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Anthony Smith steps in for Volkan Oezdemir against 'Shogun' Rua at UFC Hamburg
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Anthony Smith won’t get his desired spot on the upcoming UFC card in his native Nebraska, but he will get a much bigger opportunity instead. Smith (28-14 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has agreed to step in for Volkan Oezdemir against former UFC champ Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) in this month’s UFC Fight Night 134 headliner. MMAjunkie verified the booking with a person with knowledge of the fight. The person wished to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter. ESPN.com first reported the new main event. The latest UFC Fight Night 134 card includes: MAIN CARD (FS1, 2 p.m. ET) Mauricio Rua vs. Anthony Smith Ilir Latifi vs. Glover Teixeira Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura Abu Azaitar vs. Vitor Miranda Marc Diakiese vs. Nasrat Haqparast Alan Jouban vs. Danny Roberts PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 12 p.m. ET) Damir Hadzovic vs. Nick Hein Bartosz Fabinski vs. Emil Meek Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic Pingyuan Liu vs. Damian Stasiak
Submitted Jul 2, 2018 10:16PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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Volkan Oezdemir shifted to UFC 227 vs. Alexander Gustafsson; replacement needed for 'Shogun'
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The long search for an opponent to fight Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 227 finally is over. The two time UFC light heavyweight title challenger will now meet Volkan Oezdemir next month. Originally scheduled to meet Mauricio Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 134 later this month, the UFC has decided to shift Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) out of the headlining contest and into the slot against Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC). A replacement search is on for “Shogun,” who is expected to remain on the card. With the addition, the UFC 227 card now includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Alexander Gustafsson vs. Volkan Oezdemir Derek Brunson vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia Wuliji Buren vs. Bharat Kandare Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang Kyung Ho Kang vs. Ricardo Ramos Benito Lopez vs. Ricky Simon J.J. Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana Brett Johns vs. Pedro Munhoz
Submitted Jul 2, 2018 6:37PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen, Bellator tourney semifinals targeted for October
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The next round of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix is expected to unfold in October. After completing the first round of the eight-man tournament, which earns he winner the vacant Bellator heavyweight title, at Bellator 199 in May, the semifinals are planned for mid-October. The matchups of Fedor Emelianenko (37-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) vs. Chael Sonnen (30-15-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) and Ryan Bader (25-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) vs. Matt Mitrione (13-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will not take place on the same night, Bellator President Scott Coker recently told MMAjunkie. However, they could occur within hours of each other, with events on back-to-back nights a strong possibility.
Submitted Jul 2, 2018 6:36PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Brett Johns vs. Pedro Munhoz booked for UFC 227 in Los Angeles
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A bantamweight bout with some international flavor is the latest additions to next month’s UFC 227 event in Los Angeles. UFC officials recently announced that Welshman Brett Johns (15-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will take on Brazil’s Pedro Munhoz (15-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at the Aug. 4 event, which takes place at Staples Center. The night’s full bout order has yet to be revealed, but the main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the addition to the card, UFC 227 now includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title Derek Brunson vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia Wuliji Buren vs. Bharat Kandare Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang Kyung Ho Kang vs. Ricardo Ramos Benito Lopez vs. Ricky Simon J.J. Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana Brett Johns vs. Pedro Munhoz
Submitted Jul 2, 2018 6:34PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Melvin Guillard steps in to fight Takanori Gomi at Rizin FF 11 in July
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A pair of former UFC lightweights are set to do battle at Rizin FF 11. The promotion has announced (via Twitter) that Melvin Guillard will replace kickboxing standout Andy Souwer to fight ex-PRIDE champion Takanori Gomi at the July 29 event from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Submitted Jul 1, 2018 5:26PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ricky Bandejas vs. James Gallagher set for Bellator 204 in South Dakota
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Bellator’s first trip to South Dakota later this summer continues to build with the addition of a bantamweight fight. James Gallagher (7-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) is set to take on Ricky Bandejas (10-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at Bellator 204. The promotion recently made the booking official. It first was announced by the website for the host venue, Sanford Pentagon. Bellator 204 is set for Aug. 17 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card will air on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie. The Bellator 204 card now includes: Darrion Caldwell vs. Noad Lahat A.J. Matthews vs. Logan Storley Ricky Bandejas vs. James Gallagher
Submitted Jul 1, 2018 5:25PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
PFL 4 lineup set for Long Island with Lance Palmer vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun headliner
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The Professional Fighters League will be back in New York next month, and the lineup is set for its fourth event of its inaugural season. PFL 4 takes place July 19 at NYCB LIVE in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on Facebook. The card will be made of of the second fights in the two-fight regular season for featherweights and heavyweights in the field. The full PFL 4 fight card includes: Lance Palmer (13-3) vs. Juma Tuerxun (20-7-1) – second fight of featherweight season Andre Harrison (18-0) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (29-4) – second fight of featherweight season Francimar Barroso (20-7) vs. Jack May (10-3) – second fight of heavyweight season Alexandre Almeida (19-7) vs. Steven Siler (30-17) – second fight of featherweight season Alex Nicholson (12-5) vs. Philipe Lins (10-3) – second fight of heavyweight season Jared Rosholt (16-4) vs. Kelvin Tiller (9-1) – second fight of heavyweight season Bekbulat Magomedov (19-2) vs Magomed Idrisov (8-2) – second fight of featherweight season Max Coga (19-5) vs. Marcos Galvao (18-10-1) – second fight of featherweight season Lee Coville (4-2) vs. Timur Valiev (13-2) – second fight of featherweight season Josh Copeland (16-5) vs. Shawn Jordan (19-8) – second fight of heavyweight season
Submitted Jul 1, 2018 5:24PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Andre Pederneiras steps down from Brazil's Nova Uniao leadership after 21 years
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After 21 years, Andre Pederneiras is no longer the leader of Brazil’s renowned Nova Uniao team. Pederneiras announced his decision to step down from his role on Instagram, following an initial report by Combate.com. The longtime coach, who was a key figure in the UFC rises of former champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, linked the decision to the opening of Upper Arena two years ago. The place now works as training grounds for Nova Uniao fighters, but Pederneiras wants to open it to fighters from other teams. “I’m still here at training, giving the same advices to my athletes,” Pederneiras told Combate. “But if, for instance, Urijah Faber comes here, I’ll be able to give him the same training, regardless of whether he represents Nova Uniao or not. If the people who are training at that time are bothered, I can just arrange a different time with him, a separate training session.
Submitted Jul 1, 2018 5:22PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Joe Giannetti vs. Mike Trizano official for 'TUF 27' lightweight tournament final
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Following the airing of Wednesday night’s episode of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the lightweight tournament final is set for next week. Joe Giannetti (6-0) will take on Mike Trizano (6-0) for the season’s 155-pound crown. The TUF 27 Finale takes place July 6 at Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Next week’s final regular-season episode will reveal who will take on Brad Katona in the featherweight tournament final.
Submitted Jun 29, 2018 10:06AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
Paul Felder shifted into UFC 226 slot against Mike Perry after Yancy Medeiros withdrawal
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Paul Felder will get his wish to fight Mike Perry next weekend at UFC 226. Just hours after Felder (15-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Perry (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) lost their respective opponents for upcoming fights, they have now been paired against each other in a welterweight bout at UFC 226, a person with knowledge of the situation told MMAjunkie. The person requested anonymity because an announcement has yet to be made. The current UFC 226 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Stipe Miocic vs. champ Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET) Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall Paul Felder vs. Mike Perry Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET) Gilbert Burns vs. Dan Hooker Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire Drakkar Klose vs. Lando Vannata
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 10:24PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yancy Medeiros out of UFC 226; replacement needed for Mike Perry
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The stacked UFC 226 card has taken its first blow. Yancy Medeiros is out of his scheduled welterweight bout against Mike Perry next weekend. A UFC official today told MMAjunkie that Medeiros (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) won’t be able to compete against Perry (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) because of an undisclosed injury. A replacement opponent is being sought. “I can’t believe this mother(expletive) man,” Perry said on Instagram. “I mean, being hurt is part of being an MMA fighter. I don’t think I’ve ever gone into a fight 100 percent. I’m always hurt. I’m hurt right now. I’m still going to show up and collect that check, break some neck.” The current UFC 226 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Stipe Miocic vs. champ Daniel Cormier – for heavyweight title Champ Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega – for featherweight title Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou Michael Chiesa vs. Anthony Pettis Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki PRELIMINARY CARD (8 p.m. ET) Paulo Costa vs. Uriah Hall Mike Perry vs. TBA Raphael Assuncao vs. Rob Font Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET) Gilbert Burns vs. Dan Hooker Jamie Moyle vs. Emily Whitmire Drakkar Klose vs. Lando Vannata
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 5:00PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Andre Fili vs. Michael Johnson added to UFC Lincoln in August
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A featherweight bout between Andre Fili and Michael Johnson is the latest addition to August’s UFC Fight Night 135 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout between Fili (18-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC) and Johnson (17-13 MMA, 9-9 UFC) via JournalStar.com. UFC Fight Night 135 takes place Aug. 25 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. The card is expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC Fight Night 135 lineup includes: Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick Deiveson Figueiredo vs. John Moraga Angela Hill vs. Alexa Grasso Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya Andre Fili vs. Michael Johnson
