Jose Aldo Officially Out: Conor McGregor vs. Chad Mendes for Interim Belt at UFC 189
Dana White just said it on SportsCenter.
McGregor vs Mendes for the interim UFC Featherweight Title.
Jose Aldo (Rib) Pulls out of UFC 189
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo was taken to the hospital on June 23 after a "kick to his midsection" left the Brazilian with a rib injury. The UFC called the injury a bone bruise on June 24, though MMAFighting.com later reported it was a fracture. Due to the injury, Aldo was forced to withdraw from UFC 189 vs. Conor McGregor.
No. 1 featherweight contender Chad Mendes will replace Aldo at UFC 189 to face McGregor, according to ESPN's Sportscenter.
Boylan obtains Cage Warriors brand, eyes new shows
What happened to Cage Warriors? The arguable top European promotion had a 12-year history of not just running successful shows, but producing top prospect after top prospect. Yet, after November of 2014, everything seemingly went quiet. No new events were announced and by February, the former CEO Graham Boylan, announced he was resigning, spurring even more rumors about the once-great promotion's future.
Andrew Holbrook in for Erik Koch against Ramsey Nijem at UFC on FOX 16
Ramsey Nijem has a new opponent for UFC on FOX 16 after Erik Koch was forced out of their lightweight contest.
Indiana’s Andrew Holbrook (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in to face Nijem (9-5 MMA, 5-4 UFC) on slightly less than a month’s notice. The change was announced on the UFC’s official website today.
UFC on FOX 16 takes place July 25 at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw rematches Renan Barao in a title fight that was supposed to happen this week at UFC 186 before a Dillashaw injury forced the delay.
Hector Lombard gets submitted inside 2 minutes at the BJJ event in Atlanta
(sorry this is off topic from MMA, thought I would share since Lombard has been suspended from the UFC)
Following his dominant win at UFC 182, Hector Lombard's UFC title aspirations came to an abrupt halt when he tested positive for designer steroid desoxymethyltestosterone in a post-fight screening. Not content to sit out the 1 year ban issued by the NAC, Lombard made a decision to compete at the highest level in the world of submission grappling, accepting an invitation to compete at the illustrious ADCC 2015 in Brazil. Over the weekend, Lombard entered the first of his planned ADCC warm-up tournaments and things didn't go to plan for the Judo Olympian.
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As district attorney lacks evidence, ex-UFC champ Jon Jones' case pauses
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will not go before a grand jury on an alleged hit-and-run just yet, but prosecutors expect to move forward on his case.
The prosecutor in charge of the ex-titleholder’s case lacks two key pieces of evidence to move forward: medical records for the accident’s alleged victim and dispatch reports from the Albuquerque Police Department, according to the public information officer for the Bernalillo County (N.M.) District Attorney.
WSOF re-signs champs David Branch, Justin Gaethje and Marlon Moraes
WSOF has re-signed three of its champions to exclusive multi-year deals, officials today announced.
The signings include middleweight champion David Branch (16-3), lightweight titleholder Justin Gaethje (14-0) and bantamweight champ Marlon Moraes (14-4-1), who are a combined 20-0 in the WSOF cage.
Terms of the deals weren’t disclosed.
Daniel Omielanczuk gets new opponent for UFC Fight Night 72 in Scotland
Daniel Omielanczuk (16-5-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has a new opponent for next month’s UFC Fight Night 72 event in Scotland.
UFC officials today announced the heavyweight’s original opponent, Konstantin Erokhin (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), has suffered an undisclosed injury, and promotional newcomer Chris de la Rocha (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement.
The latest UFC Fight Night 72 card now includes:
Michael Bisping vs. Thales Leites
Evan Dunham vs. Ross Pearson
Joseph Duffy vs. Ivan Jorge
Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
Leon Edwards vs. Pawel Pawlak
Leonardo Mafra vs. Stevie Ray
Paddy Holohan vs. Vaughan Lee
Mickael Lebout vs. Jake Matthews
Ilir Latifi vs. Hans Stringer
Paul Redmond vs. Robert Whiteford
Marcus Brimage vs. opponent TBA
Chris de la Rocha vs. Daniel Omielanczuk