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Anderson Silva releases statement following failed USADA drug test
Anderson Silva has broken his silence following a positive drug test. Last Friday, Silva was pulled from the UFC Shanghai main event against Kelvin Gastelum due to a failed USADA drug test. The legendary former UFC middleweight champion released a statement Tuesday on social media addressing — though not directly — the situation.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 11:30PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Coach Leaks News Of Nate Diaz Fight Camp
Is Nate Diaz on the verge of returning to the UFC? If an Instagram post from his strength and conditioning coach Jose Garcia is to be believed, then yes.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 8:36PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Referee Marc Goddard breaks silence on Conor McGregor situation at Bellator 187
The referee at the center of the Conor McGregor craziness at Bellator 187 last Friday issued a lengthy statement Tuesday on social media. Marc Goddard, who was shoved by McGregor in the cage following a bout between Charlie Ward and John Redmond, wrote that he had never officially ended the bout at the time that McGregor entered the fighting area. Goddard said he wasn’t able to assess the situation, because of the wildness that ensued when McGregor began celebrating with his teammate Ward.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 7:07PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Lorenz Larkins vs Fernando Gonzalez at catchweight set for Bellator 193 main event
Lorenz Larkin and Fernando Gonzalez will square off in a 180-pound catchweight affair in the Bellator 193 headliner on Jan. 26. Promotion officials announced the pairing on Tuesday. Bellator 193 takes place at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., and will be televised on the Paramount Network at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. Additional bouts for the event will be announced soon.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 4:13PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Bidding opens at $3,000 for Dustin Poirier's UFC-Norfolk fight gear to benefit slain officer's family
Now that one of the biggest – if not the biggest – wins of Dustin Poirier’s career is in the books, you can own all the gear that went along with it. MMAjunkie recently reported on Poirier’s decision to auction off his fight kit from UFC Fight Night 120, as well as his plans to auction off his gear after all his future fights to raise money for important causes close to him. He first auctioned off his gear following UFC 211 in May and raised $5,100 for the Second Harvest Food Bank in his home city of Lafayette, La., which translated to 3,000 meals for needy families. This past Saturday, Poirier (22-5 MMA, 14-4 UFC) took out former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis (20-7 MMA, 7-6 UFC) with a third-round TKO in a “Fight of the Night” winner at UFC Fight Night 120, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. And now, Poirier has his fight kit on to raise money for the family of Lafayette Police Cpl. Michael Middlebrook, who was killed in the line of duty in October.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 2:28PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Michael Bisping targeting March’s UFC London card for retirement bout
Michael Bisping surprised the MMA universe by stepping in on short notice to face Kelvin Gastelum following Anderson Silva’s forced withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai due to a USADA violation. Bisping lost his middleweight title in the main event of UFC 217 to Georges St-Pierre via third-round submission a week before he agreed to the short notice bout. Although “The Count” openly talked about considering retirement in the lead-up to the Madison Square Garden showdown with GSP, he says he has no plan to retire following his bout with Gastelum at the end of the month. According to the former middleweight champion, he wants to retire in front of his home support in England at UFC London on Mar. 17.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 2:24PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Conor McGregor issues statement on Bellator 187 incident
Conor McGregor has broken has silence on Friday’s controversial incident in Dublin, Ireland. McGregor jumped into the cage at Bellator 187 to celebrate SBG teammate Charlie Ward’s TKO victory over John Redmond. McGregor, who was not a licensed cornerman for the bout, then got into an altercation with referee Marc Goddard, and slapped a Bellator employee after McGregor was removed from the cage, before he left the scene. In the aftermath, there have been calls for the UFC lightweight champion to be disciplined. Mohegan Sun Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli, who oversaw the Bellator card, said the UFC pulled McGregor off UFC 219 due to the incident, a claim McGregor’s agent, Audie Attar, denied. On Tuesday, McGregor gave his side of the story on Instagram.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 1:34PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Oscar De La Hoya says he’s been ‘secretly training’ and could beat Conor McGregor in ‘two rounds’
Just when you thought there was no one left to call out Conor McGregor, another famous name has thrown their hat in the proverbial ring. Speaking on DashRadio, former boxing champion-turned-promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed that not only has he been getting back into fighting shape, he’s doing so with the idea that even at the age of 44 he can still take out “The Notorious”.
Submitted Nov 14, 2017 12:31AM by Braden - 4 comments
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Juliana Lima meets Randa Markos at UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte
Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is set to take on Randa Markos (7-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 27 in January. Promotion officials announced the new booking today after an initial report from MMADNA.nl. UFC on FOX 27 takes place Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The main card will air on FOX after prelims expected for either FOX or FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No headliner has been announced for the event yet, which will be the UFC’s first show in North Carolina in nearly eight years.
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 8:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ovince Saint Preux meets Ilir Latifi at UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte
It’s a little later than he initially asked for, but Ovince Saint Preux will get his wish – which initially was a wish made by Ilir Latifi. Saint Preux (22-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Latifi (13-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) are set to clash in a light heavyweight bout when the UFC returns to North Carolina in January for UFC on FOX 27. Promotion officials announced the new booking today following an initial report from the Charlotte Observer. UFC on FOX 27 takes place Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The main card will air on FOX after prelims expected for either FOX or FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No headliner has been announced for the event yet, which will be the UFC’s first show in North Carolina in nearly eight years.
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 5:12PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Conor McGregor's next fight at UFC 219 scratched following ‘unacceptable behavior’ at Bellator 187
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was expected to put Conor McGregor in the pay-per-view (PPV) main event of UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he would attempt to unify the division titles against interim straphanger Tony Ferguson on Dec. 30, 2017. Instead, officials have reportedly sent him to the sidelines.
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 3:58PM by Braden - 8 comments
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Top prospect Mackenzie Dern signs with Invicta FC
One of the sport’s brightest prospects has taken the next step in her MMA career. Decorated jiu-jitsu champion Mackenzie Dern announced Monday on The MMA Hour that she has signed a multi-fight deal with all-female promotion Invicta FC. Dern said Monday that her Invicta FC debut will be on Dec. 8 in a strawweight bout against one-time title challenger Kaline Medeiros.
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 3:56PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Bellator signs former WWE champion, college wrestling standout Jake Hager
Bellator is getting some much-needed swagger. Jack Swagger, that is. The MMA promotion has signed former WWE star Jake Hager, better known by his ring name Jack Swagger, to compete in its heavyweight division, Hager announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. Swagger said he’ll be making his debut in 2018.
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 2:55PM by Braden - 2 comments
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UFC 220 in Boston gets new bouts, including Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja
The lineup is taking shape for January’s UFC 220 event in Massachusetts. New bookings include flyweights Dustin Ortiz (17-7 MMA, 6-5 UFC) vs. Alexandre Pantoja (18-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and featherweights Kyle Bochniak (7-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Brandon Davis (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 1:41PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Dustin Poirier blasts Eddie Alvarez following Anthony Pettis win
Dustin Poirier was more than happy to headline UFC Fight Night in Norfolk, Virginia against former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, but he knows deep down he should have been facing a different opponent. Earlier this year, Poirier faced another former champ in Eddie Alvarez in an epic battle that unfortunately ended in a no contest.
Submitted Nov 13, 2017 2:33AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
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Jimmie Rivera: 'Mighty Mouse' blocking my deserved title fight with T.J. Dillashaw
Jimmie Rivera said he’s the obvious next candidate to challenge UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. There’s a roadblock in his way, however, and his name is UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.
Submitted Nov 12, 2017 11:04PM by Ninja_Nicoya - 6 comments
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Patricio Freire injured, out of Bellator 188 title fight with Daniel Weichel
Bellator has lost the headline bout of this week’s event in Tel Aviv, Israel. Featherweight champion Patricio Freire was forced out of Bellator 188 clash with Daniel Weichel due to a knee injury, sources confirmed to MMAFighting following a report by Ram Gilboa.
Submitted Nov 12, 2017 10:06PM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC Sydney: Alex Volkanowski Meets Shane Young At Catchweight
UFC Fight Night 121: Werdum vs. Tybura takes place at the Qudos Bank Arena next Sunday November 19. The six-fight main card airs live on FS 6, Edge and Fight Pass, following the preliminary cards on UFC Fight Pass. Earlier this week the fight card suffered two pull outs. Nevertheless the replacements for both bouts have been found, with today’s announcement made by Australian Alex Volkanovski who is facing a new opponent.
Submitted Nov 12, 2017 2:40PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Mirko Cro Cop returns, meets Tsuyoshi Kohsaka at Dec. 31 Rizin FF event
Mirko Cro Cop is coming out of retirement. Again. The veteran MMA fighter and kickboxer, who’s previously announced multiple retirements of sorts that never quite stuck, is returning to action again. Risen FF officials today announced Cro Cop (35-11-2) will fight fellow heavyweight Tsuyoshi Kohsaka (29-12-2) on Dec. 31. The event, “Rizin FF 9: World Grand Prix Final Round,” takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and it steams on FITE TV in North America.
Submitted Nov 12, 2017 1:00PM by Braden - 0 comments
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UFC Fight Night 120 bonuses: Yeah, Dustin Poirier got his money
Following his thrilling win over Anthony Pettis at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 120 event, Dustin Poirier shifted his gaze to UFC matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, demanding they award him a $50,000 bonus. They listened. Poirier and Pettis were each awarded “Fight of the Night” honors for Saturday’s event, which took place at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. Their contest served as the main event of the FS1-broadcast main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, and Poirier took home a third-round TKO. The headliners weren’t the only fighters to take home an extra check, with both Matt Brown and Rapahel Assuncao also earning an additional $50,000 in the form of “Performance of the Night” awards.
Submitted Nov 12, 2017 9:24AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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