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The middleweight matchup between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy could go on after all, just at a different time and place as was originally set.
Sources tell MMAFighting.com that plans are in the works for Evans and Kennedy, who were scheduled to meet at UFC 205 in New York City this weekend, to instead compete against each other at UFC 206 in Toronto.
The inevitable became a reality on Wednesday as Jon Jones was stripped of his interim UFC light heavyweight just days after receiving a one-year suspension in the arbitration case for his failed UFC 200 drug test. ESPN first reported the news, which marked the second time in the past two years that Jones has been stripped of a UFC title.
The UFC is going international in back-to-back months with a trip to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in February and a trip to London in March.
UFC Fight Night Halifax will go down Feb. 19, 2017 at Scotiabank Centre while UFC Fight Night London is set to take place March 18, 2017 at The O2 in London. Specific broadcast details were not announced, though the events are expected to air on FS1.
A middleweight bout between Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy is officially off Saturday’s UFC 205, but both fighters will receive their show money.
Unfortunately for Kennedy (18-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC), a replacement opponent will not be sought after Evans (19-5-1 MMA, 14-5-1 UFC) was forced off the event.
The most loaded lineup in UFC history just became a little bit less so.
The UFC 205 middleweight matchup between former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy is off due to an issue with Evans' medical work. MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani confirmed an initial Tuesday report by ESPN.com.
Flyweight Dustin Ortiz (15-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) has stepped in for an injured John Moraga (16-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and will face Zach Makovsky (19-7 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC 206.
UFC officials recently announced the change in plans.
RFA welterweight champion Brian Camozzi is set for a UFC debut.
A few months after winning the vacant RFA title, Camozzi (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been tapped as a replacement for Irish fighter Charlie Ward (2-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who was ruled out of a UFC Fight Night 102 bout with Randy Brown (8-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) due to visa issues.
UFC officials announced the new Camozzi vs. Brown matchup via newsday.com.
This month’s UFC Fight Night 101 lineup has a late addition.
Light heavyweight Khalil Rountree (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will fight promotional newcomer and local product Tyson Pedro (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the Australian event.
UFC officials announced the bout via heraldsun.com.au.
While the card still needs a main event, the UFC’s return to Arizona is quickly taking shape.
UFC officials today confirmed three new matchups for UFC Fight Night 103, including welterweights Court McGee vs. Ben Saunders, lightweights Devin Powell vs. Jordan Rinaldi and lightweights Erik Koch vs. Tony Martin.
Invicta FC women’s bantamweight Irene Aldana is octagon bound.
According to multiple people close to the promotion, Aldana (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is targeted for a fight with standout Leslie Smith (8-7-1 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at UFC on FOX 22. Verbal agreements are in place, but contracts have yet to be signed.
On Saturday night, Tony Ferguson put on one of the best performances of his career taking a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It was the ninth straight victory for Ferguson - a record in the UFC for consecutive divisional wins as well as for consecutive wins without a title shot - and possibly (probably? one can never tell where Conor McGregor is involved) sets him up for the next lightweight title shot.
But Ferguson isn't only gunning for the lightweight strap, he's got multiple divisions in mind. Speaking with MMAJunkie in a post-fight scrum, Ferguson outlined his plan to vie for three UFC titles.
The UFC has announced a return to Houston, and the event will share a weekend – and a host city – with Super Bowl LI.
No fights have been announced for the card, which is likely to be UFC Fight Night 104.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 16, and matchups will be announced in the coming weeks, a rep said.
Sure, the world is waiting on UFC 205, but lightweight standouts Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos provided a heck of an appetizer one week out.
Ferguson earned an incredible ninth consecutive UFC win, outpacing former champ dos Anjos over the course of five rounds and earning a hard-fought unanimous decision.
Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos gave the UFC no option but to hand them Fight of the Night bonuses at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 98.
Both fighters will each be taking home an extra $50,000 after ramming kicks, knees, elbows, and punches at each other's faces for five entire rounds. It was a wild, back-and-forth fight in which both fighters had their moments, but it was Ferguson who ultimately got the better of the former lightweight champ dos Anjos, defeating him via unanimous decision.
Ferguson is now on an impressive 9-fight winning streak and remains in title contention, while dos Anjos is now on a two-fight losing streak, including his title fight loss to now champion Eddie Alvarez.
In the two Performance of the Night bonuses, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Ricardo Lamas each earned $50,000.
Yuta Sasaki won’t be competing at UFC Fight Night 100 after all.
The Japanese flyweight was booked to face Matheus Nicolau at the Fight Night card in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 19, but sources told MMA Fighting that the promotion hasn’t found a replacement after Nicolau was notified of a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency violation.
The UFC is making its way back to Phoenix.
The company announced Friday it will hold a UFC Fight Night card at Talking Stick Arena on Sat. Jan. 15.
No main event has been announced yet for the FS1 card, but three bouts were named for the show: Heavyweights Cyril Asker (7-2) of Avignon, France vs. Dmitri Smoliakov (8-1) of Kaliningrad City, Russia; heavyweight Viktor Pesta (10-3) of Prague, Czech Republic vs. Damian Grabowski (20-4) of Opole, Poland; light heavyweights between Joachim Christensen (13-4) of Copenhagen, Denmark vs. Bojan Mihalovic (10-4) of Serbia.
Two-time UFC veteran Matheus Nicolau has been pulled from this month’s UFC Fight Night 100 event due to a potential anti-doping violation.
UFC officials today announced that U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) representatives notified Nicolau (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) of a potential violation following the collection of an out-of-competition sample on Oct. 13.
A bantamweight clash between veterans has been added to UFC on FOX 22.
Takeya Mizugaki (21-10-2 MMA, 8-5 UFC) will square off with Eddie Wineland (22-11-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) at the event, which takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
It looks like the UFC is putting a little insurance on their year-end card, just in case their bantamweight title fight has some issues. T.J. Dillashaw is definitely unhappy that he wasn't picked to fight Dominick Cruz again but he will still have a tough opponent across from him in John Lineker.
The bout isn't official for UFC 207 yet, but Brett Okamoto of ESPN is reporting that it likely will be soon.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was hoping to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) to pursue other interests, even going so far as to threaten his promoters with legal action.
That didn’t exactly pan out.
Manager Andre Pederneiras talks to Combate (via Bloody Elbow):
"Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there's Conor's decision, too. We can only know what's going to happen after that. Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue that. There's no choice but to fight. It'll depend on the outcomes of these two fights. Pettis vs. Holloway and Conor vs. Alvarez. I don't know what Conor will decide, but I believe February or March would be a good date to face him. They are fighting now, so there would be a good three, four month break."