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Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia. But when Diaz turned that down, he went with an alternative: Jorge Masvidal. Now, according to Masvidal, Maia has turned that down. Masvidal isn’t particularly bent out of shape over the refusal and welcomed a fight with any other top-tier welterweight. The issue is finding a suitable fit. The good news is that one might already be present.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil
A featherweight bout pitting Godofredo Pepey and Kyle Bochniak has been added to UFC Fight Night 106. The news was announced by the promotion on Wednesday.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:50PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
An exciting young heavyweight is facing a suspension. Justin Ledet was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. The Texas native likely failed a drug test, stemming from a Jan. 12 sample collection. The name of the banned substance was not listed, as is the policy of USADA and the UFC unless the athlete names it. The name of the substance will be released following the USADA adjudication process.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:49PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Dana White interested in making Nick Diaz vs. Demian Maia
“I offered Nick Diaz the (Robbie) Lawler fight and he turned it down. Lawler accepted the fight and Nick turned it down so I’m looking for something else for Lawler right now,” White revealed on the latest “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “(Diaz’s team) were terrorizing me saying ‘we want a fight’ so they wanted to announce it that night at the Sacramento card (at FOX UFC Fight Night). Cause he was there, it’s the right crowd, it’s close to his hometown and they wanted to announce it. I got Robbie Lawler to accept the fight, I called him, and they turned it down and they’ve been radio silent on me ever since.”
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 7:12PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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UFC’s Ricardo Abreu fails USADA drug test while serving two-year suspension
Ricardo Abreu could be facing a very lengthy ban. The UFC middleweight, already serving a doping suspension, failed another USADA drug test stemming from a Dec. 21 sample collection and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Wednesday. Abreu is less than a year into a two-year ban by USADA due to testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June 2016. He is currently ineligible to compete in the UFC until July 1, 2018. A second anti-doping violation could double Abreu’s suspension and the “aggravating circumstances” clause in the UFC anti-doping policy could lengthen the ban even more.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 3:11PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC releases statement on Trump’s travel ban
The Ultimate Fighting Championships released a statement on the White House’s new restrictive immigration policy that could potentially impact a handful of fighters on the roster.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:51PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it. After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up. Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:46PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
'The Korean Zombie' talks military hiatus, return to UFC, 145 title picture, more
A familiar face will return to the biggest stage in sports this weekend in Houston. No, not Tom Brady, rather Chan Sung Jung. "The Korean Zombie" hasn't fought in the UFC since Aug. 2013 due to mandatory military obligations in his native South Korea, but he'll finally return on Saturday night against Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Houston. We caught up with the popular featherweight recently via e-mail to talk about his military duties and his much-anticipated return to the UFC.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:41PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
After controversial no-contest, Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira rematch slated for UFC Fight Night 106
After a controversial end to their fight fight, Tim Means and Alex Oliveira will do it again. Means (26-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who fought to a confusing no-contest in December at UFC 207, will run it back at UFC Fight Night 106. MMAjunkie today confirmed the welterweight matchup with Oliveira’s camp, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. Combate first reported it. UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 6 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:34PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Luis Henrique out at next week's UFC 208; promotion needs heavyweight opponent for Marcin Tybura
Brazilian heavyweight Luis Henrique (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC 208 event, and the promotion is currently in need of a replacement opponent for Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). MMAjunkie today confirmed “KLB” Henrique’s withdrawal with UFC officials. A search is currently underway for a replacement to step in on a little more than one week’s notice.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:32PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Rashad Evans vs Daniel Kelly slated for UFC 209
Rashad Evans is officially on the comeback trail. Evans is slated to fight Dan Kelly at UFC 209 on March 4, MMA Fighting confirmed. ESPN first reported the fight Tuesday night.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 11:17AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Dana White: Jon Jones gets next UFC title shot, fights light heavyweight winner of Cormier vs Johnson
This likely won’t sit too well with the rest of the light heavyweight division. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White revealed during a recent conversation on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that former 205-pound champion Jon Jones would likely get an immediate title shot upon his return from suspension this summer.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 8:17PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Valentina Shevchenko’s win over Julianna Pena does second-lowest FOX numbers
After women had powered UFC's ratings on FOX to high-level marks in 2016, the final numbers for Saturday's UFC on FOX show, headlined by Valentina Shevchenko's second-round submission win over Julianna Pena, were the second-lowest in the history of the series.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:46PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
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Conor McGregor slams ‘fake’ Georges St-Pierre: You joined MMAAA because you couldn’t get the UFC deal you wanted
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sent shockwaves through the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when he partnered with ex-Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to found the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA). During last November’s press conference, St-Pierre named UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor as an example of fighter who can make million-dollar paydays and still get shafted by the promotion. Something “Notorious” took exception to during his recent Q&A
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:34PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Trump ‘Muslim ban’ could bounce Gegard Mousasi from Chris Weidman fight at UFC 210
United States President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days. It’s a ham-handed approach to counterterrorism and the Trump administration has already come under fire for supporting such drastic measures, which could inadvertently affect some of the world’s top mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:31PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White dismisses Michael Bisping’s fantasy fights, promises Yoel Romero next UFC title shot
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who captured the crown at UFC 199 before defending it at UFC 204, is setting his sights on “big-money fights” in the twilight of his career. You know, strike while the iron is hot, and all that jazz. Some of the names on “The Count’s” wish list include but are not limited to Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz, and Tyron Woodley. Sure they’re all welterweight fighters, but we shouldn’t bog ourselves down with some of the finer details. Not that it matters, as UFC President Dana White has other plans, according to his conversation on UFC Unfiltered.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:28PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Josh Koscheck vs. Mauricio Alonso added to Bellator 172 main card with Piccolotti-Primus canceled
Next month’s Bellator 172 card has lost a fight but gained two more, including the long-delayed promotional debut of former UFC title challenger Josh Koscheck. Bellator officials today announced Koscheck will fight fellow welterweight Mauricio Alonso. That bout takes the main-card slot initially reserved for lightweights Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus; Piccolotti was forced out of the event with an undisclosed injury. Officials also added a middleweight bout between Francisco France vs. Anatoly Tokov to Bellator 172’s prelims. Bellator 172 takes place Feb. 18 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:25PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Dana White on prospect of Ronda Rousey ever fighting again: ‘I think she’s probably done’
Count Dana White among those who thinks that Ronda Rousey is done fighting. During an appearance on UFC Unfiltered the UFC president said he had talked to Rousey very recently, and his gut feeling after the conversation was that the transcendent former champion has fought her last time in the Octagon.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:19PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Citing brain scan abnormality, UFC women's strawweight Aisling Daly announces retirement
Citing an abnormality that showed up on a recent brain scan, UFC women’s strawweight Aisling Daly today announced her retirement from MMA.
Submitted Jan 30, 2017 4:25PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Indiana newcomer Jarred Brooks in for Neil Seery vs. Ian McCall at UFC 208 in Brooklyn
A day after undergoing a big change to his fight, which is becoming a familiar refrain for him, Ian McCall has a new opponent for UFC 208. On Sunday, McCall (13-5-1 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC) had flyweight opponent Neil Seery (16-12 MMA, 3-3 UFC) drop out after the death of Seery’s mother-in-law. But McCall will remain on the card, which is less than two weeks away, to take on promotional newcomer Jarred Brooks (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the new booking today. UFC 208 takes place Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Submitted Jan 30, 2017 4:18PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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