Urijah Faber would consider unretiring to fight T.J. Dillashaw, but nobody get any ideas — MMAjunkie

Finally, after nearly a year of animosity between ex-teammates turned rivals T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, the score was settled over the weekend, with Dillashaw scoring a knockout at UFC 217 to become bantamweight champion for the second time. So that it’s, right? This means we’re done with the whole Team Alpha Male vs. Dillashaw…

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Adam Antolin: A Missing Flyweight From the UFC’s Roster

Unlike sports where participants have to dress up like a group of friends in matching Halloween costumes, mixed martial arts strips competitors down to the bare bones. As primal as MMA may be, the clarity of pecking order—true discovery of a place amongst the pack—becomes a troublesome terrain to traverse.

A saturated and fragmented market with no true definition of seasons prevents a system that allows the cream of the crop to bubble to the surface. Losses are the end of the world, a push that sends prizefighters back to square-one; whereas, wins are necessary but don’t necessarily whisk anyone to a well-defined destination. This convoluted colander used to sift the sport’s superstars was clarified, sort of, by Adam ‘Captain Chaos’ Antolin (13-3) following his recent victory over Casey Kenney on Episode 8 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series (DWTNCS).

Before offering Antolin praise for skyrocketing—eighteen spots—in the Fight Matrix (link here) rankings, he’d prefer an explanation as to why, especially in the wake of a fantastic display of talent on The Ultimate Fighter 24 and successful appearance on DWTNCS, a UFC contract hasn’t yet emerged from American Kickboxing Academy’s fax machine.

According to the Fight Matrix’s list of acclaimed flyweights, there aren’t enough master chefs inside the UFC’s 125-pound kitchen, as Antolin is sandwiched between peers whom currently contract their services with MMA’s leading promotion: Alex Perez, the runner-up to ‘Captain Chaos’ for the Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Title, and Eric Shelton, a housemate on TUF 24.

When MMA math doesn’t add up, it’s difficult, nearly impossible, for finely-tuned athletes, such as Antolin, to calculate the next phase of their short-lived career.

Nate Diaz gives Conor McGregor’s ‘Money Fight’ performance 1 middle finger up — MMAjunkie

Conor McGregor is no Bruce Lee, says Nate Diaz. Today, McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) two-time opponent officially weighed in his rival’s blockbuster loss to Floyd Mayweather (50-0 boxing) in the Aug. 26 pay-per-view “Money Fight” blockbuster. As you might expect, Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) gives it one middle finger up. “He…

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Management group settles with Leslie Smith, moves suit against Nate Diaz to federal court — MMAjunkie

The Ballengee Group is dropping a management lawsuit against UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith after settlement terms were reached, the firm’s attorney attorney Jason Friedman told MMAjunkie. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Smith declined comment. Ballengee is still pursuing legal action against Nate Diaz and attorney Sam Awad, named as co-defendants in…

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A look at 2017 UFC Hall of Fame inductees Maurice Smith, Kazushi Sakuraba, Joe Silva, Urijah Faber — MMAjunkie

Filed under: Featured, News, UFCThe UFC Hall of Fame officially has four new members. The industry leader added Maurice Smith, Kazushi Sakuraba, Joe Silva and Urijah Faber and as its 2017 induction class during a ceremony on Thursday at Park Theater in Las Vegas. The ceremony, hosted by UFC commentator Jon Anik, paid tribute to…

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