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March 2018 MMA News Archive - Page 3

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Jack Marshman pulled from UFC Fight Night 127 lineup vs. Bradley Scott
Jack Marshman’s first cut down to the welterweight division will not go forward as planned. Marshman (22-7 MMA, 2-2 UFC), who has previously competed in the middleweight division, has been removed from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 127 lineup and his fight against Brad Scott (11-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) due to precautionary reasons over his weight cut, a Marshman team member today told MMAjunkie.
Submitted Mar 15, 2018 4:37PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Floyd Mayweather says he’s going to start training MMA ‘soon,’ claims his wrestling game is a ‘seven’ out of 10
Is Floyd Mayweather actually going work with Tyron Woodley for a potential move to MMA? Less than a week after Woodley suggested that he and Mayweather were going to start training together for the boxing legend’s rumored jump into MMA, Mayweather doubled down on the idea in a Wednesday interview with TMZ. Mayweather said he hasn’t started training with the UFC welterweight champion yet but he is “gonna start soon.” Mayweather added that he’ll probably need longer than the “2 1/2 months” timeline Woodley initially floated to get adequately prepared.
Submitted Mar 15, 2018 3:59PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports
Dana White joins roster of UFC 3 video game
Any MMA fans out there who have always wanted to air their grievances with Dana White will now be able to do so in the virtual Octagon. EA Sports announced Thursday that the UFC president has been added as free downloadable content to the roster of their UFC 3 video game.
Submitted Mar 15, 2018 3:55PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Mackenzie Dern vs. Amanda Cooper slated for UFC 224
Mackenzie Dern wanted a quick turnaround into UFC 224 — and that’s exactly what she’s going to get. Fresh off her successful Octagon debut, the 24-year-old jiu-jitsu phenom will return against strawweight veteran Amanda Cooper on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at UFC 224.
Submitted Mar 14, 2018 9:43PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC seriously exploring possibility of event in Liverpool later this year
Is the UFC finally headed to “The Pool”? According to multiple sources, the promotion is currently seriously exploring the possibility of holding an event in Liverpool, England later this year. While plans have yet to be finalized at this time, the belief is the UFC is close to finalizing its plans.
Submitted Mar 14, 2018 2:34PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Biceps injury knocks Paulo Costa out of fight with Uriah Hall at UFC-Atlantic City
An injury has knocked a high-profile fight from the UFC’s return to Atlantic City next month. Paulo Costa (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) today said a biceps tear has forced him out of a middleweight fight against Uriah Hall (13-8 MMA, 6-6 UFC) at UFC fight Night 128. UFC officials had not yet made the matchup official, so likely won’t make an announcement of the injury. It is not clear if Hall will remain a part of the card against a new opponent.
Submitted Mar 14, 2018 4:02AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Michal Oleksiejczuk gets one-year suspension, win overturned for UFC 219 drug test failure
Michal Oleksiejczuk’s second UFC fight will have to wait. Oleksiejczuk was issued a one-year suspension Tuesday by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) stemming from his failed drug test in relation to his Octagon debut at UFC 219. Oleksiejczuk tested positive in an in-competition drug screening ahead of the Dec. 30 bout, which initially saw him defeat Khalil Rountree via unanimous decision. Oleksiejczuk popped for the anti-estrogen agent clomiphene, a commission official told MMA Fighting. In addition to the one-year suspension, Oleksiejczuk was fined $3,600 — 30% of his $12,000 purse — and will be required to submit a clean drug test before seeking relicensure. The Polish light heavyweight’s win over Rountree has also been overturned into a no-contest.
Submitted Mar 14, 2018 3:58AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cynthia Calvillo receives nine-month suspension, fine from Nevada Athletic Commission for marijuana failure
Cynthia Calvillo will face some extra time on the sidelines courtesy of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) for her positive UFC 219 drug test for marijuana. Less than a week after Calvillo accepted a six-month suspension from USADA, the 30-year-old strawweight contender was issued an additional nine-month suspension by the NAC at a Tuesday meeting in Las Vegas. The nine-month suspension runs concurrently with Calvillo’s USADA suspension, meaning Calvillo will be cleared to return on Sept. 30. Calvillo was also fined $6,150 — 15 percent of her $41,000 purse — and will be required to submit a clean drug test before seeking relicensure.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 6:47PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Henry Briones-Frankie Saenz, Jared Cannonier-Dominick Reyes set for UFC debut in Chile
The lineup for the UFC’s first visit to Chile continues to build with the addition of two new matchups. Henry Briones (16-7-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC) will meet Frankie Saenz (12-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) in a bantamweight bout, and Jared Cannonier (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) takes on Dominick Reyes (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight. Promotion officials announced the new bookings today for UFC Fight Night 130.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 6:45PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Sam Alvey's request granted vs. Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 131 in Utica
Sam Alvey wanted Gian Villante. He will get his wish. Alvey (32-10 MMA, 9-5 UFC) and Villante (16-9 MMA, 6-6 UFC) will meet in a light heavyweight bout at UFC Fight Night 131. Long Island-based newspaper Newsday first reported the matchup, though UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 6:44PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alex Reyes Out, Nad Narimani Steps in Against Nasrat Haqparast at UFC Fight Night London
There has been a late change to the UFC Fight Night 127 lineup, as Nad Narimani will step in for the injured Alex Reyes and face Nasrat Haqparast on Saturday in London. Promotion officials announced the new bout on Tuesday. UFC Fight Night 127 takes place at the O2 Arena and is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Fabricio Werdum and Alexander Volkov. The card will stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass. Narimani captured the Cage Warriors featherweight crown with a five-round verdict over highly-regarded prospect Paddy Pimblett last April. The 30-year-old Englishman has won three straights overall and owns a 10-2 career mark.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 4:51PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ronda Rousey says a UFC return is ‘as likely’ as her going back to the Olympics for judo
Ronda Rousey doesn’t seem poised for a UFC comeback any time in the near future. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion said Tuesday on “The Ellen Show” that she would put a return to the Octagon on the same plane currently as a return trip to the Olympics. Rousey won the bronze medal in judo at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Submitted Mar 13, 2018 3:22PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC, Other Combat Sports
Benson Henderson vs. returning Roger Huerta set for Bellator 196
It’s not the original, announced main event. But MMA fans in Hungary will be getting a special treat next month. Benson Henderson will meet the returning Roger Huerta in the headliner of Bellator 196 on April 6 in Budapest, MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. James Gallagher, who was supposed to headline the card against Adam Borics, had to withdraw due to a hand injury and the bout was scrapped. Borics will remain on the card.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:50PM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Yoel Romero: Robert Whittaker title rematch set for UFC 225
Yoel Romero said his rematch with Robert Whittaker is set for June’s UFC 225 fight card. Romero (13-2 MMA, 9-1 UFC) announced the middleweight title fight against Whittaker (19-4 MMA, 10-2 UFC), which had been previously reported by ESPN.com and BJPenn.com, on today’s edition of the “JRE MMA Show” podcast with UFC commentator Joe Rogan.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 7:44PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
John Lineker vs. Brian Kelleher slotted for UFC 224 in Brazil
UFC 224 has a new crackerjack of a bantamweight fight. It features John Lineker (30-8 MMA, 11-3 UFC) vs. Brian Kelleher (19-8 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Combate first reported it, though UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. UFC 224 takes place May 12 at Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro. 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 Mar 12, 2018 7:42PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Rashad Evans returns to light heavyweight vs. Anthony Smith at UFC 225
Rashad Evans is returning to the weight class where he was once a champion. The former UFC light heavyweight champion will be back at 205 pounds when he takes on Anthony Smith at UFC 225 on June 9 at the United Center in Chicago, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting on Monday.
Submitted Mar 12, 2018 2:05PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Paddy Pimblett would consider UFC offer following viral submission at CWFC 90
Paddy Pimblett might have turned down an offer from UFC in the past, but the Scouse submission ace said he would consider a new contract from the organization following his viral submission of Alexis Savvidis at Cage Warriors 90.
Submitted Mar 11, 2018 9:12PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
Thiago Alves disappointed with Millender loss, wants Yancy Medeiros next
Welterweight Thiago Alves laments his performance against Curtis Millender at UFC Fight Night 126, in Austin, Texas. Former UFC welterweight title challenger Thiago Alves is disappointed with his latest UFC performance, when he was knocked out by Curtis Millender in Austin, Texas. Despite the violent KO loss, however, Alves wants to get back in the Octagon as soon as possible and already has an opponent in mind, as he told Combate.
Submitted Mar 11, 2018 9:10PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Diego Nunes booked to face Yusuke Yachi at RIZIN 10
RIZIN has made announced two additional fights for its RIZIN 10 event, set for Sunday 6 May at the Marine Messe in Fukuoka, Japan. Headlining the event is former UFC contenders Kyoji Horiguchi and Ian McCall, who will fight under special RIZIN MMA rules at 61kg. Super atomweight queen Kanna Asakarura is set to face Canada’s Melissa Karagianis.
Submitted Mar 11, 2018 9:07PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Asian MMA, Other MMA Organizations
Evan Dunham says Olivier Aubin-Mercier is replacing Mairbek Taisumov at UFC 223
It didn’t take long for Evan Dunham to find a replacement opponent after Mairbek Taisumov was officially ruled out of UFC 223. Replacing Taisumov at next month’s event will be “The Ultimate Fighter: Nations” finalist Olivier Aubin-Mercier, according to a post on Dunham’s social media.
Submitted Mar 9, 2018 10:52PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
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