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The Nevada Athletic Commission has overturned the result of a bout that earned a fighter a UFC contract.

In connection with his Sept. 7 win over Logan Urban on Dana White’s Contender Series, undefeated welterweight Josh Quinlan tested positive for the banned substance drostanolone, the commission revealed Wednesday on its monthly conference call.

As a result, Quinlan’s win was overturned to a no contest, he was suspended nine months retroactive to his positive urine test, and is required to pay a total of $795.36 in fines and legal fees. He will be eligible to return June 7, 2022, pending cooperation and completion of procedural sanctions.

Quinlan (5-0) wowed UFC president Dana White when he bowled over Long (5-1) with a 47-second knockout sequence. The performance earned him a UFC deal and a host of joyous expletives from Dana White.

It’s unclear if Quinlan’s UFC deal will be effected by the result being overturned.

There have been just two other instances of contract winners having wins overturned. On Season 1 in 2017, Kurt Holobaugh had his win against Matt Bessette overturned due to intravenous use – something Holobaugh claimed he disclosed going into the fight. On Season 2 in 2018, Anthony Hernandez had his win over Jordan Wright overturned when he tested positive for cannabis, a banned substance at the time. Both fighters served suspensions and paid fines, but they kept their UFC deals.

The UFC has not commented on the matter at this time.


Celebrity Sightings In Rome - October 15, 2021
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Over the weekend, reports have Conor McGregor breaking a TV personality’s nose in Italy. But as of now, the UFC hasn’t bothered to investigate the situation enough to comment on it.

UFC president Dana White is never one to be short of opinions, so it was somewhat of a surprise that he had very little to say about his top star Conor McGregor allegedly being involved in yet another violent altercation with a non-fighter.

News came out on Sunday October 17th that Italian TV personality and DJ Francesco Facchinetti was claiming the Irish sports star had popped him in the face, breaking his nose. Facchinetti and his wife had apparently spent a few hours ‘having fun’ with McGregor at a club, only to have “The Notorious” punch him out of nowhere. Facchinetti says he plans to sue, but no word has come out regarding potential criminal charges.

“We talked about it a little bit today in matchmaking – I don’t know enough about it,” White said following the latest edition of his Contender Series. “I honestly don’t even know enough about it to comment on it. Obviously I’ve seen what you guys … you guys have seen more than me, actually, to be honest with you. I haven’t talked to Conor, so I don’t know what the truth is. I don’t know exactly what happened. So to comment on it, I really can’t.”

This is the second bizarre physical incident from McGregor in just over a month. Back in mid-September, he made headlines by attacking rapper Machine Gun Kelly on the MTV Music Video Awards red carpet. White blew that incident off.

“These are the things that happen sometimes,” he said (the new ‘It is what it is’?). “This isn’t Microsoft. We’re in a crazy f—king business here. I think we all know Conor’s personality, and we’ve got some guys that were like that. These guys are fighters, and this is the fight business. Crazy s—t happens in the fight business.”

Not that we should expect a strong response from the UFC. Since being bought by Endeavor, the UFC’s Code of Conduct policy has been practically thrown in the trash. Lower level fighters getting in legal trouble may or may not find themselves cut after disturbing incidents, but no one expects the UFC to release stars like Conor McGregor or Jon Jones no matter how bad the incidents they’re involved in are.

And as Chael Sonnen pointed out recently, doing nothing is in a way its own punishment: both Jones and McGregor have far greater earning potential outside of their existing UFC contracts. So if you want them punished, you don’t want the promotion to fire them. Then again, if you just want some sort of action from UFC brass that might make their fighters think twice about assaulting members of the general public … well then, it seems like that may be too much to ask for.


Bellator MMA

A highly-intriguing Bantamweight title fight has been booked for the upcoming Bellator 272 event on Dec. 3, 2021, when division champion, Sergio Pettis, is tasked with defending his title against Kyoji Horiguchi, according to a report from CBSSports.com.

Horiguchi, the current RIZIN bantamweight champion, signed with Bellator earlier this year. He initially won the RIZIN title in Dec. 2018. After vacating it due to injury, he then went on to win the division title for Bellator six months later by defeating Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 222. After vacating that title, he won the RIZIN championship again 18 months later.

Pettis, meanwhile, put the cherry on top of his hot start in Bellator with a dominant win over former champion Juan Archuleta at Bellator 258 this past summer. The win was “The Phenom’s” fourth in a row, third inside the Bellator cage.

