Video: Big John McCarthy Breaks Down The New Unified Rules of MMA

big-john-mccarthy-2 In advance of changes to the Unified Rules of MMA being implemented January 1 2017, the California State Athletic Commission has employed official Big John McCarthy to break down the key changes refs and judges will be expected to enforce moving forward. To make this simple, they’ve posted a break-down video that illustrates many changes MMA officials, and fans, can expect to see. The video, posted to the CSAC’s official Youtube channel, covers an updated rule protecting fighters from eye-pokes and preventing them from extending their fingers towards an opponent’s head while measuring distance, changes to the definition of a downed fighter, and removes a ban on heel kicks to the liver when on the ground, among other changes. For judges, changes to how fights are scored, and when to award 10-8 rounds, are discussed. The new rules were introduced this past Summer by the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports, and represent the biggest changes to the rule set governing the sport since the early 2000s. New Jersey was the only state to oppose the changes.

UFC Lightweight Carlos Diego Ferreira Accepts 17-Month Suspension for Anti-Doping Violation

Carlos Diego Ferreira has accepted a 17-month suspension from USADA for declaring the use of a product that contained a prohibited substance and testing positive for another prohibited substance.

Jessica Andrade-Maryna Moroz Strawweight Tilt Removed from UFC 207 Card

The UFC’s year-end pay-per-view card will not include strawweight contender Jessica Andrade.

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Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet Fight Card Complete

Invicta Fighting Championships on Wednesday announced three new bouts for Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet, completing the eight-fight card which takes place from the historic Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Prior to today, five match-ups have been announced by the leader in women’s mixed martial arts for its first event of 2017.

Joining the card at flyweight, exciting striker Andrea “KGB” Lee (4-2) welcomes Idaho’s Jenny Liou (6-4) back to the Invicta cage. Liou, who previously competed at strawweight for the promotion, returns at flyweight and has picked up three submission wins since her last Invicta FC bout in April of 2015.

Also at flyweight, 25-year-old Hawaiian Rachael Ostovich (3-2) takes on Muay Thai practitioner Christine “Misfit” Ferea (3-1 as an amateur), fighting out of Las Vegas and making her professional debut. Ferea amassed an undefeated record under Muay Thai rules, going 13-0 as an amateur and 1-0 as a professional.

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Both fighting to maintain momentum, veterans Amy “The Resurrection” Montenegro (7-2) and Celine Haga (10-13) do battle at strawweight. Montenegro enters the bout having won four of her last five, while Haga has also won four of five – all first round submission victories – and nine of her last 11 dating back to 2012.

The main event of Invicta FC 21 pits 26-year-old featherweight contender Megan Anderson (7-2) up against Canadian veteran Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet (9-5).


Invicta FC 21: Anderson vs. Tweet complete fight card

Featherweight: Charmaine Tweet (9-5) vs. Megan Anderson (7-2)
Strawweight: DeAnna Bennett (8-2) vs. Jodie Esquibel (5-2)
Bantamweight: Pannie Kianzad (8-1) vs. Raquel Pa’aluhi (5-5)
Bantamweight: Sijara Eubanks (2-1) vs. Aspen Ladd (4-0)
Flyweight: Andrea Lee (4-2) vs. Jenny Liou (6-4)
Flyweight: Heather Hardy (0-0) vs. Brieta Carpenter (0-0)
Strawweight: Amy Montenegro (7-2) vs. Celine Haga (10-13)
Flyweight: Rachael Ostovich (3-2) vs. Christina Ferea (0-0)

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Heavyweight Veteran Derek Bohi Angling for First Championship at VFC 55

In picking up his second straight win earlier this year against Lucas Overcast for KC Fighting Alliance, heavyweight Derek Bohi overcame one of his most difficult opponents en route to a second-round TKO.

“It was a lot tougher fight than I an anticipated,” Bohi told “As far as big heavyweights that can strike, (Overcast is) probably the most technical striker I’ve fought.

“He was coming out with a real leg kick-heavy game, and I’d never really seen anybody like that, so I had to make some adjustments. I got him on the ground and got the finish in the second round. I’m happy with my performance and making adjustments on the fly with my game plan like that.”

After starting off the first two years of his career with a lot of inconsistency, Bohi is in a stretch where he has won four of five bouts over the past two years.

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“When I got to the pro level, I’d win one, lose one, win a couple and lose one, and my training wasn’t very consistent,” said Bohi. “I had an opportunity about two years ago to move into training full-time.

“I teach at the gym I work out at, and that’s my whole schedule: I get my training and teach classes. I think my skillset has evolved a lot because of the extra amount of time I’ve put into it, and I think it’s showed.”

gallemore-bohi-victoryfc55-graphic-750Bohi (8-4) will have an opportunity to win his first MMA championship when he takes on Dan Gellenmore (5-3) in a heavyweight co-main event of Victory FC 55 on Friday in Topeka, Kan., on UFC Fight Pass.

