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Ben Askren trolls the UFC for not yet announcing his arrival
It’s been roughly 72 hours since news broke of the “trade” between the UFC and ONE Championship that allowed Demetrious Johnson and Ben Askren to flip promotions. ONE Championship already held a conference call with Johnson, officially welcoming him to the promotion. Both Johnson and Askren made the rounds talking about the deal on Monday. So did Johnson’s agent, Malki Kawa.
Submitted Oct 30, 2018 6:19PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
The 5 biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 138 – including Anthony Smith's big step up
What really mattered at UFC Fight Night 138 in Moncton, Canada, on Saturday night? Here are a few things… 1. Did Smith just climb into the top tier at light heavyweight? Beating up a couple aging former champs is one thing, but taking out a legit contender in his prime like Volkan Oezdemir is something else...
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 1:00PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Historic trade finalized: Ben Askren heads to UFC, Demetrious Johnson to ONE
An unprecedented deal was finalized Saturday which will bring an undefeated former world champion into the UFC while shipping one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters in mixed martial arts history off to compete in Asia. Former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Ben Askren will be released from his ONE contract to sign with the UFC, while Demetrious Johnson will be released from his UFC contract in order to sign a deal with ONE. ESPN first reported the news. ONE announced the Johnson signing Saturday night...
Submitted Oct 28, 2018 12:43PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, Other MMA Organizations, MMA Personalities
Dana White and Matt Hughes Share Emotional Moment at Documentary Release
It’s well known that former UFC champion Matt Hughes is lucky simply to be alive. Hughes was involved in a tragic accident when a pick-up he was driving was hit by a train. Though he teetered on the edge of death, Hughes somehow won the biggest fight of his life, and has slowly been working on his recovery.
Submitted Sep 23, 2018 12:17PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Report: Black Panther actor Winston Duke linked to Kimbo Slice film
Recently rising to prominence as tribal leader M’Baku in Marvel’s blockbuster Black Panther film, Duke has signed on to produce and star in a biopic about popular MMA fighter Kimbo Slice according to a report from IMDb.
Submitted Jul 3, 2018 11:37PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
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Andre Pederneiras steps down from Brazil's Nova Uniao leadership after 21 years
After 21 years, Andre Pederneiras is no longer the leader of Brazil’s renowned Nova Uniao team. Pederneiras announced his decision to step down from his role on Instagram, following an initial report by Combate.com. The longtime coach, who was a key figure in the UFC rises of former champions Jose Aldo and Renan Barao, linked the decision to the opening of Upper Arena two years ago. The place now works as training grounds for Nova Uniao fighters, but Pederneiras wants to open it to fighters from other teams. “I’m still here at training, giving the same advices to my athletes,” Pederneiras told Combate. “But if, for instance, Urijah Faber comes here, I’ll be able to give him the same training, regardless of whether he represents Nova Uniao or not. If the people who are training at that time are bothered, I can just arrange a different time with him, a separate training session.
Submitted Jul 1, 2018 5:22PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Felipe Arantes announces MMA retirement: 'I feel like a champion'
“I’ve always made it clear that I don’t depend on fighting financially, because, through it, I’ve built things that allow me to have a good life,” Arantes said. “I’m grateful for being able to hang up my gloves at 30 and for knowing that, one way or another, my name will be in UFC history.”
Submitted Jun 27, 2018 10:48PM by jae_1833 - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Former UFC champ Johny Hendricks announces MMA retirement
“I’m done. I’m retiring. I’m getting out of the MMA world,” Hendricks told MMAjunkie Radio. “I’ve been thinking about this long and hard for a while. I’m going to get back to my roots. I’m going to start coaching at All Saints (Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas). I coached a little bit of high school last year, but I’m going to make the move over to All Saints and start doing those things.”
Submitted Jun 27, 2018 10:41PM by jae_1833 - 7 comments
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Rashad Evans announces retirement from MMA
Former UFC light heavyweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter 2 winner Rashad Evans has fought for the last time.
Submitted Jun 25, 2018 8:51PM by jae_1833 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Leon Tabbs, legendary cutman who worked UFC 1, dies at 86
Leon Tabbs, the first official cutman for the UFC, died Friday evening in Atlanta. He was 86. Tabbs’ son, Bruce, told MMAjunkie that his father passed away after struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. “Our father is our hero,” Bruce said in a statement to MMAjunkie. “He lived a simple life enjoying it to the fullest and deserved all he earned, and more, and earned all he received. Family, boxing, and friends and laughter were his life.” Tabbs, who got his start in boxing, worked UFC 1 and served as the promotion’s cutman for 19 years. He retired from the fight game in 2012. In 2013, Tabbs received a lifetime achievement award at the Fighters Only World MMA Awards.
Submitted Jun 18, 2018 2:03PM by Budgellism - 0 comments
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Rafael dos Anjos reacts to UFC 225 loss to Colby Covington: ‘Bad guys win sometimes in real life’
Rafael dos Anjos had the chance to join the club of fighters who managed to win UFC titles in two different weight classes, but was defeated by Colby Covington for the interim welterweight belt in the co-main event of UFC 225 in Chicago in Saturday night. Two days after the defeat, dos Anjos’ first loss since moving up from 155 pounds, the Brazilian released a statement on his social media, promising to bounce back a better fighter, like he did after his 2014 loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov, and losing to one of the “bad guys” in Chicago.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 4:41PM by Braden - 1 comment
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USADA suspends Michal Oleksiejczuk one year for testing positive for clomiphene
Michal Oleksiejczuk now has his complete sanctions. USADA suspended the UFC light heavyweight for one year after his positive test for clomiphene in December, the UFC’s anti-doping partner announced Tuesday. Oleksiejczuk was already suspended one year in March by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) and his win over Khalil Rountree was overturned to a no contest. The suspensions will run concurrently.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 2:37PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Carla Esparza accuses Claudia Gadelha of greasing at UFC 225: ‘She’s a cheater’
Carla Esparza believes Claudia Gadelha cheated her way to a split-decision win in their back and forth strawweight clash at UFC 225. Esparza insisted that Gadelha greased before the fight and now regrets not informing a referee.
