Brian Ortega out at UFC Fight Night 96, officials seek new opponent for Hacran Dias
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.
Rashad Evans vs. Tim Kennedy slated for UFC 205
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 Trujillo out vs. Evan Dunham next week in Texas, UFC turning to a former WSOF champion
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.
Shane Carwin & Management pass on UFC offer, looking elsewhere
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.
Ray Borg out of UFC 203 bout against Ian McCall due to illness
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.
Lineup, including six-fight main card, set for UFC Fight Night 95 in Brasilia
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).
Diaz vs. McGregor 2 looks to have broken UFC pay-per-view record
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.
Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone a go for UFC 205, Dana White says
Donald Cerrone appears to be on the fast track to a title shot in his new home at welterweight.
Cerrone (31-7 MMA, 18-4 UFC), a longtime UFC lightweight who this year moved up to 170 pounds after a title setback at 155, will face recently deposed champ Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) at UFC 205.
UFC President Dana White today told CBS Cleveland radio host Anthony Lima the bout is official on paper. The bout will be part of the event’s main card, though it will not serve as the headliner.
Abel Trujillo injured and out of UFC Fight Night 94 bout with Evan Dunham
Abel Trujillo is out of this month’s UFC Fight Night 94 event, and a replacement search is underway.
A UFC official today confirmed with MMAjunkie that Trujillo (15-6 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury and been forced out of his bout against fellow lightweight Evan Dunham (17-6 MMA, 10-6 UFC).
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.
Pedro Munhoz vs. Justin Scoggins set for UFC Fight Night 100 in November
After originally being targetted for UFC Fight Night 95, the bantamweight bout between Pedro Munhoz and Justin Scoggins is set for UFC Fight Night 100.
A UFC official today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie.
UFC Fight Night 100 is scheduled for Nov. 19 at a Brazilian location to be announced. Broadcast details for the event have not been confirmed. Munhoz vs. Scoggins is the first bout confirmed for the event.
Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who’s No. 11 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, was supposed to fight Ian McCall on July 30 but ultimately was forced off the card. He went home empty-handed and decided to move up to bantamweight. He enters UFC Fight Night 95 coming off back-to-back decision wins over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg
UFC Fight Night 93 bonuses: Josh Barnett double-dipped with $100,000 in extra checks
HAMBURG, Germany – Ryan Bader, Josh Barnett and Andrei Arlovski each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 93 event – and Barnett doubled up with an extra $50,000.
Barnett and Arlovski earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Bader and Barnett each won “Performance of the Night” honors.
The UFC announced the winners at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
Bader (21-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) had some dicey moments at the end of the first round of his light heavyweight scrap on the main card against Ilir Latifi (12-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC). But in the second, he took what he figured out in the first frame and put it to work. As Latifi moved in, Bader drilled him with a massive right knee that was on the button. Latifi was out before he hit the canvas, and Bader had a walk-off win that stunned the German fans.
Nik Lentz gets late replacement Michael McBride at UFC 203
Due to undisclosed reasons, Mairbek Taisumov is out of his fight with Nik Lentz at UFC 203. Now, promotional newcomer Michael McBride will step-up on short notice to fight Lentz. The news was confirmed on Thursday by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani.
Making his UFC debut, lightweight McBride will be looking to extend his wining streak to five in a row. McBride is 8-1 as a professional fighter, with all wins coming by submission. He last fought in November at MMC 61, defeating Derek Loffer via second-round triangle choke.
Dong Hyun Kim vs. Gunnar Nelson headlines UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The UFC’s return to Northern Ireland this fall has its main event.
The UFC Fight Night 99 headliner will be a welterweight bout between Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) and Gunnar Nelson (15-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC), UFC officials today announced. No other bookings were announced for the card, and Kim-Nelson is the first fight announced for the event so far.
UFC Fight Night 99 takes place Nov. 19 at SSE Arena in Belfast. Broadcast plans have not yet been announced. It is the first of two fight cards on the same day for the UFC. UFC Fight Night 100 takes place later in the day in Brazil.
End of an era: Following promotion's sale, matchmaker Joe Silva leaving UFC
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has informed the company that he will leave his job with the organization, possibly as soon as the end of 2016, MMAjunkie has learned from a person close to the situation.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to discuss the matter.
Silva’s departure will come on the heels of the UFC’s sale to a group headed up by talent agency WME-IMG, a deal that Silva is said to have profited from as a company executive.
That financial gain, and not any discontent with the sale or new owners, is motivating Silva’s decision to retire, the source said.