EA Sports apologize to Khabib for religious blunder in UFC game
EA Sports apologized to Khabib Nurmagomedov, a devout Muslim, following a religious blunder that gave undefeated fighter a Christian post-fight celebration.
On Sunday evening, Khabib took offence to the new EA Sports UFC game and the way his character was designed to celebrate a victory and immediately took to social media to criticize EA Sports for their error. Following a victory, his character, much like the majority of those in the game, gestured in the form of a cross.
Greg Jackson: B.J. Penn getting better every day, probably has 'a few good years left'
Renowned MMA trainer Greg Jackson said B.J. Penn could’ve pulled off a March return to the promotion’s octagon. But in light of a delay, the UFC Hall of Famer has had more time to get better, he said.
“He’s really starting to look really good,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “It’s starting to click with him. Good sparring. More of the same. Just pushing forward.”
Penn (16-10-2 MMA, 12-9-2 UFC) was targeted to meet Dennis Siver (22-11 MMA, 11-8 UFC) earlier this month at UFC 196, and then at UFC 197 before the promotion tabled his comeback due to allegations from a former employee of his website. UFC officials and Penn’s rep did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his current status.
Sergio Pettis vs. Chris Kelades now closes out UFC 197's preliminary card
The lineup is nearly set for next month’s UFC 197 event, which has a new featured preliminary-card bout.
A flyweight bout between Sergio Pettis (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Chris Kelades (9-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has moved from the UFC Fight Pass preliminary card to the FOX Sports 1-televised portion of the prelims. It serves as the lead-in to the night’s main card.
The latest UFC 197 card includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title
Edson Barboza vs. Anthony Pettis
Rafael Natal vs. Robert Whittaker
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Chris Kelades vs. Sergio Pettis
Danny Roberts vs. Dominique Steele
Juliana Lima vs. opponent TBA
Glaico Franca vs. James Vick
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima
Efrain Escudero vs. Kevin Lee
Heather Jo Clark Faces Karolina Kowalkiewicz at UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam
A women’s strawweight bout between Heather Jo Clark (7-4) and undefeated Karolina Kowalkiewicz (8-0) has been added to the UFC Fight Night 87 fight card. UFC officials announced the addition to the May 8 event on Monday.
Clark appeared on The Ultimate Fighter 20 and was defeated in the preliminary round by Felice Herrig. She rebounded during the show’s finale by defeating Bec Rawlings by unanimous decision. Clark hasn’t competed since the win over Rawlings in December 2014.
UFC Fight Night Brisbane Bonuses: Magny, Hunt, Matthews, Case Earn $50K
It was a tale of two rounds in the UFC Fight Night Brisbane co-main event, but ultimately it was Neil Magny who had more gas in the tank.
Magny earned a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus for his wild welterweight showdown against Hector Lombard on Saturday night, a contest that featured a pair of huge momentum swings. Lombard had Magny on the brink of defeat in round one, knocking his foe down and swarming for the finish. The Colorado-based fighter survived, and Lombard faded badly, as Magny battered “Showeather” for the duration of round two before mercifully putting his exhausted foe away 46 seconds into the final stanza.
UFC Fight Night 88 gets 8 new fights, including Saffiedine-Story, Masvidal-Larkin
A bantamweight fight between a pair of unbeatens that could have serious title implications is official for the main event of a loaded UFC Fight Night 88 card in Las Vegas.
Thomas Almeida (20-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Cody Garbrandt (8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will headline the event in an important 135-pound bout, the UFC confirmed on tonight’s UFC Fight Night 85 broadcast on FOX Sports 1. A featherweight contest between former UFC champ Renan Barao (33-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (24-12 MMA, 11-11 UFC) was also made official.
UFC Fight Night 88 takes place May 29, a Sunday, at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card airs FOX Sports 1 and streams on UFC Fight Pass.
With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 88 card now 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)
Diego Ferreira vs. Abel Trujillo
Erik Koch vs. Joe Proctor
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Keith Berish vs. Jake Collier
Adam Milstead vs. Chris DeLaRocha
Jessica Aguilar injured, out of UFC 197 fight with Juliana Lima
Jessica Aguilar won’t enter the Octagon on April 23, sources told MMAFighting.com.
The former WSOF strawweight champion, who lost to 115-pound contender Claudia Gadelha in her promotional debut last August, was slated to meet Juliana Lima at UFC 197, but was forced out of the contest due to a knee injury.
The promotion is currently looking for a new opponent for Lima (8-2), who defeated Nina Ansaroff and Ericka Almeida after losing to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk in her UFC debut on July 2014.
Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté targeted for UFC's debut in Ottawa
Another intriguing welterweight fight is coming to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
The UFC is targeting Donald Cerrone vs. Patrick Côté for the June 18 card in Canada's capital city, MMAFighting.com has learned. The promotion is expected to announce the 170-pound fight shortly.
Cerrone (29-7, 1 NC) was victorious in his UFC welterweight debut last month when he submitted Alex Oliveira via triangle choke.
Diaz vs McGregor rematch targeted for UFC 200
It appears as though UFC 200 is on the verge of getting its main event.
The UFC is close to finalizing a non-title welterweight rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz for the July 9 card, MMAFighting.com has learned from multiple sources. If all goes as planned, the promotion is hoping to announce the fight shortly.
