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Nate Diaz laughs at Dana White’s latest fight offer
(foxsports.com)
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 lost a majority decision to Conor McGregor in one of the biggest fights in 2016. White didn’t give too many details about the fight at the time, but he commented that it’s been rather difficult to get Nate or his brother Nick into the Octagon recently. “We just offered Nate Diaz a fight, and we’re waiting to hear back from him, so we’ll see,” White told USA Today ahead of the Super Bowl in Houston. “These guys say they want a fight. I offered Nick Diaz two fights. He turned down two fights. I offered him Robbie Lawler. Robbie Lawler accepted the fight. Then I offered him Demian Maia. Nick Diaz turned down two fights. And then we just offered Nate a fight.”
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 12:37PM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
What the NFL could learn from the UFC about PED testing
(mixedmartialarts.com)
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 Gupta on what the NFL can learn from the UFC about anti-doping testing. The penalty for a first-time offense in the UFC, like WADA and USADA, is a two-year suspension. The case is given a full and fair review; very often the punishment is less than two years. However, the punishment for a test failure in the NFL is four games.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 12:33PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Frankie Edgar has one fight left on UFC deal, wants Max Holloway or Ricardo Lamas next
(mmafighting.com)
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 deal is his last, but he plans on re-upping with the UFC. Edgar said he was in contract talks with the promotion before having groin surgery recently and expects to come to terms before he steps in the Octagon again. “I’d like to get a deal,” Edgar said. “That’s what I’d like to do. Who knows what’s really gonna happen. But I would like to get a deal. I don’t really want to go anywhere else. This has been my home since the beginning. I just don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t. It’s not like we’re that far apart.”
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 12:32PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Invicta atomweight champ Ayaka Hamasaki moves up to strawweight to face Livia Renata Souza
(mmafighting.com)
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 FC women’s atomweight champion will move up to strawweight to face former champion Livia Renata Souza at Invicta 22 on March 25 in Kansas City, sources told MMA Fighting on Monday. Invicta president Shannon Knapp confirmed the news and said it would be the co-main event of the card. It should be announced officially this week, she said.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 12:32PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Commentating team set for post-Goldie UFC 208
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC 207 was Mike Goldberg’s final event; disgracefully, there was no public goodbye. Being let go is a normal part of corporate life. The new owners have four billion reasons to run the company as they see fit, and have laid off a number of personnel.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 12:30PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Edgar: UFC getting a little silly with Interim belts
(mixedmartialarts.com)
In boxing, sanctioning bodies only make money if there is a title at stake, so they recognize a lot of titles. The WBA sanctions Super, Undisputed, Unified, Regular, and Interim world championship bouts in 17 weight divisions (there used to be eight). Then throw in the WBC, IBF and WBO. And the IBO and WBF. And the World Underwear Association. By contrast, the UFC recognizes eight weight divisions for men, and most fans can name all the champions. Not a single person alive can definitively name every “world” champion in boxing. This alphabet soup is one reason boxing is losing young fans to mixed martial arts.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 12:29PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF Two-Division Champion David Branch Vacates Both Titles, Declares Himself a Free Agent
(sherdog.com)
World Series of Fighting was kind to David Branch, but now WSOF's only two-division champion has no belts and is ready to fly the coop. Monday, in an interview with Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour,” the 35-year-old Bronx native stated that he had vacated both his WSOF middleweight and light heavyweight titles and was now a free agent after four-plus years with the promotion, where he racked up an undefeated 10-0 mark during his tenure, plus two title belts.
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 2:48AM by RhythmAndStyle - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA
 
Luis Henrique injured, Justin Willis signs with UFC and steps in vs. Marcin Tybura at UFC 208
(https:)
Justin Willis is filling in for Luis Henrique to take on Marcin Tybura at this weekend's UFC 208: Holm vs de Randamie. This is the 12 and final fight to this card and this fight will take place on the Prelims. Start Times for this Event PPV Main Card @ 10PM ET Televised Fight Prelims @ 8PM ET Fight Pass Early Prelims @6:30PM ET
Submitted Feb 7, 2017 1:09AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Daniel Omielanczuk accepts no-fault finding from USADA in meldonium case, doesn't face suspension
(mmajunkie.com)
More than a year after he was first tested, it appears there is some closure to UFC heavyweight Daniel Omielanczuk’s meldonium saga with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Submitted Feb 6, 2017 6:27PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 set for UFC 211
(mmafighting.com)
A UFC heavyweight title fight is coming to Big D. According to multiple sources, the promotion has booked Stipe Miocic vs. Junior dos Santos 2 for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 211 on May 13 in Dallas.
