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Ranked light heavyweight Nikita Krylov released from UFC contract
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC light heavyweight division is down another man after Nikita Krylov was released from his contract with the organization this month. Krylov (21-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), a nine-fight veteran of the promotion, was let go in the wake of his most recent fight, a first-round submission loss to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 in December. A UFC official confirmed Krylov’s release to MMAjunkie. He was removed from the latest version of the UFC official rankings on the promotion’s website.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 7:38PM by tildengolfer - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White makes return of GSP official, discusses opponents and divisions
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points. On July 1, 2015, the UFC instituted what is arguably the toughest anti-doping program in the sports world. And it time negotiations for the return of GSP commenced but apparently broke down over apparel sponsorship. The UFC is wedded to Reebok, and GSP has a deal with UnderArmor. At one point things got so bad St-Pierre reported that he was a free agent, which the UFC firmly denied. By October, UFC president Dana White said the relationship between the two had never been better. But there was no contract. Now UFC President Dana White has told Lance Pugmire for the LA Times that it is official, and discussed potential opponents. “He’s back. I’m excited,” said White. “We worked at it for a long time and finally got it done.”
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 7:12PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cyborg granted retroactive TUE, cleared to fight
(mixedmartialarts.com)
In December it was announced that Cris Cyborg Justino had an anti-doping test flagged. She tested positive for spironolactone, which is prohibited, with a potential one-year suspension. However, Cyborg was by all indications legitimately taking it under the care of an MD, to recover from weight cutting. Earlier this month her attorney reported that she was applying for a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption. Now USADA has announced that the TUE has been granted.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 7:10PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bibiano Fernandes re-signs with ONE Championship
(mmafighting.com)
Bibiano Fernandes is not going anywhere. “The Flash” became a free agent after defending his ONE Championship belt in December, and decided to sign a new deal with the Asian promotion after getting offers from some of the top promotions in the world, Fernandes told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 3:30PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cornerman enters cage, stops fight after referee misses guillotine choke
(mmafighting.com)
A cornerman had to invade the cage and stop a fight after a MMA referee missed a submission at Friday’s Super Fight League event in India. Asha Roka and Hannah Kampf entered the bout with 2-0 record, and Roka improved to 3-0 with a slick guillotine finish in just 42 seconds. However, it took a long time before the fight was actually stopped.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 3:27PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Sarah Kaufman meets Jessica-Rose Clark in South Korea
(mmafighting.com)
Sarah Kaufman has now an opponent for her first fight since her UFC run. Earlier this month, MMA Fighting reported that the former Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion would be returning to MMA competition under new South Korean MMA promotion Battlefield Fighting Championship. On Thursday, MMA Fighting learned that Kaufman will be fighting Jessica-Rose Clark in a bantamweight contest.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 11:41AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Former title challenger Valerie Letourneau announces she’s no longer in the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
After suffering her third consecutive defeat, strawweight Valerie Letourneau’s days in the UFC are (at least for now) over. Letourneau announced the news to fans on her Instagram page. Letourneau (8-6) debuted in the UFC in 2014, winning by split decision over Elizabeth Phillips at UFC 174 in a bantamweight bout. “Trouble” dropped down to strawweight, where wins over Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Maroz netted her a title shot against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 193 in November 2015. The Canadian lost to the reigning champion by unanimous decision.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:54AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mark Godbeer says opponent Todd Duffee out of UFC 209 matchup
(mmajunkie.com)
Mark Godbeer apparently needs a new opponent for next month’s UFC 209 event. Godbeer (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) today announced fellow heavyweight Todd Duffee (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been forced out of the fight for undisclosed reasons. However, Godbeer said he expects to remain on the card and that a potential replacement has been contacted. UFC officials and Duffee haven’t made a formal announcement, and of this morning, the fight is still listed on UFC.com.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:47AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov slated for UFC 210 in Buffalo
(mmajunkie.com)
April’s UFC 210 lineup in New York has a new flyweight addition. Jenel Lausa (7-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to take on undefeated promotional newcomer Magomed Bibulatov (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the event. 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. Lausa, a 28-year-old Filipino fighter, made his UFC debut in November and scored a dominant unanimous-decision victory over Yao Zhikui. After a 2-2 start to his pro career in 2011, the former PXC champion has now won five consecutive fights.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:43AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
After 2 odd UFC fights, Jarjis Danho meets Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 in Dallas
(mmajunkie.com)
May’s UFC 211 lineup has yet another heavyweight addition. A matchup with Jarjis Danho (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Dmitry Poberezhets (24-5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now set for the card. UFC 211 takes place May 13 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:39AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos considering Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz for first welterweight fight
(mmajunkie.com)
The former lightweight champion, who earlier this year announced his defection from his longtime division, identified two opponents that would be a welcome start to his new endeavor. “I think Robbie Lawler is a good name and a fight that interests me,” dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC) told MMAjunkie. “Nick Diaz. I think I can beat these guys for sure. Those are some of the names on my mind right now.”
