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Jafel Filho hopes to mirror Diego Lopes’ UFC rise, wants future rematch with Muhammad Mokaev

Jafel Filho tries to submit Muhammad Mokaev | Photo by Kieran Cleeves/PA Images via Getty Images Jafel Filho believes he can become the Diego Lopes of the flyweight division. Lopes made his first walk to the UFC cage in May 2023 for a short-notice fight against top-ranked Movsar Evloev. He came close to giving Evloev his first loss in the sport, but ultimately lost a decision. Lopes went on to capture more bonuses in his subsequent UFC appearances with first-round finishes over Gavin Tucker and Pat Sabatini. A former Shooto Brasil champion who, unlike Lopes, had success competing on the UFC’s Contender Series, Filho was paired up against highly-touted 125-pound prospect Muhammad Mokaev for his UFC debut. He came close to submitting the undefeated Russian, but ultimately allowed Mokaev to rally back to win via tapout. Filho needed less than four minutes to choke out Daniel Barez in his following bout this past July, and now he’s looking for another finish over eight-fight octagon veteran Ode Osbourne on Saturday at UFC Vegas 88 to continue his rise up the 125-pound class. “Not only can I [be like Diego Lopes], but I’m sure I will,” Filho said on MMA Fighting’s Trocação Franca podcast. “If you look at my record, most of my victories are by stoppage. I don’t like to leave it to the judges. I go in there to either knock out or submit [my opponent], or to get knocked out or submitted. But that’s not the case now. We’re going there to finish him and keep doing like Diego is doing, so we can make history in the flyweight division.” Filho said he hopes a big victory in Las Vegas leads to a clash with a ranked opponent next, which would all be part of a plan culminating in a Mokaev rematch down the line. Mokaev submitted Tim Elliott and won a decision over Alex Perez since his victory over Filho. “We ended up taking that fight with Mokaev, a fight not many people wanted it,” Filho said. “I always like challenges. I love it because it generates hype around us. I went back to England and won, and now I’ve trained three times more to secure another victory because we know it’s a crowded place and no one wants to stay behind. I’m only hungrier and hungrier, walking my path to maybe fighting Mokaev again at the top and put on another great fight.” Osbourne has won four of eight under the UFC banner and sports a 2-2 UFC record in bouts that have ended in knockouts. Filho is confident that his hands can give “The Jamaican Sensation” another defeat, but he plans on following a different game plan. “He has good experience and has fought tough guys, but doesn’t take anything away from the fighters I’ve fought,” Filho said. “He’s fast and explosive, but my wrestling and grappling game of control and domination is way better than his, and it will break his will, so I have the control of the fight then. “As [coach Andre Pederneiras] told me, ‘Jafel, any hand you land will drop this guy because you have the heaviest hands of the division.’ That’s true. [But] we’ll look to play tight and solid against him with my grappling. We’ll have more advantage doing that. Why walk a more difficult road if there’s an easier one, right?”

03/16/2024

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Marvin Vettori sends Brendan Allen message after UFC Vegas 89 scratch: ‘I’ll smash your face just because you look funny to me’

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Marvin Vettori hopes to fight Brendan Allen in the future after being forced out of their main event matchup. Vettori was scratched from the headliner of UFC Vegas 89, which takes place April 6 at the UFC APEX, for what he called a “freak accident,” and says it was the first time he has had to pull out of a fight in his career. The one-time middleweight title challenger explained that in an Instagram video, before turning his attention to Allen. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Marvin Vettori (@marvinvettori) “Now, to my f****** opponent, it’s on,” Vettori said. “You’re not going to hide no more. I know I’m going to see you — either in the cage, or not. I’ll see you around. You know, I’m fed up with all your bulls***. You sit down in front of a computer and become Hulk. When you see me, you’re like a quiet little girl — all smiles, trying to be nice. I punked you once already, you know that. “I sat down and told you [that] you got knocked out twice by these two dudes. You know what happened over there, you funny looking thing, man. You look like you came out of a Griffin episode.” While he hopes to still get his hands on Allen after suffering a lopsided decision loss to Jared Cannonier at UFC Vegas 75 this past June, Vettori believes he is the A-side to the fight, and if Allen wants the opportunity to move up in the ranks in the midst of a six-fight win streak, it’s Vettori’s decision to make. “It’s on, I’m the big shot, you’re going to have to beg me for another shot. I don’t give a f*** about fighting you, I’m [doing] you a favor. I’ll smash your face just because you look funny to me. That’s it, I’ll see you soon.”

