Makwan Amirkhani: ‘I don’t like it when people run for their lives and drown on their way’
Let's not turn this into a political debate about refugees/immigration...just information and someone stating their opinions on something they have lived through.
When he was 5, Amirkhani and his family fled their native Kurdistan for Finland after the Iran-Iraq War. Now, the 26-year-old UFC featherweight is an advocate for other refugees, speaking on Finnish national TV about the plight of Syrians trying to cross into Europe.
Russian fighter to help UFC host Moscow event in 2017
Earlier this year, the UFC announced a television broadcast deal with VGTRK in Russia that was set to deliver promotional programming to over 50 million homes. Many fans and pundits assumed that it would only be a matter of time before the promotion tested the waters with a Fight Night event in one of Russia's major cities.
Chad Mendes: We're all still going to be buddies with T.J. Dillashaw
Apparently Chad Mendes doesn't feel exactly the same way as Team Alpha Male head Urijah Faber when it comes to the departure of UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. As you likely know by now, Dillashaw decided to migrate to a new team in Colorado to work more closely with former TAM head trainer Duane Ludwig. Faber and Ludwig aren't fans of each other, and now Dillashaw is persona non grata at Team Alpha Male due to his defection, according toTJ.
Northcutt opponnent fails drug test for UFC 192
UFC lightweight Francisco Trevino had a bad day at UFC 192. First he failed to make weight, coming in at 160 for a 156 lbs limit division; he did not look like he went through a long, hard cut. Then he lost via ferocious TKO in the first. Then he shoved referee Herb Dean after the loss.
Now the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation has announced that Trevino failed a recreational drug test, with a urine sample showing 85 ng/ml of marijuana metabolites. The TDLR’s limit is 50 ng/ml.
Nick Diaz White House Petition Hits 100,000 Signatures
A petition to the White House to lift the five-year ban on Nick Diaz has reached its goal of 100,000 signatures.
At the time of this writing, the petition has hit 111,868 signatures. The threshold of 100,000 is needed within thirty-days in order to merit a response from the White House; the petition hit the six-figure mark with two days to spare. Assistant White House Press Secretary Frank Benenati told MMAjunkie that “We do plan on responding within 60 days, per our new rule.”
Georges St-Pierre sounds off on Nick Diaz's five-year suspension
Georges St-Pierre was one of the loudest advocates for more stringent drug testing regimes in mixed martial arts during his latter years in the sport, but even he can see the lunacy in the five-year suspension the Nevada Athletic Commission handed down last month to his former rival, Nick Diaz.
"Personally, I think five years is too much," St-Pierre told Canadian outlet RDS. "Especially when you think about Anderson Silva and other guys who were doping and received a lighter suspension compared to [Diaz].
Ronda Rousey's mother says daughter's coach Edmond Tarverydan is 'terrible' and a 'bad person'
Ronda Rousey's mother is nothing if not brutally honest. And for the first time, she is making it known how she feels about Rousey's coach.
AnnMaria DeMars is not a fan of Edmond Tarverdyan as a coach or a human being, she told LatiNation in a recently released video.
"I think Edmond is a terrible coach and I will say it publicly," DeMars said. "I think he's a terrible coach. I think he hit the lottery when Ronda walked in there. She was winning before she ever met him. She probably won 99 percent of the judo matches she ever fought in."
Stipe Miocic out of next weeks fight with Ben Rothwell
An undisclosed injury has scratched UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic from next week’s UFC Fight Night 76 co-headliner, and a replacement search is underway.
Sources with knowledge of the situation today confirmed the news with MMAjunkie. The sources asked for anonymity because they are not authorized to publicly discuss the matter. Miocic’s manager and UFC officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
UFC inks undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho
The UFC has added undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) to the promotion’s active roster.
Danho’s management team, Control Master Management, announced the move, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the deal with UFC officials.