Former LHW Champions Mauricio Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans Scheduled for April 16th fight in Tampa, Florida
The Ultimate has already defined the next step of Shogun in the organization. The idea is that Brazil faces Rashad Evans, on 16 April, in an event that is scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida (USA), as it was found the Combate.com. The confrontation was originally asked by the US to the company, and the athlete of Kings MMA accepted the challenge soon after. No confirmation on what the card's main event. The UFC also search for names, but it is not ruled out Evans x Shogun lead the show.
After losing headliner, UFC 196 shifts from pay-per-view to FOX Sports 1
Next week’s UFC 196 event will come without the usual hefty pay-per-view price tag.
After losing a headlining heavyweight title fight earlier this week, the event now instead will air on FOX Sports 1. Yahoo! Sports first reported the plans, citing UFC President Dana White.
UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card is now slated for FOX Sports 1.
Co-headliner, ex-champ Johny Hendricks willing to move up to UFC 196 main event
It may not be the ideal main event, but former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is willing to fight two extra rounds and move up a slot on next week’s UFC 196 fight card.
The Feb. 6 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, recently lost its planned main event. Hendricks, who’s currently slated for the co-main event, is willing to step up.
Victory FC 48 heads to Iowa on Feb. 19 with Jackson vs. Moreno title fight
Victory FC, which recently announced a new deal with UFC Fight Pass, has set a full lineup for its second event of the year.
Victory FC 48, which streams on the UFC’s digital streaming network, takes place Feb. 19 at Buccaneer Arena near Des Moines in Urbandale, Iowa.
The full Victory FC 48 lineup includes:
Jason Jackson vs. Victor Moreno – for vacant welterweight title
Cameron Olson vs. Jordan Young
Anthony Baccam vs. Kamuela Kirk
Rakim Cleveland vs. Jaquis Williams
Nate Endres vs. Bryce McKeever
Jeremiah Deever vs. Mike Estus
Chris Dunn vs. Justin Morrison
Study – Steroid Use Linked to Worse Traumatic Brain Injury
An important study was recently published in the open access journal, PLOS ONE, analyzing the relationship between the severity of traumatic brain injury and anabolic steroid use.
In the Study, titled “Chronic Exposure to Androgenic-Anabolic Steroids Exacerbates Axonal Injury and Microgliosis in the CHIMERA Mouse Model of Repetitive Concussion” the authors noted that in about 20% of known Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) cases the subjects had a history of substance use including androgenic-anabolic steroids.
Vinny Magalhaes: BJJ is now weird and pussified
Mixed martial arts was born from Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but since the debut of the UFC in 1993, BJJ has undergone major changes. The great Carlson Gracie, Sr. invented the points system, to reward aspects of a match that are valuable in a self defense of Vale Tudo fight.
However, the tail is now wagging the dog. Guard and even Half Guard pulling is ubiquitous, and takedowns are not. Wrestling extends back deep into our DNA, to before we were human. Takedowns are a central aspect of human competition since time immemorial. A race to see who can flop to their back first is something new.
Former ADCC and Mundial champion, and current MMA fighter Vinny Magalhaes is not impressed.
“Can’t hate the players but the game… Sport BJJ has become a really weird game with pussified rules," began Magalhaes on Facebook.
Ex-champ Jon Jones would fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 – if heavyweight belt is on line
Here’s an intriguing – though likely farfetched – possibility for next week’s UFC 196 headliner.
After a series of changes to the Feb. 6 card, the pay-per-view event is currently without a main event. Enter former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones?
Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), whom UFC officials recently reinstated from a suspension following an April hit-and-run accident, had been looking for a chance to reclaim the light-heavyweight belt, which was stripped after his arrest.
Miocic manager on Werdum withdrawal: Strip him if he can fight
Stipe Miocic manager Greg Kalikas thinks the UFC should take the belt away from UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum if he’s really able to fight at UFC 196.
“If you’re the champion and you’re healthy enough to fight, and you refuse to fight because you don’t like the matchup against any specific opponent, you should be stripped,” Kalikas today told MMAjunkie.
