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Nick Diaz accepts one-year USADA suspension for 2017 whereabouts violation
Nick Diaz has cleared up his latest issue with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. On Monday, the drug testing organization announced that Diaz has accepted a one-year sanction for a whereabouts violation dating back to April 2017. The 34-year-old UFC welterweight failed to make himself available for out-of-competition testing on three occasions ranging from 2016-2017.
Submitted Apr 10, 2018 6:59AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Invicta FC 29 fight card announced, including a quick turnaround for Pearl Gonzalez at flyweight
Invicta Fighting Championship has officially announced the complete fight card for its upcoming edition, scheduled for May 4 in Kansas City, and the event will feature the second promotional appearance of Pearl Gonzalez. Invicta FC 29 will be headlined by Sarah Kaufman vs. Katharina Lehner for the vacant bantamweight championship. In the co-main event, former Cage Warriors champion Pannie Kianzad looks to snap a three-fight losing streak as she faces promotional newcomer Bianca Daimoni.
Submitted Apr 10, 2018 6:56AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC on FOX 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje fight card
Feast your eyes on the glorious UFC on FOX 29 fight card in Glendale, Arizona. On April 14th at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona, fans will be treated to an action-packed fight card officially known as UFC on FOX 29. The main event is a lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier, which is destined to be great. Unfortunately, we lost out on the co-main event between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown due to Brown’s torn ACL, but his replacement is Alex Oliveira, coming off that epic clash with Yancy Medeiros in December.
Submitted Apr 8, 2018 11:58PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC 223 Results: Bonus Winners, Highlights (VIDEO), Twitter Reaction, Attendance And Gate
Justice has been served. Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Al Iaquinta in a lopsided unanimous decision that finally won him the UFC lightweight championship. The performance featured a dominant wrestling performance through two rounds and a surprisingly effective striking game from Nurmagomedov. Early on, Nurmagomedov took down Iaquinta at will. In fact, he secured eight takedowns in all during the fight and dealt a good measure of damage to Iaquinta from top position. Overall, the fight stats were drastically in favor of Nurmagomedov through the five rounds. Iaquinta deserves a ton of respect for the performance he turned in after taking this fight on short notice. He was originally scheduled to face Paul Felder, but after the Conor McGregor drama stripped three fights from the card, and Max Holloway, Anthony Pettis, and Felder weren’t allowed to face Nurmagomedov for a variety of reasons, Iaquinta took the assignment.
Submitted Apr 8, 2018 9:50AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says Brock Lesnar could fight for title in UFC return, and Daniel Cormier is ecstatic
UFC President Dana White says there’s a possibility Brock Lesnar will get a shot at regaining the UFC heavyweight title the next time he steps in the octagon. White recently said Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who hasn’t fought for the promotion since the well documented UFC 200 debacle in July 2016, which led to a suspension for multiple failed drug tests, would “definitely” be making a return to the UFC in the future. The current WWE Universal Champion is currently an active member of the UFC roster and will reportedly be available following Sunday’s WrestleMania pay-per-view event in New Orleans. Lesnar still has slightly more than six months to serve on his suspension, but that time will only begin to tick down once he re-enters the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing pool. Once his time is up, though, White said Lesnar could challenge the winner of July’s UFC 226 headliner between current heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (18-2 MMA, 12-2 UFC) and Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC).
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 10:27PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Colby Covington vs. Rafael dos Anjos interim title fight announced for UFC 225 in Chicago – not Rio
The UFC today announced an interim UFC welterweight title bout between dos Anjos and Colby Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) for UFC 225, which takes place June 9 at United Center in Chicago, and not UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro as previously reported. The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 7:23PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ben Rothwell accepts two-year USADA sanction for failed drug test
It will be a while before we see Ben Rothwell back inside the Octagon. The 36-year-old UFC heavyweight accepted a two-year sanction for failed out-of-competition drug tests taken back on Feb. 6 and Feb. 15, 2017, USADA officials announced Friday. Rothwell tested positive for “an anabolic androgenic steroid of exogenous origin” according to the release. Rothwell explained that the test results were due to his physician prescribing him testosterone, but the USADA determined that did not meet the criteria to obtain a Therapeutic Use Exemption for the prohibited substance. He will be eligible to compete again on Feb. 6, 2019.
