Report: Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano pulled from UFC Sweden card over political concerns
Saturday MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani tweeted the following bit of news Saturday:
Mayday is now sitting where he belongs. Dana says no co-main yet for 4/6. I was told it was gonna be Miesha-Cat, but that was moved to 4/13.
Helwani is referring to Miesha Tate vs. Cat Zingano which will be on The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada and not UFC on Fuel TV 9: Gustafsson vs. Mousasi, where it would have co-mained the card.
Cruz: My game will ruin Barao
Dominick Cruz dismissed the threat of Renan Barao after watching the Brazilian beat Michael McDonald in Saturday's main event at UFC London.
Barao chalked up his 30th straight win with a fourth-round submission, defending his interim bantamweight title in the process. Now he must wait to see if Cruz will be fit to offer his next challenge.
Current champion Cruz is recovering from a serious knee injury, but watched Barao's impressive performance with interest. In his opinion, Barao's gameplan will completely fail when the pair share an Octagon.
Belfort tells TRT snipers to stop talking
Vitor Belfort has admitted he was wrong not to reveal publicly that he was using testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in the lead-up to his fight with Michael Bisping last month.
Belfort claimed a knockout win over Bisping at UFC on FX 7, after which it was revealed Belfort had been given a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) to bolster his testosterone levels using TRT.
UFC targets Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay for The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale in April
For the first time in the reality series' history, a live finale for The Ultimate Fighter will take place in an arena rather than a traditional/smaller concert venue.
The UFC has contacted the Nevada State Athletic Commission with its intent to host The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on April 17.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer today emailed confirmation to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Cyrille Diabate says he suffered strained calf during UFC on FUEL TV 7 loss
French kickboxer Cyrille Diabate's quest for a third straight UFC win hit a roadblock this past weekend when an injury forced an early halt to his fight with Jimi Manuwa.
Diabate couldn't continue past the first round of their UFC on FUEL TV 7 main-card bout at London's Wembley Arena due to an apparent leg injury.
Diabate eventually took to Twitter to explain that he had a strained calf muscle due in part to an existing Achilles tendon injury.
"I want to apologize to all the @ufc fans and my opponent," he wrote on Sunday. "I tore my calf in the 1st rnd and couldnt stand on my back (R) leg. I'll be back!
"After MRi i have strained calf muscle due to compensating for an achilles tendon injury on my left leg. Sorry to @UFC fans and my opponent."
The 39-year-old didn't give a timetable for a return.
Jim Alers vs. Joni Salovaara title fight headlines Cage Warriors 53
With Conor McGregor vacating his two titles to join the UFC, Cage Warriors will crown a new featherweight champion on April 13.
Jim Alers (9-1) and Joni Salovaara (12-5) will fight for the vacant belt in the headliner of Cage Warriors 53, officials today announced.
Cage Warriors 53 takes place at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. The main card streams live on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following prelims on Facebook.
UFC boss still expects Daniel Cormier to move to light heavyweight
While the UFC's featherweight division has been the focus of fighters dropping weight classes, UFC President Dana White believes the light-heavyweight division could soon have a new addition.
Most notably, he's optimistic recent Strikeforce import Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) could soon make the drop from heavyweight.
"I think he's awesome," White said. "But at 205 (pounds), I think he'd be a beast."
Up first, of course, is Cormier's co-headliner with fellow heavyweight contender Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) at April's UFC on FOX 7 event. If victorious, it could put the Olympian and Strikeforce world heavyweight grand-prix champion on a collision course with UFC heavyweight titleholder and current training partner Cain Velasquez (11-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who meets Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva (18-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in May at UFC 160.
Injury again delays Held-Jansen lightweight final to Bellator 93
An undisclosed injury to Marcin Held has forced Bellator to again delay the finals of its Season 7 lightweight tournament, which was set to take place next month at Bellator 92.
Multiple sources close to the event today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Held (15-2 MMA, 4-1 BFC) now will square off with Dave Jansen (19-2 MMA, 5-0 BFC) at Bellator 93, which takes place March 21 at Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine.
A replacement for Bellator 92's headliner isn't set.
