UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic on battle to recover from ACL injury
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic was three weeks from a fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale when he landed wrong on his knee and popped his ACL.
Today, he is cleared to train, having passed a series of benchmarks in a rehabilitation regimen that started almost immediately after his injury. But as he told MMAjunkie Radio, he is not the same person in the gym as he once was.
UFC Fight Night 92 bonuses: Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres steal show with 'Fight of the Night'
There was never any doubt about who would steal 'Fight of the Night' honors at UFC Fight Night 92.
The UFC announced Saturday night that Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres both earned $50,000 in 'Fight of the Night' bonuses for their dazzling five-round affair, which Rodriguez won via split decision to push his unbeaten UFC record to 5-0.
UFC Fight Night 92 took place Aug. 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The main card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
Rounding out the card's performance bonuses were Marcin Tybura and Teruto Ishihara, both of whom won $50,000 for knockout wins on the night's prelims.
Netflix picks up Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight
Dana White’s YouTube reality series Lookin’ For a Fight, where he looks for up-and-coming talent to bring to the UFC, has been picked up by Netflix.
About seven months ago, UFC president Dana White released a new YouTube series known as Lookin’ for a Fight. Being a reality show, White goes across the United States looking for talent in other MMA organizations. If he sees potential in a specific fighter, he will sign them to the UFC so that they can test their skills with the best in the world...
Justin Scoggins vs. Pedro Munhoz targeted for Brazil card
Bantamweights Justin Scoggins and Pedro Munhoz will likely meet in the Octagon on September 24, in Brasilia.
A pair of bantamweight prospects will meet in Brazil as MMA Junkie reported Justin Scoggins is targeted to take on Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 95, in the country's capital of Brasilia.
After six flyweight bouts in the Octagon, Justin Scoggins (11-2) left the division when he was unable to make weight to face Ian McCall in his last outing at UFC 201. Scoggins enters the bantamweight division riding a two-fight winning streak with victories over the likes of Ray Borg and Josh Sampo.
Sean Strickland out at UFC 202; promotion seeks new opponent for Tim Means
Welterweight Sean Strickland has been forced to withdraw from UFC 202, and the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for Tim Means.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Strickland suffered a knee injury and pulled out of the contest, leaving a need for a replacement opponent on two weeks’ notice.
Featuring a heavily anticipated rematch between Nate Diaz and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the UFC 202 main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Coach Mark Henry wants Frankie Edgar to take shortest route to UFC title, ‘whether it be 135 or 145'
Frankie Edgar's pursuit of a second UFC belt hit a snag last month at UFC 200.
After years of working towards another title shot, Edgar saw opportunity slip through his fingers when he dropped a decision to Jose Aldo in an interim title bout that effectively decided the next man to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak for Edgar and left his head coach, Mark Henry, dismayed at losing out on a chance to make history.
"He was right there for the belt," Henry said Monday on The MMA Hour. "As soon as that fight ended, it was one of the biggest fights in my head that I could remember where right when the fight ended there was like 10 things or 15 things that went through my head -- should've done this, should've done that, should've called this, should've called that -- that would've worked, that Frankie would've done.
LI’s Gregor Gillespie to make UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 95 in September
Gillespie, who trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, will make his UFC debut against Joaquim Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 on Sept. 24 in Brasilia, Brazil.
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A former NCAA Division I national champion and four-time All-American at Edinboro University, Gillespie turned his wrestling prowess into a professional MMA career in January 2014, rattling off seven wins. All but one of his wins has come via first-round stoppage (three submissions and three TKOs).
Gillespie, 29, won the vacant Ring of Combat lightweight title in his fifth career bout in June 2015, and successfully defended it twice more before making the jump to the UFC.
Gillespie will be thrown into the fire in his first bout against Silva, who is 9-1 in his professional career with a 2-0 mark in the UFC.
Ian McCall returns against Ray Borg at UFC 203
With the drama of UFC 201 behind him, Ian McCall isn't wasting any time returning to the grind.
The UFC announced Thursday that McCall has agreed to face ranked flyweight prospect Ray Borg on Sept. 10 at UFC 203. The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the news.
Most recently, McCall (13-5-1) saw his fight at Justin Scoggins at UFC 201 cancelled two days prior to the event after Scoggins was unable to make the flyweight limit of 126 pounds.
Beneil Dariush meets Rashid Magomedov in UFC's return to Mexico City in November
The UFC’s return to Mexico this fall has another lightweight bout for a card that will be headlined by a former 155-pound champion.
Beneil Dariush (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to take on Rashid Magomedov (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) when the UFC heads back to Mexico City in November. UFC officials recently announced the new booking for the “Fight Night” card.
The UFC’s Mexico City “Fight Night” card will take place Nov. 5. Venue and broadcast information have yet to be announced, though the event 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.
Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos added to UFC 202 in Las Vegas
This month’s blockbuster UFC 202 pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to fill out and now likely is complete with the addition of a 13th fight for the card.
Women’s strawweights Cortney Casey (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Randa Markos (6-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are set to meet in “Sin City.” The UFC announced the new fight booking today, less than three weeks before the event.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
UFC's return to Brasilia starts to take shape, including Erick Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
The UFC hasn’t formally announced fights for its return to Brazil next month, but the reports of bookings are trickling in.
Brazil news outlet Combate recently reported several fights planned for what is expected to be UFC Fight Night 95 in the nation’s capital city of Brasilia, including Erick Silva (18-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. Brandon Thatch (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at welterweight; Michinori Tanaka (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (22-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at bantamweight; Renato Moicano (10-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Mike De La Torre (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a featherweight bout; Francisco Trinaldo (20-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. Paul Felder (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at lightweight; and Alan Patrick (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at welterweight.
Sultan Aliev injured, out of UFC 202 bout with Hyun Gyu Lim
A wrist injury has knocked Sultan Aliev from his planned welterweight bout with Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202.
MMAjunkie learned of the injury from a UFC official who stated the promotion is seeking a replacement.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view. The highly anticipated rematch between Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor serves as the evening’s main event.
Cyborg vs. Lansberg, Barao vs. Nover added to next Brazil card
UFC Fight Night 96 has found its main event and co-main event as Cris Cyborg, Lina Lansberg, Rena Barao and Phillipe Nover have all been added to the September 24 event.
The next UFC event in Brazil has settled on its main and co-main events as Cris Cyborg has accepted to take on Lina Lansberg in the headliner, while Renan Barao takes on Phillipe Nover in the co-main event.
UOL was the first to break the news.
A former Strikeforce featherweight champion and current Invicta FC titleholder, Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (16-1(1)) has not lost a fight since her MMA debut back in 2005. She had her first UFC fight on May 14, where she knocked out Leslie Smith in a catchweight bout at 140.
UFC 201 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll, Even in Defeat
Following a blockbuster week of three consecutive events on three consecutive nights to open July, the UFC closed out the month with another champion losing his belt.
Robbie Lawler has been through five five-round wars in his eight most recent UFC bouts, but his UFC 201 headlining bout wasn’t one of them.
robbie-lawler-ufc201-scrum-750Instead of going to war with Tyron Woodley, Lawler was the victim of a sneak attack. Woodley took out the champ in 2:12 of the first round, knocking Lawler out for only the second time in his career.
Rafael Dos Anjos Likely to Fight Tony Ferguson in November
An intriguing lightweight bout with plenty of championship implications is rumored to be targeted for November. According to a report from Champions.co, former Ultimate Fighting Championship ace Rafael dos Anjos is likely to face Tony Ferguson on the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3.”
The event is slated for Nov. 5 in Mexico, though UFC officials have yet to officially announce the matchup.
Dos Anjos captured the 155-pound crown by edging Anthony Pettis over five rounds at UFC 185. The Brazilian successfully defended the belt in spectacular fashion by knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first, but in his most recent outing, dos Anjos was stopped in the opening frame at the hands of former Bellator MMA champ Eddie Alvarez.
3 more added to UFC Fight Night 96, including Sergio Pettis vs. Louis Smolka
It’s been a busy day for the UFC’s return to Oregon this fall, and now the card has three more bouts added to the lineup.
According to a report from The Oregonian at OregonLive, a trio of fights are set for UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland: Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at flyweight; Nate Marquardt (34-16-2 MMA, 12-9 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at middleweight; and Walt Harris (8-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at heavyweight.
Kelly Faszholz meets newcomer Ketlen Vieira at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland
A UFC newcomer is on the bill for the promotion’s return to Oregon this fall.
Newly signed women’s bantamweight Ketlen Vieira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to meet Kelly Faszholz (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96. The promotion recently announced the new booking.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The UFC’s most recent trip to Portland was in August 2009 for UFC 102.
GSP wants to fight new UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre expressed his interest in fighting new welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.
There's a new UFC welterweight champion in town. Tyron Woodley planted Robbie Lawler with his vaunted right hand and knocked him out in the 1st round of the UFC 201 main event. After winning the title, Woodley wasted no time calling out both Nick Diaz (whose 18 month suspension is over today) and Georges St-Pierre, deeming them both to be "money fights."
While we don't know how Diaz feels about the prospects of the champion wanting to fight him, GSP is evidently interested in taking on Woodley, as reported by MMAFighting.com. GSP was asked via text if he was interested and wanted the fight with Woodley, and he replied "yes" both times.