Sakakibara undecided on Fedor’s opponent: ‘Please wait a little more’
With little more than a month to go before his return to MMA takes place on December 31st at the Saitama Super Arena, Fedor Emelianenko is still without an official opponent.
While names like Jaideep Singh and Tsuyoshi Kosaka had been thrown around over the past few months, it appears that neither of those fighters will get the first crack at the returning Russian heavyweight legend.
War Machine blows kiss to prosecutor as defense lawyer argues sex was consensual
War Machine blew a kiss to the prosecutor Monday.
In the midst of a lengthy hearing on sexual assault charges against the mixed martial arts fighter also known as Jonathan Koppenhaver, just as his defense lawyers argued that alleged victim Christine Mackinday had made false rape allegations in the past, Chief Deputy District Attorney Jacqueline Bluth interrupted.
"Judge, for the record, Mr. Koppenhaver just blew a kiss at me," she said.
Defense attorney Brandon Sua said he didn't see it.
"I'm not going to make up that he blew a kiss at me, which I find offensive," Bluth said.
'Tired' Uriah Hall will take time off from UFC, get fat after fighting five times in 2015
In case you haven't noticed, Uriah Hall has been a busy man as of late.
The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist has competed a whopping five times for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2015, including three fights in just four months, racking up a 3-2 record during that span.
That's why "Prime Time" wants to chill, get fat and chow down on some In-N-Out Burger, which is where he held his latest periscope session (via MMA Digest) to reveal his plans to take time off.
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Citing lack of passion, UFC welterweight Cathal Pendred announces MMA retirement
UFC welterweight and “Ultimate Fighter 19” veteran Cathal Pendred today announced he’s retiring from MMA after six years as a professional.
In a prepared statement posted on his Twitter account, Pendred said his feelings for the sport have changed and he’s decided to step away from the life of an active fighter while still remaining in the sport.
“I have other interests that I want to pursue,” he wrote. “The time is right to close one door and open another.”
Pendred’s rep was unavailable for comment.
Heavyweight contenders Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell face off at UFC on FOX 18
January's FOX card just got bigger. Literally.
A pair of heavyweight contenders, Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell, will meet in an important bout at UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J., it was announced Tuesday night on FOX Sports Live.
(Courtesy of on Twitter)
Current UFC on Fox 18 card:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin
Jimmy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
T.J. Grant unwilling to 'close the door' on UFC return, but has no plans to fight MMA again
UFC lightweight T.J. Grant is a happy man these days. He hasn't fought since May of 2013, when he stopped Gray Maynard with strikes at UFC 160. He never was able to take advantage of his promised title shot. Really, it's not clear where his career is or what's left of it after a concussion essentially derailed his entire fighting career.
According to Grant - now a father of two after his wife had another baby last week - that isn't ideal, but maybe the way things have to be. He's got other priorities that need attending to right now. Fighting, while he still loves it, just isn't at the top of the list.
Former UFC lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard dropping to featherweight
Gray Maynard is searching for an answer to help break out of an ugly four-fight UFC losing skid and get his first victory since June 2012.
It appears he thinks a drop to the featherweight division will be the solution.
A fighter in Maynard’s position faces a crossroads, with the option to hang up his gloves and move on from the sport, or do anything necessary to get back on track. It appears Maynard will do the latter; he stated on Twitter that he plans to get back in the octagon sooner than later, but this time it will be in a new weight class
Dong Hyun Kim (no, not that one) a late addition to next week's UFC Fight Night 79
Dong Hyun Kim (no, not that Dong Hyun Kim) is a late addition to next week’s UFC Fight Night 79 lineup.
Not to be confused by the UFC welterweight of the same name who, coincidentally, also is scheduled for UFC Fight Night 79, ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (13-6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and now meets fellow 170-pounder Dominique Steele (13-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, officials today announced.