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Kimbo Slice fight attracts unusual betting on underdog
(espn.go.com)
Friday night's MMA bout in Houston between Kimbo Slice and relative unknown Dhafir "Dada 5000" Harris has attracted an unusual level of betting action on the underdog, causing the odds to shift dramatically and forcing multiple sportsbooks to take the fight off the board. Slice opened as a -360 favorite before a flurry of action, including several large wagers, poured in on the underdog Harris, driving the price down to Slice -165 as of Friday morning. "We took seven bets in the first two hours we had it up; all of them were to win four figures on the underdog," said Jason Simbal, vice president of race and sports at Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology. "It was moving like crazy. We had to take it down." Apparently lots of different bookies have removed the fight from their sites...
Submitted Feb 19, 2016 7:02PM by Bustamante-Aoki - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Traffic stop audio: Jon Jones 'didn't realize' he couldn't use passport as driver's license
(bloodyelbow.com)

Cop: Reason I stopped you, okay, is you're going 75 down Alameda in a 35, okay? Jones: Was I? Cop: Yeah, I got you on radar, okay. There's no need to be going that fast, man. Jones: I didn't realize I was. Cop: Okay, you got your license or insurance? Jones: I don't, I don't have my license. Cop: Where you headed? Jones: I'm headed to Jackson's MMA, to practice at 8:30. Cop: I need the registration for the license plate. Jones: Is this it? Cop: Nope. Do you have the insurance card? Cop: So, you don't have anything then? You don't have a license with you, no registration, no insurance? Jones: I just threw on some sweatpants and [unintelligable] Cop: Is the vehicle in your name? Jones: No, it's in my fiance's name. Cop: So where's the insurance, man? Jones: I don't know. Cop: You don't know? Jones: No, I don't know. Cop: So why are you driving with no insurance, dude? Jones: Is that illegal? Cop: [snorts] You know it's illegal, man. Jones: No, I don't. Is it? Cop: YES. Everybody has to have insurance. Jones: Yeah, the car's insured. Cop: But you got to have proof of insurance. Just because you're telling me that it's legit doesn't mean that it's legit. Jones: Yeah, I understand that. Cop: I've got to see some proof. Jones: I understand. Cop: You don't have your license with you either, so why are you driving with no license. You know that you have to have a license to drive, right? Jones: Yeah, I have a valid license. Cop: But you have to have it with you. Jones: Yeah. I lost my license a while ago, so I usually carry my passport. Cop: Be straight up, okay. You don't have a license, right? To be driving. Jones: No, I do. Cop: Because you're not coming back in the system as having a license. Jones: I don't know why that would be, because I'm from New York. Cop: So, you don't have a New Mexico license? Jones: No, sir. Cop: Okay, but you've got one out of New York? Jones: Mmhmm. Cop: Okay, you just don't have it with you? Jones: No, no I don't. I lost my... So, I'm from New York and I haven't gotten a... I've been living here, I moved here officially about a year and a half ago and I've been driving around carrying my passport. Cop: Mmhmm. Jones: I left my passport in my book bag at home, so that's the only reason I'm not carrying it. Cop: But you've got to have a driver's license, not a passport, to drive, okay? Jones: Okay, I didn't realize that. Cop: I mean, going 75 is pretty much reckless driving, dude. Jones: Yeah, that's what he's telling me. Cop: So, you're getting a huge break dude. You know what I'm saying? Jones: Yeah, I appreciate it. Cop: You just need to get a license to drive if you're going to drive, alright? And just drive normal, okay? Jones: Yeah. Yeah absolutely. Cop: I mean, yeah you got a cool car, but there's no reason to go drive crazy and kill somebody or kill yourself. It ain't worth it dude. Jones: Absolutely.
Submitted Feb 19, 2016 5:11PM by GDPofMPG - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Manager: Former UFC title challenger Cat Zingano close to returning
(mmajunkie.com)
According to her manager, Cat Zingano should be returning to the UFC octagon in the next few months. Zingano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hasn’t been in the cage since a quick submission defeat to then-champ Ronda Rousey a year ago.
Submitted Feb 19, 2016 4:58PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stefan Struve vs. Antonio Silva targeted for UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s debut event in the Netherlands appears to have its first bout. Heavyweights Stefan Struve (26-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Antonio Silva (19-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) have agreed to fight at UFC Fight Night 87. A person close to the event confirmed the matchup with MMAjunkie. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the bout hasn’t formally been announced. Combate first reported the fight.
