Will Brooks claims he was jumped by 'Pitbull' brothers, but Freire brothers insist he's lying
Bellator lightweight champion Will Brooks did some hard sparring ahead of this Friday night's Bellator 145 showdown against Marcin Held, but probably wasn't expecting the "Pitbull" brothers -- Patricio and Patricky Freire -- to step up and serve as his impromptu training partners.
**Go check out Twitter. is pissed off. He's saying there's video proof of the attack. This is big news if it turns out the brothers assaulted him.
(Courtesy of on Twitter)
What investors are being told about the UFCs finances (Part 2)
The second of three articles looking at the UFC's finances. In part two, John S. Nash uses reports from various financial service companies to examine the UFC's debt.
For an in-depth look at the UFC's revenue see our previous article: Earning will be examined next week in part 3.
To get a better understanding of the UFC's debt load, Bloody Elbow analyzed all the available published materials from Moody's, Standard & Poor's, Deutsche Bank, and Prospect News and consulted with a team of financial professionals to evaluate the reports.
None of the documents reported on the UFC's liabilities before 2005, so we are forced to start our debt history with that year.
Lawsuit lifts veil on WSOF internal issues, alleges financial problems, NAC violations
A new lawsuit alleges dire financial straits, violation of NAC rules and a dispute over international licensing rights at the World Series of Fighting. Paul Gift has the details.
WSOF Asia, an LLC whose ownership includes "prominent individuals and entities" in China and Hong Kong, filed a lawsuit in Las Vegas federal court on Monday against MMAWC, the controlling company of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF), and other individuals including CEO Carlos Silva, matchmaker Ali Abdel Aziz and member Bruce Deifik. The lawsuit paints a picture of significant internal strife in the past year along with claims of defamation, breach of contract, dire financial straits and violations of the Nevada Athletic Commission's (NAC) code for MMA promoters.
Ben Askren: Fans hating on CM Punk stems from jealousy
CM Punk has become public enemy No. 1 for diehard MMA fans and pro wrestling fans who are angry that he left sports entertainment for the UFC. For someone who is still months and months away from an Octagon debut, Punk gets an uneven amount of hate on social media -- and he's been vocal about it.
'UFC Fight Night 80: VanZant vs. Namajunas' lineup finalized with 12 bouts
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 event, which marks the first headliner for Paige VanZant and a quick turnaround for former title challenger Rose Namajunas.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 p.m. ET)
•Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
•Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller
•Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
•Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET)
•John Howard vs. Tim Means
•Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes
•Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
•Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
•Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
•Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts
•Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
•Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan
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MMA stars show off Halloween spirit, Dominick Cruz wins best costume
Dominick Cruz couldn't just be a zombie or a vampire for Halloween. He had to make his costume personal (and hilarious).
Decked out in Muay Thai shorts, a floppy blonde wig, a black eye and - the best accessory of all - a jar of peanut butter, Cruz fired shots at UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw and his mentor and coach Duane "Bang" Ludwig.
Bellator releases five fighters, including former champion
While the UFC has been in the news for the large number of fighters they've released lately (or are rumored to be releasing), it's Bellator's roster trimming that's in the news today. The Viacom-owned organization cut five fighters from their roster, one of which held a title in the organization. Jason Floyd of The MMA Report fills us in via Twitter:
Fighters recently released by Bellator: Alexander Sarnavskiy, Alexander Volkov, Mike Mucitelli, Fabricio Guerreiro, and Joe Duarte
3:35 PM - 30 Oct 2015
UFC Fight Night 79 lineup set with 4:45 a.m. ET prelims start time on Fight Pass
The lineup is set for UFC Fight Night 79 a month from today, and for those who get up early in the States, your Saturday will be cleared of MMA by mid-morning.
The full UFC Fight Nigh 79 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 a.m. ET)
Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4:45 a.m. ET)
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Dominique Steele
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike De La Torre
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang
Fredy Serrano vs. Yao Zhikui
Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou
Cortney Casey vs. Seo Hee Ham
WSOF's one-night tournament rules released
The tournament final will serve as the main event, while the non-tournament co-main is between Jason High and Estevan Payan. Here's the full tournament bracket:
LaRue Burley vs. Joe Condon
Benny Madrid vs. Ramil Mustapayev
Mike Ricci vs. Brian Cobb
Luis Palomino vs. Rich Patishnock
Brian Foster vs. Joao Zeferino
Jorge Patino vs. Islam Mamedov
Ricci/Cobb winner vs. Palomino/Patishnock winner
Foster/Zeferino winner vs. Patino/Mamedov winner
TBA vs. TBA
The card will broadcast live on NBC SN at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT