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Rich Franklin announces MMA retirement
The former UFC middleweight champion penned a retirement column on theplayerstribune.com, a site that future MLB Hall of Famer Derek Jeter founded in 2014 to give athletes a direct medium to reach fans.
Submitted Sep 28, 2015 10:41PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling set for UFC Fight Night 80
After making a bit of noise about his lack of fight bookings, Aljamain Sterling now has a fight set with Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 80. UFC Fight Night 80 takes place Dec. 10 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in “Sin City.” The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Sep 28, 2015 2:54PM by Wez - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aljamain Sterling to face Johnny Eduardo at UFC Fight Night 80
If Aljamain Sterling really is considering MMA retirement, it'll have to wait a little while longer. The top-ranked UFC bantamweight is set to face Johnny Eduardo on Fight Pass as part of UFC Fight Night 80 on December 10th. Sterling made the news official on Monday as part of his interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
Submitted Sep 28, 2015 2:53PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Urijah Faber: Submissions a reason UFC wouldn't match me with Conor McGregor
LOS ANGELES -- Conor McGregor and Urijah Faber wanted to fight one another in Dublin. McGregor, for his part, felt he could fight his Ultimate Fighter 22 coach on the Oct. 24 card at O2 Arena, then turn around and meet Jose Aldo Jr. to unify the UFC featherweight title.
Submitted Sep 27, 2015 7:48PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
For Uriah Hall, Saitama was a destination and an arrival
Homecomings can be a little bittersweet, especially in the twisted, merciless game of MMA, where every fight is an intersection of loosely controlled fate. It was nearly seven years ago to the day that Gegard Mousasi, in the midst of a 15-fight winning streak, stunned Ronaldo Souza with an upkick knockout at Dream 6. That happened in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 23, 2008.
Submitted Sep 27, 2015 7:36PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Anderson Silva Says He’s Likely Fighting Michael Bisping at UFC Event in Curitiba Next Year
As VIP guests at Friday’s Eurasia Fight Nights in Dagestan, Anderson Silva and Fabricio Werdum caused quite the stir backstage at the event. If Silva is to be believed, their next appearance together could be atop a UFC pay-per-view bill in early 2016.
Submitted Sep 27, 2015 5:42PM by jae_1833 - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabi Garcia to make MMA debut at New Year's Eve event in Japan
Most MMA fans remember Gabi Garcia from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, where the 205-pound BJJ blackbelt helped Wanderlei Silva coach his team against arch enemy Chael Sonnen's. Garcia's MMA debut has long been talked about and was originally rumored for the Brazil-based Jungle Fight promotion. Now Garcia has revealed that she will have her first fight at the New Year's Eve event in Japan, that will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko. "This is a secret, but everybody told me, 'You fight in Japan, you fight in Japan'. But yes, I fight in Japan, December 31," she told GNP1.de. FYI, it looks like all that mass she was cultivating has been harvested....
Submitted Sep 25, 2015 3:01PM by GDPofMPG - 14 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
Couture/Gonzalez fight SCRAPPED!!!! 16+ POUNDS OVERWEIGHT!!!!!!
