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July 2018 MMA News Archive

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UFC On Fox 30 Results: Bonus Winners, Highlights (VIDEO), Analysis, Attendance And Gate
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Dustin Poirier ended his rivalry with Eddie Alvarez emphatically on Saturday night in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. In the UFC on Fox 30 main event, Poirier scored a second-round TKO over Alvarez to grab a clear victory in their rematch after the first fight ended in a no contest. Back in May 2017 at UFC 211, Poirier couldn’t continue after Alvarez landed an illegal knee to the head while the former was down. Alvarez accused Poirier of quitting. Poirier pursued Alvarez for a rematch and was met with initial resistance before Saturday’s fight came to fruition. Poirier found himself in some trouble in the second round when Alvarez had him on his backside pinned against the fence. Unfortunately, Alvarez landed an illegal 12-6 elbow that cost him the position.
Submitted Jul 29, 2018 11:32PM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FOX 30 overnight ratings lowest in series history despite all-action card
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Despite having what promised to be two of the year’s wildest fights, and delivering on the promise, the television audience wasn’t there for Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 30. The show did only 1,461,000 viewers on the fast nationals, the lowest number in the history of the show. The show at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary was headlined by Dustin Poirier stopping Eddie Alvarez in round two, one of the wildest rounds in years, where both men were in trouble at various times before Poirier rallied to win. It was a rematch of an exciting UFC 211 fight and featured two competitors who have among the best track records at delivering crowd-pleasing fights.
Submitted Jul 29, 2018 11:30PM by JLS - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Kyoji Horiguchi Extends Win Streak to 10, UFC Vets Gomi, Brandao Score KOs at Rizin 11
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Kyoji Horiguchi continues to cement himself as one of the top lighter weight fighters in the world, regardless of organization. The former UFC title challenger weathered an early storm to win a decision in a rematch with Hiromasa Ogikubo at Rizin Fighting Federation 11 on Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Japan. Ogikubo, a two-division Shooto champ, floored his opponent early, but could not capitalize on the fast start, as Horiguchi gradually took control. While the Japanese star was unable to get a finish, he did batter his foe with punches to the face and soccer kicks to the body, leaving Ogikubo bloodied at the end of the 10-minute affair.
Submitted Jul 29, 2018 11:28PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
 
Three fights added to UFC Sao Paulo in September
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The UFC has finally made several previously reported bouts official for its return to Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Sept. 22, and announced three new match-ups for the Fight Night event. Scheduled for Sao Paulo’s Ibirapuera gymnasium, UFC Sao Paulo will feature Ketlen Vieira vs. Tonya Evinger, Ben Saunders vs. Sergio Moraes, and Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard. Vieira (10-0) was hoping for a shot at the bantamweight belt after winning four in a row inside the Octagon, capped off by a decision over Cat Zingano in March. Instead, she faces former Invicta FC champion Evinger, (19-6, 1 no-contest) who hasn’t fought since a loss to featherweight queen Cris Cyborg last July.
Submitted Jul 29, 2018 11:25PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Petr Yan vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade headed to UFC Fight Night 136 in Moscow
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A bantamweight bout between Petr Yan and Douglas Silva de Andrade is headed to UFC Fight Night 136. Bout contracts are expected to be finalized soon for the bout, according to a person close to one of the fighters who spoke to MMAjunkie on the condition of anonymity because the fight has not been made public. ESPN.com first reported the impending matchup. UFC Fight Night 136 takes place Sept. 15 in Moscow, marking the promotion’s long-awaited debut in Russia. A heavyweight bout between veteran slugger Mark Hunt and submission wizard Oleksiy Oliynyk headlines the card, which is expected to stream live on UFC Fight Pass. With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 136 card includes: Mark Hunt vs. Aleksei Oleinik Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Andrei Arlovski Omari Akhmedov vs. C.B. Dollaway Merab Dvalishvili vs. Terrion Ware Krzysztof Jotko vs. Adam Yandiev Petr Yan vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
Submitted Jul 28, 2018 7:22AM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Thales Leites meets Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 137 in Sao Paulo
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A middleweight bout between Thales Leites and Hector Lombard is the latest addition to September’s UFC Fight Night 137 lineup. Lombard (34-9-1 MMA, 3-7 UFC) announced the matchup with Leites (27-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Globo (via Instagram) The latest UFC Fight Night 137 card now includes: Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Belal Muhammad vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos Alex Chambers vs. Livia Renato Souza Sam Alvey vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Thales Leites vs. Hector Lombard
Submitted Jul 26, 2018 5:18PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Calgary headliner Dustin Poirier aims to donate 500 backpacks to local schoolchildren
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UFC lightweight contender Dustin Poirier’s immediate plans are simple: Beat Eddie Alvarez, get a title shot, and give out a bunch of backpacks. Poirier’s The Good Fight Foundation, founded in April, is holding a back-to-school drive for students at Acadian Middle School in his hometown of Lafayette, La. Poirier (23-5 MMA, 15-4 UFC) and his wife Jolie attended Acadian and hope to raise enough money for 500 backpacks filled with school supplies, in addition to updated computers for the teaching staff.
