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Lightweight prospect Stevie Ray has been forced to withdraw from his fight on July 8 against Jake Matthews at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, the UFC confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by The Daily Telegraph. In Ray's stead, Matthews will take on fellow prospect Kevin Lee, who steps in as a replacement on five weeks' notice.
Lee (12-2) is a 23-year-old former Division II wrestler who has won five of his seven contests inside the Octagon since debuting in 2014.
Dane Christian Colombo looks to be headed to the Octagon. GNP1.de is reporting that “Godzilla” will be facing Jarjis Danho at the UFC in Hamburg, Germany on September 3. Colombo brings in an 8 win and 1 loss record, including six straight wins.
The heavyweight let on a little about some pending news, when last week he posted on Facebook, “Big news start next week and yes it is about Fighting….”
Colombo was last in the cage in December, when he TKO’d Tom Sasaki. He will become the first Danish heavyweight in the 8 sided cage. The big man turned pro back in 2010, and has only had one fight since 2013.
Once it was over, Cody Garbrandt didn’t want to leave. Standing in the octagon after his first-round knockout win over Thomas Almeida, enjoying the moment with the coaches who helped him get there, Garbrandt wanted to savor his victory for as long as possible.
As in, literally, he had to be forced out of the cage at the end of the night, such was his desire to stay in the moment.
Undefeated prospect Darrion Caldwell will look to keep his march toward a bantamweight title going when he meets Joe Taimanglo in the main event of Bellator 159.
In addition to the bout between Caldwell (9-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Taimanglo (22-6-1 MMA, 5-3 BMMA), Bellator announced a lightweight co-main event featuring Melvin Guillard (32-16-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and David Rickels (17-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA).
Jeremy Stephens, who’s fought 23 times under the UFC banner, earned the largest disclosed payout at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event.
MMAjunkie today requested and received the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the event.
UFC Fight Night 88 took place Sunday at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Stephens (25-12 MMA, 12-11 UFC) earned a unanimous-decision victory over former bantamweight champion Renan Barao (33-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who moved up to featherweight for the fight, in the night’s co-headliner. Like Stephens, Barao earned $50,000 to show, and he would’ve earned a $50,000 win bonus if victorious.
Season three of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America,” the Latin-American spinoff of UFC’s long-running reality competition, debuts August 20 on UFC Fight Pass.
The season will feature lightweight fighters competing for coaches Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, both former light heavyweight champions and members of the UFC Hall of Fame.
Cody Garbrandt notched the biggest victory of his young career Sunday evening at UFC Fight Night 88, knocking out the previously undefeated Thomas Almeida in Round 1.
Now, "No Love" turns his attention to his next opponent, and he already has a name and a date in mind.
"Going into this fight with Thomas Almeida, obviously Aljamain Sterling and Bryan Caraway [were] matched up [on the card] too, and they talked about the winners facing each other," Garbrandt told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "So, I have no doubt in my mind that if Aljamain would’ve won, I’d be fighting Aljamain. Bryan won, so now why can’t I fight Bryan? Why shouldn’t I be fighting Bryan for the next in line for a title shot or that ranking up there? I think I just got ranked fifth, he’s fourth, so let’s fight Sept. 10 [at UFC 203]."
Shahbulat Shamhalaev was taken to hospital with various gunshot wounds on Wednesday following an altercation at a local restaurant in Makhachkala, Dagestan.
Shamhalaev, a former Bellator featherweight tournament winner, was reportedly shot five times by unnamed assailants. He was immediately taken to hospital, where he underwent surgery and had a kidney removed at approximately 4pm Moscow time.
The former title challenger is in stable condition but remains in intensive care.
Jack Hermansson (13-2) has signed with the UFC. It became official today, as the UFC announced that the Swede will be facing the UK’s Scott Askham at the UFC in Hamburg, Germany on September 3. “It feels fantastic, I am looking forward to it like crazy!! ” says an excited Hermansson to MMAViking.com immediately after the signing.
Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event drew an announced attendance of 5,193 for a live gate of $359,000.
UFC Vice President of Public Relations, Athlete Marketing and Development Dave Sholler announced the tallies at the post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC Fight Night 88 took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko's trainer, Pavel Fedotov, was shot and taken to the emergency room after a shootout at a chicken restaurant in the Chorrilos district of Lima, Peru. Shevchenko was also present at the establishment during the chaos. The news was reported on Monday by Peruvian news outlet El Comercio.
Three armed robbers allegedly entered the establishment Sunday night, taking 5,000 soles – about 1,486 U.S. dollars – from the cash register as well as cellphones, wallets and other belongings from the customers. The robbers also assaulted anyone who resisted the robbery, splitting open the heads of three customers, according to the report.
The robbery and the shootout were captured by security cameras. Shevchenko can be seen in the video rushing to her coach's aid after the shooting ceased.
LAS VEGAS – Cody Garbrandt, Jake Collier, Jeremy Stephens and Renan Barao each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event.
Garbrandt and Collier earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Stephens and Barao took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
The winners were announced on FOX Sports 1’s post-fight broadcast.
Big heavyweight bookings continue to pour in, and a pair of former UFC champs meet in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night in Hamburg.
UFC officials today announced that Andrei Arlovski (25-12 MMA, 14-6 UFC) meets Josh Barnett (34-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the card’s featured contest, the first fight set for the Sept. 3 event at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
A heavyweight clash between a pair of fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses is set for UFC 203.
UFC officials announced Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will face former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 203, which takes place Sept. 10 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
With the addition to the card, UFC 203 now includes:
Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum
Lucas Martins still isn’t sure why he’s no longer fighting for the UFC, but regardless of the reason, he stills plans to work his way to the octagon following a baffling post-victory pink slip.
This past month at UFC Fight Night 86, Martins (16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) picked up a split-decision win over fellow featherweight Robert Whiteford (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
The April 10 victory moved 27-year-old Martins to a respectable 4-3 in the UFC, where his losses have come to no slouches (Edson Barboza, Darren Elkins and Mirsad Bektic). Additionally, despite the judges being split, every major media outlet scored the UFC Fight Night 86 bout for Martins, according to MMADecisions.com.
Yet, a few weeks after the victory, the UFC released him.
Alexis Dufresne is surprisingly realistic about her position in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division after pulling off the biggest victory of her career with an upset of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155 earlier this month.
Dufresne (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) stepped in as an injury replacement for Julia Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight meant to decide Bellator’s inaugural women’s 145-pound champion. Once Budd pulled out, however, the promotion changed the fight with Coenen (23-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to a non-title affair.
Marloes Coenen and Alexis Dufresne
The call to fight Coenen came with just two weeks to prepare after Dufresne had taken a 16-month layoff from the sport to give birth. Dufresne was five pounds overweight for the fight, which ruffled the feathers of her opponent. But she secured the triangle-armbar victory to join Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Miesha Tate as one of the few fighters to beat Coenen, a former Strikeforce champion, since 2009.
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist.
A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing.
But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate.
Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Luke Rockhold minced no words when giving a prediction for his UFC 199 main event rematch with Michael Bisping. The UFC middleweight champ is notoriously confident, but for this one, he said there’s no doubt.
“I know that I’m going to knock Michael Bisping out in devastating fashion,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “I don’t think it, I know it. I know it’s going to happen. I’m going to stay composed, I’m going to find my timing, I’m going to pick my shots and then I’m going to lay the smack down.”
A pair of key matchups in their respective divisions has been added to July’s WSOF 32 event, as Shamil Gamzatov (10-0) faces Louis Taylor (12-3) in the middleweight division, and Hakeem Dawodu (5-0-1) rematches Marat Magomedov (7-0-1) at featherweight.
Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill – for bantamweight title
Champ Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer – for featherweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Caros Fodor
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Louis Taylor
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card.
Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card.
With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas
Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani
Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter
Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter
Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey
Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins
Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz
Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA
Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith
Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith
Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley
John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA
Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis
Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar