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Alexander Gustafsson out, Ryan Bader in vs. Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 100
Alexander Gustafsson's time as the headliner for UFC Fight Night 100 didn't last very long. Gustafsson is out of the main event fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira due to an undisclosed injury, sources told MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. In Gustafsson's place will step fellow light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader for a rematch. UFN 100 is scheduled for Nov. 19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 9:04PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Erick Montaño vs. Max Griffin added to TUF Latin America 3 Finale in Mexico
Mexico's Erick Montaño will get a quick turn around, as he is scheduled to face Max Griffin at The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 3 Finale. The news was announced by UFC Español on Friday.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 6:55PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
Francimar Barroso meets undefeated newcomer Darren Stewart at UFN 100
An unbeaten light heavyweight prospect will make his Octagon debut in Sao Paulo, Brazil, as Darren Stewart takes on Francimar Barroso at UFC Fight Night 100 on Nov. 19, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 6:53PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Josh Samman found unresponsive, in critical condition
Tragic news surfaced Friday afternoon that UFC middleweight Josh Samman had been found unresponsive in a South Floridan apartment along with another man, who was pronounced dead. I know BJpenn.com isn't always the most reliable source, but there are tweeted confirmations....story still unfolding. Crazy.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 4:24PM by Nathan_Arizona - 15 comments
Filed under: UFC
Alex Oliveira can’t weigh more than 175 pounds against Will Brooks
Alex Oliveira missed weight by 5.5 pounds for his lightweight bout with Will Brooks at UFC Fight Night 96 in Portland, and he can’t gain more than 20 pounds before the fight. Brooks accepted to face Oliveira despite the weight difference and will take 20 percent of his fight purse, and the commission won’t allow the Brazilian to gain more than 20 pounds until fight night. According to the trainer, "Cowboy" usually gains 29 pounds after making weight for a lightweight bout. "The commission imposed a limit for him, and that’s a problem," Duarte said. "‘Cowboy’ is like Wolverine, he gains weight easily, so I will have to control what he’s going to eat so he doesn’t gain weight. Everything he eats is like concrete, he gains a lot of weight, so he can’t eat that much."
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 3:10PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Jake Matthews gets Andrew Holbrook for hometown bout at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne
Australia’s Jake Matthews was expected to be a part of the UFC’s return to his home city of Melbourne in November. Now he has his opponent. Matthews (10-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will meet Andrew Holbrook (11-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 101. UFC officials announced the new booking early today after an initial report from Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 9:52AM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Kevin Lee vs. Magomed Mustafaev, Artem Lobov vs. Teruto Ishihara added to UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
The card for the UFC’s return to Northern Ireland in November continues to grow with the addition of a lightweight fight, as well a featherweight fight. The UFC recently added a lightweight fight between Kevin Lee (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Magomed Mustafaev (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC). In addition, Artem Lobov (12-12 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has been booked for a bout against Teruto Ishihara (9-2-2 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 99, according to a report from the Irish Mirror newspaper.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 9:51AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC welcomes new owners Tom Brady, Ben Affleck, Adam Levine, Cam Newton, Conan O'Brien, Mark Wahlberg and more – seriously
UFC officials confirmed to The Wall Street Journal on Thursday that 23 celebrities have invested in the world’s largest MMA promotion. Included are sports stars Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Maria Sharapova, and Serena and Venus Williams, actors Ben Affleck and Mark Wahlberg, musicians Adam Levine and LL Cool J, and talk show host Conan O’Brien. O’Brien also announced the deal on Thursday’s new episode of “Conan” on TBA, jokingly adding that he would soon be competing in the octagon. WME-IMG co-CEO Ari Emanuel said selecting the 23 for potential investment was simple. “They would always ask for tickets,” Emanuel told The Wall Street Journal, adding, “I think it’s a mainstream sport now.” According to The Wall Street Journal, “Further WME-IMG plans for the UFC include more programming on the UFC’s digital subscription service, which would provide more than just fights. The company also wants to see more UFC fighters cross over to other forms of entertainment.
Submitted Sep 30, 2016 2:10AM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Unless he gets six-figure offer, heavyweight veteran Gabriel Gonzaga has retired from MMA
Unless a big offer is thrown at his direction, longtime MMA heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga is retired from mixed martial arts. A former UFC heavyweight title contender, Gonzaga told MMA Fighting on Wednesday that his plans for the future don’t include competing in MMA anymore. "Napao" fought the last fight of his contract with the UFC in April, losing to Derrick Lewis in Zagreb, Croatia. "I don’t plan on coming back," Gonzaga said. "I’m taking care of my new gym, Squared BJJ. If I get an offer, it has to be a great offer, or I’ll keep competing in jiu-jitsu against people my age. I’m probably retired already. I will only fight again if there’s a good offer, financially speaking, and I don’t think any promotion wants me." "I don’t fight for less than 100 thousand dollars," he said. "I’m 37 years old and I won’t risk my health or waste my time training and suffering for this. I don’t need it anymore. God gave me a good opportunity in life, and I don’t need this anymore. That would be my number. For less than 100 thousand, I wouldn’t step into a ring anymore." If this is it for his mixed martial arts career, Gonzaga leaves as a happy man. "Thank God I had a good run in this sport," "Napao" said. "I wasn’t the best in the world or became the champion in a big organization, but I was always there. I was a top 10 for almost a decade, I have the second-fastest knockout in the division, I have more than 20 fights in the biggest promotion in the world, and I believe I’m tied with Frank Mir with most finishes in the division. I had a good run. It could have been better, but it could have been worse, too."
