Rafael dos Anjos Will be Ready to Fight in July, Hints Eddie Alvarez Could Be Next Foe
It was a milestone week for Rafael dos Anjos in his recovery process from the broken foot that forced him to pull out of a lightweight title defense against Conor McGregor at UFC UFC 196.
“[It was] my first week without the boot. My doctor cleared me to walk barefoot,” dos Anjos told “Inside MMA” on Friday night. “I started working a little bit, hit some bags, doing some techniques.”
With that progress comes a target date for the lightweight champion’s Octagon return.
“I will be ready by July. I want to fight in July. I’m here. Whatever UFC decides, I’ll be ready,” dos Anjos said. “In three more weeks I’ll be ready to jump, to kick. In July, I’m ready.”
If all goes as planned, that progression could lead to a spot on the UFC 200 card, an event that already features a pair of title fights as well as a welterweight headliner between Nate Diaz and McGregor. Dos Anjos was angling to fight either Diaz or welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on July 9 in Las Vegas, but he was denied by the promotion on both counts.
Oluwale Bamgbose in for Caio Magalhaes against Cezar Ferreira at UFC on FOX 19
Caio Magalhaes is injured and out of his UFC on FOX 19 bout with Cezar Ferreira. Heavy hitting Oluwale Bamgbose will step in to face Ferreira on the prelims of the card.
The change was originally reported by Fox Sports.UFC on FOX 19 takes place April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The middleweight matchup will take place on the early prelims.
Bamgbose (6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) will look to build on his recent 60-second knockout of Daniel Sarafian at UFC Fight Night 83. He debuted in the octagon with a short notice loss to Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 73, the first defeat of his career. All six of his professional victories have come by way of knockout.
Dan Hardy eyeing superfights, not a title run, in potential UFC return
UFC veteran Dan Hardy hasn’t fought since September 2012 – a result of a heart condition known as Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. He hasn’t taken his eye off a comeback, however, and wants to be in big one-off fights to close out his career.
Speaking with MMAjunkie Radio, Hardy (25-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) said he has grown as a person while working as a commentator for the UFC, but he views the changing face of the UFC as one where he can re-enter the octagon without concerns of becoming champion.
Instead, he said, the new move toward superfights could provide him with opportunities not to work his way up the rankings, but instead participate in marquee matchups.
After fighting with broken toe, Damon Jackson has no regrets despite UFC release
Damon Jackson knew full well what was on the line when he stepped into the cage on Jan. 30. He gambled, and he lost. And he’d do it all over again.
“There’s a million guys that want your spot, so you pull out of a fight, and it doesn’t look good to the rest of the people,” Jackson told MMAjunkie. “I don’t want that to be the reason I get cut. I would rather go out there and have a chance to prove myself and do it that way than to make a bad impression and get cut like that.”
The 27-year-old Jackson (9-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) came to the UFC in 2014 as an undefeated featherweight prospect on the strength of a submission win over Leonard Garcia. With less than two years of professional experience to his name, Jackson now admits it was probably too soon, but he had the same dreams of nearly every fighter who heads to the gym and straps on a pair of four-ounce gloves.
UFC on FOX 19 lineup shuffled; Dodson-Gamburyan now closes out Fight Pass prelims
After a few changes, the lineup is again set for next week’s UFC on FOX 19 event.
UFC on FOX 19 takes place April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The card airs on FOX after early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
The official UFC on FOX 19 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)
Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira
Dan Henderson vs. Lyoto Machida
Darrell Horcher vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres
PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX, 6 p.m. ET)
Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush
Bethe Correia vs. Raquel Pennington
Court McGee vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
Hacran Dias vs. Cub Swanson
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET)
John Dodson vs. Manny Gamburyan
Randy Brown vs. Michael Graves
Drew Dober vs. Islam Makhachev
Cezar Ferreira vs. Caio Magalhaes
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad joins UFC 199 lineup
A lightweight fight between John Makdessi (13-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Mehdi Baghdad (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the latest addition to UFC 199.
UFC officials recently announced the bout.
