Ross Pearson agrees to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201
Veteran lightweight Ross Pearson has agreed to step up on short notice and fight Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight fight at UFC 201 on July 30.
UFC officials confirmed the 170-pound to ESPN. Pearson replaces Masvidal's original opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, who withdrew due to illness. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena.
UFC 204: Leonardo Santos to Fight Adriano Martins
A pair of underrated Brazilian lightweights will throw down in October, as the 28-7 Adriano Martins will fight the 15-3-1 Leonardo Santos.
Leonard Santos entered the UFC in 2013 through The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2. Santos was 3-1 on the show with a win over current UFC welterweight Thiago Santos. After would-be finalist Santiago Ponzinibbio pulled out of the finale with an injury, Santos replaced him against William Patolino. Santos submitted Patolino with an arm-triangle to choke to win both his UFC debut, and the TUF: Brazil 2 tournament.
Since then, Santos is undefeated at 3-0-1, with the blemish being a draw against former UFC fighter Norman Parke. Santos has won his last three fights, finishing two opponents. Most recently, the Brazilian upset Kevin Lee with a first round TKO at UFC 194. Santos was set to fight Evan Dunham at UFC 199, but pulled out with an injury. He is a close training partner of Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.
Adriano Martins has quietly become a very dangerous lightweight since joining the UFC in 2013. He entered the promotion with a 24-6 and on a five-fight win streak. He earned a “Submission of the Night” bonus in his UFC debut. Unfortunately for him, Martins was given a date with Donald Cerrone in his next bout and was defeated in the first round.
Since then, Martins is on a tear. The Brazilians has earned two knockouts and a decision victory over Rustam Khabilov. His most recent victory was a first-round knockout against Islam Makhachev at UFC 192. Martins has 13 knockouts in his 28 career victories and has earned performance bonuses in three of his four UFC victories.
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera added to UFC 203
A battle between a grizzled veteran and a hyped prospect will go down at bantamweight at UFC 203.
Urijah Faber will not be retiring after all. Team Alpha Male's leader may have come up short in another title fight, he is apparently trudging on, accepting a booking with top bantamweight prospect Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203 in September.
The UFC made the bout official today.
Lineup set for Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 91 event in Sioux Falls, S.D.
UFC Fight Night 91 lost its originally planned main event, but a bantamweight shootout should provide plenty of fireworks for fans in attendance.
The lineup for the 12-fight card is set.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place Wednesday at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, John Lineker (27-7 MMA, 8-2 UFC) faces off with Michael McDonald (17-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). The bout replaces the originally planned lightweight main event between Michael Chiesa and Tony Ferguson. After Chiesa pulled out due to an injury, Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) now faces UFC newcomer Landon Vannata (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the co-main event.
Dong Hyun Kim out of UFC 202 bout against Neil Magny, promotion seeking replacement
A crucial welterweight bout slated for next month’s UFC 202 has taken a hit.
Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) is out of his fight against Neil Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) on the card, a UFC official today confirmed to MMAjunkie. The promotion is seeking a replacement for Kim to keep Magny on the card.
Featuring a headlining rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at welterweight, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 200 medical suspensions: Miesha Tate, Sage Northcutt potentially out until 2017
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and lightweight prospect Sage Northcutt highlighted a list of five fighters to receive potential six-month medical suspensions in the aftermath of the UFC 200, the Nevada Athletic Commission announced Monday.
Tate dropped her title via first-round submission to Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 200, which took place July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Northcutt defeated Enrique Marin via decision on the night's preliminary card. Both will now have to receive doctor's clearance on their respective injuries or sit out until Jan. 2017.
Mayhem Miller arrested again after alleged tussle with two women
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller is facing yet more legal trouble. This time the former UFC fighter was detained due to an incident at a sports bar in Costa Mesa, California late on Saturday night.
n what is becoming a sad and concerning trend, former UFC fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was arrested this weekend after he was allegedly involved in an altercation with two women. The incident occurred at 2.a.m on Sunday at Saddle Ranch Chop House in Costa Mesa, California.
According to Chris Haire of The Orange County Registrar Miller was observed arguing with two women inside the establishment. The OC Registrar stated that one of the women slapped Miller and in response, the veteran of over thirty professional mixed-martial-arts fights grabbed the woman and attempted to punch her. At this point, the establishment’s security personnel were able to intervene. Miller was then taken down to the ground and hhandcuffed.
TUF 23 Finale bonuses: Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 'Korean Superboy' headline cash winners
The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale unfolded last night (Fri., July 8, 2016) live on FOX Sports 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With MMA standouts like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, top Strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Will Brooks, English powerhouse Ross Pearson, Korean sensation Doo Ho Choi, and The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 finalists putting forth their best efforts, TUF 23 Finale delivered through and through.
UFC Fight Night 90 medical suspensions: Yep, Alan Jouban has broken hand
No surprise, but UFC welterweight Alan Jouban Potential medical suspensions arising from UFC Fight Night 90.
Jouban, who posted a pic of his badly fractured left hand following a decision over Belal Muhammad, needs doctor clearance or faces a six-month suspension, according to medical suspensions released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event this past Saturday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC Fight Night 90’s main card and preliminary card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Other fighters to get a potential six-month term include Mitch Clarke, who needs an MRI on his right knee after a submission loss to Joe Duffy, and Reginaldo Vieira, who needs right orbital and nasal fractures cleared.
The event’s headliners, Eddie Alvarez and Rafael dos Anjos, escaped without serious terms. Dos Anjos, who ceded his UFC lightweight title to Alvarez via first-round TKO, will sit out 45 days.
UFC Fight Night 90 salaries: dos Anjos, Alvarez lead payroll north of $1.1 million
Three fighters made six figures at UFC Fight Night 90, the UFC’s first event of International Fight Week
MMAjunkie requested and today received the list of disclosed payouts from the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
In the main event, Eddie Alvarez took out lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos with a first-round TKO to win the title in an upset. The former Bellator champ made $150,000 for his efforts. Dos Anjos got a flat $310,000 in a losing cause.
In the co-main event, Roy Nelson lost a split decision to Derrick Lewis in a heavyweight battle. Nelson made $100,000 and would have made another $50,000 had a second judge seen the fight in his favor. Lewis took home $66,000.
UFC Fight Night 90 bonuses: Eddie Alvarez gets extra $50,000
Eddie Alvarez got more than a shiny gold belt for his first-round TKO win over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 90 on Thursday night.
Alvarez also earned $50,000 for a Performance of the Night bonus. Pedro Munhoz also was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus for his first-round submission win (guillotine) against Russell Doane.
Alan Jouban and Belal Muhammad were named Fight of the Night after their gritty clash on the main card. Jouban won the fight via unanimous decision over Muhammad for his second straight victory.
After weeks of rumors, $4 billion UFC sale announcement coming Monday
It’s now all but official: After weeks of speculation, reports and denials, the Ultimate Fighting Championship appears poised to announce it has been sold. The pricetag: $4 billion.
According to the report, the new ownership group will include the William Morris Endeavor, an entertainment agency whose CEO Ari Emanuel is a longtime friend of the UFC; New York-based entertainment company International Management Group; private equity firm MSD; and New York-based investment firm KKR Co.
UFC 200 post-fight facts: Inside the numbers of the most anticipated card in company history
After more than a year of buildup, UFC 200 finally took place on Saturday at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The historic pay-per-view event was capped off by a one-sided headliner. Amanda Nunes (13-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC) forced the game of hot potato in the UFC’s women’s bantamweight division to continue when she steamrolled Miesha Tate (18-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC) for a first-round submission to capture the gold.
With the most stacked event in UFC history in the books – and one that produced numerous notable results – check out 65 post-fight facts to come out of UFC 200...
Amanda Nunes reacts to becoming the first openly gay UFC champion
Amanda Nunes made history on a big night.
With her win over Miesha Tate, Nunes became the first openly gay champion ever in the UFC. The talented Brazilian submitted Tate in the first round with a rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 200 on Saturday to take home the women's bantamweight title.
"It's amazing," Nunes said of becoming the UFC's first openly gay champ. "The most important thing is I'm happy with my life. That's the most important thing."