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Sarah Kaufman has had trouble finding UFC opponents so far, and after another one dropped out at UFC on FOX 17 next, the Canadian will indeed get a fight.
UFC newcomer Valentina Shevchenko (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for the injured Germaine de Randamie make her octagon debut opposite Kaufman (17-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout at the Dec. 17 event at Orlando’s Amway Center.
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET)
Jose Aldo (145) vs. Conor McGregor (145)
Chris Weidman (185) vs. Luke Rockhold (185)
Jacare Souza (186) vs. Yoel Romero (185)
Demian Maia (170) vs. Gunnar Nelson (170)
Max Holloway (146) vs. Jeremy Stephens (145)
Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Urijah Faber (136) vs. Frankie Saenz (135)
Tecia Torres (116) vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (116)
Warlley Alves (171) vs. Colby Covington (170)
Leonardo Santos (156) vs. Kevin Lee (156)
Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET)
Joe Proctor (155.5) vs. Magomed Mustafaev (155)
John Makdessi (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5)
Court McGee (170) vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr. (171)
While the UFC has been in the news for the large number of fighters they've released lately (or are rumored to be releasing), it's Bellator's roster trimming that's in the news today. The Viacom-owned organization cut five fighters from their roster, one of which held a title in the organization. Jason Floyd of The MMA Report fills us in via Twitter:
Rose Namajunas was completely dominant, but Paige VanZant somehow kept on coming.
That combination was enough to earn Namajunas a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for her victory in the UFC Fight Night headliner at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Namajunas thoroughly outclassed VanZant in all facets, battering her with clean shots on the feet, landing multiple takedowns and passing guard with ease. Still, VanZant kept fighting until “Thug Rose” was finally able secure a rear-naked choke at the 2:25 mark of round five.
POTN- Rose Namajunas
POTN- Tim Means
FOTN- Michael Chiesa vs Jim Miller
Fighters from Thursday’s UFC Fight Night 80 event at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $95,000.
The full UFC Fight Night 80 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:
Rose Namajunas: $2,500
def. Paige VanZant: $2,500
Michael Chiesa: $5,000
def. Jim Miller: $20,000
Sage Northcutt: $2,500
def. Cody Pfister: $2,500
Thiago “Marreta” Santos: $2,500
Elias Theodorou: $2,500
Tim Means: $10,000
def. John Howard: $10,000
Sergio Moraes: $2,500
def. Omari Akhmedov: $2,500
Antonio Carlos Junior: $2,500
vs. Kevin Casey: $2,500
Aljamain Sterling: $2,500
def. Johnny Eduardo: $2,500
Santiago Ponzinibbio: $2,500
vs. Andreas Stahl: $2,500
Danny Roberts: $2,500
def. Nathan Coy: $2,500
Zubaira Tukhugov: $2,500
def. Phillipe Nover: $2,500
Kailin Curran: $2,500
def. Emily Kagan: $2,500
A rematch between UFC strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha is in the works, UFC President Dana White confirmed following Thursday’s UFC Fight Night 80 event.
White did not mention a timetable for the bout, which was in the works for this past month’s UFC 193 pay-per-view event before a hand injury scratched Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), but he said the Brazilian-born Gadelha is “ready to go.”
Now, the only thing holding her up may be Jedrzejczyk’s (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) hand, which was surgically repaired after she defeated Valerie Letourneau at the Nov. 15 event.
Rizin Fighting announced three new fights today for its Dec. 29 debut show at the Saitama Super Arena, which include a Bellator star and a former Olympic wrestler.
Brennan Ward (12-3), who has been a big crowd favorite for Bellator in fights at the Mohegan Sun Casino, near his home in Waterford, Conn., will be facing undefeated Ken Hasegawa (10-0-1) in a 178 pound catch weight fight.
The UFC has targeted a bantamweight title rematch between Holly Holm and Ronda Rousey on July 9 in Las Vegas, despite a report that Holm wishes to fight sooner.
