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Former strawweight champion Carla Esparza will return to the octagon at UFC 197 when she takes on Juliana Lima.
The UFC confirmed the bout, first reported by ESPN, today. UFC 197 takes place April 23 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The latest UFC 197 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Carla Esparza vs. Juliana Lima
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
The card for UFC Fight Night 89 is developing quickly.
The UFC today announced six new fights for the event, which takes place June 18 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The new bookings include Steve Bosse (11-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) vs. Sean O'Connell (17-7 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at light heavyweight, Sam Alvey (26-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Elias Theodorou (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at middleweight, Misha Cirkunov (11-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Ion Cutelaba (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight, Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) vs. Thibault Gouti (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at lightweight, Krzysztof Jotko (17-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at middleweight and Colby Covington (8-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Alex Garcia (13-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at welterweight.
With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 89 card now includes:
Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Steve Bosse vs. Sean O’Connell
Sam Alvey vs. Elias Theodorou
Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva
Misha Cirkunov vs. Ion Cutelaba
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Thibault Gouti
Krzysztof Jotko vs. Tamdan McCrory
Colby Covington vs. Alex Garcia
Planning to attend UFC Fight Night 88 in May? You can buy your tickets starting this week.
UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 – a Sunday – at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The show features a pair of unbeaten bantamweights in the main event. Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) takes on Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in the 135-pound headliner.
The lineup for the UFC’s return to SoCal continues to grow, and a local fighter is getting a home bout against an unbeaten foe from across the pond.
Sean Strickland (17-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC), a Los Angeles-area native and resident, is set to meet England’s Tom Breese (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a welterweight fight at UFC 199 in June. UFC officials today announced the new booking.
With the addition to the card, UFC 199 now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight championship
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luis Henrique vs. Jonathan Wilson
‘Maestro’ Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Jon Jones was given five traffic tickets, including one for drag racing, Thursday night after being pulled over. On Monday, the Albuquerque Police Department released the officer's body cam video of the incident.
In the video, an angry Jones vehemently denies that he was drag racing and disputes the other tickets as well. Jones was also given citations for an ordinance against a modified exhaust (vehicle disturbance), an illegible license plate, unable to maintain a traffic lane and exhibition driving. The former UFC light heavyweight champion accused the officer of "harassing" him.
"I cannot wait for you to prove that I was drag racing, because I know for a fact that I wasn't," Jones said. "But nice try."
Jones called the cop an "absolute f*cking liar" and said both he and the officer know that Jones was not drag racing. The officer said Jones was "lucky" that he's not going to jail for reckless driving.
One of the most feared fighters in the world is finally making her way to the Octagon, as Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris "Cyborg" Justino faces Leslie Smith at UFC 198 on May 14.
There's trouble brewing in UFC's marketing department once again.
Reigning middleweight champion Luke Rockhold is now the latest prominent combatant from the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion to speak up in recent months about his feelings on a pay-per-view (PPV) poster.
Especially one that they're a major part of.
Six years ago, Rafael Cavalcante stopped "King Mo" Lawal to become Strikeforce's new light heavyweight champion. After losing his first defense to Dan Henderson, "Feijao" wrecked Yoel Romero with a flying knee for what still stands to date as the only loss of Romero's career. Now, after a failed drug test in Strikeforce, as well as a stretch of just 1 win in 5 fights, Feijao is apparently finished as a UFC fighter. Matheus Costa of Brazil's Olimpo MMA reported on Saturday night that the UFC has handed Feijao is walking papers.
Feijao's (12-7, 1 NC) UFC run was nothing short of disastrous. He faded badly in his debut against Thiago Silva and was knocked out at the end or the 1st round back in June 2013. The 35-year-old did pick up his only UFC win just a few months later, quickly forcing Igor Pokrajac to tap to strikes in just 78 seconds. Since then, it's been all downhill over the past 3 years, as Feijao was easily beaten by Ryan Bader in 2014, stopped with elbows by Patrick Cummins in 2015, and unable to capitalize on Ovince Saint Preux's ankle injury this past February. The OSP showing was glaringly poor, as Feijao had opportunities to pull off an upset win with his opponent hobbled, but he was decidedly tepid in rounds 2-3 and offered zilch off of his back en route to a decision loss.
After a four-fight run at welterweight, Hector Lombard is heading back to 185 pounds, he said today.
Lombard (34-5-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) eight days ago was stopped for the first time in a fight when Neil Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC) took him out with punches 46 seconds into the third round at UFC Fight Night 85 in Australia.
After returning earlier this month from a lengthy layoff, it appears Canada’s Jason Saggo won’t waste any time getting back to work.
Saggo (11-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC), according to a report from Combate, has been booked for a fight with Brazil’s Leandro Silva (19-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) this summer in his home country. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the lightweight fight expected for UFC Fight Night 89.
