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Ufc releases Wanderlei Silva from his contract
(mmajunkie.com)
After apologizing for "fight fixing "comments Ufc officially released Wanderlei Silva from his contract freeing him to fight for other promotions.
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 4:53PM by FKA - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Augusto Mendes suffers injury moments after signing UFC deal, out of Sunday’s card in Boston
(mmafighting.com)
Two days after signing with the UFC to fight Charles Rosa on short notice in Boston, Augusto Mendes is already out of the featherweight bout. A multiple time jiu-jitsu world champion, "Tanquinho" signed with the promotion to replace injured Jimy Hettes. However, right after signing a deal with the UFC, the Brazilian suffered a rib injured in training and was forced off the card.
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 2:40PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Lentz issues 'non-negotiable' demands to BJ Penn: 'I’m holding the whip hand'
(bloodyelbow.com)
Read the entire letter below: "BJ, I received your poorly-worded, utterly predictable, message. In spite of its clumsy structure, awful spelling, incorrect usage (you state at one point that I wrote a poem about you making fun of yourself), and general air of arrogance, entitled stupidity, I'm considering your request. There are, of course, some conditions. - I'm never competing at 145 ever again. Neither should you. I came to this conclusion after doing careful research, and deciding what was right for my long-term health as well as my short-term performance. If you fight at 145, it won't be long before you're eating banana mush in a nuthouse. I am accountable to my family, and my future with them. Because you are an impulsive tyrant surrounded by yes-men, you have no ability to make rational, intelligent decisions. So I am making this one for you. If we fight, it would be at 155. - I'm not fighting in March. Neither are you. You may imagine you are, and the imbeciles you surround yourself with may nod in agreement like the trained dogs they are, but you aren't fighting in March. You've lied to your fans, and let them down over and over, and nobody is clamoring to put the BJ PENN EXCUSE FACTORY back in business. Were I to agree to fight you in March and whup your ass, it would only give you and your lackeys the "BJ didn't have enough time" bullshit excuse. Additionally, if we do fight, it will be on MY timetable, NOT yours. You are retired, and have no schedule. I am an active fighter, on the roster, with a schedule and training platform that is not beholden to your desires, grudges, or need for narcissistic supply. - You still owe Mike Dolce $22,000. Knowing him, he is too gracious and dignified a man to revisit the traitorous back-stabbing skullduggery you engaged in with him after the third time Frankie Edgar kicked your ass inside-out. I, however, don't have the luxury of grace, and dignity is best left out of any exchange that includes you. You will donate $22,000 of your purse to the HAWAII DOG FOUNDATION, a no-kill, all-volunteer rescue organization working hard to rescue and rehabilitate dogs in Hawaii, in Mike Dolce's name. Give these conditions some thought. They are non-negotiable. They are rules you WILL abide by, or you can go whistle. I have a contract, and plenty of guys to fight. As a Narcissist, you have nothing but an image. And you NEED attention. You have all the money you could ever spend; but it doesn't satisfy you. I have what you NEED. I'M in charge. You can do what narcissists usually do when confronted by a higher power; SLINK AWAY. Or you can confront your needs, realize I can fulfill them, and come to terms with me, looming over you, holding the.... WHIP HAND. I'm ALREADY in charge, you poor, deluded, fool. I did more to motivate you with TWO POEMS than all your yes-men, and titles, and highlights could. Get as angry as you want. Go out behind your huge inherited estate and kick rocks. Go cry to your Mommy. Go shit in your hat and bark at the moon. You want to fight? Then it's on MY terms. FACE IT. Now run along, little man. Go find a way to swallow your overarching pride and do it MY way, or scuttle about like a deformed crab at low tide, like a masochist at last call, desperately looking for somebody else to thrash you. You can go to Greg Jackson's, you can go to Jermaine Jackson's, you can listen to Mahalia Jackson, you can resurrect Jackson fuckin' POLLOCK to paint you a better picture of yourself than the one we all see; but... You're an unclaimed, busted-down suitcase on a dusty shelf in an abandoned bus-terminal. Accept my conditions, or rot in obscurity. Nik Lentz Your BOSS"
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 10:13AM by Budgellism - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor joins March's UFC 197 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
March’s UFC 197 fight card has another addition, this time in the light-heavyweight division. “The Ultimate Fighter 19” winner Corey Anderson (7-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is set to fight UFC vet Tom Lawlor (10-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the bout. The latest UFC 197 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor
Submitted Jan 14, 2016 8:40AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Rafael dos Anjos fined $10,000 for wearing sponsor shirt at UFC on FOX 17 weigh-ins
(mmafighting.com)
UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos is a little lighter in the wallet. Ahead of his Dec. 19 title defense to Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17, Dos Anjos was seen wearing an Evolve MMA shirt before stepping on the scales to weigh in. Word came this week that Dos Anjos had been docked a "significant" amount by the UFC for violating the promotion's Athlete Outfitting Policy. Speaking with MMAFighting.com on Wednesday, Dos Anjos revealed that sum to be $10,000.
