UFC Fight Night 80 gets slew of new bouts, including Howard-Means, Graves-Roberts
Less than two weeks after the card was announced, UFC Fight Night 80 already has an 11-fight lineup after the UFC today announced a slew of new fights for the event.
UFC Fight Night 80 takes place Dec. 10 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in “Sin City.” The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
With the additions, UFC Fight Night 80 now includes:
Paige VanZant vs. Joanne Calderwood
Jim Miller vs. Michael Chiesa
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
John Howard vs. Tim Means
Omari Akhmedov vs. Lyman Good
Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Kailin Curran vs. Emily Peters Kagan
Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili added to UFC Fight Night 78 in Mexico
A featherweight bout between Gabriel Benitez (18-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Andre Fili (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been added to November’s UFC Fight Night 78 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
The latest UFC Fight Night 78 card includes:
Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez
Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga
Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva
Erik Perez vs. Damian Stasiak
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Hector Urbina
Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres
Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” lightweight final
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” welterweight final
WSOF 23 weigh-in results: Justin Gaethje, Luis Palomino set for title fight rematch
The WSOF 23 weigh-ins are in the books, and the main and co-main event title fighters are official for their bouts.
The full WSOF 23 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Justin Gaethje (154.7) vs. Luis Palomino (154.2) – for lightweight title
Dave Branch (204) vs. Teddy Holder (202.4) – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Tito Jones (134.7) vs. Timur Valiev (135.9)
Ben Fodor (161.6)* vs. Roberto Yong (157.3) – 160-pound catchweight
LaRue Burley (154.9) vs. Brian Foster (155.7)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Brian Grinnell (181.9) vs. Vagab Vagabov (184.9)
Krasimir Mladenov (185.7) vs. Clifford Starks (186)
Danny Davis Jr. (169.5) vs. Matthew Frincu (170.3)
David Nuzzo (136) vs. Andres Ponce (135.8)**
Joey Miolla (135) vs. Randy Steinke (135.9)
Jeff Fletcher (154.2) vs. Benny Madrid (160.3)***
* Fodor will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Yong.
** Ponce was 137.5 on his first attempt, and made weight on his second try.
*** Madrid will surrender 20 percent of his fight purse to Fletcher.
Dana White: If victorious, Conor McGregor gets fight at 80,000-seat Croke Park
Conor McGregor’s dream of headlining a stadium show in his native Ireland will apparently come to fruition if the interim featherweight champion successfully unifies the belts at UFC 194.
According to UFC President Dana White, a McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) victory over reigning 145-pound champ Jose Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) at UFC 194 will set up his next bout for Dublin’s famed Croke Park stadium, which holds more than 80,000 spectators.
“If he beats Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in December, the next fight will be in Croke Park,” White told the NRL Footy Show in Australia. “We told him he could defend his title at Croke Park.”
UFC 194, which plays host to Aldo vs. McGregor, takes place Dec. 12 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
ONE Championship 32 takes shape with Svirid vs. Bigdash title fight
The lineup is taking shape for next month’s “ONE Championship 32: Tigers of Asia” event, which includes a middleweight title fight.
ONE Championship 32 takes place Oct. 9 at Putra Indoor Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
The latest ONE Championship 32 card now includes:
Champ Igor Svirid vs. Vitaly Bigdash – for middleweight title
Irina Mazepa vs. Ann Osman
Honorio Banario vs. Ev Ting
Peter Davis vs. Adrian Pang
Eric Kelly vs. Hiroshige Tanaka
Asuka Mikami vs. Eugene Toquero
Dae Hwan Kim vs. LiGe Teng
Marcos Santana vs. Gianni Subba
Saiful Merican vs. Melvin Yeoh
Almiro Barros vs. Ruel Catalan
Hesham Hiba vs. Agilan Thani
Florian Garel vs. Keanu Subba
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera booked for UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil
The UFC’s November card in Brazil continues to inch closer to finalization with its 11th fight.
