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Ion Cutelaba vs. Ovince Saint Preux targeted for UFC Fight Night card on April 25
The updated UFC 249 card no longer includes Ion Cutelaba, but that doesn’t mean “The Hulk” won’t enter the Octagon in April. Cutelaba and Ovince Saint Preux have verbally agreed to meet at the UFC Fight Night card scheduled for April 25 at a yet-to-be-announced location, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:53PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Julia Avila vs. Karol Rosa targeted for UFC Fight Night event on May 2
The UFC is continuing to build their upcoming fight cards, including the event for May 2. Multiple sources tell MMA Fighting that a women’s bantamweight bout between Julia Avila and Karol Rosa — originally set to take place at UFC Portland April 11 — is being targeted for the promotion’s May 2 event. Per sources, verbal agreements are in place with contracts expected to be issued soon.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:52PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White says Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for an interim title at UFC 249 is a 'no-brainer'
The UFC will crown a new interim lightweight champion once again. After undisputed lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov ended up stuck in Dagestan – and forced out of UFC 249 – due to his home nation’s travel ban, the promotion swiftly found Tony Ferguson a new opponent, in the form of top contender Justin Gaethje. As well as being a replacement main event, the fight will also feature a replacement title, with UFC president Dana White announcing that Ferguson’s tussle with Gaethje would be for a newly-instituted interim 155-pound title. White said making the replacement matchup was an easy task.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:51PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Valentina Shevchenko injured; UFC 251 title fight vs. Joanne Calderwood on hold
UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will not be defending her belt at UFC 251. Her flyweight title defense against Joanne Calderwood, slated for June 6 in Perth, Australia, is on hold because of an undisclosed injury, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity since the UFC has yet to make an announcement. The fight is expected to be rescheduled, although a date to rebook hasn’t been set. Calderwood first revealed the development Tuesday in an interview with MMA Fighting.
Submitted Mar 31, 2020 5:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, says the UFC is looking to continue UFC 249 ‘with or without me’
For weeks, UFC President Dana White has insisted that UFC 249 and the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would proceed as planned. But now that’s looking less and less likely. In a recent Instagram Live, the UFC lightweight champion revealed that he is currently stranded in Dagestan. Nurmagomedov had been training in the United States but flew home when the UFC told him the fight would not be taking place in the U.S.. Now, Khabib is back in Russia and unable to fly out due to a travel ban instituted by his home country.
Submitted Mar 31, 2020 5:49PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
UFC champion Jon Jones arrested for aggravated DWI, negligent use of firearm in Albuquerque
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested by Albuquerque Police early Thursday morning for aggravated DWI as well as negligent use of a firearm. According to arrest records obtained by MMA Fighting on Thursday, Jones was picked up just past 1 a.m. local time and based on booking information, he’s already been released from custody. He is due back in court on April 8 for a bond arraignment hearing, per Bernalillo County district attorney spokesperson Michael Patrick.
Submitted Mar 27, 2020 1:36PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Conor McGregor donating over $1 million in medical supplies to Irish hospitals
In the fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Conor McGregor is trying to do his part. Following a passionate plea from the former UFC featherweight and lightweight champion encouraging Ireland to go into “lock down”, McGregor revealed via Twitter that he will be donating 1 million euro in medical supplies—or just under $1.1 million USD—in his native Ireland.
Submitted Mar 27, 2020 1:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Journey Newson’s 38-second KO at UFC 247 overturned to no-decision, manager says positive pot test to blame
Journey Newson’s 38-second knockout at UFC 247 has been wiped from the record books. According to records obtained by MMA Fighting from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Newson’s victory over Domingo Pilarte has been overturned to a no-decision. ESPN initially reported the news on Wednesday.
Submitted Mar 27, 2020 1:19PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Jorge Masvidal disregards ATT’s trash talk ban to blast Colby Covington: ‘That dude is no fighter’
Jorge Masvidal is fine not trash-talking fighters at American Top Team. He’s just making it clear he has his own definition of a fighter, and that doesn’t include Colby Covington. This past weekend, American Top Team owner Dan Lambert laid down a “zero tolerance” policy in regards to the verbal battles that’ve been waged among the team’s fighters, including Masvidal and Covington. The former friends and roommates have become bitter enemies who’ve repeatedly voiced their disdain for one another. The welterweights’ animosity has seemingly grown with their star power. As recently as this past week, Covington hurled insults at Masvidal before the trash talk ban was announced. Responding directly to the MMA Fighting story about the new policy on social media, Masvidal took the opportunity to drive the hatchet further into his feud with Covington rather than bury it.
