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.
'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).
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.
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.
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels II slated for Bellator 145
A rematch between former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and David Rickels (16-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) is slated for Bellator 145.
Officials today announced the matchup, as well as a trio of preliminary-card bouts.
Bellator 145, which features two title fights, take place Nov. 6 event at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.
The latest Bellator 145 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Champ Patricio Freire vs. Daniel Straus – for featherweight title
Champ Will Brooks vs. Marcin Held – for lightweight title
Pat Curran vs. Justin Lawrence
Michael Chandler vs. David Rickels
Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
Vince Eazelle vs. Chris Heatherly
Scott Ettling vs. Garrett Mueller
Garrett Gross vs. Luke Nelson
Lineup set for next month's RFA 31 in downtown Las Vegas with two title fights
The card is complete for next month’s RFA event in “Sin City” with two title fights at the top of the bill.
In the RFA 31 main event, Gilbert Smith (11-4) will defend his RFA welterweight title against challenger Bristol Marunde (16-9). And in the co-feature, Zoila Frausto (12-4) meets Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (5-1) for the vacant RFA women’s strawweight title.
RFA 31 takes place Oct. 9 at Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. The main card will air on AXS TV.
The complete RFA 31 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Gilbert Smith vs. Bristol Marunde – for welterweight title
Zoila Frausto vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger – for vacant women’s strawweight title
Gabriel Checco vs. Mike Jasper
Justin Linn vs. Matt Lopez
Cameron Diffley vs. Vardan Sholinian
Shai Lindsey vs. Joseph Peukert
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised)
David Arcangel vs. Zane Behrend
Carlos Garcia vs. Jason Pacheco
Johnny Parsons vs. Jeff Roman
'TUF 20' vet Lisa Ellis among new Invicta FC signings
Invicta FC has signed a group of new fighters, including “The Ultimate Fighter 20” cast member Lisa Ellis.
The all-female promotion, which has held 14 events since its 2012 launch and sent numerous fighters to the UFC, signed five in all.
Additional atomweight signings include Hungarian submission specialist Dora Perjes(7-1), who’s forced tap-outs in all of her pro wins, and Russian-born American Julia Jones (4-0).
Other signings include a pair of Brazilians strawweights: Aline Santos De Assis Serio (9-5) and Amanda Limborco Alcantara Ribas (5-0).
A Sketchy Drug Test Didn’t Stop Vitor Belfort From Fighting At UFC 152
Just more than 24 hours ahead of their Memorial Day fight this year, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman stepped up to his opponent, Vitor Belfort, in public, ready to accuse him of cheating.
At a weigh-in inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Belfort, 38, disrobed to boos. A densely muscled frame had helped him savage foes as far back as 1996, when at the age of 19 he debuted in mixed martial arts by bouncing super-heavyweight John Hess’s head off the canvas like a basketball to score a 12-second victory. From that day forward, people were drawn to his athleticism, his dynamic finishing ability, and his physique, the latter of which would be augmented over the years with performance-enhancing drugs.
It's almost 3 years ago to the day since Vitor Belfort stepped up on short notice to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 in Toronto. Belfort nearly submitted Jones with an armbar in the 1st round, then proceeded to get shellacked until he tapped out to an Americana in round 4.
Belfort has been the subject of heavy scrutiny and multiple controversies concerning his TRT use and drug testing results, and we have another chapter to add to the book. In a special investigation penned by Josh Gross and published on Deadspin, Belfort had actually tested positive for elevated testosterone in the state of Nevada just under three weeks before fight night in Ontario.
Stripped UFC Champ Jon Jones Headed for Plea Deal
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appears to be headed towards a plea deal over charges resulting from an April hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, N.M.
A spokesperson for the Second District Judicial Court of New Mexico on Monday informed MMAWeekly.com that a Pre-Indictment Plea Hearing has been set before the Honorable Charles W. Brown at the combined request of the prosecution and the defense. The hearing is set for the Second District Judicial Court on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Albuquerque...
WSOF suspends Vagab Vagabov for five months following post-fight infraction
While he picked up a win at this past weekend’s WSOF 23 event, undefeated middleweight prospect Vagab Vagabov will be sidelined for five months for losing his cool after his victory over Brian Grinnell.
WSOF Executive Vice President and matchmaker Ali Abdelaziz today told MMAjunkie that the promotion issued the sanctions because Vagabov clearly struck Grinnell multiple times after referee Al Guinee waved off the pair’s preliminary contest in the second round.
“I spoke with Vagab and his team, and they were very apologetic for his actions,” Abdelaziz said. “Vagab got caught up in the moment and expressed remorse for his mistake, but as a company, we simply cannot let moments like this go without addressing them directly.
“We hope this penalty sends a strong message to everyone on our roster that such infractions simply will not be tolerated.”
Scott Coker: Early 2016 likely for Bellator champ Liam McGeary vs. Phil Davis
Expect Bellator light-heavyweight champion Liam McGeary to make his next title defense in early 2016.
After controlling the action early in the fight, Tito Ortiz (18-12-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) ultimately tapped out to an inverted triangle choke from McGeary (11-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 142 event.
In the co-headliner, Phil Davis (15-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) followed up an opening-round submission victory over Emanuel Newton (25-9-1 MMA, 8-3 BMMA) to knock out replacement Francis Carmont (24-11 MMA, 2-1 BMMA), who filled in for injured Muhammed Lawal (16-4 MMA, 8-3 BMMA, to win the single-night tournament and claim his title.
Following the MMA-kickboxing “Dynamite” event, which aired on Spike from San Jose’s SAP Center, Bellator President Scott Coker said the two 205-pounders will likely meet in early 2016.