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Michael Bisping becomes Britain's first UFC champion
Michael Bisping dethroned Luke Rockhold, despite only 17 days' notice, to become Britain's first UFC champion at UFC 199. The middleweight was elated at a revenge KO win after Rockhold had submitted him less than two years ago.
Submitted Jun 5, 2016 3:25AM by dbflex - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor set for UFC 202
It’s been scheduled, cancelled, talked about endlessly and now it’s done. The rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor is officially set for UFC 202. The UFC announced the match-up during the pay-per-view broadcast for UFC 199. The event will take place August 20 from a venue to be determined. The main card will air on pay-per-view.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 11:44PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA legend Don Frye set for induction into UFC Hall of Fame
MMA legend Don Frye is the newest member of the UFC Hall of Fame. UFC officials today announced that Frye (20-9-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) will be inducted in the UFC Hall of Fame as part of this summer’s International Fight Week festivities along with heavyweight legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC co-founder Bob Meyrowitz.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 11:43PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brock Lesnar close to finalizing deal to fight at UFC 200
Here comes the pain. Again? The UFC is in serious talks with former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to have him fight at UFC 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas, multiple sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. Both sides are close to finalizing a deal, and if all goes well, Lesnar's return to mixed martial arts could be announced imminently.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 8:36PM by kopower - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC opening odds: Lawler a 3-1 favorite over Woodley, 'Mighty Mouse' 17-1 over Reis
The opening odds are set for a number of upcoming UFC headliners and co-headliners, and the champs are comfortable favorites. The events stretch from UFC Fight Night 91 on July 7 to UFC 203 on Sept. 10. The odds, courtesy of Nick Kalikas at mmaoddsbreaker.com, include a pair of title fights at UFC 201 on July 30.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 1:25PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 199 pre-fight facts: Inside the numbers for a pair of title-fight rematches in SoCal
The UFC’s second pay-per-view event in a 21-day period takes place Saturday with UFC 199 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. In the main event, middleweight titleholder Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) goes for his first title defense when he takes on Michael Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC). The co-headliner features a rare championship trilogy contest when longtime rivals Dominick Cruz (21-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Urijah Faber (33-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) look to settle their differences once and for all with the bantamweight belt up for grabs. While two title fights would ordinarily be enough to carry a card, the organization has stacked the deck with several other bouts of significance. For more on the numbers behind all those matchups, check out 80 pre-fight facts about UFC 199...
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 12:49PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping: ‘A lot of the UFC roster' are ‘posers' -- ‘I'm a real fighter'
As they have been all week, tensions were high between UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping at Friday's UFC 199 weigh-ins. After both fighters successfully tipped the scales at the 185-pound middleweight limit, Bisping kicked off the customary staredown with a playful jab to Rockhold's stomach. From there the expletives flew as UFC president Dana White tried valiantly to keep the two rivals separated ahead of their rematch on Saturday night in the main event of UFC 199.
Submitted Jun 4, 2016 12:11PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
CSAC doctor: Champ Luke Rockhold has Grade II MCL sprain, but OK to fight at UFC 199
The all-clear has been given on UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold’s knee, paving the way for his fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 199. Concerns were raised at Thursday’s news conference for the pay-per-view event when Rockhold claimed to have suffered a torn MCL in preparation for his first title defense, which takes place at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. But the fighter passed an examination by a ringside physician from the California State Athletic Commission, which will regulate Saturday’s pay-per-view event. The doctor who checked him out said that while Rockhold has a Grade II “strain” of his medical collateral ligament, he has good stability in his knee and is healthy enough to compete. “As far as his physical exam, no, (there is no evidence of an MCL tear),” said Dr. Diego Allende, an osteopathic, family medicine, and anti-aging doctor who spoke to MMAjunkie today after preliminary weigh-ins for the event. “He has good stability, good range of motion; he cleared completely on the examination. I have all the confidence in the world that that won’t be an issue in his competition tomorrow night.”
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 6:41PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Justin Lawrence vs Isao Kobayashi Tops Bellator 157 Preliminary Card
Justin Lawrence will meet Isao Kobayashi in the featured preliminary bout at Bellator 157 "Dynamite 2" on June 24. Promotion officials announced the featherweight pairing on Friday. Bellator 157 takes place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Quinton Jackson and Satoshi Ishii. The evening’s main card, which will also see Michael Chandler face Patricky Freire for the vacant lightweight title, airs on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT. The preliminary draw will stream on Bellator.com beginning at approximately 6:30 ET/5:30 CT.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 6:14PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Muhammad Ali hospitalized and on life support
According to reports, boxing legend Muhammad Ali is on life support. The 74 year old former world champion was hospitalized Thursday with respiratory issues, but it now appears those problems are worse than originally thought. Reports indicate that Ali's family has flown in to the Phoenix area to be with him, and that doctors have cautioned that he is "near the end". Ali has battled health issues over the years, starting with a diagnosis of Parkinson's in the 1980's. In recent years, he has also been hospitalized at times for pneumonia among other ailments. Ali is considered by many to be the greatest Heavyweight champion of all time. His classic fights with Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Sonny Liston among many others are all landmark moments in boxing history. Outside of the ring, his loud and brash persona drew numerous fans and critics alike. He made big waves both for changing his name from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali and for refusing to fight in the Vietnam War. He was an icon not just of boxing, but of America for many years, and is undeniably one of the biggest stars in the history of combat sports.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 6:12PM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous
‘TUF 8’ Winner Efrain Escudero Among Seven Fighters Released by the UFC
Additionally, Robert Whiteford, Clint Hester, Willie Gates, Dominic Waters, Yan Cabral and Filip Pejic were cut by the Las Vegas-based promotion. Sherdog.com confirmed the releases with a source close to the UFC.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 5:00PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nikita Krylov vs. Ed Herman added to UFC 201 in Atlanta
Nikita Krylov (20-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will go for his fifth straight UFC victory when he meets Ed Herman (23-11 MMA, 10-7 UFC) at UFC 201. UFC officials today announced the bout via UFC.com. UFC 201 takes place July 30 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized. Krylov, a 24-year-old Ukrainian, joined the UFC as a heavyweight in 2013 and suffered a TKO loss to Soa Palelei. After an eventual drop to light heavyweight, he’s recently found plenty of success. He’s currently riding a four-fight winning streak that includes a TKO victory over Cody Donovan and submission wins over Stanislav Nedkov, Marcos Rogerio de Lima and Francimar Barroso.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 12:55PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Luke Rockhold reveals he tore MCL in training before UFC 199
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Those paying close attention knew Luke Rockhold had a knee injury leading up to UFC 199. He was wearing a brace in some pictures. Rockhold also vaguely alluded to the knee being hurt. On Thursday, though, the UFC middleweight champion revealed the extent of the injury during the UFC 199 pre-fight press conference: he actually tore his MCL. That's a fairly serious ailment to deal with heading into a fight. Rockhold said it obviously made life difficult in camp.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 12:39PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Fighters react to earlier UFC 199 weigh-in, new CSAC rules
INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- The way Ricardo Lamas describes it, the backstage area at many MMA weigh-ins resembles a triage unit. "When we go outside [the curtains], the crowd kind of pumps us up," Lamas told MMA Fighting on Thursday at UFC 199 media day at The Forum. "If you go behind there and you see guys doubled over, leaning on tables. It looks horrible." Fans and onlookers only see the end of the weigh-cutting process. They see fighters walk on stage, step on the scale and square off. That's it. The few hours prior to that are absolutely loathsome to most fighters.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 12:24PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mackenzie Dern gets opponent for MMA debut at Legacy FC 58
Multiple time jiu-jitsu and grappling champion Mackenzie Dern has an opponent set for her mixed martial arts debut at Legacy FC 58 on July 22. Dern, an ADCC 2015 winner and IBJJF world champion, will take on fellow MMA newcomer Kenia Rosas in a 115-pound fight, Legacy FC announced Thursday.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 8:42AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Stevie Ray out, Kevin Lee in against Jake Matthews at TUF 23 Finale
Lightweight prospect Stevie Ray has been forced to withdraw from his fight on July 8 against Jake Matthews at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, the UFC confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by The Daily Telegraph. In Ray's stead, Matthews will take on fellow prospect Kevin Lee, who steps in as a replacement on five weeks' notice. Lee (12-2) is a 23-year-old former Division II wrestler who has won five of his seven contests inside the Octagon since debuting in 2014.
Submitted Jun 3, 2016 8:38AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Christian Colombo Gets UFC Contract
Dane Christian Colombo looks to be headed to the Octagon. GNP1.de is reporting that “Godzilla” will be facing Jarjis Danho at the UFC in Hamburg, Germany on September 3. Colombo brings in an 8 win and 1 loss record, including six straight wins. The heavyweight let on a little about some pending news, when last week he posted on Facebook, “Big news start next week and yes it is about Fighting….” Colombo was last in the cage in December, when he TKO’d Tom Sasaki. He will become the first Danish heavyweight in the 8 sided cage. The big man turned pro back in 2010, and has only had one fight since 2013.
Submitted Jun 2, 2016 8:51PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cody Garbrandt says it's his 'destiny' to be UFC champ, but what if teammate Faber gets there first?
Once it was over, Cody Garbrandt didn’t want to leave. Standing in the octagon after his first-round knockout win over Thomas Almeida, enjoying the moment with the coaches who helped him get there, Garbrandt wanted to savor his victory for as long as possible. As in, literally, he had to be forced out of the cage at the end of the night, such was his desire to stay in the moment.
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 7:28PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Darrion Caldwell and Joe Taimanglo meet in Bellator 159 main event
Undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell will look to keep his march toward a bantamweight title going when he meets Joe Taimanglo in the main event of Bellator 159. In addition to the bout between Caldwell (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Taimanglo (22-6-1 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), Bellator announced a lightweight co-main event featuring Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA).
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 6:51PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC Fight Night 88 salaries: 23-fight UFC vet Jeremy Stephens earns top payout
Jeremy Stephens, who’s fought 23 times under the UFC banner, earned the largest disclosed payout at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event. MMAjunkie today requested and received the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event. UFC Fight Night 88 took place Sunday at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Stephens (25-12 MMA, 12-11 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision victory over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao (33-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who moved up to featherweight for the fight, in the night’s co-headliner. Like Stephens, Barao earned $50,000 to show, and he would’ve earned a $50,000 win bonus if victorious.
Submitted Jun 1, 2016 6:49PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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