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Thiago suggests Koscheck rematch at Bellator
Six and a half years after shocking the world, Paulo Thiago is willing to give a rematch to the man that made him famous.
Submitted Aug 17, 2015 10:20AM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC 190 winners Antonio Silva and Stefan Struve interested in future matchup
UFC 190 winners Antonio Silva and Stefan Struve interested in future matchup.
Submitted Aug 17, 2015 10:18AM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Heatmaps, motion tracking and 'the next frontier' in mixed martial arts statistical data
Why didn't Michael Johnson defeat Beniel Dariush at UFC Fight Night 73? The question isn't meant to evaluate whether we personally agree with the judges awarding Dariush the split decision victory, but rather, why there was controversy in the first place? The judges themselves were not unanimous and neither was the audience watching. If there's smoke, is there also verifiable fire?
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:39PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Phil Davis: Leaving the UFC 'like breaking up with a girlfriend'
One day recently, Phil Davis had to sit down and edit all his social media. Those are the kinds of things that happen when you leave one job for another -- or, in Davis' case, go from one MMA promotion to another.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:37PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
Coach: Amanda Nunes' striking is 'light years ahead' of Ronda Rousey's
Few people ever mentioned Amanda Nunes as a worthy title challenger for Ronda Rousey before this past Saturday. But after watching her dazzling display against Sara McMann, they certainly are now. Nunes blew the doors off of McMann at UFC Fight Night 73, stopping the Olympic medalist with a rear-naked choke in less than three minutes, instantly vaulting her name into title contention.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:35PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rory MacDonald denies story he didn't know it was 2015 after loss to Robbie Lawler
The UFC 189 welterweight title fight between Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald is all but a shoo-in for 2015's Fight of the Year, and is on the short list of the great MMA fights of all-time. Despite what his boss claimed in the fight's immediate aftermath, however, MacDonald did, in fact, know in what year the bout took place.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:34PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Miesha Tate wants a title shot, but if there's another contender: 'Then okay, I'll take her out too'
When it comes to the matter of Ronda Rousey's next title challenger, the UFC certainly has options. Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino remains ever on the periphery of the discussion, and Brazilian veteran Amanda Nunes turned heads with her destructive win over Sara McMann at UFC Fight Night 73. But Miesha Tate, who has twice lost to Rousey before, believes she's earned the right to be called No. 1 contender.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:33PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Werdum vs. Velasquez 2 and getting UFC title shots coming off losses
The announcement on Wednesday that Cain Velasquez would be getting a rematch with Fabricio Werdum for the UFC heavyweight title seemed to get a mostly negative reaction, even though Dana White had strongly hinted it already, and the two most viable contenders were linked to other opponents.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:31PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA fighter wins title while 12 weeks pregnant in Brazil
Kinberly Novaes was expected to make her RFA debut next week against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger, but won’t be able to step inside the cage. The Brazilian strawweight had some trouble cutting weight as soon as she signed her bout agreement to fight on Aug. 21, and eventually found out that she’s six months pregnant. When she did the math, Novaes realized she fought and won a MMA fight in Brazil while pregnant. She’s having a boy.
Submitted Aug 16, 2015 7:30PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC champ Fabricio Werdum to appear in Halo 5: Guardians
Fabricio Werdum is a big fan of the Halo series - one of the most successful first-person shooter video games on consoles. Set for release on October 27th, Halo 5: Guardians is the long awaited sequel to Halo 4, and the head brass at Microsoft confirmed at Gamescom on Wednesday that none other than UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum would be making a cameo appearance in the game. "Fabricio Werdum makes a small cameo appearance in Halo 5: Guardians. He's a big fan of Halo and we're big fans of his, so it's always fun when these kinds of things work out," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "It's a bit of an Easter egg though, so you'll have to really be looking for it."
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:35AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Despite successful surgery and 'new ankle,' Raphael Assuncao unlikely for 2015 return
The UFC bantamweight title picture continues to be muddled by injuries; top contender Raphael Assuncao will be out of action until at least the end of the year after undergoing successful surgery on his right ankle. Assuncao (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) announced in December that a broken ankle would keep him from consideration for a bout with current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (12-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC). The original plan was for the Brazilian to recover from the injury without surgery. However, nearly eight months after the original damage occurred, Assuncao, who’s ranked No. 3 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA bantamweight rankings, went under the knife since the recovery process didn’t go as expected. The surgery took place Thursday. Assuncao, via Twitter, confirmed the news and labeled the procedure “successful”
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:33AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Claudia Gadelha's finger injury pushes Joanna Jedrzejczyk title rematch to 2016
What was originally thought to be a broken finger is actually a torn ligament for UFC women’s strawweight No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha, whose title fight will have to wait for her recovery. Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hurt her left hand early in the first round of her UFC 190 bout with Jessica Aguilar (19-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) earlier this month. The Brazilian battled through the damage to take a dominant unanimous-decision win and to set up an anticipated rematch with reigning 115-pound champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC). Gadelha hoped to book the fight as soon as possible. However, with the extent of the damage to her hand has now known, Gadelha won’t get her crack at UFC gold until at least January.
