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Andrea Lee pulled from UFC 216 fight with Kalindra Faria
Andrea Lee will have to wait a little longer to debut in the UFC after all. Just hours after MMA Fighting reported “KGB” would meet fellow promotional newcomer Kalindra Faria on Oct. 7, Lee was informed she would not be able to make her Octagon debut without going through the USADA testing pool for six months since she has failed a drug test in the past, sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 6:07PM by Braden - 2 comments
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UFC champ Daniel Cormier names Volkan Oezdemir as next title challenger
So much for due process. Newly re-crowned light-heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) is moving on from Jon Jones (21-1-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) and lining up his next fight. Apparently, he’s cutting out the UFC’s matchmaking middlemen too. Cormier announced today that he’s conducted a poll, and the surging Volkan Oezdemir (15-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the opponent fans want to see
Submitted Sep 28, 2017 3:14PM by Braden - 9 comments
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Derrick Lewis shares some booty advice for ‘Pinkeye’ VanZant
Dr. Lewis has some solid suggestions for how PVZ can stay healthy in the future.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 9:23PM by Braden - 6 comments
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John Kavanagh calls for Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 on St. Patrick’s Day
Conor McGregor’s head coach John Kavanagh rubbished claims that “The Notorious” will meet Nate Diaz for a third time on Dec. 30, as was reported by Irish newspaper, The Sunday World, last weekend. Kavanagh appeared alongside McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, in Dublin on Wednesday and claimed that his preferred date for the trilogy fight would be St Patrick’s Day, March 17, in New York.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 5:56PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Michael Bisping teases fight with Daniel Cormier after beating Georges St-Pierre at UFC 217
On the most recent episode of his Believe You Me podcast, Bisping said that UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has been making overtures about a fight with him, and that after he beats St-Pierre, he would be happy to fight Cormier.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:23PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Rashad Evans decides against retirement, weighs light heavyweight return
Rashad Evans will live to fight another day. Despite losing his last four fights in a row, the former UFC light heavyweight champion has decided against retirement, Evans told MMAFighting.com recently.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:22PM by Braden - 6 comments
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McGregor-Mayweather does 4.4 million PPV buys, falls just short of record
Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor didn’t quite break the domestic pay-per-view (PPV) record set by Mayweather against Manny Pacquiao.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Video: WWE’s Charlotte Flair wants Ronda Rousey at Wrestlemania 34 in 2018
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has been spending more time ringside than cageside over the last year, taking to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) shows to support her friend and training partner, Shayna Baszler, all while taking the opportunity to cut a few promos. As a result, fans have speculated that Rousey’s next step in her career will be to make a transition into the professional wrestling world, leaving mixed martial arts (MMA) behind for good. And to no one’s surprise, “Rowdy” already has established wrestling veterans eager to welcome her into the squared circle, as former WWE women’s title holder Charlotte Flair recently called out Ronda for a showdown on the biggest stage of them all: Wrestlemania.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:19PM by Braden - 1 comment
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USADA: Cris Cyborg ‘fully complied’ in controversial Thailand sample collection
Cris Cyborg and USADA seem to be on the same page after a sample-collection controversy last week. The police were called on doping-control officers who came to drug test Cyborg in Thailand, the UFC featherweight champion tweeted Friday. Cyborg has been training at Phuket Top Team for the last few weeks. Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd reported on the situation over the weekend. Despite the apparent issues with Thai authorities, Cyborg’s sample was collected without issue and is now at a laboratory, according to a statement USADA sent to MMA Fighting on Tuesday.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ray Borg explains UFC 215 fight week illness, won’t hire full-time nutritionist for UFC 216
Ray Borg briefly upended the MMA world earlier this month when UFC doctors withdrew him from his scheduled main event challenge against flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson just two days out from UFC 215 due to a viral illness. Aside from a Twitter outburst that same week, Borg has largely laid low since the incident, electing to quietly return to the grind as he prepares for a rescheduled bout against Johnson on Oct. 7 at UFC 216. But on Monday’s episode of the The MMA Hour, Borg finally broke his silence regarding the sickness that forced him to postpone the opportunity of a lifetime. And for the 24-year-old, the trouble started before he ever even arrived in Edmonton to begin UFC 215 fight week.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:17AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Aspen Ladd set for UFC debut in Gdansk against Lina Lansberg
Unbeaten Aspen Ladd has been handed a UFC debut in Gdansk against Swedish Muay Thai standout Lina Lansberg. The UFC announced the fight through its social networks on Tuesday morning.
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 2:34PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Daniel Cormier explains why he asked fans to give Jon Jones space after PED fallout
Daniel Cormier could have gloated after news broke that Jon Jones tested positive for a banned substance in a UFC 214 pre-fight drug test. After all, the rivals have rarely hesitated to verbally tear into one another at any other point in their years-long series of disputes. Instead, the newly restored UFC light heavyweight champion responded with a sense of grace and class not often associated with the sport of mixed martial arts. Rather than kick Jones while he was down, Cormier went on Instagram last week and posted a message asking fans to leave the troubled Jones and his family alone. That simple action drew DC rave reviews. But on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Cormier said he wasn’t looking to make some sort of sweeping gesture with the post.
Submitted Sep 23, 2017 2:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
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UFC 217: Georges St-Pierre expected to call out Conor McGregor with win over Michael Bisping
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, at one time, was rumored to be in the running for a Conor McGregor super fight, back when “Notorious” was fooling around in the 170-pound division. While that potential pay-per-view (PPV) bonanza may have gone by the wayside as the power-punching Irishman gears up for his first title defense, he may find himself on the receiving end of a French-Canadian call out, assuming “Rush” can win his return fight.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:06AM by Braden - 6 comments
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Georges St-Pierre shrugs off Michael Bisping’s insults: ‘He’s a very angry person deep down’
Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping couldn’t be further apart when it comes to their approach to hyping a fight. While the UFC middleweight champion has built his reputation pulling no punches to insult his opponents before they meet in the cage, St-Pierre has typically taken a more polite and thoughtful approach in the buildup to an event.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:04AM by Braden - 39 comments
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‘Who the fook is that guy?’ Jeremy Stephens now has an answer for Conor McGregor
It took almost a year to the day. But Jeremy Stephens has finally clapped back at Conor McGregor. And it was all worth the wait.
Submitted Sep 22, 2017 3:02AM by Braden - 2 comments
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Matt Brown announces that he will retire after upcoming fight vs. Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk
“The Immortal” can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. On Thursday, UFC welterweight veteran Matt Brown announced via his Instagram that his upcoming fight with Diego Sanchez at UFC Norfolk will be his last:
Submitted Sep 21, 2017 5:23PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Stipe Miocic aiming for return in December or January, would have fought Jon Jones
UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic believes he will return to action in either December or January, but he still doesn’t know who he will be pitted against when he looks to defend his title for the third time.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:13PM by Braden - 6 comments
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Cris Cyborg responds to ‘joke' Edmond Tarverdyan's comments, not interested in Ronda Rousey fight in UFC
Cris Cyborg doesn’t seem into the idea of facing Ronda Rousey anymore. The Brazilian star, who holds the UFC featherweight championship, has campaigned for years for a fight with “Rowdy" when she was at the top of the world as UFC bantamweight queen. Cyborg, who is currently training in Thailand and targeting a fight with Holly Holm at UFC 219, scheduled for Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, spoke with MMA Fighting about Tarverdyan’s comments and a possible clash with Rousey.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 3:10PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Incompetent NSAC judge given ‘small break’, may judge UFC 216
Why after 24 years are there judges in MMA like Adalaide Byrd who couldn’t tell you how to escape a Guillotine? Add in her hugely controversial boxing score for Canelo Alvarez over GGG and Byrd’s presence becomes something worse than baffling. Jack de Menezes for the Independent reports that executive director of the Nevada Athletic State Commission Bob Bennett confirmed Byrd is currently subject to a “small break” in order to review her performance.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 2:09PM by tildengolfer - 2 comments
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Kenny Florian believes Michael Bisping set a blueprint on how to beat Luke Rockhold
On Saturday evening, former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold overcame a rocky start to stop David Branch in the second round with strikes from the mount. It was Rockhold’s first fight since losing the middleweight title over a year ago when Michael Bisping knocked him out in the first round and early on, the former champion failed to impress. Despite being a heavy favorite, Rockhold was in trouble in the first round as Branch hurt him with punches several times, prompting some to speculate that Bisping solved Rockhold for the rest of the division. Chief among those concerned viewers is UFC analyst Kenny Florian who discussed Rockhold’s striking struggles on the most recent edition of his Anik and Florian podcast, saying that Bisping has “set a blueprint” on beating Rockhold that the former champion still hasn’t fixed.
Submitted Sep 19, 2017 1:27PM by Braden - 2 comments
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