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CSAC revokes corner license of Edmond Tarverdyan for allegedly falsifying application regarding arrest
(mmafighting.com)
Coach Edmond Tarverdyan is in some hot water in his home state. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) revoked his corner license last week for allegedly falsifying his application with regards to a past arrest, MMA Fighting has learned...
Submitted Jan 22, 2016 6:42PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
California State Athletic Commission won’t pursue Alexander Shlemenko for Russia fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko is scheduled to fight in Russia despite a three-year suspension for alleged steroid use. But the California State Athletic Commission, which issued the suspension and is defending it in court against Shlemenko, won’t take any additional administrative action against the fighter...
Submitted Jan 22, 2016 6:40PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Andrew Holbrook out, Bryan Barberena meets Sage Northcutt at UFC on FOX 18
(mmajunkie.com)
Just a week before his third fight in the promotion, rising UFC lightweight star Sage Northcutt has a new opponent – and a chance to fight in a new division. With Andrew Holbrook (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out with an injury, Northcutt (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) now will face Bryan Barberena (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout to open up the main card at UFC on FOX 18. UFC officials today announced the change. UFC on FOX 18 takes place Jan. 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the change, the new UFC on FOX 18 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera Bryan Barberena vs. Sage Northcutt PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET) Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal Dustin Ortiz vs. Wilson Reis George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:30 p.m. ET) Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer
Submitted Jan 22, 2016 5:07PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Francisco Rivera in for Henry Briones to meet Brad Pickett at UFC Fight Night 83
(mmajunkie.com)
One of London’s favorite fighting sons has a new opponent for his homecoming next month. With Henry Briones (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) forced out of his bantamweight bout against England’s own Brad Pickett (24-11 MMA, 4-6 UFC), Francisco Rivera (11-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will answer the call to fight “One Punch” at UFC Fight Night 83. The news first was reported by Simon Head of The Sun newspaper in England. The UFC has yet to make an official announcement of the switch. With the change, the UFC Fight Night 83 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Michael Bisping vs. Anderson Silva Thales Leites vs. Gegard Mousasi Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura Brad Pickett vs. Francisco Rivera PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Makwan Amirkhani vs. Mike Wilkinson Davey Grant vs. Marlon Vera Scott Askham vs. Chris Dempsey Arnold Allen vs. Yaotzin Meza Krzysztof Jotko vs. Brad Scott Rustam Khabilov vs. Norman Parke Jarjis Danho vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Teemu Packalen vs. Lukasz Sajewski Martin Svensson vs. David Teymur
Submitted Jan 22, 2016 12:01PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson rematch added to UFC 197
(mmajunkie.com)
A key lightweight matchup has been added to a star-studded UFC 197 lineup, as Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) meets Michael Johnson (16-10 MMA, 8-6 UFC). With the addition to the lineup, UFC 197 now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Tony Ferguson vs. Michael Johnson Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Submitted Jan 21, 2016 8:50PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings added to UFC Fight Night 84 in Australia
(mmajunkie.com)
A women’s strawweight fight between Seo Hee Ham (16-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Bec Rawlings (6-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to March’s UFC Fight Night 84 event in Australia. The new contest was first reported by the Brisbane Times and subsequently confirmed by UFC officials. With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 84 now includes: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings
Submitted Jan 21, 2016 8:49PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former M-1 Challenge Heavyweight King Marcin Tybura Signs with UFC
(sherdog.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has increased the depth of its heavyweight talent pool by signing former M-1 Challenge titlist Marcin Tybura to a multi-fight contract. Tybura’s management announced the deal, and the fighter confirmed the news on his Facebook page. Exact terms of the contract were not disclosed, and the UFC has not officially announced the signing.
Submitted Jan 21, 2016 12:02PM by GDPofMPG - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Diego Sanchez meets Jim Miller in UFC 197's featured Fight Pass prelim fight
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s new strategy of putting highly marketable bouts on the Fight Pass-streamed portion of its cards will continue in March. A lightweight tilt between former title challenger Diego Sanchez (25-8 MMA, 14-8 UFC) and fellow veteran Jim Miller (25-7 MMA, 14-6 UFC) will be the featured bout on Fight Pass at UFC 197, the promotion today announced. With the addition, the latest UFC 197 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Submitted Jan 20, 2016 7:54PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly joins Las Vegas' UFC 197 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight fight between Darren Elkins (19-5 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and Chas Skelly (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the latest addition to March’s UFC 197 lineup. Officials recently announced the bout. The latest UFC 197 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Submitted Jan 20, 2016 9:12AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 84 in Australia adds Matthews vs. Case, Walsh vs. Andrade
(mmajunkie.com)
March’s UFC Fight Night 84 event in Australia has two new fight-card additions. The bouts include lightweights Jake Matthews (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Johnny Case (22-4 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and welterweights Richard Walsh (9-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) vs. Viscardi Andrade (18-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC). Officials recently announced the bouts, which CombatPress.com first reported. The current UFC Fight Night 84 lineup includes: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh
Submitted Jan 20, 2016 9:11AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo 'Jacare' Souza headlines UFC Fight Night 87 in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Fight Night 87 takes place in Brazil on May 14 and two of the biggest superstars in the country will headline the event when Vitor Belfort faces Ronaldo Souza in a middleweight showdown with significant potential impact on the title picture. The event was announced by UFC officials. Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC), the No. 5 ranked fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, is looking to fight his way back to a shot at the middleweight championship and new belt-holder Luke Rockhold. Belfort scored a knockout of Rockhold in May 2013. That loss is the only defeat Rockhold has suffered in his 15 most recent fights.
Submitted Jan 19, 2016 7:52PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF 28 heads to California with Marlon Moraes vs. Joseph Barajas title bout
(mmajunkie.com)
WSOF has announced the headliner and co-headliner for WSOF 28 in February. In the main event, Marlon Moraes (15-4-1) defends his bantamweight championship against Joseph Barajas (12-1), while Chris Gutierrez (8-1-1) faces Timur Valiev (10-1) in the bantamweight co-headliner. The bouts were announced via press release.
Submitted Jan 19, 2016 7:50PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
BJ Penn Comes out of Retirement
(bleacherreport.com)
UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division champion BJ Penn officially announced his return to the Octagon on Tuesday.
Submitted Jan 19, 2016 4:13PM by tallica62 - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
The 3 stars of ‘UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz' in Boston
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC plans another hectic and loaded schedule this year, and during that time, hundreds of fighters will enter and exit the octagon. While pre-fight hype is an enjoyable aspect of the sport, it’s ultimately the in-cage performances that speak most to fans. For the majority of fighters, the opportunity to present their skills to the world only comes along a few times per year. A total of 26 fighters got the chance on Sunday as part of UFC Fight Night 81 at Boston’s TD Garden. Now that the FOX Sports 1-televised event is in the books, it’s time to commence MMAjunkie’s “Three Stars” ceremony...
Submitted Jan 18, 2016 10:41PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny added as UFC Fight Night 84 co-main event
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Fight Night 84 is beginning to come together with the announcement of four bouts for the event, which is already scheduled to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Frank Mir. UFC Fight Night 84 will take place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The event, which is expected to air on FOX Sports 1, takes place on Sunday, March 20, in Australia, but airs on Saturday, March 19, in North America due to the time difference. The current UFC Fight Night 84 lineup includes: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly
Submitted Jan 18, 2016 9:18PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Patrick Cote wants to welcome Nick Diaz back to UFC octagon
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh off an impressive performance on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 81, Patrick Cote is again aiming his sights at the welterweight division’s top 15. Although Nick Diaz falls short of that mark, being absent on the UFC’s list and the MMAjunkie/USA TODAY Sports MMA welterweight rankings, he’s of course a big fight for any veteran looking for a break. And that’s why Cote wants the onetime welterweight title challenger if he can’t get an opponent with a number next to his name. “I’m 35 years old, so I’m not getting younger,” Cote (23-9 MMA, 10-9 UFC) told UFC.com following a second-round TKO of Ben Saunders (19-7-2 MMA, 7-6 UFC) on the FOX Sports 1-televised prelims of the event at Boston’s TD Garden. “I want to move up the rankings as soon as possible, and with two good performances, I want a top-15 (opponent) – or there’s a guy coming back in August, and it’s Nick Diaz.”
Submitted Jan 18, 2016 9:16PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cyborg puts on 19 pounds in six hours post weigh in
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Mixed martial arts is slowly waking up to the dangers of extreme weight cutting. Cris Cyborg recently cited it as a reason she was not dropping to 135 for a potential superfight with Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm. Another reason to avoid extreme weight cutting is that it can end up with fights were the fighters are in different weight divisions. And the entire point of weight divisions is that one fighter not unfairly and dangerously outweigh the other. Cris Cyborg weighed in at Cris Cybrog 144.6 lbs on Friday for her fight Saturday night with Daria Ibragimova. By contrast, the Russian weighed in relatively far from the 145 championship limit, at 143.7 lbs, indicating she is not likely to put in a massive amount. Six hours later, she weighed in at 163.8 lbs, as seen in this video from her friend Ray Elbe's Instagram. That is a difference of over 19 pounds, and pushes her up to the welterweight division.
Submitted Jan 16, 2016 6:40PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC Fight Night 81 weigh-in results: Champ Dillashaw, Cruz official for 135 title tilt
(mmajunkie.com)
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) -T.J. Dillashaw (135) vs. Dominick Cruz (135) – for bantamweight title -Eddie Alvarez (155.5) vs. Anthony Pettis (155.5) -Travis Browne (238) vs. Matt Mitrione (249) -Ross Pearson (155) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) -Patrick Cote (171) vs. Ben Saunders (170) -Medhi Baghdad (156) vs. Chris Wade (155.5) -Tim Boetsch (206) vs. Ed Herman (204.5) -Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Luke Sanders (145.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) -Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. Paul Felder (155.5) -Ilir Latifi (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (205.5) -Kyle Bochniak (145) vs. Charles Rosa (145.5) -Rob Font (135) vs. Joey Gomez (135) -Francimar Barroso (205) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (201)
Submitted Jan 16, 2016 6:40PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diego Brandao tests positive for marijuana at UFC 195
(mmafighting.com)
The Nevada Athletic Commission is about to have another UFC marijuana case on its hands. The UFC announced Friday that Diego Brandao tested positive for a marijuana metabolite at UFC 195 earlier this month in Las Vegas. The positive sample came from an in-competition test, which means Brandao faces a penalty. Marijuana is not prohibited under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code out of competition. In-competition is defined as the 12 hours before and after a fight. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 15, 2016 8:49PM by Wez - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FBI Investigating ISIS Threats Against UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy
(sherdog.com)
The FBI recently spoke to Special Forces soldier and Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Tim Kennedy after he was reportedly threatened by the Islamic State group (ISIS). The Army Times confirmed the news after Kennedy posted about the situation on his Facebook page. “Just spoke with the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by ISIS,” Kennedy wrote. “They were not overly thrilled with my response…’Let those cowards come.’” Kennedy, who previously served in the 7th Special Forces Group and is currently a sergeant first class with the Texas National Guard, told the Army Times that he normally receives up to 10 threats per day on social media. However, most of those come from what Kennedy referred to as “military trolls.” Check out Kennedy's interview on the Alex Jones Channel published today . (Courtesy of
Submitted Jan 15, 2016 4:48PM by Wez - 3 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
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