Submitted Feb 19, 2016 3:51PM by JLS1980 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Maximum Fighting Championship (MFC) is For Sale
(mmaweekly.com)
The Maximum Fighting Championship, one of the eminently exciting brands of mixed martial arts to ever be at the forefront of the sport, is formally announcing it is for sale. Mark Pavelich, Owner & President of the MFC, put more than 15 years into the business and grew it from a Canadian original on the MMA scene to a frontrunner in North America and ultimately into one of the most prominent shows in the world. “The Maximum Fighting Championship was my passion and my labor of love. It was not just an MMA show. It was a professional sports organization,” said Pavelich. The Maximum Fighting Championship brought top-level attention and profile to its athletes. Every one of the MFC’s champions progressed to the UFC, and more than 50 of its fighters competed at the highest levels of the sport. Included in the MFC’s extensive list of notable athletes are Patrick Cote, Jason MacDonald, Benson Henderson, Sam Alvey, Paul Daley, Anthony Birchak, Ryan McGillivray, Tom Watson, Roger Hollett, Antonio McKee, Thales Leites, Emmanuel Newton, and Douglas Lima.
Submitted Feb 18, 2016 6:46PM by JLS1980 - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
M-1 Challenge 64 Weigh-in Results: US-Suspended Shlemenko, Vaselevsky Cleared
(sherdog.com)
Russia’s leading MMA promotion M-1 Global is officially set for its next event, which takes place Friday night at Olympic Stadium in Moscow. M-1 Challenge 64 boasts an intriguing double feature, with one of the bouts for the organization’s vacant heavyweight title. Alexander Shlemenko, who is serving a three-year suspension in the U.S., and Vyacheslav Vaselevsky will square off in the marquee’s main event. The bout, which is a semifinal of M-1 Challenge’s Middleweight Grand Prix, will go down as scheduled because both men were on point at Thursday’s weigh-ins. As it turned out, both combatants tipped the scale at 184.5 pounds. M-1 Challenge 64 Weigh-in Results: Alexander Shlemenko (184.5) vs. Vyacheslav Vaselevsky (184.5) Alexander Volkov (236.5) vs. Denis Smoldaraev (269.5) Pavel Vitruk (135) vs. Sergey Morozov (134) Antun Racic (134) vs. Vitaly Branchuk (134) Ray Joe (184) vs. Vladimir Katyhin (183.5) Kurban Ibragimov (230) vs. Dmitriy Mikutsa (239.5) Magomed Mutaev (185) vs. Vadim Orischak (184) Valery Myasnikov (185) vs. Vyacheslav Bogomol (183) Stefan Larisch (168.5) vs. Maksin Grabovich (168) Andrey Lezhnev (145) vs. Timur Nagibin (145)
Submitted Feb 18, 2016 5:59PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee added to UFC 197 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight announcements are coming fast and furious for UFC 197 and the latest addition is a lightweight scrap between Efrain Escudero and Kevin Lee. The fight between Lee (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Escudero (24-10 MMA, 5-6 UFC) was first announced by Indiscutido.com and later confirmed by UFC officials. The latest UFC 197 lineup now includes: Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez Glaico Franca vs. James Vick Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
Submitted Feb 18, 2016 4:27PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele added to quickly filling UFC 197 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 197’s quickly filling fight card has a new welterweight matchup, officials today announced. After a recent successful UFC debut, Danny Roberts (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) now meets Dominique Steele (14-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the event. UFC 197 takes place April 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The bout order hasn’t been finalized. The latest UFC 197 lineup now includes: Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez Glaico Franca vs. James Vick Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Submitted Feb 18, 2016 10:45AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Caio Magalhaes to Face Cezar ‘Mutante’ at UFC on Fox 19
(sherdog.com)
Caio Magalhaes will lock horns with Cezar Ferreira at UFC on Fox 19. Promotion officials announced the middleweight contest on Wednesday. UFC on Fox 19 takes place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on April 16 and features a pivotal lightweight showdown between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Submitted Feb 18, 2016 12:06AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza meet at UFC 197
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC 197 was already shaping up to be a blockbuster event, but the announcement that Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza will meet on the card has added to the luster. The bout was announced on the UFC’s official website. With the addition, the latest UFC 197 card includes: Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whitaker Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez
Submitted Feb 17, 2016 11:16PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Boxing: Nike Drops Manny Pacquiao After Anti-Gay Slurs
(sherdog.com)
The rumors were swirling all morning but on Wednesday afternoon, apparel monolith Nike officially dropped boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao from its roster. Pacquiao, who is a devout Catholic, came under a tremendous amount of scrutiny during the past two days for saying in an interview with Filipino station TV5 that he greatly opposes gay marriage, even comparing gays to animals. “Woman was made for man, man was made for woman. It’s common sense,” the eight-division world champion said. “Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female? The animals are better. They know how to distinguish… If we approve male on male, female on female,” he added. Then man is worse than animal.”
Submitted Feb 17, 2016 3:41PM by JLS1980 - 14 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Konstantin Erokhin issued temporary suspension for failed TUF 22 Finale drug test
(mmafighting.com)
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Wednesday issued a temporary suspension to former UFC fighter Konstantin Erokhin following the Russian heavyweight's failed drug test at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, NV. Erokhin (9-3) tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone in a pre-fight in-competition test ahead of a lethargic unanimous decision loss against Gabriel Gonzaga, after which he was released by the UFC.