“I’ve known Dan for a long time,” Bohi said. “He’s coached guys and I’ve coached guys and have kind of circled a lot in the Midwest heavyweight scene.

“What’s nice about my skillset is that I feel I’m the most well-rounded guy he’s seen. I have world-class BJJ. I have more knockouts than I have submissions. So if he wants to keep it on the feet, we can keep it on the feet; or if he wants to grapple, we can grapple.”

For Bohi, getting the chance to fight for a title is a big thing for his career. At 37 years old, it could be now or never for Bohi, and a title could go a long way towards boosting his stock heading into 2017.

“I’ve known Dan for a while, and if it wasn’t for a title in one of the top Midwest organizations, I probably wouldn’t have been interested in the fight,” said Bohi. “The fact that it’s for a title and on UFC Fight Pass, we couldn’t turn the opportunity away.

“(A title being on the line) adds a lot to me. This is going to be my 13th professional fight and my first opportunity to fight for a championship, so I’m excited to get one of these belts.”

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Carlos Diego Ferreira Accepts Suspension for UFC Anti-Doping Violation

USADA announced on Wednesday that UFC lightweight, Carlos Diego Ferreira, has accepted a 17-month sanction for an anti-doping policy violation after declaring the use of a product that listed and contained a prohibited substance, and for testing positive for another prohibited substance.

Ferreira, 31, tested positive for Ostarine as a result of an out-of-competition drug test conducted on April 29, 2016. He was scheduled to face Abel Trujillo at UFC Fight Night 88 on May 29, but was removed from the fight card after the positive test.

Carlos Diego Ferreira

During the sample collection process, Ferreira declared the use of a product on his sample paperwork that listed the prohibited substance 7-keto-DHEA (7‐keto-dehydroepiandrosterone) as an ingredient. Ferreira’s sample was subsequently reported as adverse for the presence of Ostarine, a prohibited Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator (SARM), along with a laboratory finding that was consistent with Ferreira’s declared use of a product containing 7-keto-DHEA. Both Ostarine and 7-keto-DHEA are prohibited substances in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the WADA Prohibited List.

Following notification of his positive test, Ferreira tested several of the supplement products he was reportedly using at the time of his positive test. Although Ostarine was not listed on any of the supplement labels, preliminary testing conducted on the supplement product that listed 7-keto-DHEA as an ingredient indicated that it also contained Ostarine.

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At USADA’s request, the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, independently obtained and analyzed the contents of an unopened container of the supplement in question. That testing conclusively confirmed that although the supplement only listed one prohibited substance as an ingredient (7-keto-DHEA), it actually contained 7-keto-DHEA and a second undeclared prohibited substance (Ostarine) as well. Ferreira advised USADA that although he researched the product prior to using it, he did not realize 7-keto-DHEA was a prohibited substance, or that the supplement contained Ostarine. The product has since been added to the list of high risk supplements maintained on USADA’s online dietary supplement safety education and awareness resource – Supplement 411.

Ferreira was facing a two-year ban, but was handed a 17-month suspension based on the circumstance surrounding his positive test.

Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, as well as the World Anti-Doping Code, an athlete’s period of ineligibility for using a prohibited substance may be decreased depending on the athlete’s level of fault for the anti-doping policy violation. The UFC Anti-Doping Policy further provides that the prompt admission of an anti-doping policy violation may also be considered a mitigating factor in determining an appropriate sanction.

Based on the circumstances of Ferreira’s violation, USADA determined that a reduction to 17-months from the standard two-year period of ineligibility was justified. With this resolution, Ferreira has accepted a period of ineligibility that is longer than the one-year sanction imposed by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on June 21, 2016. Although Ferreira’s sanction under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy arises out of the same set of facts that led to his NSAC sanction, per the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the UFC will recognize and enforce the lengthier period of ineligibility agreed to by USADA and Ferreira.

Ferreira’s 17-month period of ineligibility began on April 29, 2016, the date his positive sample was collected and the date on which he declared his use of a product that contained two prohibited substances.

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Jessica Andrade Pulled from UFC 207, Line-Up Reduced to 11 Bouts

Jessica Andrade has been removed from the UFC 207 line-up on Wednesday after the promotion was unsuccessful in securing a new opponent for her.

Andrade had been slated to face Maryna Moroz at UFC 207: Nunes vs. Rousey on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas, but Moroz had to withdraw from the fight due to an injury. 

Jessica Andrade UFC 203 Post-Fight

The promotion then attempted to match Andrade against Invicta FC strawweight champion Angela Hill. That deal fell apart when Hill, who hadn’t fought for the UFC in more than a year, found out she would be required to undergo four months of U.S. Anti-Doping Agency testing per the UFC’s Anti-Doping Policy before being eligible to fight in the Octagon again. Evidently, she wasn’t privy to the same exemption as Brock Lesnar, who was allowed to fight at UFC 200 earlier in the year despite the same issue.

With officials being unable to secure a new opponent for Andrade, the fight was scrapped and UFC 207 will move forward with 11 bouts. 

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After the removal of the Andrade bout, the UFC announced that a flyweight match-up between Top 15-ranked oponents Louis Smolka and Ray Borg would move to the main card on pay-per-view. 

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes puts her belt on the line for the first time when she welcomes former champ Ronda Rousey back to the Octagon in the UFC 207 main event.

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Bellator 169 Fight Highlights: King Mo Takes the Win Over Satoshi Ishii

(Courtesy of BellatorMMA)

Check out some of the best moments of Bellator 169 in Dublin, Ireland, where King Mo Lawal got the better of Satoshi Ishii in the main event.

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Bellator 169: King Mo vs. Ishii Results

King Mo Lawal def. Satoshi Ishii by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
James Gallagher def. Anthony Taylor by submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:52, R3
Daniel Weichel def. Brian Moore by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 4:44, R1
Sinead Kavanagh def. Elina Kallionidou by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)
Cameron Else def. Dylan Tuke by knockout at 0:20, R1

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Jose Aldo and Max Holloway Butt Heads Over Nixing of UFC 208 Bout

The expected UFC featherweight unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Max Holloway will not take place at UFC 208 as had been planned. Why it’s not happening is a bone of contention between the two. 

Aldo dropped the interim designation from his title when the UFC needed a UFC 206 headliner and decided that Conor McGregor would have to relinquish the 145-pound belt. In doing so, the promotion elevated the UFC 206 co-main event to top billing and determined that the winner of the fight between Holloway and Anthony Pettis would become the next interim featherweight champion with the expectation that the winner would then fight Aldo.

Despite the fact that McGregor still publicly disputes relinquishing the featherweight title, Holloway won the fight with Pettis in Toronto, and was expected to meet Aldo on Feb. 11 at UFC 208 in Brooklyn.

“This fight (with me and Holloway) was set (for UFC 208). We had told the UFC we wanted to fight on that date. For us, it was set. The UFC said, okay, and they asked that we not discuss it any further before UFC 206,” Aldo explained in an interview with

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“I was told the winner of the Max Holloway and Anthony Pettis fight would be my opponent in Brooklyn, and my understanding was that both Holloway and Pettis were told the same thing before their fight.”

In the fallout since the Holloway vs. Pettis fight, it has become clear that the new interim champion won’t be ready to face Aldo in Brooklyn as planned. Having been out of action since July and battling with the UFC brass, Aldo is now ready to get back in the Octagon and hasn’t been satisfied with why Holloway is unwilling to fight at UFC 208.

“After that fight, Holloway said a bunch of different things,” Aldo commented. “First, I heard he twisted his ankle and wouldn’t have time to heal. Then I heard he had a trip booked to Disney World with his kids and he wouldn’t be able to reschedule. Then I heard his gym is closed during the holidays and he wouldn’t have enough time to train. So he’s basically going around, talking a lot of trash, saying a lot of (expletive) and acting like a punk. He just talking (expletive).”

Jose Aldo vs Max Holloway

While Aldo may have a skeptical take on the situation, Holloway, as might be expected, didn’t take kindly to the champion questioning his willingness to fight.

“I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about,” Holloway told Fox Sports. “Telling me I knew before the fight — I didn’t know (expletive) before the fight. When they told me in the cage after I won that they wanted the fight Feb. 11, I thought it was 10 weeks away, so I’d take two weeks off and then have an eight-week camp to get ready for him.

“Then after everything, my adrenaline was on high and was going crazy, they got me hyped and I said what I said and then I figured out it was eight weeks, so I was like holy (expletive) that’s fast, but I said that’s okay, we can do this.”

Despite his willingness, however, Holloway realized the day after the fight with Pettis that he had taken a little more damage in the fight than he initially thought.

“The next morning, I woke my (expletive) ankle was swollen as an elephant’s leg. I told the UFC ASAP what was up and I don’t know why they didn’t announce it, but I went to the doctors as soon as possible and I was told I can’t do nothing for four to six weeks,” Holloway explained. “No contact, no nothing on my ankle. I can’t be kicking, I can’t be doing anything. I found out I re-injured an old injury in my ankle and I let them know I’m out four to six weeks.”

Aldo may not want to accept Holloway’s excuse, but the Hawaiian’s manager, Brian Butler-Au of SuckerPunch Entertainment, defended his fighter by posting a photo of the injury on Instagram and explaining it in detail.

Regardless, the fight will not take place at UFC 208.

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