An in-depth look at shady billionaire who attempted to buy the UFC and now promotes Fedor in Russia
Russian oligarch share many things in common: ostentatious behavior, lavish lifestyles, and questionable pasts are some of the ones that come to mind. Few, however, can be found in a Moscow gym, dressed in a tracksuit, training with professional fighters.
Ziyavudin Magomedov is not your average Russian billionaire.
Born and raised in Dagestan, Ziyavudin emerged from a troubled childhood on the streets of Makhachkala to become one of the republic's most prosperous businessmen. According to Forbes, he is the chairman of Summa Group, a "conglomerate invested in port logistics, engineering, construction, telecommunications, and oil and gas." His estimated wealth fluctuates regularly but was recently estimated at 1.2bn.
Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, meets Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201
Jorge Masvidal (29-11 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has stepped in for an injured Claudio Silva (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now will meet Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 201.
UFC officials today announced the change in plans.
With the change to the card, UFC 201 now includes:
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis – for flyweight title
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Jorge Masvidal
Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
Bellator 160 targeted for Aug. 26 in Memphis
Bellator could be headed down south for a late summer event on Spike.
Bellator 160 is targeted for Aug. 26, and Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., is a heavy favorite to host, multiple sources told MMAjunkie on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the news publicly.
Landers Center previously hosted Bellator 120, which featured a light heavyweight grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal that ended in a controversial decision for Jackson and a raucous post-fight press conference.
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu added to UFC Fight Night 91
UFC Fight Night 91 has added a strawweight showdown between Cortney Casey and Cristina Stanciu.
The UFC announced the bout on its official website.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 91 includes:
Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
At age 33, John Howard finally freed by diagnosis of clinical autism
A few months ago, as the ink still dried on his new World Series of Fighting contract, John Howard stumbled headfirst into a conversation he never expected to have. He was midway through a neurological exam, the kind required of 33-year-old fighters who are closer to the home stretch than the starting line, and the discussion turned to his elementary school days in south Boston. The stroll down memory lane ended up being more than small talk.
There were certain patterns doctors kept picking up in Howard's stories, little signs that pointed towards a larger narrative, too many to be a coincidence. Howard left that day with a recommendation to undergo a series of non-invasive neurological tests, just to see if there might be something worth unraveling inside that fighter's mind. So he did exactly that, and the results confirmed a reality the UFC veteran always suspected, an explanation for two decades of quiet frustration that Howard never had the science nor desire to seek out.
UFC 203 Update: Mairbek Taisumov to Face Nik Lentz on Sept. 10 in Cleveland
Mairbek Taisumov will attempt to earn his fifth straight win inside the Octagon when he faces Nik Lentz at UFC 203.
Promotion officials announced the lightweight contest on Wednesday. UFC 203 takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sept. 10 and is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem.
Fights announced so far are:
Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem - for heavyweight title
Ben Rothwell vs Fabricio Werdum
Bethe Correia vs Jessica Eye
Mairbek Taisumov vs Nik Lentz
With knee finally healed, Mitch Gagnon eyes fall UFC return following lengthy layoff
After 18 months on the sidelines, Mitch Gagnon is finally ready to step back into the UFC cage. Almost.
“I just started to get back in the swing of things, and I plan on being back in there by the end of the year,” Gagnon told MMAjunkie.
Gagnon (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hasn’t fought since a December 2014 loss to former UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 58. While the submission defeat was disappointing enough, things got worse for Gagnon afterward, when he discovered that he tore his ACL during the contest.
Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 17 added to UFC Hall of Fame
A heavyweight matchup that provided one of the most surprising and spectacular knockouts in UFC history will be enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame.
It was revealed on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC tonight” that Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman will join Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52, as well as Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in the UFC Hall of Fame’s fight wing.
Williams (12-6 UFC, 3-5 UFC) vs. Coleman (16-10 UFC, 7-5 UFC) joins fellow 2016 inductees Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye and Bob Meyrowitz.
Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah
The bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” In addition to the main event, five other contests were revealed: Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight; Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele at welterweight; Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at 170 pounds; Marcin Tybura vs. Viktor Pesta at heavyweight and Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi at middleweight. UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City takes place at Vivint Smart Home Arena and airs on Fox Sports 1.
Anthony Pettis faces Charles Oliveira in featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21
Anthony Pettis has his first opponent as a featherweight.
The former UFC lightweight champion takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 on Aug. 27 in Vancouver, FOX Sports reported Wednesday, per UFC executive Tom Wright.
Pettis (18-5), once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, lost three straight at lightweight before deciding to move down a weight class. "Showtime" dropped the belt last year to Rafael dos Anjos, then fell to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza. Pettis, 29, is also now doing part of his training camp at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque.
Will Brooks signs with UFC, meets Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
Top free agent lightweight Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC and will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with UFC officials.
Brooks currently sits at No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.
As MMAjunkie previously reported, Pearson was expected to face James Krause at the event, but Krause was forced to withdraw from the card.
Tim Means got job as metal fabricator during USADA suspension, hopes to return in August
Tim Means is ready to get back inside the UFC Octagon.
The welterweight fighter was recently suspended from competition after being flagged for a banned substance prior to his UFC Fight Night 83 main event showdown against Donald Cerrone in February.
In the wake of the USADA violation, Means maintained his innocence, asserting that either the testing machinery or one of his supplements was tainted. Recently, Means and his legal team reached a settlement with USADA. Means would accept a six-month suspension, retroactive to February, after extensive testing proved one of his supplements to indeed be tainted.
Kron Gracie to Face Hideo Tokoro in Featherweight Bout at September Rizin Event
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Kron Gracie will lock horns with former Bellator, Dream and K-1 talent Hideo Tokoro at Rizin Fighting Federation’s September event.
The promotion recently announced the bout, which will be contested at featherweight. A date has not been revealed for the card, but it will also feature the beginning of an open-weight tournament that will include former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships star Wanderlei Silva.
The event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The promotion is expected to hold a press conference announcing further plans for the card in the near future.
Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri targeted for UFC Fight Night in Utah
A featherweight fight between Cub Swanson and Tatusya Kawajiri is in the works for later this year.
According to sources, the fight is currently slated for UFC Fight Night 92 on Aug. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has yet to be officially announced by the promotion.
Swanson (22-7) is coming off a unanimous decision over Hacran Dias in April, while Kawajiri (35-9-2) most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Dennis Bermudez in February.
James Krause withdraws from The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, UFC seeks new opponent for Ross Pearson
UFC lightweight James Krause 23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has withdrawn from a planned meeting with Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC), and the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent.
MMAjunkie today confirmed Krause’s decision with UFC officials. The bout was set to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, which takes place July 8 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The current lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale includes:
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for for women’s strawweight title
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final
Ross Pearson vs. opponent TBA
Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva
Fernando Bruno vs. Gray Maynard
Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau
Kevin Lee vs. Jake Matthews
Sam Sicilia itching for return, eyes Dennis Siver in Hamburg
It’s been six months since UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia (15-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has set foot in the octagon, and he’s anxious to book a return. And if it’s going to take playing matchmaker to get a fight, Sicilia said he’ll take Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) at September’s UFC Fight Night in Hamburg.
“I would love that fight,” Sicilia told MMAjunkie. “I have always wanted it. I feel like it’s appropriate right now.
“Nothing against him personally, but I’ve always just watched him fight and gone, ‘Oh, come on. Give me that guy. I would love it.'”
Fedor Emelianenko says he's closer than ever to signing with the UFC
Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC? Finally? It could happen in 2016, said the man himself.
Emelianenko told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that he is closer than ever to signing a contract with the world's leading MMA promotion. And his next fight, after this weekend's bout under the Eurasia Fight Nights banner, could very well be in the Octagon.
"Yes," Emelianenko said through a translator. "In a word, yes. That possibility does exist."