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Daniel Cormier calls for MMA fans to ‘lay off’ Jon Jones: ‘We must show compassion’
Daniel Cormier would be well within his rights to heap criticism upon his rival, Jon Jones, in light of everything that has happened over the last few weeks. No one has been more affected by Jones’ countless indiscretions over the past few years than Cormier, and nowhere has that pattern been more clear than UFC 214. The rematch between the two light heavyweights may be null and void in the history books, but the brain trauma Cormier sustained against Jones will last forever. Nonetheless, on Friday, Cormier took to Instagram, posting a statement in defense of Jones and calling for fight fans to show compassion to the embattled former UFC champion.
Submitted Sep 15, 2017 8:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Take another look at Gilbert Melendez's jacked up leg five days after UFC 215
Gilbert Melendez's leg took one hell of a beating in his fight with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 214, to the point where we're amazed he made it to the final bell. Melendez is probably amazed too, considering he tried to quit on the stool before round 3 but was convinced by his corner to keep fighting. Stopping would have been the smart thing to do (won’t somebody think of the knee ligaments?), but no guts = no glory. Even though he lost the fight with scorecards that dipped to the 30-25 range, the UFC awarded Gil and Jeremy $50,000 each for Fight of the Night. And even better, Melendez didn't permanently screw his leg up fighting on it for another round.
Submitted Sep 15, 2017 2:11PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Felipe Arantes ill, fight with Luke Sanders pulled from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh
The UFC’s return to Pittsburgh on Saturday has lost a fight just two days before the event. A bantamweight bout between Brazil’s Felipe Arantes (18-8-1 MMA, 5-4-1 UFC) and Luke Sanders (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been removed from UFC Fight night 116, taking the card down to 10 fights, after Arantes fell ill. A promotion official confirmed the news to MMAjunkie tonight in Pittsburgh.
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 8:02PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Max Holloway waiting on new contract before making title defense
With Conor McGregor seemingly gone from the featherweight division for good, and longtime champion Jose Aldo conquered, Max Holloway is the man at 145 pounds Now he’s looking for a king’s ransom. While worthy challengers like Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson are waiting in line to go toe-to-toe with Holloway, the proud Hawaiian is unsure of when he’ll compete next due to the fact that his UFC 212 title unification bout triumph over Aldo was apparently the last fight on his contract.
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 4:17PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mark Hunt: You can hear me starting to slur my words
Fighting is bad for you. It’s thrilling to watch, and more thrilling to do. But if you are a fan, when it’s over, you can go on to the next fight. If you are a fighter, you can develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy. CTE is found in athletes with a history of repetitive symptomatic concussions as well as subconcussive hits to the head that do not cause symptoms. The first stage can begin eight to ten years after the fighter experiences repetitive, mild traumatic brain injury. It can and often does begin years after retirement. There are treatments, but no cure. And it is progressive.
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 1:26PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jesse Taylor notified of potential anti-doping violation
Jesse Taylor’s roller coaster ride in mixed martial arts continues. Earlier this year the welterweight won The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption, nearly a decade after his appearance on TUF 7. He was removed then as a cast member after a drunken incident that involved kicking out a limo window and yelling a hotel security. Taylor showed composure and maturity on the show this year, and eventually submitted Dhiego Lima at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale on July 7, 2017. He was scheduled to fight Belal Muhammad at UFC Fight Night 121 on November 19, 2017, but has been pulled from the event over a flagged PED test.
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 12:09PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shevchenko dropping to 125
Valentina Shevchenko appeared recently on Submission Radio for the first time and discussed her controversial Split Decision loss to Amanda Nunes at UFC 215, and what’s next. “Now I’m thinking to move to 125, and I think more probably my next fight it will be in this division 125,” she said. “Because 125 is like much closer weight for me, it’s my real weight category, and even at like 135 I feel comfortable and I feel like 125 I will be able to use all my techniques and all my skills because I will fight with the same-sized opponents as me.”
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 12:08PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabe Gonzaga to make pro boxing debut on October 28
Gabriel ‘Napao’ Gonzaga started fighting in his native Brazil in 2003. He retired last year with a 17-11 record, which included a failed title shot at the UFC champion Randy Couture, during which he broke The Natural’s arm with a high kick. Now a 4th degree black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and founder of Team Squared BJJ in Worcester, Massachusetts, at age 38 Napao is stepping into the professional boxing ring. The fourth and final 2017 installment of Rivera Promotions Entertainment’s popular professional boxing series, “New England’s Future”, will be held Saturday night, October 28, at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Gonzaga will make his pro boxing debut in a four-round match against Washington D.C. heavyweight Alando Pugh (1-10-1, 1 KO).
Submitted Sep 14, 2017 12:07PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Dustin Poirier vs. Anthony Pettis slated for UFC Norfolk
A sizzling lightweight matchup between Dustin Poirier and former UFC champion Anthony Pettis has been finalized for Nov. 11 at UFC Norfolk. The UFC announced the booking late Wednesday.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 10:45PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Daniel Cormier reinstated as UFC light heavyweight champion
Daniel Cormier is back to being the UFC light heavyweight champion. Cormier said Wednesday on UFC Tonight that he spoke with UFC president Dana White earlier in the day and White told him he is the titleholder again. UFC spokesperson Lenee Breckenridge confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday night that Cormier has been reinstated as champ.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 8:29PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mike Perry gets UFC Fight Night 116 replacement opponent in Alex Reyes on 3 days' notice
As it turns out, there is a UFC welterweight willing to fight Mike Perry on short notice. MMAjunkie today confirmed Alex Reyes(12-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is stepping in for the injured Thiago Alves (22-11 MMA, 14-8 UFC) to face Perry (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the co-headliner of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 116, which takes place Saturday at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 7:53PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg rebooked for UFC 216
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg is back on. The flyweight title fight, which was previously scheduled to headline UFC 215, has been rebooked for Oct. 7 at UFC 216 in Las Vegas, Nevada. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Wednesday following an initial report by Combate.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 4:43PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Tyron Woodley Reveals Lengthy Absence From The Octagon
Although it was a lackluster fight at best, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley dominated Demian Maia in their UFC 214 co-main event bout, defending his welterweight title for the second (third if you count his draw with Stephen Thompson) time in the process. The only issue, however, is that “The Chosen One” injured his shoulder in the bout, and he recently revealed that he has to ‘consider surgery’, although he’s obviously going to weigh his options in hopes of avoiding it:
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 3:26PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Chris Fields added to KSW 40 at Dublin’s 3Arena
Dublin’s own Chris Fields (11-7-1) has today been officially added to the KSW 40 card at the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland on October 22nd. Fields was amongst the first wave of Irish fighters to make a splash internationally in the MMA world. After rising through the ranks and being involved in some of the most anticipated match-ups on the Irish scene, Fields won the Cage Warriors middleweight title in Amman, Jordan in 2012. Following on from this Fields remained one of the biggest names in Irish MMA and was a contestant on The Ultimate Fighter Season 19.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 3:18PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Gunnar Nelson’s appeal to have Ponzinibbio loss overturned to no contest rejected by UFC
The UFC has rejected Gunnar Nelson’s appeal to have his UFC Fight Night 113 loss overturned to a no contest. UFC welterweight talent Gunnar Nelson suffered the worst loss of his career at UFC Fight Night 113, losing via first-round knock out to the No. 9 ranked Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 3:15PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
California Athletic Commission overturns Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier to ‘No Contest’
The UFC 214 light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier won’t go down as a win for ‘Bones’ after all. With the recent news that Jon Jones’ B-sample from his UFC 214 drug test failure has come back positive for Turinabol as well, the rest of the regulatory dominos appear to be falling. MMA Fighting reports that the California State Athletic Commission has overturned Jones’ KO win over Daniel Cormier, for the light heavyweight title, to a ‘No Contest.’
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 3:13PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jesse Taylor flagged for USADA violation, bout vs. Belal Muhammad removed from UFC Sydney
Jesse Taylor’s UFC return has hit a snag. On Wednesday, the USADA announced that the Ultimate Fighter 25 winner Jesse Taylor has been flagged for an Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample taken on Aug. 22, two months after a submission win over Dhiego Lima at The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption Finale earned him a new contract with the UFC. Taylor’s upcoming bout with Belal Muhammad at UFC Sydney on Nov. 18 has been removed from that card and the promotion is currently looking for a replacement to fight Muhammad.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 3:11PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Thiago Alves Withdraws from UFC Fight Night 116 Co-Main Event Bout vs. Mike Perry
UFC Fight Night 116 could be down one marquee bout unless the promotion is able to find a short-notice opponent for Mike Perry. Thiago Alves, Perry’s original foe, was forced to withdraw from Saturday’s event for undisclosed reasons. MMAjunkie.com was first to report the news. A replacement opponent for Perry is currently being sought. UFC Fight Night 116 takes place at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh and is headlined by a middleweight tilt between former champ Luke Rockhold and David Branch. The card airs on Fox Sports 1 following one early prelim on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Sep 13, 2017 3:06PM by JLS - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jon Jones' B sample from UFC 214 also positive for steroid turinabol
Jon Jones’ B sample also tested positive at UFC 214. UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky confirmed the results to MMAjunkie tonight that Jones’ B sample has come back positive for metabolites of turinabol, the same steroid found in his urine during a pre-fight test for his title win over Daniel Cormier via knockout at the July 29 pay-per-view event in Anaheim, Calif. ESPN.com was first to report the news. RELATED Michael Bisping: Jon Jones deserves lifetime ban from MMA after 2nd failed drug test Jones, 30, is now likely to go to arbitration with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which administered the test, in an attempt to clear his name. That process could take anywhere from three to six months. His representatives have maintained his innocence.
Submitted Sep 12, 2017 10:52PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pedro Munhoz vs. Rob Font added to UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil
The UFC today announced a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Rob Font is set for UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The addition of Munhoz-Font comes on the same day Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov was moved from the card to UFC on FOX 26 on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes: Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson Colby Covington vs. Demian Maia Jarred Brooks vs. Deiveson Figueiredo Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon Christian Colombo vs. Carlos Felipe Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Jack Marshman Jack Hermansson vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Rob Font vs. Pedro Munhoz
Submitted Sep 12, 2017 10:48PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
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