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Freddie Roach would prefer Georges St-Pierre move back to welterweight after beating Michael Bisping
Georges St-Pierre did the improbable Saturday night. He came back from four years away, moved up 15 pounds in weight and defeated Michael Bisping to win the UFC middleweight title. At UFC 217 in New York, “GSP”, a longtime former welterweight champion, became just the fourth UFC fighter to hold titles in two different weight classes. It cemented him on the short list of best fighters of all time, if not made him the consensus greatest ever. His future, though, remains uncertain. The UFC wants him to unify the middleweight title with interim champion Robert Whittaker next. And St-Pierre has said that is written into his contract. But many, including his boxing coach Freddie Roach, still think he’d be better off back to welterweight.
Submitted Nov 7, 2017 3:52PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC Winnipeg adds Jan Blachowicz vs. Jared Cannonier, Sheldon Westcott vs. Danny Roberts
Less than six weeks out, two additional fights have been finalized for UFC Winnipeg. Jan Blachowicz is stepping in on short notice to fight Jared Cannonier in a light heavyweight bout, replacing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was removed from the booking after being flagged for a USADA violation on Oct. 19. Officials also announced a welterweight bout between TUF: Nations finalist Sheldon Westcott and Danny “Hot Chocolate” Roberts.
Submitted Nov 7, 2017 1:12PM by Five-Alive - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Opponent switch: Eryk Anders meets LFA champ Markus Perez at UFC Fight Night 123
Eryk Anders will go from fighting one UFC newcomer to another when he makes his return to the octagon at UFC Fight Night 123. Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) announced on Sunday that John Phillips (21-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of their scheduled middleweight bout at the December event. He now fights another promotional newcomer and now-former LFA middleweight champion: Markus Perez (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted Nov 6, 2017 4:29PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC announces schedule for first quarter of 2018
On Saturday’s UFC 217 broadcast, the UFC officially announced nine events for the start of 2018. The first quarter of next year kicks off with a Fight Night event in St. Louis, Mo., and wraps up with a trip to the O2 Arena in London, England. Other international stops include Belem, Brazil, and Perth, Australia. It will be the first time that the Octagon visits those cities.
Submitted Nov 5, 2017 1:33PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White on Georges St-Pierre’s next move: ‘It’s going to be Whittaker’
It seems a title unification bout is on the horizon for Georges St-Pierre. On Saturday night, the former UFC welterweight king returned to the Octagon after a four-year layoff to take on UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217, which took place at the Madison Square Garden in New York City. After two competitive rounds, St-Pierre defeated Bisping with a third-round rear-naked choke, thus becoming the new middleweight champ.
Submitted Nov 5, 2017 1:29PM by grappler0000 - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 217 bonuses: Georges St-Pierre, four others earn extra money
UFC 217 was full of memorable performances. So much so that four Performance of the Night bonuses weren’t enough. Each of the three new champions crowned on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City took home an extra $50,000 for their efforts. Georges St-Pierre, who choked out Michael Bisping in the main event to win the UFC middleweight title; T.J. Dillashaw, who finished Cody Garbrandt to claim his second UFC bantamweight championship; and Rose Namajunas, who made Joanna Jedrzejczyk tap to strikes in their strawweight title fight; all won titles and all took home bonuses.
Submitted Nov 5, 2017 11:57AM by JLS - 4 comments
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LFA fighter C.J. Hancock says he died in cage, was revived after heart stopped
A Legacy Fighting Alliance fighter said he died in the cage during a bout Friday night and had to be revived after his heart stopped. C.J. Hancock wrote Saturday morning on Facebook that he is “okay” after his heart stopped and he had kidney failure during a fight at LFA 26 on Friday in Houston.
Submitted Nov 4, 2017 4:42PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC heavyweight Azunna Anyanwu flagged for potential anti-doping violation
Ion Cutelaba wasn’t the only UFC fighter to suffer the wrath of USADA on Friday. UFC heavyweight Azunna Anyanwu has popped for a potential anti-doping violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on Oct. 18, the UFC announced Friday. Anyanwu (14-5) lost his Octagon debut via split decision to Justin Ledet on Sept. 16 at UFC Pittsburgh. Previous to that, the 36-year-old fighter competed on the inaugural episode of Dana White’s Contender Series, where he scored a highlight-reel second-round knockout of Greg Rebello.
Submitted Nov 3, 2017 6:45PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
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Ion Cutelaba flagged for possible USADA violation, removed from UFC 217
UFC 217 has lost a fight at the last minute. The bout between light heavyweights Ion Cutelaba and Michael Oleksiejczuk has been scrapped after Cutelaba was flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a potential violation.
Submitted Nov 3, 2017 5:29PM by Five-Alive - 6 comments
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Cody Garbrandt posts clip of alleged sparring KO of T.J. Dillashaw
Ever since it became clear that former Team Alpha Male teammates Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw have been on a collision course, “No Love” has boasted that there exists footage of him knocking Dillashaw out during their time as sparring partners. On Thursday, the UFC bantamweight champion finally posted footage of what Garbrandt alleges to be that KO on his Instagram page:
Submitted Nov 3, 2017 4:22AM by Five-Alive - 14 comments
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Alexander Shlemenko’s team to file formal protest over Gegard Mousasi loss
Following a hotly contested unanimous decision loss to Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 185, Alexander Shlemenko and his team have issued a formal protest to the Association of Boxing Commissions and the Mohegan Department of Athletic Regulation seeking to have the result of the bout reviewed and possibly overturned. On Thursday, Shlemenko’s manager Alexei Zhernakov sent a copy of the protest to MMA Fighting in which he points out several issues with the judges’ decision, specifically regarding the second and third rounds of the Oct. 20 main event, which took place in Uncasville, Conn. He argues that round two saw Shlemenko do the majority of the damage while Mousasi could only offer ineffective grappling, and that the final frame could feasibly have been scored a 10-8 in favor of Shlemenko.
Submitted Nov 2, 2017 6:39PM by Leonstolzz - 15 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau booked for UFC 220 in Boston
A lightweight clash between Islam Makhachev and Gleison Tibau has been added to UFC 220, sources told MMA Fighting. UFC 220 will be the promotion’s first pay-per-view card of 2018. The event is scheduled for Jan. 20 at Boston’s TD Garden.
Submitted Nov 2, 2017 6:37PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
LFA champion Markus Perez signs with the UFC, meets Eryk Anders in Fresno
Markus Perez is the newest addition to the UFC middleweight division. Less than two months after winning the vacant LFA title with a first-round submission over Ian Heinisch, in which he wore a UFC Reebok short, the undefeated Brazilian has inked a deal with the UFC, sources told MMA Fighting. Perez will make his Octagon debut against Eryk Anders at UFC Fresno, MMA Fighting has learned. Anders (9-0), who impressed in his UFC debut in July with a quick victory over longtime veteran Rafael Natal, was originally scheduled to meet John Phillips.
Submitted Nov 2, 2017 6:35PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
Conor McGregor declares he won't return to UFC unless he's co-promoter
UFC lightweight champ Conor McGregor broke barriers with his record-setting boxing match against Floyd Mayweather. Now, he wants to become the first fighter to co-promote an MMA event with the UFC – and he claims he won’t return unless the McGregor Sports and Entertainment logo finds its way inside the octagon.
Submitted Nov 2, 2017 1:25PM by Five-Alive - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC books 10th London event for March 17
The UFC is set to return to London on Mar. 17, 2018 at The 02 Arena.
Submitted Nov 2, 2017 1:22PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Welterweight Jim Wallhead faces potential anti-doping violation
Jim Wallhead is facing a possible anti-doping violation after failing an out-of-competition drug test from USADA collected on Oct. 7. The UFC announced the positive test in a statement on Wednesday: UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Jim Wallhead of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on October 7, 2017.
Submitted Nov 1, 2017 9:58PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White calls Jon Jones ‘unfixable’
He may only be a promoter, but when it comes to Jon Jones, Dana White doesn’t pull any punches.
Submitted Nov 1, 2017 4:38PM by Five-Alive - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping, Jorge Masvidal exchange profanities in heated altercation
Well, Michael Bisping is not only getting into heated arguments with his UFC 217 opponent. The UFC middleweight champion, who is set to take on Georges St-Pierre in the main event of UFC 217, got into an altercation on Wednesday afternoon with welterweight fighter Jorge Masvidal. The heated argument went down at the fighters’ hotel in New York City. Masvidal is also set to compete on card against recent title challenger Stephen Thompson. Below is a video of the altercation between the two Bisping and Masvidal:
Submitted Nov 1, 2017 3:23PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Brandon Moreno receives no sanctions after failing USADA drug test due to ‘contaminated meat’
UFC flyweight contender Brandon Moreno will receive no punishment after testing positive for a banned substance that was “determined to have been ingested by him without fault or negligence,” USADA announced Wednesday.
Submitted Nov 1, 2017 3:20PM by Five-Alive - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
New bouts official for UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai
The UFC’s debut event in mainland China has a few new official fight-card additions. Officials recently announced heavyweights Cyril Asker (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. James Mulheron (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and welterweights Alex Garcia (14-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) vs. Muslim Salikhov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Submitted Nov 1, 2017 12:41AM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
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