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Report: UFC 197 will feature dos Anjos/McGregor, Holm/Tate doubleheader
(bloodyelbow.com)
The biggest question surrounding Conor McGregor's future was whether or not he would first defend his UFC featherweight title vs. Frankie Edgar, or move up to 155 and fight lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It looks like the answer is the latter. Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter reports that the UFC is set to announce dos Anjos vs. McGregor and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate for UFC 197 in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5th. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 11:14PM by Wez - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt targeted for UFC Fight Night Brisbane
(mmafighting.com)
An important heavyweight fight could soon be added to the UFC's return to Australia. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the promotion is targeting Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir on March 20 in Brisbane. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 6:46PM by Wez - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC 196
(mmajunkie.com)
A key flyweight matchup between contenders Joseph Benavidez (23-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Zach Makovsky (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been added to UFC 196. UFC officials recently confirmed the matchup with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and subsequently made an announcement via social media, as well. Benavidez is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, while Makovsky is ranked No. 10.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 6:03PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Askren moving to middleweight, believes all will eventually emulate new ONE weight program
(mmafighting.com)
ONE Championship wants all of their fighters to compete at their natural, walking weight. That's exactly what Ben Askren is going to be doing. Askren, the current ONE welterweight champion, will be moving up to middleweight under the new ONE weight-cutting restrictions, he confirmed with MMA Fighting. The undefeated Askren, one of the best 170-pounders in the world, said he walks around at about 185 pounds and that's the exact weight he'll fight at.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:56PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Donald Cerrone fined by UFC for violating Outfitting Policy at UFC on FOX 17
(mmafighting.com)
It was a tough holiday season for Donald Cerrone. Not only did "Cowboy" fall by first-round TKO to Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC on FOX 17 title main event on Dec. 19, he was also fined by the UFC for violating its Athletic Outfitting Policy, Cerrone's manager Josh Jones confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:55PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joanne Calderwood to test the waters at Tristar Gym, wants bout with Rose Namajunas
(mmafighting.com)
UFC strawweight Joanne Calderwood is on the move. According to Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, the former The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor will head to Montreal's esteemed Tristar Gym Saturday to see if the team is the right fit for her career moving forward.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:54PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dominick Cruz takes aim again at 'meathead jock' T.J. Dillashaw
(mmafighting.com)
It's no world tour, but the promotion leading up to T.J. Dillashaw's Jan. 17 UFC bantamweight title defense to Dominick Cruz has some similar undertones. If Conor McGregor laid out the blueprint on how to sell the lower weight classes Cruz has been taking notes. Cruz fired the first major shot when the pair visited Boston, the site of the bout, back in November when he dressed Dillashaw down, called his coach Duane Ludwig a "sad pimp," and still couldn't get the champ to play ball.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:53PM by tildengolfer - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
David Rickels faces Bobby Cooper at Bellator 150
(mmafighting.com)
"The Caveman" is coming home. David Rickels will meet Bobby Cooper at Bellator 150 on Feb. 26 in Mulvane, Kan., the promotion announced Wednesday. Rickels, a native of Derby, Kan., was scheduled to be on the card, but his opponent was not known until now.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:53PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov wants winner of Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez, has unfinished business with Nate Diaz
(mmafighting.com)
Undefeated UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn't fought since April 2014, but he isn't looking for an easy tune-up fight when he makes his return to the Octagon. According to Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, Nurmagomedov (22-0) is looking toward the winner of Jan. 17's UFC Fight Night 81 clash between Anthony Pettis (18-3) and Eddie Alvarez (26-4) for his next outing. Nurmagomedov told Helwani he's not interested in talking trash or ruffling feathers – he just believes Pettis and Alvarez are the best guys ahead of him in the rankings, and a win over either of them would propel him toward the UFC lightweight title.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:52PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Manager: Jacare Souza wants Chris Weidman or Yoel Romero rematch, feels Romero 'played dirty'
(mmafighting.com)
Ronaldo Souza's title chances were dashed Dec. 12 at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, where Yoel Romero defeated him via split decision, snapping an eight-fight winning streak in the process. According to Souza's manager, Gilberto Faria, that loss – and the circumstances surrounding it – left Souza with a bad taste in his mouth. "We still have not digested the judges' decision," Faria told Ariel Helwani in a statement that was aired Wednesday evening on UFC Tonight. "Romero played dirty. If you look at the footage, he held the fence twice to avoid the takedown sequence in the second round and poked Jacare's eyes in the third."
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
NSAC to rule on Nick Diaz return to UFC Jan 12
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, who was handed a five-year suspension from competing in MMA after a drug test at UFC 183, is one step closer to being reinstated by Nevada State Athletic Commission. Nick Diaz may finally learn his fate next week. On the agenda for the next Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, there is a hearing on a motion for reconsideration and proposed settlement agreement regarding Diaz. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:42PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri targeted for UFC Pittsburgh
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC's return to the Steel City is about to get even more interesting. A bout between Dennis Bermudez and Tatsuya Kawajiri is targeted for UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Means on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:14PM by Wez - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
CRAZY ALERT: Ronda Rousey and the UFC face lawsuit in Florida
(bloodyelbow.com)
A temporary restraining order has been filed in Florida against Ronda Rousey, as the plaintiff fears that the UFC star may "judo kick my head into submission" for whistleblowing about her lies.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 12:34PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Following 'serious' Outfitting Policy infractions, UFC issues 3 payment reductions
(mmajunkie.com)
For the first time since the UFC instituted its revolutionary Athlete Outfitting Policy, a handful of the promotion’s athletes will be receiving a little less money than they might have expected based on the program’s payout tiers. MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that three athletes who competed at December’s UFC on FOX 17 event will receive reductions on their scheduled payments after “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy, marking the first time the promotion has taken such a step.
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 11:30PM by tildengolfer - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White confirms Holly Holm will fight before Ronda Rousey rematch
(mmafighting.com)
After Holly Holm knocked out longtime women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 193, many fans and critics expected an immediate rematch. That, however, is not the case. "Holly Holm will fight before she fights Ronda," UFC President Dana White said during Wednesday's episode of UFC Tonight.
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 7:34PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bibiano Fernandes not happy with new ONE Championship weigh-in program: ‘It has affected me’
(mmafighting.com)
Unbeaten in 10 fights since cutting down to 135 pounds, Bibiano Fernandes had to change a few things ahead of his fourth title defense at ONE Championship. ONE Championship announced a new weigh-in program less than two weeks after the death of Yang Jian Bing, who passed away while cutting weight for a flyweight bout. The first fight card under the new program takes place Jan. 23 in China, and Fernandes will be defending his title against Kevin Belingon in the main event.
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 7:33PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Dustin Poirier completes surgery for broken nose, expects to be out six weeks
(mmajunkie.com)
Poirier (19-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) wasted little time going under the knife following two breaks to his nose in a UFC 195 bout with Joseph Duffy (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earlier this month. “The Diamond” defeated Duffy by unanimous decision, but absorbed several hard shots to the face early in the fight that sent blood leaking from his nose at a high rate for more than two rounds. Four days after the big win, Poirier went under the knife to fix several breaks to his nasal structure.
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 3:35PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Women's flyweight prospect Ilima MacFarlane faces Amber Tackett at Bellator 148
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator's first event of the New Year is getting a women's bout. Prospect Ilima MacFarlane will meet Amber Tackett in the featured prelim of Bellator 148 on Jan. 29 in Fresno, Calif., sources told MMA Fighting. Bellator officials confirmed the bout Tuesday night.
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 3:04PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC Fight Roundup: Daniel Sarafian gets new opponent with Sam Alvey injured
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has announced a pair of new bouts for different cards in February. The promotion’s pay-per-view event of the month, scheduled for Feb. 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, will feature a light heavyweight showdown between Misha Cirkunov and Alex Nicholson.
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 2:53PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Martin 'The Hitman' Kampmann officially retires from MMA
(foxsports.com)
Following 27 professional fights, including 17 in the UFC, Martin Kampmann has officially retired from the sport of mixed martial arts. Kampmann, 33, broke the news to UFC.com this week. "I've known for a while," Kampmann said about his retirement. "I just haven't really made it official. I'm not sure why." (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 6, 2016 2:08PM by Wez - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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