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UFC 227 tickets: $362 gets you cageside for Dillashaw-Garbrandt, Johnson-Cejudo rematches
If you’re headed to Los Angeles for a pair of championship rematches, $362 will get on the floor for UFC 227. Officials today announced UFC 227 ticket prices, which range from $62.10 for nosebleeds to $362.25 for floor/cageside seats. UFC 227 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized. Tickets, which are capped at eight per order, go on sale to to the general public beginning Friday at 10 a.m. PT. However, UFC 226 ticket pre-sale periods begin Wednesday at 10 a.m. PT for UFC Fight Club members and Thursday at 10 a.m. PT for UFC.com e-newsletter subscribers.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 4:38PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
USADA suspends Michal Oleksiejczuk one year for testing positive for clomiphene
Michal Oleksiejczuk now has his complete sanctions. USADA suspended the UFC light heavyweight for one year after his positive test for clomiphene in December, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Tuesday. Oleksiejczuk was already suspended one year in March by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and his win over Khalil Rountree was overturned to a no contest. The suspensions will run concurrently.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:37PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Agent Malki Kawa says Yoel Romero plans lawsuit against Illinois State Athletic Commission
Yoel Romero is upset at the Illinois State Athletic Commission and he’s primed to do something about it. Romero plans on taking the the regulatory body to court after what he feels like was an injustice during his weight cut last week, Romero’s agent Malki Kawa told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:36PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Carla Esparza accuses Claudia Gadelha of greasing at UFC 225: ‘She’s a cheater’
Carla Esparza believes Claudia Gadelha cheated her way to a split-decision win in their back and forth strawweight clash at UFC 225. Esparza insisted that Gadelha greased before the fight and now regrets not informing a referee.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 5:20AM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Rolando Dy vs. Shane Young completes 12-bout lineup at UFC Singapore
A featherweight contest between the Philippines’ Rolando Dy (9-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and New Zealand’s Shane Young (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) is the 12th and final addition to the UFC’s upcoming return to Singapore. UFC officials recently announced the contest for UFC Fight Night 132, which takes place June 23 at Singapore Indoor Stadium and streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:12AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
X-ray shows hand injury suffered by Robert Whittaker at UFC 225
Robert Whittaker scored another decision victory over Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a costly win. “The Reaper”, who won a close split decision win in a five-round non-title bout Saturday night, fractured his right thumb early in the opening round, and his team released the X-ray on social media.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 3:03PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Michael Bisping’s on-air beef with Colby Covington was untimely (and unnecessary)
It’s exceedingly easy to hate on Colby Covington, especially after he vowed to take his newly won interim belt to the White House for Donald Trump to run a cold finger over. But it’s quite another to dress him down on a post-fight show right after he wins that belt, which Michael Bisping did late on Saturday night. If you expect high-road professionalism from Bisping in his role as an analyst, five words spring immediately to mind. Good luck with that, booday. In fact, the whole segment — which lasted five minutes and aired live on Fox Sports 1 after UFC 225 — took on the complexion of an SNL skit, with Covington on one half of the split screen sporting shades, his belt and his trademark smug smile, and Bisping on the other, taking umbrage at how Covington called the panel out for doubting his chances against Rafael dos Anjos. It was uncomfortable, weird, comical, even a little mortifying — and sometimes all of those things at once (like when poor Michelle Waterson forgot her question). It was also untimely. Check it out for yourself.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 3:01PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Dana White: Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones still ‘very interested’ in fight
The UFC just wrapped up one of its most stacked cards of the year and another mega event is right around the corner, but president Dana White is already looking to add more star power to the docket.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 2:58PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dana White says Rashad Evans told him that he’s retiring from MMA
Rashad Evans’ 53-second loss at UFC 225 could turn out to be the final Octagon appearance of his legendary career. Evans suffered a nasty first-round knockout loss to Anthony Smith on Saturday night at UFC 225, a setback which extended his current losing streak to five straight. Afterward, UFC president Dana White said that he spoke to Evans in the aftermath of the Smith fight, and he indicated that Evans could be at the end of his 13-year run with the promotion.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 2:56PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 225 bonuses: Robert Whittaker gets extra $50K over Romero weigh-in flub
The action certainly delivered last night (Sat., June 9, 2018) at UFC 225 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside United Center in Chicago, Ill., as UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker outlasted Cuban machine Yoel Romero in a five-round bloody classic. In addition to the main event mayhem, Colby Covington walked away with the interim welterweight strap by suffocating Rafael dos Anjos, CM Punk got beat up by Mike Jackson for 15 minutes, Cutis Blaydes turned Alistair Overeem into a bloody mess, Anthony Smith kneed Rashad Evans into oblivion, and Charles Oliveira quickly choked out Clay Guida.
Submitted Jun 10, 2018 4:33PM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ronda Rousey becomes first female UFC Hall of Famer
Ronda Rousey was the first American woman to medal in the Olympics in judo. She was the first women to be signed by the UFC. She was the first to headline a UFC pay-per-view. She was the first to win a championship match. She was the first to sell out a major arena. She was the first woman in any combat sport to draw a $1 million live gate and nearly quadrupled the largest pay-per-view number for any kind of sporting event headlined by a woman. That was all on the same night. She was the first woman to headline a combat sports event in front of 50,000 fans. She was the first to headline a 1 million pay-per-view buy show, and did so twice with no real undercard support. She was the first MMA fighter to win an ESPY award, winning Best Female Athlete in both 2014 and 2015, and was the first MMA fighter to break the boxing stronghold on the Best Fighter award in voting among sports fans. She won her first seven fights by armbar, all in less than 57 seconds. She still has the fastest submission — 14 seconds against Cat Zingano — in modern UFC history. She has the third-fastest knockout — 16 seconds against Alexis Davis — in UFC title fight history. Her six title defenses is still a women’s UFC record. In her 12 pro and three amateur wins, every single one was via stoppage. Only one of those opponents got out of the first round and only three lasted more than 66 seconds. They included wins over major organization champions Julia Budd, Sarah Kaufman, and two over Miesha Tate. For all those reasons, Rousey had to be the first woman inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
Submitted Jun 10, 2018 5:38AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo 2 booked for UFC 227
For Demetrious Johnson to make it to a dozen successful title defenses, he’ll have to defeat one of his most decorated opponents — again. On Saturday’s UFC 225 Fight Pass prelims broadcast, the promotion announced that Johnson will defend his flyweight championship in a rematch against Henry Cejudo at UFC 227 on Aug. 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Submitted Jun 9, 2018 10:37PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Yoel Romero fails to make championship weight on second attempt for UFC 225 fight with Robert Whittaker
After two tries, Yoel Romero will not be competing for the UFC middleweight title on Saturday. The would-be challenger was granted an extra two hours by the Illinois State Athletic Commission to make weight at Friday’s weigh-ins for UFC 225 in Chicago after coming in heavy on his first attempt for his championship rematch with Robert Whittaker. Clearance from a physician was also required for Romero to attempt a second weigh-in. Romero initially weighed in at 186 pounds and he came in at 185.2 pounds on his second attempt, making him ineligible to win the title in Saturday’s main event. It is unclear whether the fight will proceed and if so what conditions will be negotiated by the fighters’ teams.
Submitted Jun 8, 2018 3:17PM by Braden - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC announces New Brunswick debut for Oct. 27
The UFC will visit its 11th Canadian city on Oct. 27. UFC President Dana White today announced a UFC Fight Night event that takes place in the Canadian province of New Brunswick in the city of Moncton
Submitted Jun 8, 2018 1:36AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Brad Tavares out of TUF 27 Finale vs. Israel Adesanya; Thiago 'Marreta' Santos possible replacement
Brad Tavares’ long-awaited opportunity to headline a UFC card is going to have to wait a little longer; the middleweight contender is out of The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale headliner. Tavares (17-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) was scheduled to fight unbeaten rising star Israel Adesanya (12-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at the July 6 event, which takes place at Pearl Theater in Las Vegas. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. According to UFC President Dana White, who today revealed the news to TMZ.com, Tavares suffered a broken foot in training that’s ruled him out of competition.
Submitted Jun 7, 2018 10:45PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White says Georges St-Pierre is retired, but ex-champ's manager denies claim
UFC President Dana White and former two-division UFC champ Georges St-Pierre have once against reached a crossroads in their relationship at which the promoter claims the fighter doesn’t want to compete. During an interview today with TSN in Canada, White said St-Pierre (26-2 MMA, 20-2 UFC) is “retired” from MMA competition and has no intention of fighting any time soon, nor does he even want to compete. “We’ve been talking about a fight with ‘GSP,’ but ‘GSP’ is retired,” White told TSN. “As far as I’m concerned, ‘GSP’ is retired right now. He’s not interested in fighting anybody.” When contacted by MMAjunkie, St-Pierre’s longtime manager, Rodolphe Beaulieu, denied his client is retired via text message.
Submitted Jun 7, 2018 8:56PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Adriano Moraes vs. Geje Eustaquio title unification rematch co-headlines ONE: Pinnacle of Power in China
A title unification bout between flyweights Adriano Moraes and Geje Eustaquio is official for June 23’s ONE Championship card in Macau, China. The rematch will co-headline the card, that has Xiong Jing Nan putting her strawweight belt on the line versus Laura Balin in the main event. ONE: Pinnacle of Power will take place at the Studio City Event Center in Macau, China.
Submitted Jun 6, 2018 7:59PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Jessica Aguilar vs. Jodie Esquibel re-booked for UFC Boise
A strawweight bout between Jessica Aguilar and Jodie Esquibel has been re-booked. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed with sources that Aguilar and Esquibel will fight at UFC Idaho on July 14 at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise. The two were supposed to meet at UFC Utica this past weekend, but a day prior to that event the New York State Athletic Commission ruled that Aguilar had a medical condition that would prevent her from competing. Esquibel was subsequently pulled from the card as well.
Submitted Jun 6, 2018 7:57PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ed Ruth to make welterweight debut vs. Andy Murad at Bellator 201
Ed Ruth’s journey at 170 pounds begins this summer. Undefeated at middleweight, Ruth will drop down a division to fight Andy Murad at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. The three-time NCAA wrestling champion was originally scheduled to make his welterweight debut in April, but a late opponent switch caused the bout to be changed to a 175-pound catchweight affair.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 11:42AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Keri Melendez returns at Bellator 201 to fight Tiani Valle
Keri Melendez will soon be back in Bellator action. The professional kickboxer-turned-cage fighter will compete in MMA for the second time when she meets Tiani Valle in a strawweight bout at Bellator 201 on June 29 at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 11:40AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
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