Mickey Gall faces Michael Jackson at UFC 196, will receive fight with CM Punk with win
Mickey Gall’s callout of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has landed him in the UFC, and put him in position to earn the fight he wants.
Gall (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was featured on the first episode of UFC President Dana White’s streaming reality show “Looking For A Fight” and finished his professional debut with a first round rear-naked choke submission. He immediately let White know what he wanted.
“Hey Dana White, I don’t know if CM Punk has an opponent,” Gall said afterward in the cage, “but I would love to fight that man.”
White said he was “interested” in Gall getting the spot against former WWE superstar Brooks (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has yet to make his professional debut.
Now, White has given Gall the opportunity to fight for the a shot a the ex-professional wrestler.
“I might as well break it here, right?” White said while appearing on TSN’s “Off the Record.” “Mickey Gall – I’m bringing in Mickey Gall in and he’s going to fight a guy named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims on Feb. 6 on fight pass. If he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. CM Punk will be there to watch.”
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Victory FC 47 features Josh Neer vs. Anthony Smith title fight for UFC Fight Pass debut
Victory FC is rolling out some familiar names for its upcoming debut on UFC Fight Pass.
The Midwest promotion, which has helped launched the careers of many big-show vets, is hosting Victory FC 47 on Jan. 29.
The event, which streams on the UFC’s digital network from Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., features a pair of title fights.
In the headliner, former UFC fighter/recent Bellator competitor Josh Neer (36-15-1) returns to Victory FC for a middleweight title fight against former Strikeforce/UFC fighter Anthony Smith (23-11) for the vacant belt.
A.J. Agazarm takes over Metamoris' Instagram account, alleging failure to pay
Eduardo de Lima black belt A.J. Agazarm used a planned 'takeover' of jiu-jitsu promoter Metamoris' Instagram account on Tuesday to instead chastise the organization and its promoter Ralek Gracie. Among a range of other complaints, Agazarm most notably claimed Metamoris has failed to pay him and other competitors for services rendered.
"For quite sometime you have been using my image, my likeness, and the likenesses of others to promote your business and the brand of Metamoris. You claim to represent the values that Jiu Jitsu stands for, but you have been hiding behind empty promises," Agazarm writes.
Yushin Okami Returns to Japan, Meets Ryuta Sakurai in Pride Rematch at Deep 75
Former UFC middleweight title contender Yushin Okami will compete on the Japanese fight circuit for the first time since 2006 when he makes his Deep debut next month.
The organization on Wednesday announced that Okami will square off against Ryuta Sakurai in a rematch of a 2004 bout from Pride FC. The three-round welterweight affair is slated to co-headline “Deep 75 Impact,” which takes place Feb. 27 at Korakuen Hall in Tokyo.
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UFC contender Yoel Romero notified of potential USADA violation
UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero is the latest fighter who’s possibly run afoul of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
UFC officials today announced Romero, 38, has been notified of the potential anti-doping policy violation.
According to the announcement, it stems “from an out-of-competition sample collection” that the UFC’s drug-testing partner received.
“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Romero,” the statement read. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”
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Champ 'Cyborg' Justino: 5 Invicta fights left, still hope of facing Ronda Rousey
For Invicta FC featherweight champ Cristiane Justino, the prospect of a fight with ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey still looms, though not as strongly as before.
With an immediate showdown nixed by Rousey’s knockout to Holly Holm, “Cyborg” is refocusing her efforts on her native promotion. A move to bantamweight, which she and her camp announced on two separate occasions, is no longer a priority.
Justino was scheduled to drop to 140 pounds for a catchweight bout with Cindy Dandois, but decided to go another direction before the bout was announced.
Invicta FC 15's Ediane Gomes opens GoFundMe account to help cover pre-fight medicals
Invicta FC featherweight Ediane Gomes said she’s no stranger to struggles, but the latest turns of her career have forced her to go hat in hand.
The veteran fighter opened a GoFundMe account to cover costs she needs to pay in order to be licensed for her next bout, a meeting with Amanda Bell (3-3) at Saturday’s Invicta FC 15, which takes place at The Hangar at OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The event streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
“I’ve fought in California once before, against Ronda Rousey,” Gomes (10-4) said in an interview with MMAjunkie. “That fight was on very short notice, and I spent an entire day doing medicals. I never forgot how I had to do all those medical tests while still cutting weight.
Rafael dos Anjos fined 'significant' amount by UFC for violating Outfitting Policy
The UFC has docked one of its champions for not wearing the proper Reebok apparel during a fight week activity.
Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC lightweight champion, was fined a "significant" amount for violating the promotion's Athlete Outfitting Policy at UFC on FOX 17 weigh-ins Dec. 18, sources told MMA Fighting.
Dos Anjos (25-7) was wearing an Evolve MMA shirt briefly before hitting the scale. The Brazilian trains part of the time at Evolve in Singapore, along with Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif. The Evolve website lists dos Anjos as an instructor and says he has been part of the team since 2009. Dos Anjos has a close relationship with Evolve owner Chatri Sityodtong.
