Travis Browne steps in for Ben Rothwell, rematches Fabricio Werdum at UFC 203
Travis Browne will get a second crack at Fabricio Werdum.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with two people familiar with the agreement that Browne and Werdum have verbally committed to meet at UFC 203. Those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not publicly authorized to discuss such matters.
The move was necessitated by an injury to Ben Rothwell, who was originally expected to face Werdum. Bout agreements for the new contest are expected to be finalized shortly.
The UFC 203 lineup now includes:
Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum
Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk
Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera
Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood
Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall
Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares
Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez
Conor McGregor unsure of going back to 145 after UFC 202, interested in Nate Diaz trilogy
UFC president Dana White has promised that Conor McGregor will drop back down to featherweight and unify the title with Jose Aldo, the interim champ, next. McGregor, though, doesn't seem to be all that interested in an Aldo rematch.
McGregor defeated Aldo to win the UFC featherweight title by knockout in just 13 seconds at UFC 194 back in December. Aldo bounced back to defeat Frankie Edgar to win the interim title at UFC 200 last month.
McGregor was present at that bout, even standing up and watching much of the fight from that position while everyone was sitting down around him. But McGregor made it seem like Friday on a UFC 202 media conference call that he was looking toward a fresh fight — one against Frankie Edgar.
Injury forces Ben Rothwell out of UFC 203 co-main event with Fabricio Werdum
UFC heavyweight Ben Rothwell is withdrawing from UFC 203 due to a knee injury, multiple sources today told MMAjunkie.
The UFC is seeking a replacement for ex-champ Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) for the event, which takes place Sept. 10 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
A team representative said Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) may have suffered a torn meniscus and could have an ACL injury.
Not cut, Ben Saunders explains why he’s no longer on the UFC roster
Ben Saunders wanted to clear up a few things, so he took to the UG forum Monday evening.
After news surfaced that he was no longer with the UFC, the popular welterweight fighter explained his version of what went on over the last few months. Saunders said he was not cut by the UFC. Instead, he said he fought out his contract and, due to multiple personal reasons, was not quick to re-sign.
Once Saunders did feel ready to put pen on paper, he said, it was too late. The UFC had already moved on without him.
UFC 202's Guangyou Ning Not at Fault After Testing Positive for Banned Anabolic Agent
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has determined that UFC bantamweight Guangyou Ning is not at fault for a failed out-of-competition drug test earlier this year.
Ning, 34, tested positive for traces of the banned anabolic agent clenbuterol in a urine sample provided on May 19. Clenbuterol is often used to treat breathing disorders and while it has never been approved by the U.S. FDA, it is available in other countries throughout the world. As far as a potential performance enhancer, it is believed to aid fat loss for anabolic steroid users.
However, USADA issued a statement Tuesday clearing Ning of any wrongdoing because his positive test likely resulted from contaminated meat.
Tim Means gets replacement opponent, meets Titan, Bellator vet Sabah Homasi at UFC 202
Tim Means will in fact compete at next week’s UFC 202 event. Newcomer Sabah Homasi has signed with the promotion and will make his debut opposite “The Dirty Bird” as a welterweight replacement for the injured Sean Strickland.
A 170-pound matchup between Means ((25-7-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and Homasi (11-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finalizes the lineup for the Aug. 20 card, which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The bout is expected to air on the pay-per-view main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
With the change to the card, UFC 202 now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz – non-title welterweight bout
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Mike Perry
Sabah Homasi vs. Tim Means
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki
Raquel Pennington vs. Elizabeth Phillips
Chris Avila vs. Artem Lobov
Cortney Casey vs. Randa Markos
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Lorenz Larkin vs. Neil Magny
Colby Covington vs. Max Griffin
Ning Guangyou vs. Marlon Vera
Alberto Uda vs. Marvin Vettori
Aisling Daly out at UFC Fight Night 93, promotion seeks new opponent for Michelle Waterson
Injury has forced strawweight Aisling Daly (16-6 MMA, 2-1 UFC) to withdraw from a planned UFC Fight Night 93 contest with Michelle Waterson (13-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that the promotion is currently seeking a new opponent for Waterson.
With the change, UFC Fight Night 93 now includes:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Michelle Waterson vs. TBA
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein
Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho
Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus
Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead
Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Demetrious Johnson now targeting December return against TUF 24 winner
Demetrious Johnson was hoping to get two more fights in before the end of the year, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore.
The UFC flyweight champion is now targeting a return to the Octagon in December, according to sources. His opponent will be the winner of "The Ultimate Fighter" season 24, which will feature flyweight champions from outside the UFC competing for a title shot.
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic on battle to recover from ACL injury
UFC featherweight Mirsad Bektic was three weeks from a fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale when he landed wrong on his knee and popped his ACL.
Today, he is cleared to train, having passed a series of benchmarks in a rehabilitation regimen that started almost immediately after his injury. But as he told MMAjunkie Radio, he is not the same person in the gym as he once was.
UFC Fight Night 92 bonuses: Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres steal show with 'Fight of the Night'
There was never any doubt about who would steal 'Fight of the Night' honors at UFC Fight Night 92.
The UFC announced Saturday night that Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres both earned $50,000 in 'Fight of the Night' bonuses for their dazzling five-round affair, which Rodriguez won via split decision to push his unbeaten UFC record to 5-0.
UFC Fight Night 92 took place Aug. 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. The main card aired live on FOX Sports 1.
Rounding out the card's performance bonuses were Marcin Tybura and Teruto Ishihara, both of whom won $50,000 for knockout wins on the night's prelims.
Netflix picks up Dana White’s Lookin’ for a Fight
Dana White’s YouTube reality series Lookin’ For a Fight, where he looks for up-and-coming talent to bring to the UFC, has been picked up by Netflix.
About seven months ago, UFC president Dana White released a new YouTube series known as Lookin’ for a Fight. Being a reality show, White goes across the United States looking for talent in other MMA organizations. If he sees potential in a specific fighter, he will sign them to the UFC so that they can test their skills with the best in the world...
Justin Scoggins vs. Pedro Munhoz targeted for Brazil card
Bantamweights Justin Scoggins and Pedro Munhoz will likely meet in the Octagon on September 24, in Brasilia.
A pair of bantamweight prospects will meet in Brazil as MMA Junkie reported Justin Scoggins is targeted to take on Pedro Munhoz at UFC Fight Night 95, in the country's capital of Brasilia.
After six flyweight bouts in the Octagon, Justin Scoggins (11-2) left the division when he was unable to make weight to face Ian McCall in his last outing at UFC 201. Scoggins enters the bantamweight division riding a two-fight winning streak with victories over the likes of Ray Borg and Josh Sampo.
Sean Strickland out at UFC 202; promotion seeks new opponent for Tim Means
Welterweight Sean Strickland has been forced to withdraw from UFC 202, and the promotion is currently seeking a replacement opponent for Tim Means.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Strickland suffered a knee injury and pulled out of the contest, leaving a need for a replacement opponent on two weeks’ notice.
Featuring a heavily anticipated rematch between Nate Diaz and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The official bout order has yet to be revealed, but the UFC 202 main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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.