Who will GSP fight at UFC 206?
The legendary fighter started his testing Aug. 10. The UFC's return to Toronto just so happens to be at UFC 206 on Dec. 10 — four months to the very day.
"I want to go back to fighting. I don't have to. I would like to, because I feel I'm in my prime right now. I'm the best I've ever been at 35. Right now. I don't want to wait any longer, because if I wait too long I'm gonna be past that prime and I don't want that. This is a good time to be back right now. That's why I want to go back."
England's Ian Entwistle meets Rob Font at UFC 204 in Manchester
The UFC’s return to England in October continues to grow with the addition of a new bantamweight fight.
England’s Ian Entwistle (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is set to face Rob Font (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC 204. UFC officials today announced the new matchup.
UFC 204 takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Manchester’s own Michael Bisping will defend his middleweight title in a rematch with Dan Henderson.
Rory Macdonald headed to Bellator
Ufc informed Macdonald team they couldn't match an offer by Bellator.
Its all but done......so much so that the Ufc removed Rory from its rankings and website.
This is a big signing for Bellators WW division and just in general as it adds to the list of competition snatched away in their prime and while top ranked in the world.
Alot of cool fights at multiple weights and in kickboxing if he chooses.......i've heard rumblings of cowboy cerrone being offered 350,000 a fight to join Bellator lets see lol.
Ex-Cage Warriors champ Alex Enlund meets Martin Buschkamp at UFC Fight Night 93
The UFC’s return to Germany next week has a late entry to the lineup in the form of a new featherweight matchup.
UFC newcomers Martin Buschkamp (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Alex Enlund (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) have been booked for their promotional debuts at UFC Fight Night 93, promotion officials today announced.
UFC Fight Night 93 takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Visa issues force Ning Guangyou out of UFC on FOX 21 fight with Marlon Vera
Saturday’s UFC return to Vancouver will have to go on with one less fight.
Promotion officials have announced the bantamweight fight between Ning Guangyou (5-3-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Marlon Vera (7-3-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 21 has been scrapped due to visa issues for Guangyou, from China.
UFC officials did not say which event the fight might be moved to, only that it will not take place in Vancouver.
UFC on FOX 21 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Saturday's UFC on FOX 21 early prelims get new featured bout on UFC Fight Pass
UFC officials today announced a bout between Canadian lightweight Chad Laprise (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and French fighter Thibault Gouti (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has moved to the top spot on the UFC digital network’s stream.
UFC on FOX 21 takes place Saturday at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. It airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Laprise vs. Gouti was originally slated for the FOX-televised prelims. The UFC Fight Pass’ originally planned featured bout was lightweights Josh Emmett (10-0 MMA 1-0 UFC) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). However, as MMAjunkie first reported, Emmett was recently forced off the card due to an injury, and according to a UFC official, a replacement search is still underway.
UFC 202 fighter pay
The full list of disclosed UFC 202 payouts included:
Conor McGregor: $3 million (no win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $2 million
Anthony Johnson: $270,000 (includes $135,000 win bonus) def. Glover Teixeira: $65,000
Donald Cerrone: $170,000 (includes $85,000 win bonus)
def. Rick Story: $41,000
Mike Perry: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hyun Gyu Lim: $18,000
Tim Means: $62,000 (includes $31,000 win bonus)
def. Sabah Homasi: $12,000
Cody Garbrandt: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus)
def. Takeya Mizugaki: $39,000
Raquel Pennington: $46,000 (includes $23,000 win bonus)
def. Elizabeth Phillips: $12,000
Artem Lobov: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Chris Avila: $10,000
Cortney Casey: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $14,000
Lorenz Larkin: $78,000 (includes $39,000 win bonus)
def. Neil Magny: $47,000
Colby Covington: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
def. Max Griffin: $10,000
Marvin Vettori: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Alberto Uda: $10,000
Can Diaz get into trouble for vaping CBD post fight?
The great Nate Diaz does it his way.
And thus it was that at the UFC 202 post fight media scrum, Diaz was vaping what he identified as CBD (Cannabidiol).
CBD is one of the active cannabinoids in cannabis, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. However, clinical reports show a lack of psychoactivity, and non-interference with several psychomotor learning and psychological functions. Is short, CBD does not get you high.
However, it is a cannabinoid, which places it on the WADA prohibited list.
UFC 202 bonuses revealed, McGregor & Diaz put on fight for the ages
Despite the extra security at the weigh-ins and the bottle throwing shenanigans at the press conference, UFC 202 went off without a hitch. We saw nine finishes and just three decisions in an incredible night of fights. Here's the breakdown of who earned the $50,000 bonus checks.
Performances of the Night: Anthony Johnson and Donald Cerrone
This was the night of fights UFC 200 wishes it was. We had eight knockouts on this card. Eight. Picking two performance of the night bonuses from tonight's card can't have been an easy task, but Donald Cerrone and Anthony Johnson are deserved winners.
Fight of the Night: Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz
"Surprise, surprise, motherf**ker! The King is back!"
Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz put on a fight for the ages. This might be the thrill of the moment speaking, but we might have witnessed one of the greatest and most technical back-and-forth brawls in welterweight history. Remember the UFC claims that Conor utterly dominated the first round in the first bout? That wasn't the case, not even close, but it was the case tonight. Conor landed kick after kick to Diaz's lead leg, and every time Nate tried to fire anything back, McGregor had a left hand counter waiting. He rocked Diaz, he dropped Diaz, but he couldn't finish Diaz.