UFC president Dana White told Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that "it's Rousey" next for Holm. The Times printed a story earlier this week, quoting Holm's manager, Lenny Fresquez, stating Holm has interest in fighting Miesha Tate instead.
White insisted Rousey would be ready.
We're real concerned with [Fresquez's] opinion," White said, sarcastically.
Before he broke rib and had to withdraw from UFC 189, Jose Aldo teased that he would make a big announcement following his scheduled bout with Conor McGregor.
"After that fight, you will know what's gonna happen. The UFC knows, I know, and everything is already set," Aldo told Sherdog.com in March. "As soon as I beat Conor McGregor, you will know what's gonna be my next step."
Before he stepped foot into the cage to face Brandon Vera for the inaugural ONE Championship heavyweight title, Chi Lewis-Parry made headlines – for all the wrong reasons.
After failing to submit his medical records and drug test results before the Dec. 11 clash, the undefeated Lewis-Parry was removed from his fight against Vera. None too pleased, Vera ripped Lewis-Parry in a video to his Facebook page (NSFW language).
In the wake of this, ONE Championship Vice President and former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin issued a statement via ONE's Facebook fan page, summarizing the situation and detailing exactly what happened and why.
Next week’s Titan FC 36 event, which was slated to stream on UFC Fight Pass, has been canceled.
Officials made the announcement on Wednesday, citing CEO Jeff Aronson’s “health complications related to an unexpected surgical procedure.”
The event was slated for Dec. 18 at Kansas City Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. Current Titan FC flyweight champion Tim Elliott (12-6-1) was scheduled to fight fellow ex-UFC fighter Pedro Nobre (17-1-2) in the headliner of the card, which was expected to feature more than a dozen bouts.
On the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter 22: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, two fighters punched their ticket into the finals, but only one will compete at the finale on Friday.TUF 22 Logo McGregor vs Faber 750
England’s Saul Rogers defeated Poland’s Marcin Wrzosek by rear-naked choke in the first semi-final bout to seemingly advance to the finals.
Europe’s Artem Lobov completed his second-chance journey to the finals in the second semi-final round bout against American Julian Erosa.
Muhammed Lawal will face BAMMA combatant Brett McDermott Dec. 29 in RIZIN Fighting Federation's inaugural heavyweight grand prix.
The news comes after the withdrawal of Lawal's original opponent, Mark Godbeer, due to injury.
It doesn't sound like Ronda Rousey could be ready to fight anytime soon.
Rousey told ESPN this week that she could be months away from "eating an apple," so a rematch with women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July may be wishful thinking.
Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez met with UFC officials Monday and has already been given a proposal to book Holm for the July 9 event in the new Las Vegas Arena.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may not be staying much longer in the division after his planned return against Daniel Cormier next year. The pound-for-pound great has been continuing his powerlifting, and took to social media about his preparation.
Today, he did a 500 lbs squat, which is a personal record for him. He also teased a move to heavyweight as he posted a clip about eating a large amount of food, good for several people.
"Earned the light heavyweight title back then moved to heavyweight?" Jones wrote on Instagram. "The thought of lifting heavier and eating more is tarting to sound like a much better life to me."
The White House has spoken. Even if there isn't much to say.
An online White House petition regarding Nick Diaz's five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission garnered more than 100,000 signatures this fall, earning a response. That response came in Tuesday and, as expected, didn't offer any kind of resolution.
"The federal government plays no role in the disciplinary actions taken by state athletic commissions, so we are not in a position to address the specific request raised in your petition," the statement read.
The good news for Diaz fans is that the NAC and his legal team are currently in settlement talks and that five-year suspension could be reduced significantly.
Diaz, a popular UFC fighter, was suspended for five years and fined $165,000 following a third marijuana offense in Nevada after his UFC 183 bout with Anderson Silva in January.
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF title less than two weeks after winning it.
The Briton, 27, had to agree to fight the IBF's mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov but will instead face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch.
Fury beat Ukrainian Klitschko on points on 28 November to claim three versions of the heavyweight crown.
Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF, told BBC Sport: "It's true he's been stripped of his IBF belt."