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Mickey Gall faces Michael Jackson at UFC 196, will receive fight with CM Punk with win
(mmajunkie.com)
Mickey Gall’s callout of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks has landed him in the UFC, and put him in position to earn the fight he wants. Gall (1-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was featured on the first episode of UFC President Dana White’s streaming reality show “Looking For A Fight” and finished his professional debut with a first round rear-naked choke submission. He immediately let White know what he wanted. “Hey Dana White, I don’t know if CM Punk has an opponent,” Gall said afterward in the cage, “but I would love to fight that man.” White said he was “interested” in Gall getting the spot against former WWE superstar Brooks (0-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has yet to make his professional debut. Now, White has given Gall the opportunity to fight for the a shot a the ex-professional wrestler. “I might as well break it here, right?” White said while appearing on TSN’s “Off the Record.” “Mickey Gall – I’m bringing in Mickey Gall in and he’s going to fight a guy named Michael Jackson. They’re going to fight on the prelims on Feb. 6 on fight pass. If he wins that fight, Mickey Gall will fight CM Punk. CM Punk will be there to watch.” (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 13, 2016 6:05PM by Wez - 12 comments
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UFC contender Yoel Romero notified of potential USADA violation
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero is the latest fighter who’s possibly run afoul of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. UFC officials today announced Romero, 38, has been notified of the potential anti-doping policy violation. According to the announcement, it stems “from an out-of-competition sample collection” that the UFC’s drug-testing partner received. “USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Romero,” the statement read. “Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.” (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 7:06PM by Wez - 20 comments
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It's official: Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos, Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate set for UFC 197
(mmafighting.com)
It's true. It's damn true. There will be two title fights headlining UFC 197 on March 5 in Las Vegas, it was officially announced Tuesday on UFC.com. UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor will move up and challenge Rafael dos Anjos for the lightweight title in the main event and Holly Holm will make her first title defense against Miesha Tate in the co-main. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 5:07PM by Wez - 0 comments
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Rafael dos Anjos fined 'significant' amount by UFC for violating Outfitting Policy
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC has docked one of its champions for not wearing the proper Reebok apparel during a fight week activity. Rafael dos Anjos, the UFC lightweight champion, was fined a "significant" amount for violating the promotion's Athlete Outfitting Policy at UFC on FOX 17 weigh-ins Dec. 18, sources told MMA Fighting. Dos Anjos (25-7) was wearing an Evolve MMA shirt briefly before hitting the scale. The Brazilian trains part of the time at Evolve in Singapore, along with Kings MMA in Huntington Beach, Calif. The Evolve website lists dos Anjos as an instructor and says he has been part of the team since 2009. Dos Anjos has a close relationship with Evolve owner Chatri Sityodtong.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Charles Rosa now meets BJJ star Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 81
(mmafighting.com)
Charles Rosa has a new opponent for UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston. With Jimy Hettes forced out of the featherweight contest due to an injury, the promotion has signed undefeated Brazilian bantamweight Augusto Mendes, who will move up to 145 pounds for his first UFC bout against Rosa on Jan. 17, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:02PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Wanderlei Silva's re-hearing postponed once again by Nevada Athletic Commission
(mmafighting.com)
Wanderlei Silva will eventually get his day in front of the Nevada Athletic Commission. It just won't be anytime soon. Silva's re-hearing with the NAC was once again postponed on Tuesday, much to the displeasure of Silva's attorney Ross Goodman, who argued that the commission was violating Silva's right to "due process" by continually refusing to receive the case. "This was ordered for re-hearing back in October," Goodman argued. "The commission then continued it to November for another re-hearing, approval on a proposed consent order. The commission then moved it, at that time, to December. The commission then took it off calendar and moved it to January.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:00PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Tom Lawlor expected to face Corey Anderson at UFC 197
(mmafighting.com)
light heavyweight battle between Tom Lawlor and Corey Anderson is expected on UFC 197. Lawlor (10-5) said on his podcast at F4wonline.com on Monday that his next fight would be with Anderson (7-1) on the March 5 show, which will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted Jan 12, 2016 3:00PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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UFC's Jimy Hettes mulling retirement after latest in long line of injury withdrawals
(mmajunkie.com)
Jimy Hettes was considered a top featherweight prospect when he made his UFC debut in August 2011. Less than five years and a mere six fights later, however, Hettes said he could be done fighting for good. Hettes’ (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) career took another harsh blow this week when he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) just one week prior to the event. Hettes said he suffered a knee injury in training that could ultimately cause the end of his career. “The Kid” made a splash in 2011 when he debuted and won back-to-back fights in impressive fashion. That’s when he injuries woes began, though, and he was only physically capable of stepping in the UFC’s octagon once in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 6:34PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Chris Weidman breaks silence after UFC 194: ‘I'm really happy I lost'
(mmafighting.com)
Chris Weidman accomplished more before his first professional loss than many fighters do in a lifetime. He defeated Anderson Silva -- the man many consider to be the greatest fighter to ever grace the middleweight division -- not once, but twice in capturing the UFC middleweight title. He defended that belt in subsequent challenges from Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort. But happy endings are rarity in the fight game, and for Weidman, his magical run came crashing to a halt at UFC 194. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 4:22PM by Wez - 12 comments
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Augusto Mendes, Elvis Mutapcic make debuts on short notice at UFC Fight Night 81
The 11th hour changes for the UFC’s return to Boston this weekend continue with another pair of updated bookings featuring some promotional debuts. Jimy Hettes (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is out of his featherweight fight against Charles Rosa (10-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81, and Augusto Mendes (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take his place. In addition, UFC newcomer Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of his light heavyweight fight with Francimar Barroso (17-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and has been replaced by Elvis Mutapcic (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the new bookings. With the changes, UFC Fight Night 81 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Augusto Mendes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 3:33PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Conor McGregor vs. Rafael dos Anjos Postponed
(lowkickmma.com)
According to Globo, the UFC was supposed to announce the main and co-main event of the upcoming Pay-Per-View event in March during the Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins halftime last Sunday, but were forced to delay it because McGregor is yet to sign the fight contract to compete against lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 2:44PM by george112 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Inside UFC Contender Aljamain Sterling's Free Agency Gamble
(m.bleacherreport.com)
Aljamain Sterling is in uncharted territory. Before him, young, undefeated, world-ranked MMA free agents just didn't happen, yet here he is. Twenty-six years old with twelve wins, no losses and a top five ranking, Sterling played out his UFC contract to sell his services on the open market.
