Archive: MMA NEWS

Jan 30, 2014 1:01 pm

Bellator MMA interested in signing Phillip Brooks (CM Punk)

Ever since an interview last week with MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani, the MMA world has been a buzz in regards to Phillip Brooks’ (CM Punk) possible transition from pro-wrestling to MMA. News then broke that ‘Punk’ had opted not to resign with his former employer the WWE. Which was then followed by some interesting statements...

Jan 30, 2014 12:50 pm

Browne vs. Werdum Set For UFC on FOX 11 Main Event

A heavyweight title-eliminator-bout between Fabricio Werdum and Travis Browne has been signed, sealed and will surely deliver in the headlining slot of UFC on FOX 11. UFC president, Dana White, announced the bout during today’s media event for UFC 169. UFC on FOX 11 is set to go down on April 19 from the Amway...

Jan 30, 2014 10:30 am

Rener Gracie: CM Punk interested in MMA, ‘no limits’ to his potential

Just last week, former WWE Champion, CM Punk, did an interview with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that created quite a buzz amongst fans of both wrestling and mixed martial arts. The interview, along with a report stating that Punk was not re-signing with World Wrestling Entertainment, left many to wonder if the longtime WWE Star was...

Jan 30, 2014 7:18 am

Roy Nelson insists NSAC bid is not for publicity

UFC heavyweight contender, Roy Nelson, recently applied for Keith Kizer’s vacant seat as the executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), a move he insists was not a publicity stunt. “Big Country” told ‘UFC Tonight‘s’ Ariel Helwani that his desire for the position is all about opportunity, stating that if it were to...

Jan 30, 2014 6:39 am

Bisping Eye Exam Inconclusive, Return Date Still Unknown

Michael Bisping has been absent from fighting since taking out Alan Belcher in April of last year. ‘The Count’ has since been linked to several important middleweight match ups, but has been unable to get clearance from doctors to resume training and fight again. We heard last week that Bisping would be getting an exam...

Jan 30, 2014 6:22 am

‘ONE FC: War of Nations’ Video Preview

As previously reported, ‘The ONE FC: War of Nations” fight card is now complete, with 10 exciting bouts to look forward to this March. The much anticipated fight card, which goes down March 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is headlined by a bout between Brock Larson and Nobutatsu Suzuki, who will square off for the...

Jan 30, 2014 6:19 am

Pena Teammate Defends Gym To White, Puts Injury Blame Elsewhere

Dana White is ‘disgusted’ with the team and training camp of TUF winner, Julianna Pena. The top 10 female bantamweight is not only injured, but apparently she’s out for about two-years with a really damaged knee she suffered in training. White called for her to find a new training home on twitter, but one of...

Jan 30, 2014 6:12 am

Alistair Overeem: ‘I dropped weight to improve cardio’

“I actually dropped some weight. I wanted improved cardio, so obviously you want to lose some weight. That actually goes automatic. A lot more cardio and you automatically lose a lot of weight. We just wanted [my cardio] to be better… Dealing with losses is never cool – it’s always hard. You should always reinvent...

Jan 30, 2014 6:07 am

How Frank Mir Got A TRT Exemption In New Jersey

It was recently revealed that, former UFC heavyweight champion, Frank Mir has been approved for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) in his upcoming fight against Alistair Overeem, going down this weekend at UFC 169. Doing their due diligence,, reached out to the NJSAC boss, Nick Lembo, for some details...

Jan 30, 2014 5:57 am

Pennington to replace injured Pena at UFC 171

Raquel Pennington has replaced injured Julianna Pena at UFC 171.   Pennington (4-3) will fight Jessica Andrade (10-3) in a bantamweight bout.   UFC officials announced the change.   It was reported Wednesday that Pena suffered a severe knee injury.   UFC 171 takes place March 15 at Dallas’ American Airlines Center. The main card...

Jan 30, 2014 5:52 am

Dana White ‘Disgusted’ With Pena Injury And Gym It Happened In

Unfortunate, some would even consider, tragic news hit us yesterday when we learned, TUF winner, Julianna Pena was forced out of her scheduled UFC 171 bout with a sever injury. That injury has gone from severe to catastrophic and the UFC boss explains why:

Jan 30, 2014 5:41 am

Big Nog vs. Roy Nelson In The Works

A highly anticipated heavyweight fight is expected to be booked in the near future between ‘Big Nog’ and ‘Big Country’. The duo is expected to appear during the UFC”s return trip to Abu Dhabi, though UFC officials haven’t named the bout as official. We only just learned of the UFC’s intentions to return to the...

Jan 30, 2014 5:32 am

Featherweights Max Holloway And Andre Fili Square Off On April’s UFC 172 Card

UFC officials announced the new matchup today, which will find it’s home on the April 26 card, emanating out of the Baltimore Arena in – you guessed it – Maryland. The main event will see light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones meet the hard-hitting Chuck Liddell protégé, Glover Teixeira. “Touchy” Fili has seen a plethora of...

Jan 30, 2014 5:31 am

Pena’s Injuries Include Damage to Multiple Knee Ligaments, Could Be Out 2 Years

As previously reported, Julianna Pena suffered a severe injury that forced her out of her bout with Jessica Andrade at UFC 171, and now more details are now known about the injury. According to a report by MMAfighting, she suffered a severe knee injury while grappling, damaging her ACL, MCL, LCL, and meniscus. However, her...

