New provisions on returning athletes among changes to UFC anti-doping policy
LAS VEGAS — A retired athlete will now have an increased barrier of entry back into the UFC, but those returning after being released will gain some leniency.
A fighter who has retired or left the UFC under his or her own accord will not be able to compete again for the promotion until he or she is entered into the USADA drug-testing pool for six months, per changes to the UFC anti-doping policy made available to MMA Fighting on Thursday. Previously, the rule had been a four-month period in the testing pool before an athlete could return to the Octagon.
NJ AC to use EyeGuide Focus to track head trauma
Commissioner Larry Hazzard announced today that, consistent with its long-standing tradition of testing medical devices that may benefit the health and safety of combat sports competitors, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB), will soon begin using a new technology known as EyeGuide Focus.
UFC Suggesting Fighters and Coaches Purchase Fight Pass Instead of Sending Fight Tapes
We all know UFC is on the hunt for economy. After the WME-IMG’s 4 billion dollar purchase of the promotion from the Fertitta brothers things have been a bit tight to say the least. We’ve seen a myriad of “big money” fights and interim titles to garner interest in the casual fan. However there are some amenities a professional sports organization MUST provide, and tape of the rival individual/ team the athlete is facing is one of them.
In a recent twitter post Brandon Gibson (coach at JacksonWinkMMA) let the social media community know that the UFC will no longer be providing coaches and fighters with fight tape and want fight team to purchase UFC fight pass instead in order to study their opponents.
Following UFC release, Anthony Birchak targets Rizin and two men in particular
Despite his release from the UFC being made public only within the last day or so, Anthony Birchak has taken to Twitter to rally hard for a spot on the Rizin Fighting Federation roster.
His plans don’t just stop at joining the Japanese MMA promotion because he even has a few names in mind. One of them being a fan-favorite Japanese-born veteran, and the other being a former Bellator champion who made his name overseas.
Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC 210 in Buffalo
April’s UFC 210 lineup has a new matchup featuring rising welterweight contenders.
Officials recently announced the fight between Sean Strickland (18-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Kamaru Usman (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn't motivated by grudge match – it's about family
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn’t the biggest fan of opponent Kevin Aguilar, but in truth, that has very little to do with why “The Leech” wants to punch his foe in the mouth. A recent trip to the maternity center provided Jackson all the motivation he needs.
“It’s kind of crazy, but I talked to my wife about it, and we feel pretty comfortable with everything,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “We have a lot of help, so I’m going to fight.”
CES MMA 42 gets second title fight: champ Chris Curtis vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
Next month’s CES MMA 42 event will have a championship doubleheader.
Officials today announced welterweight champion Chris Curtis (14-5) meets challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (7-3) in the co-headliner.
CES MMA 42 takes place March 31 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV. As announced on Tuesday, bantamweight champ Andre Soukhamthath (11-3) meets Todd Gravely (8-3) in the headliner.
New base for MMA proposed in Russia – hooliganism
The primary bases for mixed martial arts are well understood – wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, with a smattering of fighters from karate, Judo, Sambo, and others. However, one of the leading figures in Russian MMA, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein, believes he has discovered a new base – soccer hooliganism.
The former manager of Fedor Emelianenko plans to host an event featuring a fight between two fans of rival Russian soccer teams. M-1 Challenge 74 on February 18 in St. Petersburg will feature fights between fans of arch-rival Russian soccer teams, CSKA and Spartak, squaring-off in full team colors. The winner will determined the strongest soccer fans, under MMA rules, rather than the more usual street brawls.
Holly Holm officially appeals UFC 208 loss due to punches landed after horn
Holly Holm isn’t ready to forget about Saturday night just yet.
Holm, who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight this past weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., has officially filled a complaint against referee Todd Anderson and an appeal of the result, MMA Fighting confirmed.
Holm, via her attorneys Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton, is asking the New York State Athletic Commission to review Anderson’s “failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.”
Phillipe Nover announces retirement from mixed martial arts
Phillipe Nover’s appearance in his Brooklyn backyard at UFC 208 turned out to be his career swan song.
The 33-year-old featherweight from New York City announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Wednesday, days after dropping a decision to Rick Glenn at the Barclays Center.
Nover made his first splash on the national level by appearing in The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight tournament. At the time, Dana White called Nover “the next Anderson Silva,” placing an intense level of expectation on Nover’s shoulders.
David Branch signs with UFC
David Branch is headed back to the UFC.
The former World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned.
While Branch’s return fight in the UFC has yet to be finalized, sources say they are currently targeting May. He is expected to compete in the middleweight division.
James Moontasri announces retirement at 28
James ‘Moonwalker’ Moontasri started fighting professionally in 2008. The silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Taekwondo, and now 4th degree black belt in the art made great use of his base, with an exciting, fan-friendly, kick-heavy fighting style.
Moonwalker went 7-1, including 3-0 in the RFA, before signing with the UFC in 2014. He went 1-2 in the UFC at lightweight and struggled to make weight. Then the Team Blackhouse fighter moved up to welterweight, and still reportedly struggled to make weight, and again went 1-2.