Damian Stasiak vs. Yaotzin Meza added to UFC Fight Night 64

A featherweight bout has been added to next week’s UFC Fight Night 64 in Poland as Damian Stasiak will make his UFC debut against Yaotzin Meza.UFC Fight Night 64

UFC officials announced the fight booking on Wednesday.

UFC Fight Night 64 will come from the Krakow Arena and will be headlined by Mirko Cro Cop meeting Gabriel Gonzaga in a rematch.

Stasiak (8-2) has won five fights in a row and was recently signed by the UFC. Four of his last five wins have come by submission and he is coming off a submission win this past weekend at BAAMA 19 against Mike Grundy. Meza (20-9, 1NC) is returning to the featherweight division after going 1-1, 1NC in the UFC bantamweight division. He will enter this fight following a decision defeat to Sergio Pettis and his only win in the UFC came against John Albert in late 2012.

The current UFC Fight Night  64: Gonzaga vs. Cro Cop II fight card lineup is below.

Main Card: (Fight Pass – 3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT)
Gabriel Gonzaga (16-9) vs. Mirko Cro Cop (30-11-2, 1NC)
Jan Blachowicz (18-3) vs. Jimi Manuwa (14-1)
Bartosz Fabinski (11-2) vs. Garreth McLellan (12-2)
Joanne Calderwood (9-0) vs. Maryna Moroz (5-0)

Preliminary Card: (Fight Pass – 11:45 a.m. ET/8:45 a.m. PT)
Pawel Pawlak (10-1) vs. Sheldon Westcott (8-2-1)
Sergio Moraes (8-2) vs. Mickael Lebout (13-3-1, 1NC)
Seth Baczynski (19-12) vs. Leon Edwards (8-2)
Daniel Omielanczuk (16-4-1, 1NC) vs. Anthony Hamilton (13-4)
Izabela Badurek (5-2) vs. Aleksandra Albu (1-0)
Marcin Bandel (13-3) vs. Steven Ray (16-5)
Taylor Lapilus (8-1) vs. Rocky Lee (3-0)
Damian Stasiak (8-2) vs. Yaotzin Meza (20-9, 1NC)

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The MMA Insiders Podcast Episode 30

On this week’s edition of The MMA Insiders Podcast, Jason Floyd and Sam Caplan discuss latest topics in MMA including Ronda Rousey appearing at WrestleMania.The MMA Insiders Podcast

Also, they recap last weekend’s Bellator 135 and WSOF 19. They discuss the ending of Marcos Galvao vs. Joe Warren, L.C. Davis and Hideo Tokoro having a tremendous fight, Justin Gaethje and Luis Palomino having a potential fight of the year, and Teddy Holder upsetting Thiago Silva.

Finally, they end the show by discussing Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 63 in Virginia and answering your questions that were submitted via social media.

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Patricio Pitbull vs. Georgi Karakhanyan II slated for Bellator 138 in St. Louis

Bellator featherweight champion Patricio Pitbull will make his next title defense at Bellator 138 as he will be challenged by Georgi Karakhanyan in a rematch of their 2011 bout.

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MMA Fighting reported the fight booking earlier today and sources have indicated to The MMA Report that an official announcement on the fight booking will come shortly.

Bellator 138: Unfinished Business will come from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis and will be headlined by a heavyweight bout as Kimbo Slice meets Ken Shamrock.

Pitbull (23-2) is coming off a successful title defense as he submitted former champion Daniel Straus at Bellator 132 in January. This will be his third straight fight that will be a rematch as he defeated Karakhayan at Bellator 37 by knockout in the third round.

Karakhanyan (24-4-1) returned to Bellator in January and defeated Bubba Jenkins by technical submission in the first round. It was his first fight since losing the WSOF title to Rick Glenn and he is 10-1 in his last eleven fights.

The current Bellator 138: Unfinished Business fight card is below.

Kimbo Slice (4-2) vs. Ken Shamrock (28-15-2)
Patricio Pitbull (23-2) vs. Georgi Karakhanyan (24-4-1)
Michael Chandler (12-3) vs. Derek Campos (15-4)

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Norman Parke vs. Gilbert Burns slated for UFC Fight Night 67 in Brazil

A lightweight bout has been added to UFC Fight Night 67 on May 23rd in Brazil as Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner Norman Parke will meet Brazilian Gilbert Burns.UFC-Fight-Night-Logo

Parke announced the fight booking during a Q&A today in Ireland.

UFC Fight Night 67 will come from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Goias, Brazil and the fight card will be headlined by a welterweight bout as Carlos Condit returns from injury to meet Thiago Alves.

Parke (20-3-1) is coming off a split decision defeat to Gleison Tibau in January and the defeat snapped an eleven fight unbeaten streak. During the Q&A, Parke stated that he was originally offered Edson Barboza, but the fight could not happen due to an injury and he plans to smash Burns.

“I am going to be traveling to Brazil on May 30th and I am going to completely take his head clean off,” Parke said. “I am going into enemy territory and I am going to completely smash him.”

Burns (10-0) is coming off a submission win two weeks ago as he defeated Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 62. His last two wins have come by armbar submission and he is 3-0 in the UFC.

The current UFC Fight Night 67: Condit vs. Alves fight card is below.

