Lucas Martins on post-victory UFC release: 'To tell you the truth, I didn't understand'
Lucas Martins still isn’t sure why he’s no longer fighting for the UFC, but regardless of the reason, he stills plans to work his way to the octagon following a baffling post-victory pink slip.
This past month at UFC Fight Night 86, Martins (16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) picked up a split-decision win over fellow featherweight Robert Whiteford (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
The April 10 victory moved 27-year-old Martins to a respectable 4-3 in the UFC, where his losses have come to no slouches (Edson Barboza, Darren Elkins and Mirsad Bektic). Additionally, despite the judges being split, every major media outlet scored the UFC Fight Night 86 bout for Martins, according to MMADecisions.com.
Yet, a few weeks after the victory, the UFC released him.
Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist.
A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing.
But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate.
Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Luke Rockhold plans to 'lay the smack down' on Michael Bisping at UFC 199, predicts 'devastating' KO
Luke Rockhold minced no words when giving a prediction for his UFC 199 main event rematch with Michael Bisping. The UFC middleweight champ is notoriously confident, but for this one, he said there’s no doubt.
“I know that I’m going to knock Michael Bisping out in devastating fashion,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “I don’t think it, I know it. I know it’s going to happen. I’m going to stay composed, I’m going to find my timing, I’m going to pick my shots and then I’m going to lay the smack down.”
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger on tap for UFC 201
It didn't take long for Matt Brown to find his next fight. Just under two weeks after losing a lopsided bout vs. Demian Maia, "The Immortal" welterweight veteran has agreed to make his return against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the new fight booking.
Brown (20-14) lost by 3rd round submission to Maia at UFC 198, marking his first stoppage loss since Seth Baczynski choked him out way back in 2011. It was after the Baczynski defeat that Brown would then memorably win his next 7 fights, setting himself up for a top contender bout vs. Robbie Lawler, which he would go on to lose by unanimous decision. After suffering a decision defeat to Johny Hendricks, Brown picked up a guillotine choke win over Tim Means at UFC 189.
'Kid' Yamamoto scratched from UFC Fight Night 89, Joe Soto now meets Chris Beal
Injury woes continue for Japanese MMA veteran Norifumi Yamamoto, who’s been scratched from UFC Fight Night 89.
Onetime title challenger Joe Soto (15-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) now steps up to take a bantamweight fight with Chris Beal (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the June 18 event scheduled for The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Featherweights Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight added to UFC on FOX 20
A featherweight matchup between two athletes looking to rebound from octagon defeat is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 20 lineup.
UFC officials today announced Jim Alers (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Jason Knight (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. While the evening’s official lineup has yet to be revealed, UFC on FOX 20’s main card airs on FOX. Prelims are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 20 now includes:
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira
George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland
Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey
Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres
Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight
Andrea Lee settles with NSAC, Carlos Diego Ferreira still temporarily suspended
The Nevada State Athletic Commission today moved toward a nine-month suspension for Invicta FC flyweight Andrea Lee and 30 percent fine of her $3,000 purse ($900) from Invicta FC 16.
“KGB” Lee (4-2) agreed in principle to a settlement with the UFC after testing positive for a pair of diuretics – canrenone and spironolactone – after a submission loss to Sarah D’Alelio (9-6) by rear-naked choke in the third round at the March 11 event at Trinidad Pavilion at Tropicana Las Vegas. But after her reps raised questions about the language of the agreement, the commission agreed to table the matter pending approval by NSAC Chairman Anthony Marnell.
With Belal Muhammad's UFC signing, Michaud vs. Lima at Titan FC 39 becomes title fight
Belal Muhammed has signed with the UFC and, as a result, Titan FC 39 has its third title bout.
The bout between UFC veterans Douglas Lima (10-4) and David Michaud (9-2) has been upgraded from title eliminator to title fight. Promotion officials informed MMAjunkie of the change.
Titan FC 39 takes place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Gesias Cavalcante meets former Titan FC champion Pat Healy for the vacant 155-pound title.
