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Cung Le wants retirement fight under Scott Coker, still bound by UFC contract
Former UFC and Strikeforce star Cung Le spoke with MMA Fighting on Thursday about his current contract status with the UFC, why he wants to fight for Bellator and the possibility of there being an MMA fighter union in the next five years. (Courtesy of on Twitter)
Submitted Sep 17, 2015 8:09PM by Wez - 4 comments
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Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera booked for UFC Fight Night 77 in Brazil
The UFC’s November card in Brazil continues to inch closer to finalization with its 11th fight. Pedro Munoz (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) is set to take on Jimmie Rivera (17-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77. UFC officials recently announced the new booking. UFC Fight Night 77 takes place Nov. 7 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The event is expected to air on Fox Sports 1 following early preliminary bouts on UFC Fight Pass. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes: MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1) Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1) Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Submitted Sep 17, 2015 12:51PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Cejudo refuses to fight in Nevada after Diaz ban
#FreeNickDiaz is in full effect. The former Strikeforce welterweight champion was suspended for five years by the Nevada Athletic Commission following a failed drug test at UFC 183. Diaz tested positive for marijuana metabolites for the third time in his career, and his hefty suspension has elicited outrage from the MMA community. Fighters have rallied for support of the Californian on Twitter, and one fan even filed a petition to the White House to uplift Diaz's ban. Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo has taken things a step further, as the undefeated flyweight prospect has refused to fight in Nevada, according to his manager, Bill McFarlane.
Submitted Sep 17, 2015 7:00AM by Budgellism - 7 comments
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Josh Thomson might be retired right now if not for Scott Coker's Bellator vision
Thomson was only making $5,000 per fight in sponsorship money with the Reebok tiered, tenure structure. He said that three sponsors alone are paying him more than $35,000 for his Bellator debut and there are more to come. Thomson also said he was making up to $90,000 in sponsors per fight during his run as one of the best lightweights in the UFC and Strikeforce. "I had no intentions of testing the waters in the free-market until I heard that we were about to lock down a sponsorship deal," Thomson said. "They took away our sponsors. That was the only deal."
Submitted Sep 16, 2015 4:40PM by GDPofMPG - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator, UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Erik Koch vs. Drew Dober slated for UFC 195
A lightweight contest between Erik Koch and Drew Dober has been targeted for UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC officials Tuesday. Koch (14-4) has lost three of his past four fights. He was knocked out in the first round of his last trip to the Octagon by Daron Cruickshank at UFC Fight Night 40 on May 10, 2014...
Submitted Sep 15, 2015 10:42PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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The List: The champ with the toughest competition ahead
Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven): Admittedly, my selection would’ve looked a lot better in late 2013, when newly minted champ Chris Weidman (13-0 MMA, 9-0 UFC) was staring down the barrel of a rematch with the more serious, scary Anderson Silva. Since “The Spider” snapped (in more ways than one), the 31-year-old New Yorker has done a pretty good job of answering all the competitive questions asked of him. He finally put down the young dinosaur Vitor Belfort. But there are still some scary dudes ahead...
Submitted Sep 15, 2015 10:38PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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How Nick Diaz, of all people, exposed the NSAC's flaws
Of all the people to emerge as the persecuted anti-hero proving once and for all the dreadful overreach of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, it had to be Nick Diaz. Because of course it did. And of all the substances to serve as the catalyst for demonstrating that point, it had to be marijuana, of which Diaz is known to be a bit of an enthusiast. Because, apparently, the MMA gods have a sense of humor...
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 11:24PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Nick Diaz fined $165,000, suspended five years by NSAC for UFC 183 positive drug test
After a protracted hearing that featured plenty of boring legalese from both sides, Diaz, 32, was fined $165,000 (33-percent of his $500,000 purse) and suspended for five years for what amounts to his third positive drug test in Nevada. The first came after a submission win over Takanori Gomi in 2007, followed by another in defeat to Carlos Condit in 2012. note: 5 years, god damn son, thats like prison time almost
Submitted Sep 14, 2015 5:49PM by RhythmAndStyle - 26 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Miscellaneous
Report: Elias Theodorou meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC Fight Night 80
The UFC’s first of three straight days of events in Las Vegas in December has another fight added to the lineup. According to a report from Brazilian news outlet Globo, Brazil’s Thiago “Marreta” Santos (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will meet Canadian Elias Theodorou (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 80. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 80 card now includes: Omari Akhmedov vs. Lyman Good Kevin Casey vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Elias Theodorou
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:57PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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UFC heavyweight Bilyal Makhov wins dual bronze medals at world championships
LAS VEGAS – UFC heavyweight Bilyal Makhov became the first person in 42 years to score world championship medals in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Makhov earned bronze medals in both disciplines at this week’s United World Wrestling Championships, which took place at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena. The 27-year-old Russian started his run on Tuesday, earning a Greco-Roman bronze in the 130-kilogram division, capping off his run with a thrilling victory over American Robby Smith. On Saturday, he added a freestyle bronze medal in the 125-kilogram category by scoring a technical fall over Armenian opponent Levan Berianidze.
