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December 2014 MMA News Archive

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CM Punk to train in Roufusport alongside Anthony Pettis and Ben Askren
CM Punk has chosen a fight team, and according to Dana White, the former pro-wrestling superstar will be training just a few minutes away from his Chicago home. The UFC President confirmed the long rumored news in an appearance on Fox Sports, stating that his latest high profile signing will be hosting camp with Roufusport in Milwaukee.
Submitted Dec 31, 2014 10:39AM by JLS - 41 comments
Filed under: UFC
Moraes, Hill To Meet At WSOF 18 In Edmonton In February
Top MMA News has learned that the World Series of Fighting will return to Edmonton in February with WSOF 18. The event will be a live televised NBC Sports event that is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, February 12. On the card, World Series of Fighting Bantamweight champion Marlon Moraes will defend his title against Josh Hill. The two were previously scheduled to fight in September 2014 at WSOF 13 but Hill was forced to pull out due to injury.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 10:30PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Iuri Alcantara vs. Frankie Saenz added to UFC Fight Night 61 in Brazil
A bantamweight matchup between Iuri Alcantara (31-5 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Frankie Saenz (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is the latest addition to February’s “UFC Fight Night 61: Evans vs. Teixeira” event.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 10:06PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Isaac Vallie-Flagg announces UFC release, petitions Bellator MMA for job
Four-time UFC veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg (14-6-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) today announced he’s no longer employed by the sport’s largest promotion.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 10:03PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Bellator
Jesse Taylor out at WSOF 17, Krasimir Mladenov awaits new opponent
With the change to the lineup, WSOF 17 now includes: Jake Shields vs. Brian Foster Brian Cobb vs. Johnny Nunez Krasimir Mladenov vs. opponent TBA Bryson Hansen vs. Rudy Morales Adam Cella vs. Danny Davis Jr.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 4:15PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Mairbek Taisumov gets new opponent for UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden
Mairbek Taisumov has a new opponent for next month’s UFC on FOX 14 event in Sweden. Promotional newcomer Anthony Christodoulou (12-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced Yan Cabral (12-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and will now fight lightweight Taisumov (22-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) at the show. UFC officials today announced the change, though a reason wasn’t given for Cabral’s withdrawal from the card. The full UFC on FOX 14 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (FOX, 8 p.m. ET) Alexander Gustafsson vs. Anthony Johnson Dan Henderson vs. Gegard Mousasi Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis Akira Corassani vs. Sam Sicilia PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, 5 p.m. ET) Nico Musoke vs. Albert Tumenov Sultan Aliev vs. Kenny Robertson Makwan Amirkhani vs. Andy Ogle Nikita Krylov vs. Stanislav Nedkov Anthony Christodoulou vs. Mairbek Taisumov Konstantin Erokhin vs. Viktor Pesta PRELIMINARY CARD (FOX Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass, 4 p.m. ET) Mirsad Bektic vs. Alan Omer Chris Beal vs. Neil Seery
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 3:50PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Man standing in way of MMA in NY under FBI investigation
New York may be the capitol of the world, but as far as the world's fastest growing sport is concerned, it's in last place. MMA is legal and regulated everywhere in North America, except for New York. Standing in the way year after year is New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 3:44PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, UFC, General MMA, Miscellaneous
Condit wants to settle score with Diaz
On March 15 at UFC 171, Carlos Condit suffered a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus in a fight with Tyron Woodley. He had surgery, and has spent the time with family and rehabilitating his knee.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 11:05AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Taktarov: Original Championship ended in 90's
MMA pioneer Oleg Taktarov recently conducted an extensive interview with Artem Safarav for Sports.ru, excerpted below. Taktarov was the UFC 6 tournament champion, and holds wins over Marco Ruas, "Tank" Abbott, and Mark Kerr, among many others. He moved from fighting to acting, his original goal when he came to America.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 11:03AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
INOKI BOM-BA-YE 2014 Weigh-in Results: ‘Cro Cop,’ Ishii cleared for Title Fight
Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Satoshi Ishii are officially set for their Inoki Genome Federation heavyweight title bout on New Year’s Eve after hitting the scales Tuesday in Japan. IGF Championship Match Mirko Filipovic (234.79) vs. Satoshi Ishii (236.77) Chris Barnett (334.66) vs. Shinichi Suzukawa (220.9) Shinya Aoki (154.65) vs. Yuki Yamamoto (154.98) Yusuke Kawaguchi (n/a) vs. Justin Willis (289.79) Kiuma Kunioku (152.44) vs. Ramazan Esenbaev (154.98) Road to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 Challenge Tournament Semifinals Tsuyoshi Kurihara (203.81) vs. Ryo Sakai (235.78) Takaaki Oban (254.96) vs. Yusuke Masuda (222.66) Road to Inoki Bom-Ba-Ye 2014 Challenge Tournament Reserve Match Shuji Morikawa (243.5) vs. Katsuyoshi Sasaki (193.45)
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 10:55AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Charlie Brenneman released by UFC
Charlie Brenneman first joined the UFC in 2010, going 4-4 in the welterweight divison. He was then released by the organization and won four fights in regional shows. Returning to the UFC, Brenneman lost three fights in a row, two by submission and one by KO and was again released
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 12:36AM by tildengolfer - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Five reasons the UFC needs a women's 145 lbs division
The UFC started with no weight divisions. Women's MMA started with no divisions at all, before debuting with 135. 115 was added next, with the idea that fighters at 125 could move down or up, creating depth. In his latest blog, "Magical" Ray Elbe details why the next division added should be 145 featherweight.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 12:22AM by tildengolfer - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nike didn't drop Jon Jones due to Daniel Cormier brawl: 'I kind of owe an apology'
Jon Jones told the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) in September that he lost his endorsement deal with Nike due to his infamous brawl with Daniel Cormier during a press event in August. Jones admitted Monday that wasn't exactly true.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 12:19AM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jones glad people saw him with hot mic
Jon Jones was initially offended when he saw the commercials promoting UFC 182.
Submitted Dec 30, 2014 12:15AM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Holly Holm vs. Raquel Pennington targeted for UFC 184 in Los Angeles
The highly anticipated UFC debut of former world boxing champion Holly Holm (7-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will likely take place at UFC 184, where she is expected to meet Raquel Pennington (5-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC).
Submitted Dec 29, 2014 10:58PM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Donald Cerrone's Inevitable Rematch With Anthony Pettis
When Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis faced each other in January of 2013, the result wasn’t controversial or debatable. That night, for all his immense talent, Cerrone found himself on the receiving end of a sound beating that left little desire for a rematch between the two. After a first-round kick to the body, Cowboy was down for the count. It appeared as though Pettis was the better man, and that’s where the Cerrone-Pettis storyline would end.
Submitted Dec 29, 2014 8:58PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 182's Myles Jury Wants Title Shot with Win over Donald Cerrone
"A win over Cerrone puts me next in line for that title shot. And that’s what I want. Anthony Pettis beat Cerrone and got a title shot. A lot of people that beat Cerrone, back in WEC and in the UFC, get title shots," he says. "When I beat Cerrone, you better bet I’m going to be asking for that title shot. "The cat’s out of the bag. I want that title shot."
Submitted Dec 29, 2014 8:52PM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
How every fight ended in 2014
Submitted Dec 29, 2014 8:42PM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC statement on Michael Johnson
UFC lightweight Michael Johnson was ineligible to compete in the UFC organization following his arrest regarding a domestic dispute in Palm Beach County, Florida in April 2014. Given that the allegations against Johnson constituted a potential violation of the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy, the UFC organization temporarily barred Johnson from competition pending the completion of a third-party investigation. Following a thorough review and investigation—including personal interviews with Johnson and independent confirmation that he has satisfied all obligations required by the UFC—Johnson is once again eligible to compete and will begin training for his next fight at UFC Fight Night: Evans vs. Teixeira in Porto Alegre, Brazil. The UFC will continue to monitor Johnson’s status. He must fully comply with the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and all other contractual and additional obligations in order to continue competing in the UFC.
Submitted Dec 29, 2014 8:16PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Diego Sanchez had two of his cars stolen from his driveway
Thieves stole not one, but two of Diego Sanchez's cars from his home.
Submitted Dec 29, 2014 10:25AM by FastKnockout - 8 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous
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