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Scott Coker expects another Bellator pay-per-view early next year
It took three years for Bellator to do its second pay-per-view show, but based on talk by Bellator and Spike executives, it won't be that long of a wait for the third go-around. "I think we were trending all night, we were No. 1 on Twitter all night," Bellator president Scott Coker said Saturday night after Bellator NYC. "This night had a lot of heat and was promoted extremely well. This was our first one, so we're excited to come back and do a pay-per-view maybe the beginning of next year and keep going. We're not going to just do it every month, but when we do this, there will be mega fights and big events just like this."
Submitted Jun 25, 2017 7:48PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Michelle Waterson to appear in ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’
There’s been a tradition of MMA fighters appearing in ESPN’s “Body Issue,” including big names like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg. The latest on that list? Michelle Waterson.
Submitted Jun 25, 2017 7:42PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Bellator NYC Recap: Aaron Pico's pro debut ends in disaster, 24-second submission loss
There are no guarantees in the fight game. Bellator's prized prospect, 20-year-old Aaron Pico, learned that the hard way on Saturday. Making his professional mixed martial arts debut at Bellator: NYC, Pico (0-1) suffered a 24-second defeat at the hands of 33-year-old Zach Freeman. The lightweight fight took place inside Madison Square Garden.
Submitted Jun 25, 2017 10:56AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
First Dana White’s Tuesday Night Fight Card Includes 3 UFC Vets
UFC recently announced a new, live, and exclusive UFC Fight Pass show titled: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The show is set to launch Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The new weekly series will feature five live fights in each episode, showcasing up-and-coming talent, as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers. On Thursday, the UFC unveiled the first Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series fight card topped by three UFC veterans trying to earn their way back into the Octagon: Joby Sanchez, Justin Jones, and Kurt Holobaugh.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 1:56PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Anti-doping chief: UFC may steer away from Texas after Cortney Casey cleared of wrongdoing
According to the UFC’s anti-doping czar, Cortney Casey has been cleared of wrongdoing both by a WADA-accredited lab and a testing laboratory hired by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after she failed a post-fight drug test at UFC 211, which took place May 13 in Dallas. After an initial test by a laboratory hired by the commission revealed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio slightly higher than 4-1, Casey’s “B” sample came back negative for banned substances and synthetic testosterone, Jeff Novitzky, the promotion’s VP of athlete health and performance, told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 12:27PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Oklahoma City Weigh-In Results - Johny Hendricks Misses Weight
Main Card (FS1) -Michael Chiesa (155) vs. Kevin Lee (156) -Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Johny Hendricks (188)* -Felice Herrig (115) vs. Justine Kish (116) -Joachim Christensen (206) vs. Dominick Reyes (205) -Tim Means (171) vs. Alex Garcia (171) -BJ Penn (146) vs. Dennis Siver (146) Preliminary Card (FS2) -Clay Guida (156) vs. Erik Koch (155) -Vitor Miranda (186) vs. Marvin Vettori (185) -Carla Esparza (116) vs. Maryna Moroz (115) -Devin Powell (155) vs. Darrell Horcher (155) Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) -Jared Gordon (149) vs. Michel Quinones (145)* -Tony Martin (156) vs. Johnny Case (156) -Josh Stansbury (206) vs. Jeremy Kimball (204) *Johny Hendricks and Jared Gordon missed weight
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 12:23PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tecia Torres replaces Amanda Ribas, fights Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale on July 7
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is sending Tecia Torres to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, scheduled for Fri., July 7, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because strawweight newcomer Amanda Ribas was flagged for a potential doping violation and yanked from her 115-pound showdown against Juliana Lima, who now battles “Tiny Tornado” on the FOX Sports 1 telecast.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 2:56AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
10 reasons to watch Bellator NYC/Bellator 180, with a grudge match, a legend and 3 title fights
Saturday’s Bellator NYC card has a little bit of everything. In the main event, there’s a grudge match seven years in the making. The co-main event features the return of an MMA legend making his Bellator debut. Before that, three champions will put their titles on the line.
Submitted Jun 23, 2017 8:13PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Bellator NYC weigh-in results: Sonnen, Silva official for pay-per-view headliner
BELLATOR NYC (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) -Chael Sonnen (205.8) vs. Wanderlei Silva (205.8) -Fedor Emelianenko (236.4) vs. Matt Mitrione (256.6) -Champ Douglas Lima (170) vs. Lorenz Larkin (169.8) – for welterweight title -Champ Michael Chandler (153.8) vs. -Brent Primus (154.2) – for lightweight title -Zach Freeman (155.8) vs. Aaron Pico (156) BELLATOR 180 (Spike, 8 p.m. ET) -Champ Phil Davis (204.8) vs. Ryan Bader (204.4) – for light heavyweight title -James Gallagher (144.4) vs. Chinzo Machida (146) -Neiman Gracie (170.4) vs. Dave Marfone (170.4) -Heather Hardy (125.2) vs. Alice Yauger (125.6) PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6 p.m. ET) -Ryan Couture (168.8) vs. Haim Gozali (169.2) -Jerome Mickle (155.8) vs. Anthony Giacchina (157.4)** -John Salgado (168.2) vs. Hugh McKenna (168.8) -Matt Rizzo (133.6) vs. Sergio da Silva (137.6) -Nate Grebb (155.4) vs. Bradley Desir (160.6)* *Desir missed lightweight limit by 4.6 pounds **Giacchina missed lightweight limit by 1.4 pounds
Submitted Jun 23, 2017 7:42PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Lina Lansberg Injured; Leslie Smith Now Faces Amanda Lemos at UFC Fight Night 113
Leslie Smith has a new opponent at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow. Promotion officials announced Thursday that Octagon newcomer Amanda Oliveira de Lemos will replace the injured Lina Lansberg and face Smith at the July 16 event. UFC Fight Night 113 takes place at the SSE Hydro Arena and is headlined by a welterweight duel between Gunnar Nelson and Santiago Ponzinibbio.
Submitted Jun 22, 2017 11:30AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Christian Colombo’s Injury Prevents Return at UFC Long Island
Christian Colombo (8-2-1) was re-scheduled to face Polish fighter Damian Grabowski (20-4) at the UFC on FOX 25 in Long Island card on July 22, but the Dane still isn’t ready. “The fight is off, the knee is still not good” says Godzilla to MMAViking.com. The bout was first scheduled for the UFC in Sweden 5 on May 28th, in a fight in nearby Stockholm. However, both fighters had injuries, and the heavyweight bout was pushed back to the UFC on FOX 25: Weidman vs. Gastelum. Now it won’t be happening for the second time.
Submitted Jun 21, 2017 11:13PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Offer extended to transfer UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes to brain trauma center in Atlanta
Illinois State Police continue to investigate a truck-train crash that left UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hospitalized. Officers from the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit hope to speak to Hughes to find out what happened when his truck was struck last Friday by a train on Beeler Trail in Montgomery County, Ill.
Submitted Jun 21, 2017 12:01PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade official for UFC 213
A bout expected to take place in 2014 will instead become reality three years later when Rob Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) faces Douglas Silva de Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 213. UFC officials recently confirmed the contest, which was first reported by Brazilian outlet Combate.com.
Submitted Jun 21, 2017 11:55AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
USADA hands UFC's George Sullivan 1-year suspension for 2nd anti-doping offense
UFC welterweight George Sullivan has been sanctioned for his second anti-doping offense by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, receiving a one-year term for a banned substance and its metabolite.
Submitted Jun 21, 2017 11:52AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Makdessi steps in to fight Sage Northcutt at UFC 214 after Claudio Puelles pulls out
UFC officials today announced a shuffle to UFC 214’s fight card that will pair Sage Northcutt against veteran John Makdessi in a lightweight bout. Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) previously was scheduled to face Claudio Puelles (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event, which takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The bout order for UFC 214 has not been set, but main card fights air live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 20, 2017 10:47PM by JLS - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gokhan Saki plans on fighting for UFC title in 2018, vows to ‘knock the f*ck out of’ foes
Gokhan Saki, he of 100 kickboxing matches, doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who picks opponents. That will carry over into the UFC, he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I’ll fight everybody,” Saki said “The biggest, the smallest, the heaviest. Same weight. For me, I really don’t care who I’m gonna fight. I’m only really interested in myself. I don’t really care about other fighters. Sooner or later, I’m going to knock the f*ck out of them anyway. So, the order doesn’t matter to me.”
Submitted Jun 18, 2017 11:05PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
Heavyweight Tim Hague, a 5-fight UFC vet, dies following boxing knockout loss in Canada
Former UFC heavyweight Tim Hague died today after suffering a knockout loss in a boxing match on Friday night in Canada. Hague’s sister confirmed the fighter’s death in a post on her Facebook page: “It is with incredible sadness, sorrow and heartbreak to report that Tim has passed away today,” Jackie Neil wrote. “He was surrounded by family, listening to his favourite songs. We will miss him with so greatly.” Hague was 34.
Submitted Jun 18, 2017 6:10PM by Nathan_Arizona - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Former UFC Fighter Tim Hague in ICU with Serious Brain Injury
Sportsnet's James Lynch reported Saturday that former UFC fighter Tim Hague is in the intensive care unit with a serious brain injury. Lynch added that the injury occurred Friday during a boxing match against Adam Braidwood.
Submitted Jun 17, 2017 2:16PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, General MMA
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor odds released for fight, PPV sales
The so-called “fight of the century” between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is also going to be one of the most bet on sporting events of the year. The fight, which takes place on Aug. 26 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, is captivating for gamblers given the odd nature of the set-up. Mayweather is 49-0 as a boxer, while McGregor is making his professional boxing debut — yet because of his dominance in the UFC bettors are jumping on him as an +400 underdog.
Submitted Jun 17, 2017 2:12PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
UFC Fight Night 111 bonuses: You know Holly Holm's sick kick was worth $50,000
Holly Holm, Ulka Sasaki, Li Jingliang and Frank Camacho each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 111 event. Holm and Sasaki earned “Performance of the Night” honors, while Jingliang and Camacho won “Fight of the Night.”
Submitted Jun 17, 2017 12:29PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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