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Max Griffin vs. Sergio Moraes booked for UFC Fight Night 106 in Fortaleza, Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight bout is the latest addition to the UFC’s return to Brazil in March. Max Griffin (13-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will head to enemy turf to take on Brazil’s Sergio Moraes (11-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 106. UFC officials announced the new booking today. UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:54PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ian Entwistle vs. Brett Johns joins London's UFC Fight Night 107 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
An all-Britain bantamweight bout has been added to next month’s UFC Fight Night 107 lineup. England’s Ian Entwistle (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and undefeated Welsh fighter Brett Johns (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) are slated for the show. UFC Fight Night 107 takes place March 18 at The O2 in London.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:53PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former champ Andrey Koreshkov returns against Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 174
(mmafighting.com)
The return of former Bellator welterweight champion Andrei Koreshkov highlighted a pair of fight bookings announced on Friday for Bellator 174, as Koreshkov will take on Fernando Gonzalez in a 170-pound showdown, and middleweight prospect Chris Honeycutt will meet Kendall Grove on the main card of the March 3 event.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:50PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Liz Carmouche out, newcomer Gina Mazany in against Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 105
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC is shuffling the deck up north. Former title challenger Liz Carmouche is out of her fight with Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 105 due to injury and will be replaced by newcomer Gina Mazany, UFC officials confirmed Friday. The news was first reported by TSN. Also added to the card, which takes place Feb. 19 in Halifax, is a matchup between Alex Volkanovski and Michel Quinones.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:49PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ricardo Abreu retires from MMA after failing second USADA drug test
(mmafighting.com)
Ricardo Abreu failed a drug test while serving a two-year suspension from USADA, but that doesn’t matter to the UFC middleweight after all. "Demente", who is suspended until June 2018 after testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June of last year, told MMA Fighting on Friday that he expected to fail a drug test and announced his decision to retire from the sport to focus on his health and family after battling depression. Combate first reported Abreu’s retirement.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 6:47PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Matt Brown unsure of his future in UFC: ‘If I've peaked out, that means it's time to stop’
(mmamania.com)
It’s been a rough couple of years for Matt Brown. Like really rough. As one of the top prospects to graduate from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7, Brown (20-16) struggled to find consistency inside the Octagon until a torrid, seven-fight win streak led him to a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler. Then it all came crashing down. Since then, the “Immortal” welterweight has been a wretched 1-5 run that left him finished in three consecutive losses. At age 36, with a family, that kind of slump can make a fighter question his or her career.
Submitted Feb 2, 2017 6:07PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Thiago Tavares out of the UFC, signs with Brazilian promotion Aspera FC
(mmafighting.com)
Thiago Tavares’ run inside the Octagon is over. The Brazilian fighter competed under the UFC banner since 2007, and the promotion has decided not to re-sign his contract after his first-round loss to Doo Ho Choi last July, MMA Fighting has learned.
Submitted Feb 2, 2017 3:13PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Travis Browne puts to bed rumors he left coach Edmund Tarverdyan
(mmafighting.com)
For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the tutelage of much maligned coach Edmund Tarverdyan. However, it turns out those rumors aren’t true. Recently, Browne went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he categorically denied the rumors and reaffirmed his relationship with Tarverdyan.
Submitted Feb 2, 2017 3:04PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Misha Cirkunov, Lorenz Larkin, and Rick Story pulled from UFC rankings
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC’s latest fighter rankings update has removed three quite prominent fighters from its list. Free agent Lorenz Larkin no longer being ranked may be a sign that he won’t be re-signing with the promotion, but out of left field are two names you wouldn’t have expected. MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn reported on Wednesday that Misha Cirkunov and Rick Story are also not under UFC contract right now.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 11:01PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Venue named for ‘Rampage’ Jackson vs. ‘King Mo’ Lawal rematch
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator 175 already had a main event and a date. Now it has a venue. The March 31 card featuring the rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “King Mo” Lawal will be held at the AllState Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Ill. The Chicago Tribune broke the news Wednesday.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:57PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia. But when Diaz turned that down, he went with an alternative: Jorge Masvidal. Now, according to Masvidal, Maia has turned that down. Masvidal isn’t particularly bent out of shape over the refusal and welcomed a fight with any other top-tier welterweight. The issue is finding a suitable fit. The good news is that one might already be present.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Godofredo Pepey vs. Kyle Bochniak added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil
(mmafighting.com)
A featherweight bout pitting Godofredo Pepey and Kyle Bochniak has been added to UFC Fight Night 106. The news was announced by the promotion on Wednesday.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:50PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
(mmafighting.com)
An exciting young heavyweight is facing a suspension. Justin Ledet was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. The Texas native likely failed a drug test, stemming from a Jan. 12 sample collection. The name of the banned substance was not listed, as is the policy of USADA and the UFC unless the athlete names it. The name of the substance will be released following the USADA adjudication process.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:49PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Dana White interested in making Nick Diaz vs. Demian Maia
(foxsports.com)
“I offered Nick Diaz the (Robbie) Lawler fight and he turned it down. Lawler accepted the fight and Nick turned it down so I’m looking for something else for Lawler right now,” White revealed on the latest “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. “(Diaz’s team) were terrorizing me saying ‘we want a fight’ so they wanted to announce it that night at the Sacramento card (at FOX UFC Fight Night). Cause he was there, it’s the right crowd, it’s close to his hometown and they wanted to announce it. I got Robbie Lawler to accept the fight, I called him, and they turned it down and they’ve been radio silent on me ever since.”
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 7:12PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC’s Ricardo Abreu fails USADA drug test while serving two-year suspension
(mmafighting.com)
Ricardo Abreu could be facing a very lengthy ban. The UFC middleweight, already serving a doping suspension, failed another USADA drug test stemming from a Dec. 21 sample collection and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Wednesday. Abreu is less than a year into a two-year ban by USADA due to testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June 2016. He is currently ineligible to compete in the UFC until July 1, 2018. A second anti-doping violation could double Abreu’s suspension and the “aggravating circumstances” clause in the UFC anti-doping policy could lengthen the ban even more.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 3:11PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC releases statement on Trump’s travel ban
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championships released a statement on the White House’s new restrictive immigration policy that could potentially impact a handful of fighters on the roster.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:51PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
(mmajunkie.com)
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it. After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up. Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:46PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
'The Korean Zombie' talks military hiatus, return to UFC, 145 title picture, more
(mmafighting.com)
A familiar face will return to the biggest stage in sports this weekend in Houston. No, not Tom Brady, rather Chan Sung Jung. "The Korean Zombie" hasn't fought in the UFC since Aug. 2013 due to mandatory military obligations in his native South Korea, but he'll finally return on Saturday night against Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Houston. We caught up with the popular featherweight recently via e-mail to talk about his military duties and his much-anticipated return to the UFC.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:41PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
After controversial no-contest, Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira rematch slated for UFC Fight Night 106
(mmajunkie.com)
After a controversial end to their fight fight, Tim Means and Alex Oliveira will do it again. Means (26-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who fought to a confusing no-contest in December at UFC 207, will run it back at UFC Fight Night 106. MMAjunkie today confirmed the welterweight matchup with Oliveira’s camp, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. Combate first reported it. UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 6 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:34PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Luis Henrique out at next week's UFC 208; promotion needs heavyweight opponent for Marcin Tybura
(mmajunkie.com)
Brazilian heavyweight Luis Henrique (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC 208 event, and the promotion is currently in need of a replacement opponent for Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC). MMAjunkie today confirmed “KLB” Henrique’s withdrawal with UFC officials. A search is currently underway for a replacement to step in on a little more than one week’s notice.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:32PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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