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British MMA vet Jim Wallhead in to face Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 93
(mmajunkie.com)
Longtime British MMA vet “Judo” Jim Wallhead is finally octagon-bound, set to make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 93, the UFC announced today. Wallhead (29-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets fellow newcomer Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the Sept. 3 event, which takes at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, and is expected to air live on FS1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass. It’s not yet known on which portion of the card the welterweight bout will serve. With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 93 now includes: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi Aisling Daly vs. Michelle Waterson Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
Submitted Jul 28, 2016 9:47PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Newcomer Danielle Taylor in for Kish vs. Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 92 in Utah
(mmajunkie.com)
After losing original opponent Justine Kish, Maryna Moroz has a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 92 next month. With Kish (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) forced out of the women’s strawweight bout with a spiral fracture of her finger, Moroz (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) now will face octagon newcomer Danielle Taylor (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to open up the main card in Utah. With the new fight, UFC Fight Night 92 now includes: MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET) Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason Chris Camozzi vs. Thales Leites Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Joseph Gigliotti vs. Trevor Smith Maryna Moroz vs. Danielle Taylor PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura Jason Novelli vs. David Teymur Horacio Gutierrez vs. Teruto Ishihara PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET) Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Cub Swanson Justin Ledet vs. Chase Sherman
Submitted Jul 28, 2016 9:44PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former Interim Heavyweight Champ Shane Carwin Considering UFC Return
(sherdog.com)
Carwin, now 41 years old, initially announced his retirement from MMA on May 7, 2013 following a six-bout stint with the UFC. The end of his tenure was plagued by injuries, as the Grudge Training Center product first had back surgery following a loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131. He returned to coach “The Ultimate Fighter 13” opposite Roy Nelson but was unable to face “Big Country” at the show’s finale due to a knee injury. The loss to dos Santos would ultimately be his last fight.
Submitted Jul 27, 2016 1:20PM by RhythmAndStyle - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jon Jones' brother, Arthur, just suspended for PEDs from the Indy Colts.
(mmafighting.com)
No doubt it was a tainted supplement. Like Jons. If it walks like a Jones and quacks like a Jones... http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/22/nfl-suspends-colts-defensive-lineman-art-jones-for/ That's all. Where you at, Ariel?!? Just wanted to be the first to crack this story here. Problem is that this isn't actually news to most people. Just another day in a Jones life.
Submitted Jul 26, 2016 1:20PM by tildengolfer - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC on FOX 20 bonuses: Jason Knight and Jim Alers took home the $50,000 awards they definitely earned
(mmajunkie.com)
CHICAGO – Felice Herrig, Eddie Winleand, Jason Knight and Jim Alers each took home $50,000 bonuses for their efforts at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 20 event. Herrig and Wineland earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Knight and Alers took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jul 25, 2016 9:25PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
BJJ world champion signs with ONE
(bloodyelbow.com)
The transition between pure Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts has proven to be difficult in recent years. As mixed martial artists have become more well-rounded, elite jiu jitsu fighters have began to struggle when they make the switch to MMA. This hasn't put off Michelle Nicolini, who has decided to focus solely on MMA after signing with ONE Championship. Michelle Nicolini is one of the greatest grapplers alive. Nicolini is an 10-time world champion, an ADCC silver and gold medalist, who has continuously beaten the best over the past decade. After retiring from BJJ after the 2016 World Championships, many believed Nicolini would look to build upon her 2 -1 MMA record, but few expected the grappler to sign with ONE.
Submitted Jul 25, 2016 6:00PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
A.J. McKee-Henry Corrales Featherweight Battle Booked for Bellator 160 on Aug. 26
(sherdog.com)
Fast-rising featherweight prospect A.J. McKee will put his perfect professional record on the line against Henry Corrales at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Bellator MMA officials on Monday announced the pairing. McKee -- the 21-year-old son of Ultimate Fighting Championship, International Fight League and Dream veteran Antonio McKee -- has finished each of his first four opponents inside one round. He last fought at Bellator 152 in April, when he needed just 2:44 to dispose of Danilo Belluardo with punches in Torino, Italy. Corrales, 29, will enter the cage on a three-fight losing streak, having dropped consecutive bouts to Patricio Freire, Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Straus. He started his career 12-0, winning a King of the Cage championship in the process.
Submitted Jul 25, 2016 5:58PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC on FOX 20 earns 2.44 million in overnight ratings
(mmafighting.com)
UFC on FOX 20 had a respectable night of success in terms of television ratings on Saturday evening. According to TV By The Numbers, the card averaged 2.44 million viewers in overnight ratings. The card, which took place at the United Center in Chicago, earned a .9 among adults 18-49, making it the most-viewed program that evening among television networks for the demographic. For clarification, overnights measure the 8-10 p.m. time slot in the Eastern time zone, and its corresponding 7-9 p.m. in Central time zone and 6-8 p.m. in the Mountain time zone. However, it also measures 8-10 p.m. in the Pacific time zone, and as a live sports event, the show aired starting at 5 p.m. on the west coast. This rating measures whatever programming the local FOX stations were airing from 8-10 p.m. and not the UFC.
Submitted Jul 25, 2016 5:55PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Leandro Silva replaces Reza Madadi, set to face Rustam Khabilov at UFC Fight Night 93
(mmafighting.com)
There are some changes afoot for the UFC Fight Night 93 event, which takes place in Hamburg, Germany. The UFC announced that Leandro Silva will replace Reza Madadi and now face Rustam Khabilov in a lightweight bout on Sept. 3. The 30-year-old Silva is coming off a narrow split-decision loss against Jason Saggo at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa. Before then the Brazilian had been riding a four-fight unbeaten streak, scoring wins over Charlie Brenneman, Lewis Gonzalez and Efrain Escudero. He also had a win over Drew Dober converted into a no-contest due to a referee mistake.
Submitted Jul 25, 2016 5:51PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cro Cop: USADA Offered Me Protection If I Snitched
(lowkickmma.com)
Shortly after retiring following being slapped with a two-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Mirko Cro Cop was reportedly offered protection from his two-year ban if he would ‘snitch on another fighter’. Ina Ferencic took to Twitter to break the story, stating Cro Cop revealed the news on a Croatian RTL video interview:
Submitted Jul 24, 2016 2:31PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Bellator files cross complaint and is counter suing former employee
(lowkickmma.com)
Bellator finally answered back and is going on the offense by counter suing mr.Light for money he owes.
Submitted Jul 24, 2016 1:23PM by FKA - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator, General MMA
 
Justine Kish out at UFC Fight Night 92, UFC seeks U.S.-based opponent for Maryna Moroz
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated strawweight Justine Kish (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been forced out of a UFC Fight Night 92 contest with Maryna Moroz (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for the contest. Featuring a featherweight matchup between Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres, UFC Fight Night 92 takes place Aug. 6 in Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. The night’s main card airs on FS1 following four preliminary bouts on the same channel and two prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jul 23, 2016 5:09PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin joins UFC 202 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
Colby Covington will fight a UFC newcomer during the UFC’s August pay-per-view event. Covington (9-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is slated to meet fellow welterweight and promotional newcomer Max Griffin (12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 202, officials recently announced. The latest UFC 202 lineup includes: Featherweight champ Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title welterweight bout Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story Tim Means vs. Sean Strickland Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips Sultan Aliev vs. Hyun Gyu Lim Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 10:11AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
De Randamie vs. Evans-Smith, Issa vs. Lapilus added to UFC Fight Night 93 in Germany
(mmajunkie.com)
September’s UFC Fight Night 93 lineup has two new additions, officials today announced. They include women’s bantamweights Germaine de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), as well as male 135-pounders Leandro Issa (13-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Taylor Lapilus (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC). The latest UFC Fight Night 93 card now includes: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi Aisling Daly vs. Michelle Waterson Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein Jessin Ayari vs. opponent TBA Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson Rustam Khabilov vs. Reza Madadi Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 10:10AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Islam Makhachev vs. Chris Wade added to UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight Chris Wade made it clear he wanted to fight anybody other than a Russian wrestler in his next outing. So, of course, he’ll face a Russian wrestler in his next outing. Following an initial report from Newsday, UFC officials today confirmed what Wade (11-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) meets Islam Makhachev (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 94. With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 94 now includes: Michael Johnson vs. Dustin Poirier Derek Brunson vs. Uriah Hall Evan Dunham vs. Abel Trujillo Manny Gamburyan vs. Alejandro Perez Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia Joey Gomez vs. Jose Quinonez Maximo Blanco vs. Chas Skelly Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad Islam Makhachev vs. Chris Wade
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 10:09AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 159 weigh-in results: What are the odds Melvin Guillard missed weight again?
