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Bellator 190 weigh-in results: Rafael Carvalho vs. Alessio Sakara title fight official
Bellator returns to Italy on Saturday, and the 185-pound title will be on the line. Middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (184.6 pounds) and contender Alessio Sakara (184.2 pounds) made weight at the official weigh-ins Friday night in Florence, Italy, the promotion announced. Carvalho is looking to defend the middleweight crowd a third consecutive time, while Sakara successfully made weight for his first 185-pound bout since leaving the UFC. Sakara won back-to-back fights under the Bellator banner, both at light heavyweight.
Submitted Dec 8, 2017 3:50PM by JLS - 2 comments
Why Invicta FC flyweight champion Jennifer Maia turned down TUF 26 opportunity
Jennifer Maia is one of the top flyweights in the world, so why wasn’t she on the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter? The UFC recently crowned its first women’s flyweight champion with a special edition of the company’s reality show, and Maia, the current Invicta FC 125-pound champion, was not listed as one of the contestants. Set to defend her Invicta FC belt just seven days after Nicco Montaño won the inaugural UFC title with a decision win over Roxanne Modafferi, Maia said that she got a call from the promotion to be on the reality show, but turned down the opportunity. "They invited me to be on The Ultimate Fighter, but since I’m the Invicta champion I thought that I don’t need to go through TUF to be in the UFC,” Maia told MMA Fighting. "Sometimes you’re not in a good day there and end up losing, and it’s not smart to leave a promotion where I’m the champion to try something.
Submitted Dec 8, 2017 2:59PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, Other MMA Organizations
UFC clears Mark Hunt to resume fighting career
Mark Hunt is free to resume his UFC career. “After a full medical analysis at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, UFC confirms that heavyweight athlete Mark Hunt has been cleared to compete,” a statement provided exclusively to MMAFighting.com read.
Submitted Dec 8, 2017 2:51AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St-Pierre vacates UFC middleweight title; Robert Whittaker crowned undisputed champion
Georges St-Pierre is no longer the middleweight champion of the UFC. A little more than a month after beating Michael Bisping to win the belt, St-Pierre has decided to vacate the title.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 9:33PM by Braden - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tony Ferguson undergoes elbow surgery
There’s a lineup of worthy contenders at 155 pounds awaiting Tony Ferguson, but it could be a while before he gets a chance to deal with them. On Thursday, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that the 33-year-old UFC interim lightweight champion underwent surgery on his elbow and he will be out of action for an indeterminate amount of time. The news was first announced by Ferguson’s wife Cristina, who posted a picture of the fighter in a cast.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 7:58PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Khonry Gracie, son of Royce, gets opponent for pro MMA debut at Bellator 192
Khonry Gracie has an opponent for his professional MMA debut, and it’s a fellow debutant. Gracie, the son of UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie, had already been booked for Bellator 192 and now has an opponent in Devon Brock for the Jan. 20 event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., set to air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 7:57PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Angela Magana announces UFC release after 0-3 octagon run
One of the most polarizing fighters in MMA is no longer a member of the UFC roster. Angela Magana (11-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC), who is coming off a second-round TKO loss to Amanda Cooper (3-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 218 last weekend, announced today on social media that she’s been informed of her release from the UFC following a three-fight stint
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 7:55PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold slated for UFC 221
The UFC appears to be moving on with its middleweight division. The promotion is on the verge of officially booking Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia, MMAFighting.com has learned. It is unclear at this time whether the fight will be for Whittaker’s interim 185-pound title or Georges St-Pierre’s official one
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 7:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC champ Nicco Montano to have surgery on broken foot
Nicco Montano’s reign as the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion has hit a snag, though it’s not completely unexpected. Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) last week told MMAjunkie after her title victory vs. Roxanne Modafferi at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale that she fought through a broken bone in her foot. As it turns out, Montano will go through with surgery, which will keep her out of action indefinitely.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 6:35PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
CSAC moves UFC Fresno bout up to bantamweight due to weight-cutting regulations
The flyweight fight at UFC Fresno between Carls John de Thomas and Alex Perez will now be contested at bantamweight, CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told MMA Fighting. This week, de Thomas was “significantly over” CSAC and UFC guidelines for weight and commission doctors felt it was too much weight to cut safely, Foster said.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 6:32PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta, Two Other Bouts Announced for UFC Fight Night in London
