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Nicco Montaño vs. Valentina Shevchenko title fight off UFC 228 card
There will not be a second title fight Saturday. UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montaño was hospitalized Friday morning prior to official weigh-ins and her title defense against Valentina Shevchenko has been pulled off the UFC 228 card Saturday, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting. ESPN was the first to report the news. It remains unclear what Montaño’s condition was when she headed to the hospital, but the timing fits with something related to an illness due to weight cut. The UFC released a statement on the matter Friday morning, making the title fight cancellation official. “As a precautionary measure, UFC flyweight Nicco Montaño was transported to a medical facility Friday morning due to health concerns,” the statement read. “The scheduled championship bout between Montaño & Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 228 has been cancelled.”
Submitted Sep 7, 2018 11:22AM by finnish_line - 2 comments
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Tai Tuivasa set to fight Junior Dos Santos in main event of UFC Adelaide
A mammoth heavyweight showdown is set to take center stage down under. Set to fight former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (19-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) in the main event of UFC Adelaide. Combate was the first to report the news and it was confirmed by ESPN. The confirmation ends weeks of speculation as to who may headline the card. It has been widely known that Tuivasa wanted the fight with Dos Santos, but it was uncertain as to weather the former champion would want to come to Australia for the fight.
Submitted Sep 5, 2018 5:37PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Claudia Gadelha meets Nina Ansaroff at UFC 231
A strawweight bout between Claudia Gadelha and Nina Ansaroff was officially announced for UFC 231 on Wednesday. The pay-per-view card is scheduled to take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada, on Dec. 8. The promotion has yet to officially announce a main event for UFC 231. Gadelha (16-3), who once challenged for the UFC’s 115-pound belt, is coming off a decision victory over longtime rival Carla Esparza in June. The Brazilian strawweight scored wins over the likes of Karolina Kowalkiewicz, Valerie Letourneau, Cortney Casey and Jessica Aguilar throughout her MMA career.
Submitted Sep 5, 2018 5:27PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Edson Barboza vs. Dan Hooker booked for UFC on FOX 31
Daniel Hooker has been granted his wish of a top tier opponent as he is set to face sixth-ranked Edson Barboza at UFC Milwaukee on Dec. 15. The New Zealand Herald first reported the news Wednesday after confirming the lightweight clash with the UFC. Barboza (19-6-0) is coming off two one-sided losses. Kevin Lee finished him in the fifth round of their main event clash at UFC Atlantic City. He went into the New Jersey bout coming off a loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, who dominated him over five rounds in the co-main event of UFC 219.
Submitted Sep 5, 2018 5:24PM by JLS - 4 comments
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Claudio Silva injured, out of UFC Moscow fight with Ramazan Emeev
Ramazan Emeev needs a new opponent for UFC Moscow. The former M-1 Global middleweight champion was scheduled to face Claudio Silva in a welterweight bout Sept. 15 in Russia, but the Brazilian was forced out of the card with a lower back injury, sources told MMA Fighting. Silva won’t need surgery and is targeting a December return to the Octagon, sources said.
Submitted Sep 3, 2018 1:44PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Ryan Benoit out - Jarred Brooks fills in against Roberto Sanchez
Bout scheduled to take place on the FightPass Early Prelims.
Submitted Sep 3, 2018 1:40PM by JLS - 1 comment
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UFC Sao Paulo card complete with the addition of two Contender Series Brazil winners
Three Contender Series Brazil winners will compete at the upcoming UFC Sao Paulo event. After a previously reported heavyweight clash between Augusto Sakai and Chase Sherman, the promotion has booked a female bouts featuring Mayra Bueno Silva and Gillian Robertson, and Marina Rodriguez versus Randa Markos. Silva (5-0) was signed by the UFC after submitting Mayana Kellen with an anaconda choke in 62 seconds as a bantamweight, but will move back to flyweight. Rodriguez earned her contract with a first-round stoppage over Rizin veteran Maria Oliveira in a strawweight fight.
Submitted Sep 2, 2018 8:30PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Chase Sherman vs. Augusto Sakai added to UFC Sao Paulo
The UFC booked a heavyweight match for its upcoming event in Brazil after a series of fight cancellations hit the card. Days after Ketlen Vieira and Antonio Carlos Junior were forced out of UFC Sao Paulo fights with Tonya Evinger and Elias Theodorou due to injuries, Chase Sherman and Augusto Sakai agreed to meet on Sept. 22, sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting following a report by FloCombat.
Submitted Aug 30, 2018 9:41AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Brandon Davis says he’s facing Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 228
It looks like Zabit Magomedsharipov has a new dance partner for UFC 228. A guy that’s no stranger to short-notice fights will be stepping up again at UFC 228, at least according to what he’s saying on social media. Featherweight Brandon Davis took to Twitter today to confirm that he will be fighting Zabit Magomedsharipov at the Dallas event, replacing an injured Yair Rodriguez:
Submitted Aug 29, 2018 11:58AM by JLS - 4 comments
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Brian Foster, Ramsey Nijem forced to withdraw from PFL playoff race
Brian Foster and Ramsey Nijem are out of the 2018 Professional Fighters League playoff picture, opening the door for two unlikely candidates to claim a postseason spot. MMA Fighting confirmed with league officials that Foster and Nijem have been forced to withdraw from the current season. Foster didn’t receive a license to compete from the athletic commission, and Ramsey wasn’t cleared by a physician after being placed on medical suspension following his loss to Foster at PFL 2 on June 21.
Submitted Aug 28, 2018 3:56AM by JLS - 0 comments
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MMA pioneer Kid Yamamoto announces cancer diagnosis
The former K-1 Heroes 165 lb Grand Prix champion and Japanese MMA legend is battling cancer. Over the first half of the 2000s Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto was unquestionably one of the greatest talents in MMA. Standing just 5’ 4”, he blitzed the K-1 Heroes 165lb Middleweight Grand Prix, defeating Royler Gracie, Caol Uno, and Genki Sudo all by KO. His knockout of Kazuyuki Miyata, via flying knee just four seconds into round 1, is one of the fastest in MMA history.
Submitted Aug 28, 2018 3:50AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Ketlen Vieira out of UFC Sao Paulo fight with Tonya Evinger, will require surgery
UFC Sao Paulo got a new main event. Now it’s going to need a new co-headliner. Ketlen Vieira is injured and out of her women’s bantamweight contender bout with Tonya Evinger, which was scheduled for Sept. 22 in Brazil, Vieira confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Guilherme Cruz on Monday. Vieira said she has a knee injury and will require surgery. MMAjunkie was the first to report the news, including that the UFC is seeking a replacement to fight Evinger. Vieira said she is unsure how long she will be out.
Submitted Aug 28, 2018 3:45AM by JLS - 2 comments
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UFC Fight Night 135 bonuses: No doubt, Justin Gaethje's massive KO was worth $50,000
Justin Gaethje, Eryk Anders, Cory Sandhagen and Iuri Alcantara each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 135 event. Sandhagen and Alcantara earned the “Fight of the Night,” while Gaethje and Anders each won “Performance of the Night” honors. UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended. In the main event, Gaethje (19-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) laid out James Vick (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) with a right hand that dropped the slight lightweight favorite instantly to the canvas. It got Gaethje, a former WSOF champion, back on track after back-to-back losses to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Anders (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) struggled early against Tim Williams (15-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC), despite being a huge 10-1 favorite in the fight. With the fight even heading into the third round, Anders briefly took Williams off his feet, and when he got up, Anders landed a perfectly timed kick to the face to put him away with just 18 seconds left.
Submitted Aug 26, 2018 2:43AM by JLS - 3 comments
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Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega agreed for UFC 231
It looks like UFC featherweight champ Max Holloway is returning to the Octagon this December in Toronto, Canada. Just over a month following his removal from UFC 226 due to unexplained concussion-like symptoms, UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway’s much-anticipated title defense vs. Brian Ortega has been rebooked.
Submitted Aug 25, 2018 2:04AM by JLS - 4 comments
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Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis in the works for UFC 229
On a night in which the UFC lightweight championship will be decided in what could be the biggest event in UFC history, two other competitors who have held versions of 155-pound gold look highly likely to throw down. A matchup between former UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson and former UFC and WEC lightweight titleholder Anthony Pettis is in the works for UFC 229 in Las Vegas on Oct. 6. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Thursday night report by MMA Junkie.
Submitted Aug 24, 2018 10:50AM by JLS - 4 comments
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UFC bantamweight John Lineker lobbies for fight against featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov
With Yair Rodriguez out of his UFC 228 bout vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov, bantamweight John Lineker is willing to step up. Zabit Magomedsharipov (15-1) is in need of a new opponent at UFC 228 after Yair Rodriguez withdrew from injury. The rising featherweight star is on an 11-fight winning streak, with three of those wins coming inside the Octagon.
Submitted Aug 23, 2018 8:35PM by JLS - 8 comments
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Carlo Pedersoli Jr. Steps in for Neil Magny, Faces Alex Olivieira At UFC Sao Paulo
It didn’t take long for the Ultimate Fighting Championship to find a new opponent for Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 137. Oliveira was originally scheduled to fight Neil Magny at a UFC event in Sao Paulo. Magny, however, pulled out of the bout to face Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC Fight Night 140 on Nov. 17. Now, Carlo Pedersoli Jr. has stepped up to face Oliveira on Sept. 22. The matchup was first reported by Brazilian website Combate, but Sherdog’s own source has confirmed the report. Oliveira (19-4-1, 2 N/C) is coming off a second-round submission against Carlos Condit at UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje. The Brazilian “Cowboy” has won five of his last seven fights. His last three appearances were rewarded with two “Performance of the Night” bonuses and a “Fight of the Night” bonus. Carlo "Semento" Pedersoli Jr. (11-1) recently made his Octagon debut at UFC Liverpool. On that occasion, the Italian-American fighter defeated Bradley Scott by split decision.
Submitted Aug 23, 2018 8:34PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns announced for UFC 231
Be forewarned, Toronto: A Canadian Gangster is coming to town. “The Canadian Gangster” Olivier-Aubin Mercier will meet Gilbert Burns in a lightweight matchup at UFC 231 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Dec. 8, the UFC announced Thursday. Aubin-Mercier (11-3), from Montreal’s Tristar Gym, is looking to shake off his first loss in more than two years. Aubin-Mercier dropped a decision to Alex Hernandez at UFC on FOX 30. Previously, Aubin-Mercier won four straight fights and seven of eight.
Submitted Aug 23, 2018 8:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
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Stevie Ray vs. Jessin Ayari set for UFC Moncton
An all-European lightweight matchup is heading to Canada. Britain’s Stevie Ray will square off with Germany’s Jessin Ayari on the UFC Moncton show on Oct. 27, the company announced Thursday. Ray (21-8), is looking to reignite the fire of the early portion of his UFC stint, in which he won five of his first six fights. Since then, he’s dropped two in a row, most recently a split-decision to Kajan Johnson at UFC London on March 17.
Submitted Aug 23, 2018 8:31PM by JLS - 0 comments
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Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman announced for UFC 230
A Contender Series standout and a former Cage Warriors champion will clash at Madison Square Garden. On Thursday, the UFC announced a middleweight bout between Karl Roberson (6-1) and Jack Marshman (22-7) for UFC 230, which takes place in New York on Nov. 3. Roberson, 27, is coming off of the first setback of his career, a first-round technical submission loss to Cezar Ferreira at UFC 224. Before that, Roberson earned a contract on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series with a 15-second knockout of Ryan Spann followed by a successful UFC debut in November where he notched a first-round submission of Darren Stewart.
Submitted Aug 23, 2018 8:29PM by JLS - 0 comments
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