Jon Jones' USADA arbitration hearing set for Halloween
Jon Jones is scheduled to make a different kind of history later this month.
Jones' arbitration hearing against the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is set for Oct. 31 in Los Angeles, MMA Fighting has learned. Barring a last-minute settlement, Jones will be the first UFC fighter to officially appeal a USADA sanction via arbitration.
UFC officials address 'missing judge' issue at UFC 204, camp asks for no contest
While fans and media continue to debate the scoring of the main event at this past weekend’s UFC 204 event, astute observers may have noticed a different judge-related controversy on the night.
As the first bout of the night got underway, one judge’s chair sat empty. MMA Fighting photographer Esther Lin, who was positioned next to the unused seat, took to her Twitter feed to make note of the odd sight.
As the lightweight matchup between Leonardo Santos (16-3-1 MMA, 5-0-1 UFC) and Adriano Martins (28-8 MMA, 4-2 UFC) kicked off at midnight local time at England’s Manchester Arena, judges Maciej Motylewski and Paul Sutherland were in position, but veteran official Jeff Mullen was not, only making it to his assigned post in the opening moments of the second frame.
Martins’ manager, Alex Davis, said he would like for the fight to be ruled a no contest and plans on contacting UFC officials with a formal request.
Chad Laprise returns to welterweight, meets Li Jingliang at UFC 206 in Toronto
A Canadian fighter is heading back to his former weight class, and will do it in front of his home fans.
A welterweight bout between Chad Laprise (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Li Jingliang (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) is the latest addition to December’s UFC 206 lineup. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
UFC 206 takes place Dec. 10 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Tonya Evinger, Angela Hill to defend titles at Invicta FC 20
The next Invicta card is getting a pair of title fights.
Tonya Evinger will defend her Invicta women's bantamweight belt against Yana Kunitskaya and Angela Hill puts her strawweight gold on the line against Kaline Medeiros at Invicta FC 20 on Nov. 18 in Kansas City, promotion officials told MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Dominick Cruz possibly defending belt, co-headlining UFC 207: Nunes vs Rousey
Dana White announced a bunch of news Wednesday night at the Fox Sports studios. When pressed about revealing more plans about their other champions such as Dominick Cruz, the UFC president hinted that something big is in store for him.
“I don’t think if I have ever met anybody in my life that has worse luck than this kid. In his entire career, it was just one thing after another, injury,” White said about Cruz at UFC Tonight. “He (was supposed to be) getting a big fight, coming off Ultimate Fighter. He was supposed to be the co-main event on Anderson Silva vs Chael Sonnen 2, which he gets a piece of the PPV.”
“And (now) some really really good news is coming Dominick Cruz’s way,” he said. “So knock on wood and hope this kid stays healthy because some really good news is coming his way.”
UFC 207 with Ronda Rousey’s return is the last big card they have planned for the year. And with White mentioning a similar deal as co-headlining Silva vs Chael 2, DC asked if Cruz will be part of that.
White smiled and joked about not wanting to reveal too much, eventually saying “It’s possible. It’s possible.”
UFC PR man Dave Sholler departing for NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers
One of the most well-known executives in the UFC is departing the promotion.
UFC senior vice president of public relations and athlete marketing and development Dave Sholler is leaving for a job with the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, he confirmed Wednesday night. UFC president Dana White broke the news on FS1's TUF Talk show.
Sholler, a New Jersey native, is a lifelong fan of the 76ers. His last event will be UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York.
"As Dana just announced on FS1, I'm heading home. I've accepted a job w/ my hometown team, the Sixers. This has been the ride of a lifetime."
"It's time to go home, to the organization I grew up rooting for. Will miss fight game very, very much, but excited for the new challenge."
Scott Coker targeting Chael Sonnen vs. Wanderlei Silva for next summer
With Chael Sonnen's return to MMA, Bellator MMA is looking to to put together a long awaited fight next summer.
Maybe the fourth time is the charm.
"We've have a contract with Wanderlei Silva even before Rizin ever got him on board. With the contract we have with him, he won't be able to fight for us until he is cleared with NSAC. I think in May he will be cleared to compete for Bellator.
