Justin Wren has returned from the Congo, but his fight for the Pygmies has just begun
Justin Wren stroked his prodigious beard, scratched the dry, red skin on his arm and squinted.
"It's kind of crazy we're here," he said. "All that green."
The ivy-covered coffee shop patio about two miles from the campus of UCLA brought Wren back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. And, more specifically, the vision he had that led him to the African nation in the first place.
Four years ago, Wren was an MMA fighter struggling with addiction and depression, looking for something else of value in his life. During a spiritual retreat, he found it even if he didn't know where it was.
Rousey vs. Correia looks to have topped 900,000 pay-per-view buys
UFC 190, headlined by Ronda Rousey's 34-second title defense against Bethe Correia, became perhaps the most surprising pay-per-view hit in U.S. company history.
Current estimates have the show doing a little more than 900,000 buys on pay-per-view, the largest number for a UFC show since UFC 168, on Dec. 28, 2013, the show headlined by the second Chris Weidman vs. Anderson Silva fight and the second Rousey vs. Miesha Tate fight.
Alex Oliveira vs. Piotr Hallman set for UFC Fight Night 77
Alex Oliveira is heading back to lightweight after a run of two straight wins at welterweight when he faces Piotr Hallman at UFC Fight Night 77.
The fight was originally announced by Combate.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues
Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira
Stefan Struve vs. Jared Rosholt targeted for UFC 193 in Australia
A heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve (26-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) and Jared Rosholt is in the works for November’s UFC 193 event in Australia.
A source close to the event today confirmed the planned bout with MMAjunkie. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the fight hasn’t been formally announced.
With the addition to the card, UFC 193 now includes:
Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly
Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario
'UFC 190: Rousey vs. Correia' drug tests come back clean
All fighters who underwent drug testing earlier this month at UFC 190 in Brazil passed the tests.
Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA), MMA’s regulatory body in Brazil, today emailed the results to MMAjunkie.
UFC 190 took place Aug. 1 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Hector Urbina vs. Bartosz Fabinski among UFC Fight Night 78 additions
November’s UFC Fight Night 78 in Mexico has two new additions, officials recently announced.
They include welterweights Bartosz Fabinski (12-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Hector Urbina (17-8-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and lightweights Valmir Lazaro (13-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Michel Prazeres (18-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
The latest UFC Fight Night 78 lineup includes:
Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva
Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez
Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga
Erik Perez vs. Damian Stasiak
Bartosz Fabinski vs. Hector Urbina
Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” lightweight final
opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” welterweight final
Video: Poster signing turns ugly with rivals Patricio Freire, Georgi Karakhanyan
Here’s a summary from Albarracin:
Tensions were High between fight camps as Patricky and Saad Awad signed posters for This fridays #Bellator141 , as Bellator World Champ Patricio Pitbull caught the eye of possíble title contender Georgi Karakanyan , They have been going back on forth on Twitter and their twitter beef carried over into Bellator check In Room . Needless to say fireworks ensued. Saad step up to calm down his training partner , Patricky Pitbull got riled up. Joinha and Bellator oficials served as arbitrators . Leandro Higo as ref. Friday the cage closes on Spike TV and Pitbull and Saad will get after it at Bellator141 co-main event and Patricio Pitbull vs.Georgi will have be at a later date as he can’t look past another war with former champion Daniel Strauss . Stay tuned.
Lineup set for 'UFC Fight Night 75: Nelson vs. Barnett' in Japan
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 75 event in Japan, which includes bouts on FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.
In North America, the event airs Sept. 26 from Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and the main card kicks off at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT). Due to the time difference, the event actually takes place Sept. 27 in Japan.
The full UFC Fight Night 75 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Roy Nelson vs. Josh Barnett
Uriah Hall vs. Gegard Mousasi
Chico Camus vs. Kyoji Horiguchi
Takeya Mizugaki vs. George Roop
Li Jingliang vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Matt Hobar vs. Norifumi Yamamoto
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 2, 8 p.m. ET)
Diego Brandao vs. Katsunori Kikuno
TBA vs. TBA – “Road to UFC: Japan” tournament final
Nick Hein vs. Yusuke Kasuya
Kajan Johnson vs. Naoyuki Kotani
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7:30 p.m. ET)
Shinsho Anzai vs. Roger Zapata
Jadamba Narantungalag's featherweight title on line at ONE Championship 31
Nine fights are set for next month’s “ONE Championship 31: Odyssey of Champions” event, including a championship headliner.
Officials today announced featherweight champion Jadamba Narantungalag (10-3) will meet undefeated challenger Marat Gafurov (11-0) in the featured bout.
The latest ONE Championship 31 card includes:
Champ Jadamba Narantungalag vs. Marat Gafurov – for featherweight title
Herbert Burns vs. Timofey Nastyukhin
Leandro Ataides vs. Alexey Butorin
Jake Butler vs. Cristiano Kaminishi
Andrew Leone vs. Yusup Saadulaev
Vincent Latoel vs. Arnaud Lepont
Muin Gafurov vs. Casey Suire
Sunoto Peringkat vs. Mario Wirawan
Bashir Ahmad vs. Martin Nguyen
Mark Munoz 'more comfortable than ever' in retirement; no itch for UFC return
Mark Munoz walked away from the sport in the most perfect way imaginable, and he said he has no itch to return.
The longtime UFC middleweight contender hung up his gloves in May following a unanimous-decision win over Luke Barnatt at UFC Fight Night 66 in the Philippines, a country with which he has strong ties.
Munoz (14-6 MMA, 9-6 UFC) announced his retirement well before he stepped in the octagon with Barnatt. That only made his final performance that much more special because he outworked his opponent for three impressive rounds.
UFC Welterweight Jordan Mein retires from MMA at age 25
UFC welterweight Jordan Mein has decided to retire from mixed martial arts after 39 professional fights.
The Las Vegas-based promotion revealed to UFC Tonight on Wednesday that Mein announced his plans in a letter approximately two weeks ago. Mein later explained his decision to UFC.com.
“I’m ready to transition to a different part of my life,” Mein said. “I’ve been at this for 12 years, 10 years professionally, so I’m just ready to move on in my life.”
Wife: Ronda Rousey dating hubby while UFC investigates him for domestic violence
Looks like Ronda Rousey's personal life just became a lot more public. Over the past couple weeks, rumors have been cropping up around the internet that the UFC's biggest star and 135 lb champ has been dating one of the promotion's current persona non grata. The man in question? Current UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, who is under investigation by the UFC after his wife publicly accused him of domestic violence back in July.
Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem co-headlines UFC on FOX 17
Alistair Overeem and Junior dos Santos are finally going to do the damn thing, UFC officials today announced.
Overeem (39-14 MMA, 4-3 UFC), who’s ranked No. 7 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA heavyweight rankings, and No. 3-ranked Dos Santos (17-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) have bickered on social media, and now they’ve been booked for a fight at UFC on FOX 17.
With the addition, 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
Elias hijacks Woodley's Q&A, jabs at Pendred
Tyron Woodley hosted a fan Q&A in Saskatoon prior to last weekend's UFC event. Interestingly enough, a fellow UFC fighter in Elias Theodorou stepped up to the mic to ask a question and to poke fun at Cathal Pendred. You can watch the clip above, but here's a few snippets of their exchange.
"On a scale of 1 to 10, how bad do you think Cathal Pendred is?" Theodorou asked.
Woodley, who had a minor exchange with Pendred after the Irishman called out CM Punk, then likened Cathal's fighting style to a "deflated balloon flopping around".
"An awkward ballerina, that's how I like to call it," Theodorou quipped.
"Out of 10, I would give him a 6 and some change probably," said Woodley.
No. 3-ranked UFC bantamweight Alexis Davis announces pregnancy
It appears Alexis Davis’ return to the cage will have to wait. The former UFC title challenger today announced she’s pregnant.
As Davis wrote (via Instagram): “Big news to announce today a slight delay in my return to the octagon! I planned on spending as much time back home as possible to help with my niece anyways. But we are over joyed by this news and should be expecting our new arrival early 2016!! And planned to back in the Octagon by the end of the year!”
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi headlines Legacy FC 47 in Atlanta
The main card is set for October’s Legacy FC 47 event, which is just the second Georgia show in the Texas-based promotion’s history.
Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.
The latest Legacy FC 47 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
Clay Harvison vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Wesley Barnes vs. Dave Vitkay
C.J. Hamilton vs. Brantley Furr
Josh Blyden vs. Nick Sprayberry
Josh Millwood vs. Chazz Walton
Josh Eagans vs. Doug Usher
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m)
Amir Dadovic vs. Brad Taylor
Patrick Mandio vs. Devorious Tubbs
Kongo Bakatukanda vs. Brandon Webb
Joe Proctor vs. Magomed Mustafaev added to UFC 194 in Las Vegas
A lightweight bout between Joe Proctor (11-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Magomed Mustafaev (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has joined December’s UFC 194 fight card.
UFC officials announced the bout via bostonherald.com.
With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes:
Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee
John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Anthony Johnson agrees to counseling, women's charity donation after gym incident
Anthony Johnson has agreed to attend counseling sessions and donate to a Florida-based women’s charity following a social media rant and incident involving a woman at a gym.
Johnson (19-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) will still fight Jimi Manuwa (15-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout on Sept. 5 at UFC 191, which takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The UFC announced it would investigate a long post Johnson wrote about the incident where he described throwing a woman’s yoga mat when she confronted him for lifting weights close to where she was stretching.