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Sergio Pettis vs. Chris Kelades now closes out UFC 197's preliminary card
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is nearly set for next month’s UFC 197 event, which has a new featured preliminary-card bout. A flyweight bout between Sergio Pettis (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Chris Kelades (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has moved from the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card to the FOX Sports 1-televised portion of the prelims. It serves as the lead-in to the night’s main card. The latest UFC 197 card includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele Juliana Lima vs. opponent TBA Glaico Franca vs. James Vick PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET) Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
Submitted Mar 22, 2016 1:44PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brent Primus vs. Gleristone Santos added to Bellator 153 main card
(mmafighting.com)
Brent Primus has a date for his next Bellator fight. The undefeated lightweight, who holds a 4-0 record under the Bellator banner, is set to take on Gleristone Santos in the main card of Bellator 153 in Uncasville, Conn., on April 22, sources told MMAFighting.com.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 11:57PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Heather Jo Clark Faces Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
(mmaweekly.com)
A women’s strawweight bout between Heather Jo Clark (7-4) and undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz (8-0) has been added to the UFC Fight Night 87 fight card. UFC officials announced the addition to the May 8 event on Monday. Clark appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 20 and was defeated in the preliminary round by Felice Herrig. She rebounded during the show’s finale by defeating Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision. Clark hasn’t competed since the win over Rawlings in December 2014.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 7:59PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Prospect Tom Duquesnoy to Challenge 135-Pound Champ Shay Walsh at BAMMA 25
(sherdog.com)
The main event for BAMMA 25 “Champion vs. Champion” is set, and it’s a headliner worthy of the name. BAMMA featherweight champion Tom Duquesnoy (12-1, 1 NC), one of the sport’s brightest young prospects at only 22 years of age, will challenge bantamweight ace Shay Walsh (14-3) for his title. Sherdog.com confirmed the news with a source within the promotion Monday afternoon. BAMMA 25 goes down May 14 at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England, and will also feature a clash of undefeated lightweight prospects Marc Diakiese (8-0) and Kane Mousah (7-0).
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 7:55PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
WSOF 30 fills out preliminary card in Las Vegas, including Abubakar Nurmagomedov
(mmajunkie.com)
The preliminary card for next month’s WSOF 30 event today took shape with the addition of five fights, and at least one more still to come. Topping the prelims is a welterweight bout between Abubakar Nurmagomedov (11-1-1), the adopted brother of UFC lightweight standout Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Matthew Frincu (7-1). WSOF officials today announced the preliminary card lineup. MAIN CARD (NBCSN, 11 p.m. ET) Champ David Branch vs. Clifford Starks – for middleweight title Jon Fitch vs. Joao Zeferino – for vacant welterweight title Jake Heun vs. Vinny Magalhaes Abu Azaitar vs. Danny Davis Jr. PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET) Matthew Frincu vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov Gil Guardado vs. Steve Kozola Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco Adam Aquaviva vs. Andres Ponce Jeff Roman vs. Nick Salantri Clinton Williams vs. TBA
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 7:50PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Khabib's father: Benson Henderson wants to come train in Dagestan
(bloodyelbow.com)
It looks as though former UFC champ Benson Henderson is looking for a new training camp to go along with his newfound organization. According to Khabib Nurmagomedov's father, Abdulmanap, 'Smooth' is interested in working with him temporarily in Dagestan. The two met at UFC London several weeks ago, where they discussed the potential union. "I talked for about an hour with Ben Henderson through an interpreter, discussing his fights," Abdulmanap told allfight.ru. "He wants to come to us to get ready and to test his skills with my guys."
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 6:18PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock both test positive for steroids at Bellator 149
(mmafighting.com)
Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock both tested positive for steroids. Slice and Shamrock failed drug tests in relation to Bellator 149 last month in Houston, as originally reported by MMA Fighting. Now we know for what substances. Slice tested positive for the steroid nandrolone and also had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio. Shamrock tested positive for nandrolone and methadone, an opioid used to treat pain or detoxify in people with a drug dependency. Shamrock also had an elevated testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 6:10PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UR Fight results: Chael Sonnen vs. Michael Bisping ends in draw, Roy Jones Jr. scores massive KO
(mmafighting.com)
PHOENIX -- Four years after their fight on FOX, retired middleweight Chael Sonnen and UFC contender Michael Bisping met once more in an exhibition grappling match Sunday night at UR Fight -- the smorgasbord online pay-per-view from UR Show which also featured MMA, pro wrestling, and the boxing return of Roy Jones Jr. at the Celebrity Theatre. Sonnen and Bisping first clashed in early 2012 at UFC on FOX 2, with Sonnen claiming a narrow unanimous decision to secure a UFC title shot against Anderson Silva. The win never sat right with Bisping, however the Brit was unable to exact much vengeance at UR Fight. Bisping, weighing 212 pounds, worked to uneventful draw against Sonnen, who weighed in at 231 pounds.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 5:35PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas headlines Bellator 156
(mmafighting.com)
After two cancellations, Marcos Galvao and Eduardo Dantas are once again slated to rematch for the bantamweight crown in the main event of Bellator 156 on June 17, the promotion announced Monday. Bellator 156 takes place at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., and airs lives on Spike. Dantas and Galvao fought for the first time back in 2013, when "Dudu" defended the 135-pound title with a second-round knockout. Galvao bounced back and eventually won the belt, submitting Joe Warren with a kneebar. "Loro" was then scheduled to rematch Dantas at Bellator 144 and Bellator 150, but both fights were cancelled due to injuries.
Submitted Mar 21, 2016 5:33PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC Fight Night Brisbane Bonuses: Magny, Hunt, Matthews, Case Earn $50K
(m.sherdog.com)
It was a tale of two rounds in the UFC Fight Night Brisbane co-main event, but ultimately it was Neil Magny who had more gas in the tank. Magny earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his wild welterweight showdown against Hector Lombard on Saturday night, a contest that featured a pair of huge momentum swings. Lombard had Magny on the brink of defeat in round one, knocking his foe down and swarming for the finish. The Colorado-based fighter survived, and Lombard faded badly, as Magny battered “Showeather” for the duration of round two before mercifully putting his exhausted foe away 46 seconds into the final stanza.
Submitted Mar 20, 2016 10:32PM by JLS1980 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights, including Saffiedine-Story, Masvidal-Larkin
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight fight between a pair of unbeatens that could have serious title implications is official for the main event of a loaded UFC Fight Night 88 card in Las Vegas. Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will headline the event in an important 135-pound bout, the UFC confirmed on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 85 broadcast on FOX Sports 1. A featherweight contest between former UFC champ Renan Barao (33-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (24-12 MMA, 11-11 UFC) was also made official. UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29, a Sunday, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card airs FOX Sports 1 and streams on UFC Fight Pass. With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Keith Berish vs. Jake Collier Adam Milstead vs. Chris DeLaRocha
Submitted Mar 20, 2016 12:01AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
'Buchecha' vs. Roger Gracie 2, Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Satoshi Ishii set for Metamoris 7
(mmafighting.com)
Metamoris may have taken a year off, but it is far from dead. The jiu-jitsu promotion on Friday announced a rematch between Marcus "Buchecha" Almeida and Roger Gracie to headline Metamoris 7 on July 17 in Los Angeles, Calif. In addition, the card is expected to feature UFC fighters Gabriel Gonzaga and Gilbert Burns rolling against Satoshi Ishii and Dillon Danis, respectively; Metamoris creator Ralek Gracie vs. Tim Spriggs; Matheus Diniz vs. Yuri Simoes; along with a secret match to be unveiled on fight night.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:43PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Jessica Aguilar injured, out of UFC 197 fight with Juliana Lima
(mmafighting.com)
Jessica Aguilar won’t enter the Octagon on April 23, sources told MMAFighting.com. The former WSOF strawweight champion, who lost to 115-pound contender Claudia Gadelha in her promotional debut last August, was slated to meet Juliana Lima at UFC 197, but was forced out of the contest due to a knee injury. The promotion is currently looking for a new opponent for Lima (8-2), who defeated Nina Ansaroff and Ericka Almeida after losing to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her UFC debut on July 2014.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:42PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cody Garbrandt vs. Thomas Almeida targeted for UFC Fight Night 88 main event in Las Vegas
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC is targeting a bantamweight showdown between Cody Garbrandt and Thomas Almeida for the main event of May 29's UFC Fight Night 88 event in Las Vegas. A source close to the situation confirmed the news to MMAFighting after an initial tweet from John Morgan broke the news. Combined, the two young bantamweights boast a spotless 28-0 record, with 23 of those victories coming via knockout.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:41PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté targeted for UFC's debut in Ottawa
(mmafighting.com)
Another intriguing welterweight fight is coming to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The UFC is targeting Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté for the June 18 card in Canada's capital city, MMAFighting.com has learned. The promotion is expected to announce the 170-pound fight shortly. Cerrone (29-7, 1 NC) was victorious in his UFC welterweight debut last month when he submitted Alex Oliveira via triangle choke.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 8:39PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diaz vs McGregor rematch targeted for UFC 200
(mmafighting.com)
It appears as though UFC 200 is on the verge of getting its main event. The UFC is close to finalizing a non-title welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for the July 9 card, MMAFighting.com has learned from multiple sources. If all goes as planned, the promotion is hoping to announce the fight shortly.
Submitted Mar 18, 2016 12:59PM by State_Champ - 38 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator to apply MMA weight class guidelines to new kickboxing promotion
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator President Scott Coker’s recent announcement that Bellator was getting into the kickboxing business marked an expansion in focus for the promotion. However, the promotion has taken the first step to sync up the two combat sports with the announcement that Bellator Kickboxing would feature weight classes that match the standard in MMA. The information was announced in a Bellator press release. With fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Joe Schilling who have enjoyed a period of hopping back and forth between the sports, the alignment may make weight management easier for fighters interested in participating in both.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 8:00PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other Combat Sports
 
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 155 main card
(mmafighting.com)
A heavyweight bout between Dan Charles (10-3) and Augusto Sakai (9-0) is the latest addition to the Bellator 155 main card. The news was announced on Thursday by the promotion. Charles enters this bout following a second round knockout win over Chase Gormley at Bellator 143 back in September. Prior to that, the 30-year-old Charles suffered a technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138. Meanwhile, Sakai enters the bout with an undefeated record and three wins under the Bellator banner. The 24-year-old Brazilian prospect was scheduled to fight earlier this year in the co-main event of Bellator 150, but had to pull out of the card due to injury. Bellator 155 is set to take place in Boise, Idaho on May 20. Rafael Carvalho is scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef in the main event of the card.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 7:54PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson planned for UFC 200
(mmafighting.com)
The pieces are slowly coming into place for the landmark UFC 200. Gegard Mousasi is very likely to meet Derek Brunson on the July 9 card in Las Vegas in a key middleweight showdown. MMAFighting.com confirmed after an initial Thursday report by FOXSports.com. Mousasi (38-6-2), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is coming off a victory over Thales Leites in the co-feature bout of UFC Fight Night 84 on Feb. 27 in London. That was Mousasi's third win in his past four fights.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 7:53PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens targeted for May 29th UFC Fight Night
(bloodyelbow.com)
Renan Barao will fight at featherweight for the first time in his UFC career. To welcome him to the weight class, hard-hitting veteran Jeremy Stephens has accepted the challenge, as Combate reported. 10 fights into his UFC career, the former bantamweight champion Barao (33-3-1) decided to go up a division after losing to T.J. Dillashaw for a second time last July. Although the change is not yet known to be permanent, Barao has struggled severely with weight cutting in the past, to the point of passing out on the day before a title fight back at UFC 177, when he had to hospitalized.
Submitted Mar 17, 2016 2:27PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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