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Report: Nate Diaz Also Off UFC 230 Card Following Dustin Poirier Injury Withdrawal

It appears that UFC 230 is down a fight, as Nate Diaz will not compete on the Madison Square Garden card following Dustin Poirier’s injury-related exit.
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Sergio Pettis to Return to Bantamweight Following UFC 229 Setback, Coach Says

Sergio Pettis appeared to have turned a corner at 125 pounds with a signature win against Joseph Benavidez earlier this summer.
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Holm Benched Until 2019 Following Knee Surgery

With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes booked to fight reigning 145-pound titleholder Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 in December, there was no really reason for Holly Holm to hang around.

That’s why “The Preacher’s Daughter” opted for knee surgery to repair a wonky meniscus, according to a report from ESPN, which also indicates Holm will set her sights on “Lioness” when she returns in early 2019.

After shocking the world with her UFC 193 knockout win over Ronda Rousey, which won her the 135-pound strap, Holm (12-4) struggled to stay consistent. The former pugilist is just 2-4 over her last six, split between the bantamweight and featherweight divisions.

While her UFC 225 win over Megan Anderson was probably not enough to get her yet another title shot, the women’s 135-pound weight class is starved for contenders, which is why Holm remains ranked No. 1 in the division.

See you in 2019.

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Fighter Undergoes Emergency Surgery Following Brutal KO Loss

Professional Fighters League (PFL) wrapped up its inaugural regular season schedule last Thursday night (Aug. 30, 2018) inside Ocean Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the biggest story coming out of its “Garden State” fight card was the finalized playoff brackets.

Until now.

That’s because heavyweight fighter LeRoy Johnson was forced to undergo emergency surgery in the wake of his devastating knockout loss to Muhammed DeReese, one that rendered him unconscious for over seven minutes.

“For those wondering about LeRoy Johnson, here’s the update I have,” manager David Rubinsteain wrote on Twitter. “Had emergency surgery for a vertebrae that slipped out of place and a second surgery for high blood pressure issues. Has feeling in arms and legs. PFL flying his fiancé to Philly to be with him. Thats all I know now.”

The fight-ending finish is available in GIF form by clicking here.

Johnson, who turned 38 back in January, has bounced around the regional circuit for most of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, making pit stops in Bellator MMA and King of the Cage (KOTC), just to name a few.

We’ll keep you updated on his condition just as soon as more information becomes available.

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Teixeira Eyes Surgery Following UFC Sao Paulo Pullout

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to replace Glover Teixeira in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 137 main event after the Brazilian blew out his shoulder and was forced to withdraw from the Sept. 22 fight card, scheduled for Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While I’m sure both the promotion and opponent Jimi Manuwa would prefer to postpone the pairing rather than cancel it altogether, it sounds like Teixeira will opt to go under the knife to correct a lingering issue.

“We’ll see if I need surgery or only physical therapy. I think I’ll need surgery because I wanted to have surgery before,” Teixeira told MMA Fighting. ”The doctor had already told me that my rotator cuff was injured and I think it just got worse now.”

This is a considerable setback for the soon to be 39 year-old slugger, especially when factoring in how pedestrian he looked in defeat to Corey Anderson. That loss put him at 2-3 over the last two years in a span that saw him get finished twice.

Teixeira will find out his fate on Thursday as the promotion continues to hunt for a 205-pound replacement. As it stands, Manuwa remains attached to the FOX Sports 1 fight card, which goes live in just over a month.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov Calls for Conor McGregor Fight Following Plea Deal

News of Conor McGregor’s plea deal on Thursday makes him eligible to fight again, and also without travel restrictions. That news was not lost on McGregor’s lightweight rival, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who promptly called for a title fight against the former divisional champion.
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Paul Felder Considers Staying at 170 pounds Following Loss to Mike Perry at UFC 226

Paul Felder was a late call up at UFC 226 when he took on Mike Perry after Perry’s original opponent Yancy Medeiros withdrew from the fight a week out. Felder went on to lose to Perry via split decision, though he valiantly fought the majority of the bout with a broken arm and even outscored Perry on one of the judges’ scorecards. Now, the career lightweight is mulling an extended stay at 170 pounds.
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