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Vitaly Minakov has certainly endured his share of differences with his current employers, but the former Bellator heavyweight champion says the promotion’s new regime has created an entirely new working environment, and he’s not ruling out a return to the company.
November’s quickly filling UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has a new addition.
Officials today announced a bout between veteran middleweight Chris Camozzi (24-11 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Australia’s Daniel Kelly (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
A lightweight clash has been set up for the UFC's return to Belfast, Northern Ireland at UFC Fight Night 99.
On Thursday, the UFC announced that James Krause will take on Ross Pearson at the event, which takes place on Nov. 19 at the SSE Arena.
Neil Seery has been competing professionally in MMA since 2005, and at 37 years of age, he’s the oldest flyweight on the UFC roster. The Irish fan favorite has competed inside the Octagon six times, and his seventh one will also double as the final fight of his career.
In an interview with Newstalk’s Peter Carroll, Seery explained his decision to retire after his upcoming UFC Belfast showdown with Ian McCall.
“I’m 37 years of age. I’m looking at the younger lads coming through the ranks, how they’re training and adjusting, and it’s hard for me to keep up with that with a family, a full-time job and everything else I’m managing,” explained the father of four.
“(Kyoji) Horiguchi was a completely different fighter to me than he was against Demetrious Johnson. I had never felt a flyweight as strong as he was that night. That’s how much these guys are training, they can completely change their approach in just a year.
“These guys are full-time athletes. I’ve never been a full-time athlete and I’ve hung in there with those guys. But again, I’m not here to just hang in there with people just so I can say I’m in the UFC. I’m happy with what I’ve done in the sport. Now is the right time.
“I’m going to get to walk away while I’m still in the UFC and not a lot of people get to do that. A lot of people get cut from the UFC and then try to put a run back together to get back in.
“I’ve made this decision. My final fight will be against a man whose style I have admired for a long time. The fact that I get to have my final fight in Belfast is just a really nice bonus.”
The UFC will be holding its pre-fight press conference for UFC 205 on Tuesday, September 27th in New York City. The said presser will feature the event’s main attractions, as well as the entire fight card.
Dave Sholler: UFC 205 press conference planned for Tuesday at Theater at MSG in NYC at 6pm ET. Open to public. Streamed live at UFC.com
Conor McGregor wants to fight at Madison Square Garden later this year.
Contrary to a report on FS1's UFC Tonight, multiple sources have confirmed that the Irishman is ready and willing to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title on Nov. 12 in New York City.
Derek Brunson did not waste any time getting his next fight booked.
Fresh off his first-round TKO of Uriah Hall just four days ago, Brunson will take on Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Jacare on Nov. 27 in Melbourne, Australia, the UFC announced Wednesday.
The UFC's maiden voyage to Madison Square Garden in New York City finally is taking shape.
On Wednesday night, five fights were made official for UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at MSG. Among them was the welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum, along with a featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens. The fights were announced on UFC Tonight.
Also made official for the card was middleweight bouts between former 205-pound champion Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy, as well as a Tim Boetsch and Rafael Natal. The other fight that was announced as a women's strawweight bout between New Jersey-based fighter Katlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche, who hasn't fought since April 2015.
Amid rumors of featherweight champ Conor McGregor heading to lightweight to challenge champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, UFC President Dana White tweeted a suggestion the promotion was planning for a Khabib Nurmagomedov title bid at the event instead.
Now, it appears the bout could slide from the UFC’s first ever trip to New York to the promotion’s return to Toronto at UFC 206.
On “UFC Tonight” on FS1, Megan Olivi reported Alvarez had missed the contract deadline for the bout to go down at UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The UFC is now reportedly targeting UFC 206 for the lightweight title tilt between Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (23-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC).
UFC fans have become accustomed to the likes of Joe Rogan, Kenny Florian, Dan Hardy, and Brian Stann handling color commentary duties at cageside on fight night. Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier have been regulars in the FOX and FS1 studios, but you’ll be hearing both of them alongside Jon Anik over the next two weeks.
Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports that Cruz will be in Brasilia for this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg show, while Cormier will do UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on October 1st, in Portland, Oregon.
After thumping former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, C.M. Punk, earlier this month in his long-awaited professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, Mickey Gall has opted to embrace a professional wrestling gimmick, challenging fellow up-and-coming prospect Sage Northcutt to a Hair vs. Hair match.
Yo Super Scared Corncutt, How bout a bet: Loser shaves their head? Stop takin selfies & take antibiotics. I'm gonna hurt u
The Bellator cage is set to land in Italy for a second time this December when Bellator 167 takes place at Mandela Forum in Florence.
The promotion announced the Dec. 10 event via a press release. The card features both MMA and kickboxing bouts and will air on Spike, though exact broadcast details have not been revealed. Bellator first traveled to Italy for Bellator 152, which was held April 16 at Pala Alpitour in Turin.
A light heavyweight bout between Joey Beltran (17-13 MMA, 3-4 BMMA) and Alessio Sakara (18-11 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) will serve as the headline bout for the MMA portion of the event.
