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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha likely as 'TUF 23' coaches
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is “99 percent” likely to coach the 23rd edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite rival Claudia Gadelha. Speaking on Monday to Polish MMA outlet MMARocks.pl, Jedrzejczyk stopped short of confirming the news. But “TUF 20” vet Tecia Torres later backed the report, recently telling fans she heard the strawweight rivals will coach against each other on the reality show. In an email to MMAjunkie, a UFC official declined comment on the show’s casting. If confirmed, the coaches would mark the first time women’s strawweights have coached on the long-running reality series, which just wrapped up its 22nd season featuring now-featherweight champion Conor McGregor and popular ex-champ Urijah Faber.
Submitted Dec 26, 2015 2:15PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ROAD FC Eliminates “10 Point Must” Scoring System, Announces “Unlimited Points System”
(fightnetwork.com)
This new judging criteria is merit-based and will provide a more accurate account of a fighter’s performance than the out-dated “10 point must” system. It will reward exciting and aggressive fighters while penalizing those who repeatedly stall or avoid action. The “Unlimited Points System” will deliver the kind of non-stop, thrilling action for which fans are now clamoring. In this system, points will be awarded for specific action and activity. One point will be given for a clear strike, takedown, near submission, full mont or back mount position, clear control on the ground, and aggression. Five points will be awarded for a knock down. Penalties will be assessed by the referee. A yellow card for fouls will incur a five point deduction. A blue card worth a two point deduction will be introduced for the purpose of eliminating stalling and avoidance, standing and on the ground. All points will be accumulated through the entire fight, not round by round, therefore a performance throughout the entire bout will determine the clear winner. The “Unlimited Points System” will be in operation starting at he next event, ROAD FC 027 in China on 26 December.
Submitted Dec 26, 2015 11:15AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Alexey Oleinik deemed ‘threat to national security’ in homeland of Ukraine, banned from entry
(bloodyelbow.com)
Alexey Oleinik, a native of Ukraine for over 30 years, has been banned from entering his homeland. The UFC fighter, who received Russian citizenship shortly following his promotional debut, informed Russian sports outlet MK that he was no longer allowed into his country. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 25, 2015 4:14PM by Wez - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Rousey vs. Holm looks to have topped 1 million pay-per-view buys
(mmafighting.com)
While the result of the fight opened up far more questions about her future, Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 established a mark that two years ago would have been thought of as unfathomable. Her title loss to Holly Holm not only drew more than 50,000 fans, but also topped 1 million pay-per-view buys. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 25, 2015 1:02PM by Wez - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping slated for UFC Fight Pass event in London
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is pulling out two of the sport’s most notable middleweights for an event on UFC Fight Pass. Officials today announced former middleweight champion and one of the sport’s all-time greats, Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), will meet perennial contender Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) in February’s UFC Fight Night 83 headliner.
Submitted Dec 24, 2015 1:31PM by xdanish020 - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gleison Tibau also failed in-competition USADA test at UFC Fight Night 77
(mmafighting.com)
Not much of a surprise here. Gleison Tibau, already provisionally suspended after an out-of-competition violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy, has also violated the policy with an in-competition sample after UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the UFC announced Wednesday. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 7:58PM by Wez - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
RIZIN NYE 2015 : ALL Fight Cards are set
(mma-in-asia.com)
Yesterday the last fight card was announced and finally ALL Fight Cards are set for RIZIN 2-days NYE event. On the first day (29th Dec) the event sub-named “SARABA Fiesta” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which history of Japanese-MMA scene “to CLOSE” (SARABA means Good-Bye with strong saying). They will create the atmosphere with music and directions once used before (means “PRIDE-era”?) and this event will be a compilation of the past (PRIDE?) events. On the next day (31st Dec) the event sub-named “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” will be held. RIZIN FF says this will be a day which will “OPEN the DOOR for future” with special direction no one never seen before on past MMA history. New Japanese MMA history will start with saying “IZA (Let’s start from NOW!)” on the last day of 2015. On 30th Dec. RIZIN will be held many MMA-related event named “Martial Arts EXPO” (I think it’s like a UFC Fan EXPO.) for free include amateur MMA fights (RIZIN FF amateur challenge 1st), Martial Arts MUSEUM (displaying real-once-used gloves and champion belts etc…) and the weigh-in for “IZA (Takeoff) Saltation” (It will start from 3PM).
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 3:46PM by JLS1980 - 33 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC fight roundup: Olivier Aubin-Mercier gets new opponent for UFC on FOX 18
(mmafighting.com)
UFC on FOX 18 has three new match-ups, and one of them was made after an injury. Joaquim Silva, slated to face Olivier Aubin-Mercier on Jan. 30, was forced out of the card with an undisclosed injury. With the change, fellow Brazilian Carlos Diego Ferreira will step in and take on the Tristar prospect in Newark, RDS first reported.
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 3:42PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 18 Adds Rivera vs. Alcantara and Makashvili vs. Jackson
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Wednesday added two new bouts to its UFC on FOX 18: Johnson vs. Bader fight card, which takes place on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J. The new bouts include bantamweights Jimmie Rivera vs. Iuri Alcantara and a featherweight match-up pitting Levan Makashvili vs. Damon Jackson.
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 3:38PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Revolutionary new ONE Championship weigh in policy following death of fighter
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The culture of extreme weight cutting in MMA is arguably the most dangerous aspect of a dangerous sport, and various steps are being take to address it. Earlier this month, Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing died while making weight with ONE Championship. He was just 21. ONE has crafted a tremendous new weight cutting policy in response. The step is extraordinary. Weigh-cutting via dehydration is now over in the organization. This is a first for professional combat sports, and deserves both praise, and copying.
