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CM Punk says he's slated for back surgery, UFC debut delayed again
The long-awaited UFC debut of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is going to have to wait a little longer. The former WWE star and MMA newcomer today told MMAFighting.com he’s slated for back surgery today to correct a herniated disc. He reportedly expected a four- to six-month recovery and hopes to fight by year’s end. “My back has always bugged me,” Punk told MMAFighting.com. “Figured it was just wrestling (expletive). Turns out it was. “It got bad enough to the point where I couldn’t do anything the week before I went to train with the New Jersey Devils last month. One day I could manage. The next day I couldn’t. I’ve been in agony for almost a month. Chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, cryotherapy – nothing worked.”
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 12:29PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mickey Gall is a big betting favorite over CM Punk
CM Punk's UFC debut has been expected for a while now, and it seems that he finally has an opponent - Mickey Gall. Gall defeated Mike Jackson in just 45 seconds at UFC Fight Night 82 to earn his bout with Punk, and it looks like oddsmakers are favoring the guy with the actual fight experience. Here's the opening 5Dimes line ( ) CM Punk +260 Mickey Gall -380 Over 1.5 +135 Under 1.5 -175
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 10:31AM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
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Michael Page out of Bellator 151, RFA champ Gilbert Smith in vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see Michael Page show off his flashy fighting style again in the Bellator cage. Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is out of his scheduled Bellator 151 co-main event showdown with Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for undisclosed reasons. Stepping in to replace “Venom” is the now former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). Bellator officials confirmed the switch to MMAjunkie The latest Bellator 151 main card includes: Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 3:39AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Luke Barnatt vs. Jason 'Mayhem' Miller booked for Venator FC III
Jason "Mayhem" Miller is coming out of retirement. Miller has signed with Italian-based Venator FC and will face the promotion's middleweight champion Luke Barnatt for the belt on May 21, 2016 in Milan, Italy, MMAFighting.com has learned.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 9:04PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Jon Jones responds to Monday's events via Instagram
Just fucking wow...how this dude doesn't have a PR guy yet is mind blowing... Instagram video of him basically saying a bunch of cock shit. Any of us would go to jail if we were caught simultaneously driving without a license, registration, and insurance while serving probation for serious traffic violations. Then he goes on social media and makes light of it saying we are talking about "tickets"...that is the problem. He gets tickets, try that as an average Joe in AZ or southern Cali and your ass is posting bail at best, if you were on probation that bail would simply be to much for you to afford.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 3:31PM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
RIZIN's Sakakibara will 'put in the effort' to deliver Fedor vs. Wanderlei
"This month, I will visit the United States, where I will meet with Wanderlei," Sakakibara told Tass.ru. "This is a fighter, which is not only interesting to Rizin, but for fans of combat sports in general. And our job is to answer the wishes of our viewers." Sakakibara added that the promotion will aim to set up a potential clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva if they sense that it is a fight that fans are interested in. "If we talk about the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva, there is such a possibility. If the number of those wishing to see the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva will be really great, we will make efforts to ensure that the fight takes place."
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 2:34PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Report: UFC releases Jorgensen, Roop, and Yui Chul
Back on January 29th, the UFC released a whole slew of fighters between their heavyweight and lightweight divisions. It looked, for the moment, as though the lighter weightclasses had been spared. It doesn't look that way now. While not an official announcement, the UFCFIGHTERSiNFO Twitter account, which monitors the UFC.com website and it's roster, has delivered the news that a few names from the lighter weight classes have been removed from the UFC's database. That usually only means one thing. The biggest of those names is Scott Jorgensen, who sent out a Tweet just last week declaring his free agency. It looks like the UFC doesn't plan on being part of that bidding process.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 2:31PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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UFC Fight Night Medical Suspensions: Seven Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs
UFC Fight Night ‘Hendricks vs. Thompson’ Medical Suspensions Stephen Thompson: Must have right ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28. Johny Hendricks: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28. Roy Nelson: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28. Jared Rosholt: Must have left ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28. Ovince St. Preux: Must have right ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28. Rafael Cavalcante: Must have right eye cleared by ophthalmologist, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 23; no contact until March 8. Joseph Benavidez: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (left eyebrow laceration). Alex Nicholson: Must have bilateral jaw fractures and broken nose an oral, maxillofacial doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 23; no contact until March 8. Sean Spencer: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8. Joshua Burkman: Must have MRI on right shoulder and clearance by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 28; no contact until Feb. 21. K.J. Noons: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (finger laceration). Damian Grabowski: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (scalp laceration). Ray Borg: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28 (tough fight). Diego Rivas: Must have both knees cleared by an orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Noad Lahat: Suspended until April 7; no contact until March 23. Artem Lobov: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28 (eyelid laceration).
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 12:18PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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RFA 36 main card finalized with 4-time All-American wrestler Logan Storley
After announcing the event’s first three bouts, the remaining three are now set for next month’s “RFA 36: Barcelos vs. Vannata” event. The show takes place march 4 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV. As previously announced, the headliner features featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos (9-1) vs. challenger Landon Vannata (7-0). Among the latest additions is undefeated welterweight prospect Logan Storley (2-0), who should help pull in some local fans when he meets Rode Vocu (1-0).
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 12:14PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Neiman Gracie vs. Roger Carroll added to Bellator 151
Neiman Gracie will finally return to the Bellator cage in March. The undefeated welterweight, who tapped Bobby Flynn in his promotional debut in February of 2015, is slated to face Roger Carroll at the Bellator 151 card in Thackerville, Okla. on March 4, sources told MMAFighting.com. Son of coral belt (red and black) Marcio Stambowsky and Carla Gracie, Gracie looks to extend his MMA record to 4-0 after scoring a pair of submission finishes at World Series of Fighting prior to his successful Bellator debut in 2015.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 12:11PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Albert Tumenov calls out Stephen Thompson for matchup of 'best strikers'
Albert Tumenov claims he has the best striking in the UFC, but Stephen Thompson might have something to say about that. Tumenov (17-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) would like to find out, though, and that’s why he’s decided to call for a matchup with Thompson (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) after “Wonderboy” scored a first-round knockout of former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks this past Saturday in UFC Fight Night 82’s main event.
