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With scrapped fight, Brandao-Kikuno moves to Saturday's UFC Fight Night 75 main card
(mmajunkie.com)
With a pair of injuries, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 75 lineup has a new main-card bout. UFC officials recently announced the cancellation of a bantamweight fight between Matt Hobar (9-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Norifumi Yamamoto (18-6 MMA, 0-3 UFC) after both competitors suffered undisclosed injuries. As a result, a featherweight title between Diego Brandao (19-10 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Katsunori Kikuno (23-7-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been elevated to the main card.
Submitted Sep 23, 2015 9:17AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
A Sketchy Drug Test Didn’t Stop Vitor Belfort From Fighting At UFC 152
(deadspin.com)
Just more than 24 hours ahead of their Memorial Day fight this year, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman stepped up to his opponent, Vitor Belfort, in public, ready to accuse him of cheating. At a weigh-in inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Belfort, 38, disrobed to boos. A densely muscled frame had helped him savage foes as far back as 1996, when at the age of 19 he debuted in mixed martial arts by bouncing super-heavyweight John Hess’s head off the canvas like a basketball to score a 12-second victory. From that day forward, people were drawn to his athleticism, his dynamic finishing ability, and his physique, the latter of which would be augmented over the years with performance-enhancing drugs. Additional Reading: It's almost 3 years ago to the day since Vitor Belfort stepped up on short notice to fight Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 152 in Toronto. Belfort nearly submitted Jones with an armbar in the 1st round, then proceeded to get shellacked until he tapped out to an Americana in round 4. Belfort has been the subject of heavy scrutiny and multiple controversies concerning his TRT use and drug testing results, and we have another chapter to add to the book. In a special investigation penned by Josh Gross and published on Deadspin, Belfort had actually tested positive for elevated testosterone in the state of Nevada just under three weeks before fight night in Ontario.
Submitted Sep 22, 2015 5:53PM by GDPofMPG - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
UFC Goes Back-to-Back in New Las Vegas Venue as Part of December Tripleheader
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is going all-in this December, hosting its first tripleheader week in Las Vegas. The promotion will feature separate events on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – Dec. 10, 11, and 12...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:33PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Stripped UFC Champ Jon Jones Headed for Plea Deal
(mmaweekly.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones appears to be headed towards a plea deal over charges resulting from an April hit-and-run incident in Albuquerque, N.M. A spokesperson for the Second District Judicial Court of New Mexico on Monday informed MMAWeekly.com that a Pre-Indictment Plea Hearing has been set before the Honorable Charles W. Brown at the combined request of the prosecution and the defense. The hearing is set for the Second District Judicial Court on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Albuquerque...
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 11:28PM by grappler0000 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC inks undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz for strawweight division
(mmajunkie.com)
Undefeated Polish strawweight Karolina Kowalkiewicz is apparently headed to the UFC. Her management team at MMA Cartel today announced the deal, though terms of the contract weren’t disclosed, and her first UFC fight hasn’t been scheduled. UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement.
Submitted Sep 21, 2015 1:30PM by postman - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza added to UFC Fight Night 77
(mmajunkie.com)
Featherweights Chas Skelly (14-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Kevin Souza (16-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will do battle at UFC Fight Night 77, according to a report by Brazilian outlet Combate. The bout, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by the UFC, brings the total number of fights on the card to 13. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza
Submitted Sep 19, 2015 1:10AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Perez reportedly set for UFC Fight Night 78
(mmajunkie.com)
A bantamweight fight between Scott Jorgensen (15-11 MMA, 4-7 UFC) and Alejandro Perez (15-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to go down at UFC Fight Night 78, according to a report by Indiscutido.com. The bout has not yet been publicly confirmed by the UFC. The latest UFC Fight Night 78 card includes: Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva Erik Perez vs. Damian Stasiak Bartosz Fabinski vs. Hector Urbina Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili Scott Jorgensen vs. Alejandro Perez TBA vs. TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” lightweight final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” welterweight final
Submitted Sep 19, 2015 1:07AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
More UFC fighters refuse to fight in Nevada following Nick Diaz's suspension
(bloodyelbow.com)
After the Nevada Athletic Commission handed out a potential career ending suspension to Nick Diaz, several people have spoken out. Media members have penned their concerns, and so have many UFC fighters including the biggest star in the sport. Olympic Gold Medalist Henry Cejudo have taken it one step further by refusing to fight in Nevada, and now it seems like more UFC fighters are taking a stand as well. Rising bantamweight star Aljamain Sterling has responded and said on twitter that he plans on doing the same.
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:58AM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
MacDonald vs. Lombard being discussed for 2016
(bloodyelbow.com)
A bout that was originally scheduled for UFC 186 might be something the UFC goes back to. According to the crew at UFC Tonight, the promotion is still interested in booking a welterweight bout between recent title challenger Rory MacDonald and Hector Lombard. April's pay-per-view in Montreal was supposed to be headlined by a welterweight bout between MacDonald and Lombard, but the bout was scrapped when Lombard tested positive for steroids. MacDonald was then moved into a title fight with Robbie Lawler in July. He was stopped in the fifth round of a bout he was winning, and ended up with the face you see in the image about as a result of the bout.
