UFC interim light heavyweight champion Jon Jones failed a PED test shortly before UFC 200, and was pulled from the unification fight with division champion Daniel Cormier, who fought Anderson Silva instead.
However, Jones only tested positive for Hydroxy-clomiphene and Letrozole, two estrogen blockers that are sometimes used following a cycle of steroids. USADA categorizes these as “specified substances,” due to the greater likelihood of a “credible non-doping explanation” for a test failure. The penalty for knowingly taking a PED for the first time is a two-year suspension. The penalty for testing positive for a “specified substance” ranges from a public warning to a maximum one-year suspension.
There have been multiple indications that Jones’ test was due to generic Cialis. Now Senior Editor at MMA Fighting and SB Nation Luke Thomas is reporting via Twitter that Jones’ lawyer, Howard Jacobs, says that USADA tests have confirmed that substances Jones took were contaminated. Jacobs appeared on the Luke Thomas Show to make the announcement.
“Jon Jones’s attorney said USADA’s independent tests of substances JJ took show they were just as contaminated as well,” wrote Thomas on Twitter
When the UFC booked featherweight champion Conor McGregor vs. lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, #1 lightweight contenderKhabib Nurmagomedov was livid. Interim featherweight champion Jose Aldo was more upset still.
“After all of this, I see I can’t trust a single word from president Dana White,” said Aldo to Brazil’sCombate, as transcribed byFernanda PratesforMMAjunkie. “The person in charge of the event now is Conor McGregor. Since I’m not here to be McGregor’s employer, I ask for my contract with the UFC to be terminated.
“When they suggested the fight against Frankie Edgar, Dana said the winner of this fight would either be McGregor’s challenger or have the linear belt, because if he didn’t return to the featherweight division after the Nate Diaz rematch he’d lose the belt.
“After so many times being lied to, I don’t feel motivated to fight in the UFC anymore.”
Ronda Rousey was the first UFC women's bantamweight champion, and defended it successfully six times. She was, easily, the most dominant champion in the UFC, winning her last five successful title defenses in a combined time of three minutes and eight seconds.
Then the title changed hands three times, from Rousey to Holly Holm, Holm, to Miesha Tate, and now Tate to Amanda Nunes, all in the span of eight months.
During the tumult, Rousey has been very little heard from, and has laid out no timeline for her return. During her time as champion, she maintained a superhuman media schedule, becoming the best known fighter in mixed martial arts history. She had roles in multiple major motion pictures, a New York Times bestselling autobiography, and brought in the largest crowd in UFC history. In 2015, she was the third most searched person on Google. #4 was Donald Trump.
Athletes often inspire. They inspire fans to watch them and sometimes they can inspire artists to create. One artist was inspired by Conor McGregor:
Artist James O'Neil created this statue of McGregor from one solid piece of maple.
The entire piece is 6'8" tall. McGregor is life size at 5'9" plus the height of the pedestal he is standing on. It is all one piece of wood, nothing added. It weighs 230 pounds.
James O'Neil is a 57 years old artist and starting carving wood eight years ago when he was cutting up a fallen tree. O'Neil is self taught and has carved many animals, but this was his first attempt a human figure. The artist was always interested in Greek and Roman sculptures and was a big fan of mixed martial arts. When a friend offered him a giant maple tree, he knew it was perfect for this project.
A UFC fighter was arrested last week for allegedly pistol-whipping a man outside an Albuquerque strip club.
Diego Brandao was booked Friday night on four felony counts, including one for assault with great bodily harm and three for assault with a deadly weapon, according to documents obtained from the Albuquerque (N.M.) Police Department.
The UFC featherweight was released from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center on $15,000 bond Saturday after a felony first appearance. Brandao, 28, will not provide a plea unless he is indicted. The Bernalillo County district attorney's office has 10 days to decide whether or not to pursue the case.
Georges St-Pierre loves paleontology and the former UFC champ now gets a TV show on the History Channel about it.
Back in 2010, Georges St-Pierre revealed his passion for paleontology. Unlike most athletes, the long time UFC welterweight champion said that he doesn't watch sports during his free time. Instead, he spends it reading books or going to museums to learn more about dinosaurs and the like.
"Ask me a question about the Jurassic period or the Cretaceous period and I probably could answer it. Seriously, I’m into paleontology. That’s the study of prehistoric life," he revealed. "You know that the Tyrannosaurus Rex was found with feathers? Yes, feathers!"
The owner and promoter of South Texas Fighting Championship has been indicted for his alleged involvement in a cocaine trafficking ring, which used cops to steal drugs from rival gangs.
On March 24th, the US District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston Division) indicted Dimas De Leon on multiple counts of ‘Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine'.
De Leon, according to his Facebook page, is the owner/promoter of South Texas Fighting Championships (STFC), an MMA and boxing promotion that stages both professional and amateur bouts around the Texas/Mexico border. According to Sherdog, the promotion has staged 38 mixed-martial-arts events between February 16th, 2008 and their most recent event on February 5th, 2016.
Bellator has confirmed to Bleacher Report that its inaugural women's featherweight championship fight will take place May 20 at Bellator 155: Carvalho vs. Manhoef. Former Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion Marloes Coenen (23-6) will square off against Julia Budd (8-2) in the the featured prelim of the card, airing live on Bellator.com and The Bellator Mobile App.
Coenen, who hails from the Netherlands, has gone 2-0 in Bellator since her debut in October 2014. Her first victory in the promotion came via rear-naked choke on Annalisa Bucci. She finished her second fight with a submission as well—an armbar on Arlene Blencowe in August 2015. Since then, as Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAFighting.com's Dave Doyle in January, Coenen has been recovering from an injury.
After a seemingly endless assembly session, The State of New York has officially lifted its ban on Mixed Martial Arts. The New York Assembly voted 113-25 in favor today of a bill that would legalize the sport in the state after a 19 year ban.
The bill had several hurdles to pass, including votes from the committee for Tourism, Arts, Parks and Sports Development, the Codes Committee, the Ways and Means committee and the Assembly floor.
The most difficult and entertaining hurdle took place on the Assembly floor. Some of the Assembly members gave reasons against passing the bill ranging from corruption in the sport to the negative impact on women and children to the possibility of sex offenders taking advantage of the sport. Assemblyman Daniel O'Donnell likened the sport to gay porn, while Charles Barron compared MMA to slavery where men were "thrown in a cage."Another politician claimed that MMA consisted of bare-knuckle fighting. But through all of that, MMA is finally legalized.
