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October 2016 MMA News Archive - Page 9

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Dana White not completely ruling out UFC return for CM Punk
(mmamania.com)
Company president Dana White declared that Punk's next fight would likely not be inside the Octagon, stating that it would be in his best interest to get some more experience on the regional circuit, first. However, during a recent interview on the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast, White didn't completely rule out CM's return to the eight-walled cage. "So what I told him to do is go home, spend some time with your wife, be normal for a little while and we'll get on the phone and talk. Obviously we haven't talked yet, but we will, we'll see what's next," said White. That said, Dana isn't taking anything off the table when it comes to the ex-WWE superstar. "You know, we'll see. I've got to talk to him, see where his head's at and what he's thinking, you know."
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 10:10PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Michael Bisping wants Chris Weidman fight, says Yoel Romero is not deserving
(mmafighting.com)
As Michael Bisping gets set to tangle with Dan Henderson for the UFC middleweight title in less than two weeks' time at UFC 204, a mini-tournament of sorts is expected to help determine the next challenger in line. The reigning champ has two main thoughts about the impending fights: 1. Romero should be disqualified from consideration for a title shot due to his recent USADA suspension; 2. Weidman is the fight which interests him the most out of the four potential opponents, should Bisping beat Henderson. "I'll tell you who I don't think deserves it -- Yoel Romero," Bisping said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I don't think he deserves it. There's no smoke without fire. He got a reduced sentence, but the fact is, he still got a sentence. Even if you take performance enhancing drugs, the benefits of those stay in your system for a long, long time. So I don't think Yoel Romero deserves it." "I would like Chris Weidman simply because, listen, for all the back and forth and the s--- talking and because for all of that, I respect Chris Weidman," Bisping said. "I like Chris Weidman and what he does. He's got a little bit of a case of sour grapes and this and that, he's talking a lot s--- about me, but, you know, I respect this guy, the way carries himself and this and that, you know, he's a likable guy. But he's talking shit, so I'd like to fight him."
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 6:38PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
UFC Fight Night 96 bonuses: Brandon Moreno earns $50K for upset win over Louis Smolka
(mmafighting.com)
Despite having several wars at Saturday's UFC Fight Night 96, there was no Fight of the Night. Instead, the UFC handed out four $50,000 Performance of the Night bonuses to Nate Marquardt, Brandon Moreno, Henrique da Silva and Curtis Blaydes. The news was announced by the promotion following the event. The main event between John Lineker and John Dodson likely would have won Fight of the Night, but Lineker was disqualified from bonuses due to missing weight.
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 3:38AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
John Lineker vs. John Dodson UFN 96 scorecard
(mmafighting.com)
The John Lineker vs. John Dodson scorecard for UFC Fight Night 96 was a very close one. Lineker won the main event via split decision.
Submitted Oct 2, 2016 2:08AM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Marc Diakiese Will Now Face Lukasz Sajewski at UFC 204
(flocombat.com)
There is a lot of buzz building up for Marc Diakiese's official UFC debut in Manchester. The 23-year-old lightweight ran roughshod through smaller promotions on the European circuit, and "The Bone Crusher's" success earned him a call to fight at UFC 204 in England on Oct. 8. Diakiese was initially set to face Reza Madadi, but the Swedish scrapper was forced to pull out of the bout due to an eye injury. The UFC immediately sought a replacement opponent, and FloCombat has confirmed with sources close to the bout Lukasz Sajewski has been tapped to step in.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 5:45PM by JLS - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Replacement Jeremy Kennedy injured; yet another replacement needed for next week's UFC 204
(mmajunkie.com)
With a week to go, Mirsad Bektic needs a replacement opponent – again. On the same day Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was announced as a replacement for injured featherweight Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at next week’s UFC 204 event, a UFC official today confirmed with MMAjunkie that Kennedy has also been forced off the card with an undisclosed injury. Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) now awaits yet another replacement opponent.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 5:25PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Michael Bisping likes Georges St-Pierre fight after UFC 204 if St-Pierre has ‘finally grown a set of balls'
(mmafighting.com)
Three months ago, Bisping found himself directly in the crosshairs of Georges St-Pierre when the welterweight legend declared Bisping his "first choice" as an opponent for St-Pierre's UFC return. The fight between two of the most well-traveled fighters in UFC history ultimately failed to come together, as the promotion instead granted Bisping a shot at revenge against Henderson. However, Bisping would be more than willing to revisit talks with St-Pierre after UFC 204. "If GSP wants to come out of retirement," Bisping recently said, "if he's finally grown a set of balls to become a fighter again, (I could) beat Anderson Silva, beat Dan Henderson, beat Luke Rockhold, beat GSP? Yeah, why not. Of course."
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 2:32PM by Braden - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
 
Chael Sonnen vs. Tito Ortiz set for Bellator event in January 2017
(mmamania.com)
Let the "legends ass kicking tour" commence. Fight fans have been waiting for an announced opponent ever since Chael Sonnen ended his retirement by signing with Bellator MMA. The self-proclaimed "Bad Guy" wasted no time calling out the "Bad Boy" himself in Tito Ortiz. Luckily for fight fans, the legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) trashtalkers will square off early next year, per a news break by Ortiz himself on AXS TV's Inside MMA. At a location yet to be determined, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" and the "American Gangster" will throw down next January in what will presumably be the main event of a "tent pole" Bellator event.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 2:28PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
 
Jeremy Kennedy replaces Arnold Allen in next week's UFC 204 main-card opener
(mmajunkie.com)
Mirsad Bektic will remain on next week’s UFC 204 lineup, after all. Earlier this week, MMAjunkie first reported Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had been forced out of his bout with featherweight Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), and undefeated Jeremy Kennedy (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has stepped in as a replacement, officials today announced.
Submitted Oct 1, 2016 2:25PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
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