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UFC Fight Night 112's Felice Herrig doesn't know what UFC is going to do with her

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After beating Alexa Grasso, UFC women’s strawweight Felice Herrig figured she could write her own ticket in the division.

Grasso was billed by many as the next big thing when she took on Herrig at UFC Fight Night 104 in Februarh. Herrig was a stepping stone on the way to bigger fights. Instead, Herrig picked apart the Mexican prospect for a unanimous decision.

Now, Herrig is not so sure what’s in her future. She thought she might steal Grasso’s thunder. A booking against Justine Kish (6-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 112 left her scratching her head as to the promotion’s plans.

“With the way the UFC does things, I really don’t know,” Herrig (12-6 MMA, 3-1 UFC) told MMAjunkie about her upcoming bout on the event’s FS1-televised main card at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Okla. “I thought beating Grasso, an undefeated prospect that’s supposed to be the next big thing and pretty close to the next title shot, I thought that would put me directly (in line for a title shot). And it didn’t.”

Of course, Herrig was probably getting ahead of herself. A two-fight winning streak doesn’t usually qualify a UFC fighter for a title shot, and with fighters like Claudia Gadelha, Rose Namajunas and Karolina Kowalkiewicz in the picture, she appears to have much work to do.

But at the same time, Herrig would like a little more clarity about what she needs to do to break through the pack in the 115-pound division.

“I think the true fans who really follow the sport know what’s up know that the UFC rankings don’t mean that much,” she said. “But I don’t know what the UFC is going to do with me. It depends on them. I just want to keep getting better.

“I don’t know if it’s going to be recognized. I know what I’m capable of, and I know I’m a hard fight for anybody. But I just feel sometimes like I get looked over.”

Herrig has tried her best to make sure that doesn’t happen. Perhaps more than anyone else in her division, she pays attention to marketing. She unapologetically uses her sexuality to get the male-dominated UFC fanbase to watch. In doing so, she’s exposed herself to the dark corners of the Internet, which preys on female fighters.

“That’s why I don’t look at my comments – ever,” she said. “Here and there, I see them. You can’t avoid it. But even the good ones, I appreciate the comments that are nice. But in all actuality, none of it really means anything, whether it’s a good or a bad comment.

“It’s a shame that people abuse it and treat you like you’re not a person. Because if people actually knew, I’ve cried over things people have said and the way people have treated me in the past. And that’s why I don’t give myself as much as I used to, because it’s like, for what? You’re giving a piece of your soul, and they don’t always appreciate it. So sometimes, it’s like, why waste the energy?”

Now in her eighth year of professional MMA, Herrig doesn’t want to waste any more time with her career. She’s been a reliable presence in women’s MMA for almost a decade, but she needs it to pay off in a measurable way.

“I’ve really just solidified myself over the years as a true MMA fighter, and I feel like I get labeled what people want to label me, and how they want to market the fight,” she said. “But I don’t mind being the underdog. It’s less pressure on me.”

Herrig and Kish are just about even in the odds leading into Sunday’s fight, so it appears some fans continue to see Herrig as the underdog. Despite a 3-1 record in the octagon, they haven’t seen her strength.

But Herrig plans on showing them just that on Sunday night.

For more on UFC Fight Night 112, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC stars Nate Diaz and Leslie Smith being sued by management group

Nate Diaz and Leslie Smith’s former management group is taking the fighters to court for allegedly skipping out on commissions and conspiring with an attorney to break management agreements.

The Ballengee Group seeks over $1 million in damages, among other claims alleging fraud, negligent misrepresentation and tortious interference in a lawsuit filed Monday by the firm’s attorney in Dallas County (Texas) court.

News of Diaz’s legal trouble was first reported by TMZ.com, and MMAjunkie obtained a copy of the lawsuit, which also includes Smith and attorney Sam Awad.

Nate Diaz could not be reached for comment, and calls to Smith and Awad went unreturned.

The suit, filed by attorney Jason H. Friedman, claims Ballengee signed Nate Diaz as a client in the summer of 2014 after his older brother Nick had signed and recommended him.

Diaz, the complaint states, was “looking for a management team that could take him to the next level which he had previously been unable to do.”

The brothers “represented and assured” Ballengee that in exchange for representing the younger Diaz, he would pay the firm “on the same terms and as set forth in” the elder Diaz, “and that The Ballengee Group would, if such terms were agreeable to it, represent Nate on all future bouts and business matters.”

The firm subsequently negotiated with the UFC on the younger Diaz’s behalf for several bouts, including his blockbuster against Conor McGregor at UFC 196, an ill-fated rematch planned for UFC 200 and a follow-up at UFC 202.

Diaz wound up making a disclosed $500,000 for UFC 196 and $2 million for UFC 202, though his final pay was likely much higher.

On the Diaz brothers’ recommendation, the management firm also picked up Smith, negotiating a promotional agreement in March 2016.

But just four months later in July, or one month after terms for UFC 202 had been negotiated, the suit claims Nate Diaz “unexpectedly” terminated its representation, and Smith did the same in November.

The suit claims that unbeknownst to Ballengee, attorney Awad had begun “interfering with their agreements” with the Diaz brothers and advised Nate Diaz and Smith not to pay for their services.

As a result, the firm is suing Awad for tortious interference while alleging the defendants “intended to avoid payment for the plaintiff’s services by intentionally or knowingly securing the performance of the service by deception,” or “knowingly securing the performance of a service by agreeing to provide compensation and, after the service was rendered, failing to make payment after receiving notice demanding payment.”

The suit argues had the interference not occurred, Ballengee would still be working with Nate Diaz and Smith. It requests “exemplary damages” be awarded to the management firm in addition to “actual, economic, and non-economic damages in an amount within the jurisdictional limits” of the court, as well as attorney’s fees.

Diaz (19-11 MMA,14-9 UFC), 32, remains inactive on the UFC’s roster since turning down a fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 213 when the promotion didn’t reach his financial demands. The rematch with McGregor at UFC 202 ended in a unanimous decision loss, reversing a triumphant submission win over the current UFC lightweight champ at UFC 196.

Smith (9-7-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC), meanwhile, is slated to face Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night 113. She’s hoping to build on a recent decision over Mexican prospect Irene Aldana at UFC on FOX 22.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Wanderlei Silva wants to feel Chael Sonnen's 'blood on the ground' at Bellator NYC

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Wanderlei Silva arrived in New York City with a mission.

The former PRIDE champion and Bellator star is set to face Chael Sonnen in a long-awaited grudge match at Bellator NYC, and he wants to have the last word.

“I’ve never had an opponent like this, and I don’t like it,” Silva told MMAjunkie Radio on Tuesday. “I had some bad guys like (Ricardo) Arona, but (Sonnen is) many times more. I need to concentrate and be ready to make the fight what I want to do.”

Silva (35-12-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and Sonnen (28-15-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) square off in the pay-per-view main event at Madison Square Garden, which follows Bellator 180 on Spike and prelims on MMAjunkie.

Under the now-defunct PRIDE banner, Silva beefed with Arona and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. But none of those rivals bothered him as much as Sonnen, who first got under his skin while mocking now-former UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva in a pair of octagon bouts.

Silva confronted Sonnen in a van on the way to a public appearance and at an MMA expo. Both times, they managed to avoid a physical confrontation. But on the set of “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3,” they came to blows as opposing coaches.

In advance of Saturday’s bout, the rivals have said they shouldn’t be in the same room to promote the fight. Sonnen has said the next time he sees Silva, he will fight him. The feeling is mutual for the Brazilian.

“For sure I’m going to hurt him, a lot,” Silva said. “I want to feel his blood on the ground.”

Silva’s hatred is giving him extra motivation as he prepares for his first MMA fight in a long time. His Bellator debut comes three years after a scheduled fight with Sonnen at UFC 175 was canceled when Silva evaded a drug test. He later admitted to having a banned substance in his system and was banned for life by the Nevada State Athletic Commission before a judge intervened and the commission revised its punishment to three years.

Silva said he was supposed to make his debut this past December, but he wasn’t ready to fight. A car accident one year ago forced him to undergo surgery on his knee and shoulder.

“It’s been a long time since my last fight,” he said. “Now, finally, my technique is back. Everything is right, and I’m really happy. I’m so happy to get back to work.”

When he gets into the cage, Silva is expecting Sonnen to take him down and work ground-and-pound. But he has a plan to defeat that strategy.

“I trained a lot of knees, because I know what he wants to do,” Silva said. “He has just one movement, and in that moment, I’m going to catch him.”

For more on Bellator NYC, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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USADA hands UFC's George Sullivan 1-year suspension for 2nd anti-doping offense

UFC welterweight George Sullivan has been sanctioned for his second anti-doping offense by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, receiving a one-year term for a banned substance and its metabolite.

Sullivan, 36, faced two years for his second offense. But USADA investigators took into consideration the factors surrounding his positive test, which resulted from an out-of-competition sample taken Jan. 14 just prior to a scheduled appearance at UFC 208.

Sullivan had disclosed he was taking prescription fertility medication and provided medical records to document his treatment, which wound up helping him when punishment was considered.

“USADA confirmed that Sullivan’s positive test was caused by Clomiphene Citrate, which he was using in a therapeutic dose under the care of a physician to treat a medical condition,” USADA said in a statement. “The prescribed use of the medication by Sullivan is considered an ‘off-label’ treatment, as Clomiphene Citrate is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use by males.

“Under the UFC anti-doping policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation. In this instance, USADA determined that Sullivan’s degree of fault was reduced because his use of Clomiphene Citrate was under the care of his physician for a documented medical condition. Accordingly, Sullivan received a reduction to one year from the standard two-year period of ineligibility that could have been imposed for a second offense involving a specified substance.”

Sullivan’s (17-5 MMA, 3-2 UFC) period of ineligibility began Jan. 14, the date of his positive test. He was subsequently removed from a fight against Randy Brown at UFC 208.

When USADA notified him of his second potential violation, Sullivan was in the final days of a one-year suspension for his first run-in with the UFC anti-doping partner. He received the 12-month term for “declaration of a prohibited substance” and was pulled from a fight with Hector Urbina at UFC on FOX 20.

Sullivan is 3-2 in the octagon, with his most recent appearance ending in a knockout loss to Alexander Yakovlev at UFC on FOX 18. He made his debut at UFC on FOX 10, outpointing Mike Rhodes.

Here is USADA’s full statement:

“USADA announced today that UFC® athlete, George Sullivan, of Toms River, N.J., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a one-year sanction for his second anti-doping policy violation.

“Sullivan, 36, tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolite, 4-hydroxyclomiphene, following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on January 14, 2017. Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the class of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators and is prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

“Upon notification of his positive test, Sullivan immediately identified a prescription fertility medication as the source of the prohibited substance detected in his sample. After a thorough review of the case, including the examination of medical records provided by the athlete, USADA confirmed that Sullivan’s positive test was caused by Clomiphene Citrate, which he was using in a therapeutic dose under the care of a physician to treat a medical condition. The prescribed use of the medication by Sullivan is considered an “off-label” treatment, as Clomiphene Citrate is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration for use by males.

“Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased if the athlete lacks significant fault for the anti-doping policy violation. In this instance, USADA determined that Sullivan’s degree of fault was reduced because his use of Clomiphene Citrate was under the care of his physician for a documented medical condition. Accordingly, Sullivan received a reduction to one year from the standard two-year period of ineligibility that could have been imposed for a second offense involving a Specified Substance.

“Sullivan’s one-year period of ineligibility began on January 14, 2017, the date his positive sample was collected. As a result of his positive test, which was announced by UFC on January 26, 2017, Sullivan was removed from the Card for the UFC 208 event in New York, N.Y., that was held on February 11, 2017.

“Pursuant to the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, all UFC athletes serving a period of ineligibility for an anti-doping policy violation are required to remain in the USADA registered testing pool and make themselves available for testing in order to receive credit for time completed under his or her sanction.

“USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. In an effort to aid UFC athletes, as well as their support team members, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on the UFC Anti-Doping Program website (UFC.USADA.org) regarding the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (UFC.GlobaDRO.com), conducts educational sessions, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, and periodic athlete alerts.”

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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John Makdessi steps in to fight Sage Northcutt at UFC 214 after Claudio Puelles pulls out

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UFC officials today announced a shuffle to UFC 214’s fight card that will pair Sage Northcutt against veteran John Makdessi in a lightweight bout.

Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) previously was scheduled to face Claudio Puelles (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who suffered an injury and was forced to withdraw from the event, which takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The bout order for UFC 214 has not been set, but main card fights air live on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Northcutt is looking to rebound in the UFC at 155 pounds after a second-round submission loss to welterweight Mickey Gall at UFC on FOX 22, which left him with a 3-2 octagon record. The heavily hyped youngster is reportedly joining Team Alpha Male to prepare for fights after stints at Tristar and ATT Evolution.

In Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC), Northcutt faces the most experienced octagon competitor of his career. Makdessi has 13 UFC fights on his resume and wins over seasoned foes, including Sam Stout and Daron Cruickshank. Most recently, he’s hit a slide, losing three of four in his most recent appearances.

Despite that skid, a win over Makdessi would be a significant accomplishment. And for Makdessi, who was calling out every possible opponent for a return fight, a bump in stature would do well for his career.

The latest UFC 214 card includes:

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Megan Anderson – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA
  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Alexandra Albu vs. Kailin Curran
  • Josh Burkman vs. Drew Dober
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorkowski
  • Jarred Brooks vs. Eric Shelton
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Sage Northcutt vs. John Makdessi
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Sara McMann vs. Ketlen Vieira

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Offer extended to transfer UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes to brain trauma center in Atlanta

Illinois State Police continue to investigate a truck-train crash that left UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes hospitalized.

Officers from the Traffic Crash Reconstruction Unit hope to speak to Hughes to find out what happened when his truck was struck last Friday by a train on Beeler Trail in Montgomery County, Ill.

Officers are waiting to see if his condition improves so they can interview him, ISP public information officer Jason Bradley told MMAjunkie. They’re also waiting toxicology results from the hospital where he was airlifted following the accident.

“If he obviously is in a position where they think he’s going to pull through, the investigation will continue, because they’re going to want to interview him,” Bradley said. “They’re going to go back and recreate everything they can up to that point. They’re going to wait for toxicology tests to come back.

“There really is no time frame, because a lot of times, a majority of the investigation will be completed, but they’re waiting on one thing before they can close it.”

Hughes, 43, a native of Hillsboro, Ill., remains in stable condition at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. In a statement released Sunday, his sister Beth Ulrici said Hughes has no broken bones or internal injuries, yet is not awake and not responding. He is on a ventilator.

UFC President Dana White told ESPN.com that Hughes had suffered head trauma.

The Hughes family was recently contacted by the Triumph Over Tragedy Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to “support the family unit through biblical principles from the initial impact of a tragedy of illness.” According to a person close to the family, who asked for anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation, Triumph founder Reggie Jones has offered to evaluate Hughes and get him transferred to the Shepherd Center in Atlanta, a facility that specializes in traumatic brain injuries.

Hughes’ truck reportedly was struck on the passenger side after he crossed the railroad tracks directly in front of the train. The crossing did not have a barricade and was marked only with a sign. Bradley did not have any information on the train involved in the accident.

Bradley said Hughes was unconscious when first responders got to him Friday morning and was immediately airlifted to Springfield. The hospital said in a statement, “Hughes’ family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time. They ask that you keep Matt in your thoughts and prayers.”

One of the greatest welterweights in MMA history, Hughes (45-9 MMA, 18-7 UFC) is a UFC Hall of Famer and two-time champion, holding the title from 2001-2004 and 2004-2006, defending his belt on seven different occasions. He most recently fought in 2011, losing via knockout to Josh Koscheck, which marked the second straight time he’d been knocked out after a previous loss to UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Edmonton officials order 3rd-party review of boxing match resulting in Tim Hague's death

Edmonton officials want a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding a boxing match that left ex-UFC fighter Tim Hague dead.

The city of Edmonton, which oversees the city’s athletic commission, today announced a third-party investigation into the fight.

“We want to understand what happened and determine if there’s anything we need to do better,” Edmonton’s deputy city manager Rob Smyth said at a press conference, via Global News. “We want to make sure our policies and procedures are responsive to the community and making sure these events are absolutely as safe as they can be.”

Asked why a third-party organization was requested, Smyth added, “We want to retain — we don’t know who or how yet — a third party to do a comprehensive review and our thinking is … that review will have to get information from all of the different individuals who were part of organizing the event.”

Smyth said the same officials will be the target of the new inquiry and offered no timeline for its conclusion. He said there are no plans to cancel any upcoming events in the wake of the tragedy.

The fight this past Friday was regulated by the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission, which announced it would conduct a post-fight official review per its protocol and had “extended the request for reports” from officials who worked the event at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Hague died Sunday after being taken off life support. He was knocked to the ground multiple times by former Edmonton Eskimos football player Adam Braidwood and was knocked out completely in the second round. He got up under his own power but was soon rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors performed surgery to treat a brain injury.

A 1-3 professional boxer, Hague had suffered knockout losses on four occasions in the previous 22 months and was paired against the 7-1 Braidwood.

An online fundraiser for Hague’s funeral expenses today met its goal of $20,000. Hague, a teacher who earned a 1-4 UFC record, left behind 9-year-old son Brady.

The event’s promoter, Hague’s cornerman and his students at Ecole Bellevue School near Edmonton also expressed sadness and their condolences.

As the outpouring of grief and support for Hague continues, city officials will look into what can be done to better safeguard fighters.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy and wish to express our deepest condolences to Tim’s family and friends and the many students he taught,” Smyth said.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111 medical suspensions: 4 receive 6-month terms, including Bethe Correia

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UFC Fight Night 111 headliner Bethe Correia is suspended for six months unless cleared by a doctor following a head-kick knockout loss to former bantamweight champion Holly Holm.

According to medical suspensions issued by the UFC, which reported them to official records keeper MixedMartialArts.com, Correia’s post-fight brain scan came up negative for serious injuries, but she needs “dental clearance” and is suspended a minimum of 60 days with 45 days no contact.

The UFC acts as the de-facto athletic commission in jurisdictions where MMA isn’t formally regulated. UFC Fight Night 111 took place this past Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

All fighters who weren’t issued a longer suspension received a mandatory seven-day rest term. Correia (10-3-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC), who also took a punch from Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) that leveled her before her bout was called off in the third round, is one of six fighters to receive a six-month term.

Ex-heavyweight champ Andrei Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) also is suspended 180 days or until he receives clearance for his left hand, which he may have injured during a losing effort against Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the event’s co-headliner.

And both Colby Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Dong Hyun Kim (22-4-1 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who opened the main card, received 180-day terms after a hard bout in the welterweight division. Covington needs clearance for his right eye, while Kim needs a maxillofacial or ophthalmological clearance.

The full list of UFC Fight Night 111 medical suspensions include:

  • Holly Holm: suspended 7 days
  • Bethe Correia: suspended 180 days or until she receives “dental clearance,” and suspended a minimum 60 days with 45 days no contact
  • Marcin Tybura: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a hard bout
  • Andrei Arlovski: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for left hand is clear, and suspended and suspended a minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Colby Covington: suspended 180 days or until right eye cleared by ophthalmologist
  • Dong Hyun Kim: suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial or ophthalmological examination, and suspended a minimum 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Rafael dos Anjos: suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact
  • Tarec Saffiedine: a minimum 30 days for hard bout
  • Jon Tuck: suspended 7 days
  • Takanori Gomi: suspended 7 days
  • Walt Harris: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for left hand is clear
  • Cyril Asker: suspended 45 days with 30 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Alex Caceres: suspended 7 days
  • Rolando Dy: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Ulka Sasaki: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Justin Scoggins: suspended 45 days for right brow laceration with 30 days minimum no contact
  • Li Jingliang: suspended 180 days or until X-ray for right foot is clear, and suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Frank Camacho: suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for a hard bout
  • Russell Doane: suspended 7 days
  • Kwan Ho Kwak: suspended 45 days with 30 days minimum no contact due to TKO
  • Naoki Inoue: suspended 45 days for head laceration with 30 days minimum no contact
  • Carls John de Tomas: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Lucie Pudilova: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact
  • Ji Yeon Kim: suspended 30 days with 21 days minimum no contact

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Germaine de Randamie issues statement after UFC strips her of title

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After being stripped of the UFC women’s featherweight title, Germaine de Randamie vows to move on with her octagon career.

“That I’m stripped does not mean I’m stopping,” she wrote today in a prepared statement shortly after the promotion announced it’s moving on.

She added, “The UFC is not long for me! It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes Courage to stand alone.”

The message raised questions about de Randamie’s desire to compete in the UFC, but her manager, Brian Butler, today told MMAjunkie the now-former champ will “100 percent” continue to fight for the industry-leader and is awaiting a fight at bantamweight, where she’s competed in MMA after a career in muay Thai at featherweight.

