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UFC 231 pre-event facts: Get reacquainted with Max Holloway's epic resume after long layoff
The UFC has loaded the deck for its final stop in Canada this year. UFC 231 takes place Saturday at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto with a main card that airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. A championship doubleheader tops the card. Featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3 MMA, 15-3 UFC) will finally clash with Brian Ortega (14-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) in the main event, while Valentina Shevchenko (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Joanna Jedrzejczyk (15-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will decide the next women’s flyweight titleholder in the headliner. For more on the numbers behind the intriguing UFC 231 main-card lineup, check below for 65 pre-event facts.
Submitted Dec 8, 2018 6:36PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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UFC 231 main event breakdown: Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega
As the minutes count down to UFC 231, uncertainty stands alongside excitement. For years, Max Holloway has been one of the most dependable fighters in the game. From the start of 2012 until the end of 2017, he fought 18 times, transforming into a powerhouse while capturing the UFC featherweight championship.
Submitted Dec 8, 2018 6:32PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Donald Cerrone to fight Alexander Hernandez at UFC’s ESPN+ debut
When Donald Cerrone goes back down the 155-pound division, a fresh face will be waiting for him. MMA Fighting confirmed with sources that “Cowboy” will fight 26-year-old Alexander Hernandez on the UFC’s upcoming ESPN+ debut show, which takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Jan. 19. The matchup was first reported by MMAjunkie.
Submitted Dec 8, 2018 6:30PM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
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Diego Ferreira draws short-notice replacement Kyle Nelson for UFC 231
Diego Ferreira will be competing this Saturday after all. The Brazilian lightweight had already lost one scheduled opponent for UFC 231 when John Makdessi withdrew from their bout and was replaced by Jesse Ronson last week. Then on Tuesday, Ronson announced on social media that he was pulled from the Ferreira fight due to being deemed unfit to safely make the cut down to 156 pounds.
Submitted Dec 6, 2018 12:56AM by JLS - 1 comment
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Conor McGregor granted continuance in Nevada Athletic Commission case
Conor McGregor will not be in Las Vegas next week as expected. The UFC star’s legal team asked for and was granted a continuance in his Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) case in relation to the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, sources told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. Therefore, McGregor will not be at the NAC meeting for a disciplinary hearing Monday, nor will his potential sanction be discussed.
Submitted Dec 4, 2018 11:29PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Max Holloway confident health issues behind him as UFC 231 nears
Everyone knows it has been a forgettable year for UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway. After claiming the 145-pound title and defending it once in 2017, Holloway (19-3) has failed to even make it to competition this year.
Submitted Nov 29, 2018 5:50PM by tildengolfer - 1 comment
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UFC confirms Ben Askren vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 on Jan. 26
The UFC has confirmed the welterweight matchup between Ben Askren and Robbie Lawler. Earlier this month, it was reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that multi-promotion MMA champion Ben Askren would be making his UFC debut against Robbie Lawler at UFC 233.
Submitted Nov 29, 2018 12:56PM by JLS - 2 comments
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Anderson Silva, Israel Adesanya verbally agree to UFC 234 bout in Australia
A middleweight fight between an icon and one of the division’s future stars is heading to Australia. Former champion Anderson Silva and rising star Israel Adesanya have verbally agreed to face each other at UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial report by ESPN. Adesanya (15-0), a multiple-time kickboxing champion, is coming off a violent first-round finish over Derek Brunson at UFC 230 earlier this month. This victory not only kept the New Zealand native’s perfect record intact but marked his 13th victory by KO/TKO. Prior to that performance, Adesanya picked up wins over Brad Tavares, Marvin Vettori and Rob Wilkinson.
Submitted Nov 25, 2018 10:25PM by JLS - 7 comments
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Raoni Barcelos vs. Chris Gutierrez added to The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale in Las Vegas
As expected, a bantamweight matchup between Raoni Barcelos (12-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Chris Gutierrez (12-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has been added to this month’s The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale. UFC officials recently announced the contest, which takes place on Nov. 30 at Pearl Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The complete bout order has yet to be revealed, but the featured bouts are on FS1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Nov 25, 2018 8:16PM by JLS - 0 comments
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John Kavanagh: Conor McGregor was offered $5M to fight Chinese kickboxer
With the combat sports rumor mill buzzing about Floyd Mayweather’s on-again-off-again kickboxing exhibition bout with Japanese star Tenshin Nasukawa, it’s only natural that his rivals might be feeling left out. That may explain why John Kavanagh dropped a rumor of his own in a recent interview about his student and good friend Conor McGregor, who just so happened to be the other half of Mayweather’s August 2017 crossover boxing bout that did blockbuster numbers. The former UFC two-division champion has already weighed in on Mayweather’s potential Rizin Fighting Federation meeting with Nasukawa, and now his coach is saying that “The Notorious” is no stranger to receiving wild offers himself.
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 3:00PM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Sean O’Malley says right now he’s ‘making around $4,500 a month through gaming’
Sean O’Malley is trying to stay positive while he’s stuck on the sidelines. The undefeated 24-year-old bantamweight is currently serving a six-month suspension handed out by the Nevada Athletic Commission after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ostarine in a September drug test ahead of his UFC 229 fight against Jose Quinonez — a test result that O’Malley believes to be the result of a tainted supplement.
Submitted Nov 22, 2018 2:58PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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LFA Champion Kevin Aguilar Signs with the UFC, Faces Rick Glenn at the TUF 28 Finale
Add another fighter to the list of LFA champions who have received the call up to the UFC. It is being reported that Kevin Aguilar, the LFA Featherweight champion, will step in for an injured Arnold Allen to face Rick Glenn at the TUF 28 Finale. Currently on a 7-fight winning streak, Aguilar’s most recent win was a split decision victory on this past season’s Dana White’s Contender Series. Prior to that fight, Aguilar had finished 4 of his 6 opponents, which included a first round knockout over Than Le at LFA 40 to unify the featherweight titles.
Submitted Nov 20, 2018 9:43AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Ostovich attacked in Hawaii
UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich -- who was scheduled to fight Paige VanZant in January -- was attacked in Hawaii and sources tell us it was so serious, she's being hospitalized for major injuries.
Submitted Nov 19, 2018 3:28AM by Schatte - 1 comment
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UFC Argentina bonuses: Two Argentine natives cash $50,000 checks
A pair of Argentinian fighters were among the bonus winners at the UFC’s debut event in the South American nation. Argentina’s Laureano Staropoli and Mexico’s Hector Aldana shared “Fight of the Night” honors, while Argentina’s Santiago Ponzinibbio and Brazil’s Johnny Walker each earned “Performance of the Night” honors at UFC Fight Night 140, which took place Saturday at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.
Submitted Nov 18, 2018 9:54AM by JLS - 0 comments
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Sean O'Malley suspended six months, eligible to return on March 6
Sean O'Malley has been suspended six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following an anti-doping violation flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC bantamweight was also ordered to pay costs and fees of $472.42 associated with his case.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:25AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
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Donald Cerrone vs. Conor McGregor? 'Cowboy' says he's 'just waiting on him'
Is a fight between Donald Cerrone and Conor McGregor in the works? “Cowboy” just hinted that it might very well be.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:23AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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Justin Gaethje vs. Anthony Pettis targeted for early 2019
The UFC is in the process of booking a lightweight showdown between Justin Gaethje and Anthony Pettis. Following an initial report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, sources confirmed that the lightweight matchup is in the works to MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al Shatti, and is being targeted for early 2019.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:19AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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UFC Denver draws best FS1 Fight Night ratings in almost six months
“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung’s third strong Fight of the Year contender of his career continued his run as a legitimate television ratings draw. Jung’s loss to Yair Rodriguez, which headlined Saturday night’s 25th anniversary show in Denver, drew 840,000 viewers. Rodriguez defeated Jung via last-second knockout in what may have been the greatest finish in UFC history. The ratings were the best FOX Sports 1 Fight Night total since the Kamaru Usman vs. Demian Maia fight drew 870,000 viewers on May 19, and they marked the fourth-best Saturday night prime time number so far in 2018.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:15AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Miesha Tate says move to ONE partly because she doesn’t ‘identify’ with the ‘sh*t show’ western promotion has become
Miesha Tate is beginning a brand new journey. A retired women’s MMA legend and former UFC bantamweight champion, Tate agreed to a deal last week that will see her join ONE Championship in an executive role as vice president. Tate is expected to serve as both a color commentator and brand ambassador for the Singapore-based promotion, and she and her significant other, MMA fighter Johnny Nunez, have begun the process of moving to Singapore.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:13AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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Dillon Danis, two others receive extensions on temporary suspensions for UFC 229 brawl involvement
Dillon Danis and two other fighters involved in the brawl that followed the UFC 229 main event will be out of competition for a little while longer as they await further judgment. At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, the committee ruled that Danis, Zubaira Tukhugov, and Abubakar Nurmagomedov will all receive extensions on their current suspensions pending a disciplinary hearing, which is expected to take place at a future NAC meeting in either December or January.
Submitted Nov 15, 2018 12:11AM by grappler0000 - 0 comments
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