UFC Announces Return to Belfast, Lays Out Remainder of 2016 Schedule
The Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the remainder of its schedule for 2016 at Friday’s UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2 press conference in Las Vegas.
UFC Fight Night 98 at the SSE Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on November 19
UFC Fight Night 99 in Brazil on November 19
UFC Fight Night 100 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, on November 27 (November 26, U.S. Time)
The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale possibly at The Palms in Las Vegas on December 3
UFC Fight Night 101 at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, on December 9
UFC 206 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada, on December 10
UFC Fight Night 102 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif., on December 17
UFC 207 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Friday, December 30
Albert Morales replaces Manny Gamburyan at UFC Fight Night 94 in Texas
Manny Gamburyan will no longer fight at next month’s UFC Fight Night 94 event.
Gamburyan (15-9 MMA, 6-7 UFC) has withdrawn from the event “for personal reasons,” and his opponent, Alejandro Perez (17-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC), now fights promotional newcomer and fellow fellow bantamweight Albert Morales (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), officials recently announced.
UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Dana White: 'It's looking like Jon Jones did not' knowingly take drug flagged by USADA
"I don't even know if this is public. I didn't know if I can talk about it," White said. "Normally, I talk about anything, but when it comes to medical stuff, you can't do it. It's looking like Jon Jones did not take the drug everybody thought he took. It looks like it's something else.
"I'll let this thing play out and if that's true and that's what USADA and the Nevada State Athletic Commission say happened, it could look good for Jon Jones."
Veronica Macedo replaces Germaine de Randamie at UFC Fight Night 93 in Germany
Ashlee Evans-Smith has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 93 event.
Germaine de Randamie (6-3 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has suffered a foot injury, and promotional newcomer Veronica Macedo (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Evans-Smith (4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Evans-Smith and de Randamie announced the changes via social media (via Facebook and Instagram), though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement:
Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi added to UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines
A flyweight contest between a pair of onetime UFC title challengers has been added to UFC Fight 97.
UFC official recently announced that Russia’s Ali Bagautinov (14-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will face Japan’s Kyoji Horiguchi (17-2 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at the event.
UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
'UFC 204: Bisping vs. Henderson 2' gets 7 bouts, 3 a.m. local start time for main card
If you’re plan to watch UFC 204 in England, get prepared for a late night (or a very early morning).
Officials today formally announced seven bouts for the long-rumored card, which takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
To accommodate North American television audiences, the event is slated to kick off at the usual time of 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) with a 10 p.m. ET main card. That means the card kicks off at 11 p.m. local time, and the main card doesn’t commence until 3 a.m.
Demetrious Johnson wants Pride rules back, like soccer kicks and 10-minute rounds
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has gradually become more and more outspoken the longer his title reign has lasted. Now that the top P4P fighter has held his belt for almost four years, you're usually going to get a pretty frank answer when you ask Mighty Mouse a question. And at a Q&A ahead of a recent UFC event in Salt Lake City, Johnson was very blunt about the ABC's proposed change to a rule about knees to a grounded opponent in the Unified Rules of MMA.
The current rule makes kneeing an opponent to the head illegal if they have one hand on the mat. The proposed alteration would change that to two hands on the mat, which means only one hand would make it a legal knee. Regardless of the change, Johnson isn't a fan of fighters that use the tactic to avoid getting hit in the first place. And he wants more PRIDE-like rules, with stomps and head kicks on the ground (transcribed by MMA Junkie):
Tim Kennedy vs. Rashad Evans in the works for NYC’s UFC 205
A middleweight bout between Tim Kennedy and Rashad Evans is in the works for UFC 205, the organization’s long-awaited debut in New York City later this year. FloCombat.com reported the news on Monday. UFC officials have not confirmed the matchup at this time.
Kennedy (18-5), who revealed he had a fight booked earlier this week, hasn’t competed in mixed martial arts since a controversial third-round TKO loss to top contender Yoel Romero at UFC 178 in September 2014. The devastating loss snapped a four-fight winning streak, which included a dominant win over current champ Michael Bisping.
Evans (19-5-1) will be dropping down to the middleweight division for the first time for this fight. He is currently riding a two-fight losing skid. Evans, a former UFC light heavyweight champion, returned from a lengthy layoff last year against Ryan Bader, and dropped a decision. In his last outing, he was knocked out by Glover Teixeira in the UFC on FOX 19 main event. His last victory was a stoppage over Chael Sonnen in late 2013.
Jon Jones breaks silence, says he's 'expecting to be back in the Octagon really soon'
The Jon Jones saga is not even close to being over. As the greatest talent to ever enter the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, it's going to be very tough to keep the former Light Heavyweight champion away from a comeback.
But as Jones gets dragged through the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) process after testing positive for banned substances prior to his UFC 200 title rematch with Daniel Cormier, which Jones got yanked from, what's going to be left of the 29-year-old superstar? And for that matter, when can fight fans expect Jones back?
Leave it up to the pound-for-pound legend to finally break his silence following UFC 200's debacle, reach out to his fans and give an update about his current state of play, recently posting this video to Instagram