Tributes flowed Wednesday for charismatic Japanese mixed martial artist Norifumi "Kid" Yamamoto, who died at age 41, three weeks after announcing a battle with cancer. Born to a family of wrestlers and martial artists, the wiry, tattoo-covered Yamamoto took on larger opponents in a wide range of MMA events, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Yamamoto started wrestling at a young age under his father, who represented Japan at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Ever since Conor McGregor's dolly-hurling bus attack during UFC 223 fight week in April, fight fans have been clamoring for the moment both he and current lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov would finally come face-to-face. When the fight between the rivals was finally made official for UFC 229 in October, it seemed inevitable the two would take part in an explosive faceoff, presumably during some sort of media appearance in the weeks leading up to the event. Now, less than one month from their title fight, Nurmagomedov and McGregor will finally take the stage for their first press conference this Thursday in New York City. Fight fans in New York will instead have tune into the press conference at a UFC-hosted watch party at Times Square.
Brock Lesnar made a shocking return to WWE over the weekend after it appeared his professional wrestling career was put on hold while he focused on his return to the UFC.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will hold a special pre-fight press conference inside Radio City Music Hall later this week for the upcoming UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. See the full fight card and line up here. That means mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will get to see reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov face off with ex-division kingpin Conor McGregor, and if you're at all familiar with “Notorious” and his body of work, then you know his staredowns will bring all sorts of fireworks. Click here for a refresher. While the official press conference is closed to the public (details), fight fans
Norifumi ‘Kid’ Yamamoto, who was one of Asia’s biggest MMA stars, has died at the age of 41, his gym has confirmed. Just three weeks ago Yamamoto announced on Instagram that he was battling cancer. “To everyone who supported Yamamoto “Kid” Tokunaga Yamamoto KID Tokuhiki (41 years and 6 months of age) passed away today on September 18th,” the statement read.
The MSG card is supposed to be the biggest card of year and as we strand Diaz and Poirier is the main event. I think the UFC will need to add two title fights to make this card epic. There have been a lot of rumors circulating that Jon Jones will be returning to fight Gus, more then likely for the interim lightheavyweight title. Does Gus and Jones really hold enough weight to headline a card of this magnitude? I have this feeling we are in for a few different scenarios that can happen. One is USADA is already working a deal with the UFC to let Jon Jones return, well why not work a deal to let Brock Lesner come back while we are at it. The card would then be Cormier vs Brock in the main event
The origins of the UFC and of the Octagon aren't exactly a new story. It's been set down before, in books, articles, and interviews. It's a fascinating blend of child-like desire – to find out which martial art is strongest – and adult ambition. After all, the Gracies were already sure the BJJ was king, they just needed the right platform to sell that fact to America. Pay-per-view was it. For as well covered as all that is, however, it's never been a cartoon... at least not until now. The UFC has finally fixed that long overlooked gap in the retelling of their personal mythos, with the release of OCTO: The Disputed Origin Story of the UFC Octagon. The 10-minute mini-doc covers the debate over
Livia Renata Souza (11-1) makes her UFC debut at this weekend's UFC Fight Night: Santos vs. Anders in São Paulo, Brazil. Souza, who is a former Invicta strawweight champion, is matched against the Australian veteran and TUF alum Alex Chambers (5-4). 'Livinha' was originally scheduled to face Jessica Aguilar at UFC Fight Night Austin back in February, but a broken hand forced the Brazilian to withdraw. It was a frustrating bump in the road for Souza, who had been itching to join the UFC over the last couple of years. After going undefeated on the Brazilian regional scene Souza joined Invicta FC in 2015. In her first Invicta fight the BJJ black-belt taped Katja Kankaanpaa with a triangle choke.
Conor McGregor has his hands in a lot of different business ventures as one of the most profitable combat sports athletes in history and now he's even got his own signature brand of whiskey.
Brock Lesnar made something of a surprise return to the WWE on Sunday night at its Hell in a Cell pay-per-view show. Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, was believed to have finished up with the pro wrestling organization in August, at SummerSlam at the Barclays Center. He had entered the USADA testing program to return to UFC, where he was offered a heavyweight championship fight against Daniel Cormier. The fight was expected to take place sometime in early 2019. According to sources close to Lesnar, he is still planning on returning to UFC, but appeared Sunday to set up another big pro wrestling match that would take place in an as-of-yet-announced major show in Saudi Arabia on Nov.
There's a lot of champs losing their belts in the UFC these days, whether in the cage to challengers or via the promotion stripping them away. Now you can add Henry Cejudo to the list, although fortunately for him it's just his physical belt that's gone and not his status as champion. The new flyweight champion came with the UFC to Moscow this weekend for their debut event in Russia, and while the travel accommodations themselves sound pretty posh, that didn't save Cejudo from the indignity of having the airline or airport lose the bag with his championship belt. ”I was flying first class priority, but my luggage is lost at this point,” Cejudo told reporters in Moscow (video via MMANYTT). “Luckily the UFC took me shopping, they took me on a shopping spree and I got all kinds of clothes, but unfortunately my belt was in my luggage.
The Italian Anti-Doping Agency just made Nick Diaz' suspension look like cream puffs in the summer. In this unique case, Borella and her boyfriend at the time, Rugby player Filippo Maserati, were charged with drug trafficking after a two-year investigation called Operation Flanker that also rounded up 31 others. Mara, as a professional athlete, was also hit with a suspension by the WADA-following Italian Olympic Committee for 15 years, until 2029. As she continued competing, and also apparently used Italian sporting facilities, the Italian Anti Doping Agency has now suspended Borella for a further 15 years, commencing at the expiry of her original suspension and so running from June 2029 and running until the year 2044.