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UFC Utica Bonuses: Moraes & Gillespie Bank $50k For Big Wins
Last night’s (Fri. June 1, 2018) UFC Utica event presented some tremendous performances from several fighters on the card, but only a few could take home the $50k bonuses for their extraordinary efforts. In the featured bout of the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, UFC newcomer Nathaniel Wood pulled off a D’arce choke victory over Johnny Eduardo. It was a magnificent comeback for Wood, who will take home an extra $50k for his Performance Of The Night. Ben Saunders also scored a Performance Of The Night bonus after nailing Jake Ellenberger with a knee to the liver that forced the fight to be called off in the first round. Saunders’ paycheck will be $50k fatter as a result. In the co-main event of the evening, UFC lightweight prospect Gregor Gillespie put on a dominant performance over Vinc Pichel. He wound up scoring an arm-triangle choke in the second round and will get a $50k Performance Of The Night bonus. Our final Performance Of The Night bonus winner was main event victor Marlon Moraes, who scored a 30-second knockout win over Jimmie Rivera.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 2:07AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jessica Aguilar pulled from tonight's UFC Utica fight vs. Jodie Esquibel – reportedly due to chapped lips
Just hours before she was to fight, Jessica Aguilar has been pulled from her bout against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 131. Team representatives for both Aguilar (19-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN Radio’s Jordan Sherwood on Twitter. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the cancellation. According to MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on Twitter, the New York State Athletic Commission asked for additional medical clearance on Thursday for Aguilar – and received it. But today, the commission reportedly decided to scrap the fight despite the thumbs up the day before. Aguilar coach and cornerman Din Thomas said chapped lips was the culprit, confirming a report on Twitter from Helwani.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 6:05PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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Yair Rodriguez reconciles with UFC, agrees to fight Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228
It appears featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez and UFC officials have patched up a seemingly broken relationship. This past month, UFC officials released Rodriguez (10-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who’s No. 15 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, after UFC President Dana White said he turned down a fight with Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 227. Now, though, Rodriguez and UFC officials have apparently mended fences – and the fight is back on for UFC 228, according to ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 4:55PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Emil Meek vs. Bartosz Fabinski booked for UFC Hamburg
Emil Meek will look to bounce back from his first UFC loss when he faces Bartosz Fabinski in Hamburg on Jul.22.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 4:54PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Video chronicles Darren Till’s brutal weight cut before UFC Liverpool
Darren Till missed weight last weight by 3-1/2 pounds. But certainly not from lack of trying. Till’s weight cut ahead of his fight with Stephen Thompson at UFC Liverpool was chronicled in a video released Thursday by his sponsor Paddy Power. Till can be seen unable to stand up in sauna. And at one point he told his coaches he could not see, prompting them to stop the weight-cutting process.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 3:12AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cris Cyborg battery case dismissed after fine, anger management course
Cris Cyborg is in the clear with regards to her legal issues. The UFC women’s featherweight champion issued a submittal plea in Las Vegas Municipal Court after being cited for battery last year in an incident involving fellow fighter Angela Magaña, a court spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting. Cyborg paid a $398 fine and the case was recently dismissed.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 3:10AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Kelvin Gastelum to make his studio analyst debut at UFC Utica
Add Kelvin Gastelum to the list of fighters giving the commentary game a go. FOX Sports announced Thursday the middleweight contender and former TUF winner will make his debut on the studio desk commentary team for UFC Utica on Friday night. Gastelum will be joined in studio for the FS1 card by Kenny Florian, Brandon Fitzgerald, and in an interesting twist, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 2:49AM by Braden - 3 comments
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UFC on FOX 30 tickets on sale this week for Dustin Poirier-Eddie Alvarez rematch in Calgary
One of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory goes down this summer in Canada, and tickets for the event are on sale this week. UFC on FOX 30 tickets go on sale this week for the July 28 show at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted May 31, 2018 5:06PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Danny Roberts vs. Alan Jouban booked for UFC Hamburg
A meeting of knockout artists has been announced as Danny Roberts and Alan Jouban are set to clash at UFC Hamburg on Jul. 22. The UFC announced the lightweight meeting through its social media channels on Thursday afternoon following an initial report from FloCombat.
