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Mirko Cro Cop details extent of knee injury, targeted date for return
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Mirko Filipovic’s left leg is in rough shape following his withdrawal from Bellator 200’s main event. Filipovic, 43, pulled out of Friday’s scheduled Bellator 200 rematch against Roy Nelson after suffering an 11th hour knee injury in training. Unfortunately for “Cro Cop,” the damage appears to be extensive. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported Tuesday that Filipovic’s list of injuries to his left leg includes: an ACL tear, a partial MCL tear, a meniscofemoral ligament (MFL) tear, an LCL sprain, and a median arcuate ligament (MAL) tear. “Cro Cop” underwent surgery Monday to address the damage. Despite the extent of his injury, the Croatian legend told Helwani that he is targeting a return in October and wants to fight Nelson “ASAP.”
Submitted May 22, 2018 5:49PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Fabricio Werdum fails USADA drug test, facing UFC anti-doping violation
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Just one day after news broke that Fabricio Werdum would be headlining the UFC’s debut in Russia, the former UFC heavyweight champion is in hot water with USADA. Werdum failed a USADA out-of-competition drug test, stemming from a sample collected April 25, the UFC announced Tuesday. He is facing a UFC anti-doping violation. The substance that he tested positive for was not released, per policy.
Submitted May 22, 2018 4:44PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Tatiana Suarez, the female Khabib Nurmagomedov?
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We look at the standout performance from UFC strawweight Tatiana Suarez at UFC Chile against Alexa Grasso. Is Suarez the female Khabib Nurmagomedov?
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:53AM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Michael Chiesa to make FS1 analyst debut for UFC Liverpool
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After missing out on an opportunity to fight in April, Michael Chiesa has found another way to get some exposure. The lightweight contender will make his FOX Sports 1 broadcasting debut when he joins Michael Bisping, Jimmy Smith, and Karyn Bryant on the analyst desk this weekend for UFC Liverpool, FOX announced Monday.
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:51AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ian McCall announces retirement
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“Uncle Creepy” is calling it a day. Ian McCall announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is retiring after a 15-year career that saw him become one of the best fighters in the 125-pound division.
Submitted May 22, 2018 12:50AM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Veteran journalist Ariel Helwani moves to ESPN, will host new show with Chael Sonnen
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Veteran MMA journalist Ariel Helwani is moving to ESPN, the cable network today announced. Helwani will make the move from MMAFighting.com, where he has spent the bulk of his career. The Montreal-born New York resident is a six-time winner of the “MMA Journalist of the Year” award from the fan-voted World MMA Awards. His resume also includes work for FOX Sports’ UFC coverage, as well as SiriusXM Radio. Helwani will move to the network next month and his roles, according to a news release, will include co-hosting a new weekly program on ESPN+: “Ariel & The Bad Guy” with current Bellator fighter Chael Sonnen. In addition, Helwani’s popular current MMM Fighting show “The MMA Hour” will continue at ESPN, but as “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show,” the network stated. In addition, he’ll be an MMA reporter for ESPN across on-air and digital media platforms.
Submitted May 17, 2018 3:25PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Chuck Liddell announces that he’s coming out of retirement, targeting Tito Ortiz fight in late 2018
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After years of teasing a potential comeback, UFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he is officially coming out of retirement. The 48-year-old Liddell is targeting a third fight against rival Tito Ortiz and is hopeful a deal gets done with Oscar de la Hoya to promote the contest under Golden Boy’s much-discussed potential move into the MMA space.
Submitted May 14, 2018 4:27PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Interviews, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz in works for UFC 227
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UFC 227 is on the cusp of becoming a summer blockbuster, and Dana White is hoping for his “perfect world” scenario for the August event in Los Angeles. The UFC president today revealed a lightweight fight between former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) and Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) is in the works for UFC 227. The matchup was reported by MMA journalist Mike Russell over the weekend, but TSN reports no bout agreements have been signed. That’s the fight White wants next for St-Pierre and Diaz, though, he said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. And the news didn’t stop there. White also revealed UFC 227 could land a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and former 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), though no interim belt would be on the line as rumored.
Submitted May 8, 2018 12:53PM by Braden - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jessamyn Duke, Marina Shafir join Ronda Rousey, Shayna Baszler in WWE
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The Four Horsewomen of MMA are all now in pro wrestling. Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir have joined their good friends Ronda Rousey and Shayna Baszler in WWE, the pro wrestling promotion announced Monday. The WWE announced that Duke and Shafir had begun training at its Performance Center in Orlando, Fla. The two had trained there before and Duke seemed likely to sign as of last month, but now both are officially on board.
Submitted May 7, 2018 6:20PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Julia Avila shows off gnarly broken finger she sustained at Invicta FC 29
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Julia Avila had her night cut short at Invicta FC 29 on Friday when she suffered a gruesome compound fracture of her left ring finger in the first round. Avila’s opponent, Marciea Allen threw a kick and it landed awkwardly against her left hand, breaking her finger in gnarly fashion. Allen was ruled the winner by TKO due to injury just 49 seconds into the bout. It was the first loss of Avila’s career. Afterward, Avila was in mostly good spirits, showing off the bone poking out from the skin to the cameras. She seemed to get a bit more emotional when she was brought to the hospital. In an video posted to Instagram, Avila showed the badly broken finger again and nearly broke down explaining what happened. The California native said she would have preferred them just cut the finger off so she could continue her fight with Allen.
Submitted May 5, 2018 2:51PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
‘Rejuvenated’ Sarah Kaufman believes Invicta title is step toward proving she’s top women’s bantamweight
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Sarah Kaufman was once considered the best women’s bantamweight fighter in the world, the Strikeforce champion. Eight years later, Kaufman believes she still carries that distinction — and she’s eager to prove it.
Submitted May 3, 2018 6:01PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities, UFC, Interviews
 
Ex-manager, team suing UFC’s Ray Borg for fraud, breach of contract, stolen trade secrets
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Ray Borg is having a tough few weeks. The UFC flyweight is currently dealing with his infant son Anthony’s illness, just a few weeks after he was injured in the Conor McGregor bus attack and forced to pull out of UFC 223. This week, he just got hit with another blow: his former gym and management team is continuing its lawsuit against him.
Submitted May 3, 2018 6:00PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Kayla Harrison vs. Brittney Elkin set for PFL 2
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Kayla Harrison’s MMA debut is set. The two-time Olympic gold medalist will make her long-awaited debut vs. Brittney Elkin on June 21 in Chicago, MMA Fighting has learned. The event, PFL 2, will be held at the Chicago Theater and the main card will air live on NBCSN in the United States. Harrison vs. Elkin is expected to take place at 155 pounds. According to sources, Harrison is able to make 145 pounds. However, for her debut, her team felt like it would make more sense to have her fight at her walking around weight, which is approximately 156 pounds.
Submitted May 2, 2018 9:17PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Eddie Alvarez: ‘I’m not fighting until I get a new deal’
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Eddie Alvarez is standing pat. On Monday, ESPN.com reported that the UFC was interested in booking Alvarez vs. Dustin Poirier 2 in Calgary on July 28, however, Alvarez told MMAFighting.com on Wednesday he’s far from accepting any fight.
Submitted May 2, 2018 2:16PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ex-champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 30 in Calgary
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Former longtime UFC champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to compete in her first non-title UFC bout since December 2014. Jedrzejczyk (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will meet fellow strawweight contenders Tecia Torres (10-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at July’s UFC on FOX 30 event, MMAjunkie verified with UFC officials following an initial report from ESPN. UFC on FOX 30 takes place July 28 at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The card is expected to air on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though broadcast plans haven’t been finalized, and a main event has yet to be named for the card.
Submitted May 1, 2018 8:53PM by Braden - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: UFC will deal with Conor McGregor after law punishes him
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McGregor is facing multiple charges of assault and UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports that it’s up to the New York legal system to deal with McGregor before the promotion can even begin considering sanctions on the former two-division champion.
Submitted Apr 30, 2018 1:30PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Gunnar Nelson injures knee, withdraws from UFC Liverpool
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson was hoping to get back inside of the Octagon in 2018 for a matchup with Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 130 on May 27 from Liverpool, England, but will now have to wait longer to make his return. According to The MMA Takeover, Nelson has suffered a knee injury in training that will require surgery, knocking him out of his co-main event clash with Magny next month.
Submitted Apr 28, 2018 3:52PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Merab Dvalishvili’s appeal of loss to Ricky Simon denied by New Jersey State Athletic Control Board
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Ricky Simon’s victory over Merab Dvalishvili will stand. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (NJSACB) denied Dvalishvili’s appeal of the result of the UFC Atlantic City fight Friday in a letter penned by Commissioner Larry Hazzard, Sr.
Submitted Apr 27, 2018 7:24PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Michael Bisping ‘probably retired’ but says if Nick Diaz met him at 195 pounds he’s ‘down’ for fight
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We may have seen the last of Michael Bisping. While Brad Tavares is set on being Bisping’s retirement fight, it appears that the future UFC Hall of Famer has other ideas. On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping addressed rumors of a potential fight between him and Nick Diaz as Bisping’s final bout, saying they are completely untrue and that he is “probably retired” anyway, he just hasn’t officially said it. A Diaz fight, it appears, is one that would interest Bisping though. The former middleweight champion says that he has a lot of respect for the Stockton product and would be willing to forego retirement for a bout with Diaz, with one caveat.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:13PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ronda Rousey admits she never learned how to lose: 'I did a whole lot of crying' after UFC defeats
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Ronda Rousey broke down in tears Wednesday night as she spoke out publicly for the first time about the painful aftermath of the two stunning defeats that prompted the end of her UFC career. Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has remained silent on the shocking upset to Holly Holm in 2015 that broke her unbeaten record in MMA, and the crushing beatdown she suffered against Amanda Nunes a year later. However, during a public question and answer session hosted by Hollywood director Peter Berg at the Wild Card West boxing gym, Rousey revealed just how deeply the loss of her reputation as the biggest star in the UFC had hurt.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:07PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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