UFC 214 medical suspensions: Donald Cerrone gets potential 6 months for eye issue

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UFC welterweight standout Donald Cerrone is facing a six-month suspension for a possible eye injury following his loss to ex-champ Robbie Lawler at UFC 214.

Cerrone, who was outpointed on the event’s pay-per-view main card, needs doctor clearance for a “possible fracture to the left eye,” according to medical suspensions issued by the California State Athletic Commission, which regulated the event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

According to cageside doctors notes, Cerrone’s (32-8 MMA, 19-5 UFC) pupil was constricted, indicating a possible fracture after his slugfest against Lawler (28-11 MMA, 13-5 UFC).

In other suspensions, headliner and now-former UFC light heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) must sit out 60 days after suffering a knockout loss to re-crowned champ Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

Additionally, the CSAC made official an order requiring lightweight Drew Dober move up to the welterweight division because his fight-day weight was 18 percent above the 155-pound limit, or approximately 183 pounds. The commission earlier this year passed a 10-point plan that recommends fighters move up a division if they are over 10 percent above their contracted weight on fight day.

Following his first-round knockout of Josh Burkman (28-16 MMA, 6-11 UFC), Dober (18-8 MMA, 4-4 UFC) advocated for a 165-pound weight class.

The full list of UFC 214 medical suspensions includes:

  • Jon Jones: suspended 7 days
  • Daniel Cormier: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for knockout, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right eye. Neurological clearance required
  • Tyron Woodley: suspended 7 days
  • Demian Maia: suspended 7 days
  • Cristiane Justino: suspended 7 days
  • Tonya Evinger: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Robbie Lawler: suspended 7 days
  • Donald Cerrone: suspended 7 days; also suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible left eye fracture (traumatic myosis)
  • Volkan Oezdemir: suspended 7 days
  • Jimi Manuwa: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for knockout, and suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to right eyebrow
  • Ricardo Lamas: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Jason Knight: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO
  • Aljamain Sterling: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Renan Barao: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Brian Ortega: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Renato Moicano: suspended 7 days; also suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for possible jaw/facial fracture
  • Calvin Kattar: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Andre Fili: suspended 7 days; also suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for right upper eyelid
  • Alexandra Albu: suspended mandatory 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout; suspended 60 days with 60 days no contact, or until cleared by physician, for laceration to nose; suspended 180 days with 180 days no contact, or until cleared via CT scan by physician, for possible fracture to left orbital
  • Kailin Curran: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for hard bout
  • Jarred Brooks: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Eric Shelton: suspended mandatory 7 days
  • Drew Dober: suspended mandatory 7 days; must be cleared by physician or must move up in weight due to greater than 18 percent weight increase. Fighter needs to be in a heavier weight class per medical evaluation
  • Josh Burkman: suspended 7 days; also suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for KO

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

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UFC 214 Athlete Outfitting pay: Event sees 2nd highest payout in program history

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC 214 event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $327,500.

UFC 214 took place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and the main card aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Leading the way were one current champion and one former one. Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), who dropped the light heavyweight title to Jon Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in the main event, and Tyron Woodley (18-3-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC), who defended the welterweight belt against Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC), each earned a maximum Athlete Outfitting Policy payout of $40,000.

The full UFC 214 UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Jon Jones: $30,000
def. Daniel Cormier: $40,000

Tyron Woodley: $40,000
def. Demian Maia: $30,000

Cristiane Justino: $30,000
def. Tonya Evinger: $30,000

Robbie Lawler: $20,000
def. Donald Cerrone: $20,000

Volkan Oezdemir: $2,500
def. Jimi Manuwa: $5,000

Ricardo Lamas: $15,000
def. Jason Knight: $5,000

Aljamain Sterling: $5,000
def. Renan Barao: $10,000

Brian Ortega: $2,500
def. Renato Moicano: $2,500

Calvin Kattar: $2,500
def. Andre Fili: $5,000

Alexandra Albu: $2,500
def. Kailin Curran: $5,000

Jarred Brooks: $2,500
def. Eric Shelton: $2,500

Drew Dober: $5,000
def. Josh Burkman: $15,000

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $3,657,500
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,980,500

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of UFC 214, with Tupac, Johnny Cash and even Phil Collins

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC 214 event in Anaheim, Calif., went with as their backing tracks.

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Jon Jones def Daniel Cormier via knockout (strikes) – Round 3, 3:01

Jon Jones: “God Gave Me Style/The Champ is Here” by 50 Cent/Jadakiss

Daniel Cormier: “When We Ride on Our Enemies/Right Above It” by Tupac/Lil’ Wayne

Tyron Woodley def. Demian Maia via unanimous decision (50-45, 49-46, 49-46)

Tyron Woodley: “DNA/I Ain’t Turning Back” by Kendrick Lamar/Thi’sl feat. Flame

Demian Maia: “Numb” by Linkin Park

Cristiane Justino def. Tonya Evinger via TKO (knees and punches) – Round 3, 1:56

Cristiane Justino: “Santo Esperito” by Gezi Monteiro

Tonya Evinger: “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins

Robbie Lawler def. Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Robbie Lawler: “Ain’t No Grave” by Johnny Cash

Donald Cerrone: “Cowboy” by Kid Rock

Volkan Oezdemir def. Jimi Manuwa via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 0:22

Volkan Oezdemir: “Pinocchio” by Booba feat. Damso & Gate

Jimi Manuwa: “California Love” by Tupac

Ricardo Lamas def. Jason Knight via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:34

Ricardo Lamas: “Cuba Isla Bella” by Orishas

Jason Knight: “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit

Aljamain Sterling def. Renan Barao via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 30-26)

Aljamain Sterling: “Big Rich Town” by 50 Cent

Renan Barao: “All I do is Win” by DJ Khaled

Brian Ortega def. Renato Moicano via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 3, 2:59

Brian Ortega: “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” by DMX

Renato Moicano: “Bad Man” by Steel Pulse

Calvin Kattar def. Andre Fili via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Calvin Kattar: “Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty

Andre Fili: “I’m Feeling Myself” by Mac Dre

Alexandra Albu def. Kailin Curran via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Alexandra Albu: “Like a Prayer” by We Are the Fallen

Kailin Curran: “Entourage” by Nick Lewis

Jarred Brooks def. Eric Shelton via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Jarred Brooks: “Brooklyn Zoo” by Old Dirty Bastard

Eric Shelton: “Element” by Kendrick Lamar

Drew Dober def. Josh Burkman via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 3:04

Josh Burkman: “The Baddest Man Alive” by The Black Keys & RZA

Drew Dober: “No Diggity” by Backstreet

For complete coverage of UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC 214 results: Alexandra Albu brawls her way to win over Kailin Curran

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What Alexandra Albu lacked in strategic awareness she made up for in raw aggression against Kailin Curran.

While that approach got her face bloodied and bruised, it also got her a win on the scorecards, as Albu (3-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) outpointed Curran (4-5 MMA, 1-5 UFC) in an entertaining brawl to win a unanimous decision victory after three frantic rounds.

The strawweight bout was part of the preliminary card of today’s UFC 214 event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It streamed on UFC Fight Pass ahead of additional prelims on FXX and a main card on pay-per-view.

Albu didn’t always make the smartest choices in this fight, but she did make them all with a fervent commitment, relying on her athleticism to get her out of a few jams against Curran. After a fast start that saw Albu charge forward behind some heavy combinations, she halted her own momentum by pulling guard in the first round, giving Curran a free chance to work from the top.

Albu would adjust somewhat in the second, taking Curran down and doing some work of her own from the top position, battering Curran with ground-and-pound and at one point shrugging off an illegal upkick that prompted a brief intervention from referee Herb Dean.

But after relying on her own explosive strength to pull her through early, Albu began to tire later in the round, giving Curran a chance to turn the tables in the third frame. A blistering combination of punches and kicks had Albu on the run early, and Curran got further help from some takedowns assisted by Albu’s own questionable choices.

That left Albu looking battered by the time the final horn sounded, but when it went to the judges all three had the fight for Albu by scores of 29-28, giving her a narrow victory in a frenzied contest.

With the win, Albu remains perfect as a professional in her young career. Curran has now lost three straight in the UFC.

Up-to-the-minute UFC 214 results include:

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(MMAjunkie’s Dann Stupp, John Morgan, Ben Fowlkes, Mike Bohn and Ken Hathaway contributed to this report on site in Anaheim.)

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10 reasons to watch UFC 214, only the most stacked card of the year

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UFC President Dana White stepped up to the podium at Wednesday’s press conference and almost nonchalantly announced UFC 214 as “the biggest and baddest fight card of the year for us.” He didn’t shout, and he didn’t get increasingly red in the face as he ramped up his introduction. White said that and simply opened the floor for questions.

White knows this card is stacked, and he knows fans know this card is stacked. He could have brought out an index card scrawled with the lineup and pushed it in front of the camera and just shrugged, and that would have been enough to sell fight fans.

In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) defends his title against Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) in perhaps the most anticipated rematch in UFC history. The co-headliner features welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) defending against Demian Maia (25-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC). Also, Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will square off for the vacant women’s featherweight belt in a third title fight.

So, yes, “biggest and baddest” seems to be a fitting description for this event.

UFC 214 takes place at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to tune in.

1. This time it feels real

The whole legacy thing gets thrown around in MMA so often, perhaps too often, but the fight between current champ Cormier and former champ Jones hits all the marks for a legacy-making matchup.

If Cormier beats the only man who has defeated him, Jones — the man who most consider the greatest light heavyweight ever — then Cormier’s legacy will be cemented as an all-time great. If Jones wins, he’ll reclaim the title he never lost in the cage and likely to move on to keep building on his already impressive career.

Whoever loses this fight will still go down in UFC history as one of the best the light heavyweight division has ever seen. Unfortunately for the vanquished, that recognition won’t come in the immediate aftermath of UFC 214.

2. Check the numbers

Barring an unanticipated return to the time when Maia fancied himself a striker, expect the No. 5 ranked welterweight to attempt to wrest the title from Woodley via a concerted effort on the ground, which, statistically speaking, could be a problem.

Dating back to his Strikeforce debut, Woodley’s opponents have taken him down three times in 19 fights. The last man to do so was Rory MacDonald – in 2014. Woodley’s takedown defense is a mind-boggling 91 percent. Woodley has also been excellent at avoiding submission attempts, with only two of his previous 19 opponents even attempting a submission, both unsuccessfully.

The odds seemed stacked against Maia, but he’s arguably at the apex of his career, which makes this fight very compelling.

3. Join the team

Justino might have reservations about being the face of women’s MMA, but if she defeats Evinger for the vacant women’s featherweight title, expect the UFC to push Justino. With Ronda Rousey out of the picture, and the promotion’s reluctance, or inability, to push bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and/or strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk into the mainstream, the UFC needs Justino to win. If she accomplishes that, Justino will be an easy sell as the most dangerous woman in MMA.

If Evinger, the No. 7 ranked bantamweight pulls off the upset, things could get very interesting as the former Invicta bantamweight champ has never been afraid to voice her opinion on any subject, including the UFC.

4. Like violence? These guys know violence

Some try to downplay the violent aspect of MMA, claiming it’s a competitive sport, not a violent one. The reality is, like football, MMA is both. The UFC has come to terms with that fact. Just look at the “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning bouts; they’re often brutal brawls, not technical masterpieces.

Two fighters who have racked up plenty of bonuses for their vicious performances meet in a fight that might be second to only the main event when it comes to fan excitement and anticipation.

Former champion and currently No. 3-ranked welterweight Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) and No. 11 Donald Cerrone (32-7 MMA, 19-4 UFC) have 45 stoppage victories between them. Observers are hoping that number moves to 46 in Anaheim.

5. It’s all about staying visible

Jimi Manuwa appeared poised for a light heavyweight title shot after knocking out Corey Anderson in March, but then Alexander Gustafsson stopped Glover Teixeira and Jones returned from suspension. And so Manuwa, ranked No. 7 in the division, was left with no option but to take another fight in hopes of solidifying his status as a title contender.

That opponent is No. 8 Volkan Oezdemir (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), who joined the UFC in March and is 2-0 with the promotion. He’s also extremely confident and looking forward to facing Manuwa (17-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

“He’s the striker to beat now that Anthony Johnson is gone,” Oezdemir said of Manuwa. “People think about him as the best striker in the division, and that’s also why I want to fight him, too. I want to go there and knock him out, so people will know I belong in the game, too.”

These two have 25 knockouts between them.

6. Stepping in and stepping up

It’s easy to imagine Jason Knight’s response was a hearty “Yes!” when the UFC asked if he’d be willing to face No. 5 ranked featherweight Ricardo Lamas after Lamas’ original opponent, Chan Sung Jung, dropped off this card due to an injury.

Racking up four UFC victories in one year, Knight, currently ranked No. 14, has become a fan favorite for his willingness to talk trash and back it up either on the feet or the ground. If Knight (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) can make it five straight wins against former title contender Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), he’ll surely climb the rankings and let fans and matchmakers know about it.

Lamas has alternated wins and losses over his last four fights.

7. They both need this one

Renan Barao began his career with a loss, then went unbeaten in 33 consecutive fights. He also won and defended the UFC bantamweight title during that run. Since losing to T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 173, Barao is 2-3 in his last five fights and looking to re-establish himself as a contender.

Barao (34-4-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) had hoped to face Aljamain Sterling (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at bantamweight, but past weight cutting issues resulted in the California State Athletic Commission requiring this bout take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds. Regardless of the weight class, this is a huge fight for both men.

