MMA fighter wins title while 12 weeks pregnant in Brazil
Kinberly Novaes was expected to make her RFA debut next week against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger, but won’t be able to step inside the cage.
The Brazilian strawweight had some trouble cutting weight as soon as she signed her bout agreement to fight on Aug. 21, and eventually found out that she’s six months pregnant. When she did the math, Novaes realized she fought and won a MMA fight in Brazil while pregnant. She’s having a boy.
UFC champ Fabricio Werdum to appear in Halo 5: Guardians
Fabricio Werdum is a big fan of the Halo series - one of the most successful first-person shooter video games on consoles. Set for release on October 27th, Halo 5: Guardians is the long awaited sequel to Halo 4, and the head brass at Microsoft confirmed at Gamescom on Wednesday that none other than UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum would be making a cameo appearance in the game.
"Fabricio Werdum makes a small cameo appearance in Halo 5: Guardians. He's a big fan of Halo and we're big fans of his, so it's always fun when these kinds of things work out," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "It's a bit of an Easter egg though, so you'll have to really be looking for it."
Despite successful surgery and 'new ankle,' Raphael Assuncao unlikely for 2015 return
The UFC bantamweight title picture continues to be muddled by injuries; top contender Raphael Assuncao will be out of action until at least the end of the year after undergoing successful surgery on his right ankle.
Assuncao (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) announced in December that a broken ankle would keep him from consideration for a bout with current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (12-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).
The original plan was for the Brazilian to recover from the injury without surgery. However, nearly eight months after the original damage occurred, Assuncao, who’s ranked No. 3 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA bantamweight rankings, went under the knife since the recovery process didn’t go as expected.
The surgery took place Thursday. Assuncao, via Twitter, confirmed the news and labeled the procedure “successful”
Claudia Gadelha's finger injury pushes Joanna Jedrzejczyk title rematch to 2016
What was originally thought to be a broken finger is actually a torn ligament for UFC women’s strawweight No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha, whose title fight will have to wait for her recovery.
Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hurt her left hand early in the first round of her UFC 190 bout with Jessica Aguilar (19-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) earlier this month. The Brazilian battled through the damage to take a dominant unanimous-decision win and to set up an anticipated rematch with reigning 115-pound champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Gadelha hoped to book the fight as soon as possible. However, with the extent of the damage to her hand has now known, Gadelha won’t get her crack at UFC gold until at least January.
UFC 191 lineup set with Chambers vs. VanZant kicking off pay-per-view main card
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC 191 event, and a strawweight bout kicks off the pay-per-view main card.
The 11-bout lineup takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Prior to the PPV main card, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass carry the prelims.
The full UFC 191 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson – for flyweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir
Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa
Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz
Alex Chambers vs. Paige VanZant
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Paul Felder vs. Ross Pearson
John Lineker vs. Francisco Rivera
Liz Carmouche vs. Raquel Pennington
Clay Collard vs. Tiago Trator
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings
Nazareno Malegarie vs. Joaquim Silva
Bellator 145 features Freire-Straus, Brooks-Held title fights on Nov. 6
Bellator 145 will feature two title fights on Nov. 6 at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center.
The “tentpole” event, which features a main card on Spike TV and prelims on Facebook, features featherweight champion Patricio Freire (24-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) vs. former titleholder Daniel Straus (24-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA), as well as lightweight champ Will Brooks (16-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) vs. challenger Marcin Held (21-3 MMA, 10-2 BMMA). MMAFighting.com first reported the details of “Bellator 145: Vengeance.”
Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and heavyweight Bobby Lashley (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) are also expected to compete at the event.
Fast-rising bonus-collector Thomas Almeida inks new UFC deal
Thomas Almeida, one of the more impressive recent additions to the UFC’s bantamweight division, has signed a new deal with the promotion.
The 24-year-old Brazilian’s rep, Wade Hampel of Big Fight Management, told MMAjunkie that Almedia has signed a new “five-fight extension.”
Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold co-headlines UFC 194 in Las Vegas
A middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will co-headline UFC 194 in December.
UFC officials today announced the fight via “SportsCenter.”
UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Updated: 'Wandy' offers no evidence to support fixed-fight claims, faces lawsuit over comments
It’s no secret that Wanderlei Silva is not fond of the UFC or its management. The former PRIDE and UFC star has been lashing out at UFC officials since running out of a gym to avoid a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test ahead of his scheduled bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175.
UFC President Dana White made it clear that Silva was “in a very bad position” with the UFC initially, before calling Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) “very wrong” for thinking that the situation would blow over. A minor war of words escalated with Silva lashing out at the UFC and retiring from MMA before the NSAC handed down a $70,000 fine and lifetime ban for skipping the drug test.
Silva has popped up repeatedly whenever the UFC is affected by controversy. The 39-year-old has now released statements on Facebook in support of Jacob “Stitch” Duran, the veteran cutman whom the UFC relieved of his duties after speaking out about the way he was impacted by Reebok’s sponsorship deal with the UFC.
Rafael dos Anjos puts lightweight belt on line vs. 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17
For the second straight UFC on FOX card, a title will be on the line in the main event.
Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (24-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC) will defend his belt for the first time when he meets challenger Donald Cerrone (28-6 MMA, 15-3 UFC) in a rematch in the UFC on FOX 17 headliner to close out the UFC’s calendar year in December.
UFC officials confirmed the fight booking and main event status to FOXSports.com today. UFC officials subsequently made a formal announcement of the fight.
On three-fight skid, Alex Caceres moving back to 145 after long run at bantamweight
Alex Caceres is no stranger to switching weight classes, and that appears to be the case again.
Caceres (10-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) fought as a lightweight on Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” After reaching the quarterfinals on the show, Caceres returned to featherweight for his official UFC debut and was there for two fights before moving to bantamweight.
Now, after 10 fights at 135 pounds, “Bruce Leeroy” is moving back to 145. Ariel Helwani first reported the news on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
NSAC issues temporary suspensions to Palhares, Shields, Magalhaes pending hearings
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today issued temporary suspensions to WSOF welterweights Rousimar Palhares and Jake Shields, as well as UFC fighter Caio Magalhaes, pending formal hearings for unsportsmanlike conduct.
NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett earlier this month told MMAjunkie he would issue a temporary suspension against the fighters, and a meeting today in Las Vegas formalized the decision.
Herb Dean refs Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson 2 main event at UFC 191
Veteran referee Herb Dean will oversee the UFC’s flyweight title fight next month in Las Vegas, the Nevada State Athletic Commission today confirmed.
At a meeting today in Las Vegas, the commission appointed Dean to referee UFC 191’s main event between flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson (22-2-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC) and now two-time challenger John Dodson (17-6 MMA, 7-1 UFC).
UFC 191 takes place Sept. 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.