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A week before the event, next week’s UFC Fight Night 102 card has a pair of injury replacements.
With Patrick Cummins (8-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) out with a staph infection, promotional newcomer Saparbek Safarov (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take on Gian Villante (14-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout on the main card.
And with Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of her fight against Juliana Lima (8-3 MMA 2-2 UFC), Lima now will fight J.J. Aldrich (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout on the prelims.
UFC officials announced the changes today. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Last week during the UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast, the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had voluntarily given up his UFC featherweight title, ending his reign as a two-weight world champion. Since, McGregor has remained silent until now.
On Friday, during a Q&A session at The Devenish bar in Belfast, Ireland, McGregor addressed the UFC’s claims that he relinquished his 145-pound title, and said that the featherweight belt is still sitting at home.
The rematch is going to have to wait.
Bellator announced middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho has been forced out of his Dec. 10 bout with Melvin Manhoef with an injury.
The new main event for the Bellator 168 card, which takes place at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy, will be Italian fighter Alessio Sakara against veteran Joey Beltran.
Times have been tough for Carla Esparza.
The first-ever UFC women's strawweight champion had shoulder surgery in 2015, missing a full year of action. Since fighting in April, Esparza has been absence from the Octagon, not by her own choosing.
Because money has been an issue, Esparza wrote Friday, she has to sell the Harley Davidson motorcycle she earned by winning The Ultimate Fighter 20 in 2014.
Next month’s UFC on FOX 23 lineup has two new additions.
They include middleweights Hector Lombard (34-6-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and lightweights Jason Gonzalez (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. J.C. Cottrell (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC officials recently unveiled the bouts.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 103 lineup has three new official additions.
Officials recently announced lightweights Joe Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) vs. Marcin Held (22-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), bantamweights Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), and flyweights Jussier Formiga (19-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Jan. 15 at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena. The airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Mirko Filipovic has a few choice words for fellow vet Wanderlei Silva.
“Cro Cop” (32-11-2) was slated to fight Silva (35–12-1) on Dec. 29 in a Rizin FF open-weight grand prix quarterfinal. However, officials today announced Silva is off the Rizin FF 3 card. A reason wasn’t given, and Silva hasn’t commented on the change.
A replacement hasn’t been named for the Rizin FF 3 grand prix fight, which takes place at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Two days later, on New Year’s Eve, the semifinal round and tournament final take place at the same venue as part of Rizin FF 4.
Roy Nelson has issued a statement apologizing for the incident with referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy.
“First I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport,” Nelson told a group of reporters in Las Vegas. “To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight. “My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans.”
Gian Villante needs a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 102, as Patrick Cummins was forced out of the light heavyweight bout after suffering a staph infection in his shin, MMA Fighting has learned.
Villante vs. Cummins was part of the UFC’s second trip to New York since the sport got legalized in the state. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Albany’s Times Union Center.
"The Korean Zombie" is finally close to returning to action.
According to multiple sources, the UFC is currently working towards booking Chan Sung Jung vs. Dennis Bermudez as the main event for the Feb. 4 Fight Night event in Houston.
Yana Kunitskaya's reign as Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion lasted just 13 days.
Tonya Evinger won her appeal with the Missouri Office of Athletics on Thursday, meaning her submission loss to Kunitskaya from Invicta 20 has been overturned to a no contest, Evinger said.
Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news to MMA Fighting and added that Evinger will go on as the Invicta 135-pound champion since she did not officially lose the fight Nov. 18 in Kansas City. Knapp said she got the letter informing her of the commission's decision Thursday morning.
The UFC announced on Thursday that it's Jan. 21 date at the Honda Center in Anaheim has been postponed and rescheduled for Aug. 5. The event will remain a pay-per-view card.
The Jan. 21 card in Anaheim was originally scheduled to be titled UFC 208. Instead, the Feb. 11 card in Brooklyn which was originally slated to be UFC 209 is now UFC 208; and the Las Vegas card on March 4 expected to be UFC 210 is now UFC 209.
