Dengue fever sidelines Lins; Roy Boughton meets Francis Carmont at Bellator 142
An illness has caused a change to a key bout on next week’s Bellator 142 card.
Philipe Lins (9-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) is out of his fight against Francis Carmont (23-10 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) due to a bout of dengue fever. In Lins’ place in the light heavyweight tournament alternate bout steps Roy Boughton (12-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
A Bellator official confirmed the change to MMAjunkie on Wednesday following an initial report from Sherdog.
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak added to UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo
Just after signing a contract extension with the UFC, Thomas Almeida has his next assignment.
Almeida (20-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will get a bout in his home city in two months when he meets Anthony Birchak (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77. UFC officials announced the new booking tonight.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues
Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
UFC 191 salaries: Anthony Johnson event's top earner with $230,000 purse
Anthony Johnson was the top earner at this past weekend’s UFC 191 event and was one of four men to make six figures. Johnson, who scored a TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa at the event, edged out Andrei Arlovski by $5,000 to take the top spot on disclosed payouts. Johnson also took home one of the event’s four $50,000 performance bonuses to raised his overall take for the event to $280,000.
Demetrious Johnson's Xbox sponsorship in limbo in UFC's Reebok era
At a recent media event in downtown LA, Johnson told MMAFighting.com essentially, that his Xbox sponsorship is in limbo.
"I'm still in touch with them," Johnson said. "If any opportunities come up, then if I fit that role I'll be reached out. Other than that, it's just not there."
The problem with maintaining outside sponsorships in the Reebok era is that the sponsor's big payoff came when their brand was displayed on television. While fighters can still do things like personal appearances outside of fight week, the sponsorship loses value if there aren't hundreds of thousands of people watching.
"All the sponsors out there, they're looking for that prime-time spot, that's what they're paying for," Johnson said. "So if any, Bad Boy, Hayabusa, whatever's out there, they're looking for that prime spot. Of course they can do stuff outside the Octagon, but they're going to make their big money inside the Octagon, that's where they get the most viewers."
UFC 191 Structured Reebok Sposorship Payout Totals $192,500
Demetrious Johnson: $40,000
John Dodson: $30,000
21 bouts and above (1)
Frank Mir: $20,000
16 to 20 bouts (3)
Andrei Arlovski: $15,000
Anthony Johnson: $15,000
Ross Pearson: $15,000
11 to 15 bouts (1)
Joe Riggs: $10,000
6 to 10 bouts (4)
Jessica Andrade: $5,000
John Lineker: $5,000
Jimi Manuwa: $5,000
Francisco Rivera: $5,000
1 to 5 bouts (11)
Corey Anderson: $2,500
Jan Blachowicz: $2,500
Alex Chambers: $2,500
Clay Collard: $2,500
Paul Felder: $2,500
Nazareno Malegarie: $2,500
Raquel Pennington: $2,500
Joaquim Silva: $2,500
Ron Stallings: $2,500
Tiago Trator: $2,500
Paige VanZant: $2,500
Average fighter structured sponsorship payout: $8,750
Fedor to announce signing in 3 weeks, first fight will be in Japan or US
The return of Fedor Emelianenko continues to be a topic that attracts attention from pundits and fans alike, as many eagerly anticipate the end of the sweepstakes for the Russian heavyweight to determine where he will fight in the near future.
According to a recent report from CombatPress.com, Emelianenko has already signed with the UFC and is awaiting an official announcement from the promotion. However, according to the Russian heavyweight, he remains fixed in negotiations for the time being.
Fedor was present at FightSpirit Championship 5 in Russia as the guest of honor and revealed during a quick interview that he would announce his potential signing in the next couple of weeks.
"I can not say exactly, but negotiations with the leading promoters are in place," said Fedor. "In the next two or three weeks everything will become clear."
UFC 191 weigh-in results: Champ Demetrious Johnson, John Dodson on mark for rematch
The full UFC 191 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. John Dodson (125) – for flyweight title
Andrei Arlovski (237.5) vs. Frank Mir (266)
Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
Corey Anderson (205) vs. Jan Blachowicz (205)
Alex Chambers (11) vs. Paige VanZant (116)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Paul Felder (155.5) vs. Ross Pearson (155.5)
John Lineker (135.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
Jessica Andrade (134.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136)
Clay Collard (146) vs. Tiago Trator (146)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Joe Riggs (185.5)* vs. Ron Stallings (184)
Nazareno Malegarie (156) vs. Joaquim Silva (154.5)
* Riggs was 187.5 on his first attempt, but hit 185.5 on his second try.
No, Fedor Emelianenko did not sign with the UFC today
The UFC’s “Go Big” news conference today in Las Vegas seemed the perfect place to announce the acquisition of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
But alas, there’s no deal to announce, UFC President Dana White said.
“No,” the UFC executive said when asked if he might use the occasion to drop the news. “Next question.”
The answer was not what the hardcore fans in attendance wanted to hear, and they immediately let White know with a chorus of boos. Emelianenko (34-4), after all, is the white wale that’s eluded the promotion and kept them from satisfying the long-burning question of how “The Last Emperor” would fare in the UFC’s octagon.
“If I had something to tell you, we would have told you,” White cried out to fans. “Today’s ‘Go Big.’ If I had it, I’d tell you. I don’t got it. What do you want me to say?”
Three cards in three days in Las Vegas: UFC Fight Night 80 set for Dec. 10
Doing shows on back-to-back nights in the same city apparently is so old hat for the UFC by now, the promotion is raising the bar in December.
With UFC 194 set for Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, the UFC recently set the TUF 22 Finale for the night before, Dec. 11. Today, UFC President Dana White announced the promotion will do a third show on Dec. 10, also in Las Vegas.
Although no headliner or other fights were announced, the card, presumably UFC Fight Night 80, will take place at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Valerie Letourneau at 'UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm'
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will meet Valerie Letourneau (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) – not Claudia Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), as originally planned – at UFC 193.
UFC officials today announced the bout, which takes place Nov. 14 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and is expected to set a UFC attendance record. The main card, including a headliner between women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The latest UFC 193 card now includes:
Champ Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm – for women’s bantamweight title
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau – for strawweight title
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly
Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario
Danny Martinez vs. Richie Vaculik
Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen
Bellator 142 lineup complete with 20 combined MMA, kickboxing fights in San Jose
With 20 total fights spread across a cage and a ring on one venue floor, the card now is complete for Bellator 142.
Billed as “Bellator: Dynamite 1,” Bellator 142 features MMA fights, as well as Glory kickboxing matches, on one night. The preliminary card features 12 total fights, most featuring local up-and-coming Northern California fighters.
The finalized Bellator 142 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Liam McGeary vs. Tito Ortiz – for light-heavyweight title
TBD vs. TBD – light-heavyweight tournament final
Saulo Cavalari vs. Zack Mwekassa – for vacant Glory light heavyweight title
Paul Daley vs. Fernando Gonzalez – Glory kickboxing match
Hadley Griffith vs. Kerri-Anne Taylor Melendez – Glory kickboxing match
Mike Bronzoulis vs. Josh Thomson
Muhammed Lawal vs. Linton Vassell – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
Phil Davis vs. Emanuel Newton – light-heavyweight tournament opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
David Blanco vs. Victor Jones
Alysia Cortez vs. Gloria Telles – amateur fight
Mauricio Alonso vs. Nick Pica
T.J. Arcangel vs. Jose Palacios – Glory kickboxing match
Brandon Hester vs. DeMarco Villalona
Israel Delgado vs. J.J. Okanovich
Carlos Eduardo Rocha vs. James Terry
Josh Paiva vs. Matt Ramirez
Gabriel Carrasco vs. Joe Neal
Marlen Magee vs. Adam Piccolotti
Thomas Diagne vs. Mike Malott
Francis Carmont vs. Philipe Lins – light-heavyweight tournament alternate bout
Report: Tate vs. Nunes targeted for December
It seems that Ronda Rousey's next title challenger will emerge one month after he own title defense. Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate is targeted to go down in December, though no event has been officially settled so far, as Combate reported.
Riding a two-fight win streak with a TKO over Shayna Baszler and a submission over Sara McMann, Nunes is one of the most powerful strikers in all of the division, also knocking out Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie before being stopped herself by strikes against Cat Zingano a year ago.
Yet another UFC 194 biggie: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
Well, fight fans: Be sure to circle Dec. 12 on your calendars – because UFC 194 is shaping up to be one hell of a card.
UFC officials today announced welterweight contenders Demian Maia (21-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) and Gunnar Nelson (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) have joined the already-loaded lineup.
With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes:
Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens
Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz
Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee
John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Ryan Couture vs. Nick Gonzalez Added to Bellator 143 Prelims
Ryan Couture will face Nick Gonzalez in a preliminary lightweight bout at Bellator 143.
Promotion officials announced the contest on Thursday. Additionally, three other preliminary matchups were added to the Sept. 25 card: Abram Torres faces Daniel Cervantes; Saul Elizondo meets Amador Ramirez and Steve Garcia clashes with Eduardo Bustillos.
Bellator 143 takes place at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas, and is headlined by a bantamweight scrap pitting Joe Warren against L.C. Davis. The evening’s main card airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT, while the preliminary draw streams immediately prior on Spike.com.
RFA 31: Smith vs. Marunde, featuring two title fights, set for Oct. 9 in Las Vegas
RFA is back with RFA 31, which features a pair of title bouts at the top of the card.
The event takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV.
Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9) in the main event. The co-main event will see Zoila Frausto (12-4) face off with Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA strawweight title.