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Valentina Shevchenko blasts judges’ decision at UFC 215: ‘I won this fight’
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Valentina Shevchenko was baffled at how Amanda Nunes was awarded a split decision victory after their 25-minute clash in the main event of UFC 215 in Edmonton on Saturday night. The challenger stood dejected with her hands on her hips after Nunes’ successful bantamweight title defense was made official at Rogers Place. Shevchenko pulled no punches when Joe Rogan asked her how she felt about suffering her second loss to Nunes in her post-fight interview.
Submitted Sep 10, 2017 9:53AM by grappler0000 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 215 bonuses: Rafael dos Anjos, Henry Cejudo recognized for dominant victories
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On a night with no shortage of finishes, it was a pair of title contenders that picked up Performance of the Night bonuses. Rafael dos Anjos and Henry Cejudo earned an extra $50,000 for their respective finishes of Neil Magny and Wilson Reis, while veterans Jeremy Stephens and Gilbert Melendez were also rewarded for a Fight of the Night performance at UFC 215 on Saturday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta.
Submitted Sep 10, 2017 3:02AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Elias Theodorou To Meet Daniel Kelly At UFC Fight Night 121 Sydney
(sherdog.com)
A pair of “Ultimate Fighter: Nations” cast members will lock horns when Elias Theodorou faces Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 121. The Las Vegas-based promotion recently announced the middleweight pairing. UFC Fight Night 121 takes place on Nov. 18 at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and is headlined by a heavyweight bout between Mark Hunt and Marcin Tybura. The card will air on Fox Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The 29-year-old Theodorou is 5-2 during his Octagon tenure. Most recently, “The Spartan” dropped a three-round verdict to Brad Tavares at “The Ultimate Fighter 25” finale on July 7.
Submitted Sep 8, 2017 9:01PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mayweather vs. McGregor officially breaks U.K. PPV record
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It was not a surprise Sky Sports confirmed this week to Boxing News that the Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor set the company's all-time pay-per-view record
Submitted Sep 8, 2017 12:06PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
 
UFC issues statement on 'viral illness' that forced Ray Borg out of UFC 215; refunds available
(mmajunkie.com)
The UFC has officially ruled Ray Borg out of Saturday’s UFC 215 main event vs. Demetrious Johnson, citing a “viral illness” as the reason for the cancellation of the scheduled flyweight championship fight. News broke late Thursday that the planned headliner for Saturday’s event between UFC flyweight champion Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) and challenger Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) had been called off less than 12 hours before the fighters were set to hit the scales.
Submitted Sep 8, 2017 3:46AM by JLS - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Donald Cerrone to fight Darren Till in UFC Gdansk main event
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'Cowboy' Cerrone returns to the cage to headline the UFC's return to Poland on October 21st. UFC Gdansk may finally have a main event. The Polish event, set to go down in six weeks, was originally going to be headlined by Thiago Santos vs. newcomer and popular local Michal Materla before Materla decided to resign with Polish MMA promotion KSW instead. Now the event is on the verge of a pretty decent replacement fight: Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone vs. UK fighter Darren Till.
Submitted Sep 7, 2017 10:17AM by JLS - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Jodie Esquibel slated for UFC Gdansk
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On Wednesday, the UFC officially announced that one-time strawweight title challenger Karolina Kowalkiewicz will welcome Invicta FC standout Jodie Esquibel to her home country when the Octagon lands in the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland on Oct. 21. This will be Kowalkiewicz’s first time fighting in Poland since February 2015 when she earned a split decision nod over Kalindra Faria in the KSW promotion, her last fight before joining the UFC. The 31-year-old Kowalkiewicz (10-2), who hails from Lodz, is on the first losing streak of her career, having failed to wrest the 115-pound title from Joanna Jedrzejczyk last November, and then being submitted by Claudia Gadelha in her most recent outing this past June.
Submitted Sep 6, 2017 5:55PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Diego Brandao loses it in the cage...
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Evidently, Diego Brandao lost his marbles in the cage. In the video, at the 8:45 mark, he bites his opponent's ear. Then shortly after, his opponent headbutts his chest, then Diego upkicks him in the neck...and then jumps out of the cage, forfeiting the fight...as the crowd hurls bottles into the cage. Oooooooookay.
Submitted Sep 5, 2017 12:44PM by Nathan_Arizona - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Materla bout scrapped, UFC books Thiago Santos vs. Jack Hermansson in Sao Paulo
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A planned headliner between Thiago “Marreta” Santos and Michal Materla for UFC Gdansk has been scrapped with reports that Materla has chosen to re-sign with KSW instead. The UFC had hoped to put together an action packed middleweight headliner for their return to Poland in October of this year. They’d even apparently signed a local star to make his debut in the top spot on the card, hooking 33-year old home-grown KSW talent Michal Materla to face Thaigo Santos for the main event.
Submitted Sep 4, 2017 9:32PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Askren retirement fight against Shinya Aoki set for Nov. 24 in Singapore
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Former Bellator MMA welterweight champion and reigning ONE Championship 170-pound kingpin Ben Askren, 33, is just about ready to call it a career, saying goodbye to mixed martial arts (MMA) after his final fight this November in Singapore. But it won't be easy. “Funky” will tangle with grappling wizard Shinya Aoki, 34, at the upcoming “Immortal Pursuit” pay-per-view (PPV) event overseas, which also features a championship rematch pitting the undefeated Angela Lee against Mei Yamaguchi.
Submitted Sep 4, 2017 6:40PM by JLS - 28 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Mayweather vs. McGregor trending close to PPV buyrate record
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The predictions the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Conor McGregor superfight would be the biggest event in pay-per-view television history just might come true after all. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has confirmed an initial report by the Los Angeles Times that the boxing fight, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and televised by Showtime Sports, is projecting to do somewhere in the mid-to-high four millions in domestic pay-per-view purchases.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 10:55AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, UFC
 
Now sitting on 4 straight wins, UFC-Rotterdam's Leon Edwards calls for Donald Cerrone – again
(mmajunkie.com)
Leon Edwards is ready to break out of the circuit of smaller UFC shows in Europe and take his talents to an American audience following his victory over Bryan Barberena at UFC Fight Night 115. Edwards (14-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) pushed his winning streak to four in the UFC welterweight division on Saturday when he outworked Barberena (13-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) to a unanimous decision in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 10:49AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Alexander Volkov helps give UFC heavyweight division an infusion of fresh blood
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Alexander Volkov was stacked with the unenviable task of fighting 7-foot giant Stefan Struve before a partisan crowd in Struve’s native Holland, practically as an afterthought given that he was doing so one week after the fight world blew its wad with McGregor-Mayweather. Things didn’t look good early. He took a violent knee to the face in the first round, which opened up a bloody fissure where football players wear eye black. He had one eye poked in the second round, which caused the doctor to come in and shine a light. Then he had the other poked moments later, giving him the unfortunate parlay. Luckily his ears worked well enough to hear referee Marc Goddard issue a warning to Struve, advising him to watch his fingers.
Submitted Sep 3, 2017 2:26AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Rotterdam bonuses: Mairbek Taisumov cashes in for massive KO
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The tallest fight in UFC history turned out to be much more than just an oddity. Towering heavyweights Alexander Volkov and Stefan Struve were each rewarded a $50,000 bonus for putting on the Fight of the Night in the UFC Rotterdam main event on Saturday at the Ahoy Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Mairbek Taisumov and Zabit Magomedsharipov also received Performance of the Night bonuses.
Submitted Sep 2, 2017 7:09PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Coach: Nate Diaz 'needs to get paid at least $20 million’ for Conor McGregor trilogy
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Conor McGregor’s huge paycheck for his boxing match with Floyd Mayweather could mean more money for his future UFC opponents — at least that’s what Nate Diaz’s boxing coach Richard Perez is hoping for. Diaz’s last two fights under the UFC banner were against “The Notorious” in 2016, and he made $2.6 million dollars in disclosed pay in those bouts combined. After seeing what McGregor made against Mayweather, and the potential money that could be made in a trilogy bout with McGregor in the UFC, Perez expects 10 times more.
Submitted Sep 1, 2017 4:36PM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jon Jones passed USADA blood test the night of UFC 214
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Jon Jones, the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, passed a post-fight blood screening administered by USADA on July 29 in the aftermath of his victory over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani has learned. The negative test was administered just one day after Jones’ infamous July 28 urine screening, which popped positive for the anabolic steroid Turinabol. It is nonetheless important to note that USADA blood screenings do not test for Turinabol, thus the July 29 test would not have discovered any trace of Turinabol in Jones’ system. In addition, Jones passed a pair of out-of-competition USADA drug screenings on July 6 and July 7, the former a blood and urine test, and the latter a urine test.
Submitted Sep 1, 2017 4:32PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
John Dodson to fight Marlon Moraes at UFC Norfolk
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The UFC’s upcoming trip to Norfolk, Va., has added a high-level bantamweight clash to the card. John Dodson (19-8) and former World Series of Fighting champion Marlon Moraes (18-5-1) are set to meet at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11 at the Ted Constant Convocation Center, MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed Thursday with sources. “The Magician” announced the matchup via Twitter on Friday following an initial report by journalist Farah Hannoun.
Submitted Aug 31, 2017 11:46PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Management group settles with Leslie Smith, moves suit against Nate Diaz to federal court
(mmajunkie.com)
The Ballengee Group is dropping a management lawsuit against UFC women’s bantamweight Leslie Smith after settlement terms were reached, the firm’s attorney attorney Jason Friedman told MMAjunkie. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed, and Smith declined comment. Ballengee is still pursuing legal action against Nate Diaz and attorney Sam Awad, named as co-defendants in the suit, and moved its complaint to Texas federal court earlier this month.
Submitted Aug 31, 2017 1:20AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Michael Chiesa signs new four-fight deal with the UFC
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Michael Chiesa will remain a UFC fighter, at least for a little while longer. The winner of season 15 of The Ultimate Fighter has signed a new four-fight deal with the promotion. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news on Wednesday. Chiesa had one fight left on his old UFC contract, but decided to re-sign with the promotion instead of fighting out his contract and testing free agency. “Maverick” is not currently scheduled to compete, but hopes to fight one more time before the end of this year.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 8:59PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Andrew Sanchez vs Ryan Janes Booked For ‘TUF 26’ Finale On DEC. 1
(sherdog.com)
Andrew Sanchez and Ryan Janes will lock horns at “The Ultimate Fighter 26” finale. Promotion officials announced the pairing on Wednesday. The “TUF 26” finale takes place in Las Vegas on Dec. 1 and will crown the promotion’s inaugural female flyweight champion. Sanchez began his UFC tenure with back-to-back decision triumphs over Trevor Smith and Khalil Rountree. In his last outing, “El Dirte” suffered a third-round knockout loss to Anthony Smith. The 29-year-old owns a 9-3 career mark, with seven wins via knockout, technical knockout or submission.
Submitted Aug 30, 2017 8:57PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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