Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi added to UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines
A flyweight contest between a pair of onetime UFC title challengers has been added to UFC Fight 97.
UFC official recently announced that Russia’s Ali Bagautinov (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will face Japan’s Kyoji Horiguchi (17-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at the event.
UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
'UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2' gets 7 bouts, 3 a.m. local start time for main card
If you’re plan to watch UFC 204 in England, get prepared for a late night (or a very early morning).
Officials today formally announced seven bouts for the long-rumored card, which takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
To accommodate North American television audiences, the event is slated to kick off at the usual time of 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) with a 10 p.m. ET main card. That means the card kicks off at 11 p.m. local time, and the main card doesn’t commence until 3 a.m.
Demetrious Johnson wants Pride rules back, like soccer kicks and 10-minute rounds
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has gradually become more and more outspoken the longer his title reign has lasted. Now that the top P4P fighter has held his belt for almost four years, you're usually going to get a pretty frank answer when you ask Mighty Mouse a question. And at a Q&A ahead of a recent UFC event in Salt Lake City, Johnson was very blunt about the ABC's proposed change to a rule about knees to a grounded opponent in the Unified Rules of MMA.
The current rule makes kneeing an opponent to the head illegal if they have one hand on the mat. The proposed alteration would change that to two hands on the mat, which means only one hand would make it a legal knee. Regardless of the change, Johnson isn't a fan of fighters that use the tactic to avoid getting hit in the first place. And he wants more PRIDE-like rules, with stomps and head kicks on the ground (transcribed by MMA Junkie):
Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans in the works for NYC’s UFC 205
A middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans is in the works for UFC 205, the organization’s long-awaited debut in New York City later this year. FloCombat.com reported the news on Monday. UFC officials have not confirmed the matchup at this time.
Kennedy (18-5), who revealed he had a fight booked earlier this week, hasn’t competed in mixed martial arts since a controversial third-round TKO loss to top contender Yoel Romero at UFC 178 in September 2014. The devastating loss snapped a four-fight winning streak, which included a dominant win over current champ Michael Bisping.
Evans (19-5-1) will be dropping down to the middleweight division for the first time for this fight. He is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. Evans, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, returned from a lengthy layoff last year against Ryan Bader, and dropped a decision. In his last outing, he was knocked out by Glover Teixeira in the UFC on FOX 19 main event. His last victory was a stoppage over Chael Sonnen in late 2013.
Jon Jones breaks silence, says he's 'expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon'
The Jon Jones saga is not even close to being over. As the greatest talent to ever enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, it's going to be very tough to keep the former Light Heavyweight champion away from a comeback.
But as Jones gets dragged through the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) process after testing positive for banned substances prior to his UFC 200 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, which Jones got yanked from, what's going to be left of the 29-year-old superstar? And for that matter, when can fight fans expect Jones back?
Leave it up to the pound-for-pound legend to finally break his silence following UFC 200's debacle, reach out to his fans and give an update about his current state of play, recently posting this video to Instagram
Thiago 'Marreta' Santos vs. Eric Spiceley heads to UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia
The UFC’s return to Brazil next month has one more fight added to the lineup and with 14 bouts likely is filled.
Thiago “Marreta” Santos (13-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will fight in front of his home fans against Eric Spicely (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a middleweight matchup. UFC officials recently announced the new booking for UFC Fight Night 95.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Derrick Lewis says he's fighting Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila
Derrick Lewis may have been hoping to get on the UFC 203 spot in Cleveland against Fabricio Werdum. But with that slot taken by Travis Browne, he’ll have to settle for something else.
It appears Lewis (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will fight fellow heavyweight Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) when the UFC returns to the Philippines in October. Lewis posted the matchup on his Instagram feed, and a Lewis representative told MMAjunkie verbal agreements for the bout are in place. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Multiple injuries lead to new bouts at UFC Fight Night 95
UFC Fight Night 95 has a new set of fights, as four of its fighters have pulled out of the card citing injury. The promotion announced the news on Friday.
Welterweights Brandon Thatch, who suffered a hand injury, and Shinsho Anzai, who suffered a back injury, have pulled out of the card. Now, their opponents Erick Silva and Luan Chagas will fight each other in the preliminary part of the card.
Lightweight Joaquim Silva is out of his fight with Gregor Gillespie due to a knee injury. Glaico Franca, who's coming off a loss to James Vick at UFC 197, will step up on short notice to fight the undefeated promotional newcomer Gillespie.
Also, Renato Carneiro is out of his fight against Mike De La Torre due to an undisclosed injury. Taking his place will be the Brazilian Godofredo Pepey, who recently dropped a unanimous decision to Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 20.
