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After 18 straight wins, what's next for Jimmie Rivera? Top-10 opponent, preferably
(mmajunkie.com)
With 18 straight wins and a perfect 3-0 record, what’s next for rising bantamweight prospect Jimmie Rivera? Preferably an opponent in the top 10, he said.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 6:43AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones planning 3 more bouts at 205: Cormier, Johnson, Gustafsson
(mmajunkie.com)
If former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones sticks to his plan, he’s likely got three more fights at 205 pounds – and two will be rematches. On Sunday Jones held an impromptu Q&A Twitter session with fans, and he mentioned some interesting plans before a likely move to heavyweight.
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 6:40AM by xdanish020 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Baptist preacher hopes Conor McGregor gets struck down by lightning bolt
(mmajunkie.com)
Apparently even preachers can’t resist the pull of Conor McGregor’s promotional orbit. A Texas Baptist somehow found a way to weave the UFC featherweight into his YouTube sermon, praying, “God strikes him down with a lightning bolt, so everybody in the world that believes the Bible, even a little bit, will know that it was God as Jesus who stroke him down.”
Submitted Feb 2, 2016 6:38AM by xdanish020 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former UFC champ Benson Henderson announces he's signed with Bellator
(mmajunkie.com)
I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA. I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when switching employers or jobs after having worked somewhere for such a long time. I have to thank the BigMan upstairs for putting some amazing people in my life, my wife (first and foremost) and a lot of truly smart and insightful people behind the scenes who helped make the connections and negotiated this deal to bring it to fruition. I’d be remiss to not thank Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita for the opportunities they presented me, you guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up. For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal. And last but not least, to who it is I think of when I think of the UFC! Everybody behind the scenes who I personally dealt with every time I reported in or had to do something. Mayra, Melissa, Dave, Chris, Nick, Tracy, Joanie, Maura, Tony, Heidi, Ryan, James, Dave, Kaia (sp.???), Burt, Rob, Rudy, Stitch, House, Mike, Susie, Dean, Donna, Feryal, Sean, Joe, Brad, Jazzmine, Candice, Michelle, Reed, sorry I can’t name everyone or this list would go on for forever. There’s a whole ton of people behind the scenes who make that show what it is. You guys and girls are the ones who make that show great and allow us fighters to do what it is we love!!! Much love to you all and thanks for putting up with me for so long. To my fans, thanks for all the love and support, I’ll keep giving you my all, opening up my heart and soul inside that cage. I’m excited for this next chapter and building new relationships with guys I’ve heard nothing but great things about like Scott Coker, Rich Chou and Mike Kogan. #TheOnceAndFutureKing BH
Submitted Feb 1, 2016 1:56PM by Budgellism - 24 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Dana White: Conor McGregor 'crazy' (in a good way) for wanting to fight Rafael dos Anjos
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor had plenty of options for his next fight. That's a point he has made over and over. According to Dana White, he didn't exactly take the path of least resistance when he chose to move up to lightweight and face champion Rafael dos Anjos.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:59PM by MMAcca - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 18 Results: Johnson Vs Bader
(mmajunkie.com)
Anthony Johnson def. Ryan Bader via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:26 Ben Rothwell def. Josh Barnett via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 3:48 Jimmie Rivera def. Iuri Alcantara via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Bryan Barberena def. Sage Northcutt via submission (arm-triangle choke) – Round 2, 3:06 Tarec Saffiedine def. Jake Ellenberger via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Diego Ferreira def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27) Rafael Natal def. Kevin Casey via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 3:37 Wilson Reis def. Dustin Ortiz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Alexander Yakovlev def. George Sullivan via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:59 Alex Caceres def. Masio Fullen via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Randy Brown def. Matt Dwyer via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28) Tony Martin def. Filipe Olivieri via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 3, 3:02
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:56PM by MMAcca - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 18 draws announced attendance of 10,555 for $818k live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
Saturday’s UFC on FOX 18 event drew an announced attendance of 10,555 and a live gate of $818,000. UFC exec Dave Sholler announced the figures at the post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie attended. UFC on FOX 18 took place at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card aired on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:55PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC plans to officially announce Jon Jones vs Daniel Cormier this week
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fans have been waiting almost 90 days since the UFC ended the suspension it had placed on former UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones for the promotion to announce its plans for Jones' return to the Octagon. Last night at the UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader post-fight press conference they teased an announcement.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:49PM by MMAcca - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC now targeting November for New York event
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC once again had to pull the plug on a planned New York City debut date. The Empire State's asinine ban on mixed martial arts remains in place, meaning a planned April 23 MSG date needed to be scrapped. But as the UFC once again brought its revenue across the river to New Jersey, this time for UFC on FOX 18 on Saturday night, it remains committed to its effort to get the sport legalized in New York.
Submitted Jan 31, 2016 2:46PM by MMAcca - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Danny Castillo, Mike Pierce among 11 fighters released by the UFC
(sherdog.com)
Danny Castillo and Mike Pierce are the most notable names on a lengthy list of fighters who recently received pink slips from the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Read more at http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Danny-Castillo-Mike-Pierce-Among-11-Fighters-Released-by-the-UFC-99441#vk2kzATfXD3MkRXO.99
Submitted Jan 30, 2016 3:46PM by xdanish020 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias reportedly set for UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
While the UFC has made no formal announcement, the 19th edition of UFC on FOX has another fight added to its card. Featherweights Hacran Dias and Cub Swanson are set to lock horns according to a public declaration from Dias himself: Dias, 31, is on a two-fight win streak, having most recently competed at UFC Fight Night 70 in June where he defeated Levan Makashvili via split decision. His MMA record stands at 23-3-1.
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 9:38PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bethe Correia meets Raquel Pennington at UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
A bantamweight clash between Bethe Correia and Raquel Pennington was added to the UFC on FOX 19 card on April 16, MMAFighting.com confirmed following a report by Ag. Fight.
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 3:15PM by GDPofMPG - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Report: Lyoto Machida scheduled to rematch Dan Henderson at UFC on FOX 19
(bloodyelbow.com)
A report from Brazil's Combate says that Dan Henderson will get another crack at "The Dragon" when he meets Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 19 in Tampa, FL on April 16th.
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 3:14PM by GDPofMPG - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Titan FC 37 slated for March 4 with championship triple-header
(mmajunkie.com)
Titan FC is rolling out a championship triple-header for its first event of 2016. After 2015 ended on a sour note with a canceled event and a few ticked-off fighters, the organization looks for a fresh start on March 4. Titan FC 37 takes place at Clark County Event Center in Ridgefield, Wash. The event streams on UFC Fight Pass. The latest Titan FC 37 card includes: Brett Johns vs. Ricky Simon – for vacant bantamweight title Champ Andre Harrison vs. Steven Siler – for featherweight title Champ Tim Elliott vs. Pedro Nobre – for flyweight title Desmond Green vs. Pat Healy Anthony Gutierrez vs. opponent TBA
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:56PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Scott Coker plans 'serious discussions' with Wanderlei Silva about Bellator fight
(mmajunkie.com)
MMA legend Wanderlei Silva might not have a very difficult time finding work after the UFC officially released him from his UFC contract earlier this month. Bellator President Scott Coker said he’s interested in acquiring the services of “The Axe Murderer” and plans to meet with Silva (35-12-1) in the coming weeks about a deal. “Not every free agent is a fit over here, but Wanderlei is someone we would like to have a serious discussion with,” Coker told MMAjunkie Radio. “I think he’s in Brazil right now, and I think he’ll be back in town next month, and we’ll have some dialogue.”
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:52PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos joins UFC Fight Night 88 in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight bout between Evan Dunham (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Leonardo Santos (15-3-1 MMA, 4-0-1 UFC) is set for UFC Fight Night 88 in Brazil. UFC officials recently announced the bout. The latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:50PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
White: Ex-champ Cain Velasquez headed for back surgery, 4-week recovery expected
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will reportedly undergo surgery following his most recent injury and fight withdrawal. According to UFC President Dana White, Velasquez is expected to make a complete recovery within four weeks of going under the knife. Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) was injured in the lead-up to his title rematch with champ Fabricio Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC), which was expected to headline UFC 196 on Feb. 6 (the event has since been renamed UFC Fight Night 82). He was forced out of the fight less than two weeks prior to the title bout, an occurrence that has unfortunately become a routine part of Velasquez’s career. The former two-time champ has required surgery for shoulder and knee injuries over the past few years. He can apparently add a back surgery to that list, as White revealed on “Opie with Jim Norton.” “Cain has got problems with a disc in his back, and he’s actually going to have surgery,” White said. “The good part is it’s not going to be long. He’s going to have the surgery and will probably need four weeks to recover. So that’s good news.”
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:49PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With 48-day turnaround, Ilir Latifi meets Gian Villante at UFC 196 in Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
Rising light-heavyweight contender Ilir Latifi is making a fairly quick 48-day turnaround to return to the cage. Latifi (11-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is slated to fight Gian Villante (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at March’s UFC 196 event, UFC officials today announced. The latest UFC 196 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante
Submitted Jan 29, 2016 1:44PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Coker talks about minakovs return,possible free agent targets and more
(mmajunkie.com)
There’s plenty going on in the world of Bellator President Scott Coker ahead of Friday’s Bellator 148 event at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. Coker revealed to MMAjunkie that Bellator 148 headliner Paul Daley (37-13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA), who meets Andy Uhrich (11-5 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) in a welterweight bout, is likely to meet longtime rival Josh Koscheck in the summer. He also said he intends on having “serious discussions” with MMA legend Wanderlei Silva about signing with the promotion. There’s a lot more going on with the organization besides those topics, though. Check out what else Coker touched on in a recent interview with MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 10:31PM by FKA - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Dana White responds to Aldo's rematch request: 'It's tough to make that fight again'
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears Jose Aldo might be sitting on the sidelines for a very long time if he’s not willing to stray from his demand of a title shot or Conor McGregor rematch for his next contest. Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC), the former UFC featherweight champion who was knocked out by McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) in just 13 seconds to lose the title at UFC 194 in December, recently revealed what he wants next after his first defeat in 10 years. “Scarface” had torn through all comers in the UFC and WEC before he encountered McGregor. The fight was one of the most anticipated in recent memory but ended before most knew what had happened when “The Notorious” landed a clean strike early on for the knockout.
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 9:17PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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