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April 2018 MMA News Archive

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Junior dos Santos-Blagoy Ivanov scheduled for UFC Fight Night 133
A heavyweight bout between former champion Junior dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov is scheduled to headline UFC Fight Night on July 14 in Boise, Idaho. Sources confirmed the planned matchup to ESPN on Monday. The televised event will take place at CenturyLink Arena.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 9:41PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis rescheduled for UFC 226
Anthony Pettis and Michael Chiesa have a new date. The lightweight contenders will fight at UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has learned.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 9:34PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
First bouts set for UFC's Contender Series Brazil
The UFC will produce the second season of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2018, including names like Nick Newell and Greg Hardy. The company will also promote an all-Brazilian season of the show. It’s still unclear whether or not the fights will air live or not, but 12 bouts are already a done deal for the show, featuring Bellator veteran Augusto Sakai and Rizin tournament semifinalist Maria Oliveira among others.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 7:17PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Brandon Moreno vs. Alexandre Pantoja on Tap For UFC Chile
It looks like Brandon Moreno may have found his replacement opponent in Alexandre Pantoja. Combate is reporting that Pantoja will be replacing Ray Borg at UFC Chile to take on Moreno. Borg was removed from the card due to a family emergency. His infant son has undergone two emergency surgeries.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 6:54PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Israel Adesanya vs. Brad Tavares set for TUF 27 Finale main event
Israel Adesanya will get a serious test in his third UFC fight. The precocious, charismatic striker will take on perennially ranked middleweight Brad Tavares in the TUF 27 Finale on July 6 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Monday.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 2:28PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: UFC will deal with Conor McGregor after law punishes him
McGregor is facing multiple charges of assault and UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports that it’s up to the New York legal system to deal with McGregor before the promotion can even begin considering sanctions on the former two-division champion.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 1:30PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Leonardo Santos injured, out of UFC Utica fight with Nik Lentz
Leonardo Santos can’t catch a break. Less than two weeks after the bout’s official announcement, Santos is out of a lightweight bout with Nik Lentz with a hand injury, sources told MMA Fighting. Santos was scheduled to face Lentz at the UFC Utica card on June 1.
Submitted Apr 28, 2018 3:57PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gunnar Nelson injures knee, withdraws from UFC Liverpool
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson was hoping to get back inside of the Octagon in 2018 for a matchup with Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 from Liverpool, England, but will now have to wait longer to make his return. According to The MMA Takeover, Nelson has suffered a knee injury in training that will require surgery, knocking him out of his co-main event clash with Magny next month.
Submitted Apr 28, 2018 3:52PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Merab Dvalishvili’s appeal of loss to Ricky Simon denied by New Jersey State Athletic Control Board
Ricky Simon’s victory over Merab Dvalishvili will stand. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) denied Dvalishvili’s appeal of the result of the UFC Atlantic City fight Friday in a letter penned by Commissioner Larry Hazzard, Sr.
Submitted Apr 27, 2018 7:24PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Ray Borg out of Moreno fight, UFC looking for replacement
Translation: UFC already moves to replace Ray Borg in the card of Chile (19/05), if he leaves fight against Brandon Moreno. The athlete's newborn son has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus and will go through the second brain surgery. UFC is in contact with potential surrogates.
Submitted Apr 27, 2018 2:23PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura, Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic set for UFC Hamburg
Stefan Struve and Marcin Tybura will face off in an all-European heavyweight bout on July 22 in Hamburg. UFC also announced that a training partner of the legendary Mirko Cro Cop, Darko Stosic (12-1-0), would face three-fight UFC veteran Jeremy Kimball (15-7-0) in his promotional debut at the event.
