Khabib plans to return in March, open to Dos Anjos title fight in Brazil
With the two-year layoff mark quickly approaching, Khabib Nurmagomedov is itching to return to the Octagon.
The talented UFC lightweight suffered his third consecutive injury several months ago and was forced out of a highly anticipated match-up against Tony Ferguson. However, unlike his previous two knee injures, this one was a broken rib.
Khabib, whose last fight was a unanimous decision victory against current UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, even contemplated retirement following his latest injury. Instead, he set a timetable for his return and is already maneuvering for a title shot following the champ's 66-second TKO against Donald Cerrone at UFC on FOX 17.
Packalen vs. Sajewski and Danho vs. Omielanczuk added to UFC Fight Night 83
The card for the UFC’s next trip to England continues to come together with the addition of a pair of bouts.
Teemu Packalen (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) will face Lukasz Sajewski (13-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a lightweight battle at UFC Fight Night 83 while undefeated heavyweight Jarjis Danho (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut against Daniel Omielanczuk (17-5-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
UFC on FOX 17 medical suspensions: C.B. Dollaway, Cole Miller receive indefinite suspensions
C.B. Dollaway was one of two fighters to receive potentially lengthy medical suspensions in the aftermath of UFC on FOX 17, as he and fellow veteran Cole Miller both were handed indefinite sentences pending physician clearance due to injuries sustained during the event.
The complete list of UFC on FOX 17's medical suspensions can be seen below.
C.B. Dollaway: Suspended indefinitely pending CT scan and doctor's clearance; regardless, suspended no less than 60 days
Cole Miller: Suspended indefinitely pending orthopedic clearance on left eye
Luiz Henrique: Suspended 90 days, requires neurologist's clearance
Donald Cerrone: Suspended 45 days
Junior dos Santos: Suspended 30 days
Josh Samman: Suspended 30 days due to contusions to face, hard fight
UFC on FOX 17 Salaries: Alistair Overeem is Top Earner in Last Fight on Contract
Alistair Overeem: $542,857 (includes $200,000 win bonus)
def. Junior dos Santos: $400,000
Nate Diaz: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus)
def. Michael Johnson: $30,000
Karolina Kowalkiewicz: $26,000 (includes $13,000 win bonus)
def. Randa Markos: $12,000
Charles Oliveira: $66,600 (includes $37,000 win bonus)*
def. Myles Jury: $30,000
Nate Marquardt: $98,000 (includes $49,000 win bonus)
def. C.B. Dollaway: $40,000
Valentina Shevchenko: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Sarah Kaufman: $22,000
Tamdan McCrory: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Josh Samman: $10,000
Nik Lentz: $70,000 (includes $35,000 win bonus)
def. Danny Castillo: $39,000
Cole Miller: $33,000 vs. Jim Alers: $10,000 (fight ruled a no contest)
Kamaru Usman: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus)
def. Leon Edwards: $15,000
Vicente Luque: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Hayder Hassan: $10,000
Francis Ngannou: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus)
def. Luiz Henrique: $10,000
Vaughan Lee among three fighters released from UFC
After a big slew of roster cuts in October, the UFC's wave of pink slips subsided during November and in early December. However, that has changed within the past few days, as three fighters are confirmed to be no longer in the UFC, and all of them are in the lighter weight divisions.
Brad Scott-Krzysztof Jotko, Scott Askham-Chris Dempsey set for UFC Fight Night 83
The UFC’s return to London in February has a new pair of fights added to the lineup featuring a pair of England’s own.
England’s Brad Scott (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Poland’s Krzysztof Jotko (16-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 83, and British fan favorite Scott Askham (13-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will fight Chris Dempsey (11-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC), also at 185 pounds. UFC officials announced the new bookings today.
Julianna Pena arrested on assault charges after allegedly fighting outside a bar
One of the UFC's top female stars was arrested early Sunday morning.
Julianna Pena, a former winner of The Ultimate Fighter, was arrested and charged with two counts of assault by the Spokane (Wash.) Police Department, according to Cpl. Jordan Ferguson of the Spokane PD. She was arrested at 2:20 a.m., Ferguson said, and booked into the Spokane County Jail at 2:53 a.m. Sunday morning, per online jail inmate information.
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Undefeated fighters Sage Northcutt, Andrew Holbrook to collide in New Jersey
Nineteen-year-old mixed martial arts (MMA) phenom Sage Northcutt will make a quick turnaround from his second round guillotine finish of Cody Pfister at UFC Fight Night 80 last week.
The undefeated fighter (7-0) will face fellow undefeated Lightweight prospect Andrew Holbrook (11-0) at UFC on FOX 18 inside Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 30, 2016. The fight was announced during the UFC on FFOX 17 main card in Orlando, Fla., last night (Sat., Dec. 19, 2015).
UFC Fight Night 81 set with Boetsch-Herman, Cruickshank-Felder on UFC Fight Pass
The fight card is set for next month’s UFC Fight Night 81 event, and the lineup includes some notable names from top to bottom.
The event takes place Jan. 17 at TD Garden in Boston. After early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the remainder of the card airs on FOX Sports 1.
The full UFC Fight Night 81 lineup includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz – for bantamweight title
Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis
Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione
Maximo Blanco vs. opponent TBA
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Ross Pearson vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Patrick Cote vs. Ben Saunders
Mairbek Taisumov vs. Chris Wade
Jimy Hettes vs. Charles Rosa
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Paul Felder
Tim Boetsch vs. Ed Herman
Ilir Latifi vs. Sean O'Connell
Rob Font vs. Patrick Williams
Francimar Barroso vs. Abdul-Kerim Edilov
Diaz, Johnson scuffle at hotel, as Barncat records (VIDEO)
Nate Diaz fights Michael Johnson on the main card of UFC on FOX 17 Saturday night, but the pair engaged in a little warm up at the host hotel in Orlando, Fla., prior to today's official fighter weigh-ins.
Tamdan "The Barn Cat" McCrory, who fights Josh Samman on the FS1 televised prelims, caught the action on camera, and posted it to his social network.
Warning, NSFW language.
UFC prospect Aljamain Sterling officially hits open market
One of the sport’s most promising bantamweights is officially on the open market.
Aljamain Sterling (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC), who’s ranked No. 9 in the MMAjunkie/USA TODAY Sports MMA bantamweight rankings, recently moved to 4-0 under the UFC banner with a second-round submission victory Johnny Eduardo (27-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 80.
Following the Dec. 10 event, UFC President Dana White said the 26-year-old Serra-Longo Fight Team member wouldn’t be subject to the exclusive negotiation period. Instead, Sterling would be able to transition to the non-exclusive matching period of his contract, which means he can entertain offers from other promotions immediately.
Fertitta: Rousey has two movies, then July fight
Sporting News: How is Ronda doing after her defeat?
Lorenzo Fertitta: I went out to see her in L.A. Had some real good conversations with her. She is, as you would expect, very disappointed. Distraught, to some extent. She's never lost. She never lost a fight in the Octagon. She never lost a fight in the street. She didn't know what it was like. Right? ... She is champing to be back in there. She made some commitments before the fight to make two movies. So she's going to do that. Then get back to training in the Octagon.
Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Added to UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh
On Wednesday night, it was revealed the UFC had booked a women’s bantamweight contest between former title contender Bethe Correia and Jessica Eye has been booked for UFC Fight Night 82 in Pittsburgh.
Brazilian media outlet Combate was the first to report the news.
Correia (9-1) was last seen suffering a violent knockout loss to former champion Ronda Rousey just a little more than 30-seconds into their UFC 190 title fight in August. This came after months of animosity between both women as prior to this setback Correia knocked out two of Rousey’s teammate in Jessamyn Duke and Shayna Baszler. She will enter this bout with two career stoppage wins, both of which coming by way of knockout.