Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez set for MMA debut at Bellator 165 in San Jose vs. Sheila Padilla
The main card for Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights – and one features a highly anticipated MMA debut.
Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (0-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will step into an MMA cage for the first time as a professional in a women’s flyweight bout against Sheila Padilla (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA). A Bellator official today confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie. An official announcement is expected today, as well.
In addition, Bellator 165 has added a lightweight fight between a pair of unbeaten prospects to the preliminary card. Carrington Banks (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will take on Jake Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) to close out the prelims.
Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny set for UFC 207 in Las Vegas
Hendricks (17-5) is in dire need of a win, which sounds surprising considering he was welterweight champion roughly two years back. Since then, “Bigg Rigg” has struggled to make weight and dropped three of his last four.
Time to get something going ... fast.
Magny (18-5) was slowly but surely climbing his way up the 170-pound ladder -- right up until Lorenz Larkin stopped him at UFC 202 back in August. No doubt a win over a tough out like Hendricks will get him right back into the title hunt.
Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz to headline Bellator show in January
A pair of legends are coming to Hollywood.
Chael Sonnen will make his Bellator debut against Tito Ortiz in the main event of a Jan. 21 card in Los Angeles, promotion president confirmed Tuesday on Twitter. The bout was first reported by Brett Okamoto on ESPN's SportsCenter. The event will take place at The Forum in Inglewood.
‘The Korean Zombie' Chan Sung Jung announces UFC return, challenges BJ Penn
One of the most exciting fighters in the featherweight division is ready to make his return.
Chan Sung Jung, a WEC veteran and one-time UFC title challenger affectionately nicknamed "The Korean Zombie," announced Tuesday on Facebook that after more than three years away from mixed martial arts, he is officially gearing up for his reintroduction to the Octagon. He also already has a big-name opponent in mind for his comeback.
Tim Means vs. Alex 'Cowboy' Oliveira added to UFC 207 in Las Vegas
A potential welterweight slugfest has been added to the UFC’s year-end card in Las Vegas.
Tim Means (26-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is set to take on Alex Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 207. A UFC official confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie following an initial report from The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal.
UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30, a Friday, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, former champion Ronda Rousey will make her long-awaited return to take on new women’s bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes.
UFC vet Niklas Backstrom meets Brian Moore under BAMMA banner at Bellator 169 in Dublin
Bellator’s December debut in Ireland, a co-promotion, has a pair of new BAMMA bouts set for the lineup.
UFC veteran Niklas Backstrom (10-2) will take on Ireland’s own Brian Moore (9-4) in a featherweight fight, and Ireland’s Kiefer Crosbie (1-0) will meet England’s Conor Riordan (0-0) at welterweight. Both fights will be part of BAMMA 27, which is happening on the same bill as Bellator 169.
Bellator 169, the joint venture with BAMMA 27, takes place Dec. 16 at 3Arena in Dublin. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the main event, Muhammed Lawal meets Satoshi Ishii in a heavyweight fight.
Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine targeted for UFC 207
Matt Brown vs. Tarec Saffiedine is close to being added to UFC 207 on Dec. 30, MMA Fighting has learned. The welterweight fight has yet to be officially announced by the promotion.
Brown (20-15) will be looking to snap a two-fight losing streak. He most recently lost to Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201 in July.
Saffiedine (16-5) has lost two of his last three UFC fights. His dropped a unanimous decision to Ricky Story in May.
UFC 207, headlined by Amanda Nunes vs. Ronda Rousey for the UFC women's bantamweight title, will take place in Las Vegas.
Josh Samman’s official cause of death listed as probable drug overdose
Josh Samman's death has been ruled a probable drug overdose by the local coroner.
Broward County chief medical examiner Craig Mallak said Tuesday that even though there was no toxicology report done on Samman, circumstances have led him to believe that the late UFC fighter died from a probable drug overdose. TMZ was the first to report the news.
Samman died Oct. 5 after being in a coma for about five days. He was 28 years old.
Jordan Mein vs. Emil Meek targeted for UFC 206
Another fight is close to being added to UFC 206.
Jordan Mein (26-10) vs. Emil Meek (8-2-1, 1 NC) is currently slated to be on the Dec. 10 card in Toronto, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight.
The fight will mark Mein's first since deciding to retire from MMA last year. The Canadian-born Mein, who announced his return in September, made his MMA debut in 2006 as a 16-year-old. He hasn't fought since Jan. 2015.
UFC says Georges St-Pierre is still under Zuffa contract
It doesn't seem like this will be a clean break.
In a statement sent out Monday, the UFC said the former welterweight champion remains under contract and implied there could be a legal battle in the near future.
"Georges St-Pierre remains under an existing agreement with Zuffa, LLC as his MMA promoter," the statement read. "Zuffa intends to honor its agreement with St-Pierre and reserves its rights under the law to have St-Pierre do the same."
Brazilian MMA athletic commission approves use of instant replay
The Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has approved the use of instant replay in MMA bouts, it was announced on Monday.
According to the commission, referees will be able to ask for an instant replay to confirm whether or not a foul has occurred in the end of the bout, and determine if the fight should be ruled a no-contest, go to a technical decision, or disqualify an athlete.
CABMMA explained that the referee can’t opt to restart the bout after watching the replay.