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Daniel Spitz replaces Todd Duffee at UFC 209
(mmafighting.com)
An unbeaten heavyweight will get a chance to make his UFC debut as a short-notice replacement. Daniel Spitz will meet Mark Godbeer at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas, MMA Fighting has learned. He’ll replace Todd Duffee, who had to pull out of the bout Thursday for undisclosed reasons.
Submitted Feb 18, 2017 1:17PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Ranked light heavyweight Nikita Krylov released from UFC contract
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC light heavyweight division is down another man after Nikita Krylov was released from his contract with the organization this month. Krylov (21-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC), a nine-fight veteran of the promotion, was let go in the wake of his most recent fight, a first-round submission loss to Misha Cirkunov at UFC 206 in December. A UFC official confirmed Krylov’s release to MMAjunkie. He was removed from the latest version of the UFC official rankings on the promotion’s website.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 7:38PM by tildengolfer - 16 comments
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White makes return of GSP official, discusses opponents and divisions
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points. On July 1, 2015, the UFC instituted what is arguably the toughest anti-doping program in the sports world. And it time negotiations for the return of GSP commenced but apparently broke down over apparel sponsorship. The UFC is wedded to Reebok, and GSP has a deal with UnderArmor. At one point things got so bad St-Pierre reported that he was a free agent, which the UFC firmly denied. By October, UFC president Dana White said the relationship between the two had never been better. But there was no contract. Now UFC President Dana White has told Lance Pugmire for the LA Times that it is official, and discussed potential opponents. “He’s back. I’m excited,” said White. “We worked at it for a long time and finally got it done.”
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 7:12PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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Cyborg granted retroactive TUE, cleared to fight
(mixedmartialarts.com)
In December it was announced that Cris Cyborg Justino had an anti-doping test flagged. She tested positive for spironolactone, which is prohibited, with a potential one-year suspension. However, Cyborg was by all indications legitimately taking it under the care of an MD, to recover from weight cutting. Earlier this month her attorney reported that she was applying for a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption. Now USADA has announced that the TUE has been granted.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 7:10PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
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Former title challenger Valerie Letourneau announces she’s no longer in the UFC
(bloodyelbow.com)
After suffering her third consecutive defeat, strawweight Valerie Letourneau’s days in the UFC are (at least for now) over. Letourneau announced the news to fans on her Instagram page. Letourneau (8-6) debuted in the UFC in 2014, winning by split decision over Elizabeth Phillips at UFC 174 in a bantamweight bout. “Trouble” dropped down to strawweight, where wins over Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Maroz netted her a title shot against Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 193 in November 2015. The Canadian lost to the reigning champion by unanimous decision.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:54AM by JLS - 3 comments
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Mark Godbeer says opponent Todd Duffee out of UFC 209 matchup
(mmajunkie.com)
Mark Godbeer apparently needs a new opponent for next month’s UFC 209 event. Godbeer (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) today announced fellow heavyweight Todd Duffee (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has been forced out of the fight for undisclosed reasons. However, Godbeer said he expects to remain on the card and that a potential replacement has been contacted. UFC officials and Duffee haven’t made a formal announcement, and of this morning, the fight is still listed on UFC.com.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:47AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Jenel Lausa vs. Magomed Bibulatov slated for UFC 210 in Buffalo
(mmajunkie.com)
April’s UFC 210 lineup in New York has a new flyweight addition. Jenel Lausa (7-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is slated to take on undefeated promotional newcomer Magomed Bibulatov (13-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the event. UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized. Lausa, a 28-year-old Filipino fighter, made his UFC debut in November and scored a dominant unanimous-decision victory over Yao Zhikui. After a 2-2 start to his pro career in 2011, the former PXC champion has now won five consecutive fights.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:43AM by JLS - 1 comment
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After 2 odd UFC fights, Jarjis Danho meets Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 in Dallas
(mmajunkie.com)
May’s UFC 211 lineup has yet another heavyweight addition. A matchup with Jarjis Danho (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Dmitry Poberezhets (24-5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now set for the card. UFC 211 takes place May 13 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Feb 17, 2017 10:39AM by JLS - 3 comments
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Ex-UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos considering Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz for first welterweight fight
(mmajunkie.com)
The former lightweight champion, who earlier this year announced his defection from his longtime division, identified two opponents that would be a welcome start to his new endeavor. “I think Robbie Lawler is a good name and a fight that interests me,” dos Anjos (25-9 MMA, 14-7 UFC) told MMAjunkie. “Nick Diaz. I think I can beat these guys for sure. Those are some of the names on my mind right now.”
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 4:06PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
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New provisions on returning athletes among changes to UFC anti-doping policy
(mmafighting.com)
LAS VEGAS — A retired athlete will now have an increased barrier of entry back into the UFC, but those returning after being released will gain some leniency. A fighter who has retired or left the UFC under his or her own accord will not be able to compete again for the promotion until he or she is entered into the USADA drug-testing pool for six months, per changes to the UFC anti-doping policy made available to MMA Fighting on Thursday. Previously, the rule had been a four-month period in the testing pool before an athlete could return to the Octagon.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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UFC Suggesting Fighters and Coaches Purchase Fight Pass Instead of Sending Fight Tapes
(cagepotato.com)
We all know UFC is on the hunt for economy. After the WME-IMG’s 4 billion dollar purchase of the promotion from the Fertitta brothers things have been a bit tight to say the least. We’ve seen a myriad of “big money” fights and interim titles to garner interest in the casual fan. However there are some amenities a professional sports organization MUST provide, and tape of the rival individual/ team the athlete is facing is one of them. In a recent twitter post Brandon Gibson (coach at JacksonWinkMMA) let the social media community know that the UFC will no longer be providing coaches and fighters with fight tape and want fight team to purchase UFC fight pass instead in order to study their opponents.
Submitted Feb 16, 2017 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
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Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC 210 in Buffalo
(mmajunkie.com)
April’s UFC 210 lineup has a new matchup featuring rising welterweight contenders. Officials recently announced the fight between Sean Strickland (18-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Kamaru Usman (9-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC). UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 9:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members
(mmafighting.com)
LAS VEGAS — The cast of The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption has some familiar names. Joe Stevenson, Jesse Taylor, Ramsey Nijem and Eddie Gordon are among cast members on this season of the UFC reality series. Everyone on the show is a former TUF contestant. And one — James Krause — is actually still on the UFC roster.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 7:00PM by tildengolfer - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Holly Holm officially appeals UFC 208 loss due to punches landed after horn
(mmafighting.com)
Holly Holm isn’t ready to forget about Saturday night just yet. Holm, who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight this past weekend in Brooklyn, N.Y., has officially filled a complaint against referee Todd Anderson and an appeal of the result, MMA Fighting confirmed. Holm, via her attorneys Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton, is asking the New York State Athletic Commission to review Anderson’s “failure to deduct one or more points from Germaine de Randamie following her repeated strikes thrown after the horn sounded to end Rounds 2 and 3.”
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:36PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Phillipe Nover announces retirement from mixed martial arts
(mmafighting.com)
Phillipe Nover’s appearance in his Brooklyn backyard at UFC 208 turned out to be his career swan song. The 33-year-old featherweight from New York City announced his retirement from mixed martial arts on Wednesday, days after dropping a decision to Rick Glenn at the Barclays Center. Nover made his first splash on the national level by appearing in The Ultimate Fighter 8 lightweight tournament. At the time, Dana White called Nover “the next Anderson Silva,” placing an intense level of expectation on Nover’s shoulders.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:36PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
David Branch signs with UFC
(mmafighting.com)
David Branch is headed back to the UFC. The former World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned. While Branch’s return fight in the UFC has yet to be finalized, sources say they are currently targeting May. He is expected to compete in the middleweight division.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 5:35PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
GSP and UFC have reportedly come to terms
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points.
Submitted Feb 15, 2017 1:01PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joe Soto vs. Rani Yahya is 13th addition to Brazil's UFC Fight Night 106 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
Officials today announced a bantamweight fight between veterans Joe Soto (17-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Rani Yahya (23-8 MMA, 8-2 UFC). UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil. The main card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 4:27PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
James Moontasri announces retirement at 28
(mixedmartialarts.com)
James ‘Moonwalker’ Moontasri started fighting professionally in 2008. The silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Taekwondo, and now 4th degree black belt in the art made great use of his base, with an exciting, fan-friendly, kick-heavy fighting style. Moonwalker went 7-1, including 3-0 in the RFA, before signing with the UFC in 2014. He went 1-2 in the UFC at lightweight and struggled to make weight. Then the Team Blackhouse fighter moved up to welterweight, and still reportedly struggled to make weight, and again went 1-2.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 12:47PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gunnar Nelson faces Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 in London
(mmafighting.com)
Alan Jouban will have a tough test to keep his win streak alive in the Octagon. Jouban aims for his fourth straight UFC victory when he squares off against Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight contest at UFC Fight Night 107 on March 18 in London, according to UFC officials Tuesday.
Submitted Feb 14, 2017 10:17AM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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