UFC Signs Mackenzie Dern To Same Contract Type As Cris Cyborg
Almost every athlete who gets into the sport of mixed martial arts has the goal of one day making it to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. To make anything close to a constant flow of money, UFC is the only reliable fight league that runs shows on a consistent enough basis to pay their fighters more regular than any other promotion out there.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling ace turned fighter Mackenzie Dern has taken the regional MMA scene by storm. She is currently riding a three fight win-streak that saw her dominate Kenia Rosas, Montana Stewart, and most recently Katherine Roy.
Fight Night 108 Bonuses: Swanson, Lobov, Perry, Moreno Garner $50K Checks
It might not have been the most well received main event when it was announced, but Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov put on a show when the lights were on.
Swanson and Lobov received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their five-round featherweight battle in the UFC Fight Night 108 headliner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night. Lobov, a big underdog heading into the bout, withstood a barrage of punishment over the course of 25 minutes and may have even gotten the better of Swanson in the opening stanza. Ultimately, it was Swanson’s multi-faceted offensive arsenal that prevailed, as the Jackson-Wink MMA representative captured a unanimous verdict.
Paul Craig vs. Khalil Rountree, two more bouts added to UFC Glasgow
Paul Craig has been given a chance to rebound from his first professional loss in front of his home crowd later this summer.
The Scottish fighter has been booked to fight Khalil Rountree in a light heavyweight contest at the UFC’s event in Glasgow, which set to take place on July 16 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. The main event for the card has yet to be announced by the promotion.
Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins set for UFC on FOX 25
The first UFC event at Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum will have some Long Island flavor.
Former Hofstra football standout Gian Villante will take on the ultra-tough Patrick Cummins in a light heavyweight bout at UFC on FOX 25 in Uniondale, N.Y. Newsday originally reported the bout on Wednesday.
Villante takes a 15-8 record into the matchup, with 10 wins via knockout. He’s traded losses and wins in his past six fights, and is coming off a third-round TKO loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in Brazil on March 11.
Cormier vs. Jones 2 at UFC 214
Ariel Helwani is reporting for MMA Fighting that Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 targeted for UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. A fight between Cormier and Jimi Manuwa was considered, but ultimately rejected in favor of what is sure to be a far more lucrative fight.
This will be the fifth time the UFC attempted to make the fight. Jones withdrew from the first scheduled fight in 2014, due to a knee injury. In 2015 the pair fought, with Jones successfully defending his belt. In 2016 it was Cormier who withdrew with a leg injury. And there was the fiasco at UFC 200.
Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk heavyweight bout teed up for UFC 213 in Las Vegas
The UFC’s annual blockbuster pay-per-view tied to “International Fight Week” in Las Vegas is starting to build and now has a heavyweight bout ticketed for the lineup.
Curtis Blayes (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Daniel Omielanczuk (19-7-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at UFC 213. Although not yet announced by the promotion, Blaydes posted the booking on his Instagram account following a report from MMADNA in the Netherlands.
Reports: Police investigating alleged fight fixing from UFC event in Korea
Multiple reports are surfacing in Korea, citing an ongoing investigation regarding fight fixing allegations from the UFC’s 2015 event in Seoul. According to these mainstream media outlets in the country, a Korean fighter, whose identity they kept hidden, agreed to throw a bout, but ended up winning a decision against an American opponent.
The reports state that “Fighter A” agreed to take a dive for 100 million Won (roughly $88,000), and also put down a bet of 50 million Won (roughly $44,000) on the opponent.
UFC Fight Night 112's Johny Hendricks excited for test vs. former 205-pounder Tim Boetsch
Oklahoma City’s UFC Fight Night 112 will have a special taste for former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.
Hendricks (18-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC), who attended college at Oklahoma State and grew up in nearby Edmond, hasn’t competed in the state since 2007. Which is why, with the exception of his three UFC title fights, the June 25 scrap with Tim Boetsch (20-11 MMA, 11-10 UFC) is the one he’s looked forward to the most.
Other than the home appeal, Hendricks also sees the matchup as the perfect opportunity to prove some doubters wrong.
Elias Theodorou vs. Brad Tavares booked for TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas
The UFC’s return to Las Vegas in July for the first event of “International Fight Week” appears to have its first bout.
Middleweights Elias Theodorou (13-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) are reported to be booked for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, according to FloCombat.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the bout.
The TUF 25 Finale takes place Friday, July 7, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card is expected to air on FS1 following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The card will feature the finale of Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” which airs starting Wednesday on FS1.
Clock ticking on Cris Cyborg’s UFC contract
Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s UFC run could soon be coming to an end.
According to multiple sources, Cyborg has two fights left on her current UFC contract. However, she also has a clause in her contract which states the deal expires come October 2017, regardless of how many fights are left on it.
UFC releases Michael Graves after 2016 domestic violence arrest
After being suspended from the UFC in Oct. 2016, Michael Graves has been released by the promotion, the UFC announced Monday.
Graves, a 6-0-1 welterweight prospect, was slated to meet Sergio Moraes at the UFC Fight Night 100 event in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 19, but was removed from the bout after being arrested for domestic violence.
At the time, his fiancée told the police that she was punched and elbowed in the face by the MMA fighter.
TUF 25 Premieres on Wednesday with 5-1/2 Hours of Programming
The mixed martial arts reality series THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER returns to FS1 on Wednesday, April 19 in a big way, with five-and-a-half hours of evening programming dedicated to the show. The schedule includes the Season 25 premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, this season called THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: REDEMPTION, as well as the return of the late-night companion show TUF TALK, a BEST OF 25th SEASON ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL and additional coverage on the weekly news show UFC TONIGHT.
UFC on FOX 24 post-event facts: Demetrious Johnson is rewriting the UFC record books
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson again displayed why he’s MMA’s top pound-for-pound fighter when he defeated Wilson Reis in Saturday’s UFC on FOX 24 headliner.
Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) made a historic 10th consecutive title defense when he topped Reis (22-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) via third-round submission, elevating him further into rarified territory in the UFC record books.
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Ronaldo ‘Jacare' Souza signs eight-fight deal with the UFC
Ronaldo Souza won’t become a free agent after UFC on FOX 24, and not for a long time thereafter.
The top-ranked middleweight, who is taking on Robert Whittaker in what was the last fight of his contract with the promotion Saturday night in Kansas City, has signed a new eight-fight deal with the UFC, his team confirmed to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.