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UFC Fight Night 132 heads to Singapore, including Kassem-Xiaonan, Lausa-Mokhtarian
It appears the UFC will head to Singapore this summer for the second straight year, and third time overall. UFC Fight Night 132, though not yet announced by the promotion, will take place in Singapore according to a report from Combate journalist Raphael Marinho on Twitter. The card will take place June 23, though a venue and specific broadcast deatils were not reported. It is likely the event will stream in full on UFC Fight Pass, which was the case for the promotion’s first two events there: UFC Fight Night 34 in January 2014 and UFC Fight Night 111 in June 2017. UFC Fight Night 34 took place in Marina Bay at Sands Expo and Convention Centre; UFC Fight Night 111 took place at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang. Two bouts already are ticketed for the card. Nadia Kassem will meet Yan Xiaonan in a women’s strawweight bout, and Janel Lausa will take on Ashkan Mokhtarian at flyweight.
Submitted Mar 9, 2018 3:44PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Mairbek Taisumov withdraws from UFC 223 due to visa delay
Mairbek Taisumov’s quest to secure a U.S. visa continues. According to sources, there has been a delay with the Russian’s visa processing so his upcoming bout with Evan Dunham has been pulled from UFC 223. MMA Fighting understands that Taisumov’s visa process is still ongoing and his team is confident that he will compete in the U.S. in the near future. He has not been denied a U.S. visa. “Beckan” has previously been forced off two previous UFC cards, UFC Fight Night 81 and UFC 203, due to visa issues.
Submitted Mar 9, 2018 2:05PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington is on for UFC 224 after all
Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington is on, after all. The UFC bantamweight title fight had long been expected for UFC 224 on Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 12. The bout was called into question after last weekend’s UFC 222, when company president Dana White declared he was looking at the option of having Nunes next fight featherweight champ Cris Cyborg, who scored a one-sided win over Yana Kunitskaya in the evening’s main event. But now the women’s superfight is on hold, and instead, Nunes vs. Pennington is official. The company tweeted Thursday the bout would be the main event of the May 12 card in Rio.
Submitted Mar 8, 2018 7:53PM by Braden - 8 comments
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USADA suspends UFC’s Ion Cutelaba six months for prohibited ozone therapy administration
A UFC light heavyweight was suspended for use of an alternative medical treatment, but will be able to return to the Octagon soon. USADA sanctioned Ion Cutelaba for six months due to a prohibited administration of ozone therapy, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Thursday. Ozone therapy is an alternative treatment that introduces ozone into the body with the goal of increasing oxygen. There is no peer-reviewed research supporting its effectiveness as a medical technique.
Submitted Mar 8, 2018 3:57PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Cynthia Calvillo accepts six-month suspension for marijuana
Cynthia Calvillo’s failed drug test won’t keep her out of competition for long. The 30-year-old strawweight has accepted a six-month suspension from the USADA after an in-competition drug test came in positive for Carboxy-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — a marijuana metabolite — last December, per a USADA release.
Submitted Mar 7, 2018 10:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes official for UFC 225 in Chicago
The Second City is getting a first-rate heavyweight matchup. Alistair Overeem will meet Curtis Blaydes at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago, the UFC officially announced Wednesday.
Submitted Mar 7, 2018 4:38PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Tony Martin vs. Keita Nakamura added to UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City
The UFC’s return to New Jersey continues to build with the addition of a welterweight fight. Tony Martin (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) will move up to 170 pounds from lightweight to take on Keita Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 128. UFC officials announced the booking today.
Submitted Mar 6, 2018 10:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Mirko Cro Cop vs. Roy Nelson added to Bellator 200 in London
MMA and kickboxing legend Mirko Cro Cop will make his Bellator debut in May, when he faces fellow longtime veteran Roy Nelson.
Submitted Mar 5, 2018 3:52PM by Braden - 5 comments
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How did controversial judge Adalaide Byrd do in her return at UFC 222? Could've been worse
Fighters beware: Adalaide Byrd is back in as a judge in Nevada, and no one is safe from her questionable calls. This was a point made, in no uncertain terms, during Saturday’s UFC 222 broadcast from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. UFC commentators made sure to mention that Byrd was back from a “breather” that the Nevada State Athletic Commission essentially forced upon her after her controversial scorecard in the Genaddy Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez boxing match this past September, and neither Joe Rogan nor fellow cageside commentator Daniel Cormier seemed to think that was a good thing. “She’s a very nice person,” Rogan said after fellow UFC commentator Jon Anik pointed out that Byrd was back as a judge for the first time since that Golovkin-Alvarez bout. “So is my mom, (but) I wouldn’t want her calling any fights.”
