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February 2018 MMA News Archive

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Dana White says chances are ‘very, very, very good’ that Brock Lesnar returns to the UFC
In 2016, when the UFC needed a draw to juice up their marquee summer event, UFC 200, UFC President Dana White pulled a rabbit out of his hat by negotiating the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Though Lesnar is under contract with the WWE, he was allowed a one-off opportunity to come back to the realm of unscripted combat. But with Lesnar’s WWE contract ending this year, it appears White has a more permanent return in mind for “The Beast.” Speaking recently with the Happy Hours radio show on SiriusXM Nascar, White was succinct in summing up the odds on a possible Lesnar return to the UFC in 2018. “They’re very, very, very good.”
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:13PM by Braden - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jim Miller gets home fight vs. Dan Hooker at UFC Fight Night 128 in Atlantic City
It probably should come as little surprise that one of the best fighters ever to come out of New Jersey will be fighting when the UFC returns there. Jim Miller (28-11 MMA, 17-10 UFC) has been booked for a lightweight fight against Dan Hooker (15-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 128. Promotion officials announced the fight today, while also making official the headliner between Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza, following an initial report from the Press of Atlantic City.
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:09PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Jack Hermansson heads back to Brazil to meet Thales Leites at UFC 224
A pair of middleweights looking to get back into the win column have been booked for the UFC’s return to Brazil. Jack Hermansson (16-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) will head into hostile territory to take on Thales Leites (27-8 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at UFC 224.
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:08PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gregor Gillespie vs. Vinc Pichel added to UFC's 'Fight Night' event in Utica, N.Y.
The UFC’s debut event in Utica, N.Y., continues to grow with the addition of a lightweight fight. New York’s own Gregor Gillespie (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) will put his unblemished record on the line against Vinc Pichel (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) at the UFC’s “Fight Night” event in early June. The UFC announced the new booking today.
Submitted Feb 28, 2018 4:07PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dana White: Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz trilogy won't happen in UFC
Talk of a trilogy fight between UFC Hall of Famers Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz has heated up, and Dana White says he wants no part of it.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:06PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Evan Dunham vs. Mairbek Taisumov booked for UFC 223 in Brooklyn
The UFC’s return to Brooklyn in April is another step closer to complete with the addition of a new lightweight bout. Evan Dunham (18-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) is set to take on Mairbek Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) at UFC 223.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 4:59PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jon Jones fined $205,000, has license revoked by CSAC in doping case
One part of Jon Jones’ doping sanctions have been decided. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) revoked the MMA license of Jones and fined him $205,000 at a hearing Tuesday at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton. Jones, the former UFC light heavyweight champion, tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition drug test in relation to his fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 last July. CSAC executive officer Andy Foster recommended that CSAC does not reinstate Jones until the conclusion of his USADA suspension, which has not yet been set. Jones’ CSAC license expires this coming August.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 4:57PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jon Jones California State Athletic Commission doping hearing live stream
Jon Jones will face the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on Tuesday for a doping hearing. The former UFC light heavyweight champion tested positive for the steroid Turinabol in an in-competition test taken last July in relation to his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier. On Tuesday, the CSAC will decide sanctions for Jones, who is facing a suspension and fine. Jones will receive a separate sanction from USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, at a later date.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:33PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Former champion Phil Davis faces Linton Vassell at Bellator 200
Bellator has announced an important light heavyweight bout for its upcoming card in London, as Bellator 200 features the return of Phil Davis against Linton Vassell on May 25.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Adriano Moraes injures knee, withdraws from ONE Championship title defense
Adriano Moraes won’t be defending his ONE Championship title in March. The flyweight talent was slated to face Reece McLaren in the main event of ONE: Visions of Victory, scheduled for March 9 in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, but was forced out of the bout due to a knee injury.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Michael Bisping says retirement fight vs. Luke Rockhold would ‘stoke the fires’
