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April 2020 MMA News Archive

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UFC 249, upcoming events postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, Dana White promises ‘Fight Island’ will proceed
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UFC 249 has been cancelled and all upcoming UFC events have been postponed indefinitely. The stunning reversal comes just days after UFC president Dana White confirmed plans to move forward with events starting with the card planned on April 18. The UFC has now decided to postpone all of its upcoming shows with no timeline for when the promotion will return to action.
Submitted Apr 9, 2020 7:31PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Manager: Rose Namajunas withdrew from UFC 249 after COVID-19 deaths in family
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Personal tragedies led to the withdrawal of ex-UFC champ Rose Namajunas from UFC 249, her manager said on Thursday. One day after her reported withdrawal for “undisclosed reasons,” Namajunas’ rep issued a statement via Instagram to clear the air. He said Namajunas lost two family members as the result of the coronavirus and asked fans for their privacy.
Submitted Apr 9, 2020 7:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Rose Namajunas out of UFC 249 co-main event against Jessica Andrade
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The co-main event at UFC 249 has taken a major hit as former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas has been forced out of her upcoming rematch against Jessica Andrade. Multiple sources close to the contest confirmed the information to MMA Fighting on Wednesday following an initial report from Combate. At this time there’s been no reason revealed for Namajunas’ withdrawal but she will not be competing on April 18 as scheduled. With Namajunas out, Andrade will now wait to find out if the UFC can secure her a last minute opponent for the card. Andrade and her team had already traveled from Brazil to the United States to avoid any possible restrictions that could come as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Submitted Apr 8, 2020 8:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Justin Gaethje confident he can finish Tony Ferguson at UFC 249: 'When I hit him, he'll go to sleep'
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Justin Gaethje may be stepping on short notice at UFC 249, but he’s confident that if he connects, it’ll be game over for Tony Ferguson. Gaethje (21-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) faces Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) at an unknown location for the UFC interim lightweight title after champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced off the card due to the travel restrictions currently imposed in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’ll be Gaethje’s first shot at UFC gold, and the former World Series of Fighting champion has looked better than ever, finishing each of his last three opponents in the first round. He knows the durable Ferguson won’t be an easy challenge, but Gaethje is riding a ton of confidence from his recent results, and aims to put Ferguson away.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 3:06PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
The Korean Zombie reveals multiple ways to cheat at weigh-ins, fighters react
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Chan Sung Jung, otherwise known as The Korean Zombie, wants to make sure everyone is on an even playing field. The 33-year-old South Korean fighter has climbed the UFC featherweight ranks after picking up back-to-back first round finishes over Renato Moicano and Frankie Edgar. Although he hopes for a title shot in his next bout, Jung will be out of action, at least, until the summer after opting to undergo eye surgery. While the world is in a state of confusion due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Korean Zombie has decided to use this time to educate fans. In a new video, Jung — with help from Road FC fighter pulled back the curtain on ways fighters can cheat during pre-fight weigh-ins.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:57PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
ONE Championship postpones upcoming events in April due to coronavirus pandemic
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ONE Championship has been forced to postpone at least its next two shows scheduled in Singapore in April as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement late Sunday night.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Bellator’s Erick Silva, whole family infected with coronavirus in Brazil: ‘We have no idea how it got to us’
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Brazil has more than 12,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection, and it now includes Bellator fighter Erick Silva and his family. Silva opted to self-quarantine with his wife’s family at their beach house in March after most of the cities around the country started to impose lockdown measures and close non-essential services due to the new coronavirus pandemic. His wife Isabela, who gave birth to their second son Carlos in late 2019, started to get sick days later.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:55PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Marvin Vettori vs. Karl Roberson moved to April 25 UFC Fight Night event
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Two UFC middleweights displaced by the coronavirus pandemic have been united on a different card. Marvin Vettori and Karl Roberson are set to meet on April 25 at a UFC Fight Night card with a yet-unannounced location that’s expected to be announced shortly, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting. The people asked for anonymity because the bouts are not yet public.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:54PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ion Cutelaba vs. Ovince Saint Preux targeted for UFC Fight Night card on April 25
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The updated UFC 249 card no longer includes Ion Cutelaba, but that doesn’t mean “The Hulk” won’t enter the Octagon in April. Cutelaba and Ovince Saint Preux have verbally agreed to meet at the UFC Fight Night card scheduled for April 25 at a yet-to-be-announced location, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:53PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Julia Avila vs. Karol Rosa targeted for UFC Fight Night event on May 2
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The UFC is continuing to build their upcoming fight cards, including the event for May 2. Multiple sources tell MMA Fighting that a women’s bantamweight bout between Julia Avila and Karol Rosa — originally set to take place at UFC Portland April 11 — is being targeted for the promotion’s May 2 event. Per sources, verbal agreements are in place with contracts expected to be issued soon.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:52PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White says Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for an interim title at UFC 249 is a 'no-brainer'
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The UFC will crown a new interim lightweight champion once again. After undisputed lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov ended up stuck in Dagestan – and forced out of UFC 249 – due to his home nation’s travel ban, the promotion swiftly found Tony Ferguson a new opponent, in the form of top contender Justin Gaethje. As well as being a replacement main event, the fight will also feature a replacement title, with UFC president Dana White announcing that Ferguson’s tussle with Gaethje would be for a newly-instituted interim 155-pound title. White said making the replacement matchup was an easy task.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:51PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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