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Misha Cirkunov, Lorenz Larkin, and Rick Story pulled from UFC rankings
(bloodyelbow.com)
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.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 11:01PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
(mmajunkie.com)
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.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
(mmafighting.com)
An exciting young heavyweight is facing a suspension. Justin Ledet was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. The Texas native likely failed a drug test, stemming from a Jan. 12 sample collection. The name of the banned substance was not listed, as is the policy of USADA and the UFC unless the athlete names it. The name of the substance will be released following the USADA adjudication process.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 10:49PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC’s Ricardo Abreu fails USADA drug test while serving two-year suspension
(mmafighting.com)
Ricardo Abreu could be facing a very lengthy ban. The UFC middleweight, already serving a doping suspension, failed another USADA drug test stemming from a Dec. 21 sample collection and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Wednesday. Abreu is less than a year into a two-year ban by USADA due to testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June 2016. He is currently ineligible to compete in the UFC until July 1, 2018. A second anti-doping violation could double Abreu’s suspension and the “aggravating circumstances” clause in the UFC anti-doping policy could lengthen the ban even more.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 3:11PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
(mmajunkie.com)
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it. After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up. Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:46PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
'The Korean Zombie' talks military hiatus, return to UFC, 145 title picture, more
(mmafighting.com)
A familiar face will return to the biggest stage in sports this weekend in Houston. No, not Tom Brady, rather Chan Sung Jung. "The Korean Zombie" hasn't fought in the UFC since Aug. 2013 due to mandatory military obligations in his native South Korea, but he'll finally return on Saturday night against Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Houston. We caught up with the popular featherweight recently via e-mail to talk about his military duties and his much-anticipated return to the UFC.
Submitted Feb 1, 2017 1:41PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White: Jon Jones gets next UFC title shot, fights light heavyweight winner of Cormier vs Johnson
(mmamania.com)
This likely won’t sit too well with the rest of the light heavyweight division. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White revealed during a recent conversation on the UFC Unfiltered podcast that former 205-pound champion Jon Jones would likely get an immediate title shot upon his return from suspension this summer.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 8:17PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Conor McGregor slams ‘fake’ Georges St-Pierre: You joined MMAAA because you couldn’t get the UFC deal you wanted
(mmamania.com)
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sent shockwaves through the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when he partnered with ex-Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to found the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA). During last November’s press conference, St-Pierre named UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor as an example of fighter who can make million-dollar paydays and still get shafted by the promotion. Something “Notorious” took exception to during his recent Q&A
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:34PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Dana White on prospect of Ronda Rousey ever fighting again: ‘I think she’s probably done’
(mmafighting.com)
Count Dana White among those who thinks that Ronda Rousey is done fighting. During an appearance on UFC Unfiltered the UFC president said he had talked to Rousey very recently, and his gut feeling after the conversation was that the transcendent former champion has fought her last time in the Octagon.
Submitted Jan 31, 2017 4:19PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Citing brain scan abnormality, UFC women's strawweight Aisling Daly announces retirement
(mmajunkie.com)
Citing an abnormality that showed up on a recent brain scan, UFC women’s strawweight Aisling Daly today announced her retirement from MMA.
Submitted Jan 30, 2017 4:25PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC 208's Ian McCall loses an opponent – again
(mmajunkie.com)
Ian McCall’s UFC comeback seems to get more and more depressing with each attempt. The flyweight’s UFC 208 fight against Neil Seery has been scrapped. Seery announced the withdrawal via Facebook, citing the passing of his mother-in-law as his reason for pulling out of the event. A UFC official subsequently confirmed the news with MMAjunkie. “I pulled out of my fight in 2 weeks due to losing my mother in law today sorry to everyone who bought tickets but family comes first,” Seery wrote. There’s still a chance he competes at UFC 208, though, and company officials are actively searching for a replacement.
Submitted Jan 30, 2017 4:03AM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Conor McGregor plans to pass on UFC for boxing next, says Floyd Mayweather is 'scared sh*tless'
(mmafighting.com)
If Conor McGregor made one thing clear on Saturday night, it was that a blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather is the number-one thing resting on his mind.
Submitted Jan 28, 2017 11:02PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Chael Sonnen addresses ‘embarrassing’ end to Tito Ortiz fight, SUG 3 pullout
(mmafighting.com)
Chael Sonnen was just as disappointed as his supporters on Saturday with the way his Bellator 170 main event against Tito Ortiz played out. Sonnen tapped out from an early rear-naked choke at the hands of Ortiz, ending his comeback from a three-year absence at Bellator 170 with an anticlimactic flourish. And while some critics online have questioned whether the submission that forced the tapout was fully locked in, Sonnen soundly dismissed that talk on Thursday.
Submitted Jan 27, 2017 12:50AM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Ranked flyweights Ali Bagautinov, Zach Makovsky no longer on UFC roster
(mmajunkie.com)
Two of the world’s best flyweights are no longer under UFC contract. Former UFC title challenger Ali Bagautinov (14-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and middling contender Zach Makovsky (19-8 MMA, 3-4 UFC) both completed their respective deals with the promotion with their most recent fights. Both men are no longer listed under the organization’s official rankings and are currently not being considered for new deals. A UFC official confirmed the moves to MMAjunkie on Thursday.
Submitted Jan 26, 2017 7:39PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Felipe Olivieri suspended two years following USADA doping case arbitration
(mmafighting.com)
Going to arbitration did not end up helping Felipe Olivieri. After having his USADA case heard by an independent arbitrator, the UFC lightweight was suspended two years for an anti-doping violation, USADA announced Wednesday.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 7:07PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
John McCarthy wishes he could put fight-fix accusers in choke Tito Ortiz used to tap Chael Sonnen
(mmajunkie.com)
There are some people who just want to create controversy, longtime MMA referee “Big” John McCarthy said about those who called a fix in the headliner of this past Saturday’s Bellator 170. McCarthy, who refereed the controversial fight between Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnnen, wishes he could set them straight – even though they probably wouldn’t like his method.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 5:21PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Tito Ortiz fires back at the haters that called his win over Chael Sonnen fake
(mmamania.com)
Tito Ortiz is not impressed with the fan reaction to his Bellator 170 win over Chael Sonnen.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 4:10PM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Floyd Mayweather VS Conor McGregor Punch Out!!
In an epic Dream Fight with Nintendo's Mike Tyson's Punch Out 8bit Graphics, Floyd Mayweather challenges Conor McGregor to a boxing death match for 100 million dollars a piece. Who would win in this Dream Bout. Watch to find out!!!
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 4:03PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Mike Goldberg opens up about ‘disappointing’ UFC departure: ‘I watched everything around me be shattered’
(mmafighting.com)
No one is more disappointed than Mike Goldberg about the way things ended between he and the UFC. The longtime play-by-play voice of the Octagon unceremoniously parted ways with the UFC last month after spending 20 years as a mainstay of the company’s broadcast booth — exiting the UFC without even a tribute from the promotion itself. On Monday, speaking publicly for the first time his departure, Goldberg said was stunned to learn of the UFC’s decision to not renew his contract at the beginning of December, and explained that he simply resolved to close out the final three shows of his UFC career with the same level of professionalism as everything that came before.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 8:49PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Tim Kennedy admits it was a ‘mistake’ to have Bjorn Rebney as MMAAA ‘public presence’
(mmafighting.com)
One of the biggest news items taken from the launch of the MMA Athletes Association (MMAAA) in November was the involvement of Bjorn Rebney. The MMAAA announcement conference call was the first time Rebney had spoken publicly for more than two years, after he was ousted as the president of Bellator MMA, the promotion he founded, in favor of Scott Coker. A number of fighters and managers who worked with Rebney in his role as a promoter took offense to him being involved actively in a fighter association. Some, who said his record was less than stellar as a fighter advocate in the past, said it would not work with the MMAAA because of Rebney. The whole controversy was a bit of a distraction for the positive thing the MMAAA wanted to do — organize fighters into getting more equal pay and treatment from the UFC. Tim Kennedy, the president of the MMAAA, acknowledges now that it wasn’t a good idea to have Rebney on the conference call and in the photo with the fighters on the MMAAA board.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 5:56PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
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