Valerie Letourneau vs. Joanne Calderwood flyweight bout added to UFC Fight Night 89
The first women’s flyweight bout in the history of the UFC is set for June 18, as one-time strawweight title contender Valerie Letourneau meets Joanne Calderwood at Ottawa’s UFC Fight Night 89.
The UFC calls the bout a "special flyweight attraction", not "the launch of a new division". However, the promotion revealed they are "looking into possibly opening a women’s flyweight division in the future."
Letourneau (8-4) competed as a flyweight and bantamweight before joining the UFC in 2015. The Canadian fighter won back-to-back fights with Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Moroz to earn a shot at the UFC title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, losing via unanimous decision.
Diego Brandao released by the UFC following felony arrest
The UFC has released Diego Brandao.
The former Ultimate Fighter winner was cut this week by the promotion, UFC officials confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday. This comes on the heels of Brandao's felony battery arrest earlier this month. Sherdog was the first to report the news of his release.
Brandao, 28, was arrested in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 15 on four felony counts, including aggravated battery with great bodily harm. The Brazilian fighter is being accused of pistol-whipping and punching men outside of a strip club after being tossed from the establishment.
Brandao (20-11) is also facing a suspension from the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for marijuana at UFC 195.
Joseph Duffy booked for lightweight bout with Mitch Clarke at UFC Fight Night 90 in Las Vegas
With the massive UFC 200 card in July having little room for more, it appears UFC Fight Night 90 two days before it will start to grow.
A lightweight bout between Joseph Duffy (14-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Mitch Clarke (11-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) has been added to the card. UFC officials announced the bout after an initial report from the Irish Independent.
UFC Fight Night 90 is a part of the massive week of fights surrounding UFC 200. The event takes place Thursday, July 7, at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The entire event will stream on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos defends his title against ex-Bellator champ Eddie Alvarez.
Four-Time UFC Veteran Akbarh Arreola Retires from MMA at Age 33
Thirty-five fight veteran Akbarh Arreola has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts at 33 years old.
"I wanted to take this opportunity to announce that out of respect for my family, my physical integrity and the sport, I retire,” Arreola wrote on Facebook. “To my fortune and I'm sure for many of you, today we have many compatriots and friends dedicated 100 percent to the sport and can continue to compete at the highest level that is required. Many thanks to all the people who supported me from the beginning and all those who with their good vibes always drew a smile on my face. "
A native of Tijuana, Mexico, Arreola exits the sport with a 23-11-1 career mark, with 17 victories via submission and five by knockout. He last competed at Pancrase 277 on April 24, losing to Kazuki Tokudome via technical knockout 4:59 into the first round.
'UFC Fight Night 88: Almeida vs. Garbrandt' lineup set for May 29 with 12 bouts
The lineup is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 88 event, which serves as the organization’s annual Memorial Day weekend event in Las Vegas.
UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Sin City. The card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The full UFC Fight Night 88 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 9 p.m. ET)
Thomas Almeida vs. Cody Garbrandt
Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens
Tarec Saffiedine vs. Rick Story
Chris Camozzi vs. Vitor Miranda
Lorenz Larkin vs. Jorge Masvidal
Josh Burkman vs. Paul Felder
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 7 p.m. ET)
Jessica Eye vs. Sara McMann
Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo
Jake Collier vs. Alberto Pereira Uda
Shane Campbell vs. Erik Koch
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Bryan Caraway vs. Aljamain Sterling
Chris DeLaRocha vs. Adam Milstead
Rotterdam's UFC Fight Night 87 lineup finalized with 10:30 a.m. ET start time
The 13-bout lineup is set for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 87 event, which provides a Sunday matinee for North American fight fans.
UFC Fight Night 87 takes place May 8 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The card airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The fulL UFC Fight Night 87 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 2 p.m. ET)
Andrei Arlovski vs. Alistair Overeem
Antonio Silva vs. Stefan Struve
Gunnar Nelson vs. Albert Tumenov
Anna Elmose vs. Germaine de Randamie
Francimar Barroso vs. Nikita Krylov
Heather Jo Clark vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, noon ET)
Rustam Khabilov vs. Chris Wade
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Garreth McLellan
Nick Hein vs. Jon Tuck
Yan Cabral vs. Reza Madadi
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10:30 a.m. ET)
Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Neil Seery
Leon Edwards vs. Dominic Waters
Willie Gates vs. Ulka Sasaki
Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones 2 set to headline UFC 200
The rematch is once again official.
Jon Jones will fight Daniel Cormier in a light heavyweight unification title bout at UFC 200, as first reported during a telecast of Good Morning America on Wednesday. The fight will headline the July 9 card in Las Vegas, at the brand new T-Mobile Arena.
Travis Browne disappointed that media 'kind of let me down' after UFC reinstatement
It’s been nearly eight months since UFC heavyweight Travis Browne was reinstated by the promotion following a brief temporary suspension following an alleged domestic violence incident. But that time has obviously not lessened Browne’s frustration with the entire episode.
Speaking openly with media for the first time since the brief order, Browne said he was disappointed with how the media handled the reports surrounding his temporary suspension and subsequent reinstatement after an independent investigation came back with “inconclusive evidence.”
UFC 197 Athlete Outfitting pay: Demetrious Johnson tops $222,500 payout
Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 197 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $222,500.
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (24-2-1 MMA, 12-1-1 UFC) took home the night’s largest check, earning $40,000 for his first-round TKO victory over previously undefeated challenger Henry Cejudo (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC). As a title challenger, Cejudo took home $30,000, despite the loss.
UFC 197 Salaries: Jon Jones Tops Payroll with $500,000; ‘Mighty Mouse’ Nabs $195K
Newly crowned UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took home half a million dollars for his victory in the main event of Saturday’s UFC 197.
UFC 197 Salaries
Jon Jones: $500,000
Ovince St. Preux: $55,000
Demetrious Johnson: $195,000 (includes $60,000 win bonus)
Henry Cejudo: $60,000
Edson Barboza: $88,000 (includes $44,000 win bonus)
Anthony Pettis: $80,000
Robert Whittaker: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Rafael Natal: $41,000
Yair Rodriguez: $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus)
Andre Fili: $18,000
Sergio Pettis: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Chris Kelades: $12,000
Danny Roberts: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Dominique Steele: $12,000
Carla Esparza: $60,000 (includes $30,000 win bonus)
Juliana Lima: $14,000
James Vick: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus)
Glaico Franca: $17,000
Walt Harris: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
Cody East: $10,000
Marcos Rogerio de Lima: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
Clint Hester: $12,000
Kevin Lee: $48,000 (includes $24,000 win bonus)
Efrain Escudero: $18,000
Dana White: Conor McGregor isn't back on UFC 200, 'I don't know why he'd tweet that'
The final week of April has kicked off with the MMA topic of discussion centered around -- you guessed it -- UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor. "The Notorious" Irishman tweeted that he'd returned to UFC 200, despite Dana White's numerous public assertions that he's permanently pulled from the event.
However, much like his "I'm retired" tweet from last week, this is evidently not true. Reports by MMAjunkie's John Morgan and MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani, both of whom indicated that nothing had changed over the past few days regarding Conor's status at UFC 200.
For good measure, UFC president Dana White told TMZ Sports that McGregor remains off the card.
Former welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves says next fight will be at lightweight
Once scolded for his inability to consistently drop down to the welterweight limit, Thiago Alves is apparently going down even further to lightweight.
According to Alves (21-10 MMA, 14-6 UFC), who challenged former 170-pound champion Georges St-Pierre for the title at UFC 100 in July 2009, his next fight will take place at 155 pounds. He said he anticipates stepping in the octagon in August with an opponent for his debut in the weight class to be announced soon.
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson headed to UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
Fresh of an RFA title-winning victory, Devin Clark is octagon-bound with his debut set for UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls, S.D.
UFC officials today announced via argusleader.com undefeated Clark (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a Sioux Falls native who recently captured the RFA light-heavyweight title (watch it above), will move down to middleweight and take on Alex Nicholson (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the July 13 event at Denny Sanford Premier Center.
With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale
Two surging lightweights will meet at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in July.
UFC officials today announced Jake Matthews (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are slated for the show; dailytelegraph.com.au first reported the fight.
With the addition, the TUF 23 Finale card now includes:
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Claudia Gadelha – for women’s strawweight title
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” light heavyweight tournament final
TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 23” women’s strawweight tournament final
Scott Askham vs. Anthony Smith
James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
Li Jingliang vs. Anton Zafir
Jake Matthews vs. Stevie Ray
Conor McGregor tweets he's back on the UFC 200 card
The plot thickens. Again.
Conor McGregor tweeted Sunday night that he is back on the UFC 200 card after a tumultuous few days between him and the promotion last week.
McGregor, the biggest financial draw in the sport and the UFC featherweight champion, was scheduled to face Nate Diaz in the main event of the card until last Tuesday. "The Notorious" announced he was retired on Twitter and a few hours later UFC president Dana White explained that McGregor had been pulled from UFC 200 because he wouldn't fly to Las Vegas to perform promotional obligations.
On Thursday, McGregor posted a lengthy statement on Facebook, clarifying that he wanted to focus on training after losing to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 and was willing to do some promotion now and some later. White doubled down, though, on Friday at a press conference, saying that McGregor was definitely off the UFC 200 card and the UFC was looking for a new opponent for Diaz.
Now, though, McGregor is saying he is back on UFC 200.
A request for comment from the UFC was not immediately returned Sunday night.
UFC 197 attendance: Event draws 11,352 fans for $2.3 million live gate in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s UFC 197 event drew an announced attendance of 11,352 fans for a live gate of $2.3 million.
UFC 197 took place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
UFC 197 was the fourth event at MGM Grand Garden Arena this year. It ranks second in total attendance and second in live gate.
The full list includes:
“UFC 196: McGregor vs. Diaz” – 14,898 ($8,100,000 live gate)
“UFC 197: Jones vs. Saint Preux” – 11,352 ($2,300,000 live gate)
“UFC 195: Lawler vs. Condit” – 10,300 ($2,003,986 live gate)
“UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson” – 7,422 ($1,435,000 live gate)