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B.J. Penn-Yair Rodriguez Featherweight Headlines Jan. 15 UFC Fight Night in Phoenix

B.J. Penn now has another opponent for his slated comeback.
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B.J. Penn-Yair Rodriguez Featherweight Headlines Jan. 15 UFC Fight Night in Phoenix

B.J. Penn now has another opponent for his slated comeback.
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Sam Alvey vs. Nate Marquardt scheduled for UFC on FOX 23 on Jan. 28

The always smiley Sam Alvey will make his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon early next year, as the middleweight knockout artist is expected to take on veteran Nate Marquardt at UFC on FOX 23 on Jan. 28 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., per FloCombat.

Alvey, 30, has fought four times in 2016, securing a 3-1 record with two memorable finishes. After winning a unanimous decision over Alex Nicholson back at UFC Fight Night 98, Alvey extended his current win streak to three. He’s one of the more game brawlers in the middleweight division today and a guy who can use a victory over Marquardt to catapult himself into the top 15.

Marquardt, 37, recently got back into the middleweight win column with a head kick knockout of Tamdan McCrory back at UFC Fight Night 96. The former title challenger has produced a 3-3 clip since dropping back down to 185 pounds in 2014, but will look to start 2017 off with a bang against Alvey.

UFC on FOX 23 does not currently have a main event.

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Bellator 148: Ryan Couture vs Patricky Pitbull fight set for Save Mart Center on Jan. 29

Bellator 148: ”Daley vs. Uhrich” takes place at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif., on Jan. 29, 2016. The main event that night is a Welterweight showdown between dynamite striker “Semtex” Paul Daley an late Josh Koscheck replacement, “Stunner” Andy Uhrich.

Recently announced for the Spike TV-televised main card is an intriguing Lightweight showdown between Ryan Couture (10-3) — winner of four straight bouts (and undefeated so far in Bellator) — against long-time promotional veteran, Patricky Freire (14-7).

Couture was originally scheduled to face Derek Anderson, who picked up a second win over Freire on the main card of Bellator 147 in Dec. 2014, but ”Barbaric” withdrew because of an injury and Freire agreed to step up on short notice.

Freire will look to get back on track after losing two of his last three matches, while Couture hopes to continue his momentum toward a Lightweight title shot at “Ill” Will Brooks following his submission of Dakota Cochrane at Bellator 135.

Check out the latest Bellator 148 fight card below:

Main Card (Spike TV):

Welterweight Main Event: Paul Daley (37-13-2) vs. Andy Uhrich (11-5)
Welterweight Co-Main Event: Chris Honeycutt (6-0, 1 NC) vs. Paul Bradley (22-6, 2 NC)
Lightweight Feature Bout: Ryan Couture (10-3) vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire (14-7)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Raphael Butler (9-1) vs. Tony Johnson (9-2)

“Prelims” Undercard (Spike.com):

Featherweight Feature Bout: Mark Dickman (10-2) vs. Thomas Diagne (5-5-1)
Flyweight Feature Bout: Ilima Macfarlane (2-0) vs. Amber Tackett (1-1)
Heavyweight Feature Bout: Javy Ayala (8-4) vs. Carl Seumanutafa (9-6)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Anthony Avila (12-4) vs. John Reedy (11-6)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Art Arcienega (14-5) vs. Justin Smitley (9-7
Welterweight Feature Bout: Mason Fowler (2-0) vs. TBA
Bantamweight Feature Bout: Paul Ruiz (6-2) vs. Josh San Diego (5-1)
Flyweight Feature Bout: Matt Perez (1-1) vs. Eugene Cancino (Debut)
Featherweight Feature Bout: Nick Bustamante (3-0) vs. Salvador Becerra (4-2)
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: John Paul Elias (3-0) vs. TBA
Light Heavyweight Feature Bout: Jermaine McDermott (1-0) vs. Eric Huggins (1-0)

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Video: UFC Fight Night 81 promo released for ‘Dillashaw vs. Cruz’ on Jan. 17 in Boston

After taking a weekend off, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will be at it again as it presents UFC Fight Night 81 live from inside the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Jan. 17, 2016.

The Fox Sports 1-televised event will be headlined by a much-anticipated bantamweight title fight, as division champion T.J. Dillashaw takes on former champ, Dominick Cruz.

And there is no love lost between these two, as both men have been taking verbal jabs at one another for the better part of 2015 (see examples here and here).

Pretty soon, it will be put up or shut up for the scrappy fighters.

Also on the card, former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis takes on former Bellator 155-pound king, Eddie Alvarez, in the co-main event of the evening. And, in heavyweight action, Travis Browne takes on Matt Mitrione in what is sure to be a hard-hitting affair.

Expect much more from the promotion as it relates to UFC Fight Night 81, until then, get up to speed with the event by clicking here.

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Ronda Rousey to Host ‘Saturday Night Live’ on Jan. 23

UFC bantamweight Ronda Rousey remains in high demand as a crossover star.
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UFC 195: Kelvin Gastelum vs Kyle Noke booked for Jan. 2 in Las Vegas

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is adding some welterweight flavor to its upcoming UFC 195 pay-per-view (PPV) mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place on Jan. 2, 2016, inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kelvin Gastelum vs. Kyle Noke.

Gastelum (11-2) is looking to rebound from a close split-decision loss to Neil Magny at the UFC Fight Night 78 card just last month. After starting his career a perfect 10-0, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 17 champ is now just 1-2 over his last three.

Noke (22-7-1), meanwhile, is riding a two-fight winning streak after coming up short against Patrick Cote in 2014. Following his split-decision win over Jonavin Webb in Australia, “KO” beat the brakes off Peter Sobotta at UFC 193 “Down Under.”

UFC 195 will feature the welterweight title bout between reigning champion Robbie Lawler and former interim titleholder Carlos Condit. Elsewhere on the card, Andrei Arlovski and Stipe Miocic bang it out for a spot in the crowded heavyweight title hunt.

See the latest UFC 195 fight card and rumors here.

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Invicta 15: Cris Cyborg vs Daria Ibragimova, Angela Hill vs Jodie Esquibel official for Jan. 16

Invicta Fighting Championships returns to UFC Fight Pass digital network for Invicta FC 15, which takes place on Sat., Jan. 16, 2015 inside The Hangar at OC Fair in Costa Mesa, California.

That’s where reigning Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane Justino will headline – at featherweight — against Russian-born grappler Daria Ibragimova. “Cyborg” will be putting her 145-pound strap on the line since her Ronda Rousey “super fight” is no longer that super.

Blame Holly Holm.

Elsewhere on the card, UFC strawweight import Angela “Overkill” Hill makes her promotional debut against 5-1 striker and former atomweight Jodie Esquibel, while Livia Renta Souza puts her 115-pound title up for grabs opposite DeAnna Bennett.

Here’s the current Invicta 15 fight card and line up:

145 lbs.: Cristiane Justino (14-1-1) vs. Daria Ibragimova (9-1)
115 lbs.: Livia Renta Souza (8-0) vs. DeAnna Bennett (8-0)
105 lbs.: Amber Brown (5-1) vs. Lisa Ellis (15-10)
115 lbs.: Angela Hill (2-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-1)

Additional bouts for Invicta FC 15 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

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UFC 195 Update: Joe Soto Replaces Russell Doane, Meets Michinori Tanaka on Jan. 2

Only days after being revealed, a bantamweight bout between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka has been removed from the UFC 195 fight card.
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UFC 195 Update: Joe Soto Replaces Russell Doane, Meets Michinori Tanaka on Jan. 2

Only days after being revealed, a bantamweight bout between Russell Doane and Michinori Tanaka has been removed from the UFC 195 fight card.
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