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Fedor Emelianenko’s daughter reportedly assaulted by thugs in revenge beating for ‘Last Emperor’s’ criticism of Russian kid fights
(mmamania.com)
Former PRIDE FC Heavyweight Champion, Fedor Emelianenko, was appalled at the recent kids vs. kids fights (video) put forth by Akhmat Fight Club: "Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 Finals" last week from inside Sport Hall Coliseum in Grozny, Russia. So he took to his Instagram account to complain about it. As a result, Emelianenko’s 16-year-old daughter was hospitalized at Research Institute of Children's Emergency Surgery and Traumatology with "contusion of the chest and abdomen,” according to a report from MKRU (via Bloody Elbow).
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 6:38PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Jose Aldo to meet with UFC brass in Las Vegas to discuss contract, retirement
(mmafighting.com)
Jose Aldo wants to get his UFC contract terminated so he can walk away from MMA and do other things, and he’s flying to Las Vegas with his manager and lawyer to have a meeting with the UFC brass. Talking to the media on Wednesday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Aldo said he hopes to "solve everything" in this meeting, and that means getting his contract cancelled. The current interim featherweight champion said he’s flying to Las Vegas on Oct. 19. "I’m waiting. That’s the situation now," Aldo said. "We have a meeting scheduled to solve everything, but everything has been said already. We will see what happens in this meeting. I can talk more when I return."
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 6:32PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Ronda Rousey returns to challenge champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207
(mmafighting.com)
The most highly anticipated comeback in UFC history is upon us. Ronda Rousey will return after more than a year away to challenge champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday on "The Herd" with Colin Cowherd.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 2:47PM by Five-Alive - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Al Iaquinta says he’s retired from MMA
(bloodyelbow.com)
If you’re a fan out there waiting for Al Iaquinta’s next UFC bout, you may want to reconsider your options. “Raging” Al recently made it known that he wasn’t too happy with his current UFC contract situation, coming off a long injury layoff. He had been scheduled to fight Thiago Alves at the upcoming UFC 205 PPV card in New York City. However, he withdrew from the bout back in September, despite being apparently healthy and able to compete, citing an ongoing contract dispute with he UFC. It seems that dispute has resulted in Iaquinta walking away from MMA competition entirely. “I thought my career was over. I got my personal training, I got my real estate license and I'm living comfortably. I don't need to fight now,”
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 1:16PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC Fight Night 101 in Australia gets 3 new additions
(mmajunkie.com)
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 101 lineup has a trio of new additions. They include lightweights Yusuke Kasuya (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Alex Volkanovski (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), flyweights Geane Herrera (9-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Ben Nguyen (16-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC), and lightweights Damien Brown (16-9 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Jon Tuck (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC). UFC officials today announced the bouts via dailytelegraph.com.au and couriermail.com.au. 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.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 12:59PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
'King Mo' Lawal vs. Satoshi Ishii set to headline Bellator 169
(mmafighting.com)
Muhammed Lawal will be moving up to the heavyweight division to meet Satoshi Ishii in the main event of Bellator 169. The news was first reported by Severe MMA, and was later confirmed by the promotion on Wednesday.
