RIZIN's Sakakibara will 'put in the effort' to deliver Fedor vs. Wanderlei
"This month, I will visit the United States, where I will meet with Wanderlei," Sakakibara told Tass.ru. "This is a fighter, which is not only interesting to Rizin, but for fans of combat sports in general. And our job is to answer the wishes of our viewers."
Sakakibara added that the promotion will aim to set up a potential clash between Fedor Emelianenko and Wanderlei Silva if they sense that it is a fight that fans are interested in.
"If we talk about the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva, there is such a possibility. If the number of those wishing to see the fight between Fedor and Wanderlei Silva will be really great, we will make efforts to ensure that the fight takes place."
Report: UFC releases Jorgensen, Roop, and Yui Chul
Back on January 29th, the UFC released a whole slew of fighters between their heavyweight and lightweight divisions. It looked, for the moment, as though the lighter weightclasses had been spared. It doesn't look that way now. While not an official announcement, the UFCFIGHTERSiNFO Twitter account, which monitors the UFC.com website and it's roster, has delivered the news that a few names from the lighter weight classes have been removed from the UFC's database. That usually only means one thing.
The biggest of those names is Scott Jorgensen, who sent out a Tweet just last week declaring his free agency. It looks like the UFC doesn't plan on being part of that bidding process.
UFC Fight Night Medical Suspensions: Seven Fighters Facing Potential 6-Month Layoffs
UFC Fight Night ‘Hendricks vs. Thompson’ Medical Suspensions
Stephen Thompson: Must have right ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Johny Hendricks: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Roy Nelson: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Jared Rosholt: Must have left ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Ovince St. Preux: Must have right ankle X-rayed and, if positive, cleared by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28.
Rafael Cavalcante: Must have right eye cleared by ophthalmologist, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 23; no contact until March 8.
Joseph Benavidez: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (left eyebrow laceration).
Alex Nicholson: Must have bilateral jaw fractures and broken nose an oral, maxillofacial doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until March 23; no contact until March 8.
Sean Spencer: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8.
Joshua Burkman: Must have MRI on right shoulder and clearance by orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7. Minimum suspension no contest until Feb. 28; no contact until Feb. 21.
K.J. Noons: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (finger laceration).
Damian Grabowski: Suspended until March 23; no contact until March 8 (scalp laceration).
Ray Borg: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28 (tough fight).
Diego Rivas: Must have both knees cleared by an orthopedic doctor, or no contest until Aug. 7.
Noad Lahat: Suspended until April 7; no contact until March 23.
Artem Lobov: Suspended until March 8; no contact until Feb. 28 (eyelid laceration).
RFA 36 main card finalized with 4-time All-American wrestler Logan Storley
After announcing the event’s first three bouts, the remaining three are now set for next month’s “RFA 36: Barcelos vs. Vannata” event.
The show takes place march 4 at Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minn., and the main card airs on AXS TV.
As previously announced, the headliner features featherweight champion Raoni Barcelos (9-1) vs. challenger Landon Vannata (7-0).
Among the latest additions is undefeated welterweight prospect Logan Storley (2-0), who should help pull in some local fans when he meets Rode Vocu (1-0).
Neiman Gracie vs. Roger Carroll added to Bellator 151
Neiman Gracie will finally return to the Bellator cage in March.
The undefeated welterweight, who tapped Bobby Flynn in his promotional debut in February of 2015, is slated to face Roger Carroll at the Bellator 151 card in Thackerville, Okla. on March 4, sources told MMAFighting.com.
Son of coral belt (red and black) Marcio Stambowsky and Carla Gracie, Gracie looks to extend his MMA record to 4-0 after scoring a pair of submission finishes at World Series of Fighting prior to his successful Bellator debut in 2015.
Albert Tumenov calls out Stephen Thompson for matchup of 'best strikers'
Albert Tumenov claims he has the best striking in the UFC, but Stephen Thompson might have something to say about that.
Tumenov (17-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) would like to find out, though, and that’s why he’s decided to call for a matchup with Thompson (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) after “Wonderboy” scored a first-round knockout of former UFC welterweight champ Johny Hendricks this past Saturday in UFC Fight Night 82’s main event.
USADA confirms Yoel Romero tested positive for prohibited substance
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today confirmed Yoel Romero tested positive for a prohibited substance in the wake of the UFC middleweight’s admission to failing a test.
“Given that Mr. Romero has publicly discussed his case, we can confirm that he did test positive for a prohibited substance,” USADA rep Ryan Madden wrote in an email to MMAjunikie. “At this time we are investigating the circumstances surrounding his positive test to determine the appropriate outcome, in accordance with the rules.
Rafael Natal meets Robert Whittaker at UFC 197
A middleweight matchup between Brazilian Rafael Natal and Australian Robert Whittaker is the latest addition to April’s UFC 197 event.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with multiple people with knowledge of the contest that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and bout agreements have been distributed. UFC officials are expected to make an announcement shortly.
Whittaker is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings.
UFC 197 headliner Jon Jones cited for driving without a license, due in court Wednesday
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is again in trouble with the law.
The 28-year-old New York native is due in court in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday after being cited for driving without a license, registration or proof of insurance.
The charges are the latest in a long string of traffic troubles for Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), who was confirmed this past Saturday to rematch reigning champ Daniel Cormier(17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 197. The pay-per-view event takes place April 23 in Las Vegas.
Jones is hoping to reclaim the title that UFC officials strip after Jones’ previous legal woes.
UFC Fight Night 82 salaries: Nelson, Benavidez earn top disclosed payouts
Co-main-event winner Roy Nelson ($125,000) and main-card victor Joseph Benavidez ($118,000) were the top earners at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 82 event.
The total disclosed payroll for the event was $1,054,000.
The full list of UFC Fight Night 82 payouts included:
Stephen Thompson: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
def. Johny Hendricks: $100,000
Roy Nelson: $125,000 (includes $50,000 win bonus)
def. Jared Rosholt: $33,000
Ovince Saint Preux: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)
def. Rafael Cavalcante: $42,000
Joseph Benavidez: $118,000 (includes $59,000 win bonus)
def. Zach Makovsky: $19,000
Misha Cirkunov: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Alex Nicholson: $10,000
Mike Pyle: $106,000 (includes $53,000 win bonus)
def. Sean Spencer: $17,000
Josh Burkman: $90,000 (includes $45,000 win bonus)
def. K.J. Noons : $34,000
Derrick Lewis: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus)
def. Damian Grabowski: $17,000
Justin Scoggins: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus)
def. Ray Borg: $18,000
Diego Rivas: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Noad Lahat: $17,000
Mickey Gall: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Mike Jackson: $10,000
Alex White: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Artem Lobov: $13,000
Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
The big men will headline the UFC’s debut event in Croatia, officials today announced.
Former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (17-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) and surging contender Ben Rothwell (36-9 MMA, 6-3 UFC) are set for the five-round main event.
The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card now includes:
Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic
Opinion: Rockhold/Weidman II highlights middleweight's need for new contenders
On Wednesday, Dana White confirmed that Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman would have an immediate rematch at UFC 199 in June, much to the annoyance of those who are against immediate rematches of fights that otherwise ended in decisive fashion. The initial plan was to set up Rockhold against Yoel Romero, who narrowly defeated Ronaldo Souza in a fight immediately preceding Weidman vs. Rockhold I at UFC 194.
I can understand where people are coming from with regards to Rockhold vs. Weidman II. If Romero hadn't had his "potential failure", then Rockhold vs. Romero should've been the fight to make right away, with Weidman facing Jacare in the interim. With that said, looking at the landscape of middleweight as it stands right now, for my money, the immediate rematch is best possible fight to make in the division. Their first fight was very competitive and quite close (at least to me) before Weidman's spinning kick missed and Rockhold slaughtered him from top position in rounds 3 and 4.