The first three bouts have been announced for UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17. Leon Edwards will face Peter Sobotta at welterweight; Paul Craig will meet Magomed Ankalaev at light heavyweight and Mark Godbeer will clash with Dmitry Poberezhets at heavyweight. The promotion confirmed the pairings on Thursday. UFC Fight Night 127 takes place at the O2 Arena in London.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 5:48PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Marcelo Golm replaces injured Luis Henrique, meets Tim Johnson at UFC Belem
Three days after its official announcement, Tim Johnson vs. Luis Henrique is already off the UFC Belem fight card after the Brazilian suffered a biceps injury that requires surgery. MMA Fighting confirmed the news following a report by Combate. The UFC has announced that undefeated Marcelo Golm will replace Henrique against Johnson in Belem.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 5:38PM by Leonstolzz - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Invicta FC announces flurry of signings, including Pearl Gonzalez
Invicta FC is reloading for 2018. The all-female promotion announced the signing of 15 fighters on Thursday, including UFC veterans Sarah Kaufman (18-4, 1 NC) and strawweight Pearl Gonzalez (6-3). Kaufman’s signing was previously confirmed by MMA Fighting. Kaufman isn’t the only newcomer of note in the bantamweight division. Marceia Allen (6-2) enters the Invicta ranks on the strength of a three-fight winning streak that includes victories over Carina Damm and one-time Strikeforce title challenger Jan Finney, and undefeated Julia Avila Shumate (3-0) boasts wins over current UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano and veteran Marion Reneau.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 5:34PM by Leonstolzz - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
TUF 26 Finale Ratings Deliver Lowest-Watched UFC Live Show Ever
The UFC and Bellator MMA went up against each other on Friday night. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise to see that both events turned out poorly in the ratings. What’s interesting is that the two promotions held events on the same night, with the women’s flyweight championship fight as the main event of the UFC’s TUF 26 Finale.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 11:04PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Stipe Miocic slated to defend heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou at UFC 220
One of the most fascinating heavyweight title fights in recent memory has been booked. And we won’t have to wait very long for it. Stipe Miocic will defend the belt against Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in Boston, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 7:45PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St-Pierre doesn’t think he’ll defend UFC middleweight title
From the moment Georges St-Pierre announced that he would be returning to competition at 185 pounds, there were questions about how long he would stay there. “GSP” recently came back from a four-year hiatus and defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to capture the middleweight championship, and he repeatedly stated that his contract dictate that he defend the title against interim champion Robert Whittaker. However, on Wednesday, St-Pierre told TSN that he is having serious doubts about returning to his new division.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 3:01PM by Braden - 11 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Donald Cerrone vs Mairbek Taisumov planned for next year's UFC gala
The duel of Donald Cerrone (32-10, 1NC) with Mairbek Taisumov (26-5) is being prepared for next year's UFC gala. A player from Grozny has already agreed to fight and would like to fight in Australian Perth. The organization is still waiting for the decision of the Jackson-Wink MMA representative. The popular "Cowboy" is currently on the infamous wave of three defeats in a row. He lost to Jorge Masvidal , Robbie Lawler and Darren Till . He won the last victory against Matt Brown at the UFC 206 gala.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 2:21PM by JLS - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sarah Kaufman signs with Invicta FC, set to return in January
Sarah Kaufman is heading back to Invicta FC. The veteran bantamweight has signed a new deal with the all-female MMA promotion, Invicta officials confirmed with MMA Fighting.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 2:15PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione tournament fight headlines Bellator 194
The Bellator heavyweight tournament quarterfinal between Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione will headline the company’s Feb. 16 card in Uncasville, Conn., the promotion officially announced on Tuesday.
Submitted Dec 5, 2017 10:32PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Michael Johnson vs. Darren Elkins, Michael Santiago vs. Mads Burnell added to UFC St. Louis
Michael Johnson is making a move to a new weight class in his hometown. “The Menace” will drop down to featherweight and take on Darren Elkins at UFC St. Louis on Jan. 14, the UFC officially announced Tuesday. The bout was initially reported by Globo last month. Also on the UFC Fight Night 124 card, Michael Santiago will take on Mads Burnell in another featherweight bout, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. The UFC confirmed the matchup.
Submitted Dec 5, 2017 3:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
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