‘TUF: Brazil 2’ Final Set, Leonardo Santos Meets William Macario at UFC on Fuel TV 10
The final bout for the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” is set, as welterweights Leonardo Santos and William Macario will square off at UFC on Fuel TV 10.
The UFC officially announced the pairing on Sunday evening. UFC on Fuel TV 10 takes at the Paulo Sarasate Gymnasium in Fortaleza, Brazil on Saturday night and is headlined by a heavyweight clash pitting Fabricio Werdum against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira out at UFC 161, promotion seeks replacement
An ailing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from this month's UFC 161 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Mauricio "Shogun" Rua (21-7 MMA, 5-5 UFC).
The scratch was first reported by GloboEsporte.com, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed the change with multiple sources close to the promotion.
GloboEsporte.com's report cited a herniated disc as the reason for the withdrawal. A timetable for his return was not immediately established.
John Alessio signs with Bellator MMA, expected to debut in Season 9
Nearly a year after the UFC cut him loose, John Alessio has signed a deal with Bellator MMA.
Bellator officials confirmed Alessio's signing to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) and said the fighter is expected to make his debut with the promotion sometime during Season 9, which begins in September on Spike TV. Although Alessio has fought much of his career at welterweight, he is expected to compete at 155 pounds this fall, where he dropped to 18 months ago.
The Canadian lightweight first announced the news on his Facebook page late Friday. He did not disclose the length of the deal.
Report: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Robert McDaniel slated for UFC on FOX Sports 1 2
The card for the UFC's return to Indianapolis in late summer continues to take shape with the addition of a middleweight bout to the lineup.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Ataque Total, Magnus Cedenblad (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Robert McDaniel (21-6 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will meet on the second UFC on FOX Sports 1 card. UFC officials have not yet announced the fight.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 takes place Aug. 28. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the Indiana state capital city of Indianapolis. The event's main card airs live on FOX Sports 1. Broadcast plans for the preliminary card have yet to be announced.
UFC on FX 8 'Fight of the Night' winner Lucas Martins to drop two weight classes
Brazilian knockout artist Lucas Martins (13-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will drop down not just one but two divisions for his next UFC appearance.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned from Martins' manager, Wade Hampel, that the 24-year-old "Mineiro" will fight at bantamweight in his next UFC appearance.
"I requested the change this morning with Sean Shelby and Joe Silva, and they signed off on it," Hampel said.
Mike Brown vs. Akira Corassani set for UFC on FOX Sports 1 event in Boston
After briefly considering retirement in 2012, Mike Brown (26-8 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is ready to get back to action. The former WEC featherweight champion meets Akira Corassani (11-3-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX Sports 1 1.
UFC officials today announced the new booking.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 1, takes place Aug. 17 at TD Garden in Boston and will mark the promotion's debut on the new cable network, which launches the same day. The evening's headlining bout has yet to be announced.
Hester vs. Ferreira added to UFC 163 in Brazil, Magalhaes vs. Perosh official
A middleweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 17" contestant Clint Hester (8-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil" winner Cezar Ferreira (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is official for UFC 163.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup.
Additionally, a previously reported light-heavyweight contest of Vinny Magalhaes (10-6 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Anthony Perosh (13-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) was also made official for the card.
Bellator signs Bubba Jenkins
Bellator MMA announced on Friday afternoon that they have signed Bubba Jenkins to a long-term promotional agreement and he will make his debut with the organization this summer.
Jenkins will not be thrown into a tournament immediately as he will be given a number of fights before being placed into a tournament.
Uriah Hall Draws Nick Ring at UFC on Fox Sports 1 in Boston
Following an impressive run of knockouts on The Ultimate Fighter Season 18, Uriah Hall will try to rebound from a loss in the finale when he returns to action at UFC on Fox Sports 1 on August 17 in Boston.
Hall will square off with fellow Ultimate Fighter alum Nick Ring in a battle of stand-up fighters according to UFC officials who announced the fight late on Thursday evening.