Kelvin Gastelum staying at middleweight to fight Vitor Belfort
Though Kelvin Gastelum believes his ideal weight class is welterweight, he has agreed to stay at middleweight for his next fight to meet Vitor Belfort.
The bout is set for a UFC Fight Night event on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil, according to AgFight, which confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Gastelum (13-2) has had difficulty making the welterweight cutoff on several occasions, most recently having a UFC 205 bout with Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone canceled due to his failure to make weight.
New UFC matchmaker deserves a chance to show what he’s made of
A post on Facebook from number one light heavyweight title-contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson Monday caught my eye. Johnson had recently lost out on a championship fight when Daniel Cormier pulled out of UFC 206 with injury. Johnson said he was game to fight a short-notice opponent, as long as it was at heavyweight.
The former welterweight has had success at heavyweight, including a decision win over former world champ Andrei Arlovski in 2013. Johnson had gone on record saying that Arlovski had turned-down an offered rematch with him.
On Monday, Johnson jumped on Facebook, saying he was “feeling annoyed,” and to apologize to “The Pitbull.” According to Johnson, Arlovski called him to set the record straight.
Commission practices at UFC Albany event draw criticism from fighters
Practices conducted by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) are drawing criticism from fighters following the UFC's event in Albany over the weekend.
Multiple fighters and coaches confirmed with MMA Fighting that the commission would not let doctors give fighters stitches in the arena, a practice that is common in many other jurisdictions. Instead, fighters were sent to the hospital in an ambulance and some had to wait hours to get cuts sutured.
Jose Aldo says he’s fighting Max Holloway at UFC 208
RIO DE JANEIRO — Jose Aldo has a date for his return to the Octagon.
Max Holloway won the interim featherweight championship with a win over Anthony Pettis Saturday night in Toronto, Canada, and called out UFC featherweight titleholder Jose Aldo for a clash at UFC 208 in Brooklyn on Feb. 11.
Speaking with the media in Brazil on Monday, Aldo confirmed that it’s done deal.
PFA head Jeff Borris says three factions vying to organize fighters is ‘good news for the UFC’
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 back in negotiations with the UFC about returning to fight
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.
Theodorou vs Ferreira, Santos vs Marshman set for UFC Halifax
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.
Glover Teixeira vs. Jared Cannonier in the works for UFC 208
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.
Henry Cejudo: Dana White apologized after shady judging ‘robbery’ - ‘You won the fight’ against Joseph Benavidez
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."
Dana White fires back at ‘scumbag Bjork’ Rebney for involvement in MMAAA
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.
Jessica Andrade vs. Maryna Moroz added to year-end UFC 207 card in Las Vegas
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.
Elliot looking to move to 135
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.