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Trevor Smith injured, out of UFC Fight Night 83 bout with Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes
“Hot Sauce” fans will have to wait a little longer to see Trevor Smith return to the UFC octagon after a hand injury forced the middleweight out of his UFC Fight Night 83 bout with Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes. The injury was confirmed by a source close to Smith (13-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC). The UFC is seeking a replacement to face Guimaraes (11-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on short notice.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 7:33PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
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John Lineker out of UFC Fight Night 83 due to illness
John Lineker’s second UFC fight as a bantamweight won’t take place in Pittsburgh. Scheduled to take on undefeated Cody Garbrandt at Sunday’s UFC Fight Night event, Lineker will be sidelined due to dengue fever, sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com after a report by PVT.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 2:39PM by JLS1980 - 13 comments
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Top bantamweight Aljamain Sterling re-signs with the UFC
"The Funk Master" is staying put. After a highly publicized flirtation with free agency, Aljamain Sterling has re-signed with the UFC, he announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. It was Sterling's desire to fight out his contract with the UFC and test his value on the open market. He did so in December and ended up back with the promotion he has competed in since 2014. Sterling said the UFC's winning offer was "more lucrative" than the original one he got, which was $20,000 to show and $20,000 to win.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 1:48PM by JLS1980 - 18 comments
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Allstair Overeem resigns with UFC
Alistair Overeem isn't going anywhere. The big Dutchman, who last year elected to fight out his UFC contract and test the free agency waters, announced Monday that he has re-signed with the UFC.
Submitted Feb 15, 2016 11:44AM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
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With Bahadurzada-Thatch move, Camozzi vs. Riggs now on UFC Fight Night 83 main card
With a late change in plans at UFC Fight Night 83, Chris Camozzi and Joe Riggs will benefit with a move to the evening’s main card. Following Friday’s announcement that a “medication” clearance issue had forced the rescheduling of a welterweight matchup between Siyar Bahadurzada and Brandon Thatch, UFC officials have released the revamped broadcast lineup for Feb. 21 event from Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center. MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Shane Campbell vs. James Krause PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET) Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Lauren Murphy vs. opponent TBA Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 6:34PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Junior dos Santos wants three fights in 2016
Junior dos Santos is anxious to get back in the Octagon. After a disappointing KO loss to Alistair Overeem last December, the former UFC heavyweight champion revealed to Portal do Vale Tudo that he wanted a quick return to erase his last performance. "After my last fight, I told Joe Silva I wanted to fight again soon and I was glad they were able to get me a fight quickly. I think it's important to fight more frequently so I can stay active. Rothwell is a very hard opponent, who is on a good win streak and has been imposing himself. He showed he can be very effective, especially in his last fight, when he submitted Josh Barnett, which was kind of unexpected." As far as Dos Santos is concerned, a win over his next opponent, Ben Rothwell, puts him right back in title contention.
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 3:03PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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'Wonderboy': I'm more exciting than Woodley and will put on show in Lawler fight
Despite his scintillating performance against Johny Hendricks last Saturday at UFC Fight Night 82, Stephen Thompson still trails behind Tyron Woodley in the official UFC rankings. "Wonderboy" stifled Hendricks with his elusive movement and attacked "Bigg Rigg" with a barrage of kicks and punches before earning the knockout in the 1st round. The karate expert became the first man to KO Hendricks and made a strong case for a shot at the welterweight title.
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 3:01PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
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Coach: Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk on TUF could be ‘worse’ than Aldo-McGregor
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Claudia Gadelha and Joanna Jedrzejczyk will coach the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and Nova Uniao leader Andre Pederneiras expects it to be a rough coexistence. Gadelha rematches Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight belt at the TUF 23 Finale event on July 8, but first they will have to see each other every single day during the reality show. Coming from a wearing year in 2015 with the promotion for Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, Pederneiras believes Gadelha and Jedrzejczyk living together has everything to be worse than Aldo and McGregor during the UFC 189 world tour. "I believe it can be worse because it’s 45 days," Pederneiras said. "You will see someone you don’t want to see for 45 days, twice a day. It won’t be good. It’s going to be horrible. Horrible. They both have strong temper, so it can’t be good. It’s going to be perfect media-wise, but won’t be good for them. I don’t think they will end up fighting during the reality show, but we will get a lot of mess."
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 2:57PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
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Alexander Gustafsson having a 'tough time' with motivation, still vows to fight in 2016
In the last three years, Alexander Gustafsson has lost razor-close decisions in title fights to both Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, and he's been knocked out in the first round by Anthony Johnson in front of more than 40,000 of his hometown fans. Gustafsson remains one of the very best light heavyweight fighters on the planet. But those losses seem to have done something to his psyche. Recently, he moved down to San Diego to train with Alliance MMA, a team he has worked with for multiple camps. The goal for the Swedish star is to get his mind right. "I'm just feeling like I have a tough time with my motivation," Gustafsson told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "It goes from time to time. Some days it's better, some days it's a little bit worse."
Submitted Feb 13, 2016 2:57PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Thatch Not Cleared to Fight in Pennsylvania, Bout vs. Bahadurzada Moved to UFC 196
A welterweight matchup between Brandon Thatch and Siyar Bahadurzada has been moved from UFC Fight Night Pittsburgh to UFC 196. The change comes as a result of Thatch being unable to receive clearance to fight from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for using a “medication permitted under the UFC/USADA, WADA and Nevada State Athletic Commission anti-doping rules,” according to a statement released by the Las Vegas-based promotion on Friday night. The medication Thatch was using was not specified.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 10:33PM by JLS1980 - 4 comments
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Marcos Rogerio de Lima announces UFC 197 fight with Clint Hester
The UFC has added another light heavyweight clash to UFC 197, as Marcos Rogerio de Lima faces Clint Hester on April 23. The Brazilian announced the bout on his social media following a report by MMA Premium. de Lima (13-3-1), who competed on the third edition of TUF: Brazil as a heavyweight, suffered his first UFC loss to Nikita Krylov last August, dropping to 2-1 inside the Octagon following first-round knockouts over Richardson Moreira and Igor Pokrajac.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:56PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Manager: ‘Jacare’ Souza vs. Vitor Belfort moved to co-main event spot on May 14
It turns out Ronaldo Souza vs. Vitor Belfort won’t be a five-round fight. Initially planned as the main event of a UFC Fight Night card on May 14 in Brazil, the middleweight showdown was moved to the co-main event spot, "Jacare’s" manager Gilberto Faria told MMAFighting.com on Thursday. The promotion has yet to officially announce its plans for the May 14 event in Brazil, but a report from Combate indicates that it could be moved from Fox Sports 1 to pay-per-view, labeled as UFC 198, and feature Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight championship in the main event.
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 8:55PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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Sarah Moras out at UFC Fight Night 83, UFC seeks opponent for Lauren Murphy
UFC officials are currently seeking an opponent for women’s bantamweight Lauren Murphy (8-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC), as injury has forced Sarah Moras (4-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) to withdraw from a planned meeting at UFC Fight Night 83. MMAjunkie today learned of the opening on the card from a person with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss such matters. UFC Fight Night 83 currently includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET) Donald Cerrone vs. Alex Oliveira Derek Brunson vs. Roan Carneiro Cody Garbrandt vs. John Lineker Dennis Bermudez vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Brandon Thatch Shane Campbell vs. James Krause PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET) Alex Garcia vs. Sean Strickland Chris Camozzi vs. Joe Riggs Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Daniel Sarafian Trevor Smith vs. Leonardo Augusto Guimaraes PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:15 p.m. ET) Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Marion Reneau Lauren Murphy vs. TBA Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Anthony Hamilton Nathan Coy vs. Jonavin Webb
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:23PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara featherweight bout added to UFC 196 in Las Vegas
Next month’s mega-UFC pay-per-view in Las Vegas continues to build with a new fight added to the preliminary card. Julian Erosa (15-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will take on Teruto Ishihara (7-2-2 MMA, 0-0-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout at UFC 196. UFC officials recently announced the new matchup. With the addition, the latest UFC 196 card includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Conor McGregor – for lightweight title Champ Holly Holm vs. Miesha Tate – for women’s bantamweight title Corey Anderson vs. Tom Lawlor Erick Silva vs. Nordine Taleb Darren Elkins vs. Chas Skelly Jim Miller vs. Diego Sanchez Marcelo Guimaraes vs. Vitor Miranda Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko Ilir Latifi vs. Gian Villante Jason Saggo vs. Justin Salas Julian Erosa vs. Teruto Ishihara
Submitted Feb 12, 2016 4:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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UFC free agent Aljamain Sterling to announce contract decision on MMA Hour
Top 10 UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling is one of the top free agents in MMA, and he's made his decision as to which promotion he'll compete under for his future fights. The 26-year-old Long Island native will make his announcement on Monday's (February 15th) edition of The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. According to his message on Instagram, he's received offers from the UFC, Bellator, World Series of Fighting, and ONE Championship.
