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December 2017 MMA News Archive - Page 4

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Mara Romero Borella vs. Katlyn Chookagian added to UFC on FOX 27
Mara Romero Borella has a date and an opponent for her second fight in the UFC. The 31-year-old fighter will be taking on Katlyn Chookagian in a flyweight contest at UFC on FOX 27.
Submitted Dec 15, 2017 11:35PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
MMA veteran Marlon Sandro allegedly attacked, choked out fiancee
Brazilian MMA fighter Marlon Sandro has been accused of domestic violence. The 37-fight veteran, a former Sengoku featherweight champion who also competed under the Bellator banner, allegedly injured his fiancee Tayssa Wuensche on Thursday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Submitted Dec 15, 2017 1:16PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Tim Elliott vs. Pietro Menga fight at UFC Winnipeg canceled after Menga fails to weigh in
UFC on FOX 26 has suffered a last-minute cancellation. A flyweight bout between Tim Elliott and Pietro Menga has been removed from Saturday’s UFC event in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after Menga did not appear at Friday’s weigh-ins.
Submitted Dec 15, 2017 12:39PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Cyril Asker vs. Tai Tuivasa added to UFC 221 in Perth
A heavyweight bout between Cyril Asker and Tai Tuivasa is the latest addition to February’s UFC 221 lineup. The Daily Telegraph announced the matchup between Asker and Tuivasa.
Submitted Dec 15, 2017 4:19AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Gilbert Burns booked for UFC on FOX 28
They didn’t get their originally requested date, but Olivier Aubin-Mercier and Gilbert Burns are going to scrap. The UFC today announced the lightweights will face off at UFC on FOX 28, which takes place Feb. 24 at Amway Center in Orlando, Fla.
Submitted Dec 14, 2017 11:40PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek rescheduled for UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis
Kamaru Usman and Emil Meek are still set to fight, and now they have a date and location. According to UFC.com, Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) and Meek (9-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will square off in a welterweight bout at UFC Fight Night 124, which takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
Submitted Dec 14, 2017 11:38PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Sabah Homasi shifted to UFC 220
Turns out, Abdul Razak Alhassan and Sabah Homasi will have to wait a little longer for their promised rematch. The UFC welterweights are now scheduled for a do-over at UFC 220, pushing back a date originally promised by UFC President Dana White for UFC 219.
Submitted Dec 14, 2017 6:10PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Lyoto Machida vs. Eryk Anders headlines UFC Belem
Eryk Anders asked for a fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC Belem, and he got it. The pair of middleweights will collide in a five-round main event in Belem, Brazil, on Feb. 3, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by MMA Today.
Submitted Dec 14, 2017 12:13PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Diego Sanchez talks fulfilling dreams of superfan Isaac Marquez, a fighter with Down syndrome
Isaac Marquez came into the JacksonWink MMA gym earlier this year, walked two inches from the mat there and that’s when he met Diego Sanchez.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 7:02PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC's Joseph Benavidez on initial pain, isolation, helplessness of injury recovery
Scrolling through Joseph Benavidez’s Instagram account, you’ll see a few things: pictures of him with wife Megan Olivi, snapshots of movies, and cute selfies with their dog, Benny. What you won’t see are too many pictures of his recovering knee. That doesn’t mean that the two-time UFC flyweight title challenger isn’t going to the UFC Performance Institute every day. Or that he isn’t training. Or that he isn’t powering through every rough stage of rehabilitation after surgically repairing a torn ACL. In the more than six months that have passed since Benavidez announced that an injury had forced him out of a scheduled bout with Ben Nguyen, he’s done all those things. We just haven’t since much of it.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC Fight Night 123 salaries: Ex-WSOF champ Marlon Moraes leads $866k payroll
Former WSOF bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes took home a big win at UFC Fight Night 123, and he also notched the biggest pay day of the event.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:18PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Frankie Edgar aiming to return in March or April to fight Max Holloway
Frankie Edgar is recovering from an orbital injury that knocked him out of a featherweight title opportunity vs. champion Max Holloway, and he’s optimistic that they can make that fight happen soon.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:16PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Dustin Poirier wants to give Eddie Alvarez a couple of nicely wrapped 'Christmas presents'
Dustin Poirier really wants a rematch with Eddie Alvarez. There’s just no two ways about it. Poirier appealed the result of their first bout but to no avail. Ever since, he’s continued to lobby for a rematch, which he did yet again with a clever tweet Tuesday night in the spirit of the holiday season.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:13PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
TUF 26’s Maia Stevenson faces Polyana Viana at UFC Belem
Another female fight was booked for UFC Belem on Feb. 3 in Brazil, as Maia Stevenson faces Polyana Viana in a strawweight contest, the promotion announced following a report by Combate.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:09PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Floyd Mayweather says he has multi-fight offer with UFC, can 'make a billion dollars'
Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the most financially successful boxer of all-time, and now it’s possible he could become the most financially successful MMA fighter ever too?
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:08PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports, UFC
Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek rescheduled for UFC 220 (Update: moved to St. Louis)
An important welterweight fight has been moved to UFC 220. The UFC has rescheduled Kamaru Usman vs. Emil Meek for the Jan. 20 card in Boston, MMA Fighting has learned. UPDATE: The fights been moved to UFC FN 124 in St. Louis
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:06PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gokhan Saki hopes to return in March after suffering meniscus tear
Kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki hopes to return to the Octagon in March or April following his recovery from a bucket handle meniscus tear.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Ex-UFC star Keith Jardine finding successful second act in Hollywood
In the fall of 2007, two days after Keith Jardine celebrated his most famous victory by defeating UFC legend Chuck Liddell, he was back home in New Mexico. The adrenaline of the win had long since worn off, leaving Jardine feeling as though he’d suffered through a car crash. After visiting his doctor to address some of the injuries he’d sustained throughout his training camp and in the fight, he was relaxing in a cafe in Bernalillo with his fiancée Jodie Esquibel when he noticed two people slowly approaching them. He assumed the duo to be shy fans, but instead, they introduced themselves as Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, co-directors of a movie that was in pre-production in the area. After a few minutes of speaking, and out of the blue, the duo asked him if he was interested in reading for a part in their movie, Gamer, which starred Gerard Butler and was eventually released in 2009. For Jardine, it was a strange but welcome bit of serendipity. He’d grown up a huge movie fan and had contemplated acting; now an opportunity was presenting itself to him. Jardine won a part, and in the decade since, has earned over 30 credits in film and television. The last year has been a particularly productive one in Jardine’s second act. During the course of 2017, he has appeared in nine releases, including a recurring role on the long-running Showtime series Shameless and more recently, a regular role on the new, critically acclaimed Netflix western Godless. There are long odds on building a successful career in professional sports. Jardine beat them; to do the same in another wildly challenging venue is his next trick, and one he is fully embracing.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:04PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Robert Whittaker, Luke Rockhold discuss Georges St-Pierre's departure before UFC 221 title fight
Georges St-Pierre is out of the UFC middleweight title picture, and UFC 221’s headliners are ready to move on without him.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 2:37AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Mark Hunt to fight Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221
After missing out on a home date in November, Mark Hunt is getting to fight in Australia next year. The UFC confirmed a matchup reported by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, pairing up Hunt and streaking heavyweight Curtis Blaydes. They will fight at UFC 221, which takes place at the Perth Arena in Perth, Western Australia, on Feb. 11.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 2:07AM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
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