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Tristar Gym partners with Reebok
(mmafighting.com)
Reebok has partenered with lauded Montreal, Quebec, training facility Tristar Gym, MMAFighting.com has learned. Reebok's involvement in MMA exploded in December 2014, when the apparel company announced an exclusive sponsorship as the UFC's global outfitter. Since then, Reebok has partnered with Ireland's SBG Gym, home to UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor, UFC welterweight Gunnar Nelson, and more. This current partnership with Tristar Gym serves as the next step forward for the brand as it continues to expand its Reebok Combat Training division and to develop deeper ties within the sport of MMA.
Submitted Mar 10, 2016 2:13PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski added to UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
Welterweights Omari Akhmedov and Elizeu Zaleski will both seek redemption on April 16, as they battle at UFC on FOX 19 in Tampa, the promotion announced Wednesday. Combate first reported the matchup. Akhmedov (15-3) looks for his fourth win under the UFC banner after suffering a knockout loss to Sergio Moraes in December, snapping a two-fight winning streak. Akhmedov currently holds a 3-2 UFC mark.
Submitted Mar 10, 2016 2:12PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Manager: Michael Bisping intrigued by Nick Diaz fight, but wants title shot
(mmafighting.com)
Nick Diaz poked fun of Michael Bisping last month after Bisping's win over Anderson Silva. The popular Stockton, Calif., bad boy didn't seem to think Bisping's victory was on the up and up, sharing a meme about it on Instagram.
Submitted Mar 10, 2016 2:11PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gegard Mousasi wants Anderson Silva fight, but not until UFC 199 or UFC 200
(mmajunkie.com)
Gegard Mousasi and Anderson Silva fought on the same card 10 days ago, and it seems there are plenty of people who would love to see the veterans matched up for their next fights. But if everyone gets what they want in the near term, it may be a fight that isn’t destined to happen right now. Giovani Decker, general manager of the UFC’s Brazil office, has said the promotion would love to have Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) on the card for the UFC’s next show in the country, which takes place May 14 for UFC 198 in Curitiba. Mousasi (38-6-2 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is interested in a fight against Silva. But if the terms are that it needs to take place in a little more than two months in Brazil, those who want to see the fight may have to wait.
Submitted Mar 10, 2016 1:06PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF signs UFC vet John Howard and Germany's Abu Azaitar, re-signs Bryce Mitchell
(mmajunkie.com)
WSOF has bolstered its fighter roster with the signing of a pair of welterweights, and re-inked a current fighter to a new deal. UFC veteran John Howard (23-12) has joined the promotion, as has German prospect Abu Azaitar (11-1-1). Additionally, the company has re-signed Bryce Mitchell (5-0) to a new contract. WSOF President Ray Sefo made the announcements on a recent blog post.
Submitted Mar 10, 2016 12:57PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
With Bellator 152 card set, Derek Campos set to meet Patricky Freire in main event
(mmajunkie.com)
The MMA portion of Bellator 152, a card which features both MMA and kickboxing action, is now finalized with a lightweight bout between Patricky Freire and Derek Campos lined up to serve as the night’s headliner. The event takes place April 16 at Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. It marks the promotion’s first international event. With the additions, the Bellator 152 card includes: Derek Campos vs. Patricky Freire Brian Rogers vs. Alessio Sakara Danilo Belluardo vs. A.J. McKee Anjela Pink vs. Anastasia Yankova Daniele Miceli vs. Daniele Scatizzi
Submitted Mar 9, 2016 4:00PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ruslan Magomedov out with injury against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC Fight Night 86
(mmafighting.com)
One of heavyweight's only prospects is going to be stuck on the shelf for awhile. Ruslan Magomedov announced Wednesday that he has been forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night 86 contest against Gabriel Gonzaga after suffering an apparent knee injury. Magomedov (14-1) posted a photo of an x-ray on Twitter and wrote that he "can barely walk" due to the injury. UFC officials have yet to announce Magomedov's withdrawal or a replacement opponent for Gonzaga.
Submitted Mar 9, 2016 3:20PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Glover Teixeira replaces injured ‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
Former champion Rashad Evans has a new opponent for his return to the Octagon. The UFC announced on Wednesday that Mauricio Rua has pulled out of the UFC on FOX 19 co-main event with a "small injury", and Glover Teixeira will step in and face "Sugar" on April 16 in Tampa.
Submitted Mar 9, 2016 3:16PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mauro Ranallo Reunited with Bas Rutten as New Inside MMA Host
(https:)
AXS TV FIGHTS on Wednesday announced renowned combat sports personality and broadcaster Mauro Ranallo will be the new host of INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news series on television, beginning Friday, March 25. A veteran broadcaster with over 30 years’ experience, Ranallo will bring his energetic broadcasting style and opinionated views on the world of combat sports to INSIDE MMA alongside UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and correspondent Ron Kruck Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET following AXS TV FIGHTS’ weekly live MMA and Muay Thai broadcasts. Ranallo is best known for his play-by-play commentary for prestigious organizations such as Pride Fighting Championships, which he called alongside his new co-host Rutten for several years; Showtime Boxing, where he recently called the international feed of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight; and Strikeforce, which was home to MMA superstars like Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. In 2015, Ranallo helped AXS TV launch its hit pro wrestling series NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING calling matches alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, before signing with WWE as the new voice of Smackdown.
 
RDA open to Robbie Lawler superfight at UFC 200
(mmafighting.com)
Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn't fight at all. UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos' takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could've done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured. "I've been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury," dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don't like to make fun of people's injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God's plan for my life. I believe in that.
Submitted Mar 9, 2016 1:29PM by GDPofMPG - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Mainstream Media Errors: UFC Champ Paige VanZant? Nick or Nate Diaz?
(bloodyelbow.com)
When an event like UFC 196 happens, MMA fans get to cherish that our little niche sport gets to be the focus of the public eye for a weekend. With the good always comes the bad. You have to listen to your friends who only watch the big PPV events give their uninformed but strong opinions on who's going to win. Even worse than that, you have to listen to mainstream sports shows discuss the sport in a less than educated manner.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:53PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Aldo: I watched porn instead of McGregor fight
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor beat former title holder Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194. When McGregor fought lightweight Nick Diaz, at welterweight, Aldo says he was otherwise occupied with a Brazilian television channel called "Sexy Hot." According to its website, "The Sexy Hot is a channel of tv adult Brazilian, marketed as subscription or pay-per-view in operators of pay TV. Is the first channel with adult content (erotic and sex explicit) of the Brazilian television. The programming is directed to public hardcore and straight." Aldo appeared Sunday night on the Brazilian language television show Extra Ordinarios, and prior to the interview, told a Combate reporter that the night before, he was watching the porn channel instead of the title fight.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:50PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conditioning coach: Nate Diaz was basically coming off couch for Conor McGregor
(mmajunkie.com)
When Nate Diaz told UFC President Dana White he was in shape for a short-notice fight with Conor McGregor at UFC 196, he was mostly being truthful. When he said he was training for a triathlon, that wasn’t technically a lie. Diaz is always active in some way or another. Just three months ago, the UFC veteran had put in a solid training camp for a pivotal fight with Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17, and the benefits of his hard work were still present. It just so happened that wasn’t the full story. An Instagram post today on Diaz’s official account told the more truthful one about his readiness for this past Saturday’s UFC 196. According to a video posted by the now-victorious welterweight, he was shooting tequila on a yacht in Cabo San Lucas, “gettin my chillax on wit my dudes … before I got the call.”
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:48PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Severe heart condition scratches UFC vet Chris Leben’s Bellator comeback
(mmajunkie.com)
Chris Leben is no longer coming out of retirement to fight for Bellator after doctors found a severe medical condition that left him with just 18 percent of normal blood flow to his heart. MMAjunkie was today forwarded a statement from Leben’s management team. Swedish news site MMANytt first reported the news. In a separate statement, Bellator President Scott Coker said, “We are saddened to hear of Chris Leben’s current health situation and would have loved to see him compete inside the Bellator cage. “A fighter’s health and safety is of the utmost importance to us as an organization. We wish Chris the best in his future endeavors and we are happy to provide a platform for him to share his story with people around the world.”
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:45PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh says, if it were up to him, a rematch with Jose Aldo would be next
(mmafighting.com)
Even in defeat, Conor McGregor managed to come off as an asset to the sport following Saturday night’s main event against Nate Diaz. McGregor said he would take the loss "on the chin," but that he would be back. He held his head high and answered every question directed at him. And in the end, he lived by his word of being "humble in victory or defeat." Same goes for his coach at SBG Ireland, John Kavanagh, who was a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Kavanagh reiterated McGregor’s words about picking himself up and moving on. Yet when asked what the next move would be for the Irish firebrand — who is just a couple of years has become one the UFC’s most marketable stars — he said he wasn’t sure just yet.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:44PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paige VanZant joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’ cast
(mmafighting.com)
Top strawweight Paige VanZant has her next challenge lined up, but it won’t be inside a UFC Octagon. One of the top prospects in the UFC 115-pound division, VanZant has joined the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" for the 22nd season. A former dancer, VanZant was paired with two-time "Dancing with the Stars" winner Mark Ballas. The TV show is set to debut on March 21. VanZant is the first active UFC fighter to be on the show. In previous editions, after they announced their retirements, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell, competed on the "Dancing with the Stars".
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:43PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joanna Jedrzejczyk on filming TUF with Claudia Gadelha: 'I think I broke her already'
(mmafighting.com)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha almost stole the show at the "Unstoppable" press conference before UFC 196. UFC president Dana White had to send security to get between them on the dais and then White had to forcefully separate the two women during a faceoff. White then explained later that night at the EA Sports UFC 2 video game launch party at Mandalay Bay that just a few days earlier Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha got into a "full-blown fist fight" after The Ultimate Fighter 23 filming wrapped up. The two women are coaching against one another on the show, which will being airing April 20 on FOX Sports 1.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:42PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Miesha Tate wonders if 'broken woman' Ronda Rousey will 'ever come back the same'
(mmafighting.com)
Miesha Tate has only held the UFC women's bantamweight title for two days and she's already getting asked questions about Ronda Rousey. Tate, who defeated Holly Holm at UFC 196 on Saturday via fifth-round submission, was on "Jay Mohr Sports" on Monday and was asked why she believes she'll be able to beat Rousey this time around. Rousey has already finished Tate twice with armbars.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 8:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Roy Jones Jr's opponent announced, Tank Abbott vs Dan Severn set for UR Fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
After an initial campaign in which a fan would be selected online to fight boxing great Roy Jones Jr, UR Fight, the organization holding the event, faced the obstacle of being forced to ensure that the selected opponent had to have a professional record. Well, that hurdle has been cleared. Sort of. Enter MMA fighter Vyron Phillips, a native of Minnesota that's been living and training in Western Canada and is ranked #44 in the listing for Canadian welterweights according to Tapology. This bout is purportedly a boxing match, with a potential $100,000 prize for the challenger were he to defeat the former multiple time boxing champion. While UR Fight has announced the matchup, there doesn't seem to be any indication by the state athletic commission regarding whether or not this fight would be approved since Phillips does not seem to have any professional boxing experience.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 3:44PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Miscellaneous
 
Frodo, Brookins, & Dez Green set to compete in Russian MMA Grand Prix
(bloodyelbow.com)
Chechen-based promotion Akhmat MMA will host an ambitious Grand Prix tournament this Saturday with an impressive line-up of Russian and foreign fighters.
Submitted Mar 8, 2016 3:40PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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