10 most USADA drug tested athletes in UFC history
Since July 1, 2015, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has serve as the independent third-party administrator of the UFC’s year-round Anti-Doping Policy. USADA maintains a public Athlete Test History, updated regularly.
In 2015, 156 athletes were tested, a total of 353 times, an average of 2.26 times per athlete. In 2016, the rate accelerated to 586 athletes tested, 2291 total times, or an average of 3.9 times per athlete. In 2017 so far 240 athletes have been tested a total of 353 times.
Nine-time UFC veteran Nikita Krylov signs with Eurasia Fight Nights
It looks like Nikita Krylov’s next fight will be featured on UFC Fight Pass – just not in the UFC.
Krylov (21-5), currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, has signed a multi-fight agreement with Russia’s Eurasia Fight Nights promotion.
The organization announced the deal earlier today during EFN Global 59 in Moscow, which featured former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov scoring a third-round TKO win over D.J. Linderman in the evening’s UFC Fight Pass-broadcast main event.
Bellator 172's Brooke Mayo on stoppage: 'I just feel as women we're kind of treated differently'
Brooke Mayo had less than a minute left on the clock in her pro debut before a doctor’s assessment rendered her unable to continue.
Sporting a swollen and purple left eye, a distraught Mayo (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) could be seen on Bellator 172’s Spike-televised main card pleading for her fight with Veta Arteaga (2-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to go on.
“I can see,” she repeated. “I can see.”
But it was a no-go. After nearly three full rounds of a highly entertaining flyweight battle at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Mayo was off to a 0-1 start to her professional MMA career.
UFC 214 in Anaheim changed to July 29
The UFC has changed dates for an upcoming pay-per-view event.
On Friday, the promotion announced that UFC 214, which was supposed to take place on Aug. 5, has been moved up a week to July 29. The event will still go down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. There are no current fights scheduled for the card.
This marks the second change the UFC has done to their planned trip to Anaheim, as the promotion had originally scheduled to host UFC 208 there on Jan. 21. In December, the UFC rescheduled the event for Aug. 5, changing the Feb. 11 Brooklyn pay-per-view from UFC 209 to UFC 208.
Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez added to UFC 211 in Dallas
A featherweight fight between The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America veterans Enrique Barzola and Gabriel Benitez has been added to UFC 211. The news was announced by UFC Español on Thursday.
Barzola, who won the second season of TUF: Latin America, was last seen inside the Octagon in November at UFC Fight Night 98 where he scored a unanimous decision win over Chris Avila. The Peruvian fighter is 2-1 since joining the UFC back in 2015, and owns a professional MMA record of 11-3-1.
Bellator signs Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo
Another talent from the Pitbull Brothers team has joined Bellator MMA.
Leandro Higo, the Legacy Fighting Alliance 135-pound champion, has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, Bellator officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Higo (17-2) became the RFA bantamweight champion last April with a first-round submission over Joey Miolla. When RFA and Legacy FC merged into LFA, the Brazilian added the LFA belt to his resume with a decision victory over Legacy FC champion Steven Peterson in January.
Cindy Dandois signs with UFC, meets Alexis Davis at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville
The UFC has a new women’s bantamweight on its roster, and she’ll make her promotional debut in April.
Cindy Dandois (8-2, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the promotion and will fight former title challenger Alexis Davis (17-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 108. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, featherweight Cub Swanson takes on Conor McGregor teammate and training partner Artem Lobov.
Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook booked for UFC 210 in Buffalo
Another of New York’s native sons is headed for a fight in his home state this spring.
New Yorker Gregor Gillespie (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Andrew Holbrook (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a lightweight fight at UFC 210. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in Dallas
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will attempt her fifth consecutive title defense at UFC 211 when she puts her belt up for grabs, this time against Jessica Andrade.
Jedrzejczyk (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) announced the title bout with Andrade (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) today on the FOXSports.com PROcast app (via Twitter):
It's on! #UFC champion @joannamma is returning to Dallas to defend her title for a 5th time! What do you think of her opponent for #UFC211?
Bellator suing UFC to prevent access to documents in anti-trust suit
In 2015 a class-action, anti-trust lawsuit was filed against the UFC. It is ongoing, and argues that the league crippled the market, and created an environment where fighters were unable to fight anywhere else.
The suit accuses the UFC of running “an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from would-be rival MMA Promoters by systematically preventing them from gaining access to resources critical to successful MMA Promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for would-be rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.”
Two fights have been added UFC 209: Albert Morales vs Andre Soukhamthath and Cynthia Calvillo vs Amanda Cooper
Albert Morales (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is slated to welcome CES MMA bantamweight champion Andre Soukhamthath (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon while newcomer Cynthia Calvillo (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets “The Ultimate Fighter 23” finalist Amanda Cooper (2-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout.
MMAjunkie confirmed the bookings with representatives from each matchup. The UFC 209 fight card now has a total of 12 bouts. UFC officials are expected to announce both of the new matchups shortly.
Here we go again: Filipovic out, Liam McGeary now meets Brett McDermott in Bellator 173 main event
For the second time in 48 hours, Bellator 173 headliner Liam McGeary has a new opponent for Friday’s card.
On Monday, Bellator officials announced that Chris Fields had been forced out of the Bellator 173 main event against former light heavyweight champion McGeary (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) and would be replaced by promotional newcomer Vladimir Filipovic (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
But today, Filipovic is out, too. Stepping up on two days’ notice to take his place will be Brett McDermott (7-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who like Filipovic will be making his promotional debut.