Former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves says next fight will be at lightweight
Once scolded for his inability to consistently drop down to the welterweight limit, Thiago Alves is apparently going down even further to lightweight.
According to Alves (21-10 MMA, 14-6 UFC), who challenged former 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100 in July 2009, his next fight will take place at 155 pounds. He said he anticipates stepping in the octagon in August with an opponent for his debut in the weight class to be announced soon.
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson headed to UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
Fresh of an RFA title-winning victory, Devin Clark is octagon-bound with his debut set for UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
UFC officials today announced via argusleader.com undefeated Clark (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a Sioux Falls native who recently captured the RFA light-heavyweight title (watch it above), will move down to middleweight and take on Alex Nicholson (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the July 13 event at Denny Sanford Premier Center.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
Two surging lightweights will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in July.
UFC officials today announced Jake Matthews (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are slated for the show; dailytelegraph.com.au first reported the fight.
With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes:
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final
Scott Askham vs. Anthony Smith
James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray
Conor McGregor tweets he's back on the UFC 200 card
The plot thickens. Again.
Conor McGregor tweeted Sunday night that he is back on the UFC 200 card after a tumultuous few days between him and the promotion last week.
McGregor, the biggest financial draw in the sport and the UFC featherweight champion, was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in the main event of the card until last Tuesday. "The Notorious" announced he was retired on Twitter and a few hours later UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he wouldn't fly to Las Vegas to perform promotional obligations.
On Thursday, McGregor posted a lengthy statement on Facebook, clarifying that he wanted to focus on training after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and was willing to do some promotion now and some later. White doubled down, though, on Friday at a press conference, saying that McGregor was definitely off the UFC 200 card and the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Diaz.
Now, though, McGregor is saying he is back on UFC 200.
A request for comment from the UFC was not immediately returned Sunday night.
UFC 197 attendance: Event draws 11,352 fans for $2.3 million live gate in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s UFC 197 event drew an announced attendance of 11,352 fans for a live gate of $2.3 million.
UFC 197 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 197 was the fourth event at MGM Grand Garden Arena this year. It ranks second in total attendance and second in live gate.
The full list includes:
“UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz” – 14,898 ($8,100,000 live gate)
“UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux” – 11,352 ($2,300,000 live gate)
“UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit” – 10,300 ($2,003,986 live gate)
“UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson” – 7,422 ($1,435,000 live gate)
‘Kid’ Yamamoto to Make Octagon Return at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18
Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto will seek his first Octagon triumph when he faces Chris Beal at UFC Fight Night Ottawa on June 18.
Promotion officials announced the bantamweight bout on Friday. UFC Fight Night takes place at TD Place Arena in Ottawa and is headlined by a welterweight clash between Rory MacDonald and Stephen Thompson. The evening’s main card airs on Fox Sports 1.
The K-1 Hero’s 2005 middleweight grand prix tournament champion, Yamamoto began his UFC tenure with consecutive losses to Demetrious Johnson, Darren Uyenoyama and Vaughan Lee. Most recently, the Krazy Bee representative’s bout with Roman Salazar at UFC 184 was declared a no contest after Salazar couldn’t continue due to an accidental eye poke. Yamamoto is 18-6 as a pro, including 13 wins via KO or TKO.
Four Bouts Announced For UFC Fight Night In South Dakota on July 13th
The card for the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first-ever trip to South Dakota is beginning to take shape.
The promotion confirmed the following matchups Thursday following an initial report from the Argus Leader: Louis Smolka vs. Ben Nguyen at flyweight; Kyle Noke vs. Keita Nakamura at welterweight; Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman at middleweight and Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister at lightweight.
Sioux Falls native Ben Nguyen meets Louis Smolka at UFC Fight Night 91 in S.D.
The UFC’s first event in South Dakota will feature a native of the “Mount Rushmore State,” even though he fights out of Australia.
Ben Nguyen (14-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who was born in Sioux Falls, S.D., will meet Louis Smolka (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in a flyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 91. UFC officials announced the fight today following an initial report from the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.
McGregor Breaks Silence, Ends Lengthy Retirement
But in a post to his Facebook page Thursday, the UFC featherweight champ wrote that he’d like to leave a certain part of the sport behind: the relentless promoting of his bouts.
