'UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov' lineup set for Nashville with 13 bouts
The 13-bout lineup up is set for next month’s “UFC Fight Night 108: Swanson vs. Lobov” event in Tennessee.
UFC Fight Night 108 takes place April 22 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
In the headliner, Cub Swanson (24-7 MMA, 9-3 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, takes on Artem Lobov (13-12-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who headlines his first UFC event.
UFC’s Hacran Dias considering return to lightweight
Hacran Dias is likely done fighting at 145 pounds.
The Nova Uniao talent, who fought seven times as a featherweight under the UFC banner, is considering a return to the lightweight division.
Dias, who competed the majority of his career before signing with the UFC in 2012, entered the promotion with a 20-1-1 record. After joining the UFC, the Rio de Janeiro native went 3-4.
UFC Announces Upcoming Events in Scotland, Netherlands, Poland
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has revealed a trio of European events for the second half of 2017.
The Las Vegas-based promotion will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, on July 16; Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Sept. 2 and Gdansk, Poland, on Oct. 21. According to a release, those events will complete the UFC’s European schedule — which features a total of five fight cards — for the year.
Rizin FF adds many UFC veterans to April 16 card
Rizin will stage their next card in April, and it will feature a few familiar names if you’re a UFC fan.
One of the best flyweights in the world will make his Rizin debut on April 16th. Kyoji Horiguchi, a former UFC flyweight title challenger, was let go by the promotion and quickly scooped up by the company that operates out of his own country to headline their show against Yuki Motoya. Now, they’ve added a bunch more familiar names to the event.
Tatsuya Kawajiri, who lost his Rizin debut on New Year’s Eve to Kron Gracie, will take on fellow UFC vet Anthony Birchak. Birchak, who is coming up a weight class for the bout, went 2-2 in four 135-pound bouts in the UFC and won his last one, but wasn’t re-signed.
Bellator MMA officially signs Lorenz Larkin
Bellator MMA has beefed up its welterweight division even more, as ex-UFC contender Lorenz Larkin has signed with the promotion.
Seven months removed from his last fight with the UFC, welterweight contender Lorenz Larkin is now part of the Bellator MMA family. Larkin became a free agent following his TKO win over Neil Magny at UFC 202, having turned down a “lowball” offer from the UFC prior to the fight. It should be noted, of course, that Larkin vs. Magny was the “feature Fight Pass prelim,” so a battle between two top-10 fighters was essentially fought in a mostly empty T-Mobile Arena.
Aljamain Sterling meets Augusto Mendes at UFC on FOX 24
Aljamain Sterling's return to the Octagon is set for April 15, when he takes on Brazilian grappler Augusto Mendes in a bantamweight bout at UFC on FOX 24 in Kansas City. MMA Fighting confirmed the bout with sources close to the situation.
Sterling (12-2) is looking to bounce back from consecutive decision losses to Bryan Caraway and Raphael Assuncao, snapping his 12-fight unbeaten streak.
Why White believes McGregor vs. Mayweather will happen
UFC president Dana White was once asked when women would be in the UFC. “Never,” he replied. He later said adding women’s divisions was the single best thing he ever did at the company.
In April Floyd Mayweather floated the idea of boxing Conor McGregor, and White has repeatedly described the chances of it happening as never. However, the UFC boss appeared Wednesday night on “Conan” and said he believes the fight will happen.
Angela Lee to defend title vs. Istela Nunes on May 26
ONE Championship has just announced the blockbuster main event for ONE: DYNASTY OF HEROES which takes place 26 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. ONE women’s atomweight world champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, fresh off a successful first title defense in her last bout, will put her title on the line once again when she returns to Singapore to take on Istela Nunes of Parana, Brazil.
Report: Over a dozen fighters removed from UFC roster, including Brandon Thatch
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is doing some spring cleaning as it wraps up the first quarter of its 2017 fight campaign, removing nearly a dozen fighters from its mixed martial arts (MMA) roster this week.
That’s according to UFC Fighter’s Info (via Bloody Elbow).
Chief among them is welterweight slugger Brandon Thatch, who debuted with very high expectations — along with a pair of violent back-to-back wins — but since dropped four straight, getting submitted in all four losses.
Matt Hughes vs. Royce Gracie is in preliminary discussion
Royce Gracie, 50, only lost twice – to Kazushi Sakuraba and Matt Hughes. The former fight lasted 90 minutes, while the latter went just 4:39. Gracie won a rematch vs. Saku. He has repeatedly said there is one fight he wants, but won’t say who it is. It’s Matt Hughes.
Hughes retired in 2011 and was given a no-show job with the UFC, something president Dana White did with several fighters who wanted to fight on past a point that seems healthy. However, the new UFC owners cut the position, leaving nothing to stop Hughes from fighting again if he wants to.
Bellator 175 lineup complete after two main-card additions
The main card lineup is set for the next major Bellator event.
The company announced a pair of fights Wednesday for Bellator 175 at Allstate Arena in suburban Chicago on March 31
In a lightweight matchup, unbeaten Steve Kozola (7-0) will meet Jake Roberts (7-1). Kozola, a San Diego native nicknamed “Thunderbeast,” has finishes in all seven of his career matchups, including two in Bellator and one in World Series of Fighting. Roberts, an MMA Lab competitor, looks to shake off a decision loss to Carrington Banks at Bellator 165.
Nicolas Dalby announces his release from UFC
Nicolas Dalby’s UFC run has come to an end.
The Danish welterweight announced on Wednesday that he has been cut from the UFC following an up-and-down 1-2-1 run within the promotion.
Dalby (14-2-1) entered the UFC as an undefeated 13-0 prospect in May 2015 and promptly picked up a split decision victory over Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos. But that performance would ultimately serve as his lone UFC win.
Kickboxer Scott Marsden, 14, dies after Leeds title fight
A 14-year-old kickboxer has died after collapsing during a national title bout.
Scott Marsden was taken to hospital after needing urgent medical attention during the fight in Leeds on Saturday, but later died.
Scott was a member of Marsden's All Styles Kickboxing, in Sheffield.
Jon Green, president of World Kickboxing Association (WKA) England, said Scott was "a well loved and respected fighter and sportsman".
Krause gets staph on TUF, 3 surgeries, 25 stitches
The latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter, features 14 welterweights who previously appeared on the series. One, James Krause, was even an active UFC fighter.
Shortly after filming wrapped, a cut on Krause’s leg that he got during the show developed what he accurately termed a “nasty infection.” Like any normal person, he documented the ten days in the hospital, three surgeries, and 25 stitches on his social network.
Vitaly Minakova Vs. Antonio Silva On Eurasia Fight Nights
The duel heavy to be held in July.
After the last fight Antonio Silva (19-11 1 NC, 3-7 1 NC UFC) did not hide the fact that also the next duel is going to fight on Russian soil. Portal ValeTudo.ru confirmed the information that on July 2 at the gala Eurasia Fight Nights Bigfoot take Vitaly Minakova (19-0).
Silva after losing three consecutive fights goodbye to the biggest MMA organization in the world. Antonio Road crossed with the Russians and Brazilian last November zawalczyl in Yekaterinburgu with Ivan Shtyrkovem.
UFC Fight Night 106 medical suspensions: Tim Means potentially out 180 days
UFC welterweight veteran Tim Means was one of two fighters to receive a potentially lengthy medical suspension in the aftermath of UFC Fight Night 106, according to information released Monday by the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA).
Means lost in a rematch against Alex Oliveira via second-round rear-naked choke on the night’s main card opener. He will now be required to receive doctor’s clearance on an x-ray of his right foot, or be forced to sit on the sidelines for up to 180 days...