Ben Askren: Fans hating on CM Punk stems from jealousy
CM Punk has become public enemy No. 1 for diehard MMA fans and pro wrestling fans who are angry that he left sports entertainment for the UFC. For someone who is still months and months away from an Octagon debut, Punk gets an uneven amount of hate on social media -- and he's been vocal about it.
'UFC Fight Night 80: VanZant vs. Namajunas' lineup finalized with 12 bouts
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 event, which marks the first headliner for Paige VanZant and a quick turnaround for former title challenger Rose Namajunas.
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 p.m. ET)
•Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant
•Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller
•Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
•Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET)
•John Howard vs. Tim Means
•Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes
•Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
•Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
•Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
•Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts
•Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
•Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan
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UFC Fight Night 79 lineup set with 4:45 a.m. ET prelims start time on Fight Pass
The lineup is set for UFC Fight Night 79 a month from today, and for those who get up early in the States, your Saturday will be cleared of MMA by mid-morning.
The full UFC Fight Nigh 79 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 a.m. ET)
Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves
Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4:45 a.m. ET)
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Dominique Steele
Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia
Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike De La Torre
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang
Fredy Serrano vs. Yao Zhikui
Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou
Cortney Casey vs. Seo Hee Ham
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier ready to fight in Oklahoma, New Mexico, wherever
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are no strangers to heated talk. Jones came out on top when the two met at UFC 182 in Jan., taking a unanimous decision victory. That meeting didn’t settle the beef between the two that spilled over into a pre-fight press conference brawl before their prior meeting.
Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) hasn’t fought since that bout, as the UFC stripped the longtime light heavyweight champion of his title following his involvement in an April hit-and-run incident. Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) won the vacant title in Jones’ absence with a third-round submission of Anthony Jonson at UFC 187. He followed that win up with a split-decision victory in a title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.
John Lineker to Bryan Caraway: ‘I need another name that I can knock out’
UFC bantamweight John Lineker is game to fight Bryan Caraway if the UFC makes it so.
In a statement released Wednesday to MMAjunkie, former flyweight contender Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said he heard Caraway’s (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) callout on MMAjunkie Radio and welcomes a booking.
“I saw that Bryan Caraway wants to fight me,” Lineker wrote. “I also heard he’s friends with Francisco Rivera, so I guess he just wants to defend his buddy’s honor and have his back, and I’m absolutely fine with that.”
Caraway recently told MMAjunkie Radio he watched Lineker’s most recent bout, a “Fight of the Night” knockout of Francisco Rivera at UFC 191, and came away with a desire to fight the heavy-handed Brazilian.
“He beat Francisco, so I kind of want to get in there and mix it up with him,” Caraway said.
Lineker said a fight with the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” veteran is good for his career.
“Truthfully, I’m honored that Caraway wants to fight me,” he said. “I’ll graciously accept the fight if it fits the UFC’s purpose. I know it fits mine.
“I need another name in the division that I can knock out. People keep calling me small for the division, but as I continue to rack up these names, they’ll be calling me a giant at bantamweight.”
UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov after latest injury: 'I'm not sure if I will ever come back'
Khabib Nurmagomedov apparently has serious doubts about his future following his latest injury setback.
The undefeated UFC lightweight contender suffered a rib injury that will prevent him from making a scheduled bout with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. It’s the third major injury Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has faced in less than two years and he hinted the damage could spell the end of his career.
“I broke a rib and once again retired from the fight, I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure I’ll be back at all ever,” Nurmagomedov wrote on his official Instagram account. “I want to apologize to my fans. I broke my rib, and again I am out of the fight. I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure if I will ever come back. Thanks to my fans and my sponsors.”
Edson Barboza steps in for Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Tony Ferguson at TUF Finale
Edson Barboza was officially named the replacement for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Friday.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov can't seem to catch a break.
An injured rib has forced Nurmagomedov out of his highly-anticipated Dec. 11 fight against Tony Ferguson, sources confirmed with MMAFighting.com Thursday night.
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Michael Bisping no longer interested in Anderson Silva: Probably 'on juice whole time'
For much of his career, Michael Bisping was motivated by the idea of getting to square off with UFC legend Anderson Silva. Now that Silva has a positive test for anabolic steroids under his belt, Bisping’s interest has waned.
Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) recently underwent surgery on his arm. The injury that led to the procedure forced him out of a UFC 193 bout with Robert Whittaker. While there’s no set timeframe for his return, Bisping is starting to move toward a return to the gym.
‘Minotauro’ Nogueira: ‘I Have Done a Total of 22 Surgeries’
Revered for his amazing capacity to recover from serious damage, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira spent the final years of his career trying to avoid the subject with the media.
Few could deny that Nogueira’s passion for the sport dwarfed all the injuries he suffered, and he resisted for years repeated calls for him to retire. Until Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White nudged him into retirement following a loss to Stefan Struve at UFC 190 on Aug. 1, “Minotauro” had managed to avoid questions regarding the end of his career and the subject of exactly how many surgeries he has undergone. Not anymore. During a roundtable discussion promoted by Dr. Marcio Tannure at the 2015 Rio Sports & Health conference in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 18, Nogueira talked openly about his injury history....
Dana White calls Dublin 'the best fight town on the planet'
UFC president Dana White is quick to praise any fight town which shows up and droves and pays big money for one of his events.
So you generally have to take his words with a grain of salt. But, given Saturday's UFC Fight Night 76 card in Dublin sold out in five minutes, then an enthusiastic crowd still showed up at 3Arena and made noise throughout a card which lost it's main event and co-main event, maybe White, an Irishman from Boston, means it this time...