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World Series of Fighting have added some Heavyweights in their roster signing Jared Rosholt and Ashley Gooch to exclusive multi-fight deals.
The promotion announced the signings on Wednesday. Debut dates for both fighters will be announced soon. Blagoy Ivanov is currently the WSOF heavyweight champion.
Rosholt was released from the UFC earlier this year despite compiling a 6-2 record with UFC. His last Octagon appearance resulted in a unanimous decision loss to Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night “Hendricks vs. Thompson” on Feb. 6. The former NCAA All-American wrestler earned five of his six UFC triumphs by way of decision.
The 41-year-old Gooch has competed organizations such as CES MMA, RFA and King of the Cage over the course of his 14-fight professional tenure. He enters WSOF on an eight-bout winning streak, with all of those triumphs coming inside the distance.
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According to UFC President Dana White, former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will not fight at UFC 205.
UFC 205 is scheduled for Nov. 12 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
"She's definitely not fighting in New York," White said on the "UFC Unfiltered" podcast. "I'm actually going to start building the New York card this week."
New York will hold its first mixed martial arts event since a 20-year ban was lifted, allowing legalized fights to take place in the state.
Rousey, 29, has not fought since losing her bantanweight tittle to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November. It was Rousey's first loss in her career and since then the title has changed hands two more times.
Amanda Nunes is the current title holder after beating Miesha Tate at UFC 200.
White says there still is a chance that Rousey makes a return appearance in the Octagon before the year is done. UFC 206 will take place on Dec. 10 in Toronto and UFC 207 is set for Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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It looks like Bellator MMA is signing former UFC welterweight title contender Rory MacDonald to an exclusive, multi-fight contract.
FloCombat.com first reported the news on Wednesday. According to the report, the UFC elected not to match Bellator’s offer to the Tristar Gym export. MacDonald was recently removed from the UFC.com welterweight rankings.
MacDonald last appeared at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa, where he suffered a five-round decision loss to Stephen Thompson in the evening’s main event on Jun 18. Prior to that, the “Red King” came up short in a 170-pound title bid against then champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 189, losing via fifth-round TKO in Sherdog.com’s “Fight of the Year” for 2015.
MacDonald compiled a 9-4 record over the course of his Octagon tenure and earned notable wins over Tyron Woodley, Tarec Saffiedine, Demian Maia, Jake Ellenberger, B.J. Penn and Nate Diaz.
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