Submitted Feb 6, 2017 2:28PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Click Debate: Why are there now different MMA rules in different states?
(mmafighting.com)
It’s the Super Bowl. Tom Brady takes the snap, sees all his receivers covered and rolls out of the pocket to his right. With nothing available downfield and his check-down options smothered, Brady throws the ball away into the stands. Immediately, the referee nearby throws a flag. Brady doesn’t understand what just happened. An intentional grounding penalty can only be called when the quarterback is still in the pocket, he thought, not when he’s near the sidelines.
Submitted Feb 5, 2017 5:41PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
UFC Fight Night 104 bonuses: 'Korean Zombie' among extra $50,000 winners
(mmajunkie.com)
Chan Sung Jung, Marcel Fortuna, Jessica Andrade and Angela Hill each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 104 event. Jung and Fortuna earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Andrade and Hill took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Feb 5, 2017 1:40PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: UFC Fight Night 104 winner Jessica Andrade next for champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk
(mmajunkie.com)
Jessica Andrade earned the next crack at undefeated UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a dominant win over Angela Hill at UFC Fight Night 104. UFC President Dana White said after Saturday’s FS1-televised event at Toyota Center in Houston that Andrade will indeed be next for the Polish titleholder.
Submitted Feb 5, 2017 2:37AM by Five-Alive - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Holly Holm thinks featherweight division will become viable, says a lot has to happen for a fight with ‘Cyborg’
(mmafighting.com)
Much of the criticism heading into UFC 208 is that the inaugural featherweight title fight between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie doesn’t outwardly lead anywhere. A champion will be crowned in a newly created division that doesn’t have any other contenders waiting in the wings. As such, there’s a one-off feel to what could become a historic moment for Holm, who has already held the bantamweight title after dethroning Ronda Rousey at UFC 193.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 6:46PM by tildengolfer - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
British officials boycott Russia’s ACB after promoter overturns multiple fights
(mmafighting.com)
A group of officials from the United Kingdom will no longer work events promoted by Russia’s Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB). Prominent British referee Marc Goddard confirmed with MMA Fighting that he and other referees and judges from the UK are boycotting future ACB events due to the questionable overturning of two fights from an event last month in Austria.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 6:45PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Randy Brown will now face Belal Muhammad at UFC 208
(mmafighting.com)
Randy Brown will fight at UFC 208 after all. Brown will now face Belal Muhammad at next Saturday's pay-per-view-event in Brooklyn, according to the UFC on Friday. Brown was originally supposed to face George Sullivan at the event.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 3:14PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator looks to book Michael Page vs. Paul Daley
(mmamania.com)
Michael “Venom” Page is rumored to be fighting Paul “Semtex” Daley sometime in May, a natural fit for a London card. Finally, Page gets a high level challenge, and it’s against one of the most powerful strikers at welterweight.
Submitted Feb 4, 2017 6:33AM by Five-Alive - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC President Dana White on 'TUF 8' winner: 'Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader'
(mmajunkie.com)
The most tenured light heavyweight fighter in UFC history officially will be taking his talents elsewhere. Ryan Bader (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) appears to be headed for Bellator. UFC President Dana White today told USA TODAY Sports that the promotion gave its blessing to Bader leaving for its top competitor and would not match any contract offer Bader might receive from the Viacom-owned Bellator.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 11:17PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator, MMA Personalities
 
Bec Rawlings explains why she missed weight at UFC Fight Night 104
(mmafighting.com)
Bec Rawlings was the lone fighter to miss weight Friday at the UFC Fight Night 104 weigh-ins. Rawlings went on social media to explain why she was 1.5 pounds over the 115-pound strawweight limit.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 7:04PM by Five-Alive - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF vacates Marlon Moraes’ belt, books three title fights for WSOF 35
(mmafighting.com)
On the heels of 2016’s year-end show, World Series of Fighting is returning to New York with another championship triple-header at WSOF 35 in Verona, NY. And one of the titles up for grabs on March 18 will be the bantamweight belt long held by 135-pound stud Marlon Moraes, which has since been vacated, according to the promotion.
Submitted Feb 3, 2017 7:00PM by Five-Alive - 10 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
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