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Hardy on Bellator’s matchmaking: ‘Why are we watching these old relics battle it out in main events?’
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC veteran Dan Hardy was not a fan of how Bellator 170’s main event fight between Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz went down. He even voiced out his frustrations via Twitter, which he later got some flak about. “The #Bellator170 main event was more choreographed than a Brittany Spears music video. Shame really... It might have been a fun fight,” Hardy wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:51AM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
Bellator 174's Cody Pfister aims to start an MMA promotion that rivals UFC and Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
After a 1-3 run in the UFC, Pfister (12-6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) signed with Bellator for a debut March 3 against Jonathan Gary (12-7 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at Bellator 174. He’s also working with business partners to form a new MMA promotion in his home state of Texas, one he hopes will compete with his former and current promoters. He doesn’t have a name yet, but he’s got the drive to make a go of it.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:47AM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
WSOF 35 set with Nurmagomedov vs. Secor main-card opener and slate of prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is nearly set for next month’s WSOF 35 event, which features a championship tripleheader. The event takes place March 18 at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y., and the main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:46AM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ovince Saint Preux returns to Nashville vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC Fight Night 108
(mmajunkie.com)
The last time Ovince Saint Preux fought in his home state of Tennessee, things didn’t turn out so well. In April, he’ll get a chance to reverse it. Saint Preux (19-10 MMA, 7-5 UFC) has been booked for a light heavyweight fight at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville against Marcos Rogerio de Lima (15-4-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC). Promotion officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:44AM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira targeted for UFC’s return to Stockholm
(mmafighting.com)
Two of the best light heavyweights in the world are currently slated to meet later this year. According to multiple sources, the UFC is working on booking Alexander Gustafsson vs. Glover Teixeira for an event in Stockholm, Sweden on May 28. As it stands, the fight would serve as the main event.
Submitted Feb 26, 2017 11:38AM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
10 most USADA drug tested athletes in UFC history
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Since July 1, 2015, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has serve as the independent third-party administrator of the UFC’s year-round Anti-Doping Policy. USADA maintains a public Athlete Test History, updated regularly. In 2015, 156 athletes were tested, a total of 353 times, an average of 2.26 times per athlete. In 2016, the rate accelerated to 586 athletes tested, 2291 total times, or an average of 3.9 times per athlete. In 2017 so far 240 athletes have been tested a total of 353 times.
Submitted Feb 25, 2017 9:19PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC’s Tom Lawlor suspended by USADA for two years after positive drug test for ostarine
(mmafighting.com)
Tom Lawlor is the latest UFC name to be sanctioned by USADA. The popular UFC light heavyweight was suspended two years by the UFC’s anti-doping partner after a positive test for the banned substance ostarine, USADA announced Friday.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 7:01PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nine-time UFC veteran Nikita Krylov signs with Eurasia Fight Nights
(mmajunkie.com)
It looks like Nikita Krylov’s next fight will be featured on UFC Fight Pass – just not in the UFC. Krylov (21-5), currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, has signed a multi-fight agreement with Russia’s Eurasia Fight Nights promotion. The organization announced the deal earlier today during EFN Global 59 in Moscow, which featured former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov scoring a third-round TKO win over D.J. Linderman in the evening’s UFC Fight Pass-broadcast main event.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:15PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bellator 172's Brooke Mayo on stoppage: 'I just feel as women we're kind of treated differently'
(mmajunkie.com)
Brooke Mayo had less than a minute left on the clock in her pro debut before a doctor’s assessment rendered her unable to continue. Sporting a swollen and purple left eye, a distraught Mayo (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) could be seen on Bellator 172’s Spike-televised main card pleading for her fight with Veta Arteaga (2-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to go on. “I can see,” she repeated. “I can see.” But it was a no-go. After nearly three full rounds of a highly entertaining flyweight battle at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., Mayo was off to a 0-1 start to her professional MMA career.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:14PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
USADA grants Gian Villante retroactive TUE for inhaler, clearing him for UFC Fight Night 106
(mmajunkie.com)
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the UFC anti-doping partner, announced today that Gian Villante has been granted a retroactive therapeutic-use exemption for an inhaler, freeing him to fight Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night 106. Villante becomes the second UFC fighter to receive a retroactive TUE; UFC star Cristiane Justino was recently given one to treat medical complications arising from a weight cut.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:13PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
From hot prospect to theft accusations, Bubba Jenkins' story of a fallout with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
Bubba Jenkins says his relationship with Bellator didn’t go bad overnight. It took four years for things to reach the breaking point, sending him out the door with an 11-3 record, his contract invalidated, and reporters calling to see what went wrong. “It’s just been such a weird career from the start, from the old regime to who it is now,” Jenkins, 29, told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:12PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Sheymon Moraes requests his release from WSOF, ‘disrespectful’ Ray Sefo
(mmafighting.com)
Sheymon Moraes hasn’t fought since June 2016, but that’s not his fault. Coming off wins over Luis Palomino and Robbie Peralta, the Brazilian featherweight completed his four-fight deal with World Series of Fighting, and wants to sign with another promotion and move on with his career, but says that WSOF won’t let him go.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:11PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC 214 in Anaheim changed to July 29
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has changed dates for an upcoming pay-per-view event. On Friday, the promotion announced that UFC 214, which was supposed to take place on Aug. 5, has been moved up a week to July 29. The event will still go down at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. There are no current fights scheduled for the card. This marks the second change the UFC has done to their planned trip to Anaheim, as the promotion had originally scheduled to host UFC 208 there on Jan. 21. In December, the UFC rescheduled the event for Aug. 5, changing the Feb. 11 Brooklyn pay-per-view from UFC 209 to UFC 208.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:10PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Enrique Barzola vs. Gabriel Benitez added to UFC 211 in Dallas
(mmafighting.com)
A featherweight fight between The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America veterans Enrique Barzola and Gabriel Benitez has been added to UFC 211. The news was announced by UFC Español on Thursday. Barzola, who won the second season of TUF: Latin America, was last seen inside the Octagon in November at UFC Fight Night 98 where he scored a unanimous decision win over Chris Avila. The Peruvian fighter is 2-1 since joining the UFC back in 2015, and owns a professional MMA record of 11-3-1.
Submitted Feb 24, 2017 5:10PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator signs Brazilian bantamweight prospect Leandro Higo
(mmafighting.com)
Another talent from the Pitbull Brothers team has joined Bellator MMA. Leandro Higo, the Legacy Fighting Alliance 135-pound champion, has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with the promotion, Bellator officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday. Higo (17-2) became the RFA bantamweight champion last April with a first-round submission over Joey Miolla. When RFA and Legacy FC merged into LFA, the Brazilian added the LFA belt to his resume with a decision victory over Legacy FC champion Steven Peterson in January.
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 3:08PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Cindy Dandois signs with UFC, meets Alexis Davis at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC has a new women’s bantamweight on its roster, and she’ll make her promotional debut in April. Cindy Dandois (8-2, 0-0 UFC) has signed with the promotion and will fight former title challenger Alexis Davis (17-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 108. UFC officials announced the new booking today. UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, featherweight Cub Swanson takes on Conor McGregor teammate and training partner Artem Lobov.
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 3:04PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gregor Gillespie vs. Andrew Holbrook booked for UFC 210 in Buffalo
(mmajunkie.com)
Another of New York’s native sons is headed for a fight in his home state this spring. New Yorker Gregor Gillespie (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on Andrew Holbrook (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a lightweight fight at UFC 210. UFC officials announced the new booking today. UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. 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 Feb 23, 2017 2:59PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Singapore hosts UFC Fight Night event on June 17
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is heading to Singapore for the first time since 2014. The organization today announced an event, which is expected to be UFC Fight Night 110, is slated for June 17 at the 12,000-seat Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore.
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 2:55PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Jessica Andrade at UFC 211 in Dallas
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will attempt her fifth consecutive title defense at UFC 211 when she puts her belt up for grabs, this time against Jessica Andrade. Jedrzejczyk (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) announced the title bout with Andrade (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) today on the FOXSports.com PROcast app (via Twitter): It's on! #UFC champion @joannamma is returning to Dallas to defend her title for a 5th time! What do you think of her opponent for #UFC211?
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 2:51PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator suing UFC to prevent access to documents in anti-trust suit
(mixedmartialarts.com)
In 2015 a class-action, anti-trust lawsuit was filed against the UFC. It is ongoing, and argues that the league crippled the market, and created an environment where fighters were unable to fight anywhere else. The suit accuses the UFC of running “an illegal scheme to eliminate competition from would-be rival MMA Promoters by systematically preventing them from gaining access to resources critical to successful MMA Promotions, including by imposing extreme restrictions on UFC Fighters’ ability to fight for would-be rivals during and after their tenure with the UFC.”
Submitted Feb 23, 2017 10:01AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
 
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