With a perfect record (3-0) under the Bellator banner, Pettis now looks for his first-ever title defense against one of the best 135-pound fighters in the game today this December inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Predictions?


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Three UFC event applications have been approved by the Nevada Athletic Commission for the month of December.

The NAC’s monthly meeting was held Wednesday via conference call with four of five commissioners present. The governing body swiftly granted approval for the UFC to hold two events at the UFC Apex and one at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The event license approvals don’t mean the UFC will certainly hold events at the UFC Apex, though it’s expected for the promotion to do so.

Scroll below to see which cards have been officially approved.

Ray Borg’s string of bad luck continues.

Borg, a former UFC flyweight title challenger, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is out of his bantamweight title fight against champion Vinicius de Oliveira (16-2) at UAE Warriors 24 on Oct. 29. Stepping in to face de Oliveira will be EFC champion Sylvester Chipfumbu (7-3).

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie. The news of Borg’s withdrawal was first reported by Cageside Press.

Borg (14-5) took to social media to address his withdrawal, saying that he experienced heavy symptoms from the virus.

“My heart breaks to have to post this but unfortunately I have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be able to compete at UAE Warriors 24. I have learned that although COVID varies from person to person, it is definitely not something to take lightly. I have been extremely sick the last week and have not even been able to get out of my own bed. On top of having everything symptom there is for COVID, the duration has lasted longer than usual. I am very upset that I will not have the opportunity to compete for such an amazing organization and send my sincere apologies to everyone who supported me this camp. Thank you to my manager Ali for getting me this opportunity as well as Fouad Darwish for having me a part of his show. I will heal up and be back strong, thank you for all the support.”

With Dana White expected to be at the UAE Warriors 24 show to film an episode of “Dana White: Lookin’ For a Fight,” Borg will miss an opportunity to get back on the UFC’s radar.

Since getting released by the UFC in August 2020 after consecutive fight cancellations, Borg defeated Canadian veteran Jesse Arnett by unanimous decision at UAE Warriors 20 in June.

The Bellator bantamweight title will be on the line this December.

At Bellator 272, champion Sergio Pettis will defend his strap against former Bellator and RIZIN champion Kyoji Horiguchi. The event takes place Friday, Dec. 3 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. with the main card airing on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.

MMA Junkie confirmed the booking with promotion officials following an initial announcement Wednesday by Morning Kombat.

Pettis (21-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) won his first major promotional title in May when he defeated then-champ Juan Archuleta by unanimous decision in the main event of Bellator 258. The win extended his streak to four, which also included victories over Ricky Bandejas, Alfred Khashakyan, and Tyson Nam.

Horiguchi (29-3 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), meanwhile, will compete under the Bellator banner for the first time as a rostered fighter on a multifight deal. In June 2019, Horiguchi was lent by RIZIN to Bellator for a one-off fight against Darrion Caldwell – a bout Horiguchi won by unanimous decision to become champion. He later vacated the title.

Since his departure from the UFC in November 2016, Horiguchi won the RIZIN bantamweight title twice and went 10-1 with wins over the likes of Caldwell (twice), Ian McCall, Manel Kape, and Kai Asakura.

With the addition, the Bellator 272 lineup includes:

  • Champion Sergio Pettis vs. Kyoji Horiguchi – for bantamweight title
  • Tommy Espinosa vs. Jornel Lugo

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LAS VEGAS – Armen Petrosyan is not short of confidence after landing a highlight-reel finish at Dana White’s Contender Series 44.

Petrosyan (6-1) was able to fend off Kaloyan Kolev’s heavy grappling approach and knock him out with a brutal head kick that rendered him unconscious at the end of Round 1. The finish had Dana White on his feet and earned the Armenian a UFC contract Tuesday.

A kickboxing and muay Thai world champion, Petrosyan is already thinking of the big picture and has UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya on his mind.

“Armen is ready to fight against everybody,” Petrosyan’s coach said during the DWCS 44 post-fight news conference. “His wrestling is good, his wrestling defense is good, and he wants to beat Adesanya, and he’s ready to beat Adesanya. Russian muay Thai want this fight.”

To see the full interview with Petrosyan, check out the video above.


