Shane Carwin & Management pass on UFC offer, looking elsewhere
From Shane Carwin himself:
As many of you know I recently decided to come out of retirement. I asked my management team at Ingrained Media to help chart a course. This lead to reviews of my contract and conversations with Joe Silva and UFC’s legal team. We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.
I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division. Today that journey begins.
Ray Borg out of UFC 203 bout against Ian McCall due to illness
Ian McCall has been left without an opponent yet again.
UFC flyweight Ray Borg has been forced out of his pivotal UFC 203 bout against McCall due to an illness, someone close to the situation told BloodyElbow.com early Thursday morning. FloCombat.com's Jim Edwards initially reported the news.
McCall vs. Borg was scheduled to open up the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card, ahead of the pay-per-view main card.
The details regarding Borg's illness are unclear at this time. A replacement will not be sought on short notice. Instead, McCall will be booked for another card later this year.
Lineup, including six-fight main card, set for UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia
The lineup is set for the UFC’s trip to Brasilia later this month.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The lineup features 13 fights, six of which air on the FS1 main card.
In the main event, Cristiane Justino (16-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) makes her second trip to the UFC octagon when she faces hard-hitting Lina Lansberg (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a 140-pound catchweight bou. Lansberg has rattled off six straight wins since dropping a decision in her professional debut. Justino is also undefeated since her pro debut and has established herself as the top 145-pound fighter in the sport.
In the co-main event, former bantamweight champion Renan Barao (33-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses when he fights for the second time at featherweight. He faces Phillipe Nover (11-6-1 MMA, 1-4 UFC).
Middleweight champ Jack Marshman defends belt vs. Andreas Michailidis at Cage Warriors 79 in Wales
Cage Warriors returns on Saturday for its first event in two months. But ahead of that card, the promotion has announced its next offering.
Cage Warriors 79 will take place Oct. 15 at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass and is set to feature a middleweight title fight in the main event.
185-pound champion Jack Marshman (20-5) will put his title on the line for the first time when he meets Andreas Michailidis (7-2). Promotion officials today announced the card and its first six bookings.
In addition, Lewis Long (12-4) will meet UFC vet Che Mills (16-8) at welterweight; Martin Svensson (14-6) is back to Cage Warriors after a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and one UFC bout and will meet Scott Clist (11-2) at lightweight; Eddi Pobivanez (3-1) vs. Jack Shore (2-0) and Nad Narimani (9-2) vs. Arnold Quero (13-4) are booked at featherweight; and Josh Reed (5-0) takes on Martin Sheridan (8-6) at bantamweight.
Bellator heading to Israel for Andrey Koreshkov-Douglas Lima rematch in Tel Aviv
Bellator will make some promotional history this fall when it heads to Israel.
The promotion today announced a welterweight title fight in Tel Aviv for an event that will be Bellator 163 on Nov. 10. (The previously reported event on Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., will be Bellator 164.) The card takes place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Menora Mivtachim Arena, but will air on Spike on Friday, Nov. 11, in the States. Promotion officials announced the card and its first two bookings today.
In the main event, champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) will fight the man he took the title from, Douglas Lima (27-6 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), in a rematch. And newly signed UFC veteran Noad Lahat (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), an Israel native, will make his promotional debut against fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in the co-feature.
Diaz vs. McGregor 2 looks to have broken UFC pay-per-view record
Current estimates indicate that UFC 202, the Aug. 20 show headlined by Conor McGregor's decision win over Nate Diaz, will be the most successful non-boxing pay-per-view event in the history of the genre.
Current estimates have the show doing 1.65 million buys on pay-per-view, putting it slightly ahead of UFC 196, the first McGregor vs. Diaz fight, which was estimated at 1.6 million. Both would be ahead of the prior record set at UFC 100 for the second Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir fight.
Sources close to the situation reveal that the DirecTV numbers were the highest in the promotion's history. UFC's own pay-per-view orders through the Internet were believed to have also broken the record set at UFC 196.
The 1.65 million projected number would not include orders directly through the UFC for streaming rather than traditional television. However, the streaming numbers give the UFC immediate figures where they can project how well a show is going to do.
Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone a go for UFC 205, Dana White says
Donald Cerrone appears to be on the fast track to a title shot in his new home at welterweight.
