Tag Archive for from

UFC heavyweight draws two-year suspension from USADA

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was forced to make some changes to its upcoming UFC Fight Night 119 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, taking place Sat., Oct. 28, 2017, inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

That’s because Brazilian heavyweight Carlos Felipe was flagged by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after testing positive for metabolites 16β‐hydroxy‐stanozolol and 3’‐hydroxy‐stanozolol from an out-of-competition drug test back in July.

The result is an uncontested two-year suspension from combat sports, retroactive to Sept. 19. His former opponent, Christian Colombo, will be rebooked for a future card.

UFC Fight Night 119 will be headlined by the return of former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, as he battles venerable 185-pound bruiser Derek Brunson. In the welterweight co-main event, Colby Covington tries to raise his stock against veteran grappler Demian Maia.

To see the latest UFC Fight Night 119 fight card and rumors click here.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Video: Watch as Nick Diaz tries to steal Rampage Jackson’s date from under his nose

Nick Diaz and Quinton Jackson got into a small altercation over the weekend — which may or may not be fake news — in Las Vegas, Nevada as the Stockton slugger apparently tried and somewhat succeeded in trying to steal “Rampage’s” date from him.

The clip — which was uploaded by Jackson on his Instagram — sees Diaz walk up and start delivering his best pick up lines on the unsuspecting woman, much to the chagrin of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion of the world.

Of course, it could be simple, playful revenge as Diaz once told a story in which Jackson once stole a girl he was fond of from him inside a Burger King when he was only seventeen years of age. Diaz admitted he wasn’t dating the girl at the time, which gave “Rampage” the path to try his best to get a date with her.

LOL?

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself

Mark Hunt was supposed to headline a UFC event in Australia, was pulled by the UFC for medical reasons, and he went off in a profanity-laced tirade on social media blasting his bosses (his posts have since been deleted). Is all not well in Hunt/UFC relationship? It ain’t no thang, according to UFC boss Dana […]

The post Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself

Mark Hunt was supposed to headline a UFC event in Australia, was pulled by the UFC for medical reasons, and he went off in a profanity-laced tirade on social media blasting his bosses (his posts have since been deleted). Is all not well in Hunt/UFC relationship? It ain’t no thang, according to UFC boss Dana […]

The post Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself

Mark Hunt was supposed to headline a UFC event in Australia, was pulled by the UFC for medical reasons, and he went off in a profanity-laced tirade on social media blasting his bosses (his posts have since been deleted). Is all not well in Hunt/UFC relationship? It ain’t no thang, according to UFC boss Dana […]

The post Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself

Mark Hunt was supposed to headline a UFC event in Australia, was pulled by the UFC for medical reasons, and he went off in a profanity-laced tirade on social media blasting his bosses (his posts have since been deleted). Is all not well in Hunt/UFC relationship? It ain’t no thang, according to UFC boss Dana […]

The post Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself

Mark Hunt was supposed to headline a UFC event in Australia, was pulled by the UFC for medical reasons, and he went off in a profanity-laced tirade on social media blasting his bosses (his posts have since been deleted). Is all not well in Hunt/UFC relationship? It ain’t no thang, according to UFC boss Dana […]

The post Dana White Says He’s Trying to Protect Mark Hunt From Himself appeared first on Caged Insider.

Caged Insider

UFC 216 results from last night: Demetrious Johnson vs Ray Borg fight recap

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight kingpin Demetrious Johnson collided with up-and-comer Ray Borg last night (Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

This whole situation was somewhat symbolic of Johnson’s career. Looking to break a record and achieve continued excellence, but still not the main event of a not particularly high-profile event. Still, this was his attempt to score title defense number 11, a significant moment for “Mighty Mouse.”

Borg was in the underdog position that pretty much all of Johnson’s recent opponents have been. He wasn’t expected to pose much of a threat, but “The Taxmexican Devil” nevertheless walked into the cage intent on scoring the upset.

Johnson opened with beautiful range control, circling and landing hard low kicks. He began to step in with kicks the the body and plant crosses, one of which allowed him to circle and briefly take the back. Borg pressured and shot for takedowns, but nothing materialized opposite “Mighty Mouse.”

After a failed shot from Borg, Johnson took top position once more. He worked from half guard for a bit then advanced to side control, attaching the far arm and landing elbows.

Borg defended reasonably well, but he didn’t land a single strike in the first round.

The fight moved in the clinic early in the second. Johnson landed some clean knees, but Borg managed to power into the double leg and take the back standing. Unfortunately for the young gun, Johnson effortlessly slipped out and landed on top.

Johnson’s top game is pretty much perfect. Borg is a strong grappler, but Johnson maneuvered around his guard without much difficulty. All the while, he searched for the Kimora, landed shots, and attempted to take the back.

It was another strong round from the champion.

Once again, Johnson controlled range until his opponent took a bad shot and gave up top control. From there, “Mighty Mouse” continued to flow positionally, looking for ground strikes and submissions. Borg defended, but he wasn’t able do anything else.

Johnson was just too perfect.

