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Kamaru Usman vs. Demian Maia in the works for UFC Chile
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Kamaru Usman needed a new opponent at UFC Chile, and the promotion is bringing in a big name to face him in a five-round main event in Santiago. Demian Maia, a former title contender at both welterweight and middleweight, is the frontrunner to step in against “The Nigerian Nightmare” on May 19, replacing injured Santiago Ponzinibbio, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The bout is not 100 percent official, but Maia will be the opponent barring a last-minute change.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:55PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Michael Bisping ‘probably retired’ but says if Nick Diaz met him at 195 pounds he’s ‘down’ for fight
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We may have seen the last of Michael Bisping. While Brad Tavares is set on being Bisping’s retirement fight, it appears that the future UFC Hall of Famer has other ideas. On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping addressed rumors of a potential fight between him and Nick Diaz as Bisping’s final bout, saying they are completely untrue and that he is “probably retired” anyway, he just hasn’t officially said it. A Diaz fight, it appears, is one that would interest Bisping though. The former middleweight champion says that he has a lot of respect for the Stockton product and would be willing to forego retirement for a bout with Diaz, with one caveat.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:13PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Ronda Rousey admits she never learned how to lose: 'I did a whole lot of crying' after UFC defeats
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Ronda Rousey broke down in tears Wednesday night as she spoke out publicly for the first time about the painful aftermath of the two stunning defeats that prompted the end of her UFC career. Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has remained silent on the shocking upset to Holly Holm in 2015 that broke her unbeaten record in MMA, and the crushing beatdown she suffered against Amanda Nunes a year later. However, during a public question and answer session hosted by Hollywood director Peter Berg at the Wild Card West boxing gym, Rousey revealed just how deeply the loss of her reputation as the biggest star in the UFC had hurt.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:07PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
UFC signs former WSOF heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov
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The UFC has added a potential contender to the heavyweight roster. Former World Series of Fighting (now Professional Fighters League) champion Blagoy Ivanov has signed with the UFC, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. He is expected to debut this summer after amicably parting ways with the PFL.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson to serve as alternate bout for Bellator heavyweight grand prix
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The stakes have been raised for Bellator’s upcoming bicentennial event. Bellator president Scott Coker announced Thursday that Bellator 200’s main event, a heavyweight rematch between Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Roy Nelson, will serve as an official alternate bout for the promotion’s 2018 heavyweight grand prix.
Submitted Apr 26, 2018 3:04PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Nick Newell gets Contender Series nod from Dana White, now one step from UFC
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It might not be the UFC, but it’s one step closer. UFC president Dana White has extended an offer to Nick Newell for a Tuesday Night Contender Series fight this summer, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed Wednesday night. An impressive victory there would surely lead to a UFC contract. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Submitted Apr 25, 2018 9:01PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC holding Ultimate Fighter casting call for women’s featherweight, men’s heavyweight fighters
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It appears the UFC is making a legitimate effort to fill out the much-maligned women’s featherweight division. On Wednesday, the promotion announced it would be holding an Ultimate Fighter casting call for women’s 145-pound fighters on May 22 in Las Vegas. Male heavyweight fighters are also invited to the call. The Ultimate Fighter 28 will begin filming in July and air on FS1 later in the year. Applicants . They must be age 21-34 and have a winning record with at least three professional fights.
Submitted Apr 25, 2018 8:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Markus Perez vs. James Bochnovic Added to UFC 224 Lineup in Rio de Janeiro
(sherdog.com)
The UFC 224 lineup appears to be nearly complete, as the promotion recently confirmed the addition of a middleweight contest pitting Markus Perez against James Bochnovic to the card. UFC 224 takes place on May 12 at Juenesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro and is headlined by a women’s bantamweight title clash between Amanda Nunes and Raquel Pennington. The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on Fox Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 25, 2018 6:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Glover Teixeira to fight Ilir Latifi at UFC Hamburg
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UFC Hamburg has added another major light heavyweight contest to the lineup. Sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi will fight at the July 22 Fight Night event at the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Submitted Apr 24, 2018 4:12PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Marc Diakiese vs. Nasrat Haqparast booked for UFC Hamburg
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Marc Diakiese will look to turn around a two-fight skid when he meets Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Hamburg on July 22.
Submitted Apr 24, 2018 4:11PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung wants to fight Frankie Edgar next
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Former UFC lightweight champion and current featherweight contender Frankie Edgar bounced back from his first career knockout loss by winning a clear-cut unanimous decision over Cub Swanson in front of his adoring fans in Atlantic City, New Jersey. With Brian Ortega turning his KO of Edgar into a showdown against current champion Max Holloway, it’s a near certainty that Edgar will need at least another win to get back in position for a title shot, and Chan Sung Jung, aka “The Korean Zombie,” is very interested in being Edgar’s next opponent.
