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Anderson Silva removes himself from UFC 212: "I'm done"
(mmamania.com)
...And the promotion still does not have an opponent for Anderson Silva. That's probably why he removed himself from the home town lineup on Sunday, frustrated with his inability to get the match ups the Brazilian bomber believes he's entitled to.
Submitted May 8, 2017 12:22PM by airkerma - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White on McGegor vs Mayweather: ‘We Just Lost Our Date’
(mmaweekly.com)
Although UFC president Dana White has been fairly consistent in saying that a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor isn’t even close to being signed, on Saturday night, he admitted that they did have a target date for the fight… until Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin took it.
Submitted May 8, 2017 12:29AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Cruz: DJ would do ‘great’ against Garbrandt and Dillashaw
(mmafighting.com)
For now, the top of the UFC bantamweight division appears to be a three-horse race between current UFC champion Cody Garbrandt, the man challenging for the title next, T.J. Dillashaw, and the man with the most decorated reign in the division’s history, Dominick Cruz. But a fourth horse could soon enter the race in the form of Demetrious Johnson, the reigning flyweight king who sits only one title defense away from breaking the coveted UFC record held by Anderson Silva, and has talked extensively in the past about moving up to 135 pounds for a superfight once that record is his. As the only person in that quartet to have fought the other three members, that gives Cruz a unique perspective on Johnson’s chances against the best that bantamweight has to offer. And Cruz thinks “Mighty Mouse” would do just fine if he ever decides to make the move.
Submitted May 7, 2017 8:43PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Conor McGregor, girlfriend Dee Devlin have first child — a boy
(mmafighting.com)
Brace yourselves. There’s about to be another Conor McGregor running around. Conor McGregor and his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin became parents Friday, McGregor confirmed Sunday on social after multiple reports. Devlin gave birth to a boy, who they named Conor Jr..
Submitted May 7, 2017 8:38PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Gastelum win over Belfort overturned, plus 90-day suspension
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The UFC’s independent drug testing agency does not test for recreational drugs outside of competition. However, recreational drugs including marijuana are tested for in-competition. Alcohol is treated in a similar fashion – you are not tested for alcohol out of competition, but are prohibited from fighting while drunk. Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs have a cutoff of 50 ng/ML. World Anti-Doping Agency has a threshold of 150 ng/ML. USADA uses 180 ng/ML. UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum tested positive above that level at UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gastelum was then removed from a scheduled fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Submitted May 7, 2017 6:22PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-WSOF champ Justin Gaethje says UFC contract signed, wants 'scariest lightweight possible'
(mmajunkie.com)
Now former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje late Wednesday night said his next move is a done deal. Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), currently ranked No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, said on his official Twitter account he has signed his contract to fight in the UFC. Although he didn’t call out anyone by name, he said he wants the “scariest lightweight possible” for his first bout in the promotion.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:45PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Bigfoot' Silva back on TRT for Vitaly Minakov fight in Russia
(mmafighting.com)
Antonio Silva is looking to snap a four-fight losing skid, and he's cleared to go on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) once again. “Bigfoot", one of the few UFC fighters allowed to go on TRT before the treatment was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission, is set to meet former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov at Fight Nights Global, scheduled for June 2 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:39PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
USADA suspends UFC’s Ricardo Abreu for four years after second anti-doping violation
(mmafighting.com)
As expected, Ricardo Abreu won’t be fighting in the UFC any time soon. Or, more likely, ever again. The middleweight fighter was suspended for four years by USADA after failing a drug test while serving a previous USADA suspension for a positive test, it was announced by the UFC’s anti-doping partner Friday. The second anti-doping policy violation resulted in the sanction length being doubled. Abreu, 33, tested positive for nandrolone metabolites and other 19-norsteroids stemming from a sample collected Dec. 21, 2016. The non-natural origin of the agent was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio analysis, per the USADA release. The substances Abreu tested positive for fall under the anabolic agents category in the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:38PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder booked for UFC Fight Night 113
(mmafighting.com)
A few days after they went onto Twitter and agreed to a fight, the UFC has made it official: Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder have a date in Glasgow. The lightweights will square off at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland on July 16, the company announced on Friday.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:37PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Baby Slice’ Kevin Ferguson Jr. returns against D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179 in London
(mmafighting.com)
Kevin Ferguson Jr. — a.k.a. ‘Baby Slice’ — is fighting again in 15 days. It was reported on Friday by The Sun that Ferguson will take on D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179, which will take place on May 20 at the SSE Arena in London, England. Bellator officials have confirmed the bout. After making his amateur debut in March 2016, Ferguson — who is the son of the late Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson Sr.) — made his MMA debut last November against Aaron Hamilton. He ended up losing via second-round submission (guillotine).