Submitted Mar 25, 2020 12:57AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White plans to resume full schedule after UFC 249, potentially host weekday fights for postponed events
Dana White sees UFC activity returning to normal in the coming weeks. Despite coronavirus concerns and experts predicting the outbreak could very well last months in the U.S., the UFC president plans to resume his promotion’s fight schedule in full beginning with UFC 249 on April 18.
Submitted Mar 25, 2020 12:49AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Dana White says location set for closed-door UFC 249, won’t reveal location
UFC 249 has a location, but where that is remains a secret. UFC President Dana White on Monday told veteran combat sports journalist Kevin Iole that the April 18 pay-per-view will take place on its originally scheduled date, behind closed doors. Only the city and venue remain a mystery.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:19PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Din Thomas departs American Top Team, plans to groom more fighters
Veteran MMA coach Din Thomas is striking out on his own after 19 years with American Top Team. Thomas on Thursday told MMA Fighting he’s leaving the famed team in Coconut Creek, Fla., to train and develop fighters as a head coach. Currently, he guides former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, whose fight on Saturday against Leon Edwards on was scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic. The split was amicable, Thomas said.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:18PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Mairbek Taisumov, Tonya Evinger among 13 fighters no longer on UFC roster
Mairbek Taisumov and former title contender Tonya Evinger are among 13 fighters recently purged from the UFC roster. Here is the full list of fighters no longer part of the UFC roster,
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Justin Gaethje: If Conor McGregor ‘fights me and beats me,’ nobody could complain about the Khabib rematch
Justin Gaethje doesn’t have a fight scheduled right now but he hopes that will change in the very near future with a possible showdown against Conor McGregor looming on the horizon.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:14PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
With COVID-19 ban, Aljamain Sterling says ‘there is no fight announcement’
While many people were intrigued and excited at a reported matchup between Aljamain Sterling and Cory Sandhagen for May’s UFC San Diego event, it seems to be news to Sterling himself.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:07PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
USADA suspends Brazilian doctor after prescribing prohibited IV used by Paulo Costa
A Brazilian doctor has been issued a two-year suspension by USADA after violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy in connection with a case involving middleweight contender Paulo Costa. USADA made the announcement on Monday.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:06PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Dana White: All called-off fights, including Tyron Woodley vs. Leon Edwards, are being rescheduled
UFC president Dana White assures that all fights that were called off will be rescheduled. On Monday, White said the main event between former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and Leon Edwards, which was meant for this past weekend in London, will be rebooked for a later date, along with all the other fights.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
The Colby Covington rule? American Top Team implements ‘zero tolerance’ trash-talking policy
American Top Team is home to many of the world’s top MMA fighters. It’s also housed a few rivalries, several of them the product of UFC star Colby Covington’s promotional style. Starting now, Covington and the rest of the team will have to look for targets outside the Coconut Creek, Fla., facility. Unless someone has a contract to fight, there’s a “zero tolerance” policy for trash-talking.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:59PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Colby Covington not backing down from feuds with ‘mediocre’ Jorge Masvidal, ‘washed-up’ Joanna Jedrzejczyk
Anyone hoping for a kinder, gentler Colby Covington will have to keep waiting. The ever-controversial welterweight contender spoke to Submission Radio earlier this week and explained that he wanted to apologize to fellow American Top Team fighter Dustin Poirier for insults that he made about Poirier in an interview with ESPN. But Covington’s olive branch was only extended to Poirier and when he was asked about other ongoing feuds with ATT members Jorge Masvidal and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Covington doubled down on his sentiments.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:57PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Olivier Aubin-Mercier: PFL title money would surpass earnings of 12-fight UFC career
Olivier Aubin-Mercier’s stay with the UFC lasted more than five years, but after signing with PFL as a free agent, the Canadian is excited to experience something new. PFL is on the other end of the spectrum from how UFC operates. From its format of a point-based season leading into playoffs and ultimately a championship, to the lofty $1 million payout for the winner in each weight class, Aubin-Mercier (11-5) said he’s thrilled to join the promotion’s 2020 lightweight season.
Submitted Mar 22, 2020 2:55PM by Braden - 0 comments
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