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:58PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Lineup set for DWCS 13 with another women's headliner: Maycee Barber vs. Jamie Colleen
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The lineup is set for Dana White’s Contender Series 13 next month, and once again women will take the top spot. Maycee Barber (4-0) will take on Jamie Colleen (4-1) in a women’s strawweight fight in the show’s headliner. UFC officials recently revealed the card’s full lineup and bout order. Also on the card, Austin Vanderford (4-0), the fiance of UFC women’s flyweight Paige VanZant, will try to crack into the UFC against Angelo Trevino (7-2). The DWCS 13 lineup includes: Maycee Barber vs. Jamie Colleen Vince Morales vs. Domingo Pilarte Chibwikem Onyenegecha vs. Maki Pitolo Angelo Trevino vs. Austin Vanderford Antonio Jones vs. Edmen Shahbazyan
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:57PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
James Vick replaces Al Iaquinta, meets Justin Gaethje in new UFC Lincoln headliner
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It didn’t take long for the UFC to find a replacement for Al Iaquinta to fight Justin Gaethje at UFC Fight Night 135. Just hours after Iaquinta said he was not going to fight Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the August event, James Vick (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) has agreed to step in and fight in the new lightweight headliner. UFC official confirmed the matchup following an initial report from ESPN. The latest UFC Fight Night 135 lineup includes: Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick Deiveson Figueiredo vs. John Moraga Angela Hill vs. Alexa Grasso Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:55PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Al Iaquinta not fighting Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln; replacement needed
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Al Iaquinta won’t be fighting Justin Gaethje in August’s UFC Fight Night 135 headliner, after all. Although Iaquinta never definitively said he was in the fight, the UFC formally announced the matchup with Gaethje on Tuesday, with tickets set to go on sale Friday. It’s not going to happen, though. Iaquinta was vague when he responded to MMAjunkie via text message tonight and didn’t say without question that he’s out of the fight, news that was first reported by ESPN.com’s Ariel Helwani. The latest UFC Fight Night 135 lineup includes: Justin Gaethje vs. TBA Deiveson Figueiredo vs. John Moraga Angela Hill vs. Alexa Grasso Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:52PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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UFC vet Sean Soriano meets Bruce Boyington for vacant 145 title at CES MMA 51
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The vacant featherweight title will be on the line when CES MMA returns to Rhode Island in August. UFC veteran Sean Soriano (11-5) will take on Bruce Boyington (15-11) for the vacant 145-pound strap at CES MMA 51, the promotion announced today. The event takes place at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., on Aug. 3. The main card airs on AXS TV. The title fight is the first added to the card, and it has not yet been announced whether it will be the main event.
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:49PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Ex-Invicta champ Livia Renata Souza makes UFC debut vs. Alex Chambers in Sao Paulo
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It appears as if the UFC’s return to Brazil this fall has started to take shape with the addition of a Brazilian former Invicta FC champion. A women’s strawweight bout between Alex Chambers (5-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and Livia Renata Souza (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been added to the card, according to a report. The booking first was reported by Brazilian news outlet Combate, citing UFC sources. The event, likely to be UFC Fight Night 137, takes place Sept. 22 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card is expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:48PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
LFA champ Kevin Aguilar in for Rafael Fiziev vs. Joey Gomez in DWCS 12 headliner
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Dana White’s Contender Series is off next week during “International Fight Week” in Las Vegas, but when it returns it will feature a new headliner. Kevin Aguilar (14-1) will step in for Rafael Fiziev (5-0) in a lightweight bout against Joey Gomez (7-0) at Dana White’s Contender Series 12 on July 10. The announcement was made by the UFC following Tuesday’s DWCS 11 event in Las Vegas. The event at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streams live on UFC Fight Pass. The Dana White’s Contender Series 12 lineup now includes: Kevin Aguilar vs. Joey Gomez Alton Cunningham vs. Bevon Lewis Toby Misech vs. Ricky Palacios Riley Dutro vs. Jordan Espinosa Max Mustaki vs. Jalin Turner
Submitted Jun 28, 2018 4:47PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator announces a 9 figure 5 year broadcast deal with streaming service DAZN
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“This exciting new partnership with DAZN is a game-changer for Bellator,” Bellator President Scott Coker stated in a press release. “The investment will enable us to continue expanding our roster with free agents that make sense so we can put on pay-per-view-worthy fight cards that fans will want to see. Plus, on DAZN’s worldwide platform, our fights will be seen live for the first time to new audiences around the globe.”
Submitted Jun 27, 2018 11:14PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, General MMA
 
Felipe Arantes announces MMA retirement: 'I feel like a champion'
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“I’ve always made it clear that I don’t depend on fighting financially, because, through it, I’ve built things that allow me to have a good life,” Arantes said. “I’m grateful for being able to hang up my gloves at 30 and for knowing that, one way or another, my name will be in UFC history.”
Submitted Jun 27, 2018 10:48PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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