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If you thought Donald Cerrone was going to sit around and mope for a while following his devastating loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on Fox 17 two weeks ago, you clearly don't know much about "Cowboy."
One of the most active fighters on UFC's roster will return to action in the main event of UFC Fight Night 82 on Feb. 21 in Pittsburgh, taking on Tim Means at 170 pounds.
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A welterweight battle has been added to UFC Pittsburgh, as Jonavin Webb (8-1, 0-1 UFC) is set to face Bryan Barberena (10-3, 1-1 UFC) in a 170-pound battle at the event.
Webb, who hails from New Jersey, was the welterweight champion for CFFC before making his UFC debut on short notice against Kyle Noke at UFC Fight Night 65 in May. “Spyder” dropped a split decision to Noke, and now looks to pick up his first UFC win fighting not far from home.
Undefeated promotional newcomer Joey Gomez has stepped in as a replacement at UFC Fight Night 81.
Gomez (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Patrick Williams (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and now meets bantamweight Rob Font (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the event.
UFC officials recently made the change to the official UFC.com fight card. Williams suffered an injury, according to nesn.com.
On the last day of 2015, the UFC was given one last reminder of the injury bug that plagued the year.
As announced on UFC Europe’s Twitter, Jimi Manuwa (15-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) is injured and out of his UFC Fight Night 83 bout with Nikita Krylov (19-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC).
After a recent and quick title loss, Donald Cerrone says he’ll soon have his next fight. He also has a willing opponent.
Cerrone (28-7 MMA, 15-4 UFC) suffered a 66-second TKO loss to lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (25-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) earlier this month in UFC on FOX 17’s headliner.
On Tuesday, Cerrone, who snapped an eight-fight winning streak with the title loss, said he’s ready to fight again and that announcement will be made soon
The UFC has cut eight fighters from its roster, including light heavyweight veteran Fabio Maldonado.
A source close to the promotion told MMAFighting.com that the UFC has released Maldonado, Chico Camus, Kevin Souza, Ericka Almeida, Bubba Bush, Mickael Lebout, Vernon Ramos and Jumabieke Tuerxun from their contracts.
Sam Alvey is injured and out of his Feb. 21 UFC Fight Night 82 bout opposite Daniel Sarafian in Pittsburgh.
The 29-year-old fighter suffered a broken jaw after absorbing a head kick while training for the fight. The report initially surfaced on the MMA subreddit, /r/MMA, and MMAFighting.com has since confirmed the news with Alvey.
Less than two months after announcing a pay-per-view event in Rio de Janeiro on March 5, the UFC has decided to change plans.
Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva revealed the news on a conference call Tuesday, and MMAFighting.com confirmed it with sources close to the promotion.
"(The plan) was to have me fighting in Brazil against I don’t know who," Silva said, "but with this situation going on in Brazil, economically and everything, the UFC decided to abort this event for now."
Robbie Lawler was just hanging out one day earlier this month when he got a few unsolicited calls. Everyone wanted to know how he got injured and if he was out of his fight with Carlos Condit at UFC 195.
"I got calls saying, 'Hey, are you hurt?'" Lawler said Monday on a media conference call. "[I said,] 'Um, no I'm just sitting here relaxing.' I just had no idea anything was going on, because I don't really get on social media much. So, maybe a couple days later I kind of figured it out."
With the rise of Conor McGregor and the crash of Ronda Rousey, 2015 was a record year for the UFC.
In an interview with CNN Money, UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta revealed that his company would “generate about $600 million in revenue for the year.” That’s not all profit, of course, and he wouldn’t reveal how much of it would be profit for the company, but it’s safe to say that 2015 was a great year for the company.
After an unsatisfying Octagon outing earlier this month, Kevin Casey will get straight back to work in the new year.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Monday announced that Casey will take on Rafael Natal in a middleweight attraction at next month’s UFC on Fox 18 in New Jersey.
Headlined by a light heavyweight duel between Anthony Johnson and Ryan Bader, the nationally televised show takes place Jan. 30 at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
The UFC had an historic year in 2015. From the highs of mega-events that caught the world’s attention to the lows of an overwhelming number of key fight cancellations, a lot unfolded over the past 12 months and 41 events.
Now that the year has come to a close, and with a major assist from FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producers Michael Carroll, here are some of 2015’s most significant milestones from the events, the fights and individual performances.
After losing his high-profile opponent for UFC Fight Night 83 in London, Gegard Mousasi has his new assignment for late February.
With Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) into the main-event slot against former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) now will meet Thales Leites (25-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in the co-main event.
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It’s been an extremely rough year for Team Alpha Male. First their head coach Martin Kampmann leaves the team because of personal issues. Then the whole T.J Dillashaw fiasco with him leaving to join team elevation. Now the teams brightest prospect Cody Garbrandt has decided to spend most of his time training with Team Jackson Winklejon for his upcoming bout vs John Lineker.
UFC women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is “99 percent” likely to coach the 23rd edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite rival Claudia Gadelha.
Speaking on Monday to Polish MMA outlet MMARocks.pl, Jedrzejczyk stopped short of confirming the news. But “TUF 20” vet Tecia Torres later backed the report, recently telling fans she heard the strawweight rivals will coach against each other on the reality show.
In an email to MMAjunkie, a UFC official declined comment on the show’s casting. If confirmed, the coaches would mark the first time women’s strawweights have coached on the long-running reality series, which just wrapped up its 22nd season featuring now-featherweight champion Conor McGregor and popular ex-champ Urijah Faber.
While the result of the fight opened up far more questions about her future, Ronda Rousey at UFC 193 established a mark that two years ago would have been thought of as unfathomable. Her title loss to Holly Holm not only drew more than 50,000 fans, but also topped 1 million pay-per-view buys.
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The UFC is pulling out two of the sport’s most notable middleweights for an event on UFC Fight Pass.
Officials today announced former middleweight champion and one of the sport’s all-time greats, Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), will meet perennial contender Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) in February’s UFC Fight Night 83 headliner.
Not much of a surprise here.
Gleison Tibau, already provisionally suspended after an out-of-competition violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy, has also violated the policy with an in-competition sample after UFC Fight Night: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 last month in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the UFC announced Wednesday.
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