Jason "The Athlete" MacDonald Retires from MMA
Longtime UFC middleweight fighter Jason (The Athlete) MacDonald has retired from mixed martial arts. The Red Deer, Alta., fighter told Sportsnet.ca that he informed the UFC of his decision on Thursday. The 37-year-old, who was born in New Glasgow, N.S., has a career MMA record of 25-16, but lost his last two fights. He first joined the UFC in October 2006.
Robbie Lawler signs new multi-fight UFC contract
The UFC is investing in Robbie Lawler's second run at 170 pounds.
Lawler's manager, Monte Cox, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the promotion has signed the fighter to a new multi-fight agreement following his first-round knockout of Josh Koshcheck at this past weekend's UFC 157 event.
Cox declined comment on the terms of the agreement. Lawler (20-9 MMA, 5-3 UFC) currently is awaiting his next fight.
Olympic medalist Sara McMann vs. Sheila Gaff joins UFC 159 lineup
The UFC has its third women's bout as Olympian Sara McMann (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and fellow bantamweight Sheila Gaff (10-4-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have agreed to meet in April at UFC 159.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the planned matchup, which groundandpound.de initially reported.
UFC 159 takes place April 27 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. The main card, including a headliner between light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Chael Sonnen, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
It's not clear if McMann vs. Gaff will be part of the main card.
Dan Henderson would consider a superfight at heavyweight
This past weekend, at UFC 157, we were treated to the debut of women's MMA in the UFC. The card was solid overall, but featured a couple fights that were disappointing, to say the least. Among those was the highly anticipated bout between Lyoto Machida and Dan Henderson, which ended up being an unfortunate bust.
I'd consider fighting anybody. As long as I didn't have to cut too much weight, I'd pretty much fight anybody. I just want to get back in there as soon as possible. I hated the long layoff. I want to fight any one of the top 5 guys and I know I'm capable of beating them. That'll keep me right up in there. I'll take any one of them. I could sit here and bitch (about the Machida fight), but it doesn't help anything. I just want to be active and give the fans what they should have seen the other night.
I wasn't planning on retiring anyway after 1 or 2 fights. I plan on being there for a couple of more years, at least. I want to get back in there and fight as soon as I can and stay active this year and next year for sure.
After seeing the Fedor fight, I'd be interested in seeing how Dan fared against a Pat Barry or a Daniel Cormier. Truth be told, I'm interested, as many of you probably are, in seeing Henderson fight anybody. One thing is sure, as long as he's still competing, I'll still be watching.
For UFC On FUEL TV 8'S Brian Stann, It’s About Making Peace With The Fear
Say you're a UFC fighter lurking somewhere beneath the top ranks of your division, but well above the Facebook prelim zone of near total anonymity. Say you're a known fighter, even a popular fighter, and you can feel pretty confident that the UFC brass isn't watching your fights with a Sharpie in hand, ready to draw a big black line through your name the moment you slip up.
Matt Riddle: “I Got Fired For Taking My Medicine”
“They (UFC legal department) hit me up yesterday morning and said I had failed a drug test,” Riddle told BJPenn.Com Radio. “I still don’t know how it’s possible; I quit smoking three weeks out from the fight. I’ve passed drug tests when I quit two weeks out from a fight; it’s just crazy to me. I asked for my numbers and they sent me a form that just said I tested positive for marijuana. It didn’t say how much, it just said I was over the amount.”
”It is what it is I’ve failed two drug tests in seven months. There’s not much I can do I was prescribed my medicine and I’m going to take it. I got fired over taking my medicine because I don’t want to take pharmaceutical drugs or testosterone. This is what works for me, it’s just s****y, but it is what it is.”
Gunnar Nelson meets Mike Pyle at May's UFC 160 in Las Vegas
A welterweight matchup between Icelandic prospect Gunnar Nelson (11-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and longtime veteran Mike Pyle (24-8-1 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 160 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned of the booking from sources close to the fighters.
Both competitors have verbally agreed to the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon.
UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. The placement of the Nelson vs. Pyle matchup has yet to be revealed.
Despite being considered, Edgar vs Swanson NOT happening at TUF Finale
The UFC booked Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen as the new The Ultimate Fighter Finale main event on Tuesday, but that wasn't their original choice to replace the canceled Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight.
The organization first approached featherweights Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson about headlining the show, but the fight never materialized after Swanson told the UFC he wasn't healthy enough to take the fight.
Saw this fight was added to the picks so I thought I would clarify.
Tyron Woodley vs Jake Shields likely for UFC 161
A welterweight matchup between onetime welterweight title challenger Jake Shields (27-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Tyron Woodley (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is in the works for this summer, sources told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The fight is being targeted for a yet-unnamed event, likely UFC 161, on June 15 in Canada. A host city is not yet finalized.
Woodley recently called out Shields upon signing a new UFC fight contract, which followed his impressive first-round knockout of Jay Hieron in his promotional debut at UFC 156.
John Lineker vs. Azamat Gashimov planned for UFC on FX 8
Flyweights John Lineker (20-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Azamat Gashimov (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are the latest additions to UFC on FX 8.
Brazilian website Tatame.com first reported the fight, and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed it with sources close to the event.
The latest UFC on FX 8 card now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Luke Rockhold
Constantinos Philippou vs. Ronaldo Souza*
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Evan Dunham
Azamat Gashimov vs. John Lineker*
* Not officially announced