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Conor McGregor unsure of going back to 145 after UFC 202, interested in Nate Diaz trilogy
UFC president Dana White has promised that Conor McGregor will drop back down to featherweight and unify the title with Jose Aldo, the interim champ, next. McGregor, though, doesn't seem to be all that interested in an Aldo rematch. McGregor defeated Aldo to win the UFC featherweight title by knockout in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 back in December. Aldo bounced back to defeat Frankie Edgar to win the interim title at UFC 200 last month. McGregor was present at that bout, even standing up and watching much of the fight from that position while everyone was sitting down around him. But McGregor made it seem like Friday on a UFC 202 media conference call that he was looking toward a fresh fight — one against Frankie Edgar.
Submitted Aug 11, 2016 10:00PM by tildengolfer - 15 comments
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Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabricio Werdum
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell is withdrawing from UFC 203 due to a knee injury, multiple sources today told MMAjunkie. The UFC is seeking a replacement for ex-champ Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) for the event, which takes place Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. A team representative said Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury.
Submitted Aug 11, 2016 2:41PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
With support of major sports names, new group forms to get UFC fighters unionized
The group is being led by longtime baseball agent Jeff Borris, labor attorney Lucas Middlebrook and economist Andrew Zimbalist. Borris once represented the likes of Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson. Middlebrook, best known in the MMA space as Nick Diaz's lawyer, is counsel for the Major League Soccer referees union, NBA referees union and the unions for Southwest Airlines employees. Zimbalist is a highly regarded and oft-published sports economist. The PFA has also received the support of the MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, NBAPA and MLSPU.
Submitted Aug 11, 2016 11:10AM by jae_1833 - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA
A more detailed look into the verbal of the new judging rules/changes
After the link scroll to the bottom to view official documents. Here is the full language of these judging alterations to the Unified Rules:
Submitted Aug 10, 2016 10:31PM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
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Georges St-Pierre says he has enrolled in USADA drug-testing program ahead of UFC return
Georges St-Pierre isn't interested in any exemption. The former UFC welterweight champion told Bloody Elbow in an interview this week that he has enrolled in the USADA drug-testing program ahead of his impending UFC comeback. That's how you conduct business the right way! GOAT!!
Submitted Aug 10, 2016 10:23PM by jae_1833 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Not cut, Ben Saunders explains why he’s no longer on the UFC roster
Ben Saunders wanted to clear up a few things, so he took to the UG forum Monday evening. After news surfaced that he was no longer with the UFC, the popular welterweight fighter explained his version of what went on over the last few months. Saunders said he was not cut by the UFC. Instead, he said he fought out his contract and, due to multiple personal reasons, was not quick to re-sign. Once Saunders did feel ready to put pen on paper, he said, it was too late. The UFC had already moved on without him.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 6:21PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Joe Warren vs. Sirwan Kakai Set for Bellator 161 Co-Main Event
A bantamweight clash pitting Joe Warren against Sirwan Kakai has been booked for the Bellator 161 co-headliner. Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a promotion official on Tuesday following an initial report from FloCombat.com. Bellator 161 takes place at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Sept. 16 and is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:15PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Michal Materla-Rousimar Palhares Showdown to Headline KSW 36 on Oct. 1
Former Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki middleweight champion Michal Materla will face mercurial Brazilian grappler Rousimar Palhares in the KSW 36 main event on Oct. 1 at the Sport and Entertainment Hall in Zielona Gora, Poland, In the co-headliner, Tomasz Narkun will defend his KSW light heavyweight crown against Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:13PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC 202's Guangyou Ning Not at Fault After Testing Positive for Banned Anabolic Agent
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has determined that UFC bantamweight Guangyou Ning is not at fault for a failed out-of-competition drug test earlier this year. Ning, 34, tested positive for traces of the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol in a urine sample provided on May 19. Clenbuterol is often used to treat breathing disorders and while it has never been approved by the U.S. FDA, it is available in other countries throughout the world. As far as a potential performance enhancer, it is believed to aid fat loss for anabolic steroid users. However, USADA issued a statement Tuesday clearing Ning of any wrongdoing because his positive test likely resulted from contaminated meat.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:12PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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Joe Pingitore now meets Matt Bessette for vacant 145 title at CES MMA 37
The promotional brass almost certainly will be glad to put CES MMA 37 behind them after Friday night, but the show is going on. In the new co-main event, Joe Pingitore (6-2-1) gets a shot at a title when he meets Matt Bessette (19-7) for the vacant featherweight belt, the promotion today announced. Pingitore gets the call in place of Stephen Cerventes (6-1), who was arrested this past Friday for two counts each of criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to court records obtained by the Albuquerque Journal. CES MMA 37 takes place Friday at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card airs on AXS TV. The CES MMA 37 card now includes: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Andre Soukhamthath vs. Kin Moy – for bantamweight title Matt Bessette vs. Joe Pingitore – for vacant featherweight title Ashley Gooch vs. Greg Rebello – for vacant heavyweight title Roy Jones vs. Chuck O’Neil Bill Jones vs. TBA PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET) Pat McCrohan vs. Ruslan Melikov Roosevelt Archie vs. Marquis Brewster Mak Kelleher vs. Dylan Lockard Stepford Ewings vs. Mike Rodriguez
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:02PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Benson Henderson: Mackenzie Dern ‘will be bigger than Ronda Rousey'
Benson Henderson's MMA Lab has long been one of the top fight camps in the world. However one of the team's brightest stars is still in the infancy of her mixed martial arts career. At the age of 23, jiu-jitsu prodigy Mackenzie Dern showcased her vast potential at Legacy FC 58 in July, dominating Kenia Rosas to win her professional debut with a one-sided decision. Now, with her first step out of the way, Henderson sees big things ahead in Dern's fighting future. "She will be bigger than Ronda Rousey before Ronda Rousey lost," Henderson said Monday on The MMA Hour. "She's going to be huge. She's going to be big. She has an excellent work ethic. "Go look her up, she is a multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion. She's won ADCC. She's won Abu Dhabi. She's won Worlds. She's the current No. 1 ranked female jiu-jitsu practitioner on the planet. She has an amazing work ethic. She's an amazing athlete. She definitely needs to work on her MMA skills, but her ground game is phenomenal. Any woman on the planet goes to the ground with Mackenzie and Mackenzie is going to tap her, or dominate her like she did her first opponent." Dern is indeed the current No. 1 ranked IBJJF female jiu-jitsu player in the world, and her list of accolades rivals those of any female grappler in history. A jiu-jitsu black belt under her father Wellington "Megaton" Dias, Dern won many of her grappling titles competing between 127 and 132 pounds, however she cut down to the 115-pound strawweight division for her MMA debut and has stated that her goal is to sign with the UFC in 2017.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:01PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Tim Means gets replacement opponent, meets Titan, Bellator vet Sabah Homasi at UFC 202
Tim Means will in fact compete at next week’s UFC 202 event. Newcomer Sabah Homasi has signed with the promotion and will make his debut opposite “The Dirty Bird” as a welterweight replacement for the injured Sean Strickland. A 170-pound matchup between Means ((25-7-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Homasi (11-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finalizes the lineup for the Aug. 20 card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout is expected to air on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the change to the card, UFC 202 now includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title welterweight bout Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry Sabah Homasi vs. Tim Means PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:59PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Aisling Daly out at UFC Fight Night 93, promotion seeks new opponent for Michelle Waterson
Injury has forced strawweight Aisling Daly (16-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) to withdraw from a planned UFC Fight Night 93 contest with Michelle Waterson (13-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC). MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that the promotion is currently seeking a new opponent for Waterson. With the change, UFC Fight Night 93 now includes: Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi Michelle Waterson vs. TBA Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:58PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Demetrious Johnson now targeting December return against TUF 24 winner
Demetrious Johnson was hoping to get two more fights in before the end of the year, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore. The UFC flyweight champion is now targeting a return to the Octagon in December, according to sources. His opponent will be the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 24, which will feature flyweight champions from outside the UFC competing for a title shot.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:57PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Tragedy strikes Friday's CES MMA 37 event with fighter dead following car accident
Massachusetts fighter Devin Carrier, 21, died over the weekend in a single-car crash, less than one week before he was scheduled to compete at Friday’s CES MMA 37 event at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The accident was first reported by South Coast Today. “Everyone is very shaken up,” CES MMA rep Ed Kapp stated in an email to MMAjunkie. “He was just 21 years old and was a joy to work with.” CES MMA 37’s main card airs on AXS TV. The current CES MMA 37 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Andre Soukhamthath vs. Kin Moy – for bantamweight title Matt Bessette vs. opponent TBA – for vacant featherweight title Ashley Gooch vs. Greg Rebello Roy Jones vs. Chuck O’Neil Bill Jones vs. Joe Pingitore PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET) Pat McCrohan vs. Ruslan Melikov Roosevelt Archie vs. Marquis Brewster Mak Kelleher vs. Dylan Lockard
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:56PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Bellator 160 lineup set, includes addition of Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro
The 14-bout lineup for this month’s Bellator 160 lineup is now complete, and it includes the addition of a featherweight preliminary bout between Chinzo Machida (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Mario Navarro (4-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA). Bellator officials today announced the new contest, as well as the addition of flyweights David Duran (3-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. Kyle Estrada (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), lightweights Jacob Rosales (3-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Mike Segura (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), welterweights Jonny Cisneros (9-4 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) vs. Andy Murad (13-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and lightweights Jake Roberts (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Stephen Martinez (11-4 MMA, 1-1 BMMA). With the additions to the lineup, Bellator 160 now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 10 p.m. ET) Benson Henderson vs. Patricio Freire Derek Anderson vs. Saad Awad Jaimelene Nievera vs. Lena Ovchynnikova Henry Corrales vs. A.J. McKee PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET) Chinzo Machida vs. Mario Navarro Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan Joey Davis vs. Keith Cutrone Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. Johnny Tomasian Gabriel Green vs. Alex Trinidad Ron Henderson vs. Steve Ramirez David Duran vs. Kyle Estrada Jacob Rosales vs. Mike Segura Johnny Cisneros vs. Andy Murad Stephen Martinez vs. Jake Roberts
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:54PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic on battle to recover from ACL injury
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic was three weeks from a fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale when he landed wrong on his knee and popped his ACL. Today, he is cleared to train, having passed a series of benchmarks in a rehabilitation regimen that started almost immediately after his injury. But as he told MMAjunkie Radio, he is not the same person in the gym as he once was.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:52PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tilek Batyrov in for injured Andrew Leone in ONE Championship 45 interim flyweight title bout
ONE Championship 45 has undergone a big late-notice shift with a change to the card’s main event less than a week out. Andrew Leone (8-2) was set to meet Adriano Moraes (14-2) for the interim flyweight title. However, an injury to Leone forced him from the event. He will be replaced by Tilek Batyrov (10-1). With the change, the current ONE Championship 45 lineup includes: Tilek Batyrov vs. Adriano Moraes – for interim flyweight title Eduard Folayang vs. Adrian Pang Honorio Banario vs. Eddie Ng Christian Lee vs. Martin Nguyen Alexandre Machado vs. Alain Ngalani Ma Jia Wen vs. Jimmy Yabo Ma Hao Bin vs. Chan Rothana Kritsada Kongsrichai vs. Joshua Pacio
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:51PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA
UFC Fight Night 92 bonuses: Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres steal show with 'Fight of the Night'
There was never any doubt about who would steal 'Fight of the Night' honors at UFC Fight Night 92. The UFC announced Saturday night that Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres both earned $50,000 in 'Fight of the Night' bonuses for their dazzling five-round affair, which Rodriguez won via split decision to push his unbeaten UFC record to 5-0. UFC Fight Night 92 took place Aug. 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The main card aired live on FOX Sports 1. Rounding out the card's performance bonuses were Marcin Tybura and Teruto Ishihara, both of whom won $50,000 for knockout wins on the night's prelims.
Submitted Aug 7, 2016 9:43PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Netflix picks up Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight
Dana White’s YouTube reality series Lookin’ For a Fight, where he looks for up-and-coming talent to bring to the UFC, has been picked up by Netflix. About seven months ago, UFC president Dana White released a new YouTube series known as Lookin’ for a Fight. Being a reality show, White goes across the United States looking for talent in other MMA organizations. If he sees potential in a specific fighter, he will sign them to the UFC so that they can test their skills with the best in the world...
Submitted Aug 6, 2016 10:03PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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