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With Paddy Holohan's retirement, Willie Gates gets new UFC Fight Night 87 opponent
(mmajunkie.com)
With Paddy Holohan officially announcing his retirement on Monday, Willie Gates has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 87 event. With Holohan (12-2-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) forced to retire due to a rare blood disorder, Gates (12-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) instead will fight Ulka Sasaki (18-3-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
Submitted Apr 26, 2016 11:13AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Yuki Motoya Vacates DEEP Flyweight Title; Org Announces Plans For 115-, 125-Pound Belts
(m.sherdog.com)
Deep already had plans to crown its inaugural strawweight champion in 2016. Now, the company also finds itself in need of a new flyweight ace. Officials from the Japanese promotion on Tuesday announced that two-time Deep flyweight titleholder Yuki Motoya has vacated his 125-pound title. Motoya, 26, was scheduled to fight Brazilian prospect Allan Nascimento at last week’s Rizin event, but the bout was canceled at the 11th hour after Motoya reportedly suffered health complications related to his weight cut.
Submitted Apr 26, 2016 11:08AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Invicta FC // Veteran Kaitlin Young will bring her experience to the table and share responsibilities with Julie Kedzie
(combatsportsnation.com)
Invicta Fighting Championships today officially announced the addition of to its staff as matchmaker, sharing duties with current matchmaker Julie Kedzie. Young, a veteran of the sport who began her career in 2007 and last fought at Invicta FC 9 in November of 2014, brings both fight and matchmaking experience to the table, having previously filled the role for local promotions in her home state of Minnesota. “Kaitlin has always been a part of the Invicta family,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “She fought for us five times and I’m certain that she’ll bring the same drive and passion that turned her into a fan favorite to this new opportunity.”
Submitted Apr 26, 2016 1:08AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC 197 Athlete Outfitting pay: Demetrious Johnson tops $222,500 payout
(mmajunkie.com)
Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 197 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $222,500. UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) took home the night’s largest check, earning $40,000 for his first-round TKO victory over previously undefeated challenger Henry Cejudo (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC). As a title challenger, Cejudo took home $30,000, despite the loss.
Submitted Apr 26, 2016 1:02AM by JLS1980 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 197 Salaries: Jon Jones Tops Payroll with $500,000; ‘Mighty Mouse’ Nabs $195K
(sherdog.com)
Newly crowned UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took home half a million dollars for his victory in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 197. UFC 197 Salaries Jon Jones: $500,000 Ovince St. Preux: $55,000 Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus) Henry Cejudo: $60,000 Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus) Anthony Pettis: $80,000 Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) Rafael Natal: $41,000 Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus) Andre Fili: $18,000 Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) Chris Kelades: $12,000 Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) Dominique Steele: $12,000 Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus) Juliana Lima: $14,000 James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) Glaico Franca: $17,000 Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) Cody East: $10,000 Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) Clint Hester: $12,000 Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus) Efrain Escudero: $18,000
Submitted Apr 26, 2016 12:59AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Conor McGregor isn't back on UFC 200, 'I don't know why he'd tweet that'
(bloodyelbow.com)
The final week of April has kicked off with the MMA topic of discussion centered around -- you guessed it -- UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor. "The Notorious" Irishman tweeted that he'd returned to UFC 200, despite Dana White's numerous public assertions that he's permanently pulled from the event. However, much like his "I'm retired" tweet from last week, this is evidently not true. Reports by MMAjunkie's John Morgan and MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, both of whom indicated that nothing had changed over the past few days regarding Conor's status at UFC 200. For good measure, UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports that McGregor remains off the card.
Submitted Apr 25, 2016 4:47PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves says next fight will be at lightweight
(mmajunkie.com)
Once scolded for his inability to consistently drop down to the welterweight limit, Thiago Alves is apparently going down even further to lightweight. According to Alves (21-10 MMA, 14-6 UFC), who challenged former 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100 in July 2009, his next fight will take place at 155 pounds. He said he anticipates stepping in the octagon in August with an opponent for his debut in the weight class to be announced soon.
Submitted Apr 25, 2016 4:45PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson headed to UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
(mmajunkie.com)
Fresh of an RFA title-winning victory, Devin Clark is octagon-bound with his debut set for UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, S.D. UFC officials today announced via argusleader.com undefeated Clark (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a Sioux Falls native who recently captured the RFA light-heavyweight title (watch it above), will move down to middleweight and take on Alex Nicholson (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the July 13 event at Denny Sanford Premier Center. With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes: 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
Submitted Apr 25, 2016 4:43PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
Two surging lightweights will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in July. UFC officials today announced Jake Matthews (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are slated for the show; dailytelegraph.com.au first reported the fight. With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Scott Askham vs. Anthony Smith James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray
Submitted Apr 25, 2016 4:42PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Paddy Holohan announces retirement
(ufc.com)
Apparently a rare blood disorder is stopping his career a bit short.
Submitted Apr 25, 2016 11:20AM by handyman293 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor tweets he's back on the UFC 200 card
(mmafighting.com)
The plot thickens. Again. Conor McGregor tweeted Sunday night that he is back on the UFC 200 card after a tumultuous few days between him and the promotion last week. McGregor, the biggest financial draw in the sport and the UFC featherweight champion, was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in the main event of the card until last Tuesday. "The Notorious" announced he was retired on Twitter and a few hours later UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he wouldn't fly to Las Vegas to perform promotional obligations. On Thursday, McGregor posted a lengthy statement on Facebook, clarifying that he wanted to focus on training after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and was willing to do some promotion now and some later. White doubled down, though, on Friday at a press conference, saying that McGregor was definitely off the UFC 200 card and the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Diaz. Now, though, McGregor is saying he is back on UFC 200. A request for comment from the UFC was not immediately returned Sunday night.
Submitted Apr 25, 2016 2:22AM by Five-Alive - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 197 bonuses: Any surprise that Yair Rodriguez head kick was worth $50,000?
(mmajunkie.com)
Yair Rodriguez, Demetrious Johnson, Danny Roberts and Dominique Steele each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 197 event. Rodriguez and Johnson earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Roberts and Steele took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Apr 24, 2016 3:42AM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 197 attendance: Event draws 11,352 fans for $2.3 million live gate in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s UFC 197 event drew an announced attendance of 11,352 fans for a live gate of $2.3 million. UFC 197 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. UFC 197 was the fourth event at MGM Grand Garden Arena this year. It ranks second in total attendance and second in live gate. The full list includes: “UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz” – 14,898 ($8,100,000 live gate) “UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux” – 11,352 ($2,300,000 live gate) “UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit” – 10,300 ($2,003,986 live gate) “UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson” – 7,422 ($1,435,000 live gate)
Submitted Apr 24, 2016 3:33AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 197 results: Jon Jones defeat Ovince Saint Preux by decision
(bloodyelbow.com)
It definitely wasn't the performance most expected, but Jon Jones won the UFC interim light heavyweight title with a decision win over Ovince Saint Preux.
Submitted Apr 24, 2016 1:18AM by xdanish020 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Mitrione makes Bellator debut against Carl Seumanutafa at Bellator 157
(mmajunkie.com)
Matt Mitrione will step into the Bellator cage for the first time at Bellator 157 when the heavyweight squares off with Carl Seumanutafa. Bellator announced the bout during tonight’s broadcast of Bellator 153.
Submitted Apr 22, 2016 11:46PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Page–Gonzalez, Carmont–Vassell set to meet at Bellator 158 in London
(mmajunkie.com)
Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 158. The welterweight bout was announced on the Bellator 153 broadcast following Page’s toe hold submission of Jeremie Holloway. Bellator 158 takes place July 16 at The O2 in London, and the main card airs on Spike. Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) rematches James Thompson (20-16 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) in the heavyweight main event while Paul Daley (38-13-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Josh Koscheck (17-10 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) rematch in the co-main event.
Submitted Apr 22, 2016 9:53PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Patricio Freire: ‘Bellator promised me’ title shot with win
(mmafighting.com)
Patricio Freire wants to regain the Bellator featherweight belt, but first he needs to get past Henry Corrales. Freire’s life became a rollercoaster last November, when he lost the 145-pound title in a rematch with Daniel Straus. "Pitbull" wanted to avenge the loss and get the belt back, and claims that Bellator was willing to make a fourth between them bout right away, but the champion was forced to be on the sidelines.
Submitted Apr 22, 2016 4:31PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Undefeated Andrew Todhunter Will CallI It A Career Following Legacy FC 54 Bout
(mmaweekly.com)
Looking back on 2015, Oklahoma-based middleweight Andrew Todhunter isn’t shy about saying it was the lowest point of both his MMA career and life outside the cage. The first problem Todhunter ran into was when he was offered a fight at UFC 188 in Mexico City at welterweight. Unfortunately, fighting at a weight class below what he is used to and being in unfamiliar surroundings made for disastrous results.
Submitted Apr 22, 2016 4:27PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
‘Kid’ Yamamoto to Make Octagon Return at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18
(m.sherdog.com)
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto will seek his first Octagon triumph when he faces Chris Beal at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18. Promotion officials announced the bantamweight bout on Friday. UFC Fight Night takes place at TD Place Arena in Ottawa and is headlined by a welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson. The evening’s main card airs on Fox Sports 1. The K-1 Hero’s 2005 middleweight grand prix tournament champion, Yamamoto began his UFC tenure with consecutive losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama and Vaughan Lee. Most recently, the Krazy Bee representative’s bout with Roman Salazar at UFC 184 was declared a no contest after Salazar couldn’t continue due to an accidental eye poke. Yamamoto is 18-6 as a pro, including 13 wins via KO or TKO.
Submitted Apr 22, 2016 4:08PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Four Bouts Announced For UFC Fight Night In South Dakota on July 13th
(m.sherdog.com)
The card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first-ever trip to South Dakota is beginning to take shape. The promotion confirmed the following matchups Thursday following an initial report from the Argus Leader: Louis Smolka vs. Ben Nguyen at flyweight; Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura at welterweight; Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman at middleweight and Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister at lightweight.
Submitted Apr 21, 2016 4:04PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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