Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson canceled day before UFC 209
LAS VEGAS — Disaster struck UFC 209 on Friday, as the highly-anticipated interim lightweight championship fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson was officially scratched from Saturday’s pay-per-view card.
Nurmagomedov (24-0) was transported to the hospital in the early hours Friday morning after falling ill while cutting weight. The undefeated Dagestani was treated and discharged, according to UFC officials, and the fight was called off due to “doctor’s recommendation.”
Barberena and Proctor To Scrap In Nashville
Lightweight action fighters Bryan Barberena and Joe Proctor will kick off their 2017 schedule on Apr. 22 when they meet in a UFC Fight Night matchup at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
In the five-round main event, which airs live on FS1, featherweight rivals will settle the score as surging contender Cub Swanson takes on hard-hitting European standout Artem Lobov. Tickets go on sale today.
UFC announces signing of Chinese standout Wang Guan
The UFC has announced the signing of a Chinese MMA standout.
Wang Guan, a 31-year-old featherweight from Beijing, has signed a multi-fight deal with the company, the UFC announced Tuesday. It’s expected he’ll make his company debut on the June 17 card at Singapore Indoor Stadium against an opponent to be determined.
Quebec declares amateur BJJ tournaments illegal under the criminal code
Today, in response to the Province’s position, the Canadian Jiu Jitsu Championships have been canceled. Canada National Pro Jiu Jitsu reported as follows on their Facebook page –
After careful consideration, the Canada Pro Jiu-Jitsu committee and the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation has decided to postpone the Canada Pro Jiu-Jitsu Championships that was scheduled to take place at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau this Sunday, the 26th of February 2017.
10 most USADA drug tested athletes in UFC history
Since July 1, 2015, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has serve as the independent third-party administrator of the UFC’s year-round Anti-Doping Policy. USADA maintains a public Athlete Test History, updated regularly.
In 2015, 156 athletes were tested, a total of 353 times, an average of 2.26 times per athlete. In 2016, the rate accelerated to 586 athletes tested, 2291 total times, or an average of 3.9 times per athlete. In 2017 so far 240 athletes have been tested a total of 353 times.