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Germaine de Randamie Cleared for UFC Comeback

Former UFC featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie is on the mend and poised for a comeback.

de Randamie claimed the inaugural featherweight title by defeating Holly Holm in a controversial decision at UFC 208, which was marred by punches thrown after the bell by the Dutch fighter after both the second and third rounds.

There was further controversy when de Randamie refused to put her belt on the line against Cris “Cyborg” Justino. de Randamie said that she didn’t want to fight Cyborg because of her repeated anti-doping violations. The UFC in turn stripped de Randamie of the belt for her refusal to fight.

Germaine de RandamieShe was then slated to make her return to bantamweight in a fight with Marion Reneau in September, but had to withdraw due to trouble with a lingering hand injury. The hand injury also affected de Randamie following her title fight win over Holm in February before she was stripped of the belt.

After having to withdraw from the fight with Reneau, de Randamie opted for surgery in early September.

After several weeks on the sidelines, de Randamie announced that she is finally on the road to recovery and cleared for her return.

“Got the best news today (which feels like it’s been forever)!” de Randamie wrote on Instagram on Thursday. “Got green light from my doctor to start training again.”

Though she didn’t give a timeline, de Randamie can now get back to work and intends on returning to the Octagon.

“More determined than ever before. I’m combing back strong, faster, and more hungry than ever before.”

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Germaine de Randamie return Instagram

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Grant Dawson Took Out Adrian Diaz, Earned UFC Contract (Free Fight Video)

(Courtesy of UFC)

Grant Dawson had already earned himself quite the reputation around the MMA world and proved it to be founded on Week 6 of Contender Series with his incredible performance. Not only did Dawson take out Adrian Diaz, he captured a UFC contract in the process.

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According to UFC president Dana White, the Contender Series will return sometime after the start of 2018.

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Georges St-Pierre Fans Slam Michael Bisping at NHL Game

Michael Bisping did not get a warm welcome from Georges St-Pierre‘s Canadian fans.

Everywhere they go, the UFC forces Bisping and St-Pierre to face off for a photo opp, even at the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens NHL game on Saturday.

Bisping sauntered out to meet UFC president Dana White at center ice at the game on Saturday in Montreal, but was greeted by a chorus of booing Canadian fans. It certainly had to be an uncomfortable moment, but appeared to be one that Bisping relished.

It was obviously quite the opposite for St-Pierre, who received a hero’s welcome from his hometown fans. 

St-Pierre’s fans hammered Bisping, but at least White kept them apart when they came face to face on the ice.

TRENDING > Michael Bisping, GSP Get in Expletive Filled War of Words Backstage

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Does Conor McGregor Have the Grim Reaper Coming for Him?

All signs are starting to point to a future showdown between UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor and interim titleholder Tony Ferguson, but “El Cucuy” isn’t leaving anything to chance. He has ramped up his trash talk in an attempt to ensure that McGregor can’t walk away from the fight.

Although McGregor is the first UFC fighter to have held belts simultaneously in two divisions, he has never defended one. He unified his interim featherweight title by defeating then-featherweight-champion Jose Aldo at UFC 194, but he never put the featherweight title on the line before capturing the lightweight title. After defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight strap, McGregor was forced to relinquish the featherweight title.

It has been nearly a year since he defeated Alvarez, but his only fight has been his boxing spectacle with Floyd Mayweather. 

Tony Ferguson UFC 216 and Conor McGregorHe is, however, expected to return to the Octagon for his next fight. Ferguson became the interim champ by defeating Kevin Lee at UFC 216, and he is doing everything in his power to make sure that he is the man that McGregor will be fighting next.

“That paper champion is all paper man. He talked his way to the title. He’s talked his way into a whole lot,” Ferguson told TMZ Sports recently.

“My high IQ and my fight IQ are way too much for this guy. I’m way too much for him. I’ve saved a lot of my A+ material for him.”

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Ferguson went on to say that he believes that McGregor is running scared from him; that the Irishman watched him defeat Lee and now has cold feet.

“Not only did he watch the fight, he was sitting there on his yacht, drinking a beer, saying holy (expletive), I’ve got the boogeyman on my (expletive) tail. The Grim Reaper is coming for my ass! That’s what he’s saying. I have his number.”

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Donald Cerrone Playing with Snakes Ahead of UFC Gdansk

So, what does Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone do for fun when he’s just days removed from his next fight? How about playing with a poisonous snake?

Yep, that’s just what the Cowboy does. 

He was apparently in his boat, out on the lake, when he realized he had a buddy along for the ride.

Cerrone heads to Gdansk, Poland, this week for UFC Fight Night 118. Cerrone tops the bill in a bout with Darren Till, which will be his seventh UFC start at welterweight. Cerrone is coming off of back-to-back losses heading into the fight, and will be looking to Till in order to right the ship.

TRENDING > Tyron Woodley Endorses a Ronda Rousey Move to WWE

 

This big ol boy decided to come on the boat today!! . Was wild

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Tyron Woodley Endorses a Ronda Rousey Move to WWE

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Ronda Rousey has been teasing a move away from her career in the UFC to a professional wrestling stint in the WWE. She was even coy about her hubby, UFC heavyweight Travis Browne, possibly joining her.

She’s already made an appearance alongside Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at a past WrestleMania, the WWE’s biggest event of the year, and by all accounts, it was successful. 

UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley on Friday fully endorsed Rousey’s move, heaping praise on the former UFC bantamweight queen.

“Ronda Rousey, 100 percent, do it. You’ve already did what you needed to do in this sport,” Woodley said on the premiere episode of his knew TMZ Sports show, “The Hollywood Beatdown.”

“You’ve brought (MMA) to a level that no female fighter would have ever thought. Not only female fighters, she brought MMA to a whole new level, where the 90-year-old lady at the airport was talking about Ronda Rousey at the sandwich spot. Which would have never happened (before Rousey arrived).

“I think she’s done enough in the sport of mixed martial arts that if she wanted to walk away this might not be a bad time.”

TRENDING > UFC Star Julianna Pena is Pregnant

Woodley dished on a lot more than Rousey on “The Hollywood Beatdown,” touching base on hot topics such as Harvey Weinstein and Ben Affleck, as well as revealing where his rocky relationship with UFC president Dana White currently stands.

“The Hollywood Beatdown” is a new show that Woodley has fired up with TMZ Sports, in which the champ weighs in on his favorite stories in the world of Hollywood and Sports. New episodes of the show are set to appear every Friday.

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Michael Bisping Backtracks on Retirement

With less than a month to go until he steps into the Octagon with Georges St-Pierre, Michael Bisping is backtracking on his recent comments that he might retire following the fight.

Welcoming St-Pierre back to the UFC following a four-year hiatus is the biggest fight of Bisping’s life, and that’s saying a lot. The 38-year-old Brit has spent the majority of his 13-plus year career in the UFC. He has amassed a 30-7 record, defeating the likes of Dan Henderson, Anderson Silva, Luke Rockhold, and many others.

St-Pierre would, however, be the brightest feather in his cap. 

Michael Bisping UFC 217 kickoff“It’s an iconic arena; it’s a big fight. It’s Georges St-Pierre. Everybody knows who Georges St-Pierre is. There’s not many people who have crossed over from the MMA fanbase into the mainstream, and Georges, I’d say he’s there. Maybe not as much as, say, a Conor (McGregor) or a Ronda (Rousey), but he’s not far behind, so it’s a big fight,” Bisping said during a September edition of The MMA Hour.

“And yeah, I think the career I’ve had, the years I’ve been in the UFC, the injuries I’ve had, the ups and downs, getting close to title fights and all of this, there’s a possibility this might be my last ever fight. I don’t know if I’ll fight again after this. What a way to go out if it is.”

That was far from definitive, but it’s a notion that Bisping repeated several times after that interview. 

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As the months give way to weeks and the weeks give way to days, Bisping has started to backtrack on the idea of retiring. He and St-Pierre are slated to headline UFC 217 on Nov. 4 in New York.

“Listen, a lot of people were asking me about (retirement),” Bisping said at Friday’s UFC 217 press conference in Toronto. “I love this too much. I love this whole process, getting ready for a training camp. Eight weeks ago, I was out of shape. Now I feel like I’m the champion of the world. I can beat anyone on this planet, especially this guy. I love that whole process. So, no, I won’t be retiring.”

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‘Ultimate Fighter’ Winner Jesse Taylor Suspended One Year by USADA

Recent “Ultimate Fighter” winner Jesse Taylor has been suspended one-year after testing positive for a banned substance and violating the UFC’s anti-doping policy.

USADA (United States Anti-Doping), who enforce the UFC’s anti-doping policy, announced the news on Friday.

“Taylor, 34, tested positive for clomiphene following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on August 22, 2017,” USADA officials wrote in the statement. “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.

“Clomiphene is not approved by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for use in the male population, as its use has not been thoroughly studied for safety and efficacy. Clomiphene also indirectly promotes the secretion of testosterone. Increasing testosterone, especially when combined with strength training, has been demonstrated to increase fat-free mass, muscle size, and strength in males, potentially leading to performance enhancement in sport.”

Taylor received the maximum penalty for the anti-doping policy infraction.

Taylor’s suspension started on Sept. 13, which means he will be eligible to return one year from that date in 2018.

The veteran fighter was expected to make his next appearance inside the Octagon at the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Sydney, Australia in November, but he was pulled after being placed on a provisional suspension for the positive drug test.

Now Taylor will have to sit out until the latter half of 2018 before making his return to action.

This all comes just months after Taylor capped off an incredible run on “The Ultimate Fighter” season titled “Redemption” as he returned to the reality show and won three fights in a row before submitting Dhiego Lima in July to earn his UFC contract.

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UFC Streams Glory Kickboxing 46 for Free, Featuring Bigfoot Silva vs. Rico Verhoeven

The world’s greatest kickboxer – GLORY world heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven – collides with former UFC heavyweight title challenger Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva this Saturday, October 14 in the main event of GLORY 46 SuperFight Series. The historic event from Guangzhou, China, can be seen FREE for fight fans around the world via UFC FIGHT PASS, the UFC’s digital streaming service, and GLORY, the world’s premier kickboxing promotion.

The platform and the promotion have worked together to make the entire seven-fight GLORY SuperFight Series available both live and on a video-on-demand basis.

Fans who download the UFC App or click HERE on their desktop will be able to enjoy the action, whether they currently have a subscription to UFC FIGHT PASS or not.

The live event begins streaming at 6am ET, with Bigfoot and Verhoeven expected to clash around 8am ET. After the live stream, the event will be available on a video-on-demand basis – for FREE – for a period of one week. 

As FIGHT PASS subscribers are well aware, 28 year old Dutchman Verhoeven has established himself as kickboxing’s No.1 star. Standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 260 pounds, “The King of Kickboxing” is riding a 13-fight winning streak inside the GLORY ring that includes five defenses of his heavyweight title and victories over a who’s who of the division including kickboxing icons Badr Hari, Daniel Ghiță and Peter Aerts.

Verhoeven describes facing former UFC contender Silva as a new challenge: 

“Fighting MMA fighters in cross-over fights is interesting and I’m always looking for new challenges and new ways to keep entertaining the fans. Bigfoot always brings a war in his fights and that’s what the fans want to see. If I take him lightly, I will put myself in a dangerous position. He can hit hard from all angles and has real heavyweight power, so I know I can’t lose concentration for an instant.”

“Bigfoot is dangerous throughout the fight – I know we will have an exciting fight this Saturday.”

The Brazilian-born Silva, who will be making his kickboxing debut in China, is well-known to MMA fans. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound brawler boasts 14 knockouts from his 19 wins in MMA and holds stoppage wins over the likes of former UFC heavyweight champions Ricco Rodriguez and Andrei Arlovski along with PRIDE FC champ Fedor Emelianenko.

TRENDING > UFC’s Jeff Novitzky Debunks Jon Jones Controversy

“Bigfoot” relishes the challenge of competing under kickboxing rules, especially in a sprint of a fight which will be contested over three, three-minute rounds: 

“Rico is one of the best in the world, a champion and has a lot of power and explosiveness – but I’m very relaxed about this fight. I’ve fought the best strikers in the world – Mark Hunt, Alistair Overeem and others from kickboxing – and I believe one punch will finish this fight.”

“I have kicks in my game, but I really believe in the power of my hands. If I can put one punch on his, I will put him down.”

The full GLORY 46 SuperFight Series is below:

GLORY 46 SuperFight Series

  • Heavyweight: Rico Verhoeven vs. Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva
  • Catchweight (75 kg): Shanghai Gao vs. Alan Scheinson
  • Middleweight: Wei Zhou vs. Andre Walker
  • Catchweight (53 kg) Bout:  Jia Liu vs. Zaza Sor. Aree
  • Catchweight (68 kg) Bout: Lei Xie vs. Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao
  • Lightweight Bout: Qinghao Meng vs. Pascal Schroth
  • Professional Sanda Bout: Hongxing Kong vs. Yang Sun

For more information, please visit UFCFightPass.com.

(Courtesy of UFC)

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Jose Aldo vs. Ricardo Lamas, Mike Perry vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio Added to UFC in Winnipeg

The year end FOX UFC Fight Night card has just added a couple of blockbuster fights.

Former featherweight champion Jose Aldo will return to action for the first time since falling to Max Holloway when he faces old foe Ricardo Lamas on Dec. 16 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Also on deck for the card will be a welterweight slugfest between heavy handed striker Mike Perry and fellow knockout artist Santiago Ponzinibbio, who is fresh off a stellar finish over Gunnar Nelson in his last fight.

UFC officials confirmed the new matchups on Friday.

Aldo vs. Lamas had previously been reported but now the fight has a date and location. Aldo defeated Lamas the last time they met in 2014 but now both fighters are looking to get back into title contender with this rematch.

As for Perry, he’s been gunning for a top 10 opponent for quite some time and now he’ll get his wish as he faces off with one of the most lethal strikers at 170 pounds.

Ponzinibbio has won five consecutive fights in the welterweight division including three of those victories coming by way of knockout or TKO.

The trio of new bouts for the Winnipeg card join the main event that was just announced on Thursday as former welterweight champion Robbie Lawler faces off with Rafael dos Anjos in the five round fight that will determine the next No. 1 contender at 170 pounds.

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