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Jon Jones

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been reinstated by the UFC, the promotion announced Friday.

Jones was suspended following a hit-and-run incident earlier this year in New Mexico. Officials stripped him of the title after the ordeal, and Daniel Cormier became the new champion with a win over Anthony Johnson.

Following a review of the plea agreement reached by Jon Jones and officials in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the judge’s decision, UFC announced today the formal reinstatement of Jones to the UFC roster. Effectively immediately, Jones is eligible to return to competition. As such, UFC expects Jones to meet all of the terms of his plea agreement, including mandatory community service, as a condition of his reinstatement.

UFC is currently discussing with Jones a potential date for his return to the Octagon.

“We’ve made it clear to Jon that this new opportunity to compete in UFC is a privilege and not a right, and that there are significant expectations we have regarding his conduct moving forward,” said UFC Chairman and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta. “We’re happy to read and see reports that he has embraced the terms of his plea agreement and is using this experience to grow and develop as a person.”

“I am thankful to be able to do what I love once again and I look forward to proving myself as a champion in and outside of the Octagon,” Jones said.

Jones (21-1) reached a plea agreement recently, clearing his way to be allowed to fight again. He was given 18 months probation and required to make 72 community appearances.

No date for a return to the Octagon was announced in the release, or who Jones might fight.

ufc fight night 76

The Octagon returns after a brief hiatus with UFC Fight Night 76 this Saturday afternoon.

The entire event streams live on UFC Fight Pass beginning at 1 p.m. ET from Dublin, Ireland and the 3Arena.

Featuring a main event between Dustin Poirier and Joseph Duffy, the rest of the four-bout main card includes Paddy Holohan-Louis Smolka, Norman Parke-Reza Madadi and Darren Till-Nicholas Dalby.

A planned heavyweight title-eliminator between Ben Rothwell and Stipe Miocic was cancelled last week after Miocic suffered an injury. No replacement was found for Rothwell, who was removed from fighting.

On the prelims will be the likes of Steven Ray, Cathal Pendred, Neil Serry and Aisling Daly, as a distinct Irish-flavor is abound.

FightLine will have complete coverage, including play-by-play and post-fight news and information, the day of the card.

Below is the complete lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass/4 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Dustin Poirier vs. Joseph Duffy

Flyweight: Paddy Holohan vs. Louis Smolka

Lightweight: Norman Parke vs. Reza Madadi

Welterweight: Darren Till vs. Nicholas Dalby


Lightweight: Steven Ray vs. Mickeal Lebout

Welterweight: Cathal Pendred vs. Tom Breese

Flyweight: Neil Seery vs. Jon Delos Reyes

Middleweight: Krzysztof Jotko vs. Scott Askham

Female Strawweight: Aisling Daly vs. Ericka Almeida

Featherweight: Darren Elkins vs. Robert Whiteford

Middleweight: Garreth McLellan vs. Bubba Bush

wsof 25

Officials have set the field for the No. 1 contender lightweight tournament set for World Series of Fighting 25.

The card takes place November 20 from Phoenix, with the main card airing live on NBC Sports Network.

In quarterfinal round matches, Islan Mamedov meets Jorge Patino, Mike Ricci faces Brian Cobb, Luis Palomino battles Rich Patishnock and Brian Foster faces Joao Zeferino.

“We are excited about the star-studded lineup and incredible matchups we have assembled for the first World Series of Fighting one-night tournament in history,” said World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo. “Combined with an outstanding co-main event between Jason High and Estevan Payan, this is a must-see event for any fight fan.”

Also, Jason High and Estevan Payan collide in the co-main event for the card.

Below is the current card:

MAIN CARD (NBC Sports Network)

Lightweight: Jason High vs. Estevan Payan

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Mike Ricci vs. Brian Cobb

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Luis Palomino vs. Rich Patishnock

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Brian Foster vs. Joao Zeferino

Lightweight Tournament Quarterfinal
Jorge Patino vs. Islam Mamedov

rafael carvalho

Brandon Halsey can reclaim the title he never lost inside the cage this Friday night at Bellator 144.

