NAC won't punish Mazzagatti for WSOF 22 refereeing
World Series of Fighting 22 on August 1st turned out to be one of the most controversial events of the year. The Diaz brothers were involved in a Royal Rumble style brawl with Khabib Nurmagomedov's camp in the crowd and backstage, and the welterweight title fight between reigning champion Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields was marred with foul play.
All three participants, Rousimar Palhares, Jake Shields and referee Steven Mazzagatti were criticized for their conduct in the cage during the main event, but it was the Brazilian who received the most backlash.
UFC on FOX 17 headed to Amway Center in Orlando on Dec. 19 for year-ender
The UFC will close out its 2015 calendar year with a return to the “Sunshine State.”
UFC on FOX 17 is set for Dec. 19 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. The news was announced as part of Wednesday’s “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1. No fights have been announced for the card.
The event will have a main card on FOX. Prelim broadcast information hasn’t been announced, but the UFC’s most recent event on FOX, which took place in July in Chicago, had prelims on FOX and UFC Fight Pass.
Liz Carmouche meets Raquel Pennington at UFC 191 in Las Vegas
A women’s bantamweight matchup including a former title challenger has been added to next month’s UFC pay-per-view in Las Vegas.
Liz Carmouche (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) will take on Raquel Pennington (5-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 191. The news was announced as part of Wednesday’s “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
UFC 191 takes place Sept. 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
WSOF 23 main card finalized with Jones vs. Valiev, Burley vs. Foster
WSOF has announced the final two bouts for the main card of WSOF 23.
Bantamweights Tito Jones (11-7) and Timur Valiev (9-1) will meet on the card as will lightweights LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7)
The latest WSOF 23 card now includes:
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
Germany's Nick Hein meets newcomer Yusuke Kasuya at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan
Next month’s UFC fight card in Japan has a new addition to the lineup.
Germany’s Nick Hein (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will head east to meet Japanese newcomer Yusuke Kasuya (9-1-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Promotion officials recently announced the new lightweight booking for UFC Fight Night 75.
The latest UFC Fight Night 75 lineup includes:
Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett
Roan Carneiro vs. Gegard Mousasi
Li Jingliang vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Matt Hobar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop
Chico Camus vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Diego Brandao vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Shinsho Anzai vs. Roger Zapata
Nick Hein vs. Yusuke Kasuya
TBA vs. TBA – “Road to UFC: Japan” tournament final
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka set for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin
Following his win in Scotland in July, Paddy Holohan is ready to fight again in his home city.
Holohan (12-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is set to meet Louis Smolka (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a flyweight bout in October at UFC Fight Night 76 in Ireland. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 76 now includes:
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Tom Breese vs. Cathal Pendred
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Fabricio Werdum to defend heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez
After much debating as to who heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum would face in his first legitimate title defense, it looks like he'll draw a familiar foe.
On Wednesday, UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani reported that former champion Cain Velasquez will get an immediate rematch with Werdum, following his loss UFC 188 loss to the Brazilian in June. UFC president Dana White confirmed to UFC Tonight that Velasquez/Werdum II is officially booked, yet a time and place is yet to be determined.
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With Sean O'Connell out, Daniel Jolly meets Misha Cirkunov at UFC Fight Night 74
The UFC’s return to Canada later this month once again is complete with an amended light heavyweight fight.
With Sean O’Connell (17-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) forced out of his fight against newcomer Misha Cirkunov (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) due to an injury, the UFC has tapped Daniel Jolly (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to step in on short notice.
Promotion officials announced the new booking for UFC Fight Night 74 today.