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May 14, 2019 - Johnny Walker Injury Update: Shoulder Surgery, 2-3+ Months Recovery Timeline

Per Steven Marrocco & Fernanda Prates, MMAjunkie -

"Johnny Walker's surgeon had a lot of work to do ... The worm dance that dislocated Walker's shoulder [while celebrating immediately after a 36-second KO victory at UFC 235 in March] left him with an implanted screw and other improvements to keep it stable during healing ... Two or three months is the optimistic assessment for Walker's return to fighting. This week, he's scheduled to see a doctor who will tell him whether his comeback timeline is realistic."

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May 14, 2019 - Manager: July's UFC Sacramento in Hometown Too Soon for Garbrandt Return

Per Cody Garbrandt's manager Ali Abdelaziz, via Steven Marrocco, MMAjunkie -

"[Garbrandt's] got a lot of fight left in him. The key [is] you've got to get him healthy and get him right. The UFC wanted him to fight in Sacramento [at UFC on ESPN+ 13]. I want him to fight in October or November. Let's get him right ...

"You know what the problem is with Cody? He's too much of a fighter. If Cody fought the way [he did in the] Dominick Cruz fight, he's going to be very hard to beat. But he's got so much on his shoulder - a chip on his shoulders. If you punch him, he wants to kill you, he wants to eat your heart out. But that's just Cody, love him or hate him."

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May 14, 2019 - Jones: DC Never Coming Back to LHW, Fighting Him at HW Doesn't Make Sense

Per UFC LHW champ Jon Jones, via Fernanda Prates, MMAjunkie -

"[Daniel Cormier is] definitely never coming back to light heavyweight. He says it, but there's no way he's coming back to light heavyweight. To commit your life to lose that type of weight and to come up short again would be so devastating. It would take an incredible amount of courage to attempt it, and to come up short would just be so devastating. I doubt he'd put himself through that for a third time ...

"I'm a realist. Daniel Cormier is a special athlete and anyone can be beat. I think my greatest chance of losing would be to a guy like Daniel Cormier. We'd be giving him a power and strength advantage over me; it just doesn't make sense ... Right now, I make light heavyweight very easily, and it would just make no sense to fight a guy who, I think, technically [is] on your level and to give him a size advantage. I'm not doing it. I'm sure my fans don't like to hear me talk like that, but that's just me being a realist - and being respectful of Daniel's abilities."

Source: t.co/vFhmNP2VZ3 

Video: bit.ly/2WHQkMH 

May 14, 2019 - Josh Emmett Details Gruesome Injury That Nearly Took His Eye

Per Josh Emmett, via Shakiel Mahjouri, Bloody Elbow -

"[In a February, 2018 KO loss to Jeremy Stephens] The lateral part of my orbital was broken, that was pretty bad. The orbital floor was broken. If you go on the side of your orbit and go all the way to your ear, right before your temple, the hard part, that was broken. The zygomatic arch in my cheek was completely broken and kind of caved in. There were other things going on with my nose ... The muscle that controls my eye was impinged. The main nerve was compressed so I lost a lot of feeling in the left side of my face. The doctors were surprised I could move my eye. They kept saying how lucky I was that I didn't lose my eyeball ...

"I just accept the fact that I'm going to fight. This s**t is going to hurt, but for the 15 minutes I'm willing to sustain any type of pain. I'll go through hell just to get my hands raised ... People are like, 'oh, you have the adrenaline and you don't feel anything, right?' Man, we feel everything. I never get nervous during the fight, I don't get excited either. It's like going to work. I'm clocking in. I tell people, 'if you go your desk job and stub your toe, does it hurt?' Of course it does."

Source: t.co/FwOb8b7n2D 

May 14, 2019 - Edgar Reacts to Title Shot News, Talks Holloway Matchup

Per Frankie Edgar, via Chuck Mindenhall, MMA Fighting -

"I felt I was [next for Holloway] just based on the conversations I've had with the UFC and whatnot, but you never know ... I've been told I was having shots before and haven't got them. Of course I really wasn't holding my breath, I wanted to make sure I got bout agreement and then I knew it's real.

"Every time I get ready for [Holloway] I feel like I'm getting ready for a better version. He continually gets better, and he's represented our weight class tremendously. He's considered the best featherweight of all time, so these are the positions I want to keep putting myself in. I want to keep challenging myself. If I want to take the belt, I want to take the belt from the best featherweight ever. This is my opportunity ...

"We're still over 10 weeks away from the fight, and I'm giddy today. I woke up and went to train, I've got a smile on my face and I'm pumped that I got this opportunity. But it is still so far away, and I've been here before. So I got to make sure we get to the fight, get to the venue and make it happen ... But ten weeks this upcoming Saturday, that'll be the perfect time. I've been training. I was hurt for a while, the past month-and-a-half, I've been finally back in the gym able to do stuff. So it is perfect timing. I feel like I'm in shape to get in shape right now."

