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UFC's Jimy Hettes mulling retirement after latest in long line of injury withdrawals
(mmajunkie.com)
Jimy Hettes was considered a top featherweight prospect when he made his UFC debut in August 2011. Less than five years and a mere six fights later, however, Hettes said he could be done fighting for good. Hettes’ (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) career took another harsh blow this week when he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) just one week prior to the event. Hettes said he suffered a knee injury in training that could ultimately cause the end of his career. “The Kid” made a splash in 2011 when he debuted and won back-to-back fights in impressive fashion. That’s when he injuries woes began, though, and he was only physically capable of stepping in the UFC’s octagon once in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 6:34PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman breaks silence after UFC 194: ‘I'm really happy I lost'
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Weidman accomplished more before his first professional loss than many fighters do in a lifetime. He defeated Anderson Silva -- the man many consider to be the greatest fighter to ever grace the middleweight division -- not once, but twice in capturing the UFC middleweight title. He defended that belt in subsequent challenges from Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. But happy endings are rarity in the fight game, and for Weidman, his magical run came crashing to a halt at UFC 194. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 4:22PM by Wez - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81
The 11th hour changes for the UFC’s return to Boston this weekend continue with another pair of updated bookings featuring some promotional debuts. Jimy Hettes (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is out of his featherweight fight against Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81, and Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. In addition, UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his light heavyweight fight with Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and has been replaced by Elvis Mutapcic (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the new bookings. With the changes, UFC Fight Night 81 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 3:33PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos Postponed
(lowkickmma.com)
According to Globo, the UFC was supposed to announce the main and co-main event of the upcoming Pay-Per-View event in March during the Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins halftime last Sunday, but were forced to delay it because McGregor is yet to sign the fight contract to compete against lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 2:44PM by george112 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Inside UFC Contender Aljamain Sterling's Free Agency Gamble
(m.bleacherreport.com)
Aljamain Sterling is in uncharted territory. Before him, young, undefeated, world-ranked MMA free agents just didn't happen, yet here he is. Twenty-six years old with twelve wins, no losses and a top five ranking, Sterling played out his UFC contract to sell his services on the open market.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 12:49PM by kopower - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
IRS goes after Royce Gracie claiming tax underpayment, fraud totaling $1.15 million
(bloodyelbow.com)
Remember the scrawny guy in a gi who smoked the field at UFC 1 and had everyone scratching their heads as to how such a thing was possible? Well Royce Gracie is now a UFC Hall of Famer who's scheduled to come out of an almost nine-year MMA layoff/retirement on Feb. 19 for a trilogy fight with his old archrival Ken Shamrock in Gracie's Bellator promotional debut. While that fight will be upon us soon enough, few are aware that Gracie is smack dab in the middle of another fight against an even tougher, more battle-tested opponent who can't be grappled into submission: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Gracie's tax problems appear to have begun in 2012 when he and his wife each received an IRS administrative summons "seeking information about their foreign bank and foreign investment activities." It is unclear exactly how the Gracies first appeared on the IRS's radar, but an investigation began and the IRS needed additional documents for tax years 2007 through 2011 in order to evaluate "among other things, [the Gracies'] liability for civil penalties."
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:54AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Bellator
 
Nate Diaz reacts to UFC fine: Those were Reebok jeans!
(bloodyelbow.com)
Those were #reebokjeans u should've just kept the whole check I don't need that baby ass shit anyway .. #1000? ? — Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 10, 2016 UFC middleweight Josh Samman was on the same fight card, and he also mentioned details of the Diaz situation on his fight week diary. Here's a snippet: "Reebok guy rushes back up to me, and asks if he can borrow my pants that I just wore, for another fighter who also has jeans on at weigh ins. I don't mind, and hand him my pants. I ask him who the fighter is. He says Diaz. I have a feeling I know how this is going to end. He comes back a couple minutes later and gives me my pants back, as Diaz walks on stage with jeans."
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:50AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Visa issues force Taisumov off UFC Fight Night 81, Medhi Baghdad in vs. Chris Wade
(mmajunkie.com)
Visa issues have forced Maribek Taisumov from his UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Chris Wade. Stepping in for the lightweight battle on one week’s notice is RFA lightweight champion and TUF 22 veteran Medhi Baghdad. Wade (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) posted the news of the new bout with Baghdad (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on his Instagram. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:35AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Katlyn Chookagian Wins Inaugural CFFC Womens Flyweight Championship
(sherdog.com)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- With news of another UFC supercard in the works featuring Conor McGregor and Holly Holm, the MMA game has moved toward making big headlines and figuring out the details later. Following that lead, Cage Fury Fighting Championship put together fight cards on back-to-back nights featuring an all-amateur event and awarding their first women’s flyweight title on Saturday.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:16PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Opinion: The harsh reality of knockouts, concussions and fighter health
(bloodyelbow.com)
MMA is a form of entertainment. I have enjoyed watching this sport as a hobby, a passion and as work. Entertainment takes people away from the struggles of their daily lives, their obstacles and their hardships. When I watch an MMA event, I don't think about work, bills, rent, relationships or the impact of the sport on society and a fighter's livelihood. The only thing I care about is being entertained.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:14PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Shlemenko plans to fight in Russia while serving doping suspension
(bloodyelbow.com)
Despite initial reservations against fighting in his native land while serving a three-year doping suspension, Alexander Shlemenko recently informed Russian media that he will indeed fight again in the near future. The former Bellator middleweight champion informed Tass.ru that he is currently shopping around for a Russian promotion to host his next fight.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:14PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Means fight card
(bloodyelbow.com)
As is the custom for him, Donald Cerrone wasn't interested in waiting on the sidelines for very long. The top lightweight lost a title fight in just 66 seconds last month, but will return as a welterweight to headline the UFC's return to Pittsburgh on February 21st in the Consol Energy Center. If you like numbers, the event is tabbed as UFC Fight Night 82.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:08PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trading Shots: Was the UFC right to withhold pay for outfitting policy violations?
(mmajunkie.com)
In this week’s Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the UFC’s move to withhold pay from fighters due to violations of the UFC’s outfitting policy. Downes: Ben, the first week of 2016 has ended and we already have another chapter of the infamous “Reebok Deal” in the books. Three UFC fighters received reductions in their outfitting payments for “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:06PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Own the note cards Bruce Buffer used to announce Conor McGregor's 13-second finish
(mmajunkie.com)
Looking for a unique piece of history from UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s shocking UFC 194 win over Jose Aldo? How about the note cards Bruce Buffer used to introduce the fight? The man known as “The Voice of the Octagon” is once again offering up a package of unique MMA items, including his “octagon used original fight card sets” from December’s UFC 194 event. Additionally, the winner of the auction receives an autographed copy of the UFC 194 event program, as well as a signed UFC Topps Buffer trading card, a personalized and signed 8×10 Buffer photo and a “personalized audio recording introducing buyer in true championship style.”
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Holly Holm: Miesha Tate is a completely different fight than Ronda Rousey
(foxsports.com)
Holly Holm will defend her women's bantamweight title against former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate before any potential rematch with Ronda Rousey comes to fruition. Sources told FOX Sports that Holm and Tate have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 197 as part of a potential mega-card that is also expected to feature featherweight champion Conor McGregor going up a weight class to face Rafael dos Anjos with the lightweight title on the line.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:03PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TJ Dillashaw: After Dominick Cruz gets KO'd he can be an announcer the rest of his life
(foxsports.com)
TJ Dillashaw is never going to be confused with Conor McGregor when it comes to hyping up one of his fights, but he's sure his upcoming opponent Dominick Cruz is writing checks with his mouth that he won’t be able to cash when they meet on Jan. 17 in Boston.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:02PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frankie Edgar: ‘I think Conor McGregor’s calling the shots’
(mmafighting.com)
Frankie Edgar doesn’t usually let his emotions get the better of him, but he’s still not feeling totally stoked about the old bait-and-switch the UFC pulled on him regarding his title shot in mid-December. And speaking of shots, he already knew that the man he is supposed to face next — Conor McGregor, who unified the featherweight title against Jose Aldo on Dec. 12 — was the one calling them.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:01PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis warns Conor McGregor: ‘155 is a totally different world'
(mmafighting.com)
When Anthony Pettis signed to fight Eddie Alvarez at UFC Fight Night 81, he did so with an implicit understanding that a win would vault him back into the title picture. That was back in September though, before Conor McGregor ended 10 years of featherweight royalty with 13 seconds of brilliance, and things ceased being so simple. Now the future of the lightweight division effectively hinges on McGregor's next move. If the man with the numbers elects to move up and challenge for Rafael dos Anjos' title -- an announcement which appears to be a mere formality at this point -- then the rest of the 155-pound division will have little recourse but to take a backseat and watch the spectacle play out.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 2:02PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Click Debate: Why do so few people understand MMA's judging criteria?
(mmafighting.com)
While there was outrage on social media after UFC 195, the feeling at the FOX Sports 1 post-show desk seemed to be more of confusion Saturday night. Robbie Lawler beat Carlos Condit in the main event by split decision. That's the fact. How two of the three Nevada judges came to that conclusion was under scrutiny. The fight was determined by the third round. Condit pretty clearly won the first and fourth; Lawler took the second and fifth. Most people had Condit winning the third and that's where the puzzlement lied.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 2:02PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
 
T.J. Dillashaw 'surprised' by the words of 'shallow' Urijah Faber
(mmafighting.com)
Next week's bantamweight title fight is a gem and a battle between perhaps two of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet. But there is also a rather large elephant in the room. T.J. Dillashaw will defend his belt against Dominick Cruz, the former champion, in the main event of UFC Fight Night 81 on Jan. 17 in Boston. Cruz has gone on the offensive leading up to the bout, questioning Dillashaw's intelligence and lobbing insults at him every step of the way. Dillashaw, for the most part, has taken the high road, but he has been receiving it from all angles.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 2:01PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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