Submitted Oct 12, 2016 12:52PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Aljamain Sterling vs. Raphael Assuncao teed up for UFC Fight Night 102 in Albany
(mmajunkie.com)
Raphael Assuncao (23-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to meet Aljamain Sterling (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 102 in December. A UFC official confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN.com‘s Brett Okamoto. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The rare UFC Friday night card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 9:02PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Girtz vs. Piccolotti, Carmont vs. Vassell booked for Bellator 165 in San Jose
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator’s November return to San Jose, Calif., has a pair of new fights for the main card, as well as eight prelims. Brandon Girtz (14-4 MMA, 6-2 BMMA) is set to take on Adam Piccolotti (8-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in a lightweight fight on the main card, and Francis Carmont (25-11 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) will meet Linton Vassell (16-5 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) in a light heavyweight bout. Bellator officials announced the new bookings today. Bellator 165 takes place Nov. 19 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 6:07PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Dan Hooker vs. Jason Knight added to UFC Fight Night 101 in Australia
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight fight between Dan Hooker (13-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Jason Knight (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is slated for UFC Fight Night 101. UFC officials recently made the bout official. 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.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 6:05PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Sam Alvey vs. Alex Nicholson moves to UFC Fight Night 98 in Mexico
(mmajunkie.com)
A bout between Sam Alvey and Alex Nicholson has a new date. Originally scheduled for the recently canceled UFC Fight Night 97 event, middleweights Alvey (28-8 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Nicholson (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) instead will fight at UFC Fight Night 98. Officials recently announced the rescheduled bout. UFC Fight Night 98, which also serves as the live finale for “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3,” takes place Nov. 5 at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 6:04PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Former Dallas Cowboy Greg Hardy transitioning to MMA, preparing for debut
(mmafighting.com)
Greg Hardy is making the move to mixed martial arts. The controversial former Dallas Cowboys defensive end has decided to put his football career on hold to pursue MMA, MMAFighting.com has learned. Hardy, 28, who does not have an extensive martial arts background, has been training for several months in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and according to his team, several promotions have already expressed interest in signing him. "I'm very focused and excited to start my MMA career," Hardy said in a statement provided to MMAFighting.com. "I'm going to do this the right way, I can assure you of that." According to his team, Hardy currently weighs approximately 285 pounds and is expected to debut as a heavyweight when he fights for the first time, most likely in 2017. "I'm fully committed to being as successful as I can be in this sport," he said.
Submitted Oct 11, 2016 12:51PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
NSAC: Brock Lesnar readying supplement defense, Jon Jones gets flack for delay
(mmajunkie.com)
It appears Brock Lesnar is preparing a defense following his UFC 200 positive drug test. In granting a continuance for Lesnar’s disciplinary hearing, the Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that the ex-heavyweight champ is putting together a case after failing a pair of drug tests for the banned estrogen blocker clomiphene. During an NSAC meeting today in Las Vegas, commissioner Pat Lundvall said Lesnar’s continuance was based on his need for “more time to do the testing of the supplements.” A request for comment to Lesnar’s reps wasn’t immediately returned.
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 5:05PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Dominick Cruz willing to fight Conor at 155: ‘I can beat McGregor, absolutely’
(bloodyelbow.com)
Cruz recently appeared on the Fox Sports post-fight show following UFC 204, where he responded to a fan question about a possible McGregor fight (transcript via MMAMania): "Look everyone's calling out Conor McGregor,” Cruz explained, “and I don't want to be another guy because everybody wants that fight. But, the thing is, McGregor is picking his own fights. So that's not up to me, it's not up to UFC, it's up to McGregor. Now I know as much as McGregor, and more, about this sport than anybody and it seems that the only way to beat McGregor is with your mind. I know I can do that and I know that I can also technically beat him. And I know that at 145 pounds I am extremely fast and hard to deal with. I can beat McGregor, absolutely. And I would love to fight him at 145 pounds or 155 pounds if he wins the title. I don't care, I'm the champion and my style is built for moving up in weight classes because I don't take damage."
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 4:07PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Mayweather: Dana White using UFC fighters to make himself rich
(mmamania.com)
Think Conor McGregor is rich? He is, but even the millions banked by "Mystic Mac" pale in comparison to the revenue generated by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White (and his 30 Ferraris). "It's easy to get a ton of money off these UFC guys while they're not really getting paid," boxing's Floyd Mayweather Jr. told Fight Hype. "And he's living better than the UFC guys. They say ‘Oh, Floyd is living better than all his fighters,' well guess what, I was a fighter myself. So I'll put in the work on both sides."
