UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau says he’ll drop USADA appeal, accept 2-year punishment
UFC lightweight Gleison Tibau expects to drop the appeal of two positive drug tests stemming from his most recent fight, he told MMAjunkie. In doing so, he will accept a likely two-year suspension from the UFC’s anti-doping partner, USADA.
“I’ll take the minimum punishment under the new rules, which is a two-year suspension,” he said today. “So I’ll take the two years.”
USADA officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The firm handles drug testing and results management for the UFC.
According to the UFC’s anti-doping policy, athletes who are found to have committed an anti-doping violation face a two-year suspension for an “non-specified substance or prohibited method” and a one-year suspension for a specified substance. Up to two years can be added to a sentence where “aggravating circumstances” are present. They also risk a disqualification of bout results “including, without limitation, forfeiture of title, ranking, purse or other compensation.”
Atomweight title fight, return of Jessamyn Duke highlight Invicta FC 16
Invicta is bringing a loaded card to Las Vegas.
An atomweight title fight between champion Ayaka Hamasaki and Amber Brown will headline Invicta FC 16 on March 11 at Tropicana Las Vegas, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto and Jennifer Maia will fight for the interim flyweight title with champion Barb Honchack still out. The event will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also on the card will be the return to Invicta of UFC veteran Jessamyn Duke and rising strawweight star Alexa Grasso.
Scott Coker: Bellator did talk with Alistair Overeem's reps, but 'we chose not to make an offer'
During an appearance on Monday's The MMA Hour, Alistair Overeem said that he never engaged in talks with any other promotion during free agency before deciding to re-sign with the UFC.
Technically, that might be the case. Overeem himself didn't -- but, according to Bellator president Scott Coker -- his representatives did.
"I don't want to make a big deal out of it, but of course there were negotiations going on," Coker told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. "It's true that Alistair wasn't talking to me directly, because his agent or manager or lawyer was talking to me. I think that's kind of what the story is, and negotiations went back and forth, and at the end of the day we chose not to make an offer. And really what it came down to was a value proposition of what he wanted and what he thought was the market value for him.
Rampage Jackson returns to Bellator MMA following lawsuit settlement
Quinton Jackson is back with Bellator MMA after more than a year-long lawsuit between the two parties over Rampage's contract. This news comes just two months shy of his UFC 186 co-main event vs. Fabio Maldonado. Here's today's press release in full:
Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is returning to Bellator.
Bellator MMA is thrilled to have "Rampage," one of the most recognizable fighters in the history of the sport, joining a very competitive light heavyweight division featuring champion Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, King Mo, Tito Ortiz, Emanuel Newton, Linton Vassell among others.
Patrick Cummins vs. ‘Minotouro’ Nogueira added to UFC event in Brazil
Patrick Cummins will be making another trip to Brazil in May.
"Durkin", who fought three of his last four UFC bouts in the country, is slated to take on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the upcoming UFC event in Brazil on May 14, sources told MMAFighting.com. Combate first reported the news.
The UFC has yet to announce a city and venue for the show.
Augusto Mendes in for John Lineker vs. Cody Garbrandt at Sunday's UFC Fight Night 83
One of the three bouts on Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 83 card in need of short-term replacements appears to have been saved.
According to a report from Globo, Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for John Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2) in a bantamweight bout on the main card against Cody Garbrandt (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Lineker was forced out of the fight on Monday with a bout of mosquito-borne illness dengue fever.
With the change, the UFC Fight Night 83 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Cody Garbrandt vs. Augusto Mendes
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Shane Campbell vs. James Krause
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian
Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes vs. TBA
Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET)
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
Lauren Murphy vs. opponent TBA
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
James Vick vs. Glaico Franca lightweight bout booked for UFC 197 in Las Vegas
The lineup for April’s UFC 197 card with a pair of title fights in “Sin City” continues to grow.
Brazil’s Glaico Franca (13-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against the unbeaten James Vick (8-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at the event. UFC officials announced the new matchup today.
With the addition, the latest UFC 197 card includes:
Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whitaker
Jessica Aguilar vs. Juliana Lima
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick
Wilson Reis campaigns for fight with Joseph Benavidez
One of the few top 10 flyweights Joseph Benavidez hasn’t faced inside the Octagon yet is campaigning for a fight with the veteran next.
Wilson Reis, a former Elite XC featherweight champion with a 3-1 record as a flyweight in the UFC, called out the Team Alpha Male product right after his recent win over Zach Makovsky on Feb. 6, and the American looks interested.