Sterling began his career on a 12-0 run, but his star has faded a bit. Currently ranked No. 11 at bantamweight, he’s struggled recently with allowing fans and media to dictate his style, MMA judging criteria and a bit of a public spat with the UFC when he was looking for a new deal as a free agent. The result of those struggles has been a 1-2 run since May 2016.

8. Let’s look at the odds

At first glance the assumption might be that Brian Ortega should be favored over Renato Moicano in their featherweight bout. After all, Ortega has won his last three fights by stoppage and is currently ranked No. 9 in the division. That assumption would be incorrect. Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) is the underdog to No. 13 Moicano (11-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC).

The reason behind those odds might be that Ortega appeared close to dropping decisions in his last two outings before earning late finishes. Coming on strong late could be a problem against Moicano, who showed in his win over Jeremy Stephens that he can deal with an aggressive, attacking opponent quite well.

9. It’s been a long time

If the name Alexandra Albu doesn’t ring a bell, don’t feel bad. It’s been a while since her last fight.

Albu signed with the UFC in 2013, but she didn’t make her promotional debut until April 2015 thanks to an injury. Albu scored a submission win over Izabela Badurek in that fight. Almost immediately after her victory, Albu underwent surgery. Now, after taking time off for rehab and school, Albu returns against Kailin Curran, who is 1-4 with the UFC, losing her last two fights.

Albu (2-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is a very strong strawweight with heavy hands. If she can get past Curran (4-4 MMA, 1-4 UFC) and stay healthy, she could be someone to watch at 115 pounds.

10. Looking for a home

Jarred Brooks has 12 fights for 11 different promotions on his record. His most recent outing, a knockout win over Jun Nakamura at Pancrase 281 in October kept his unbeaten record intact. The sometimes questionably outspoken Brooks was set to make his UFC debut in February, but that bout was scrapped when his opponent, Ian McCall, fell ill on fight day.

Brooks (12-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is extremely confident, and at just 24 he thinks he will not only find a home with the UFC but become a future flyweight champion. Brooks’ chance to take the first step toward that goal comes against 26-year-old Eric Shelton (10-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC). Shelton made his UFC debut in January, dropping a split decision to Alexandre Pantoja.

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

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UFC 214 lineup set – mostly – with Cormier-Jones rematch, 2 other title fights in Anaheim

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The lineup is set – mostly – for the UFC’s massive UFC 214 event with three title fights later this month in Southern California.

The card features 14 fights – if a featherweight bout on the prelims featuring Andre Fili stays on the card if Fili gets a new opponent. But one thing is certain: Three belts will be on the line at the top of the bill.

UFC 214 takes place July 29 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FXX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) finally gets to settle things with heated rival and former champ Jon Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC). The two were supposed to meet in their rematch twice already, but a Cormier injury pushed back the first rematch, and Jones’ positive drug test a year ago pushed back the second scheduled fight.

In the co-feature, welterweight champ Tyron Woodley (17-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) puts his belt on the line against Demian Maia (25-6 MMA, 19-6 UFC). And in the night’s third title fight, the UFC will crown a new women’s featherweight champion when Tonya Evinger (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes on Cristiane Justino (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).

To fill out the main card, Donald Cerrone (32-7 MMA, 19-4 UFC) takes on former welterweight champ Robbie Lawler (27-11 MMA, 12-5 UFC) in a fight moved from UFC 213 due to a Cerrone injury, and Jimi Manuwa (17-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) meets Volkan Oezdemir (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) at light heavyweight to open up the pay-per-view.

The prelims will feature four fights on the FXX cable network. The featured fight is a featherweight bout between former title challenger Ricardo Lamas (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC) and Jason Knight (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC). Plus, former bantamweight champ Renan Barao (34-4-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets Aljamain Sterling (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a 140-pound catchweight bout, and unbeaten featherweights Renato Moicano (11-0-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and Brian Ortega (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) are booked. Fili (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) currently is slated to open the FXX prelims – but is without an opponent.

UFC Fight Pass will feature a whopping five bouts, led by a lightweight fight between John Makdessi (14-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC) and Sage Northcutt (8-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC).

The UFC 214 lineup includes:

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

  • Champ Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones – for light heavyweight title
  • Champ Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia – for welterweight title
  • Cristiane Justino vs. Tony Evinger – for vacant women’s featherweight title
  • Donald Cerrone vs. Robbie Lawler
  • Jimi Manuwa vs. Volkan Oezdemir

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

  • Jason Knight vs. Ricardo Lamas
  • Renan Barao vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Renato Moicano vs. Brian Ortega
  • Andre Fili vs. TBA

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 5:30 p.m. ET)

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

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