Canadian Laprise to face Patrick at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir
Canadian Chad Laprise has a date in the Octagon.
The Ultimate Fighter: Nations winner will square off against Brazil's Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Mir on March 20 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia.
“On my season of the Ultimate Fighter it was Canada vs. Australia, so I have a lot of fans down there and I was really hoping to get to fight down there some day,” Laprise told TSN.ca. “The time is now and I’m looking forward to it.
The UFC Facebook page posted this article so it should be legit.
Fabricio Werdum pulls out of UFC 196 with injury
Fabricio Werdum is also out of UFC 196.
The UFC heavyweight champion was initially scheduled to face Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the former titleholder pulled out of the bout with a back injury.
A day after the announcement that Velasquez would be replaced by Stipe Miocic, the Brazilian told MMAFighting.com he will also pull out of the event with an injury.
12-time UFC veteran Anthony Perosh calls it quits at 43
Australian MMA veteran Anthony Perosh is retiring from active competition after more than 12 years as a professional fighter.
“The Hippo” recently announced his decision on TeamPeroshMMA.com.au, the official website of Team Perosh Mixed Martial Arts.
Perosh (15-10 MMA, 5-7 UFC) walks away after a pair of disappointing 2015 knockout losses to Gian Villante and Sean O’Connell but insists he leaves the octagon with his head held high.
Per his official statement, Perosh will remain active in the sport through training some 650 students at his two academies.
Ross Pearson meets Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 84 in Australia
Just a week after dropping a fight in Boston, Ross Pearson already knows when he’ll be getting back on the horse.
Pearson (18-10 MMA, 10-7 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Abel Trujillo (13-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in March at UFC Fight Night 84 in Australia. Pearson announced the fight early today on his social media platforms. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 84 now includes:
Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir
Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny
Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna
Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly
Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly
Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews
Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh
Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings
Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo
Tyrone Spong & Luke Barnatt Join BAMMA 24
#BAMMA24 #TeamIre #TeamEng #ThisIsNotATest
BAMMA is excited to announce that international Kickboxing & MMA sensation Tyrone 'King Of The Ring' Spong and UK MMA Standout Luke 'Bigslow' Barnatt will be joining BAMMA 24 as team captains for Team Ireland vs. Team England.
Is Pat Miletich up next for Bellator 149's Ken Shamrock vs. Royce Gracie winner?
If 51-year-old Ken Shamrock and 49-year-old Royce Gracie can headline a Bellator event, could there also be room for fellow UFC Hall of Famer and MMA pioneer Pat Miletich?
Shamrock (28-16-2) was a guest in the broadcast booth at Friday night’s Legacy FC 50 event, which aired on AXS TV. The MMA legend was there to help promote his upcoming Bellator 149 fight with Gracie (14-2-3), which takes place on Feb. 19 and airs on Spike...
Cain Velasquez out, Stipe Miocic meets Fabricio Werdum for heavyweight title
Alright, mmajunkie finally posted the news so I'll switch out Dana's twitter post for the junkie article.
Injury has dealt Cain Velasquez another blow, as he’s been forced to pull out of UFC 196.
UFC officials today announced that back injury has forced the former heavyweight champ to pull out of a planned Feb. 6 meeting with current champ Fabricio Werdum, and Stipe Miocic has been tapped as a short-notice replacement.
With the change to the card, UFC 196 now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight championship
Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson
Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons
Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Mickey Gall vs. Mike Jackson
Artem Lobov vs. Alex White
Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins
Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas
Nathan Coy in for Bryan Barberena vs. Jonavin Webb at UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh
With Bryan Barberena moving up his schedule to fight Sage Northcutt in a week in New Jersey, Jonavin Webb was in need of a new opponent.
Today, Webb (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) got one in the form of fellow welterweight Nathan Coy (14-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Coy will step in for Barberena (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 82 after Barberena was called to fill in for Andrew Holbrook at UFC on FOX 18. UFC officials made the announcement.
The latest UFC Fight Night 82 card includes:
Donald Cerrone vs. Tim Means
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Shane Campbell vs. James Krause
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian
Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb