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UR Fight results: Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping ends in draw, Roy Jones Jr. scores massive KO
(mmafighting.com)
PHOENIX -- Four years after their fight on FOX, retired middleweight Chael Sonnen and UFC contender Michael Bisping met once more in an exhibition grappling match Sunday night at UR Fight -- the smorgasbord online pay-per-view from UR Show which also featured MMA, pro wrestling, and the boxing return of Roy Jones Jr. at the Celebrity Theatre. Sonnen and Bisping first clashed in early 2012 at UFC on FOX 2, with Sonnen claiming a narrow unanimous decision to secure a UFC title shot against Anderson Silva. The win never sat right with Bisping, however the Brit was unable to exact much vengeance at UR Fight. Bisping, weighing 212 pounds, worked to uneventful draw against Sonnen, who weighed in at 231 pounds.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 5:35PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas headlines Bellator 156
(mmafighting.com)
After two cancellations, Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas are once again slated to rematch for the bantamweight crown in the main event of Bellator 156 on June 17, the promotion announced Monday. Bellator 156 takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs lives on Spike. Dantas and Galvao fought for the first time back in 2013, when "Dudu" defended the 135-pound title with a second-round knockout. Galvao bounced back and eventually won the belt, submitting Joe Warren with a kneebar. "Loro" was then scheduled to rematch Dantas at Bellator 144 and Bellator 150, but both fights were cancelled due to injuries.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 5:33PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC Fight Night Brisbane Bonuses: Magny, Hunt, Matthews, Case Earn $50K
(m.sherdog.com)
It was a tale of two rounds in the UFC Fight Night Brisbane co-main event, but ultimately it was Neil Magny who had more gas in the tank. Magny earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his wild welterweight showdown against Hector Lombard on Saturday night, a contest that featured a pair of huge momentum swings. Lombard had Magny on the brink of defeat in round one, knocking his foe down and swarming for the finish. The Colorado-based fighter survived, and Lombard faded badly, as Magny battered “Showeather” for the duration of round two before mercifully putting his exhausted foe away 46 seconds into the final stanza.
Submitted Mar 20, 2016 10:32PM by JLS1980 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights, including Saffiedine-Story, Masvidal-Larkin
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight fight between a pair of unbeatens that could have serious title implications is official for the main event of a loaded UFC Fight Night 88 card in Las Vegas. Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will headline the event in an important 135-pound bout, the UFC confirmed on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 85 broadcast on FOX Sports 1. A featherweight contest between former UFC champ Renan Barao (33-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (24-12 MMA, 11-11 UFC) was also made official. UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29, a Sunday, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card airs FOX Sports 1 and streams on UFC Fight Pass. With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Keith Berish vs. Jake Collier Adam Milstead vs. Chris DeLaRocha
Submitted Mar 20, 2016 12:01AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Buchecha' vs. Roger Gracie 2, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Satoshi Ishii set for Metamoris 7
(mmafighting.com)
Metamoris may have taken a year off, but it is far from dead. The jiu-jitsu promotion on Friday announced a rematch between Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida and Roger Gracie to headline Metamoris 7 on July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif. In addition, the card is expected to feature UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Gilbert Burns rolling against Satoshi Ishii and Dillon Danis, respectively; Metamoris creator Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs; Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes; along with a secret match to be unveiled on fight night.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:43PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Jessica Aguilar injured, out of UFC 197 fight with Juliana Lima
(mmafighting.com)
Jessica Aguilar won’t enter the Octagon on April 23, sources told MMAFighting.com. The former WSOF strawweight champion, who lost to 115-pound contender Claudia Gadelha in her promotional debut last August, was slated to meet Juliana Lima at UFC 197, but was forced out of the contest due to a knee injury. The promotion is currently looking for a new opponent for Lima (8-2), who defeated Nina Ansaroff and Ericka Almeida after losing to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her UFC debut on July 2014.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:42PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cody Garbrandt vs. Thomas Almeida targeted for UFC Fight Night 88 main event in Las Vegas
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC is targeting a bantamweight showdown between Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida for the main event of May 29's UFC Fight Night 88 event in Las Vegas. A source close to the situation confirmed the news to MMAFighting after an initial tweet from John Morgan broke the news. Combined, the two young bantamweights boast a spotless 28-0 record, with 23 of those victories coming via knockout.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:41PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté targeted for UFC's debut in Ottawa
(mmafighting.com)
Another intriguing welterweight fight is coming to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The UFC is targeting Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté for the June 18 card in Canada's capital city, MMAFighting.com has learned. The promotion is expected to announce the 170-pound fight shortly. Cerrone (29-7, 1 NC) was victorious in his UFC welterweight debut last month when he submitted Alex Oliveira via triangle choke.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:39PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diaz vs McGregor rematch targeted for UFC 200
(mmafighting.com)
It appears as though UFC 200 is on the verge of getting its main event. The UFC is close to finalizing a non-title welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for the July 9 card, MMAFighting.com has learned from multiple sources. If all goes as planned, the promotion is hoping to announce the fight shortly.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 12:59PM by State_Champ - 38 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator to apply MMA weight class guidelines to new kickboxing promotion
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA. The information was announced in a Bellator press release. With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 8:00PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other Combat Sports
 
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 155 main card
