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Elliot looking to move to 135
Tim Elliott came close to the greatest upset in UFC history on Saturday night, sinking not one but two chokes on flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson the greatest pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts. Elliott had been released by the UFC after losing three in a row and returned via winning TUF 24. His remarkable performance promised some exciting matchups in the division.
Submitted Dec 5, 2016 12:43AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jake Ellenberger to appeal bizarre TKO loss to Jorge Masvidal at TUF 24
In what was one of the weirdest endings to a fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, Jorge Masvidal was awarded the technical knockout (TKO) victory over Jake Ellenberger after Jake’s foot got stuck in the fence during last night's (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale "Johnson vs. Elliot" event in Las Vegas, Nevada. Unbeknownst to him, Masvidal proceeded to rain down strikes on Jake before Herb Dean out a pause in the action to clarify the rules with representatives from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). After a brief discussion, Jorge was given the TKO win since Jake couldn’t "intelligently defend himself." And how could he with his toes stuck in the cage? As a result of the bizarre ruling, "The Juggernaut" plans to appeal the loss.
Submitted Dec 4, 2016 1:01PM by Five-Alive - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Felice Herrig vs. Alex Grasso one of several fights announced for UFC Houston
One of the most popular fighters in women's mixed martial arts makes her return to the Octagon on Super Bowl weekend. Felice Herrig will face off with Alex Grasso on the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night card in Houston on Feb. 1. The UFC announced the bout, along with several other fights, on Saturday
Submitted Dec 4, 2016 2:39AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Chuck Liddell, Matt Hughes let go by UFC
Both Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes are no longer employed by the UFC. The legendary MMA fighters were recently among another group of employees laid off by new owners, WME-IMG, MMA Fighting has confirmed. According to multiple sources, approximately 10-15 employees were let go this week.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:31AM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Tito Ortiz says Bellator 170 bout with Chael Sonnen on Jan. 21 will be his 'final fight'
When Tito Ortiz takes on Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it will be a meeting between two of the best trash talkers in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. It will also be the last time MMA fans will be able to see "The Huntington Beach Bad Bay" in action, according to a recent social media submission by the man himself.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:29AM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
Saparbek Safarov, J.J. Aldrich set as injury replacements at UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany
A week before the event, next week’s UFC Fight Night 102 card has a pair of injury replacements. With Patrick Cummins (8-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) out with a staph infection, promotional newcomer Saparbek Safarov (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take on Gian Villante (14-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout on the main card. And with Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of her fight against Juliana Lima (8-3 MMA 2-2 UFC), Lima now will fight J.J. Aldrich (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout on the prelims. UFC officials announced the changes today. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:28AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Conor McGregor: I’m still a two-weight world champion, UFC is fooling nobody
Last week during the UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast, the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had voluntarily given up his UFC featherweight title, ending his reign as a two-weight world champion. Since, McGregor has remained silent until now. On Friday, during a Q&A session at The Devenish bar in Belfast, Ireland, McGregor addressed the UFC’s claims that he relinquished his 145-pound title, and said that the featherweight belt is still sitting at home.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:27AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Injury forces Rafael Carvalho out of Bellator 168 bout against Melvin Manhoef
The rematch is going to have to wait. Bellator announced middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho has been forced out of his Dec. 10 bout with Melvin Manhoef with an injury. The new main event for the Bellator 168 card, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, will be Italian fighter Alessio Sakara against veteran Joey Beltran.
