Jack Hermansson Signed to UFC, Booked for Hamburg
Jack Hermansson (13-2) has signed with the UFC. It became official today, as the UFC announced that the Swede will be facing the UK’s Scott Askham at the UFC in Hamburg, Germany on September 3. “It feels fantastic, I am looking forward to it like crazy!! ” says an excited Hermansson to MMAViking.com immediately after the signing.
UFC Fight Night 88 draws announced attendance of 5,193 for $359,000 live gate
Sunday’s UFC Fight Night 88 event drew an announced attendance of 5,193 for a live gate of $359,000.
UFC Vice President of Public Relations, Athlete Marketing and Development Dave Sholler announced the tallies at the post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie attended.
UFC Fight Night 88 took place at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The card aired on FOX Sports 1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
UFC's Valentina Shevchenko caught in middle of robbery shootout in Peru
UFC fighter Valentina Shevchenko's trainer, Pavel Fedotov, was shot and taken to the emergency room after a shootout at a chicken restaurant in the Chorrilos district of Lima, Peru. Shevchenko was also present at the establishment during the chaos. The news was reported on Monday by Peruvian news outlet El Comercio.
Three armed robbers allegedly entered the establishment Sunday night, taking 5,000 soles – about 1,486 U.S. dollars – from the cash register as well as cellphones, wallets and other belongings from the customers. The robbers also assaulted anyone who resisted the robbery, splitting open the heads of three customers, according to the report.
The robbery and the shootout were captured by security cameras. Shevchenko can be seen in the video rushing to her coach's aid after the shooting ceased.
Andrei Arlovski vs. Josh Barnett headlines UFC Fight Night in Hamburg
Big heavyweight bookings continue to pour in, and a pair of former UFC champs meet in the headlining bout of UFC Fight Night in Hamburg.
UFC officials today announced that Andrei Arlovski (25-12 MMA, 14-6 UFC) meets Josh Barnett (34-8 MMA, 6-3 UFC) in the card’s featured contest, the first fight set for the Sept. 3 event at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany.
Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum added to UFC 203 in Cleveland
A heavyweight clash between a pair of fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses is set for UFC 203.
UFC officials announced Ben Rothwell (36-10 MMA, 6-4 UFC) will face former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (20-6-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) at UFC 203, which takes place Sept. 10 at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
With the addition to the card, UFC 203 now includes:
Champ Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem
Ben Rothwell vs. Fabricio Werdum
Lucas Martins on post-victory UFC release: 'To tell you the truth, I didn't understand'
Lucas Martins still isn’t sure why he’s no longer fighting for the UFC, but regardless of the reason, he stills plans to work his way to the octagon following a baffling post-victory pink slip.
This past month at UFC Fight Night 86, Martins (16-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) picked up a split-decision win over fellow featherweight Robert Whiteford (12-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC).
The April 10 victory moved 27-year-old Martins to a respectable 4-3 in the UFC, where his losses have come to no slouches (Edson Barboza, Darren Elkins and Mirsad Bektic). Additionally, despite the judges being split, every major media outlet scored the UFC Fight Night 86 bout for Martins, according to MMADecisions.com.
Yet, a few weeks after the victory, the UFC released him.
Despite stunning upset, Bellator's Alexis Dufresne says Marloes Coenen deserves next title shot
Alexis Dufresne is surprisingly realistic about her position in Bellator’s women’s featherweight division after pulling off the biggest victory of her career with an upset of Marloes Coenen at Bellator 155 earlier this month.
Dufresne (6-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) stepped in as an injury replacement for Julia Budd (8-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in a fight meant to decide Bellator’s inaugural women’s 145-pound champion. Once Budd pulled out, however, the promotion changed the fight with Coenen (23-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) to a non-title affair.
Marloes Coenen and Alexis Dufresne
The call to fight Coenen came with just two weeks to prepare after Dufresne had taken a 16-month layoff from the sport to give birth. Dufresne was five pounds overweight for the fight, which ruffled the feathers of her opponent. But she secured the triangle-armbar victory to join Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino and Miesha Tate as one of the few fighters to beat Coenen, a former Strikeforce champion, since 2009.
Would former Bellator champ Zach Makovsky enter a reality show for a UFC title shot? It depends
Unlike many in the UFC’s flyweight division, Zach Makovsky knows what it’s like to wear gold around his waist.
A former Bellator champ, he’s been trying to trying to win it back ever since he signed with the industry-leader three years ago. So you’d think he’d take any necessary measures to get a title shot, especially given his rough go of things in his past four bouts. At 1-3, no one has Makovsky at the top of the list for champ Demetrious Johnson’s next outing.
But for “Fun Size,” it’s not necessarily the time to get desperate.
Before the UFC changed the parameters of the show, Makovsky could have completely revitalized his career in six short weeks by getting cast in “The Ultimate Fighter 24.” Originally slated to feature flyweights who qualified at an open tryout, “TUF 24” will now feature flyweight champions from other promotions around the world.
Luke Rockhold plans to 'lay the smack down' on Michael Bisping at UFC 199, predicts 'devastating' KO
Luke Rockhold minced no words when giving a prediction for his UFC 199 main event rematch with Michael Bisping. The UFC middleweight champ is notoriously confident, but for this one, he said there’s no doubt.
“I know that I’m going to knock Michael Bisping out in devastating fashion,” Rockhold told MMAjunkie. “I don’t think it, I know it. I know it’s going to happen. I’m going to stay composed, I’m going to find my timing, I’m going to pick my shots and then I’m going to lay the smack down.”
WSOF 32 adds Shamil Gamzatov vs. Louis Taylor, Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
A pair of key matchups in their respective divisions has been added to July’s WSOF 32 event, as Shamil Gamzatov (10-0) faces Louis Taylor (12-3) in the middleweight division, and Hakeem Dawodu (5-0-1) rematches Marat Magomedov (7-0-1) at featherweight.
Champ Marlon Moraes vs. Josh Hill – for bantamweight title
Champ Alexandre Almeida vs. Lance Palmer – for featherweight title
Ben Fodor vs. Caros Fodor
Shamil Gamzatov vs. Louis Taylor
Hakeem Dawodu vs. Marat Magomedov
Bellator 156 adds three fights, including Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
Bellator officials today announced three new additions to next month’s Bellator 156 card, including Chris Honeycutt moving up to middleweight to face Mikkel Parlo on the evening’s main card.
Additionally, A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter and Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey are now scheduled for the preliminary card.
With the additions to the card, the Bellator 156 lineup now includes:
MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)
Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas
Douglas Lima vs. Chidi Njokuani
Brandon Halsey vs. John Salter
Chris Honeycutt vs. Mikkel Parlo
PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)
A.J. Matthews vs. Ben Reiter
Thiago Goncalves vs. Ricky Rainey
Jermaine McDermott vs. Blake Watkins
Christian Buron-Navarro vs. Paul Ruiz
Javy Ayala vs. opponent TBA
Nick Bustamante vs. Antoine Smith
Carrington Banks vs. C.J. Keith
Chris Avila vs. Justin Smitley
John Paul Elias vs. opponent TBA
Jose Cabezas vs. Chris Lewis
Luis Jauregui vs. Ryan Tobar
Matt Brown vs. Jake Ellenberger on tap for UFC 201
It didn't take long for Matt Brown to find his next fight. Just under two weeks after losing a lopsided bout vs. Demian Maia, "The Immortal" welterweight veteran has agreed to make his return against Jake Ellenberger at UFC 201. ESPN's Brett Okamoto reported the new fight booking.
Brown (20-14) lost by 3rd round submission to Maia at UFC 198, marking his first stoppage loss since Seth Baczynski choked him out way back in 2011. It was after the Baczynski defeat that Brown would then memorably win his next 7 fights, setting himself up for a top contender bout vs. Robbie Lawler, which he would go on to lose by unanimous decision. After suffering a decision defeat to Johny Hendricks, Brown picked up a guillotine choke win over Tim Means at UFC 189.
'Kid' Yamamoto scratched from UFC Fight Night 89, Joe Soto now meets Chris Beal
Injury woes continue for Japanese MMA veteran Norifumi Yamamoto, who’s been scratched from UFC Fight Night 89.
Onetime title challenger Joe Soto (15-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) now steps up to take a bantamweight fight with Chris Beal (10-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at the June 18 event scheduled for The Arena at TD Place in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The event’s main card airs live on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
E.J. Chavez out of RFA 38 title fight, champ Thiago Moises now faces Jamall Emmers
Illness has knocked E.J. Chavez from his scheduled RFA 38 lightweight title bout with champion Thiago Moises. Filling the void left by Chavez’s departure is Jamall Emmers.
RFA informed MMAjunkie of the changes, along with more info on the complete card.
RFA 38 takes place June 3 at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif. The main card airs on AXS TV.
The RFA 38 card includes:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV, 10 p.m. ET)
champ Thiago Moises vs. Jamall Emmers – for lightweight title
Joe Murphy vs. Vinicius Zani
Christos Giagos vs. Karen Darabedyan
Jose Diaz vs. Nick Barnes
Mario Israel vs. Albert Morales
Chris Padilla vs. Jason Gonzalez
PRELIMINARY CARD (Untelevised, 8 p.m. ET)
Tommy Aaron vs. Luke Faultersack
Ryan Lang vs. Matt Sayles
Richard Alarcon vs. Ray Elizalde
Martin Diaz vs. Maikel Gonzalez
Featherweights Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight added to UFC on FOX 20
A featherweight matchup between two athletes looking to rebound from octagon defeat is the latest addition to the UFC on FOX 20 lineup.
UFC officials today announced Jim Alers (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) faces Jason Knight (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the event, which takes place July 23 at Chicago’s United Center. While the evening’s official lineup has yet to be revealed, UFC on FOX 20’s main card airs on FOX. Prelims are expected to air on FOX Sports 1 and stream on UFC Fight Pass.
With the addition to the card, UFC on FOX 20 now includes:
Holly Holm vs. Valentina Shevchenko
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira
Edson Barboza vs. Gilbert Melendez
James Moontasri vs. Alex Oliveira
George Sullivan vs. Hector Urbina
Ryan LaFlare vs. Alexander Yakovlev
Luis Henrique vs. Dmitry Smolyakov
Kailin Curran vs. Felice Herrig
Bojan Mihajlovic vs. Francis Ngannou
Frankie Saenz vs. Eddie Wineland
Darren Elkins vs. Godofredo Pepey
Tony Martin vs. Michel Prazeres
Jim Alers vs. Jason Knight