The latest UFC Fight Night 89 card now includes:
Rory MacDonald vs. Stephen Thompson
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Cote
Jason Saggo vs. Leandro Silva
UFC bantamweight Marlon Vera (7-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is asking for public help to assist his daughter with a rare disorder that prevents her from smiling.
The 23-year-old Ecuadorian recently launched a GoFundMe page to help fund the surgery Vera’s daughter, Ana Paula, needs to treat the rare condition known as Moebius syndrome.
The current goal for the campaign is $50,000.
The lineup for the UFC’s return to Southern California in early June continues to build with the addition of a new lightweight bout.
South Korea’s ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (13-7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) – no, not “Stun Gun” – has been booked for a fight against Mexico’s Polo Reyes (5-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 199. UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles and features a pair of title fights at the top of the card. Middleweight champ Luke Rockhold defends his title for the first time in a rematch with former champ Chris Weidman. And new bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz meets Urijah Faber in a long-awaited trilogy grudge match. UFC 199 has a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The first thing some people said after Mark Hunt knocked Frank Mir out was that it was an early stoppage. The second thing said by some onlookers was that Mir should probably retire.
Mir, the former UFC heavyweight champion, doesn't really agree with either one of those things.
Foremost, Mir thought referee Marc Goddard did a good job stopping the fight when he did at UFC Fight Night 85 last weekend in Brisbane, Australia, Mir said on his Phone Booth Fighting podcast this week. Hunt landed a big right hand to Mir's ear and Mir dropped to his back in the second round. He was not unconscious, but he didn't have his druthers, either.
Carla Esparza has mostly dropped off the radar since losing the UFC women’s strawweight title more than one year ago. Now “The Cookie Monster” wants to get back to work.
Esparza (10-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been largely out of sight since she was dismantled by Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) to lose the UFC championship by second-round TKO at UFC 185 in March 2015.
Part of that layoff came by choice due to the fact Esparza had fought five times in less than a year between winning “The Ultimate Fighter 20,” capturing the inaugural 115-pound title and attempting to defend it. The remaining time, however, came as the result of injury.
For the first time in three years, the Ultimate Fighting Championship will host a “Fight for the Troops” event.
The news was revealed in a press release announcing the Las Vegas-based promotion’s renewed partnership with Harley-Davidson, an agreement that includes extensive military ties.
"As a core sponsor since 2007, Harley has played a vital role in the growth of our sport, as our audiences align perfectly with riding enthusiasts and fight fans,” UFC Executive Vice President of Global Marketing Partnerships Mike Mossholder said in a release. “Two pillar programs of our new partnership surround two passionate initiatives for both brands: A military program that provides benefits to both active and non-active military personnel, as well as first responders and Harley riders socializing at their local dealerships to watch UFC Pay-Per-View events.”
Kyoji Horiguchi's next chance to climb back up the flyweight chart will come in Rotterdam. The young Japanese fighter has been booked to take on Irish veteran Neil Seery on May 8th. The UFC made the bout official recently.
Frank Mir and Hector Lombard headlined a list of seven fighters to be given extended medical suspensions in the aftermath of the recent UFC Fight Night 85 event in Brisbane, Australia. The UFC, acting as its own sanctioning body for the international event, released its list of medical suspensions Thursday to MixedMartialArts.com, the official record keeper of the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC).
The complete list of UFC Fight Night 85's medical suspensions can be seen below.
Frank Mir: 180 days or cleared with head and neck CT scan; 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Hector Lombard: 180 days or cleared with head CT scan; 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Antonio Carlos Junior: 180 days or cleared by ENT specialist; 60 days no fight, 45 days no contact
James Te Huna: 180 days or clearance with head CT scan; 60 days no fight, 45 days no contact
Alan Jouban: 180 days or clearance with left elbow MRI
Richard Walsh: 180 days or cleared with negative right forearm x-ray
Chad Laprise: 180 days or cleared with negative right hand x-ray
Johnny Case: 45 days no fight, 30 days no contact
Neil Magny: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Brendan O'Reilly: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Rin Nakai: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Ross Pearson: 30 days no fight, 21 days no contact
Mark Hunt: 7 days mandatory rest
Jake Matthews: 7 days mandatory rest
Daniel Kelly: 7 days mandatory rest
Steve Bosse: 7 days mandatory rest
Bec Rawlings: 7 days mandatory rest
Seohee Ham: 7 days mandatory rest
Daniel Hooker: 7 days mandatory rest
Mark Eddiva: 7 days mandatory rest
Leslie Smith: 7 days mandatory rest
Viscardi Andrade: 7 days mandatory rest
Alan Patrick: 7 days mandatory rest
Damien Brown: 7 days mandatory rest