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Luke Rockhold re-injures leg, tabling talks of Alexander Gustafsson fight
So much for that Alexander Gustafsson vs. Luke Rockhold fight. At least for now. The bout, which had been discussed for what was expected to be a light heavyweight matchup at UFC 227 in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, was never officially announced. But a leg injury suffered by the former UFC middleweight champion has put those talks on ice for now, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported Tuesday.
Submitted May 23, 2018 2:55AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mirko Cro Cop details extent of knee injury, targeted date for return
Mirko Filipovic’s left leg is in rough shape following his withdrawal from Bellator 200’s main event. Filipovic, 43, pulled out of Friday’s scheduled Bellator 200 rematch against Roy Nelson after suffering an 11th hour knee injury in training. Unfortunately for “Cro Cop,” the damage appears to be extensive. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported Tuesday that Filipovic’s list of injuries to his left leg includes: an ACL tear, a partial MCL tear, a meniscofemoral ligament (MFL) tear, an LCL sprain, and a median arcuate ligament (MAL) tear. “Cro Cop” underwent surgery Monday to address the damage. Despite the extent of his injury, the Croatian legend told Helwani that he is targeting a return in October and wants to fight Nelson “ASAP.”
Submitted May 22, 2018 5:49PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
Jeremy Petley out of Bellator 200 due to injury, Saul Rogers fight canceled
Saul Rogers is without a dance partner for his promotional debut this Friday night at Bellator 200. Bellator has confirmed that Canadian Jeremy Petley has pulled out of his bout with Rogers due to an undisclosed injury. Nolan King first reported the news of Petley’s withdrawal on May 17. Officials were looking for a short-notice replacement for “The Hangman”, but MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed that Rogers was also removed from the card. Rogers also wrote in an Instagram story that he would no longer be fighting Friday.
Submitted May 22, 2018 5:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Titan FC double champ Jose Torres signs with UFC, will debut in Utica
One of the top lighter weight fighters in the world is headed to the UFC. Jose Torres, the Titan FC flyweight and bantamweight champion, has agreed to fight Jarred Brooks at UFC Fight Night Utica on June 1, MMA Fighting has learned. Torres, who has agreed to a multi-fight contract with the promotion, is replacing Hector Sandoval, who is out of the fight due to undisclosed reasons. The fight will take place at flyweight.
Submitted May 22, 2018 4:48PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Fabricio Werdum fails USADA drug test, facing UFC anti-doping violation
Just one day after news broke that Fabricio Werdum would be headlining the UFC’s debut in Russia, the former UFC heavyweight champion is in hot water with USADA. Werdum failed a USADA out-of-competition drug test, stemming from a sample collected April 25, the UFC announced Tuesday. He is facing a UFC anti-doping violation. The substance that he tested positive for was not released, per policy.
Submitted May 22, 2018 4:44PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Tatiana Suarez, the female Khabib Nurmagomedov?
We look at the standout performance from UFC strawweight Tatiana Suarez at UFC Chile against Alexa Grasso. Is Suarez the female Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:53AM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Michael Chiesa to make FS1 analyst debut for UFC Liverpool
After missing out on an opportunity to fight in April, Michael Chiesa has found another way to get some exposure. The lightweight contender will make his FOX Sports 1 broadcasting debut when he joins Michael Bisping, Jimmy Smith, and Karyn Bryant on the analyst desk this weekend for UFC Liverpool, FOX announced Monday.
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:51AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Ian McCall announces retirement
“Uncle Creepy” is calling it a day. Ian McCall announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is retiring after a 15-year career that saw him become one of the best fighters in the 125-pound division.
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:50AM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexey Oleynik set to headline UFC Moscow
The UFC’s inaugural event in Russia will be headlined by a fight that can only be described as a grappler’s delight. A heavyweight matchup between former UFC champion Fabricio Werdum and Ukranian-Russian mat wizard Alexey Oleynik is set to headline UFC Moscow on Sept. 15. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported the matchup Monday afternoon on The MMA Hour.
Submitted May 21, 2018 5:01PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mirko Cro Cop out of Bellator 200 main event, Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi to headline
Bad luck has hit Bellator 200. The landmark show lost its main event on Monday, as Mirko Filipovic has been forced to withdraw from Friday’s main event at The SSE Arena in England with an undisclosed injury.
