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Luke Rockhold out of UFC 230 bout with Chris Weidman; ‘Jacare’ Souza offered fight
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A reported injury to Luke Rockhold has forced him out of UFC 230. The former UFC middleweight champion was scheduled for a rematch with the man he defeated for the title, Chris Weidman, in the co-feature bout at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 3. But he’s out due to multiple injuries. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Friday report by ESPN. Additionally, MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz has learned the UFC has offered the bout to former Strikeforce middleweight champion Ronaldo Souza. The fighter nicknamed “Jacare,” who is scheduled to fight former WSOF dual titleholder David Branch on the MSG card, is said to be considering the offer.
Submitted Oct 20, 2018 12:30AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Eddie Alvarez Signs with ONE Championship
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Eddie Alvarez’s free agency days are over. The former UFC lightweight champion has found a new home in ONE Championship. Eddie Alvarez announced the signing himself through ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong via Twitter Monday night, putting an end to speculation regarding his future. Eddie Alvarez has had a storied MMA career, becoming the first-ever two-time Bellator lightweight champion and then going on to also become UFC lightweight champion with a victory over Rafael dos Anjos in July of 2016. Hailed as the “Underground King,” Alvarez will now return to defend his throne in ONE Championship and, in the process, seek to hoist the organization’s name up in contention with his former homes: Bellator MMA and the UFC. This signing marks arguably the biggest boon in the history of ONE FC. When signing his contract, Alvarez appeared eager to begin this new chapter of his career:
Submitted Oct 19, 2018 12:28AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Michael Chiesa On Family Receiving Nasty Comments Over McGregor Lawsuit
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Conor McGregor’s bus attack at UFC 223 media day this past April sparked a lot of storylines. The major one being his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229. However, McGregor’s attack did injure fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa. Both men were forced to pull from their respective contests on the UFC 223 card as a result. Chiesa is currently suing “The Notorious” for what transpired that day. He was cut badly by the broken glass from McGregor tossing a dolly into the bus window. During a recent interview on “The MMA Hour,” Chiesa discussed the situation. While he couldn’t go into much detail, he noted he’s getting a lot of backlash for his decision to sue the Irishman.
Submitted Oct 19, 2018 12:26AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Welterweight Clash Between Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Li Jingliang added to UFC Beijing
(m.sherdog.com)
A welterweight showdown between Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Jingliang Li is in the works for UFC Fight Night 141. The news first broke on Thursday from Marcelo Barone and Raphael Marinho of Combate. Zaleski dos Santos (20-5) is riding a six-fight win streak including back-to-back knockouts of Sean Strickland and Luigi Vendramini, and is unbeaten inside the Octagon dating back to 2016. Those last two victories made Zaleski dos Santos the only fighter in UFC history to ever earn a knockout with a flying strike as well as a knockout with a spinning strike.
Submitted Oct 18, 2018 10:45PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cat Zingano moves to featherweight, meets Megan Anderson at UFC 232
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A women’s featherweight bout between Megan Anderson and Cat Zingano is the latest addition to December’s UFC 232 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout, which will see former UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Zingano (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) move up a division tot are on former Invicta FC champ Anderson (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC 232 takes place Dec. 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans and the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Oct 18, 2018 1:03AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Zubaira Tukhugov out, Michael Johnson in against Artem Lobov at UFC Moncton
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Khabib Nurmagomedov made headlines when he declared he’d quit the UFC if they fired his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov for punching Conor McGregor during the UFC 229 brawl. There’s been no announcement regarding Tukhugov’s fate from the UFC or the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but he has been officially taken off the upcoming October 27th UFC Moncton card against McGregor teammate Artem Lobov. The fight was originally set as a grudge match, as Tukhugov was part of the posse that Khabib surrounded Lobov with leading up to UFC 223 -- the incident that led to McGregor jumping on a private jet to New York with 20 teammates and throwing a dolly at a bus. Lobov even went so far as to beg the UFC to keep Tukhugov on the card, saying they shouldn’t let him ‘escape his punishment.’ Now Artem faces an arguably much tougher challenge with Tukhugov’s replacement: Michael Johnson. The match up was announced by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani on Sunday night.
