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RFA 45 set for Oct. 28 with championship doubleheader
RFA returns to “The Gopher State” in October for a card anchored by a pair of title fights. RFA 45 will take place Oct. 28 at Mystic Showroom in Prior Lake, Minn. The main card will air on AXS TV. In the main event, Gerald Meerschaert (23-8) faces Chase Waldon (10-1) for the vacant middleweight championship. Raoni Barcelos (10-1) puts his featherweight title on the line against Dan Moret (11-2) in the co-main event. The evening will also feature the return of Logan Storley (4-0) against an opponent to be named. Meerschaert brings a four-fight winning streak into the middleweight title bout. All four wins – and 21 of his 23 career victories – have come via stoppage. The bout will mark his debut in the promotion. Waldon is riding his own eight-fight winning streak. He has also only won by decision twice in his professional career.
Submitted Sep 1, 2016 5:26PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Tito Ortiz on possible fight with Fedor Emelianenko: 'Let the beatings begin!'
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz says he would like to fight Fedor Emelianenko but wants to do so at 205 pounds. Edit: not on if it will happen, but if it did does anyone think that Ortiz would stand a chance?
Submitted Sep 1, 2016 1:48PM by jae_1833 - 7 comments
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End of an era: Following promotion's sale, matchmaker Joe Silva leaving UFC
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has informed the company that he will leave his job with the organization, possibly as soon as the end of 2016, MMAjunkie has learned from a person close to the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to discuss the matter. Silva’s departure will come on the heels of the UFC’s sale to a group headed up by talent agency WME-IMG, a deal that Silva is said to have profited from as a company executive. That financial gain, and not any discontent with the sale or new owners, is motivating Silva’s decision to retire, the source said.
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:17PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura official for UFC Fight Night 97 co-main in Philippines
The UFC’s return to the Philippines in October has made its co-main event official, and it will be a heavyweight slugfest. Derrick Lewis (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will take on Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 97. Lewis earlier this month posted the matchup on his Instagram feed, but it took the UFC a couple extra weeks to formalize the booking. The latest UFC Fight Night 97 card now includes: Ricardo Lamas vs. B.J. Penn Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi Mizuto Hirota vs. Cole Miller Seo Hee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:13PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Marcin Held-Diego Sanchez, Kelvin Gastelum-Jorge Masvidal teed up for UFC Fight Night 98
The UFC’s return to Mexico in November continues to build, and now it will include the promotional debut of a highly regarded lightweight. Former Bellator standout Marcin Held (22-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on “TUF 1” winner and former title challenger Diego Sanchez (26-9 MMA, 15-9 UFC) at lightweight at UFC Fight Night 98. Plus, “TUF 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to meet Jorge Masvidal (30-11 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on the card. UFC officials announced the two bookings today. With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 98 card includes: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov Heather Jo Clark vs. Alexa Grasso Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jorge Masvidal Marcin Held vs. Diego Sanchez TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 3: Latin America” lightweight tournament final
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:11PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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UFC Fight Night 94 FS1 main card set with Makhachev-Wade opener in Hidalgo, Texas
The main card for the UFC’s debut in Hidalgo, Texas, has been finalized with six fights on FS1 next month. In addition, the event is expected feature four prelims on FS1 and a pair of fights on UFC Fight Pass, though the UFC is yet to make the fourth prelim bout on FS1 official. The UFC Fight Night 94 card includes: MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET) Michael Johnson vs. Dustin Poirier Derek Brunson vs. Uriah Hall Evan Dunham vs. Abel Trujillo Albert Morales vs. Alejandro Perez Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson Islam Makhachev vs. Chris Wade PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad Joey Gomez vs. Jose Quinonez PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET) Randy Brown vs. Erick Montano Maximo Blanco vs. Chas Skelly
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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C.B. Dollaway vs. Francimar Barroso, Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer made official for UFC 203
When the UFC finalized the lineup for next week’s promotional debut in Cleveland, it squeezed in a couple bouts on UFC Fight Pass that had been reported and rumored, but not yet made official by the company. C.B. Dollaway (15-8 MMA, 9-8 UFC) will move up from middleweight to make his light heavyweight debut against Francimar Barroso (18-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on the preliminary card. And Yancy Medeiros (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) will fight Sean Spencer (12-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at welterweight, also on the Fight Pass prelims. The complete UFC 203 card includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem – for heavyweight title Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET) Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer Francimar Barroso vs. C.B. Dollaway Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:04PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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UFC 203 lineup set with Correia vs. Eye as featured FS1 prelim
The official lineup for UFC 203 is set as the promotion readies for its Cleveland debut. The event takes place Sept. 10 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The card features 13 fights, five of which air on the pay-per-view main card. The complete UFC 203 card includes: MAIN CARD (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem – for heavyweight title Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET) Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer Francimar Barroso vs. C.B. Dollaway Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:01PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Bellator 161 card adds three preliminary bouts, including Ducote vs. Miranda
The card for September’s Bellator 161 card continues to come together with the addition of three preliminary bouts. The promotion today announced the new matchups via a press release. Emily Ducote (3-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) is set to face Kenya Miranda da Silva (2-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a flyweight battle, Mark Dickman (11-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) meets Daniel Pineda (21-12 MMA, 0-3 BMMA) at featherweight and Gregory Babene (17-11 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) squares off with Francisco France (13-4-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) at middleweight. With the additions, the Bellator 161 card includes: MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET) Cheick Kongo vs. Tony Johnson Sirwan Kakai vs. Joe Warren Veta Arteaga vs. Anastasia Yankov Derek Campos vs. Djamil Chan PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET) Kenya Miranda vs. Emily Ducote Mark Dickman vs. Daniel Pineda Gregory Babene vs. Francisco France
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 4:59PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Martin Buschkamp vs. Alex Enlund scratched from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 93 lineup
The fight card for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 93 event is one bout lighter. A scheduled fight between featherweight newcomers Martin Buschkamp (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Alex Enlund (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been pulled from the card. Enlund has suffered an undisclosed injury, and Buschkamp will be booked for another card, officials announced.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 5:34PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines adds two bouts, including Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota
October’s UFC Fight Night 97 event in the Philippines has two new additions. Officials recently announced the bouts: featherweights Cole Miller (21-10 MMA, 10-8 UFC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2 MMA, 0-1-2 UFC) and strawweights Seo Hee Ham (16-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Danielle Taylor (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 5:31PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
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An investigation of Robbie Lawler’s ‘very suspicious’ test results
Rory MacDonald recently claimed on the MMA Hour that Robbie Lawler tested 'four times higher than the limit,' and had some ‘very suspicious’ results. I believe Rory is referring to the Nevada athletic commission tests which were performed at the WADA-accredited SMRTL lab In June 2015—prior to their UFC 189 bout—the results of which were first brought to my attention by @dimspace on twitter.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 3:47PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
‘Fan’ sues Jon Jones over UFC 200 removal
Business and analytics writer Paul Gift reports for BE that on August 19, Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against the interim UFC light heavyweight champion, as well as his managers, First Round Management. Slattery charges concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence. Slattery reports he bought four tickets “for the express purpose” of seeing the unification fight between Jones and division champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. “Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein,” argued Slattery. “In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.”
