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December 2017 MMA News Archive - Page 6

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Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold slated for UFC 221
The UFC appears to be moving on with its middleweight division. The promotion is on the verge of officially booking Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221 on Feb. 10 in Perth, Western Australia, MMAFighting.com has learned. It is unclear at this time whether the fight will be for Whittaker’s interim 185-pound title or Georges St-Pierre’s official one
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 7:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
UFC champ Nicco Montano to have surgery on broken foot
Nicco Montano’s reign as the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion has hit a snag, though it’s not completely unexpected. Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) last week told MMAjunkie after her title victory vs. Roxanne Modafferi at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale that she fought through a broken bone in her foot. As it turns out, Montano will go through with surgery, which will keep her out of action indefinitely.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 6:35PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
CSAC moves UFC Fresno bout up to bantamweight due to weight-cutting regulations
The flyweight fight at UFC Fresno between Carls John de Thomas and Alex Perez will now be contested at bantamweight, CSAC executive officer Andy Foster told MMA Fighting. This week, de Thomas was “significantly over” CSAC and UFC guidelines for weight and commission doctors felt it was too much weight to cut safely, Foster said.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 6:32PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Leon Edwards vs. Peter Sobotta, Two Other Bouts Announced for UFC Fight Night in London
The first three bouts have been announced for UFC Fight Night 127 in London on March 17. Leon Edwards will face Peter Sobotta at welterweight; Paul Craig will meet Magomed Ankalaev at light heavyweight and Mark Godbeer will clash with Dmitry Poberezhets at heavyweight. The promotion confirmed the pairings on Thursday. UFC Fight Night 127 takes place at the O2 Arena in London.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 5:48PM by Leonstolzz - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Marcelo Golm replaces injured Luis Henrique, meets Tim Johnson at UFC Belem
Three days after its official announcement, Tim Johnson vs. Luis Henrique is already off the UFC Belem fight card after the Brazilian suffered a biceps injury that requires surgery. MMA Fighting confirmed the news following a report by Combate. The UFC has announced that undefeated Marcelo Golm will replace Henrique against Johnson in Belem.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 5:38PM by Leonstolzz - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Invicta FC announces flurry of signings, including Pearl Gonzalez
Invicta FC is reloading for 2018. The all-female promotion announced the signing of 15 fighters on Thursday, including UFC veterans Sarah Kaufman (18-4, 1 NC) and strawweight Pearl Gonzalez (6-3). Kaufman’s signing was previously confirmed by MMA Fighting. Kaufman isn’t the only newcomer of note in the bantamweight division. Marceia Allen (6-2) enters the Invicta ranks on the strength of a three-fight winning streak that includes victories over Carina Damm and one-time Strikeforce title challenger Jan Finney, and undefeated Julia Avila Shumate (3-0) boasts wins over current UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano and veteran Marion Reneau.
Submitted Dec 7, 2017 5:34PM by Leonstolzz - 2 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
TUF 26 Finale Ratings Deliver Lowest-Watched UFC Live Show Ever
The UFC and Bellator MMA went up against each other on Friday night. It shouldn’t be a huge surprise to see that both events turned out poorly in the ratings. What’s interesting is that the two promotions held events on the same night, with the women’s flyweight championship fight as the main event of the UFC’s TUF 26 Finale.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 11:04PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
Stipe Miocic slated to defend heavyweight title against Francis Ngannou at UFC 220
One of the most fascinating heavyweight title fights in recent memory has been booked. And we won’t have to wait very long for it. Stipe Miocic will defend the belt against Francis Ngannou in the main event of UFC 220 on Jan. 20 in Boston, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on Wednesday.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 7:45PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St-Pierre doesn’t think he’ll defend UFC middleweight title
From the moment Georges St-Pierre announced that he would be returning to competition at 185 pounds, there were questions about how long he would stay there. “GSP” recently came back from a four-year hiatus and defeated Michael Bisping at UFC 217 to capture the middleweight championship, and he repeatedly stated that his contract dictate that he defend the title against interim champion Robert Whittaker. However, on Wednesday, St-Pierre told TSN that he is having serious doubts about returning to his new division.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 3:01PM by Braden - 11 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Donald Cerrone vs Mairbek Taisumov planned for next year's UFC gala
The duel of Donald Cerrone (32-10, 1NC) with Mairbek Taisumov (26-5) is being prepared for next year's UFC gala. A player from Grozny has already agreed to fight and would like to fight in Australian Perth. The organization is still waiting for the decision of the Jackson-Wink MMA representative. The popular "Cowboy" is currently on the infamous wave of three defeats in a row. He lost to Jorge Masvidal , Robbie Lawler and Darren Till . He won the last victory against Matt Brown at the UFC 206 gala.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 2:21PM by JLS - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
Sarah Kaufman signs with Invicta FC, set to return in January
Sarah Kaufman is heading back to Invicta FC. The veteran bantamweight has signed a new deal with the all-female MMA promotion, Invicta officials confirmed with MMA Fighting.
