Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia added to UFC 202

UFC 202 is getting pretty legit.

Condit had stated, following his epic five -round championship war with Robbie Lawler, that it would take something special to bring him back into the fray. It turns out top Welterweight contender Demian Maia is that special someone and both men are now set to collide at UFC 202.

Carlos Condit (30-9, 7-5 in UFC) lost a spectacular yet controversial split decision to Robbie Lawler at the  beginning of the year. Following that bout Condit hinted at retirement, but has seemingly found an extra drive that will push him back into the Octagon. Of Condit’s 7 wins in the UFC 5 have come by knockout.

Demian Maia (23-6, 17-6 in UFC) is currently on the best run of his career, especially at Welterweight as he is riding a five-fight winning streak. His streak includes wins over Ryan LaFlare, Gunnar Nelson and submission victories over top ten contenders Matt Brown and Neil Magny.

UFC 202 will be headlined by a Welterweight rematch between UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

UFC 202 adds Johnson vs. Teixeira and Cerrone vs. Story

UFC 202 just added two tremendous bouts to a growing card.

The light heavyweight bout between Johnson and Teixeira that was originally scheduled for UFC on FOX 20 will now serve as the co-main event for UFC 202 in Las Vegas on Aug. 20. Johnson withdrew from from the July 23 bout to take care of a serious family matter. UFC decided to pull Teixeira from the card and scrap the bout all together.

Johnson (21-5, 12-5) is coming off knockout wins over Jimi Manuwa and Ryan Bader following his loss to Cormier last year for the UFC Light Heavyweight title. Out of Johnson’s 12 Octagon wins Johnson has finished 10 of those bouts by knockout.

Texieira (25-4, 8-2 in UFC) currently rides a three-fight winning streak. His most recent win was a first-round knockout over former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, which earned him a “Performance of the Night” bonus. Of Glover’s eight wins seven have come by finish.

Cerrone (30-7, 17-4 in UFC)will look to capture his third win at welterweight. He had a successful 170-pound debut in February when he submitted Alex Oliveira with a triangle choke in the first round, then followed it up with a third-round finish over Patrick Cote. The “Cowboy” earned “Performance of the Night” bonuses in both fights.

Story (19-8, 12-6 in UFC) is riding a three-fight winning streak. He’s coming off a decision win over former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine, which was his first fight in 18 months following an injury. Before the Saffiedine fight, Story went 2-1 in 2014, with wins over  Leonardo Mafra and Gunnar Nelson and a split-decision loss to  Kelvin Gastelum.

B.J Penn handed six-month suspension from USADA

B.J. Penn may have suffered a setback, but can still conceivably make his comeback this year.

The UFC’s third-party anti-doping partner USADA announced Penn six month suspension in  for IV usage Monday. Penn informed USADA that he had used an IV out of competition on March 25. His suspension will be retroactive to that date and Penn will be able to return to the Octagon beginning Sept. 25.

The USADA release said the IV infusion Penn received was greater than 50 mL within a six-hour period, according to the findings of an investigation. A volume that large over that that amount of time is prohibited by the UFC’s anti-doping policy, unless the fighter needs an IV during hospital admission, surgery or clinical investigations. However, the substance Penn took via the IV was not prohibited by the UFC’s anti-doping policy. In all other cases, a fighter would need a therapeutic use exemption (TUE).

Penn (16-10-2) was supposed to face Cole Miller at UFC 199 on June 4 in Inglewood before being pulled from the card due to the potential violation in May. The Hawaiian legend of MMA is one of only two men to hold UFC titles in two different weight classes. Penn now trains at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque and has not fought since 2014 after losing a rubber match to Frankie Edgar.

Canadian MMA Fighter Ryan Jimmo Killed And Allegedly Murdered In Hit And Run

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It has been confirmed that Canadian MMA fighter Ryan Jimmo  has died at the age of 34 due to a hit-and-run incident that happened in Edmonton, Alberta. According to a police report, the incident occurred in the early  morning in the parking lot Edmonton’s H2O Lounge, where Jimmo was reportedly walking away from an altercation with two Caucasian men in a dark  pickup truck. The men then accelerated the vehicle and fatally struck Jimmo before fleeing the scene. The police are still searching for the suspects.
Jimmo, who earned a black belt in Karate under his father, was known for his devastating punching power. He would rise up the ranks to win the light-heavyweight title of the Canadian promotion; Maximum Fighting Champion,  where he defended the title twice. He made a big impact in his UFC debut in 2012, by knocking out Anthony Perosh in just six seconds. However, the Canadian slugger was released by the UFC in 2015 with a record of 3-4, and a MMA record of 19-5.

Source: http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Ryan-Jimmo-Dead-at-34-UFC-Vet-Reportedly-Killed-by-HitandRun-Driver-107009#HBJoe0m5Uq53t0tQ.99

Paige VanZant vs. Bec Rawlings added to UFC on Fox 21

Two of the Strawweight divisions top stars will do battle in the UFC’s next trip to Vancouver, B.C , Canada.

After finishing as a runner-up on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, Paige VanZant is ready to make her UFC return. In an interview with ESPN’s SportsCenter, VanZant confirmed that she’s set to fight “Rowdy” Bec Rawlings on the feature card.

VanZant (6-2, 3-1 in UFC) most recently fell by submission to Rose Namajunas last December in the main event of UFC Fight Night 80. Following that loss, VanZant competed as one of the celebrities on season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. She partnered with professional dancer Mark Ballas. The couple reached the finals of the show and finished in second place behind model Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd. VanZant holds victories over Kailin Curran, Alex Chambers and Felice Herrig and holds a 50% finishing rate with two submissions and one knockout.

Rawlings (7-4, 2-1 in UFC) is currently riding a two-fight winning streak against Lisa Ellis and Seo Hee Ham after losing in her UFC debut against Heather Jo Clark. Rawlings competed on the 20th season of the Ultimate Fighter and fell to Tecia Torres in the opening round of the competition. She is also an Invicta FC veteran and competed against Carla Esparza for the Invicta FC Strawweight championship in her Invicta debut. Of her seven victories Bec has finished 4 by submission and one by knockout.

UFC on Fox 21 takes place at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on August 27th. No main event has been set for this event though the card is already set to feature Anthony Pettis vs. Charles Oliveira.

CM Punk vs. Mickey Gall set for UFC 203

The Cult of Personallity, as they called him in the WWE, CM Punk will seemingly and finally be making his UFC debut and we now know where and when.

On September 10th in Cleveland Ohio, Punk will face off against Looking for a Fight feature fighter Mickey Gall.

Punk (AKA Phil Brooks) will look to be making his long awaited debut that night after announcing his signing with the UFC at UFC 181 way back in December of 2014. CM Punk was one of the most revolutionary stars of the WWE from 2007-2014. He retired from Pro Wrestling and soon after made his desires known that he would be giving MMA a legitimate run. He has since joined MMA gym Roufusport, run by Duke Roufus, in preparation for his eventual bout inside the Octagon.

Gall (2-0, 1-0 in UFC) made his Octagon debut earlier this Spring, defeating fellow novice fighter Mike Jackson. Gall was featured on the Zuffa produced show Looking for a Fight, where after winning his scheduked bout, infamously called out Brooks and begged Dana White who was in attendance for the opportunity to be he debut opponent.

UFC 203 will take place at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio and will feature a Heavyweight championship bout between newly crowned champion Stipe Miocic and number one contender Alistair Overeem. This will be the UFC’s first trip to Cleveland.

Georges St. Pierre: Ready to return to MMA?

The UFC’s Welterweighit division is known today as one of the most exciting and competitive divisions in the entire sport. Throughout history, many fighters from this weight class have contributed to some of the most amazing moments in this sports history. It is rarely argued however that Georges St. Pierre is the greatest Welterweight that there’s ever been. The man known as “GSP” holds the record for the most wins in UFC, and the most title defenses in the divisions history. Across his historic UFC Welterweight championship run, he defended the 170 pound crown a grand total of nine times before infamously relinquishing the title at UFC 167 and retiring the UFC Welterweight champion back in 2013.

Three years later, the Welterweight division has taken on an entirely new form in St. Pierre’s absence. The championship has changed hands twice, with one of the title fights going on to become a unanimous Fight of the Year winner. But now, at age 35, it is seemingly the time for the man known as GSP to return. On Monday, appearing on the MMA Hour show hosted by Ariel Helwani, Georges St-Pierre announced his desire to return to the Octagon.

“Exactly. That’s what I’m saying,” St-Pierre, 35, said when asked point blank if he was announcing his return. “I’m ready. I’m an emotional guy. My agents, even before I came on the show today, they briefed me. They said, ‘don’t say this, don’t say that.’ They briefed me, they said, ‘we’re in negotiations, remember, blah, blah, blah.’ Like, yeah, yeah, yeah, don’t worry, I’m not a kid. But I’m an emotional guy, and when I get emotional sometimes, I say things that are necessarily in the best of my interests, and I’m trying to not go overboard with that. But the only thing is, I love my sport and I still feel I’m at my best right now. The clock is running. I’m not getting any younger. I’m in the peak of my career and if there is a shot, there is another goal, another run, I better do it and do it quick, because it is time to do it now.”

From 2007 to 2013, there was no many that could conceivably call himself St-Pierre’s equal inside the Octagon. Every few months since his semi-retirement reports here and there have teased that GSP may return. What makes this huge news is that St-Pierre himself is finally the one making the the claim that he shall return. And he has also laid out his gameplan for how he has prepared for his epic return.