Submitted Sep 13, 2015 12:56PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Welcome To The UFC: Danny Roberts
That day for Roberts’ UFC debut is expected to come before the end of the year, and the fact that he’s already got his sights set on a post-fight Performance bonus shows you what kind of fighter the 28-year-old is. He’s a finisher, with nine of the victories on his 11-1 pro record coming by way of knockout or submission. But look a little closer, and while the varied submissions he’s pulled off (Brabo choke, armbar, RNC) are impressive for a former boxer, the real takeaway is that his first three pro wins came by knockout via knees to the body.
Submitted Sep 12, 2015 8:52AM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
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Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Konstantin Erokhin heavyweight tilt set for TUF 22 Finale in Vegas
The TUF 22 Finale venue may not be big, but it’ll have to contend with a pair of heavyweights in December. Gabriel Gonzaga (16-10 MMA, 11-9 UFC) will take on Konstantin Erokhin (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the TUF 22 Finale. UFC officials today announced the new booking. With the addition to the card, The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale now includes: Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Joby Sanchez vs. Justin Scoggins Konstantin Erokhin vs. Gabriel Gonzaga
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 11:22PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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Good vs. Akhmedov, Casey vs. Carlos Junior set for UFC Fight Night 80 in Las Vegas
The UFC’s first of three straight days of events in Las Vegas in December is starting to come together with the apparent addition of two fights. Kevin Casey (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) today published a photo on his Instagram account of him signing a contract to fight Antonio Carlos Junior (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 80. And Omari Akhmedov (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) used Instagram to announce a welterweight fight against Lyman Good (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) for the same card. UFC officials have not yet made formal announcements of either booking.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 11:21PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC exec: Frank Mir was not denied Adderall TUE by Nevada Athletic Commission
Frank Mir was not denied a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) in Nevada, according to the UFC's vice president of athlete health and performance. He just was not able to apply for one with enough time to spare before his fight.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 7:53PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
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Nick Diaz's attorney could make motion for Nevada deputy attorney general to remove himself from case
Proceedings could get messy at Nick Diaz's disciplinary hearing with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) on Monday. Diaz's attorney Lucas Middlebrook told MMA Fighting that he could make a motion for Nevada deputy attorney general Christopher Eccles to be removed from the case, because he might be considered both a witness and counsel.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 3:22PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC isn't on Invicta champion Tonya Evinger's agenda, because she refuses to 'kiss butt'
Tonya Evinger wants to be herself. And she's not sure if she'd be able to do that in the UFC. The Invicta FC women's bantamweight champion would not mind the UFC paycheck, but she has doubts about what being in the world's biggest MMA promotion would entail.
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 3:21PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
No Correia, Tate, Zingano for Sarah Kaufman, who gets de Randamie at UFC on Fox 17
Sarah Kaufman had a trio of fights she was hoping for, but she’ll have to settle for a name that wasn’t on her list. Kaufman (17-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will meet Germaine de Randamie (5-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a women’s bantamweight bout at UFC on FOX 17, the UFC’s final show of 2015. UFC officials recently announced the booking, which first was reported by the Orlando Sentinel. With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 17 now includes: Champ Rafael dos Anjos vs. Donald Cerrone – for lightweight title Junior Dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Nate Diaz vs. Michael Johnson C.B. Dollaway vs. Nate Marquardt Tamdan McCrory vs. Josh Samman Danny Castillo vs. Nik Lentz Hayder Hassan vs. Vicente Luque Jim Alers vs. Cole Miller Leon Edwards vs. Kamaru Usman Luiz Henrique vs. Francis Ngannou Sarah Kaufman vs. Germaine de Randamie
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 12:02PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
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Collier-Yang, Lim-Zaleski, Bang-Kuntz booked for UFC Fight Night 79 in South Korea
The UFC’s debut in South Korea in November has three new bouts added to the bill and a trio of fighters ready to compete in their home country. Jake Collier (9-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) takes on Dongi Yang (12-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) at middleweight; Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) meets Elizeu Zaleski (14-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at welterweight; and Tae Hyun Bang (17-9 MMA, 1-2 UFC) fights Leo Kuntz (17-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), also at 170 pounds, all at UFC Fight Night 79. UFC officials recently announced the new bouts. The Collier-Yang bout first was reported by Combat Press. With the additions, the UFC Fight Night 79 lineup includes: Thiago Alves vs. Benson Henderson Mirko Filipovic vs. Anthony Hamilton Dong Hyun Kim vs. Jorge Masvidal Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Alberto Mina Doo Ho Choi vs. Sam Sicilia Marco Beltran vs. Ning Guangyou Hyun Gyu Lim vs. Elizeu Zaleski Jake Collier vs. Dongi Yang Tae Hyun Bang vs. Leo Kuntz
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 12:01PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Bektic vs. Kawajiri, Sanchez vs. Scoggins set for TUF 22 Finale in Las Vegas
December’s TUF 22 Finale in “Sin City” continues to build with the addition of two new bouts. Mirsad Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set to meet Tatsuya Kawajiri (34-8-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) in a featherweight bout, and Joby Sanchez (7-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) meets Justin Scoggins (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at flyweight. UFC officials recently announced the new bookings. With the additions to the card, The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale now includes: Frankie Edgar vs. Chad Mendes Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov Evan Dunham vs. Joe Lauzon Ryan LaFlare vs. Mike Pierce Mirsad Bektic vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Joby Sanchez vs. Justin Scoggins
Submitted Sep 11, 2015 12:00PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
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