Submitted Dec 6, 2017 2:15PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione tournament fight headlines Bellator 194
The Bellator heavyweight tournament quarterfinal between Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione will headline the company’s Feb. 16 card in Uncasville, Conn., the promotion officially announced on Tuesday.
Submitted Dec 5, 2017 10:32PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Michael Johnson vs. Darren Elkins, Michael Santiago vs. Mads Burnell added to UFC St. Louis
Michael Johnson is making a move to a new weight class in his hometown. “The Menace” will drop down to featherweight and take on Darren Elkins at UFC St. Louis on Jan. 14, the UFC officially announced Tuesday. The bout was initially reported by Globo last month. Also on the UFC Fight Night 124 card, Michael Santiago will take on Mads Burnell in another featherweight bout, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. The UFC confirmed the matchup.
Submitted Dec 5, 2017 3:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Kyung Ho Kang returns from military service at UFC Fight Night 124 in St. Louis
Next month’s UFC Fight Night 124 lineup has a new bantamweight bout – with two fighters who recently have been out of action. Kyung Ho Kang (13-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) – “Mr. Perfect” – is slated for a meeting with Guido Cannetti (7-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), officials recently announced. UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been determined.
Submitted Dec 5, 2017 3:51PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Next week's UFC on FOX 26 lineup in Winnipeg undergoes slew of changes
Next week’s UFC on FOX 26 lineup has undergone a number of changes. Officials today announced the slew of new matchups for the card. UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. It airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Dec 5, 2017 2:35PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
After failed drug test, Anderson Silva interested in Roy Jones Jr. boxing match again
Long before Conor McGregor ever boxed Floyd Mayweather, Anderson Silva ignited public imagination with talks of a superfight with all-time pugilistic great, Roy Jones Jr. Now, with a second failed USADA drug test hanging over “The Spider,” both he and Jones Jr. appear to be trying to get back the one that got away.
Submitted Dec 4, 2017 6:49PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Conor McGregor threw a subtle jab on Twitter, and Max Holloway quickly countered
It appears Conor McGregor has some interest in a rematch with fellow UFC champ Max Holloway following the latter’s thrilling UFC 218 main event victory over Jose Aldo. Well, a rematch with jabs on Twitter, anyway.
Submitted Dec 4, 2017 4:03AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Luis Henrique vs. Timothy Johnson added to UFC Fight Night 125 in Brazil
While the card still lacks a headliner, a heavyweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s first Brazilian event of 2018. UFC officials recently announced the addition of Luis Henrique (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) vs. Timothy Johnson (11-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) to UFC Fight Night 125, which takes place Feb. 3 at Manguerinho Gymnasium in Belem. The night’s main card airs on FS1.
Submitted Dec 4, 2017 1:26AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Damon Jackson is new headliner for next week's LFA 28 event
Next week’s LFA 28 event has a new headliner, and it’s a rematch. Officials today announced the cancellation of its original main event after welterweight Evan Cutts (8-3) suffered an injury and was forced out of his fight with Jaleel Willis (8-0), who will be rescheduled for a future card. The new headliner features former Legacy FC champion Damon Jackson (12-2-1) vs. fellow lightweight Luis Luna (14-6). Jackson was originally scheduled to fight Thai Clark (7-0) in the event’s co-headliner.
Submitted Dec 3, 2017 10:07PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Justin Scoggins out of Tim Elliott fight at UFC on FOX 26 with spinal injury
UFC flyweight Justin Scoggins has been forced to pull out of his matchup against Tim Elliott at UFC on FOX 26 later this month after fracturing his spinous process in training. Check out x-ray photos below. Scoggins suffered a spinous-process fracture last week in training, BloodyElbow.com learned, forcing him to withdraw from his planned bout against former UFC title challenger Tim Elliott. Elliott first announced the cancellation in a Twitter post Saturday, but did not give details on Scoggins’ injury.
Submitted Dec 3, 2017 5:12PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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