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Holly Holm's team pushing to make first title defense to Miesha Tate, not Ronda Rousey
It doesn't sound like Ronda Rousey could be ready to fight anytime soon. Rousey told ESPN this week that she could be months away from "eating an apple," so a rematch with women's bantamweight champion Holly Holm at UFC 200 in July may be wishful thinking. Holm's manager Lenny Fresquez met with UFC officials Monday and has already been given a proposal to book Holm for the July 9 event in the new Las Vegas Arena.
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 12:56PM by GDPofMPG - 25 comments
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Photos: Jon Jones looks massive next to Arlovski, talks 'much better life' at heavyweight
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones may not be staying much longer in the division after his planned return against Daniel Cormier next year. The pound-for-pound great has been continuing his powerlifting, and took to social media about his preparation. Today, he did a 500 lbs squat, which is a personal record for him. He also teased a move to heavyweight as he posted a clip about eating a large amount of food, good for several people. "Earned the light heavyweight title back then moved to heavyweight?" Jones wrote on Instagram. "The thought of lifting heavier and eating more is tarting to sound like a much better life to me."
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 10:22AM by JLS1980 - 10 comments
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White House releases official response to Nick Diaz petition
The White House has spoken. Even if there isn't much to say. An online White House petition regarding Nick Diaz's five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission garnered more than 100,000 signatures this fall, earning a response. That response came in Tuesday and, as expected, didn't offer any kind of resolution. "The federal government plays no role in the disciplinary actions taken by state athletic commissions, so we are not in a position to address the specific request raised in your petition," the statement read. The good news for Diaz fans is that the NAC and his legal team are currently in settlement talks and that five-year suspension could be reduced significantly. Diaz, a popular UFC fighter, was suspended for five years and fined $165,000 following a third marijuana offense in Nevada after his UFC 183 bout with Anderson Silva in January.
Submitted Dec 9, 2015 10:16AM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
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Jose Aldo’s wife: Dana White pressured Aldo to fight injured at UFC 189
Jose Aldo will finally face Conor McGregor in the main event at UFC 194, but his family says they haven’t forgotten what happened back in June. The undisputed UFC featherweight fractured his rib weeks before UFC 189, when Aldo and "The Notorious" were first slated to meet, and eventually pulled out of the bout. Aldo’s camp and UFC president Dana White still disagree about his injury, with White saying doctors guaranteed his rib wasn’t broken, just bruised.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 6:44PM by kopower - 8 comments
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UFC is returning to Pittsburgh in February
Huge news was just announced as the UFC will once again return to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for UFC Fight Night. It’s been over four years since the UFC was last in the Steel City; 1,701 days to be exact. As of now the only bout currently scheduled for the card is a middleweight contest between rising stars Derek Brunson and Roan Carneiro.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 1:34PM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
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Training partner believes Jose Aldo will retire after UFC 194
Two-time K-1 Max champion Andy Souwer flew from Netherlands to Rio de Janeiro to help Jose Aldo prepare for another UFC title defense, and the Dutch striker believe it was his last trip to Brazil to train with the featherweight for a MMA fight. Aldo enters his 8th UFC title defense on Dec. 12 facing interim champion Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 194 in Las Vegas, and Souwer believes the Brazilian star will be entering the Octagon for the last time when he faces "The Notorious". "To be honest, yeah I think. Yeah, I think so," Souwer told MMA Plus. Souwer believes that a complicated relationship between Aldo and the UFC brass might contribute to his decision to retire, especially after the featherweight champion pulled out from a UFC 189 clash with McGregor due to a rib injury.
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 1:31PM by JLS1980 - 13 comments
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Ronda Rousey won’t switch camps after loss: I’m staying with Edmond Tarverdyan
Many fighters and coaches have voiced their opinions on what Ronda Rousey should do following the first loss of her mixed martial arts career, and she finally announced her decision. Almost a month after her stunning knockout loss to Holly Holm in Australia, Rousey will continue to train with her longtime coach Edmond Tarverdyan when she decides to return to the Octagon, despite all the hate between her mother and Tarverdyan. "Of course I'm staying (with Tarverdyan)," Rousey told ESPN. "That's my mom's opinion, not mine."
Submitted Dec 8, 2015 10:42AM by JLS1980 - 14 comments
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Kelvin Gastelum makes quick turnaround to face Kyle Noke at UFC 195
That didn't take very long. Just two weeks after a tight loss to Neil Magny, Kelvin Gastelum has accepted another bout, facing Kyle Noke at UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Monday.
Submitted Dec 7, 2015 7:29PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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UFC 194: Big John McCarthy to get $1900 for reffing Aldo vs. McGregor
The Nevada Athletic Commission has revealed that the third man in the cage at UFC 194's Featherweight title fight headliner will receive $1900 for his work. That's right, Big John McCarthy will pocket nearly two thousand dollars for reffing Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor next week in Las Vegas. McCarthy talked about the money on his Let's Get It On podcast:
Submitted Dec 5, 2015 7:57PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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Dennis Bermudez suffers staph infection, out of January UFC Fight Night 81 bout
Dennis Bermudez (14-5) is out of his UFC Fight Night 81 bout opposite Maximo Blanco. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Dec 5, 2015 9:14AM by Wez - 3 comments
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Scott Holtzman replaces Erik Koch at UFC 195
Erik Koch (14-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next month’s UFC 195 event, and Scott Holtzman (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has agreed to take his place against Drew Dober (15-7 MMA, 1-3 UFC). UFC officials today announced the switch in the lightweight contest. A timetable for Koch’s recovery wasn’t initially announced. With the change to the card, UFC 195 now includes: MAIN CARD (pay-per-view) Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega Stephen Thompson vs. opponent TBA PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1) Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman Tony Sims vs. Abel Trujillo PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass) Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Submitted Dec 5, 2015 6:47AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Gleison Tibau releases statement, reveals why he failed test
"Provisionally suspended" by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after potentially failing an out-of-competition drug test, Gleison Tibau released a statement Friday night reacting to the news that he tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in an e-mail from his PR firm. Check the full statement below:
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 9:28PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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UFC's Gleison Tibau provisionally suspended for 'potential' anti-doping test failure
After what went down officially as a submission loss to Gleison Tibau, Abel Trujillo hoped he could get the fight overturned to a no-contest. Now he might get his wish. In the wake of the lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77 a month ago in Brazil, Tibau (34-11 MMA, 17-9 UFC) has been provisionally suspended by the UFC, the promotion today announced, after it was informed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of a potential anti-doping policy violation. The UFC’s statement did not say when the test took place, meaning it could have come after Tibau’s win over Trujillo (12-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) in November. The statement also did not say what the violation was – only that it was a “potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.” According to the UFC, USADA “will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case.”
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 4:40PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov set for UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston
The UFC’s return to “Beantown” in January is one step closer to complete with the addition of a light heavyweight scrap. UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), from Moscow, will meet Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston. Promotion officials today announced the new booking. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 81 card now includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 4:36PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Beneil Dariush out, Chris Wade meets Mairbek Taisumov at UFC Fight Night 81
An injury has knocked Beneil Dariush from the lineup at next month’s UFC return to Boston, and an East Coaster has stepped in to take his place. With Dariush (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) unable to go, New Yorker Chris Wade (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will take on Mairbek Taisumov (24-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 81. UFC officials announced the new pairing after an initial report from Newsday. The latest UFC Fight Night 81 card now includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 4:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Germaine de Randamie injured, out of UFC on FOX 17 bout with Sarah Kaufman
UFC on FOX 17 is undergoing some changes in the weeks leading up to the event as Germaine de Randamie has been forced out of her women’s bantamweight bout with Sarah Kaufman due to injury. UFC officials confirmed the news to MMAjunkie Thursday evening. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – for lightweight title Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Randa Markos PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 6 p.m. ET) Myles Jury vs. Charles Oliveira C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt Sarah Kaufman vs. opponent TBA Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3:45 p.m. ET) Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 4:30PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Tom Breese vs. Keita Nakamura added to UFC Fight Night 83 in London
One of England’s own has found his way to the UFC’s return to London later this winter. Tom Breese (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Keita Nakamura (31-6-2 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 83 in February. UFC officials today announced the new matchup. UFC Fight Night 83 takes place Feb. 27 at The O2 in London. U.S. broadcast plans have yet to be revealed. An official headliner has not yet been announced, but a middleweight matchup of England’s own Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) vs. Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) could become the main event. Breese, who trains at Tristar Gym in Montreal, has a perfect start to his pro career with six submissions and three knockouts in his nine victories. Both of his UFC wins, after coming to the promotion earlier this year, have been in the first round. The Cage Warriors and BAMMA veteran from Birmingham stopped Luiz Dutra with a TKO with two seconds left in the first round at UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil in May.
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 4:17PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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UFC signs Jason Knight to meet Tatsuya Kawajiri at next week's TUF 22 Finale
Next week’s TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas has a late-notice replacement signed for his UFC debut. With Mirsad Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of a featherweight bout against Tatsuya Kawajiri (34-8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) with an injury, newly signed Jason Knight (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will join the card against the Japanese fighter. UFC officials today announced the new matchup at UFC.com.
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 11:58AM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
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Geane Herrera in for Justin Scoggins vs. Joby Sanchez at TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas
The middle card in next week’s trio of UFC events in Las Vegas has taken another hit the week before the fight, but a late-notice replacement has stepped in to save the bout. Justin Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been forced out of a flyweight bout against Joby Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at the TUF 22 Finale with an injury, UFC officials recently announced. But stepping in to fight Sanchez on a week’s notice is Geane Herrera (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC)
Submitted Dec 4, 2015 11:48AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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Conor McGregor moving up to lightweight after Jose Aldo fight is 'almost set in stone'
Conor McGregor might not be long for the featherweight division. Even if he beats Jose Aldo to unify the UFC featherweight title. "I feel like it's almost set in stone -- KO Jose and KO whoever holds that lightweight belt," McGregor said Wednesday at a UFC 194 media lunch. "And within the next two fights, I will be a two-weight world champion once again. But this time within the UFC." McGregor held both belts under the Cage Warriors banner in Cage Warriors. A lot to still has to happen for him to do the same thing on the big stage, though.
Submitted Dec 3, 2015 6:35PM by tildengolfer - 11 comments
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