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May 2017 MMA News Archive

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Volkan Oezdemir gets his wish: UFC 214 fight with Jimi Manuwa
Officials today announced Oezdemir (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who’s fresh off a UFC Fight Night 109 upset win over surging Misha Cirkunov (13-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) this past weekend, is slated to meet Jimi Manuwa (17-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at UFC 214.
Submitted May 31, 2017 1:07PM by RhythmAndStyle - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
Samsung Announces Virtual Reality Partnership with UFC
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announced on Tuesday a VR Live Pass on Gear VR, a lineup of exciting global, live entertainment partnerships with the UFC, X Games and Live Nation. Samsung will stream select live events so fans can enjoy immersive virtual reality broadcasts of their favorite action sports and music events through the Gear VR platform.
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:13PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
Kevin Lee, Michael Chiesa not facing sanctions in Oklahoma for press-conference scuffle
Kevin Lee and Michael Chiesa seem to be in the clear as far as discipline goes after a press-conference scuffle earlier this month. Lee and Chiesa will not receive any sanctions from the Oklahoma State Athletic Commission (OSAC) stemming from the incident, OSAC executive director Joe Miller told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. At the time of the skirmish, neither man was licensed by the OSAC, therefore the commission has no jurisdiction to enact any kind of punishment, Miller said.
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:09PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Leslie Smith vs. Lina Lansberg set for UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow
Leslie Smith will be returning to the Octagon in July. The veteran has been scheduled to face Sweden’s Lina Lansberg in a women’s bantamweight contest at UFC Fight Night 113 on July 16 at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, according to the UFC on Tuesday.
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:08PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alan Jouban vs. Brian Camozzi added to UFC 213
Alan Jouban isn’t wasting much time getting back into the swing of things. The welterweight, who lost to Gunnar Nelson at March’s UFC Fight Night 107, returns to action at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas, where he’ll meet Brian Camozzi.
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:08PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Ronda Rousey cast in 'Battle of the Network Stars' reboot on ABC
Fresh off a guest spot on NBC’s Blindspot, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is expected to be cast in a reboot of ABC’s “Battle of the Network Stars.” Pop culture website Vulture.com reported today that Rousey will serve as a team captain opposite former Dallas Cowboys star DeMarcus Ware, coaching a rotating cast of celebrities as they compete in various sporting events. The show debuts June 29 on ABC.
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:06PM by grappler0000 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Andrey Koreshkov-Chidi Njokuani headliner among 3 bouts set for Bellator 182 in New York
Bellator will waste little time returning to the Empire State with Bellator 182. In the main event, former welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) will look to bounce back from his title loss when he takes on Chidi Njokuani (17-4-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA).
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:04PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
10 memorable moments from UFC-Stockholm, with Gustafsson's end to a productive month
At UFC Fight Night 109, Alexander Gustafsson reminded the world that that when he’s healthy and able to fight, the UFC’s light heavyweight division consists of more than just current champion Daniel Cormier and former titleholder Jon Jones. Over the course of 21 minutes and seven seconds, Gustafsson used his speed and reach to pick apart Glover Teixeira before finishing him with a series of uppercuts and a final right hook. The knockout win was a return to form for the two-time title challenger, who last won by stoppage in 2014 when he earned a second-round TKO over his current teammate Jimi Manuwa. In the co-main event, Volkan Oezdemir took another step up the light-heavyweight ladder, earning a quick knockout win over Misha Cirkunov, who was on a four-fight winning streak. UFC Fight Night 109 took place at Ericsson Globe in Stockholm. Here are 10 memorable moments from the FS1-televised event.
Submitted May 30, 2017 10:03PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 109 bonuses: Main event nabs 'Fight of the Night' honors
STOCKHOLM – It was a one-sided fight, but today’s UFC Fight Night 109 main event earned “Fight of the Night” honors. Headliners Alexander Gustafsson (18-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Glover Teixeira (26-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC), as well as preliminary-card victors Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) and Damir Hadzovic (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at UFC Fight Night 109.
Submitted May 28, 2017 9:32PM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Roy Nelson signs with Bellator
“Big Country” is off to Bellator. Roy Nelson (22-14) has signed an exclusive, multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, MMA Fighting has confirmed with multiple sources. The promotion is expected to officially announce the signing in the coming days.
Submitted May 26, 2017 4:22PM by tildengolfer - 19 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Shane Burgos vs. Godofredo Pepey headed to UFC on FOX 25 on Long Island
A featherweight bout featuring an unbeaten New Yorker is the latest addition to the UFC’s debut show on Long Island. New York’s Shane Burgos (9-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will take on Brazil’s Godofredo Pepey (13-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) at UFC on FOX 25 this summer. The bout first was reported by Long Island-based newspaper Newsday at Newsday.com. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of the booking.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:33AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Johnny Case vs. Tony Martin targeted for UFC Fight Night 112 in Oklahoma City
Lightweight Johnny Case is expected to meet Tony Martin at UFC Fight Night 112. A person close to one of the fighters said bout agreements are expected to be finalized soon for the matchup, which joins a 13-bout card on June 25 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. The source asked for anonymity because the fight isn’t yet public. Earlier this month, Case announced on Twitter, he is fighting on the card.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:29AM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Heavyweights Travis Browne And Alexey Oliynyk Clash At UFC 213
Heavyweights Travis Browne and Alexey Oliynyk will meet at UFC 213 on July 8 during the fight promotion’s International Fight Week. UFC officials announced the matchup on Wednesday. Browne (18-6-1) debuted in the UFC in 2010 and quickly made a name for himself winning four of his first five fights inside the Octagon. He holds wins over Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and Stefan Struve, but has lost his last three fights. “Hapa” hopes to get his career back on track when he takes on the Russian submission specialist at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:26AM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
Heather Hardy signs with Bellator, to fight Alice Yauger in New York
Heather Hardy, who has put together a perfect 20-0 record en route to becoming arguably the most popular female boxer in the U.S., has signed with Bellator and will fight on its June 24 card at Madison Square Garden in New York. Hardy, who is a major draw in New York for boxing, will face Alice Yauger in a three-round flyweight fight in one of the online preliminary fights at Bellator 180.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:21AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
Undefeated prospect Gavin Tucker returns against ex-WSOF champ Rick Glenn at UFC 216
An intriguing featherweight match-up has been added to UFC 216, as undefeated Canadian prospect Gavin Tucker is set to return against former WSOF champion Rick Glenn on Sept. 9 in Edmonton, Canada. The Chronicle Herald first reported the booking on Thursday.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:16AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Lethbridge fighter Jordan Mein to battle Belal Muhammad in UFC 213
Jordan Mein will be back in the octagon this summer. The Lethbridge native has been the most high-profile Albertan fighter in recent years, and his next fight will be against Belal Muhammad (11-2-0) on July 8 at UFC 213. Muhammad’s stock is high after beating Randy Brown in February at UFC 208, and the 28-year-old Chicago native has hit .500 so far in his UFC career, going 2-2 over four fights. Mein, meanwhile, is coming off a tough loss at UFC 206 last December in Toronto to Emil Meek.
Submitted May 26, 2017 1:14AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gokhan “The Rebel” Saki set to make his UFC debut in Rotterdam
After weeks of speculation over the future of kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki, the UFC has today confirmed the signing of “The Rebel” to a multi-fight deal. The news was officially announced by the promotion on Thursday morning. Saki (0-1), 33, will make his debut in the light-heavyweight division and is expected to feature on the UFC Rotterdam card on Sept. 2. Saki was born in the city of Schiedam, which is located west of Rotterdam. His opponent has yet to be named.
Submitted May 25, 2017 10:29AM by JLS - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Renan Barao-Aljamain Sterling, Ricardo Lamas-Chan Sung Jung set for UFC 214
A former bantamweight champion returns to his old weight class, and an intriguing matchup of veteran featherweights, have been added to UFC 214.
Submitted May 24, 2017 11:48PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Bracket A for RIZIN Bantamweight GP announced
RIZIN’s World GP series has become part of its staple concepts ever since their launch in 2015. King Mo was crowned the winner of the monumental -220 lbs GP in 2015. Mirko Crocop won the Openweight GP last year by finishing all four opponents. Now in 2017, RIZIN will be holding its World GP at Bantamweight (-135). The opening rounds of the 14 man tournament (with 2 wild card slots) for the Quarter Finals, will be executed over the course of 2 events – 3 fights for Bracket A on July 30th, and 3 fights for Bracket B in October. The total of 6 winners from the opening round plus the 2 wild card fighters who get the bye, will gather on December 29th for the quarter finals. The winner of the GP will earn 15,000,000 Japanese yen ($135,000), Second place with 3,000,000 Japanese yen ($27,000) and Third place at 1,000,000 Japanese yen ($9,000,000).
Submitted May 24, 2017 12:13PM by tildengolfer - 3 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Romero-Whittaker interim title fight to co-headline UFC 213; Nunes-Shevchenko is main event
With UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping injured, an interim title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker is coming to the division. Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will clash for the interim 185-pound belt in the UFC 213 co-main event on July 8, which ESPN’s Brett Okamoto announced on “SportsCenter.” The matchup was later confirmed by UFC officials.
Submitted May 24, 2017 11:16AM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
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