Artem Lobov vs. Chris Avila targeted for UFC 202
At UFC 202, the Diaz vs. McGregor rivalry will extend beyond the main event.
The UFC is working towards adding a featherweight fight between Artem Lobov and Chris Avila to the Aug. 20 card, MMA Fighting has learned.
The booking is an interesting one because Lobov is a good friend and training partner of McGregor, while Avila is a protégé of the Diaz brothers. Of course, McGregor vs. Nate Diaz is the main event of UFC 202.
‘Jacare’ Souza calls George St. Pierre a ‘chicken’, vows to break his neck if he moves up to middleweight
It’s still unclear who will get the first crack at UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping, and Ronaldo Souza is pissed off with the possibility of being left aside one more time. "Jacare" underwent knee surgery after beating Vitor Belfort on May 14, and told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that he’s good to go whenever the UFC calls.
"I can guarantee you that I’m physically better than anyone in the middleweight division today," Souza said. "I’m training, running, jumping. I’m healthier and physically better than anyone in this division.
Tim Means to face Sean Strickland at UFC 202
Tim Means returns to the UFC Octagon Aug. 20 at UFC 202.
According to a report from The Albuquerque Journal, Means will face Sean Strickland in a welterweight tilt at the event. UFC officials have confirmed the fight.
Means most recently fought in December of 2015 at UFC Fight Night 80, where he knocked out John Howard. Means was then scheduled to face Donald Cerrone Feb. 21 in the main event of Pittsburgh's UFC Fight Night 83 but was removed from the event after being flagged for a potential USADA violation.
Following a settlement, Means' suspension was reduced to six months, clearing him to fight in August.
Two suspects arrested, charged in connection to hit-and-run death of Ryan Jimmo
Two suspects have been apprehended and charged for the alleged hit-and-run incident that killed UFC veteran Ryan Jimmo, the Edmonton Police Service confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday.
Both suspects are currently being held in custody, according to an EPS spokesperson. Anthony Getschel, 23, has been charged with "second degree murder, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and fail to stop at scene of accident involving death," while Jordan Wagner, 21, has been charged with "accessory after the fact to murder."
Jimmo died Sunday night after being struck by a vehicle in the parking lot outside of an Edmonton sports bar. An autopsy determined that Jimmo passed away as a result of blunt force trauma.
The ex-UFC fighter is believed to have been struck from behind by a vehicle while walking back to his own car following a verbal dispute with the two suspects, both of which fled the scene. Jimmo was subsequently pronounced dead at a local hospital at the age of 34.
Lightweights Drew Dober and Erik Koch added to UFC 203 in Cleveland
As UFC 203 draws closer, more fights are being added to the already stacked card set for Sept. 10 at The Q.
On Wednesday, the UFC announced a lightweight bout between Drew Dober and Erik Koch. Both fighters are coming off of wins. Dober defeated Scott Holtzman at UFC 195; while Koch recorded an impressive submission win over Shane Campbell at UFC Fight Night on May 29.
The bout joins a card headlined by a UFC Heavyweight Championship match between Northeast Ohio native Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. CM Punk will also make his MMA debut at the event against upstart Mickey Gall.
Reebok signs Sage Northcutt to individual sponsorship deal
Let the hate commence.
Sage Northcutt, the UFC's much-maligned young prospect, has signed an individual sponsorship deal with UFC apparel partner Reebok, he announced Wednesday on Twitter. Northcutt joins a roster that includes fighters like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Paige VanZant, Chris Weidman, Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Anthony Pettis, Johny Hendricks and Rory MacDonald.
Reebok is the UFC's official apparel sponsors, so every fight wears the brand and gets paid for it. Northcutt and the others have a side deal that apparently pays them more money.
Brazil's Alberto Uda meets Italian newcomer Marvin Vettori in welterweight bout at UFC 202
Another booking has been made for the UFC’s August pay-per-view in Las Vegas, and guess what? It’s a welterweight bout, natch.
Alberto Uda (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is set to take on promotional newcomer Marvin Vettori (10-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a 170-pound bout at UFC 202, promotion officials recently announced. Of the six fights booked for the card so far, five are in the welterweight division – including a headlining rematch between Nate Diaz and featherweight champion Conor McGregor at welterweight.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Uda made his promotional debut in May at UFC Fight Night 88 against Jake Collier, but he was knocked out by a knee and body kick in the second round. The setback was the Brazilian’s first loss as a pro after a perfect 9-0 start to his career. The fight also was his first outside of Brazil. Before that, eight of his first nine wins were by stoppage with an even mix of knockouts and submissions.
