Statement regarding Stefan Struve's heart condition
On Tuesday's episode of UFC Tonight, it was reported that Stefan Struve has been diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve, as well an enlarged heart. Struve is currently in good spirits but is still waiting to see if he will be able to resume his promising MMA career.
Below is a detailed statement from Struve's manager Lex McMahon about Struve's condition and his future
Mike Pierce vs. Rousimar Palhares added to UFN 29
It’s a wrestilng vs. jiu-jitsu match in Barueri, Brazil.
Mike Pierce looks to extend his winning streak to five when he faces dangerous grappler Rousimar Palhares at UFC Fight Night 29 on Oct. 9. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com. Lance! first reported the bout.
With Johnny Bedford out at UFC Fight Night 28, Hugo Viana awaits new opponent
Bantamweight Johnny Bedford (19-10 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has withdrawn from a planned UFC Fight Night 28 appearance, and opponent Hugo Viana (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) now awaits a new foe.
Bedford suffered a shoulder injury in training and was forced to withdraw from the bout. A timetable for his return wasn't immediately established.
Featuring a light-heavyweight headliner between Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader, UFC Fight Night 28 takes place Sept. 4 at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The evening's main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following preliminary bouts that stream on Facebook.
Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald targeted for UFC 167
A planned welterweight matchup with big implications for the division's title picture is set for this fall.
Several days after UFC President Dana White confirmed that the promotion would book a fight between Rory MacDonald (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Robbie Lawler (21-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC), MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned the fight is targeted for UFC 167, which takes place Nov. 16 at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. Following the initial report, UFC officials confirmed the booking.
Both fighters are coming off significant wins and could take a step closer to a title shot with a win, which may or may not put the UFC in an awkward position.
Jessice Eye signs with UFC, could face Sarah Kaufman at UFC 166
Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champ Sarah Kaufman (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) could soon have a new opponent and a new date for her UFC debut.
After being forced out of next week's UFC Fight Night 27 event when opponent Sara McMann had to withdraw and a replacement opponent could not be secured, Kaufman is now being considered for a bout with UFC newcomer Jessica Eye (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 166.
Eye's contract and the potential matchup were first reported on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight." MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed with sources close to the fighters that UFC 166 could serve as host.
UFC targets Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson rematch for Nov. 9 event in Brazil
It appears Vitor Belfort (23-10 MMA, 12-6 UFC) may finally have settled on an acceptable opponent in a familiar foe: Dan Henderson (29-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC).
It was revealed on Tuesday's new edition of "UFC Tonight" that UFC officials are targeting a rematch between Belfort and Henderson, who first met in 2006, for an as-yet-unannounced Nov. 9 fight card in Brazil that would likely serve as UFC Fight Night 31.
According to the report, both Belfort and Henderson have verbally agreed to the contest, thought it's currently unclear if the fight would take place at middleweight, light heavyweight or perhaps somewhere in between. Bout agreements have yet to be finalized
Flyweights Dustin Ortiz, Justin Scoggins meet at UFC Fight Night 27
A pair of newly signed flyweights will square off at next month's UFC Fight Night 27 event as Dustin Ortiz meets (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets Justin Scoggins (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the new matchup, which takes place on the evening's preliminary card.
Featuring a welterweight rematch between top contenders Carlos Condit and Martin Kampmann, "UFC Fight Night 27: Condit vs. Kampmann 2" takes place Aug. 28 at Indianapolis' Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The evening's main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following preliminary bouts that air on FOX Sports 2 and stream on Facebook.
Eddie Alvarez says new Bellator deal is ‘fair enough'
Eight months of anger, resentment and legal roadblocks came to a tidy conclusion last week when former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez reached a settlement with the promotion that built him into a star then threatened to cage his livelihood away for years in the courts.
The U.S. justice system never got around to determining whether Bellator matched the terms of the UFC's contract. But nonetheless, Alvarez now is scheduled to rematch Michael Chandler in the co-main event of Bellator's inaugural pay-per-view, providing a cordial end to his rocky year...
Fortunes changed for five at UFC Fight Night 26
Of all people, it was Brock Lesnar who made one of the most salient points about MMA a few years back.
When the discussion came about somebody beating somebody else, and how it showed one fighter was better than the other, he noted that a win doesn’t prove absolutes like that. He noted fighting was a sport of quarter-inches. The punch, knee or kick lands in the right spot, just misses the spot, or doesn’t land at all is often just one of those things.
Lesnar knew from first-hand experience. One of his biggest wins, over Shane Carwin with another ref, could have been a loss that destroyed his career as a headliner. Instead, he left the cage that night the biggest star he ever was.
Today, Alistair Overeem is an overrated bust in many people’s eyes, another in the realm of Japanese superstars built on tomato cans who got exposed in the regulated UFC environment. And it’s hard to argue that...