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Gordon Ryan is the undisputed face of no-gi grappling. A five-time ADCC champion, Ryan hasn’t lost a match since 2018, and he’s defeated a majority of the biggest names in the sport in the last five years. He also tends to finish his matches dramatically, landing submissions at a higher rate than most elite ocmpetitors.

The admitted steroid user’s credibility is being called into question after his latest win, however. Over the weekend, he quickly submitted Patrick Gaudio with an armbar at the WNO 20 event after calling his own shot and predicting the armbar stoppage (watch highlights).

The only problem? Bellator veteran and jiu-jitsu black belt AJ Agazarm claims that a “credible source” told him of a contract between Ryan and Gaudio that guaranteed Ryan to win via armbar, thus taking a bit of the magic from his prediction.

“I just found out from a very credible source that apparently the contract between Gordon Ryan and Patrick Gaudio for the WNO final was setup for Gaudio to take the fall via armbar,” Agazarm wrote. “I wish I was joking here, but I’m not.

“I will try and get a call with Gaudio or a copy of the contract to confirm, but if it’s true this will be so bad for all the parties involved. I knew something seemed off with this one. I get trying to hype up an athlete for views and numbers, but this is just an all time disgrace. It’s going to start turning into boxing.”

Ryan isn’t one to back down from an Internet feud, but he seemed pretty content to laugh this one off. He posted a screenshot of Agazarm’s story, alongside the caption “I’ve made it. Rationalization skills are strong with this one hahaha. 100% my haters talk about me to their therapists.”

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Agazarm has a reputation for trolling and generally wild behavior, so unless he manages to unveil the alleged contract, this is probably the end of the story. Ryan is expected to return to action on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023, against Lucas “Hulk” Barbosa.


One of the funniest Jon Jones habits is his frequent usage of somewhat illegal and definitely unnecessary strategies. Remember when he chin-butted Ryan Bader’s belly for no reason?

Cub Swanson vs. Charles Jourdain will not be happening in the near future.

Arnold Allen vs. Movsar Evloev is a great match up of highly ranked young Featherweight talents, and it’s reportedly targeted for January.

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Alexa Grasso and Valentina Shevchenko both requiring hand surgery after their five-round war seemingly times out well for the rubber match.

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Bobby Green vs. Grant Dawson is an odd main event, but I support longtime vets like “King” getting some shine.

An explosive grappling sequence:

After his nine-second knockout win at PFL Paris, Cedric Doumbe called out top French coach Fernand Lopez for domestic abuse. Now, his ex-wife is weighing in on the situation:

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Did you enjoy Fight Circus over the weekend?

Like a morning sunrise, some things don’t get old.

It’s a bold move to showboat against an opponent throwing this much heat.

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Dillon Danis welcomes UFC fight with Kevin Holland give me an easy one

Ahead of his boxing clash with Logan Paul later this month in England, outspoken Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace, Dillon Danis has called for a potential UFC debut fight against welterweight striker, Kevin Holland, describing a hypothetical clash with the Riverside native as an “easy fight”.

Danis, who boasts an unbeaten 2-0 professional mixed martial arts record, is slated to return to combat sports competition for the first time in over four years, most recently landing a first round armbar win over Max Humphrey at Bellator 222 in New York. 

And set to make a return in the co-main event of a boxing card in London, New Jersey grappling sensation, Danis takes on podcast host and professional wrestling talent, Paul in a much-anticipated and bad-blooded boxing match.

Weighing up his future in mixed martial arts ahead of the clash, however, Danis expressed an interest in a potential move to the UFC – outlining his willingness to fight former lightweight title challenger, Nate Diaz, claiming himself and the Stockton veteran have a history. 

Dillon Danis welcomes UFC debut against Kevin Holland

However, across social media overnight, Marcelo Garcia trained black belt, Danis mentioned the possibility of a fight with the aforenoted, Holland in the future – claiming he would want an “easy fight” in a potential Octagon landing.

“If I go to the UFC give me a (sic) easy fight I’ll take Kevin Holland,” Dillon Danis posted on his official X account.

In a swift reply to Danis, Holland claimed the New Jersey grappler should first seek out a rematch with a bouncer who infamously choked him out last year, before even thinking of making a move to the UFC.