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 4:06PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New provisions on returning athletes among changes to UFC anti-doping policy
(mmafighting.com)
LAS VEGAS — A retired athlete will now have an increased barrier of entry back into the UFC, but those returning after being released will gain some leniency. A fighter who has retired or left the UFC under his or her own accord will not be able to compete again for the promotion until he or she is entered into the USADA drug-testing pool for six months, per changes to the UFC anti-doping policy made available to MMA Fighting on Thursday. Previously, the rule had been a four-month period in the testing pool before an athlete could return to the Octagon.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bubba Jenkins says Bellator’s ‘disrespect’ and ‘non-caring’ led to him asking for release
(mmafighting.com)
In MMA as in most professional fields, there’s a big difference between being released and quitting. For Bubba Jenkins, that line was a little blurred on Tuesday, when news came down that the veteran had been released by Bellator.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 3:49PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
NJ AC to use EyeGuide Focus to track head trauma
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Commissioner Larry Hazzard announced today that, consistent with its long-standing tradition of testing medical devices that may benefit the health and safety of combat sports competitors, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB), will soon begin using a new technology known as EyeGuide Focus.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 3:46PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC Suggesting Fighters and Coaches Purchase Fight Pass Instead of Sending Fight Tapes
(cagepotato.com)
We all know UFC is on the hunt for economy. After the WME-IMG’s 4 billion dollar purchase of the promotion from the Fertitta brothers things have been a bit tight to say the least. We’ve seen a myriad of “big money” fights and interim titles to garner interest in the casual fan. However there are some amenities a professional sports organization MUST provide, and tape of the rival individual/ team the athlete is facing is one of them. In a recent twitter post Brandon Gibson (coach at JacksonWinkMMA) let the social media community know that the UFC will no longer be providing coaches and fighters with fight tape and want fight team to purchase UFC fight pass instead in order to study their opponents.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Following UFC release, Anthony Birchak targets Rizin and two men in particular
(mmasucka.com)
Despite his release from the UFC being made public only within the last day or so, Anthony Birchak has taken to Twitter to rally hard for a spot on the Rizin Fighting Federation roster. His plans don’t just stop at joining the Japanese MMA promotion because he even has a few names in mind. One of them being a fan-favorite Japanese-born veteran, and the other being a former Bellator champion who made his name overseas.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 12:46PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC 210 in Buffalo
(mmajunkie.com)
April’s UFC 210 lineup has a new matchup featuring rising welterweight contenders. Officials recently announced the fight between Sean Strickland (18-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Kamaru Usman (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC). 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.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 9:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn't motivated by grudge match – it's about family
(mmajunkie.com)
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn’t the biggest fan of opponent Kevin Aguilar, but in truth, that has very little to do with why “The Leech” wants to punch his foe in the mouth. A recent trip to the maternity center provided Jackson all the motivation he needs. “It’s kind of crazy, but I talked to my wife about it, and we feel pretty comfortable with everything,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “We have a lot of help, so I’m going to fight.”
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
CES MMA 42 gets second title fight: champ Chris Curtis vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
(mmajunkie.com)
Next month’s CES MMA 42 event will have a championship doubleheader. Officials today announced welterweight champion Chris Curtis (14-5) meets challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (7-3) in the co-headliner. CES MMA 42 takes place March 31 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV. As announced on Tuesday, bantamweight champ Andre Soukhamthath (11-3) meets Todd Gravely (8-3) in the headliner.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
New base for MMA proposed in Russia – hooliganism
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The primary bases for mixed martial arts are well understood – wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, with a smattering of fighters from karate, Judo, Sambo, and others. However, one of the leading figures in Russian MMA, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein, believes he has discovered a new base – soccer hooliganism. The former manager of Fedor Emelianenko plans to host an event featuring a fight between two fans of rival Russian soccer teams. M-1 Challenge 74 on February 18 in St. Petersburg will feature fights between fans of arch-rival Russian soccer teams, CSKA and Spartak, squaring-off in full team colors. The winner will determined the strongest soccer fans, under MMA rules, rather than the more usual street brawls.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:04PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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