Heading into the championship rounds, Borg needed to do something dramatic. He came out aggressively and landed a big double leg, but he just couldn’t keep “DJ” down. In fact, he gave up top position desperately trying to hold the champion on the mat. Borg actually managed to stand back up this time, but his respite was brief, as Johnson slammed him back down with authority.

With five minutes remaining, there was no doubt whose hand would be raised.

Borg came out with some aggression, so Johnson threw him on his ass. For the rest of the bout, it was a replay of previous rounds. Johnson controlled excellently and advanced position, and whenever Borg did manage to get to his feet, he was planted on the mat. Just as it seemed like Johnson was coast to a decision, he slammed Borg and jumped on an arm bar. Borg did his damnedest to resist the submission, but his arm was cranked until he gave in.

This is yet another display of dominance from “Mighty Mouse.” It’s another top contender utterly shutdown; Borg landed less than a dozen strikes, and most were insignificant.

For a five round fight, that’s absolutely insane.

More than that, Johnson out-wrestled and out-grappled the guy who has been winning fights on the mat. He’s simply so good everywhere, and his technical mastery is amplified by the fact that Johnson never gets remotely close to fatigue.

Johnson has an incredible claim as the best ever, and his 11th title defense doesn’t hurt that resumè.

As for Borg, he knows what it’s like to fight “Mighty Mouse.” For 12 weeks or however long his camp was, Borg trained specifically for Johnson and told himself that what happened to all of Johnson’s past opponents wouldn’t happen to him. He’d make it a fight. Things would be different.

They weren’t.

That’s not an attempt to discredit Borg, a great fighter with obvious hurt. It’s just an uncomfortable fact that UFC Flyweights have to live with: “Mighty Mouse” is that good.

Last night, Johnson continued his dominant title reign with another arm bar victory. What’s next for the legendary champion?

For complete UFC 216 “Ferguson vs. Lee” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

MMAmania.com – All Posts

UFC 216 results: Biggest winners, loser from ‘Ferguson vs. Lee’ last night

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to action for UFC 216: “Ferguson vs. Lee,” which went down last night (Oct. 7, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The promotion’s latest mixed martial arts (MMA) card was headlined by an interim Lightweight title fight that saw Tony Ferguson claim his first-ever UFC world title by submitting Kevin Lee in the third round. In the co-main event, Demetrious Johnson made history by scoring his eleventh straight title defense with an amazing submission win over Ray Borg.

Biggest winner: Demetrious Johnson

“Mighty Mouse” is now on a mountain all his own, as he no longer shares the title defense record with Anderson Silva after submitting Borg in the co-headlining act. And he earned style points, too, as he pulled off one of the most amazing submissions in the history of the sport, suplexing his foe all while catching him in the submission mid-air. Though Borg tried his hardest to fight it off, he had no other choice but to tap to avoid a snap. Johnson can now sit back and enjoy the fruits of his labor after his record-setting night. And though he will likely defend his belt a couple more times (more if he wants to), expect him to start making his jump up to Bantamweight soon thereafter.

Runner Up: Tony Ferguson

“El Cucuy” talked the talk and he definitely walked the walk after he decimated Kevin Lee to claim the interim Lightweight strap, ultimately submitting him with a triangle choke. After beating just about everyone he needed to in order to get to the pinnacle of the sport, Ferguson has his sights on a title-unification match against division king, Conor McGregor. The problem is, “Notorious” still marches to the beat of his own drum, and if doesn’t want to defend his strap, history has shown the promotion won’t force him to, instead allowing him to pick his next foe. Hopefully, Conor sticks to his word of wanting to legitimize the belt, because a showdown against Ferguson would be something to behold.

Biggest Loser: Magomed Bibulatov

Some may think that’s a bizarre choice, but Lee and Borg gave it all they had in their first-ever title fights, so calling them “biggest losers” doesn’t seem appropriate. Magomed, though, was coming in as the next top prospect at Flyweight, coming in undefeated at 14-0. Even Demetrious Johnson mentioned Magomed as a future fight for him at 125 pounds earlier in the week. Moraga, though, had plans of his own, knocking out Bibulatov in the very first round rather viciously. While John can use this momentum to push him forward to one day earn another shot at the strap, it’s back to square one for Magomed, the Chechen fighter who was one of Ramzan Kadyrov’s greatest fighters representing his Fight Club Akhmat.

For complete UFC 216 results and coverage click here.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Las Vegas shooting draws heartfelt condolences in statement from UFC

As I’m sure most of you are aware by now, some madman went berserk during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, and gunned down several hundred people last night on the Las Vegas strip after opening fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

As of this writing, 58 people are confirmed dead.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, is expected to host the UFC 216: “Ferguson vs. Lee” pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (Oct. 7, 2017) at the nearby T-Mobile Arena, but no word yet if this weekend’s tragedy will affect the timing of the show.

That information may come at a later date, but for now, the promotion is simply offering its condolences to the victims and their families.

“Our hearts are home in Las Vegas,” the statement read on UFC.com. “We are saddened by this senseless act of violence and offer heartfelt condolences to all those affected.”

There are really no words at a time like this. It just sucks, plain and simple.

If and when UFC decides to move UFC 216 or keep it right where it is, we’ll be sure to pass along that information just as soon as it becomes available.

MMAmania.com – All Posts