Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

A bantamweight contest that could prove a pretty interesting grappling affair has been added to UFC Fight Night 123.

UFC officials announced that Aljamain Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Rany Yahya (24-9 MMA, 9-3 UFC) will square off at the event, which takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The night’s complete bout order has yet to be revealed, but the main card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass.

Sterling, who is currently ranked No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, brings a two-fight winning streak to the cage after picking up decisions over former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and top Brazilian prospect Augusto Mendes. Six of his 14 career wins have come by way of submission, including four by rear-naked choke, though all of those were prior to his UFC run.

Meanwhile, Yahya has spent a decade fighting under the UFC and WEC banner and has earned an astounding 18 of his 24 career wins via submission. Most recently, he picked up a kimura win over Enrique Briones at UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City. Yahya stands at 5-1 in his past six appearances.

UFC Fight Night 123 now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Aljamain Sterling vs. Rani Yahya
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Eryk Anders vs. John Phillips
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 17: Will UFC-Gdansk cause a welterweight shake-up?

The UFC heads to Poland this week, kicking off a run of nine straight weekends with fight cards, and much could change in divisional landscapes over that time.

It starts in the welterweight class this week, with an unexpected headliner between perennial contender Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) and undefeated English upstart Darren Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC).

Cerrone has been a fixture for years in the rankings, first in the lightweight division and, more recently, at 170 pounds. Meanwhile, Till considers himself the future of the welterweight division but has yet to break into the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings.

The two meet on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 118, which takes place at Ergo Arena in Gdansk and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Could the division have an entirely new look after this weekend? Check out that weight class and more in the latest update to our lists.

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Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson official for UFC 218 in Detroit

Tecia Torres has wanted to fight Michelle Waterson for some time now, and that’s what she’s getting.

It was announced today that Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Waterson (14-5 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will meet in a strawweight bout at UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 from Little Caesars Arena in Detroit with a pay-per-view main card that follows prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Torres, No. 7 in the current USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA strawweight rankings, made it known back in August she wanted Waterson for her next fight. The “Karate Hottie” is pleased to finally oblige that request.

“Tecia has been calling me out since her last fight,” Waterson told ESPN.com. “I’m just trying to give her what she wants. It’ll be a great fight.”

For Waterson, she will be looking to rebound from a second-round submission loss to Rose Namajunas at UFC on FOX 24 in April. As a result of that win, Namajunas is set to face champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at next month’s UFC 217.

Torres also has lost to Namajunas in April 2016 for her lone defeat in a rematch of an Invicta bout won by Torres. Since that loss, Torres has compiled back-to-back wins, including her first finish in July, when she beat Juliana Lima with a rear-naked choke.

With the addition to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar – for featherweight title
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Paul Felder vs. Al Iaquinta
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes
  • Tecia Torres vs. Michelle Waterson

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Corey Anderson wants Patrick Cummins to deal with staph infection, still fight at UFC 217

Corey Anderson would like Patrick Cummins to reconsider his decision.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) today announced on Instagram that he will no longer fight Anderson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) at next month’s UFC 217 because of a “mutant staph infection.”

That decision, according to Anderson, is being made too soon and can be reversed if Cummins takes the proper measures.

Via Instagram:

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How do YOU call it quits so far out from fight night? There’s still 3 weeks til fight night… And I’ve had staph before.. cut that shit open, drain it, take your meds, take a couple rest days to elevate the leg, and you’ll be good by Saturday. You called me out in 2014 and I’ve been waiting for our time to come every since… There’s still plenty of time til the dance. I got my best outfit, my familys tickets, and my friends are all looking forward to it. I hope to see you on the floor… #thisisbusiness #andpersonal #UFC217

UFC 217 takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Cummins vs. Anderson was slated for the UFC Fight Pass prelims.

No official announcement regarding Cummins’ removal has been made by the UFC.

Anderson is looking to rebound from a first-round knockout loss to Jimi Manuwa earlier this year at UFC Fight Night 107. Cummins, a 36-year-old who took up MMA in 2010 after he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, is riding a two-fight winning streak.

The latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. TBA
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris, Mohammed Usman

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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Rob Font, Ana Julaton, Damian Norris and Mohammed Usman.

Font fights Pedro Munhoz on Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119, Julaton meets Lisa Blaine on Friday at Bellator 185, Norris takes on Alonzo Martinez on Friday at LFA 25, and Mohammed Usman – younger brother of UFC fighter Kamaru Usman – returns Nov. 2 at Tachi Palace Fights 33.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2544 with UFC's Colby Covington

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guest Colby Covington.

Covington joined the program to talk about his upcoming bout against Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 on Oct. 28 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.

