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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Elias Theordorou vs. Antonio Carlos Junior headed to UFC Fight Night 137
A middleweight matchup between Elias Theordorou and Antonio Carlos Junior has been added to next month’s UFC Fight Night 137 card. The UFC today confirmed the fight on Twitter following an initial report from Brazilian outlet Combate, which reported verbal agreements in place. UFC Fight Night 137 takes place Sept. 22 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event’s main card is expected to air live on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass. With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 137 lineup now includes: Sam Alvey vs. 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 Souza Mark Godbeer vs. Luis Henrique Elias Theodorou vs. Antonio Carlos Junior
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:41PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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UFC announces press conference Friday with ‘more than a dozen’ fighters to promote future cards
On Wednesday, the promotion announced that there will be a “special” press conference Friday with “more than a dozen fighters” promoting upcoming UFC events. The press conference is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. PT and will be held at The Orpheum Theatre in LA. The festivities will be followed by the UFC 227 ceremonial weigh-ins.
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:28AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
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Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier booked for UFC 230 in New York
Turns out Dustin Poirier won’t wait for a title shot, after all. Instead, “The Diamond” will welcome back Nate Diaz from a lengthy layoff. Late Thursday night, the Los Angeles Times reported the matchup will take place at UFC 230 on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the booking with multiple people with knowledge of the matchup. They requested anonymity since an official announcement hasn’t been made but is expected Friday at a press conference in Los Angeles.
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:11AM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
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Volkan Oezdemir vs. Anthony Smith to headline UFC Fight Night 138 in Moncton
The UFC today announced Oezdemir and Smith will face off at UFC Fight Night 138, resetting Oezdemir (15-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) after his UFC 227 fight with Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was canceled due to a broken nose.
Submitted Aug 3, 2018 3:10AM by jae_1833 - 2 comments
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Nikita Krylov re-signs with UFC, fights Jan Blachowicz at UFC Moscow
After leaving the UFC in free agency, Krylov (24-5) has won four straight fights, mostly competing under the Fight Nights Global banner. The Ukrainian, who has never seen the distance in his six-year MMA career, is coming off consecutive knockout victories over Fabio Maldonado and Emmanuel Newton.
Submitted Aug 2, 2018 3:43AM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
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PFL 5 Weigh-ins: Efrain Escudero Eliminated from Playoffs on the Scale
Known for missing weight at several points in his career, Escudero again failed on the scale Wednesday in Uniondale, New York, hitting 163.2, which led to his removal from Thursday’s PFL 5 card. His opponent, Islam Mamedov, did his part by hitting 155.2. Mamedov will be paid his show and win money, as well as receive a win in the PFL Playoff standings. By missing weight for the second time this season, Escudero has been eliminated from post-season consideration.
Submitted Aug 1, 2018 1:42PM by JLS - 3 comments
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