Pedro Munoz (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is set to take on Jimmie Rivera (17-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
UFC Fight Night 77 takes place Nov. 7 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event is expected to air on Fox Sports 1 following early preliminary bouts on UFC Fight Pass.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Legacy FC 48 to feature middleweight title fight, four-man kickboxing tourney
Following this weekend’s lead from Bellator, Legacy FC will host a combo MMA-kickboxing card of its own.
Legacy FC owner/promoter Mick Maynard today announced Legacy FC 48 takes place Nov. 13 at Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Lake Charles, La. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The latest Legacy FC 48 card (pro MMA only) includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Leonardo Leite vs. Ryan Spann – for middleweight title
Josh Quayhagen vs. Sean Soriano
Gage Duhon vs. Kolton Englund
Trent Meaux vs. Joel Scott
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m.)
Aaron Davis vs. Edgar Verdin
Daniel Hoffpauir vs. Richard Knepp
Cejudo refuses to fight in Nevada after Diaz ban
#FreeNickDiaz is in full effect. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion was suspended for five years by the Nevada Athletic Commission following a failed drug test at UFC 183. Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time in his career, and his hefty suspension has elicited outrage from the MMA community.
Fighters have rallied for support of the Californian on Twitter, and one fan even filed a petition to the White House to uplift Diaz's ban.
Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has taken things a step further, as the undefeated flyweight prospect has refused to fight in Nevada, according to his manager, Bill McFarlane.
Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce.
"I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober slated for UFC 195
A lightweight contest between Erik Koch and Drew Dober has been targeted for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC officials Tuesday.
Koch (14-4) has lost three of his past four fights. He was knocked out in the first round of his last trip to the Octagon by Daron Cruickshank at UFC Fight Night 40 on May 10, 2014...
The List: The champ with the toughest competition ahead
Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven): Admittedly, my selection would’ve looked a lot better in late 2013, when newly minted champ Chris Weidman (13-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) was staring down the barrel of a rematch with the more serious, scary Anderson Silva. Since “The Spider” snapped (in more ways than one), the 31-year-old New Yorker has done a pretty good job of answering all the competitive questions asked of him. He finally put down the young dinosaur Vitor Belfort. But there are still some scary dudes ahead...
Liam McGeary doesn't blame Tito Ortiz for chasing title shot, but will get 'knocked out'
Liam McGeary understands why Tito Ortiz put so much effort into earning one last title shot. However, he thinks it was a big mistake to do so.
Following back-to-back wins to start his Bellator MMA career, Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was offered a matchup against longtime rival Frank Shamrock. He declined and instead insisted Bellator MMA President Scott Coker grant him a light heavyweight championship fight with McGeary (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) at Bellator 142...
Former Invicta FC champ Katja Kankaanpaa announces retirement
One of Invicta FC's best fighters is calling it quits.
Katja Kankaanpaa, the former Invicta women's strawweight champion, announced this weekend night that she would be retiring from MMA competition. At Invicta FC 14 on Saturday night, Kankaanpaa lost a controversial unanimous decision to DeAnna Bennett in the co-main event...
How Nick Diaz, of all people, exposed the NSAC's flaws
Of all the people to emerge as the persecuted anti-hero proving once and for all the dreadful overreach of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it had to be Nick Diaz. Because of course it did.
And of all the substances to serve as the catalyst for demonstrating that point, it had to be marijuana, of which Diaz is known to be a bit of an enthusiast. Because, apparently, the MMA gods have a sense of humor...
Nick Diaz fined $165,000, suspended five years by NSAC for UFC 183 positive drug test
After a protracted hearing that featured plenty of boring legalese from both sides, Diaz, 32, was fined $165,000 (33-percent of his $500,000 purse) and suspended for five years for what amounts to his third positive drug test in Nevada. The first came after a submission win over Takanori Gomi in 2007, followed by another in defeat to Carlos Condit in 2012.
note: 5 years, god damn son, thats like prison time almost