Packalen vs. Sajewski and Danho vs. Omielanczuk added to UFC Fight Night 83
The card for the UFC’s next trip to England continues to come together with the addition of a pair of bouts.
Teemu Packalen (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight battle at UFC Fight Night 83 while undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC on FOX 17 medical suspensions: C.B. Dollaway, Cole Miller receive indefinite suspensions
C.B. Dollaway was one of two fighters to receive potentially lengthy medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC on FOX 17, as he and fellow veteran Cole Miller both were handed indefinite sentences pending physician clearance due to injuries sustained during the event.
The complete list of UFC on FOX 17's medical suspensions can be seen below.
C.B. Dollaway: Suspended indefinitely pending CT scan and doctor's clearance; regardless, suspended no less than 60 days
Cole Miller: Suspended indefinitely pending orthopedic clearance on left eye
Luiz Henrique: Suspended 90 days, requires neurologist's clearance
Donald Cerrone: Suspended 45 days
Junior dos Santos: Suspended 30 days
Josh Samman: Suspended 30 days due to contusions to face, hard fight
Meet Martin Svensson, who never lost on 'TUF 22,' made weight but didn't fight at finale
History will remember grappling wizard Ryan Hall as the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” but there was only one fighter on that show that never lost a fight, and while he was in Las Vegas – and on weight – for the show’s live finale, he’ll have to wait until February to make his UFC debut.
“It was bittersweet,” Martin Svensson told MMAjunkie. “You don’t ever really hope that anyone else gets injured or pulls out of their fights, and I never really did. But it was tricky. It was a fun experience, but at the same time it was very hard emotionally. It was a lot of ups and downs.”
Svensson is a 30-year-old Swedish prospect who earned a spot on the recently aired “TUF 22” series, scoring a decision win over Mohamed Gabinski in the tournament’s preliminary round to earn his way into the “TUF” house. He then scored a second-round submission win over Thanh Le to set up a quarterfinal bout with eventual finalist Artem Lobov, who had lost in the preliminary round but was brought back into the field by his training partner and “TUF” coach Conor McGregor.
Unfortunately, Svensson suffered a broken elbow in the Le fight and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
UFC on FOX 17 Salaries: Alistair Overeem is Top Earner in Last Fight on Contract
Alistair Overeem: $542,857 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Junior dos Santos: $400,000
Nate Diaz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $30,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $12,000
Charles Oliveira: $66,600 (includes $37,000 win bonus)*
def. Myles Jury: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. C.B. Dollaway: $40,000
Valentina Shevchenko: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $22,000
Tamdan McCrory: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Samman: $10,000
Nik Lentz: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $39,000
Cole Miller: $33,000 vs. Jim Alers: $10,000 (fight ruled a no contest)
Kamaru Usman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leon Edwards: $15,000
Vicente Luque: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Henrique: $10,000
Sergei Kharitonov: I’m currently negotiating with the UFC, Bellator and Glory
Sergei Kharitonov could be the latest Russian fighter to sign with the UFC in 2016.
The veteran heavyweight fighter revealed that there is a current sweepstakes between the UFC, Bellator, and Glory to determine who will enlist Kharitonov's services in 2016.
"I was contacted by three organizations: UFC, Bellator and Glory," Kharitonov told MMABoxing.ru. "I will conduct negotiations with them and will soon will make a decision about where I will perform.
Vaughan Lee among three fighters released from UFC
After a big slew of roster cuts in October, the UFC's wave of pink slips subsided during November and in early December. However, that has changed within the past few days, as three fighters are confirmed to be no longer in the UFC, and all of them are in the lighter weight divisions.
Cheick Kongo meets unbeaten Augusto Sakai at Bellator 150 in Kansas
As he looks to continue to climb the heavyweight ladder, Cheick Kongo has his first assignment of 2016, and it will be against an unbeaten foe.
Kongo (23-10-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) will meet Augusto Sakai (9-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) have been booked for a fight at Bellator 150 in February. Promotion officials announced the new matchup today.
Ricci’s Next WSOF Outing Set
After making a spectacular WSOF debut this past November Mike “The Martian” Ricci looks to get right back in the cage when he meets new signee Caros “The Future” Fodor at WSOF 27.
Ricci made his WSOF debut during the one night Lightweight tournament at WSOF 25 with a vicious head kick KO of Joe Condon unfortunately for the Tristar product a hip injury kept him from continuing in the tourney. Currently riding a 3 fight win streak with wins over the likes of Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropoulos “The Martian” is finally looking like the prospect he was touted to be 4 years ago.
Brad Scott-Krzysztof Jotko, Scott Askham-Chris Dempsey set for UFC Fight Night 83
The UFC’s return to London in February has a new pair of fights added to the lineup featuring a pair of England’s own.
England’s Brad Scott (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko (16-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 83, and British fan favorite Scott Askham (13-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will fight Chris Dempsey (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), also at 185 pounds. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.
Julianna Pena arrested on assault charges after allegedly fighting outside a bar
One of the UFC's top female stars was arrested early Sunday morning.
Julianna Pena, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by the Spokane (Wash.) Police Department, according to Cpl. Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane PD. She was arrested at 2:20 a.m., Ferguson said, and booked into the Spokane County Jail at 2:53 a.m. Sunday morning, per online jail inmate information.
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Undefeated fighters Sage Northcutt, Andrew Holbrook to collide in New Jersey
Nineteen-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) phenom Sage Northcutt will make a quick turnaround from his second round guillotine finish of Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 last week.
The undefeated fighter (7-0) will face fellow undefeated Lightweight prospect Andrew Holbrook (11-0) at UFC on FOX 18 inside Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 30, 2016. The fight was announced during the UFC on FFOX 17 main card in Orlando, Fla., last night (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015).
Joe Warren vs. Darrion Caldwell headlines Bellator 151 in March
The bantamweights will take center stage in March at Bellator 151.
Officials today announced former featherweight and bantamweight champion Joe Warren (13-4 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) is scheduled to fight undefeated 135-pounder Darrion Caldwell (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) in the event’s headliner.
Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
UFC Fight Night 81 set with Boetsch-Herman, Cruickshank-Felder on UFC Fight Pass
The fight card is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 81 event, and the lineup includes some notable names from top to bottom.
The event takes place Jan. 17 at TD Garden in Boston. After early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card airs on FOX Sports 1.
The full UFC Fight Night 81 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Maximo Blanco vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O'Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov