Strawweight prospect Amanda Ribas signs with the UFC, meets Juliana Lima in July

Strawweight prospect Amanda Ribas has signed with the UFC and is set to make her Octagon debut against fellow Brazilian Juliana Lima at the TUF 25 Finale event in Las Vegas, NV, on July 7, sources told MMA Fighting following a report by UOL.

Ribas (6-1), a black belt in jiu-jitsu and judo, made her professional MMA debut after winning the 2014 IMMAF World Championship as an amateur. Ribas, who now trains at American Top Team, has only gone the distance once since turning pro.

Lima (9-3) has more experience, entering her sixth UFC bout. “Ju Thai,” who suffered Octagon losses to current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and former titleholder Carla Esparza, defeated JJ Aldrich in her last UFC appearance in December.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and features the UFC debut of former WSOF lightweight kingpin Justin Gaethje against Michael Johnson in the main event.

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CSAC denies Josh Thomson’s appeal, KO loss to Patricky Pitbull at Bellator 172 is upheld

The California State Athletic Commission denied Josh Thomson’s appeal to overturn his loss vs. Patricky Freire to a technical draw. Having suffered just the second knockout loss of his sixteen-year MMA career, Bellator MMA lightweight Josh Thomson filed an appeal to change the result of his February main event vs. Patricky “Pitbull” Freire to a technical draw. Thomson cited an accidental clash of heads in the sequence just prior to the ending, with Thomson falling to the mat, throwing an upkick, returning to his feet, followed by Pitbull putting him away with an uppercut and hammerfists. You can watch full video of their contest by clicking this link.
Thomson’s introductory statement in his letter reads as follows:

On February 18, 2017, I competed in a bout against fighter Patricky “Pitbull” Freire. In the second round, I received a head-butt which was an unintentional foul that put me in a trans state. I anticipated that the foul would be called and paused to look at the referee for direction. However, no foul was called.
Immediately following the foul, I took a punch that took me to the ground which then resulted in a KO.
One issue in question is whether the foul changed the momentum of the fight that resulted in my KO.
The other issue in question is, should my fight be ruled a Technical Draw as the injury I sustained by foul allowed my opponent to win by contributing to the injury I sustained when fouled.

Thomson concluded his appeal by saying, “This unintentional foul should have interrupted the bout allowing me to recover. After speaking with the referee of my fight and discussing the foul, I was encouraged to file my complaint. I would like to ask the Commission to review my bout and change my result to a Technical Draw.”
At Tuesday’s California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) meeting, the board unanimously denied Thomson’s appeal, so no changes will be made to the result.
“After multiple reviews of the video,” the commission summary read, “we determined that an accidental clash of heads did occur, which caused Mr. Thompson [sic] to fall to the ground, but this was before he stood back up and continued the fight only to be countered with an uppercut causing the knockout.”
Following the commission’s decision, Patricky Pitbull released this statement (via his manager) to Bloody Elbow:

“I’m glad the Commission has upheld the result. I was sure there was no relation to the headbutt he hit me with and me finishing him later.
“I didn’t even feel that headbutt and only when I got to the locker room I saw the video and found it it had happened. But looking at it, you can clearly see he’s the one connecting with me while I’m distancing and lowering myself. And he has one of his feet still in the air as he’s moving inside. So that to me actually looks like a loss of balance and not really the impact knocking him down. I mean, I’d have felt it if it was that strong.
“Thomson is a legend and I have all the respect in the world for him, but I find it a bit outrageous he tried to have the result overturned. If he wants a rematch, all he has to do is ask Bellator for it.
“I would never want an unfair win. I would never cheat my way to a win either. I’m glad the video evidence clearly shows I didn’t and that it also shows Josh was in perfect condition after his head hit mine. Justice was served.”

In Pitbull’s declaration to the commission, he wrote that “If anything, I was the one fouled. He projected his head at mine, albeit unintentionally, while rushing inside to hit me with his punches and ended up clashing with me while I was lowering and distancing myself from him.”
Freire is scheduled to rematch Derek Campos in the Bellator 181 main event in July, while Thomson does not have a fight booked. You can read the commission’s entire review, along with Thomson’s appeal, Freire’s full response, and the letter by referee John McCarthy, in this PDF link (pages 58-67).
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UFC announces September return to Japan

The UFC will return to one of the world’s most legendary mixed martial arts arenas this fall.

The company announced on Wednesday it will hold an event at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, near Tokyo, for a UFC Fight Night card.

No bouts have yet been announced for the card.

This will mark the UFC’s fifth event in the arena, which had previously been a staple of the Japanese PRIDE promotion. On the most recent card, UFC Fight Night 75 in Sept. 2015, Josh Barnett decisioned Roy Nelson in the main event.

The arena was also the home of a memorable brawl at UFC on FX 8 in March 2013 between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann, won by Silva via TKO in the second round. That turned out to be both Silva’s last UFC fight and the last bout of Stann’s MMA career.

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Glory 41 Holland fight card and preview on ESPN3 and Fight Pass this Saturday May 20

Get the full fight card here for this weekend’s excellent Glory show featuring Rico Verhoeven, a Featherweight title fight, and much more. This Saturday is the latest from Glory Kickboxing, as they present Glory 41 Holland. Glory is pretty clearly trying something a bit different this time, as it is the Superfight Series portion of the card that is heavily stacked and seems to be the real focus of the event. They’ve also switched the order, with the Superfight Series capping the night.
Headlining that Superfight Series is a non-title fight from Glory Heavyweight champion Rico Verhoeven. He faces the debuting Ismael Lazaar – a very good signing for Glory and welcome addition to the division. Also included here is a fight for the vacant Featherweight championship that Robin van Roosmalen lost on the scale in January. He faces Thai fighter Petchpanomrung Kiatmookao, fresh off a tournament win at Glory 39. You’ve also got Murthel Groenhart, Mourad Bouzidi vs. Michael Duut, the debut of Zakaria Zouggary – seriously, it’s a great Superfight Series, and it’s available on Fight Pass, so you really should check it out.
On the Glory 41 portion of the card airing on ESPN3, there is a Heavyweight tournament where Anderson Braddock Silva is the easy favorite. In the main event, Hesdy Gerges and Chi Lewis-Parry attempt to square off once again – their planned Glory 39 fight was cancelled at the last minute due to Lewis-Parry balking at the size of the gloves. Expect some bad blood between these two here.
Glory 41 airs this Saturday, May 20 with a fight time of 1:00 p.m. ET for the Glory 41 card on ESPN3, and 3:30 p.m. ET for the Superfight Series on Fight Pass. Bloody Elbow will have live coverage.
GLORY 41 SUPERFIGHT SERIESFight Pass, Sat. May 20, 3:30 p.m. ET
Rico Verhoeven vs. Ismael LazaarFW Title: Robin van Roosmalen vs. Petchpanomrung KiatmookaoMurthel Groenhart vs. Alan ScheinsonMichael Duut vs. Mourad BouzidiTyjani Beztati vs. Youssef AssouikZakaria Zouggary vs. Yetkin Ozkul
GLORY 41 HOLLANDESPN3, Sat. May 20, 1:00 p.m. ET
Heavyweight Tournament FinalHesdy Gerges vs. Chi Lewis-ParryChenglong Zhang vs. Wilson Sanches MendesSemifinal: D’Angelo Marshall vs. Mohamed AbdallahSemifinal: Anderson Silva vs. Giannis Stoforidis
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Eddie Alvarez to Dustin Poirier: You ‘wanted out’

Less than a week has passed since UFC 211 and already the jabs are flying between Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez.

Last Saturday’s lightweight showdown between Poirier and Avalrez at UFC 211 ended prematurely when Alvarez cracked Poirier with a pair of illegal knees midway through the second round of a wild back-and-forth fight. Referee Herb Dean went on to controversially deem the bout to be a no contest. Afterward, both Poirier and Alvarez expressed a desire to run things back with a rematch.

And now, several days after UFC 211, Poirier appears to be getting impatient. Check out the exchange he and Alvarez shared Tuesday below.

Notably, Poirier has filed an appeal of Dean’s ‘no contest’ ruling to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, arguing that the bout should’ve ended in a disqualification loss for Alvarez. Poirier has since explained in multiple interviews that he is appealing the matter primarily to secure the win bonus he would’ve received he had beaten Alvarez.

Dean defended his ruling on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, explaining that he did not believe Alvarez was intentionally trying to foul Poirier.

“His head was over Poirier’s back,” Dean said of Alvarez. “I can’t imagine a way where he’d be able to see his hands or his knees. I believe that he was fighting in earnest and thought that the fighter was not grounded. There’s no way I could say that for certain. I attempted to warn him before he went in with that knee, but it was loud in there and I can’t say that he heard me. I don’t believe that he was trying to fight outside of the rules when he threw that knee. I can’t say that he was.”

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