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Anthony Johnson wants fight with Ryan Bader, who covets UFC light heavyweight title shot
No doubt to put himself back in line for a title shot, onetime UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson wants a fight with the surging Ryan Bader, his management team said. Johnson (20-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC), who lost a bid for the vacant belt in May to champ Daniel Cormier, would also get a little bit of payback – Bader’s (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) recent win at this month’s UFC 192 came over a longtime teammate, ex-champ Rashad Evans (19-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC).
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:23PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's Soa Palelei was 'heartbroken' when he learned he was banned from children's hospital
Soa Palelei has already helped raise more than $60,000 for sick children. This weekend, he'll attempt to raise up to $200,000 more when he spends 24 hours on an exercise machine as part of a telethon. Despite those charitable actions and his role as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the UFC heavyweight was told last week that he was banned from visiting Princess Margaret Hospital for Children to see the ill kids. Matt Fuller, a retired Australian rules football player, was given the go-ahead. But the hospital told Palelei he could not come. Why? Because Palelei is a UFC fighter.
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:21PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Conor McGregor's response to Anthony Pettis: 'He's back on the Fight Pass events'
Last week, Anthony Pettis added his voice to the list of fighters who believe that UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor still hasn't quite earned his spot. "Conor's talking and doing his thing," Pettis said at Friday's UFC Fan Club Q&A in Houston. "But he hasn't beat no one yet."
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:20PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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UFC Fight Pass adds Australian BRACE promotion
UFC's Fight Pass streaming service has inked a deal with BRACE MMA, considered by many as Australia's leading MMA promotion. In a story at news.com.au, Eric Winter, the general manager of Fight Pass, stated that the agreement to air all events live will start with a Nov. 21 show.
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:19PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Jessica Andrade drops down to strawweight division
Brazilian brawler Jessica Andrade will have a few more pounds to cut before her next UFC fight. The Parana Vale Tudo product, who went 4-3 in two years as a UFC bantamweight, has decided to drop from 135 to 115 pounds after suffering a second-round submission loss in a rematch with Raquel Pennington in September. "It’s easy," Andrade told MMAFighting.com on Thursday. "I expected it to be way more complicated, but I managed to stay at 132 pounds and eat well."
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:18PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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John Dodson, who holds a win over champion T.J. Dillashaw, moves back to 135
John Dodson is returning to a division in which he's already beaten the reigning champion. The Jackson's MMA fighter wants to return to action in December or January, and when he does, it will be back at 135 pounds. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani broke the news on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:15PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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Karolina Kowalkiewicz makes UFC debut vs. Randa Markos at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando
Undefeated Polish strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz, after signing with the UFC earlier this fall, has her first assignment. Kowalkiewicz (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet Randa Markos (5-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 17 in December, UFC officials announced.
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 10:09AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
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Myles Jury drops to featherweight, meets Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando
The UFC’s final fight card of the calendar year got a little bit deeper on Wednesday, and one of its competitors will be moving to a new weight class. Myles Jury (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will drop from lightweight to featherweight and will meet Charles Oliveira (20-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC on FOX 17. UFC officials announced the new fight as part of Wednesday night’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:26AM by jae_1833 - 13 comments
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'UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3' fight card set for Sao Paulo
The 13-bout lineup is set for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3” event in Brazil. The event takes place Nov. 7 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. Following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the rest of the card airs on FOX Sports 1. Short and simple list: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1) Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1) Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera Matheus Nicolau vs. Bruno Korea
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:23AM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
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'Wonderboy' Thompson wants Saffiedine, injury-replacement slot or January return
UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson said he was targeted for a fight with Tarec Saffiedine after his highlight-reel knockout win over Jake Ellenberger in July. But a knee injury scratched that immediate possibility, and now he’s hoping to get it back. If Saffiedine isn’t ready, Thompson said, he’ll look to step in as an injury-replacement. And if that fails, he’ll target a return in January.
Submitted Oct 8, 2015 7:16AM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
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Ronda Rousey on Holly Holm: 'This one's going to be a much longer fight'
Despite what the current odds tell us – and they suggest Ronda Rousey should mop the floor with challenger Holly Holm – the UFC women’s bantamweight champion thinks she could be in for a long night of work. At least compared to her series of other quick blowouts.
Submitted Oct 7, 2015 4:47PM by tildengolfer - 25 comments
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Mike Dolce: Johny Hendricks' UFC 192 weight cut was 'a comedy of errors'
Johny Hendricks ended up in a hospital with kidney stones and an intestinal blockage the day before he was supposed to weigh in last week for a fight with Tyron Woodley. It was perhaps rock bottom for someone who was struggled with his weight cut for years. Mike Dolce, Hendricks' former dietician, told Ariel Helwani on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that he believes the responsibility lies with one person and one person alone.