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May 14, 2019 - Volkanovski Hospitalized in Chile with Blood Infection, Condition Improving

Per MMA Fighting -

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Notes 5/15 Update: Volkanovski in stable condition; remains in hospital - Source: MMAjunkie - t.co/vuDBdqvN2h 

5/18 Update: Per Volkanovski, via MMA Fighting -

"We got good news this morning that the infection's starting to go down now. That's good because it was pretty nasty before, the infection was pretty bad, cellulitis, bacterial infection. That was my ankle, foot, and leg, it was just very, very swollen and the inflammation was pretty bad, the infection was pretty bad too ... But we were worried about it being in the tendons. We got the message this morning that it's not in any of the tendons, so that?s very, very good. It will be all smooth sailing from now, I think. I'm still getting fevers here and there, but that's just normal. The worst is done, which is good."

Source: t.co/unWLYhnmKb 

May 14, 2019 - UFC 237 | Post-Event Rankings Update

UFC Rankings Update, per Marcell Dorff, MMA DNA -

Newly Ranked -
- P4P #14 V. Shevchenko
- P4P #15 J. Andrade
- MW #15 D. Branch

Removed From Rankings -
- P4P R. Namajunas
- P4P C. Cyborg
- MW A.Silva

Highest Climbers -
- FW #1 A. Volkanovski +3
- LW #13 I. Makhachev +2
- WBW #9 I. Aldana +2

Lower in Ranks -
- FW #3 J. Aldo -2

Source: bit.ly/2LK9vo7 

Notes Full UFC Rankings: www.ufc.com/rankings 

May 14, 2019 - Wonderboy Thompson Update: Hoping for Late 2019 UFC Return

Per Stephen 'Wonderboy' Thompson, via Peter Carroll, MMA Fighting -

"It wasn't so long since I was in the Octagon fighting, so I'm taking my time; I'm taking it slow. I'm 36 years old, I haven't taken a whole lot of damage, but next time I get in the Octagon I want to make sure I'm 100 percent. I've known guys who've got knocked out and they get back in there too soon, next thing you know they get clipped and they're out again. I just want to know that I'm fully healed and I'm taking the time that the doctors gave me to heal up, to make sure I'm 100 percent before I step back out there ... Everything is good, I'm feeling great. A few weeks ago I had another CT scan and everything came up negative; everything was great. I just want to make sure I'm ready before I step back out there.

"I've been working very hard to get the UFC to come to my hometown, but I don't think I'm going to be on [the June UFC Greenville card] ... There's not really a date, but hopefully this year we'll be stepping back out there. Maybe September or October. I would love to fight at Madison Square Garden again if that happens. There are a lot of opportunities, the year is not over yet, so hopefully you'll see me back in there this year."

Source: t.co/KqsmDnGBoQ 

May 13, 2019 - Miocic: Cormier is an Idiot, I Don't Listen to What He Says

Per ESPN -

Source: bit.ly/2Q8am0A 

Video: bit.ly/2E8EeoS 

Full Interview w/Ariel Helwani: youtu.be/QugmEmAW3B8 

Notes 5/16/19 Update - Cormier responds (per MMA Fighting):

"Fighters, we're a different breed. Right away I was like, 'Oh Stipe, son of a b*tch.' But I like it though because the first time he's all chummy and he's all quiet and he doesn't want to build a fight. Now at least he's being vocal about how he feels. Be vocal. Tell me how you feel and that you want to kick my ass so when I kick your ass again, then you're like in a dark room, just done ... He's gonna be done. After this one, it will be very hard for Stipe to get back to where he once was because this one's going to break him. I know what the second Jones fight did to me. It almost broke me. But all my life experiences - my father, my cousin, my daughter, my roommate - all those life experiences allowed me to keep things in perspective, whereas he hasn't really had to do that. So when he loses in this spot, I don't think he'll be able to recover from it. It'll be too much ...

"Stipe can say, 'Oh he's and idiot' and he's this and he's that, but then I can just kick his ass again. Ultimately I had the last laugh in the whole thing with me and Stipe and I get to do it again, so that's kind of how that thing plays out."

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May 13, 2019 - Magny Out of Saturday's Bout vs. Luque, UFC Seeking Replacement

Per ESPN -

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Notes Update: fight withdrawal due to USADA drug test failure. Source: Bloody Elbow - t.co/4RG6bLFffD 

May 13, 2019 - New UFC Signee: Khadis Ibragimov

Get to know newly-signed UFC prospect Khadis Ibragimov, per Shawn Bitter, Cageside Press -

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