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 2:33PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Light Heavyweights Jimi Manuwa, Nikita Krylov Booked for UFC Fight Night London
(sherdog.com)
Jimi Manuwa will compete on home soil when he faces Nikita Krylov at UFC Fight Night London on Feb. 27. Promotion officials announced the light heavyweight pairing on Wednesday. UFC Fight Night takes place at the O2 Arena and also includes a middleweight tussle between Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 1:11PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Michigan Fighter Dom O'Grady Passes Away
(bluegrassmma.com)
Michigan fighter Dom O’Grady has passed away, according to multiple reports. The 34-year-old fighter had a heart attack in his sleep over night on Monday night, according to friend and Michigan-based ring announcer Phil Davey. O’Grady, who hailed from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, made his way to mixed martial arts after being bullied as a kid and then becoming a black belt in judo. Throughout his life he was a spokesperson and advocate for anti-bullying, and he wanted the opportunity to show kids that martial arts could change their lives in the same way they did his.
Submitted Dec 23, 2015 1:07PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Miscellaneous, General MMA
 
Kelvin Gastelum Injured, Out of UFC 195; Kyle Noke to Face Newcomer Alex Morono
(sherdog.com)
An unspecified injury has forced Kelvin Gastelum to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 195 matchup against Kyle Noke. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 9:56PM by Wez - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF 26 salaries: Palmer ($28k), Dugulubgov ($28k) top $165,200 payroll
(mmajunkie.com)
The overall disclosed payroll for the event was $165,200. The full WSOF 26 payouts include: Alexandre Almeida: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus) def. Lance Palmer: $28,000 Ozzy Dugulubgov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) def. Nic Herron-Webb: $3,000 Sheymon Moraes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Robbie Peralta: $7,000 Josh Hill: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus) def. Bekbulat Magomedov: $8,000 Jake Heun: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Clinton Williams: $4,000 Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus) def. Danny Davis Jr.: $3,000 Jonathan Nunez: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus) def. David Jordan: $1,200 Hakeem Dawodu: $6,000 drew with Marat Magomedov: $3,000 Gil Guardado: $1,800 (includes $1,000 win bonus) def. Giga Chikadze: $1,200* * Guardado was fined $200, whcih was awarded to Chikadze, for missing weight
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 8:34PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Rest in Peace, Emanuel Yarbrough (1964-2015)
(ufc.com)
It's hard to think of a fighter who made the impression Emanuel Yarbrough did in just one UFC bout, a testament to the charisma and larger than life aura of "The Gentle Giant," who passed away on December 21 in Richmond, Virginia. He was 51. Rest in Peace. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 6:35PM by Wez - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Riki Fukuda faces Cha Jung-Hwan at ROAD FC 028
(mmamadhouse.com)
Riki Fukuda cut a clear path to the ROAD FC Middleweight Championship in 2014 and 2015. The consummate UFC veteran dispatched all comers to end up on a 4-fight win streak of finishes. Earning the championship belt meant earning a 6-figure paycheck as well, and fans can bet that Riki isn’t willing to relinquish either anytime soon. His grinding aggression will surely be turned up a notch as he meets an unlikely – and tricky – first challenger in Cha Jung-Hwan.
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 2:54PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Khabib plans to return in March, open to Dos Anjos title fight in Brazil
(bloodyelbow.com)
With the two-year layoff mark quickly approaching, Khabib Nurmagomedov is itching to return to the Octagon. The talented UFC lightweight suffered his third consecutive injury several months ago and was forced out of a highly anticipated match-up against Tony Ferguson. However, unlike his previous two knee injures, this one was a broken rib. Khabib, whose last fight was a unanimous decision victory against current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, even contemplated retirement following his latest injury. Instead, he set a timetable for his return and is already maneuvering for a title shot following the champ's 66-second TKO against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17.
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 2:49PM by JLS1980 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ONE Championship announces full calendar for 2016
(mmafighting.com)
One Championship has announced its entire 2016 schedule on Monday. Starting on Jan. 23, with a fight card at the Changsa Stadium in China, the promotion will hold 14 events next year, including trips to new markets in Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Besides the 14 fight cards announced, the promotion will still put on 10 other shows in China, with dates and locations yet to be announced. Check out the 2016 ONE Championship schedule below. January 23: Changsa Stadium, Changsa, China January 29: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia February 20: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia March 18: Thuwanna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar April 15: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines May 06: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore May 27: Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand June 17: Pho Phu Stadium, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam July 01: Asia-World Expo, Hong Kong, China August 05: Ntu Sports Centre, Taipei, Taiwan September 02: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 22: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia November 11: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore December 02: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 2:47PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Packalen vs. Sajewski and Danho vs. Omielanczuk added to UFC Fight Night 83
(mmajunkie.com)
The card for the UFC’s next trip to England continues to come together with the addition of a pair of bouts. Teemu Packalen (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight battle at UFC Fight Night 83 while undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 2:39PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 17 medical suspensions: C.B. Dollaway, Cole Miller receive indefinite suspensions
(mmafighting.com)
C.B. Dollaway was one of two fighters to receive potentially lengthy medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC on FOX 17, as he and fellow veteran Cole Miller both were handed indefinite sentences pending physician clearance due to injuries sustained during the event. The complete list of UFC on FOX 17's medical suspensions can be seen below. C.B. Dollaway: Suspended indefinitely pending CT scan and doctor's clearance; regardless, suspended no less than 60 days Cole Miller: Suspended indefinitely pending orthopedic clearance on left eye Luiz Henrique: Suspended 90 days, requires neurologist's clearance Donald Cerrone: Suspended 45 days Junior dos Santos: Suspended 30 days Josh Samman: Suspended 30 days due to contusions to face, hard fight
Submitted Dec 22, 2015 10:47AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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