A year-and-a-half later, Nick Diaz is free — and his name has only appreciated
Believe it or not, it was 10 months ago that Nick Diaz, armed only with his amendment rights in the face of a bureaucratic hydra, was handed down a five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive marijuana test. That set up the #FreeNickDiaz campaign, and a petition to the White House, and ultimately a reduced sentence to a year-and-a-half, which expires today, Aug. 1, 2016 — retroactive to the last time he fought on Jan. 31, 2015.
Diaz is free. He’s ready to return a day ahead of his 33rd birthday.
Yet what a different fight world he comes back to from the one he left. For starters, the UFC is in different hands. The Fertittas are out, the William Morris people are in. Reebok is all that the people wear these days, and USADA is knocking at people’s door at 7am without calling ahead first. That’s the new clime.
Khabib offered a fight by UFC officials: ‘Expect good news soon’
UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that the UFC brass has offered him a fight that he considers to be “good news.”
After weeks of campaigning for a long-awaited title shot in the lightweight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov informed his fans that he will have "good news" for them in the near future.
According to the Dagestan native, the UFC reached out to his management with a fight offer. He plans to reveal the news in the coming days.
"I would like to answer some questions that have come, and they are mainly linked to my next fight," Khabib said on his Instagram page. "Soon I will have a fight and I have already proposed a duel. There are some things that I can not tell you, but expect good news soon."
'Baby Slice' Kevin Ferguson Jr., Joey Davis get opponents for Bellator 160
Kevin Ferguson Jr. -- a.k.a. "Baby Slice" in homage to his late father "Kimbo Slice" -- will make his Bellator debut on Aug. 26 at Bellator 160.
And he'll be facing MMA newcomer, Johnny Tomasian. It confirmed through Bellator officials by MMA Fighting. MMA Junkie was the first to report the fight.
Ferguson Jr. made his amateur debut in Massachusetts in Warrior Nation: XFA XII, defeating Tom Brink via a first-round knock out in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Since that time Ferguson Jr. has relocated from Hartford, Conn., to Long Beach, California, to train at Team Bodyshop.
World Series of Fighting event set for Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve
World Series of Fighting has announced a Big Apple event at Madison Square Garden on New Year’s Eve.
With the recent legislative victories achieved within the Big Apple, the major MMA promotions will begin to flock to the sleepless city to provide fans the long awaited chance to witness professional mixed martial arts at the highest levels. The World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva has just announced that the top promotion has scheduled a New Year’s Eve event at the famed Madison Square Garden in New York City.
UFC Fight Night 95 official for Sept. 24 in Brasilia
The UFC will return to Brazil in September for UFC Fight Night 95.
During Saturday’s UFC 201 broadcast, officials formally announced the long-rumored event.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
No fights are yet official for the card, though matchups will likely be formally announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 201 bonuses: Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz take home FOTN honors
It was Tyron Woodley's night in Atlanta.
Not only did the American Top Team fighter defeat Robbie Lawler to take home the UFC's welterweight title at UFC 201 on Saturday, he also took home $50,000 in bonus money.
Woodley was awarded a Performance of the Night honor for his knockout of Lawler, which took place at the 2:12 of the first round. It was only the second time in Lawler's 16-year professional career that he'd been finished via KO. The first came against Nick Diaz at UFC 47 in 2004.
Also taking home bonus money for a POTN was Jake Ellenberger, who needed a win in the worst way in his fight against perennial top 10 fighter Matt Brown. Ellenberger, who'd lost five of his previous six bouts, finished Brown early with a body kick (and subsequent punches) at 1:46 of the first round. It was the first knockout for the 31-year old Ellenberger since 2013, when he put away Nate Marquardt at UFC 158.
‘TUF Brazil 3’ vet Ricardo Abreu receives 2-year ban following failed drug test
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today announced that middleweight and “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” veteran Ricardo Abreu has received a two-year suspension for failing an out-of-competition drug test.
Abreu, 32, tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) and 19-noretiocholanolone – both metabolites of banned anabolic steroids listed by WADA as “non-specified substances” – following a test performed June 3, USADA officials stated in a press release.
Abreu (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was above the “decision limit of 3 ng/mL” for 19-norandrosterone, USADA officials stated. The metabolite previously has been connected “andro” supplements, which contain the banned muscle-building hormone androstenedione.
Chad Mendes says failed USADA drug test was due to psoriasis cream
Link provided by MMAFIGHTING.COM, a simple question for you all is do you believe him or not. If so, then I suppose you believe him to be a juicer because of his build or something. If not, do you think that this is another case that examples failures of USASA? If so, possible solutions? I for one believe him, way more so than Silva, even more so than Romero.
With McCall-Scoggins scrapped, Benoit-Serrano to UFC 201 main card and Grabowski-Hamilton to FS2
With the recent cancellation of a UFC 201 bout, Saturday’s fight card has undergone some subsequent changes.
UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
The official UFC 201 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)
Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Jorge Masvidal vs. Ross Pearson
Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown
Report: Belfort vs. Mousasi set for UFC 204
It looks like Gegard Mousasi will finally get his wish. After years of asking, Vitor Belfort has finally agreed to fight him. According to Globo, the bout will go down at UFC 204 in Manchester, England on October 8th.
Mousasi (39-6-2, 6-3 UFC) is coming off a big first-round KO win over Thiago Santos at UFC 200. He has won four out of his last five overall. He has been requesting a bout with Belfort since his return to the UFC, claiming that the former light heavyweight champion is ducking him.
Joe Rogan signs deal to stay with UFC with reduced schedule
One of the iconic voices of the UFC isn’t going anywhere … at least for another year.
Joe Rogan, who has worked for the UFC since 1997, announced on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast he has agreed to terms to stay with the UFC for “at least one more year.”
Rogan said the decision to stay was a difficult one.
“I was on the fence, man,” Rogan said. “I just do too much (expletive). I’m too (expletive) busy. … I don’t know if I’m doing myself or all the different things I do a disservice. I was real close (to leaving). It was like, either I’m just gonna completely bail off of this or I’m gonna figure it out.”
Weight-cutting issues force Justin Scoggins out of UFC 201 vs. McCall
After a lengthy layoff, flyweight contender Ian McCall was all geared up for his return to the octagon this week.
But just like that, his return is on hold.
Just a day before the weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 201, McCall’s opponent, Justin Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), had enough weight-cutting issues that he decided to shut things down.
Scoggins tonight told MMAjunkie the fight is off. The bout was set to open the pay-per-view main card. The UFC has not yet made any official announcement of the fight’s cancellation, or what fight will take its place to open the main card.
British MMA vet Jim Wallhead in to face Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 93
Longtime British MMA vet “Judo” Jim Wallhead is finally octagon-bound, set to make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 93, the UFC announced today.
Wallhead (29-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets fellow newcomer Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the Sept. 3 event, which takes at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, and is expected to air live on FS1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass. It’s not yet known on which portion of the card the welterweight bout will serve.
With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 93 now includes:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Aisling Daly vs. Michelle Waterson
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein
Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho
Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus
Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
Newcomer Danielle Taylor in for Kish vs. Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 92 in Utah
After losing original opponent Justine Kish, Maryna Moroz has a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 92 next month.
With Kish (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) forced out of the women’s strawweight bout with a spiral fracture of her finger, Moroz (7-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) now will face octagon newcomer Danielle Taylor (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to open up the main card in Utah.
With the new fight, UFC Fight Night 92 now includes:
MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)
Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres
Dennis Bermudez vs. Rony Jason
Chris Camozzi vs. Thales Leites
Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Joseph Gigliotti vs. Trevor Smith
Maryna Moroz vs. Danielle Taylor
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele
Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura
Jason Novelli vs. David Teymur
Horacio Gutierrez vs. Teruto Ishihara
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Tatsuya Kawajiri vs. Cub Swanson
Justin Ledet vs. Chase Sherman
Former Interim Heavyweight Champ Shane Carwin Considering UFC Return
Carwin, now 41 years old, initially announced his retirement from MMA on May 7, 2013 following a six-bout stint with the UFC. The end of his tenure was plagued by injuries, as the Grudge Training Center product first had back surgery following a loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131. He returned to coach “The Ultimate Fighter 13” opposite Roy Nelson but was unable to face “Big Country” at the show’s finale due to a knee injury. The loss to dos Santos would ultimately be his last fight.
Jon Jones' brother, Arthur, just suspended for PEDs from the Indy Colts.
No doubt it was a tainted supplement. Like Jons. If it walks like a Jones and quacks like a Jones...
Where you at, Ariel?!? Just wanted to be the first to crack this story here. Problem is that this isn't actually news to most people. Just another day in a Jones life.
BJJ world champion signs with ONE
The transition between pure Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts has proven to be difficult in recent years. As mixed martial artists have become more well-rounded, elite jiu jitsu fighters have began to struggle when they make the switch to MMA. This hasn't put off Michelle Nicolini, who has decided to focus solely on MMA after signing with ONE Championship.
Michelle Nicolini is one of the greatest grapplers alive. Nicolini is an 10-time world champion, an ADCC silver and gold medalist, who has continuously beaten the best over the past decade. After retiring from BJJ after the 2016 World Championships, many believed Nicolini would look to build upon her 2 -1 MMA record, but few expected the grappler to sign with ONE.
A.J. McKee-Henry Corrales Featherweight Battle Booked for Bellator 160 on Aug. 26
Fast-rising featherweight prospect A.J. McKee will put his perfect professional record on the line against Henry Corrales at Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Bellator MMA officials on Monday announced the pairing.
McKee -- the 21-year-old son of Ultimate Fighting Championship, International Fight League and Dream veteran Antonio McKee -- has finished each of his first four opponents inside one round. He last fought at Bellator 152 in April, when he needed just 2:44 to dispose of Danilo Belluardo with punches in Torino, Italy. Corrales, 29, will enter the cage on a three-fight losing streak, having dropped consecutive bouts to Patricio Freire, Emmanuel Sanchez and Daniel Straus. He started his career 12-0, winning a King of the Cage championship in the process.
UFC on FOX 20 earns 2.44 million in overnight ratings
UFC on FOX 20 had a respectable night of success in terms of television ratings on Saturday evening. According to TV By The Numbers, the card averaged 2.44 million viewers in overnight ratings. The card, which took place at the United Center in Chicago, earned a .9 among adults 18-49, making it the most-viewed program that evening among television networks for the demographic.
For clarification, overnights measure the 8-10 p.m. time slot in the Eastern time zone, and its corresponding 7-9 p.m. in Central time zone and 6-8 p.m. in the Mountain time zone. However, it also measures 8-10 p.m. in the Pacific time zone, and as a live sports event, the show aired starting at 5 p.m. on the west coast. This rating measures whatever programming the local FOX stations were airing from 8-10 p.m. and not the UFC.