Submitted Dec 3, 2016 3:24AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Carla Esparza selling TUF motorcycle to help ‘make ends meet’
Times have been tough for Carla Esparza. The first-ever UFC women's strawweight champion had shoulder surgery in 2015, missing a full year of action. Since fighting in April, Esparza has been absence from the Octagon, not by her own choosing. Because money has been an issue, Esparza wrote Friday, she has to sell the Harley Davidson motorcycle she earned by winning The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 9:24PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Lombard vs. Tavares, Cottrell vs. Gonzalez added to UFC on FOX 23
Next month’s UFC on FOX 23 lineup has two new additions. They include middleweights Hector Lombard (34-6-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and lightweights Jason Gonzalez (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. J.C. Cottrell (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC officials recently unveiled the bouts. UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 7:34PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Lauzon-Held, Caraway-Rivera, Formiga-Pettis official for UFC Fight Night 103
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 103 lineup has three new official additions. Officials recently announced lightweights Joe Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) vs. Marcin Held (22-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), bantamweights Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), and flyweights Jussier Formiga (19-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Jan. 15 at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena. The airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 7:32PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Mirko 'Cro Cop' blasts 'scared homie' Wanderlei Silva following Rizin FF 3 withdrawal
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva. “Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change. A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 7:30PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Roy Nelson issues statement for kicking referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy
Roy Nelson has issued a statement apologizing for the incident with referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy.

“First I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport,” Nelson told a group of reporters in Las Vegas. “To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight. “My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans.”
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 4:10PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Patrick Cummins out of UFC Fight Night 102 card with staph infection
Gian Villante needs a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 102, as Patrick Cummins was forced out of the light heavyweight bout after suffering a staph infection in his shin, MMA Fighting has learned. Villante vs. Cummins was part of the UFC’s second trip to New York since the sport got legalized in the state. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Albany’s Times Union Center.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 2:42PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez targeted for Super Bowl weekend headliner
"The Korean Zombie" is finally close to returning to action. According to multiple sources, the UFC is currently working towards booking Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez as the main event for the Feb. 4 Fight Night event in Houston.
Submitted Dec 2, 2016 1:34PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tonya Evinger wins commission appeal, remains Invicta FC champion
Yana Kunitskaya's reign as Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion lasted just 13 days. Tonya Evinger won her appeal with the Missouri Office of Athletics on Thursday, meaning her submission loss to Kunitskaya from Invicta 20 has been overturned to a no contest, Evinger said. Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news to MMA Fighting and added that Evinger will go on as the Invicta 135-pound champion since she did not officially lose the fight Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Knapp said she got the letter informing her of the commission's decision Thursday morning.
Submitted Dec 1, 2016 4:10PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC reschedules Anaheim event; Brooklyn card is now UFC 208
The UFC announced on Thursday that it's Jan. 21 date at the Honda Center in Anaheim has been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 5. The event will remain a pay-per-view card. The Jan. 21 card in Anaheim was originally scheduled to be titled UFC 208. Instead, the Feb. 11 card in Brooklyn which was originally slated to be UFC 209 is now UFC 208; and the Las Vegas card on March 4 expected to be UFC 210 is now UFC 209.
Submitted Dec 1, 2016 4:03PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cain Velasquez says he has surgery scheduled after Fabricio Werdum rematch
On a Wednesday conference call, Velasquez listed his litany of surgeries over the course of his distinguished career as a reason why such an association needs to come to the forefront. In doing so, he revealed that he already has his next surgery lined up following his UFC 207 bout with fellow former champ Fabricio Werdum.
Submitted Dec 1, 2016 12:20PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Daniel Cormier to have surgery, hoping to return in four months
Thought Daniel Cormier was forced to pull out of his UFC 206 main event against Anthony Johnson, the light heavyweight champion is trying to get back to action as soon as possible. And that could be by March in 2017. As reported on UFC Tonight — and later confirmed by MMA Fighting — Cormier will undergo surgery Thursday to repair the groin tear that kept him out of his Dec. 10 bout with Johnson. If all goes well for Cormier, he is expected to be out of all training for two months, yet he's hopeful he can return in four months.
Submitted Dec 1, 2016 12:18PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Anthony Pettis’ cars targeted again in Milwaukee
Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis captured two men on video, targeting his vehicles in Milwaukee. The incident comes just months after other cars he owned were set on fire. Yesterday TMJ4 news out of Milwaukee reported that former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had experienced yet another incident regarding his vehicles.
Submitted Dec 1, 2016 12:13PM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
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