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The UFC's next edition in Toronto already has its first Canadian fighter on the card, as Combate reported that former strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau will return to take on promotional newcomer, Poliana Botelho.
After losing out on a marquee matchup against Kelvin Gastelum, Jorge Masvidal will get another notable name in the UFC welterweight division later this year.
Masvidal (30-11 MMA, 7-4 UFC) will face Jake Ellenberger (31-11 MMA, 10-7 UFC) in the latest addition to December’s lineup for The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
UFC officials today announced the bout following an initial report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Jose Aldo doesn’t want to be in the UFC anymore, and his team is willing to go to court to fight out of his contract with the promotion.
"I think Dana and the new owners have to understand that there’s a completely unsatisfied employee who doesn’t want to continue," Pederneiras said. "If that was in Brazil and a guy said ‘boss, I want to leave,’ I’d say ‘Ok, I can’t hold you.’ The contract we have in the UFC, ‘boss, I want to leave,’ the answer is ‘no, you’ll be stuck with me, you might not do anything, but you can’t leave here.’ Is that something nice?
"I think it creates dissatisfaction, and he will want to go to court. He would have to go to court to cut this contract. And the damage a dissatisfied person, someone like Aldo, talking sh*t to everyone about a lot of things, I think the company wouldn’t want a guy like this every day in the media talking trash. Since the guy doesn’t want to do it, let him leave! ‘I just want to leave, I don’t want to stay here anymore, I don’t want to fight here. I don’t want to be in anymore.’ We don’t want a war, we don’t want a fight, we don’t want to talk bad about anyone. We only want the right to say ‘I don’t want to be here anymore. It’s not about money, I don’t want to be here anymore.’"
According to the report, Aldo still has six fights left in his contract with the UFC. "Scarface", who beat Frankie Edgar for the interim belt at the historic UFC 200 event in Las Vegas, was unhappy with the way he was treated by the promotion after losing to McGregor in December.
"He was already pissed off with the situation of being left aside without an answer," Pederneiras said. "You can’t do that with someone like Aldo. You can do that to someone who just entered the UFC now, but not with a guy that went undefeated for 10 years, not with a guy that was the first and only champion until he lost the belt in a 13-second situation, and earned his rematch, was fooled and it didn’t happen. I think the company has its financial side – I have a company and will always think on the financial side – but I won’t lie to my employee. If there’s no way to do it, there’s no way to do it. I won’t tell everybody something, put in the news for everyone to see, and then be caught in a lie."
UFC president Dana White has vowed that Conor McGregor will abandon one of his two UFC titles if McGregor achieves his dream of becoming a two-weight world champion by defeating lightweight beltholder Eddie Alvarez on Nov. 12 at UFC 205. McGregor, however, appears to have other plans.
"They're going to have to gather an army to try and take one of them (belts) off me, and that's out straight," McGregor said Tuesday at the raucous UFC 205 kickoff press conference in Madison Square Garden. "One's going to be there, one's going to be there, and I'm going to be picking and choosing who I want to destroy next. And that's it."
"I'm going to wrap one (belt) on one shoulder, and I'm going to wrap the other on the other shoulder, and they're going to need a f*cking army to come take them belts off me," McGregor said.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is fighting lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, and Jose Aldo has had enough.
Aldo, who beat Frankie Edgar for the interim featherweight title at UFC 200 in July, was hoping to finally get his rematch with "The Notorious" after that victory, but instead saw the Irish star get a shot for the 155-pound belt at New York City’s UFC 205 after beating Nate Diaz in a rematch at 170 pounds.
A loaded card just continues to get even more stacked.
UFC President Dana White today confirmed that top lightweight contenders Michael Johnson (17-10 MMA, 9-6 UFC) and Khabib Nurmagomedov (23-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) will also meet on the card.
Roy Nelson was upset at referee Big John McCarthy for not stopping his heavyweight bout with Antonio Silva when the Brazilian was knocked down, and kicked the referee moments after the fight was finally stopped Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 95. Despite Roy Nelson's apology after the event, UFC president Dana White is not happy with him.
Days after the UFC event in Brasilia, Brazil, White went on UFC Unfiltered podcast and criticized the longtime heavyweight veteran for his action.
"You can’t apologize for that," White said. "You don’t ever, ever put your f**king hands on a referee, or your feet, for any reason whatso f**king ever. You don’t do it. He needs to be buried. He went over there and he put his foot on his ass to like push him over, you know what I mean? Was flipping him off, yelling whatever. You wanna flip a ref off, there is never, ever a situation where you put your f**king hands on a referee. Ever. You can’t apologize for that."
"I’ve been traveling since the fight so I haven’t seen what’s going on, but if the Brazilian athletic commission doesn’t reign on him, man, it’s not good," White said. "You don’t ever put your hands on a referee. I don’t care what the circumstances are, you don’t do. And listen, we don’t always agree with them, we have our favorites, we have our least favorites, [Steve] Mazzagatti, you know. The guy, no matter how good or whatever you feel about him, they are there for your safety. They are there to keep you safe. F**king, that dope isn’t the… you know what I mean?"
"This guy is the f**king judge of when a fight should or shouldn’t be stopped? You’re a fighter, you go until the referee tells you to stop. John McCarthy is very qualified in what he does, he’s been here a lot longer than f**king Roy Nelson has been. And for Roy Nelson to go over and put his f**king hands on a referee, it can’t happen. It can never happen. But John is sitting there in his knees, tending to Bigfoot, and you come up behind him and f**king kick him? It’s despicable, it’s disgusting, it can never f**king happen, ever again."
The potential for a women's superfight between Ronda Rousey and Cris "Cyborg" Justino is still alive, according to UFC president Dana White.
Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, White said the former UFC women's bantamweight champion is interested in fighting the current Invicta and former Strikeforce featherweight champion.
"Ronda wants to fight her," White said. "We'll have to figure out at what weight to fight. But Ronda wants that fight. ... Ronda could do 40."
Well, the UFC's maiden voyage to New York's Madison Square Garden got big in a hurry.
On Monday night, UFC president Dana White announced that Conor McGregor will again attempt to make history by becoming the first dual champion in UFC history against current lightweight kingpin Eddie Alvarez. That was the main event that many people were holding out hope for, given the scope of the event.
Then on Tuesday, White also made official that Long Island's own Chris Weidman would face Yoel Romero in a middleweight bout for the Nov. 12 card. White made the announcement while making an appearance on The Boomer & Carton Show.
UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will go up to 155 pounds to challenge lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, attempting to become the first-ever simultaneous two-weight world champion in the biggest event in UFC history.
The headliner is the third title fight to hit the Big Apple in the UFC¹s first show in New York State.
McGregor will retain his featherweight title through UFC 205.
The UFC 205 card now includes:
Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz - for women strawweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Much of the drama surrounding UFC Fight Night 95 focused not on whether Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino would defeat UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg, but instead whether the Invicta FC featherweight champion would be able to successfully make the UFC's mandated catchweight of 140 pounds.
Ultimately, Justino succeeded in her goal, cutting down from 165 pounds to the one-pound allowance of 141 in less than a week. However, video released by Justino's team in the days after official weigh-ins showed that Justino may have tipped the scales a few ounces above her 141-pound limit. And according to Justino's nutritionist, weight-cutting guru George Lockhart, that extra weight was permitted by the Brazilian athletic commission (CABMMA) charged with overseeing the proceedings in Brasilia, Brazil.
"That was up to the commission, I believe, so I think you get a variable in there," Lockhart said. "And a lot of people don't know this, a lot of times when you step on the scale, a lot of the digital scales, especially in the U.S., it only goes by .5. So if you're, let's say, 171.2, it rounds down to 171. If you're 171.3, then it rounds up. So a lot of people don't know that, but again, I'm going to get you down to the damn gram (that you need to be at), so you don't have to sit in a bath longer than need be, so you don't have to work out any longer than you need to."
Heavyweight prospect Ruslan Magomedov is the latest UFC fighter to fall under the sword of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
The UFC announced Monday that Magomedov has been informed of a "potential anti-doping violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by USADA on Sept. 7. The UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in Magomedov's sample.
"The UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ruslan Magomedov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection made on September 7, 2016. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."
The Brazilian commission overseeing this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 apparently won’t let Roy Nelson’s post-fight actions slide.
After Nelson vented his frustration with a stoppage win over Antonio Silva by kicking and then flipping off referee “Big” John McCarthy, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA, or CABMMA, announced the incident will be addressed by a Brazilian court.
CABMMA spokesperson Cristiano Sampaio claimed today that Nelson’s case will be taken up by the Superior Justice Court of Sport, which handles judicial questions pertaining to sports in Brazil.
“Even though CABMMA understands Roy Nelson’s ‘frustration’ in that situation due to his close relationship with his opponent, that does not justify his act and can open a serious and dangerous precedent in the sport,” Sampaio wrote in an email to MMAjunkie. “We, as the regulation body of MMA in Brazil and member of the Association of Boxing Commissions, will not tolerate such conduct.
“All the licensed professionals involved have to act accordingly, respecting the rules, commission, promoter and fans, where unsportsmanlike behavior will be subject to fines and suspensions.”
The last couple of weeks in the MMA world have been confusing, to say the least.
UFC 205, which will host the promotion’s long awaited debut in New York, was expected to feature a lightweight championship showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor in the main event. After several conflicting reports, however, it’s now looking like Alvarez will defend the 155-pound title against Khabib Nurmagomedov instead.
According to the latest report from Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Dana White says McGregor’s foot is hurt and wants him to rematch Jose Aldo at featherweight.
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
Headliner Cris Cyborg apparently made weight for her catchweight main event showdown with Lina Lansberg later tonight (Sat., Sept. 24, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 95 live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nilson Nelson arena in Brasilia, Brazil, which was the maximum of 141 pounds. But, according to this behind-the-scenes image above, courtesy of cyber sleuth @mikedyce, the Brazilian may have tipped the scales at 141.6 pounds.
Here's the video, go to the 9:20 mark to see her weigh in officially.
BRASILIA, Brazil – The UFC’s final 2016 trip to Brazil now has eight confirmed bouts.
With the UFC Fight Night 100 headliner between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson confirmed during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 broadcast on FS1, UFC Senior VP and GM of Brazil Giovani Decker announced six other matchups at the evening’s post-event news conference.
The new additions include middleweights Krzysztof Jotko vs. Thales Leites, heavyweightsChristian Colombo vs. Luis Henrique, bantamweights Johnny Eduardo vs. Manny Gamburyan, light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima, flyweights Matheus Nicolau vs. Ulka Sasaki and welterweights Michael Graves vs. Sergio Moraes.
Additionally, a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Justin Scoggins was previously reported by MMAjunkie.
Louis Smolka has had a busy day.
First, he drew the ire of the interwebs after posting a video online in which he said his scheduled UFC Fight Night 96 opponent, Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), had a “hurt vagina” as his reason for pulling out of their flyweight fight with what his trainer called a “minor injury.”
But now Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) no doubt will be hoping to put that behind him since he has a new opponent for the card: Brandon Moreno (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A UFC official confirmed the fight to MMAjunkie today following an initial report from FOXSports.com.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass
Belal Muhammad isn't wasting any time. Less than a week after scoring his first Octagon victory at UFC Fight Night 93, Muhammad has agreed to jump back into the fray and fight former Bellator champion Lyman Good in a welterweight contest on Nov. 12 at UFC 205.
The UFC confirmed the booking Friday following an initial report by Newsday.