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 6:42PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Jake Collier-Josh Stansbury, Elvis Mutapcic-Anthony Smith booked for TUF 24 Finale in December
The TUF 24 Finale in December continues to build with the addition of a pair of middleweight fights to the lineup. Jake Collier (10-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) is set to meet Josh Stansbury (8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on the card, and Elvis Mutapcic (15-4-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) will take on Anthony Smith (25-12 MMA, 1-2 UFC). UFC officials recently announced the two bookings.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 6:36PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
Richard Walsh meets Jonathan Meunier at UFC Fight Night 101 in Melbourne, Australia
November’s UFC Fight Night 101 fight card has its latest fight for the “Land Down Under.” Canada’s Jonathan Meunier (7-1 MmA, 0-1 UFC) will venture into enemy territory to take on Australia’s Richard Walsh (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in Melbourne. Promotion officials today announced the new booking following an initial report from The Daily Telegraph.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 6:35PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC
Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins targeted for UFC Fight Night: Albany
With its debut event at Madison Square Garden finalized, the UFC is now turning its attention to nearby Albany, N.Y. Gian Villante vs. Patrick Cummins is in the works for the Dec. 9 card, which will mark the first UFC show in New York's capital city, MMA Fighting has learned. The promotion has yet to officially announce the light-heavyweight fight.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 5:09PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Wanderlei Silva supports Jose Aldo’s battle against the UFC: ‘You’ll have the respect you deserve at Rizin’
Jose Aldo wants to leave the UFC, and another Brazilian star supports his battle against the promotion. Wanderlei Silva, who returns to action on Dec. 29 against Mirko Cro Cop at Rizin Fighting Federation, asked the current UFC interim featherweight champion to sign with the Japanese promotion.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 4:13PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, UFC, MMA Personalities
Aldo: GSP wanted 10 million to fight McGregor, Dana White said no
Jose Aldo's grievances with the UFC have led him to spill a few stories. One of the more interesting statements he made was that Georges St-Pierre wanted 10 million dollars to fight Conor McGregor, and the UFC turned that down. In a phone interview with Combate (via Forbes), Aldo had quite a story. According to the interim featherweight champion, former P4P king Georges St-Pierre asked for 10 million dollars to make his comeback against McGregor. Aldo also said that Dana White turned him down, instead choosing to book McGregor in a rematch against Nate Diaz at UFC 202 (translation via Reddit user trulyskeptical): "I think that my life and the whole featherweight division needs to keep going, not being stalled while he (McGregor) does three fights in the lightweight division. Another one that he wanted to do, make a super fight with Georges St-Pierre, which didn't work out because Georges wanted 10 million dollars and Dana didn't want to pay it. So he still put him with Nate for the second time. So for me, Dana's word is worthless."
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 3:28PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Kailin Curran vs. newcomer Jamie Moyle booked for December's TUF 24 Finale in Las Vegas
December’s latest installment of an “Ultimate Fighter” finale card has its latest booking, and it comes in the women’s strawweight division. Hawaii’s Kailin Curran (4-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) will return to action when she meets UFC newcomer Jamie Moyle (3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at the TUF 24 Finale. UFC officials confirmed the booking to KHON-TV, Hawaii’s CW affiliate. The UFC has not yet made a formal announcement of the fight.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 3:26PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
UFC Fight 99 adds Mark Godbeer vs. Justin Ledet to lineup in Belfast
The UFC’s return to Northern Ireland in November has a new addition to the lineup, and a veteran heavyweight will make his promotional debut. UFC officials today announced a UFC Fight Night 99 booking between Mark Godbeer (13-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and unbeaten Justin Ledet (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 1:46PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Arnold Allen out of UFC 204 fight with Mirsad Bektic, promotion seeking featherweight replacement
Next week’s UFC return to England has suffered a late casualty to the main card’s lineup, and the promotion is seeking a short-notice replacement. England’s own Arnold Allen (11-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is out of his main-card opener against Mirsad Bektic (10-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) at UFC 204, a promotion official today told MMAjunkie. The UFC is on the hunt for someone to step in on about a week’s notice.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 1:45PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Cezar Ferreira vs. Jack Hermansson slated for UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo
The UFC has announced a middleweight bout between Cezar Ferreira and Jack Hermansson for its upcoming event in Brazil on Nov. 19. UFC Fight Night 100 takes place at the Ibirapuera gymnasium in Sao Paulo. Combate first reported the match-up.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 1:44PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Former Bellator heavyweight champ Alexander Volkov debuts at UFC Fight Night 99
Former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov is now in the UFC. And he has a debut date, too. Volkov (26-6) will meet Timothy Johnson (10-2) on Nov. 19 at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. MMAFighting.com confirmed an initial Thursday report by MMAJunkie.com.
Submitted Sep 29, 2016 1:43PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Valerie Letourneau faces Nova Uniao newcomer at UFC 206
The UFC's next edition in Toronto already has its first Canadian fighter on the card, as Combate reported that former strawweight title challenger Valerie Letourneau will return to take on promotional newcomer, Poliana Botelho.
Submitted Sep 28, 2016 10:53PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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