Edmond Tarverdyan says there's a chance Ronda Rousey returns for a title shot by the end of the year
Rousey's long-time trainer, Edmond Tarverdyan told ESPN this week that Rousey's return to the Octagon is being discussed for later this year in a bantamweight title bout against current champion Amanda Nunes.
"There have been talks about her coming back, but we haven't made a final decision yet. There's a chance she fights to get her belt back this year, but nothing is set yet. If we do make a comeback this year, we will. If not we will make it next year. We want to thank all our fans for being patient."
According to Tarverdyan, Rousey began training for her comeback last month and, given the time frame, it appears most likely that Rousey would be returning for UFC 207 on Dec. 30th if she were to come back this year. That coincides with Fox Sports' report that Rousey has indeed been offered the bout with Nunes though no agreements have been sent nor signed.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz title fight set for UFC 205
While the card is still missing the singular superstar presence to make it a massive hit, it seems the UFC is looking to overload it with high profile, high stakes fights. The latest of those is a strawweight title fight between Polish talents Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Karolina Kowalkiewicz.
Flo Combat reported the news of the bout, shortly after Jedrzejczyk posted a photo of herself on Instagram with a freshly signed bout agreement.
Sergio Pettis off next week's UFC Fight Night 96 main card
Next week’s UFC Fight Night 96 event has lost one of its main-card fighters.
Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is injured and has been forced out of his bout with fellow flyweight Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC).
His trainer, Duke Roufus, today announced the scratch due to a “minor injury”
Chris Camozzi meets Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne
November’s quickly filling UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has a new addition.
Officials today announced a bout between veteran middleweight Chris Camozzi (24-11 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and Australia’s Daniel Kelly (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 101 takes place Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Australia) at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
UFC 205 fight card to be unveiled on September 27 presser
The UFC will be holding its pre-fight press conference for UFC 205 on Tuesday, September 27th in New York City. The said presser will feature the event’s main attractions, as well as the entire fight card.
Dave Sholler: UFC 205 press conference planned for Tuesday at Theater at MSG in NYC at 6pm ET. Open to public. Streamed live at UFC.com
Five fights announced for UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden
The UFC's maiden voyage to Madison Square Garden in New York City finally is taking shape.
On Wednesday night, five fights were made official for UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at MSG. Among them was the welterweight clash between Donald Cerrone and Kelvin Gastelum, along with a featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Jeremy Stephens. The fights were announced on UFC Tonight.
Also made official for the card was middleweight bouts between former 205-pound champion Rashad Evans and Tim Kennedy, as well as a Tim Boetsch and Rafael Natal. The other fight that was announced as a women's strawweight bout between New Jersey-based fighter Katlyn Chookagian and Liz Carmouche, who hasn't fought since April 2015.
After missed contract deadline for UFC 205, Alvarez vs. Nurmagomedov targeted for UFC 206
Amid rumors of featherweight champ Conor McGregor heading to lightweight to challenge champ Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, UFC President Dana White tweeted a suggestion the promotion was planning for a Khabib Nurmagomedov title bid at the event instead.
Now, it appears the bout could slide from the UFC’s first ever trip to New York to the promotion’s return to Toronto at UFC 206.
On “UFC Tonight” on FS1, Megan Olivi reported Alvarez had missed the contract deadline for the bout to go down at UFC 205, which takes place Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The UFC is now reportedly targeting UFC 206 for the lightweight title tilt between Alvarez (28-4 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and Nurmagomedov (23-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC).
Cruz, Cormier to work as cageside analysts on upcoming UFC Fight Night events
UFC fans have become accustomed to the likes of Joe Rogan, Kenny Florian, Dan Hardy, and Brian Stann handling color commentary duties at cageside on fight night. Dominick Cruz and Daniel Cormier have been regulars in the FOX and FS1 studios, but you’ll be hearing both of them alongside Jon Anik over the next two weeks.
