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UFC 219 Results: Card Highlights, Analysis, Bonus Winners, Attendance And Gate
Holly Holm did as good of a job competing with Cris Cyborg as most anyone could have expected, but in the end, it wasn't enough. In the main event of UFC 219 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Cyborg successfully defended her featherweight title. She outlanded Holm in every round and landed the harder shots throughout. That edge led to a unanimous-decision victory. Here are the judge's scorecards (49-46, 48-47, 48-47). Holm did a good job controlling posture in the clinch and landing combinations early, but she simply didn't have the power to slow down Cyborg's pursuit. Ultimately, Cyborg's power and accuracy left Holm's face looking battered and beaten. POTN - Khabib Nurmagomedov POTN - Tim Elliot Fight of The Night - Cyborg Santos vs Holly Holm
Submitted Dec 31, 2017 12:22PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC headed to Las Vegas for five events in 2018
The UFC will hold at least five events in Las Vegas in 2018, including four pay-per-view cards. MMA Fighting has learned the dates for five events next year, including the year-end UFC 232 event on Dec. 29.
Submitted Dec 31, 2017 6:31AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Pietro Menga released by UFC
Pietro Menga’s UFC run is over before it started. The 29-year-old Englishman received his walking papers from the organization less than two weeks after what was supposed to be his debut with the company. Booked as a short-notice replacement for an injured Justin Scoggins opposite one-time flyweight title challenger Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 26, Menga was unable to make the 125-pound limit and he was told by a doctor to stop cutting weight prior to the weigh-ins, which led to the cancellation of his first Octagon opportunity. Menga told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that he learned of his release during the holiday season.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 8:03PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Carls John de Tomas fails USADA drug test in relation to UFC Fresno
Making flyweight is not the only obstacle ahead for Carls John de Tomas. The fighter failed a USADA drug test in relation to UFC Fresno earlier this month and is facing a UFC anti-doping policy violation, the UFC announced Friday. De Tomas failed an in-competition test following his weigh-in and is facing sanctions from both USADA and the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), pending an adjudication process. The release stated that de Tomas is no longer under UFC contract.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:48PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
James Thompson fails test for drostanalone
Veteran heavyweight James Thompson has failed a test for the steroid drostanolone, administered by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation director Mike Mazzulli at Bellator 191 in Newcastle, England, on December 15. Thompson, 39, lost to Philip De Fries at the event, via submission in Round 1. Thompson, 39, faces a one-year suspension and $2,000 fine. In order to be licensed to fight again after the suspension, which is retroactive to the event date, he will have to test clean. Thompson has the right to appeal.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:42PM by tildengolfer - 5 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Former Invicta FC champion Livia Renaza Souza makes UFC debut against Jessica Aguilar in Austin
One of the top strawweights in the world will make her UFC debut in February. Livia Renata Souza is set to take on Jessica Aguilar at the UFC Austin card on Feb. 18 in Texas, multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:41PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabi Garcia offers tear-filled apology for missing weight at Rizin
A strange scene unfolded at Friday’s Rizin Fighting Federation show in Saitama, Japan as Gabi Garcia was brought into the ring to apologize for the weigh-in mishap that led to the cancellation of her bout with Japanese wrestling legend Shinobu Kandori.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:40PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Yoel Romero vs. David Branch slated for UFC on FOX 28
Ask and you shall receive. A marquee middleweight matchup between Yoel Romero and former World Series of Fighting two-division champion David Branch has been slated for Feb. 24 at UFC on FOX 28. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani confirmed the news Friday afternoon following an initial report by The Orlando Sentinel.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:33PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Marlon Moraes among four fighters CSAC recommends move up in weight after UFC Fresno
The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) wants four fighters to move up a weight class after competing at UFC Fresno earlier this month. UFC bantamweight star Marlon Moraes and three others were flagged by CSAC doctors after weighing in on fight day well over the commission regulations of staying within 10 percent of the contracted weight, per a document obtained Friday by MMA Fighting. Iuri Alcantara, Davi Ramos and Luke Sanders were the three other fighters recommended to move up. CSAC will not license the four fighters at their current weight classes in the future “without extensive medical documentation from a licensed physician certifying the weight class is appropriate and verified by CSAC physicians.”
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 4:32PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori scratched from Rizin FF 8 after massive weigh-in miss
Gabi Garcia will not be competing at tonight’s Rizin FF 8 event, which is currently going down at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 1:54AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Michel Prazeres vs. Desmond Green set for UFC Belem
A Belem, Brazil native will get the chance to fight in his hometown on Feb. 3. Michel Prazeres will meet Desmond Green in a lightweight bout at UFC Belem.
