UFC leans toward Holly Holm vs. Ronda Rousey rematch, new champ agrees
The UFC doesn’t usually make fights on fight night.
But in the case of the spectacular upset seen at UFC 193, the promotion might make an exception.
UFC President Dana White said an immediate rematch between newly minted champ Holly Holm (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Ronda Rousey (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) “makes a lot of sense,” though, of course, he hedged with the usual disclaimer that he doesn’t do instant matchmaking.
White made it clear, however, that Holm’s head-kick knockout of the UFC star has upended the women’s bantamweight division.
“It changes a lot of things now,” he said. “The (potential Cristiane) ‘Cyborg’ (Justino) fight, some other stuff we were working on.”
Jorge Masvidal to Face Benson Henderson in New UFC Fight Night South Korea Headliner
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is targeting Jorge Masvidal to replace the injured Thiago Alves and face Benson Henderson at UFC Fight Night on Nov. 28.
Multiple outlets reported the new headliner on Saturday. TalkMMA first brought word via Twitter that Alves suffered a rib injury and would have to withdraw from the bout on Friday evening. Masvidal was originally scheduled to meet Dong Hyun Kim in a featured welterweight clash; it is currently unclear if Kim will be given a replacement opponent.
Jorge Masvidal in for injured Thiago Alves vs. Ben Henderson at UFC Fight Night 79
Ben Henderson has a new opponent for his upcoming fight in South Korea.
UFC veteran Thiago Alves was forced out of the five-round welterweight bout on Nov. 28 with a broken rib, and the former lightweight champion will now take on Jorge Masvidal in the main event in Seoul, multiple sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com. Twitter user @TalkMMA first reported Alves’ injury.
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Rob Font meets Patrick Williams in bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 81 in Boston
The UFC’s January return to Boston continues to grow with the addition of a new bantamweight bout for the lineup.
Rob Font (11-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will get a home fight when he returns from a lengthy layoff to meet Patrick Williams (8-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 81. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 81 card includes:
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O’Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
'UFC Tonight' hosts Daniel Cormier, Kenny Florian push for Dan Henderson to retire
Should Dan Henderson retire? It’s a debate many have had over the past several years as the oldest active fighter on the UFC roster has fallen into a slump with six losses in his past eight bouts.
After more than 16 years of pro competition without a knockout loss, the 45-year-old Henderson (31-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC) has been stopped by strikes in three of his past six fights, the most recent a first-round knockout defeat at the hands – and feet – of Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 77 earlier this month.
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen joins January's UFC on FOX 18 lineup
A bout between Alex Caceres (10-8 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Masio Fullen (10-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is the latest addition to January’s UFC on FOX 18 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout, though it’s not clear if it’ll be at featherweight or bantamweight.
The latest UFC on FOX 18 card includes:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Jake Ellenberger vs. Tarec Saffiedine
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Tony Martin vs. Felipe Olivieri
Alex Caceres vs. Masio Fullen
Khabib Nurmagomedov not retiring but won't get desired Al Iaquinta matchup
Although another recent injury had Khabib Nurmagomedov considering retirement, he’s opted to fight on. But he won’t get his desired matchup.
According to “UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani, Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who was forced out of next month’s bout at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale against fellow lightweight Tony Ferguson (19-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) due a rib injury, has opted against retirement after speaking with his father/trainer and management team.
The 27-year-old Dagestan fighter hasn’t fought since April 2014 after a series of injuries, and the latest setback had him briefly considering calling it a career.
Veteran UFC flyweight John Dodson wants Thomas Almeida at bantamweight
John Dodson wants to shut down one of the brightest prospects at bantamweight when he makes his return to the weight class for his next bout.
After recently revealing his intentions to move back up to 135 pounds after two failed flyweight title bids, Dodson (17-7 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is reportedly aiming to make a splash and hand undefeated Brazilian prospect Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) his first loss.
Dodson texted UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby to request the fight, according to a report by “UFC Tonight’s” Ariel Helwani.
Recently retired 'Cro Cop' first UFC fighter to fail USADA drug test
Mirko Filipovic might be officially retired from MMA, but it appears “Cro Cop” will soon be formally suspended from competing in the sport, as well.
UFC officials today announced the veteran heavyweight is the first athlete to be flagged for a potential violation of the company’s new anti-doping policy, which is administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). The substance found in Filipovic’s system was not revealed.
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Abel Trujillo will appeal loss to Gleison Tibau in Brazil
Abel Trujillo is not happy with the way his lightweight clash with Gleison Tibau ended.
In the preliminary portion of UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Nov. 7, Trujillo vs. Tibau was over at 1:45 of the first round, when referee Keith Peterson stopped the contest believing that the Blackzilians fighter went out due to a rear-naked choke.
Trujillo immediately protested when the referee stopped the fight, and Tibau later admitted he didn’t feel his opponent tap.
Mirko 'Cro Cop' Announces Decision to Retire
“Dear friends, unfortunately I had to cancel the fight [against Anthony Hamilton at UFC Fight Night “Henderson vs. Alves”]. In the beginning of the preparation I hurt my shoulder, so I couldn't raise [my] hand. I tried to save a shoulder injury and repair in all possible ways: daily therapy, injections of blood plasma and various cocktails of drugs but it didn't work out. The only cure would be a break of two to three weeks, and that I could not afford in the midst of final preparations. By daily trainings the injury got worse. Part of the muscle is snapped, the shoulder is filled with a lot of fluids, and the great danger is that tendon ruptures and then go to operation again.
Joe Silva’s Shoes: What's next for UFC Fight Night 77's winners?
The lineup was strong for the UFC’s return to Sao Paulo, and as they should have, the fighters delivered and produced a memorable night of action.
Saturday’s main card, which aired on FOX Sports 1 from Ibirapuera Gymnasium, had plenty of ups and downs but ultimately ended on a high note for the Brazilian fans because Vitor Belfort (25-11 MMA, 14-7 UFC) scored yet another huge knockout of fellow MMA legend Dan Henderson (34-14 MMA, 8-8 UFC)...
If you're waiting for Dan Henderson to see the writing on the wall, get comfortable
The way it works is, a few minutes after the conclusion of each fight some poor UFC PR flack has to go collect quotes from both the winning and the losing fighter, then email those quotes out to members of the media. Since half the people this unfortunate soul has to talk to have just been beaten (which often means getting beaten up), this is bound to be an unpleasant task from time to time...
UFC Fight Night 77 Bonuses
SAO PAULO – Vitor Belfort, Thomas Almeida, Alex Oliveira, and Thiago Tavares each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 77 event.
All four earned “Performance of the Night” honors; no “Fight of the Night” was given. UFC officials announced the winners via Twitter ahead of the post-event news conference.