Submitted Jul 26, 2018 5:16PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Warlley Alves vs. James Krause added to UFC Fight Night 135 in Lincoln
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A welterweight bout between Warlley Alves and James Krause is the latest addition to August’s UFC Fight Night 135 lineup. Krause (25-7 MMA, 6-3 UFC) announced the matchup with Alves (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Globo (via Instagram) The latest UFC Fight Night 135 card now includes: Justin Gaethje vs. James Vick Cortney Casey vs. Angela Hill Andre Fili vs. Michael Johnson Antonio Braga Neto vs. Andrew Sanchez Eryk Anders vs. Tim Williams Iuri Alcantara vs. Cory Sandhagen Deiveson Figueiredo vs. John Moraga Luke Sanders vs. Rani Yahya Joanne Calderwood vs. Kalindra Faria Drew Dober vs. Jon Tuck Mickey Gall vs. George Sullivan Bryan Barberena vs. Jake Ellenberger Warlley Alves vs. James Krause
Submitted Jul 26, 2018 5:14PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Jim Miller gets 30th UFC fight, meets Alex White at UFC 228 in Dallas
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The UFC’s return to Dallas in September features a pair of title fights atop the bill, as well as a new lightweight bout. Veteran Jim Miller (28-12 MMA, 17-11 UFC) is set to take on Alex White (12-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC 228. The promotion announced the new booking today. UFC 228 takes place Sept. 8 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas. The main card, including the newly announced welterweight title fight headliner between champ Tyron Woodley and challenger Darren Till, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. With the addition, the UFC 228 card now includes: Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till – for welterweight title Champ Nicco Montano vs. Valentina Shevchenko – for women’s flyweight title Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Yair Rodriguez Jessica Andrade vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz Cody Stamann vs. Aljamain Sterling Carla Esparza vs. Tatiana Suarez John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera Jim Miller vs. Alex White Ryan Benoit vs. Roberto Sanchez Charles Byrd vs. Darren Stewart Frank Camacho vs. Geoff Neal
Submitted Jul 26, 2018 5:12PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DWCS 9 winner Kevin Holland gets call, meets Thiago 'Marreta' Santos at UFC 227
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Yet another winner from Dana White’s Contender Series has gotten the call for a UFC fight. Kevin Holland (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) took a unanimous decision from Will Santiago earlier this season at DWCS 9. He didn’t win a contract, but he’s heading to the UFC anyway with a newly announced middleweight booking against Thiago “Marreta” Santos (17-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) at UFC 227. UFC officials announced the new matchup on tonight’s episode of Dana White’s Contender Series 14 on UFC Fight Pass. UFC 227 takes place Aug. 4 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass. The new UFC 227 lineup includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title J.J. Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson Kevin Holland vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos Montel Jackson vs. Ricky Simon Brett Johns vs. Pedro Munhoz Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia Sheymon Moraes vs. Matt Sayles Alex Perez vs. Jose Torres Kyung Ho Kang vs. Ricardo Ramos Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang Wuliji Buren vs. Marlon Vera
Submitted Jul 26, 2018 5:11PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
DWCS 9 winner Montel Jackson in for Benito Lopez, meets Ricky Simon at UFC 227
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Montel Jackson didn’t get a contract earlier this season on Dana White’s Contender Series, but he’ll be in the UFC soon regardless. Jackson (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is stepping up on short notice to replace Benito Lopez (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in a bantamweight fight against Ricky Simon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) at UFC 227 next month. UFC officials announced the new matchup on tonight’s episode of Dana White’s Contender Series 14 on UFC Fight Pass. The exact nature of Lopez’s injury was not disclosed. The fight will take place on the FX-broadcast prelims, according to the announcement, though the UFC.com bout order for UFC 227 was changed Monday to put Lopez-Simon on the main card. The new UFC 227 lineup includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title J.J. Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson Montel Jackson vs. Ricky Simon Brett Johns vs. Pedro Munhoz Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia Sheymon Moraes vs. Matt Sayles Alex Perez vs. Jose Torres Kyung Ho Kang vs. Ricardo Ramos Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang Wuliji Buren vs. Marlon Vera
Submitted Jul 26, 2018 5:10PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till title fight in the works for UFC 228
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In the wake of an injury to interim welterweight champ Colby Covington, the UFC is in the process of finalizing a fight between undisputed champ Tyron Woodley and top contender Darren Till for UFC 228. Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) today told MMAjunkie that bout agreements for the fight are not yet signed, but the matchup is likely to take place for the Sept. 9 pay-per-view card at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The news was first reported by ESPN.com.
