Invicta strips Barb Honchak of flyweight title, forgets to tell her
The decision to strip Barb Honchak of the Invicta flyweight title wasn’t a bad one. How the promotion decided to go about it, on the other hand, was pretty poor.
Honchak herself confirmed that she had only seen the news online, and had not been informed by the promotion. In a statement delivered through Squor.com, Honchak gave her thoughts on no longer being the flyweight champion:
“I understand that Invicta would want to take the "interm" off the title since I have been out for an extended amount of time. But, I would have like the opportunity to relinquish and I would have like to have known by means other than Twitter.”
In the meantime, tonight’s interim title fight between Jennifer Maia and Roxanne Modafferi will now be for the undisputed Invicta flyweight championship. That fight headlines the promotion’s September 23rd card, along with an atomweight title defense for Ayaka Hamasaki against Jinh Yu Frey, in Kansas City, Missouri. The full event will be broadcast live on Fight Pass.
Liam McGeary vs. Phil Davis set for Bellator 163 main event, additional bouts announced
Liam McGreary has a date and place for his second light heavyweight title defense. The Bellator light heavyweight champion is scheduled to fight Phil Davis in the main event of Bellator 163.
The news was announced by the promotion on Friday.
Additionally, a welterweight battle between Saad Awad and Brennan Ward has also been added to the main card, along with a women's featherweight bout pitting Marloes Coenen and Talita Nogueira, which was previously reported by MMA Fighting.
Marloes Coenen vs. Talita Nogueira booked for Bellator 163
Marloes Coenen will make her return to the Bellator cage in November against promotional newcomer Talita Nogueira, MMA Fighting confirmed with sources close to the situation following a report by Graciemag.
Bellator 163 is scheduled for Nov. 4 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville. Paul Daley and Brennan Ward are also expected to compete on the card.
Edmond Tarverdyan says there's a chance Ronda Rousey returns for a title shot by the end of the year
Rousey's long-time trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan told ESPN this week that Rousey's return to the Octagon is being discussed for later this year in a bantamweight title bout against current champion Amanda Nunes.
"There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven't made a final decision yet. There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient."
According to Tarverdyan, Rousey began training for her comeback last month and, given the time frame, it appears most likely that Rousey would be returning for UFC 207 on Dec. 30th if she were to come back this year. That coincides with Fox Sports' report that Rousey has indeed been offered the bout with Nunes though no agreements have been sent nor signed.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz title fight set for UFC 205
While the card is still missing the singular superstar presence to make it a massive hit, it seems the UFC is looking to overload it with high profile, high stakes fights. The latest of those is a strawweight title fight between Polish talents Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Flo Combat reported the news of the bout, shortly after Jedrzejczyk posted a photo of herself on Instagram with a freshly signed bout agreement.
NAC schedules Jon Jones doping and Conor McGregor-Nate Diaz skirmish hearings
Mark Oct. 10 on your calendar if you're an MMA fan.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will hold a disciplinary hearing for Jon Jones in his doping case and listen to the complaint against Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for their press conference skirmish at its Oct. 10 meeting, NAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Thursday with MMA Fighting. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news.
Heavyweight champ Blagoy Ivanov to headline WSOF 35 on Dec. 3
Heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov will headline the WSOF’s early-December event.
Officials today announced Ivanov (14-1) will fight the winner of WSOF 33’s matchup between fellow heavyweights Shawn Jordan (18-7) and Ashley Gooch (10-4), who fight on Oct. 7.
WSOF 35 takes place Dec. 3 at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Wash. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Sergio Pettis off next week's UFC Fight Night 96 main card
Next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event has lost one of its main-card fighters.
Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is injured and has been forced out of his bout with fellow flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC).
His trainer, Duke Roufus, today announced the scratch due to a “minor injury”
Chris Camozzi meets Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne
November’s quickly filling UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has a new addition.
Officials today announced a bout between veteran middleweight Chris Camozzi (24-11 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Australia’s Daniel Kelly (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Neil Seery to retire after UFC Belfast bout vs. Ian McCall
Neil Seery has been competing professionally in MMA since 2005, and at 37 years of age, he’s the oldest flyweight on the UFC roster. The Irish fan favorite has competed inside the Octagon six times, and his seventh one will also double as the final fight of his career.
In an interview with Newstalk’s Peter Carroll, Seery explained his decision to retire after his upcoming UFC Belfast showdown with Ian McCall.
“I’m 37 years of age. I’m looking at the younger lads coming through the ranks, how they’re training and adjusting, and it’s hard for me to keep up with that with a family, a full-time job and everything else I’m managing,” explained the father of four.
“(Kyoji) Horiguchi was a completely different fighter to me than he was against Demetrious Johnson. I had never felt a flyweight as strong as he was that night. That’s how much these guys are training, they can completely change their approach in just a year.
“These guys are full-time athletes. I’ve never been a full-time athlete and I’ve hung in there with those guys. But again, I’m not here to just hang in there with people just so I can say I’m in the UFC. I’m happy with what I’ve done in the sport. Now is the right time.
“I’m going to get to walk away while I’m still in the UFC and not a lot of people get to do that. A lot of people get cut from the UFC and then try to put a run back together to get back in.
“I’ve made this decision. My final fight will be against a man whose style I have admired for a long time. The fact that I get to have my final fight in Belfast is just a really nice bonus.”
UFC 205 fight card to be unveiled on September 27 presser
The UFC will be holding its pre-fight press conference for UFC 205 on Tuesday, September 27th in New York City. The said presser will feature the event’s main attractions, as well as the entire fight card.
Dave Sholler: UFC 205 press conference planned for Tuesday at Theater at MSG in NYC at 6pm ET. Open to public. Streamed live at UFC.com
Five fights announced for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden
The UFC's maiden voyage to Madison Square Garden in New York City finally is taking shape.
On Wednesday night, five fights were made official for UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at MSG. Among them was the welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum, along with a featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens. The fights were announced on UFC Tonight.
Also made official for the card was middleweight bouts between former 205-pound champion Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy, as well as a Tim Boetsch and Rafael Natal. The other fight that was announced as a women's strawweight bout between New Jersey-based fighter Katlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche, who hasn't fought since April 2015.
After missed contract deadline for UFC 205, Alvarez vs. Nurmagomedov targeted for UFC 206
Amid rumors of featherweight champ Conor McGregor heading to lightweight to challenge champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, UFC President Dana White tweeted a suggestion the promotion was planning for a Khabib Nurmagomedov title bid at the event instead.
Now, it appears the bout could slide from the UFC’s first ever trip to New York to the promotion’s return to Toronto at UFC 206.
On “UFC Tonight” on FS1, Megan Olivi reported Alvarez had missed the contract deadline for the bout to go down at UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The UFC is now reportedly targeting UFC 206 for the lightweight title tilt between Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (23-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC).
Cruz, Cormier to work as cageside analysts on upcoming UFC Fight Night events
UFC fans have become accustomed to the likes of Joe Rogan, Kenny Florian, Dan Hardy, and Brian Stann handling color commentary duties at cageside on fight night. Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier have been regulars in the FOX and FS1 studios, but you’ll be hearing both of them alongside Jon Anik over the next two weeks.
Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports that Cruz will be in Brasilia for this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg show, while Cormier will do UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on October 1st, in Portland, Oregon.