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The UFC 194 megacard took a blow this week.
Michelle Waterson is injured and out of an anticipated women's strawweight fight with Tecia Torres at the Dec. 12 event in Las Vegas, UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler confirmed with MMA Fighting. The news was first reported by MMAjunkie.
UFC lightweight T.J. Grant is a happy man these days. He hasn't fought since May of 2013, when he stopped Gray Maynard with strikes at UFC 160. He never was able to take advantage of his promised title shot. Really, it's not clear where his career is or what's left of it after a concussion essentially derailed his entire fighting career.
According to Grant - now a father of two after his wife had another baby last week - that isn't ideal, but maybe the way things have to be. He's got other priorities that need attending to right now. Fighting, while he still loves it, just isn't at the top of the list.
Gray Maynard is searching for an answer to help break out of an ugly four-fight UFC losing skid and get his first victory since June 2012.
It appears he thinks a drop to the featherweight division will be the solution.
A fighter in Maynard’s position faces a crossroads, with the option to hang up his gloves and move on from the sport, or do anything necessary to get back on track. It appears Maynard will do the latter; he stated on Twitter that he plans to get back in the octagon sooner than later, but this time it will be in a new weight class
Dong Hyun Kim (no, not that Dong Hyun Kim) is a late addition to next week’s UFC Fight Night 79 lineup.
Not to be confused by the UFC welterweight of the same name who, coincidentally, also is scheduled for UFC Fight Night 79, ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (13-6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and now meets fellow 170-pounder Dominique Steele (13-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, officials today announced.
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Ricardo Lamas (146) vs. Diego Sanchez (145)
Henry Cejudo (126) vs. Jussier Formiga (126)
Enrique Marin (170) vs. Erick Montano (169) – ‘TUF: Latin America 2’ welterweight final
Enrique Barzola (155) vs. Horacio Gutierrez (154) – ‘TUF: Latin America 2’ lightweight final
Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Leandro Silva (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Taylor Lapilus (136) vs. Erik Perez (136)
Bartosz Fabinski (170) vs. Hector Urbina (171)
Scott Jorgensen (135.5) vs. Alejandro Perez (135.5)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Andre Fili (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Alvaro Herrera (171) vs. Vernon Ramos (170)
Cesar Arzamendia (155) vs. Polo Reyes (155)
Valmir Lazaro (155) vs. Michel Prazeres (156)
Jon Jones is getting both his body and his troll game back into top form.
The sport's best pound-for-pound fighter posted a photo to Instagram on Tuesday showing off a ripped physique and hinting at a return to the Octagon...
UFC Fight Pass announced on Thursday a new promotional partnership with the Omaha, Neb.-based Victory Fighting Championship promotion.
Fight Pass will acquire the rights to the tape library of the company, which dates back to 2002, and on Friday, Jan. 29, will be airing Victory 47, the company's next live event. The show will be headlined by Anthony Smith (23-11) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (15-3) for the company's vacant middleweight title, starting at 10 p.m. Eastern...
What do we know about the financial health of the UFC? We know the company has seen its revenues rise steadily over the years, from $4.6 million in 2001, the first year under Zuffa, LLC's management, to $522 million last year. At the same time, we have seen the company's long-term debts also rise, from zero bank debt in those early years to its current $535 million debt load. Neither debt nor revenue tells us much though about its current financial condition. Are they profitable, and if so how profitable? Are they solvent and able to meet their obligations? Without more data, revenue and debt do little to answer these questions.
All are very interesting and well worth the read.
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is a lot of things. One thing he hasn’t been known for is his generosity. But people change, apparently, and now Floyd sounds like he’s on Team Ronda Rousey, despite the two jabbing at each other in the media for the past couple years. Seems legit.
This weekends Fight Night card that will be headlined by Neil Magney vs Kelvin Gastelum has it's 13th and final bout added to the lineup. Polo Reyes (3-1) vs Cesar Arzamendia (7-1) will square off on the 2nd bout of the night on the early prelims. You can check out the action on UFC's Fight Pass.
The Albuquerque City Council has proclaimed November “Holly Holm Month” in celebration of the popular fighter’s upset victory over Ronda Rousey in the UFC 193 headliner.
Congrats to Holly. Pretty funny.
Former Strikeforce and current Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Justino has been the victim of her fair share of body shaming and gross gender-related jokes and comments.
Most recently, Joe Rogan and fellow comedian Tony Hinchcliffe made a joke in a podcast that featured UFC President Dana White about Cyborg having male genitals. They followed up by suggesting that she could cut down to bantamweight if she relieved herself it.
When Holly Holm knocked out Ronda Rousey on Saturday night at UFC 193, one of the most conspicuous congratulations came from Intel Pharma — not for what it said, but for what it is.
The Texas-based company, one of Holm’s sponsors, sells supplements advertised as containing substances that are banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). UFC’s independent administrator of its doping protocol is the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which adheres to WADA rules and regulations.
Dong Hyun Kim has found a new dance partner for UFC Fight Night on Nov. 28 after losing his original opponent in a fight card shuffle.
Ultimate Fighting Championship over the weekend announced that the South Korean welterweight will take on Californian Dominic Waters in a three-round tilt at Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul.
Kim’s original opponent, Jorge Masvidal, was pulled from their matchup to face Benson Henderson in the show’s main event after Thiago Alves came up injured.
It appears injury woes could be the only thing holding back Joanna Jedrzejczyk from dominating the UFC strawweight division for the foreseeable future.
Jedrzejczyk (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) reportedly broke her right hand for the second time in as many fights when she battered challenger Valerie Letourneau (8-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) en route to a unanimous-decision win in this past Saturday’s UFC 193 pay-per-view co-headliner.
The reigning 115-pound champ will undergo surgery in the near future to repair the damage, which is not in the same spot as her previous break, according to a report from MMAFighting.com.