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Undefeated A.J. McKee set to fight Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187 in Ireland
Undefeated Bellator featherweight A.J. McKee was hoping to finally fight rival James Gallagher in his next fight. That won’t happen, but they’ll be in the same building. McKee has been booked to face Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187, promotion officials today told MMAjunkie. The fight is set for the main card of Bellator 187, which takes place Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin Ireland and airs on Spike.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:20PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Michael McDonald to make Bellator debut this December in England
Top-ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald will make his Bellator debut this winter in the U.K., Bellator President Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie. McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is scheduled to appear against a to-be-determined opponent at a Dec. 15 Bellator event, which takes at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:17PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Scott Coker open to Bellator heavyweight tournament but wants to crown champion first
With a new influx of talent, and an unclaimed championship belt, Bellator’s heavyweight division is ripe for a tournament. Bellator President Scott Coker, no stranger to the format, likes the idea of pairing the division’s baddest big guys against each other. But he said a new champion will be crowned before that happens. “I think we will have some more fights, see how these guys fare, and then we can talk about something like that,” Coker today told MMAjunkie. Coker said a matchup between Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) “makes a lot of sense” as a fight for the title, though he also mentioned the surging Cheick Kongo (27-10-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) as a potential contender.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:04PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou booked as UFC 218 co-headliner in Detroit
UFC heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou won’t get a title shot, but he will get an ex-champion. Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who lost a spot on UFC 215 when Junior Dos Santos was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation, will meet the man he called out as a fill-in: Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC). The UFC today announced the bout between Ngannou and Overeem, which will take co-headline UFC 218. The Dec. 2 event from Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:02PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera, Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza added to UFC 219
Dominick Cruz will be returning to the Octagon later this year. The former UFC bantamweight champion will be taking on top contender Jimmie Rivera in a pivotal contest at UFC 219. The news was announced Wednesday night by the promotion. UFC 219 is set to take place on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. No headlining fight has been announced for the card.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 8:59PM by JLS - 7 comments
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Rory MacDonald vs. Ryan Bader? ‘The Red King’ wants gold in three Bellator divisions
One Bellator weight division isn’t enough to hold Rory MacDonald. The top welterweight fighter has lofty future plans — including a trip up to light heavyweight to face champion Ryan Bader. MacDonald told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that his hope is to beat Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight title Jan. 20 here in Los Angeles and move up. First would be the middleweight title, but he wouldn’t want to stop there.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:57PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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John Kavanagh calls for Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 on St. Patrick’s Day
Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh rubbished claims that “The Notorious” will meet Nate Diaz for a third time on Dec. 30, as was reported by Irish newspaper, The Sunday World, last weekend. Kavanagh appeared alongside McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, in Dublin on Wednesday and claimed that his preferred date for the trilogy fight would be St Patrick’s Day, March 17, in New York.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:56PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
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Kailin Curran-Yan Xiaonan, Gina Mazany-Yanan Wu added to UFC Fight Night 122 in China
UFC Fight Night 122, the first UFC event in mainland China, is beginning to shape up with the addition of a pair of women’s bouts that feature two debuting Chinese fighters. In the strawweight division, Kailin Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) will welcome Xiaonan Yan (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon for the first time, while in the bantamweight division Gina Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) faces Yanan Wu (9-1, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:54PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis targeted for UFC 218
An important flyweight is close to being finalized for the UFC 218. Henry Cejudo (11-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (16-2) is targeted for the Dec. 2 event, MMA Fighting has learned.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:53PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Michael Bisping teases fight with Daniel Cormier after beating Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217
On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been making overtures about a fight with him, and that after he beats St-Pierre, he would be happy to fight Cormier.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:23PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Rashad Evans decides against retirement, weighs light heavyweight return
Rashad Evans will live to fight another day. Despite losing his last four fights in a row, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has decided against retirement, Evans told MMAFighting.com recently.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:22PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
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McGregor-Mayweather does 4.4 million PPV buys, falls just short of record
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor didn’t quite break the domestic pay-per-view (PPV) record set by Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:21PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Video: WWE’s Charlotte Flair wants Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 in 2018
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been spending more time ringside than cageside over the last year, taking to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows to support her friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler, all while taking the opportunity to cut a few promos. As a result, fans have speculated that Rousey’s next step in her career will be to make a transition into the professional wrestling world, leaving mixed martial arts (MMA) behind for good. And to no one’s surprise, “Rowdy” already has established wrestling veterans eager to welcome her into the squared circle, as former WWE women’s title holder Charlotte Flair recently called out Ronda for a showdown on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:19PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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John Phillips to debut against Eryk Anders at UFC Fresno
Welsh knockout artist John Phillips (21-6) will make his long awaited UFC debut against unbeaten middleweight standout Eryk Anders (9-0) on Dec. 9 at UFC Fresno. The UFC made the fight official on Wednesday through their social networks, after Anders broke the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:18PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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USADA: Cris Cyborg ‘fully complied’ in controversial Thailand sample collection
Cris Cyborg and USADA seem to be on the same page after a sample-collection controversy last week. The police were called on doping-control officers who came to drug test Cyborg in Thailand, the UFC featherweight champion tweeted Friday. Cyborg has been training at Phuket Top Team for the last few weeks. Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd reported on the situation over the weekend. Despite the apparent issues with Thai authorities, Cyborg’s sample was collected without issue and is now at a laboratory, according to a statement USADA sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Ed Ruth vs. Chris Dempsey booked for Bellator 186
Ed Ruth already knew he was coming home. Now he knows who he’ll be giving a rude welcome to. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion meets Chris Dempsey in a middleweight bout at Bellator 186, which takes place on Nov. 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center of Penn State University, Ruth’s alma mater. Bellator officials confirmed the bout Wednesday after it was first reported by BluegrassMMA.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:16PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Cornerman, referee open up about chaotic fight that went viral
A welterweight title bout between Silmar "Sombra" Nunes and Caio "Paturi" Silva ended in chaos in Capanema, Brazil. Nunes choked out Silva in the main event of Capanema Fight Combat on Sept. 23, but the referee didn’t stop the fight when Silva went unconscious. While still holding the submission, Nunes warned the referee multiple times that his opponent was out, but referee Jorge Gomes insisted Silva was fine. That’s when Silva’s cornerman jumped into the cage and started to punch Nunes in the face in an attempt to stop the fight. The chaotic video quickly went viral, and MMA Fighting spoke with everyone involved in the wild scene.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:14PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Phil Davis meets promotional newcomer Leo Leite at Bellator 186
Phil Davis has an opponent for his upcoming fight at Penn State University. The former Bellator light heavyweight champion is set to welcome undefeated Leo Leite to the promotion on Nov. 3, Bellator officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Combate first reported the match-up as a possibility.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:22AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Ray Borg explains UFC 215 fight week illness, won’t hire full-time nutritionist for UFC 216
Ray Borg briefly upended the MMA world earlier this month when UFC doctors withdrew him from his scheduled main event challenge against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson just two days out from UFC 215 due to a viral illness. Aside from a Twitter outburst that same week, Borg has largely laid low since the incident, electing to quietly return to the grind as he prepares for a rescheduled bout against Johnson on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. But on Monday’s episode of the The MMA Hour, Borg finally broke his silence regarding the sickness that forced him to postpone the opportunity of a lifetime. And for the 24-year-old, the trouble started before he ever even arrived in Edmonton to begin UFC 215 fight week.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Another cornerman had to jump the cage to save his unconscious fighter from an inept ref
Combat sports officials have been getting savaged in the press these days after a number of high profile flubs. But what about all the screw ups that don't get much exposure because they happen way down in the minor leagues in countries far far away? Check out this latest incident of referee malfeasance:
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 7:14PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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