Wanderlei Silva's re-hearing postponed once again by Nevada Athletic Commission
Wanderlei Silva will eventually get his day in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission. It just won't be anytime soon. Silva's re-hearing with the NAC was once again postponed on Tuesday, much to the displeasure of Silva's attorney Ross Goodman, who argued that the commission was violating Silva's right to "due process" by continually refusing to receive the case.
"This was ordered for re-hearing back in October," Goodman argued. "The commission then continued it to November for another re-hearing, approval on a proposed consent order. The commission then moved it, at that time, to December. The commission then took it off calendar and moved it to January.
Tom Lawlor expected to face Corey Anderson at UFC 197
light heavyweight battle between Tom Lawlor and Corey Anderson is expected on UFC 197.
Lawlor (10-5) said on his podcast at F4wonline.com on Monday that his next fight would be with Anderson (7-1) on the March 5 show, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
NAC reduces Nick Diaz penalty to 18-month suspension, $100K fine
Nick Diaz could be back in the Octagon by summer.
The Nevada Athletic Commission reduced its penalty against Diaz after a settlement agreement Tuesday during a meeting. Diaz will be suspended 18 months (retroactively) and fined $100,000 for testing positive for marijuana after UFC 183 on Jan. 31, 2015, sources told MMA Fighting. It was Diaz's third marijuana violation in the state.
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Derek Anderson injured, Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire meets Ryan Couture at Bellator 148
An injury to Derek Anderson has forced him off Bellator 148’s main card and Patricky Freire will step in to face Ryan Couture later this month.
Just five days after the matchup was announced, Anderson (13-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) suffered an injury in training and will be unable to meet Couture (10-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the lightweight matchup. After losing to Anderson at Bellator 147 in December, Freire (14-7 MMA, 7-6 BMMA) will serve as an injury replacement on less than three weeks’ notice.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the switch with Bellator officials.
With the change, the Bellator 148 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich
Paul Bradley vs. Chris Honeycutt
Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson
Ryan Couture vs. Patricky Freire
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET)
Ilima MacFarlane vs. Amber Tackett
Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy
Javy Ayala vs. Carl Seumanutafa
Art Arciniega vs. Justin Smitley
Mason Fowler vs. Idris Wasi
Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman
Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego
Justin Gaethje defends lightweight title against Brian Foster at WSOF 29 in March
Brian Foster earned an opportunity to fight for the lightweight title after winning the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament and now he knows the date that he’ll battle for the belt.
Foster (25-8) will face champion Justin Gaethje (15-0) in the main event of WSOF 29, according to a press release put out by the promotion.
WSOF 29 takes place March 12 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Mike Ricci out of WSOF 27 main event, Luiz Firmino in against Caros Fodor
Mike Ricci can’t seem to catch a break. First, the lightweight was unable to continue on to the semifinals of the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament, being replaced by eventual winner Brian Foster. Now, he’s out of the WSOF 27 main event.
According to the official WSOF website, Ricci (11-4) re-injured his hip and had to pull out of his bout with fellow UFC veteran Caros Fodor (10-4). Stepping in for Ricci is Luiz Firmino (18-6).
The WSOF 27 lineup now includes:
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Teddy Holder
Luiz Firmino vs. Caros Fodor
Chauncey Foxworth vs. Jaleel Willis
Jorge Medina vs. Bryce Mitchell
Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson
Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams
Wes Sharp vs. Alvin Williams
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Michael Page gets Bellator 151 co-main event spot
Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 151.
The bout was announced Bellator via press release.
Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
With the addition, the Bellator 151 card includes:
Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Warren
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Michael Page
UFC's Jimy Hettes mulling retirement after latest in long line of injury withdrawals
Jimy Hettes was considered a top featherweight prospect when he made his UFC debut in August 2011. Less than five years and a mere six fights later, however, Hettes said he could be done fighting for good.
Hettes’ (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) career took another harsh blow this week when he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) just one week prior to the event. Hettes said he suffered a knee injury in training that could ultimately cause the end of his career.
“The Kid” made a splash in 2011 when he debuted and won back-to-back fights in impressive fashion. That’s when he injuries woes began, though, and he was only physically capable of stepping in the UFC’s octagon once in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Chris Weidman breaks silence after UFC 194: ‘I'm really happy I lost'
Chris Weidman accomplished more before his first professional loss than many fighters do in a lifetime. He defeated Anderson Silva -- the man many consider to be the greatest fighter to ever grace the middleweight division -- not once, but twice in capturing the UFC middleweight title. He defended that belt in subsequent challenges from Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. But happy endings are rarity in the fight game, and for Weidman, his magical run came crashing to a halt at UFC 194.
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Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81
The 11th hour changes for the UFC’s return to Boston this weekend continue with another pair of updated bookings featuring some promotional debuts.
Jimy Hettes (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is out of his featherweight fight against Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81, and Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. In addition, UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his light heavyweight fight with Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and has been replaced by Elvis Mutapcic (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials recently announced the new bookings.
With the changes, UFC Fight Night 81 now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa
Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez
Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic