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UFC on FOX 23 post-fight facts: Francis Ngannou overtakes lead for consecutive UFC finishes
For the first time since UFC on FOX 4 in August 2012, every fight on a FOX-televised main card ended in a stoppage. Saturday’s UFC on FOX 23 event at Pepsi Center in Denver featured four finishes in four fights, with Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) closing the show with a second-round submission of fellow bantamweight Julianna Pena (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) to secure her position as the next title challenger. Although Shevchenko’s performance was the most relevant on the card in terms of title stakes, several other competitors turned in key victories. For more on the UFC’s sixth visit to Denver, check below for 50 post-fight facts to come out of UFC on FOX 23...
Submitted Jan 29, 2017 2:12PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Blachowicz vs. Cummins, Aldana vs. Chookagian among new UFC 210 bookings
April’s UFC 210 event in New York has three new additions. Officials today announced the trio of bouts: light heavyweights Jan Blachowicz (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) vs. Patrick Cummins (8-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC), featherweights Shane Burgos (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Charles Rosa (11-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC), and women’s bantamweights Irene Aldana (7-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC). UFC 210 takes place April 8 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass
Submitted Jan 27, 2017 3:23PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
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Ronda Threatened Lawsuit For Training Partners Who Punched Her In Sparring
“She’s not allowed to get hit in sparring. These girls have to sign these waivers to say that we’ll never hit Ronda, and we’ll never talk about this type of training ever and all this stuff. She’s not really taking the toll in the fight camp with getting punched in the face legitimately so she doesn’t really know what that feels like.” “She’s a superstar and they don’t want to see her get any damage. So, it’s like whenever the girls would go hard on her [during sparring] — whenever they’d come forward and start banging it out on her, they’d tell them, ‘Hey. Knock it off, stop it. Don’t hit her so hard. And sign this waiver and say that you were never here and that you never punched her. Don’t ever talk about how well you did in training because you have to sign this dotted line and if you don’t we’ll sue you for a million dollars.'” *around 6 min mark*
Submitted Jan 27, 2017 12:22PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Ranked flyweights Ali Bagautinov, Zach Makovsky no longer on UFC roster
Two of the world’s best flyweights are no longer under UFC contract. Former UFC title challenger Ali Bagautinov (14-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and middling contender Zach Makovsky (19-8 MMA, 3-4 UFC) both completed their respective deals with the promotion with their most recent fights. Both men are no longer listed under the organization’s official rankings and are currently not being considered for new deals. A UFC official confirmed the moves to MMAjunkie on Thursday.
Submitted Jan 26, 2017 7:39PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Kevin Lee vs. Francisco Trinaldo set for UFC Fight Night Fortaleza
Another Brazilian name has been added to the UFC’s March 11 event in Fortaleza. Curitiba’s Francisco Trinaldo will meet Kevin Lee in an interesting lightweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 106. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial report by Combate.
Submitted Jan 26, 2017 6:59PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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George Sullivan fails drug test, facing second UFC anti-doping violation
George Sullivan’s toughest opponent over the last year has been USADA. The UFC welterweight failed a drug test and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Thursday. Sullivan is the first athlete to be flagged by USADA twice since it became the UFC’s anti-doping partner in July 2015. The positive test stems from a sample collected Jan. 14. Sullivan, who is currently serving a one-year suspension by USADA, has been provisionally suspended on top of that.
Submitted Jan 26, 2017 4:36PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Daniel Cormier vs. Anthony Johnson 2 set for UFC 210
Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson are going to give it another go in April. Cormier will defend his light heavyweight title against Johnson at UFC 210 in Buffalo on April 8, MMA Fighting confirmed. Cormier announced the news on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday night.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 10:14PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Felipe Olivieri suspended two years following USADA doping case arbitration
Going to arbitration did not end up helping Felipe Olivieri. After having his USADA case heard by an independent arbitrator, the UFC lightweight was suspended two years for an anti-doping violation, USADA announced Wednesday.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 7:07PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Michael McDonald is so broke he can’t even afford to accept a fight from the UFC right now
It's pretty common knowledge at this point that making it into the UFC doesn't result in immediate riches and financial security. In fact, more and more stories continue to pour out featuring fighters struggling and going broke fighting for the organization. Here's the latest disheartening tale: #8 ranked bantamweight Michael McDonald can't even afford a camp right now, so he's stuck working a second job until he can save up enough to train.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 6:55PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt, ex-champ T.J. Dillashaw reveal 'TUF 25' coaching staffs
Filming for Season 25 of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series is already underway. That means UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt and former titleholder T.J. Dillashaw are already in Las Vegas. Earlier this month, it was announced former teammates-turned-rivals Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Dillashaw (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) would coach “TUF 25: Redemption,” which will feature a cast filled entirely with returning “TUF,” competitors as well as current UFC athletes. I am actually looking forward to this should be interesting considering Faber and Ludwig will be there.
