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UFC champ Daniel Cormier names Volkan Oezdemir as next title challenger
So much for due process. Newly re-crowned light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) is moving on from Jon Jones (21-1-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) and lining up his next fight. Apparently, he’s cutting out the UFC’s matchmaking middlemen too. Cormier announced today that he’s conducted a poll, and the surging Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the opponent fans want to see
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 3:14PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Alexis Davis vs. Liz Carmouche rematch among UFC-Fresno fight-card additions
A rematch between former UFC women’s bantamweight title challengers Alexis Davis (18-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC), who both head down to flyweight for the fight. Also confirmed the card are undefeated middleweight Trevin Giles (10-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who knocked out James Bochnovic in his July UFC debut, vs. Antonio Braga Neto (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who hasn’t fought since 2014, as well flyweights Carls John de Tomas (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alex Perez (18-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 3:10PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Andrea Lee vs. Kalindra Faria slated for UFC 216
“KGB” is headed to the UFC. LFA flyweight champion Andrea Lee will make her Octagon debut next weekend at UFC 216 on Oct. 7, MMA Fighting has learned. Lee will meet Kalindra Faria in a 125-pound bout.
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 1:13AM by Braden - 4 comments
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Derrick Lewis shares some booty advice for ‘Pinkeye’ VanZant
Dr. Lewis has some solid suggestions for how PVZ can stay healthy in the future.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:23PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Undefeated A.J. McKee set to fight Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187 in Ireland
Undefeated Bellator featherweight A.J. McKee was hoping to finally fight rival James Gallagher in his next fight. That won’t happen, but they’ll be in the same building. McKee has been booked to face Jeremy Petley at Bellator 187, promotion officials today told MMAjunkie. The fight is set for the main card of Bellator 187, which takes place Nov. 10 at 3Arena in Dublin Ireland and airs on Spike.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:20PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Michael McDonald to make Bellator debut this December in England
Top-ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald will make his Bellator debut this winter in the U.K., Bellator President Scott Coker today told MMAjunkie. McDonald (17-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is scheduled to appear against a to-be-determined opponent at a Dec. 15 Bellator event, which takes at Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:17PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Scott Coker open to Bellator heavyweight tournament but wants to crown champion first
With a new influx of talent, and an unclaimed championship belt, Bellator’s heavyweight division is ripe for a tournament. Bellator President Scott Coker, no stranger to the format, likes the idea of pairing the division’s baddest big guys against each other. But he said a new champion will be crowned before that happens. “I think we will have some more fights, see how these guys fare, and then we can talk about something like that,” Coker today told MMAjunkie. Coker said a matchup between Roy Nelson (23-14 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) and Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) “makes a lot of sense” as a fight for the title, though he also mentioned the surging Cheick Kongo (27-10-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) as a potential contender.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:04PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Alistair Overeem vs. Francis Ngannou booked as UFC 218 co-headliner in Detroit
UFC heavyweight prospect Francis Ngannou won’t get a title shot, but he will get an ex-champion. Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), who lost a spot on UFC 215 when Junior Dos Santos was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation, will meet the man he called out as a fill-in: Alistair Overeem (43-15 MMA, 8-4 UFC). The UFC today announced the bout between Ngannou and Overeem, which will take co-headline UFC 218. The Dec. 2 event from Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:02PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Dominick Cruz vs. Jimmie Rivera, Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza added to UFC 219
Dominick Cruz will be returning to the Octagon later this year. The former UFC bantamweight champion will be taking on top contender Jimmie Rivera in a pivotal contest at UFC 219. The news was announced Wednesday night by the promotion. UFC 219 is set to take place on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. No headlining fight has been announced for the card.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 8:59PM by JLS - 7 comments
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Rory MacDonald vs. Ryan Bader? ‘The Red King’ wants gold in three Bellator divisions
