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Welcome to the UFC, Dmitry Sosnovskiy
(bloodyelbow.com)
His 2014 stoppage win over Aleksander Emelianenko stands out as his best to date, and it’s not terrible. But it is 2014 Aleksander Emelianenko, his last pro fight before getting locked up following a series of troubling and eventually horrific incidents. It’d be fair to say, to date, that Sosnovskiy is relatively untested against good competition.
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 9:37PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Joanne Calderwood will get bonus, new contract
(mmafighting.com)
"She will be bonused for that fight," White said on the Unfiltered podcast. ‘There were so many good fights that night, people were going crazy, ‘how did she not get [a bonus],' and it's true. Me and Lorenzo were saying, how the hell did that skip us, she should have got a bonus.
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 9:22PM by jae_1833 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nevada Athletic Commission approves earlier weigh-in for UFC 200, other UFC events
(mmafighting.com)
The Nevada Athletic Commission unanimously approved morning weigh-ins Tuesday at its meeting after a proposal from the UFC.
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 9:17PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Maldonado appeal to Russian MMA Union denied by VP, Fedor's old training partner
(bloodyelbow.com)
Gabudullin, a former M-1 Global fighter and training partner of the 'Last Emperor,' explained that Maldonado was supposed to announce his intent for an appeal within 40 minutes after the conclusion of the EFN 50 main event. "There were no protests in the judicial decision of the Union of MMA in Russia and the World Association of WMMA side Maldonado not filed in officially prescribed manner."
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 9:05PM by jae_1833 - 52 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fedor vs. Maldonado controversy reveals conflict of interest
(bloodyelbow.com)
Several days ahead of the anticipated Fedor vs. Maldonado showdown, the Russian MMA Union assigned the three judges who would be responsible for the scorecards in the main event: Evgeny Gribkov, Alexey Gorokhov, and Maria Makhmutova. The announcement came as a surprise to many within the industry. The three officials were Russian natives for a contest that pitted a Russian against a Brazilian fighter. The shocking elements was that the Russian MMA Union was actually headed by Fedor himself. The legendary fighter is the unanimously voted president of the association several years prior and still maintained that role behind the scenes.
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 8:57PM by jae_1833 - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
White: Helwani 'stole from fans', threw a 'pity party'
(bloodyelbow.com)
It appears that UFC president Dana White is still fuming over the fallout from UFC 199. During the PPV show, MMA journalist Ariel Helwani was escorted out of the building ahead of the Michael Bisping vs. Luke Rockhold main event for accurately reporting that Brock Lesnar had signed with the UFC. The promotion's decision evidently garnered more mainstream attention than they had anticipated, which eventually led to them reinstating MMAFighting.com's credentials following a short-lived lifetime ban. While Helwani and the remainder of the team are no longer banned from UFC events, they are far from being in Dana White's good graces, as he revealed on the first episode of 'UFC Unfiltered' with Matt Serra and Jim Norton. (Audio starts at the 47:00 timestamp)
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 4:01PM by Five-Alive - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC exec says reports of UFC sale are 'false,' internal email to staff offers same message
(mmajunkie.com)
The world’s largest MMA promotion may eventually change hands at some point, but UFC officials insist that no such transaction has taken place at this time. FloCombat.com today reported that UFC officials had accepted a bid of $4.2 billion from “a group consisting of WME-IMG, the Dalian Wanda Group, The Kraft Group and Tencent Holdings.” However, UFC Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler said those reports are untrue. “FloCombat.com’s report indicating that the UFC has been sold is false,” Sholler told MMAjunkie. “We’ve communicated that to our staff members tonight via an internal memo.” MMAjunkie obtained the email sent to all UFC employees denying the legitimacy of the FloCombat.com report and signed by UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “A report today by FloCombat.com indicating that the company has been sold is false,” the email read. “This follows other false speculation in the press recently. “Such misrepresentation of facts in the media negatively impacts our business, staff members and athletes. We have instructed our attorneys to investigate and take all appropriate legal actions against the parties publishing and contributing to these false stories. “With International Fight Week and the historic UFC 200 rapidly approaching, we look forward to once again delivering a series of events that our fans won’t soon forget. We appreciate your hard work, diligence and commitment, and thank you for your focus as we continue to take the sport to new heights.”
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 2:39AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St-Pierre announces he is ready to return to fighting
(mmafighting.com)
Georges St-Pierre, a man widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete in mixed martial arts, is ready to give it one more good run. St-Pierre announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he has decided to end his nearly three-year hiatus and return to the Octagon, provided that his management and the UFC are able to come to terms on a deal.
Submitted Jun 20, 2016 5:21PM by george112 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Zuffa accepts bid of $4.2 billion for UFC sale, White staying on
(bloodyelbow.com)
It sounds like the sale of the UFC is marching ahead successfully. FloCombat reports that sources close to the company are saying that a group of investors have put together a $4.2 billion bid for the MMA organization and that Zuffa has accepted it. This potential new ownership group apparently consists of WME-IMG, the Dailan Wanda Group, The Kraft Group, and Tencent Holdings. Alongside this news are reports that, despite selling his shares as part of the deal, President of Operations Dana White would be staying on in his role with the promotion, apparently receiving a new stake in the company as well.
