Cirkunov Welcomes Nicholson to the Octagon at UFC 196
A Light Heavyweight match-up between Latvian import Misha Cirkunov and UFC newcomer Alex “The Spartan” Nicholson is set for UFC 196: Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 on February 6 at the MGM Grand Garden Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It has not been confirmed as of yet where the bout will fall on the lineup however it will likely be part of the preliminary card. The UFC confirmed the bout today on their Facebook page.
Emanuel Newton-Linton Vassell rematch rounds out Bellator 149 main card
A light heavyweight rematch will round out the main card of Bellator 149.
Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Emanuel Newton will meet Linton Vassell on Feb. 19 in Houston, MMAFighting.com has learned.
The bout will be a rematch of an encounter held at Bellator 130, in which then-champ Newton submitted Vassell in the fifth-round with a rear-naked choke.
Titan FC: Money for displaced fighters on Jan 15
Titan FC says it will be sending out checks to all fighters who were on the card for the Titan FC 36 event.
Titan FC CEO Jeff Aronson said his promotion wants to make things right with fighters left out of work with the sudden cancelation of this past month’s Titan FC 36.
Aronson today told MMAjunkie Radio that he and Titan COO Lex McMahon will cut checks to help offset the losses stemming from the event, which was scrapped when Aronson suffered complications from a surgery.
Ronda Rousey named host of Jan. 23 edition of 'Saturday Night Live'
Those who predicted a loss in the Octagon would mean an end to Ronda Rousey's A-list outside gigs turned out to be wrong.
In her first major move since losing the UFC women's bantamweight title to Holly Holm in Australia on Nov. 15, Rousey will host NBC's Saturday Night Live on Jan. 23, the network announced Tuesday.
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UFC 195 Medical Suspensions: Dustin Poirier, Kyle Noke Get Potential 6-Month Sits
Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight Dustin Poirier and middleweight Kyle Noke could be sidelined for six months after both men suffered broken noses at last Saturday’s UFC 195.
The Nevada Athletic Commission on Monday released its list of medical suspensions from the event, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
UFC 195 Medical Suspensions
Robbie Lawler: Suspended until March 3; no contact until Feb. 17.
Carlos Condit: Suspended until March 3; no contact until Feb. 17.
Andrei Arlovski: Suspended until Feb. 17; no contact until Feb. 2.
Kyle Noke: Must have fractured nose cleared by doctor or no contest until July 2. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 24. (Left elbow strain)
Drew Dober: Suspended until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 14.
Scott Holtzman: Suspended until March 3; no contact until Feb. 17.
Dustin Poirier: Must have fractured nose cleared by doctor or no contest until July 2. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 17; no contact until Feb. 2.
Joseph Duffy: Suspended until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 14. (Lacerations)
Joe Soto: Needs follow-up exam with retinal specialist, due May 1.
Sheldon Westcott: Must have left knee cleared and right hand X-rayed; if positive then must be cleared by doctor or no contest until July 2. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 24.
Edgar Garcia: Suspended until Feb. 2; no contact until Jan. 24.
UFC Champ Holly Holm signs multiyear contract extension
Unbeaten women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm this weekend inked a contract extension with the Ultimate Fighting Championship which will keep her with the promotion through 2016 and beyond.
ESPN.com reports that Holm signed her new deal Saturday in Las Vegas, where she attended UFC 195 to cheer on Jackson-Wink MMA teammate Carlos Condit.
Why Demian Maia won’t be grappling Nick Diaz at Metamoris
LAS VEGAS – Surging UFC welterweight contender Demian Maia said he was offered a grappling match with Nick Diaz and would have accepted it, but Diaz’s participation was suddenly taken off the table.
While in Las Vegas for this past weekend’s UFC 195 event, Maia (22-6 MMA, 16-6 UFC) said Ralek Gracie, who promotes the all-grappling Metamoris event, offered him a grappling match with the onetime welterweight title challenger at a future event.
Newcomer Randy Brown meets Matt Dwyer at UFC on FOX 18
The UFC found a fighter, and welterweight newcomer Randy Brown has found a fight on MMA’s biggest stage.
Brown (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), an undefeated 170-pound prospect, has signed with the UFC and is slated to meet Matt Dwyer (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 18.