Gonzalez missed weight by just a hair.....a 16.75 POUND HAIR!!!!!! Fight cancelled. You may wanna update your wagers.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 10:11PM by Auntie_Razor - 11 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Johny Hendricks: It's partly the fans' fault I didn't get title rematch
Ex-welterweight champion Johny Hendricks said he’s over trying to figure out the UFC’s title plans after getting snubbed for another shot at champ Robbie Lawler’s belt. “It is what it is,” he told MMAjunkie. “As long as my body’s healthy, I’m going to fight. “It’s not even so much the UFC’s fault. It’s also the fans; whenever they do a polling of the fans, they might want something different.” Sorry Jon we will do better next time. Your probs right Brutal Bob Lawler is scared of you.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 1:47PM by postman - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
George Roop says he's 'one of the best' but disappointed by UFC inconsistency
TOKYO – George Roop has been a pro fighter since 2006. In that nearly decade-long stretch, he’s never managed to earn more than three consecutive victories. Roop (15-11-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) has competed under Zuffa ownership – UFC and WEC – since 2008 and in that 15-fight span has never put together more than two-straight wins. He says he’s looking to change that pattern starting with Takeya Mizugaki (20-9-2 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 75.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:53PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ryan Couture praises Bellator's plan: Not 'just being a last name that people recognize'
Bellator lightweight Ryan Couture might still be best known as the son of former UFC champion and Hall of Famer Randy Couture, but he’s trying his best to forge his own path in the sport.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:52PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Ex-McGregor opponent Diego Brandao: 'Crazy guy' Jose Aldo will 'smash him' at UFC 194
TOKYO – Diego Brandao says he’s doing what’s necessary to get back in the octagon with top featherweights such as interim UFC champ Conor McGregor. Brandao (19-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) suffered a first-round TKO loss to McGregor at UFC Fight Night 46 in July 2014, a defeat that marked his second loss in a row. The Brazilian rebounded with a strong victory over Jimy Hettes in April, and he’s looking to continue his winning ways against Katsunori Kikuno (22-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 75.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:51PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
'Cyborg' calls out UFC, Ronda Rousey following Vitor Belfort report
Cristiane Justino has some new ammo as she angles for a fight with UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. “Cyborg,” who’s long campaigned for a bout with the dominant 135-pound champ, has been rebuffed by Rousey. While Justino, Invicta FC’s reigning 145-pound featherweight champ, has offered to fight at a catchweight, Rousey said she’ll only meet at 135 pounds since “Cyborg” failed a drug test due to the anabolic steroid stanozolol in 2011 (see the above video).
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:49PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 142 salaries: Tito Ortiz ($300K), Phil Davis ($130K) earn top disclosed payouts
The night’s other top earner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), picked up victories over replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to win the organization’s single-night light-heavyweight tournament. Davis, fighting for the first time since leaving the UFC, earned $130,000.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:49PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Demetrious Johnson not about to boycott Nevada on Nick Diaz's behalf
Don't count Demetrious Johnson among those who will avoid Nevada to show solidarity for Nick Diaz. While last week's Nevada Athletic Commission decision to suspend Diaz five years following his third marijuana infraction in the state brought near universal condemnation in the mixed martial arts world, Johnson's not about to stop fighting in Las Vegas.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator's Kendall Grove calls fighters to organize following Nick Diaz's 'death sentence' suspension
While Kendall Grove prepares to face Joey Beltran Sept. 25 at Bellator 143, the former Ultimate Fighter winner admits a bigger fight is being waged right now. With the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) handing down an unprecedented five-year suspension and $150,000 fine to Nick Diaz following a failed drug test for marijuana metabolites, Grove says it's time for change in the sport.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:46PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Urijah Faber sorry T.J. Dillashaw in middle of Duane Ludwig situation, says TUF incident forced it public
When it comes to the simmering tensions between Team Alpha Male and ex-coach Duane Ludwig, the dam finally burst on Monday. For over an hour, team founder and captain Urijah Faber revealed his side to the long-standing feud, accusing Ludwig of bullying individuals on the team, gouging fighters for money, and more during an interview on The MMA Hour.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:45PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alistair Overeem is convinced 'fearful' Fabricio Werdum wants no part of a rematch
Alistair Overeem got his wish to finally fight Junior dos Santos, but really he's gunning for another crack at UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum. Overeem claims a unanimous decision win over Werdum dating back to 2011 in Strikeforce, but the climate is a bit different right now.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:44PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aljamain Sterling is considering MMA layoff, going back to school due to lack of fights, pay
Aljamain Sterling is supposed to fight in December at UFC on FOX 17. The problem is he doesn't have an opponent. And if he doesn't get one, the top bantamweight might just decide to go back to school to get his Master's degree.
Submitted Sep 24, 2015 12:44PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
With scrapped fight, Brandao-Kikuno moves to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 75 main card
With a pair of injuries, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 75 lineup has a new main-card bout. UFC officials recently announced the cancellation of a bantamweight fight between Matt Hobar (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Norifumi Yamamoto (18-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after both competitors suffered undisclosed injuries. As a result, a featherweight title between Diego Brandao (19-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Katsunori Kikuno (23-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been elevated to the main card.
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:17AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
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