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Bellator 154 salaries: Phil Davis gets $60K, and 'King Mo' gets $30K
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator light heavyweight Phil Davis not only earned a shot at champ Liam McGeary, but the highest disclosed payday at this past Saturday’s Bellator 154 event. Davis (16-3 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) took home $60,000 for his unanimous-decision win over Muhammed Lawal (19-5 MMA, 8-4 BMMA), who earned $30,000, in the Spike-televised headliner of this past Saturday’s event at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.
Submitted May 18, 2016 4:57AM by JLS1980 - 11 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Heavyweights Godbeer, Mulheron to Clash at Bellator 158 in London on July 16
(sherdog.com)
United Kingdom-based heavyweights Mark Godbeer and James Mulheron will square off for bragging rights of the region in a featured bout at Bellator 158, promotion officials announced Tuesday. Godbeer is fresh off a second-round TKO win over Stuart Austin at BAMMA 25 last weekend and looks to keep his three-fight winning streak in full effect against his rival. He last appeared for the California-based promotion at Bellator 152, when he was knocked out by UFC veteran Cheick Kongo.
Submitted May 18, 2016 4:54AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Lawler vs Woodley Headlines UFC 201 Card
(ufc.com)
The UFC welterweight title will be on the line on Saturday, July 30, as champion Robbie Lawler defends his title against number three-ranked contender Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta. UFC 201 marks the promotion's first event in Atlanta since UFC 145 in 2012.
Submitted May 18, 2016 1:54AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Weidman out of Rockhold fight
(foxsports.com)
Chris Weidman has been forced to pull out with an injury.
Submitted May 17, 2016 5:49PM by handyman293 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BAMMA postpones event to implement mandatory MRI scans for fighters
(mmafighting.com)
The death of Joao Carvalho is having a marked effect on mixed martial arts in Europe. BAMMA is the latest organization to make a major change for fighter safety following the tragic passing of Carvalho after a bout in Ireland last month. The British promotion announced Tuesday that it would be pushing back its June event to properly implement a new MRI/MRA testing procedure. Beginning after the event this weekend, BAMMA fighters will be required to have an MRI/MRA scan, according to a press release. Because that system will take months to put into place, BAMMA will be pushing back its BAMMA 26 card from June 4 to Sept. 10. The event will remain in Dublin, the city where it was initially scheduled. All tickets will be honored and refunds are also available, the release said.
Submitted May 17, 2016 4:16PM by GDPofMPG - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, Miscellaneous
 
Replacement Jordan Rinaldi meets Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29
(mmajunkie.com)
Abel Trujillo has a next opponent for this month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event. With Diego Ferreira (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) recently removed the matchup due to a potential USADA anti-doping violation, fellow lightweight Jordan Rinaldi (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Trujillo (14-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC), officials recently announced.
Submitted May 17, 2016 3:43PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rani Yahya meets RFA standout Matthew Lopez at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
(mmajunkie.com)
July’s UFC debut in South Dakota has a new bantamweight matchup, officials today announced. Veteran Rani Yahya (21-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and promotional newcomer Matthew Lopez (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been booked for the event. The latest UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes: Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Submitted May 17, 2016 2:07PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Marloes Coenen vs. Alexis Dufresne elevated to Friday's Bellator 155 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
Although the fight lost its title status, it’s been elevated to Friday’s Bellator 155 main card. Officials today announced a women’s featherweight bout between former Strikeforce champion Marloes Coenen (23-6 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Alexis Dufresne (5-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has been elevated from the preliminary card to the televised main card. The full Bellator 155 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef – for middleweight title Pat Curran vs. Georgi Karakhanyan Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai Julia Budd vs. Marloes Coenen Joey Beltran vs. Chase Gormley PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 6:30 p.m. ET) Marcin Held vs. Dave Jansen Tyler Freeland vs. Joe Hamilton Veta Arteaga vs. Jackie Vandenburgh Hamilton Ash vs. Vince Morales Casey Johnson vs. Brendon Raftery Scott Thometz vs. Josh Tyler Will Noland vs. Sean Powers Erick Cronkhite vs. Ricky Steele Olly Bradstreet vs. Jesse Brock
Submitted May 17, 2016 2:06PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
'WSOF: Who’s The Toughest?' program to recruit 2 military vets for WSOF 35 bout
(mmajunkie.com)
Thanks to a new recruiting program, two military vets will fight on an upcoming WSOF card. Officials today told MMAjunkie that “WSOF: Who’s The Toughest?” will help further the fighting careers of military veterans who are currently competing or hope to compete in MMA. The first two recruits will meet at WSOF 35. The event is slated for Nov. 12 – the same night as UFC 205 in New York City, and one day after Veterans Day – at a location to be determined. As with other WSOF events, it’s expected to air on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted May 17, 2016 12:26PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Francis Ngannou vs. Bojan Mihajlovic added to UFC on FOX 20 in Chicago
(mmajunkie.com)
July’s UFC on FOX 20 event in the Windy City has a new heavyweight matchup. Francis Ngannou (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Bojan Mihajlovic (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been added to the summer card, officials today announced. UFC on FOX 20 takes place July 23 at United Center in Chicago. The event is expected to air on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Submitted May 17, 2016 12:20PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paige VanZant earns berth in 'Dancing With The Stars' finals
(mmafighting.com)
Paige VanZant might be a "Dancing With The Stars" champion before winning UFC title. The popular UFC women's strawweight fighter earned a berth in the "DWTS" finals Monday night in the semis after two more stellar performances with partner Mark Ballas. Two couples were eliminated on the episode, but VanZant and Ballas were not one. There are three total couples left heading into next week, the final episode of the season. So, VanZant has made it all the way through to the end with a chance to win the whole thing. VanZant and Ballas teamed up with Alan Bersten for their first dance Monday night, an entertaining samba with VanZant dressed in a jungle outfit. That earned perfect 10s across the board for a total score of 30. In the second dance of the night, VanZant and Ballas performed a steamy Argentine tango that judge Len Berman dubbed too risqué. The other two judges gave it a 10, but Berman held out with a nine for a total of 29 out of 30.
Submitted May 17, 2016 7:45AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
‘TUF 12’ Winner Brookins Rematches Ishiwatari for BW Crown at Pancrase 279 Title Doubleheader
(sherdog.com)
Pancrase's July 24 card at Differ Ariake in Tokyo will feature a title doubleheader, albeit under unconventional circumstances. The long-tenured Japanese promotion announced Monday that “Ultimate Fighter” Season 12 winner Jonathan Brookins will return to the promotion to challenge bantamweight King of Pancrase Shintaro Ishiwatari for the title in the main event of Pancrase 279. The 30-year-old Brookins made his promotional debut in November 2014, defeating Ishiwatari by unanimous decision in a three-round non-title affair and has not fought since. Despite not being listed in Pancrase's official rankings and not having fought for over 18 months, the previous win was enough to earn title bid for the yogi Brookins, who now trains out of Tristar Gym in Montreal.
Submitted May 16, 2016 9:32PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
UFC 198 medical suspensions: Warlley Alves, Yancy Medeiros out up to 6 months
(mmajunkie.com)
Seven fighters from this past weekend’s UFC 198 event were issued lengthy medical suspensions, and two could be out of action for up to six months. Warlley Alves and Yancy Medeiros both face medical suspensions that could stretch 180 days.
Submitted May 16, 2016 9:23PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson Inks New 8-Fight UFC Deal
(mmaweekly.com)
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has signed a new, eight-fight deal with the UFC. The 29-year-old broke the news on Monday during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “I signed a new eight-fight deal. I’m very excited to announce that,” he said. Johnson (24-2-1) is coming off a first-round finish of Henry Cejudo at UFC 197. “Mighty Mouse” had fights remaining on his previous contract, but negotiated a new deal.
Submitted May 16, 2016 9:21PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Darrion Caldwell signs seven-fight contract extension with Bellator
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator is hanging onto one of its top homegrown talents. Darrion Caldwell announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he has signed a long-term contract extension with Bellator MMA. The deal spans seven fights. Caldwell said he had one fight remaining on his previous contract with the promotion. "Just believing in what they had in mind and their plan for me, that's the biggest thing," Caldwell said. "It's bigger than me. I know they have a vision. Even though I have a vision as well -- my vision is to be the world champ -- they have a vision on how to put me in a position to make sure I maximize everything outside of the cage. And so, I feel like we touched on a lot of subjects there. I think we've got a star in the making."
Submitted May 16, 2016 9:17PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ex-coach allegedly assaults Matt Brown at hotel, files charges against Brown's friend after ensuing fight
(mmafighting.com)
Matt Brown’s trip to Brazil didn’t end the way he was hoping. The welterweight veteran, who suffered a third-round submission loss to Demian Maia at Saturday’s UFC 198 event in Curitiba, Brazil, was allegedly assaulted by his former jiu-jitsu coach Rodrigo Botti on Sunday morning in Brown's hotel lobby, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. Botti allegedly attacked Brown from behind, and then ran away. Brown’s friend chased him down, and was able to catch him outside the hotel. The ensuing fight was caught on tape and posted on YouTube. (different angle in this vid)
Submitted May 15, 2016 6:05PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 198 attendance: Event draws 45,207 for third largest show in company history
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday’s UFC 198 event was a record-setting one for the MMA-crazed country of Brazil. The event set a new UFC-Brazil attendance record with 45,207 attendees. A live gate total was not announced. UFC Senior VP and GM of Brazil Giovani Decker announced the total at the post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie attended. Decker said the show sold out in 90 minutes, making it the fastest sell-out in UFC Brazil history.
Submitted May 15, 2016 3:29PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Injury forces Ramazan Emeev to withdraw from M-1 Challenge 68 vs. Alexander Shlemenko
(mmamadhouse.com)
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (May 14, 2016) – An elbow injury has forced M-1 Challenge middleweight champion Ramazan Emeev (pictured to left) to withdraw from his June 16th showdown with Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko at M-1 Challenge 68 at Yubileyny Sports Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia. Emeev (14-3-0, M-1: 8-1-0) suffered a torn ligament in his elbow during training camp, postponing his M-1 Grand Prix Middleweight Championship fight against Shlemenko(52-9-0, M-1: 3-0-0) to a future date pending Emeev’s recovery period. M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion Alexander “Drago” Volkov (25-6-0, M-1: 9-3-0) will make his first title defense against Attila “Pumuklo” Vegh (29-6-2, M-1: 0-0-0) at M-1 Challenge 68. A match between Russian middleweight Valery “The Russian Hammer” Myasnikov (10-1-1, M-1: 1-1-1) and Spanish veteran Enoc Solves Torres(18-9-0, M-1: 5-6-0) has also been announced for the June 16th card.
Submitted May 15, 2016 3:25PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fans Who Hit Matt Brown During His UFC 198 Walkout Were Ejected
(mmaweekly.com)
In an ugly moment from UFC 198 on Saturday, American welterweight Matt Brown was struck by at least three fans as he made his walk to the octagon to take on Brazlian Demian Maia. UFC General Manager of Brazil Giovani Decker was asked about the incident during the event’s post-fight press conference and said that the fight promotion is going to be “extra careful” in the future. “We identified who it was that pulled him and we took them out of the arena,” he said.
Submitted May 15, 2016 3:18PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tom Duquesnoy becomes two-division BAMMA champion following vicious elbow knockout
(mmafighting.com)
BAMMA 25 took place Saturday afternoon in Birmingham, England, and it featured a couple of jaw-dropping knockouts by big-time prospects. In the main event, Tom Duquesnoy, already the BAMMA featherweight champion, became a rare two-division champ when he knocked out Shay Walsh with a devastating right elbow at the 1:15 mark of the first round.
Submitted May 15, 2016 3:16PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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