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.
Dominick Cruz takes aim again at 'meathead jock' T.J. Dillashaw
It's no world tour, but the promotion leading up to T.J. Dillashaw's Jan. 17 UFC bantamweight title defense to Dominick Cruz has some similar undertones.
If Conor McGregor laid out the blueprint on how to sell the lower weight classes Cruz has been taking notes.
Cruz fired the first major shot when the pair visited Boston, the site of the bout, back in November when he dressed Dillashaw down, called his coach Duane Ludwig a "sad pimp," and still couldn't get the champ to play ball.
Khabib Nurmagomedov wants winner of Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez, has unfinished business with Nate Diaz
Undefeated UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn't fought since April 2014, but he isn't looking for an easy tune-up fight when he makes his return to the Octagon.
According to Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, Nurmagomedov (22-0) is looking toward the winner of Jan. 17's UFC Fight Night 81 clash between Anthony Pettis (18-3) and Eddie Alvarez (26-4) for his next outing. Nurmagomedov told Helwani he's not interested in talking trash or ruffling feathers – he just believes Pettis and Alvarez are the best guys ahead of him in the rankings, and a win over either of them would propel him toward the UFC lightweight title.
Manager: Jacare Souza wants Chris Weidman or Yoel Romero rematch, feels Romero 'played dirty'
Ronaldo Souza's title chances were dashed Dec. 12 at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, where Yoel Romero defeated him via split decision, snapping an eight-fight winning streak in the process.
According to Souza's manager, Gilberto Faria, that loss – and the circumstances surrounding it – left Souza with a bad taste in his mouth.
"We still have not digested the judges' decision," Faria told Ariel Helwani in a statement that was aired Wednesday evening on UFC Tonight. "Romero played dirty. If you look at the footage, he held the fence twice to avoid the takedown sequence in the second round and poked Jacare's eyes in the third."
NSAC to rule on Nick Diaz return to UFC Jan 12
UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, who was handed a five-year suspension from competing in MMA after a drug test at UFC 183, is one step closer to being reinstated by Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Nick Diaz may finally learn his fate next week.
On the agenda for the next Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, there is a hearing on a motion for reconsideration and proposed settlement agreement regarding Diaz. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Following 'serious' Outfitting Policy infractions, UFC issues 3 payment reductions
For the first time since the UFC instituted its revolutionary Athlete Outfitting Policy, a handful of the promotion’s athletes will be receiving a little less money than they might have expected based on the program’s payout tiers.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that three athletes who competed at December’s UFC on FOX 17 event will receive reductions on their scheduled payments after “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy, marking the first time the promotion has taken such a step.
Bibiano Fernandes not happy with new ONE Championship weigh-in program: ‘It has affected me’
Unbeaten in 10 fights since cutting down to 135 pounds, Bibiano Fernandes had to change a few things ahead of his fourth title defense at ONE Championship.
ONE Championship announced a new weigh-in program less than two weeks after the death of Yang Jian Bing, who passed away while cutting weight for a flyweight bout. The first fight card under the new program takes place Jan. 23 in China, and Fernandes will be defending his title against Kevin Belingon in the main event.
Dustin Poirier completes surgery for broken nose, expects to be out six weeks
Poirier (19-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) wasted little time going under the knife following two breaks to his nose in a UFC 195 bout with Joseph Duffy (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) earlier this month. “The Diamond” defeated Duffy by unanimous decision, but absorbed several hard shots to the face early in the fight that sent blood leaking from his nose at a high rate for more than two rounds.
Four days after the big win, Poirier went under the knife to fix several breaks to his nasal structure.
Martin 'The Hitman' Kampmann officially retires from MMA
Following 27 professional fights, including 17 in the UFC, Martin Kampmann has officially retired from the sport of mixed martial arts.
Kampmann, 33, broke the news to UFC.com this week.
"I've known for a while," Kampmann said about his retirement. "I just haven't really made it official. I'm not sure why."
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