Last night, on FS1’s “TUF Talk,” UFC President Dana White announced that Vice President of Public Relations, Dave Sholler, will be leaving the UFC.
— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) October 13, 2016
— Dave Sholler (@DaveSholler) October 13, 2016
It's time to go home, to the organization I grew up rooting for. Will miss fight game very, very much, but excited for the new challenge.
— Dave Sholler (@DaveSholler) October 13, 2016
Sholler, who has been with the UFC since 2009 when Zuffa merged the UFC and WEC, will now be taking his PR talents to the National Basketball Association with the Philadelphia 76ers. According to MMA Junkie, Sholler will be overseeing all basketball and business communications for the 76ers. In his WEC days, Sholler ran public relations for the promotion and moved over to the UFC when the merger happened. Since then, we have seen him take the podium during press conferences in place of Dana White, and sometimes, attempt to break up a brawl or two between heated competitors, most notably, the stage brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier.
When speaking with MMA Junkie about the decision to leave the UFC, Sholler said, “This is a tremendous opportunity for me personally and professionally. It gives me the chance to go home to work for an organization I grew up rooting for, an organization that I’m incredibly passionate about, and an organization I believe is going to add to its storied legacy in the coming years.”
The landmark UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in New York City will be the last event Sholler works for the promotion before starting his new journey in the NBA.
““My time at the UFC was nothing short of a dream come true. It’s an organization that believed in me and gave me the chance to succeed. From the early days traveling the globe with Pete Dropick, Reed Harris and characters like Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone promoting WEC, to today where athletes like Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor are true crossover stars, I’ve had such an incredible ride. But after such an incredible ride, I know it’s time. It’s time to go home,” Sholler told MMA Junkie.
Once the news broke that Sholler would be leaving the promotion, the MMA community gave a resounding response via social media. Below are just a few of the many, many examples of support:
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) October 13, 2016
Damn wake up to see my Jersey bro @DaveSholler is leaving the UFC for the Sixers. Best of luck Dave you will be missed!
— Frankie Edgar (@FrankieEdgar) October 13, 2016
good luck! You will definitely be missed! Maybe we can get you to stand between Nate and Connor for the trilogy?
— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) October 13, 2016
Congrats to my good friend and alleged look-a-like @DaveSholler on accepting a job w/ the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers! Sixers got a great one.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) October 13, 2016
Going to miss you in the UFC @DaveSholler best wishes in the next chapter in Philly!! 🙏🏽
— Cody Garbrandt (@Cody_Nolove) October 13, 2016
— #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) October 13, 2016
damn! It's been an amazing journey working with ya. I'm happy for your next chapter but gonna miss ya bro! Thank you, Much love
— Joseph Benavidez (@JoeJitsu) October 13, 2016
wow finally time to put the suitcases away. All the best Dave. Appreciate the opportunities
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) October 13, 2016
Say it ain't so !! We will miss you Dave. You the man best of luck brother.
— Mike Brown (@mikebrownmma) October 13, 2016
good luck! Thanks for always being so good to Gilbert and myself!! :)
— KeriMelendez (@KeriMelendez415) October 13, 2016
@DaveSholler good luck!
— Alistair Overeem (@Alistairovereem) October 13, 2016
— Matthew Wells (@MrMWellsArt) October 13, 2016
Yo @DaveSholler I'm gonna miss you buddy! Congrats on the new job
— James Vick (@JamesVickMMA) October 13, 2016
Incredible man, it's been such a pleasure working with you. The Sixers are so lucky to have you
— Danny Austin (@DannyAustin_9) October 13, 2016
— Stephie Haynes (@CrooklynMMA) October 13, 2016
— Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) October 13, 2016
Dave Sholler will always have a special place in the minds of us here at MMA Latest News, as he helped open the door for access to the UFC. We wish Dave nothing but the best in his future endeavors.
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UFC Announces Liverpool Event, Darren Till Main Event
Scousers are drowning in celebration this evening. Earlier today, UFC officials announced the addition of a Liverpool show to their 2018 event calendar. Liverpool’s, Echo Arena, plays host for the event, which takes place on May 27th.
Liverpool’s own, Darren Till made the announcement this afternoon with Dan Hardy at the UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov, ceremonial weigh-in. When asked by Hardy what it means to have the UFC in Liverpool, he had this to day, “Words can’t describe it. It doesn’t do it justice, words. So, it’s coming and I’m going to be the first Scousers to ever have done it. In 200 years they’re going to remember my name in combat sports in Liverpool. I’m gonna take someones chin off in Liverpool, that’s what’s happening”.
He was also quoted in an release from the promotion saying, “I can’t believe UFC is finally coming to Liverpool and I’m going to be headlining Echo Arena. My name is going to be remembered in 200 years time for being part of this historical event and I can’t even describe how much that means to me”. Till will headline the card, his opponent is yet to be announced.
In the official release, it quotes David Shaw, Senior Vice President International and Content, claiming, “The stars really aligned for the Octagon to touch down in Liverpool. We have seen such phenomenal demand from fans in the region for a live event. Pair that with having such a rising, local star in Darren Till it made absolute sense to bring our first live event to this historical combat sports city in 2018”.
UFC Liverpool lands on a date speculated for a different venue, in a different country. Reports swirled last month, specifically one from MMAFighting.com, which claimed the May 27th date belonged to the UFCs return to Dublin. A return to Dublin doesn’t seem to fall completely out of the realm of possibility. For now, it remains to be seen.
The UFC also announced two bouts, both in the Middleweight division, booked for the event. Elias Therodorou takes on Trevor Smith, and Daniel Kelly goes up against England’s Tom Breese.
Marco Reyes Flagged for Potential Anti-Doping Policy Violation
Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Lightweight, Marco Reyes was flagged for a potential UFC Anti-Doping Policy violation. The potential violation hails from a sample collected on March 8th, 2018, in an out-of-competition test.
Reyes made his way into the UFC through The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, season 2. Competing in the lightweight bracket, Reyes defeated Christhian Soto by 2nd rd. TKO of a preliminary round bout. He then went onto to face Horacio Gutiérrez, in the semifinals of the tournament. Gutiérrez defeated Reyes in the opening round by TKO.
Following his elimination from the tournament, the Mexican fighter met Cezar Arzamendia on the series finale, The Ultimate Fighter Latin America 2 Finale. Reyes impressively defeated Arzamendia, whom was the first overall pick for Team Gastelum, by 1st round KO.
From there, Reyes defeated Dong Hung Kim (rd. 1, KO), and Jason Novelli (Split Decision) respectively, before falling to rising contender James Vick. Most recently, the Lightweight fighter dispatched Matt Frevola in the opening round, ruining the Long Islanders promotional debut. His bout against Frevola took place at UFC Fight Night: Stephens vs. Choi, on January 14th of this year.
The UFC statement on the matter reads as follows:
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Marco Reyes of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collected on March 8, 2018.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case involving Reyes. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full and fair legal process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed. Additional information will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.
Dillon Danis to make Pro debut against Kyle Walker at Bellator 198
Mixed Martial Arts officially adopted another incredibly talented jiu-jitsu practioner today. Bellator officials announced today the long-awaited debut of Dillon Danis, whom the promotion had signed in the year previous. After zero amateur and countless jiu-jitsu matches, Danis makes his debut at Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, against Kyle Walker.
Kyle Walker enters the match up also making his Bellator debut. Walker recently made a resurgence in 2016 after taking off, almost exactly, 3 years. Since returning to the professional scene his record is 0-3, losing each fight by stoppage (2 Sub, 1 KO).
Walker looks to snap his streak yet, his opponent could provide a major challenge. In terms of advantages for Walker, he has a massive and obvious one. His experience. Walkers opponent fights for the first time in the sport of MMA. While Danis competed in many top-level jiu-jitsu tournaments and matches, comparing the competition would stop and end upon examining the rule sets. It is quite obvious, the difference. Danis will have a bit of adversity to overcome, in that respect.
In spite of this, Danis’ team, he trains out of the highly regarded SBG Ireland. Even before his MMA training, he trained under Marcelo Garcia. He earned his black belt in April of 2015, following an incredible 2014. In that year, Danis became UAEJJF World Champion, winning gold in the 82 kg (181 lb.) Brown belt category.
The prospect of what that could look like inside the cage is exciting. He may have developed some striking techniques but, the lack of time dedicated to that training in undeniable. Experience and time is required to develop skills of any kind.
Bellator 198: Mir vs. Emelianenko, takes place on Saturday, April 28th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. Bellator 198 features the third of four preliminary bouts in the promotions Heavyweight Grand Prix, Fedor Emelianenko takes on Frank Mir. It serves as the nights main event. Other bouts on the card feature; Emmanuel Sanchez against Sam Sicilia, Neiman Gracie faces Javier Torres, Rafael Lavato Jr. vs. John Salter, and more.
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