Premiere And Q & A For “The Mandalorian”
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

Gina Carano will be returning to the movie making business after getting the axe from “The Mandalorian,” but one of her films has already been delayed. According to The Daily Wire, production on her proposed film dubbed “White Knuckle,” has been shelved until 2022 for fear that possible government-mandated vaccines could slow down the film-making process.

Of course, Carano has been very vocal when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccines and the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of masks. Carano was fired from Disney’s “The Mandalorian” earlier this year after she posted a since-delete tweet focusing on religious and political agendas today in comparison with the massacre of Jews during the holocausts.

“Gina Carano is not currently employed by LucasFilms and there are no plans for her to be in the future,” Lucas Film said in a statement shortly after he release. “Nevertheless, her social media posts denigrating people based on their cultural and religious identities are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Shortly thereafter, Carano joined forced with Ben Shapiro in order to continue in her acting career.

As a result of the postponement of her upcoming thriller, Carano and Co. will take their talents to the countryside to film “Terror on the Prairie” alongside Donald Cerrone. Per a statement from one of the film’s producers, Dallas Sonnier, moving away from Hollywood will give the crew the freedom to make a film on its own terms.

“With the precariousness of the current Hollywood landscape and the remarkable overreach by its ruling class, we made the tough, but prudent choice to ride further out into the wild west to make movies on our own terms.”


UFC Fight Night: Buckley v Arroyo
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC

We’re in the final quarter of 2021, so Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is already starting to fill out some of it’s early cards for 2022. For it’s first Fight Night event of the new year, UFC has already confirmed two intriguing match ups.

According to MMA Fighting, Joaquin Buckley will face Abdul Razak Alhassan in a hard-hitting Middleweight affair inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. Alhassan recently broke his three-fight losing streak by scoring a spectacular first round knockout win over Alessio Di Chirico. Buckley, meanwhile, is also coming off a knockout win over Antonio Arroyo, putting him at 3-1 in his last four bouts.

Also, former women’s flyweight title contenders Jennifer Maia and Katlyn Chookagian will tango one more time as the two women have been booked to run it back on the ESPN+-streamed event. Chookagian defeated Maia at UFC 244, earning her a title shot against current division champion, Valentina Shevchenko, ultimately coming up short in her bid to unseat the champion.

As for Maia, she also came up short against “Bullet,” going the distance with the dominant champion at UFC 255. She bounced back nicely with a win over Jessica Eye at UFC 264, putting her one more win away for another possible crack at the crown. The event is expected to be headlined by a Featherweight bout between Giga Chikadze and Calvin Kattar.

For more on all upcoming UFC events click here.


Bellator MMA

Fedor Emelianenko will make his long-awaited return to action this Saturday (Oct. 23, 2021) to face the No. 2 ranked heavyweight on Bellator MMA’s roster, Timothy Johnson, in the main event of Bellator 269 in Moscow, Russia. It will be the first time “The Last Emperor” steps foot inside the cage since December 2019, scoring a knockout win over Quinton Jackson at Bellator 237.

With a lengthy layoff, it’s easy to forget “The Last Emperor” has actually racked up a nice record over his last 10 fights, going 8-2, including 3-2 under the Bellator umbrella. So after 20 years in the fight game, Emelianenko has gone on record to say that his career will come to an end after two more fights.

Win, lose, or draw in those final two fights, Emelianenko will walk away, and he gleams with pride knowing that he will be leaving the sport in the hands of the new generation, in particular two of his star pupils and champions, Valentin Moldavsky and Vadim Nemkov.

“This generation grew proper fighters, proper techniques, and proper everything. And we are more than proud to leave Bellator in their (Nemkov and Moldavsky) hands and give all of the control to the proper people. But I hope before I leave we can add another champion,” Emelianenko told MMA Mania during a recent media call.

Nemkov successfully defended his light heavyweight title last weekend (Sat., Oct. 16) by submitting Julius Angklickas in the fourth round at Bellator 268 (see it here), punching his ticket to the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix finals against Corey Anderson. As for Moldavsky, he won the interim heavyweight title by defeating Timothy Johnson earlier this year. He will look to unify the titles when he faces Ryan Bader sometime in 2022.

Without looking too far passed this Saturday and the task in front of him, Emelianenko knows his final fight could take place stateside. And if he had his preference, he’d like it to go down in Chicago, Illinois, known for having a strong Russian presence. As far as an opponent for his farewell fight, he isn’t looking that far ahead.


To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.