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Derek Brunson out of UFC 200 bout against Gegard Mousasi
Derek Brunson won't be competing against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200. The news was first reported by Sherdog on Sunday, and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting. Brunson, who's currently ranked No. 11 in the UFC's middleweight rankings, was forced to pull out of his bout with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Mousasi for unknown reasons. The 32-year-old middleweight is currently 6-1 in his past seven trips to the octagon. He last fought on February at UFC Fight Night 83, defeating Roan Carneiro. His fight with Mousasi was to serve as a UFC Fight Pass preliminary bout.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 2:47PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 89 bonuses: As if you need to ask who earned 'Fight of the Night' honors
OTTAWA, Canada – Donald Cerrone, Krzysztof Jotko, Steve Bosse and Sean O'Connell each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 89 event. Cerrone and Jotko each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Bosse and O’Connell took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 11:05AM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anthony Johnson Withdraws From UFC on Fox 20 Co-Main Event vs. Glover Teixeira
Anthony Johnson is out of a UFC on Fox 20 co-headlining matchup with Glover Texieira. Multiple outlets confirmed Johnson’s exit on Saturday following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The cause of Johnson’s withdrawal was not disclosed, and the UFC has not formally announced a replacement opponent for Teixeira.
Submitted Jun 18, 2016 5:02PM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz among UFC Fight Night 93 additions
September’s UFC return to Germany has two new additions, and one of them includes a former title challenger. Former light-heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and fellow contender Jan Blachowicz (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are slated for the event, and bantamweights Brad Pickett (25-11 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Henry Briones (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have also been booked. UFC Fight Night 93 takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 8:11AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paul Felder vs. Francisco Trinaldo in the works for UFC’s return to Brazil
The UFC will return to Brazil on Sept. 23, and the promotion is already working on the card. The yet-to-be-named UFC event will feature a lightweight clash between Paul Felder and Francisco Trinaldo, multiple sources close to the situation told MMA Fighting. Felder (12-2), who has competed outside of the United States only once in his MMA career, enters the bout coming off back-to-back wins over Daron Cruickshank and Josh Burkman, improving to 4-2 under the UFC banner.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 7:14AM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
An in-depth look at shady billionaire who attempted to buy the UFC and now promotes Fedor in Russia
Russian oligarch share many things in common: ostentatious behavior, lavish lifestyles, and questionable pasts are some of the ones that come to mind. Few, however, can be found in a Moscow gym, dressed in a tracksuit, training with professional fighters. Ziyavudin Magomedov is not your average Russian billionaire. Born and raised in Dagestan, Ziyavudin emerged from a troubled childhood on the streets of Makhachkala to become one of the republic's most prosperous businessmen. According to Forbes, he is the chairman of Summa Group, a "conglomerate invested in port logistics, engineering, construction, telecommunications, and oil and gas." His estimated wealth fluctuates regularly but was recently estimated at 1.2bn.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 5:05AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, meets Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201
Jorge Masvidal (29-11 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has stepped in for an injured Claudio Silva (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now will meet Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 201. UFC officials today announced the change in plans. With the change to the card, UFC 201 now includes: Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis – for flyweight title Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Jorge Masvidal Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:47PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 160 targeted for Aug. 26 in Memphis
Bellator could be headed down south for a late summer event on Spike. Bellator 160 is targeted for Aug. 26, and Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., is a heavy favorite to host, multiple sources told MMAjunkie on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the news publicly. Landers Center previously hosted Bellator 120, which featured a light heavyweight grudge match between Quinton Jackson and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal that ended in a controversial decision for Jackson and a raucous post-fight press conference.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:46PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu added to UFC Fight Night 91
UFC Fight Night 91 has added a strawweight showdown between Cortney Casey and Cristina Stanciu. The UFC announced the bout on its official website. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 91 includes: Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya Ryan Hall vs. Alex White Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:43PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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At age 33, John Howard finally freed by diagnosis of clinical autism
A few months ago, as the ink still dried on his new World Series of Fighting contract, John Howard stumbled headfirst into a conversation he never expected to have. He was midway through a neurological exam, the kind required of 33-year-old fighters who are closer to the home stretch than the starting line, and the discussion turned to his elementary school days in south Boston. The stroll down memory lane ended up being more than small talk. There were certain patterns doctors kept picking up in Howard's stories, little signs that pointed towards a larger narrative, too many to be a coincidence. Howard left that day with a recommendation to undergo a series of non-invasive neurological tests, just to see if there might be something worth unraveling inside that fighter's mind. So he did exactly that, and the results confirmed a reality the UFC veteran always suspected, an explanation for two decades of quiet frustration that Howard never had the science nor desire to seek out.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 4:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Sources: Two groups post bids in $4.1 billion range to buy UFC
Bidding to buy the UFC is drawing closer to an end, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The two bid groups, WME-IMG in conjunction with Dalian Wanda Group, and China Media Capital, had similar bids in the $4.1 billion range, sources said.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 4:27PM by Poor_Franklin - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 203 Update: Mairbek Taisumov to Face Nik Lentz on Sept. 10 in Cleveland
Mairbek Taisumov will attempt to earn his fifth straight win inside the Octagon when he faces Nik Lentz at UFC 203. Promotion officials announced the lightweight contest on Wednesday. UFC 203 takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sept. 10 and is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. Fights announced so far are: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem - for heavyweight title Ben Rothwell vs Fabricio Werdum Bethe Correia vs Jessica Eye Mairbek Taisumov vs Nik Lentz
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:12AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
With knee finally healed, Mitch Gagnon eyes fall UFC return following lengthy layoff
After 18 months on the sidelines, Mitch Gagnon is finally ready to step back into the UFC cage. Almost. “I just started to get back in the swing of things, and I plan on being back in there by the end of the year,” Gagnon told MMAjunkie. Gagnon (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hasn’t fought since a December 2014 loss to former UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 58. While the submission defeat was disappointing enough, things got worse for Gagnon afterward, when he discovered that he tore his ACL during the contest.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:05AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico added to August's UFC on FOX 21 card in Vancouver
The UFC is wasting no time starting to set up bouts for its late summer return to Canada. After announcing UFC on FOX 21 for Vancouver in British Columbia earlier today, the promotion has confirmed a middleweight fight for the lineup. South Africa’s Garreth McLellan (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Italy’s Alessio Di Chirico (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the card.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:04AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 17 added to UFC Hall of Fame
A heavyweight matchup that provided one of the most surprising and spectacular knockouts in UFC history will be enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame. It was revealed on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC tonight” that Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman will join Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52, as well as Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in the UFC Hall of Fame’s fight wing. Williams (12-6 UFC, 3-5 UFC) vs. Coleman (16-10 UFC, 7-5 UFC) joins fellow 2016 inductees Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye and Bob Meyrowitz.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:01AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah
The bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” In addition to the main event, five other contests were revealed: Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight; Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele at welterweight; Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at 170 pounds; Marcin Tybura vs. Viktor Pesta at heavyweight and Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi at middleweight. UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City takes place at Vivint Smart Home Arena and airs on Fox Sports 1.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:00AM by RhythmAndStyle - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anthony Pettis faces Charles Oliveira in featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21
Anthony Pettis has his first opponent as a featherweight. The former UFC lightweight champion takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 on Aug. 27 in Vancouver, FOX Sports reported Wednesday, per UFC executive Tom Wright. Pettis (18-5), once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, lost three straight at lightweight before deciding to move down a weight class. "Showtime" dropped the belt last year to Rafael dos Anjos, then fell to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza. Pettis, 29, is also now doing part of his training camp at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Will Brooks signs with UFC, meets Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
Top free agent lightweight Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC and will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with UFC officials. Brooks currently sits at No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. As MMAjunkie previously reported, Pearson was expected to face James Krause at the event, but Krause was forced to withdraw from the card.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:32PM by Shawn91111 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tim Means got job as metal fabricator during USADA suspension, hopes to return in August
Tim Means is ready to get back inside the UFC Octagon. The welterweight fighter was recently suspended from competition after being flagged for a banned substance prior to his UFC Fight Night 83 main event showdown against Donald Cerrone in February. In the wake of the USADA violation, Means maintained his innocence, asserting that either the testing machinery or one of his supplements was tainted. Recently, Means and his legal team reached a settlement with USADA. Means would accept a six-month suspension, retroactive to February, after extensive testing proved one of his supplements to indeed be tainted.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 10:20PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kron Gracie to Face Hideo Tokoro in Featherweight Bout at September Rizin Event
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Kron Gracie will lock horns with former Bellator, Dream and K-1 talent Hideo Tokoro at Rizin Fighting Federation’s September event. The promotion recently announced the bout, which will be contested at featherweight. A date has not been revealed for the card, but it will also feature the beginning of an open-weight tournament that will include former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships star Wanderlei Silva. The event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The promotion is expected to hold a press conference announcing further plans for the card in the near future.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 7:19PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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