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:32AM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Will Brooks to fellow Bellator champ Patricio Freire: 'I will slap you in your f-cking mouth'
For at least one event, Patricio Freire has bragging rights, and he’s making the most of it. The Bellator featherweight champion today riled up fellow titleholder Will Brooks today during a Twitter squabble. And it’s all due to their placement on an upcoming card.
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:31AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
UFC 191 lineup set with Chambers vs. VanZant kicking off pay-per-view main card
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC 191 event, and a strawweight bout kicks off the pay-per-view main card. The 11-bout lineup takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Prior to the PPV main card, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass carry the prelims. The full UFC 191 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson – for flyweight title Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz Alex Chambers vs. Paige VanZant PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Paul Felder vs. Ross Pearson John Lineker vs. Francisco Rivera Liz Carmouche vs. Raquel Pennington Clay Collard vs. Tiago Trator PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET) Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings Nazareno Malegarie vs. Joaquim Silva
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:29AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 145 features Freire-Straus, Brooks-Held title fights on Nov. 6
Bellator 145 will feature two title fights on Nov. 6 at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center. The “tentpole” event, which features a main card on Spike TV and prelims on Facebook, features featherweight champion Patricio Freire (24-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) vs. former titleholder Daniel Straus (24-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA), as well as lightweight champ Will Brooks (16-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) vs. challenger Marcin Held (21-3 MMA, 10-2 BMMA). MMAFighting.com first reported the details of “Bellator 145: Vengeance.” Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and heavyweight Bobby Lashley (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) are also expected to compete at the event.
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:28AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Fast-rising bonus-collector Thomas Almeida inks new UFC deal
Thomas Almeida, one of the more impressive recent additions to the UFC’s bantamweight division, has signed a new deal with the promotion. The 24-year-old Brazilian’s rep, Wade Hampel of Big Fight Management, told MMAjunkie that Almedia has signed a new “five-fight extension.” Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Submitted Aug 15, 2015 12:26AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold co-headlines UFC 194 in Las Vegas
A middleweight title fight between champion Chris Weidman and challenger Luke Rockhold (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) will co-headline UFC 194 in December. UFC officials today announced the fight via “SportsCenter.” UFC 194 takes place Dec. 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 9:45PM by Poor_Franklin - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Updated: 'Wandy' offers no evidence to support fixed-fight claims, faces lawsuit over comments
It’s no secret that Wanderlei Silva is not fond of the UFC or its management. The former PRIDE and UFC star has been lashing out at UFC officials since running out of a gym to avoid a Nevada State Athletic Commission drug test ahead of his scheduled bout with Chael Sonnen at UFC 175. UFC President Dana White made it clear that Silva was “in a very bad position” with the UFC initially, before calling Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 6-6 UFC) “very wrong” for thinking that the situation would blow over. A minor war of words escalated with Silva lashing out at the UFC and retiring from MMA before the NSAC handed down a $70,000 fine and lifetime ban for skipping the drug test. Silva has popped up repeatedly whenever the UFC is affected by controversy. The 39-year-old has now released statements on Facebook in support of Jacob “Stitch” Duran, the veteran cutman whom the UFC relieved of his duties after speaking out about the way he was impacted by Reebok’s sponsorship deal with the UFC.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 9:31PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Rafael dos Anjos puts lightweight belt on line vs. 'Cowboy' Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17
For the second straight UFC on FOX card, a title will be on the line in the main event. Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (24-7 MMA, 13-5 UFC) will defend his belt for the first time when he meets challenger Donald Cerrone (28-6 MMA, 15-3 UFC) in a rematch in the UFC on FOX 17 headliner to close out the UFC’s calendar year in December. UFC officials confirmed the fight booking and main event status to FOXSports.com today. UFC officials subsequently made a formal announcement of the fight.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 9:30PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
On three-fight skid, Alex Caceres moving back to 145 after long run at bantamweight
Alex Caceres is no stranger to switching weight classes, and that appears to be the case again. Caceres (10-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) fought as a lightweight on Season 12 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” After reaching the quarterfinals on the show, Caceres returned to featherweight for his official UFC debut and was there for two fights before moving to bantamweight. Now, after 10 fights at 135 pounds, “Bruce Leeroy” is moving back to 145. Ariel Helwani first reported the news on Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
Submitted Aug 13, 2015 9:29PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
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