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Gokhan Saki Out Of UFC 219; Khalil Rountree Jr Gets New Opponent For Year End Card
(mmaweekly.com)
A change has been made to the upcoming UFC 219 fight card as former kickboxing champion Gokhan Saki is no longer expected to face Khalil Rountree Jr. on Dec. 30. With Saki out, Rountree Jr. will now face Michal Oleksiejczuk, who will be making his promotional debut at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. Saki was forced out of the fight due to a knee injury. UFC officials confirmed the switch on Tuesday. Oleksiejczuk comes to the UFC with a 12-2 record overall including nine wins in a row with seven of those fights ending by way of knockout or TKO.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:49PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White says Volkan Oezdemir likely still getting Daniel Cormier title shot despite arrest
(https:)
t appears as though Volkan Oezdemir’s looming legal trouble won’t stop “No Time” from getting a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. UFC president Dana White said Tuesday at a media lunch in Las Vegas that Oezdemir will likely still get the next opportunity to challenge Cormier despite his recent arrest.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:30PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White addresses recent Conor McGregor outside-the-cage issues
(https:)
Conor McGregor has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. Earlier this month, he jumped into the Bellator cage in Dublin to celebrate with a teammate, leading to a heated physical confrontation with referee Marc Goddard and McGregor slapping a Bellator employee. And just this week, McGregor was the subject of rumors about an altercation in a Dublin bar involving Irish mobsters. UFC president Dana White broke his silence Tuesday at a media lunch about McGregor’s antics.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:29PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Georges St-Pierre better unify UFC middleweight title, or else Dana White will be 'super pissed'
(mmajunkie.com)
If Georges St-Pierre doesn’t stay in the middleweight division to unify his championship, UFC President Dana White will not be happy – and that’s putting it mildly. In fact, the mere mention of St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) potentially going back on his word brings White’s blood to a simmer.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:27PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett Booked on Three-Weeks Notice
(mmaimports.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be heading to Winnipeg, Canada on Dec. 16 for yet another exciting night of fights. The world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion will be in the area to host UFC on FOX 26 inside the Bell MTS Place. In the main event, former champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos will be fighting for division dominance. That being said, it would appear that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has locked in another exciting match up for the event.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 3:01PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian added to TUF 26 Finale
(https:)
A women’s flyweight bout has been added to this week’s Ultimate Fighter 26 fight card as DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian has been added to the card. The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale will be held on December 1, 2017, at Park Theater in Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 3:00PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Rory MacDonald thinks he’ll be used as an alternate in Bellator’s heavyweight tournament
(https:)
Rory MacDonald announced he wanted a spot in Bellator’s heavyweight tournament shortly after the bracket was officially unveiled, and “The Red King” believes that Scott Coker is open to having him act as an alternate should one of the eight competitors have to withdraw from the contest.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:28AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Joe Silva responds to Matt Mitrione’s claim that Silva lied about Roy Nelson fight
(https:)
Matt Mitrione claimed Monday that former longtime UFC matchmaker Joe Silva lied to him in order to accept a fight with Roy Nelson as a substitute in late 2014. Silva, however, is having none of that talk.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:27AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Mizuki Inoue out of Invicta 26 co-main event, Kinberly Novaes steps in to face Janaisa Morandin
(https:)
Mizuki Inoue will not be making her return to Invicta FC this year after all. Inoue had to withdraw from the Invicta 26 co-main event for undisclosed reasons and will be replaced by Kinberly Novaes against Janaisa Morandin, according to the promotion’s website. The bout will be in the strawweight division.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:25AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Saad Awad to face J.J. Ambrose in Bellator 193 co-main event
(https:)
Fresh off of a 67-second TKO win, Saad Awad is ready to keep rolling in 2018. The “Assassin” has been booked to fight J.J. Ambrose in the lightweight co-main event of Bellator 193 on Jan. 26 at the Penchaga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:24AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Henry Corrales announced for Bellator 192
(https:)
Budding featherweight contender Henry Corrales will look to extend a two-fight win streak when he takes on former World Series of Fighting champion Georgi Karakhanyan at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:23AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori official for UFC 219
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight clash between a pair of international athletes is now official for UFC 219. UFC execs recently announced that Russia’s Omari Akhmedov (17-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Italy’s Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet at the event, which takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 27, 2017 5:51PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tony Ferguson wants ‘irrelevant fragile fat ass’ Khabib Nurmagomedov to shut up and take a number
(https:)
Khabib Nurmagomedov recently caused a stir after he revealed Tony Ferguson declined to sign on the dotted line to defend his interim Lightweight title against him at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Even current Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier got in on the action, coming to aide his training partner in an attempt to pressure Tony to accept the bout. More recently, “The Eagle” took to social media to call out the division for only speaking his name when he’s on the sidelines. That didn’t sit too well with Ferguson, as he scoffed right back at the often-injured contender.
