Colbey Northcutt, Sage’s sister, set to make pro MMA debut in June
Another member of the famed Northcutt family is coming to professional mixed martial arts.
Colbey Northcutt, the older sister of UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, will make her pro MMA debut in June for Legacy Fighting Alliance, MMA Fighting has learned. LFA has four events scheduled for June, so it’s unclear at this time which card she’ll be competing on. Her opponent has yet to be finalized, as well.
Miguel Torres announces his retirement
Former WEC champion Miguel Torres has decided to call it quits after his 16-year MMA career.
Torres announced his decision on Facebook on Wednesday night. Torres won the WEC bantamweight title at WEC 32, submitting Chase Beebe in the first round. He went on to defend the title three times before losing the belt to Brian Bowles at WEC 42 on Aug. 9, 2009.
Marcelo Garcia suspends Dillon Danis from his gym
One of the most decorated jiu-jitsu champions in the history of the sport temporarily separated himself from two of his star pupils on Thursday. Marcelo Garcia, a five-time world jiu-jitsu champion and famed coach, announced via a YouTube video on his personal channel that he’s parted ways, for now, with his own black belt students Dillon Danis and Mansher Khera.
“I don't kick people out. I really don't want to do that,” Garcia said in the video. “I told them to take some time off, figure [it] out. One day if they have a better thought, they come here and I'll be here and we'll talk.”
Henri Hooft says Anthony Johnson’s post-MMA career ‘has to do with football’
Anthony Johnson may not be aiming to be the next great linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, but according to Johnson’s longtime head coach Henri Hooft, the next career for the newly retired UFC light heavyweight contender still has something to do with the gridiron.
“I’m not going to go into details, because I don’t know the real details, but everybody sees his (social media) pages and it has to do with football,” Hooft said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know, I didn’t really discuss the details, but he seems to be busy with this for awhile and enjoying it. It has something to do, totally different than with MMA, and I think if you really want to stop fighting, you really need to step away from it, because if you keep hanging in there, you’ll probably get lured back in there.
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson's biggest regret? 'Even starting this sport'
Things got very real when, in a particularly profound display of his trademark honesty, Quinton Jackson told ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that he regrets even kicking off his distinguished 17-year MMA career.
“I would have to honestly say that my biggest regret is even starting this sport,” Jackson said. “I gained a lot of fans, I made a lot of money, but I feel like I lost my family. I don’t see them. I don’t know them. My parents are getting older, and I’m living in California, away from them. I have my own family here, my kids and stuff, but I miss my cousins, my parents, and my sisters and brothers.”
Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought?
Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the banned diuretic she tested positive for in December.
UFC president Dana White, too, believes Cyborg’s situation with USADA is in a good place.
Ricardo Abreu retires from MMA after failing second USADA drug test
Ricardo Abreu failed a drug test while serving a two-year suspension from USADA, but that doesn’t matter to the UFC middleweight after all.
"Demente", who is suspended until June 2018 after testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June of last year, told MMA Fighting on Friday that he expected to fail a drug test and announced his decision to retire from the sport to focus on his health and family after battling depression. Combate first reported Abreu’s retirement.
Matt Brown unsure of his future in UFC: ‘If I've peaked out, that means it's time to stop’
It’s been a rough couple of years for Matt Brown. Like really rough.
As one of the top prospects to graduate from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 7, Brown (20-16) struggled to find consistency inside the Octagon until a torrid, seven-fight win streak led him to a title eliminator against Robbie Lawler.
Then it all came crashing down.
Since then, the “Immortal” welterweight has been a wretched 1-5 run that left him finished in three consecutive losses. At age 36, with a family, that kind of slump can make a fighter question his or her career.
Travis Browne puts to bed rumors he left coach Edmund Tarverdyan
For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the tutelage of much maligned coach Edmund Tarverdyan. However, it turns out those rumors aren’t true. Recently, Browne went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he categorically denied the rumors and reaffirmed his relationship with Tarverdyan.
Misha Cirkunov, Lorenz Larkin, and Rick Story pulled from UFC rankings
The UFC’s latest fighter rankings update has removed three quite prominent fighters from its list. Free agent Lorenz Larkin no longer being ranked may be a sign that he won’t be re-signing with the promotion, but out of left field are two names you wouldn’t have expected. MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn reported on Wednesday that Misha Cirkunov and Rick Story are also not under UFC contract right now.
Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia.
But when Diaz turned that down, he went with an alternative: Jorge Masvidal. Now, according to Masvidal, Maia has turned that down.
Masvidal isn’t particularly bent out of shape over the refusal and welcomed a fight with any other top-tier welterweight. The issue is finding a suitable fit.
The good news is that one might already be present.