UFC's return to Brasilia starts to take shape, including Erick Silva vs. Brandon Thatch
The UFC hasn’t formally announced fights for its return to Brazil next month, but the reports of bookings are trickling in.
Brazil news outlet Combate recently reported several fights planned for what is expected to be UFC Fight Night 95 in the nation’s capital city of Brasilia, including Erick Silva (18-7 MMA, 6-6 UFC) vs. Brandon Thatch (11-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) at welterweight; Michinori Tanaka (11-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) vs. Rani Yahya (22-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at bantamweight; Renato Moicano (10-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Mike De La Torre (14-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC) in a featherweight bout; Francisco Trinaldo (20-4 MMA, 10-3 UFC) vs. Paul Felder (12-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at lightweight; and Alan Patrick (13-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Stevie Ray (19-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at welterweight.
Sultan Aliev injured, out of UFC 202 bout with Hyun Gyu Lim
A wrist injury has knocked Sultan Aliev from his planned welterweight bout with Hyun Gyu Lim at UFC 202.
MMAjunkie learned of the injury from a UFC official who stated the promotion is seeking a replacement.
UFC 202 takes place Aug. 20 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view. The highly anticipated rematch between Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor serves as the evening’s main event.
Cyborg vs. Lansberg, Barao vs. Nover added to next Brazil card
UFC Fight Night 96 has found its main event and co-main event as Cris Cyborg, Lina Lansberg, Rena Barao and Phillipe Nover have all been added to the September 24 event.
The next UFC event in Brazil has settled on its main and co-main events as Cris Cyborg has accepted to take on Lina Lansberg in the headliner, while Renan Barao takes on Phillipe Nover in the co-main event.
UOL was the first to break the news.
A former Strikeforce featherweight champion and current Invicta FC titleholder, Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino (16-1(1)) has not lost a fight since her MMA debut back in 2005. She had her first UFC fight on May 14, where she knocked out Leslie Smith in a catchweight bout at 140.
UFC 201 Fighter Salaries: Robbie Lawler Tops Payroll, Even in Defeat
Following a blockbuster week of three consecutive events on three consecutive nights to open July, the UFC closed out the month with another champion losing his belt.
Robbie Lawler has been through five five-round wars in his eight most recent UFC bouts, but his UFC 201 headlining bout wasn’t one of them.
robbie-lawler-ufc201-scrum-750Instead of going to war with Tyron Woodley, Lawler was the victim of a sneak attack. Woodley took out the champ in 2:12 of the first round, knocking Lawler out for only the second time in his career.
Rafael Dos Anjos Likely to Fight Tony Ferguson in November
An intriguing lightweight bout with plenty of championship implications is rumored to be targeted for November. According to a report from Champions.co, former Ultimate Fighting Championship ace Rafael dos Anjos is likely to face Tony Ferguson on the finale of “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3.”
The event is slated for Nov. 5 in Mexico, though UFC officials have yet to officially announce the matchup.
Dos Anjos captured the 155-pound crown by edging Anthony Pettis over five rounds at UFC 185. The Brazilian successfully defended the belt in spectacular fashion by knocking out Donald Cerrone in the first, but in his most recent outing, dos Anjos was stopped in the opening frame at the hands of former Bellator MMA champ Eddie Alvarez.
3 more added to UFC Fight Night 96, including Sergio Pettis vs. Louis Smolka
It’s been a busy day for the UFC’s return to Oregon this fall, and now the card has three more bouts added to the lineup.
According to a report from The Oregonian at OregonLive, a trio of fights are set for UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland: Sergio Pettis (14-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) vs. Louis Smolka (11-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) at flyweight; Nate Marquardt (34-16-2 MMA, 12-9 UFC) vs. Tamdan McCrory (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) at middleweight; and Walt Harris (8-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov (16-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at heavyweight.
Kelly Faszholz meets newcomer Ketlen Vieira at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland
A UFC newcomer is on the bill for the promotion’s return to Oregon this fall.
Newly signed women’s bantamweight Ketlen Vieira (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to meet Kelly Faszholz (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 96. The promotion recently announced the new booking.
