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January 2018 MMA News Archive

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Martin Nguyen looks for third title, meets champ Bibiano Fernandes at ONE Championship 68
Martin Nguyen will look to make a little bit of history on March 24. Officials today announced Nguyen, ONE Championship’s reigning featherweight and lightweight titleholder, will look to add a third belt to his collection when he meets reigning bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes
Submitted Jan 31, 2018 3:54PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis in the works for UFC 223
April continues to shape up as the month of matchups between ranked UFC lightweights. On the verge of being added to the slate is Michael Chiesa vs. former champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 223.
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 9:55PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC on FOX 27: Jacare vs. Brunson averages lowest ratings in series history
Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 27 card — which, from a star power standpoint, looked like the weakest show since the inception of the series — delivered numbers that would indicate that very point.
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 6:11PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Floyd Mayweather steps into MMA cage, Conor McGregor responds
Floyd Mayweather is entering the cage... literally. Despite recently dismissing the notion that he might consider taking an MMA fight (presumably with rival Conor McGregor), the boxing legend apparently decided it would be fun to post a 10-second clip of himself stepping into an MMA cage on Tuesday. It didn’t take long for McGregor to respond:
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 6:10PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
ACB bantamweight champion Petr Yan signs with UFC
The UFC has made another exciting addition to the bantamweight division with the signing of Russian prospect Petr Yan.
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 6:09PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
James Mulheron accepts one-year suspension for USADA violation
The USADA announced Tuesday that UFC heavyweight James Mulheron has accepted a one-year suspension from competition after testing positive for the banned substances clomiphene and hydroxyclomiphene last November.
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 6:08PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping says he will not be fighting at UFC London
“The Count” won’t be coming home for his retirement fight. Michael Bisping tweeted Tuesday that he will not be on the card at UFC London on March 17. Bisping confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that he is “100 percent” not competing on the card, no matter the opponent offered. Tickets go on sale for the event Wednesday.
Submitted Jan 30, 2018 6:07PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chuck Liddell is spending his February in the Celebrity Big Brother house
Chuck Liddell may not end up fighting Chael Sonnen in Bellator, but the practice he got ignoring Chael’s crazy smacktalk may come in handy for his next actual gig: an appearance on the first US edition of Celebrity Big Brother. CBS gradually revealed the cast members during the Grammys broadcast and TV Guide has compiled a list of the oddball assortment of personalities.
Submitted Jan 29, 2018 2:18AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Ronda Rousey appears at WWE Royal Rumble, signs as full-time wrestler: ‘This is my life now’
WWE just got a little “Rowdy.” Ronda Rousey made her highly anticipated appearance at the WWE Royal Rumble on Sunday night in Philadelphia. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion confronted three of WWE’s top women’s wrestlers. Then she shook the hand of WWE exec Stephanie McMahon, who was sitting ringside. Rousey came out at the very end of the major show to a huge pop from the crowd, which chanted “Holy sh*t!” After sizing up the three women in the ring, she looked up and pointed toward the WrestleMania sign high above Wells Fargo Center. In an interview with ESPN, Rousey said she has signed with WWE to be a full-time performer.
Submitted Jan 29, 2018 1:52AM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje, Carlos Condit vs. Matt Brown set for UFC Glendale
Justin Gaethje will get a home game in his next UFC fight. Gaethje’s previously-reported showdown against fellow lightweight contender Dustin Poirier will take place April 14 at a UFC Fight Night show at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., the UFC announced late Friday. In addition, the UFC announced that a scintillating welterweight contest between fan favorites Carlos Condit and Matt Brown will also take place at the Glendale event.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:18AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Las Vegas police: Dana White, family not involved in investigation of alleged attempted sexual assault at White home
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an alleged attempted sexual assault at the home of UFC president Dana White, MMA Fighting confirmed Friday with a department spokesperson. White and his family, the spokesperson said, don’t have any involvement in the alleged incident.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:17AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC announces cast for The Ultimate Fighter 27: Undefeated
The big news Friday was the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 27 — UFC champions Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier, who will fight for the heavyweight title in the main event of UFC 226 on July 7 in Las Vegas. But also announced Friday by the UFC was the cast for TUF 27: Undefeated. None of the lightweight and featherweight fighters on the show have ever lost a bout before.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:15AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler 2 targeted for April 13 Bellator event
The rematch is on. Brent Primus vs. Michael Chandler 2 for the Bellator lightweight championship is scheduled for April 13 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion is expected to announce the fight very soon.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:14AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Joe Warren vs. Joe Taimanglo booked for Bellator 195
Joe Warren has his first fight set for 2018. The three-time Bellator titleholder returns to action in a bantamweight bout vs. Joe Taimanglo at Bellator 195 on March 2 at the WinStar World Casino in Thackervile, Okla. Officials announced the bout on Friday’s Bellator 193 broadcast.
Submitted Jan 27, 2018 7:13AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier set for champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 226; will also coach TUF 27
For the first time in the history of The Ultimate Fighter, two current champions, in two different weight classes, will serve as head coaches. The UFC has tapped heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier as the next head coaches of the reality show, the UFC announced Friday. Filming is scheduled to commence next week. Following the conclusion of the show, the duo are scheduled to fight at UFC 226 on July 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for Miocic’s heavyweight title. Should he win, Cormier would become just the second fighter in UFC history to be a champion in two different weight classes at the same time, and the fifth fighter in total to be a two-division UFC champion.
Submitted Jan 26, 2018 6:49PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Firas Zahabi thinks Georges St-Pierre will sit out for ‘at least a year or two’ but will fight again
Speaking with Fight Hub TV recently, St-Pierre’s head coach, Firas Zahabi, said that his protege is “doing great” and that, while he hasn’t asked St-Pierre about a timetable for return, he believes GSP isn’t done with fighting yet.
Submitted Jan 26, 2018 4:32PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michal Oleksiejczuk fails USADA drug test, facing anti-doping policy violation
It’s Michal Oleksiejczuk’s turn to deal with the USADA. On Thursday, officials announced that Oleksiejczuk failed an in-competition drug test taken in conjunction with his Dec. 30 fight vs. Khalil Rountree at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. The 22-year-old Pole defeated Rountree by unanimous decision, but could see that result overturned in addition to facing other sanctions from both the USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Submitted Jan 26, 2018 5:53AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Demetrious Johnson wants to fight T.J. Dillashaw on “a stacked card,” not afraid of being stripped of his title
Since reclaiming the UFC bantamweight title with a knockout win of Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217, T.J. Dillashaw has been aggressively calling for a flyweight title shot against pound-for-pound king Demetrious Johnson but “Mighty Mouse” has been mostly disinterested in the fight. But with the tides of inevitability moving inexorably towards the superfight taking place, Johnson has gotten fully on board with the bout, just so long as it takes place on a major pay-per-view event. Speaking recently with ESPN, Johnson explained that he was ready to fight Dillashaw but he wanted to do it on a “stacked” card, one that would be sure to draw in large PPV numbers and guarantee a big payday for the all-time great.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:52PM by Braden - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov official for February's Bellator 194
A light heavyweight matchup between a former champion and a contender on the rise is now official for next month’s Bellator 194 event. MMAjunkie today learned from Bellator officials that Liam McGeary (12-2 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) will indeed take on Vadim Nemkov (8-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) at the event, which takes place Feb. 16 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Joe Lauzon meets Chris Gruetzemacher at UFC 223 in Brooklyn
After a rough stretch his past four fights, Joe Lauzon will try to get back on track this spring. Lauzon (27-14 MMA, 14-11 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Chris Gruetzemacher (13-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) when the UFC returns to New York in April.
Submitted Jan 25, 2018 7:24PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
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