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Dana White: Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg ‘is the fight to make’
Dana White is saying all the right things about what’s next for Cris Cyborg. This past weekend saw Cyborg defend the women’s featherweight championship with a commanding unanimous decision over Holly Holm in the main event of UFC 219 and the outcome raised questions as to who could possibly challenge Cyborg next. The 32-year-old Brazilian is undefeated in 20 consecutive bouts since suffering her lone professional loss in May 2005, and the UFC’s current 145-pound roster is non-existent. Both Holm and the woman Cyborg defeated last July to win the inaugural title, Tonya Evinger, moved up from 135 pounds to fight Cyborg. Next up could be another bantamweight, as White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports that his plan is to match Cyborg up with fellow champion Amanda Nunes.
Submitted Jan 4, 2018 3:24PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White talks timetable for Conor McGregor, says Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov could be next
The state of the UFC lightweight division was thrust deeper into limbo this past Saturday when Khabib Nurmagomedov scored a thunderous victory over Edson Barboza at UFC 219, adding to the logjam at the top of the ranks between absentee champion Conor McGregor and interim champion Tony Ferguson. McGregor hasn’t fought in MMA since his Nov. 2016 title victory over Eddie Alvarez, and many assumed that a title unification bout against Ferguson would be next for the Irishman. McGregor said as much late last year. Still, in the aftermath of Nurmagomedov’s performance at UFC 219, and Nurmagomedov’s subsequent Twitter dialogue with McGregor, rumblings started emerging about Nurmagomedov potentially skipping the queue and jumping straight into a fight against McGregor. UFC president Dana White addressed those rumors as well as McGregor’s timetable for a return Thursday in an interview with Yahoo! Sports‘ Kevin Iole.
Submitted Jan 4, 2018 3:22PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 220 gets fight between Dana White Contender Series alums
A late scratch has set up a clash between Dana White’s Contender Series alums. With Charles Rosa forced to withdraw from UFC 220 due to injury, Julio Arce has stepped in to face fellow DWCS winner Dan Ige, the promotion announced Wednesday.
Submitted Jan 3, 2018 8:31PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Megan Anderson dismisses Cris Cyborg's claim of UFC 221 title fight as ‘fake news’
Don’t expect to see Megan Anderson in the octagon five weeks from now fighting Cris Cyborg for UFC gold.
Submitted Jan 3, 2018 7:49PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 126 gets three fights added to Austin card
The UFC announced on Wednesday three fights have been added to UFC Fight Night 126. They are as follows: Sarah Moras vs. Lucie Pudilova at women’s bantamweight; Brian Camozzi vs. Geoff Neal at welterweight; and Joby Sanchez vs. Roberto Sanchez at flyweight.
Submitted Jan 3, 2018 7:46PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC strips credentials from JacksonWink MMA staffer after Cris Cyborg comments
The UFC is putting its foot down regarding offensive comments written by a gym employee about women’s champion Cris Cyborg. In a statement released Tuesday, the UFC said it would not be allowing JacksonWink MMA social media staffer and photographer Mark Aragon access to future events after he referred to Cyborg as a man multiple times in a social media post.
Submitted Jan 3, 2018 3:30PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Cris 'Cyborg' Says She's Accepted A Fight Against Megan Anderson At UFC 221
Cristiane Justino could be making her next featherweight title defense in a little more than a month’s time. “Cyborg” announced via Instagram on Wednesday that she will be facing Invicta FC 145-pound champion Megan Anderson at UFC 221. The UFC has not formally confirmed the pairing, so it is far from being official at the moment. Justino and Anderson were initially booked to fight in July, but Anderson had to withdraw from the bout due to person reasons.
Submitted Jan 3, 2018 1:12PM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Former UFC champ Miesha Tate expecting baby girl this year with new boyfriend
Miesha Tate has been quite active since her November, 2016 retirement from fighting. In the 13+ months since her last contest, a unanimous decision loss to Raquel Pennington, Tate has become an analyst for FOX Sports, an avid podcaster, started an online fitness service, and is still cornering fighters (Cindy Dandois fight at this past weekend’s RIZIN card). And that’s just in her professional endeavors. In the much more private sector of her personal life, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion has ushered in a new era of happiness and personal contentment, and it doesn’t include ex-boyfriend Bryan Caraway whom she dated and trained with for several years. On New Year’s Eve, “Cupcake” released a photo collage on Instagram that showed off her new boyfriend, identified by MMA Fighting as TUF Season 22 contestant Johnny Nunez, and more importantly, the proverbial bun in the oven the two have cooked up together. That’s right, one of the sport’s most eligible bachelorettes appears to be off the market and will be having a baby girl in the coming months.
Submitted Jan 2, 2018 3:42PM by Leonstolzz - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC announces pair of welterweight bouts for UFC 221, including Jake Matthews vs. Li Jingliang
A pair of fighters from the Oceanic region will be putting in work in Perth this February. On Monday, officials announced that Australia’s Jake Matthews will meet Li Jingliang, while New Zealand’s Luke Jumeau fights Daichi Abe at UFC 221. Both bouts will be contested at 170 pounds.
