With the recent news of current UFC Featherweight champion Conor McGregor being pulled from UFC 200 and potentially retiring from the sport, many eyes are set on the 145 lbs division as we may see a vacated title. With Jose Aldo vs. Frankie Edgar already slated as the Featherweight title fight if McGregor gives up his belt, Max Holloway (15-3) and Ricardo Lamas (16-4) are now booked to see who would be next in line. Officials announced during Fox Sport 1’s “UFC Tonight” on Wednesday night that the fight between Featherweight top contenders take place at UFC 199 ON June 4th in Inglewood, California.
Dan Henderson (31-14) vs. Hector Lombard (34-5-1 2NC) was also officially confirmed for UFC 199 as well, which was previously rumored after Lyoto Machida pulled himself from his fight vs. Henderson at UFC on Fox 19 when he found out he had taken a substance that was on the banned list.
The Hawaiian native Max Holloway has been on an absolute tear through the Featherweight division since losing a Unanimous Decision to current champion Conor McGregor at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen back in August of 2013. The 24-year old has won 8 bouts since his fight with McGregor, and will all but lock up a title shot once the smoke clears from the McGregor/Aldo/Frankie situation.
Ricardo Lamas got back in the win column after losing to Chad Mendes in April of last year when he defeated Diego Sanchez in November. He has been 3-1 since losing via Decision to Jose Aldo in a featherweight title fight at UFC 169, and a big win over Max Holloway could launch him back into the mix for a title shot, but he would most likely need one or two more wins to solidify a 2nd shot at UFC gold.
UFC 199 is set to take place on June 4th at The Forum in Inglewood, California. A championship rematch between Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman will serve as the main event while a bantamweight rubber match is scheduled as the co-main event as Urijah Faber attempts to finally capture a UFC title as he takes on current champion Dominick Cruz.
The rest of the linup for UFC 199 looks like this (in no particular order):
Luke Rockhold (c) vs. Chris Weidman
Dominick Cruz (c) vs. Urijah Faber
Dustin Poirier vs. Bobby Green
Evan Dunham vs. Leonardo Santos
Kevin Casey vs. Elvis Mutapcic
Jonathan Wilson vs. Luiz Henrique da Silva
Polo Reyes vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Sean Strickland vs. Tom Breese
John Makdessi vs. Mehdi Baghdad
B.J. Penn vs. Dennis Siver
Brian Ortega vs. Clay Guida
Jessica Penne vs. Jessica Andrade
Max Holloway vs. Ricardo Lamas
Dan Henderson vs. Hector Lombard
Angela Magana says she has been cut from the UFC
Angela Magana announced her release from the UFC on Twitter yesterday.
The now-former UFC strawweight was 0-3, in as many contests with the promotion. Her most recent loss came at the hands of Amanda Cooper, at UFC 218, on the UFC Fight Pass Prelims. A bout which she lost by TKO in the second round.
I immediately asked for a rematch with #ufc and they have released me after dropping 3 losses in a row. I'm thankful for the opportunities afforded to me through my journey with @ufc and am currently headed to the gym to train for my next win. #yourmajesty
— Angela Magana (@AngelaMagana1) December 8, 2017
Her first opportunity arose with the UFC when she appeared on, The Ultimate Fighter 20. A #12 seed, in the tournament of strawweights, Magana lost her preliminary round bout to #4 seed, Aisling Daly. Unfortunately, her promotional debut, on The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 20, resulted in another loss. Tecia Torres defeated Magana that night via unanimous decision. The following summer, Magana fought Michelle “Karate Hottie” Waterson at The Ultimate Fighter Finale: 21. Waterson won by submission (rear-naked choke) in the third round of the bout.
Oddly enough, following her July 2015, loss to Waterson and before her final bout with the UFC, Magana seemingly instigated a feud between herself and current featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. A feud which began on social media and boiled over at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat. Disregarding her well-documented spat with Cris “Cyborg”, Magana managed her way through a storm of misfortune on her way to UFC 218.
After falling in love with Puerto Rico while on vacation, Magana moved to the island in the fall of 2016. Her entire life followed her there, as she began to train on the island she fell in love with. The tropical paradise turned to an apocalyptic wasteland following Hurricane Maria, the category five hurricane which decimated the area. The disaster became an extreme hindrance for the strawweight.
Her UFC 218 bout became official in early October. Yet, in spite of horrendous living conditions, she powered on through the natural disaster that left her home without power, until the week of the fight. Magana took to social media to tell fans that she would not stop fighting and is currently training for her next opportunity.
Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone intends to move back to lightweight in next bout
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone (32-10 1 NC, 19-7 UFC) has been a jewel in the eyes of fight fans for quite a while. How can fans avoid gravitating to the man with the most post-fight bonuses in UFC history? The fan favorite appeared on former UFC heavyweight, Brendan Schaub and comedian, Bryan Callen’s podcast, The Fighter and The Kid, on Thursday. Cordially, the trio briefly discussed a few topics pertaining to “Cowboy”, and his combat sports career.
