Ben Askren: Fans hating on CM Punk stems from jealousy
CM Punk has become public enemy No. 1 for diehard MMA fans and pro wrestling fans who are angry that he left sports entertainment for the UFC. For someone who is still months and months away from an Octagon debut, Punk gets an uneven amount of hate on social media -- and he's been vocal about it.
'UFC Fight Night 80: VanZant vs. Namajunas' lineup finalized with 12 bouts
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 event, which marks the first headliner for Paige VanZant and a quick turnaround for former title challenger Rose Namajunas.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 p.m. ET)
•Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
•Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller
•Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
•Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET)
•John Howard vs. Tim Means
•Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes
•Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
•Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
•Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
•Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts
•Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
•Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan
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MMA stars show off Halloween spirit, Dominick Cruz wins best costume
Dominick Cruz couldn't just be a zombie or a vampire for Halloween. He had to make his costume personal (and hilarious).
Decked out in Muay Thai shorts, a floppy blonde wig, a black eye and - the best accessory of all - a jar of peanut butter, Cruz fired shots at UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and his mentor and coach Duane "Bang" Ludwig.
Bellator releases five fighters, including former champion
While the UFC has been in the news for the large number of fighters they've released lately (or are rumored to be releasing), it's Bellator's roster trimming that's in the news today. The Viacom-owned organization cut five fighters from their roster, one of which held a title in the organization. Jason Floyd of The MMA Report fills us in via Twitter:
Fighters recently released by Bellator: Alexander Sarnavskiy, Alexander Volkov, Mike Mucitelli, Fabricio Guerreiro, and Joe Duarte
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UFC Fight Night 79 lineup set with 4:45 a.m. ET prelims start time on Fight Pass
The lineup is set for UFC Fight Night 79 a month from today, and for those who get up early in the States, your Saturday will be cleared of MMA by mid-morning.
The full UFC Fight Nigh 79 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 a.m. ET)
Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4:45 a.m. ET)
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Dominique Steele
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike De La Torre
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang
Fredy Serrano vs. Yao Zhikui
Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou
Cortney Casey vs. Seo Hee Ham
WSOF's one-night tournament rules released
The tournament final will serve as the main event, while the non-tournament co-main is between Jason High and Estevan Payan. Here's the full tournament bracket:
LaRue Burley vs. Joe Condon
Benny Madrid vs. Ramil Mustapayev
Mike Ricci vs. Brian Cobb
Luis Palomino vs. Rich Patishnock
Brian Foster vs. Joao Zeferino
Jorge Patino vs. Islam Mamedov
Ricci/Cobb winner vs. Palomino/Patishnock winner
Foster/Zeferino winner vs. Patino/Mamedov winner
TBA vs. TBA
The card will broadcast live on NBC SN at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier ready to fight in Oklahoma, New Mexico, wherever
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are no strangers to heated talk. Jones came out on top when the two met at UFC 182 in Jan., taking a unanimous decision victory. That meeting didn’t settle the beef between the two that spilled over into a pre-fight press conference brawl before their prior meeting.
Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) hasn’t fought since that bout, as the UFC stripped the longtime light heavyweight champion of his title following his involvement in an April hit-and-run incident. Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) won the vacant title in Jones’ absence with a third-round submission of Anthony Jonson at UFC 187. He followed that win up with a split-decision victory in a title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.
Kimbo Slice headlines Feb. 19 Bellator event, Lashley or Thompson potential opponent
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson is expected to return to the cage Feb. 19 in a Bellator headliner in Houston against an opponent to be determined.
The Houston Chronicle first reported Slice’s (5-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) main event spot, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the report with sources close to the promotion, who confirmed the event is Bellator 149 at Houston’s Toyota Center.
A Bellator PR official said Slice’s participation is not confirmed. One source close to the promotion said the former street brawler could potentially face the winner of a heavyweight bout at next week’s Bellator 145 between Bobby Lashley and James Thompson, but two separate sources said negotiations are ongoing with another opponent, though they declined to name him.
ONE Championship 34 adds five bouts, including strawweight title fight
Next month’s “ONE Championship 34: Askren vs. Santos” event is complete with the addition of five new bouts, including a title fight.
Supporting a welterweight title fight between champ Ben Askren and challenger Luis Santos in the main event will be a strawweight championship bout between champ Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke (5-0) and Yago Bryan Farias de Morais (3-0). Promotion officials announced the new championship bout today.
The latest ONE Championship 34 card includes:
Champ Ben Askren vs. Luis Santos – for welterweight title
Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke vs. Yago Bryan Farias de Morais – for strawweight title
Kotetsu Boku vs. Major Overall
Natalie Gonzales Hills vs. Angela Lee
Amir Khan vs. Jimmy Yabo
Alain Ngalani vs. Igor Subora
Edward Kelly vs. Martin Nguyen
Benedict Ang vs. Yohan Mulia Legowo
Nathan Ng vs. Li Kai Wen
Bellator 146 adds Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz rematch, six prelims
The lineup is almost set for Bellator’s return to Oklahoma next month with the addition of a lightweight rematch, plus six prelims.
Derek Campos (15-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will meet Brandon Girtz (13-4 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a 155-pound bout on the main card of Bellator 146, promotion officials recently announced.
The Bellator 146 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Hisaki Kato vs. Melvin Manhoef
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jordan Parsons
Chidi Njokuani vs. Ricky Rainey
Derek Campos vs. Brandon Girtz
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:45 p.m. ET)
Kenyon Jackson vs. Bubba McDaniel – 195-pound catchweight
Alonzo Menifield vs. Zach Rosol
Julia Budd vs. Roberta Paim Rovel
Stephen Banaszak vs. George Pacurariu – 140-pound catchweight
Chris Jones vs. Treston Thomison
Roshaun Jones vs. Eli Tamez
Sean Holden vs. Justin Patterson
John Lineker to Bryan Caraway: ‘I need another name that I can knock out’
UFC bantamweight John Lineker is game to fight Bryan Caraway if the UFC makes it so.
In a statement released Wednesday to MMAjunkie, former flyweight contender Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said he heard Caraway’s (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) callout on MMAjunkie Radio and welcomes a booking.
“I saw that Bryan Caraway wants to fight me,” Lineker wrote. “I also heard he’s friends with Francisco Rivera, so I guess he just wants to defend his buddy’s honor and have his back, and I’m absolutely fine with that.”
Caraway recently told MMAjunkie Radio he watched Lineker’s most recent bout, a “Fight of the Night” knockout of Francisco Rivera at UFC 191, and came away with a desire to fight the heavy-handed Brazilian.
“He beat Francisco, so I kind of want to get in there and mix it up with him,” Caraway said.
Lineker said a fight with the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” veteran is good for his career.
“Truthfully, I’m honored that Caraway wants to fight me,” he said. “I’ll graciously accept the fight if it fits the UFC’s purpose. I know it fits mine.
“I need another name in the division that I can knock out. People keep calling me small for the division, but as I continue to rack up these names, they’ll be calling me a giant at bantamweight.”
UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov after latest injury: 'I'm not sure if I will ever come back'
Khabib Nurmagomedov apparently has serious doubts about his future following his latest injury setback.
The undefeated UFC lightweight contender suffered a rib injury that will prevent him from making a scheduled bout with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. It’s the third major injury Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has faced in less than two years and he hinted the damage could spell the end of his career.
“I broke a rib and once again retired from the fight, I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure I’ll be back at all ever,” Nurmagomedov wrote on his official Instagram account. “I want to apologize to my fans. I broke my rib, and again I am out of the fight. I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure if I will ever come back. Thanks to my fans and my sponsors.”
Edson Barboza steps in for Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Tony Ferguson at TUF Finale
Edson Barboza was officially named the replacement for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Friday.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov can't seem to catch a break.
An injured rib has forced Nurmagomedov out of his highly-anticipated Dec. 11 fight against Tony Ferguson, sources confirmed with MMAFighting.com Thursday night.
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