Injured Tarec Saffiedine out of planned UFC Fight Night 60 headliner with Matt Brown
The lineup for next month’s UFC Fight Night 60 event has taken a blow with Tarec Saffiedine (15-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) suffering an injury and being forced out of a planned headliner with welterweight contender Matt Brown (19-12 MMA, 12-6 UFC).
Sources close to the event told MMAjunkie that Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce champion, has suffered a groin injury and been forced off the card. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity since the UFC hasn’t yet made a formal announcement.
Mairbek Taisumov gets new opponent for UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden
Mairbek Taisumov has a new opponent for next month’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden.
Promotional newcomer Anthony Christodoulou (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Yan Cabral (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and will now fight lightweight Taisumov (22-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at the show.
UFC officials today announced the change, though a reason wasn’t given for Cabral’s withdrawal from the card.
The full UFC on FOX 14 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson
Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi
Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis
Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET)
Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov
Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson
Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle
Nikita Krylov vs. Stanislav Nedkov
Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov
Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)
Mirsad Bektic vs. Alan Omer
Chris Beal vs. Neil Seery
Taktarov: Original Championship ended in 90's
MMA pioneer Oleg Taktarov recently conducted an extensive interview with Artem Safarav for Sports.ru, excerpted below. Taktarov was the UFC 6 tournament champion, and holds wins over Marco Ruas, "Tank" Abbott, and Mark Kerr, among many others. He moved from fighting to acting, his original goal when he came to America.
Charlie Brenneman released by UFC
Charlie Brenneman first joined the UFC in 2010, going 4-4 in the welterweight divison. He was then released by the organization and won four fights in regional shows. Returning to the UFC, Brenneman lost three fights in a row, two by submission and one by KO and was again released
Five reasons the UFC needs a women's 145 lbs division
The UFC started with no weight divisions. Women's MMA started with no divisions at all, before debuting with 135. 115 was added next, with the idea that fighters at 125 could move down or up, creating depth.
In his latest blog, "Magical" Ray Elbe details why the next division added should be 145 featherweight.
Donald Cerrone's Inevitable Rematch With Anthony Pettis
When Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis faced each other in January of 2013, the result wasn’t controversial or debatable. That night, for all his immense talent, Cerrone found himself on the receiving end of a sound beating that left little desire for a rematch between the two. After a first-round kick to the body, Cowboy was down for the count. It appeared as though Pettis was the better man, and that’s where the Cerrone-Pettis storyline would end.
UFC 182's Myles Jury Wants Title Shot with Win over Donald Cerrone
"A win over Cerrone puts me next in line for that title shot. And that’s what I want. Anthony Pettis beat Cerrone and got a title shot. A lot of people that beat Cerrone, back in WEC and in the UFC, get title shots," he says. "When I beat Cerrone, you better bet I’m going to be asking for that title shot.
"The cat’s out of the bag. I want that title shot."
UFC statement on Michael Johnson
UFC lightweight Michael Johnson was ineligible to compete in the UFC organization following his arrest regarding a domestic dispute in Palm Beach County, Florida in April 2014. Given that the allegations against Johnson constituted a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Johnson from competition pending the completion of a third-party investigation. Following a thorough review and investigation—including personal interviews with Johnson and independent confirmation that he has satisfied all obligations required by the UFC—Johnson is once again eligible to compete and will begin training for his next fight at UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Teixeira in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The UFC will continue to monitor Johnson’s status. He must fully comply with the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and all other contractual and additional obligations in order to continue competing in the UFC.