TORONTO, ON – Continuing to empower fitness enthusiasts around the world through its tough fitness approach, Reebok announces today its partnership with Canadian UFC® Welterweight Rory MacDonald, days before he challenges current UFC Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler during UFC 189 on July 11, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement builds upon Reebok’s groundbreaking partnership with UFC, the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, and adds a second Canadian fighter to the brand’s impressive roster of UFC athletes, which includes UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Joanna Jędrzejczyk,UFC Featherweight Conor McGregor, UFC Lightweight Anthony Pettis, UFC Welterweight Johny Hendricks, UFC Women’s Strawweight Paige VanZant, UFC Featherweight Yair Rodriguez and fellow Canadian UFC Lightweight Olivier Aubin-Mercier. MacDonald, a native of Quesnel, British-Columbia who fights out of Tristar Gym in Montreal, carries an 18-2-0 professional MMA record and will have a chance to bring the UFC Welterweight Championship belt back to Canada at UFC 189. “Rory wants to become a UFC Champion and the Reebok brand will be there to support him in achieving his goals,” said Stewart Clark, Director of Marketing for Reebok Canada. “Reebok’s vision is to empower people to push their limits to become better versions of themselves and this also applies to our partnership with Rory. We are excited to have him part of the team and look forward to his success in and out of the Octagon.” A versatile fighter and solid defender, MacDonald is thrilled to join the Reebok team. “I am honoured to partner with Reebok, a brand that believes in working hard to get to the top and who can support me in my journey in the UFC,” said MacDonald during UFC’s International Fight Week in Vegas. “I only surround myself with the best: teammates, coaches and sparring partners, to become the very best fighter possible. And now Reebok completes the mix.” LINK: MMA Announcement: Reebok Partners with Canadian UFC Welterweight Rory MacDonald
A former champion and a rising contender have been booked for UFC 192. UFC President Dana White today announced on FOX Sports 1’s “UFC Tonight” that former light-heavyweight champion Rashad Evans (19-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1 UFC) and Ryan Bader (19-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) have been booked for fall show. UFC 192 takes place Oct. 3 at Toyota Center in Houston. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass. Evans vs. Bader, which is all but assured a main-card slot, is the first bout announced for the card. LINK: Rashad Evans vs. Ryan Bader slated for UFC 192 in Houston | MMAjunkie
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If Jose Aldo thought his ribs were hurting, that's nothing compared to the sting his bank account is feeling now. The outspoken UFC featherweight champ has long been a proponent for higher fighter pay. And now, according to UFC President Dana White, Aldo was finally in line to get that big payday he wanted oh-so-badly before a rib injury forced him to pull out of Saturday's UFC 189 main event against arch-nemesis Conor McGregor. White told ESPN's Ryen Russillo. “If he could’ve fought, he would’ve fought." White was then asked how much Aldo stood to make. "Millions of dollars. Yeah, he probably would’ve made close to $4 million." Double ouch. As if having your rib crunched by a spinning kick to the side wasn’t enough, knowing you missed out on a multi-million dollar payday has to have the Brazilian extra salty. Then again, the feud with McGregor has put the featherweight division on the map, despite Aldo’s half-decade reign. If McGregor can get past Chad Mendes in a few days, the anticipation for the stalled Aldo bout will be at a fever pitch. But for Aldo, that surely doesn't take the sting off pulling out of the UFC 189 bout. Aldo found himself in a precarious position: He could've either taken the fight while hurt and risked further injury or potentially a loss; or, he sits out, and is left with sour grapes. As an organization, does the UFC owe a champion like Aldo some sort of compensation for months spent in training, and lost money on the pay-per-view end? After all, as White said himself: “If he could’ve fought, he would’ve fought.” LINK to full story: Dana White: Jose Aldo 'would've made close to $4 million' to fight Conor McGregor | Cagewriter - Yahoo Sports ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Damn, that's alot cash to miss out on if its true.
Jose Aldo won't be fighting on Saturday anymore as he suffered a fractured rib a couple of weeks shy of his title defense against Conor McGregor. However, if the champion were healthy, he would be completely cleared to step in the Octagon as all of his pre-fight test results came back negative for all banned substances this Monday, as it was reported by Combate. Aldo, of course, was going to be surprise tested on June 11, but a visa problem with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) agent rendered him unable to perform the procedure, so the test had to be delayed. The following day, the Brazilian Athletic Commission (CABMMA) did all the required urine exams. You can see the official lab test results (taken from the same Combate link) in the document below. According to MMA Junkie, the lab results were initially not going to be released until after the McGregor fight, but the rib injury that forced him out of the event meant the information could now go public. LINK to full story: Jose Aldo's UFC 189 pre-fight urine tests come back negative - Bloody Elbow
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports Conor McGregor told Chael Sonnen that he weighed 172 lbs just 8 days before his bout. Can he make 145 lbs? It's no secret that Conor McGregor is one of the larger guys in the featherweight division. Standing 5-foot-9, the former cage warriors lightweight champ has already spoken about eventually moving back up to 155 lbs in the future. He's set for an interim title fight this weekendthough, and it looks like he's in for another tough cut to 145 lbs. "He's a very big guy. I was impressed with how big he is," Chael Sonnen told Jim Rome as he spoke about his time with McGregor at ESPN. "I was like 'Conor, what do you weigh?', he said 'I'm around 172 lbs'. He's got to be 145 lbs in eight days." "He's going to be a little bit bigger than Chad. I don't know if that helps or not. It might slow him down. He's a big guy," he continued. "I've (cut that much weight) before, but I'm considerably bigger. Percentage-wise, I wouldn't have to lose quite as much." "I don't know how he's going to do it. He's very lean. He has a very busy schedule. He's training at Las Vegas. He was just in LA with Conan O'Brien last night. He's in New York for Reebok a day before that. He was in Connecticut the day before that," he said. "One, how does he do the weight? And two, how does he find the time? I don't know." McGregor's performances in the UFC doesn't seem to have been hampered too much by the cuts in the past, but he hasn't exactly been thoroughly challenged or pushed in those bouts either. Will it be different this time against a tough wrestler in Chad Mendes? LINK to full story: Sonnen: Conor McGregor will cut 27 lbs in 8 days for UFC 189 - Bloody Elbow
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