UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to Face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30
Michael Graves will lock horns with Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 on July 30.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the welterweight bout on Tuesday. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta and is headlined by a 170-pound title tilt between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight strap against Wilson Reis.
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine cleared to compete vs. Rick Story
Despite fears that Tarec Saffiedine would have to withdraw from this Sunday's UFC Fight Night 88 clash with Rick Story, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been cleared to compete.
Despite initial fears that he wouldn't be able to fight on Sunday, May 29th, UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine will be able to fight against Rick Story.
Two days ago, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion revealed on Sunday that he'd suffered a cut on his knee, which led to the UFC seeking a replacement in case he had to be officially removed from the event. With the status of his UFC Fight Night bout up in the air, Saffiedine confirmed to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that he's been cleared by doctors to compete this weekend.
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera added to UFC 201
A bantamweight bout pitting Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera has been added to UFC 201. The news was first reported by Indicutido on Tuesday, but later confirmed by MMA Fighting.
Perez (15-6), who only competed once in the 2015 calendar, is coming off unanimous decision win over Taylor Lapilus at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale in Monterrey, Mexico back in November 2015. Prior to that, the Mexican fighter suffered a loss to Bryan Caraway via rear-naked choke back in June 2014. The 26-year-old Perez is 2-2 in his last four performances.
Titan FC 39 complete with pair of title fights headlining June 10 card in Miami
Titan FC 39 has added a second title fight, and a total of eight more fights, to complete the June 10 card.
Featherweight champ Andre Harrison (12-0) will look to keep his professional record perfect when he puts his belt on the line against Deivison Ribeiro (26-9).
Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title.
In addition, WEC veteran Micah Miller (19-8) will face Kenny Gadreau (6-3) in a welterweight bout.
BJ Penn pulled from UFC 199 bout for USADA IV violation
Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn was scheduled to come out of retirement at UFC 199 on June 4 in a featherweight bout against Cole Miller.
Penn who last fought Frankie Edgar in 2014 is looking to make some noise in the featherweight division but will have to be put on the sideline as he has been pulled from the UFC 199 bout with Cole Miller after telling the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he had used an IV previously in March.
BJ Penn made the following statement to BJPENN.COM regarding his admitted use of an IV to USADA:
UFC Light Heavyweight James Te Huna Retires After 25-Fight Career
James Te Huna is hanging up his 4-ounce gloves.
Te Huna, who since 2010 has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division, announced his decision on Monday in a Facebook post.
“I have discovered something that is tough to swallow (but made a lot of sense) since the last fight,” wrote Te Huna, “but this recent decision is a positive step towards a healthy future.
“I hope you can all understand. I gave it everything I had guys, and those closest to me know how much of my life I gave to competition-I didn’t have the gift when I started..just put in the work to chase a childhood dream.”
Buentello, Prindle Cleared for Abu Dhabi Warriors 4; Sarnavskiy-‘Macaco’ Set as Co-Main Event
American heavyweights Paul Buentello and Eric Prindle will square off in Abu Dhabi tomorrow after both men hit the scale at Monday’s official weigh-in for Abu Dhabi Warriors 4.
Buentello checked in at 265 pounds, while Prindle came in at a whopping 283 pounds for the three-round super-heavyweight contest. The matchup headlines a 10-fight card from the United Arab Emirates-based organization which will stream live and free on AbuDhabi-Warriors.com beginning at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT.
Bantamweights Felipe Arantes, Jerrod Sanders Added to UFC Fight Night ‘Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez’
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s July 7 event in Las Vegas will feature a 135-pound matchup between Brazilian bantamweight Felipe Arantes and returning wrestler Jerrod Sanders.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup, which will be part of UFC Fight Night “Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez.”
Arantes has competed in the UFC since August 2011, building a record of 4-3-1, but he has yet to win back-to-back bouts inside the Octagon. The 28-year-old Chute Boxe fighter has been out of action since August 2015, when he submitted WEC vet Yves Jabouin with a first-round armbar.
Lineup set for June's UFC 199 in Southern California with Rockhold-Bisping, Cruz-Faber title fights
It had to get a makeover at the top, but the UFC 199 lineup is official for next month in Southern California, and it still features a pair of title fights.
The bout order for the 13-fight pay-per-view card is set. In the main event, Michael Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of his title shot rematch with champ Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) this past week due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
Dominick Cruz (21-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will put his bantamweight belt on the line against heated rival Urijah Faber (33-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in the co-main event.
Report: Thiago Alves to fight Al Iaquinta at UFC 202
As Combate reported, former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves has an opponent and a date to make his lightweight debut, as he prepares to take on The Ultimate Fighter 15 runner up, Al Iaquinta, at UFC 202, on August 20. UFC officials have not confirmed the booking themselves.
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine injured, fight against Rick Story in jeopardy
Tarec Saffiedine's bout against Rick Story at UFC Fight Night 88 -- which is pegged for May 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada -- is in jeopardy after "Sponge" suffered an injury in the final days of his training camp.
According to MMA Fighting, Tarec hasn't officially been ruled out of the bout, however, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials are actively looking for a potential replacement to face "The Horror" in a little over a weeks notice.
Legacy FC 57 set for July 1 in Louisiana with featherweight title headliner
Legacy FC will make its second trip to Louisiana this year when Legacy FC 57 comes to DiamondJacks Casino in Bossier City, La., on July 1.
The promotion announced the event and card to MMAjunkie.
The card’s main event is a bout for the vacant featherweight title between Kevin Aguilar (10-1) and Tony Kelley (3-0). A welterweight bout between Dave Burrow (14-7) and Derrick Krantz (17-9) will serve as the co-main event on the AXS TV-televised main card.
Aguilar is riding a two-fight winning streak after suffering his lone career loss to UFC veteran Leonard Garcia at Legacy FC 26. In 10 career victories, Aguilar has scored nine wins by stoppage.
Emil Weber Meek Shocks the World, Stops Palhares
Emil Weber Meek (8-2-1-1) stops Rousimar Palhares (18-7) in less than a minute by countering a single leg with elbows and then punches to the head to quickly KO the Brazilian! “I’m here to shock the world” said Meek to MMAViking.com about the opportunity to fight the UFC veteran and WSOF champion, and he did just that at Venator FC III.
There was short feeling out period in Italy, where the two fighters exchanged a few punches without much intention. Then Palhares dove in for a single leg and had it against the cage looking to get the fight to the ground. With the Norwegian’s back to the fence, the Frontline MMA Academy fighter landed hard elbows with mean intentions which stunned the Brazilian. Quickly turning on top of the dangerous fighter, Meek wasted no time in punching Toquino in the side of the head with quick and powerful blows, and again, and again, and again until the referee jumped in at just 45 seconds!!!
Ilima Macfarlane-Rebecca Ruth Added to Bellator: Dynamite 2
Bellator MMA announced Friday night that a women’s flyweight bout has been added to the eagerly-anticipated Bellator: Dynamite 2 event, which is set for June 24 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Promotion officials confirmed that Ilima-Lei Macfarlane will take on Rebecca Ruth on the card, which is anchored by the heavyweight bout between former UFC 205-pound champ Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii.
Macfarlane has been impressive since turning pro, having won all three of her bouts, two of which have been inside the Bellator cage. The last time “The Ilimanator” competed, she submitted Amber Tackett via first-round armbar at Bellator 148.
UFC's 'Greatest fighter of all-time' poll includes McGregor, but not Demetrious Johnson
We're just a couple of months away from the big UFC 200 pay-per-view, and to celebrate the historic event, the UFC is asking fans to help them determine the greatest fighters of all-time. Earlier this week, they put out a poll for fans to choose the #1 greatest fighter ever, with the first of a six-part countdown series beginning on May 29th. Here are the options that they've listed on their website: (Screenshot for proof)
Other (you'd submit your own name afterwards)
McCall vs. Scoggins at UFC 201
UFC flyweights Ian 'Uncle Creepy' McCall and Justin 'Tank' Scoggins will fight at UFC 201 on July 30, 2016 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scoggins, ranked #11 in the division, is on a two-fight win streak, over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg.
McCall, ranked #5, is coming off a decision loss to John Lineker in a catchweight bout after Linkeker failed to make weight. Prior to that he was on a two-fight wins streak, over Iliarde Santos and Brad Pickett. A hero of The UnderGround, McCall is coming off a series of injuries, but is now returned to form.
UFC 201 is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley. UFC flyweight champion bDemetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis serves as the co-main.
UFC flyweight John Moraga returns against Matheus Nicolau at TUF 23 Finale
A flyweight bout between UFC contender John Moraga and TUF Brazil 4 semifinalist Matheus Nicolau is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the booking on Friday.
Moraga (16-4) is currently the No. 6 ranked flyweight on the UFC's media-generated rankings. He has been out of action since suffering a concussion in a May 2015 loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Canelo Alvarez vacates WBC belt to avoid 'artificial deadlines' for GGG fight
*Please note, I figured most on the PG would like to see this but don't know exactly where to post it*
Lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has decided to vacate his WBC middleweight belt as the WBC’s 15-day deadline to get a unification fight done with mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin draws near.
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), coming off an explosive sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on May 7, said he did not want to be negotiating the fight with Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) under “artificial deadlines.”
With Canelo vacating the belt, Golovkin, who was the interim WBC champion, sheds the interim title and is now the WBC middleweight champion.
Canelo released a statement Wednesday:
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”