After Michael Bisping lost his UFC middleweight title to Georges St-Pierre last year, and then subsequently lost to Kelvin Gastelum just a few weeks later as a short-notice replacement fight at UFC China, the former Ultimate Fighter winner made it clear that his time as a professional fighter was rapidly coming to a close. Bisping said he wanted one more fight to end his career on but as possible bouts with Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida have fallen through, the question became, ”what fight could interest Bisping enough to return one more time instead of heeding the wishes of his family and walking away from MMA?” Well now we may have an answer. Speaking recently on his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that a trilogy fight with the man Bisping took the title from, Luke Rockhold, would certainly interest him as a swan song.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 3:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC 225 adds pair of fights, including return of Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis
The UFC’s return to the “Windy City” has started to build with the addition of a pair of fights, including the return of one of the world’s top flyweights. Joseph Benavidez (25-4 MMA, 12-2 UFC) will return after what will be a year-and-a-half-long injury layoff to take on Sergio Pettis (16-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) at UFC 225. In addition, Rashad Coulter (8-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will take on Allen Crowder (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in a heavyweight bout.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:44AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC's debut event in Chile gets first five bouts, including Grasso, Lee and Luque
The UFC will land in a South American country other than Brazil for the first time ever this May. The promotion today confirmed the UFC Fight Night event, which has yet to be numbered, will take place May 19 in Santiago, Chile. The event goes down at the Movistar Arena and will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Five matchups already have been confirmed, though no headliner is official.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:42AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Mike Pyle retiring from MMA after UFC 222 fight: ‘The juice is no longer worth the squeeze’
This weekend will mark the last time to see Mike Pyle as an in-cage competitor. Pyle, the 19-year veteran of the sport, will be retiring from MMA after his UFC 222 fight Saturday night with Zak Ottow in Las Vegas, he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. Pyle, a 42-year-old longtime Las Vegas resident, will cap his MMA career at 42 fights.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:38AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Walt Harris vs. Daniel Spitz, two other fights official for UFC Utica
The UFC’s first trip to Utica has its first three fights. On Monday, officials confirmed that Walt Harris will battle Daniel Spitz in a heavyweight bout, and flyweights Hector Sandoval and Jarred Brooks will throw down at the June 1 Fight Night event, which will take place at the Adirondack Bank Center in Utica, N.Y. The Utica Observer-Dispatch was first to report these matchups. A previously reported bout between women’s flyweight contenders Sijara Eubanks and Lauren Murphy was also confirmed.
Submitted Feb 27, 2018 5:37AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos out, Jack Marshman meets Bradley Scott at UFC-London
A late change has created a shuffle in the lineup for the UFC’s return to London next month. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is out of his middleweight fight against Jack Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC). Stepping in will be Bradley Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC). UFC officials announced the change today.
Submitted Feb 26, 2018 2:44PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Josh Emmett to appeal UFC on FOX 28 loss to Jeremy Stephens
Josh Emmett is not going to accept his controversial loss to Jeremy Stephens without an added effort. The Team Alpha Male product will appeal the knockout defeat in the main event of UFC on FOX 28 on Saturday night with the Florida State Boxing Commission, his team informed MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani.
Submitted Feb 26, 2018 2:42PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Rafael Carvalho vs. Gegard Mousasi, Michael Page vs. David Rickels booked for Bellator 200 in London
Bellator is going to England for its 200th show. The promotion announced on Monday that middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will fight Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 200, scheduled for May 25 at the SSE Arena. The main card will also feature unbeaten welterweight Michael Page versus David Rickels.
Submitted Feb 26, 2018 2:40PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Sergei Kharitonov decisions Joey Beltran at RCC event
Sergei Kharitonov’s win streak continued on Sunday. But the veteran heavyweight slugger didn’t get the knockout the crowd wanted to see.
Submitted Feb 25, 2018 10:30PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
UFC On Fox 28 - Stephens Vs. Emmett Results: Bonus Winners, Highlights, Attendance And Gate
Controversy struck in the UFC on Fox 28 main event from Orlando, Florida on Saturday night. Jeremy Stephens seemingly secured a future shot at the UFC featherweight title with a destructive TKO victory over Josh Emmett. After being dropped in the first round, Stephens rebounded to put Emmett in trouble in the second with a hard left hook. Emmett went down and Stephens vigorously looked for the finish. He landed a good number of shots leading to the finish, but unfortunately, a few of them looked to be illegal. A series of elbows to the back of the head and a knee to the face of his grounded opponent should have led to a pause in the action–at the very least–and perhaps a point deduction. Performance Bonus - Jeremy Stephens and Ilir Latifi Fight Of The Night Bonus - Alan Jouban vs Ben Saunders
Submitted Feb 24, 2018 11:43PM by JLS - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
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