03/16/2024

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Tai Tuivasa not worried about current skid: ‘If I was losing against some bums, f***, I’d write myself off too’

Tai Tuivasa | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Tai Tuivasa is predicting a return to form this weekend. On Saturday, Tuivasa faces Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Vegas 88. It’s an important fight for Tuivasa, who has lost three in a row since being on the verge of a title shot back in 2022. But while some fans are writing the Australian fighter off given his recent run of form, “Bam Bam” is not too worried. “I’ve been here before. It’s nothing I haven’t seen,” Tuivasa said this week on The MMA Hour. “I suppose I fight better when my back’s against the wall. “The thing is, I’m losing against f****** Ciryl Gane and Sergei Pavlovich. These guys ain’t no call-ins off the street. Alex Volkov. If I was losing against some bums, f***, I’d write myself off too. But these guys are the best in the world. So I’m sweet. I’ve just got to keep my head straight.” Tuivasa has, in fact, been in this exact same position before. After winning his first three fights in the UFC, “Bam Bam” dropped three straight, but rebounded with five consecutive wins to get himself back into the mix at the top of the division. Now he hopes to kick-start a similar run, which will be made even more special as Tuivasa turns 31 on Saturday. “Marcin Tybura’s a great fighter,” Tuivasa said. “He’s been around a long time as well. He’s very experienced, but I’m going to come out and if I dink him, I sink him. Simple. “I think it’s a good matchup. Obviously, he’s going to try to drag me into later rounds and that’s my challenge — to get in there, land my shots, and get it over with, to enjoy my birthday in the beautiful Las Vegas.” In fact, the only bad part for Tuivasa about fighting this weekend is that it’s taking place in the UFC APEX, instead of in front of a crowd. The fan-favorite always has a lively entrance and legions of fans supporting him at every fight, but given his current position, Tuivasa is looking on the bright side for how this could be a positive. “ I love the crowd,” Tuivasa said. “You know I love the crowd, but maybe I might be a bit more focused in. I can listen to my corner more and I can get the job done. And once I get back in the winning column, give me back the crowd.” UFC Vegas 88 takes place this Saturday with the main card scheduled to start at 7 p.m. EST.

03/16/2024

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Michael Page knew Kevin Holland was beaten at UFC 299 ‘after the first shot’

Michael ‘Venom’ Page | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Michael Page knew he had Kevin Holland beaten from the very first punch. This past Saturday, Page had a successful UFC debut, winning a unanimous decision over Holland in the featured main card fight at UFC 299. But to hear “MVP” tell it, the bout was decided long before Bruce Buffer read out the official judges’ scorecards. “I don’t pay too much attention to what people are saying, I more noticed his persona, his behavioral patterns,” Page said on The MMA Hour. “And a lot of what he said — which probably led to him making these comments — was he’s nervous. Like, he wasn’t very confident in himself. “They say when somebody is mimicking you, it’s a big form of flattery. Literally, when I got on stage, I looked around, I was taking the energy of the room in, jumped onto the scale, looked over, saw some guy was waving, I grabbed my hat and threw it over to him. “Obviously, when I’ve done my bit, I’ve turned and walked off. I turn back around, and I’m seeing Kevin take off his shoes and throw it to the same person. That copying of my behavior ... said to me he’s nervous. I’m in there just being myself. I raise the snake up, he’s grabbing my hand, or trying to copy me — I’m now taking you out of what you would normally do, and you’re more focused on what I’m doing. That’s nerves to me. “I always say anytime people see me clowning around in the cage, it’s because I feel comfortable. After the first shot, I looked into his eyes, and I said, ‘This fight is mine. There’s no way you’re beating me. There’s nothing you can do right now that’s going to beat me. The reality has just kicked in.’ I always wait for that moment, but it happened as soon as I hit him. [He thought,] ‘Damn, that guy is actually fast. This guy is ridiculous.’ That’s why I was like, let me start clowning around now.” Holland is no stranger to clowning around inside the cage. “Trailblazer” famously entered the UFC on short notice after a Contender Series snub, with UFC CEO Dana White quickly branding him “Big Mouth” for his tendency to talk during fights. But on Saturday, Holland was uncharacteristically quiet as he tried to solve the speed and style of Page, which Page said was all part of the plan. “You can really tell he was getting frustrated in there,” Page said. “He thrives off of war. He’s a tough man, he thrives off of war. I took that away from him. I don’t get into battles. I’m a surgeon. I’m just finding exactly what I need to. I don’t get into wars. I can. For those that saw me in the bare-knuckle fight [against Mike Perry], they know it. If I need to dig my feet down and have a scrap, that’s in my locker as well, but that’s not my Plan A. That’s Plan Z.” Now No. 13 in the UFC welterweight rankings, and with a sizable fan base already to his name, the question is what comes next for “MVP,” and how far away is a title shot? Unlike his former Bellator compatriot Michael Chandler, it does not appear Page will get one off of one fight, but “Venom” believes he’s not far off from an all-England showdown with welterweight champion Leon Edwards. “I’d go tomorrow,” Page said. “But that’s just me. It’s down to the guys at the top. One more fight just to really wet my feet, then we can go, but it’s not my decision at all. I’m just eager to make it happen. At the same time, maybe it takes me a few fights just to build that noise so we can fill out a stadium. But I think people are watching, are already curious about that already. So let’s make it happen.”

