Jessica Eye ‘taking a year off’ after being given ‘one more chance’ by UFC
Jessica Eye suffered her fourth consecutive loss in the UFC last month against Bethe Correia at UFC 203. And by the UFC’s trend, it normally means that she’d be in danger of being cut from the roster.
UFC bosses Dana White and Sean Shelby, however, made an exception for “Evil” Eye. In an interview with FOX Sports, the number 13-ranked women’s bantamweight fighter also revealed that White even connected her to a sports psychologist who could help her deal with the mental aspect of the fight game.
MMA fans file petition against UFC to create featherweight division for Cris Cyborg
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) does not have a women's featherweight division and has no immediate plans to create one.
That said, not everyone in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community is prepared to just roll over and accept things at face value, and now a petition has been created to let those voices be heard.
"We, the many fans of MMA, call on the UFC to open a Featherweight (145 pound) division for the women fighters," the petition read . "There is an audience for it and you have a world-class fighter in Cris Cyborg to be its inaugural champion."
Max Holloway vs Anthony Pettis Set For UFC 206
As two of the most dynamic competitors in the UFC, Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis have established themselves as must see TV for any fight fan. On Saturday, December 10, these featherweight contenders will meet in the Octagon for the first time as they collide on the UFC 206 card at Air Canada Centre in Toronto.
In the UFC 206 main event, the UFC light heavyweight championship is on the line when Daniel Cormier defends his crown in a rematch against Anthony "Rumble" Johnson. Tickets are on sale now.
Rob Font vs. Alejandro Perez added to The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale in December
A pair of bantamweights will look to rebound from recent setbacks when they meet at The Ultimate Fighter 24 Finale.
UFC officials today announced that Rob Font (12-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will face Alejandro Perez (17-6-1 MMA, 3-1-1 UFC) at the Dec. 3 event, which takes place at The Pearl at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The event’s main card airs live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The bout order has not yet been set.
Vicente Luque replaces Lyman Good at UFC 205 in New York City
After losing his original matchup, Belal Muhammad has a new opponent for UFC 205.
As reported on Monday, Muhammad’s (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) original opponent, welterweight Lyman Good (19-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), has been removed from the card due to a potential anti-doping violation, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Vicente Luque (10-5-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, UFC officials today confirmed with newsday.com.
Lyman Good receives USADA notice, pulled from UFC 205
UFC welterweight Lyman Good has been pulled from next month’s UFC 205 event, and promotion officials are currently seeking a replacement opponent for Belal Muhammad.
UFC officials today announced that promotion officials were notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on Oct. 14.
Louis Smolka to meet Ray Borg at UFC 207
Louis Smolka will get a chance to bounce back relatively quickly.
The top flyweight will meet Ray Borg at UFC 207 on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, it was reported Monday by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. UFC officials confirmed the bout.
UFC 207: Johny Hendricks ‘done’ with MMA with loss to Neil Magny
Johny Hendricks used to be the best 170-pound fighter in the world.
Fast forward a few years and Hendricks, 33, is now trying to climb his way out of an 0-2 hole after dropping three of his last four and plummeting to No. 7 in the official UFC rankings.
“The last two I have lost, fair and square, I know I have,” Hendricks told ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast. “Realistically, if I go out there — and hey, crazier things have happened — I go out there and lose, that’s when it’s time to say ‘I’m done.’ I’m not gonna keep fighting to hopefully find a person I can beat.”
Jon Jones' lawyer reveals USADA test results, claims supplement was deemed 'contaminated'
The clash between former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) continues in full force after "Bones" tested positive for banned substances prior to UFC 200 this past July. Jones has proclaimed he will return to action soon while a generic form of Cialis has been pinpointed as a possible reason why the 29-year-old popped under USADA watch.
It now seems as if Jones is even closer to exonerating himself and returning to a sport he has dominated his entire career. According to Jones' lawyer, Howard Jacobs, the independent tests that USADA administered on the substances Jones took earlier this year have all come back positive, marking the entire crop "contaminated."
UFC cuts 13 fighters from roster as cutbacks continue
The UFC's week of cutbacks ends with news that several fighters will no longer compete in the promotion.
MMAFighting.com has learned from sources that 13 fighters were recently released from their contracts. This comes just a few days after many from the front office, including several high-ranking officials, were let go under new ownership group WME-IMG.
Alexander Gustafsson Expected to Be Out Indefinitely
At one point in time, Sweden’s Alexander Gustafsson was one of the most feared light heavyweights in the sport of mixed martial arts. He had lost only once in 16 pro fights and was riding a dominant six-fight winning streak.
But when he finally got a crack at the 205-pound title against then-champ Jon Jones at UFC 162 three years ago, he gave it everything he had and came up short after five grueling rounds. But from that point forward, “The Mauler” has had nothing but terrible luck in and out of the Octagon.
'The Ultimate Fighter 25' starts filming in January, 'all-star' concept in play
The next season of “The Ultimate Fighter” is expected to end up featuring some familiar names.
MMAjunkie today confirmed “The Ultimate Fighter 25” is currently casting for a January filming start, with the show expected to debut on FS1 in April.
While exact details of the season are still undetermined, UFC officials told MMAjunkie that welterweights are likely to be featured on “TUF 25.” And rather than bring in a cast of unknowns, the promotion currently is targeting a group of “all-stars” to compete on the show, including UFC veterans and former contestants on previous editions of “The Ultimate Fighter.”
Additionally, despite rumors of the show’s termination with new owners WME-IMG in place, UFC officials firmly shot down such reports and insisted “TUF 25” is proof of the promotion’s commitment to the long-running reality series.
USADA suspends UFC’s Abdul-Kerim Edilov 15 months for meldonium
Abdul-Kerim Edilov has yet to make his UFC debut, and he’ll have to wait longer still.
The Chechen light heavyweight has been given a 15-month suspension by USADA for testing positive for the prohibited substance meldonium in an out-of-competition drug test back in January, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Friday. His suspension is retroactive to Jan. 7, 2016, the date the sample was collected. Edilov will be eligible for his first UFC fight in April.
UFC releases ‘Bigfoot’ Silva
There won’t be any "Bigfoot" sightings in the UFC again any time soon.
The promotion released Antonio Silva recently after a rough stretch for the former elite heavyweight, MMA Fighting confirmed with UFC officials Friday.