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Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko in the works for UFC 213
UFC 213 is expected to feature at least two championship fights. Amanda Nunes is slated to defend her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Valentina Shevchenko on July 8 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight.
Submitted May 4, 2017 1:16AM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anthony Pettis returns to lightweight, meets Jim Miller at UFC 213
Anthony Pettis is back at 155 pounds. The former UFC and WEC lightweight champion has ended his two-fight experiment at featherweight and will return to the division over which he once ruled. Pettis will meet veteran Jim Miller at UFC 213 in Las Vegas on July 8. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Submitted May 4, 2017 1:14AM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rashad Coulter added to UFC 211, Faces Chase Sherman
Dallas TX heavyweight Rashad “Daywalker” Coulter will make his UFC debut as the hometown favorite at UFC 211 later this month. That’s according to a report by the Dallas Morning News‘ Mark Francescutti, who notes that Coulter (8-1) will replace the injured Dmitry Poberezhets on the card. Opposite Coulter, who is on a five fight win streak that includes stops in Bellator MMA and LFA will be Chase Sherman (9-3). Sherman is himself an injury replacement, filling in for Jarjis Danho. He’s 1-1 in the UFC to date.
Submitted May 3, 2017 9:21PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC champ Tyron Woodley needs opponent for upcoming title defense, calls out many fighters
Tyron Woodley is training for a fight but still has no opponent. The UFC welterweight champ told “UFC Unfiltered” that finding someone to face him in the octagon has been more difficult than he thought.
Submitted May 3, 2017 8:02PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Longtime UFC veteran Nik Lentz announces departure from American Top Team, figuring out future plans
Nik Lentz today announced he’s no longer a part of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., ending a five-year relationship with the famed MMA training center. Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) stated on Twitter, “Choosing to part ways with American Top Team. I wish the team and all of the coaches well.” In a text message to MMAjunkie, Lentz declined to go into specifics about his departure. The 32-year-old fighter said he’s in the process of finding a new team.
Submitted May 3, 2017 8:01PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Dominick Cruz eyeing Cody Garbrandt vs. TJ Dillashaw winner: ‘I think that I’ve earned that position’
Dominick Cruz has stayed plenty busy in the months since his UFC 207 title loss to Cody Garbrandt, traveling the country in his role as a FOX Sports analyst and even appearing in the UFC broadcast booth as a color announcer during fight nights. But now, after giving his body a break from the rigors of fight camp, Cruz is beginning to turn his gaze back towards his next move in the UFC bantamweight division. And for the former two-time champion — a man who many consider to be the G.O.A.T. of 135 pounds — a shot at the winner of UFC 213’s showdown between Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw is precisely what Cruz covets next.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:59PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
‘Refreshed’ Rory MacDonald returns home to Kelowna, ready for second chapter of his career
When we last saw Rory MacDonald he was in the UFC against Stephen Thompson, in the fan-friendly confines of Canada’s capital city of Ottawa, fighting out his contract for a chance to explore free agency. Eleven months later he’s now settled in with Bellator, and he’s heading into enemy territory. MacDonald — perhaps the most prized free agent of 2016 — will face England’s own Paul Daley in London on May 19 at the SSE Arena. It will mark the Bellator debut of one of MMA’s finest talents, who put on a Fight of the Year back in 2015 fighting then-welterweight champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Dan Henderson to make promotional appearance for Bellator during fight series at NASCAR event
When last we saw Dan Henderson, he was fighting for the UFC middleweight title. Now, he’s working for Bellator. Sort of. Henderson, the former Pride champion and MMA legend, will be making a promotional appearance signing autographs for fans and taking pictures for Bellator next month in Charlotte. Henderson will be part of the first stop on the Monster Energy Bellator MMA Fight Series, which includes live fights and appearances by prominent names, the promotion announced Tuesday. Tito Ortiz will also be there.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:58PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Andersons are playing with matches, and the sparks are flying
Monday was unique in that two of the hardest to book contenders perhaps in the history of the UFC found huckleberries. During an appearance on The MMA Hour, current Invicta FC featherweight champion Megan Anderson made it abundantly clear that she would fight Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino at UFC 214 in July if the UFC would but ask. Volunteering to meet “Cyborg” in 2017 is like picking a fight with Sir Rider Haggard’s “She” in some dark corner of Hell.
