No Correia, Tate, Zingano for Sarah Kaufman, who gets de Randamie at UFC on Fox 17
Sarah Kaufman had a trio of fights she was hoping for, but she’ll have to settle for a name that wasn’t on her list.
Kaufman (17-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will meet Germaine de Randamie (5-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC on FOX 17, the UFC’s final show of 2015. UFC officials recently announced the booking, which first was reported by the Orlando Sentinel.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 17 now includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – for lightweight title
Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson
C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt
Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman
Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz
Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque
Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller
Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman
Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou
Sarah Kaufman vs. Germaine de Randamie
Collier-Yang, Lim-Zaleski, Bang-Kuntz booked for UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea
The UFC’s debut in South Korea in November has three new bouts added to the bill and a trio of fighters ready to compete in their home country.
Jake Collier (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Dongi Yang (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at middleweight; Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets Elizeu Zaleski (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at welterweight; and Tae Hyun Bang (17-9 MMA, 1-2 UFC) fights Leo Kuntz (17-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), also at 170 pounds, all at UFC Fight Night 79. UFC officials recently announced the new bouts. The Collier-Yang bout first was reported by Combat Press.
With the additions, the UFC Fight Night 79 lineup includes:
Thiago Alves vs. Benson Henderson
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Elizeu Zaleski
Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Bektic vs. Kawajiri, Sanchez vs. Scoggins set for TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas
December’s TUF 22 Finale in “Sin City” continues to build with the addition of two new bouts.
Mirsad Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set to meet Tatsuya Kawajiri (34-8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and Joby Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meets Justin Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at flyweight. UFC officials recently announced the new bookings.
With the additions to the card, The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale now includes:
Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes
Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon
Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce
Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Joby Sanchez vs. Justin Scoggins
With Kelvin Tiller out, Brian Grinnell now meets Vagab Vagabov at WSOF 23 in Phoenix
Just a week before the event, there has been a late change to the preliminary card lineup of next week’s WSOF 23 card in Arizona.
With the change, the complete WSOF 23 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Brian Grinnell vs. Vagab Vagabov
Krasimir Mladenov vs. Clifford Starks
Estevan Payan vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Danny Davis Jr. vs. Matthew Frincu
David Nuzzo vs. Andres Ponce
Joey Miolla vs. Randy Steinke
Jeff Fletcher vs. Benny Madrid
Bellator releases rules for next week's 'Dynamite' light heavyweight tournament
Here are the plans for the tournament:
* Two semifinal bouts and one tournament reserve bout will be contested over two five-minute rounds with a one-minute rest period. If any of the bouts are scored a draw, the bout is officially declared a draw, but the judges overseeing the fight will each cast a ballot on who they think should advance to the finals “by merit of his performance.”
* A minimum of 30 minutes will separate the end of the semis and the beginning of the finals
* The tournament final will be contested the same as a non-title fight, with three five-minute rounds and two one-minute rest periods. A draw will trigger the same process as the semifinals, only the fighter who gets the most votes will be declared the tournament’s winner.
* If a semifinal winner cannot advance due to injury, a “survivor” rule will put his opponent into the finals. If that opponent can’t advance, however, the winner of the tournament reserve bout will advance. To advance, all tournament participants need medical clearance.
* Fouls that end bouts will be addressed depending on whether the infraction was intentional or accidental. If an accidental foul renders the semifinal winner unable to continue, the uninjured fighter will advance, and the tournament reserve winner will remain on standby.
* If an intentional foul ends a semifinal bout, the fouling fighter will be disqualified and the fouled fighter will be “medically eliminated.” Then the tournament reserve winner will advance.
* If an accidental foul ends the finals before two rounds have been completed, the tournament is over without a winner. After two rounds, the bout gets judged on the completed rounds.
* Any additional circumstances not addressed by the rules will resolved by “the senior (CSAC) representative in conjunction with the Bellator regulatory affairs director.”
WSOF signs UFC, Strikeforce vet Caros Fodor and Cory Devela to multi-year deals
WSOF continues to build its roster with the addition of a pair of new fighters to the promotion.
Lightweight Caros Fodor (10-4) and middleweight Cory Devela (16-6) have signed multi-year deals with WSOF, the organization recently announced. Terms of the deals were not disclosed, nor were first opponents or fight dates for the two fighters.
