Alan Jouban, Several Others Face 180-Day Suspensions After UFC on FOX 22

Paige VanZant not only lost to Michelle Waterson in the UFC on FOX 22 main event on Saturday, she also was handed a 45-day mandatory suspension for going unconscious during the bout.

Alan JoubanAlan Jouban and Mike Perry, who kicked off the main card on FOX, both received much lengthier suspensions. They headed up a list of several fighters that could be out of action for as long as 180 days due to various possible injuries. 

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The California State Athletic Commission issued the UFC on FOX 22 medical suspensions to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson took place on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif.

UFC on FOX 22: VanZant vs. Waterson Medical Suspensions

  • Paige VanZant: Suspended for 45 days due to going unconscious.
  • Mickey Gall: Suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for laceration to right eyebrow.
  • Brad Pickett: Suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for laceration to left eyelid. Minimum suspension of 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to a hard bout.
  • Alan Jouban: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible fracture to left knee (joint pain).
  • Mike Perry: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible nasal fracture.
  • Luis Henrique da Silva: Suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for lacerations to left eyebrow and right cheek.
  • Cole Miller: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible fracture to right hand and left fifth digit.
  • Colby Covington: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible orbital fracture, suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for laceration to facial area, and faces a mandatory 7-day rest period.
  • Bryan Barberena: Suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for a facial laceration.
  • James Moontasri: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible fracture to nose, suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for laceration to left eyelid, and faces a mandatory 7-day rest period.
  • Josh Emmett: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible fracture to ribs. Suspended for 45 days due to hard bout.
  • Scott Holtzman: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible right wrist fracture, suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for laceration to right eyelid, and suspended for 45 days due to hard bout.
  • Irene Aldana: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for possible fracture to right eye. Suspended for 45 days due to hard bout.
  • Takeya Mizugaki: Suspended for 45 days with no contact for 30 days due to knockout.
  • Hector Sandoval: Suspended for 180 days unless cleared by a physician for left hip pain. Faces a mandatory 7-day rest period.
  • Sultan Aliev: Suspended for 60 days unless cleared by a physician for laceration to left eyelid.

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Conor McGregor, Sportsperson of the Year, Addresses ‘Lengthy’ Break

Conor-McGregor-UFC-202-750-03aAfter his last fight, Conor McGregor revealed that he was soon to be a father and would be taking some time off. UFC president Dana White, however, recently indicated that the promotion’s first dual-division champion would be on maternity leave for 10 months

That’s news to McGregor, who was named RTE Ireland’s Sportsperson of the Year over the weekend.

“As far as a break, I don’t know. I know Dana has been on record, being like, ’10 months, he’s taking 10 months.’ What do you say 10 months?” McGregor remarked in an interview with RTE. “Originally, I thought the baby was being born in March and then it was May, so I was I was like maybe I could get another one. I just don’t know.”

It’s not solely his pending fatherhood that will determine when McGregor returns to the Octagon. He has yet to discuss business with his new UFC bosses, and that is something also on his agenda.

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“I’m weighing up my options. Again, I expect that conversation. I expect them to fly that jet to me. Ari (Emanuel), Patrick (Whitesell), the new owners from WME-IMG, the guys that bought the UFC for $4 billion. I want to speak to them,” said McGregor.

“I want to see what their plan is, cause right now I don’t know what nobody’s plan is. All I know is they’re trying to type onto a keyboard and say we’re taking this belt and we’re taking that belt; we’re doing this, we’re doing that. You ain’t doing nothing without contacting me first.”

As for his break, however, McGregor merely wanted to take some time after a record-setting year in 2016 that saw him headline multiple blockbuster pay-per-views and capture the second of two UFC divisional championships.

“I’m ready for anything,” he continued. “I did say I was going to take a break, but a Christmas break, the holidays. At least give me the holidays off.”

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Relive Amanda Nunes’ Road to the Championship (UFC 207: On the Brink)

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Go behind the scenes of UFC 200 before and after Amanda Nunes’ victory over Miesha Tate to claim the bantamweight championship. Nunes faces Ronda Rousey in the main event at UFC 207 on December 30 live on Pay-Per-View.

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Conor McGregor’s Coach to Require His Fighters to Get Pre-Emptive Brain Scans

There’s no denying over the past couple of years that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has become one of the hottest topics in sports.

