Report: Alvarez fighting Pettis on January 17th, possibly in Boston
Former champions will apparently come together for a big fight in January. One-time UFC champ Anthony Pettis looks set to return from his title defeat at the hands of Rafael dos Anjos back in March at UFC 185. His opponent for his return, according to Combate, will be former Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez, fresh off a huge win over Gilbert Melendez in Mexico at UFC 188.
While the fight makes sense for both men and would be a great booking, it's not 100% official yet. In fact, responding to reports, Eddie Alvarez didn't seem to know anything about it, but didn't deny it either:
I can't sit right Now !! Boston !! Me and Pettis ?? are You fucking Kidding me !!! East coast lets Gooooo!!! This will be something special
Daniel Cormier: Alexander Gustafsson's biggest accomplishment 'a fight he lost'
Daniel Cormier said he doesn’t understand why UFC 192 opponent Alexander Gustafsson gets so much credit for his loss to Jon Jones nearly two years ago.
At UFC 165 in September 2013, Gustafsson (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who’s set to challenge Cormier (16-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) for his UFC light-heavyweight title at UFC 192, gave ex-champ Jones arguably the most competitive fight of his career.
“The Mauler” came out on the losing end of a unanimous decision, but since that fight, he’s received praise for pushing Jones to his limit during the dramatic five-round affair.
Geane Herrera calls out Ian McCall for UFC on FOX 17
The flurry of bookings recently announced for December’s UFC on FOX 17 event have put the number of fights on the card at 10. There should be a few slots left – as long as the promotion doesn’t have anything else up its sleeve.
If there’s room, up-and-comer Geane Herrera (8-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) would like to put his name in the hat. The flyweight badly wants to redeem himself for a loss in his UFC debut this past month – and against a big name in the division: Ian McCall (13-5 MMA, 2-3-1 UFC).
“If they put me on that card, I will pack that house, and I will give them a show like I always do,” Herrera told MMAjunkie Radio.
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak added to UFC Fight Night 77 in Sao Paulo
Just after signing a contract extension with the UFC, Thomas Almeida has his next assignment.
Almeida (20-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will get a bout in his home city in two months when he meets Anthony Birchak (12-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 77. UFC officials announced the new booking tonight.
With the addition to the card, UFC Fight Night 77 now includes:
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Matheus Nicolau Pereira vs. Bruno Rodrigues
Piotr Hallman vs. Alex Oliveira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
UFC 191 salaries: Anthony Johnson event's top earner with $230,000 purse
Anthony Johnson was the top earner at this past weekend’s UFC 191 event and was one of four men to make six figures. Johnson, who scored a TKO victory over Jimi Manuwa at the event, edged out Andrei Arlovski by $5,000 to take the top spot on disclosed payouts. Johnson also took home one of the event’s four $50,000 performance bonuses to raised his overall take for the event to $280,000.
Demetrious Johnson's Xbox sponsorship in limbo in UFC's Reebok era
At a recent media event in downtown LA, Johnson told MMAFighting.com essentially, that his Xbox sponsorship is in limbo.
"I'm still in touch with them," Johnson said. "If any opportunities come up, then if I fit that role I'll be reached out. Other than that, it's just not there."
The problem with maintaining outside sponsorships in the Reebok era is that the sponsor's big payoff came when their brand was displayed on television. While fighters can still do things like personal appearances outside of fight week, the sponsorship loses value if there aren't hundreds of thousands of people watching.
"All the sponsors out there, they're looking for that prime-time spot, that's what they're paying for," Johnson said. "So if any, Bad Boy, Hayabusa, whatever's out there, they're looking for that prime spot. Of course they can do stuff outside the Octagon, but they're going to make their big money inside the Octagon, that's where they get the most viewers."
UFC 191 Structured Reebok Sposorship Payout Totals $192,500
Demetrious Johnson: $40,000
John Dodson: $30,000
21 bouts and above (1)
Frank Mir: $20,000
16 to 20 bouts (3)
Andrei Arlovski: $15,000
Anthony Johnson: $15,000
Ross Pearson: $15,000
11 to 15 bouts (1)
Joe Riggs: $10,000
6 to 10 bouts (4)
Jessica Andrade: $5,000
John Lineker: $5,000
Jimi Manuwa: $5,000
Francisco Rivera: $5,000
1 to 5 bouts (11)
Corey Anderson: $2,500
Jan Blachowicz: $2,500
Alex Chambers: $2,500
Clay Collard: $2,500
Paul Felder: $2,500
Nazareno Malegarie: $2,500
Raquel Pennington: $2,500
Joaquim Silva: $2,500
Ron Stallings: $2,500
Tiago Trator: $2,500
Paige VanZant: $2,500
Average fighter structured sponsorship payout: $8,750
UFC 191 weigh-in results: Champ Demetrious Johnson, John Dodson on mark for rematch
The full UFC 191 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Demetrious Johnson (124.5) vs. John Dodson (125) – for flyweight title
Andrei Arlovski (237.5) vs. Frank Mir (266)
Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
Corey Anderson (205) vs. Jan Blachowicz (205)
Alex Chambers (11) vs. Paige VanZant (116)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 8 p.m. ET)
Paul Felder (155.5) vs. Ross Pearson (155.5)
John Lineker (135.5) vs. Francisco Rivera (136)
Jessica Andrade (134.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136)
Clay Collard (146) vs. Tiago Trator (146)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Joe Riggs (185.5)* vs. Ron Stallings (184)
Nazareno Malegarie (156) vs. Joaquim Silva (154.5)
* Riggs was 187.5 on his first attempt, but hit 185.5 on his second try.
