John Alessio signs with Bellator MMA, expected to debut in Season 9
Nearly a year after the UFC cut him loose, John Alessio has signed a deal with Bellator MMA.
Bellator officials confirmed Alessio's signing to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the fighter is expected to make his debut with the promotion sometime during Season 9, which begins in September on Spike TV. Although Alessio has fought much of his career at welterweight, he is expected to compete at 155 pounds this fall, where he dropped to 18 months ago.
The Canadian lightweight first announced the news on his Facebook page late Friday. He did not disclose the length of the deal.
Report: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Robert McDaniel slated for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2
The card for the UFC's return to Indianapolis in late summer continues to take shape with the addition of a middleweight bout to the lineup.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Ataque Total, Magnus Cedenblad (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Robert McDaniel (21-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet on the second UFC on FOX Sports 1 card. UFC officials have not yet announced the fight.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 takes place Aug. 28. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Indiana state capital city of Indianapolis. The event's main card airs live on FOX Sports 1. Broadcast plans for the preliminary card have yet to be announced.
UFC on FX 8 'Fight of the Night' winner Lucas Martins to drop two weight classes
Brazilian knockout artist Lucas Martins (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will drop down not just one but two divisions for his next UFC appearance.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from Martins' manager, Wade Hampel, that the 24-year-old "Mineiro" will fight at bantamweight in his next UFC appearance.
"I requested the change this morning with Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, and they signed off on it," Hampel said.
Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani set for UFC on FOX Sports 1 event in Boston
After briefly considering retirement in 2012, Mike Brown (26-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is ready to get back to action. The former WEC featherweight champion meets Akira Corassani (11-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1.
UFC officials today announced the new booking.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston and will mark the promotion's debut on the new cable network, which launches the same day. The evening's headlining bout has yet to be announced.
Hester vs. Ferreira added to UFC 163 in Brazil, Magalhaes vs. Perosh official
A middleweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 17" contestant Clint Hester (8-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" winner Cezar Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is official for UFC 163.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup.
Additionally, a previously reported light-heavyweight contest of Vinny Magalhaes (10-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Anthony Perosh (13-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was also made official for the card.
Bellator signs Bubba Jenkins
Bellator MMA announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed Bubba Jenkins to a long-term promotional agreement and he will make his debut with the organization this summer.
Jenkins will not be thrown into a tournament immediately as he will be given a number of fights before being placed into a tournament.
Uriah Hall Draws Nick Ring at UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston
Following an impressive run of knockouts on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, Uriah Hall will try to rebound from a loss in the finale when he returns to action at UFC on Fox Sports 1 on August 17 in Boston.
Hall will square off with fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Nick Ring in a battle of stand-up fighters according to UFC officials who announced the fight late on Thursday evening.
Tito Ortiz denies Jenna Jameson's allegations, turns focus to custody battle
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) takes a deep breath before he answers. Long one of the most outspoken men in the sport of MMA, Ortiz briefly considers just how much he wants to reveal. But as he weighs the reality staring up at him on a computer screen, he decides to go all in.
"I wasn't going to talk about it, but my kids are down for a nap right now," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I just took an hour nap, myself, because I get up at 6 a.m. every morning, and I take care of these kids Monday through Saturday. I have a nanny that comes in and helps me because Jenna doesn't want to be a mom. She has a problem, and I don't want to bash her because she's the mother of my children. But I've tried to help somebody for the last seven years. I tried to make a family, and it's hard to do that when somebody else doesn't want to contribute. I just look at as I can't help somebody that doesn't want to be helped. She can try and bash me as much as possible. The only thing it's hurting is my children."
Former title challenger Thales Leites returns against Tom Watson at UFC 163
After a four-year absence, Thales Leites (20-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is once again a UFC fighter.
The onetime middleweight title challenger is slated to return to the octagon at UFC 163 against up-and-comer Tom Watson (16-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), according to UFC officials, who confirmed the matchup to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following a report on Tatame.
UFC 163 takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The event's pay-per-view main card includes a featherweight title headliner between champion Jose Aldo and Anthony Pettis. Preliminary-card bouts serve on FX and Facebook. It's unknown whether Leites vs. Watson will serve on the main card or prelims.
Silva vs. Jones, Cain vs. JDS III rumored for Cowboys Stadium - UFC 20 year anniversary
According to Dave Meltzer, the UFC is working on putting together what could be their biggest event in promotional history this fall in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium. The show would have two huge fights on top. Meltzer has the scoop:
Nothing was said as far as when or where the match will take place. There is an idea floating around to try and put on the biggest show in company history at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas this fall. Several things would have to fall into place for this to happen, the key being Anderson Silva retaining the middleweight title against Chris Weidman, and not being banged up in the process. In addition, Jon Jones would have to be recovered from his own toe injury, and UFC would have to work out a deal to get the two of them to fight. Each has his own reasons, but neither has exactly clamored to fight the other. Having all those things fall into place makes this very much a longshot of actually happening.
The idea would be to have Silva vs. Jon Jones and Velasquez vs. Dos Santos at the stadium, in October, at the same time as the state fair of Texas, perhaps on 10/12 or 10/19. That much is known to be at least something talked about. With Madison Square Garden seeming more and more unlikely for November, this show could be billed as UFC 20th anniversary show, with the idea of trying to repeat the success of UFC 100.