Anthony Johnson wants fight with Ryan Bader, who covets UFC light heavyweight title shot
No doubt to put himself back in line for a title shot, onetime UFC light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson wants a fight with the surging Ryan Bader, his management team said.
Johnson (20-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC), who lost a bid for the vacant belt in May to champ Daniel Cormier, would also get a little bit of payback – Bader’s (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) recent win at this month’s UFC 192 came over a longtime teammate, ex-champ Rashad Evans (19-4-1 MMA, 14-4-1 UFC).
UFC's Soa Palelei was 'heartbroken' when he learned he was banned from children's hospital
Soa Palelei has already helped raise more than $60,000 for sick children. This weekend, he'll attempt to raise up to $200,000 more when he spends 24 hours on an exercise machine as part of a telethon.
Despite those charitable actions and his role as an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the UFC heavyweight was told last week that he was banned from visiting Princess Margaret Hospital for Children to see the ill kids. Matt Fuller, a retired Australian rules football player, was given the go-ahead. But the hospital told Palelei he could not come.
Why? Because Palelei is a UFC fighter.
UFC Fight Pass adds Australian BRACE promotion
UFC's Fight Pass streaming service has inked a deal with BRACE MMA, considered by many as Australia's leading MMA promotion.
In a story at news.com.au, Eric Winter, the general manager of Fight Pass, stated that the agreement to air all events live will start with a Nov. 21 show.
Jessica Andrade drops down to strawweight division
Brazilian brawler Jessica Andrade will have a few more pounds to cut before her next UFC fight. The Parana Vale Tudo product, who went 4-3 in two years as a UFC bantamweight, has decided to drop from 135 to 115 pounds after suffering a second-round submission loss in a rematch with Raquel Pennington in September.
"It’s easy," Andrade told MMAFighting.com on Thursday. "I expected it to be way more complicated, but I managed to stay at 132 pounds and eat well."
Myles Jury drops to featherweight, meets Charles Oliveira at UFC on FOX 17 in Orlando
The UFC’s final fight card of the calendar year got a little bit deeper on Wednesday, and one of its competitors will be moving to a new weight class.
Myles Jury (15-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) will drop from lightweight to featherweight and will meet Charles Oliveira (20-5 MMA, 8-5 UFC) at UFC on FOX 17. UFC officials announced the new fight as part of Wednesday night’s edition of “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
'UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3' fight card set for Sao Paulo
The 13-bout lineup is set for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 77: Belfort vs. Henderson 3” event in Brazil. The event takes place Nov. 7 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. Following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, the rest of the card airs on FOX Sports 1.
Short and simple list:
MAIN CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Vitor Belfort vs. Dan Henderson
Patrick Cummins vs. Glover Teixeira
Thomas Almeida vs. Anthony Birchak
Piotr Hallmann vs. Alex Oliveira
Gilbert Burns vs. Rashid Magomedov
Tom Lawlor vs. Fabio Maldonado
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1)
Gleison Tibau vs. Abel Trujillo
Yan Cabral vs. Johnny Case
Clay Guida vs. Thiago Tavares
Chas Skelly vs. Kevin Souza
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass)
Viscardi Andrade vs. Gasan Umalatov
Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera
Matheus Nicolau vs. Bruno Korea
'Wonderboy' Thompson wants Saffiedine, injury-replacement slot or January return
UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson said he was targeted for a fight with Tarec Saffiedine after his highlight-reel knockout win over Jake Ellenberger in July. But a knee injury scratched that immediate possibility, and now he’s hoping to get it back.
If Saffiedine isn’t ready, Thompson said, he’ll look to step in as an injury-replacement. And if that fails, he’ll target a return in January.
Mike Dolce: Johny Hendricks' UFC 192 weight cut was 'a comedy of errors'
Johny Hendricks ended up in a hospital with kidney stones and an intestinal blockage the day before he was supposed to weigh in last week for a fight with Tyron Woodley. It was perhaps rock bottom for someone who was struggled with his weight cut for years.
Mike Dolce, Hendricks' former dietician, told Ariel Helwani on Monday's episode of The MMA Hour that he believes the responsibility lies with one person and one person alone.
Report: UFC champ T.J. Dillashaw leaves Alpha Male to train in new MMA team in Colorado
TJ Dillishaw said:
"In regards to my upcoming fight camp, I will be doing my training in Colorado. The last six years at Team Alpha Male have been irreplaceable and my brothers there will forever be family to me. I thank each and every one of them for helping me along the way and being a part of this journey we've shared. This is not the end of being a part of the Team Alpha Male family, but a new chapter in my career.
"I will be spending my next full training camp with Elevation Fight Team as they've offered me an opportunity that I couldn't pass up, with an incredible coaching staff and state-of-the-art facilities.
"I want to thank everyone for the continued support as this has not been a decision I've taken lightly."
Uriah Faber said:
"We are sad to see [Dillashaw] go, but we're excited about the next set of champions being developed at Team Alpha Male."
Dillashaw's striking coach Duane Ludwig isn't a part of the team, however, Dillashaw will still be training with him since he also lives in Colorado.
In addition to Ludwig, Dillashaw's new coaches will be Leister Bowling (head coach), Elliot Marshall (jiu-jitsu), Christian Allen (striking) and Loren Landow (strength & conditioning). The team, which already includes the likes of Matt Brown, Clay Guida, Neil Magny, Brandon Thatch, Cat Zingano, Drew Dober and others, is based out of the MusclePharm Sports Science Center & Research Institute in Denver. It's exclusive to professional fighters.
Report says he is going to Colorado to train with Duane Ludwig and open a new gym named MP Elevation.
Wanderlei Silva files motion to dismiss lawsuit, says Belfort test evidence of UFC cheating
Attorneys for Wanderlei Silva have filed a motion to dismiss the UFC's lawsuit against the renowned MMA fighter with the Clark County, Nevada District Court on Friday, October 3, 2015. The motion claims that the UFC's suit is an attempt "to chill Silva's free speech" and "public participation" as well as send a message to other fighters, and that Silva comments about "cheating" and "fight-fixing" received additional credibility with Vitor Belfort's recently revealed lab results.
The UFC filed a complaint of "Intentional Misconduct" against Silva on July 29th for comments he had published on Facebook referring to "fight fixing" in the UFC and comparing the promotion to professional wrestling.
Silva's counsel, Terry A. Coffing of the firm Marquis Aurbach Coffing, argues that the complaint should be dismissed because it fails to show damages from his comments or prove his comments were false, and that the UFC's true motivation behind filing the suit is to silence his client.
Joe Schilling: Five-year suspension will be 'good thing' for Nick Diaz, the sport
Joe Schilling sees the silver lining in the bleakness of Nick Diaz's suspension. In fact, the Bellator MMA and GLORY star thinks the whole situation will turn out positively.
Schilling told MMA Fighting this week that he sees the Nevada Athletic Commission's decision being overturned briskly and the organization's oversight being examined. Once Diaz returns to the Octagon, Schilling sees him being an even bigger draw.
TUF Finalist Nijem among 4 fighters cut by UFC
Nijem joins 3 other fighters who have been removed from the roster in Elias Silverio, Jorge Oliveira, and Nazareno Malegarie.
Silverio and Oliveira have both lost two straight before getting the axe, making TUF Brazil's Malegarie the only minor surprise on this month's cut list. After his stint at TUF, the Bellator vet officially fought just once with the UFC, dropping a split decision to Joaquim Silva at UFC 191.