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'Cyborg' calls out UFC, Ronda Rousey following Vitor Belfort report
Cristiane Justino has some new ammo as she angles for a fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. “Cyborg,” who’s long campaigned for a bout with the dominant 135-pound champ, has been rebuffed by Rousey. While Justino, Invicta FC’s reigning 145-pound featherweight champ, has offered to fight at a catchweight, Rousey said she’ll only meet at 135 pounds since “Cyborg” failed a drug test due to the anabolic steroid stanozolol in 2011 (see the above video).
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:49PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 142 salaries: Tito Ortiz ($300K), Phil Davis ($130K) earn top disclosed payouts
The night’s other top earner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), picked up victories over replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to win the organization’s single-night light-heavyweight tournament. Davis, fighting for the first time since leaving the UFC, earned $130,000.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:49PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Demetrious Johnson not about to boycott Nevada on Nick Diaz's behalf
Don't count Demetrious Johnson among those who will avoid Nevada to show solidarity for Nick Diaz. While last week's Nevada Athletic Commission decision to suspend Diaz five years following his third marijuana infraction in the state brought near universal condemnation in the mixed martial arts world, Johnson's not about to stop fighting in Las Vegas.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator's Kendall Grove calls fighters to organize following Nick Diaz's 'death sentence' suspension
While Kendall Grove prepares to face Joey Beltran Sept. 25 at Bellator 143, the former Ultimate Fighter winner admits a bigger fight is being waged right now. With the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) handing down an unprecedented five-year suspension and $150,000 fine to Nick Diaz following a failed drug test for marijuana metabolites, Grove says it's time for change in the sport.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:46PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Urijah Faber sorry T.J. Dillashaw in middle of Duane Ludwig situation, says TUF incident forced it public
When it comes to the simmering tensions between Team Alpha Male and ex-coach Duane Ludwig, the dam finally burst on Monday. For over an hour, team founder and captain Urijah Faber revealed his side to the long-standing feud, accusing Ludwig of bullying individuals on the team, gouging fighters for money, and more during an interview on The MMA Hour.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:45PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alistair Overeem is convinced 'fearful' Fabricio Werdum wants no part of a rematch
Alistair Overeem got his wish to finally fight Junior dos Santos, but really he's gunning for another crack at UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum. Overeem claims a unanimous decision win over Werdum dating back to 2011 in Strikeforce, but the climate is a bit different right now.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:44PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aljamain Sterling is considering MMA layoff, going back to school due to lack of fights, pay
Aljamain Sterling is supposed to fight in December at UFC on FOX 17. The problem is he doesn't have an opponent. And if he doesn't get one, the top bantamweight might just decide to go back to school to get his Master's degree.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:44PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
With scrapped fight, Brandao-Kikuno moves to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 75 main card
With a pair of injuries, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 75 lineup has a new main-card bout. UFC officials recently announced the cancellation of a bantamweight fight between Matt Hobar (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Norifumi Yamamoto (18-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after both competitors suffered undisclosed injuries. As a result, a featherweight title between Diego Brandao (19-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Katsunori Kikuno (23-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been elevated to the main card.
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:17AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145
A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and David Rickels (16-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) is slated for Bellator 145. Officials today announced the matchup, as well as a trio of preliminary-card bouts. Bellator 145, which features two title fights, take place Nov. 6 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. The latest Bellator 145 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:16AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Lineup set for next month's RFA 31 in downtown Las Vegas with two title fights
The card is complete for next month’s RFA event in “Sin City” with two title fights at the top of the bill. In the RFA 31 main event, Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9). And in the co-feature, Zoila Frausto (12-4) meets Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA women’s strawweight title. RFA 31 takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV. The complete RFA 31 card includes: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET) Gilbert Smith vs. Bristol Marunde – for welterweight title Zoila Frausto vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger – for vacant women’s strawweight title Gabriel Checco vs. Mike Jasper Justin Linn vs. Matt Lopez Cameron Diffley vs. Vardan Sholinian Shai Lindsey vs. Joseph Peukert PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised) David Arcangel vs. Zane Behrend Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco Johnny Parsons vs. Jeff Roman
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:15AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
'TUF 20' vet Lisa Ellis among new Invicta FC signings
Invicta FC has signed a group of new fighters, including “The Ultimate Fighter 20” cast member Lisa Ellis. The all-female promotion, which has held 14 events since its 2012 launch and sent numerous fighters to the UFC, signed five in all. Additional atomweight signings include Hungarian submission specialist Dora Perjes(7-1), who’s forced tap-outs in all of her pro wins, and Russian-born American Julia Jones (4-0). Other signings include a pair of Brazilians strawweights: Aline Santos De Assis Serio (9-5) and Amanda Limborco Alcantara Ribas (5-0).
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:13AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
A Sketchy Drug Test Didn’t Stop Vitor Belfort From Fighting At UFC 152
Just more than 24 hours ahead of their Memorial Day fight this year, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman stepped up to his opponent, Vitor Belfort, in public, ready to accuse him of cheating. At a weigh-in inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Belfort, 38, disrobed to boos. A densely muscled frame had helped him savage foes as far back as 1996, when at the age of 19 he debuted in mixed martial arts by bouncing super-heavyweight John Hess’s head off the canvas like a basketball to score a 12-second victory. From that day forward, people were drawn to his athleticism, his dynamic finishing ability, and his physique, the latter of which would be augmented over the years with performance-enhancing drugs. Additional Reading: It's almost 3 years ago to the day since Vitor Belfort stepped up on short notice to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 in Toronto. Belfort nearly submitted Jones with an armbar in the 1st round, then proceeded to get shellacked until he tapped out to an Americana in round 4. Belfort has been the subject of heavy scrutiny and multiple controversies concerning his TRT use and drug testing results, and we have another chapter to add to the book. In a special investigation penned by Josh Gross and published on Deadspin, Belfort had actually tested positive for elevated testosterone in the state of Nevada just under three weeks before fight night in Ontario.
Submitted Sep 22, 2015 5:53PM by GDPofMPG - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Phoenix Jones: 'The fans think I just got here because I run around in a rubber suit'
Ben Fodor's first World Series of Fighting win was an emotional one. The 27-year-old welterweight, better known by his crime-fighting alias "Phoenix Jones," submitted Roberto Yong on Friday night at WSOF 23, and afterward admitted that the road back from his listless promotional debut was one of the most challenging experiences of his professional life...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:41PM by grappler0000 - 12 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC Goes Back-to-Back in New Las Vegas Venue as Part of December Tripleheader
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going all-in this December, hosting its first tripleheader week in Las Vegas. The promotion will feature separate events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – Dec. 10, 11, and 12...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Stripped UFC Champ Jon Jones Headed for Plea Deal
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appears to be headed towards a plea deal over charges resulting from an April hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, N.M. A spokesperson for the Second District Judicial Court of New Mexico on Monday informed MMAWeekly.com that a Pre-Indictment Plea Hearing has been set before the Honorable Charles W. Brown at the combined request of the prosecution and the defense. The hearing is set for the Second District Judicial Court on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Albuquerque...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:28PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
WSOF 23 salaries: Champs Justin Gaethje, David Branch ($100,000 each) top earners
WSOF lightweight champ Justin Gaethje and newly minted light heavyweight champ David Branch each took home $100,000 for their wins at WSOF 23. In the event’s headliner, Gaethje knocked out Luis Palomino in a rematch of a March barnburner, while Branch won the inaugural light heavyweight title with a submission of Teddy Holder, adding to the middleweight belt he already owns...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:21PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC inks undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz for strawweight division
Undefeated Polish strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz is apparently headed to the UFC. Her management team at MMA Cartel today announced the deal, though terms of the contract weren’t disclosed, and her first UFC fight hasn’t been scheduled. UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement.
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 1:30PM by postman - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
WSOF suspends Vagab Vagabov for five months following post-fight infraction
While he picked up a win at this past weekend’s WSOF 23 event, undefeated middleweight prospect Vagab Vagabov will be sidelined for five months for losing his cool after his victory over Brian Grinnell. WSOF Executive Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz today told MMAjunkie that the promotion issued the sanctions because Vagabov clearly struck Grinnell multiple times after referee Al Guinee waved off the pair’s preliminary contest in the second round. “I spoke with Vagab and his team, and they were very apologetic for his actions,” Abdelaziz said. “Vagab got caught up in the moment and expressed remorse for his mistake, but as a company, we simply cannot let moments like this go without addressing them directly. “We hope this penalty sends a strong message to everyone on our roster that such infractions simply will not be tolerated.”
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 6:53AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Scott Coker: Early 2016 likely for Bellator champ Liam McGeary vs. Phil Davis
Expect Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary to make his next title defense in early 2016. After controlling the action early in the fight, Tito Ortiz (18-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) ultimately tapped out to an inverted triangle choke from McGeary (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 142 event. In the co-headliner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) followed up an opening-round submission victory over Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to knock out replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who filled in for injured Muhammed Lawal (16-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA, to win the single-night tournament and claim his title. Following the MMA-kickboxing “Dynamite” event, which aired on Spike from San Jose’s SAP Center, Bellator President Scott Coker said the two 205-pounders will likely meet in early 2016.
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 6:51AM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Fedor headlines NYE show in Japan on Spike TV
Spike TV will celebrate New Year's Eve with an MMA mega-event featuring mixed martial arts worldwide legend Fedor Emelianenko. Emanating from Tokyo, Japan, the event marks the debut of a new global MMA promotion run by former Pride President Nobuyuki Sakakibara. Bellator will partner with Mr. Sakakibara on the MMA extravaganza and will have fighters from its roster participating. The event will be broadcast to Spike's 93 million homes in the United States. Fedor's opponent and further details on the event will be announced at a later date. "We are thrilled to join forces with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and our partner Bellator President Scott Coker to give MMA fans a big reason to celebrate this New Year's Eve - Fedor fighting FREE on Spike!" said Kevin Kay, Spike President.
Submitted Sep 20, 2015 12:22AM by Budgellism - 54 comments
Filed under: Bellator
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