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.
Godofredo Pepey faces Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 20
A featherweight bout has been confirmed for UFC on Fox 20. Godofredo Castro faces Darren Elkins.
The bout was confirmed by sources close to the organization.
UFC On Fox 20 will take place on July 23 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
UFC Fight Night 90, TUF 23 Finale tickets on sale today; $204 gets you cageside in Las Vegas
UFC 200 isn’t the only game in town during “International Fight Week” in July. You can buy tickets for the week’s other two cards starting today.
UFC 200 takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. But in the two days leading up to it, UFC Fight Night 90 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the TUF 23 Finale gakes place July 8 at the same venue.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 90, which streams in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos (25-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) meets challenger and former Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez (27-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
In the TUF 23 Finale headliner, Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) defends her strawweight title against Claudia Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC). The card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Tickets for both events range from $44 for the upper level to $204 for cageside seats, plus fees.
Alexey Oleinik returns vs. Daniel Omielanczuk at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
The UFC’s debut card in South Dakota continues to build with the addition of a heavyweight fight.
Alexey Oleinik (50-9 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will return after a long layoff for a fight against Daniel Omielanczuk (18-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 91 according to Polish media outlets, including Lowking. UFC officials have not yet announced the fight.
UFC FIght Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 with early prelims streaming on UFC Fight Pass.
Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley welterweight title fight targeted for UFC 201 in Atlanta
The UFC is heading back to Atlanta for the first time in more than four years, and it looks like the welterweight title will be on the line in the main event.
UFC 201 is set for July 30 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, the UFC announced tonight. The fight targeted for the headliner is between welterweight champion Robbie Lawler (27-10 MMA, 12-4 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (15-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC), per a report on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
Rapahel Assuncao vs. T.J. Dillashaw rematch in the works for UFC 200
After being passed over for a rematch with newly minted UFC bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz, T.J. Dillashaw will instead get a chance to avenge another octagon loss.
Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight” broke the news that a rematch between Dillashaw (12-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and the returning Raphael Assuncao (23-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is targeted for the banner UFC 200, which takes place July 9 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Holm vs. Shevchenko, ‘Rumble’ vs. Teixeira in Works for UFC on Fox 20
A bantamweight headliner between Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko is in the works for the UFC on Fox 20 headliner, according to a report from UFC Tonight.
The July 23 card is also expected to include a light heavyweight showdown pitting Anthony Johnson against Glover Teixeira, as well as a previously reported lightweight tilt between Edson Barboza and Gilbert Melendez. UFC on Fox 20 takes place at the United Center in Chicago and airs on the Fox Network.
Nick Hein Off Sunday’s UFC Card; Jon Tuck Faces Replacement Josh Emmett in Rotterdam
Team Alpha Male product Josh Emmett will make his Octagon debut on less than one week’s notice at UFC Fight Night Rotterdam on Sunday.
Emmett replaces the injured Nick Hein and will face Jon Tuck in a preliminary lightweight bout, promotion officials announced Wednesday. The matchup will be televised on Fox Sports 1. UFC Fight Night takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands and is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski.
Gilbert Melendez vs. Edson Barboza Targeted For UFC Chicago
According to Combate, an intriguing lightweight showdown could be taking place this summer.
The report indicates that the UFC is targeting a bout between former Strikeforce champion Gilbert “El Nino” Melendez and dangerous Muay Thai striker Edson “Junior” Barboza for UFC on FOX 20 which is slated for July 23, 2016 from Chicago, Illinois.
Melendez, a former two-time UFC title challenger, is only 1-3 in his Octagon career, coming up short in both attempts at divisional supremacy. “El Nino” hasn’t competed since a June 2015 split-decision loss to current title challenger Eddie Alvarez in Mexico.
After the bout with Alvarez, it was made clear that Melendez had tested positive for performance-enhancing-drugs (PEDs), leading the promotion to hand him a one-year suspension.
UFC signs Brazilian prospect Poliana Botelho
The UFC has inked a deal with flyweight prospect Poliana Botelho, the Nova Uniao fighter announced Tuesday.
Botelho, 27, holds a 5-1 record with five knockout victories, capped off by a win over Silvana Gomez that earned her the XFC International flyweight championship last September. Sources close to the fighter told MMA Fighting that Botelho will cut down to 115 pounds to fight in the UFC.
UFC 198 lineup is set – and stacked, with Brown-Maia and Nogueira-Cummins on prelims
In a year of big events, next week’s UFC 198 lineup still stands out as something special.
The fight card is now official for the 13-bout event, and it’s stacked. So stacked, in fact, that some big names and stellar matchups won’t even come with a pay-per-view price tag.
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UFC 198 takes place May 14 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC Fight Night 90 adds number of new bouts, including Mike Pyle vs. Alberto Mina
July’s UFC Fight Night 90 event, which kicks off a string of back-to-back-to-back UFC shows in Las Vegas, has a number of new additions.
Officials recently announced four new matchups, including a welterweight fight between veteran Mike Pyle (27-11-1 MMA, 10-6 UFC) and Alberto Mina (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
Other new bouts include welterweights Alvaro Herrera (9-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Vicente Luque (8-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC), lightweights Gilbert Burns (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), and bantamweights Reginaldo Vieira (13-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Marco Beltran (7-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
The latest UFC Fight Night 90 card now includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes
Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle
Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque
Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
UFC 198, Fight Night Vegas Get New Fights
A change to UFC 198 and several additions to July’s UFC International Fight Week events are in the news today, as matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby get the week off to a rousing start.
Former Ultimate Fighter standout Kamaru Usman has been forced out of his UFC 198 bout in Brazil against Sergio Moraes, setting up an all-Curitiba showdown between Moraes and Octagon newcomer Luan Chagas, a black belt in jiu-jitsu and karate, on May 14.
The July 7 event in Las Vegas that kicks off three consecutive nights of Octagon action got a jolt of new fights featuring several rising stars and seasoned vets.
Three welterweight bouts take center stage when it comes to these fight announcements, with all-action Alan Jouban facing surging Nordine Taleb, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle getting a home game against unbeaten Alberto Mina, and Alvaro Herrera taking on Vicente Luque.
Nick Hein injured, UFC seeks replacement opponent for Jon Tuck at Sunday's UFC Fight Night 87 event
A training injury has forced German lightweight Nick Hein out of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 87 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Jon Tuck.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the pending change with UFC officials.
Featuring a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (25-11 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and former Strikeforce and DREAM champ Alistair Overeem (40-14-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC), UFC Fight Night 87 takes place Sunday at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.