UFC in 2015: A ridiculously robust look at stats, streaks, skids and record-setters
The UFC had an historic year in 2015. From the highs of mega-events that caught the world’s attention to the lows of an overwhelming number of key fight cancellations, a lot unfolded over the past 12 months and 41 events.
Now that the year has come to a close, and with a major assist from FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producers Michael Carroll, here are some of 2015’s most significant milestones from the events, the fights and individual performances.
Gegard Mousasi now meets Thales Leites at UFC Fight Night 83 in London
After losing his high-profile opponent for UFC Fight Night 83 in London, Gegard Mousasi has his new assignment for late February.
With Michael Bisping (27-7 MMA, 17-7 UFC) into the main-event slot against former longtime middleweight champion Anderson Silva (33-6 MMA, 16-2 UFC), Mousasi (37-6-2 MMA, 4-3 UFC) now will meet Thales Leites (25-5 MMA, 10-4 UFC) in the co-main event.
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Claudia Gadelha likely as 'TUF 23' coaches
UFC women’s strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is “99 percent” likely to coach the 23rd edition of “The Ultimate Fighter” opposite rival Claudia Gadelha.
Speaking on Monday to Polish MMA outlet MMARocks.pl, Jedrzejczyk stopped short of confirming the news. But “TUF 20” vet Tecia Torres later backed the report, recently telling fans she heard the strawweight rivals will coach against each other on the reality show.
In an email to MMAjunkie, a UFC official declined comment on the show’s casting. If confirmed, the coaches would mark the first time women’s strawweights have coached on the long-running reality series, which just wrapped up its 22nd season featuring now-featherweight champion Conor McGregor and popular ex-champ Urijah Faber.
Khabib plans to return in March, open to Dos Anjos title fight in Brazil
With the two-year layoff mark quickly approaching, Khabib Nurmagomedov is itching to return to the Octagon.
The talented UFC lightweight suffered his third consecutive injury several months ago and was forced out of a highly anticipated match-up against Tony Ferguson. However, unlike his previous two knee injures, this one was a broken rib.
Khabib, whose last fight was a unanimous decision victory against current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, even contemplated retirement following his latest injury. Instead, he set a timetable for his return and is already maneuvering for a title shot following the champ's 66-second TKO against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17.
Packalen vs. Sajewski and Danho vs. Omielanczuk added to UFC Fight Night 83
The card for the UFC’s next trip to England continues to come together with the addition of a pair of bouts.
Teemu Packalen (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight battle at UFC Fight Night 83 while undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC on FOX 17 medical suspensions: C.B. Dollaway, Cole Miller receive indefinite suspensions
C.B. Dollaway was one of two fighters to receive potentially lengthy medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC on FOX 17, as he and fellow veteran Cole Miller both were handed indefinite sentences pending physician clearance due to injuries sustained during the event.
The complete list of UFC on FOX 17's medical suspensions can be seen below.
C.B. Dollaway: Suspended indefinitely pending CT scan and doctor's clearance; regardless, suspended no less than 60 days
Cole Miller: Suspended indefinitely pending orthopedic clearance on left eye
Luiz Henrique: Suspended 90 days, requires neurologist's clearance
Donald Cerrone: Suspended 45 days
Junior dos Santos: Suspended 30 days
Josh Samman: Suspended 30 days due to contusions to face, hard fight
UFC on FOX 17 Salaries: Alistair Overeem is Top Earner in Last Fight on Contract
Alistair Overeem: $542,857 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Junior dos Santos: $400,000
Nate Diaz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $30,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $12,000
Charles Oliveira: $66,600 (includes $37,000 win bonus)*
def. Myles Jury: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. C.B. Dollaway: $40,000
Valentina Shevchenko: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $22,000
Tamdan McCrory: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Samman: $10,000
Nik Lentz: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $39,000
Cole Miller: $33,000 vs. Jim Alers: $10,000 (fight ruled a no contest)
Kamaru Usman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leon Edwards: $15,000
Vicente Luque: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Henrique: $10,000
Vaughan Lee among three fighters released from UFC
After a big slew of roster cuts in October, the UFC's wave of pink slips subsided during November and in early December. However, that has changed within the past few days, as three fighters are confirmed to be no longer in the UFC, and all of them are in the lighter weight divisions.
Brad Scott-Krzysztof Jotko, Scott Askham-Chris Dempsey set for UFC Fight Night 83
The UFC’s return to London in February has a new pair of fights added to the lineup featuring a pair of England’s own.
England’s Brad Scott (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko (16-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 83, and British fan favorite Scott Askham (13-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will fight Chris Dempsey (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), also at 185 pounds. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.