Bobby Green withdraws from UFC Fight Night 96; UFC needs lightweight to face Josh Burkman
Citing personal issues, Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has withdrawn from next month’s UFC Fight Night 96 event.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the move with UFC officials. The promotion now seeks a lightweight to face Josh Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. While the bout order has yet to be confirmed, the evening’s main card airs on FS1. Prelims are expected to air on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Brian Ortega out at UFC Fight Night 96, officials seek new opponent for Hacran Dias
UFC officials are currently seeking a featherweight to step in on three weeks’ notice and face Hacran Dias (23-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that injury has forced Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of the planned contest.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The Dias vs. Ortega matchup was expected to feature on the night’s main card. A timetable for Ortega’s return wasn’t immediately established.
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy slated for UFC 205
Another fight is close to being added to UFC 205.
Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (18-5) at middleweight is slated for the UFC's debut show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 12, MMA Fighting has confirmed.
Flo Combat first reported the booking last month.
The fight will mark Evans' first as a middleweight and the third weight class he'll compete in as a UFC fighter. Evans, the former light heavyweight champion, entered the UFC as a heavyweight when he won The Ultimate Fighter season 2 in 2005. He'll look to pick up his first win since 2013 against Kennedy, a former JacksonWink teammate in Albuquerque, N.M.
UFC 203’s Gall: I planned to walk out to Mickey, but White wants ‘something harder’
Mickey Gall thought that walking out to “Mickey,” a popular 1980s pop song, at UFC 203 this weekend would have made perfect sense. But UFC president Dana White wasn’t so down for that idea.
"I was going to do my walkout song, 'Hey, Mickey, you're so fine,’ ‘cause that would have been awesome. But he wants something harder," Gall said.
Gall did not reveal what song he will instead walk out to at UFC 203.
Aldo says he has 'friendly relationship' with McGregor
Although they had the biggest rivalry in MMA in 2015, Jose Aldo says he actually doesn't dislike Conor McGregor. As he revealed to TV show "Revista Combate", the former UFC featherweight champion says he even has a friendly relationship with Conor.
"It's a friendly relationship. I don't have a problem with him trying to promote himself. If we take a look at it money-wise, it was pretty good. I think there should be more fighters like him at featherweight. I'm not his friend, though. He can go his way and I can go mine."
Furthermore, Aldo says McGregor is usually a mellow person, and only becomes his outgoing self when in front of the cameras or around his own countrymen.
"I've seen him staring at a wall, looking at nothing with everyone around him trying to taunt him and he would just stand there, gazing. He's a regular, mellow guy, but if he sees a camera or some Irish people, he transforms in a such way that makes you say to yourself 'son of a bitch'".
"One day we were hanging out and he said he was going to get the coffee and I said I wanted mine with sugar and he said something like 'nice'. Most of the times we met, there was always someone recording us, though, so he had to keep his persona up. With no cameras, he changes completely."
Fedor Emelianenko back in training camp, negotiating with 'all international organizations'
Former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion and one-time WAMMA punchline Fedor Emelianenko is gearing up for his next mixed martial arts (MMA) fight, targeted for late 2016 or early 2017, depending on negotiations.
Where he fights, as of now, is a mystery.
"Fedor has gathered in Stary Oskol with the team," Coach Vladimir Voronov told TASS.ru (via Bloody Elbow). "It is not only for physical fitness, but also to complete a camp. He is negotiating with all international organizations about the future of his career."
With Trujillo out vs. Evan Dunham next week in Texas, UFC turning to a former WSOF champion
With Abel Trujillo forced out of next week’s UFC show in Texas, the promotion will turn to a former WSOF champion to take his place.
Rick Glenn (18-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 94, stepping in for the injured Trujillo (15-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) against lightweight Evan Dunham (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC). UFC officials announced the change today.
UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Dunham vs. Trujillo was slated for the main card, and it is expected that Dunham-Glenn will take place there, as well.
Shane Carwin & Management pass on UFC offer, looking elsewhere
From Shane Carwin himself:
As many of you know I recently decided to come out of retirement. I asked my management team at Ingrained Media to help chart a course. This lead to reviews of my contract and conversations with Joe Silva and UFC’s legal team. We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.
I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division. Today that journey begins.
Ray Borg out of UFC 203 bout against Ian McCall due to illness
Ian McCall has been left without an opponent yet again.
UFC flyweight Ray Borg has been forced out of his pivotal UFC 203 bout against McCall due to an illness, someone close to the situation told BloodyElbow.com early Thursday morning. FloCombat.com's Jim Edwards initially reported the news.
McCall vs. Borg was scheduled to open up the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card, ahead of the pay-per-view main card.
The details regarding Borg's illness are unclear at this time. A replacement will not be sought on short notice. Instead, McCall will be booked for another card later this year.
Lineup, including six-fight main card, set for UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia
The lineup is set for the UFC’s trip to Brasilia later this month.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The lineup features 13 fights, six of which air on the FS1 main card.
In the main event, Cristiane Justino (16-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) makes her second trip to the UFC octagon when she faces hard-hitting Lina Lansberg (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a 140-pound catchweight bou. Lansberg has rattled off six straight wins since dropping a decision in her professional debut. Justino is also undefeated since her pro debut and has established herself as the top 145-pound fighter in the sport.
In the co-main event, former bantamweight champion Renan Barao (33-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses when he fights for the second time at featherweight. He faces Phillipe Nover (11-6-1 MMA, 1-4 UFC).
Middleweight champ Jack Marshman defends belt vs. Andreas Michailidis at Cage Warriors 79 in Wales
Cage Warriors returns on Saturday for its first event in two months. But ahead of that card, the promotion has announced its next offering.
Cage Warriors 79 will take place Oct. 15 at Newport Centre in Newport, Wales. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass and is set to feature a middleweight title fight in the main event.
185-pound champion Jack Marshman (20-5) will put his title on the line for the first time when he meets Andreas Michailidis (7-2). Promotion officials today announced the card and its first six bookings.
In addition, Lewis Long (12-4) will meet UFC vet Che Mills (16-8) at welterweight; Martin Svensson (14-6) is back to Cage Warriors after a stint on “The Ultimate Fighter” and one UFC bout and will meet Scott Clist (11-2) at lightweight; Eddi Pobivanez (3-1) vs. Jack Shore (2-0) and Nad Narimani (9-2) vs. Arnold Quero (13-4) are booked at featherweight; and Josh Reed (5-0) takes on Martin Sheridan (8-6) at bantamweight.
Bellator heading to Israel for Andrey Koreshkov-Douglas Lima rematch in Tel Aviv
Bellator will make some promotional history this fall when it heads to Israel.
The promotion today announced a welterweight title fight in Tel Aviv for an event that will be Bellator 163 on Nov. 10. (The previously reported event on Nov. 19 in San Jose, Calif., will be Bellator 164.) The card takes place on Thursday, Nov. 10, at Menora Mivtachim Arena, but will air on Spike on Friday, Nov. 11, in the States. Promotion officials announced the card and its first two bookings today.
In the main event, champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) will fight the man he took the title from, Douglas Lima (27-6 MMA, 9-2 BMMA), in a rematch. And newly signed UFC veteran Noad Lahat (9-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), an Israel native, will make his promotional debut against fellow featherweight Scott Cleve (15-5 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in the co-feature.
Diaz vs. McGregor 2 looks to have broken UFC pay-per-view record
Current estimates indicate that UFC 202, the Aug. 20 show headlined by Conor McGregor's decision win over Nate Diaz, will be the most successful non-boxing pay-per-view event in the history of the genre.
Current estimates have the show doing 1.65 million buys on pay-per-view, putting it slightly ahead of UFC 196, the first McGregor vs. Diaz fight, which was estimated at 1.6 million. Both would be ahead of the prior record set at UFC 100 for the second Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir fight.
Sources close to the situation reveal that the DirecTV numbers were the highest in the promotion's history. UFC's own pay-per-view orders through the Internet were believed to have also broken the record set at UFC 196.
The 1.65 million projected number would not include orders directly through the UFC for streaming rather than traditional television. However, the streaming numbers give the UFC immediate figures where they can project how well a show is going to do.
Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone a go for UFC 205, Dana White says
Donald Cerrone appears to be on the fast track to a title shot in his new home at welterweight.
Cerrone (31-7 MMA, 18-4 UFC), a longtime UFC lightweight who this year moved up to 170 pounds after a title setback at 155, will face recently deposed champ Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) at UFC 205.
UFC President Dana White today told CBS Cleveland radio host Anthony Lima the bout is official on paper. The bout will be part of the event’s main card, though it will not serve as the headliner.
Jon Fitch defends title vs. Jake Shields at WSOF 34 – opposite UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden
Jon Fitch will put his welterweight title on the line for the first time in November when he meets Jake Shields in the WSOF 34 main event.
WSOF President Ray Sefo announced the matchup between Fitch (28-7-1) and Shields (31-8-1) to ESPN.com today, confirming the card would run opposite of the highly anticipated UFC 205 pay-per-view set for the same night at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
WSOF 34 takes place Nov. 12 at Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colo., near Denver. The main card will air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.