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 5:43PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Al Iaquinta meets Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 223
The lightweight title still will be up for grabs in the UFC 223 main event. Khabib Nurmagomedov (25-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) will stay in the headliner in New York and will fight Al Iaquinta (13-3-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who will move up from the main-card opening fight against Paul Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) for the fight. A person close to the fight revealed the news to MMAjunkie today. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the booking news. But because Iaquinta weighed in for his fight with Felder at 155.2 pounds, he will be ineligible to win the title since that number is two-tenths of a pound over the title-fight limit.

Ariel Helwani - @arielhelwani Dana White just announced that Al Iaquinta, if he wins, will be considered UFC champion. White said that NYSAC may not recognize him as champ because of the .2 but he will. That is a new one.
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 3:48PM by Braden - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Conor McGregor charged with three counts of assault, one count of criminal mischief for bus attack / Conor McGregor’s bail set for $50,000, has next hearing June 14
Conor McGregor and SBG teammate Cian Cowley were arrested in New York late Thursday night, a spokesman for the New York Police Department confirmed with MMA Fighting. McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief due to his involvement in a fracas at the Barclays Center following the UFC 223 media day. Cowley, an SBG teammate of McGregor’s and a fellow MMA fighther, was charged with one count of assault and one count of criminal mischief.

Posted by Braden Conor McGregor’s bail set for $50,000, has next hearing June 14 In handcuffs, UFC superstar Conor McGregor stepped in front of a judge on Friday afternoon in Brooklyn. The Irishman had a hearing on Friday afternoon at the Kings County Criminal Court. Heading into the hearing, the 29-year-old McGregor faced three counts of assault and one count of criminal mischief due to his UFC 223 bus attack on Thursday. The judge issued an order of protection in favor of Michael Chiesa, Ozzy Arias, Ray Borg, Ricardo Chico on both Conor McGregor and his SBG teammate Cian Cowley, who was also involved in the attack. The judge also set a $50,000 bail on Conor McGregor and a $25,000 bail on Cowley. Both fighters will be allowed to travel. McGregor’s next hearing is set for June 14.
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 12:22PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Max Holloway ‘medically unfit to fight,’ Anthony Pettis to step in against Khabib at UFC 223
The UFC 223 disasters continue to pile on. A few days ago, the card was supposed to be headlined by Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov, before a freak incident left the interim champ injured. Yesterday, Conor McGregor’s bus attack also led to three other cancelled bouts. Max Holloway stepped in to try and save the main event, but there were concerns about his massive weight cut all week. Friday morning, the featherweight champion failed to make it to the weigh ins and was subsequently declared “medically unfit to fight” by the New York State Athletic Commission. Dana White announced it as the early weigh-ins were happening.
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 10:33AM by Shawn91111 - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
Conor McGregor detained after UFC 223 bus attack, in NYPD custody
Conor McGregor has been detained and is in custody of the New York Police Department following a fracas earlier today in Brooklyn. NYPD spokesperson George Tsourovakas tonight told MMAjunkie that McGregor is in the department’s custody and the investigation is ongoing.
Submitted Apr 6, 2018 12:08AM by george112 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ray Borg's UFC 223 fight scrapped with eye issue reportedly from Conor McGregor bus attack
Conor McGregor never has claimed to have much interest in making friends, but his visit to New York today may have created a lot more enemies than he ever could have expected. After the lightweight champion attacked a bus at Barclays Center following a media day for UFC 223, along with a group of other people with him, a total of three fights have been removed from the event. Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will miss his flyweight fight against Brandon Moreno (14-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a Borg team member told MMAjunkie. According to Azevedo, Borg late today headed to the hospital because he was having difficulty opening his eyes from what he believed to be pieces of glass from the window McGregor broke out of the fighter and crew bus by throwing a dolly into it.
