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Demetrious Johnson wants to fight T.J. Dillashaw on “a stacked card,” not afraid of being stripped of his title
Since reclaiming the UFC bantamweight title with a knockout win of Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, T.J. Dillashaw has been aggressively calling for a flyweight title shot against pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson but “Mighty Mouse” has been mostly disinterested in the fight. But with the tides of inevitability moving inexorably towards the superfight taking place, Johnson has gotten fully on board with the bout, just so long as it takes place on a major pay-per-view event. Speaking recently with ESPN, Johnson explained that he was ready to fight Dillashaw but he wanted to do it on a “stacked” card, one that would be sure to draw in large PPV numbers and guarantee a big payday for the all-time great.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:52PM by Braden - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov official for February's Bellator 194
A light heavyweight matchup between a former champion and a contender on the rise is now official for next month’s Bellator 194 event. MMAjunkie today learned from Bellator officials that Liam McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) will indeed take on Vadim Nemkov (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at the event, which takes place Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Joe Lauzon meets Chris Gruetzemacher at UFC 223 in Brooklyn
After a rough stretch his past four fights, Joe Lauzon will try to get back on track this spring. Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) when the UFC returns to New York in April.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:24PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paul Daley says that he has been granted his release from Bellator
Paul Daley has added himself to the rumor mill with a Facebook announcement that he has been granted release from his Bellator contract.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 3:08PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Jimmy Smith says he’ll make UFC color commentator debut at UFC 221
Jimmy Smith is heading Down Under. The former longtime Bellator color commentator tweeted Wednesday night that he’ll be making his UFC debut in that same role at UFC 221 on Feb. 11 in Perth, Western Australia.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 4:20AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Kavanagh: Gunnar Nelson vs. Darren Till offered for UFC Fight Night 127 headliner
According to SBG Ireland head coach John Kavanagh, a welterweight fight between his charge Gunnar Nelson and Darren Till is possible to headline UFC Fight Night 127, which takes place March 17 at The O2 in London and streams entirely on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 7:34PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Danny Henry fights newcomer Hakeem Dawodu at UFC London
The UFC’s upcoming trip to London is one bout closer to completion. Officials announced Wednesday that Scotland’s Danny Henry will take on debuting Canadian Hakeem Dawodu in a featherweight bout at UFC London on March 17 at the O2 Arena.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 7:07PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Danny Roberts vs. Oliver Enkamp set for UFC Fight Night 127 in London
The UFC’s return to London in March still is without an announced headliner, but the card continues to build. England’s own Danny Roberts (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is set to take on Oliver Enkamp (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 127. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 5:27PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Nate Diaz teases that he’s ready for UFC return
Is Nate Diaz ready for a comeback? The wildly popular UFC fighter posted a fairly cryptic Instagram message Tuesday night, which followed a string of videos and photos from his fights. The final one was a picture of Diaz flipping his trademark double bird with a major hint about a return fight. Diaz wrote that he’s “sick of sitting around waiting” and that there’s “no excitement in this fight [sh*t].” “Step your games up,” he wrote. “I’ll see u around may,June.” Diaz signed off with: “Sincerely The Real Champ.” Sources told MMA Fighting that the social media barrage is legitimate and he’s ready to fight again in the timeframe mentioned.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 2:39AM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Angela Hill vs. Maryna Moroz booked for UFC on FOX 28
Maryna Moroz didn’t have to wait long for another opportunity to step in the cage. The 26-year-old strawweight was supposed to fight Jamie Moyle this past weekend at UFC 220, but Moyle was forced out of the bout with an undisclosed injury days before the event. Rather than rush to find a replacement for Moyle, the matchmakers instead waited to re-book Moroz for a meeting with Angela Hill at UFC on FOX 28 in Orlando, Fla.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 2:35AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jack Marshman drops to welterweight to face Elizeu Zaleski at UFC-London
Jack Marshman is ready to mix things up. Following a rough start to his UFC career at middleweight, Marshman will drop down to 170 pounds to face Elizeu Zaleski at UFC Fight Night 127.
Submitted Jan 24, 2018 2:33AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Karolina Kowalkiewicz to fight Felice Herrig at UFC 223
Top strawweight contenders Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Felice Herrig will throw down at UFC 223 on April 7 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Submitted Jan 22, 2018 7:32PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 27 card complete with Austin Arnett vs. Cory Sandhagen
The lineup for UFC on FOX 27 is set. A featherweight bout between Octagon newcomers Austin Arnett and Cory Sandhagen was officially added on Monday, bringing the amount of fights on Saturday’s show in Charlotte, N.C., to 11.
Submitted Jan 22, 2018 3:42PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Frank Mir set for Bellator 196
Two of the heavyweight division’s all-time greats will finally meet. On Monday, officials announced that the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix opening round matchup between Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir will take place at Bellator 196 on April 28 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The event will air live on the Paramount Network.
Submitted Jan 22, 2018 3:37PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC 220 bonuses: Daniel Cormier, Abdul Razak Alhassan among $50,000 winners
BOSTON – Daniel Cormier, Abdul Razak Alhassan, Calvin Kattar and Shane Burgos each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 220 event. Cormier and Alhassan picked up “Performance of the Night” awards, and Kattar and Burgos took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jan 21, 2018 2:02AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
USADA hands Francisco Rivera four-year suspension
Former UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera is the second fighter since the UFC formed its relationship with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to get a four-year suspension. USADA today announced the news after Rivera’s (11-7 MMA, 4-6 UFC) case and subsequent suspension were reviewed by an independent arbitrator. Rivera tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol during an out-of-competition urine sample collected on July 23, 2016.
Submitted Jan 20, 2018 1:28PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Justin Gaethje vs. Dustin Poirier confirmed for UFC on FOX 29 main event
Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier are getting five rounds to slug it out. UFC president Dana White confirmed on FOX Sports 1 on Friday that the two lightweight contenders will headline a UFC on FOX show that will take place on April 14 at a location to be determined.
Submitted Jan 19, 2018 8:08PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk 2 official for UFC 223
Rose Namajunas’ first defense of her strawweight title will be against a familiar foe. Namajunas has been slated to rematch the woman she captured the belt from, former UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, on April 7 in the co-main event of UFC 223. The UFC made the previously reported booking official at Friday’s UFC 223 press conference.
Submitted Jan 19, 2018 6:14PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Thiago Alves meets Octagon newcomer Curtis Millender at UFC Austin
Thiago Alves has a new fight booked in the UFC. Five days after having his UFC St. Louis clash with Zak Cummings scrapped a day before the event, “Pitbull” is now set to fight Curtis Millender at UFC Austin on Feb. 18, the promotion announced.
Submitted Jan 19, 2018 4:12PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jeremy Stephens gets quick turnaround, meets Josh Emmett in UFC on FOX 28 headliner
Just days after one UFC main event win, Jeremy Stephens already is set for another. Stephens will make a quick turnaround from his TKO of Dooho Choi this past weekend to headline February’s UFC on FOX 28 event when he meets Josh Emmett in a key featherweight matchup.
Submitted Jan 18, 2018 10:31PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
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