The pound-for-pound best boxer in the world recently told Fight Hype that his attempts to make the dream fight happen didn’t go anywhere and now he’s moving on.
"I tried to make the fight happen between me and Conor McGregor. We wasn’t able to make the fight happen, so we must move on. It’s so crazy that ya’ll talk about fighting Conor Mcgregor. Now there are so many fighters in boxing that want to fight Conor Mcgregor. But I was the first, once again. I feel honored to be the biggest name in MMA and in boxing and I don’t even compete no more. That’s so great. That’s the great thing about my career."
Not so fast on that Gian Villante vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima fight at UFC 205 after all.
According to multiple sources, the light heavyweight fight is now off the card due to a minor injury suffered by Villante. The injury isn't expected to sideline Villante for too long, though. It is unclear whether de Lima will remain on the card.
The card for Bellator 162 continues to come together with the addition of three bouts, two scheduled for the main card.
In a press release today, the promotion announced a middleweight bout between Hisaki Kato (6-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and A.J. Matthews (8-5 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) and a lightweight bout featuring Ryan Couture (10-4 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Goiti Yamauchi (19-3 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) scheduled for the main card. In addition, Ricky Rainey (11-4 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) and Gilbert Smith (12-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) meet in a welterweight preliminary bout.
It's safe to say Michael Bisping doesn't have many friends in the UFC's middleweight division nor is he looking to make any.
In light of these developments, Bisping took to Champion.co to express he feelings on Weidman and Rockhold and their future prospects as well as to respond again to some of the comments made by Weidman.
"I thought Rockhold was going the Derek Zoolander route, but I guess that might not be working out for him as well as he thought it would. Maybe the winner can get a school for people who can't read good and who want to learn to do other stuff good, too."
"Seriously, though, I think Jacare beats him. I don't think Rockhold will ever be the same again. I think I exposed him, to be honest. I think I exposed his chin, for sure. If Jacare stands in the pocket with him, he can definitely catch him. Vitor did it, I did it and Jacare can do it, too.
"Rockhold is good, don't get me wrong. He's got great kicks and very, very good jiu-jitsu, but he doesn't have very good hands. If you get past the kicks and get him close, you can catch him.
"The good thing for me is that one of them gets beat. I couldn't care less which one it is. I'll fight the winner of that one or the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman. Makes no difference to me."
UFC 205 is going to be a big event – even if booking the potential headliner seems like an ongoing ordeal.
While UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has long been speculated as a likely UFC 205 opponent for lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) – with the bout expected to take place at 155 pounds – UFC President Dana White is apparently going a different direction.
Zak Ottow has gotten his call-up to the big leagues. “The Barbarian” will face Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 96.
Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC) was originally set to face Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the lightweight bout. However, Green withdrew from the bout citing “personal issues,” opening the door for Ottow (13-3 MMA, 0-0) to make his octagon debut.
A UFC official today confirmed the bout to MMAjunkie.
The UFC is preparing for a future without longtime matchmaker Joe Silva.
The promotion announced Tuesday that it has hired former Legacy FC front man Mick Maynard as the vice president of talent relations. Sean Shelby, who worked under Silva, has been promoted to Silva's old role of senior senior vice president of talent relations. The two will work together to organize UFC bouts, develop athletes on the roster and scout potential talent, per a release.
Silva will retire at the end of 2016 after more than 20 years with the UFC. Silva began with the promotion before the Fertitta brothers and Dana White even bought it, while it was still owned by Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG).
"Joe Silva's contributions to the UFC over the last 20 years were huge, and he played a big role in helping make the sport as big as it is today," UFC president Dana White said in a release. "He left his mark on this sport and I wish him nothing but success in retirement."
"I'm excited to have Mick on board working alongside Sean. Mick has become one of the most respected people in the fight game and he's done a great job in finding and developing talent. Sean has been a tremendous asset to the UFC for a long time, and I look forward to working with Sean and Mick in the years to come."
One of MMA’s most iconic and trail-blazing programs is set for a series finale on Sept. 30.
“Inside MMA,” which launched nearly a decade ago on AXS TV (formerly HDNet), airs it 433rd and final episode on Sept. 30, officials recently announced.
Hosts Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck, along with former/original host Kenny Rice, will look back on the show’s history and favorite moments.
“Inside MMA” gave the sport some of its first mainstream coverage and acceptance. The news and interview show has been a Friday-night staple for fight fans and has featured many of the top fighters, coaches and executives in the sport. (MMAjunkie is a previous content partner with “Inside MMA.”)
“‘Inside MMA’ blazed the trail for mainstream media’s acceptance of MMA,” AXS TV Founder and CEO Mark Cuban stated. “Bas, Kenny and Ron were there from the start, introducing the sport and its stars to a national television audience when other networks and newspapers were too afraid and out of touch to recognize its appeal.”
In a press release, officials said the show’s cancellation will help accommodate AXS TV’s “increased commitment to live MMA events.” That includes the new Legacy Fighting Alliance – the merger of the successful Legacy FC and RFA promotions – and its planned 30 live events in 2017.