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On Saturday night, Tony Ferguson put on one of the best performances of his career taking a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It was the ninth straight victory for Ferguson - a record in the UFC for consecutive divisional wins as well as for consecutive wins without a title shot - and possibly (probably? one can never tell where Conor McGregor is involved) sets him up for the next lightweight title shot.
But Ferguson isn't only gunning for the lightweight strap, he's got multiple divisions in mind. Speaking with MMAJunkie in a post-fight scrum, Ferguson outlined his plan to vie for three UFC titles.
Jon Jones has received the full ban in his doping case.
An independent arbitration panel handed down a one-year suspension on Jones, the UFC interim light heavyweight champion, on Monday. Jones had his USADA case heard by three arbitrators from McLaren Global Sports Solutions last week and the decision came back to give him the full sanction.
Veteran Tom Lawlor has been provisionally suspended by the UFC following a potential USADA violation following an out-of-competition drug test administered on Oct. 10, the company announced Wednesday. Per policy, the nature of the potential transgression was not made public.
Ireland's McGregor, who is currently scheduled to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in a champion vs. champion superfight at UFC 205, went off on the entire UFC roster on Monday in a video posted on his YouTube channel – The Mac Life.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was hoping to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) to pursue other interests, even going so far as to threaten his promoters with legal action.
That didn’t exactly pan out.
Manager Andre Pederneiras talks to Combate (via Bloody Elbow):
"Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there's Conor's decision, too. We can only know what's going to happen after that. Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue that. There's no choice but to fight. It'll depend on the outcomes of these two fights. Pettis vs. Holloway and Conor vs. Alvarez. I don't know what Conor will decide, but I believe February or March would be a good date to face him. They are fighting now, so there would be a good three, four month break."
Though it will have been over 13 months between fights for Ronda Rousey, the galvanizing former bantamweight champion says fans might want to catch her while they can.
Rousey, who has a chance to regain her title on Dec. 30 against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207, was a guest on Ellen on Tuesday. She broke her relative silence on the issue of what the future has in store when asked how long she was going to stick around the fight game.
"Not that long, I’m wrapping it up," the 29-year old Rousey said. "This is definitely one of my last fights.
"So everyone better watch. The show isn’t going to be around forever."
The Luke Rockhold - Ronaldo Souza rematch will have to wait.
According to multiple sources, Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from the Nov. 26 fight due to a knee injury. As of this writing, the promotion has yet to decide who Souza will fight next, but it appears as though he will not remain on the card.
A pair of interesting featherweight fights have been added to the RIZIN New Year's Eve card.
Kron Gracie and new signee Tatsyua Kawajiri will square off in Saitama, Japan, on Dec. 31, and a rematch will go down when Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett and Minoru Kimura face off for the second time in 2016.
Former UFC middleweight and The Ultimate Fighter veteran Kevin Casey has signed with Bellator MMA on a multi-year, multi-fight deal and is eyeing a promotional debut in early 2017. Bellator officials confirmed the signing on Monday.
Former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos, feels like he has peaked at Kings MMA, the very gym that got him to UFC gold. Now, as he tells Combate he’s leaving his comfort zone, dos Anjos dreams of starting his own place.
Just days after his social media protest against Reebok, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum revealed in an Instagram video on Friday that he has been suspended for three years from his television duties as an analyst and commentator on the UFC's Spanish-speaking broadcasts.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) does not have a women's featherweight division and has no immediate plans to create one.
That said, not everyone in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is prepared to just roll over and accept things at face value, and now a petition has been created to let those voices be heard.
"We, the many fans of MMA, call on the UFC to open a Featherweight (145 pound) division for the women fighters," the petition read . "There is an audience for it and you have a world-class fighter in Cris Cyborg to be its inaugural champion."
A former UFC champion is currently dealing with a frightening situation.
Three cars outside the home of Anthony Pettis were set on fire Thursday morning in Milwaukee, . A video of the aftermath of the incident was captured on video by a neighbor. Milwaukee police confirmed to MMA Fighting that an incident occurred, but would not identify Pettis as the victim due to policy.
Despite being sentenced to 4.5 years for sexual assault in 2015, Alexander Emelianenko could potentially return to the ring before the end of 2016.
According to Interfax.ru, the younger brother of MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko was released from prison three years early on parole for “good behavior.” Instead, he will be forced to complete “two years and 23 days of correctional labor with a 10% deduction of the convict’s salary going to the state.”
Kayla Harrison, a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, will give mixed martial arts a shot.
Harrison has signed a deal with the World Series of Fighting, according to sources. USA Today was the first to break the news.
According to the report, she will her begin her tenure with the organization as an analyst on the upcoming Dec. 31 fight card in New York. She will also serve as a WSOF brand ambassador.
Tatsuya Kawajiri is going home.
The Japanese veteran has signed a new deal with Rizin FF, MMA Fighting has learned. Kawajiri's promotional debut hasn't been finalized just yet, but he is currently expected to fight in one of Rizin's year-end shows on either Dec. 29 or 31.
Former EliteXC heavyweight champion and 11-time UFC veteran Antonio Silva is heading to Russia.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with Silva’s manager, Alex Davis, that “Bigfoot” will compete in the main event of an upcoming Titov Boxing Promotion event on Nov. 18 in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
Silva (19-10-1) will take on Russian Ivan Shtyrkov (4-0).