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 6:48PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa set for UFC 230 in New York
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The UFC’s return to New York City is turning into a middleweight party this fall. The latest addition to the lineup is a 185-pound bout between Yoel Romero (13-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Paulo Costa (12-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC). UFC officials announced the new booking today. The matchup joins two other key middleweight bouts already on the card: former champions Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman in a rematch, and David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza. UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The UFC 230 lineup now includes: David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman Paulo Costa vs. Yoel Romero
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 4:53PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Gustafsson out, Benito Lopez vs. Ricky Simon heads to UFC 227 main card
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With Sunday’s news that Alexander Gustafsson won’t be competing at UFC 227, the benefactors appear to be a pair of bantamweights. MMAjunkie first reported Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) was off the card. Today, UFC officials adjusted the UFC 227 lineup and bumped up bantamweights Benito Lopez (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Ricky Simon (13-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) to the main card. The new UFC 227 lineup includes: Champ T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt – for bantamweight title Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Henry Cejudo – for flyweight title J.J. Aldrich vs. Polyana Viana Renato Moicano vs. Cub Swanson Benito Lopez vs. Ricky Simon Brett Johns vs. Pedro Munhoz Irene Aldana vs. Bethe Correia Sheymon Moraes vs. Matt Sayles Alex Perez vs. Jose Torres Kyung Ho Kang vs. Ricardo Ramos Danielle Taylor vs. Weili Zhang Wuliji Buren vs. Marlon Vera
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 4:52PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman rematch headed to UFC 230 in New York
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A crucial middleweight rematch between a pair of former champions appears headed to the “Big Apple.” Former middleweight titleholder Chris Weidman (14-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and the man who beat him to take the belt, Luke Rockhold (16-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC), will meet again at UFC 230 in November, according to a report from Brett Okamoto at ESPN.com. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking. UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 4:51PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Brian Foster vs. Natan Schulte headlines PFL 5 in New York
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The lineup is set for the Professional Fighters League’s next show, which will be its second straight in New York. PFL 5, like PFL 4 this past week, takes place at NYCB Live in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island. The main card airs on NBCSN following prelims on Facebook Live. The event will feature regular-season fights in the lightweight and light heavyweight divisions The PFL 5 lineup includes: NBCSN CARD (NBCSN, 9 p.m. ET) Brian Foster vs. Natan Schulte Brandon Halsey vs. Vinny Magalhaes Luiz Firmino vs. Rashid Magomedov Rakim Cleveland vs. Maxim Grishin Will Brooks vs. Robert Watley FACBOOK CARD (Facebook Live, 6:30 p.m. ET) Artur Alibulatov vs. Dan Spohn Efrain Escudero vs. Islam Mamedov Arthur Estrazulas vs. Thiago Tavares Yuki Kawana vs. Chris Wade
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 4:49PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen tourney semifinal official for Bellator 208
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A tournament bout between Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen is official for Bellator 208. As reported this past week, Emelianenko (37-5 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) and Sonnen (31-15-1 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) are slated to headline the Oct. 13 event. The show, Bellator 208, takes place at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. (on Long Island), and it airs on Paramount (and also streams on DAZN) following prelims on MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 4:47PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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David Branch vs. Ronaldo Souza official for UFC 230 in New York City
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UFC 230, which marks the UFC’s return to New York City, has its first fight. Officials today confirmed a previously rumored fight between David Branch (22-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) and Ronaldo Souza (25-6 MMA, 8-3 UFC) for the November card (via Twitter) UFC 230 takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the full fight card and bout order haven’t been finalized.
Submitted Jul 24, 2018 4:47PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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UFC Fight Night 134 bonuses: Anthony Smith messes up 'Shogun' for $50,000
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Anthony Smith, Manny Bermudez, Danny Roberts and David Zawada each earned $50,000 bonuses for their performances at today’s UFC Fight Night 134 event. Smith and Bermudez each won “Performance of the Night” honors. Roberts and Zawada earned the “Fight of the Night.” UFC officials announced the winners following the event. Smith (29-13 MMA, 6-3 UFC) dropped an absolute destruction on former light heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua (25-11 MMA, 9-9 UFC) in the main event. “Shogun” seemed to clip Smith early, but Smith recovered and put together a massive barrage that left Rua out cold in 89 seconds. It was his second straight win over a former champion after moving up to 205 pounds from light heavyweight.
Submitted Jul 23, 2018 10:51AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Frankie Edgar vs. 'Korean Zombie' to headline UFC's 25th anniversary show in Denver
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The “Korean Zombie” is coming back, and he’s got the matchup he wants. A featherweight showdown between Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung will headline UFC Fight Night 139 on Nov. 10 at Pepsi Center in Denver. UFC President Dana White confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie following initial reports by BJPenn.com and ESPN.com.
Submitted Jul 20, 2018 10:52PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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