Max Holloway warns B.J. Penn: There's another 'Hawaii kid' gunning for belt
UFC legend B.J. Penn announced that he would be coming out of retirement last month to capture the featherweight title. Penn, a UFC Hall of Famer and a two-division world champion -- lightweight and welterweight -- is one of Hawaii's most successful MMA fighters, but there's a new Hawaiian talent on the radar: Max Holloway.
The 24-year-old is riding an 8 fight win streak and is knocking on the door of title contention. Since losing to Conor McGregor in 2013, "Blessed" has sharpened and honed his craft and is now ranked as the #4 featherweight in the world.
Mickey Gall after 'soccer-mom small talk' with CM Punk: 'I get to beat up a superstar'
LAS VEGAS – Mickey Gall’s UFC debut had it all: plenty of media attention, a quick finish, a pivotal win and an awkward in-cage face-off with his next opponent.
In one of Saturday’s more peculiar UFC Fight Night 82 matchups, Gall (2-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) needed a mere 45 seconds to choke out fellow welterweight Mike Jackson (0-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in the night’s final UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary-card bout (via Twitter):
Johny Hendricks won't blame training camp change for loss to 'Wonderboy'
Johny Hendricks came into a UFC fight for the first time without flying the Team Takedown banner Saturday night. That bout ended in a first-round loss for the former UFC welterweight champion.
Hendricks, though, did not want to blame the camp and management change for his TKO defeat against Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 in Las Vegas.
"Stephen Thompson was just a better man tonight," Hendricks said at the post-fight press conference. "What can I say? He performed. I hesitated. I don't hesitate usually. A lot of it goes into preparation. I switched camps and all these other things. But no excuses. He was just a better man."
Click Debate: Aljamain Sterling, free agency and the concept of value in MMA
In any other sport, Aljamain Sterling would be the prototype of what any franchise would want.
He's one of the very best in the world in his category and has the numbers to back it up. At 26, Sterling is not quite at his physical peak. He's athletic, fundamentally sound and intelligent in competition.
Outside competition, he's charismatic and good with the media. He's never been in any kind of trouble. Sterling may be critical of some aspects of management on social media, but he's hardly a malcontent.
Stephen Thompson’s virtuoso performance places him in complicated title picture
LAS VEGAS – If Stephen Thompson was ever going to announce that he had arrived, Saturday night was a good time to do it. His UFC 196 pay-per-view co-main event with Johny Hendricks became a UFC Fight Night main event on free television when the Cain Velasquez-Fabricio Werdum heavyweight title fight fell out. Hendricks was a former champion who was still positioned near the top of the division. And it was ripe set-up for a knockout artist like "Wonderboy" to prove that even the most infallible chins cave in behind his touch.
UFC 197 set for April 23 in Vegas with Cormier-Jones 2, Johnson-Cejudo title fights
Jon Jones’ return to the octagon is official. The former UFC light heavyweight champion will attempt to regain the belt he never lost in the cage when he faces current titleholder Daniel Cormier in a rematch at UFC 197 on April 23.
Complimenting the 205-pound grudge match between Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) and Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena will be a flyweight title contest. Reigning 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson (23-2-1 MMA, 11-1-1 UFC) will look for his eighth consecutive title defense against undefeated challenger Henry Cejudo (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC).
The UFC announced both fights during tonight’s UFC Fight Night 82 broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
John Dodson vs. Bryan Caraway scrapped; Dodson vs. Rani Yahya could be up next
Another potential Bryan Caraway fight has passed by.
It seems everyone at 135 pounds wants to fight the polarizing bantamweight. Most recently, John Dodson was the name linked to Caraway for a matchup.
But that potential fight is off, and Dodson will look for another opponent for his bantamweight return, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
The sticking point was that Caraway did not want to fight in April, which was the proposed time frame, due to "personal reasons." Dodson is itching to get back to action and doesn't want to wait any longer.