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Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut vs. Jessica Eye at TUF 25 Finale in July
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The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale appears to have a women’s bantamweight bout headed for the card, including an unbeaten Invicta FC prospect. According to reports, Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make her UFC debut at the TUF 25 Finale against Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC). The booking recently was reported by BJPenn.com and WMMARankings.com, though UFC officials have not made a formal announcement. Both fighters teased news in the near future on their Twitter accounts, though. Eye promised an “epic” July, and Ladd said she would have a big announcement on Monday.
Submitted Apr 30, 2017 10:20PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Ryan Bader set to make ‘3 to 4 times’ more sponsorship money with Bellator than UFC
(mmamania.com)
Now that Ryan Bader has left the UFC light heavyweight division behind in favor of Bellator MMA, he’ll have the immediate opportunity to step outside the boundaries of UFC’s sponsorship deal with Reebok and earn even more money. According to “Darth” himself, competing under the Bellator banner is going to allow him to make a ton of more money from sponsors.
Submitted Apr 30, 2017 7:10AM by xdanish020 - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Benson Henderson targets late summer Bellator return after knee surgery
(mmajunkie.com)
You might not know Benson Henderson has been operating under less-than-ideal conditions for the entirety of his three-fight Bellator career. Granted, Henderson has lost two of those three fights (against lightweight champ Michael Chandler and former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov), but he didn’t look like someone competing with a serious injury. That was the case, though.
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee seeks November comeback after more than 2-year layoff
(mmajunkie.com)
Todd Duffee hasn’t been seen in a UFC fight since a first-round knockout loss to Frank Mir in the UFC Fight Night 71 headliner nearly two years ago. He hopes for that to change in the coming months, though. Duffee (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who once was considered the future of the UFC’s heavyweight division due to his speed, power and athleticism, has been his own worst enemy over the years. Keeping healthy has been a constant battle that has allowed Duffee to fight just three times over the past five years.
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:39PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt targeted for UFC 212
(mmafighting.com)
Vitor Belfort will be making his last walk to the Octagon in Brazil. The UFC is officially targeting a middleweight bout between Belfort and fellow veteran Nate Marquardt for UFC 212, which is set to take place on June 3 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The original report was made by Combate, and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:38PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Top Bellator prospect Aaron Pico explains why he wanted to fight veteran in pro MMA debut
(mmafighting.com)
There will be no slow build for Aaron Pico. Few would blame Bellator for giving Pico a showcase fight in his pro MMA debut. One of the top prospects in the history of the sport should be booked very carefully. But Pico wasn’t having any of it — he wanted a veteran right out of the gate...
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 8:36PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, Interviews
 
Check out this abomination of a Mark Hunt action figure
(mmajunkie.com)
This new Mark Hunt action figure has it all: a weird waist, a womanly chest, detachable limbs and even a little “Super Samoan.” Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC), a veteran heavyweight and fan favorite, is busy preparing for his UFC Fight Night 110 headliner against fellow contender Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC). However, prior to the FS1-televised fight, which takes place June 11 at Vector Arena in Auckland, North Island, New Zealand, Hunt got tipped off about a new doll (sorta) bearing his likeness. The New Zealander posed a completely fair question: “Why would u do this to me?” (via Instagram):
Submitted Apr 29, 2017 5:19PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC titleholder Tyron Woodley returns in July: 'Champ camp just kicked off'
(mmajunkie.com)
“As you guys have heard, champ camp just kicked off,” he told FOX Sports’ PROcast (via Twitter). “I can’t release who it is yet, but your boy is going to be fighting in July. So stay tuned for the details on that.” With the “fight announcement to come,” we can speculate about possible events. As a champ, Woodley is likely to fight on a pay-per-view card, and right now, July offers two: UFC 213 on July 8, and UFC 214 on July 29.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:50PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Justin Gaethje apparently heading to UFC as Professional Fighters League launches recruiting for 2018 season
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is heading to the UFC, according to his now-former employers. With the WSOF currently rebranding as the Professional Fighters League and focused on recruiting new talent for a new look in 2018, the organization elected to allow Gaethje (17-0), currently ranked No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, an opportunity to depart for the world’s biggest MMA promotion, a Professional Fighters League official told MMAjunkie. A UFC official said Gaethje was not under contract just yet but confirmed negotiations are ongoing.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:48PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Derek Campos 2 set to headline Bellator 181
(mmafighting.com)
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire will returning to the Bellator cage later this summer. The Brazilian lightweight will be facing Derek Campos in a rematch in the main event of Bellator 181, which is set to take place on July 14 at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The news was announced by the Bellator on Wednesday.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:47PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Former Bellator champ Marcos Galvao has savings stolen in robbery
(mmafighting.com)
Marcos Galvao went to Brazil on vacation following his loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175, and had an unpleasant surprise when he flew back home to New York. The former Bellator bantamweight champion returned to New York on Thursday morning following a 15-day trip to Brazil, and found out that someone invaded his home and stole the money he had saved from his most recent fights. "My house is fine, they didn’t take the TV or anything like that,” Galvao told MMA Fighting, “but they took the money I had in the safe."
