Marcos Rogerio de Lima meets newcomer John Phillips at UFC on FOX 23 in Denver
The UFC’s January return to the “Mile High City” has another addition to the card.
According to a report from Combate.com, middleweight Marcos Rogerio de Lima (14-4-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will fight promotional newcomer John Phillips (21-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 23. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The main card will air on FOX following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Gilbert Burns vs. Paul Felder added to UFC 208 in Brooklyn
A pair of lightweights looking to rebound from a recent loss is the latest addition to UFC 208.
Promotion officials today announced that Gilbert Burns (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Paul Felder (12-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will meet at the event, which takes place Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller among new additions to UFC 208 in Brooklyn
UFC officials today 155-pounders Dustin Poirier (20-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) vs. Jim Miller (28-8 MMA, 17-7 UFC), as well as heavyweights Luis Henrique (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Nik Lentz (27-7-2 MMA, 11-4-1 UFC) vs. Islam Makhachev (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), and flyweights Wilson Reis (21-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Ulka Sasaki (19-3-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC 208 takes place Feb. 11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Brock Lesnar suspended for one year, fined $250,000 for failed UFC 200 drug tests
The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Thursday issued former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar a one-year suspension stemming from two failed drug tests in relation to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt.
In addition to the suspension, Lesnar has agreed to pay a $250,000 fine as part of a settlement agreement with the Nevada attorney general's office. His win against Hunt will be overturned into a no contest.
Lesnar twice tested positive for the anti-estrogenic agent Hydroxy-clomiphene in drug tests administered prior to his UFC 200 fight on July 9 against Hunt, first in an out-of-competition USADA drug test on June 28, then in an in-competition test the day of the event.
Lesnar initially defeated Hunt via unanimous decision. He earned a then-UFC record $2.5 million purse for his victory, according to NAC documents. The $250,000 fine is equivalent to 10 percent of that purse.
Derrick Lewis meets Travis Browne at UFC 208
“The Black Beast” is getting a big fight next.
After headlining his first UFC card on Dec. 9, rising heavyweight Derrick Lewis is set to take on Travis Browne at Brooklyn’s UFC 208 on Feb. 11, MMA Fighting confirmed following a report by ESPN.
Ex-champ Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou set for UFC on FOX 23
Former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski will look to bounce back against hot prospect Francis Ngannou at UFC on FOX 23.
FOX’s “UFC Tonight” reported the matchup between Arlovski (25-13 MMA, 14-7 UFC) and Ngannou (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) on Wednesday evening. Although the event’s bout order has not been finalized, the matchup is expected to air on the FOX-televised main card of the Jan. 28 card at Denver’s Pepsi Center.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 23 now includes:
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Julianna Pena
Donald Cerrone vs. Jorge Masvidal
Andrei Arlovski vs. Francis Ngannou
Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling
Hector Lombard vs. Brad Tavares
J.C. Cottrell vs. Jason Gonzalez
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Eric Shelton
Angela Hill off UFC 207 due to USADA guidelines
Invicta strawweight champion Angela Hill is going to have to wait a while before returning to the UFC.
The current Invicta strawweight champion was slated to return for UFC 207 later this month against Jessica Andrade, but her return was cut short upon receiving the news that she has to re-enter the USADA testing pools due to their guidelines.
Holm vs de Randamie for the inaugural featherweight title at UFC 208
Boxing traditionally had eight weight divisions and eight champions. It made things easy to remember and appreciate. UFC president Dana White is an old student of the sweet science; it is no coincidence that there are eight divisions for men in the UFC.
There were only two weight divisions for women – 115 and 125. Women flyweights could move up to 135 or down to 115. Women featherweights could drop, and women atomweights could move up. So the talent was deep.
The greatest female fighter in MMA is Cris Cyborg and the UFC engaged in a years-long effort to bring her down to 135 for a superfight with Ronda Rousey. However, the cuts took too much out of her and she eventually said no more.
Kelvin Gastelum staying at middleweight to fight Vitor Belfort
Though Kelvin Gastelum believes his ideal weight class is welterweight, he has agreed to stay at middleweight for his next fight to meet Vitor Belfort.
The bout is set for a UFC Fight Night event on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil, according to AgFight, which confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Gastelum (13-2) has had difficulty making the welterweight cutoff on several occasions, most recently having a UFC 205 bout with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone canceled due to his failure to make weight.
New UFC matchmaker deserves a chance to show what he’s made of
A post on Facebook from number one light heavyweight title-contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Monday caught my eye. Johnson had recently lost out on a championship fight when Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 206 with injury. Johnson said he was game to fight a short-notice opponent, as long as it was at heavyweight.
The former welterweight has had success at heavyweight, including a decision win over former world champ Andrei Arlovski in 2013. Johnson had gone on record saying that Arlovski had turned-down an offered rematch with him.
On Monday, Johnson jumped on Facebook, saying he was “feeling annoyed,” and to apologize to “The Pitbull.” According to Johnson, Arlovski called him to set the record straight.
Commission practices at UFC Albany event draw criticism from fighters
Practices conducted by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) are drawing criticism from fighters following the UFC's event in Albany over the weekend.
Multiple fighters and coaches confirmed with MMA Fighting that the commission would not let doctors give fighters stitches in the arena, a practice that is common in many other jurisdictions. Instead, fighters were sent to the hospital in an ambulance and some had to wait hours to get cuts sutured.
Jose Aldo says he’s fighting Max Holloway at UFC 208
RIO DE JANEIRO — Jose Aldo has a date for his return to the Octagon.
Max Holloway won the interim featherweight championship with a win over Anthony Pettis Saturday night in Toronto, Canada, and called out UFC featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo for a clash at UFC 208 in Brooklyn on Feb. 11.
Speaking with the media in Brazil on Monday, Aldo confirmed that it’s done deal.