Coach Mark Henry wants Frankie Edgar to take shortest route to UFC title, ‘whether it be 135 or 145'
Frankie Edgar's pursuit of a second UFC belt hit a snag last month at UFC 200.
After years of working towards another title shot, Edgar saw opportunity slip through his fingers when he dropped a decision to Jose Aldo in an interim title bout that effectively decided the next man to fight UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor. The loss snapped a five-fight win streak for Edgar and left his head coach, Mark Henry, dismayed at losing out on a chance to make history.
"He was right there for the belt," Henry said Monday on The MMA Hour. "As soon as that fight ended, it was one of the biggest fights in my head that I could remember where right when the fight ended there was like 10 things or 15 things that went through my head -- should've done this, should've done that, should've called this, should've called that -- that would've worked, that Frankie would've done.
LI’s Gregor Gillespie to make UFC debut at UFC Fight Night 95 in September
Gillespie, who trains at Bellmore Kickboxing Academy, will make his UFC debut against Joaquim Silva at UFC Fight Night 95 on Sept. 24 in Brasilia, Brazil.
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A former NCAA Division I national champion and four-time All-American at Edinboro University, Gillespie turned his wrestling prowess into a professional MMA career in January 2014, rattling off seven wins. All but one of his wins has come via first-round stoppage (three submissions and three TKOs).
Gillespie, 29, won the vacant Ring of Combat lightweight title in his fifth career bout in June 2015, and successfully defended it twice more before making the jump to the UFC.
Gillespie will be thrown into the fire in his first bout against Silva, who is 9-1 in his professional career with a 2-0 mark in the UFC.
Ian McCall returns against Ray Borg at UFC 203
With the drama of UFC 201 behind him, Ian McCall isn't wasting any time returning to the grind.
The UFC announced Thursday that McCall has agreed to face ranked flyweight prospect Ray Borg on Sept. 10 at UFC 203. The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the news.
Most recently, McCall (13-5-1) saw his fight at Justin Scoggins at UFC 201 cancelled two days prior to the event after Scoggins was unable to make the flyweight limit of 126 pounds.
Beneil Dariush meets Rashid Magomedov in UFC's return to Mexico City in November
The UFC’s return to Mexico this fall has another lightweight bout for a card that will be headlined by a former 155-pound champion.
Beneil Dariush (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to take on Rashid Magomedov (19-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) when the UFC heads back to Mexico City in November. UFC officials recently announced the new booking for the “Fight Night” card.
The UFC’s Mexico City “Fight Night” card will take place Nov. 5. Venue and broadcast information have yet to be announced, though the event also is expected to feature the finale of the latest edition of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America.” In the main event, Tony Ferguson takes on former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos added to UFC 202 in Las Vegas
This month’s blockbuster UFC 202 pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to fill out and now likely is complete with the addition of a 13th fight for the card.
Women’s strawweights Cortney Casey (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Randa Markos (6-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are set to meet in “Sin City.” The UFC announced the new fight booking today, less than three weeks before the event.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
UFC's return to Brasilia starts to take shape, including Erick Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
The UFC hasn’t formally announced fights for its return to Brazil next month, but the reports of bookings are trickling in.
Brazil news outlet Combate recently reported several fights planned for what is expected to be UFC Fight Night 95 in the nation’s capital city of Brasilia, including Erick Silva (18-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. Brandon Thatch (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at welterweight; Michinori Tanaka (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (22-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at bantamweight; Renato Moicano (10-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Mike De La Torre (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a featherweight bout; Francisco Trinaldo (20-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. Paul Felder (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at lightweight; and Alan Patrick (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at welterweight.
Sultan Aliev injured, out of UFC 202 bout with Hyun Gyu Lim
A wrist injury has knocked Sultan Aliev from his planned welterweight bout with Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202.
MMAjunkie learned of the injury from a UFC official who stated the promotion is seeking a replacement.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view. The highly anticipated rematch between Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor serves as the evening’s main event.
Cyborg vs. Lansberg, Barao vs. Nover added to next Brazil card
UFC Fight Night 96 has found its main event and co-main event as Cris Cyborg, Lina Lansberg, Rena Barao and Phillipe Nover have all been added to the September 24 event.
The next UFC event in Brazil has settled on its main and co-main events as Cris Cyborg has accepted to take on Lina Lansberg in the headliner, while Renan Barao takes on Phillipe Nover in the co-main event.
UOL was the first to break the news.
A former Strikeforce featherweight champion and current Invicta FC titleholder, Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (16-1(1)) has not lost a fight since her MMA debut back in 2005. She had her first UFC fight on May 14, where she knocked out Leslie Smith in a catchweight bout at 140.
UFC 201 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll, Even in Defeat
Following a blockbuster week of three consecutive events on three consecutive nights to open July, the UFC closed out the month with another champion losing his belt.
Robbie Lawler has been through five five-round wars in his eight most recent UFC bouts, but his UFC 201 headlining bout wasn’t one of them.
robbie-lawler-ufc201-scrum-750Instead of going to war with Tyron Woodley, Lawler was the victim of a sneak attack. Woodley took out the champ in 2:12 of the first round, knocking Lawler out for only the second time in his career.
