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Liam McGeary will make the second defense of his light heavyweight world title against UFC vet Phil Davis at Bellator 163 on November 4th inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  The Spike-televised main card will also feature a welterweight battle between Saad Awad (19-8) and Connecticut’s ownBrennan Ward (13-4), as well as a female featherweight contest pitting Marloes Coenen (23-7) against undefeated Brazilian Talita Nogueira (6-0). Undefeated light heavyweight champion Liam McGeary returns to the same venue where he was crowned king in 2015. Now, the 33-year-old British striker will look to defend his title for the second time since winning the belt in a hard-fought victory over Emanuel Newton at Bellator 134.  An eight-time veteran of Bellator MMA, McGeary has finished his opponent in 10 of his 11 career bouts, including eight first round wins – one coming against MMA legend Tito Ortiz. Standing at six-foot-six, McGeary will have a noticeable height advantage over his Alliance MMA challenger. 'Mr Wonderful' returns to the Bellator cage having won three consecutive contests and seven of his last nine. Hailing from Harrisburg, Penn., Davis has finished his opponent in eight of his 16 career wins, including five submission victories. A 13-fight veteran of the UFC, the 31-year-old Davis will likely not be fazed by the bright lights of what is quite possibly the biggest challenge of his illustrious career. The former NCAA National Champion wrestler will try to take this contest to the ground and display his impeccable grappling skillset against the Renzo Gracie BJJ black belt. Tickets for 'Bellator 163: McGeary vs. Davis' are on sale now from Bellator.com, as well as the Mohegan Sun Box Office and Ticketmaster.   

Live this Sunday, don't miss the Rizin Fighting Federation's World Grand Prix 2016 opening round, featuring Mirko Cro Cop live from Saitama, Japan. Hit the link below to watch the trailer now – or on Sunday for free broadcast in the EU. http://eversport.tv/fight-sports/rizin/2016/9/25/world-grand-prix-2016    

For the first time since May 2016 the UFC heads back to Brazil, as Cris 'Cyborg' Justino finally gets an opportunity to headline an event in her home town. As with many Fight Night cards this isn't stacked with stellar names but it does contain a few standout fights that wouldn't look out of place on a PPV. FO breaks down the top three for betting purposes with 5Dimes providing the odds.

Following positive tests for banned substances in the build up to UFC 200, Jon Jones will get his due process and face the Nevada State Athletic Commission on October 10th in Las Vegas. Joining him will be Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz to face hearings related to their bottle throwing incident inside the MGM Grand during the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference.

Despite all the doubt and many headlines to the contrary, Cris Cborg made weight this morning and tomorrow night's UFC Fight Night Brasilia main event has its green light.

Pay-per-view king Conor McGregor's return to the Octagon looks unlikely to be challenging Eddie Alvarez for the UFC lightweight title in New York City in November – as many fans had hoped.

This week, in a Throwback Thursday video special, we look back on a sit-down interview with 'The Count' himself, recently crowned UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

Former UFC women's bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey is gracing the cover of the latest Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. But rather than donning their model in the traditional swimwear for the magazine, SI took a different approach.

Let the dice decide which 145lb’er is king by playing FO’s fantasy featherweight game – fun for all the family!

One Championship bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes' story of his rise through MMA is one of the most inspirational stories in a sport filled with inspiring characters. Hear him tell of his journey in this new video.

British UFC veteran Dan 'The Outlaw' Hardy will swap the Octagon for the Atlantic ocean as a crew member of the Great Britain team for its 5,300-mile month-long opening leg of the famous Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race, from London, England to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC welterweight champion 'Ruthless' Robbie Lawler is among the most destructive fighters in his division, so it's no surprise he's a big fan of action movies. Lawler explained his love for action-packed blockbusters in a recent interview with Fighters Only.

Scottish lightweight Stevie Ray had an incredible first year in the UFC. Three fights, two TKOs and one $50,000 ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus made 2015 the best of his life. Up to now, this year has been less kind to ‘Bravheart’. The cancellation of his bout with Jake Matthews during International Fight Week due to visa complications meant he’s sat on the sidelines throughout 2016. But that will change on Saturday when he finally returns to action in the featured bout on the Fight Pass portion of UFC Fight Night 95 in Brazil against Alan Patrick. Ahead of his first fight in 11 months, Fighters Only talked to the Kirkcaldy in Fife’s finest fighting export.   Fighters Only: How much are you looking forward to getting back in action? Stevie Ray: It’s a big fight and I’m glad they’ve put me as the featured bout. Obviously, the main card is always better, but they know I’ve got a fanbase here (in the UK) and they know I’m going to pull in good numbers. I think I’ll be fighting at about half past 12 (UK time), which is good because one of my sponsors is a nightclub over here, Society. They’re going to be showing it and I’ll have a lot of people going there. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Fight Pass or the main event – I’m just looking forward to getting in there, fighting and getting back in the mix with all the other fighters.   FO: Are all your visa issues behind you? SR: Aye. It takes a good bit of time to get a visa. It’s not as simple as getting a visa to visit a country. To get a working visa is a lot more hassle. You’ve got to go to embassies and stuff. It takes a bit of time to get through the process – I’m still in the process of doing it because it takes three to six months. But I’ve got my visa for Brazil, that’s all good to go. Then I’ll hopefully fight in Belfast after that, so I won’t have to worry about any visa stuff for that. The one after that, it would be perfect to get a fight in Vegas.   FO: Is your goal still to fight in America SR: Well aye. The long-term goal is to make as much money as possible, knock everybody out and be a millionaire.   FO: What kind of a position has not fighting put you in – in terms of your career and financially? SR: A pretty bad position, to be honest. I’m in debt (laughs). I’m lucky I made a good bit of money last year and fought three times in seven months – and I got a bonus as well. Let’s just say I’m due the tax man a lot of money and I’ve just bought a house. I bought that before my last fight got cancelled – the Vegas one – so I was expecting a big pay, so it’s put me in a sticky situation. It’s my own fault because that’s the tough thing when you’ve got a job like mine. You only get paid when you fight, so any time I get paid I’ve got to keep my money because it’s got to last a certain amount of time. When I’ve got £2,000 worth of bills every month it’s really complicated trying to play around with all that… But aye, I’m broke basically until I knock this Brazilian out on Saturday.   FO: So a ‘Fight of the Night’ and ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus would be useful? SR: Aye. Never mind the 50 Gs, I’m looking for 100. I just can’t wait to get back in there, get back in the mix, make money and enjoy some food after that. It’s been a long training camp (laughs). It’s been a stressful year. Last year was one of the best years of my life – this year’s been stressful as hell. I’ve made no money in 11 months, so obviously, I’m hoping to finish the year with a few wins, make a bit of money and get back to having a good life.   FO: You’ve described your previous UFC fights as your easiest – do you think this will be too? SR: Every single fight, you train as if it’s going to be your hardest. The other guy’s training to knock you out or win in devastating fashion, so you’re training your absolute hardest to make sure that doesn’t happen and you do it to him. I never expected any of my fights to be easy, but it becomes easier, because the harder you train, the easier it’ll be. I’m training for a three-round war. I’m prepared to be all blood and bruised – still getting the win. But if I knock him out in the first second of the first round – happy days.   FO: Do you think Alan Patrick will cause you many problems? SR: He does weird stuff. He’s got a kind of capoeira background, so he does weird spinning stuff. He’s long and has a strangely weird reach for not being the tallest of fighters, so he’s one of these awkward guys who’s going to try and grind out a decision on me – lie on top of me and try and use his weight. I just try and visualize everything. You’ve got to visualize the bad points of the fight and the good parts – me getting back up, me submitting him. I can see loads of stuff. I can see me knocking him out and just dominating him, I can see me winning a close decision and then sometimes the bad bits start creeping in your head, like him winning, but you just say, ‘No, you go away.’ But it happens all the time.     Watch Stevie in action at UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg live on UFC Fight Pass from 11:30pm BST on Saturday, September 24.

In the August 2015 issue of Fighters Only magazine we interviewed Mick Maynard about his Legacy FC promotion and how he took it from a Houston country bar to national exposure on AXS TV...

Paddy Pimblett is on a fast track to the UFC and ‘The Baddy’ wants to mix it up with the Octagon’s featherweight heroes straight away

Ahead of UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2, which takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, fighters from across the UFC’s roster have offered their thoughts on the unmissable match-up – and overwhelmingly tip Diaz to repeat his performance and defeat the Irishman.

Tyron Woodley may not be the most popular choice with the rest of the leading contenders at 170lb to step in and face champion Robbie Lawler for the belt at UFC 201 in Atlanta, Georgia, but that doesn't mean squat to the 34-year-old, who told Fighters Only recently how his patient approach will pay off tomorrow night.

Ahead of his fight with Ross Pearson at the TUF 23 finale in Las Vegas, the former Bellator lightweight champion spoke to Tony Reid. Early on in your career you were singularly focused on Bellator and the lightweight title. Over time the writing was on the wall that you might be considering leaving Bellator for a larger stage in the sport. Was there a single moment when you knew you were leaving Bellator? "I felt it in my body and in my spirit the way everything was happening around me, I knew it was time to pursue that next goal. I put all my energy into what I was doing with Bellator. I accomplished the goal I set there. I wanted to become the champion, defend my title a few times and move on with my career. I have always been very committed to setting goals for myself, completing those and moving on the next one. I knew it was time to make the move." Many goal setters find themselves bored after achieving certain goals. Was there a part of you that was bored in Bellator? "There was a little bit of boredom. It was partly just me wanting to move on and continue to beat everyone in the lightweight division in Mixed Martial Arts period. How do you do that when many of the lightweights are in different organizations? Who has the best crop of lightweights that I can go in there and try to knock them off one by one? The answer is the UFC, of course." There was a point in time where you were in limbo with Bellator. There were moves being made in the lightweight division and it looked, on the surface, like you weren’t a part of that. What was it like behind the scenes for you during that time? "It was frustrating at the time and even more so toward the end when I was getting impatient. I was ready to compete. I was 100% healthy mentally and physically. I had to step back and realize I had a lot of things going on in my personal life at the time. I took that time and used it wisely. I was going through a lot of life changes. My fiancé and I were planning a wedding. She was pregnant at the time. Then my baby girl was born. I was getting used to being a father. I had to realize what my most important priorities were at that time. That was being the best new father and fiancé that I could be. I put all my energy there. I put the MMA stuff on the backburner and focused on my personal life." That’s a lot for anyone to take on at one time. How crazy did it get? "It got a little crazy there but at the same time I have always lived a pretty chaotic lifestyle. Most things haven’t gone in a straight line for me. It has been a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns. I have had to figure out things on the fly. I have been good at adapting and taking on a large workload. My fiancé and I work well as a team. She makes things a lot easier for me to focus. It’s just like a tennis match. We bounce the ball back and forth and keep working it out." When did you know that you were officially a UFC fighter? "Based on my relationship with the previous organization I had to wait to get into negotiations with the UFC. The day was June 15th. The night before my manager said to buckle my seatbelt. It was going to go quickly once we were free and clear to negotiate. We wanted to get it done as quickly as possible but we also wanted to listen to all offers. We were going over all emails, calls and other offers. He asked me what I wanted to do. It was clear I wanted to sign with the UFC so we got to work on that deal."
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We can’t always get the good things in life. After initially announcing Donald Cerrone would be fighting ‘Ruthless’ Robbie Lawler in the promotion's debut event at Madison Square Garden, New York City, the UFC yesterday announced that ‘Cowboy’ would instead be fighting Kelvin Gastelum. While that will no doubt prove to be a very competitive fight, there might need to be some contingency plans for Cerrone should anything else unexpected happen between now and November 12th – whether it’s injuries, weight-cut issues or something out of the blue. Here are three more welterweight opponents that would be the perfect foil for the UFC’s most active fighter. Nick Diaz Who better to have replaced fan favorite Robbie Lawler than someone who has one of the most passionate and hardcore followings in the sport? With Diaz free and clear to resume his fighting career off the back of an 18-month suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, what the Stockton, California raised fighter needs is a high-profile, winnable fight. He hasn’t won a fight since a decision victory over BJ Penn at UFC 137, which took place almost five years ago. Plus, his younger brother already holds a win over Cerrone, so there would already be a built-in backstory for this potential barnburner. Lorenz Larkin How good has Larkin looked at welterweight lately? With back-to-back wins over Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny bringing him to the end of his UFC contract, he decided to test the free-agency market. Maybe he hasn’t felt the love by the organization over the last few years, but perhaps an offer to fight Cerrone at MSG would be just what the doctor ordered to keep hold of one of the most talented and explosive 170lb fighters in the world today. Carlos Condit Sure they’re teammates at the Jackson-Wink camp, but business is business. With Condit falling to Demian Maia via rear naked choke and not suffering any damage in the fight, a high-profile action match with Cerrone wouldn’t be impossible. The only other thing stopping this could be Condit’s frame of mind and whether he wants to continue fighting after he teased retirement after his last two fights.

Sage Northcutt's unbeaten MMA run came to a surprising end this past weekend when he tapped to replacement opponent Bryan Barberena's modified head-and-arm choke.

After the event took place last Friday at The Venetian in Las Vegas, MMA fans in the US and Ireland will be able to watch the highlights from Eighth Annual Fighters Only World MMA Awards tonight.

Veteran UFC Octagon announcer Bruce Buffer's voice is synonymous with some of the most memorable moments in MMA history. In an FO exclusive, Buffer speaks on his history with the sport's top promotion and reveals some of his personal favorite announcements.
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