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:44PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Julia Budd-Talita Nogueira title fight, Eduardo Dantas-Michael McDonald top Bellator 202 lineup
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator women’s featherweight champion Julia Budd has her next title defense lined up for July’s Bellator 202 event. A Bellator official today confirmed the plans with MMAjunkie. Budd (11-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is set to put her 145-pound belt up for grabs for the second time when she takes on Talita Nogueira (7-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) in the July 13 event headliner at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie, and the full fight card and bout order will be revealed in the coming weeks. Also set for Bellator 202 is a bantamweight co-headliner between former two-time Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) and Michael McDonald (18-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA).
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:35PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
PFL 1 lineup is set; 24 familiar names and tourney hopefuls fill out 12-bout card
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The lineup is set for the first event under PFL – the rebranded WSOF promotion that has relaunched with an ambitious yearlong tournament format with some major paydays. PFL 1 takes place Thursday, June 7, at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on NBCSN following early fights on Facebook Watch, though the 12-bout lineup hasn’t yet been assigned broadcast slots. The full PFL 1 lineup includes: Andre Harrison vs. Jumabieke Tuerxun Bekbulat Magomedov vs. Lance Palmer Shawn Jordan vs. Mike Kyle Max Coga vs. Timur Valiev Denis Goltsov vs. Nick Rossborough Alexandre Almeida vs. Lee Coville Valdrin Istrefi vs. Jake Rosholt Magomed Idrisov vs. Steven Siler Caio Alencar vs. Jake Heun Francimar Barroso vs. Daniel Gallemore Josh Copeland vs. Jack May Marcos Galvao vs. Nazareno Malegarie
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:33PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Milestone Bellator 200 lineup finalized; Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson headlines
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The milestone Bellator 200 card is all revved up and ready to go. Officials today announced the finalized lineup for the event, which takes place May 25 at SSE Arena in London with a main card that airs via same-day tape delay on Paramount. And it’ll be a battle of big men getting top billing over a title fight. The headliner features heavyweights Roy Nelson (23-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Mirko Cro Cop (36-11-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) doing battle. In the co-main event, middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-1 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) puts his title on the line against Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). The complete Bellator 200 lineup is as follows: MAIN CARD (Paramount, 9 p.m. ET) Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson Champ Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi – for middleweight title Michael Page vs. David Rickels Aaron Chalmers vs. Ash Griffiths – 163-pound catchweight Phil Davis vs. Linton Vassell PRELIMINARY CARD Kate Jackson vs. Anastasia Yankova Vladimir Filipovic vs. Anatoly Tokov Pedro Carvalho vs. Daniel Crawford Martyn Harris vs. Ryan Scope Carl Noon vs. Mike Shipman Louis King vs. Charlie Ward Jeremy Petley vs. Saul Rogers Kevin Fryer vs. Costello Van Steenis Tom Green vs. Charlie Leary
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 7:31PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison announces MMA debut at PFL show on June 21
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Olympic champion Kayla Harrison is ready to show the MMA world what she’s got. A two-time gold medalist in judo, the 27-year-old Harrison joined the World Series of Fighting promotion as a commentator last year, with the understanding that she could potentially compete for the organization. The WSOF recently became the Professional Fighters League and released its schedule for the 2018 season. Harrison announced Monday on The MMA Hour that she will make her professional MMA debut at a June 21 PFL show at the Chicago Theater in Chicago.
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 5:35PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Junior dos Santos, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira get reduced suspensions after USADA investigation
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Junior dos Santos and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira are free to return to the UFC immediately. The two Brazilian stars, as well as Marcos Rogerio de Lima, both received reduced, six-month suspensions by USADA after an investigation into two Brazilian pharmacies confirmed they were selling contaminated supplements that led to failed drug tests, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Monday.
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 4:02PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Volkan Oezdemir vs. ‘Shogun’ Rua booked for UFC Hamburg main event
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Volkan Oezdemir may not be able to compete at UFC Chile, but he and Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua are now set to clash in the main event of UFC Hamburg on July 22 instead.
Submitted Apr 23, 2018 3:58PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov targeting return to defend UFC title toward end of 2018
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The UFC lightweight division has no shortage of potential title contenders. And it seems like it’ll have plenty of time to sort itself out before the title gets defended again. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC’s 155-pound champion, wrote Sunday in an Instagram post that he’s not planning a return to the Octagon until November or December.
Submitted Apr 22, 2018 10:20PM by Braden - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Volkan Oezdemir vs. ‘Shogun’ Rua pulled from UFC Chile
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Volkan Oezdemir’s fight with Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is off. The light heavyweight duo was scheduled to meet at UFC Chile in Santiago on May 19. However, complications related to Oezdemir’s ongoing legal situation means the South Florida-based fighter won’t be able to leave the country and take the fight. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed an initial report by Combate. Additionally, MMA Fighting has learned the UFC is going to attempt to re-book the bout at a later date, preferably some time over the summer.
Submitted Apr 21, 2018 9:27PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Santiago Ponzinibbio out of UFC Chile main event due to injury
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UFC Chile is going to need a new main event. Sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Santiago Ponzinibbio has been forced to withdraw from his headlining bout opposite Kamaru Usman that was scheduled to take place on May 19 at the Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, due to a hand injury.
Submitted Apr 21, 2018 9:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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