“What I did is I did a training camp to see where I’m at,” St-Pierre said. “I’ve been training, but being in shape and being in fighting shape is something different. I did a training to push myself and go back to the highest level of competition. I didn’t fight, but I put myself through a training camp and I sparred and everything, and I did it successfully. Now I know for a fact that I could go back and fight, if my management and the UFC get to an agreement. I have a lot to lose in this, because I finished on top,” St-Pierre said. “I finished as champion, and that’s the way everybody would like to leave the sport on top, healthy, and wealthy — and I did it. If I go back and, it needs to be for something big. I think for my first fight, it needs to be for something big, and that’ll give me the swing and the momentum to do it again and again and again for another run. So it depends on what it going to happen, but I have a lot to lose, but the thing is also, the reason why I’ve been thinking of coming back, is I don’t want to end up at 80 years old and telling myself, ‘I should’ve done this, I should’ve done that.’ Because all of the things I regret in my life the most, it’s not the things that I have done. It’s the things that I have not done, the things that I regret the most. So I don’t want to end up where I’m too old and say, ‘aw, I should’ve done it. I was in great shape. My timing was impeccable, and I didn’t do it,’ so I would die with regret.”

Report: UFC to be sold to China? UFC staff e-mail denies validity

Earlier this year, MMAOutsiders reported the possible news that the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) may have been sold to a company out to Chinese company The Wanda Group, among other possible candidates in the running for possible new ownership in the next year or so. ESPN was the first to make a legitimate stake in this claim.

At the time, no sale had been made or finalized. That along with the UFC firmly denying any and all news regarding a potential sale, and the story seemed all but pure moot. Several months have passed yet the speculation of a sale has only grown more rampant. especially this past Monday when FloCombat.com reported that UFC officials had accepted a bid of 4.2 billion from the aforementioned Dalian Wanda Group. However when asked upon the legitimacy of the company’s ownership changing hands, UFC Vice President of Public Relations Dave Sholler denied any validity to the statements

“FloCombat.com’s report indicating that the UFC has been sold is false,” Sholler told MMAjunkie. “We’ve communicated that to our staff members tonight via an internal memo.”

MMAJunkie also obtained the email’s sents to all UFC employees denying any legitimacy to the FloCombat report which was signed by UFC CEO and co-founder Lorenzo Fertitta which read:

“A report today by FloCombat.com indicating that the company has been sold is false,” the email read. “This follows other false speculation in the press recently. Such misrepresentation of facts in the media negatively impacts our business, staff members and athletes. We have instructed our attorneys to investigate and take all appropriate legal actions against the parties publishing and contributing to these false stories. With International Fight Week and the historic UFC 200 rapidly approaching, we look forward to once again delivering a series of events that our fans won’t soon forget. We appreciate your hard work, diligence and commitment, and thank you for your focus as we continue to take the sport to new heights.”

The UFC was founded in 1993, and was purchased by Dana White and the Fertitta brothers for $2 million back in 2001.

Cody Garbrandt vs. Takeya Mizugaki set for UFC 202

After a stunning victory last May, Cody “No Love” Garbrandt will now get the chance to test himself against one of the most seasoned veterans of the Bantamweight division in Takeya Mizugaki at UFC 202.

Garbrandt (9-0, 4-0 in UFC) is coming off the most impressive win of his career after knocking out highly ranked prospect Thomas Almeida in their main event bout at UFC Fight Night 89. Prior to this, Garbrandt had won three straight with two of those victories coming by way of knockout. The knockout win against Almeida garnered “No Love” a big splash into the rankings pool as he went from unranked in the UFC to the No. 7 ranking slot. Of his nine professionally, Garbrandt has finished eight of them by way of knockout.

Mizugaki (21-9-2, 8-4 in UFC) recently broke an unfortunate two-fight losing streak by defeating George Roop last fall by judges decision in Japan. Mizugaki is one of the more experianced fighters in the Bantamweight division with 17 total fights inside the UFC and WEC cages. Of Mizugaki’s 21 victories, only six of them has been earned by way of any finish.

UFC 202 will be headlined by Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor, and it will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres set ass main event of UFC Fight Night 92 in Utah

A clash between two of the most exciting Featherweight prospects in the game will do battle in the main event of the UFC’s first trip to Salt Lake City.

Ultimate Fighter: Latin America season 1 winner Yair Rodriguez will take on Ultimate Fighter season 11 alum Alex “Bruce Leroy” Caceres. Several other bouts were announced alongside the main event.

Rodriguez (7-1, 4-0 in UFC) won the debut season of the The Ultimaate Fighter: Latin America back in November of 2014 and his star has only soared since. After defeated Charles Rosa and Dan Hooker back to back, he recently scored a Knockout of the Year candidate over Andre Fili after finishing Fili with a jumping high kick that put his lights out cold. Looking to make it five in a row inside the Octagon, Rodriguez carries with him much momentum and a 42% finishing rate with two knockouts and one submission victory out of his seven total wins.

Caceres (12-8, 7-6 in UFC), a more seasoned fighter inside the Octagon, is bouncing back quick after looking the most impressive he has ever been in the UFC after his dismantling of Cole Miller at UFC 199. Caceres took the fight on two weeks notice. The one they call “Bruce Leeroy” is 2-0 since making his return back up to Featherweight after a 5-4 stint at Bantamweight that saw him face the likes of Damacio Page, Sergio Pettis and Urijah Faber.

UFC Fight Night 92 takes place at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake Cuty, Utah on August 6th. Multiple other bouts were added to this card that thus far show the card to look like:

  • Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres
  • Cub Swanson vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
  • Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele
  • Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Zak Cummins
  • Viktor Pesta vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi