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Carlos Felipe Removed from UFC Fight Night 119 Due to Potential Anti-Doping Violation
Carlos Felipe has been pulled from his Octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 119 due to a potential anti-doping violation, the promotion revealed in a statement on Tuesday. The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Carlos Felipe of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on July 29, 2017. Because of the proximity to Felipe’s upcoming scheduled bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on October 28, 2017, against Christian Colombo, Felipe has been removed from the card and UFC is currently seeking a replacement.
Submitted Sep 20, 2017 12:12AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones, Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez added to UFC Norfolk
A pair of new fights have been added to the UFC’s debut trip to Norfolk, as lightweights Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quinones and bantamweights Raphael Assuncao vs. Matthew Lopez have been scheduled to tangle on the Nov. 11 show. The UFC confirmed the bookings Tuesday following an initial report by ESPN.
Submitted Sep 20, 2017 12:11AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Titleholder vs. titleholder fight set for ONE Championship 64 on Nov. 10
It’ll be champion vs. champion in a November headliner at ONE Championship 64. Officials today announced a fight between lightweight titleholder Eduard Folayang (18-5) and featherweight champ Martin Nguyen (9-1). The bout will be contested at 155 pounds, with Folayang’s belt on the line. It’s the first cross-division champion-vs.-champion fight in ONE Championship history.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:15PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Stipe Miocic aiming for return in December or January, would have fought Jon Jones
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic believes he will return to action in either December or January, but he still doesn’t know who he will be pitted against when he looks to defend his title for the third time.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:13PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Ilima MacFarlane vs. Emily Ducote set for first Bellator women’s flyweight title
The UFC is in the process of crowning the company’s first-ever women’s flyweight champion through a tournament on the current season of The Ultimate Fighter, which leads to December’s finale. But it won’t be the first major North American promotion to crown a women’s 125-champion. Bellator will beat UFC to the punch, as it will mark its inaugural flyweight titleholder on Nov. 3. Ilima MacFarlane will meet Emily Ducote to crown a champion at Bellator 186 in State College, Penn. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Tuesday report by ESPN.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:12PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Cris Cyborg responds to ‘joke' Edmond Tarverdyan's comments, not interested in Ronda Rousey fight in UFC
Cris Cyborg doesn’t seem into the idea of facing Ronda Rousey anymore. The Brazilian star, who holds the UFC featherweight championship, has campaigned for years for a fight with “Rowdy" when she was at the top of the world as UFC bantamweight queen. Cyborg, who is currently training in Thailand and targeting a fight with Holly Holm at UFC 219, scheduled for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, spoke with MMA Fighting about Tarverdyan’s comments and a possible clash with Rousey.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:10PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Incompetent NSAC judge given ‘small break’, may judge UFC 216
Why after 24 years are there judges in MMA like Adalaide Byrd who couldn’t tell you how to escape a Guillotine? Add in her hugely controversial boxing score for Canelo Alvarez over GGG and Byrd’s presence becomes something worse than baffling. Jack de Menezes for the Independent reports that executive director of the Nevada Athletic State Commission Bob Bennett confirmed Byrd is currently subject to a “small break” in order to review her performance.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 2:09PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous
UFC adds John Lineker vs. Marlon Vera to Fight Night card in Sao Paulo
A bantamweight clash between John Lineker and Marlon Vera was added to UFC’s upcoming event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Oct. 28. MMA Fighting confirmed with multiple sources following a report by Combate.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 1:40PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Kenny Florian believes Michael Bisping set a blueprint on how to beat Luke Rockhold
On Saturday evening, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold overcame a rocky start to stop David Branch in the second round with strikes from the mount. It was Rockhold’s first fight since losing the middleweight title over a year ago when Michael Bisping knocked him out in the first round and early on, the former champion failed to impress. Despite being a heavy favorite, Rockhold was in trouble in the first round as Branch hurt him with punches several times, prompting some to speculate that Bisping solved Rockhold for the rest of the division. Chief among those concerned viewers is UFC analyst Kenny Florian who discussed Rockhold’s striking struggles on the most recent edition of his Anik and Florian podcast, saying that Bisping has “set a blueprint” on beating Rockhold that the former champion still hasn’t fixed.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 1:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Rematch between ex-UFC champ Jose Aldo and Ricardo Lamas targeted for December
