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Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos are finally going to do the damn thing, UFC officials today announced.
Overeem (39-14 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who’s ranked No. 7 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA heavyweight rankings, and No. 3-ranked Dos Santos (17-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) have bickered on social media, and now they’ve been booked for a fight at UFC on FOX 17.
With the addition, UFC on FOX 17 now includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – for lightweight title
Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem
Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson
C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt
Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman
Tyron Woodley hosted a fan Q&A in Saskatoon prior to last weekend's UFC event. Interestingly enough, a fellow UFC fighter in Elias Theodorou stepped up to the mic to ask a question and to poke fun at Cathal Pendred. You can watch the clip above, but here's a few snippets of their exchange.
"On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad do you think Cathal Pendred is?" Theodorou asked.
Woodley, who had a minor exchange with Pendred after the Irishman called out CM Punk, then likened Cathal's fighting style to a "deflated balloon flopping around".
"An awkward ballerina, that's how I like to call it," Theodorou quipped.
"Out of 10, I would give him a 6 and some change probably," said Woodley.
It appears Alexis Davis’ return to the cage will have to wait. The former UFC title challenger today announced she’s pregnant.
As Davis wrote (via Instagram): “Big news to announce today a slight delay in my return to the octagon! I planned on spending as much time back home as possible to help with my niece anyways. But we are over joyed by this news and should be expecting our new arrival early 2016!! And planned to back in the Octagon by the end of the year!”
The main card is set for October’s Legacy FC 47 event, which is just the second Georgia show in the Texas-based promotion’s history.
Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.
The latest Legacy FC 47 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Wesley Barnes vs. Dave Vitkay
C.J. Hamilton vs. Brantley Furr
Josh Blyden vs. Nick Sprayberry
Josh Millwood vs. Chazz Walton
Josh Eagans vs. Doug Usher
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m)
Amir Dadovic vs. Brad Taylor
Patrick Mandio vs. Devorious Tubbs
Kongo Bakatukanda vs. Brandon Webb
A lightweight bout between Joe Proctor (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Magomed Mustafaev (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has joined December’s UFC 194 fight card.
UFC officials announced the bout via bostonherald.com.
With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes:
Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee
John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Anthony Johnson has agreed to attend counseling sessions and donate to a Florida-based women’s charity following a social media rant and incident involving a woman at a gym.
Johnson (19-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) will still fight Jimi Manuwa (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout on Sept. 5 at UFC 191, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC announced it would investigate a long post Johnson wrote about the incident where he described throwing a woman’s yoga mat when she confronted him for lifting weights close to where she was stretching.
A pair of former cast members from international versions of “The Ultimate Fighter” will face off in Australia, as Brendan O'Reilly (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. William Macario (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) meet at UFC 193.
UFC officials today confirmed the booking after an initial report from the Brisbane Times.
With the addition to the card, UFC 193 now includes:
Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly
Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario
Frankie Edgar’s answer remains the same after another callout: Yes.
The ex-lightweight champ today said he’ll fight Max Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) or Jeremy Stephens (24-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas.
“I got called out by max holloway and Jeremy Stephens,” Edgar (19-4-1 MMA, 13-4-1 UFC), whose nickname is “The Answer,” wrote on Twitter. “I will fight either on dec 11 Let’s make it happen @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc.”
WSOF is jumping on the one-night-tournament bandwagon with the announcement it will hold a one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament on Nov. 20 to crown a No. 1 contender for the promotion’s 155-pound championship.
The announcement for the event, which takes place in Seattle and air live on NBCSN, was made on Twitter.
According to MMAFighting, the field of eight includes Islam Mamedov (12-1), Mike Ricci (10-4), Joao Zeferino (18-6), Rich Patishnock (6-2), Jorge Patino (37-15-2), Brian Cobb (20-8), the winner of the WSOF 23 bout between LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7) and an additional two still-unnamed competitors. Seeding is not yet official.
Nate Diaz will resume fighting inside the cage before the end of the year.
The popular Diaz meets Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 on Dec. 19, it was announced Monday night on FOX Sports Live.
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Aisling Daly (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will fight in her home country when she takes on fellow strawweight Ericka Almeida (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in October at UFC Fight Night 76 in Ireland.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 76 now includes:
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell
Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
Mickael Lebout vs. Stevie Ray
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Tom Breese vs. Cathal Pendred
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan
Ericka Almeida vs. Aisling Daly
The top of the lineup has been formed for the UFC’s first visit to South Korea this fall.
Former lightweight champion Benson Henderson (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who is of Korean heritage, will headline UFC Fight Night 79 against former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves (21-10 MMA, 13-7 UFC). UFC officials announced the main event, as well as the rest of the main card, on Sunday.
With the additions, the UFC Fight Night 79 lineup includes:
Thiago Alves vs. Benson Henderson
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
Max Holloway said he’s ready for the biggest names the UFC featherweight division has to offer after earning his seventh consecutive octagon victory in UFC Fight Night 74’s main event.
Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) has been on a tear over the past two years, defeating every opponent the UFC has put in front of him. The latest performance in that streak saw him top Charles Oliveira (20-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) with a first-round TKO after “Do Bronx” suffered an injury less than two minutes into the fight.
Although the finish was anticlimactic, Holloway still got the job done and joined the upper echelon of the 145-pound class. There are only a limited number of realistic opponents for Holloway going forward, and he said his greatest desire would be a bout against former UFC champ Frankie Edgar – ideally in his home state of Hawaii.
“UFC works in mysterious ways; I’m sure they’re going to find something for me,” Holloway told MMAjunkie. “Let’s get UFC to Hawaii, and what better fight than Holloway vs. Edgar in a stadium? It would be huge.”
UFC middleweight Michael Bisping offered no warm wishes for the outgoing Frankie Perez.
Instead, he sent off the lightweight by questioning his manhood, which, even by Bisping’s standards, was a low blow.
“I am glad,” said Bisping from the commentary desk during FOX Sports 1’s UFC Fight Night 74 coverage, “and no offense to Frankie Perez, because I don’t know the guy, and I’m sure he’s a very charming individual and a good person, but if he retired after knocking someone out in his second UFC win, I would say he hasn’t got the cajones to really be in this sport.”
It’s still not known exactly what caused UFC featherweight Charles Oliveira to drop to the canvas in the first round of his UFC Fight Night 74 headliner, and officials are waiting for word on his condition, but initial indications are positive.
“Charles was immediately transported to the hospital,” said Tom Wright, the UFC’s managing director for operations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand at the post-event press conference. “He was alert. He is able to move all his extremities. We’re waiting for any updates we get, and as soon as we get them, we’ll be able to tell you.”
Patrick Cote, Josh Burkman, Felipe Arantes and Frankie Perez each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses for their performances at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 74 event.
Arantes and Perez earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Cote and Burkman took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
The bonus winners were announced on FOX Sports 1’s post-fight show.
“Cro Cop” recently announced he’ll be fighting at UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea, and he now appears to have an opponent.
Mirko Filipovic (31-11-2 MMA, 5-6 UFC) will meet fellow heavyweight Anthony Hamilton (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the November event, he today announced via Facebook.
The complete UFC Fight Night 74 weigh-in results include:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Max Holloway (145) vs. Charles Oliveira (145.5)
Neil Magny (170.5) vs. Erick Silva (171)
Josh Burkman (170) vs. Patrick Cote (170)
Chad Laprise (155.5) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155.5)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155) vs. Tony Sims (155.5)
Valerie Letourneau (116)* vs. Maryna Moroz (115)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Frankie Perez (155.5) vs. Sam Stout (155)
Felipe Arantes (135.5) vs. Yves Jabouin (135.5)
Nikita Krylov (205.5) vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima (205)
Chris Beal (126) vs. Chris Kelades (125.5)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Shane Campbell (155) vs. Elias Silverio (154.5)
Misha Cirkunov (205) vs. Daniel Jolly (204)
* Letourneau initially weighed in at 117 pounds and was given one hour to cut an additional pound to the 116-pound allowance. Shortly after the weigh-ins finished she weighed in again and made 116 pounds.