If CM Punk loses in UFC debut, Dana White will leave fighting again 'up to him'
The path for professional wrestler turned professional fighter CM Punk has been set. On Saturday, UFC newcomer Mickey Gall will get the first crack at Punk if he defeats Mike Jackson at UFC Fight Night 82.
Punk has no athletic or competitive martial arts experience background and at age 37, no one is exactly sure what to make of his fighting ability. So, what happens if the fight with Gall happens and Punk loses badly? Will he fight again?
UFC on FOX 19: Tecia Torres vs Rose Namajunas rematch likely for April 16
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) booked a sensational strawweight match up -- one with serious title implications -- for the upcoming UFC on FOX 19 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on April 16, 2016, according to MMA Fighting.
That's when Tecia Torres (7-0) will give Rose Namajunas (4-2) a rematch inside the Octagon, after the "Tiny Tornado" was able to capture a unanimous decision win over "Thug Rose" under the Invicta banner back in 2013.
'Bendo' brushes off White's parting shot, now advising other potential free agents
Benson Henderson doesn’t take everything UFC President Dana White says to heart. He can’t. It’d be foolish.
When the former UFC lightweight champ heard White’s parting comment following Henderson’s new deal with Bellator, telling MMAjunkie “we’re looking for top-5 guys, guys that are going from (No. 1) 15 to (No. 1) 1, not the other way around,” he shrugged it off.
It’s Dana White, after all.
“We know Dana,” Henderson (23-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) told MMAjunkie Radio. “You know Dana. I know Dana. We’ve heard some other things he said. That was the worst he said? He didn’t say my momma was ugly; he didn’t say I was the worst fighter in history? If that’s all he said, that’s not too bad, considering his history of outlandish quotes.”
Max Holloway eyes summer UFC return, wants McGregor, Mendes, Aldo or Edgar
Max Holloway has been recovering from a thumb surgery since a unanimous-decision win over Jeremy Stephens at UFC 194 in December.
Still in a cast, Holloway (15-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) said his rehab should be finished within six weeks. Barring any hiccups, “Blessed” said he expects an early-summer return to the octagon, and he’s already set his sights on a number of potential opponents.
With the longest active winning streak in the UFC featherweight division at seven, and with an eight consecutive wins overall dating back to 2013, Holloway, No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, wants nothing short of a top contender or a title shot next time out.
'Cowboy' vs. 'Cowboy' set as new UFC Fight Night 83 headliner (Updated)
With Tim Means out, this month’s UFC Fight Night 83 headliner will feature “Cowboy” vs. “Cowboy.”
Means (25-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) was slated to fight fellow welterweight Donald Cerrone (28-7 MMA, 15-4 UFC) in the Feb. 21 headliner before a potential USADA drug-testing violation forced “Dirty” out.
The latest UFC Fight Night 83 card includes:
Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
Shane Campbell vs. James Krause
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian
Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb
UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia adds three bouts with handful of newcomers
The UFC’s debut event in Croatia had added three new bouts that include a handful of promotional newcomers.
UFC officials today announced the matchups.
UFC Fight Night 86 takes place April 10 at Zagreb Arena in Zagreb, Croatia. It airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The latest UFC Fight Night 86 card includes:
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura
Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic
Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Dana White: Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier rematch 'probably going to happen in April'
Jon Jones will get the chance to rematch his biggest rival when he faces off with Daniel Cormier in April. At least, that’s the plan according to UFC President Dana White.
While speaking with FOX Sports, White said of the rematch, “It’s probably going to happen in April.”
As for a time and place? That’s still up in the air as well. Though UFC 197, currently scheduled for April 23 would seem a strong contender.
Ex-champ Velasquez completes back surgery, ready for full-time training in '4 to 5 weeks'
7 hours ago
I wanted to update you all on how my injury has been progressing.
First off, I want to thank you all for your amazing support. Your messages and your support have really helped me and my family through a tough time.
I had orthoscopic surgery on Monday morning to remove some bone spurs that were pinching my sciatic nerve. The surgery was a complete success and I can’t tell you how well I’m feeling already.
My doctors have recommended I take it easy for now but can begin light training in about two weeks. They also think I’ll be able to train at 100% in about four to five weeks. I’ll follow their orders but I can’t wait to get back in there.
I’ll keep updating everyone right here and on Twitter.
Tim Means flagged for 'potential' USADA violation, out of bout against Donald Cerrone
Another day, another anti-doping violation. The UFC announced Wednesday that welterweight veteran Tim Means has been flagged for a "potential Anti-Doping Policy violation" stemming from an out-of-competition drug test with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
As a result of the potential violation, Means is out of his UFC Fight Night 83 main event bout against Donald Cerrone. A replacement opponent for Cerrone is expected to be announced "shortly."
