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Mairbek Taisumov to explore free agency, but open to re-signing with the UFC
Mairbek Taisumov’s UFC contract is up, and he will look to test free agency. Russian lightweight Taisumov (27-6 MMA, 7-2 UFC) tore through much of his competition to become one of the most exciting rising prospects on the UFC’s roster. He went on a six-fight unbeaten run with five finishes, but in the final fight of his contract at UFC 242 this past September, he dropped a unanimous decision to Carlos Diego Ferreira. Not ruling out a return to the octagon, Taisumov, who’s been plagued with visa issues during his tenure, also will look at the possibility of a potential new home.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:43PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Marvin Vettori thought Yoel Romero won at UFC 248, says Israel Adesanya 'showed me his true colors'
UFC middleweight contender Marvin Vettori wants another crack at current champ Israel Adesanya, and until that day comes, he’s not about to hold back on his opinions. The outspoken Italian slugger came up short against “The Last Stylebender” in an April 2018 clash, and Vettori admits it still leaves a sour taste in his mouth.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:40PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC parts ways with welterweight Chance Rencountre, lightweight Kyle Prepolec
The UFC roster has gotten a little bit smaller. In recent days, the promotion has parted ways with welterweight Chance Rencountre and lightweight Kyle Prepolec...
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:37PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Todd Duffee opens up about nerve damage, eyes late 2020 UFC return
he last time fans saw Todd Duffee inside the cage was this past September at UFC on ESPN+ 16. He was clutching his eye when the official decision was read as a no contest. In his fight against Jeff Hughes in Vancouver, British Columbia, Duffee (9-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) was poked in the eye. When he was unable to continue, the bout was waved off. Six months later, Duffee is on the heels of multiple surgeries – both unrelated to his eye. Duffee is progressing toward being ready to fight again, he said at a Dominance MMA media day earlier this month in Las Vegas. According to Duffee, he’s lookin at a late 2020 return.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:36PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov suggests Dubai as possible alternative location for UFC 249
On Monday, the UFC finally tapped out to the coronavirus, announcing that the organization will indefinitely postpone its next three planned events amidst the global pandemic. But despite the fact that UFC London, UFC Columbus, and UFC Portland have all now been effectively cancelled, and that UFC 249 is set to take place only a week after UFC Portland was scheduled, Dana White is still not giving up on Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson; and neither is Khabib’s team. After announcing the event cancellations yesterday, Dana White went on to say that UFC would do “whatever it takes” to ensure that UFC 249 takes place and it’s easy to understand why. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been scheduled to face each other four times before, with each side being forced out of the fight on two of those occasions. At this point, a fight between the two is the only bout that makes sense and giving up on it a fifth time is a hard prospect to swallow. So along those lines, Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, has some ideas for how to save the event. Speaking with RBC Sports in Russia, Abdulmanap suggested that the UFC may need to move UFC 249 to the United Arab Emirates to make it happen.
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:30AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Colby Covington: Tyron Woodley and I agreed to fight, now Kamaru Usman takes priority
Former interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington said he was in the “red zone” for a long-anticipated fight with ex-champ Tyron Woodley on Saturday, only to see the matchup fall apart at the last second.
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:29AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk still dealing with ‘so many bruises’ from UFC 248 loss
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is still dealing with plenty of reminders from her classic battle at UFC 248. The former UFC strawweight champion, who recently returned to her native Poland after losing a decision to current champ Zhang Weili, showed off the bruises in her face and her chest from IG live...
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:28AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Dana White promises ‘whatever it takes’ Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson will happen on April 18
The UFC will hit the pause button for the next few weeks with three shows being cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. But plans are still moving forward for a highly anticipated showdown between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson on April 18. On Monday, the UFC was finally forced to pull the plug on upcoming cards on March 21, March 28 and April 11. In an interview with ESPN, UFC President Dana White said he made the decision after President Donald Trump issued recommendations that no gatherings should happen with more than 10 people for at least the next 15 days. The new guidelines were issued as the United States tries to slow the progress of the deadly disease that has claimed more than 6,500 lives worldwide. White planned to move Saturday’s card from London, England to the Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. He also opted to postpone the next two shows scheduled for March 28 and April 11 as well. Despite those cancellations, White promises that plans for UFC 249 are still moving forward as scheduled for April 18, although it’s likely the card will move out of Brooklyn, N.Y. to a new location to be determined.
Submitted Mar 17, 2020 9:27AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC postpones three events amid growing coronavirus outbreak
The UFC finally has decided to stand down to the coronavrius outbreak. After attempts to keep its schedule intact, the promotion has postponed its next three events – UFC on ESPN+ 29 (Saturday), UFC on ESPN 8 (March 28), and UFC on ESPN+ 30 (April 11) – as cities around the countries have banned large gatherings and shut down non-essential business amid the global pandemic. The news first was revealed on Twitter by company employee Michael Carroll after UFC president Dana White sent an email to the staff on Monday. MMA Junkie obtained a copy of the email, which reads as follows:
Submitted Mar 16, 2020 6:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Demian Maia eyeing one more fight against either Diego Sanchez or ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone before retirement
The countdown on Demian Maia’s illustrious career has started. The 42-year-old Brazilian has been hinting at his retirement for some time but after falling to Gilbert Burns in the UFC Brasilia co-main event on Saturday night, Maia confirmed plans for one more fight before hanging up his gloves for good.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Kevin Lee says it may be ‘a few years’ before he returns following disappointing loss to Charles Oliveira
Kevin Lee is questioning his future in the wake of a disappointing loss to Charles Oliveira in the UFC Brasilia main event. The former interim lightweight title contender had already suffered through a brutal weight cut earlier in the week that ultimately saw him step on the scale 2 1/2 pounds over the limit. He followed that up with a back-and-forth fight against Oliveira that ended when Lee tapped out to a guillotine choke submission in the third round. He makes no excuses for his performance, which is one of the reasons why the 27-year-old Detroit native is so down on himself in the aftermath of the loss.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:11PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Several fighters announce cancellation, postponement of former UFC London bouts
No longer in London, the UFC’s upcoming show scheduled for March 21 is now struggling to stay intact. The promotion announced Saturday that next week’s event, originally billed as UFC London, has been relocated amid concerns about the coronavirus with a location to be determined. Taking into account the U.S. government extending a travel ban to the U.K. and Ireland, this has left fighters and fans confused as to how the show will proceed if at all. UFC President Dana White has given no indication that the show is to be canceled, but several fighters took to social media on Sunday to announce that their fights are either off or postponed.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:09PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC to move next three events, Dana White vows show will go on despite coronavirus pandemic
Hours after the Nevada State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to revoke fight licenses and come up with a plan to address the COVID-19 pandemic, UFC President Dana White is vowing the show will go on. White told ESPN the promotion will move its next three events – scheduled for March 21, March 28 and April 11 – from their current hosts to new locations to be determined.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:07PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards scrapped after UFC London card moved due to coronavirus outbreak
The main event at the upcoming UFC card that was supposed to happen in England has now been scrapped. Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was expected to face Leon Edwards in the five round main event, but now that fight has been cancelled. Edwards broke the news on social media with additional sources confirming the news to MMA Fighting on Sunday. At this time, the UFC hasn’t made any announcement about the card being cancelled now that the main event has been scrapped. But the promotion has been scrambling to find any available talent with several fights on the card scrapped due to the virus pandemic.
Submitted Mar 15, 2020 3:03PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
NSAC suspends all combat sports indefinitely due to coronavirus
UFC president Dana White’s plans to keep hosting UFC events may have just gotten a lot harder. The Nevada State Athletic Commission held a meeting Saturday, in which it suspended all combat sporting events indefinitely due to the threat of coronavirus, according to The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 5:08PM by Schatte - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Brazilian commission not testing UFC Brasilia fighters for coronavirus
UFC Brasilia fighters are not being tested for coronavirus ahead of Saturday night’s event in Brazil, CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio confirmed to MMA Fighting. Members of multiple teams told MMA Fighting on Thursday that no testing had been done throughout the week to check for coronavirus, and Sampaio explained the thought process behind the decision.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:55PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Conor McGregor vents on coronavirus after aunt's death: 'This stupid (expletive) virus'
Add Conor McGregor to the list of people feeling the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. In a lengthy statement issued in an Instagram post Friday, former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) expressed his frustration with COVID-19. In addition to a self-assessment of hygiene and hand-shaking, McGregor revealed his aunt, Anne Moore, has died.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:54PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Alexa Grasso moves up to flyweight, faces Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Austin
Alexa Grasso is set for her flyweight debut on June 27. Grasso (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will face Ji Yeon Kim (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a UFC event that will take place in Austin, Texas, the promotion announced Friday morning.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:53PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White details UFC’s coronavirus plan: ‘Instead of panicking, we’re working with doctors’
The UFC is not hitting pause on its spring event schedule, but it will make adjustments to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The promotion expects to promote its UFC Brasilia event on Saturday as a staff-only affair at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, UFC President Dana White confirmed to ESPN on Thursday night. White added a March 21 event in London will for now go on as scheduled, while UFC on ESPN 8, scheduled for March 28, will take place at the APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. White did not detail the promotion’s plans beyond the UFC on ESPN 8, but a separate UFC press release issued at the same time as his appearance confirmed an earlier report that an event scheduled for April 11 in Portland, Ore., will also be moved to the APEX. Plans for UFC 249, set for April 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where state governor Andrew Cuomo recently declared a ban on events with more than 500 people, were also not addressed. White, speaking via telephone, talked tough about health and safety measures undertaken to protect fighters, using a well-worn statement that the promotion has never had a death or serious injury in its 25-year history. The executive said the promotion has worked with health experts, state officials and doctors to develop a response to the virus, which includes infrared thermometers to screen fighters before they compete...
Submitted Mar 13, 2020 2:21AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
ONE Championship moves to closed door events for all upcoming shows due to coronavirus outbreak
ONE Championship will be holding all of their upcoming events behind closed doors without spectators due the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on Thursday.
Submitted Mar 13, 2020 2:09AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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