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November 2018 MMA News Archive

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Max Holloway confident health issues behind him as UFC 231 nears
(espn.com)
Everyone knows it has been a forgettable year for UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. After claiming the 145-pound title and defending it once in 2017, Holloway (19-3) has failed to even make it to competition this year.
Submitted Nov 29, 2018 5:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC confirms Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 on Jan. 26
(https:)
The UFC has confirmed the welterweight matchup between Ben Askren and Robbie Lawler. Earlier this month, it was reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that multi-promotion MMA champion Ben Askren would be making his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler at UFC 233.
Submitted Nov 29, 2018 12:56PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell to challenge Kyoji Horiguchi for Rizin title on NYE
(https:)
It’ll be Bellator champ vs. Rizin kingpin on New Years Eve, with a new Rizin title on the line. Bellator is sending their bantamweight champion to Japan to try to collect some more gold. During a press conference to announce their New Years Eve show, Rizin announced that Darrion Caldwell will challenge Kyoji Horiguchi for Rizin’s inaugural 135-pound title. Bellator also put out a press release confirming the bout, stating that it will be a three-rounder:
Submitted Nov 29, 2018 8:51AM by JLS - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator, Other MMA Organizations
 
Anderson Silva, Israel Adesanya verbally agree to UFC 234 bout in Australia
(https:)
A middleweight fight between an icon and one of the division’s future stars is heading to Australia. Former champion Anderson Silva and rising star Israel Adesanya have verbally agreed to face each other at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial report by ESPN. Adesanya (15-0), a multiple-time kickboxing champion, is coming off a violent first-round finish over Derek Brunson at UFC 230 earlier this month. This victory not only kept the New Zealand native’s perfect record intact but marked his 13th victory by KO/TKO. Prior to that performance, Adesanya picked up wins over Brad Tavares, Marvin Vettori and Rob Wilkinson.
Submitted Nov 25, 2018 10:25PM by JLS - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Raoni Barcelos vs. Chris Gutierrez added to The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas
(https:)
As expected, a bantamweight matchup between Raoni Barcelos (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Chris Gutierrez (12-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been added to this month’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale. UFC officials recently announced the contest, which takes place on Nov. 30 at Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The complete bout order has yet to be revealed, but the featured bouts are on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Nov 25, 2018 8:16PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, The Ultimate Fighter
 
Liddell vs. Ortiz 3: A (potential) buyer's guide to pay-per-view
(https:)
It’s almost decision time for fight fans. The trilogy fight most of us stopped asking for a decade ago is almost upon us. This Saturday night in Inglewood, Calif., Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz will square off for the third time when Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions makes its first foray into the world of MMA. And yeah, they’re selling this thing on pay-per-view – and the fighters themselves are reportedly depending heavily on good sales figures to make this worth their while. Should you buy it? Should you try to find some means of watching it without paying for it? Should you ignore it altogether? To answer these questions, maybe we need to start by asking and answering some others.
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 3:07PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor was offered $5M to fight Chinese kickboxer
(https:)
With the combat sports rumor mill buzzing about Floyd Mayweather’s on-again-off-again kickboxing exhibition bout with Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa, it’s only natural that his rivals might be feeling left out. That may explain why John Kavanagh dropped a rumor of his own in a recent interview about his student and good friend Conor McGregor, who just so happened to be the other half of Mayweather’s August 2017 crossover boxing bout that did blockbuster numbers. The former UFC two-division champion has already weighed in on Mayweather’s potential Rizin Fighting Federation meeting with Nasukawa, and now his coach is saying that “The Notorious” is no stranger to receiving wild offers himself.
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 3:00PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities, Interviews
 
Sean O’Malley says right now he’s ‘making around $4,500 a month through gaming’
(https:)
Sean O’Malley is trying to stay positive while he’s stuck on the sidelines. The undefeated 24-year-old bantamweight is currently serving a six-month suspension handed out by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ostarine in a September drug test ahead of his UFC 229 fight against Jose Quinonez — a test result that O’Malley believes to be the result of a tainted supplement.
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 2:58PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Giving thanks to the many wonderful things in MMA: 2018
(https:)
The two most egregious acts in MMA this year — Conor McGregor’s Dolly Incident and Khabib Nurmangomedov’s timely rebuttal at (and after) UFC 229 — threatened to give this here sport a black eye. Yet we all know that’s impossible. In the sports family, MMA is the kid who ends up in the principal’s office quite a bit, which tends to cause the most prude observers to squirm — but everybody else?
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 2:55PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
LFA Champion Kevin Aguilar Signs with the UFC, Faces Rick Glenn at the TUF 28 Finale
(https:)
Add another fighter to the list of LFA champions who have received the call up to the UFC. It is being reported that Kevin Aguilar, the LFA Featherweight champion, will step in for an injured Arnold Allen to face Rick Glenn at the TUF 28 Finale. Currently on a 7-fight winning streak, Aguilar’s most recent win was a split decision victory on this past season’s Dana White’s Contender Series. Prior to that fight, Aguilar had finished 4 of his 6 opponents, which included a first round knockout over Than Le at LFA 40 to unify the featherweight titles.
Submitted Nov 20, 2018 9:43AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Taekwondo master Valerie Loureda signs with Bellator, aims to be best fighter on planet
(https:)
At just 20 years old, Valerie Loureda has been preparing her entire life for her Bellator debut. “My mom was pregnant with me during her black belt test,” Loureda told MMAjunkie. “I guess you could say I was kicking from before I was even born. It’s in my blood. I haven’t gone a day in my life without throwing a punch or a kick. It’s who I am.” A 4th dan taekwando black belt, Loureda (0-0) is a former member of the U.S. Olympic team. Her father served as her grandmaster, training her “very old school and very old-fashioned.” The dedication paid off, and she progressed up the ranks of the taekwondo scene. But a moment in 2017 made her realize her true future lied in another direction.
Submitted Nov 20, 2018 9:20AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Ostovich attacked in Hawaii
(m.tmz.com)
UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich -- who was scheduled to fight Paige VanZant in January -- was attacked in Hawaii and sources tell us it was so serious, she's being hospitalized for major injuries.
Submitted Nov 19, 2018 3:28AM by Schatte - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC Argentina bonuses: Two Argentine natives cash $50,000 checks
(https:)
A pair of Argentinian fighters were among the bonus winners at the UFC’s debut event in the South American nation. Argentina’s Laureano Staropoli and Mexico’s Hector Aldana shared “Fight of the Night” honors, while Argentina’s Santiago Ponzinibbio and Brazil’s Johnny Walker each earned “Performance of the Night” honors at UFC Fight Night 140, which took place Saturday at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Nov 18, 2018 9:54AM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
LFA 54 results: Mazo cruises in title defense, Murrietta delivers stunning KO
(https:)
“The Colombian Queen” failed to deliver another head-kick KO, but Sabina Mazo did comfortably cruise to a decision win over an outgunned Carol Yariwaki (7-3), defending the LFA women’s flyweight title in the process. The bout served as the main event of tonight’s LFA 54, which aired on AXS TV from OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.
Submitted Nov 17, 2018 8:16PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Cage Warriors 99 results: James Webb scores first-round knockout in front of home crowd
(https:)
James Webb wasn’t intimidated by Jason Radcliffe’s reach or power, and it paid off big – and quickly – at Cage Warriors 99. Less than 1:30 into tonight’s headlining bout, Webb (5-1) closed in on the lengthy, studious Radcliffe (13-6) and landed a left hook that would cause his knees to give out from under him. Radcliffe’s delayed physical reaction made for a confusing sight at first, but it soon became clear that he was seriously disoriented.
Submitted Nov 17, 2018 8:14PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
ONE Championship 84 results: Zebaztian Kadestam takes 170-pound title with thrilling late KO
(https:)
As ONE Championship 84’s headliner wore on, it wasn’t at all clear whether Zebaztian Kadestam’s somewhat patient approach would pay off against a gritty Tyler McGuire. However, just as it seemed like ONE Championship’s new welterweight titleholder was going to be decided in the judges’ scorecards, Kadestam (11-4) found what he’d been looking for. With about 30 seconds left in the fifth and final round, Kadestam dropped McGuire (11-1) with a massive right hand, which he followed up with a knee to secure the most notable win of his MMA career. ONE Championship 84 took place at Stadium Istora in Jakarta, Indonesia. It streamed live on the ONE Championship app, following prelims on Facebook and Twitter.
Submitted Nov 17, 2018 8:13PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Asian MMA
 
'Bellator 209: Pitbull vs. Sanchez' official results
(https:)
Bellator returns after a break of nearly a month with Bellator 209. In the main event, featherweight champion Patricio Freire puts his title on the line against Emmanuel Sanchez. In the co-main event, Ryan Couture looks to get back in the win column when he faces Haim Gozali in a welterweight rematch. Former light heavyweight champ Phil Davis is also on the card against knockout artist Vadim Nemkov.
Submitted Nov 17, 2018 8:12PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
Invicta FC 32 results: Felicia Spencer claims vacant title with gutsy win over Pam Sorenson
(https:)
It certainly didn’t come easy, but Felicia Spencer (6-0) kept her perfect record intact and claimed Invicta’s vacant featherweight title with a fourth-round submission win over a gritty Pam Sorenson (7-3). The bout served as the main event of Invicta FC 32, which streamed live tonight on UFC Fight Pass from FireLake Arena in Shawnee, Okla.
Submitted Nov 17, 2018 8:08PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Gina Carano Joins ‘Star Wars’ Spinoff Series Headed to New Disney Streaming Service
(https:)
Former Strikeforce and Elite XC contender Gina Carano is traveling to a galaxy far, far away. On Wednesday it was revealed that Carano has landed a part in ‘The Mandalorian’, a new ‘Star Wars’ spinoff series being developed by writer and director Jon Favreau.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:29AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Sean O'Malley suspended six months, eligible to return on March 6
(https:)
Sean O'Malley has been suspended six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following an anti-doping violation flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC bantamweight was also ordered to pay costs and fees of $472.42 associated with his case.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:25AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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