Siver out, Poirier in
The UFC have just tweeted that Dennis Siver is out of his fight in London against Cub Swanson. The good news is that even though Siver is out, Dustin Poirier will replace.
Bellator 85 Weigh-in Results: Twin Title Fights Set
Pat Curran (144.8) vs. Patricio Pitbull (144.5) - FW Championship fight
Michael Chandler (154.6) vs. Rick Hawn (155) - LW Championship fight
Mikhail Zayats (205.7) vs. Babalu Sobral (205.3)
Seth Petruzelli (204.8) vs. Jacob Noe (205.9)
Emanuel Newton (205.4) vs. Atanas Djambazov (205.6)
Hector Ramirez (204.8) vs. Jason Lambert (205.5)
Aaron Miller (145.8) vs. Joe Camacho (145.8)
Joe Williams (170.7) vs. Jamie Yager (170.8)
Savant Young (155.5) vs. Mike Guymon (155.7)
Brian Warren(165) vs. J.J. Ambrose (164.5)
Mario Navarro(144.8) vs. Cleber Luciano(144.9)
UFC's Marc Ratner says bonuses won't be paid out until return of drug tests
The UFC still is considering more changes to its existing policies regarding drug testing, but in advance of UFC on FX 7, the promotion has instituted two new rules to act as deterrents.
All fighters who compete on international events will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Additionally, the promotion won't pay out fight-night bonuses until drug testing results are available, Ratner said.
Currently, the UFC offers cash incentives for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night." Typically, they are handed out after the event and announced by UFC President Dana White.
The changes will be in place this weekend when UFC on FX 7 goes down at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event's main-card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
Luke Rockhold wants to fight Costa Philippou at UFC on FOX 7
Luke Rockhold watches Strikeforce's biggest names receive their UFC debut fights and wonders when his number will be called.
The last Strikeforce middleweight champion told MMAFighting.com recently that he has yet to receive his marching orders from the UFC but is back to training after suffering a wrist injury and ready to make his Octagon debut.
In fact, Rockhold has a candidate in mind for his first UFC fight.
"I think Costa Philippou makes the most sense right now," he said. "He's coming off a win, and I think he's a good opponent. Let's get it on at [UFC on FOX 7]."
FAO UK Fans - ESPN TO SHOW THE NEW SERIES OF THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER
The series will kick off with a two hour special airing on Tuesday 22nd January at 1am on ESPN
London, UK – ESPN is set to air the 17th series of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s long-running reality show: The Ultimate Fighter. The highly anticipated series will be headed up by UFC Champion Jon “Bones” Jones and Chael Sonnen, who will lead two teams of seven Middleweights in the hope of winning a coveted contract with the UFC.
Ortiz: 'Going to be tough,' but Santos might make UFC's 135-pound limit
With his own fighting career over, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz is instead focused on his management career and first client, who could soon be heading to the UFC's 135-pound women's division.
Ortiz recently signed embattled ex-Strikeforce featherweight champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who recently served a one-year suspension due to a failed drug test for an anabolic steroid.
However, while the former 145-pound champion initially dismissed the idea of getting down to 135 pounds for a potential superfight with newly crowned UFC champ Ronda Rousey (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Ortiz breathed some new life into the possibility – but there are conditions...