Top 10 ranked fighter Myles Jury is making a few changes to his career including a new weight class and a new team to help him prepare for his next bout in the Octagon.
Jury announced on Monday that he would be dropping down to the featherweight division for his next fight in the UFC after competing exclusively at 155 pounds in his previous bouts with the promotion.
Jury is a former 'Ultimate Fighter' competitor who is currently ranked No. 8 in the world at lightweight, but he will make the move down to 145 pounds for his next bout later this year.
"Myles was tested a little over 16-percent body fat and not exactly eating the best," Jury's manager Ryan Hass said when speaking to FOX Sports. "One of his great changes this year was finally getting his nutrition intake at the highest level by starting with George Lockhart at FitnessVT.com.
"Now he's held onto his size while dropping the bad weight and ready to take over the featherweight division."
The move down to featherweight also comes with a big change to Jury's team as he has left Alliance Training Center in San Diego while joining a mass exodus of fighters who will now begin training at Power MMA & Fitness in Gilbert, Arizona.
Power MMA & Fitness is led by former UFC fighter Aaron Simpson with fighters such as Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway training out of the gym.
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LAS VEGAS -- Rousimar Palhares believes all the controversy over his World Series of Fighting 22 win against Jake Shields is much ado about nothing.
Palhares defeated Shields to retain his WSOF welterweight title...
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- It appears that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira won’t be entering the Octagon anymore.
The former UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion suffered his third straight loss at UFC 190, losing via decision to Stefan Struve. UFC president Dana Whiteannounced at the post-fight press conference that "Minotauro" has agreed to retire after Saturday’s fight.
"I love ‘Big Nog’, and I think everybody loves ‘Big Nog’. He is such a good guy," White said after UFC 190 at the HSBC Arena. "He's respected by everybody. He and I actually talked tonight and I'm done. I don't want to see him fight anymore."
Nogueira entered the UFC in 2007 and won back-to-back fights against Heath Herring and Tim Sylvia to claim the interim heavyweight title, but bounced between wins and losses over his next six bouts before entering a three-fight losing streak.
Dana White: ‘Minotauro’ Nogueira has agreed to retire after UFC 190 - MMA Fighting
The World Series of Fighting may actually have had enough of Rousimar Palhares' actions after Saturday's WSOF 22 event.
Matchmaker and WSOF executive Ali Abdel-Aziz said on Sunday that he plans to go back to the video of Palhares' fight with Jake Shields, and if it's as bad as he felt like it was live, they may take action against him.
"You have to understand, I'm the guy who f**king stood up for him," Abdel-Aziz started in an interview with MMAFighting.com. "I don't know if you remember or not, but I'm the guy who said, 'you know what, I'm going to sign him.' If I go back on tape and watch that f***ing fight tomorrow, and if I see Palhares held too long, and did the eye poking a couple times, he might be stripped of the title. And Jake Shields would fight the winner between [Yushin] Okami and [Jon] Fitch for the title, and I would suspend [Palhares].
"I like Palhares, I think he's a nice guy, but I think he has problems. I think he has problems, and we had an amazing event, and he didn't have to hold [the submission late]. He didn't have to hold at all because he won, he tapped him. Let him go. Let the guy go... If I don't [strip him because of that], I wouldn't be a martial artist. Just because a guy is winning and he's the champ? It wouldn't be right.
"He should've let it go, and he didn't. We'll see what happens."
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LAS VEGAS -- An ordinary fight night turned into bedlam in the minutes before Saturday's WSOF 22 main event, as a brawl erupted cageside at The Axis in Planet Hollywood between UFC lightweights Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov and their respective entourages.
"Nate went to Khabib and they just got talking," World Series of Fighting vice president Ali Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting.com. "They exchanged words and Nate threw a punch. I saw Nate throw a punch."
The melee spilled into the stands until Nurmagomedov and Diaz were forcibly separated. Diaz was then escorted out of the area, but the furor resumed several minutes later, this time with Diaz's older brother Nick throwing himself into the fray. Video captured by MMA Interviews shows the elder Diaz throwing a beer at Nurmagomedov, reigniting tensions before security and Abdel-Aziz are able to pull away the two parties.
"I consider theses guys friends, Nick and Nate, but I'm very disappointed," Abdel-Aziz said.
"I don't know what it is, both of them need to call Dana (White) and talk to him. Maybe they can fight and get over with it, because when people fight, they respect each other. But I'm just not happy about somebody throwing a beer bottle. There's a lot of kids, there's a lot of women. What happens if somebody's face got cut? One of them would've went to jail. I don't want to see Nate or Nick going to jail or their friend go to jail at my show."
The Diaz brothers were in attendance to support their longtime training partnerJake Shields, who lost via third-round submission to WSOF welterweight champion Rousimar Palhares in the night's main event, while Nurmagomedov was on hand to corner his younger brother Abubakar Nurmagomedov as well as fellow countryman Islam Mamedov.
Both Diaz brothers were escorted out of the arena following the bottle throwing incident, but that wouldn't be the end of it, as another wild brawl erupted directly outside of The Axis, with video again capturing Nate Diaz in the center of it.
Las Vegas police eventually arrived to regain order to the scene. Nate Diaz was handcuffed and escorted away, but was not arrested.
Ali Abdel-Aziz: Nick Diaz and Nate Diaz are banned from WSOF events after WSOF 22 brawl - MMA Fighting
- Ronda Rousey def Bethe Correia by TKO (Round 1, 0:34)
- Mauricio Rua def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Glaico Franca def. Fernando Bruno, submission (Round 3, 4:46)
- Reginaldo Vieira def. Dileno Lopes, unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Stefan Struve def. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Antonio Silva def. Soa Palelei, TKO (Round 2, 0:41)
- Claudia Gadelha def. Jessica Aguilar, unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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