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Roy Nelson signs with Bellator
(mmafighting.com)
“Big Country” is off to Bellator. Roy Nelson (22-14) has signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, MMA Fighting has confirmed with multiple sources. The promotion is expected to officially announce the signing in the coming days.
Submitted May 26, 2017 4:22PM by tildengolfer - 14 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey headed to UFC on FOX 25 on Long Island
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout featuring an unbeaten New Yorker is the latest addition to the UFC’s debut show on Long Island. New York’s Shane Burgos (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will take on Brazil’s Godofredo Pepey (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 25 this summer. The bout first was reported by Long Island-based newspaper Newsday at Newsday.com. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:33AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Johnny Case vs. Tony Martin targeted for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City
(mmajunkie.com)
Lightweight Johnny Case is expected to meet Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night 112. A person close to one of the fighters said bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon for the matchup, which joins a 13-bout card on June 25 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The source asked for anonymity because the fight isn’t yet public. Earlier this month, Case announced on Twitter, he is fighting on the card.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:29AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Heavyweights Travis Browne And Alexey Oliynyk Clash At UFC 213
(mmaweekly.com)
Heavyweights Travis Browne and Alexey Oliynyk will meet at UFC 213 on July 8 during the fight promotion’s International Fight Week. UFC officials announced the matchup on Wednesday. Browne (18-6-1) debuted in the UFC in 2010 and quickly made a name for himself winning four of his first five fights inside the Octagon. He holds wins over Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and Stefan Struve, but has lost his last three fights. “Hapa” hopes to get his career back on track when he takes on the Russian submission specialist at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:26AM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Heather Hardy signs with Bellator, to fight Alice Yauger in New York
(https:)
Heather Hardy, who has put together a perfect 20-0 record en route to becoming arguably the most popular female boxer in the U.S., has signed with Bellator and will fight on its June 24 card at Madison Square Garden in New York. Hardy, who is a major draw in New York for boxing, will face Alice Yauger in a three-round flyweight fight in one of the online preliminary fights at Bellator 180.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Undefeated prospect Gavin Tucker returns against ex-WSOF champ Rick Glenn at UFC 216
(mmafighting.com)
An intriguing featherweight match-up has been added to UFC 216, as undefeated Canadian prospect Gavin Tucker is set to return against former WSOF champion Rick Glenn on Sept. 9 in Edmonton, Canada. The Chronicle Herald first reported the booking on Thursday.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:16AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Lethbridge fighter Jordan Mein to battle Belal Muhammad in UFC 213
(calgaryherald.com)
Jordan Mein will be back in the octagon this summer. The Lethbridge native has been the most high-profile Albertan fighter in recent years, and his next fight will be against Belal Muhammad (11-2-0) on July 8 at UFC 213. Muhammad’s stock is high after beating Randy Brown in February at UFC 208, and the 28-year-old Chicago native has hit .500 so far in his UFC career, going 2-2 over four fights. Mein, meanwhile, is coming off a tough loss at UFC 206 last December in Toronto to Emil Meek.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:14AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gokhan “The Rebel” Saki set to make his UFC debut in Rotterdam
(mmaplus.co.uk)
After weeks of speculation over the future of kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki, the UFC has today confirmed the signing of “The Rebel” to a multi-fight deal. The news was officially announced by the promotion on Thursday morning. Saki (0-1), 33, will make his debut in the light-heavyweight division and is expected to feature on the UFC Rotterdam card on Sept. 2. Saki was born in the city of Schiedam, which is located west of Rotterdam. His opponent has yet to be named.
Submitted May 25, 2017 10:29AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Renan Barao-Aljamain Sterling, Ricardo Lamas-Chan Sung Jung set for UFC 214
(mmafighting.com)
A former bantamweight champion returns to his old weight class, and an intriguing matchup of veteran featherweights, have been added to UFC 214.
Submitted May 24, 2017 11:48PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bracket A for RIZIN Bantamweight GP announced
(mixedmartialarts.com)
RIZIN’s World GP series has become part of its staple concepts ever since their launch in 2015. King Mo was crowned the winner of the monumental -220 lbs GP in 2015. Mirko Crocop won the Openweight GP last year by finishing all four opponents. Now in 2017, RIZIN will be holding its World GP at Bantamweight (-135). The opening rounds of the 14 man tournament (with 2 wild card slots) for the Quarter Finals, will be executed over the course of 2 events – 3 fights for Bracket A on July 30th, and 3 fights for Bracket B in October. The total of 6 winners from the opening round plus the 2 wild card fighters who get the bye, will gather on December 29th for the quarter finals. The winner of the GP will earn 15,000,000 Japanese yen ($135,000), Second place with 3,000,000 Japanese yen ($27,000) and Third place at 1,000,000 Japanese yen ($9,000,000).
Submitted May 24, 2017 12:13PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Romero-Whittaker interim title fight to co-headline UFC 213; Nunes-Shevchenko is main event
(mmajunkie.com)
With UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping injured, an interim title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker is coming to the division. Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will clash for the interim 185-pound belt in the UFC 213 co-main event on July 8, which ESPN’s Brett Okamoto announced on “SportsCenter.” The matchup was later confirmed by UFC officials.
Submitted May 24, 2017 11:16AM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former two-division champ Joe Warren meets Steve Garcia at Bellator 181 in July
(mmajunkie.com)
Despite inching closer to his 41st birthday, Joe Warren continues to go strong in the cage and will make his return to action at Bellator 181 in July. Warren (14-6 MMA, 12-5 BMMA) is slated to meet Steve Garcia (7-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in a bantamweight fight on the card. MMAjunkie today confirmed the matchup with a Bellator official.
Submitted May 24, 2017 11:15AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Garbrant-Dillashaw out of UFC 213, Romero-Whittaker in
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC president Dana White spoke recently with ESPN‘s Brett Okamoto, and announced that some big fights had been reshuffled. The Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw bantamweight title fight at UFC 213 on July 8 has been canceled due to Garbrandt’s back injury. Dillashaw will instead fight Demetrious Johnson in August.
Submitted May 24, 2017 1:47AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nadia Kassem the latest Aussie to break into UFC ranks
(dailytelegraph.com.au)
NADIA Kassem is Australia’s newest UFC fighter — and also its most unlikely. Unknown to all but the most seasoned Sydney fight fans, 21-year-old Kassem will make her Octagon debut at UFC Auckland on June 11. Fighting for only two years, the undefeated Wentworthville product was given the surprise call up during a recent coffee break at DHL Pharmaceuticals, where she works in customer service. And in a further twist, the rising strawweight will also be joined on the Auckland card by fellow UFC newbie Ashkan Mokhtarian — who doubles as the brother of her boyfriend/coach, Suman.
Submitted May 23, 2017 2:16AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Cris Cyborg, Angela Magana involved in physical altercation at UFC Athlete Retreat
(mmafighting.com)
Cris Cyborg and another UFC female fighter had an altercation at the UFC Athlete Retreat on Sunday and things got physical. Upset over tweets posted by Angela Magana, Cyborg confronted Magana during the event in Las Vegas, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. After heated words, Cyborg punched Magana in the face, sources said. Magana was rocked a bit by the punch, but did not fall down. She was then taken away, sources said.
Submitted May 22, 2017 3:54AM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Georges St-Pierre will face UFC welterweight champion upon return
(mmamania.com)
Now that Georges St-Pierre is out of a proposed Middleweight bout against division champion Michael Bisping, the 185-pound weight class is no longer clouded. So what’s next for the former UFC Welterweight champion of the world? It’s back to his old stomping grounds, as company president Dana White has confirmed that “Rush” will now fight for the 170-pound strap when he’s good and ready.
Submitted May 22, 2017 3:10AM by xdanish020 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Russian MMA fighter accused of attacking official
(washingtontimes.com)
Two Russian mixed martial arts fighters face punishment following an alleged attack on an official after a decision went against one of them in the ring. Up-and-coming fighter Gadzhimurad Khiramagomedov lost a split decision to fellow Russian Georgy Kichigin at an event in Kazakhstan on Friday night.
Submitted May 22, 2017 1:41AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Sergio Pettis vs. Brandon Moreno headlines UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City
(mmajunkie.com)
A pair of surging flyweights, including one from Mexico, will headline the UFC’s return to Mexico City this summer. Sergio Pettis (15-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is set to take on Brandon Moreno (14-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City. The promotion announced the new booking today for its fourth visit to Mexico City and fifth trip to Mexico overall.
Submitted May 22, 2017 1:34AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cris Cyborg, Angela Magana involved in physical altercation at UFC Athlete Retreat
(mmafighting.com)
Cris Cyborg and another UFC female fighter had an altercation at the UFC Athlete Retreat on Sunday and things got physical. Upset over tweets posted by Angela Magana, Cyborg confronted Magana during the event in Las Vegas, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. After heated words, Cyborg punched Magana in the face, sources said. Magana was rocked a bit by the punch, but did not fall down. She was then taken away, sources said.
Submitted May 21, 2017 8:58PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 179 post-event facts: Cheick Kongo is winningest heavyweight in Bellator history
(mmajunkie.com)
Rory MacDonald’s long journey back to the win column finally came to an end Friday when the former UFC title challenger was victorious in his Bellator debut against Paul Daley at Bellator 179. MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) dismantled Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) with a superior ground game en route to a second-round submission finish in the welterweight contender bout at The SSE Arena in London, giving “The Red King” his first victory in 31 months. The Canadian wasn’t the only one to deliver a notable performance at Bellator’s 10th event of the year, though. For more, check below for 25 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 179.
Submitted May 21, 2017 11:46AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
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