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UFC announces Contender Series debut date for Nick Newell, opponent change for Greg Hardy
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Two of the Contender Series’ most intriguing names are one step closer to seeing their potential UFC dreams come true. On Saturday’s UFC 224 broadcast, several dates were announced for Season 2 of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, which is set to kick off on June 12. Along with women’s flyweight Antonina Shevchenko, the sister of top 125-pound contender Valentina Shevchenko, former NFL player Greg Hardy and congenital amputee Nick Newell are generating plenty of buzz ahead of their Zuffa debuts. Hardy has won all three of his amateur bouts by first-round knockout. The 29-year-old embarked on an MMA career after his NFL run — which included stints with the Carolina Panthers and Dallas Cowboys — ended in a shroud of controversy with a domestic violence case and a cocaine possession charge contributing to his exile from the league. Originally scheduled to fight Brandon Sayles, Hardy will now instead face fellow ex-NFLer Austen Lane. The former Jacksonville Jaguars draft pick is considerably more experienced than Hardy, having compiled a 4-0 professional record and a 4-0 amateur record. Newell has long campaigned for a chance to compete in the UFC and his Contender Series bout has been scheduled for July 24, with an opponent to be announced. Despite being born with the lower part of his left arm missing, the 32-year-old has won 14 of 15 pro MMA fights, with his only loss coming to current UFC lightweight standout Justin Gaethje. Nick Newell doesn’t mind taking ‘the hard road’ to UFC: ‘I’ve been doing that my whole life’ Fighters who compete and win on the Contender Series are not guaranteed contracts, but Season 1 episodes saw UFC president Dana White typically choose one or two fighters from each episode to reward with a shot at the big show. Season 2 will air on UFC Fight Pass from June 12-Aug. 7.
Submitted May 14, 2018 4:16AM by JLS - 3 comments
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Nate Diaz wants a UFC comeback fight, but there's just one problem: 'Nobody’s interesting'
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...Diaz also talked about fighting, which he’s still interested in doing, contrary to UFC President Dana White’s continued assertions that he isn’t during the last year. “I’ve been trying to get in there and get going,” Diaz told MMAjunkie. “I’ve been wanting to get in there and get going this year. I just got this lawsuit out of the way that I’ve been going through for the last two years, so I wasn’t even able to fight. So that’s all done and over, and I’m ready to get back to fighting if I’m going to be fighting anymore. … “I’m training until there’s something good to do here.” Something good apparently doesn’t include former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre.
Submitted May 14, 2018 2:11AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Raquel Pennington’s loss at UFC 224 shines spotlight on the onus of cornering
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Back at UFC 188, 10 minutes into giving it his best shot against the younger, stronger Kelvin Gastelum, Nate Marquardt told his longtime cornerman Trevor Wittman he was done. With no trace of inner-conflict or reluctance, Wittman turned to the referee, Dan Miragliotta, and conveyed that sentiment — “it’s over,” he said. “Stop it.” And they did. The fight was stopped. Wittman didn’t linger for a moment on what it means to be a “warrior”, and felt no need to reiterate a timely fight game dogma to “dig deeper”; he was Marquardt’s guardian and protector in the heat of the moment, and he acted as such. Sometimes accepting “enough is enough” is its own act of courage, especially in a sport where the most taboo word imaginable is “quit.” On Saturday night, after 20 minutes of giving it her best shot against the stronger, more versatile Amanda Nunes, Raquel Pennington told her corner she’d had enough. “I’m done,” she said, “I want to be done.” In this case, her corner didn’t let her go so gentle into that good night. “No no no no,” her coach said. “Let’s power through this. Let’s believe. Change your mindset. Change your mindset. Let’s just throw everything we got. We’ll recover later. Throw everything we got.”
Submitted May 14, 2018 2:05AM by Braden - 6 comments
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UFC 224 bonuses: Lyoto Machida earns 50k for front-kick KO of Vitor Belfort
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Lyoto Machida got another knockout and with it came another Fight Night bonus. The former UFC champion earned a $50,000 Performance of the Night bonus for knocking out fellow veteran Vitor Belfort at Saturday’s UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro. The 39-year-old Machida stopped Belfort with a front head kick in the second round of their middleweight bout. “The Dragon” is on a two-fight win streak and hold a professional MMA record of 24-8.
Submitted May 13, 2018 10:56AM by JLS - 2 comments
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UFC 224 weigh in results: dern misses weight by 7 pounds
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Mackenzie Dern had issues making weight in her fighting career, and Friday was no exception. At the weigh-ins for UFC 224, Dern hit the scales at 123 pounds, seven pounds over the strawweight limit of 116 pounds for her fight with Amanda Cooper on Saturday at the jeunesse arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Submitted May 11, 2018 2:32PM by airkerma - 12 comments
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Yair Rodriguez cut by UFC for turning down Lamas and Magomedsharipov bouts
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From being considered a rising star that could carry the Mexican market for the UFC, to being unceremoniously released from the roster, all in a year? That seems to be the case for Yair Rodriguez, according a report from LA Times’ Lance Pugmire. The number 11 ranked featherweight was said to have been punished for declining two bouts for UFC 227 against Zabit Magomedsharipov and Ricardo Lamas, and has been subsequently cut from the promotion. Pugmire says the news comes from Dana White himself.
Submitted May 11, 2018 7:39AM by Shawn91111 - 13 comments
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UFC Targeting Gustafsson Versus Rockhold at UFC 227
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Alexander Gustafsson (18-4) is recovered from surgery and in training, and now the UFC wants “The Mauler” to take on former middleweight champion Luke Rockhold (16-4). Dana White revealed the intent of getting the matchup on the UFC Unfiltered podcast on the UFC 227 card on August 4th in Los Angeles.
Submitted May 10, 2018 6:20AM by JLS - 8 comments
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Alex Volkanovski announces UFC Boise fight vs. Darren Elkins
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Rising featherweight prospect Alex Volkanovski appears set to face top-10 contender Darren Elkins at UFC Boise in July. On the cusp of breaking into the UFC featherweight rankings, Alexander Volkanovski looks to have his next fight lined up, and it’s the biggest one of his career thus far.
Submitted May 10, 2018 1:38AM by JLS - 11 comments
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Dana White: Georges St-Pierre vs. Nate Diaz in works for UFC 227
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UFC 227 is on the cusp of becoming a summer blockbuster, and Dana White is hoping for his “perfect world” scenario for the August event in Los Angeles. The UFC president today revealed a lightweight fight between former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) and Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) is in the works for UFC 227. The matchup was reported by MMA journalist Mike Russell over the weekend, but TSN reports no bout agreements have been signed. That’s the fight White wants next for St-Pierre and Diaz, though, he said on the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast. And the news didn’t stop there. White also revealed UFC 227 could land a light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and former 185-pound champ Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), though no interim belt would be on the line as rumored.
Submitted May 8, 2018 12:53PM by Braden - 13 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Chad Mendes vs. Myles Jury slated for UFC Boise
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Chad Mendes’s first fight in over two years will be against Myles Jury. The featherweight bout was announced by the UFC on Monday for their upcoming Fight Night event scheduled for the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, on July 14. Two previously reported bouts were also confirmed, a heavyweight main event between former UFC champion Junior dos Santos and Blagoy Ivanov, and a lightweight bout between contenders Paul Felder and James Vick.
Submitted May 7, 2018 9:31PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Chad Mendes vs. Myles Jury slated for UFC Boise
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Chad Mendes’s first fight in over two years will be against Myles Jury. The featherweight bout was announced by the UFC on Monday for their upcoming Fight Night event scheduled for the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, on July 14.
Submitted May 7, 2018 6:18PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Chad Mendes would like another crack at Frankie Edgar
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Chad Mendes has had about two and a half years to think about getting another crack at Frankie Edgar. Mendes lost to Edgar via first-round knockout at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 2015. Six months later, Mendes was suspended by USADA after he says he unknowingly took a psoriasis medication which included a banned substance.
Submitted May 6, 2018 10:47PM by JLS - 6 comments
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Max Griffin vs. Curtis Millender targeted for UFC 226 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A fight between welterweights Max Griffin (14-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Curtis Millender (15-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for the card.
Submitted May 4, 2018 3:04PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Bessette vs. Steven Peterson added to The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout between Matt Bessette and Steven Peterson is the latest addition to July’s The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale lineup.
Submitted May 4, 2018 3:02PM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC Fight Night 132 in Singapore gets four new bouts
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup continues to grow for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 132 event in Singapore. UFC officials recently announced a quartet of fights for the June card. In a welterweight fight, Hector Aldana, an undefeated 29-year-old Mexican fighter, makes his promotional debut when he meets Song Kenan Fighting at featherweight, Felipe Arantes meets Song Yadong. In a bantamweight bout, Teruto Ishihara, a 26-year-old Japanese fighter and fan favorite, looks to snap out of a 1-3 skid when he meets Petr Yan, a 25-year-old Russian newcomer who’s won his past three fights while competing under the ACB banner. Also slated for the card is a fight between welterweight Daichi Abe and Li Jingliang.
Submitted May 4, 2018 1:21PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Rejuvenated’ Sarah Kaufman believes Invicta title is step toward proving she’s top women’s bantamweight
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Sarah Kaufman was once considered the best women’s bantamweight fighter in the world, the Strikeforce champion. Eight years later, Kaufman believes she still carries that distinction — and she’s eager to prove it.
Submitted May 3, 2018 6:01PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities, UFC, Interviews
 
Ex-manager, team suing UFC’s Ray Borg for fraud, breach of contract, stolen trade secrets
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Ray Borg is having a tough few weeks. The UFC flyweight is currently dealing with his infant son Anthony’s illness, just a few weeks after he was injured in the Conor McGregor bus attack and forced to pull out of UFC 223. This week, he just got hit with another blow: his former gym and management team is continuing its lawsuit against him.
Submitted May 3, 2018 6:00PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Paul Felder vs. James Vick slated for UFC Boise
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Paul Felder’s finally got himself another fight. The lightweight contender and well-regarded UFC color commentator will meet James Vick at UFC Boise in July 14. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Thursday report by MMA NYTT.
Submitted May 3, 2018 5:48PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic booked for UFC Hamburg
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Unbeaten Justin Ledet is set to drop down to light heavyweight to face surging Austrian Aleksandar Rakic at UFC Hamburg on July 22.
Submitted May 3, 2018 12:22PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Free agent Hendricks: UFC wants me back, at welter
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Once Johny Hendricks was the UFC welterweight champion of the world. However, he lost his belt to Robbie Lawler via Split Decision on December 6, 2014 and is now 2-6 his last 8. He missed the welterweight limit twice in a row and moved up to middleweight, scoring an impressive KO over Hector Lombard. However, he missed the middleweight cut off and was TKOed by Tim Boetsch in Round 2. And then he was TKOed by Paulo Costa in Round 2. And his UFC contract has expired.
Submitted May 2, 2018 10:32PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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