Newcomer Randy Brown meets Matt Dwyer at UFC on FOX 18
The UFC found a fighter, and welterweight newcomer Randy Brown has found a fight on MMA’s biggest stage.
Brown (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an undefeated 170-pound prospect, has signed with the UFC and is slated to meet Matt Dwyer (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 18.
The latest UFC on FOX 18 card includes:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Andrew Holbrook vs. Sage Northcutt
Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera
Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili
Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal
Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer
UFC 195 salaries: Lawler ($500K), Condit ($315K) earn top disclosed payouts
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,723,000.
The full list of disclosed UFC 195 payouts included:
Robbie Lawler: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Carlos Condit: $315,000
Stipe Miocic: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Andrei Arlovski: $250,000
Albert Tumenov: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $36,000
Brian Ortega: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $36,000
Abel Trujillo: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Tony Sims: $12,000
Michael McDonald: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Masanori Kanehara: $14,000
Alex Morono: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Noke: $26,000
Justine Kish: $20,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Nina Ansaroff: $10,000
Drew Dober: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Holtzman: $12,000
Dustin Poirier: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Duffy: $20,000
Michinori Tanaka: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $20,000
Sheldon Westcott: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edgar Garcia: $10,000
CFFC 56 – Two former champions, Sean Santella and Artur Rofi will return to the company in an attempt to reclaim what was once theirs
Two Former CFFC Champions – Santella and Rofi Return in 2016! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Next year is scheduled to be a banner year for Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), but to look in towards the future one might want to visit the past. Two former champions, Sean Santella and Artur Rofi will return to the company in an attempt to reclaim what was once theirs. Both will see action on February 27, 2016 when CFFC returns to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 2012 to 2013, Sean Santella (14-5-1) was the king of the flyweights in the northeast. He captured the inaugural CFFC flyweight crown in February 2012 and reeled off of four straight victories. After an injury, Santella returned in 2014 and lost his crown to Nick Honstein. After leaving CFFC, Santella is 1-1-1 coming off a submission victory in his last fight over Jay Pressley (5-2) and his eager to make his CFFC return. “Feels great to be back,” exclaimed Santella. “CFFC has some of the best flyweights around and that’s who I want to fight. I’m getting that belt back!”
Stipe Miocic will get next heavyweight title shot after UFC 195 win
If the MMA world wanted Stipe Miocic to be more vocal, it got exactly that on Saturday night.
Miocic tore through former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in just 54 seconds at UFC 195, then called for his title shot in a fiery post-fight rant, demanding to know whether he and UFC president Dana White were now "on the same page."
Fedor: My next fight will take place in April
Following a successful return to professional MMA after almost four years away from the ring, Fedor Emelianenko wants to remain as active as possible in 2016.
According to the ‘Last Emperor,' he would like his next fight to take place in April. That date coincides with Rizin Fighting Federation's next show planned for April 17 in Nagoya City.
King Mo open to Fedor fight: ‘Anything is possible’
Despite the fact that Rizin Fighting Federation Day 2 was basically the Fedor show, the Russian heavyweight legend was not the last fighter to score a knockout win on the card.
Shortly following Fedor's three-minute victory against Singh, Muhammed Lawal took part in his second fight of the night, and third in three days. Lawal lived up to his status as the tournament favorite and eventually knocked out fellow finalist Jiri Prochazka to claim the Rizin 100kg World Grand Prix championship.
Bigfoot wants to fight for 'four more years'
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is not ready to call it quits just yet.
Despite going 1-2 in 2015, the 36-year old told Globo Esporte that he learned a lot from his losses to Andrei Arlovksi and Mark Hunt and will use them to come back stronger in 2016.
"I learned a lot. I fought three times, I won once and lost twice. It's not when you win that you change the way you think. I learned a lot from those two losses. Thinking only professionally, it wasn't good. But I will address those mistakes and start 2016 strong. I have faith in God and will make good fights. I need to change some aspects of my training, I need to talk to some coaches and start this year with the right foot."
Newcomer Joey Gomez gets fill-in duties at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston
Undefeated promotional newcomer Joey Gomez has stepped in as a replacement at UFC Fight Night 81.
Gomez (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Patrick Williams (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and now meets bantamweight Rob Font (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the event.
UFC officials recently made the change to the official UFC.com fight card. Williams suffered an injury, according to nesn.com.
London's 'UFC Fight Night 83: Silva vs. Bisping' lineup is set
The fight card is set for UFC Fight Night 83, which marks the UFC’s return to England.
The event takes place Feb. 27 at The O2 in London. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though start times haven’t been finalized.
The online event features a fairly significant headliner. Former middleweight champion and one of the sport’s all-time greats, Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), meets perennial contender Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) in the featured attraction.
UFC's Michael Chiesa, Rose Namajunas: 'Take marijuana off the banned list'
LAS VEGAS – Count Michael Chiesa and Rose Namajunas among the many backers for continued reform in the war against marijuana.
Marijuana’s acceptance is constantly growing with more and more states legalizing its usage in one form or another.
But in the MMA world, it remains a sticky topic. Chiesa has a solution, though, especially on the heels of Nick Diaz’s recent five-year suspension for failing a test for pot for a third time in Nevada.
Rose Namajunas says she finds inspiration from Brock Lesnar, Conor McGregor
LAS VEGAS -- UFC strawweight contender Rose Namajunas has always been one to march to the beat of her own drummer.
So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that when she was asked to name her favorite fighters, she picked a pair who are also famous for following their own paths.
"Thug Rose" was asked by a young girl at a Friday fan Q & A session at the MGM Grand Convention Center which fighters inspire her.
And she picked a pair of the sport's icons: Brock Lesnar and Conor McGregor.
Bisping: Silva looked 'very beatable' vs. Diaz
Michael Bisping recently appeared on a media conference call to promote his fight with former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at a UFC Fight Night in London on Feb. 27
“For me obviously Anderson [is] a legend of the sport," said Bisping, as transcribed by Tristen Critchfield for Sherdog. "He was a longtime middleweight champion and this is a guy that I wanted to fight for a long time. Of course I wanted to fight him when he was the champion. But this is the biggest fight outside of a world title fight right now. Anderson is still a massive name; he’s still a huge draw. I have a lot of respect for him as a fighter. I always wanted to test myself against him; I knew I could beat him. I’m very excited about this fight.”.
Demian Maia wants Lawler-Condit winner, but MacDonald 'best fighter' in division
Demian Maia agrees with many of the fans who have approached him since his most recent win: He’s ready for another title shot.
However, while he’s hoping for a fight against the winner of tonight’s UFC 195 pay-per-view headliner between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (26-10 MMA, 11-4 UFC) and challenger Carlos Condit (30-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC), he thinks the division’s best fighter isn’t part of that matchup.