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CES MMA 42 gets second title fight: champ Chris Curtis vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
Next month’s CES MMA 42 event will have a championship doubleheader. Officials today announced welterweight champion Chris Curtis (14-5) meets challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (7-3) in the co-headliner. CES MMA 42 takes place March 31 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV. As announced on Tuesday, bantamweight champ Andre Soukhamthath (11-3) meets Todd Gravely (8-3) in the headliner.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
New base for MMA proposed in Russia – hooliganism
The primary bases for mixed martial arts are well understood – wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, with a smattering of fighters from karate, Judo, Sambo, and others. However, one of the leading figures in Russian MMA, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein, believes he has discovered a new base – soccer hooliganism. The former manager of Fedor Emelianenko plans to host an event featuring a fight between two fans of rival Russian soccer teams. M-1 Challenge 74 on February 18 in St. Petersburg will feature fights between fans of arch-rival Russian soccer teams, CSKA and Spartak, squaring-off in full team colors. The winner will determined the strongest soccer fans, under MMA rules, rather than the more usual street brawls.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:04PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members
LAS VEGAS — The cast of The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption has some familiar names. Joe Stevenson, Jesse Taylor, Ramsey Nijem and Eddie Gordon are among cast members on this season of the UFC reality series. Everyone on the show is a former TUF contestant. And one — James Krause — is actually still on the UFC roster.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:00PM by tildengolfer - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Holly Holm officially appeals UFC 208 loss due to punches landed after horn
Holly Holm isn’t ready to forget about Saturday night just yet. Holm, who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight this past weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., has officially filled a complaint against referee Todd Anderson and an appeal of the result, MMA Fighting confirmed. Holm, via her attorneys Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton, is asking the New York State Athletic Commission to review Anderson’s “failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.”
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:36PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Phillipe Nover announces retirement from mixed martial arts
Phillipe Nover’s appearance in his Brooklyn backyard at UFC 208 turned out to be his career swan song. The 33-year-old featherweight from New York City announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Wednesday, days after dropping a decision to Rick Glenn at the Barclays Center. Nover made his first splash on the national level by appearing in The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight tournament. At the time, Dana White called Nover “the next Anderson Silva,” placing an intense level of expectation on Nover’s shoulders.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:36PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
David Branch signs with UFC
David Branch is headed back to the UFC. The former World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned. While Branch’s return fight in the UFC has yet to be finalized, sources say they are currently targeting May. He is expected to compete in the middleweight division.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:35PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
GSP and UFC have reportedly come to terms
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 1:01PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Joe Soto vs. Rani Yahya is 13th addition to Brazil's UFC Fight Night 106 lineup
Officials today announced a bantamweight fight between veterans Joe Soto (17-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Rani Yahya (23-8 MMA, 8-2 UFC). UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 4:27PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
James Moontasri announces retirement at 28
James ‘Moonwalker’ Moontasri started fighting professionally in 2008. The silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Taekwondo, and now 4th degree black belt in the art made great use of his base, with an exciting, fan-friendly, kick-heavy fighting style. Moonwalker went 7-1, including 3-0 in the RFA, before signing with the UFC in 2014. He went 1-2 in the UFC at lightweight and struggled to make weight. Then the Team Blackhouse fighter moved up to welterweight, and still reportedly struggled to make weight, and again went 1-2.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gunnar Nelson faces Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 in London
Alan Jouban will have a tough test to keep his win streak alive in the Octagon. Jouban aims for his fourth straight UFC victory when he squares off against Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 107 on March 18 in London, according to UFC officials Tuesday.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 10:17AM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jiu-jitsu champion Rafael Lovato signs with Bellator
Bellator MMA is adding an elite name to its roster from sport, and particularly American, jiu-jitsu. Sources tell MMA Fighting Rafael Lovato, Jr. has signed with the organization to join its middleweight division.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 10:15AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Report: Claudia Gadelha says she'll face Karolina Kowalkiewicz next
The last two strawweight title contenders are scheduled to meet, at least according to one of them. Combate reports that Claudia Gadelha will meet Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a future, undisclosed UFC event, with Gadelha herself breaking the news.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 8:59PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
New York State made $37.4 million in economic output from UFC 205: study
Start spreading the news: The UFC made New York quite a bit of money in November. The city and state of New York made $37.4 million in economic output and $18.3 million in salaries and wages from UFC 205 in New York City back in November, per a study done by the company Applied Analysis released Monday. The study also found that UFC 205 supported 300 jobs in the New York metro area and generated $1.6 million in taxes for the state.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 5:41PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Referee trainer breaks down de Randamie vs Holm late punches
The UFC 208 main event for the inaugural women’s featherweight title between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm was controversial. After both the second and third rounds, de Randamie threw late punches. De Randamie received a warning after the end of Round 3, but did not appear to after Round 2, when the greatest damage appeared to have occurred.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 5:37PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade date set
UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk is on a seven fight win streak in the UFC, four of them title defenses. At 29, she is at her combat sports peak. After Jessica Andrade beat Angela Hill in the UFC Fight Night 104 Fight of the Night, UFC president Dana White said Andrade was “absolutely” got the next title shot. Now Sport.pl reports that the event, date, and place are set. The pair will fight at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A unification fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway will serve as the main event.
Submitted Feb 13, 2017 5:34PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Misha Cirkunov done in UFC after 'flaking out' on new contract
Rising light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov will apparently not be back in the UFC anytime soon after contract discussions with the free agent went sour, according to UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 3:48AM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov headlines UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22
Artem Lobov has successfully talked himself into the biggest fight of his MMA career. The close friend and training partner to UFC champ Conor McGregor will fight Cub Swanson in April’s UFC Fight Night 108 headliner. The featherweight main event between Swanson and Lobov, as well as several other fights, were announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast. Also announced for the card was a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and the returning Al Iaquinta, a middleweight bout between former title challenger Thales Leites and Sam Alvey, as well as a flyweight showdown between Dustin Ortiz and Brandon Moreno. Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne fights Danielle Taylor. Hector Sandoval faces “TUF 24” cast member Matt Schnell at flyweight. And, finally, a lightweight bout between Scott Holtzman and Michael McBride was made official. UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 1:54AM by Braden - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24, including Namajunas-Waterson
A marquee women’s strawweight bout will take place at UFC on FOX 24 in April when former UFC title challenger Rose Namajunas takes on former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson. The 115-pound bout between Namajunas and Waterson was among several additions announced for the card during tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1. Also confirmed for UFC on FOX 24 was a flyweight showdown between “TUF 24” winner Tim Elliott and Louis Smolka, a light heavyweight bout between Devin Clark and Jake Collier, and a middleweight clash between Anthony Smith and Andrew Sanchez. UFC on FOX 24 takes place April 15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 1:49AM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup. Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at UFC 210. The bout was announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1. UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Submitted Feb 12, 2017 1:46AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
29 Fighters removed from UFC roster
Yao Zhikui – Flyweight Fredy Serrano – Flyweight Fernando Bruno – Featherweight Cezar Arzamendia – Lightweight Elvis Mutaptic – Middleweight Joe Gigliotti – Middleweight Sean O’Connell – Light-heavyweight Jessamyn Duke – Bantamweight Cole Miller – Featherweight Erik Perez – Bantamweight Lorenz Larkin – Welterweight Rick Story – Welterweight Takeya Mizugaki – Bantamweight Tim Kennedy – Middleweight Brendan O’Reilly – Welterweight Taylor Lapilus – Bantamweight Seo Hee Ham – Strawweight Ericka Almeida – Strawweight Geane Herrera – Flyweight Brock Lesnar – Heavyweight Chico Camus – Flyweight Lance Benoist – Welterweight Maximo Blanco – Featherweight Marcus Brimage – Bantamweight Seth Bazcynski – Welterweight Bubba Bush – Middleweight Anthony Birchak – Bantamweight Clay Collard – Featherweight Aisling Daly – Strawweight Izabela Badurek – Strawweight Shane Campbell – Lightweight Leonardo Augusto – Middleweight
Submitted Feb 11, 2017 10:22PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
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