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Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno
A bantamweight contest that could prove a pretty interesting grappling affair has been added to UFC Fight Night 123. UFC officials announced that Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Rany Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will square off at the event, which takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The night’s complete bout order has yet to be revealed, but the main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 18, 2017 1:01AM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Sarafian leaves ACB 73 card, and duel between Buscapé and Makoev becomes main-event of the edition
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The Brazilian MMA will be very well represented in the 73rd edition of Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB). The debut of the Russian organization in national territory, scheduled for October 21, at the Centro Esportivo Miécimo da Silva in Campo Grande (RJ), will have names of the caliber of Roberto Facada and Wendell Negão. In addition to them, Paulista Leandro Buscapé was given the task of taking on the main fight of the event against Russian Islam Makoev. Due to medical problems, Daniel Sarafian will not be able to face Carlos Eduardo "Cachorrão". In his place, also entered the Brazilian Fábio Silva.
Submitted Oct 17, 2017 11:52PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Michelle Waterson vs. Tecia Torres booked for UFC 218
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Tecia Torres has been asking for a karate vs. karate matchup and that’s what she’s going to get. Torres will take on Michelle Waterson at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit, the UFC confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday. ESPN first reported the big strawweight fight.
Submitted Oct 17, 2017 4:20PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Why Justin Gaethje is publicly declaring short-notice fights are a no-no
(mmajunkie.com)
A lot of big UFC opportunities have been earned through short-notice fights. And more than a few dreams have been dashed. Lightweight standout Justin Gaethje doesn’t want to wind up in the latter situation. As frenzied as he is in the octagon, he attributes his success to long training camps. He wants it to stay that way as his UFC career develops. Should he find himself winning the lightweight-title sweepstakes, he’d like to think he could say no. But just to provide a little extra incentive, he recently declared it to reporters.
Submitted Oct 17, 2017 12:53PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Damien Brown meets Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s return to Australia next month continues to build with the addition of a lightweight fight. Australia’s Damien Brown (17-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121. Camacho announced the fight on a recent video blog after an initial report from mma-today.com.
Submitted Oct 17, 2017 12:49PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Patrick Cummins declares he’s out of UFC 217 with ‘mutant staph infection'
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Corey Anderson needs a new opponent for UFC 217. Patrick Cummins announced on his social media Tuesday that he was forced out of a light heavyweight clash with Anderson on the Nov. 4 card at Madison Square Garden due to a staph infection on his right foot.
Submitted Oct 17, 2017 12:46PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Seo Hee Ham set to defend Road FC belt against former Invicta title challenger
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Seo Hee Ham is set to defend her atomweight title at Road FC 45 against an top ranked opponent from Invicta. After two years plying her trade against much bigger opponents in the UFC, Seo Hee Ham dropped back to a more natural weight class last June. No longer dealing with a significant size and strength disadvantage, the 5-foot-2 fighter shined as she took home the Road FC atomweight title with a TKO victory in front of her Korean fans. Ham will look to continue her reign at the 105 lb division with her first title defense being officially booked for Road FC 45. As Bloody Elbow has learned, she will be facing former Invicta FC title challenger Jinh Yu Frey, and will be headlining a card that will once again exclusively feature all female fighters.
Submitted Oct 17, 2017 11:26AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
LFA 27 heads to Oklahoma with Watley vs. Wilson lightweight title fight
(mmajunkie.com)
LFA will return to Oklahoma next month, and the lightweight title will be on the line in the main event. Lightweight champion Robert Watley (8-1) will take on top contender Daryl Wilson (7-1) in the LFA 27 main event, the promotion today announced. In the co-feature, Myron Dennis (15-6) will take on Ryan Spann (11-5) in a light heavyweight bout. LFA 27 takes place Nov. 10 at Firelake Arena in Shawnee, Okla. The main card will air live on AXS TV.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 7:56PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov calls for McGregor vs. Diaz 3, wants Tony Ferguson fight at UFC 219
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Khabib Nurmagomedov is determined to make sure 2017 isn’t a lost year. Finally healthy and back to training, the undefeated Dagestani lightweight appeared Monday on The MMA Hour and revealed that there is an “80 percent” chance he makes his long-awaited return on Dec. 30 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas, Nev. And despite the UFC lightweight title picture currently being muddled by two belts, Nurmagomedov has his sights set squarely on Tony Ferguson — the UFC’s new interim lightweight champion — rather than the UFC’s reigning 155-pound king, Conor McGregor.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 7:54PM by Five-Alive - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Poland's Salim Touahri replaces Jim Wallhead vs. Warlley Alves at UFC Fight Night 118
(mmajunkie.com)
Warlley Alves will stay on this week’s UFC card in Poland, and he’ll do so against a short-notice home-country replacement. UFC welterweight newcomer Salim Touahri (10-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in for Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and will meet Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118 on Saturday. MMAjunkie confirmed the booking with Touahri’s team following an initial report from Combate. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 6:19PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz targeted for UFC Fight Night 121
