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Garbrandt vs. Lineker and Moras vs. Murphy added to UFC Fight Night 82
(mmajunkie.com)
The card for UFC Fight Night 82 is starting to come together with the addition of the event’s first two bouts. Cody Garbrandt (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will take on John Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2) at bantamweight and Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will square off with Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in women’s bantamweight action.
Submitted Dec 14, 2015 9:14PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 195 lineup set with Brandao-Ortega PPV opener, Duffy-Poirier on Fight Pass
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC 195 event, which includes a can’t-miss lightweight fight on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary card. UFC 195 takes place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass carry the prelims. The full UFC 195 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic Kelvin Gastelum vs. Kyle Noke Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman Tony Sims vs. Abel Trujillo PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET) Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Submitted Dec 14, 2015 6:06PM by JLS1980 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 80 salaries: Sage Northcutt leads payroll with $80,000 in second UFC fight
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC sold UFC Fight Night 80 as the ‘Sage and Page show,' and as Conor McGregor would say, that promotion was reflected in the numbers. Northcutt handily lead the event's disclosed post-fight payroll, pocketing $80,000 for his stoppage of Cody Pfister in just his second UFC fight, according to information released by the Nevada Athletic Commission. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 14, 2015 5:34PM by Wez - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
RIZIN announces BARUTO vs. Jérôme Le Banner for 12/31
(mmasucka.com)
RIZIN FF has announced the debut of Kaido Höövelson, better known as; BARUTO. He will take on combat sports legend Jérôme Le Banner on December 31. 30-year-old Baruto (0-0) will be making his MMA debut following his run as a sumo-wrestler which gained him popularity in Japan. After suffering some injuries, Höövelson has transitioned to MMA and has trained under the supervision of world class fighters like Peter Aerts and Akira Shoji. 42-year-old combat sports legend Le Banner (3-2-1, 81-22-2 KB) has been fighting professionally for almost 20 years but has not competed in MMA since December of 2010 where he lost to Satoshi Ishii via decision. He went 2-0 in kickboxing this year, including a knockout and a decision. Along with the experience in MMA and kickboxing, Le Banner has an undefeated boxing record at 6-0 w/ five knockouts. This fight will take place as the co-main event of RIZIN 2, headlined by Fedor Emelianenko, on December 31.
Submitted Dec 14, 2015 1:24PM by JLS1980 - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
Grant-Vera, Pickett-Briones scheduled for UFC London in February
(mmajr.co)
Two more bouts have been announced for UFC’s annual trip to London, the first being a bantamweight scrap between TUF 18 finalist Davey Grant and Marlon Vera, and the second also being a bantamweight scrap between UFC veteran Brad Pickett and Henry Briones. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 14, 2015 11:10AM by Wez - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
New UFC champ Luke Rockhold respects Romero, but wants Belfort 'on silver platter'
(mmajunkie.com)
Luke Rockhold may be the UFC middleweight champion, but he hasn’t let go of his lone setback to take place inside the octagon. After taking out Chris Weidman (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) by fourth-round TKO to capture the 185-pound belt in Saturday’s UFC 194 pay-per-view co-headliner in Las Vegas, Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) said he wants his shot at revenge against Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC), who gave him a rude welcome to the UFC with a spinning wheel-kick knockout in May 2013. “What I would like, why not? Vitor Belfort on a silver platter,” Rockhold said after the event, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I got to right my wrong. What can I say?” Although Rockhold’s desire to avenge his lone defeat is the past seven years is admirable, Belfort may not be the most deserving challenger after Weidman stopped him in the first round of a title fight at UFC 187 in May.
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:23AM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With title win, Conor McGregor shares 'EA Sports UFC 2' cover with Ronda Rousey
(mmajunkie.com)
New UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is officially joining an ex-titleholder on the cover of “EA Sports UFC 2.” With his shocking 13-second knockout win over longtime champion Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 194 pay-per-view headliner and title-unification bout, new champ McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) secured his spot on the new video-game cover with Ronda Rousey.
