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Andy Ruiz Jr. upsets Anthony Joshua with seventh-round TKO to claim heavyweight titles
A late replacement and massive underdog, Andy Ruiz Jr. just shook up the world. Ruiz (33-1, 22 KOs) spoiled the long-awaited U.S. debut of unified heavyweight champion and British star Anthony Joshua to score four knockdowns and record a spectacular upset via seventh-round TKO at Madison Square Garden. Not only did Ruiz get up off the canvas early in Round 3 in order to do what oddsmakers felt was nearly impossible, he showed tremendous poise, power and fearlessness in systematically dismantling Joshua (22-1, 21 KOs) to flip the heavyweight division upside down.
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 11:38PM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
UFC Stockholm bonuses: Anthony Smith’s main event submission leads $50K winners
The action delivered on arrival earlier today (Sat., June 1, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 11 live on ESPN+ from inside Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, Sweden, as Anthony Smith put an unexpected stop to Alexander Gustafsson via fourth-round submission in the main event. In order to sift through the action and see which fighters took home an extra $50,000, we take a closer look at the official UFC on ESPN+ 11 bonus winners below: Performance of the Night: Anthony Smith Performance of the Night: Aleksandar Rakic Performance of the Night: Makwan Amirkhani Performance of the Night: Leonardo Santos
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 11:18PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury rematch signed for early 2020
In some totally unexpected news, Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II appears to be on tap for a TBD date in 2020. It won’t happen in 2019, but Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II is apparently a done deal. Wilder announced on Friday that after his expected September rematch with Luis Ortiz, he is going to face Fury next year.
Submitted Jun 1, 2019 12:22PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
Ilir Latifi injured, bout vs. Volkan Oezdemir scratched from UFC Stockholm
Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 11 event has lost its co-main event just two days out. Ilir Latifi (14-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled light heavyweight matchup with Volkan Oezdemir (15-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) due to a back injury. UFC officials announced the news Thursday. The specifics of Latifi’s back injury are unknown and the promotion did not detail how the situation arose on such short notice.
Submitted May 30, 2019 6:44PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Josh Emmett vs. Mirsad Bektic among official additions to UFC Sacramento
On Wednesday, the UFC made several bouts official for its upcoming visit to Sacramento. Per a release, featherweights Josh Emmett (14-2) and Mirsad Bektic (13-1) will fight on the July 13 card at Golden 1 Center. The matchup was first reported by FloCombat. Other bouts announced Wednesday include Andre Fili (19-6) vs. Sheymon Moraes (11-3), Gian Villante (17-11) vs. Mike Rodriguez (10-3), and Pingyuan Liu (15-4) vs. Jonathan Martinez (10-2).
Submitted May 30, 2019 12:37PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Aspen Ladd vs. Germaine de Randamie set as UFC Sacramento main event
UFC Sacramento has its headlining fight. Less than two weeks ago, Aspen Ladd was on the prelims of UFC Rochester against fellow contender Sijara Eubanks. After a Fight of the Night performance and another win, Ladd has been elevated to headliner status after previously never appearing on a UFC main card.
Submitted May 30, 2019 12:35PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Eduardo Dantas moves up to featherweight, faces Juan Archuleta at Bellator 222
Eduardo Dantas will switch things up for his return to the Bellator cage. The former Bellator bantamweight champion has decided to move up to 145 pounds and take on Juan Archuleta in the main card portion of Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden, New York, on June 14, promotion officials confirmed to MMA Fighting.
Submitted May 30, 2019 11:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Bryan Caraway, Joseph Morales amongst many shown door by the UFC
UFC veteran Bryan Caraway and flyweight Joseph Morales are among just a handful of names who have been released by the UFC. In addition to Caraway and Morales, MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz confirmed that light heavyweight Abdul-Kerim Edilov and heavyweight Dmitry Smoliakov are no longer on the UFC roster. Caraway’s departure was revealed by South Korean promotion Battlefield Fighting Championship on Monday. “Kid Lightning” went 6-4 during his almost eight-year UFC career, picking up wins against the likes of Aljamain Sterling and Eddie Wineland during his time in the promotion.
Submitted May 29, 2019 9:21AM by JLS - 5 comments
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Three New Bouts Announced for UFC 240 in Edmonton
The lineup for UFC 240 is beginning to take shape, as the promotion on Tuesday confirmed a trio of contests for the July 27 event. The newly-announced bouts are as followed: Lauren Murphy vs. Mara Romero Borella at flyweight; Gillan Robertson vs. Sarah Frota at flyweight and Erik Koch vs. Kyle Stewart at welterweight. UFC 240 take place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and is headlined by a featherweight championship clash between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar. The main card airs on pay-per-view through ESPN+, with prelims airing on ESPN2 and ESPN+.
Submitted May 29, 2019 9:18AM by JLS - 0 comments
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UFC's Yoel Romero wins tainted supplement lawsuit, awarded $27 million in damages
Yoel Romero’s name has been further cleared of wrongdoing after a failed drug test from 2016 was proven to have stemmed from a tainted supplement. Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) on Tuesday won a lawsuit based in New Jersey against Gold Star Performance Products with total damages of $27.45 million, according to Romero’s agent, Abraham Kawa. The UFC middleweight sued the company after a failed drug test caused him to be suspended from competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Submitted May 29, 2019 9:16AM by JLS - 2 comments
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Urijah Faber returns for UFC Sacramento fight with Ricky Simon
A member of the UFC Hall of Fame will soon enter the Octagon. Urijah Faber, who retired from the sport following a decision victory over Brad Pickett in Sacramento in Dec. 2016, has agreed to take on Ricky Simon at UFC’s return to the city on July 13, sources said. MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer confirmed the bout with sources.
Submitted May 28, 2019 9:53PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Alex Oliveira To Meet With Police Over Alleged Assault
UFC Welterweight Alex Oliveira will meet with police over an alleged assault against his ex-wife in Tres Rios, Rio de Janeiro this coming Monday. The news was confirmed by MMA Junkie after precinct chief Andre Lourenco told the media outlet about it on Sunday. The expected meeting comes after an alleged incident that took place Saturday.
Submitted May 27, 2019 9:39AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Brian Ortega Vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov Set For UFC 240
On a day in which we learned of the scintillating lightweight showdown between Tony Ferguson and Donald Cerrone, it was going to be hard for the UFC to top it with another fight-announcement. And sure, for many reasons, that pivotal 155lb clash will be a phenomenal showcase in terms of name-value and the almighty stakes, but for those in the know, this featherweight title-eliminator is just as good.
Submitted May 27, 2019 6:41AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Rostem Akman vs. Sergey Khandozhko completes 13-fight UFC on ESPN+ 11 lineup
The lineup for the UFC’s return to Sweden this week appears to be complete with the addition of a welterweight fight. Rostem Akman (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step up on short notice to take on Sergey Khandozhko (26-5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 11, according to online reports. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking, however. The UFC on ESPN+ 11 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 1 p.m. ET) Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Smith Ilir Latifi vs. Volkan Oezdemir Jimi Manuwa vs. Aleksandar Rakic Makwan Amirkhani vs. Chris Fishgold Christos Giagos vs. Damir Hadzovic Sung Bin Jo vs. Daniel Teymur PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN2, 10 a.m. ET) Rostem Akman vs. Sergey Khandozhko Tonya Evinger vs. Lina Lansberg Stevie Ray vs. Leonardo Santos Frank Camacho vs. Nick Hein Bea Malecki vs. Eduarda Santana Devin Clark vs. Darko Stosic Joel Alvarez vs. Danilo Belluardo
Submitted May 27, 2019 6:39AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Elias Theodorou, Wilson Reis among cuts to UFC's roster
A popular Canadian “Ultimate Fighter” winner and a former title challenger are among four recent cuts to the UFC’s roster. Elias Theodorou, Wilson Reis, Marcelo Golm and Eric Shelton have been released by the promotion. A UFC official today confirmed the news to MMA Junkie after an initial report by Brazilian MMA media outlet Combate.com. Theodorou (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), a middleweight, had won three straight fights and five of his past six before a decision loss to Derek Brunson earlier this month at UFC on ESPN+ 8 in Canada. Before that setback, Theodorou had decision wins over Dan Kelly, Trevor Smith and Eryk Anders to bounce back from a loss to Brad Tavares in July 2017.
Submitted May 27, 2019 6:38AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Arlovski-Rothwell 2 set for July 20 card
Two veteran heavyweights will meet again at UFC Fight Night San Antonio in July. Andrei Arlovski vs. Ben Rothwell 2 is set for the July 20 event, sources told ESPN. The rematch is 11 years in the making. Arlovski knocked out Rothwell at Affliction: Banned, the promotion's first event, back in July 2008.
Submitted May 21, 2019 9:15AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC nearing deal for Holloway-Edgar, sources say
The UFC is close to finalizing a featherweight title fight between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar for UFC 240 on July 27 in Edmonton, Canada, according to multiple sources. The promotion has tried to book this matchup twice in the past, although both attempts fell through due to injury. Once official, the 145-pound championship will take place on the pay-per-view portion of UFC 240, which will take in Edmonton's Rogers Place.
Submitted May 14, 2019 7:34AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Neil Magny out of UFC Rochester bout vs. Vicente Luque
The UFC is looking for someone to step up and fight Vicente Luque on short notice this Saturday at UFC Rochester. Neil Magny has pulled out of his welterweight bout against Vicente Luque for undisclosed reasons, MMAjunkie.com reported Monday evening. UFC officials have yet to confirm the news.
Submitted May 13, 2019 11:15PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC veteran Anthony Johnson arrested for domestic violence
Former UFC fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was arrested for domestic violence on Monday in Florida. MMAWeekly.com confirmed the arrest by the Boca Raton Police Services, following an initial report by TMZ Sports.
Submitted May 7, 2019 2:05PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Larissa Pacheco will now face Kayla Harrison in the PFL 12 main event
The PFL’s first show of 2019 is once again seeing a main event change. Less than a week after scheduled headliner Louis Taylor announced that he would not be competing in the league’s second season due to the New York State Athletic Commission not clearing him for his welterweight bout with Chris Curtis, Thursday’s replacement main event between Kayla Harrison (3-0) and Svetlana Khautova is no more.
Submitted May 7, 2019 1:22AM by JLS - 1 comment
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