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An intriguing bantamweight fight has been added for the UFC's first event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
John Lineker is set to face Michael McDonald in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 91, as first reported by UFC Tonight.
The one-time flyweight Lineker has been streaking as a bantamweight, going 2-0 since making the move to 135 pounds. He just scored a unanimous decision over Rob Font at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14. Before then he submitted Francisco Rivera at UFC 191.
Now that she's in the UFC, Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino is making up for lost time.
According to a report on UFC Tonight, "Cyborg" could be making a quick turnaround to fight again at UFC 201 in Atlanta. A catchweight bout between her and Germaine de Randamie is being discussed for event, which takes place on July 30 at the Phillips Arena.
Cyborg complained on Twitter that she wasn’t allowed to bring her Invicta FC belt to her media obligations during UFC 198 fight week. She had the belt during the open workouts, and told MMA Fighting that she was hoping to bring it to the cage on fight night.
"I’m the 145-pound champion," she tweeted. "The UFC doesn’t have my division, okay. But they don’t have the right to delete my division. No point trying to manipulate my fans. I will be defending my belt in my next fight. I already proved I can make 140 pounds, I did my part."
UFC 201 is starting to shape up as yet another big-time event in July.
During a UFC Tonight telecast on Wednesday it was reported that UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title against Wilson Reis at UFC 201. According to the report, Reis-Johnson will be the co-main event for the July 30 pay-per-view card, which takes place July 30 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chris Weidman posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning an explanation on why he had to pull out of his rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The former UFC middleweight champion admitted he could be sidelined for awhile after surgery on a herniated disc in his neck, and is targeting the November show at Madison Square Garden for his return.
Michael Bisping has stepped in as a replacement and will fight middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.
Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of the title shot with champ Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) on Tuesday due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
UFC President Dana White today announced the change while on ESPN’s “Sports Center.” The UFC executive said the title shot would’ve gone to Ronaldo Souza (23-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC), but “Jacare” is facing knee surgery following a first-round TKO win over Vitor Belfort (25-12 MMA, 14-8 UFC) this past weekend at UFC 198.
Bellator and UFC dueled somewhat evenly in going head-to-head on a Saturday night where nearly 1.5 million fans watched MMA between 8 and 10 p.m. on cable television.
The UFC aired the prelims for UFC 198, doing 786,000 viewers, headlined by Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown, a stronger than usual FS 1 main event. It was the lowest prelim number before a pay-per-view so far this year. The head-to-head competition with Bellator was probably at least partially responsible. The prelims for UFC 197 did 835,000 viewers.
The Brown vs. Maia main event peaked at 985,000 viewers for the final rounds.
Bellator, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10:22 p.m., headlined by Phil Davis vs. King Mo Lawal, did 709,000 viewers, slightly above what Bellator usually does, a number fairly impressive given it was not on the regular night, started an hour earlier than usual and had the UFC competition.
In the key 18-49 demo, UFC had an edge in viewers by 399,000 to 346,000.
Spike, which airs Bellator, is available in about nine million more homes than FS 1.
The UFC welterweight title will be on the line on Saturday, July 30, as champion Robbie Lawler defends his title against number three-ranked contender Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
UFC 201 marks the promotion's first event in Atlanta since UFC 145 in 2012.
Abel Trujillo has a next opponent for this month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event.
With Diego Ferreira (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) recently removed the matchup due to a potential USADA anti-doping violation, fellow lightweight Jordan Rinaldi (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Trujillo (14-6 MMA, 5-2 UFC), officials recently announced.
July’s UFC on FOX 20 event in the Windy City has a new heavyweight matchup.
Francis Ngannou (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Bojan Mihajlovic (10-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been added to the summer card, officials today announced.
UFC on FOX 20 takes place July 23 at United Center in Chicago. The event is expected to air on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the lineup and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Seven fighters from this past weekend’s UFC 198 event were issued lengthy medical suspensions, and two could be out of action for up to six months.
Warlley Alves and Yancy Medeiros both face medical suspensions that could stretch 180 days.
Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has signed a new, eight-fight deal with the UFC. The 29-year-old broke the news on Monday during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
“I signed a new eight-fight deal. I’m very excited to announce that,” he said.
Johnson (24-2-1) is coming off a first-round finish of Henry Cejudo at UFC 197. “Mighty Mouse” had fights remaining on his previous contract, but negotiated a new deal.
Matt Brown’s trip to Brazil didn’t end the way he was hoping.
The welterweight veteran, who suffered a third-round submission loss to Demian Maia at Saturday’s UFC 198 event in Curitiba, Brazil, was allegedly assaulted by his former jiu-jitsu coach Rodrigo Botti on Sunday morning in Brown's hotel lobby, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting.
Botti allegedly attacked Brown from behind, and then ran away. Brown’s friend chased him down, and was able to catch him outside the hotel. The ensuing fight was caught on tape and posted on YouTube.
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Saturday’s UFC 198 event was a record-setting one for the MMA-crazed country of Brazil.
The event set a new UFC-Brazil attendance record with 45,207 attendees. A live gate total was not announced.
UFC Senior VP and GM of Brazil Giovani Decker announced the total at the post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie attended. Decker said the show sold out in 90 minutes, making it the fastest sell-out in UFC Brazil history.
In an ugly moment from UFC 198 on Saturday, American welterweight Matt Brown was struck by at least three fans as he made his walk to the octagon to take on Brazlian Demian Maia.
UFC General Manager of Brazil Giovani Decker was asked about the incident during the event’s post-fight press conference and said that the fight promotion is going to be “extra careful” in the future.
“We identified who it was that pulled him and we took them out of the arena,” he said.
Former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be inducted into the UFC's Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 class and into the pioneer wing. The UFC made the news official during the UFC 198 pay-per-view broadcast.
"I'm really excited to announce Minotauro Nogueira as the first inductee of the 2016 UFC Hall of Fame class," UFC President Dana White said via press release. "Big Nog is a mixed martial arts legend and, as an icon of the sport, we couldn't think of a more fitting platform to make this announcement then at the record-breaking stadium event in Brazil. Nogueira is a true pioneer and we look forward to celebrating his career with all the fight fans in July at the UFC Fan Expo."
The Brazilian bonanza that was UFC 198 is now in the books. The event, which is the first show the UFC has ever held in the storied fight-city of Curitiba, lived up to expectations - delivering a number of thrilling upsets and dramatic finishes. In what must have been a difficult decision for the UFC brass, the following fighters received a $50,000 bonus check.
Fight of the Night: Francisco Trinaldo defeats Yancy Medeiros by unanimous decision
Performance of the Night: Stipe Miocic and Ronaldo Souza
July’s UFC Fight Night 90 event has a new bantamweight matchup.
Russell Doane (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Pedro Munhoz (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) were recently added to the fight card.
The latest UFC Fight Night 90 card includes:
Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Eddie Alvarez – for lightweight title
Derrick Lewis vs. Roy Nelson
Alan Jouban vs. Nordine Taleb
Mitch Clarke vs. Joseph Duffy
Alberto Mina vs. Mike Pyle
Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi
Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes
Gilbert Burns vs. Lukasz Sajewski
Marco Beltran vs. Reginaldo Vieira
Alvaro Herrera vs. Vicente Luque
Russell Doane vs. Pedro Munhoz