Holm vs. Shevchenko, ‘Rumble’ vs. Teixeira in Works for UFC on Fox 20
A bantamweight headliner between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko is in the works for the UFC on Fox 20 headliner, according to a report from UFC Tonight.
The July 23 card is also expected to include a light heavyweight showdown pitting Anthony Johnson against Glover Teixeira, as well as a previously reported lightweight tilt between Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez. UFC on Fox 20 takes place at the United Center in Chicago and airs on the Fox Network.
Muay Thai champ Tiffany van Soest says she’s ‘one or two years away’ from breaking out in MMA
After making her name as a champion kickboxer under the Lion Fight banner, winning titles in two separate weight classes, Tiffany van Soest is looking to expand her horizons.
The 27-year-old "Time Bomb" recently signed deals with the kickboxing promotion Glory, as well as an MMA deal with Invicta FC. She competes May 13 at the Glory 30 Super Fight Series against Emma Hasshass in Los Angeles.
And, though an opponent hasn’t been named as of yet for her Invicta FC debut -- which will double officially as her MMA debut -- van Soest says the fight will take place on Sept. 23.
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons dies after hit-and-run accident
Jordan “Pretty Boy” Parsons, a 25-year-old contender in Bellator’s featherweight division, died Wednesday of injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run auto accident Sunday in Delray Beach, Fla.
Parsons was struck by a gray or silver 2012 or 2013 Range Rover while crossing the street shortly after midnight on May 1. He was taken to Delray Medical Center, where a portion of his right leg was amputated.
On Wednesday, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker confirmed the news in a statement.
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of a dear member of the Bellator family, Jordan Parsons,” Coker said. “Jordan was an exceptional athlete and a rising star in the sport. But more importantly, he was an exceptional young man. Jordan was hard-working, dedicated, intelligent, and a pleasure to be around. He represented all the reasons we love this sport. It is a terribly tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, and teammates."
Nick Hein Off Sunday’s UFC Card; Jon Tuck Faces Replacement Josh Emmett in Rotterdam
Team Alpha Male product Josh Emmett will make his Octagon debut on less than one week’s notice at UFC Fight Night Rotterdam on Sunday.
Emmett replaces the injured Nick Hein and will face Jon Tuck in a preliminary lightweight bout, promotion officials announced Wednesday. The matchup will be televised on Fox Sports 1. UFC Fight Night takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands and is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza Targeted For UFC Chicago
According to Combate, an intriguing lightweight showdown could be taking place this summer.
The report indicates that the UFC is targeting a bout between former Strikeforce champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez and dangerous Muay Thai striker Edson “Junior” Barboza for UFC on FOX 20 which is slated for July 23, 2016 from Chicago, Illinois.
Melendez, a former two-time UFC title challenger, is only 1-3 in his Octagon career, coming up short in both attempts at divisional supremacy. “El Nino” hasn’t competed since a June 2015 split-decision loss to current title challenger Eddie Alvarez in Mexico.
After the bout with Alvarez, it was made clear that Melendez had tested positive for performance-enhancing-drugs (PEDs), leading the promotion to hand him a one-year suspension.
Brother vs. Brother Fight, Featherweight Title Bout Top WSOF 32 on July 30
World Series of Fighting 32 will bring a new meaning to the phrase “sibling rivalry.”
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Tuesday that Caros Fodor will lock horns with adopted brother Ben Fodor in the WSOF 32 co-main event on July 30 at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title rematch between Alexandre Almeida and Lance Palmer.
"I suspected for a while that it was eventually going to happen, but it's coming at a good time because we're not getting along very well," Caros Fodor told Yahoo Sports . "I'm excited. My career has been up and down and so this will be a good fight for me. I can get in there and make some money.
UFC signs Brazilian prospect Poliana Botelho
The UFC has inked a deal with flyweight prospect Poliana Botelho, the Nova Uniao fighter announced Tuesday.
Botelho, 27, holds a 5-1 record with five knockout victories, capped off by a win over Silvana Gomez that earned her the XFC International flyweight championship last September. Sources close to the fighter told MMA Fighting that Botelho will cut down to 115 pounds to fight in the UFC.
UFC 198 lineup is set – and stacked, with Brown-Maia and Nogueira-Cummins on prelims
In a year of big events, next week’s UFC 198 lineup still stands out as something special.
The fight card is now official for the 13-bout event, and it’s stacked. So stacked, in fact, that some big names and stellar matchups won’t even come with a pay-per-view price tag.
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UFC 198 takes place May 14 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC Fight Night 90 adds number of new bouts, including Mike Pyle vs. Alberto Mina
July’s UFC Fight Night 90 event, which kicks off a string of back-to-back-to-back UFC shows in Las Vegas, has a number of new additions.
Officials recently announced four new matchups, including a welterweight fight between veteran Mike Pyle (27-11-1 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Alberto Mina (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Other new bouts include welterweights Alvaro Herrera (9-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Vicente Luque (8-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Gilbert Burns (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and bantamweights Reginaldo Vieira (13-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (7-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
The latest UFC Fight Night 90 card now includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes
Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle
Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque
Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
UFC 198, Fight Night Vegas Get New Fights
A change to UFC 198 and several additions to July’s UFC International Fight Week events are in the news today, as matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby get the week off to a rousing start.