Rafael dos Anjos has been forced to withdraw from next week's highly-anticipated UFC 196 main event fight against Conor McGregor.
According to multiple sources, dos Anjos suffered a broken left foot last Friday, forcing him to pull out of the lightweight title fight against McGregor. The Brazilian was hoping the injury would get better over the weekend but when it didn't his team had to make the call to cancel the fight on Monday.
The UFC is currently working on finding a replacement to fight McGregor on less than two weeks' notice, however, nothing has been finalized at this time.
GLORY kickboxing and the Eddie Bravo Invitational are the newest offerings on UFC Fight Pass. You'll also be able to access the old K-1 archives.
UFC Fight Pass has added kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to its growing collection of live events available to stream on its subscription service. In an official press release on Thursday, UFC Senior Vice-President and Fight Pass General Manager Eric Winter confirmed deals with GLORY kickboxing and the Eddie Bravo Invitational.
"We are proud to announce our new partnerships with the GLORY kickboxing and EBI Brazilian jiu-jitsu organizations. This is a huge development for FIGHT PASS. We haven't just added some kickboxing and some BJJ to FIGHT PASS - we partnered with leaders in both sports. GLORY has established itself as the pinnacle of world kickboxing while EBI leads the way in exciting, fast-paced submission grappling. Both of these organizations are tremendous additions to FIGHT PASS."
It's no world tour, but the promotion leading up to T.J. Dillashaw's Jan. 17 UFC bantamweight title defense to Dominick Cruz has some similar undertones.
If Conor McGregor laid out the blueprint on how to sell the lower weight classes Cruz has been taking notes.
Cruz fired the first major shot when the pair visited Boston, the site of the bout, back in November when he dressed Dillashaw down, called his coach Duane Ludwig a "sad pimp," and still couldn't get the champ to play ball.
Cruz went after Dillashaw again during a moderated sitdown with UFC commentator Jon Anik (watch here) and again seemed to fluster the champ as he tried to pull him into an exchange.
Dillashaw says Cruz is just a WWE poser living in "the McGregor era," but the challenger doesn't see it that way.
"Talking is just talking," Cruz said on UFC Tonight. "The fight is what really matters, but I'm just having fun keeping it real. I wasn't talking trash. I was talking the truth. People are saying I'm talking trash. I wasn't making anything up. I wasn't saying anything foul to the guy. I was just telling him the way it is."
Despite being relegated to an odd Sunday event set to air on FOX Sports 1 [thanks, NFL], Dillashaw stuck to his guns.
"I just know he's not that bright," Cruz said of Dillashaw. "He's just not the smartest. He's not the sharpest tool in the shed. He's kind of a meathead jock is what I learned from that exchange. He just wanted nothing to do with talking. Man, I don't necessarily want to be here talking to your ugly face either, but I'm here so you might as well talk to me.
"But he wouldn't do it. I don't know what's wrong with the guy. We're here. He's like, 'I'm here to fight. I'm not here to talk.' Man, we're here to talk. That's why we're in front of this camera. Why else are we here? If we were here to fight we'd be in the cage already. What's wrong with you? It blew my mind."
Dillashaw defends his UFC bantamweight title to Cruz Jan. 17 from the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.
No one knows how the White House will respond or if it even will. ButNick Diaz'slawyer doesn't think any one of the 100,000 signatures on an online petition was for naught.
"Amazing," Lucas Middlebrook said. "The White House response is anybody's guess. The 100,000 does, however, prove that our defense prevailed in the court of public opinion, further highlighting the injustice of the entire proceeding."
The Nevada Athletic Commission suspended Diaz for five years and fined him $165,000 at a disciplinary hearing last month. Diaz tested positive for marijuana in relation to hisUFC 183main event fight withAnderson Silvaon Jan. 31 in Las Vegas. It was the popular fighter's third weed offense in the state, but the suspension is far more than given even to multiple time performance-enhancing drug offenders.
It’s the most heated rivalry in the heavyweight division today, and on Saturday, Dec. 19, Junior Dos Santos and Alistair Overeem settle the score in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
In the FOX-televised card’s main event, Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone challenges for a UFC title for the first time when he battles lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos in a highly-anticipated rematch.
Junior Dos Santos punches Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event in Phoenix, Arizona. (Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)
Originally scheduled to square off on two separate occasions at UFC 146 in May of 2012 and at UFC 160 in May of 2013, Dos Santos and Overeem have not lost sight of each other over the last few years.
The bad blood has increased with each interaction over social media and now it’s time for these heavyweight knockout artists to finally collide as they look to close this chapter and secure a world title shot.
A former UFC heavyweight champion, Brazil’s Junior “Cigano” Dos Santos (17-3) has been among the top big men in the sport for nearly seven years, defeating the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson, and Frank Mir along the way.
On a recent periscope session, UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman related how Mayweather did not want to find out, when the boxer tried to pick up Sterling's girl.
"I was with Floyd Mayweather, in the middle of talking," said Weidman, as transcribed by Anton Tabuena for BE. "All he is doing is talking about how much money and cars and planes he owns, then all of a sudden he stops talking. He just stops and was just looking up into the sun."
"I'm like, 'what the hell is he doing?' I look up and it's like a silhouette of this angel. You can see the hair, and she's like sparkling in the sun."
"It ends up being that he was staring at Aljamain's girlfriend. He then gets his security guards to go and get (her)."
Reliable Combate correspondent Ana Hissa is reporting that UFC featherweight championJose Aldofractured a rib while sparring on Tuesday morning.
Ana Hissa@AnaHissa •Aldo injured during sparring session, exams confirm fractured rib
•Yesterday that was a rumor that aldo was injured. Not true. The injury happened today, tuesday morning, during sparring session
The UFC spent an unprecedented sum promoting the fight, which was reportedly on schedule to earn over 1,000,000 buys. The bout is of course now in question.
Ariel Helwanireports that news of the injury leaking complicated matters for Aldo's camp.
"One source told me the Aldo injury news leaking hurts things, as you can imagine," tweeted Helwani. "If it was kept quiet, it coulda changed his plan of attack."
The highly knowledgeable Guilherme Cruz offered a degree of hope.
"I'm told Aldo is discussing options with his team and doctors, ways to go on and fight," hetweeted, adding "Not easy, though."
