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June 2017 MMA News Archive

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All fighters on weight for Inaugural Professional Fighters League: Daytona event
The eight fighters slated to compete at Friday’s inaugural Professional Fighters League event tipped the scales to make those bouts official Thursday. The first-of-its-kind mixed martial arts event — set to be broadcast live from the iconic Daytona International Speedway on NBCSN — will pit long-time welterweight standout John Fitch against Brian Foster in the five-round main event. Official Weights: Jon Fitch (170.8) vs. Brian Foster (170) Smealinho Rama (204.8) vs. Ronny Markes (206) Joao Zeferino (171) vs. Herman Terrado (169.6) Jason High (156) vs. Caros Fodor (155.6)
Submitted Jun 30, 2017 8:42AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alexa Grasso vs. Randa Markos added to UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico
An international North American clash has been added to UFC Fight Night 114, with Alexa Grasso (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) facing Randa Markos (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC). UFC officials today announced the strawweight clash.
Submitted Jun 29, 2017 11:04AM by JLS - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Woodley vs. Maia at UFC 214, winner gets GSP
UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California is shaping up to be an extraordinary card, with three title fights. Light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will defend his title against Jon Jones. Cristiane Justino and Tonya Evinger will fight for the vacant women’s featherweight belt. And during an appearance on UFC Tonight on FS1 UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley announced he would fight Demian Maia.
Submitted Jun 29, 2017 1:14AM by tildengolfer - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Scott Coker expects Bellator to do Ryan Bader vs. ‘King Mo’ before ‘end of the year’
Ryan Bader will likely defend his newly captured Bellator light heavyweight title before the year is over, according to Bellator president Scott Coker. “Bader should fight ‘King Mo’ (Muhammed Lawal) next,” Coker said Monday on The MMA Hour. “King Mo’s ready to go down to 205 and ready to fight before the end of the year, so maybe we’ll have Bader and King Mo before the end of the year.”
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 4:13PM by tildengolfer - 6 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Cortney Casey: Texas doping case ‘tarnished’ my reputation, career accolades for nothing
Cortney Casey is still holding out hope that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) lifts sanctions from a controversial doping case that started last month. But she knows damage — to her character and career reputation — have already been done, and those are going to be more difficult to wipe away. “You know how it is in the media,” Casey told MMA Fighting. “One to two days and it's forgot about. I’m already a cheater. I’ve already, in their eyes, tested positive for steroids. I didn’t test positive for anything.”
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 4:13PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ngannou vs. dos Santos official at UFC 215
The rumored fight between surging UFC heavyweight Francis Ngannou and former champion Junior dos Santos is now official for UFC 215 on September 9, 2017 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. Ilir Latifi vs. Tyson Pedro at light heavyweight was also confirmed at UFC 215. No headline event has been announced. Ngannou, so, is on a nine-fight win streak, five in the UFC, in a division that is extremely short of streaks. For example, no heavyweight champion has ever defended his title successfully more than twice. All of Ngannou’s opponents were dropped within the first two rounds. Most recently, a tUFC on Fox 23, stopped former champion Andrei Arlovski at 1:32 of Round 1.
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 4:11PM by tildengolfer - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
CSAC declines to license Barao at 135 for UFC 214
In the craziest fight cancellation since Kevin Randleman slipped on pipes backstage and knocked himself out of the UFC 24 title defense with Pedro Rizzo, on Friday, August 29, 2014 Nova Uniao fighter Renan Barao fainted and hit his head while cutting weight, and was out of the title fight challenge with then champion T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 177 in Sacramento, California. The good news was Barao didn’t die. Less than a year ago, on September 26, 2013, sometime Nova Uniao flyweight fighter Leandro ‘Feijao’ Souza, 26, passed away from a stroke while cutting weight for Shooto Brazil 43 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Friends reported Souza had taken the diuretic Furosemide (Lasix) on both the day before and the day of his passing. Souza had two pounds to go to make weight.
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 4:11PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Joe 'Diesel' Riggs signs with M-1 Global
Per social media:
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 1:07PM by tildengolfer - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Donald Cerrone injured, Robbie Lawler bout likely moving to UFC 214
Maybe third time’s the charm. The planned bout between UFC welterweights Donald Cerrone and Robbie Lawler is almost certainly off UFC 213 and likely to be rescheduled for UFC 214, sources tell MMA Fighting. Cerrone has suffered an undisclosed injury that prevents competing on the planned July 8th date, but doesn’t preclude a relatively short turnaround.
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 10:33AM by JLS - 5 comments
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Felice Herrig: UFC promoting me in 'hot girl' fights isn't good enough
In the moments following her impressive performance at UFC Fight Night 112, Felice Herrig fought back tears as she talked about feeling “not young and beautiful enough” for the UFC to want to promote her. The frustration for Herrig (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) seemed to stem from the fact that, while she’s on a three-fight winning streak, which includes knocking off two previously undefeated opponents, the 32-year-old veteran wonders if the opportunity to become a star is out of reach.
Submitted Jun 28, 2017 12:23AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Scott Coker likes Primus vs. Chandler 2, Bader vs. 'King Mo' title fights after Bellator NYC
Perhaps the greatest benefit to Bellator’s recent pay-per-view event was the fact it set up some notable matchups for the future. Bellator NYC took place Saturday at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the main card aired on pay-per-view following the Bellator 180 prelims on Spike and MMAjunkie. Chael Sonnen (29-15-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) won the main event while Matt Mitrione (12-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) scored a big knockout victory in the co-headliner. Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) defended his welterweight strap while Brent Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Ryan Bader (23-5 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) claimed gold.
Submitted Jun 27, 2017 11:20PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Megan Anderson out, Tonya Evinger in for title fight vs. 'Cyborg' Justino at UFC 214
And yet here’s another turn in the saga of the UFC women’s featherweight championship. Tonya Evinger will replace Megan Anderson to face Cristiane Justino for the women’s 145-pound title at UFC 214, the UFC announced tonight. The title fight will co-headline the pay-per-view card, which takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Jun 27, 2017 11:12PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 112 bonuses: Four fighters get extra $50k
Four fighters earned Performance of the Night bonuses at UFC Fight Night 112 on Sunday night in Oklahoma City. Kevin Lee earned an extra $50,000 for his controversial submission win over Michael Chiesa in the main event. Meanwhile, Tim Boetsch picked up a bonus for his second-round TKO of Johny Hendricks in the co-main event. Earlier on the main card, Dominick Reyes made some extra money in his UFC debut with a 29-second TKO of Joachim Christensen. Jeremy Kimball kicked off the card with a bang, getting a bonus for his first-round TKO of Josh Stansbury.
Submitted Jun 26, 2017 1:54AM by JLS - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Scott Coker expects another Bellator pay-per-view early next year
It took three years for Bellator to do its second pay-per-view show, but based on talk by Bellator and Spike executives, it won't be that long of a wait for the third go-around. "I think we were trending all night, we were No. 1 on Twitter all night," Bellator president Scott Coker said Saturday night after Bellator NYC. "This night had a lot of heat and was promoted extremely well. This was our first one, so we're excited to come back and do a pay-per-view maybe the beginning of next year and keep going. We're not going to just do it every month, but when we do this, there will be mega fights and big events just like this."
Submitted Jun 25, 2017 7:48PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Michelle Waterson to appear in ESPN’s ‘Body Issue’
There’s been a tradition of MMA fighters appearing in ESPN’s “Body Issue,” including big names like Conor McGregor, Ronda Rousey, Jon Jones, Miesha Tate and Cris Cyborg. The latest on that list? Michelle Waterson.
Submitted Jun 25, 2017 7:42PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Bellator NYC Recap: Aaron Pico's pro debut ends in disaster, 24-second submission loss
There are no guarantees in the fight game. Bellator's prized prospect, 20-year-old Aaron Pico, learned that the hard way on Saturday. Making his professional mixed martial arts debut at Bellator: NYC, Pico (0-1) suffered a 24-second defeat at the hands of 33-year-old Zach Freeman. The lightweight fight took place inside Madison Square Garden.
Submitted Jun 25, 2017 10:56AM by grappler0000 - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
First Dana White’s Tuesday Night Fight Card Includes 3 UFC Vets
UFC recently announced a new, live, and exclusive UFC Fight Pass show titled: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The show is set to launch Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The new weekly series will feature five live fights in each episode, showcasing up-and-coming talent, as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers. On Thursday, the UFC unveiled the first Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series fight card topped by three UFC veterans trying to earn their way back into the Octagon: Joby Sanchez, Justin Jones, and Kurt Holobaugh.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 1:56PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
Anti-doping chief: UFC may steer away from Texas after Cortney Casey cleared of wrongdoing
According to the UFC’s anti-doping czar, Cortney Casey has been cleared of wrongdoing both by a WADA-accredited lab and a testing laboratory hired by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation after she failed a post-fight drug test at UFC 211, which took place May 13 in Dallas. After an initial test by a laboratory hired by the commission revealed a testosterone-to-epitestosterone (T/E) ratio slightly higher than 4-1, Casey’s “B” sample came back negative for banned substances and synthetic testosterone, Jeff Novitzky, the promotion’s VP of athlete health and performance, told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 12:27PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Oklahoma City Weigh-In Results - Johny Hendricks Misses Weight
Main Card (FS1) -Michael Chiesa (155) vs. Kevin Lee (156) -Tim Boetsch (186) vs. Johny Hendricks (188)* -Felice Herrig (115) vs. Justine Kish (116) -Joachim Christensen (206) vs. Dominick Reyes (205) -Tim Means (171) vs. Alex Garcia (171) -BJ Penn (146) vs. Dennis Siver (146) Preliminary Card (FS2) -Clay Guida (156) vs. Erik Koch (155) -Vitor Miranda (186) vs. Marvin Vettori (185) -Carla Esparza (116) vs. Maryna Moroz (115) -Devin Powell (155) vs. Darrell Horcher (155) Preliminary Card (UFC Fight Pass) -Jared Gordon (149) vs. Michel Quinones (145)* -Tony Martin (156) vs. Johnny Case (156) -Josh Stansbury (206) vs. Jeremy Kimball (204) *Johny Hendricks and Jared Gordon missed weight
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 12:23PM by grappler0000 - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
Tecia Torres replaces Amanda Ribas, fights Juliana Lima at TUF 25 Finale on July 7
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is sending Tecia Torres to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal, scheduled for Fri., July 7, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. That’s because strawweight newcomer Amanda Ribas was flagged for a potential doping violation and yanked from her 115-pound showdown against Juliana Lima, who now battles “Tiny Tornado” on the FOX Sports 1 telecast.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 2:56AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
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