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Contract disputes see Jake Shields out at WSOF 30, Jon Fitch now meets Joao Zeferino
(mmajunkie.com)
It seems World Series of Fighting officials and veteran welterweight Jake Shields could not come to terms on a planned April meeting with Jon Fitch, and Joao Zeferino will now take his place in a fight for the company’s vacant welterweight title. Sefo today announced the change in plans on WSOF.com. “While I thought everyone was on board to make this fight happen, unfortunately Jake Shields has informed us that he does not intend to honor the terms of his existing contract at this time and declined to sign a bout agreement to fight Jon Fitch, so we’ve had to go in a different direction,” Sefo stated. “Fortunately, we found someone on our roster who was willing to step up for this incredible opportunity not only to potentially win a title, but also to face one of MMA’s all-time greats in Jon Fitch. That man is Joao Zeferino.” Shields told MMAjunkie his concern has to do with WSOF’s championship clause, language often seen in MMA contracts that extends a fighter’s deal for up to one year if they are able to claim a title belt. “We’re trying to come to terms with the contract,” Shields told MMAjunkie. “We’re unable to. I think the fight with Fitch is off right now. Right now, we’re not on the best terms. Hopefully, things will work out. But at the moment, we’re in a situation where they’re telling me I’m coming off a loss, and they’re telling me I have to fight for a title. But I don’t want to get stuck in a championship clause unless we can come to terms. “We weren’t way off with money. Basically, they’re saying they’re going to hold my contract. They’re trying to say I’m coming off a loss, and therefore I can’t negotiate for more money. But they’re trying to force me to fight for a title, so it seems a little bit ridiculous. If I can’t negotiate coming off a loss, why do I fight for a title? I just want to fight my last fight of my contract and be a free agent, or renegotiate a contract for the title fight.”
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 11:35PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Breaking: CSAC to regulate dehydration and IV use for weigh-ins as soon as March 1st
(mmafighting.com)
The California State Athletic Commission's war on dehydration and extreme weight cutting continued Tuesday. CSAC passed a package of new, emergency regulations regarding weight cutting at its meeting in Downtown LA. The new rules include a ban on dehydration to make weight, the prohibition of IVs to rehydrate and the ability to move back the time of weigh-ins. "Dehydration and weight cutting are the biggest problem facing mixed martial arts today," CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told the commissioners. "There are more mixed martial events in California than any other state, so this is the biggest problem facing this commission."
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 8:16PM by GDPofMPG - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Title shot plus sponsors made Benson Henderson choose Bellator over UFC
(espn.go.com)
Immediate title shot,sponsorship freedom and possibilty of a fighters union lured Benson away from the UFC.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 1:52PM by FKA - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Benson Henderson gets welterweight title shot vs. Koreshkov in Bellator 153 main event
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC lightweight champion and recent Bellator acquisition Benson Henderson will get an immediate title shot at welterweight in his new home. Henderson (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) is set to fight for the 170-pound title against champion Andrey Koreshkov (18-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 153. Bellator Director of Communications Danny Brener confirmed the news today to MMAjunkie after an initial report from ESPN.com. Bellator 153 takes place April 22 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and its main card airs on Spike TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 12:53PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC 196 in Las Vegas adds lightweight bout between Justin Salas and Jason Saggo
(mmajunkie.com)
Next month’s mega-UFC pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to build with a new fight added to the preliminary card. After what will be nearly 20 months on the sidelines, Justin Salas (12-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will return to action for a lightweight bout against Jason Saggo (10-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 196. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup. With the addition, the latest UFC 196 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 12:51PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF 28 main card adds Parker vs. Yager and Alvarez vs. Ramm
(mmajunkie.com)
The main card for WSOF’s trip to California later this month is coming together with the announcement of a pair of welterweight bouts. The additions were announced via a WSOF press release. With the additions, the WSOF 28 card includes: Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Joseph Barajas – for bantamweight title Chris Gutierrez vs. Timur Valiev Daniel Parker vs. Jamie Yager Ozzie Alvarez vs. Andrew Ramm
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 12:50PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
After 18 straight wins, what's next for Jimmie Rivera? Top-10 opponent, preferably
(mmajunkie.com)
With 18 straight wins and a perfect 3-0 record, what’s next for rising bantamweight prospect Jimmie Rivera? Preferably an opponent in the top 10, he said.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 6:43AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones planning 3 more bouts at 205: Cormier, Johnson, Gustafsson
(mmajunkie.com)
If former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones sticks to his plan, he’s likely got three more fights at 205 pounds – and two will be rematches. On Sunday Jones held an impromptu Q&A Twitter session with fans, and he mentioned some interesting plans before a likely move to heavyweight.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 6:40AM by xdanish020 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Baptist preacher hopes Conor McGregor gets struck down by lightning bolt
(mmajunkie.com)
Apparently even preachers can’t resist the pull of Conor McGregor’s promotional orbit. A Texas Baptist somehow found a way to weave the UFC featherweight into his YouTube sermon, praying, “God strikes him down with a lightning bolt, so everybody in the world that believes the Bible, even a little bit, will know that it was God as Jesus who stroke him down.”
