John Moraga vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian na UFC Fight Night 110
The fight of Joseph Benavidez with Ben Nguyen and John Moraga with Ashkan Mokhtarian has won the UFC Fight Night 110.
Two duels in the category have been officially announced for the UFC Fight Night 110, which will be held on 10 June in New Zealand Auckland.
Ranked # 1 in the Joseph Benavidez (25-4), who has won six consecutive matches since the second defeat of Demetrious Johnson, crosses the 13th place with Ben Nguyen Nguyen (16-6), who won three out of four Clashes in the octagon, recently confidently beating Geane Herrera.
Australian living in Australia is a very efficient and extremely versatile stand guard who works great on his legs - and in fist and kick exchanges he can endanger Benavidez, especially since he is fighting for the fight. However, it is difficult not to favor here the former challenger, who also has a solid inventory, faced with much stronger rivals and has much more experience.
Josh Stansbury returns to the UFC in June
Looking to rebound from his first loss inside the Octagon, Josh Stansbury (8-3, 1-1 UFC) is set to return to the UFC in June.
The Ohio native will face Jeremy Kimball (14-6, 0-1 UFC) in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
“The Sandman” competed on The Ultimate Fighter 23, where he was a semifinalist as part of Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s team. He made his official debut at the show’s finale, topping castmate Cory Hendricks via majority decision last July. He came up short in his sophomore UFC outing, however, losing a unanimous decision to Devin Clark at the TUF 24 Finale in December. The loss snapped an eight-fight winning streak for Stansbury, and was his first defeat since he started his career 0-2 in 2009.
Ilir Latifi vs. ‘Minotouro' Nogueira added to UFC Fight Night 112
A light heavyweight clash between Ilir Latifi and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was officially announced for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City, Okla., on June 25.
Latifi (12-5, 1 NC) and Nogueira (22-8) are both coming off stoppage losses to Ryan Bader.
Prior to the defeats, Latifi was riding a three-fight winning streak over Gian Villante, Sean O’Connell and Hans Stringer, and “Minotouro" had just defeated Patrick Cummins by knockout in Brazil.
UFC lightweights Marc Diakiese, Paul Felder trade Twitter barbs, fight seems inevitable
Two of the UFC’s most exciting lightweights seem pretty close to a fight, if Twitter is any gauge.
The recently victorious Marc Diakiese (12-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Paul Felder (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) today exchanged unpleasantries on social media. Diakiese said he’s now working to put them in the octagon soon.
It all started at the post-event press conference for this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107, where Diakiese pulled off a highlight reel knockout of Teemu Packalen in just 30 seconds, winning a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his efforts.
Nico Musoke ‘I Am Back and Fight Ready!’
Nico Musoke (13-4-1) is looking to get back into the Octagon. “I am healthy, free from injuries. I declared this with the UFC a few months ago and just looking to speed things up.” says the Swede to mmaViking.com that wants the world to know he wants to fight.
Vitor Belfort Suggest CM Punk For Retirement Fight
CM Punk seems to be the walking punch line of the UFC (well, besides the GSP vs. Michael Bisping fight), so it seems completely appropriate that former light heavyweight champion Vitor Belfort would use him as the butt of his.
As we all know, Vitor came off of a less than stellar performance Saturday night, losing via 1st round TKO against middleweight newcomer Kelvin Gastelum. Although Vitor had some early success, Kelvin’s crisp boxing skills and constant pressure proved too much for the Pride veteran. In a recent interview with Flocombat, Vitor announced that he was tired of facing the murders row of UFC opponents and wanted a much “smoother fight.”
UFC Fight Night 107 Medical Suspensions: Three Fighters Face 6-Month Layoffs
Francimar Barroso, Bradley Scott and Scott Askham are all facing 180-day suspensions following this past Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 107 card in London.
The UFC recently released a list of medical suspensions from the event to MMAjunkie.com. UFC Fight Night 107 took place at the O2 Arena and saw Jimi Manuwa score a first-round knockout victory over Corey Anderson in the main event. Anderson has been suspended 60 days with no contact during training for 45 days for precautionary reasons following the knockout defeat. Manuwa did not receive a medical suspension.
UFC Executive ‘We Want To Be in Copenhagen’
The stars were aligning for the Octagon to land in Denmark for the first time this May, but soon after initial reports about fights being planned for the new Royal Arena in Copenhagen, the location was suddenly confirmed for Stockholm.
“We were obviously in discussions. They were working through their opening and launch.” says Joe Carr, senior vice president of UFC international and content, to MMAViking.com about the attempt to put on event at the new indoor venue that opened last month.
UFC’s Viscardi Andrade suspended two years by USADA after testing positive for steroid
A former Ultimate Fighter Brazil castmate has been hit with a doping ban.
Viscardi Andrade, a UFC welterweight, has been suspended two years by USADA for testing positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol and its metabolites, per a release sent out by USADA on Tuesday. Andrade’s suspension is retroactive to March 20, 2016, so he’ll be able to return to the Octagon in March 2018.
Andrade, 33, failed a drug test for the banned substance stemming from a sample collected March 7, 2016. That was actually 13 days before his fight with Richard Walsh at UFC Fight Night 85 in Brisbane, Australia, but the results did not come back until after the bout. The UFC announced the potential anti-doping policy violation on April 12, 2016, saying that Andrade’s sample was analyzed at the WADA-accredited lab in Rio de Janeiro.
WADA actually suspended its accreditation of that Rio lab in June, only to reinstate it in July before the 2016 Summer Olympics in the city.
Derrick Lewis vs. Mark Hunt targeted for New Zealand's UFC Fight Night 110 headliner
New Zealand’s UFC Fight Night 110 lineup could soon have a big main event.
A heavyweight matchup between Derrick Lewis (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Mark Hunt (12-11-1 MMA, 7-5-1 UFC) is being targeted for the May event’s headlining slot.
People with knowledge of the matchup told MMAjunkie the fight is in the works. They spoke on the condition of anonymity since the potential bout hasn’t been signed or formally announced. Additionally, Hunt is currently under a medical suspension, which runs until April 19, due to a leg injury he suffered in a knockout loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 earlier this month. He’ll first need medical clearance before signing a bout agreement.
Cynthia Calvillo-Pearl Gonzalez Strawweight Bout Completes UFC 210 Lineup
The UFC 210 card is now complete with the addition of a strawweight clash between Cynthia Calvillo and Pearl Gonzalez.
The pairing was announced during the UFC Fight Night 107 Fight Pass stream on Saturday. UFC 210 takes place on April 8 at the Keybank Center in Buffalo and is headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson.
Calvillo made her Octagon debut at UFC 209, where she scored a first-round rear-naked choke victory over Amanda Bobby Cooper on March 4. The 29-year-old Team Alpha Male product is 4-0 as a professional, with all but one of her triumphs coming inside the distance.
Why a Mayweather vs. McGregor type fight never happened historically, and why it can happen now
Dana White's latest revelation, that a proposed Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor fight will probably happen, besides being a quick about-face from what he was saying just days earlier, speaks more to modern technology's ability to drive so much revenue on a singular night than anything else.
It's been roughly 11 years since the UFC was able to hang with boxing, and eventually surpass boxing (except for rare superfights) as a consistent pay-per-view draw. From that point, the idea of a true top drawing boxer vs. top drawing UFC fighter would have always been a big one-night money grab. But there was a logical reason it would never happen, aside from when the past-his-prime James Toney faced Randy Couture. It's the same reason that for the last 100 years similar matches with the biggest boxer of any given era against the biggest wrestling star of any given era never took place...