UFC flyweight John Moraga returns against Matheus Nicolau at TUF 23 Finale
A flyweight bout between UFC contender John Moraga and TUF Brazil 4 semifinalist Matheus Nicolau is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the booking on Friday.
Moraga (16-4) is currently the No. 6 ranked flyweight on the UFC's media-generated rankings. He has been out of action since suffering a concussion in a May 2015 loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Canelo Alvarez vacates WBC belt to avoid 'artificial deadlines' for GGG fight
*Please note, I figured most on the PG would like to see this but don't know exactly where to post it*
Lineal and Ring Magazine middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez has decided to vacate his WBC middleweight belt as the WBC’s 15-day deadline to get a unification fight done with mandatory challenger Gennady Golovkin draws near.
Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs), coming off an explosive sixth-round knockout of Amir Khan on May 7, said he did not want to be negotiating the fight with Golovkin (35-0, 32 KOs) under “artificial deadlines.”
With Canelo vacating the belt, Golovkin, who was the interim WBC champion, sheds the interim title and is now the WBC middleweight champion.
Canelo released a statement Wednesday:
“After much consideration, today, I instructed my team at Golden Boy Promotions to continue negotiating a fight with Gennady ‘GGG’ Golovkin and to finalize a deal as quickly as possible. I also informed the WBC that I will vacate its title. For the entirety of my career, I have taken the fights that no one wanted because I fear no man. Never has that been more true than today. I will fight ‘GGG,’ and I will beat ‘GGG’ but I will not be forced into the ring by artificial deadlines. I am hopeful that by putting aside this ticking clock, the two teams can now negotiate this fight, and ‘GGG’ and I can get in the ring as soon as possible and give the fans the fight they want to see.”
Vitaly Minakov will face Peter Graham on Fedor vs Maldonado card
If the average man is sporting potential once in a lifetime , it's Peter Graham ( 11-9 ) had a few such moments . 40 -year-old Australian successfully divided his career between the MMA and the last of the big successes of the box . After numerous titles of boxer , it's time for the Super Fight in the formula mixed , because his opponent will be undefeated Vitaly Minakov ( 17-0 ) .
Just a few days ago we reported that the Russian was stripped of his championship belt federation Bellator for which has not fought for about two years . Now Minakova reappears at Fight Nights, where the same fights Fedor Emelianenko . Graham , in turn , has had a great duel with Mariusz Pudzianowski in London. Since then, boxing and even gave up the role of a judge
Diego Brandao Accepts 9-Month Suspension from USADA for Positive Marijuana Test
Former UFC featherweight Diego Brandao has accepted a nine-month suspension for failing a drug test at UFC 195, according to a statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Brandao tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, in a sample taken during an in-competition drug test at the Jan. 2 event. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the event, but Brandao will be eligible for a one-month reduction in length “pending the satisfactory completion of an approved anti-doping educational program.” Brandao is also subject to additional penalties from the Nevada Athletic Commission since UFC 195 took place in Las Vegas. He still has to appear before the NAC for a disciplinary hearing.
World Series of Fighting signs undefeated middleweight Phil Hawes
world series of fighting (wsof) recently bolstered its middleweight roster, signing undefeated jacksonwink mma standout phil hawes (3-0). hawes has long been considered one of the best prospects in mma, combining a standout juco wrestling background with arguably the sport's best training and preparation in albuquerque. his teammates sing his praises, and now fans across the globe get to see him work inside the wsof cage.
World Series of Fighting (WSOF) recently bolstered its middleweight roster, signing undefeated JacksonWink MMA standout Phil Hawes (3-0).
Hawes has long been considered one of the best prospects in MMA, combining a standout JUCO wrestling background with arguably the sport's best training and preparation in Albuquerque. His teammates sing his praises, and now fans across the globe get to see him work inside the WSOF cage.
Chael Sonnen launches grappling event series, Shields vs. Henderson headlines
Chael Sonnen is getting into the promotion business. The UFC need not worry though - Chael's not promoting MMA. He'll enter the grappling world with a new event series he dubbed 'Submission Underground'. And he has a lot of talent lined up for the first event, which goes down July 17th in Portland.
Here's what the card looks like:
Jake Shields vs. Ben Henderson
Muhammed Lawal vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Kenny Florian vs. Filipe Costa
Ricco Rodriguez vs. Fabiano Scherner
Jens Pulver vs. Nathan Orchard
John Lineker set to clash with Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91
An intriguing bantamweight fight has been added for the UFC's first event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
John Lineker is set to face Michael McDonald in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 91, as first reported by UFC Tonight.
The one-time flyweight Lineker has been streaking as a bantamweight, going 2-0 since making the move to 135 pounds. He just scored a unanimous decision over Rob Font at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14. Before then he submitted Francisco Rivera at UFC 191.
Scott Coker: Held-Jensen better fight for Bellator 155 digital stream than Coenen-Dufresne
When news came out that Julia Budd would face former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen for the inaugural featherweight title on the Bellator prelims, there was a fair amount of public consternation. A lot of people disagreed with Bellator’s decision to put a title fight on a digital stream, regardless of the logic behind it.