Submitted Jan 2, 2018 3:39PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
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Francimar Barroso vs. Gian Villante on tap for UFC 220
As reported by Brazilian media outlet Combate, Francimar Barroso (19-6, 1NC) is set to take on Gian Villante (15-9) at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts at UFC 220. (Note: The page is in Portuguese.) Both fighters will be trying to turn thier momentum around after a mediocre 2017, which saw Gian Villante go 0-2 and Francimar Barroso go 1-1 (1). Both fighters will be looking for a win to start off their 2018, so expect both fighters to bring their a-games for this one!
Submitted Jan 2, 2018 3:14AM by Leonstolzz - 3 comments
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Mackenzie Dern scheduled to make UFC debut in March against Ashley Yoder
Mackenzie Dern is off to the UFC. The strawweight prospect is scheduled to make her long-awaited Octagon debut against Ashley Yoder at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. Dern (5-0) is considered one of the greatest female Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners of all time, as she’s won multiple gold medals in some of the most prestigious grappling tournaments around the world.
Submitted Jan 1, 2018 2:59PM by JLS - 0 comments
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UFC 219 Results: Card Highlights, Analysis, Bonus Winners, Attendance And Gate
Holly Holm did as good of a job competing with Cris Cyborg as most anyone could have expected, but in the end, it wasn't enough. In the main event of UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Cyborg successfully defended her featherweight title. She outlanded Holm in every round and landed the harder shots throughout. That edge led to a unanimous-decision victory. Here are the judge's scorecards (49-46, 48-47, 48-47). Holm did a good job controlling posture in the clinch and landing combinations early, but she simply didn't have the power to slow down Cyborg's pursuit. Ultimately, Cyborg's power and accuracy left Holm's face looking battered and beaten. POTN - Khabib Nurmagomedov POTN - Tim Elliot Fight of The Night - Cyborg Santos vs Holly Holm
Submitted Dec 31, 2017 12:22PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC headed to Las Vegas for five events in 2018
The UFC will hold at least five events in Las Vegas in 2018, including four pay-per-view cards. MMA Fighting has learned the dates for five events next year, including the year-end UFC 232 event on Dec. 29.
Submitted Dec 31, 2017 6:31AM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pietro Menga released by UFC
Pietro Menga’s UFC run is over before it started. The 29-year-old Englishman received his walking papers from the organization less than two weeks after what was supposed to be his debut with the company. Booked as a short-notice replacement for an injured Justin Scoggins opposite one-time flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 26, Menga was unable to make the 125-pound limit and he was told by a doctor to stop cutting weight prior to the weigh-ins, which led to the cancellation of his first Octagon opportunity. Menga told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that he learned of his release during the holiday season.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 8:03PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Carls John de Tomas fails USADA drug test in relation to UFC Fresno
Making flyweight is not the only obstacle ahead for Carls John de Tomas. The fighter failed a USADA drug test in relation to UFC Fresno earlier this month and is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation, the UFC announced Friday. De Tomas failed an in-competition test following his weigh-in and is facing sanctions from both USADA and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), pending an adjudication process. The release stated that de Tomas is no longer under UFC contract.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:48PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
James Thompson fails test for drostanalone
Veteran heavyweight James Thompson has failed a test for the steroid drostanolone, administered by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli at Bellator 191 in Newcastle, England, on December 15. Thompson, 39, lost to Philip De Fries at the event, via submission in Round 1. Thompson, 39, faces a one-year suspension and $2,000 fine. In order to be licensed to fight again after the suspension, which is retroactive to the event date, he will have to test clean. Thompson has the right to appeal.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:42PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Former Invicta FC champion Livia Renaza Souza makes UFC debut against Jessica Aguilar in Austin
One of the top strawweights in the world will make her UFC debut in February. Livia Renata Souza is set to take on Jessica Aguilar at the UFC Austin card on Feb. 18 in Texas, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:41PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabi Garcia offers tear-filled apology for missing weight at Rizin
A strange scene unfolded at Friday’s Rizin Fighting Federation show in Saitama, Japan as Gabi Garcia was brought into the ring to apologize for the weigh-in mishap that led to the cancellation of her bout with Japanese wrestling legend Shinobu Kandori.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:40PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Yoel Romero vs. David Branch slated for UFC on FOX 28
Ask and you shall receive. A marquee middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and former World Series of Fighting two-division champion David Branch has been slated for Feb. 24 at UFC on FOX 28. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Friday afternoon following an initial report by The Orlando Sentinel.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:33PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Marlon Moraes among four fighters CSAC recommends move up in weight after UFC Fresno
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) wants four fighters to move up a weight class after competing at UFC Fresno earlier this month. UFC bantamweight star Marlon Moraes and three others were flagged by CSAC doctors after weighing in on fight day well over the commission regulations of staying within 10 percent of the contracted weight, per a document obtained Friday by MMA Fighting. Iuri Alcantara, Davi Ramos and Luke Sanders were the three other fighters recommended to move up. CSAC will not license the four fighters at their current weight classes in the future “without extensive medical documentation from a licensed physician certifying the weight class is appropriate and verified by CSAC physicians.”
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:32PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
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