Bellator ex-champ Alexander Shlemenko returns to promotion, meets Kendall Grove in Memphis
With his suspension from the California State Athletic Commission lifted, former Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko is headed back to the promotion.
Bellator President Scott Coker today told ESPN.com’s Brett Okamoto that Shlemenko (53-9 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) will return in October to face Kendall Grove (23-15 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in a middleweight bout at an event likely to be Bellator 162.
Bellator 162 will take place Oct. 21 at FedEx Forum in Memphis. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, and tickets go on sale through Bellator.com on Sept. 9, Coker said.
Additionally, heavyweight Bobby Lashley (14-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will fight on the card, Coker said, though his opponent was not announced.
Ex-UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt signs multi-fight contract with World Series of Fighting
Former UFC heavyweight Jared Rosholt has signed a multi-fight contract with the World Series of Fighting, the promotion announced on Wednesday.
The three-time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State went 6-2 in the UFC, and is 14-3 overall as a professional, scoring notable wins over Stefan Struve and Soa Palelei. The 30-year old Rosholt lost his last fight at UFC Fight Night 82 during Super Bowl weekend against Roy Nelson via unanimous decision, but had won three fights in a row heading in.
The WSOF also announced it signed another heavyweight, 41-year old Ashley Gooch (10-4), who has won eight fights in a row, most recently in the regional promotion CES. Save for his first professional bout in 2010, all of Gooch's victories have come via finish (seven via TKO/KO, and two by submission).
Rory Macdonald headed to Bellator
Ufc informed Macdonald team they couldn't match an offer by Bellator.
Its all but done......so much so that the Ufc removed Rory from its rankings and website.
This is a big signing for Bellators WW division and just in general as it adds to the list of competition snatched away in their prime and while top ranked in the world.
Alot of cool fights at multiple weights and in kickboxing if he chooses.......i've heard rumblings of cowboy cerrone being offered 350,000 a fight to join Bellator lets see lol.
Ex-Cage Warriors champ Alex Enlund meets Martin Buschkamp at UFC Fight Night 93
The UFC’s return to Germany next week has a late entry to the lineup in the form of a new featherweight matchup.
UFC newcomers Martin Buschkamp (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Alex Enlund (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been booked for their promotional debuts at UFC Fight Night 93, promotion officials today announced.
UFC Fight Night 93 takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Visa issues force Ning Guangyou out of UFC on FOX 21 fight with Marlon Vera
Saturday’s UFC return to Vancouver will have to go on with one less fight.
Promotion officials have announced the bantamweight fight between Ning Guangyou (5-3-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Marlon Vera (7-3-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 21 has been scrapped due to visa issues for Guangyou, from China.
UFC officials did not say which event the fight might be moved to, only that it will not take place in Vancouver.
UFC on FOX 21 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Saturday's UFC on FOX 21 early prelims get new featured bout on UFC Fight Pass
UFC officials today announced a bout between Canadian lightweight Chad Laprise (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and French fighter Thibault Gouti (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has moved to the top spot on the UFC digital network’s stream.
UFC on FOX 21 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Laprise vs. Gouti was originally slated for the FOX-televised prelims. The UFC Fight Pass’ originally planned featured bout was lightweights Josh Emmett (10-0 MMA 1-0 UFC) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). However, as MMAjunkie first reported, Emmett was recently forced off the card due to an injury, and according to a UFC official, a replacement search is still underway.
UFC 202 fighter pay
The full list of disclosed UFC 202 payouts included:
Conor McGregor: $3 million (no win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $2 million
Anthony Johnson: $270,000 (includes $135,000 win bonus) def. Glover Teixeira: $65,000
Donald Cerrone: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $41,000
Mike Perry: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hyun Gyu Lim: $18,000
Tim Means: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Sabah Homasi: $12,000
Cody Garbrandt: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $39,000
Raquel Pennington: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Elizabeth Phillips: $12,000
Artem Lobov: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Avila: $10,000
Cortney Casey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $14,000
Lorenz Larkin: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Neil Magny: $47,000
Colby Covington: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Max Griffin: $10,000
Marvin Vettori: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Alberto Uda: $10,000
Can Diaz get into trouble for vaping CBD post fight?
The great Nate Diaz does it his way.
And thus it was that at the UFC 202 post fight media scrum, Diaz was vaping what he identified as CBD (Cannabidiol).
CBD is one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. However, clinical reports show a lack of psychoactivity, and non-interference with several psychomotor learning and psychological functions. Is short, CBD does not get you high.
However, it is a cannabinoid, which places it on the WADA prohibited list.
UFC 202 bonuses revealed, McGregor & Diaz put on fight for the ages
Despite the extra security at the weigh-ins and the bottle throwing shenanigans at the press conference, UFC 202 went off without a hitch. We saw nine finishes and just three decisions in an incredible night of fights. Here's the breakdown of who earned the $50,000 bonus checks.
Performances of the Night: Anthony Johnson and Donald Cerrone
This was the night of fights UFC 200 wishes it was. We had eight knockouts on this card. Eight. Picking two performance of the night bonuses from tonight's card can't have been an easy task, but Donald Cerrone and Anthony Johnson are deserved winners.
Fight of the Night: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
"Surprise, surprise, motherf**ker! The King is back!"
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz put on a fight for the ages. This might be the thrill of the moment speaking, but we might have witnessed one of the greatest and most technical back-and-forth brawls in welterweight history. Remember the UFC claims that Conor utterly dominated the first round in the first bout? That wasn't the case, not even close, but it was the case tonight. Conor landed kick after kick to Diaz's lead leg, and every time Nate tried to fire anything back, McGregor had a left hand counter waiting. He rocked Diaz, he dropped Diaz, but he couldn't finish Diaz.
UFC Announces Return to Belfast, Lays Out Remainder of 2016 Schedule
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the remainder of its schedule for 2016 at Friday’s UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 press conference in Las Vegas.
UFC Fight Night 98 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 19
UFC Fight Night 99 in Brazil on November 19
UFC Fight Night 100 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, on November 27 (November 26, U.S. Time)
The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale possibly at The Palms in Las Vegas on December 3
UFC Fight Night 101 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, on December 9
UFC 206 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, on December 10
UFC Fight Night 102 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on December 17
UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, December 30
Albert Morales replaces Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas
Manny Gamburyan will no longer fight at next month’s UFC Fight Night 94 event.
Gamburyan (15-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC) has withdrawn from the event “for personal reasons,” and his opponent, Alejandro Perez (17-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC), now fights promotional newcomer and fellow fellow bantamweight Albert Morales (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), officials recently announced.
UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Jennifer Maia vs. Roxanne Modafferi, Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Jinh Yu Frey set for Invicta FC 19
Invicta FC has a pair of title fights coming up next month.
Jennifer Maia will defend her flyweight title against fan favorite Roxanne Modafferi in the main event of Invicta FC 19 on Sept. 23 in Kansas City, it was announced Wednesday. In the co-main event, atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki will face Jinh Yu Frey.
Maia (13-4-1) won the interim belt by beating Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision in March. The exciting Brazilian striker has won four in a row. Maia, 27, only has two losses since 2012.
Modafferi (19-12) has won two in a row, including a split decision win over DeAnna Bennett in March. The popular Modafferi is a pioneer in women's MMA, beginning her pro career in 2003. Modafferi, 33, has turned her career around after moving from Japan to Las Vegas to train at Syndicate MMA.
Injuries push Bubba Jenkins vs. Georgi Karakhanyan to Bellator 160 main card
Bellator MMA announced a set of changes to their Bellator 160 fight card and bout order Thursday. According to a release from the promotion, main card fighters Henry Corrales and Lena Ovchynnikova have sustained injuries. Both have been removed from the card.
As a consequence, A.J. McKee, who was set to face Corrales in a featherweight contest, will now face Cody Walker on the main card of the event. Ovchynnikova's flyweight bout with Jaimelene Nievera, which was previously slotted as the event's main card opener, has been scrapped entirely. Moving up to take its place from the preliminary card is a rematch between top featherweights Georgi Karakhanyan and Bubba Jenkins.
Bellator 160 is headlined by a lightweight clash between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and former Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Freire.
Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett vs. Minoru Kimura added to next Rizin FF event
Pride FC veteran Charles Bennett is set to make his return to Japan at Rizin FF event in September. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.
The 36-year-old fighter is set to take on Brazilian kickboxer Minoru Kimura in a featherweight bout. This fight will be contested under MMA rules.
This will be Kimura's first fight under MMA rules. The 22-year-old fighter has been fighting in kickboxing since 2010, compiling an impressive record of 21-6-1 with 15 knockout victories. He also hold a record of 5-3 in top kickboxing promotion K-1.
Dana White: 'It's looking like Jon Jones did not' knowingly take drug flagged by USADA
"I don't even know if this is public. I didn't know if I can talk about it," White said. "Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can't do it. It's looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug everybody thought he took. It looks like it's something else.
"I'll let this thing play out and if that's true and that's what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission say happened, it could look good for Jon Jones."
Veronica Macedo replaces Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 93 in Germany
Ashlee Evans-Smith has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 93 event.
Germaine de Randamie (6-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has suffered a foot injury, and promotional newcomer Veronica Macedo (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Evans-Smith (4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Evans-Smith and de Randamie announced the changes via social media (via Facebook and Instagram), though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement:
CES MMA 38 set for Sept. 23, includes UFC vets Levan Makashvili vs. Sean Soriano
CES MMA will return to Connecticut next month, and its next card will include a pair of UFC veterans squaring off at featherweight.
Levan Makashvili (11-2-1) will take on Sean Soriano (9-4) at CES MMA 38, promotion officials today announced. In addition, a featherweight bout between Calvin Kattar (15-2) and Chris Foster (9-4) was announced, as was a flyweight fight featuring Carlos Candelario (4-0) vs. Brandon Warne (1-1).
CES MMA 38 will take place Sept. 23 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. The main card will air live on AXS TV. No main event for the card was announced, though all three fights are expected to be part of the main card.