UFC Fight Night 96 takes place Oct. 1 at Moda Center in Portland. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The UFC’s most recent trip to Portland was in August 2009 for UFC 102.
GSP wants to fight new UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre expressed his interest in fighting new welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.
There's a new UFC welterweight champion in town. Tyron Woodley planted Robbie Lawler with his vaunted right hand and knocked him out in the 1st round of the UFC 201 main event. After winning the title, Woodley wasted no time calling out both Nick Diaz (whose 18 month suspension is over today) and Georges St-Pierre, deeming them both to be "money fights."
While we don't know how Diaz feels about the prospects of the champion wanting to fight him, GSP is evidently interested in taking on Woodley, as reported by MMAFighting.com. GSP was asked via text if he was interested and wanted the fight with Woodley, and he replied "yes" both times.
A year-and-a-half later, Nick Diaz is free — and his name has only appreciated
Believe it or not, it was 10 months ago that Nick Diaz, armed only with his amendment rights in the face of a bureaucratic hydra, was handed down a five-year suspension by the Nevada Athletic Commission for a positive marijuana test. That set up the #FreeNickDiaz campaign, and a petition to the White House, and ultimately a reduced sentence to a year-and-a-half, which expires today, Aug. 1, 2016 — retroactive to the last time he fought on Jan. 31, 2015.
Diaz is free. He’s ready to return a day ahead of his 33rd birthday.
Yet what a different fight world he comes back to from the one he left. For starters, the UFC is in different hands. The Fertittas are out, the William Morris people are in. Reebok is all that the people wear these days, and USADA is knocking at people’s door at 7am without calling ahead first. That’s the new clime.
Khabib offered a fight by UFC officials: ‘Expect good news soon’
UFC lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov revealed that the UFC brass has offered him a fight that he considers to be “good news.”
After weeks of campaigning for a long-awaited title shot in the lightweight division, Khabib Nurmagomedov informed his fans that he will have "good news" for them in the near future.
According to the Dagestan native, the UFC reached out to his management with a fight offer. He plans to reveal the news in the coming days.
"I would like to answer some questions that have come, and they are mainly linked to my next fight," Khabib said on his Instagram page. "Soon I will have a fight and I have already proposed a duel. There are some things that I can not tell you, but expect good news soon."
UFC Fight Night 95 official for Sept. 24 in Brasilia
The UFC will return to Brazil in September for UFC Fight Night 95.
During Saturday’s UFC 201 broadcast, officials formally announced the long-rumored event.
UFC Fight Night 95 takes place Sept. 24 at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
No fights are yet official for the card, though matchups will likely be formally announced in the coming weeks.
UFC 201 bonuses: Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz take home FOTN honors
It was Tyron Woodley's night in Atlanta.
Not only did the American Top Team fighter defeat Robbie Lawler to take home the UFC's welterweight title at UFC 201 on Saturday, he also took home $50,000 in bonus money.
Woodley was awarded a Performance of the Night honor for his knockout of Lawler, which took place at the 2:12 of the first round. It was only the second time in Lawler's 16-year professional career that he'd been finished via KO. The first came against Nick Diaz at UFC 47 in 2004.
Also taking home bonus money for a POTN was Jake Ellenberger, who needed a win in the worst way in his fight against perennial top 10 fighter Matt Brown. Ellenberger, who'd lost five of his previous six bouts, finished Brown early with a body kick (and subsequent punches) at 1:46 of the first round. It was the first knockout for the 31-year old Ellenberger since 2013, when he put away Nate Marquardt at UFC 158.
‘TUF Brazil 3’ vet Ricardo Abreu receives 2-year ban following failed drug test
UFC anti-doping partner USADA today announced that middleweight and “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” veteran Ricardo Abreu has received a two-year suspension for failing an out-of-competition drug test.
Abreu, 32, tested positive for 19-norandrosterone (19-NA) and 19-noretiocholanolone – both metabolites of banned anabolic steroids listed by WADA as “non-specified substances” – following a test performed June 3, USADA officials stated in a press release.
Abreu (5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) was above the “decision limit of 3 ng/mL” for 19-norandrosterone, USADA officials stated. The metabolite previously has been connected “andro” supplements, which contain the banned muscle-building hormone androstenedione.
Chad Mendes says failed USADA drug test was due to psoriasis cream
Link provided by MMAFIGHTING.COM, a simple question for you all is do you believe him or not. If so, then I suppose you believe him to be a juicer because of his build or something. If not, do you think that this is another case that examples failures of USASA? If so, possible solutions? I for one believe him, way more so than Silva, even more so than Romero.
With McCall-Scoggins scrapped, Benoit-Serrano to UFC 201 main card and Grabowski-Hamilton to FS2
With the recent cancellation of a UFC 201 bout, Saturday’s fight card has undergone some subsequent changes.
UFC 201 takes place at Philips Arena in Atlanta, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
The official UFC 201 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
Champ Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley – for welterweight title
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Rose Namajunas
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger
Erik Perez vs. Francisco Rivera
Ryan Benoit vs. Fredy Serrano
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS2, 8 p.m. ET)
Ed Herman vs. Nikita Krylov
Jorge Masvidal vs. Ross Pearson
Damian Grabowski vs. Anthony Hamilton
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 7 p.m. ET)
Michael Graves vs. Bojan Velickovic
Cesar Arzamendia vs. Damien Brown
Report: Belfort vs. Mousasi set for UFC 204
It looks like Gegard Mousasi will finally get his wish. After years of asking, Vitor Belfort has finally agreed to fight him. According to Globo, the bout will go down at UFC 204 in Manchester, England on October 8th.
Mousasi (39-6-2, 6-3 UFC) is coming off a big first-round KO win over Thiago Santos at UFC 200. He has won four out of his last five overall. He has been requesting a bout with Belfort since his return to the UFC, claiming that the former light heavyweight champion is ducking him.
Joe Rogan signs deal to stay with UFC with reduced schedule
One of the iconic voices of the UFC isn’t going anywhere … at least for another year.
Joe Rogan, who has worked for the UFC since 1997, announced on his “Joe Rogan Experience” podcast he has agreed to terms to stay with the UFC for “at least one more year.”
Rogan said the decision to stay was a difficult one.
“I was on the fence, man,” Rogan said. “I just do too much (expletive). I’m too (expletive) busy. … I don’t know if I’m doing myself or all the different things I do a disservice. I was real close (to leaving). It was like, either I’m just gonna completely bail off of this or I’m gonna figure it out.”
Weight-cutting issues force Justin Scoggins out of UFC 201 vs. McCall
After a lengthy layoff, flyweight contender Ian McCall was all geared up for his return to the octagon this week.
But just like that, his return is on hold.
Just a day before the weigh-ins for Saturday’s UFC 201, McCall’s opponent, Justin Scoggins (11-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC), had enough weight-cutting issues that he decided to shut things down.
Scoggins tonight told MMAjunkie the fight is off. The bout was set to open the pay-per-view main card. The UFC has not yet made any official announcement of the fight’s cancellation, or what fight will take its place to open the main card.
British MMA vet Jim Wallhead in to face Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 93
Longtime British MMA vet “Judo” Jim Wallhead is finally octagon-bound, set to make his promotional debut at UFC Fight Night 93, the UFC announced today.
Wallhead (29-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets fellow newcomer Jessin Ayari (15-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the Sept. 3 event, which takes at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, and is expected to air live on FS1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass. It’s not yet known on which portion of the card the welterweight bout will serve.
With the change to the card, UFC Fight Night 93 now includes:
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett
Jan Blachowicz vs. Alexander Gustafsson
Ryan Bader vs. Ilir Latifi
Aisling Daly vs. Michelle Waterson
Tae Hyun Bang vs. Nick Hein
Nicolas Dalby vs. Peter Sobotta
Christian Colombo vs. Jarjis Danho
Scott Askham vs. Jack Hermansson
Rustam Khabilov vs. Leandro Silva
Henry Briones vs. Brad Pickett
Germaine de Randamie vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith
Leandro Issa vs. Taylor Lapilus
Jessin Ayari vs. Jim Wallhead