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Diaz vs McGregor II - Official for UFC 200
"The anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is set to headline UFC 200. The fight, which was first reported by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on March 18, was made official during a UFC Tonight broadcast on Wednesday night. It will be contested at 170 pounds, as part of a milestone event on July 9 set to christen Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena." Apparently, Aldo vs Edgar II is also set for UFC 200: "Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar will be fighting at UFC 200, just not against each other. The UFC's featherweight champion will rematch Nate Diaz, again at 170 pounds, in the July 9th pay-per-view headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, Edgar will rematch Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title, in a fight that wasn't officially named the co-main event. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani first reported the news before it was announced on FS1's UFC Tonight."
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 8:00PM by State_Champ - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jose Aldo to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 for interim title, other key fights announced
With Conor McGregor now officially booked to rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 200, the two guys who’ve been campaigning to take on the current featherweight champion at least know their fates, too. During Wednesday’s broadcast of UFC Tonight it was announced that Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo -- the top two challengers to McGregor’s 145-pound title -- will meet on the same July 9 card for the interim featherweight belt.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 7:57PM by tildengolfer - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shannon Knapp: Cris Cyborg could still return to Invicta, defend her title
Cris Cyborg will make her UFC debut in May. But that doesn't necessarily mean she is done with Invicta FC. Cyborg, arguably the top pound-for-pound women's fighter in the world, will face Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14 in Brazil, the UFC announced Monday. The event will take place inside a 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Cyborg's hometown of Curitiba. The fight will take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Cyborg normally fights at 145 pounds and she remains the Invicta champion in that featherweight division. That will not change any time soon, Invicta president Shannon Knapp told MMA Fighting. Knapp said Cyborg will not be vacating the title, because there is the possibility of her returning to Invicta to defend it.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:52PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
WSOF 30 ‘Branch vs. Starks’ Fight Card Finalized with 10 Bouts
World Series of Fighting has confirmed the 10-fight lineup for Saturday’s WSOF 30. The event, which takes place April 2 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be headlined by a WSOF middleweight title bout between two-division champ David Branch and challenger Clifford Starks. In the co-main event slot, longtime UFC contender Jon Fitch will try to snatch the vacant WSOF welterweight belt in a meeting with Brazil’s Joao Zeferino. Also featured on the NBCSN-televised main card is a light heavyweight tilt between Vinny Magalhaes and Jake Heun, plus a welterweight clash pitting Abu Azaitar against Danny Davis Jr. Topping the preliminary slate is a duel of welterweight prospects Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Matthew Frincu, both of whom enter the bout with just one loss to their name. Unbeaten lightweight Steve Kozola, who was set to take on Gil Guardado, will instead meet late replacement Matt Church in a 160-pound catchweight affair. Guardado recently suffered a broken nose and was forced to withdraw, according to a statement from WSOF.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:08PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon in the works for UFC 200
A lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon is targeted for July's landmark event, UFC 200, according to multiple reports. VendettaFighter.com initially reported the news last week and MMAFighting.com followed up with a report of their own. UFC officials have yet to confirm the booking. Sanchez and Lauzon were initially scheduled to square off in November 2014 at UFC 180 -- the UFC's debut in Mexico City -- but both were forced out of the contest with an injury. Sanchez (26-8) recently got back into the win column with a unanimous decision nod over Jim Miller at UFC 196 earlier this month. Prior to that, he suffered a decision loss to top contender Ricardo Lamas in his first featherweight fight of his career. He afterwards discovered the weight cut was too harsh for him and returned to 155 pounds. Lauzon (25-11) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Evan Dunham at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale this past December. The 31-year old has a mix of wins and losses over the past two years, with TKO wins over Takanori Gomi and Michael Chiesa, and a stoppage loss to top contender Al Iaquinta.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:03PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Despite 6-2 record, UFC releases heavyweight Jared Rosholt
Jared Rosholt's uninspiring unanimous decision loss to Roy Nelson has marked the end of his UFC tenure. Bloody Elbow confirmed with UFC officials today that Rosholt has been released after just his 2nd loss in his last 8 fights. Rosholt (14-3) was ranked in the UFC's top 15 in the heavyweight division as recently as March 21st (two days after the completion of UFC Brisbane), but was pulled from the list and replaced by Stefan Struve just two days later.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:00PM by JLS - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
After UFC debut, Cris Cyborg wants Ronda Rousey fight in New York
Cris Cyborg has been eyeing a matchup with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey for years, and now that Rousey is no longer the titleholder, Cyborg believes it could finally come to fruition. With MMA legal in New York State now, Cyborg believes New York would be the perfect location for her long-awaited fight with Rowdy.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 12:20PM by Five-Alive - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jon Jones remains in custody, has hearing scheduled for Thursday morning
Jon Jones has a hearing set. The UFC star will go before a judge at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court in his probation violation case, a court spokesperson said Wednesday. Jones will remain in custody at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center until then. He turned himself in around 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. No bail has been set, as is protocol in a probation violation case. Jones will be in custody until he sees judge Michael Martinez on Thursday when terms of release are discussed. Only one camera will be allowed in the courtroom for the hearing. Albuquerque news station KOB has been the designated party and will likely air the proceeding on KOB.com, the spokesperson said.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 12:17PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Leon Edwards steps in for injured Peter Sobotta at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
An injury has forced Peter Sobotta out of May’s UFC Fight Night 87 lineup, officials today announced. As a result, Leon Edwards (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement for Sobotta (15-5-1 MMA, 2-4 UFC) and now fights welterweight Dominic Waters (9-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC). UFC officials didn’t disclose the nature of Sobotta’s injury. The latest UFC Fight Night 87 card includes: Andrei Arlovski vs. Alistair Overeem Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve Rustam Khabilov vs. Chris Wade Yan Cabral vs. Reza Madadi Magnus Cedenblad vs. Garreth McLellan Leon Edwards vs. Dominic Waters Gunnar Nelson vs. Albert Tumenov Nick Hein vs. Jon Tuck Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Neil Seery Francimar Barroso vs. Nikita Krylov Heather Jo Clark vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz Anna Elmose vs. Germaine de Randamie
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 11:56AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Germaine de Randamie meets newcomer Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 87
Women’s bantamweight contender Germaine de Randamie will welcome a promotional newcomer to the UFC in her next bout. UFC officials today announced de Randamie (5-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) meets undefeated Danish fighter Anna Elmose (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 87. UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 11:54AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Josh Copeland, Jason High vs. Mike Ricci set for WSOF 31
A heavyweight title fight between Blagoy Ivanov (13-1) and Josh Copeland (12-3) is set to headline WSOF 31. Additionally, a lightweight bout between Jason High (19-5) and Mike Ricci (11-4) will serve as the co-main event of the card. The news was announced by the promotion on Tuesday. Ivanov, who captured the WSOF heavyweight gold back in June 2015 against Smealinho Rama, will be defending his belt for a second time in this fight with Copeland. The 29-year-old Bulgarian fighter last competed on October 2015 at WSOF 24 where he defeated Derrick Mehmen via second-round TKO. His opponent, Josh Copeland, is currently 3-1 in his past four fights. 'Cuddly Bear' is coming off a unanimous decision win over Mike Hayes earlier this year at WSOF 29. Prior to that, the 33-year-old heavyweight suffered a submission loss to Vitaly Minakov in Russia.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:56AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Former champ Carla Esparza returns to action against Juliana Lima at UFC 197
Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza will return to the octagon at UFC 197 when she takes on Juliana Lima. The UFC confirmed the bout, first reported by ESPN, today. UFC 197 takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The latest UFC 197 card now includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1) Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima Glaico Franca vs. James Vick PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 9:04PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
6 fights added to UFC Fight Night 89, including Bosse-O'Connell, Alvey-Theodorou
The card for UFC Fight Night 89 is developing quickly. The UFC today announced six new fights for the event, which takes place June 18 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The new bookings include Steve Bosse (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Sean O'Connell (17-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at light heavyweight, Sam Alvey (26-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Elias Theodorou (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at middleweight, Misha Cirkunov (11-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Ion Cutelaba (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight, Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at lightweight, Krzysztof Jotko (17-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at middleweight and Colby Covington (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Alex Garcia (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at welterweight. With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 89 card now includes: Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote Steve Bosse vs. Sean O’Connell Sam Alvey vs. Elias Theodorou Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva Misha Cirkunov vs. Ion Cutelaba Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tamdan McCrory Colby Covington vs. Alex Garcia
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 9:01PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
ROAD FC signs “Ryo” Young Choi, DEEP Champ makes 10-year return to Korea in May
ROAD FC announces the signing of “Ryo” Choi Young, 1st generation Korean MMA star and current DEEP Champion. 29 March, 2016 - ROAD Fighting Championship is excited to announce the signing “Ryo” Choi Young, of one of Korea’s “first generation” of Mixed Martial Artists and current DEEP Middleweight Champion. After almost ten years away from Korea, he is expected to make his promotional debut on 14 May, 2016 at ROAD FC 031 in Seoul. Choi Young (18-10-3, Shinbukan/Land’s End) is a third generation ethnic Korean who was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. Choi first fought MMA in Japan in 2000, however his MMA career really kicked off in Korea in Spirit MC. In 2004, he faced “Stun Gun” Kim Dong-Hyun in Spirit MC’s first Interleague tournament, and beat him by Unanimous Decision. At the point of Spirit MC’s closure, Choi fought in K-1's HERO’S and returned to Japan where he became a staple of DEEP. Along the way, Choi fought the top in the middleweight division, including Lim Jae-Seok, Ryuta Sakurai, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Tatsuya Mizuno, and Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 1:19PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
UFC Fight Night 88 tickets on sale this week; $175 gets you cageside in Las Vegas
Planning to attend UFC Fight Night 88 in May? You can buy your tickets starting this week. UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 – a Sunday – at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The show features a pair of unbeaten bantamweights in the main event. Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) takes on Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the 135-pound headliner.
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 1:13PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum targeted for UFC 200
A welterweight fight between former UFC champion Johny Hendricks and TUF 17 winner Kelvin Gastelum is planned for the big UFC 200 pay-per-view on July 9th.
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 1:10PM by JLS - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sean Strickland gets home fight, meets Tom Breese at UFC 199 in Los Angeles in June
The lineup for the UFC’s return to SoCal continues to grow, and a local fighter is getting a home bout against an unbeaten foe from across the pond. Sean Strickland (17-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a Los Angeles-area native and resident, is set to meet England’s Tom Breese (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a welterweight fight at UFC 199 in June. UFC officials today announced the new booking. With the addition to the card, UFC 199 now includes: Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight championship Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic Luis Henrique vs. Jonathan Wilson ‘Maestro’ Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 11:20AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jon Jones given 5 tickets after allegedly drag racing
Jon Jones was given five traffic tickets, including one for drag racing, Thursday night after being pulled over. On Monday, the Albuquerque Police Department released the officer's body cam video of the incident. In the video, an angry Jones vehemently denies that he was drag racing and disputes the other tickets as well. Jones was also given citations for an ordinance against a modified exhaust (vehicle disturbance), an illegible license plate, unable to maintain a traffic lane and exhibition driving. The former UFC light heavyweight champion accused the officer of "harassing" him. "I cannot wait for you to prove that I was drag racing, because I know for a fact that I wasn't," Jones said. "But nice try." Jones called the cop an "absolute f*cking liar" and said both he and the officer know that Jones was not drag racing. The officer said Jones was "lucky" that he's not going to jail for reckless driving.
Submitted Mar 29, 2016 7:18AM by Five-Alive - 32 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cyborg Makes Octagon Debut at UFC 198
BREAKING NEWS! One of the most feared fighters in the world is finally making her way to the Octagon, as Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino faces Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14.
Submitted Mar 28, 2016 1:36PM by RhythmAndStyle - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Weidman: It's 'do or die' for me against Rockhold at UFC 199
The former middleweight champion is treating his rematch with Luke Rockhold as if his career is on the line.
Submitted Mar 28, 2016 3:55AM by xdanish020 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
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