Coach: Amanda Nunes' striking is 'light years ahead' of Ronda Rousey's
Few people ever mentioned Amanda Nunes as a worthy title challenger for Ronda Rousey before this past Saturday. But after watching her dazzling display against Sara McMann, they certainly are now. Nunes blew the doors off of McMann at UFC Fight Night 73, stopping the Olympic medalist with a rear-naked choke in less than three minutes, instantly vaulting her name into title contention.
MMA fighter wins title while 12 weeks pregnant in Brazil
Kinberly Novaes was expected to make her RFA debut next week against Jocelyn Jones Lybarger, but won’t be able to step inside the cage.
The Brazilian strawweight had some trouble cutting weight as soon as she signed her bout agreement to fight on Aug. 21, and eventually found out that she’s six months pregnant. When she did the math, Novaes realized she fought and won a MMA fight in Brazil while pregnant. She’s having a boy.
UFC champ Fabricio Werdum to appear in Halo 5: Guardians
Fabricio Werdum is a big fan of the Halo series - one of the most successful first-person shooter video games on consoles. Set for release on October 27th, Halo 5: Guardians is the long awaited sequel to Halo 4, and the head brass at Microsoft confirmed at Gamescom on Wednesday that none other than UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum would be making a cameo appearance in the game.
"Fabricio Werdum makes a small cameo appearance in Halo 5: Guardians. He's a big fan of Halo and we're big fans of his, so it's always fun when these kinds of things work out," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "It's a bit of an Easter egg though, so you'll have to really be looking for it."
Despite successful surgery and 'new ankle,' Raphael Assuncao unlikely for 2015 return
The UFC bantamweight title picture continues to be muddled by injuries; top contender Raphael Assuncao will be out of action until at least the end of the year after undergoing successful surgery on his right ankle.
Assuncao (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) announced in December that a broken ankle would keep him from consideration for a bout with current UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw (12-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC).
The original plan was for the Brazilian to recover from the injury without surgery. However, nearly eight months after the original damage occurred, Assuncao, who’s ranked No. 3 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA bantamweight rankings, went under the knife since the recovery process didn’t go as expected.
The surgery took place Thursday. Assuncao, via Twitter, confirmed the news and labeled the procedure “successful”
Claudia Gadelha's finger injury pushes Joanna Jedrzejczyk title rematch to 2016
What was originally thought to be a broken finger is actually a torn ligament for UFC women’s strawweight No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha, whose title fight will have to wait for her recovery.
Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) hurt her left hand early in the first round of her UFC 190 bout with Jessica Aguilar (19-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) earlier this month. The Brazilian battled through the damage to take a dominant unanimous-decision win and to set up an anticipated rematch with reigning 115-pound champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
Gadelha hoped to book the fight as soon as possible. However, with the extent of the damage to her hand has now known, Gadelha won’t get her crack at UFC gold until at least January.
UFC 191 lineup set with Chambers vs. VanZant kicking off pay-per-view main card
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC 191 event, and a strawweight bout kicks off the pay-per-view main card.
The 11-bout lineup takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Prior to the PPV main card, FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass carry the prelims.
The full UFC 191 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. John Dodson – for flyweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Frank Mir
Anthony Johnson vs. Jimi Manuwa
Corey Anderson vs. Jan Blachowicz
Alex Chambers vs. Paige VanZant
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Paul Felder vs. Ross Pearson
John Lineker vs. Francisco Rivera
Liz Carmouche vs. Raquel Pennington
Clay Collard vs. Tiago Trator
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Joe Riggs vs. Ron Stallings
Nazareno Malegarie vs. Joaquim Silva
Bellator 145 features Freire-Straus, Brooks-Held title fights on Nov. 6
Bellator 145 will feature two title fights on Nov. 6 at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center.
The “tentpole” event, which features a main card on Spike TV and prelims on Facebook, features featherweight champion Patricio Freire (24-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) vs. former titleholder Daniel Straus (24-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA), as well as lightweight champ Will Brooks (16-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) vs. challenger Marcin Held (21-3 MMA, 10-2 BMMA). MMAFighting.com first reported the details of “Bellator 145: Vengeance.”
Former lightweight champion Michael Chandler (13-3 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and heavyweight Bobby Lashley (13-2 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) are also expected to compete at the event.
Fast-rising bonus-collector Thomas Almeida inks new UFC deal
Thomas Almeida, one of the more impressive recent additions to the UFC’s bantamweight division, has signed a new deal with the promotion.
The 24-year-old Brazilian’s rep, Wade Hampel of Big Fight Management, told MMAjunkie that Almedia has signed a new “five-fight extension.”
Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.