Cowboy Oliveira gets a Blair Witch mark courtesy of Gunnar Nelson
Shevchenko has forgotten Montano's name, but will defend vs. Jessica Eye 'no problem'
UFC parent company names new president
Mark Shapiro has been promoted to the position of president of Endeavor, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). His new role comes after the media executive had spent the previous four years overseeing content operations at IMG, which Endeavor also owns, having acquired the company in 2014. Shapiro, who in the past has served as a senior executive with ESPN and Dick Clark Productions, joined IMG as chief content officer in 2014. He is said to have played a key role in UFC’s US media rights deal with ESPN. In his new role, he will continue to work on new rights agreements, while also overseeing IMG’s content output, which focuses on documentary and live event production. h/t Sports ProMedia
Joshua 'The Passion' Pacio to defend ONE strawweight title in rematch vs. Hayato Suzuki on 1/19
The main event of ONE: ETERNAL GLORY, set for Istora Senayan in Jakarta on 19 January, will be reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, 22, of the Philippines defending his title vs. the last man to defeat him, Hayato Suzuki of Japan. Pacio, who trains at the mighty Team Lakay in Baguio City, Philippines, won the strawweight world championship with a UD win over former titleholder Yoshitaka Naito at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES last September. Suzuki, 32, who hails from Takahagi City, Japan, first met Pacio in his promotional debut at ONE: KINGS & CONQUERORS in August 2017 and scored a shocking first-round submission victory, forcing the Filipino to tap out via rear-naked choke. Since then, the Japanese grappler has been on a tear, winning his last three bouts with the same submission hold.
Why Bellator's Ilima-Lei Macfarlane wont talk trash ahead of Saturday fight vs. Letourneau
“I’ve always looked at this sport like a sport. It’s not a life-and-death situation for me. I’m not trying to go out there and kill someone, or end their career. It’s a sport, and that’s just my mentality going in. That’s me personally, so I think that’s what helps me not make it personal. I’m not a trash talker either, and I’m not going to be somebody I’m not. It doesn’t matter if it sells more or brings in higher ratings. I’d rather be authentic and true to myself rather than selling out. Me and Valerie, we respect each other 100 percent. But I know that we are going to throw down. And that, in my opinion, is how we respect someone. Giving anything less than 100 percent is disrespectful. So the way we respect each other is to throw down." h/t MMAjunkie
Poirier calls out El Cucuy
Officials assigned for UFC 232 main and co-main on 12/29
Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson - referee Herb Dean and judges Sal D’Amato, Derek Cleary, and Junichiro Kamijo.
Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes - referee Marc Goddard and judges Chris Lee, Dave Hagen, and Mike Bell.
Chandler plans to PURGE Primus at Bellator 212 on Friday on DAZN
Askren calls Kamaru hypocritical for taking Colby fight
ATTN media and photographers: Cris Cyborg open workout in HB on Wed
Cris Cyborg 30 mins Open Workout + 30 Q&A
Wednesday, December 12
Open to the media and photographers
5842 W McFadden Ave Q, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
To attend email PR@paradigmsports.com
Brave Combat Federation adopts new 165 and 175 pound divisions
Wise words from Katlyn Chookagian following SD loss to Jessica Eye on Saturday
McGregor and now Nurmagomedov granted continuances to not appear at NAC meeting Monday
The Nevada Athletic Commission holds a regular meeting that fell on this Monday, and Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor had been scheduled to appear at it to answer for their roles in the UFC 229 post-fight melee. However, both fighters requested and were granted continuances. In October NSAC chair Anthony Marnell said that both athletes would have to appear in person before the commission to answer questions. The next regularly scheduled meeting falls on 29 January 2019.
Bellator 213 Welterweight GP Countdown, Episode 1
McGregor happy for Holloway's 'great win'
EA Sports UFC game gets two new names
Brian Ortega confirms the evident - he was willing to die in the fight
Jim Lampley chokes up as HBO bids goodbye to boxing
Marreta plans to stay at 205 due to health
Thiago 'Marreta' Santos went 5-1 at middleweight, and moved up to 205 in September vs. Eryk Anders with the Fight of the Night, and decided the outcome at UFC 231 on Saturday would determine whether he stayed up, and KOed Jimi Manuwa in Round 2 winning another performance bonus: “I’m in this division (now). I want to stay at 205. I want to fight, and I believe I’m in the top 10. I want to fight someone in the top five, for sure. One of the biggest reasons I want to stay at 205 is I’ll be more healthy. I still can fight at 185, but I won’t perform the way you guys saw at 205. At 205, I’m healthy and I feel happy. I can make 185, but it’s not what I want. I want to stay at 205.” h/t MMAjunkie
Eye wants a title shot following SD win vs. Chookagian at UFC 231
Jessica Eye was 1-5 at bantamweight, but is now 3-0 at flyweight, and wants a title shot at Valentina Shevchenko: “I’m never going to get what I feel I deserve. Isn’t that what keeps your expectations high and keeps you driving for the better things? I’m a hard worker, and no matter what it is I’m always going to strive to be better. But I do believe I’ve earned my right for a title shot. I do believe I’ve earned to be given a chance to change my life and maybe help other people see my story.” h/t MMAjunkie