Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead added to UFC 222

Heavyweight prospects Jordan Johnson and Adam Milstead will fight at UFC 222.

On Tuesday, officials announced that a bout between Johnson and Milstead has been added to the March 3 pay-per-view event, which is set to take place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Featherweight champion Max Holloway (19-3) defends his title against Frankie Edgar (22-5-1) in the main event.

Johnson is undefeated in eight professional bouts. The 29-year-old is 2-0 inside the Octagon, having won unanimous decisions against Marcel Fortuna and Henrique da Silva last year after previously competing primarily in the Midwest.

Milstead (8-1, 1 NC) most recently saw a second-round TKO loss to Curtis Blaydes at UFC Houston overturned to a no-contest when Blaydes later tested positive for marijuana. Prior to that February contest, “The Prototype” had won eight consecutive bouts, all by knockout or submission including his UFC debut against Chris de la Rocha.

See the updated UFC 222 card below:

Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar

Cat Zingano vs. Ketlen Vieira

Hector Lombard vs. C.B. Dollaway

Stefan Struve vs. Andrei Arlovski

Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath

Mackenzie Dern vs. Ashley Yoder

Bryan Caraway vs. Cody Stamann

Jordan Johnson vs. Adam Milstead

Source: mmafighting

Bloody Elbow 2017 Year-End Awards – Results

Check out the results from all eight of the Bloody Elbow 2017 Year-End Awards. Like we do every year, Bloody Elbow put the best of 2017 up for a vote. Eight categories were available to chime in on, and our readers did exactly that – to the tune of 18,000+ votes. I’d like to thank you for your responses, and here’s how it all broke down.
You can click on each individual category for the full breakdown, but I’ll just show the top three-vote-getters here.
The number beside each nominee is the number of votes received, and the % is the % of total votes.
Best Submission

Demetrious Johnson’s flying armbar on Ray Borg – 1844 (65%)
2. Brian Ortega’s guillotine on Cub Swanson – 455 (16%)
3. Brett Johns’ calf slicer – 146 (5%)
Biggest Robbery

Joe Lauzon over Marcin Held – 1528 (39%)
2. Anderson Silva over Derek Brunson – 1421 (36%)
3. Tyron Woodley over Stephen Thompson – 749 (19%)
Biggest Upset

Rose Namajunas over Joanna Jedrzejczyk – 1990 (79%)
2. Darren Elkins over Mirsad Bektic – 216 (9%)
3. Josh Emmett over Ricardo Lamas – 125 (5%)
Newcomer of the Year

Volkan Oezdemir – 1018 (62%)
2. Paulo Costa – 304 (19%)
3. Zabit Magomedsharipov – 156 (10%)
Best Event

UFC 217 – 996 (73%)
2. UFC 218 – 274 (20%)
3. Bellator NYC – 61 (6%)
Best Fighter
Demetrious Johnson – 569 (32%)
2. Robert Whittaker – 544 (30%)
3. Rose Namajunas – 157 (9%)
Best Knockout

Matt Brown on Diego Sanchez – 640 (39%)
2. Francis Ngannou on Alistair Overeem – 594 (36%)
3. Paul Daley on Brennan Ward – 120 (7%)
Best Fight

Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson – 480 (33%)
2. Justin Gaethje vs. Eddie Alvarez – 467 (32%)
3. Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira – 192 (13%)

Source: bloody

UFC 220 video: Embedded, part 1 – ‘No idea what I’m doing out there’

Check out the first episode of Embedded for UFC 220. UFC 220 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the first episode for this weekend’s big show in Boston, and it serves as a brief introduction to the fighters at the top of the card.
The show kicked off with UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic mockingly complaining that his coaches are with Jessica Eye for his fight and it should be all about him. He then goes home and has some misadventures with a snowblower.
Volkan Oezdemir is in Florida, talking about challenging Daniel Cormier for the UFC light heavyweight title. In the gym, Rashad Evans talks about what he brings to the table. Volkan believes it will be over in the first round, by knockout.
Cormier talks about needing to beat Oezdemir and him being on a different level while training at the gym. At home, he plays with his kids a bit as he packs for his trip to Boston.
Francis Ngannou arrives in New York to do some media before heading to Boston. He talks about how the adrenaline is starting to flow, and watches Kamaru Usman’s fight with his coach. They then go out for African food, and he’s asked what he did for New Years. Ngannou says that he just trained, and his party will be after the 20th.

Source: bloody

Bellator 192: Rampage vs. Sonnen fight card

Check out the full fight card and bout order for Bellator 192: Rampage vs. Sonnen, which takes place on Saturday, January 20th in Inglewood, California. UFC 220 isn’t the only major MMA event happening on January 20th. Bellator 192 originates from The Forum in Inglewood, California, as the promotion begins its 2018 with a major fight card, as Spike rebrands itself as the Paramount Network. In the main event, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson takes on Chael Sonnen in the opening round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, while the co-main event is a welterweight title bout between Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald. For my money, Lima vs. MacDonald is one of the best fights on paper in Bellator MMA history.
The rest of the main card is quite intriguing, as ex-lightweight champion Michael Chandler battles Japanese submission specialist Goiti Yamauchi, Georgi Karakhanyan takes on Henry Corrales in a good featherweight contest, and featherweight super prospect Aaron Pico faces veteran Shane Kruchten.
Here’s the full fight lineup for Saturday night, noting that this event should end before the Stipe Miocic vs. Francis Ngannou main event at UFC 220:
Main Card (9 PM ET, Paramount Network)
Quinton Jackson vs. Chael SonnenDouglas Lima vs. Rory MacDonaldMichael Chandler vs. Goiti YamauchiAaron Pico vs. Shane KruchtenHenry Corrales vs. Georgi Karakhanyan
Preliminary Card (7 PM ET, Online)
Devon Brock vs. Khonry Gracie Ian Butler vs. Joey Davis Ivan Castillo vs. Guilherme Vasconcelos Roosevelt Roberts vs. Tommy AaronKyle Estrada vs. David Duran Isaiah Culpepper vs. Jean-Paul Le-Bosnoyani Johnny Cisneros vs. Marlen MageeMike Segura vs. Arthur EstrazulasNoah Tillis vs. Jalin TurnerChristopher Padilla vs. Gabriel GreenJames Barnes vs. Chad GeorgeAndrew Lazo vs. Cooper Gibson

Source: bloody

Leon Edwards expects brother Fabian to join him in the UFC within a year

Leon Edwards’ younger brother, Fabian, has been turning a lot of heads on the European scene with his performances under the BAMMA banner.

After a stellar amateur career, the younger Edwards brother opened his pro account with three consecutive wins with BAMMA in 2017. The Birmingham middleweight scored a highlight-reel knockout over Rafal Cejrowski to announce himself in the pro ranks, before submitting Aaron Kennedy and Louis King.

Based on his brother’s trajectory, older brother Leon thinks Fabian will join him in the UFC within a year.

“I think he’ll be knocking on the door this time next year,” Edwards told MMA Fighting.

“He’s running through everyone on BAMMA’s books right now. I did the same thing and I went on to get the belt. I think he’ll get himself a belt with BAMMA and then he’ll get signed to the UFC.

“Early next year sounds about right to me. I really don’t expect anyone on the Irish or UK scene to be able to beat him.”

Edwards believes that his younger sibling will benefit from seeing how he has progressed from the European scene to the world stage.

“I think it will help him a lot. He can look at the situation I’m in and know it’s possible for him to accomplish the same things,” he explained. “It’s a lot easier for him, I think.

“Really, when I started out I didn’t have anyone that was that close to me that I could try to follow the steps that they made on the scene. He knows now that if he gets that BAMMA belt, he’ll be in a really good position to come over to the UFC. I hope it gives him some motivation to get to the top. I know he’s capable of it.”

Edwards noted that it would beneficial for both he and Fabian’s career if they’re competing under the same banner. As far as he is concerned, he and Fabian are “the most well-rounded brothers in the whole sport”.

“I think it will help both of us if we’re both in the UFC,” Edwards said. “It has helped other brothers in terms of marketability. Honestly, I feel like we’re the most well-rounded brothers in the whole sport.

“I expect to be in the top five by the end of the year, so I think it would be perfect for him to come in and join me over here at the beginning of 2019.”

Source: mmafighting

Jon Jones passes polygraph test in effort to prove he didn’t knowingly take PEDs

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took a polygraph test last month and passed it in an effort to prove he didn’t knowingly ingest steroids. There’s no two ways about it, former UFC champion Jon Jones is one of the most magnetic characters in mixed martial arts. Over the years, he’s gone back-and-forth being the man with the biggest upside to the one with the most wasted potential in a seemingly never ending cycle. He’s had brushes with the law, dodgy “dick pills,” fights at press conferences, hot mics, stripped titles and more, and through it all, has remained a truly polarizing figure in the sport.
His latest item of interest, according to UFC sources and reported by MMA Fighting, is a polygraph test, more specifically, a polygraph test he passed in an effort to prove the veracity of his claim that he never knew he was ingesting any performance enhancing drugs prior to his UFC 214 contest with Daniel Cormier last year.
The polygraph was conducted by the PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 7. The test was not at the request of the UFC or USADA, the former of which announced on August 22 that Jones had failed a July 28 drug test administered just one day before he regained his title back from longtime foe Daniel Cormier. The fight was declared a no-contest and Jones was provisionally suspended.
Tweets from attorneys Lucas Middlebrook and Erik Magraken worth noting regarding this story:

Typically inadmissible in any hearing – even when admitted little to no probative value— Lucas Middlebrook (@lkmiddleb) January 16, 2018

PR stunt. Little else IMO— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) January 16, 2018

Jones, considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters ever, was stripped of the title for the third time during his UFC tenure and Daniel Cormier was once again awarded the belt. Cormier is set to defend his title Saturday night against Volkan Oezdemir in Boston, Massachusetts at UFC 220.
Source: bloody

Jon Jones passes polygraph test to prove he didn’t knowingly take PEDs

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones took a polygraph test last month and passed it in an effort to prove he didn’t knowingly ingest steroids. There’s no two ways about it, former UFC champion Jon Jones is one of the most magnetic characters in mixed martial arts. Over the years, he’s gone back-and-forth being the man with the biggest upside to the one with the most wasted potential in a seemingly never ending cycle. He’s had brushes with the law, dodgy “dick pills,” fights at press conferences, hot mics, stripped titles and more, and through it all, has remained a truly polarizing figure in the sport.
His latest item of interest, according to UFC sources and reported by MMA Fighting, is a polygraph test, more specifically, a polygraph test he passed in an effort to prove the veracity of his claim that he never knew he was ingesting any performance enhancing drugs prior to his UFC 214 contest with Daniel Cormier last year.
The polygraph was conducted by the PGP Polygraph & Interviewing Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico on December 7. The test was not at the request of the UFC or USADA, the former of which announced on August 22 that Jones had failed a July 28 drug test administered just one day before he regained his title back from longtime foe Daniel Cormier. The fight was declared a no-contest and Jones was provisionally suspended.
Tweets worth noting regarding this story:

Typically inadmissible in any hearing – even when admitted little to no probative value— Lucas Middlebrook (@lkmiddleb) January 16, 2018

PR stunt. Little else IMO— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) January 16, 2018

Jones, considered by many to be one of the greatest fighters ever, was stripped of the title for the third time during his UFC tenure and Daniel Cormier was once again awarded the belt. Cormier is set to defend his title Saturday night against Volkan Oezdemir in Boston, Massachusetts at UFC 220.
Source: bloody

Report: Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Felice Herrig targeted for UFC 223

A key women’s strawweight bout is on course to happen at UFC 223 in Brooklyn. It looks as if the UFC’s return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York will include an important matchup in the women’s strawweight division.
A report from MMANytt says that Polish contender Karolina Kowalkiewicz is set to fight Illinois’ Felice Herrig at UFC 223 on April 7th. UFC officials have yet to confirm the booking. The night’s main card airs live on pay-per-view, with prelims presumably split between FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Kowalkiewicz (11-2) is coming off an impressive unanimous decision win over Jodie Esquibel at UFC Gdansk in October. That victory snapped a two-fight losing skid, as she came up short against then-champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 205, then was choked out by Claudia Gadelha at UFC 212. Kowalkiewicz is the last fighter to defeat current champ Rose Namajunas, besting her by split decision at UFC 201.
Herrig (14-6) is enjoying by far the best form of her MMA career, matching her career-high with four consecutive wins. The 33-year-old’s winning streak began with a submission of Kailin Curran in July 2016, followed by an upset decision win over Alexa Grasso last February, another decision vs. Justine Kish in June, and most recently a split decision vs. Cortney Casey at UFC 218 in December.
UFC 223 does not have a main event, but is expected to include a lightweight bout between Al Iaquinta and Paul Felder.

Source: bloody

Vitor Belfort tells Michael Bisping to ‘stop finding excuses’ and accept rematch at UFC London

Vitor Belfort is campaigning for his retirement fight to be against Michael Bisping.

The UFC is scheduled to return to London on March 17, and “The Phenom”, who recently had a middleweight bout against Uriah Hall cancelled during the UFC St. Louis official weigh-ins, is now targeting a rematch with “The Count”.

Belfort complained after UFC St. Louis that the UFC wasn’t willing to pay him his show money after the bout fell through, and the Brazilian sees the possibility of fighting in London as “a way to help me with all the camp expenses.”

”Bisping stop finding excuses,” Belfort wrote on his social media on Tuesday. “UFC had offered us Belfort vs. Bisping 2 and I said yes. I will fight you in your country. How about that? Let’s make an amazing show for all the fans around the the world and retire in great fashion.

“Thanks UFC and Dana White for finding a way to help me with all the camp expenses and offering me this great fight. I promise you and all my fans: on March 17th in London you all will see ‘The Phenom’ in the Octagon. I’m leaving it all in there!”

Bisping and Belfort fought for the first time five years ago, headlining UFC on FX 7 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and “The Phenom” won via second-round knockout. The Brazilian was on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) during that period, which has always been a topic of criticism for Bisping.

The potential rematch between the middleweight stars was first report by Combate on Sunday, but Bisping was quick to shut that idea down when speaking with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani later that day.

Belfort hasn’t fought since defeating Nate Marquardt via unanimous decision back in June, and has one fight left is his current deal with the UFC. Bisping, on the other hand, is looking to get back on track following back-to-back stoppage losses to Georges St-Pierre and Kelvin Gastelum.

UFC London takes place at the O2 Arena on March 17, and the company has yet to announce a main event for the Fight Night card.

Source: mmafighting