The UFC announced Monday that the highly-anticipated light heavyweight bout between top contenders Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Glover Teixeira, originally scheduled for July 23, will now serve as the co-main event for UFC 202 in Las Vegas on August 20.
Johnson-Teixeira was postponed from July to August when Johnson was forced to withdraw in order to tend to a serious family matter.
In the UFC 202 main event at T-Mobile Arena, Nate Diaz looks to repeat his March win over Conor McGregor in a welterweight rematch the world has been waiting for.
Also announced was an interesting welterweight matchup pitting fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone against hard-charging Rick “The Horror” Story. A longtime lightweight contender, Cerrone is now 2-0 at 170 pounds, with a pair of Performance of the Night finishes of Alex Oliveira and Patrick Cote. Story has won three straight, most recently defeating Tarec Saffiedine in May.
The UFC’s first trip to South Dakota has lost one half of its scheduled main event, as MMAJunkie.com reports that Michael Chiesa is out of his fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC Fight Night 91.
Per the report, Chiesa is dealing with lingering back issues and is unable to fight on at the July 13 event. The UFC is now trying to find a replacement opponent to face Ferguson on just over two weeks notice.
UFC Fight Night 91 airs on Fox Sports 1 from Sioux Falls, and the current lineup now sits as follows:
- Tony Ferguson vs. TBD
- John Lineker vs. Michael McDonald
- Tim Boetsch vs. Josh Samman
- Alexey Oleinik vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
- Keita Nakamura vs. Kyle Noke
- Ben Nguyen vs. Louis Smolka
- Ryan Hall vs. Alex White
- Cortney Casey vs. Cristina Stanciu
- Sam Alvey vs. Eric Spicely
- Matthew Lopez vs. Rani Yahya
- Devin Clark vs. Alex Nicholson
- Scott Holtzman vs. Cody Pfister
Coming off a loss to Elias Theodorou, Sam Alvey will make a return to the Octagon next month, meeting Eric Spicely at UFC Fight Night 91.
UFC Fight Night 91 takes place July 13 from South Dakota with lightweights Tony Ferguson and Michael Chiesa headlining the card.
USADA issued the following statement regarding Penn today:
USADA announced today that Jay Dee (“BJ”) Penn of Hilo, Hawaii, an athlete in the UFC, has accepted a 6-month sanction for an anti-doping policy violation for his use of a prohibited method.
During an out-of-competition test on March 25, 2016, Penn declared the use of an intravenous infusion of a non-prohibited substance. A subsequent investigation by USADA revealed that the intravenous infusion received by Penn was administered in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, intravenous infusions in a volume greater than 50 mL within a 6 hour period are prohibited, except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations. Intravenous infusions received in any other setting require an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
Penn, 37, voluntarily disclosed his use of the intravenous infusion and fully cooperated with USADA’s investigation into the circumstances regarding his violation. Under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, the standard period of ineligibility may be reduced due to an individual’s voluntary admission of a violation and/or pursuant to an analysis of the individual’s degree of fault for the violation. Here, after taking both of those factors into consideration, USADA determined that a 6-month period of ineligibility was an appropriate sanction under the rules for Penn’s violation.
Penn’s period of ineligibility began on March 25, 2016, the date on which he admitted his anti-doping policy violation to USADA.
USADA conducts the year-round, independent anti-doping program for all UFC athletes. USADA is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental agency whose sole mission is to preserve the integrity of competition, inspire true sport, and protect the rights of clean athletes. The anti-doping program run by USADA for UFC athletes includes education, science and research, testing, and results management. Official UFC Anti-Doping Program information and athlete resources are available at UFC.USADA.org.
While Conor McGregor has spoken about his first ever Octagon loss to Nate Diaz before, he never has quite like this.
On Saturday, the reigning UFC Featherweight Champion spoke at an event to promote his coach John Kavanagh’s new book, “Win or Learn,” and opened up at length about the finishing sequence that led to his first ever loss in the UFC.
According to “The Notorious” one, he was toying with Diaz for the first several minutes of their initial meeting, and he feels he will do the same when the two meet again in the main event of UFC 202 in August.
“I’m feeling very confident in myself that I’ll go in and I’ll toy with this man,” McGregor said. “Eight minutes of the fight, I was toying with him. That fadeaway left hand that he caught me with, my senses were still there. It was almost like a fatigue thing that my balance was gone.”
McGregor continued, going even more in-depth into his first loss to Diaz.
“I always look back and question and say, what would have happened if I would have just weathered the storm? He was one or two shots being done, I feel. I feel when that left hand hit, he got this burst of energy. You can see it in his corner, they went insane. It was like they won the lotto. Then I took a couple shots and I shot [for a takedown] and I ended up in that guillotine and then it was just downhill from there. I wonder what would have happened if I just kept my hands up, I kept circling, took the smacks and survived. Eventually his energy that he gained from that left-hand shot would have dipped again and then round three would have began. There’s a lot of questions and stuff I’m confident I can improve next time. I’m going in here confident that I will get this rematch back.”
As Conor goes on to explain, the weight — 170 pounds — and the short notice around it also led to his performance.
“My body almost went into shock and I was stuffing my face and eating everything. I was almost like, I don’t have to make weight, I can train all day long. So we were doing 6-to-8-hour sessions on fight week, swinging on gymnastic rings. Looking back, it wasn’t the best idea and it came back and bit me in the ass. … I was a little bit heavy in the midsection, I was overtrained, my diet wasn’t great and it came back and bit me in the ass. But as Coach always says, we win or we learn, and I have learned and I am focused. I’m staying on my nutrition. I’m very fight-orientated. I’m not swinging on gymnastic rings too much and I certainly won’t be doing it on fight week.”
Finally, McGregor spoke about bringing in some specialists to help him prepare for his second 170-pound meeting with the Stockton native.
“I didn’t actually bring in any southpaws — not one,” McGregor said. “I didn’t spar with any southpaws, because the reason we don’t really care what the opponent is doing is because they always pull out, every damn time. But this time I know Nate is gonna show up. I know I’m gonna be facing a tall, lanky southpaw with a decent lead hand. And that’s it. And now I have brought in tall, lanky southpaws with a solid lead hand, guys with solid jiu-jitsu credentials and John is overlooking every session, managing every session.”
Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 2 is scheduled to headline the UFC 202 pay-per-view event on Saturday, August 20, 2016 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Get an intimate look at the lives of the two men training for their upcoming UFC lightweight title fight. Champion Rafael Dos Anjos isolates himself from his family by traveling to the busy metropolis of Singapore, studying Muay Thai from the best and teaching jiu-jitsu — the sport that helped him rediscover his passion for fighting. Meanwhile challenger Eddie Alvarez, having already captured championships in multiple other organizations, takes the opposite approach, living at home and training not far from the mean Philly streets that produced him.
Ryan Jimmo, an Edmonton-based MMA fighter who fought in UFC from 2012 to 2015, died today from injuries in a hit-and-run incident.
Jimmo was 34.
The CBC News reported about an altercation between two drivers at 2:15 a.m. in the parking lot of the H2O lounge in Edmonton. According to the report, Jimmo walked up to the person in the other vehicle. Then he walked away, and the other vehicle ran him over, striking him from behind and left the scene.
The news report indicated the vehicle was a dark-colored pickup truck occupied by two Caucasian males, nearly hit a red car when feeling for the scene and the suspects are at large.
Jimmo grew up in Saint John, New Brunswick and had a background in karate. Jimmo won championships in karate from the age of ten.
Jimmo started fighting in 2007. In 2008, he was selected for the tryouts of The Ultimate Fighter, but lost to Antwain Britt in the fight to get into the house.
Jimmo became a star with the Maximum Fighting Championships as Ryan “The Real Deal” Jimmo, winning the company’s light heavyweight title in 2011. He defeated a number of fighters who would go on to some fame while in MFC. He was signed by UFC after winning 16 fights in a row in Canada.
He debuted with a seven second knockout win over Anthony Perosh in Calgary, but didn’t fare as well from there, winning only two of his next six fights. That, combined with sometimes publicly complaining, got him cut after a May 3, 2015 lost to Francis Barroso in Goiania, Brazil.
I want to clarify something, my daughter told me what the commentators were saying during the fight, and I felt insulted. I have been practicing martial arts for 17 years, so I have no problem taking hits to the chest. It is the rule, and it isn't worse than a low kick! My only problem during the fight is that my bra litterally slipped under my breasts. This is why I stared, embarrassed, at the referee, and I have no idea what Jojo told me, but I had to keep fighting. It seems that I was being mocked because I seemed to be complaining of blows to the breast. I think that I have nothing to prove regarding the numbers of hits I can take without complaining. Guys, would you be able to keep fighting without being distracted if one of your nuts was slipping out of your shorts? Anyway, it does not excuse my defeat, but I wanted to clarify this part of the fight!
“I think this fight has to happen. I think Ronda [said] a lot of things about me, a lot of bad things. A lot of fans forget about, but I never forget about. I would like to fight her in the cage. I think we have a lot of things to talk in the cage, and not outside the cage. I hope she’s coming back. I want to fight soon. I don’t have time to wait… I think it would be an amazing fight and all fans would see it. I think it would be the biggest fight ever. Me and Ronda Rousey. Everybody wanna watch.”
-Cris “Cyborg” Justino talks to Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour about still wanting a fight with former UFC Champ Ronda Rousey.
— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) June 22, 2016