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Volkan Oezdemir vs. ‘Shogun’ Rua pulled from UFC Chile
Volkan Oezdemir’s fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is off. The light heavyweight duo was scheduled to meet at UFC Chile in Santiago on May 19. However, complications related to Oezdemir’s ongoing legal situation means the South Florida-based fighter won’t be able to leave the country and take the fight. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed an initial report by Combate. Additionally, MMA Fighting has learned the UFC is going to attempt to re-book the bout at a later date, preferably some time over the summer.
Submitted Apr 21, 2018 9:27PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Santiago Ponzinibbio out of UFC Chile main event due to injury
UFC Chile is going to need a new main event. Sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Santiago Ponzinibbio has been forced to withdraw from his headlining bout opposite Kamaru Usman that was scheduled to take place on May 19 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, due to a hand injury.
Submitted Apr 21, 2018 9:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Controversial ex-NFL player Greg Hardy to make pro MMA debut on UFC’s ‘Contender Series’
A former NFL All-Pro with a controversial past will get a crack at fighting in the UFC. Greg Hardy will make his professional mixed martial arts debut on June 12 in a heavyweight matchup against Brandon Sayles on a Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series event in Las Vegas. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial report by MMA Today.
Submitted Apr 21, 2018 4:35PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega title fight in the works for UFC 226 in Las Vegas
It appears Max Holloway will get his desired date and location for his next UFC featherweight title defense. A matchup between Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) and top contender Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) is in the works for UFC 226, MMAjunkie learned from two people with knowledge of the situation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the UFC has yet to make anything public. UFC 226 takes place July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Holloway vs. Ortega is expected to co-headline the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 11:14PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Leslie Smith says UFC has released her, criticizes Aspen Ladd for UFC Atlantic City weigh-in miss
After turning down a fight with Aspen Ladd at UFC Fight Night 128, Leslie Smith said she’s been paid her full show and win purses – a sum totalling $62,000 – for the ill-fated bout. Also forthcoming for Smith: an “unprecedented” goodbye from the UFC.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 5:50PM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis slated for UFC 226
A much-anticipated heavyweight fight is close to being added to UFC 226. Francis Ngannou vs. Derrick Lewis is scheduled for the July 7 card in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion is expected to finalize the fight in the coming days.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 5:47PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Marion Reneau vs. Cat Zingano among three bookings slated for UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise
Among the first additions to UFC Fight Night 133 is a crucial women’s bantamweight bout between streaking contender Marion Reneau and former title challenger Cat Zingano. Also set for the card are a pair of flyweight bouts. Former 135-pound title challenger Liz Carmouche meets former Invicta FC champ Jennifer Maia. And Justin Scoggins also takes on a promotional newcomer in Said Nurmagomedov, who is the cousin of the UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 2:52PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Roxanne Modafferi vs. Barb Honchak rebooked for TUF 27 Finale
Two of the best — and most well-known — women’s flyweight fighters in the world are set to collide this summer. Roxanne Modafferi and Barb Honchak will meet at the TUF 27 Finale on July 6 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting confirmed Thursday. Also added to the TUF 27 Finale card, per the Review-Journal, was a bout between two other TUF 26 contestants — Rachael Ostovich vs. Montana de la Rosa. Former Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series star Julian Marquez will face Alessio Di Chirico as well.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 1:33PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Aspen Ladd, after missing weight, says Leslie Smith won't accept UFC Atlantic City fight
After she missed weight for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 128 event, Aspen Ladd says her opponent, Leslie Smith, now has refused to accept the fight.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 1:20PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Magomed Bibulatov off of UFC Atlantic City due to injury
UFC Fight Night Atlantic City could be down a bout. Sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that flyweight Magomed Bibulatov has been forced to withdraw from his flyweight bout vs. Ulka Sasaki scheduled for Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., due to a back injury.
Submitted Apr 20, 2018 1:19PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren tweet about fighting each other in Bellator, but how possible is that?
Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald vs. Ben Askren: Is this a matchup that piques your interest? Because it’s been talked about now between the two fighters. A Twitter user today asked MacDonald, who already said he wants to move up to middleweight, if he would be interested in facing Askren, the former ONE Championship and Bellator 170-pound titleholder, who retired undefeated last November. MacDonald responded, and that got things going between him and Askren. Check it out:
Submitted Apr 19, 2018 2:47AM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities, General MMA
Islam Makhachev vs. Kajan Johnson set for UFC on FOX card in Canada
Islam Makhachev and Kajan Johnson are set to fight in a lightweight bout at an upcoming July 28 UFC on FOX show that is expected to take place in Calgary, Alberta. Sources confirmed the matchup with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani following an initial report by TASS. A featherweight bout between Calgary’s own Hakeem Dawodu and Austin Arnett has also been added to the card.
Submitted Apr 18, 2018 10:25PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paulo Costa announces rebooked fight vs. Uriah Hall for UFC 226 in Las Vegas
Paulo Costa is recovered and ready to fight Uriah Hall again. Costa today announced that a middleweight bout with Hall has been rebooked for this summer at UFC 226.
Submitted Apr 18, 2018 8:42PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
David Teymur welcomes Don Madge to the Octagon at UFC Liverpool
David Teymur will put his four-fight UFC win streak on the line when he faces debuting former EFC lightweight champion, Don Madge, at UFC Liverpool. UFC announced the bout through its social media channels Wednesday, three hours after Madge initially disclosed the bout on his Instagram page.
Submitted Apr 18, 2018 3:42PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Clay Guida vs. Bobby Green added to already ridiculously stacked UFC 225 lineup
UFC 225 is going to be one hell of an event. Now, everyone knock on wood. As it stands, the lineup could be the year’s best, and it continues to grow, this time with a lightweight bout between vets Clay Guida (34-17 MMA, 14-11 UFC) and fellow wrestler Bobby Green (24-8-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC).
Submitted Apr 18, 2018 1:27PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Yancy Medeiros vs. Mike Perry joins July's UFC 226 lineup
A bout between welterweight sluggers Yancy Medeiros and Mike Perry is the latest addition to July’s UFC 226 lineup. UFC officials formally announced the matchup between Medeiros (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Perry (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) following an initial report from reviewjournal.com
Submitted Apr 18, 2018 1:25PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Report: ESPN + FOX to bid jointly for UFC television rights
The point MMA became mainstream is a matter of debate, but could date to 2011 when the UFC and FOX signed a seven-year television deal, worth approximately $120 million per year by the end. Now it’s 2018, the deal is up, and the UFC reportedly wanted $300-400 million per year. FOX balked, perhaps because viewership is down. Big FOX shows are down 22% compared to the year before, while Fight Night events are down 17%. However, Andrew Wallenstein and Daniel Holloway report for Variety that rivals ESPN and FOX have teamed up in a joint bid for UFC television rights, that could bring as many as 15 fight events to the ESPN+ subscription streaming service.
Submitted Apr 17, 2018 11:16PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nik Lentz vs. Leonardo Santos is 13th addition to UFC Utica
The UFC’s debut event in Utica appears to have a nearly full lineup. The latest addition to June’s UFC Fight Night 131 card is lightweights Nik Lentz (28-8-2 MMA, 12-5-1 UFC) vs. Leonardo Santos (16-3-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC), officials today announced.
Submitted Apr 16, 2018 4:19PM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
PFL reveals rosters, event schedule for 2018 season
The Professional Fighters League is starting over in a big way. After holding three small shows in 2017, the former World Series of Fighting promotion announced Monday that it will kick off its inaugural PFL season on June 7 at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in what is scheduled to be the first of 11 events this year culminating in a year-end card on Dec. 31 that will see six fighters walk away with $1,000,000 in prize money.
Submitted Apr 16, 2018 2:59PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter, MMA Personalities
Sean O’Malley pays homage to Nate Diaz on national television
Sean O’Malley took Nate Diaz’s gimmick to a much bigger audience. After Diaz faked lighting up a blunt on a FOX Sports 1 UFC telecast in February, O’Malley showed off a joint of his own on national television Saturday night. With the camera panning the crowd during the FOX broadcast, O’Malley showed off his joint — and faked lighting it up — much to the amusement of Mackenzie Dern.
Submitted Apr 16, 2018 4:18AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
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