Mark Hunt felt like he had to accept Alistair Overeem fight or ‘let my family starve’
Mark Hunt was trying to fight the UFC for further protections in his contract. But he felt like he had no choice but accept a fight without those protections.
Hunt will face Alistair Overeem at UFC 209 on March 4 in Las Vegas, it was announced last month. Originally, Hunt said he would only take the fight if the UFC wrote new provisions in his contract about an opponent caught doping. But “The Super Samoan” told “Stuff” in his native New Zealand that he had to take the bout without them for financial reasons.
Marlon Moraes says he can beat anyone, including UFC champ Cody Garbrandt
Marlon Moraes successfully defended his World Series of Fighting bantamweight title on Dec. 31, and he’s once again a free agent.
The Brazilian talent, who signed a one-fight deal with WSOF earlier this year, knows what he wants after scoring a first-round stoppage victory over Josenaldo Silva in New York.
Less than 24 hours before Moraes’ 11th victory under the WSOF banner, the bantamweight title was on the line in the UFC Octagon. Dominick Cruz, who dominated the division for years, suffered his first defeat in almost a decade against Cody Garbrandt.
Moraes enjoyed Garbrandt’s performance, but thinks he has what it takes to beat any bantamweight in the world.
Khabib Nurmagomedov's manager offers ultimatum to Tony Ferguson
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager is apparently growing impatient with Tony Ferguson’s impasse with the UFC.
Former WSOF matchmaker and Dominance MMA chief Ali Abdelaziz gave an ultimatum to Ferguson today on Twitter.
“You have 6 days to make a deal with the UFC (and) if you don’t make a deal I’m going to find someone else to fight” read the message, since deleted.
Bryan Caraway out at next week's UFC Fight Night 103, Jimmie Rivera needs new opponent
Fast-rising bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera is in need of a new opponent, and in quick fashion.
MMAjunkie today confirmed with UFC officials that Bryan Caraway is injured and has been forced to withdraw from next week’s UFC Fight Night 103 event. That leaves Rivera without an opponent for now, though a search is actively underway.
UFC Fight Night 103 takes place next Sunday at Talking Stick Resort in Phoenix.
Brock Lesnar suspended by USADA for one year in doping case
Brock Lesnar’s MMA future remains uncertain, but the results of his doping case no longer are.
The former UFC heavyweight champion was suspended one year by USADA for failing two drug tests in relation to UFC 200 in July, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Wednesday in a press release. Lesnar is eligible to return to the Octagon on July 15, 2017, one year after his provisional USADA suspension began.
‘Health problems’ force Mirko Cro Cop to retire (again): ‘This is definitely the end’
I know, I know, we’ve heard this before... and even before that. But this time he really means it.
Mirko Filipovic, 42, who rose to power under the PRIDE FC banner over a decade ago, recaptured some of that former glory by winning the RIZIN FF open-weight grand prix last weekend in Saitama, Japan.
That’s what we call leaving on a high note.
“That was definitely my last tournament. I have health problems and this is definitely the end of my career,” Cro Cop told Nova TV (via Croatia Week). “I know I have announced my retirement before, but this is definitely it.”
Filipovic (35-11-2) retires on the strength of a seven-fight winning streak.
Ryan Bader: 'UFC has a special place in my heart, but there are intriguing fights in Bellator'
Ryan Bader has yet to ink a new contract with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after he opted to fight out his existing deal rather than sign an extension last year.
A move that proved to be the right one for "Darth," knocking out Antonio Rogerio Nogueira last November to secure his second straight win, seven of eight overall. Whether or not that equates to big bucks for Bader, remains to be seen. One thing is certain, though, if his longtime employers don't pay him, he'll gladly go to a company that will.
Bellator MMA included, as he recent told Flo Combat.
Khabib Nurmagomedov offers to pay Tony Ferguson to fight him
Khabib Nurmagomedov is willing to put his own money on the line to make a fight with Tony Ferguson go from fantasy to reality.
The No. 1 ranked lightweight took to Twitter on Monday to offer up $200,000 paid directly to Ferguson so he would accept the proposed matchup between the two of them.
Bobby Nash replaces Yancy Medeiros, meets Li Jingliang at UFC on FOX 23
UFC newcomer Bobby Nash (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Yancy Medeiros (13-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) and is slated to meet fellow welterweight Li Jingliang (11-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC on FOX 23.
UFC officials recently announced the change.
UFC on FOX 23 takes place Jan. 28 at Pepsi Center in Denver. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.
Final UFC 207 salaries: Champ Amanda Nunes gets $200K, Ronda Rousey $3 million
Despite a quick 48-second loss, Ronda Rousey was the top earner at UFC 207.
Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who was no match for women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), earned a flat disclosed payday of $3 million. Nunes, meanwhile, earned $200,000 – $100,000 to show and another $100,000 as a win bonus.
Johny Hendricks: 'I'm done fighting at welterweight'
Johny Hendricks' days of fighting at welterweight are about to come to an end.
Hendricks, who failed to make the 171-pound limit on Thursday, prior to tonight's UFC 207 fight against Neil Magny, told MMAFighting.com that he's not going to cut to welterweight anymore.
"I'm done fighting at welterweight," he said, just hours before the fight. "Unless they open up a 175-pound division, I'm moving up to middleweight."