UFC 200 main card pre-fight facts: The numbers behind UFC's biggest pay-per-view event
UFC 200 marks the most significant event of this year’s “International Fight Week” festivities, and the organization has stacked the deck with three championship fights.
The main card, which airs on pay-per-view, features an incredible seven current or former UFC champions and is topped by one of the most anticipated rematches in company history between reigning light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and interim champ Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC).
A heavyweight affair takes center stage in the co-headliner: Former champ Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returns to the octagon for a showdown with heavy-handed slugger Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC).
For more on the numbers behind the biggest event in UFC history, check out a slew of pre-fight facts about UFC 200’s main card...
Solemn Jon Jones gives update on his mother's battle with diabetes
The UFC interim light heavyweight's mother Camille will be back home in upstate New York on the mend following surgery to have part of her leg removed due to complications from diabetes. Jones made the sad revelation about his mother's health after UFC 197 and explained it further at a recent UFC media lunch.
Jones, 28, said his mother has struggled with diabetes for years and it has begun to have a noticeable affect on her health, including loss of eye sight and part of her leg having to be amputated. Jones said Camille is currently in training for a prosthetic and is doing better than she was back in April during UFC 197 fight week.
Eddie Alvarez: 'I don't believe in over-training'
Thursday, Eddie Alvarez will attempt to make history by becoming the first fighter to win both UFC and Bellator gold when he challenges reigning UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. This past weekend, Alvarez spoke with Bas Rutten and Mauro Ranallo on Inside MMA about his upcoming fight with RDA and how he matches up with the champion.
"I think he's overly aggressive. That works against guys who have the ability to be bullied and who won't fight back. I think that's the wrong approach to go about this fight with. If he does that and decides to go that route, I think he's gonna bring the dog out in me and this could end up being bad."
UFC star Conor McGregor appears naked on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's annual 'Body Issue.'
On July 6th, ESPN the Magazine releases its eighth edition of the "Body Issue" for online consumption (July 8th for those of you who still enjoy picking up a hard copy). A total of 19 athletes will be represented in the issue – known for presenting strong types in vulnerable ways – and here's a sneak peek at MMA star Conor McGregor's body-baring cover photo. Never shy, this was McGregor's first interview following his April 19th tweet suggesting that he was retiring early, and he explained some of his mental tactics.
Jon Jones says he hasn't been intimidated by opponent since 'Rampage' Jackson
Jon Jones is as confident in his skillset as anyone. For good reason. He's the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world and arguably the best of all time.
That doesn't mean, though, that he hasn't been worried going into a fight. Lately, he has been free of those fears. But Jones said at a recent media lunch that the last time an opponent truly concerned him was Quinton Jackson.
Miesha Tate says 'mentality' is a 'big weakness' for Amanda Nunes
Miesha Tate's biggest asset might be her iron will. She's the kind of fighter who lets her arm nearly snap before tapping. The kind of warrior who comes back in a title fight despite being down on the cards and finishes in the final round.
The UFC women's bantamweight champion does not see the same grit and determination in Amanda Nunes, her UFC 200 opponent.
With training camp breakup, WSOF fight between Fodor brothers just became grudge match
When Ben Fodor (6-1-1) – the fighter known for his superhero alter-ego, “Phoenix Jones” – agreed to fight his adopted brother Caros Fodor (10-5), the deal was that they would both continue to train at the AMC Pankration gym in Kirkland, Wash., prior to their bout at WSOF 32 on July 30.
But eight weeks out from the fight, according to Ben, AMC Pankration head coach Matt Hume told him he’d need to find somewhere else to train for this one. And now?
Ricardo Abreu informed of potential USADA anti-doping violation following out-of-competition test
Two-time UFC middleweight veteran Ricardo Abreu has been notified of a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample.
UFC officials today announced the finding after being informed of the result by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” the statement read. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
Ben Alloway faces undefeated Sharaf Davlatmurudov on Absolute Championship card
Former TUF Smashes representative Ben Alloway will travel to Russia later this month where he will meet undefeated Russian welterweight Sharaf Davlatmurodov.
The bout takes place on the Absolute Championship Berkut 41 card in Sochi, Russia on 15 July.
Based out of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Alloway is currently riding a three fight winning streak which included taking out the 2016 Brace welterweight tournament. Alloway was a semi-finalist on the Australia vs U.K. version of The Ultimate Fighter. The 35-year-old went on to fight three times in the UFC, winning his debut via an impressive head kick against Manuel Rodriguez before losing back-to-back fights to Ryan LaFlare and Zak Cummings.
'Rampage' Jackson interested in fights with Fedor Emelianenko, Matt Mitrione
Quinton Jackson likes Fedor Emelianenko a lot. "Rampage" has called the Russian legend an idol and a friend. That, however, does not mean a fight between the two is off the table.
Jackson told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that he'd be willing to fight Emelianenko, because the timing is right for them both.
"Fedor is one of the most gentlest giants you ever want to meet," Jackson said. "I've got the utmost respect for him. But sometimes the fans probably need to see fights like that. Me and him, we're both past our prime, I'm gonna be honest. We're older and stuff like that. Those are the types of fights that maybe Bellator wants to put on, when guys get over a certain age, maybe we should fight each other."