Lance Pugmire of the LA Times reports that Cruz will be in Brasilia for this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night: Cyborg vs. Lansberg show, while Cormier will do UFC Fight Night: Lineker vs. Dodson on October 1st, in Portland, Oregon.
Gian Villante vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima off UFC 205
Not so fast on that Gian Villante vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima fight at UFC 205 after all.
According to multiple sources, the light heavyweight fight is now off the card due to a minor injury suffered by Villante. The injury isn't expected to sideline Villante for too long, though. It is unclear whether de Lima will remain on the card.
Zak Ottow gets call to replace Bobby Green, faces Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 96
Zak Ottow has gotten his call-up to the big leagues. “The Barbarian” will face Josh Burkman at UFC Fight Night 96.
Burkman (28-13 MMA, 6-8 UFC) was originally set to face Bobby Green (23-7 MMA, 4-2 UFC) in the lightweight bout. However, Green withdrew from the bout citing “personal issues,” opening the door for Ottow (13-3 MMA, 0-0) to make his octagon debut.
A UFC official today confirmed the bout to MMAjunkie.
UFC hires former Legacy FC owner Mick Maynard, promotes Sean Shelby in wake of Joe Silva’s retirement
The UFC is preparing for a future without longtime matchmaker Joe Silva.
The promotion announced Tuesday that it has hired former Legacy FC front man Mick Maynard as the vice president of talent relations. Sean Shelby, who worked under Silva, has been promoted to Silva's old role of senior senior vice president of talent relations. The two will work together to organize UFC bouts, develop athletes on the roster and scout potential talent, per a release.
Silva will retire at the end of 2016 after more than 20 years with the UFC. Silva began with the promotion before the Fertitta brothers and Dana White even bought it, while it was still owned by Semaphore Entertainment Group (SEG).
"Joe Silva's contributions to the UFC over the last 20 years were huge, and he played a big role in helping make the sport as big as it is today," UFC president Dana White said in a release. "He left his mark on this sport and I wish him nothing but success in retirement."
"I'm excited to have Mick on board working alongside Sean. Mick has become one of the most respected people in the fight game and he's done a great job in finding and developing talent. Sean has been a tremendous asset to the UFC for a long time, and I look forward to working with Sean and Mick in the years to come."
Jim Miller fills Al Iaquinta's spot at UFC 205, takes on Thiago Alves
Al Iaquinta’s unhappiness has become Jim Miller’s gain because the New Jersey-based lightweight has jumped at the chance to fight at UFC 205.
Alves tweeted news of a replacement, and shortly thereafter, Talk MMA tweeted Miller (27-8 MMA, 16-7 UFC) had stepped in for the bout.
When reached by MMAjunkie, UFC officials stated, “There’s nothing to confirm at this time.” However, a source close to Alves stated the fight is a go.
UFC 205: Contract dispute forces Al Iaquinta from Thiago Alves fight on Nov. 12
Easy come, easy go.
By his own admission, lightweight power puncher Al Iaquinta will no longer be competing against Thiago Alves at the upcoming UFC 205 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Nov. 12, 2016 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City.
“Raging Al” elaborates to FOX Sports:
"I got the contract and I was just looking at it for a couple of days. I was like I just can't sign it. I can't do it. I felt like it wasn't right. I talked to my manager, I said listen I really want to fight in New York. There's nothing I want to do more than fight in New York, but I can't take a pay cut for this fight. I'm taking a pay cut from all of my sponsors. I'm taking a pay cut of all the last 18 months of the sponsors that could have been. I told (my manager) that I wanted more. I wanted to have a conversation with the UFC and see if they would do some kind of negotiation because when I signed my contract, there was no Reebok deal."
Amanda Cooper vs. Anna Elmose added to UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast
November’s UFC Fight Night 99 event in North Ireland has its second fight.
Officials today announced a strawweight bout between Amanda Cooper (1-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Anna Elmose (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC Fight Night 99 takes place Nov. 19 at SSE Arena in Belfast, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.