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Ion Cutelaba vs. Magomed Ankalaev re-booked for UFC 249 following controversial stoppage
A controversial stoppage in the light heavyweight fight between Ion Cutelaba and Magomed Ankalaev has led to a rematch being booked for UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn. The fighters have verbally agreed to the match according to multiple sources speaking to MMA Fighting on Thursday following an initial report from ESPN.
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:46AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Curtis Blaydes vs. Alexander Volkov verbally agree to headline UFC Saskatoon
A heavyweight headliner is in the works to headline the UFC’s return to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Alexander Volkov have verbally agreed to face off June 20 in a five-round main event fight. Thursday, MMA Junkie confirmed the agreement following an initial report from Russian outlet Sports.ru.
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:41AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ex-UFC lightweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier signs with PFL
Olivier Aubin-Mercier has found a new home. The former UFC lightweight announced Wednesday night on ESPN that he will join the PFL’s 155-pound division.
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:40AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Former UFC champ Daniel Cormier honored as first to 50 clean USADA tests
Former two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier was the first MMA athlete under the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program to reach 50 “flawless” drug tests, and Thursday he was honored for it...
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:39AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ciryl Gane out of UFC 249 fight with Shamil Abdurakhimov
Shamil Abdurakhimov needs a new opponent for UFC 249 after Ciryl Gane announced on social media he will not be able to fight on April 18.
Submitted Mar 6, 2020 12:38AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White open to Figueiredo vs. Benavidez rematch: ‘We’ll do it again’
What should have been a triumphant weekend for Deiveson Figueiredo turned into a memorable one for the wrong reasons as his goal of becoming UFC flyweight champion was stifled by his inability to beat the scale. Figueiredo did manage to beat Joseph Benavidez in the UFC Norfolk main event, and based on that effort, UFC President Dana White is open to running the matchup back.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:59PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dustin Poirier vs. Dan Hooker in the works for UFC San Diego main event
Former interim UFC lightweight champion Dustin Poirier is expected to return against of one of the division’s surging contenders in a main event. Although contracts have yet to be signed, a matchup between Poirier and Dan Hooker is in the works to headline the UFC’s return to San Diego on May 16, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. They requested anonymity because the promotion has yet to make an announcement.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:58PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Henry Cejudo: 'I'm the only fighter in human history to defend my title on the couch'
Henry Cejudo is no longer the UFC flyweight champion, but he views this past Saturday as a title defense. . .
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White: Henry Cejudo deserves respect for wanting to fight Jose Aldo
UFC president Dana White thinks Henry Cejudo deserves credit for chasing after a legend like Jose Aldo. Cejudo (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will attempt to make his first bantamweight title defense at UFC 250 when he takes on Aldo (28-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) in enemy territory. Aldo failed to make good in his bantamweight debut and was narrowly defeated by Marlon Moraes in a controversial split decision loss, which prompted heavy criticism when the UFC decided to grant Cejudo’s wish. But White, who scored the fight for Aldo, understands where the former dual-champ Cejudo is coming from with his callout of the former long-time featherweight champ.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:55PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Marlon Moraes vs. Petr Yan targeted to headline UFC Kazakhstan
The first half of an unofficial tournament for the next bantamweight title shot is in place. Onetime title challenger Marlon Moraes and top contender Petr Yan have verbally agreed to headline the UFC’s first trip to Kazakhstan, which takes place June 13 at Astana Arena in the capital city of Nur-Sultan. Contracts are expected to be signed shortly for the matchup, which was first reported by MMA Junkie and confirmed to MMA Fighting by sources close to the fighters.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:52PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Rose Namajunas says she declined Zhang Weili fight amid doubts about fighting future
Following the loss of her UFC title, Rose Namajunas was in no rush to jump right back into the championship picture. According to Namajunas, she was in line for a shot at Zhang, but let officials know that her head wasn’t in the right place for it.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:50PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Chuck Liddell says he’s ‘officially retired’ from MMA, interested in possible WWE match
So often the MMA space is filled with the unfortunate and continuous issue of older legends refusing to hang the gloves up when they should, so it’s great when eventually, reason wins out. And now it seems like with regard to UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, cooler heads are finally prevailing. Hopefully...