Lauren Murphy to welcome in newcomer Katlyn Chookagian at UFC Fight Night 91 in South Dakota
A women's bantamweight clash has been added to the UFC Fight Night 91 card.
As reported by Combat Press and later confirmed by MMA Fighting, former Invicta FC 135-pound champion Lauren Murphy will welcome UFC newcomer Katlyn Chookagian to the Octagon on July 13 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
The undefeated Chookagian (7-0) is a member of the Renzo Gracie Academy, and a native of New Jersey. She comes over as the reigning Cage Fury Fighting Championships champion, last appearing on May 19 against Stephanie Bragayrac at CFFC 57, scoring a first round knockout in her first title defense.
Chookagian, 27, has three finishes in her seven professional fights.
Edmonton Police Locate Vehicle Suspected in Hit-and-Run Death of Ryan Jimmo
The vehicle believed to be responsible for the death of Ryan Jimmo was located and seized for forensic examination late Monday evening, according to Edmonton Police.
GlobalNews.ca reported that authorities were searching for a “dark-colored, older model single cab pickup truck with a truck bed cover, oversized tires with chrome rims and clear tail lights.”
Jimmo was reportedly walking away from an altercation with two men in the parking lot of the H2O Lounge in Edmonton on Sunday, when the men accelerated their vehicle and hit the UFC veteran before fleeing the scene.
Neil Magny vs. Dong Hyun Kim targeted for UFC 202
A new welterweight matchup is apparently on tap for UFC 202. Combate reports that Neil Magny will fight Dong Hyun Kim on the August 20th pay-per-view at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. UFC officials have now announced the booking themselves.
Magny (18-4) has won 10 of his last 11, with only Demian Maia able to defeat him over the past 3 years. The TUF 16 semifinalist rallied from two knockdowns against Hector Lombard to stop the Cuban in round 3 -- and really should've been stopped by the ref in round 2 -- of their UFC Brisbane encounter in March. Magny also holds a short-notice split decision over Kelvin Gastelum, and is currently #7 in the UFC's welterweight rankings.
Lineker-McDonald now headlines UFC Fight Night 91, Tony Ferguson gets Landon Vannata in co-main
With the Monday announcement that a Michael Chiesa injury would scrap the planned main event for UFC Fight Night 91 next month, the UFC acted quickly to right the ship.
Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who was set to meet Chiesa (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) in the lightweight main event, will stay on the card against UFC newcomer Landon Vannata (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). But Ferguson now will slide down to the co-main event.
With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 91 now includes:
John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
Tony Ferguson vs. opponent TBA
Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
Sam Alvey vs. Eric Spicely
Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Carlos Condit returns, meets Demian Maia at UFC 202 in Las Vegas in August
The lineup for UFC 202 later this summer continues to build with another high-profile welterweight fight.
Former interim champion Carlos Condit (30-9 MMA, 7-5 UFC) will return after a title loss to face Demian Maia (23-6 MMA, 17-6 UFC) in a 170-pound fight at UFC 202. Promotion officials announced the new booking today.
With the addition, UFC 202 now includes:
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia
UFC 202 adds Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira, Donald Cerrone vs. Rick Story
A pair of high-profile matchups have been added to August’s UFC 202 event, as Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixiera has been re-booked for the card as a co-main event, and Donald Cerrone faces Rick Story.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the two new bookings with UFC officials.
Featuring a headlining rematch of Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2, UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
Enrique Barzola meets Kyle Bochniak at UFC on FOX 21
"The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2” winner Enrique Barzola will make his first trip to the octagon since winning the reality show at UFC Fight Night 78 when he faces Kyle Bochniak in a featherweight bout.
The two men meet at UFC on FOX 21, which takes place Aug. 27 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The event airs on FOX following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Georges St-Pierre says he could 'easily' fight at lightweight in UFC comeback
Georges St-Pierre teased a move up to middleweight to challenge UFC champion Michael Bisping for his long-awaited UFC comeback, but that isn't the only weight class in the sights of the returning welterweight legend.
"If I wanted to, I could fight at lightweight as well. Easy. Easy," St-Pierre said Monday on The MMA Hour.
"I'm not a big welterweight," St-Pierre said. "I walk around 187 (pounds). I'm 186, 187 when I wake up in the morning, and I could easily make it (with) a diet, because a lot of lightweights are bigger than me. Welterweight, I don't even talk about it because most of them are bigger than me, of course, and middleweight, they're much bigger than me. But it's not really about size. It's about skills."
Ryan Jimmo reportedly killed by a hit and run driver.
Canadian light heavyweight Ryan Jimmo is dead at 34.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with a person with first-hand knowledge of the accident who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter that Jimmo was the victim identified in an initial CBC News report of a fatal hit-and-run collision.