Submitted Oct 15, 2018 5:21PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joao Zeferino withdraws from PFL 10 due to injury
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Top-seeded Joao Zeferino won’t be getting a chance to compete for the Professional Fighters League’s million-dollar prize. On Monday, Zeferino announced that he is withdrawing from Saturday’s PFL 10 card and the league’s 2018 welterweight playoffs due to injury.
Submitted Oct 15, 2018 5:18PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Andre Soukhamthath faces Jonathan Martinez at UFC Moncton after injury to Gavin Tucker
(mmabrasil.com.br)
A week before its completion, UFC Fight Night 128 had a minor change to its card . Due to an unidentified injury, Gavin Tucker had to withdraw from the fight he would make against Andre Soukhamthath . The Canadian will be replaced by debutant Jonathan Martinez , who will enter very short preparation time in the event that will take place on October 27 in Moncton, Canada. Soukhamthath has been singled out in the UFC for his unintelligent performance at UFC 222 when he insisted on dropping Sean O'Malley , even though he could not keep up with one of his injured legs. A descendant of Laotians, the American has only one win in his four fights in the organization, having knocked out Luke Sanders at UFC Fight Night 123.
Submitted Oct 12, 2018 8:37AM by JLS - 1 comment
 
Jones vs. Gus 2
(bjpenn.com)
Submitted Oct 11, 2018 8:57AM by TeamJones - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Daniel Cormier-Derrick Lewis official; Valentina Shevchenko moved back to UFC 231
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The UFC has booked a heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis to headline its UFC 230 pay-per-view event on Nov. 3 in New York. UFC president Dana White broke the news to ESPN on Tuesday, and Cormier confirmed it to ESPN. The heavyweight fight will take place on the UFC's annual card at Madison Square Garden. With a new main event in place, Valentina Shevchenko will be moved back to her original fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the vacant women's flyweight title at UFC 231 on Dec. 8 in Toronto, according to White.
Submitted Oct 10, 2018 8:23PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dustin Poirier injured, out of UFC 230; Dana White says Nate Diaz off card, too
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How stoked were you for the Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier fight? Now prepare to be completely bummed. Poirier (24-5 MMA, 16-4 UFC) has suffered an injury and is out of his UFC 230 lightweight fight against Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC). Poirier’s manager confirmed the news to MMAjunkie on Tuesday night following an initial report from ESPN.com. As a results, Diaz “also will not fight on the card,” UFC President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times. When asked by ESPN.com’s Ariel Helwani what would happen in the wake of Poirier’s withdrawal, Diaz responded: “I’ll just fight Khabib (Nurmagomedov) when he’s ready.”
Submitted Oct 10, 2018 8:21PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 229 Results: Winners, Bonuses, Purses And Highlights
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Khabib Nurmagomedov destroyed Conor McGregor and then the real show started. After a dominant performance, that semi-ended with a fourth-round submission victory for Nurmagomedov, things got really nasty. Nurmagomedov apparently let emotions from the entire ordeal spill over and he went into the crowd and got into a fracas with members of McGregor’s entourage. #UFC229 post-fight bonuses Fight of the Night: Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis Performances of the Night: Aspen Ladd, Derrick Lewis Attendance: 20,034 Live gate: $17.2 million
Submitted Oct 7, 2018 2:05PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
JUNIOR DOS SANTOS, SHOGUN RUA, AND MARK HUNT LAND BOUTS AT UFC FIGHT NIGHT 142 IN AUSTRALIA
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The UFC Fight Night 142 fight card in Adelaide, Australia, on Dec. 1 is starting to take shape. On Tuesday, the fight promotion announced several key match-ups for the event that includes two former champions and a fan favorite. Headlining the event at Adelaide Entertainment Centre is a heavyweight bout between former titleholder Junior dos Santos and undefeated Australian Tai Tuivasa.