The logic behind it, of course, was to draw more attention to Bellator’s streaming presence, which in a roundabout way it did.
Cris Cyborg adamant her next fight will be Invicta FC title defense
Cyborg complained on Twitter that she wasn’t allowed to bring her Invicta FC belt to her media obligations during UFC 198 fight week. She had the belt during the open workouts, and told MMA Fighting that she was hoping to bring it to the cage on fight night.
"I’m the 145-pound champion," she tweeted. "The UFC doesn’t have my division, okay. But they don’t have the right to delete my division. No point trying to manipulate my fans. I will be defending my belt in my next fight. I already proved I can make 140 pounds, I did my part."
Demetrious Johnson set to defend flyweight title against Wilson Reis at UFC 201
UFC 201 is starting to shape up as yet another big-time event in July.
During a UFC Tonight telecast on Wednesday it was reported that UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title against Wilson Reis at UFC 201. According to the report, Reis-Johnson will be the co-main event for the July 30 pay-per-view card, which takes place July 30 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chris Weidman explains reason for UFC 199 withdrawal
Chris Weidman posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning an explanation on why he had to pull out of his rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The former UFC middleweight champion admitted he could be sidelined for awhile after surgery on a herniated disc in his neck, and is targeting the November show at Madison Square Garden for his return.
Michael Bisping steps in to fight champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 199
Michael Bisping has stepped in as a replacement and will fight middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.
Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of the title shot with champ Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) on Tuesday due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
UFC President Dana White today announced the change while on ESPN’s “Sports Center.” The UFC executive said the title shot would’ve gone to Ronaldo Souza (23-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC), but “Jacare” is facing knee surgery following a first-round TKO win over Vitor Belfort (25-12 MMA, 14-8 UFC) this past weekend at UFC 198.
UFC slightly outrates Bellator head-to-head on Saturday night
Bellator and UFC dueled somewhat evenly in going head-to-head on a Saturday night where nearly 1.5 million fans watched MMA between 8 and 10 p.m. on cable television.
The UFC aired the prelims for UFC 198, doing 786,000 viewers, headlined by Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown, a stronger than usual FS 1 main event. It was the lowest prelim number before a pay-per-view so far this year. The head-to-head competition with Bellator was probably at least partially responsible. The prelims for UFC 197 did 835,000 viewers.
The Brown vs. Maia main event peaked at 985,000 viewers for the final rounds.
Bellator, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10:22 p.m., headlined by Phil Davis vs. King Mo Lawal, did 709,000 viewers, slightly above what Bellator usually does, a number fairly impressive given it was not on the regular night, started an hour earlier than usual and had the UFC competition.
In the key 18-49 demo, UFC had an edge in viewers by 399,000 to 346,000.
Spike, which airs Bellator, is available in about nine million more homes than FS 1.
Invicta FC 17 salaries: Tonya Evinger banks $20,000 for bantamweight title defense
Invicta FC bantamweight champion Tonya Evinger led the salary report for Invicta FC 17, earning $20,000 for her title defense over Colleen Schneider, which Evinger won via unanimous decision. The California State Athletic Commission released the event's figures Tuesday to MMA Fighting.
Main Card (UFC Fight Pass)
Tonya Evinger ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Colleen Schneider ($4,000)
Angela Hill ($7,000 + $7,000 = $14,000) def. Livia Renata Souza ($6,500)
Charmaine Tweet ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Latoya Walker ($3,000)
Kaline Medeiros ($2,500 + $2,500 = $5,000) def. Aline Serio ($1,500)
Megan Anderson ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Amanda Bell ($3,500)
Christine Stanley ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Shannon Sinn ($1,500)
Rachael Ostovich ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Ariel Beck ($1,500)
Laura Howarth ($1,000 + $1,000 = $2,000) def. Alexa Conners ($1,000)
Bellator 154 salaries: Phil Davis gets $60K, and 'King Mo' gets $30K
Bellator light heavyweight Phil Davis not only earned a shot at champ Liam McGeary, but the highest disclosed payday at this past Saturday’s Bellator 154 event.
Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) took home $60,000 for his unanimous-decision win over Muhammed Lawal (19-5 MMA, 8-4 BMMA), who earned $30,000, in the Spike-televised headliner of this past Saturday’s event at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Heavyweights Godbeer, Mulheron to Clash at Bellator 158 in London on July 16
United Kingdom-based heavyweights Mark Godbeer and James Mulheron will square off for bragging rights of the region in a featured bout at Bellator 158, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
Godbeer is fresh off a second-round TKO win over Stuart Austin at BAMMA 25 last weekend and looks to keep his three-fight winning streak in full effect against his rival. He last appeared for the California-based promotion at Bellator 152, when he was knocked out by UFC veteran Cheick Kongo.
Lawler vs Woodley Headlines UFC 201 Card
The UFC welterweight title will be on the line on Saturday, July 30, as champion Robbie Lawler defends his title against number three-ranked contender Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
UFC 201 marks the promotion's first event in Atlanta since UFC 145 in 2012.