Rafael Dos Anjos Likely to Fight Tony Ferguson in November
An intriguing lightweight bout with plenty of championship implications is rumored to be targeted for November. According to a report from Champions.co, former Ultimate Fighting Championship ace Rafael dos Anjos is likely to face Tony Ferguson on the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3.”
The event is slated for Nov. 5 in Mexico, though UFC officials have yet to officially announce the matchup.
Dos Anjos captured the 155-pound crown by edging Anthony Pettis over five rounds at UFC 185. The Brazilian successfully defended the belt in spectacular fashion by knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first, but in his most recent outing, dos Anjos was stopped in the opening frame at the hands of former Bellator MMA champ Eddie Alvarez.
3 more added to UFC Fight Night 96, including Sergio Pettis vs. Louis Smolka
It’s been a busy day for the UFC’s return to Oregon this fall, and now the card has three more bouts added to the lineup.
According to a report from The Oregonian at OregonLive, a trio of fights are set for UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland: Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at flyweight; Nate Marquardt (34-16-2 MMA, 12-9 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at middleweight; and Walt Harris (8-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at heavyweight.
Kelly Faszholz meets newcomer Ketlen Vieira at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland
A UFC newcomer is on the bill for the promotion’s return to Oregon this fall.
Newly signed women’s bantamweight Ketlen Vieira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to meet Kelly Faszholz (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96. The promotion recently announced the new booking.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The UFC’s most recent trip to Portland was in August 2009 for UFC 102.
GSP wants to fight new UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre expressed his interest in fighting new welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.
There's a new UFC welterweight champion in town. Tyron Woodley planted Robbie Lawler with his vaunted right hand and knocked him out in the 1st round of the UFC 201 main event. After winning the title, Woodley wasted no time calling out both Nick Diaz (whose 18 month suspension is over today) and Georges St-Pierre, deeming them both to be "money fights."
While we don't know how Diaz feels about the prospects of the champion wanting to fight him, GSP is evidently interested in taking on Woodley, as reported by MMAFighting.com. GSP was asked via text if he was interested and wanted the fight with Woodley, and he replied "yes" both times.
A year-and-a-half later, Nick Diaz is free — and his name has only appreciated
Believe it or not, it was 10 months ago that Nick Diaz, armed only with his amendment rights in the face of a bureaucratic hydra, was handed down a five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive marijuana test. That set up the #FreeNickDiaz campaign, and a petition to the White House, and ultimately a reduced sentence to a year-and-a-half, which expires today, Aug. 1, 2016 — retroactive to the last time he fought on Jan. 31, 2015.
Diaz is free. He’s ready to return a day ahead of his 33rd birthday.
Yet what a different fight world he comes back to from the one he left. For starters, the UFC is in different hands. The Fertittas are out, the William Morris people are in. Reebok is all that the people wear these days, and USADA is knocking at people’s door at 7am without calling ahead first. That’s the new clime.
Khabib offered a fight by UFC officials: ‘Expect good news soon’
UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that the UFC brass has offered him a fight that he considers to be “good news.”
After weeks of campaigning for a long-awaited title shot in the lightweight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov informed his fans that he will have "good news" for them in the near future.
According to the Dagestan native, the UFC reached out to his management with a fight offer. He plans to reveal the news in the coming days.
"I would like to answer some questions that have come, and they are mainly linked to my next fight," Khabib said on his Instagram page. "Soon I will have a fight and I have already proposed a duel. There are some things that I can not tell you, but expect good news soon."
UFC Fight Night 95 official for Sept. 24 in Brasilia
The UFC will return to Brazil in September for UFC Fight Night 95.
During Saturday’s UFC 201 broadcast, officials formally announced the long-rumored event.
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.
No fights are yet official for the card, though matchups will likely be formally announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 201 bonuses: Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz take home FOTN honors
It was Tyron Woodley's night in Atlanta.
Not only did the American Top Team fighter defeat Robbie Lawler to take home the UFC's welterweight title at UFC 201 on Saturday, he also took home $50,000 in bonus money.
Woodley was awarded a Performance of the Night honor for his knockout of Lawler, which took place at the 2:12 of the first round. It was only the second time in Lawler's 16-year professional career that he'd been finished via KO. The first came against Nick Diaz at UFC 47 in 2004.
Also taking home bonus money for a POTN was Jake Ellenberger, who needed a win in the worst way in his fight against perennial top 10 fighter Matt Brown. Ellenberger, who'd lost five of his previous six bouts, finished Brown early with a body kick (and subsequent punches) at 1:46 of the first round. It was the first knockout for the 31-year old Ellenberger since 2013, when he put away Nate Marquardt at UFC 158.
‘TUF Brazil 3’ vet Ricardo Abreu receives 2-year ban following failed drug test
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today announced that middleweight and “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” veteran Ricardo Abreu has received a two-year suspension for failing an out-of-competition drug test.
Abreu, 32, tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) and 19-noretiocholanolone – both metabolites of banned anabolic steroids listed by WADA as “non-specified substances” – following a test performed June 3, USADA officials stated in a press release.
Abreu (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was above the “decision limit of 3 ng/mL” for 19-norandrosterone, USADA officials stated. The metabolite previously has been connected “andro” supplements, which contain the banned muscle-building hormone androstenedione.