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Brazilian commission not testing UFC Brasilia fighters for coronavirus
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UFC Brasilia fighters are not being tested for coronavirus ahead of Saturday night’s event in Brazil, CABMMA COO Cristiano Sampaio confirmed to MMA Fighting. Members of multiple teams told MMA Fighting on Thursday that no testing had been done throughout the week to check for coronavirus, and Sampaio explained the thought process behind the decision.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:55PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Conor McGregor vents on coronavirus after aunt's death: 'This stupid (expletive) virus'
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Add Conor McGregor to the list of people feeling the impact of the global coronavirus pandemic. In a lengthy statement issued in an Instagram post Friday, former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion McGregor (22-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC) expressed his frustration with COVID-19. In addition to a self-assessment of hygiene and hand-shaking, McGregor revealed his aunt, Anne Moore, has died.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:54PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Alexa Grasso moves up to flyweight, faces Ji Yeon Kim at UFC Austin
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Alexa Grasso is set for her flyweight debut on June 27. Grasso (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will face Ji Yeon Kim (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in a UFC event that will take place in Austin, Texas, the promotion announced Friday morning.
Submitted Mar 14, 2020 1:53PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White details UFC’s coronavirus plan: ‘Instead of panicking, we’re working with doctors’
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The UFC is not hitting pause on its spring event schedule, but it will make adjustments to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. The promotion expects to promote its UFC Brasilia event on Saturday as a staff-only affair at Nilson Nelson Gymnasium, UFC President Dana White confirmed to ESPN on Thursday night. White added a March 21 event in London will for now go on as scheduled, while UFC on ESPN 8, scheduled for March 28, will take place at the APEX facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. White did not detail the promotion’s plans beyond the UFC on ESPN 8, but a separate UFC press release issued at the same time as his appearance confirmed an earlier report that an event scheduled for April 11 in Portland, Ore., will also be moved to the APEX. Plans for UFC 249, set for April 18 in Brooklyn, N.Y., where state governor Andrew Cuomo recently declared a ban on events with more than 500 people, were also not addressed. White, speaking via telephone, talked tough about health and safety measures undertaken to protect fighters, using a well-worn statement that the promotion has never had a death or serious injury in its 25-year history. The executive said the promotion has worked with health experts, state officials and doctors to develop a response to the virus, which includes infrared thermometers to screen fighters before they compete...
Submitted Mar 13, 2020 2:21AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
ONE Championship moves to closed door events for all upcoming shows due to coronavirus outbreak
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ONE Championship will be holding all of their upcoming events behind closed doors without spectators due the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. ONE CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on Thursday.
Submitted Mar 13, 2020 2:09AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC's prolonged silence on coronavirus speaks volumes | Opinion
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Just two weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump’s take on coronavirus was that “it’s going to disappear. One day, like a miracle, it’s going to disappear.” Less than a week ago, the sports executive with the closest public ties to Trump, UFC president Dana White, blithely declared “I don’t give a (expletive) about the coronavirus” in an interview with TSN...
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 9:04PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 241 to proceed in Connecticut without fans due to coronavirus fears
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In response to the increasingly life-altering global coronavirus pandemic, Bellator 241 on Friday will go forward – but without fans in attendance.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 9:00PM by Braden - 0 comments
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State of Ohio issues order banning crowds over 100 people at all upcoming events including UFC on ESPN 8
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The state of Ohio is moving swiftly to prevent the spread of the coronavirus with an order issued on Thursday to prevent spectators from attending upcoming sporting events.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:43PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Brasilia to go on behind closed doors after coronavirus decree
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UFC Brasilia will go on but fans will not be allowed to enter the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium on Saturday night, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Joanna Jedrzejczyk gives update on hematoma, will undergo surgery in Poland
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Joanna Jedrzejczyk has given a positive update after the epic battle she endured in her last fight. Jedrzejczyk was narrowly edged out by UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili at this past weekend’s UFC 248 in Las Vegas, suffering a split-decision loss in a five-round thriller. The damaged she suffered was visually evident, including a massive hematoma on her head, leaving her with some serious swelling on her face.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Apology accepted, but Chan Sung Jung tells Brian Ortega 'I'll see you in the octagon'
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There might be only one way for Chan Sung Jung and Brian Ortega to settle their beef once and for all. After going back-and-forth for months, with “The Korean Zombie” accusing Ortega of ducking him, their rivalry reached new heights when Ortega was escorted out of the arena for slapping Jung’s manager, rapper Jay Park, during this past weekend’s UFC 248 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Ortega subsequently issued a brief apology and then followed it up with a more lengthy statement, addressing both Park and Jung. Jung (16-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) then took to Instagram to respond to Ortega (14-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC), issuing an apology of his own, but making it very clear that he would like their previously scheduled UFC on ESPN+ 23 bout rebooked once he’s able to return from eye surgery.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:27PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Forrest Griffin reacts to UFC naming community service award after him
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The UFC’s newest award has been named for Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin. The Las Vegas-based promotion recently launched the Forrest Griffin Community Award in honor of the former UFC light heavyweight champion and season one winner of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The award recognizes UFC athletes who do volunteer and charity work in efforts to better their community. For his part, Griffin was humble about the idea of having an award named in his honor.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:23PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Cody Garbrandt out of UFC on ESPN 8 co-main event with Raphael Assuncao
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The upcoming UFC on ESPN 8 card in Columbus, Ohio has just taken a major hit as former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt has been forced out of his fight with Raphael Assuncao.
Submitted Mar 12, 2020 3:20PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Henry Cejudo: ‘Overgrown midget’ Alexander Volkanovski getting it next
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“Triple C” Henry Cejudo is unrepentant about his title defense against Jose Aldo, and he plans to win a third UFC title next. After taking out “the greatest featherweight of all time,” Cejudo promises to add “that overgrown midget”—current 145-pound champ Alexander Volkanovski—to his list of victims.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Robert Whittaker vs. Darren Till targeted for UFC Dublin
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It took a little longer than expected, but Robert Whittaker and Darren Till finally got their booking. The former middleweight champ and the one-time welterweight title challenger have agreed to a headliner at UFC Dublin, which takes place Aug. 15 at 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. ESPN.com first reported the matchup, and a person with knowledge of the targeted middleweight booking confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. UFC Dublin is expected to stream on ESPN+. Currently, no other fights have been announced for the card.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:32PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Brian Ortega, coach Rener Gracie issue apologies to Jay Park, 'Korean Zombie' over UFC 248 slap
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It appears Brian Ortega has changed his tune from his initial statement. Ortega was unhappy with some of the things Park had said when translating Jung’s words, accusing Ortega of ducking him when he pulled out of their UFC on ESPN+ 23 headliner due to a knee injury late last year. So when Ortega saw Park at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, he confronted him by slapping him in the face while Jung was at the bathroom. Ortega issued a statement after the altercation, giving a backhanded apology that he later deleted. Park hasn’t pressed charges and said he likely won’t, which would spare Ortega from any legal issues. On Tuesday night, Ortega took to Twitter to issued what he called an official apology to Park, telling Jung that he’ll be waiting for him until he’s recovered from his eye injury. Ortega’s jiu-jitsu coach and mentor, Rener Gracie, also issued an apology over social media to Jung, who attended one of his seminars a few years ago in Korea. Jung was unhappy with Gracie’s comment when he defended Ortega’s actions for “slapping an instigator.”
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Khabib Nurmagomedov refuses to take a jab at Tony Ferguson over his mental health
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Ahead of their clash at UFC 249 in April, Nurmagomedov and Ferguson traded verbal barbs during a pre-fight press conference last week in Las Vegas. During the question and answer session, a reporter brought up Ferguson’s mental health after reports surfaced last year that his wife filed a restraining order against him while asking that he undergo a psychiatric evaluation for his alleged behavior. Ferguson fired back as he shut down the question by shouting “f*ck you” and leaving the subject closed. While not nearly as animated as his upcoming opponent, Nurmagomedov seems to agree with Ferguson on mental health and the issues he dealt with at home one year ago.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:27PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Edson Barboza vs. Josh Emmett featherweight bout in the works for UFC Oklahoma City
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It looks like Edson Barboza’s next fight will be in the Octagon after all. Just days after the veteran UFC lightweight made it public that he wanted to be released from the promotion, MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that Barboza is in talks to drop down to 145 pounds to face Josh Emmett at UFC Oklahoma City on May 2.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:22PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Daniel Cormier likens Israel Adesanya’s UFC 248 performance to Anderson Silva, says it won’t affect his star power
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Speaking with Rich Eisen recently, former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who was calling the bout cageside, opined on the unusual fight that transpired on Saturday night, and likened it to a performance by one of the greatest fighters of all time, Anderson Silva.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Brett Johns vs. Montel Jackson in the works for UFC on ESPN+ 31
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A bantamweight matchup is in the works for the UFC’s return to Nebraska. At UFC on ESPN+ 31, Brett Johns and Montel Jackson will square off if all goes according to plan. The bout is not yet finalized, but is expected to be finalized soon.
Submitted Mar 11, 2020 5:19PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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