UFC Brisbane Card Undergoes Last-Minute Shake-Up

UFC Brisbane Card Undergoes: The fight card for UFC Fight Night 85: Hunt vs. Mir has undergone a last-minute shuffle due to an injury and visa issues.
March 15, 2016

UFC Brisbane Card Undergoes

UFC Brisbane Card Undergoes: The fight card for UFC Fight Night 85: Hunt vs. Mir has undergone a last-minute shuffle due to an injury and visa issues.

The flyweight bout between Justin Scoggins and Ben Nguyen was cancelled on Friday when Scoggins had to withdraw due to an undisclosed injury. UFC officials also announced on Friday that Abel Trujillo would be unable to face Ross Pearson after visa issues forced him from the card.

Chad Laprise was pulled from his scheduled bout against Alan Patrick and paired with Pearson. Pearson and Laprise are expected to headline the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

It took a couple of days, but UFC matchmakers eventually settled on Aussie Damien Brown to fight Patrick.

UFC Fight Night 85 takes place at Brisbane Entertainment Center in Brisbane on Sunday, March 20 local time. It airs on Saturday, March 19, across North America due to the time difference.

UFC Fight Night 85 Line-Up:

Mark Hunt (11-10-1) vs. Frank Mir (18-10)
Neil Magny (17-4) vs. Hector Lombard (34-4-1, 2 NC)
Jake Matthews (9-1) vs. Johnny Case (22-4)
Daniel Kelly (10-1) vs. Antonio Carlos Junior (6-1, 1 NC)
James Te Huna (18-8) vs. Steve Bosse (10-2)
Bec Rawlings (6-4) vs. Seo Hee Ham (16-6)
Brendan O’Reilly (5-1-1) vs. Alan Jouban (12-4)
Rich Walsh (9-4) vs. Viscardi Andrade (18-7)
Ross Pearson (18-10) vs. Chad Laprise (10-1)
Daniel Hooker (12-6) vs. Mark Eddiva (6-2)
Leslie Smith (7-6-1) vs. Rin Nakai (16-1-1)
Alan Patrick (12-1) vs. Damien Brown (15-8)

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Dana White Calls Holly Holms Manager for Miesha Tate Defeat

Dana White Calls Holly Holms Manager: UFC president Dana White believes Holly Holm was let down by her management over her loss to Miesha Tate at UFC 196.
March 9, 2016

Dana White Calls Holly Holms Manager

Dana White Calls Holly Holms Manager: UFC president Dana White believes Holly Holm was let down by her management over her loss to Miesha Tate at UFC 196.

White says Holm’s manager, Lenny Fresquez, should have included her in talks about the Tate fight.

Holm’s defeat cost her the bantamweight title and a moneymaking rematch with Ronda Rousey who she beat in November last year.

Holm had said before UFC 196 that she wasn’t willing to wait for a rematch with Rousey, who wanted to hold out until after the summer to fight again.

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UFC Bash: Aldo Taunts McGregor, Rousey and Tate Rematch

UFC Bash: Saturday’s defeats had barely started to sink in for Conor McGregor and Holly Holm before UFC’s next big fights started to take shape.
March 7, 2016

UFC Bash

UFC Bash: Saturday’s defeats had barely started to sink in for Conor McGregor and Holly Holm before UFC’s next big fights started to take shape.

José Aldo was the first to call out the Irishman who knocked him out in 13 seconds back in December.

McGregor said he was heartbroken with the loss to Nate Diaz, but added that he had no regrets about moving up in weight.

He seemed happy with the idea of facing Aldo at UFC 200 later this year. However, he said that Brazilian could have been in Nate’s place.

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UFC Fight Night 84 Weigh-in Results: Michael Bisping Gets in Anderson Silva’s Face

The UFC Fight Night 84 headliner is a fight that has been years in the making. Michael Bisping has long wanted it, and so has Anderson Silva.
February 26, 2016

UFC Fight Night 84

The UFC Fight Night 84 headliner is a fight that has been years in the making. Michael Bisping has long wanted it, and so has Anderson Silva. Following Friday’s weigh-in event in London, the Silva vs. Bisping five-round middleweight clash will finally happen.

Silva (33-6, 1 NC) is returning to the Octagon, looking to put the past couple years of strife behind him. He lost his UFC middleweight championship to Chris Weidman in the summer of 2013. A few months later, he suffered a horrific broken leg. A year later, Silva returned and defeated Nick Diaz, only to test positive for steroids.

Now, after serving a 12-month suspension for his anti-doping policy violations, Silva climbs back in the cage at 40 years of age, ready to prove that he hasn’t lost a step.

Always the bride’s maid and never the bride, Bisping (27-7) has been chomping at the bit to fight Silva for the better part of his career, albeit he would rather have fought Silva when the Brazilian held the belt.

Having alternated between wins and losses for the past few years, Bisping is currently the owner of back-to-back victories and would like nothing more than to add Silva to his hit list, as it would surely go a long way towards putting him into title contention.

After making weight, Silva and Bisping literally went forehead to forehead as they squared off for photographers. Bisping was immediately in Silva’s face, heatedly saying something, Silva just shaking his head in return, as UFC president Dana White stepped in to separate them.

Silva was fairly calm afterward, saying in a brief interview that he believes he’s got another title run in him. “I think so. I go working hard for this one. I think this fight is good for me, it’s good for Bisping. Let’s go. Let’s go.”

Bisping, however, was quite worked up, thanking the crowd before targeting Silva for his anti-doping infractions. “This man is a cheat. This man is a fraud. I will make you pay for your mistakes tomorrow night my friend. All the needles in your ass. All the steroids will not help you, you (expletive)!”

The UFC Fight Night 84 co-main event features another pivotal middleweight bout. Thales Leites recently had a long winning streak ended by Bisping, while Gegard Mousasi is coming off of a loss to Uriah Hall. Each man is looking to right the ship when they meet immediately before Silva and Bisping on Saturday in London.

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Ronda Rousey Gets Caught Sharing Photoshopped Picture of Herself

Ronda Rousey
February 19, 2016

Ronda Rousey Gets Caught Sharing Photoshopped Picture of Herself, Apologizes

Ronda Rousey, The UFC fighter, who appeared on The Tonight Show on Tuesday, shared an image from the taping to her Instagram account.

Rousey, replied to fans on Friday with a heartfelt and frank apology, saying she wasn’t aware the image had been doctored.

The UFC Star stated “This goes against everything I believe and I am extremely proud of every inch of my body. And I can assure you all it will never happen again.

Rousey Gets Caught Sharing Photoshopped Picture of Herself, Apologizes

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UFC officials: BJ Penn’s return postponed following ‘serious allegations’

BJ Penn
February 18, 2016

UFC officials: BJ Penn’s return postponed following ‘serious allegations’

BJ Penn’s return to the Octagon has been postponed until further notice according to a statement from the UFC following recent allegations that surfaced against the Hawaiian.

The controversy stems from a former editor from Penn’s website alleging that the UFC Hall of Famer assaulted his girlfriend in Hawaii, and that there are plans to pursue legal action against him in court.

Due to the serious nature of the allegations, the UFC has opted to put Penn on the shelf pending an investigation into the matter.

“UFC is aware of the recent allegations made against BJ Penn,” officials said in a statement released on Thursday. “The organization requires all athletes who compete in the UFC to act in an ethical and responsible manner, as detailed in the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy. UFC will not tolerate violations of the policy.

Every athlete is deserving of proper review and this situation, as with any serious allegation, will be investigated by an independent party and thoroughly reviewed by the UFC.

The UFC organization will also cooperate with any law enforcement investigation. In light of the serious allegations, UFC has postponed plans to book Penn for an upcoming bout until more details are determined.

“UFC holds athletes who compete in the organization to the highest standard and will continue to take appropriate action, if and when warranted. It is important to note that Penn is considered innocent until proven guilty and UFC is not prejudging this matter.”

Penn was expected to make his return to action at UFC 197 in April after coming out of retirement just recently to resume his career. Penn retired following a loss to Frankie Edgar in 2014, but he relocated to New Mexico several weeks ago and decided to begin training under coach Greg Jackson and his team.

Now it appears until an investigation is completed, Penn has been pulled from any fight bookings until further notice.

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Ronda Rousey Reveals She Had Suicidal Thoughts After Holly Holm Loss

Ronda Rousey
February 16, 2016

Ronda Rousey Reveals She Had Suicidal Thoughts After Holly Holm Loss

Ronda Rousey has revealed the disappointment felt after losing to Holly Holm at UFC 193 prompted some thoughts of suicide.

The former UFC bantamweight champion was shockingly knocked out in November last year and took a while to return to the public eye.

But speaking on the The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (h/t Paul Chavez of the Daily Mail), she opened up at length for the first time about the defeat and how she was initially distraught in the immediate aftermath. (Warning: NSFW language):

I was literally sitting there and thinking about killing myself and that exact second I’m like ‘I’m nothing, what do I do anymore and no one gives a s–t about me anymore without this.’ …

To be honest I looked up and I saw my man Travis was standing up there and I looked up at him and I was like, I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.

