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Paige VanZant, the popular UFC fighter, finished second on this season of "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. VanZant and partner Mark Ballas earned a perfect score of 30 for their salsa-jiva amalgamation on the second night of the finals, but it was not enough. Deaf male model Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd took home the title when the scores and fan votes were combined.
Chris Weidman posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning an explanation on why he had to pull out of his rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The former UFC middleweight champion admitted he could be sidelined for awhile after surgery on a herniated disc in his neck, and is targeting the November show at Madison Square Garden for his return.
Paige VanZant might be a "Dancing With The Stars" champion before winning UFC title.
The popular UFC women's strawweight fighter earned a berth in the "DWTS" finals Monday night in the semis after two more stellar performances with partner Mark Ballas. Two couples were eliminated on the episode, but VanZant and Ballas were not one.
There are three total couples left heading into next week, the final episode of the season. So, VanZant has made it all the way through to the end with a chance to win the whole thing.
VanZant and Ballas teamed up with Alan Bersten for their first dance Monday night, an entertaining samba with VanZant dressed in a jungle outfit. That earned perfect 10s across the board for a total score of 30.
In the second dance of the night, VanZant and Ballas performed a steamy Argentine tango that judge Len Berman dubbed too risqué. The other two judges gave it a 10, but Berman held out with a nine for a total of 29 out of 30.
Matt Brown’s trip to Brazil didn’t end the way he was hoping.
The welterweight veteran, who suffered a third-round submission loss to Demian Maia at Saturday’s UFC 198 event in Curitiba, Brazil, was allegedly assaulted by his former jiu-jitsu coach Rodrigo Botti on Sunday morning in Brown's hotel lobby, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting.
Botti allegedly attacked Brown from behind, and then ran away. Brown’s friend chased him down, and was able to catch him outside the hotel. The ensuing fight was caught on tape and posted on YouTube.
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The UFC has moved on from its UFC 200 spat with Conor McGregor. McGregor, however, hasn’t. He took another shot at the UFC brass on social media on Sunday, saying that “nobody gives a (expletive)” about the current slate of UFC 200 fights until Diaz vs. McGregor 2 is “settled.”
“Nobody gives a (expletive) about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the (expletive). Run it back. #RealFight,” McGregor posted on Instagram, including a video clip from the fight...
Lavar Johnson was sentenced Friday for a severe beating he admitted to after a blow up with his girlfriend.
Pleas for a lighter sentence in the brutal beating did not convince a Fresno County judge to give the MMA fighter less time in prison.
In his defense, his attorney said Johnson is a stand-up guy who had too much to drink and was mad about his girlfriend tracking him with GPS...
As everyone is by now aware, Conor McGregor tweeted that he was retiring. Shortly afterwards, Dana White announced that the UFC had removed McGregor from his scheduled bout at UFC 200. And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, MMA fans the world over desperately scoured the internet to figure out what precipitated all of this.
Well Chael Sonnen thinks he knows. Last night after all the hoopla, Sonnen did a Facebook live chat where he answered many listener comments surrounding McGregor's situation and talked about his knowledge of the behind the scenes workings.
"I don't have any inside info on this. Just being around the business since the 90's, I know how it works. I know how this whole thing went down. And if I tell you what I think, I guarantee I'm 98 percent right if not 100.
"Conor had a deal with the UFC. And Conor's now going back and trying to renegotiate and it just doesn't work that way. It can't. You can't write everything down, you can't get your contracts done all the time in this business. There's 500 guys under contract. There's not even that many employees in the UFC. I think there's like 340 employees with 500 fighters. There's 53 shows scheduled for a year that only has 52 weeks in the year. You have to be able to make a phone call, count on whatever the guy says, hang up the phone and that's the end of it. You have to be able to do that.
"Conor has a contract, he made a deal, somewhere he didn't sign it. Let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized ‘I've got the upper hand. Now I can come back and renegotiate. Who's going to tell me no when the advertising is already done?' That's what he did. Guaranteed. With no inside knowledge, guaranteed that's what happened."
MMA Fighting reports that the police in former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn's home town have begun a sexual-assault investigation of allegations made against the fighter by the girlfriend of the former editor of his website.
"Hilo (Hawaii) Police Department has launced a second-degree assault investigation into the UFC legend stemming from allegations made by the girlfriend of a former employee," the report reads.
"The alleged victim filed an incident report in February regarding the matter in Delaware County (Ohio), where she currently lives. Hilo PD public information officer Chris Loos confirmed to MMA Fighting on Monday that the Hilo PD received a hard copy of that incident report last week."
Penn said through a statement two months ago that the allegations made public by his former website editor were attempts at extorting him. No charges have been filed against Penn on this matter, yet, as far as we know.
When the UFC makes its long-awaited debut in New York, there’s a good chance former titleholder Ronda Rousey will be part of the card.
Earlier this month, MMA’s longtime ban in New York was lifted, and UFC officials quickly announced a Nov. 12 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Many fighters, especially those who hail from New York, have been stumping for a slot on the card, which comes on the 23rd anniversary of the first UFC event. But UFC President Dana White said one of the organization’s biggest stars – former women’s bantamweight champion Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) – could be a central piece of the lineup.
“(Rousey) definitely is part of the discussion,” White told ESPN’s “Beadle & Shelburne Show.” “She will fight whoever has that belt when she comes back.”
A lawsuit filed by former UFC light heavyweight champion and current Bellator star Jacob "Tito" Ortiz against veteran MMA promoter and manager Wayne Harriman in Clark County, Nevada District Court last October for "breach of contract" is now progressing to the discovery phase.
