Aljamain Sterling to face Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 80
If Aljamain Sterling really is considering MMA retirement, it'll have to wait a little while longer. The top-ranked UFC bantamweight is set to face Johnny Eduardo on Fight Pass as part of UFC Fight Night 80 on December 10th. Sterling made the news official on Monday as part of his interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
For Uriah Hall, Saitama was a destination and an arrival
Homecomings can be a little bittersweet, especially in the twisted, merciless game of MMA, where every fight is an intersection of loosely controlled fate. It was nearly seven years ago to the day that Gegard Mousasi, in the midst of a 15-fight winning streak, stunned Ronaldo Souza with an upkick knockout at Dream 6. That happened in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 23, 2008.
Johny Hendricks: It's partly the fans' fault I didn't get title rematch
Ex-welterweight champion Johny Hendricks said he’s over trying to figure out the UFC’s title plans after getting snubbed for another shot at champ Robbie Lawler’s belt.
“It is what it is,” he told MMAjunkie. “As long as my body’s healthy, I’m going to fight.
“It’s not even so much the UFC’s fault. It’s also the fans; whenever they do a polling of the fans, they might want something different.”
Sorry Jon we will do better next time. Your probs right Brutal Bob Lawler is scared of you.
George Roop says he's 'one of the best' but disappointed by UFC inconsistency
TOKYO – George Roop has been a pro fighter since 2006. In that nearly decade-long stretch, he’s never managed to earn more than three consecutive victories.
Roop (15-11-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) has competed under Zuffa ownership – UFC and WEC – since 2008 and in that 15-fight span has never put together more than two-straight wins. He says he’s looking to change that pattern starting with Takeya Mizugaki (20-9-2 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 75.
Ex-McGregor opponent Diego Brandao: 'Crazy guy' Jose Aldo will 'smash him' at UFC 194
TOKYO – Diego Brandao says he’s doing what’s necessary to get back in the octagon with top featherweights such as interim UFC champ Conor McGregor.
Brandao (19-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) suffered a first-round TKO loss to McGregor at UFC Fight Night 46 in July 2014, a defeat that marked his second loss in a row. The Brazilian rebounded with a strong victory over Jimy Hettes in April, and he’s looking to continue his winning ways against Katsunori Kikuno (22-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 75.
'Cyborg' calls out UFC, Ronda Rousey following Vitor Belfort report
Cristiane Justino has some new ammo as she angles for a fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
“Cyborg,” who’s long campaigned for a bout with the dominant 135-pound champ, has been rebuffed by Rousey. While Justino, Invicta FC’s reigning 145-pound featherweight champ, has offered to fight at a catchweight, Rousey said she’ll only meet at 135 pounds since “Cyborg” failed a drug test due to the anabolic steroid stanozolol in 2011 (see the above video).
Demetrious Johnson not about to boycott Nevada on Nick Diaz's behalf
Don't count Demetrious Johnson among those who will avoid Nevada to show solidarity for Nick Diaz.
While last week's Nevada Athletic Commission decision to suspend Diaz five years following his third marijuana infraction in the state brought near universal condemnation in the mixed martial arts world, Johnson's not about to stop fighting in Las Vegas.
With scrapped fight, Brandao-Kikuno moves to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 75 main card
With a pair of injuries, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 75 lineup has a new main-card bout.
UFC officials recently announced the cancellation of a bantamweight fight between Matt Hobar (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Norifumi Yamamoto (18-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after both competitors suffered undisclosed injuries.
As a result, a featherweight title between Diego Brandao (19-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Katsunori Kikuno (23-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been elevated to the main card.
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145
A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and David Rickels (16-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) is slated for Bellator 145.
Officials today announced the matchup, as well as a trio of preliminary-card bouts.
Bellator 145, which features two title fights, take place Nov. 6 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest Bellator 145 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title
Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title
Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels
Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly
Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller
Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Lineup set for next month's RFA 31 in downtown Las Vegas with two title fights
The card is complete for next month’s RFA event in “Sin City” with two title fights at the top of the bill.
In the RFA 31 main event, Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9). And in the co-feature, Zoila Frausto (12-4) meets Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA women’s strawweight title.
RFA 31 takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV.
The complete RFA 31 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Gilbert Smith vs. Bristol Marunde – for welterweight title
Zoila Frausto vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger – for vacant women’s strawweight title
Gabriel Checco vs. Mike Jasper
Justin Linn vs. Matt Lopez
Cameron Diffley vs. Vardan Sholinian
Shai Lindsey vs. Joseph Peukert
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
David Arcangel vs. Zane Behrend
Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco
Johnny Parsons vs. Jeff Roman