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White: Ex-champ Cain Velasquez headed for back surgery, 4-week recovery expected
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will reportedly undergo surgery following his most recent injury and fight withdrawal. According to UFC President Dana White, Velasquez is expected to make a complete recovery within four weeks of going under the knife. Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) was injured in the lead-up to his title rematch with champ Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), which was expected to headline UFC 196 on Feb. 6 (the event has since been renamed UFC Fight Night 82). He was forced out of the fight less than two weeks prior to the title bout, an occurrence that has unfortunately become a routine part of Velasquez’s career. The former two-time champ has required surgery for shoulder and knee injuries over the past few years. He can apparently add a back surgery to that list, as White revealed on “Opie with Jim Norton.” “Cain has got problems with a disc in his back, and he’s actually going to have surgery,” White said. “The good part is it’s not going to be long. He’s going to have the surgery and will probably need four weeks to recover. So that’s good news.”
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:49PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With 48-day turnaround, Ilir Latifi meets Gian Villante at UFC 196 in Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Rising light-heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi is making a fairly quick 48-day turnaround to return to the cage. Latifi (11-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is slated to fight Gian Villante (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at March’s UFC 196 event, UFC officials today announced. The latest UFC 196 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:44PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Coker talks about minakovs return,possible free agent targets and more
(mmajunkie.com)
There’s plenty going on in the world of Bellator President Scott Coker ahead of Friday’s Bellator 148 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Coker revealed to MMAjunkie that Bellator 148 headliner Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who meets Andy Uhrich (11-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in a welterweight bout, is likely to meet longtime rival Josh Koscheck in the summer. He also said he intends on having “serious discussions” with MMA legend Wanderlei Silva about signing with the promotion. There’s a lot more going on with the organization besides those topics, though. Check out what else Coker touched on in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 10:31PM by FKA - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Dana White responds to Aldo's rematch request: 'It's tough to make that fight again'
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears Jose Aldo might be sitting on the sidelines for a very long time if he’s not willing to stray from his demand of a title shot or Conor McGregor rematch for his next contest. Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC), the former UFC featherweight champion who was knocked out by McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in just 13 seconds to lose the title at UFC 194 in December, recently revealed what he wants next after his first defeat in 10 years. “Scarface” had torn through all comers in the UFC and WEC before he encountered McGregor. The fight was one of the most anticipated in recent memory but ended before most knew what had happened when “The Notorious” landed a clean strike early on for the knockout.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 9:17PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pro wrestling match breaks out during Josh Barnett's UFC on FOX 18 workout
(mmafighting.com)
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Josh Barnett has a long history in MMA and pro wrestling. He combined the two during his UFC on FOX 18 workout session Thursday afternoon.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 6:32PM by Poor_Franklin - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Coker: Bellator targeting summer for Paul Daley-Josh Koscheck rematch
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears Bellator is done playing games when it comes to booking a rematch between welterweights Paul Daley and Josh Koscheck. Bellator attempted to set up the fight by booking Daley (37-13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) and Koscheck (16-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in separate bouts at Friday’s Bellator 148 event. But Koscheck pulled out of the event due to injury, which derailed the plan to showcase both fighters ahead of a second meeting.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 4:38PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Daniel Hooker vs. Mark Eddiva added to UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout between Daniel Hooker (12-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Mark Eddiva (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has joined March’s UFC Fight Night 85 lineup. UFC officials confirmed the bout with stuff.co.nz. The latest UFC Fight Night 85 card includes: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo Chad Laprise vs. Alan Patrick Mark Eddiva vs. Daniel Hooker
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 4:36PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko slated for UFC 196 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Two UFC women’s bantamweight title hopefuls will meet in March at UFC 196. Officials today announced Amanda Nunes (11-4 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Valentina Shevchenko (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are slated to fight at the event. UFC 196 (formerly called UFC 197) takes place March 5 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC 196 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 1:43PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CES MMA 33 features Norby-Soukhamthath title fight, O'Neil-Olson on AXS TV
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is taking shape for March’s CES MMA 33 event, which will crown an inaugural bantamweight champion. CES MMA officials confirmed with MMAjunkie that Andre Soukhamthath (9-3) and Kody Nordby (6-3) will headline the card. The championship bout takes place March 11 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 1:40PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov says bout with Tony Ferguson is 5-round title-eliminator
(mmajunkie.com)
Khabib Nurmagomedov will apparently face some big stakes in his long-awaited return to the octagon. As reported on Wednesday, Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0) is slated to fight fellow lightweight contender Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 19 in April. And according to Nurmagomedov, the bout, which is expected to take place April 16 and air on FOX, will be a five-round title-eliminator, meaning it’ll be the event’s headliner
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 1:39PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gonzaga-Magomedov, Blachowicz-Pokrajac, other bouts join UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for the UFC’s debut in Croatia now has its first four matchups, officials today announced. The event, UFC Fight Night 86, takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card includes: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 1:13PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Welcome to the UFC, Mihajlovic & Di Chirico
(bloodyelbow.com)
I don't know what's going on down in Zuffa central, but heavyweight seems to be the flavor of the moment. Once a division that couldn't buy a new body, it's now chock full of fresh talent. The latest newcomer in the field? Bojan Mihajlovic, who MMA D'Eferlante reports will fight Francis Ngannou in Zagreb, Croatia on April 10th. Making his way to the UFC alongside Mihajlovic is a new middleweight fighter and a rare talent out of Italy. Alessio Di Chirico's signing was announced by the UFC on January 20th. Di Chirico will be making his debut in Croatia as well on the April 10th card. No debut opponent has been announced yet. So...
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:37PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone trolls Reebok, praises Nike gear
(bloodyelbow.com)
few weeks ago, veteran lightweight contender Donald Cerrone was fined by the UFC for violating the Reebok's outfitting policy at last month's UFC on FOX 17. According to Cerrone, the violation was for sewing an unauthorized patch, which pays homage to his grandmother, onto his fight trunks.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:36PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Russian Muay Thai champion explains why she signed with Bellator instead of the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Several weeks ago, Bellator MMA announced a portion of their line-up for the Turin, Italy fight card. Amongst the competitors was a new face: recently signed Russian Muay Thai champion Anastasia Yankova. The longtime fighter decided to test the water in MMA last year and compiled a undefeated 2-0 record as a flyweight under the Fight Nights banner in Russia. With a varied striking arsenal based in Muay Thai and boxing, Yankova has a wealth of experience in combat sports that is not represented in her MMA record.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:34PM by tildengolfer - 11 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Report: KSW 35 to feature Mamed Khalidov and Mariusz Pudzianowski
(bloodyelbow.com)
Following an impressive streak of shows last year that culminated in a KO victory for Mamed Khalidov to become the middleweight champion, KSW appears to have decided on the date for his first title defense. According to KSW co-founder Maciej Kawulski, Khalidov will likely headline the KSW 35 show in May. Five-time World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski will also be featured on the card, as will former middleweight champ Michal Materla.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:33PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fabricio Werdum reacts to backlash after UFC 196 withdrawal
(mmafighting.com)
UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum received some criticism for his decision to withdraw from UFC 196 after his opponent Cain Velasquez pulled out with a back injury, and the promotion selected Stipe Miocic as a replacement. Confident he made the right move, "Vai Cavalo" released a statement reacting to the backlash from the fans. Read the full statement below: I think it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life not to fight Cain, Miocic or any other fighter because I had a back injury. Yet, at the same time I’m sad I wasn’t able to compete, I’m happy because I was able to see many things after this injury. I spent some time with my family, my wife and kids, and saw that everything is transitory.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:32PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush in the works for UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
Another bout between ranked fighters is in the works for UFC on FOX 19, as Michael Chiesa and Beneil Dariush are expected to put their win streaks on the line in a pivotal lightweight clash on April 16. Sources confirmed the match-up Wednesday to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Chiesa (13-2) looks to further his momentum after submitting Jim Miller to pick up a statement win at UFC Fight Night 80.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:31PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC signs heavyweight Adam Milstead to four-fight deal
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC recently beefed up its heavyweight division with the signing of Adam Milstead (7-1). Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Milstead penned a four-fight deal with the promotion. Fighting out of Pittsburgh, the 28-year-old Milstead has won seven straight, all via finish (five knockouts, two submissions). He has finished his last three opponents with strikes in just over four minutes of combined fight time.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:30PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Manager: Stipe Miocic did not turn down fight with Jon Jones, anticipates showdown with Fabricio Werdum
(mmafighting.com)
Stipe Miocic has had a tumultuous 48 hours. He's gone from UFC title challenger to odd man out to potential opponent for Jon Jones' heavyweight debut to a man who reportedly turned down a $1 million opportunity. At least, that's the storyline if you believe everything you read on Twitter. When Cain Velasquez bowed out of his Feb. 6 title fight at UFC 196 against Fabricio Werdum with a back injury, Miocic stepped up to bat, offering his services for the golden opportunity. Wish granted - Miocic was officially named the next UFC heavyweight title challenger shortly thereafter.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:30PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in UFC 196 main event
(mmafighting.com)
Stockton almost saved UFC 196. Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 196 when the heavyweight title headliner was lost this week, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. The UFC considered the matchup, and it was a viable option as of Tuesday morning, but the promotion decided for undisclosed reasons to ultimately go in another direction.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:29PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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