"Since Bellator contracted Chael Sonnen, believe me, we've been getting texts and calls from Wanderlei saying that he wants that fight. So, I think you'll see that fight some time in 2017 for Bellator...It's very difficult to pinpoint exactly when we can put it on, it's kind of a moving target in a way, but I think some time in the summer for sure."
"Wanderlei is still pissed about what happened between them and he wants that fight. It's something personal for him. Honestly, I don't really know what happened to make him that compelled to fight Chael, but I can tell you that he is not happy with what happened between them.
"With Chael, he's down to fight anybody on any given day. It's going to be something that we'll try and map out when we sit down with both guys at the beginning of next year."
"That's going to be a fight where everybody stops whatever they're doing to turn on the TV to see the fight. As we all know, that fight has been building for a number of years and they couldn't work it out, but now I feel the timing is perfect."
Dana White open to signing ex-NFL player Greg Hardy to UFC, but only after he gets experience
UFC president Dana White isn't willing to close the door on controversial ex-NFL star Greg Hardy one day fighting in the UFC, however he also isn't looking to sign the former Pro Bowl defensive end until Hardy proves he that can actually compete among the world's best.
"I'm one of those guys too who believes that we're all human beings and we all make mistakes," White said Wednesday on FS1's Speak for Yourself. "And when you make a mistake, you pay your penance, whatever it might be, and you should be allowed to make a living and move on in your life. Is he good enough to come into the UFC and fight? I highly doubt it.
"I've been playing football for a couple weeks too, maybe I'll try out for the (New England) Patriots?" White continued, laughing. "It takes a little bit longer than that, but he could fight at one of these small shows. We'll see how he looks, and I don't know."
"I'm not saying he should be welcomed here, but I'm saying I'm a guy who believes that if you make a mistake, your life isn't over, go kill yourself or something," White said. "You made a mistake, you pay for it. When you make mistakes, it's all about how you act from there on out. How do you handle yourself after that and what do you do to fix it."
December UFC cards add 2 bouts, including Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle
December’s UFC lineup has two new additions.
UFC officials recently announced welterweights Alex Garcia (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Mike Pyle (27-12-1 MMA, 10-7 UFC) at UFC 207 and lightweights Brendan O'Reilly (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (13-8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale. ReviewJournal.com first reported the bookings.
The TUF 24 Finale takes place Dec. 3 at The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30, a Friday, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Doo Ho Choi meets Cub Swanson at UFC 206
Doo Ho Choi got the fight he was hoping for.
Weeks after knocking out Thiago Tavares in Las Vegas in July, "The Korean Superboy" called out Cub Swanson to a featherweight bout, and the UFC announced on Thursday that the match-up is official for Toronto’s UFC 206 on Dec. 10.
Paige VanZant headlines UFC on FOX 22 against Michelle Waterson
Paige VanZant will fight at home, and she’ll do it in a main event.
UFC President Dana White today revealed on the FS1’s “UFC Tonight” that VanZant will face Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC on FOX 22, which takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
“The main event for the card is Paige VanZant vs. ‘The Karate Hottie,” White revealed. “My team is going to kill me.”
Dana White: If Rousey beats Nunes, 'the Cyborg fight will definitely happen'
Ronda Rousey will be fighting Amanda Nunes for Nunes' UFC women's bantamweight title, but what about Rousey vs. Cyborg? Here's Dana White answer to that oft-asked question.
"I know that Cyborg wants that fight," White said. "Ronda wants that fight, too. Ronda's plan right now is to come back and try to win her title back, and if that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen."
Conor McGregor doesn't want to fight in Nevada anymore after 'terrible' fine, says Dana White
The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to fine UFC champ Conor McGregor an amount of $150,000 and hand him 50 hours of community service could be costly for the state in the long run.
According to UFC President Dana White, the fine and other punishment related to McGregor’s (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) involvement in the UFC 202 pre-fight news conference bottle-throwing incident with his camp and that of opponent Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) has caused the Irish superstar to lose his desire to compete in Nevada.
“I wasn’t thrilled about it when it happened, and we did the best we could to contain it at the time, but come on,” White said. “The other problem with that is Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever.’
“Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada? That you’re going to try to fine this kid and Nate that much money, it just makes people not want to come fight in out state and that’s not a good thing.”
“Guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada,” White said. “He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa. We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. This makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”