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UFC exec says reports of UFC sale are 'false,' internal email to staff offers same message
(mmajunkie.com)
The world’s largest MMA promotion may eventually change hands at some point, but UFC officials insist that no such transaction has taken place at this time. FloCombat.com today reported that UFC officials had accepted a bid of $4.2 billion from “a group consisting of WME-IMG, the Dalian Wanda Group, The Kraft Group and Tencent Holdings.” However, UFC Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler said those reports are untrue. “FloCombat.com’s report indicating that the UFC has been sold is false,” Sholler told MMAjunkie. “We’ve communicated that to our staff members tonight via an internal memo.” MMAjunkie obtained the email sent to all UFC employees denying the legitimacy of the FloCombat.com report and signed by UFC co-owner and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “A report today by FloCombat.com indicating that the company has been sold is false,” the email read. “This follows other false speculation in the press recently. “Such misrepresentation of facts in the media negatively impacts our business, staff members and athletes. We have instructed our attorneys to investigate and take all appropriate legal actions against the parties publishing and contributing to these false stories. “With International Fight Week and the historic UFC 200 rapidly approaching, we look forward to once again delivering a series of events that our fans won’t soon forget. We appreciate your hard work, diligence and commitment, and thank you for your focus as we continue to take the sport to new heights.”
Submitted Jun 21, 2016 2:39AM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Georges St-Pierre announces he is ready to return to fighting
(mmafighting.com)
Georges St-Pierre, a man widely considered to be the greatest welterweight to ever compete in mixed martial arts, is ready to give it one more good run. St-Pierre announced Monday on The MMA Hour that he has decided to end his nearly three-year hiatus and return to the Octagon, provided that his management and the UFC are able to come to terms on a deal.
Submitted Jun 20, 2016 5:21PM by george112 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Zuffa accepts bid of $4.2 billion for UFC sale, White staying on
(bloodyelbow.com)
It sounds like the sale of the UFC is marching ahead successfully. FloCombat reports that sources close to the company are saying that a group of investors have put together a $4.2 billion bid for the MMA organization and that Zuffa has accepted it. This potential new ownership group apparently consists of WME-IMG, the Dailan Wanda Group, The Kraft Group, and Tencent Holdings. Alongside this news are reports that, despite selling his shares as part of the deal, President of Operations Dana White would be staying on in his role with the promotion, apparently receiving a new stake in the company as well.
Submitted Jun 20, 2016 5:01PM by Shawn91111 - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stephen Thompson would rather fight Robbie Lawler than Tyron Woodley for UFC title
(mmafighting.com)
Say whatever you want about Stephen Thompson, but he clearly isn't a man who prefers the easy road. Thompson not only called for his shot at the UFC welterweight title after capturing a unanimous decision over Rory MacDonald at UFC Fight Night 89, but he also made it clear that he would rather face the incumbent champion, Robbie Lawler, rather than challenger Tyron Woodley after the two American Top Team teammates meet with the belt on the line at UFC 201.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone: 'According to my pay, I don't mean sh*t to the UFC'
(mmafighting.com)
Donald Cerrone is all about chasing that paper. And it sounds like he isn't too happy with where he's at in the race. After being read a list of his impressive accomplishments in the UFC, "Cowboy" slammed the promotion -- with a smirk on his face -- about how much he's getting compensated. Just a few hours earlier Saturday, Cerrone had walked over welterweight stalwart Patrick Cote en route to one of his most impressive wins. "God, that all sounds nice," Cerrone said at the UFC Fight Night: MacDonald vs. Thompson post-fight press conference. "According to my pay, I don't mean sh*t to the UFC. But we'll see. Maybe I'll talk to [UFC president] Dana [White] after this and see if we can figure that out."
