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Paige VanZant headlines UFC on FOX 22 against Michelle Waterson
Paige VanZant will fight at home, and she’ll do it in a main event. UFC President Dana White today revealed on the FS1’s “UFC Tonight” that VanZant will face Michelle Waterson in the main event of UFC on FOX 22, which takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. “The main event for the card is Paige VanZant vs. ‘The Karate Hottie,” White revealed. “My team is going to kill me.”
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 8:28PM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dana White: If Rousey beats Nunes, 'the Cyborg fight will definitely happen'
Ronda Rousey will be fighting Amanda Nunes for Nunes' UFC women's bantamweight title, but what about Rousey vs. Cyborg? Here's Dana White answer to that oft-asked question. "I know that Cyborg wants that fight," White said. "Ronda wants that fight, too. Ronda's plan right now is to come back and try to win her title back, and if that happens, the Cyborg fight will definitely happen."
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 8:17PM by Five-Alive - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Report: Ricardo Lamas faces Charles Oliveira at TUF Latin America 3 Finale
A pair of featherweight scrappers have agreed to meet each other on November 5th, as Flo Combat reported Ricardo Lamas will take on Charles Oliveira at the TUF Latin America 3 Finale, as they both look to get back in the win column.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 7:36PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Conor McGregor doesn't want to fight in Nevada anymore after 'terrible' fine, says Dana White
The Nevada State Athletic Commission’s decision to fine UFC champ Conor McGregor an amount of $150,000 and hand him 50 hours of community service could be costly for the state in the long run. According to UFC President Dana White, the fine and other punishment related to McGregor’s (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) involvement in the UFC 202 pre-fight news conference bottle-throwing incident with his camp and that of opponent Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) has caused the Irish superstar to lose his desire to compete in Nevada. “I wasn’t thrilled about it when it happened, and we did the best we could to contain it at the time, but come on,” White said. “The other problem with that is Conor McGregor hit me yesterday and said, ‘I don’t ever want to fight in Nevada again. Ever.’ “Now how does that make sense for the state of Nevada? That you’re going to try to fine this kid and Nate that much money, it just makes people not want to come fight in out state and that’s not a good thing.” “Guess what? Conor McGregor doesn’t need Nevada,” White said. “He can fight anywhere. He can fight in Iowa. We can put his fight on an island off the coast of anywhere. This makes no sense for the state. It’s just terrible.”
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 6:44PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Fedor Emelianenko’s daughter reportedly assaulted by thugs in revenge beating for ‘Last Emperor’s’ criticism of Russian kid fights
Former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion, Fedor Emelianenko, was appalled at the recent kids vs. kids fights (video) put forth by Akhmat Fight Club: "Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 Finals" last week from inside Sport Hall Coliseum in Grozny, Russia. So he took to his Instagram account to complain about it. As a result, Emelianenko’s 16-year-old daughter was hospitalized at Research Institute of Children's Emergency Surgery and Traumatology with "contusion of the chest and abdomen,” according to a report from MKRU (via Bloody Elbow).
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 6:38PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Jose Aldo to meet with UFC brass in Las Vegas to discuss contract, retirement
Jose Aldo wants to get his UFC contract terminated so he can walk away from MMA and do other things, and he’s flying to Las Vegas with his manager and lawyer to have a meeting with the UFC brass. Talking to the media on Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Aldo said he hopes to "solve everything" in this meeting, and that means getting his contract cancelled. The current interim featherweight champion said he’s flying to Las Vegas on Oct. 19. "I’m waiting. That’s the situation now," Aldo said. "We have a meeting scheduled to solve everything, but everything has been said already. We will see what happens in this meeting. I can talk more when I return."
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 6:32PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Ronda Rousey returns to challenge champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207
The most highly anticipated comeback in UFC history is upon us. Ronda Rousey will return after more than a year away to challenge champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 2:47PM by Five-Alive - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Al Iaquinta says he’s retired from MMA
If you’re a fan out there waiting for Al Iaquinta’s next UFC bout, you may want to reconsider your options. “Raging” Al recently made it known that he wasn’t too happy with his current UFC contract situation, coming off a long injury layoff. He had been scheduled to fight Thiago Alves at the upcoming UFC 205 PPV card in New York City. However, he withdrew from the bout back in September, despite being apparently healthy and able to compete, citing an ongoing contract dispute with he UFC. It seems that dispute has resulted in Iaquinta walking away from MMA competition entirely. “I thought my career was over. I got my personal training, I got my real estate license and I'm living comfortably. I don't need to fight now,”
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 1:16PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
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UFC Fight Night 101 in Australia gets 3 new additions
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 101 lineup has a trio of new additions. They include lightweights Yusuke Kasuya (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alex Volkanovski (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), flyweights Geane Herrera (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Ben Nguyen (16-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), and lightweights Damien Brown (16-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jon Tuck (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC). UFC officials today announced the bouts via dailytelegraph.com.au and couriermail.com.au. UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 12:59PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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'King Mo' Lawal vs. Satoshi Ishii set to headline Bellator 169
Muhammed Lawal will be moving up to the heavyweight division to meet Satoshi Ishii in the main event of Bellator 169. The news was first reported by Severe MMA, and was later confirmed by the promotion on Wednesday.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 12:52PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Aljamain Sterling vs. Raphael Assuncao teed up for UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany
Raphael Assuncao (23-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to meet Aljamain Sterling (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 102 in December. A UFC official confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The rare UFC Friday night card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 9:02PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
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Girtz vs. Piccolotti, Carmont vs. Vassell booked for Bellator 165 in San Jose
Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights for the main card, as well as eight prelims. Brandon Girtz (14-4 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) is set to take on Adam Piccolotti (8-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in a lightweight fight on the main card, and Francis Carmont (25-11 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will meet Linton Vassell (16-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a light heavyweight bout. Bellator officials announced the new bookings today. Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 6:07PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Dan Hooker vs. Jason Knight added to UFC Fight Night 101 in Australia
A featherweight fight between Dan Hooker (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Jason Knight (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is slated for UFC Fight Night 101. UFC officials recently made the bout official. UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 6:05PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson moves to UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico
A bout between Sam Alvey and Alex Nicholson has a new date. Originally scheduled for the recently canceled UFC Fight Night 97 event, middleweights Alvey (28-8 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Nicholson (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) instead will fight at UFC Fight Night 98. Officials recently announced the rescheduled bout. UFC Fight Night 98, which also serves as the live finale for “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3,” takes place Nov. 5 at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 6:04PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy transitioning to MMA, preparing for debut
Greg Hardy is making the move to mixed martial arts. The controversial former Dallas Cowboys defensive end has decided to put his football career on hold to pursue MMA, MMAFighting.com has learned. Hardy, 28, who does not have an extensive martial arts background, has been training for several months in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and according to his team, several promotions have already expressed interest in signing him. "I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in a statement provided to MMAFighting.com. "I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that." According to his team, Hardy currently weighs approximately 285 pounds and is expected to debut as a heavyweight when he fights for the first time, most likely in 2017. "I'm fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport," he said.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 12:51PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
NSAC: Brock Lesnar readying supplement defense, Jon Jones gets flack for delay
It appears Brock Lesnar is preparing a defense following his UFC 200 positive drug test. In granting a continuance for Lesnar’s disciplinary hearing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that the ex-heavyweight champ is putting together a case after failing a pair of drug tests for the banned estrogen blocker clomiphene. During an NSAC meeting today in Las Vegas, commissioner Pat Lundvall said Lesnar’s continuance was based on his need for “more time to do the testing of the supplements.” A request for comment to Lesnar’s reps wasn’t immediately returned.
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 5:05PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Dominick Cruz willing to fight Conor at 155: ‘I can beat McGregor, absolutely’
Cruz recently appeared on the Fox Sports post-fight show following UFC 204, where he responded to a fan question about a possible McGregor fight (transcript via MMAMania): "Look everyone's calling out Conor McGregor,” Cruz explained, “and I don't want to be another guy because everybody wants that fight. But, the thing is, McGregor is picking his own fights. So that's not up to me, it's not up to UFC, it's up to McGregor. Now I know as much as McGregor, and more, about this sport than anybody and it seems that the only way to beat McGregor is with your mind. I know I can do that and I know that I can also technically beat him. And I know that at 145 pounds I am extremely fast and hard to deal with. I can beat McGregor, absolutely. And I would love to fight him at 145 pounds or 155 pounds if he wins the title. I don't care, I'm the champion and my style is built for moving up in weight classes because I don't take damage."
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 4:07PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Mayweather: Dana White using UFC fighters to make himself rich
Think Conor McGregor is rich? He is, but even the millions banked by "Mystic Mac" pale in comparison to the revenue generated by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White (and his 30 Ferraris). "It's easy to get a ton of money off these UFC guys while they're not really getting paid," boxing's Floyd Mayweather Jr. told Fight Hype. "And he's living better than the UFC guys. They say ‘Oh, Floyd is living better than all his fighters,' well guess what, I was a fighter myself. So I'll put in the work on both sides."
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 4:03PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Other Combat Sports
Sears replaces Copeland at WSOF 34; military vets join lineup
The lineup for next month’s WSOF 34 event continues to take shape. Officials today announced Josh Copeland (13-4) has suffered a knee injury and been forced out of his bout with former heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama (9-2). Kevin Ray Sears (4-2) has stepped in as a replacement. In addition to the heavyweight change, officials today announced four vets are scheduled for bouts as part of the organization’s “Who’s The Toughest?” program, which gives military personnel a chance to compete for the promotion. Those matchups include U.S. Marine Corps veterans Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4) in a 150-pound catchweight bout, former Marine Brandon Collins (3-2) vs. fellow light heavyweight Chris Morgan (0-0), and former U.S. Army ranger Nicholi Navarro (3-1) vs. lightweight Alan Gutierrez (2-0).
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 3:59PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren 2, Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira headline Bellator doubleheader in December
Bellator MMA will host two events in two consecutive nights for the first time in its history on Dec. 2 and 3 in Thackerville, Okla. Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas will be defending his belt on the first night against Joe Warren. On Saturday night, Bellator 167 will feature a featherweight clash between Pat Curran and John Teixeira in the main event. MMA Fighting confirmed the news with Bellator officials following a report by The Dallas Morning News. Both Bellator 166 and Bellator 167 will take place at the WinStar World Casino.
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 3:57PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
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