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David Branch signs with UFC
David Branch is headed back to the UFC. The former World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned. While Branch’s return fight in the UFC has yet to be finalized, sources say they are currently targeting May. He is expected to compete in the middleweight division.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:35PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
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GSP and UFC have reportedly come to terms
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 1:01PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
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Joe Soto vs. Rani Yahya is 13th addition to Brazil's UFC Fight Night 106 lineup
Officials today announced a bantamweight fight between veterans Joe Soto (17-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Rani Yahya (23-8 MMA, 8-2 UFC). UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 4:27PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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James Moontasri announces retirement at 28
James ‘Moonwalker’ Moontasri started fighting professionally in 2008. The silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Taekwondo, and now 4th degree black belt in the art made great use of his base, with an exciting, fan-friendly, kick-heavy fighting style. Moonwalker went 7-1, including 3-0 in the RFA, before signing with the UFC in 2014. He went 1-2 in the UFC at lightweight and struggled to make weight. Then the Team Blackhouse fighter moved up to welterweight, and still reportedly struggled to make weight, and again went 1-2.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Gunnar Nelson faces Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 in London
Alan Jouban will have a tough test to keep his win streak alive in the Octagon. Jouban aims for his fourth straight UFC victory when he squares off against Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 107 on March 18 in London, according to UFC officials Tuesday.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 10:17AM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Jiu-jitsu champion Rafael Lovato signs with Bellator
Bellator MMA is adding an elite name to its roster from sport, and particularly American, jiu-jitsu. Sources tell MMA Fighting Rafael Lovato, Jr. has signed with the organization to join its middleweight division.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 10:15AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Report: Claudia Gadelha says she'll face Karolina Kowalkiewicz next
The last two strawweight title contenders are scheduled to meet, at least according to one of them. Combate reports that Claudia Gadelha will meet Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a future, undisclosed UFC event, with Gadelha herself breaking the news.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 8:59PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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New York State made $37.4 million in economic output from UFC 205: study
Start spreading the news: The UFC made New York quite a bit of money in November. The city and state of New York made $37.4 million in economic output and $18.3 million in salaries and wages from UFC 205 in New York City back in November, per a study done by the company Applied Analysis released Monday. The study also found that UFC 205 supported 300 jobs in the New York metro area and generated $1.6 million in taxes for the state.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 5:41PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Referee trainer breaks down de Randamie vs Holm late punches
The UFC 208 main event for the inaugural women’s featherweight title between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm was controversial. After both the second and third rounds, de Randamie threw late punches. De Randamie received a warning after the end of Round 3, but did not appear to after Round 2, when the greatest damage appeared to have occurred.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 5:37PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade date set
UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk is on a seven fight win streak in the UFC, four of them title defenses. At 29, she is at her combat sports peak. After Jessica Andrade beat Angela Hill in the UFC Fight Night 104 Fight of the Night, UFC president Dana White said Andrade was “absolutely” got the next title shot. Now Sport.pl reports that the event, date, and place are set. The pair will fight at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A unification fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway will serve as the main event.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 5:34PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Dana White: Misha Cirkunov done in UFC after 'flaking out' on new contract
Rising light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov will apparently not be back in the UFC anytime soon after contract discussions with the free agent went sour, according to UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 3:48AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov headlines UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22
