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Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch on tap for UFC 241 in Anaheim
ufc middleweight ian heinisch is on the fast track following a win over antonio carlos junior earlier this month. heinisch (13-1 mma, 2-0 ufc) today announced he will fight octagon veteran derek brunson (19-7 mma, 10-5 ufc) at august’s ufc 241 event (via instagram):
UFC middleweight Ian Heinisch is on the fast track following a win over Antonio Carlos Junior earlier this month. Heinisch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) today announced he will fight octagon veteran Derek Brunson (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at August’s UFC 241 event (via Instagram):
Submitted Jun 11, 2019 12:19AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Moggly’ Benitez to fight Sodiq Yusuff at UFC 241
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When Gabriel Benitez returns to the cage, he’ll be facing an opponent who is also on a win streak. “Moggly” looks for his third straight win when he takes on Sodiq Yusuff, who has won four straight, in a featherweight bout at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The matchup was first reported by Farah Hannoun. This will be Benitez’s first fight since May 2018. The former Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1 cast member needed just 39 seconds to KO Humberto Bandenay in his last outing and improve his UFC record to 5-2 (15-2 overall as a pro).
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 11:35PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 222 bout order finalized with six-fight main card; Caldwell vs. Horiguchi opens
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A sixth fight has been added to Friday’s Bellator 222 main card, which features two championship matchups. One of those bouts will kick off the main card, which streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie from Madison Square Garden in New York. The bantamweight title rematch between Darrion Caldwell (13-2 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) and Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will open the six pack of fights headlined by a welterweight title showdown of Rory MacDonald(20-5-1 MMA, 2-1-1 BMMA) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) in the promotion’s grand prix semifinals.
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 10:05PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Chris Weidman discusses move to 205, previous goal to set up Jon Jones superfight
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Chris Weidman discusses what he brings to the light heavyweight division, his original plan to set up a superfight with Jon Jones, and his “Madison Square Garden” curse.
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 12:45AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Classic Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida bout announced for UFC 2019 Hall of Fame
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The latest Fight Wing inductee to the UFC Hall of Fame is one of the wildest fights in MMA history. During Saturday’s UFC 238 broadcast, it was announced that Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida from The Ultimate Fighter 9 on June 20, 2009, will be honored during international fight week this July. That lightweight main event saw Sanchez defeat Guida by split decision after three rounds of non-stop action.
Submitted Jun 9, 2019 9:47PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
UFC 238 bonuses: Tony Ferguson, 'Cowboy' Cerrone get a clear 'Fight of Night' winner
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Tony Ferguson, Donald Cerrone, Valentina Shevchenko and Henry Cejudo each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 238 event. Ferguson and Cerrone earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Shevchenko and Cejudo each won “Performance of the Night” honors. UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMA Junkie attended.
Submitted Jun 9, 2019 4:06PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
John Lineker vs. Rob Font 2 on tap for UFC Fight Night in South Carolina
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The UFC made the fight official on Wednesday. Font was originally expected to face Cody Stamann on the card but now he will take on Lineker in a rematch instead. Stamann later revealed on Twitter that he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the fight.
Submitted Jun 9, 2019 4:03PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cynthia Calvillo out, Brianna Van Buren In Against Livinha Souza At UFC Sacramento
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to Sacramento, California, is reorganizing, as Cynthia Calvillo has been forced to pull out of her strawweight fight against Livinha Souza, and will reportedly be replaced by Brianna Van Buren. According to MMAJunkie on Friday, Calvillo (8-1) broke her foot and was forced to withdraw from her strawweight contest against Souza (13-1) at UFC Fight Night 155. This event will take place on July 13 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and according to MMA Brazil, the promotion has selected Van Buren (8-2) as Calvillo's replacement. Calvillo was looking to raise her win streak to three, as she has beaten Cortney Casey and Poliana Botelho in her last two outings. With three rear-naked choke victories inside the Octagon, she is tied with Rose Namajunas for the most tapouts with that submission by a female UFC fighter.
Submitted Jun 7, 2019 6:37PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Gavin Tucker ends nearly two-year layoff, meets Seungwoo Choi at UFC 240
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A featherweight bout between Gavin Tucker and Seungwoo Choi is the latest addition to July’s UFC 240 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout between Tucker (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Choi (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC 240 takes place July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The fight card is headlined by a featherweight title bout between champ Max Holloway and ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Submitted Jun 5, 2019 9:20AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jimi Manuwa announces retirement: ‘It’s time to leave this chapter’
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Jimi Manuwa has announced his retirement from MMA following a knockout loss to light heavyweight up-and-comer Aleksandar Rakic in the co-main event of UFC Stockholm on Saturday.
Submitted Jun 4, 2019 10:42AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Andy Ruiz Jr. upsets Anthony Joshua with seventh-round TKO to claim heavyweight titles
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A late replacement and massive underdog, Andy Ruiz Jr. just shook up the world. Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) spoiled the long-awaited U.S. debut of unified heavyweight champion and British star Anthony Joshua to score four knockdowns and record a spectacular upset via seventh-round TKO at Madison Square Garden. Not only did Ruiz get up off the canvas early in Round 3 in order to do what oddsmakers felt was nearly impossible, he showed tremendous poise, power and fearlessness in systematically dismantling Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) to flip the heavyweight division upside down.
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 11:38PM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
UFC Stockholm bonuses: Anthony Smith’s main event submission leads $50K winners
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The action delivered on arrival earlier today (Sat., June 1, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 11 live on ESPN+ from inside Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, as Anthony Smith put an unexpected stop to Alexander Gustafsson via fourth-round submission in the main event. In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC on ESPN+ 11 bonus winners below: Performance of the Night: Anthony Smith Performance of the Night: Aleksandar Rakic Performance of the Night: Makwan Amirkhani Performance of the Night: Leonardo Santos
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 11:18PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch signed for early 2020
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In some totally unexpected news, Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II appears to be on tap for a TBD date in 2020. It won’t happen in 2019, but Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II is apparently a done deal. Wilder announced on Friday that after his expected September rematch with Luis Ortiz, he is going to face Fury next year.
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 12:22PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Ilir Latifi injured, bout vs. Volkan Oezdemir scratched from UFC Stockholm
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Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 11 event has lost its co-main event just two days out. Ilir Latifi (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight matchup with Volkan Oezdemir (15-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) due to a back injury. UFC officials announced the news Thursday. The specifics of Latifi’s back injury are unknown and the promotion did not detail how the situation arose on such short notice.
Submitted May 30, 2019 6:44PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektic among official additions to UFC Sacramento
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On Wednesday, the UFC made several bouts official for its upcoming visit to Sacramento. Per a release, featherweights Josh Emmett (14-2) and Mirsad Bektic (13-1) will fight on the July 13 card at Golden 1 Center. The matchup was first reported by FloCombat. Other bouts announced Wednesday include Andre Fili (19-6) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-3), Gian Villante (17-11) vs. Mike Rodriguez (10-3), and Pingyuan Liu (15-4) vs. Jonathan Martinez (10-2).
Submitted May 30, 2019 12:37PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Aspen Ladd vs. Germaine de Randamie set as UFC Sacramento main event
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UFC Sacramento has its headlining fight. Less than two weeks ago, Aspen Ladd was on the prelims of UFC Rochester against fellow contender Sijara Eubanks. After a Fight of the Night performance and another win, Ladd has been elevated to headliner status after previously never appearing on a UFC main card.
Submitted May 30, 2019 12:35PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Eduardo Dantas moves up to featherweight, faces Juan Archuleta at Bellator 222
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Eduardo Dantas will switch things up for his return to the Bellator cage. The former Bellator bantamweight champion has decided to move up to 145 pounds and take on Juan Archuleta in the main card portion of Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden, New York, on June 14, promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting.
Submitted May 30, 2019 11:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Bryan Caraway, Joseph Morales amongst many shown door by the UFC
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UFC veteran Bryan Caraway and flyweight Joseph Morales are among just a handful of names who have been released by the UFC. In addition to Caraway and Morales, MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed that light heavyweight Abdul-Kerim Edilov and heavyweight Dmitry Smoliakov are no longer on the UFC roster. Caraway’s departure was revealed by South Korean promotion Battlefield Fighting Championship on Monday. “Kid Lightning” went 6-4 during his almost eight-year UFC career, picking up wins against the likes of Aljamain Sterling and Eddie Wineland during his time in the promotion.
Submitted May 29, 2019 9:21AM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Three New Bouts Announced for UFC 240 in Edmonton
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The lineup for UFC 240 is beginning to take shape, as the promotion on Tuesday confirmed a trio of contests for the July 27 event. The newly-announced bouts are as followed: Lauren Murphy vs. Mara Romero Borella at flyweight; Gillan Robertson vs. Sarah Frota at flyweight and Erik Koch vs. Kyle Stewart at welterweight. UFC 240 take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is headlined by a featherweight championship clash between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. The main card airs on pay-per-view through ESPN+, with prelims airing on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Submitted May 29, 2019 9:18AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Yoel Romero wins tainted supplement lawsuit, awarded $27 million in damages
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Yoel Romero’s name has been further cleared of wrongdoing after a failed drug test from 2016 was proven to have stemmed from a tainted supplement. Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) on Tuesday won a lawsuit based in New Jersey against Gold Star Performance Products with total damages of $27.45 million, according to Romero’s agent, Abraham Kawa. The UFC middleweight sued the company after a failed drug test caused him to be suspended from competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Submitted May 29, 2019 9:16AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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