MMA Odds and Ends

October 2nd, 2017
James Lynch

UFC officials announced that Louis Smolka will take on Matheus Nicolau at UFC 219 on Dec. 30 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Smolka (11-4) heads into this matchup on a three-fight skid, suffering losses to Tim Elliott, Ray Borg and Brandon Moreno. Pror to that losing streak, the Hawaiian had won five of…

January 3rd, 2017
Matty

Khabib Nurmagomedov offers Tony Ferguson $200,000 to fight him So far in 2017, a few high-profile UFC fighters seem to be taking it into their own hands — and mouths — to try to make some blockbuster matchups happen even if the organization has yet to approve them. Nothing has been formally planned out past…

April 12th, 2016
James Lynch

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Darrell Horcher will be at 160-pound catchweight Darrell Horcher told Ariel Helwani Monday on The MMA Hour, that he was 181-pounds when he got the call to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov. Because of this, both parties agreed to a 160-pound catchweight matchup instead of a lightweight contest. “That last five pounds is a big difference. Losing those…

April 7th, 2016
James Lynch

Miesha Tate defends women’s bantamweight title at UFC 200 against Amanda Nunes As announced on “UFC Tonight” Wednesday evening, newly crowned women’s bantamweight champion Miesha Tate defends her title against Amanda Nunes. Tate (18-5) captured the bantamweight title with a late submission finish over Holly Holm at UFC 196. Nunes (11-4) also fought on that event,…

April 6th, 2016
James Lynch

Tony Ferguson injured, fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov scrapped for UFC on FOX 19  MMAJunkie reports that Tony Ferguson is out of his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov due to injury and the matchup has been pulled from the card. With the injury news, Rashad Evans vs. Glover Teixeira now becomes a five-round fight and is the card’s new main event….

April 5th, 2016
James Lynch

Daniel Cormier offers OSP a training camp at AKA to prep for Jon Jones at UFC 197 Injured and off UFC 197, Daniel Cormier was on The MMA Hour Monday and revealed that he’s willing to fly Ovince St-Preux out to San Jose to train at American Kickboxing Academy. Hat tip to Zane Simon of BloodyElbow who has the transcript…

April 4th, 2016
James Lynch

Highlights from Saturday’s WSOF 30 event  Your browser does not support iframes.   UFC welterweight Neil Magny signs new UFC contract MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani reported Friday that Neil Magny has opted not to test free agency, and has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC. Magny (18-4) is currently ranked #7 in the…

March 22nd, 2016
James Lynch

Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas 135lb title rematch headlines Bellator 156 Bellator officials announced Tuesday that Marcos Galvao vs. Eduardo Dantas will headline Bellator 156 on June 17th, Galvao (17-6-1) hasn’t lost a fight since their first encounter at Bellator 89 in 2013. The 34-year old went on to win four straight fights including a…

March 21st, 2016
James Lynch

UR Fight Results UR Fight took place Sunday night (March 20) at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Ariz. Here a look at the results on the main card. Roy Jones Jr. def. Vyron Phillips via KO (right hook) at 2:30 of round two (Boxing) Rey Mysterio def. Kurt Angle (with help from Riff Raff) (Pro Wrestling) Chael…

March 18th, 2016
James Lynch

Renan Barao vs. Jeremy Stephens scheduled for a May 29th UFC Fight Night Renan Barao’s UFC featherweight debut will be against Jeremy Stephens according to an inital report from Combate and later confirmed by the UFC. Barao (33-3-1) has lost two of his last three fights with both of his setbacks coming to former UFC bantamweight champion TJ…

March 11th, 2016
James Lynch

Patricky Pitbull vs. Derek Campos headlines Bellator 152 Officials announced that lightweights Patricky “Pitbull” Freire and Derek Campos will rematch in the main event of Bellator 152 in Italy. Freire (15-7) is coming off a highlight reel knockout win against Ryan Couture. Campos (16-6) is coming off an impressive TKO victory over Melvin Guillard which pushed his record to 5-3…

March 10th, 2016
James Lynch

Glover Texieria replaces Shogun against Rashad Evans at UFC Fight Night Tampa Damon Martin of FOX Sports reported on Wednesday that an injury has forced Mauricio “Shogun” Rua off UFC Fight Night Tampa. Fellow Brazillian Glover Teixeira has be tabbed as the replacement to face Rashad Evans. Teixeira (24-4) is coming off back to back victories over Ovince…

March 1st, 2016
James Lynch

Ed Soares calls for Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping rematch  Long-time manager for Anderson Silva, Ed Soares made an Instagram post Sunday saying that he wants to see a rematch between the UFC Fight Night 84 headliners in Brazil.       Bisping (28-7) defeated Silva by unanimous decision this past weekend at UFC Fight Night 84….

February 29th, 2016
James Lynch

Rafael Carvalho vs. Melvin Manhoef title fight headlines Bellator 155  Bellator announced Friday that newly crowned middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho will defend his title against Melvin Manhoef. Carvalho (12-1)  won the vacant middleweight title with a body kick TKO of Brandon Halsey at Bellator 144. Heading into this matchup he’s currently riding a 12-fight winning streak. Manhoef…

February 25th, 2016
James Lynch

Watch the replay of Wednesday’s UFC 196 press conference (Presser starts at 27 min mark)    Watch Episode 2 of UFC Fight Night 84’s Embedded   Barroso vs. Krylov and Cabral vs. Madadi added to UFC Fight Night 87 According to Combate and Globo, the UFC has added Francimar Barroso vs. Nikita Krylov and Yan Cabral vs. Reza…

February 24th, 2016
James Lynch

Nate Diaz replaces Rafael Dos Anjos against Conor McGregor at UFC 196 UFC President Dana White made the announcement Tuesday night on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” that former UFC title challenger Nate Diaz will replace Rafael Dos Anjos against Conor McGregor at UFC 196. Dos Anjos had to pull out of the matchup yesterday due to a broken…

February 19th, 2016
James Lynch

Scott Coker to launch Bellator Kickboxing in April on Spike TV Bellator President Scott Coker and Spike executives announced Thursday that the promotion would be annoucing a kickboxing promotion named “Bellator Kickboxing.” Corker also revealed the first event will launch in April 16th and will air on Spike TV. In addition the first event will be…

February 18th, 2016
James Lynch

Anthony Pettis vs. Edson Barboza scheduled for UFC 197 The UFC announced Wednesday that a lightweight matchup pitting former champion Anthony Pettis and Edson Barboza has been added to UFC 197. Pettis (18-4) is coming off back to back losses for the first time in his career, losing the UFC 155-pound title to Rafael dos Anjos and suffering…

February 17th, 2016
James Lynch

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson returns to Bellator following settlement agreement Quinton “Rampage” Jackson has come to a settlement agreement with Bellator MMA and will be returning to the organization. Bellator revealed the news in a press release on Tuesday “Following an amicable agreement to settle the litigation between the two parties, the always entertaining and exciting Quinton…

February 16th, 2016
James Lynch

Aljamain Sterling re-signs with the UFC UFC bantamweight Aljamain Sterling announced via The MMA Hour on Monday that he has  re-signed with the UFC. Sterling (12-0) has gone 4-0 in the octagon and now joins Alistair Overeem as a fewllow UFC fighter re-signing with the organization. “I’m 100 percent happy with my decision, I think I got…

February 12th, 2016
James Lynch

Report: Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman dead at 44 Per Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter, former UFC/PRIDE heavyweight Kevin Randleman has passed away at 44-years of age. According to the report, Randleman went to the hospital with pneumonia before suffering heart failure. Randleman (17-16) fought in the “Road to the Heavyweight Title” tournament and earned a win over former heavyweight…

February 11th, 2016
James Lynch

Phil Brooks (CM Punk) debut delayed due to back surgery According to MMAFighting.com, former WWE champion CM Punk underwent back surgery on Wednesday in Chicago, meaning his upcoming UFC debut against Mickey Gall will be delayed. The reason for surgery was apparently due to a herniated disc. Punk released a statement in the report. “My back has…

February 10th, 2016
James Lynch

UFC releases Jorgensen, Roop, and Yui Chul Per Sherdog.com a couple of names have been removed from the UFC’s database including Scott Jorgensen, George Roop and Yui Chul Nam. Jorgensen (15-12) has lost three straight fights and six of his last seven bouts.  He’s known primarily for his fights with Urijah Faber and his WEC bantamweight…

February 9th, 2016
James Lynch

Rafael Natal scheduled to take on Robert Whittaker at UFC 197 MMAJunkie reports that Rafael Natal vs.  Robert Whittaker has been added to April’s UFC 197 event. According to the report both fighters have verbally agreed to the matchup and bout agreements have been distributed. UFC officials have yet to make an announcement however are expected to one very soon….

February 8th, 2016
James Lynch

Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos headlines UFC Fight Night 86 in Croatia UFC officials announced this morning that former heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos will be taking on Ben Rothwell. Dos Santos (17-4) is coming off a surprising TKO loss to Alistair Overeem at UFC on FOX 17 this past December. Rothwell (36-9) meanwhile has won…

February 5th, 2016
James Lynch

Alex Oliveira replaces Tim Means against Donald Cerrone for UFC Fight Night 83 headliner Looks like it’s Cowboy vs. Cowboy at UFC Fight Night 83 per MMAFighting.com. With Tim Means off the card due to potential USADA violation, Alex Oliveira will move up 170 pounds and take on Cerrone on short notice. Oliveira (14-2-1, 1 NC) moves back up to the welterweight division after a…

February 4th, 2016
James Lynch

Tim Means pulled from UFC Fight Night 83 main event after failed USADA test UFC officials announced Wednesday evening that UFC Fight Night 83 headliner Tim Means has been pulled from a planned from his UFC Fight Night 83 welterweight fight with Donald Cerrone after being notified of a potential anti-doping policy violation. “It is important to note that, under…

February 3rd, 2016
James Lynch

Benson Henderson faces Andrey Koreshkov for the welterweight title at Bellator 153 Bellator wasted no time booking their new prized possession Benson Henderson. MMAJunkie reports the former UFC lightweight champion will face Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 153 in the main event. Henderson (23-5) heads into this fight off back-to-back wins at welterweight to Brandon Thatch and most recently…

February 2nd, 2016
James Lynch

Former UFC champion Benson Henderson signs with Bellator Benson Henderson announced on Monday via his personal website (and later on The MMA Hour) that he has signed with Bellator MMA. He wrote the following on his website. “I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when…

January 28th, 2016
James Lynch

UFC on FOX 19 adds Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush MMAFighting.com’s Ariel Helwani confirmed Wednesday that a lightweight matchup pitting Michael Chiesa vs. Beneil Dariush will take palce at UFC on FOX 19. Chiesa (13-2) heads into the matchup off back to back wins over Mitch Clarke and most recently Jim Miller at UFC Fight…

January 27th, 2016
James Lynch

Johny Hendricks vs. Stephen Thompson headline UFC 196, which now airs on FOX Sports 1 With injuries to headliners Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, the UFC announced Wednesday that the UFC 196 PPV has been moved to FS1. In addition, welterweights Johny Hendricks and Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson have been elevated to the main event, which will be…

January 26th, 2016
James Lynch

Fabricio Werdum pulls out of UFC 196 with injury MMAFighting.com reports that UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum also has pulled out of UFC 196 due to injury. The Brazillian was initially scheduled to face Cain Velasquez on Feb. 6, but the AKA product had to pull out due to a back injury. Werdum released the following statements to Brazillian…

January 25th, 2016
James Lynch

Stipe Miocic now faces Fabricio Werdum for the UFC heavyweight title at UFC 196 Cain Velasquez has been snakebit yet again as the former heavyweight champ is off UFC 196 due to a back injury. UFC officials today Sunday that Stipe Miocic will now be facing current heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 196 instead. Miocic (14-2) is coming off a…

January 22nd, 2016
James Lynch

Former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champ Marcin Tybura signs with the UFC According to Marcin Tybura’s management, the Russian heavyweight is the newest member of the UFC roster. Tybura (13-1) is a former M-1 Challenge heavyweight champion and boasts 11 of his 13 career wins by stoppage including a victory over UFC/Bellator veteran Damian Grabovski. He…

January 21st, 2016
James Lynch

UFC 197 Kickoff Press Conference Replay  Wednesday UFC President Dana White, lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos, featherweight champion Conor McGregor, women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm and bantweight title challenger Miesha Tate all attended a UFC 197 presser at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. As expected, outspoken featherweight champion Conor McGregor stole the show making…

January 20th, 2016
James Lynch

Former UFC Champion BJ Penn to come out of retirement  We’ve heard rumors for weeks but BJ Penn made it official Tuesday on The MMA Hour that he will be coming out of retirement. Penn (16-10-2) would be fighting for the first time since 2014 and he plans to compete in the featherweight division again. He recently…

January 19th, 2016
James Lynch

UFC Fight Night 84 adds Lombard vs. Magny among other matchups UFC officials announced Monday that a number of fights have been added to UFC Fight Night 84 in Brisbane, Australia. Hector Lombard vs. Neil Magny With Mark Hunt taking on Frank Mir in the main event, Lombard vs. Magny is an intriguing welterweight matchup that will serve as…

January 18th, 2016
James Lynch

UFC Fight Night 81: Dominick Cruz vs. T.J. Dillashaw video highlights   Urijah Faber scored the main event for Dominick Cruz, demands trilogy bout UFC Fight Night 81: Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis video highlights   UFC Fight Night 81: Travis Browne vs. Matt Mitrione video highlights   Jedrzejczyk, Gadelha rematch on July 8 and announced as…

January 14th, 2016
James Lynch

Dana White says Ronda Rousey won’t fight at UFC 200  UFC President Dana White told Yahoo! Sports that Rousey’s work on the “Road House” remake movie now has a delay in filming. The change in timing has forced White to announce that Rousey won’t scheduled to compete on UFC 200. “She could do both, but the question is, should…

January 13th, 2016
James Lynch

Nick Diaz’s suspension reduced, could return in August  Good news for fans of popular UFC welterweight Nick Diaz. On Tuesday the Nevada Athletic Commission reduced its penalty against Diaz after a settlement agreement. The former Strikeforce champion will be suspended 18 months and fined $100,000 stemming from a positive test at UFC 183 for marijuana per…

January 12th, 2016
James Lynch

Bellator 151 adds Michael Page vs. Fernando Gonzalez  Per MMA Fighting a welterweight matchup has been added to Bellator 151’s co-main event. Page (9-0) has won all of his professional bouts by stoppage and is coming off a first round TKO victory over Charlie Ontiveros at Bellator 144 back in October. Gonzalez (24-13) is coming off a decision loss to Paul…

January 8th, 2016
James Lynch

Report: UFC 197 adds Dos Anjos vs McGregor headliner, Holm vs Tate co-main event Champion vs. Champion at UFC 197? Apparently so. Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter is reporting the news that UFC featherweight champ Conor McGregor will fight lightweight champ Rafael Dos Anjos. Botter also mentions we could hear an official announcement from the UFC this weekend….

January 7th, 2016
James Lynch

UFC welterweight Martin Kampmann retires at 33 to focus on family Martin Kampmann announced Wednesday on UFC.com that he is retiring from the sport to focus on his family after a stint coaching at Team Alpha Male. “I’ve known for a while,” Kampmann  told the website. “I just haven’t really made it official. I’m not sure why.”…

January 5th, 2016
James Lynch

RFA champion Luke Sanders fights Maximo Blanco at UFC Fight Night 81 Last week it was Joey Gomez, this week Luke Sanders is the newest member of the UFC roster as he fills in to fight Maximo Blanco. Sanders (10-0) replaces Dennis Bermudez who had to bow out due to injury and also moves up to…

January 4th, 2016
James Lynch

Stipe Miocic will get the next UFC heavyweight title shot After heavyweight Stipe Miocic knocked out Andrei Arlovski in the first round Saturday night at UFC 195, UFC President Dana White announced that the Ohio based fighter will get the next heavyweight title shot. “Who the hell was going to say no to him?” White…

January 1st, 2016
James Lynch

Coach: Fedor’s next fight will be announced soon Karim Zidan of BloodyElbow.com reports that heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko’s next opponent will be annouced very soon, according to the Russian’s coach, Vladimir Voronov. Emelianenko (35-4 1 NC) earned his 35th professional victory as he forced Jaideep Singh to tap due to strikes in the main event of RIZIN’s Day 2 event in…

December 29th, 2015
James Lynch

Quick results for Rizin Fighting Federation 1: Day 1 – (GIF’s Courtesy @ZProphet_MMA)  Shinya Aoki def. Kazushi Sakuraba via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 5:56 Kazushi Sakuraba vs Shinya Aoki #RizinFF #Rizin pic.twitter.com/jdcdO4TkuD — ZombieProphet (@ZProphet_MMA) December 29, 2015 Jiri Prochazka def. Satoshi Ishii via knockout (strikes) – Round 1, 1:36 – heavyweight tournament opening round…

December 28th, 2015
James Lynch

Report: Gegard Mousasi vs. Thales Leites set UFC London’s co-main event Mousasi posted a photo on Facebook Sunday suggesting that he’ll be fighting Thales Leites in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night: Silva vs. Bisping on Feb. 27 in London. That photo has since been deleted, however Leites’ camp confirmed with MMAFighting that the fight is in fact happening. UFC…

December 25th, 2015
James Lynch

UFC Fight Night 83 adds Anderson Silva vs. Michael Bisping as it’s main event  UFC officials announced Thursday that the promotion is putting their most decorated middleweight champion on UFC Fight Pass. Silva (33-6) is scheduled to complete for the first time since win over Nick Diaz, a fight which he won but was later overturned to…

December 24th, 2015
James Lynch

ONE Championship expects fighters to compete at “walking weight”  Following the weight-cutting related death of Yang Jian Bing prior to ONE Championship 35, the promotion has implemented a new weight cutting policy for it’s fighters. Per a press release from the promotion, weight cuts will now be banned through the process of dehydration “The new program, which is…

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December 23rd, 2015
James Lynch

Kelvin Gastelum injured and out of UFC 195 Kelvin Gastelum is out of his UFC 195 with an undisclosed injury per UFC officials on Wednesday. The TUF 17 winner was slated to take on Kyle Noke in a welterweight bout. Instead Alex Morono (11-3) will be making his UFC debut and replacing Gastelum against Noke. Morono has won…

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