UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24, including Namajunas-Waterson
A marquee women’s strawweight bout will take place at UFC on FOX 24 in April when former UFC title challenger Rose Namajunas takes on former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson.
The 115-pound bout between Namajunas and Waterson was among several additions announced for the card during tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
Also confirmed for UFC on FOX 24 was a flyweight showdown between “TUF 24” winner Tim Elliott and Louis Smolka, a light heavyweight bout between Devin Clark and Jake Collier, and a middleweight clash between Anthony Smith and Andrew Sanchez.
UFC on FOX 24 takes place April 15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup.
Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at UFC 210. The bout was announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
29 Fighters removed from UFC roster
Yao Zhikui – Flyweight
Fredy Serrano – Flyweight
Fernando Bruno – Featherweight
Cezar Arzamendia – Lightweight
Elvis Mutaptic – Middleweight
Joe Gigliotti – Middleweight
Sean O’Connell – Light-heavyweight
Jessamyn Duke – Bantamweight
Cole Miller – Featherweight
Erik Perez – Bantamweight
Lorenz Larkin – Welterweight
Rick Story – Welterweight
Takeya Mizugaki – Bantamweight
Tim Kennedy – Middleweight
Brendan O’Reilly – Welterweight
Taylor Lapilus – Bantamweight
Seo Hee Ham – Strawweight
Ericka Almeida – Strawweight
Geane Herrera – Flyweight
Brock Lesnar – Heavyweight
Chico Camus – Flyweight
Lance Benoist – Welterweight
Maximo Blanco – Featherweight
Marcus Brimage – Bantamweight
Seth Bazcynski – Welterweight
Bubba Bush – Middleweight
Anthony Birchak – Bantamweight
Clay Collard – Featherweight
Aisling Daly – Strawweight
Izabela Badurek – Strawweight
Shane Campbell – Lightweight
Leonardo Augusto – Middleweight
Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought?
Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the banned diuretic she tested positive for in December.
UFC president Dana White, too, believes Cyborg’s situation with USADA is in a good place.
Willis declared unfit, fight with Tybura scrapped
UFC Heavyweight Justin Willis was deemed unfit to fight at UFC 208 by the New York State Athletic Commission. The fighter himself made the announcement, via his social network.
Hey everyone, I want you to hear from me first, I did everything I could to make weight for the fight this weekend but due to the short notice my body shut down during the weight cut and the UFC doctors wouldn’t clear me to fight. I will be back in the UFC with a full camp very soon. Thank you to everyone at the UFC, all of their staff have been great. I want the same opponent or anybody else will suffice. I will be ready. God Bless.
Spike TV to Become Paramount Network in Viacom Rebranding
There's a big change coming to Spike TV.
Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A formal announcement will likely come Thursday morning when Viacom unveils its turnaround plan during its quarterly earnings call.
Sources tell THR that Spike chief Kevin Kay — who recently added oversight of CMT and TV Land to his purview of the Global Entertainment Group — is expected to remain in place. The rebranding could begin as early as 2018, sources say, and no personnel changes are expected to be made at this time. Representatives for Viacom and Spike declined comment, though a formal rollout strategy is expected to be part of Thursday's call.
Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald headlines Bellator 179 in London
Paul Daley called out Rory MacDonald after scoring a vicious knockout in his last appearance inside the Bellator cage, and he got the fight he was hoping for.
Bellator officially announced on Thursday that “Semtex" will battle “Red King” in the main event of Bellator 179. The event takes place May 19 at London’s SSE Arena.
Conor McGregor releases boxing training video
Could a mega-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather be far behind?
The UFC lightweight champion released a boxing training video at SBG Ireland on Instagram on Wednesday. McGregor recently said he will pass on returning to the Octagon in order to compete in a boxing ring next — preferably against Mayweather.
Jodie Esquibel vs. DeAnna Bennett, more added to Invicta FC 22
Jodie Esquibel had two opponents drop out for Invicta FC 21 and was left without a fight. The strawweight will try again next month.
Esquibel has been rebooked against previous planned opponent DeAnna Bennett for Invicta FC 22 on March 25 in Kansas City, sources told MMA Fighting on Wednesday. The two were supposed to meet last month at Invicta 21, but Bennett withdrew due to injury.
New Nevada athletic commissioner works for Fertitta-owned Station Casinos
The newest commissioner appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) works for the former owners of the UFC.
Staci Alonso, appointed to the commission by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in December, is an executive vice president at Station Casinos, the casino group owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, per her LinkedIn page. The Fertittas sold their majority stake in the UFC, which is regulated and sanctioned by the NAC in Nevada, to WME-IMG in July for more than $4 billion.
Former UFC fighters Joe Riggs & Cody Mckenzie are now bare knuckle boxing
When the bright lights of the UFC fade, MMA fighters have two options: hang up the gloves and call it a career, or press forward and ply their trade in less prestigious organizations.
MMA fighters have more options than ever these days as far as promotions go, from the well-known Bellator to countless regional promotions scattered across the country (and plenty of international promotions too).
Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell 135 title fight headlines Bellator 177 in Budapest
Bellator is returning to Hungary this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in Budapest.
Bellator 177 is set for april 14 at Budapest Sports Arena. In the main event, bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas (19-4 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) is set to take on challenger Darrion Caldwell (10-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA).
In addition, the card will feature a featherweight fight between Hungary’s Adam Borics (5-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Anthony Taylor (1-2 MMA, 1-2 BMMA).
Promotion officials announced the card and headliner today. The main card will air on Spike at 9 p.m. ET. Immediately following the MMA card, Bellator Kickboxing 6 will air on Spike at 11 p.m. ET, headlined by a welterweight title rematch between Zoltan Laszak and Karim Ghajji.
Fabricio Werdum-Ben Rothwell will join champ Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211
Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. So the UFC’s return to the “Lone Star State” in May looks like it will have plenty of big men on the top of the bill.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate, UFC 211 in May will feature not only a heavyweight title fight in the main event, but what is likely to be a No. 1 contenders bout, as well.
Combate today reported former champion Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will meet Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at the event, which is expected to be headlined by heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) against former champ Junior Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC).
ABC rules committee passes limited use of instant replay in MMA
Instant replay could be coming to mixed martial arts.
The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) rules and regulations committee for MMA has passed the use of instant replay for fight-finishing sequences, committee chair Sean Wheelock confirmed Tuesday with MMA Fighting.
The proposed rule will be brought to the ABC body and voted on at its annual conference this summer in Connecticut.