LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn't motivated by grudge match – it's about family
LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn’t the biggest fan of opponent Kevin Aguilar, but in truth, that has very little to do with why “The Leech” wants to punch his foe in the mouth. A recent trip to the maternity center provided Jackson all the motivation he needs.
“It’s kind of crazy, but I talked to my wife about it, and we feel pretty comfortable with everything,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “We have a lot of help, so I’m going to fight.”
CES MMA 42 gets second title fight: champ Chris Curtis vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
Next month’s CES MMA 42 event will have a championship doubleheader.
Officials today announced welterweight champion Chris Curtis (14-5) meets challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (7-3) in the co-headliner.
CES MMA 42 takes place March 31 at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I., and the main card airs on AXS TV. As announced on Tuesday, bantamweight champ Andre Soukhamthath (11-3) meets Todd Gravely (8-3) in the headliner.
New base for MMA proposed in Russia – hooliganism
The primary bases for mixed martial arts are well understood – wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, with a smattering of fighters from karate, Judo, Sambo, and others. However, one of the leading figures in Russian MMA, M-1 Global president Vadim Finkelstein, believes he has discovered a new base – soccer hooliganism.
The former manager of Fedor Emelianenko plans to host an event featuring a fight between two fans of rival Russian soccer teams. M-1 Challenge 74 on February 18 in St. Petersburg will feature fights between fans of arch-rival Russian soccer teams, CSKA and Spartak, squaring-off in full team colors. The winner will determined the strongest soccer fans, under MMA rules, rather than the more usual street brawls.
Holly Holm officially appeals UFC 208 loss due to punches landed after horn
Holly Holm isn’t ready to forget about Saturday night just yet.
Holm, who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight this past weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., has officially filled a complaint against referee Todd Anderson and an appeal of the result, MMA Fighting confirmed.
Holm, via her attorneys Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton, is asking the New York State Athletic Commission to review Anderson’s “failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.”
Phillipe Nover announces retirement from mixed martial arts
Phillipe Nover’s appearance in his Brooklyn backyard at UFC 208 turned out to be his career swan song.
The 33-year-old featherweight from New York City announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Wednesday, days after dropping a decision to Rick Glenn at the Barclays Center.
Nover made his first splash on the national level by appearing in The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight tournament. At the time, Dana White called Nover “the next Anderson Silva,” placing an intense level of expectation on Nover’s shoulders.
David Branch signs with UFC
David Branch is headed back to the UFC.
The former World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned.
While Branch’s return fight in the UFC has yet to be finalized, sources say they are currently targeting May. He is expected to compete in the middleweight division.
James Moontasri announces retirement at 28
James ‘Moonwalker’ Moontasri started fighting professionally in 2008. The silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Taekwondo, and now 4th degree black belt in the art made great use of his base, with an exciting, fan-friendly, kick-heavy fighting style.
Moonwalker went 7-1, including 3-0 in the RFA, before signing with the UFC in 2014. He went 1-2 in the UFC at lightweight and struggled to make weight. Then the Team Blackhouse fighter moved up to welterweight, and still reportedly struggled to make weight, and again went 1-2.
New York State made $37.4 million in economic output from UFC 205: study
Start spreading the news: The UFC made New York quite a bit of money in November.
The city and state of New York made $37.4 million in economic output and $18.3 million in salaries and wages from UFC 205 in New York City back in November, per a study done by the company Applied Analysis released Monday. The study also found that UFC 205 supported 300 jobs in the New York metro area and generated $1.6 million in taxes for the state.
Referee trainer breaks down de Randamie vs Holm late punches
The UFC 208 main event for the inaugural women’s featherweight title between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm was controversial. After both the second and third rounds, de Randamie threw late punches. De Randamie received a warning after the end of Round 3, but did not appear to after Round 2, when the greatest damage appeared to have occurred.
Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade date set
UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk is on a seven fight win streak in the UFC, four of them title defenses. At 29, she is at her combat sports peak. After Jessica Andrade beat Angela Hill in the UFC Fight Night 104 Fight of the Night, UFC president Dana White said Andrade was “absolutely” got the next title shot.
Now Sport.pl reports that the event, date, and place are set. The pair will fight at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A unification fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway will serve as the main event.
Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov headlines UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22
Artem Lobov has successfully talked himself into the biggest fight of his MMA career. The close friend and training partner to UFC champ Conor McGregor will fight Cub Swanson in April’s UFC Fight Night 108 headliner.
The featherweight main event between Swanson and Lobov, as well as several other fights, were announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast.
Also announced for the card was a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and the returning Al Iaquinta, a middleweight bout between former title challenger Thales Leites and Sam Alvey, as well as a flyweight showdown between Dustin Ortiz and Brandon Moreno.
Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne fights Danielle Taylor. Hector Sandoval faces “TUF 24” cast member Matt Schnell at flyweight. And, finally, a lightweight bout between Scott Holtzman and Michael McBride was made official.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24, including Namajunas-Waterson
A marquee women’s strawweight bout will take place at UFC on FOX 24 in April when former UFC title challenger Rose Namajunas takes on former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson.
The 115-pound bout between Namajunas and Waterson was among several additions announced for the card during tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
Also confirmed for UFC on FOX 24 was a flyweight showdown between “TUF 24” winner Tim Elliott and Louis Smolka, a light heavyweight bout between Devin Clark and Jake Collier, and a middleweight clash between Anthony Smith and Andrew Sanchez.
UFC on FOX 24 takes place April 15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup.
Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at UFC 210. The bout was announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.