UFC leans toward Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey rematch, new champ agrees
The UFC doesn’t usually make fights on fight night.
But in the case of the spectacular upset seen at UFC 193, the promotion might make an exception.
UFC President Dana White said an immediate rematch between newly minted champ Holly Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Ronda Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) “makes a lot of sense,” though, of course, he hedged with the usual disclaimer that he doesn’t do instant matchmaking.
White made it clear, however, that Holm’s head-kick knockout of the UFC star has upended the women’s bantamweight division.
“It changes a lot of things now,” he said. “The (potential Cristiane) ‘Cyborg’ (Justino) fight, some other stuff we were working on.”
Jorge Masvidal to Face Benson Henderson in New UFC Fight Night South Korea Headliner
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is targeting Jorge Masvidal to replace the injured Thiago Alves and face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 28.
Multiple outlets reported the new headliner on Saturday. TalkMMA first brought word via Twitter that Alves suffered a rib injury and would have to withdraw from the bout on Friday evening. Masvidal was originally scheduled to meet Dong Hyun Kim in a featured welterweight clash; it is currently unclear if Kim will be given a replacement opponent.
Jorge Masvidal in for injured Thiago Alves vs. Ben Henderson at UFC Fight Night 79
Ben Henderson has a new opponent for his upcoming fight in South Korea.
UFC veteran Thiago Alves was forced out of the five-round welterweight bout on Nov. 28 with a broken rib, and the former lightweight champion will now take on Jorge Masvidal in the main event in Seoul, multiple sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com. Twitter user @TalkMMA first reported Alves’ injury.
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Rob Font meets Patrick Williams in bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston
The UFC’s January return to Boston continues to grow with the addition of a new bantamweight bout for the lineup.
Rob Font (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will get a home fight when he returns from a lengthy layoff to meet Patrick Williams (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 81 card includes:
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Ben Askren officially scratched from ONE Championship 32 after opponent misses weight
Ben Askren waited seven months for his welterweight rematch with Luis Santos. Just hours before the fight, however, he found out it’s not going to happen.
After Santos missed weight by two pounds on Thursday, today’s ONE Championship 32 welterweight championship main event was downgraded to a non-title affair. Askren (14-0) demanded Santos (61-9-1) weigh in again on fight day at no more than 190 pounds, but the Brazilian failed to meet the requirements.
Due to Santos’ inability to keep his weight under that threshold, the originally scheduled headliner of the card at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore will no longer take place.
ONE Championship CEO Victor Cui announced the news on Twitter. He said he was “disgusted” by the actions of Santos and accused him of being “scared” to face Askren.
'UFC Tonight' hosts Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian push for Dan Henderson to retire
Should Dan Henderson retire? It’s a debate many have had over the past several years as the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster has fallen into a slump with six losses in his past eight bouts.
After more than 16 years of pro competition without a knockout loss, the 45-year-old Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) has been stopped by strikes in three of his past six fights, the most recent a first-round knockout defeat at the hands – and feet – of Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 77 earlier this month.
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen joins January's UFC on FOX 18 lineup
A bout between Alex Caceres (10-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Masio Fullen (10-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to January’s UFC on FOX 18 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout, though it’s not clear if it’ll be at featherweight or bantamweight.
The latest UFC on FOX 18 card includes:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Khabib Nurmagomedov not retiring but won't get desired Al Iaquinta matchup
Although another recent injury had Khabib Nurmagomedov considering retirement, he’s opted to fight on. But he won’t get his desired matchup.
According to “UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani, Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who was forced out of next month’s bout at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale against fellow lightweight Tony Ferguson (19-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) due a rib injury, has opted against retirement after speaking with his father/trainer and management team.
The 27-year-old Dagestan fighter hasn’t fought since April 2014 after a series of injuries, and the latest setback had him briefly considering calling it a career.
Veteran UFC flyweight John Dodson wants Thomas Almeida at bantamweight
John Dodson wants to shut down one of the brightest prospects at bantamweight when he makes his return to the weight class for his next bout.
After recently revealing his intentions to move back up to 135 pounds after two failed flyweight title bids, Dodson (17-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is reportedly aiming to make a splash and hand undefeated Brazilian prospect Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) his first loss.
Dodson texted UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to request the fight, according to a report by “UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani.
Recently retired 'Cro Cop' first UFC fighter to fail USADA drug test
Mirko Filipovic might be officially retired from MMA, but it appears “Cro Cop” will soon be formally suspended from competing in the sport, as well.
UFC officials today announced the veteran heavyweight is the first athlete to be flagged for a potential violation of the company’s new anti-doping policy, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The substance found in Filipovic’s system was not revealed.
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Abel Trujillo will appeal loss to Gleison Tibau in Brazil
Abel Trujillo is not happy with the way his lightweight clash with Gleison Tibau ended.
In the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 7, Trujillo vs. Tibau was over at 1:45 of the first round, when referee Keith Peterson stopped the contest believing that the Blackzilians fighter went out due to a rear-naked choke.
Trujillo immediately protested when the referee stopped the fight, and Tibau later admitted he didn’t feel his opponent tap.
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Announces Decision to Retire
“Dear friends, unfortunately I had to cancel the fight [against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Alves”]. In the beginning of the preparation I hurt my shoulder, so I couldn't raise [my] hand. I tried to save a shoulder injury and repair in all possible ways: daily therapy, injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs but it didn't work out. The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations. By daily trainings the injury got worse. Part of the muscle is snapped, the shoulder is filled with a lot of fluids, and the great danger is that tendon ruptures and then go to operation again.