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Luke Rockhold and 'Jacare' Souza set to rematch at UFC Fight Night 101
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s next trip to Australia has a big time middleweight bout set when former champ Luke Rockhold rematches Ronaldo Souza. The bout was announced on UFC Australia’s twitter account. UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event will air on FS1. The bout between Rockhold and Souza is the first to be announced for the card.
Submitted Sep 11, 2016 8:31PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jon Jones thanks fans for sticking with him through ‘thick and thin’
(bloodyelbow.com)
It’s been a hectic 2015/2016 for Jon Jones. The former light heavyweight champion has found himself involved in hit-and-run incidents, altercations with police offers, and a dispute with the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The former pound-for-pound #1 was pulled out of UFC 200’s main event with Daniel Cormier after testing positive for two banned substances. ‘Bones’ is reported to have failed for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole, an aromatase inhibitor. However, it’s likely that Jones will receive a reduced suspension -- or none at all -- and Dana White recently teased at a Jones vs. ‘Rumble’ showdown in the near-future. Jones posted a thank you message on social media to all of his fans for sticking with him, and seems optimistic about a return. So grateful for my amazing fans & team for sticking with me through the thick and thin. Can't wait to pick up better than we left off @gatsupplements @everlast @monsterenergy #GatAthlete #CompetesHarder @postmanlife #unbroken
Submitted Sep 11, 2016 12:04PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Fabricio Werdum won’t be disciplined by commission after kicking coach Edmond Tarverdyan at UFC 203
(mmafighting.com)
The post-fight skirmish between Fabricio Werdum and Edmond Tarverdyan was an ugly sight, but that's where the story ends. The Ohio Athletic Commission will not discipline anyone involved in the strange post-fight incident at UFC 203 in Cleveland, executive director Bernie Profato told MMA Fighting on Saturday night. Profato said he spoke with all involved and they apologized to the commission. "Everyone left on a positive note," Profato said. "They said they respected the commission and assured this would never happen again."
Submitted Sep 11, 2016 12:00PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Elevator incident forces C.B. Dollaway out of UFC 203
(mmafighting.com)
Those Cleveland elevators strike again. C.B. Dollaway won’t be able to fight Francimar Barroso tonight at UFC 203 because he was injured while riding a faulty elevator. According to multiple sources, Dolloway suffered a back injury while riding an elevator that malfunctioned Friday afternoon. It is unclear at this time how serious Dolloway's back injury is but after consulting with doctors and the UFC afterwards he was ultimately ruled out of the fight. One source classified it as a "strain." "I’m really upset," Barroso said. "That sucks." The Brazilian was looking to return to the win column following a submission loss to Nikita Krylov in May, while Dolloway was hoping to snap a three-fight losing streak. The UFC has released the following statement: UFC announced that CB Dollaway has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 203 due to an injury he suffered last night as a result of an elevator accident at a hotel in Cleveland. UFC officials have been in communication with hotel management, and the hotel is currently evaluating and investigating the issues surrounding the incident.
Submitted Sep 10, 2016 3:32PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Report: Robbie Lawler out of UFC 205
(bloodyelbow.com)
TMZ is reporting that former UFC welterweight champ Robbie Lawler has pulled out of his scheduled UFC 205 bout with Donald Cerrone. No reason was given for Lawler’s withdrawal from the bout.
Submitted Sep 9, 2016 11:36PM by Five-Alive - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Bobby Green withdraws from UFC Fight Night 96; UFC needs lightweight to face Josh Burkman
(mmajunkie.com)
Citing personal issues, Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has withdrawn from next month’s UFC Fight Night 96 event. MMAjunkie today confirmed the move with UFC officials. The promotion now seeks a lightweight to face Josh Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC). UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. While the bout order has yet to be confirmed, the evening’s main card airs on FS1. Prelims are expected to air on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Sep 9, 2016 6:48PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Infection forces Ruslan Magomedov out of UFC 204 bout with Stefan Struve
(mmajunkie.com)
Stefan Struve needs a new heavyweight opponent for next month’s UFC 204 event. Struve’s (27-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) original opponent, Ruslan Magomedov (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), has been sidelined with a staph infection, a UFC official confirmed with MMAjunkie. A time table for his recovery wasn’t immediately known. A replacement search is underway.