Jan 30, 2014 5:29 am

‘ONE FC: War of Nations’ fight card complete with 10 bouts

The first ONE FC event of the 2014 year, “ONE FC: War of Nations“, is now complete with 10 exciting fights we can look forward to watching. The much anticipated fight card, which goes down March 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, is headlined by a bout between Brock Larson and Nobutatsu Suzuki, who will square...

Jan 29, 2014 4:40 pm

Chris Weidman: Belfort could take whatever he wants and just cycle off without a TUE

Chris Weidman is set to defend his UFC Middleweight Championship against Vitor Belfort. Dana White recently announced that the match will take place on either the Memorial Day weekend card or the July 4th weekend card. There is no doubt that Vitor Belfort has evolved immensely since his younger days. As a competitor who has...

Jan 29, 2014 3:13 pm

‘TUF 18’ winner Julianna Pena Suffers Severe Injury, Pulled from UFC 171 Bout

Julianna Pena has been forced out of her bout against Jessica Andrade after suffering a knee injury. Steven Marrocco of MMAJunkie is reporting that the injury was a ‘very severe knee injury’. Julianna Pena suffered the injury close to two days ago and she is on her way to Los Angeles, California to undergo surgery....

Jan 29, 2014 2:51 pm

Nevada Athletic Commission Doc Says Belfort Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Use TRT

“If we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that someone has used PED’s in the past, they will not get an exemption,” said Dr. Timothy Trainor concerning the licensing of Vitor Belfort (above).  “No, no way.”   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA Vitor Belfort has a fight lined up, which means that the MMA world...

Jan 29, 2014 2:14 pm

CM Punk Leaves WWE, Could Begin MMA Career

Professional wrestler CM Punk (above) reportedly left the World Wrestling Entertainment this week, which some think may kick-start his MMA career.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA While many have been speculating on former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar’s return to MMA and the UFC, it seems that another candidate has emerged to potentially make the...

Jan 29, 2014 2:09 pm

Aljamain Sterling Makes UFC Debut, Replaces Bryan Caraway at UFC 170

Aljamain Sterling will step in for the injured Bryan Caraway (above) to face Lucas Martins at UFC 170 on February 22.   By Christopher Murphy @MurphMMA UFC officials announced on Wednesday that promotional newcomer Aljamain Sterling will replace the recently injured Bryan Caraway to face Lucas Martins at UFC 170 in February. It was announced...

Jan 29, 2014 2:08 pm

PHOTO | Vitor Belfort Then And Now, 17 Years Inside The Cage

Vitor Belfort has been at the top of the MMA Game for a very long time. He won his first UFC strap back in 1997 and he’s going up for the middleweight title against Chris Weidman later this year. ‘The Phenom’ recently took to his instagram to share the following: “On The Left with 19...

Jan 29, 2014 1:54 pm

Pettis Using FOX 10 Bonus Money To Pay For Much Needed Surgery

“He’s been wearing contacts into the cage. They get knocked out early in the fight, so what happens is he stands there squinting in front of his opponents. That’s what’s caused him to get hit so much in his last two fights. It’s easier for him to look at them if he stays still in...

Jan 29, 2014 1:18 pm

UFC Executives Join Senators John McCain & Harry Reid In Support Of Brain Health Research

In an unprecedented move, fierce competitors in the Octagon will put aside their long-standing rivalries to ensure research continues in a landmark study for professional fighters. Cleveland Clinic will announce it has received ongoing support to continue its Professional Fighters Brain Health Study from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), along with other boxing and mixed...

Jan 29, 2014 12:58 pm

UFC Lightweight T.J. Grant Eyeing October Return To Action

We’re still a long way off from October, but that’s when the UFC’s top lightweight contender and Canadian resident, T.J. Grant, is looking to get back inside the Octagon. Grant earned his shot at the UFC’s lightweight title back when Benson Henderson was champ. But due to injury, the Canadian born fighter hasn’t seen action...

Jan 29, 2014 12:36 pm

VIDEO | UFC Canada: 2014 Event Press Conference (Full Replay)

Earlier today, the UFC and BJPENN.COm streamed a live press-conference from Quebec City, Canada. We’re currently working on getting the plethora of announcements from today’s media event up on the home page, but why wait? Hit play above and get caught up on the UFC’s busy plans for the country of Canada.

Jan 29, 2014 12:26 pm

PHOTO | EA UFC Reveals Joe Lauzon In-Game Character

The people behind the upcoming UFC video game, EA Sports, have just released the latest shot from the UFC video game. In the previous month we have seen the in-game characters of Chuck Liddell, the Korean Zombie, Forrest Griffin, Jon Jones, GSP, Alexander Gustafsson, Rashad Evans and Chael Sonnen. Is Joe on par with the rest of the UFC stars released so far?

Jan 29, 2014 8:50 am

ONE FC signs former Legend FC Champ Ji Xian

ONE FC, Asia’s largest mixed martial arts promotion, has inked former Legend FC bantamweight champion Ji Xian (11-2 MMA). ONE FC CEO, Victor Cui, announced the news via twitter yesterday evening: @victoronefc: NEWS ALERT: Legend FC Champion Ji Xian, the best MMA fighter in China in his weight category, has officially signed with #ONEFC #MMA...

Jan 29, 2014 6:40 am

VIDEO | UFC 169: The BJ Penn Connection

During their intense training camp, bantamweight champ Renan Barao and featherweight champ Jose Aldo were paid a visit by none other than two-division UFC champion, BJ Penn, who has been in Brazil for the past few weeks training for his own battle. Hear how Penn has been helping the two champs prepare for their upcoming...