Conor McGregor fined $150,000 for UFC 202 bottle-throwing incident
Conor McGregor's role in the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference ended up being a costly one.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday unanimously voted to issue the UFC featherweight champion a $150,000 fine, or five percent of his $3 million show purse, for the bottle-throwing incident that took place between McGregor and UFC 202 opponent Nate Diaz on Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside the MGM Grand.
The NAC also handed down 50 hours of community service to McGregor and will require McGregor to participate in an anti-bullying campaign for the commission.
Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef 2 headlines Bellator 168
Rafael Carvalho defended the Bellator middleweight championship in one of the most controversial decisions of the year against Melvin Manhoef in May, and the promotion will give "No Mercy" an immediate rematch.
Bellator officially announced on Friday that Carvalho and Manhoef will headline the Bellator 168 card in Florence, Italy, on Dec. 10. In the co-main event, Alessio Sakara takes on Joey Beltran. Bellator hasn’t revealed broadcast details for the event.
Justin Gaethje vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov WSOF 33 main event canceled
Friday night's World Series of Fighting 33 main event has been canceled.
The Justin Gaethje vs. Ozzy Dugulubgov lightweight title fight is off because Dugulubgov fell ill Friday morning, WSOF president Ray Sefo confirmed with MMAFighting.com. Sefo said Dugulubgov had a headache, low blood pressure and was headed to a local Kansas City hospital for further evaluation.
Ian Entwistle off UFC 204 due to illness
UFC 204 is down to 11 fights.
Bantamweight Ian Entwistle (9-3) was forced to withdraw from the card Friday afternoon due to illness, UFC officials announced. Entwistle did not show up to the official weigh-in, so it is unclear if his illness was related to a bad weight cut.
As a result, his opponent Rob Font (12-2), who did successfully weigh in, will not compete on the card but will receive his show money.
Now Anderson Silva is 'very upset' with the UFC: 'I don't get people's due respect'
Add former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva to the list of Brazilian fighters upset with the promotion.
In an interview with UOL Esporte, Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) vented about the UFC’s treatment of him after his loss to champ Daniel Cormier (18-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 200, saying a return to the octagon is “complicated” after he wasn’t given his proper due for stepping up on short notice to save Cormier’s spot on the fight card.
Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall scheduled for UFC on FOX 22
Hair vs. hair or not, Sage Northcutt vs. Mickey Gall is happening before the end of the year.
Northcutt will meet Gall at UFC on FOX 22 on Dec. 17 in Sacramento, ESPN reported Thursday. UFC officials confirmed the bout on Twitter. The two have been exchanging barbs on social media and in interviews ever since Gall called out Northcutt — and his blonde, spikey hair — after beating CM Punk at UFC 203 last month.
Australia's Kyle Noke meets Dominique Steele at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne
Australia’s Kyle Noke (22-9-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has made his way to the UFC Fight Night 101 card and will take on American Dominique Steele (14-8 MMA, 1-3 UFC), the promotion today announced.
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Brazilian sports court accepts complaint against Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson will be judged for his post-fight actions in Brazil.
According to the STJDMMA document sent to MMA Fighting on Thursday, Nelson was notified on Wednesday and issued a 90-day temporary suspension retroactive to Sept. 29. The Superior Justice Court of MMA (STJDMMA) has accepted a complaint filed by one of its attorneys following the event.
The long-time UFC heavyweight could be charged for assaulting the referee (up to $30,000 fine, and six-month to two-year suspension) and unethical behavior (up to $10,000 fine, and 30-day to six-month suspension).
The attorney suggests a 14-month suspension and $18,500 fine, but it’s still up to the president of STJDMMA to evaluate the case. Nelson has seven business days to present his defense, STJDMMA explained.
USADA gives Nate Diaz a public warning for cannabidiol use in-competition
Nate Diaz will get a slap on the wrist for vaping at the UFC 202 post-fight press conference.
USADA is giving Diaz a public warning for admitted use of a prohibited substance, according to a release Thursday. Diaz could be seen vaping at the press conference Aug. 20 and he said the pen contained cannabidiol (or CBD) oil. There will be no suspension or further discipline.
Warlley Alves vs. Kamaru Usman added to Nov. 19's UFC Fight Night 100 card in Sao Paulo
A welterweight bout between two “The Ultimate Fighter” winners has been added to the UFC’s next Brazilian outing.
“The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” welterweight winner Warlley Alves (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 21” winner Kamaru Usman (8-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will now square off at Nov 19.’s UFC Fight Night 100, in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The scrap was originally reported by Brazilian website UOL and later confirmed by UFC officials.
UFC Fight Night 100 takes place Nov. 19 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the event’s bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Injury forces B.J. Penn out of UFC Fight Night 97 headliner
Just a little more than one week before the UFC’s return to the Philippines, the event has lost its headliner.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with a person with knowledge of the booking that B.J. Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) has suffered an injury in training and has been forced out of a planned matchup with Ricardo Lamas (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) in the main event of UFC Fight Night 97. That person was not allowed to speak publicly because the withdrawal has not been formally announced.
It’s currently unclear if the UFC will be able to replace Penn in time for the event.
UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Jose Aldo says he wouldn’t stay in the UFC even for Conor McGregor rematch
Jose Aldo wants to leave the UFC and the sport for good, and says that not even an offer to rematch Conor McGregor would change his mind.
In an interview with Brazilian sports channel SporTV on Monday, Aldo said that not even a call from UFC president Dana White saying that he would fight McGregor would convince him to not leave the promotion or retire from the sport.
"No. Not even that because that would be the right thing to happen," Aldo said. "This fight is the fight that should happen next in the featherweight division. I conquered that [right] ever since I entered the UFC. I saw other champions losing and fighting right away for the belt. That was the right thing.
"I didn’t fight for the belt. They made me fight for the interim title, I went there and won, and still have no definition whatsoever. To me, not even a fight with McGregor… It’s not about him being fighting now or not. I don’t care where he’s going. I want to follow my path. Today, the right is me getting released from the contract."
"It’s hard for me. If there’s something good [the UFC can do] is release me," he said. "I don’t want to fight for other promotion. I’m at the level above. There’s no reason why leave the first division to fight at the second division when I’m well appreciated in the first division, it would mean taking a step back. I don’t want to fight for other promotion. I want to follow my way in a different sport, do new things. I’m a young guy, and I want to enjoy that side, too.
"A good thing would be if they release me without a fight. I’m not mad at the UFC or no one else. I like Dana, I have a special love for Lorenzo [Fertitta], a guy that always treated me well since I got to the UFC. If there’s something good from this, I hope they release me so I can follow my way and the UFC follows its way."
UFC pulls Michael Graves from scheduled fight after domestic violence arrest
A UFC fighter has been removed from his scheduled fight after a domestic violence arrest.
Michael Graves was arrested by Atlanta police Saturday for misdemeanor battery (family violence) Saturday, according to Fulton County jail records. The welterweight fighter was given $5,000 bail, but has yet to be released, per the county website.
UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told MMA Fighting on Monday in a statement that Graves has been taken out of his fight against Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19 in Brazil.
As UFC’s Josh Samman remains in coma, mom issues statement denying heroin overdose
While no official cause for his condition has been made available, the Internet has run wild with speculation, probably because it’s the Internet and that’s kind of why it exists these days.
But Samman’s mother recently issued a statement to reporter Christopher Rothstein (via FOX Sports) to shoot down some of the recent rumors:
"Josh is still in a coma, and more tests are being done. That is the latest update on my son's condition. And in spite of speculation, there was no heroin found in Josh's system whatsoever. No matter what people are posting on social media. The reason I am making this statement is, because Josh touched so many lives, and loved inspiring others, especially young people. I don't want them to lose faith in him, and whatever he brought out in them, because of the lies. He would want them to ‘never give up."