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Khabib Nurmagomedov calls for McGregor vs. Diaz 3, wants Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 219
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is determined to make sure 2017 isn’t a lost year. Finally healthy and back to training, the undefeated Dagestani lightweight appeared Monday on The MMA Hour and revealed that there is an “80 percent” chance he makes his long-awaited return on Dec. 30 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nev. And despite the UFC lightweight title picture currently being muddled by two belts, Nurmagomedov has his sights set squarely on Tony Ferguson — the UFC’s new interim lightweight champion — rather than the UFC’s reigning 155-pound king, Conor McGregor.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 7:54PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Poland's Salim Touahri replaces Jim Wallhead vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118
(mmajunkie.com)
Warlley Alves will stay on this week’s UFC card in Poland, and he’ll do so against a short-notice home-country replacement. UFC welterweight newcomer Salim Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in for Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and will meet Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday. MMAjunkie confirmed the booking with Touahri’s team following an initial report from Combate. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 6:19PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz targeted for UFC Fight Night 121
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is targeting a do-over for Will Brooks and Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 121. A Brooks team member today told MMAjunkie the two will be rebooked for next month’s UFC return to Australia. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 6:10PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Grappling standout Gary Tonon signs with One Championship
Standout American grappler Garry Tonon will make his pro MMA debut with ONE Championship. Company officials today announced the 26-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion had signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the Asian-based promotion. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. A debut date and opponent for “Lion Killer” also haven’t been set.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 4:12PM by Leonstolzz - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Asian MMA
 
Jason Knight says he's fighting Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno
(mmajunkie.com)
Fan favorite “Mississippi Mean” is headed to California. Jason Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) today announced he’s slated to fight fellow featherweight Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 123 (via Instagram):
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 3:37PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Friday's Bellator 185 line up loses 2 main-card bouts
(mmajunkie.com)
Friday’s Bellator 185 main card has undergone some major changes. Officials today told MMAjunkie that an undisclosed injury has forced Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) out of the night’s scheduled co-headliner, and as a result, welterweight opponent David Rickels (18-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) has also been pulled from the card. Additionally, Javier Torres (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has also suffered an injury, and welterweight Zak Bucia (18-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the new co-main event.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 3:04PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ex-UFC fighter Ian McCall joins Rizin's batamweight grand prix, debuts DEC. 29
(mmajunkie.com)
Due to an infamous run of bad luck, Ian McCall has fought just once since July 2014. But that could soon change – in a big way. Officials today announced McCall (13-5-1), a former UFC flyweight contender who’s No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, has joined the organization’s world bantamweight grand prix as a wild card and is set for a promotional debut at Rizin FF 8. “Rizin FF 8: World Grand Prix 2nd Round” takes place Dec. 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and it streams in North America on FITE TV. McCall, who could now fight three times in just three days, meets 23-year-old Portuguese fighter Manel Kape (7-1), who scored a knockout win over Erson Yamamoto this past weekend at Rizin FF 7 in an opening-round matchup. McCall vs. Kape is one of four quarterfinal-round matchups slated for Rizin FF 8.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 2:47PM by Leonstolzz - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
Watch as Nick Diaz tries to steal Rampage Jackson’s date from under his nose
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Nick Diaz and Quinton Jackson got into a small altercation over the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Stockton slugger apparently tried and somewhat succeeded in trying to steal “Rampage’s” date from him.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 11:44PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Jim Wallhead out at UFC Fight Night 118, promotion seeks new foe for Warlley Alves
(mmajunkie.com)
British vet “Judo” Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night 118 event, and matchmakers are seeking a new opponent for Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC). MMAjunkie today confirmed the Wallhead injury with UFC officials.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 8:31PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frankie Edgar doesn’t believe more divisions will stop extreme cutting
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Former UFC lightweight champion and current featherweight contender Frankie Edgar isn’t convinced that adding weight classes will fix anything, but he does believe extreme cutting could have potentially fatal results if nothing is done about it.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 12:31PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Eddie Alvarez gives his side of TUF 26 beef with ‘head case’ Lauren Murphy
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n the aired episodes of The Ultimate Fighter 26, it seemed like the beef between Eddie Alvarez and Lauren Murphy began the day after Murphy lost her first-round fight. Murphy, who was on Alvarez’s team on the show, didn’t come to the morning practice following her loss to Nicco Montaño. Alvarez chastised Murphy for that and for having a poor attitude in an episode that aired last month. That, however, was not where the tensions began, Alvarez said Thursday on Sirius XM’s MMA Tonight. The former UFC lightweight champion said Murphy began “conspiring” against her teammates from early on in the competition, including telling a coach the team didn’t mind if Sijara Eubanks fought first because she was off weight and asking Alvarez for tips about beating teammate Barb Honchak.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 12:25PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Ex-NFL player Greg Hardy books amateur MMA debut for Nov. 4
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Former NFL player Greg Hardy will compete in his first MMA contest when he meets Joe Hawkins in an amateur heavyweight bout at Rise of a Warrior 21 on Nov. 4 at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 10:12PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC champ Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre meet on the ice
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The promotion continues for UFC 217’s headliner between middleweight champion Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. The rivals today met at center ice for the ceremonial puck drop between the NHL game between the home Montreal Canadiens and visiting Toronto Maple Leafs.
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 9:09PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC contender Julianna Pena announces pregnancy, putting career on hold
(mmajunkie.com)
Julianna Pena won’t be returning to the octagon any time soon; the UFC women’s bantamweight contender is pregnant. Pena (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) today revealed that she’s expecting the birth of her first child, and seeing as she obviously can’t fight while pregnant (or shouldn’t, anyway), her MMA career is on hold for the time being
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 8:59PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
ONE champion Roger Gracie retires from MMA
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Three months after retiring from jiu-jitsu, Roger Gracie has decided to hang up his MMA gloves as well. Gracie competed in MMA for the last time in May 2016, when he submitted Michal Pasternak in the first round to claim the vacant ONE Championship light heavyweight belt. The jiu-jitsu ace leaves the sport with a 8-2 record.
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 4:24PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tony Ferguson responds to Conor McGregor with perfect(ly odd) 'Grand Theft Auto' video
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor broke his silence on interim title holder Tony Ferguson (we think) when he tweeted a picture Friday casting himself as Tony Montana from “Scarface” – using the style of the “Grand Theft Auto” video game – with the simple caption: “Tony.” As expected, the Tony we believe McGregor was calling out had a rather quick response in the form of a “Grand Theft Auto”-inspired video of sorts. I say “of sorts” because … well, just take a look:
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 1:49PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Erick Silva vs. Jordan Mein added to UFC on FOX 26
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The flurry of additions to UFC on FOX 26 continued into Friday afternoon, as a welterweight tilt between exciting veterans Erick Silva and Jordan Mein was officially announced for the Dec. 16 card in Winnipeg, Canada. Both Silva (19-8, 1 NC) and Mein (29-12) have recently hit rough patches in their careers, losing a combined six of their last seven contests.
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 3:10AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Godbeer-Harris rebooked for UFC 217, Hendricks-Borrachinha rounds out main card
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight matchup expected to take place at UFC 216 has been booked again for UFC 217, instead. UFC officials today announced that Mark Godbeer and Walt Harris fill face off on the FS1-televised prelims of next month’s UFC 217 event, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York. With the new contest, a middleweight matchup between Johny Hendricks (18-7 MMA, 13-7 UFC) and Paulo Borrachinha (10-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been moved up to the evening’s pay-per-view main card.
Submitted Oct 13, 2017 11:57PM by Leonstolzz - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping, GSP get in heated confrontation after press conference
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The trash talk between Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping spilled out into the backstage area after the UFC 217 press conference Friday in Toronto. In a confrontation captured on video by TMZ, Bisping approached GSP after the event and told him not to put his hands on him. During a staredown on stage, St-Pierre slapped away Bisping, who was pointing a finger in St-Pierre’s face.
Submitted Oct 13, 2017 5:52PM by Five-Alive - 21 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tony Ferguson (or Tony Montana) – UFC champ Conor McGregor breaks silence
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor finally has spoken up and it looks like he’s accepted a fight with Tony Ferguson.
Submitted Oct 13, 2017 3:58PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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