03/16/2024

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UFC Vegas 88 predictions

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images UFC 299 is in the rear view and UFC 300 is only a few weeks away. For now, we have ourselves a breather as the octagon returns to the APEX for a run-of-the-mill Fight Night card. Don’t blame UFC Vegas 88’s heavyweight headliners Tai Tuivasa and Marcin Tybura for the lack of buzz around this card. They’re unlikely to need five rounds to deliver the goods, so the night should end with a highlight-reel finish at the very least. Tuivasa is freshly motivated to stop the second three-fight losing streak of his UFC career, while Tybura is no stranger to playing the spoiler. If Tuivasa isn’t careful, this could be the last time we look at him as a dark horse contender. Outside of the main event, we have a smorgasbord of names on the main card, with The Ultimate Fighter 29 winner Bryan Battle stepping into a co-main event spot against Ange Loosa, light heavyweight lifer Ovince Saint Preux taking on Kennedy Nzechukwu, Christian Rodriguez moving up to featherweight to face dedicated finisher Isaac Dulgarian, a rematch between bantamweights Pannie Kianzad and Macy Chiasson, and an unpredictable middleweight contest between Gerald Meerschaert and Bryan Barberena. There might not be a lot on the line Saturday when it comes to the rankings, but there’s still plenty of entertainment to be had. What: UFC Vegas 88 Where: UFC APEX in Las Vegas When: Saturday, March 16. The seven-fight preliminary card begins at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN+, followed by a six-fight main card at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN+. (Numbers in parentheses indicate standing in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings) Tai Tuivasa (8) vs. Marcin Tybura (9) It’s not quite time to abandon all your Tai Tuivasa stock. True, the hard-hitting Australian’s days of flirting with title contention are probably over, but becoming the next Derrick Lewis is still a more-than-attainable goal. And nothing would be more Lewis-like than randomly smashing Marcin Tybura in a mostly meaningless main event. Tybura has been a mainstay in the heavyweight rankings and for good reason. He’s versatile, he fights smart, and he knows how to grind out a decision. That last skill is unlikely to matter in the slightest against Tuivasa, who goes to the scorecards about as often as he passes on a chance to do a shoey. Tybura is in trouble then as he doesn’t have the power to put Tuivasa down nor the submission skills to threaten him on the ground (Tybura has never forced a tap from any of his UFC opponents). That’s not to say that Tybura’s wrestling can’t neutralize Tuivasa, but like Lewis, he has made good use of his athleticism to explode out of some potentially hairy situations on the ground. I doubt Tybura keeps Tuivasa down and that means I like Tuivasa’s chances to land a knockout punch within the first two rounds. Pick: Tuivasa Bryan Battle vs. Ange Loosa As peculiar as it is to see these relatively unknown names in the penultimate position on the card, the placing isn’t without merit. Bryan Battle is trending in the direction of being a trusted action fighter, with four of his first five UFC wins coming by way of knockout or submission. When Battle won the TUF 29 middleweight tournament, he received a fair bit of hype and has looked worthy of it since dropping down to 170 pounds. Battle is still working to find consistency, but he has natural finishing instincts that can’t be taught. On the other side this matchup, Ange Loosa is developing a reputation as a fighter that will drown you with the sheer volume of techniques he throws out there. Loosa is light on his feet with fast hands and though there isn’t always a ton of pop behind those punches, he strings together combinations beautifully. A sharp Loosa could put Battle on his backside early. This is Battle’s fight to lose so he can’t wait for Loosa to come to him. Loosa’s best chance at victory is putting the pressure on Battle early and never letting him get out of the starting gates. Fortunately for Battle, he typically doesn’t take long to lock in, so I see him taking the advantage in Round 1 and not relinquishing it. Then in Round 2, he makes key adjustments, foils Loosa’s attempts to change the pace with his wrestling, and finds a fight-ending submission. Pick: Battle Ovince Saint Preux vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu Ovince Saint Preux has been a tried-and-true warrior for the UFC, but he’s distinctly in the twilight of his career. He’s a month away from his 41st