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Andrea Lee tested positive for banned diuretics before Invicta FC 16 loss to D'Alelio
Prior to a submission loss earlier this month at Invicta FC 16, Andrea Lee tested positive for a banned diuretic and has been temporarily suspended. Invicta FC announced the news Thursday night in the form of a statement of the fighter’s positive test after Lee’s (4-2) loss to Sarah D'Alelio (9-6) in Las Vegas, which was overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 10:40PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling booked for UFC Fight Night 88 in Las Vegas
Another pivotal bantamweight matchup is set for UFC Fight Night 88. The recently re-signed Aljamain Sterling (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Bryan Caraway (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) will meet at the FOX Sports 1-televised event, which takes place May 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. UFC officials announced the new booking today after an initial report from Newsday. The fight bolsters a bantamweight headliner featuring Cody Garbrandt versus Thomas Almeida in a meeting of two top prospects. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes: Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 10:37PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nah-Shon Burrell heavy, so CES MMA 34 fight with champ Chris Curtis now non-title bout
Friday’s CES MMA 34 main event no longer will be a title fight thanks to the challenger coming in too heavy. UFC, Bellator and Strikeforce veteran Nah-Shon Burrell (12-6) was set to challenger welterweight champion Chris Curtis (13-4) for the title in the event’s headliner. But Burrell came in heavy at 176 pounds, forcing the fight into a non-title bout. CES MMA 34 weigh-in results included: MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 9 p.m. ET) Champ Chris Curtis (174) vs. Nah-Shon Burrell (176) – non-title catchweight fight Kenny Foster (149) vs. Calvin Kattar (150) Johnny Campbell (134) vs. Matthew Lozano (131) Kevin Haley (204) vs. Steve Skrzat (203) Leon Davis (155) vs. Lorawnt-T Nelson (153) PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 7 p.m. ET) Luay Ashkar (126) vs. Carlos Candelario (125) Mike Maldonado (147) vs. George Nassar (156) Anton Berzin (205) vs. Matt Thompson (203) Merab Dualishuili (136) vs. Geoffrey Then (134) Gavin Nickel (261) vs. Dan Randall (237)
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 10:36PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Tonya Evinger defends 135 title vs. Colleen Schneider in Invicta FC 17 main event
Invicta FC will return to Southern California this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in the main event. Tonya Evinger (16-6), Invicta’s 135-pound champion, will defend her belt for the first time – officially – when she meets Colleen Schneider (10-6) to headline Invicta FC 17. Promotion officials today announced the title fight and card. The card will take place May 7 at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. That same venue hosted Invicta FC 15 in January. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 10:35PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
With Keith Berish out, Alberto Pereira Uda meets Jake Collier at UFC Fight Night 88
The UFC’s return to Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in May has had an injury force a change to the lineup at UFC Fight Night 88. Middleweight Keith Berish (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been forced out of his fight against Jake Collier (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), and promotional newcomer Alberto Pereira Uda (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in for his UFC debut. With the change, the latest UFC Fight Night 88 card includes: 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 Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 10:34PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sage Northcutt meets Enrique Marin at stacked UFC 200
A bout between Sage Northcutt (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Enrique Marin (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to July’s historic UFC 200 event. UFC officials today announced the bout following an initial report from GQ.com. The latest UFC 200 lineup includes: Champ Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title welterweight bout Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller Enrique Marin vs. Sage Northcutt
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 12:29PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Judge rules Jones can fight at UFC 197
Judge Michael Martinez has ruled that former UFC champ Jon Jones will be able to fight at UFC 197 in Las Vegas on April 23. Jones spent a night in jail for probation violation after being pulled over and accused of drag racing. The Bernalillo County District Attorney had sought "to have Jones' probation revoked and then reinstated with three new conditions: Jones completes a driver improvement course; he agrees to a curfew; and he enrolls in and completes an anger management counseling course" according to MMA Fighting. The judge declined to impose a curfew after his defense argued it would impede his ability to travel to Las Vegas for the title fight. However Jones is not permitted to drive without the permission of his probation officer, and Martinez warned Jones that another court appearance "won't end well" for him.
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 12:28PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jim Miller vs. Takanori Gomi added to July's big UFC 200 lineup
A lightweight bout with a pair of veterans is the latest addition to July’s quickly filling UFC 200 lineup. Officials recently announced Jim Miller (25-8 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Takanori Gomi (35-11 MMA, 4-6 UFC) are slated for the event. The latest UFC 200 lineup includes: Champ Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title welterweight bout Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar – for interim featherweight title Travis Browne vs. Cain Velasquez Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks Derek Brunson vs. Gegard Mousasi Joe Lauzon vs. Diego Sanchez Takanori Gomi vs. Jim Miller
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 10:49AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Welcome to the UFC, Cutelaba & Elmose
Two new fighters are on their way to the UFC, to help fill out two of the promotion's shallowest divisions. It's good to see the UFC finally taking a run at some of their downtrodden divisions. Women's bantamweight and men's light heavyweight are two of the most stagnant places for new talent in the UFC (men's flyweight is right in there too), but both divisions are getting a bit of a kick this week with the signing of two new fighters, or three if you want to consider Cyborg's final move into the UFC ranks as a new. Ion Cutelaba is set to make his light heavyweight debut at UFC Ottawa as announced by MMA Junkie alongside a slew of new bouts for the card. Also making headlines is the addition of a Anna Elmose. The bantamweight will make her debut in Rotterdam on May 8th against Germaine de Randamie. So...
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 5:24AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
'Windy City' gets a second straight summer card: UFC on FOX 20 set for July 23 in Chicago
After going to Chicago for three straight January dates and finding out first-hand about the city’s nickname, the UFC will head to the “Windy City” for the second straight July. UFC on FOX 20 will take place July 23 at the city’s United Center, home of the NBA’s Bulls and NHL’s Blackhawks. UFC on FOX 16 took place there on the same weekend in 2015. UFC officials today announced the card. No fights or ticket information has been announced for the event, but the main card will take place on FOX following prelims likely for either FOX or FOX Sports 1 and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. UFC on FOX 20 will be the sixth UFC show in Chicagoland. It will be the fifth in Chicago proper, all at the United Center. The promotion’s first visit to Chicago came with the UFC 90 pay-per-view in suburban Rosemont in October 2008. That event has been the only pay-per-view in Chicago. The other five have all been on FOX.
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 5:20AM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator MMA Signs Multi-Year, Multi-Fight Extension with Featherweight Emmanuel Sanchez
Bellator MMA announced on Monday that it had retained the services of 25-year-old talent Emmanuel Sanchez (13-2), having re-signed the fighter to a multi-year, multi-fight contract extension. Sanchez boasts a 6-1 record under the Bellator banner, with his only loss coming in the form of a decision at the hands of former featherweight champion Pat Curran (21-7). The exciting product from the famed Roufusport Team earned his contract extension after winning three fights in a row against Henry Corrales (12-2), Justin Lawrence (8-3) and Daniel Pineda (21-12) all in under five months.
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 5:17AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC: 32,000 tickets sold to UFC 198 in Brazil within first 90 minutes
With a loaded lineup resembling an All-Star Game of Brazilian MMA, UFC 198 in Curitibia, Brazil, figured to be a box-office hit. It didn't take long to confirm that hunch. According to UFC Brazilian executive Giovanni Decker, 32,000 tickets sold within the first 90 minutes after they went on sale Wednesday. Those figure include pre-sale tickets. That initial surge alone would already place the May 14 card at the outdoor Arena de Baixada as the third-highest attended show in UFC history, behind UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia (56,214) and UFC 129 in Toronto (55,724). A sellout at Arena de Baixada would be approximately 45,000 tickets.
Submitted Mar 31, 2016 5:14AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Diaz vs McGregor II - Official for UFC 200
"The anticipated rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is set to headline UFC 200. The fight, which was first reported by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani on March 18, was made official during a UFC Tonight broadcast on Wednesday night. It will be contested at 170 pounds, as part of a milestone event on July 9 set to christen Las Vegas’ new T-Mobile Arena." Apparently, Aldo vs Edgar II is also set for UFC 200: "Conor McGregor and Frankie Edgar will be fighting at UFC 200, just not against each other. The UFC's featherweight champion will rematch Nate Diaz, again at 170 pounds, in the July 9th pay-per-view headliner at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Meanwhile, Edgar will rematch Jose Aldo for the interim featherweight title, in a fight that wasn't officially named the co-main event. MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani first reported the news before it was announced on FS1's UFC Tonight."
