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Thiago Santos heading to Vegas for possible TUF 27 Finale replacement headliner
Despite UFC President Dana White announcing the veteran fighter has a broken foot and is out of The Ultimate fighter 27 Finale headliner, Brad Tavares is going to try to push through an injury and fight Israel Adesanya. If Tavares (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) can’t fight, though, the UFC is going to be prepared with a backup; Thiago “Marreta” Santos (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) has agreed to do the duty, his manager confirmed to MMAjunkie following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The TUF 27 Finale takes place July 6 at Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. The middleweight bout between Tavares and Adesanya (13-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) headlines the FS1-televised card following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 15, 2018 4:50PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson added to UFC 228 in September
Not long after his first loss in nine years, Jimmie Rivera was already talking about his next fight. “I’m thinking about going back to training again and getting ready for the next fight,” Rivera told MMAjunkie following his knockout loss to Marlon Moraes earlier this month. “That’s it. You always get knocked down off the horse. It’s about what you do afterwards. And me and from Tiger Schulmann and my discipline, just get back on and try again. “I’m just going to go back to the drawing board, get back working again and get my next fight in line.” He meant every word. The latest UFC 228 card now includes: Champ Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s flyweight title Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Yair Rodriguez John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:12PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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UFC champ Nicco Montano says she's ready to fight Valentina Shevchenko on Sept. 8
UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano’s injury layoff has come to a sudden end. Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) today announced she’s ready to take on No. 1 contender Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on Sept. 8, ending a long drama over scheduling the title bout. Sept. 8 is the date targeted for UFC 228, though officials have yet to confirm the pay-per-view event, and a request for comment to UFC officials wasn’t immediately returned.
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:12PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Alexander Gustafsson wants to welcome Yoel Romero to UFC light heavyweight division
Alexander Gustafsson is on board for a matchup with Yoel Romero, or any other big fight the UFC will give him in the light-heavyweight or heavyweight divisions. After Romero (13-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) missed weight for his UFC middleweight title fight against Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) at UFC 225 this past weekend, UFC President Dana White said he would like to see “The Soldier of God” move up a division and see what he can do at light heavyweight. In particular, White said he would be interested in a showdown between Romero and two-time UFC title challenger Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), likely to determine who gets the next shot at current 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier (20-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC).
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:09PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Damian Stasiak vs. Pingyuan Liu added to UFC Fight Night 134 in Germany
Next month’s UFC return to Germany – UFC Fight Night 134 – has a new bantamweight fight. It features Damian Stasiak (10-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) vs. Pingyuan Liu (11-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC), officials announced. The latest UFC Fight Night 134 card includes: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Mauricio Rua Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura Marc Diakiese vs. Nasrat Haqparast Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic Ilir Latifi vs. Glover Teixeira Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic Bartosz Fabinski vs. Emil Meek Damir Hadzovic vs. Nick Hein Abu Azaitar vs. Vitor Miranda Alan Jouban vs. Danny Roberts Pingyuan Liu vs. Damian Stasiak
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:06PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta headliner, other bouts official for UFC Fight Night 135 in Lincoln
The fight card is taking shape for the UFC’s debut in Lincoln and just its third overall event in Nebraska. UFC officials on Wednesday made official a slew of bouts, including a previously reported fight between lightweight contenders Justin Gaethje (18-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Al Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC). It serves as the main event of UFC Fight Night 135, which takes place Aug. 25 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order are still a long way from being finalized The latest UFC Fight Night 135 lineup includes: Justin Gaethje vs. Al Iaquinta Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:05PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Dana White's Contender Series 9 results: Menifield UFC-bound, Hardy scores developmental deal
In his second visit to Dana White’s Contender Series, Alonzo Menifield (7-0) made a statement against Dashawn Boatwright (3-1) In the opening seconds, the two men clashed in the center, and a Boatwright high kick turned out to be his undoing. Menifield pushed forward, and an off-balance Boatwright fell to the canvas. Menifield immediately jumped on top and punched away until referee Mark Smith called a halt to the contest just eight seconds after it began. Complete Dana White’s Contender Series 9 results include: Alonzo Menifield def. Dashawn Boatwright via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:08 Chris Curtis def. Sean Lally TKO (kick, punches) – Round 3, 1:37 Greg Hardy def. Austen Lane via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:57 Montel Jackson def. Rico DiSciullo via TKO (strikes) – Round 3, 2:15 Kevin Holland def. Will Santiago via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Submitted Jun 14, 2018 11:02PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Rafael dos Anjos reacts to UFC 225 loss to Colby Covington: ‘Bad guys win sometimes in real life’
Rafael dos Anjos had the chance to join the club of fighters who managed to win UFC titles in two different weight classes, but was defeated by Colby Covington for the interim welterweight belt in the co-main event of UFC 225 in Chicago in Saturday night. Two days after the defeat, dos Anjos’ first loss since moving up from 155 pounds, the Brazilian released a statement on his social media, promising to bounce back a better fighter, like he did after his 2014 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and losing to one of the “bad guys” in Chicago.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 4:41PM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC 227 tickets: $362 gets you cageside for Dillashaw-Garbrandt, Johnson-Cejudo rematches
If you’re headed to Los Angeles for a pair of championship rematches, $362 will get on the floor for UFC 227. Officials today announced UFC 227 ticket prices, which range from $62.10 for nosebleeds to $362.25 for floor/cageside seats. UFC 227 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized. Tickets, which are capped at eight per order, go on sale to to the general public beginning Friday at 10 a.m. PT. However, UFC 226 ticket pre-sale periods begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT for UFC Fight Club members and Thursday at 10 a.m. PT for UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 4:38PM by Braden - 4 comments
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USADA suspends Michal Oleksiejczuk one year for testing positive for clomiphene
Michal Oleksiejczuk now has his complete sanctions. USADA suspended the UFC light heavyweight for one year after his positive test for clomiphene in December, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Tuesday. Oleksiejczuk was already suspended one year in March by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and his win over Khalil Rountree was overturned to a no contest. The suspensions will run concurrently.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:37PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Agent Malki Kawa says Yoel Romero plans lawsuit against Illinois State Athletic Commission
Yoel Romero is upset at the Illinois State Athletic Commission and he’s primed to do something about it. Romero plans on taking the the regulatory body to court after what he feels like was an injustice during his weight cut last week, Romero’s agent Malki Kawa told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:36PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Carla Esparza accuses Claudia Gadelha of greasing at UFC 225: ‘She’s a cheater’
Carla Esparza believes Claudia Gadelha cheated her way to a split-decision win in their back and forth strawweight clash at UFC 225. Esparza insisted that Gadelha greased before the fight and now regrets not informing a referee.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 5:20AM by Braden - 5 comments
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Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young completes 12-bout lineup at UFC Singapore
A featherweight contest between the Philippines’ Rolando Dy (9-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and New Zealand’s Shane Young (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the 12th and final addition to the UFC’s upcoming return to Singapore. UFC officials recently announced the contest for UFC Fight Night 132, which takes place June 23 at Singapore Indoor Stadium and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:12AM by Braden - 2 comments
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Michael Bisping’s on-air beef with Colby Covington was untimely (and unnecessary)
It’s exceedingly easy to hate on Colby Covington, especially after he vowed to take his newly won interim belt to the White House for Donald Trump to run a cold finger over. But it’s quite another to dress him down on a post-fight show right after he wins that belt, which Michael Bisping did late on Saturday night. If you expect high-road professionalism from Bisping in his role as an analyst, five words spring immediately to mind. Good luck with that, booday. In fact, the whole segment — which lasted five minutes and aired live on Fox Sports 1 after UFC 225 — took on the complexion of an SNL skit, with Covington on one half of the split screen sporting shades, his belt and his trademark smug smile, and Bisping on the other, taking umbrage at how Covington called the panel out for doubting his chances against Rafael dos Anjos. It was uncomfortable, weird, comical, even a little mortifying — and sometimes all of those things at once (like when poor Michelle Waterson forgot her question). It was also untimely. Check it out for yourself.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 3:01PM by Braden - 7 comments
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Dana White: Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones still ‘very interested’ in fight
The UFC just wrapped up one of its most stacked cards of the year and another mega event is right around the corner, but president Dana White is already looking to add more star power to the docket.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 2:58PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Dana White says Rashad Evans told him that he’s retiring from MMA
Rashad Evans’ 53-second loss at UFC 225 could turn out to be the final Octagon appearance of his legendary career. Evans suffered a nasty first-round knockout loss to Anthony Smith on Saturday night at UFC 225, a setback which extended his current losing streak to five straight. Afterward, UFC president Dana White said that he spoke to Evans in the aftermath of the Smith fight, and he indicated that Evans could be at the end of his 13-year run with the promotion.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 2:56PM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC 225 bonuses: Robert Whittaker gets extra $50K over Romero weigh-in flub
The action certainly delivered last night (Sat., June 9, 2018) at UFC 225 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., as UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker outlasted Cuban machine Yoel Romero in a five-round bloody classic. In addition to the main event mayhem, Colby Covington walked away with the interim welterweight strap by suffocating Rafael dos Anjos, CM Punk got beat up by Mike Jackson for 15 minutes, Cutis Blaydes turned Alistair Overeem into a bloody mess, Anthony Smith kneed Rashad Evans into oblivion, and Charles Oliveira quickly choked out Clay Guida.
Submitted Jun 10, 2018 4:33PM by JLS - 4 comments
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Ronda Rousey becomes first female UFC Hall of Famer
Ronda Rousey was the first American woman to medal in the Olympics in judo. She was the first women to be signed by the UFC. She was the first to headline a UFC pay-per-view. She was the first to win a championship match. She was the first to sell out a major arena. She was the first woman in any combat sport to draw a $1 million live gate and nearly quadrupled the largest pay-per-view number for any kind of sporting event headlined by a woman. That was all on the same night. She was the first woman to headline a combat sports event in front of 50,000 fans. She was the first to headline a 1 million pay-per-view buy show, and did so twice with no real undercard support. She was the first MMA fighter to win an ESPY award, winning Best Female Athlete in both 2014 and 2015, and was the first MMA fighter to break the boxing stronghold on the Best Fighter award in voting among sports fans. She won her first seven fights by armbar, all in less than 57 seconds. She still has the fastest submission — 14 seconds against Cat Zingano — in modern UFC history. She has the third-fastest knockout — 16 seconds against Alexis Davis — in UFC title fight history. Her six title defenses is still a women’s UFC record. In her 12 pro and three amateur wins, every single one was via stoppage. Only one of those opponents got out of the first round and only three lasted more than 66 seconds. They included wins over major organization champions Julia Budd, Sarah Kaufman, and two over Miesha Tate. For all those reasons, Rousey had to be the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Submitted Jun 10, 2018 5:38AM by Braden - 4 comments
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Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo 2 booked for UFC 227
For Demetrious Johnson to make it to a dozen successful title defenses, he’ll have to defeat one of his most decorated opponents — again. On Saturday’s UFC 225 Fight Pass prelims broadcast, the promotion announced that Johnson will defend his flyweight championship in a rematch against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Submitted Jun 9, 2018 10:37PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Yoel Romero fails to make championship weight on second attempt for UFC 225 fight with Robert Whittaker
After two tries, Yoel Romero will not be competing for the UFC middleweight title on Saturday. The would-be challenger was granted an extra two hours by the Illinois State Athletic Commission to make weight at Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC 225 in Chicago after coming in heavy on his first attempt for his championship rematch with Robert Whittaker. Clearance from a physician was also required for Romero to attempt a second weigh-in. Romero initially weighed in at 186 pounds and he came in at 185.2 pounds on his second attempt, making him ineligible to win the title in Saturday’s main event. It is unclear whether the fight will proceed and if so what conditions will be negotiated by the fighters’ teams.
Submitted Jun 8, 2018 3:17PM by Braden - 12 comments
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