UFC fighter Joe Riggs was forced out of a scheduled return fight with the promotion after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Riggs, a winner of Bellator’s “Fight Master” series, allowed TMZ Sports an up-close-and-personal look at his injuries.
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Officials have announced a previously reported co-main event fight for UFC 179 between light heavyweights Phil Davis and Glover Teixeira.
Set for October 25 from Brazil, the card features a main event between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and Chad Mendes.
Davis (12-2) will be trying to bounce back after suffering a decision loss to Anthony Johnson earlier this year. “Mr. Wonderful” was hopeful that a victory over Johnson would propel him into a title shot, but he was dealt a completely one-sided defeat.
The former Penn State University wrestling standout earned a decision victory over ex-UFC champion Lyoto Machida the last time he stepped foot in Brazil to compete. His only other loss came at the hands of Rashad Evans, also a former UFC champion.
Teixeira (22-3) is also coming off a loss, as he was topped by light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. The Brazilian lost for the first time in six Octagon bouts.
Below is the current lineup for the card:
UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo (c) vs. Chad Mendes
Light Heavyweight: Phil Davis vs. Glover Teixeira
The heat of summer will bring with it an incredible amount of MMA action.
August is looking like a packed month – and that’s with the UFC cancelling a pay-per-view scheduled for this weekend.
Once we hit this coming Saturday, we’re looking at cards every weekend through the month, culminating with UFC 177.
So, here’s a quick look at the action you can expect to see – pending no injuries, fight cancellations or other issues that seem to always come up in this crazy world we love called MMA:
It’s not quite the name-filled lineup we’ve come to expect from the WSOF, but this NBC Sports Network card could surprise. Luis Palomino and Lewis Gonzalez are competing for a future title shot, while Ronny Markes, Elvis Mutapcic and Brandon Hempleman are fighters most have heard about.
When it comes to fights lacking star-quality, there seems to typically be exceptional finishes. This one could do that. And if nothing else, the legendary Alexis Vila will be in action. Vila one bronze at the 1996 Summer Olympics in freestyle wrestling.
The UFC heads to Maine with a pretty solid Fight Night event on FOX Sports 1. The main event could determine the career path for Ryan Bader and Ovince St. Preux. Both light heavyweights are feeling confident, and the winner could move into a bigger bout next.
Gray Maynard will return after several months off, taking on Fabricio Camoes, while Sara McMann fights for the first time since falling to Ronda Rousey for the UFC title. Ross Pearson-Abel Trujillo are two guys who like do to nothing more than stand and bang.
Titan FC will crown a champion in the welterweight division when former UFC fighter Matthew Riddle takes on ex-Bellator competitor Ben Saunders in the main event on CBS Sports Network.
Riddle has always found success inside the Octagon or cage, it’s just been those pesky drug tests after that have caused him problems.
The rest of the card will see Mike Ricci take on George Sotiropoulos in a battle of ex-UFC fighters, along with a featherweight title eliminator between Kurt Holobaugh and Lloyd Woodard.
The first of two UFC cards on this day will air entirely on UFC Fight Pass, with Michael Bisping and Cung Le doing battle in the main event. If nothing else, the last time Le fought he was impressive, knocking out Rich Franklin.
Plus, when you factor in Bisping, it seems like something wild and crazy always happens.
Tyron Woodley will also try to get back on track from a loss to Rory MacDonald, taking on Dong Hyun Kim. And, in case you forgot all about it – as I did – the finals in the delayed Ultimate Fighter: China featherweight tournament will take place.
Benson Henderson has grown into a mainstay on non-PPV events. He’ll try to keep moving forward towards a chance to reclaim his lightweight title against Rafael dos Anjos on FOX Sports 1.
The rest of the FS1 main card features a solid lineup, including Francis Carmont-Thales Leites, Demian Maia-Mike Pyle and Brandon Thatch-Jordan Mein. The event will boast 10-televised fights between FS1 and FS2.
Airing only on internet pay-per-view, ONE FC 19 will see Ben Askren step inside the cage for a second time. This one gives him the chance to become welterweight champion, as the former Bellator titleholder and ex-Olympian squares off with Nobutatsu Suzuki.