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 8:00PM by State_Champ - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jose Aldo to face Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 for interim title, other key fights announced
With Conor McGregor now officially booked to rematch Nate Diaz at UFC 200, the two guys who’ve been campaigning to take on the current featherweight champion at least know their fates, too. During Wednesday’s broadcast of UFC Tonight it was announced that Frankie Edgar and Jose Aldo -- the top two challengers to McGregor’s 145-pound title -- will meet on the same July 9 card for the interim featherweight belt.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 7:57PM by tildengolfer - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shannon Knapp: Cris Cyborg could still return to Invicta, defend her title
Cris Cyborg will make her UFC debut in May. But that doesn't necessarily mean she is done with Invicta FC. Cyborg, arguably the top pound-for-pound women's fighter in the world, will face Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14 in Brazil, the UFC announced Monday. The event will take place inside a 40,000-seat soccer stadium in Cyborg's hometown of Curitiba. The fight will take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Cyborg normally fights at 145 pounds and she remains the Invicta champion in that featherweight division. That will not change any time soon, Invicta president Shannon Knapp told MMA Fighting. Knapp said Cyborg will not be vacating the title, because there is the possibility of her returning to Invicta to defend it.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:52PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
WSOF 30 ‘Branch vs. Starks’ Fight Card Finalized with 10 Bouts
World Series of Fighting has confirmed the 10-fight lineup for Saturday’s WSOF 30. The event, which takes place April 2 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be headlined by a WSOF middleweight title bout between two-division champ David Branch and challenger Clifford Starks. In the co-main event slot, longtime UFC contender Jon Fitch will try to snatch the vacant WSOF welterweight belt in a meeting with Brazil’s Joao Zeferino. Also featured on the NBCSN-televised main card is a light heavyweight tilt between Vinny Magalhaes and Jake Heun, plus a welterweight clash pitting Abu Azaitar against Danny Davis Jr. Topping the preliminary slate is a duel of welterweight prospects Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Matthew Frincu, both of whom enter the bout with just one loss to their name. Unbeaten lightweight Steve Kozola, who was set to take on Gil Guardado, will instead meet late replacement Matt Church in a 160-pound catchweight affair. Guardado recently suffered a broken nose and was forced to withdraw, according to a statement from WSOF.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:08PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Diego Sanchez vs. Joe Lauzon in the works for UFC 200
A lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon is targeted for July's landmark event, UFC 200, according to multiple reports. VendettaFighter.com initially reported the news last week and MMAFighting.com followed up with a report of their own. UFC officials have yet to confirm the booking. Sanchez and Lauzon were initially scheduled to square off in November 2014 at UFC 180 -- the UFC's debut in Mexico City -- but both were forced out of the contest with an injury. Sanchez (26-8) recently got back into the win column with a unanimous decision nod over Jim Miller at UFC 196 earlier this month. Prior to that, he suffered a decision loss to top contender Ricardo Lamas in his first featherweight fight of his career. He afterwards discovered the weight cut was too harsh for him and returned to 155 pounds. Lauzon (25-11) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Evan Dunham at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale this past December. The 31-year old has a mix of wins and losses over the past two years, with TKO wins over Takanori Gomi and Michael Chiesa, and a stoppage loss to top contender Al Iaquinta.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:03PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Despite 6-2 record, UFC releases heavyweight Jared Rosholt
Jared Rosholt's uninspiring unanimous decision loss to Roy Nelson has marked the end of his UFC tenure. Bloody Elbow confirmed with UFC officials today that Rosholt has been released after just his 2nd loss in his last 8 fights. Rosholt (14-3) was ranked in the UFC's top 15 in the heavyweight division as recently as March 21st (two days after the completion of UFC Brisbane), but was pulled from the list and replaced by Stefan Struve just two days later.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 4:00PM by JLS - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC
After UFC debut, Cris Cyborg wants Ronda Rousey fight in New York
Cris Cyborg has been eyeing a matchup with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey for years, and now that Rousey is no longer the titleholder, Cyborg believes it could finally come to fruition. With MMA legal in New York State now, Cyborg believes New York would be the perfect location for her long-awaited fight with Rowdy.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 12:20PM by Braden - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jon Jones remains in custody, has hearing scheduled for Thursday morning
Jon Jones has a hearing set. The UFC star will go before a judge at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court in his probation violation case, a court spokesperson said Wednesday. Jones will remain in custody at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center until then. He turned himself in around 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. No bail has been set, as is protocol in a probation violation case. Jones will be in custody until he sees judge Michael Martinez on Thursday when terms of release are discussed. Only one camera will be allowed in the courtroom for the hearing. Albuquerque news station KOB has been the designated party and will likely air the proceeding on KOB.com, the spokesperson said.
Submitted Mar 30, 2016 12:17PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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