Adidas Signs UFC’s Luke Rockhold to Endorsement Deal
Luke Rockhold’s had a big year thus far, as not only has the middleweight contender gone 2-0 to date, news has surfaced that he’s signed an endorsement deal with Adidas.
The 29 year-old fighter, who is set to fight Michael Bisping at UFC FN 55 on November 8th, is the second UFC fighter to sign with Adidas. Welterweight contender Robbie Lawler is also one of the company’s representatives.
In a report from Forbes.com, Adidas Combat Sports Managing Director Scott Viscomi was quoted saying:
“Luke Rockhold is the kind of renaissance athlete a brand dreams of working with,” said Viscomi. ”He understands what it means to be a professional Adidas athlete, and he does everything we ask of him, in addition to bringing us opportunities. We are honored to have him on the team with Robbie and look forward to working with them as we continue our mission to add value to the USA combat sports market.”
Rockhold is coming off stoppage wins over Tim Boetsch and Costas Philippou, after being TKO’d by Vitor Belfort in May, 2013.
The former Strikeforce champ is currently ranked #5 in the UFC’s 185 division.
UFC Suspends Cung Le After Middleweight Fails Drug Test
Following Cung Le’s stoppage loss to Michael Bisping at UFC Fight Night 48 in August, the promotion has announced the middleweight vet has been suspended, for failing a drug test.
UFC middleweight Cung Le tested positive for an excess level of Human Growth Hormone in his system following his fight at UFC Fight Night in Macao, China on August 23. Due to his positive test result, Le was suspended by the UFC and notified that he violated the UFC Fighter Conduct Policy and Promotional Agreement with Zuffa, LLC. The UFC has a strict, consistent policy against the use of any illegal and/or performance-enhancing drugs, stimulants or masking agents by our athletes. Le will serve a nine-month suspension and, at its conclusion, will need to pass a drug test before competing in the UFC again.
Le was stopped by Bisping in the third round of the August 23rd bout, which took place in Macao, China. Since there is no athletic commission in the nation, the UFC oversees its own drug testing.
Leading up the fight Bisping relayed concerns about the 42 year-old Le’s physique, who showed up for the bout in terrific shape.
UFC Rankings Update: Dominick Cruz, Conor McGregor and Yoel Romero Make Big Jumps
Dominick Cruz and Conor McGregor scored impressive and quick victories at UFC 178, and both men have benefitted greatly from their performances in terms of the rankings.
Cruz returned to action for the first time in nearly three years on Saturday, and quickly took out bantamweight contender Takeya Mizugaki in the first round. As a result of the victory, Cruz moved up 8 spots in the rankings and now sits at #2. Mizugaki slipped from the #5 position to #6.
Cruz was eventually stripped of the UFC’s bantamweight title after being sidelined from October, 2011, with a series of injuries.
After taking less than two minutes to stop Dustin Poirier, McGregor has jumped from the #9 ranking in the UFC’s 145 division to #5. Poirier dropped two spots and is now #7.
At middleweight, Yoel Romero moved up four spots after stopping the accomplished Tim Kennedy, and is now ranked #6. Kennedy dropped one ranking after the controversial loss, and is #7.
Demetrious Johnson has also benefitted from his win on Saturday, as after submitting Chris Cariaso, the flyweight champ has moved into the #3 slot for the promotion’s pound-for-pound rankings.
Heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez dropped a position and is #4.
And at 155, Donald Cerrone has gained a ranking spot after decisioning Eddie Alvarez, as he’s moved from #5 to #4. Benson Henderson slipped to #5. Alvarez was ranked #14 but has dropped out of the top 15.
The UFC rankings are voted on by a panel of media members following each event.
UFC 178 was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
UFC 178 Demetrious Johnson Defends Title, Donald Cerrone, Conor McGregor Score Wins
As most people expected would be the case, Demetrious Johnson retained the flyweight championship tonight at UFC 178, by tapping out Chris Cariaso in the second round.
The heavily favoured Johnson submitted Cariaso with a nicely executed, second round, kimura.
In the co-headliner, Donald Cerrone absorbed some heavy shots from Eddie Alvarez early on, but outscored the former Bellator lightweight champ for the remainder of the fight and earned the UD win.
And in the highly anticipated, featherweight fight between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, the latter floored the contender with a hook moments in and finished the fight will follow up punches.
Here are the results from UFC 178, which was hosted by the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Demetrious Johnson def. Chris Cariaso via submission (kimura) R2, 2:29
Donald Cerrone def. Eddie Alvarez via unanimous decision
Conor McGregor def. Dustin Poirier via TKO (punches) R1, 1:46
Yoel Romero def. Tim Kennedy via TKO (strikes) R3, 0:58
Cat Zingano def. Amanda Nunes via TKO (strikes) R3, 1:21
Dominick Cruz def. Takeya Mizugaki via TKO (punches) R1, 1:01
Jorge Masvidal def. James Krause via unanimous decision
Stephen Thompson def. Patrick Cote via unanimous decision
Brian Ebersole def. John Howard via split decision
Cantu, James headline 559 Fights return to The Big Fresno Fair
FRESNO, Calif. – 559 Fights will once again drop it’s cage on the infield of The Big Fresno Fair Horse Track for one of the largest amateur mixed martial arts event of the year on Sunday, October 5.
Kerman’s Leo Cantu faces Fresno’s Jesse James in one of the biggest amateur showdowns of the season.
Cantu (10-3-1) is the No. 1 ranked Light Heavyweight in the state and has been one of the veteran’s of the amateur circuit and faces the No. 2 ranked Middleweight in the state in James (5-1), who moves up a weight class to test himself.
“As 559 Fights has grown, so has the talent pool within Central California,” said 559 Fights President Jeremy Luchau. “This is our 30th event in less than three years and for us to be able to host the quality of fighters that we are now is a blessing.”
559 Fights will be live and free as one of The Big Fresno Fair’s top attractions for the 2014 fair. Fight tickets are free with paid admission into the fair.
“We have anywhere between 3,500 to 5,000 people walk through the gates and watch 559 Fights last year,” Luchau said. “We had an amazing event and exposed a lot of people to the sport and our athletes that might not have been able to see them under different circumstances. I really appreciate and respect the fair for believing in our product and sharing it within the fair community.”
Doors open at 7 p.m. and the first fight is at 8.
In the co-main event, 559 Fights Lightweight champion Luis Vargas (7-2) defends his title for the first time against Tulare’s Eric Diaz (4-3).
“Vargas came in and shocked the Valley when he won the title. He proved that he is one of the top athletes in the state and is now a finalist in the state tournament along with defending his title at 559 Fights,” Luchau said. “Diaz is a guy who has always fought tough fights and the best we had to offer. It will be interesting to see which fighter can impose their will.”
13 other bouts are also scheduled on the fight card, which includes some of the Central Valley’s top amateur talent.
Reserve seating, front-row seating and VIP tables are available. Call 559-813-0307 for more information.