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Report: Mousasi signs with Bellator MMA
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Via our friends at MMA Sucka! If the reports are true, Bellator has just added a massive name to their lacking middleweight division in the form of former Strikeforce Champion Gegard Mousasi.
Submitted Jul 10, 2017 2:38PM by tildengolfer - 24 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Former UFC champ Frank Mir announces release after 16 years with promotion
(mmajunkie.com)
Frank Mir’s historic UFC tenure came to an end on Saturday when the former two-time heavyweight champion announced his release from the organization. Mir (18-11 MMA, 16-11 UFC), who debuted with the company at UFC 34 in November 2001 and has been part of the roster since, has been campaigning for his UFC release for quite a while after he was the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USDA) tagged him for a violation following a March 2016 fight with Mark Hunt.
Submitted Jul 9, 2017 10:27PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 213: New interim champ Robert Whittaker now has 6 bonuses in 8-fight streak
(https:)
Robert Whittaker, Yoel Romero, Chad Laprise and Rob Font each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 213 event. Laprise and Font earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Whittaker and Romero took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jul 9, 2017 2:41AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC’s late 2017 schedule includes PPV in Detroit, return to MSG in November
(https:)
In news that essentially got buried due to other events and the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor announcement, a report from Combate (written before the UFC cancelled its August PPV, thus making the September PPV “UFC 215” instead of UFC 216) has revealed almost the back-end of the UFC’s event calendar for 2017. These would be cards running from September all the way until the New Year’s Eve show, which will be UFC 219 in Las Vegas on December 30th.
Submitted Jul 9, 2017 1:18AM by JLS - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joanna Jedrzejczyk begs — unsuccessfully — to replace Amanda Nunes against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 213
(https:)
Once news broke that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes was out of her UFC 213 main event fight against Valentina Shevchenko due to a fight day illness, it didn’t take long for another familiar name to ask for her spot. That name? Reigning strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Submitted Jul 8, 2017 6:40PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Nunes-Shevchenko Off; Romero-Whitaker New UFC 213 Main Event
(ufc.com)
"Due to illness, UFC women's bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has been removed from her UFC 213 title defense against Valentina Shevchenko. UFC 213, which is now headlined by the interim UFC middleweight championship bout between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker, will proceed as scheduled with 11 bouts at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Moving to the Pay-Per-View main card is the bantamweight bout between Rob Font and Douglas Silva de Andrade.
Submitted Jul 8, 2017 4:58PM by JLS - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
NFL Network's Dan Hellie, ex-ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to call Dana White 'Contender Series'
(mmajunkie.com)
The broadcast crew for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series includes some names that may not be all that familiar to UFC fans. UFC Senior VP of International and Content Joe Carr told USA TODAY Sports that’s sort of the point, and that’s why the promotion tapped NFL Network’s Dan Hellie and former ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to split play-by-play duties for the weekly live fighting series that debuts on Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jul 8, 2017 1:39PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
TUF 25 Finale bonuses: Justin Gaethje's sick, sick debut was a double winner for $100,000
(mmajunkie.com)
Justin Gaethje, Michael Johnson and Tecia Torres each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s TUF 25 Finale event – and Gaethje doubled up for $100,000. Gaethje and Johnson earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Gaethje and Torres each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jul 8, 2017 11:35AM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 213 weigh-in results: 2 title fights official
(mmajunkie.com)
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) -Champ Amanda Nunes (135) vs. Valentina Shevchenko (134.5) – for women’s bantamweight title -Yoel Romero (185) vs. Robert Whittaker (184.5) – for interim middleweight title -Curtis Blaydes (257.5) vs. Daniel Omielanczuk (248) -Alistair Overeem (253.5) vs. Fabricio Werdum (239) -Jim Miller (155) vs. Anthony Pettis (156) PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) -Travis Browne (247.5) vs. Aleksei Oleinik (241.5) -Brian Camozzi (170.5) vs. Chad Laprise (170) -Gerald Meerschaert (184.5) vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos (186) -Jordan Mein (170) vs. Belal Muhammad (170) PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET) -Rob Font (135) vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade (134) -Cody Stamann (145) vs. Terrion Ware (145) -James Bochnovic (201) vs. Trevin Giles (204)
Submitted Jul 7, 2017 8:21PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Ovince Saint Preux 2 set to headline UFC Fight Night 117 in Japan
(https:)
The UFC’s return to Japan will be headlined by a former Pride FC champion. Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua has been scheduled to face Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of UFC Fight Night 117, which is set to take place on Sept. 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The news was announced by the UFC on Thursday.
Submitted Jul 7, 2017 8:06PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pro Fighters League debuts with 291,000 viewers
(https:)
The debut of the Pro Fighters League on NBC Sports this past Friday night, a show headlined by former UFC top welterweight contender Jon Fitch against Brian Foster, did 291,000 viewers. Fitch (30-7-1, 1 no contest) scored his first finish since June 2007, in scoring a second-round win over Foster (27-10) with a bulldog choke.
Submitted Jul 7, 2017 8:05PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ladd-Eye Pulled From The TUF Finale Card
(ufc.com)
Due to illness, Aspen Ladd has been removed from her Friday night bout against Jessica Eye at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The TUF Finale card will proceed as scheduled with 11 bouts that begin at 3:30pm PT / 6:30pm ET.
Submitted Jul 7, 2017 6:08PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gilbert Melendez Makes Featherweight Debut In September Against Jeremy Stephens
(ufc.com)
One of the top lightweights of this era will make his move to the featherweight division on Sept. 9, as Gilbert "El Nino" Melendez faces Jeremy "Lil' Heathen" Stephens in a UFC 215 bout at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. A former Strikeforce and WEC champion, Melendez has fought the best of the best in the UFC since debuting in the promotion in 2013, fighting twice for the 155-pound crown, but now the 35-year-old will battle it out in a new weight class, where he will be put to the test immediately by the hard-hitting Stephens, whose last three wins have been over Darren Elkins, Dennis Bermudez and Renan Barao.
Submitted Jul 6, 2017 7:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman turned down a trilogy fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 212
(https:)
After Kelvin Gastelum was forced off the UFC 212 card in Rio for a potential USADA violation in May, the UFC reached out to former middleweight champion Chris Weidman to see if he would be interested in a third meeting with Anderson Silva. Only four weeks out from the Brazilian event when he was notified of the offer and still nursing some injuries from his controversial loss to Gegard Mousasi, Weidman decided that the trilogy fight wasn’t the best idea at the time.
Submitted Jul 6, 2017 1:04AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Coker: Paul Daley vs. Michael Page planned for early 2018, ‘MVP’ to box in interim
(https:)
The ongoing saga of Michael Page and Paul Daley doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon, but at least there’s timeline fans can now attach to the two English rivals. Following Page’s latest social media salvo, which declared that Daley had turned down a planned September grudge match between the Bellator welterweights, Bellator president Scott Coker revealed on The MMA Hour that Page vs. Daley was still in his promotion’s plans, but that the match-up would have to wait until early 2018 due to insistence on Daley’s part.
Submitted Jul 6, 2017 1:03AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Chris Weidman loses NYSAC appeal after controversial stoppage at UFC 210
(https:)
On the latest edition of The MMA Hour, Chris Weidman revealed that he lost the appeal of his controversial loss to Gegard Mousasi at UFC 210. At the time of the fight, it was believed that the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) could not use instant replays for the events that they oversee. Days after the April event, NYSAC confirmed in a statement to MMAFighting.com that instant replays are “officially allowed” in the state of New York.
Submitted Jul 6, 2017 12:59AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC legend Matt Hughes off ventilator, showing ‘small signs of improvement’
(https:)
Matt Hughes is doing better after being seriously injured in a scary truck-train crash last month. The UFC legend is no longer on a ventilator and has shown "small signs of improvement,” per a statement posted by his family to his sister Beth Ulrici Hughes’ Facebook page.
Submitted Jul 6, 2017 12:55AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather first news conference set for London's Wembley Stadium
(mmajunkie.com)
Get yourself mentally prepared for the onslaught. It’s starting in two weeks. (Well, you probably think it’s started already.) The first news conference between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor ahead of their boxing mega-match will go down at Wembley Stadium in London, according to a report from The Sun. No specific date has been announced, though we’ve known for a bit that a world tour will be happening between the two combat sports greats.
Submitted Jul 5, 2017 9:14PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
 
Albert Morales replaces Mitch Gagnon, meets Brett Johns at UFC Fight Night 113
(mmajunkie.com)
Bantamweight Albert Morales (7-1-1 MMA, 1-1-1 UFC) has agreed to step in on short notice to replace Mitch Gagnon (12-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and face Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at next week’s UFC Fight Night 113 even in Scotland. UFC officials today announced the change in plans. UFC Fight Night 113 takes place July 16 at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The card airs on FS1.
Submitted Jul 4, 2017 6:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jared Cannonier gets new TUF 25 Finale opponent just days away after Steve Bosse pulls out
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale card is getting a last-minute change. Steve Bosse is out and in his place Nick Roehrick has signed with the UFC to fight Jared Cannonier in a light heavyweight bout on just three days’ notice, a company official today told MMAjunkie following an initial report from Twitter user Shawn Bitter. The TUF 25 Finale takes place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jul 4, 2017 6:29PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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