Dana White: Jose Aldo 'did not have a broken rib,' the x-rays he released showed an 'old injury'
LAS VEGAS -- Dana White doubled down Friday on the idea that Jose Aldo withdrew from UFC 189's main event against Conor McGregor with a bruised rib and cartilage, and not the broken rib many believed after Aldo's team released x-rays of the injury that sunk the biggest featherweight fight in UFC history less than two week's out from fight night.
"So what happened was, when the pictures went out onto the internet, right, and you saw this rib down here, that was an old injury," the UFC president said. "That was an old injury that was calcified white. The real injury was the bruised rib and cartilage. He had a bruised rib and cartilage. And the big problem for Aldo in taking the fight, wasn't the fight. It was making weight.
"He had to cut something like 24 pounds, and if he couldn't physically do it the way that he does it, he was afraid that he couldn't make weight," White continued. "That was really the issue. But he did not have a broken rib. It was a bruise. Every x-ray he sent out was of an old injury. What you saw right there on his body was an old injury, not a new injury.
"It wasn't UFC doctors (who cleared him), either. It was three different doctors."
Bec Rawlings out, Joanne Calderwood gets new UFC Fight Night 72 opponent
with bec rawlings (6-4 mma, 1-1 ufc) forced out of next week’s ufc fight night 72 event in scotland, joanne calderwood (9-1 mma, 1-1 ufc) now faces a promotional newcomer.
ufc officials announced cortney casey (4-1 mma, 0-0 ufc) has agreed to step in on one week’s notice to meet the scottish striker.
With Bec Rawlings (6-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) forced out of next week’s UFC Fight Night 72 event in Scotland, Joanne Calderwood (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) now faces a promotional newcomer.
UFC officials announced Cortney Casey (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has agreed to step in on one week’s notice to meet the Scottish striker.
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Alexa Grasso to challenge Livia Renata Souza for strawweight title at Invicta FC 14
One of Dana White's most coveted potential signees has her next fight
-- and it'll be for a title.
Alexa Grasso will challenge Livia Renata Souza for the Invicta FC strawweight title in the main event of Invicta FC 14 on Sept. 12 in Kansas City, it was announced Thursday night at Invicta 13.
Grasso (7-0) has been mentioned many times by White, the UFC president, as one of the fighters he would most like to sign. The popular Mexican fighter is still under contract with Invicta and has said she would like to win Invicta gold before going to the UFC. Grasso, 21, is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mizuki Inoue at Invicta FC 11 in February.
Ganryujima 2: July 18th
Participants this time include: Minowaman, JZ, Mighty Mo, the always exciting Kazuhisa Watanabe, Brian Dues (Ganryujima 1 winner), Kiyoshi Tamura, and Japanese Soccer star Takeshi Watanabe
Personally I loved the first event, It was kind of like going back to 1996 and watching the original UFC's all over again.
Edit: How could I forget Jimmy Ambriz? Freak-show fans unite, this ones going to extremely entertaining
Invicta FC 13 weigh-in results: 'Cyborg' (144.6), five other title fighters official
LAS VEGAS – The Invicta FC 13 weigh-in results are in the books, and all the fighters on Thursday’s card – including six in TITLE fights – made weight without issue.
Chief among them was featherweight champion Cristiane Justino (13-1), who fights challenger Faith Van Duin (5-1) in the main event. Both fighters came in under the 145-pound title fight maximum. “Cyborg” Justino was 144.6 POUNDS, while Van Duin was 144.9.
Official Invicta FC 13 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11 p.m. ET)
Champ Cristiane Justino (144.6) vs. Faith Van Duin (144.9) – for featherweight title
Irene Aldana (134.7) vs. Tonya Evinger (134.7) – for vacant bantamweight title
Champ Herica Tiburcio (104.8) vs. Ayaka Hamasaki (104.7) – for atomweight title
Jessica-Rose Clark (134.3) vs. Pannie Kianzad (135.3)
Amber Brown (105.4) vs. Catherine Costigan (104.8)
Amy Montenegro (115.7) vs. Jamie Moyle (115)
Amber Leibrock (145.6) vs. Marina Shafir (145.2)
It was Hayder Hassan’s idea to donate 'TUF 21' money to Wounded Warrior Project
On the 12th and final taped episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 21,” American Top Team head Dan Lambert announces his squad is donating $200,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project after winning the team vs. team reality show tournament against the Blackzilians.
On the season finale of the show, which aired Wednesday night on FOX Sports 1, it looks as though Lambert is the one initiating the donation to the fund, which benefits wounded U.S. soldiers and is a cause long supported by the UFC. But Lambert said it was actually the idea of Hayder Hassan, who delivered the team its victory with a split-call over Blackzilians fighter Vicente Luque on Episode No. 12.
Velasquez Healthy, Targeting UFC 192 Return
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is looking to do something he hasn't done in over six years, and that's return to the Octagon less than four months after his last fight.
If everything goes according to PLAN, mixed martial arts (MMA) fans can expect to see him in action at the upcoming UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on Oct. 3, 2015 inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, according to a report from UFC Tonight.
UFC unveils new logo, other visual changes
UFC 189 will be a milestone of sorts for the world's top MMA promotion. Apart from a highly anticipated card with two title fights, it will also kick off the new Reebok deal, the revamped drug testing policy with USADA, and as just announced, a new UFC logo.
Here's a photo of the tweaked version of their logo:
Teemu Packalen in for Jake Matthews against Mickael Lebout at UFC Fight Night 72
Jake Matthews (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been injured and is out of his UFC Fight Night 72 bout with Mickael Lebout (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Teemu Packalen (7-0 MMA, 0-0) will step in for the lightweight bout and face Lebout on short-notice.
The change was announced on the UFC UK Twitter account.
The latest UFC Fight Night 72 CARD now includes:
Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites
Evan Dunham vs. Ross Pearson
Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge
Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray
Paul Redmond vs. Robert Whiteford
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
Konstantin Erokhin vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Mickael Lebout vs. Teemu Packalen
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer
Paddy Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani set for UFC Fight Night 76
The CARD for UFC Fight Night 76 is coming together quickly with the announcement of a lightweight bout between Canada’s Kajan Johnson (20-11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Japan’s Naoyuki Kotani (33-12-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC).
The bout was announced on the UFC’s official website.
The UFC Fight Night 76 lineup includes:
Josh Barnett vs. Roy Nelson
Roan Carneiro vs. Gegard Mousasi
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. opponent TBA
Li Jingliang vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Matt Hobar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – finals of Road to UFC: Japan
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani