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BJ Penn Comes out of Retirement
UFC Hall of Famer and former two-division champion BJ Penn officially announced his return to the Octagon on Tuesday.
Submitted Jan 19, 2016 4:13PM by tallica62 - 28 comments
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The 3 stars of ‘UFC Fight Night 81: Dillashaw vs. Cruz' in Boston
The UFC plans another hectic and loaded schedule this year, and during that time, hundreds of fighters will enter and exit the octagon. While pre-fight hype is an enjoyable aspect of the sport, it’s ultimately the in-cage performances that speak most to fans. For the majority of fighters, the opportunity to present their skills to the world only comes along a few times per year. A total of 26 fighters got the chance on Sunday as part of UFC Fight Night 81 at Boston’s TD Garden. Now that the FOX Sports 1-televised event is in the books, it’s time to commence MMAjunkie’s “Three Stars” ceremony...
Submitted Jan 18, 2016 10:41PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny added as UFC Fight Night 84 co-main event
UFC Fight Night 84 is beginning to come together with the announcement of four bouts for the event, which is already scheduled to be headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Frank Mir. UFC Fight Night 84 will take place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia. The event, which is expected to air on FOX Sports 1, takes place on Sunday, March 20, in Australia, but airs on Saturday, March 19, in North America due to the time difference. The current UFC Fight Night 84 lineup includes: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly
Submitted Jan 18, 2016 9:18PM by Budgellism - 13 comments
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Patrick Cote wants to welcome Nick Diaz back to UFC octagon
Fresh off an impressive performance on Sunday at UFC Fight Night 81, Patrick Cote is again aiming his sights at the welterweight division’s top 15. Although Nick Diaz falls short of that mark, being absent on the UFC’s list and the MMAjunkie/USA TODAY Sports MMA welterweight rankings, he’s of course a big fight for any veteran looking for a break. And that’s why Cote wants the onetime welterweight title challenger if he can’t get an opponent with a number next to his name. “I’m 35 years old, so I’m not getting younger,” Cote (23-9 MMA, 10-9 UFC) told UFC.com following a second-round TKO of Ben Saunders (19-7-2 MMA, 7-6 UFC) on the FOX Sports 1-televised prelims of the event at Boston’s TD Garden. “I want to move up the rankings as soon as possible, and with two good performances, I want a top-15 (opponent) – or there’s a guy coming back in August, and it’s Nick Diaz.”
Submitted Jan 18, 2016 9:16PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Cyborg puts on 19 pounds in six hours post weigh in
Mixed martial arts is slowly waking up to the dangers of extreme weight cutting. Cris Cyborg recently cited it as a reason she was not dropping to 135 for a potential superfight with Ronda Rousey or Holly Holm. Another reason to avoid extreme weight cutting is that it can end up with fights were the fighters are in different weight divisions. And the entire point of weight divisions is that one fighter not unfairly and dangerously outweigh the other. Cris Cyborg weighed in at Cris Cybrog 144.6 lbs on Friday for her fight Saturday night with Daria Ibragimova. By contrast, the Russian weighed in relatively far from the 145 championship limit, at 143.7 lbs, indicating she is not likely to put in a massive amount. Six hours later, she weighed in at 163.8 lbs, as seen in this video from her friend Ray Elbe's Instagram. That is a difference of over 19 pounds, and pushes her up to the welterweight division.
Submitted Jan 16, 2016 6:40PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
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UFC Fight Night 81 weigh-in results: Champ Dillashaw, Cruz official for 135 title tilt
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) -T.J. Dillashaw (135) vs. Dominick Cruz (135) – for bantamweight title -Eddie Alvarez (155.5) vs. Anthony Pettis (155.5) -Travis Browne (238) vs. Matt Mitrione (249) -Ross Pearson (155) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) -Patrick Cote (171) vs. Ben Saunders (170) -Medhi Baghdad (156) vs. Chris Wade (155.5) -Tim Boetsch (206) vs. Ed Herman (204.5) -Maximo Blanco (146) vs. Luke Sanders (145.5) PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) -Daron Cruickshank (155) vs. Paul Felder (155.5) -Ilir Latifi (205) vs. Sean O’Connell (205.5) -Kyle Bochniak (145) vs. Charles Rosa (145.5) -Rob Font (135) vs. Joey Gomez (135) -Francimar Barroso (205) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (201)
Submitted Jan 16, 2016 6:40PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Diego Brandao tests positive for marijuana at UFC 195
The Nevada Athletic Commission is about to have another UFC marijuana case on its hands. The UFC announced Friday that Diego Brandao tested positive for a marijuana metabolite at UFC 195 earlier this month in Las Vegas. The positive sample came from an in-competition test, which means Brandao faces a penalty. Marijuana is not prohibited under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) code out of competition. In-competition is defined as the 12 hours before and after a fight. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 15, 2016 8:49PM by Wez - 8 comments
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FBI Investigating ISIS Threats Against UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy
The FBI recently spoke to Special Forces soldier and Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight Tim Kennedy after he was reportedly threatened by the Islamic State group (ISIS). The Army Times confirmed the news after Kennedy posted about the situation on his Facebook page. “Just spoke with the FBI regarding some recent credible threats towards me by ISIS,” Kennedy wrote. “They were not overly thrilled with my response…’Let those cowards come.’” Kennedy, who previously served in the 7th Special Forces Group and is currently a sergeant first class with the Texas National Guard, told the Army Times that he normally receives up to 10 threats per day on social media. However, most of those come from what Kennedy referred to as “military trolls.” Check out Kennedy's interview on the Alex Jones Channel published today . (Courtesy of
Submitted Jan 15, 2016 4:48PM by Wez - 3 comments
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Alessio Sakara vs. Brian Rogers announced for Bellator's Italy co-promotion
A battle of heavy hitters will take center stage in Bellator's debut in Italy. Italian veteran Alessio Sakara will meet Brian Rogers in the main event of a an April 16 event in Turin, Italy, which will be co-promoted with local promoter Oktagon Kickboxing. Bellator announced the light heavyweight bout on Friday.
Submitted Jan 15, 2016 12:57PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Newcomer Kyle Bochniak a late addition to Sunday's UFC Fight Night 81 lineup
Undefeated promotional newcomer Kyle Bochniak is a late addition to this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 81 lineup. Officials today announced Bochniak (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), himself a recent late replacement, and meets featherweight Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the event. With the change, UFC Fight Night 81 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 8:51PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Matt Mitrione explains why he has decided to fight out his UFC contract
BOSTON -- Matt Mitrione talks about his long history with Travis Browne, finally fighting Browne at UFC Fight Night 81, whether Browne's best days are behind him, how long it took to get over his loss to Ben Rothwell, what he learned from the setback, his upcoming free agency, and much more.
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 8:21PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
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Ufc releases Wanderlei Silva from his contract
After apologizing for "fight fixing "comments Ufc officially released Wanderlei Silva from his contract freeing him to fight for other promotions.
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 4:53PM by FKA - 10 comments
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Augusto Mendes suffers injury moments after signing UFC deal, out of Sunday’s card in Boston
Two days after signing with the UFC to fight Charles Rosa on short notice in Boston, Augusto Mendes is already out of the featherweight bout. A multiple time jiu-jitsu world champion, "Tanquinho" signed with the promotion to replace injured Jimy Hettes. However, right after signing a deal with the UFC, the Brazilian suffered a rib injured in training and was forced off the card.
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 2:40PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Lentz issues 'non-negotiable' demands to BJ Penn: 'I’m holding the whip hand'
Read the entire letter below: "BJ, I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message. In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I'm considering your request. There are, of course, some conditions. - I'm never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won't be long before you're eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions. So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155. - I'm not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren't fighting in March. You've lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the "BJ didn't have enough time" bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply. - You still owe Mike Dolce $22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don't have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION, a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce's name. Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn't satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I'M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the.... WHIP HAND. I'm ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could. Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon. You want to fight? Then it's on MY terms. FACE IT. Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you. You can go to Greg Jackson's, you can go to Jermaine Jackson's, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin' POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but... You're an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity. Nik Lentz Your BOSS"
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 10:13AM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor joins March's UFC 197 lineup
March’s UFC 197 fight card has another addition, this time in the light-heavyweight division. “The Ultimate Fighter 19” winner Corey Anderson (7-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is set to fight UFC vet Tom Lawlor (10-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the bout. The latest UFC 197 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 8:40AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Rafael dos Anjos fined $10,000 for wearing sponsor shirt at UFC on FOX 17 weigh-ins
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is a little lighter in the wallet. Ahead of his Dec. 19 title defense to Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17, Dos Anjos was seen wearing an Evolve MMA shirt before stepping on the scales to weigh in. Word came this week that Dos Anjos had been docked a "significant" amount by the UFC for violating the promotion's Athlete Outfitting Policy. Speaking with MMAFighting.com on Wednesday, Dos Anjos revealed that sum to be $10,000.
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 8:18PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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UFC official confirms Vitor Belfort turned down fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 197
Anderson Silva will battle Michael Bisping in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card in London on Feb. 27, but that wasn’t the promotion’s original plan for "The Spider". The UFC officially announced UFC 197 pay-per-view show for March 5 in Rio de Janeiro, but eventually moved the card to Las Vegas with Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate as headliners.
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 8:17PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Retired ex-champ B.J. Penn wants Nik Lentz at UFC 197, heads to Jackson-Wink MMA
B.J. Penn’s rivalry with Nik Lentz had seemingly flamed out a few months ago, but now the retired UFC Hall of Famer has ramped things up again with a “formal challenge” for a bout at UFC 197 on March 5. Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) hinted at a potential comeback earlier this week, prior to the callout of Lentz (25-7-2 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC), when he posted a photo with famed Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA trainer Greg Jackson with the caption “We coming!!”
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 7:38PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb joins recently announced UFC 197 lineup
March’s UFC 197 lineup is shaping up to be a good one. Following Tuesday’s announcement of a championship doubleheader, officials today announced welterweights Erick Silva (18-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Nordine Taleb (11-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) also will fight at the event. UFC 197 takes place March 5 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC 197 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 7:37PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Mickey Gall faces Michael Jackson at UFC 196, will receive fight with CM Punk with win
Mickey Gall’s callout of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has landed him in the UFC, and put him in position to earn the fight he wants. Gall (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was featured on the first episode of UFC President Dana White’s streaming reality show “Looking For A Fight” and finished his professional debut with a first round rear-naked choke submission. He immediately let White know what he wanted. “Hey Dana White, I don’t know if CM Punk has an opponent,” Gall said afterward in the cage, “but I would love to fight that man.” White said he was “interested” in Gall getting the spot against former WWE superstar Brooks (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has yet to make his professional debut. Now, White has given Gall the opportunity to fight for the a shot a the ex-professional wrestler. “I might as well break it here, right?” White said while appearing on TSN’s “Off the Record.” “Mickey Gall – I’m bringing in Mickey Gall in and he’s going to fight a guy named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims on Feb. 6 on fight pass. If he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. CM Punk will be there to watch.” (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 6:05PM by Wez - 12 comments
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