Jackson, 38, is a former UFC light heavyweight champion and a huge star in PRIDE, where Emelianenko, 39, also made his name. The two have a warm relationship, going back years, "Rampage" said.
Aspera FC announces one-night lightweight tournament, winner signs multi-fight contract with KSW
A Brazilian lightweight is about to sign with Polish promotion KSW. On July 9, Aspera FC 41 will feature a one-night, four-man lightweight tournament in Sao Jose, Brazil, and the winner will sign a multi-fight deal with KSW, the promotion announced recently.
In the first semifinal, UFC veteran Ivan Jorge will meet Guilherme Miranda, while Fernando Aparecido takes on Renato Gomes for the second spot in the final. In the alternate bout, Alexandre Cidade faces Thiago Nata.
"It is a pleasure to get this cooperation with KSW," Aspera FC president Marcelo Brigadeiro stated in a release. "I know (KSW CEO) Martin (Lewandowski) for a long time and I admire his way of doing business and how he made KSW become one of the biggest promotions in the world. I picked four of the best lightweights in Brazil to make sure that we will provide KSW with nothing but the prime of Brazilian MMA with our tournaments."
Newcomers Chase Sherman, Justin Ledet set for UFC Fight Night 92 in Salt Lake City
The UFC’s debut in Utah in August appears to have a fight between a pair of debuting heavyweights.
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According to Titan FC, Titan veteran Chase Sherman (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been released from the promotion so he could sign with the UFC. And per a report from The MMA Kings on Twitter, his opponent at UFC Fight Night 92 will be fellow newcomer Justin Ledet (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials have not yet made a announcement of the signings or the matchup. Sherman is a heavyweight; Ledet has been fighting at light heavyweight.
UFC's Daniel Omielanczuk tests positive for meldonium, won't be provisionally suspended
The wave of meldonium positive drug tests has hit the UFC.
Daniel Omielanczuk, a heavyweight competitor, tested positive for the prohibited substance in a recent out-of-competition test and has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation by USADA, the UFC announced Friday.
Omielanczuk, though, will not be provisionally suspended due to continual questions about the drug. The Polish fighter will still face Alexey Oleinik at UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. McDonald on July 13 in Sioux Falls.
USADA lifts Islam Makhachev's provisional suspension, still investigating drug-test failure
Islam Makhachev can return to UFC action, MMA Fighting has learned.
USADA has lifted Makhachev's provisional suspension, but the UFC's anti-doping partner will continue to investigate his failed drug test, according to Makhachev's manager Ali Abdel-Aziz. That means Makhachev is free to compete in the Octagon while the rest of the adjudication process is going on.
FOX Sports was the first to report the news. MMA Fighting confirmed the information with USADA.
C.B. Dollaway headed to light heavyweight, booked for UFC 203
C.B. Dolloway will fight at 205 when he meets Francimar Barroso at UFC 203, in Cleveland, on September 10.
In desperate search for a win, C.B. Dollaway will look for a new result in the light heavyweight division, when he meets Francimar Barroso at UFC 203, as Combate reported.
Currently on a three-fight skid, losing to the likes of Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping and Lyoto Machida, Dollaway (15-8) hasn't had his hand raised since an unanimous decision win over Francis Carmont in May 2014. The change marks the first time he will try his luck at 205.
Barroso (18-5) is coming off a submission loss to Nikita Krylov that snapped a two-fight winning streak over Elvis Mutapcic and Ryan Jimmo. The Brazilian could also be fighting for his job, as the UFC is not known for keeping grinders like himself around for too long after they start losing matches.
Matt Mitrione clears medicals, meets Oli Thompson in Bellator 158 co-main event in London
After Bellator 157 a week ago, promotion President Scott Coker admitted he and his crew may have put the cart before the horse by announcing Matt Mitrione for a Bellator 158 fight against Oli Thompson.
After all, the announcement came mere minutes after Mitrione (10-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was floored by a punch from Carl Seumanutafa (10-7 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) (watch the video highlights here) in the first round. Likely seconds away from having the fight stopped, Mitrione survived and went on to recover for a knockout win a couple minutes later.
Fedor's crony suspended as VP of Russian MMA Union, Maldonado's appeal lives again
The World MMA Association plans to hear Fabio Maldonado’s appeal following his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global 50.
It appears that Fabio Maldonado may have an opportunity to appeal his controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko at Fight Nights Global: 50 several weeks ago.
The World MMA Association, which is the umbrella organization that controls the Russian MMA Union, announced that they would consider the Brazilian UFC veteran's appeal against the ‘Last Emperor,' and will take several measures to ensure an unbiased verdict.
According to an official statement, the WMMAA will appoint Secretary General Alexander Engelhardt to handle the appeal procedure, and appoint a group of objective international judges under the guidance of experienced referee Marco Broersen (the Netherlands). The group is to assess the fight based on the tape and render an unbiased verdict regarding the fight and the judges' work.