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Derek Anderson injured, Patricky 'Pitbull' Freire meets Ryan Couture at Bellator 148
(mmajunkie.com)
An injury to Derek Anderson has forced him off Bellator 148’s main card and Patricky Freire will step in to face Ryan Couture later this month. Just five days after the matchup was announced, Anderson (13-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) suffered an injury in training and will be unable to meet Couture (10-3 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in the lightweight matchup. After losing to Anderson at Bellator 147 in December, Freire (14-7 MMA, 7-6 BMMA) will serve as an injury replacement on less than three weeks’ notice. MMAjunkie today confirmed the switch with Bellator officials. With the change, the Bellator 148 card now includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Paul Daley vs. Andy Uhrich Paul Bradley vs. Chris Honeycutt Raphael Butler vs. Tony Johnson Ryan Couture vs. Patricky Freire PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 8 p.m. ET) Ilima MacFarlane vs. Amber Tackett Anthony Avila vs. John Reedy Javy Ayala vs. Carl Seumanutafa Art Arciniega vs. Justin Smitley Mason Fowler vs. Idris Wasi Thomas Diagne vs. Mark Dickman Paul Ruiz vs. Josh San Diego
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 9:38AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Justin Gaethje defends lightweight title against Brian Foster at WSOF 29 in March
(mmajunkie.com)
Brian Foster earned an opportunity to fight for the lightweight title after winning the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament and now he knows the date that he’ll battle for the belt. Foster (25-8) will face champion Justin Gaethje (15-0) in the main event of WSOF 29, according to a press release put out by the promotion. WSOF 29 takes place March 12 at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 9:37AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Mike Ricci out of WSOF 27 main event, Luiz Firmino in against Caros Fodor
(mmajunkie.com)
Mike Ricci can’t seem to catch a break. First, the lightweight was unable to continue on to the semifinals of the WSOF 25 one-night, eight-man tournament, being replaced by eventual winner Brian Foster. Now, he’s out of the WSOF 27 main event. According to the official WSOF website, Ricci (11-4) re-injured his hip and had to pull out of his bout with fellow UFC veteran Caros Fodor (10-4). Stepping in for Ricci is Luiz Firmino (18-6). The WSOF 27 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD Shamil Gamzatov vs. Teddy Holder Luiz Firmino vs. Caros Fodor Chauncey Foxworth vs. Jaleel Willis Jorge Medina vs. Bryce Mitchell PRELIMINARY CARD Justin Hartley vs. Wade Johnson Zach Underwood vs. Jason Williams Wes Sharp vs. Alvin Williams
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 9:35AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fernando Gonzalez vs. Michael Page gets Bellator 151 co-main event spot
(mmajunkie.com)
Michael Page will take the next step in his Bellator career when he faces streaking welterweight Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 151. The bout was announced Bellator via press release. Bellator 151 takes place March 4 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie. With the addition, the Bellator 151 card includes: Darrion Caldwell vs. Joe Warren Fernando Gonzalez vs. Michael Page
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 9:34AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC's Jimy Hettes mulling retirement after latest in long line of injury withdrawals
(mmajunkie.com)
Jimy Hettes was considered a top featherweight prospect when he made his UFC debut in August 2011. Less than five years and a mere six fights later, however, Hettes said he could be done fighting for good. Hettes’ (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) career took another harsh blow this week when he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) just one week prior to the event. Hettes said he suffered a knee injury in training that could ultimately cause the end of his career. “The Kid” made a splash in 2011 when he debuted and won back-to-back fights in impressive fashion. That’s when he injuries woes began, though, and he was only physically capable of stepping in the UFC’s octagon once in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 6:34PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman breaks silence after UFC 194: ‘I'm really happy I lost'
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Weidman accomplished more before his first professional loss than many fighters do in a lifetime. He defeated Anderson Silva -- the man many consider to be the greatest fighter to ever grace the middleweight division -- not once, but twice in capturing the UFC middleweight title. He defended that belt in subsequent challenges from Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. But happy endings are rarity in the fight game, and for Weidman, his magical run came crashing to a halt at UFC 194. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 4:22PM by Wez - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81
The 11th hour changes for the UFC’s return to Boston this weekend continue with another pair of updated bookings featuring some promotional debuts. Jimy Hettes (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is out of his featherweight fight against Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81, and Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. In addition, UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his light heavyweight fight with Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and has been replaced by Elvis Mutapcic (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the new bookings. With the changes, UFC Fight Night 81 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 3:33PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos Postponed
(lowkickmma.com)
According to Globo, the UFC was supposed to announce the main and co-main event of the upcoming Pay-Per-View event in March during the Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins halftime last Sunday, but were forced to delay it because McGregor is yet to sign the fight contract to compete against lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 2:44PM by george112 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Inside UFC Contender Aljamain Sterling's Free Agency Gamble
(m.bleacherreport.com)
Aljamain Sterling is in uncharted territory. Before him, young, undefeated, world-ranked MMA free agents just didn't happen, yet here he is. Twenty-six years old with twelve wins, no losses and a top five ranking, Sterling played out his UFC contract to sell his services on the open market.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 12:49PM by kopower - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
IRS goes after Royce Gracie claiming tax underpayment, fraud totaling $1.15 million
(bloodyelbow.com)
Remember the scrawny guy in a gi who smoked the field at UFC 1 and had everyone scratching their heads as to how such a thing was possible? Well Royce Gracie is now a UFC Hall of Famer who's scheduled to come out of an almost nine-year MMA layoff/retirement on Feb. 19 for a trilogy fight with his old archrival Ken Shamrock in Gracie's Bellator promotional debut. While that fight will be upon us soon enough, few are aware that Gracie is smack dab in the middle of another fight against an even tougher, more battle-tested opponent who can't be grappled into submission: The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Gracie's tax problems appear to have begun in 2012 when he and his wife each received an IRS administrative summons "seeking information about their foreign bank and foreign investment activities." It is unclear exactly how the Gracies first appeared on the IRS's radar, but an investigation began and the IRS needed additional documents for tax years 2007 through 2011 in order to evaluate "among other things, [the Gracies'] liability for civil penalties."
