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While the card is still missing the singular superstar presence to make it a massive hit, it seems the UFC is looking to overload it with high profile, high stakes fights. The latest of those is a strawweight title fight between Polish talents Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Flo Combat reported the news of the bout, shortly after Jedrzejczyk posted a photo of herself on Instagram with a freshly signed bout agreement.
Mark Oct. 10 on your calendar if you're an MMA fan.
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will hold a disciplinary hearing for Jon Jones in his doping case and listen to the complaint against Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for their press conference skirmish at its Oct. 10 meeting, NAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Thursday with MMA Fighting. ESPN's Brett Okamoto was the first to report the news.
Next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event has lost one of its main-card fighters.
Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is injured and has been forced out of his bout with fellow flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC).
His trainer, Duke Roufus, today announced the scratch due to a “minor injury”
November’s quickly filling UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has a new addition.
Officials today announced a bout between veteran middleweight Chris Camozzi (24-11 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Australia’s Daniel Kelly (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
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.
A lightweight clash has been set up for the UFC's return to Belfast, Northern Ireland at UFC Fight Night 99.
On Thursday, the UFC announced that James Krause will take on Ross Pearson at the event, which takes place on Nov. 19 at the SSE Arena.
Neil Seery has been competing professionally in MMA since 2005, and at 37 years of age, he’s the oldest flyweight on the UFC roster. The Irish fan favorite has competed inside the Octagon six times, and his seventh one will also double as the final fight of his career.
In an interview with Newstalk’s Peter Carroll, Seery explained his decision to retire after his upcoming UFC Belfast showdown with Ian McCall.
“I’m 37 years of age. I’m looking at the younger lads coming through the ranks, how they’re training and adjusting, and it’s hard for me to keep up with that with a family, a full-time job and everything else I’m managing,” explained the father of four.
“(Kyoji) Horiguchi was a completely different fighter to me than he was against Demetrious Johnson. I had never felt a flyweight as strong as he was that night. That’s how much these guys are training, they can completely change their approach in just a year.
“These guys are full-time athletes. I’ve never been a full-time athlete and I’ve hung in there with those guys. But again, I’m not here to just hang in there with people just so I can say I’m in the UFC. I’m happy with what I’ve done in the sport. Now is the right time.
“I’m going to get to walk away while I’m still in the UFC and not a lot of people get to do that. A lot of people get cut from the UFC and then try to put a run back together to get back in.
“I’ve made this decision. My final fight will be against a man whose style I have admired for a long time. The fact that I get to have my final fight in Belfast is just a really nice bonus.”
Conor McGregor wants to fight at Madison Square Garden later this year.
Contrary to a report on FS1's UFC Tonight, multiple sources have confirmed that the Irishman is ready and willing to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title on Nov. 12 in New York City.
Derek Brunson did not waste any time getting his next fight booked.
Fresh off his first-round TKO of Uriah Hall just four days ago, Brunson will take on Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Jacare on Nov. 27 in Melbourne, Australia, the UFC announced Wednesday.
Amid rumors of featherweight champ Conor McGregor heading to lightweight to challenge champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, UFC President Dana White tweeted a suggestion the promotion was planning for a Khabib Nurmagomedov title bid at the event instead.
Now, it appears the bout could slide from the UFC’s first ever trip to New York to the promotion’s return to Toronto at UFC 206.
On “UFC Tonight” on FS1, Megan Olivi reported Alvarez had missed the contract deadline for the bout to go down at UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The UFC is now reportedly targeting UFC 206 for the lightweight title tilt between Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (23-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC).
UFC fans have become accustomed to the likes of Joe Rogan, Kenny Florian, Dan Hardy, and Brian Stann handling color commentary duties at cageside on fight night. Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier have been regulars in the FOX and FS1 studios, but you’ll be hearing both of them alongside Jon Anik over the next two weeks.
Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports that Cruz will be in Brasilia for this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg show, while Cormier will do UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on October 1st, in Portland, Oregon.
After thumping former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar, C.M. Punk, earlier this month in his long-awaited professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debut, Mickey Gall has opted to embrace a professional wrestling gimmick, challenging fellow up-and-coming prospect Sage Northcutt to a Hair vs. Hair match.
Yo Super Scared Corncutt, How bout a bet: Loser shaves their head? Stop takin selfies & take antibiotics. I'm gonna hurt u
The pound-for-pound best boxer in the world recently told Fight Hype that his attempts to make the dream fight happen didn’t go anywhere and now he’s moving on.
"I tried to make the fight happen between me and Conor McGregor. We wasn’t able to make the fight happen, so we must move on. It’s so crazy that ya’ll talk about fighting Conor Mcgregor. Now there are so many fighters in boxing that want to fight Conor Mcgregor. But I was the first, once again. I feel honored to be the biggest name in MMA and in boxing and I don’t even compete no more. That’s so great. That’s the great thing about my career."