Schaub and Callen peppered the UFC veteran on what takes precedent moving forward, his acting career or his fighting career. Schaub asks, “So, is the plan to forget the octagon and go full Hollywood?”, a question which Cerrone scoffed at. Schaub was referencing news the active fighter broke a few minutes earlier on the podcast; Cerrone would be co-starring with Denzel Washington in, The Equalizer 2.
Callen then followed up with his partner’s question, “See, Schaub and I, secretly, want you never to fight again, (because) you already proved everything. All we want is you to stay healthy and become an actor.”
Eventually, the group reached the topic of Darren Till, when the former fighter turned comedian, Brendan Schaub, asked, “In retrospect, the Darren Till fight, would you still have taken it?” In typical “Cowboy” style, he nonchalantly claimed he would have still taken the fight. Less than a minute later, Schaub made the point, “While you’re doing movies and traveling with your boys in RVs, guys like Darren Till are in the training room.”
Cerrone adamantly stated on what was not the first occasion, “I’m there, five years. Five years come on guys,” referring to how long he wishes to continue fighting for. After a question on how many fights he plans to schedule per year he states, “Well, I’m going back to fifty-five… I’m more focused. At seventy, I can just not train, f*ck off more… I put more into at fifty-five… Let’s do it, man…let’s go back have a couple more fights. Yea, I won’t take like twenty a year anymore, I’ll probably take it down a little bit”.
“Cowboy” is coming off a three-fight losing streak, after falling to young prospect Darren Till but, prior to his past three fights, Cerrone had only lost once since late 2013. As many fans know, he is an active fighter. Since November of 2013, he has fought sixteen times. On that list, are wins over Benson Henderson, Edson Barboza, Eddie Alvarez, and Rick Story.
With over forty professional MMA fights, and a budding acting career, it looks like Donald Cerrone is doing exactly what he should. It is a bit sad to see one of the great modern fighters begin to close out his career. Yet, like Callen and Schaub, I imagine anyone who calls them-self a “Cowboy” fan, wants to see the talented Denver, Colorado-based fighter walk away with health and a new promising career.
Sijara Eubanks out of TUF 26 Finale, Roxanne Modafferi steps in on short notice
Sijara Eubanks (2-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is out of The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion finale. In her absence the UFC has announced that #1 ranked TUF 26 semifinalist, Roxanne Modafferi (21-13 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will be stepping up to fight Nicco Montano for the inaugural women’s flyweight championship.
Modafferi lost to Eubanks in the very last episode of TUF, she was then set to fight fellow castmember Barb Honchak in the finale that takes place on December 1. Early Thursday afternoon, Sijara has forced to pull out of the fight giving Roxanne the opportunity to fight for the championship against Nicco Montano
UFC released an official statement about the change courtesy of MMA Junkie “Due to medical issues, Sijara Eubanks, was hospitalized Thursday morning and has been pulled from her bout against Nicco Montano at Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter Finale. Stepping in for Eubanks to fight in the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight championship bout will be Ultimate Fighter 26 semifinalist Roxanne Modafferi.”
Honchak will now likely be facing TUF 26 alternate Lauren Murphy on December 2. Murphy lost her opponent Priscila Cachoeira after Cachoeira failed to get a visa for the fight.
Eubanks has taken to her personal Instagram to put out a statement to her fans. In the post, she writes, “First of all, I’m a champion. Point blank. I will be UFC champion, but it’s God’s will that it won’t be Friday night. I’m a gangster and I’ve cut more weight than most male fighters, and unfortunately, there were some miscalculations this cut, no excuses, I worked my ass off and went out on my shield. I was hospitalized early this morning for kidney failure but best believe I’ma be right back training and right back after that belt. This game is full of ups and downs, true champs know that and bounce back. Nicco and Roxanne I’m sure will have a great fight and best wishes to both those ladies. True class, those two. Nothing changes, I’m still the queen and I will claim my throne.
Thank you to all my coaches, friends and family and the wonderful staff at UFC.
God is good and I am truly blessed.”
The entire fight card to date is as follows:
- Roxanne Modaferri vs Nicco Montano
- Emily Whitmire vs Gillian Robertson
- Barb Honchak vs Lauren Murphy
- Ariel Beck vs Shana Dobson
- DeAnna Bennett vs Melinda Fabian
- Rachael Ostovich vs Karine Gevorgyan
- Montana De La Rosa vs Christina Marks
- Sean O’Malley vs Terrion Ware
- Eric Spicely vs Gerald Meerschaert
- Joe Soto vs Brett Johns
The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale “A Champion Will Be Crowned” is still set to take place Dec.1st at The Park Theater, Paradise Nevada.
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