Ortiz and Liddell will get out of competition drug testing leading up to trilogy fight
Both Chuck Liddell and Tito Oritz competed in the UFC before the USADA began it's intensive drug testing program with the promotion. However, leading up to their November 24th fight in California for Golden Boy Promotions, the two legendary lightheavyweights will be subject to out-of-competition drug testing conducted by the California State Athletic Commission. CSAC executive director Andy Foster also revelead the two fighters were administered concussion protocol baseline testing. [h/t mmafighting.com]
Woodley: I'll fight at UFC 230 if cleared
Tyron Woodley successfully defend his welterweight title at UFC 228 after over a year long lay off. But now the champion is looking to stay active and recently told MMA Junkie Radio he was open to fighting again as early as November if cleared by the doctor: "If I’m good, then I have no issue with fighting in November. The more I fight, the better rhythm I get in the swing of things. Obviously, I just fought, so I’m still in phenomenal shape."
DC: Till lost because he throw combo that only works for McGregor
Darren Till challenged Tyron Woodley for his welterweight belt, and was crushed. Champ champ Daniel Cormier offered his explanation for what happened in a video from MMA News Depot. “I’ve always hated this combination," said DC. "The only person that should ever throw a lead uppercut, punch down the middle is Conor McGregor. He’s the only person that has successfully done that time and time again. Conor goes uppercut, straight left hand. Everybody else: STOP! No, I’m serious. Everybody else, stop! Chuck Liddell almost got killed against Rashad Evans because of that. And now look at Darren Till! You can not throw that. It’s a flawed technique. Because when you do this, and you’re loading that counter-hand, when you’re loading that second punch… You are so exposed.” H/T BJPenn.com
UFC offering ticket refunds for UFC Fight Night 137
UFC Fight Night 137: Santos vs. Anders on September 22, 2018 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil went through some named changes. Main event was supposed to be Glover Teixeira vs. Jimi Manuwa and then it was Jimi Manuwa vs. Thiago Santos and then it was Thiago Santos vs. Eryk Anders. So the UFC is offering full ticket refunds to fans that want one. H/T MMA Mania
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Title eliminator between Erik Perez and John Castaneda headlines Combate Americas: Mexico vs. USA
Combate Americas: Mexico vs. USA on Oct. 13 in Tucson, Arizona will be headlined by former UFC standout Erik “Goyito” Perez vs. Mankato, Minnesota's John "Sexi Mexi" Castaneda, runner-up of the inaugural Copa Combate, eight-man, one-night tournament. Perez was on a three-fight win streak in the UFC, when he decided to move to Combate, and increased his streak to four with a win over David Fuentes at Combate Americas - Combate Estrellas 2. Castaneda is on a two-fight losing streak, but at the very top of the division. He has a split decision loss to current champion Jose Alday at Combate Estrellas I, and before that came second of eight in the one night tournament. H/T MMA Fighting
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McGregor social media drip drip drip on Nurmagomedov continues
Johny Hendricks vs. Brennan Ward in bare-knuckle boxing
WBKFF (World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation) 1: ‘Rise of the Titans’ will be headlined by former UFC Welterweight champion Johny Hendricks vs. former Bellator MMA star Brennan Ward.Chris Leben vs. Phil Baroni and Shawne Merriman vs. Mike Bourke will round out the top of the card. Bellator's Brennan retired from MMA following injuries. Henricks retired after it became clear would not rise again to the level of world champion. WBKFF 1 will be held on November 9th, 2018, and will stream on PPV and FITE TV. Featuring Johny Hendricks vs. Brennan Ward, $100,000 Lightweight tournament and much more. H/T FightBookMMA
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Belal Muhammad out vs. Elizeu Zaleski at UFC Fight Night 137
Welterweight Belal Muhammad has suffered an undisclosed injury and is out vs. Elizeu Zaleski at UFC Fight Night 137 on September 22, 2018 at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in São Paulo, Brazil. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos, will now fight newcomer Luigi Vendramini, a badass who took the fight on less than one week’s notice. H/T Combate
King Mo to face ex-champ McGeary at Bellator's Hawaii debut
Tonight Bellator MMA President announced that Muhammed 'King Mo' Lawal will face ex-lightheavyweight champion Liam McGeary at the promotion's debut event in Hawaii on December 15th. A match up between the two was made in 2017, but never happened with Lawal was forced to withdraw.