Lawler-MacDonald II voted best fight in UFC history
The fans have spoken. The best fight in UFC history is Robbie Lawler's epic welterweight title defense against Rory MacDonald at UFC 189 on July 11, 2015.
Lawler vs. MacDonald narrowly edged Jon Jones' light heavyweight title defense against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in the Final Four portion of fan voting, which drew more than 18,000 votes on ESPN.com.
Henri Hooft says Anthony Johnson’s post-MMA career ‘has to do with football’
Anthony Johnson may not be aiming to be the next great linebacker for the Los Angeles Rams, but according to Johnson’s longtime head coach Henri Hooft, the next career for the newly retired UFC light heavyweight contender still has something to do with the gridiron.
“I’m not going to go into details, because I don’t know the real details, but everybody sees his (social media) pages and it has to do with football,” Hooft said Monday on The MMA Hour. “I don’t know, I didn’t really discuss the details, but he seems to be busy with this for awhile and enjoying it. It has something to do, totally different than with MMA, and I think if you really want to stop fighting, you really need to step away from it, because if you keep hanging in there, you’ll probably get lured back in there.
Anthony Johnson’s team to file official appeal regarding Daniel Cormier’s UFC 210 weigh-in
The controversy surrounding UFC 210’s early morning weigh-ins is not yet over.
Anthony Johnson intends to file an official complaint with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) within “the next 24 hours” over the actions of UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier last Friday and the handling of the weigh-in proceedings by the commission. Johnson’s lawyer, Craig Zimmerman, confirmed the news with MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial ESPN report.
Daniel Cormier explains controversial UFC 210 weigh-in
Regardless of your take on what went down at the chaotic UFC 210 official weigh-ins Friday in Buffalo, on one item, there’s little room for dispute: UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier had one brutal weight cut.
Cormier initially weighed in at 206.2 pounds, 1.2 pounds above the division’s championship weight limit, then re-weighed less then three minutes later at 205 on the nose, making his matchup with challenger Anthony Johnson official...
UFC 210 official weigh-in results: Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson official after Cormier's second try
MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
-Champ Daniel Cormier (205) vs. Anthony Johnson (203.8) – for light-heavyweight title
-Gegard Mousasi (185.8) vs. Chris Weidman (185.8)
-Cynthia Calvillo (115.6) vs. Pearl Gonzalez (116)
-Thiago Alves (170.6) vs. Patrick Cote (170)
-Will Brooks (155.4) vs. Charles Oliveira (152.8)
PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
-Mike De La Torre (146) vs. Myles Jury (145)
-Sean Strickland (170) vs. Kamaru Usman (170.2)
-Shane Burgos (146) vs. Charles Rosa (145.2)
-Jan Blachowicz (204.2) vs. Patrick Cummins (205.4)
PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:15 p.m. ET)
-Gregor Gillespie (154.8) vs. Andrew Holbrook (156)
-Josh Emmett (155.6) vs. Desmond Green (154.2)
-Irene Aldana (135.6) vs. Katlyn Chookagian (134.8)
-Magomed Bibulatov (126) vs. Jenel Lausa (124.8)
NYSAC pulls Pearl Gonzalez from UFC card due to breast implants
Things just got even more bizarre in Buffalo.
Minutes after Daniel Cormier controversially made weight on his second attempt, the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) pulled Pearl Gonzalez from UFC 210 on Friday morning because she has breast implants, sources told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani. The commission does not allow fighters to compete with implants, per their rules.
Gonzalez was supposed to face Cynthia Calvillo on the UFC 210 main card Saturday night at KeyBank Arena.
UFC 210 weigh-ins end with a scare
The official UFC 210 weigh-ins stream live from the UFC host hotel in Buffalo, NY at 9:00 a.m. ET, courtesy of MMAjunkie. The ceremonial weigh-in and faceoffs will stream courtesy of the UFC live at 4:00 p.m. ET from KeyBank Center in Buffalo, the same venue that hosts Saturday’s event.
The dual weigh-ins mean fighters have longer to rehydrate in the morning, but still can do the afternoon ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffs that have become a tradition in the UFC.
There was a scare when Cormier and Johnson weighed in with only minutes left. DC weighed in at 206.2, but returned two minutes later and was 205. Johnson then weighed in with seconds to go at 203.8 and the entire card was official.
Gastelum pulled from Silva fight over positive test for THC
The UFC’s independent drug testing agency does not test for recreational drugs outside of competition. However, marijuana is tested for in-competition. Alcohol is treated similarly – you are not tested for alcohol out of competition, but are prohibited from fighting while drunk.
Mandatory Guidelines for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Programs have a cutoff of 50 ng/ML. World Anti-Doping Agency has a threshold of 150 ng/ML. USADA uses 180 ng/ML. And UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum tested positive above that level during his last fight, which was in March. As a consequence, Gastelum has been pulled from his fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 212.
UFC signs Filipino fighter CJ de Tomas to face Japanese prospect in Singapore fight card
ANOTHER Filipino fighter in CJ de Tomas made it to the UFC as he's slated to take on Japanese MMA prospect Naoki Inoue in UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore on June 17.
De Tomas, the reigning URCC flyweight champion, was signed by the MMA giant last Friday and was confirmed on the fight card on Monday.
At 8-0, de Tomas will be the fourth homegrown Filipino to make it to the big league after Dave Galera, Mark Eddiva and Jenel Lausa cracked the organization in the past few years.
ESPN Report: Donald Cerrone-Robbie Lawler Rebooked for UFC 213 Showdown in Las Vegas
According to a Monday report by ESPN.com's Brett Okamoto, the former Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight champion will take on the former UFC lightweight challenger at UFC 213.
UFC 213 is slated for July 8 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
The all-action pairing was originally slated for UFC 205, the UFC's debut at Madison Square Garden in New York City this past November. However, the former UFC 170-pound kingpin decided he needed more time off following his July knockout loss to Tyron Woodley and opted out of the bout.
Tony Ferguson ‘Needs Assurances’ to Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov
UFC matchmakers have put together a fight between top lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson three times, but the two have still never fought. They were first slated to meet at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in December 15, but Nurmagomedov pulled out of the bout due to injury. Bout agreements were signed for them to fight at UFC on FOX 19 in April 2016, but Ferguson was forced out of the event with a health issue...
Freddie Roach: Conor McGregor is final opponent in Georges St-Pierre’s three-fight plan
Freddie Roach has spoken about Georges St-Pierre’s step-by-step comeback plan before. He mentioned it on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani last month.
Now, GSP’s boxing coach, and someone who helped him negotiate his new deal with the UFC, has revealed the final part of that plan. St-Pierre signed a three-fight deal with the promotion earlier this year. And the final bout on that deal, GSP hopes, is one against Conor McGregor, Roach told Fight Hub this week...