Listen to the Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing today beginning at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT

The monthly Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing will take place today in Las Vegas and TheMMAReport.com will stream the audio of the meeting.nsac-seal

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and the complete agenda is available online to view.

Today’s agenda includes several MMA items including Vitor Belfort requesting a license and Chael Sonnen’s hearing for his recent failed drug tests.

The audio of today’s meeting will be streamed below and the audio will be available following the conclusion of the meeting.

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Vitor Belfort granted a license with conditions by Nevada Commission, faces Chris Weidman in main event of UFC 181

Vitor Belfort appeared in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission today in Las Vegas in attempt to be granted a license to fight in the state of Nevada and he was granted a license with conditions to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 181. nsac-seal

At the beginning of Belfort’s appearance, the middleweight fighter explained his drug test in February at the MMA awards and why his testosterone was at the limit it was.

During his statement, Belfort told the commission that he would agree to not take a fight until December and that fight would be in Las Vegas, if he was granted a license.

The commission would question Belfort on his use of testosterone replacement therapy and which regulatory bodies gave him an exemption to use it. After all of the commissioners questioned him, they went into deliberation about potentially licensing the UFC fighter.

After they deliberated, the commission decided to give Belfort a license with the following conditions: he agreed to random drug testing at his own expense, he will not take a fight till December, and his next fight will take place in Las Vegas. Belfort agreed to the conditions and he was granted a license.

Moments after the commission granted Belfort a license, the UFC sent out a press release to officially announce that Belfort will challenge Weidman for the middleweight title in the main event of UFC 181 on December 6th at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

No other fights have been officially announced for the fight card, but lightweight champion Anthony Pettis told Ariel Helwani on “The MMA Hour” on Monday that he will make his first title defense against Gilbert Melendez on the December 6th pay-per-view.

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Tickets for UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi go on sale this week

UFC Fight Night 50 will come from the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut on September 5th and tickets for the event will go on sale to the public on Friday.UFC Fight Night 50

The event will be headlined by a top ten matchup in the UFC middleweight division as former Strikeforce champion Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will look to make his claim for a title shot as he faces former Strikeforce and DREAM champion Gegard Mousasi.

UFC Fight Night 50 will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 9:00 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on Saturday, September 5, with the prelims kicking off the evening on FOX Sports 1 at 7:00 PM ET/4 p.m. PT.

Tickets for UFC Fight Night 50: Jacare vs. Mousasi go on sale Friday, July 25 at 10 a.m. ET and are priced at $350, $250 and $100. Tickets may be purchased online at www.foxwoods.com, by calling the Foxwoods’ Box Office at 800-200-2882, Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are available for purchase at. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. Ticket prices do not include applicable service charges.

UFC Fight Club members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Wednesday, July 23 at 10 a.m. ET via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, July 24 starting at 10 am. ET. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

The current UFC Fight Night 50: Mousasi vs. Souza fight card is below.

Gegard Mousasi (35-4-2) vs. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (20-3, 1NC)
Alistair Overeem (37-13, 1NC) vs. Ben Rothwell (33-9)
Matt Mitrione (7-3) vs. Derrick Lewis (11-2, 1NC)
Joe Lauzon (23-9) vs. Michael Chiesa (11-1)
Sean Soriano (8-1) vs. Andre Fili (13-2)
Rob Font (11-1) vs. Chris Beal (9-0)
Charles Oliveira (18-4, 1NC) vs. Nik Lentz (25-6-2, 1NC)
Chris Camozzi (19-8) vs. Rafael Natal (17-6-1)
Al Iaquinta (8-3-1) vs. Rodrigo Damm (12-7)

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Three things you did not know about Daron Cruickshank

Daron Cruickshank will meet Jorge Masvidal in the headliner of the UFC on FOX 12 preliminary card on FOX and find out three things you did not know about Cruickshank in the video below.

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The MMA Report Live – July 22

The MMA Report Live is back and during this weeks show, Jason Floyd discusses this week’s UFC on FOX 12 and Bellator 122. Also, the latest news in MMA including Paul Daley and Melvin Manhoef signing with Bellator.