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC is targeting a do-over for Will Brooks and Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night 121. A Brooks team member today told MMAjunkie the two will be rebooked for next month’s UFC return to Australia. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 6:10PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Grappling standout Gary Tonon signs with One Championship
Standout American grappler Garry Tonon will make his pro MMA debut with ONE Championship. Company officials today announced the 26-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion had signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the Asian-based promotion. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. A debut date and opponent for “Lion Killer” also haven’t been set.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 4:12PM by Leonstolzz - 3 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, Asian MMA
 
Jason Knight says he's fighting Gabriel Benitez at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno
(mmajunkie.com)
Fan favorite “Mississippi Mean” is headed to California. Jason Knight (20-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) today announced he’s slated to fight fellow featherweight Gabriel Benitez (19-6 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 123 (via Instagram):
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 3:37PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Friday's Bellator 185 line up loses 2 main-card bouts
(mmajunkie.com)
Friday’s Bellator 185 main card has undergone some major changes. Officials today told MMAjunkie that an undisclosed injury has forced Brennan Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) out of the night’s scheduled co-headliner, and as a result, welterweight opponent David Rickels (18-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) has also been pulled from the card. Additionally, Javier Torres (10-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has also suffered an injury, and welterweight Zak Bucia (18-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) has stepped in as a replacement to fight Neiman Gracie (6-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the new co-main event.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 3:04PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ex-UFC fighter Ian McCall joins Rizin's batamweight grand prix, debuts DEC. 29
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Due to an infamous run of bad luck, Ian McCall has fought just once since July 2014. But that could soon change – in a big way. Officials today announced McCall (13-5-1), a former UFC flyweight contender who’s No. 13 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, has joined the organization’s world bantamweight grand prix as a wild card and is set for a promotional debut at Rizin FF 8. “Rizin FF 8: World Grand Prix 2nd Round” takes place Dec. 29 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, and it streams in North America on FITE TV. McCall, who could now fight three times in just three days, meets 23-year-old Portuguese fighter Manel Kape (7-1), who scored a knockout win over Erson Yamamoto this past weekend at Rizin FF 7 in an opening-round matchup. McCall vs. Kape is one of four quarterfinal-round matchups slated for Rizin FF 8.
Submitted Oct 16, 2017 2:47PM by Leonstolzz - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
Watch as Nick Diaz tries to steal Rampage Jackson’s date from under his nose
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Nick Diaz and Quinton Jackson got into a small altercation over the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Stockton slugger apparently tried and somewhat succeeded in trying to steal “Rampage’s” date from him.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 11:44PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Jim Wallhead out at UFC Fight Night 118, promotion seeks new foe for Warlley Alves
(mmajunkie.com)
British vet “Judo” Jim Wallhead (29-11 MMA, 0-2 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night 118 event, and matchmakers are seeking a new opponent for Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC). MMAjunkie today confirmed the Wallhead injury with UFC officials.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 8:31PM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Frankie Edgar doesn’t believe more divisions will stop extreme cutting
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Former UFC lightweight champion and current featherweight contender Frankie Edgar isn’t convinced that adding weight classes will fix anything, but he does believe extreme cutting could have potentially fatal results if nothing is done about it.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 12:31PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Eddie Alvarez gives his side of TUF 26 beef with ‘head case’ Lauren Murphy
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n the aired episodes of The Ultimate Fighter 26, it seemed like the beef between Eddie Alvarez and Lauren Murphy began the day after Murphy lost her first-round fight. Murphy, who was on Alvarez’s team on the show, didn’t come to the morning practice following her loss to Nicco Montaño. Alvarez chastised Murphy for that and for having a poor attitude in an episode that aired last month. That, however, was not where the tensions began, Alvarez said Thursday on Sirius XM’s MMA Tonight. The former UFC lightweight champion said Murphy began “conspiring” against her teammates from early on in the competition, including telling a coach the team didn’t mind if Sijara Eubanks fought first because she was off weight and asking Alvarez for tips about beating teammate Barb Honchak.
Submitted Oct 15, 2017 12:25PM by Five-Alive - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Ex-NFL player Greg Hardy books amateur MMA debut for Nov. 4
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Former NFL player Greg Hardy will compete in his first MMA contest when he meets Joe Hawkins in an amateur heavyweight bout at Rise of a Warrior 21 on Nov. 4 at the Havert L. Fenn Center in Fort Pierce, Fla.
Submitted Oct 14, 2017 10:12PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
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