Submitted Jun 12, 2018 5:20AM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
X-ray shows hand injury suffered by Robert Whittaker at UFC 225
Robert Whittaker scored another decision victory over Yoel Romero in the main event of UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a costly win. “The Reaper”, who won a close split decision win in a five-round non-title bout Saturday night, fractured his right thumb early in the opening round, and his team released the X-ray on social media.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 3:03PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Michael Bisping’s on-air beef with Colby Covington was untimely (and unnecessary)
It’s exceedingly easy to hate on Colby Covington, especially after he vowed to take his newly won interim belt to the White House for Donald Trump to run a cold finger over. But it’s quite another to dress him down on a post-fight show right after he wins that belt, which Michael Bisping did late on Saturday night. If you expect high-road professionalism from Bisping in his role as an analyst, five words spring immediately to mind. Good luck with that, booday. In fact, the whole segment — which lasted five minutes and aired live on Fox Sports 1 after UFC 225 — took on the complexion of an SNL skit, with Covington on one half of the split screen sporting shades, his belt and his trademark smug smile, and Bisping on the other, taking umbrage at how Covington called the panel out for doubting his chances against Rafael dos Anjos. It was uncomfortable, weird, comical, even a little mortifying — and sometimes all of those things at once (like when poor Michelle Waterson forgot her question). It was also untimely. Check it out for yourself.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 3:01PM by Braden - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities, Interviews
Dana White: Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones still ‘very interested’ in fight
The UFC just wrapped up one of its most stacked cards of the year and another mega event is right around the corner, but president Dana White is already looking to add more star power to the docket.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 2:58PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dana White says Rashad Evans told him that he’s retiring from MMA
Rashad Evans’ 53-second loss at UFC 225 could turn out to be the final Octagon appearance of his legendary career. Evans suffered a nasty first-round knockout loss to Anthony Smith on Saturday night at UFC 225, a setback which extended his current losing streak to five straight. Afterward, UFC president Dana White said that he spoke to Evans in the aftermath of the Smith fight, and he indicated that Evans could be at the end of his 13-year run with the promotion.
Submitted Jun 11, 2018 2:56PM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
Dana White: UFC working with commissions to get rid of early weigh-ins
With more and more frequency, it seems fighters missing weight has become an issue in MMA. And on several occasions, it’s been more than a mere nuisance that a fighter has come in off the mark. In the UFC, in particular, it’s not been a rarity for a fighter to be pulled from an event altogether because of a weight-cut that has gone awry at the 11th hour. In some cases, fighters have been hospitalized because of it. On the latest edition of the “UFC Unfiltered” podcast with hosts Matt Serra and Jim Norton, UFC President Dana White said he believes the early weigh-ins the promotion moved to in 2016, in partnership with most state athletic commissions, are to blame for more fighters missing weight than should be expected. But White also said the UFC is making an effort to do away with the early weigh-ins and go back to the previous format – which was a late afternoon public weigh-in event for the fans the day before the fight card, usually at 4 p.m. local time. In the new format, fighters weigh-in during a two-hour window, typically between 9-11 a.m. local, and then at many events return for a ceremonial weigh-in for the fans in the afternoon.
Submitted Jun 5, 2018 10:59AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA, MMA Personalities
UFC 225's Joseph Benavidez happy to return from long layoff, unhappy being 'buried' on UFC Fight Pass
As he prepares to return from an an 18-month-long layoff, Joseph Benavidez has a few reasons to be happy. But then there are others in which Benavidez isn’t all that happy. Benavidez, the No. 2 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, meets No. 6 fighter Pettis in a meaningful fight for the division. In fact, should he beat Pettis and add a seventh win to his current streak, Benavidez thinks it will be hard to deny him a third stab at champ Demetrious Johnson. Despite its possible ramifications, the flyweight bout is only the third fight of the evening and will be featured on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary card at Chicago’s United Center. Asked about it, Benavidez makes no secret of his feelings on the card placement.
Submitted Jun 4, 2018 5:52PM by Braden - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews, MMA Personalities
Andrea Lee’s husband, coach Donny Aaron apologizes for Nazi tattoos, won’t get them removed or covered
Andrea Lee’s husband has addressed the recent controversy surrounding him. Donny Aaron, husband and coach to the UFC flyweight and former LFA champion, issued a public apology Sunday morning via his Instagram account regarding Nazi tattoos he has on both arms. The tattoos came to light Friday when Lee tweeted a photo at a lake that showed a swastika tattoo on Aaron’s left arm. Later, people on social media dug up a photo of Aaron’s other arm, which has a tattoo of a Nazi SS bolt symbol. Both are considered Neo-Nazi hate symbols by the Anti-Defamation League. In his statement, Aaron apologized to everyone that was offended by his tattoos and said he got them during his time in prison. Aaron says his tattoos are symbols of his past, but not of his present or future, claiming he’s now a changed man. Aaron says he won’t cover the Nazi tattoos with other tattoos nor will he get the tattoos removed, as those are not “options” for him. Aaron did say that he will wear keep wearing long-sleeve clothing in public to cover the hate symbols.
Submitted Jun 4, 2018 4:05PM by Braden - 4 comments
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