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Bellator 156 adds three fights, including Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card. Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card. With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar
Submitted May 26, 2016 7:08PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger on tap for UFC 201
It didn't take long for Matt Brown to find his next fight. Just under two weeks after losing a lopsided bout vs. Demian Maia, "The Immortal" welterweight veteran has agreed to make his return against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the new fight booking. Brown (20-14) lost by 3rd round submission to Maia at UFC 198, marking his first stoppage loss since Seth Baczynski choked him out way back in 2011. It was after the Baczynski defeat that Brown would then memorably win his next 7 fights, setting himself up for a top contender bout vs. Robbie Lawler, which he would go on to lose by unanimous decision. After suffering a decision defeat to Johny Hendricks, Brown picked up a guillotine choke win over Tim Means at UFC 189.
Submitted May 26, 2016 4:01PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bader vs. Latifi official for UFC Hamburg
The first booking for the UFC's first trip to the German city of Hamburg has been announced. UFC light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader confirmed to fans that he'll be fighting Ilir Latifi on Saturday, September 3rd.
Submitted May 26, 2016 3:59PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
'Kid' Yamamoto scratched from UFC Fight Night 89, Joe Soto now meets Chris Beal
Injury woes continue for Japanese MMA veteran Norifumi Yamamoto, who’s been scratched from UFC Fight Night 89. Onetime title challenger Joe Soto (15-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) now steps up to take a bantamweight fight with Chris Beal (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the June 18 event scheduled for The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted May 26, 2016 3:03PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
E.J. Chavez out of RFA 38 title fight, champ Thiago Moises now faces Jamall Emmers
Illness has knocked E.J. Chavez from his scheduled RFA 38 lightweight title bout with champion Thiago Moises. Filling the void left by Chavez’s departure is Jamall Emmers. RFA informed MMAjunkie of the changes, along with more info on the complete card. RFA 38 takes place June 3 at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The main card airs on AXS TV. The RFA 38 card includes: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET) champ Thiago Moises vs. Jamall Emmers – for lightweight title Joe Murphy vs. Vinicius Zani Christos Giagos vs. Karen Darabedyan Jose Diaz vs. Nick Barnes Mario Israel vs. Albert Morales Chris Padilla vs. Jason Gonzalez PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m. ET) Tommy Aaron vs. Luke Faultersack Ryan Lang vs. Matt Sayles Richard Alarcon vs. Ray Elizalde Martin Diaz vs. Maikel Gonzalez
Submitted May 26, 2016 3:01PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Former employee claims Bellator allowed ‘forged’ and ‘falsified’ fighter medical reports
Former Bellator fighter and employee Zach Light claims Bellator allowed forged and falsified medicals to be used during an event.
Submitted May 26, 2016 10:48AM by FKA - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Featherweights Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight added to UFC on FOX 20
A featherweight matchup between two athletes looking to rebound from octagon defeat is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 20 lineup. UFC officials today announced Jim Alers (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Jason Knight (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. While the evening’s official lineup has yet to be revealed, UFC on FOX 20’s main card airs on FOX. Prelims are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass. With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 20 now includes: Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight
Submitted May 26, 2016 12:13AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Alex Caceres replaces B.J. Penn, meets Cole Miller at UFC 199
With B.J. Penn pulled from next week’s UFC 199 event, Alex Caceres has agreed to step in and face Cole Miller. UFC officials today confirmed the change following an initial report from FOX Sports.
Submitted May 25, 2016 11:14PM by RhythmAndStyle - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 203 heads to Cleveland in September with Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem headliner
UFC heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic will get to stand on home turf when he looks to defend his belt for the first time, when he meets Alistair Overeem in the main event of UFC 203. UFC officials today announced the new event, which takes place Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena.
Submitted May 25, 2016 10:10PM by JLS - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Andrea Lee settles with NSAC, Carlos Diego Ferreira still temporarily suspended
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today moved toward a nine-month suspension for Invicta FC flyweight Andrea Lee and 30 percent fine of her $3,000 purse ($900) from Invicta FC 16. “KGB” Lee (4-2) agreed in principle to a settlement with the UFC after testing positive for a pair of diuretics – canrenone and spironolactone – after a submission loss to Sarah D’Alelio (9-6) by rear-naked choke in the third round at the March 11 event at Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas. But after her reps raised questions about the language of the agreement, the commission agreed to table the matter pending approval by NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell.
Submitted May 25, 2016 8:30PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
Fernando Gonzalez out of Bellator 158, promotion seeks replacement vs. Michael 'Venom' Page
Fernando Gonzalez and Michael Page are seemingly just not destined to share the Bellator cage together – at least not yet, anyway. For the second time in as many attempts, a fight between Gonzalez (25-13 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Page (10-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) has fallen apart. Gonzalez is out of a planned Bellator 158 matchup, scheduled for July 16 at The O2 in London, due to issues receiving a travel visa to England for the event.
Submitted May 25, 2016 8:27PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Damian Grabowski vs Anthony Hamilton Added To UFC 201
According to information provided by Sport.pl Damian Grabowski ( 20-3) will fight another battle for the UFC already on July 30 in Atlanta , and his opponent will be American rider Anthony Hamilton ( 14-5 ) .
Submitted May 25, 2016 7:17AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
ROAD FC 32 to be headlined by Bob “The Beast” Sapp and Aorigele in July
ROAD Fighting Championship will embark on their third trip to China on July 2nd in Changsha, Hunan at the Hunan International Conference and Exhibition Center for ROAD FC 32. This event will be headlined by Bob “The Beast” Sapp and “China’s Heavyweight Supernova” Aorigele.
Submitted May 25, 2016 7:12AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
With Belal Muhammad's UFC signing, Michaud vs. Lima at Titan FC 39 becomes title fight
Belal Muhammed has signed with the UFC and, as a result, Titan FC 39 has its third title bout. The bout between UFC veterans Douglas Lima (10-4) and David Michaud (9-2) has been upgraded from title eliminator to title fight. Promotion officials informed MMAjunkie of the change. Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title. The Titan FC 39 card includes: Gesias Cavalcante vs. Pat Healy – for vacant lightweight title champ Andre Harrison vs. Deivison Ribeiro – for featherweight title Dhiego Lima vs. David Michaud – for vacant welterweight title Taylor Krahl vs. Vitor Eustaquio Kenny Gadreau vs. Micah Miller Abdiel Velazquez vs. Alexis Vila Sarah Alpar vs. Carina Damm Luciano dos Santos vs. Kurt Holobaugh Chino Duran vs. Lazar Stojadinovic Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Preston Parsons Raush Manfiovs. Luis Zequeira
Submitted May 25, 2016 4:03AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
'TUF 22' winner Ryan Hall returns vs. Alex White at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
A featherweight bout between Ryan Hall and Alex White is the latest addition to July’s UFC Fight Night 91 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout. UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized. The latest UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes: Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Submitted May 25, 2016 1:57AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paige VanZant finishes as runner-up on 'Dancing With The Stars'
So close. Paige VanZant, the popular UFC fighter, finished second on this season of "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. VanZant and partner Mark Ballas earned a perfect score of 30 for their salsa-jiva amalgamation on the second night of the finals, but it was not enough. Deaf male model Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd took home the title when the scores and fan votes were combined.
Submitted May 24, 2016 11:11PM by Five-Alive - 26 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to Face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30
Michael Graves will lock horns with Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 on July 30. The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the welterweight bout on Tuesday. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta and is headlined by a 170-pound title tilt between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight strap against Wilson Reis.
Submitted May 24, 2016 6:47PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine cleared to compete vs. Rick Story
Despite fears that Tarec Saffiedine would have to withdraw from this Sunday's UFC Fight Night 88 clash with Rick Story, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been cleared to compete. Despite initial fears that he wouldn't be able to fight on Sunday, May 29th, UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine will be able to fight against Rick Story. Two days ago, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion revealed on Sunday that he'd suffered a cut on his knee, which led to the UFC seeking a replacement in case he had to be officially removed from the event. With the status of his UFC Fight Night bout up in the air, Saffiedine confirmed to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that he's been cleared by doctors to compete this weekend.
Submitted May 24, 2016 6:43PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera added to UFC 201
A bantamweight bout pitting Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera has been added to UFC 201. The news was first reported by Indicutido on Tuesday, but later confirmed by MMA Fighting. Perez (15-6), who only competed once in the 2015 calendar, is coming off unanimous decision win over Taylor Lapilus at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale in Monterrey, Mexico back in November 2015. Prior to that, the Mexican fighter suffered a loss to Bryan Caraway via rear-naked choke back in June 2014. The 26-year-old Perez is 2-2 in his last four performances.
Submitted May 24, 2016 6:40PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Titan FC 39 complete with pair of title fights headlining June 10 card in Miami
Titan FC 39 has added a second title fight, and a total of eight more fights, to complete the June 10 card. Featherweight champ Andre Harrison (12-0) will look to keep his professional record perfect when he puts his belt on the line against Deivison Ribeiro (26-9). Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title. In addition, WEC veteran Micah Miller (19-8) will face Kenny Gadreau (6-3) in a welterweight bout.
Submitted May 23, 2016 9:46PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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