Submitted Feb 17, 2016 3:39PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva’s Lifetime Ban and $70,000 Fine Lifted
(mmaweekly.com)
Wanderlei Silva‘s longtime disciplinary case before the Nevada Athletic Commission came to a conclusion on Wednesday. The commission reduced Silva’s suspension to three years and erased the $70,000 fine levied against him. Silva was initially handed a lifetime ban and a $70,000 fine by the commission for evading a random drug test prior to a planned bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175 in the summer of 2014.
Submitted Feb 17, 2016 3:37PM by JLS1980 - 19 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
MMA writer accuses BJ Penn of sexual assault and drug use
(bloodyelbow.com)
BJ Penn's retirement hasn't exactly been a quiet one. Not long after hanging up the gloves, the former UFC champion found himself on the wrong side of the law, following an apparent parking lot scrap with a friend that saw him get a fresh mugshot. The issue was apparently resolved after Penn agreed to pay the man's medical bills for injuries stemming from the fight. Now, Penn has another public relations headache that might become something more serious. Former BJPenn.com website writer Pedro Alex Carrasco took to Twitter on Tuesday, February 16th to share a few choice pieces of information about his former employer. Carrasco who parted ways with the site back in October of last year has been relatively quiet on Twitter since leaving his post, but his recent messages leveled some heavy accusations:
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 9:23PM by Five-Alive - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Fresh off Northcutt win, Bryan Barberena next meets Warlley Alves at May UFC event in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh off a big win over highly promoted prospect Sage Northcutt, Bryan Barberena is getting no gimme in his next bout. UFC officials today announced Barberena (11-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will fight fellow welterweight Warlley Alves at the UFC’s May event in Brazil. The latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 7:18PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lauren Murphy meets replacement Kelly Faszholz on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 83
(mmajunkie.com)
After a series of late scratches, UFC officials have managed to salvage Sunday’s full UFC Fight Night 83 lineup. UFC officials today announced newcomer Kelly Faszholz (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and now meets fellow women’s bantamweight Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC). The full UFC Fight Night 83 card now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. Augusto Mendes Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Shane Campbell vs. James Krause PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Leonardo Augusto Leleco vs. Anthony Smith Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET) Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Kelly Faszholz vs. Lauren Murphy Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 7:17PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio slated for UFC on FOX 19 in Florida
(mmajunkie.com)
A few welterweights with ties to “The Ultimate Fighter” will meet in April at UFC on FOX 19. Court McGee (17-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (21-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) have agreed to meet at the event. The latest UFC on FOX 19 card includes: Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Rashad Evans vs. Mauricio Rua Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington Hacran Dias vs. Cub Swanson Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbi
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 6:16PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Zach Juusola out, Thiago Moises now meets David Castillo for 155 title at RFA 35
(mmajunkie.com)
Just a few days before the fight, RFA 35 has a new championship headliner. Zach Juusola (11-3) has pulled out of his vacant lightweight title fight against David Castillo (19-7) with an injury. Stepping up to take Juusola’s place will be Thiago Moises (6-1), who moves up from a co-main event fight against David Putvin. Putvin (7-1) now will face Thiago Alves Cavalcante Rodrigues (9-3) in the new co-main event, which will take place at a 160-pound catchweight. RFA officials confirmed the changes to MMAjunkie today. RFA 35 takes place Friday at UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card airs on AXS TV.
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 5:34PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
ONE Championship 40 set for March with Mohamed Ali vs. Aung La N Sang headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
ONE Championship 40 is set for a March return to Myanmar, and a home country fan favorite is booked for the main event. Myanmar’s own Aung La N Sang (16-9-1) will take on Egypt’s Mohamed Ali (10-7) in the main event of “ONE Championship 40: Union of Warriors.” The promotion announced the card and headliner today. ONE Championship 40 will take place March 18 at Thuwanna Indoor Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. The card will stream as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 5:31PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau says he’ll drop USADA appeal, accept 2-year punishment
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau expects to drop the appeal of two positive drug tests stemming from his most recent fight, he told MMAjunkie. In doing so, he will accept a likely two-year suspension from the UFC’s anti-doping partner, USADA. “I’ll take the minimum punishment under the new rules, which is a two-year suspension,” he said today. “So I’ll take the two years.” USADA officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The firm handles drug testing and results management for the UFC. According to the UFC’s anti-doping policy, athletes who are found to have committed an anti-doping violation face a two-year suspension for an “non-specified substance or prohibited method” and a one-year suspension for a specified substance. Up to two years can be added to a sentence where “aggravating circumstances” are present. They also risk a disqualification of bout results “including, without limitation, forfeiture of title, ranking, purse or other compensation.”
Submitted Feb 16, 2016 5:30PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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