Submitted May 31, 2018 5:03PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya booked for UFC Lincoln
A bantamweight clash between Luke Sanders and Rani Yahya was added to UFC’s Fight Night card in Lincoln on Aug. 25, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. UFC Lincoln will take place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Submitted May 31, 2018 5:02PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Lando Vannata vs. Drakkar Klose slated for UFC 226
A matchup between intriguing lightweight up-and-comers Lando Vannata and Drakkar Klose has been slated for July 7 at 226.
Submitted May 30, 2018 8:39PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Khabib Nurmagomedov now targeting first UFC title defense sooner than expected
After winning the UFC lightweight title with a five-round decision over Al Iaquinta at UFC 223, Khabib Nurmagomedov said he wasn’t planning to return to fighting until November or December of this year. But now it looks like the champ will be back sooner than anticipated. Speaking with his fans during a live chat Tuesday, Nurmagomedov announced that his team had begun talks with the UFC about returning to action this fall, either for the September or October pay-per-view event.
Submitted May 30, 2018 4:56PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Sara McMann announces pregnancy
Baby number two is on the way for Sara McMann. On Wednesday, the one-time women’s bantamweight title challenger announced on Instagram that she is three-months pregnant.
Submitted May 30, 2018 4:52PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Invicta FC matchmaker Kaitlin Young tried out for TUF 28, planning MMA comeback
Kaitlin Young enjoys signing new talent and putting matches together. Now, though, she wants to get back in the cage herself. Young, the Invicta FC matchmaker, tried out for The Ultimate Fighter 28 this past week in Las Vegas and she’s planning a full-scale MMA comeback, whether or not she makes it onto the show.
Submitted May 30, 2018 3:19AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Nick Diaz mugshot released, court date set after domestic battery arrest
Nick Diaz has his next day in court date scheduled. The popular UFC fighter will have to appear in Las Vegas Justice Court on June 6 at 8:30 a.m. before judge Amy Chelini, a court rep confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Diaz was arrested Friday on charges of domestic battery by strangulation and domestic battery in the first degree. The former is a felony. His booking photo was released Tuesday by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Submitted May 30, 2018 3:16AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Charles Oliveira in to fight Clay Guida at UFC 225 after Bobby Green withdraws
Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from a matchup against Clay Guida, and Charles Oliveira will now step in to face the longtime veteran on short notice at UFC 225. Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) today posted word of Oliveira’s (22-8 MMA, 10-8 UFC) sub for Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) on Instagram, and his manager, John Fosco, confirmed the new booking to MMAjunkie.
Submitted May 30, 2018 3:12AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Former UFC champion, 'TUF' winner Michael Bisping announces retirement
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping has decided against a final fight and today announced he is officially retired. On his “Believe You Me” podcast, Bisping indicated vision problems were behind his decision to hang up his gloves and added he has nothing left to prove as a fighter. “It ain’t worth it,” Bisping said. “What else am I going to do? I won the belt, I’ve had tons of wins. I’ve done everything I set out to achieve. “What’s the point of flogging a dead horse? Not that I’m a dead horse, but what’s the point? … I’ve used my platform to open other doors. You’ve got to know when to walk away. I’m almost 40 years old – the time is now.”
Submitted May 28, 2018 8:55PM by LooseCannon - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
UFC Liverpool bonuses: Tom Breese leads list of four fighters to cash in
Tom Breese and Claudio Silva came back from long layoffs and were handsomely rewarded in their comeback fights. Returning from absences of two years and four years respectively, Breese and Silva picked up first-round finishes at UFC Liverpool at the Echo Arena on Sunday as well as $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses for their efforts. In lieu of a Fight of the Night award, two more fighters were given performance bonuses, Darren Stewart and Arnold Allen.
Submitted May 27, 2018 11:28PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Darren Till re-weighs in at 187.3 pounds, UFC Liverpool main event vs. Stephen Thompson is on
The main event of UFC Liverpool is a go. A potential disaster for the UFC was averted as officials announced that Darren Till was able to make 187.3 pounds at a scheduled weigh-in around 1 p.m. local time in Liverpool, England, making him eligible to face Stephen Thompson in the main event of Sunday’s show at the Echo Arena. Till was required to hit the scales again after failing to make the welterweight limit (171 pounds for a non-title bout) at Saturday’s official weigh-ins, where he came in heavy at 174.5 pounds.
Submitted May 27, 2018 10:24AM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Darren Till misses weight for UFC Liverpool main event by 3.5 pounds
One of the largest fighters in the welterweight division, Darren Till’s size got the better of him at Saturday’s weigh-ins for UFC Liverpool.
Submitted May 26, 2018 6:54AM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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