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Gray Maynard to fight Nik Lentz at UFC 229
Two of the UFC’s most experienced fighters will face off at UFC 229. Gray Maynard meets Nik Lentz in a lightweight bout at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Oct. 6., per the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Between the two of them, Maynard and Lentz have a combined 39 bouts inside the Octagon. This will be Maynard’s first fight at 155 pounds since April 2015. A two-time UFC lightweight title challenger, the 39-year-old Maynard made his last three appearances at featherweight, going 2-1. Most recently he defeated Teruto Isihara by unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale to improve his professional record to 13-6-1 with one no contest.
Submitted Aug 21, 2018 8:04AM by JLS - 2 comments
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Driver pleads guilty to manslaughter in relation to death of MMA fighter Jordan Parsons
Jordan Parsons, who fought for Bellator MMA, was 25-years-old at the time of his passing. Last week, Dennis Michael Wright, 30, plead guilty to DUI manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence in connection to the 2016 hit-and-run killing of MMA fighter Jordan Parsons. Wright, who had been under house arrest until his bond was revoked this April, plead guilty as part of a plea deal.
Submitted Aug 19, 2018 1:26PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Evangelista Santos isn’t returning to MMA after Michael Page’s flying knee fractured his skull
The original Cyborg Santos is calling it a career after a flying knee that fractured his skull, but with a positive outlook. Evangelista Santos isn’t a household name for UFC fans, but he owns a respectable fight history as one of MMA’s premier action fighters.
Submitted Aug 15, 2018 12:19PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Glover Teixeira injured, out of UFC Sao Paulo main event vs. Jimi Manuwa
UFC Sao Paulo has already lost its main event. Less than two weeks after it was announced that light heavyweight veteran Glover Teixeira would headline UFC Fight Night: Sao Paulo against Jimi Manuwa, Texieira has already been forced to withdraw. ESPN’s Ariel Helwani confirmed on Tuesday that Teixeira has pulled out due to a shoulder injury, and it’s reportedly the same one he’s been dealing with since his title fight loss vs. Jon Jones back in 2014. According to the report, there is concern that this injury could require surgery, but no decision has been made.
Submitted Aug 15, 2018 12:16PM by JLS - 5 comments
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After going 11-1 at bantamweight, Raphael Assuncao calls for next title shot: ‘I don’t know what else I’ve got to do’
Say a fighter, any fighter, had posted an 11-1 UFC record at a certain weight class. Say that fighter also held a win over the current champion, and after banking 30 minutes of fight time with said champion, the series between the two was split 1-to-1 down the middle.
Submitted Aug 13, 2018 1:50AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nordine Taleb to fight Sean Strickland at UFC Moncton
UFC Moncton is adding more Canadian content. Officials announced Friday that Quebec-based fighter Nordine Taleb will fight Sean Strickland in a welterweight contest on the Oct. 27 event at the Moncton Events Centre in Moncton, New Brunswick. This matchup pits two UFC veterans against one another, as both have compiled 6-3 records in nine Octagon appearances each. Taleb (14-5) is coming off of a first-round submission loss to Claudio Silva at UFC Liverpool, while Strickland (19-3) suffered a first-round knockout loss to Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC 224 in his most recent fight.
Submitted Aug 10, 2018 9:38PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Raquel Pennington-Germaine de Randamie Tilt Revealed for UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver
The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s 25th Anniversary card in Denver just landed another Colorado native, as Colorado Springs’ Raquel Pennington vs. Germaine de Randamie has been officially announced for the Nov. 10 event. Beyond a mere nod to the locale, the fight is a matchup of Top-10 women with something to prove. “Rocky” will look to regain momentum and show she is none the worse for wear after a brutal fifth-round TKO loss to bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in May, which snapped a four-fight winning streak. While Pennington was roundly lauded for her heart and grit, the punishment she took was severe enough that her corner as well as referee Marc Goddard received some criticism for not stopping the fight sooner.
Submitted Aug 10, 2018 5:44PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Diego Sanchez Booked For UFC 228
Diego Sanchez booked his next fight under the UFC banner as he is slated to make his return to the Octagon at the upcoming UFC 228 pay-per-view event. The promotion has announced that Sanchez will take on Craig White in a welterweight bout at this show.
