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Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 17 added to UFC Hall of Fame
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight matchup that provided one of the most surprising and spectacular knockouts in UFC history will be enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame. It was revealed on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC tonight” that Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman will join Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52, as well as Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in the UFC Hall of Fame’s fight wing. Williams (12-6 UFC, 3-5 UFC) vs. Coleman (16-10 UFC, 7-5 UFC) joins fellow 2016 inductees Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye and Bob Meyrowitz.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:01AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah
(sherdog.com)
The bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” In addition to the main event, five other contests were revealed: Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight; Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele at welterweight; Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at 170 pounds; Marcin Tybura vs. Viktor Pesta at heavyweight and Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi at middleweight. UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City takes place at Vivint Smart Home Arena and airs on Fox Sports 1.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:00AM by RhythmAndStyle - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis faces Charles Oliveira in featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21
(mmafighting.com)
Anthony Pettis has his first opponent as a featherweight. The former UFC lightweight champion takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 on Aug. 27 in Vancouver, FOX Sports reported Wednesday, per UFC executive Tom Wright. Pettis (18-5), once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, lost three straight at lightweight before deciding to move down a weight class. "Showtime" dropped the belt last year to Rafael dos Anjos, then fell to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza. Pettis, 29, is also now doing part of his training camp at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Brooks signs with UFC, meets Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
(mmajunkie.com)
Top free agent lightweight Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC and will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale. MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with UFC officials. Brooks currently sits at No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings. As MMAjunkie previously reported, Pearson was expected to face James Krause at the event, but Krause was forced to withdraw from the card.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:32PM by Shawn91111 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tim Means got job as metal fabricator during USADA suspension, hopes to return in August
(mmafighting.com)
Tim Means is ready to get back inside the UFC Octagon. The welterweight fighter was recently suspended from competition after being flagged for a banned substance prior to his UFC Fight Night 83 main event showdown against Donald Cerrone in February. In the wake of the USADA violation, Means maintained his innocence, asserting that either the testing machinery or one of his supplements was tainted. Recently, Means and his legal team reached a settlement with USADA. Means would accept a six-month suspension, retroactive to February, after extensive testing proved one of his supplements to indeed be tainted.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 10:20PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kron Gracie to Face Hideo Tokoro in Featherweight Bout at September Rizin Event
(sherdog.com)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Kron Gracie will lock horns with former Bellator, Dream and K-1 talent Hideo Tokoro at Rizin Fighting Federation’s September event. The promotion recently announced the bout, which will be contested at featherweight. A date has not been revealed for the card, but it will also feature the beginning of an open-weight tournament that will include former UFC and Pride Fighting Championships star Wanderlei Silva. The event will take place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan. The promotion is expected to hold a press conference announcing further plans for the card in the near future.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 7:19PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri targeted for UFC Fight Night in Utah
(mmafighting.com)
A featherweight fight between Cub Swanson and Tatusya Kawajiri is in the works for later this year. According to sources, the fight is currently slated for UFC Fight Night 92 on Aug. 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah. It has yet to be officially announced by the promotion. Swanson (22-7) is coming off a unanimous decision over Hacran Dias in April, while Kawajiri (35-9-2) most recently dropped a unanimous decision to Dennis Bermudez in February.
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 7:09PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
James Krause withdraws from The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, UFC seeks new opponent for Ross Pearson
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC lightweight James Krause 23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has withdrawn from a planned meeting with Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC), and the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent. MMAjunkie today confirmed Krause’s decision with UFC officials. The bout was set to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, which takes place July 8 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The current lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for for women’s strawweight title opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final opponent TBA vs. opponent TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Ross Pearson vs. opponent TBA Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva Fernando Bruno vs. Gray Maynard Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir John Moraga vs. Matheus Nicolau Kevin Lee vs. Jake Matthews
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 11:55AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Sam Sicilia itching for return, eyes Dennis Siver in Hamburg
(mmajunkie.com)
It’s been six months since UFC featherweight Sam Sicilia (15-6 MMA, 5-5 UFC) has set foot in the octagon, and he’s anxious to book a return. And if it’s going to take playing matchmaker to get a fight, Sicilia said he’ll take Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) at September’s UFC Fight Night in Hamburg. “I would love that fight,” Sicilia told MMAjunkie. “I have always wanted it. I feel like it’s appropriate right now. “Nothing against him personally, but I’ve always just watched him fight and gone, ‘Oh, come on. Give me that guy. I would love it.'”
Submitted Jun 14, 2016 11:54AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fedor Emelianenko says he's closer than ever to signing with the UFC
(mmafighting.com)
Fedor Emelianenko to the UFC? Finally? It could happen in 2016, said the man himself. Emelianenko told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour that he is closer than ever to signing a contract with the world's leading MMA promotion. And his next fight, after this weekend's bout under the Eurasia Fight Nights banner, could very well be in the Octagon. "Yes," Emelianenko said through a translator. "In a word, yes. That possibility does exist."