The latest UFC on FOX 18 card includes:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Andrew Holbrook vs. Sage Northcutt
Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Diego Ferreira
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Iuri Alcantara vs. Jimmie Rivera
Damon Jackson vs. Levan Makashvili
Kevin Casey vs. Rafael Natal
Randy Brown vs. Matt Dwyer
UFC 195 salaries: Lawler ($500K), Condit ($315K) earn top disclosed payouts
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,723,000.
The full list of disclosed UFC 195 payouts included:
Robbie Lawler: $500,000 (no win bonus)
def. Carlos Condit: $315,000
Stipe Miocic: $120,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
def. Andrei Arlovski: $250,000
Albert Tumenov: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Lorenz Larkin: $36,000
Brian Ortega: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Diego Brandao: $36,000
Abel Trujillo: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Tony Sims: $12,000
Michael McDonald: $40,000 (includes $20,00 win bonus)
def. Masanori Kanehara: $14,000
Alex Morono: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Kyle Noke: $26,000
Justine Kish: $20,000 (includes $ win bonus)
def. Nina Ansaroff: $10,000
Drew Dober: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Scott Holtzman: $12,000
Dustin Poirier: $84,000 (includes $42,000 win bonus)
def. Joseph Duffy: $20,000
Michinori Tanaka: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Joe Soto: $20,000
Sheldon Westcott: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Edgar Garcia: $10,000
CFFC 56 – Two former champions, Sean Santella and Artur Rofi will return to the company in an attempt to reclaim what was once theirs
Two Former CFFC Champions – Santella and Rofi Return in 2016! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Next year is scheduled to be a banner year for Cage Fury Fighting Championships (CFFC), but to look in towards the future one might want to visit the past. Two former champions, Sean Santella and Artur Rofi will return to the company in an attempt to reclaim what was once theirs. Both will see action on February 27, 2016 when CFFC returns to the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From 2012 to 2013, Sean Santella (14-5-1) was the king of the flyweights in the northeast. He captured the inaugural CFFC flyweight crown in February 2012 and reeled off of four straight victories. After an injury, Santella returned in 2014 and lost his crown to Nick Honstein. After leaving CFFC, Santella is 1-1-1 coming off a submission victory in his last fight over Jay Pressley (5-2) and his eager to make his CFFC return. “Feels great to be back,” exclaimed Santella. “CFFC has some of the best flyweights around and that’s who I want to fight. I’m getting that belt back!”
Stipe Miocic will get next heavyweight title shot after UFC 195 win
If the MMA world wanted Stipe Miocic to be more vocal, it got exactly that on Saturday night.
Miocic tore through former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski in just 54 seconds at UFC 195, then called for his title shot in a fiery post-fight rant, demanding to know whether he and UFC president Dana White were now "on the same page."
Fedor: My next fight will take place in April
Following a successful return to professional MMA after almost four years away from the ring, Fedor Emelianenko wants to remain as active as possible in 2016.
According to the ‘Last Emperor,' he would like his next fight to take place in April. That date coincides with Rizin Fighting Federation's next show planned for April 17 in Nagoya City.
King Mo open to Fedor fight: ‘Anything is possible’
Despite the fact that Rizin Fighting Federation Day 2 was basically the Fedor show, the Russian heavyweight legend was not the last fighter to score a knockout win on the card.
Shortly following Fedor's three-minute victory against Singh, Muhammed Lawal took part in his second fight of the night, and third in three days. Lawal lived up to his status as the tournament favorite and eventually knocked out fellow finalist Jiri Prochazka to claim the Rizin 100kg World Grand Prix championship.
Bigfoot wants to fight for 'four more years'
Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva is not ready to call it quits just yet.
Despite going 1-2 in 2015, the 36-year old told Globo Esporte that he learned a lot from his losses to Andrei Arlovksi and Mark Hunt and will use them to come back stronger in 2016.
"I learned a lot. I fought three times, I won once and lost twice. It's not when you win that you change the way you think. I learned a lot from those two losses. Thinking only professionally, it wasn't good. But I will address those mistakes and start 2016 strong. I have faith in God and will make good fights. I need to change some aspects of my training, I need to talk to some coaches and start this year with the right foot."