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End of an era: Following promotion's sale, matchmaker Joe Silva leaving UFC
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has informed the company that he will leave his job with the organization, possibly as soon as the end of 2016, MMAjunkie has learned from a person close to the situation. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not publicly authorized to discuss the matter. Silva’s departure will come on the heels of the UFC’s sale to a group headed up by talent agency WME-IMG, a deal that Silva is said to have profited from as a company executive. That financial gain, and not any discontent with the sale or new owners, is motivating Silva’s decision to retire, the source said.
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:17PM by Budgellism - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura official for UFC Fight Night 97 co-main in Philippines
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s return to the Philippines in October has made its co-main event official, and it will be a heavyweight slugfest. Derrick Lewis (16-4 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will take on Marcin Tybura (14-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 97. Lewis earlier this month posted the matchup on his Instagram feed, but it took the UFC a couple extra weeks to formalize the booking. The latest UFC Fight Night 97 card now includes: Ricardo Lamas vs. B.J. Penn Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura Ali Bagautinov vs. Kyoji Horiguchi Mizuto Hirota vs. Cole Miller Seo Hee Ham vs. Danielle Taylor
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:13PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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Marcin Held-Diego Sanchez, Kelvin Gastelum-Jorge Masvidal teed up for UFC Fight Night 98
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s return to Mexico in November continues to build, and now it will include the promotional debut of a highly regarded lightweight. Former Bellator standout Marcin Held (22-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on “TUF 1” winner and former title challenger Diego Sanchez (26-9 MMA, 15-9 UFC) at lightweight at UFC Fight Night 98. Plus, “TUF 17” winner Kelvin Gastelum (12-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) is set to meet Jorge Masvidal (30-11 MMA, 7-4 UFC) on the card. UFC officials announced the two bookings today. With the additions, the latest UFC Fight Night 98 card includes: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Tony Ferguson Beneil Dariush vs. Rashid Magomedov Heather Jo Clark vs. Alexa Grasso Kelvin Gastelum vs. Jorge Masvidal Marcin Held vs. Diego Sanchez TBA vs. TBA – “TUF 3: Latin America” lightweight tournament final
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:11PM by Budgellism - 9 comments
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UFC Fight Night 94 FS1 main card set with Makhachev-Wade opener in Hidalgo, Texas
(mmajunkie.com)
The main card for the UFC’s debut in Hidalgo, Texas, has been finalized with six fights on FS1 next month. In addition, the event is expected feature four prelims on FS1 and a pair of fights on UFC Fight Pass, though the UFC is yet to make the fourth prelim bout on FS1 official. The UFC Fight Night 94 card includes: MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET) Michael Johnson vs. Dustin Poirier Derek Brunson vs. Uriah Hall Evan Dunham vs. Abel Trujillo Albert Morales vs. Alejandro Perez Roan Carneiro vs. Kenny Robertson Islam Makhachev vs. Chris Wade PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia Augusto Montano vs. Belal Muhammad Joey Gomez vs. Jose Quinonez PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET) Randy Brown vs. Erick Montano Maximo Blanco vs. Chas Skelly
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
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C.B. Dollaway vs. Francimar Barroso, Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer made official for UFC 203
(mmajunkie.com)
When the UFC finalized the lineup for next week’s promotional debut in Cleveland, it squeezed in a couple bouts on UFC Fight Pass that had been reported and rumored, but not yet made official by the company. C.B. Dollaway (15-8 MMA, 9-8 UFC) will move up from middleweight to make his light heavyweight debut against Francimar Barroso (18-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) on the preliminary card. And Yancy Medeiros (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) will fight Sean Spencer (12-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) at welterweight, also on the Fight Pass prelims. The complete UFC 203 card includes: MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem – for heavyweight title Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET) Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer Francimar Barroso vs. C.B. Dollaway Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:04PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
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UFC 203 lineup set with Correia vs. Eye as featured FS1 prelim
(mmajunkie.com)
The official lineup for UFC 203 is set as the promotion readies for its Cleveland debut. The event takes place Sept. 10 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena with a main card on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The card features 13 fights, five of which air on the pay-per-view main card. The complete UFC 203 card includes: MAIN CARD (pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET) champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem – for heavyweight title Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum Mickey Gall vs. CM Punk Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera Jessica Andrade vs. Joanne Calderwood PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET) Bethe Correia vs. Jessica Eye Nik Lentz vs. Mairbek Taisumov Caio Magalhaes vs. Brad Tavares Ray Borg vs. Ian McCall PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET) Yancy Medeiros vs. Sean Spencer Francimar Barroso vs. C.B. Dollaway Drew Dober vs. Jason Gonzalez Damir Hadzovic vs. Yukawa Kazuya
Submitted Aug 31, 2016 5:01PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Martin Buschkamp vs. Alex Enlund scratched from Saturday's UFC Fight Night 93 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 93 event is one bout lighter. A scheduled fight between featherweight newcomers Martin Buschkamp (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Alex Enlund (14-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been pulled from the card. Enlund has suffered an undisclosed injury, and Buschkamp will be booked for another card, officials announced.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 5:34PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
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UFC Fight Night 97 in Philippines adds two bouts, including Cole Miller vs. Mizuto Hirota
(mmajunkie.com)
October’s UFC Fight Night 97 event in the Philippines has two new additions. Officials recently announced the bouts: featherweights Cole Miller (21-10 MMA, 10-8 UFC) vs. Mizuto Hirota (17-7-2 MMA, 0-1-2 UFC) and strawweights Seo Hee Ham (16-7 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Danielle Taylor (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC Fight Night 97 takes place Oct. 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Manila, Philippines. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 5:31PM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
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‘Fan’ sues Jon Jones over UFC 200 removal
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Business and analytics writer Paul Gift reports for BE that on August 19, Slattery filed a lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court against the interim UFC light heavyweight champion, as well as his managers, First Round Management. Slattery charges concealment, negligent misrepresentation, and negligence. Slattery reports he bought four tickets “for the express purpose” of seeing the unification fight between Jones and division champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 200. “Just before the fight, however, Jones was dropped from the fight card after officials learned that he had tested positive for banned performance-enhancing and/or masking substances. Plaintiff was thus robbed and defrauded of the value of the tickets, wherein he suffered both economic and non-economic harm, as a result of Jones’s actions in violating anti-doping regulations, and First Round’s complicity therein,” argued Slattery. “In the alternative, Jones failed to disclose other controlled substances, and in doing so was negligent, to the relevant testing officials which again deprived Plaintiff of the value of his tickets.”
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:19PM by tildengolfer - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC signs Bellator MMA lightweight Marcin Held
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Bellator MMA recently signed away from the UFC an exciting fighter who turned pro at 16. That of course was Rory MacDonald. Now an exciting Bellator MMA fighter who turned pro at 16 just announced he has signed with the UFC. No, MacDonald did not change his mind. Instead, the UFC has signed “the prodigy of Polish MMA” Marcin Held. Held is a phenomenal grappler, who started BJJ at nine, and was promoted to black belt at 21, becoming the youngest black belt in his native Poland. He took bronze at the 2010 ADCC Submission Wrestling European Championships in Zagreb, Croatia, and gold at both the 2011 FILA Grappling European Championships and 2010 IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu European Championships.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:18PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Rashad Evans moves to middleweight, wants to fight in New York but has no official opponent
(mmafighting.com)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans will be making a drop in weight class for his next UFC bout. Evans, who built an impressive career in the UFC's 205-pound division, seizing light heavyweight gold and competing against the best fighters in the world for many years, announced his drop to middleweight on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. The 36-year-old fighter also clarified previous reports that stated he'll be fighting Tim Kennedy at UFC 205 in November.
Submitted Aug 30, 2016 12:11PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
How about Robbie Lawler vs. Donald Cerrone at UFC 205 in New York City?
(mmajunkie.com)
Here’s some fuel for your fantasy matchmaking. How about a November showdown between former champion Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and rising contender Donald Cerrone (31-7 MMA, 18-4 UFC) at UFC 205? It’s a fight at least one of the potential participants is campaigning for.
Submitted Aug 29, 2016 5:40PM by Budgellism - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Scorecards: Jim Miller topped Joe Lauzon with 67% of judges – but just 7% of media, 11% of fans
(mmajunkie.com)
In Saturday’s network-televised opener at UFC on FOX 21, Miller (27-8 MMA, 16-7 UFC) and Lauzon (26-12 MMA, 13-9 UFC) engaged in a grueling, bloody and hard-fought three-round lightweight scrap. And like the first meeting, which came at UFC 155 in 2012, Miller again emerged victorious. This time, it was via split decision, with two of the three judges sitting cageside at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena awarding Miller the victory via 29-28 scores (watch the Miller vs. Lauzon video highlights). However, the judges turned in three different scorecards, and they agreed on only one round: the first, which Miller picked up with 10-9 scores.
