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Khabib Nurmagomedov is willing to put his own money on the line to make a fight with Tony Ferguson go from fantasy to reality.
The No. 1 ranked lightweight took to Twitter on Monday to offer up $200,000 paid directly to Ferguson so he would accept the proposed matchup between the two of them.
The heavyweight title will be on the line next month at WSOF 35.
During Saturday’s WSOF 34 broadcast, officials confirmed an upcoming title fight between reigning champion Blagoy Ivanov (14-1) and challenger Shawn Jordan (19-7).
UFC newcomer Bobby Nash (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Yancy Medeiros (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and is slated to meet fellow welterweight Li Jingliang (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 23.
UFC officials recently announced the change.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Despite a quick 48-second loss, Ronda Rousey was the top earner at UFC 207.
Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who was no match for women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), earned a flat disclosed payday of $3 million. Nunes, meanwhile, earned $200,000 – $100,000 to show and another $100,000 as a win bonus.
Amanda Nunes, Alex Garcia, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Friday’s UFC 207 event.
Nunes and Garcia earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Garbrandt and Cruz took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Cody Garbrandt did what he set out to do on Friday night – and what not many figured he’d be able to.
Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to win the 135-pound title in the UFC 207 co-main event.
Check out the scorecard below to see how the officials tallied each round.
Johny Hendricks' days of fighting at welterweight are about to come to an end.
Hendricks, who failed to make the 171-pound limit on Thursday, prior to tonight's UFC 207 fight against Neil Magny, told MMAFighting.com that he's not going to cut to welterweight anymore.
"I'm done fighting at welterweight," he said, just hours before the fight. "Unless they open up a 175-pound division, I'm moving up to middleweight."
Johny Hendricks’ struggles on the scale continue.
The former UFC welterweight champion missed weight once again on Thursday at UFC 207’s early morning weigh-ins. Hendricks weighed in at 173.5 pounds for his 170-pound contest against Neil Magny — 2.5 pounds over the division’s limit.
With his suspension now behind him (due to a positive test for marijuana metabolites after his UFC 183 fight with Anderson Silva), Nick Diaz is set to return to the Octagon. Diaz, who proudly reps the 209 of Stockton, CA, looks to make his return at, you guessed it, UFC 209.
Sources close to the UFC have confirmed to MikeSwick.com that the perennial welterweight title contender is looking to enter the cage once again March 4, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC’s final event of 2016 will reportedly double as the final broadcast for Mike Goldberg. Following a report from EntImports, MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas confirmed on Wednesday that Goldberg will depart the company following this Friday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. There has been no official comment made by the UFC.
Two exciting young lightweight prospects will square off when Lando Vannata, fresh off a 'Knockout of the Year' candidate at UFC 206, returns to fight TUF 22 alumnus David Teymur on March 4 at UFC 209. The UFC announced the bout Wednesday.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title-holder TJ Dillashaw was pissed when he learned that he wouldn’t be getting a rematch against Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, getting passed over in favor of Cody Garbrandt. In fact, it was that very decision made by UFC matchmakers and company president Dana White that ultimately compelled Dillashaw to join Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA).
Josh Barnett’s issues with banned substances continue.
The former UFC heavyweight champion failed an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a Dec. 9 screening, the UFC announced Tuesday. Barnett has been flagged by USADA and is facing a UFC anti-doping violation.
With Damian Grabowski off the UFC Fight Night 103 “Rodriguez vs. Penn” card next month, heavyweight contender Viktor Pesta needed an opponent. According to a report from MMAJunkie, it looks like Pesta will be grappling with the “Boa Constrictor.”
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Cain Velasquez will not be licensed to fight at UFC 207.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has pulled Velasquez from his bout with Fabricio Werdum on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas, commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Saturday with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The situation follows Velasquez telling ESPN.com last week that pain from a back and leg injury, which requires surgery, is so bad that he has been using cannabidiol oil to remedy it during training camp.
"Based on the medical records, interviews with Mr. Velasquez and best judgment of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians, and to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we've determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight,” Bennett told Helwani.
ESPN was the first to report Velasquez’s inability to get licensed to compete.
It looks like The Ultimate Fighter 25 is going to be an “all stars” season, and there are a bevy of familiar names on the rumored contestant list.
According to Champions.co, the rumored roster list includes some former TUF winners and a few who are still on the current UFC roster.
Johnny Nunez (6-1, 0-0 UFC - Season 22)
Dominic Waters (9-5, 0-3 UFC - Season 16)
Jesse Taylor (30-15, 0-1 UFC - Season 7)
Joe Stevenson (33-16, 8-8 UFC - Season 2)
Gilbert Smith (12-6, 0-1 UFC - Season 17)
Julian Lane (11-6-1, 0-0 UFC - Season 16)
Eddie Gordon (8-4, 1-3 UFC - Season 19)
Dhiego Lima (10-4, 1-3 UFC - Season 19)
Kajan Johnson (21-12-1, 2-1 UFC - TUF Nations)
James Krause (23-7, 4-3 UFC - Season 15)
Zak Cummings (20-5, 5-2 UFC - Season 17)
Mehdi Baghdad (11-5, 0-2 UFC - Season 22)
Gerald Harris (23-5, 3-1 UFC - Season 7)
Justin Edwards (8-5, 2-5 UFC - Season 13)
Seth Baczynski (19-14, 5-6 UFC - Season 11)
Mike Ricci (11-5, 1-2 UFC - Season 16)
Jamie Yager (7-4, 0-0 UFC - Season 11)
Hector Cervantes (Urbina) (17-10-1, 1-2 UFC - Season 19)
Eddy Ellis (21-16, 0-0 UFC - Season 16)
Junie Browning (4-6, 1-1 UFC - Season 8)
Ramsey Nijem (9-6, 4-4 UFC - Season 13)
Hayder Hassan (6-3, 0-2 UFC - Season 21)
Tom Gallicchio (19-9, 0-0 UFC - Season 22)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who also held gold at 145 pounds before relinquishing that title to Jose Aldo, is no stranger to the welterweight division.
“Notorious” made two trips north to fight Nate Diaz.
The power-punching Irishman was subbed by Diaz at UFC 196 — because the savage Stocktonite was clearly three times his size — but was able to battle back and capture a unanimous decision win in their UFC 202 rematch.
That makes them tied at one apiece.
So, when can mixed martial arts (MMA) fans expect their highly-anticipated rubber match? Never, according to promotion president Dana White, because fighting a MASSIVE guy like Diaz could be a career killer.
The UFC’s decision to leave Invicta FC champ Cristiane Justino out of the promotion’s first title fight at the newly-created women’s 145-pound division raised some eyebrows.
Now, in light of Justino’s possible U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, it just looks like they dodged a bullet. At least that seems to be the sentiment for UFC president Dana White, who spoke to TMZ approximately 30 minutes after hearing the news.
Cris Cyborg did not test positive for a performance-enhancing drug.
The top UFC female fighter said in a statement Thursday on Facebook that her failed USADA drug test was due to a diuretic called spironolactone. USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed that Cyborg did indeed test positive for that drug, which is banned in- and out-of-competition under the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code.
A diuretic is considered a specified substance in the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which means Cyborg is facing at least a one-year suspension from USADA.