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UFC 198, Fight Night Vegas Get New Fights
A change to UFC 198 and several additions to July’s UFC International Fight Week events are in the news today, as matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby get the week off to a rousing start. Former Ultimate Fighter standout Kamaru Usman has been forced out of his UFC 198 bout in Brazil against Sergio Moraes, setting up an all-Curitiba showdown between Moraes and Octagon newcomer Luan Chagas, a black belt in jiu-jitsu and karate, on May 14. The July 7 event in Las Vegas that kicks off three consecutive nights of Octagon action got a jolt of new fights featuring several rising stars and seasoned vets. Three welterweight bouts take center stage when it comes to these fight announcements, with all-action Alan Jouban facing surging Nordine Taleb, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle getting a home game against unbeaten Alberto Mina, and Alvaro Herrera taking on Vicente Luque.
Submitted May 3, 2016 12:48AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Nick Hein injured, UFC seeks replacement opponent for Jon Tuck at Sunday's UFC Fight Night 87 event
A training injury has forced German lightweight Nick Hein out of this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 87 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Jon Tuck. MMAjunkie today confirmed the pending change with UFC officials. Featuring a heavyweight headliner between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski (25-11 MMA, 14-5 UFC) and former Strikeforce and DREAM champ Alistair Overeem (40-14-1 MMA, 5-3 UFC), UFC Fight Night 87 takes place Sunday at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The main card airs on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted May 2, 2016 11:07PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Alan Jouban to Face Nordine Taleb at July 7 UFC Fight Night 90
The July 7 kickoff for the week of UFC 200 has a new bout, as all-action fighter Alan Jouban will meet “Ultimate Fighter” veteran Nordine Taleb at UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas. The Los Angeles Daily News first reported the welterweight contest on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 90 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, headlined by UFC lightweight champion defending his title against former Bellator MMA 155-pound champion Eddie Alvarez.
Submitted May 2, 2016 10:57PM by JLS - 8 comments
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UFC flyweight contender Joseph Benavidez sets sights on Wilson Reis for summer bout
Two-time UFC flyweight challenger Joseph Benavidez originally planned to fight at the recent UFC 197 event, win his sixth straight fight, and call again for a title shot. With current champ Demetrious Johnson by his side at the podium, it would have made for a nice photo op and a few stories. “I wanted to say ‘Hey, I beat somebody else – let me fight the winner,'” Benavidez (24-4 MMA, 11-2 UFC) told MMAjunkie Radio.
Submitted May 2, 2016 7:00PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Kamaru Usman out of UFC 198 bout with Sergio Moraes
Sergio Moraes needs a new opponent at UFC 198 after Kamaru Usman was forced out of their welterweight matchup. The change was originally reported by Combate and was subsequently confirmed by MMAjunkie. Usman has been replaced by Luan Chagas. UFC 198 takes place May 14 at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the change, the UFC 198 card includes: Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza Uriah Hall vs. Anderson Silva Cristiane Justino vs. Leslie Smith Corey Anderson vs. Mauricio Rua Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Rob Font vs. John Lineker Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo Luan Chagas vs. Sergio Moraes Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov
Submitted May 1, 2016 7:04PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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Conor McGregor Tries to Run it Back, Tells UFC to ‘Cut the Bulls**t’
The UFC has moved on from its UFC 200 spat with Conor McGregor. McGregor, however, hasn’t. He took another shot at the UFC brass on social media on Sunday, saying that “nobody gives a (expletive)” about the current slate of UFC 200 fights until Diaz vs. McGregor 2 is “settled.” “Nobody gives a (expletive) about these other fights until this one is settled. Cut the (expletive). Run it back. #RealFight,” McGregor posted on Instagram, including a video clip from the fight...
Submitted May 1, 2016 1:21PM by grappler0000 - 34 comments
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Report: Doo Ho Choi set to meet Thiago Tavares at TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas
July’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas continues to build with the addition of a new featherweight matchup. South Korea’s Doo Ho Choi (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Thiago Tavares (20-6-1 MMA, 10-6-1 UFC) on the card. Korean website SpoTV News first reported the booking, though the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the matchup. With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva Doo Ho Choi vs. Thiago Tavares
Submitted Apr 30, 2016 9:08AM by Budgellism - 6 comments
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Roy Nelson to face Derrick Lewis at UFC Fight Night 90
Roy Nelson will square off against Derrick Lewis in the UFC Fight Night 90 co-main event on July 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the news, and UFC officials later confirmed it Friday night.
Submitted Apr 30, 2016 12:13AM by Five-Alive - 18 comments
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Anthony Birchak vs. Dileno Lopes Added to UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas on July
A bantamweight showdown pitting Anthony Birchak against Dileno Lopes has been added to the UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas on July 7. Promotion officials announced the pairing on Friday. UFC Fight Night takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and is headlined by a lightweight title tilt between Rafael dos Anjos and Eddie Alvarez. The event will air in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 9:25PM by JLS - 0 comments
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James Vick steps in to face Evan Dunham in lightweight duel at UFC 199
James Vick is scheduled for a quick turnaround from his win on last Saturday's UFC 197, as "The Texecutioner" replaces the injured Leo Santos in a lightweight fight against Evan Dunham. Vick vs. Dunham will be at UFC 199, which takes place on June 4 at UFC's debut at The Forum in Los Angeles, and features a pair of title matches as headliners, Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman for the middleweight title and Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber for the bantamweight title.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 9:17PM by JLS - 4 comments
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Joaquim Silva meets Andrew Holbrook in lightweight bout at TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas
July’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas continues to build with the addition of a pair of unbeaten lightweights to the lineup. Andrew Holbrook (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is set to take on fellow unbeaten Joaquim Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the card. Silva confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie today, though the UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the matchup. With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes: Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final Cezar Ferreira vs. Anthony Smith James Krause vs. Ross Pearson Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 6:43PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
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23-year-old German welterweight Jessin Ayari signs deal with UFC
A German welterweight with a penchant for submission finishes and a six-fight winning streak is the latest fighter headed to the UFC. According to his Twitter account, 23-year-old Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a contract with the UFC. The UFC has not made a formal announcement of Ayari’s signing. The news also was reported by German website GNP1. No fight date or first opponent was named in the report, but the UFC is expected to return to Ayari’s home country of Germany this fall. The UFC last visted the country in June 2015 for UFC Fight Night 69 in Berlin.
