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Alex Reyes Out, Nad Narimani Steps in Against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Fight Night London
There has been a late change to the UFC Fight Night 127 lineup, as Nad Narimani will step in for the injured Alex Reyes and face Nasrat Haqparast on Saturday in London. Promotion officials announced the new bout on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 127 takes place at the O2 Arena and is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Volkov. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass. Narimani captured the Cage Warriors featherweight crown with a five-round verdict over highly-regarded prospect Paddy Pimblett last April. The 30-year-old Englishman has won three straights overall and owns a 10-2 career mark.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 4:51PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ronda Rousey says a UFC return is ‘as likely’ as her going back to the Olympics for judo
Ronda Rousey doesn’t seem poised for a UFC comeback any time in the near future. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion said Tuesday on “The Ellen Show” that she would put a return to the Octagon on the same plane currently as a return trip to the Olympics. Rousey won the bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 3:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, Other Combat Sports
Benson Henderson vs. returning Roger Huerta set for Bellator 196
It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month. Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:50PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Yoel Romero: Robert Whittaker title rematch set for UFC 225
Yoel Romero said his rematch with Robert Whittaker is set for June’s UFC 225 fight card. Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) announced the middleweight title fight against Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), which had been previously reported by ESPN.com and BJPenn.com, on today’s edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:44PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher slotted for UFC 224 in Brazil
UFC 224 has a new crackerjack of a bantamweight fight. It features John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) vs. Brian Kelleher (19-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Combate first reported it, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. UFC 224 takes place May 12 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:42PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Rashad Evans returns to light heavyweight vs. Anthony Smith at UFC 225
Rashad Evans is returning to the weight class where he was once a champion. The former UFC light heavyweight champion will be back at 205 pounds when he takes on Anthony Smith at UFC 225 on June 9 at the United Center in Chicago, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 2:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paddy Pimblett would consider UFC offer following viral submission at CWFC 90
Paddy Pimblett might have turned down an offer from UFC in the past, but the Scouse submission ace said he would consider a new contract from the organization following his viral submission of Alexis Savvidis at Cage Warriors 90.
Submitted Mar 11, 2018 9:12PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
Thiago Alves disappointed with Millender loss, wants Yancy Medeiros next
Welterweight Thiago Alves laments his performance against Curtis Millender at UFC Fight Night 126, in Austin, Texas. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves is disappointed with his latest UFC performance, when he was knocked out by Curtis Millender in Austin, Texas. Despite the violent KO loss, however, Alves wants to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible and already has an opponent in mind, as he told Combate.
Submitted Mar 11, 2018 9:10PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Diego Nunes booked to face Yusuke Yachi at RIZIN 10
RIZIN has made announced two additional fights for its RIZIN 10 event, set for Sunday 6 May at the Marine Messe in Fukuoka, Japan. Headlining the event is former UFC contenders Kyoji Horiguchi and Ian McCall, who will fight under special RIZIN MMA rules at 61kg. Super atomweight queen Kanna Asakarura is set to face Canada’s Melissa Karagianis.
Submitted Mar 11, 2018 9:07PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
Evan Dunham says Olivier Aubin-Mercier is replacing Mairbek Taisumov at UFC 223
It didn’t take long for Evan Dunham to find a replacement opponent after Mairbek Taisumov was officially ruled out of UFC 223. Replacing Taisumov at next month’s event will be “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” finalist Olivier Aubin-Mercier, according to a post on Dunham’s social media.
Submitted Mar 9, 2018 10:52PM by Braden - 5 comments
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UFC Fight Night 132 heads to Singapore, including Kassem-Xiaonan, Lausa-Mokhtarian
It appears the UFC will head to Singapore this summer for the second straight year, and third time overall. UFC Fight Night 132, though not yet announced by the promotion, will take place in Singapore according to a report from Combate journalist Raphael Marinho on Twitter. The card will take place June 23, though a venue and specific broadcast deatils were not reported. It is likely the event will stream in full on UFC Fight Pass, which was the case for the promotion’s first two events there: UFC Fight Night 34 in January 2014 and UFC Fight Night 111 in June 2017. UFC Fight Night 34 took place in Marina Bay at Sands Expo and Convention Centre; UFC Fight Night 111 took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang. Two bouts already are ticketed for the card. Nadia Kassem will meet Yan Xiaonan in a women’s strawweight bout, and Janel Lausa will take on Ashkan Mokhtarian at flyweight.
