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Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel slated for UFC Gdansk
On Wednesday, the UFC officially announced that one-time strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz will welcome Invicta FC standout Jodie Esquibel to her home country when the Octagon lands in the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland on Oct. 21. This will be Kowalkiewicz’s first time fighting in Poland since February 2015 when she earned a split decision nod over Kalindra Faria in the KSW promotion, her last fight before joining the UFC. The 31-year-old Kowalkiewicz (10-2), who hails from Lodz, is on the first losing streak of her career, having failed to wrest the 115-pound title from Joanna Jedrzejczyk last November, and then being submitted by Claudia Gadelha in her most recent outing this past June.
Submitted Sep 6, 2017 5:55PM by JLS - 3 comments
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Materla bout scrapped, UFC books Thiago Santos vs. Jack Hermansson in Sao Paulo
A planned headliner between Thiago “Marreta” Santos and Michal Materla for UFC Gdansk has been scrapped with reports that Materla has chosen to re-sign with KSW instead. The UFC had hoped to put together an action packed middleweight headliner for their return to Poland in October of this year. They’d even apparently signed a local star to make his debut in the top spot on the card, hooking 33-year old home-grown KSW talent Michal Materla to face Thaigo Santos for the main event.
Submitted Sep 4, 2017 9:32PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Mayweather vs. McGregor trending close to PPV buyrate record
The predictions the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor superfight would be the biggest event in pay-per-view television history just might come true after all. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has confirmed an initial report by the Los Angeles Times that the boxing fight, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and televised by Showtime Sports, is projecting to do somewhere in the mid-to-high four millions in domestic pay-per-view purchases.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 10:55AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Now sitting on 4 straight wins, UFC-Rotterdam's Leon Edwards calls for Donald Cerrone – again
Leon Edwards is ready to break out of the circuit of smaller UFC shows in Europe and take his talents to an American audience following his victory over Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night 115. Edwards (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) pushed his winning streak to four in the UFC welterweight division on Saturday when he outworked Barberena (13-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) to a unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 10:49AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
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Alexander Volkov helps give UFC heavyweight division an infusion of fresh blood
Alexander Volkov was stacked with the unenviable task of fighting 7-foot giant Stefan Struve before a partisan crowd in Struve’s native Holland, practically as an afterthought given that he was doing so one week after the fight world blew its wad with McGregor-Mayweather. Things didn’t look good early. He took a violent knee to the face in the first round, which opened up a bloody fissure where football players wear eye black. He had one eye poked in the second round, which caused the doctor to come in and shine a light. Then he had the other poked moments later, giving him the unfortunate parlay. Luckily his ears worked well enough to hear referee Marc Goddard issue a warning to Struve, advising him to watch his fingers.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 2:26AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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UFC Rotterdam bonuses: Mairbek Taisumov cashes in for massive KO
The tallest fight in UFC history turned out to be much more than just an oddity. Towering heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Stefan Struve were each rewarded a $50,000 bonus for putting on the Fight of the Night in the UFC Rotterdam main event on Saturday at the Ahoy Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Mairbek Taisumov and Zabit Magomedsharipov also received Performance of the Night bonuses.
Submitted Sep 2, 2017 7:09PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Coach: Nate Diaz 'needs to get paid at least $20 million’ for Conor McGregor trilogy
Conor McGregor’s huge paycheck for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather could mean more money for his future UFC opponents — at least that’s what Nate Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez is hoping for. Diaz’s last two fights under the UFC banner were against “The Notorious” in 2016, and he made $2.6 million dollars in disclosed pay in those bouts combined. After seeing what McGregor made against Mayweather, and the potential money that could be made in a trilogy bout with McGregor in the UFC, Perez expects 10 times more.
Submitted Sep 1, 2017 4:36PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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Jon Jones passed USADA blood test the night of UFC 214
Jon Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, passed a post-fight blood screening administered by USADA on July 29 in the aftermath of his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has learned. The negative test was administered just one day after Jones’ infamous July 28 urine screening, which popped positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. It is nonetheless important to note that USADA blood screenings do not test for Turinabol, thus the July 29 test would not have discovered any trace of Turinabol in Jones’ system. In addition, Jones passed a pair of out-of-competition USADA drug screenings on July 6 and July 7, the former a blood and urine test, and the latter a urine test.
Submitted Sep 1, 2017 4:32PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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John Dodson to fight Marlon Moraes at UFC Norfolk
The UFC’s upcoming trip to Norfolk, Va., has added a high-level bantamweight clash to the card. John Dodson (19-8) and former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes (18-5-1) are set to meet at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed Thursday with sources. “The Magician” announced the matchup via Twitter on Friday following an initial report by journalist Farah Hannoun.
Submitted Aug 31, 2017 11:46PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Management group settles with Leslie Smith, moves suit against Nate Diaz to federal court
The Ballengee Group is dropping a management lawsuit against UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith after settlement terms were reached, the firm’s attorney attorney Jason Friedman told MMAjunkie. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Smith declined comment. Ballengee is still pursuing legal action against Nate Diaz and attorney Sam Awad, named as co-defendants in the suit, and moved its complaint to Texas federal court earlier this month.