UFC 199 takes place June 4 at The Forum in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
The latest UFC 199 card now includes:
Champ Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman – for middleweight title
Champ Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber – for bantamweight championship
Bobby Green vs. Dustin Poirier
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Luiz Henrique da Silva vs. Jonathan Wilson
“Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim vs. Polo Reyes
Tom Breese vs. Sean Strickland
Julianna Pena and Cat Zingano clash set for UFC 200
A UFC women’s bantamweight matchup between onetime title challenger Cat Zingano (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and “The Ultimate Fighter 18” winner Julianna Pena (7-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is set for July’s banner UFC 200 event.
The bout was announced on the UFC’s official Twitter account.
UFC 200 takes place July 9 at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event is headlined by a catchweight rematch between UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, as well as a women’s bantamweight title fight between champ Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.
The event’s main card airs live on pay-per-view with prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Paddy Holohan vs Willie Gates set to be added to UFC Rotterdam
MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani is reporting that Paddy Holohan vs Willie Gates is in the works for UFC Fight Night Rotterdam on 8th May 2016.
Irishman Paddy Holohan lost out in his last outing in the main event of UFC Dublin against Louis Smolka last October after he was forced to tap out to a 2nd round rear naked choke after an exciting back and forth bout.
3 fights added to TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas, including James Krause vs. Ross Pearson
The lineup has started to build for this summer’s TUF 23 Finale in Las Vegas with the addition of three fights in support of the women’s strawweight title headliner.
James Krause (23-7 MMA, 4-3 UFC) will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at lightweight; Scott Askham (14-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) takes on Anthony Smith (25-11 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at middleweight; and Li Jingliang (10-4 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fights Anton Zafir (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a welterweight bout. UFC officials announced the new matchups tonight on “UFC Tonight” on FOX Sports 1.
The TUF 23 Finale takes place July 8 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The venue was made official tonight, as well. In the main event, Joanna Jedrzejczyk puts her women’s strawweight title on the line in a rematch with Claudia Gadelha. The finals for Season 23 of “The Ultimate Fighter” also will be contested. The card will air on FOX Sports 1 after expected early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Meet the TUF 23: Team Joanna vs. Team Claudia Cast
The upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter will once again showcase mixed martial arts’ global expansion, as Polish strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1 contender Claudia Gadelha of Brazil lead a group of light heavyweight and strawweight hopefuls. Thirty-two Athletes from countries such as the Netherlands, Algeria, France, Norway, Spain, Canada, Brazil, England and the United States fight for one of 16 spots available in the premiere episode Wednesday, April 20 at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.
STRAWWEIGHT LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Alyssa Krahn, 3-1, 28, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada Abdel Medjedoub, 3-0, 30, Mila, Algeria
Amanda Cooper, 1-1, 24, Bath, Mich. Andrew Sanchez, 7-2, 27, Shiloh, Ill.
Amy Montenegro, 7-2, 32, Forks, Wash. Cory Hendricks, 3-0, 27, Lynden, Wash.
Ashley Cummins, 3-3, 28, St. Louis, Mo. Elias Urbina, 3-0, 22, Weslaco, Texas
Ashley Yoder, 4-1, 28, Indianapolis, Ind. Eric Spicely, 8-0, 29, Stoughton, Mass.
Chelsea Bailey, 2-0, 23, Chewelah, Wash. Jamelle Jones, 6-2, 28, Atlantic City, N.J.
Helen Harper, 4-1, 28, Farnborough, England John Paul Elias, 3-0, 27, Fresno, Calif.
Irene Rivera, 6-2, 22, Barcelona, Spain Joshua Stansbury, 7-2, 31, East Liverpool, Ohio
Jamie Moyle, 3-1, 27, Las Vegas, Nev. Kenneth Bergh, 3-0, 26, Oslo, Norway
JJ Aldrich, 2-1, 23, Aurora, Colo. Khalil Rountree, 4-0, 26, Las Vegas, Nev.
Jodie Esquibel, 5-1, 29, Albuquerque, N.M. Marcel Fortuna, 8-1, 30, Tubarao, Brazil
Kate Jackson, 7-2-1, 29, Lostwithiel, England Muhammed DeReese, 5-0, 27, Titusville, Fla.
Kristi Lopez, 2-0, 33, Quartz Hill, Calif. Myron Dennis, 12-4, 27, Oklahoma City, Okla.
Lanchana Green, 2-1, 26, Darlington, England Norman Paraisy, 15-4-2, 1 NC, 30, Paris, France
Mellony Geugjes, 0-1, 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands Phil Hawes, 3-0, 27, Little Ferry, N.J.
Tatiana Suarez, 3-0, 25, Fontana, Calif. Trevor Carlson, 10-2, 27, Spring Creek, Nev.
Cub Swanson vs. Hacran Dias shifts from prelims to UFC on FOX 19 main-card opener
With an injury on Tuesday scrapping the UFC on FOX 19 headliner, the event now has a new opening fight for the main card.
Tony Ferguson was forced out of the UFC on FOX 19 lightweight headliner against Khabib Nurmagomedov next week in Florida due to fluid on his lung. The previously booked co-main event light heavyweight bout between former champion Rashad Evans and former title challenger Glover Teixeira now is the five-round main event.
But with Nurmagomedov without an opponent - the UFC has adjusted the lineup, and a pair of featherweights now will open the four-fight main card on FOX.
Cerrone offers to fight Nurmagomedov – but so, too, does UFC champ dos Anjos
For a guy who just lost his opponent a few weeks before a UFC headliner, Khabib Nurmagomedov sure seems to have plenty of options.
On Tuesday Tony Ferguson (20-3 MMA, 10-1 UFC) withdrew from his planned UFC on FOX 19 headliner with Nurmagomedov (22-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), which was slated for April 16 at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., due to “fluid” and “blood” in his lungs.
So where does that leave Nurmagomedov, a top contender who’s No. 2 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings? Well, he’s certainly got his fair share of willing opponents, including former lightweight title challenger and recent welterweight Donald Cerrone (29-7 MMA, 16-4 UFC), who’s currently slated to fight vet Patrick Cote (23-9 MMA, 10-9 UFC) on June 18 at UFC Fight Night 89 (via Twitter)
Ariel Helwani ? ?@arielhelwani
I'm told Cerrone wants assurance that if he takes this fight against Khabib that he still gets to fight @patrick_cote 6/18. He wants both.
8:27 PM - 5 Apr 2016
According to Tony Ferguson, UFC on FOX 19 withdrawal might've saved his life
"I am out of my Fight Due to Blood/Fluid in my Lung. Usually I can Power Through These things. Doc said it wasn't wise to Fight due to any more trauma could be terminal. There are more Important things to me Like Making sure I am there for my Little Man Armand Anthony & @xtfergie @darceandknucklez Family First. I will be Back, I will be Better. You haven't seen anything yet. #TeamFerguson #TeamElCucuy #TonyFergusonMMA #SnapDownCity #OGElCucuy Give me a couple weeks. Khabib pulled out Three Times. I have pulled out Once in my Whole Career... I will be Back. It's Shitty these things happen... Staying Positive for my Family. TF"
Miesha Tate inks new deal with UFC
It's good to be the champ.
Following her impressive fifth-round submission victory over Holly Holm to become the bantamweight champ at UFC 196, Miesha Tate has signed a new deal with the UFC.
KHI Management announced the news via Twitter:
Terms of the new deal were not released, however, MMA Fighting confirmed that Tate was not a free agent following the fight with Holm.
In that UFC 196 championship bout, Tate earned a disclosed $46,000 to show and $46,000 to win, totaling $92,000. Holm, meanwhile, took home $500,000 in defeat.
Cody East vs. Walt Harris added to UFC 197
A heavyweight match-up is the latest addition to UFC 197, with Cody East making his Octagon debut versus Walt Harris on April 23 in Las Vegas.
In the latest episode of "Lookin’ for a Fight", White signs East right after a 40-second knockout victory over Kevin Asplund at Legacy FC 51 in February (watch here). "The Freight Train" holds a 12-1 MMA record with eight knockouts and three submissions.
Harris (7-4) started his second UFC run in November, losing to Soa Palelei in Sidney. The American Top Team heavyweight looks for his first win under the UFC banner after suffering defeats to Jared Rosholt and Nikita Krylov in 2013 and 2014.