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UFC lightweight contender Michael Johnson talks about his loss against Beneil Dariush not really being seen as a loss, having his winning streak snapped, fighting Nate Diaz at UFC on FOX 17, getting leapfrogged by Tony Ferguson, Conor McGregor riding into the lightweight division with an immediate title shot, and much more.
An all-action fight will be expected at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center, when middleweights Sam Alvey and Daniel Sarafian meet in a UFC Fight Night bout on Sunday, Feb. 21.
Entertaining in and out of the Octagon, former Ultimate Fighter competitor Alvey has emerged victorious in three of his last four bouts, with each win over Dylan Andrews, Cezar Ferreira and Dan Kelly coming by way of knockout. Brazil's Sarafian, an aggressive battler who was a finalist on the first season of TUF Brazil, is coming off a stoppage of Antonio dos Santos in his return to 185 pounds in December of 2014.
With capable heavyweights in short supply these days, Alistair Overeem could be in high demand following UFC on Fox 17.
According to a report from UFC Tonight, Overeem’s current contract with the UFC will expire after he faces Junior dos Santos in Saturday’s co-headliner at the Amway Center in Orlando. The Dutchman then plans to explore his options in free agency once his deal with the Las Vegas-based promotion is fulfilled.
My 2cents 1. This is either a attempt to get more money after his contract expires or he wants to go juicing and his winning ways lol
Ovince St. Preux will square off with Rafael Cavalcante at UFC 196 on Feb. 6.
The light heavyweight bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of UFC Tonight. UFC 196 takes place in Las Vegas and is headlined by a heavyweight title rematch between Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.
While the UFC’s return to Pennsylvania is still awaiting a headlining matchup, there are now nine bouts on the card thanks to the addition of seven new contests to the lineup.
UFC officials today added middleweights Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro, Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs and Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes, lightweights Shane Campbell vs. James Krause, welterweights Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch, heavyweights Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton and welterweights Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 82 now includes:
Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker
Sarah Moras vs. Lauren Murphy
Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro
Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs
Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
Shane Campbell vs. James Krausev
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland
UFC 194 Medical Suspensions
Conor McGregor and Dana White UFC 189Conor McGregor: Must have his left wrist x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12, 2016.
Jose Aldo: Suspended until Feb. 11, 2016, with no contact until Jan. 27.
Luke Rockhold: Must have his left foot/ankle x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Chris Weidman: Must have both feet x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until Feb. 11, with no contact until Jan. 27.
Yoel Romero: Suspended until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Jacare Souza: Must have his left forearm x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Gunnar Nelson: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12, due to a nasal bridge laceration.
Jeremy Stephens: Suspended until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Urijah Faber: Must have an MRI of his left knee and get his right ankle and left thumb x-rayed. If any are positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Frankie Saenz: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Tecia Torres: Must have left thumb x-rayed. If positive, she must be cleared by a doctor or she is suspended until June 12. Her minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Colby Covington: Must have a CT Scan or an MRI of his right chest wall. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Kevin Lee: Suspended until Jan. 27, with no contact until Jan. 12.
Joe Proctor: Suspended until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3.
Yancy Medeiros: Must have his right knee sprain cleared by an orthopedic doctor or he is suspended until June 12. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 12, with no contact until Jan. 3, due to left to pain.
John Makdessi: Must have his right thumb x-rayed. If positive, he must be cleared by a doctor or he is suspended until June 12.
The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale Medical Suspensions
Chad Mendes: Suspended until Jan. 26, 2016, with no contact until Jan. 11.
Tony Ferguson: Must have a CT scan of his head, or he is suspended until June 11. He faces a minimum suspension until Feb. 10 and no contact until Jan. 26.
Edson Barboza: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 11, due to a scalp laceration.
Evan Dunham: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 11, due to a laceration above his right eye.
Joe Lauzon: Suspended until Jan. 11., with no contact until Jan. 2.
Jason Knight: Suspended until Feb. 10, with no contact until Jan. 26, due to a cheek laceration.
Tatsuya Kawajiri: Suspended until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2.
Konstantin Erokhin: Suspended until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2, due to a thumb injury.
Mike Pierce: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 11.
Ryan LaFlare: Must have his right hand/thumb x-rayed to rule out a fracture. If positive, he needs to get an Orthopedic doctor’s clearance or he is suspended until June 11. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2.
Joby Sanchez: Suspended until Jan. 26, with no contact until Jan. 2, due to facial lacerations.
Chris Gruetzemacher: Must have left and right forearms cleared by doctor or he is suspended until June 11. His minimum suspension is until Jan. 11, with no contact until Jan. 2.
Abner Lloveras: Suspended until Feb. 10, with no contact until Jan. 26, due to a facial laceration.
The card for UFC Fight Night 82 is starting to come together with the addition of the event’s first two bouts.
Cody Garbrandt (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will take on John Lineker (26-7 MMA, 7-2) at bantamweight and Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will square off with Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) in women’s bantamweight action.
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC 195 event, which includes a can’t-miss lightweight fight on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary card.
UFC 195 takes place Jan. 2 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass carry the prelims.
The full UFC 195 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit – for welterweight title
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stipe Miocic
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Kyle Noke
Lorenz Larkin vs. Albert Tumenov
Diego Brandao vs. Brian Ortega
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Masanori Kanehara vs. Michael McDonald
Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish
Drew Dober vs. Scott Holtzman
Tony Sims vs. Abel Trujillo
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Joseph Duffy vs. Dustin Poirier
Joe Soto vs. Michinori Tanaka
Edgar Garcia vs. Sheldon Westcott
The UFC sold UFC Fight Night 80 as the ‘Sage and Page show,' and as Conor McGregor would say, that promotion was reflected in the numbers. Northcutt handily lead the event's disclosed post-fight payroll, pocketing $80,000 for his stoppage of Cody Pfister in just his second UFC fight, according to information released by the Nevada Athletic Commission.
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Two more bouts have been announced for UFC’s annual trip to London, the first being a bantamweight scrap between TUF 18 finalist Davey Grant and Marlon Vera, and the second also being a bantamweight scrap between UFC veteran Brad Pickett and Henry Briones.
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Luke Rockhold may be the UFC middleweight champion, but he hasn’t let go of his lone setback to take place inside the octagon.
After taking out Chris Weidman (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) by fourth-round TKO to capture the 185-pound belt in Saturday’s UFC 194 pay-per-view co-headliner in Las Vegas, Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) said he wants his shot at revenge against Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC), who gave him a rude welcome to the UFC with a spinning wheel-kick knockout in May 2013.
“What I would like, why not? Vitor Belfort on a silver platter,” Rockhold said after the event, which took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I got to right my wrong. What can I say?”
Although Rockhold’s desire to avenge his lone defeat is the past seven years is admirable, Belfort may not be the most deserving challenger after Weidman stopped him in the first round of a title fight at UFC 187 in May.
New UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor is officially joining an ex-titleholder on the cover of “EA Sports UFC 2.”
With his shocking 13-second knockout win over longtime champion Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC 194 pay-per-view headliner and title-unification bout, new champ McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) secured his spot on the new video-game cover with Ronda Rousey.
LAS VEGAS – Fronting his own press conference after unifying the UFC featherweight belt at UFC 194, Conor McGregor said he’ll celebrate his win over Jose Aldo at a local steakhouse with his family before attending an afterparty and turning in early.
As for his next career move, he told reporters he’ll soon head home to his native Dublin, enjoying Christmas and plotting what comes next after his eye-popping win.
Whatever McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) does, it’s bound to be ambitious. After knocking out Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) in just 13 seconds in the pay-per-view headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena for a new UFC record, the undisputed champ relished his record. But he added he’s got ground to gain on combat sports box office champs Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao.
Good thing is, he’s got time to do it.
“I’m only 27,” he said. “Them mother(expletives) are 40.”
LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 194 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $285,000.
It’s the biggest event payout since the program’s launch in July.
In the pay-per-view headliner at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena, Conor McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC), who entered the event as interim featherweight champ, unified the title after dethroning longtime champ Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) with a staggering 13-second knockout. In the co-headliner, Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) needed a little longer – but ultimately proved pretty dominant – after dethroning middleweight champ Chris Weidman (13-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) via fourth-round TKO.
LAS VEGAS – Frankie Edgar emerged from this week’s trio of UFC events much as he did entering it: confident, yet uncertain about the future.
The former lightweight champ boosted his stock immeasurably with a first-round knockout of three-time title challenger Chad Mendes (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Edgar (20-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC) received a verbal promise from UFC President Dana White that he would get the next featherweight title shot after “putting the stamp on it” with his fists.
Then came Saturday’s UFC 194, which saw Conor McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) unify the featherweight title with a blistering 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC).
While the dual results appeared to make the UFC’s matchmaking job easy, Edgar, as before, wasn’t so certain. So he showed up to the post-UFC 194 press conference to see what was up.
“Definitely,” Edgar told MMAjunkie when asked whether he was worried about what would be said. “Like I said, I was told yesterday that I was next in line. We will see.”
Conor McGregor’s prediction of becoming a two-weight world champion is coming closer to fruition. UFC Dana White has promised McGregor a lightweight title shot if he chooses to move up to the weight class.
McGregor (19-2 MMA, 7-0 UFC) captured the UFC featherweight title from Jose Aldo (25-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) with a record-setting first-round knockout in UFC 194’s main event and continued to take the sport by storm with another brilliant performance.
“The Notorious” has called his shots since the day he set foot in the UFC, and prior to his showdown with Aldo he revealed his intention to jump up a weight class after UFC 194 and become a champion in two weight classes.
Although the plan seemed lofty at the time, White said McGregor’s performance made him worthy of the opportunity.
“(McGregor’s coach) John Kavanagh said in the octagon he’ll never make 145 again. He said, ‘I don’t want him making that weight again; it’s not good for him,'” White said on the UFC 194 post-fight show on FOX Sports 1. “I’d bring him straight in for a title shot. … They’ve been talking about going to ’55, but you never know with Conor.”
LAS VEGAS – Saturday night’s UFC 194 event drew an announced attendance of 16,516 and a live gate of $10.1 million.
UFC officials announced the figures at the night’s post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
According to UFC executive Dave Sholler, the attendance total was the largest UFC event ever in Las Vegas. The gate total is the second highest in UFC history after UFC 129 at Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Among the seven UFC events at MGM Grand Garden Arena in 2015, UFC 194 now is in the top position. The full list includes:
UFC 194: 16,516 attendance ($10.1 million live gate)
UFC 189: 16,019 attendance ($7.2 million)
UFC 183: 13,114 ($4.5 million)
UFC 187: 12,615 ($5.2 million)
UFC 182: 11,575 ($3.7 million)
UFC 191: 10,873 ($1.36 million)
The Ultimate Fighter 21 Finale: 4,844 ($291,000)