Submitted Mar 4, 2018 5:59PM by JLS - 6 comments
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Jon Fitch vs. Paul Daley set for Bellator 199 in San Jose
Bellator’s newest addition has his first assignment. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch signed an exclusive contract with the promotion earlier this week, and on Friday night’s Bellator 195 card, it was announced that Fitch would be facing welterweight standout Paul Daley when the organization heads to San Jose for Bellator 199 on May 12.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 10:51PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Sarah Kaufman to fight Katharina Lehner for vacant bantamweight title at Invicta FC 29
Former women’s Strikeforce champion Sarah Kaufman will be looking to add some more hardware to the shelf soon. Kaufman has been booked to fight Katharina Lehner at Invicta FC 29 on May 4 for the promotion’s vacant bantamweight title, officials confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Marc Raimondi. A venue has yet to be announced for the card.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 7:03PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Paulo Costa says he's fighting Uriah Hall at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City
It looks like Uriah Hall will be back this spring – a few months after suffering medical issues that sent him to the hospital ahead of weigh-ins for a scheduled January fight.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 7:02PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Mizuki Inoue steps in for Janaisa Morandin, faces Virna Jandiroba for title at Invicta 28
The title will still be on the line, but there will be one new participant for the belt at Invicta FC 28. Mizuki Inoue will step in for Janaisa Morandin to take on Virna Jandiroba for the Invicta FC strawweight title in the main event of Invicta 28 on March 24 in Salt Lake City, the promotion announced Friday. Morandin’s issue was undisclosed.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 7:01PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Azunna Anyanwu accepts one-year suspension for USADA test failure
Following an October 2017 drug test failure, UFC heavyweight Azunna Anyanwu has accepted a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
Submitted Mar 2, 2018 6:59PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Jon Fitch signs with Bellator
Jon Fitch is headed to Bellator. The promotion has signed the MMA veteran to an exclusive multi-fight, multi-year deal, MMA Fighting has learned. Fitch’s signing and debut is expected to be announced in the very near future.
Submitted Mar 1, 2018 3:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities
X-Gym closes its doors after 13 years
Once considered one of the best MMA teams in the world, X-Gym is no more.
Submitted Mar 1, 2018 3:04PM by Braden - 0 comments
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USADA to introduce pilot program for new, ‘friendlier’ blood testing of UFC athletes
UFC fighters will be part of a pilot program USADA is introducing that the agency hopes will streamline the blood-testing process and make things better for the athletes. On Thursday, USADA announced what it calls a “friendlier” blood-collection process for athletes that also enables more blood collections and increases the sample’s longevity, per a press release. The pilot program is being first used on UFC fighters.
Submitted Mar 1, 2018 3:03PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White says chances are ‘very, very, very good’ that Brock Lesnar returns to the UFC
In 2016, when the UFC needed a draw to juice up their marquee summer event, UFC 200, UFC President Dana White pulled a rabbit out of his hat by negotiating the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Though Lesnar is under contract with the WWE, he was allowed a one-off opportunity to come back to the realm of unscripted combat. But with Lesnar’s WWE contract ending this year, it appears White has a more permanent return in mind for “The Beast.” Speaking recently with the Happy Hours radio show on SiriusXM Nascar, White was succinct in summing up the odds on a possible Lesnar return to the UFC in 2018. “They’re very, very, very good.”
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:13PM by Braden - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jim Miller gets home fight vs. Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City
It probably should come as little surprise that one of the best fighters ever to come out of New Jersey will be fighting when the UFC returns there. Jim Miller (28-11 MMA, 17-10 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Dan Hooker (15-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 128. Promotion officials announced the fight today, while also making official the headliner between Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza, following an initial report from the Press of Atlantic City.
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:09PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Jack Hermansson heads back to Brazil to meet Thales Leites at UFC 224
A pair of middleweights looking to get back into the win column have been booked for the UFC’s return to Brazil. Jack Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will head into hostile territory to take on Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at UFC 224.
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:08PM by Braden - 2 comments
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