TUF 23 Finale bonuses: Joanna Jedrzejczyk, 'Korean Superboy' headline cash winners
The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale unfolded last night (Fri., July 8, 2016) live on FOX Sports 1 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
With MMA standouts like Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, top Strawweight contender Claudia Gadelha, former Bellator MMA Lightweight champion Will Brooks, English powerhouse Ross Pearson, Korean sensation Doo Ho Choi, and The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 finalists putting forth their best efforts, TUF 23 Finale delivered through and through.
Diego Sanchez vows to fight smarter after concerns about brain injury
Sanchez decided to visit the Cerebrum Health Center in Dallas before his fight in March against Jim Miller and find out if there’s extensive damage that could impair his motor functions and memory.
“I went to get checked out because I had been hit in the head several times in my career,” Sanchez said to Yahoo Sports. “I thought it wouldn’t hurt to get my brain checked out and make sure nothing is going wrong there.”
Enrique Barzola meets Kyle Bochniak at UFC on FOX 21
"The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2” winner Enrique Barzola will make his first trip to the octagon since winning the reality show at UFC Fight Night 78 when he faces Kyle Bochniak in a featherweight bout.
The two men meet at UFC on FOX 21, which takes place Aug. 27 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Stevie Ray out, Kevin Lee in against Jake Matthews at TUF 23 Finale
Lightweight prospect Stevie Ray has been forced to withdraw from his fight on July 8 against Jake Matthews at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale, the UFC confirmed on Thursday following an initial report by The Daily Telegraph. In Ray's stead, Matthews will take on fellow prospect Kevin Lee, who steps in as a replacement on five weeks' notice.
Lee (12-2) is a 23-year-old former Division II wrestler who has won five of his seven contests inside the Octagon since debuting in 2014.
'TUF 24' gets other flyweight champs with coaches Benavidez, Cejudo; winner fights champ Johnson
A month ago, the UFC scrapped a planned set of tryouts for Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter” that would have featured flyweights. But rest assured, the 125-pound division isn’t going anywhere.
“TUF 24” still will feature flyweights – and the winner will face champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) at the conclusion of the season. But instead of doing tryouts to find 125-pounders for the show, the UFC will hand-pick flyweight champions from other promotions around the world, the promotion today announced on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Martin Svensson Returns to Cage Warriors Fighting Championship
London, England May 5th 2016:The Cage Warriors Fighting Championship is pleased to announce the latest addition to its lightweight division, Swede, Martin Svensson (14-6 MMA | 2-1 CWFC) to an exclusive multi-fight deal.
The Swedish star originally signed for Cage Warriors in January 2014 as a featherweight following a decision loss to Jim Alers in a CWFC title challenge at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena in September 2013. Alers went onto compete in the UFC while Svensson immediately rebounded with wins against the highly regarded British veteran Robbie Olivier at CWFC 66 in March 2014 and former CWFC Title challenger Dave Hill at CWFC 71 in August 2014.
Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin to Coach ‘TUF: Latin America’ Season 3
UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin will serve as opposing coaches on the upcoming third season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America,” UFC announced on Monday.
“TUF: LATAN 3” will be the first season of the reality show to film in Argentina, with production slated to begin in Buenos Aires in late spring. The season premieres in August and will be streamed via UFC Fight Pass in the U.S. Canal 5 will broadcast the show in Mexico, with “14 additional free-to-air networks” airing the series throughout Latin America.
Meet the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia Cast
The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight and strawweight hopefuls. Thirty-two Athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.
STRAWWEIGHT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria
Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich. Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.
Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash. Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.
Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo. Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas
Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind. Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.
Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash. Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.
Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.
Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio
Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev. Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway
JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo. Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M. Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil
Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.
Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif. Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France
Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.
Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif. Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.
'TUF 24' tryouts slated for April 25; season champ gets flyweight title shot at finale
“The Ultimate Fighter 24” will feature male flyweight fighters, and the show’s tournament winner will earn a title shot at the show’s live finale.
UFC officials today announced the “TUF 24” plans.
Tryouts for the show take place April 25 at Palace Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. “TUF 24” hopefuls must be between the ages of 21 and 34, have at least three pro fights, and must possess a winning record. The fighters, who will grapple and hit pads during the open tryouts, can apply at UFC.com.
Filming begins in June, and the “TUF 24” season debut is slated for Aug. 31 on FOX Sports 1.
Unlike past season of “TUF,” which first debuted in 2015, the 16-man tournament on “TUF 24” will conclude during the regular season; past tournament finals have taken place on the show’s live finale. Instead, the “TUF 24” tournament winner will be determined on the show’s final regular-season episode, and he’ll then fight for the title at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale in December.
Atomweight title fight, return of Jessamyn Duke highlight Invicta FC 16
Invicta is bringing a loaded card to Las Vegas.
An atomweight title fight between champion Ayaka Hamasaki and Amber Brown will headline Invicta FC 16 on March 11 at Tropicana Las Vegas, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. In the co-main event, Vanessa Porto and Jennifer Maia will fight for the interim flyweight title with champion Barb Honchack still out. The event will air live on UFC Fight Pass.
Also on the card will be the return to Invicta of UFC veteran Jessamyn Duke and rising strawweight star Alexa Grasso.
Meet Martin Svensson, who never lost on 'TUF 22,' made weight but didn't fight at finale
History will remember grappling wizard Ryan Hall as the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 22,” but there was only one fighter on that show that never lost a fight, and while he was in Las Vegas – and on weight – for the show’s live finale, he’ll have to wait until February to make his UFC debut.
“It was bittersweet,” Martin Svensson told MMAjunkie. “You don’t ever really hope that anyone else gets injured or pulls out of their fights, and I never really did. But it was tricky. It was a fun experience, but at the same time it was very hard emotionally. It was a lot of ups and downs.”
Svensson is a 30-year-old Swedish prospect who earned a spot on the recently aired “TUF 22” series, scoring a decision win over Mohamed Gabinski in the tournament’s preliminary round to earn his way into the “TUF” house. He then scored a second-round submission win over Thanh Le to set up a quarterfinal bout with eventual finalist Artem Lobov, who had lost in the preliminary round but was brought back into the field by his training partner and “TUF” coach Conor McGregor.
Unfortunately, Svensson suffered a broken elbow in the Le fight and was forced to withdraw from the tournament.
‘TUF 22’ Teammates Martin Svensson, David Teymur to Meet at UFC Fight Night London
Martin Svensson and David Teymur will lock horns at UFC Fight Night London on Feb. 27.
The promotion’s European branch announced the contest on Thursday. Svensson and Teymur were both lightweights on Conor McGregor’s team during Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” UFC Fight Night London takes place at the O2 Arena and features a middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.
Finalist Forced Out of The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Due to Legal Issue
On the final episode of The Ultimate Fighter 22: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber, two fighters punched their ticket into the finals, but only one will compete at the finale on Friday.TUF 22 Logo McGregor vs Faber 750
England’s Saul Rogers defeated Poland’s Marcin Wrzosek by rear-naked choke in the first semi-final bout to seemingly advance to the finals.
Europe’s Artem Lobov completed his second-chance journey to the finals in the second semi-final round bout against American Julian Erosa.