Submitted Aug 10, 2018 5:41PM by JLS - 1 comment
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UFC likely to add Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov to UFC 229
UFC 229 will be the home of a pivotal heavyweight fight. The UFC is going to stack UFC 229 with as many big fights as possible, and at least in a literal sense, they don’t come much bigger than a battle of top heavyweights. According to ESPN, who spoke to UFC president Dana White, the promotion is close to adding a bout between Derrick Lewis and Alexander Volkov to the October 6th card in Las Vegas.
Submitted Aug 9, 2018 12:16AM by JLS - 4 comments
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Misha Cirkunov vs. Patrick Cummins, four other bouts added to UFC Moncton
Misha Cirkunov is getting his chance to bounce back in his home country. Coming off consecutive losses for the first time in his career, Cirkunov will look to return to the winner’s circle when he fights Patrick Cummins in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Moncton on Oct. 27, per TSN. A native of Latvia with roots in Toronto, Cirkunov (13-4) had emerged as a contender at 205 pounds with a string of finishes in his first four UFC fights. However, he’s now failed to make it out of the first round in back-to-back contests against Glover Teixeira and Volkan Oezdemir. Cummins (10-5) is also coming off of a loss, having been outpointed by Corey Anderson in April. He is 3-3 in his last six fights, with wins over Gian Villante, Jan Blachowicz, and Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante. Also added to the show is a light heavyweight bout between Villante (16-10) and Ed Herman (23-13, 1 NC), a lightweight bout between Thibault Gouti (12-4) and Nasrat Haqparast (9-2), a bantamweight bout between Gavin Tucker (10-1) and Andre Soukhamthath (12-6), and a women’s bantamweight bout between Sarah Moras (5-3) and Talita Bernardo (5-3).
Submitted Aug 9, 2018 12:13AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Aaron Pico faces former title challenger Leandro Higo at Bellator 206
Bellator’s show on Sept. 29 is becoming quite the stacked affair. Featherweight phenom Aaron Pico will look to extend his run of first-round knockouts when he meets former Bellator title challenger Leandro Higo in a marquee matchup at Bellator 206, which takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. MMA Fighting confirmed the booking Wednesday following an initial report by The Orange County Register.
Submitted Aug 9, 2018 12:11AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Benavidez vs. Borg moved to UFC Denver; officials deny switch is due to McGregor
Due to his order of protection against Conor McGregor, UFC flyweight contender Ray Borg won’t be fighting at UFC 229 after all. Joseph Benavidez and Ray Borg are still set to meet as initially planned, just a month later.
Submitted Aug 9, 2018 12:09AM by JLS - 3 comments
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Andrew Sanchez and Luis Henrique get new opponents for UFC events in Lincoln, Sao Paulo
The UFC was forced to find new opponents for Andrew Sanchez and Luis Henrique after their original opponents withdrew from upcoming events, sources confirmed following reports by Combate. Sanchez, who was slated to face jiu-jitsu world champion Antonio Braga Neto at UFC Lincoln on Aug. 25, now takes on Markus Perez. Sanchez (9-4) attempts to get back on track after losses to Anthony Smith and Ryan Janes, while Perez (10-1) looks to get his momentum going after a first-round win over James Bochnovic in May. UFC Lincoln takes place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena and features Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick in the main event. Henrique vs. Mark Godbeer was booked as a light heavyweight clash between former heavyweights, but Godbeer will be replaced by Ryan Spann. Henrique (10-4, 1 no-contest) went 2-3 as a heavyweight in the UFC, while Spann (14-5) makes his promotional debut after competing twice in the Octagon at Dana White’s Contender Series, most recently tapping Emiliano Sordi in 26 seconds.
Submitted Aug 7, 2018 2:46AM by JLS - 0 comments
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UFC 227 post-event facts: Does T.J. Dillashaw's resume prove he's greatest bantamweight?
The UFC’s sixth stop in Los Angeles occurred on Saturday when UFC 227 went down at Staples Center. The card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass. A rivalry was settled in the main event when T.J. Dillashaw (16-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) once again proved his superiority to Cody Garbrandt (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) with a first-round TKO. It was a monumental achievement for the UFC bantamweight champion, who has now defended his belt during two separate title reigns. History also happened in the co-headliner. Henry Cejudo (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) brought an end to Demetrious Johnson’s (27-3-1 MMA, 15-2-1 UFC) historic title run when he came out on the winning end of a split decision to claim the UFC flyweight title. for more on the numbers from UFC 227, check below for 45 post-event facts from the card...
Submitted Aug 5, 2018 10:34PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC to debut in Beijing on Nov. 24
The Octagon’s next visit to China will take place in the country’s capital. Officials announced Saturday that the UFC will host an event on Nov. 24 at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, China. This will be the third city in China to which the UFC has traveled and the fifth event in the country overall. Previous trips to China took place in Macau (three times) and most recently, Shanghai...
Submitted Aug 5, 2018 10:32PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 227 bonuses: T.J. Dillashaw’s first-round TKO leads $50K winners
The action delivered last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) at UFC 227 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., as UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw knocked out Cody Garbrandt in the very first round to retain his 135-pound crown. Adding to the mix was a title winning performance by Henry Cejudo over UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, a first-round submission finish by Renato Moicano over featherweight veteran Cub Swanson, and a brutal knockout finish by Alex Perez of touted flyweight prospect Jose Torres.
Submitted Aug 5, 2018 5:37AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
McGregor/Khabib fight scheduled for October 6th at UFC 229
It was just announced, live, at the UFC Press Conference. Conor vs. Khabib on October 6th at UFC 229
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 5:34PM by Nathan_Arizona - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa set to headline UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo
Hard-hitting light heavyweights Glover Teixeira and Jimi Manuwa will headline UFC Fight Night 137 and start their campaigns for redemption. The UFC today announced the matchup for the Sept. 22 fight card, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event airs live on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Teixeira (27-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is less than a month removed from a decision loss to Corey Anderson at UFC Fight Night 134. Since a failed bid for the title against now-former champ Jon Jones in 2014, the Brazilian vet is 5-4 in the octagon. The UFC Fight Night 137 card now includes: Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Tonya Evinger vs. Ketlen Vieira Neil Magny vs. Alex Oliveira Sergio Moraes vs. Ben Saunders Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard Evan Dunham vs. Francisco Trinaldo Alex Chambers vs. Livia Renata Souza Mark Godbeer vs. Luis Henrique Renan Barao vs. Andre Ewell Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Elias Theodorou
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:47PM by Budgellism - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Virna Jandiroba defends strawweight title vs. Janaisa Morandin at Invicta FC 31
The strawweight title will be on the line in an all-Brazil matchup when Invicta FC returns in a month. Undefeated champ Virna Jandiroba (13-0) will headline Invicta FC 31 against challenger Janaisa Morandin (10-1), the promotion recently announced. In the co-main event, UFC veteran Pearl Gonzalez (8-3) takes on Daiane Firmino (10-2) at flyweight. Invicta FC 31 takes place Sept. 1 at the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass. The Invicta FC 31 card includes: Champ Virna Jandiroba vs. Janaisa Morandin – for strawweight title Daiane Firmino vs. Pearl Gonzalez Raquel Pa’aluhi vs. Shanna Young Mallory Martin vs. Ashley Nichols Kelly D’Angelo vs. Lindsey VanZandt Kay Hansen vs. Helen Peralta Audrey Drew vs. Holli Salazar
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:45PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Ray Cooper III vs. Pavel Kusch headlines PFL 6 in Atlantic City; Kayla Harrison returns
The full lineup is now set for PFL 6, which features the rebranded promotion’s first trip to Atlantic City and a welterweight headliner between Ray Cooper III and Pavel Kusch. The promotion today made official the full fight card for the event, which takes place Aug. 16 at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. The card airs on NBCSN following prelims streamed on Facebook. The PFL 6 card includes: MAIN CARD (NBCSN) Ray Cooper III vs. Pavel Kusch Gomed Magomedkerimov vs. Bojan Velickovic Kayla Harrison vs. Jozette Cotton Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Jonatan Westin Joao Zeferino vs. Yuri Villefort PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook Live) Abus Magomedov vs. Anderson Goncalves John Howard vs. Bruno Santos Rick Story vs. TBD Shamil Gamzatov vs. Rex Harris Jake Shields vs. Herman Terrado Louis Taylor vs. Andre Lobato Gasan Umalatov vs. Eddie Gordon
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:44PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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