The Titan FC 39 card includes:
Gesias Cavalcante vs. Pat Healy – for vacant lightweight title
champ Andre Harrison vs. Deivison Ribeiro – for featherweight title
Dhiego Lima vs. David Michaud – for vacant welterweight title
Taylor Krahl vs. Vitor Eustaquio
Kenny Gadreau vs. Micah Miller
Abdiel Velazquez vs. Alexis Vila
Sarah Alpar vs. Carina Damm
Luciano dos Santos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Chino Duran vs. Lazar Stojadinovic
Ignacio Bahamondes vs. Preston Parsons
Raush Manfiovs. Luis Zequeira
'TUF 22' winner Ryan Hall returns vs. Alex White at UFC Fight Night 91 in Sioux Falls
A featherweight bout between Ryan Hall and Alex White is the latest addition to July’s UFC Fight Night 91 lineup.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 at Denny Sanford Premier Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. The event airs on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The latest UFC Fight Night 91 card now includes:
Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
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
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
UFC 201 Update: Michael Graves to Face Bojan Velickovic in Atlanta on July 30
Michael Graves will lock horns with Bojan Velickovic at UFC 201 on July 30.
The Las Vegas-based promotion announced the welterweight bout on Tuesday. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta and is headlined by a 170-pound title tilt between Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson will defend his flyweight strap against Wilson Reis.
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine cleared to compete vs. Rick Story
Despite fears that Tarec Saffiedine would have to withdraw from this Sunday's UFC Fight Night 88 clash with Rick Story, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been cleared to compete.
Despite initial fears that he wouldn't be able to fight on Sunday, May 29th, UFC welterweight Tarec Saffiedine will be able to fight against Rick Story.
Two days ago, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion revealed on Sunday that he'd suffered a cut on his knee, which led to the UFC seeking a replacement in case he had to be officially removed from the event. With the status of his UFC Fight Night bout up in the air, Saffiedine confirmed to MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani that he's been cleared by doctors to compete this weekend.
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera added to UFC 201
A bantamweight bout pitting Erik Perez and Francisco Rivera has been added to UFC 201. The news was first reported by Indicutido on Tuesday, but later confirmed by MMA Fighting.
Perez (15-6), who only competed once in the 2015 calendar, is coming off unanimous decision win over Taylor Lapilus at The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale in Monterrey, Mexico back in November 2015. Prior to that, the Mexican fighter suffered a loss to Bryan Caraway via rear-naked choke back in June 2014. The 26-year-old Perez is 2-2 in his last four performances.
BJ Penn pulled from UFC 199 bout for USADA IV violation
Former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion BJ Penn was scheduled to come out of retirement at UFC 199 on June 4 in a featherweight bout against Cole Miller.
Penn who last fought Frankie Edgar in 2014 is looking to make some noise in the featherweight division but will have to be put on the sideline as he has been pulled from the UFC 199 bout with Cole Miller after telling the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that he had used an IV previously in March.
BJ Penn made the following statement to BJPENN.COM regarding his admitted use of an IV to USADA:
UFC Light Heavyweight James Te Huna Retires After 25-Fight Career
James Te Huna is hanging up his 4-ounce gloves.
Te Huna, who since 2010 has competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight division, announced his decision on Monday in a Facebook post.
“I have discovered something that is tough to swallow (but made a lot of sense) since the last fight,” wrote Te Huna, “but this recent decision is a positive step towards a healthy future.
“I hope you can all understand. I gave it everything I had guys, and those closest to me know how much of my life I gave to competition-I didn’t have the gift when I started..just put in the work to chase a childhood dream.”
Bantamweights Felipe Arantes, Jerrod Sanders Added to UFC Fight Night ‘Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez’
Ultimate Fighting Championship’s July 7 event in Las Vegas will feature a 135-pound matchup between Brazilian bantamweight Felipe Arantes and returning wrestler Jerrod Sanders.
UFC officials recently announced the matchup, which will be part of UFC Fight Night “Dos Anjos vs. Alvarez.”
Arantes has competed in the UFC since August 2011, building a record of 4-3-1, but he has yet to win back-to-back bouts inside the Octagon. The 28-year-old Chute Boxe fighter has been out of action since August 2015, when he submitted WEC vet Yves Jabouin with a first-round armbar.
Lineup set for June's UFC 199 in Southern California with Rockhold-Bisping, Cruz-Faber title fights
It had to get a makeover at the top, but the UFC 199 lineup is official for next month in Southern California, and it still features a pair of title fights.
The bout order for the 13-fight pay-per-view card is set. In the main event, Michael Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of his title shot rematch with champ Luke Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) this past week due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
Dominick Cruz (21-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will put his bantamweight belt on the line against heated rival Urijah Faber (33-8 MMA, 9-4 UFC) in the co-main event.