Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to be inducted into UFC Hall of Fame
Former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be inducted into the UFC's Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class and into the pioneer wing. The UFC made the news official during the UFC 198 pay-per-view broadcast.
"I'm really excited to announce Minotauro Nogueira as the first inductee of the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class," UFC President Dana White said via press release. "Big Nog is a mixed martial arts legend and, as an icon of the sport, we couldn't think of a more fitting platform to make this announcement then at the record-breaking stadium event in Brazil. Nogueira is a true pioneer and we look forward to celebrating his career with all the fight fans in July at the UFC Fan Expo."
Bellator to honor Jordan Parsons with memorial scholarship fund
Bellator MMA has started the Jordan Parsons Scholarship Fund to honor the late fighter, the promotion announced Saturday.
As a result, Bellator will annually send a young wrestler to "The J Robinson Intensive Wrestling Camp," a favorite of Parsons'.
Parsons, a member of the Blackzilians fight team, died on May 4, three days after being struck by a driver while crossing the street in Delray Beach, Fla. He was 25 years old.
Chandler vs. Pitbull vacant lightweight title bout set for Bellator: Dynamite 2
Michael Chandler and Patricky Pitbull are scheduled to fight for the vacant lightweight championship at Bellator: Dynamite 2 next month.
Bellator MMA lightweight contenders Michael Chandler and Patricky Freire are set to fight for the vacant lightweight championship at Bellator: Dynamite 2 later this year, officials announced during the Bellator 154 broadcast on Saturday evening.
Current champion Will Brooks vacated the belt when he was granted a release from the organization on Saturday.
Chandler (14-3) is riding a two-fight winning streak with stoppage wins over David Rickels and Derek Campos since back-to-back losses to Brooks in title fights. The 30-year-old was supposed to fight Josh Thomson at Bellator 154 on Saturday in one of the most anticipated Bellator fights of the year, but UFC veteran Thomson pulled out with an injury. Chandler did not receive a replacement fight for the card.
Freire (16-7) is also riding a two-fight winning streak with a recent decision win over UFC veteran Kevin Souza in the main event of Bellator 152 last month. Prior to that, he knocked out Ryan Couture in impressive fashion. Pitbull's last loss came to the hands of Derek Anderson late last year. Pitbull lost to Chandler by unanimous decision in a 2011 lightweight tournament final.
UFC 198 post-fight bonuses: Miocic, Jacare, and others earn an extra $50,000
The Brazilian bonanza that was UFC 198 is now in the books. The event, which is the first show the UFC has ever held in the storied fight-city of Curitiba, lived up to expectations - delivering a number of thrilling upsets and dramatic finishes. In what must have been a difficult decision for the UFC brass, the following fighters received a $50,000 bonus check.
Fight of the Night: Francisco Trinaldo defeats Yancy Medeiros by unanimous decision
Performance of the Night: Stipe Miocic and Ronaldo Souza
Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz joins UFC Fight Night 90 lineup
July’s UFC Fight Night 90 event has a new bantamweight matchup.
Russell Doane (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Pedro Munhoz (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) were recently added to the fight card.
The latest UFC Fight Night 90 card includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title
Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson
Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes
Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque
Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz
Bellator cuts lightweight champ Will Brooks, strips heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov
Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) has been released from the California-based promotion and is now a free agent. Additionally, heavyweight champ Vitaly Minakov (17-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) has been stripped of his title due to inactivity but will remain under contract with the company.
Bellator President Scott Coker today confirmed the moves with MMAjunkie.
In the case of lightweight champ Brooks, who’s ranked No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, Coker said the promotion has elected to terminate the fighter’s deal and waive all negotiation rights so that “Ill Will” can pursue his free-agency options.
“It was very simple,” Coker told MMAjunkie. “Will Brooks’ contract is ending, and we made a decision not to renew it. We’re going to give him a full release, so we’re not going to be in the Will Brooks business any longer.”
Anderson Silva wants to return to action at UFC 200
Anderson Silva was forced out of UFC 198 due to gall bladder surgery, but would apparently like to return at UFC 200.
Anderson Silva's late removal from UFC 198 due to gall bladder surgery disappointed many fans, but the former UFC middleweight champion is apparently angling for a quick return. Silva's physical trainer Rogerio Camoes spoke to Sherdog, and said Anderson wants to fight on the big July 9th card in Vegas:
"Thank God everything went fine and Anderson is already planning his return. He told me 'Master, pack everything up. We're going to UFC 200.' The most important thing is that he kept his mind strong and didn't lose his motivation. On the contrary, he's really motivated to take part at that historical UFC 200 event."
UFC 198 draws record-setting crowd for weigh-in festivities
UFC champ Conor McGregor will have to cross “biggest weigh-in” off his list of accomplishments, because after today’s UFC 198 weigh-in, there’s a new record-holder in town.
UFC officials, who issued tickets, tell MMAjunkie that 15,000 fans attended today’s UFC 198 weigh-in event in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil...
Mir echoes kanagaroo meat sentiment in light of failed 'B' sample drug test
Last month, it was revealed that Frank Mir tested positive for oral turiabol metabolites - an anabolic steroid - for his in-competition drug test relating to UFC Fight Night: Mir vs. Hunt.
Mir, who lost via first round KO to 'Super Samoan', hinted that tainted kangaroo meat in Australia was perhaps responsible for his failed drug test, and the two-time heavyweight champion is using the same argument to defend his 'B' sample, which also flagged for performance-enhancing drugs.
Mir cited NFL lineman Duane Brown on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast (per MMA Fighting), whose positive drug test for clenbuterol stemmed from tainted beef he ate in Mexico.
UFC 201 Update: Bahadurzada-‘Hannibal,’ Brown-Arzamendia Booked for July 30
The fight card for UFC 201 began to take shape on Friday, as Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced a pair of bouts for the July event.
Afghan knockout artist Siyar Bahadurzada will square off against Brazilian Claudio “Hannibal” Silva in a welterweight matchup, while Australian lightweight Damien Brown will make his sophomore Octagon appearance against Paraguay’s Cesar Arzamendia.
UFC 201 takes place July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, marking the company’s first trip to Georgia’s capital since UFC 145 in April 2012. Though not officially announced, a welterweight title fight between champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Tyron Woodley has been tabbed as the pay-per-view’s main event.
Carlos Diego Ferreira flagged for 'potential' USADA violation, pulled from Abel Trujillo fight
UFC lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira is the latest fighter to find themselves in hot water with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The UFC announced Friday that Ferreira was flagged for a "potential Anti-Doping Policy violation" in a recent out-of-competition drug test with USADA.
As a result, Ferreira has been removed from his preliminary card fight against Abel Trujillo on May 29 at UFC Fight Night 88. The UFC is currently looked for a replacement opponent to fight Trujillo.
'TUF 24' gets other flyweight champs with coaches Benavidez, Cejudo; winner fights champ Johnson
A month ago, the UFC scrapped a planned set of tryouts for Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter” that would have featured flyweights. But rest assured, the 125-pound division isn’t going anywhere.
“TUF 24” still will feature flyweights – and the winner will face champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) at the conclusion of the season. But instead of doing tryouts to find 125-pounders for the show, the UFC will hand-pick flyweight champions from other promotions around the world, the promotion today announced on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”