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Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia moves to UFC 195 in January
(mmajunkie.com)
With today’s new UFC Fight Night 80 fight booking, a bout originally scheduled for the December card instead will move to January. A fight between “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” runner-up Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and fellow welterweight Edgar Garcia (14-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC), which originally was scheduled for UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec. 10, instead has moved to UFC 195. The latest UFC 195 lineup now includes: Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Submitted Oct 21, 2015 12:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister joins UFC Fight Night 80 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between fast-rising prospect Sage Northcutt (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Cody Pfister (12-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 lineup. The latest UFC Fight Night 80 lineup now includes: Joanne Calderwood vs. Paige VanZant Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Omari Akhmedov vs. Lyman Good John Howard vs. Tim Means Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
Submitted Oct 21, 2015 12:20PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Fitch vs. Okami draws 167,000 viewers for World Series of Fighting
(mmafighting.com)
A battle of former UFC title contenders, and two championship fights, highlighted Saturday night's World Series of Fighting event that drew 167,000 viewers on NBC Sports. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Oct 20, 2015 6:37PM by Wez - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
What investors are being told about the UFCs finances
(bloodyelbow.com)
Very interesting look at the UFCs growth and fianancial numbers,as well as an estimate at what % fighters are actually getting paid of the overall revenue. The numbers are shocking and disgusting if even remotely close at being true.....judge for yourselves.
Submitted Oct 20, 2015 4:03PM by FKA - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MMA experiment to be had this Halloween – CFFC & NJSACB partner to change MMA judging.
(cffc.tv)
This Halloween the staff at CFFC will partner with the NJSACB to test a new style of judging. On the night of the fight 3 judges (In addition to the 3 cageside) will be placed in a sound proof room outside of the venue. There, the judges will have access to a state of the art high quality live stream of the action.
Submitted Oct 20, 2015 3:04PM by postman - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC heavyweight Soa Palelei retires from MMA
(mmafighting.com)
A popular UFC heavyweight is calling it quits. Soa Palelei, who gained notoriety for his charisma and philanthropy over the last two years, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts Monday, according to a statement he released via Twitter. He was not cut by the UFC, his manager Audie Attar told MMA Fighting, despite reports. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 8:41PM by Wez - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
17 additional fighters removed from the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Last week, 6 fighters were told of their release from the UFC, in what is reportedly the beginning of a massive roster culling, with approximately 50 fighters expected to be cut. Today, more than a dozen more fighters saw their UFC tenures end. UFCFIGHTERSINFO's special script ran through the UFC's fighter database and confirmed the following names are gone from the roster. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 8:06PM by Wez - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF Announces Tourney Matchups; Ricci Gets Cobb
(topmmanews.com)
World Series of Fighting (WSOF.com) announced tonight during its live NBCSN telecast of “WSOF 24: Fitch vs. Okami,” the quarterfinal stage matchups and brackets for its historic, one-night, eight-man tournament that will crown its winner the new number one contender in the promotion’s coveted lightweight (155 pound) division, at “WSOF 25: Eight-Man Lightweight Tournament,” on Friday, Nov. 20, live on NBCSN at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT from Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. In one tournament bracket, Luis “Baboon” Palomino (23-11) of Miami, Fla., coming off another “Fight of the Month” performance at WSOF 23 in September, will square off with rising star Rich Patishnock (6-2) of East Stroudsberg, Pa., while Brian Foster (23-7) of Sallisaw, Okla., fresh off a thunderous, first round (:32) KO of previously unbeaten LaRue Burley at WSOF 23, will collide with streaking submission wizard Joao Zeferino (18-6) of Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil. In the opposite bracket, wrestling and submission ace Brian “The Bandit” Cobb (20-8) of Bakersfield, Calif. will battle Firas Zahabi-trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu brown belt Mike “The Martian” Ricci (10-4) of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, while Islam Mamedov (12-1) of Jersey City, N.J. via Derbent, Dagestan, Russia will put his phenomenal, 11-fight winning streak on the line against five-time, one-night tournament winner and Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Jorge “Macaco” Patino (38-15-2, 1 NC) of Houston, Texas via Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 6:24PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Satoko Shinashi Submits Hee Da Choi At Deep: 73 Impact
(mmarising.com)
Reigning Deep Women’s Flyweight Champion “Princess” Satoko Shinashi earned her sixth straight stoppage win on Saturday night at Deep: “73 Impact” in Tokyo, Japan. The diminutive grappler submitted South Korean pro debutant Hee Da Choi in a back-and-forth 44kg matchup on the card. Shinashi has drawn criticism for taking on inexperienced opponents since returning to the ring this past October following a six-year retirement. Her bout with Choi was more competitive than many had predicted, but Shinashi secured a fight-ending rear-naked choke midway through the second round.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 6:20PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA
 
Julia Budd vs Roberta Paim Rovel Planned For Bellator 146 Card
(mmarising.com)
Featherweight standout Julia “The Jewel” Budd looks to extend her five-fight winning streak when she steps back into the Bellator cage on November 20th at Bellator 146 in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Budd is expected to face off against Roberta “Crusher” Paim Rovel in a featured 145-pound matchup. MMARising.com confirmed plans for the bout with Bellator officials this weekend following an initial report from Dama de Ferro MMA. Budd won her Bellator debut in February by dominating Gabrielle “Gabanator” Holloway. Paim has finished all four of her professional opponents in the first round.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 1:01PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Chael Sonnen on ending suspension in 2016: I am not coming back to the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
Chael Sonnen's two-year suspension ends in July 2016, and it's a lucky coincidence, that the UFC's historic 200th pay-per-view event will be held in the exact same month. Although Sonnen, who is one of the bigger PPV draws in UFC history, says he wasn't offered to fight at the event and doesn't want to either.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 12:58PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Andre Pederneiras discusses what’s next for Renan Barao, Claudia Gadelha
(mmafighting.com)
Two of the top fighters from Nova Uniao are waiting for their next steps in the UFC. A former bantamweight champion, Renan Barao has suffered another defeat to current titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, going 0-2 in his last championship fights. Featherweight champ Jose Aldo and UFC president Dana White already stated they want Barao at 145 pounds, and the fighter recently said that’s what he expects for his future.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 12:55PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cerrone: UFC brass wouldn’t let me move to 170 pounds
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC lightweight standout Donald Cerrone revealed that he was interested in taking fights at welterweight but was denied the opportunity by the UFC brass.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 12:53PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Long after his prime, Kazushi Sakuraba is in the position to save Japanese MMA
(mmafighting.com)
At 46 years old, Kazushi Sakuraba, Japan's all-time MMA legend, has no business in the ring. But the man who beat the Gracies and put the sport on the map in Japan is now fighting a much bigger fight, trying to save the sport he built a generation after he did so the first time.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 12:11PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Asian MMA
 
Cruz on injury criticism
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC and WEC champ Dominick Cruz responds to constant criticisms from TJ Dillashaw and others about him being injured all the time.
Submitted Oct 19, 2015 9:52AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fitch grinds out Okami to earn title shot, Newell announces retirement
(mmajunkie.com)
In the kind of workmanlike effort that has defined his career, Jon Fitch earned a WSOF title shot with a decision win over Yushin Okami.
Submitted Oct 17, 2015 11:46PM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Makwan Amirkhani: ‘I don’t like it when people run for their lives and drown on their way’
(mmajunkie.com)
Let's not turn this into a political debate about refugees/immigration...just information and someone stating their opinions on something they have lived through. When he was 5, Amirkhani and his family fled their native Kurdistan for Finland after the Iran-Iraq War. Now, the 26-year-old UFC featherweight is an advocate for other refugees, speaking on Finnish national TV about the plight of Syrians trying to cross into Europe.
Submitted Oct 17, 2015 12:05AM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
After Miocic withdrawal, Ben Rothwell really, really wants to fight Junior Dos Santos
(mmajunkie.com)
“I already put my name out there and said if somebody falls out in the Overeem or Dos Santos fight, I’ll be there,” Rothwell said. “I don’t wish anything bad to happen, but I really want to fight Junior Dos Santos. The whole thing would make sense if that happens.”
Submitted Oct 16, 2015 11:55PM by jae_1833 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fan starts GoFundMe campaign to raise money for Nick Diaz's $165,000 NSAC fine
(mmajunkie.com)
Late Thursday night, Butch Carroll started a GoFundMe page to help Diaz pay a $165,000 fine that represented 33 percent of a $500,000 “show” purse he received to fight Anderson Silva at UFC 183. A post-fight drug test revealed marijuana metabolites, his third such offense while fighting in Nevada.
Submitted Oct 16, 2015 11:51PM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Nick and Nate Diaz thank fans for signing white house petition
(bloodyelbow.com)
Yesterday, the White House petition filed against the Nevada Athletic Commission's five-year suspension of Nick Diaz reached its target of 100,000 signatures. The petition was expected to fall short by 15,000 signatures, but fans rallied behind the Stockton fighter to ensure the goal was reached.
Submitted Oct 16, 2015 11:25PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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