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 12:49PM by kopower - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Diaz reacts to UFC fine: Those were Reebok jeans!
(bloodyelbow.com)
Those were #reebokjeans u should've just kept the whole check I don't need that baby ass shit anyway .. #1000? ? — Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 10, 2016 UFC middleweight Josh Samman was on the same fight card, and he also mentioned details of the Diaz situation on his fight week diary. Here's a snippet: "Reebok guy rushes back up to me, and asks if he can borrow my pants that I just wore, for another fighter who also has jeans on at weigh ins. I don't mind, and hand him my pants. I ask him who the fighter is. He says Diaz. I have a feeling I know how this is going to end. He comes back a couple minutes later and gives me my pants back, as Diaz walks on stage with jeans."
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:50AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Visa issues force Taisumov off UFC Fight Night 81, Medhi Baghdad in vs. Chris Wade
(mmajunkie.com)
Visa issues have forced Maribek Taisumov from his UFC Fight Night 81 bout with Chris Wade. Stepping in for the lightweight battle on one week’s notice is RFA lightweight champion and TUF 22 veteran Medhi Baghdad. Wade (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) posted the news of the new bout with Baghdad (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on his Instagram. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET) Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET) Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders Medhi Baghdad vs. Chris Wade Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Maximo Blanco vs. Luke Sanders PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET) Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa Rob Font vs. Joey Gomez Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Submitted Jan 11, 2016 9:35AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Shlemenko plans to fight in Russia while serving doping suspension
(bloodyelbow.com)
Despite initial reservations against fighting in his native land while serving a three-year doping suspension, Alexander Shlemenko recently informed Russian media that he will indeed fight again in the near future. The former Bellator middleweight champion informed Tass.ru that he is currently shopping around for a Russian promotion to host his next fight.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:14PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night: Cerrone vs. Means fight card
(bloodyelbow.com)
As is the custom for him, Donald Cerrone wasn't interested in waiting on the sidelines for very long. The top lightweight lost a title fight in just 66 seconds last month, but will return as a welterweight to headline the UFC's return to Pittsburgh on February 21st in the Consol Energy Center. If you like numbers, the event is tabbed as UFC Fight Night 82.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:08PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Trading Shots: Was the UFC right to withhold pay for outfitting policy violations?
(mmajunkie.com)
In this week’s Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes to discuss the UFC’s move to withhold pay from fighters due to violations of the UFC’s outfitting policy. Downes: Ben, the first week of 2016 has ended and we already have another chapter of the infamous “Reebok Deal” in the books. Three UFC fighters received reductions in their outfitting payments for “knowingly and seriously” violating the policy.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:06PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Own the note cards Bruce Buffer used to announce Conor McGregor's 13-second finish
(mmajunkie.com)
Looking for a unique piece of history from UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor’s shocking UFC 194 win over Jose Aldo? How about the note cards Bruce Buffer used to introduce the fight? The man known as “The Voice of the Octagon” is once again offering up a package of unique MMA items, including his “octagon used original fight card sets” from December’s UFC 194 event. Additionally, the winner of the auction receives an autographed copy of the UFC 194 event program, as well as a signed UFC Topps Buffer trading card, a personalized and signed 8×10 Buffer photo and a “personalized audio recording introducing buyer in true championship style.”
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:05PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Holly Holm: Miesha Tate is a completely different fight than Ronda Rousey
(foxsports.com)
Holly Holm will defend her women's bantamweight title against former Strikeforce champion Miesha Tate before any potential rematch with Ronda Rousey comes to fruition. Sources told FOX Sports that Holm and Tate have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 197 as part of a potential mega-card that is also expected to feature featherweight champion Conor McGregor going up a weight class to face Rafael dos Anjos with the lightweight title on the line.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:03PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TJ Dillashaw: After Dominick Cruz gets KO'd he can be an announcer the rest of his life
(foxsports.com)
TJ Dillashaw is never going to be confused with Conor McGregor when it comes to hyping up one of his fights, but he's sure his upcoming opponent Dominick Cruz is writing checks with his mouth that he won’t be able to cash when they meet on Jan. 17 in Boston.
Submitted Jan 10, 2016 7:02PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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