WSOF champ Marlon Moraes in talks with UFC, manager eyes Jimmie Rivera in Buffalo
WSOF bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes (18-4-1) is a free agent and currently entertaining an offer from the UFC. If a deal can be reached, his manager already has an opponent in mind.
Moraes’ manager, Ali Abdelaziz, today told MMAjunkie that if his client puts pen to paper, he’ll be lobbying for the Brazilian to face UFC bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) at UFC 210, which takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
Tyron Woodley believes he’s the ‘worst-treated champion’ in UFC history
Tyron Woodley isn’t happy with the UFC, or some of its fans it appears, calling himself the “worst-treated champion” in the history of the promotion.
The UFC welterweight champ believes he could be the fighter who helps the UFC break through in a big way with African-American combat sports fans, particularly considering the void left by the retirement of boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard in the works for UFC Fight Night: Halifax
Johny Hendricks is getting another shot in the UFC.
The promotion is currently working on Hendricks vs. Lombard at 185 pounds for UFC Fight Night: Halifax on Feb. 19. The fight would mark Hendricks' middleweight debut.
The UFC originally tried to book the fight for UFC 208 in Brooklyn, but clearance issues with the New York State Athletic Commission precluded that from happening, so they moved it to the Halifax card, which recently lost its main event. According to sources, though, the promotion has yet to determine whether it will serve as the main event. It appears, as of right now, that original headliner Junior dos Santos will be left off the card after the UFC was unable to find a suitable replacement for the injured Stefan Struve.
Mark Hunt: UFC ‘forced’ Alistair Overeem fight on me
Mark Hunt said he felt backed into a corner.
The popular heavyweight fighter said he didn't want to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4, but felt like he didn't have much of a choice. Hunt is currently suing the UFC for racketeering, fraud and negligence, among other claims, for the situation regarding Brock Lesnar's failed drug tests.
Hunt turned down multiple bouts last year, but told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the UFC threatened that he would be in breach of contract if he didn't take the Overeem matchup.
Before he retires, 'old' Anderson Silva wants to test himself against 'dwarf,' Conor McGregor
Not you too, Anderson.
Add former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva to the laundry list of fighters on the roster who are chomping at the bit to pick a fight against current Lightweight champion and all-around mega-star, Conor McGregor.
"The Spider" recently spoke to Globo (via champions.co) declaring that before his storied career comes to an end, he wants to test himself against the "dwarf" that has unusual abilities.
Hot French Prospect Tom Duquesnoy Announces That He's Signed With the UFC
The 23-year-old Duquesnoy is a two-division champion for the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, owning belts at both 135 and 145 pounds. In 2016, the Frenchman dropped down to bantamweight, knocking out Irishman Damien Rooney in 82 seconds in February, then took BAMMA's 135-pound title, knocking out Shay Walsh with a standing elbow in only 75 seconds at BAMMA 25 in May.
Rashad Evans says ‘there really is no Blackzilians’ anymore
One of the more successful fight teams in recent times is breaking up. Or, in the words a key founding member, the Blackzilians — which has been operating since 2010 — has “splintered.”
According to original member Rashad Evans, the Boca Raton-based fight team — ran by Glenn Robinson, who owns Authentic Sports Management and represents the individual fighters — is now in the process of dismantling, and breaking into smaller factions.
During an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Evans explained the current state of the Blackzilians as a team that has drifted apart.