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Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal lands opponent at RIZIN FF
(mmafighting.com)
Muhammed Lawal will face BAMMA combatant Brett McDermott Dec. 29 in RIZIN Fighting Federation's inaugural heavyweight grand prix. The news comes after the withdrawal of Lawal's original opponent, Mark Godbeer, due to injury.
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 4:06PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Holly Holm's team pushing to make first title defense to Miesha Tate, not Ronda Rousey
(mmafighting.com)
It doesn't sound like Ronda Rousey could be ready to fight anytime soon. Rousey told ESPN this week that she could be months away from "eating an apple," so a rematch with women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July may be wishful thinking. Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez met with UFC officials Monday and has already been given a proposal to book Holm for the July 9 event in the new Las Vegas Arena.
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 12:56PM by GDPofMPG - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Photos: Jon Jones looks massive next to Arlovski, talks 'much better life' at heavyweight
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may not be staying much longer in the division after his planned return against Daniel Cormier next year. The pound-for-pound great has been continuing his powerlifting, and took to social media about his preparation. Today, he did a 500 lbs squat, which is a personal record for him. He also teased a move to heavyweight as he posted a clip about eating a large amount of food, good for several people. "Earned the light heavyweight title back then moved to heavyweight?" Jones wrote on Instagram. "The thought of lifting heavier and eating more is tarting to sound like a much better life to me."
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 10:22AM by JLS1980 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White House releases official response to Nick Diaz petition
(mmafighting.com)
The White House has spoken. Even if there isn't much to say. An online White House petition regarding Nick Diaz's five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission garnered more than 100,000 signatures this fall, earning a response. That response came in Tuesday and, as expected, didn't offer any kind of resolution. "The federal government plays no role in the disciplinary actions taken by state athletic commissions, so we are not in a position to address the specific request raised in your petition," the statement read. The good news for Diaz fans is that the NAC and his legal team are currently in settlement talks and that five-year suspension could be reduced significantly. Diaz, a popular UFC fighter, was suspended for five years and fined $165,000 following a third marijuana offense in Nevada after his UFC 183 bout with Anderson Silva in January.
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 10:16AM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tyson Fury: World heavyweight champion stripped of IBF title
(bbc.com)
World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has been stripped of his IBF title less than two weeks after winning it. The Briton, 27, had to agree to fight the IBF's mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov but will instead face Wladimir Klitschko in a rematch. Fury beat Ukrainian Klitschko on points on 28 November to claim three versions of the heavyweight crown. Lindsey Tucker, championships chairman at the IBF, told BBC Sport: "It's true he's been stripped of his IBF belt."
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 11:36PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Jose Aldo’s wife: Dana White pressured Aldo to fight injured at UFC 189
(mmafighting.com)
Jose Aldo will finally face Conor McGregor in the main event at UFC 194, but his family says they haven’t forgotten what happened back in June. The undisputed UFC featherweight fractured his rib weeks before UFC 189, when Aldo and "The Notorious" were first slated to meet, and eventually pulled out of the bout. Aldo’s camp and UFC president Dana White still disagree about his injury, with White saying doctors guaranteed his rib wasn’t broken, just bruised.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 6:44PM by kopower - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC is returning to Pittsburgh in February
(bluegrassmma.com)
Huge news was just announced as the UFC will once again return to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for UFC Fight Night. It’s been over four years since the UFC was last in the Steel City; 1,701 days to be exact. As of now the only bout currently scheduled for the card is a middleweight contest between rising stars Derek Brunson and Roan Carneiro.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 1:34PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Training partner believes Jose Aldo will retire after UFC 194
(mmafighting.com)
Two-time K-1 Max champion Andy Souwer flew from Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro to help Jose Aldo prepare for another UFC title defense, and the Dutch striker believe it was his last trip to Brazil to train with the featherweight for a MMA fight. Aldo enters his 8th UFC title defense on Dec. 12 facing interim champion Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 194 in Las Vegas, and Souwer believes the Brazilian star will be entering the Octagon for the last time when he faces "The Notorious". "To be honest, yeah I think. Yeah, I think so," Souwer told MMA Plus. Souwer believes that a complicated relationship between Aldo and the UFC brass might contribute to his decision to retire, especially after the featherweight champion pulled out from a UFC 189 clash with McGregor due to a rib injury.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 1:31PM by JLS1980 - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
RFA 34 slated for Jan. 15 with Benjamin Smith vs. Bojan Velickovic title fight
(mmajunkie.com)
RFA will kick off its 2016 schedule in Colorado with a welterweight title fight. Officials recently announced RFA 34 takes place Jan. 15, and Benjamin Smith (15-3) and Bojan Velickovic (12-3) fight for the organization’s vacant 170-pound title.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 1:29PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ronda Rousey won’t switch camps after loss: I’m staying with Edmond Tarverdyan
(mmafighting.com)
Many fighters and coaches have voiced their opinions on what Ronda Rousey should do following the first loss of her mixed martial arts career, and she finally announced her decision. Almost a month after her stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm in Australia, Rousey will continue to train with her longtime coach Edmond Tarverdyan when she decides to return to the Octagon, despite all the hate between her mother and Tarverdyan. "Of course I'm staying (with Tarverdyan)," Rousey told ESPN. "That's my mom's opinion, not mine."
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 10:42AM by JLS1980 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kelvin Tiller in for Shamil Gamzatov at WSOF 26; Heun-Williams bumped to main card
(mmajunkie.com)
Next week’s WSOF 26 card has seen a change to the prelims, but the main card on MSNBC now has five bouts instead of four. Shamil Gamzatov (9-0) is out of his light heavyweight bout against Andreas Spang (9-3) due to visa issues. A source close to the promotion confirmed the news to MMAjunkie. But stepping in to face Spang will be Kelvin Tiller (7-1).
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 10:40AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Brandon Vera meets Cheng, not Lewis Parry, in Friday's ONE Championship 35 title fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Brandon Vera has a new opponent for Friday’s title fight at ONE Championship 35. Company president Victor Cui today announced Paul Cheng (5-1) has replaced Chi Lewis Parry (6-0), and he now fights former UFC fighter Vera (13-7) for the organization’s inaugural heavyweight title. “ONE Championship 35: Spirit of Champions” takes place Dec. 11 in the Philippines at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 10:38AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Kelvin Gastelum makes quick turnaround to face Kyle Noke at UFC 195
(mmafighting.com)
That didn't take very long. Just two weeks after a tight loss to Neil Magny, Kelvin Gastelum has accepted another bout, facing Kyle Noke at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Monday.
Submitted Dec 7, 2015 7:29PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Thomson is looking for six fights in the next year
(mmafighting.com)
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After Josh Thomson finished Pablo Villaseca in the second round of Friday night's Bellator main event, his second straight win in Bellator, the former Strikeforce champion said two things that probably surprised people. The first, when asked in the cage about a potential lightweight title match with Will Brooks, he said that he would do it, but he feels the people would rather he face Michael Chandler.
Submitted Dec 7, 2015 7:28PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0) to Headline Legacy 51
(legacyfights.net)
Legacy 51 takes place Feb. 5th 2016 at the Grand Casino Hinkley in Hinkley, MN. The Banamweight Title will be up for grabs in the Main Event which features Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0). Also featured on the Main card you have Jacob Volkmann (18-6) vs Antonio “Malvado” Trocoli (8-0) and in the Co-Main a Catchweigh bout between Brock Larson (39-10) vs Travis Coyle (14-8). In case you guys aren't familiar with Ramos or Mendes, these two will almost certainly be fighting to get into the UFC.
Submitted Dec 7, 2015 12:42PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Rizin unveils New Year's Eve MMA event poster feat. Fedor Emelianenko
(mmamania.com)
We still don't know who Fedor Emelianenko will be fighting at the end of the month, but whatever, here's a snazzy little event poster featuring "The Last Emperor" that should hold you over until Rizin Fighting Federation gets around to releasing that little nugget. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 7, 2015 12:22PM by Wez - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cyborg-Ibragimova, Inoue-Schuckman Planned For Invicta FC 15
(mmarising.com)
Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino makes the next defence of her title on January 16th at Invicta Fighting Championships 15 in Costa Mesa, California. Justino is expected to face off against Daria Ibragimova, who has won seven straight fights and makes her U.S. debut. MMARising.com confirmed plans for the matchup today following hints from Justino in a post on her official website. Also targeted for the Invicta FC 15 card is a strawweight bout between Deep Jewels champion Mizuki Inoue and Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman. Both fights await commission approval.
Submitted Dec 7, 2015 12:04PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fedor knows name of NYE opponent, announcement to be made 'next week'
(bloodyelbow.com)
It seems that MMA fans are the only people unaware of Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent. The Russian heavyweight legend was a guest commentator at the recent Super MMA Cup of Russia event, where he revealed that he is already in the final portion of his training camp and is preparing for a very specific opponent. However, while the former Pride Heavyweight champ has been informed of his upcoming opponent on New Year's Eve, the official announcement will not be made for another week.
Submitted Dec 6, 2015 4:09PM by tildengolfer - 17 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
UFC 194: Big John McCarthy to get $1900 for reffing Aldo vs. McGregor
(bloodyelbow.com)
The Nevada Athletic Commission has revealed that the third man in the cage at UFC 194's Featherweight title fight headliner will receive $1900 for his work. That's right, Big John McCarthy will pocket nearly two thousand dollars for reffing Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor next week in Las Vegas. McCarthy talked about the money on his Let's Get It On podcast:
Submitted Dec 5, 2015 7:57PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Cyborg drop to 135 on hold, next fight at 145
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Invicta FC founder and president Shannon Knapp appeared recently on Inside MMA, and said that league featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not presently attempting a drop to 135. The fighter was scheduled to fight Cindy Dandois at a catchweight of 140 at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif. If that was successful, a fight at 135 would have been feasible, with a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to follow. However, the UFC secured the services to USADA to do PED testing, and they have prohibited using an IV to rehydrate. Further, Ronda Rousey lost, and her next fight is a rematch.
Submitted Dec 5, 2015 3:20PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
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