birthday and the hours he’s spent in the octagon and in the gym have taken their toll on him as evidenced by an increased frequency in knockout losses. Being matched up against Kennedy Nzechukwu isn’t likely to reverse this trend. We all know that “OSP” has the skills to compete and he always shows up in shape. It’s been a struggle for him to find that extra gear in recent years, which is one reason why the results haven’t been there. That’s in contrast to Nzechukwu, who usually takes a round to properly get going. When he does, it’s typically lights out for the opposition. That leaves the door open for Saint Preux to surprise Nzechukwu in Round 1, so the veteran pulling off an upset finish would only be a minor one in my eyes despite the odds saying otherwise (Nzechukwu is currently the biggest favorite on the card at -550 according to DraftKings). This one likely goes past the first five minutes though and that’s good news for Nzechukwu, who scores a KO in Round 2. Pick: Nzechukwu Christian Rodriguez vs. Isaac Dulgarian It’s great to see Christian Rodriguez moving up to featherweight as his past two trip-ups at the scale have proven he’s not ready to consistently make the 135-pound limit yet. He could be a factor at bantamweight in the future, but for now eliminating the complications of a hard cut is what is best for him. With Isaac Dulgarian, we don’t know what we have with him yet as he’s rarely been in the cage for more than two minutes. His game plan is as simple as it gets: Come forward, tackle, and punch, punch, punch, and punch some more. Can’t complain as it has worked to the tune of a 6-0 record, all by first-round knockout or submission. In these instances, I have to lean towards the fighter who has shown they can go the distance, and that’s Rodriguez. By all means, if you’re picking Dulgarian to continue his hot streak and score another fast finish, I don’t blame you. But Rodriguez has shown some serious grit and maturity beyond his years that has me liking his chances to outlast Dulgarian and take this one on the scorecards. Pick: Rodriguez Pannie Kianzad vs. Macy Chiasson When Pannie Kianzad and Macy Chiasson met in the finals of The Ultimate Fighter 28, Kianzad had the reputation of the veteran ready to take that next step into the UFC, while Chiasson had come out of nowhere to emerge as an intriguing prospect after running through the first two rounds of that season’s tournament (including a first-round finish of future PFL champion Larissa Pacheco). Chiasson continued her hot streak in the finals, submitting the more experienced Kianzad to win a contract, but that result didn’t dictate their futures. Kianzad has become one of the toughest outs at 135 pounds, while Chiasson has struggled with inconsistency and inactivity. This is a crossroads fight for these two women, who could still contend for a title in MMA’s thinnest division. When they first fought, Kianzad seemed underprepared for Chiasson’s physicality. I doubt she makes the same mistake twice. It’s also fair to assume that Chiasson’s weight-cutting issues have affected her performances and Saturday marks her first time stepping into the cage as a bantamweight in three years. All of that adds up to Kianzad striking her way to a decision win and earning a measure of revenge. Pick: Kianzad Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bryan Barberena Let’s just be straight here: I have no clue what to make of Bryan Barberena at middleweight. When he fought Makhmud Muradov in London last summer, I assumed his move up to 185 pounds was just a case of Barberena making life easier by not having to worry about traveling and cutting weight. For now, he’s sticking around at a heavier weight class, and he’s been given an opponent whose style is about as far from Muradov’s as you can get. Gerald Meerschaert is a healthy-sized middleweight and that could be Barberena’s downfall in this matchup. Once Meerschaert takes Barberena down, it will take a ton of effort from “Bam Bam” to stand up let alone defend against submissions. On the other hand, Barberena can end this fight on the feet with one good flurry. Again, I’m puzzled as to what Barberena’s long term plan is here (assuming there is one) and they’ve given him a winnable fight, but he’s too vulnerable on the ground for me to pick. Meerschaert gets the tap-out and moves one step closer to 30 career submission wins. Pick: Meerschaert Mike Davis def. Natan Levy Josiane Nunes def. Chelsea Chandler Ode Osbourne def. Jafel Filho Joshua Culibao def. Danny Silva Cory McKenna def. Jaqueline Amorim Thiago Moises def. Mitch Ramirez Charalampos Grigoriou def. Chad Anheliger

