Gilbert Melendez in to face Al Iaquinta at UFC Fight Night 71
It’s going to be a quick turnaround for Gilbert Melendez as the lightweight will return to action at UFC Fight Night 71, taking on Al Iaquinta.
The fight was announced on Fox Sports Live.
The latest UFC Fight Night 71 lineup now includes:
Todd Duffee vs. Frank Mir
Al Iaquinta vs. Gilbert Melendez
Tony Ferguson vs. Josh Thomson
Matt Dwyer vs. Alan Jouban
Manny Gamburyan vs. Scott Jorgensen
Kevin Lee vs. James Moontasri
Igor Araujo vs. Sean Strickland
Andrew Craig vs. Edgar Garcia
Jessica Andrade vs. Sarah Moras
Holly Holm vs. Marion Reneau
Ildemar Alcantara vs. Kevin Casey
Joe Schilling committing to MMA, planning permanent move to American Top Team
Joe Schilling is going all in on mixed martial arts.
The two-sport star told MMAFighting.com on Friday that he plans on soon moving his family to South Florida from Los Angeles to continue his training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek. Schilling has been at ATT for weeks and will complete his camp there in advance of a fight against Hisaki Kato at Bellator 139 on June 26 in Mulvane, Kan.
Bobby Green out of Al Iaquinta fight due to injury
Bobby Green has been forced to withdraw from his anticipated July 15 fight against Al Iaquinta due to an injury suffered in training, MMAFighting.com confirmed with multiple sources.
As of right now, a replacement opponent has not been found for Iaquinta, so there's no word just yet whether he'll remain on the Fight Night card in San Diego.
Bethe Correia inks 8 fight contract with UFC
Bethe Correia inked a new contract with the UFC ahead of the biggest fight of her MMA career.
The undefeated bantamweight fighter, who takes on UFC 135-pound champion Ronda Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, announced on her Instagram that she has signed a new 8-fight deal with the promotion.
"I’m really happy today," Correia wrote. "With hard work, blood, sweat, punches to the face and much more… I’m renewing my contract with the UFC for eight more fights. I will be able to give my fans at least eight fights on TV, and follow my life and my camp for more eight fights. I will always do my best."
NY Senate passes MMA bill, for 7th time
For nine years UFC representatives have gone to NY's capitol Albany to try to get the sport legalized and regulated. Five times it passed the Senate but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver refused to bring it to a vote. In January, Silver resigned as Speaker, following his arrest on corruption charges. The new Assembly Speaker, Carl Heastie, is a past supporter of the bill.
This year the bill again passed the Senate, but it did not get sufficient support in the Assembly. Now the Senate has passed a new version, in hopes that it will pass before the 2015 legislative session ends for the year. The legislative session is scheduled to end on Wednesday, but many expect it to extend through the week.
Machida claims 'illegal shot' was turning point in loss
Lyoto Machida suffered one of his worst losses at UFC on FOX 15 to Luke Rockhold, but claims it was an illegal blow that caused the fight to go in the wrong direction for him:
"I've watched it maybe 3-4 times, that fight," Machida said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I saw that I got an elbow on my neck, he elbowed my neck and I was so dizzy that time. Then, when I went to corner, I barely hear my brother, so when I got back to the fight, I was so dizzy, my legs were wobbly. I wasn't recovered. So suddenly I fell again, and he was smart and capitalized."
Trevor Wittman actually tried to stop Nate Marquardt fight twice.
The second-round stoppage in Kelvin Gastelum’s victory over Nate Marquardt, universally lauded by MMA pundits and observers as the right move and a breath of fresh air in today’s sport, was actually called off twice, according to the coach who called off the fight.
Marquardt’s coach, Trevor Wittman, told MMAjunkie there was one minute remaining in the second round of the fight on UFC 188’s pay-per-view main card when he decided his charge had had enough.
Titan FC Joins UFC Fight Pass
Long-running regional organization Titan Fighting Championship on Monday became the latest promoter to align itself with UFC Fight Pass.
Ultimate Fighting Championship Chief Content Officer Marshall Zelaznik today announced that Titan FC has signed an “exclusive, long-term agreement” with the UFC’s online streaming service. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
UFC Fight Pass will live stream all future events from the promotion, beginning with next month’s Titan FC 34, and will also add its 33-event back catalog to the UFC’s online library.