Cerrone (31-7 MMA, 18-4 UFC), a longtime UFC lightweight who this year moved up to 170 pounds after a title setback at 155, will face recently deposed champ Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) at UFC 205.
UFC President Dana White today told CBS Cleveland radio host Anthony Lima the bout is official on paper. The bout will be part of the event’s main card, though it will not serve as the headliner.
Jon Fitch defends title vs. Jake Shields at WSOF 34 – opposite UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden
Jon Fitch will put his welterweight title on the line for the first time in November when he meets Jake Shields in the WSOF 34 main event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo announced the matchup between Fitch (28-7-1) and Shields (31-8-1) to ESPN.com today, confirming the card would run opposite of the highly anticipated UFC 205 pay-per-view set for the same night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
WSOF 34 takes place Nov. 12 at Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colo., near Denver. The main card will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Vik Grujic returns against Roger Bowling in Canada
Vik Grujic has found a new home with Canadian based “Z Promotions” and will square off with former UFC and Strikeforce fighter Roger Bowling on the promotion’s Fight Night Medicine Hat 2 event on October 28.
A live stream of the show, which takes place at the Canalta Centre in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada, will be available right here at Fight News Australia.
It’s been 16 months since we last saw Grujic (7-5) in action. That was against fellow “TUF Nations” cast member Brendan O’Reilly, who dealt a unanimous decision loss to “The Spartan” at UFC Fight Night 65 in Adelaide. The defeat marked Grujic’s third in four UFC fights, and he was shown the door from the promotion consequently. The 39 year-old’s lone UFC victory came against Chris Indich in New Zealand.
Abel Trujillo injured and out of UFC Fight Night 94 bout with Evan Dunham
Abel Trujillo is out of this month’s UFC Fight Night 94 event, and a replacement search is underway.
A UFC official today confirmed with MMAjunkie that Trujillo (15-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury and been forced out of his bout against fellow lightweight Evan Dunham (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Dunham vs. Trujillo was slated for the main card.
Pedro Munhoz vs. Justin Scoggins set for UFC Fight Night 100 in November
After originally being targetted for UFC Fight Night 95, the bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Justin Scoggins is set for UFC Fight Night 100.
A UFC official today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.
UFC Fight Night 100 is scheduled for Nov. 19 at a Brazilian location to be announced. Broadcast details for the event have not been confirmed. Munhoz vs. Scoggins is the first bout confirmed for the event.
Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who’s No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, was supposed to fight Ian McCall on July 30 but ultimately was forced off the card. He went home empty-handed and decided to move up to bantamweight. He enters UFC Fight Night 95 coming off back-to-back decision wins over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg
UFC Fight Night 93 bonuses: Josh Barnett double-dipped with $100,000 in extra checks
HAMBURG, Germany – Ryan Bader, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 93 event – and Barnett doubled up with an extra $50,000.
Barnett and Arlovski earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Bader and Barnett each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
The UFC announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
Bader (21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) had some dicey moments at the end of the first round of his light heavyweight scrap on the main card against Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC). But in the second, he took what he figured out in the first frame and put it to work. As Latifi moved in, Bader drilled him with a massive right knee that was on the button. Latifi was out before he hit the canvas, and Bader had a walk-off win that stunned the German fans.
Jon Tuck booked for UFC Manila versus Mehdi Baghdad
Tuck is no stranger to the Filipino MMA fanbase. He fought in the UFC’s maiden event in the Philippines in May 2015, where he submitted Tae Hyun Bang via rear-naked choke and picked up a Performance of the Night bonus.
He’s currently 9-3 as a pro and 3-3 in the UFC, alternating wins and losses following a successful promotional debut in November 2012.
“Super Saiyan” is coming off a split decision loss to late replacement Josh Emmett at UFC Rotterdam last May. The fighter from Guam will be looking to get back into the winner’s circle when he faces Baghdad at UFC Manila.
Nik Lentz gets late replacement Michael McBride at UFC 203
Due to undisclosed reasons, Mairbek Taisumov is out of his fight with Nik Lentz at UFC 203. Now, promotional newcomer Michael McBride will step-up on short notice to fight Lentz. The news was confirmed on Thursday by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Making his UFC debut, lightweight McBride will be looking to extend his wining streak to five in a row. McBride is 8-1 as a professional fighter, with all wins coming by submission. He last fought in November at MMC 61, defeating Derek Loffer via second-round triangle choke.