Submitted Sep 9, 2016 5:31PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Brian Ortega out at UFC Fight Night 96, officials seek new opponent for Hacran Dias
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC officials are currently seeking a featherweight to step in on three weeks’ notice and face Hacran Dias (23-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96. MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that injury has forced Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of the planned contest. UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The Dias vs. Ortega matchup was expected to feature on the night’s main card. A timetable for Ortega’s return wasn’t immediately established.
Submitted Sep 9, 2016 3:08PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC 203’s Gall: I planned to walk out to Mickey, but White wants ‘something harder’
(bloodyelbow.com)
Mickey Gall thought that walking out to “Mickey,” a popular 1980s pop song, at UFC 203 this weekend would have made perfect sense. But UFC president Dana White wasn’t so down for that idea. "I was going to do my walkout song, 'Hey, Mickey, you're so fine,’ ‘cause that would have been awesome. But he wants something harder," Gall said. Gall did not reveal what song he will instead walk out to at UFC 203.
Submitted Sep 8, 2016 4:46PM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Aldo says he has 'friendly relationship' with McGregor
(bloodyelbow.com)
Although they had the biggest rivalry in MMA in 2015, Jose Aldo says he actually doesn't dislike Conor McGregor. As he revealed to TV show "Revista Combate", the former UFC featherweight champion says he even has a friendly relationship with Conor. "It's a friendly relationship. I don't have a problem with him trying to promote himself. If we take a look at it money-wise, it was pretty good. I think there should be more fighters like him at featherweight. I'm not his friend, though. He can go his way and I can go mine." Furthermore, Aldo says McGregor is usually a mellow person, and only becomes his outgoing self when in front of the cameras or around his own countrymen. "I've seen him staring at a wall, looking at nothing with everyone around him trying to taunt him and he would just stand there, gazing. He's a regular, mellow guy, but if he sees a camera or some Irish people, he transforms in a such way that makes you say to yourself 'son of a bitch'". "One day we were hanging out and he said he was going to get the coffee and I said I wanted mine with sugar and he said something like 'nice'. Most of the times we met, there was always someone recording us, though, so he had to keep his persona up. With no cameras, he changes completely."
Submitted Sep 8, 2016 4:36PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Fedor Emelianenko back in training camp, negotiating with 'all international organizations'
(mmamania.com)
Former PRIDE FC heavyweight champion and one-time WAMMA punchline Fedor Emelianenko is gearing up for his next mixed martial arts (MMA) fight, targeted for late 2016 or early 2017, depending on negotiations. Where he fights, as of now, is a mystery. "Fedor has gathered in Stary Oskol with the team," Coach Vladimir Voronov told TASS.ru (via Bloody Elbow). "It is not only for physical fitness, but also to complete a camp. He is negotiating with all international organizations about the future of his career."
Submitted Sep 8, 2016 4:31PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Shane Carwin & Management pass on UFC offer, looking elsewhere
(mixedmartialarts.com)
From Shane Carwin himself: As many of you know I recently decided to come out of retirement. I asked my management team at Ingrained Media to help chart a course. This lead to reviews of my contract and conversations with Joe Silva and UFC’s legal team. We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC. I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division. Today that journey begins.