Onetime UFC title challenger Chris Cariaso retires from MMA: 'It's a bittersweet decision'
Thirteen-time UFC veteran Chris Cariaso has stepped into the cage for the final time.
Cariaso (17-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC), who also fought twice under the WEC banner before making his way to the octagon, today told MMAjunkie of his decision.
“I’ve decided after 22 years of active fighting to call it a career,” Cariaso told MMAjunkie. “It’s a bittersweet decision, as fighting and competing in a ring or cage is about all that I have known for a lifetime.
“The last four-and-a-half years fighting under the umbrella of Zuffa have been nothing short of amazing. I have so many memories and have been able to travel the world doing what I love best. Honestly, my life is what many only get to dream about and I have to thank so many people for making dreams a reality to me.”
Report: Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago 'Marreta' Santos booked for UFC Fight Night 88 in Brazil
The UFC’s May return to Brazil continues to grow with the addition of a middleweight fight featuring a former champion.
Ex-Strikeforce welterweight champ Nate Marquardt (34-15-2 MMA, 12-8 UFC) will fight in Brazil for the first time when he meets Thiago “Marreta” Santos (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC). The matchup was first reported by Brazil’s Combate MMA site, though UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement.
The latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Edmond Tarverdyan: Ronda May Never Watch Film of Holm Loss
Film study is a big part of many fighters' preparation. A couple months after losing via KO to Holly Holm, former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey still has not watched film of the UFC 193 main event, however, according to her coach Edmond Tarverdyan.
Tarverdyan says that Rousey may never actually watch it, in fact. "It's not about wanting to watch, it's about whether or not the timing is right, or if it's necessary," he recently told ESPN.com
Krylov will train at Kings MMA or Jackson MMA
On a three-fight win streak dating back to July 2014, Nikita Krylov is keen to use that momentum to work his way up the light-heavyweight roster.
With victories against Cody Donovan, Stanislav Nedkov and Marcos Rogério de Lima in his most recent outings, the Ukrainian is ready to take the next step in his career, which requires a move to one of North America's top gyms.
"As for my preparation for the fight, I think that in February I will fly to Los Angeles and start to train there," Krylov told cageside.ru. "While this is only an outline, we will consider such gyms as Kings MMA or Greg Jackson. Kings MMA has been named the best gym over the last couple of years. Champions Dos Anjos, Werdum are there, so it would be interesting to participate there."
CSAC suspends Ronda Rousey coach Edmond Tarverdyan for falsifying paperwork
The California State Athletic Commission today suspended Ronda Rousey coach Edmond Tarverdyan for three months, ruling unanimously that he falsified his application as licensed cornerman.
Tarverdyan, who appeared today at a CSAC hearing in Los Angeles, was also given a $5,000 fine and three years of probation. MMAjunkie confirmed the news with CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster after an initial report from MMAFighting.com.
Tarverdyan’s license was suspended on Jan. 4 after the commission discovered he pled no contest in 2010 to two felony counts of identity theft and one count of resisting arrest. He served one day in jail, three years of probation and was ordered to perform 30 days of community service.
UFC's Hector Lombard: I wanted to fight Rory MacDonald, but he doesn’t want to
UFC welterweight Hector Lombard is fighting Neil Magny at UFC Fight Night 85 and is happy to be returning to his adopted homeland of Australia.
But he’s headed back knowing another matchup eluded him. A bout with Rory MacDonald, once scheduled for UFC 186 and then targeted by UFC President Dana White, was scrapped when the recent title challenger demurred at the matchup, he told MMAjunkie.
“I want to fight him, and I think the UFC wanted to make that fight happen – he’s the one that doesn’t want it,” Lombard said after conducting a seminar at London’s Titan Fighter academy. “He’s the one who doesn’t want to fight.”
Manager: Miocic targeting spring or summer meeting with champ Werdum
The UFC hasn’t committed to a fight between heavyweight Stipe Miocic and champ Fabricio Werdum, but the top contender hopes to get his title shot in spring or summer.
According to Miocic manager Greg Kalikas, the UFC is reviewing Werdum’s “medical results so they can plan accordingly from there,” he wrote in a text message to MMAjunkie.
Miocic (14-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) was granted a title shot after ex-champ Cain Velasquez (13-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) withdrew from this month’s UFC Fight Night 82 due to a back injury. But then Werdum (20-5-1 MMA, 8-2 UFC) suffered a back injury himself – after first suffering a toe injury – and withdrew from the Feb. 6 event, which was later downgraded from pay-per-view to FOX Sports 1 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena.
UFC light heavyweight Abdul-Kerim Edilov fails USADA test before making octagon debut
UFC officials today announced that light heavyweight signee Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition test.
As is traditional with such announcements, the UFC declined further comment and stated only that the United States Anti-Doping Agency, who administers the UFC’s drug testing program, will handle the situation moving forward.