Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil
Featherweight Rony Jason will welcome an undefeated Canadian to Brazil at UFC Fight Night 106.
UFC officials today announced that Jason (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC), the featherweight winner of the debut season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” will face Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 106 at March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Melendez plans one last title run, at featherweight
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez entered the UFC early in 2014 with one of the best contracts in league history, but went just 1-4, and is on a three-fight losing streak. Melendez, who turned pro in 2002, is not done yet, however. During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie radio, El Nino said he wants one more title run, at 145, a weight he has not fought at since 2005.
Garreth McLellan quickly replaces Alex Nicholson at UFC Fight Night 106
Paulo Henrique Costa will still make his official UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 106, but he’s got a new opponent.
Just a couple days after announcing Costa (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was slated to fight middleweight Alex Nicholson (7-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at the March event, officials today announced he’ll instead meet Garreth McLellan (13-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC).
A reason wasn’t given for the change.
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Tyron Woodley believes he’s the ‘worst-treated champion’ in UFC history
Tyron Woodley isn’t happy with the UFC, or some of its fans it appears, calling himself the “worst-treated champion” in the history of the promotion.
The UFC welterweight champ believes he could be the fighter who helps the UFC break through in a big way with African-American combat sports fans, particularly considering the void left by the retirement of boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard in the works for UFC Fight Night: Halifax
Johny Hendricks is getting another shot in the UFC.
The promotion is currently working on Hendricks vs. Lombard at 185 pounds for UFC Fight Night: Halifax on Feb. 19. The fight would mark Hendricks' middleweight debut.
The UFC originally tried to book the fight for UFC 208 in Brooklyn, but clearance issues with the New York State Athletic Commission precluded that from happening, so they moved it to the Halifax card, which recently lost its main event. According to sources, though, the promotion has yet to determine whether it will serve as the main event. It appears, as of right now, that original headliner Junior dos Santos will be left off the card after the UFC was unable to find a suitable replacement for the injured Stefan Struve.
Mark Hunt: UFC ‘forced’ Alistair Overeem fight on me
Mark Hunt said he felt backed into a corner.
The popular heavyweight fighter said he didn't want to fight Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4, but felt like he didn't have much of a choice. Hunt is currently suing the UFC for racketeering, fraud and negligence, among other claims, for the situation regarding Brock Lesnar's failed drug tests.
Hunt turned down multiple bouts last year, but told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the UFC threatened that he would be in breach of contract if he didn't take the Overeem matchup.
Before he retires, 'old' Anderson Silva wants to test himself against 'dwarf,' Conor McGregor
Not you too, Anderson.
Add former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion Anderson Silva to the laundry list of fighters on the roster who are chomping at the bit to pick a fight against current Lightweight champion and all-around mega-star, Conor McGregor.
"The Spider" recently spoke to Globo (via champions.co) declaring that before his storied career comes to an end, he wants to test himself against the "dwarf" that has unusual abilities.
Hot French Prospect Tom Duquesnoy Announces That He's Signed With the UFC
The 23-year-old Duquesnoy is a two-division champion for the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, owning belts at both 135 and 145 pounds. In 2016, the Frenchman dropped down to bantamweight, knocking out Irishman Damien Rooney in 82 seconds in February, then took BAMMA's 135-pound title, knocking out Shay Walsh with a standing elbow in only 75 seconds at BAMMA 25 in May.