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Dana White: Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre title fight off, Yoel Romero gets next shot
(mmajunkie.com)
After endless complaints from fans and middleweight contenders, UFC President Dana White claims the company has decided to call off plans for a Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre title fight later this year.
Submitted May 11, 2017 12:53AM by xdanish020 - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Penne first UFC flagged for test following ABP review
(mixedmartialarts.com)
In addition to direct blood and urine anti-doping tests, UFC fighters are also subject to indirect testing via an Athlete Biological Passport (ABP). This is an individual record of selected biological parameters collated over a period of time. Doping violations are detected not by testing for and identifying illegal substances, but rather by noting variances from an athlete’s established levels outside permissible limits. This data can be an indication of doping in and of itself, or can be the basis for further, targeted anti-doping tests.
Submitted May 11, 2017 12:45AM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 211’s Sergio Pettis vs. Henry Cejudo fight canceled
(mmafighting.com)
DALLAS — Saturday night’s UFC 211 card has taken a last-minute hit. Sergio Pettis vs. Henry Cejudo has been canceled, MMA Fighting has learned. According to multiple sources, a hand injury has forced Cejudo out of the fight, which was slated to take place on the pay-per-view main card. Pettis will receive his show money if he successfully makes weight Friday morning, sources say. It’s unclear at this time which fight will replace the flyweight fight on the main card. UFC 211 will now proceed with 13 fights.
Submitted May 10, 2017 8:14PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Knee injury forces Michael Page out of next week's Bellator 179 event
(mmafighting.com)
Next week's Bellator 179 card has been hit by the injury bug. Welterweight contender Michael "Venom" Page has been forced to withdraw from his fight against Derek Anderson due to a knee injury, MMA Fighting has learned. The Daily Telegraph first reported the news.
Submitted May 10, 2017 8:13PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Mighty Mouse gets ALL his belts
(mixedmartialarts.com)
UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson is tied with Anderson Silva for consecutive title defenses, with 10. However, he had just one actual, physical belt. Prior to his last fight, a submission of the previously never submitted Wilson Reis at UFC on FOX 24, DJ called for the UFC to give him one belt for each title defense.
Submitted May 10, 2017 7:11PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White Confirms TUF 26 Will Crown Women’s Flyweight Champion
(mmaweekly.com)
After a recent false start, UFC president Dana White on Tuesday confirmed that the next season of The Ultimate Fighter will, in fact, launch the women’s 125-pound weight class and crown its first champion. The UFC issued a press release stating as much last week, announcing open tryouts for women in the 125-pound weight class, including fighters currently on the UFC’s roster. Just as quickly, however, the promotion stated that the press release was released prematurely. White on Tuesday confirmed to ESPNW that the promotion was moving forward with the idea.
Submitted May 10, 2017 12:28AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
Luke Rockhold encourages fellow middleweights to stand ground, tell UFC 'f*ck you'
(mmafighting.com)
Luke Rockhold has lost just once in the last four years, and yet he’s nowhere near a title shot. That’s because the man who beat him 11 months ago, Michael Bisping, is waiting for his next challenge in the form of Georges St-Pierre, and that fight isn’t expected to take place until sometime after October. Needless to say, the former champion Rockhold — who lost the title to Bisping at UFC 199 last June — doesn’t know his current bearings, especially with Yoel Romero sitting idly as the No. 1 contender and Robert Whittaker fast-emerging behind him.
Submitted May 10, 2017 12:08AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Scott Coker: Paul Daley-Rory MacDonald winner will face Douglas Lima-Lorenz Larkin winner
(mmafighting.com)
A pair of big upcoming matchups in the Bellator welterweight division have been turned into something of a mini-tournament. Paul Daley will meet Rory MacDonald in the main event of Bellator 179 in London on May 19, which will be followed by the 170-lb. title fight at New York’s Madison Square Garden between champion Douglas Lima and Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC on June 24.
Submitted May 10, 2017 12:06AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Yair Rodriguez looking to overtake Canelo Alvarez’s popularity with Mexican fight fans
(bloodyelbow.com)
Top UFC featherweight Yair Rodriguez has his sights set on becoming the best fighter possible, and along the way, a massive star in Latin America.
Submitted May 9, 2017 3:32AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Anderson Silva removes himself from UFC 212: "I'm done"
(mmamania.com)
...And the promotion still does not have an opponent for Anderson Silva. That's probably why he removed himself from the home town lineup on Sunday, frustrated with his inability to get the match ups the Brazilian bomber believes he's entitled to.
Submitted May 8, 2017 12:22PM by airkerma - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White on McGegor vs Mayweather: ‘We Just Lost Our Date’
(mmaweekly.com)
Although UFC president Dana White has been fairly consistent in saying that a boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor isn’t even close to being signed, on Saturday night, he admitted that they did have a target date for the fight… until Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin took it.
Submitted May 8, 2017 12:29AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, Interviews
 
Cruz: DJ would do ‘great’ against Garbrandt and Dillashaw
(mmafighting.com)
For now, the top of the UFC bantamweight division appears to be a three-horse race between current UFC champion Cody Garbrandt, the man challenging for the title next, T.J. Dillashaw, and the man with the most decorated reign in the division’s history, Dominick Cruz. But a fourth horse could soon enter the race in the form of Demetrious Johnson, the reigning flyweight king who sits only one title defense away from breaking the coveted UFC record held by Anderson Silva, and has talked extensively in the past about moving up to 135 pounds for a superfight once that record is his. As the only person in that quartet to have fought the other three members, that gives Cruz a unique perspective on Johnson’s chances against the best that bantamweight has to offer. And Cruz thinks “Mighty Mouse” would do just fine if he ever decides to make the move.
Submitted May 7, 2017 8:43PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Conor McGregor, girlfriend Dee Devlin have first child — a boy
(mmafighting.com)
Brace yourselves. There’s about to be another Conor McGregor running around. Conor McGregor and his longtime girlfriend Dee Devlin became parents Friday, McGregor confirmed Sunday on social after multiple reports. Devlin gave birth to a boy, who they named Conor Jr..
Submitted May 7, 2017 8:38PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Gastelum win over Belfort overturned, plus 90-day suspension
(mixedmartialarts.com)
The UFC’s independent drug testing agency does not test for recreational drugs outside of competition. However, recreational drugs including marijuana are tested for in-competition. Alcohol is treated in a similar fashion – you are not tested for alcohol out of competition, but are prohibited from fighting while drunk. Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs have a cutoff of 50 ng/ML. World Anti-Doping Agency has a threshold of 150 ng/ML. USADA uses 180 ng/ML. UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum tested positive above that level at UFC Fight Night 106: Belfort vs. Gastelum on March 11 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Gastelum was then removed from a scheduled fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 212 on June 3, 2017 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Submitted May 7, 2017 6:22PM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ex-WSOF champ Justin Gaethje says UFC contract signed, wants 'scariest lightweight possible'
(mmajunkie.com)
Now former WSOF lightweight champion Justin Gaethje late Wednesday night said his next move is a done deal. Gaethje (17-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), currently ranked No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, said on his official Twitter account he has signed his contract to fight in the UFC. Although he didn’t call out anyone by name, he said he wants the “scariest lightweight possible” for his first bout in the promotion.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:45PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Bigfoot' Silva back on TRT for Vitaly Minakov fight in Russia
(mmafighting.com)
Antonio Silva is looking to snap a four-fight losing skid, and he's cleared to go on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) once again. “Bigfoot", one of the few UFC fighters allowed to go on TRT before the treatment was banned by the Nevada Athletic Commission, is set to meet former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov at Fight Nights Global, scheduled for June 2 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:39PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
USADA suspends UFC’s Ricardo Abreu for four years after second anti-doping violation
(mmafighting.com)
As expected, Ricardo Abreu won’t be fighting in the UFC any time soon. Or, more likely, ever again. The middleweight fighter was suspended for four years by USADA after failing a drug test while serving a previous USADA suspension for a positive test, it was announced by the UFC’s anti-doping partner Friday. The second anti-doping policy violation resulted in the sanction length being doubled. Abreu, 33, tested positive for nandrolone metabolites and other 19-norsteroids stemming from a sample collected Dec. 21, 2016. The non-natural origin of the agent was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio analysis, per the USADA release. The substances Abreu tested positive for fall under the anabolic agents category in the UFC’s anti-doping policy.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:38PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder booked for UFC Fight Night 113
(mmafighting.com)
A few days after they went onto Twitter and agreed to a fight, the UFC has made it official: Stevie Ray vs. Paul Felder have a date in Glasgow. The lightweights will square off at UFC Fight Night 113 in Scotland on July 16, the company announced on Friday.
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:37PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
‘Baby Slice’ Kevin Ferguson Jr. returns against D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179 in London
(mmafighting.com)
Kevin Ferguson Jr. — a.k.a. ‘Baby Slice’ — is fighting again in 15 days. It was reported on Friday by The Sun that Ferguson will take on D.J. Griffin at Bellator 179, which will take place on May 20 at the SSE Arena in London, England. Bellator officials have confirmed the bout. After making his amateur debut in March 2016, Ferguson — who is the son of the late Kimbo Slice (Kevin Ferguson Sr.) — made his MMA debut last November against Aaron Hamilton. He ended up losing via second-round submission (guillotine).
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:36PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Georges St-Pierre to Michael Bisping: I’ll fight you any time ‘after October’
(mmafighting.com)
Don’t plan on seeing the UFC middleweight title defended until late in 2017. Georges St-Pierre posted a video message to middleweight champion Michael Bisping on Friday, saying he’d be ready to fight for the belt “any time after October.” The bout has already been announced, but a timeframe has been up in the air until now. “Mr. Bisping, I cleared my entire schedule to get ready for training camp after the summer,” St-Pierre said. “So I can fight you any time after October. Pick the date. Let’s get it on.”
Submitted May 5, 2017 7:32PM by tildengolfer - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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