A week after its 25th Anniversary event in Denver, the Ultimate Fighting Championship lands in Buenos Aires for its first event in Argentina. Headlined by a welterweight showdown, the UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio fight card was made official at Friday's early weigh-ins. Though Neil Magny (21-6) has long been on the cusp of a welterweight title shot, his path has been a bit bumpy over the past couple of years. Still, he maintains the No. 8 spot in the 170-pound division. Hot on his heels is Santiago Ponzinibbio (26-3), who is currently ranked at No. 10 in the division due in large part to a six-fight winning streak. Coming off of wins over Gunnar Nelson and Mike Perry, Ponzinibbio is looking to the fight with Magny on his home turf to be the one that launches him into the upper echelon of the division. Magny and Ponzinibbio will get their opportunity prove their championship mettle on Saturday after each of them weighed 171 pounds for their main event bout. The UFC Fight Night 140 co-main event pits two featherweights trying to hang on and make a climb back up the divisional ladder. Sitting at Nos. 13 and 14, respectively, Ricardo Lamas and Darren Elkins are fighting for their spots in the Top 15. Neither fighter had any issues with the scale. The only fighter on the card that had trouble was Cynthia Calvillo, who is making her first trip to the Octagon since serving a nine-month suspension in Nevada after she tested positive in-competition for marijuana metabolites. TRENDING > Nick Diaz Reportedly Returning at UFC 235 Calvillo tipped the scale at 118 pounds for her strawweight bout with Poliana Botelho. The fight remained intact with Calvillo being fined 20-percent of her fight purse. UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Santiago Weigh-in Results Main Card (10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) Neil Magny (171) vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio (171) Ricardo Lamas (145.5) vs. Darren Elkins (145) Khalil Rountree (204.5) vs. Johnny Walker (205.5) Cezar Ferreira (185.5) vs. Ian Heinisch (185) Guido Cannetti (135.5) vs. Marlon Vera (135.5) Cynthia Calvillo (118) vs. Poliana Botelho (115.5)* Prelims (8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1) Michel Prazeres (170.5) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (170) Alexandre Pantoja (125.5) vs. Ulka Sasaki (125.5) Humberto Bandenay (145.5) vs. Austin Arnett (145.5) Laureano Staropoli (169) vs. Hector Aldana (169.5) Early Prelims (7 p.m. ET on UFC Fight Pass) Devin Powell (155) vs. Jesus Pinedo (156) Nad Narimani (145.5) vs. Anderson dos Santos (144.5) *Calvillo missed weight Tune in Saturday, Nov. 17, for full UFC Fight Night 140: Magny vs. Ponzinibbio Live Results at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT on MMAWeekly.com.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Conor McGregor, recently issued an apology for his Irish whiskey, Proper No. 12. Not because it tastes like turpentine and rubbing alcohol, but rather because most locations have already sold out, leaving loyal fans without a taste of the Mac life. Not a good look, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. “I don't usually see reason to apologize but in this case I want to take this chance to apologize to absolutely everyone for our out-of-stock situation,” McGregor said. “We are also planning to launch in more countries in 2019 including the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada and others. We will
Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, move over.... there's a new superfight on the way. The matchup? Cris Cyborg -- arguably the greatest female UFC fighter ever -- against Cecilia Braekhus -- arguably the greatest female boxer ever. If you like combat sports, you're well aware Cyborg's a badass ... but so is Braekhus. She's undefeated at 34-0 and has been the undisputed welterweight champ since 2014. TMZ Sports talked to Cecilia -- who'll be the 1st woman to headline an HBO boxing card on December 8 -- Thursday night after the Lakers game and she gave us the 411 on the dream fight with Cyborg. "[Cyborg's] very interested in doing a boxing match. We want to do the female version of a Mayweather-McGregor."
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You can say what you want about Jon Jones and the majority of us have in the past, but when it comes to his body of work inside the Octagon, there are few fighters that have been able to make the collective jaws of the mixed martial arts community drop like Bones. The sport has been buzzing ever since it was announced that Jon will be making yet another comeback on December 29th at UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bringing this up will come across like we're beating a dead horse, but regardless of whether or not his two failed tests were due to tainted supplements, it's fair to say that Jon has a long road ahead if he wants to erase those memories in the eyes of the fans. When Jones returned to face Ovince Saint-Preux at UFC 197 it was obvious that he wasn't quite himself, and on another day or against another opponent, there's a good chance he could've experienced his first professional loss in MMA.
Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer Close MMA columnist for ESPN.com Analyst for "MMA Live" Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun Any time a UFC athlete gets to fight at home, it's a big deal. That is especially the case, however, for Argentina's Santiago Ponzinibbio. Ponzinibbio (26-3) will headline UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Buenos Aires, opposite American welterweight Neil Magny (21-6). The televised event will mark the UFC's first-ever trip to the country of Argentina. The opportunity to headline in his home country is a special one to Ponzinibbio, especially since he had to leave his home country once to pursue the sport. "When I started, the sport was not popular here," Ponzinibbio told ESPN. "People
Following a successful amateur career that saw him go undefeated in seven fights, welterweight prospect Jean-Paul Le-Bosnoyani is ready to step up to the pro level to close out his 2018. What made now the time to turn pro according to Le-Bosnoyani was the fact that he's gained a lot of confidence in his game since making a move of camps following his most recent amateur win. “I would say after my seventh fight, after my last one which was a battle for me, I switched teams and since then I've been training my butt off and learning so much that I feel really confident at this point in my career,” Le-Bosnoyani told MMAWeekly.com. “With my Jiu-Jitsu background that I have and the striking I've learned
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Many people who witnessed undefeated Josh Harvey's recent majority draw against Joe Giannetti in the main event of Cage Titans 41 at the Plymouth (Massachusetts) Memorial Hall thought Harvey won — including his opponent. “Personally I don't believe it was a draw, I think my opponent should have won the bout,” Giannetti wrote on social media soon after the three-round lightweight (155-pound) bout. “[Harvey] fought exactly how we had planned and prepared for. Props to him. I knew what I had to do to win, he was just very good at implementing his gameplan. I thought I was gonna' finish the fight in the third round, but man he's tough!” The 28-year-old Harvey, who trains at Young's MMA in Bangor,
UFC bombshell Paige VanZant says she can see herself changing the octagon for the wrestling ring one day and has already met with WWE's Stephanie McMahon. But before making any WWE move, the mixed martial arts fighter is looking to her UFC return in January, a year after she broke her arm in a loss to Jessica Rose-Clark. VanZant, ranked 15th in the women's flyweight division, has never been crowned champion but she says she is not ready to give up on her UFC career just yet. The 24-year-old fighter, however, says she is intrigued by the glamour of WWE which would “suit her.” “I'm not ready to leave the UFC just yet. I love being a professional fighter and I still have a long career ahead of me,”
This morning in Tel Aviv, Haim Gozali weighs in for his fight with Ryan Couture at Bellator 209, but it is more than just another contest, bigger than just seeking revenge in a rematch. So much more. This is a case of blood running thicker than water in Israel; a familial rite of passage, the passing on of the warrior light to the next generation.
Prior to every event, Under the Radar will cast the spotlight on an up-and-coming talent who shows the potential for growth in their division and isn't getting enough attention as they head into battle. Ian Heinisch 11-1 overall, UFC debut Middleweight Factory X Muay Thai A blistering performance on the Contender Series this summer earned Ian Heinisch a UFC contract and this weekend, “The Hurricane” has a chance to make an instant impact in the middleweight division. Stepping in for the injured Tom Breese, the 30-year-old former LFA standout squares off with Cezar Ferreira in his promotional debut in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Although “Mutante” currently resides outside of the rankings, the former
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