Mixed martial arts is now in a new era, officially.
Penalties for failing a PED used to be one year, and sometimes nine months with a compelling show of contrition. In a sport where elite fighters compete just twice a year, it amounted to a three month suspension, which provided insufficient financial incentive to avoid PEDs.
In May, the Nevada Athletic Commissioncrafted new suggested guidelines for PED test failure, that included three years for the first offense. The hope was that other leading athletic commissions like California and New Jersey would follow suit. At that point the new penalties would be normal, and all ACs would adopt them.
On Tuesday the California State Athletic Commission voted unanimously to suspend former Bellator middleweight championAlexander Shlemenkofor three years, following a positive for the steroid oxandrolone and T/E ratio that was reportedly 50:1. 4:1 is the upper acceptable limit at present. The test was administered following Shlemenko's win over Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 133 in February of this year.
Jessica Aguilar, widely considered the top women’s strawweight fighter in the world, has booked her first fight in the UFC.
Aguilar (19-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make her promotional debut in August against Claudia Gadelha (12-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) at UFC 190 in Brazil. UFC officials announced the new booking today.
Featuring UFC women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey vs. Brazilian challenger Bethe Correia, UFC 190 takes place Aug. 1 at Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.
Aguilar will bring a 10-fight winning streak into her UFC debut. Her most recent loss was a split-decision setback against Zoila Frausto Gurgel in September 2010 under the Bellator banner, but she went on to win four fights for Bellator after that.
Aguilar signed with WSOF in 2013 and made her debut for that promotion in January 2014, winning the inaugural strawweight title with a submission of Alida Gray – prior to the UFC introducing the 115-pound women’s weight class. She defended her belt twice with decision wins over Emi Fujino and Kalindra Faria, the most recent coming at WSOF 15 this past November.
The UFC return of former lightweight No. 1 contender T.J. Grant remains very much in doubt.
According to a recent report in the Regina Leader-Post, Grant has taken a job in a potash mine near Bethune, Saskatchewan, in order to support his family.
“To be honest I haven’t really worked a regular job since maybe 2005,” Grant told the Leader-Post. “Basically, I’ve gotta make a living. When you’re injured it’s one of those sports where you can live off what you made for a little bit, but we don’t make that much money so you have to go on to other things.”
Grant has not competed since May 25, 2013, when he defeated Gray Maynard via first-round TKO at UFC 160 for his fifth consecutive victory. That triumph earned the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, native a shot at then champion Benson Henderson at UFC 164.
However, Grant suffered a concussion during jiu-jitsu practice prior to that fight and was forced to withdraw. Lingering symptoms kept him on the sidelines, and he eventually lost his No. 1 contender’s spot.
Vitor Belfort rocked Chris Weidman at UFC 187, but wasn’t able to win the middleweight title.
A week after his first-round TKO loss to the undefeated champion, "The Phenom" returned to Brazil and held a press conference in his gym in Rio de Janeiro, and revealed that a pre-fight right shoulder injury prevented him from using his right hand against Weidman.
"I spent too much energy there," Belfort said of the moment when he threw punches at Weidman against the fence. "If I took one step back, waited a little bit, I would have knocked him out. I’m sure I would have knocked him out. But I started to punch with the left hand, didn’t punch too much with the right hand because I dislocated my shoulder, so I wouldn’t be able to throw hard punches. That was his moment. He’s really tough on the ground."
Belfort, who won’t require surgery on the injured shoulder, denies gassing in the first round. According to "The Phenom", Weidman’s well-timed takedown and ground control didn’t allow him to do anything.
"You can’t throw a lot of punches and don’t get a bit tired, but it wasn’t my gas that stopped me from fighting," Belfort said. "When we went to the ground, he used his weight and was able to land punches. That was his moment.
"I spent six hours watching the tape. I was almost punching myself," he continued. "I looked like those guys (fighting) in a bar. How do you fight like that? Vitor Belfort and I discussed it. I said: ‘Why did you do that? Why didn’t you use your experience? Why didn’t you take a step back?’ Mistakes. You make mistakes and have to fix them."
At 38 years old and with three losses in UFC title fights since 2011, Belfort won’t retire from the sport.
"My family supports me a lot," he said. "What is retirement? What is being old or young? Everything you do in the wrong time if bad. Everything has it time. As long as I have this desire, this joy, we might see me fighting in the Octagon until I’m 89. Is it possible?"
Scotland'sJo Jo Calderwoodwill be on the card, fighting TUF 20″ castmate 'Rowdy'Bec Rawlings.
The card is expected to air on both FOX Sports 1 andUFC Fight Pass, with the Calderwood-Rawlings fight broadcast on television.
Calderwood is coming off a win over Seo Hee Ham in the TUF 20 Finale and a loss to Maryna Moroz at UFC Fight Night 64. Rawlings is coming over a loss to arch rival Heather Jo Clark in the TUF 20 Finale, and a win over Lisa Ellis UFC Fight Night 65.
PRIDE and M-1 vetAleksander Emelianenkohas been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison on an aggravated sexual assault conviction.
The news comes from theAssociated Press. According to the report, the 33-year-old Russian’s conviction followed an incident that happened in March 2014. He’s guilty of attacking a woman who was hired to clean his apartment, as well as stealing the victim’s passport.
Emelianenko, who has a lengthy history of criminal misdeeds, is the younger brother of former heavyweight great and longtime PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko.
The younger Emelianenko (23-7) most recently fought in January 2014, when he suffered a TKO loss to Dmitry Sosnowski. It followed a 6-1 run – his best stretch of fights since a eight-fight winning streak from 2007-2010.
Emelianenko, who made his pro debut in 2003, has fought many notable heavyweights in the sport, including Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Josh Barnett and Fabricio Werdum. The sambo vet has 15 knockouts in 23 career wins.
The UFC was once all pay per view, but as it grew, multiple tiers of shows developed: PPV, FOX, Fight Night. The growth was initiated by the success of The Ultimate Fighter reality television series. Now TUF tiers too appear to be emerging.
On Thursday at the Ultimate Media Day session for UFC Fight Night 66, Executive Vice President and General Manager of UFC Asia Ken Berger announced a new reality series. Road to UFC: Japan with feature just eight male fighters, as they fight for a UFC contract. The fighters will not live together, but will be training together both in Japan and in Las Vegas. Filming begins this month.
UFC heavyweights #8 ranked Josh Barnett and #13 Roy Nelson will serve as opposing coaches, and will meet in the finals at UFC Fight Night Japan on 27 September at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Given the time difference, UFC Fight Night 78 will air on 26 September in the USA and Canada.
Barnett has a deep understanding of the combat sports audience in Japan, after competing many times in Japan as an MMA fighter, pro wrestling extensively there, and managing fighters. The show will undoubtedly offer him a degree of creative direction.
Former UFC fighter and contestant on season five of The Ultimate Fighter, Corey Hill, passed away at age 36 after suffering from a sudden bout of pneumonia.
According to TMZ Sports, who spoke with Hill’s friend Jennifer Swift, the TUF 5 alum was diagnosed with pneumonia only a few weeks ago.
The story goes that Hill underwent a lung transplant, however the lung collapsed and things reportedly “went downhill from there.”
According to those close to the situation, Hill was placed on life support and at some point, his family ultimately made the decision to pull the plug, and the veteran MMA fighter died on Thursday morning, May 14, 2015.
Hill, who last competed in professional MMA just three months ago, suffering a loss to Jose Caceres at the Fight Time 23 “Mayhem In Miami” event, is most famously known as the fighter who suffered a gruesome leg break during his fight against Dale Hartt at the first ever “UFC Fight For The Troops” event in December of 2008.
UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk will make the first defense of her title on June 20 in Berlin when she takes on Jessica Penne in the new main event for the upcoming card in Germany.
The card airs on the UFC's digital network, UFC Fight Pass.
The headliner comes as a result of an injury to Alexander Gustafsson, who was expected to face Glover Teixeira on the card. With Gustafsson out, the UFC decided to make the new strawweight title fight as the main event instead.
The Polish born fighter is undefeated during her career and has shown off a tremendous MMA game highlighted by her knockout power since joining the UFC last year.
Jedrzejczyk returns after winning the title in March with a TKO victory over former champion Carla Esparza in one of the most definitive victories in the women's strawweight division.
It appears as though Phil Davis is on the verge of signing with Bellator MMA.
According to sources close to the situation, Davis, 30, is very close to inking a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, and the deal could be officially announced as soon as Wednesday.
Davis, whose UFC contract expired after his January loss to Ryan Bader at UFC on FOX 14, has a 13-3 (1 NC) record. He started his career an impressive 9-0 before losing to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2 in January 2012. "Mr. Wonderful" holds notable wins in the UFC over Alexander Gustafsson, Brian Stann, Tim Boetsch, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Lyoto Machida and Glover Teixeira. He is currently ranked no. 7 in the UFC's light-heavyweight rankings.
MMA Sun first tweeted about the possibility of the signing last week.
A four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler at Penn State University, Davis is managed by Zinkin Entertainment, who's long had a great working relationship with Bellator president Scott Coker.
No word just yet on when Davis is currently scheduled to debut for the organization.
If you want to know what a fighter is like, haveSteph Danielsdo an interview. In her latest she talks withWSoFrecent signeePhoenix Jones, the crime fighting superhero of Seattle, who is also a 5-0-1 pro.
Steph Daniels: What made you want to fight crime in this fashion, rather than more traditional avenues like the military or the police force?
Phoenix Jones: Police officers in general don't really get to fight crime. They respond to crime. Once you've already been beaten up and had your stuff stolen, they try to figure out who did it. I was more interested in being there to stop crime as it's taking place. I don't want people to be victimized and then call me so that I can try to make it even. I want to stop people from being victimized in the first place.
SD: How does your radio alert system work?
Phoenix Jones: So, there's about 17 of us with radios. We walk around different parts of the city. They radio me or any of us that are suited up where to go.
SD: How did you design your suit?
PJ: At first, I wore spandex, but I got stabbed, so I realized that wasn't going to work. Then I got some bullet-proofing and I bought an old Batman suit and cut the ears off. As time progressed, I upgraded things here and there. Now, I've got a $10,000 bullet-proof suit.
It appears as thoughRonda Rouseyis heading to enemy territory for her next title defense.
Brazilian outletsTatameandGloboare reporting that Rousey versus Bethe Correia for the UFC women's bantamweight title will headlineUFC 190on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro, and MMAFighting.com has since confirmed the news with sources close to the situation. The event is expected to take place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
Correia (9-0) has been campaigning for a shot at the UFC title after beating two of Rousey’s teammates last year, earning decision victories over Jessamyn Dukeand scoring a second-round TKO againstShayna Baszler.
Rousey (11-0) recently defended her 135-pound title in February, submitting Cat Zinganoin 14 seconds. Her last three title defenses have lasted a combined 1:36, which includes quick knockout finishes overAlexis DavisandSara McMann. Correira flew to Los Angeles from Brazil to witness the win in person.
More than six years after it was first scheduled to happen, Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock will share a mixed martial arts cage.
Bellator MMA officials have confirmed that a nontitle heavyweight fight between Slice (birth name Kevin Ferguson) and Shamrock will headline a Spike TV event on June 20 inside Scottrade Center in St. Louis.
The two were booked to headline an event promoted by now-defunct organization EliteXC on Oct. 4, 2008, in Sunrise, Florida. Shamrock withdrew from the fight the day of the event, however, citing an accidental cut suffered during prefight warm-ups.
In a release, Slice said, "Ken [Shamrock], I owe you this a-- whooping. No more running! No more hiding!"
Shamrock, 51, who has never officially retired but also has not fought since November 2010, confirmed he has signed a multifight deal with Bellator.
Bellator bantamweight champion Joe Warren recently appeared on Stud Show Radio (formerly Team Alpha Male Radio) and detailed his early sparring efforts - he would go to a karate studio, and fight people.
“Right when I started, I didn’t even start fighting yet, I just went out to Team Quest with Mo and everyone," said Warren, as transcribed by Ryan C. Miller for BJPenn.com. "Dan and Heath at Team Quest sent me like a bag of gear, like 16 ounce gloves, shin guards, the whole deal. I’d never put them on before.
"They wanted me to fight, I flew out to Japan and saw like Mayhem and all them.
"Bottom line is I didn’t know how to fight and they were like you’ve got to go in the gyms and just try to fight. Just go into the gyms, throw on the gear and just get down. So I flew into the Midwest to do a wrestling camp and I drove down, I was getting gas--looked up and I saw Ninjutsu. I was pumping gas and I was thinking 'Ninjutsu, what the f--- is that? That must be like ninja jiu-jitsu guys or something. I probably need to know that.
UFC Fight Night Manila on Fox Sports 1 will take place on May 16, 2015 at the MOA Arena as the promotion’s debut in the Philippines. As superfight is set as Urijah Faber will meet Frankie Edgar in the main event.
The match was confirmed by multiple sources close to the event. The official announcement is expected to be made shortly.
UFC number one ranked featherweight Edgar is the former three-time defending UFC Lightweight Champion who lost the belt and a subsequent challenge to Benson Henderson, then dropped to featherweight in an immediate title challenge to Jose Aldo. These fights and his recent string of three wins have racked him up an incredible 6 fight of the night accolades. His recent expected title shot rematch with Aldo was broken by the fan favorite Conor McGregor who earned the shot when he defeated Dennis Siver.
The legacy of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, the greatest of all time in the league, has been terribly tarnished. The Nevada State Athletic Commission revealed that Silva had tested positive for two performance enhancing drugs, drostanolone and androstane. The out-of-competition test was administered on 9 Jan.
The results came back today; had they come back before the fight, it would have been cancelled. This was one of three tests for to each fighter, the other two were on 19 Jan and 31 Jan. The results of the day-of tests on Jan 31 are back already as they were urine only. Results from the 19 Jan test have yet to come in.
This was the first time Silva has failed a test, and demonstrates conclusively that the random, comprehensive, out-of-competition testing is making an enormous difference.
At this past weekend's UFC on FOX 14, Anthony Johnson stopped Alexander Gustafsson in the first round, but was it due to an illegal headbutt?
Some may dismiss the idea of a Johnson (19-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) head-butt, accidental or not, as mere conspiracy theory. However, some videos, like the one above, have emerged that appear to show a clear foul dropping Gustafsson (16-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) before an eventual first-round TKO loss in Saturday’s network-televised event in Stockholm.
The head-butt looks to land at the same time that Johnson is throwing a big overhand right, but there’s no doubt the heads do collide (check out the video below for an alternative angle).
There was an extraordinary outburst when the results of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones' blood tests came back - tests showed conclusively that he had recently used cocaine. Jones entered a treatment facility.
Then a careful look at the test results showed another anomaly.
Jones' testosterone-to-epitestosterone ratio was unusual, on each of the three results, administered over several weeks.
The ratio of testosterone to epitestosterone (T/E ratio) is checked as a flag for the use of performance enhancing drugs. The hormone testosterone is responsible for speed, endurance, aggression, etc. Epitestosterone does not have androgenic properties. As the human body produces testosterone, it also produces epitestosterone in equal quantity.
Thus a normal, healthy male has a T/E ration of 1:1.
On March 15 atUFC171,Carlos Conditsuffered a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus in a fight with Tyron Woodley. He had surgery, and has spent the time with family and rehabilitating his knee.
Now he is thinking about fights, and has his eye onNick Diaz, who fights Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan 31. Condit beat Diaz for the UFC Interim welterweight championsip at UFC 143 on 4 February 2012. Condit says Diaz turned down a rematch, which is how he ended up in the Octagon with Woodley.
"I'm feeling good. I'm getting back almost 100%,” said Condit to Albuquerque's KRQE. “My knee is feeling good. I'm hoping to get a fight here in the near future."
“This time off has given me the opportunity to really work on stuff that I really needed to work on, as opposed to training for a particular opponent think when you are training for a fight, you don’t have the time to grow and focus on your personal development as an athlete. Now that I have had this time, I’ve really worked on the stuff I needed to work on to get back in the win column.”
Former Strikeforce Women's featherweight champion and the current Invicta FC World featherweight champion Cris Cyborg recently did a new photoshoot that casts her in a new, sensual light.
The shoot was in Las Vegas, under the direction of Larissa Almeida Reis for her HardCoreReis brand. Reis, 35, is a Brazilian IFBB professional figure competitor, fitness model, actress, and owner of a restaurant, Protein House restaurant, in Las Vegas.
“Larissa is my friend, and for some years I have always admired her work as an athlete and model," explained Cris in her blog. "She has many fans around the world, I feel very privileged to be representing one of your Hardcoreis brands. Not much my thing do this kind of photos but I was very happy with the result."
Evans will return to the Octagon for the first time in more than a year to meet Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 61 on Feb. 22 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the UFC announced Friday. It will be the UFC's first trip to the city. The main card will air live on FOX Sports 1. The bout was first reported by Globo.
Evans (19-3-1), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, has not competed since beating Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 on Nov. 16, 2013. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier last February, but injured his knee just 10 days before the bout and needed surgery. "Suga" was also linked to a bout with Alexander Gustafsson in January, but Evans, 35, would not have been ready in time.
Former UFC champion Rashad Evans has teased the idea of a drop to the middleweight division for several years, but it could soon become reality.
Despite his No. 4 spot in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings, Evans (19-3-1 MMA, 14-3-1 UFC) believes a future outside of the 205-pound division could be on the horizon.
With his good friend and Blackzilian teammate Anthony Johnson, who’s ranked No. 5, just one victory away from a title fight, Evans may switch weight classes to avoid the possibility of a future meeting with “Rumble.”
“I have thought about it, and I’ve been thinking about it more now as my teammate, my brother ‘AJ’ climbs the rankings, and it may be his time at 205,” Evans said on the “You’re Welcome! With Chael Sonnen” podcast. “I’ve thought about that.”
Evans hasn’t fought since a first-round TKO of Sonnen at UFC 167 in November 2013. He was scheduled to face Daniel Cormier at UFC 170 in February, but a knee injury that required surgery knocked him out of the bout.
The former titleholder and winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 2″ has been sidelined since the procedure and is targeting a 2015 comeback. He was offered a matchup with Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on FOX 14 in Sweden but was forced to turn it down due to concerns about the health of his knee.
Mixed martial arts is a hurting game; there is no way to hide that, and no reason to. With a growing awareness of the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, many gyms are reducing the amount of sparring that takes place. However, the ideal amount of sparring is not zero. There is a sport with zero head contact. It is called Tennis, not fighting.
