WSOF 23 main card finalized with Jones vs. Valiev, Burley vs. Foster
WSOF has announced the final two bouts for the main card of WSOF 23.
Bantamweights Tito Jones (11-7) and Timur Valiev (9-1) will meet on the card as will lightweights LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7)
The latest WSOF 23 card now includes:
Champ Justin Gaethje vs. Luis Palomino – for lightweight title
Dave Branch vs. Teddy Holder – for inaugural light heavyweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Roberto Yong
Tito Jones vs. Timur Valiev
LaRue Burley vs. Brian Foster
Germany's Nick Hein meets newcomer Yusuke Kasuya at UFC Fight Night 75 in Japan
Next month’s UFC fight card in Japan has a new addition to the lineup.
Germany’s Nick Hein (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will head east to meet Japanese newcomer Yusuke Kasuya (9-1-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Promotion officials recently announced the new lightweight booking for UFC Fight Night 75.
The latest UFC Fight Night 75 lineup includes:
Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett
Roan Carneiro vs. Gegard Mousasi
Li Jingliang vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Matt Hobar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani
Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop
Chico Camus vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Diego Brandao vs. Katsunori Kikuno
Shinsho Anzai vs. Roger Zapata
Nick Hein vs. Yusuke Kasuya
TBA vs. TBA – “Road to UFC: Japan” tournament final
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka set for UFC Fight Night 76 in Dublin
Following his win in Scotland in July, Paddy Holohan is ready to fight again in his home city.
Holohan (12-1-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is set to meet Louis Smolka (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a flyweight bout in October at UFC Fight Night 76 in Ireland. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 76 now includes:
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Tom Breese vs. Cathal Pendred
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Fabricio Werdum to defend heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez
After much debating as to who heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum would face in his first legitimate title defense, it looks like he'll draw a familiar foe.
On Wednesday, UFC Tonight's Ariel Helwani reported that former champion Cain Velasquez will get an immediate rematch with Werdum, following his loss UFC 188 loss to the Brazilian in June. UFC president Dana White confirmed to UFC Tonight that Velasquez/Werdum II is officially booked, yet a time and place is yet to be determined.
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With Sean O'Connell out, Daniel Jolly meets Misha Cirkunov at UFC Fight Night 74
The UFC’s return to Canada later this month once again is complete with an amended light heavyweight fight.
With Sean O’Connell (17-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) forced out of his fight against newcomer Misha Cirkunov (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) due to an injury, the UFC has tapped Daniel Jolly (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to step in on short notice.
Promotion officials announced the new booking for UFC Fight Night 74 today.
Anderson Silva Took Sexual Performance Enhancing Drugs
In the complaint Silva’s lawyer says Silva was “administering or using a supplement for the purpose of enhancing sexual performance and testing of the supplement revealed that the supplement was contaminated with an Exogenous Anabolic Agent: Drostanolone metabolite.”
Scott Coker agrees with fighters regarding the Ali Act in MMA: "I think it's a pretty good idea"
The never-ending conflict in mixed martial arts between management and labor, or should we say between promoters and fighters, has really come to the fore this year. Over the last few months an antitrust lawsuit, the new Reebok deal, and the USADA testing policy have sparked debates on fighter pay, lost sponsorship income, and lack of input from the athletes on the rules and regulations governing them. And this is in only in the UFC, never mind the number of complaints that one sees directed at other promotions. All of this has had led to discussions of possible solutions, including perhaps the most serious talk of a fighters association the sport has seen to date.
Former UFC lightweight Josh Thomson expected to join Bellator MMA
Former Strikeforce lightweight champion Josh Thomson is expected to sign with Bellator MMA after the UFC declined to give him a new contract.
According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the UFC declined to offer Thomson a new contract once his most recent one expired following his loss to Tony Ferguson last month. As a result, Thomson is close to finalizing a new deal with Bellator MMA, which would reunite him with his long-time promoter Scott Coker. That new contract is expected to be announced in the coming days.
Raphael Assuncao forced to undergo ankle surgery after all
Raphael Assuncao's injury woes continues.
The bantamweight contender will undergo surgery on his right ankle this Thursday in Atlanta, his manager Danny Rubenstein informed MMAFighting.com. Assuncao injured the same ankle back in December but was told he did not need surgery. However, he was recently forced to go back in a boot after he was informed he rushed back to training too soon and the ankle didn't properly heal. After several weeks in a boot, he was then informed by doctors that he would require surgery after all.