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UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will go up to 155 pounds to challenge lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, attempting to become the first-ever simultaneous two-weight world champion in the biggest event in UFC history.
The headliner is the third title fight to hit the Big Apple in the UFC¹s first show in New York State.
McGregor will retain his featherweight title through UFC 205.
The UFC 205 card now includes:
Eddie Alvarez vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson – for welterweight title
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz - for women strawweight title
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate
Donald Cerrone vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Liz Carmouche vs. Katlyn Chookagian
Thiago Alves vs. Jim Miller
Frankie Edgar vs. Jeremy Stephens
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal
Lyman Good vs. Belal Muhammad
Much of the drama surrounding UFC Fight Night 95 focused not on whether Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino would defeat UFC newcomer Lina Lansberg, but instead whether the Invicta FC featherweight champion would be able to successfully make the UFC's mandated catchweight of 140 pounds.
Ultimately, Justino succeeded in her goal, cutting down from 165 pounds to the one-pound allowance of 141 in less than a week. However, video released by Justino's team in the days after official weigh-ins showed that Justino may have tipped the scales a few ounces above her 141-pound limit. And according to Justino's nutritionist, weight-cutting guru George Lockhart, that extra weight was permitted by the Brazilian athletic commission (CABMMA) charged with overseeing the proceedings in Brasilia, Brazil.
"That was up to the commission, I believe, so I think you get a variable in there," Lockhart said. "And a lot of people don't know this, a lot of times when you step on the scale, a lot of the digital scales, especially in the U.S., it only goes by .5. So if you're, let's say, 171.2, it rounds down to 171. If you're 171.3, then it rounds up. So a lot of people don't know that, but again, I'm going to get you down to the damn gram (that you need to be at), so you don't have to sit in a bath longer than need be, so you don't have to work out any longer than you need to."
Heavyweight prospect Ruslan Magomedov is the latest UFC fighter to fall under the sword of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
The UFC announced Monday that Magomedov has been informed of a "potential anti-doping violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test collected by USADA on Sept. 7. The UFC did not specify the nature of the banned substance found in Magomedov's sample.
"The UFC organization was notified that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Ruslan Magomedov of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection made on September 7, 2016. USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case. It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward."
The Brazilian commission overseeing this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 apparently won’t let Roy Nelson’s post-fight actions slide.
After Nelson vented his frustration with a stoppage win over Antonio Silva by kicking and then flipping off referee “Big” John McCarthy, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA, or CABMMA, announced the incident will be addressed by a Brazilian court.
CABMMA spokesperson Cristiano Sampaio claimed today that Nelson’s case will be taken up by the Superior Justice Court of Sport, which handles judicial questions pertaining to sports in Brazil.
“Even though CABMMA understands Roy Nelson’s ‘frustration’ in that situation due to his close relationship with his opponent, that does not justify his act and can open a serious and dangerous precedent in the sport,” Sampaio wrote in an email to MMAjunkie. “We, as the regulation body of MMA in Brazil and member of the Association of Boxing Commissions, will not tolerate such conduct.
“All the licensed professionals involved have to act accordingly, respecting the rules, commission, promoter and fans, where unsportsmanlike behavior will be subject to fines and suspensions.”
The last couple of weeks in the MMA world have been confusing, to say the least.
UFC 205, which will host the promotion’s long awaited debut in New York, was expected to feature a lightweight championship showdown between Eddie Alvarez and Conor McGregor in the main event. After several conflicting reports, however, it’s now looking like Alvarez will defend the 155-pound title against Khabib Nurmagomedov instead.
According to the latest report from Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports, Dana White says McGregor’s foot is hurt and wants him to rematch Jose Aldo at featherweight.
“Conor’s foot is hurt, but he thinks he can fight,” White said. “I want him to fight Aldo.”
Headliner Cris Cyborg apparently made weight for her catchweight main event showdown with Lina Lansberg later tonight (Sat., Sept. 24, 2016) at UFC Fight Night 95 live on FOX Sports 1 from Ginasio Nilson Nelson arena in Brasilia, Brazil, which was the maximum of 141 pounds. But, according to this behind-the-scenes image above, courtesy of cyber sleuth @mikedyce, the Brazilian may have tipped the scales at 141.6 pounds.
Here's the video, go to the 9:20 mark to see her weigh in officially.
BRASILIA, Brazil – The UFC’s final 2016 trip to Brazil now has eight confirmed bouts.
With the UFC Fight Night 100 headliner between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson confirmed during Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 95 broadcast on FS1, UFC Senior VP and GM of Brazil Giovani Decker announced six other matchups at the evening’s post-event news conference.
The new additions include middleweights Krzysztof Jotko vs. Thales Leites, heavyweightsChristian Colombo vs. Luis Henrique, bantamweights Johnny Eduardo vs. Manny Gamburyan, light heavyweights Gadzhimurad Antigulov vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima, flyweights Matheus Nicolau vs. Ulka Sasaki and welterweights Michael Graves vs. Sergio Moraes.
Additionally, a bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Justin Scoggins was previously reported by MMAjunkie.
Louis Smolka has had a busy day.
First, he drew the ire of the interwebs after posting a video online in which he said his scheduled UFC Fight Night 96 opponent, Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), had a “hurt vagina” as his reason for pulling out of their flyweight fight with what his trainer called a “minor injury.”
But now Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) no doubt will be hoping to put that behind him since he has a new opponent for the card: Brandon Moreno (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A UFC official confirmed the fight to MMAjunkie today following an initial report from FOXSports.com.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass
Belal Muhammad isn't wasting any time. Less than a week after scoring his first Octagon victory at UFC Fight Night 93, Muhammad has agreed to jump back into the fray and fight former Bellator champion Lyman Good in a welterweight contest on Nov. 12 at UFC 205.
The UFC confirmed the booking Friday following an initial report by Newsday.
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate will be a part of November’s New York City debut.
Tate (18-6 MMA, 5-3 UFC) is slated to fight fellow contender Raquel Pennington (8-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC 205, officials confirmed with ESPN.com.
Rousey's long-time trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan told ESPN this week that Rousey's return to the Octagon is being discussed for later this year in a bantamweight title bout against current champion Amanda Nunes.
"There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven't made a final decision yet. There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient."
According to Tarverdyan, Rousey began training for her comeback last month and, given the time frame, it appears most likely that Rousey would be returning for UFC 207 on Dec. 30th if she were to come back this year. That coincides with Fox Sports' report that Rousey has indeed been offered the bout with Nunes though no agreements have been sent nor signed.
While the card is still missing the singular superstar presence to make it a massive hit, it seems the UFC is looking to overload it with high profile, high stakes fights. The latest of those is a strawweight title fight between Polish talents Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Flo Combat reported the news of the bout, shortly after Jedrzejczyk posted a photo of herself on Instagram with a freshly signed bout agreement.
Next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event has lost one of its main-card fighters.
Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is injured and has been forced out of his bout with fellow flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC).
His trainer, Duke Roufus, today announced the scratch due to a “minor injury”
Vitaly Minakov has certainly endured his share of differences with his current employers, but the former Bellator heavyweight champion says the promotion’s new regime has created an entirely new working environment, and he’s not ruling out a return to the company.
November’s quickly filling UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has a new addition.
Officials today announced a bout between veteran middleweight Chris Camozzi (24-11 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Australia’s Daniel Kelly (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
A lightweight clash has been set up for the UFC's return to Belfast, Northern Ireland at UFC Fight Night 99.
On Thursday, the UFC announced that James Krause will take on Ross Pearson at the event, which takes place on Nov. 19 at the SSE Arena.
The UFC will be holding its pre-fight press conference for UFC 205 on Tuesday, September 27th in New York City. The said presser will feature the event’s main attractions, as well as the entire fight card.
Dave Sholler: UFC 205 press conference planned for Tuesday at Theater at MSG in NYC at 6pm ET. Open to public. Streamed live at UFC.com
Conor McGregor wants to fight at Madison Square Garden later this year.
Contrary to a report on FS1's UFC Tonight, multiple sources have confirmed that the Irishman is ready and willing to fight Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title on Nov. 12 in New York City.
Derek Brunson did not waste any time getting his next fight booked.
Fresh off his first-round TKO of Uriah Hall just four days ago, Brunson will take on Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Night: Rockhold vs. Jacare on Nov. 27 in Melbourne, Australia, the UFC announced Wednesday.