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July 2019 MMA News Archive

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Cris Cyborg Top 5 Knockouts ahead of UFC 240 (Video)
As she prepares for the final fight on her current contract, check out the top 5 knockouts from former UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg’s career. Cyborg holds down the UFC 240 co-main event slot in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where she squares off with undefeated rising contender Felicia Spencer. Will she be able to add to her knockout hit list?
Submitted Jul 26, 2019 12:57AM by xdanish020 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Tanner Boser vs. Giacomo Lemos off UFC 240
A failed drug test has nixed the Ultimate Fighting Championship debut of Canadian heavyweight Tanner Boser after his opponent, Giacomo Lemos, tested positive for a banned substance.
Submitted Jul 25, 2019 11:34PM by xdanish020 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
The heat from the Summer of 2019 will continue into September, as two of the most exciting fighters of this era square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night on September 14 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In a five-round lightweight bout, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone looks to add to his record of most wins in UFC history as he takes on human highlight reel Justin Gaethje. UFC Fight Night airs live on ESPN+. Tickets go on sale on July 26.
Submitted Jul 19, 2019 11:21PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
LFA 72 Draws New Headliner Not Less Than 2 Away
LFA CEO Ed Soares announced on Wednesday that there will be a new main event when the promotion returns to the Valley of the Sun at LFA 72. The new headliner will feature a showdown between two of the LFA middleweight division’s top contenders. The new main event of LFA 72 will bring a high-stakes showdown to the state capital of Arizona. The headliner will see BJJ black belt and Arizona’s own Daniel “DemiGod” Madrid face top prospect Chirs Harris in a pivotal middleweight bout. LFA 72 – Madrid vs. Harris takes place Friday, July 26th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. The main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. LFA 72 Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT): Main Event | Middleweight Bout (185 lb) – Daniel Madrid (16-6) vs. Chris Harris (11-3) Co-Main Event | Bantamweight Bout (135 lb) – Anthony Birchak (13-6) vs. Raphael Montini (6-2) Welterweight Bout (170 lb) – Jacob McClintock (9-3) vs. Raymond Pina (8-3) Catchweight Bout (140 lb) – Roman Salazar (13-8) vs. Mario Israel (10-4) Featherweight Bout (145 lb) – Paris Stanford (4-1) vs. Jake Heffernan (7-1) Featherweight Bout (145 lb) – Mike Hamel (6-2) vs. Bruno Souza (5-1) Lightweight Bout (155 lb) – Vincent Arredondo (2-1) vs. Alejandro Sanchez (5-0)
Submitted Jul 17, 2019 3:56PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Kai Kara-France vs. Mark De La Rosa Set for UFC Shenzhen
Kai Kara-France will take on Mark De La Rosa in a flyweight clash in Shenzhen, China, on Aug. 31, the UFC announced Wednesday. Kara-France is on a seven-fight winning streak that includes a pair of wins inside the Octagon. He made his debut in December, when he beat Elias Garcia by decision at UFC Fight Night 142 and then followed that up by beating Raulian Paiva by split-decision at UFC 234. UFC Shenzhen marks the first time Kara-France will make the walk to the Octagon outside of Australia.
Submitted Jul 17, 2019 1:00PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Unbeaten Shooto Brazil Flyweight Champ Lara Fritzen Procopio Signs with UFC
A flyweight champion for Shooto Brazil, the Belo Horizonte, Brazil, native already has a debut date set with the Las Vegas-based promotion, as she is expected to face Karolline Rosa Cavedo at UFC Shenzhen on Aug. 31. "It's a dream come true. When the door of the Octagon closes you can be sure that I'm going to give my best. I go there to continue doing my work, giving the best of me,” Procopio said. At age 23, Lara has an unbeaten record in six professional MMA fights and wins against Brazilian veterans like Sidy Rocha and Mariana Morais. The Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt trains at Nova Uniao with the likes of Jose Aldo, Poliana Botelho, Ketlen Vieira and Leonardo Santos, among others.
Submitted Jul 17, 2019 12:57PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely set for Bellator Dublin co-main event
Michael Page seems to have been lured into fellow kickboxer Richard Kiely’s war of words as the duo are set to face off in the co-main event of Bellator Dublin on Sept. 27 at the 3 Arena. Bellator announced the bout via the Irish Mirror on Wednesday morning after weeks of the European welterweights exchanging barbs back and forth online.
Submitted Jul 17, 2019 12:54PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Eddie Alvarez, Eduard Folayang back in ONE lightweight tournament after Timofey Nastyukhin injury
The upcoming lightweight fight between Eddie Alvarez and Eduard Folayang, scheduled for ONE Championship’s event on Aug. 2 in Manila, will now serve as a tournament semifinal after Timofey Nastyukhin was forced to pull out of the grand prix with an injury, the promotion announced. Alvarez (29-7, 1 no-contest), a former UFC and Bellator champion, met Nastyukhin in his ONE debut in March, losing via first-round knockout. Folayang (21-7), who lost the ONE gold to Shinya Aoki that same night in a non-tournament bout, now has a chance to join the company’s lightweight tournament. The winner of this contest will meet Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (8-1) in the grand prix final. Arslanaliev earned his spot in the final after scoring a couple of first-round knockouts, stopping Ev Ting in just 25 second and then Amir Khan in less than three minutes.
Submitted Jul 15, 2019 12:47PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
Edson Barboza vs. Paul Felder 2 targeted for UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi
A rematch between Edson Barboza and Paul Felder is heading to Abu Dhabi. The lightweight duo will meet a second time at the UFC 242 show in United Arab Emirates on Sept. 7, sources told MMA Fighting following a report by MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jul 12, 2019 9:01AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Pam Sorenson vs. Kaitlin Young featherweight title fight set for Invicta FC 36
Invicta FC will return next month, and the promotion’s featherweight title will be up for grabs. Invicta FC 36 takes place Aug. 9 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., the promotion announced Tuesday. In the headliner, Pam Sorenson (7-3) takes on Kaitlin Young (10-9-1) for the vacant 145-pound title. In addition, former strawweight title challenger Janaisa Morandin (10-2) takes on promotional newcomer Emily Ducote (7-5) in a strawweight bout in the co-main event. Also set for the nine-bout card: Jessica Delboni (8-1) meets Lindsey VanZandt (6-1) at atomweight; UFC veteran Kailin Curran (6-7) will fight at strawweight against an opponent still to be named; Stephanie Geltmacher (4-0) takes on Victoria Leonardo (5-1) at flyweight; atomweight Alyse Anderson (4-1) meets Anastasia Nikolakakos (3-0); Chantel Coates (1-0) takes on Caitlin Sammons (1-0) at flyweight; Erin Harpe (1-0) and Auttumn Norton (0-0) fight at bantamweight; and Megan Cawley (0-0) takes on Julia Ottolino (0-0) to open the card at bantamweight.
Submitted Jul 12, 2019 9:00AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Patricio Pitbull vs. Juan Archuleta, Gegard Mousasi vs. Lyoto Machida 2 on tap for Bellator 228
The first two fights for Bellator 228 on Sept. 28 from The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. have been announced including the opening bout in the upcoming Bellator featherweight grand prix. Reigning two-division champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire will enter the tournament with his title up for grabs in every fight with Juan Archuleta as the first fighter attempting to take away the 145-pound belt. Freire is coming off a stunning first-round knockout to dethrone Michael Chandler in a lightweight title fight and now he returns to his natural weight class to participate in the Bellator featherweight grand prix.
Submitted Jul 11, 2019 9:33PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo, featherweight grand prix kickoff set for Bellator 226
It’s settled: Two-division Bellator champion Ryan Bader is defending his heavyweight title next. On Thursday, the promotion announced that Bader will return Sept. 7 when he puts his belt on the line against French striker Cheick Kongo in the night’s main event at Bellator 226. Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) captured the heavyweight strap after winning the Bellator heavyweight grand prix with a 35-second knockout of Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko in the tournament final last January. That victory also saw him become a two-division champion, with the heavyweight title joining the light heavyweight strap he won from Phil Davis in his promotional debut back in June 2017.
Submitted Jul 11, 2019 9:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Elizeu Zaleski vs. Li Jingliang set for UFC Shenzhen
It’s the second time the UFC has booked this matchup between these two welterweight action fighters. A welterweight bout with Fight of the Night potential is slated for the UFC’s return to mainland China. MMA Fighting reports that Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Li Jingliang have been booked for UFC Shenzhen, which takes place on August 31st. This matchup was scheduled for for UFC Beijing last November, only for Zaleski to withdraw with an injury.
Submitted Jul 11, 2019 9:27PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White's Contender Series 19 results: All five winners get UFC deals
Joe Solecki (8-2) impressed in his Dana White’s Contender Series debut, outgrappling Jesse Wallace (9-3) to secure a fist-round submission win. The contest served as the featured bout of Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 19 event from the UFC Apex and streamed on ESPN+. Wallace got to the center to start, but it was Solecki who would set the pace, darting in and out of range to strike before changing levels and dragging the action to the floor. The ensuing scramble saw Solecki work to the dominant position, where he used strikes to open up opportunities to improve his position, eventually getting to the back.
Submitted Jul 10, 2019 10:09AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC veteran John Lineker signs with ONE Championship
It didn’t take long for John Lineker to find a new home. Days after being released for the UFC after a 12-4 run in the eight-sided cage, “Hands of Stone” inked a multi-fight deal with ONE Championship, he told MMA Fighting on Monday. ONE Championship has yet to book Lineker’s promotional debut. Lineker will compete as a bantamweight, which means 145 pounds under ONE Championship's rules.
Submitted Jul 9, 2019 8:21AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Beneil Dariush injured, Drakkar Klose needs new opponent for Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 13
Injury has forced Beneil Dariush out of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 13 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a lightweight opponent to meet Drakkar Klose. MMA Junkie today learned from promotion officials that Dariush had to withdraw from the card, which takes place at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. A timeline for his return was not immediately established. MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd Urijah Faber vs. Ricky Simon Mirsad Bektic vs. Josh Emmett Drakkar Klose vs. opponent TBA Karl Roberson vs. Wellington Turman Cezar Ferreira vs. Marvin Vettori PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) John Allan vs. Mike Rodriguez Andre Fili vs. Sheymon Moraes Nicco Montano vs. Julianna Pena Darren Elkins vs. Ryan Hall Jonathan Martinez vs. Liu Pingyuan Livinha Souza vs. Brianna VanBuren Benito Lopez vs. Vince Morales
Submitted Jul 8, 2019 12:06PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says Luke Rockhold broke jaw at UFC 239, urges ex-champ to 'hang it up'
UFC president Dana White believes it’s time for Luke Rockhold to retire after the former champion was knocked out in brutal fashion yet again at UFC 239. Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion, had his light heavyweight debut spoiled in a gruesome manner when he was floored by Jan Blachowicz (24-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the second round on Saturday. All five of Rockhold’s career defeats have come by knockout, and at 34, White said the time could be right to move on from competition.
Submitted Jul 7, 2019 9:57AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC 239 bonus winners: Jorge Masvidal’s historic knockout leads $50K winners
The action delivered as promised last night (Sat., July 6, 2019) at UFC 239 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Jon Jones outlasted the heavy-handed Thiago Santos in the main event to retain his UFC light heavyweight title. Performance of the Night: Jorge Masvidal Performance of the Night: Amanda Nunes Performance of the Night: Song Yadong Performance of the Night: Jan Blachowicz
Submitted Jul 7, 2019 9:51AM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Allan replaces Gian Villante, will fight Mike Rodriguez at UFC Sacramento
Mike Rodriguez has a new opponent for UFC Sacramento. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that recently signed Brazilian fighter John Allan is stepping in for Gian Villante to fight Rodriguez in a light heavyweight bout at next week’s card on July 13. The change was first reported by Wrestling Observer.
Submitted Jul 6, 2019 1:00PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
John Lineker released from UFC contract after 16-fight tenure
Bantamweight contender John Lineker has been released from his UFC contract. After pleading for a fight, Lineker (31-9 MMA, 12-4 UFC) was given a co-main event spot against Rob Font at UFC on ESPN+ 12 this past month. He withdrew from the fight just days out, though, after allegedly suffering a facial laceration during his weight cut. That withdrawal seemingly didn’t put the Brazilian in the UFC’s good graces, because just weeks later he is no longer with the company, MMA Junkie confirmed with a person close to the situation.
Submitted Jul 3, 2019 11:28AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
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