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Whittaker likely out until 2018
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Immediately after defeating Yoel Romero at UFC 213, now UFC interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker said he had injured his knee in training, and reinjured it early in the fight. Romero landed a thunderous low kick, and UFC com­men­ta­tor Joe Ro­gan immediately noticed something was wrong. When the Aussie returned to his corner after Round 1 he said, “My left knee’s f***ed.” He lost Round 1, and lost Round 2, too, but came back to win three straight and the title.
Submitted Jul 22, 2017 3:59AM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau announced for UFC Rotterdam
(https:)
Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie will take on Marion Reneau at bantamweight. With Germaine de Randamie no longer the UFC women’s featherweight champion, her next fight will be back at bantamweight. UFC officials announced on Thursday that GdR is set to face Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night: Rotterdam in the Netherlands on Saturday, September 2nd.
Submitted Jul 21, 2017 1:29AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Aaron Pico to fight on Bellator 183 main card looking to rebound from rough debut
(mmajunkie.com)
As debuts of heavily hyped MMA prospects go, they don’t get much worse than Aaron Pico. The good news, though, is that the 20-year-old Bellator lightweight will have a chance to make up for it sooner than later. Bellator President Scott Coker told ESPN today that Pico (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has been tabbed to fight on the main card of Bellator 183, which takes place Sept. 23 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and airs on Spike. An opponent for Pico is still in the process of being finalized.
Submitted Jul 21, 2017 1:27AM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
With Chris Gruetzemacher out, Martin Bravo now meets Humberto Bandenay at UFC Fight Night 114
(mmajunkie.com)
One fighter’s loss is another’s gain as Peruvian featherweight Humberto Bandenay will get a crack at the UFC. UFC officials recently announced that Bandenay (13-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for Chris Gruetzemacher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and face Martin Bravo (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC at UFC Fight Night 114 on Aug. 5 at Mexico City Arena. The night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jul 21, 2017 1:21AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White's Contender Series 3 lineup revealed, includes Ryan Spann vs. Karl Roberson
(mmajunkie.com)
A light heavyweight matchup between Legacy FC and LFA veteran Ryan Spann and undefeated prospect Karl Roberson tops the bill for next week’s Dana White’s Contender Series 3. UFC officials recently revealed the five-fight lineup, which takes place July 25 at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. Spann (10-4) was victorious in his most recent outing, scoring a 20-second submission win over Roman Pizzolato at a World Fighting Championships event in Louisiana. Meanwhile, Roberson (4-0) is undefeated in the first four fights of his career, though he endured nearly two years off between his first two wins in 2015 and his most recent two, which came in April and May of this year.
Submitted Jul 20, 2017 1:22PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator NYC PPV buy rate estimate is out
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Bellator MMA CEO Scott Coker had high expectations for Bellator NYC, the promotion’s second attempt at pay-per-view television, and the first under his watch. The promotion reported that their first attempt in 2014 did just over 100,000 buys. “This is not something we’re going to go in and out of,” said Coker three weeks before the event, to Brett Okamoto for ESPN.com. “This is something we’re committed to. The company is committed to doing PPV fights.”
Submitted Jul 20, 2017 11:50AM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Nashkho Galaev gets choked unconscious, comes back to KO opponent at ACB 64
(https:)
The world of MMA is full of strange moments. On Wednesday, at ACB 64 in Antalya, Turkey, bantamweight fighter Nashkho Galaev was choked out unconscious by his opponent Denis Mutsnek in the first round of the fight. However, the fight didn’t end there, as Galaev somehow regained consciousness during the bout and came back to knock out his opponent with a brutal knee in the second round. With this victory, Galaev is now on a five-fight win streak, and was able to improve his record to 6-3. Below you can watch one of the strangest comebacks in MMA:
Submitted Jul 19, 2017 5:27PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 2 results: Sean O’Malley earns UFC contract with first-round KO
(https:)
On Tuesday evening, another 10 up-and-coming fighters looking to make their way into the UFC competed in the second edition of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in Las Vegas. Last week, two fighters were awarded UFC contracts but this week only one fighter is walking away as a new addition to the UFC: Sean O’Malley.
Submitted Jul 19, 2017 11:41AM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham will headline second ACB Sheffield event
(mmaplus.co.uk)
European promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) has confirmed that English rivals, Luke Barnatt and Scott Askham will face off in the main event of their September 23 show at the Sheffield Arena. Barnatt vs. Askham will mark the promotion’s second show in Sheffield, following on from ACB 65 which set to take place on July 22 at Sheffield Arena’s Steel Hall. The Steel Hall is designed to house around 4,500, whereas the main arena can hold up to 13,600.
Submitted Jul 18, 2017 9:03PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Newcomer Kattar to face Fili at UFC 214
(m.ufc.com)
With featherweight contender Dooho Choi sidelined by injury, Andre Fili will now welcome newcomer Calvin Kattar to the Octagon for a UFC 214 bout in Anaheim on July 29. In the UFC 214 main event, which airs live on Pay-Per-View from Honda Center, it’s the long-awaited rematch between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones. Plus, Tyron Woodley defends his welterweight crown against Demian Maia, and a new women’s featherweight champion will be crowned when Cris “Cyborg” battles Tonya Evinger.
Submitted Jul 17, 2017 10:54PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Amanda Nunes vs Valentina Shevchenko rescheduled for UFC 215
(https:)
The women’s bantamweight title fight between champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Valentina Shevchenko has been rescheduled for UFC 215, according to a report by Combate. UFC 215 takes place in Edmonton, Canada, on September 9. The two were supposed to fight in the main event of UFC 213. However, Nunes withdrew from the competition the day of their fight after claiming that she felt ill.
Submitted Jul 17, 2017 8:58PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stipe Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez title fight being targeted for UFC 216
(bjpenn.com)
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic (17-2 MMA) successfully defended his title for a second time at May’s UFC 211 event in Dallas, where he scored a first-round TKO victory over former division title holder Junior dos Santos. The victory served at Miocic’s fifth in a row, as he had previously scored finishes over Mark Hunt, Andrei Arlovski, Fabricio Werdum and Alistair Overeem. Just two weeks removed from Stipe’s destruction of “JDS”, BJPENN.com’s Chris Taylor reported that the UFC was already discussing the possibility of having former division champion Cain Velasquez as the next man to step in the cage and challenge Miocic.
Submitted Jul 17, 2017 8:56PM by JLS - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 113 bonuses: Santiago Ponzinibbio leads $50,000 winners with upset KO
(mmajunkie.com)
Santiago Ponzinibbio, Paul Felder, Danny Henry and Daniel Teymur each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at today’s UFC Fight Night 113 event. Ponzinibbio and Felder picked up “Performance of the Night” awards, and Henry and Teymur took home “Fight of the Night” honors. M?y
Submitted Jul 17, 2017 6:58AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Felder will pay tribute to his late father in the Octagon at UFC Glasgow
(https:)
Felder's father passed away a week before his UFC Glasgow camp got underway. Paul Felder’s father lost his battle with pancreatic cancer a week before his son’s fight camp got underway for Sunday night’s lightweight bout against Stevie Ray at UFC Fight Night 113. Despite his great loss, a grieving Felder took off for Roufusport in Milwaukee, where he ate, slept and trained for his meeting against one of Scottish MMA’s favorite sons.
Submitted Jul 15, 2017 7:15PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gegard Mousasi headlines Bellator 185 against Alexander Shlemenko in October
(mmajunkie.com)
New Bellator signee Gegard Mousasi will make his debut for the promotion in October. Bellator officials today announced that Mousasi (42-6-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will face Alexander Shlemenko (56-9 MMA, 12-3 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 185, which takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Additionally, top light heavyweights clash as Muhammed Lawal faces Liam McGeary.
Submitted Jul 15, 2017 10:36AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator 184 set for Oct. 6 with champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell, Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (20-4 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) will look for the third consecutive defense of his title later this year when he meets Darrion Caldwell (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA). Bellator officials today announced the bout will headline an Oct. 6 event, expected to serve as Bellator 184, at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla.
Submitted Jul 15, 2017 10:34AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi scratched from UFC 214; both fighters injured
(mmajunkie.com)
The planned lightweight bout between Sage Northcutt and John Makdessi has been scratched from UFC 214 later this month. UFC officials today announced the removal of the contest, citing injuries to both Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-5 UFC). UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass
Submitted Jul 14, 2017 6:42PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
LFA 16 Weigh-in Results: Johnny Bedford, Jimmy Flick Cleared for Conflict
(sherdog.com)
Houston-based Legacy Fighting Alliance will stay in the great state of Texas on Friday as The Bomb Factory in Dallas will serve as the host venue for LFA 16. Johnny Bedford is set to take on fellow bantamweight Jimmy Flick in the main event and at Thursday’s weigh-ins, both men were spot-on, giving the event the expected green light. Flick, from nearby Oklahoma, has had a topsy-turvy run of luck inside the cage over the last five years. Having fought sparingly during the span, “The Brick” has gone just 2-3 and is coming off a second-round knockout loss at Legacy FC 63 in December. Flick is gunning to get back on track and when he stepped onto the scale, he came in officially at 135.25 pounds.
Submitted Jul 14, 2017 10:10AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC 214 lineup set – mostly – with Cormier-Jones rematch, 2 other title fights in Anaheim
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is set – mostly – for the UFC’s massive UFC 214 event with three title fights later this month in Southern California. The card features 14 fights – if a featherweight bout on the prelims featuring Andre Fili stays on the card if Fili gets a new opponent. But one thing is certain: Three belts will be on the line at the top of the bill. UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jul 14, 2017 9:59AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Richie Vaculik to make MMA return in Augus
(fightnewsaustralia.com)
After a 21 month hiatus from the sport, Richie Vaculik will begin his MMA comeback at Pancrase 289. The former UFC flyweight will take on Japanese standout Nobuki Fujii at the event, which takes place August 20 in Tokyo, Japan. “Vas” has been on the MMA sidelines since dropping a unanimous decision to Danny Martinez at UFC 193 in Melbourne. The loss moved his UFC record to 1-3 and he was subsequently released from the promotion. The 34 year-old TUF Smashes veteran has stayed busy outside the cage since that landmark event and is better known in recent times for his co-anchor role alongside Elvis Sinosic on Fox’s UFC Fight Week show. Vaculik (10-4) will now move to the bantamweight division where he’ll look to get the ball rolling against Pancrase stalwart Fujii (15-8-3).
Submitted Jul 14, 2017 9:54AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
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