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UFC champion Stipe Miocic tells Daniel Cormier and other critics to ‘stop crying’
Stipe Miocic wants to make one thing crystal clear — he absolutely wants to fight. The problem facing the UFC heavyweight champion is a matter of bad timing. First, he was forced to undergo a procedure to repair a torn retina following his rematch with Daniel Cormier last year that put him out of action for several months. Then just when Miocic started to get his full range of vision back as he returned to training for a proposed trilogy against Cormier, the coronavirus pandemic swept the country and he was forced to follow stay-at-home orders with gyms across Ohio being shut down by order of the governor. Since that time, Miocic has said numerous times that he plans to fight again as soon as he’s able to put together a training camp but that hasn’t stopped a long list of heavyweights from criticizing him for not returning sooner.
Submitted May 22, 2020 8:47PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Dana White reveals UFC planning on ‘three or four’ consecutive cards when ‘Fight Island’ debuts
The UFC will be very busy once “Fight Island” is officially up and running. On Friday, UFC President Dana White offered an update on plans to hold several cards on a private island starting in June. Just after the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe and crippled international travel, White and UFC co-owner Ari Emanuel devised a plan to host events on “Fight Island” to provide a home for athletes who would be unable to get into the United States. The infrastructure is currently being built on the island with White previously confirming plans for a full training facility as well as an arena where the events will be held. Unless something changes, White anticipates the first event on “Fight Island” to happen within the next several weeks.
Submitted May 22, 2020 8:44PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Joseph Benavidez, Deiveson Figueiredo to rematch for vacant UFC flyweight belt in July
The UFC will make a second attempt at crowning a new flyweight champion this summer. Top contender Joseph Benavidez and Deiveson Figueiredo will run it back for the vacant 125-pound belt in July. A date is still being finalized, but the bout is expected to take place July 18, according to person with knowledge of the situation told MMA Junkie. The person requested anonymity since the UFC has yet to make an official announcement. The UFC’s July 18 event does not have a location or venue at this time.
Submitted May 22, 2020 8:37PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White announces full UFC on ESPN 9 lineup for May 30 in Las Vegas
UFC on ESPN 9 has a full lineup and location to go with its May 30 date, even if it doesn’t officially have approval from a governing body. On Thursday, UFC president Dana White announced the event – headlined by a previously reported welterweight clash between ex-champion Tyron Woodley and Gilbert Burns – will take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. At the moment, combat sports have yet to be reinstated in Nevada, but that is expected to happen next Wednesday during a Nevada Athletic Commission meeting.
Submitted May 22, 2020 8:34PM by Braden - 1 comment
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UFC 249, upcoming events postponed due to coronavirus pandemic, Dana White promises ‘Fight Island’ will proceed
UFC 249 has been cancelled and all upcoming UFC events have been postponed indefinitely. The stunning reversal comes just days after UFC president Dana White confirmed plans to move forward with events starting with the card planned on April 18. The UFC has now decided to postpone all of its upcoming shows with no timeline for when the promotion will return to action.
Submitted Apr 9, 2020 7:31PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Manager: Rose Namajunas withdrew from UFC 249 after COVID-19 deaths in family
Personal tragedies led to the withdrawal of ex-UFC champ Rose Namajunas from UFC 249, her manager said on Thursday. One day after her reported withdrawal for “undisclosed reasons,” Namajunas’ rep issued a statement via Instagram to clear the air. He said Namajunas lost two family members as the result of the coronavirus and asked fans for their privacy.
Submitted Apr 9, 2020 7:30PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Rose Namajunas out of UFC 249 co-main event against Jessica Andrade
The co-main event at UFC 249 has taken a major hit as former strawweight champion Rose Namajunas has been forced out of her upcoming rematch against Jessica Andrade. Multiple sources close to the contest confirmed the information to MMA Fighting on Wednesday following an initial report from Combate. At this time there’s been no reason revealed for Namajunas’ withdrawal but she will not be competing on April 18 as scheduled. With Namajunas out, Andrade will now wait to find out if the UFC can secure her a last minute opponent for the card. Andrade and her team had already traveled from Brazil to the United States to avoid any possible restrictions that could come as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Submitted Apr 8, 2020 8:20PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Justin Gaethje confident he can finish Tony Ferguson at UFC 249: 'When I hit him, he'll go to sleep'
Justin Gaethje may be stepping on short notice at UFC 249, but he’s confident that if he connects, it’ll be game over for Tony Ferguson. Gaethje (21-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) faces Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC) at an unknown location for the UFC interim lightweight title after champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced off the card due to the travel restrictions currently imposed in Russia during the COVID-19 pandemic. It’ll be Gaethje’s first shot at UFC gold, and the former World Series of Fighting champion has looked better than ever, finishing each of his last three opponents in the first round. He knows the durable Ferguson won’t be an easy challenge, but Gaethje is riding a ton of confidence from his recent results, and aims to put Ferguson away.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 3:06PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Marvin Vettori vs. Karl Roberson moved to April 25 UFC Fight Night event
Two UFC middleweights displaced by the coronavirus pandemic have been united on a different card. Marvin Vettori and Karl Roberson are set to meet on April 25 at a UFC Fight Night card with a yet-unannounced location that’s expected to be announced shortly, multiple people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Fighting. The people asked for anonymity because the bouts are not yet public.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:54PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ion Cutelaba vs. Ovince Saint Preux targeted for UFC Fight Night card on April 25
The updated UFC 249 card no longer includes Ion Cutelaba, but that doesn’t mean “The Hulk” won’t enter the Octagon in April. Cutelaba and Ovince Saint Preux have verbally agreed to meet at the UFC Fight Night card scheduled for April 25 at a yet-to-be-announced location, multiple sources told MMA Fighting.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:53PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Julia Avila vs. Karol Rosa targeted for UFC Fight Night event on May 2
The UFC is continuing to build their upcoming fight cards, including the event for May 2. Multiple sources tell MMA Fighting that a women’s bantamweight bout between Julia Avila and Karol Rosa — originally set to take place at UFC Portland April 11 — is being targeted for the promotion’s May 2 event. Per sources, verbal agreements are in place with contracts expected to be issued soon.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:52PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White says Tony Ferguson vs. Justin Gaethje for an interim title at UFC 249 is a 'no-brainer'
The UFC will crown a new interim lightweight champion once again. After undisputed lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov ended up stuck in Dagestan – and forced out of UFC 249 – due to his home nation’s travel ban, the promotion swiftly found Tony Ferguson a new opponent, in the form of top contender Justin Gaethje. As well as being a replacement main event, the fight will also feature a replacement title, with UFC president Dana White announcing that Ferguson’s tussle with Gaethje would be for a newly-instituted interim 155-pound title. White said making the replacement matchup was an easy task.
Submitted Apr 7, 2020 2:51PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Valentina Shevchenko injured; UFC 251 title fight vs. Joanne Calderwood on hold
UFC women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will not be defending her belt at UFC 251. Her flyweight title defense against Joanne Calderwood, slated for June 6 in Perth, Australia, is on hold because of an undisclosed injury, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity since the UFC has yet to make an announcement. The fight is expected to be rescheduled, although a date to rebook hasn’t been set. Calderwood first revealed the development Tuesday in an interview with MMA Fighting.
Submitted Mar 31, 2020 5:56PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Khabib Nurmagomedov stranded in Russia, says the UFC is looking to continue UFC 249 ‘with or without me’
For weeks, UFC President Dana White has insisted that UFC 249 and the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson would proceed as planned. But now that’s looking less and less likely. In a recent Instagram Live, the UFC lightweight champion revealed that he is currently stranded in Dagestan. Nurmagomedov had been training in the United States but flew home when the UFC told him the fight would not be taking place in the U.S.. Now, Khabib is back in Russia and unable to fly out due to a travel ban instituted by his home country.
Submitted Mar 31, 2020 5:49PM by Braden - 3 comments
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UFC champion Jon Jones arrested for aggravated DWI, negligent use of firearm in Albuquerque
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was arrested by Albuquerque Police early Thursday morning for aggravated DWI as well as negligent use of a firearm. According to arrest records obtained by MMA Fighting on Thursday, Jones was picked up just past 1 a.m. local time and based on booking information, he’s already been released from custody. He is due back in court on April 8 for a bond arraignment hearing, per Bernalillo County district attorney spokesperson Michael Patrick.
Submitted Mar 27, 2020 1:36PM by Braden - 4 comments
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Journey Newson’s 38-second KO at UFC 247 overturned to no-decision, manager says positive pot test to blame
Journey Newson’s 38-second knockout at UFC 247 has been wiped from the record books. According to records obtained by MMA Fighting from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, Newson’s victory over Domingo Pilarte has been overturned to a no-decision. ESPN initially reported the news on Wednesday.
Submitted Mar 27, 2020 1:19PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Jorge Masvidal disregards ATT’s trash talk ban to blast Colby Covington: ‘That dude is no fighter’
Jorge Masvidal is fine not trash-talking fighters at American Top Team. He’s just making it clear he has his own definition of a fighter, and that doesn’t include Colby Covington. This past weekend, American Top Team owner Dan Lambert laid down a “zero tolerance” policy in regards to the verbal battles that’ve been waged among the team’s fighters, including Masvidal and Covington. The former friends and roommates have become bitter enemies who’ve repeatedly voiced their disdain for one another. The welterweights’ animosity has seemingly grown with their star power. As recently as this past week, Covington hurled insults at Masvidal before the trash talk ban was announced. Responding directly to the MMA Fighting story about the new policy on social media, Masvidal took the opportunity to drive the hatchet further into his feud with Covington rather than bury it.
Submitted Mar 25, 2020 12:57AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White plans to resume full schedule after UFC 249, potentially host weekday fights for postponed events
Dana White sees UFC activity returning to normal in the coming weeks. Despite coronavirus concerns and experts predicting the outbreak could very well last months in the U.S., the UFC president plans to resume his promotion’s fight schedule in full beginning with UFC 249 on April 18.
Submitted Mar 25, 2020 12:49AM by Braden - 0 comments
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Dana White says location set for closed-door UFC 249, won’t reveal location
UFC 249 has a location, but where that is remains a secret. UFC President Dana White on Monday told veteran combat sports journalist Kevin Iole that the April 18 pay-per-view will take place on its originally scheduled date, behind closed doors. Only the city and venue remain a mystery.
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:19PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Mairbek Taisumov, Tonya Evinger among 13 fighters no longer on UFC roster
Mairbek Taisumov and former title contender Tonya Evinger are among 13 fighters recently purged from the UFC roster. Here is the full list of fighters no longer part of the UFC roster,
Submitted Mar 24, 2020 2:17PM by Braden - 0 comments
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