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 4:03PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Other Combat Sports
 
Sears replaces Copeland at WSOF 34; military vets join lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup for next month’s WSOF 34 event continues to take shape. Officials today announced Josh Copeland (13-4) has suffered a knee injury and been forced out of his bout with former heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama (9-2). Kevin Ray Sears (4-2) has stepped in as a replacement. In addition to the heavyweight change, officials today announced four vets are scheduled for bouts as part of the organization’s “Who’s The Toughest?” program, which gives military personnel a chance to compete for the promotion. Those matchups include U.S. Marine Corps veterans Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4) in a 150-pound catchweight bout, former Marine Brandon Collins (3-2) vs. fellow light heavyweight Chris Morgan (0-0), and former U.S. Army ranger Nicholi Navarro (3-1) vs. lightweight Alan Gutierrez (2-0).
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 3:59PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren 2, Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira headline Bellator doubleheader in December
(mmafighting.com)
Bellator MMA will host two events in two consecutive nights for the first time in its history on Dec. 2 and 3 in Thackerville, Okla. Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas will be defending his belt on the first night against Joe Warren. On Saturday night, Bellator 167 will feature a featherweight clash between Pat Curran and John Teixeira in the main event. MMA Fighting confirmed the news with Bellator officials following a report by The Dallas Morning News. Both Bellator 166 and Bellator 167 will take place at the WinStar World Casino.
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 3:57PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Conor McGregor fined $150,000 for UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident
(mmafighting.com)
Conor McGregor's role in the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference ended up being a costly one. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday unanimously voted to issue the UFC featherweight champion a $150,000 fine, or five percent of his $3 million show purse, for the bottle-throwing incident that took place between McGregor and UFC 202 opponent Nate Diaz on Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand. The NAC also handed down 50 hours of community service to McGregor and will require McGregor to participate in an anti-bullying campaign for the commission.
Submitted Oct 10, 2016 3:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC 204 bonuses: Bisping, Henderson get extra $50,000 in a no-brainer 'Fight of the Night'
(mmajunkie.com)
Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Jimi Manuwa and Iuri Alcantara each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 204 event. Manuwa and Alcantara earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Bisping and Henderson took home “Fight of the Night” honors. The UFC announced the winners following the event. In the UFC 204 main event, Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) beat Henderson (32-15 MMA, 9-9 UFC) in Henderson’s retirement fight with scores of 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 and retained his middleweight title in his first defense. Bisping did it despite getting knocked down twice by Henderson’s famous right hand. Bisping won four of the five rounds from a total strikes standpoint, but had his face badly cut and swollen thanks to Henderson’s early knockdowns. Still, he got the unanimous decision win in front of his hometown fans and avenged a loss from 2009 at UFC 100, when Henderson knocked him cold.
Submitted Oct 9, 2016 2:15PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Vitor Belfort to retire after UFC 204 fight vs. Gegard Mousasi
(bloodyelbow.com)
Vitor Belfort fought for the UFC middleweight title just last year, co-headlined UFC 198 against Jacare Souza this year, and tonight he’ll be co-headlining UFC 204 vs. Gegard Mousasi. Even with the loss to Jacare in May, the 39-year-old Belfort is still #5 in the UFC’s middleweight rankings. However, just a few days shy of the 20 year anniversary of his very first pro bout, it looks as if “The Phenom” will call it a career. Brazilian journalist Breno Massena tweeted the news just before the UFC 204 preliminary card kicked off. Belfort is almost a 3-to-1 underdog on most betting syndicates, as he prepares for his showdown with Mousasi. In addition to Vitor’s reported retirement, Dan Henderson says he plans to retire after tonight’s main event vs. Michael Bisping. So by the end of tonight, we could be seeing 50% of the main and co-main event participants hang up the gloves.
Submitted Oct 8, 2016 6:57PM by Shawn91111 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cedenblad Seeks 5th Straight Win in Octagon Versus Marshman
(mmaviking.com)
Magnus Cedenblad is on a four fight winning streak in the UFC, and looks to make it five as he faces Jack Marshman at the UFC in Belfast. The fight will go down at the SSE Arena in the city on November 19.
Submitted Oct 8, 2016 2:12AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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