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Jon Jones drug test nets 'atypical finding,' UFC 232 moved to Los Angeles on one week's notice
A Jon Jones drug testing abnormality has caused the UFC to move Saturday’s UFC 232 event from Las Vegas to Southern California. A drug test earlier this month found a trace amount of Chlorodehydromethyltestosterone (DHCMT), or turinabol, in Jones’ system. That’s the same substance Jones tested positive for in 2017 that led to the 15-month suspension he recently was cleared from in order to fight this week.
Submitted Dec 23, 2018 9:05PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Gregor Gillespie vs. Yancy Medeiros added to UFC Brooklyn
“The Gift” is headed to Brooklyn as part of the UFC’s first card on ESPN+. One of lightweight’s top prospects will return to the cage next month on the UFC’s first card in the ESPN era.
Submitted Dec 23, 2018 1:41PM by JLS - 2 comments
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How the ACB/Akhmat merger expands Kadyrov’s influence in MMA
Karim Zidan delves into the recent merger between Chechen promotions ACB and Akhmat MMA. Several weeks ago, Chechnya’s strongman leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced that his MMA promotion, World Fighting Championships of Akhmat (WFCA), would merge with fellow Chechen promotion Absolute Championship Berkut (ACB) in the coming months. According to the dictator, the goal behind the amalgamation is to secure a larger percentage of the sport’s global market share.
Submitted Dec 22, 2018 9:31PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen added to UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn
A bantamweight matchup with a pair of fighters with a penchant for stopping fights has been added to next month’s UFC on ESPN+ 1 event. MMAjunkie today confirmed with a person with knowledge of the booking that John Lineker (31-8 MMA, 12-3 UFC) and Cory Sandhagen (9-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) have agreed to meet at the event, which takes place Jan. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The event streams on ESPN+.
Submitted Dec 22, 2018 8:01PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Jan Blachowicz vs. Thiago Santos announced for UFC Prague main event
Thiago Santos’ journey up the light heavyweight ladder will continue in early 2019. A matchup between Santos and fourth-ranked light heavyweight contender Jan Blachowicz has been scheduled for Feb. 23 as the main event of the UFC’s inaugural visit to Prague, Czech Republic. The promotion announced the booking Friday afternoon.
Submitted Dec 22, 2018 9:23AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Bellator 217 adds six contests, including all-Irish co-main with Myles Price vs. Peter Queally
The Bellator 217 lineup is starting to take shape, with six bouts today officially added to the previously announced main event of James Gallagher vs. Steven Graham. Included in the new main card contests is an all-Irish co-main event of Myles Price (10-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Peter Queally (11-4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), who meet in a lightweight matchup, as well as light heavyweights Yannick Bahati (8-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Karl Moore (8-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).
Submitted Dec 22, 2018 9:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Holly Holm Draws Aspen Ladd At UFC 235
Former bantamweight champion Holly Holm returns to the Octagon at UFC 235, where she will face fast-rising star Aspen Ladd. Though UFC 235, which takes place on March 2 in Las Vegas, is currently without a headliner, the fight card is filling up fast with UFC officials announcing Holm vs. Ladd on Friday. Holm (12-4) has lost both her forays at featherweight, but is one of the most accomplished fighters in the UFC women’s bantamweight division. With a record of 5-2 when fighting at 135 pounds, Holm was the first woman to defeat Ronda Rousey, claiming UFC gold in the process.
Submitted Dec 22, 2018 9:20AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Jack Marshman vs. John Phillips announced for UFC London
It will be an all-Welsh affair when Jack Marshman takes on John Phillips. Officials announced Wednesday that the two middleweights will fight at the upcoming March 16 UFC card set to take place at The O2 Arena in London. This will be the first time in UFC history that two fighters from Wales have competed against one another inside the Octagon.
Submitted Dec 19, 2018 2:34PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Bellator MMA Announces Full Lineup for European Series Event in Newcastle on Feb. 9
The card for Bellator MMA’s inaugural European Series event in Newcastle, England, is just about complete. In addition to a previously confirmed headliner pitting Patricky Freire against Ryan Scope as well as the sophomore outing for British reality television star Aaron Chalmers, the California-based promotion announced 11 bouts for the Feb. 9 event, which takes place at Metro Radio Arena. The four-bout main card will include the Bellator debut of Fabian Edwards, the brother of UFC welterweight Leon Edwards, as he faces Lee Chadwick in a middleweight tilt. Additionally, Terry Brazier will square off against Chris Bungard in a lightweight affair. Chalmers’ opponent has yet to be announced.
Submitted Dec 17, 2018 5:41PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Joseph Benavidez vs. Dustin Ortiz rematch set for UFC Brooklyn
Joseph Benavidez was originally due to fight Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC 233, but now he has a different foe and date.