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:19PM by tildengolfer - 23 comments
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UFC signs Bellator MMA lightweight Marcin Held
Bellator MMA recently signed away from the UFC an exciting fighter who turned pro at 16. That of course was Rory MacDonald. Now an exciting Bellator MMA fighter who turned pro at 16 just announced he has signed with the UFC. No, MacDonald did not change his mind. Instead, the UFC has signed “the prodigy of Polish MMA” Marcin Held. Held is a phenomenal grappler, who started BJJ at nine, and was promoted to black belt at 21, becoming the youngest black belt in his native Poland. He took bronze at the 2010 ADCC Submission Wrestling European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, and gold at both the 2011 FILA Grappling European Championships and 2010 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu European Championships.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:18PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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With 3-hour broadcast, 6-bout WSOF 33 main card complete with Nurmagomedov-Howard
The lineup is set for WSOF’s first three-hour main-card broadcast. Officials today confirmed with MMAjunkie two new and final main-card additions for WSOF 33. They include welterweights John Howard (24-12) vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov (12-1) and heavyweights Shawn Jordan (18-7) vs. Ashley Gooch (10-4). WSOF 33, which features two title fights, takes place Oct. 7 at Kansas City Memorial Auditorium in Kansas City, Kan. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:17PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Former UFC lightweight Ramsey Nijem signs with WSOF
The Ultimate Fighter season 13 runner-up Ramsey Nijem has signed a an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with World Series of Fighting. The news was announced by the promotion on Monday. Nijem hasn't fought in over a year. His last fight was at UFC on Fox 16 back in July 2015, where he lost a split-decision to Andrew Holbrook. The 28-year-old lightweight is currently 9-6 as a professional fighter and has fought for the UFC since 2011, compiling a record of 5-5. Nijem holds notable victories over Beneil Dariush, Joe Proctor, and Danny Downes. Nijem's WSOF debut is expected to be announced soon, according to the promotion.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:14PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Shinya Aoki vs. Eduard Folayang booked for ONE: Defending Honor in November
ONE lightweight champion Shinya Aoki will look for his third consecutive title defense in November when he'll face off with Eduard Folayang at ONE: Defending Honor, ONE Championship announced. Aoki, 33, is riding a nine-fight win streak dating back to 2012 across three weight classes. He won the ONE championship lightweight title after scoring a second-round submission victory over Kotetsu Boku in 2013. Since then, he's competed at featherweight, defended his ONE title twice and most recently scored a first-round TKO victory over Kazushi Sakuraba in a welterweight contest in December. His record stands at 39-6 with 1 no contest.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:13PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Rashad Evans moves to middleweight, wants to fight in New York but has no official opponent
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be making a drop in weight class for his next UFC bout. Evans, who built an impressive career in the UFC's 205-pound division, seizing light heavyweight gold and competing against the best fighters in the world for many years, announced his drop to middleweight on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. The 36-year-old fighter also clarified previous reports that stated he'll be fighting Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 in November.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:11PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
For those complaining about UFC fighter pay and heralding Bellator for being more profitable for fighters
The proof is all right here, we seen folks all upset about Uda, wonder how many showings in Bellator it would take for him to make that NFL money. Main card (Spike) Benson Henderson ($75,000 + no win bonus = $75,000) def. Patricio Freire ($50,000) Derek Anderson ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Saad Award ($18,000) Georgi Karakhanyan ($17,000 + $17,000 = $34,000) def. Bubba Jenkins ($14,000) A.J. McKee ($10,000 + $10,000 = $20,000) def. Cody Walker ($8,000) Prelims (Spike.com) David Duran ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Kyle Estrada ($1,500) Steve Ramirez ($1,750 + $1,750 = $3,500) def. Ron Henderson ($2,000) Joey Davis ($5,000 + no win bonus = $5,000) def. Keith Cutrone ($1,500) Gabriel Green ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Alex Trinidad ($1,500) Andy Murad ($2,000 + $2,000 = $4,000) def. Johnny Cisneros ($2,000) Jake Roberts ($5,000 + $5,000 = $10,000) def. Stephen Martinez ($2,500) Chinzo Machida ($8,000 + $8,000 = $16,000) def. Mario Navarro Jr. ($2,500) Jacob Rosales ($1,500 + $1,500 = $3,000) def. Mike Segura ($1,500)
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 10:57PM by jae_1833 - 14 comments
Filed under: Bellator
How about Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York City?
Here’s some fuel for your fantasy matchmaking. How about a November showdown between former champion Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and rising contender Donald Cerrone (31-7 MMA, 18-4 UFC) at UFC 205? It’s a fight at least one of the potential participants is campaigning for.
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 5:40PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
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