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What investors are being told about the UFCs finances (Part 2)
The second of three articles looking at the UFC's finances. In part two, John S. Nash uses reports from various financial service companies to examine the UFC's debt. For an in-depth look at the UFC's revenue see our previous article: Earning will be examined next week in part 3. To get a better understanding of the UFC's debt load, Bloody Elbow analyzed all the available published materials from Moody's, Standard & Poor's, Deutsche Bank, and Prospect News and consulted with a team of financial professionals to evaluate the reports. None of the documents reported on the UFC's liabilities before 2005, so we are forced to start our debt history with that year.
Submitted Nov 3, 2015 12:35PM by GDPofMPG - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
Ronda Rousey's coach claims bankruptcy, trustee pursues GFC for liquidation
Ronda Rousey’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, has filed for bankruptcy claiming no personal income, no stake in Glendale Fighting Club and over $700,000 in debts. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 3, 2015 8:35AM by Wez - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Report: 'Death threats,' 'public pressure' motivate NSAC to reduce Nick Diaz's five-year suspension for marijuana
The seemingly draconian sentence handed down by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to Nick Diaz for his third infraction for positive testing of marijuana metabolites is likely to be significantly reduced.
Submitted Nov 3, 2015 5:16AM by jae_1833 - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Matt Brown injured, out of UFC Fight Night headliner against Kelvin Gastelum
UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown suffered an ankle injury during a training session and has been forced out of his upcoming welterweight bout with Kelvin Gastelum, which was set to headline UFC Fight Night (doubling as the TUF Latin America 2 Finale) later this month. FOX Sports' Damon Martin reported the news on Monday night.
Submitted Nov 2, 2015 10:01PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Ben Askren: Fans hating on CM Punk stems from jealousy
CM Punk has become public enemy No. 1 for diehard MMA fans and pro wrestling fans who are angry that he left sports entertainment for the UFC. For someone who is still months and months away from an Octagon debut, Punk gets an uneven amount of hate on social media -- and he's been vocal about it.
Submitted Nov 2, 2015 2:53PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Gunnar Nelson explains why and when he believes Conor McGregor will move to lightweight
Gunnar Nelson is worried about Conor McGregor. An out-spoken critic of drastic weight cutting in MMA, Nelson says his good friend and training partner is pushing the limit in cutting down to 145.
Submitted Nov 2, 2015 2:52PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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UFC 195's Lorenz Larkin on Albert Tumenov: Didn't know him until he called me out
Lorenz Larkin still has no plans to use his victory over current UFC champion Robbie Lawler to his advantage, even if he defeats Albert Tumenov at UFC 195 on Jan. 2. A victory over Tumenov (16-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) would improve Larkin (16-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) to 3-0 since he dropped to the UFC welterweight division in January.
Submitted Nov 1, 2015 6:52PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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'UFC Fight Night 80: VanZant vs. Namajunas' lineup finalized with 12 bouts
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 event, which marks the first headliner for Paige VanZant and a quick turnaround for former title challenger Rose Namajunas. MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10 p.m. ET) •Rose Namajunas vs. Paige VanZant •Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller •Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister •Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:45 p.m. ET) •John Howard vs. Tim Means •Omari Akhmedov vs. Sergio Moraes •Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior •Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling •Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl •Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts •Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov •Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Nov 1, 2015 5:37PM by Wez - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 79 lineup set with 4:45 a.m. ET prelims start time on Fight Pass
The lineup is set for UFC Fight Night 79 a month from today, and for those who get up early in the States, your Saturday will be cleared of MMA by mid-morning. The full UFC Fight Nigh 79 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 8 a.m. ET) Benson Henderson vs. Thiago Alves Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4:45 a.m. ET) Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Dominique Steele Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia Yui Chul Nam vs. Mike De La Torre Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang Fredy Serrano vs. Yao Zhikui Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou Cortney Casey vs. Seo Hee Ham
Submitted Nov 1, 2015 1:00AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier ready to fight in Oklahoma, New Mexico, wherever
Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones are no strangers to heated talk. Jones came out on top when the two met at UFC 182 in Jan., taking a unanimous decision victory. That meeting didn’t settle the beef between the two that spilled over into a pre-fight press conference brawl before their prior meeting. Jones (21-1 MMA, 15-1 UFC) hasn’t fought since that bout, as the UFC stripped the longtime light heavyweight champion of his title following his involvement in an April hit-and-run incident. Cormier (17-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) won the vacant title in Jones’ absence with a third-round submission of Anthony Jonson at UFC 187. He followed that win up with a split-decision victory in a title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192.
Submitted Oct 31, 2015 3:24AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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John Lineker to Bryan Caraway: ‘I need another name that I can knock out’
UFC bantamweight John Lineker is game to fight Bryan Caraway if the UFC makes it so. In a statement released Wednesday to MMAjunkie, former flyweight contender Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2 UFC) said he heard Caraway’s (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) callout on MMAjunkie Radio and welcomes a booking. “I saw that Bryan Caraway wants to fight me,” Lineker wrote. “I also heard he’s friends with Francisco Rivera, so I guess he just wants to defend his buddy’s honor and have his back, and I’m absolutely fine with that.” Caraway recently told MMAjunkie Radio he watched Lineker’s most recent bout, a “Fight of the Night” knockout of Francisco Rivera at UFC 191, and came away with a desire to fight the heavy-handed Brazilian. “He beat Francisco, so I kind of want to get in there and mix it up with him,” Caraway said. Lineker said a fight with the veteran of “The Ultimate Fighter 14” veteran is good for his career. “Truthfully, I’m honored that Caraway wants to fight me,” he said. “I’ll graciously accept the fight if it fits the UFC’s purpose. I know it fits mine. “I need another name in the division that I can knock out. People keep calling me small for the division, but as I continue to rack up these names, they’ll be calling me a giant at bantamweight.”
Submitted Oct 31, 2015 3:18AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov after latest injury: 'I'm not sure if I will ever come back'
Khabib Nurmagomedov apparently has serious doubts about his future following his latest injury setback. The undefeated UFC lightweight contender suffered a rib injury that will prevent him from making a scheduled bout with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December. It’s the third major injury Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) has faced in less than two years and he hinted the damage could spell the end of his career. “I broke a rib and once again retired from the fight, I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure I’ll be back at all ever,” Nurmagomedov wrote on his official Instagram account. “I want to apologize to my fans. I broke my rib, and again I am out of the fight. I really wanted to come back, I’m not sure if I will ever come back. Thanks to my fans and my sponsors.”
Submitted Oct 31, 2015 3:16AM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Edson Barboza steps in for Khabib Nurmagomedov to face Tony Ferguson at TUF Finale
***UPDATED POST*** Edson Barboza was officially named the replacement for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov in a fight with Tony Ferguson at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Friday. (Courtesy of on Twitter) ***ORIGINAL POST*** Khabib Nurmagomedov can't seem to catch a break. An injured rib has forced Nurmagomedov out of his highly-anticipated Dec. 11 fight against Tony Ferguson, sources confirmed with MMAFighting.com Thursday night. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Oct 30, 2015 12:21AM by Wez - 29 comments
Filed under: UFC
Caio Magalhaes Suspended 6 Months for Spitting Blood at Josh Samman After July 12 Bout
Caio Magalhaes was suspended six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for splitting blood at Josh Samman after their bout at "The Ultimate Fighter 21" finale. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Oct 29, 2015 2:39PM by Wez - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy fight rebooked for UFC 195 in Las Vegas
A scrapped headliner between lightweights Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy will now be a big part of January’s UFC 195. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Oct 28, 2015 9:07PM by Wez - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nevada Athletic Commission releases statement regarding Nick Diaz settlement talks
Nick Diaz being suspended for five years is looking less and less likely. The Nevada Athletic Commission released a statement Wednesday, confirming that it is indeed in settlement talks with Diaz's legal team despite its decision last month to suspend Diaz five years and fine him $165,000 for a third marijuana offense.
Submitted Oct 28, 2015 4:43PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dustin Poirier: I'd be 'broke and brain dead' if I made decisions based on fans
Dustin Poirier has taken some heat from fans and even his fighter peers for not accepting a last-minute opponent over the weekend. But he's standing by his decision -- and he maintains that it was the right one.
Submitted Oct 28, 2015 3:02PM by tildengolfer - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nick Diaz in settlement talks with Nevada Athletic Commission, could fight as early as 2016
Nick Diaz might not be suspended for five years after all. Actually, he could be back by next year. The popular UFC fighter's legal team is currently in settlement talks with the Nevada Athletic Commission, sources told MMA Fighting. One source with knowledge of the situation said that Diaz could actually be back in the Octagon by sometime in 2016.
Submitted Oct 28, 2015 2:54PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paige VanZant vs. Rose Namajunas to headline Fight Pass card with Joanne Calderwood out
Two of the UFC's biggest rising stars at women's strawweight will face off in two months. Paige VanZant will meet Rose Namajunas in the main event of UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec. 10 in Las Vegas, UFC president Dana White announced Wednesday on Twitter. VanZant was supposed to meet Joanne Calderwood in the headliner, but Calderwood pulled out due to injury. The card will air live and exclusively on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 28, 2015 2:53PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping no longer interested in Anderson Silva: Probably 'on juice whole time'
For much of his career, Michael Bisping was motivated by the idea of getting to square off with UFC legend Anderson Silva. Now that Silva has a positive test for anabolic steroids under his belt, Bisping’s interest has waned. Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) recently underwent surgery on his arm. The injury that led to the procedure forced him out of a UFC 193 bout with Robert Whittaker. While there’s no set timeframe for his return, Bisping is starting to move toward a return to the gym.
Submitted Oct 27, 2015 8:10PM by tildengolfer - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
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