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Elizeu Zaleski vs. Li Jingliang set for UFC Shenzhen
It’s the second time the UFC has booked this matchup between these two welterweight action fighters. A welterweight bout with Fight of the Night potential is slated for the UFC’s return to mainland China. MMA Fighting reports that Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Li Jingliang have been booked for UFC Shenzhen, which takes place on August 31st. This matchup was scheduled for for UFC Beijing last November, only for Zaleski to withdraw with an injury.
Submitted Jul 11, 2019 9:27PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Dana White's Contender Series 19 results: All five winners get UFC deals
Joe Solecki (8-2) impressed in his Dana White’s Contender Series debut, outgrappling Jesse Wallace (9-3) to secure a fist-round submission win. The contest served as the featured bout of Tuesday’s Dana White’s Contender Series 19 event from the UFC Apex and streamed on ESPN+. Wallace got to the center to start, but it was Solecki who would set the pace, darting in and out of range to strike before changing levels and dragging the action to the floor. The ensuing scramble saw Solecki work to the dominant position, where he used strikes to open up opportunities to improve his position, eventually getting to the back.
Submitted Jul 10, 2019 10:09AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC veteran John Lineker signs with ONE Championship
It didn’t take long for John Lineker to find a new home. Days after being released for the UFC after a 12-4 run in the eight-sided cage, “Hands of Stone” inked a multi-fight deal with ONE Championship, he told MMA Fighting on Monday. ONE Championship has yet to book Lineker’s promotional debut. Lineker will compete as a bantamweight, which means 145 pounds under ONE Championship's rules.
Submitted Jul 9, 2019 8:21AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Beneil Dariush injured, Drakkar Klose needs new opponent for Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 13
Injury has forced Beneil Dariush out of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 13 event, and UFC officials are currently seeking a lightweight opponent to meet Drakkar Klose. MMA Junkie today learned from promotion officials that Dariush had to withdraw from the card, which takes place at Golden1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. A timeline for his return was not immediately established. MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Germaine de Randamie vs. Aspen Ladd Urijah Faber vs. Ricky Simon Mirsad Bektic vs. Josh Emmett Drakkar Klose vs. opponent TBA Karl Roberson vs. Wellington Turman Cezar Ferreira vs. Marvin Vettori PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) John Allan vs. Mike Rodriguez Andre Fili vs. Sheymon Moraes Nicco Montano vs. Julianna Pena Darren Elkins vs. Ryan Hall Jonathan Martinez vs. Liu Pingyuan Livinha Souza vs. Brianna VanBuren Benito Lopez vs. Vince Morales
Submitted Jul 8, 2019 12:06PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Dana White says Luke Rockhold broke jaw at UFC 239, urges ex-champ to 'hang it up'
UFC president Dana White believes it’s time for Luke Rockhold to retire after the former champion was knocked out in brutal fashion yet again at UFC 239. Rockhold (16-5 MMA, 6-4 UFC), the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion, had his light heavyweight debut spoiled in a gruesome manner when he was floored by Jan Blachowicz (24-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) in the second round on Saturday. All five of Rockhold’s career defeats have come by knockout, and at 34, White said the time could be right to move on from competition.
Submitted Jul 7, 2019 9:57AM by JLS - 1 comment
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UFC 239 bonus winners: Jorge Masvidal’s historic knockout leads $50K winners
The action delivered as promised last night (Sat., July 6, 2019) at UFC 239 live on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Jon Jones outlasted the heavy-handed Thiago Santos in the main event to retain his UFC light heavyweight title. Performance of the Night: Jorge Masvidal Performance of the Night: Amanda Nunes Performance of the Night: Song Yadong Performance of the Night: Jan Blachowicz
Submitted Jul 7, 2019 9:51AM by JLS - 5 comments
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John Allan replaces Gian Villante, will fight Mike Rodriguez at UFC Sacramento
Mike Rodriguez has a new opponent for UFC Sacramento. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that recently signed Brazilian fighter John Allan is stepping in for Gian Villante to fight Rodriguez in a light heavyweight bout at next week’s card on July 13. The change was first reported by Wrestling Observer.
Submitted Jul 6, 2019 1:00PM by JLS - 0 comments
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John Lineker released from UFC contract after 16-fight tenure
Bantamweight contender John Lineker has been released from his UFC contract. After pleading for a fight, Lineker (31-9 MMA, 12-4 UFC) was given a co-main event spot against Rob Font at UFC on ESPN+ 12 this past month. He withdrew from the fight just days out, though, after allegedly suffering a facial laceration during his weight cut. That withdrawal seemingly didn’t put the Brazilian in the UFC’s good graces, because just weeks later he is no longer with the company, MMA Junkie confirmed with a person close to the situation.
Submitted Jul 3, 2019 11:28AM by JLS - 3 comments
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Sean O’Malley announces withdrawal from UFC 239 after banned substances ‘resurfaced’
The Sean O’Malley saga has hit another stumbling block. On Friday evening, the 24-year-old bantamweight shared a post to Instagram in which he announced that the Nevada State Athletic Commission is temporarily suspending him due to traces of the banned substance ostarine being discovered in his system by United States Anti-Doping Agency testing.
Submitted Jun 22, 2019 5:13PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
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Andrade vs Zhang in China
Is this the best match up possible? How do you think it would go?
Submitted Jun 12, 2019 12:45AM by jae_1833 - 8 comments
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Derek Brunson vs. Ian Heinisch on tap for UFC 241 in Anaheim
ufc middleweight ian heinisch is on the fast track following a win over antonio carlos junior earlier this month. heinisch (13-1 mma, 2-0 ufc) today announced he will fight octagon veteran derek brunson (19-7 mma, 10-5 ufc) at august’s ufc 241 event (via instagram):
UFC middleweight Ian Heinisch is on the fast track following a win over Antonio Carlos Junior earlier this month. Heinisch (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) today announced he will fight octagon veteran Derek Brunson (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at August’s UFC 241 event (via Instagram):
Submitted Jun 11, 2019 12:19AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Moggly’ Benitez to fight Sodiq Yusuff at UFC 241
When Gabriel Benitez returns to the cage, he’ll be facing an opponent who is also on a win streak. “Moggly” looks for his third straight win when he takes on Sodiq Yusuff, who has won four straight, in a featherweight bout at UFC 241 on Aug. 17 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The matchup was first reported by Farah Hannoun. This will be Benitez’s first fight since May 2018. The former Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 1 cast member needed just 39 seconds to KO Humberto Bandenay in his last outing and improve his UFC record to 5-2 (15-2 overall as a pro).
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 11:35PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Bellator 222 bout order finalized with six-fight main card; Caldwell vs. Horiguchi opens
A sixth fight has been added to Friday’s Bellator 222 main card, which features two championship matchups. One of those bouts will kick off the main card, which streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie from Madison Square Garden in New York. The bantamweight title rematch between Darrion Caldwell (13-2 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) and Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will open the six pack of fights headlined by a welterweight title showdown of Rory MacDonald(20-5-1 MMA, 2-1-1 BMMA) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0 MMA, 7-0 BMMA) in the promotion’s grand prix semifinals.
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 10:05PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
Chris Weidman discusses move to 205, previous goal to set up Jon Jones superfight
Chris Weidman discusses what he brings to the light heavyweight division, his original plan to set up a superfight with Jon Jones, and his “Madison Square Garden” curse.
Submitted Jun 10, 2019 12:45AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Classic Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida bout announced for UFC 2019 Hall of Fame
The latest Fight Wing inductee to the UFC Hall of Fame is one of the wildest fights in MMA history. During Saturday’s UFC 238 broadcast, it was announced that Diego Sanchez vs. Clay Guida from The Ultimate Fighter 9 on June 20, 2009, will be honored during international fight week this July. That lightweight main event saw Sanchez defeat Guida by split decision after three rounds of non-stop action.
Submitted Jun 9, 2019 9:47PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
UFC 238 bonuses: Tony Ferguson, 'Cowboy' Cerrone get a clear 'Fight of Night' winner
Tony Ferguson, Donald Cerrone, Valentina Shevchenko and Henry Cejudo each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC 238 event. Ferguson and Cerrone earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Shevchenko and Cejudo each won “Performance of the Night” honors. UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMA Junkie attended.
Submitted Jun 9, 2019 4:06PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
John Lineker vs. Rob Font 2 on tap for UFC Fight Night in South Carolina
The UFC made the fight official on Wednesday. Font was originally expected to face Cody Stamann on the card but now he will take on Lineker in a rematch instead. Stamann later revealed on Twitter that he suffered an injury that knocked him out of the fight.
Submitted Jun 9, 2019 4:03PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Cynthia Calvillo out, Brianna Van Buren In Against Livinha Souza At UFC Sacramento
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's return to Sacramento, California, is reorganizing, as Cynthia Calvillo has been forced to pull out of her strawweight fight against Livinha Souza, and will reportedly be replaced by Brianna Van Buren. According to MMAJunkie on Friday, Calvillo (8-1) broke her foot and was forced to withdraw from her strawweight contest against Souza (13-1) at UFC Fight Night 155. This event will take place on July 13 at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and according to MMA Brazil, the promotion has selected Van Buren (8-2) as Calvillo's replacement. Calvillo was looking to raise her win streak to three, as she has beaten Cortney Casey and Poliana Botelho in her last two outings. With three rear-naked choke victories inside the Octagon, she is tied with Rose Namajunas for the most tapouts with that submission by a female UFC fighter.
Submitted Jun 7, 2019 6:37PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gavin Tucker ends nearly two-year layoff, meets Seungwoo Choi at UFC 240
A featherweight bout between Gavin Tucker and Seungwoo Choi is the latest addition to July’s UFC 240 lineup. UFC officials today announced the bout between Tucker (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Choi (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC 240 takes place July 27 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The fight card is headlined by a featherweight title bout between champ Max Holloway and ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+.
Submitted Jun 5, 2019 9:20AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jimi Manuwa announces retirement: ‘It’s time to leave this chapter’
Jimi Manuwa has announced his retirement from MMA following a knockout loss to light heavyweight up-and-comer Aleksandar Rakic in the co-main event of UFC Stockholm on Saturday.
Submitted Jun 4, 2019 10:42AM by JLS - 0 comments
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