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Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza Targeted For UFC Chicago
(lowkickmma.com)
According to Combate, an intriguing lightweight showdown could be taking place this summer. The report indicates that the UFC is targeting a bout between former Strikeforce champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez and dangerous Muay Thai striker Edson “Junior” Barboza for UFC on FOX 20 which is slated for July 23, 2016 from Chicago, Illinois. Melendez, a former two-time UFC title challenger, is only 1-3 in his Octagon career, coming up short in both attempts at divisional supremacy. “El Nino” hasn’t competed since a June 2015 split-decision loss to current title challenger Eddie Alvarez in Mexico. After the bout with Alvarez, it was made clear that Melendez had tested positive for performance-enhancing-drugs (PEDs), leading the promotion to hand him a one-year suspension.
Submitted May 4, 2016 2:53PM by JLS1980 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brother vs. Brother Fight, Featherweight Title Bout Top WSOF 32 on July 30
(sherdog.com)
World Series of Fighting 32 will bring a new meaning to the phrase “sibling rivalry.” The Las Vegas-based promotion announced on Tuesday that Caros Fodor will lock horns with adopted brother Ben Fodor in the WSOF 32 co-main event on July 30 at Xfinity Arena in Everett, Wash. The card will be headlined by a featherweight title rematch between Alexandre Almeida and Lance Palmer. "I suspected for a while that it was eventually going to happen, but it's coming at a good time because we're not getting along very well," Caros Fodor told Yahoo Sports . "I'm excited. My career has been up and down and so this will be a good fight for me. I can get in there and make some money.
Submitted May 3, 2016 4:33PM by JLS1980 - 19 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC signs Brazilian prospect Poliana Botelho
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has inked a deal with flyweight prospect Poliana Botelho, the Nova Uniao fighter announced Tuesday. Botelho, 27, holds a 5-1 record with five knockout victories, capped off by a win over Silvana Gomez that earned her the XFC International flyweight championship last September. Sources close to the fighter told MMA Fighting that Botelho will cut down to 115 pounds to fight in the UFC.
Submitted May 3, 2016 4:29PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 198 lineup is set – and stacked, with Brown-Maia and Nogueira-Cummins on prelims
(mmajunkie.com)
In a year of big events, next week’s UFC 198 lineup still stands out as something special. The fight card is now official for the 13-bout event, and it’s stacked. So stacked, in fact, that some big names and stellar matchups won’t even come with a pay-per-view price tag. Ads by ZINC UFC 198 takes place May 14 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted May 3, 2016 3:34PM by JLS1980 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 90 adds number of new bouts, including Mike Pyle vs. Alberto Mina
(mmajunkie.com)
July’s UFC Fight Night 90 event, which kicks off a string of back-to-back-to-back UFC shows in Las Vegas, has a number of new additions. Officials recently announced four new matchups, including a welterweight fight between veteran Mike Pyle (27-11-1 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Alberto Mina (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Other new bouts include welterweights Alvaro Herrera (9-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Vicente Luque (8-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Gilbert Burns (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and bantamweights Reginaldo Vieira (13-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (7-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC). The latest UFC Fight Night 90 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Submitted May 3, 2016 10:11AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 198, Fight Night Vegas Get New Fights
(ufc.com)
A change to UFC 198 and several additions to July’s UFC International Fight Week events are in the news today, as matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby get the week off to a rousing start. Former Ultimate Fighter standout Kamaru Usman has been forced out of his UFC 198 bout in Brazil against Sergio Moraes, setting up an all-Curitiba showdown between Moraes and Octagon newcomer Luan Chagas, a black belt in jiu-jitsu and karate, on May 14. The July 7 event in Las Vegas that kicks off three consecutive nights of Octagon action got a jolt of new fights featuring several rising stars and seasoned vets. Three welterweight bouts take center stage when it comes to these fight announcements, with all-action Alan Jouban facing surging Nordine Taleb, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle getting a home game against unbeaten Alberto Mina, and Alvaro Herrera taking on Vicente Luque.
Submitted May 3, 2016 12:48AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kimbo Slice-Dada 5000 Result Overturned to No Contest by Texas Commission
(sherdog.com)
The result of the Bellator 149 clash between Kimbo Slice and Dhafir “Dada 5000” Harris has officially been overturned to a no-contest following Slice’s failed drug test. The change was noted on Monday by MMAJunkie.com, reporting that Slice -- whose real name is Kevin Ferguson -- has reached a settlement with the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation over his recent suspension.
Submitted May 2, 2016 11:45PM by RhythmAndStyle - 9 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Legacy FC 56 set for June 24 in Dallas with Manny Vazquez vs. Steven Peterson headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
Legacy FC bantamweight champion Manny Vazquez puts his title on the line against Steven Peterson in the headlining bout of Legacy FC 56. Legacy FC officials recently announced the matchup and that the event will take place June 24 at The Bomb Factory in Dallas. As with all Legacy FC events, the night’s main card airs on AXS TV. The Legacy FC 56 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET) Manuel Vazquez vs. Steven Peterson Ryan Hollis vs. Jason Sampson Edwin Figueroa vs. Levi Mowles Geoffrey Neal vs. Andrew Parker J.C. Cottrell vs. Cody Walker Miles Johns vs. Eliazar Rodriguez PRELIMINARY CARD (Unaired) Sean Holden vs. Bilal Williams Joshua Mosquea vs. Jessie Vasquez Matthew Alonzo vs. Jason Perrotta
Submitted May 2, 2016 11:08PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Nick Hein injured, UFC seeks replacement opponent for Jon Tuck at Sunday's UFC Fight Night 87 event
(mmajunkie.com)
A training injury has forced German lightweight Nick Hein out of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 87 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Jon Tuck. MMAjunkie today confirmed the pending change with UFC officials. Featuring a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (25-11 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and former Strikeforce and DREAM champ Alistair Overeem (40-14-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC), UFC Fight Night 87 takes place Sunday at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted May 2, 2016 11:07PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Alan Jouban to Face Nordine Taleb at July 7 UFC Fight Night 90
(sherdog.com)
The July 7 kickoff for the week of UFC 200 has a new bout, as all-action fighter Alan Jouban will meet “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Nordine Taleb at UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the welterweight contest on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 90 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, headlined by UFC lightweight champion defending his title against former Bellator MMA 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez.
Submitted May 2, 2016 10:57PM by JLS1980 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
3-Time NCAA Wrestling All-American Jarod Trice Signs with Bellator MMA
(sherdog.com)
Decorated collegiate wrestler Jarod Trice is set to embark on a mixed martial arts career with Bellator MMA. Bellator officials on Monday announced that the organization has signed Trice to “an exclusive, multi-fight contract.” Specifics of the deal were not revealed. Trice, a three-time NCAA Div. I All-American at Iowa State University, wrestled as a heavyweight in college but is expected to make his MMA debut at 205 pounds. In addition to his freestyle accolades, Trice is also an accomplished Greco-Roman wrestler. According to Bellator, the 27-year-old Michigan native is currently training alongside fellow wrestlers-turned-fighters Darrion Caldwell and Bubba Jenkins.
Submitted May 2, 2016 8:11PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Kaline Medeiros replaces injured Mizuki Inoue at Invicta 17
(mmafighting.com)
A couple late changes have been made to this weekend's Invicta 17 event. Japan's Mizuki Inoue has withdrawn from the event in Costa Mesa, Calif. due to a training injury, the company announced Monday. Taking her place in a strawweight matchup against Brazil's Aline Serio (9-5) will be Kaline Medeiros (6-4).
Submitted May 2, 2016 7:59PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez sets sights on Wilson Reis for summer bout
(mmajunkie.com)
Two-time UFC flyweight challenger Joseph Benavidez originally planned to fight at the recent UFC 197 event, win his sixth straight fight, and call again for a title shot. With current champ Demetrious Johnson by his side at the podium, it would have made for a nice photo op and a few stories. “I wanted to say ‘Hey, I beat somebody else – let me fight the winner,'” Benavidez (24-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio.
Submitted May 2, 2016 7:00PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Luis Felix vs. Ryan Sanders title fight headlines CES MMA 36 on AXS TV
(mmajunkie.com)
A championship rematch is slated to headline next month’s CES MMA 36 event. Officials today announced lightweight champion Luis Felix (14-9) and challenger Ryan Sanders (10-7) will rematch at the June 10 event, which airs on AXS TV from Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I.
Submitted May 2, 2016 6:59PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
With Chandler-Thomson scrapped, Bellator 154 adds Sergei Kharitonov vs. Josh Appelt
(mmajunkie.com)
After losing one high-profile bout, officials today added some new fights to this month’s Bellator 154 lineup. With an injury forcing Josh Thomson (22-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) out of a planned bout with former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA), the organization has scrapped the matchup altogether. The latest Bellator 154 card now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 8 p.m. ET) Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal Josh Appelt vs. Sergei Kharitonov Andre Fialho vs. Rick Reger TBA vs. TBA TBA vs. TBA PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) Jorge Acosta vs. Joshua Hardwick Victor Jones vs. Anthony Taylor Danasabe Mohammed vs. Martin Sano Steve Gruber vs. Josh Paiva Doyle Childs vs. Sam Spengler Jeremiah Labiano vs. Josh San Diego Alvin Cacdac vs. Darren Uyenoyama Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman Stephanie Frausto vs. Jamielene Nievara Brandon Hester vs. Nick Pica James Chapman vs. Sean Tucker
Submitted May 2, 2016 6:58PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Raoni Barcelos vs. Bobby Moffett title bout headlines RFA 39 in Indiana
(mmajunkie.com)
RFA 39 heads to “The Hoosier State” in June with a featherweight championship headliner. RFA 39 takes place June 17 at Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Ind. The main card airs on AXS TV. The promotion recently announced the event details.
Submitted May 2, 2016 6:57PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Kamaru Usman out of UFC 198 bout with Sergio Moraes
(mmajunkie.com)
Sergio Moraes needs a new opponent at UFC 198 after Kamaru Usman was forced out of their welterweight matchup. The change was originally reported by Combate and was subsequently confirmed by MMAjunkie. Usman has been replaced by Luan Chagas. UFC 198 takes place May 14 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the change, the UFC 198 card includes: Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva Cristiane Justino vs. Leslie Smith Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Rob Font vs. John Lineker Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo Luan Chagas vs. Sergio Moraes Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Submitted May 1, 2016 7:04PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Thomson injured, out of Bellator 154 co-main event vs. Michael Chandler
(bloodyelbow.com)
Bellator MMA is in search of a new opponent for ex-lightweight champion Michael Chandler, as FloCombat reports that Josh Thomson is injured and out of the Bellator 154 co-main event on May 14th. There's no word yet on what injury Thomson suffered, and Bellator hasn't released any official statements on Thomson's status.
Submitted May 1, 2016 7:01PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bellator's Jordan Parsons has part of leg amputated after apparent hit-and-run accident
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator fighter Jordan Parsons' career is likely over after being hit by a motor vehicle in Delray Beach, Florida on Sunday morning. Parsons, a featherweight affiliated with the Blackzilians, had the bottom half of his right leg amputated after he was apparently the victim of an apparent hit-and-run incident. As of Sunday afternoon, he's listed in critical condition at Delray Medical Center. Parsons, a Michigan native who had an 11-2 record (2-1 Bellator), was scheduled to fight Adam Piccolotti at Bellator 154 in San Jose on May 14. It is expected the bout will be scrapped and Piccolotti will not have a replacement opponent.
Submitted May 1, 2016 4:46PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Conor McGregor Tries to Run it Back, Tells UFC to ‘Cut the Bulls**t’
(mmaweekly.com)
The UFC has moved on from its UFC 200 spat with Conor McGregor. McGregor, however, hasn’t. He took another shot at the UFC brass on social media on Sunday, saying that “nobody gives a (expletive)” about the current slate of UFC 200 fights until Diaz vs. McGregor 2 is “settled.” “Nobody gives a (expletive) about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the (expletive). Run it back. #RealFight,” McGregor posted on Instagram, including a video clip from the fight...
Submitted May 1, 2016 1:21PM by grappler0000 - 34 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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