Uriah Hall off UFC 198 fight card
One-time opponent of Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight Uriah Hall, is off Saturday's UFC 198 fight card, MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz has learned. Combate was the first to report the news.
The UFC attempted to find a replacement fight for Hall once it was determined Silva was too ill to compete and required gall bladder surgery. However, the two sides could not come to a mutually-agreed upon arrangement.
Marlon Moraes and Josh Hill rematch in WSOF 32 main event
Josh Hill managed to win one round the first time he and Marlon Moraes battled in the WSOF cage. Given Moraes’ dominance of the bantamweight division, that’s enough to earn Hill another crack at the champ.
A WSOF press release today announced the bout.
Moraes (16-4-1) and Hill (14-1) will meet in the new main event of WSOF 32. The event takes place July 30 at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash., north of Seattle. The main card will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Dennis Siver injured, out of UFC 199 fight opposite B.J. Penn
UFC featherweight veteran Dennis Siver has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against B.J. Penn at UFC 199 after suffering an undisclosed injury. MMA Fighting confirmed the news Tuesday following an initial report by BJPenn.com.
Siver was slated to welcome Penn back into the Octagon following a two-year retirement for the Hawaiian at UFC 199, which takes place on June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. There is no word yet on whether Penn will remain on the card.
Anderson Silva out of UFC 198, may require gall bladder surgery
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was forced Tuesday to pull out of his homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, with Uriah Hall because of abdominal pain that may require gall bladder surgery, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Jeff Davidson, the UFC's medical consultant, told Yahoo Sports that Silva, 41, will be examined in Brazil for potential gall bladder surgery.
"Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis," Davidson said Tuesday. "He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery."
Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder and is a primary reason patients have their gall bladders removed.
Silva's removal from the show puts a major dent into the UFC 198 card, which will be held in his hometown. White said he is trying to find an opponent for Hall to keep him on the card.
UFC owners reportedly in heavy discussions to sell promotion
One of the biggest stories in the history of mixed martial arts seems to be taking shape.
The Fertitta brothers are in heavy discussions about selling the UFC and four bidders have emerged, according to a report from ESPN business insider Darren Rovell. The winning bid, Rovell reported, is supposed to be somewhere between $3.5 and $4 billion.
Four companies have put in bids for the UFC, including WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group, according to the report.
The Dalian Wanda Group out of China is the front-runner and a sale could be announced as soon as July, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Nothing is finalized, though, and the situation is very fluid.
"As a private company, we don't discuss speculation or rumors related to our business," UFC vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told ESPN.
Sergei Kharitonov out of Bellator 154 due to illness
Another fight has been pulled from Bellator 154.
Sergei Kharitonov is out of his fight with Josh Appelt due to an illness, Bellator spokesperson Danny Brener confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news. The event is scheduled for Saturday night in San Jose.
RFA 40 features Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos headliner on July 15 in Minnesota
Officials today announced veterans Chico Camus (15-7) and Czar Sklavos (12-4) are set to headline the show.
RFA 40 takes place July 15 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
The latest RFA 40 card includes:
Chico Camus vs. Czar Sklavos
Marvin Blumer vs. Terrion Ware
Austen Heidlage vs. Chase Waldon
Alex Gilpin vs. Dan Moret
Chad Curry vs. Carl Wittstock
Prestige FC 7 Cancelled Due to Ongoing Wildfire
As we are sure you assumed, the Prestige FC 7 card on June 3rd has been postponed. Many of the people involved in the Ft McMurray MMA scene have lost their homes in the fire and others had family and friends who lost theirs. At this time the residence of Ft Mac aren’t sure when they will be allowed to return to their homes. We had hopes we could still hold the show as scheduled and give the locals an event they could enjoy during a terrible time, however the situation is worse than we first thought and holding an event four weeks from now would be impossible.
As a group we would like to thank the Canadian MMA community, and fans of Canadian MMA, for their incredible support! We would also like to encourage all promotions across Canada that are currently booking fights to put Jesse Ronson, Matt Dwyer, Cody Krahn, Luke Spicer, and Leroy Noltcho at the top of your list. These men have been great to work with and have been nothing but professional since we signed them to fight for Prestige. All are ready and will be looking for a promotion to fight for.
BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver to serve as UFC 199's featured prelim fight
BJ Penn's comeback fight will air live on cable television.
According to UFC officials, the Penn vs. Dennis Siver featherweight bout will serve as the final prelim fight on the FS1 broadcast leading into the UFC 199 pay-per-view main card on June 4.
The five-fight main card will feature: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title, Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title, Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas, Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard and Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green.
Julia Budd Injured; Marloes Coenen to Face Alexis Dufresne in Non-Title Bout at Bellator 155
Bellator MMA will no longer crown a women’s featherweight champion at this month’s Bellator 155.
The organization on Tuesday announced that an injury has forced Julia Budd to withdraw from her clash with Marloes Coenen, which would have seen one woman walk away as Bellator’s inaugural 145-pound female titleholder. The nature of Budd’s injury was not specified.
Coenen will instead meet former UFC competitor Alexis Dufresne on the undercard of Bellator 155, which takes place May 20 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The matchup will be contested at 145 pounds, though the title will no longer be up for grabs.
UFC Planning 2017 Event in Sweden or Finland
The UFC hasn’t been in the Nordics since the monumental event at the Tele2 Arena with over 30,000 fans. “It won’t be in 2016, but we will be back in 2017” says UFC’s James Elliott to MMAViking.com when asked about plans to return to Sweden or even a first event Finland. “The Scandinavian market is very important to us.” continues the new Vice President and General Manager for EMEA.
BAMMA 26 postponed in order to implement new medical standards
European Mixed Martial Arts promotion BAMMA have made the decision to postpone their June 4, BAMMA 26 event in order to implement new medical standards.
The event was scheduled to take place at Dublin’s 3Arena and was set to be headlined by Light-Heavyweight title fight, Paul Craig versus Ireland’s own Chris Fields. The card will now take place on September 10th and is fully expected to still take place in Ireland.
MMA in Ireland has found itself under a microscope recently, with the unfortunate passing of Portuguese fighter Joao Carvalho in April. In light of this, BAMMA have made the decision to introduce mandatory annual pre-fight MRI/MRA scans for all of their fighters.
Scott Coker rules out Dada 5000's Bellator return: 'I think we should just be friends'
Bellator FC president Scott Coker does not see any reason for Dada 5000 to be back fighting under his organization.
Last February 19, heavyweight fighter Dhafir Harris, more popularly known as "Dada 5000" suffered a major health scare following his fight against Kimbo Slice at Bellator 149.
The 38-year old fighter suffered two heart attacks and renal failure during the fight that was officially ruled as a third round TKO victory in favor of Slice. In his appearance at the Dan LeBatard show in mid-April, Harris attributed his near-death experience to being a mere "part-time fighter".
Titan FC hires Jessica Aguilar as WMMA matchmaker, signs Carina Damm
Despite recent concerns regarding the overall health of the organization, Titan FC is continuing their expansion in a surprising direction. The Florida-based organization has recently announced that they would be implementing weight classes for women to compete in the promotion at both strawweight and flyweight. They have also announced the signing of longtime veteran Carina Damm to start off their divisions.
One of the most seasoned active competitors in WMMA, Aguilar has fought around the world in almost every major organization. Her time in Bodog, HOOKnSHOOT, Bellator and World Series of Fighting, along with her current UFC run appear to be a factor, providing her with insight into how women's divisions work and what kind of talent and matchups the organization looking to showcase.
Rizin Fighting’s Ultimate Goal is to Have UFC Send its Champions to Rizin Grand Prix
Rizin Fighting Federation has rekindled the fighting spirit of Pride FC in Japan, bringing in fighters such as Fedor Emelianenko, Wanderlei Silva, and Kazushi Sakuraba. The foundation of the promotion, however, is its eight-man Grand Prix.
Rizin has built its Grand Prix not by signing all the fighters it can find, but by inviting fighters from partnering promotions around the globe to send their fighters to compete. Rizin’s first Grand Prix winner was Bellator’s King Mo Lawal.
Returning to the Grand Prix format in 2016, Rizin president and former Pride executive Nobuyuki Sakakibara said that the first round of the 2016 Grand Prix will begin in September and conclude with the promotion’s big New Year’s event.
Holly Holm officially tabbed to headline UFC card in Chicago
UFC officials announced a pair of main event bouts for July cards during Sunday’s broadcast of UFC Fight Night 87 on Fox Sports 1.
Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will return to the cage for the first time since losing her belt to Miesha Tate in June when she takes on Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago on July 23.
Shevchenko had her five-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to Amanda Nunes in March.
The UFC’s first visit to South Dakota also has a main event as lightweight Tony Ferguson will fight Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls on July 13.
UFC Fight Night 87 draws reported 10,421 attendance for $1,523,320 live gate
Today’s UFC Fight Night 87 event drew an announced attendance of 10,421 fans and a live gate of $1,523,320.
James Elliott, the vice president and general manager of UFC Europe, Middle East and Africa, announced the figures at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC Fight Night 87 took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem took out former champion Andrei Arlovski with a second-round TKO to the delight of his home fans.
UFC Fight Night 87 bonuses: The home fan favorites crushed some $50,000 checks
Alistair Overeem, Stefan Struve, Germaine de Randamie and Gunnar Nelson each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 87 event.
All four fighters earned “Performance of the Night” honors. There was no “Fight of the Night” awarded. The four winners fought in the final four bouts on the card. James Elliott, the vice president and general manager of UFC Europe, Middle East and Africa, announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.