Bob Arum: Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Manny Pacquiao could happen 'sometime next year'
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This weekend sees one of boxing's most gifted fighters in action as he faces one of his toughest tests. Vasyl Lomachenko is a rare talent, a two-division world champion only 7 fights into his pro career. He takes on the very dangerous Nicholas Walters in a terrific HBO main event Saturday night.
In the lead up to Saturday night and Lomachenko vs. Walters, promoter and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum talked about what could be next for Lomachenko, and he brought a very interesting name to the table (emphasis added):
Welcome to the UFC: Pedro, Volkanovski, & Lausa
A new light heavyweight talent, a new flyweight, and a new lightweight make their UFC debuts in Melbourne, Australia.
The UFC is in a bit of a “developmental events” stretch. Between last week’s doubleheader, this week’s Melbourne fight card, next week’s TUF finale, and UFC Albany, there are a lot of fights going on with very little name value. On the flip side, that also means a lot of chances for young fighters to win big and stand out against their peers. In Australia this week, there are three fighters looking that opportunity square in the face for the first time. Light heavyweight Tyson Pedro makes his debut against fellow prospect Khalil Rountree. Flyweight Jenel Lausa faces off against Yao Zhikui. And lightweight Alex Volkanovski takes on Yusuke Kasuya. So...
Ralek Gracie vs. Hisaki Kato official for Bellator 170
One month after Bellator MMA announced the signing of Ralek Gracie, they’ve booked the Metamoris founder for his first MMA fight since 2010. Following a report by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times, Bellator officials announced Gracie will fight Hisaki Kato at Bellator 170 on Saturday, January 21st. The night’s main card airs live on Spike TV from The Forum in Inglewood, California.
Tim Kennedy calls out Anderson Silva to replace Rashad Evans at UFC 206 in Toronto
He’s done it before, recently, on even shorter notice. Might Anderson Silva be willing to step up to help keep a fighter on a UFC show once again?
That’s what Tim Kennedy wants to know. The UFC middleweight today tweeted at Silva and suggested maybe the two should fight next month at UFC 206 in Toronto. Kennedy (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is in need of an opponent after Rashad Evans (19-5-1 MMA, 14-5-1 UFC) had to be pulled from the card.
Kennedy and Evans were supposed to be a part of UFC 205, but the New York commission would not clear Evans for an undisclosed medical issue. The fight then shifted to UFC 206, but Monday, Evans’ manager told MMAjunkie the Ontario Athletic Commission also denied Evans a license for the fight.
Titan FC featherweight champ Andre Harrison signs with WSOF, meets Bruce Boyington at WSOF 34
WSOF has bolstered its roster with the signing of a Titan FC champion, and he’ll make his promotional debut next month.
Andre Harrison (14-0), Titan FC’s featherweight titleholder, has signed with WSOF to meet Bruce Boyington (14-9) at the promotion’s New Year’s Eve show, WSOF 34. The promotion recently announced the signing and booking.
WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on NBC, beginning at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT), following prelims on NBCSN and MMAjunkie. A whopping four title fights lead the card. Harrison vs. Boyington will take place on the preliminary card.
USADA responds in detail to Lyoto Machida’s criticism of suspension
Lyoto Machida is not happy with the length of his suspension...
Marc Raimondi: It's somewhat explained in the release about Machida's suspension, but can you detail the process of the investigation from admission to sanction? He did also fail a drug test, correct?
Ryan Madden: It's a good question. The short version is that the whole situation would have been avoided if Mr. Machida had simply used the resources made available to him to ensure that his use of a product -?? called 7-Keto -?? was permitted under the UFC Anti-Doping Program.
It would have been really easy, all he has to do was visit GlobalDRO.com -?? a resource that all athletes receive education on -?? and search for 7-keto. He also could have reached out to us directly. Either way, within minutes, he would have been able to determine that this product was not safe to use under the Program.
Yoel Romero suspended 60 days by NYSAC for leaving cage after beating Chris Weidman
Yoel Romero's celebration was unfit for the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).
The UFC middleweight has been suspended 60 days by the NYSAC after he hopped the cage after defeating Chris Weidman by third-round knockout at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden, per New York State Department spokesperson Laz Benitez.
Romero jumped over the Octagon in adulation, did a soldier's march around the outside perimeter of the cage, and then entered back in for Bruce Buffer to reach the official results.
Exiting the fighting area before the bout is officially over is prohibited by the New York commission. Romero will be eligible to return to action Jan. 12, 2017.
CABMMA overturns Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso to no-contest
Francimar Barroso filed an official complaint following his first-round TKO loss Darren Stewart at UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA) has overturned the result.
Barroso complained that Stewart connected an illegal headbutt when going for a takedown, but referee Eduardo Herdy didn’t stop the action. Stewart successfully took Barroso down, and landed several punches before the referee stopped the bout to give him the TKO victory.
NYSAC gives Kelvin Gastelum six-month administrative suspension for missing weigh-ins
Not weighing in before UFC 205 might be more costly than originally thought for Kelvin Gastelum.
The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) has administratively suspended Gastelum for six months because he did not attend the weigh-ins Nov. 11 before UFC 205, per New York State Department spokesperson Laz Benitez. Gastelum was supposed to face Donald Cerrone on the card at Madison Square Garden, but had issues with his weight cut and did not weigh-in at all. The bout was called off.
Ref Eduardo Herdy does it again, CABMMA overturns result again
The first fight of UFC Fight Night 100 on Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil, ended awkwardly. The USA’s Darren Stewart accidentally headbutted Brazilian opponent Francimar Barroso, but referee Eduardo Herdy missed it. Barroso clutched his face and was quickly taken down. After a flurry of blows, Herdy stopped the fight, and awarded Stewart the TKO.
Barroso’s team promptly filed a complaint with Brazil’s regulating body, Comissão Atlética Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA).
Yair Rodriguez vs. B.J. Penn announced as UFC Phoenix main event
UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn has another date scheduled for his Octagon return.
The former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion, whose return from an two-year retirement has been postponed on several occasions, will meet featherweight standout Yair Rodriguez in the main event of a Jan. 15 Fight Night card in Phoenix. The UFC announced the fight on their Spanish-language website on Monday.
Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota joins UFC on FOX 22 lineup
Next month’s UFC on FOX 22 lineup has its 13th matchup.
Veteran Cole Miller (21-10 MMA, 10-8 UFC) is slated to fight Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2 MMA, 0-2-1 UFC) in a featherweight matchup, officials recently announced.
UFC on FOX 22 takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The card airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis booked for UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix
Sergio Pettis became a top 15 fighter in the UFC following his win over Chris Kelades, and now he’s getting the biggest fight of his life in Arizona. The 23-year-old flyweight is set to take on Jussier Formiga at the UFC Fight Night 103 card in Phoenix, AZ, on Jan. 15, sources told MMA Fighting.
Pettis (14-2) was expected to face Louis Smolka in October, but pulled out of the contest due to an injury. Coming off back-to-back decision wins over Kelades and Chris Cariaso, the Roufusport talent looks to improve to 3-1 since cutting down to 125 pounds.
CABMMA believes Cortney Casey 'forged' her injury on controversial kick
Claudia Gadelha defeated Cortney Casey via unanimous decision Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 100, and would still have won even if referee Fernando Portella had deducted a point when she threw an illegal kick in the third round.
Casey was sitting on the ground when Gadelha threw a kick at her head. The Brazilian immediately apologized to her opponent, but later that night, at the post-fight press conference at the Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, that the kick actually didn’t land. Casey disagrees.
Bellator announces Fedor vs Mitrione
Emelianenko (36-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will make his Bellator debut on Feb. 18 against Matt Mitrione (11-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 172 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Bellator officials made the announcement during tonight’s Bellator 165 event in San Jose.
Illness forces Uncle Creepy off Fight Night 99
UG hero Ian ‘Uncle Creepy’ McCall had his third fight in a row canceled on the eve of the event.
At UFC 201 in July opponent Justin Scoggins failed to make his contracted weight and the fight was scrapped. At UFC 203 in September opponent Ray Borg became ill and the fight was scrapped. This time it was McCall who became ill. McCall is currently in the hospital recovering.
Roy Nelson suspended nine months, fined for kicking referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy
Roy Nelson won’t be fighting anytime soon.
The long-time UFC heavyweight was issued a nine-month suspension, as well as a $24,000 fine, by the Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) for assault and unethical behavior following his knockout win over Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva on Sept. 24 at UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia, Brazil.
Nelson kicked veteran referee "Big" John McCarthy after the bout because he thought McCarthy took too long to stop the contest, forcing Nelson to hurt Silva more than he needed to win the fight. Later that night, at the post-fight press conference, Nelson apologized to McCarthy, but added that he "wouldn't take it back."
Dana White Confirms Yoel Romero Gets Next Title Shot
When Yoel Romero leaped into the air and landed a flying knee that sent former middleweight champion Chris Weidman crashing the canvas at UFC 205, the Cuban punched his ticket to a title shot.
The fight was billed a top contender’s bout and Romero delivered, stunning the crowd inside Madison Square Garden.
“I’ve trained very hard. It doesn’t matter whatever has happened in my life; it doesn’t matter how many ditches I’ve had to go through in my life. I keep going forward. God has given me (a shot at) the belt,” Romero said during his post-fight interview. “There’s an opportunity for the belt.”
UFC president Dana White confirmed that Romero would face champion Michael Bisping in his next outing during the UFC 205 post-fight press conference.