Submitted Oct 7, 2015 4:42PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
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Ronda Rousey explains whether or not she actually wants to hurt opponents
Maybe Bethe Correia was an exception. But Ronda Rousey said Wednesday that she does not necessarily desire to hurt her opponents. The UFC women's bantamweight champion said on ESPN's First Take that it's not necessarily about inflicting pain, just about winning in such devastating fashion that no one has any interest in a rematch.
Submitted Oct 7, 2015 4:40PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Report: UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw leaves Alpha Male to train in new MMA team in Colorado

TJ Dillishaw said: "In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado. The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career. "I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they've offered me an opportunity that I couldn't pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities. "I want to thank everyone for the continued support as this has not been a decision I've taken lightly."

Uriah Faber said: "We are sad to see [Dillashaw] go, but we're excited about the next set of champions being developed at Team Alpha Male."
Dillashaw's striking coach Duane Ludwig isn't a part of the team, however, Dillashaw will still be training with him since he also lives in Colorado. In addition to Ludwig, Dillashaw's new coaches will be Leister Bowling (head coach), Elliot Marshall (jiu-jitsu), Christian Allen (striking) and Loren Landow (strength & conditioning). The team, which already includes the likes of Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny, Brandon Thatch, Cat Zingano, Drew Dober and others, is based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center & Research Institute in Denver. It's exclusive to professional fighters. Original Post: Report says he is going to Colorado to train with Duane Ludwig and open a new gym named MP Elevation.
Submitted Oct 6, 2015 1:54PM by GDPofMPG - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Fight Camp / Team, General MMA
Wanderlei Silva files motion to dismiss lawsuit, says Belfort test evidence of UFC cheating
Attorneys for Wanderlei Silva have filed a motion to dismiss the UFC's lawsuit against the renowned MMA fighter with the Clark County, Nevada District Court on Friday, October 3, 2015. The motion claims that the UFC's suit is an attempt "to chill Silva's free speech" and "public participation" as well as send a message to other fighters, and that Silva comments about "cheating" and "fight-fixing" received additional credibility with Vitor Belfort's recently revealed lab results. The UFC filed a complaint of "Intentional Misconduct" against Silva on July 29th for comments he had published on Facebook referring to "fight fixing" in the UFC and comparing the promotion to professional wrestling. Silva's counsel, Terry A. Coffing of the firm Marquis Aurbach Coffing, argues that the complaint should be dismissed because it fails to show damages from his comments or prove his comments were false, and that the UFC's true motivation behind filing the suit is to silence his client.
Submitted Oct 5, 2015 10:09PM by GDPofMPG - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
UFC: Tyron Woodley gets the next welterweight title shot
One man's loss is another man's gain. In light of Johny Hendricks last-second dropout from UFC 192, the UFC has awarded Tyron Woodley the next welterweight title shot, schedule and health permitting, promotion officials told MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani on Friday.
Submitted Oct 2, 2015 2:12PM by tildengolfer - 26 comments
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Joe Schilling: Five-year suspension will be 'good thing' for Nick Diaz, the sport
Joe Schilling sees the silver lining in the bleakness of Nick Diaz's suspension. In fact, the Bellator MMA and GLORY star thinks the whole situation will turn out positively. Schilling told MMA Fighting this week that he sees the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision being overturned briskly and the organization's oversight being examined. Once Diaz returns to the Octagon, Schilling sees him being an even bigger draw.
TUF Finalist Nijem among 4 fighters cut by UFC
Nijem joins 3 other fighters who have been removed from the roster in Elias Silverio, Jorge Oliveira, and Nazareno Malegarie. Silverio and Oliveira have both lost two straight before getting the axe, making TUF Brazil's Malegarie the only minor surprise on this month's cut list. After his stint at TUF, the Bellator vet officially fought just once with the UFC, dropping a split decision to Joaquim Silva at UFC 191.
Submitted Oct 2, 2015 11:30AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
50 fighters tested by USADA since start of new UFC drug testing program
Among the list of notable fighters tested more than once: Ronda Rousey: 5 Thiago Alves: 4 Bethe Correia: 4 Antonio Silva: 4 Anthony Johnson: 3 Jimi Manuwa: 3 Jose Aldo: 2 Andrei Arlovski: 2 Daniel Cormier: 2 Todd Duffee: 2 Cezar Ferreira: 2 Claudia Gadelha: 2 Alexander Gustafsson: 2 Hayder Hassan: 2 Michael Johnson: 2 Cristiane Justino: 2 Conor McGregor: 2 Frank Mir: 2 Dustin Poirier: 2 Kamaru Usman: 2
Submitted Oct 2, 2015 11:27AM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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UFC scraps Saturday's Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 192 co-headliner
On the eve of UFC 192, the organization today lost its planned welterweight co-headliner. In what was expected to be a likely title-eliminator, former champion Johny Hendricks (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was slated to take on Tyron Woodley. However, UFC President Dana White today tweeted that Hendricks’ weight-cutting issues forced the cancellation of the bout
Submitted Oct 2, 2015 11:23AM by Budgellism - 15 comments
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