Submitted Apr 27, 2018 10:28AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jose Aldo vs. Jeremy Stephens set for co-main event of UFC on FOX card in Calgary on July 28 (8 other bouts announced)
The UFC is heading back to Calgary with a major featherweight clash in tow. Former UFC champion Jose Aldo will fight Jeremy Stephens in the co-main event of a UFC on FOX show scheduled for the Scotia Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, on July 28, per a report from the Calgary Sun. That report was later shared by the official UFC Canada Twitter account. Sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that the hope is to schedule UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano’s first title defense vs. Valentina Shevchenko for the main event but that has not been finalized yet. Per the Calgary Sun, several other bouts have been confirmed by the UFC. See the updated card below (bout order to be determined):
Submitted Apr 27, 2018 10:18AM by Braden - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kamaru Usman vs. Demian Maia in the works for UFC Chile
Kamaru Usman needed a new opponent at UFC Chile, and the promotion is bringing in a big name to face him in a five-round main event in Santiago. Demian Maia, a former title contender at both welterweight and middleweight, is the frontrunner to step in against “The Nigerian Nightmare” on May 19, replacing injured Santiago Ponzinibbio, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The bout is not 100 percent official, but Maia will be the opponent barring a last-minute change.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:55PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping ‘probably retired’ but says if Nick Diaz met him at 195 pounds he’s ‘down’ for fight
We may have seen the last of Michael Bisping. While Brad Tavares is set on being Bisping’s retirement fight, it appears that the future UFC Hall of Famer has other ideas. On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping addressed rumors of a potential fight between him and Nick Diaz as Bisping’s final bout, saying they are completely untrue and that he is “probably retired” anyway, he just hasn’t officially said it. A Diaz fight, it appears, is one that would interest Bisping though. The former middleweight champion says that he has a lot of respect for the Stockton product and would be willing to forego retirement for a bout with Diaz, with one caveat.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:13PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Ronda Rousey admits she never learned how to lose: 'I did a whole lot of crying' after UFC defeats
Ronda Rousey broke down in tears Wednesday night as she spoke out publicly for the first time about the painful aftermath of the two stunning defeats that prompted the end of her UFC career. Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has remained silent on the shocking upset to Holly Holm in 2015 that broke her unbeaten record in MMA, and the crushing beatdown she suffered against Amanda Nunes a year later. However, during a public question and answer session hosted by Hollywood director Peter Berg at the Wild Card West boxing gym, Rousey revealed just how deeply the loss of her reputation as the biggest star in the UFC had hurt.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:07PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC signs former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov
The UFC has added a potential contender to the heavyweight roster. Former World Series of Fighting (now Professional Fighters League) champion Blagoy Ivanov has signed with the UFC, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. He is expected to debut this summer after amicably parting ways with the PFL.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:05PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson to serve as alternate bout for Bellator heavyweight grand prix
The stakes have been raised for Bellator’s upcoming bicentennial event. Bellator president Scott Coker announced Thursday that Bellator 200’s main event, a heavyweight rematch between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Roy Nelson, will serve as an official alternate bout for the promotion’s 2018 heavyweight grand prix.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:04PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Nick Newell gets Contender Series nod from Dana White, now one step from UFC
It might not be the UFC, but it’s one step closer. UFC president Dana White has extended an offer to Nick Newell for a Tuesday Night Contender Series fight this summer, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed Wednesday night. An impressive victory there would surely lead to a UFC contract. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Submitted Apr 25, 2018 9:01PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC holding Ultimate Fighter casting call for women’s featherweight, men’s heavyweight fighters
It appears the UFC is making a legitimate effort to fill out the much-maligned women’s featherweight division. On Wednesday, the promotion announced it would be holding an Ultimate Fighter casting call for women’s 145-pound fighters on May 22 in Las Vegas. Male heavyweight fighters are also invited to the call. The Ultimate Fighter 28 will begin filming in July and air on FS1 later in the year. Applicants . They must be age 21-34 and have a winning record with at least three professional fights.
Submitted Apr 25, 2018 8:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic Added to UFC 224 Lineup in Rio de Janeiro
The UFC 224 lineup appears to be nearly complete, as the promotion recently confirmed the addition of a middleweight contest pitting Markus Perez against James Bochnovic to the card. UFC 224 takes place on May 12 at Juenesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title clash between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 25, 2018 6:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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