Aisling Daly out at UFC Fight Night 93, promotion seeks new opponent for Michelle Waterson
Injury has forced strawweight Aisling Daly (16-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) to withdraw from a planned UFC Fight Night 93 contest with Michelle Waterson (13-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that the promotion is currently seeking a new opponent for Waterson.
With the change, UFC Fight Night 93 now includes:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Michelle Waterson vs. TBA
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein
Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho
Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus
Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Demetrious Johnson now targeting December return against TUF 24 winner
Demetrious Johnson was hoping to get two more fights in before the end of the year, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore.
The UFC flyweight champion is now targeting a return to the Octagon in December, according to sources. His opponent will be the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 24, which will feature flyweight champions from outside the UFC competing for a title shot.
Tragedy strikes Friday's CES MMA 37 event with fighter dead following car accident
Massachusetts fighter Devin Carrier, 21, died over the weekend in a single-car crash, less than one week before he was scheduled to compete at Friday’s CES MMA 37 event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
The accident was first reported by South Coast Today.
“Everyone is very shaken up,” CES MMA rep Ed Kapp stated in an email to MMAjunkie. “He was just 21 years old and was a joy to work with.”
CES MMA 37’s main card airs on AXS TV.
The current CES MMA 37 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Andre Soukhamthath vs. Kin Moy – for bantamweight title
Matt Bessette vs. opponent TBA – for vacant featherweight title
Ashley Gooch vs. Greg Rebello
Roy Jones vs. Chuck O’Neil
Bill Jones vs. Joe Pingitore
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Pat McCrohan vs. Ruslan Melikov
Roosevelt Archie vs. Marquis Brewster
Mak Kelleher vs. Dylan Lockard
Bellator 160 lineup set, includes addition of Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
The 14-bout lineup for this month’s Bellator 160 lineup is now complete, and it includes the addition of a featherweight preliminary bout between Chinzo Machida (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Mario Navarro (4-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).
Bellator officials today announced the new contest, as well as the addition of flyweights David Duran (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Kyle Estrada (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), lightweights Jacob Rosales (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Mike Segura (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), welterweights Jonny Cisneros (9-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) vs. Andy Murad (13-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and lightweights Jake Roberts (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Stephen Martinez (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).
With the additions to the lineup, Bellator 160 now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET)
Benson Henderson vs. Patricio Freire
Derek Anderson vs. Saad Awad
Jaimelene Nievera vs. Lena Ovchynnikova
Henry Corrales vs. A.J. McKee
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET)
Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Joey Davis vs. Keith Cutrone
Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Johnny Tomasian
Gabriel Green vs. Alex Trinidad
Ron Henderson vs. Steve Ramirez
David Duran vs. Kyle Estrada
Jacob Rosales vs. Mike Segura
Johnny Cisneros vs. Andy Murad
Stephen Martinez vs. Jake Roberts
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic on battle to recover from ACL injury
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic was three weeks from a fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale when he landed wrong on his knee and popped his ACL.
Today, he is cleared to train, having passed a series of benchmarks in a rehabilitation regimen that started almost immediately after his injury. But as he told MMAjunkie Radio, he is not the same person in the gym as he once was.
Tilek Batyrov in for injured Andrew Leone in ONE Championship 45 interim flyweight title bout
ONE Championship 45 has undergone a big late-notice shift with a change to the card’s main event less than a week out.
Andrew Leone (8-2) was set to meet Adriano Moraes (14-2) for the interim flyweight title. However, an injury to Leone forced him from the event. He will be replaced by Tilek Batyrov (10-1).
With the change, the current ONE Championship 45 lineup includes:
Tilek Batyrov vs. Adriano Moraes – for interim flyweight title
Eduard Folayang vs. Adrian Pang
Honorio Banario vs. Eddie Ng
Christian Lee vs. Martin Nguyen
Alexandre Machado vs. Alain Ngalani
Ma Jia Wen vs. Jimmy Yabo
Ma Hao Bin vs. Chan Rothana
Kritsada Kongsrichai vs. Joshua Pacio
UFC Fight Night 92 bonuses: Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres steal show with 'Fight of the Night'
There was never any doubt about who would steal 'Fight of the Night' honors at UFC Fight Night 92.
The UFC announced Saturday night that Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres both earned $50,000 in 'Fight of the Night' bonuses for their dazzling five-round affair, which Rodriguez won via split decision to push his unbeaten UFC record to 5-0.
UFC Fight Night 92 took place Aug. 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The main card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
Rounding out the card's performance bonuses were Marcin Tybura and Teruto Ishihara, both of whom won $50,000 for knockout wins on the night's prelims.
Netflix picks up Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight
Dana White’s YouTube reality series Lookin’ For a Fight, where he looks for up-and-coming talent to bring to the UFC, has been picked up by Netflix.
About seven months ago, UFC president Dana White released a new YouTube series known as Lookin’ for a Fight. Being a reality show, White goes across the United States looking for talent in other MMA organizations. If he sees potential in a specific fighter, he will sign them to the UFC so that they can test their skills with the best in the world...
Justin Scoggins vs. Pedro Munhoz targeted for Brazil card
Bantamweights Justin Scoggins and Pedro Munhoz will likely meet in the Octagon on September 24, in Brasilia.
A pair of bantamweight prospects will meet in Brazil as MMA Junkie reported Justin Scoggins is targeted to take on Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 95, in the country's capital of Brasilia.
After six flyweight bouts in the Octagon, Justin Scoggins (11-2) left the division when he was unable to make weight to face Ian McCall in his last outing at UFC 201. Scoggins enters the bantamweight division riding a two-fight winning streak with victories over the likes of Ray Borg and Josh Sampo.
Sean Strickland out at UFC 202; promotion seeks new opponent for Tim Means
Welterweight Sean Strickland has been forced to withdraw from UFC 202, and the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for Tim Means.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Strickland suffered a knee injury and pulled out of the contest, leaving a need for a replacement opponent on two weeks’ notice.
Featuring a heavily anticipated rematch between Nate Diaz and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the UFC 202 main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Coach Mark Henry wants Frankie Edgar to take shortest route to UFC title, ‘whether it be 135 or 145'
Frankie Edgar's pursuit of a second UFC belt hit a snag last month at UFC 200.
After years of working towards another title shot, Edgar saw opportunity slip through his fingers when he dropped a decision to Jose Aldo in an interim title bout that effectively decided the next man to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak for Edgar and left his head coach, Mark Henry, dismayed at losing out on a chance to make history.
"He was right there for the belt," Henry said Monday on The MMA Hour. "As soon as that fight ended, it was one of the biggest fights in my head that I could remember where right when the fight ended there was like 10 things or 15 things that went through my head -- should've done this, should've done that, should've called this, should've called that -- that would've worked, that Frankie would've done.
LI’s Gregor Gillespie to make UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 95 in September
Gillespie, who trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, will make his UFC debut against Joaquim Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 on Sept. 24 in Brasilia, Brazil.
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A former NCAA Division I national champion and four-time All-American at Edinboro University, Gillespie turned his wrestling prowess into a professional MMA career in January 2014, rattling off seven wins. All but one of his wins has come via first-round stoppage (three submissions and three TKOs).
Gillespie, 29, won the vacant Ring of Combat lightweight title in his fifth career bout in June 2015, and successfully defended it twice more before making the jump to the UFC.
Gillespie will be thrown into the fire in his first bout against Silva, who is 9-1 in his professional career with a 2-0 mark in the UFC.
Melvin Guillard Fined and Suspended by Kansas Commission for Banned Non-PED
Bellator fighter Melvin Guillard was suspended by the Kansas Athletic Commission on Friday for a positive drug test result for an unidentified non-performance-enhancing substance.
The KAC suspended Guillard for one year and fined him $10,000. It also overturned his Bellator 159 win over David Rickels, changing it to a “no contest.” He originally knocked Rickels out a little over two minutes into their fight on July 22 in Mulvane, Kan.
The KAC learned of the results Aug. 3, and Guillard’s suspension will be applied retroactively to July 22. All fighters licensed by the KAC are subject to random drug testing and must follow the world anti-doping (WADA) code.
Ian McCall returns against Ray Borg at UFC 203
With the drama of UFC 201 behind him, Ian McCall isn't wasting any time returning to the grind.
The UFC announced Thursday that McCall has agreed to face ranked flyweight prospect Ray Borg on Sept. 10 at UFC 203. The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the news.
Most recently, McCall (13-5-1) saw his fight at Justin Scoggins at UFC 201 cancelled two days prior to the event after Scoggins was unable to make the flyweight limit of 126 pounds.
Beneil Dariush meets Rashid Magomedov in UFC's return to Mexico City in November
The UFC’s return to Mexico this fall has another lightweight bout for a card that will be headlined by a former 155-pound champion.
Beneil Dariush (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to take on Rashid Magomedov (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) when the UFC heads back to Mexico City in November. UFC officials recently announced the new booking for the “Fight Night” card.
The UFC’s Mexico City “Fight Night” card will take place Nov. 5. Venue and broadcast information have yet to be announced, though the event also is expected to feature the finale of the latest edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.” In the main event, Tony Ferguson takes on former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos added to UFC 202 in Las Vegas
This month’s blockbuster UFC 202 pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to fill out and now likely is complete with the addition of a 13th fight for the card.
Women’s strawweights Cortney Casey (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Randa Markos (6-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are set to meet in “Sin City.” The UFC announced the new fight booking today, less than three weeks before the event.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
UFC's return to Brasilia starts to take shape, including Erick Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
The UFC hasn’t formally announced fights for its return to Brazil next month, but the reports of bookings are trickling in.
Brazil news outlet Combate recently reported several fights planned for what is expected to be UFC Fight Night 95 in the nation’s capital city of Brasilia, including Erick Silva (18-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. Brandon Thatch (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at welterweight; Michinori Tanaka (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (22-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at bantamweight; Renato Moicano (10-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Mike De La Torre (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a featherweight bout; Francisco Trinaldo (20-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. Paul Felder (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at lightweight; and Alan Patrick (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at welterweight.
Anastasia Yankova meets Veta Arteaga at Bellator 161 in Texas
A women’s flyweight bout bout between Anastasia Yankova and Veta Arteaga is the latest addition to September’s Bellator 161 lineup.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the bout with a Bellator official.
Bellator 161 takes place Sept. 16 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card, which includes the 125-pound bout between Yankova (3-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Arteaga (2-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.
Sultan Aliev injured, out of UFC 202 bout with Hyun Gyu Lim
A wrist injury has knocked Sultan Aliev from his planned welterweight bout with Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202.
MMAjunkie learned of the injury from a UFC official who stated the promotion is seeking a replacement.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view. The highly anticipated rematch between Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor serves as the evening’s main event.