If getting up bright and early to see Askren wasn’t enough, the event also features Shinya Aoki against Kamal Shalorus for the lightweight title and championship matches in the featherweight and middleweight divisions. Oh, and Roger Huerta will also be fighting from the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates.
To get you prepared for the weekend, Legacy FC presents a lineup featuring Jonathan Brookins. The ex-UFC fighter has returned from a sabbatical and will meet Austin Lyons.
The main card airs on AXS TV and if nothing else, gives you MMA on a Friday night.
We’ll conclude the month with a double-UFC title event, as T.J. Dillashaw defends his bantamweight gold against Renan Barao and Demetrious Johnson puts his flyweight title on the line vs. Chris Cariaso.
Shayna Baszler, a member of the “Four Horsewomen,” Danny Castillo-Tony Ferguson and the UFC debut of Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo also highlight this card from the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Overall, not a bad month to be a fan of mixed martial arts.
Cesar Gracie sees a finish coming this January when Nick Diaz returns to the Octagon to face Anderson Silva.
The scheduled five-round middleweight main event for UFC 183 will also see Silva fight for the first time since a gruesome broken leg suffered this past December against Chris Weidman.
“I believe it’s going to be a stand-up fight the entire time,” said Gracie, in an interview with MMA Fighting. “Nick is better on the ground, his jiu-jitsu is better, but I believe it’s going to be a stand-up fight and it won’t last five rounds.
“I think it will be over before five rounds; someone will get knocked out.”
Gracie, who works with Diaz in California, isn’t betting on his fighter getting dropped. Silva has lost two straight to Weidman, suffering his first defeats inside the Octagon.
“Nick is hard to knock out, he was knocked out only once in the beginning of his career,” Gracie said. “Anderson is bigger than Nick, but he’s turning 40 now and his chin is not the same anymore.
“If Nick can get in there and punch him, I think he wins this fight. Nick will turn 31 in August, he’s just a kid. Anderson is fast and dangerous. I don’t know who’s going to win, but I know it’s going to be a good fight.”
Diaz hasn’t fought since 2009 above welterweight when he defeated both Frank Shamrock and Scott Smith at 180 pounds. He retired after a loss to Georges St-Pierre for the UFC title, and will be stepping back into the Octagon for the first time in over two years when he meets Silva.
“He was training, but he really retired,” Gracie said. “He wanted more money and everything, and he didn’t train like he used to. He was more relaxed, doing things he liked.”
The last time a fight involving Diaz was stopped early on his behalf came in 2007 due to a cut vs. K.J. Noons. His only true knockout loss came via TKO in 2002 in his fifth career fight to Jeremy Jackson.
Jackson retired in 2007 and holds two wins in three fights over Diaz. He submitted him at UFC 44 and lost to him in their first meeting in 2002.
Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal doesn’t speak very highly of his time working with Bjorn Rebney.
Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, lashed out against Rebney following his loss earlier this year to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While things settled down during the post-fight press conference, Lawal jumped at the chance to fire off comments against the former Bellator president during an interview with MMA Fighting.
Rebney was replaced by Scott Coker, who Lawal worked with at Strikeforce.
“I personally think he’s an (expletive),” Lawal said. “If I had a chance to see him, I’d put them hands on him. He’s deceptive, fake.
“He flew me out to that meeting. It was just a bunch of bull he was spitting me. He’s a liar. He can’t make eye contact with me. He’s a liar. When it came down to it, he’s out of touch with MMA as a whole.”
Rebney helped build a base for Bellator through the use of tournaments, crowning champions and contenders. That, though, sometimes left the promotion without the ability to reward immediate rematches. Ben Askren, Hector Lombard and others left Bellator as champions in their respective weight classes, while a lengthy legal battle was engaged with lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez.
“No one respected him,” Lawal said. “They thought he was a good businessman, but when it came down to it, he was out of tune, out of touch with the MMA media, crowd, audience, everything.
“Everybody in Bellator and Viacom, they’re cool as hell. I’ll bleed for them. But Bjorn is shady. No one got a good vibe from him.”