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For the third time, Kevin Ferguson Jr. will attempt his professional MMA debut later this month.
Ferguson Jr. (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to take on Aaron Hamilton (0-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a welterweight fight on the prelims of Bellator 165, which takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Bellator officials announced the new booking today.
Despite getting destroyed by what he called a “lucky punch,” Kharitonov will return to combat sports action in less than a month when he battles Francisco Sandro da Silva Bezerra in Ekaterinburg, Russia.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight and welterweight champion, BJ Penn, was recently cleared of all wrongdoing after one of his ex-employees filed a police report earlier this year accusing "The Prodigy" of sexual assault.
On Saturday night, Tony Ferguson put on one of the best performances of his career taking a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It was the ninth straight victory for Ferguson - a record in the UFC for consecutive divisional wins as well as for consecutive wins without a title shot - and possibly (probably? one can never tell where Conor McGregor is involved) sets him up for the next lightweight title shot.
But Ferguson isn't only gunning for the lightweight strap, he's got multiple divisions in mind. Speaking with MMAJunkie in a post-fight scrum, Ferguson outlined his plan to vie for three UFC titles.
Jon Jones has received the full ban in his doping case.
An independent arbitration panel handed down a one-year suspension on Jones, the UFC interim light heavyweight champion, on Monday. Jones had his USADA case heard by three arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions last week and the decision came back to give him the full sanction.
The UFC has announced a return to Houston, and the event will share a weekend – and a host city – with Super Bowl LI.
No fights have been announced for the card, which is likely to be UFC Fight Night 104.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 16, and matchups will be announced in the coming weeks, a rep said.
Sure, the world is waiting on UFC 205, but lightweight standouts Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos provided a heck of an appetizer one week out.
Ferguson earned an incredible ninth consecutive UFC win, outpacing former champ dos Anjos over the course of five rounds and earning a hard-fought unanimous decision.
Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos gave the UFC no option but to hand them Fight of the Night bonuses at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 98.
Both fighters will each be taking home an extra $50,000 after ramming kicks, knees, elbows, and punches at each other's faces for five entire rounds. It was a wild, back-and-forth fight in which both fighters had their moments, but it was Ferguson who ultimately got the better of the former lightweight champ dos Anjos, defeating him via unanimous decision.
Ferguson is now on an impressive 9-fight winning streak and remains in title contention, while dos Anjos is now on a two-fight losing streak, including his title fight loss to now champion Eddie Alvarez.
In the two Performance of the Night bonuses, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Ricardo Lamas each earned $50,000.
Yuta Sasaki won’t be competing at UFC Fight Night 100 after all.
The Japanese flyweight was booked to face Matheus Nicolau at the Fight Night card in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 19, but sources told MMA Fighting that the promotion hasn’t found a replacement after Nicolau was notified of a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency violation.
The UFC is making its way back to Phoenix.
The company announced Friday it will hold a UFC Fight Night card at Talking Stick Arena on Sat. Jan. 15.
No main event has been announced yet for the FS1 card, but three bouts were named for the show: Heavyweights Cyril Asker (7-2) of Avignon, France vs. Dmitri Smoliakov (8-1) of Kaliningrad City, Russia; heavyweight Viktor Pesta (10-3) of Prague, Czech Republic vs. Damian Grabowski (20-4) of Opole, Poland; light heavyweights between Joachim Christensen (13-4) of Copenhagen, Denmark vs. Bojan Mihalovic (10-4) of Serbia.
Friday night's Bellator 163 Paul Daley vs. Derek Anderson fight has been canceled.
"After a difficult weight cut, we, along with Mike Mazzulli from the Mohegan Athletic Commission, made the decision to pull Paul Daley from tonight's event as a precautionary measure," Bellator president Scott Coker told MMAFighting.com via statement. "Fighter safety is of the utmost importance to us here at Bellator."
Two-time UFC veteran Matheus Nicolau has been pulled from this month’s UFC Fight Night 100 event due to a potential anti-doping violation.
UFC officials today announced that U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) representatives notified Nicolau (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) of a potential violation following the collection of an out-of-competition sample on Oct. 13.
Veteran Tom Lawlor has been provisionally suspended by the UFC following a potential USADA violation following an out-of-competition drug test administered on Oct. 10, the company announced Wednesday. Per policy, the nature of the potential transgression was not made public.
On Thursday morning, 31-year old Brazilian fighter, Talita Nogueira, showed up 5 1/2 pounds over the 146-pound maximum for her fight with Marloes Coenen. Mike Mazzulli, the Director of Athletic Regulation for the Mohegan Tribe, told MMA Fighting that Noguiera never officially weighed-in. Coenen opted not to take the bout when she learned that Nogueira was over by so much.
Another fight on the main card that appeared to be in jeopardy is still on. As of Thursday night, Daley has been cleared and the fight is still on.
A bantamweight clash between veterans has been added to UFC on FOX 22.
Takeya Mizugaki (21-10-2 MMA, 8-5 UFC) will square off with Eddie Wineland (22-11-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) at the event, which takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
Ireland's McGregor, who is currently scheduled to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in a champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 205, went off on the entire UFC roster on Monday in a video posted on his YouTube channel – The Mac Life.
It looks like the UFC is putting a little insurance on their year-end card, just in case their bantamweight title fight has some issues. T.J. Dillashaw is definitely unhappy that he wasn't picked to fight Dominick Cruz again but he will still have a tough opponent across from him in John Lineker.
The bout isn't official for UFC 207 yet, but Brett Okamoto of ESPN is reporting that it likely will be soon.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was hoping to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) to pursue other interests, even going so far as to threaten his promoters with legal action.
That didn’t exactly pan out.
Manager Andre Pederneiras talks to Combate (via Bloody Elbow):
"Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there's Conor's decision, too. We can only know what's going to happen after that. Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue that. There's no choice but to fight. It'll depend on the outcomes of these two fights. Pettis vs. Holloway and Conor vs. Alvarez. I don't know what Conor will decide, but I believe February or March would be a good date to face him. They are fighting now, so there would be a good three, four month break."
A pair of fighters will debut in the UFC octagon at UFC Fight Night 99 when Brett Johns faces Kwan Ho Kwak in a bantamweight bout.
The bout between Johns (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Kwak (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was announced today on the UFC Europe Twitter account.
UFC Fight Night 99 takes place Nov. 19 at SSE Arena Belfast in Northern Ireland. The entire event, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT), streams on UFC Fight Pass.