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 6:38AM by xdanish020 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he's signed with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA. I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when switching employers or jobs after having worked somewhere for such a long time. I have to thank the BigMan upstairs for putting some amazing people in my life, my wife (first and foremost) and a lot of truly smart and insightful people behind the scenes who helped make the connections and negotiated this deal to bring it to fruition. I’d be remiss to not thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the opportunities they presented me, you guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up. For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal. And last but not least, to who it is I think of when I think of the UFC! Everybody behind the scenes who I personally dealt with every time I reported in or had to do something. Mayra, Melissa, Dave, Chris, Nick, Tracy, Joanie, Maura, Tony, Heidi, Ryan, James, Dave, Kaia (sp.???), Burt, Rob, Rudy, Stitch, House, Mike, Susie, Dean, Donna, Feryal, Sean, Joe, Brad, Jazzmine, Candice, Michelle, Reed, sorry I can’t name everyone or this list would go on for forever. There’s a whole ton of people behind the scenes who make that show what it is. You guys and girls are the ones who make that show great and allow us fighters to do what it is we love!!! Much love to you all and thanks for putting up with me for so long. To my fans, thanks for all the love and support, I’ll keep giving you my all, opening up my heart and soul inside that cage. I’m excited for this next chapter and building new relationships with guys I’ve heard nothing but great things about like Scott Coker, Rich Chou and Mike Kogan. #TheOnceAndFutureKing BH
Submitted Feb 1, 2016 1:56PM by Budgellism - 24 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Dana White: Conor McGregor 'crazy' (in a good way) for wanting to fight Rafael dos Anjos
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor had plenty of options for his next fight. That's a point he has made over and over. According to Dana White, he didn't exactly take the path of least resistance when he chose to move up to lightweight and face champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:59PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 18 Results: Johnson Vs Bader
(mmajunkie.com)
Anthony Johnson def. Ryan Bader via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:26 Ben Rothwell def. Josh Barnett via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:48 Jimmie Rivera def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Bryan Barberena def. Sage Northcutt via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:06 Tarec Saffiedine def. Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Diego Ferreira def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Rafael Natal def. Kevin Casey via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:37 Wilson Reis def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:59 Alex Caceres def. Masio Fullen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Randy Brown def. Matt Dwyer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) Tony Martin def. Filipe Olivieri via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:02
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:56PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 18 draws announced attendance of 10,555 for $818k live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 event drew an announced attendance of 10,555 and a live gate of $818,000. UFC exec Dave Sholler announced the figures at the post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie attended. UFC on FOX 18 took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:55PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC plans to officially announce Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier this week
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fans have been waiting almost 90 days since the UFC ended the suspension it had placed on former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones for the promotion to announce its plans for Jones' return to the Octagon. Last night at the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader post-fight press conference they teased an announcement.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:49PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC now targeting November for New York event
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC once again had to pull the plug on a planned New York City debut date. The Empire State's asinine ban on mixed martial arts remains in place, meaning a planned April 23 MSG date needed to be scrapped. But as the UFC once again brought its revenue across the river to New Jersey, this time for UFC on FOX 18 on Saturday night, it remains committed to its effort to get the sport legalized in New York.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:46PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Danny Castillo, Mike Pierce among 11 fighters released by the UFC
(sherdog.com)
Danny Castillo and Mike Pierce are the most notable names on a lengthy list of fighters who recently received pink slips from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Read more at http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Danny-Castillo-Mike-Pierce-Among-11-Fighters-Released-by-the-UFC-99441#vk2kzATfXD3MkRXO.99
Submitted Jan 30, 2016 3:46PM by xdanish020 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias reportedly set for UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
While the UFC has made no formal announcement, the 19th edition of UFC on FOX has another fight added to its card. Featherweights Hacran Dias and Cub Swanson are set to lock horns according to a public declaration from Dias himself: Dias, 31, is on a two-fight win streak, having most recently competed at UFC Fight Night 70 in June where he defeated Levan Makashvili via split decision. His MMA record stands at 23-3-1.
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 9:38PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bethe Correia meets Raquel Pennington at UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
A bantamweight clash between Bethe Correia and Raquel Pennington was added to the UFC on FOX 19 card on April 16, MMAFighting.com confirmed following a report by Ag. Fight.
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 3:15PM by GDPofMPG - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Report: Lyoto Machida scheduled to rematch Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19
(bloodyelbow.com)
A report from Brazil's Combate says that Dan Henderson will get another crack at "The Dragon" when he meets Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 19 in Tampa, FL on April 16th.
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 3:14PM by GDPofMPG - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Titan FC 37 slated for March 4 with championship triple-header
(mmajunkie.com)
Titan FC is rolling out a championship triple-header for its first event of 2016. After 2015 ended on a sour note with a canceled event and a few ticked-off fighters, the organization looks for a fresh start on March 4. Titan FC 37 takes place at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass. The latest Titan FC 37 card includes: Brett Johns vs. Ricky Simon – for vacant bantamweight title Champ Andre Harrison vs. Steven Siler – for featherweight title Champ Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title Desmond Green vs. Pat Healy Anthony Gutierrez vs. opponent TBA
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:56PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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