Rin Nakai vs. Leslie Smith, Ben Nguyen vs. Justin Scoggins set for UFC Fight Night 85
The UFC’s return to Australia next month has two more fights added to an already hefty lineup.
Rin Nakai (16-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Leslie Smith (7-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will return from long layoffs for a women’s bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 85. And flyweights Ben Nguyen (14-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Justin Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will fight.
UFC officials announced the new bouts today, giving the card 13 total fights, following an initial report in The Courier Mail in Australia.
With the additions, 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
Rin Nakai vs. Leslie Smith
Ben Nguyen vs. Justin Scoggins
Bellator 151 card complete with addition of seven prelims in Oklahoma
The card is complete for next month’s Bellator 151 event in Oklahoma with the addition of seven prelims.
On Tuesday, the card’s co-main event got a change when unbeaten Brit Michael Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) had to pull out. Former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) stepped up on a month’s notice to face Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the co-feature. Now the rest of the card is set.
Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at Winstar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The complete Bellator 151 main card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith
Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Chris Jones vs. Ray Wood
Steve Garcia vs. Ricky Turcios
Justin Patterson vs. Chance Rencountre
Aaron Roberson vs. Treston Thomison
Roger Carroll vs. Neiman Gracie
Jermayne Barnes vs. Derek Palmer
Stephen Banaszak vs. Steven Peterson
Scott Coker: Bellator, Rizin both interested in Wanderlei Silva
If Wanderlei Silva can ever get clear of his issues with the Nevada Athletic Commission, he could be looking at a windfall.
Bellator MMA president Scott Coker told Ariel Helwani on a recent edition of The MMA Hour that both Bellator and Rizin are interested in Silva, a recent free agent, provided he's no longer under suspension.
"He's gonna have to clear that all up," Coker said. "That's gonna be part of the deal. I know that Rizin wants to sign him as well. There's gonna be a couple of bidders out there for Wanderlei's services."
Erokhin fails drug test at TUF 22 finale
The Russian heavyweight's latest fight was a highly criticized, listless unanimous decision loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas. And late last month, Erokhin was removed from the UFC roster.
Now, Erokhin's drug test from the TUF Finale has come back positive. Erokhin popped for the anabolic steroid drostanolone in a pre-fight, in-competition test, according to documents obtained by MMA Fighting through a public records request with the Nevada Athletic Commission.
Erokhin failed a test sent to Quest Diagnostics administered by the NAC, not a test administered by USADA. He will face a suspension and fine from the NAC in an upcoming hearing.
CM Punk says he's slated for back surgery, UFC debut delayed again
The long-awaited UFC debut of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is going to have to wait a little longer.
The former WWE star and MMA newcomer today told MMAFighting.com he’s slated for back surgery today to correct a herniated disc. He reportedly expected a four- to six-month recovery and hopes to fight by year’s end.
“My back has always bugged me,” Punk told MMAFighting.com. “Figured it was just wrestling (expletive). Turns out it was.
“It got bad enough to the point where I couldn’t do anything the week before I went to train with the New Jersey Devils last month. One day I could manage. The next day I couldn’t. I’ve been in agony for almost a month. Chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, cryotherapy – nothing worked.”
Mickey Gall is a big betting favorite over CM Punk
CM Punk's UFC debut has been expected for a while now, and it seems that he finally has an opponent - Mickey Gall. Gall defeated Mike Jackson in just 45 seconds at UFC Fight Night 82 to earn his bout with Punk, and it looks like oddsmakers are favoring the guy with the actual fight experience. Here's the opening 5Dimes line ( )
CM Punk +260
Mickey Gall -380
Over 1.5 +135
Under 1.5 -175
Michael Page out of Bellator 151, RFA champ Gilbert Smith in vs. Fernando Gonzalez
Fans will have to wait a little bit longer to see Michael Page show off his flashy fighting style again in the Bellator cage.
Page (9-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is out of his scheduled Bellator 151 co-main event showdown with Fernando Gonzalez (24-13 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) for undisclosed reasons. Stepping in to replace “Venom” is the now former RFA welterweight champion Gilbert Smith (12-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Bellator officials confirmed the switch to MMAjunkie
The latest Bellator 151 main card includes:
Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Gilbert Smith
Bubba Jenkins vs. Goiti Yamauchi
Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Taimanglo
Jon Jones responds to Monday's events via Instagram
Just fucking wow...how this dude doesn't have a PR guy yet is mind blowing...
Instagram video of him basically saying a bunch of cock shit. Any of us would go to jail if we were caught simultaneously driving without a license, registration, and insurance while serving probation for serious traffic violations. Then he goes on social media and makes light of it saying we are talking about "tickets"...that is the problem. He gets tickets, try that as an average Joe in AZ or southern Cali and your ass is posting bail at best, if you were on probation that bail would simply be to much for you to afford.
RIZIN's Sakakibara will 'put in the effort' to deliver Fedor vs. Wanderlei
"This month, I will visit the United States, where I will meet with Wanderlei," Sakakibara told Tass.ru. "This is a fighter, which is not only interesting to Rizin, but for fans of combat sports in general. And our job is to answer the wishes of our viewers."
Sakakibara added that the promotion will aim to set up a potential clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva if they sense that it is a fight that fans are interested in.
"If we talk about the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva, there is such a possibility. If the number of those wishing to see the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva will be really great, we will make efforts to ensure that the fight takes place."
Report: UFC releases Jorgensen, Roop, and Yui Chul
Back on January 29th, the UFC released a whole slew of fighters between their heavyweight and lightweight divisions. It looked, for the moment, as though the lighter weightclasses had been spared. It doesn't look that way now. While not an official announcement, the UFCFIGHTERSiNFO Twitter account, which monitors the UFC.com website and it's roster, has delivered the news that a few names from the lighter weight classes have been removed from the UFC's database. That usually only means one thing.
The biggest of those names is Scott Jorgensen, who sent out a Tweet just last week declaring his free agency. It looks like the UFC doesn't plan on being part of that bidding process.
UFC Fight Night Medical Suspensions: Seven Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs
UFC Fight Night ‘Hendricks vs. Thompson’ Medical Suspensions
Stephen Thompson: Must have right ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Johny Hendricks: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Roy Nelson: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Jared Rosholt: Must have left ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Ovince St. Preux: Must have right ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Rafael Cavalcante: Must have right eye cleared by ophthalmologist, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 23; no contact until March 8.
Joseph Benavidez: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (left eyebrow laceration).
Alex Nicholson: Must have bilateral jaw fractures and broken nose an oral, maxillofacial doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 23; no contact until March 8.
Sean Spencer: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8.
Joshua Burkman: Must have MRI on right shoulder and clearance by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 28; no contact until Feb. 21.
K.J. Noons: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (finger laceration).
Damian Grabowski: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (scalp laceration).
Ray Borg: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28 (tough fight).
Diego Rivas: Must have both knees cleared by an orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7.
Noad Lahat: Suspended until April 7; no contact until March 23.
Artem Lobov: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28 (eyelid laceration).
RFA 36 main card finalized with 4-time All-American wrestler Logan Storley
After announcing the event’s first three bouts, the remaining three are now set for next month’s “RFA 36: Barcelos vs. Vannata” event.
The show takes place march 4 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
As previously announced, the headliner features featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos (9-1) vs. challenger Landon Vannata (7-0).
Among the latest additions is undefeated welterweight prospect Logan Storley (2-0), who should help pull in some local fans when he meets Rode Vocu (1-0).
Neiman Gracie vs. Roger Carroll added to Bellator 151
Neiman Gracie will finally return to the Bellator cage in March.
The undefeated welterweight, who tapped Bobby Flynn in his promotional debut in February of 2015, is slated to face Roger Carroll at the Bellator 151 card in Thackerville, Okla. on March 4, sources told MMAFighting.com.
Son of coral belt (red and black) Marcio Stambowsky and Carla Gracie, Gracie looks to extend his MMA record to 4-0 after scoring a pair of submission finishes at World Series of Fighting prior to his successful Bellator debut in 2015.
Albert Tumenov calls out Stephen Thompson for matchup of 'best strikers'
Albert Tumenov claims he has the best striking in the UFC, but Stephen Thompson might have something to say about that.
Tumenov (17-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) would like to find out, though, and that’s why he’s decided to call for a matchup with Thompson (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) after “Wonderboy” scored a first-round knockout of former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks this past Saturday in UFC Fight Night 82’s main event.
USADA confirms Yoel Romero tested positive for prohibited substance
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today confirmed Yoel Romero tested positive for a prohibited substance in the wake of the UFC middleweight’s admission to failing a test.
“Given that Mr. Romero has publicly discussed his case, we can confirm that he did test positive for a prohibited substance,” USADA rep Ryan Madden wrote in an email to MMAjunikie. “At this time we are investigating the circumstances surrounding his positive test to determine the appropriate outcome, in accordance with the rules.
Rafael Natal meets Robert Whittaker at UFC 197
A middleweight matchup between Brazilian Rafael Natal and Australian Robert Whittaker is the latest addition to April’s UFC 197 event.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with multiple people with knowledge of the contest that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and bout agreements have been distributed. UFC officials are expected to make an announcement shortly.
Whittaker is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.
UFC 197 headliner Jon Jones cited for driving without a license, due in court Wednesday
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is again in trouble with the law.
The 28-year-old New York native is due in court in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday after being cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance.
The charges are the latest in a long string of traffic troubles for Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), who was confirmed this past Saturday to rematch reigning champ Daniel Cormier(17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 197. The pay-per-view event takes place April 23 in Las Vegas.
Jones is hoping to reclaim the title that UFC officials strip after Jones’ previous legal woes.
UFC Fight Night 82 salaries: Nelson, Benavidez earn top disclosed payouts
Co-main-event winner Roy Nelson ($125,000) and main-card victor Joseph Benavidez ($118,000) were the top earners at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 82 event.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,054,000.
The full list of UFC Fight Night 82 payouts included:
Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000
Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Rosholt: $33,000
Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000
Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Nicholson: $10,000
Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Spencer: $17,000
Josh Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. K.J. Noons : $34,000
Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Damian Grabowski: $17,000
Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $18,000
Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Noad Lahat: $17,000
Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Jackson: $10,000
Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Artem Lobov: $13,000
Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
The big men will headline the UFC’s debut event in Croatia, officials today announced.
Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (17-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and surging contender Ben Rothwell (36-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) are set for the five-round main event.
The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card now includes:
Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic