Sears replaces Copeland at WSOF 34; military vets join lineup
The lineup for next month’s WSOF 34 event continues to take shape.
Officials today announced Josh Copeland (13-4) has suffered a knee injury and been forced out of his bout with former heavyweight champion Smealinho Rama (9-2). Kevin Ray Sears (4-2) has stepped in as a replacement.
In addition to the heavyweight change, officials today announced four vets are scheduled for bouts as part of the organization’s “Who’s The Toughest?” program, which gives military personnel a chance to compete for the promotion.
Those matchups include U.S. Marine Corps veterans Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4) in a 150-pound catchweight bout, former Marine Brandon Collins (3-2) vs. fellow light heavyweight Chris Morgan (0-0), and former U.S. Army ranger Nicholi Navarro (3-1) vs. lightweight Alan Gutierrez (2-0).
Eduardo Dantas vs. Joe Warren 2, Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira headline Bellator doubleheader in December
Bellator MMA will host two events in two consecutive nights for the first time in its history on Dec. 2 and 3 in Thackerville, Okla. Bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas will be defending his belt on the first night against Joe Warren.
On Saturday night, Bellator 167 will feature a featherweight clash between Pat Curran and John Teixeira in the main event.
MMA Fighting confirmed the news with Bellator officials following a report by The Dallas Morning News. Both Bellator 166 and Bellator 167 will take place at the WinStar World Casino.
Conor McGregor fined $150,000 for UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident
Conor McGregor's role in the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference ended up being a costly one.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday unanimously voted to issue the UFC featherweight champion a $150,000 fine, or five percent of his $3 million show purse, for the bottle-throwing incident that took place between McGregor and UFC 202 opponent Nate Diaz on Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand.
The NAC also handed down 50 hours of community service to McGregor and will require McGregor to participate in an anti-bullying campaign for the commission.
UFC 204 bonuses: Bisping, Henderson get extra $50,000 in a no-brainer 'Fight of the Night'
Michael Bisping, Dan Henderson, Jimi Manuwa and Iuri Alcantara each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC 204 event.
Manuwa and Alcantara earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Bisping and Henderson took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
The UFC announced the winners following the event.
In the UFC 204 main event, Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) beat Henderson (32-15 MMA, 9-9 UFC) in Henderson’s retirement fight with scores of 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46 and retained his middleweight title in his first defense. Bisping did it despite getting knocked down twice by Henderson’s famous right hand. Bisping won four of the five rounds from a total strikes standpoint, but had his face badly cut and swollen thanks to Henderson’s early knockdowns. Still, he got the unanimous decision win in front of his hometown fans and avenged a loss from 2009 at UFC 100, when Henderson knocked him cold.
Report: Vitor Belfort to retire after UFC 204 fight vs. Gegard Mousasi
Vitor Belfort fought for the UFC middleweight title just last year, co-headlined UFC 198 against Jacare Souza this year, and tonight he’ll be co-headlining UFC 204 vs. Gegard Mousasi. Even with the loss to Jacare in May, the 39-year-old Belfort is still #5 in the UFC’s middleweight rankings. However, just a few days shy of the 20 year anniversary of his very first pro bout, it looks as if “The Phenom” will call it a career. Brazilian journalist Breno Massena tweeted the news just before the UFC 204 preliminary card kicked off.
Belfort is almost a 3-to-1 underdog on most betting syndicates, as he prepares for his showdown with Mousasi. In addition to Vitor’s reported retirement, Dan Henderson says he plans to retire after tonight’s main event vs. Michael Bisping. So by the end of tonight, we could be seeing 50% of the main and co-main event participants hang up the gloves.
MMA legend outspoken about televised children's MMA fights
Ramzan Kadyrov, the Moscow-backed leader of the Russian republic of Chechnya, is receiving heavy criticism after video surfaced of his three young sons competing in a mixed martial arts event on the eve of his 40th birthday.
While having his sons fight wouldn’t sound like such a bad idea if the boys were young adults, the fact that the oldest of the Kadyrov sons is only 10 years old is the reason why so much attention has been brought to the event.
Akhmad (10) defeated another boy via technical knockout in what was described as an exhibition fight on a nationally televised card earlier this week. Akhmad’s younger brothers, 9-year-old Eli and 8-year-old Adam, also won their fights in front a rabid crowd of adults on hand at the Grand Prix Akhmat 2016 international tournament in Chechnya’s capital of Grozny.
Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef 2 headlines Bellator 168
Rafael Carvalho defended the Bellator middleweight championship in one of the most controversial decisions of the year against Melvin Manhoef in May, and the promotion will give "No Mercy" an immediate rematch.
Bellator officially announced on Friday that Carvalho and Manhoef will headline the Bellator 168 card in Florence, Italy, on Dec. 10. In the co-main event, Alessio Sakara takes on Joey Beltran. Bellator hasn’t revealed broadcast details for the event.
Justin Gaethje vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov WSOF 33 main event canceled
Friday night's World Series of Fighting 33 main event has been canceled.
The Justin Gaethje vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov lightweight title fight is off because Dugulubgov fell ill Friday morning, WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed with MMAFighting.com. Sefo said Dugulubgov had a headache, low blood pressure and was headed to a local Kansas City hospital for further evaluation.
Ian Entwistle off UFC 204 due to illness
UFC 204 is down to 11 fights.
Bantamweight Ian Entwistle (9-3) was forced to withdraw from the card Friday afternoon due to illness, UFC officials announced. Entwistle did not show up to the official weigh-in, so it is unclear if his illness was related to a bad weight cut.
As a result, his opponent Rob Font (12-2), who did successfully weigh in, will not compete on the card but will receive his show money.
Now Anderson Silva is 'very upset' with the UFC: 'I don't get people's due respect'
Add former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to the list of Brazilian fighters upset with the promotion.
In an interview with UOL Esporte, Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) vented about the UFC’s treatment of him after his loss to champ Daniel Cormier (18-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 200, saying a return to the octagon is “complicated” after he wasn’t given his proper due for stepping up on short notice to save Cormier’s spot on the fight card.
Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall scheduled for UFC on FOX 22
Hair vs. hair or not, Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall is happening before the end of the year.
Northcutt will meet Gall at UFC on FOX 22 on Dec. 17 in Sacramento, ESPN reported Thursday. UFC officials confirmed the bout on Twitter. The two have been exchanging barbs on social media and in interviews ever since Gall called out Northcutt — and his blonde, spikey hair — after beating CM Punk at UFC 203 last month.
Australia's Kyle Noke meets Dominique Steele at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne
Australia’s Kyle Noke (22-9-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has made his way to the UFC Fight Night 101 card and will take on American Dominique Steele (14-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC), the promotion today announced.
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Brazilian sports court accepts complaint against Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson will be judged for his post-fight actions in Brazil.
According to the STJDMMA document sent to MMA Fighting on Thursday, Nelson was notified on Wednesday and issued a 90-day temporary suspension retroactive to Sept. 29. The Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) has accepted a complaint filed by one of its attorneys following the event.
The long-time UFC heavyweight could be charged for assaulting the referee (up to $30,000 fine, and six-month to two-year suspension) and unethical behavior (up to $10,000 fine, and 30-day to six-month suspension).
The attorney suggests a 14-month suspension and $18,500 fine, but it’s still up to the president of STJDMMA to evaluate the case. Nelson has seven business days to present his defense, STJDMMA explained.
USADA gives Nate Diaz a public warning for cannabidiol use in-competition
Nate Diaz will get a slap on the wrist for vaping at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference.
USADA is giving Diaz a public warning for admitted use of a prohibited substance, according to a release Thursday. Diaz could be seen vaping at the press conference Aug. 20 and he said the pen contained cannabidiol (or CBD) oil. There will be no suspension or further discipline.
Five fights added to UFC 206
UFC 206 will feature a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson, and the promotion officially announced five other match-ups to the Dec. 10 card at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.
Lando Vannata (8-1) returns to the Octagon in a 155-pound bout against John Makdessi (14-5).
Valerie Letourneau (8-5) takes on newcomer Nova Uniao’s Poliana Botelho (5-1).
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (8-2) is set to take on Drew Dober (17-7, 1 NC) in a lightweight clash.
Rustam Khabilov (20-3) meets Canadian talent Jason Saggo (12-2).
Former flyweight title contender John Moraga (16-5) takes on Zach Makovsky (19-7).
UFC Fight Night 97 canceled following B.J. Penn's withdrawal from the card
The UFC has canceled their upcoming event in Manila. The news was announced by the promotion on Thursday.
Penn pulled out of the fight on Wednesday citing a rib injury. The UFC failed to find a replacement opponent for Lamas, which subsequently caused the cancellation for the event.
The fighters set to compete on the card will be rebooked for upcoming UFC events, and they will receive compensation due to the cancellation of card, according to the UFC.
With the 2016 calendar already finalized with UFC events, the promotion will look to book an event in Manila sometime next year. Fans that purchased tickets can seek refund at the point of purchase. MMA Fighting learned that ticket sales were low, somewhere between 3,000 to 4,000