One Bellator weight division isn’t enough to hold Rory MacDonald. The top welterweight fighter has lofty future plans — including a trip up to light heavyweight to face champion Ryan Bader. MacDonald told MMA Fighting on Tuesday that his hope is to beat Douglas Lima for the Bellator welterweight title Jan. 20 here in Los Angeles and move up. First would be the middleweight title, but he wouldn’t want to stop there.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:57PM by Braden - 5 comments
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John Kavanagh calls for Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 on St. Patrick’s Day
Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh rubbished claims that “The Notorious” will meet Nate Diaz for a third time on Dec. 30, as was reported by Irish newspaper, The Sunday World, last weekend. Kavanagh appeared alongside McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, in Dublin on Wednesday and claimed that his preferred date for the trilogy fight would be St Patrick’s Day, March 17, in New York.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:56PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Kailin Curran-Yan Xiaonan, Gina Mazany-Yanan Wu added to UFC Fight Night 122 in China
UFC Fight Night 122, the first UFC event in mainland China, is beginning to shape up with the addition of a pair of women’s bouts that feature two debuting Chinese fighters. In the strawweight division, Kailin Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) will welcome Xiaonan Yan (7-1, 0-0 UFC) to the octagon for the first time, while in the bantamweight division Gina Mazany (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) faces Yanan Wu (9-1, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:54PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis targeted for UFC 218
An important flyweight is close to being finalized for the UFC 218. Henry Cejudo (11-2) vs. Sergio Pettis (16-2) is targeted for the Dec. 2 event, MMA Fighting has learned.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Michael Bisping teases fight with Daniel Cormier after beating Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217
On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been making overtures about a fight with him, and that after he beats St-Pierre, he would be happy to fight Cormier.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:23PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Rashad Evans decides against retirement, weighs light heavyweight return
Rashad Evans will live to fight another day. Despite losing his last four fights in a row, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has decided against retirement, Evans told MMAFighting.com recently.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:22PM by Braden - 6 comments
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McGregor-Mayweather does 4.4 million PPV buys, falls just short of record
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor didn’t quite break the domestic pay-per-view (PPV) record set by Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Video: WWE’s Charlotte Flair wants Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 in 2018
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been spending more time ringside than cageside over the last year, taking to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows to support her friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler, all while taking the opportunity to cut a few promos. As a result, fans have speculated that Rousey’s next step in her career will be to make a transition into the professional wrestling world, leaving mixed martial arts (MMA) behind for good. And to no one’s surprise, “Rowdy” already has established wrestling veterans eager to welcome her into the squared circle, as former WWE women’s title holder Charlotte Flair recently called out Ronda for a showdown on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:19PM by Braden - 1 comment
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John Phillips to debut against Eryk Anders at UFC Fresno
Welsh knockout artist John Phillips (21-6) will make his long awaited UFC debut against unbeaten middleweight standout Eryk Anders (9-0) on Dec. 9 at UFC Fresno. The UFC made the fight official on Wednesday through their social networks, after Anders broke the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:18PM by Braden - 1 comment
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USADA: Cris Cyborg ‘fully complied’ in controversial Thailand sample collection
Cris Cyborg and USADA seem to be on the same page after a sample-collection controversy last week. The police were called on doping-control officers who came to drug test Cyborg in Thailand, the UFC featherweight champion tweeted Friday. Cyborg has been training at Phuket Top Team for the last few weeks. Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd reported on the situation over the weekend. Despite the apparent issues with Thai authorities, Cyborg’s sample was collected without issue and is now at a laboratory, according to a statement USADA sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ed Ruth vs. Chris Dempsey booked for Bellator 186
Ed Ruth already knew he was coming home. Now he knows who he’ll be giving a rude welcome to. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion meets Chris Dempsey in a middleweight bout at Bellator 186, which takes place on Nov. 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center of Penn State University, Ruth’s alma mater. Bellator officials confirmed the bout Wednesday after it was first reported by BluegrassMMA.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:16PM by Braden - 0 comments
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