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'UFC on the Fly': Behind the scenes with UFC-Gdansk headliner Darren Till

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England’s Darren Till has been considered one of the UFC’s best prospects since he came to the promotion in 2015.

On Saturday, he could take a major step toward fulfilling his promise as the next best thing at welterweight. Till (15-0-1 MMA, 3-0-1 UFC) takes on veteran Donald Cerrone (32-9 MMA, 19-6 UFC) in the UFC Fight Night 118 headliner – his first UFC main event.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Saturday at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland, and the entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The latest edition of “UFC on the Fly” catches up Till ahead of his main event against Cerrone, who is a slight favorite in the fight. Check out the full video above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Patrick Cummins says he's off UFC 217 fight card due to 'mutant staph infection'

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Patrick Cummins says he will no longer compete at next month’s mega-UFC 217 card.

Cummins (10-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC), who was slated to fight fellow light heavyweight Corey Anderson (9-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) at the event, today blamed his removal on a staph infection – a “mutant” one, no less.

As he wrote on Instagram:

“IV antibiotics haven’t touched my mutant staph infection #UFC217 isn’t gunna happen for me. Sorry everyone #FuckMRSA #SucksButItCanAlwaysBeWorse”

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UFC officials haven’t made a formal announcement, though with nearly three weeks to go, they should have an opportunity to find a replacement opponent.

Cummins, a 36-year-old who took up MMA in 2010 after he was a two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler, was recently stuck in a 1-3 skid, which knocked him out of the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings. However, he’s rebounded in his past two bouts with narrow decision wins over Jan Błachowicz and Gian Villante.

The latest UFC 217 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Michael Bisping vs. Georges St-Pierre – for middleweight title
  • Champ Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw – for bantamweight title
  • Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Rose Namajunas – for women’s strawweight title
  • Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson
  • Paulo Borrachinha vs. Johny Hendricks

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Joseph Duffy vs. James Vick
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Ion Cutelaba vs. Michal Oleksiejczuk
  • Randy Brown vs. Mickey Gall

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Corey Anderson vs. TBA
  • Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC on FOX 26 tickets on sale this week, and $316 Canadian gets you cageside

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The UFC returns to Winnipeg next month, and tickets for the event go on sale this week.

Featuring a welterweight title eliminator in the main event between former champion Robbie Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC) and ex-lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (27-9 MMA, 16-7 UFC), UFC on FOX 26 takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Tickets, in Canadian dollars, are priced at $316, $212.50, $179, $144.75, $111.75 and $77.50 and include fees. They go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.ca on Friday at 10 a.m. CT.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. CT, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets Wednesday 10 a.m. CT.

The co-main event is a featherweight rematch from a past title fight. Former featherweight champ Jose Aldo (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) will take on former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (18-5 MMA, 9-3 UFC) in the co-feature.

In addition, UFC on FOX 26 features a pair of welterweight bouts between Mike Perry (11-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Santiago Ponzinibbio (25-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and Jordan Mein (29-12 MMA, 3-4 UFC) vs. Erick Silva (19-8 MMA, 7-7 UFC).

UFC on FOX 26 includes:

  • Robbie Lawler vs. Rafael dos Anjos
  • Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio
  • Jordan Mein vs. Erick Silva
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Jared Cannonier vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
  • Tim Elliott vs. Justin Scoggins
  • Galore Bofando vs. Chad Laprise
  • John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo
  • Sultan Aliev vs. Nordine Taleb
  • Oluwale Bamgbose vs. Alessio Di Chirico
  • Julian Marquez vs. Vitor Miranda

For more on UFC on FOX 26, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Damien Brown meets Frank Camacho at UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

The UFC’s return to Australia next month continues to build with the addition of a lightweight fight.

Australia’s Damien Brown (17-10 MMA, 2-2 UFC) will take on Frank Camacho (20-5 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 121. Camacho announced the fight on a recent video blog after an initial report from mma-today.com. UFC officials have not yet made a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs Nov. 18 in the U.S. due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Brown will fight in front of his home fans once again. This will mark the third time in five fights that Brown will fight in his native Australia, and a fourth has been in nearby New Zealand. He’ll be trying to get back on track after a knockout loss to Vinc Pichel at UFC Fight Night 110, which snapped a two-fight winning streak.

Camacho made his promotional debut in June at UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore, but had his two-fight winning streak snapped with a unanimous decision loss to Jingliang Li. Prior to that setback, he had won five of six fights.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 121 card now includes:

  • Fabricio Werdum vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Tim Means vs. Belal Muhammad
  • Daniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou
  • Humberto Bandenay vs. Alex Volkanovski
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Jenel Lausa vs. Eric Shelton
  • Alex Chambers vs. Nadia Kassem
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Jake Matthews vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Damien Brown vs. Frank Camacho

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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