Dan Charles vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 155 main card
A heavyweight bout between Dan Charles (10-3) and Augusto Sakai (9-0) is the latest addition to the Bellator 155 main card. The news was announced on Thursday by the promotion.
Charles enters this bout following a second round knockout win over Chase Gormley at Bellator 143 back in September. Prior to that, the 30-year-old Charles suffered a technical knockout loss to Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138.
Meanwhile, Sakai enters the bout with an undefeated record and three wins under the Bellator banner. The 24-year-old Brazilian prospect was scheduled to fight earlier this year in the co-main event of Bellator 150, but had to pull out of the card due to injury.
Bellator 155 is set to take place in Boise, Idaho on May 20. Rafael Carvalho is scheduled to defend his middleweight title against Melvin Manhoef in the main event of the card.
Gegard Mousasi vs. Derek Brunson planned for UFC 200
The pieces are slowly coming into place for the landmark UFC 200.
Gegard Mousasi is very likely to meet Derek Brunson on the July 9 card in Las Vegas in a key middleweight showdown. MMAFighting.com confirmed after an initial Thursday report by FOXSports.com.
Mousasi (38-6-2), a former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, is coming off a victory over Thales Leites in the co-feature bout of UFC Fight Night 84 on Feb. 27 in London. That was Mousasi's third win in his past four fights.
Report: Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens targeted for May 29th UFC Fight Night
Renan Barao will fight at featherweight for the first time in his UFC career. To welcome him to the weight class, hard-hitting veteran Jeremy Stephens has accepted the challenge, as Combate reported.
10 fights into his UFC career, the former bantamweight champion Barao (33-3-1) decided to go up a division after losing to T.J. Dillashaw for a second time last July. Although the change is not yet known to be permanent, Barao has struggled severely with weight cutting in the past, to the point of passing out on the day before a title fight back at UFC 177, when he had to hospitalized.
Anderson Silva vs uriah hall in works for UFC 198
A middleweight showdown pitting Anderson Silva against Uriah Hall is in the works for UFC 198.
Sources close to the situation revealed the news to Sherdog.com on Wednesday evening. The UFC has not formally announced the 185-pound contest, but it is expected to be finalized soon. UFC 198 takes place at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, on May 14 and is headlined by a heavyweight title clash between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Bryan Caraway clarifies inactivity comments, explains why he turned down Dodson
UFC bantamweight Bryan Caraway said he was offered a fight against John Dodson at UFC 196, but turned it down because his longtime girlfriend, Miesha Tate, was fighting for the UFC women’s bantamweight title.
Despite previously drawing heat from fighters and fans for rejecting UFC proposals, Caraway (20-7 MMA, 5-2 UFC) didn’t think twice about putting his partner first. But because of his choice, and his desire to fight highly ranked opposition, the promotion notified him he couldn’t immediately get another bout.
“I’m like, ‘I can’t fight on that night,’” he told MMAjunkie. “And they said, ‘Well, there’s no one else in the division right now, so you’re going to have to wait.’”
Evan Dunham suffers 'small injury', fight with Leonardo Santos moved to UFC 199
A lightweight clash between Evan Dunham and Leonardo Santos was moved to June 4, the UFC announced Tuesday.
Initially planned for May 14 at Curitiba’s UFC 198, Dunham vs. Santos was pushed back to UFC 199 after Dunham suffered a small injury, UFC general manager Giovani Decker revealed on Revista Combate.
Dunham (17-6) enters the bout coming off three consecutive wins, defeating Joe Lauzon, Ross Pearson and Rodrigo Damm via decision. Fighting in the UFC since 2009, Dunham holds a 10-6 record inside the Octagon.
‘Shogun’ Rua vs. Corey Anderson Set for UFC 198 in Curitiba
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight titleholder Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is headed home for his next bout.
UFC officials Tuesday announced that Rua will square off against once-beaten prospect Corey Anderson at UFC 198, which takes place May 14 in Rua’s hometown of Curitiba, Brazil. The pay-per-view event will be topped by a heavyweight title bout between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic.
Francis Ngannou Gets Replacement Opponent Curtis Blaydes for UFC Fight Night Zagreb
Ultimate Fighting Championship has made an alteration to next month’s UFC Fight Night card in Zagreb, Croatia.
UFC’s French division on Monday announced that heavyweight Francis Ngannou -- who was scheduled to meet Bojan Mihajlovic at the April 10 event -- will instead face unbeaten prospect Curtis Blaydes in a three-round tilt. The reason for Mihajlovic’s withdrawal from the bout was not specified.
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov added to UFC 198 in Brazil
May’s UFC 198 event in Brazil has a new featherweight matchup, officials today announced.
Renato Moicano (9-0-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Zubaira Tukhugov (18-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are now slated to fight at the event.
The latest UFC 198 card includes:
Champ Fabricio Werdum vs. Stipe Miocic – for heavyweight title
Vitor Belfort vs. Ronaldo Souza
Matt Brown vs. Demian Maia
Patrick Cummins vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Warlley Alves vs. Bryan Barberena
Yancy Medeiros vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Nate Marquardt vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
Sergio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Renato Moicano vs. Zubaira Tukhugov