Submitted Jun 13, 2016 5:28PM by Five-Alive - 117 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Michael Arrant in for Thiago Meller vs. John Howard at WSOF 31
(mmajunkie.com)
Days after Thiago Meller was forced out of his WSOF 31 bout, John Howard has a new opponent. Michael Arrant (15-10 MMA, 0-0 WSOF) will step into the middleweight bout against Howard (23-12 MMA, 0-0 WSOF) for the injured Meller, who suffered a torn calf muscle in training
Submitted Jun 13, 2016 4:50AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fight Nights promoter admits Fedor handpicked Maldonado from a list of opponents
(bloodyelbow.com)
Fight Nights Global promoter Kamil Gadzhiev revealed that Fedor personally selected his opponent from a list of potential foes.
Submitted Jun 12, 2016 4:48AM by xdanish020 - 13 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Ferguson 'pretty upset' Khabib fought Horcher instead of waiting for 'actual legitimate fight'
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson believes Khabib Nurmagomedov should've waited for him to heal up, as opposed to his eventual decision to face Darrell Horcher at UFC on FOX 19.
Submitted Jun 12, 2016 3:28AM by xdanish020 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trump wants Dana White front and center for Republican National Convention
(bloodyelbow.com)
It sounds like the GOP presidential nominee has a strong interest in getting UFC president Dana White front and center for his campaign.
Submitted Jun 12, 2016 3:26AM by xdanish020 - 5 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
 
MMA Fighter Ivan Cole Found Dead; Reportedly Killed Himself Playing Russian Roulette
(sherdog.com)
Former Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday. According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available. A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old. <a href="mer Bellator MMA and Legacy Fighting Championship talent Ivan Cole reportedly shot and killed himself in a Dallas apartment on Saturday. According to a post on CBS DFW’s Facebook page, Cole allegedly killed himself while playing Russian roulette. No further details regarding the incident were immediately available. A statement on the Dallas Police Department’s website confirms that Ivan Robert-Earnest Cole was found dead after officers responded to a shooting at the 13700 block of Montfort Drive at approximately 7:31 a.m. local time. Cole was 25 years old. Read more at
Submitted Jun 12, 2016 12:01AM by JLS1980 - 10 comments
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Two Explosive Bellator Kickboxing Fights Added to Dynamite on June 24
(mmamadhouse.com)
SANTA MONICA, CALIF. (June 10, 2016) – The SPIKE-televised main card of “Bellator: Dynamite 2” on June 24 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis is now complete, with the addition of a women’s flyweight kickboxing bout pitting Denise Kielholtz (44-2) against Gloria Peritore (10-1-1) and a featherweight feature fight between Kevin Ross (31-9) and Justin Houghton (7-2). The fights join a main event that features a heavyweight clash between “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) and Satoshi Ishii (14-5-1), while a lightweight title fight pitting Michael Chandler(14-3) against Patricky “Pitbull” (16-7) will serve as the evening’s co-main event. In addition, former NFL player Matt Mitrione (9-5) and Carl “Badwater” Seumanutafa (10-6) will trade blows in their heavyweight showdown, while a flyweight contest between undefeated Ilima Macfarlane (3-0) and Rebecca Ruth (6-1) wraps up a mouthwatering main card.
Submitted Jun 11, 2016 11:57PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
WSOF Global Announces 4-Man Tournament for Flyweight Title
(mmamadhouse.com)
WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING – GLOBAL CHAMPIONSHIP ANNOUNCES 4-MAN TOURNAMENT FOR FLYWEIGHT TITLE Fight Scheduled for July 30 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, Manila, Philippines LAS VEGAS, NV June 10, 2016 World Series of Fighting – Global Championship (WSOF-GC) will be hosting the first round of a 4-man tournament on July 30 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines, featuring some of the best flyweight fighters in the world. The two winners will face each other on a future card to crown WSOF Global’s first Flyweight World Champion.
Submitted Jun 11, 2016 11:51PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Kamaru Usman in for injured Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev at UFC on FOX 20
(mmajunkie.com)
An injury has knocked Ryan LaFlare from his scheduled UFC on FOX 20 bout with Alexander Yakovlev. Stepping in for LaFlare is red-hot Kamaru Usman. Usman (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) announced the change while working the commentary booth at Titan FC 39. A UFC official confirmed the LaFlare injury to MMAjunkie. The latest UFC on FOX 20 card includes: Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina Kamaru Usman vs. Alexander Yakovlev Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Submitted Jun 10, 2016 11:43PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chad Mendes flagged for 'potential' USADA violation
(mmafighting.com)
The dominoes continue to fall in the UFC's crusade for a cleaner sport. The UFC announced Friday that two-time featherweight title contender Chad Mendes has been flagged for a "potential Anti-Doping Policy violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in Mendes' sample. The UFC's statement can be read below. "The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Chad Mendes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."
Submitted Jun 10, 2016 9:41PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC targeting Jessica Eye vs Bethe Correia for UFC 203
(mmamad.com)
The UFC are targeting a women’s bantamweight bout for UFC 203 as Ana Hissa of Combate is reporting that Jessica Eye vs. Bethe Correia is being targeted for the event. UFC 203: Miocic vs. Overeem is an upcoming mixed martial arts event that will be held on September 10, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. This will be the first event that the organisation will host in Cleveland. The event is expected to be headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship bout between current champion Stipe Miocic and the 2010 K-1 World Grand Prix Champion and former Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem.
Submitted Jun 10, 2016 6:44PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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