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:49PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Chad Mendes makes first public comment since being flagged by USADA
(mmafighting.com)
Chad Mendes had not commented at all since being flagged by USADA. Until Saturday. The perennial UFC featherweight contender tweeted about his situation Saturday, saying he would "own it" and "pay for it." The UFC announced that Mendes (17-4) was facing a potential USADA anti-doping violation June 10. That usually means a fighter failed a drug test or informed USADA that he or she unknowingly took a banned substance. USADA won't release any more information on the situation until the adjudication process is over.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 3:48PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Derek Brunson out of UFC 200 bout against Gegard Mousasi
(mmafighting.com)
Derek Brunson won't be competing against Gegard Mousasi at UFC 200. The news was first reported by Sherdog on Sunday, and was later confirmed by MMA Fighting. Brunson, who's currently ranked No. 11 in the UFC's middleweight rankings, was forced to pull out of his bout with former Strikeforce middleweight champion Mousasi for unknown reasons. The 32-year-old middleweight is currently 6-1 in his past seven trips to the octagon. He last fought on February at UFC Fight Night 83, defeating Roan Carneiro. His fight with Mousasi was to serve as a UFC Fight Pass preliminary bout.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 2:47PM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Fight Night 89 bonuses: As if you need to ask who earned 'Fight of the Night' honors
(mmajunkie.com)
OTTAWA, Canada – Donald Cerrone, Krzysztof Jotko, Steve Bosse and Sean O'Connell each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 89 event. Cerrone and Jotko each earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses, and Bosse and O’Connell took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Jun 19, 2016 11:05AM by JLS1980 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Johnson Withdraws From UFC on Fox 20 Co-Main Event vs. Glover Teixeira
(sherdog.com)
Anthony Johnson is out of a UFC on Fox 20 co-headlining matchup with Glover Texieira. Multiple outlets confirmed Johnson’s exit on Saturday following an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The cause of Johnson’s withdrawal was not disclosed, and the UFC has not formally announced a replacement opponent for Teixeira.
Submitted Jun 18, 2016 5:02PM by RhythmAndStyle - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alexander Gustafsson vs. Jan Blachowicz among UFC Fight Night 93 additions
(mmajunkie.com)
September’s UFC return to Germany has two new additions, and one of them includes a former title challenger. Former light-heavyweight challenger Alexander Gustafsson (16-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and fellow contender Jan Blachowicz (19-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) are slated for the event, and bantamweights Brad Pickett (25-11 MMA, 5-6 UFC) and Henry Briones (16-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) have also been booked. UFC Fight Night 93 takes place Sept. 3 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 8:11AM by JLS1980 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Felder vs. Francisco Trinaldo in the works for UFC’s return to Brazil
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC will return to Brazil on Sept. 23, and the promotion is already working on the card. The yet-to-be-named UFC event will feature a lightweight clash between Paul Felder and Francisco Trinaldo, multiple sources close to the situation told MMA Fighting. Felder (12-2), who has competed outside of the United States only once in his MMA career, enters the bout coming off back-to-back wins over Daron Cruickshank and Josh Burkman, improving to 4-2 under the UFC banner.
Submitted Jun 17, 2016 7:14AM by JLS1980 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jorge Masvidal replaces Claudio Silva, meets Siyar Bahadurzada at UFC 201
(mmajunkie.com)
Jorge Masvidal (29-11 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has stepped in for an injured Claudio Silva (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and now will meet Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 201. UFC officials today announced the change in plans. With the change to the card, UFC 201 now includes: Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis – for flyweight title Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Jorge Masvidal Ian McCall vs. Justin Scoggins
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:47PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu added to UFC Fight Night 91
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC Fight Night 91 has added a strawweight showdown between Cortney Casey and Cristina Stanciu. The UFC announced the bout on its official website. With the addition, UFC Fight Night 91 includes: Michael Chiesa vs. Tony Ferguson John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya Ryan Hall vs. Alex White Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 7:43PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Sources: Two groups post bids in $4.1 billion range to buy UFC
(espn.go.com)
Bidding to buy the UFC is drawing closer to an end, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The two bid groups, WME-IMG in conjunction with Dalian Wanda Group, and China Media Capital, had similar bids in the $4.1 billion range, sources said.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 4:27PM by Poor_Franklin - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 203 Update: Mairbek Taisumov to Face Nik Lentz on Sept. 10 in Cleveland
(sherdog.com)
Mairbek Taisumov will attempt to earn his fifth straight win inside the Octagon when he faces Nik Lentz at UFC 203. Promotion officials announced the lightweight contest on Wednesday. UFC 203 takes place at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Sept. 10 and is headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Stipe Miocic and Alistair Overeem. Fights announced so far are: Stipe Miocic vs Alistair Overeem - for heavyweight title Ben Rothwell vs Fabricio Werdum Bethe Correia vs Jessica Eye Mairbek Taisumov vs Nik Lentz
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:12AM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With knee finally healed, Mitch Gagnon eyes fall UFC return following lengthy layoff
(mmajunkie.com)
After 18 months on the sidelines, Mitch Gagnon is finally ready to step back into the UFC cage. Almost. “I just started to get back in the swing of things, and I plan on being back in there by the end of the year,” Gagnon told MMAjunkie. Gagnon (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) hasn’t fought since a December 2014 loss to former UFC bantamweight champ Renan Barao at UFC Fight Night 58. While the submission defeat was disappointing enough, things got worse for Gagnon afterward, when he discovered that he tore his ACL during the contest.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:05AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Garreth McLellan vs. Alessio Di Chirico added to August's UFC on FOX 21 card in Vancouver
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is wasting no time starting to set up bouts for its late summer return to Canada. After announcing UFC on FOX 21 for Vancouver in British Columbia earlier today, the promotion has confirmed a middleweight fight for the lineup. South Africa’s Garreth McLellan (13-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Italy’s Alessio Di Chirico (9-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on the card.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:04AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman at UFC 17 added to UFC Hall of Fame
(mmajunkie.com)
A heavyweight matchup that provided one of the most surprising and spectacular knockouts in UFC history will be enshrined in the UFC Hall of Fame. It was revealed on Wednesday’s new edition of FOX Sports 1’s “UFC tonight” that Pete Williams vs. Mark Coleman will join Matt Hughes vs. Frank Trigg at UFC 52, as well as Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar at The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale in the UFC Hall of Fame’s fight wing. Williams (12-6 UFC, 3-5 UFC) vs. Coleman (16-10 UFC, 7-5 UFC) joins fellow 2016 inductees Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Don Frye and Bob Meyrowitz.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:01AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yair Rodriguez-Alex Caceres Headliner, 5 Other Bouts Set for UFC Fight Night in Utah
(sherdog.com)
The bout was announced during Wednesday’s edition of “UFC Tonight.” In addition to the main event, five other contests were revealed: Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri at featherweight; Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele at welterweight; Zak Cummings vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio at 170 pounds; Marcin Tybura vs. Viktor Pesta at heavyweight and Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi at middleweight. UFC Fight Night Salt Lake City takes place at Vivint Smart Home Arena and airs on Fox Sports 1.
Submitted Jun 16, 2016 1:00AM by RhythmAndStyle - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anthony Pettis faces Charles Oliveira in featherweight debut at UFC on FOX 21
(mmafighting.com)
Anthony Pettis has his first opponent as a featherweight. The former UFC lightweight champion takes on Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 21 on Aug. 27 in Vancouver, FOX Sports reported Wednesday, per UFC executive Tom Wright. Pettis (18-5), once considered one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world, lost three straight at lightweight before deciding to move down a weight class. "Showtime" dropped the belt last year to Rafael dos Anjos, then fell to Eddie Alvarez and Edson Barboza. Pettis, 29, is also now doing part of his training camp at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque.
Submitted Jun 15, 2016 3:50PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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