(mmafighting.com)
A heavyweight bout between Dan Charles (10-3) and Augusto Sakai (9-0) is the latest addition to the Bellator 155 main card. The news was announced on Thursday by the promotion. Charles enters this bout following a second round knockout win over Chase Gormley at Bellator 143 back in September. Prior to that, the 30-year-old Charles suffered a technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138. Meanwhile, Sakai enters the bout with an undefeated record and three wins under the Bellator banner. The 24-year-old Brazilian prospect was scheduled to fight earlier this year in the co-main event of Bellator 150, but had to pull out of the card due to injury. Bellator 155 is set to take place in Boise, Idaho on May 20. Rafael Carvalho is scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef in the main event of the card.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 7:54PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson planned for UFC 200
(mmafighting.com)
The pieces are slowly coming into place for the landmark UFC 200. Gegard Mousasi is very likely to meet Derek Brunson on the July 9 card in Las Vegas in a key middleweight showdown. MMAFighting.com confirmed after an initial Thursday report by FOXSports.com. Mousasi (38-6-2), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is coming off a victory over Thales Leites in the co-feature bout of UFC Fight Night 84 on Feb. 27 in London. That was Mousasi's third win in his past four fights.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 7:53PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens targeted for May 29th UFC Fight Night
(bloodyelbow.com)
Renan Barao will fight at featherweight for the first time in his UFC career. To welcome him to the weight class, hard-hitting veteran Jeremy Stephens has accepted the challenge, as Combate reported. 10 fights into his UFC career, the former bantamweight champion Barao (33-3-1) decided to go up a division after losing to T.J. Dillashaw for a second time last July. Although the change is not yet known to be permanent, Barao has struggled severely with weight cutting in the past, to the point of passing out on the day before a title fight back at UFC 177, when he had to hospitalized.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 2:27PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BJJ star Mackenzie Dern signs with Legacy FC, MMA debut set for July
(mmafighting.com)
One of the best grapplers in the world is set to make her transition to mixed martial arts. Mackenzie Dern, a jiu-jitsu black belt under her father Wellington "Megaton" Dias, signed a deal with Legacy FC and will make her MMA debut July 22 in Dallas, the promotion announced Thursday. Dern, who won the IBJJF jiu-jitsu world championship and ADCC in 2015, competes between 127 and 132 pounds in jiu-jitsu and grappling. For her MMA debut, Dern told MMAFighting.com she will cut down to 115 pounds. The promotion has yet to announce an opponent.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 2:11PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Tank Abbott out of fight vs. Dan Severn, replacement being sought
(mmafighting.com)
A rematch between legends Dan Severn and Tank Abbott has been scrapped. Abbott could not pass his physical and has been removed from the fight against fellow UFC veteran Severn by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, a spokesman for UR Fight confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday morning. A replacement is being sought. MMA Mania's Michael Stets reported Wednesday night that the fight was in jeopardy. The bout was scheduled for Sunday in Phoenix as part of an amalgamation of combat sports and sports entertainment matchups run by Canadian digital television property UR Show.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 1:54PM by tildengolfer - 14 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Anderson Silva vs uriah hall in works for UFC 198
(sherdog.com)
A middleweight showdown pitting Anderson Silva against Uriah Hall is in the works for UFC 198. Sources close to the situation revealed the news to Sherdog.com on Wednesday evening. The UFC has not formally announced the 185-pound contest, but it is expected to be finalized soon. UFC 198 takes place at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14 and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 12:51AM by Poor_Franklin - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cain Velasquez vs. Travis Browne Targeted for UFC 200 in Las Vegas
(bloodyelbow.com)
Apivotal heavyweight clash between former UFC champion Cain Velasquez and Travis Browne is currently targeted for this summer's UFC 200 landmark event, according to UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani, who reported the news on Wednesday evening.
Submitted Mar 16, 2016 9:33PM by RhythmAndStyle - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bryan Caraway clarifies inactivity comments, explains why he turned down Dodson
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway said he was offered a fight against John Dodson at UFC 196, but turned it down because his longtime girlfriend, Miesha Tate, was fighting for the UFC women’s bantamweight title. Despite previously drawing heat from fighters and fans for rejecting UFC proposals, Caraway (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) didn’t think twice about putting his partner first. But because of his choice, and his desire to fight highly ranked opposition, the promotion notified him he couldn’t immediately get another bout. “I’m like, ‘I can’t fight on that night,’” he told MMAjunkie. “And they said, ‘Well, there’s no one else in the division right now, so you’re going to have to wait.’”
Submitted Mar 16, 2016 7:29PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Two bouts added to Rizin FF upcoming event in Japan
(mmafighting.com)
Rizin Fighting Federation has announced two MMA bouts for its third event in Nagoya, Japan, on April 17. In the heavyweight division, veteran Kazuyuki Fujita is set to take on Jiri Prochazka, while prospects Allan Nascimento and Yuki Motoya battle in a flyweight contest. Fujita (15-10) looks for his first win since 2008, when he stopped Peter Graham at Sengoku 1. The 45-year-old fighter has faced the likes of Alistair Overeem, Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman and Mark Kerr since his MMA debut in 2000.
Submitted Mar 16, 2016 7:26PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Roxy leads Invicta FC purses
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC fighter purses are often lamented by the hardcore fanbase. According to Forbes, in 2013, On average, NBA players made $5.15 million, MLB players made $3.2 million, NHL players made $2.4 million, and NFL players made $1.9 million per year. Minimum salary in the NFL is $450,000. UFC fighters characteristically start at 10/10. 10/10 means a UFC fighter gets $10,000 to show, and $10,000 more to win. The amount escalates if there is a win. In theory fighters fight three times a year, although in practice it is closer to two. Plus there is the Reebok money. And out of league sources of income. But there are also expenses. So on average, an entry level UFC fighter earns ... not a lot.
Submitted Mar 16, 2016 2:41PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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