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UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson II set for September 27th at MGM Grand Garden Arena and tickets go on sale next week

The venue for UFC 178 is now official as the promotion announced on Tuesday that the fight card will come from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on September 27. Along with announcing the event, the UFC also announced that tickets go on sale next week.UFC 178

The fight card will be headlined by a title fight rematch as Jon Jones will defend the light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson for a second time as Jones defeated Gustafsson last year at UFC 165.

“The first fight between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson was the greatest light heavyweight fight in the history of the UFC,” UFC President Dana White said. “This next one is gonna be epic! I really appreciate MGM Resorts, Live Nation and Kings of Leon working together to help us bring this huge fight to Las Vegas.”

Tickets for UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson II go on sale Friday, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. PT and are priced at $1,000, $750, $500, $300, $200, and $100, not including applicable service charges.  Tickets are limited to eight (8) per person.  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.  Tickets also are available at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

UFC Fight Club  members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets Wednesday, July 30 at 10 a.m. PT via the website www.ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Thursday, July 31 starting at 10 a.m. PT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through UFC.com.

The current UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson II fight card is below.

Jon Jones (20-1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)
Tim Kennedy (18-4) vs. Yoel Romero (8-1)
Dominick Cruz (19-1) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2)
Cat Zingano (8-0) vs. Amanda Nunes (9-3)
Brian Ebersole (50-16, 1NC) vs. John Howard (22-9)
Patrick Cote (20-8) vs. Stephen Thompson (9-1)
Conor McGregor (15-2) vs. Dustin Poirier (16-3)

 

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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier set for UFC 178

The potential matchup that has been talked since Saturday afternoon is now official for UFC 178 on September 27 in Las Vegas as Conor McGregor will meet Dustin Poirier.

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UFC officials announced the fight booking on Tuesday afternoon.

UFC 178 will take place in Las Vegas on September 27th and will be headlined by Jon Jones defending the UFC light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson.

McGregor (15-2) defeated Diego Brandao on Saturday in the main event of UFC Fight Night 46 and he has won all three of his fights in the promotion. Two of his three wins in the UFC have come by TKO and he has won a fight night bonus in both of those TKO wins.

Poirier (16-3) is currently on a three fight winning streak and his last two wins have come by TKO. His most recent win came in April as he defeated Akira Corassani at The Ultimate Fighter Nations Finale in the second round and he has gone 8-2 in the UFC.

The current UFC 178: Jones vs. Gustafsson II fight card is below.

Jon Jones (20-1) vs. Alexander Gustafsson (16-2)
Tim Kennedy (18-4) vs. Yoel Romero (8-1)
Dominick Cruz (19-1) vs. Takeya Mizugaki (20-7-2)
Cat Zingano (8-0) vs. Amanda Nunes (9-3)
Brian Ebersole (50-16, 1NC) vs. John Howard (22-9)
Patrick Cote (20-8) vs. Stephen Thompson (9-1)
Conor McGregor (15-2) vs. Dustin Poirier (16-3)

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Bellator 122 Weigh-Ins set for Thursday at Pechanga Resort and Casino

Bellator MMA will return to the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California for Bellator 122 on Friday night and and the weigh-ins will take place on Thursday afternoon.Bellator 122

The weigh-ins will take place at the Cabaret Theater inside Pechanga Resort and Casino and will begin at 5 p.m. PT. The weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Bellator 122 will feature the finals of the season ten welterweight and middleweight tournaments, along with the semifinals in Summer Series light heavyweight tournament.

Also on Friday night’s card, Karo Parisyan will look for his second straight victory in Bellator as he meets Phil Baroni on the main card on Spike TV.

The current Bellator 122 fight card is below.

Main Card: (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m PT – Spike TV)
Adam McDonough (11-0) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (16-1)
Brandon Halsey (6-0) vs. Brett Cooper (20-9)
Egidijus Valavicius (27-10) vs. Liam McGeary (7-0)
Phil Baroni (15-17) vs. Karo Parisyan (23-10)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com – 7 p.m. ET/4 pm. PT)
Kelly Anundson (8-2) vs. Philipe Lins (9-0)
Dmitriy Sosnovskiy (8-0) vs. Manny Lara (4-4)
Poppies Martinez (29-9) vs. Bubba Jenkins (6-1)
Augusto Sakai (6-0) vs. Matt Frembling (9-2)
Linton Vassell (13-3) vs. Virgil Zwicker (12-3)
Fernando Gonzalez (20-12) vs. Karl Amoussou (17-6-2)
Joe Duarte (10-3) vs. Saad Awad (15-6)
Stephen Martinez (10-2) vs. Sergio Rios (6-0)

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Bryson Hansen vs. Matt Sayles added to WSOF 12

A bantamweight bout has been added to the World Series of Fighting 12 fight card as Bryson Hansen will meet Matt Sayles in the opening bout of the main card broadcast on NBCSN. WSOF 12

The fight booking was officially announced by the World Series of Fighting on Tuesday.

World Series of Fighting 12 will come from The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and will be headlined by a lightweight bout as Luis Palomino meets Lewis Gonzalez.

Hansen (7-2) won his World Series of Fighting debut in March as he defeated Sean Cantor by TKO in 46 seconds. It was his second straight victory and his only career defeat came against current UFC fighter Russell Doane.

Sayles (2-0) will be making his promotional debut and both of his professional fights came in the Xplode Fight Series. Both of his professional wins have come by TKO in the first round and his last win came in March in 46 seconds.

“Bryson Hansen looked fantastic in his World Series of Fighting debut, so we’re excited to have him back in the decagon so quickly and see if he can turn in another performance like that,” World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo said. “On the other side of the cage is Matt Sayles, who has been absolutely destroying his competition early on in his career and already looks prepared for a step up in quality. This fight should kick off our broadcast with real fireworks.”

The current World Series of Fighting 12: Palomino vs. Gonzalez fight card is below.

Luis Palomino (22-9) vs. Lewis Gonzalez (9-0)
Ronny Markes (14-3) vs. TBD
Elvis Mutapcic (13-3) vs. Kelvin Tiller (6-0)
Alexis Vila (14-4) vs. Brandon Hempleman (9-2)
Bryson Hansen (7-2) vs. Matt Sayles (2-0)

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Bellator 123 fight card finalized with the addition of ten preliminary fights

The eleventh season of Bellator will kick off on September 5th from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut and the promotion has announced the complete fourteen fight card.Bellator 123

Bellator previously announced the four fights that will be part of the main card broadcast on Spike TV and will be headlined by a rematch as Pat Curran defends the featherweight title against Patricio Pitbull.

The preliminary card will be streamed on Spike.com and a start time for the preliminary card was not announced by Bellator today in a press release. The ten fight preliminary card will feature several fighters who have previously competed in Bellator and local fighters from the Connecticut and Massachusetts area.

Season eight middleweight tournament winner Brennan Ward will be part of the preliminary card and he was initially scheduled to face James Irvin. However, Ward will now take on former UFC fighter Tamdan McCrory and Bellator has not officially stated why Irvin is no longer on the card. Other notable fighters on the preliminary card include Steve Garcia, Dan Cramer, Mike Mucitelli, Matt Bessette, and Scott Cleve.

The current Bellator 123: Curran vs. Pitbull II fight card.

Main Card: (Spike TV – TBD)
Pat Curran (20-5) vs. Patricio Pitbull (21-2)
Muhammed Lawal (12-4, 1NC) vs. Tom DeBlass (9-2)
Josh Burns (8-7) vs. Bobby Lashley (10-2)
Lavar Johnson (18-9) vs. Cheick Kongo (21-9-2)

Preliminary Card: (Spike.com – TBD)
Marvin Maldonado (1-1) vs. Rico Disciullo (2-0)
Steve Garcia (4-0) vs. Kin Moy (4-0)
Mike Wessel (14-7) v s. Josh Diekmann (14-5)
Tamdan McCrory (11-3) vs. Brennan Ward (9-2)
Perry Filkins (8-1) vs. Dan Cramer (10-4)
Mike Mucitelli (6-1) vs. Mark Griffin (3-3-1)
Phillipe Martins (0-1) vs. Pete Rogers Jr. (1-1)
Brandon Fleming (3-2) vs. Blair Tugman (5-5)
Lucas Cruz (7-2) vs. Andrew Calandrelli (6-4)
Scott Cleve (14-4) vs. Matt Bessette (13-5)

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