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Top bantamweight Aljamain Sterling re-signs with the UFC
(mmafighting.com)
"The Funk Master" is staying put. After a highly publicized flirtation with free agency, Aljamain Sterling has re-signed with the UFC, he announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. It was Sterling's desire to fight out his contract with the UFC and test his value on the open market. He did so in December and ended up back with the promotion he has competed in since 2014. Sterling said the UFC's winning offer was "more lucrative" than the original one he got, which was $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 1:48PM by JLS1980 - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Italy's Venator FC books Sokoudjou vs. Matt Hamill, Che Mills vs. Roberto Rigamonti
(mmajunkie.com)
The upstart Italian MMA promotion Venator FC continued to bolster its roster today with the signing of veteran fighters Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Che Mills. Sokoudjou (16-14), a veteran of the UFC, Bellator, WEC, PRIDE, Strikeforce, DREAM and even Affliction, will meet UFC and “TUF” veteran Matt Hamill (12-6) in a light heavyweight bout at Venator FC 3 this spring. And UFC veteran Mills (16-8) will take on Roberto Rigamonti (4-2-1) in a welterweight bout. Velator FC 3 takes place May 21 at Palasesto Arena in Milan, Italy. In the main event, UFC veterans Luke Barnatt and Jason “Mayhem” Miller fight for the promotion’s middleweight title.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 12:35PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Chris Curtis defends welterweight title vs. Nah-Shon Burrell at CES MMA 34
(mmajunkie.com)
The welterweight title will be on the line this spring when CES MMA returns to Foxwoods Resort & Casino. 170-pound champion Chris Curtis (13-4) will put his belt up for grabs in the CES MMA 34 main event against Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6). The promotion is expected to announce the card and main event shortly. CES MMA 34 will take place April 1 at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card will air on AXS TV. In the co-feature, Kenny Foster (11-10) will take on Calvin Kattar (14-2) in a featherweight contest. Additional fights for the will be announced in the coming weeks.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 12:33PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Allstair Overeem resigns with UFC
(mmafighting.com)
Alistair Overeem isn't going anywhere. The big Dutchman, who last year elected to fight out his UFC contract and test the free agency waters, announced Monday that he has re-signed with the UFC.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 11:44AM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Bahadurzada-Thatch move, Camozzi vs. Riggs now on UFC Fight Night 83 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
With a late change in plans at UFC Fight Night 83, Chris Camozzi and Joe Riggs will benefit with a move to the evening’s main card. Following Friday’s announcement that a “medication” clearance issue had forced the rescheduling of a welterweight matchup between Siyar Bahadurzada and Brandon Thatch, UFC officials have released the revamped broadcast lineup for Feb. 21 event from Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Shane Campbell vs. James Krause PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET) Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Lauren Murphy vs. opponent TBA Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 6:34PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Junior dos Santos wants three fights in 2016
(bloodyelbow.com)
Junior dos Santos is anxious to get back in the Octagon. After a disappointing KO loss to Alistair Overeem last December, the former UFC heavyweight champion revealed to Portal do Vale Tudo that he wanted a quick return to erase his last performance. "After my last fight, I told Joe Silva I wanted to fight again soon and I was glad they were able to get me a fight quickly. I think it's important to fight more frequently so I can stay active. Rothwell is a very hard opponent, who is on a good win streak and has been imposing himself. He showed he can be very effective, especially in his last fight, when he submitted Josh Barnett, which was kind of unexpected." As far as Dos Santos is concerned, a win over his next opponent, Ben Rothwell, puts him right back in title contention.
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 3:03PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Angle/Mysterio, Sonnen/Bisping, Roy Jones Jr. vs. a fan planned for PPV card
(bloodyelbow.com)
In what was perhaps the least expected event to be announced in recent memory, an organization known as UR Fight has announced an upcoming event that appears aimed to attract a very wide audience. Via their website, the Phoenix, Arizona event planned for March 20th is set to feature UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping taking on former two-time UFC middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen in a grappling-only match, the rules of which are undetermined at this time.
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 3:02PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
'Wonderboy': I'm more exciting than Woodley and will put on show in Lawler fight
(bloodyelbow.com)
Despite his scintillating performance against Johny Hendricks last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 82, Stephen Thompson still trails behind Tyron Woodley in the official UFC rankings. "Wonderboy" stifled Hendricks with his elusive movement and attacked "Bigg Rigg" with a barrage of kicks and punches before earning the knockout in the 1st round. The karate expert became the first man to KO Hendricks and made a strong case for a shot at the welterweight title.
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 3:01PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fighter turned judge Ricardo Almeida discusses avoiding conflicts of interest
(mmajunkie.com)
For years, fans and fighters have clamored for those who have competed in the cage to be the ones handing in the official scorecards. However, fighters and coaches make many contacts over the course of their careers, and that leaves the door open to myriad potential conflicts of interest. As a former King of Pancrase and successful competitor in the UFC, Almeida is probably the most high-profile fighter to end up at the judging table, and he told MMAjunkie that the procedures are in place in New Jersey to minimize the impact of those conflicts.
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 3:00PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Coach: Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk on TUF could be ‘worse’ than Aldo-McGregor
(mmafighting.com)
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will coach the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and Nova Uniao leader Andre Pederneiras expects it to be a rough coexistence. Gadelha rematches Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight belt at the TUF 23 Finale event on July 8, but first they will have to see each other every single day during the reality show. Coming from a wearing year in 2015 with the promotion for Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, Pederneiras believes Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk living together has everything to be worse than Aldo and McGregor during the UFC 189 world tour. "I believe it can be worse because it’s 45 days," Pederneiras said. "You will see someone you don’t want to see for 45 days, twice a day. It won’t be good. It’s going to be horrible. Horrible. They both have strong temper, so it can’t be good. It’s going to be perfect media-wise, but won’t be good for them. I don’t think they will end up fighting during the reality show, but we will get a lot of mess."
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 2:57PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alexander Gustafsson having a 'tough time' with motivation, still vows to fight in 2016
(mmafighting.com)
In the last three years, Alexander Gustafsson has lost razor-close decisions in title fights to both Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and he's been knocked out in the first round by Anthony Johnson in front of more than 40,000 of his hometown fans. Gustafsson remains one of the very best light heavyweight fighters on the planet. But those losses seem to have done something to his psyche. Recently, he moved down to San Diego to train with Alliance MMA, a team he has worked with for multiple camps. The goal for the Swedish star is to get his mind right. "I'm just feeling like I have a tough time with my motivation," Gustafsson told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It goes from time to time. Some days it's better, some days it's a little bit worse."
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 2:57PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thatch Not Cleared to Fight in Pennsylvania, Bout vs. Bahadurzada Moved to UFC 196
(sherdog.com)
A welterweight matchup between Brandon Thatch and Siyar Bahadurzada has been moved from UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh to UFC 196. The change comes as a result of Thatch being unable to receive clearance to fight from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for using a “medication permitted under the UFC/USADA, WADA and Nevada State Athletic Commission anti-doping rules,” according to a statement released by the Las Vegas-based promotion on Friday night. The medication Thatch was using was not specified.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 10:33PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tito Ortiz cited for misdemeanor battery after allegedly grabbing woman’s phone at club
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Hall of Famer and Bellator light heavyweight Tito Ortiz was cited for misdemeanor battery early this morning after an alleged struggle with a woman in a Las Vegas nightclub. Police were called to the Cromwell Casino at 1:08 this morning and made contact with a woman who claimed Ortiz tried to take her phone as she was filming a video, Las Vegas police spokesperson Laura Meltzer today told MMAjunkie. The woman told TMZ Sports Ortiz “whipped her around” at Drai’s nightclub, thinking she was taking pictures of him, and was “scared for her life” when he allegedly got physical.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:59PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Marcos Rogerio de Lima announces UFC 197 fight with Clint Hester
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has added another light heavyweight clash to UFC 197, as Marcos Rogerio de Lima faces Clint Hester on April 23. The Brazilian announced the bout on his social media following a report by MMA Premium. de Lima (13-3-1), who competed on the third edition of TUF: Brazil as a heavyweight, suffered his first UFC loss to Nikita Krylov last August, dropping to 2-1 inside the Octagon following first-round knockouts over Richardson Moreira and Igor Pokrajac.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:56PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator planning heightened security measures before Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000 fight
(mmafighting.com)
BEVERLY HILLS -- It's no surprise to anyone that Kimbo Slice and Dada 500 have disdain for each other. That's one of the reasons why Bellator MMA put the bout between the two streetfighting legends together. With that knowledge, Bellator president Scott Coker told MMA Fighting that there will be heightened security during fight week before Bellator 149 on Feb. 19 in Houston. Slice and Dada, whose real name is Dhafir Harris, are being put up in separate hotels and whenever precautions will be taken when they are in the same room at the same time for press conferences and workouts. Bellator staff and security will make sure the two fighters and their respective camps are far apart at all times.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:55PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Manager: ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Vitor Belfort moved to co-main event spot on May 14
(mmafighting.com)
It turns out Ronaldo Souza vs. Vitor Belfort won’t be a five-round fight. Initially planned as the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on May 14 in Brazil, the middleweight showdown was moved to the co-main event spot, "Jacare’s" manager Gilberto Faria told MMAFighting.com on Thursday. The promotion has yet to officially announce its plans for the May 14 event in Brazil, but a report from Combate indicates that it could be moved from Fox Sports 1 to pay-per-view, labeled as UFC 198, and feature Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship in the main event.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:55PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sarah Moras out at UFC Fight Night 83, UFC seeks opponent for Lauren Murphy
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC officials are currently seeking an opponent for women’s bantamweight Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC), as injury has forced Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to withdraw from a planned meeting at UFC Fight Night 83. MMAjunkie today learned of the opening on the card from a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss such matters. UFC Fight Night 83 currently includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch Shane Campbell vs. James Krause PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET) Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Lauren Murphy vs. TBA Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:23PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-champ Michael Chandler signs long-term extension with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
After talking up his value and calling for big fights, ex-lightweight champ Michael Chandler has signed a long-term contract extension with Bellator MMA. The Viacom-owned promotion announced the deal today, characterizing it as a “multi-year, multi-fight contract extension.” Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though MMA fans will get an idea of Chandler’s (14-3 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) minimum salary when show and win purses are reported by state athletic commissions. “Michael Chandler is synonymous with our brand and doubles as an incredibly talented and exciting mixed martial artist,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated in a press release. “Not every fighter or free agent aligns with our future plans, but when looking at Chandler’s resume, inking him to a long-term extension was a no-brainer.”
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:22PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara featherweight bout added to UFC 196 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Next month’s mega-UFC pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to build with a new fight added to the preliminary card. Julian Erosa (15-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will take on Teruto Ishihara (7-2-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC 196. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup. With the addition, the latest UFC 196 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Legend Kevin Randleman has passed away at age 44
(bluegrassmma.com)
There's unfortunate news in the MMA world tonight, as we've learned that Kevin Randleman has passed away.
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 10:39PM by FastKnockout - 23 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
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