Submitted Nov 27, 2017 5:08AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Francis Ngannou’s run toward UFC gold is an international tale of beating impossible odds
(https:)
Francis Ngannou was never supposed to escape Cameroon. Despair was a fate he was born into, and where he would remain. It was a future that was written for him, even if it was one he could never truly accept. It’s hard to find hope when there is little school, when there are few jobs, where the future taunts you from a distance always beyond your reach.
Submitted Nov 26, 2017 7:32PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Why are MMA referees seemingly so hesitant to take points? Marc Goddard explains
(https:)
How many times have we seen it? A fighter, in a clinch up against the fence, sticks his or her fingers in and grabs the cage to help jockey for leverage. It can happen multiple times over the course of a contest and, even after verbal warnings are given for the prohibited maneuver, it still seems like referees are loathe to take a point away. Why is that? Why do referees view taking a point as more of a last-ditch effort rather than a regular procedure?
Submitted Nov 26, 2017 7:31PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Danielle Taylor vs. JJ Aldrich set for UFC Fight Night 124 on January 14
(wmmarankings.com)
A women’s strawweight fight between Danielle Taylor (9-2-0) and JJ Aldrich (5-2-0) has been set for the UFC Fight Night 124 on January 14. UFC Fight Night 124 takes place on January 14 from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri, United States.
Submitted Nov 26, 2017 10:07AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Shanghai post-fight bonuses: Jingliang, Gastelum smash their way to $50K
(https:)
The Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai, China was home to a great night/morning of fights, with four (T)KOs, four submissions and four decisions, including one split-decision. The Chinese fighters on the card ended up going 5-3 in their bouts, and late replacement Michael Bisping was knocked out in the first round by Kelvin Gastelum in a contest that capped an outstanding event full of action from top to bottom. Performance of The Night Bonuses - Song Yadong, Zabit Magomedshiripov, Li Jingliang and Kelvin Gastelum.
Submitted Nov 25, 2017 9:55AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-UFC fighter Tae Hyun Bang gets jail time for involvement in fight-fixing scheme
(https:)
A fighter received jail time this week in South Korea for his role in a UFC fight-fixing scandal.
Submitted Nov 24, 2017 6:39PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith added to UFC Belem
(https:)
A middleweight clash between Thiago Santos and Anthony Smith was booked for UFC Belem, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate. UFC Belem is scheduled for Feb. 3 at the Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Brazil.
Submitted Nov 24, 2017 4:14PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Askren Stops Shinya Aoki at ONE: ‘Immortal Pursuit,’ Retires Undefeated
(mmaweekly.com)
Ben Askren easily overcame the final challenge of his MMA career at ONE: ‘Immortal Pursuit.’ The American needed less than a minute to stop Shinya Aoki at the Singapore Indoor Stadium, defend his welterweight title, and register his 18th career win. Aoki jumped guard almost immediately and Askren needed no encouragement to slam him down to the ground. The American found himself in top position and began to land hard punches from inside his opponent’s guard.
Submitted Nov 24, 2017 3:22PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
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