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:21AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor vows he won't vacate featherweight title with lightweight bid
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Fronting his own press conference after unifying the UFC featherweight belt at UFC 194, Conor McGregor said he’ll celebrate his win over Jose Aldo at a local steakhouse with his family before attending an afterparty and turning in early. As for his next career move, he told reporters he’ll soon head home to his native Dublin, enjoying Christmas and plotting what comes next after his eye-popping win. Whatever McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) does, it’s bound to be ambitious. After knocking out Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in just 13 seconds in the pay-per-view headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for a new UFC record, the undisputed champ relished his record. But he added he’s got ground to gain on combat sports box office champs Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Good thing is, he’s got time to do it. “I’m only 27,” he said. “Them mother(expletives) are 40.”
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:18AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 194 Athlete Outfitting pay: McGregor, Aldo, Weidman top year-best event payout
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 194 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $285,000. It’s the biggest event payout since the program’s launch in July. In the pay-per-view headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Conor McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who entered the event as interim featherweight champ, unified the title after dethroning longtime champ Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) with a staggering 13-second knockout. In the co-headliner, Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) needed a little longer – but ultimately proved pretty dominant – after dethroning middleweight champ Chris Weidman (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) via fourth-round TKO.
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:17AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Frankie Edgar crashes UFC 194 press conference to hear title fate
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Frankie Edgar emerged from this week’s trio of UFC events much as he did entering it: confident, yet uncertain about the future. The former lightweight champ boosted his stock immeasurably with a first-round knockout of three-time title challenger Chad Mendes (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) received a verbal promise from UFC President Dana White that he would get the next featherweight title shot after “putting the stamp on it” with his fists. Then came Saturday’s UFC 194, which saw Conor McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) unify the featherweight title with a blistering 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC). While the dual results appeared to make the UFC’s matchmaking job easy, Edgar, as before, wasn’t so certain. So he showed up to the post-UFC 194 press conference to see what was up. “Definitely,” Edgar told MMAjunkie when asked whether he was worried about what would be said. “Like I said, I was told yesterday that I was next in line. We will see.”
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:15AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Conor McGregor gets immediate title shot with move to lightweight
(mmajunkie.com)
Conor McGregor’s prediction of becoming a two-weight world champion is coming closer to fruition. UFC Dana White has promised McGregor a lightweight title shot if he chooses to move up to the weight class. McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) captured the UFC featherweight title from Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) with a record-setting first-round knockout in UFC 194’s main event and continued to take the sport by storm with another brilliant performance. “The Notorious” has called his shots since the day he set foot in the UFC, and prior to his showdown with Aldo he revealed his intention to jump up a weight class after UFC 194 and become a champion in two weight classes. Although the plan seemed lofty at the time, White said McGregor’s performance made him worthy of the opportunity. “(McGregor’s coach) John Kavanagh said in the octagon he’ll never make 145 again. He said, ‘I don’t want him making that weight again; it’s not good for him,'” White said on the UFC 194 post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. “I’d bring him straight in for a title shot. … They’ve been talking about going to ’55, but you never know with Conor.”
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:14AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 194 draws reported 16,516 attendance for $10.1 million live gate
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – Saturday night’s UFC 194 event drew an announced attendance of 16,516 and a live gate of $10.1 million. UFC officials announced the figures at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended. According to UFC executive Dave Sholler, the attendance total was the largest UFC event ever in Las Vegas. The gate total is the second highest in UFC history after UFC 129 at Rogers Centre in Toronto. Among the seven UFC events at MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2015, UFC 194 now is in the top position. The full list includes: UFC 194: 16,516 attendance ($10.1 million live gate) UFC 189: 16,019 attendance ($7.2 million) UFC 183: 13,114 ($4.5 million) UFC 187: 12,615 ($5.2 million) UFC 182: 11,575 ($3.7 million) UFC 191: 10,873 ($1.36 million) The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale: 4,844 ($291,000)
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:12AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 196 adds Hendricks-Thompson, Nelson-Rosholt, Burkman-Noons, Pyle-Spencer
(mmajunkie.com)
Stephen Thompson wanted a big fight in that UFC welterweight division. That’s exactly what he’ll get at UFC 196. “Wonderboy” is set to take on former champ Johny Hendricks at the Super Bowl weekend event. UFC officials announced the matchup on Saturday’s UFC 194 broadcast, along with three other bouts for the card. Hendricks (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) will fight Thompson (11-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) after Thompson was moved from UFC 195, where he was supposed to fight Neil Magny before Magny replaced Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 79 in November. UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 10:05AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 194 Post-Fight Bonuses
(mmajr.co)
UFC 194, one of the greatest cards in MMA history, has concluded. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 13, 2015 3:27AM by Wez - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White on Frankie Edgar title shot: 'He'll get whatever he wants'
(mmajunkie.com)
Frankie Edgar earned the most significant victory of his featherweight career when he knocked out Chad Mendes at the TUF 22 Finale. And it appears to have finally earned him another UFC title shot. Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) finished Mendes (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) in dramatic fashion less than three minutes after the highly anticipated main event began for his fifth consecutive octagon victory. “The Answer” has been pleading for a UFC featherweight title shot for some time, and according to his post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1, he’s been granted his wish by UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Dec 12, 2015 9:25AM by JLS1980 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Valentina Shevchenko in against Sarah Kaufman at UFC on FOX 17
(mmajunkie.com)
Sarah Kaufman has had trouble finding UFC opponents so far, and after another one dropped out at UFC on FOX 17 next, the Canadian will indeed get a fight. UFC newcomer Valentina Shevchenko (9-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in for the injured Germaine de Randamie make her octagon debut opposite Kaufman (17-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout at the Dec. 17 event at Orlando’s Amway Center.
Submitted Dec 12, 2015 3:07AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
TUF 22 Finale postfight bonuses: Tony Ferguson takes home an extra $100,000
(mmafighting.com)
LAS VEGAS -- Tony Ferguson earned himself a double dip into the UFC's postfight bonus pool. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 12, 2015 2:16AM by Wez - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 194 Weigh In Results/Video
(mmafighting.com)
Main card (PPV at 10 p.m. ET) Jose Aldo (145) vs. Conor McGregor (145) Chris Weidman (185) vs. Luke Rockhold (185) Jacare Souza (186) vs. Yoel Romero (185) Demian Maia (170) vs. Gunnar Nelson (170) Max Holloway (146) vs. Jeremy Stephens (145) Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET) Urijah Faber (136) vs. Frankie Saenz (135) Tecia Torres (116) vs. Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (116) Warlley Alves (171) vs. Colby Covington (170) Leonardo Santos (156) vs. Kevin Lee (156) Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET) Joe Proctor (155.5) vs. Magomed Mustafaev (155) John Makdessi (156) vs. Yancy Medeiros (155.5) Court McGee (170) vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr. (171)
Submitted Dec 11, 2015 6:50PM by kopower - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator releases five fighters, including former champion
(bloodyelbow.com)
While the UFC has been in the news for the large number of fighters they've released lately (or are rumored to be releasing), it's Bellator's roster trimming that's in the news today. The Viacom-owned organization cut five fighters from their roster, one of which held a title in the organization. Jason Floyd of The MMA Report fills us in via Twitter:
Submitted Dec 11, 2015 2:05PM by JLS1980 - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC Fight Night Bonuses: Namajunas, Chiesa, Miller, Means Garner $50K
(sherdog.com)
Rose Namajunas was completely dominant, but Paige VanZant somehow kept on coming. That combination was enough to earn Namajunas a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award for her victory in the UFC Fight Night headliner at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Namajunas thoroughly outclassed VanZant in all facets, battering her with clean shots on the feet, landing multiple takedowns and passing guard with ease. Still, VanZant kept fighting until “Thug Rose” was finally able secure a rear-naked choke at the 2:25 mark of round five. POTN- Rose Namajunas POTN- Tim Means FOTN- Michael Chiesa vs Jim Miller
Submitted Dec 11, 2015 9:54AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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