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:36PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Georges St-Pierre to Michael Bisping: I’ll fight you any time ‘after October’
(mmafighting.com)
Don’t plan on seeing the UFC middleweight title defended until late in 2017. Georges St-Pierre posted a video message to middleweight champion Michael Bisping on Friday, saying he’d be ready to fight for the belt “any time after October.” The bout has already been announced, but a timeframe has been up in the air until now. “Mr. Bisping, I cleared my entire schedule to get ready for training camp after the summer,” St-Pierre said. “So I can fight you any time after October. Pick the date. Let’s get it on.”
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:32PM by tildengolfer - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 211 gets two late fights added, including replacement, bringing card to 14 total
(https:)
The UFC’s summer return to Dallas is officially jam packed. Two bouts have been added to the May 13 fight card at American Airlines Center, one of which replaces a last-minute scratch. As first reported by dallasnews.com, Dallas heavyweight and LFA veteran Rashad Coulter (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his octagon debut against Chase Sherman (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC). Additionally, a light heavyweight matchup between Joachim Christensen (14-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Gadzhimurad Antigulov (19-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been confirmed by the promotion, bringing the total number of bouts to 14.
Submitted May 4, 2017 11:02PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Charlie Ward welcomes newcomer Galore Bofando to octagon at UFC Fight Night 113
(mmajunkie.com)
As Conor McGregor previously announced, his SBG Ireland teammate will compete at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland. UFC officials today announced that Irish welterweight Charlie Ward (3-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face English newcomer Galore Bofando (4-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 16 it SSE Hydro in Glasgow. A main event for the card has yet to be announced. The main card airs on FS1.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:28PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cris 'Cyborg' and Megan Anderson appear to be all-in on UFC 214 clash
(mmajunkie.com)
As the status of UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie continues to remain a mystery, frustration among fellow fighters in her weight class is beginning to boil over. Although the UFC’s women’s 145-pound division technically only consists of two fighters in de Randamie (7-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), the UFC is having a difficult time booking a championship fight between the two. De Randamie is apparently not ready to fight despite winning the gold nearly three months ago with a unanimous decision over Holly Holm at UFC 208.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:21PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gerald Meerschaert meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC 213 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight bout between Gerald Meerschaert and Thiago “Marreta” Santos is the latest addition to July’s UFC 213 lineup. Brazilian outlet Combate.com first reported the matchup between Meerschaert (26-8 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Santos (14-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC). MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the news with representatives from both sides of the fight. UFC 213 takes place July 8 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. 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 May 4, 2017 5:16PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Wade meets Frankie Perez in Ring of Combat rematch at UFC on FOX 25
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s debut event on Long Island this summer has another fight featuring a local – and it’ll be a rematch. Long Island’s own Chris Wade (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will take on Frankie Perez (10-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a lightweight fight when the UFC heads back to New York for UFC on FOX 25. The bout was reported by Long Island-based Newsday.com, though it hasn’t been officially announced by the promotion.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Danny Roberts vs. Bobby Nash latest ticketed for UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s return to Scotland in July continues to build with the addition of a welterweight fight. American Bobby Nash (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will take on England’s Danny Roberts (13-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 113. The booking first was reported by Mirror.co in England. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:06PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Bessette meets new challenger Reynaldo Trujillo in CES MMA 44 headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
Injury has forced Jeremy Spoon (20-3) to withdraw from a planned CES MMA 44 headliner, and a replacement opponent has been secured. Veteran Texan Reynaldo Trujillo (21-18) has agreed to step in on short notice and now challenges CES MMA featherweight champion Matt Bessette (21-7) at the event, which takes place May 12 and airs on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. “It’s frustrating when we were so close to making this fight happen, but thankfully CES found a man to step up and fight,” Bessette stated. “Rey Trujillo likes to fight, not pretend he likes to fight. Those are the best scraps that get me amped.”
Submitted May 4, 2017 5:02PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko in the works for UFC 213
(mmafighting.com)
UFC 213 is expected to feature at least two championship fights. Amanda Nunes is slated to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko on July 8 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight.
Submitted May 4, 2017 1:16AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis returns to lightweight, meets Jim Miller at UFC 213
(mmafighting.com)
Anthony Pettis is back at 155 pounds. The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion has ended his two-fight experiment at featherweight and will return to the division over which he once ruled. Pettis will meet veteran Jim Miller at UFC 213 in Las Vegas on July 8. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Submitted May 4, 2017 1:14AM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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