Submitted Mar 9, 2018 3:44PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Mairbek Taisumov withdraws from UFC 223 due to visa delay
Mairbek Taisumov’s quest to secure a U.S. visa continues. According to sources, there has been a delay with the Russian’s visa processing so his upcoming bout with Evan Dunham has been pulled from UFC 223. MMA Fighting understands that Taisumov’s visa process is still ongoing and his team is confident that he will compete in the U.S. in the near future. He has not been denied a U.S. visa. “Beckan” has previously been forced off two previous UFC cards, UFC Fight Night 81 and UFC 203, due to visa issues.
Submitted Mar 9, 2018 2:05PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington is on for UFC 224 after all
Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington is on, after all. The UFC bantamweight title fight had long been expected for UFC 224 on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12. The bout was called into question after last weekend’s UFC 222, when company president Dana White declared he was looking at the option of having Nunes next fight featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, who scored a one-sided win over Yana Kunitskaya in the evening’s main event. But now the women’s superfight is on hold, and instead, Nunes vs. Pennington is official. The company tweeted Thursday the bout would be the main event of the May 12 card in Rio.
Submitted Mar 8, 2018 7:53PM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
USADA suspends UFC’s Ion Cutelaba six months for prohibited ozone therapy administration
A UFC light heavyweight was suspended for use of an alternative medical treatment, but will be able to return to the Octagon soon. USADA sanctioned Ion Cutelaba for six months due to a prohibited administration of ozone therapy, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Thursday. Ozone therapy is an alternative treatment that introduces ozone into the body with the goal of increasing oxygen. There is no peer-reviewed research supporting its effectiveness as a medical technique.
Submitted Mar 8, 2018 3:57PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cynthia Calvillo accepts six-month suspension for marijuana
Cynthia Calvillo’s failed drug test won’t keep her out of competition for long. The 30-year-old strawweight has accepted a six-month suspension from the USADA after an in-competition drug test came in positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a marijuana metabolite — last December, per a USADA release.
Submitted Mar 7, 2018 10:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes official for UFC 225 in Chicago
The Second City is getting a first-rate heavyweight matchup. Alistair Overeem will meet Curtis Blaydes at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago, the UFC officially announced Wednesday.
Submitted Mar 7, 2018 4:38PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura added to UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City
The UFC’s return to New Jersey continues to build with the addition of a welterweight fight. Tony Martin (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) will move up to 170 pounds from lightweight to take on Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 128. UFC officials announced the booking today.
Submitted Mar 6, 2018 10:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson added to Bellator 200 in London
MMA and kickboxing legend Mirko Cro Cop will make his Bellator debut in May, when he faces fellow longtime veteran Roy Nelson.
Submitted Mar 5, 2018 3:52PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
How did controversial judge Adalaide Byrd do in her return at UFC 222? Could've been worse
Fighters beware: Adalaide Byrd is back in as a judge in Nevada, and no one is safe from her questionable calls. This was a point made, in no uncertain terms, during Saturday’s UFC 222 broadcast from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC commentators made sure to mention that Byrd was back from a “breather” that the Nevada State Athletic Commission essentially forced upon her after her controversial scorecard in the Genaddy Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez boxing match this past September, and neither Joe Rogan nor fellow cageside commentator Daniel Cormier seemed to think that was a good thing. “She’s a very nice person,” Rogan said after fellow UFC commentator Jon Anik pointed out that Byrd was back as a judge for the first time since that Golovkin-Alvarez bout. “So is my mom, (but) I wouldn’t want her calling any fights.”
Submitted Mar 4, 2018 5:59PM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jon Fitch vs. Paul Daley set for Bellator 199 in San Jose
Bellator’s newest addition has his first assignment. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch signed an exclusive contract with the promotion earlier this week, and on Friday night’s Bellator 195 card, it was announced that Fitch would be facing welterweight standout Paul Daley when the organization heads to San Jose for Bellator 199 on May 12.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 10:51PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
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