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Chael Sonnen was just as disappointed as his supporters on Saturday with the way his Bellator 170 main event against Tito Ortiz played out.
Sonnen tapped out from an early rear-naked choke at the hands of Ortiz, ending his comeback from a three-year absence at Bellator 170 with an anticlimactic flourish. And while some critics online have questioned whether the submission that forced the tapout was fully locked in, Sonnen soundly dismissed that talk on Thursday.
Two of the world’s best flyweights are no longer under UFC contract.
Former UFC title challenger Ali Bagautinov (14-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and middling contender Zach Makovsky (19-8 MMA, 3-4 UFC) both completed their respective deals with the promotion with their most recent fights. Both men are no longer listed under the organization’s official rankings and are currently not being considered for new deals.
A UFC official confirmed the moves to MMAjunkie on Thursday.
Another Brazilian name has been added to the UFC’s March 11 event in Fortaleza.
Curitiba’s Francisco Trinaldo will meet Kevin Lee in an interesting lightweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 106. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial report by Combate.
George Sullivan’s toughest opponent over the last year has been USADA.
The UFC welterweight failed a drug test and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Thursday. Sullivan is the first athlete to be flagged by USADA twice since it became the UFC’s anti-doping partner in July 2015.
The positive test stems from a sample collected Jan. 14. Sullivan, who is currently serving a one-year suspension by USADA, has been provisionally suspended on top of that.
Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson are going to give it another go in April.
Cormier will defend his light heavyweight title against Johnson at UFC 210 in Buffalo on April 8, MMA Fighting confirmed. Cormier announced the news on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday night.
Going to arbitration did not end up helping Felipe Olivieri.
After having his USADA case heard by an independent arbitrator, the UFC lightweight was suspended two years for an anti-doping violation, USADA announced Wednesday.
It's pretty common knowledge at this point that making it into the UFC doesn't result in immediate riches and financial security. In fact, more and more stories continue to pour out featuring fighters struggling and going broke fighting for the organization. Here's the latest disheartening tale: #8 ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald can't even afford a camp right now, so he's stuck working a second job until he can save up enough to train.
There are some people who just want to create controversy, longtime MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy said about those who called a fix in the headliner of this past Saturday’s Bellator 170.
McCarthy, who refereed the controversial fight between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnnen, wishes he could set them straight – even though they probably wouldn’t like his method.
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Filming for Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series is already underway. That means UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw are already in Las Vegas.
Earlier this month, it was announced former teammates-turned-rivals Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) would coach “TUF 25: Redemption,” which will feature a cast filled entirely with returning “TUF,” competitors as well as current UFC athletes.
I am actually looking forward to this should be interesting considering Faber and Ludwig will be there.
Junior dos Santos was scheduled to fight Stefan Struve at UFC Halifax on February 19th, but was pulled from the card after Struve suffered an injury, and UFC officials couldn’t find a suitable replacement. Instead, it looks like dos Santos will upgrade in a major way and fight for the heavyweight title.
Combate reported on Tuesday that the former UFC champion will go up against current champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas.
Alex Morono has a replacement opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 104 event.
As MMAjunkie first reported, Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was recently forced out of the welterweight bout. Today officials announced Niko Price (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Morono (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 104 takes place Feb. 4 at Toyota Center in Houston. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Two rising prospects will collide in a featherweight bout in London, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Makwan Amirkhani and Arnold Allen are set to face off at UFC Fight Night 107 at London’s O2 Arena on March 18.
No one is more disappointed than Mike Goldberg about the way things ended between he and the UFC.
The longtime play-by-play voice of the Octagon unceremoniously parted ways with the UFC last month after spending 20 years as a mainstay of the company’s broadcast booth — exiting the UFC without even a tribute from the promotion itself. On Monday, speaking publicly for the first time his departure, Goldberg said was stunned to learn of the UFC’s decision to not renew his contract at the beginning of December, and explained that he simply resolved to close out the final three shows of his UFC career with the same level of professionalism as everything that came before.
The UFC Fight Night 105 lineup is finally filling out, and UFC officials have announced three new contests for the card, as well as a rebuilt contest.
The additions include a women’s bantamweight matchup between Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Sara McMann (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a middleweight contest with Ryan Janes (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (25-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and a featherweight bout with Sam Sicilia (15-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) vs. Gavin Tucker (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials also confirmed a previously reported matchup of Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard. Additionally, injuries forced a shuffle of planned lightweight bouts, and Paul Felder (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) now meets Alessandro Ricci (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event.
Felder had been expected to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 208, while Ricci was matched up with Alvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 105.
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Feb. 19 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A newly announced headliner of Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis tops the bill for the FS1-broadcast event.
One of the biggest news items taken from the launch of the MMA Athletes Association (MMAAA) in November was the involvement of Bjorn Rebney. The MMAAA announcement conference call was the first time Rebney had spoken publicly for more than two years, after he was ousted as the president of Bellator MMA, the promotion he founded, in favor of Scott Coker.
A number of fighters and managers who worked with Rebney in his role as a promoter took offense to him being involved actively in a fighter association. Some, who said his record was less than stellar as a fighter advocate in the past, said it would not work with the MMAAA because of Rebney.
The whole controversy was a bit of a distraction for the positive thing the MMAAA wanted to do — organize fighters into getting more equal pay and treatment from the UFC. Tim Kennedy, the president of the MMAAA, acknowledges now that it wasn’t a good idea to have Rebney on the conference call and in the photo with the fighters on the MMAAA board.
The UFC returns to the Lone Star State in May for UFC 211.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole today tweeted the promotion’s plans to visit Dallas on May 13, and MMAjunkie confirmed with UFC officials that the card will serve as UFC 211.
UFC Fight Night 105 will get a heavyweight main event, just not the one fans originally expected.
Travis Browne will meet Derrick Lewis in the main event of the Feb. 19 event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. MMAFighting confirmed an initial report by Yahoo Sports.