Gegard Mousasi on Current UFC Contract Negotiations: ‘It’s Not Good’

Gegard Mousasi’s previous UFC deal expired following his last Octagon appearance in April, and the middleweight contender remains in limbo with the Las Vegas-based promotion.

Sage Northcutt to Make Octagon Return at UFC 214 in Anaheim

Sage Northcutt will attempt to end a mini-slump when he returns to the Octagon at UFC 214.

Two Bouts Added to UFC Fight Night 112 Lineup in Oklahoma City

A pair of bouts have been added to the UFC Fight Night 112 card, including one pairing that fell through at UFC 211.

UFC Signs Former Glory, K-1 Kickboxing Champ Gokhan Saki to Compete at Light Heavyweight

The UFC has signed multi-time kickboxing world champion Gokhan Saki to a contract to compete in the light heavyweight division.

Welterweights Jordan Mein, Belal Muhammad to Clash at UFC 213 on July 8

Jordan Mein will lock horns with Belal Muhammad at UFC 213 on July 8.

NYSAC Updates Weigh-in Policy Following Daniel Cormier Towel Incident at UFC 210

The New York State Athlete Commission has taken a few steps to ensure that there will be no repeat of the Daniel Cormier towel-grabbing incident at future weigh-ins for mixed martial arts and boxing events.

John Salter vs. Kendall Grove Booked for Bellator 181 in Oklahoma on July 14

John Salter will meet Kendall Grove in a middleweight contest at Bellator 181 on July 14.

Oscar De La Hoya: Boxing ‘Might Not Ever Recover’ From Mayweather-McGregor Bout

Oscar De La Hoya is concerned about the long-term effect a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor might have on boxing.

Rizin FF Announces Bantamweight Grand Prix Opening Match-Ups

Rizin FF’s next event is booked for July 30 at the Saitama Super Arena. It will host the opening round of the promotion’s bantamweight Grand Prix. Three fights have been confirmed for the tournament, including a bout between Kyoji Horiguchi and Hideo Tokoro.

Horiguchi (19-2) is a former UFC title challenger who signed with Rizin FF when his contract expired. He remains one of the world’s top ranked flyweights, but will be moving back to 135 pounds to face veteran Tokoro (43-29-2).

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Another experienced Japanese fighter in the tournament is Takafumi Otsuka (22-13-2). He faces UFC veteran Anthony Birchak (12-4), while the other match-up announced for the opening round pits Keita Ishibashi (8-5) against Germany’s Khalid Taha (10-0).

There are three more fights in the opening round of the tournament which have yet to be announced, while two fighters will be given a bye into the quarterfinals. The eventual winner will receive a check for JPY15,000,000 ($134,000 USD).

The non tournament bouts announced for July 30 include a match-up between two of Japan’s top lightweights with Satoru Kitaoka (40-14-9) booked to face Yusuke Yachi (17-6). 

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Demetrious Johnson Shoots Down Dana White’s Plan for Him to Fight TJ Dillashaw

There appear to be some mixed signals following the cancellation of Cody Garbrandt‘s UFC bantamweight title defense against TJ Dillashaw.

Garbrandt vs. Dillashaw was supposed to take place at UFC 213, but after Garbrandt had to pull out of the fight due to a lingering back injury, the UFC moved swiftly to replace the bout. Company president Dana White announced on Tuesday that women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes would headline the July 8 fight card, putting her belt on the line against Valentina Shevchenko, and an interim middleweight title fight between Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker would take the co-main event slot.

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That was all well and good, but White also told ESPN’s Brett Okamoto that, with Garbrandt on the sidelines, they were planning to have Dillashaw challenge UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson for his belt in August.

Demetrious Johnson UFC on FOX 24That didn’t sit well with Johnson, who has been expecting a match-up with No. 3 ranked 125-pound contender Ray Borg.

Johnson took to Twitter late Tuesday to say, “Just so the world know(s), I haven’t agree to anything. Still waiting on my contract to fight Ray Borg, not TJ Dillashaw. If he wants a title shot, he can come to flyweight and get a win, then get his turn.”

Neither White nor the UFC has commented since the blowback from Johnson hit social media.

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