UFC veterans Luiz Cane, Rodney Wallace headline event in Brazil
New MMA promotion Standout Fighting Tournament will have its first show Sept. 20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has signed Luiz "Banha" Cane and Rodney Wallace, a pair of UFC veterans, to headline their show.
Cane, a 32-year-old Sao Paulo native, reeled off three straight wins in the UFC light heavyweight division in 2008 and 2009, finishing the likes of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Jason Lambert, but he wasn’t the same since...
Bellator 98 weigh ins and Fight card change
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (183.3) vs. Brett Cooper (184.8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Pitbull (155)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.8)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (135) vs. Rico Disciullo (135.3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (243) vs. Parker Porter (260)
Andreas Spang was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight Tournament, but was deemed ineligible to compete by the provisionary commission. Brennan Ward will now face Justin Torrey in the opening round of the Middleweight Tournament.
UFC 167 adds Donald Cerrone vs. Evan Dunham to 20th anniversary show
The UFC's 20th anniversary event has a new lightweight bout. Donald Cerrone(20-6 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Evan Dunham (14-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC) have been booked for the November show. UFC officials confirmed the bout with lasvegassun.com.
UFC 167 takes place Nov. 16 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook. It's not clear where Cerrone and Dunham will be placed on the lineup.
'UFC 166: Velasquez vs. dos Santos III' lineup set, flyweights on main card
In addition to a major heavyweight championship trilogy, October's UFC 166 event features 13 total bouts, a preliminary card full of familiar names, and a main card that kicks off with a pair of flyweights.
UFC 166 takes place Oct. 19 at Houston's Toyota Center. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and Facebook.
The big men take center stage at the fall event. In the headliner, heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and former titleholder Junior dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) meet in a rubber match. In the co-headliner, Daniel Cormier (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) likely fights at heavyweight for the final time when he takes on Roy Nelson (19-8 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
Joe Warren deemed medically ineligible to compete at Bellator 98 on Sept. 7 at Mohegan Sun
Former Bellator Featherweight Champion Joe Warren has been deemed ineligible to compete by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation. After reviewing the medical documentation submitted by Warren, the now Bellator Bantamweight Semifinalist will have his fight delayed until further notice.
"I've been fortunate to work with one of the best commissioners in the sport in Mike Mazzulli, and after carefully reviewing Joe's medical documents, everyone agreed to err on the side of caution with the goal of ensuring our fighters safety. It was determined Joe would be unable to compete this Saturday at Mohegan Sun. Joe's been with us since the beginning and as is the case with every fighter here, it's incumbent on me to ensure Joe is 100% healthy and medically cleared to fight before he steps into the Bellator cage."
Five observations about TUF 18
Whenever the colors of the "Ultimate Fighter" franchise begin to bleed together a little bit the UFC gets to experimenting. Over the years we’ve seen the shake-ups: There was the live version. There was Kimbo Slice season, which produced the single most comical epiphany of all time ("The enemy is the inner me," realized the back-alley brawler). There was the invisible season (purportedly TUF 16, which nobody can confirm because nobody watched).
And there was the "comeback" season, which regurgitated the likes of Shonie Carter and Matt Serra back into existence.
This season -- the 18th -- is sort of being rolled out as an evolution. It’s the first time we’ve seen an elixir of women and men in the same house. That the women are part of the enterprise isn’t so much a movement for fistic equality as a long-overdue inevitability. And this was all made possible by current UFC champion Ronda Rousey, who made up for Dana White’s concerns regarding divisional depth by containing multitudes, star appeal and armbars...
Ryan Thomas Poised for Rematch at XFC 25, Wants to Become Two-Promotion Champion
Heading into his scheduled fight against Ian Stephens at XFC 25 on Friday, former UFC and Bellator welterweight Ryan “The Tank Engine” Thomas had experienced opponents dropping out of fights, but hadn’t quite been anticipating what was going to happen the week before this fight.
“I was supposed to fight Ian Stephens and from what I heard, he supposedly told the XFC that he signed a UFC contract and wouldn’t be fighting me,” said Thomas. “Then (XFC president John) Prisco told me that he got a hold of the UFC to tell them that Stephens is under contract with them to fight me, and from what I heard, the UFC doesn’t even know who Ian Stephens is...
Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view to air live on Armed Forces Network
Bellator MMA's partnership with the Armed Forces Network brings the tournament-based promotion's regular-season events to men and women in uniform.
Now, those troops will get to see who has more left in the tank – Tito Ortiz or Quinton Jackson?
The Viacom-owned promotion recently announced that "Bellator: Rampage vs. Tito" will be shown on the network, which airs in over 175 countries to an estimated 1 million service members...