On a Wednesday conference call, Velasquez listed his litany of surgeries over the course of his distinguished career as a reason why such an association needs to come to the forefront.
In doing so, he revealed that he already has his next surgery lined up following his UFC 207 bout with fellow former champ Fabricio Werdum.
Thought Daniel Cormier was forced to pull out of his UFC 206 main event against Anthony Johnson, the light heavyweight champion is trying to get back to action as soon as possible.
And that could be by March in 2017.
As reported on UFC Tonight — and later confirmed by MMA Fighting — Cormier will undergo surgery Thursday to repair the groin tear that kept him out of his Dec. 10 bout with Johnson.
If all goes well for Cormier, he is expected to be out of all training for two months, yet he's hopeful he can return in four months.
Anthony ‘Showtime’ Pettis captured two men on video, targeting his vehicles in Milwaukee. The incident comes just months after other cars he owned were set on fire.
Yesterday TMJ4 news out of Milwaukee reported that former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis had experienced yet another incident regarding his vehicles.
For the first time since almost universally adopting a new process for official event weigh-ins, the UFC will not host a ceremonial session later in the day.
UFC officials recently revealed that there will be no ceremonial weigh-in session at next week’s “UFC Fight Night 102: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov” event, which takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.
Instead, according to UFC officials, “portions of the official weigh-in, currently scheduled for 9-11 a.m. ET, will be taped and posted to UFC.com and UFC Fight Pass later the same day.”
With just three days until The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale, the main event for Saturday’s fight card is finally official.
After rumors and spoilers about the “The Ultimate Fighter 24: Tournament of Champions” winner floated around for several months, it’s now confirmed that Tim Elliott will challenge UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for the gold.
The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale takes place at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Five of the most well-known fighters in the UFC are starting a fighters association.
The group, headlined by all-time great Georges St-Pierre, will be called the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association and will focus on evening the playing field between fighters and the UFC, it was announced on a media conference call Wednesday.
St-Pierre was joined on the call by Tim Kennedy, Cain Velasquez, Donald Cerrone and T.J. Dillashaw. Those five fighters will make up the association's first board. Former Bellator owner Bjorn Rebney was also on the call and he said he would be part of the MMAAA in an advisory, support role. GSP, Velasquez and Dillashaw are all former UFC champions.
A top-ranked UFC fighter is ‘shocked’ after she was refused a free ticket to UFC 206.
Joanne Calderwood, who is ranked 7th in the UFC’s women’s strawweight division, took to social media on Monday to relay a ‘shocking’ experience she had with the UFC regarding complimentary tickets for the upcoming UFC 206.
I don't ask for much and I know this is a very selfish sport when it comes down to giving your time and attention esp if you are serious about being a high level professional fighter...as a fighter I know we don't get a lot back and it's never an easy road, we sacrifice a lot and most of the time we are broke. I'm eating into my savings just to pay for myself to get better as a fighter so I can win and put on better fights. Right now I'm recovering from a minor concussion and to know it could put my next pay day back further is scary, not to mention I don't even know when my next fight is going to get offered to me. I'm lucky for the support around me cause Ive been really down the past week with having to take time out of training and it's tough not knowing what's around the corner. But anyway I've been really looking forward to making the trip to Toronto next week to support some of the guys from Tristar, after emailing the UFC to request tickets, I'm still a little shocked after receiving this....to say I'm upset is an understatement
Kelvin Gastelum is good to go for Toronto.
The UFC fighter has been cleared of his suspension from the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) and will face Tim Kennedy at UFC 206 on Dec. 10.
Gastelum was suspended six months for not showing up to weigh-ins before UFC 205 in New York, but the commission and Gastelum settled on a $2,000 fine instead prior to an appeal hearing, per New York State Department spokesperson Laz Benitez.
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported the news earlier Tuesday.