Rousey headed into the fight with Holm as the heavy favourite, having never been beaten in professional MMA and dominated all of her recent opponents.

However, the underdog executed a superb game plan, fighting at range, using her superior striking and gradually wearing down the champion, who grew increasingly sloppy as the fight continued. Eventually, Rousey was stopped in the second round on the back of a brutal left hand and a thunderous kick to the head from Holm.

Here’s a look at how the fight panned out, as Holm stunned the MMA world in Melbourne, Australia:

“In that first hit I cut open my whole mouth and I knocked my teeth loose,” said Rousey on the show. “I knew she was out there, but like I really don’t remember most of it. So I was trying my best to kind of hide the fact that I wasn’t even there anymore.”

After a frantic 2015, in which she stepped into the Octagon three times and had to cope with the pressures of her rapid rise to sporting superstardom, it’s no surprise Ronda Rousey is taking her time over a return.

Rousey conceded that perhaps things did ultimately catch up with her, having been in so many high-pressure situations in such a short amount of time. “I think the one thing that was different was that it was my third title fight in nine months, and I don’t think anyone has ever attempted that before,” she said.

A rematch with Holm at the UFC 200 spectacle later in the summer was ruled out by UFC President Dana White, per Kevin Iole of Yahoo Sports. However, Rousey did reveal to TMZ Sports that she will be seeking to return to the Octagon later in the year.

As much as MMA fans from across the globe would love to see her back in action soon, it’s preferable that the former champion is patient in her recuperation process rather than making any hasty decisions.

That way, she can return at full tilt and be as prepared as possible in her attempts to dominate the division once again.

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Anderson Silva: I’m not a liar, I’ve never used any sort of PEDs

Anderson Silva
February 15, 2016

Anderson Silva: I’m not a liar, I’ve never used any sort of PEDs

Anderson Silva isn’t backing down from his claim that he’s never knowingly taken any kind of banned substances even in the face of his opponent Michael Bisping questioning whether or not he’s been cheating his entire career.

More than a year after Anderson Silva tested positive for a cocktail of illegal substances surrounding his fight with Nick Diaz, the decorated former middleweight champion is still sticking by his story that he never knowingly took any kind of performance-enhancing drug.

A pre-fight drug test found Drostanolone and Androstane in Silva’s system — both of which are classified as banned performance-enhancing drugs — and a post fight test also showed Drostanolone in his system as well as two more drugs that were deemed illegal as well.

Silva claimed innocence and said that a tainted sexual enhancement product that he was given by a friend was responsible for the positive tests. The Nevada State Athletic Commission disagreed with Silva’s claims and suspended him one year for the infraction.

Now as Silva looks to get his career back on track with his fight in London against Michael Bisping on Feb. 27, he’s trying to put the past behind him but he’s still saying that he committed no wrongdoing then and that it’s not anything he’s ever done wrong before either.

“The past is the past, I don’t want to get too much into that but at the end of the day I wanted everybody to know that I’m not a liar,” Silva told media last Thursday in Los Angeles.

“Unfortunately, it didn’t come off that way but I always told the truth, I’ve never used any sort of PED (performance-enhancing drug) of any sort and I’m excited to get back in there and fight and, who knows, even fight for a title.”

In the lead up to his fight with Bisping in less than two weeks, Silva has been subjected to a slew of allegations from the outspoken middleweight who has faced his own fair share of cheaters in the past.

Bisping has taken on a laundry list of opponents throughout his career who have tested positive for banned substances in the past or used a treatment like testosterone replacement therapy, which has now been outlawed by athletic commissions across the United States.

While Silva has never tested positive for another substance prior to the testing that was done in 2015, Bisping has stated emphatically that he believes the Brazilian has been using illegal drugs his entire career.

“He’s doing it his whole career,” Bisping said at the same media session. “If you look at him in PRIDE, he weighed in at 168 pounds. Now he walks around at 40 pounds heavier. Do the math.”

Whether Bisping’s allegations have merit or not, he’s still banging the drum leading up to their fight but Silva says none of it really bothers him.

He’s faced trash talk before and Silva doesn’t care what Bisping has to say to him or about him in the lead up to their fight.

They are still going to meet in the center of the Octagon and Silva promises to settle things with Bisping there and not in the court of public opinion.

“Come on people, I’ve been in this sport for a long time and people have said a lot of things,” Silva said. “But once the Octagon door closes, it always changes.”

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