Coach reveals that Duffy suffered concussion on last day of sparring
Yesterday, it was announced that Irish lightweight prospect Joseph Duffy was forced to withdraw from the main event of UFC Dublin.
"Irish Joe" was set to collide with Dustin Poirier in a bout that promised to gauge his standing in the lightweight division, but the 27-year-old had suffered a concussion in training. Duffy had been preparing for the fight at the world renowned Tristar gym under the tutelage of Firas Zahabi.
Bellator 147 moves to Dec. 4 with Thomson-Villaseca, Weichel-Karakhanyan
December’s Bellator 147 event has two new fights – and a new date – officials today announced.
The card features former Strikeforce champion/UFC vet Josh Thomson (21-8 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) vs. fellow lightweight Pablo Villaseca (10-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and featherweights Daniel Weichel (35-9 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1 MMA, 2-2 BMMA), who’s ranked No. 15 in the NOS Energy Drink MMA featherweight rankings.
Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov slated for UFC 195
A ferocious welterweight contest was announced Thursday, as surging strikers Lorenz Larkin and Albert Tumenov have agreed to fight on Jan. 2 at UFC 195 in Las Vegas, NV.
Combined, Larkin and Tumenov have finished five of their last six victories by KO/TKO, garnering three post-fight performance bonuses in the process.
Stephen Thompson vs. Neil Magny added to UFC 195
The UFC's next New Year's weekend event is quickly turning into a welterweight showcase. A sizzling match-up between rising 170-pound contenders, Stephen Thompson and Neil Magny, has been scheduled for Jan. 2 at UFC 195 in Las Vegas, NV. The UFC announced the bout on Thursday.
Joseph Duffy Out of UFC Fight Night Dublin, Holohan-Smolka Moved to Main Event
Joseph Duffy suffered a mild concussion during training and has been forced to withdraw from his UFC Fight Night Dublin headliner against Dustin Poirier, promotion officials announced Wednesday.
"Having learned that Duffy received a strike to the head during training earlier this week, UFC sent him for medical tests in Ireland for precautionary purposes. The results determined that Duffy suffered a mild concussion and due to the proximity of the fight this Saturday, UFC will not permit him to compete,” the statement read. “The health and safety of UFC athletes will continue to be the top priority for the organization. As such, UFC has respected standard athletic commission regulations, which recommend a medical suspension from competition as a result of the concussion.”
As a result of the injury, a flyweight clash between Patrick Holohan and Louis Smolka has been promoted to the main event. UFC Fight Night takes place at the 3Arena and airs in its entirety on Fight Pass beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT. Holohan vs. Smolka will be a three-round headliner.
Irish fans proudly offended by Reebok T-Shirt
Reebok's initial foray into the MMA space was widely panned, ranging generally from bafflement to derision. If you had to sum it up in a single word, it would be Giblert.
The latest gaffe has earned a very different reaction, outrage.
UFC Fight Night 76 this weekend is in Dublin, Ireland. Reebok has a new shirt with the UFC logo, a map of the Republic of Ireland, and the word “Ireland."
Corey Anderson in for injured Tom Lawlor at UFC Fight Night 77
Tom Lawlor is out of his UFC Fight Night 77 bout with Fabio Maldonado. Replacing Lawler in the light heavyweight bout is Corey Anderson.
The change was announced on the UFC’s official website.
With the change, the full UFC Fight Night 77 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Corey Anderson vs. Fabio Maldonado
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Matheus Nicolau vs. Bruno Korea
Sheldon Westcott vs. Edgar Garcia moves to UFC 195 in January
With today’s new UFC Fight Night 80 fight booking, a bout originally scheduled for the December card instead will move to January.
A fight between “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” runner-up Sheldon Westcott (8-3-1 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and fellow welterweight Edgar Garcia (14-4 MMA, 0-3 UFC), which originally was scheduled for UFC Fight Night 80 on Dec. 10, instead has moved to UFC 195.
The latest UFC 195 lineup now includes:
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title
Drew Dober vs. Erik Koch
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister joins UFC Fight Night 80 lineup
A lightweight bout between fast-rising prospect Sage Northcutt (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Cody Pfister (12-4-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) has been added to next month’s UFC Fight Night 80 lineup.
The latest UFC Fight Night 80 lineup now includes:
Joanne Calderwood vs. Paige VanZant
Sage Northcutt vs. Cody Pfister
Michael Chiesa vs. Jim Miller
Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Omari Akhmedov vs. Lyman Good
John Howard vs. Tim Means
Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl
Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts
Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Kailin Curran vs. Emily Kagan
Johnny Eduardo vs. Aljamain Sterling
UFC heavyweight Soa Palelei retires from MMA
A popular UFC heavyweight is calling it quits.
Soa Palelei, who gained notoriety for his charisma and philanthropy over the last two years, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts Monday, according to a statement he released via Twitter. He was not cut by the UFC, his manager Audie Attar told MMA Fighting, despite reports.
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17 additional fighters removed from the UFC
Last week, 6 fighters were told of their release from the UFC, in what is reportedly the beginning of a massive roster culling, with approximately 50 fighters expected to be cut. Today, more than a dozen more fighters saw their UFC tenures end. UFCFIGHTERSINFO's special script ran through the UFC's fighter database and confirmed the following names are gone from the roster.
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Andre Pederneiras discusses what’s next for Renan Barao, Claudia Gadelha
Two of the top fighters from Nova Uniao are waiting for their next steps in the UFC.
A former bantamweight champion, Renan Barao has suffered another defeat to current titleholder T.J. Dillashaw, going 0-2 in his last championship fights. Featherweight champ Jose Aldo and UFC president Dana White already stated they want Barao at 145 pounds, and the fighter recently said that’s what he expects for his future.