Lineker-McDonald now headlines UFC Fight Night 91, Tony Ferguson gets Landon Vannata in co-main
With the Monday announcement that a Michael Chiesa injury would scrap the planned main event for UFC Fight Night 91 next month, the UFC acted quickly to right the ship.
Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who was set to meet Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in the lightweight main event, will stay on the card against UFC newcomer Landon Vannata (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). But Ferguson now will slide down to the co-main event.
With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 91 now includes:
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tony Ferguson vs. opponent TBA
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
Sam Alvey vs. Eric Spicely
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
'JZ' Cavalcante defends lightweight title vs. Freddy Assuncao in Titan FC 40 main event in August
Titan FC heads back to South Florida in August, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event.
Titan FC 40 is set for Aug. 5 at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
The Titan FC 40 card includes:
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Freddy Assuncao – for lightweight title
Scott Barrett vs. Jeremy Hardy
Jack May vs. Derrick Mehmen
Jose Torres vs. Abdiel Velazquez
Frank Carrillo vs. Desmond Green
Bruce Lutchmedial vs Edir Terry
Sabah Homasi vs Preston Parsons
Cristiano Souza vs. Ron Stallings
Carlos Condit returns, meets Demian Maia at UFC 202 in Las Vegas in August
The lineup for UFC 202 later this summer continues to build with another high-profile welterweight fight.
Former interim champion Carlos Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) will return after a title loss to face Demian Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) in a 170-pound fight at UFC 202. Promotion officials announced the new booking today.
With the addition, UFC 202 now includes:
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia
UFC 202 adds Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira, Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
A pair of high-profile matchups have been added to August’s UFC 202 event, as Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixiera has been re-booked for the card as a co-main event, and Donald Cerrone faces Rick Story.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the two new bookings with UFC officials.
Featuring a headlining rematch of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Enrique Barzola meets Kyle Bochniak at UFC on FOX 21
"The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2” winner Enrique Barzola will make his first trip to the octagon since winning the reality show at UFC Fight Night 78 when he faces Kyle Bochniak in a featherweight bout.
The two men meet at UFC on FOX 21, which takes place Aug. 27 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Georges St-Pierre says he could 'easily' fight at lightweight in UFC comeback
Georges St-Pierre teased a move up to middleweight to challenge UFC champion Michael Bisping for his long-awaited UFC comeback, but that isn't the only weight class in the sights of the returning welterweight legend.
"If I wanted to, I could fight at lightweight as well. Easy. Easy," St-Pierre said Monday on The MMA Hour.
"I'm not a big welterweight," St-Pierre said. "I walk around 187 (pounds). I'm 186, 187 when I wake up in the morning, and I could easily make it (with) a diet, because a lot of lightweights are bigger than me. Welterweight, I don't even talk about it because most of them are bigger than me, of course, and middleweight, they're much bigger than me. But it's not really about size. It's about skills."
Ryan Jimmo reportedly killed by a hit and run driver.
Canadian light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo is dead at 34.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with a person with first-hand knowledge of the accident who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter that Jimmo was the victim identified in an initial CBC News report of a fatal hit-and-run collision.
Urijah Faber: Reebok needs to make sure UFC fight gear fits better
TORRANCE, Calif. -- Urijah Faber got caught with his pants down. Literally.
The popular UFC bantamweight's shorts fell down during the first round of his title fight with Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 earlier this month in Los Angeles. Faber, to his credit, kept fighting.
While others might have been embarrassed by their bare butt being exposed to millions, Faber has basically just laughed it off.
"There's no shame in my game," Faber said with a laugh at an appearance at CrossFit South Bay. "The best things were the memes with my chin and my butt matching. It's hilarious. I actually posted it on my Instagram."
Michael Chandler clears up what he said to Patricio Freire after knocking out his brother Patricky
ST. LOUIS – It was a banner night for Missouri's own Michael Chandler on Friday.
Not only did he make the roof come off of the Scottrade Center with his clean knockout of Patricky Freire, but Chandler regained Bellator's lightweight title.
And afterwards, as he sat perched on the fence celebrating his big moment, he had an encounter with Patricky's brother Patricio, who was cageside.
What was that all about?
"Uh, it was interesting," Chandler said at the Bellator 157 post-fight presser conference. "I commend [Patricio], I take my hat off to him for getting emotional for his brother. I mean, if my brother had just got knocked out, I would've...I don't think I'd have done the same thing because I thought what he did was pretty disrespectful, but you've got to stick up for your brother.
Scott Coker says free agent Rory MacDonald is 'somebody we'd definitely be interested in when he's free'
ST. LOUIS – On a night when former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione made his Bellator debut, and former UFC champion Benson Henderson was cageside at the Scottrade Center to see him do it, the idea of free agency loomed in the air at Bellator 157: Dynamite 2.
And as of last weekend, there's one notable free agent that could ignite a little bidding war.
Rory MacDonald, who trains at the Tristar Gym in Montreal, fought out his contract in Ottawa against Stephen Thompson. Though he lost to "Wonderboy" it what was thought to be a No. 1 contender's bout, MacDonald is only 26 years old and has gone 9-4 in the Octagon. Two of his losses — against Carlos Condit in 2010 and against current welterweight champion Robby Lawler in 2015 — he found himself winning heading into the final round.
It doesn't hurt that he's a key to the Canadian market.
Scary late stoppage at Legacy 56
Being a mixed martial arts ref is thankless. No fighter who ever won, ever, thought to himself "the ref gave me that win." But in a significant number of losses, fighters and camps point to ref incompetence as a factor. Fans too will offer criticism of decisions that must be made in far, far, far less than a second.
Further, there is a common misconception that promotions choose the ref. If a ref does not do well, it is not the promotion's fault. Responsibility for choosing and licensing fight refs falls to the relevant Athletic Commission.
All that said, what happened in the main event at Legacy FC 56 on Friday night was a little scary.
UFC 200's full 12-bout lineup now official for arguably most stacked card in UFC history
A pair of former UFC champ fighting on FOX Sports 1 prelims? Two of the most exciting fighters in UFC history in a featured fight on UFC Fight Pass? It must be UFC 200.
The 12-bout lineup, slated for July 9 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena, was recently finalized with the addition of a heavyweight co-main event between former UFC champ Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and hard-hitting knockout artist Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC), but now the full broadcast plans have been made official.
Sam Alvey Makes Quick Turnaround, Faces UFC Newcomer Eric Spicely on July 13
Just one week after a disappointing loss at UFC Fight Night Ottawa, middleweight Sam Alvey has been booked for a quick return to the Octagon.
Alvey will be back in the cage on July 13, when he is slated to face unbeaten newcomer Eric Spicely at a UFC Fight Night event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The bout was recently added to the event’s fight card on UFC.com.
Matt Mitrione vs. Oli Thompson Targeted for Bellator 158 in London on July 16
Matt Mitrione could make a quick turnaround following his victory over Carl Seumanutafa on Friday night, as “The Ultimate Fighter 10” veteran has already been booked against Oli Thompson at Bellator 158 on July 16.
The heavyweight matchup was announced following Mitrione’s first-round knockout over Seumanutafa at Bellator 157. “Meathead” rallied from an early knockdown to put his foe away with a big standing-to-ground right hand 3:22 into the period. The triumph ended a two-fight skid for Mitrione, who signed a multi-bout deal with the California-based promotion earlier this year.
While the bout was announced in the cage following Mitrione's victory on Friday night, Bellator officials confirmed that his participation in the event is contingent upon receiving medical clearance to compete on July 16. For now, the matchup is not official. During a post-fight interview, Mitrione admitted that he did not remember being knocked down by Seumanutafa.
CES MMA 37 slated for Aug. 12 with championship triple-header on AXS TV
A trio of belts will be up for grabs in August at CES MMA 37.
Officials announced three title fights, two of which are for vacant belts, for the Aug. 12 event, which airs on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
In the headliner, reigning bantamweight champion Andre Soukhamthath (10-3) rematches challenger Kin Moy (10-3). The fighters first met in January 2014 at CES MMA 21, and Moy earned a unanimous-decision victory.
Since then, Soukhamthath is 3-1, which included a recent title-winning flying-knee knockout of Kody Nordby. Moy, meanwhile, is on a 3-1 run of his own, and it included a pair of recent submission wins (over Blair Tugman and Walter Smith-Cotito) under the Bellator banner.
With Glover Teixeira out, Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza upgraded to UFC on FOX 20 co-main event
As expected, Glover Teixeira has been pulled from the co-main event of UFC on FOX 20.
MMA Fighting reported Thursday that Teixeira would be removed from the July 23 event following the withdrawal of his opponent, Anthony Johnson. On Friday, the UFC made that move official, adding that it intended to rebook the bout between light heavyweight sluggers at a later date.
With Teixeira off the card, a lightweight showdown between top-ranked contenders Gilbert Melendez and Edson Barboza has been pushed into the new co-main event. A heavyweight match-up between Bojan Mihajlovic and Francis Ngannou, and a strawweight bout between Kailin Curran and Felice Herrig round out the updated main card.
UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta just got a new job for $500k per year -- and it's not in MMA
Well, this is ... interesting.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) CEO Lorenzo Fertitta just took a new position outside the realm of mixed martial arts (MMA), and when you consider the timing, will undoubtedly renew the conversation about whether or not his combat sports promotion is for sale.
Or in this case, already sold.
Leave it to the boys at Unite Here, who have a long and unfriendly history with Fertitta (as well as his brother and co-owner Frank). That dates back to their battle for unionization at Station Casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada, which went private after a 2006 takeover.