Featherweight fight between Andre Fili and Yair Rodriguez makes way to UFC 197
A pair of young featherweight prospects are set to meet in the latest addition to April’s UFC 197 lineup.
Andre Fili (15-3 MA, 3-2 UFC) will take on Yair Rodriguez (6-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the card in “Sin City.” UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
UFC 197 takes place April 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The card features a pair of title fights at the top of the bill. Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fights nemesis and former champ Jon Jones in the main event, and flyweight titleholder Demetrious Johnson puts his belt on the line for the eighth time when he meets Olympic gold medal winner Henry Cejudo in the co-feature.
UFC vet Maldonado returns to boxing for first match in 6 years
After a six-year hiatus, Fabio Maldonado will return to his roots as he accepted to face Robson Oliveira in a boxing match on February 27, in Brazil, as Globo Esporte reported.
Following a 5-6 UFC run which ended with two consecutive losses to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Corey Anderson, Maldonado will fight in the ring again, but this time as a heavyweight in a 10-round fight in his home state of Sao Paulo. He remains undefeated in the sport, with a record of 22 wins and 22 KO's. Oliveira, a muay thai practicioner, is only 3-0.
Titan FC 37 card adds several new bouts, new headliner
Titan FC 37 has added several new bouts and replaced a fighter in the main event to crown a bantamweight champion.
Titan FC 37 takes place March 4 at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash. A trio of championship bouts anchors the event. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The latest Titan FC 37 card includes:
Anderson dos Santos vs. Ricky Simon – for vacant bantamweight title
Champ Andre Harrison vs. Steven Siler – for featherweight title
Champ Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title
Mushin Corbbrey vs. Pat Healy
Anthony Gutierrez vs. Benny Vinson
Zak Bucia vs. Jason Novelli
Grant Dawson vs. Robert Washington
E.J. Brooks vs. Ben Egli
Austin Arnett vs. David Burrow
Jorge Dominguez vs. Jose Torres
Hockey Tournament Forces Rescheduling of M-1 Challenge 65
M-1 Challenge 65 will be put on ice for a month after a scheduling conflict bumped the show from its original date.
M-1 Global on Monday announced that the event, which was slated to take place March 4, has been moved to April 8 at Ice Palace Sports Center in St. Petersburg, Russia. The promoter cited the upcoming 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship as the reason for the switch.
John Lineker out of UFC Fight Night 83 due to illness
John Lineker’s second UFC fight as a bantamweight won’t take place in Pittsburgh.
Scheduled to take on undefeated Cody Garbrandt at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night event, Lineker will be sidelined due to dengue fever, sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com after a report by PVT.
Top bantamweight Aljamain Sterling re-signs with the UFC
"The Funk Master" is staying put.
After a highly publicized flirtation with free agency, Aljamain Sterling has re-signed with the UFC, he announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
It was Sterling's desire to fight out his contract with the UFC and test his value on the open market. He did so in December and ended up back with the promotion he has competed in since 2014. Sterling said the UFC's winning offer was "more lucrative" than the original one he got, which was $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win.
Italy's Venator FC books Sokoudjou vs. Matt Hamill, Che Mills vs. Roberto Rigamonti
The upstart Italian MMA promotion Venator FC continued to bolster its roster today with the signing of veteran fighters Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Che Mills.
Sokoudjou (16-14), a veteran of the UFC, Bellator, WEC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, DREAM and even Affliction, will meet UFC and “TUF” veteran Matt Hamill (12-6) in a light heavyweight bout at Venator FC 3 this spring. And UFC veteran Mills (16-8) will take on Roberto Rigamonti (4-2-1) in a welterweight bout.
Velator FC 3 takes place May 21 at Palasesto Arena in Milan, Italy. In the main event, UFC veterans Luke Barnatt and Jason “Mayhem” Miller fight for the promotion’s middleweight title.
Chris Curtis defends welterweight title vs. Nah-Shon Burrell at CES MMA 34
The welterweight title will be on the line this spring when CES MMA returns to Foxwoods Resort & Casino.
170-pound champion Chris Curtis (13-4) will put his belt up for grabs in the CES MMA 34 main event against Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6). The promotion is expected to announce the card and main event shortly.
CES MMA 34 will take place April 1 at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card will air on AXS TV. In the co-feature, Kenny Foster (11-10) will take on Calvin Kattar (14-2) in a featherweight contest. Additional fights for the will be announced in the coming weeks.