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October 2017 MMA News Archive

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Conor McGregor on title unification bout against Tony Ferguson: ‘I feel that will be next’
Speaking Tuesday with Ireland’s entertainment.ie to promote his upcoming documentary Conor McGregor: Notorious, McGregor spoke about his options for his next fight and revealed that a title unification bout against UFC interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson appears to be the frontrunner for his next move.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 9:20PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Combate Americas' Copa Combate to air live in English on NBC Sports Network
Combate Americas today announced that Copa Combate, the promotion’s one-night, $100,000 grand prize bantamweight tournament, will air live on NBC Sports Network in addition to its Spanish-language telecast on Telemundo. The event, which takes place Nov. 11 in Cancun, Mexico, marks the first time that two NBCUniversal-owned platforms will simulcast live MMA.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 6:57PM by Leonstolzz - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Erik Pérez signs with Combate Americas
"Goyito” is headed to Combate Americas. Popular former UFC bantamweight Erik Pérez has signed a multi-fight exclusive contract with the promotion, MMA Fighting has learned. "
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 5:47PM by Leonstolzz - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations
Al Iaquinta out, Charles Oliveira in against Paul Felder at UFC 218
An injury has scratched Al Iaquinta from UFC 218, and Charles Oliveira is in to face fellow lightweight Paul Felder at UFC 218. MMAjunkie confirmed the news with multiple people close to negotiations after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. The people asked to remain anonymous because the news had not been made public. UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement. UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 4:47PM by JLS - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 218 loses Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
UFC 218 has lost one of its best fights. The Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta lightweight fight has been canceled due to a recent Iaquinta injury, MMA Fighting has learned. Charles Oliveira is currently the front-runner to replace Iaquinta, though that fight isn’t finalized just yet.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 3:28PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC 221 to take place in Perth, Australia on Feb. 11
The UFC has been all over Australia and now it is adding Perth to its list of Down Under destinations. On Monday evening, the promotion announced that the Octagon will be making a stop at the Perth Arena on Feb. 11 (Feb. 10 in North America) for UFC 221. It will be the 12th time that the UFC has visited Australia having previously scheduled shows in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney, and Gold Coast.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 4:15AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Justin Buchholz says he’s out as Team Alpha Male head coach
Despite having one of the most successful years in their gym’s history in 2016, it appears that Team Alpha Male is moving in a new direction, removing Justin Buchholz from his role as head coach of the team.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 12:51AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC 220 set for Jan. 20 in Boston
The UFC’s first pay-per-view of 2018 will take place in Boston. ESPN’s Brett Okamoto first reported that UFC 220 is scheduled for Jan. 20 in Beantown, and MMAjunkie subsequently confirmed the plans with an additional UFC official. No bouts were revealed for the card, which takes place at TD Garden.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 12:45AM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC makes debut in Belem, Brazil, with UFC Fight Night event on Feb. 3
A UFC Fight Night event will takes place Feb. 3 in at Mangueirinho Gymnasium in Belem, Para, Brazil. The card is likely to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 31, 2017 12:44AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 119 draws announced 10,265 fans in Sao Paulo
Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event drew an announced attendance of 10,265 fans. UFC officials announced the tally following the event, which MMAjunkie attended. No live gate total was announced, as is typical with UFC events in Brazil. UFC Fight Night 119 took place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, and the main card aired on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Oct 29, 2017 1:12PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
UFC Fight Night 119 bonuses: Derek Brunson's decimation of Machida was worth an extra $50,000
Derek Brunson, Pedro Munhoz, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos and Max Griffin each earned $50,000 fight-night bonuses at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 119 event. Brunson and Munhoz earned “Performance of the Night” awards, and dos Santos and Griffin took home “Fight of the Night” honors. UFC officials announced the winners following the event, which MMAjunkie attended.
Submitted Oct 29, 2017 1:10PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Why did Georges St-Pierre leave? Before UFC 217 return, GSP discusses self-imposed exile
Why did Georges St-Pierre leave? Why did one of MMA’s biggest stars – a defending champion – decide to walk away from the sport? That’s the question that tries to get answered in “UFC Presents, GSP: A Legend Returns,” a mini-documentary that debuted Friday on FS1. Ahead of St-Pierre’s return next week at UFC 217, where he fights for the first time since relinquishing the welterweight belt and entering a self-imposed exile for four years, you can now watch the full video. Check out the documentary, which includes footage from St-Pierre’s childhood and his own words, above. Here’s the full description:
Submitted Oct 28, 2017 8:40PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Raquel Pennington breaks leg in scary hunting accident, out of planned UFC title fight
On the cusp of her first world title shot, Raquel Pennington instead finds herself dealing with the worst setback of her fighting career. The 29-year-old women’s bantamweight contender verbally agreed to meet divisional champion Amanda Nunes at UFC 219 on Dec. 30, but she suffered a severe leg injury in an ATV accident earlier this week and now expects to be on the shelf for the foreseeable future. Pennington’s injury and her aborted bout with Nunes were first reported by Combate. MMA Fighting reached out to Pennington, who provided details of the frightening scene.
Submitted Oct 27, 2017 11:29PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Edson Barboza vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov set for UFC 219 in Las Vegas
The year-end UFC 219 event has a new major addition. Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) today announced he’s fighting fellow lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) at the event.
Submitted Oct 27, 2017 4:16PM by Leonstolzz - 12 comments
Filed under: UFC
Jennifer Maia puts 125 title on line vs. Agnieszka Niedzwiedz at Invicta FC 26 in December
Invicta FC will return in December, a week later than had been previously reported, and the flyweight title will be on the line in the main event. In the headliner, flyweight champion Jennifer Maia (14-4-1) will put her belt up for grabs against unbeaten challenger Agnieszka Niedzwiedz (10-0), the promotion announced on Wednesday. The card will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. Also on the card, Mizuki Inoue (12-4) returns to take on Janaisa Morandin (9-1) at strawweight, and Vanessa Porto (18-8) meets Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4) in a flyweight bout. Invicta FC 26 takes place Dec. 8 at Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo.
Submitted Oct 26, 2017 6:36PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Frankie Saenz vs. Merab Dvalishvili added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno
The lineup for the UFC’s debut in Fresno, Calif., continues to grow with the addition of a bantamweight bout. Frankie Saenz (11-5 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will take on promotional newcomer Merab Dvalishvili (7-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 123 in December. UFC officials recently announced the new booking following a report from MMA DNA.
Submitted Oct 26, 2017 6:32PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Michael Bisping being sued for allegedly choking teenager at a gym
Just over a week away from UFC 217, Michael Bisping has more to worry about than just Georges St-Pierre. The UFC middleweight champion is being sued by a teenager, who claims Bisping choked him at an Anaheim, Calif., gym in July, MMA Fighting confirmed Wednesday.
Submitted Oct 25, 2017 9:23PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Injury scraps planned UFC bout between Bethe Correia and Irene Aldana
A potential UFC women’s bantamweight bout has been scrapped due to an injury. Former title challenger Bethe Correia today announced a planned – but not formally announced – bout with Irene Aldana targeted for January has been canceled after she suffered an injury. Correia posted a picture in a hospital gown and a taped-up left eye.
Submitted Oct 25, 2017 3:20PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Georges St-Pierre says Michael Bisping is ‘terrified of me wrestling him,’ vows a finish
Georges St-Pierre is starting to see a trend in Michael Bisping’s trash talk. “GSP” and Bisping have been making the media rounds ahead of their Nov. 4 middleweight championship showdown at UFC 217, with the two veterans sharing the stage for a series of contentious press conferences. And St-Pierre believes there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the barbs Bisping is continually lobbing his way.
Submitted Oct 24, 2017 8:54PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
UFC Fight Night 118 Results: Bonus Winners, Highlights, Fight Scores, Attendance And Gate Numbers
Darren Till blasted through the UFC's 170-pound Gatekeeper on Saturday in Gdansk, Poland when he thrashed Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone in the first round. Blachowicz Chokes Out Clark Devin Clark showed a very low fight IQ throughout this bout. He consistently shot from distance and telegraphed each attempt. In the second round, Clark again shot and led with his head from a four or five feet away and Blachowicz was seemingly waiting on him. Kelleher and Stasiak's Spirited Battle There weren't a lot of high-action fights on the card, but the Brian Kelleher vs. Damian Stasiak bout was worthy of Fight of the Night. Josh Emmett's win over Felipe Arrantes registered a higher fight score, but it was completely one sided. Kelleher was in control of most of his bout, but Stasiak showed off his resolve. The latter was stopped with a punch from the clinch. Kelleher's well-rounded game could still make him a legitimate threat in the men's bantamweight division.
Submitted Oct 24, 2017 6:48PM by JLS - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
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