Anderson Silva vs uriah hall in works for UFC 198
A middleweight showdown pitting Anderson Silva against Uriah Hall is in the works for UFC 198.
Sources close to the situation revealed the news to Sherdog.com on Wednesday evening. The UFC has not formally announced the 185-pound contest, but it is expected to be finalized soon. UFC 198 takes place at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14 and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Bryan Caraway clarifies inactivity comments, explains why he turned down Dodson
UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway said he was offered a fight against John Dodson at UFC 196, but turned it down because his longtime girlfriend, Miesha Tate, was fighting for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
Despite previously drawing heat from fighters and fans for rejecting UFC proposals, Caraway (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) didn’t think twice about putting his partner first. But because of his choice, and his desire to fight highly ranked opposition, the promotion notified him he couldn’t immediately get another bout.
“I’m like, ‘I can’t fight on that night,’” he told MMAjunkie. “And they said, ‘Well, there’s no one else in the division right now, so you’re going to have to wait.’”
Two bouts added to Rizin FF upcoming event in Japan
Rizin Fighting Federation has announced two MMA bouts for its third event in Nagoya, Japan, on April 17. In the heavyweight division, veteran Kazuyuki Fujita is set to take on Jiri Prochazka, while prospects Allan Nascimento and Yuki Motoya battle in a flyweight contest.
Fujita (15-10) looks for his first win since 2008, when he stopped Peter Graham at Sengoku 1. The 45-year-old fighter has faced the likes of Alistair Overeem, Wanderlei Silva, Fedor Emelianenko, Mirko Filipovic, Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman and Mark Kerr since his MMA debut in 2000.
Roxy leads Invicta FC purses
UFC fighter purses are often lamented by the hardcore fanbase. According to Forbes, in 2013, On average, NBA players made $5.15 million, MLB players made $3.2 million, NHL players made $2.4 million, and NFL players made $1.9 million per year. Minimum salary in the NFL is $450,000. UFC fighters characteristically start at 10/10.
10/10 means a UFC fighter gets $10,000 to show, and $10,000 more to win. The amount escalates if there is a win. In theory fighters fight three times a year, although in practice it is closer to two. Plus there is the Reebok money. And out of league sources of income. But there are also expenses. So on average, an entry level UFC fighter earns ... not a lot.
Evan Dunham suffers 'small injury', fight with Leonardo Santos moved to UFC 199
A lightweight clash between Evan Dunham and Leonardo Santos was moved to June 4, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Initially planned for May 14 at Curitiba’s UFC 198, Dunham vs. Santos was pushed back to UFC 199 after Dunham suffered a small injury, UFC general manager Giovani Decker revealed on Revista Combate.
Dunham (17-6) enters the bout coming off three consecutive wins, defeating Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson and Rodrigo Damm via decision. Fighting in the UFC since 2009, Dunham holds a 10-6 record inside the Octagon.
Jason 'Mayhem' Miller held on $1,000,000 bail after latest arrest
Jason Miller is once again in trouble with the law. And this time, it looks like he'll be staying in jail awhile.
The 35-year old resident of Mission Viejo, Calif. is in custody on $1,000,000 bail at the Orange County Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana, according to Orange County public records.
TMZ.com reported Wednesday that Miller, the former Strikeforce and UFC middleweight contender, was arrested Tuesday for a January incident in which he allegedly vandalized a tattoo parlor with graffiti.
Colorado Lifts WSOF Champ Justin Gaethje’s Indefinite Suspension
Less than 24 hours after Justin Gaethje‘s indefinite suspension was revealed to the public, it has been lifted.
After Gaethje took out Brian Foster less than 2 minutes into their WSOF 29 headlining bout at Bank of Colorado Arena in Greeley, Colo., on Saturday, March 12, he did his usual post-fight celebration, which included a backflip off the top of the cage fencing. The problem with Gaethje’s celebration is that it went against Colorado’s rules and he was warned prior to the fight not to do it.
‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Corey Anderson Set for UFC 198 in Curitiba
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is headed home for his next bout.
UFC officials Tuesday announced that Rua will square off against once-beaten prospect Corey Anderson at UFC 198, which takes place May 14 in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. The pay-per-view event will be topped by a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Officials: WSOF 30 main card complete with Heun-Magalhaes, Azaitar-Davis Jr.
The lineup is set for next month’s “WSOF 30: Branch vs. Starks” televised main card.
Officials today announced two new additions to the card, which takes place April 2 at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest WSOF 30 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET)
Champ David Branch vs. Clifford Starks – for middleweight title
Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino – for vacant welterweight title
Jake Heun vs. Vinny Magalhaes
Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis Jr.
WSOF champ Justin Gaethje: I'm going to fight my 2 fights and then see what I'm worth
WSOF lightweight Justin Gaethje wants to finish out his WSOF contract and then join the free-agent sweepstakes that’s sweeping MMA.
Gaethje (16-0) said he has two fights remaining on his current contract, and once completed, and he plans to find out what numbers he can fetch with promotions competing for his talent.
“I’ve made an investment in my career, and I love World Series and I want to stay with them, but I have two fights left, (and) I’m going to make them impressive, win or lose,” he today told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’m OK staying with World Series, but I’m going to see what I’m worth.”
Francis Ngannou Gets Replacement Opponent Curtis Blaydes for UFC Fight Night Zagreb
Ultimate Fighting Championship has made an alteration to next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Zagreb, Croatia.
UFC’s French division on Monday announced that heavyweight Francis Ngannou -- who was scheduled to meet Bojan Mihajlovic at the April 10 event -- will instead face unbeaten prospect Curtis Blaydes in a three-round tilt. The reason for Mihajlovic’s withdrawal from the bout was not specified.
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov added to UFC 198 in Brazil
May’s UFC 198 event in Brazil has a new featherweight matchup, officials today announced.
Renato Moicano (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Zubaira Tukhugov (18-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are now slated to fight at the event.
The latest UFC 198 card includes:
Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green set for UFC 199
Lightweight contender Dustin Poirier will face Bobby Green at UFC 199 on June 4th in Inglewood, California.
Fresh off both an impressive win over Joseph Duffy, as well as a new contract with the UFC, #10 ranked lightweight Dustin Poirier is set to make his return on June 4th against an opponent who has been out of action since late 2014. Brian Martin of the LA Daily News reported on Monday that "The Diamond" will fight Bobby Green at UFC 199 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. UFC officials have since confirmed the matchup.
Poirier (19-4), a former featherweight contender, went back up to 155 lbs after suffering a 1st round knockout loss to Conor McGregor at UFC 178. The move has paid off well for the 27-year-old, who stopped Diego Ferreira, Yancy Medeiros (at a catchweight when Medeiros came in heavy), and most recently scored a unanimous decision against Duffy. Last month, it was announced that Poirier had agreed to a new deal with the UFC, with the Duffy fight representing the penultimate one on his old contract.
Matt Mittrione signs with bellator
For the first time in his professional MMA career, Matt Mitrione will fight for an organization other than the UFC.
Mitrione (9-5 MMA, 9-5 UFC), who first joined the UFC in 2009 after a quarterfinal-round finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 10,” has signed an exclusive four-fight contract with Bellator.
Damien “Beatdown” Brown signs with the UFC, steps up to face Alan Patrick at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane
Australian lightweight standout Damien Brown has signed with the UFC and will step up for a short notice opportunity at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane.
Brown (15-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will square off with Brazilian Alan Patrick (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place on March 20 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland. News of the announcement was revealed via The Courier Mail.
Patrick was originally expected to face Chad Laprise in Brisbane, however Ross Pearson’s opponent, Abel Trujillo, was forced off the card after encountering visa issues and Laprise was slotted in as a replacement to face the Brit.
Nick Hein vs. Jon Tuck added to UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
A lightweight matchup between German product Nick Hein (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Guam’s Jon Tuck (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been added to UFC Fight Night 87.
UFC officials recently announced the new contest.
Featuring a heavyweight headliner between top contenders Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski, UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The night’s official bout order has yet to be released, but UFC Fight Night 87’s main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims that air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.
WSOF 29 results: Justin Gaethje finishes Brian Foster in the first with crushing leg kicks
Justin Gaethje flashed his trademarked reckless if ferocious style on Saturday night as the WSOF lightweight champion retained his title after stopping Brian Foster with leg kicks in the first round.
Foster got right to work after the opening bell with jabs to the body and attempted forward pressure. within 30 seconds, the two exchanged heavily with an assortment of reactionary punches. Foster was able to tag him, but was dropped by Gaethje.. The challenger, however, was able to get to his feet without taking additional damage.
Chris Leben offers details of physical condition: 'Basically, my heart is failing'
In February, former UFC middleweight Chris Leben and Bellator MMA announced 'The Crippler' would return to mixed martial arts under the auspices of Scott Coker's circular cage. Yet, less than a month later, it was revealed Leben's return to the sport would be shortlived. In pre-fight medical exams, doctors found Leben had a debilitating and dangerous heart condition, prompting Bellator to pass on bringing Leben back.
On Friday, Leben appeared on The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM to detail the nature of his physical condition, the struggle to end his physical dependency on prescription medication and more.