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:49PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Gillian Robertson vs. Taila Santos, Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Oskar Piechota join UFC Saskatoon lineup
Two undercard matchups are the first additions to UFC Saskatoon. Gillian Robertson will take on Taila Santos in a flyweight bout, and Marc-Andre Barriault will fight Oskar Piechota at middleweight in the UFC’s first trip to Saskatoon since 2015. MMA Junkie confirmed the matchups Wednesday after an initial report from Saskatoon StarPhoenix. The event will take place June 20 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, and is expected to be either an ESPN or ESPN+ event.
Submitted Mar 4, 2020 3:48PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Israel Adesanya says there are ‘no concerns’ about staph infection ahead of UFC 248
This weekend, UFC 248 takes place in Las Vegas, main evented by newly minted middleweight champion Israel Adesanya making his first title defense against Yoel Romero. But this past weekend, concerns about the fight cropped up when, in a video interview with Combat TV, Adesanya was shown with an open wound on his left arm. This led to rampant speculation among MMA fans about Adesanya having a staph infection and how this might affect or even jeopardize the fight.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:36PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Colby Covington challenges 50 Cent to a fight, blasts Rosie O’Donnell
As he seeks a rematch with UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman later this year, Colby Covington is currently taking aim at some celebrity detractors, who couldn’t help but dance on his grave after he suffered a fifth-round TKO loss this past December. After a back and forth war for more than 20 minutes, Covington ultimately got knocked down and finished by Usman in their bout at UFC 245. Afterwards, hip-hop star 50 Cent blasted Covington while calling him a “racist piece of sh*t” while celebrating the fact that he got his jaw broken during the fight. Actress Rosie O’Donnell also chimed in while saying that she enjoyed watching Covington “limp out with a broken jaw.”
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:34PM by Braden - 0 comments
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UFC flyweight title mess may be the division’s poetically heartbreaking end
Fighting in his first UFC main event, Deiveson Figueiredo chose to walk out to the theme song from “Mission Impossible.” Which is fitting after he missed weight the day before, thereby making himself ineligible to win the UFC flyweight championship. The tune also worked as the official sounds of the UFC Norfolk main event. After all Joseph Benavidez has been through, after all the flyweight division has experienced, impossible seems about the right descriptor. And somehow, afterward, it fit even better. No one left with what they wanted and the whole weight class ended in flux...
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Manager: Deiveson Figueiredo open to Joseph Benavidez rematch at UFC 252
Deiveson Figueiredo knocked out Joseph Benavidez at Saturday’s UFC Norfolk, but didn’t claim the flyweight championship after he missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning. The UFC has yet to announce what’s next for the weight class and the vacant title, but Figueiredo’s manager Wallid Ismail told MMA Fighting the company is interested in booking an immediate rematch for the 125-pound title.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:32PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Henry Cejudo: I’ll fight ‘ugly detached Siamese twins’ Figueiredo and Benavidez in one night
Henry Cejudo is having a field day with the limbo at the top of the flyweight division. The former 125-pound champ, who relinquished his belt the moment Deiveson Figueiredo and Joseph Benavidez clashed at UFC Norfolk, talked tough after Figueiredo’s knockout win left the division without a successor. Responding to UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith’s frustration over the weight miss that ruled Figueiredo out of the title, Cejudo tagged Dana White and played to the UFC president’s political leanings.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:31PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Brandon Vera to defend ONE heavyweight title against Arjan Bhullar at ONE Infinity 2
ONE Championship’s second “Infinity Series” event has a heavyweight main event, with two familiar names to UFC fans set to go head to head for championship gold. Reigning ONE heavyweight champion Brandon Vera will put his title on the line against Canada’s Arjan Bhullar in the main event of ONE Infinity 2 at the Mall of Asia, Manila, Philippines on Friday, May 29. The event will be streamed live on B/R Live following prelims on MMA Junkie.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ryan Hall finds a fight, booked for UFC Oklahoma City vs. Ricardo Lamas
Ryan Hall finally has a willing opponent. A featherweight submission specialist, Hall (8-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was struggling to find a dance partner – until he found one. He’ll fight former title challenger Ricardo Lamas at UFC Oklahoma City.
Submitted Mar 3, 2020 8:28PM by Braden - 2 comments
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