Sean Santella out of UFC 201 bout with Wilson Reis, Hector Sandoval steps in as replacement
Again, Wilson Reis has a new opponent for UFC 201. The UFC announced on Monday that promotional newcomer Hector Sandoval will be taking on the flyweight contender.
Reis was originally scheduled to fight for the UFC flyweight title against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 201, but Johnson pulled out of the fight last week citing injury. Just days after it was reported that the flyweight champion was out of the title bout, the UFC made public that promotional newcomer Sean Santella would be stepping up on short notice to fight the Brazilian flyweight. However, on Monday the UFC announced yet another change in opponent, stating that Santella was unable to gain proper medical clearance, and that UFC newcomer Hector Sandoval will be fighting Reis instead.
Urijah Faber believes he'll get another UFC title shot
Conventional wisdom held that Urijah Faber's loss to Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 marked the end of Faber's days as a championship competitor.
After all, while Faber's groundbreaking WEC featherweight title reign from 2006-08 paved the way for mainstream recognition of mixed martial arts' lighter weight classes, his track record since then hasn't been one to write home about.
With the unanimous decision loss to Cruz, Faber is 0-6 in title fights since dropping the WEC belt to Mike Brown, accounting for UFC, WEC, and UFC interim title shots.
UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson lands role in 'Kickboxer: Retaliation'
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant may have chosen to take a pass on filming a role for ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation” but heavyweight Roy Nelson did not.
According to a press release, “Big Country” Nelson (21-13 MMA, 8-9 UFC) has joined the cast for the second film of a planned trilogy. He’ll appear alongside one of the most unique casts in motion picture history...
GoFundMe set up for Evangelista Cyborg
Bellator welterweight Michael Page has a sport karate based style that makes him a one-man highlight reel. At Bellator 158 in London, he met the durable Evangelista 'Cyborg' Santos, and dispatched him with a jumping knee.
There is another side to the highlight reel that only fighters, coaches, and teams ordinarily get to see. Just as a highlight finish makes we asses in seats scream "HOLY F@$%ING $#!^" the losing side ordinarily suffers, dramatically.
However, there is little to prepare you for what happened to Cyborg Santos on Saturday night.
His ex-wife, the best female fighter in MMA, Cris 'Cyborg' Santos, just posted a GoFundMe request on the UG, and a horrific image on Instagram.
Brock Lesnar: Teammate Believes The Beast’s Asthma Inhaler Made Him Fail UFC Drug Test
“Brock [Lesnar] suffers from whats called RAD, otherwise known as Reactive airway disease,” one of Brock’s alleged teammates, who only identified himself as D2, wrote on an online forum. “His doctor for years has prescribed him Advair Diskus (an inhaler), which helps him breathe during the late spring and summer months here in Minnesota when he has episodes. This drug is classified as Beta-2 Agonists. So this is why he got popped by USADA.”
Rizin Openweight Tournament updates
Lots of updates for the upcoming OW GP
1)3 more fighters officially added....Baruto,Kazuyuki Fujita........and Crocop!!!!!
2)Baruto will face Fujita in the opening round while Wandy and Crocop have yet to receive opponents.
3)3 non tournament fights were announced
Andy Souwer vs Daron Cruickshank
Hideo Tokoro vs Kron Gracie
Kizaemon Saiga vs Arsen Yamamoto
4)Orgs sending representatives have been announced.....
German MMA Championship -Andreas Kraniotakes(18-11)
Full Metal Dojo -Amir Aliakbari(2-0)
Fusion FN-Jiri Prochazka(17-3)
Cedar Fighting Championship-Mark Tanius(5-1)
Spartacus Fighting Championship-Malik Merad(21-15)
Romanian Xtreme Fighting-Adrian Preda(7-1)
MMA Bushido-Teodaras Aukstuolis(9-3)
International Ring Fighting Arena-Karl Albrekysson(5-0)
Union of MMA Russia-TBA
HEX Fight Series-TBA
Samurai Fight Combat-TBA
RFA 43 heads to Colorado on Sept. 9 with Brian Camozzi vs. Nick Barnes title fight
Officials recently announced the card takes place Sept. 9 at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, Colo. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The vacant welterweight title is up for grabs in the main event. Local fighter Brian Camozzi (6-2), who’s on a four-fight winning streak that includes RFA stoppage wins over Tyler Milner and Kenneth Glenn (via flying knee), takes on Nick Barnes (11-1), who’s rebounded from a 2015 submission loss to Jesse Taylor with a recent Bellator victory over James Terry and an RFA win over Jose Diaz.
In the middleweight co-headliner, local product Adam Stroup (10-3) looks to rebound from a promotional-debut loss to John Poppie when he takes on Gabriel Checco (9-2), who’s 2-2 under the RFA banner with highlight-reel wins over Joseph Henle and Mike Jasper.
A bantamweight fight between Zac Riley (4-3) and undefeated Boston Salmon (5-0) is also on tap.
EuroFC preps for Oct. 1 launch with Bedford-Niinimaki, aims to be Europe's top MMA promotion
October brings the debut of a new promotion to the European MMA landscape, and if things go as EuroFC bosses hope, the organization will soon enjoy lofty status on its home continent.
“We did a European market analysis and found out that there is a real market opportunity and consumer need for quality sports entertainment in the form of MMA,” EuroFC CEO Jarno Kukila told MMAjunkie. “Moreover, the timing is good, and we knew that one of our competitive edges is our team’s unique combination of sports and business expertise. On top of our MMA knowledge and network, EuroFC’s team has experience from billion-dollar businesses, multi-market launches, F1 Grand Prix events and the Olympic Games
Brock Lesnar flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
Brock Lesnar has been flagged by USADA.
The UFC released a statement Friday evening that Lesnar and the promotion had been notified by USADA of a potential Lesnar anti-doping violation. The potential violation comes from the failure of an out-of-competition drug test June 28, the release said.
The UFC said USADA received the testing results July 14 — five days after Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in his MMA return. The same was tested at UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, a WADA-accredited lab.
USADA, as is its policy, did not release the name of the substance Lesnar tested positive for.
With Dong Hyun Kim out, Neil Magny now meets Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202
Neil Magny has a new opponent for next month’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas.
As MMAjunkie first reported on Tuesday, Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was recently forced out of the bout with fellow welterweight Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC). Lorenz Larkin (17-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, latimes.com today reported.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Ross Pearson agrees to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201
Veteran lightweight Ross Pearson has agreed to step up on short notice and fight Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight fight at UFC 201 on July 30.
UFC officials confirmed the 170-pound to ESPN. Pearson replaces Masvidal's original opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, who withdrew due to illness. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena.