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In search for life after fighting, Danny Downes remakes himself as an MMA writer
Danny Downes got the news in a text message. He'd been expecting it, and he thought he was ready for it, but he thought wrong. This was the fall of 2011, a little more than a month after his second loss in as many attempts with the UFC. Before that he'd gone 1-1 in the WEC, beating the much-hyped Chinese import Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision in the organization's final event. But 0-2 in the UFC? "Danny Boy" could do the math. He knew he was likely on the chopping block, but the UFC's upcoming event in his hometown of Chicago that January gave him some faint hope. Maybe they'd keep him around for that. Maybe he'd get one more chance. Then he saw the text from his manager...
UFC Featherweight Matt Grice in serious auto accident
The UFC sends its thoughts and prayers to featherweight Matt Grice, who was involved in a serious auto accident over the weekend that required surgery. More details on his condition will be posted as they are received.
Wrestling reinstated for 2020 Games
Seven months after losing its Olympic place, wrestling was reinstated for the 2020 Games on Sunday when the IOC overturned a decision many members thought was a mistake.
Elias Silverio plans to drop to 155 pounds following first UFC win
BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil -- Elias Silverio took on Joao Zeferino on short notice at UFC Fight Night 28 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and moved to 9-0 in MMA with a unanimous decision victory. Excited to be part of the UFC roster, Silverio plans to drop to the 155 pound division for his next bout.
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard Rubber Match Set for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
UFC lightweights Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will meet for the third time at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced the bout on Sunday. Diaz and Maynard first met in the semifinal round on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Diaz submitted Maynard with a guillotine choke. That bout doesn’t appear on the fighters’ official records due to it being a part of the reality series.
Ronda Rousey Reveals Why She Thought She Was Being Replaced on TUF
When UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey walked onto The Ultimate Fighter set for the first time to begin filming she was expecting to see opposing coach Cat Zigano in the room, but instead there stood arch rival Miesha Tate.
Brian Ebersole meets Rick Story at UFC 167 in Las Vegas
A pair of welterweights looking to get back in the win column will meet on the UFC's 20th anniversary show in November. Brian Ebersole and Rick Story will meet at UFC 167.
Cheick Kongo meets Mark Godbeer at Bellator 101 in Portland
Former UFC heavyweight Cheick Kongo will make his Bellator MMA debut later this month. The promotion on Saturday announced Kongo will meet Mark Godbeer at Bellator 101.
Warren KO'd in training
Ex-Bellator champ and Fight Master reality show star Joe Warren was reportedly KO'd during training which forced the cancellation of his Bantamweight semi-final tournament bout with Nick Kirk at Bellator 98.
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney. Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
Middleweight ‘Arm Collector’ Giva Santana Retires Following Bellator 98 Loss to Jason Butcher
Bellator middleweight Giva Santana has retired at age 41. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist announced his decision following a second-round technical knockout defeat to Jason Butcher at Saturday night’s Bellator 98.
Johny Hendricks' camp saw red flags in GSP's offer for VADA testing
Following report that Johny Hendricks has not followed through on VADA testing, his manager talks red flags in Georges St-Pierre's offer to pay for VADA testing ahead of UFC 167.
With Mitchell vs. Cabral, UFC Fight Night 29 lineup finalized with 12 bouts
With a welterweight bout between David Mitchell and Yan Cabral now official, the 12-bout lineup is set for next month's UFC Fight Night 29 event.
Dan Henderson not worried about Vitor Belfort’s TRT: I beat him when he was on steroids
Both fighters are using the testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) for their fights, but "Hendo" doesn’t believe it’s fair since the Brazilian got caught in the past. "It doesn’t bother me, it is what it is," Henderson told MMAFighiting.com on Wednesday. "That’s an issue with the commission. I beat him the first time when he was on steroids, I suppose it won’t make a difference."
UFC veterans Luiz Cane, Rodney Wallace headline event in Brazil
New MMA promotion Standout Fighting Tournament will have its first show Sept. 20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has signed Luiz "Banha" Cane and Rodney Wallace, a pair of UFC veterans, to headline their show. Cane, a 32-year-old Sao Paulo native, reeled off three straight wins in the UFC light heavyweight division in 2008 and 2009, finishing the likes of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Jason Lambert, but he wasn’t the same since...
Jacare Souza reluctantly open to future fight against Anderson Silva
Although he doesn't seem to want to do so, Ronaldo Souza admitted at last night's (Sept. 4, 2013) UFC Fight Night 28 post-fight press conference that he's open to a fight against his fellow countryman, Anderson Silva.
Former UFC Champ Benson Henderson Avoids Elbow Surgery, Can Resume Training Immediately
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson injured his arm when Anthony Pettis submitted him via armbar at UFC 164 on Aug. 31 in Milwaukee. The good news, however, is that Henderson’s injury isn’t severe, and he won’t need surgery.
UFC Fight Night 28 medical suspensions: 'Jacare' Souza could be out six months
A trio of fighters from Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 28 card in Brazil, including co-main event winner Ronaldo Souza, could be out as long as six months.
Bellator 98 weigh ins and Fight card change
MAIN CARD Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (183.3) vs. Brett Cooper (184.8) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.3) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185) Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5) Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Pitbull (155) PRELIMINARY CARD Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204) Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155) Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.8) Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (135) vs. Rico Disciullo (135.3) Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (243) vs. Parker Porter (260) Andreas Spang was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight Tournament, but was deemed ineligible to compete by the provisionary commission. Brennan Ward will now face Justin Torrey in the opening round of the Middleweight Tournament.
UFC's Carlos Condit targets Matt Brown after Martin Kampmann redemption
Former UFC interim welterweight champ Carlos Condit said his priority remains winning the undisputed title, as well as putting on great fights for the fans.
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