Fighter turned judge Ricardo Almeida discusses avoiding conflicts of interest
For years, fans and fighters have clamored for those who have competed in the cage to be the ones handing in the official scorecards. However, fighters and coaches make many contacts over the course of their careers, and that leaves the door open to myriad potential conflicts of interest.
As a former King of Pancrase and successful competitor in the UFC, Almeida is probably the most high-profile fighter to end up at the judging table, and he told MMAjunkie that the procedures are in place in New Jersey to minimize the impact of those conflicts.
Coach: Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk on TUF could be ‘worse’ than Aldo-McGregor
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will coach the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and Nova Uniao leader Andre Pederneiras expects it to be a rough coexistence.
Gadelha rematches Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight belt at the TUF 23 Finale event on July 8, but first they will have to see each other every single day during the reality show. Coming from a wearing year in 2015 with the promotion for Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, Pederneiras believes Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk living together has everything to be worse than Aldo and McGregor during the UFC 189 world tour.
"I believe it can be worse because it’s 45 days," Pederneiras said. "You will see someone you don’t want to see for 45 days, twice a day. It won’t be good. It’s going to be horrible. Horrible. They both have strong temper, so it can’t be good. It’s going to be perfect media-wise, but won’t be good for them. I don’t think they will end up fighting during the reality show, but we will get a lot of mess."
Alexander Gustafsson having a 'tough time' with motivation, still vows to fight in 2016
In the last three years, Alexander Gustafsson has lost razor-close decisions in title fights to both Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and he's been knocked out in the first round by Anthony Johnson in front of more than 40,000 of his hometown fans.
Gustafsson remains one of the very best light heavyweight fighters on the planet. But those losses seem to have done something to his psyche. Recently, he moved down to San Diego to train with Alliance MMA, a team he has worked with for multiple camps. The goal for the Swedish star is to get his mind right.
"I'm just feeling like I have a tough time with my motivation," Gustafsson told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It goes from time to time. Some days it's better, some days it's a little bit worse."
Thatch Not Cleared to Fight in Pennsylvania, Bout vs. Bahadurzada Moved to UFC 196
A welterweight matchup between Brandon Thatch and Siyar Bahadurzada has been moved from UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh to UFC 196.
The change comes as a result of Thatch being unable to receive clearance to fight from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for using a “medication permitted under the UFC/USADA, WADA and Nevada State Athletic Commission anti-doping rules,” according to a statement released by the Las Vegas-based promotion on Friday night. The medication Thatch was using was not specified.
Tito Ortiz cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing woman’s phone at club
UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz was cited for misdemeanor battery early this morning after an alleged struggle with a woman in a Las Vegas nightclub.
Police were called to the Cromwell Casino at 1:08 this morning and made contact with a woman who claimed Ortiz tried to take her phone as she was filming a video, Las Vegas police spokesperson Laura Meltzer today told MMAjunkie.
The woman told TMZ Sports Ortiz “whipped her around” at Drai’s nightclub, thinking she was taking pictures of him, and was “scared for her life” when he allegedly got physical.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima announces UFC 197 fight with Clint Hester
The UFC has added another light heavyweight clash to UFC 197, as Marcos Rogerio de Lima faces Clint Hester on April 23. The Brazilian announced the bout on his social media following a report by MMA Premium.
de Lima (13-3-1), who competed on the third edition of TUF: Brazil as a heavyweight, suffered his first UFC loss to Nikita Krylov last August, dropping to 2-1 inside the Octagon following first-round knockouts over Richardson Moreira and Igor Pokrajac.
Bellator planning heightened security measures before Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight
BEVERLY HILLS -- It's no surprise to anyone that Kimbo Slice and Dada 500 have disdain for each other. That's one of the reasons why Bellator MMA put the bout between the two streetfighting legends together.
With that knowledge, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting that there will be heightened security during fight week before Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston.
Slice and Dada, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, are being put up in separate hotels and whenever precautions will be taken when they are in the same room at the same time for press conferences and workouts. Bellator staff and security will make sure the two fighters and their respective camps are far apart at all times.
Manager: ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Vitor Belfort moved to co-main event spot on May 14
It turns out Ronaldo Souza vs. Vitor Belfort won’t be a five-round fight.
Initially planned as the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on May 14 in Brazil, the middleweight showdown was moved to the co-main event spot, "Jacare’s" manager Gilberto Faria told MMAFighting.com on Thursday.
The promotion has yet to officially announce its plans for the May 14 event in Brazil, but a report from Combate indicates that it could be moved from Fox Sports 1 to pay-per-view, labeled as UFC 198, and feature Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship in the main event.
Sarah Moras out at UFC Fight Night 83, UFC seeks opponent for Lauren Murphy
UFC officials are currently seeking an opponent for women’s bantamweight Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC), as injury has forced Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to withdraw from a planned meeting at UFC Fight Night 83.
MMAjunkie today learned of the opening on the card from a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss such matters.
UFC Fight Night 83 currently includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Shane Campbell vs. James Krause
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian
Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET)
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
Lauren Murphy vs. TBA
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb
Ex-champ Michael Chandler signs long-term extension with Bellator
After talking up his value and calling for big fights, ex-lightweight champ Michael Chandler has signed a long-term contract extension with Bellator MMA.
The Viacom-owned promotion announced the deal today, characterizing it as a “multi-year, multi-fight contract extension.”
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though MMA fans will get an idea of Chandler’s (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) minimum salary when show and win purses are reported by state athletic commissions.
“Michael Chandler is synonymous with our brand and doubles as an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated in a press release. “Not every fighter or free agent aligns with our future plans, but when looking at Chandler’s resume, inking him to a long-term extension was a no-brainer.”
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara featherweight bout added to UFC 196 in Las Vegas
Next month’s mega-UFC pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to build with a new fight added to the preliminary card.
Julian Erosa (15-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will take on Teruto Ishihara (7-2-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC 196. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup.
With the addition, the latest UFC 196 card includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly
Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda
Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara
Cage Warriors Announces Return with April 15 Event in London
After a brief hiatus, Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is planning to hold its first event in 17 months later this year.
The European mixed martial arts promotion announced on Thursday that CWFC 75 will take place at Camden Centre in London on April 15. Matchups and broadcast details are expected to be revealed at a later date.
“We know that fight fans want to know everything right now, but I wanted to make sure Cage Warriors returns in a way I felt comfortable with, and in a way that underlined our commitment to develop the sport in the EMEA region,” CWFC President Graham Boylan said in a release.
CWFC 74, the promotion’s most recent offering, took place on Nov. 15, 2014 at Copper Box Arena in London and saw current UFC talent Nicholas Dalby outpoint Mohsen Bahari in the main event. All told, the organization has staged 85 events since its inception in 2002.
UFC free agent Aljamain Sterling to announce contract decision on MMA Hour
Top 10 UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling is one of the top free agents in MMA, and he's made his decision as to which promotion he'll compete under for his future fights. The 26-year-old Long Island native will make his announcement on Monday's (February 15th) edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. According to his message on Instagram, he's received offers from the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, and ONE Championship.
Jason 'Mayhem' Miller arrested for suspicion of DUI
Maybe Jason Miller's planned return to fighting was supposed to represent a fresh start. But so far, we seem to be getting more of his same old act.
The troubled Miller was arrested the morning of Feb. 7 in Irvine, Calif. for suspicion of driving under the influence, according to Orange County public arrest records. He was released later that day and is due to appear in a local court on March 7.
Kendall Grove vs. Francisco France completes Bellator 150 card in Kansas
The card is complete for Bellator 150 later this month with the addition of a new middleweight fight to the main card.
Kendall Grove (22-15 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) will meet Francisco France (13-3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) on the card, promotion officials today announced.
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas – for bantamweight title
Cheick Kongo vs. Vinicius Queiroz
Bobby Cooper vs. David Rickels
Francisco France vs. Kendall Grove
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Rebecca Ruth
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie 7 p.m. ET)
Gregory Babene vs. Brandon Farran
Gaston Reyno vs. Chuka Willis
David Hammons vs. Kyle Noblitt
Chris Harris vs. Julian Marque
Henry Lindsay vs. Marcio Navarro
Deron Charlis vs. Thai Clark
Andre Fialho vs. Manuel Meraz
Jonathan Gary vs. Jason Witt
Ronda Rousey back in training for first time since Holly Holm loss
It looks like Ronda Rousey is officially blazing the comeback trail as she gets back in the gym for the first documented session with her coaches since a November 2015 loss to Holly Holm.
TMZ captured the former champion working mitts and throwing combinations with coach Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club in California this week.
Rousey had stated following a vicious head-kick knockout to Holm last year that she may not be able to take any kind of impact for "three to six months" -- but it looks like she's at least ready to start throwing hands again
Former UFC, PRIDE standout Wanderlei Silva to appear at Bellator 149 Fan Fest
Bellator may have taken the next step toward getting Wanderlei Silva into its fold by getting the former UFC standout and PRIDE champion onto its Fan Fest lineup for next week.
The Bellator Fan Fest takes place Feb. 18, the night before Bellator 149, at Dave & Buster’s (7620 Katy Freeway #100) in Houston. Bellator 149 takes place the next day at Toyota Center in Houston with a main card on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. MMA veterans Royce Gracie and Ken Shamrock meet in a trilogy rematch in the main event, and street fighting legends Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson and Dhafir “DADA 5000” Harris meet in a co-main event grudge match.
Damian Stasiak meets newcomer Filip Pejic at UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
The UFC’s debut event in Croatia continues to grow with the addition of a bantamweight bout.
Zagreb’s own Filip Pejic (10-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 86 against Poland’s Damian Stasiak (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Promotion officials announced the new matchup today.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 86 card now includes:
Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic
Filip Pejic vs. Damian Stasiak