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Khabib Nurmagomedov says bout with Tony Ferguson is 5-round title-eliminator
(mmajunkie.com)
Khabib Nurmagomedov will apparently face some big stakes in his long-awaited return to the octagon. As reported on Wednesday, Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0) is slated to fight fellow lightweight contender Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) at UFC on FOX 19 in April. And according to Nurmagomedov, the bout, which is expected to take place April 16 and air on FOX, will be a five-round title-eliminator, meaning it’ll be the event’s headliner
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 1:39PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gonzaga-Magomedov, Blachowicz-Pokrajac, other bouts join UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for the UFC’s debut in Croatia now has its first four matchups, officials today announced. The event, UFC Fight Night 86, takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card includes: Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Submitted Jan 28, 2016 1:13PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Welcome to the UFC, Mihajlovic & Di Chirico
(bloodyelbow.com)
I don't know what's going on down in Zuffa central, but heavyweight seems to be the flavor of the moment. Once a division that couldn't buy a new body, it's now chock full of fresh talent. The latest newcomer in the field? Bojan Mihajlovic, who MMA D'Eferlante reports will fight Francis Ngannou in Zagreb, Croatia on April 10th. Making his way to the UFC alongside Mihajlovic is a new middleweight fighter and a rare talent out of Italy. Alessio Di Chirico's signing was announced by the UFC on January 20th. Di Chirico will be making his debut in Croatia as well on the April 10th card. No debut opponent has been announced yet. So...
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:37PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone trolls Reebok, praises Nike gear
(bloodyelbow.com)
few weeks ago, veteran lightweight contender Donald Cerrone was fined by the UFC for violating the Reebok's outfitting policy at last month's UFC on FOX 17. According to Cerrone, the violation was for sewing an unauthorized patch, which pays homage to his grandmother, onto his fight trunks.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:36PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fabricio Werdum reacts to backlash after UFC 196 withdrawal
(mmafighting.com)
UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum received some criticism for his decision to withdraw from UFC 196 after his opponent Cain Velasquez pulled out with a back injury, and the promotion selected Stipe Miocic as a replacement. Confident he made the right move, "Vai Cavalo" released a statement reacting to the backlash from the fans. Read the full statement below: I think it was the best decision I’ve ever made in my life not to fight Cain, Miocic or any other fighter because I had a back injury. Yet, at the same time I’m sad I wasn’t able to compete, I’m happy because I was able to see many things after this injury. I spent some time with my family, my wife and kids, and saw that everything is transitory.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:32PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush in the works for UFC on FOX 19
(mmafighting.com)
Another bout between ranked fighters is in the works for UFC on FOX 19, as Michael Chiesa and Beneil Dariush are expected to put their win streaks on the line in a pivotal lightweight clash on April 16. Sources confirmed the match-up Wednesday to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Chiesa (13-2) looks to further his momentum after submitting Jim Miller to pick up a statement win at UFC Fight Night 80.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:31PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC signs heavyweight Adam Milstead to four-fight deal
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC recently beefed up its heavyweight division with the signing of Adam Milstead (7-1). Sources close to the situation confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Milstead penned a four-fight deal with the promotion. Fighting out of Pittsburgh, the 28-year-old Milstead has won seven straight, all via finish (five knockouts, two submissions). He has finished his last three opponents with strikes in just over four minutes of combined fight time.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:30PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Manager: Stipe Miocic did not turn down fight with Jon Jones, anticipates showdown with Fabricio Werdum
(mmafighting.com)
Stipe Miocic has had a tumultuous 48 hours. He's gone from UFC title challenger to odd man out to potential opponent for Jon Jones' heavyweight debut to a man who reportedly turned down a $1 million opportunity. At least, that's the storyline if you believe everything you read on Twitter. When Cain Velasquez bowed out of his Feb. 6 title fight at UFC 196 against Fabricio Werdum with a back injury, Miocic stepped up to bat, offering his services for the golden opportunity. Wish granted - Miocic was officially named the next UFC heavyweight title challenger shortly thereafter.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:30PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in UFC 196 main event
(mmafighting.com)
Stockton almost saved UFC 196. Nate Diaz offered to fight Anthony Pettis in the main event of UFC 196 when the heavyweight title headliner was lost this week, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. The UFC considered the matchup, and it was a viable option as of Tuesday morning, but the promotion decided for undisclosed reasons to ultimately go in another direction.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:29PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda joins UFC 197 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight bout between Marcelo Guimaraes (9-1-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Vitor Miranda (11-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is the latest addition to March’s UFC 197 lineup. UFC officials announced the bout on Tuesday. The latest UFC 197 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 2:12PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rothwell: 80% of heavyweights were on PEDs before USADA
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell spoke with ESPN recently, ahead of his fight with Josh Barnett at UFC on FOX 18? in Newark on Saturday. Among other subjects, Rothwell talked about the role of PEDs in the heavyweight division. "Before USADA, I would say 80 percent or more heavyweights were on performance-enhancing drugs," said Rothwell to Brett Okamoto. "Let's just look at the facts. Bigger athletes don't like to train the way we do. This sport is exhausting. Big guys come and go all the time because they hate the hard work. The ones who survive seem to think they need steroids and PEDs to cope with the training.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 12:55PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Al Iaquinta: I'll be unstoppable when I come back with two healthy knees
(mmajunkie.com)
Al Iaquinta ended 2015 riding a four-fight winning streak. With things fully clicking in his UFC career, the lightweight had to put things on hold to repair damage to the articular cartilage in his knee. It isn’t the first time Iaquinta (12-3-1 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has had knee surgery. After a runner-up finish on “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” he also went under the knife. The biggest difference between then and now may be Iaquinta’s decision to give up drinking alcohol, something that cost him during his first recovery.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 12:55PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
RDA: It's good McGregor's in my head
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Signing to fight Conor McGregor is a red panty night financially, but to reach that check, you get trash talked by a master for months. UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos is no exception. At the first UFC 197 press conference, McGregor talked about RDA's children and his faith, all while wearing a shirt popularized by the just arrested Mexican drug dealer 'El Chapo' which means shorty. "He crosses the line all the time," said dos Anjos in Niteroi, Brazil, as translated by Guilherme Cruz for MMAFighting.com. "He answered questions the media asked me, talked about my kids, said I’m not a Brazilian. Man, all the time. He said I’m sloppy. He crosses the line all the time.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 12:53PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former LHW Champions Mauricio Shogun Rua and Rashad Evans Scheduled for April 16th fight in Tampa, Florida
(sportv.globo.com)
The Ultimate has already defined the next step of Shogun in the organization. The idea is that Brazil faces Rashad Evans, on 16 April, in an event that is scheduled to be held in Tampa, Florida (USA), as it was found the Combate.com. The confrontation was originally asked by the US to the company, and the athlete of Kings MMA accepted the challenge soon after. No confirmation on what the card's main event. The UFC also search for names, but it is not ruled out Evans x Shogun lead the show.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 12:19PM by GDPofMPG - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson targeted for April UFC on Fox event
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC is targeting a matchup between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson for an April 16 UFC on Fox event. Sources confirmed the news to MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani after Michael Johnson, who was expected to face Ferguson March 5 at UFC 197, withdrew from their affair for undisclosed reasons.
Submitted Jan 27, 2016 12:41AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
After losing headliner, UFC 196 shifts from pay-per-view to FOX Sports 1
(mmajunkie.com)
Next week’s UFC 196 event will come without the usual hefty pay-per-view price tag. After losing a headlining heavyweight title fight earlier this week, the event now instead will air on FOX Sports 1. Yahoo! Sports first reported the plans, citing UFC President Dana White. UFC 196 takes place Feb. 6 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. Following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card is now slated for FOX Sports 1.
Submitted Jan 26, 2016 5:09PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Co-headliner, ex-champ Johny Hendricks willing to move up to UFC 196 main event
(mmajunkie.com)
It may not be the ideal main event, but former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks is willing to fight two extra rounds and move up a slot on next week’s UFC 196 fight card. The Feb. 6 pay-per-view event, which takes place at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, recently lost its planned main event. Hendricks, who’s currently slated for the co-main event, is willing to step up.
Submitted Jan 26, 2016 5:08PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-champ Jon Jones would fight Stipe Miocic at UFC 196 – if heavyweight belt is on line
(mmajunkie.com)
Here’s an intriguing – though likely farfetched – possibility for next week’s UFC 196 headliner. After a series of changes to the Feb. 6 card, the pay-per-view event is currently without a main event. Enter former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones? Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC), whom UFC officials recently reinstated from a suspension following an April hit-and-run accident, had been looking for a chance to reclaim the light-heavyweight belt, which was stripped after his arrest.
Submitted Jan 26, 2016 12:31PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Miocic manager on Werdum withdrawal: Strip him if he can fight
(mmajunkie.com)
Stipe Miocic manager Greg Kalikas thinks the UFC should take the belt away from UFC heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum if he’s really able to fight at UFC 196. “If you’re the champion and you’re healthy enough to fight, and you refuse to fight because you don’t like the matchup against any specific opponent, you should be stripped,” Kalikas today told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jan 25, 2016 6:18PM by xdanish020 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks closes 'Bigg Rigg Steakhouse' restaurant
(bloodyelbow.com)
What happened to Bigg Rigg Steakhouse, your restaurant near your home in Midlothian? Hendricks: Restaurant is done. I tried a business that failed; you learn from it and move forward. So what else on the side are you working on? Hendricks: I thought about a reality show. I want to try to start Baja truck racing. I want to do hunting and fishing.
Submitted Jan 25, 2016 4:50PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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