Artem Lobov has successfully talked himself into the biggest fight of his MMA career. The close friend and training partner to UFC champ Conor McGregor will fight Cub Swanson in April’s UFC Fight Night 108 headliner. The featherweight main event between Swanson and Lobov, as well as several other fights, were announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast. Also announced for the card was a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and the returning Al Iaquinta, a middleweight bout between former title challenger Thales Leites and Sam Alvey, as well as a flyweight showdown between Dustin Ortiz and Brandon Moreno. Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne fights Danielle Taylor. Hector Sandoval faces “TUF 24” cast member Matt Schnell at flyweight. And, finally, a lightweight bout between Scott Holtzman and Michael McBride was made official. UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 1:54AM by Five-Alive - 11 comments
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UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24, including Namajunas-Waterson
A marquee women’s strawweight bout will take place at UFC on FOX 24 in April when former UFC title challenger Rose Namajunas takes on former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson. The 115-pound bout between Namajunas and Waterson was among several additions announced for the card during tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1. Also confirmed for UFC on FOX 24 was a flyweight showdown between “TUF 24” winner Tim Elliott and Louis Smolka, a light heavyweight bout between Devin Clark and Jake Collier, and a middleweight clash between Anthony Smith and Andrew Sanchez. UFC on FOX 24 takes place April 15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 1:49AM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup. Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at UFC 210. The bout was announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1. UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 1:46AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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29 Fighters removed from UFC roster
Yao Zhikui – Flyweight Fredy Serrano – Flyweight Fernando Bruno – Featherweight Cezar Arzamendia – Lightweight Elvis Mutaptic – Middleweight Joe Gigliotti – Middleweight Sean O’Connell – Light-heavyweight Jessamyn Duke – Bantamweight Cole Miller – Featherweight Erik Perez – Bantamweight Lorenz Larkin – Welterweight Rick Story – Welterweight Takeya Mizugaki – Bantamweight Tim Kennedy – Middleweight Brendan O’Reilly – Welterweight Taylor Lapilus – Bantamweight Seo Hee Ham – Strawweight Ericka Almeida – Strawweight Geane Herrera – Flyweight Brock Lesnar – Heavyweight Chico Camus – Flyweight Lance Benoist – Welterweight Maximo Blanco – Featherweight Marcus Brimage – Bantamweight Seth Bazcynski – Welterweight Bubba Bush – Middleweight Anthony Birchak – Bantamweight Clay Collard – Featherweight Aisling Daly – Strawweight Izabela Badurek – Strawweight Shane Campbell – Lightweight Leonardo Augusto – Middleweight
Submitted Feb 11, 2017 10:22PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Ian McCall out of UFC 208 due to illness, his fifth straight dropped fight
If Ian McCall had any luck at all, it would be bad luck. The UFC flyweight has fallen ill and will not be able to compete against Jarred Brooks at UFC 208 on Saturday in Brooklyn, the UFC announced Saturday morning. Champions was the first to report the news.
Submitted Feb 11, 2017 1:46PM by Five-Alive - 11 comments
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Dana White: ‘Drama queen’ Tyron Woodley doesn’t get booed because he’s black
In the eyes of Dana White, Tyron Woodley has all the ingredients to be a big UFC star. There’s just one thing missing, the UFC president said. “He’s a smart guy, he’s a good-looking kid,” White said Friday on ESPN Radio’s Russell and Kanell. “He’s explosive. He’s got knockout power. But he’s a bit of a drama queen.”
Submitted Feb 11, 2017 4:59AM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought? Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the banned diuretic she tested positive for in December. UFC president Dana White, too, believes Cyborg’s situation with USADA is in a good place.
Submitted Feb 10, 2017 9:53PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway unification title fight set for UFC 212
The fight to unify the featherweight titles finally appears to be set. After Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis for the interim UFC 145-pound title at UFC 206, he called out champion Jose Aldo for a unification bout at UFC 208. They weren’t able to put that together, but it appears they are set to go at UFC 212 in Brazil.
Submitted Feb 10, 2017 6:48PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Willis declared unfit, fight with Tybura scrapped
UFC Heavyweight Justin Willis was deemed unfit to fight at UFC 208 by the New York State Athletic Commission. The fighter himself made the announcement, via his social network. Hey everyone, I want you to hear from me first, I did everything I could to make weight for the fight this weekend but due to the short notice my body shut down during the weight cut and the UFC doctors wouldn’t clear me to fight. I will be back in the UFC with a full camp very soon. Thank you to everyone at the UFC, all of their staff have been great. I want the same opponent or anybody else will suffice. I will be ready. God Bless.
Submitted Feb 10, 2017 12:24PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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