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  1. Invicta atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki moves up to strawweight to face Livia Renata Souza
    Update: Jinh Yu Frey (5-2), who Hamasaki defeated via doctor stoppage in September, will face undefeated Janaisa Morandin (9-0) on the same card. Ayaka Hamasaki wants to make a statement. The Invicta...
  2. Frankie Edgar has one fight left on UFC deal, wants Max Holloway or Ricardo Lamas next
    Frankie Edgar has just one fight left on his UFC contract. Don’t expect him to be going anywhere, though. Edgar told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that the next fight on his UFC...
  3. What the NFL could learn from the UFC about PED testing
    The New England Patriots pulled off a comeback rivaling Cheick Kongo vs. Pat Barry at Super Bowl LI on Sunday. The next day CNN published an unusually in-depth piece by Roni Selig and Dr. Sanjay...
  4. Nate Diaz laughs at Dana White’s latest fight offer
    It doesn’t appear Nate Diaz is too anxious to get back into action in the UFC. Just recently, UFC president Dana White revealed that he had offered Diaz a fight to return for the first time since he...
  5. Sarah Kaufman returns to action next month
    Sarah Kaufman is on the comeback trail. The bantamweight contender has signed a one-fight deal with new South Korean-based Battlefield to compete on their March 18 card, MMA Fighting has learned....
  6. ABC rules committee passes limited use of instant replay in MMA
    Instant replay could be coming to mixed martial arts. The Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) rules and regulations committee for MMA has passed the use of instant replay for...
  7. Fabricio Werdum-Ben Rothwell will join champ Stipe Miocic vs. Junior Dos Santos at UFC 211
    Everything’s bigger in Texas, they say. So the UFC’s return to the “Lone Star State” in May looks like it will have plenty of big men on the top of the bill. According to a report from Brazilian news...
  8. Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell 135 title fight headlines Bellator 177 in Budapest
    Bellator is returning to Hungary this spring, and the bantamweight title will be on the line in Budapest. Bellator 177 is set for april 14 at Budapest Sports Arena. In the main event, bantamweight...
  9. Former UFC fighters Joe Riggs & Cody Mckenzie are now bare knuckle boxing
    When the bright lights of the UFC fade, MMA fighters have two options: hang up the gloves and call it a career, or press forward and ply their trade in less prestigious organizations. MMA fighters...
  10. New Nevada athletic commissioner works for Fertitta-owned Station Casinos
    The newest commissioner appointed to the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) works for the former owners of the UFC. Staci Alonso, appointed to the commission by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval in December,...
  11. Jodie Esquibel vs. DeAnna Bennett, more added to Invicta FC 22
    Jodie Esquibel had two opponents drop out for Invicta FC 21 and was left without a fight. The strawweight will try again next month. Esquibel has been rebooked against previous planned opponent...
  12. Dustin Poirier blames miscommunication on Robbie Lawler/ATT split
    BROOKLYN, New York -- Dustin Poirier talks about his UFC 208 fight against Jim Miller, rebounding from his previous loss, Robbie Lawler leaving American Top Team, his evolution as a fighter and more....
  13. Conor McGregor releases boxing training video
    Could a mega-fight between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather be far behind? The UFC lightweight champion released a boxing training video at SBG Ireland on Instagram on Wednesday. McGregor recently...
  14. Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald headlines Bellator 179 in London
    Paul Daley called out Rory MacDonald after scoring a vicious knockout in his last appearance inside the Bellator cage, and he got the fight he was hoping for. Bellator officially announced on...
  15. Yoel Romero calls into Michael Bisping's show after heated Twitter exchange
    The rivalry between Yoel Romero and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping continues to grow. Following a fiery Twitter exchange between the two on Thursday, Romero personally called into...
  16. Spike TV to Become Paramount Network in Viacom Rebranding
    There's a big change coming to Spike TV. Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. A...
  17. Willis declared unfit, fight with Tybura scrapped
    UFC Heavyweight Justin Willis was deemed unfit to fight at UFC 208 by the New York State Athletic Commission. The fighter himself made the announcement, via his social network. Hey everyone, I want...
  18. Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway unification title fight set for UFC 212
    The fight to unify the featherweight titles finally appears to be set. After Max Holloway defeated Anthony Pettis for the interim UFC 145-pound title at UFC 206, he called out champion Jose Aldo for...
  19. Cris Cyborg attempting to get retroactive exemption in USADA case
    Could Cris Cyborg be back in the Octagon sooner than many thought? Cyborg’s attorney Howard Jacobs confirmed to MMA Fighting on Friday that she is in the process of applying for a retroactive...
  20. Dana White: ‘Drama queen’ Tyron Woodley doesn’t get booed because he’s black
    In the eyes of Dana White, Tyron Woodley has all the ingredients to be a big UFC star. There’s just one thing missing, the UFC president said. “He’s a smart guy, he’s a good-looking kid,” White said...
  21. Ian McCall out of UFC 208 due to illness, his fifth straight dropped fight
    If Ian McCall had any luck at all, it would be bad luck. The UFC flyweight has fallen ill and will not be able to compete against Jarred Brooks at UFC 208 on Saturday in Brooklyn, the UFC announced...
  22. 29 Fighters removed from UFC roster
    Link Yao Zhikui – Flyweight Fredy Serrano – Flyweight Fernando Bruno – Featherweight Cezar Arzamendia – Lightweight Elvis Mutaptic – Middleweight Joe Gigliotti – Middleweight Sean O’Connell –...
  23. Will Brooks meets Charles Oliveira at UFC 210 in Buffalo
    The UFC’s return to upstate New York in April has a new lightweight bout set for the lineup. Former Bellator champion Will Brooks (18-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set to take on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira (21-7...
  24. UFC heads to Kansas City for first time for UFC on FOX 24, including Namajunas-Waterson
    A marquee women’s strawweight bout will take place at UFC on FOX 24 in April when former UFC title challenger Rose Namajunas takes on former Invicta FC champ Michelle Waterson. The 115-pound bout...
  25. Cub Swanson vs. Artem Lobov headlines UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville on April 22
    Artem Lobov has successfully talked himself into the biggest fight of his MMA career. The close friend and training partner to UFC champ Conor McGregor will fight Cub Swanson in April’s UFC Fight...
  26. Dana White: Misha Cirkunov done in UFC after 'flaking out' on new contract
    Rising light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov will apparently not be back in the UFC anytime soon after contract discussions with the free agent went sour, according to UFC President Dana White. Link
  27. Jedrzejczyk vs. Andrade date set
    UFC strawweight Joanna Jedrzejczyk is on a seven fight win streak in the UFC, four of them title defenses. At 29, she is at her combat sports peak. After Jessica Andrade beat Angela Hill in the UFC...
  28. Referee trainer breaks down de Randamie vs Holm late punches
    The UFC 208 main event for the inaugural women’s featherweight title between Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm was controversial. After both the second and third rounds, de Randamie threw late...
  29. New York State made $37.4 million in economic output from UFC 205: study
    Start spreading the news: The UFC made New York quite a bit of money in November. The city and state of New York made $37.4 million in economic output and $18.3 million in salaries and wages from UFC...
  30. Report: Claudia Gadelha says she'll face Karolina Kowalkiewicz next
    The last two strawweight title contenders are scheduled to meet, at least according to one of them. Combate reports that Claudia Gadelha will meet Karolina Kowalkiewicz in a future, undisclosed UFC...
  31. Jiu-jitsu champion Rafael Lovato signs with Bellator
    Bellator MMA is adding an elite name to its roster from sport, and particularly American, jiu-jitsu. Sources tell MMA Fighting Rafael Lovato, Jr. has signed with the organization to join its...
  32. Gunnar Nelson faces Alan Jouban at UFC Fight Night 107 in London
    Alan Jouban will have a tough test to keep his win streak alive in the Octagon. Jouban aims for his fourth straight UFC victory when he squares off against Gunnar Nelson in a welterweight contest at...
  33. James Moontasri announces retirement at 28
    James ‘Moonwalker’ Moontasri started fighting professionally in 2008. The silver medalist at the 2007 Pan American Games in Taekwondo, and now 4th degree black belt in the art made great use of his...
