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
Thiago 'Marreta' Santos vs. Eric Spiceley heads to UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia
The UFC’s return to Brazil next month has one more fight added to the lineup and with 14 bouts likely is filled.
Thiago “Marreta” Santos (13-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) will fight in front of his home fans against Eric Spicely (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a middleweight matchup. UFC officials recently announced the new booking for UFC Fight Night 95.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Derrick Lewis says he's fighting Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 97 in Manila
Derrick Lewis may have been hoping to get on the UFC 203 spot in Cleveland against Fabricio Werdum. But with that slot taken by Travis Browne, he’ll have to settle for something else.
It appears Lewis (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will fight fellow heavyweight Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) when the UFC returns to the Philippines in October. Lewis posted the matchup on his Instagram feed, and a Lewis representative told MMAjunkie verbal agreements for the bout are in place. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Multiple injuries lead to new bouts at UFC Fight Night 95
UFC Fight Night 95 has a new set of fights, as four of its fighters have pulled out of the card citing injury. The promotion announced the news on Friday.
Welterweights Brandon Thatch, who suffered a hand injury, and Shinsho Anzai, who suffered a back injury, have pulled out of the card. Now, their opponents Erick Silva and Luan Chagas will fight each other in the preliminary part of the card.
Lightweight Joaquim Silva is out of his fight with Gregor Gillespie due to a knee injury. Glaico Franca, who's coming off a loss to James Vick at UFC 197, will step up on short notice to fight the undefeated promotional newcomer Gillespie.
Also, Renato Carneiro is out of his fight against Mike De La Torre due to an undisclosed injury. Taking his place will be the Brazilian Godofredo Pepey, who recently dropped a unanimous decision to Darren Elkins at UFC on Fox 20.
Additionally, a middleweight bout pitting Thiago Santos and Eric Spicely has been added to the card.
Dana White: ‘Wonderboy’ Next for Tyron Woodley; McGregor Will Defend 145-Pound Title
UFC President Dana White has some specific thoughts on the futures of featherweight king Conor McGregor and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, and it might not be exactly what either man had planned.
“I fully expect Conor to come back and defend his 145-pound title,” White told UFC.com. “I think that Nate [Diaz] feels his brother [Nick Diaz] should have the fight at 170, but Nick is not going to come back and fight for the title right away.
“There are other guys deserving of a title shot. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson is going to fight for the 170-pound title and then we’ll see what happens with Nick and Nate.”