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:56AM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares added to UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout between longtime UFC fighters Clay Guida (32-15 MMA, 12-9 UFC) and Thiago Tavares (19-6-1 MMA, 9-6-1 UFC) has joined UFC Fight Night 77’s lineup. UFC-Brazil Senior Vice President and General Manager Giovani Decker today announced the bout. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes: Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:54AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Mitrione calls out UFC VP Matt Hughes following Nick Diaz tweet
(mmajunkie.com)
Matt Mitrione is willing to call out fellow fighters – even if he now technically works for them. The brouhaha began Thursday after a strange week in the regulatory world. Hughes, a former and longtime UFC welterweight champion, quit fighting in 2011 and officially announced his retirement in 2013. He was then named the UFC’s vice president of athlete development and government relations, though the title seems largely ceremonious.
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:53AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 80 gets slew of new bouts, including Howard-Means, Graves-Roberts
(mmajunkie.com)
Less than two weeks after the card was announced, UFC Fight Night 80 already has an 11-fight lineup after the UFC today announced a slew of new fights for the event. UFC Fight Night 80 takes place Dec. 10 at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in “Sin City.” The entire card will stream on UFC Fight Pass. With the additions, UFC Fight Night 80 now includes: Paige VanZant vs. Joanne Calderwood Jim Miller vs. Michael Chiesa Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott Michael Graves vs. Danny Roberts Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Andreas Stahl John Howard vs. Tim Means Omari Akhmedov vs. Lyman Good Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou Phillipe Nover vs. Zubaira Tukhugov Kailin Curran vs. Emily Peters Kagan
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:49AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili added to UFC Fight Night 78 in Mexico
(mmajunkie.com)
A featherweight bout between Gabriel Benitez (18-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Andre Fili (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) has been added to November’s UFC Fight Night 78 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout. The latest UFC Fight Night 78 card includes: Matt Brown vs. Kelvin Gastelum Ricardo Lamas vs. Diego Sanchez Henry Cejudo vs. Jussier Formiga Efrain Escudero vs. Leandro Silva Erik Perez vs. Damian Stasiak Bartosz Fabinski vs. Hector Urbina Valmir Lazaro vs. Michel Prazeres Gabriel Benitez vs. Andre Fili TBA vs. TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” lightweight final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF: Latin America 2” welterweight final
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:48AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: If victorious, Conor McGregor gets fight at 80,000-seat Croke Park
(mmajunkie.com)
Conor McGregor’s dream of headlining a stadium show in his native Ireland will apparently come to fruition if the interim featherweight champion successfully unifies the belts at UFC 194. According to UFC President Dana White, a McGregor (18-2 MMA, 6-0 UFC) victory over reigning 145-pound champ Jose Aldo (25-1 MMA, 7-0 UFC) at UFC 194 will set up his next bout for Dublin’s famed Croke Park stadium, which holds more than 80,000 spectators. “If he beats Jose Aldo in Las Vegas in December, the next fight will be in Croke Park,” White told the NRL Footy Show in Australia. “We told him he could defend his title at Croke Park.” UFC 194, which plays host to Aldo vs. McGregor, takes place Dec. 12 at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Sep 18, 2015 11:44AM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cung Le wants retirement fight under Scott Coker, still bound by UFC contract
(mmafighting.com)
Former UFC and Strikeforce star Cung Le spoke with MMA Fighting on Thursday about his current contract status with the UFC, why he wants to fight for Bellator and the possibility of there being an MMA fighter union in the next five years. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Sep 17, 2015 8:09PM by Wez - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
 
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera booked for UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s November card in Brazil continues to inch closer to finalization with its 11th fight. Pedro Munoz (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is set to take on Jimmie Rivera (17-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77. UFC officials recently announced the new booking. UFC Fight Night 77 takes place Nov. 7 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event is expected to air on Fox Sports 1 following early preliminary bouts on UFC Fight Pass. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1) Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1) Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Submitted Sep 17, 2015 12:51PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Cejudo refuses to fight in Nevada after Diaz ban
(bloodyelbow.com)
#FreeNickDiaz is in full effect. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion was suspended for five years by the Nevada Athletic Commission following a failed drug test at UFC 183. Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time in his career, and his hefty suspension has elicited outrage from the MMA community. Fighters have rallied for support of the Californian on Twitter, and one fan even filed a petition to the White House to uplift Diaz's ban. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has taken things a step further, as the undefeated flyweight prospect has refused to fight in Nevada, according to his manager, Bill McFarlane.
Submitted Sep 17, 2015 7:00AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
(mmafighting.com)
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce. "I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Submitted Sep 16, 2015 4:40PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator, UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
 
Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober slated for UFC 195
(mmafighting.com)
A lightweight contest between Erik Koch and Drew Dober has been targeted for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC officials Tuesday. Koch (14-4) has lost three of his past four fights. He was knocked out in the first round of his last trip to the Octagon by Daron Cruickshank at UFC Fight Night 40 on May 10, 2014...
Submitted Sep 15, 2015 10:42PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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