UFC 196 scorecards: Without finish, Miesha Tate vs. Holly Holm likely a draw
Miesha Tate was arguably on her way to winning the fifth round, but if she hadn’t secured the fight-ending choke, she wouldn’t be the UFC’s new women’s bantamweight champion.
In Saturday’s UFC 196 pay-per-view co-headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Tate (18-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC) used a late-fight rear-naked choke to dethrone Holly Holm (10-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and claim the belt....
UFC 196 pre-fight facts: Conor McGregor could make history with another KO
UFC 196 may no longer be the multi-title-fight super card it was originally intended to be, but tonight’s pay-per-view event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena will is still one of the biggest of the year.
The main event sees UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) jump up two weight classes to for a welterweight fight with Nate Diaz (18-10 MMA, 13-8 UFC), and in the co-headliner, women’s bantamweight champ Holly Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) meets Miesha Tate (17-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC).
For more on what’s at stake for the card’s 24 competitors, check out 90 pre-fight facts about UFC 196...
Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz won't be penalized by NAC for UFC 196 press conference actions
LAS VEGAS -- The Nevada Athletic Commission will not be reprimanding anyone following Thursday's near-scuffle after the UFC 196 press conference.
"UFC president Dana White handled the situation," NAC executive director Bob Bennett told MMAFighting.com.
Following the press conference, Conor McGregor punched Nate Diaz's right hand away from his face while they were squaring off for the media and fans in attendance, which almost led to a brawl. Fortunately for everyone involved, security and a whole host of UFC officials diffused the situation rather quickly. Diaz threw a kick towards McGregor in the midst of the melée, as well, but it did not land.
According to his team, Diaz did not injure his hand as a result of the punch.
Extra security is expected to be in place for Friday's weigh-in at the MGM Grand.
Stephen Thompson to meet Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night Ottawa
The UFC will be heading north of the border again on June 18.
During Friday's "Unstoppable" media conference, UFC president Dana White announced that the promotion's initial foray into Canada's capital city of Ottawa would feature a clutch welterweight bout between Stephen Thompson and Rory MacDonald.
The bout — which will be the card's main event — is expected to have title implications.
Dominick Cruz-Urijah Faber 3 to Serve as UFC 199 Co-Headliner on June 4
Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber will renew their rivalry in the UFC 199 co-main event on June 4.
UFC President Dana White announced the bantamweight championship matchup during the promotion’s “Unstoppable” press conference in Las Vegas on Friday afternoon. UFC 199 is expected to be headlined by a middleweight title rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman. The event will take place at The Forum in Los Angeles, marking the UFC’s first show in LA not to be held at Staples Center..
UFC Fight Night Zagreb Complete with Addition of 3 New Bouts
The lineup for UFC Fight Night in Zagreb, Croatia, is now set, as promotion officials recently announced the addition of three fights to complete the 13-bout card.
The recent additions include a bantamweight tussle between Ian Entwistle and Alejandro Perez; a featherweight clash between Lucas Martins and Robert Whiteford and a strawweight tilt pitting Maryna Moroz against Cristina Stanciu.
UFC Fight Night Zagreb takes place at Zagreb Arena and is headlined by a heavyweight showdown between Ben Rothwell and Junior dos Santos.
Dana White: ‘I absolutely hate’ the ‘business side’ of Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC women's bantamweight title in November, UFC president Dana White joked that he and UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta should have their promoters' licenses taken away if they booked anything other than an immediate rematch.
Of course, those statements ended up being premature, considering that Holm is just days out from defending her title for the first time against Miesha Tate at UFC 196, but that doesn't mean White has to be happy about it.
"I'll tell you this, to be brutally honest with you, as a fan, I love her attitude and I love that. As the business side, I absolutely hate it," White said Thursday on The Jim Rome Show. "Holly vs. Ronda is the biggest fight in UFC history, without a doubt. I think this thing does close to two million buys, and she's going in Saturday night against Miesha Tate
Invicta FC Champ Cris ‘Cyborg’ Seeking Spot on UFC 198 Card in Brazil
While a showdown with Ronda Rousey may be on the backburner, Cristiane Justino still has UFC dreams.
In a recent post on her website, “Cyborg” makes her case to be included on the upcoming UFC 198 card in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14.
“It has been almost 10 years since I last fought in my home country of Brazil. I am very lucky that over the last decade my Brazilian fans have continued to support me and my career as I chased my dreams as a world champion, while living and competing in America,” Justino wrote.
Cain Velasquez undergoes successful surgery, eyes summer return
Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is making progress from his latest setback.
MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight that Velasquez recently underwent back surgery. Sources say the procedure went well and he's got an eye on his return to the Octagon.
While Velasquez (13-2) has been a killer in the Octagon over the course of his career, the American Kickboxing Academy standout has been known as much for his injury woes as for his success in the cage. The 33-year-old has endured long absences due to shoulder and knee woes before having to pull out of a planned Feb. 6 rematch with current champion Fabricio Werdum due to back issues.
Report: Anderson Silva could face Tim Kennedy or Gegard Mousasi at UFC 198
Sources close to the UFC say that either Tim Kennedy or Gegard Mousasi could be Anderson Silva's next opponent for UFC 198, on May 14.
Although he lost to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 84, last Saturday, Anderson Silva came out of the bout almost unscathed and might just get his wish to fight at UFC 198, in his hometown of Curitiba.
According to Combate, who spoke to sources close to the UFC, Silva could apparently be facing either Tim Kennedy or Gegard Mousasi in Brazil.
Conor McGregor says welterweight title fight is top choice next: 'I would beat Robbie' Lawler
Conor McGregor will be fighting at 170 pounds against Nate Diaz on Saturday at UFC 196. His next fight could very well be at the same weight -- for the belt.
"That's there," McGregor said Wednesday at open workouts here at MGM Grand. "I mean, why not? That's probably the leading option."
That means McGregor challenging Robbie Lawler for the welterweight title could very well happen at UFC 200 in July. And "The Notorious" said he would be very confident if that came together.
UFC Fight Night 85 lineup set with 6-bout main card, Pearson-Trujillo on UFC Fight Pass
The lineup is set for this month’s UFC Fight Night 85 event, which marks the promotion’s return to Australia.
UFC Fight Night 85 takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The event, which airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, takes place Sunday, March 20, in Australia but airs Saturday, March 19, in North America due to the time difference.
The event kicks off at a normal time of 6:30 p.m. ET, and the main card is slated for 10 p.m. ET.
Zak Cummings replaces Bartosz Fabinski at UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
Following the withdrawal of Bartosz Fabinski (13-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), Nicolas Dalby (14-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 86 event.
Officials today announced welterweight Zak Cummings (18-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement. A reason wasn’t given for Fabinski’s removal from the card.
UFC Fight Night 86 takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC event in Brazil
Sergio Moraes and Kamaru Usman are slated to battle on May 14, when the Octagon makes it return to Brazil. MMAFighting.com confirmed the welterweight match-up with sources close to the situation following a report by Combate.
The UFC has yet to announce the city and venue for the event.
Moraes (10-2) enters the bout coming off four straight wins under the UFC banner, capped off by a third-round knockout over Omari Akhmedov in December. Two of his previous three wins also came with stoppages, tapping out Neil Magny and Renee Forte.
Usman (7-1) has won twice after competing at the 21st edition of The Ultimate Fighter. The Blackzilians welterweight defeated Leon Edwards and Hayder Hassan inside the Octagon after going 2-0 in the reality show.
Daron Cruickshank among three fighters released from UFC
TUF 15 alum and veteran lightweight Daron Cruickshank is one of three fighters gone from the UFC roster.
After more than a dozen fights inside the Octagon, TUF 15's Daron Cruickshank has been handed his UFC pink slip following a dramatic submission loss at UFC Boston two months ago. The 30-year-old lightweight striker confirmed the news to fans on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
Former UFC Fighter, Son Shot Leaving Tulsa Gym
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A father and son were shot in a busy parking near 31st and Garnett Monday night. Police said the men were shot in an attempted robbery.
A family member of the victims said her husband and son had been working out at the gym but parked in the nearby Rib Crib parking lot around 7:30 p.m.
Tulsa police said, as the father, Mikey Burnett, and son, Freddie Burnett, got to their car, two men walked up and tried to rob them. We're told Freddie tried to fight off the suspected robbers after they shot his dad.
Police said the Mikey was shot three times in the abdomen and Freddie was shot once in the leg. Police said Mikey was taken to the hospital for surgery. Both are expected to survive.
Albert Tumenov vs. Gunnar Nelson added to UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
A solid welterweight bout has been added to the UFC’s upcoming debut in the Netherlands.
Albert Tumenov (17-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) is slated to meet Gunnar Nelson (14-2-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 87 in May, UFC officials today announced.
UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The card is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.