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.
Report: Thiago Alves to fight Al Iaquinta at UFC 202
As Combate reported, former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves has an opponent and a date to make his lightweight debut, as he prepares to take on The Ultimate Fighter 15 runner up, Al Iaquinta, at UFC 202, on August 20. UFC officials have not confirmed the booking themselves.
UFC Fight Night 88: Tarec Saffiedine injured, fight against Rick Story in jeopardy
Tarec Saffiedine's bout against Rick Story at UFC Fight Night 88 -- which is pegged for May 29, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada -- is in jeopardy after "Sponge" suffered an injury in the final days of his training camp.
According to MMA Fighting, Tarec hasn't officially been ruled out of the bout, however, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) officials are actively looking for a potential replacement to face "The Horror" in a little over a weeks notice.
UFC's 'Greatest fighter of all-time' poll includes McGregor, but not Demetrious Johnson
We're just a couple of months away from the big UFC 200 pay-per-view, and to celebrate the historic event, the UFC is asking fans to help them determine the greatest fighters of all-time. Earlier this week, they put out a poll for fans to choose the #1 greatest fighter ever, with the first of a six-part countdown series beginning on May 29th. Here are the options that they've listed on their website: (Screenshot for proof)
Other (you'd submit your own name afterwards)
McCall vs. Scoggins at UFC 201
UFC flyweights Ian 'Uncle Creepy' McCall and Justin 'Tank' Scoggins will fight at UFC 201 on July 30, 2016 at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Scoggins, ranked #11 in the division, is on a two-fight win streak, over Josh Sampo and Ray Borg.
McCall, ranked #5, is coming off a decision loss to John Lineker in a catchweight bout after Linkeker failed to make weight. Prior to that he was on a two-fight wins streak, over Iliarde Santos and Brad Pickett. A hero of The UnderGround, McCall is coming off a series of injuries, but is now returned to form.
UFC 201 is headlined by UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley. UFC flyweight champion bDemetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis serves as the co-main.
UFC flyweight John Moraga returns against Matheus Nicolau at TUF 23 Finale
A flyweight bout between UFC contender John Moraga and TUF Brazil 4 semifinalist Matheus Nicolau is slated for The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas Review-Journal first reported the booking on Friday.
Moraga (16-4) is currently the No. 6 ranked flyweight on the UFC's media-generated rankings. He has been out of action since suffering a concussion in a May 2015 loss to Joseph Benavidez.
Diego Brandao Accepts 9-Month Suspension from USADA for Positive Marijuana Test
Former UFC featherweight Diego Brandao has accepted a nine-month suspension for failing a drug test at UFC 195, according to a statement from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Brandao tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of marijuana and/or hashish, in a sample taken during an in-competition drug test at the Jan. 2 event. The suspension is retroactive to the date of the event, but Brandao will be eligible for a one-month reduction in length “pending the satisfactory completion of an approved anti-doping educational program.” Brandao is also subject to additional penalties from the Nevada Athletic Commission since UFC 195 took place in Las Vegas. He still has to appear before the NAC for a disciplinary hearing.
John Lineker set to clash with Michael McDonald at UFC Fight Night 91
An intriguing bantamweight fight has been added for the UFC's first event in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
John Lineker is set to face Michael McDonald in the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 91, as first reported by UFC Tonight.
The one-time flyweight Lineker has been streaking as a bantamweight, going 2-0 since making the move to 135 pounds. He just scored a unanimous decision over Rob Font at UFC 198 in Curitiba, Brazil on May 14. Before then he submitted Francisco Rivera at UFC 191.
Cris Cyborg adamant her next fight will be Invicta FC title defense
Cyborg complained on Twitter that she wasn’t allowed to bring her Invicta FC belt to her media obligations during UFC 198 fight week. She had the belt during the open workouts, and told MMA Fighting that she was hoping to bring it to the cage on fight night.
"I’m the 145-pound champion," she tweeted. "The UFC doesn’t have my division, okay. But they don’t have the right to delete my division. No point trying to manipulate my fans. I will be defending my belt in my next fight. I already proved I can make 140 pounds, I did my part."
Demetrious Johnson set to defend flyweight title against Wilson Reis at UFC 201
UFC 201 is starting to shape up as yet another big-time event in July.
During a UFC Tonight telecast on Wednesday it was reported that UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson will defend his title against Wilson Reis at UFC 201. According to the report, Reis-Johnson will be the co-main event for the July 30 pay-per-view card, which takes place July 30 at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.
Chris Weidman explains reason for UFC 199 withdrawal
Chris Weidman posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning an explanation on why he had to pull out of his rematch with Luke Rockhold at UFC 199. The former UFC middleweight champion admitted he could be sidelined for awhile after surgery on a herniated disc in his neck, and is targeting the November show at Madison Square Garden for his return.
Michael Bisping steps in to fight champ Luke Rockhold at UFC 199
Michael Bisping has stepped in as a replacement and will fight middleweight champion Luke Rockhold at UFC 199.
Bisping (28-7 MMA, 18-7 UFC) replaces ex-champ Chris Weidman (12-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC), who was forced out of the title shot with champ Rockhold (15-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) on Tuesday due to a neck injury and pending surgery.
UFC President Dana White today announced the change while on ESPN’s “Sports Center.” The UFC executive said the title shot would’ve gone to Ronaldo Souza (23-4 MMA, 6-1 UFC), but “Jacare” is facing knee surgery following a first-round TKO win over Vitor Belfort (25-12 MMA, 14-8 UFC) this past weekend at UFC 198.
UFC slightly outrates Bellator head-to-head on Saturday night
Bellator and UFC dueled somewhat evenly in going head-to-head on a Saturday night where nearly 1.5 million fans watched MMA between 8 and 10 p.m. on cable television.
The UFC aired the prelims for UFC 198, doing 786,000 viewers, headlined by Demian Maia vs. Matt Brown, a stronger than usual FS 1 main event. It was the lowest prelim number before a pay-per-view so far this year. The head-to-head competition with Bellator was probably at least partially responsible. The prelims for UFC 197 did 835,000 viewers.
The Brown vs. Maia main event peaked at 985,000 viewers for the final rounds.
Bellator, which ran from 8 p.m. to 10:22 p.m., headlined by Phil Davis vs. King Mo Lawal, did 709,000 viewers, slightly above what Bellator usually does, a number fairly impressive given it was not on the regular night, started an hour earlier than usual and had the UFC competition.
In the key 18-49 demo, UFC had an edge in viewers by 399,000 to 346,000.
Spike, which airs Bellator, is available in about nine million more homes than FS 1.
Lawler vs Woodley Headlines UFC 201 Card
The UFC welterweight title will be on the line on Saturday, July 30, as champion Robbie Lawler defends his title against number three-ranked contender Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.
UFC 201 marks the promotion's first event in Atlanta since UFC 145 in 2012.