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Video: WWE’s Charlotte Flair wants Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 in 2018
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been spending more time ringside than cageside over the last year, taking to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows to support her friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler, all while taking the opportunity to cut a few promos. As a result, fans have speculated that Rousey’s next step in her career will be to make a transition into the professional wrestling world, leaving mixed martial arts (MMA) behind for good. And to no one’s surprise, “Rowdy” already has established wrestling veterans eager to welcome her into the squared circle, as former WWE women’s title holder Charlotte Flair recently called out Ronda for a showdown on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:19PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
John Phillips to debut against Eryk Anders at UFC Fresno
Welsh knockout artist John Phillips (21-6) will make his long awaited UFC debut against unbeaten middleweight standout Eryk Anders (9-0) on Dec. 9 at UFC Fresno. The UFC made the fight official on Wednesday through their social networks, after Anders broke the news on his Instagram account on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:18PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
USADA: Cris Cyborg ‘fully complied’ in controversial Thailand sample collection
Cris Cyborg and USADA seem to be on the same page after a sample-collection controversy last week. The police were called on doping-control officers who came to drug test Cyborg in Thailand, the UFC featherweight champion tweeted Friday. Cyborg has been training at Phuket Top Team for the last few weeks. Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd reported on the situation over the weekend. Despite the apparent issues with Thai authorities, Cyborg’s sample was collected without issue and is now at a laboratory, according to a statement USADA sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Ed Ruth vs. Chris Dempsey booked for Bellator 186
Ed Ruth already knew he was coming home. Now he knows who he’ll be giving a rude welcome to. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion meets Chris Dempsey in a middleweight bout at Bellator 186, which takes place on Nov. 3 at the Bryce Jordan Center of Penn State University, Ruth’s alma mater. Bellator officials confirmed the bout Wednesday after it was first reported by BluegrassMMA.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:16PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Cornerman, referee open up about chaotic fight that went viral
A welterweight title bout between Silmar "Sombra" Nunes and Caio "Paturi" Silva ended in chaos in Capanema, Brazil. Nunes choked out Silva in the main event of Capanema Fight Combat on Sept. 23, but the referee didn’t stop the fight when Silva went unconscious. While still holding the submission, Nunes warned the referee multiple times that his opponent was out, but referee Jorge Gomes insisted Silva was fine. That’s when Silva’s cornerman jumped into the cage and started to punch Nunes in the face in an attempt to stop the fight. The chaotic video quickly went viral, and MMA Fighting spoke with everyone involved in the wild scene.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:14PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Phil Davis meets promotional newcomer Leo Leite at Bellator 186
Phil Davis has an opponent for his upcoming fight at Penn State University. The former Bellator light heavyweight champion is set to welcome undefeated Leo Leite to the promotion on Nov. 3, Bellator officials confirmed to MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Combate first reported the match-up as a possibility.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:22AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Ray Borg explains UFC 215 fight week illness, won’t hire full-time nutritionist for UFC 216
Ray Borg briefly upended the MMA world earlier this month when UFC doctors withdrew him from his scheduled main event challenge against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson just two days out from UFC 215 due to a viral illness. Aside from a Twitter outburst that same week, Borg has largely laid low since the incident, electing to quietly return to the grind as he prepares for a rescheduled bout against Johnson on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. But on Monday’s episode of the The MMA Hour, Borg finally broke his silence regarding the sickness that forced him to postpone the opportunity of a lifetime. And for the 24-year-old, the trouble started before he ever even arrived in Edmonton to begin UFC 215 fight week.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Another cornerman had to jump the cage to save his unconscious fighter from an inept ref
Combat sports officials have been getting savaged in the press these days after a number of high profile flubs. But what about all the screw ups that don't get much exposure because they happen way down in the minor leagues in countries far far away? Check out this latest incident of referee malfeasance:
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 7:14PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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UFC newcomer Azamat Murzakanov flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
A UFC newcomer has failed a drug test before even debuting in the promotion. Azamant Murzakanov has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation by USADA stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected Sept. 2, the UFC announced Monday.
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 3:52PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
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Davi Ramos vs. Chris Gruetzemacher added to UFC Fight Night 119
A lightweight bout has been added to the UFC Fight Night 119 lineup as Davi Ramos meets Chris Gruetzemacher at the event. UFC Fight Night 119 will be held on October 28, 2017, at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. Check out the fight card here. Globo announced the contest.
