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After last three fights on UFC contract, Mark Hunt plans to leave organization
It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Mark Hunt fighting for (and with) the UFC, and he’s ready to move on to the next stage of his career. The 43-year-old MMA and kickboxing veteran recently appeared on Submission Radio to talk about where he stands with the world’s largest fight promotion. Hunt had a disagreement with the UFC recently after he was pulled from a Nov. 19 show due to comments he made to “Players Voice”. In that article, Hunt admitted to having issues with his memory and that he sometimes slurred his words, which prompted officials to seek further testing before allowing Hunt to compete again. Hunt was not happy with the decision and suggested that it was tied to his ongoing lawsuit against the UFC, company president Dana White, and Brock Lesnar over the promotion allegedly knowing that Lesnar was taking performance enhancing drugs ahead of a fight with Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. Regardless, the UFC has since deemed Hunt fit to fight and he meets Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 on Feb. 11 in Perth, Australia. According to Hunt, that’s one of the last three fights on his current contract, and he was asked if his run in the Octagon will soon be over.
Submitted Dec 22, 2017 5:02AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Heavyweight prospect Tyrell Fortune meets Joe Hernandez at Bellator 193
With the Bellator heavyweight division set to crown a new champion next year, one of its brightest prospects will aim to stay on the winning path in February. Undefeated wrestling specialist Tyrell Fortune (3-0) is set to face Joe “2 Gunz” Hernandez (4-2) at Bellator 193 on Jan. 26 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif., officials confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Submitted Dec 22, 2017 5:01AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC Belem gets local bantamweight Iuri Alcantara vs. Joe Soto
Iuri Alcantara, one of the few Para native talents to compete inside the Octagon, will get to fight a few miles away from home in February. A 45-fight veteran, “Marajo,” is set to take on fellow bantamweight Joe Soto at the UFC Belem card on Feb. 3, the company announced on Thursday.
Submitted Dec 22, 2017 4:59AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Mizuto Hirota vs. Ross Pearson set for UFC 221 in Australia
A pair of lightweights in need of rebounding have been booked to fight each other at UFC 221. The promotion on Thursday announced that Mizuto Hirota and Ross Pearson will square off at the Feb. 10 event, which takes place at Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Dec 22, 2017 4:58AM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Alan Jouban vs. Ben Saunders added to UFC on FOX 28 in Orlando
A battle between two welterweight veterans has been added to UFC on FOX 28 with “Brahma” meeting “Killa B.” UFC officials recently announced that Alan Jouban and Ben Saunders will meet at the Feb. 24 event, which takes place at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla. While the bout order has yet to be revealed, UFC on FOX 28’s main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Dec 21, 2017 7:27PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sage Northcutt booked for UFC Fight Night 126 vs. Thibault Gouti
For the second time, Sage Northcutt will fight under the UFC banner in his home state. Northcutt, a Katy, Texas native, has been booked to fight Thibault Gouti at UFC Fight Night 126 on Feb. 18 in Austin, UFC officials confirmed to ESPN.com. The event takes place at Frank Erwin Center and airs on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Dec 21, 2017 5:18PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Stephen Thompson: Rafael dos Anjos needs to fight me for No. 1 contender’s spot
With a convincing five-round unanimous decision win over Robbie Lawler in the main event of UFC on FOX 26, Rafael dos Anjos put himself in prime position to be the next challenger for Tyron Woodley’s welterweight title. The champ is currently on the sidelines after undergoing shoulder surgery, and while dos Anjos may be willing to wait for his return, another 170-pound star believes that dos Anjos still has work to do before being considered the No. 1 .
Submitted Dec 21, 2017 4:52PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aaron Pico to fight Shane Kruchten at Bellator 192
Top prospect Aaron Pico will look to capitalize on his first win when he returns at Bellator 192. On Thursday, officials confirmed that the 21-year-old featherweight’s third professional bout has been booked against nine-year veteran Shane Kruchten.
Submitted Dec 21, 2017 4:43PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Mirsad Bektic vs. Godofredo Pepey & Niko Price vs. George Sullivan added to UFC on FOX 27
One of the top prospects in MMA is finally back after a devastating loss. Mirsad Bektic will make his return to the cage against Godofredo Pepey at UFC on FOX 27 on Jan. 27 in Charlotte, N.C., it was reported Wednesday by the Charlotte Observer. Also added to the card was a bout between Niko Price and George Sullivan.
Submitted Dec 20, 2017 9:54PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Andre Fili vs. Dennis Bermudez slated for UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte
A featherweight clash between Andre Fili and Dennis Bermudez was added to UFC’s upcoming card on FOX, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. UFC on FOX 27 is scheduled to take place at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 27.
Submitted Dec 20, 2017 7:54PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Floyd Mayweather squashes fighting in the UFC talk: ‘I’m not doing it’
Floyd Mayweather in the UFC? Think again. Hours after UFC president Dana White said the promotion was having “real” talks with Floyd Mayweather about competing in the Octagon, Mayweather himself shot down the rumblings. In an interview with FightHype (h/t MMA Weekly), Mayweather said people misconstrued what he said last week about the UFC. He didn’t say he was going to compete in MMA — he said he could make a billion dollars in the UFC if he chose to. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s something he will be doing.
Submitted Dec 20, 2017 7:48PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Damir Hadzovic vs. Alan Patrick ticketed for UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil
The UFC’s return to Brazil in February continues to build with the addition of a lightweight fight. Damir Hadzovic will head into hostile territory to take on Brazil’s Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night 125.
Submitted Dec 20, 2017 3:24PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says UFC in 'real' talks with Floyd Mayweather on deal
Could Floyd Mayweather actually fight under the UFC umbrella? According to UFC president Dana White, it’s a possibility.
Submitted Dec 20, 2017 3:14PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tim Elliott re-booked for UFC 219 against Mark De La Rosa
Tim Elliott will fight again in 2017 after all. After his UFC on FOX 26 bout against Pietro Menga fell through the day before the event, Elliott has been re-booked to fight against UFC newcomer and top bantamweight prospect Mark De La Rosa on Dec. 30 at UFC 219. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the booking Tuesday following an initial report by MMA DNA.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 10:23PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Teruto Ishihara to make bantamweight debut vs. Jose Quinonez at UFC 221
On Tuesday, the promotion announced a bantamweight bout between Teruto Ishihara and Jose Quinonez for UFC 221, which takes place at the Perth Arena in Perth, Australia on Feb. 11. This will be Ishihara’s first time competing at 135 pounds inside the Octagon.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 10:21PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Darrion Caldwell to defend bantamweight title against Leandro Higo at Bellator 195
“The Wolf” will begin his reign in 2018. Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell is slated to make the first defense of his newly captured 135-pound title against Leandro Higo on March 2 at Bellator 195, promotion officials announced Tuesday.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 10:17PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Invicta FC 27 fight card announced
Invicta Fighting Championship has officially announced the full card for its Jan. 13 event in Kansas City. Sarah Kaufman will be making her return to the promotion in the main event at the Scottish Rite Temple, taking on Pannie Kianzad.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 5:59PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
ONE Championship 67 set for Jan. 20 with inaugural women's title fight, title eliminator
ONE Championship kicks off its 2018 campaign on Jan. 20 with an inaugural title fight, as well as a title eliminator. “ONE Championship 67: Kings of Courage” takes place at Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the main card streams as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook. In the main event, Tiffany Teo (7-0) takes on Xiong Jing Nan (10-1) for the inaugural women’s strawweight title.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 12:31AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
FOX announces UFC 218 replay on Christmas Eve
After doing the second-biggest UFC numbers ever on the network last year, FOX confirmed the UFC is getting another Christmas Eve special. The concept is similar to last year when the UFC ran the UFC 206 pay-per-view show, one of the most exciting shows of the year on FOX a few weeks after it took place.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 12:26AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Coroner: Death of decorated MMA coach Robert Follis, 48, ruled suicide
The death of legendary mixed martial arts head coach Robert Follis has been ruled a suicide by the Clark County (Nev.) Coroner, a spokesperson from the coroner’s office told MMA Fighting on Monday. Follis, the former coach at Xtreme Couture and a founding member of Team Quest, died Friday of a gunshot wound to the head, the spokesperson said. The place of death was Nevada State Route 160. Follis was 48 years old.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 12:22AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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