Guido Cannetti pulled from UFC Fight Night 98 following potential anti-doping violation
Argentinian bantamweight Guido Cannetti has been pulled from next week’s UFC Fight Night 98 event following a flagged out-of-competition test issued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Cannetti took to Instagram to announce his removal from the card, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the potential violation with UFC officials.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed Guido Cannetti of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 5, 2016,” a statement read. “USADA has provisionally suspended Cannetti based on the potential anti-doping violation.”
“Ninja” Cannetti (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was expected to face Marco Beltran (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the FS1-televised prelims of UFC Fight Night 98, which takes place Nov. 5 at Mexico City Arena. UFC officials are “currently exploring whether a replacement to fight Beltran can be arranged.”
Jessica Eye ‘taking a year off’ after being given ‘one more chance’ by UFC
Jessica Eye suffered her fourth consecutive loss in the UFC last month against Bethe Correia at UFC 203. And by the UFC’s trend, it normally means that she’d be in danger of being cut from the roster.
UFC bosses Dana White and Sean Shelby, however, made an exception for “Evil” Eye. In an interview with FOX Sports, the number 13-ranked women’s bantamweight fighter also revealed that White even connected her to a sports psychologist who could help her deal with the mental aspect of the fight game.
MMA fans file petition against UFC to create featherweight division for Cris Cyborg
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) does not have a women's featherweight division and has no immediate plans to create one.
That said, not everyone in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is prepared to just roll over and accept things at face value, and now a petition has been created to let those voices be heard.
"We, the many fans of MMA, call on the UFC to open a Featherweight (145 pound) division for the women fighters," the petition read . "There is an audience for it and you have a world-class fighter in Cris Cyborg to be its inaugural champion."
Three cars set on fire outside home of Anthony Pettis
A former UFC champion is currently dealing with a frightening situation.
Three cars outside the home of Anthony Pettis were set on fire Thursday morning in Milwaukee, . A video of the aftermath of the incident was captured on video by a neighbor. Milwaukee police confirmed to MMA Fighting that an incident occurred, but would not identify Pettis as the victim due to policy.
Alexander Emelianenko released three years early on parole, plans to fight in 2016
Despite being sentenced to 4.5 years for sexual assault in 2015, Alexander Emelianenko could potentially return to the ring before the end of 2016.
According to Interfax.ru, the younger brother of MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko was released from prison three years early on parole for “good behavior.” Instead, he will be forced to complete “two years and 23 days of correctional labor with a 10% deduction of the convict’s salary going to the state.”
Kayla Harrison will compete in MMA, signs with WSOF
Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, will give mixed martial arts a shot.
Harrison has signed a deal with the World Series of Fighting, according to sources. USA Today was the first to break the news.
According to the report, she will her begin her tenure with the organization as an analyst on the upcoming Dec. 31 fight card in New York. She will also serve as a WSOF brand ambassador.
Tatsuya Kawajiri signs with Rizin FF
Tatsuya Kawajiri is going home.
The Japanese veteran has signed a new deal with Rizin FF, MMA Fighting has learned. Kawajiri's promotional debut hasn't been finalized just yet, but he is currently expected to fight in one of Rizin's year-end shows on either Dec. 29 or 31.
Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis Set For UFC 206
As two of the most dynamic competitors in the UFC, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis have established themselves as must see TV for any fight fan. On Saturday, December 10, these featherweight contenders will meet in the Octagon for the first time as they collide on the UFC 206 card at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
In the UFC 206 main event, the UFC light heavyweight championship is on the line when Daniel Cormier defends his crown in a rematch against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. Tickets are on sale now.
Antonio 'Bigfoot' Silva heading to Russia to face undefeated prospect
Former EliteXC heavyweight champion and 11-time UFC veteran Antonio Silva is heading to Russia.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, that “Bigfoot” will compete in the main event of an upcoming Titov Boxing Promotion event on Nov. 18 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Silva (19-10-1) will take on Russian Ivan Shtyrkov (4-0).
Metamoris founder Ralek Gracie signs to fight for Bellator
Another member of the first family of Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the U.S. has penned a deal with Bellator.
Ralek Gracie, perhaps now best known for founding the Metamoris grappling series, has a deal to fight for the promotion, ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported Tuesday night on SportsCenter. Bellator officials confirmed the signing. Gracie's debut is being targeted for Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 in Los Angeles.
Rob Font vs. Alejandro Perez added to The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale in December
A pair of bantamweights will look to rebound from recent setbacks when they meet at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
UFC officials today announced that Rob Font (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will face Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) at the Dec. 3 event, which takes place at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The bout order has not yet been set.
Bibiano Fernandes to defend ONE bantamweight title in December
Bibiano Fernandes will return to the ONE Championship cage this year.
Fernandes is scheduled to defend his bantamweight tittle against Reece McClaren at ONE Championship's Age of Domination. This title fight will be the second championship fight on the card, as Brandon Vera will defend his heavyweight title against Hideki Sekine in the main event, according to the promotion Tuesday.
ONE: Age of Domination event is set to take place on Dec. 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The 10-fight card goes as follows:
Vicente Luque replaces Lyman Good at UFC 205 in New York City
After losing his original matchup, Belal Muhammad has a new opponent for UFC 205.
As reported on Monday, Muhammad’s (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) original opponent, welterweight Lyman Good (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), has been removed from the card due to a potential anti-doping violation, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Vicente Luque (10-5-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, UFC officials today confirmed with newsday.com.
Lyman Good receives USADA notice, pulled from UFC 205
UFC welterweight Lyman Good has been pulled from next month’s UFC 205 event, and promotion officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Belal Muhammad.
UFC officials today announced that promotion officials were notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 14.
Louis Smolka to meet Ray Borg at UFC 207
Louis Smolka will get a chance to bounce back relatively quickly.
The top flyweight will meet Ray Borg at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, it was reported Monday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. UFC officials confirmed the bout.