UFC 195 gets change-up: Russell Doane out, Joe Soto in vs. Michinori Tanaka
Just a few days after announcing a bantamweight fight between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka for UFC 195, there has been a switcheroo.
Doane (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is out of the January fight against Tanaka (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in favor of onetime title challenger and former Bellator featherweight champion Joe Soto (15-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC). The update was made to the official fight card at UFC.com.
The latest UFC 195 card now includes:
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch
Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald
Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
Stephen Thompson vs. TBA
Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
Michael Bisping vs. Gegard Mousasi set for UFC Fight Night 83 in London
UFC officials today announced the first three scheduled bouts for February’s UFC Fight Night 83 event in London, including a middleweight matchup of Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) vs. Gegard Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC).
Additional bouts include featherweights Makwan Amirkhani (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Mike Wilkinson (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and lightweights Rustam Khabilov (17-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Norman Parke (21-4-1 MMA, 5-2-1 UFC).
Bisping vs. Mousasi was not confirmed as the headliner for the card, with a UFC official telling MMAjunkie that “bout positioning on the card will follow in due course.”
Morning Report: 'Bad guy' Urijah Faber says he's ready to challenge 'shaken up' T.J. Dillashaw
A clean break can sometimes bring closure to a relationship, but it doesn't seem to be the case with Urijah Faber and his former protege T.J. Dillashaw.
Caught between the feuding of Faber and his striking guru Duane Ludwig, the UFC bantamweight champ left Sacramento's Team Alpha Male for Colorado's Elevation Fight Team in October.
According to Faber, the split hasn't done much to alleviate tensions.
"No, it's not relief," Faber told Submission Radio. "It's not the best feeling, to be honest. [Dillashaw] and I aren't the best of friends like we were before. I feel like he's turned himself into a victim in this whole situation. I feel like, in his mind, I'm 'the bad guy' because he left our team. I told him, 'If you're not on the team you can't be coming in here and training with us.' He feels that I kicked him out of the gym. He said it in an interview or something like that, which is comical.
‘Jacare’ Souza going after Dana White if he doesn’t get title shot after UFC 194
Ronaldo Souza got past every single middleweight the UFC put in front of him inside the Octagon, and he wants no one else besides the champion after UFC 194.
Matched up against top contender Yoel Romero on Dec. 12, "Jacare" demands a title shot if he’s victorious in Las Vegas.
"I’m not thinking about this," Souza said of the possibility of not being the next in line. "Here’s the deal: I will defeat Romero, and I’ll get Dana White later. I can’t get that matchmaker (Joe Silva) because he’s too small. Dana White is a bit bigger.
Henderson wants to stay in UFC, but will test free agency
Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson earned a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, Korea. It was his second win a row, have defeated Brandon Thatch in the Fight of the Night earlier this year. Both bouts were at welterweight. He previously dropped two in a row at lightweight.
It was the last fight on his UFC contract.
In Seoul, after the decision was announced, he took of his UFC gloves and left them in the Octagon, a ceremonial representation of the end of his current contract with the organization.
Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard
The Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard reveals another close decision win for Henderson on Saturday morning.
Henderson won the fight via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
Mark Craig gave Masvidal rounds 1, 3 and 5 en route to his 48-47 score, while Barry Foley gave rounds 1, 2, and 5 to Henderson for his 48-47 score for Henderson.
Charlie Keech gave rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Henderson.
'Tired' Uriah Hall will take time off from UFC, get fat after fighting five times in 2015
In case you haven't noticed, Uriah Hall has been a busy man as of late.
The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist has competed a whopping five times for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2015, including three fights in just four months, racking up a 3-2 record during that span.
That's why "Prime Time" wants to chill, get fat and chow down on some In-N-Out Burger, which is where he held his latest periscope session (via MMA Digest) to reveal his plans to take time off.
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Citing lack of passion, UFC welterweight Cathal Pendred announces MMA retirement
UFC welterweight and “Ultimate Fighter 19” veteran Cathal Pendred today announced he’s retiring from MMA after six years as a professional.
In a prepared statement posted on his Twitter account, Pendred said his feelings for the sport have changed and he’s decided to step away from the life of an active fighter while still remaining in the sport.
“I have other interests that I want to pursue,” he wrote. “The time is right to close one door and open another.”
Pendred’s rep was unavailable for comment.
Heavyweight contenders Josh Barnett, Ben Rothwell face off at UFC on FOX 18
January's FOX card just got bigger. Literally.
A pair of heavyweight contenders, Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell, will meet in an important bout at UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J., it was announced Tuesday night on FOX Sports Live.
(Courtesy of on Twitter)
Current UFC on Fox 18 card:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin
Jimmy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
T.J. Grant unwilling to 'close the door' on UFC return, but has no plans to fight MMA again
UFC lightweight T.J. Grant is a happy man these days. He hasn't fought since May of 2013, when he stopped Gray Maynard with strikes at UFC 160. He never was able to take advantage of his promised title shot. Really, it's not clear where his career is or what's left of it after a concussion essentially derailed his entire fighting career.
According to Grant - now a father of two after his wife had another baby last week - that isn't ideal, but maybe the way things have to be. He's got other priorities that need attending to right now. Fighting, while he still loves it, just isn't at the top of the list.