Referee Marc Goddard stopped the action in the Lobov-Fili fight to reprimand Conor McGregor for coaching his teammate despite not being an official cornerman.
UFC Gdansk is firmly underway right now, and somehow, Conor McGregor has already managed to receive a stern warning from referee Marc Goddard despite not even being a competitor on the card. McGregor arrived at the Ergo Arena during the Touahri-Alves fight, as his teammate, Artem Lobov, was taking on Andre Fili in the next bout.
Brazilian Talita de Oliveira has apparently agreed to step in on short notice to take on Marion Reneau for the UFC’s September 2nd card.
It looks like the UFC has managed to find a short-notice replacement for Marion Reneau after Germaine de Randamie pulled out of their bout less than one week away from fight night. MMA Brasil reports, Brazilian newcomer Talita de Oliveira has agreed to step in and save the match.
Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio in Glasgow, Scotland. We tell you who won, who didn’t, and why.
The SSE Hydro, was the home to a… well, it was a day of fights, with six (T)KOs, one submission and five decisions. The hometown fighters lost in three of their four bouts, and even crowd favorites Neil Seery and Gunnar Nelson picked up losses. Even so, the Scottish crowd remained just as raucous as we’ve come to expect from the Celtic nations.
It didn’t take long for Santiago Ponzinibbio to pull off the biggest win of his UFC career.
The UFC Fight Night: Glasgow main event saw Icelandic welterweight contender Gunnar Nelson get off to a promising start against Santiago Ponzinibbio, only for Ponzinibbio to melt him with his heavy hands.
All the best, most interesting, and unquestionably coolest fights to make for the UFC following the promotion’s latest event in Glasgow, Scotland.
UFC Scotland brought all kinds of violence. With six knockouts and a submission the event had a lot of definitive results. And definitive results mean that fighters have definitive steps forward (and backward) to be taken. Santiago Ponzinibbio made his claim to a spot in the welterweight top 10, Paul Felder showed he may be ready for another ‘big’ fight, and Leslie Smith made it clear that she doesn’t need to be fighting newcomers.
After Ben Rothwell was pulled out of UFC 203’s co-headliner against Fabricio Werdum with an injury, Derrick Lewis was very quick to make his interest known on social media.
Conor McGregor was apparently supposed to be part of UFC 219, but his recent controversy at Bellator 187 forced UFC executives to scrap these plans.
The repercussions of Conor McGregor’s actions at Bellator 187 in Dublin late last week are getting worse by the day. Now, his supposed MMA return at UFC 219 in Las Vegas has apparently been scrapped, upon the decision of UFC executives.
Check out the results of the four preliminary card bouts at UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami in Saitama, Japan.
The UFC Fight Night: Saint Preux vs. Okami preliminary card is in the books. Daichi Abe and Hyun Gyu Lim got things started with an entertaining scrap, Shinsho Anzai returned from a long layoff to get a win over Luke Jumeau, Syuri Kondo edged out Chan-Mi Jeon on the scorecards, and Keita Nakamura made it 4-for-4 in Japan’s favor with a win over Alex Morono. Here’s how the fights played out.
The UFC Japan main event saw Ovince Saint Preux once again win by Von Flue choke, as he quickly submitted late-notice replacement Yushin Okami.
Headlining UFC Japan was a makeshift light heavyweight bout between Ovince Saint Preux and Yushin Okami. The original plan was for OSP to rematch Mauricio Rua, but the former middleweight title contender Okami stepped up on short notice when Shogun pulled out with injury. Yushin had recently been competing at welterweight, so it was always going to be a tall task to get the upset win, and he wound up being the latest victim of the “Von Flue choke.”
Eddie Alvarez poked fun at Conor McGregor’s cardio training in the lead-up to UFC 205.
After Conor McGregor lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196, the Irishman became obsessed with cardio training.
On the UFC Liverpool main card, Arnold Allen choked out Mads Burnell, and Claudio Silva upset Nordine Taleb.
Welterweight contender Neil Magny stopped Craig White in the first round of the UFC Liverpool co-main event.
The UFC Mexico City co-main event saw Alexa Grasso pick up the split decision victory over the UFC’s #9 ranked strawweight Randa Markos. Both competitors went right after each other, with each finding success in the opening round with their strikes. Markos found her stride in the second stanza, as she was able to take down her opponent and unleash some unanswered ground strikes. Grasso would rally late in the final round, coming alive with her boxing down the stretch, to ultimately earn the hard fought victory over a ranked opponent.
Check out our breakdown of the post-fight bonuses from UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno in Mexico City, Mexico. We tell you who won, who didn’t and why.
The Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico was home to an explosive night of fights, with four (T)KOs, three submissions and five decisions, including three split-decisions. The undercard was packed with finishes, with five of the six bouts ending before the fifteen minute mark, and the main card was filled with razor-close fights, with half the bouts ending in a split-decision.
On the UFC Mexico City main card, Niko Price TKO’d Alan Jouban, Humberto Bandenay slaughtered Martin Bravo, and Alejandro Perez won a war with Andre Soukhamthath.
The UFC Fight Night: Pettis vs. Moreno weigh-in results are all wrapped up. Flyweight headliners Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno both made weight, coming in at the maximum 126 pounds. The same cannot be said for the co-main event, as Alexa Grasso was well over the strawweight limit, weighing 119 pounds. Her opponent, Randa Markos, came in at 116, and she’ll also be receiving 20% of Grasso’s purse.
The local crowd had to be happy with that UFC event.
Eleven events in eleven weeks for the UFC, and this dizzying ride comes to an end with a nicely packaged small event that put its Latin American talent on display. Mexico City played host to a card that may not be the most memorable or consequential overall, but made for a few highlight reel moments and added to the development of some fighters on the roster.
The UFC’s upcoming trip to Norfolk, VA is getting a lightweight bout between two of the promotion’s longest tenured action fighters.
Surely this fight has happened before. It must have happened; has to have already been done. Both Clay Guida (33-17) and Joe Lauzon (27-13) entered the UFC as lightweights in 2006 – Guida through the acquisition of the WEC, while Lauzon debuted against Jens Pulver – and neither man has had a year without at least one bout in the promotion since. For those at home, that’s 11 solid years of cage fighting, without ever sharing the Octagon.
UFC welterweight Diego Sanchez released a short statement following his brutal knockout defeat vs. Matt Brown.
One of the defining aspects of Diego Sanchez’s career was his ability to take insane amounts of punishment in his fights, but avoid getting knocked out. His only stoppage loss prior to the start of 2016 was the infamous cut he suffered against B.J. Penn at UFC 107 back in 2009.
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