Insanity behind MMA and WWE
While the dangers associated with playing professional football and other contact sports are well-documented, the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA,) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) continue operate somewhat under the radar as their athletes enter the cage or ring and fight until what seems like an inevitably early death.
Michelle Waterson vs. Aisling Daly added to UFC Fight Night: Hamburg
A couple of veteran strawweights will do battle in Germany later this year.
Michelle Waterson vs. Aisling Daly has been added to UFC Fight Night: Hamburg. The promotion officially announced the 115-pound fight Tuesday morning.
Waterson (13-4) will be returning to action for the first time in over year. "The Karate Hottie" won her UFC debut last July but has since been sidelined due to a hand and knee injury.
Sean Santella out of UFC 201 bout with Wilson Reis, Hector Sandoval steps in as replacement
Again, Wilson Reis has a new opponent for UFC 201. The UFC announced on Monday that promotional newcomer Hector Sandoval will be taking on the flyweight contender.
Reis was originally scheduled to fight for the UFC flyweight title against champion Demetrious Johnson at UFC 201, but Johnson pulled out of the fight last week citing injury. Just days after it was reported that the flyweight champion was out of the title bout, the UFC made public that promotional newcomer Sean Santella would be stepping up on short notice to fight the Brazilian flyweight. However, on Monday the UFC announced yet another change in opponent, stating that Santella was unable to gain proper medical clearance, and that UFC newcomer Hector Sandoval will be fighting Reis instead.
Urijah Faber believes he'll get another UFC title shot
Conventional wisdom held that Urijah Faber's loss to Dominick Cruz at UFC 199 marked the end of Faber's days as a championship competitor.
After all, while Faber's groundbreaking WEC featherweight title reign from 2006-08 paved the way for mainstream recognition of mixed martial arts' lighter weight classes, his track record since then hasn't been one to write home about.
With the unanimous decision loss to Cruz, Faber is 0-6 in title fights since dropping the WEC belt to Mike Brown, accounting for UFC, WEC, and UFC interim title shots.
UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson lands role in 'Kickboxer: Retaliation'
UFC strawweight Paige VanZant may have chosen to take a pass on filming a role for ‘Kickboxer: Retaliation” but heavyweight Roy Nelson did not.
According to a press release, “Big Country” Nelson (21-13 MMA, 8-9 UFC) has joined the cast for the second film of a planned trilogy. He’ll appear alongside one of the most unique casts in motion picture history...
Brock Lesnar: Teammate Believes The Beast’s Asthma Inhaler Made Him Fail UFC Drug Test
“Brock [Lesnar] suffers from whats called RAD, otherwise known as Reactive airway disease,” one of Brock’s alleged teammates, who only identified himself as D2, wrote on an online forum. “His doctor for years has prescribed him Advair Diskus (an inhaler), which helps him breathe during the late spring and summer months here in Minnesota when he has episodes. This drug is classified as Beta-2 Agonists. So this is why he got popped by USADA.”
Brock Lesnar flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
Brock Lesnar has been flagged by USADA.
The UFC released a statement Friday evening that Lesnar and the promotion had been notified by USADA of a potential Lesnar anti-doping violation. The potential violation comes from the failure of an out-of-competition drug test June 28, the release said.
The UFC said USADA received the testing results July 14 — five days after Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in his MMA return. The same was tested at UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory, a WADA-accredited lab.
USADA, as is its policy, did not release the name of the substance Lesnar tested positive for.
With Dong Hyun Kim out, Neil Magny now meets Lorenz Larkin at UFC 202
Neil Magny has a new opponent for next month’s UFC 202 event in Las Vegas.
As MMAjunkie first reported on Tuesday, Dong Hyun Kim (21-3-1 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was recently forced out of the bout with fellow welterweight Magny (18-4 MMA, 11-3 UFC). Lorenz Larkin (17-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, latimes.com today reported.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Ross Pearson agrees to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 201
Veteran lightweight Ross Pearson has agreed to step up on short notice and fight Jorge Masvidal in a welterweight fight at UFC 201 on July 30.
UFC officials confirmed the 170-pound to ESPN. Pearson replaces Masvidal's original opponent, Siyar Bahadurzada, who withdrew due to illness. UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena.
UFC 204: Leonardo Santos to Fight Adriano Martins
A pair of underrated Brazilian lightweights will throw down in October, as the 28-7 Adriano Martins will fight the 15-3-1 Leonardo Santos.
Leonard Santos entered the UFC in 2013 through The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 2. Santos was 3-1 on the show with a win over current UFC welterweight Thiago Santos. After would-be finalist Santiago Ponzinibbio pulled out of the finale with an injury, Santos replaced him against William Patolino. Santos submitted Patolino with an arm-triangle to choke to win both his UFC debut, and the TUF: Brazil 2 tournament.
Since then, Santos is undefeated at 3-0-1, with the blemish being a draw against former UFC fighter Norman Parke. Santos has won his last three fights, finishing two opponents. Most recently, the Brazilian upset Kevin Lee with a first round TKO at UFC 194. Santos was set to fight Evan Dunham at UFC 199, but pulled out with an injury. He is a close training partner of Interim Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo.
Adriano Martins has quietly become a very dangerous lightweight since joining the UFC in 2013. He entered the promotion with a 24-6 and on a five-fight win streak. He earned a “Submission of the Night” bonus in his UFC debut. Unfortunately for him, Martins was given a date with Donald Cerrone in his next bout and was defeated in the first round.
Since then, Martins is on a tear. The Brazilians has earned two knockouts and a decision victory over Rustam Khabilov. His most recent victory was a first-round knockout against Islam Makhachev at UFC 192. Martins has 13 knockouts in his 28 career victories and has earned performance bonuses in three of his four UFC victories.
Urijah Faber vs. Jimmie Rivera added to UFC 203
A battle between a grizzled veteran and a hyped prospect will go down at bantamweight at UFC 203.
Urijah Faber will not be retiring after all. Team Alpha Male's leader may have come up short in another title fight, he is apparently trudging on, accepting a booking with top bantamweight prospect Jimmie Rivera at UFC 203 in September.
The UFC made the bout official today.