Revolutionary new ONE Championship weigh in policy following death of fighter
The culture of extreme weight cutting in MMA is arguably the most dangerous aspect of a dangerous sport, and various steps are being take to address it.
Earlier this month, Chinese flyweight Yang Jian Bing died while making weight with ONE Championship. He was just 21. ONE has crafted a tremendous new weight cutting policy in response.
The step is extraordinary. Weigh-cutting via dehydration is now over in the organization. This is a first for professional combat sports, and deserves both praise, and copying.
Michigan Fighter Dom O'Grady Passes Away
Michigan fighter Dom O’Grady has passed away, according to multiple reports.
The 34-year-old fighter had a heart attack in his sleep over night on Monday night, according to friend and Michigan-based ring announcer Phil Davey.
O’Grady, who hailed from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, made his way to mixed martial arts after being bullied as a kid and then becoming a black belt in judo.
Throughout his life he was a spokesperson and advocate for anti-bullying, and he wanted the opportunity to show kids that martial arts could change their lives in the same way they did his.
WSOF 26 salaries: Palmer ($28k), Dugulubgov ($28k) top $165,200 payroll
The overall disclosed payroll for the event was $165,200.
The full WSOF 26 payouts include:
Alexandre Almeida: $12,000 (includes $6,000 win bonus)
def. Lance Palmer: $28,000
Ozzy Dugulubgov: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus)
def. Nic Herron-Webb: $3,000
Sheymon Moraes: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Robbie Peralta: $7,000
Josh Hill: $14,000 (includes $7,000 win bonus)
def. Bekbulat Magomedov: $8,000
Jake Heun: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus)
def. Clinton Williams: $4,000
Abubakar Nurmagomedov: $5,000 (includes $2,500 win bonus)
def. Danny Davis Jr.: $3,000
Jonathan Nunez: $4,000 (includes $2,000 win bonus)
def. David Jordan: $1,200
Hakeem Dawodu: $6,000
drew with Marat Magomedov: $3,000
Gil Guardado: $1,800 (includes $1,000 win bonus)
def. Giga Chikadze: $1,200*
* Guardado was fined $200, whcih was awarded to Chikadze, for missing weight
Rest in Peace, Emanuel Yarbrough (1964-2015)
It's hard to think of a fighter who made the impression Emanuel Yarbrough did in just one UFC bout, a testament to the charisma and larger than life aura of "The Gentle Giant," who passed away on December 21 in Richmond, Virginia.
He was 51. Rest in Peace.
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ROAD FC Middleweight Champion Riki Fukuda faces Cha Jung-Hwan at ROAD FC 028
Riki Fukuda cut a clear path to the ROAD FC Middleweight Championship in 2014 and 2015. The consummate UFC veteran dispatched all comers to end up on a 4-fight win streak of finishes. Earning the championship belt meant earning a 6-figure paycheck as well, and fans can bet that Riki isn’t willing to relinquish either anytime soon. His grinding aggression will surely be turned up a notch as he meets an unlikely – and tricky – first challenger in Cha Jung-Hwan.
Khabib plans to return in March, open to Dos Anjos title fight in Brazil
With the two-year layoff mark quickly approaching, Khabib Nurmagomedov is itching to return to the Octagon.
The talented UFC lightweight suffered his third consecutive injury several months ago and was forced out of a highly anticipated match-up against Tony Ferguson. However, unlike his previous two knee injures, this one was a broken rib.
Khabib, whose last fight was a unanimous decision victory against current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, even contemplated retirement following his latest injury. Instead, he set a timetable for his return and is already maneuvering for a title shot following the champ's 66-second TKO against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17.
ONE Championship announces full calendar for 2016
One Championship has announced its entire 2016 schedule on Monday.
Starting on Jan. 23, with a fight card at the Changsa Stadium in China, the promotion will hold 14 events next year, including trips to new markets in Thailand, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Besides the 14 fight cards announced, the promotion will still put on 10 other shows in China, with dates and locations yet to be announced.
Check out the 2016 ONE Championship schedule below.
January 23: Changsa Stadium, Changsa, China
January 29: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
February 20: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
March 18: Thuwanna Indoor Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar
April 15: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
May 06: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
May 27: Impact Arena, Bangkok, Thailand
June 17: Pho Phu Stadium, Ho Chi Min City, Vietnam
July 01: Asia-World Expo, Hong Kong, China
August 05: Ntu Sports Centre, Taipei, Taiwan
September 02: Stadium Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
October 22: Istora Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia
November 11: Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore
December 02: Malls of Asia Arena, Manila, Philippines
Packalen vs. Sajewski and Danho vs. Omielanczuk added to UFC Fight Night 83
The card for the UFC’s next trip to England continues to come together with the addition of a pair of bouts.
Teemu Packalen (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight battle at UFC Fight Night 83 while undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC on FOX 17 medical suspensions: C.B. Dollaway, Cole Miller receive indefinite suspensions
C.B. Dollaway was one of two fighters to receive potentially lengthy medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC on FOX 17, as he and fellow veteran Cole Miller both were handed indefinite sentences pending physician clearance due to injuries sustained during the event.
The complete list of UFC on FOX 17's medical suspensions can be seen below.
C.B. Dollaway: Suspended indefinitely pending CT scan and doctor's clearance; regardless, suspended no less than 60 days
Cole Miller: Suspended indefinitely pending orthopedic clearance on left eye
Luiz Henrique: Suspended 90 days, requires neurologist's clearance
Donald Cerrone: Suspended 45 days
Junior dos Santos: Suspended 30 days
Josh Samman: Suspended 30 days due to contusions to face, hard fight
Meet Martin Svensson, who never lost on 'TUF 22,' made weight but didn't fight at finale
History will remember grappling wizard Ryan Hall as the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” but there was only one fighter on that show that never lost a fight, and while he was in Las Vegas – and on weight – for the show’s live finale, he’ll have to wait until February to make his UFC debut.
“It was bittersweet,” Martin Svensson told MMAjunkie. “You don’t ever really hope that anyone else gets injured or pulls out of their fights, and I never really did. But it was tricky. It was a fun experience, but at the same time it was very hard emotionally. It was a lot of ups and downs.”
Svensson is a 30-year-old Swedish prospect who earned a spot on the recently aired “TUF 22” series, scoring a decision win over Mohamed Gabinski in the tournament’s preliminary round to earn his way into the “TUF” house. He then scored a second-round submission win over Thanh Le to set up a quarterfinal bout with eventual finalist Artem Lobov, who had lost in the preliminary round but was brought back into the field by his training partner and “TUF” coach Conor McGregor.
Unfortunately, Svensson suffered a broken elbow in the Le fight and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
UFC on FOX 17 Salaries: Alistair Overeem is Top Earner in Last Fight on Contract
Alistair Overeem: $542,857 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Junior dos Santos: $400,000
Nate Diaz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $30,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $12,000
Charles Oliveira: $66,600 (includes $37,000 win bonus)*
def. Myles Jury: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. C.B. Dollaway: $40,000
Valentina Shevchenko: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $22,000
Tamdan McCrory: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Samman: $10,000
Nik Lentz: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $39,000
Cole Miller: $33,000 vs. Jim Alers: $10,000 (fight ruled a no contest)
Kamaru Usman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leon Edwards: $15,000
Vicente Luque: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Henrique: $10,000
Sergei Kharitonov: I’m currently negotiating with the UFC, Bellator and Glory
Sergei Kharitonov could be the latest Russian fighter to sign with the UFC in 2016.
The veteran heavyweight fighter revealed that there is a current sweepstakes between the UFC, Bellator, and Glory to determine who will enlist Kharitonov's services in 2016.
"I was contacted by three organizations: UFC, Bellator and Glory," Kharitonov told MMABoxing.ru. "I will conduct negotiations with them and will soon will make a decision about where I will perform.
Vaughan Lee among three fighters released from UFC
After a big slew of roster cuts in October, the UFC's wave of pink slips subsided during November and in early December. However, that has changed within the past few days, as three fighters are confirmed to be no longer in the UFC, and all of them are in the lighter weight divisions.
Cheick Kongo meets unbeaten Augusto Sakai at Bellator 150 in Kansas
As he looks to continue to climb the heavyweight ladder, Cheick Kongo has his first assignment of 2016, and it will be against an unbeaten foe.
Kongo (23-10-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) will meet Augusto Sakai (9-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) have been booked for a fight at Bellator 150 in February. Promotion officials announced the new matchup today.
Ricci’s Next WSOF Outing Set
After making a spectacular WSOF debut this past November Mike “The Martian” Ricci looks to get right back in the cage when he meets new signee Caros “The Future” Fodor at WSOF 27.
Ricci made his WSOF debut during the one night Lightweight tournament at WSOF 25 with a vicious head kick KO of Joe Condon unfortunately for the Tristar product a hip injury kept him from continuing in the tourney. Currently riding a 3 fight win streak with wins over the likes of Jorge Gurgel and George Sotiropoulos “The Martian” is finally looking like the prospect he was touted to be 4 years ago.
Brad Scott-Krzysztof Jotko, Scott Askham-Chris Dempsey set for UFC Fight Night 83
The UFC’s return to London in February has a new pair of fights added to the lineup featuring a pair of England’s own.
England’s Brad Scott (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko (16-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 83, and British fan favorite Scott Askham (13-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will fight Chris Dempsey (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), also at 185 pounds. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.
Julianna Pena arrested on assault charges after allegedly fighting outside a bar
One of the UFC's top female stars was arrested early Sunday morning.
Julianna Pena, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by the Spokane (Wash.) Police Department, according to Cpl. Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane PD. She was arrested at 2:20 a.m., Ferguson said, and booked into the Spokane County Jail at 2:53 a.m. Sunday morning, per online jail inmate information.
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