With Belal Muhammad's UFC signing, Michaud vs. Lima at Titan FC 39 becomes title fight
Belal Muhammed has signed with the UFC and, as a result, Titan FC 39 has its third title bout.
The bout between UFC veterans Douglas Lima (10-4) and David Michaud (9-2) has been upgraded from title eliminator to title fight. Promotion officials informed MMAjunkie of the change.
Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title.
The Titan FC 39 card includes:
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Pat Healy – for vacant lightweight title
champ Andre Harrison vs. Deivison Ribeiro – for featherweight title
Dhiego Lima vs. David Michaud – for vacant welterweight title
Taylor Krahl vs. Vitor Eustaquio
Kenny Gadreau vs. Micah Miller
Abdiel Velazquez vs. Alexis Vila
Sarah Alpar vs. Carina Damm
Luciano dos Santos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Chino Duran vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Preston Parsons
Raush Manfiovs. Luis Zequeira
'TUF 22' winner Ryan Hall returns vs. Alex White at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
A featherweight bout between Ryan Hall and Alex White is the latest addition to July’s UFC Fight Night 91 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The latest UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to Face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30
Michael Graves will lock horns with Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 on July 30.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the welterweight bout on Tuesday. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta and is headlined by a 170-pound title tilt between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight strap against Wilson Reis.
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine cleared to compete vs. Rick Story
Despite fears that Tarec Saffiedine would have to withdraw from this Sunday's UFC Fight Night 88 clash with Rick Story, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been cleared to compete.
Despite initial fears that he wouldn't be able to fight on Sunday, May 29th, UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine will be able to fight against Rick Story.
Two days ago, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion revealed on Sunday that he'd suffered a cut on his knee, which led to the UFC seeking a replacement in case he had to be officially removed from the event. With the status of his UFC Fight Night bout up in the air, Saffiedine confirmed to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that he's been cleared by doctors to compete this weekend.
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera added to UFC 201
A bantamweight bout pitting Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera has been added to UFC 201. The news was first reported by Indicutido on Tuesday, but later confirmed by MMA Fighting.
Perez (15-6), who only competed once in the 2015 calendar, is coming off unanimous decision win over Taylor Lapilus at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale in Monterrey, Mexico back in November 2015. Prior to that, the Mexican fighter suffered a loss to Bryan Caraway via rear-naked choke back in June 2014. The 26-year-old Perez is 2-2 in his last four performances.
BJ Penn pulled from UFC 199 bout for USADA IV violation
Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn was scheduled to come out of retirement at UFC 199 on June 4 in a featherweight bout against Cole Miller.
Penn who last fought Frankie Edgar in 2014 is looking to make some noise in the featherweight division but will have to be put on the sideline as he has been pulled from the UFC 199 bout with Cole Miller after telling the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he had used an IV previously in March.
BJ Penn made the following statement to BJPENN.COM regarding his admitted use of an IV to USADA:
UFC Light Heavyweight James Te Huna Retires After 25-Fight Career
James Te Huna is hanging up his 4-ounce gloves.
Te Huna, who since 2010 has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division, announced his decision on Monday in a Facebook post.
“I have discovered something that is tough to swallow (but made a lot of sense) since the last fight,” wrote Te Huna, “but this recent decision is a positive step towards a healthy future.
“I hope you can all understand. I gave it everything I had guys, and those closest to me know how much of my life I gave to competition-I didn’t have the gift when I started..just put in the work to chase a childhood dream.”
Bantamweights Felipe Arantes, Jerrod Sanders Added to UFC Fight Night ‘Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez’
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s July 7 event in Las Vegas will feature a 135-pound matchup between Brazilian bantamweight Felipe Arantes and returning wrestler Jerrod Sanders.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup, which will be part of UFC Fight Night “Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez.”
Arantes has competed in the UFC since August 2011, building a record of 4-3-1, but he has yet to win back-to-back bouts inside the Octagon. The 28-year-old Chute Boxe fighter has been out of action since August 2015, when he submitted WEC vet Yves Jabouin with a first-round armbar.
Lineup set for June's UFC 199 in Southern California with Rockhold-Bisping, Cruz-Faber title fights
It had to get a makeover at the top, but the UFC 199 lineup is official for next month in Southern California, and it still features a pair of title fights.
The bout order for the 13-fight pay-per-view card is set. In the main event, Michael Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of his title shot rematch with champ Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) this past week due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
Dominick Cruz (21-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will put his bantamweight belt on the line against heated rival Urijah Faber (33-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in the co-main event.
Report: Thiago Alves to fight Al Iaquinta at UFC 202
As Combate reported, former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves has an opponent and a date to make his lightweight debut, as he prepares to take on The Ultimate Fighter 15 runner up, Al Iaquinta, at UFC 202, on August 20. UFC officials have not confirmed the booking themselves.
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine injured, fight against Rick Story in jeopardy
Tarec Saffiedine's bout against Rick Story at UFC Fight Night 88 -- which is pegged for May 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada -- is in jeopardy after "Sponge" suffered an injury in the final days of his training camp.
According to MMA Fighting, Tarec hasn't officially been ruled out of the bout, however, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials are actively looking for a potential replacement to face "The Horror" in a little over a weeks notice.
UFC's 'Greatest fighter of all-time' poll includes McGregor, but not Demetrious Johnson
We're just a couple of months away from the big UFC 200 pay-per-view, and to celebrate the historic event, the UFC is asking fans to help them determine the greatest fighters of all-time. Earlier this week, they put out a poll for fans to choose the #1 greatest fighter ever, with the first of a six-part countdown series beginning on May 29th. Here are the options that they've listed on their website: (Screenshot for proof)
Other (you'd submit your own name afterwards)
McCall vs. Scoggins at UFC 201
UFC flyweights Ian 'Uncle Creepy' McCall and Justin 'Tank' Scoggins will fight at UFC 201 on July 30, 2016 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scoggins, ranked #11 in the division, is on a two-fight win streak, over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg.
McCall, ranked #5, is coming off a decision loss to John Lineker in a catchweight bout after Linkeker failed to make weight. Prior to that he was on a two-fight wins streak, over Iliarde Santos and Brad Pickett. A hero of The UnderGround, McCall is coming off a series of injuries, but is now returned to form.
UFC 201 is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley. UFC flyweight champion bDemetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis serves as the co-main.
UFC flyweight John Moraga returns against Matheus Nicolau at TUF 23 Finale
A flyweight bout between UFC contender John Moraga and TUF Brazil 4 semifinalist Matheus Nicolau is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the booking on Friday.
Moraga (16-4) is currently the No. 6 ranked flyweight on the UFC's media-generated rankings. He has been out of action since suffering a concussion in a May 2015 loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Diego Brandao Accepts 9-Month Suspension from USADA for Positive Marijuana Test
Former UFC featherweight Diego Brandao has accepted a nine-month suspension for failing a drug test at UFC 195, according to a statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Brandao tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, in a sample taken during an in-competition drug test at the Jan. 2 event. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the event, but Brandao will be eligible for a one-month reduction in length “pending the satisfactory completion of an approved anti-doping educational program.” Brandao is also subject to additional penalties from the Nevada Athletic Commission since UFC 195 took place in Las Vegas. He still has to appear before the NAC for a disciplinary hearing.
John Lineker set to clash with Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91
An intriguing bantamweight fight has been added for the UFC's first event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
John Lineker is set to face Michael McDonald in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 91, as first reported by UFC Tonight.
The one-time flyweight Lineker has been streaking as a bantamweight, going 2-0 since making the move to 135 pounds. He just scored a unanimous decision over Rob Font at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14. Before then he submitted Francisco Rivera at UFC 191.
Cris Cyborg adamant her next fight will be Invicta FC title defense
Cyborg complained on Twitter that she wasn’t allowed to bring her Invicta FC belt to her media obligations during UFC 198 fight week. She had the belt during the open workouts, and told MMA Fighting that she was hoping to bring it to the cage on fight night.
"I’m the 145-pound champion," she tweeted. "The UFC doesn’t have my division, okay. But they don’t have the right to delete my division. No point trying to manipulate my fans. I will be defending my belt in my next fight. I already proved I can make 140 pounds, I did my part."