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Jared Rosholt's uninspiring unanimous decision loss to Roy Nelson has marked the end of his UFC tenure. Bloody Elbow confirmed with UFC officials today that Rosholt has been released after just his 2nd loss in his last 8 fights. Rosholt (14-3) was ranked in the UFC's top 15 in the heavyweight division as recently as March 21st (two days after the completion of UFC Brisbane), but was pulled from the list and replaced by Stefan Struve just two days later.
Cris Cyborg has been eyeing a matchup with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey for years, and now that Rousey is no longer the titleholder, Cyborg believes it could finally come to fruition.
With MMA legal in New York State now, Cyborg believes New York would be the perfect location for her long-awaited fight with Rowdy.
Jon Jones has a hearing set.
The UFC star will go before a judge at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court in his probation violation case, a court spokesperson said Wednesday.
Jones will remain in custody at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center until then. He turned himself in around 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. No bail has been set, as is protocol in a probation violation case. Jones will be in custody until he sees judge Michael Martinez on Thursday when terms of release are discussed.
Only one camera will be allowed in the courtroom for the hearing. Albuquerque news station KOB has been the designated party and will likely air the proceeding on KOB.com, the spokesperson said.
An injury has forced Peter Sobotta out of May’s UFC Fight Night 87 lineup, officials today announced.
As a result, Leon Edwards (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement for Sobotta (15-5-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and now fights welterweight Dominic Waters (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC). UFC officials didn’t disclose the nature of Sobotta’s injury.
The latest UFC Fight Night 87 card includes:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Alistair Overeem
Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve
Rustam Khabilov vs. Chris Wade
Yan Cabral vs. Reza Madadi
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Garreth McLellan
Leon Edwards vs. Dominic Waters
Gunnar Nelson vs. Albert Tumenov
Nick Hein vs. Jon Tuck
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Neil Seery
Francimar Barroso vs. Nikita Krylov
Heather Jo Clark vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
Anna Elmose vs. Germaine de Randamie
Women’s bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie will welcome a promotional newcomer to the UFC in her next bout.
UFC officials today announced de Randamie (5-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) meets undefeated Danish fighter Anna Elmose (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 87.
UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
A heavyweight title fight between Blagoy Ivanov (13-1) and Josh Copeland (12-3) is set to headline WSOF 31. Additionally, a lightweight bout between Jason High (19-5) and Mike Ricci (11-4) will serve as the co-main event of the card. The news was announced by the promotion on Tuesday.
Ivanov, who captured the WSOF heavyweight gold back in June 2015 against Smealinho Rama, will be defending his belt for a second time in this fight with Copeland. The 29-year-old Bulgarian fighter last competed on October 2015 at WSOF 24 where he defeated Derrick Mehmen via second-round TKO.
His opponent, Josh Copeland, is currently 3-1 in his past four fights. 'Cuddly Bear' is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mike Hayes earlier this year at WSOF 29. Prior to that, the 33-year-old heavyweight suffered a submission loss to Vitaly Minakov in Russia.
Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza will return to the octagon at UFC 197 when she takes on Juliana Lima.
The UFC confirmed the bout, first reported by ESPN, today. UFC 197 takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The latest UFC 197 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
The card for UFC Fight Night 89 is developing quickly.
The UFC today announced six new fights for the event, which takes place June 18 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The new bookings include Steve Bosse (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Sean O'Connell (17-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at light heavyweight, Sam Alvey (26-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Elias Theodorou (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at middleweight, Misha Cirkunov (11-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Ion Cutelaba (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight, Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at lightweight, Krzysztof Jotko (17-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at middleweight and Colby Covington (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Alex Garcia (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at welterweight.
With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 89 card now includes:
Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Steve Bosse vs. Sean O’Connell
Sam Alvey vs. Elias Theodorou
Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tamdan McCrory
Colby Covington vs. Alex Garcia
ROAD FC announces the signing of “Ryo” Choi Young, 1st generation Korean MMA star and current DEEP Champion.
29 March, 2016 - ROAD Fighting Championship is excited to announce the signing “Ryo” Choi Young, of one of Korea’s “first generation” of Mixed Martial Artists and current DEEP Middleweight Champion. After almost ten years away from Korea, he is expected to make his promotional debut on 14 May, 2016 at ROAD FC 031 in Seoul.
Choi Young (18-10-3, Shinbukan/Land’s End) is a third generation ethnic Korean who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. Choi first fought MMA in Japan in 2000, however his MMA career really kicked off in Korea in Spirit MC. In 2004, he faced “Stun Gun” Kim Dong-Hyun in Spirit MC’s first Interleague tournament, and beat him by Unanimous Decision. At the point of Spirit MC’s closure, Choi fought in K-1's HERO’S and returned to Japan where he became a staple of DEEP. Along the way, Choi fought the top in the middleweight division, including Lim Jae-Seok, Ryuta Sakurai, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tatsuya Mizuno, and Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.
Planning to attend UFC Fight Night 88 in May? You can buy your tickets starting this week.
UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 – a Sunday – at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The show features a pair of unbeaten bantamweights in the main event. Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) takes on Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the 135-pound headliner.
The lineup for the UFC’s return to SoCal continues to grow, and a local fighter is getting a home bout against an unbeaten foe from across the pond.
Sean Strickland (17-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a Los Angeles-area native and resident, is set to meet England’s Tom Breese (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a welterweight fight at UFC 199 in June. UFC officials today announced the new booking.
With the addition to the card, UFC 199 now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight championship
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luis Henrique vs. Jonathan Wilson
‘Maestro’ Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Jon Jones was given five traffic tickets, including one for drag racing, Thursday night after being pulled over. On Monday, the Albuquerque Police Department released the officer's body cam video of the incident.
In the video, an angry Jones vehemently denies that he was drag racing and disputes the other tickets as well. Jones was also given citations for an ordinance against a modified exhaust (vehicle disturbance), an illegible license plate, unable to maintain a traffic lane and exhibition driving. The former UFC light heavyweight champion accused the officer of "harassing" him.
"I cannot wait for you to prove that I was drag racing, because I know for a fact that I wasn't," Jones said. "But nice try."
Jones called the cop an "absolute f*cking liar" and said both he and the officer know that Jones was not drag racing. The officer said Jones was "lucky" that he's not going to jail for reckless driving.
One of the most feared fighters in the world is finally making her way to the Octagon, as Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino faces Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14.
There's trouble brewing in UFC's marketing department once again.
Reigning middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is now the latest prominent combatant from the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion to speak up in recent months about his feelings on a pay-per-view (PPV) poster.
Especially one that they're a major part of.
Six years ago, Rafael Cavalcante stopped "King Mo" Lawal to become Strikeforce's new light heavyweight champion. After losing his first defense to Dan Henderson, "Feijao" wrecked Yoel Romero with a flying knee for what still stands to date as the only loss of Romero's career. Now, after a failed drug test in Strikeforce, as well as a stretch of just 1 win in 5 fights, Feijao is apparently finished as a UFC fighter. Matheus Costa of Brazil's Olimpo MMA reported on Saturday night that the UFC has handed Feijao is walking papers.
Feijao's (12-7, 1 NC) UFC run was nothing short of disastrous. He faded badly in his debut against Thiago Silva and was knocked out at the end or the 1st round back in June 2013. The 35-year-old did pick up his only UFC win just a few months later, quickly forcing Igor Pokrajac to tap to strikes in just 78 seconds. Since then, it's been all downhill over the past 3 years, as Feijao was easily beaten by Ryan Bader in 2014, stopped with elbows by Patrick Cummins in 2015, and unable to capitalize on Ovince Saint Preux's ankle injury this past February. The OSP showing was glaringly poor, as Feijao had opportunities to pull off an upset win with his opponent hobbled, but he was decidedly tepid in rounds 2-3 and offered zilch off of his back en route to a decision loss.
After a four-fight run at welterweight, Hector Lombard is heading back to 185 pounds, he said today.
Lombard (34-5-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) eight days ago was stopped for the first time in a fight when Neil Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) took him out with punches 46 seconds into the third round at UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia.
After returning earlier this month from a lengthy layoff, it appears Canada’s Jason Saggo won’t waste any time getting back to work.
Saggo (11-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), according to a report from Combate, has been booked for a fight with Brazil’s Leandro Silva (19-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) this summer in his home country. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the lightweight fight expected for UFC Fight Night 89.
The latest UFC Fight Night 89 card now includes:
Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva