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The fight card is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 81 event, and the lineup includes some notable names from top to bottom.
The event takes place Jan. 17 at TD Garden in Boston. After early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card airs on FOX Sports 1.
The full UFC Fight Night 81 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Maximo Blanco vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O'Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Last week, the UFC held three back-to-back events in which World Series of Fighting featherweight champion and Team Alpha Male member Lance Palmer cornered a different teammate each night.
On Dec. 10, Palmer stepped in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to corner strawweight prospect Paige VanZant, who was set to take on her biggest test yet, Rose Namajunas.
Alexandre Almeida was selected to be on the fourth season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil earlier this year, but was kicked out of the show after his medical report indicated a brain aneurysm. Nine months later, "Capitao" is fighting for the WSOF featherweight championship.
Nate Diaz fights Michael Johnson on the main card of UFC on FOX 17 Saturday night, but the pair engaged in a little warm up at the host hotel in Orlando, Fla., prior to today's official fighter weigh-ins.
Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory, who fights Josh Samman on the FS1 televised prelims, caught the action on camera, and posted it to his social network.
Warning, NSFW language.
One of the sport’s most promising bantamweights is officially on the open market.
Aljamain Sterling (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who’s ranked No. 9 in the MMAjunkie/USA TODAY Sports MMA bantamweight rankings, recently moved to 4-0 under the UFC banner with a second-round submission victory Johnny Eduardo (27-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 80.
Following the Dec. 10 event, UFC President Dana White said the 26-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team member wouldn’t be subject to the exclusive negotiation period. Instead, Sterling would be able to transition to the non-exclusive matching period of his contract, which means he can entertain offers from other promotions immediately.
Rizin Fighting Federation announced at a Friday press conference that Fedor Emelianenko will meet Jaideep Singh at their New Year's Eve show at the Saitama Super Arena.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani was first to report the opponent.
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The Shamrock brothers will be back together again.
Frank Shamrock will be in the corner of his adopted brother Ken when Ken fights Royce Gracie at Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston, Ken said Wednesday at a media day. Frank will also formulate Ken's strategy for what will be Ken's third time fighting his fellow MMA legend.
Sporting News: How is Ronda doing after her defeat?
Lorenzo Fertitta: I went out to see her in L.A. Had some real good conversations with her. She is, as you would expect, very disappointed. Distraught, to some extent. She's never lost. She never lost a fight in the Octagon. She never lost a fight in the street. She didn't know what it was like. Right? ... She is champing to be back in there. She made some commitments before the fight to make two movies. So she's going to do that. Then get back to training in the Octagon.
Fedor Emeianenko is the greatest heavyweight in MMA history, with a win streak that will never be equaled in the division. Then he fought time in an advancing sport, and lost three in a row. Then he won three in a row against lesser competition, and retired.
Fedor went out right; very few in combat sports ever do.
Then rumors surfaced that Fedor was returning.
On Wednesday night, it was revealed the UFC had booked a women’s bantamweight contest between former title contender Bethe Correia and Jessica Eye has been booked for UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh.
Brazilian media outlet Combate was the first to report the news.
Correia (9-1) was last seen suffering a violent knockout loss to former champion Ronda Rousey just a little more than 30-seconds into their UFC 190 title fight in August. This came after months of animosity between both women as prior to this setback Correia knocked out two of Rousey’s teammate in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. She will enter this bout with two career stoppage wins, both of which coming by way of knockout.
The first-ever women’s flyweight title fight in organization history has been added to next month’s CFFC 55, as Katlyn Chookagian (5-0) will take on Isabelly Varella (7-0) for the inaugural belt.
Renzo Gracie/All Star BJJ product Chookagian is undefeated as a pro and is already a WSOF veteran along with holding a 2-0 record under the CFFC banner. She was also 7-0 as an amateur, including winning the NAAFS women’s title in 2013. The New Jersey native most recently competed on Halloween, when she defeated Sijara Eubanks via decision at CFFC 52.
World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) has added two more legends of Japanese MMA to their ever-growing roster. Both Michihiro Omigawa and Hisae Watanabe have agreed to compete at WSOF-GC 2 Japan on February 7 in Tokyo.
“It’s amazing to add two more of the very best Japanese fighters of all time to our ever-expanding roster,” states WSOF-GC Vice President of Operations and Matchmaker, Jason Lilly. “Omigawa and Watanabe are synonymous with Japanese MMA and add an extra level of excitement to our show. The two of them combined with the addition of Akihiro Gono makes this a true ‘Legends of Japan’ event.”
Martin Svensson and David Teymur will lock horns at UFC Fight Night London on Feb. 27.
The promotion’s European branch announced the contest on Thursday. Svensson and Teymur were both lightweights on Conor McGregor’s team during Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” UFC Fight Night London takes place at the O2 Arena and features a middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.
UFC lightweight contender Michael Johnson talks about his loss against Beneil Dariush not really being seen as a loss, having his winning streak snapped, fighting Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 17, getting leapfrogged by Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor riding into the lightweight division with an immediate title shot, and much more.
Following a no contest in their first meeting, Paul Bradley (22-6 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Chris Honeycutt (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will meet for a second time at January’s Bellator 148 event.
Bellator officials today announced the welterweight matchup, which will appear in the evening’s main card, as well three preliminary matchups with Anthony Avila (12-4) vs. John Reedy (11-6), Javy Ayala (8-4) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (9-6) and Art Arciniega (14-5) vs. Justin Smitley (9-7).
Bellator's first tentpole event of 2016 is beginning to fill up.
Bellator 149: Shamrock vs. Gracie – set for Feb. 19 at Houston's Toyota Center – recently added a lightweight scrap between Melvin Guillard (32-15-2) and Mike Bronzoulis (18-9-1) to the main card festivities set to air on Spike TV.
The nine-bout lineup for this week’s WSOF 26 event has been finalized with the addition of a lightweight matchup between Jonathan Nunez (5-1) and David Jordan (3-3).
Additionally, Andreas Spang (9-3) has contracted pneumonia and withdrawn from the card, scrapping a planned matchup with Kelvin Tiller (7-1), who had agreed to replace Shamil Gamzatov (9-0).
WSOF officials today announced the changes.
An all-action fight will be expected at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, when middleweights Sam Alvey and Daniel Sarafian meet in a UFC Fight Night bout on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Entertaining in and out of the Octagon, former Ultimate Fighter competitor Alvey has emerged victorious in three of his last four bouts, with each win over Dylan Andrews, Cezar Ferreira and Dan Kelly coming by way of knockout. Brazil's Sarafian, an aggressive battler who was a finalist on the first season of TUF Brazil, is coming off a stoppage of Antonio dos Santos in his return to 185 pounds in December of 2014.
With capable heavyweights in short supply these days, Alistair Overeem could be in high demand following UFC on Fox 17.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, Overeem’s current contract with the UFC will expire after he faces Junior dos Santos in Saturday’s co-headliner at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Dutchman then plans to explore his options in free agency once his deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion is fulfilled.
My 2cents 1. This is either a attempt to get more money after his contract expires or he wants to go juicing and his winning ways lol
Ovince St. Preux will square off with Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 196 on Feb. 6.
The light heavyweight bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight. UFC 196 takes place in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.