Jose Aldo’s wife: Dana White pressured Aldo to fight injured at UFC 189
Jose Aldo will finally face Conor McGregor in the main event at UFC 194, but his family says they haven’t forgotten what happened back in June.
The undisputed UFC featherweight fractured his rib weeks before UFC 189, when Aldo and "The Notorious" were first slated to meet, and eventually pulled out of the bout. Aldo’s camp and UFC president Dana White still disagree about his injury, with White saying doctors guaranteed his rib wasn’t broken, just bruised.
UFC is returning to Pittsburgh in February
Huge news was just announced as the UFC will once again return to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for UFC Fight Night. It’s been over four years since the UFC was last in the Steel City; 1,701 days to be exact. As of now the only bout currently scheduled for the card is a middleweight contest between rising stars Derek Brunson and Roan Carneiro.
Training partner believes Jose Aldo will retire after UFC 194
Two-time K-1 Max champion Andy Souwer flew from Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro to help Jose Aldo prepare for another UFC title defense, and the Dutch striker believe it was his last trip to Brazil to train with the featherweight for a MMA fight.
Aldo enters his 8th UFC title defense on Dec. 12 facing interim champion Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 194 in Las Vegas, and Souwer believes the Brazilian star will be entering the Octagon for the last time when he faces "The Notorious".
"To be honest, yeah I think. Yeah, I think so," Souwer told MMA Plus.
Souwer believes that a complicated relationship between Aldo and the UFC brass might contribute to his decision to retire, especially after the featherweight champion pulled out from a UFC 189 clash with McGregor due to a rib injury.
Ronda Rousey won’t switch camps after loss: I’m staying with Edmond Tarverdyan
Many fighters and coaches have voiced their opinions on what Ronda Rousey should do following the first loss of her mixed martial arts career, and she finally announced her decision.
Almost a month after her stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm in Australia, Rousey will continue to train with her longtime coach Edmond Tarverdyan when she decides to return to the Octagon, despite all the hate between her mother and Tarverdyan.
"Of course I'm staying (with Tarverdyan)," Rousey told ESPN. "That's my mom's opinion, not mine."
Brandon Vera meets Cheng, not Lewis Parry, in Friday's ONE Championship 35 title fight
Brandon Vera has a new opponent for Friday’s title fight at ONE Championship 35.
Company president Victor Cui today announced Paul Cheng (5-1) has replaced Chi Lewis Parry (6-0), and he now fights former UFC fighter Vera (13-7) for the organization’s inaugural heavyweight title.
“ONE Championship 35: Spirit of Champions” takes place Dec. 11 in the Philippines at Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena. It streams as an online pay-per-view in North America.
Josh Thomson is looking for six fights in the next year
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After Josh Thomson finished Pablo Villaseca in the second round of Friday night's Bellator main event, his second straight win in Bellator, the former Strikeforce champion said two things that probably surprised people.
The first, when asked in the cage about a potential lightweight title match with Will Brooks, he said that he would do it, but he feels the people would rather he face Michael Chandler.
Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0) to Headline Legacy 51
Legacy 51 takes place Feb. 5th 2016 at the Grand Casino Hinkley in Hinkley, MN. The Banamweight Title will be up for grabs in the Main Event which features Ricardo Ramos (8-0) vs Augusto Mendes (5-0). Also featured on the Main card you have Jacob Volkmann (18-6) vs Antonio “Malvado” Trocoli (8-0) and in the Co-Main a Catchweigh bout between Brock Larson (39-10) vs Travis Coyle (14-8).
In case you guys aren't familiar with Ramos or Mendes, these two will almost certainly be fighting to get into the UFC.
Cyborg-Ibragimova, Inoue-Schuckman Planned For Invicta FC 15
Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino makes the next defence of her title on January 16th at Invicta Fighting Championships 15 in Costa Mesa, California. Justino is expected to face off against Daria Ibragimova, who has won seven straight fights and makes her U.S. debut.
MMARising.com confirmed plans for the matchup today following hints from Justino in a post on her official website. Also targeted for the Invicta FC 15 card is a strawweight bout between Deep Jewels champion Mizuki Inoue and Lacey “The Ladie” Schuckman. Both fights await commission approval.
Fedor knows name of NYE opponent, announcement to be made 'next week'
It seems that MMA fans are the only people unaware of Fedor Emelianenko's next opponent.
The Russian heavyweight legend was a guest commentator at the recent Super MMA Cup of Russia event, where he revealed that he is already in the final portion of his training camp and is preparing for a very specific opponent.
However, while the former Pride Heavyweight champ has been informed of his upcoming opponent on New Year's Eve, the official announcement will not be made for another week.
UFC 194: Big John McCarthy to get $1900 for reffing Aldo vs. McGregor
The Nevada Athletic Commission has revealed that the third man in the cage at UFC 194's Featherweight title fight headliner will receive $1900 for his work. That's right, Big John McCarthy will pocket nearly two thousand dollars for reffing Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor next week in Las Vegas.
McCarthy talked about the money on his Let's Get It On podcast:
Cyborg drop to 135 on hold, next fight at 145
Invicta FC founder and president Shannon Knapp appeared recently on Inside MMA, and said that league featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not presently attempting a drop to 135. The fighter was scheduled to fight Cindy Dandois at a catchweight of 140 at Invicta FC 15 on Jan. 16 in Costa Mesa, Calif. If that was successful, a fight at 135 would have been feasible, with a fight with UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey to follow.
However, the UFC secured the services to USADA to do PED testing, and they have prohibited using an IV to rehydrate. Further, Ronda Rousey lost, and her next fight is a rematch.
Scott Holtzman replaces Erik Koch at UFC 195
Erik Koch (14-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next month’s UFC 195 event, and Scott Holtzman (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has agreed to take his place against Drew Dober (15-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
UFC officials today announced the switch in the lightweight contest. A timetable for Koch’s recovery wasn’t initially announced.
With the change to the card, UFC 195 now includes:
MAIN CARD (pay-per-view)
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov
Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
Stephen Thompson vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald
Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish
Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman
Tony Sims vs. Abel Trujillo
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Gleison Tibau releases statement, reveals why he failed test
"Provisionally suspended" by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after potentially failing an out-of-competition drug test, Gleison Tibau released a statement Friday night reacting to the news that he tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in an e-mail from his PR firm.
Check the full statement below:
UFC's Gleison Tibau provisionally suspended for 'potential' anti-doping test failure
After what went down officially as a submission loss to Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo hoped he could get the fight overturned to a no-contest. Now he might get his wish.
In the wake of the lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77 a month ago in Brazil, Tibau (34-11 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has been provisionally suspended by the UFC, the promotion today announced, after it was informed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential anti-doping policy violation.
The UFC’s statement did not say when the test took place, meaning it could have come after Tibau’s win over Trujillo (12-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in November. The statement also did not say what the violation was – only that it was a “potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.” According to the UFC, USADA “will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case.”
Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov set for UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston
The UFC’s return to “Beantown” in January is one step closer to complete with the addition of a light heavyweight scrap.
UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), from Moscow, will meet Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston. Promotion officials today announced the new booking.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 81 card now includes:
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov