Odds and Ends

December 2nd, 2016
James Lynch

UFC reschedules Anaheim event; UFC 209 becomes UFC 208 UFC officials announced Thursday that the scheduled Jan. 21 PPV event in Anaheim (UFC 208) has been rescheduled for Aug. 5. The original date was slated to go up against Bellator’s Tito Ortiz vs. Chael Sonnen headliner at the Forum in Inglewood, CA. As a result, the Feb. 11 card in…

December 1st, 2016
James Lynch

MMAAA Conference Call  Georges St-Pierre, Tim Kennedy, Cain Velasquez, Donald Cerrone, T.J. Dillashaw and former Bellator MMA President Bjorn Rebney announced Thursday the start of the MMA Athletes Association. Listen to the full conference call below.     Tim Elliott wins ‘TUF 24’, faces Demetrious Johnson Saturday at TUF 24 Finale The main event for The…

November 30th, 2016
James Lynch

Bryan Caraway vs. Jimmie Rivera in the works for UFC Fight Night 103  Our very own Gabe Killian broke the news Tuesday that bantamweights Bryan Caraway and Jimmie Rivera are set to clash in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix. Caraway (21-7) heads into the matchup off back-to-back wins against Eddie Wineland…

November 29th, 2016
James Lynch

Emmanuel Sanchez injured, AJ McKee now fights Ray Wood Friday at Bellator 166  Bellator officials announced Monday that Emmanuel Sanchez (13-3) has been forced off Friday’s Bellator 166 card due to injury. As a result, AJ McKee will take on Ray Wood. McKee (5-0) endures his second straight fight with an opponent switch. Back at…

November 28th, 2016
James Lynch

TUF 24’s Matt Schnell steps up to fight Rob Font UFC officials announced Sunday that TUF 24 contestant Matt Schnell will move up to bantamweight to battle Rob Font, replacing the injured Alejandro Perez. Schnell (9-2) lost to Tim Elliott in the quarterfinals of Season 24 of The Ultimate Fighter. Prior to that, he was…

November 25th, 2016
James Lynch

Rob Font needs new opponent with Alejandro Perez off TUF 24 Finale due to injury  MMAJunkie broke the news Thursday that Alejandro Perez has been forced to withdraw from the TUF 24 Finale. As the result, the UFC is currently seeking a replacement for Rob Font who is still scheduled to compete on the card….

November 24th, 2016
James Lynch

Aljamain Sterling, Tatiana Suarez both off UFC Fight Night 102 due to injury  UFC Fight Night Albany has took a big hit on Wednesday. An injury to top bantamweight Aljamain Sterling (12-1) has forced the New York native off the card against Raphael Assuncao (23-5) according to MMAJunkie. In addition the report notes that the UFC will be…

November 23rd, 2016
James Lynch

UFC Sao Paulo’s Darren Stewart vs. Francimar Barroso ruled a “No Contest”  Following his first round TKO loss to Darren Stewart this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 100, Francimar Barroso filed an official complaint Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA). The commission then changed the result of the fight to a “No Contest.” CABMMA released the…

November 22nd, 2016
James Lynch

Yair Rodriguez vs. BJ Penn headlines UFC Fight Night Phoenix on January 15th  UFC officials announced Monday that Hall-of-Famer BJ Penn will battle Yair Rodriguez in the main event of UFC Fight Night Phoenix on January 15th. Penn (16-10-2) hasn’t fought since losing his third straight fight to Frankie Edgar in July 2014. The 37-year-old…

November 21st, 2016
James Lynch

Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira II full video highlights  UFC Fight Night 99 post-fight press conference video Keri Anne Melendez wins MMA debut  47 seconds at Bellator 165 via @jnsanchez Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (Gilbert Melendez’s wife) just starched her opponent in her MMA debut. #Bellator165pic.twitter.com/1rFTJK8RV0 — Josh Sánchez (@jnsanchez) November 20, 2016 ‘Baby Slice” Kevin Ferguson…

November 18th, 2016
James Lynch

Ian McCall forced off UFC Fight Night 99 due to illness  Ian McCall can’t catch a break. The UFC flyweight was once again pulled from an upcoming fight due to an illness according to MMAJunkie. This time he’s been removed from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 99 matchup against Neil Seery. McCall (13-5-1) has now had his third straight fight cancelled. He…

November 17th, 2016
James Lynch

Lyoto Machida suspended 18 months for USADA doping violation  Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has been suspended 18 months for accepting a USADA doping violation. Officials announced the suspension, which is retroactive to April 8th this year. USADA released the following statement. “USADA announced today that UFC athlete, Lyoto Machida, of Salvador, Brazil, has…

November 16th, 2016
James Lynch

Colleen Schneider signs with Bellator  MMAJunkie reported Tuesday that MMA veteran Colleen Schneider (girlfriend of UFC heavyweight Josh Barnett) has signed with Bellator. Schneider (10-7) will be making her promotional debut at flyweight, and she’s primarily fought at bantamweight previously. Bellator now has a nice stable of flyweights, including Ilima-Lei Macfarlane, Anastasia Yankova and Lena Ovchynnikova. Schneider is slated to make…

November 15th, 2016
James Lynch

Zubaira Tukhugov removed from UFC Fight Night 102 for potential USADA violation UFC officials announced Monday that featherweight Zubaira Tukhugov has been flagged for a potential anti-doping violation and removed from next month’s UFC Fight Night 102 card. USADA informed Tukhugov of a potential violation from an out-of-competition test on September 7th and October 29th. As a result,…

March 25th, 2016
Brian Hemminger

Jessica Eye vs Sara McMann set for UFC Fight Night 88 Announced last night via UFC Tonight on Fox Sports 1, former women’s bantamweight title challenger Sara McMann will look to get back to her winning ways against Ohio’s own Jessica Eye. Both Eye and McMann are on two-fight losing streaks, having both lost to…

August 5th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

UFC kept everyone busy with a plethora of fight announcements yesterday including three for the upcoming UFC 192 pay-per-view. Here’s a look at them: Matt Brown vs Kelvin Gastelum, TUF: Latin America 2 Finale Kelvin Kastelum is getting another chance to compete at welterweight. Fresh off a dominant performance at middleweight over former Strikeforce champion and…

August 3rd, 2015
Brian Hemminger

After a very exciting weekend of fights which showcased UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey’s tremendous starpower, the promotion announced an upcoming main event for a future Fight Night show in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Dan Henderson vs Vitor Belfort 3, UFC Fight Night, November 7th These men met for the first time at Pride 32…

July 30th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

An upcoming pay-per-view has a pretty huge heavyweight fight in the works. Posted below are my thoughts on the potential battle of former champions: Andrei Arlovski vs Frank Mir, UFC 191 The upcoming Demetrious Johnson-headlined event in early September is looking to add more star power and both Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir will provide…

June 8th, 2015
Adam Martin.

A few new UFC fights were announced over the weekend. Here they are, along with my thoughts on each. Beneil Dariush vs. Michael Johnson, UFC Fight Night 73 A lightweight bout between top-ranked contenders Beneil Dariush and Michael Johnson will likely serve as the co-main event for UFC Fight Night 73, which goes down August…

November 1st, 2013
Brian Hemminger

Chael Sonnen was given more fodder on Antonio Rogerio Nogueira when “Lil Nog” pulled out of a planned bout against Alexander Gustafsson over four months in advance yesterday citing lingering back issues. Nogueira has a long history of pulling out of fights, notably backing out of bouts against Rich Franklin, Mauricio Rua and a previous…