Submitted Sep 8, 2016 12:01PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
An investigation of Robbie Lawler’s ‘very suspicious’ test results
(bloodyelbow.com)
Rory MacDonald recently claimed on the MMA Hour that Robbie Lawler tested 'four times higher than the limit,' and had some ‘very suspicious’ results. I believe Rory is referring to the Nevada athletic commission tests which were performed at the WADA-accredited SMRTL lab In June 2015—prior to their UFC 189 bout—the results of which were first brought to my attention by @dimspace on twitter.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 3:47PM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Jon Jones breaks silence, says he's 'expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon'
(mmamania.com)
The Jon Jones saga is not even close to being over. As the greatest talent to ever enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, it's going to be very tough to keep the former Light Heavyweight champion away from a comeback. But as Jones gets dragged through the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) process after testing positive for banned substances prior to his UFC 200 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, which Jones got yanked from, what's going to be left of the 29-year-old superstar? And for that matter, when can fight fans expect Jones back? Leave it up to the pound-for-pound legend to finally break his silence following UFC 200's debacle, reach out to his fans and give an update about his current state of play, recently posting this video to Instagram
Submitted Aug 15, 2016 6:58AM by Five-Alive - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Travis Browne steps in for Ben Rothwell, rematches Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203
(mmajunkie.com)
Travis Browne will get a second crack at Fabricio Werdum. MMAjunkie today confirmed with two people familiar with the agreement that Browne and Werdum have verbally committed to meet at UFC 203. Those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not publicly authorized to discuss such matters. The move was necessitated by an injury to Ben Rothwell, who was originally expected to face Werdum. Bout agreements for the new contest are expected to be finalized shortly. The UFC 203 lineup now includes: Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez
Submitted Aug 12, 2016 4:21AM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabricio Werdum
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell is withdrawing from UFC 203 due to a knee injury, multiple sources today told MMAjunkie. The UFC is seeking a replacement for ex-champ Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) for the event, which takes place Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. A team representative said Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury.
Submitted Aug 11, 2016 2:41PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Not cut, Ben Saunders explains why he’s no longer on the UFC roster
(mmafighting.com)
Ben Saunders wanted to clear up a few things, so he took to the UG forum Monday evening. After news surfaced that he was no longer with the UFC, the popular welterweight fighter explained his version of what went on over the last few months. Saunders said he was not cut by the UFC. Instead, he said he fought out his contract and, due to multiple personal reasons, was not quick to re-sign. Once Saunders did feel ready to put pen on paper, he said, it was too late. The UFC had already moved on without him.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 6:21PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Benson Henderson: Mackenzie Dern ‘will be bigger than Ronda Rousey'
(mmafighting.com)
Benson Henderson's MMA Lab has long been one of the top fight camps in the world. However one of the team's brightest stars is still in the infancy of her mixed martial arts career. At the age of 23, jiu-jitsu prodigy Mackenzie Dern showcased her vast potential at Legacy FC 58 in July, dominating Kenia Rosas to win her professional debut with a one-sided decision. Now, with her first step out of the way, Henderson sees big things ahead in Dern's fighting future. "She will be bigger than Ronda Rousey before Ronda Rousey lost," Henderson said Monday on The MMA Hour. "She's going to be huge. She's going to be big. She has an excellent work ethic. "Go look her up, she is a multiple-time jiu-jitsu world champion. She's won ADCC. She's won Abu Dhabi. She's won Worlds. She's the current No. 1 ranked female jiu-jitsu practitioner on the planet. She has an amazing work ethic. She's an amazing athlete. She definitely needs to work on her MMA skills, but her ground game is phenomenal. Any woman on the planet goes to the ground with Mackenzie and Mackenzie is going to tap her, or dominate her like she did her first opponent." Dern is indeed the current No. 1 ranked IBJJF female jiu-jitsu player in the world, and her list of accolades rivals those of any female grappler in history. A jiu-jitsu black belt under her father Wellington "Megaton" Dias, Dern won many of her grappling titles competing between 127 and 132 pounds, however she cut down to the 115-pound strawweight division for her MMA debut and has stated that her goal is to sign with the UFC in 2017.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 5:01PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Demetrious Johnson now targeting December return against TUF 24 winner
(mmafighting.com)
Demetrious Johnson was hoping to get two more fights in before the end of the year, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore. The UFC flyweight champion is now targeting a return to the Octagon in December, according to sources. His opponent will be the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 24, which will feature flyweight champions from outside the UFC competing for a title shot.
Submitted Aug 9, 2016 4:57PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Former Interim Heavyweight Champ Shane Carwin Considering UFC Return
(sherdog.com)
Carwin, now 41 years old, initially announced his retirement from MMA on May 7, 2013 following a six-bout stint with the UFC. The end of his tenure was plagued by injuries, as the Grudge Training Center product first had back surgery following a loss to Junior dos Santos at UFC 131. He returned to coach “The Ultimate Fighter 13” opposite Roy Nelson but was unable to face “Big Country” at the show’s finale due to a knee injury. The loss to dos Santos would ultimately be his last fight.
Submitted Jul 27, 2016 1:20PM by RhythmAndStyle - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
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