to hang on Campbell, and he is able to reverse and score a takedown before separating. Good exchange, and Campbell is stalking him. Silverio attempts a takedown and Campbell winds up on top, landing shots and possibly stealing this round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Campbell

Shane Campbell def. Elias Silverio via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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