New Zealand in the UFC’s Sights for 2015 or 2016
With the UFC looking to spread
its wings, bringing shows to
more and more countries, UFC
Director of Operations for
Australia, New Zealand &
Canada Tom Wright has
revealed that they are targeting
their debut show in New
Zealand with the Vector Arena
in Auckland. It won’t, however,
be until at least 2015.
Thatch vs. Thiago, Sicilia vs. Castro added to UFC Fight Night 32
A pair of fights have been added to UFC Fight Night 32 in Goiania, Brazil.
Paulo Thiago, who was forced to withdraw from his bout against Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 27 with an injury, announced on his Twitter that he will return to the Octagon on Nov. 9 against Brandon Thatch. Godofredo Castro vs. Sam Sicilia, originally planned to UFC Fight Night 28, is rebooked to UFN 32 now that Pepey has recovered from his injury.
Pat Barry vs. Soa Palelei added to UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia
A heavyweight matchup between Pat Barry and Soa Palelei has been added to December's UFC Fight Night 33 in Brisbane, Australia.
The booking was first announced by Australian outlet WAtoday.com.au, and UFC officials later confirmed the booking.
UFC Fight Night 33 takes place Dec. 7 in the Queensland capital at Brisbane Entertainment Centre. Broadcast plans haven't been announced, but the event is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on Facebook. Due to the time difference, the event takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, in Australia (but Friday, Dec. 6, in the U.S.).
Boxer Adrien Broner on MMA: ‘I really don’t look at it as a real sport’
“I’m really not too big on MMA,” said Broner. “I really don’t look at it as a real sport because anybody can come into MMA and learn that. You can learn that. Listen, you can’t just come in to boxing and be a world champion. You’ve got to be born with it.”
“Like you,” he said to the interviewer. “Right now, you can go into MMA, learn all the submission moves and be a world champion. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. I don’t give a f— what you do, you can try to come over to boxing, and you won’t ever be a world champion. I’m not disrespecting you, but I’m just saying, that’s how it works.”
Donation fund set up for injured UFC fighter Matt Grice
A donation fund has been set up for injured UFC fighter and police officer Matt Grice.
Grice was critically injured Sunday in a car accident in Oklahoma. Donations are being accepted at .
Grice, who was recently pulled from next month's UFC 166 event due to the head and other injuries he suffered in the accident, is married with two young daughters.
Shogun Rua vs. James Te Huna set for UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia
UFC superstar Mauricio "Shogun" Rua is headed Down Under, combining with eight of Australia's most promising fighters for a huge summer of Mixed Martial Arts.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal Rua, the former light heavyweight world champion, will join fellow Brazilian hero Antonio ‘Bigfoot' Silva on the UFC Fight Night card scheduled for December 7 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
In a huge boost for the sport Down Under, the South American duo will both be up against Australians, with Rua set to face Penrith star James Te Huna while Silva will have top billing in his bout with cult Sydney heavyweight Mark Hunt.
Despite NSAC's new pot limits, hefty fines remain for violators
One effect of relaxing marijuana testing thresholds for Nevada fight licensees could be more disclosure.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer hopes applicants would be honest about whether they used marijuana in the weeks preceding a fight, particularly if they were aware of the punishments levied against retired MMA fighter Nick Diaz and boxer Julio Ceasar Chavez, Jr.
Diaz forked over $79,500, while Chavez Jr. paid $100,000 to the commission after failing post-fight drug tests in the state.