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 9:51PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis scratched from UFC 223 after Conor McGregor incident
As it turns out, Michael Chiesa won’t be fighting at UFC 223 after all.
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 9:39PM by Braden - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Chiesa to compete at UFC 223 despite multiple cuts from Conor McGregor incident
Conor McGregor’s actions will not stop Michael Chiesa from fighting at UFC 223.
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 5:26PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Artem Lobov pulled from UFC 223 fight with Caceres in wake of McGregor debacle
In the wake of a massive incident involving Conor McGregor today, UFC 223 has lost one of its fights. Artem Lobov (13-14-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC), one of McGregor’s SBG Ireland teammates in Dublin, has been pulled from his preliminary card featherweight fight against Alex Caceres (13-11 MMA, 8-9 UFC), UFC President Dana White told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 3:35PM by george112 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC signs Cage Warriors champions Nathaniel Wood and Molly McCann
The UFC have signed Cage Warriors bantamweight champion Nathaniel Wood and Cage Warriors flyweight champion Molly McCann. Multiple sources have confirmed to MMA Fighting that Wood (13-3-0) is close to finalizing his UFC debut. The UFC is targeting a June 1 meeting against Johnny Eduardo (28-11-0) in Utica for the London knockout artist. MMANytt.com first broke the news of Wood’s signing on Thursday
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 3:11PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Conor McGregor, crew allegedly cause chaotic scene after UFC 223 media day, Chiesa cut.
Conor McGregor has made his presence felt at UFC 223. McGregor and his entourage stormed the Barclays Center following UFC 223 media day in Brooklyn on Thursday and caused a wild scene that left one individual — lightweight contender Michael Chiesa — with a laceration. Chiesa is scheduled to fight Anthony Pettis on Saturday night. At the moment, the severity of his injury is unclear. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported that McGregor’s team ultimately attacked a van filled with fighters just as it was departing the arena, banging on the vehicle and throwing chairs through a window. Video shot by fighters onboard shows McGregor ordering an unidentified individual to get out of the van before being taken away by security, Helwani reported. UFC 223 headliner Khabib Nurmagomedov and his team were in the van in question. Nurmagomedov and his team were involved in a hotel altercation with McGregor’s longtime SBG Ireland teammate, Artem Lobov, on Tuesday. Video of McGregor’s scene at the Barclays Center can be seen below.
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 2:46PM by Braden - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC
One of the UFC’s biggest box office draws could be headed back to the Octagon. During an appearance on UFC Tonight on Wednesday, host Daniel Cormier asked Dana White if former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is coming back to the UFC and White gave a clear indication that it will happen. “Yeah, Brock Lesnar’s coming back,” White said. “I don’t know when, but yes he is.”
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 11:48AM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Conor McGregor to UFC: you's'll strip me of nothing...
Dana White said Wednesday that the UFC will be stripping Conor McGregor of the lightweight title. As expected, McGregor isn’t going to go accept that without a fight. “The Notorious” tweeted an ornery — and vulgar — response to White’s words early Thursday morning. “You’s’ll strip me of nothing you’s do nothing c*nts,” McGregor wrote. Khabib Nurmagomedov will fight Max Holloway in what the promotion is calling a UFC lightweight title fight in the main event of UFC 223 on Saturday in Brooklyn. The issue is that McGregor is still technically the lightweight champion and has been since November 2016. White has said that McGregor will cease to be champ as soon as the first punch is thrown this weekend at Barclays Center.
Submitted Apr 5, 2018 7:15AM by airkerma - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
T.J. Dillashaw-Cody Garbrandt rematch set for UFC 227 in Los Angeles
The UFC has a big title fight rematch on its hands Saturday in New York, but another could be announced soon. According to a report from ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto, the UFC soon will announce a bantamweight title rematch between champion T.J. Dillashaw (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and former champ Cody Garbrandt (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC). The fight, the report says, will take place at UFC 227 in Los Angeles.
Submitted Apr 4, 2018 8:07PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
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