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After a big slew of roster cuts in October, the UFC's wave of pink slips subsided during November and in early December. However, that has changed within the past few days, as three fighters are confirmed to be no longer in the UFC, and all of them are in the lighter weight divisions.
What a performance by Nate Diaz tonight at UFC on FOX 17. He dismantled Michael Johnson and called out Conor McGregor. Diaz is no stranger to the “Talking” game as he is known to be unpredicatable and usually backs it up inside the Octagon. See below what he has to say about McGregor.
The UFC’s return to London in February has a new pair of fights added to the lineup featuring a pair of England’s own.
England’s Brad Scott (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko (16-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 83, and British fan favorite Scott Askham (13-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will fight Chris Dempsey (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), also at 185 pounds. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.
One of the UFC's top female stars was arrested early Sunday morning.
Julianna Pena, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by the Spokane (Wash.) Police Department, according to Cpl. Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane PD. She was arrested at 2:20 a.m., Ferguson said, and booked into the Spokane County Jail at 2:53 a.m. Sunday morning, per online jail inmate information.
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Donald Cerrone turtled up as Rafael dos Anjos rained down punches to his head. Some of them were blocked by Cerrone's gloves and "Cowboy" appeared like he was about to get up. Then, referee Herb Dean came in to end the fight.
Dos Anjos retained his lightweight title with a TKO win at 1:06 of the first round Saturday in the main event of UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando. But some fans felt like Dean stopped the fight prematurely.
What does Cerrone think?
Nineteen-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) phenom Sage Northcutt will make a quick turnaround from his second round guillotine finish of Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 last week.
The undefeated fighter (7-0) will face fellow undefeated Lightweight prospect Andrew Holbrook (11-0) at UFC on FOX 18 inside Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 30, 2016. The fight was announced during the UFC on FFOX 17 main card in Orlando, Fla., last night (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015).
If Conor McGregor is indeed going to come up to the lightweight division, Diaz wants to be the first man he sees. In Diaz’s mind, he, not reigning 155-pound king Rafael dos Anjos, is the money fight for the Irishman.
note: this is def the match up I wanna see first if Conor does move up to LW
The fight card is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 81 event, and the lineup includes some notable names from top to bottom.
The event takes place Jan. 17 at TD Garden in Boston. After early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card airs on FOX Sports 1.
The full UFC Fight Night 81 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Maximo Blanco vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O'Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Last week, the UFC held three back-to-back events in which World Series of Fighting featherweight champion and Team Alpha Male member Lance Palmer cornered a different teammate each night.
On Dec. 10, Palmer stepped in The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas to corner strawweight prospect Paige VanZant, who was set to take on her biggest test yet, Rose Namajunas.
Nate Diaz fights Michael Johnson on the main card of UFC on FOX 17 Saturday night, but the pair engaged in a little warm up at the host hotel in Orlando, Fla., prior to today's official fighter weigh-ins.
Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory, who fights Josh Samman on the FS1 televised prelims, caught the action on camera, and posted it to his social network.
Warning, NSFW language.
One of the sport’s most promising bantamweights is officially on the open market.
Aljamain Sterling (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who’s ranked No. 9 in the MMAjunkie/USA TODAY Sports MMA bantamweight rankings, recently moved to 4-0 under the UFC banner with a second-round submission victory Johnny Eduardo (27-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 80.
Following the Dec. 10 event, UFC President Dana White said the 26-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team member wouldn’t be subject to the exclusive negotiation period. Instead, Sterling would be able to transition to the non-exclusive matching period of his contract, which means he can entertain offers from other promotions immediately.
Sporting News: How is Ronda doing after her defeat?
Lorenzo Fertitta: I went out to see her in L.A. Had some real good conversations with her. She is, as you would expect, very disappointed. Distraught, to some extent. She's never lost. She never lost a fight in the Octagon. She never lost a fight in the street. She didn't know what it was like. Right? ... She is champing to be back in there. She made some commitments before the fight to make two movies. So she's going to do that. Then get back to training in the Octagon.
On Wednesday night, it was revealed the UFC had booked a women’s bantamweight contest between former title contender Bethe Correia and Jessica Eye has been booked for UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh.
Brazilian media outlet Combate was the first to report the news.
Correia (9-1) was last seen suffering a violent knockout loss to former champion Ronda Rousey just a little more than 30-seconds into their UFC 190 title fight in August. This came after months of animosity between both women as prior to this setback Correia knocked out two of Rousey’s teammate in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. She will enter this bout with two career stoppage wins, both of which coming by way of knockout.
Martin Svensson and David Teymur will lock horns at UFC Fight Night London on Feb. 27.
The promotion’s European branch announced the contest on Thursday. Svensson and Teymur were both lightweights on Conor McGregor’s team during Season 22 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” UFC Fight Night London takes place at the O2 Arena and features a middleweight showdown between Michael Bisping and Gegard Mousasi.
UFC lightweight contender Michael Johnson talks about his loss against Beneil Dariush not really being seen as a loss, having his winning streak snapped, fighting Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 17, getting leapfrogged by Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor riding into the lightweight division with an immediate title shot, and much more.
An all-action fight will be expected at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, when middleweights Sam Alvey and Daniel Sarafian meet in a UFC Fight Night bout on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Entertaining in and out of the Octagon, former Ultimate Fighter competitor Alvey has emerged victorious in three of his last four bouts, with each win over Dylan Andrews, Cezar Ferreira and Dan Kelly coming by way of knockout. Brazil's Sarafian, an aggressive battler who was a finalist on the first season of TUF Brazil, is coming off a stoppage of Antonio dos Santos in his return to 185 pounds in December of 2014.
With capable heavyweights in short supply these days, Alistair Overeem could be in high demand following UFC on Fox 17.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, Overeem’s current contract with the UFC will expire after he faces Junior dos Santos in Saturday’s co-headliner at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Dutchman then plans to explore his options in free agency once his deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion is fulfilled.
My 2cents 1. This is either a attempt to get more money after his contract expires or he wants to go juicing and his winning ways lol
Ovince St. Preux will square off with Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 196 on Feb. 6.
The light heavyweight bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight. UFC 196 takes place in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.