UFC Announces Return to Belfast, Lays Out Remainder of 2016 Schedule
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the remainder of its schedule for 2016 at Friday’s UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 press conference in Las Vegas.
UFC Fight Night 98 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 19
UFC Fight Night 99 in Brazil on November 19
UFC Fight Night 100 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, on November 27 (November 26, U.S. Time)
The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale possibly at The Palms in Las Vegas on December 3
UFC Fight Night 101 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, on December 9
UFC 206 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, on December 10
UFC Fight Night 102 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on December 17
UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, December 30
Albert Morales replaces Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas
Manny Gamburyan will no longer fight at next month’s UFC Fight Night 94 event.
Gamburyan (15-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC) has withdrawn from the event “for personal reasons,” and his opponent, Alejandro Perez (17-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC), now fights promotional newcomer and fellow fellow bantamweight Albert Morales (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), officials recently announced.
UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi, Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey set for Invicta FC 19
Invicta FC has a pair of title fights coming up next month.
Jennifer Maia will defend her flyweight title against fan favorite Roxanne Modafferi in the main event of Invicta FC 19 on Sept. 23 in Kansas City, it was announced Wednesday. In the co-main event, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki will face Jinh Yu Frey.
Maia (13-4-1) won the interim belt by beating Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision in March. The exciting Brazilian striker has won four in a row. Maia, 27, only has two losses since 2012.
Modafferi (19-12) has won two in a row, including a split decision win over DeAnna Bennett in March. The popular Modafferi is a pioneer in women's MMA, beginning her pro career in 2003. Modafferi, 33, has turned her career around after moving from Japan to Las Vegas to train at Syndicate MMA.
Injuries push Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan to Bellator 160 main card
Bellator MMA announced a set of changes to their Bellator 160 fight card and bout order Thursday. According to a release from the promotion, main card fighters Henry Corrales and Lena Ovchynnikova have sustained injuries. Both have been removed from the card.
As a consequence, A.J. McKee, who was set to face Corrales in a featherweight contest, will now face Cody Walker on the main card of the event. Ovchynnikova's flyweight bout with Jaimelene Nievera, which was previously slotted as the event's main card opener, has been scrapped entirely. Moving up to take its place from the preliminary card is a rematch between top featherweights Georgi Karakhanyan and Bubba Jenkins.
Bellator 160 is headlined by a lightweight clash between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire.
Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett vs. Minoru Kimura added to next Rizin FF event
Pride FC veteran Charles Bennett is set to make his return to Japan at Rizin FF event in September. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.
The 36-year-old fighter is set to take on Brazilian kickboxer Minoru Kimura in a featherweight bout. This fight will be contested under MMA rules.
This will be Kimura's first fight under MMA rules. The 22-year-old fighter has been fighting in kickboxing since 2010, compiling an impressive record of 21-6-1 with 15 knockout victories. He also hold a record of 5-3 in top kickboxing promotion K-1.
Dana White: 'It's looking like Jon Jones did not' knowingly take drug flagged by USADA
"I don't even know if this is public. I didn't know if I can talk about it," White said. "Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can't do it. It's looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug everybody thought he took. It looks like it's something else.
"I'll let this thing play out and if that's true and that's what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission say happened, it could look good for Jon Jones."
Veronica Macedo replaces Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 93 in Germany
Ashlee Evans-Smith has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 93 event.
Germaine de Randamie (6-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has suffered a foot injury, and promotional newcomer Veronica Macedo (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Evans-Smith (4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Evans-Smith and de Randamie announced the changes via social media (via Facebook and Instagram), though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement:
CES MMA 38 set for Sept. 23, includes UFC vets Levan Makashvili vs. Sean Soriano
CES MMA will return to Connecticut next month, and its next card will include a pair of UFC veterans squaring off at featherweight.
Levan Makashvili (11-2-1) will take on Sean Soriano (9-4) at CES MMA 38, promotion officials today announced. In addition, a featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar (15-2) and Chris Foster (9-4) was announced, as was a flyweight fight featuring Carlos Candelario (4-0) vs. Brandon Warne (1-1).
CES MMA 38 will take place Sept. 23 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card will air live on AXS TV. No main event for the card was announced, though all three fights are expected to be part of the main card.
Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi added to UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines
A flyweight contest between a pair of onetime UFC title challengers has been added to UFC Fight 97.
UFC official recently announced that Russia’s Ali Bagautinov (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will face Japan’s Kyoji Horiguchi (17-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at the event.
UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
WSOF, Bellator vet Cody Bollinger in for Padilla vs. Anthony Avila at Friday's RFA 42
Friday’s RFA 42 event has had a change, and a WSOF and Bellator veteran will get the short-notice call as a result.
Chris Padilla (7-1) has been forced out of his lightweight fight against Anthony Avila (12-4) with a broken hand, a promotion official confirmed to MMAjunkie. Stepping in for Padilla on short notice is Cody Bollinger (18-5).
RFA 42 takes place Friday at Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, Calif. The main card airs on AXS TV.
Featherweight champ Andre Harrison meets Alexandre Bezerra in third title fight for Titan FC 41
Next month’s Titan FC 41 event now will feature a trio of title fights at the top of the bill.
Featherweight champion Andre Harrison (13-0) will go after his fourth title defense when he meets Alexandre Bezerra (18-4) on the card in South Florida. Titan officials announced the new title booking today.
Already announced for Titan FC 41 is a main event inaugural women’s bantamweight title fight – a trilogy rematch – between Carina Damm and Kalindra Faria and Farkhad Sharipov vs. Andrew Whitney in the final of a bantamweight tournament to determine the 135-pound men’s champ.