Submitted May 3, 2017 7:57PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC signs prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov
The UFC has come to terms with one of MMA’s top prospects. Zabit Magomedsharipov (12-1), the former ACB featherweight champion, recently signed a UFC contract, MMA Fighting confirmed.
Submitted May 3, 2017 1:58AM by RacingHartPurple - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Your daily Ragin' Al update: Iaquinta now UFC boss, calls out Swanson, releases Northcutt, calls Perry and Lee 'ignorant'
Al Iaquinta may not be the UFC’s favorite fighter right now, but he’s making a heck of an impression on social media. After nearly two years away from competition, Iaquinta returned to the octagon earlier this month and scored a stunning first-round knockout of Diego Sanchez. Immediately afterward, Iaquinta took to Twitter to slam his employers for not issuing him a performance bonus, and true to his nickname, he’s been “Ragin” ever since.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:35AM by xdanish020 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jimmy Rivera responds to John Dodson’s UFC callout: ‘He’s scared and likes to run’
Some people call John Dodson’s strategy inside the Octagon as good defense, while others simply call it running. Whatever the case may be, Jimmie Rivera isn’t all that interested in a showdown against the speedy combatant, as it has all the makings of a boring fight that will eventually get both of them booed out of the arena, “I just think at the end of the day it would be a boring fight, because he’s just gonna run, people are gonna boo and that’s just the way it is,” Rivera told MMA Fighting.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:22AM by xdanish020 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jon Jones reminds Daniel Cormier he ‘popped his cherry’ in latest Twitter war
No, not that way. Jon Jones and current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier are highly-expected to mix it up one more time at the upcoming UFC 214 event on July 29 in Anaheim, California. Though the fight hasn’t been officially signed, the two men haven’t wasted time hyping up the potential rematch, as they once again went at it on Twitter. And it got good.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:20AM by xdanish020 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bethe Correia: ‘Overrated’ Holly Holm may retire early after I knock her out in Singapore
Bethe Correia may only have one knockout victory to her credit, but she is still very confident she can knockout out a former multi-time boxing world champion and ex-Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight title holder, Holly Holm.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:18AM by xdanish020 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White would’ve signed a 55-year deal with UFC, WME-IMG if given the chance
After Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was sold to WME-IMG for a staggering $4 billion last year (details), company president Dana White inked a five-year deal worth an estimated $360 million to stay as head honcho for the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:14AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tito Ortiz buries hatchet with UFC president Dana White - ‘Why waste time hating somebody?’
Tito Ortiz has had plenty of rivalries over his longtime combat career, but perhaps none were as bigger as the one he shared with his former manager-turned (ex) boss, Dana White.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:06AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
UFC newcomer Marlon Moraes not looking to take ‘quick way’ to bantamweight title
Former WSOF bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes made a big free agent splash earlier this month when he signed with UFC. Moraes was quickly booked to fight promotional mainstay Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While expectations are high for the streaking 28-year-old, Moraes is taking a slow approach to life as a UFC bantamweight contender.
Submitted May 1, 2017 1:01AM by xdanish020 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut vs. Jessica Eye at TUF 25 Finale in July
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale appears to have a women’s bantamweight bout headed for the card, including an unbeaten Invicta FC prospect. According to reports, Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make her UFC debut at the TUF 25 Finale against Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC). The booking recently was reported by BJPenn.com and WMMARankings.com, though UFC officials have not made a formal announcement. Both fighters teased news in the near future on their Twitter accounts, though. Eye promised an “epic” July, and Ladd said she would have a big announcement on Monday.
Submitted Apr 30, 2017 10:20PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Ryan Bader set to make ‘3 to 4 times’ more sponsorship money with Bellator than UFC
Now that Ryan Bader has left the UFC light heavyweight division behind in favor of Bellator MMA, he’ll have the immediate opportunity to step outside the boundaries of UFC’s sponsorship deal with Reebok and earn even more money. According to “Darth” himself, competing under the Bellator banner is going to allow him to make a ton of more money from sponsors.
Submitted Apr 30, 2017 7:10AM by xdanish020 - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Benson Henderson targets late summer Bellator return after knee surgery
You might not know Benson Henderson has been operating under less-than-ideal conditions for the entirety of his three-fight Bellator career. Granted, Henderson has lost two of those three fights (against lightweight champ Michael Chandler and former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov), but he didn’t look like someone competing with a serious injury. That was the case, though.
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
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