  34. Joe Soto vs. Rani Yahya is 13th addition to Brazil's UFC Fight Night 106 lineup
    Officials today announced a bantamweight fight between veterans Joe Soto (17-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Rani Yahya (23-8 MMA, 8-2 UFC). UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 11 at Centro de Formacao...
  35. GSP and UFC have reportedly come to terms
    Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre retired in 2013, citing the need to rest. He later expanded that to include concerns about doping in the league, among other points. link
  36. David Branch signs with UFC
    David Branch is headed back to the UFC. The former World Series of Fighting light heavyweight and middleweight champion has signed a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has...
  37. Phillipe Nover announces retirement from mixed martial arts
    Phillipe Nover’s appearance in his Brooklyn backyard at UFC 208 turned out to be his career swan song. The 33-year-old featherweight from New York City announced his retirement from mixed martial...
  38. Holly Holm officially appeals UFC 208 loss due to punches landed after horn
    Holly Holm isn’t ready to forget about Saturday night just yet. Holm, who lost a controversial unanimous decision to Germaine de Randamie in the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title fight this...
  39. Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Jesse Taylor among TUF: Redemption cast members
    LAS VEGAS — The cast of The Ultimate Fighter 25: Redemption has some familiar names. Joe Stevenson, Jesse Taylor, Ramsey Nijem and Eddie Gordon are among cast members on this season of the UFC...
  40. New base for MMA proposed in Russia – hooliganism
    The primary bases for mixed martial arts are well understood – wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and boxing, with a smattering of fighters from karate, Judo, Sambo, and others. However, one...
  41. CES MMA 42 gets second title fight: champ Chris Curtis vs. Wilfredo Santiago Jr.
    Next month’s CES MMA 42 event will have a championship doubleheader. Officials today announced welterweight champion Chris Curtis (14-5) meets challenger Wilfredo Santiago Jr. (7-3) in the...
  42. LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn't motivated by grudge match – it's about family
    LFA 4 headliner Damon Jackson isn’t the biggest fan of opponent Kevin Aguilar, but in truth, that has very little to do with why “The Leech” wants to punch his foe in the mouth. A recent trip to the...
  43. Sean Strickland vs. Kamaru Usman added to UFC 210 in Buffalo
    April’s UFC 210 lineup has a new matchup featuring rising welterweight contenders. Officials recently announced the fight between Sean Strickland (18-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Kamaru Usman (9-1 MMA, 4-0...
  44. Following UFC release, Anthony Birchak targets Rizin and two men in particular
    Despite his release from the UFC being made public only within the last day or so, Anthony Birchak has taken to Twitter to rally hard for a spot on the Rizin Fighting Federation roster. His plans...
  45. UFC Suggesting Fighters and Coaches Purchase Fight Pass Instead of Sending Fight Tapes
    We all know UFC is on the hunt for economy. After the WME-IMG’s 4 billion dollar purchase of the promotion from the Fertitta brothers things have been a bit tight to say the least. We’ve seen a...
  46. NJ AC to use EyeGuide Focus to track head trauma
    Commissioner Larry Hazzard announced today that, consistent with its long-standing tradition of testing medical devices that may benefit the health and safety of combat sports competitors, the New...
  47. Bubba Jenkins says Bellator’s ‘disrespect’ and ‘non-caring’ led to him asking for release
    In MMA as in most professional fields, there’s a big difference between being released and quitting. For Bubba Jenkins, that line was a little blurred on Tuesday, when news came down that the veteran...
  48. New provisions on returning athletes among changes to UFC anti-doping policy
    LAS VEGAS — A retired athlete will now have an increased barrier of entry back into the UFC, but those returning after being released will gain some leniency. A fighter who has retired or left the...
  49. Ex-UFC champ Rafael dos Anjos considering Robbie Lawler, Nick Diaz for first welterweight fight
    The former lightweight champion, who earlier this year announced his defection from his longtime division, identified two opponents that would be a welcome start to his new endeavor. “I think Robbie...
  50. After 2 odd UFC fights, Jarjis Danho meets Dmitry Poberezhets at UFC 211 in Dallas
    May’s UFC 211 lineup has yet another heavyweight addition. A matchup with Jarjis Danho (6-1-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and promotional newcomer Dmitry Poberezhets (24-5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is now set for the...
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