Anthony Pettis warns Conor McGregor: ‘155 is a totally different world'
When Anthony Pettis signed to fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 81, he did so with an implicit understanding that a win would vault him back into the title picture. That was back in September though, before Conor McGregor ended 10 years of featherweight royalty with 13 seconds of brilliance, and things ceased being so simple.
Now the future of the lightweight division effectively hinges on McGregor's next move. If the man with the numbers elects to move up and challenge for Rafael dos Anjos' title -- an announcement which appears to be a mere formality at this point -- then the rest of the 155-pound division will have little recourse but to take a backseat and watch the spectacle play out.
Click Debate: Why do so few people understand MMA's judging criteria?
While there was outrage on social media after UFC 195, the feeling at the FOX Sports 1 post-show desk seemed to be more of confusion Saturday night.
Robbie Lawler beat Carlos Condit in the main event by split decision. That's the fact. How two of the three Nevada judges came to that conclusion was under scrutiny.
The fight was determined by the third round. Condit pretty clearly won the first and fourth; Lawler took the second and fifth. Most people had Condit winning the third and that's where the puzzlement lied.
T.J. Dillashaw 'surprised' by the words of 'shallow' Urijah Faber
Next week's bantamweight title fight is a gem and a battle between perhaps two of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. But there is also a rather large elephant in the room.
T.J. Dillashaw will defend his belt against Dominick Cruz, the former champion, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 in Boston. Cruz has gone on the offensive leading up to the bout, questioning Dillashaw's intelligence and lobbing insults at him every step of the way. Dillashaw, for the most part, has taken the high road, but he has been receiving it from all angles.
USADA: Mirko Cro Cop still suspended despite report stating he didn't fail drug test
Mirko Cro Crop may have never failed a drug test. That doesn't mean his suspension will be rescinded.
The Croatian media outlet Vecernji reported Saturday that Cro Cop received his drug test results from USADA on Friday and that they were all negative. Vecernji reported that Cro Cop, the MMA legend, got an email with the results from USADA CEO Travis Tygart.
That information might be accurate, but Cro Cop's two-year suspension will still stand, USADA spokesperson Annie Skinner told MMA Fighting.
Brazilian MMA fighter shot, likely paralyzed after armed robbery
Henrique Alves de Aquino (1-1), a bantamweight from the Renovacao Fight Team, was shot Friday morning during an armed robbery in the northeast area of Rio de Janeiro. The MMA fighter, who also works as a bus driver, was shot when two teenagers tried to rob people at a bus stop.
According to RFT, Alves, a black belt in luta livre, was rushed to the Getulio Vargas hospital and will live, but will likely be paralyzed since the bullet hit his spine.
RFA 35 to feature trio of RFA vs. Showdown Fights matchups
RFA is looking to invade Utah with a trio of battles between its top stars and stars from the local Showdown Fights promotion at RFA 35.
The event, which was announced via press release, takes place Feb. 19 at UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card airs on AXS TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Red (panties) alert: Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos is happening
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...News came down on Thursday night that McGregor will face Dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 197 in March. This is remarkable for a couple of reasons. For starters, the UFC was reluctant to allow McGregor to move up without ceding the featherweight strap he’s not yet defended. Yet less than a month after that declaration, McGregor gets to pack his featherweight belt in his carry on for his trip to Vegas. "Mystic Mac" is making the UFC dance to his own pistol fire. If you’ve been around this game at all, you know that’s…unusual.
Holly Holm's first title defense will come against Miesha Tate, not Ronda Rousey
Miesha Tate beat out Ronda Rousey. Probably not the way she wanted, but "Cupcake" will surely take it.
Holly Holm will make her first women's bantamweight title defense against Tate -- not Rousey -- at UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday night. Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter was the first to report the news.
Holm (10-0) shocked the world and became an overnight celebrity when she knocked out Ronda Rousey with a head kick at UFC 193 in November. The UFC wanted Holm to face Rousey in an immediate rematch at UFC 200 in July, but Holm desired to fight sooner. She got her wish.
UFC adds trips to Croatia and The Netherlands to 2016 event schedule
The UFC has announced two new cards which will serve as the promotion’s first trip to a pair of countries.
According to a press release, the octagon will land in Croatia for what’s expected to serve as UFC Fight Night 85 on April 10 and The Netherlands for what’s expected to serve as UFC Fight Night 86 on May 8. The Croatian event will take place at Zagreb’s Zagreb Arena, and The Netherlands card will take place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam.
Both events will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX Sports 1.
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau added to UFC Fight Night 82
The UFC’s return to Pittsburgh continues to come together with the announcement of a women’s bantamweight bout.
The UFC announced that Ashlee Evans-Smith (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Marion Reneau (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the card.
With the change, UFC Fight Night 82 now includes:
Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
Shane Campbell vs. James Krausev
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
Ray Borg meets Justin Scoggins at UFC 196 in Las Vegas
A matchup of key flyweight prospects has been added to next month’s UFC 196 event with Ray Borg (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Justin Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).
UFC officials announced the contest on Thursday evening.
With the addition to the card, UFC 196 now includes:
Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez – for heavyweight title
Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson
Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux
Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons
Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis
Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins
Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer
Artem Lobov vs. Alex White
Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson
Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas
Report: UFC 197 will feature dos Anjos/McGregor, Holm/Tate doubleheader
The biggest question surrounding Conor McGregor's future was whether or not he would first defend his UFC featherweight title vs. Frankie Edgar, or move up to 155 and fight lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It looks like the answer is the latter. Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter reports that the UFC is set to announce dos Anjos vs. McGregor and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate for UFC 197 in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5th.
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Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC 196
A key flyweight matchup between contenders Joseph Benavidez (23-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Zach Makovsky (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been added to UFC 196.
UFC officials recently confirmed the matchup with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and subsequently made an announcement via social media, as well.
Benavidez is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, while Makovsky is ranked No. 10.
Ben Askren moving to middleweight, believes all will eventually emulate new ONE weight program
ONE Championship wants all of their fighters to compete at their natural, walking weight. That's exactly what Ben Askren is going to be doing.
Askren, the current ONE welterweight champion, will be moving up to middleweight under the new ONE weight-cutting restrictions, he confirmed with MMA Fighting. The undefeated Askren, one of the best 170-pounders in the world, said he walks around at about 185 pounds and that's the exact weight he'll fight at.