New York State made $37.4 million in economic output from UFC 205: study
Start spreading the news: The UFC made New York quite a bit of money in November.
The city and state of New York made $37.4 million in economic output and $18.3 million in salaries and wages from UFC 205 in New York City back in November, per a study done by the company Applied Analysis released Monday. The study also found that UFC 205 supported 300 jobs in the New York metro area and generated $1.6 million in taxes for the state.
Referee trainer breaks down de Randamie vs Holm late punches
The UFC 208 main event for the inaugural women’s featherweight title between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm was controversial. After both the second and third rounds, de Randamie threw late punches. De Randamie received a warning after the end of Round 3, but did not appear to after Round 2, when the greatest damage appeared to have occurred.
Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade date set
UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk is on a seven fight win streak in the UFC, four of them title defenses. At 29, she is at her combat sports peak. After Jessica Andrade beat Angela Hill in the UFC Fight Night 104 Fight of the Night, UFC president Dana White said Andrade was “absolutely” got the next title shot.
Now Sport.pl reports that the event, date, and place are set. The pair will fight at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017, at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. A unification fight between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim champion Max Holloway will serve as the main event.
Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov headlines UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22
Artem Lobov has successfully talked himself into the biggest fight of his MMA career. The close friend and training partner to UFC champ Conor McGregor will fight Cub Swanson in April’s UFC Fight Night 108 headliner.
The featherweight main event between Swanson and Lobov, as well as several other fights, were announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast.
Also announced for the card was a lightweight bout between Diego Sanchez and the returning Al Iaquinta, a middleweight bout between former title challenger Thales Leites and Sam Alvey, as well as a flyweight showdown between Dustin Ortiz and Brandon Moreno.
Former strawweight title challenger Jessica Penne fights Danielle Taylor. Hector Sandoval faces “TUF 24” cast member Matt Schnell at flyweight. And, finally, a lightweight bout between Scott Holtzman and Michael McBride was made official.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24, including Namajunas-Waterson
A marquee women’s strawweight bout will take place at UFC on FOX 24 in April when former UFC title challenger Rose Namajunas takes on former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson.
The 115-pound bout between Namajunas and Waterson was among several additions announced for the card during tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
Also confirmed for UFC on FOX 24 was a flyweight showdown between “TUF 24” winner Tim Elliott and Louis Smolka, a light heavyweight bout between Devin Clark and Jake Collier, and a middleweight clash between Anthony Smith and Andrew Sanchez.
UFC on FOX 24 takes place April 15 at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.
Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup.
Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7 MMA, 9-7 UFC) at UFC 210. The bout was announced on tonight’s UFC 208 broadcast on FS1.
UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.
29 Fighters removed from UFC roster
Yao Zhikui – Flyweight
Fredy Serrano – Flyweight
Fernando Bruno – Featherweight
Cezar Arzamendia – Lightweight
Elvis Mutaptic – Middleweight
Joe Gigliotti – Middleweight
Sean O’Connell – Light-heavyweight
Jessamyn Duke – Bantamweight
Cole Miller – Featherweight
Erik Perez – Bantamweight
Lorenz Larkin – Welterweight
Rick Story – Welterweight
Takeya Mizugaki – Bantamweight
Tim Kennedy – Middleweight
Brendan O’Reilly – Welterweight
Taylor Lapilus – Bantamweight
Seo Hee Ham – Strawweight
Ericka Almeida – Strawweight
Geane Herrera – Flyweight
Brock Lesnar – Heavyweight
Chico Camus – Flyweight
Lance Benoist – Welterweight
Maximo Blanco – Featherweight
Marcus Brimage – Bantamweight
Seth Bazcynski – Welterweight
Bubba Bush – Middleweight
Anthony Birchak – Bantamweight
Clay Collard – Featherweight
Aisling Daly – Strawweight
Izabela Badurek – Strawweight
Shane Campbell – Lightweight
Leonardo Augusto – Middleweight
Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought?
Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for the banned diuretic she tested positive for in December.
UFC president Dana White, too, believes Cyborg’s situation with USADA is in a good place.
Willis declared unfit, fight with Tybura scrapped
UFC Heavyweight Justin Willis was deemed unfit to fight at UFC 208 by the New York State Athletic Commission. The fighter himself made the announcement, via his social network.
Hey everyone, I want you to hear from me first, I did everything I could to make weight for the fight this weekend but due to the short notice my body shut down during the weight cut and the UFC doctors wouldn’t clear me to fight. I will be back in the UFC with a full camp very soon. Thank you to everyone at the UFC, all of their staff have been great. I want the same opponent or anybody else will suffice. I will be ready. God Bless.
New Nevada athletic commissioner works for Fertitta-owned Station Casinos
The newest commissioner appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) works for the former owners of the UFC.
Staci Alonso, appointed to the commission by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in December, is an executive vice president at Station Casinos, the casino group owned by Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, per her LinkedIn page. The Fertittas sold their majority stake in the UFC, which is regulated and sanctioned by the NAC in Nevada, to WME-IMG in July for more than $4 billion.
Fabricio Werdum-Ben Rothwell will join champ Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211
Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. So the UFC’s return to the “Lone Star State” in May looks like it will have plenty of big men on the top of the bill.
According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate, UFC 211 in May will feature not only a heavyweight title fight in the main event, but what is likely to be a No. 1 contenders bout, as well.
Combate today reported former champion Fabricio Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will meet Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) at the event, which is expected to be headlined by heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic (16-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) against former champ Junior Dos Santos (18-4 MMA, 12-3 UFC).
Nate Diaz laughs at Dana White’s latest fight offer
It doesn’t appear Nate Diaz is too anxious to get back into action in the UFC.
Just recently, UFC president Dana White revealed that he had offered Diaz a fight to return for the first time since he lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in one of the biggest fights in 2016. White didn’t give too many details about the fight at the time, but he commented that it’s been rather difficult to get Nate or his brother Nick into the Octagon recently.
“We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see,” White told USA Today ahead of the Super Bowl in Houston. “These guys say they want a fight. I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”
What the NFL could learn from the UFC about PED testing
The New England Patriots pulled off a comeback rivaling Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at Super Bowl LI on Sunday. The next day CNN published an unusually in-depth piece by Roni Selig and Dr. Sanjay Gupta on what the NFL can learn from the UFC about anti-doping testing.
The penalty for a first-time offense in the UFC, like WADA and USADA, is a two-year suspension. The case is given a full and fair review; very often the punishment is less than two years. However, the punishment for a test failure in the NFL is four games.
Frankie Edgar has one fight left on UFC deal, wants Max Holloway or Ricardo Lamas next
Frankie Edgar has just one fight left on his UFC contract. Don’t expect him to be going anywhere, though.
Edgar told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the next fight on his UFC deal is his last, but he plans on re-upping with the UFC. Edgar said he was in contract talks with the promotion before having groin surgery recently and expects to come to terms before he steps in the Octagon again.
“I’d like to get a deal,” Edgar said. “That’s what I’d like to do. Who knows what’s really gonna happen. But I would like to get a deal. I don’t really want to go anywhere else. This has been my home since the beginning. I just don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t. It’s not like we’re that far apart.”