EuroFC preps for Oct. 1 launch with Bedford-Niinimaki, aims to be Europe's top MMA promotion
October brings the debut of a new promotion to the European MMA landscape, and if things go as EuroFC bosses hope, the organization will soon enjoy lofty status on its home continent.
“We did a European market analysis and found out that there is a real market opportunity and consumer need for quality sports entertainment in the form of MMA,” EuroFC CEO Jarno Kukila told MMAjunkie. “Moreover, the timing is good, and we knew that one of our competitive edges is our team’s unique combination of sports and business expertise. On top of our MMA knowledge and network, EuroFC’s team has experience from billion-dollar businesses, multi-market launches, F1 Grand Prix events and the Olympic Games
Brock Lesnar flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
Brock Lesnar has been flagged by USADA.
The UFC released a statement Friday evening that Lesnar and the promotion had been notified by USADA of a potential Lesnar anti-doping violation. The potential violation comes from the failure of an out-of-competition drug test June 28, the release said.
The UFC said USADA received the testing results July 14 — five days after Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in his MMA return. The same was tested at UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, a WADA-accredited lab.
USADA, as is its policy, did not release the name of the substance Lesnar tested positive for.
With Dong Hyun Kim out, Neil Magny now meets Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202
Neil Magny has a new opponent for next month’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas.
As MMAjunkie first reported on Tuesday, Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was recently forced out of the bout with fellow welterweight Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC). Lorenz Larkin (17-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, latimes.com today reported.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Ross Pearson agrees to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201
Veteran lightweight Ross Pearson has agreed to step up on short notice and fight Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight fight at UFC 201 on July 30.
UFC officials confirmed the 170-pound to ESPN. Pearson replaces Masvidal's original opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, who withdrew due to illness. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena.
UFC 204: Leonardo Santos to Fight Adriano Martins
A pair of underrated Brazilian lightweights will throw down in October, as the 28-7 Adriano Martins will fight the 15-3-1 Leonardo Santos.
Leonard Santos entered the UFC in 2013 through The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2. Santos was 3-1 on the show with a win over current UFC welterweight Thiago Santos. After would-be finalist Santiago Ponzinibbio pulled out of the finale with an injury, Santos replaced him against William Patolino. Santos submitted Patolino with an arm-triangle to choke to win both his UFC debut, and the TUF: Brazil 2 tournament.
Since then, Santos is undefeated at 3-0-1, with the blemish being a draw against former UFC fighter Norman Parke. Santos has won his last three fights, finishing two opponents. Most recently, the Brazilian upset Kevin Lee with a first round TKO at UFC 194. Santos was set to fight Evan Dunham at UFC 199, but pulled out with an injury. He is a close training partner of Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.
Adriano Martins has quietly become a very dangerous lightweight since joining the UFC in 2013. He entered the promotion with a 24-6 and on a five-fight win streak. He earned a “Submission of the Night” bonus in his UFC debut. Unfortunately for him, Martins was given a date with Donald Cerrone in his next bout and was defeated in the first round.
Since then, Martins is on a tear. The Brazilians has earned two knockouts and a decision victory over Rustam Khabilov. His most recent victory was a first-round knockout against Islam Makhachev at UFC 192. Martins has 13 knockouts in his 28 career victories and has earned performance bonuses in three of his four UFC victories.
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera added to UFC 203
A battle between a grizzled veteran and a hyped prospect will go down at bantamweight at UFC 203.
Urijah Faber will not be retiring after all. Team Alpha Male's leader may have come up short in another title fight, he is apparently trudging on, accepting a booking with top bantamweight prospect Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203 in September.
The UFC made the bout official today.
Lineup set for Wednesday's UFC Fight Night 91 event in Sioux Falls, S.D.
UFC Fight Night 91 lost its originally planned main event, but a bantamweight shootout should provide plenty of fireworks for fans in attendance.
The lineup for the 12-fight card is set.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place Wednesday at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
In the main event, John Lineker (27-7 MMA, 8-2 UFC) faces off with Michael McDonald (17-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC). The bout replaces the originally planned lightweight main event between Michael Chiesa and Tony Ferguson. After Chiesa pulled out due to an injury, Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) now faces UFC newcomer Landon Vannata (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in the co-main event.
Dong Hyun Kim out of UFC 202 bout against Neil Magny, promotion seeking replacement
A crucial welterweight bout slated for next month’s UFC 202 has taken a hit.
Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) is out of his fight against Neil Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) on the card, a UFC official today confirmed to MMAjunkie. The promotion is seeking a replacement for Kim to keep Magny on the card.
Featuring a headlining rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor at welterweight, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 200 medical suspensions: Miesha Tate, Sage Northcutt potentially out until 2017
Former UFC women's bantamweight champion Miesha Tate and lightweight prospect Sage Northcutt highlighted a list of five fighters to receive potential six-month medical suspensions in the aftermath of the UFC 200, the Nevada Athletic Commission announced Monday.
Tate dropped her title via first-round submission to Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 200, which took place July 9 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, while Northcutt defeated Enrique Marin via decision on the night's preliminary card. Both will now have to receive doctor's clearance on their respective injuries or sit out until Jan. 2017.
Mayhem Miller arrested again after alleged tussle with two women
Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller is facing yet more legal trouble. This time the former UFC fighter was detained due to an incident at a sports bar in Costa Mesa, California late on Saturday night.
n what is becoming a sad and concerning trend, former UFC fighter Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller was arrested this weekend after he was allegedly involved in an altercation with two women. The incident occurred at 2.a.m on Sunday at Saddle Ranch Chop House in Costa Mesa, California.
According to Chris Haire of The Orange County Registrar Miller was observed arguing with two women inside the establishment. The OC Registrar stated that one of the women slapped Miller and in response, the veteran of over thirty professional mixed-martial-arts fights grabbed the woman and attempted to punch her. At this point, the establishment’s security personnel were able to intervene. Miller was then taken down to the ground and hhandcuffed.
TUF 23 Finale bonuses: Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 'Korean Superboy' headline cash winners
The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale unfolded last night (Fri., July 8, 2016) live on FOX Sports 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With MMA standouts like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, top Strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Will Brooks, English powerhouse Ross Pearson, Korean sensation Doo Ho Choi, and The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 finalists putting forth their best efforts, TUF 23 Finale delivered through and through.
UFC Fight Night 90 medical suspensions: Yep, Alan Jouban has broken hand
No surprise, but UFC welterweight Alan Jouban Potential medical suspensions arising from UFC Fight Night 90.
Jouban, who posted a pic of his badly fractured left hand following a decision over Belal Muhammad, needs doctor clearance or faces a six-month suspension, according to medical suspensions released today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event this past Saturday at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC Fight Night 90’s main card and preliminary card streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Other fighters to get a potential six-month term include Mitch Clarke, who needs an MRI on his right knee after a submission loss to Joe Duffy, and Reginaldo Vieira, who needs right orbital and nasal fractures cleared.
The event’s headliners, Eddie Alvarez and Rafael dos Anjos, escaped without serious terms. Dos Anjos, who ceded his UFC lightweight title to Alvarez via first-round TKO, will sit out 45 days.