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The MMA Fighters Association started up nearly a decade ago. The Professional Fighters Association kicked off in August. And last week, the MMA Athletes Association launched via a conference call with significant buzz.
All the groups want to represent the interest of fighters against promoters. Most have similar goals, though there are many conflicts on how to achieve them. The MMAFA and MMAAA are associations, while the PFA is a prospective union.
On Wednesday, a group of lawyers representing fighters in an antitrust case (many of whom are in the MMAFA) against the UFC sent a cease-and-desist letter to the MMAAA. The MMAAA responded with a statement hours later.
The MMAFA and PFA have been at odds, too, on social media. The conflict between the groups have been public. And none of that is good news for the fighters, according to PFA founder Jeff Borris.
Georges St-Pierre has had himself a busy two weeks. First, he announced he was teaming up with Bjorn Rebney, Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, T.J. Dillashaw, and (maybe?) Donald Cerrone to form the MMA Athletes Association (MMAAA). And now he says he's back in talks with the UFC to negotiate his return to the cage.
In a recent interview with TSN, St-Pierre reaffirmed that his intention was still to fight again and that the UFC reached back out to him on the day he announced the formation of the MMAAA.
UFC strawweights Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger and Nina Ansaroff will battle for redemption in Phoenix as they meet at the UFC Fight Night 103 card in Arizona on Jan. 15, MMA Fighting has confirmed with multiple sources following a report by Fox Sports.
A couple of middleweight bouts have been added to the UFC”s return to Halifax.
Super Lutas first reported a clash between Ultimate Fighter champions, Elias Theodorou and Cezar Ferreira, while Combate confirmed Thiago Santos will meet Jack Marshman on the same night.
UFC Halifax is scheduled for February 19. The UFC has not announced a main event for the card yet.
An important bantamweight fight is close to being added to UFC on FOX 23.
According to sources, Aljamain Sterling (12-1) vs. Raphael Assuncao (23-5) is targeted for the Jan. 28 card in Denver. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight.
Jared Cannonier is getting right back to work.
According to multiple sources, the UFC is looking to book Cannonier against Glover Teixeira at UFC 208. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight.
UFC 208 is set for Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Feb. 11. A main event fight has not been announced yet, either.
A pair of surging bantamweights will get a chance to state their case for a title shot on Jan. 28.
Julianna Pena and Valentina Shevchenko will square off in the main event of the UFC Fight Night card at Denver's Pepsi Center. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial report by FOXSports.com.
Cejedo dropped a split decision after 15 minutes of non-stop, high-level mixed martial arts action.
"You know it's bad when Dana White calls you to apologize for the judging," Cejudo said on “The MMA Hour” (transcription via Joe.CO.uk). “He literally called me two seconds right after I sent [a] text message to him. He was like, 'Listen Henry, I apologize. I'm sincerely sorry. You won that fight. Everybody I talked to -- Sean Shelby said you won the fight, everybody that was ringside, there was not one person in that arena that thought you didn't win that fight.'
"It was just a sincere apology and I don't really have a relationship with Dana White,” he continued. “I just happened to text him and he was apologetic."
Last week’s bombshell announcement that the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA) had formed in an attempt to even the playing field between the UFC and its fighters came with some peculiar asterisks. Namely, the presence of Bjorn Rebney, Bellator’s beleaguered former CEO.
With a three-pronged focus primarily geared towards better revenue distribution between promoter and fighter, the group — led by welterweight great Georges St-Pierre, Cain Velasquez, Tim Kennedy, TJ Dillashaw and Donald Cerrone — got a lot of attention.
Yet one person who hadn’t weighed in with his opinion was UFC president Dana White, who finally aired his thoughts on it all on Tuesday.
UFC president Dana White recently revealed that Cris Cyborg turned down two opportunities to fight for the inaugural UFC featherweight championship, but according to the Brazilian fighter, she had a pretty good reason for it.
The UFC appears to have added a women’s strawweight fight to the main card of the year-end UFC 207 event.
Jessica Andrade (15-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been booked for a fight against Maryna Moroz (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Although the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking, the matchup was revealed on the UFC 206 “Inside the Octagon” episode, which was released today.
UFC 207 takes place Dec. 30 (a Friday) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Tim Elliott came close to the greatest upset in UFC history on Saturday night, sinking not one but two chokes on flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson the greatest pound for pound fighter in mixed martial arts. Elliott had been released by the UFC after losing three in a row and returned via winning TUF 24. His remarkable performance promised some exciting matchups in the division.
In what was one of the weirdest endings to a fight in mixed martial arts (MMA) history, Jorge Masvidal was awarded the technical knockout (TKO) victory over Jake Ellenberger after Jake’s foot got stuck in the fence during last night's (Sat., Dec. 3, 2016) Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 24 Finale "Johnson vs. Elliot" event in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Unbeknownst to him, Masvidal proceeded to rain down strikes on Jake before Herb Dean out a pause in the action to clarify the rules with representatives from the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).
After a brief discussion, Jorge was given the TKO win since Jake couldn’t "intelligently defend himself." And how could he with his toes stuck in the cage? As a result of the bizarre ruling, "The Juggernaut" plans to appeal the loss.
One of the most popular fighters in women's mixed martial arts makes her return to the Octagon on Super Bowl weekend.
Felice Herrig will face off with Alex Grasso on the co-main event of the UFC Fight Night card in Houston on Feb. 1. The UFC announced the bout, along with several other fights, on Saturday
Both Chuck Liddell and Matt Hughes are no longer employed by the UFC.
The legendary MMA fighters were recently among another group of employees laid off by new owners, WME-IMG, MMA Fighting has confirmed. According to multiple sources, approximately 10-15 employees were let go this week.
A week before the event, next week’s UFC Fight Night 102 card has a pair of injury replacements.
With Patrick Cummins (8-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) out with a staph infection, promotional newcomer Saparbek Safarov (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take on Gian Villante (14-7 MMA, 4-4 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout on the main card.
And with Tatiana Suarez (4-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) out of her fight against Juliana Lima (8-3 MMA 2-2 UFC), Lima now will fight J.J. Aldrich (4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a women’s strawweight bout on the prelims.
UFC officials announced the changes today. UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Last week during the UFC Fight Night 101 broadcast, the UFC announced that Conor McGregor had voluntarily given up his UFC featherweight title, ending his reign as a two-weight world champion. Since, McGregor has remained silent until now.
On Friday, during a Q&A session at The Devenish bar in Belfast, Ireland, McGregor addressed the UFC’s claims that he relinquished his 145-pound title, and said that the featherweight belt is still sitting at home.
Next month’s UFC on FOX 23 lineup has two new additions.
They include middleweights Hector Lombard (34-6-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Brad Tavares (14-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) and lightweights Jason Gonzalez (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. J.C. Cottrell (17-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC officials recently unveiled the bouts.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 103 lineup has three new official additions.
Officials recently announced lightweights Joe Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) vs. Marcin Held (22-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC), bantamweights Bryan Caraway (21-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Jimmie Rivera (20-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), and flyweights Jussier Formiga (19-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) vs. Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place Jan. 15 at Phoenix’s Talking Stick Resort Arena. The airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Roy Nelson has issued a statement apologizing for the incident with referee ‘Big’ John McCarthy.
“First I’d like to apologize to the fans who make our sport,” Nelson told a group of reporters in Las Vegas. “To the Brazilian commission, John McCarthy and the rest of the world, my team and especially my family for my actions in my last fight. “My actions were out of character. I have nothing against anyone, including John McCarthy. I recognize what I did was a mistake and I was wrong. I can’t apologize enough to John McCarthy, to the commission, and to MMA fans around the world. I can’t wait to get back into the Octagon to entertain the fans.”