Michael Page to Face Evangelista Santos at Bellator 158 in London
Michael Page has a new opponent for Bellator 158, as he will face Brazilian veteran Evangelista Santos in a featured welterweight bout on July 16 in London.
Promotion officials announced the new matchup on Thursday. Santos replaces Fernando Gonzalez, who was forced to withdraw from the contest due to visa issues. Bellator also confirmed that a previously reported 170-pound clash between Paul Daley and Douglas Lima will headline the card following the death of Kimbo Slice, who was scheduled to face James Thompson in the original main event, earlier this week.
Thiago Meller scratched from WSOF 31, replacement sought for John Howard
A little more than a week out, WSOF is looking for a new opponent for John Howard at WSOF 31.
A torn calf muscle has forced Thiago Meller (20-7) to withdraw from his bout against UFC vet Howard (23-12). The Brazilian fighter announced his withdrawal today on Facebook, and WSOF spokesperson Mike Afromowitz confirmed to MMAjunkie the nature of the injury. The promotion currently is seeking a replacement.
Belal Muhammad says he's in for injured Nordine Taleb vs. Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90
It appears the UFC has landed a replacement to face Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 90.
According to an Instagram post from Belal Muhammad, the undefeated welterweight will step in for the injured Nordine Taleb at the event.
The UFC Fight Night 90 lineup now includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title
Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson
Alan Jouban vs. Belal Muhammad
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes
Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque
Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz
Felipe Arantes vs. Jerrod Sanders
Arielgate: The Whole Story of Helwani vs. the UFC (Article)
Ariel Helwani is the most prominent mixed martial arts (MMA) reporter in the sport’s short history. How paradoxical it was then that reporting is what (temporarily) ended his career covering the top MMA organization in the world: the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
Helwani and his colleagues from MMAFighting.com (which included renowned photographer, Esther Lin, and videographer, E. Casey Leydon) were banned from ever covering the UFC again at the UFC 199 event on June 4, 2016, right before Michael Bisping realized a lifelong dream of winning the UFC Middleweight Championship. Earlier in the show, UFC aired two big announcements in video package form: the long-anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was officially announced for UFC 202, and Brock Lesnar was making his surprising comeback for a one-off at UFC 200. But in the UFC’s eyes, there was a problem. Helwani had beaten them to the punch, and reported that both bookings were “close to being finalized” in the hours prior to the event.
Josh Koscheck out of fight with Paul Daley at Bellator 158
It's the rivalry rematch that just can't come together.
Josh Koscheck is injured and out of his fight with Paul Daley at Bellator 158 on July 16 in London, MMA Fighting confirmed with Bellator officials Monday. Daley will now face former Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima instead. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Koscheck and Daley were supposed to fight on the same card in January in Koscheck's adopted hometown of Fresno, Calif., to set up a future bout. Koscheck was slated to face Matt Secor in the main event of his Bellator debut, but got injured in training and had to withdraw. Daley took over the main event spot, defeating Andy Uhrich. Afterward, Daley slammed Koscheck in the post-fight interview.
Sparring partner: Sage Northcutt's dad 'is probably the worst coach I've seen'
UFC lightweight prospect Sage Northcutt is looking to rebound from his first professional loss, as he draws nearer to his return at UFC 200. Northcutt saw his undefeated record come to an end back in January, when he was submitted by Bryan Barberena in a welterweight matchup at UFC on FOX 18.
Northcutt is getting in in his final training sessions before fight night, but his last one apparently was "a disaster" according to his sparring partner. In an Instagram post published on Tuesday, Israeli Muay Thai champion Ilya Grad pointed the finger at the 20-year-old's father as the root cause of yesterday's problems:
@supersagenorthcutt came in for sparring today preparing for UFC 200. I want to say something nice about the kid but oh my what a disaster it was. His dad is probably the worst coach I've seen in my life. He walks around talking shit from the start like we owe him something, then he interrupting his real coach during the rounds and gives poor Sage negative pet talk in between! Then at the 3rd round when I was just warming up and started pushing the pace they accused me of trying to hurt him and retired him from sparring! ?? - When I train someone for a fight I want to put them in difficult situations, as you would in a real fight but these clowns just want him to do well and when he doesn't they accused me of some shit and made a scene! Never have I seen such bad coaching in my life! You have great potential kid, If you smart tell your dad to stay away from your fight camp so you could actually get some training done! Good luck for 200 ??
Victory FC 51 headlined by pair of title fights on June 24
A pair of belts will be up for grabs when Victory FC 51 heads to Idaho.
The promotion announced three featured bouts, including a pair of title fights.
Victory FC 51 takes place June 24 from Bucs Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
The main event features a bout for the vacant bantamweight title when UFC veteran Rob Emerson (16-11) takes on Shawn West (12-6). In the co-main event, Rakim Cleveland (14-7-1) battles Mike Rhodes (9-4) for the vacant middleweight belt.
The Victory FC 51 card includes:
Rob Emerson vs. Shawn West – for vacant bantamweight title
Rakim Cleveland vs. Mike Rhodes – for vacant middleweight title
Rick Glenn vs. Ramiro Hernandez
Nick Hein gets home bout in Germany, meets Tae Hyun Bang at UFC Fight Night in Hamburg
Nick Hein will return from what will be nearly a year layoff for a fight in front of his home German fans this fall.
Hein (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is set to meet Tae Hyun Bang (18-9 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a lightweight bout at the UFC’s “Fight Night” event in Hamburg, Germany. Promotion officials announced the new booking today.
UFC Fight Night in Hamburg takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The latest UFC Fight Night in Hamburg lineup now includes:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
Jessin Ayari vs. Emil Meek
Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein
UFC 199 draws announced 15,587 fans for sell-out at The Forum, $2.17 million gate
Saturday’s UFC 199 event drew an announced attendance of 15,587, which was a sell-out, and a live gate of $2,168,675.
UFC PR head Dave Sholler announced the figures at the post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC 199 took place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The card featured a number of California-based fighters. In fact, three of the four headliners and co-headliners are California natives, and the other (Michael Bisping) lives part-time in the state.
At long last, Fedor Emelianenko headed to the UFC ... UFC Fight Pass, that is
Legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko emerged from a retirement of more than three years this past December and cruised to a first-round TKO of Jaideep Singh in Japan.
His return came after plenty of speculation about where he’d wind up – and the UFC was, naturally, one of the promotions he was rumored to wind up. But Rizin Fighting Federation is where he went to, not the UFC.
But later this month, the UFC will get Fedor anyway – in a roundabout sort of way.
Emelianenko (35-4) will fight UFC veteran Fabio Maldonado (22-9) at a Eurasian Fight Nights event in St. Petersburg, Russia – and that bout, set for June 17, will be streamed on the UFC’s Fight Pass digital network.
Brock Lesnar betting underdog against Mark Hunt after enjoying brief moment as favorite
While former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (5-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) enjoyed a brief installation as the oddsmakers’ favorite in his UFC 200 match with Mark Hunt (12-10-1 MMA, 7-4-1 UFC), that quickly changed.
Curacao-based gaming site Pinnacle initially opened Lesnar at -200, implying a win probability of 67 percent. Hunt was opened at +176, implying a 36 percent chance of victory for “The Super Samoan.”
UFC's Ricardo Lamas still in the hospital after splitting shin open
UFC featherweight Ricardo Lamas has been shuttled through two hospitals and remains hospitalized after his pay-per-view main card bout with Max Holloway at this past Saturday’s UFC 199.
Lamas split his shin open during the bout, which he lost via decision, and was admitted to the emergency room after being given antibiotics for an infection that swelled his leg during his flight home to Chicago.
Brock Lesnar granted waiver from four-month drug testing requirement
The UFC Anti-Doping Policy requires fighters who are coming out of retirement, such as former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, to notify the promotion in writing four months in advance of an intended return to competition, and to make themselves available for random testing for four months.
Lesnar on Friday agreed to terms and signed his bout agreement to fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. He entered into the testing pool on Monday. He thus would not be able to fight, though the clause also covers situations such as Lesnar.
Levan Makashvili in for injured champ Luis Felix vs. Ryan Sanders at CES MMA 36
Injury has forced a change to the CES MMA 36 card and led to a shake-up in the main event.
The promotion today notified MMAjunkie of the change.
The event takes place June 10 from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and airs on AXS TV.
The originally planned championship main event between Ryan Sanders (10-7) and lightweight champion Luis Felix (14-9) has been scrapped after an injury forced the champ out of the bout. Sanders will now face former UFC fighter Levan Makashvili (7-2-1) in a non-title bout.