(mmajunkie.com)
The weigh-ins are in the books for Friday’s Bellator 159 event, and there was a familiar refrain for one of the fighters on the main card. For the fourth time in five fights, lightweight Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) missed his mark on the scale, this time for his bout against hometown favorite David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 11-4 BMMA). Guillard came in at 157.9 pounds for the co-main event. Rickels was 155.8. In Febraury, Guillard missed weight for his fight against Derek Campos at Bellator 149. He was knocked out in the second round. In two fights for WSOF before he signed with Bellator, he missed weight on both occasions. In the second, he was supposed to challenge champion Justin Gaethje for his lightweight title – but the fight was no longer a title bout after Guillard missed weight. The complete Bellator 159 weigh-in results included: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Darrion Caldwell (136) vs. Joe Taimanglo (138) Melvin Guillard (157.9) vs. Dave Rickels (155.8) Emily Ducote (125.3) vs. Bruna Vargas (125.1) Emmanuel Sanchez (146) vs. Daniel Weichel (145.2) PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Philipe Lins (204.6) vs. Guilherme Viana (205.1) Bruna Ellen (125) vs. Jessica Middleton (125.4) L.J. Hermreck (144.5) vs. Gaston Reyno (146) Manny Meraz (170.8) vs. Trey Ogden (166.8) Matt Foster (188.9) vs. Chris Harris (184.8) Fernando Martinez (155.8) vs. Marcio Navarro (155.3) Johnny Marigo (134.7) vs. Andy Riley (135.3) Henry Lindsay (155.9) vs. Josh Pfeifer (155.5) Brandon Phillips (145.8) vs. Chuka Willis (146.8)
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 12:40AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Done with major MMA gyms, Melvin Guillard's goal is to collect full paycheck at Bellator 159
(mmajunkie.com)
More than two years have passed since Melvin Guillard was credited with a full paycheck. It’s all by his own doing, though; he’s either failed to collect his win bonus, or a portion of his contracted money was taken away due to missing weight. It’s been a rough couple of years for Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA), who Friday’s Bellator 159 co-main event showdown with David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) on the first three-fight losing skid of his career. He has just three victories in his past 12 fights overall. The past five years have been a forgettable stretch for “The Young Assassin,” who at 33 and with more than 50 professional fights on his resume, isn’t all that young anymore.
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 12:37AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Legacy FC 59 set for return to Houston with Trevin Giles vs. Isaac Villanueva headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
Legacy FC will return to Houston in September for a card headlined by a middleweight showdown. Legacy FC 59 takes place September 16 from Arena Theater in Houston. The main card airs on AXS TV. The complete Legacy FC 59 card includes: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET) Trevin Giles vs. Isaac Villanueva Ray Blodgett vs. Jason Langellier Alex Black vs. Takayuki Iijima Domingo Pilarte vs. Cody Williams Rashad Coulter vs. Jeremy Hardy Colin Wright vs. Adrian Yanez Randy McCullough vs. Mike Trinh PRELIMINARY CARD (untelevised 8 p.m. ET) Chad Cook vs. Danny Orr Bi Nguyen vs. opponent TBA Manny Lozoya vs. Dulani Perry AJ Hoffman vs. Thomas Moreno Chase Eastham vs. Angel Zamora Leomana Martinez vs. opponent TBA
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 12:36AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Brad Tavares vs. Caio Magalhaes headed to UFC 203 in Cleveland
(mmajunkie.com)
September’s UFC 203 event in the Buckeye State has a new middleweight addition. Veteran Brad Tavares (13-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Caio Magalhaes (9-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) are set to square off at the event. The fighters recently acknowledged the bout on social media following a report from KOHN2.com. The latest UFC 203 card now includes: Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem – for heavyweight title Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 12:34AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad added to UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas
(mmajunkie.com)
September’s quickly filling UFC Fight Night 94 fight card has a new welterweight addition. UFC officials recently announced Augusto Montano (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Belal Muhammad (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) have been booked for the event. UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized. With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 94 lineup now includes: Michael Johnson vs. Dustin Poirier Derek Brunson vs. Uriah Hall Evan Dunham vs. Abel Trujillo Manny Gamburyan vs. Alejandro Perez Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia Joey Gomez vs. Jose Quinonez Maximo Blanco vs. Chas Skelly Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad
Submitted Jul 22, 2016 12:32AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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