Ed Herman VS C.B Dollaway set for TUF 25 Finale.

Ed Herman pulled out of a fight back on UFC 209 with an unknown injury, Herman announced recently he’s signed another fight with C.B Dollaway.

The fight will be held on Friday, July 7, on The Ultimate Fighter Redemption Finale. We Haven’t saw C.B since he was forced to pull out of a fight back in September 2016, due to a malfunctioning elevator. This left C.B with a back injury.

Other fights announced for that card are Angela Hill vs Ashley Yoder, Jessica Eye vs Aspen Ladd & Marcel Fortuna vs Jordan Johnson.

Below you can find a podcast I had with C.B Dollaway, we talk about the Elevator incident and his new match up with ED Herman. Lots more


Sam Alvey will break a UFC record tomorrow

We last saw Smiling Sam Alvey when he fought Nate Marquardt, on the UFC on Fox: Shevchenko vs Pena card. Sam came away with the win, putting him at 4 in a row and tying a UFC record.

The record Sam is set to break, is for most fights within a one year time frame. He currently has five, he is tied with Roger Huerta, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, and fellow welterweight Neil Magny.

Tomorrow on the UFC Fight Night: Swanson VS Lobov card, Sam will go head to head against Thales Leites. This will be his sixth UFC fight within a one year time frame, earning him the UFC record.

It really is a significant record and a sign of how durable Sam is. We see so many fighters plagued with injuries and unable to fight. Some fighters are lucky to be able to fight 6 times in 3 years.

After Sam fights Thales Leites, he will still have 2 months before his one year window is up, meaning he could actually go for a 7th fight. That would really set the bar and make it one of the hardest records in the UFC to break.

Junie Browning will not be on the new season of TUF, but he did pick up a dominating win recently

I’m sure you have heard the rumors going around about the new season of The Ultimate Fighter. The cast is rumored to have plenty of familiar faces and the coaches are going to be newly crowned bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and number 1 contender T.J Dillashaw. One of the rumored fighters to be on the show is the number 1 pick from season 8, Junie Browning.

Right from the start Junie stands out. His fight to get into the house against Jose Aguilar was a train wreck, Junie smashed him. Jose Aguilar made it back to his corner at the end of round one and Gave up. Junie then went on to take out Rolando Delgado, winning a 3 round decision. Junie eventually lost to the winner of season 8, Efrain Escudero.

Junie went on to fight Dave Kaplan for his UFC debut, a fight where he won by arm bar and earned a fight of the night bonus. There was a ton of drama that went down on and after TUF.  Junie is a guy who seemed to have a world of potential, he was the first pick after all. Junie was a big stand out, plenty of people didn’t like him, plenty of people loved him, but everyone remembers him. No way you can talk about season 8 of TUF without talking about Junie.

For those of you who was hoping to see Junie on the new season of TUF, sorry to break it to you but he will not be on it. I recently had a chat with Junie and when I asked him if the rumors were true, if he would in fact be on the new season of TUF, this is what he had to say. “I’m not on it, just rumors, I was going to do it but it fell through”

While that is disappointing, Junie did have a recent fight. Returning to MMA after a 4 year lay off, he took on Jeremy Myers at Hardcore MMA 84. This fight wasn’t even close, Junie nailed him with a leg kick, dropped him, got him on the ground and beat on him and roughed him up until the ref stopped the fight.

This was Junie’s first win since 2009, mostly due to his 4 year lay off. MMA is a tough sport and you can totally see how these guys can get burnt out or need time off to heal, mentally and physically. Hopefully Junie is feeling good, I know he’s training hard. You can watch his most recent fight below

Josh Samman, Fighting the Most Important Fight of His Life.

Josh Samman is in critical condition, Fighting the most important fight of his life.

Horrible news is now going around the MMA community. UFC middle weight Josh Samman was found unconscious today. He was also found with a friend, who is now dead.

Not many details are available and I’m not going to speculate or take guesses at what happen. All that is really known is Josh is in the hospital, fighting for his life.

Josh last fought on July 13th, against Tim Boetsch. Josh started out his UFC career on a hot streak, taking 3 in a row and winning 2 performance bonuses.

Josh lost his last 2 fights. He was hoping for a fight on the UFC 205 card. Here’s a quote from Josh following his Loss to Tim Boetsch, ‘I will return better, I will not be deterred.”
We all hope to see that Josh.

All of us here at MMA Outsiders want to send out our thoughts and prayers for Josh. Get well soon man.

Gray Maynard vs. Ryan Hall set for TUF 24 Finale

Coming off a successful debut at Featherweight, former Lightweight number one contender Gray Maynard will face off against Ultimate Fighter season 22 winner Ryan Hall in a Featherweight contest at the TUF 24 finale on December 3rd. The fight was confirmed by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Maynard (12-5-1, 1 NC) defeated Fernando Bruno in his Featherweight debut at the TUF 23 Finale early in the summer. The win came as a much needed breath of relief as Maynard went 1-4 in his last 5 bouts at Lightweight which necessitated the move down a weight class. Of Maynard’s 12 wins, 10 are by judges decision.

Hall (5-1) has yet to compete since winning the Ultimate Fighter’s 22nd season last winter. He was scheduled to face Alex White at UFC Fight Night 91 in July. However, after White was removed from the bout, Hall elected to not fight on the card against the replacement. Of Hall’s five wins, four have come by finish. Two by submission, two by (t)ko.

The Ultimate Fighter Finale 24 Finale takes place on December 3rd. The main event will be headlined by a Flyweight title defense between Demetrious Johnson and the winner of the TUF 24 Flyweight season.

Livia Renata Souza vs. Angela Hill Strawweight title fight added to Invicta FC 17

Expect two champions to compete on May 7th as reigning Invicta FC Strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza will defend her title against Ultimate Fighter veteran Angela “Overkill” Hill.

Souza (9-0, 2-0 in Invicta) most recently defended her Strawweight title this past January for the first time against DeAnna Bennet, earning a TKO finish by way of body kick. It was the first knockout finish of her career, as all of her other victories have come by way of submission. Souza won the championship against Katja Kankaanpää last April at Invicta FC 12. Souza most recently had been campaigning for a shot on the UFC 198 in Brazil and is still adamant that she will someday compete inside the Octagon.

No stranger to the bright lights of the Octagon herself, Hill (4-2, 2-0 in Invicta) has started this year off in the fast lane. Already registering two wins in 2016, one against Alida Gray in January, and most recently against Stephanie Eggink last month in March, Hill will be fighting in one of the biggest fights of her young but bright career. Hill competed on the 2oth season of the Ultimate Fighter, losing in the first round to eventual tournament winner and the first ever UFC Strawweight champion Carla Esparza. Hill has finished all but one of her fights by way of knockout.

Invicta FC 17 takes place at Costa Mesa’s The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center and will be headlined by Tonya Evinger vs. Colleen Schneider for the Invicta Bantamweight championship, The promotion is expected to announce three additional bouts later this week.