Chael Sonnen: Conor McGregor Pissed Off the Wrong Official | MMAWeekly.com
Chael Sonnen weighs in on Conor McGregor's transgressions at Bellator 187 and how it might be more serious than it is entertainment.
Bellator 187 Fight Highlights from AJ McKee's Hard-Fought Victory in Dublin | MMAWeekly.com
Check out the full event highlights from Bellator 187, where rising star AJ McKee battled through one of the toughest fights of his career in Dublin, Ireland.
Jon Jones' Ex-Roomate Is Disgusted, Tells Him, 'Go Cheat On Your Wife Some More ... Do More Drugs' - MMA Imports
UFC welterweight Colby Covington is still putting former light heavyweight champ Jon Jones on full blast for his continued problems outside the cage.
Dana White Rips Mike Swick for Doing the 'Worst Thing to Ever Happen to the UFC' | MMAWeekly.com
UFC president Dana White credits Mike Swick with one of the worst things to ever happen to his company.
Sonnen Reveals Private Text Convo With TJ Dillashaw Following Garbrandt Win - MMA Imports
Former UFC middleweight star Chael Sonnen reveals the private text conversation he had with T.J. Dillashaw following his win over Cody Garbrandt at UFC 217.
The Only Time Arianny Celeste's Been Impressed With A Fighter Flexing On The Scales - MMA Imports
There's only been one fighter that UFC's longtime octagon girl Arianny Celeste has given a shocked reaction to during their weigh in.
Can Diego stop fighting now? :(
Former WWE Champion Jack Swagger Signs With Bellator MMA - MMA Imports
That being said, Hager is a former All-American wrestler out of the University of Oklahoma. Perhaps the WWE superstar will fair somewhat better in his big MMA debut. The wrestler turned fighter expects to make his first fight under the Bellator banner in 2018 under the heavyweight division.
Bellator To Hold Eight-Man Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament in 2018 | MMA News from Bellator
LOS ANGELES – Bellator has announced plans to host a year-long grand prix heavyweight tournament in 2018 featuring eight of the roster's biggest stars with the winner becoming the new Bellator world heavyweight champion. The Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018 Heavyweight Tournament will air on the soon-to-launch Paramount Network. The star-studded list of participants includes newly signed Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (37-12), Roy Nelson (23-14), Chael Sonnen (30-15-1), Frank Mir (18-11), "King Mo" (21-6, 1 NC), Fedor Emelianenko (36-5, 1 NC), Matt Mitrione (12-5) and Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (24-5). Spanning multiple events and locations throughout 2018, the three-round tournament allows for matchups never before thought possible and will ultimately crown a new Bellator heavyweight champion. Previously, Bellator President Scott Coker orchestrated the most recent successful heavyweight tournament in mixed martial arts with the STRIKEFORCE Heavyweight Grand Prix that spanned from 2011-12. Matchups, dates and locations for the single-elimination grand prix will be determined shortly, as will tournament alternates who will be available to fill in due to any unforeseen circumstances.
They've got their wish: Ovince Saint Preux meets Ilir Latifi at UFC on FOX 27 in Charlotte
UFC on FOX 27 takes place Jan. 27 at Spectrum Center in Charlotte. The main card will air on FOX after prelims expected for either FOX or FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No headliner has been announced for the event yet, which will be the UFC’s first show in North Carolina in nearly eight years.
UFC Fight Night 120 Post-Mortem: Bloodshed in the Commonwealth
UFC Fight Night 120 on Saturday in Norfolk marked the
Ultimate Fighting Championship ’s first visit to Virginia since
May 2012, when it witnessed a “Fight of the Year” contender between
Poirier and Chan Sung
Jung . This time, Poirier was involved in a blood-soaked,
back-and-forth war with former UFC lightweight champion Anthony
Pettis at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. From top to
bottom, the card was occupied by compelling matchups that pushed
the UFC toward its crowded holiday schedule.
A Bloody Beatdown
Poirier stepped into the Octagon with a chip on his shoulder. After
fighting to a no-contest with another former lightweight champion
Alvarez in May, the Lafayette, Louisiana, native was looking to
get back to his winning ways in the main event. He did as he
planned in a bloody beatdown of Pettis. Theirs was a back-and-forth
affair, one in which “The Diamond” refused to relent in the
grappling exchanges while landing four of his five attempted
The fight took a turn for the worse for Pettis in the second round,
where Poirier landed a hellish elbow that opened a sizeable gash
above the Milwaukee native’s eyebrow.
Dustin Poirier Says He Could Smell the Blood Pouring Out of Anthony Pettis’ Face
Poirier rarely fails to deliver inside the Octagon, and
Saturday night was no exception.
“The Diamond” engaged in a memorable battle with former lightweight
Pettis in the UFC Fight Night 120 headliner at the Ted Constant
Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va., winning via submission 2:08 in
to the third round. Poirier made things really difficult for Pettis
in round two, when he opened multiple cuts on Pettis’ face with
elbows from top position. From there, the bout became a bloody
mess, but the Milwaukee native fought admirably in spite of the
crimson mask that was impeding his vision.
“It was pretty gross. I could smell the blood. It was pouring out
of his face,” Poirier said on Fox Sports 1. “I was surprised he
pulled his will together and got back on top a few times. It was
crazy. We were scrambling all over. It was a lot of fun.”
Round two brought numerous grappling exchanges and transitions, but
Poirier put a final stamp on the fight in the third stanza when he
trapped Pettis in a body triangle from the back and then rolled
into mount when the Roufusport product attempted to turn.
Opinion: The UFC’s Old Epidemic
Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed below are those
of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of
Sherdog.com, its affiliates and sponsors or its parent company,
* * *
Even for a sport as reliably strange as ours, the past week was a
particularly bizarre one. Between the bookends of two excellent
fight cards in UFC
UFC Fight Night 120 , a month’s worth of weird went down. Yet
aside from Conor
McGregor ’s shenanigans at Bellator
187 , a common theme permeated the goings on of the last seven
days: the repercussions of getting old in the fight game, or, as I
like to call it, MMAging.
Bad portmanteau aside, there’s a difference between getting old in
regular life and getting old as a professional fighter. It’s not so
much a defined age -- though it often is that, too -- as it is an
accumulation of fight-related erosion. There are fighters like
Hunt , who, at age 43, is immediately acknowledged as old. Then
there are fighters like Dominick
“The Dominator” is only 32, but he’s an old 32.
Diego Sanchez after brutal KO loss to Matt Brown at UFC-Norfolk: 'I'm not done yet'
Sanchez, who was making his 27th UFC appearance at the event after winning Season 1 of “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005, suffered his third knockout loss in his past four fights. He’d never suffered a true loss due to strikes prior to that, but even his latest streak of results apparently won’t deter him.
Mackenzie Dern signs with Invicta FC, meets Kaline Medeiros in Kansas City
Renowned jiu-jitsu practitioner Dern is only a little more than a year into her pro MMA career. A month ago, she moved to 4-0 with a first-round submission of Mandy Polk at LFA 24. In March, she took a unanimous decision from Katherine Roy at LFA 6. In 2016, she won her first two pro bouts under the Legacy FC banner before that promotion merged with RFA.
Breaking: UFC Punishes Conor McGregor, Removes Him From Dec. 30 Card Over Bellator Incident - MMA Imports
“I had some executives from UFC contact me within two hours after what occurred and they basically said to me that it’s completely unacceptable in their eyes and that they will be doing something.”
Conor McGregor Tabbed as Slight Favorite in Potential Boxing Match vs. Oscar De La Hoya
McGregor has one boxing match under his belt, and Oscar De La
Hoya has 45.
Still, that hasn’t stopped one oddsmaker from making “The
Notorious” one a slight betting favorite in a hypothetical bout
between the two. According to BetDSI.eu ,
McGregor is listed as a -125 favorite in a boxing match against the
retired 44-year-old former champion. De La Hoya, meanwhile, checks
in at +105.
"This isn't a GOAT versus an untrained boxer scenario all over
again,” read a statement from a BetDSI.eu spokesperson. “With
proper time to train, we expect McGregor to be quite
competitive in the ring, particularly against an aging De La Hoya
that doesn't possess the quickness or power he may need
McGregor’s lone boxing foray came against Floyd
Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas. While many observer thought
the Dublin native won some early rounds of “The Money Fight,”
Mayweather ultimately prevailed via 10th round technical
De La Hoya, who was one of boxing’s biggest stars during his prime,
owns a 39-6 career mark and won world championships in six
different weight classes over the course of his career.
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Several Notables Suspended After UFC Norfolk, Including Pettis, Lauzon, Sanchez, And More - MMA Imports
Of course, the night’s headliner was not the only fight that had the Virginia crowd on their feet. Matt Brown earned a highlight reel worthy knockout finish over fellow MMA veteran Diego Sanchez in the night’s co-main event. Clay Guida also put on a dominant performance in Norfolk with a first round stoppage over Joe Lauzon. With the exciting night of fights now in the books, the time has come to take a look at the medical suspensions for UFC Fight Night 120.
Michael Bisping Agrees to Face Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai
It appears that Michael
Bisping will return to the Octagon just three weeks after
losing his middleweight title at UFC 217.
According to multiple outlets, Bisping has agreed to face Kelvin
Gastelum in the
UFC Fight Night 122 headliner in Shanghai on Nov. 25.
MMAFighting.com was the first to report the news. Gastelum
needed a new opponent after Anderson
Silva was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation on
Bisping was submitted by a Georges St.
Pierre rear-naked choke in the third round of their headlining
bout on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden. That ended a five-bout
winning streak for “The Count,” who claimed the 185-pound throne
with a win against Luke
Rockhold and defended it once in a decision win over Dan
Gastelum last appeared at UFC on Fox 25, where he tapped to an
arm-triangle choke in the third stanza against Chris
UFC Fight Night 122 takes place at Mercedes-Benz Arena and will
stream in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.
Patricio ‘Pitbull’ Injured; Jeremiah Labiano-Noad Lahat Now Headlines Bellator 188 in Israel
A second consecutive Bellator
MMA card has lost its main event in the run-up to the show.
Bellator featherweight champ Patricio
“Pitbull” Freire has withdrawn from his Thursday title rematch
Bellator 188 due to injury. Israel-based MMA journalist Ram
reported the withdrawal Sunday on Twitter .
Bellator 188 takes place this Thursday at the Menora Mivtachim
Arena Arena in Tel Aviv and airs on Spike via tape delay on
A constellation of training injuries, a knee injury chief among
them, forced the Brazilian to pull out of the contest. Bellator 187
on Nov. 10 in Dublin, Ireland, was set to be headlined by a
featherweight contest between James
Gallagher and Jeremiah
Labiano , but Gallagher was injured prior to the bout and
Labiano was moved into a bout with Ultimate Fighting Championship
veteran Noad Lahat
for Bellator 188. The Labiano-Lahat bout will now headline this
Thursday's card in Tel Aviv.
“A couple months ago due to a training accident I suffered a
serious injury and started treating it immediately,” Freire wrote on his
Fabricio Werdum: 5 Defining Moments
It would be understandable if Fabricio
Werdum shows a sense of urgency at this stage of his
Now 40 years of age and 15 years deep into his exceptional run as a
professional mixed martial artist, the two-time Abu Dhabi Combat
Club Submission Wrestling World Championships gold medalist and
Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight titleholder will
Lewis in a featured UFC
216 showdown this Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Werdum needs a victory to stay in the discussion as a possible No.
1 contender in the division he once ruled. The
Kings MMA export has lost twice in three appearances and last
competed at UFC 213 on July 8, when he wound up on the wrong side
of a majority decision against longtime rival Alistair
Overeem . Notable wins over Travis
Browne (twice), 2001 K-1 World Grand Prix winner Mark Hunt ,
Silva and onetime
International Fight League titleholder Roy Nelson
dot his outstanding resume.
Ahead of Werdum’s three-round battle with Lewis, here are five
moments that have come to define him:
Combate Americas - Copa Combate
By: Tristen Critchfield Combate Americas will hold two alternate bouts during its
one-night, eight-man bantamweight “Copa Combate” tournament on Nov.
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After grabbing headlines this past weekend for his in-cage
misconduct during a Bellator MMA event, Ultimate Fighting
Championship lightweight titlist Conor
McGregor released a brief statement on the matter Monday
morning before deleting it.
Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland this past Friday, McGregor's
SBG Ireland teammate Charlie
Ward appeared to knock out fellow middleweight John
Redmond with just one second left in the opening frame. Chaos
then ensued as a jubilant McGregor ran into the cage and dove on
Ward in celebration.
Moments later, referee Marc Goddard
attempted to remove McGregor from the cage as the bout had not yet
been formally ruled a knockout. McGregor then slapped a Bellator
MMA official who tried to escort him from the cage before running
up to Goddard and shoving him, while yelling at the British
"Bloke KO'd on floor bout a minute straight and ref trying to say
fights not over Conor.
UFC Champion Amanda Nunes UFC's Only Fighter To Make New Forbes 30 Under 30 List - MMA Imports
UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes rocked the Las Vegas T-Mobile Arena when she earned a dominant first round TKO over UFC superstar Ronda Rousey last year. Since then, the champion has gone on to defend her title with another victory over tough contender Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215 . All in all, Nunes has not suffered a loss since 2014. Now, the fighter is on an impressive six fight winning streak with a professional record of 15-4. All of that in mind, it would appear that the UFC champion can now add another accolade to her collection.
Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings - The Diamond, Part Deux
It has been three years since Dustin
Poirier fell out of our featherweight top 10 and moved up 10
pounds to arguably the most difficult and competitive weight class
in the sport. Now, the Lafayette, Louisiana, native is back on our
big list, this time as a lightweight.
If the regulation of MMA was just a little more just, “The Diamond”
might have joined the top-10 mix at 155 pounds in May, when he was
piecing up former UFC lightweight champion Eddie
Alvarez until their bout ended in an unceremonious no-contest
after Alvarez landed a pair of illegal knees. Nonetheless, Poirier
seized his moment at UFC Fight Night 120 on Nov. 11, battering and
bloodying former lightweight champion Anthony
Pettis for 12 minutes en route to a third-round submission
finish. With the victory, Poirier is now 6-1 with one no-contest in
his eight bouts since returning to 155 pounds and takes the No. 8
spot on our list, bumping the previously 10th-ranked Evan Dunham
to the bubble list.
The events of UFC Fight Night 120 are also responsible for another
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Roy "Big Country" Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione Slated For Bellator Heavyweight Tournament's First Round - MMA Imports
Slated to hit the big stage and try to be the last man standing in a field of 8 is, Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Chael Sonnen, Rampage Jackson, Ryan Bader, Roy Nelson, Matt Mitrione and King Mo.
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Alexander Volkanovski gets third different opponent for UFC Fight Night 121
Australia’s Volkanovski ran his winning streak to 12 fights in June when he took a unanimous decision from Mizuto Hirota at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand. His UFC debut came in November 2016 in his home country when he stopped Yusuke Kasuya with a second-round TKO in a lightweight fight. Of his 15 career wins, a dozen have come by stoppage.
GLORY: Redemption - Official Press Conference (With Subtitles)
GLORY Kickboxing hosted the official GLORY: Redemption press conference with Rico Verhoeven and Jamal Ben Saddik. Watch as the two heavyweights answer questions from the media and face off.
Conor McGregor, Marc Goddard Issue Statements on Bellator 187 Incident
I sincerely apologize for my behavior at last
weekends fight event in Dublin. While trying to support a loyal
teammate and friend, I let my emotions get the best of me and acted
out of line. As a multiple weight UFC champion, executive producer,
role model and public figure, I must hold myself to a higher
standard. The referee Marc Godard was making a horrendous decision
in trying to pick an unconscious fighter up off the floor and force
the fight to continue into the second round. Even against the
wishes of the said fighters coach. The fight was over. After
witnessing my fighter in a fight where the worst happened and the
opponent passed away from his injuries on the night, I thought the
worst was about to happen again, and I lost it and over reacted. I
am sorry to everyone. I sincerely apologize to the Director of the
Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, Mike Mazzulli, all
the officials and staff working the event, Andy Ryan and his
fighter John, two stonch ones that put up a great fight every time.
That side will always have my respect, and lastly every one of my
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Lorenz Larkin vs. Fernando Gonzalez catchweight fight headlines Bellator 193
He meets Gonzalez, a muay Thai vet who’s on an 8-1 run, though he’s missed weight for his past two bouts (wins over Brandon Girtz and Brennan Ward). The 34-year-old Californian and former WEC and Strikeforce fighter’s only loss during his recent win came via split decision to Michael Page .
Conor McGregor Expresses No Remorse for Incident at Bellator in Now Deleted Post | MMAWeekly.com
McGregor caused a near melee at the event as he jumped over the cage wall to celebrate his teammate Charlie Ward earning a last second knockout in his fight but the UFC lightweight champion wasn’t a licensed corner man and the referee had yet to even finish checking on John Redmond, who had just been floored by punches.
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How do you live after dying in the cage? LFA's C.J. Hancock is figuring that out
Hancock has been cast in interviews as the fighter who died and came back to life. LFA President Ed Soares praised the quick actions of the promotion’s cutman, David Maldonado, and EMTs who worked to revive Hancock. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees the Combative Sports Program that regulated LFA 26, maintains the commission did its job.
Referee Marc Goddard Responds to Conor McGregor's Actions at Bellator 187 in Ireland | MMAWeekly.com
“I was talking only to Charlie Ward at this point and you will see me put my arms between him and Conor McGregor, trying to separate and restore order to notify him to go back to his corner and continue the rest period, I was trying to communicate with Charlie Ward and then trying to tell Conor to leave, it wasn’t done yet,” Goddard explained. “This is when Conor McGregor began firstly his verbal assault in my direction. My only thought at this point was to notify Charlie Ward, and his corner team, of my decision at the time and restore order to the fighting area. Also the condition of [John] Redmond and then subsequently bringing in the doctor in the rest period to make a determination.
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UFC Bantamweight Queen Amanda Nunes Makes Forbes’ ’30 Under 30’ List for 2018
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda
Nunes is the only mixed martial artist to make Forbes list for 2018.
The 29-year-old Nunes joins the likes of Jose Altuve, Canelo
Davis , Sloane Stephens and Matthew Stafford on Forbes’ sports
list, which recognizes athletes under the age of 30 for “winning on
and off the field.”
“She sent shockwaves though the UFC world by defeating Ronda
Rousey in just 48 seconds,” reads Forbes’ description of Nunes.
“The first openly gay champion for the sport, Nunes is the reigning
women’s bantamweight champion with a 15-4 record. Nunes has an
endorsement deal with TEN spring water.”
Nunes made her first title defense at UFC 215 on Sept. 9, taking a
split decision against Valentina
Shevchenko . The Brazilian owns other notable victories against
the likes of Miesha Tate ,
McMann , Germaine
de Randamie and Julia
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Max Holloway Reacts To Booking Aldo Rematch, Isn't Happy About It - MMA Imports
It’s an immediate title shot rematch, and the book couldn’t be written any better. However, the new champion Max Holloway isn’t too pleased.
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Michael Bisping Reveals Retirement Plan and It's Not Centered on Kelvin Gastelum | MMAWeekly.com
“I text him, ‘I see that Gastelum needs an opponent,’ and I said I know a guy that fought last week that has no injuries,” Bisping revealed. “He texts back, ‘interesting,’ and I said, ‘very.’ Then he called me. Obviously, he was concerned that I had no injuries or anything like that. I had to do some medical tests or whatever and when he was satisfied, he was like, ‘cool, let’s do it.’ He was over the moon; he couldn’t believe it.”
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