Submitted Aug 31, 2017 1:20AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Michael Chiesa signs new four-fight deal with the UFC
Michael Chiesa will remain a UFC fighter, at least for a little while longer. The winner of season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news on Wednesday. Chiesa had one fight left on his old UFC contract, but decided to re-sign with the promotion instead of fighting out his contract and testing free agency. “Maverick” is not currently scheduled to compete, but hopes to fight one more time before the end of this year.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 8:59PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Andrew Sanchez vs Ryan Janes Booked For ‘TUF 26’ Finale On DEC. 1
Andrew Sanchez and Ryan Janes will lock horns at “The Ultimate Fighter 26” finale. Promotion officials announced the pairing on Wednesday. The “TUF 26” finale takes place in Las Vegas on Dec. 1 and will crown the promotion’s inaugural female flyweight champion. Sanchez began his UFC tenure with back-to-back decision triumphs over Trevor Smith and Khalil Rountree. In his last outing, “El Dirte” suffered a third-round knockout loss to Anthony Smith. The 29-year-old owns a 9-3 career mark, with seven wins via knockout, technical knockout or submission.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 8:57PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee officially announced as UFC 216 main event
An interim lightweight title fight between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee has long been set for UFC 216, but now it’s confirmed that it will be the main event. On Tuesday, the UFC officially announced in a press release that Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee will serve as the main event of UFC 216 on October 7th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dana White had revealed two weeks ago that Ferguson and Lee would contend for the interim lightweight title, but at the time it wasn’t confirmed that the fight would be the headlining act. This is the first time that either Ferguson or Lee has been in the main event of a UFC pay-per-view.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 12:07AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Tatiana Suarez, Viviane Pereira meet at UFC Fight Night 120
Tatiana Suarez will face an undefeated Brazilian next time she steps inside the Octagon. The 26-year-old fighter will meet fellow 115-pound prospect Viviane Pereira at UFC Fight Night 120 in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 11, sources told MMA Fighting following a report by Combate. Suarez (4-0) competed on the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2016, going 3-0 in the reality show before defeating Amanda Cooper in the tournament final in July 2016. Suarez returns for the first time since pulling out of a fight with Juliana Lima last December due to an injury.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 12:05AM by JLS - 2 comments
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DWCS winner Julian Marquez to make debut vs. Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 26
Julian Marquez’s first opportunity to make a name for himself in the UFC will come in December. Marquez, who earned a UFC contract earlier this month thanks to Dana White’s Contender Series, will meet veteran Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 26 in a middleweight bout. The event, which takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, will air on FOX with prelims on the same channel and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 12:04AM by JLS - 0 comments
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UFC Norfolk books Joe Lauzon vs. Clay Guida
The UFC’s upcoming trip to Norfolk, VA is getting a lightweight bout between two of the promotion’s longest tenured action fighters. Surely this fight has happened before. It must have happened; has to have already been done. Both Clay Guida (33-17) and Joe Lauzon (27-13) entered the UFC as lightweights in 2006 – Guida through the acquisition of the WEC, while Lauzon debuted against Jens Pulver – and neither man has had a year without at least one bout in the promotion since. For those at home, that’s 11 solid years of cage fighting, without ever sharing the Octagon.
Submitted Aug 28, 2017 4:38PM by JLS - 7 comments
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UFC gets late replacement for injured Germaine de Randamie in Rotterdam
Brazilian Talita de Oliveira has apparently agreed to step in on short notice to take on Marion Reneau for the UFC’s September 2nd card. It looks like the UFC has managed to find a short-notice replacement for Marion Reneau after Germaine de Randamie pulled out of their bout less than one week away from fight night. MMA Brasil reports, Brazilian newcomer Talita de Oliveira has agreed to step in and save the match. Talita de Oliveira (5-1) comes into the fight on a four-fight winning streak in the Brazilian and Polish MMA circuits, with three of those wins coming by way of submission and one by decision. Her sole loss came in April 2015, when she was defeated by Juliana Velasquez via unanimous decision.
Submitted Aug 28, 2017 3:41PM by JLS - 0 comments
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DWCS 7 winner Mike Santiago meets Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC-Rotterdam
Dana White’s Contender Series continues to prove its value as a pipeline for UFC talent, with a winner from this past week’s episode now competing in a UFC event this week. MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Mike Santiago (19-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is filling in for an injured Nick Hein and will face featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov at this week’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streams live this Saturday on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Submitted Aug 28, 2017 3:09PM by JLS - 0 comments
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After loss to Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor says he's free agent, open to boxing and MMA
UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor held off on committing to a UFC return, but said he’s got options for his future. “I have many options in MMA,”McGregor told MMAjunkie at the press conference for “The Money Fight,” which followed his 10th round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I’m sure there’s options that will present themselves in the boxing game. Right now, I’m a free agent. My name is on the ring.” A little loose from his eponymous whiskey, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) spoke proudly of his effort against Mayweather (50-0 boxing) and his ability to get his name on the canvas as a promoter of the lucrative Showtime pay-per-view.
Submitted Aug 27, 2017 9:54AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
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Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping middleweight title fight official for UFC 217 main event
After a few false starts and much hemming and hawing, Georges St-Pierre’s comeback fight is official. On Saturday, the UFC announced that the 36-year-old welterweight legend is officially scheduled to challenge Michael Bisping for the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 4.
Submitted Aug 26, 2017 9:55PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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