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November 2017 MMA News Archive

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Roxanne Modafferi replaces Sijara Eubanks in TUF 26 Finale's inaugural title fight
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s inaugural women’s flyweight title fight has a new challenger. After “TUF 26” tournament finalist Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) failed to weigh in for her fight with Nicco Montano (3-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), tourney semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) today was named the replacement. Their fight headlines the TUF 26 Finale, which takes place at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The majority of the card, including the Modafferi vs. Montano title fight, airs on FS1 following one early prelim on UFC Fight Pass. According to UFC officials, the change follows Eubanks’ hospitalization earlier today as she was cutting weight for the bout, which determines the UFC’s first 125-pound female champion. MMAjunkie’s John Morgan was on scene at today’s official weigh-ins in Las Vegas and reported the switch.
Submitted Nov 30, 2017 2:35PM by Five-Alive - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura targeted for UFC Fight Night 126 in February
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight showdown is on the horizon in Texas. The UFC is targeting Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura for UFC Fight Night 126, two people with knowledge of the situation told MMAjunkie. They requested anonymity because an announcement has yet to be made.
Submitted Nov 30, 2017 2:12PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Tournament final/inaugural title fight set as part of Friday's official TUF 26 Finale lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
The 16-fighter tournament has been whittled down to two, and now the matchup to crown the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale is set.
Submitted Nov 30, 2017 3:22AM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shane Carwin announces retirement
(https:)
We have tried to get fights it seems like there are no interesting fights and I am not getting younger. Let me just lay my gloves down right here on r/MMA. Thank you to each and every one of you. It is odd to be healthy and unable to compete yet able to compete when so unhealthy. I guess we end with never knowing what could have been.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 10:40PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir for light heavyweight title official for UFC 220
(https:)
Volkan Oezdemir will challenge for a UFC title despite a looming felony charge. The UFC announced officially Wednesday that Daniel Cormier will defend his UFC light heavyweight title against Oezdemir at UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in Boston.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 7:16PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Hector Lombard vs. CB Dollaway booked for UFC 222 in March
(mmajunkie.com)
It’s been a long time since UFC veteran Hector Lombard officially got a win, but he’ll have another chance soon. Lombard (34-8-1 MMA, 3-6 UFC) is set to face CB Dollaway (16-8 MMA, 9-8 UFC) on March 3 at UFC 222 from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, UFC officials announced via reviewjournal.com. The event will air on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 4:53PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor in ‘very serious danger’ as mob bosses demand ransom for barroom brawl
(https:)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor is one of the most popular and recognizable athletes in the world, thanks to his exploits in both mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing. The Kinahan cartel doesn’t give a shit. According to veteran crime reporter Paul Williams, the “Notorious” troublemaker has been targeted by the mob — to the tune of a €900,000 ransom — for his role in a barroom brawl over the weekend in Dublin, Ireland.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 4:02PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Gabi Garcia, Takanori Gomi added to Rizin’s year-end cards in Japan
(https:)
Rizin Fighting Federation has announced new match-ups for its upcoming events in Saitama, Japan, including the return of Gabi Garcia and the promotional debut of Takanori Gomi. Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Garcia (4-0, 1 no-contest) will take on 53-year-old Shinobu Kandori (4-1) in a three-round, 95-kilogram bout on Dec. 29. Both fighters were originally scheduled to fight in 2016, but Kandori pulled out due to an injury. Two days later, on the Dec. 31 event, Gomi (35-14, 1 no-contest) faces Yusuke Yachi (18-6). “The Fireball Kid” was recently released by the UFC after losing five in a row, all of them in the first round, while Yachi scored three knockouts finishes inside the Rizin ring.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 3:40PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Derek Brunson vs. 'Jacare' slotted for Charlotte's UFC on FOX 27 headliner
(mmajunkie.com)
Derek Brunson and Ronaldo Souza apparently are going to rematch after all. “Jacare” (24-5 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Brunson (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) recently drummed up interest in the fight on social media, though they couldn’t seen to agree on a date or location. 'Jacare' and Derek Brunson agree to rematch, but then things get complicated But Souza’s preference for a meeting at UFC Fight Night 125, which takes place Feb. 3 at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in the Brazilian city of Belem, seems to be nixed. Instead, Brunson gets his wish for a fight at UFC on FOX 27, which takes place Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. UFC President Dana White suggested the fight was set on Tuesday, though he didn’t give a date. According to ESPN.com, however, Brunson said it’ll serve as UFC on FOX 27’s headliner.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 1:52PM by Five-Alive - 21 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rachael Ostovich vs. Karine Gevorgyan Set to Collide at TUF 26 Finale
(https:)
Along with the addition of DeAnna Bennett vs. Melinda Fabian, multiple sources confirm that December 1st’s The Ultimate Fighter 26 finale has a new matchup in the form of Hawaii’s Rachael Ostovich vs. Armenia’s Karine Gevorgyan. Ostovich came up short in the quarterfinals of the TUF tournament, losing her bout to former Invicta FC flyweight champion Barb Honchak. Gevorgyan, on the other hand, was eliminated in the first round of the tournament, suffering a TKO against the aforementioned Bennett. Ostovich vs. Gevorgyan will be serving on the preliminary card portion of the evening, though yet unknown whether it will be on Fight Pass or FOX Sports 1.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 10:46AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson added to #TUF26 Finale on Friday
(https:)
Per a report by MMA Brasil (@mmabrasil) and The MMA Kings (@mma_kings), a flyweight bout between TUF contestants Ariel Beck and Shana Dobson has been added to the TUF 26 Finale this Friday. Ariel Beck (4-4) fought on Team Alvarez and was seeded number eleven in the TUF house. She was eliminated from the bracket on the sixth episode when she was submitted by the number six seed, Montana Stewart. Prior to entering the house, Beck fought for various promotions, including Invicta FC and LFA. Beck has an aggressive style that built around her boxing.