WSOF next is in action next week with WSOF 23, which takes place in Phoenix.
‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings Calls Out Paige VanZant
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant is coming off of another dominating performance at UFC 191 this past Saturday, this time over TUF 20 competitor Alex Chambers. She beat her up for almost three full round before locking in an armbar in the third round.
Then, ‘Rowdy’ Bec Rawlings jumped in and put her name in the hat, asking VanZant what she has going on on Jan. 17, for UFC Fight Night 81.
Thomas Almeida, Anthony Birchak to meet in Sao Paulo
Thomas Almeida's next fight will be in his hometown.
The top prospect will meet Anthony Birchak at UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 on Nov. 7 in Sao Paulo, the UFC confirmed Wednesday with MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz. The fight was first reported on Twitter by Front Row Brian.
Urijah Faber: Bryan Caraway backed out of a fight with me
LOS ANGELES -- Add Urijah Faber to the list of fighters who don't like Bryan Caraway.
The former WEC featherweight champion thought he had a main event fight lined up with Miesha Tate's boyfriend at the TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas on Dec. 11. But according to Faber, the brash Caraway backed out of the fight.
Jim Miller vs. Michael Chiesa Targeted for UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on Dec. 10
The UFC is targeting a lightweight matchup between Jim Miller and Michael Chiesa for its Dec. 10 event in Las Vegas.
UFC Tonight reported the bout on Wednesday, although the Las Vegas-based promotion has yet to officially make an announcement. The UFC Fight Night card will take place at The Chelsea at the Cosmopolitan and airs on Fight Pass; it is the first of three consecutive cards the promotion will hold that weekend.
Dana White: Miesha Tate has to 'knock a couple more people off' before Ronda Rousey
Miesha Tate’s prospect of another UFC title fight against women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey have gone from bad to worse.
UFC President Dana White publicly announced Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) as the No. 1 contender to Rousey’s (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) title following her unanimous decision victory over Jessica Eye at UFC on FOX 16 in July.
Rousey made her sixth consecutive title defense against Bethe Correia the following week at UFC 190 in Brazil, and White again declared that Tate would be next in line to challenge “Rowdy” for UFC gold.
The situation took a sudden shift, however, when Holly Holm was announced as the next challenger to Rousey’s belt. The pair is set to fight at UFC 193 in Melbourne on Nov. 14.
Report: Alvarez fighting Pettis on January 17th, possibly in Boston
Former champions will apparently come together for a big fight in January. One-time UFC champ Anthony Pettis looks set to return from his title defeat at the hands of Rafael dos Anjos back in March at UFC 185. His opponent for his return, according to Combate, will be former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez, fresh off a huge win over Gilbert Melendez in Mexico at UFC 188.
While the fight makes sense for both men and would be a great booking, it's not 100% official yet. In fact, responding to reports, Eddie Alvarez didn't seem to know anything about it, but didn't deny it either:
I can't sit right Now !! Boston !! Me and Pettis ?? are You fucking Kidding me !!! East coast lets Gooooo!!! This will be something special
Daniel Cormier: Alexander Gustafsson's biggest accomplishment 'a fight he lost'
Daniel Cormier said he doesn’t understand why UFC 192 opponent Alexander Gustafsson gets so much credit for his loss to Jon Jones nearly two years ago.
At UFC 165 in September 2013, Gustafsson (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who’s set to challenge Cormier (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) for his UFC light-heavyweight title at UFC 192, gave ex-champ Jones arguably the most competitive fight of his career.
“The Mauler” came out on the losing end of a unanimous decision, but since that fight, he’s received praise for pushing Jones to his limit during the dramatic five-round affair.
Geane Herrera calls out Ian McCall for UFC on FOX 17
The flurry of bookings recently announced for December’s UFC on FOX 17 event have put the number of fights on the card at 10. There should be a few slots left – as long as the promotion doesn’t have anything else up its sleeve.
If there’s room, up-and-comer Geane Herrera (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would like to put his name in the hat. The flyweight badly wants to redeem himself for a loss in his UFC debut this past month – and against a big name in the division: Ian McCall (13-5 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC).
“If they put me on that card, I will pack that house, and I will give them a show like I always do,” Herrera told MMAjunkie Radio.