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Last week’s bombshell announcement that the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA) had formed in an attempt to even the playing field between the UFC and its fighters came with some peculiar asterisks. Namely, the presence of Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s beleaguered former CEO.
With a three-pronged focus primarily geared towards better revenue distribution between promoter and fighter, the group — led by welterweight great Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, TJ Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone — got a lot of attention.
Yet one person who hadn’t weighed in with his opinion was UFC president Dana White, who finally aired his thoughts on it all on Tuesday.
UFC president Dana White recently revealed that Cris Cyborg turned down two opportunities to fight for the inaugural UFC featherweight championship, but according to the Brazilian fighter, she had a pretty good reason for it.
The UFC appears to have added a women’s strawweight fight to the main card of the year-end UFC 207 event.
Jessica Andrade (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been booked for a fight against Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Although the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking, the matchup was revealed on the UFC 206 “Inside the Octagon” episode, which was released today.
UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30 (a Friday) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Tim Elliott came close to the greatest upset in UFC history on Saturday night, sinking not one but two chokes on flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson the greatest pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts. Elliott had been released by the UFC after losing three in a row and returned via winning TUF 24. His remarkable performance promised some exciting matchups in the division.
In what was one of the weirdest endings to a fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, Jorge Masvidal was awarded the technical knockout (TKO) victory over Jake Ellenberger after Jake’s foot got stuck in the fence during last night's (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale "Johnson vs. Elliot" event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unbeknownst to him, Masvidal proceeded to rain down strikes on Jake before Herb Dean out a pause in the action to clarify the rules with representatives from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
After a brief discussion, Jorge was given the TKO win since Jake couldn’t "intelligently defend himself." And how could he with his toes stuck in the cage? As a result of the bizarre ruling, "The Juggernaut" plans to appeal the loss.
One of the most popular fighters in women's mixed martial arts makes her return to the Octagon on Super Bowl weekend.
Felice Herrig will face off with Alex Grasso on the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night card in Houston on Feb. 1. The UFC announced the bout, along with several other fights, on Saturday
Both Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes are no longer employed by the UFC.
The legendary MMA fighters were recently among another group of employees laid off by new owners, WME-IMG, MMA Fighting has confirmed. According to multiple sources, approximately 10-15 employees were let go this week.
When Tito Ortiz takes on Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170 on Jan. 21 from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., it will be a meeting between two of the best trash talkers in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. It will also be the last time MMA fans will be able to see "The Huntington Beach Bad Bay" in action, according to a recent social media submission by the man himself.
A week before the event, next week’s UFC Fight Night 102 card has a pair of injury replacements.
With Patrick Cummins (8-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) out with a staph infection, promotional newcomer Saparbek Safarov (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take on Gian Villante (14-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout on the main card.
And with Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of her fight against Juliana Lima (8-3 MMA 2-2 UFC), Lima now will fight J.J. Aldrich (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout on the prelims.
UFC officials announced the changes today. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Last week during the UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast, the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had voluntarily given up his UFC featherweight title, ending his reign as a two-weight world champion. Since, McGregor has remained silent until now.
On Friday, during a Q&A session at The Devenish bar in Belfast, Ireland, McGregor addressed the UFC’s claims that he relinquished his 145-pound title, and said that the featherweight belt is still sitting at home.
The rematch is going to have to wait.
Bellator announced middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho has been forced out of his Dec. 10 bout with Melvin Manhoef with an injury.
The new main event for the Bellator 168 card, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, will be Italian fighter Alessio Sakara against veteran Joey Beltran.
Times have been tough for Carla Esparza.
The first-ever UFC women's strawweight champion had shoulder surgery in 2015, missing a full year of action. Since fighting in April, Esparza has been absence from the Octagon, not by her own choosing.
Because money has been an issue, Esparza wrote Friday, she has to sell the Harley Davidson motorcycle she earned by winning The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014.
Next month’s UFC on FOX 23 lineup has two new additions.
They include middleweights Hector Lombard (34-6-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and lightweights Jason Gonzalez (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. J.C. Cottrell (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC officials recently unveiled the bouts.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 103 lineup has three new official additions.
Officials recently announced lightweights Joe Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) vs. Marcin Held (22-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), bantamweights Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), and flyweights Jussier Formiga (19-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Jan. 15 at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena. The airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva.
“Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change.
A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.
Roy Nelson has issued a statement apologizing for the incident with referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy.
“First I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport,” Nelson told a group of reporters in Las Vegas. “To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight. “My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans.”
Gian Villante needs a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 102, as Patrick Cummins was forced out of the light heavyweight bout after suffering a staph infection in his shin, MMA Fighting has learned.
Villante vs. Cummins was part of the UFC’s second trip to New York since the sport got legalized in the state. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Albany’s Times Union Center.
"The Korean Zombie" is finally close to returning to action.
According to multiple sources, the UFC is currently working towards booking Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez as the main event for the Feb. 4 Fight Night event in Houston.
Yana Kunitskaya's reign as Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion lasted just 13 days.
Tonya Evinger won her appeal with the Missouri Office of Athletics on Thursday, meaning her submission loss to Kunitskaya from Invicta 20 has been overturned to a no contest, Evinger said.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news to MMA Fighting and added that Evinger will go on as the Invicta 135-pound champion since she did not officially lose the fight Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Knapp said she got the letter informing her of the commission's decision Thursday morning.