After Lengthy Hiatus, UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy Says He Has a Fight Booked
After nearly two years away, it appears that UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy is ready to return to the Octagon.
“I have a fight. I can’t tell you anything about it. The UFC has to announce it, but after I come back from South America, I am in shape. I have been training, I knew I had a fight coming up,” Kennedy said in a video on his Facebook page. “And now I’m telling you -- I have a fight"
Ken Shamrock’s fight license revoked in Texas after positive steroid test
Ken Shamrock's comeback in the cage will have to be put on hold.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has revoked the fight license of the MMA legend and fined him $2,500 after he tested positive for steroids in February, according to public records obtained by MMA Fighting.
And we all laughed at Texas for being pretty damn weak as a commission, guess they are trying to make a change huh?
Alexa Grasso makes UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark in Mexico City
Undefeated strawweight Alexa Grasso will make her UFC debut in November, facing “The Ultimate Fighter 20” cast member Heather Jo Clark at UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking following an initial report from Indiscutido.com.
Grasso is currently sitting at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings.
The UFC’s Mexico City “Fight Night” card will take place Nov. 5. at Mexico City Arenaand also is expected to feature the finale of the latest edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.” In the main event, Tony Ferguson takes on former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Ben Saunders, booked for regional fight vs. Jacob Volkmann, explains UFC exit
After a three-fight winning streak in his return to the UFC, Ben Saunders was stopped by Patrick Cote in January.
Losing to a former title challenger to have a streak snapped is not something that normally would send a fighter packing from the UFC. But quietly, Saunders found himself no longer on the promotion’s roster.
Next month, Saunders will get back to work for the first time since his loss to Cote, but it won’t be in the UFC. Instead, Saunders (19-7-2) will fight in Minnesota for Fight Night at the Island against fellow UFC vet Jacob Volkmann (19-6). The event takes place at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn.
Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan completes Bellator 161 main card
The main card for Bellator’s return to Texas is complete with the addition of a lightweight battle between Derek Campos and Djamil Chan.
The promotion announced the bout via a press release.
Bellator 161 takes place Sept. 16 at H-E-B Center in Cedar Park, Texas. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Campos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) is coming off a stunning knockout victory over Melvin Guillard at the promotion’s tentpole Bellator 149 event. The knockout snapped a two-fight losing skid. He is 2-3 since a career-best five-fight winning streak from October 2012 to March 2014.
Erik Koch out, Drew Dober draws newcomer Jason Gonzalez at UFC 203
RFA and “The Ultimate Fighter 22” vet Jason Gonzalez is headed to the big show after a training injury scrapped Erik Koch from next month’s UFC 203, the promotion announced today.
Gonzalez (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face off with veteran Drew Dober (16-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the Sept. 10 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The fight card’s official order has yet to be announced. Preliminary card bouts can been seen on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Travis Browne steps in for Ben Rothwell, rematches Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203
Travis Browne will get a second crack at Fabricio Werdum.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with two people familiar with the agreement that Browne and Werdum have verbally committed to meet at UFC 203. Those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not publicly authorized to discuss such matters.
The move was necessitated by an injury to Ben Rothwell, who was originally expected to face Werdum. Bout agreements for the new contest are expected to be finalized shortly.
The UFC 203 lineup now includes:
Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum
Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk
Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera
Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood
Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall
Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares
Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez
Conor McGregor unsure of going back to 145 after UFC 202, interested in Nate Diaz trilogy
UFC president Dana White has promised that Conor McGregor will drop back down to featherweight and unify the title with Jose Aldo, the interim champ, next. McGregor, though, doesn't seem to be all that interested in an Aldo rematch.
McGregor defeated Aldo to win the UFC featherweight title by knockout in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 back in December. Aldo bounced back to defeat Frankie Edgar to win the interim title at UFC 200 last month.
McGregor was present at that bout, even standing up and watching much of the fight from that position while everyone was sitting down around him. But McGregor made it seem like Friday on a UFC 202 media conference call that he was looking toward a fresh fight — one against Frankie Edgar.
Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabricio Werdum
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell is withdrawing from UFC 203 due to a knee injury, multiple sources today told MMAjunkie.
The UFC is seeking a replacement for ex-champ Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) for the event, which takes place Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
A team representative said Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury.
With support of major sports names, new group forms to get UFC fighters unionized
The group is being led by longtime baseball agent Jeff Borris, labor attorney Lucas Middlebrook and economist Andrew Zimbalist. Borris once represented the likes of Barry Bonds, Jose Canseco and Rickey Henderson. Middlebrook, best known in the MMA space as Nick Diaz's lawyer, is counsel for the Major League Soccer referees union, NBA referees union and the unions for Southwest Airlines employees. Zimbalist is a highly regarded and oft-published sports economist.
The PFA has also received the support of the MLBPA, NFLPA, NHLPA, NBAPA and MLSPU.
Not cut, Ben Saunders explains why he’s no longer on the UFC roster
Ben Saunders wanted to clear up a few things, so he took to the UG forum Monday evening.
After news surfaced that he was no longer with the UFC, the popular welterweight fighter explained his version of what went on over the last few months. Saunders said he was not cut by the UFC. Instead, he said he fought out his contract and, due to multiple personal reasons, was not quick to re-sign.
Once Saunders did feel ready to put pen on paper, he said, it was too late. The UFC had already moved on without him.
Joe Warren vs. Sirwan Kakai Set for Bellator 161 Co-Main Event
A bantamweight clash pitting Joe Warren against Sirwan Kakai has been booked for the Bellator 161 co-headliner.
Sherdog.com confirmed the matchup with a promotion official on Tuesday following an initial report from FloCombat.com. Bellator 161 takes place at the HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas on Sept. 16 and is headlined by a heavyweight duel between Cheick Kongo and Tony Johnson.
Michal Materla-Rousimar Palhares Showdown to Headline KSW 36 on Oct. 1
Former Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki middleweight champion Michal Materla will face mercurial Brazilian grappler Rousimar Palhares in the KSW 36 main event on Oct. 1 at the Sport and Entertainment Hall in Zielona Gora, Poland, In the co-headliner, Tomasz Narkun will defend his KSW light heavyweight crown against Ultimate Fighting Championship and Pride Fighting Championships veteran Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
UFC 202's Guangyou Ning Not at Fault After Testing Positive for Banned Anabolic Agent
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has determined that UFC bantamweight Guangyou Ning is not at fault for a failed out-of-competition drug test earlier this year.
Ning, 34, tested positive for traces of the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol in a urine sample provided on May 19. Clenbuterol is often used to treat breathing disorders and while it has never been approved by the U.S. FDA, it is available in other countries throughout the world. As far as a potential performance enhancer, it is believed to aid fat loss for anabolic steroid users.
However, USADA issued a statement Tuesday clearing Ning of any wrongdoing because his positive test likely resulted from contaminated meat.
Joe Pingitore now meets Matt Bessette for vacant 145 title at CES MMA 37
The promotional brass almost certainly will be glad to put CES MMA 37 behind them after Friday night, but the show is going on.
In the new co-main event, Joe Pingitore (6-2-1) gets a shot at a title when he meets Matt Bessette (19-7) for the vacant featherweight belt, the promotion today announced. Pingitore gets the call in place of Stephen Cerventes (6-1), who was arrested this past Friday for two counts each of criminal sexual penetration and criminal sexual contact of a minor, according to court records obtained by the Albuquerque Journal.
CES MMA 37 takes place Friday at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The CES MMA 37 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Andre Soukhamthath vs. Kin Moy – for bantamweight title
Matt Bessette vs. Joe Pingitore – for vacant featherweight title
Ashley Gooch vs. Greg Rebello – for vacant heavyweight title
Roy Jones vs. Chuck O’Neil
Bill Jones vs. TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET)
Pat McCrohan vs. Ruslan Melikov
Roosevelt Archie vs. Marquis Brewster
Mak Kelleher vs. Dylan Lockard
Stepford Ewings vs. Mike Rodriguez
Benson Henderson: Mackenzie Dern ‘will be bigger than Ronda Rousey'
Benson Henderson's MMA Lab has long been one of the top fight camps in the world. However one of the team's brightest stars is still in the infancy of her mixed martial arts career.
At the age of 23, jiu-jitsu prodigy Mackenzie Dern showcased her vast potential at Legacy FC 58 in July, dominating Kenia Rosas to win her professional debut with a one-sided decision. Now, with her first step out of the way, Henderson sees big things ahead in Dern's fighting future.
"She will be bigger than Ronda Rousey before Ronda Rousey lost," Henderson said Monday on The MMA Hour. "She's going to be huge. She's going to be big. She has an excellent work ethic.
"Go look her up, she is a multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion. She's won ADCC. She's won Abu Dhabi. She's won Worlds. She's the current No. 1 ranked female jiu-jitsu practitioner on the planet. She has an amazing work ethic. She's an amazing athlete. She definitely needs to work on her MMA skills, but her ground game is phenomenal. Any woman on the planet goes to the ground with Mackenzie and Mackenzie is going to tap her, or dominate her like she did her first opponent."
Dern is indeed the current No. 1 ranked IBJJF female jiu-jitsu player in the world, and her list of accolades rivals those of any female grappler in history.
A jiu-jitsu black belt under her father Wellington "Megaton" Dias, Dern won many of her grappling titles competing between 127 and 132 pounds, however she cut down to the 115-pound strawweight division for her MMA debut and has stated that her goal is to sign with the UFC in 2017.
Tim Means gets replacement opponent, meets Titan, Bellator vet Sabah Homasi at UFC 202
Tim Means will in fact compete at next week’s UFC 202 event. Newcomer Sabah Homasi has signed with the promotion and will make his debut opposite “The Dirty Bird” as a welterweight replacement for the injured Sean Strickland.
A 170-pound matchup between Means ((25-7-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Homasi (11-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finalizes the lineup for the Aug. 20 card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout is expected to air on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
With the change to the card, UFC 202 now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title welterweight bout
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry
Sabah Homasi vs. Tim Means
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov
Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny
Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin
Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera
Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori