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UFC headed to Las Vegas for five events in 2018
The UFC will hold at least five events in Las Vegas in 2018, including four pay-per-view cards. MMA Fighting has learned the dates for five events next year, including the year-end UFC 232 event on Dec. 29.
Submitted Dec 31, 2017 6:31AM by Braden - 4 comments
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Pietro Menga released by UFC
Pietro Menga’s UFC run is over before it started. The 29-year-old Englishman received his walking papers from the organization less than two weeks after what was supposed to be his debut with the company. Booked as a short-notice replacement for an injured Justin Scoggins opposite one-time flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 26, Menga was unable to make the 125-pound limit and he was told by a doctor to stop cutting weight prior to the weigh-ins, which led to the cancellation of his first Octagon opportunity. Menga told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that he learned of his release during the holiday season.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 8:03PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Carls John de Tomas fails USADA drug test in relation to UFC Fresno
Making flyweight is not the only obstacle ahead for Carls John de Tomas. The fighter failed a USADA drug test in relation to UFC Fresno earlier this month and is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation, the UFC announced Friday. De Tomas failed an in-competition test following his weigh-in and is facing sanctions from both USADA and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), pending an adjudication process. The release stated that de Tomas is no longer under UFC contract.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:48PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Former Invicta FC champion Livia Renaza Souza makes UFC debut against Jessica Aguilar in Austin
One of the top strawweights in the world will make her UFC debut in February. Livia Renata Souza is set to take on Jessica Aguilar at the UFC Austin card on Feb. 18 in Texas, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:41PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Yoel Romero vs. David Branch slated for UFC on FOX 28
Ask and you shall receive. A marquee middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and former World Series of Fighting two-division champion David Branch has been slated for Feb. 24 at UFC on FOX 28. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Friday afternoon following an initial report by The Orlando Sentinel.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:33PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Marlon Moraes among four fighters CSAC recommends move up in weight after UFC Fresno
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) wants four fighters to move up a weight class after competing at UFC Fresno earlier this month. UFC bantamweight star Marlon Moraes and three others were flagged by CSAC doctors after weighing in on fight day well over the commission regulations of staying within 10 percent of the contracted weight, per a document obtained Friday by MMA Fighting. Iuri Alcantara, Davi Ramos and Luke Sanders were the three other fighters recommended to move up. CSAC will not license the four fighters at their current weight classes in the future “without extensive medical documentation from a licensed physician certifying the weight class is appropriate and verified by CSAC physicians.”
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:32PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Michel Prazeres vs. Desmond Green set for UFC Belem
A Belem, Brazil native will get the chance to fight in his hometown on Feb. 3. Michel Prazeres will meet Desmond Green in a lightweight bout at UFC Belem.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 1:52AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Israel Adesanya set for promotional debut at UFC 221 in Australia
A highly touted promotional newcomer is set for a debut at UFC 221. UFC officials today announced via foxsports.com.au that kickboxer Israel Adesanya (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to fight middleweight Rob Wilkinson (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC 221 takes place Feb. 10 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 5:50PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Bellator parts ways with announcer Jimmy Smith
Longtime color commentator Jimmy Smith will no longer announce fights for Bellator MMA. A press released issued by the company on Thursday announced that the company and the popular announcer “have mutually agreed to part ways.” The release did not give a reason for the decision. Additionally, sources tell MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Chael Sonnen will be a frequent presence in Bellator’s announce booth, and Frank Mir, who earned plaudits several years ago for his work as a WEC color commentator, is also expected to be in the mix.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 3:12PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Dana White hopes to get Conor McGregor fighting next summer, ‘He needs to defend that title’ vs. Tony Ferguson
Even though Conor McGregor has given no indication of when he plans to fight again, UFC president Dana White is optimistic that the company’s biggest star will be back in 2018. McGregor was last seen making his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in August. The fight did not go the Irishman’s way, but McGregor was paid a handsome sum of $30 million for the crossover bout and his earnings were expected to approach the nine-figure mark once a number of other factors were taken into consideration. That has left “The Notorious” in the enviable position of calling his own shots on his own time and White hopes that McGregor decides he still wants to compete soon.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 3:11PM by Braden - 5 comments
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Dana White having meeting with Floyd Mayweather’s team: ‘Don’t count anything out
The last time Dana White said something with Floyd Mayweather wasn’t going to happen, it eventually led to one of the most lucrative bouts in combat sports history. White isn’t taking any chances now when it comes to the recent discussion of Mayweather possibly working with the UFC in some capacity. The two raised eyebrows last week when White said his promotion was “interested in doing something with Floyd” after Mayweather himself teased the possibility of competing inside the Octagon. The superstar pugilist defeated UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a highly-publicized boxing match in August. However, Mayweather subsequently dismissed the idea as something that he could do, not necessarily something that he would do. The rumor does not appear to be completely dead just yet. White appeared on FOX Sports’ Undisputed program on Thursday and according to the UFC president, he’s still engaged in talks with Mayweather’s people.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 3:09PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve headed to UFC 222 in Las Vegas
A pair of veteran heavyweights, including a former champion, have been booked to fight in March. Former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will take on Stefan Struve at UFC 222. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 12:03PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Dana White: Georges St-Pierre 'ain't fighting Conor McGregor' if he returns to UFC
Is Georges St-Pierre’s alleged “master plan” to fight Conor McGregor currently in motion? If so, it sounds like UFC President Dana White is ready to put an end to it. Back in March, it was Michael Bisping who claimed St-Pierre was scheming to beat him for the middleweight title, drop the belt and ultimately land a super fight with McGregor in an attempt to win a UFC title in a third division. The first two parts are complete, with St-Pierre submitting then-champion Bisping last month at UFC 217. One month later, St-Pierre vacated the title, leaving doubt about his fighting future. But if it’s McGregor who St-Pierre hopes to eventually fight, White has a stern response.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 12:02PM by Braden - 7 comments
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Strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade, Tecia Torres meet at UFC on FOX 28
A key strawweight bout between Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres is the latest addition to February’s UFC on FOX 28 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout between Andrade (17-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Torres (10-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) via Orlando Sentinel. UFC on FOX 28 takes place Feb. 24 at Amway Center in Orlando. The event airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Dec 27, 2017 10:53PM by Leonstolzz - 10 comments
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UFC reportedly planning star-studded press conference leading up to UFC 219
Big announcements could be on their way. UFC 219 is already looking to be a pretty big event, headlined by Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm and Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Edson Barbosa. But there may be even more stars from the promotion headed to Las Vegas for a surprise media event. According to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, the UFC is planning another big press conference in the style of their 'The Time Is Now' and 'Summer Kickoff' pressers.
Submitted Dec 27, 2017 2:21PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Gadzhimurad Antigulov meets Aleksandar Rakic at UFC on FOX 28 in Orlando
The UFC’s return to Central Florida continues to build with the addition of a light heavyweight bout. Gadzhimurad Antigulov will take on Aleksandar Rakic at UFC on FOX 28 in Orlando.
Submitted Dec 27, 2017 2:13PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Sean O'Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath booked for UFC 222 in Las Vegas
A bantamweight bout between Sean O'Malley and Andre Soukhamthath is among the first additions to March’s UFC 222 lineup.
Submitted Dec 27, 2017 2:11PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Tonya Evinger returns to bantamweight, meets Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 126
A women’s bantamweight bout between Tonya Evinger and Marion Reneau is the latest addition to February’s UFC Fight Night 126 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout. The full UFC Fight Night 126 card now includes: Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura Ray Borg vs. Brandon Moreno Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti Tonya Evinger vs. Marion Reneau
Submitted Dec 26, 2017 5:35PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros slated to headline UFC Austin
A popular veteran with a long-established reputation for exciting scraps will tangle with a competitor fresh off one of 2017’s most exciting bouts. A welterweight match between Donald Cerrone and Yancy Medeiros is all but official for the UFC Austin main event on Feb. 18, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Tuesday.
Submitted Dec 26, 2017 3:34PM by Leonstolzz - 9 comments
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John Lineker off Saturday' UFC 219 main card due to injury
Saturday’s UFC 219 lineup has lost one of its most anticipated matchups. An injury has forced bantamweight slugger John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) out of his main-card bout with fellow contender Jimmie Rivera (21-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC), UFC officials today told MMAjunkie. A replacement search is underway. The latest UFC 219 card now includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Cris Cyborg vs. Holly Holm – for women’s featherweight title Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Jimmie Rivera vs. TBA Cynthia Calvillo vs. Carla Esparza Carlos Condit vs. Neil Magny PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. Khalil Rountree Marc Diakiese vs. Dan Hooker Rick Glenn vs. Myles Jury Matheus Nicolau vs. Louis Smolka PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET) Mark Delarosa vs. Tim Elliott Omari Akhmedov vs. Marvin Vettori
Submitted Dec 24, 2017 4:31PM by Budgellism - 12 comments
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