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RFA 35 to feature trio of RFA vs. Showdown Fights matchups
(mmajunkie.com)
RFA is looking to invade Utah with a trio of battles between its top stars and stars from the local Showdown Fights promotion at RFA 35. The event, which was announced via press release, takes place Feb. 19 at UCCU Center in Orem, Utah. The main card airs on AXS TV following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 9, 2016 4:19PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Red (panties) alert: Conor McGregor and Rafael dos Anjos is happening
(mmafighting.com)
(Halfway through the article) ...News came down on Thursday night that McGregor will face Dos Anjos for the lightweight title at UFC 197 in March. This is remarkable for a couple of reasons. For starters, the UFC was reluctant to allow McGregor to move up without ceding the featherweight strap he’s not yet defended. Yet less than a month after that declaration, McGregor gets to pack his featherweight belt in his carry on for his trip to Vegas. "Mystic Mac" is making the UFC dance to his own pistol fire. If you’ve been around this game at all, you know that’s…unusual.
Submitted Jan 8, 2016 6:12PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Holly Holm's first title defense will come against Miesha Tate, not Ronda Rousey
(mmafighting.com)
Miesha Tate beat out Ronda Rousey. Probably not the way she wanted, but "Cupcake" will surely take it. Holly Holm will make her first women's bantamweight title defense against Tate -- not Rousey -- at UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday night. Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter was the first to report the news. Holm (10-0) shocked the world and became an overnight celebrity when she knocked out Ronda Rousey with a head kick at UFC 193 in November. The UFC wanted Holm to face Rousey in an immediate rematch at UFC 200 in July, but Holm desired to fight sooner. She got her wish.
Submitted Jan 8, 2016 6:10PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC adds trips to Croatia and The Netherlands to 2016 event schedule
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC has announced two new cards which will serve as the promotion’s first trip to a pair of countries. According to a press release, the octagon will land in Croatia for what’s expected to serve as UFC Fight Night 85 on April 10 and The Netherlands for what’s expected to serve as UFC Fight Night 86 on May 8. The Croatian event will take place at Zagreb’s Zagreb Arena, and The Netherlands card will take place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam. Both events will be broadcast in the U.S. on FOX Sports 1.
Submitted Jan 8, 2016 3:47PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau added to UFC Fight Night 82
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s return to Pittsburgh continues to come together with the announcement of a women’s bantamweight bout. The UFC announced that Ashlee Evans-Smith (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Marion Reneau (6-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on the card. With the change, UFC Fight Night 82 now includes: Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes Shane Campbell vs. James Krausev Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
Submitted Jan 8, 2016 3:45PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Vinicius Queiroz replaces injured Augusto Sakai, meets Cheick Kongo at Bellator 150
(mmafighting.com)
Cheick Kongo has a new opponent for his return at Bellator 150. Initially scheduled to face Augusto Sakai at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane on Feb. 26, Kongo will now take on fellow UFC veteran Vinicius Spartan. The Brazilian heavyweight revealed the news to MMA Premium. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 8, 2016 10:10AM by Wez - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ray Borg meets Justin Scoggins at UFC 196 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A matchup of key flyweight prospects has been added to next month’s UFC 196 event with Ray Borg (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Justin Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). UFC officials announced the contest on Thursday evening. With the addition to the card, UFC 196 now includes: Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez – for heavyweight title Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky Rafael Cavalcante vs. Ovince Saint Preux Josh Burkman vs. K.J. Noons Damian Grabowski vs. Derrick Lewis Ray Borg vs. Justin Scoggins Mike Pyle vs. Sean Spencer Artem Lobov vs. Alex White Misha Cirkunov vs. Alex Nicholson Noad Lahat vs. Diego Rivas
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 11:32PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
RoadFC planning a 1billion won prize tournament
(fightnetwork.com)
ROAD Fighting Championship is continuing its global expansion by setting in motion the first ever Winner Takes All 1 Billion Won Tournament (approximately $840,000 USD).
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 11:23PM by FKA - 8 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Report: UFC 197 will feature dos Anjos/McGregor, Holm/Tate doubleheader
(bloodyelbow.com)
The biggest question surrounding Conor McGregor's future was whether or not he would first defend his UFC featherweight title vs. Frankie Edgar, or move up to 155 and fight lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It looks like the answer is the latter. Bleacher Report's Jeremy Botter reports that the UFC is set to announce dos Anjos vs. McGregor and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate for UFC 197 in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 5th. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 11:14PM by Wez - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frank Mir vs. Mark Hunt targeted for UFC Fight Night Brisbane
(mmafighting.com)
An important heavyweight fight could soon be added to the UFC's return to Australia. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the promotion is targeting Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir on March 20 in Brisbane. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 6:46PM by Wez - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joseph Benavidez vs. Zach Makovsky added to UFC 196
(mmajunkie.com)
A key flyweight matchup between contenders Joseph Benavidez (23-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) and Zach Makovsky (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been added to UFC 196. UFC officials recently confirmed the matchup with the Las Vegas Review-Journal and subsequently made an announcement via social media, as well. Benavidez is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, while Makovsky is ranked No. 10.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 6:03PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Askren moving to middleweight, believes all will eventually emulate new ONE weight program
(mmafighting.com)
ONE Championship wants all of their fighters to compete at their natural, walking weight. That's exactly what Ben Askren is going to be doing. Askren, the current ONE welterweight champion, will be moving up to middleweight under the new ONE weight-cutting restrictions, he confirmed with MMA Fighting. The undefeated Askren, one of the best 170-pounders in the world, said he walks around at about 185 pounds and that's the exact weight he'll fight at.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:56PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Donald Cerrone fined by UFC for violating Outfitting Policy at UFC on FOX 17
(mmafighting.com)
It was a tough holiday season for Donald Cerrone. Not only did "Cowboy" fall by first-round TKO to Rafael dos Anjos in the UFC on FOX 17 title main event on Dec. 19, he was also fined by the UFC for violating its Athletic Outfitting Policy, Cerrone's manager Josh Jones confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:55PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joanne Calderwood to test the waters at Tristar Gym, wants bout with Rose Namajunas
(mmafighting.com)
UFC strawweight Joanne Calderwood is on the move. According to Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, the former The Ultimate Fighter 20 competitor will head to Montreal's esteemed Tristar Gym Saturday to see if the team is the right fit for her career moving forward.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:54PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dominick Cruz takes aim again at 'meathead jock' T.J. Dillashaw
(mmafighting.com)
It's no world tour, but the promotion leading up to T.J. Dillashaw's Jan. 17 UFC bantamweight title defense to Dominick Cruz has some similar undertones. If Conor McGregor laid out the blueprint on how to sell the lower weight classes Cruz has been taking notes. Cruz fired the first major shot when the pair visited Boston, the site of the bout, back in November when he dressed Dillashaw down, called his coach Duane Ludwig a "sad pimp," and still couldn't get the champ to play ball.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:53PM by tildengolfer - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
David Rickels faces Bobby Cooper at Bellator 150
(mmafighting.com)
"The Caveman" is coming home. David Rickels will meet Bobby Cooper at Bellator 150 on Feb. 26 in Mulvane, Kan., the promotion announced Wednesday. Rickels, a native of Derby, Kan., was scheduled to be on the card, but his opponent was not known until now.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:53PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov wants winner of Anthony Pettis vs. Eddie Alvarez, has unfinished business with Nate Diaz
(mmafighting.com)
Undefeated UFC lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov hasn't fought since April 2014, but he isn't looking for an easy tune-up fight when he makes his return to the Octagon. According to Ariel Helwani on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, Nurmagomedov (22-0) is looking toward the winner of Jan. 17's UFC Fight Night 81 clash between Anthony Pettis (18-3) and Eddie Alvarez (26-4) for his next outing. Nurmagomedov told Helwani he's not interested in talking trash or ruffling feathers – he just believes Pettis and Alvarez are the best guys ahead of him in the rankings, and a win over either of them would propel him toward the UFC lightweight title.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:52PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Manager: Jacare Souza wants Chris Weidman or Yoel Romero rematch, feels Romero 'played dirty'
(mmafighting.com)
Ronaldo Souza's title chances were dashed Dec. 12 at UFC 194 in Las Vegas, where Yoel Romero defeated him via split decision, snapping an eight-fight winning streak in the process. According to Souza's manager, Gilberto Faria, that loss – and the circumstances surrounding it – left Souza with a bad taste in his mouth. "We still have not digested the judges' decision," Faria told Ariel Helwani in a statement that was aired Wednesday evening on UFC Tonight. "Romero played dirty. If you look at the footage, he held the fence twice to avoid the takedown sequence in the second round and poked Jacare's eyes in the third."
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
NSAC to rule on Nick Diaz return to UFC Jan 12
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC welterweight Nick Diaz, who was handed a five-year suspension from competing in MMA after a drug test at UFC 183, is one step closer to being reinstated by Nevada State Athletic Commission. Nick Diaz may finally learn his fate next week. On the agenda for the next Nevada Athletic Commission meeting, there is a hearing on a motion for reconsideration and proposed settlement agreement regarding Diaz. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:42PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri targeted for UFC Pittsburgh
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC's return to the Steel City is about to get even more interesting. A bout between Dennis Bermudez and Tatsuya Kawajiri is targeted for UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Means on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 7, 2016 5:14PM by Wez - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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