While most of the CTE discussion has been focused on the NFL, earlier this year, former Bellator featherweight Jordan Parsons was diagnosed with CTE following a May motorcycle accident that claimed his life.

According to Boston University, CTE is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes and others with a history of repetitive brain trauma.

Looking to get ahead of the curve, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, has declared that starting in 2017 all Straight Blast Gym Ireland (SBG) fighters will be required to have an MRI brain scan in order to represent the team in active competition.

In a post released Monday on his Facebook page, Kavanagh said, “For 2017 ALL SBG fighters, both amateur and professional, will be getting a one-off brain scan to make sure there’s no underlying issues that would preclude them from competing.

Conor McGregor and Team in Octagon - UFC Pic“It is not yet a requirement to get this done to compete on shows, but it will be a requirement to represent SBG.”

Kavanagh further explained that the motivation behind pre-emptive testing is not only related to possible brain trauma fighters may experience in their careers, but also possible preexisting conditions that athletes might not even know they have.

“Take 100 random people and scan them and a small percentage will have an issue that would stop them competing,” said Kavanagh. “This is not from training in MMA or any other sport, but could be genetic or from some illness when young.

“Either way, we’re lucky in Ireland that SAFE MMA Ireland have secured scans for just €150 ($156) to give athletes peace of mind they are clear for training/competing. I would strongly advise all Irish based fighters, pro or (amateur) to take advantage of this great offer.”

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Professor Dan Healy said of the pre-clearance MRI scan offered through SAFE MMA Ireland in a release on the organization’s website, “€150/£125 ($156) is only marginally higher than cost-price and we are grateful to the Bon Secours (Hospital in Glasnevin, Dublin) for providing this service.

“To date, no other MRI unit in Ireland has offered a similar cost for this scan.”

The SAFE MMA Ireland release concluded with, “SAFE MMA Ireland is a totally voluntary project. Our sole motive is to make MMA safer. No doctor takes fees or expenses or any other benefit, directly or indirectly.”

As CTE and other potentially deadly forms of brain trauma continue to have more light shed on them in athletics, Kavanagh and SAFE MMA Ireland’s efforts could help pave the way for other teams and organizations to help take preventative measures for fighters in the future.

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Holly Holm on Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey Title Fight: ‘It’s a Wildcard’

Holly Holm brought an abrupt end to Ronda Rousey’s reign atop the women’s bantamweight division when she landed a head kick that rendered “Rowdy” unconscious in the UFC 193 main event in November 2015. It was the last time Rousey stepped foot in the Octagon.

rousey-nunes-ufc205-presser-750Rousey returns on Dec. 30, taking on current champion Amanda Nunes in the headlining bout of the UFC 207 pay-per-view at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Holm believes the women’s bantamweight title bout is a “wildcard” match-up.

“I feel like anybody can win in this game. We’re all fighting against the top fighters in the world, and anything can happen, and everybody is just a person, and anybody can be beat. So I don’t really put a lot into predictions. I do think that it’s going to depend on what Ronda we see,” Hold said during the UFC on Fox 22 post-fight press conference.

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“She’s obviously made it. She’s been an Olympic athlete. She’s been at the top of women’s MMA. She didn’t get there without having some kind of competitive spirit. But she’s also had some time off. And a lot of people question a lot of things about it,” she added. “You never know what’s going to happen. It’s a wildcard.”

It’s hard to make a prediction when there’s no historical data to help formulate an opinion. Holm pointed to the unknowns surrounding Rousey’s return for not picking a winner.

“I do think that coming back from a big loss, I’ve had some big losses before, and I know that after I’ve been laid out cold from being knocked out, going back, those first punches in a fight are kind of like, am I okay, am I okay,” said Holm.

“I think that’s a make or break moment, and Ronda’s never been there in a fight before. So I don’t think there’s any way to tell how she’s going to be in those first exchanges until it happens.”

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Scott Coker: Bellator Has Best Welterweight Division In World (Video)

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https://youtu.be/vN57MBmqYXI Bellator’s president insists that the premier 170lb division in Mixed Martial Arts can be found within his franchise UFC President Scott Coker fielded post-card questions after Bellator 169 in Dublin, Ireland. When asked about the potential meeting of Rory MacDonald and welterweight king Douglas Lima, Coker espoused there is no competition.
“If you look at our 170 lbs weight class, they’re all killers in there. We’ve got a bunch of killers. We’ve got Koreshkov, Lima, you’ve got Rory MacDonald, you’ve got Paul Daley, you’ve got MVP. “I’m telling you, we have got the best 170 pound division on the planet as far as I’m concerned.”
While Lima and MacDonald have agreed to fight each other,  it is worth noting that a bout will not be feasible for the next few months. The two fighters are still injured, and no official statement has yet to be released as to when the popular, ex-UFC fighter [MacDonald] will make his promotional debut.