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 4:02PM by JLS1980 - 19 comments
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Ronda Rousey back in training for first time since Holly Holm loss
It looks like Ronda Rousey is officially blazing the comeback trail as she gets back in the gym for the first documented session with her coaches since a November 2015 loss to Holly Holm. TMZ captured the former champion working mitts and throwing combinations with coach Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club in California this week. Rousey had stated following a vicious head-kick knockout to Holm last year that she may not be able to take any kind of impact for "three to six months" -- but it looks like she's at least ready to start throwing hands again
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 1:44PM by postman - 2 comments
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Damian Stasiak meets newcomer Filip Pejic at UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia
The UFC’s debut event in Croatia continues to grow with the addition of a bantamweight bout. Zagreb’s own Filip Pejic (10-1-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 86 against Poland’s Damian Stasiak (8-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Promotion officials announced the new matchup today. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 86 card now includes: Junior Dos Santos vs. Ben Rothwell Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Ruslan Magomedov Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou Timothy Johnson vs. Marcin Tybura Jan Blachowicz vs. Igor Pokrajac Nicolas Dalby vs. Bartosz Fabinski Damir Hadzovic vs. Mairbek Taisumov Alessio Di Chirico vs. Bojan Velickovic Filip Pejic vs. Damian Stasiak
Submitted Feb 11, 2016 9:15AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Rin Nakai vs. Leslie Smith, Ben Nguyen vs. Justin Scoggins set for UFC Fight Night 85
The UFC’s return to Australia next month has two more fights added to an already hefty lineup. Rin Nakai (16-1-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Leslie Smith (7-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will return from long layoffs for a women’s bantamweight matchup at UFC Fight Night 85. And flyweights Ben Nguyen (14-5 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Justin Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will fight. UFC officials announced the new bouts today, giving the card 13 total fights, following an initial report in The Courier Mail in Australia. With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 85 card includes: Mark Hunt vs. Frank Mir Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny Steve Bosse vs. James Te Huna Alan Jouban vs. Brendan O’Reilly Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Daniel Kelly Seo Hee Ham vs. Bec Rawlings Johnny Case vs. Jake Matthews Viscardi Andrade vs. Richard Walsh Ross Pearson vs. Abel Trujillo Chad Laprise vs. Alan Patrick Mark Eddiva vs. Daniel Hooker Rin Nakai vs. Leslie Smith Ben Nguyen vs. Justin Scoggins
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 9:57PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
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Erokhin fails drug test at TUF 22 finale
The Russian heavyweight's latest fight was a highly criticized, listless unanimous decision loss to Gabriel Gonzaga at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale on Dec. 11 in Las Vegas. And late last month, Erokhin was removed from the UFC roster. Now, Erokhin's drug test from the TUF Finale has come back positive. Erokhin popped for the anabolic steroid drostanolone in a pre-fight, in-competition test, according to documents obtained by MMA Fighting through a public records request with the Nevada Athletic Commission. Erokhin failed a test sent to Quest Diagnostics administered by the NAC, not a test administered by USADA. He will face a suspension and fine from the NAC in an upcoming hearing.
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 5:32PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
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CM Punk says he's slated for back surgery, UFC debut delayed again
The long-awaited UFC debut of Phil “CM Punk” Brooks is going to have to wait a little longer. The former WWE star and MMA newcomer today told MMAFighting.com he’s slated for back surgery today to correct a herniated disc. He reportedly expected a four- to six-month recovery and hopes to fight by year’s end. “My back has always bugged me,” Punk told MMAFighting.com. “Figured it was just wrestling (expletive). Turns out it was. “It got bad enough to the point where I couldn’t do anything the week before I went to train with the New Jersey Devils last month. One day I could manage. The next day I couldn’t. I’ve been in agony for almost a month. Chiropractor, acupuncture, massage, cryotherapy – nothing worked.”
Submitted Feb 10, 2016 12:29PM by Budgellism - 15 comments
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