Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16
Ramsey Nijem has a new opponent for UFC on FOX 16 after Erik Koch was forced out of their lightweight contest.
Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in to face Nijem (9-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on slightly less than a month’s notice. The change was announced on the UFC’s official website today.
UFC on FOX 16 takes place July 25 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw rematches Renan Barao in a title fight that was supposed to happen this week at UFC 186 before a Dillashaw injury forced the delay.
As district attorney lacks evidence, ex-UFC champ Jon Jones' case pauses
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not go before a grand jury on an alleged hit-and-run just yet, but prosecutors expect to move forward on his case.
The prosecutor in charge of the ex-titleholder’s case lacks two key pieces of evidence to move forward: medical records for the accident’s alleged victim and dispatch reports from the Albuquerque Police Department, according to the public information officer for the Bernalillo County (N.M.) District Attorney.
Daniel Omielanczuk gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland
Daniel Omielanczuk (16-5-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 72 event in Scotland.
UFC officials today announced the heavyweight’s original opponent, Konstantin Erokhin (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), has suffered an undisclosed injury, and promotional newcomer Chris de la Rocha (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.
The latest UFC Fight Night 72 card now includes:
Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites
Evan Dunham vs. Ross Pearson
Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray
Paddy Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee
Mickael Lebout vs. Jake Matthews
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer
Paul Redmond vs. Robert Whiteford
Marcus Brimage vs. opponent TBA
Chris de la Rocha vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
MMA in New York? Again, the answer seems to be no
Yet again, a bill to legalize MMA in New York state appears to be sunk before reaching a vote in the state’s assembly.
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Assembly Leader Joseph Morelle, today told Politics on the Hudson that, despite encouraging signals and a final push from MMA supporters, the votes aren’t there.
After this year’s session was extended to vote on several high-profile bills, Morelle said the MMA bill lost momentum as legislators ran out of time.
“A number of members who are counted as supporters were just unavailable today because of the scheduling, that we weren’t expected to be here this long,” he said, “and it’s really complicated efforts to get to 76 (votes). I think it’s looking less likely as the day wears on.”
MMAjunkie was unable to reach Morelle or his spokesperson for an update.
Seventy-six is the figure needed to get the assembly bill, A02604C, out of the 105-member Democratic conference and onto the assembly floor, where there is strong support among minority Republicans to legalize MMA. In the Republican-led senate, earlier MMA bills have passed in six previous legislative sessions.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner estimated this year’s MMA bill, which reportedly received more support after additional insurance safeguards were added, would receive 95 to 100 votes if it went to a general vote.
But without the Democrats’ support, the bill is destined to expire in the assembly’s Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee, as it has for more than a half-decade.
Demetrious Johnson draws rematch with John Dodson for next flyweight title defense
Demetrious Johnson has his next title defense lined up – and it’ll be a rematch.
Johnson (22-2-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC), the UFC’s flyweight champion, will meet John Dodson (17-6 MMA, 6-1 UFC) for the next defense of his 125-pound belt. No event has been set yet for the title fight – though Johnson reportedly wants it to take place at UFC 191, which takes place Sept. 5 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ariel Helwani announced the news on tonight’s edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight.”
UFC official statement on UFC 189
UFC official statement
In light of recent reports regarding the status of UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, UFC has received official medical confirmation from several doctors that Aldo did not suffer a broken rib. Following a review of the scans, it has been determined that the champion suffered a bone bruise to his rib and cartilage injury during training.
Several “UFC 189" Banners and Posters Taken Down at MGM Grand
On Tuesday afternoon, it was confirmed that Jose Aldo suffered a fractured rib during a sparring session. The UFC Featherweight Champion was preparing for his clash with rival Conor McGregor in a fight which is currently still set to take place on July 11th at “UFC 189?. However, if Aldo’s injury is as serious as it sounds he will not be medically cleared to defend his title.
Rousey, Cerrone nominated for ESPY award
Today ESPN released the full list of nominees for this year's ESPY awards, including Ronda Rousey and Donald Cerrone, the only two mixed martial artists to be nominated:
Ronda Rousey was nominated for 'Best Play' which will be voted on in bracket style where she will square off against Gerald Green's dunk in the first round. Rousey was also nominated for 'Best Fighter' and 'Best Female Athlete' for which she won last year.
This is the first year that Donald Cerrone has been nominated and he is also nominated for 'Best Fighter', which not only also includes Rousey, but boxers Terrence Crawford, Gennady Golovkin, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
'Sad' sparring partner explains how he injured UFC champion Jose Aldo
Jose Aldo’s next title defense against Conor McGregor is in jeopardy after the UFC featherweight got injured in a sparring session at Nova Uniao, and his teammate is devastated.
Alcides Nunes, a 5-0 lightweight from Nova Uniao, was training with the UFC star in Rio de Janeiro when he ended up breaking Aldo’s ribs with a spinning back kick. Aldo vs. McGregor, scheduled to headline UFC 189 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 11, is now in danger.
"I threw a kick but slipped with all the sweat on the mat, and ended up hitting his rib," Nunes told MMAFighting.com. "I was mimicking McGregor’s unorthodox style, things he does in the fight. I’m also left-handed, my style is similar to his, so that’s why they asked me to be part of his camp, but I ended up slipping and causing this injury."
Nunes, who started training at Nova Uniao three years ago and is undefeated in MMA with four finishes in five professional bouts, reveals that Aldo continued to train after he got hit, but eventually stopped and was rushed to the hospital.