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Matt Riddle announces retirement from MMA following rib injury

Matt Riddle withdrew from his scheduled Bellator MMA debut after suffering a rib injury on Monday.

Riddle, who was slated to fight Luis Melo Jr. in the quarterfinals of the Bellator’s season-nine welterweight tournament, subsequently announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

“I’m retiring from MMA today,” Riddle wrote on Facebook. “Cracked my rib and can’t fight Sept. 20. Bellator said they can’t find me a fight till the next tournament and I can’t afford not fighting that long and need a job. Sorry if I let anyone down but it isn’t paying the bills.”

Riddle hangs up his gloves having fought professionally only under the UFC banner. The 27-year-old debuted on The Ultimate Fighter 7, where he memorably knocked out Dan Simmler just nine seconds into the second round of his elimination fight.

Riddle subsequently lost to Tim Credeur in the season’s opening round, but went on to compile a career 7-3 record with two no contests, both of which were initial victories overturned due to positive tests for marijuana. Riddle earned his UFC release following a second failed drug test, then signed with Texas based promotion Legacy FC before having his contract bought out by Bellator MMA.

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Elias Silverio plans to drop to 155 pounds following first UFC win

BELO HORIZONTE, Brazil — Elias Silverio took on Joao Zeferino on short notice at UFC Fight Night 28 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, and moved to 9-0 in MMA with a unanimous decision victory. Excited to be part of the UFC roster, Silverio plans to drop to the 155 pound division for his next bout.

“UFC called me a month before the fight, and Zeferino made his UFC debut the same way,” Silverio said after the win. “But I was well prepared to win. I never entered a ring so happy like this time, I had to win this fight. I had this opportunity at 170, but I’ll think about it. I want to go to the doctor to check if I can drop to 155. Normally, I weigh around 185.”

Fighting out of Sao Paulo, Silverio travels 74 miles every day from Pirapora do Bom Jesus to the capital to train with the likes of Demian Maia and Daniel Sarafian, and all the hard work paid off.

“This is the like World Cup of MMA, this is where everybody wants to be,” he said. “It was like a dream coming true for me. I went to HSBC Arena (in Rio) to watch UFC 163 and I started looking to the event with other eyes, dreaming that one day I’d be there. Then I got the call from the UFC. I always trained with a goal in my mind to be the UFC champion, even before I signed with the UFC.”

A former champion of Jungle Fight, Silverio made his first fight inside the Octagon two years after his MMA debut, and he wants to become an idol in Brazil.

“There are a lot of great guys in the UFC, and now I’m here,” he said. “Everything was new to me. I saw Bigfoot (Silva), Lyoto (Machida) in the hotel and thought ‘wow, this is so cool’. And I believe in the future people will see me this way.”

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Middleweight ‘Arm Collector’ Giva Santana Retires Following Bellator 98 Loss to Jason Butcher

Bellator middleweight Giva Santana has retired at age 41.
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Benson Henderson says his elbow won’t be an issue following UFC 164 defeat

Last Saturday (August 31, 2013) at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Anthony Pettis captured the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight title, when he caught Benson Henderson in an armbar in the first round. Henderson attempted to escape, but was ultimately forced to verbally submit.

There was some concern that due to the angle and set up of the submission, that there was some some damage to Henderson’s elbow. As a precaution, he even showed up to the post-fight press conference in a sling.

Henderson was examined by the Los Angeles Dodgers team physician, Dr. Brian Shafer, for a diagnosis. The prognosis was positive, as there is no structural damage to the elbow; however, he will have to do a couple weeks of rehab.

MMA Mania received an official statement from Henderson regarding the injury on Friday evening (Sept. 6, 2013).

My elbow isn’t going to be an issue. Dr. Shafer said I can resume training immediately, but to take it slow and steady for a couple of weeks and do my rehab work. Of course I am anxious to get going full speed again but I will be smart and patient about it as well.

I want to thank my hardcore fans for their awesome support, not just in the past week, but throughout my career. I can be better. I will be better.

The bout with Pettis was a rematch from their classic at WEC 53. Henderson was not only fighting for redemption, but also for the record for consecutive lightweight title defenses. With such a definitive finish, the UFC has opted to move forward with the lightweight division, with Pettis facing TJ Grant in his first title defense.

For Henderson, this means that whenever he’s finished with rehabilitation, he’ll be forced to work his way back up the lightweight ladder. He’s still ranked in the top five of the division in the official UFC media rankings so he’s not too far away from the belt.

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Erik Koch ‘likely’ headed to lightweight division following two straight losses at featherweight

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) No. 1 featherweight contender, Erik Koch, could be ready to pack on the pounds in order to try his luck in the lightweight division.