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 8:18PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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UFC official confirms Vitor Belfort turned down fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 197
(mmafighting.com)
Anderson Silva will battle Michael Bisping in the main event of a UFC Fight Night card in London on Feb. 27, but that wasn’t the promotion’s original plan for "The Spider". The UFC officially announced UFC 197 pay-per-view show for March 5 in Rio de Janeiro, but eventually moved the card to Las Vegas with Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor and Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate as headliners.
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 8:17PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Retired ex-champ B.J. Penn wants Nik Lentz at UFC 197, heads to Jackson-Wink MMA
(mmajunkie.com)
B.J. Penn’s rivalry with Nik Lentz had seemingly flamed out a few months ago, but now the retired UFC Hall of Famer has ramped things up again with a “formal challenge” for a bout at UFC 197 on March 5. Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) hinted at a potential comeback earlier this week, prior to the callout of Lentz (25-7-2 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC), when he posted a photo with famed Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA trainer Greg Jackson with the caption “We coming!!”
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 7:38PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb joins recently announced UFC 197 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
March’s UFC 197 lineup is shaping up to be a good one. Following Tuesday’s announcement of a championship doubleheader, officials today announced welterweights Erick Silva (18-6 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Nordine Taleb (11-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) also will fight at the event. UFC 197 takes place March 5 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC 197 card now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 7:37PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mickey Gall faces Michael Jackson at UFC 196, will receive fight with CM Punk with win
(mmajunkie.com)
Mickey Gall’s callout of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has landed him in the UFC, and put him in position to earn the fight he wants. Gall (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was featured on the first episode of UFC President Dana White’s streaming reality show “Looking For A Fight” and finished his professional debut with a first round rear-naked choke submission. He immediately let White know what he wanted. “Hey Dana White, I don’t know if CM Punk has an opponent,” Gall said afterward in the cage, “but I would love to fight that man.” White said he was “interested” in Gall getting the spot against former WWE superstar Brooks (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has yet to make his professional debut. Now, White has given Gall the opportunity to fight for the a shot a the ex-professional wrestler. “I might as well break it here, right?” White said while appearing on TSN’s “Off the Record.” “Mickey Gall – I’m bringing in Mickey Gall in and he’s going to fight a guy named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims on Feb. 6 on fight pass. If he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. CM Punk will be there to watch.” (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 6:05PM by Wez - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC contender Yoel Romero notified of potential USADA violation
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero is the latest fighter who’s possibly run afoul of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. UFC officials today announced Romero, 38, has been notified of the potential anti-doping policy violation. According to the announcement, it stems “from an out-of-competition sample collection” that the UFC’s drug-testing partner received. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Romero,” the statement read. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.” (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 7:06PM by Wez - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
It's official: Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos, Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate set for UFC 197
(mmafighting.com)
It's true. It's damn true. There will be two title fights headlining UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas, it was officially announced Tuesday on UFC.com. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will move up and challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title in the main event and Holly Holm will make her first title defense against Miesha Tate in the co-main. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 5:07PM by Wez - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rafael dos Anjos fined 'significant' amount by UFC for violating Outfitting Policy
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has docked one of its champions for not wearing the proper Reebok apparel during a fight week activity. Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC lightweight champion, was fined a "significant" amount for violating the promotion's Athlete Outfitting Policy at UFC on FOX 17 weigh-ins Dec. 18, sources told MMA Fighting. Dos Anjos (25-7) was wearing an Evolve MMA shirt briefly before hitting the scale. The Brazilian trains part of the time at Evolve in Singapore, along with Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif. The Evolve website lists dos Anjos as an instructor and says he has been part of the team since 2009. Dos Anjos has a close relationship with Evolve owner Chatri Sityodtong.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Charles Rosa now meets BJJ star Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 81
(mmafighting.com)
Charles Rosa has a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston. With Jimy Hettes forced out of the featherweight contest due to an injury, the promotion has signed undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Augusto Mendes, who will move up to 145 pounds for his first UFC bout against Rosa on Jan. 17, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:02PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva's re-hearing postponed once again by Nevada Athletic Commission
(mmafighting.com)
Wanderlei Silva will eventually get his day in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission. It just won't be anytime soon. Silva's re-hearing with the NAC was once again postponed on Tuesday, much to the displeasure of Silva's attorney Ross Goodman, who argued that the commission was violating Silva's right to "due process" by continually refusing to receive the case. "This was ordered for re-hearing back in October," Goodman argued. "The commission then continued it to November for another re-hearing, approval on a proposed consent order. The commission then moved it, at that time, to December. The commission then took it off calendar and moved it to January.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:00PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tom Lawlor expected to face Corey Anderson at UFC 197
(mmafighting.com)
light heavyweight battle between Tom Lawlor and Corey Anderson is expected on UFC 197. Lawlor (10-5) said on his podcast at F4wonline.com on Monday that his next fight would be with Anderson (7-1) on the March 5 show, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:00PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Jimy Hettes mulling retirement after latest in long line of injury withdrawals
(mmajunkie.com)
Jimy Hettes was considered a top featherweight prospect when he made his UFC debut in August 2011. Less than five years and a mere six fights later, however, Hettes said he could be done fighting for good. Hettes’ (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) career took another harsh blow this week when he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) just one week prior to the event. Hettes said he suffered a knee injury in training that could ultimately cause the end of his career. “The Kid” made a splash in 2011 when he debuted and won back-to-back fights in impressive fashion. That’s when he injuries woes began, though, and he was only physically capable of stepping in the UFC’s octagon once in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 6:34PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Chris Weidman breaks silence after UFC 194: ‘I'm really happy I lost'
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Weidman accomplished more before his first professional loss than many fighters do in a lifetime. He defeated Anderson Silva -- the man many consider to be the greatest fighter to ever grace the middleweight division -- not once, but twice in capturing the UFC middleweight title. He defended that belt in subsequent challenges from Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. But happy endings are rarity in the fight game, and for Weidman, his magical run came crashing to a halt at UFC 194. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 4:22PM by Wez - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81
The 11th hour changes for the UFC’s return to Boston this weekend continue with another pair of updated bookings featuring some promotional debuts. Jimy Hettes (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is out of his featherweight fight against Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81, and Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. In addition, UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his light heavyweight fight with Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and has been replaced by Elvis Mutapcic (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the new bookings. With the changes, UFC Fight Night 81 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 3:33PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos Postponed
(lowkickmma.com)
According to Globo, the UFC was supposed to announce the main and co-main event of the upcoming Pay-Per-View event in March during the Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins halftime last Sunday, but were forced to delay it because McGregor is yet to sign the fight contract to compete against lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 2:44PM by george112 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Inside UFC Contender Aljamain Sterling's Free Agency Gamble
(m.bleacherreport.com)
Aljamain Sterling is in uncharted territory. Before him, young, undefeated, world-ranked MMA free agents just didn't happen, yet here he is. Twenty-six years old with twelve wins, no losses and a top five ranking, Sterling played out his UFC contract to sell his services on the open market.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 12:49PM by kopower - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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