"I have become lost in the game of promotion and forgot about the art of fighting," McGregor wrote. "There comes a time when you need to stop handing out flyers and get back to the damn shop."
Ricardo Lamas booked for fight with Max Holloway at June's UFC 199 in California
Two of the world’s top featherweights are set to fight when the UFC returns to Southern California in June.
Former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will take on Max Holloway (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) at UFC 199. Promotion officials announced the new booking today on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.” A middleweight bout between Hector Lombard Hector Lombard (34-5-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and former PRIDE champ Dan Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) also was made official.
With the addition to the card, UFC 199 now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight title
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Clay Guida vs. Brian Ortega
Jessica Andrade vs. Jessica Penne
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Chael Sonnen thinks Conor McGregor made 'a big mistake'
As everyone is by now aware, Conor McGregor tweeted that he was retiring. Shortly afterwards, Dana White announced that the UFC had removed McGregor from his scheduled bout at UFC 200. And for the rest of the afternoon and evening, MMA fans the world over desperately scoured the internet to figure out what precipitated all of this.
Well Chael Sonnen thinks he knows. Last night after all the hoopla, Sonnen did a Facebook live chat where he answered many listener comments surrounding McGregor's situation and talked about his knowledge of the behind the scenes workings.
"I don't have any inside info on this. Just being around the business since the 90's, I know how it works. I know how this whole thing went down. And if I tell you what I think, I guarantee I'm 98 percent right if not 100.
"Conor had a deal with the UFC. And Conor's now going back and trying to renegotiate and it just doesn't work that way. It can't. You can't write everything down, you can't get your contracts done all the time in this business. There's 500 guys under contract. There's not even that many employees in the UFC. I think there's like 340 employees with 500 fighters. There's 53 shows scheduled for a year that only has 52 weeks in the year. You have to be able to make a phone call, count on whatever the guy says, hang up the phone and that's the end of it. You have to be able to do that.
"Conor has a contract, he made a deal, somewhere he didn't sign it. Let the promotion go out, let the money get spent and then realized ‘I've got the upper hand. Now I can come back and renegotiate. Who's going to tell me no when the advertising is already done?' That's what he did. Guaranteed. With no inside knowledge, guaranteed that's what happened."
Dana White: Conor McGregor has been pulled from UFC 200 headliner vs. Nate Diaz
The UFC 200 main event between featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz is off, promotion President Dana White said today.
White, appearing on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” said the Irish titleholder – one of the company’s two most bankable fighters – has been pulled from a rematch with Diaz this July in Las Vegas after failing to agree to some of the required promotion for the event.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor already retiring?
With tasting defeat for the first time in the UFC against UFC veteran Nate Diaz at UFC 196, the two are set for an immediate rematch once again in a non-title welterweight bout that will headline UFC 200. However, McGregor tweeted on Tuesday out of nowhere that he is looking to close the curtains on his MMA career.
Hawaii police begin second-degree sexual assault investigation of BJ Penn
MMA Fighting reports that the police in former lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn's home town have begun a sexual-assault investigation of allegations made against the fighter by the girlfriend of the former editor of his website.
"Hilo (Hawaii) Police Department has launced a second-degree assault investigation into the UFC legend stemming from allegations made by the girlfriend of a former employee," the report reads.
"The alleged victim filed an incident report in February regarding the matter in Delaware County (Ohio), where she currently lives. Hilo PD public information officer Chris Loos confirmed to MMA Fighting on Monday that the Hilo PD received a hard copy of that incident report last week."
Penn said through a statement two months ago that the allegations made public by his former website editor were attempts at extorting him. No charges have been filed against Penn on this matter, yet, as far as we know.
Dana White: Rousey targeted for UFC's NY debut
When the UFC makes its long-awaited debut in New York, there’s a good chance former titleholder Ronda Rousey will be part of the card.
Earlier this month, MMA’s longtime ban in New York was lifted, and UFC officials quickly announced a Nov. 12 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Many fighters, especially those who hail from New York, have been stumping for a slot on the card, which comes on the 23rd anniversary of the first UFC event. But UFC President Dana White said one of the organization’s biggest stars – former women’s bantamweight champion Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) – could be a central piece of the lineup.
“(Rousey) definitely is part of the discussion,” White told ESPN’s “Beadle & Shelburne Show.” “She will fight whoever has that belt when she comes back.”