Alexander Gustafsson Expected to Be Out Indefinitely
At one point in time, Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson was one of the most feared light heavyweights in the sport of mixed martial arts. He had lost only once in 16 pro fights and was riding a dominant six-fight winning streak.
But when he finally got a crack at the 205-pound title against then-champ Jon Jones at UFC 162 three years ago, he gave it everything he had and came up short after five grueling rounds. But from that point forward, “The Mauler” has had nothing but terrible luck in and out of the Octagon.
'The Ultimate Fighter 25' starts filming in January, 'all-star' concept in play
The next season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is expected to end up featuring some familiar names.
MMAjunkie today confirmed “The Ultimate Fighter 25” is currently casting for a January filming start, with the show expected to debut on FS1 in April.
While exact details of the season are still undetermined, UFC officials told MMAjunkie that welterweights are likely to be featured on “TUF 25.” And rather than bring in a cast of unknowns, the promotion currently is targeting a group of “all-stars” to compete on the show, including UFC veterans and former contestants on previous editions of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Additionally, despite rumors of the show’s termination with new owners WME-IMG in place, UFC officials firmly shot down such reports and insisted “TUF 25” is proof of the promotion’s commitment to the long-running reality series.
USADA suspends UFC’s Abdul-Kerim Edilov 15 months for meldonium
Abdul-Kerim Edilov has yet to make his UFC debut, and he’ll have to wait longer still.
The Chechen light heavyweight has been given a 15-month suspension by USADA for testing positive for the prohibited substance meldonium in an out-of-competition drug test back in January, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Friday. His suspension is retroactive to Jan. 7, 2016, the date the sample was collected. Edilov will be eligible for his first UFC fight in April.
UFC releases ‘Bigfoot’ Silva
There won’t be any "Bigfoot" sightings in the UFC again any time soon.
The promotion released Antonio Silva recently after a rough stretch for the former elite heavyweight, MMA Fighting confirmed with UFC officials Friday.
Jared Cannonier vs. Ion Cutelaba added to TUF 24 Finale
A light heavyweight bout has been added to the TUF 24 Finale event in December.
The UFC announced a bout between Jared Cannonier (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Ion Cutelaba (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) for the event, which takes place Dec. 3 at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The bout order has not yet been set.
Paul Craig makes octagon debut vs. Luis Henrique da Silva at UFC on FOX 22
The card for UFC on FOX 22 continues to come together with the announcement of a light heavyweight scrap.
Paul Craig (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step into the octagon for the first time to face off with Luis Henrique da Silva (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the event, which takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The main card, headlined by strawweight prospects Paige VanZant and Michelle Waterson, will air on FOX after prelims expected for FOX and UFC Fight Pass. A full bout order has yet to be determined.
Johny Hendricks vs Neil Magny set for UFC 207 in Las Vegas
Hendricks (17-5) is in dire need of a win, which sounds surprising considering he was welterweight champion roughly two years back. Since then, “Bigg Rigg” has struggled to make weight and dropped three of his last four.
Time to get something going ... fast.
Magny (18-5) was slowly but surely climbing his way up the 170-pound ladder -- right up until Lorenz Larkin stopped him at UFC 202 back in August. No doubt a win over a tough out like Hendricks will get him right back into the title hunt.
Tim Means vs. Alex 'Cowboy' Oliveira added to UFC 207 in Las Vegas
A potential welterweight slugfest has been added to the UFC’s year-end card in Las Vegas.
Tim Means (26-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is set to take on Alex Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 207. A UFC official confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie following an initial report from The Albuquerque (N.M.) Journal.
UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30, a Friday, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, former champion Ronda Rousey will make her long-awaited return to take on new women’s bantamweight titleholder Amanda Nunes.