Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ansaroff-Namajunas, Sampo-Scoggins, Kuntz-Makhachev added to May's UFC 187 lineup

With the additions to the card, UFC 187 now includes:
  • Champ Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort – for middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga
  • John Dodson vs. Zach Makovsky
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Rose Namajunas
  • Josh Sampo vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Leo Kuntz vs. Islam Makhachev

Ronda Rousey on catchweight with 'Cyborg': 'Stop taking f-cking steroids and make weight'

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Jones-Johnson, Weidman-Belfort, Cerrone-Nurmagomedov - UFC 187 in May

UFC 187 card now includes:
  • Jon Jones vs. Anthony Johnson – for light heavyweight title
  • Chris Weidman vs. Vitor Belfort – for middleweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Browne
  • Joseph Benavidez vs. John Moraga
UFC 187 is expected to take place May 23 in Las Vegas, though a venue has not been announced.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Urijah Faber returns to 145, meets Frankie Edgar at UFC Fight Night 65 in Philippines

Faber (32-7 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will fight at 145 pounds for the first time since April 2010 to take on Edgar (18-4-1 MMA, 12-4-1 UFC), the former 155-pound champ who’s spent his past four fights at 145 pounds.

UFC Fight Night 65 takes place May 15 at SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay, Philippines. The event, which marks the UFC’s debut in the Philippines, is expected to air on FOX Sports 1 following prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Anderson Silva denies PED use, plans to 'fight this allegation'

In his first public statement since testing positive for a pair of steroids, former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva denied using any performance-enhancing drugs and said he’ll fight to clear his name.

“My stances on drug is, and will always be the same,” Silva said in the statement, sent to MMAjunkie via his co-manager, Jorge Guimares. “I am an advocate for a clean sport.”

I’ve been competing in this sport for a very long time. This is my 19th fight in the UFC. I have been thoroughly tested many times and have never had a positive drug test.

I have not taken any performance-enhancing drugs. My stances on drug is, and will always be, the same. I am an advocate for a clean sport.

I’m consulting with my advisors right now to explore all my options and intend to fight this allegation and clear my name. I will not make any further comments until my team advises me to do so.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Vitor Belfort says he'll fight anyone – but only for full UFC middleweight title

About the cancellation of my UFC 184 fight. I would like to say that, as everyone else, I’m very disappointed with all this situation. For exactly one year, I have seen my dream to make history in UFC with my 3rd world title in a different weight category postponed. Here are some facts: - UFC had to reschedule the middleweight world title content 3 times because of my opponent’s injuries. (from May/14 to July/14- Weidman had a knee surgery, from December/14 to February/15 - Weidman had his hand broken, from February/15 to probably May/15- Weidman had his ribs hurt) - MY FOCUS WAS ALWAYS THE MIDDLEWEIGHT BELT AND I CLIMBED THE LADDER TO ACHIEVE MY POSITION. - This is why I won't fight for an interim, but if UFC gives 8 weeks and the middleweight Belt available for dispute I fight with anyone from the ranking. Not for an Interin, But  the Middleweight Belt! - I’ve been in this sport for 19 years and I have never let UFC down. - I accepted to fight for the Light Heavyweight Belt right after the my sister got kidnapped and I still won the world championship. - I offered myself to fight in the UFC 152 against Jon Jones with less than 8 weeks to prepare myself to the bout and I had exactly the same injury my opponent has now and still I stepped up to the fight. I would like to thank UFC, the press and fans support, always. Focused in the Middleweight Belt! #thephenom #rumoaoterceirocinturao #andthenew #otbfight #9inewpp #tomakehistory

Miesha Tate suffers broken orbital at UFC 183

“I have a really bad headache right now,” said Tate, who was told she’ll need four to six weeks to heal from the injury. “She clipped me pretty good in the first round. She actually broke my orbital bone in two spots, so I can’t look down, and this bright light over here is not very comfortable, to say the least.
“She’s as tough as they come. She can pack a punch, that’s for sure.”

While a third fight with Rousey is unlikely soon, a potential rematch with Zingano – who scored a come-from-behind win over Tate in early 2013 – is a more realistic option. However, Tate said she’ll ultimately get to the point where UFC matchmakers have no option but to give her a shot.

“I suppose it depends who wins,” she said. “If it’s Ronda, obviously I think I have a little bit more work to do. If it’s Cat, I think a better argument could be made. So we’ll see who wins out of those two.

“But I’ve already told everyone I’m willing to do what it takes to get back to that. I’m not asking for it right now. I’m not asking for any handouts. I’m willing to put my nose to the grindstone. I’m willing to beat all the other top contenders until I am the only option left, if that’s what I have to do.”