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.
Brendan O'Reilly vs. William Macario added to UFC 193 in Melbourne
A pair of former cast members from international versions of “The Ultimate Fighter” will face off in Australia, as Brendan O'Reilly (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. William Macario (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) meet at UFC 193.
UFC officials today confirmed the booking after an initial report from the Brisbane Times.
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
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
Frankie Edgar ready to fight Max Holloway or Jeremy Stephens at TUF 22 Finale
Frankie Edgar’s answer remains the same after another callout: Yes.
The ex-lightweight champ today said he’ll fight Max Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) or Jeremy Stephens (24-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas.
“I got called out by max holloway and Jeremy Stephens,” Edgar (19-4-1 MMA, 13-4-1 UFC), whose nickname is “The Answer,” wrote on Twitter. “I will fight either on dec 11 Let’s make it happen @danawhite @lorenzofertitta @ufc.”
WSOF announces one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament for WSOF 25
WSOF is jumping on the one-night-tournament bandwagon with the announcement it will hold a one-night, eight-man lightweight tournament on Nov. 20 to crown a No. 1 contender for the promotion’s 155-pound championship.
The announcement for the event, which takes place in Seattle and air live on NBCSN, was made on Twitter.
According to MMAFighting, the field of eight includes Islam Mamedov (12-1), Mike Ricci (10-4), Joao Zeferino (18-6), Rich Patishnock (6-2), Jorge Patino (37-15-2), Brian Cobb (20-8), the winner of the WSOF 23 bout between LaRue Burley (6-0) and Brian Foster (22-7) and an additional two still-unnamed competitors. Seeding is not yet official.
UFC Fight Night 74 Reebok-sponsor pay: Patrick Cote, Sam Stout take biggest cuts
The full UFC Fight Night 74 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts included:
Max Holloway: $10,000
def. Charles Oliveira: $10,000
Neil Magny: $10,000
def. Erick Silva: $10,000
Patrick Cote: $15,000
def. Josh Burkman: $10,000
Francisco Trinaldo: $10,000
def. Chad Laprise: $2,500
Olivier Aubin-Mercier: $2,500
def. Tony Sims: $2,500
Valerie Letourneau: $2,500
def. Maryna Moroz: $2,500
Frankie Perez: $2,500
def. Sam Stout: $15,000
Felipe Arantes: $5,000
def. Yves Jabouin: $10,000
Nikita Krylov: $5,000
def. Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $2,500
Chris Kelades: $2,500
def. Chris Beal: $2,500
Shane Campbell: $2,500
def. Elias Silverio: $2,500
Misha Cirkunov: $2,500
def. Daniel Jolly: $2,500
Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida joins Ireland's UFC Fight Night 76 lineup
Aisling Daly (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will fight in her home country when she takes on fellow strawweight Ericka Almeida (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in October at UFC Fight Night 76 in Ireland.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
With the addition, UFC Fight Night 76 now includes:
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Stipe Miocic vs. Ben Rothwell
Nicolas Dalby vs. Darren Till
Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka
Reza Madadi vs. Norman Parke
Mickael Lebout vs. Stevie Ray
Scott Askham vs. Krzysztof Jotko
Tom Breese vs. Cathal Pendred
Bubba Bush vs. Garreth McLellan
Ericka Almeida vs. Aisling Daly
Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves headlines UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea
The top of the lineup has been formed for the UFC’s first visit to South Korea this fall.
Former lightweight champion Benson Henderson (22-5 MMA, 10-3 UFC), who is of Korean heritage, will headline UFC Fight Night 79 against former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves (21-10 MMA, 13-7 UFC). UFC officials announced the main event, as well as the rest of the main card, on Sunday.
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
UFC Fight Night 74 winner Max Holloway interested in Edgar or McGregor rematch
Max Holloway said he’s ready for the biggest names the UFC featherweight division has to offer after earning his seventh consecutive octagon victory in UFC Fight Night 74’s main event.
Holloway (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) has been on a tear over the past two years, defeating every opponent the UFC has put in front of him. The latest performance in that streak saw him top Charles Oliveira (20-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) with a first-round TKO after “Do Bronx” suffered an injury less than two minutes into the fight.
Although the finish was anticlimactic, Holloway still got the job done and joined the upper echelon of the 145-pound class. There are only a limited number of realistic opponents for Holloway going forward, and he said his greatest desire would be a bout against former UFC champ Frankie Edgar – ideally in his home state of Hawaii.
“UFC works in mysterious ways; I’m sure they’re going to find something for me,” Holloway told MMAjunkie. “Let’s get UFC to Hawaii, and what better fight than Holloway vs. Edgar in a stadium? It would be huge.”