Meanwhile, the UFC is putting the women’s featherweight title up for grabs again when Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) faces Megan Anderson (9-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 214, which takes place July 29 at Anaheim, Calif., and airs live on pay-per-view.

Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC), nicknamed “The Iron Lady,” was defiant toward fans and MMA observers who might question her decision to turn down a fight with No. 1 contender “Cyborg” at UFC 214 in what would have been her first title defense.

As she wrote: “Well, I hear you thinking again ‘She’s scared! What a bad champion! A shame for the sport! She did not deserve to be a champion!’ Etc .. etc .. I’ve seen it all over. But apart from what everyone thinks / finds, I’m walking my own path. And there you can agree or not.”

This past month, De Randamie put the recently formed women’s 145-pound weight class on hold when she said she wouldn’t fight Justino, branding the Brazilian star “a known and proven cheater” who “is trying to beat the system rather than just conforming to the rules.”

Justino, who’s previously failed two drug tests and was recently cleared by UFC anti-doping partner USADA, fired back on Twitter, writing, “Some people are so afraid to lose that they will find every excuse not to try” (via Twitter):

The refusal was the latest twist in the 33-year-old Dutch fighter’s short and rocky title reign. She claimed the inaugural belt with a unanimous-decision win over over ex-bantamweight champion Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 208 – a bout made when Justino turned down the fight, citing health concerns from a brutal weight cut for her previous fight – and then said she may need surgery to repair a hand injury. She welcomed an immediate rematch with Holm in light of criticism she took for landing multiple late punches. But she subsequently said her doctor would determine her next step.

De Randamie was scarcely heard from during the next three months as Justino pushed for a title fight at UFC 214. Butler initially told MMAjunkie she was dealing with personal and work issues after rumors surfaced she would retire. But she then did an abrupt about-face and declared she would not fight Justino, inviting the promotion to strip her of the belt.

De Randamie’s title reign lasted just four months. But as her statement indicates, she is steadfast in her desire to continue fighting.

De Randamie’s full statement:

“As many of you will know, the UFC has stripped me from the belt. For those of us who do not know what that means; The UFC has unpacked my title because I refuse to fight against their number one challenger. (I have my reasons for that) It’s great to hear this news from the media and I’m sorry that it’s running, but it’s what it’s!

“Well, I hear you thinking again ‘She’s scared! What a bad champion! A shame for the sport! She did not deserve to be a champion! ” Etc .. etc .. I’ve seen it all over. But apart from what everyone thinks / finds, I’m walking my own path. And there you can agree or not.

“That I’m stripped does not mean I’m stopping. This only means that I have even more reasons to knock NOG (literally sometimes 😬) for which I stand and what I want.

“The UFC is not long for me !! It’s easy to stand with the crowd. It takes Courage to stand alone🙏🏻 ‘Die with memories not dreams!’”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 111's Jon Tuck isn't ready to say Takanori Gomi should retire

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SINGAPORE – UFC lightweight Jon Tuck just handed former PRIDE champ Takanori Gomi his fourth straight octagon loss.

At 38, Gomi is running out of chances to right his storied career. But Tuck doesn’t think the legend should be pressured into retiring.

“I wouldn’t say he should hang up his gloves, because I know what kind of fighter I am, without sounding like I’m cocky,” said Tuck (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC), who submitted Gomi (35-13 MMA, 4-8 UFC) in the first round of their UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at UFC Fight Night 111. “I know that I belong in the top – it’s just me being able to prove it in the octagon. He’s got a wealth of experience.”

UFC Fight Night 111 took place Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore.

Tuck has eight octagon appearances in total, but he looked like a veteran slicing through Gomi with kicks and punches before cinching the fight-ending submission.

Still, the 32-year-old from Guam said Gomi still has a lot to offer in the cage and should be in control of his career. He even entertained the idea of the Japanese vet making a comeback.

“Like Michael Bisping, Michael just got a championship after how many years of trying,” Tuck said. “Demian Maia, look how great he is. Because I beat Takanori, it doesn’t mean he should hang up his gloves. But if he does hang up his gloves, I’m honored that he was able to step inside the octagon and share it with me.

“I still think he’s got a lot in him – it just depends on how (far) he wants to take it.”

One thing is for sure: Tuck is going places after stopping Gomi and snapping a two-fight win streak. Check out the video above for more from the fighter.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 111, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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