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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
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities, UFC
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
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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
Filed under: UFC
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
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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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Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel added to UFC's 'Fight Night' event in Utica, N.Y.
The UFC’s debut event in Utica, N.Y., continues to grow with the addition of a lightweight fight. New York’s own Gregor Gillespie (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will put his unblemished record on the line against Vinc Pichel (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at the UFC’s “Fight Night” event in early June. The UFC announced the new booking today.
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:07PM by Braden - 3 comments
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Dana White: Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz trilogy won't happen in UFC
Talk of a trilogy fight between UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has heated up, and Dana White says he wants no part of it.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:06PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov booked for UFC 223 in Brooklyn
The UFC’s return to Brooklyn in April is another step closer to complete with the addition of a new lightweight bout. Evan Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) is set to take on Mairbek Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 223.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 4:59PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Jon Jones fined $205,000, has license revoked by CSAC in doping case
One part of Jon Jones’ doping sanctions have been decided. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) revoked the MMA license of Jones and fined him $205,000 at a hearing Tuesday at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test in relation to his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July. CSAC executive officer Andy Foster recommended that CSAC does not reinstate Jones until the conclusion of his USADA suspension, which has not yet been set. Jones’ CSAC license expires this coming August.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 4:57PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Jon Jones California State Athletic Commission doping hearing live stream
Jon Jones will face the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on Tuesday for a doping hearing. The former UFC light heavyweight champion tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition test taken last July in relation to his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier. On Tuesday, the CSAC will decide sanctions for Jones, who is facing a suspension and fine. Jones will receive a separate sanction from USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, at a later date.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Former champion Phil Davis faces Linton Vassell at Bellator 200
Bellator has announced an important light heavyweight bout for its upcoming card in London, as Bellator 200 features the return of Phil Davis against Linton Vassell on May 25.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Adriano Moraes injures knee, withdraws from ONE Championship title defense
Adriano Moraes won’t be defending his ONE Championship title in March. The flyweight talent was slated to face Reece McLaren in the main event of ONE: Visions of Victory, scheduled for March 9 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, but was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Michael Bisping says retirement fight vs. Luke Rockhold would ‘stoke the fires’
After Michael Bisping lost his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre last year, and then subsequently lost to Kelvin Gastelum just a few weeks later as a short-notice replacement fight at UFC China, the former Ultimate Fighter winner made it clear that his time as a professional fighter was rapidly coming to a close. Bisping said he wanted one more fight to end his career on but as possible bouts with Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida have fallen through, the question became, ”what fight could interest Bisping enough to return one more time instead of heeding the wishes of his family and walking away from MMA?” Well now we may have an answer. Speaking recently on his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that a trilogy fight with the man Bisping took the title from, Luke Rockhold, would certainly interest him as a swan song.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 225 adds pair of fights, including return of Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
The UFC’s return to the “Windy City” has started to build with the addition of a pair of fights, including the return of one of the world’s top flyweights. Joseph Benavidez (25-4 MMA, 12-2 UFC) will return after what will be a year-and-a-half-long injury layoff to take on Sergio Pettis (16-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at UFC 225. In addition, Rashad Coulter (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will take on Allen Crowder (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a heavyweight bout.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:44AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's debut event in Chile gets first five bouts, including Grasso, Lee and Luque
The UFC will land in a South American country other than Brazil for the first time ever this May. The promotion today confirmed the UFC Fight Night event, which has yet to be numbered, will take place May 19 in Santiago, Chile. The event goes down at the Movistar Arena and will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Five matchups already have been confirmed, though no headliner is official.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:42AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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