Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup.
Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at UFC 210. The bout was announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
29 Fighters removed from UFC roster
Yao Zhikui – Flyweight
Fredy Serrano – Flyweight
Fernando Bruno – Featherweight
Cezar Arzamendia – Lightweight
Elvis Mutaptic – Middleweight
Joe Gigliotti – Middleweight
Sean O’Connell – Light-heavyweight
Jessamyn Duke – Bantamweight
Cole Miller – Featherweight
Erik Perez – Bantamweight
Lorenz Larkin – Welterweight
Rick Story – Welterweight
Takeya Mizugaki – Bantamweight
Tim Kennedy – Middleweight
Brendan O’Reilly – Welterweight
Taylor Lapilus – Bantamweight
Seo Hee Ham – Strawweight
Ericka Almeida – Strawweight
Geane Herrera – Flyweight
Brock Lesnar – Heavyweight
Chico Camus – Flyweight
Lance Benoist – Welterweight
Maximo Blanco – Featherweight
Marcus Brimage – Bantamweight
Seth Bazcynski – Welterweight
Bubba Bush – Middleweight
Anthony Birchak – Bantamweight
Clay Collard – Featherweight
Aisling Daly – Strawweight
Izabela Badurek – Strawweight
Shane Campbell – Lightweight
Leonardo Augusto – Middleweight
Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought?
Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the banned diuretic she tested positive for in December.
UFC president Dana White, too, believes Cyborg’s situation with USADA is in a good place.
Willis declared unfit, fight with Tybura scrapped
UFC Heavyweight Justin Willis was deemed unfit to fight at UFC 208 by the New York State Athletic Commission. The fighter himself made the announcement, via his social network.
Hey everyone, I want you to hear from me first, I did everything I could to make weight for the fight this weekend but due to the short notice my body shut down during the weight cut and the UFC doctors wouldn’t clear me to fight. I will be back in the UFC with a full camp very soon. Thank you to everyone at the UFC, all of their staff have been great. I want the same opponent or anybody else will suffice. I will be ready. God Bless.
New Nevada athletic commissioner works for Fertitta-owned Station Casinos
The newest commissioner appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) works for the former owners of the UFC.
Staci Alonso, appointed to the commission by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in December, is an executive vice president at Station Casinos, the casino group owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, per her LinkedIn page. The Fertittas sold their majority stake in the UFC, which is regulated and sanctioned by the NAC in Nevada, to WME-IMG in July for more than $4 billion.
Fabricio Werdum-Ben Rothwell will join champ Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211
Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. So the UFC’s return to the “Lone Star State” in May looks like it will have plenty of big men on the top of the bill.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate, UFC 211 in May will feature not only a heavyweight title fight in the main event, but what is likely to be a No. 1 contenders bout, as well.
Combate today reported former champion Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will meet Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at the event, which is expected to be headlined by heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) against former champ Junior Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC).
Nate Diaz laughs at Dana White’s latest fight offer
It doesn’t appear Nate Diaz is too anxious to get back into action in the UFC.
Just recently, UFC president Dana White revealed that he had offered Diaz a fight to return for the first time since he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in one of the biggest fights in 2016. White didn’t give too many details about the fight at the time, but he commented that it’s been rather difficult to get Nate or his brother Nick into the Octagon recently.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see,” White told USA Today ahead of the Super Bowl in Houston. “These guys say they want a fight. I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”
What the NFL could learn from the UFC about PED testing
The New England Patriots pulled off a comeback rivaling Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at Super Bowl LI on Sunday. The next day CNN published an unusually in-depth piece by Roni Selig and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on what the NFL can learn from the UFC about anti-doping testing.
The penalty for a first-time offense in the UFC, like WADA and USADA, is a two-year suspension. The case is given a full and fair review; very often the punishment is less than two years. However, the punishment for a test failure in the NFL is four games.
Frankie Edgar has one fight left on UFC deal, wants Max Holloway or Ricardo Lamas next
Frankie Edgar has just one fight left on his UFC contract. Don’t expect him to be going anywhere, though.
Edgar told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the next fight on his UFC deal is his last, but he plans on re-upping with the UFC. Edgar said he was in contract talks with the promotion before having groin surgery recently and expects to come to terms before he steps in the Octagon again.
“I’d like to get a deal,” Edgar said. “That’s what I’d like to do. Who knows what’s really gonna happen. But I would like to get a deal. I don’t really want to go anywhere else. This has been my home since the beginning. I just don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t. It’s not like we’re that far apart.”
Edgar: UFC getting a little silly with Interim belts
In boxing, sanctioning bodies only make money if there is a title at stake, so they recognize a lot of titles. The WBA sanctions Super, Undisputed, Unified, Regular, and Interim world championship bouts in 17 weight divisions (there used to be eight). Then throw in the WBC, IBF and WBO. And the IBO and WBF. And the World Underwear Association.
By contrast, the UFC recognizes eight weight divisions for men, and most fans can name all the champions. Not a single person alive can definitively name every “world” champion in boxing. This alphabet soup is one reason boxing is losing young fans to mixed martial arts.