TUF 19's Dhiego Lima released from the UFC
Had an amazing vacation in brazil with my family heading back to atlanta. Im no longer under ufc contract so ill be taking the rest of the year off from fighting focusing just on training and our gym i will be back fighting next year starting fresh. Thank you UFC for all the opportunities i wasn't able to show anything i do on all my fights in there i need to take some fights outside rebuild myself and come back like an animal, i have amazing family friends coaches and training partners behind me and i believe in Gods plan."
Stout vs Perez, Campbell vs Silverio Set for UFC Fight Night in Saskatoon
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials Tuesday announced that Canadian lightweights Sam Stout and Shane Campbell will compete in separate bouts at August’s UFC Fight Night in Saskatchewan.
Stout will take on Frankie Perez, while Campbell will tangle with Elias Silverio. UFC Fight Night “Holloway vs. Oliveira” takes place Aug. 23 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, headlined by a featherweight duel between Max Holloway and Charles Oliveira.
Jose Aldo Officially Out: Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes for Interim Belt at UFC 189
Dana White just said it on SportsCenter.
McGregor vs Mendes for the interim UFC Featherweight Title.
Jose Aldo (Rib) Pulls out of UFC 189
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was taken to the hospital on June 23 after a "kick to his midsection" left the Brazilian with a rib injury. The UFC called the injury a bone bruise on June 24, though MMAFighting.com later reported it was a fracture. Due to the injury, Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 189 vs. Conor McGregor.
No. 1 featherweight contender Chad Mendes will replace Aldo at UFC 189 to face McGregor, according to ESPN's Sportscenter.
Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16
Ramsey Nijem has a new opponent for UFC on FOX 16 after Erik Koch was forced out of their lightweight contest.
Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in to face Nijem (9-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on slightly less than a month’s notice. The change was announced on the UFC’s official website today.
UFC on FOX 16 takes place July 25 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw rematches Renan Barao in a title fight that was supposed to happen this week at UFC 186 before a Dillashaw injury forced the delay.
As district attorney lacks evidence, ex-UFC champ Jon Jones' case pauses
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not go before a grand jury on an alleged hit-and-run just yet, but prosecutors expect to move forward on his case.
The prosecutor in charge of the ex-titleholder’s case lacks two key pieces of evidence to move forward: medical records for the accident’s alleged victim and dispatch reports from the Albuquerque Police Department, according to the public information officer for the Bernalillo County (N.M.) District Attorney.
Daniel Omielanczuk gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland
Daniel Omielanczuk (16-5-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 72 event in Scotland.
UFC officials today announced the heavyweight’s original opponent, Konstantin Erokhin (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), has suffered an undisclosed injury, and promotional newcomer Chris de la Rocha (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.
The latest UFC Fight Night 72 card now includes:
Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites
Evan Dunham vs. Ross Pearson
Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray
Paddy Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee
Mickael Lebout vs. Jake Matthews
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer
Paul Redmond vs. Robert Whiteford
Marcus Brimage vs. opponent TBA
Chris de la Rocha vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
MMA in New York? Again, the answer seems to be no
Yet again, a bill to legalize MMA in New York state appears to be sunk before reaching a vote in the state’s assembly.
The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Assembly Leader Joseph Morelle, today told Politics on the Hudson that, despite encouraging signals and a final push from MMA supporters, the votes aren’t there.
After this year’s session was extended to vote on several high-profile bills, Morelle said the MMA bill lost momentum as legislators ran out of time.
“A number of members who are counted as supporters were just unavailable today because of the scheduling, that we weren’t expected to be here this long,” he said, “and it’s really complicated efforts to get to 76 (votes). I think it’s looking less likely as the day wears on.”
MMAjunkie was unable to reach Morelle or his spokesperson for an update.
Seventy-six is the figure needed to get the assembly bill, A02604C, out of the 105-member Democratic conference and onto the assembly floor, where there is strong support among minority Republicans to legalize MMA. In the Republican-led senate, earlier MMA bills have passed in six previous legislative sessions.
UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner estimated this year’s MMA bill, which reportedly received more support after additional insurance safeguards were added, would receive 95 to 100 votes if it went to a general vote.
But without the Democrats’ support, the bill is destined to expire in the assembly’s Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development Committee, as it has for more than a half-decade.