Rob Font meets Patrick Williams in bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston
The UFC’s January return to Boston continues to grow with the addition of a new bantamweight bout for the lineup.
Rob Font (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will get a home fight when he returns from a lengthy layoff to meet Patrick Williams (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 81 card includes:
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Ben Askren officially scratched from ONE Championship 32 after opponent misses weight
Ben Askren waited seven months for his welterweight rematch with Luis Santos. Just hours before the fight, however, he found out it’s not going to happen.
After Santos missed weight by two pounds on Thursday, today’s ONE Championship 32 welterweight championship main event was downgraded to a non-title affair. Askren (14-0) demanded Santos (61-9-1) weigh in again on fight day at no more than 190 pounds, but the Brazilian failed to meet the requirements.
Due to Santos’ inability to keep his weight under that threshold, the originally scheduled headliner of the card at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore will no longer take place.
ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui announced the news on Twitter. He said he was “disgusted” by the actions of Santos and accused him of being “scared” to face Askren.
'UFC Tonight' hosts Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian push for Dan Henderson to retire
Should Dan Henderson retire? It’s a debate many have had over the past several years as the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster has fallen into a slump with six losses in his past eight bouts.
After more than 16 years of pro competition without a knockout loss, the 45-year-old Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) has been stopped by strikes in three of his past six fights, the most recent a first-round knockout defeat at the hands – and feet – of Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 77 earlier this month.
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen joins January's UFC on FOX 18 lineup
A bout between Alex Caceres (10-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Masio Fullen (10-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to January’s UFC on FOX 18 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout, though it’s not clear if it’ll be at featherweight or bantamweight.
The latest UFC on FOX 18 card includes:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Khabib Nurmagomedov not retiring but won't get desired Al Iaquinta matchup
Although another recent injury had Khabib Nurmagomedov considering retirement, he’s opted to fight on. But he won’t get his desired matchup.
According to “UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani, Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who was forced out of next month’s bout at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale against fellow lightweight Tony Ferguson (19-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) due a rib injury, has opted against retirement after speaking with his father/trainer and management team.
The 27-year-old Dagestan fighter hasn’t fought since April 2014 after a series of injuries, and the latest setback had him briefly considering calling it a career.
Veteran UFC flyweight John Dodson wants Thomas Almeida at bantamweight
John Dodson wants to shut down one of the brightest prospects at bantamweight when he makes his return to the weight class for his next bout.
After recently revealing his intentions to move back up to 135 pounds after two failed flyweight title bids, Dodson (17-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is reportedly aiming to make a splash and hand undefeated Brazilian prospect Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) his first loss.
Dodson texted UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to request the fight, according to a report by “UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani.
Recently retired 'Cro Cop' first UFC fighter to fail USADA drug test
Mirko Filipovic might be officially retired from MMA, but it appears “Cro Cop” will soon be formally suspended from competing in the sport, as well.
UFC officials today announced the veteran heavyweight is the first athlete to be flagged for a potential violation of the company’s new anti-doping policy, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The substance found in Filipovic’s system was not revealed.
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Abel Trujillo will appeal loss to Gleison Tibau in Brazil
Abel Trujillo is not happy with the way his lightweight clash with Gleison Tibau ended.
In the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 7, Trujillo vs. Tibau was over at 1:45 of the first round, when referee Keith Peterson stopped the contest believing that the Blackzilians fighter went out due to a rear-naked choke.
Trujillo immediately protested when the referee stopped the fight, and Tibau later admitted he didn’t feel his opponent tap.
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Announces Decision to Retire
“Dear friends, unfortunately I had to cancel the fight [against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Alves”]. In the beginning of the preparation I hurt my shoulder, so I couldn't raise [my] hand. I tried to save a shoulder injury and repair in all possible ways: daily therapy, injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs but it didn't work out. The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations. By daily trainings the injury got worse. Part of the muscle is snapped, the shoulder is filled with a lot of fluids, and the great danger is that tendon ruptures and then go to operation again.
Network TV war brewing in Japan on New Year's Eve
After years off network television in Japan, two of Japan's major networks, and a third television station, will all be broadcasting MMA type events on New Year's Eve.
Nobuyuki Sakakibara's Rizin debut on the Fuji Network with Fedor Emelianenko, plus a taped fight from two nights earlier with Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinya Aoki, was announced last month. On Saturday night's Bellator show, a battle between Gabi Garcia, a multiple time woman's world champion in Jiu Jitsu, and Lei'd Tapa (real name Seini Draughn) was announced.
Joe Silva’s Shoes: What's next for UFC Fight Night 77's winners?
The lineup was strong for the UFC’s return to Sao Paulo, and as they should have, the fighters delivered and produced a memorable night of action.
Saturday’s main card, which aired on FOX Sports 1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium, had plenty of ups and downs but ultimately ended on a high note for the Brazilian fans because Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) scored yet another huge knockout of fellow MMA legend Dan Henderson (34-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC)...
If you're waiting for Dan Henderson to see the writing on the wall, get comfortable
The way it works is, a few minutes after the conclusion of each fight some poor UFC PR flack has to go collect quotes from both the winning and the losing fighter, then email those quotes out to members of the media. Since half the people this unfortunate soul has to talk to have just been beaten (which often means getting beaten up), this is bound to be an unpleasant task from time to time...
UFC Fight Night 77 Bonuses
SAO PAULO – Vitor Belfort, Thomas Almeida, Alex Oliveira, and Thiago Tavares each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 event.
All four earned “Performance of the Night” honors; no “Fight of the Night” was given. UFC officials announced the winners via Twitter ahead of the post-event news conference.
UFC Brazil exec: Ex-champ Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return
SAO PAULO – The UFC’s point man in Brazil believes ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a hankering to fight again on home soil.
“There’s nothing set,” Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, said at the post-event press conference for UFC Fight Night 77 on Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I think it’s another wish of Anderson’s to fight in Brazil; I think every fighter has that wish.”