Report: Georges St. Pierre, UFC Agree to Terms on New Contract

With the Ultimate Fighting Championship desperately in need of star power, it appears that Georges St. Pierre’s Octagon return could occur at some point in 2017.

Thomson Targets Chandler After Bellator 172: ‘I Already Know I’m the No. 1 Contender’

Josh Thomson may have spent the entirety of 2016 on the sideline, but he has no doubts about his standing in Bellator MMA’s lightweight division.

UFC 208 Medical Suspensions: Dustin Poirier Receives Indefinite Term

Dustin Poirier was the only fighter to receive an indefinite layoff following this past Saturday’s UFC 208 event in Brooklyn.

Holly Holm Files Appeal of UFC 208 Loss to Germaine de Randamie

Holly Holm is filing an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission following her loss to Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 in Brooklyn.

UFC, Bellator MMA Veteran Phillipe Nover Announces Retirement

It has been a busy week for retirements in the MMA world, as Phillipe Nover on Wednesday joined Brock Lesnar and James Moontasri in making the decision to call it a career

‘TUF 25: Redemption’ Cast Includes Joe Stevenson, James Krause, Eddie Gordon

The UFC has revealed the 14-man cast for “The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption,” and there are some familiar names present.

Two-Division WSOF Champ David Branch Signs Contract to Return to UFC

Twelve victories and two championship belts after his last Octagon appearance, David Branch is returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Cris Cyborg: Everyone Knows She’s the 145-Pound Champion

The Ultimate Fighting Championship crowned its inaugural women’s featherweight champion at UFC 208 on Feb. 11. Germaine de Randamie defeated Holly Holm by unanimous decision to capture the belt, but Cris “Cyborg” Justino remains the top ranked 145-pound female on the planet.

Cyborg was offered fights to face de Randamie and Holm at UFC 208, but didn’t want to fight again until March. In her absence, the de Randamie and Holm bout was put together. The division, however, was admittedly created with Justino in mind.

Cris Cyborg“I didn’t fight last weekend because of my health. I want to fight like Cyborg. I don’t want to hurt my body. I don’t want to cut weight too soon after my last fight,” she said during an appearance on The MMA Hour.

“I really felt happy that happened to my division,” Cyborg added. “It doesn’t matter if I’m going to fight now or later. It’s going to be there and it will be there and it will be my time. Everyone knows who is the champion at 145. I’ve been 10 years the world champ.”

Cyborg last fought in September at 140 pounds. She had an extremely difficult time making weight and it took its toll on her body. In December, she was flagged for a potential anti-doping violation, but UFC president Dana White recently indicated that her case is ‘looking good for her.’ She was prescribed the medication she tested positive to.

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With the creation of the women’s featherweight division in the UFC, Justino doesn’t plan on ever fighting below 145 pounds again.

“My last fight at 140 was a really bad weight cut for me. It was no good for my health. I talked to my doctor, and said I need time, a break before cutting weight again,” she explained.

“I’m going to fight at 145. I’m not going to fight at 140 anymore because it’s too hard on my body.”

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Dana White Flatly Denies Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Deal is in Place

While a report out of Ireland claims that Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have an agreement to fight already in place, UFC president Dana White flatly denied it.

The Irish Sun recently posted an article citing anonymous sources close to McGregor’s Straight Blast Gym as saying, “Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather have agreed a deal to fight and have both settled on their respective fees. The contract hasn’t officially been signed yet because of a third party hold-up, but all the details have all been agreed on. The fight could even be announced within two weeks.”

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Dana White UFC on FOX 23 Post PresserThe implication is that the UFC would be the third party hold up, but White told TMZ Sports on Tuesday, in no uncertain terms, “There is no deal.”

For his part, Mayweather told ESPN “we’re getting very, very close,” but he stopped short of indicating any sort of deal was already in place.

There is more chatter now than ever before, but we all need to pump the brakes and wait for further confirmation that all parties can move toward acceptable terms before calling McGregor vs. Mayweather anything resembling more than a remote possibility.

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Brock Lesnar Retires from UFC, Exits Drug-Testing Pool

Brock Lesnar is currently eligible to return to mixed martial arts competition in July of 2017, but don’t expect him to do anything of the sort.

Lesnar has notified the UFC of his retirement, as first reported by MMAFighting.com on Tuesday. That doesn’t mean that he couldn’t emerge from retirement at some point, but at 39 years of age, it seems unlikely.

Emerging from a nearly five-year sabbatical, Lesnar defeated Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in July of 2016. The only problem being that after having received a special waver to bypass a fourth-month drug testing availability requirement, Lesnar twice tested positive to the estrogen blocker clomiphene; once prior to the fight and once on fight night. 

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Lesnar was suspended for one year by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the UFC’s Anti-Doping Program, as well as the Nevada Athletic Commission. The suspensions will be served concurrently, but he was also fined $250,000 by Nevada. The result of the bout with Hunt was changed to a no contest.

If Lesnar did not retire, he would remain in the USADA testing pool, as a UFC contracted fighter. His retirement, however, removes him from any such testing requirement.

The WWE Superstar has yet to publicly comment on his retirement. He remains active in the WWE, where he is scheduled to meet Bill Goldberg at professional wrestling promotion’s cornerstone event WrestleMania 33 in April.

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