Travis Browne puts to bed rumors he left coach Edmund Tarverdyan
For the last few weeks, internet rumors have been circulating that ninth-ranked heavyweight Travis Browne had left Glendale Fighting Club and the tutelage of much maligned coach Edmund Tarverdyan. However, it turns out those rumors aren’t true. Recently, Browne went on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast where he categorically denied the rumors and reaffirmed his relationship with Tarverdyan.
Misha Cirkunov, Lorenz Larkin, and Rick Story pulled from UFC rankings
The UFC’s latest fighter rankings update has removed three quite prominent fighters from its list. Free agent Lorenz Larkin no longer being ranked may be a sign that he won’t be re-signing with the promotion, but out of left field are two names you wouldn’t have expected. MMAjunkie’s Mike Bohn reported on Wednesday that Misha Cirkunov and Rick Story are also not under UFC contract right now.
Jorge Masvidal says Demian Maia turned down fight. The good news? Neil Magny is his huckleberry
UFC President Dana White on Tuesday said after Nick Diaz turned down a rematch with ex-champ Robbie Lawler, he planned to make a fight between Diaz and welterweight contender Demian Maia.
But when Diaz turned that down, he went with an alternative: Jorge Masvidal. Now, according to Masvidal, Maia has turned that down.
Masvidal isn’t particularly bent out of shape over the refusal and welcomed a fight with any other top-tier welterweight. The issue is finding a suitable fit.
The good news is that one might already be present.
UFC heavyweight Justin Ledet flagged by USADA for potential anti-doping violation
An exciting young heavyweight is facing a suspension.
Justin Ledet was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation, the UFC announced Wednesday. The Texas native likely failed a drug test, stemming from a Jan. 12 sample collection.
The name of the banned substance was not listed, as is the policy of USADA and the UFC unless the athlete names it. The name of the substance will be released following the USADA adjudication process.
Dana White interested in making Nick Diaz vs. Demian Maia
“I offered Nick Diaz the (Robbie) Lawler fight and he turned it down. Lawler accepted the fight and Nick turned it down so I’m looking for something else for Lawler right now,” White revealed on the latest “UFC Unfiltered” podcast.
“(Diaz’s team) were terrorizing me saying ‘we want a fight’ so they wanted to announce it that night at the Sacramento card (at FOX UFC Fight Night). Cause he was there, it’s the right crowd, it’s close to his hometown and they wanted to announce it. I got Robbie Lawler to accept the fight, I called him, and they turned it down and they’ve been radio silent on me ever since.”
UFC’s Ricardo Abreu fails USADA drug test while serving two-year suspension
Ricardo Abreu could be facing a very lengthy ban.
The UFC middleweight, already serving a doping suspension, failed another USADA drug test stemming from a Dec. 21 sample collection and is facing a second UFC anti-doping policy violation, the promotion announced Wednesday.
Abreu is less than a year into a two-year ban by USADA due to testing positive for anabolic steroid metabolites norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone in June 2016. He is currently ineligible to compete in the UFC until July 1, 2018.
A second anti-doping violation could double Abreu’s suspension and the “aggravating circumstances” clause in the UFC anti-doping policy could lengthen the ban even more.
UFC boss Dana White watched Ortiz-Sonnen at Bellator 170 – and 'there's no way in hell' it was fixed
We’re 10 days removed from Tito Ortiz’s submission of Chael Sonnen in his retirement fight at Bellator 170, and there’s still just a little bit of talk left over for it.
After Ortiz (19-12-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) beat Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) to tap to a choke in Bellator 170’s main event (watch the highlights above), some viewers said the only way to explain Ortiz’s win as a 2-1 underdog is that things weren’t on the up and up.
Ortiz spoke out against that, big time. So did referee John McCarthy. And on Tuesday, a defense of Ortiz’s rear-naked choke win came from what most people might consider a pretty unlikely source: UFC President Dana White.
'The Korean Zombie' talks military hiatus, return to UFC, 145 title picture, more
A familiar face will return to the biggest stage in sports this weekend in Houston.
No, not Tom Brady, rather Chan Sung Jung.
"The Korean Zombie" hasn't fought in the UFC since Aug. 2013 due to mandatory military obligations in his native South Korea, but he'll finally return on Saturday night against Dennis Bermudez in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Houston.
We caught up with the popular featherweight recently via e-mail to talk about his military duties and his much-anticipated return to the UFC.
After controversial no-contest, Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira rematch slated for UFC Fight Night 106
After a controversial end to their fight fight, Tim Means and Alex Oliveira will do it again.
Means (26-7-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) and Oliveira (16-3-1 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who fought to a confusing no-contest in December at UFC 207, will run it back at UFC Fight Night 106.
MMAjunkie today confirmed the welterweight matchup with Oliveira’s camp, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. Combate first reported it.
UFC Fight Night 106 takes place March 6 at Centro de Formacao Olimpica do Nordeste in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil.
Conor McGregor slams ‘fake’ Georges St-Pierre: You joined MMAAA because you couldn’t get the UFC deal you wanted
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre sent shockwaves through the mixed martial arts (MMA) community when he partnered with ex-Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney to found the Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA).
During last November’s press conference, St-Pierre named UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor as an example of fighter who can make million-dollar paydays and still get shafted by the promotion.
Something “Notorious” took exception to during his recent Q&A
Trump ‘Muslim ban’ could bounce Gegard Mousasi from Chris Weidman fight at UFC 210
United States President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days.
It’s a ham-handed approach to counterterrorism and the Trump administration has already come under fire for supporting such drastic measures, which could inadvertently affect some of the world’s top mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters.
Dana White dismisses Michael Bisping’s fantasy fights, promises Yoel Romero next UFC title shot
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who captured the crown at UFC 199 before defending it at UFC 204, is setting his sights on “big-money fights” in the twilight of his career.
You know, strike while the iron is hot, and all that jazz.
Some of the names on “The Count’s” wish list include but are not limited to Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz, and Tyron Woodley. Sure they’re all welterweight fighters, but we shouldn’t bog ourselves down with some of the finer details.
Not that it matters, as UFC President Dana White has other plans, according to his conversation on UFC Unfiltered.
Josh Koscheck vs. Mauricio Alonso added to Bellator 172 main card with Piccolotti-Primus canceled
Next month’s Bellator 172 card has lost a fight but gained two more, including the long-delayed promotional debut of former UFC title challenger Josh Koscheck.
Bellator officials today announced Koscheck will fight fellow welterweight Mauricio Alonso. That bout takes the main-card slot initially reserved for lightweights Adam Piccolotti and Brent Primus; Piccolotti was forced out of the event with an undisclosed injury.
Officials also added a middleweight bout between Francisco France vs. Anatoly Tokov to Bellator 172’s prelims.
Bellator 172 takes place Feb. 18 at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.