Halsey, who was stripped of the middleweight championship after missing weight, will face Rafael Carvalho in the main event on Spike TV from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.

This past May, officials removed the title from Halsey’s (9-0) waist prior to a fight vs. Kendall Grove. The former NCAA wrestler weighed in at 188 pounds, three over the max.

Carvalho (11-1) is 2-0 since signing with Bellator last year, including a split decision win in April over Joe Schilling. He is on an 11-fight win streak.

Other planned main card bouts include Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson, Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi and Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros.

The card was also to feature Eduardo Dantas-Marcos Galvao, but an injury scrapped the bantamweight championship match.

Below is the complete lineup, along with a video preview:

MAIN CARD (Spike TV/9 p.m. ET)

Vacant Bellator Middleweight Championship
Brandon Halsey vs. Rafael Carvalho

Welterweight: Brennan Ward vs. Dennis Olson

Featherweight: Isao Kobayashi vs. Goiti Yamauchi

Welterweight: Michael Page vs. Charlie Ontiveros


Featherweight: Matt Bessette vs. Kevin Roddy

Welterweight: Matt Secore vs. Jeremie Holloway

Catchweight: Pete Rogers, Jr. vs. Marius Enache

Bantamweight: Kin Moy vs. Walter Smith-Cotito

Flyweight: Billy Giovanella vs. Brandon Polcare

Catchweight: Keenan Raymond vs. Damien Trites

Lightweight: Sam Watford vs. TJ Hepburn

Welterweight: Ilka Kotau vs. Kemran Lachinov

Heavyweight: Kevin Haley vs. Mike Zichelle

yushin okami

Former UFC title contender Jon Fitch earned himself a shot at the World Series of Fighting welterweight belt with a decision win over Yushin Okami Saturday night in the main event of WSOF 24.

The main card aired live on NBC Sports Network.

Fitch earned the win on all three scorecards, including a pair of clean sweeps over Okami, also a former UFC title-contender. Fitch and Jake Shields will now meet to crown a new welterweight champion after the promotion stripped Rousimar Palhares of the title earlier this year.

In the co-main event, Blagoy Ivanov finished Derrick Mehmen in the second round via strikes to retain the WSOF heavyweight belt. Also, Magomed Bibulatov became the first-ever WSOF flyweight champion with a decision win over Donavon Frelow.

Vinny Magalhaes submitted Matt Hamill in another battle of former UFC fighters with a first round kneebar, while Nick Newell earned a decision vs. Tom Marcellino. Newell, a former WSOF title challenger, announced his retirement following the performance.

On the preliminary card, Rick Glenn knocked Adam Ward out in the second round and Alexandre Almeida scored a future title shot vs. WSOF featherweight champion Lance Palmer with a first round submission of Saul Almeida.

Other prelim winners were Colton Smith, Patrick Walsh, Rex Harris and Bruce Boyington.

Complete results can be found below:

Jon Fitch def. Yushin Okami via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

BlagoyIvanov def. Derrick Mehmen via TKO (strikes) at 4:33 of Round 2 to remain WSOF heavyweight champion

Nick Newell def. Tom Marcellino via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Vinny Magalhaes def. Matt Hamill via submission (kneebar) at 1:08 of Round 1

Magomed Bibulatov def. Donavon Frelow via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) to become WSOF flyweight champion

Rick Glenn def. Adam Ward via KO (strike) at 1:27 of Round 2

Alexandre Almeida def. Saul Almeida via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:23 of Round 1

Colton Smith def. Washington Nunes Da Silva via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Patrick Walsh def. Tyler King via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Rex Harris def. Justin Torrey via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Bruce Boyington def. Rodrigo Almeida via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

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