Submitted Jan 25, 2017 11:06AM by reptiler13 - 3 comments
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Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos targeted for UFC 211
Junior dos Santos was scheduled to fight Stefan Struve at UFC Halifax on February 19th, but was pulled from the card after Struve suffered an injury, and UFC officials couldn’t find a suitable replacement. Instead, it looks like dos Santos will upgrade in a major way and fight for the heavyweight title. Combate reported on Tuesday that the former UFC champion will go up against current champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 211 in Dallas, Texas.
Submitted Jan 24, 2017 8:16PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
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Niko Price replaces Sheldon Westcott at UFC Fight Night 104 in Houston
Alex Morono has a replacement opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 104 event. As MMAjunkie first reported, Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) was recently forced out of the welterweight bout. Today officials announced Niko Price (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Morono (13-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC). UFC Fight Night 104 takes place Feb. 4 at Toyota Center in Houston. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Jan 24, 2017 4:02PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
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Makwan Amirkhani, Arnold Allen set to clash at UFC Fight Night: London
Two rising prospects will collide in a featherweight bout in London, the UFC announced Tuesday. Makwan Amirkhani and Arnold Allen are set to face off at UFC Fight Night 107 at London’s O2 Arena on March 18.
Submitted Jan 24, 2017 2:13PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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UFC adds Anthony Hamilton vs. Marcel Fortuna to Houston card
The UFC announced a late addition to the Fight Night card in Houston. Anthony Hamilton is set to take on Brazilian heavyweight Marcel Fortuna at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, on Feb. 4.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 9:38PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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Mike Goldberg opens up about ‘disappointing’ UFC departure: ‘I watched everything around me be shattered’
No one is more disappointed than Mike Goldberg about the way things ended between he and the UFC. The longtime play-by-play voice of the Octagon unceremoniously parted ways with the UFC last month after spending 20 years as a mainstay of the company’s broadcast booth — exiting the UFC without even a tribute from the promotion itself. On Monday, speaking publicly for the first time his departure, Goldberg said was stunned to learn of the UFC’s decision to not renew his contract at the beginning of December, and explained that he simply resolved to close out the final three shows of his UFC career with the same level of professionalism as everything that came before.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 8:49PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
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UFC Fight Night 105 adds Carmouche vs. McMann, Janes vs. Meerschaert, Sicilia vs. Tucker
The UFC Fight Night 105 lineup is finally filling out, and UFC officials have announced three new contests for the card, as well as a rebuilt contest. The additions include a women’s bantamweight matchup between Liz Carmouche (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) and Sara McMann (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC), a middleweight contest with Ryan Janes (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Gerald Meerschaert (25-8 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and a featherweight bout with Sam Sicilia (15-7 MMA, 5-6 UFC) vs. Gavin Tucker (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials also confirmed a previously reported matchup of Johny Hendricks vs. Hector Lombard. Additionally, injuries forced a shuffle of planned lightweight bouts, and Paul Felder (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) now meets Alessandro Ricci (10-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event. Felder had been expected to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 208, while Ricci was matched up with Alvaro Herrera at UFC Fight Night 105. UFC Fight Night 105 takes place Feb. 19 at Scotiabank Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. A newly announced headliner of Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis tops the bill for the FS1-broadcast event.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 7:47PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
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UFC 211 set for May 13 in Dallas
The UFC returns to the Lone Star State in May for UFC 211. Yahoo’s Kevin Iole today tweeted the promotion’s plans to visit Dallas on May 13, and MMAjunkie confirmed with UFC officials that the card will serve as UFC 211.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 5:40PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis named new UFC Halifax main event
UFC Fight Night 105 will get a heavyweight main event, just not the one fans originally expected. Travis Browne will meet Derrick Lewis in the main event of the Feb. 19 event in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. MMAFighting confirmed an initial report by Yahoo Sports.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 5:38PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
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Rony Jason vs. Jeremy Kennedy added to UFC Fight Night 106 in Brazil
Featherweight Rony Jason will welcome an undefeated Canadian to Brazil at UFC Fight Night 106. UFC officials today announced that Jason (14-6 MMA, 4-3 UFC), the featherweight winner of the debut season of “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil,” will face Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 106 at March 11 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 4:41PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
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Melendez plans one last title run, at featherweight
Lightweight Gilbert Melendez entered the UFC early in 2014 with one of the best contracts in league history, but went just 1-4, and is on a three-fight losing streak. Melendez, who turned pro in 2002, is not done yet, however. During a recent appearance on MMAjunkie radio, El Nino said he wants one more title run, at 145, a weight he has not fought at since 2005.
Submitted Jan 23, 2017 12:18PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
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