Submitted Nov 29, 2017 10:43AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Gokhan Saki Out Of UFC 219; Khalil Rountree Jr Gets New Opponent For Year End Card
(mmaweekly.com)
A change has been made to the upcoming UFC 219 fight card as former kickboxing champion Gokhan Saki is no longer expected to face Khalil Rountree Jr. on Dec. 30. With Saki out, Rountree Jr. will now face Michal Oleksiejczuk, who will be making his promotional debut at UFC 219 in Las Vegas. Saki was forced out of the fight due to a knee injury. UFC officials confirmed the switch on Tuesday. Oleksiejczuk comes to the UFC with a 12-2 record overall including nine wins in a row with seven of those fights ending by way of knockout or TKO.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:49PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White says Volkan Oezdemir likely still getting Daniel Cormier title shot despite arrest
(https:)
t appears as though Volkan Oezdemir’s looming legal trouble won’t stop “No Time” from getting a title shot against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. UFC president Dana White said Tuesday at a media lunch in Las Vegas that Oezdemir will likely still get the next opportunity to challenge Cormier despite his recent arrest.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:30PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White addresses recent Conor McGregor outside-the-cage issues
(https:)
Conor McGregor has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. Earlier this month, he jumped into the Bellator cage in Dublin to celebrate with a teammate, leading to a heated physical confrontation with referee Marc Goddard and McGregor slapping a Bellator employee. And just this week, McGregor was the subject of rumors about an altercation in a Dublin bar involving Irish mobsters. UFC president Dana White broke his silence Tuesday at a media lunch about McGregor’s antics.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:29PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Georges St-Pierre better unify UFC middleweight title, or else Dana White will be 'super pissed'
(mmajunkie.com)
If Georges St-Pierre doesn’t stay in the middleweight division to unify his championship, UFC President Dana White will not be happy – and that’s putting it mildly. In fact, the mere mention of St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) potentially going back on his word brings White’s blood to a simmer.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 8:27PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ricardo Lamas vs. Josh Emmett Booked on Three-Weeks Notice
(mmaimports.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be heading to Winnipeg, Canada on Dec. 16 for yet another exciting night of fights. The world’s most famous mixed martial arts promotion will be in the area to host UFC on FOX 26 inside the Bell MTS Place. In the main event, former champions Robbie Lawler and Rafael dos Anjos will be fighting for division dominance. That being said, it would appear that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has locked in another exciting match up for the event.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 3:01PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian added to TUF 26 Finale
(https:)
A women’s flyweight bout has been added to this week’s Ultimate Fighter 26 fight card as DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian has been added to the card. The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale will be held on December 1, 2017, at Park Theater in Las Vegas.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 3:00PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Rory MacDonald thinks he’ll be used as an alternate in Bellator’s heavyweight tournament
(https:)
Rory MacDonald announced he wanted a spot in Bellator’s heavyweight tournament shortly after the bracket was officially unveiled, and “The Red King” believes that Scott Coker is open to having him act as an alternate should one of the eight competitors have to withdraw from the contest.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:28AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Joe Silva responds to Matt Mitrione’s claim that Silva lied about Roy Nelson fight
(https:)
Matt Mitrione claimed Monday that former longtime UFC matchmaker Joe Silva lied to him in order to accept a fight with Roy Nelson as a substitute in late 2014. Silva, however, is having none of that talk.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:27AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Mizuki Inoue out of Invicta 26 co-main event, Kinberly Novaes steps in to face Janaisa Morandin
(https:)
Mizuki Inoue will not be making her return to Invicta FC this year after all. Inoue had to withdraw from the Invicta 26 co-main event for undisclosed reasons and will be replaced by Kinberly Novaes against Janaisa Morandin, according to the promotion’s website. The bout will be in the strawweight division.
Submitted Nov 28, 2017 1:25AM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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