Video: Daniel Cormier & Dominick Cruz Breakdown UFC 207’s Nunes vs. Rousey Title Bout

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https://youtu.be/xPPq6UEUZxI During Saturday night’s UFC On FOX 22 post-fight show on FOX Sports 1, the broadcast crew consisting of UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier, UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and UFC announcer Jon Anik gave their breakdown of the next UFC pay-per-view main event. Featured above is the trio’s look at the upcoming UFC Women’s Bantamweight Championship headliner at UFC 207 between current champion Amanda Nunes and the first-ever champion in the division’s history, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey. UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey takes place live on pay-per-view from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 30th. Join us here on 12/30 for live round-by-round results coverage of the UFC 207 PPV.

UFC on FOX 22 Salaries Topped By Urijah Faber, Sage Northcutt

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In his final fight, Urijah Faber walked away with a win and $320,000, topping the list of salaries for UFC on FOX 22. Faber defeated Brad Pickett in one of the main card bouts from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. “The California Kid” announced prior to the contest that it would serve as his retirement fight. He scored a decision victory over Pickett. Co-main event loser Sage Northcutt was second in terms of salary, earning $60,000 for his defeat at the hands of Mickey Gall. The main event saw Michelle Waterson submit Paige VanZant. Waterson, a former Invicta FC atomweight champion, earned $30,000, which included a $15,000 win bonus. Complete fighter salaries from the California Athletic Commission can be found below: Michelle Waterson: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) Paige VanZant: $43,000 Mickey Gall: $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) Sage Northcutt: $60,000 Urijah Faber: $320,000 (includes $160,000 win bonus) def. Brad Pickett: $40,000 Alan Jouban: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) Mike Perry: $14,000 Paul Craig: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) Luis Henrique da Silva: $14,000 Mizuto Hirota: $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) Cole Miller: $33,000 Colby Covington: $54,000 (includes $27,000 win bonus) Bryan Barberena: $20,000 Alex Morono: $30,000 (includes $15,000 win bonus) James Moontasri: $16,000 Josh Emmett: $28,000 (includes $14,000 win bonus) Scott Holtzman: $17,000 Leslie Smith: $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) Irene Aldana: $12,000 Eddie Wineland: $58,000 (includes $29,000 win bonus) Takeya Mizugaki: $39,000 Hector Sandoval: $24,000 (includes $12,000 win bonus) Fredy Serrano: $12,000 Sultan Aliev: $20,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) Bojan Velickovic: $12,000

Sage Northcutt Planning Move Back to Lightweight After Second Loss

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For Sage Northcutt, the decision was an easy one. Following a second loss at welterweight, “Super Sage” will return to lightweight where he won his first several bouts.
Northcutt (8-2) was dominated by Mickey Gall this past weekend at UFC on FOX 22, suffering a loss very similar to the one he was given by Bryan Barberena to begin 2016. As a 155-pound fighter, Northcutt bested both Francisco Trevino and Cody Pfister inside the Octagon. He also scored a win over Enrique Marin between the two losses to Gall and Barberena. Northcutt recently changed training camps and has also been balancing school with MMA.

Rizin Confirms “King Mo” vs. “CroCop” For Upcoming Grand Prix

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Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Mirko “CroCop” will collide in a featured attraction as part of the Rizin FF 3 grand prix, the promotion confirmed with MMAjunkie. Lawal (20-5) is coming off a win over Satoshi Ishii inside the Bellator cage. He will be a replacement for Wanderlei Silva, who was injured and forced out of the event. Also, former UFC and PRIDE fighter Heath Herring (28-14) will return to action for the first time in eight years, replacing Shane Carwin in the event. Herring takes on unbeaten Amir Aliakbari. Herring’s last fight was a loss to Brock Lesnar at UFC 87 via decision. He has worked with Rizin as an announcer previously. The remaining quarterfinal bouts in the grand prix include Kaido Hoovelson vs. Tsuyoshi Kosaka and Valentin Moldavsky vs. Szymon Bajor. Those bouts take place December 30, while the semifinals and finals are set for December 31 in Japan.