03/16/2024

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Edmonton hospital patient had been hoping for a care home. He wound up at a hotel instead

Blair Canniff had been a patient at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for approximately six months when he said a social worker told him he was going to be moved. He thought he was going to assisted living but that's not where they dropped him off.

03/16/2024

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Canada heading toward major measles outbreak without vaccine boost, new modelling suggests

As measles cases keep appearing in more parts of the country, new projections suggest there’s a high chance Canada may experience a “sizable outbreak” — with anywhere from dozens to thousands of people infected if the disease strikes communities with low vaccination rates.

03/16/2024

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Meet the GlamourGals: These med students spend their free time painting seniors' nails

McMaster University medical students have carved out time in their busy schedules to give manicures to seniors because they’re concerned about elder isolation.

03/16/2024

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UFC Vegas 88 Results: Tuivasa vs. Tybura

Tai Tuivasa and Marcin Tybura will clash in the UFC Vegas 88 main event Saturday. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images MMA Fighting has UFC Vegas 88 results for the Tuivasa vs. Tybura fight card, a live blog for the main event, and more from the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nev., on Saturday night. In the main event, Tai Tuivasa looks to snap his three-fight skid against Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight showdown. Tybura aims to rebound from a first-round TKO loss to Tom Aspinall in his last outing at UFC London this past July. Welterweights Bryan Battle and Ange Loosa clash in the co-main event. Check out UFC Vegas 88 results below. Main Card (ESPN+ at 7 p.m. ET) Tai Tuivasa vs. Marcin Tybura Bryan Battle vs. Ange Loosa Ovince Saint Preux vs. Kennedy Nzechukwu Christian Rodriguez vs. Isaac Dulgarian Pannie Kianzad vs. Macy Chiasson Gerald Meerschaert vs. Bryan Barberena Preliminary Card (ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET) Natan Levy vs. Mike Davis Josiane Nunes vs. Chelsea Chandler Jafel Filho vs. Ode Osbourne Joshua Culibao vs. Danny Silva Thiago Moises vs. Mitch Ramirez Jaqueline Amorim vs. Cory McKenna Charalampos Grigoriou vs. Chad Anheliger

03/16/2024

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UFC Vegas 88 preview show: Will Tai Tuivasa avoid 4-fight skid?

Tai Tuivasa returns to the UFC octagon this Saturday to face Marcin Tybura in the main event of UFC Vegas 88, which takes place at the APEX. Following a memorable UFC 299 event, can “Bam Bam” provide some more fireworks and avoid a four-fight losing streak, or will Tybura be the one who gets back in the win column? MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, Jed Meshew, and José Youngs previews this weekend’s Fight Night event for the UFC, the headliner between Tuivasa and Tybura, and discuss what is at stake for both fighters in the matchup. Additionally, they’ll talk the co-main event between up and coming welterweights Bryan Battle and Ange Loosa, Ovince Saint Preux making his 27th octagon appearance, other standout fights and fighters the crew has their eyes on, how the card from top-to-bottom looks on paper, and more. Catch the UFC Vegas 88 preview show above. An audio-only version of the show can be found below and on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher.

03/16/2024

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