Submitted Feb 9, 2016 11:54AM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
USADA confirms Yoel Romero tested positive for prohibited substance
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today confirmed Yoel Romero tested positive for a prohibited substance in the wake of the UFC middleweight’s admission to failing a test. “Given that Mr. Romero has publicly discussed his case, we can confirm that he did test positive for a prohibited substance,” USADA rep Ryan Madden wrote in an email to MMAjunikie. “At this time we are investigating the circumstances surrounding his positive test to determine the appropriate outcome, in accordance with the rules.
Submitted Feb 8, 2016 9:43PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rafael Natal meets Robert Whittaker at UFC 197
A middleweight matchup between Brazilian Rafael Natal and Australian Robert Whittaker is the latest addition to April’s UFC 197 event. MMAjunkie today confirmed with multiple people with knowledge of the contest that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and bout agreements have been distributed. UFC officials are expected to make an announcement shortly. Whittaker is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.
Submitted Feb 8, 2016 7:56PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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UFC 197 headliner Jon Jones cited for driving without a license, due in court Wednesday
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is again in trouble with the law. The 28-year-old New York native is due in court in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday after being cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance. The charges are the latest in a long string of traffic troubles for Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), who was confirmed this past Saturday to rematch reigning champ Daniel Cormier(17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 197. The pay-per-view event takes place April 23 in Las Vegas. Jones is hoping to reclaim the title that UFC officials strip after Jones’ previous legal woes.
Submitted Feb 8, 2016 7:54PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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UFC Fight Night 82 salaries: Nelson, Benavidez earn top disclosed payouts
Co-main-event winner Roy Nelson ($125,000) and main-card victor Joseph Benavidez ($118,000) were the top earners at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 82 event. The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,054,000. The full list of UFC Fight Night 82 payouts included: Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000 Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus) def. Jared Rosholt: $33,000 Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus) def. Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000 Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus) def. Zach Makovsky: $19,000 Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Alex Nicholson: $10,000 Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus) def. Sean Spencer: $17,000 Josh Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus) def. K.J. Noons : $34,000 Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Damian Grabowski: $17,000 Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Ray Borg: $18,000 Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Noad Lahat: $17,000 Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Jackson: $10,000 Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) def. Artem Lobov: $13,000
Submitted Feb 8, 2016 3:27PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
The big men will headline the UFC’s debut event in Croatia, officials today announced. Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (17-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and surging contender Ben Rothwell (36-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) are set for the five-round main event. The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card now includes: Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic
Submitted Feb 8, 2016 8:26AM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Opinion: Rockhold/Weidman II highlights middleweight's need for new contenders
On Wednesday, Dana White confirmed that Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman would have an immediate rematch at UFC 199 in June, much to the annoyance of those who are against immediate rematches of fights that otherwise ended in decisive fashion. The initial plan was to set up Rockhold against Yoel Romero, who narrowly defeated Ronaldo Souza in a fight immediately preceding Weidman vs. Rockhold I at UFC 194. I can understand where people are coming from with regards to Rockhold vs. Weidman II. If Romero hadn't had his "potential failure", then Rockhold vs. Romero should've been the fight to make right away, with Weidman facing Jacare in the interim. With that said, looking at the landscape of middleweight as it stands right now, for my money, the immediate rematch is best possible fight to make in the division. Their first fight was very competitive and quite close (at least to me) before Weidman's spinning kick missed and Rockhold slaughtered him from top position in rounds 3 and 4.
Submitted Feb 7, 2016 12:48PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Max Holloway warns B.J. Penn: There's another 'Hawaii kid' gunning for belt
UFC legend B.J. Penn announced that he would be coming out of retirement last month to capture the featherweight title. Penn, a UFC Hall of Famer and a two-division world champion -- lightweight and welterweight -- is one of Hawaii's most successful MMA fighters, but there's a new Hawaiian talent on the radar: Max Holloway. The 24-year-old is riding an 8 fight win streak and is knocking on the door of title contention. Since losing to Conor McGregor in 2013, "Blessed" has sharpened and honed his craft and is now ranked as the #4 featherweight in the world.
Submitted Feb 7, 2016 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mickey Gall after 'soccer-mom small talk' with CM Punk: 'I get to beat up a superstar'
LAS VEGAS – Mickey Gall’s UFC debut had it all: plenty of media attention, a quick finish, a pivotal win and an awkward in-cage face-off with his next opponent. In one of Saturday’s more peculiar UFC Fight Night 82 matchups, Gall (2-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) needed a mere 45 seconds to choke out fellow welterweight Mike Jackson (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the night’s final UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary-card bout (via Twitter):
Submitted Feb 7, 2016 12:46PM by tildengolfer - 12 comments
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Johny Hendricks won't blame training camp change for loss to 'Wonderboy'
Johny Hendricks came into a UFC fight for the first time without flying the Team Takedown banner Saturday night. That bout ended in a first-round loss for the former UFC welterweight champion. Hendricks, though, did not want to blame the camp and management change for his TKO defeat against Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas. "Stephen Thompson was just a better man tonight," Hendricks said at the post-fight press conference. "What can I say? He performed. I hesitated. I don't hesitate usually. A lot of it goes into preparation. I switched camps and all these other things. But no excuses. He was just a better man."
Submitted Feb 7, 2016 12:44PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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