Dominick Cruz-Urijah Faber 3 to Serve as UFC 199 Co-Headliner on June 4
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will renew their rivalry in the UFC 199 co-main event on June 4.
UFC President Dana White announced the bantamweight championship matchup during the promotion’s “Unstoppable” press conference in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. UFC 199 is expected to be headlined by a middleweight title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman. The event will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles, marking the UFC’s first show in LA not to be held at Staples Center..
UFC Fight Night Zagreb Complete with Addition of 3 New Bouts
The lineup for UFC Fight Night in Zagreb, Croatia, is now set, as promotion officials recently announced the addition of three fights to complete the 13-bout card.
The recent additions include a bantamweight tussle between Ian Entwistle and Alejandro Perez; a featherweight clash between Lucas Martins and Robert Whiteford and a strawweight tilt pitting Maryna Moroz against Cristina Stanciu.
UFC Fight Night Zagreb takes place at Zagreb Arena and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos.
Dana White: ‘I absolutely hate’ the ‘business side’ of Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women's bantamweight title in November, UFC president Dana White joked that he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta should have their promoters' licenses taken away if they booked anything other than an immediate rematch.
Of course, those statements ended up being premature, considering that Holm is just days out from defending her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, but that doesn't mean White has to be happy about it.
"I'll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it," White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show. "Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she's going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate
Invicta FC Champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ Seeking Spot on UFC 198 Card in Brazil
While a showdown with Ronda Rousey may be on the backburner, Cristiane Justino still has UFC dreams.
In a recent post on her website, “Cyborg” makes her case to be included on the upcoming UFC 198 card in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14.
“It has been almost 10 years since I last fought in my home country of Brazil. I am very lucky that over the last decade my Brazilian fans have continued to support me and my career as I chased my dreams as a world champion, while living and competing in America,” Justino wrote.
Cain Velasquez undergoes successful surgery, eyes summer return
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is making progress from his latest setback.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Velasquez recently underwent back surgery. Sources say the procedure went well and he's got an eye on his return to the Octagon.
While Velasquez (13-2) has been a killer in the Octagon over the course of his career, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has been known as much for his injury woes as for his success in the cage. The 33-year-old has endured long absences due to shoulder and knee woes before having to pull out of a planned Feb. 6 rematch with current champion Fabricio Werdum due to back issues.
Report: Anderson Silva could face Tim Kennedy or Gegard Mousasi at UFC 198
Sources close to the UFC say that either Tim Kennedy or Gegard Mousasi could be Anderson Silva's next opponent for UFC 198, on May 14.
Although he lost to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84, last Saturday, Anderson Silva came out of the bout almost unscathed and might just get his wish to fight at UFC 198, in his hometown of Curitiba.
According to Combate, who spoke to sources close to the UFC, Silva could apparently be facing either Tim Kennedy or Gegard Mousasi in Brazil.
Conor McGregor says welterweight title fight is top choice next: 'I would beat Robbie' Lawler
Conor McGregor will be fighting at 170 pounds against Nate Diaz on Saturday at UFC 196. His next fight could very well be at the same weight -- for the belt.
"That's there," McGregor said Wednesday at open workouts here at MGM Grand. "I mean, why not? That's probably the leading option."
That means McGregor challenging Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title could very well happen at UFC 200 in July. And "The Notorious" said he would be very confident if that came together.
'The Axe Murderer' comes out of retirement: Wanderlei Silva signs with Bellator
The next phase of the career of MMA legend Wanderlei Silva began today with the announcement that “The Axe Murderer” has signed with Bellator.
The 39-year-old Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC), the promotion today announced, has signed an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year deal. The signing appeared to be an inevitability after Bellator President Scott Coker said recently that the promotion was having serious talks with the former UFC standout and PRIDE champion about coming out of retirement.
UFC Fight Night 85 lineup set with 6-bout main card, Pearson-Trujillo on UFC Fight Pass
The lineup is set for this month’s UFC Fight Night 85 event, which marks the promotion’s return to Australia.
UFC Fight Night 85 takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The event, which airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, takes place Sunday, March 20, in Australia but airs Saturday, March 19, in North America due to the time difference.
The event kicks off at a normal time of 6:30 p.m. ET, and the main card is slated for 10 p.m. ET.
RFA 37 heads to South Dakota on April 15 with pair of title fights
The top bouts are set for next month’s RFA 37 event, which features a pair of title fights as the organization heads to South Dakota.
The event takes place April 15 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card airs on AXS TV.
In the headliner, the organization will crown its inaugural light-heavyweight champion. Undefeated South Dakotan Devin Clark (5-0), an NJCAA wrestling champion and Golden Gloves champion who’s 3-0 under the RFA banner, looks to win a title when he takes on Brazilian Rafael Viana (6-0), a promotional newcomer and Shooto Brazil champ who’s earned five stoppages in six career wins since his 2011 pro debut.
In the co-headliner, the organization crowns its third 135-pound champion after past titleholders Pedro Munhoz and Luke Sanders both moved on to the UFC. The title hopefuls include Joey Miolla (8-1), a 31-year-old American riding an eight-fight winning streak, vs. 27-year-old Brazilian Leandro Higo (15-2), who’s won six straight and has nine submissions in 15 career wins.
Zak Cummings replaces Bartosz Fabinski at UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
Following the withdrawal of Bartosz Fabinski (13-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Nicolas Dalby (14-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 86 event.
Officials today announced welterweight Zak Cummings (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement. A reason wasn’t given for Fabinski’s removal from the card.
UFC Fight Night 86 takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Several Fights Added to Bellator 153 in Support of Benson Henderson’s Promotional Debut
The co-main event for Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson is set, with the news that Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (24-3) will compete against John “Macapa” Teixeira (19-1-2) in featherweight action on April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
In addition, Connecticut’s own “Irish” Brennan Ward (13-3) returns to action in his home state fresh off an impressive victory in Japan, when he welcomes Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos (20-16) into the Bellator MMA fray at 170-pounds.
Bellator 153: Koreshkov vs. Henderson Updated Fight Card:
Welterweight World Title Bout: Andrey Koreshkov (18-1) vs. Benson Henderson (23-5)
Featherweight Co-Main Event: Patricio Freire (24-3) vs. John Teixeira (19-1-2)
Welterweight Feature Bout: Brennan Ward (13-3) vs. Evangelista Santos (20-16)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Sam Watford (1-0) vs. Dean Hancock (2-0)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Chris Foster (8-4) vs. Felipe Lavandoski (5-0)
Lightweight Preliminary Bout: Jason Bakanowski (3-2) vs. T.J. Hepburn (4-2)
Featherweight Preliminary Bout: Pete Rogers (2-3) vs. Mike Mangan (0-3)
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC event in Brazil
Sergio Moraes and Kamaru Usman are slated to battle on May 14, when the Octagon makes it return to Brazil. MMAFighting.com confirmed the welterweight match-up with sources close to the situation following a report by Combate.
The UFC has yet to announce the city and venue for the event.
Moraes (10-2) enters the bout coming off four straight wins under the UFC banner, capped off by a third-round knockout over Omari Akhmedov in December. Two of his previous three wins also came with stoppages, tapping out Neil Magny and Renee Forte.
Usman (7-1) has won twice after competing at the 21st edition of The Ultimate Fighter. The Blackzilians welterweight defeated Leon Edwards and Hayder Hassan inside the Octagon after going 2-0 in the reality show.
Daron Cruickshank among three fighters released from UFC
TUF 15 alum and veteran lightweight Daron Cruickshank is one of three fighters gone from the UFC roster.
After more than a dozen fights inside the Octagon, TUF 15's Daron Cruickshank has been handed his UFC pink slip following a dramatic submission loss at UFC Boston two months ago. The 30-year-old lightweight striker confirmed the news to fans on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Former UFC Fighter, Son Shot Leaving Tulsa Gym
TULSA, Oklahoma -
A father and son were shot in a busy parking near 31st and Garnett Monday night. Police said the men were shot in an attempted robbery.
A family member of the victims said her husband and son had been working out at the gym but parked in the nearby Rib Crib parking lot around 7:30 p.m.
Tulsa police said, as the father, Mikey Burnett, and son, Freddie Burnett, got to their car, two men walked up and tried to rob them. We're told Freddie tried to fight off the suspected robbers after they shot his dad.
Police said the Mikey was shot three times in the abdomen and Freddie was shot once in the leg. Police said Mikey was taken to the hospital for surgery. Both are expected to survive.
Albert Tumenov vs. Gunnar Nelson added to UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
A solid welterweight bout has been added to the UFC’s upcoming debut in the Netherlands.
Albert Tumenov (17-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is slated to meet Gunnar Nelson (14-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 87 in May, UFC officials today announced.
UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Coach: Anderson Silva thought he cracked repaired leg in first round
Anderson Silva lost to Michael Bisping via unanimous decision at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 84 in London, but his coach Luiz Dorea believes the former middleweight champion beat "The Count" by knockout and decision.
Dorea, who cornered Silva in the 25-minute contest at the O2 Arena, revealed to MMAFighting.com "The Spider" suffered an injury early in the fight. Even with the injury in the same leg Silva fractured in his rematch with Chris Weidman in 2013, Dorea thinks he did enough to win.
"He felt a kick he landed in the first round, thought he cracked his leg and a screw moved," Dorea said. "That limited his movements, made him stop attacking for a moment. I asked him to attack, but he said ‘professor, I’m feeling it, I have no confidence’. I said ‘use your heart, you’re Anderson Silva, go after him’. That slowed him down a bit. Bisping attacked more, but less effectively. Anderson was more effective. I hope the commission reviews this result because this is bad for the sport. Even Dana White saw that way. Everybody knows who won the fight."
Despite the pain, Silva is apparently out of danger.
"Silva did some exams after the fight. He suffered an injury, but the screw didn’t move," he added. "I don’t know how bad the injury was, but I know the screw didn’t move and he won’t need a surgery. He was in pain in the locker room, but he won’t need surgery. He was in pain, he couldn’t even put his shoes on, but he’s fine now."
Anderson Silva’s manager suggests Michael Bisping rematch in Brazil
Anderson Silva fought Michael Bisping in enemy territory Saturday, and his team wants a rematch on his home turf.
The former UFC middleweight kingpin lost to Bisping via unanimous decision at the O2 Arena in London, suffering his first decision loss since 2000. After the decision was read, Silva called it "total corruption", and his manager suggests an immediate rematch in Brazil.