Submitted May 21, 2018 1:16PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire set for UFC 226 in Las Vegas
A strawweight bout between Las Vegas residents Jamie Moyle and Emily Whitmire is the latest addition to July’s UFC 226 lineup.
Submitted May 20, 2018 7:56PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Gilbert Burns vs. Dan Hooker slated for UFC 226 in Las Vegas
July’s UFC 226 lineup has a new lightweight addition. It features Gilbert Burns (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Dan Hooker (16-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC).
Submitted May 19, 2018 8:04PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana scheduled for UFC 227
Irene Aldana asked for an specific opponent and got her wish. The Mexican fighter has been booked to fight former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Bethe Correia at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. The news was announced by the promotion on Friday.
Submitted May 18, 2018 9:26PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brad Scott draws newcomer Carlo Pedersoli Jr. at UFC Liverpool
Brad Scott is getting a home date after all. After thinking that he’d missed out on his opportunity to fight at UFC Liverpool with the injury withdrawal of originally scheduled opponent Salim Touahri, Scott will fight in his native England when he meets Octagon newcomer Carlo Pedersoli Jr. at the Echo Arena on May 27.
Submitted May 18, 2018 5:35PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alexander Hernandez vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier slated for UFC on FOX 30
An intriguing matchup between ranked lightweights Alexander Hernandez and Olivier Aubin-Mercier has been slated for July 28 at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The UFC announced the booking Friday.
Submitted May 18, 2018 4:13PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dennis Bermudez vs. Rick Glenn booked for UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise
A featherweight bout between Dennis Bermudez and Rick Glenn is the latest addition to July’s UFC Fight Night 133 lineup.
Submitted May 18, 2018 4:07PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
2018 World MMA Awards nominees announced
Max Holloway, Demetrious Johnson, Cris Cyborg, and Rose Namajunas could be adding to their trophy cases soon with Fighters Only announcing the nominees for the 2018 World MMA Awards. Voting began with the announcement of the nominations on Monday and you can make your voice be heard at:
Submitted May 17, 2018 8:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
UFC Liverpool card still undergoing changes with about a week to spare
The UFC’s debut in Liverpool, England, is just around the corner – but the lineup still is undergoing changes. South African lightweight Don Madge (7-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) a month ago said he was fighting David Teymur (7-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 130 for his promotional debut. But that fight now has been removed from the lineup at UFC.com, and Teymur recently said on Twitter that he’s going to instead be fighting Nik Lentz (28-8-2 MMA, 12-5-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 131. In addition, welterweight Brad Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) recently told MMAFighting.com that his fight against Salim Touahri (10-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) was no longer going to happen. Scott told the site if he wasn’t rebooked quickly, he was inclined to not take a fight on the show at all.
Submitted May 17, 2018 7:16PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Veteran journalist Ariel Helwani moves to ESPN, will host new show with Chael Sonnen
Veteran MMA journalist Ariel Helwani is moving to ESPN, the cable network today announced. Helwani will make the move from MMAFighting.com, where he has spent the bulk of his career. The Montreal-born New York resident is a six-time winner of the “MMA Journalist of the Year” award from the fan-voted World MMA Awards. His resume also includes work for FOX Sports’ UFC coverage, as well as SiriusXM Radio. Helwani will move to the network next month and his roles, according to a news release, will include co-hosting a new weekly program on ESPN+: “Ariel & The Bad Guy” with current Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen. In addition, Helwani’s popular current MMM Fighting show “The MMA Hour” will continue at ESPN, but as “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” the network stated. In addition, he’ll be an MMA reporter for ESPN across on-air and digital media platforms.
Submitted May 17, 2018 3:25PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC Fight Night Moscow officially announced for Sept. 15
After a whirlwind of reports and speculation since early 2018, the UFC has finally made its first trip to Russia official. The promotion announced its maiden voyage to the country via its social media channels on Wednesday morning. RT.com first reported that the UFC were targeting a Russian event way back in January. UFC Fight Night Moscow will take place at Olimpiyskiy Arena. Tickets for the event will go on sale on Friday, June 1st.
Submitted May 16, 2018 1:10PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
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