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 3:01PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira among 3 additions to next month's Bellator 184
A featherweight scrap between former Bellator champ Pat Curran (22-7 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) and Brazilian veteran John Teixeira (21-2-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) is among three additions recently made official for next month’s Bellator 184 event. The contest takes place on the Spike-broadcast main card of the Oct. 6 event, which takes place at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The other two additions take place on the MMAjunkie-streamed preliminary card and include featherweights Gaston Reyno (6-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) vs. Westin Wilson (4-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), welterweights Justin Patterson (9-3 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) vs. Chance Rencountre (10-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA).
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 2:36PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut in Gdansk against Lina Lansberg
Unbeaten Aspen Ladd has been handed a UFC debut in Gdansk against Swedish Muay Thai standout Lina Lansberg. The UFC announced the fight through its social networks on Tuesday morning.
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 2:34PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
James Vick to fight Joe Duffy at UFC 217
A bout between rising lightweight contenders James Vick and Joe Duffy has been added to the UFC’s next trip to Madison Square Garden. On Monday, the promotion announced that Vick and Duffy will meet in a lightweight contest at UFC 217, which takes place in New York City, N.Y., on Nov. 4.
Submitted Sep 25, 2017 5:27PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye expected to be pulled from UFC 216
Next week’s UFC 216 is expected to lose one of its pay-per-view fights. The Paige VanZant vs. Jessica Eye flyweight fight is off due to an injury suffered by PVZ, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion hasn’t officially announced the news but should do so in the coming days.
Submitted Sep 25, 2017 12:49PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 117 Results, Highlights, Bonus Money Winners, Fight Scores, Attendance And Gate
If Ovince Saint Preux is ever on top of you in the UFC's Octagon, don't grab his head. On Saturday night in the main event of UFC Fight Night 117 in Saitama, Japan, OSP secured his third victory via Von Flue choke when he put Yushin Okami to sleep in the very first round.
Submitted Sep 23, 2017 6:30PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Daniel Cormier explains why he asked fans to give Jon Jones space after PED fallout
Daniel Cormier could have gloated after news broke that Jon Jones tested positive for a banned substance in a UFC 214 pre-fight drug test. After all, the rivals have rarely hesitated to verbally tear into one another at any other point in their years-long series of disputes. Instead, the newly restored UFC light heavyweight champion responded with a sense of grace and class not often associated with the sport of mixed martial arts. Rather than kick Jones while he was down, Cormier went on Instagram last week and posted a message asking fans to leave the troubled Jones and his family alone. That simple action drew DC rave reviews. But on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Cormier said he wasn’t looking to make some sort of sweeping gesture with the post.
Submitted Sep 23, 2017 2:56PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
ONE announces full 2018 calendar with 24 cards in Asia
ONE Championship has announced its full calendar for 2018 before even entering the final quarter of 2017. With six events left in 2017, the Asian mixed martial arts promotion has 24 cards planned for the next year, including three trips to Shanghai, four events in Bangkok, and four fight cards in Manila.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:09AM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC 217: Georges St-Pierre expected to call out Conor McGregor with win over Michael Bisping
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, at one time, was rumored to be in the running for a Conor McGregor super fight, back when “Notorious” was fooling around in the 170-pound division. While that potential pay-per-view (PPV) bonanza may have gone by the wayside as the power-punching Irishman gears up for his first title defense, he may find himself on the receiving end of a French-Canadian call out, assuming “Rush” can win his return fight.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:06AM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Georges St-Pierre shrugs off Michael Bisping’s insults: ‘He’s a very angry person deep down’
Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping couldn’t be further apart when it comes to their approach to hyping a fight. While the UFC middleweight champion has built his reputation pulling no punches to insult his opponents before they meet in the cage, St-Pierre has typically taken a more polite and thoughtful approach in the buildup to an event.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:04AM by Five-Alive - 39 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
‘Who the fook is that guy?’ Jeremy Stephens now has an answer for Conor McGregor
It took almost a year to the day. But Jeremy Stephens has finally clapped back at Conor McGregor. And it was all worth the wait.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:02AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
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