Jose Aldo has been clear about his desire to return to the octagon in 2017. Thanks to a familiar foe, it seems he’ll be able to get his wish. Brazil’s Combate.com says the ground has been prepared for a rematch between former 145-pound champion Aldo and contender Ricardo Lamas – who unsuccessfully challenged for the then-champ’s belt at UFC 169 in 2014. According to the report, both men have said yes to a meeting in December, but have yet to set a specific date. Aldo’s original plan was to fight at UFC 217, which takes place in New York City on Nov. 4. But, also according to the report, the promotion opted for the following month after Lamas asked for more time. This would entail one of two likelihoods: UFC 218, which takes place in Detroit on Dec. 2, or UFC 219, set for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 12:23AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paige VanZant wants to see your worm
I guess her foot is feeling better. Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) strawweight “it” girl, Paige VanZant, will make her flyweight debut against Jessica Eye at the upcoming UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 12:19AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
'Jacare' Souza’s manager suggests Chris Weidman fight could be next in UFC
Chris Weidman snapped his losing streak with a win over Kelvin Gastelum in July, and there’s a Brazilian middleweight who would like to meet him inside the Octagon. Ronaldo Souza, who lost to future interim champion Robert Whittaker in April, is expected to return to training in October after undergoing surgery for a pectoral rupture a couple of weeks after the defeat, and his manager Gilberto Faria welcomes the idea of facing the "All-American" next.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 12:09AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping says UFC 217 showdown against Georges St-Pierre ‘might be my last ever fight’
Michael Bisping has accomplished a lot over the course of his 12-year run in the UFC. Whether it’s his TUF 3 triumph, or tying the UFC record for most overall wins, or the late-career resurgence that carried him to the middleweight title, Bisping has remained a fixture at the highest levels of the sport for longer than nearly all of his contemporaries from MMA’s boom period. So with his Nov. 4 showdown against Georges St-Pierre looming — a matchup that’s exactly the type of blockbuster moneymaker that always eluded him — Bisping believes there’s a chance UFC 217 could spell the perfect end to his career.
Submitted Sep 18, 2017 11:58PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Thiago Alves explains why he pulled out of UFC Pittsburgh
Thiago Alves was scheduled to face Mike Perry at UFC Pittsburgh on Sept. 16, but pulled out of the bout just days before the event. Alves was replaced by Alex Reyes, who lasted 79 seconds against “Platinum”, losing by knockout. The Brazilian stands behind his decision, and explained in a statement why he didn’t make the trip from Florida to Pittsburgh to compete at UFC Fight Night 116.
Submitted Sep 18, 2017 4:13PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Edmond Tarverdyan wants one more fight for Ronda Rousey — against Cris Cyborg
Edmond Tarverdyan doesn’t know for sure if Ronda Rousey, his star pupil, will ever fight again. But the coach would like her to step into the Octagon one more time. And he has an ideal opponent in mind.
Submitted Sep 18, 2017 4:08PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 116 Results, Bonus Winners, Fight Scores, Highlights, Attendance & Gate Info
Luke Rockhold had a successful return to the Octagon on Saturday night in Pittsburgh. The former UFC middleweight champion scored a second-round submission win over David Branch via strikes. Branch had a few strong moments in the first round. In fact, he won the opening frame with hard combinations and constant pressure. However, once Rockhold took the fight to the mat and mounted Branch he began raining down strikes. After a brief struggle, Branch tapped out to stop the beating.
Submitted Sep 17, 2017 3:10PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC announces Fight Night card in Fresno
The UFC will make its first trip to Fresno in December. The promotion announced Saturday night that the Dec. 9 UFC Fight Night card will take place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. No bouts have been announced for the date yet. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 20.
Submitted Sep 17, 2017 2:30PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Luke Rockhold Plans Move To Light Heavyweight After Daniel Cormier Retires
Luke Rockhold has some unfinished business in the UFC middleweight division, but it doesn’t sound like the former champion plans on staying at 185 pounds that much longer. On Saturday night, Rockhold dispatched former World Series of Fighting champion David Branch with an impressive second round submission due to strikes, which put him back in the win column after suffering a loss to Michael Bisping last June. Rockhold wasted no time proclaiming his intention to go after Bisping and the middleweight title once again, but from the sound of things he’s got limited time left in the division.
Submitted Sep 17, 2017 12:42PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC-Pittsburgh bonuses: Mike Perry, Uriah Hall earn $50K for performances
Mike Perry, Uriah Hall, Gregor Gillespie and Jason Gonzalez each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116 event. Perry (for his first-round knockout of Alex Reyes) and Hall (for his comeback win by knockout) picked up “Performance of the Night” awards, and Gillespie-Gonzalez took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Sep 17, 2017 12:12PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Okami returns, faces OSP in Saitama main event
With former world champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night main event against Ovince Saint Preux due to injury, the promotion has called on longtime contender Yushin Okami to make his return to the Octagon to battle OSP in a five-round light heavyweight bout at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.
Submitted Sep 16, 2017 10:46PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
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