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Former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson earned a split decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC Fight Night 79 in Seoul, Korea. It was his second win a row, have defeated Brandon Thatch in the Fight of the Night earlier this year. Both bouts were at welterweight. He previously dropped two in a row at lightweight.
It was the last fight on his UFC contract.
In Seoul, after the decision was announced, he took of his UFC gloves and left them in the Octagon, a ceremonial representation of the end of his current contract with the organization.
The Benson Henderson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC Fight Night 79 scorecard reveals another close decision win for Henderson on Saturday morning.
Henderson won the fight via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul, South Korea.
Mark Craig gave Masvidal rounds 1, 3 and 5 en route to his 48-47 score, while Barry Foley gave rounds 1, 2, and 5 to Henderson for his 48-47 score for Henderson.
Charlie Keech gave rounds 2, 3, 4 and 5 to Henderson.
It didn't take long for Tecia Torres to get a new opponent.
The popular women's strawweight contender will take on the newly signed Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC 194 on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, the UFC announced Friday. Torres was initially supposed to fight Michelle Waterson, who pulled out this week due to a knee injury.
Tecia Torres has a new opponent for UFC 194.
Torres (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) was originally slated to face Michelle Waterson (13-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at the event, but an injury forced Waterson off the event. Stepping in on late notice is former RFA strawweight champion Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who will be making her octagon debut.
Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka will lock horns at UFC 195 in Las Vegas.
The bantamweight contest was recently added to the UFC 195 event page on UFC.com. UFC 195 takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Jan. 2 and is headlined by a welterweight championship clash between Robbie Lawler and Carlos Condit.
Now-retired UFC heavyweight Mirko Filipovic has received a two-year suspension from UFC anti-doping partner USADA for the use of human growth hormone prior to his canceled fight with Anthony Hamilton at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 79.
In case you haven't noticed, Uriah Hall has been a busy man as of late.
The former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) finalist has competed a whopping five times for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 2015, including three fights in just four months, racking up a 3-2 record during that span.
That's why "Prime Time" wants to chill, get fat and chow down on some In-N-Out Burger, which is where he held his latest periscope session (via MMA Digest) to reveal his plans to take time off.
(Courtesy of on Twitter)
UFC welterweight and “Ultimate Fighter 19” veteran Cathal Pendred today announced he’s retiring from MMA after six years as a professional.
In a prepared statement posted on his Twitter account, Pendred said his feelings for the sport have changed and he’s decided to step away from the life of an active fighter while still remaining in the sport.
“I have other interests that I want to pursue,” he wrote. “The time is right to close one door and open another.”
Pendred’s rep was unavailable for comment.
January's FOX card just got bigger. Literally.
A pair of heavyweight contenders, Josh Barnett and Ben Rothwell, will meet in an important bout at UFC on FOX 18 on Jan. 30 in Newark, N.J., it was announced Tuesday night on FOX Sports Live.
(Courtesy of on Twitter)
Current UFC on Fox 18 card:
Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader
Josh Barnett vs. Ben Rothwell
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger
George Sullivan vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Joaquim Silva
Felipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin
Jimmy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
The UFC 194 megacard took a blow this week.
Michelle Waterson is injured and out of an anticipated women's strawweight fight with Tecia Torres at the Dec. 12 event in Las Vegas, UFC senior vice president of public relations Dave Sholler confirmed with MMA Fighting. The news was first reported by MMAjunkie.
UFC lightweight T.J. Grant is a happy man these days. He hasn't fought since May of 2013, when he stopped Gray Maynard with strikes at UFC 160. He never was able to take advantage of his promised title shot. Really, it's not clear where his career is or what's left of it after a concussion essentially derailed his entire fighting career.
According to Grant - now a father of two after his wife had another baby last week - that isn't ideal, but maybe the way things have to be. He's got other priorities that need attending to right now. Fighting, while he still loves it, just isn't at the top of the list.
Gray Maynard is searching for an answer to help break out of an ugly four-fight UFC losing skid and get his first victory since June 2012.
It appears he thinks a drop to the featherweight division will be the solution.
A fighter in Maynard’s position faces a crossroads, with the option to hang up his gloves and move on from the sport, or do anything necessary to get back on track. It appears Maynard will do the latter; he stated on Twitter that he plans to get back in the octagon sooner than later, but this time it will be in a new weight class
Dong Hyun Kim (no, not that Dong Hyun Kim) is a late addition to next week’s UFC Fight Night 79 lineup.
Not to be confused by the UFC welterweight of the same name who, coincidentally, also is scheduled for UFC Fight Night 79, ”Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim (13-6-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and now meets fellow 170-pounder Dominique Steele (13-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, officials today announced.
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Kelvin Gastelum (171) vs. Neil Magny (171)
Ricardo Lamas (146) vs. Diego Sanchez (145)
Henry Cejudo (126) vs. Jussier Formiga (126)
Enrique Marin (170) vs. Erick Montano (169) – ‘TUF: Latin America 2’ welterweight final
Enrique Barzola (155) vs. Horacio Gutierrez (154) – ‘TUF: Latin America 2’ lightweight final
Efrain Escudero (156) vs. Leandro Silva (155)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Taylor Lapilus (136) vs. Erik Perez (136)
Bartosz Fabinski (170) vs. Hector Urbina (171)
Scott Jorgensen (135.5) vs. Alejandro Perez (135.5)
Gabriel Benitez (145) vs. Andre Fili (145)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Alvaro Herrera (171) vs. Vernon Ramos (170)
Cesar Arzamendia (155) vs. Polo Reyes (155)
Valmir Lazaro (155) vs. Michel Prazeres (156)
Jon Jones is getting both his body and his troll game back into top form.
The sport's best pound-for-pound fighter posted a photo to Instagram on Tuesday showing off a ripped physique and hinting at a return to the Octagon...
UFC Fight Pass announced on Thursday a new promotional partnership with the Omaha, Neb.-based Victory Fighting Championship promotion.
Fight Pass will acquire the rights to the tape library of the company, which dates back to 2002, and on Friday, Jan. 29, will be airing Victory 47, the company's next live event. The show will be headlined by Anthony Smith (23-11) vs. Elvis Mutapcic (15-3) for the company's vacant middleweight title, starting at 10 p.m. Eastern...
What do we know about the financial health of the UFC? We know the company has seen its revenues rise steadily over the years, from $4.6 million in 2001, the first year under Zuffa, LLC's management, to $522 million last year. At the same time, we have seen the company's long-term debts also rise, from zero bank debt in those early years to its current $535 million debt load. Neither debt nor revenue tells us much though about its current financial condition. Are they profitable, and if so how profitable? Are they solvent and able to meet their obligations? Without more data, revenue and debt do little to answer these questions.
All are very interesting and well worth the read.