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UFC 207 bonuses: Amanda Nunes and Alex Garcia pick up $50,000 for their brutal knockouts
Amanda Nunes, Alex Garcia, Cody Garbrandt and Dominick Cruz each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Friday’s UFC 207 event. Nunes and Garcia earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and Garbrandt and Cruz took home “Fight of the Night” honors.
Submitted Dec 31, 2016 10:49AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Check out the divergent tallies on the scorecard for Cody Garbrandt's upset of champ Dominick Cruz
Cody Garbrandt did what he set out to do on Friday night – and what not many figured he’d be able to. Garbrandt (11-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (22-2 MMA, 5-1 UFC) to win the 135-pound title in the UFC 207 co-main event. Check out the scorecard below to see how the officials tallied each round.
Submitted Dec 31, 2016 6:23AM by Braden - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
Johny Hendricks: 'I'm done fighting at welterweight'
Johny Hendricks' days of fighting at welterweight are about to come to an end. Hendricks, who failed to make the 171-pound limit on Thursday, prior to tonight's UFC 207 fight against Neil Magny, told MMAFighting.com that he's not going to cut to welterweight anymore. "I'm done fighting at welterweight," he said, just hours before the fight. "Unless they open up a 175-pound division, I'm moving up to middleweight."
Submitted Dec 30, 2016 6:27PM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Johny Hendricks misses weight again at UFC 207 weigh-ins
Johny Hendricks’ struggles on the scale continue. The former UFC welterweight champion missed weight once again on Thursday at UFC 207’s early morning weigh-ins. Hendricks weighed in at 173.5 pounds for his 170-pound contest against Neil Magny — 2.5 pounds over the division’s limit.
Submitted Dec 29, 2016 3:10PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Nick Diaz to return at UFC 209
With his suspension now behind him (due to a positive test for marijuana metabolites after his UFC 183 fight with Anderson Silva), Nick Diaz is set to return to the Octagon. Diaz, who proudly reps the 209 of Stockton, CA, looks to make his return at, you guessed it, UFC 209. Sources close to the UFC have confirmed to MikeSwick.com that the perennial welterweight title contender is looking to enter the cage once again March 4, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted Dec 29, 2016 10:37AM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 207 will be Mike Goldberg’s final event as a UFC commentator
The UFC’s final event of 2016 will reportedly double as the final broadcast for Mike Goldberg. Following a report from EntImports, MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas confirmed on Wednesday that Goldberg will depart the company following this Friday’s UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada. There has been no official comment made by the UFC.
Submitted Dec 28, 2016 2:45PM by Braden - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Lando Vannata returns against David Teymur at UFC 209
Two exciting young lightweight prospects will square off when Lando Vannata, fresh off a 'Knockout of the Year' candidate at UFC 206, returns to fight TUF 22 alumnus David Teymur on March 4 at UFC 209. The UFC announced the bout Wednesday.
Submitted Dec 28, 2016 2:42PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
TJ Dillashaw blasts Dominick Cruz, UFC for Cody Garbrandt's title shot - 'It’s a mockery of the sport'
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight title-holder TJ Dillashaw was pissed when he learned that he wouldn’t be getting a rematch against Dominick Cruz at UFC 207, getting passed over in favor of Cody Garbrandt. In fact, it was that very decision made by UFC matchmakers and company president Dana White that ultimately compelled Dillashaw to join Mixed Martial Arts Athletes Association (MMAAA).
Submitted Dec 28, 2016 12:23PM by xdanish020 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Josh Barnett fails out-of-competition drug test, flagged by USADA
Josh Barnett’s issues with banned substances continue. The former UFC heavyweight champion failed an out-of-competition drug test stemming from a Dec. 9 screening, the UFC announced Tuesday. Barnett has been flagged by USADA and is facing a UFC anti-doping violation.
Submitted Dec 27, 2016 7:38PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
With Damian Grabowski off the UFC Fight Night 103 “Rodriguez vs. Penn” card next month, heavyweight contender Viktor Pesta needed an opponent. According to a report from MMAJunkie, it looks like Pesta will be grappling with the “Boa Constrictor.” Read more at http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Alexey-Oleynik-Replaces-Damien-Grabowski-at-UFC-Fight-Night-103-115387#MEjgwbghAiSs20ZS.99
Submitted Dec 27, 2016 2:58AM by xdanish020 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nevada Athletic Commission pulls Cain Velasquez from UFC 207 fight with Fabricio Werdum
Cain Velasquez will not be licensed to fight at UFC 207. The Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) has pulled Velasquez from his bout with Fabricio Werdum on the Dec. 30 card in Las Vegas, commission executive director Bob Bennett confirmed Saturday with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The situation follows Velasquez telling ESPN.com last week that pain from a back and leg injury, which requires surgery, is so bad that he has been using cannabidiol oil to remedy it during training camp. "Based on the medical records, interviews with Mr. Velasquez and best judgment of our chairman, chief representatives, executive director and physicians, and to protect the health and safety of the fighter, we've determined Mr. Velasquez is unfit to fight,” Bennett told Helwani. ESPN was the first to report Velasquez’s inability to get licensed to compete.
Submitted Dec 24, 2016 8:32PM by Braden - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
TUF 25 to feature former contestants, rumored roster includes Stevenson, Browning
It looks like The Ultimate Fighter 25 is going to be an “all stars” season, and there are a bevy of familiar names on the rumored contestant list. According to Champions.co, the rumored roster list includes some former TUF winners and a few who are still on the current UFC roster. Johnny Nunez (6-1, 0-0 UFC - Season 22) Dominic Waters (9-5, 0-3 UFC - Season 16) Jesse Taylor (30-15, 0-1 UFC - Season 7) Joe Stevenson (33-16, 8-8 UFC - Season 2) Gilbert Smith (12-6, 0-1 UFC - Season 17) Julian Lane (11-6-1, 0-0 UFC - Season 16) Eddie Gordon (8-4, 1-3 UFC - Season 19) Dhiego Lima (10-4, 1-3 UFC - Season 19) Kajan Johnson (21-12-1, 2-1 UFC - TUF Nations) James Krause (23-7, 4-3 UFC - Season 15) Zak Cummings (20-5, 5-2 UFC - Season 17) Mehdi Baghdad (11-5, 0-2 UFC - Season 22) Gerald Harris (23-5, 3-1 UFC - Season 7) Justin Edwards (8-5, 2-5 UFC - Season 13) Seth Baczynski (19-14, 5-6 UFC - Season 11) Mike Ricci (11-5, 1-2 UFC - Season 16) Jamie Yager (7-4, 0-0 UFC - Season 11) Hector Cervantes (Urbina) (17-10-1, 1-2 UFC - Season 19) Eddy Ellis (21-16, 0-0 UFC - Season 16) Junie Browning (4-6, 1-1 UFC - Season 8) Ramsey Nijem (9-6, 4-4 UFC - Season 13) Hayder Hassan (6-3, 0-2 UFC - Season 21) Tom Gallicchio (19-9, 0-0 UFC - Season 22)
Submitted Dec 24, 2016 12:42AM by Braden - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Conor McGregor too special (and too small) for rubber match against ‘massive’ Nate Diaz
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Conor McGregor, who also held gold at 145 pounds before relinquishing that title to Jose Aldo, is no stranger to the welterweight division. “Notorious” made two trips north to fight Nate Diaz. The power-punching Irishman was subbed by Diaz at UFC 196 — because the savage Stocktonite was clearly three times his size — but was able to battle back and capture a unanimous decision win in their UFC 202 rematch. That makes them tied at one apiece. So, when can mixed martial arts (MMA) fans expect their highly-anticipated rubber match? Never, according to promotion president Dana White, because fighting a MASSIVE guy like Diaz could be a career killer.
Submitted Dec 23, 2016 2:06PM by Braden - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
'Cyborg' refusal to take 145-pound UFC fights 'not so strange now,' says Dana White
The UFC’s decision to leave Invicta FC champ Cristiane Justino out of the promotion’s first title fight at the newly-created women’s 145-pound division raised some eyebrows. Now, in light of Justino’s possible U.S. Anti-Doping Agency violation, it just looks like they dodged a bullet. At least that seems to be the sentiment for UFC president Dana White, who spoke to TMZ approximately 30 minutes after hearing the news.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 8:42PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Cris Cyborg tested positive for diuretic, facing one-year USADA suspension
Cris Cyborg did not test positive for a performance-enhancing drug. The top UFC female fighter said in a statement Thursday on Facebook that her failed USADA drug test was due to a diuretic called spironolactone. USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden confirmed that Cyborg did indeed test positive for that drug, which is banned in- and out-of-competition under the UFC’s anti-doping policy and the WADA Code. A diuretic is considered a specified substance in the UFC’s anti-doping policy, which means Cyborg is facing at least a one-year suspension from USADA.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 8:14PM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cris Cyborg talks USADA notification: 'I'm on medical treatment'
The UFC announced on Thursday that the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notified Cris Cyborg of a potential violation stemming from an out-of-competition drug test administered on Dec. 5. Cyborg, who is one of the most tested UFC fighters in the USADA era, talked briefly to MMA Fighting after the promotion made the announcement. The Brazilian fighter declined to reveal which substance she popped up for, but said that it was something to recover from her recent brutal weight cut for UFC Fight Night 95 on Sept. 24, when she defeated Lina Lansberg.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 4:09PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cris 'Cyborg' Justino notified of potential anti-doping violation
Invicta FC featherweight champion and top pound-for-pound women’s fighter Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino has been notified of a potential anti-doping violation. UFC officials today announced that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency noted a “potential anti-doping policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection on Dec. 5, 2016.”
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 2:48PM by jae_1833 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 207: Cain Velasquez set for back surgery five days after Fabricio Werdum rematch, medicated with Cannabis oil to ease pain
Velasquez recently told ESPN that he will be undergo surgery five days after the fight to correct a lingering health issue. It’s a pain that also forced him out of his previous scheduled fight with "Vai Cavalo" at UFC 196 earlier this year. Pulling out this time around was not an option for Velasquez. That’s the reason Velasquez turned to Cannabidiol (CBD) — one of the compounds that makes up cannabis — to help ease the pain. As of now, CBD is not prohibited by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), so he can take it with a clear mind ... though he intends to ease up come fight week.
Submitted Dec 22, 2016 5:38AM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Makwan Amirkhani is back! Faces Arnold Allen at UFC London
The biggest MMA star in Finland, Makwan Amirkhani has been booked against Arnold Allen at UFC London on March 18th at the O2 Arena as reported by several MMA media including SprawlMMA. Amirkhani has not been in action inside the Octagon sincentive securing his third UFC victory against Mike Wilkinson back in February 2016 also in London.
Submitted Dec 21, 2016 11:56PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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