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November 23rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

On Saturday night, the UFC expanded their Mexican operations beyond Mexico City for the first time. The Octagon touched down in Monterrey, Mexico for UFC Fight Night 78, which doubled as the finale for another season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America’. After a fun start to the card, viewers were treated to eight consecutive…

November 17th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Aside from Bellator announcing a pair of squash matches for their upcoming Bellator 148 card — headlined by Josh Koscheck and Paul Daley… not fighting each other, of course — Monday night and Tuesday were slow news days. However, the weekend provided quite a few announcements that ended up getting lost in the shuffle of…

November 16th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

In the minds of many, there were very few ways for UFC 193 to live up to the billing that the organization had promoted it with. While Melbourne’s Etihad Stadium is larger than Toronto’s Rogers Centre, and the event ended up drawing the biggest attendance in UFC history, there wasn’t the same type of energy…

November 13th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

There were a couple fight announcements yesterday, but the biggest news coming out of Thursday night was the fact that the scheduled ONE FC 32 welterweight title bout was cancelled. The bout was set to be a rematch of Ben Askren and Luis Santos, after their bout earlier this year ended in a no contest…

November 12th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

On Tuesday it was announced that Mirko ‘CroCop’ Filipovic had pulled out of his schedule fight at UFC Fight Night 79 and also announced his retirement from MMA (again). It was thought that the decision was made in large part due to injury, however some additional news surfaced yesterday that changes the picture a bit….

November 11th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Former TUF runner-up Ramsey Nijem was one of many fighters the UFC released recently in their effort to purge a bloated roster. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Nijem stated that he believes his release had less to do with his performances than his unwillingness to agree to put his name next to some of…

November 4th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

For the second time in less than three months, Neil Magny will be stepping in on short notice for a high-profile UFC bout. Back in August, Magny quickly put the thrashing he received at the hands of Demian Maia in the rear-view mirror by stepping up just three weeks later to defeat Erick Silva in…

November 3rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It’s good to be back, and it’s good to see MMA hasn’t changed in the couple of weeks I’ve been gone. Injuries and personal drama seem to be the order of the day, just as they always were. The biggest news coming out Monday night is that UFC welterweight contender Matt Brown is out of…

October 14th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

We covered the loss of the huge upcoming heavyweight co-main event for UFC Fight Night 76 yesterday with the announcement that Stipe Miocic was forced to back out of his fight against Ben Rothwell, but there’s more to the story and a few other fight announcements/injuries to go over today. UFC appears to be looking…

October 9th, 2015
Gabe Killian

In an interview with MMAFighting, UFC women’s bantamweight Jessica Andrade revealed that she would be making the jump from bantamweight all the way down to the strawweight division. It is not a move she desired, as in a previous interview she said that cutting down to 115-pounds would be “too much” for her. However, that…

October 7th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

We’ve known since Bellator — I legitimately began typing Strikeforce, and had to correct myself — 142 that Fedor Emelianenko would be making his return to MMA at the end of the year in Japan. He’ll be the centerpiece to former PRIDE president Nobuyuki Sakakibara’s first foray back into the sport in many years. However…

October 6th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

I had a difficult time determining what news was more “noteworthy” for today, but I decided to lead with the guy who is actually a fighter. Michael Page finally has his next bout with Bellator booked. His fight is scheduled to take place on October 23rd at Bellator 144, so his opponent Charlie Ontiveros only…

October 5th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Saturday night saw UFC 192 take place from the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It was a card that started impressively — with five of the seven prelims ending via stoppage — and ended even more so, as Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson traded shots for 25 minutes in an incredibly entertaining light heavyweight title…

October 2nd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It seems that the UFC’s new drug-testing program, and its partner USADA have been quietly getting to work. It was released on Wednesday that 50 fighters have been tested through the new program since July 1st, with 81 tests being administered in total. The list of tested fighters is available via USADA’s website, and it…

October 1st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Somewhere along the way, Uriah Hall and Donald Cerrone must have switched bodies, because Hall has been acting very much like ‘Cowboy’ in terms of his fight bookings lately. After Roan Carneiro pulled out of his scheduled fight with Gegard Mousasi little more than a month out, Hall stepped in to take the fight. As…

September 30th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Tuesday was headlined by yet another fighter appearing in court, although this hearing had a more favorable result for the party in question. UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was given what amounted to little more than a light tap on the wrist for the accident he caused resulting in a pregnant woman breaking her…

September 28th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The bulk of the UFC’s booking work is done for the remainder of the year, and with a slow October looming before the year ends on a massive high note, there wasn’t much news over the weekend. That meant that the focus of the weekend were actual fights. While the UFC’s latest offering for the…

September 25th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Aljamain Sterling is one of the brightest prospects in the UFC right now, but he may not be for long. Sterling posted on his facebook page yesterday that he feels his “shot” to make it big in MMA may be slipping through his fingers even though he is still just 26 years old. He sent…

September 23rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Former Bellator champion Michael Chandler looked much the part of his former self when he rebounded from three consecutive losses to batter Derek Campos back in June. He has a golden opportunity to build off that momentum moving forward, as his next bout will be featured on Bellator 145 against David Rickels. The booking is…

September 22nd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

It was a slow day in MMA on Monday, and that made the timing of Josh Gross’ A Sketchy Drug Test… all the more potent. Gross brought some documents to light from back in 2012 prior to Jon Jones defending his light heavyweight title against Vitor Belfort that are fairly damning for the UFC. First…

September 21st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

After rumors emerged a few weeks ago that Fedor Emelianenko was set to sign with the UFC, and could have been debuting with the organization as early as UFC 193 in Australia, “The Last Emperor” himself put those talks to bed. On Saturday night during Bellator Dynamite! the former PRIDE champion announced that he would…

September 18th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC has designs on making the weekend surrounding the Jose Aldo/Conor McGregor featherweight title fight their biggest and busiest ever. Recently they announced that there would be UFC cards held on three consecutive days leading up to UFC 194. Frankie Edgar and Chad Mendes are already slated to fill the main event spot of…

September 16th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Perhaps the world’s top welterweight outside of the UFC got his latest assignment recently, as ONE FC champion Ben Askren will be rematching his last opponent, Luis ‘Sapo’ Santos. The rescheduled bout is set for ONE FC 34 taking place in Singapore on November 13th. The first time Askren and Santos met, the bout resulted…

September 15th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

While the MMA community is still rightly focused on the aftermath of Nick Diaz’ hearing and subsequent five-year suspension at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Monday night was back to business as usual in terms of fight bookings. However, before we get to that, check out Nick Diaz’ thoughts on his time…

September 14th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Nearly eight months after his last appearance inside a cage, Nick Diaz finally had his hearing with the Nevada State Athletic Commission earlier today. To put it mildly, things did not go well for Mr. Diaz. While the punishment technically could have been more harsh, the commission effectively put an end to Diaz’ career as…

September 11th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Thursday’s news was mishmash from all across the board, with Bellator, WSOF, and Legacy, providing some material to the MMA world on a slow day for the UFC. Bellator made a couple of announcements regarding their ‘Dynamite!’ show. First, they released the rules for the light heavyweight tournament bouts, which state that the first round…

September 10th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

On Wednesday night, the UFC announced the bantamweight fight that everyone has been waiting to see ever since TJ Dillashaw dominated Renan Barao to capture 135lb gold. Dillashaw’s third title defense will come against the first ever UFC bantamweight champion, and a man who never lost the belt in the cage, Dominick Cruz. The card…

September 9th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC remained quiet on the news front on Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning (although, as predicted, more “news” came out about Conor McGregor), but at least the Bellator front office heard my pleas for something to talk about after yesterday’s slow news day and added a few bouts to their upcoming cards. First, Melvin…

September 8th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

The UFC’s heavyweight division is stuck once again, and this time Cain Velasquez isn’t the culprit. The oft-injured former champ is still slated to rematch Fabricio Werdum in an attempt to regain his title, but Werdum has told Dana White that he won’t be ready to fight until March. There has been no reason given…

September 5th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

In a bit of a surprise announcement (although there had been some rumours leading up to it), the UFC announced that strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk would be joining Ronda Rousey on UFC 193 scheduled for November 15th in Melbourne, Australia. The surprise wasn’t in the fact that the organization is attempting to tie their 115lb…

September 4th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

UFC 194 was already a fantastic card with three of the best, most intriguing bouts the organization could put together at the top of the event. The main event sees Jose Aldo defending his featherweight title against #1 contender Conor McGregor in perhaps the most hotly anticipated bout of the year. Joining that title fight…

September 3rd, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Conor McGregor was at it again last night. This time, in an appearance on UFC Tonight alongside Urijah Faber that was intended to hype the next season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ the conversation instead centered around the Irish interim champion. McGregor announced that after he beats someone named “Hosay” Aldo that he will move up…

September 2nd, 2015
Gabe Killian

Four months left in the year 2015, and the UFC’s calendar continues to fill up. Here are my thoughts on some recently booked match-ups… Fight: Paddy Holohan vs Louis Smolka Card: UFC Fight Night 76 Where: Saitama, Japan When: October 24, 2015 Thoughts: I love this fight. I think these flyweights are going to put…

September 1st, 2015
Brad Taschuk

About 10 minutes before this article was to be posted, the news officially broke that Fedor Emelianenko, the greatest heavyweight to ever compete in MMA, will be joining the UFC. Rumors are out there that Emelianenko may make his UFC debut at UFC 193 in Australia, in an effort to help Ronda Rousey and Holly…

August 28th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Back in May, Brandon Halsey missed weight for his scheduled middleweight title defense against Kendall Grove. He was subsequently stripped of the title, even after defeating the former TUF winner via fourth round TKO. Halsey’s actions left Bellator in a bit of a quandary, as putting anyone but Halsey — clearly the best middleweight on…

August 27th, 2015
Brad Taschuk

Perhaps we’re seeing the start of a trend here. In the past four days, two relatively successful MMA fighters under the age of 30 have stepped away from the sport. On Sunday — following his TKO victory over Sam Stout — it was Frankie Perez, and on Wednesday night, Jordan Mein announced his departure from…

August 7th, 2015
Brian Hemminger

After some headlining and co-headlining fights were announced yesterday for upcoming UFC pay-per-views, it’s time to start filling out the rest of the card. Here are the bouts announced over the past 24 hours: Andre Fili vs. Clay Collard, UFC 191 After both coming off of tough losses, featherweights Andre Fili and Clay Collard will…

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…

September 30th, 2014
Adam Martin.

Injuries to four fighters have shook up four upcoming UFC bouts, and for Tuesday’s MMA Odds and Ends I’ll give you the lowdown on which fighters are hurt, and who is replacing them. Patrick Holohan vs. Chris Kelades, UFC Fight Night 54 An injury to Louis Gaudinot forced him to withdraw from UFC Fight Night…

October 24th, 2013
Miguel

Last Friday, at the UFC 166 weigh ins, UFC Heavyweight Daniel Cormier hit the scales at 224 lbs for his match with Roy Nelson. Cormier did the job against Nelson, winning his bout, but the big news was his weight. For the Mir fight prior to this, Cormier weighed in at about 235 lbs. The…

April 11th, 2013
Adam Martin.

The UFC today announced three news fights for this coming summer, including a welterweight bout between contenders Tarec Saffiedine and Robbie Lawler, which will take place at UFC on FOX 8, which is set for July 27 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA. As well, a lightweight bout between Bobby Green and Danny Castillo was booked…

April 11th, 2013
Adam Martin.

The UFC has booked a fantastic welterweight bout for this coming summer. According to Spencer Kyte of Keyboard Kimura, the UFC has added a welterweight bout between top contenders Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger to the upcoming UFC on FOX 8 card, which takes place July 27 at KeyArena in Seattle, WA. The fight will…