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The UFC returns to the Philippines on Oct. 15, and a local fighter is set to make his promotional debut. Riding a four-fight win streak, Jenel Lausa enters the Octagon for the first time against TUF China alum Yao Zhikui, sources told MMA Fighting.
On Saturday night, after almost two years of buildup, CM Punk finally made his walk to the Octagon to fight Mickey Gall. The walk lasted longer than the fight itself. When the opening bell sounded, Punk charged across the cage; Gall changed levels, took him down, and choked him out in just a touch over two minutes. It was a complete drubbing. Though Punk did successfully avoid one submission, he landed no significant strikes and absorbed a healthy number of them in return. And it looks like he may never get to land one.
Speaking with Fight Network's John Pollock after the event, UFC President Dana White said that the UFC "probably" won't have Punk fight again.
The UFC’s next trip to Australia has a big time middleweight bout set when former champ Luke Rockhold rematches Ronaldo Souza.
The bout was announced on UFC Australia’s twitter account.
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event will air on FS1. The bout between Rockhold and Souza is the first to be announced for the card.
The post-fight skirmish between Fabricio Werdum and Edmond Tarverdyan was an ugly sight, but that's where the story ends.
The Ohio Athletic Commission will not discipline anyone involved in the strange post-fight incident at UFC 203 in Cleveland, executive director Bernie Profato told MMA Fighting on Saturday night. Profato said he spoke with all involved and they apologized to the commission.
"Everyone left on a positive note," Profato said. "They said they respected the commission and assured this would never happen again."
Cleveland, Ohio was home to a night of bizarre night of fights, with four (T)KOs, three submissions and three decisions. We had a fighter get taken out by an elevator, a coach get front kicked post-fight, A pro-wrestler get wrestled by a pro, and a main event that was more track and field contest than fight. Here's who got $50,000 bonuses for their participation in the madness.
Performances of the the Night: Yancy Medeiros and Jessica Andrade
Fight of the Night: Alistair Overeem vs. Stipe Miocic
Those Cleveland elevators strike again.
C.B. Dollaway won’t be able to fight Francimar Barroso tonight at UFC 203 because he was injured while riding a faulty elevator.
According to multiple sources, Dolloway suffered a back injury while riding an elevator that malfunctioned Friday afternoon. It is unclear at this time how serious Dolloway's back injury is but after consulting with doctors and the UFC afterwards he was ultimately ruled out of the fight. One source classified it as a "strain."
"I’m really upset," Barroso said. "That sucks." The Brazilian was looking to return to the win column following a submission loss to Nikita Krylov in May, while Dolloway was hoping to snap a three-fight losing streak.
The UFC has released the following statement:
UFC announced that CB Dollaway has had to withdraw from his scheduled bout at UFC 203 due to an injury he suffered last night as a result of an elevator accident at a hotel in Cleveland.
UFC officials have been in communication with hotel management, and the hotel is currently evaluating and investigating the issues surrounding the incident.
Citing personal issues, Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has withdrawn from next month’s UFC Fight Night 96 event.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the move with UFC officials. The promotion now seeks a lightweight to face Josh Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland, Ore. While the bout order has yet to be confirmed, the evening’s main card airs on FS1. Prelims are expected to air on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Stefan Struve needs a new heavyweight opponent for next month’s UFC 204 event.
Struve’s (27-8 MMA, 11-6 UFC) original opponent, Ruslan Magomedov (14-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), has been sidelined with a staph infection, a UFC official confirmed with MMAjunkie. A time table for his recovery wasn’t immediately known.
A replacement search is underway.
UFC officials are currently seeking a featherweight to step in on three weeks’ notice and face Hacran Dias (23-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that injury has forced Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) out of the planned contest.
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 Dias vs. Ortega matchup was expected to feature on the night’s main card. A timetable for Ortega’s return wasn’t immediately established.
Another fight is close to being added to UFC 205.
Rashad Evans (19-5-1) vs. Tim Kennedy (18-5) at middleweight is slated for the UFC's debut show at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 12, MMA Fighting has confirmed.
Flo Combat first reported the booking last month.
The fight will mark Evans' first as a middleweight and the third weight class he'll compete in as a UFC fighter. Evans, the former light heavyweight champion, entered the UFC as a heavyweight when he won The Ultimate Fighter season 2 in 2005. He'll look to pick up his first win since 2013 against Kennedy, a former JacksonWink teammate in Albuquerque, N.M.
With Abel Trujillo forced out of next week’s UFC show in Texas, the promotion will turn to a former WSOF champion to take his place.
Rick Glenn (18-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 94, stepping in for the injured Trujillo (15-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) against lightweight Evan Dunham (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC). UFC officials announced the change today.
UFC Fight Night 94 takes place Sept. 17 at State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Dunham vs. Trujillo was slated for the main card, and it is expected that Dunham-Glenn will take place there, as well.
With back-to-back first-round knockouts in a combined one minute on his resume, expectations will be high for British UFC newcomer Marc Diakiese next month.
Diakiese (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been booked for his promotional debut in a lightweight fight against Reza Madadi (14-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC 204 in his home country. UFC officials announced the booking today.
A light heavyweight clash between Gian Villante and Marcos Rogerio de Lima was added to UFC’s first trip to New York's Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12. "Pezao" announced the booking on his Instagram, and MMA Fighting confirmed it with sources close to the situation.
From Shane Carwin himself:
As many of you know I recently decided to come out of retirement. I asked my management team at Ingrained Media to help chart a course. This lead to reviews of my contract and conversations with Joe Silva and UFC’s legal team. We decided mutually that my value and what I bring to the Heavyweight Division will be better utilized elsewhere. I am now a free agent. I look forward to freely speaking with the other MMA promotions. The Heavyweight division has a lot of great fights and not all of them are in the UFC.
I am excited about what the future holds. I want to prove to myself and my fans that I belong at the top of the division. Today that journey begins.
Ian McCall has been left without an opponent yet again.
UFC flyweight Ray Borg has been forced out of his pivotal UFC 203 bout against McCall due to an illness, someone close to the situation told BloodyElbow.com early Thursday morning. FloCombat.com's Jim Edwards initially reported the news.
McCall vs. Borg was scheduled to open up the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card, ahead of the pay-per-view main card.
The details regarding Borg's illness are unclear at this time. A replacement will not be sought on short notice. Instead, McCall will be booked for another card later this year.
The lineup is set for the UFC’s trip to Brasilia later this month.
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.
The lineup features 13 fights, six of which air on the FS1 main card.
In the main event, Cristiane Justino (16-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) makes her second trip to the UFC octagon when she faces hard-hitting Lina Lansberg (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a 140-pound catchweight bou. Lansberg has rattled off six straight wins since dropping a decision in her professional debut. Justino is also undefeated since her pro debut and has established herself as the top 145-pound fighter in the sport.
In the co-main event, former bantamweight champion Renan Barao (33-4 MMA, 8-3 UFC) looks to bounce back from back-to-back losses when he fights for the second time at featherweight. He faces Phillipe Nover (11-6-1 MMA, 1-4 UFC).
Current estimates indicate that UFC 202, the Aug. 20 show headlined by Conor McGregor's decision win over Nate Diaz, will be the most successful non-boxing pay-per-view event in the history of the genre.
Current estimates have the show doing 1.65 million buys on pay-per-view, putting it slightly ahead of UFC 196, the first McGregor vs. Diaz fight, which was estimated at 1.6 million. Both would be ahead of the prior record set at UFC 100 for the second Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir fight.
Sources close to the situation reveal that the DirecTV numbers were the highest in the promotion's history. UFC's own pay-per-view orders through the Internet were believed to have also broken the record set at UFC 196.
The 1.65 million projected number would not include orders directly through the UFC for streaming rather than traditional television. However, the streaming numbers give the UFC immediate figures where they can project how well a show is going to do.
Al Iaquinta will make his UFC return in his home state.
The popular lightweight will take on Thiago Alves at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. The card is the first-ever in New York City for the UFC and will take place at Madison Square Garden.