John Howard replaces Josh Samman, faces Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 26
Seven-time UFC veteran John Howard (20-8 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returns to the octagon for the first time in two years at next month's UFC Fight Night 26 event to face "The Ultimate Fighter 17" finalist Uriah Hall (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
Howard replaces Josh Samman, who himself has replaced Hall's originally scheduled opponent, Nick Ring.
Howard and Hall now meet in a middleweight bout on the FOX Sports 1-televised portion of next month's "UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen" event, which takes place Aug. 17 at Boston's TD Garden.
The new booking was first reported by the Boston Herald, and UFC officials subsequently confirmed the change.
Francimar Barroso replaces injured Robert Drysdale at UFC 163
UFC newcomer Francimar Barosso has stepped up on short notice to fight Ednaldo Oliveira at UFC 163 in Brazil. Barosso is a solid prospect sporting a 15-3 record and were it not for a loss to Baga Agaev in 2011 he would be undefeated since 2008.
Tatame had the news, after Robert Drysdale was forced out of his UFC debut with a reported staph infection. It should make for an interesting fight as both Edinaldo and Bodao like to strike, but possess entirely different ranges for doing so. At 6'7" Edinaldo is not only the tallest light heavyweight in the UFC, but one of the tallest fighters in the promotion at all. He's not a technical wizard standing, but his lanky frame allows him to generate a decent amount of power on the end of his strikes.
Dana White: “I Don’t Think Rory MacDonald Ever Said He Wouldn’t Fight Georges St-Pierre”
UFC welterweight Rory MacDonald could be on a collision course with fellow Tri Star training partner and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, but MacDonald doesn’t want to talk about it.
MacDonald (14-1) is ranked third on the UFC’s official 170-pound rankings behind Johny Hendricks and Carlos Condit. (St-Pierre is the titleholder and holds the rank of champion and isn’t included in the top ten UFC rankings.)...
Nassau County to proclaim July 17 as 'Chris Weidman Day'
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman will be honored by Long Island, N.Y., on Wednesday for his historic knockout of Anderson Silva at UFC 162.
Nassau County executive Edward P. Mangano will be joined by New York State Senator Dean Skelos and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray to proclaim July 17 "Chris Weidman day" in honor of Weidman's achievement less than two weeks ago...
For James Krause, two bonuses, one drug test, $100K and a lot of paranoia
In the month since his submission victory over Sam Stout at UFC 161 in Winnipeg, James Krause has had plenty of time to think about what substances may or may not have been floating around his system.
"You just start thinking about everything," Krause told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Every little thing runs through your mind, like, 'What did I have, what did I eat?'"
Robert Drysdale reportedly out of UFC 163 with staph infection
A staph infection reportedly will delay the UFC debut of Robert Drysdale, who's been forced off next month's UFC 163 card.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the scratch. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) could not immediately confirm the change, and as of Tuesday morning, the bout is still listed on UFC.com.
Drysdale (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Ednaldo Oliveira (13-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 163, which takes place Aug. 3 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro. Drysdale was slotted in the Facebook-streamed preliminary card, which precede additional prelims on FX and a pay-per-view main card.
It's not clear if a replacement will be sought...
With Silva Weidman II going down, who should Vitor fight next?
With Silva vs Weidman II going down this December(in 5 freaking months), who should Vitor fight next?
A MW, a LHW, back to HW for Vitor??
I only listed 5 choices in the poll and an option for other, but the reality is there are many options for Vitor's next opponent. I've listed many more below.
Winner of Okami vs Jacare
Winner of Bisping vs Munoz
Winner of Sonnen vs Shogun
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
With Bisping fight a no-go, UFC's Cung Le focused on 'TUF: China'
Cung Le really wanted a fight with Michael Bisping, but with the potential bout now a no-go, the UFC middleweight is hoping to focus his efforts on China.
More specifically, he's hoping a potential coaching gig on "The Ultimate Fighter: China," which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) recently reported as likely, comes to fruition. Le, a longtime Sanshou kickboxer, believes a footprint in the country could be massive for the UFC...
UFC 161 drug tests come back clean, no TUEs issued
All fighters who underwent drug testing at this past month's UFC 161 event successfully passed their tests.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the results with Marc Ratner, the UFC's senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs. The Manitoba Combative Sports Commission oversaw the testing...
Gilbert Melendez finds 15-minute silver lining on path back to UFC title fight
Gilbert Melendez saw Benson Henderson's hand get raised, and right away he started looking for the silver lining.
It didn't take long for the former Strikeforce lightweight champion to find one after Henderson beat him by split-decision in a UFC title fight at UFC on FOX 7 in April.
"I'm excited to fight three five-minute rounds," Melendez recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "Initially after I lost, the first thing on my mind more than anything was, 'Heck yeah – 15 minutes, that's way easier.' I've been training for 25-minute fights my last 10 fights, and it's kind of tough on the body."
Anthony Pettis' message to Benson Henderson: 'I'm not the same fighter you fought in Arizona'
Anthony Pettis was unwinding at his coach's house, surrounded by friends, heaping plate of hot food in his hands, the summer sun beating down on another Milwaukee afternoon. He had no idea how quickly his life was about to change.
"Actually my phone was on the charger inside Duke (Roufus') house. I didn't even know I had like four missed calls from Dana (White), four missed calls from (manager) Mike (Roberts)," Pettis recalled on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour...
Silva defies clowning critics: 'Part of the show'
It took just days for Anderson Silva to change his mind. His legacy as a champion was not over. His immediate rejection of a rematch would not stick. He wanted a sequel with Chris Weidman, and there was no reason to wait.
So on Saturday, exactly one week after "the Spider" got caught in Weidman's web, the Brazilian legend signed a bout agreement for UFC 168 on Dec. 28. He is favored to win the rematch, at least according to oddsmakers, but most think he will need to fight more conservatively, to tone down his antics of bobbing, weaving and taunting. After all, it was in the immediate seconds after pretending he had been wobbled when Weidman stepped in and landed the game-changer.
But Silva? He doesn't want to hear any talk that he's gone too far...