Submitted Jun 20, 2016 5:01PM by Shawn91111 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stephen Thompson would rather fight Robbie Lawler than Tyron Woodley for UFC title
(mmafighting.com)
Say whatever you want about Stephen Thompson, but he clearly isn't a man who prefers the easy road. Thompson not only called for his shot at the UFC welterweight title after capturing a unanimous decision over Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 89, but he also made it clear that he would rather face the incumbent champion, Robbie Lawler, rather than challenger Tyron Woodley after the two American Top Team teammates meet with the belt on the line at UFC 201.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone: 'According to my pay, I don't mean sh*t to the UFC'
(mmafighting.com)
Donald Cerrone is all about chasing that paper. And it sounds like he isn't too happy with where he's at in the race. After being read a list of his impressive accomplishments in the UFC, "Cowboy" slammed the promotion -- with a smirk on his face -- about how much he's getting compensated. Just a few hours earlier Saturday, Cerrone had walked over welterweight stalwart Patrick Cote en route to one of his most impressive wins. "God, that all sounds nice," Cerrone said at the UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson post-fight press conference. "According to my pay, I don't mean sh*t to the UFC. But we'll see. Maybe I'll talk to [UFC president] Dana [White] after this and see if we can figure that out."
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:49PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chad Mendes makes first public comment since being flagged by USADA
(mmafighting.com)
Chad Mendes had not commented at all since being flagged by USADA. Until Saturday. The perennial UFC featherweight contender tweeted about his situation Saturday, saying he would "own it" and "pay for it." The UFC announced that Mendes (17-4) was facing a potential USADA anti-doping violation June 10. That usually means a fighter failed a drug test or informed USADA that he or she unknowingly took a banned substance. USADA won't release any more information on the situation until the adjudication process is over.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:48PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fabio Maldonado’s team to appeal controversial loss to Fedor Emelianenko
(mmafighting.com)
Fabio Maldonado came close to finishing Fedor Emelianenko in the main event of Fight Night Global 50 on Friday night, and his team isn’t happy with the majority decision loss in St. Petersburg, Russia. One judge scored the contest a draw (28-28), while two others saw it 29-28 in favor of Emelianenko, scoring the first round a 10-9 in Maldonado’s favor despite the fact that the Brazilian almost knocked the legendary heavyweight out. Maldonado’s manager Stefano Sartori released a statement to MMA Fighting revealing that they will appeal the "strange" loss to Russian MMA Union, which assigned the judges -- and is headed by Emelianenko.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:46PM by tildengolfer - 15 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Derek Brunson out of UFC 200 bout against Gegard Mousasi
(mmafighting.com)
Derek Brunson won't be competing against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200. The news was first reported by Sherdog on Sunday, and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting. Brunson, who's currently ranked No. 11 in the UFC's middleweight rankings, was forced to pull out of his bout with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Mousasi for unknown reasons. The 32-year-old middleweight is currently 6-1 in his past seven trips to the octagon. He last fought on February at UFC Fight Night 83, defeating Roan Carneiro. His fight with Mousasi was to serve as a UFC Fight Pass preliminary bout.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 2:47PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 89 bonuses: As if you need to ask who earned 'Fight of the Night' honors
(mmajunkie.com)
OTTAWA, Canada – Donald Cerrone, Krzysztof Jotko, Steve Bosse and Sean O'Connell each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 89 event. Cerrone and Jotko each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Bosse and O’Connell took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 11:05AM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Johnson Withdraws From UFC on Fox 20 Co-Main Event vs. Glover Teixeira
(sherdog.com)
Anthony Johnson is out of a UFC on Fox 20 co-headlining matchup with Glover Texieira. Multiple outlets confirmed Johnson’s exit on Saturday following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The cause of Johnson’s withdrawal was not disclosed, and the UFC has not formally announced a replacement opponent for Teixeira.
Submitted Jun 18, 2016 5:02PM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz among UFC Fight Night 93 additions
(mmajunkie.com)
September’s UFC return to Germany has two new additions, and one of them includes a former title challenger. Former light-heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and fellow contender Jan Blachowicz (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are slated for the event, and bantamweights Brad Pickett (25-11 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Henry Briones (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have also been booked. UFC Fight Night 93 takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 8:11AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Felder vs. Francisco Trinaldo in the works for UFC’s return to Brazil
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC will return to Brazil on Sept. 23, and the promotion is already working on the card. The yet-to-be-named UFC event will feature a lightweight clash between Paul Felder and Francisco Trinaldo, multiple sources close to the situation told MMA Fighting. Felder (12-2), who has competed outside of the United States only once in his MMA career, enters the bout coming off back-to-back wins over Daron Cruickshank and Josh Burkman, improving to 4-2 under the UFC banner.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 7:14AM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
An in-depth look at shady billionaire who attempted to buy the UFC and now promotes Fedor in Russia
(bloodyelbow.com)
Russian oligarch share many things in common: ostentatious behavior, lavish lifestyles, and questionable pasts are some of the ones that come to mind. Few, however, can be found in a Moscow gym, dressed in a tracksuit, training with professional fighters. Ziyavudin Magomedov is not your average Russian billionaire. Born and raised in Dagestan, Ziyavudin emerged from a troubled childhood on the streets of Makhachkala to become one of the republic's most prosperous businessmen. According to Forbes, he is the chairman of Summa Group, a "conglomerate invested in port logistics, engineering, construction, telecommunications, and oil and gas." His estimated wealth fluctuates regularly but was recently estimated at 1.2bn.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 5:05AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, meets Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201
(mmajunkie.com)
Jorge Masvidal (29-11 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has stepped in for an injured Claudio Silva (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now will meet Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 201. UFC officials today announced the change in plans. With the change to the card, UFC 201 now includes: Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis – for flyweight title Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Jorge Masvidal Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:47PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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