In a complaint filed on October 22, 2015 by Tito Ortiz's attorneys, Martin Little and Taylor Waite, it is claimed that on July 19, 2011 Ortiz loaned Wayne Harriman "a sum of money in excess of Ten Thousand and no/100 dollars" (according to the March 30th, 2016 Commissioner's decision on request for exemption the amount was $125,000.) Harriman is alleged by Ortiz to have signed a "Simple Promissory Note (the "Note") wherein he expressly agreed to pay back the Loan, plus interest, by no later than August 1, 2012."
C light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who pulled out of the UFC 197 main event on April 23 in Las Vegas, is expected to be able to fight again by around August or September according to a source close to the fighter.
Cormier suffered a lower left leg injury in training on March 25. It was described as a freak injury doing light kickboxing training, which was diagnosed several days later through an MRI as being a complete middle substance rupture of the interosseous membrane from the fibula. FOX Sports' Damon Martin first reported the injury news.
No surgery will be needed for the injury and the healing time is expected to take four to eight weeks. Doctors believed there was a chance he may heal sooner than that. The injury should have no long-term effects.
Cris Cyborg has been eyeing a matchup with former UFC champion Ronda Rousey for years, and now that Rousey is no longer the titleholder, Cyborg believes it could finally come to fruition.
With MMA legal in New York State now, Cyborg believes New York would be the perfect location for her long-awaited fight with Rowdy.
Jon Jones has a hearing set.
The UFC star will go before a judge at 8 a.m. Thursday morning in New Mexico Second Judicial District Court in his probation violation case, a court spokesperson said Wednesday.
Jones will remain in custody at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center until then. He turned himself in around 10 a.m. local time Tuesday. No bail has been set, as is protocol in a probation violation case. Jones will be in custody until he sees judge Michael Martinez on Thursday when terms of release are discussed.
Only one camera will be allowed in the courtroom for the hearing. Albuquerque news station KOB has been the designated party and will likely air the proceeding on KOB.com, the spokesperson said.
Jon Jones was given five traffic tickets, including one for drag racing, Thursday night after being pulled over. On Monday, the Albuquerque Police Department released the officer's body cam video of the incident.
In the video, an angry Jones vehemently denies that he was drag racing and disputes the other tickets as well. Jones was also given citations for an ordinance against a modified exhaust (vehicle disturbance), an illegible license plate, unable to maintain a traffic lane and exhibition driving. The former UFC light heavyweight champion accused the officer of "harassing" him.
"I cannot wait for you to prove that I was drag racing, because I know for a fact that I wasn't," Jones said. "But nice try."
Jones called the cop an "absolute f*cking liar" and said both he and the officer know that Jones was not drag racing. The officer said Jones was "lucky" that he's not going to jail for reckless driving.
Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a land called the WEC. And in this land lived a man. But he was not just an ordinary man. No, far from it. He was a man of action. His name was Chan Sung Jung.
Of course, Chan Sung Jung made it to the UFC as well, fighting four times for the larger Zuffa platform and making his way all the way to a title fight against former divisional kingpin Jose Aldo. Chan Sung lost to Aldo, dislocating his shoulder in the process. He hasn't returned to the cage since.
EA Sports apologized to Khabib Nurmagomedov, a devout Muslim, following a religious blunder that gave undefeated fighter a Christian post-fight celebration.
On Sunday evening, Khabib took offence to the new EA Sports UFC game and the way his character was designed to celebrate a victory and immediately took to social media to criticize EA Sports for their error. Following a victory, his character, much like the majority of those in the game, gestured in the form of a cross.
Jason Miller is once again in trouble with the law. And this time, it looks like he'll be staying in jail awhile.
The 35-year old resident of Mission Viejo, Calif. is in custody on $1,000,000 bail at the Orange County Men's Central Jail in Santa Ana, according to Orange County public records.
TMZ.com reported Wednesday that Miller, the former Strikeforce and UFC middleweight contender, was arrested Tuesday for a January incident in which he allegedly vandalized a tattoo parlor with graffiti.
AXS TV FIGHTS on Wednesday announced renowned combat sports personality and broadcaster Mauro Ranallo will be the new host of INSIDE MMA, the longest running and only independent MMA news series on television, beginning Friday, March 25.
A veteran broadcaster with over 30 years’ experience, Ranallo will bring his energetic broadcasting style and opinionated views on the world of combat sports to INSIDE MMA alongside UFC Hall of Famer Bas Rutten and correspondent Ron Kruck Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. PT/12:30 a.m. ET following AXS TV FIGHTS’ weekly live MMA and Muay Thai broadcasts.
Ranallo is best known for his play-by-play commentary for prestigious organizations such as Pride Fighting Championships, which he called alongside his new co-host Rutten for several years; Showtime Boxing, where he recently called the international feed of the historic Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight; and Strikeforce, which was home to MMA superstars like Ronda Rousey, Daniel Cormier and Luke Rockhold. In 2015, Ranallo helped AXS TV launch its hit pro wrestling series NEW JAPAN PRO WRESTLING calling matches alongside former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, before signing with WWE as the new voice of Smackdown.
Perhaps the biggest loser from the madness of UFC 196, at least in a financial sense, is someone who didn't fight at all.
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos lost his golden ticket to the Conor McGregor show when he dropped out with a broken foot less than two weeks before the event. And after seeing his replacement, Nate Diaz, shatter the illusion of the unbeatable Irishman, dos Anjos' takeaways are twofold: first, that his big payday is likely gone for good, and second, that he could've done far worse things to McGregor had he not gotten injured.
"I've been around the game for a long time, 12 years, and I never cancelled any fight due to injury," dos Anjos said Monday on The MMA Hour. "I always show up, but unfortunately for this fight, I broke my foot, man. A lot of people are making fun of it, and I don't like to make fun of people's injuries. I think we are fighters, so everybody is going to get injured one day. So, unfortunately I lost my payday, but I think everything is God's plan for my life. I believe in that.