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On Saturday night, Tony Ferguson put on one of the best performances of his career taking a unanimous decision victory over former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. It was the ninth straight victory for Ferguson - a record in the UFC for consecutive divisional wins as well as for consecutive wins without a title shot - and possibly (probably? one can never tell where Conor McGregor is involved) sets him up for the next lightweight title shot.
But Ferguson isn't only gunning for the lightweight strap, he's got multiple divisions in mind. Speaking with MMAJunkie in a post-fight scrum, Ferguson outlined his plan to vie for three UFC titles.
The UFC has announced a return to Houston, and the event will share a weekend – and a host city – with Super Bowl LI.
No fights have been announced for the card, which is likely to be UFC Fight Night 104.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Dec. 16, and matchups will be announced in the coming weeks, a rep said.
Sure, the world is waiting on UFC 205, but lightweight standouts Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos provided a heck of an appetizer one week out.
Ferguson earned an incredible ninth consecutive UFC win, outpacing former champ dos Anjos over the course of five rounds and earning a hard-fought unanimous decision.
Tony Ferguson and Rafael dos Anjos gave the UFC no option but to hand them Fight of the Night bonuses at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 98.
Both fighters will each be taking home an extra $50,000 after ramming kicks, knees, elbows, and punches at each other's faces for five entire rounds. It was a wild, back-and-forth fight in which both fighters had their moments, but it was Ferguson who ultimately got the better of the former lightweight champ dos Anjos, defeating him via unanimous decision.
Ferguson is now on an impressive 9-fight winning streak and remains in title contention, while dos Anjos is now on a two-fight losing streak, including his title fight loss to now champion Eddie Alvarez.
In the two Performance of the Night bonuses, Douglas Silva de Andrade and Ricardo Lamas each earned $50,000.
Yuta Sasaki won’t be competing at UFC Fight Night 100 after all.
The Japanese flyweight was booked to face Matheus Nicolau at the Fight Night card in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 19, but sources told MMA Fighting that the promotion hasn’t found a replacement after Nicolau was notified of a potential United States Anti-Doping Agency violation.
The UFC is making its way back to Phoenix.
The company announced Friday it will hold a UFC Fight Night card at Talking Stick Arena on Sat. Jan. 15.
No main event has been announced yet for the FS1 card, but three bouts were named for the show: Heavyweights Cyril Asker (7-2) of Avignon, France vs. Dmitri Smoliakov (8-1) of Kaliningrad City, Russia; heavyweight Viktor Pesta (10-3) of Prague, Czech Republic vs. Damian Grabowski (20-4) of Opole, Poland; light heavyweights between Joachim Christensen (13-4) of Copenhagen, Denmark vs. Bojan Mihalovic (10-4) of Serbia.
Two-time UFC veteran Matheus Nicolau has been pulled from this month’s UFC Fight Night 100 event due to a potential anti-doping violation.
UFC officials today announced that U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) representatives notified Nicolau (12-1-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) of a potential violation following the collection of an out-of-competition sample on Oct. 13.
A bantamweight clash between veterans has been added to UFC on FOX 22.
Takeya Mizugaki (21-10-2 MMA, 8-5 UFC) will square off with Eddie Wineland (22-11-1 MMA, 4-5 UFC) at the event, which takes place Dec. 17 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.
It looks like the UFC is putting a little insurance on their year-end card, just in case their bantamweight title fight has some issues. T.J. Dillashaw is definitely unhappy that he wasn't picked to fight Dominick Cruz again but he will still have a tough opponent across from him in John Lineker.
The bout isn't official for UFC 207 yet, but Brett Okamoto of ESPN is reporting that it likely will be soon.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was hoping to retire from mixed martial arts (MMA) to pursue other interests, even going so far as to threaten his promoters with legal action.
That didn’t exactly pan out.
Manager Andre Pederneiras talks to Combate (via Bloody Elbow):
"Right now we have this Pettis vs. Holloway fight, and there's Conor's decision, too. We can only know what's going to happen after that. Aldo wants to retire in order to do other things, but in these talks we had with the UFC, it became quite clear that they will not let him go to pursue that. There's no choice but to fight. It'll depend on the outcomes of these two fights. Pettis vs. Holloway and Conor vs. Alvarez. I don't know what Conor will decide, but I believe February or March would be a good date to face him. They are fighting now, so there would be a good three, four month break."
A pair of fighters will debut in the UFC octagon at UFC Fight Night 99 when Brett Johns faces Kwan Ho Kwak in a bantamweight bout.
The bout between Johns (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Kwak (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was announced today on the UFC Europe Twitter account.
UFC Fight Night 99 takes place Nov. 19 at SSE Arena Belfast in Northern Ireland. The entire event, which kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT), streams on UFC Fight Pass.
The Luke Rockhold - Ronaldo Souza rematch will have to wait.
According to multiple sources, Rockhold has been forced to withdraw from the Nov. 26 fight due to a knee injury. As of this writing, the promotion has yet to decide who Souza will fight next, but it appears as though he will not remain on the card.
One-time UFC title challenger Joe Soto has been tapped as a late replacement to fight Marco Beltran in a 140-pound catchweight contest at UFC Fight Night 98 following the removal of Guido Cannetti due to a potential USADA violation.
The UFC announced the match-up late Monday.
“The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3” has finished airing, and the matchup that will determine the next winner of the reality series is now official.
Martin Bravo (10-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Claudio Puelles (7-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face off in the lightweight tournament final with a UFC contract on the line at next week’s UFC Fight Night 98 event.
UFC Fight Night 98 takes place Nov. 5 at Mexico City Arena in Mexico. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
“TUF: Latin America 3” was coached by former UFC champions and UFC Hall-of-Famers Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. Each side will have a representative in the final. Bravo hails from Team Griffin, while Puelles spent the season with Team Liddell.
Bravo defeated Leonardo Rodriguez, Ilianovich Chalo and Javier Ganin en route to the final, going the the scorecards in two of those fights. Outside of the show, however, “Toro” has stopped eight opponents out of 10 professional wins.
Argentinian bantamweight Guido Cannetti has been pulled from next week’s UFC Fight Night 98 event following a flagged out-of-competition test issued by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Cannetti took to Instagram to announce his removal from the card, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the potential violation with UFC officials.
“The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has informed Guido Cannetti of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 5, 2016,” a statement read. “USADA has provisionally suspended Cannetti based on the potential anti-doping violation.”
“Ninja” Cannetti (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was expected to face Marco Beltran (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) on the FS1-televised prelims of UFC Fight Night 98, which takes place Nov. 5 at Mexico City Arena. UFC officials are “currently exploring whether a replacement to fight Beltran can be arranged.”
Just days after his social media protest against Reebok, former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum revealed in an Instagram video on Friday that he has been suspended for three years from his television duties as an analyst and commentator on the UFC's Spanish-speaking broadcasts.
Jessica Eye suffered her fourth consecutive loss in the UFC last month against Bethe Correia at UFC 203. And by the UFC’s trend, it normally means that she’d be in danger of being cut from the roster.
UFC bosses Dana White and Sean Shelby, however, made an exception for “Evil” Eye. In an interview with FOX Sports, the number 13-ranked women’s bantamweight fighter also revealed that White even connected her to a sports psychologist who could help her deal with the mental aspect of the fight game.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) does not have a women's featherweight division and has no immediate plans to create one.
That said, not everyone in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is prepared to just roll over and accept things at face value, and now a petition has been created to let those voices be heard.
"We, the many fans of MMA, call on the UFC to open a Featherweight (145 pound) division for the women fighters," the petition read . "There is an audience for it and you have a world-class fighter in Cris Cyborg to be its inaugural champion."