Submitted Aug 28, 2016 9:48PM by JLS1980 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 21 bonuses: Jim Miller, Joe Lauzon earn Fight of the Night again
(mmafighting.com)
A tight finish in a rematch helped Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller earn Fight of the Night honors, UFC officials announced after UFC on FOX 21 on Saturday night. Miller defeated Lauzon via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) to kick off the main card portion of the card. Miller also defeated Lauzon in their previous meeting at UFC 155, which earned them Fight of the Night honors as well. For Lauzon, it was the 14th post-fight bonus of his career. The night's additional two Performance of the Night bonuses went to Paige VanZant and Demian Maia.
Submitted Aug 28, 2016 10:01AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone earns Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt
(bloodyelbow.com)
UFC fan favorite Donald Cerrone earned his BJJ black belt under Eliot Marshall last night. Although Donald Cerrone is lauded for his kickboxing ability and dynamic striking, Cowboy is also a highly skilled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner. The combat sports veteran has 16 submissions to his name and, last night at Easton Training Center in Denver, Colorado, Cerrone was awarded his BJJ black belt under Eliot Marshall.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 11:05PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC’s Adam Hunter flagged by USADA, pulled from UFC on FOX 21 fight
(mmafighting.com)
Saturday night's card is down a fight. Adam Hunter was flagged by USADA for a potential UFC anti-doping policy violation Friday and was removed from his UFC on FOX 21 bout with Ryan Janes, the UFC announced Friday. Hunter failed a drug test in an out-of-competition sample taken Aug. 11. USADA does not release the name of the substance until after the adjudication process or when the athlete does so first. Hunter (7-1), a middleweight, was set to make his UFC debut. The New Brunswick, Canada native was riding a seven-fight winning streak into what would have been a fight with Janes. Hunter, 32, is coming off a first-round knockout of Chris Dempsey in June under the GOTC banner. Janes (8-1) has won seven straight and he, too, was attempting to make his UFC debut. Now the nearby Victoria, B.C., native will be without a fight on the card. Both Hunter and Janes officially weighed in Friday morning. The UFC released the following statement Friday evening:
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 11:00PM by JLS1980 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Valentina Shevchenko signs seven-fight extension with the UFC
(mmafighting.com)
Valentina Shevchenko has settled into the UFC pretty nicely. And now she has a brand new, long-term contract for her hard work. Shevchenko signed a new, seven-fight extension with the UFC this week, her manager Roger Allen told MMA Fighting on Friday. UFC officials confirmed the news. The Kyrgyzstan native is coming off a huge unanimous decision win over Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 last month. Shevchenko debuted with a split decision win over Sarah Kaufman last December before falling to now-champion Amanda Nunes by unanimous decision at UFC 196 in March. Shevchenko (13-2) is a 17-time former Muay Thai world champion and one of the most decorated strikers in the UFC, male or female. The 28-year-old has lived in Peru for the last eight years, but also trains in Houston and Thailand often. Her only two pro MMA losses have come against Liz Carmouche and Nunes.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 4:51PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Perry quickly booked, meets 'Hot Chocolate' at UFC 204 in England
(mmajunkie.com)
Less than a week after his UFC-debut win, Mike Perry has his next assignment. Perry (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who upset Hyun Gyu Lim via first-round TKO at UFC 202 this past weekend, is slated to fight fellow welterweight Danny Roberts (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC 204, officials today announced. UFC 204 takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 3:53PM by JLS1980 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim slated for UFC's return to Northern Ireland
(mmafighting.com)
UFC is close to finalizing the main event for its return show in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Gunnar Nelson vs. Dong Hyun Kim is currently slated to headline UFC Fight Night 99 on Nov. 19, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the fight. Nelson (15-2-1) is coming off a second-round submission of Albert Tumenov in May, improving his UFC record to 6-2. Kim (21-3-1, 1 NC) hasn't fought since his Nov. 2015 win over Dominic Waters. He was scheduled to fight Neil Magny at UFC 202, however, he pulled out of the fight due to a minor injury.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 12:44PM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirsad Bektic vs. Arnold Allen slated for UFC 204 in England
(mmajunkie.com)
Two top featherweight prospects will meet in October at UFC 204. Officials today announced Mirsad Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) are slated for the event. UFC 204 takes place Oct. 8 at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Aug 26, 2016 6:33AM by JLS1980 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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