Additionally, a middleweight bout pitting Thiago Santos and Eric Spicely has been added to the card.
Dana White: ‘Wonderboy’ Next for Tyron Woodley; McGregor Will Defend 145-Pound Title
UFC President Dana White has some specific thoughts on the futures of featherweight king Conor McGregor and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and it might not be exactly what either man had planned.
“I fully expect Conor to come back and defend his 145-pound title,” White told UFC.com. “I think that Nate [Diaz] feels his brother [Nick Diaz] should have the fight at 170, but Nick is not going to come back and fight for the title right away.
“There are other guys deserving of a title shot. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is going to fight for the 170-pound title and then we’ll see what happens with Nick and Nate.”
After Lengthy Hiatus, UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy Says He Has a Fight Booked
After nearly two years away, it appears that UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy is ready to return to the Octagon.
“I have a fight. I can’t tell you anything about it. The UFC has to announce it, but after I come back from South America, I am in shape. I have been training, I knew I had a fight coming up,” Kennedy said in a video on his Facebook page. “And now I’m telling you -- I have a fight"
Alexa Grasso makes UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark in Mexico City
Undefeated strawweight Alexa Grasso will make her UFC debut in November, facing “The Ultimate Fighter 20” cast member Heather Jo Clark at UFC Fight Night in Mexico City.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking following an initial report from Indiscutido.com.
Grasso is currently sitting at No. 6 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings.
The UFC’s Mexico City “Fight Night” card will take place Nov. 5. at Mexico City Arenaand also is expected to feature the finale of the latest edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.” In the main event, Tony Ferguson takes on former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Erik Koch out, Drew Dober draws newcomer Jason Gonzalez at UFC 203
RFA and “The Ultimate Fighter 22” vet Jason Gonzalez is headed to the big show after a training injury scrapped Erik Koch from next month’s UFC 203, the promotion announced today.
Gonzalez (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face off with veteran Drew Dober (16-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at the Sept. 10 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The fight card’s official order has yet to be announced. Preliminary card bouts can been seen on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Travis Browne steps in for Ben Rothwell, rematches Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203
Travis Browne will get a second crack at Fabricio Werdum.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with two people familiar with the agreement that Browne and Werdum have verbally committed to meet at UFC 203. Those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not publicly authorized to discuss such matters.
The move was necessitated by an injury to Ben Rothwell, who was originally expected to face Werdum. Bout agreements for the new contest are expected to be finalized shortly.
The UFC 203 lineup now includes:
Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum
Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk
Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera
Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood
Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall
Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares
Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez
Conor McGregor unsure of going back to 145 after UFC 202, interested in Nate Diaz trilogy
UFC president Dana White has promised that Conor McGregor will drop back down to featherweight and unify the title with Jose Aldo, the interim champ, next. McGregor, though, doesn't seem to be all that interested in an Aldo rematch.
McGregor defeated Aldo to win the UFC featherweight title by knockout in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 back in December. Aldo bounced back to defeat Frankie Edgar to win the interim title at UFC 200 last month.
McGregor was present at that bout, even standing up and watching much of the fight from that position while everyone was sitting down around him. But McGregor made it seem like Friday on a UFC 202 media conference call that he was looking toward a fresh fight — one against Frankie Edgar.
Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabricio Werdum
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell is withdrawing from UFC 203 due to a knee injury, multiple sources today told MMAjunkie.
The UFC is seeking a replacement for ex-champ Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) for the event, which takes place Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
A team representative said Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury.
Not cut, Ben Saunders explains why he’s no longer on the UFC roster
Ben Saunders wanted to clear up a few things, so he took to the UG forum Monday evening.
After news surfaced that he was no longer with the UFC, the popular welterweight fighter explained his version of what went on over the last few months. Saunders said he was not cut by the UFC. Instead, he said he fought out his contract and, due to multiple personal reasons, was not quick to re-sign.
Once Saunders did feel ready to put pen on paper, he said, it was too late. The UFC had already moved on without him.
UFC 202's Guangyou Ning Not at Fault After Testing Positive for Banned Anabolic Agent
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has determined that UFC bantamweight Guangyou Ning is not at fault for a failed out-of-competition drug test earlier this year.
Ning, 34, tested positive for traces of the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol in a urine sample provided on May 19. Clenbuterol is often used to treat breathing disorders and while it has never been approved by the U.S. FDA, it is available in other countries throughout the world. As far as a potential performance enhancer, it is believed to aid fat loss for anabolic steroid users.
However, USADA issued a statement Tuesday clearing Ning of any wrongdoing because his positive test likely resulted from contaminated meat.