'UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3' fight card set for Sao Paulo
The 13-bout lineup is set for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3” event in Brazil. The event takes place Nov. 7 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. Following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the rest of the card airs on FOX Sports 1.
Short and simple list:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Matheus Nicolau vs. Bruno Korea
'Wonderboy' Thompson wants Saffiedine, injury-replacement slot or January return
UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson said he was targeted for a fight with Tarec Saffiedine after his highlight-reel knockout win over Jake Ellenberger in July. But a knee injury scratched that immediate possibility, and now he’s hoping to get it back.
If Saffiedine isn’t ready, Thompson said, he’ll look to step in as an injury-replacement. And if that fails, he’ll target a return in January.
Mike Dolce: Johny Hendricks' UFC 192 weight cut was 'a comedy of errors'
Johny Hendricks ended up in a hospital with kidney stones and an intestinal blockage the day before he was supposed to weigh in last week for a fight with Tyron Woodley. It was perhaps rock bottom for someone who was struggled with his weight cut for years.
Mike Dolce, Hendricks' former dietician, told Ariel Helwani on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that he believes the responsibility lies with one person and one person alone.
Report: UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw leaves Alpha Male to train in new MMA team in Colorado
TJ Dillishaw said:
"In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado. The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.
"I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they've offered me an opportunity that I couldn't pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.
"I want to thank everyone for the continued support as this has not been a decision I've taken lightly."
Uriah Faber said:
"We are sad to see [Dillashaw] go, but we're excited about the next set of champions being developed at Team Alpha Male."
Dillashaw's striking coach Duane Ludwig isn't a part of the team, however, Dillashaw will still be training with him since he also lives in Colorado.
In addition to Ludwig, Dillashaw's new coaches will be Leister Bowling (head coach), Elliot Marshall (jiu-jitsu), Christian Allen (striking) and Loren Landow (strength & conditioning). The team, which already includes the likes of Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny, Brandon Thatch, Cat Zingano, Drew Dober and others, is based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center & Research Institute in Denver. It's exclusive to professional fighters.
Report says he is going to Colorado to train with Duane Ludwig and open a new gym named MP Elevation.
Wanderlei Silva files motion to dismiss lawsuit, says Belfort test evidence of UFC cheating
Attorneys for Wanderlei Silva have filed a motion to dismiss the UFC's lawsuit against the renowned MMA fighter with the Clark County, Nevada District Court on Friday, October 3, 2015. The motion claims that the UFC's suit is an attempt "to chill Silva's free speech" and "public participation" as well as send a message to other fighters, and that Silva comments about "cheating" and "fight-fixing" received additional credibility with Vitor Belfort's recently revealed lab results.
The UFC filed a complaint of "Intentional Misconduct" against Silva on July 29th for comments he had published on Facebook referring to "fight fixing" in the UFC and comparing the promotion to professional wrestling.
Silva's counsel, Terry A. Coffing of the firm Marquis Aurbach Coffing, argues that the complaint should be dismissed because it fails to show damages from his comments or prove his comments were false, and that the UFC's true motivation behind filing the suit is to silence his client.
Joe Schilling: Five-year suspension will be 'good thing' for Nick Diaz, the sport
Joe Schilling sees the silver lining in the bleakness of Nick Diaz's suspension. In fact, the Bellator MMA and GLORY star thinks the whole situation will turn out positively.
Schilling told MMA Fighting this week that he sees the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision being overturned briskly and the organization's oversight being examined. Once Diaz returns to the Octagon, Schilling sees him being an even bigger draw.
TUF Finalist Nijem among 4 fighters cut by UFC
Nijem joins 3 other fighters who have been removed from the roster in Elias Silverio, Jorge Oliveira, and Nazareno Malegarie.
Silverio and Oliveira have both lost two straight before getting the axe, making TUF Brazil's Malegarie the only minor surprise on this month's cut list. After his stint at TUF, the Bellator vet officially fought just once with the UFC, dropping a split decision to Joaquim Silva at UFC 191.
50 fighters tested by USADA since start of new UFC drug testing program
Among the list of notable fighters tested more than once:
Ronda Rousey: 5
Thiago Alves: 4
Bethe Correia: 4
Antonio Silva: 4
Anthony Johnson: 3
Jimi Manuwa: 3
Jose Aldo: 2
Andrei Arlovski: 2
Daniel Cormier: 2
Todd Duffee: 2
Cezar Ferreira: 2
Claudia Gadelha: 2
Alexander Gustafsson: 2
Hayder Hassan: 2
Michael Johnson: 2
Cristiane Justino: 2
Conor McGregor: 2
Frank Mir: 2
Dustin Poirier: 2
Kamaru Usman: 2
Michael Bisping out of UFC 193 with elbow injury, will undergo minor surgery
The middleweight bout between Michael Bisping and Robert Whittaker, which was set to take place at UFC 193 in Melbourne, Australia, is off.
During Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight the veteran Bisping announced that he had suffered an elbow injury that will force him off the card. The injury will require minor surgery, Bisping said, and he expects to be out of action for a few weeks.
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione, Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman Added to UFC Fight Night Boston
A hard-hitting heavyweight matchup has been added to UFC Fight Night “Dillashaw vs. Cruz,” as top-10 ranker Travis Browne will square off against Matt Mitrione in January.
Ultimate Fighting Championship announced the bout Wednesday evening along with a middleweight tilt pitting Tim Boetsch against Ed Herman. The fights join a developing lineup for the Fox Sports 1-broadcast card which goes down Jan. 18 at TD Garden in Boston.
Rashad Evans: Bader doesn’t perform well when the pressure’s on
Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans might be coming back from a two-year layoff, but he said the pressure is on Ryan Bader to perform when they meet Saturday at UFC 192.
“I’m the fight he should get to prove that he deserves a title shot and that this is the new and improved Bader,” Evans told MMAjunkie. “He wants to prove that against a guy that’s been out for two years, a guy that’s over the hill, a guy who’s recovering from two knee surgeries.”
Takeya Mizugaki on emotional UFC win: 'I considered this as my last fight'
Takeya Mizugaki entered UFC Fight Night 75 with two straight losses and his back against the wall.
The Japanese fighter thrived under that pressure. Mizugaki (21-9-2 MMA, 8-4 UFC) outpointed George Roop (15-12-1 MMA, 5-8 UFC) over three rounds of bantamweight action to take a unanimous decision at this past Saturday’s event, which aired on FOX Sports 1 from Saitama, Japan.