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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Dana White: UFC working with commissions to get rid of early weigh-ins
With more and more frequency, it seems fighters missing weight has become an issue in MMA. And on several occasions, it’s been more than a mere nuisance that a fighter has come in off the mark. In the UFC, in particular, it’s not been a rarity for a fighter to be pulled from an event altogether because of a weight-cut that has gone awry at the 11th hour. In some cases, fighters have been hospitalized because of it. On the latest edition of the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast with hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton, UFC President Dana White said he believes the early weigh-ins the promotion moved to in 2016, in partnership with most state athletic commissions, are to blame for more fighters missing weight than should be expected. But White also said the UFC is making an effort to do away with the early weigh-ins and go back to the previous format – which was a late afternoon public weigh-in event for the fans the day before the fight card, usually at 4 p.m. local time. In the new format, fighters weigh-in during a two-hour window, typically between 9-11 a.m. local, and then at many events return for a ceremonial weigh-in for the fans in the afternoon.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 10:59AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
Damir Hadzovic vs. Nick Hein set for UFC Fight Night 134 in Germany
The UFC’s return to Germany next month continues to build with the addition of a new lightweight bout. Damir Hadzovic (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) will take on Germany’s own Nick Hein (14-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) on hostile turf at UFC Fight Night 134. UFC officials announced the new booking today. UFC Fight Night 134 takes place July 22 at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 10:57AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC 225's Joseph Benavidez happy to return from long layoff, unhappy being 'buried' on UFC Fight Pass
As he prepares to return from an an 18-month-long layoff, Joseph Benavidez has a few reasons to be happy. But then there are others in which Benavidez isn’t all that happy. Benavidez, the No. 2 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, meets No. 6 fighter Pettis in a meaningful fight for the division. In fact, should he beat Pettis and add a seventh win to his current streak, Benavidez thinks it will be hard to deny him a third stab at champ Demetrious Johnson. Despite its possible ramifications, the flyweight bout is only the third fight of the evening and will be featured on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary card at Chicago’s United Center. Asked about it, Benavidez makes no secret of his feelings on the card placement.
Submitted Jun 4, 2018 5:52PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Andrea Lee’s husband, coach Donny Aaron apologizes for Nazi tattoos, won’t get them removed or covered
Andrea Lee’s husband has addressed the recent controversy surrounding him. Donny Aaron, husband and coach to the UFC flyweight and former LFA champion, issued a public apology Sunday morning via his Instagram account regarding Nazi tattoos he has on both arms. The tattoos came to light Friday when Lee tweeted a photo at a lake that showed a swastika tattoo on Aaron’s left arm. Later, people on social media dug up a photo of Aaron’s other arm, which has a tattoo of a Nazi SS bolt symbol. Both are considered Neo-Nazi hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League. In his statement, Aaron apologized to everyone that was offended by his tattoos and said he got them during his time in prison. Aaron says his tattoos are symbols of his past, but not of his present or future, claiming he’s now a changed man. Aaron says he won’t cover the Nazi tattoos with other tattoos nor will he get the tattoos removed, as those are not “options” for him. Aaron did say that he will wear keep wearing long-sleeve clothing in public to cover the hate symbols.
Submitted Jun 4, 2018 4:05PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Yair Rodriguez Announces He’s Back in the UFC Fold, Fighting in September
Yair Rodriguez was unexpectedly cut from the UFC roster over an apparent willingness to accept the fights offered him. Now, just a few short weeks later, Rodriguez is just as unexpectedly back in the UFC fold. “I’m happy to (let you) know that the UFC and I are (on) the best terms ever and now I’m back (on) track to chase my dream of (becoming) a UFC champion,” Rodriguez wrote on Instagram account on Saturday.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 8:04PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St-Pierre: It’s ‘still easy’ to beat drug tests, ‘even now’ with USADA
Drug testing in the UFC was effectively the wild, wild west when Georges St-Pierre first walked away from the sport in 2013. Back then, in the era of testosterone-replacement therapy, out-of-competition drug screening was nonexistent and commission-mandated testing was generally viewed as an IQ test more so than anything else. But all of that changed in July 2015 when the UFC and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) partnered to create one of the most comprehensive drug-testing programs in all of sports. Ever since, failed drug tests have become commonplace in the UFC while the number of suspensions handed out by USADA has ballooned with each passing month. But St-Pierre is confident that plenty of cheaters still remain in the UFC.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 7:54PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Utica Bonuses: Moraes & Gillespie Bank $50k For Big Wins
Last night’s (Fri. June 1, 2018) UFC Utica event presented some tremendous performances from several fighters on the card, but only a few could take home the $50k bonuses for their extraordinary efforts. In the featured bout of the UFC Fight Pass Prelims, UFC newcomer Nathaniel Wood pulled off a D’arce choke victory over Johnny Eduardo. It was a magnificent comeback for Wood, who will take home an extra $50k for his Performance Of The Night. Ben Saunders also scored a Performance Of The Night bonus after nailing Jake Ellenberger with a knee to the liver that forced the fight to be called off in the first round. Saunders’ paycheck will be $50k fatter as a result. In the co-main event of the evening, UFC lightweight prospect Gregor Gillespie put on a dominant performance over Vinc Pichel. He wound up scoring an arm-triangle choke in the second round and will get a $50k Performance Of The Night bonus. Our final Performance Of The Night bonus winner was main event victor Marlon Moraes, who scored a 30-second knockout win over Jimmie Rivera.
Submitted Jun 3, 2018 2:07AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jessica Aguilar pulled from tonight's UFC Utica fight vs. Jodie Esquibel – reportedly due to chapped lips
Just hours before she was to fight, Jessica Aguilar has been pulled from her bout against Jodie Esquibel at UFC Fight Night 131. Team representatives for both Aguilar (19-6 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Esquibel (6-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) confirmed the news to MMAjunkie following an initial report from ESPN Radio’s Jordan Sherwood on Twitter. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the cancellation. According to MMAfighting.com’s Ariel Helwani on Twitter, the New York State Athletic Commission asked for additional medical clearance on Thursday for Aguilar – and received it. But today, the commission reportedly decided to scrap the fight despite the thumbs up the day before. Aguilar coach and cornerman Din Thomas said chapped lips was the culprit, confirming a report on Twitter from Helwani.
Submitted Jun 1, 2018 6:05PM by Budgellism - 14 comments
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