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Angela Hill off UFC 207 due to USADA guidelines
(bloodyelbow.com)
Invicta strawweight champion Angela Hill is going to have to wait a while before returning to the UFC. The current Invicta strawweight champion was slated to return for UFC 207 later this month against Jessica Andrade, but her return was cut short upon receiving the news that she has to re-enter the USADA testing pools due to their guidelines.
Submitted Dec 14, 2016 2:56PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush set for UFC Fight Night 107
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC will return to Brazil on March 11, and Vitor Belfort will headline the card against Kelvin Gastelum. The UFC announced the middleweight bout on Wednesday. Combate first reported the match-up. The UFC also announced a lightweight clash between Edson Barbosa and Beneil Dariush to the card.
Submitted Dec 14, 2016 2:52PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal slated for UFC on FOX 23
(mmafighting.com)
As requested, Donald Cerrone is getting right back to work. Cerrone will meet Jorge Masvidal at UFC on FOX 23 on Jan. 28 in Denver, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion is expected to officially announce the fight shortly.
Submitted Dec 14, 2016 2:50PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Holm vs de Randamie for the inaugural featherweight title at UFC 208
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Boxing traditionally had eight weight divisions and eight champions. It made things easy to remember and appreciate. UFC president Dana White is an old student of the sweet science; it is no coincidence that there are eight divisions for men in the UFC. There were only two weight divisions for women – 115 and 125. Women flyweights could move up to 135 or down to 115. Women featherweights could drop, and women atomweights could move up. So the talent was deep. The greatest female fighter in MMA is Cris Cyborg and the UFC engaged in a years-long effort to bring her down to 135 for a superfight with Ronda Rousey. However, the cuts took too much out of her and she eventually said no more.
Submitted Dec 14, 2016 1:48AM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kelvin Gastelum staying at middleweight to fight Vitor Belfort
(mmaweekly.com)
Though Kelvin Gastelum believes his ideal weight class is welterweight, he has agreed to stay at middleweight for his next fight to meet Vitor Belfort. The bout is set for a UFC Fight Night event on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil, according to AgFight, which confirmed an initial report by Combate. Gastelum (13-2) has had difficulty making the welterweight cutoff on several occasions, most recently having a UFC 205 bout with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone canceled due to his failure to make weight.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:38PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
King Mo interested in Fedor & Carwin fights, expects to walk Ishii down and ‘beat him up’
(bloodyelbow.com)
American Top Teams’ ‘King Mo’ Lawal is getting set to fight again this Friday on a card that’s flying a bit under the radar. The former Strikeforce champion entered Bellator as an expected top star for the promotion, and while he’s definitely found a lot of success, his run has come with its ups and downs. Perhaps the most notable hot streak Mo has had in the past few years came not under the Bellator banner, but for RIZIN. Mo entered into the 2015 100kg (220 lb) Grand Prix and won the whole thing, beating Brett McDermott and Teodoras Aukstuolis on his way to knocking out Jiri Prochazka. He followed that run with return to Bellator and a loss to Phil Davis back in May, and is now poised to bounce back against Satoshi Ishii.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:37PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
New UFC matchmaker deserves a chance to show what he’s made of
(mixedmartialarts.com)
A post on Facebook from number one light heavyweight title-contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Monday caught my eye. Johnson had recently lost out on a championship fight when Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 206 with injury. Johnson said he was game to fight a short-notice opponent, as long as it was at heavyweight. The former welterweight has had success at heavyweight, including a decision win over former world champ Andrei Arlovski in 2013. Johnson had gone on record saying that Arlovski had turned-down an offered rematch with him. On Monday, Johnson jumped on Facebook, saying he was “feeling annoyed,” and to apologize to “The Pitbull.” According to Johnson, Arlovski called him to set the record straight.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:35PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lightweight champ Justin Gaethje has new opponent for New Year's Eve WSOF 34 headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje has a new opponent for his scheduled title defense on New Year’s Eve. Officials today announced Luiz Firmino (19-7) has replaced injured Joao Zeferino (21-8) and now meets Gaethje (16-0) in the headliner of the show, which features four title fights. WSOF 34 takes place Dec. 31 at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, and the main card airs on NBC (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT) following prelims on NBCSN (3 p.m. ET) and MMAjunkie (1 p.m. ET).
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:32PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Sinead Kavanagh vs. Elina Kallionidou added to Bellator 169
(mmafighting.com)
A women’s featherweight bout pitting Sinead Kavanagh and Elina Kallionidou is the latest addition to Bellator 169. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday. Kavanagh was originally scheduled to compete in a bantamweight fight against Eeva Siiskonen on the BAMMA portion of this co-promoted event, but will now be moving up a weight class to face Kallionidou under the Bellator banner. Kavanagh trains out of SGB Ireland and is 3-0 as a professional MMA fighter.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:29PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Commission practices at UFC Albany event draw criticism from fighters
(mmafighting.com)
Practices conducted by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) are drawing criticism from fighters following the UFC's event in Albany over the weekend. Multiple fighters and coaches confirmed with MMA Fighting that the commission would not let doctors give fighters stitches in the arena, a practice that is common in many other jurisdictions. Instead, fighters were sent to the hospital in an ambulance and some had to wait hours to get cuts sutured.
Submitted Dec 13, 2016 6:27PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
SUG 2 results: Jon Jones submits Dan Henderson, challenges Chael Sonnen to grappling rematch
(mmafighting.com)
Over four years after the cancellation of their ill-fated UFC 151 bout, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson finally competed against one another in a cage -- albeit not in the way many fight fans may have expected. In a grappling-only match, Jones submitted Henderson via arm-triangle choke at 6:39 of the main event of SUG 2 on Sunday night, settling a rivalry that began all the way back in 2012. "Dan is so strong. I did not expect him to be that strong," Jones said afterward. "Thank you so much for the opportunity, Dan. I really appreciate it, man. I know we've had our differences over the years, Dan, but I respect you tremendously. You're truly a legend and one of the greatest of all-time in our sport."
Submitted Dec 12, 2016 5:12PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Jose Aldo says he’s fighting Max Holloway at UFC 208
(mmafighting.com)
RIO DE JANEIRO — Jose Aldo has a date for his return to the Octagon. Max Holloway won the interim featherweight championship with a win over Anthony Pettis Saturday night in Toronto, Canada, and called out UFC featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo for a clash at UFC 208 in Brooklyn on Feb. 11. Speaking with the media in Brazil on Monday, Aldo confirmed that it’s done deal.
Submitted Dec 12, 2016 5:11PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Brown says newcomer Brian Camozzi was perfect gift at UFC Fight Night 102
(mmajunkie.com)
ALBANY, N.Y. – Randy Brown had to deal with an opponent change for UFC Fight Night 102, but it turned out to work perfectly in his favor.
Submitted Dec 10, 2016 4:53PM by xdanish020 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 102 post-fight facts: Derrick Lewis passes Conor McGregor in KO category
(mmajunkie.com)
Friday’s UFC Fight Night 102 event was largely forgettable, but in his first UFC main event, Derrick Lewis earned a key victory in the heavyweight division.
Submitted Dec 10, 2016 4:51PM by xdanish020 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis misses mark at weighins
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will not fight for the interim featherweight title on Saturday as planned.
Submitted Dec 9, 2016 11:17AM by tildengolfer - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After Maryna Moroz injury, Jessica Andrade meets Angela Hill at UFC 207
(bloodyelbow.com)
Jessica Andrade didn't go too long without an opponent. Shortly after her fight against Maryna Moroz was scratched due to Moroz being injured, Combate's Ana Hissa reported that Andrade will now face UFC vet and Invicta FC champion, Angela Hill.
Submitted Dec 8, 2016 4:40PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
PFA head Jeff Borris says three factions vying to organize fighters is ‘good news for the UFC’
(mmafighting.com)
The MMA Fighters Association started up nearly a decade ago. The Professional Fighters Association kicked off in August. And last week, the MMA Athletes Association launched via a conference call with significant buzz. All the groups want to represent the interest of fighters against promoters. Most have similar goals, though there are many conflicts on how to achieve them. The MMAFA and MMAAA are associations, while the PFA is a prospective union. On Wednesday, a group of lawyers representing fighters in an antitrust case (many of whom are in the MMAFA) against the UFC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the MMAAA. The MMAAA responded with a statement hours later. The MMAFA and PFA have been at odds, too, on social media. The conflict between the groups have been public. And none of that is good news for the fighters, according to PFA founder Jeff Borris.
Submitted Dec 8, 2016 1:01PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Conor McGregor petitions Nevada court for judicial review of NSAC fine
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor once wished the Nevada State Athletic Commission luck in trying to get a $150,000 fine from him. Now he’ll see them in court. According to the Clark County (Nevada) civil court records, McGregor has filed a petition for judicial review naming NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett and the NSAC as respondents. Bennett did not immediately respond to a request for comment from MMAjunkie. A hearing date has yet to be scheduled.
Submitted Dec 8, 2016 12:53PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Brazilian court reduces Roy Nelson’s suspension, fine following apology
(mmafighting.com)
The Brazilian Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) has officially reduced Roy Nelson’s suspension and fine after the UFC heavyweight formally apologized to referee John McCarthy on Friday. Nelson was issued a nine-month suspension for kicking the referee following his second-round TKO win over Antonio Silva on Sept. 24 in Brazil, and the Brazilian court issued him a nine-month suspension and $24,000 fine. The heavyweight was given a chance to reduce his penalty if he formally apologized in some form of UFC press conference, and he did so on Dec. 2. Six days later, STDJMMA announced its decision to reduce Nelson’s penalty to a six-month suspension and $13,700 fine. Nelson is suspended until March 29, and has 30 days to pay his fine.
Submitted Dec 8, 2016 12:51PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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