Submitted Dec 16, 2018 5:35PM by JLS - 4 comments
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Jose Aldo taking on Renato Moicano on UFC Fight Night
The UFC has added a marquee featherweight matchup between former champion Jose Aldo and Renato Moicano to its UFC Fight Night on Feb. 2 in Fortaleza, Brazil. Officials confirmed the 145-pound contest on Friday, following an initial report by MMAJunkie. UFC Fight Night will take place at CFO Arena and air on ESPN+. Aldo (27-4) is coming off a knockout win against Jeremy Stephens in July. It was the Brazilian's first victory since he outpointed Frankie Edgar at UFC 200 in July 2016.
Submitted Dec 16, 2018 5:15PM by JLS - 3 comments
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UFC cancels UFC 233 card in Anaheim
The UFC has pulled the plug on its scheduled Jan. 26 event in Anaheim, Calif. The company announced on Wednesday that UFC 233, which had been a pay-per-view event scheduled for the Honda Center, is no more. ESPN was the first to report the news.
Submitted Dec 16, 2018 5:12PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Invicta FC 33 results: Jinh Yu Frey outpoints Minna Grusander again to retain atomweight title
The second meeting between Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander was arguably even closer than the first, but the result was the same: Frey leaving the cage with Invicta gold around her waist. Frey (8-3) successfully defended her atomweight championship for the first time in the main event of Invicta FC 33 on Saturday at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo., with a split decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47) win over Grusander (6-3). This was an immediate rematch of their Invicta FC 30 encounter in July that Frey won by unanimous decision.
Submitted Dec 16, 2018 4:26PM by JLS - 0 comments
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UFC On Fox 31 Results, Highlights, Winners And Bonuses
Al Iaquinta has Kevin Lee’s number. On Saturday night in the main event of UFC on Fox 31 from Milwaukee, Iaquinta scored another unanimous-decision win (48-47×2, 49-46) over Lee in their rematch of a 2014 bout at UFC 169. Iaquinta’s striking and grappling defense were the difference. Iaquinta’s hands looked a little quicker and Lee’s only advantage came when the fight went to the ground. Lee was able to take Iaquinta down in the second and third rounds, but despite having the body triangle locked in, he couldn’t do any real damage or get an arm under the chin to secure the choke. Fight of Night - Joquim Silva vs Jared Gordon Performance Bonuses - Al Iaquinta and Charles Oliveira
Submitted Dec 16, 2018 1:11PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall added to UFC 235
One of the UFC’s longest-tenured fighters will take on a top prospect at UFC 235. Officials announced Friday that Diego Sanchez will fight Mickey Gall in a welterweight bout at the March 2 pay-per-view set to take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted Dec 14, 2018 4:20PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Jessica-Rose Clark pulled from Andrea Lee fight at UFC on FOX 31
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will shrink its UFC on FOX 31 fight card after losing the flyweight bout between Jessica-Rose Clark and Andrea Lee, previously scheduled for the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” tomorrow night (Sat., Dec. 15, 2018) inside Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Submitted Dec 14, 2018 2:19PM by jbmoviefan - 1 comment
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Gabi Garcia returns to Rizin to fight Brazilian kickboxer Barbara Nepomuceno on New Year’s Eve
The 6-foot-2 women’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout will return to MMA against Brazilian kickboxer Barbara Nepomuceno at Rizin 14 on Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Rizin announced Wednesday. The bout will be contested at 226 pounds.
Submitted Dec 13, 2018 1:21AM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
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UFC 231 bonuses: Max Holloway claims $100,000; Brian Ortega, Thiago Santos $50,000
What Max Holloway showed at UFC 231 can’t just be contained with one post-fight bonuses. The UFC featherweight champion not only engaged in a memorable battle with the previously undefeated Brian Ortega in Saturday night’s main event, but he reminded everyone just what we’ve missed during his year away from the cage. That was enough to give both Holloway and Ortega a well-earned $50,000 for Fight of the Night. But it was also enough for Holloway to snag $50K more for a Performance of the night award, bringing his total bonuses to $100,000. Thiago Santos, meanwhile, earned the evening’s other Performance of the Night. He’ll head back to Brazil with an extra $50K after ending his light heavyweight slugfest with Jimi Manuwa via second-round knockout.
Submitted Dec 10, 2018 8:55PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Max Holloway’s masterpiece was at the same time a showcase of Brian Ortega’s heart
Heading into Saturday night, Max Holloway’s health was being fussed over in hushed tones, quiet enough not to disturb an otherwise fascinating fight. Coming out people were arguing his greatness in not only the canon of featherweights but the entire realm of anybodys who were ever anythings. One good fight was all it took to change reality. UFC 231’s main event was so good it even changed geography. As of Friday night, Toronto was a city up in Ontario. By Saturday night it was a Hawaiian island — the tenth of its kind, and the only one east of the Mississippi.
Submitted Dec 10, 2018 8:46PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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UFC 231 pre-event facts: Get reacquainted with Max Holloway's epic resume after long layoff
The UFC has loaded the deck for its final stop in Canada this year. UFC 231 takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. A championship doubleheader tops the card. Featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) will finally clash with Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the main event, while Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will decide the next women’s flyweight titleholder in the headliner. For more on the numbers behind the intriguing UFC 231 main-card lineup, check below for 65 pre-event facts.
Submitted Dec 8, 2018 6:36PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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