Submitted Apr 29, 2016 11:37AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Mehdi Baghdad vs. John Makdessi moves from UFC 199 in June to UFC Fight Night 90 in July
A lightweight fight booked for early in the summer months is being moved to “International Fight Week” in July, instead. A fight between John Makdessi (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Mehdi Baghdad (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been shifted from UFC 199 to UFC Fight Night 90. A UFC official confirmed the change in to MMAjunkie today. UFC Fight Night 90 takes place July 7 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. The bout’s original home at UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., near Los Angeles with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 6:43PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
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Ex-UFC heavyweight Shawn Jordan, Lorenzo Hood sign with WSOF
World Series of Fighting bolstered its heavyweight division on Thursday, inking free agent heavy hitters Shawn Jordan and Lorenzo Hood to exclusive, multi-fight deals. The signing of Jordan (18-7) is the more notable of the two. A 31-year-old former fullback for Louisiana State University's 2003 championship team, Jordan spent the past four years fighting under the UFC banner, racking up a 6-4 record with three performance bonuses. All six of Jordan's Octagon victories ended via knockout or TKO, including a memorable hook kick stoppage of top-15 ranked UFC contender Derrick Lewis.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 3:30PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Cezar ‘Mutante’ Replaces Askham, Faces Anthony Smith at ‘TUF 23’ Finale
Anthony Smith has a new opponent at "The Ultimate Fighter 23” finale. Due to visa issues, Scott Askham was forced to withdraw from the proposed middleweight clash. As a result, Cezar Ferreira will take his place and face Smith on the July 8 card. Promotion officials announced the change on Thursday. The “TUF 23” finale takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a strawweight title bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk. The evening’s main card with air on Fox Sports 1.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 3:28PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Junior dos Santos sidelined 12 weeks following shoulder surgery
Junior dos Santos’ win over Ben Rothwell at UFC Fight Night 86 was a costly one. The former UFC heavyweight champion, who dominated Rothwell in a five-round fight in Zagreb earlier this month, revealed on his social media that he underwent surgery recently to repair a shoulder injury.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 3:26PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Valerie Letourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood flyweight bout added to UFC Fight Night 89
The first women’s flyweight bout in the history of the UFC is set for June 18, as one-time strawweight title contender Valerie Letourneau meets Joanne Calderwood at Ottawa’s UFC Fight Night 89. The UFC calls the bout a "special flyweight attraction", not "the launch of a new division". However, the promotion revealed they are "looking into possibly opening a women’s flyweight division in the future." Letourneau (8-4) competed as a flyweight and bantamweight before joining the UFC in 2015. The Canadian fighter won back-to-back fights with Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Moroz to earn a shot at the UFC title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, losing via unanimous decision.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 3:24PM by JLS - 4 comments
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Diego Brandao released by the UFC following felony arrest
The UFC has released Diego Brandao. The former Ultimate Fighter winner was cut this week by the promotion, UFC officials confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday. This comes on the heels of Brandao's felony battery arrest earlier this month. Sherdog was the first to report the news of his release. Brandao, 28, was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 15 on four felony counts, including aggravated battery with great bodily harm. The Brazilian fighter is being accused of pistol-whipping and punching men outside of a strip club after being tossed from the establishment. Brandao (20-11) is also facing a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana at UFC 195.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 3:21PM by JLS - 5 comments
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Joseph Duffy booked for lightweight bout with Mitch Clarke at UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas
With the massive UFC 200 card in July having little room for more, it appears UFC Fight Night 90 two days before it will start to grow. A lightweight bout between Joseph Duffy (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Mitch Clarke (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has been added to the card. UFC officials announced the bout after an initial report from the Irish Independent. UFC Fight Night 90 is a part of the massive week of fights surrounding UFC 200. The event takes place Thursday, July 7, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The entire event will stream on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos defends his title against ex-Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.
Submitted Apr 28, 2016 9:22AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Four-Time UFC Veteran Akbarh Arreola Retires from MMA at Age 33
Thirty-five fight veteran Akbarh Arreola has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts at 33 years old. "I wanted to take this opportunity to announce that out of respect for my family, my physical integrity and the sport, I retire,” Arreola wrote on Facebook. “To my fortune and I'm sure for many of you, today we have many compatriots and friends dedicated 100 percent to the sport and can continue to compete at the highest level that is required. Many thanks to all the people who supported me from the beginning and all those who with their good vibes always drew a smile on my face. " A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Arreola exits the sport with a 23-11-1 career mark, with 17 victories via submission and five by knockout. He last competed at Pancrase 277 on April 24, losing to Kazuki Tokudome via technical knockout 4:59 into the first round.
Submitted Apr 27, 2016 2:50PM by JLS - 1 comment
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