Submitted Dec 29, 2017 1:52AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Khabib Nurmagomedov hints at future move to featherweight
Khabib Nurmagomedov has a history of weight mishaps at 155 pounds. But he’s thinking of someday competing at 145. The undefeated Russian looked trim and healthy in Las Vegas on Thursday, one day before he’s scheduled to step on the scales and weigh-in for his UFC 219 co-main event bout against Edson Barboza. And while he still has plenty of unfinished business ahead of him in the division, Nurmagomedov found himself thinking of a move to featherweight somewhere down the road.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 9:36PM by Braden - 15 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Israel Adesanya set for promotional debut at UFC 221 in Australia
A highly touted promotional newcomer is set for a debut at UFC 221. UFC officials today announced via that kickboxer Israel Adesanya (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is set to fight middleweight Rob Wilkinson (11-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC). UFC 221 takes place Feb. 10 at Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 5:50PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Nate Marquardt announces retirement
Former Strikeforce champion Nate Marquardt is done with professional fighting. The 56-fight veteran announced on his website Thursday that he is hanging up the gloves after 18 years of MMA competition. Marquardt, 38, made a name for himself as a top-ranked fighter during his time with the UFC, Strikeforce, and Japan’s Pancrase promotion.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 4:13PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Bellator parts ways with announcer Jimmy Smith
Longtime color commentator Jimmy Smith will no longer announce fights for Bellator MMA. A press released issued by the company on Thursday announced that the company and the popular announcer “have mutually agreed to part ways.” The release did not give a reason for the decision. Additionally, sources tell MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani that Chael Sonnen will be a frequent presence in Bellator’s announce booth, and Frank Mir, who earned plaudits several years ago for his work as a WEC color commentator, is also expected to be in the mix.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 3:12PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White hopes to get Conor McGregor fighting next summer, ‘He needs to defend that title’ vs. Tony Ferguson
Even though Conor McGregor has given no indication of when he plans to fight again, UFC president Dana White is optimistic that the company’s biggest star will be back in 2018. McGregor was last seen making his professional boxing debut against Floyd Mayweather in August. The fight did not go the Irishman’s way, but McGregor was paid a handsome sum of $30 million for the crossover bout and his earnings were expected to approach the nine-figure mark once a number of other factors were taken into consideration. That has left “The Notorious” in the enviable position of calling his own shots on his own time and White hopes that McGregor decides he still wants to compete soon.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 3:11PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White having meeting with Floyd Mayweather’s team: ‘Don’t count anything out
The last time Dana White said something with Floyd Mayweather wasn’t going to happen, it eventually led to one of the most lucrative bouts in combat sports history. White isn’t taking any chances now when it comes to the recent discussion of Mayweather possibly working with the UFC in some capacity. The two raised eyebrows last week when White said his promotion was “interested in doing something with Floyd” after Mayweather himself teased the possibility of competing inside the Octagon. The superstar pugilist defeated UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in a highly-publicized boxing match in August. However, Mayweather subsequently dismissed the idea as something that he could do, not necessarily something that he would do. The rumor does not appear to be completely dead just yet. White appeared on FOX Sports’ Undisputed program on Thursday and according to the UFC president, he’s still engaged in talks with Mayweather’s people.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 3:09PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Andrei Arlovski vs. Stefan Struve headed to UFC 222 in Las Vegas
A pair of veteran heavyweights, including a former champion, have been booked to fight in March. Former heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski will take on Stefan Struve at UFC 222. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 12:03PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Georges St-Pierre 'ain't fighting Conor McGregor' if he returns to UFC
Is Georges St-Pierre’s alleged “master plan” to fight Conor McGregor currently in motion? If so, it sounds like UFC President Dana White is ready to put an end to it. Back in March, it was Michael Bisping who claimed St-Pierre was scheming to beat him for the middleweight title, drop the belt and ultimately land a super fight with McGregor in an attempt to win a UFC title in a third division. The first two parts are complete, with St-Pierre submitting then-champion Bisping last month at UFC 217. One month later, St-Pierre vacated the title, leaving doubt about his fighting future. But if it’s McGregor who St-Pierre hopes to eventually fight, White has a stern response.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 12:02PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gabi Garcia badly misses weight for Rizin fight with 53-year-old Shinobu Kandori
The controversial fight between Gabi Garcia and Shinobu Kandori took an odd twist on Thursday. The six-time jiu-jitsu world champion stepped on the scale to take on 53-year-old Kandori, who hasn’t competed in mixed martial arts in 17 years. News broke that Garcia had missed weight by 12kg (26.4 pounds) for their 95kg-fight (209.4 pounds) and the bout was off of the Dec. 29 card. Speaking with MMA Fighting hours after, Garcia said that she only got to Japan a day before the official weigh-ins, and claims that she missed weight by 8.8 pounds. The promotion has yet to make an official announcement if the bout will in fact be cancelled.
Submitted Dec 28, 2017 11:56AM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
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