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:42PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Undefeated lightweights Marc Diakiese, Drakkar Klose collide at TUF 25 Finale
(mmafighting.com)
A pair of undefeated prospects will meet at the Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale card in Las Vegas, NV, on July 7. The UFC announced on Wednesday that Marc Diakiese will put his 12-0 record on the line as he takes on 7-0-1 lightweight Drakkar Klose at the T-Mobile Arena.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:20PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead booked for UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s lineup for its return to Brazil in June continues to grow with the addition of a welterweight fight. Brazil’s Luan Chagas (14-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is set to take on England’s Jim Wallhead (29-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 212, according to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 1:04AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
England's Darren Till meets Germany's Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight fight is the latest addition to next month’s UFC return to Sweden. Unbeaten Englishman Darren Till (13-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) is set to take on Germany’s Jessin Ayari (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) when the promotion heads to Stockholm in late May. UFC Fight Night 109 takes place May 28 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 1:01AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Steve Bosse vs. Jared Cannonier booked for July's TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale continues to take shape with a new light heavyweight fight. Steve Bosse (12-2 MMA, ,2-1 UFC) will fight Jared Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the event this summer. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:59AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Multiple Bouts Added to Bellator NYC & Bellator 180 on June 24
(mmamadhouse.com)
PHIL DAVIS SET TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RYAN BADER DURING SPIKE-TELEVISED BELLATOR 180 WRESTLING PHENOM AARON PICO TO MAKE MMA DEBUT AGAINST ZACH FREEMAN ON MAIN CARD ALSO, NEIMAN GRACIE VS. DAVE MARFONE ADDED TO SPIKE TELECAST, WHILERYAN COUTURE-HAIM GOZALI ANCHOR BELLATOR 180 PRELIMS ON BELLATOR.COM LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, Ryan Bader (22-5), during the main event ofBellator 180: Davis vs. Baderon June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated Neiman Gracie (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (6-0) againstChinzo Machida (5-2).
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:55AM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Victory Fighting Championship announces full lineup for VFC 57
(mmamadhouse.com)
Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore (6-3) vs. Daniel “The Predator” James (6-2-1) – VFC heavyweight title Nick “Garfield” Mamalis (18-10) vs. Kevin “Pocket Herc” Gray (8-3) – VFC flyweight title Darrick Minner (17-6) vs. Justin “O-Town” Overton (4-3) – featherweight Josh “Slipknot” Pfeifer (5-2) vs. Cody Carillo (11-14) – lightweight Daron McCant (2-0) vs. Sharkey Slyter (3-1) – bantamweight Chance Thackerston (3-0) vs. Trey Ogden (7-1) – lightweight Rob Mitchell (1-0) vs. Alex “Mr. Hyde” McGowan (1-1) – featherweight Dustin Kramer (4-1) vs. Matt Murray (1-0) – bantamweight Arnold Berdon (7-2) vs. Johnnie Roades (9-11) – bantamweight A pair of title bouts top the lineup for Victory Fighting Championship’s VFC 57 slated for Friday, May 5 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:50AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Nikita Krylov vs. Emanuel Newton at Fight Nights 67 In St. Petersburg
(mmarocks.pl)
Nikita Krylov (MMA 21-5), a popular UFC fanatic in Ukraine's Ukrainian debut, will be battling Bellator's American hero Emanuel Newton (MMA 26-12-1). The duel will take place during the Fight Nights 67, which will take place on 2 June in St. Petersburg.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:46AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
With ‘King Mo’ Lawal injured, Phil Davis set to defend light heavyweight title against Ryan Bader at Bellator 180
(mmafighting.com)
Phil Davis will be making his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense later this summer, and now he has a new opponent. The champion will now face Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The news was first announced by Davis on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Bader was originally scheduled to headline the Spike TV event against Muhammed Lawal, but “King Mo” was forced to withdraw from the card after sustaining an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 10:05PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Oh Japan: 12 year old girl to make MMA debut vs. adult
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Manager Shu Hirata writing for ADCombat reports that a 12-year-old 7th grader named MoMo will be fighting 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki at DEEP JEWELS 16 on May 20th. Yamazaki is 2-3 as an amateur; this will be the debut for Momo. The fight is scheduled to be contested in the 95-pound division; Momo weights 86 lbs so presumably will be giving up about 10% of her weight, which is a lot. Yamazaki is described in the press release as having been bullied in junior high school, which led to street fighting, or a series of “tale of triumphs on the street.”
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 7:22PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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