'TUF 24' gets other flyweight champs with coaches Benavidez, Cejudo; winner fights champ Johnson
A month ago, the UFC scrapped a planned set of tryouts for Season 24 of “The Ultimate Fighter” that would have featured flyweights. But rest assured, the 125-pound division isn’t going anywhere.
“TUF 24” still will feature flyweights – and the winner will face champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) at the conclusion of the season. But instead of doing tryouts to find 125-pounders for the show, the UFC will hand-pick flyweight champions from other promotions around the world, the promotion today announced on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Frank Mirs B test came back positive
Its at around 35mins when they talk about his test.
In this interview from his own mouth Mir says he had the b sample tested but it came back the same as far as trace metabolites.....
He goes on to say he believes tainted meat is the cause.....haha
Not like Frank was on trt in his eary 30's or anything.......oh wait lol.
As an athelete you are responsible for what goes in your body.
So looks like Frank will retire (bummer i love watching him being seperated from consciousness)as he said before if the test came back positive thats what he'd do.
Imo it was gods will......you don't speak ill of the last emporor lol
Alves-Barberena moves to UFC 198 main card, Trinaldo-Medeiros to FS1 prelims
A couple bouts are moving up the lineup at Saturday’s UFC 198 event in Brazil.
With Anderson Silva (33-7 MMA, 16-3 UFC) forced off the card and then undergoing successful gallbladder surgery, his opponent, middleweight Uriah Hall (12-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC, was today pulled from the card.
Now, two fights are getting a bigger spotlight, according to UFC.com’s Thomas Gerbasi.
Uriah Hall off UFC 198 fight card
One-time opponent of Anderson Silva, UFC middleweight Uriah Hall, is off Saturday's UFC 198 fight card, MMA Fighting's Guilherme Cruz has learned. Combate was the first to report the news.
The UFC attempted to find a replacement fight for Hall once it was determined Silva was too ill to compete and required gall bladder surgery. However, the two sides could not come to a mutually-agreed upon arrangement.
Dennis Siver injured, out of UFC 199 fight opposite B.J. Penn
UFC featherweight veteran Dennis Siver has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against B.J. Penn at UFC 199 after suffering an undisclosed injury. MMA Fighting confirmed the news Tuesday following an initial report by BJPenn.com.
Siver was slated to welcome Penn back into the Octagon following a two-year retirement for the Hawaiian at UFC 199, which takes place on June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. There is no word yet on whether Penn will remain on the card.
Anderson Silva out of UFC 198, may require gall bladder surgery
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was forced Tuesday to pull out of his homecoming fight in Curitiba, Brazil, with Uriah Hall because of abdominal pain that may require gall bladder surgery, UFC president Dana White confirmed to Yahoo Sports.
Jeff Davidson, the UFC's medical consultant, told Yahoo Sports that Silva, 41, will be examined in Brazil for potential gall bladder surgery.
"Anderson developed abdominal discomfort [Monday and] further evaluation today is consistent with acute cholecystitis," Davidson said Tuesday. "He will be seen by a surgeon today for possible surgery."
Cholecystitis is inflammation of the gall bladder and is a primary reason patients have their gall bladders removed.
Silva's removal from the show puts a major dent into the UFC 198 card, which will be held in his hometown. White said he is trying to find an opponent for Hall to keep him on the card.
UFC owners reportedly in heavy discussions to sell promotion
One of the biggest stories in the history of mixed martial arts seems to be taking shape.
The Fertitta brothers are in heavy discussions about selling the UFC and four bidders have emerged, according to a report from ESPN business insider Darren Rovell. The winning bid, Rovell reported, is supposed to be somewhere between $3.5 and $4 billion.
Four companies have put in bids for the UFC, including WME/IMG, China Media Capital, The Blackstone Group and Dalian Wanda Group, according to the report.
The Dalian Wanda Group out of China is the front-runner and a sale could be announced as soon as July, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Nothing is finalized, though, and the situation is very fluid.
"As a private company, we don't discuss speculation or rumors related to our business," UFC vice president of public relations Dave Sholler told ESPN.
BJ Penn vs. Dennis Siver to serve as UFC 199's featured prelim fight
BJ Penn's comeback fight will air live on cable television.
According to UFC officials, the Penn vs. Dennis Siver featherweight bout will serve as the final prelim fight on the FS1 broadcast leading into the UFC 199 pay-per-view main card on June 4.
The five-fight main card will feature: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title, Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title, Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas, Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard and Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green.
UFC Planning 2017 Event in Sweden or Finland
The UFC hasn’t been in the Nordics since the monumental event at the Tele2 Arena with over 30,000 fans. “It won’t be in 2016, but we will be back in 2017” says UFC’s James Elliott to MMAViking.com when asked about plans to return to Sweden or even a first event Finland. “The Scandinavian market is very important to us.” continues the new Vice President and General Manager for EMEA.
Holly Holm officially tabbed to headline UFC card in Chicago
UFC officials announced a pair of main event bouts for July cards during Sunday’s broadcast of UFC Fight Night 87 on Fox Sports 1.
Former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm will return to the cage for the first time since losing her belt to Miesha Tate in June when she takes on Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on Fox 20 in Chicago on July 23.
Shevchenko had her five-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to Amanda Nunes in March.
The UFC’s first visit to South Dakota also has a main event as lightweight Tony Ferguson will fight Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls on July 13.
UFC Fight Night 87 draws reported 10,421 attendance for $1,523,320 live gate
Today’s UFC Fight Night 87 event drew an announced attendance of 10,421 fans and a live gate of $1,523,320.
James Elliott, the vice president and general manager of UFC Europe, Middle East and Africa, announced the figures at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC Fight Night 87 took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. It aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Dutch heavyweight Alistair Overeem took out former champion Andrei Arlovski with a second-round TKO to the delight of his home fans.
UFC Fight Night 87 bonuses: The home fan favorites crushed some $50,000 checks
Alistair Overeem, Stefan Struve, Germaine de Randamie and Gunnar Nelson each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 87 event.
All four fighters earned “Performance of the Night” honors. There was no “Fight of the Night” awarded. The four winners fought in the final four bouts on the card. James Elliott, the vice president and general manager of UFC Europe, Middle East and Africa, announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC announces Fight Night event in Hamburg, Germany
UFC announced today prior to the weigh-ins for Sunday's show in Holland that they will be debuting in Hamburg, Germany on Sept. 3.
The Fight Night event will be held at the Barclaycard Arena, a 16,000-seat venue which is the major arena in Germany's second-largest city.
No matches were announced for the show, but tickets for the event will go on sale on May 27...
James Vick vs. Beneil Dariush targeted for UFC 199
The UFC is targeting a lightweight fight between James Vick and Beneil Dariush for UFC 199 after Evan Dunham, Vick's original opponent, recently withdrew from the fight due to undisclosed reasons, MMA Fighting has learned.
Coincidentally just one week ago, Vick agreed to fight Dunham after Leonardo Santos got injured.