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UFC titleholder Tyron Woodley returns in July: 'Champ camp just kicked off'
(mmajunkie.com)
“As you guys have heard, champ camp just kicked off,” he told FOX Sports’ PROcast (via Twitter). “I can’t release who it is yet, but your boy is going to be fighting in July. So stay tuned for the details on that.” With the “fight announcement to come,” we can speculate about possible events. As a champ, Woodley is likely to fight on a pay-per-view card, and right now, July offers two: UFC 213 on July 8, and UFC 214 on July 29.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Justin Gaethje apparently heading to UFC as Professional Fighters League launches recruiting for 2018 season
(mmajunkie.com)
LAS VEGAS – WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje is heading to the UFC, according to his now-former employers. With the WSOF currently rebranding as the Professional Fighters League and focused on recruiting new talent for a new look in 2018, the organization elected to allow Gaethje (17-0), currently ranked No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, an opportunity to depart for the world’s biggest MMA promotion, a Professional Fighters League official told MMAjunkie. A UFC official said Gaethje was not under contract just yet but confirmed negotiations are ongoing.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:48PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire vs. Derek Campos 2 set to headline Bellator 181
(mmafighting.com)
Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire will returning to the Bellator cage later this summer. The Brazilian lightweight will be facing Derek Campos in a rematch in the main event of Bellator 181, which is set to take place on July 14 at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The news was announced by the Bellator on Wednesday.
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:47PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Former Bellator champ Marcos Galvao has savings stolen in robbery
(mmafighting.com)
Marcos Galvao went to Brazil on vacation following his loss to Emmanuel Sanchez at Bellator 175, and had an unpleasant surprise when he flew back home to New York. The former Bellator bantamweight champion returned to New York on Thursday morning following a 15-day trip to Brazil, and found out that someone invaded his home and stole the money he had saved from his most recent fights. "My house is fine, they didn’t take the TV or anything like that,” Galvao told MMA Fighting, “but they took the money I had in the safe."
Submitted Apr 27, 2017 6:42PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Undefeated lightweights Marc Diakiese, Drakkar Klose collide at TUF 25 Finale
(mmafighting.com)
A pair of undefeated prospects will meet at the Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale card in Las Vegas, NV, on July 7. The UFC announced on Wednesday that Marc Diakiese will put his 12-0 record on the line as he takes on 7-0-1 lightweight Drakkar Klose at the T-Mobile Arena.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:20PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead booked for UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC’s lineup for its return to Brazil in June continues to grow with the addition of a welterweight fight. Brazil’s Luan Chagas (14-2-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) is set to take on England’s Jim Wallhead (29-10 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 212, according to a report from Brazilian news outlet Combate.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 1:04AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
England's Darren Till meets Germany's Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 109 in Sweden
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight fight is the latest addition to next month’s UFC return to Sweden. Unbeaten Englishman Darren Till (13-0-1 MMA, 1-0-1 UFC) is set to take on Germany’s Jessin Ayari (16-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC) when the promotion heads to Stockholm in late May. UFC Fight Night 109 takes place May 28 at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 1:01AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Steve Bosse vs. Jared Cannonier booked for July's TUF 25 Finale in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale continues to take shape with a new light heavyweight fight. Steve Bosse (12-2 MMA, ,2-1 UFC) will fight Jared Cannonier (9-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the event this summer. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:59AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Multiple Bouts Added to Bellator NYC & Bellator 180 on June 24
(mmamadhouse.com)
PHIL DAVIS SET TO DEFEND LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE AGAINST RYAN BADER DURING SPIKE-TELEVISED BELLATOR 180 WRESTLING PHENOM AARON PICO TO MAKE MMA DEBUT AGAINST ZACH FREEMAN ON MAIN CARD ALSO, NEIMAN GRACIE VS. DAVE MARFONE ADDED TO SPIKE TELECAST, WHILERYAN COUTURE-HAIM GOZALI ANCHOR BELLATOR 180 PRELIMS ON BELLATOR.COM LOS ANGELES – The biggest night in the history of Bellator continues to grow, with the addition of Phil Davis (17-3, 1 NC) defending his light heavyweight world title against one of the promotion’s newest free agent acquisitions, Ryan Bader (22-5), during the main event ofBellator 180: Davis vs. Baderon June 24th at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The five-round contest will anchor the LIVE and FREE broadcast of Bellator 180, which airs on SPIKE. In addition, undefeated Neiman Gracie (5-0) will return to action when he meets Dave Marfone (5-2) at welterweight. This contest, along with “Mr. Wonderful” versus “Darth” Bader joins a previously announced bout pitting “The Strabanimal” James Gallagher (6-0) againstChinzo Machida (5-2).
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:55AM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Victory Fighting Championship announces full lineup for VFC 57
(mmamadhouse.com)
Daniel “Big Kansas” Gallemore (6-3) vs. Daniel “The Predator” James (6-2-1) – VFC heavyweight title Nick “Garfield” Mamalis (18-10) vs. Kevin “Pocket Herc” Gray (8-3) – VFC flyweight title Darrick Minner (17-6) vs. Justin “O-Town” Overton (4-3) – featherweight Josh “Slipknot” Pfeifer (5-2) vs. Cody Carillo (11-14) – lightweight Daron McCant (2-0) vs. Sharkey Slyter (3-1) – bantamweight Chance Thackerston (3-0) vs. Trey Ogden (7-1) – lightweight Rob Mitchell (1-0) vs. Alex “Mr. Hyde” McGowan (1-1) – featherweight Dustin Kramer (4-1) vs. Matt Murray (1-0) – bantamweight Arnold Berdon (7-2) vs. Johnnie Roades (9-11) – bantamweight A pair of title bouts top the lineup for Victory Fighting Championship’s VFC 57 slated for Friday, May 5 at the Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas, and live on UFC FIGHT PASS®.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:50AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Nikita Krylov vs. Emanuel Newton at Fight Nights 67 In St. Petersburg
(mmarocks.pl)
Nikita Krylov (MMA 21-5), a popular UFC fanatic in Ukraine's Ukrainian debut, will be battling Bellator's American hero Emanuel Newton (MMA 26-12-1). The duel will take place during the Fight Nights 67, which will take place on 2 June in St. Petersburg.
Submitted Apr 26, 2017 12:46AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
With ‘King Mo’ Lawal injured, Phil Davis set to defend light heavyweight title against Ryan Bader at Bellator 180
(mmafighting.com)
Phil Davis will be making his first Bellator light heavyweight title defense later this summer, and now he has a new opponent. The champion will now face Ryan Bader at Bellator 180 on June 24 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The news was first announced by Davis on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Bader was originally scheduled to headline the Spike TV event against Muhammed Lawal, but “King Mo” was forced to withdraw from the card after sustaining an undisclosed injury.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 10:05PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Oh Japan: 12 year old girl to make MMA debut vs. adult
(mixedmartialarts.com)
Manager Shu Hirata writing for ADCombat reports that a 12-year-old 7th grader named MoMo will be fighting 24-year-old Momoko Yamazaki at DEEP JEWELS 16 on May 20th. Yamazaki is 2-3 as an amateur; this will be the debut for Momo. The fight is scheduled to be contested in the 95-pound division; Momo weights 86 lbs so presumably will be giving up about 10% of her weight, which is a lot. Yamazaki is described in the press release as having been bullied in junior high school, which led to street fighting, or a series of “tale of triumphs on the street.”
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 7:22PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Valerie Letourneau signs with Bellator MMA
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC bantamweight and strawweight veteran Valérie “Trouble” Létourneau has signed with Bellator MMA to compete in her much more natural weight division – flyweight. The debut is expected to take place in late Summer and was first reported by Ariel Helwani.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 6:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Warlley Alves vs. Kiichi Kunimoto added to UFC Fight Night 110 lineup in New Zealand
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup for the UFC’s return to New Zealand in June continues to grow with the addition of a welterweight bout. Japan’s Kiichi Kunimoto (18-6-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) is set to return after a lengthy absence to take on Brazil’s Warlley Alves (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 110 in June. UFC officials recently announced the new booking.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 3:09AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Patrick Cummins faces Gian Villante at UFC on Fox 25 in July
(bloodyelbow.com)
A light heayweight tilt has been added to Long Island’s Fox show in the summer. UFC on Fox 25 has its first bout. The next Fox show, scheduled for July 22nd in Long Island, NY, will play host to a light heavyweight bout between ranked fighters Gian Villante and Patrick Cummins.
Submitted Apr 24, 2017 3:04AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Signs Mackenzie Dern To Same Contract Type As Cris Cyborg
(mmaimports.com)
Almost every athlete who gets into the sport of mixed martial arts has the goal of one day making it to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. To make anything close to a constant flow of money, UFC is the only reliable fight league that runs shows on a consistent enough basis to pay their fighters more regular than any other promotion out there. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling ace turned fighter Mackenzie Dern has taken the regional MMA scene by storm. She is currently riding a three fight win-streak that saw her dominate Kenia Rosas, Montana Stewart, and most recently Katherine Roy.
Submitted Apr 23, 2017 7:02PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Fight Night 108 Bonuses: Swanson, Lobov, Perry, Moreno Garner $50K Checks
(m.sherdog.com)
It might not have been the most well received main event when it was announced, but Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov put on a show when the lights were on. Swanson and Lobov received “Fight of the Night” honors and $50,000 apiece for their five-round featherweight battle in the UFC Fight Night 108 headliner in Nashville, Tenn., on Saturday night. Lobov, a big underdog heading into the bout, withstood a barrage of punishment over the course of 25 minutes and may have even gotten the better of Swanson in the opening stanza. Ultimately, it was Swanson’s multi-faceted offensive arsenal that prevailed, as the Jackson-Wink MMA representative captured a unanimous verdict.
Submitted Apr 23, 2017 4:42AM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Colbey Northcutt, Sage’s sister, set to make pro MMA debut in June
(mmafighting.com)
Another member of the famed Northcutt family is coming to professional mixed martial arts. Colbey Northcutt, the older sister of UFC fighter Sage Northcutt, will make her pro MMA debut in June for Legacy Fighting Alliance, MMA Fighting has learned. LFA has four events scheduled for June, so it’s unclear at this time which card she’ll be competing on. Her opponent has yet to be finalized, as well.
Submitted Apr 21, 2017 1:16PM by tildengolfer - 8 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Mamed Khalidov may test free agency following KSW stadium show
(bloodyelbow.com)
One of the name synonymous with the KSW brand may not be long for the promotion. According to mmanews.pl, Mamed Khalidov’s upcoming stadium show main event is the final fight on his current contract with the promotion. The KSW middleweight champion is scheduled to face the promotion’s welterweight titleholder Boris Mankowski in the main event of KSW’s biggest show to date. "Yes, this is the last fight on Mamed Khalidov’s current contract,” co-owner Maciej Kawulski confirmed with the Polish outlet. “With him, the agreement in force is an average of 2 or 3 years and it is true that after the battle with Boris Mankowski, his contract will end."
Submitted Apr 21, 2017 12:07PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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