Mike Goldberg opens up about ‘disappointing’ UFC departure: ‘I watched everything around me be shattered’
No one is more disappointed than Mike Goldberg about the way things ended between he and the UFC.
The longtime play-by-play voice of the Octagon unceremoniously parted ways with the UFC last month after spending 20 years as a mainstay of the company’s broadcast booth — exiting the UFC without even a tribute from the promotion itself. On Monday, speaking publicly for the first time his departure, Goldberg said was stunned to learn of the UFC’s decision to not renew his contract at the beginning of December, and explained that he simply resolved to close out the final three shows of his UFC career with the same level of professionalism as everything that came before.
UFC Fight Night 105 adds Carmouche vs. McMann, Janes vs. Meerschaert, Sicilia vs. Tucker
The UFC Fight Night 105 lineup is finally filling out, and UFC officials have announced three new contests for the card, as well as a rebuilt contest.
The additions include a women’s bantamweight matchup between Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Sara McMann (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a middleweight contest with Ryan Janes (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (25-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and a featherweight bout with Sam Sicilia (15-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) vs. Gavin Tucker (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
UFC officials also confirmed a previously reported matchup of Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard. Additionally, injuries forced a shuffle of planned lightweight bouts, and Paul Felder (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) now meets Alessandro Ricci (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event.
Felder had been expected to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 208, while Ricci was matched up with Alvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 105.
UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Feb. 19 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A newly announced headliner of Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis tops the bill for the FS1-broadcast event.
Tim Kennedy admits it was a ‘mistake’ to have Bjorn Rebney as MMAAA ‘public presence’
One of the biggest news items taken from the launch of the MMA Athletes Association (MMAAA) in November was the involvement of Bjorn Rebney. The MMAAA announcement conference call was the first time Rebney had spoken publicly for more than two years, after he was ousted as the president of Bellator MMA, the promotion he founded, in favor of Scott Coker.
A number of fighters and managers who worked with Rebney in his role as a promoter took offense to him being involved actively in a fighter association. Some, who said his record was less than stellar as a fighter advocate in the past, said it would not work with the MMAAA because of Rebney.
The whole controversy was a bit of a distraction for the positive thing the MMAAA wanted to do — organize fighters into getting more equal pay and treatment from the UFC. Tim Kennedy, the president of the MMAAA, acknowledges now that it wasn’t a good idea to have Rebney on the conference call and in the photo with the fighters on the MMAAA board.
UFC 211 set for May 13 in Dallas
The UFC returns to the Lone Star State in May for UFC 211.
Yahoo’s Kevin Iole today tweeted the promotion’s plans to visit Dallas on May 13, and MMAjunkie confirmed with UFC officials that the card will serve as UFC 211.
Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil
Featherweight Rony Jason will welcome an undefeated Canadian to Brazil at UFC Fight Night 106.
UFC officials today announced that Jason (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC), the featherweight winner of the debut season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” will face Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 106 at March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Melendez plans one last title run, at featherweight
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez entered the UFC early in 2014 with one of the best contracts in league history, but went just 1-4, and is on a three-fight losing streak. Melendez, who turned pro in 2002, is not done yet, however. During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie radio, El Nino said he wants one more title run, at 145, a weight he has not fought at since 2005.
Diaz Brothers smoke these crazy gold joints shaped like UFC gloves
So what are the Diaz brothers doing instead? Well, just last night they spent their time smoking ridiculous golden joints shaped to look like UFC gloves. The Snapchat footage from an appearance the two made at the California Herbal Remedies shop in Las Angeles. According to one of the shop proprietors, each glove was worth about $2000 ... we have no idea if that's due to the weed inside or the gold wrapping. Either way, that's pretty baller.
Donald Cerrone is hoping 2017 ends up being a six fight year for him
‘Cowboy’ continues to prove he’ll say yes to any fight the UFC puts in front of him.
As always, Cowboy was more than willing to step in on short notice or quick turnaround to face whoever the UFC needed him to fight. He's hoping the formula will continue to provide him with more matches than all the other athletes on the roster.
Garreth McLellan quickly replaces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 106
Paulo Henrique Costa will still make his official UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 106, but he’s got a new opponent.
Just a couple days after announcing Costa (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was slated to fight middleweight Alex Nicholson (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the March event, officials today announced he’ll instead meet Garreth McLellan (13-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
A reason wasn’t given for the change.
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
All in all, Colleen Schneider happy just to compete at Bellator 170
A lesser person than Colleen Schneider might get mad about being placed on the opening bout of the preliminary card at Bellator 170.
There are, after all, 19 fighters who don’t even have Wikipedia pages on the prelim card at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Saturday night. But Schneider, who has 17 pro matchups under the belt, finds herself working in the curtain-jerker fight.
Schneider, who brings a 4-1 record in her past five fights into her Bellator debut, is taking the high road on something other veterans might consider a slight.