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B.J. Penn fully expects he'll make his return to the Octagon on March 5. And it probably won't be against Nik Lentz.
The UFC Hall of Famer, one of just two fighters to hold UFC titles in two weight classes, "guarantees" he'll be fighting at UFC 196 on March 5 in Las Vegas, MMAFighting.com's Ariel Helwani reported on Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight.
While there's no official opponent lined up, word has it that veteran Dennis Siver has emerged as a possible opponent for the former welterweight and lightweight champ.
Penn engaged in an war of words online with longtime prelim competitor Nik Lentz dating back several months, and the two got into it once again once Penn began training at JacksonWink MMA in Albuquerque in recent weeks.
But after Lentz overplayed his hand with a lengthy list of demands on Penn in order to make what would have been by far the highest-profile fight of Lentz's career, Penn has set his sights elsewhere, with Siver the name which has most often come up.
Penn (16-10-2) retired after a one-sided loss to Frankie Edgar on July 6, 2014 in Las Vegas. He finished his career on a 1-5-1 stretch, during which he fought at welterweight, lightweight, and finally featherweight.
Siver (22-11, 1 NC) lost both of his fights in 2015, a second-round TKO to Conor McGregor on Jan. 18 and a decision to Tatsuya Kawajiai on June 20.
LINK:B.J. Penn 'guarantees' he'll fight at UFC 196; potentially against Dennis Siver
The UFC organization was notified today that the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has informed Tim Means of a potential Anti-Doping Policy violation stemming from an out-of-competition sample collection.
USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case.
In part 1 of this interview, #5 ranked UFC Bantamweight Aljamain Sterling speaks with Matthew Wells about the latest updates surrounding his contract situation. With Benson Henderson signing with Bellator, the free agent market is alive and well in mixed martial arts, proving that promotions other than the UFC are capable of signing the biggest names in the sport.
Aljamain explained he received an offer from Bellator and WSOF this week.
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[Video] Aljamain Sterling – “We got an offer this week from Bellator”
UFC president Dana White told Garbage Time's Katie Nolan on Wednesday that Luke Rockhold will make his first middleweight title defense in a rematch with Weidman at UFC 199 in June. No exact date was given.
LINK: Dana White: Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman 2 happening at UFC 199 in June
Scott Coker is linking up with another familiar face.
Heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov has signed an exclusive multi-fight contract with Bellator MMA, according to sources close to the promotion. The Russian striker is currently expected to make his debut in May.
Kharitonov has won his last five fights in a row improving his professional MMA record to 23-5. He last fought for Coker in 2011 when he lost to Josh Barnett in the semi-finals of the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix.
LINK: Sergei Kharitonov signs with Bellator
Bellator made a big splash yesterday when they announced the signing of former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson. Now it appears that the promotion has set its sites on former Strikeforce champ Alistair Overeem.
Overeem has a history with Bellator President Scott Coker. Coker was the man in charge of Strikeforce where he dealt with “Reem” from 2007 to 2011 before the promotion was bought out by the UFC. Overeem went 2-0 in Strikeforce with wins over Paul Buentello, Brett Rogers and future UFC champ Fabrício Werdum.
When he finally arrived in the UFC at UFC 141 Overeem made a splash by knocking out Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately Overeem went 1-3 in his next four fights. After relocating to Albuquerque to train with Greg Jackson “Reem” has won his last three, knocking out former champion Junior dos Santos in December in his last fight on his contract. Should Overeem re-sign with Zuffa he will likely get a title shot or at the least, an eliminator fight with another top contender.
Full story here-
LINK: Bellator pursuing Alistair Overeem after signing Benson Henderson « AroundTheOctagon.com AroundTheOctagon.com
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