UFC on Fuel TV 7 - Post fight quotes
Renan Barao vs Michael McDonald
Renan Barao: "The fight was great. McDonald is a good fighter and I'm pleased with the result. I knew he would be a tough opponent. I felt great coming into the fight, very confident with myself and with my team and I had great expectations.
"In the run up to the fight I kept my normal work outs and training but I have improved my physical condition a lot which has helped. I also worked on my boxing and ju jitsu. The crowd were excited, they cheered me on. I'm going home to Brazil to relax for a bit, see my friends and spend some time on the beach now after the win."
Michael McDonald: "I feel like I have to go study a little bit, everything I do is about learning and I know how much my first defeat helped me. I know how much a better fighter it made me so i'll just have to go back to the drawing board.
"Before the fight I worked on everything, it's one thing i'm particular on. Now I'll just go back and keep working hard."
Despite Strong UFC 158 Promotional Start, Dana White Says Nick Diaz Blowing Off Countdown
UFC president Dana White knew what he was in for when he signed Nick Diaz to fight Georges St-Pierre at UFC 158 on March 16 in Montreal.
In a perfect world, the Stocktonian bad boy, returning from a yearlong suspension after testing positive for marijuana metabolites, would meet his promotional obligations with at least half the vigor with which he trains and fights. But White knew that wasn’t even a remote possibility.
UFC on Fuel 7 results: Wineland wants next shot
Renan Barao successfully defended the UFC interim bantamweight title today, submitting Michael McDonald in the 4th round with an arm-triangle choke. It's likely that Barao will have to defend his belt at least once while Dominick Cruz continues to recover from his knee injury. Immediately following the Barao/McDonald fight, Eddie Wineland made it clear on Twitter that he wants the next title shot.
Eddie Wineland ? @EddieWineland
I WANT TO FIGHT BARAO!!! Please?? =)
11:17 PM - 16 Feb 13
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'RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva' set for March 22 with Njokuani, Pettis, NFL vet Veal
The main card is set for RFA Fighting's next event as "RFA 7: Thatch vs. Silva" takes place March 22 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo.
Following the announcement of an extended broadcast deal, RFA 7 airs live on AXS TV.
The latest RFA 7 card includes:
Leandro "Bata" Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
Jeremy Kimball vs. Chidi Njokuani
Matt Manzanares vs. Sergio Pettis
Mirsad Bektic vs. Nick Macias
Alex Huddleston vs. Leandro Veal
TUF 17 Finale Adds Maximo Blanco vs. Sam Sicilia
Just a few days removed from announcing that Demetrious Johnson would make the next defense of his UFC flyweight title in the headlining bout of the TUF 17 Finale on April 13, the fight card continues to grow.
Maximo Blanco and Sam Sicilia have agreed to a featherweight bout, according to MMAWeekly.com sources close to the fight.
Cris "Cyborg" Justino signs with Invicta
Cris "Cyborg" Justino, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who was just released this week by the UFC, has signed with the Invicta Fighting Championships and will debut on their next show on April 5.
Cyborg (10-1, 1 no-contest) hasn't fought since her Dec. 17, 2011 title defense against Hiroko Yamanaka, which she originally won via TKO in just 16 seconds. That win was overturned when the muscular Brazilian tested positive for the veterinary steroid Stanozolol.
Cyborg's manager, Tito Ortiz, made the official announcement Friday night at a press conference in Huntington Beach, Calif. Ortiz unveiled a poster for the Invicta show, which listed Cyborg as facing Ediane Gomes (10-2), a Brazilian who now lives in Coconut Creek, Fla. At the press conference, neither Ortiz nor Cyborg ever mentioned Gomes' name. The poster stated "live on pay-per-view" at the bottom, although neither Ortiz, nor Invicta in its release, made any mention of pay-per-view.
Johny Hedricks: GSP lit a fire underneath me
Johny Hendricks chats with Ray and Patrick about the UFC welterweight division. He talks about his toughest fights to date, clearing out the division and preparing for Jake Ellenberger. Surely if Johny wins this fight his next fight has to be for the welterweight title.