UFC Fight Night 107 gets 6 fights, including Brad Pickett's likely farewell
The UFC’s return to England is still short on a headliner, but the card is starting to take shape.
UFC officials today announced six matchups for UFC Fight Night 107, which takes place March 18 at The O2 in London. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Among the additions is bantamweight veteran Brad Pickett (25-13 MMA, 5-8 UFC), who is expected to walk away from the sport after facing Henry Briones (16-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the event.
Additionally, UFC Fight Night 107 includes:
Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Leon Edwards vs. Vicente Luque
Marc Diakiese vs. Teemu Packalen
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Tom Breese
Scott Askham vs. Brad Scott
Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart
UFC cancels March 3 event in Las Vegas
The UFC has canceled its second show of 2017.
A scheduled March 3 event in Las Vegas has been scrapped, according to the promotion. No specific reason for the decision was announced. The event, which did not have any fights attached to it yet, was slated to air on UFC Fight Pass the night before UFC 209.
Elizabeth Phillips to make Invicta FC debut after Heather Hardy fight falls off card
Invicta FC is shuffling the deck just four days out of its next event.
The MMA debut of popular female boxer Heather Hardy is now off due to an injury to her opponent Brieta Carpenter, MMA Fighting confirmed Tuesday night with Invicta officials. In its place at Invicta FC 21 on Saturday will be a featherweight bout between UFC veteran Elizabeth Phillips and Leah Letson. The fights take place in Kansas City.
Melvin Guillard vs. Chidi Njokuani catchweight bout headlines Bellator 171
A 175-pound catchweight matchup between 14-year veteran Melvin Guillard and fellow knockout artist Chidi Njokuani has been booked as the headlining bout of Bellator 171.
The event takes place Jan. 27 at Kansas Star Arena in Mulvane, Kansas. As with all Bellator events, the night’s main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie, though the night’s official bout order has yet to be revealed.
UFC on FOX 23 loses Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares, adds Alessio Di Chirico vs. Eric Spicely
A fight between UFC welterweights Hector Lombard and Brad Tavares has been scratched from UFC on FOX 23.
A UFC official passed on the news to MMAjunkie, and people close to both fighters confirmed it. The parties asked to remain anonymous because the news hadn’t been announced.
In its place, the promotion has booked a fight between middleweights Alessio Di Chirico (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Eric Spicely (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC officials today announced the contest, which was previously reported by FloCombat.com.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The main card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Mark Hunt files civil suit against UFC, Dana White, Brock Lesnar
Mark Hunt has taken his grievances against the UFC to court.
The veteran heavyweight filed a civil suit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday naming Brock Lesnar, UFC president Dana White, and the UFC’s parent company Zuffa LLC as defendants, and seeking damages “in the millions” for the controversy surrounding Lesnar’s two failed drug tests ahead of his return fight against Hunt at UFC 200.
The suit alleges racketeering, fraud, negligence, and breach of contract among eight charges levied by Hunt against the UFC, Lesnar, and White. Hunt’s lead attorney, Christina Denning, confirmed the validity of the suit to MMA Fighting on Tuesday night following an initial report by ESPN.
Henrique da Silva vs. Johnson, Caceres vs. Knight added to UFC on FOX 23
UFC on FOX 23’s fight card is quickly filling with the addition of two new bouts.
UFC officials today announced a pair of new bookings: Brazilian light heavyweight Luis Henrique da Silva (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will take on UFC newcomer Jordan Johnson (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and featherweight Alex Caceres (12-9 MMA, 7-7 UFC) will face Jason Knight (15-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
Jimmie Rivera withdraws from UFC Fight Night 103 after picking Marlon Vera over John Dodson
After injury forced Bryan Caraway to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night 103, opponent Jimmie Rivera has now pulled himself from the card, as well.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that when Caraway was pulled from the event, Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) was offered an opportunity to instead face either Marlon Vera (8-3-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) or John Dodson (18-8 MMA, 7-3 UFC), who also volunteered for the assignment. Rivera initially accepted a fight with Vera but later changed his mind and will now wait for a future booking.
UFC 207 does over 1 million buys
Despite the show being on a Friday night, instead of the more familiar Saturday and the lack of promotion of the show by Rousey, the early estimates are that the show did 1.1 million buys on pay-per-view. The number would be similar to both the Rousey vs. Holly Holm fight, which was her biggest show to date, and also in the same range as the far more heavily promoted Nov. 12 show from Madison Square Garden headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez, which was the most loaded lineup in company history.
Jimi Manuwa vs. Corey Anderson on tap for UFC London
Hard-hitting light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa will be taking on Corey Anderson in the UFC’s March 18th return to London, England.
A UFC light heavyweight matchup between two top-10 ranked fighters is set for Saturday, March 18th, as FloCombat reports that Jimi Manuwa (ranked #5) will face Corey Anderson (ranked #9) at UFC Fight Night 108 in London, England. The whole card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. UFC officials have not formally announced the bout, as of this writing.
Manuwa (16-2) fought just once in 2016, having been inactive for more than a year due to injury. He turned in perhaps the best performance of his career, brutally stopping Ovince Saint Preux in the 2nd round of their UFC 204 clash in Manchester, England. Prior to KOing OSP, Manuwa himself was KO’d by top contender Anthony Johnson. Manuwa is known for his vicious power, and has won by KO or TKO in 14 of his 16 wins.