Days after scoring his first fight-night performance bonus in more than two years, Donald Cerrone claimed he was “just waiting” on Conor McGregor to sign a deal to fight him. It turns out that Cerrone might be waiting a little longer than he planned for that matchup to take place. “Absolutely not true. Obviously, that's the fight that 'Cowboy' Cerrone wants, but that's not true,” UFC President Dana White told TMZ. Cerrone hinted at the McGregor bout in the days after his first-round submission win over Mike Perry at UFC Fight Night 139, a fight that headlined the event that took place at Pepsi Center in Denver on Nov. 10. After his victory over Perry, Cerrone, who plans on dropping from welterweight
UFC's Rachael Ostovich Attacked, Hospitalized 1 11/18/2018 8:49 PM PST UFC fighter Rachael Ostovich -- who was scheduled to fight Paige VanZant in January -- was attacked in Hawaii and sources tell us it was so serious, she's being hospitalized for major injuries. Multiple sources tell TMZ Sports ... Ostovich was in Honolulu when the incident took place. Our sources tell us she's believed to have suffered a broken orbital bone. We're told Ostovich's attacker is someone close to her. If Ostovich did in fact suffer a broken bone in her face, it would almost certainly mean her January 19th fight with Paige VanZant at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn would be off. We've reached out to Rachael's
Ricardo Lamas had a pretty big night in Buenos Aires. Not only did he snap a two-fight losing streak, courtesy of his third-round technical knockout win over Darren Elkins (replay), “The Bully” took home an extra $20,000 just for showing up, thanks to the UFC's Promotional Guidelines Compliance Program. Also known as the Bellator-boosting Reebok sponsorship deal. Coming in at No. 2 was welterweight veteran Neil Magny, who got torched by Santiago Ponzinibbio in the UFC Argentina main event (watch it). He'll take him an extra $15,000, opposed to $10,000 for “Gente Boa.” Here's the $150,000 payout list, helpfully compiled by MMAjunkie.com. Santiago Ponzinibbio: $10,000def. Neil Magny: $15,000 Ricardo
Floyd Mayweather is demanding Khabib Nurmagomedov come over to the boxing world to fight. Dana White is insisting that Mayweather would have to step into the Octagon. So who gets his way? At the end of the day, neither. While Conor McGregor was eventually able to materialize a fight with Mayweather virtually out of thin air, that's not likely to happen with Nurmagomedov. Mayweather insists that he's never been the one asking for the fight. White is insisting that he's done with the crossover fights. And Nurmagomedov is sidetracked by a pending athletic commission hearing where he faces likely sanctions and is also out globetrotting and meeting dignitaries from around the world. In a recent interview
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Cezar Ferreira has won five of his last six UFC fights — he's 6-0 over that span, if you ask him — but it's his UFC Argentina clash with Ian Heinisch that Ferreira sees as his coming out party. The winner of the first-ever The Ultimate Fighter Brazil back in 2013, “Mutante” enters his 17th fight inside the Octagon on Saturday, including his four wins in the reality show. That experience has him feeling more mature as a mixed martial artist than ever. Ferreira is 5-1 since moving back up to middleweight, a run highlighted by wins over Anthony Smith, Jack Hermansson, and Nate Marquardt. “Doing what you love is priceless,” Ferreira told MMA Fighting. “I'm more than excited
It didn't take long for Dana White to fire his rebuttal, after hearing Floyd Mayweather insist upon fighting Khabib Nurmagomedov inside of a boxing ring, and not an octagon. His message to Floyd was simple: "He's gonna have to come here and get his ass whoopin', we (the UFC) did that last time. You gotta come here this time." The UFC president was rather terse in speech when he tackled the issue of a potential $150 million purse bid. "Want to make 150 million? Come over here and get your ass whooped," he warned Floyd Mayweather. The shrewd business person he is, Dana White doesn't want to be left out the cold, in the event of a Khabib-Floyd fight, and he sure as hell doesn't want to see one
TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie is currently in hot water. The former UFC fighter was recently slapped with a four-year ban after attempting to hand in a fake urine sample before his scheduled Tuff-N-Uff fight in Las Vegas last September. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, McKenzie stated how one of the commission inspectors acted inappropriately while trying to collect a urine sample from him right before his fight on September 14th. “They said if I didn't piss in a cup right before my fight — literally I was warming up — my fight was about to happen in five minutes and they're yelling at me, telling me I need to take the piss test and I'm like, 'No, I can't take a piss right now,” McKenzie explained.
When Kevin Lee made his UFC debut in February 2014, he turned in a competitive performance against Al Iaquinta, but ultimately lost by unanimous decision. Since then, Lee has challenged for the interim lightweight title, while Iaquinta fought on short notice for the vacant belt vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier this year. Both men lost their respective title bouts, which makes their UFC on FOX 31 main event rematch on December 15th that much more important for keeping themselves afloat in the title picture. Lee spoke to Submission Radio about his bout with “Ragin'” Al, reflecting on their first encounter at UFC 169. “He fought a different person,” Lee said. “That was a different person that stepped
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,”
UFC President Dana White reiterated the only way MMA superstar Khabib Nurmagomedov will face Floyd Mayweather Jr. is if the fight takes place in the Octagon, and he projected the undefeated boxer could earn his desired nine-figure payday for the crossover event. On Saturday, TMZ Sports provided comments from White, who said he won't let Nurmagomedov take part in a boxing match a la Conor McGregor. "The answer is 'no.' He's gonna have to come here and get his ass whuppin'," White said. "…We did that last time. You gotta come here this time. Every time he wants to box. You wanna fight? Want to make $150 million? Come over here and get your ass whupped." White's comments were in response to Mayweather's
Earlier this week it was reported — not confirmed — that UFC fan favorite Nick Diaz would be returning to the Octagon after four-year layoff to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235. Shortly after that report, BetOnline released betting lines for the matchup and listed Diaz as a +135 underdog. Masvidal, the No. 9-ranked welterweight in the world, has opened as a +155 favorite. Although Diaz may be considered the better fighter in the eyes of many combat sports fans, the Californian hasn't fought since his controversial No Contest against Anderson Silva in 2015. Silva, who originally earned a unanimous decision win, tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and the bout was overturned to a No Contest.
At the UFC Argentina weigh-ins, UFC fighter Cynthia Calvillo could barely stand up. The strawweight contender was wobbly from a bad weight cut, as she struggled to stay upright and nearly fell off the scale at one point. Many wondered aloud whether she should be permitted to fight on Saturday night, and even more questioned whether she could make the walk to the Octagon. Not only did Calvillo make it to the cage in Buenos Aires, but she also dominated. Facing Poliana Botelho, Calvillo posted one of the best performances of her career, outmuscling the Brazilian and sinking in a rear-naked choke for the first-round finish. The victory is impressive on multiple levels, but none more than how quickly
After spending over a year off recovering from a gruesome injury, lightweight Devin Powell finally returned to action this past July with a first round TKO win over Alvaro Herrera at UFC on FOX 30. The victory over Herrera was not only big for Powell's recovery, but also helped finally get him in the win column for the UFC following two straight losses. “Having that much time off was nerve-wracking in its own, but I had worked so hard to get that fight and that opportunity,” Powell told MMAWeekly.com. “I wanted to prove I could do better, and that's what I was able to do. I knew I belonged there, but just needed a good showing, and I had it. “I didn't feel any ring rust. I felt normal walking
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.