Matt Riddle announces retirement from MMA following rib injury
Matt Riddle withdrew from his scheduled Bellator MMA debut after suffering a rib injury on Monday.
Riddle, who was slated to fight Luis Melo Jr. in the quarterfinals of the Bellator's season-nine welterweight tournament, subsequently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
"I'm retiring from MMA today," Riddle wrote on Facebook. "Cracked my rib and can't fight Sept. 20. Bellator said they can't find me a fight till the next tournament and I can't afford not fighting that long and need a job. Sorry if I let anyone down but it isn't paying the bills."
Heavyweights Alistair Overeem, Frank Mir To Clash At UFC167 In Las Vegas
Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir will collide in a heavyweight showdown at UFC 167.
UFC officials announced the booking Friday following an initial report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. UFC 167 serves as the Las Vegas-based organization’s 20th anniversary card and is headlined by a welterweight title showdown between Georges St. Pierre and Johny Hendricks. The Nov. 16 show takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and will also see Chael Sonnen clash with Rashad Evans in a light heavyweight co-headliner.\
Cole Miller vs. Andy Ogle slated for UFC Fight Night 30 in Manchester
A featherweight bout between Cole Miller (19-8 MMA, 8-6 UFC) and Andy Ogle (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to next month's UFC Fight Night 30 event.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC Fight Night 30 takes place Oct. 26 at Manchester Arena in England. The bulk of the card airs on FOX Sports 2 following prelims on Facebook.
Rebney: 'Ridiculously one-dimensional' champ Askren will dominate if in UFC
So far, it hasn't been the same kind of controversy that Bellator MMA experienced with Eddie Alvarez's free agency.
What will happen to the promotion's welterweight champion, Ben Askren, remains to be seen. But Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney believes the elite-level wrestler will continue having success if he stays or if he goes.
At this point, backhanded compliments might be just part of the game...
In search for life after fighting, Danny Downes remakes himself as an MMA writer
Danny Downes got the news in a text message. He'd been expecting it, and he thought he was ready for it, but he thought wrong.
This was the fall of 2011, a little more than a month after his second loss in as many attempts with the UFC. Before that he'd gone 1-1 in the WEC, beating the much-hyped Chinese import Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision in the organization's final event.
But 0-2 in the UFC? "Danny Boy" could do the math. He knew he was likely on the chopping block, but the UFC's upcoming event in his hometown of Chicago that January gave him some faint hope. Maybe they'd keep him around for that. Maybe he'd get one more chance. Then he saw the text from his manager...
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard Rubber Match Set for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
UFC lightweights Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will meet for the third time at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.
UFC officials announced the bout on Sunday.
Diaz and Maynard first met in the semifinal round on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Diaz submitted Maynard with a guillotine choke. That bout doesn’t appear on the fighters’ official records due to it being a part of the reality series.
Warren KO'd in training
Ex-Bellator champ and Fight Master reality show star Joe Warren was reportedly KO'd during training which forced the cancellation of his Bantamweight semi-final tournament bout with Nick Kirk at Bellator 98.
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...