No, Fedor Emelianenko did not sign with the UFC today
The UFC’s “Go Big” news conference today in Las Vegas seemed the perfect place to announce the acquisition of heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko.
But alas, there’s no deal to announce, UFC President Dana White said.
“No,” the UFC executive said when asked if he might use the occasion to drop the news. “Next question.”
The answer was not what the hardcore fans in attendance wanted to hear, and they immediately let White know with a chorus of boos. Emelianenko (34-4), after all, is the white wale that’s eluded the promotion and kept them from satisfying the long-burning question of how “The Last Emperor” would fare in the UFC’s octagon.
“If I had something to tell you, we would have told you,” White cried out to fans. “Today’s ‘Go Big.’ If I had it, I’d tell you. I don’t got it. What do you want me to say?”
Three cards in three days in Las Vegas: UFC Fight Night 80 set for Dec. 10
Doing shows on back-to-back nights in the same city apparently is so old hat for the UFC by now, the promotion is raising the bar in December.
With UFC 194 set for Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, the UFC recently set the TUF 22 Finale for the night before, Dec. 11. Today, UFC President Dana White announced the promotion will do a third show on Dec. 10, also in Las Vegas.
Although no headliner or other fights were announced, the card, presumably UFC Fight Night 80, will take place at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. The card will stream on UFC Fight Pass.
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk meets Valerie Letourneau at 'UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm'
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will meet Valerie Letourneau (8-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) – not Claudia Gadelha (13-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC), as originally planned – at UFC 193.
UFC officials today announced the bout, which takes place Nov. 14 at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne and is expected to set a UFC attendance record. The main card, including a headliner between women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
The latest UFC 193 card now includes:
Champ Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm – for women’s bantamweight title
Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Valerie Letourneau – for strawweight title
Mark Hunt vs. Antonio Silva
Michael Bisping vs. Robert Whittaker
Akbarh Arreola vs. Jake Matthews
Kyle Noke vs. Peter Sobotta
Anthony Perosh vs. Gian Villante
Ricardo Abreu vs. Daniel Kelly
Steven Kennedy vs. Richard Walsh
Jared Rosholt vs. Stefan Struve
Brendan O’Reilly vs. William Macario
Danny Martinez vs. Richie Vaculik
Ryan Benoit vs. Ben Nguyen
Report: Tate vs. Nunes targeted for December
It seems that Ronda Rousey's next title challenger will emerge one month after he own title defense. Amanda Nunes vs. Miesha Tate is targeted to go down in December, though no event has been officially settled so far, as Combate reported.
Riding a two-fight win streak with a TKO over Shayna Baszler and a submission over Sara McMann, Nunes is one of the most powerful strikers in all of the division, also knocking out Sheila Gaff and Germaine de Randamie before being stopped herself by strikes against Cat Zingano a year ago.
Yet another UFC 194 biggie: Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
Well, fight fans: Be sure to circle Dec. 12 on your calendars – because UFC 194 is shaping up to be one hell of a card.
UFC officials today announced welterweight contenders Demian Maia (21-6 MMA, 15-6 UFC) and Gunnar Nelson (14-1-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) have joined the already-loaded lineup.
With the addition, the latest UFC 194 lineup now includes:
Champ Jose Aldo vs. interim champ Conor McGregor – for featherweight title
Champ Chris Weidman vs. Luke Rockhold – for middleweight title
Yoel Romero vs. Ronaldo Souza
Max Holloway vs. Jeremy Stephens
Urijah Faber vs. Frankie Saenz
Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson
Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson
Warlley Alves vs. Colby Covington
Marcio Alexandre Jr. vs. Court McGee
John Makdessi vs. Yancy Medeiros
Kevin Lee vs. Leonardo Santos
Magomed Mustafaev vs. Joe Proctor
Debuting heavyweights Luiz Henrique, Francis Ngannou meet at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando
A pair of UFC heavyweight newcomers are set to tango on the UFC’s final dance card of the year in Florida.
Luiz Henrique (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet fellow promotional debutant Francis Ngannou (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC on FOX 17 in December. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
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
Recently signed Sage Northcutt draws Francisco Trevino at UFC 192 in Houston
Just a few days after his win at Legacy FC 44 earned him a UFC deal, Sage Northcutt now knows his opponent.
Northcutt (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will face fellow welterweight Francisco Trevino (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in his promotional debut at UFC 192 a month from now in his home state of Texas. The Houston Chronicle first reported the fight booking. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement.
The UFC 192 lineup now includes:
Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Alexander Gustafsson – for light heavyweight title
Ryan Bader vs. Rashad Evans
Johny Hendricks vs. Tyron Woodley
Jessica Eye vs. Julianna Pena
Ali Bagautinov vs. Joseph Benavidez
Angela Hill vs. Rose Namajunas
Shawn Jordan vs. Ruslan Magomedov
Daniel Hooker vs. Yair Rodriguez
Chris Cariaso vs. Sergio Pettis
Alan Jouban vs. Albert Tumenov
Derrick Lewis vs. Viktor Pesta
Sage Northcutt vs. Francisco Trevino