“Get in line bucko,” Kevin Holland posted on X. “Maybe we can get you a rematch on #DWCS against this guy first? Win that and Dana (White) might just give you a contract to the big leagues.” 

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America’s newest venue, Sphere at the Venetian in Las Vegas, officially opened on Sept. 29, with U2 holding a concert there.  The state of the art venue received rave reviews from those in attendance.  

Opening night drew the attention of Dana White, who was amazed at the lack of complaints.  The Sphere was a hit and it won’t take long for sporting events, concerts, and other entertainment to book the venue.  White already has plans to host Noche UFC there in 2024.

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“Everybody was buzzing about the U2 concert on Saturday. They said it was incredible. The guys from MSG, whom I have a great relationship and the guys who own it, MSG does everything right,” said White during DWCS 65 Post-Fight Press Conference.  

“From what I hear, the guys at MSG couldn’t have hit a bigger home run with the opening of the Sphere,” continued White.  “First of all, the balls to open that place and do what they’re doing.  Then, to come in and hit an absolute grand slam, home run with the opening. You all know I want that date. That’s what I want. I want to do Mexican Independence Day there. Imagine the show I can put on at the Sphere with Mexican Independence Day. So yeah, we’ll f**king put on an incredible show in that amazing arena for the next Mexican Independence Day. I’m very excited about it.” | UFC and MMA News, Results, Rumors, and Videos

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Dana White’s Contender Series – Talha v Bellato
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Rodolfo Bellato made the best of his second chance.

After losing on Season 6 of the UFC’s Contender Series, Bellato (11-2) made a thunderous return to the UFC APEX in Tuesday’s main event, pummeling previously undefeated Murtaza Talha (6-1) to earn a second-round TKO stoppage and ink one of five UFC contracts awarded at the Las Vegas event.

A 27-year-old light heavyweight hailing from Brazil, Bellato battered his foe from inside the clinch, badly hurting Talha with an array of knees, elbows, and thudding uppercuts in a furious barrage that prompted referee Jason Herzog to step in at the 4:46 mark of Round 2.

“It’s my second time here, but it’s my dream. It’s my dream to be here,” Bellato said. “When I was a kid, I dreamed for this moment, and today, this contract, it’s a dream for me.”

In the co-main event, 30-year-old Brazilian bantamweight Victor Hugo (24-4) nearly tore off the leg of Eduardo Torres Caut (16-2) to earn a UFC contract.

Hugo blitzed Torres Caut with an assortment of leg submission attacks from the opening horn before finally securing what he wanted with a kneebar midway through the second round. Hugo jumped on Torres Caut’s right leg off a failed takedown attempt then cranked with all of his might until coaxing the fight-ending tapout at the 2:16 mark of Round 2.

Elsewhere on the night, former K-1 champion Magomed Gadzhiyasulov (8-0) outclassed Jose Daniel Medina (11-3) with a creative and precise striking assault to sweep the judges’ scorecards and claim a unanimous decision.

A 29-year-old light heavyweight fighting out of Bahrain, Gadzhiyasulov threw the kitchen sink at Medina, even landing an impromptu Showtime Kick with former UFC champion Anthony Pettis seated in attendance. In the end, all three judges saw the contest 30-27 in Gadzhiyasulov’s favor, however both fighters earned UFC contracts, as UFC CEO Dana White expressed admiration for Medina’s toughness.

In the opening bout of the evening, 27-year-old Brazilian welterweight Mauricio Ruffy (9-1) inked a UFC deal just one week after the birth of his son with a sensational come-from-behind victory over Raimond Magomedaliev (10-2), a training partner of Islam Makhachev.

After struggling to find his rhythm in the opening two rounds, Ruffy surged past his fading foe in the final frame, cracking Magomedaliev with an array of lunging punches from a wide stance, then taking his back off a failed takedown and barraging him with heavy strikes to secure a bloody TKO stoppage with just 15 seconds remaining in the bout.

Check out complete DWCS Season 7, Week 9 results below.

  • Rodolfo Bellato def. Murtaza Talha via TKO (strikes) at 4:46 of Round 2
  • Victor Hugo def. Eduardo Torres Caut via submission (kneebar) at 2:16 of Round 2
  • Magomed Gadzhiyasulov def. Jose Daniel Medina via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Mauricio Ruffy def. Raimond Magomedaliev via TKO (punches) at 4:45 of Round 3

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