Former Ultimate Fighter standout Kamaru Usman has been forced out of his UFC 198 bout in Brazil against Sergio Moraes, setting up an all-Curitiba showdown between Moraes and Octagon newcomer Luan Chagas, a black belt in jiu-jitsu and karate, on May 14.
The July 7 event in Las Vegas that kicks off three consecutive nights of Octagon action got a jolt of new fights featuring several rising stars and seasoned vets.
Three welterweight bouts take center stage when it comes to these fight announcements, with all-action Alan Jouban facing surging Nordine Taleb, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle getting a home game against unbeaten Alberto Mina, and Alvaro Herrera taking on Vicente Luque.
Kimbo Slice-Dada 5000 Result Overturned to No Contest by Texas Commission
The result of the Bellator 149 clash between Kimbo Slice and Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris has officially been overturned to a no-contest following Slice’s failed drug test.
The change was noted on Monday by MMAJunkie.com, reporting that Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- has reached a settlement with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation over his recent suspension.
Legacy FC 56 set for June 24 in Dallas with Manny Vazquez vs. Steven Peterson headliner
Legacy FC bantamweight champion Manny Vazquez puts his title on the line against Steven Peterson in the headlining bout of Legacy FC 56.
Legacy FC officials recently announced the matchup and that the event will take place June 24 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. As with all Legacy FC events, the night’s main card airs on AXS TV.
The Legacy FC 56 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Manuel Vazquez vs. Steven Peterson
Ryan Hollis vs. Jason Sampson
Edwin Figueroa vs. Levi Mowles
Geoffrey Neal vs. Andrew Parker
J.C. Cottrell vs. Cody Walker
Miles Johns vs. Eliazar Rodriguez
PRELIMINARY CARD (Unaired)
Sean Holden vs. Bilal Williams
Joshua Mosquea vs. Jessie Vasquez
Matthew Alonzo vs. Jason Perrotta
Nick Hein injured, UFC seeks replacement opponent for Jon Tuck at Sunday's UFC Fight Night 87 event
A training injury has forced German lightweight Nick Hein out of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 87 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Jon Tuck.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the pending change with UFC officials.
Featuring a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (25-11 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and former Strikeforce and DREAM champ Alistair Overeem (40-14-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC), UFC Fight Night 87 takes place Sunday at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Alan Jouban to Face Nordine Taleb at July 7 UFC Fight Night 90
The July 7 kickoff for the week of UFC 200 has a new bout, as all-action fighter Alan Jouban will meet “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Nordine Taleb at UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas.
The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the welterweight contest on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 90 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, headlined by UFC lightweight champion defending his title against former Bellator MMA 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez.
3-Time NCAA Wrestling All-American Jarod Trice Signs with Bellator MMA
Decorated collegiate wrestler Jarod Trice is set to embark on a mixed martial arts career with Bellator MMA.
Bellator officials on Monday announced that the organization has signed Trice to “an exclusive, multi-fight contract.” Specifics of the deal were not revealed.
Trice, a three-time NCAA Div. I All-American at Iowa State University, wrestled as a heavyweight in college but is expected to make his MMA debut at 205 pounds. In addition to his freestyle accolades, Trice is also an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler. According to Bellator, the 27-year-old Michigan native is currently training alongside fellow wrestlers-turned-fighters Darrion Caldwell and Bubba Jenkins.
Kaline Medeiros replaces injured Mizuki Inoue at Invicta 17
A couple late changes have been made to this weekend's Invicta 17 event.
Japan's Mizuki Inoue has withdrawn from the event in Costa Mesa, Calif. due to a training injury, the company announced Monday. Taking her place in a strawweight matchup against Brazil's Aline Serio (9-5) will be Kaline Medeiros (6-4).
UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez sets sights on Wilson Reis for summer bout
Two-time UFC flyweight challenger Joseph Benavidez originally planned to fight at the recent UFC 197 event, win his sixth straight fight, and call again for a title shot.
With current champ Demetrious Johnson by his side at the podium, it would have made for a nice photo op and a few stories.
“I wanted to say ‘Hey, I beat somebody else – let me fight the winner,'” Benavidez (24-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio.
With Chandler-Thomson scrapped, Bellator 154 adds Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt
After losing one high-profile bout, officials today added some new fights to this month’s Bellator 154 lineup.
With an injury forcing Josh Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) out of a planned bout with former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA), the organization has scrapped the matchup altogether.
The latest Bellator 154 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 8 p.m. ET)
Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal
Josh Appelt vs. Sergei Kharitonov
Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger
TBA vs. TBA
TBA vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Jorge Acosta vs. Joshua Hardwick
Victor Jones vs. Anthony Taylor
Danasabe Mohammed vs. Martin Sano
Steve Gruber vs. Josh Paiva
Doyle Childs vs. Sam Spengler
Jeremiah Labiano vs. Josh San Diego
Alvin Cacdac vs. Darren Uyenoyama
Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman
Stephanie Frausto vs. Jamielene Nievara
Brandon Hester vs. Nick Pica
James Chapman vs. Sean Tucker