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Liam McGeary doesn't blame Tito Ortiz for chasing title shot, but will get 'knocked out'
Liam McGeary understands why Tito Ortiz put so much effort into earning one last title shot. However, he thinks it was a big mistake to do so. Following back-to-back wins to start his Bellator MMA career, Ortiz (18-11-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was offered a matchup against longtime rival Frank Shamrock. He declined and instead insisted Bellator MMA President Scott Coker grant him a light heavyweight championship fight with McGeary (10-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) at Bellator 142...
Submitted Sep 15, 2015 10:36PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Former Invicta FC champ Katja Kankaanpaa announces retirement
One of Invicta FC's best fighters is calling it quits. Katja Kankaanpaa, the former Invicta women's strawweight champion, announced this weekend night that she would be retiring from MMA competition. At Invicta FC 14 on Saturday night, Kankaanpaa lost a controversial unanimous decision to DeAnna Bennett in the co-main event...
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 11:30PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Chael Sonnen says he's facing Josh Barnett in Metamoris
Chael Sonnen, who debuts this Friday night as an announcer for the World Series of Fighting, announced on Monday that he would be facing Josh Barnett in a Metamoris submission grappling match later this year...
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 11:28PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
How Nick Diaz, of all people, exposed the NSAC's flaws
Of all the people to emerge as the persecuted anti-hero proving once and for all the dreadful overreach of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it had to be Nick Diaz. Because of course it did. And of all the substances to serve as the catalyst for demonstrating that point, it had to be marijuana, of which Diaz is known to be a bit of an enthusiast. Because, apparently, the MMA gods have a sense of humor...
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 11:24PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nick Diaz fined $165,000, suspended five years by NSAC for UFC 183 positive drug test
After a protracted hearing that featured plenty of boring legalese from both sides, Diaz, 32, was fined $165,000 (33-percent of his $500,000 purse) and suspended for five years for what amounts to his third positive drug test in Nevada. The first came after a submission win over Takanori Gomi in 2007, followed by another in defeat to Carlos Condit in 2012. note: 5 years, god damn son, thats like prison time almost
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 5:49PM by RhythmAndStyle - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
41-year-old UFC vet Pedro Rizzo wins in Brazil, announces retirement
Pedro Rizzo returned to action Saturday after a hiatus of more than two years. After a win in his native Brazil, the heavyweight announced his retirement. The 41-year-old Rizzo (20-11) fought Andrew Smith at Face to Face 12’s main event in Vitoria, Brazil. Rizzo’s leg kicks were too much for Smith after five minutes, and he didn’t answer the bell for Round 2, giving “The Rock” a TKO win in his finale. Rizzo hadn’t fought since a decision loss in May 2013 to Satoshi Ishii in Japan. Prior to that, he headlined an M-1 Global event 11 months earlier, but was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in the first round. That fight came nearly two years after a TKO win over Ken Shamrock in Australia gave him a three-fight winning streak.
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:59PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Report: Elias Theodorou meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC Fight Night 80
The UFC’s first of three straight days of events in Las Vegas in December has another fight added to the lineup. According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Globo, Brazil’s Thiago “Marreta” Santos (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will meet Canadian Elias Theodorou (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 80. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 80 card now includes: Omari Akhmedov vs. Lyman Good Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:57PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC heavyweight Bilyal Makhov wins dual bronze medals at world championships
LAS VEGAS – UFC heavyweight Bilyal Makhov became the first person in 42 years to score world championship medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Makhov earned bronze medals in both disciplines at this week’s United World Wrestling Championships, which took place at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena. The 27-year-old Russian started his run on Tuesday, earning a Greco-Roman bronze in the 130-kilogram division, capping off his run with a thrilling victory over American Robby Smith. On Saturday, he added a freestyle bronze medal in the 125-kilogram category by scoring a technical fall over Armenian opponent Levan Berianidze.
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:56PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
'Cyborg' Justino to fight at 140 pounds on Invicta FC 15 card headlined by Souza-Grasso
Cristiane Justino (14-1) will finally move down in weight from her longtime home at 145 pounds, but it won’t be to fight in the UFC against Ronda Rousey. “Cyborg,” who is the current Invicta FC featherweight champion, will cut to 140 pounds for a catchweight bout at Invicta FC 15 in November. Her opponent has not been determined. Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp announced the news at Saturday’s Invicta FC 14 post-fight press conference.
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:55PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Welcome To The UFC: Danny Roberts
That day for Roberts’ UFC debut is expected to come before the end of the year, and the fact that he’s already got his sights set on a post-fight Performance bonus shows you what kind of fighter the 28-year-old is. He’s a finisher, with nine of the victories on his 11-1 pro record coming by way of knockout or submission. But look a little closer, and while the varied submissions he’s pulled off (Brabo choke, armbar, RNC) are impressive for a former boxer, the real takeaway is that his first three pro wins came by knockout via knees to the body.
Submitted Sep 12, 2015 8:52AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Konstantin Erokhin heavyweight tilt set for TUF 22 Finale in Vegas
The TUF 22 Finale venue may not be big, but it’ll have to contend with a pair of heavyweights in December. Gabriel Gonzaga (16-10 MMA, 11-9 UFC) will take on Konstantin Erokhin (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the TUF 22 Finale. UFC officials today announced the new booking. With the addition to the card, The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale now includes: Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Joby Sanchez vs. Justin Scoggins Konstantin Erokhin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 11:22PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas
The UFC’s first of three straight days of events in Las Vegas in December is starting to come together with the apparent addition of two fights. Kevin Casey (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) today published a photo on his Instagram account of him signing a contract to fight Antonio Carlos Junior (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 80. And Omari Akhmedov (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) used Instagram to announce a welterweight fight against Lyman Good (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) for the same card. UFC officials have not yet made formal announcements of either booking.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 11:21PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC exec: Frank Mir was not denied Adderall TUE by Nevada Athletic Commission
Frank Mir was not denied a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in Nevada, according to the UFC's vice president of athlete health and performance. He just was not able to apply for one with enough time to spare before his fight.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 7:53PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
USADA gave Mayweather retroactive OK to use banned IV for Pacquiao fight
Sorry, not sure where to post this... To the UFC fan, the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) is here to provide a needed regulatory body to "clean up" the sport's PED problem. It sounds like a good deal at face value, but as long-time boxing journalist Thomas Hauser uncovered in an SB Nation longform, USADA is dealing with its own major credibility issues in boxing. Far and away the biggest controversy that has made the rounds on sports media is the IV use of Floyd Mayweather the night before his mega-fight with Manny Pacquiao back in May.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 3:25PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Nick Diaz's attorney could make motion for Nevada deputy attorney general to remove himself from case
Proceedings could get messy at Nick Diaz's disciplinary hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday. Diaz's attorney Lucas Middlebrook told MMA Fighting that he could make a motion for Nevada deputy attorney general Christopher Eccles to be removed from the case, because he might be considered both a witness and counsel.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 3:22PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC isn't on Invicta champion Tonya Evinger's agenda, because she refuses to 'kiss butt'
Tonya Evinger wants to be herself. And she's not sure if she'd be able to do that in the UFC. The Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion would not mind the UFC paycheck, but she has doubts about what being in the world's biggest MMA promotion would entail.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 3:21PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
PARLAY/BETS ALERT: Legacy FC 45 main event canceled after injury to Andrew Todhunter
Just in case some of you had either of these fighters in your parlay or made wagers for the underdog, now's your chance to update your wagers...
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 2:59PM by Auntie_Razor - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Fight Camp / Team
Materla vs Khalidov headlines KSW 33
One of the most anticipated middleweight fights outside of the UFC has finally been scheduled for November, as champion Michal Materla and superstar Mamed Khalidov headlines KSW 33 in Krakow. Materla has held the KSW middleweight title since 2012 when he defeated Jay Silva to claim the Polish throne. Since then, he has amassed a four-fight win streak, including victories over Rodney Wallace, Kendall Grove, Jay Silva again. Most recently, he beat Polish MMA legend Tomasz Drwal.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 12:04PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
No Correia, Tate, Zingano for Sarah Kaufman, who gets de Randamie at UFC on Fox 17
Sarah Kaufman had a trio of fights she was hoping for, but she’ll have to settle for a name that wasn’t on her list. Kaufman (17-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will meet Germaine de Randamie (5-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC on FOX 17, the UFC’s final show of 2015. UFC officials recently announced the booking, which first was reported by the Orlando Sentinel. With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 17 now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – for lightweight title Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou Sarah Kaufman vs. Germaine de Randamie
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 12:02PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Collier-Yang, Lim-Zaleski, Bang-Kuntz booked for UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea
The UFC’s debut in South Korea in November has three new bouts added to the bill and a trio of fighters ready to compete in their home country. Jake Collier (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Dongi Yang (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at middleweight; Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets Elizeu Zaleski (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at welterweight; and Tae Hyun Bang (17-9 MMA, 1-2 UFC) fights Leo Kuntz (17-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), also at 170 pounds, all at UFC Fight Night 79. UFC officials recently announced the new bouts. The Collier-Yang bout first was reported by Combat Press. With the additions, the UFC Fight Night 79 lineup includes: Thiago Alves vs. Benson Henderson Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Elizeu Zaleski Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 12:01PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
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