According to Mike Roberts, Koch’s manager, “New Breed’s” next move is still in the dark following his loss to Dustin Poirier this past weekend (Aug. 31, 2013) at UFC 164 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but a move back up to 155 pounds — Erik’s former home — is “likely.”

And the “horrible” weight cutting process Erik has endured to make the 145-pound limit has plenty to do with the decision, as Roberts recently revealed to Bleacher Report:

“The next move, we’re talking about it right now, I like to take a few days off and let everybody process it. This is going to be a team decision, me and Erik and Duke (Roufus) are going to get on the horn with each other and see and kind of go from there the best situation for Erik. I think a move to 155 is pretty likely. That cut for Erik is horrible. It’s worse for anybody I’ve ever seen other than when James Irvin cut to 185. It’s literally taxing on his body. Erik is lean at 170 pounds walking around, and I just think the cut is a little bit too much for him.”

The loss to “Diamond” was Koch’s second straight at 145 pounds, losing to Ricardo Lamas at UFC on FOX 6 earlier in the year via technical knockout (TKO). “New Breed” was penciled in to face Jose Aldo at UFC 153 in 2012 for the title, however, an injury forced Koch out of the championship fight.

And following his last two performances, a featherweight title fight is highly unlikely for the foreseeable future.

Should the move become to lightweight become a reality, the competition won’t get any easier for Erick, as a talent-filled 155-pound weight class houses plenty of sharks who are ready to welcome him in.

The pending move up to 155 pounds is rather surprising, really, seeing as how his RoufuSport teammate, Anthony Pettis, is now the new division champion after forcing former kingpin Ben Henderson to tap in round one of their title fight last weekend, also at UFC 164.

And judging by his dominating performance (see it again here) against “Smooth” in “Brew City,” “Showtime” could be ruling the division for quite some time.

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Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller Released on Bail Following Arrest for Alleged Domestic Violence

Jason Miller has been released from jail after being arrested Sunday on charges of alleged domestic violence in California.
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Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller released from jail following arrest on domestic violence charges

Retired mixed martial artist Jason “Mayhem” Miller was released from Orange County Central Jail Complex early Monday morning after being arrested Sunday on domestic violence charges.

Miller posted a $ 50,000 bond and was released at 12:21 a.m., according to a representative from the O.C. Central Jail Complex. Sheriff’s Department officials were unable to provide specifics on the arrest.

Miller has yet to publicly comment on the situation. Multiple attempts by MMAFighting.com to contact Miller have thus far gone unreturned.

Under California law, domestic violence charges range from a misdemeanor to a felony on a case-by-case basis, with the latter carrying a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

Miller’s arrest comes two days to the one-year anniversary of his arrest after being found nude inside a Southern California church. Miller allegedly broke into the church after hours, and faced a misdemeanor vandalism charge for damages within the property. However that charge was ultimately dismissed.

After losing consecutive UFC bouts and receiving his release from the promotion, Miller retired from MMA in 2012. The 32-year-old recently hinted at a comeback, admitting to Los Angeles’ Fox 11 that he still thinks about fighting but will first require two corrective knee surgeries before he can consider his next move.

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Cain Velasquez has Fabricio Werdum on radar following Junior dos Santos trilogy

NEW YORK — UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez discusses if he’s annoyed hanging out with Junior dos Santos so much on the UFC world tour, if he was offended by the “hits like a girl” remark by dos Santos, if he’s interested in a superfight with Jon Jones, why he thinks Daniel Cormier would beat Jones, the possible fighters he might after the trilogy fight, and much more.

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Bellator 97 preview features very emotional ‘King Mo’ following Babalu Sobral’s retirement

Bellator returns Wednesday night on Spike TV, with a card featuring two title fights and two tournament finals. Above is a preview video of the main card.

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Daniel Cormier wants immediate light heavyweight title shot following Roy Nelson fight


Daniel Cormier’s last fight as a heavyweight will be against Roy Nelson at UFC 166.
“DC” confirmed his plans to move down to light heavyweight following the bout to FUEL TV’s “UFC Tonight” on Tuesday.

And not only is Cormier planning a move to light heavyweight, he wants an immediate 205-pound title shot, if he beats Nelson.
Cormier said that after the fight he will publicly ask the UFC in the cage to “cut the line” and fight the winner of Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson next. Cormier is now confident he can easily make the weight cut.
UFC 166, headlined by Cormier’s teammate Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos 3 for the UFC heavyweight title, takes place Oct. 19 in Houston.

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