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Bellator 179 post-event facts: Cheick Kongo is winningest heavyweight in Bellator history
(mmajunkie.com)
Rory MacDonald’s long journey back to the win column finally came to an end Friday when the former UFC title challenger was victorious in his Bellator debut against Paul Daley at Bellator 179. MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) dismantled Daley (39-15-2 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) with a superior ground game en route to a second-round submission finish in the welterweight contender bout at The SSE Arena in London, giving “The Red King” his first victory in 31 months. The Canadian wasn’t the only one to deliver a notable performance at Bellator’s 10th event of the year, though. For more, check below for 25 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 179.
Submitted May 21, 2017 11:46AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Woodley wants GSP, calls Bisping fight ‘the cowardly move’
(mmafighting.com)
By all accounts, the next man challenging for the UFC welterweight champion will be Demian Maia. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu savant earned that right after capturing his seventh straight win at UFC 211 with a hard-fought split decision over Jorge Masvidal. That’s just fine with reigning UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley. Woodley said Monday on The MMA Hour that UFC officials haven’t yet asked him about Maia, but if they do, he’ll be more than willing to face the 39-year-old contender. However, if “T-Wood” had his druthers, a different name would still fall at the top of his wish list.
Submitted May 21, 2017 10:13AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Veteran broadcaster Michael Schiavello discusses his AXS TV Fights departure
(mmajunkie.com)
Michael Schiavello is heading home, though it’s a bittersweet departure for the veteran AXS TV Fights play-by-play man. “Las Vegas has been home for may years, but Australia is always the spiritual home,” the 42-year-old Australian told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s where you’re from. There’s nothing quite like being home.”
Submitted May 20, 2017 1:28AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
 
Paul Daley, Michael Page get into skirmish at Bellator 179
(mmafighting.com)
Two of Bellator’s top British fighters just about came to blows Friday. Following his fight with Rory MacDonald in the main event of Bellator 179 in London, Paul Daley and Michael Page had a physical confrontation in the arena, according to multiple reports from the scene. Daley mentioned Page on the microphone after the fight and things escalated from there.
Submitted May 20, 2017 1:25AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
 
Michael Bisping too injured to fight Yoel Romero, prefers to wait for Georges St-Pierre
(mmamania.com)
I feel like I’ve heard this somewhere before... Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping was expecting to fight former welterweight kingpin Georges St-Pierre, but “Rush” kept delaying his return to the point where promotion president Dana White got tired of waiting. Bisping was perfectly fine just hanging around. Probably because “The Count” is still recovering from knee surgery and can’t fight “anytime soon.” That’s according to comments the brash Brit recently made on his official podcast (via MMA Fighting) detailing his current state of health.
Submitted May 19, 2017 1:05PM by tildengolfer - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Reza Madadi Added to UFC in Stockholm for Last Stand
(mmaviking.com)
Reza Madadi will have his last wish of his MMA career. “Mad Dog” has been added to the UFC in Stockholm card on late notice as the Allstars Training Center fighter steps in for injured Mairbek Taisumov, to face Joaquim Silva in his retirement bout in his hometown.
Submitted May 19, 2017 11:12AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Elevation Fight Team moves out of MusclePharm training facility
(mmafighting.com)
Colorado-based Elevation Fight Team is parting ways with long-time team sponsor MusclePharm. “As a team, Elevation Fight Team has decided to move all of it's training from the MusclePharm Facility to the chain of Easton Training Centers located throughout Colorado,” coach Eliot Marshall told MMAFighting.com. “The partnership Elevation has had with MusclePharm over the last four years has been awesome and is something we are all appreciate greatly. That being said, the time to move to more of a traditional setting is now. By moving our training to the Easton Training Centers, our fighters will now reap the benefits of having a full curriculum of classes and many different locations to choose from.
Submitted May 19, 2017 2:48AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
‘Minotouro' Nogueira injured, out of UFC Fight Night 112 fight with Ilir Latifi
(mmafighting.com)
Ilir Latifi needs a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 112. The Swedish light heavyweight was booked to meet Brazilian veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in Oklahoma City on June 25, but revealed on Twitter that “Minotouro" was forced out of the card with an injury.
Submitted May 18, 2017 1:15AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White, Conor McGregor come to terms on Floyd Mayweather boxing match deal
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor’s boxing venture against Floyd Mayweather seems to be drawing closer to happening. At least, that’s according to UFC president Dana White. That much was made clear on Wednesday night after the NBA on TNT telecast of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Submitted May 18, 2017 1:14AM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
 
Get ready.....new weight classes coming to MMA
(lowkickmma.com)
With extreme weight cutting becoming more and more of a issue in our sport new rules and plans have just been passed to help combat this issue. The addition of more weight classes in MMA is coming as soon as summer time. New divisions include... 165Lbs 175Lbs 195Lbs 225lbs
Submitted May 17, 2017 4:34PM by FKA - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Strawweight prospect Amanda Ribas signs with the UFC, meets Juliana Lima in July
(mmafighting.com)
Strawweight prospect Amanda Ribas has signed with the UFC and is set to make her Octagon debut against fellow Brazilian Juliana Lima at the TUF 25 Finale event in Las Vegas, NV, on July 7, sources told MMA Fighting following a report by UOL. Ribas (6-1), a black belt in jiu-jitsu and judo, made her professional MMA debut after winning the 2014 IMMAF World Championship as an amateur. Ribas, who now trains at American Top Team, has only gone the distance once since turning pro.
Submitted May 17, 2017 12:29PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WME|IMG invites UFC roster to Las Vegas this weekend for ‘retreat’
(mmafighting.com)
A large chunk of the UFC roster will descend upon Las Vegas this weekend, and it won’t be for a fight. WME|IMG, the new owners of the UFC, have invited the entire roster to Vegas for what they’re calling the “2017 UFC Athlete Retreat.” While every fighter was asked to attend, those with conflicting schedules are exempt. All travel expenses will be paid by the UFC. “This event represents a unique opportunity for you to interact with your fellow athletes, UFC staff and your new ownership group, while hearing from a wide variety of experts across sports, entertainment and business,” an e-mail sent to the fighters earlier this week stated.
Submitted May 17, 2017 12:21PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Injuries scrap Christian Colombo vs. Damian Grabowski at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s return to Sweden, less than two weeks away, has seen the cancellation of a preliminary card fight. The heavyweight fight between Christian Colombo (8-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and Damian Grabowski (20-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC), which was set to open the event, has been scrapped due to injuries to both fighters. UFC officials announced the change early today. UFC Fight Night 109 takes place May 28 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted May 17, 2017 12:01AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Alex Garcia vs. Tim Means, Darrell Horcher vs. Devin Powell set for UFC Fight Night 112
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s first Oklahoma City event in eight years continues to build with the addition of two more fights. Darrell Horcher (12-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will take on Devin Powell (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout, and Alex Garcia (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is set to fight Tim Means (26-8-1 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at welterweight. UFC officials recently announced the new bookings.
Submitted May 16, 2017 11:57PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Responds To Luke Rockhold's Twitter Rant
(mmanews.com)
Luke Rockhold isn’t thrilled with Dana White’s recent comments. “I never said I deserved a title shot. I said we (middleweights) deserve clarity. We deserve something to fight for. ‘You have to earn your way in this company?’ Tell me how did GSP earn a middleweight title shot? Think before you run your mouth.” White has issued a response of his own.
Submitted May 16, 2017 6:56PM by MammaMia - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stockholm newcomer Oliver Enkamp in for Emil Meek vs. Nordine Taleb at UFC Fight Night 109
(mmajunkie.com)
After losing his opponent, Nordine Taleb will stay on the UFC’s card in Sweden later this month. Norway’s Emil Meek (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) this past week said he had to pull out of his welterweight fight against Taleb (12-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 109. UFC officials confirmed his withdrawal today and announced Meek will be replaced by Stockholm’s own Oliver Enkamp (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted May 16, 2017 10:42AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins set for UFC on FOX 25
(bloodyelbow.com)
Featherweights Dennis Bermudez and Darren Elkins are reportedly set for battle at UFC on FOX 25 in July.
Submitted May 15, 2017 11:37PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
10 memorable moments from UFC 211, including another rules controversy
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Joanna Jedrzejczyk both took another step toward putting their names in the UFC record book at UFC 211. Miocic became the latest UFC fighter to defend the heavyweight title on two consecutive occasions with a TKO victory over the last man to defeat him, former champion Junior Dos Santos. As for Jedrzejczyk, she moved within striking distance of Ronda Rousey’s UFC women’s record of six title defenses with her win over Jessica Andrade. While those two successfully defended UFC gold, Demian Maia secured a welterweight title shot with his win over Jorge Masvidal. The event, which the UFC billed as “the biggest, baddest card of the year,” mostly lived up to the hype, but the event did have some controversy, namely the no-contest ruling in the lightweight bout between former champ Eddie Alvarez and surging contender Dustin Poirier. Here are 10 memorable moments from the pay-per-view event, which took place at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Submitted May 15, 2017 11:05PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF Brazil veteran Alexandre Ramos arrested for international drug trafficking
(mmafighting.com)
Alexandre Ramos’ latest run-in with the law got him arrested in Portugal. The 28-year-old Brazilian fighter, who competed as a featherweight in the first edition of The Ultimate Fighter in 2012, losing to Hugo Viana in the preliminary bout, was arrested on April 22 in Portugal for international cocaine trafficking.
Submitted May 15, 2017 7:32PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
Brian Stann Sounds Off On Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier
(mmanews.com)
Brian Stann was none too pleased with the result of the Eddie Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier bout at UFC 211. “Here’s the overall frustration: We set new rules, we barely ever use them, we go to different cities every damn weekend and these fighters have no idea what knees are allowed, what positions they’re supposed to be in, what point scores we’re going by."
Submitted May 15, 2017 2:07PM by MammaMia - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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