Not so fast on that Gian Villante vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima fight at UFC 205 after all.
According to multiple sources, the light heavyweight fight is now off the card due to a minor injury suffered by Villante. The injury isn't expected to sideline Villante for too long, though. It is unclear whether de Lima will remain on the card.
It's safe to say Michael Bisping doesn't have many friends in the UFC's middleweight division nor is he looking to make any.
In light of these developments, Bisping took to Champion.co to express he feelings on Weidman and Rockhold and their future prospects as well as to respond again to some of the comments made by Weidman.
"I thought Rockhold was going the Derek Zoolander route, but I guess that might not be working out for him as well as he thought it would. Maybe the winner can get a school for people who can't read good and who want to learn to do other stuff good, too."
"Seriously, though, I think Jacare beats him. I don't think Rockhold will ever be the same again. I think I exposed him, to be honest. I think I exposed his chin, for sure. If Jacare stands in the pocket with him, he can definitely catch him. Vitor did it, I did it and Jacare can do it, too.
"Rockhold is good, don't get me wrong. He's got great kicks and very, very good jiu-jitsu, but he doesn't have very good hands. If you get past the kicks and get him close, you can catch him.
"The good thing for me is that one of them gets beat. I couldn't care less which one it is. I'll fight the winner of that one or the winner of Yoel Romero vs. Chris Weidman. Makes no difference to me."
UFC 205 is going to be a big event – even if booking the potential headliner seems like an ongoing ordeal.
While UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (20-3 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has long been speculated as a likely UFC 205 opponent for lightweight titleholder Eddie Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) – with the bout expected to take place at 155 pounds – UFC President Dana White is apparently going a different direction.
Zak Ottow has gotten his call-up to the big leagues. “The Barbarian” will face Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 96.
Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC) was originally set to face Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the lightweight bout. However, Green withdrew from the bout citing “personal issues,” opening the door for Ottow (13-3 MMA, 0-0) to make his octagon debut.
A UFC official today confirmed the bout to MMAjunkie.
One of MMA’s most iconic and trail-blazing programs is set for a series finale on Sept. 30.
“Inside MMA,” which launched nearly a decade ago on AXS TV (formerly HDNet), airs it 433rd and final episode on Sept. 30, officials recently announced.
Hosts Mauro Ranallo, Bas Rutten and Ron Kruck, along with former/original host Kenny Rice, will look back on the show’s history and favorite moments.
“Inside MMA” gave the sport some of its first mainstream coverage and acceptance. The news and interview show has been a Friday-night staple for fight fans and has featured many of the top fighters, coaches and executives in the sport. (MMAjunkie is a previous content partner with “Inside MMA.”)
“‘Inside MMA’ blazed the trail for mainstream media’s acceptance of MMA,” AXS TV Founder and CEO Mark Cuban stated. “Bas, Kenny and Ron were there from the start, introducing the sport and its stars to a national television audience when other networks and newspapers were too afraid and out of touch to recognize its appeal.”
In a press release, officials said the show’s cancellation will help accommodate AXS TV’s “increased commitment to live MMA events.” That includes the new Legacy Fighting Alliance – the merger of the successful Legacy FC and RFA promotions – and its planned 30 live events in 2017.
Al Iaquinta’s unhappiness has become Jim Miller’s gain because the New Jersey-based lightweight has jumped at the chance to fight at UFC 205.
Alves tweeted news of a replacement, and shortly thereafter, Talk MMA tweeted Miller (27-8 MMA, 16-7 UFC) had stepped in for the bout.
When reached by MMAjunkie, UFC officials stated, “There’s nothing to confirm at this time.” However, a source close to Alves stated the fight is a go.
Easy come, easy go.
By his own admission, lightweight power puncher Al Iaquinta will no longer be competing against Thiago Alves at the upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Nov. 12, 2016 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Raging Al” elaborates to FOX Sports:
"I got the contract and I was just looking at it for a couple of days. I was like I just can't sign it. I can't do it. I felt like it wasn't right. I talked to my manager, I said listen I really want to fight in New York. There's nothing I want to do more than fight in New York, but I can't take a pay cut for this fight. I'm taking a pay cut from all of my sponsors. I'm taking a pay cut of all the last 18 months of the sponsors that could have been. I told (my manager) that I wanted more. I wanted to have a conversation with the UFC and see if they would do some kind of negotiation because when I signed my contract, there was no Reebok deal."
November’s UFC Fight Night 99 event in North Ireland has its second fight.
Officials today announced a strawweight bout between Amanda Cooper (1-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Anna Elmose (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 99 takes place Nov. 19 at SSE Arena in Belfast, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.