Rizin FF announces Gabi Garcia's opponent, new fights and more for GP event
Nine-time jiujitsu world champion and recently turned MMA fighter Gabi Garcia finally has an opponent for her upcoming fight at September's Rizin Fighting Federation event.
The news was announced by the promotion on Tuesday, along with other new match ups and participants of the open-weight tournament.
The undefeated Garcia is set to take on football player Destanie Yarbrough, who's 1-0 as a professional fighter. Yarbrough made her MMA debut on April at The Warriors Cage 24, defeating Crystal Parson via first-round technical knockout. Meanwhile, the 30-year-old Garcia is 2-0 in MMA, with her last fight being in April where she submitted Anna Malyukova.
Additionally, two more woman's bouts where added to the card, as three-time junior Olympic wrestling medalist Kanako Murata will take on Kyra Batara in a strawweight bout, and 25-year-old kickboxing veteran Rena Kubota will fight Olympic wrestler Miyuu Yamamoto. The weight class for Kubota vs. Yamamoto is yet to be announced.
Carina Damm meets Kalindra Faria for women's bantamweight title at Titan FC 41
A pair of titles will be on the line when Titan FC returns to South Florida next month.
In the Titan FC 41 main event, Carina Damm (23-12) will meet Kalindra Faria (17-5-1) for the promotion’s inaugural women’s bantamweight title. That fight is a trilogy bout – the pair is 1-1 against each other.
And in the co-feature, Farkhad Sharipov (16-6) takes on Andrew Whitney (14-4) in the final of a bantamweight tournament to determine Titan’s 135-pound men’s champ.
Promotion officials recently announced the card, which will take place Sept. 9 at Bank United Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also announced for the card are four bouts pitting fighters from South Florida’s rival gyms, American Top Team and the Blackzilians. The Blackzilians’ Valdir Araujo (16-7) will meet ATT’s Taylor Krahl (7-3) in a 175-pound catchweight bout; ATT’s Steve Carl (22-5) fights Jason Jackson (5-2) at welterweight; the Blackzilians’ Demarques Jackson (5-0) fights Raush Manfio (7-1) at lightweight; and Caio Rocha (5-0) of the Blackzilians fights Aalon Cruz (3-1) at featherweight. Plus, a pair of heavyweights will make their pro debuts when Steve Mowry (0-0) takes on Romeo Valdez (0-0).
'UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2' gets 7 bouts, 3 a.m. local start time for main card
If you’re plan to watch UFC 204 in England, get prepared for a late night (or a very early morning).
Officials today formally announced seven bouts for the long-rumored card, which takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
To accommodate North American television audiences, the event is slated to kick off at the usual time of 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) with a 10 p.m. ET main card. That means the card kicks off at 11 p.m. local time, and the main card doesn’t commence until 3 a.m.
Demetrious Johnson wants Pride rules back, like soccer kicks and 10-minute rounds
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has gradually become more and more outspoken the longer his title reign has lasted. Now that the top P4P fighter has held his belt for almost four years, you're usually going to get a pretty frank answer when you ask Mighty Mouse a question. And at a Q&A ahead of a recent UFC event in Salt Lake City, Johnson was very blunt about the ABC's proposed change to a rule about knees to a grounded opponent in the Unified Rules of MMA.
The current rule makes kneeing an opponent to the head illegal if they have one hand on the mat. The proposed alteration would change that to two hands on the mat, which means only one hand would make it a legal knee. Regardless of the change, Johnson isn't a fan of fighters that use the tactic to avoid getting hit in the first place. And he wants more PRIDE-like rules, with stomps and head kicks on the ground (transcribed by MMA Junkie):
Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans in the works for NYC’s UFC 205
A middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans is in the works for UFC 205, the organization’s long-awaited debut in New York City later this year. FloCombat.com reported the news on Monday. UFC officials have not confirmed the matchup at this time.
Kennedy (18-5), who revealed he had a fight booked earlier this week, hasn’t competed in mixed martial arts since a controversial third-round TKO loss to top contender Yoel Romero at UFC 178 in September 2014. The devastating loss snapped a four-fight winning streak, which included a dominant win over current champ Michael Bisping.
Evans (19-5-1) will be dropping down to the middleweight division for the first time for this fight. He is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. Evans, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, returned from a lengthy layoff last year against Ryan Bader, and dropped a decision. In his last outing, he was knocked out by Glover Teixeira in the UFC on FOX 19 main event. His last victory was a stoppage over Chael Sonnen in late 2013.
Jon Jones breaks silence, says he's 'expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon'
The Jon Jones saga is not even close to being over. As the greatest talent to ever enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, it's going to be very tough to keep the former Light Heavyweight champion away from a comeback.
But as Jones gets dragged through the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) process after testing positive for banned substances prior to his UFC 200 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, which Jones got yanked from, what's going to be left of the 29-year-old superstar? And for that matter, when can fight fans expect Jones back?
Leave it up to the pound-for-pound legend to finally break his silence following UFC 200's debacle, reach out to his fans and give an update about his current state of play, recently posting this video to Instagram
Thiago 'Marreta' Santos vs. Eric Spiceley heads to UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia
The UFC’s return to Brazil next month has one more fight added to the lineup and with 14 bouts likely is filled.
Thiago “Marreta” Santos (13-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will fight in front of his home fans against Eric Spicely (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a middleweight matchup. UFC officials recently announced the new booking for UFC Fight Night 95.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Derrick Lewis says he's fighting Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila
Derrick Lewis may have been hoping to get on the UFC 203 spot in Cleveland against Fabricio Werdum. But with that slot taken by Travis Browne, he’ll have to settle for something else.
It appears Lewis (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will fight fellow heavyweight Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) when the UFC returns to the Philippines in October. Lewis posted the matchup on his Instagram feed, and a Lewis representative told MMAjunkie verbal agreements for the bout are in place. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.