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:54AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, Bellator
 
Nate Diaz reacts to UFC fine: Those were Reebok jeans!
(bloodyelbow.com)
Those were #reebokjeans u should've just kept the whole check I don't need that baby ass shit anyway .. #1000? ? — Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 10, 2016 UFC middleweight Josh Samman was on the same fight card, and he also mentioned details of the Diaz situation on his fight week diary. Here's a snippet: "Reebok guy rushes back up to me, and asks if he can borrow my pants that I just wore, for another fighter who also has jeans on at weigh ins. I don't mind, and hand him my pants. I ask him who the fighter is. He says Diaz. I have a feeling I know how this is going to end. He comes back a couple minutes later and gives me my pants back, as Diaz walks on stage with jeans."
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:50AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Visa issues force Taisumov off UFC Fight Night 81, Medhi Baghdad in vs. Chris Wade
(mmajunkie.com)
Visa issues have forced Maribek Taisumov from his UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Chris Wade. Stepping in for the lightweight battle on one week’s notice is RFA lightweight champion and TUF 22 veteran Medhi Baghdad. Wade (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) posted the news of the new bout with Baghdad (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on his Instagram. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:35AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Katlyn Chookagian Wins Inaugural CFFC Womens Flyweight Championship
(sherdog.com)
ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- With news of another UFC supercard in the works featuring Conor McGregor and Holly Holm, the MMA game has moved toward making big headlines and figuring out the details later. Following that lead, Cage Fury Fighting Championship put together fight cards on back-to-back nights featuring an all-amateur event and awarding their first women’s flyweight title on Saturday.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:16PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Opinion: The harsh reality of knockouts, concussions and fighter health
(bloodyelbow.com)
MMA is a form of entertainment. I have enjoyed watching this sport as a hobby, a passion and as work. Entertainment takes people away from the struggles of their daily lives, their obstacles and their hardships. When I watch an MMA event, I don't think about work, bills, rent, relationships or the impact of the sport on society and a fighter's livelihood. The only thing I care about is being entertained.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:14PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Shlemenko plans to fight in Russia while serving doping suspension
(bloodyelbow.com)
Despite initial reservations against fighting in his native land while serving a three-year doping suspension, Alexander Shlemenko recently informed Russian media that he will indeed fight again in the near future. The former Bellator middleweight champion informed Tass.ru that he is currently shopping around for a Russian promotion to host his next fight.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:14PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Means fight card
(bloodyelbow.com)
As is the custom for him, Donald Cerrone wasn't interested in waiting on the sidelines for very long. The top lightweight lost a title fight in just 66 seconds last month, but will return as a welterweight to headline the UFC's return to Pittsburgh on February 21st in the Consol Energy Center. If you like numbers, the event is tabbed as UFC Fight Night 82.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:08PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trading Shots: Was the UFC right to withhold pay for outfitting policy violations?
(mmajunkie.com)
In this week’s Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the UFC’s move to withhold pay from fighters due to violations of the UFC’s outfitting policy. Downes: Ben, the first week of 2016 has ended and we already have another chapter of the infamous “Reebok Deal” in the books. Three UFC fighters received reductions in their outfitting payments for “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:06PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Own the note cards Bruce Buffer used to announce Conor McGregor's 13-second finish
(mmajunkie.com)
Looking for a unique piece of history from UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s shocking UFC 194 win over Jose Aldo? How about the note cards Bruce Buffer used to introduce the fight? The man known as “The Voice of the Octagon” is once again offering up a package of unique MMA items, including his “octagon used original fight card sets” from December’s UFC 194 event. Additionally, the winner of the auction receives an autographed copy of the UFC 194 event program, as well as a signed UFC Topps Buffer trading card, a personalized and signed 8×10 Buffer photo and a “personalized audio recording introducing buyer in true championship style.”
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Holly Holm: Miesha Tate is a completely different fight than Ronda Rousey
(foxsports.com)
Holly Holm will defend her women's bantamweight title against former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate before any potential rematch with Ronda Rousey comes to fruition. Sources told FOX Sports that Holm and Tate have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 197 as part of a potential mega-card that is also expected to feature featherweight champion Conor McGregor going up a weight class to face Rafael dos Anjos with the lightweight title on the line.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:03PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TJ Dillashaw: After Dominick Cruz gets KO'd he can be an announcer the rest of his life
(foxsports.com)
TJ Dillashaw is never going to be confused with Conor McGregor when it comes to hyping up one of his fights, but he's sure his upcoming opponent Dominick Cruz is writing checks with his mouth that he won’t be able to cash when they meet on Jan. 17 in Boston.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:02PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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