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Michael McDonald vs. Masanori Kanehara official for UFC 195
Fox Sports announced that Michael MacDonald will make his long-awaited return against Masenori Kanehara in a bantamweight bout at UFC 195. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 9, 2015 9:43PM by Wez - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Network TV war brewing in Japan on New Year's Eve
After years off network television in Japan, two of Japan's major networks, and a third television station, will all be broadcasting MMA type events on New Year's Eve. Nobuyuki Sakakibara's Rizin debut on the Fuji Network with Fedor Emelianenko, plus a taped fight from two nights earlier with Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Shinya Aoki, was announced last month. On Saturday night's Bellator show, a battle between Gabi Garcia, a multiple time woman's world champion in Jiu Jitsu, and Lei'd Tapa (real name Seini Draughn) was announced.
Submitted Nov 9, 2015 12:59PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC Fight Night 77 post-fight facts: Almeida's winning streak hits 20, KO record and more
The UFC’s final stop in Brazil this year was a good one. Eight of 13 fights ended in a stoppage and multiple UFC record were set or tied. Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) scored yet another head kick knockout over Dan Henderson (31-14, 8-8 UFC) to close their trilogy more than nine years after the first meeting took place...
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 11:35PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Joe Silva’s Shoes: What's next for UFC Fight Night 77's winners?
The lineup was strong for the UFC’s return to Sao Paulo, and as they should have, the fighters delivered and produced a memorable night of action. Saturday’s main card, which aired on FOX Sports 1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium, had plenty of ups and downs but ultimately ended on a high note for the Brazilian fans because Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) scored yet another huge knockout of fellow MMA legend Dan Henderson (34-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC)...
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
If you're waiting for Dan Henderson to see the writing on the wall, get comfortable
The way it works is, a few minutes after the conclusion of each fight some poor UFC PR flack has to go collect quotes from both the winning and the losing fighter, then email those quotes out to members of the media. Since half the people this unfortunate soul has to talk to have just been beaten (which often means getting beaten up), this is bound to be an unpleasant task from time to time...
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 11:29PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 77 Bonuses
SAO PAULO – Vitor Belfort, Thomas Almeida, Alex Oliveira, and Thiago Tavares each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 event. All four earned “Performance of the Night” honors; no “Fight of the Night” was given. UFC officials announced the winners via Twitter ahead of the post-event news conference.
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 6:02AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Brazil exec: Ex-champ Anderson Silva wants to fight in Brazil upon return
SAO PAULO – The UFC’s point man in Brazil believes ex-middleweight champ Anderson Silva has a hankering to fight again on home soil. “There’s nothing set,” Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, said at the post-event press conference for UFC Fight Night 77 on Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. “I think it’s another wish of Anderson’s to fight in Brazil; I think every fighter has that wish.”
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 5:59AM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
GSP planning a 6 week camp to see if he wants to return
"He's gonna train for a fight," said Roach, who worked with St-Pierre recently at his Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. "He's gonna have a six-week training camp. And at the end of the six weeks, if he feels like he's ready to fight and he's hungry for it like he always has been, he's gonna do it. He's gonna fight one more time."
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 5:57AM by jae_1833 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Interviews, MMA Personalities
An Fedor's opponent is...
MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is scheduled to fight for the former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara in his new MMA promotion (Rizin Fighting Federation) on December 31st, 2015, but for months his opponent was not known. This has changed thanks to Inside MMA’s Bas Rutten. According to Rutten, Emelianenko will be fighting Tsuyoshi Kohsaka in a rubber match, which will air in the morning on Spike TV.
Submitted Nov 8, 2015 5:54AM by jae_1833 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Royce Gracie vs. Ken Shamrock 3, 'Kimbo' vs. 'Dada 5000' set for Bellator 149
ST. LOUIS – Fans in St. Louis were expecting to see an announcement of a Kurt Angle signing with Bellator and an announcement of a fight booking. Instead, Angle went all pro wrestling surprise on the crowd at Scottrade Center and said told fellow heavyweight Ken Shamrock that while he hopes for a fight against him one day, for now he was there to announce Shamrock against a foe he has an historic relationship with: Royce Gracie. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 6, 2015 11:49PM by Wez - 31 comments
Filed under: Bellator
'King Mo' to represent Bellator in Rizin light heavyweight grand prix
Rizin Fighting Federation is loading up for its inaugural show. Muhammed Lawal will represent Bellator MMA in a light heavyweight grand prix tournament during the Rizin FF event on New Year's Eve week, former PRIDE head and Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara announced Friday during Bellator 145. The main portion of the event will air on Spike TV in the United States tape delay on Dec. 31 at 10 a.m., according to a press release. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 6, 2015 11:18PM by Wez - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Alan Belcher announces retirement from MMA
Middleweight fighter Alan Belcher has announced his retirement from MMA. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 6, 2015 12:09PM by Wez - 10 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Ex-Bellator Title Challenger Brett Cooper Announces Retirement from MMA
Twelve-time Bellator veteran Brett Cooper has retired from professional mixed martial arts at 28 years old. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 6, 2015 10:49AM by Wez - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
GLORY kickboxing headed to ESPN
It appears that GLORY finally has a new television home. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 5, 2015 1:03PM by Wez - 8 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine, three other fights added to UFC on FOX 18
It's been a while since fans have head from Tarec Saffiedine. He'll be back early next year. The welterweight contender will meet Jake Ellenberger at UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J., it was announced Wednesday on UFC Tonight. (Courtesy of on Twitter) Current UFC on Fox 18 card: Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin
Submitted Nov 5, 2015 1:12AM by Wez - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader headlines FOX UFC Fight Night in New Jersey
The next contender for the UFC light heavyweight title will likely be determined in the FOX UFC Fight Night main event as Anthony Johnson gets his wish and will face Ryan Bader in the five-round headline fight headed to Newark, New Jersey on Jan. 30. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 4, 2015 8:21PM by Wez - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Will Brooks claims he was jumped by 'Pitbull' brothers, but Freire brothers insist he's lying
Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks did some hard sparring ahead of this Friday night's Bellator 145 showdown against Marcin Held, but probably wasn't expecting the "Pitbull" brothers -- Patricio and Patricky Freire -- to step up and serve as his impromptu training partners. **Go check out Twitter. is pissed off. He's saying there's video proof of the attack. This is big news if it turns out the brothers assaulted him. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 4, 2015 2:59PM by Wez - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Manager: 'I absolutely believe Chael Sonnen will fight again'
It appears 2016 could be the year of 'The American Gangster' because Chael Sonnen's manager believes the former middleweight and light heavyweight title challenger will return from retirement to fight again. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 4, 2015 2:46PM by Wez - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Neil Magny to headline TUF Latin America Finale with Matt Brown out
Neil Magny is back to his old ways. The UFC welterweight, known for fighting as much as possible and filling in on short notice, will face Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale on Nov. 21 in Monterrey, Mexico, the UFC announced Tuesday. Matt Brown was to be Gastelum's opponent until he fell injured this week. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 3, 2015 8:43PM by Wez - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
'Drunk guest' invades Dan Henderson’s hotel room in Brazil
Thought this was hilarious, had to share. Dan Henderson received a surprise visit five days before his next UFC fight. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 3, 2015 4:12PM by Wez - 10 comments
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