Submitted Oct 3, 2018 3:17AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
KAMARU USMAN, RAFAEL DOS ANJOS TOP ‘ULTIMATE FIGHTER FIGHTER 28’ FINALE LINEUP ON NOV. 30
(sherdog.com)
A welterweight matchup pitting Kamaru Usman against Rafael dos Anjos will serve as the main event for “The Ultimate Fighter 28” finale. Promotion officials announced the pairing on Tuesday, as well as a lightweight clash between Gilbert Melendez and Arnold Allen and a featherweight tilt between Darrell Horcher and Roosevelt Roberts.
Submitted Oct 3, 2018 3:13AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Holloway vs Ortega to headline in Toronto
(m.ufc.com)
It will be a championship doubleheader in Toronto on December 8, as UFC President Dana White announced that Max Holloway will defend his featherweight world title against Brian Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 at Scotiabank Arena. This five-round battle, which airs live on Pay-Per-View, joins the previously announced clash for the vacant UFC women's flyweight title between Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko. In the headliner, undisputed featherweight champion Holloway will attempt to follow up a pair of victories over Brazilian superstar Jose Aldo with another signature win as he defends his title against unbeaten phenom Ortega. Ortega earned his shot at the crown with finishes of Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson, and now he's got his sights set on Holloway as the two finally meet after their original bout in July was postponed.
Submitted Oct 2, 2018 8:46AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bantamweight Michael McDonald retires after series of injuries
(espn.com)
Less than three months after one of the most impressive performances of his career, 27-year-old bantamweight Michael McDonald has decided to retire from mixed martial arts. Less than three months after one of the most impressive performances of his career, 27-year-old bantamweight Michael McDonald has decided to retire from mixed McDonald (19-4) informed ESPN of his decision this week. McDonald is fresh off a 58-second knockout of former Bellator MMA champion Eduardo Dantas in July, but was forced to undergo his fifth hand surgery in the last five years following the bout. A former UFC title challenger, McDonald said he wrestled with the idea of retirement even prior to his latest injury, and is confident he can now move on from professional fighting.
Submitted Oct 1, 2018 10:01AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator 206 complete results, highlights: Gegard Mousasi dismantles Rory MacDonald to retain title
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Too big, too strong and too skilled. In the most significant bout in the promotion's history and the first between champions in different divisions, Gegard Mousasi defended his middleweight title with a dominant second-round TKO over welterweight titleholder Rory MacDonald at Bellator 206 in San Jose. Mousasi (45-6-2) left little doubt how much size matters in this meeting between the top two pound-for-pound fighters in the company and arguably the biggest free-agent acquisitions in company history considering both left UFC at the peak of their physical prime.
Submitted Oct 1, 2018 9:52AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Sean O'Malley off UFC 209 due to USADA violation
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Sean O'Malley says he got popped for a tainted supplement.
Submitted Sep 30, 2018 10:18PM by Schatte - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 205 post-event facts: Patricky Freire sets new knockout record
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Bellator action resumed Friday with Bellator 205, which took place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The main card aired on Paramount and streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie. One of the organization’s top prospects was the shining light on the card. A.J. McKee (12-0 MMA, 12-0 BMMA) remained undefeated when he scored his fastest win to date with a 69-second knockout of John Teixeira (21-4-2 MMA, 4-3 BMMA).
Submitted Sep 23, 2018 12:20PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Dana White and Matt Hughes Share Emotional Moment at Documentary Release
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It’s well known that former UFC champion Matt Hughes is lucky simply to be alive. Hughes was involved in a tragic accident when a pick-up he was driving was hit by a train. Though he teetered on the edge of death, Hughes somehow won the biggest fight of his life, and has slowly been working on his recovery.
Submitted Sep 23, 2018 12:17PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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