Carlos Condit (29-8) vs. Thiago Alves (21-9)
Jussier Formiga (17-3) vs. Wilson Reis (19-5)
Norman Parke (20-3-1) vs. Gilbert Burns (10-0)
Wendall Oliveira (24-8) vs. T.J. Waldburger (16-9)
K.J. Noons (13-7) vs. Yan Cabral (12-1)
Jessica Penne (12-2) vs. Juliana de Lima (7-2)

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UFC 189 World Tour Press Conference with Parke, Pendred, Daly, Holohan, Seery, Duffy, and Redmond

Following the UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference with Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, the UFC held a fan Q&A session with Norman Parke, Cathal Pendred, Aisling Daly, Paddy Holohan, Neil Seery, Joseph Duffy, and Paul Redmond.UFC 189 World Tour

The Q&A session took place at the Convention Centre Dublin and the fighters took questions from the fans for nearly 40 minutes.

The video replay of today’s Q&A session with Parke, Pendred, Daly, Holohan, Seery, Duffy, and Redmond is below.

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Conor McGregor grabs Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight title during press conference in Dublin

The final press conference of the UFC 189 World Championship Tour took place today in Ireland and during the event, Conor McGregor grabbed Jose Aldo’s UFC title.

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Hector Urbina vs. Albert Tumenov added for UFC 188

A welterweight bout has been added to the UFC 188 in Mexico City in June as Hector Urbina will meet Albert Tumenov on the preliminary card. UFC 188

The fight booking was announced on Tuesday by the UFC.

UFC 188 will come from the Mexico City Arena on June 13 and will be headlined by a heavyweight title unification bout as Cain Velasquez meets Fabricio Werdum.

Urbina (17-8-1) has won back to back fights and defeated Edgar Garcia by submission in his UFC debut in November. Fourteen of his wins have come by stoppage and nine of those have come by TKO/KO. Tumenov (15-2) has won three in a row after losing his UFC debut in early 2014. His most recent win came in January as he defeated Nico Musoke by unanimous decision at UFC on FOX 14.

The current UFC 188: Velasquez vs. Werdum fight card is below.

Cain Velasquez (13-1) vs. Fabricio Werdum (19-5-1)
Gilbert Melendez (22-4) vs. Eddie Alvarez (25-4)
Tecia Torres (5-0) vs. Angela Hill (2-0)
Augusto Montano (15-1) vs. Cathal Pendred (16-2-1)
Yair Rodriguez (4-1) vs. Charles Rosa (10-1)
Kelvin Gastelum (10-1) vs. Nate Marquardt (33-14-2)
Alejandro Perez (15-5) vs. Patrick Williams (7-4)
Frank Trevino (12-0) vs. Johnny Case (20-4)
Efrain Escudero (23-9) vs. Drew Dober (15-6, 1NC)
Clay Collard (14-5, 1NC) vs. Gabriel Benitez (17-4)
Hector Urbina (17-8-1) vs. Albert Tumenov (15-2)

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Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor staredown following UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference in Dublin

The UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference concluded today in Dublin, Ireland and check out the staredown between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor following their press conference.

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Replay Video: UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference from Ireland

The UFC 189 World Championship Tour wrapped up today in Dublin, Ireland with UFC President Dana White, featherweight champion Jose Aldo, and Conor McGregor taking part in a press conference.UFC 189 World Tour

Today’s press conference came from the Convention Centre Dublin and they took questions for nearly one hour.

The video replay of the UFC 189 World Championship Tour Press Conference from Dublin, Ireland is below.

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Bellator 137 adds Dantas vs. Richman, Zwicker vs. Al-Hassan, and Gonzalez vs. Millender

Bellator will be returning to Temecula, California in May and the fight card has three new fights with the matchups being Eduardo Dantas vs. Mike Richman, Virgil Zwicker vs. Razak Al-Hassan, and Fernando Gonzalez vs. Curtis Millender.

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Bellator MMA

The fight bookings were announced by Bellator on Tuesday afternoon.

Bellator 137 will come from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California on May 15th and will be headlined by Brandon Halsey defending the middleweight title against Kendall Grove.

Dantas (16-4) lost the Bellator bantamweight title in October when he lost a decision to Warren in the main event of Bellator 128. It was his first defeat to take place in the Bellator cage and he is 6-2 in his last eight fights. Richman (18-5) has won back to back fights since dropping down to the bantamweight division and both of the victories have come by knockout in the first round. His most recent victory came at Bellator 131 last month as he stopped Nam Phan in 46 seconds.

Zwicker (13-4-1) made his Bellator debut in 2013 and has gone 2-1-1 in the promotion. His most recent fight came in January as he defeated Houston Alexander by split decision. Al-Hassan (12-4) has won five of his last seven fights since his exit from the UFC. This will be his first fight since March of 2013, which was a submission victory against Tim Chemelli.

Gonzalez (23-13) has won three in a row and all of those wins came in Bellator. Two of his three wins in the promotion have come by decision and his most recent win came in January against Marius Zaromskis. Millender (7-1) lost his Bellator debut in February as he was submitted by Brennan Ward. Prior to coming to Bellator, all of his fights came in the state of California and five of his seven wins have come by decision.

“I’m pumped that we were able to reschedule the Dantas-Richman fight so quickly,” said Bellator President Scott Coker. “Last Friday, Bellator saw two amazing bantamweight contests that produced a new champion and a ‘Fight of the Year’ candidate. Both Dantas and Richman are extremely exciting fighters who are undeniable standouts in a bantamweight division with a lot of depth.”

The current Bellator 137: Halsey vs. Grove fight card is below.

Brandon Halsey (8-0) vs. Kendall Grove (21-14, 1NC)
Eduardo Dantas (16-4) vs. Mike Richman (18-5)
Virgil Zwicker (13-4-1) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (12-4)
Fernando Gonzalez (23-13) vs. Curtis Millender (7-1)
Alexis DuFresne (5-2) vs. Arlene Blencowe (5-4)

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