Alistair Overeem injured, out of UFC 160 fight against Junior dos Santos
Fans will have to wait a little longer to see Alistair Overeem vs. Junior dos Santos.
According to sources close to Overeem, the heavyweight recently suffered an undisclosed injury while training, which will sideline him for four-to-five weeks. As a result, Overeem's camp recently informed the UFC that he will be unable to fight dos Santos at UFC 160 on May 25.
Unbeaten 135-pounders Johnny Bedford and Erik Perez meet at UFC 159
Two fighters unbeaten in the UFC's bantamweight division will meet in April when Johnny Bedford (19-9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) takes on Erik Perez (13-4 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 159.
Bedford today announced the fight via Twitter.
UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a main event between light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
It's not clear where Bedford vs. Perez will be placed on the lineup.
The latest UFC 159 card includes:
Champ Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen - for light-heavyweight title
Alan Belcher vs. Michael Bisping
Phil Davis vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Pat Healy vs. Jim Miller
Cheick Kongo vs. Roy Nelson
Sheila Gaff vs. Sara McMann
Johnny Bedford vs. Erik Perez
Nick Catone vs. James Head
Jimy Hettes vs. Steven Siler
Leonard Garcia vs. Cody McKenzie
Al Iaquinta vs. Joe Proctor
Ovince St. Preux vs. Gian Villante
Rustam Khabilov vs. Yancy Medeiros
'WSOF 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson' lineup finalized, Villefort-McCray joins card
The lineup for this month's "World Series of Fighting 2: Arlovski vs. Johnson" event is complete with three new preliminary-card bouts.
The event takes place March 23 at Revel Atlantic City in New Jersey. The main card, including a heavyweight headliner between Andrei Arlovski (19-9) and Anthony Johnson (14-4), airs on NBC Sports Network.
Officials previously announced most of the card, but three prelim fighters now have opponents.
The full WSOF 2 card includes:
MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network, 9:30 p.m. ET)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Anthony Johnson
Marlon Moraes vs. Tyson Nam
Josh Burkman vs. Aaron Simpson
Dave Branch vs. Paulo Filho
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Justin Gaethje
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Kris McCray vs. Danillo Villefort
Igor Gracie vs. Richard Patishnock
Cameron Dollar vs. Waylon Lowe
Ozzy Dugulubgov vs. Chris Wade
Rick Glenn vs. Alexandre Pimentel
Thiago Silva vs. Rafael 'Feijao' Cavalcante planned for UFC 162
Earlier today it was effectively confirmed that Anderson Silva will fight Chris Weidman in the main event of UFC 162. There's more news coming in that another Silva is expected to fight on this card, as Thiago Silva fights Rafael Cavalcante on July 6th, in a battle of powerful strikers. Via MMA Fighting:
The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion is expected to meet Thiago Silva at UFC 162 on July 6 in Las Vegas, according to sources close to the fight. The UFC has yet to make the fight official.
Renan Barao vs. Eddie Wineland official as UFC 161 headliner
A title fight between interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao (30-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and former WEC bantamweight champ Eddie Wineland (20-8-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will headline UFC 161.
Sources with knowledge of the planned bout told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that it has been verbally agreed to on one side. ESPN initially tweeted news of the fight today while citing UFC President Dana White.
UFC officials later issued a formal announcement.
UFC 161 takes place June 15 at MPS Centre in Winnipeg and is the promotion's first visit to the Manitoba province in Canada. Already booked for the event are Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, and Jake Shields-Tyron Woodley.
Anderson Silva vs. Chris Weidman set for UFC 162 headliner
As expected, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-4 MMA, 16-0 UFC) will meet top contender Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) on Independence Day weekend at UFC 162.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of the targeted bout, and Newsday.com today confirmed it as official with UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta....
Injured Johnny Eduardo pulled from next week's UFC 158 lineup
An injury has forced Johnny Eduardo (26-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) out of next week's UFC 158 event and his bantamweight bout with Yves Jabouin (18-8 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the change, though the nature of Eduardo's injury wasn't revealed.
It's not clear if a replacement will be sought, though with just 10 days until the event, it could be a challenge.
NSAC's Keith Kizer: 'I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us'
If Vitor Belfort wants to continue his mixed martial arts (MMA) career while receiving testosterone replacement therapy (TRT), he'll have to do it somewhere other than "Sin City," which just so happens to be home base of his employer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
That's because "The Phenom" doesn't meet the requirements for the controversial treatment under the guidelines of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC). Any fighter previously popped for steroid abuse -- which is a contributing factor to low testosterone later on in life -- is immediately disqualified.
NSAC Executive Director Keith Kizer comments to Bleacher Report:
"I don't see Vitor Belfort getting a TRT exemption from us. I really don't and I feel kind of bad for him in some ways because if he has learned from his mistakes and now he's trying to do it the right way and his levels are low with the treatment good for him and I hope he is doing that. The rules are the rules and you have to draw the line somewhere."
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 7 Recap: Styles Make Fights
Josh Samman scored a knockout win of Tor Troeng in last week’s episode, but injured his leg in the victory. He woke up the following morning in “severe” pain.
Samman pulled a quad muscle during tryouts for a previous season of The Ultimate Fighter and formed a blood clot in his leg that required an extensive surgery to correct. He was worried history was repeating itself.
He was taken to the hospital for observation and tests. After an ultrasound, it was determined that he did not have a blood clot...
Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox faces licensing problems
Fallon Fox is bracing herself for controversy, and as the first on-record transgender female fighter in mixed martial arts, she's going to get plenty of it.
On Monday, the 37-year-old Fox (2-0) revealed exclusively to SI.com that she's a transgender fighter -- the first on record, male or female, to compete in the combat sport. Fox won her second professional bout with a 39-second knockout (via knee) last Saturday at Championship Fighting Alliance 10 in Coral Gables, Fla.
Fox, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006 along with the supplemental hormonal therapy, is scheduled to fight again for the CFA on April 20 in the semifinals of its eight-woman featherweight tournament. However, Fox's license approval is now under investigation with Florida's Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation...
Dave Meltzer: Ronda Rousey is the number five PPV draw in UFC
The early estimate for the UFC 157 PPV buy rate is in the 400,000-500,000 range, more or less in the middle of that range. Dave claims UFC budgeted itself for 250,000 PPV buys for the Anaheim Pond event, hoping that Ronda would draw around what the smaller fighters like Jose Aldo & Frankie Edgar draw. Drawing 250,000 PPV buys is fine, 300,000 is good, and 400,000 is very good.
“A big success” even though “it’s still Liz Carmouche in the main event.” Both women made north of $150,000 USD in terms of money from the fight.
When Dave first saw the original PPV barker ad for the UFC 157 show (the now infamous Rousey mean/smile combo ad), he said it hit him that it’s two girls fighting and that it wasn’t going to draw so well. The early ticket sales in Anaheim were around 4,000 sold for $600,000 at the gate. However, unlike normal UFC business trends, the event ended up sold out and had more momentum for the close...
Bantamweight Francisco Rivera signs new four-fight deal with UFC
UFC bantamweight Francisco Rivera, unbeaten in three fights since his return to the promotion, has re-upped with the company after his most recent victory a month ago.
Representatives at Iridium Sports Agency on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Rivera (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has inked a new four-fight deal with the UFC.