Robbie Lawler recently spoke with Ben Fowlkes for MMAJunkie, ahead of his fight Saturday night with UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks. "Ruthless" detailed how he gave up sparring for years, and how his career flourished since he returned to it, albeit judiciously. Lawler went from going 3-5 in Strikeforce, to 5-1 in the UFC losing only a fight-of-the-year-candidate title shot, by dropping a division, and by training at ATT under Ricardo Liborio, which involves a fair amount of sparring. In 2006 Lawler, then at Miletich Martial Arts, took a shot in training.
“It wasn’t anything too hard,” said Lawler. “But when we went straight from sparring to grappling and I laid down on my back, the room started spinning.”
The room kept spinning for weeks. Luckily the fight with Joey Villasenor at Pride 32 was over in just 22 seconds. For six years, Lawler stopped sparring. “Guys would make fun of me,” said Lawler. “Tim Sylvia would be like, ‘Get in here and spar.’ I’d just tell him, ‘Nah, I’m good.’ I thought, you know, I know how to fight.”
Yves Edwards has retired from mixed martial arts competition, after 17 years of competition. The Bahamian fought in the UFC for the first time in 2001, and for the last time, last week. The ATT fighter retires with a record of 44-22-1. While the record is not on it's face remarkable, mixed martial arts is not boxing. Randy Couture retired 19-11. Mark Coleman retired 16-10. Given the quality of his opposition, Edwards retires with a great, great record.
Career wins include Rich Clementi, Hermes Franca, and and a perpetual highlight reel headkick KO over Josh Thomson. A ferocious competitor, he once fought eight times in a year. He had 21 fights in the UFC including the last 11, plus fought in Pride, WEC, Bellator, Shooto, HOOKnSHOOT, KOTC, and a host of other promotions.
And as the hardcore fanbase knows, the 'Thug-Jitsu' always ate with remarkable relish post weigh in.
Edwards, 38, made the announcement via Facebook.
I've thought about how to say this for a week now, but there's no better way than to just do it. So here goes; 1st I'd like to say thank you to all the people that I've met through and because of fighting, friends, training partners, coaches, fight fans, doctors and even some promoters/matchmakers. A lot of you guys have always shown me nothing but love and I really appreciate that.
The great Nick Diaz fights former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183 on Jan. 31. An obvious strategy would be to go after Silva's left leg, that broke so hideously vs. Chris Weidman. However, at a recent UFC news conference Diaz explained that targeting an opponent's potentially inured body part can be counter productive.
"When someone tell you a fighter's injured and they tell you to go after an injury, it really throws you off," said Diaz as transcribed by Dave Doyle for Yahoo Sports. "It would be sad to lose a fight on account of, you're trying to concentrate on capitalizing on someone's weakness when it comes to injury and something like that, [rather than fighting] your fight without worrying about something like that."
"I fought someone a long time ago. Someone came up to me and told me that his knee was hurt, and he said to me, attack his knee, I'm like, 'Yeah right, I'm not going out to attack this guy's knee.' It just doesn't … it's not realistic to go after his injury, unless they got a cut the same week, then it's like, yeah, hit him in the eye, because the s--- is going to re-open and now you wouldn't fight on the cut. Maybe on a cut you want to take advantage of it, that makes sense."
Diaz also discussed the movement in a number of states across the US to legalize marijuana.
"I don't think that's the most terriblest thing in the world to go down that road, the natural path, instead of a different type of medicine," said Diaz. "Your fighters are dealing with trauma and injury. I see a lot of people hooked on painkillers."
Kazushi Sakuraba was the first fighter to defeat Renzo Gracie at PRIDE, and he did it by breaking his arm with a kimura. Fourteen years later, they will meet again.
Sakuraba and Gracie, who haven’t competed in since 2011 and 2010, respectively, agreed to meet in a 20-minute submission-only grappling match at Metamoris 5 on Nov. 22, and the Brazilian veteran is happy to finally earn a chance to avenge that loss to "The Gracie Hunter."
"I dropped everything I was doing to take this match," Gracie told MMAFighting.com. "I was so busy you wouldn’t believe it, and I dropped it all to do this."
"It doesn’t matter to me," he said of the 20-minute time limit. "They could do a match with no time limit. I compete under any rules, and in this case, it’s a 20-minute submission-only match. Submission or draw, 20 minutes. It’s going to be fun."
Renzo Gracie was already scheduled to meet another MMA veteran in Matt Hughes at ADCC 2015 in Brazil, so he had no trouble finding the best training partners for Metamoris 5.
Winner of seven of his past eight UFC fights, Rafael dos Anjos doesn't feel he gets the love he deserves.
The Brazilian lightweight, who scored back-to-back knockouts over former champion Ben Henderson and Jason High in a span of 77 days earlier this year, recently called out the MMA media on Twitter, asking if he needed to talk more to get attention.
"I feel people who just got in the UFC getting a lot of hype on those guys, like Conor McGregor," dos Anjos told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. "The guy just got his third fight in the UFC and there’s a lot of hype on this type of guy because they talk, they talk a lot. I’m not this type of guy.
With the anticipation for the UFC's January 18 event in Boston already heating up, the promotion announced Wednesday that the co-main event of the card headlined by Conor McGregor and Dennis Siver will see former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson take on Eddie Alvarez in what promises to be an early Fight of the Year candidate.
The UFC lightweight champion in 2012-13, Henderson has won nine of his last 11 bouts, including 2014 victories over Josh Thomson and Rustam Khabilov. 10-2 in his last 12, Philadelphia native Alvarez made his long-awaited UFC debut in September, and while he lost a decision to Donald Cerrone, his exciting effort made UFC fans demand a quick return to the Octagon for the Underground King.
TUF 20, which runs every Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 will be taking a two week hiatus according to season competitor Felice Herrig, who is scheduled to fight on upcoming episode against Heather Jo Clark.
The hiatus is likely due to Baseball playoffs, which also run on Fox Sports 1, which have interfered with UFC broadcasting once before, on Saturday at UFC Fight Night Halifax.
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TUF 20, which runs every Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 will be taking a two week hiatus according to season competitor Felice Herrig, who is scheduled to fight on upcoming episode against Heather Jo Clark.
The hiatus is likely due to Baseball playoffs, which also run on Fox Sports 1, which have interfered with UFC broadcasting once before, on Saturday at UFC Fight Night Halifax.
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TUF 20, which runs every Wednesday on Fox Sports 1 will be taking a two week hiatus according to season competitor Felice Herrig, who is scheduled to fight on upcoming episode against Heather Jo Clark.
The hiatus is likely due to Baseball playoffs, which also run on Fox Sports 1, which have interfered with UFC broadcasting once before, on Saturday at UFC Fight Night Halifax.
The main card for the UFC's Mexico City debut has taken shape.
Tuseday, the company announced the PPV portion of the Nov. 15 card underneath the main event of heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez vs. Fabricio Werdum. Kelvin Gastelum will meet Jake Ellenberger; Diego Sanchez squares off against Norman Parke; Ricardo Lamas faces Dennis Bermudez, and Erik Perez fights Marcus Brimage.
Gastelum (9-0) is a former TUF winner, taking the middleweight trophy at TUF 17. The 22-year-old out of Yuma, Ariz. most recently fought on June 28, where he defeated Nico Musoke via unanimous decision in Texas. The veteran Ellenberger (29-8), who already has 37 pro fights at age 29, looks to shake off losses to Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald.
Sanchez (25-7), the Ultimate Fighter 1 middleweight winner, is coming off a highly controversial victory over Ross Pearson on June 7. Fighting in his hometown of Albuquerque, Sanchez got a split decision in a bout most felt Pearson won. Parke (20-2-1), of Bushmills, Northern Ireland, U.K., was the TUF: Smashes 1 lightweight winner. Parke is 4-0-1 in the UFC, with his most recent victory a second-round TKO of Naoyuki Kotani, his 16th finish out of his 20 wins.
Lamas (14-3), a Chicago native, has won five of his past six bouts, with the only loss in that stretch coming to featherweight champion Jose Aldo. He faces one of the sport's hottest fighters in Bermudez (14-3). The Long Islander has won seven in a row and finished Clay Guida last month in San Jose.
The 24-year old Perez (14-6), a Jackson's MMA fighter from Monterrey, Mexico, looks to regain his mojo at bantamweight after dropping two of his past three fights. Brimage (6-3) has dropped two in a row.
NOT long after parting ways with the boys at Viacom and Co. (more on that here), former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez inked a new deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and will make his Octagon debut against Donald Cerrone in the UFC 178 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, which takes place on Sept. 27, 2014 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Nevada.
UFC President Dana White confirmed the pairing earlier today.
The promotion first tried to acquire Alvarez in early 2013, but then-Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney executed his right to match and what followed was a public and messy legal battle, one that kept the talented lightweight out of the cage for over a year. Their dispute was eventually settled and Alvarez (25-3) reclaimed his crown in an epic rematch against 155-pound nemesis Michael Chandler.
A rubber match was planned last May, but Alvarez was forced to withdraw due to a concussion.
Cerrone (24-6), meanwhile, has been red hot, stringing together four straight wins with four violent finishes. He was last seen beating the brakes off Jim Miller at the UFC Fight Night 45 event back in June and as a result of the Alvarez signing, will send Bobby Green off to fight someone else.
UFC 178 will be headlined by flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who takes on top contender Chris Cariaso for all the marbles, while former bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz gets back into action against Takeya Mizugaki. Conor McGregor, meanwhile, will make a quick turnaround to test his mettle against established featherweight threat, Dustin Poirier.
UFC superstar Nick Diaz has come out of retirement and has signed a three-fight contract extension in hopes of returning to the Octagon in early 2015.
Diaz, who has been out of action since March 2013, has hinted at a return in recent months if either a road to a title shot or a super fight opportunity presented itself.
The Gracie jiu-jitsu black belt said the time off has helped him reenergize, and he is now ready to fight.
"I've been doing a whole lot of not getting punched around-type stuff," Diaz said Thursday afternoon at UFC headquarters. "I've been staying in shape pretty good, doing a lot of running. It's been a good experience having this much time off."
The target for Diaz and the UFC is to get him back in the cage early next year, but the confident 30-year-old fighter said he'd be ready to fight tomorrow.
"Next year I guess, whatever though. I can fight tomorrow; tonight," he said. "You have to do what you have to do. ... [I came today] to sort things out with Dana White and Lorenzo [Fertitta].
"It was hard times for a little bit, but people act like I've been doing nothing. I've been getting some things done. Just because I'm not getting punched around every day doesn't mean I'm not focused on what I'm doing. Now, here we are."
It feels like it. Both are top flight fighters in the division who have only quietly put together a win streak. Donald Cerrone is remembered more for his losses to Rafael dos Anjos and Anthony Pettis than his wins over Adriano Martins and Edson Barboza. Miller is remembered more for being finished by Pat Healy with a rear naked choke than beating Yancy Medeiros and Fabricio Camoes.
It's a bit unfair to them since they're still top flight LW's. This is a very exciting fight on its own, and will deliver on being one of the best action fights this year. And yet there seems to be no silver lining. All of a sudden two of the most exciting contenders have seemed to have been drowned out by the glut of contenders at 155. I'm not down on this fight so much as I am aware of each fighter's ceiling. Miller has been given a few softball matchups (by his standards at least: Camoes and Medeiros are not chopped liver), while Cerrone, though impressive against solid opposition, has plateaued.
Wait...this isn't Cerrone vs. Nate Diaz?
Don't confuse Nate's ridiculous tweet with an invitation. Like any MMA fan, I've always begrudgingly admired the Diaz brothers. It's not that they know how to push the envelope of good taste. It's that they deny its very existence. Case in point.
Yea but that was a great MMA moment.
It was, but that same maliciousness informs his current inertia. Nate doesn't have any obligation to do whatever the UFC wants him to, but at a certain point, it's useful to recognize that a shot at the title requires some semblance of puglistic responsibility. Also, it's just a stupid, childish comment in keeping with MMA's Tucker Max posturing.
So. Miller is a +220. Seem fair?
Not at all. I'm pretty shocked those are the numbers. Although my BE colleagues all seem to be in agreement that Cerrone will take this. To be perfectly honest, I find that pretty curious. Although first thing's first: those are great numbers.
On paper, Donald seems like a very tough matchup. And he is. He's got excellent takedown defense to compliment a brutal arsenal of knees, kicks, and punches. In addition, he's highly gifted as a grappler. In fact, I'd argue that he's one of the better submission artists at LW, period. In MMA, grappling is less about mechanics, and more about efficiency. If you want to score submissions, you're far better off being a kickboxing ass kicker than you are a pure submission specialist. Modern fighters are too good at defending submissions while sober. Soften them up with a patella to the grill, or hit them hard enough to have them defecating their own teeth, and then you'll have success.
Cerrone excels at this. However, as he's shown in recent years, his party life away from the cage is becoming a potential x-factor. Donald has a lot of fight mileage on him. Even going all the way back to his WEC days, he absorbed some blistering shots from fighters like Jamie Varner, and Ed Ratcliff.
Miller is not exactly Earnie Shavers, but he hits hard enough to catch people admiring their handy work. His boxing has improved over the years as well. While it's nothing dramatic, he has better fundamentals now, and is less prone to being obliterated on the feet, which is what would have happened to him 3 years ago. Cowboy is a fairly hittable target. He keeps his hands low, and the strongest similarities I can draw from with respect to highlighting his chances is the dos Anjos bout.
Is Miller's striking really all that fundamentally different from dos Anjos'? I don't think so. Both guys possess some pretty formulaic striking, all things considered. But they're reasonably fast and accurate, are defensively responsible, and can threaten on the ground. There's also the fact that both are southpaws. Diaz, and dos Anjos both seemed to reap the benefits of fighting southpaw against him, and so did Anthony Pettis: while he sometimes fights traditional, switched to southpaw early in the fight and finished him with a left roundhouse to the body.
I don't know that it's necessarily Cerrone's weakness because these are all really good fighters. But I do think a case can be made that the southpaw stance exaggerates his striking flaws. He just seems more prone to feinting, and throwing low impact strikes while trying too hard to set up his power shots. This is a much more even fight in my view than the oddsmakers or my peers make it seem.
To top it off, Miller is a high wire act when it comes to grappling. To think he's incapable of locking in a guillotine, which is Miller's specialty (along with being the only submission Cerrone has ever yielded to), seems preposterous. Miller's isn't the far better grappler, but I think offensively he's equally gifted, and anticipates better on the ground.
The open registration days are over and we have no future plans on open it again, we allowed around 700-800 accounts to be opened for free and now all the registration comes back to normality. Now you need to proof yourself that you are worthy in order to register an account , basically your donation will be added to your new account which means you aren't paying for the account anyway.
Veteran UFC fighter Chael Sonnen has failed a random drug test and been forced out of a recently booked UFC 175 fight with Vitor Belfort.
Sonnen (28-14-1 MMA, 7-6 UFC) tested positive for two banned substances and has been removed from the July 5 pay-per-view event, ESPN.com first reported. Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Bob Bennett subsequently confirmed the failed test when contacted by MMAjunkie.
Sonnen tested positive for anastrozole, a non-steroidal aromatase-inhibiting drug used to treat breast cancer, and clomiphene, which is used to treat female infertility. Bennett said a complaint has been filed against the fighter, who could face a fine and/or suspension. It is unknown whether he will appeal the complaint; however, sources indicated to ESPN.com that he will accept the test results.
“No, I don’t know (if he’ll appeal),” Bennett said. “I believe he’s going to address the public shortly this afternoon. We haven’t heard. He may be at the commission (hearing) on [on June 17], but that still remains to be seen.
” … [The punishment] could be anything from accepting his explanation to a fine and a suspension. Not having all the facts on the table at this time … as far as any guidelines for penalties, it would be accepting some form of explanation that he has to be objective and fair, and if that doesn’t suffice because both drugs are on the WADA list and they’re prohibited, it could be a fine and a suspension.”
Sonnen recently halted his use of testosterone-replacement therapy following the NSAC’s ban of the controversial hormone therapy in February. He discussed the process in a recent video interview with MMAjunkie, which can be found below.
Bennett didn’t want to speculate if the drugs detected in Sonnen’s failed drug test may have been used to help his post-TRT transition, though he suggested repercussions are likely.
“I’m not a doctor,” he said. “All I do know is that those substances are banned, and it will be interesting to see what Mr. Sonnen’s response is as to why they were found in his system. At this point in time, I couldn’t comment on that.
” … I’m sure his overall history with his moral character and his previous tests, I’m sure that will all be considered by the commissioners, not that I’m speaking for them. But I think common sense would dictate that you look at all the events that he’s been involved with, and that will be part of the equation to end up with the results.”
According to the UFC, Sonnen is expected to address the failed test today.
“UFC officials acknowledge irregularities in a recent random test,” the statement read. “Chael is planning on addressing the matter this afternoon.”
Sonnen, a three-time UFC title challenger who also hosts the UFC’s weekly “UFC Tonight” news show on FOX Sports 1, was tested while in Las Vegas for a recent UFC media conference.
Sonnen also was called before the NSAC on May 13 in a special meeting because of a previous suspension stemming from his testosterone use, which arose when he failed to properly disclose it following his first fight with Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in 2010.
Sonnen, of course, was expected to fight rival Wanderlei Silva following the conclusion of their stints as coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3? earlier this year. Injuries delayed the matchup before it was scrapped entirely due to “issues related to Wanderlei Silva’s licensing in the state of Nevada,” according to UFC officials. Sonnen was then slated to fight Belfort (24-10 MMA, 13-6 UFC) in a UFC 175 main-card bout, though it’s now been scrapped.
Chael Sonnen and Wanderlei Silva share a long and well documented rivalry. However fight fans aren’t going to be able to watch it play out in the cage. After refusing to take a pre-fight drug test, Wanderlei was removed from the card and replaced by Vitor Belfort. After Wanderlei was removed from the bout, rumors circled that he had been cut by the UFC. However UFC President Dana White said that wasn’t true.
Chael Sonnen spoke to Combate.com about Wanderlei’s future with the UFC, and what he would like to see happen.
I don’t want to see Wanderlei fired. I don’t think he will ever fight again. He can’t be trusted again. But he has a family. I know that he has a gym that is a total disaster and I don’t think that he has better options. I have no interest fighting him. I don’t want to face someone that doesn’t want to face me. I don’t do that kind of bullying. If he doesn’t want to fight me, I’ll move on.
If something good happened this week is that all my suspicions of the cheating by this guy throughout his career turned out to be true. And it was the redemption for those guys that have fought against him.
Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke is more famous for her pre-race dance/stretch routine than her actual racing abilities, but no one seems to mind. Surfer Anastasia Ashley is now turning some heads with her own interesting and eye-catching routine, which the folks over at Big Lead Sports are comparing to “twerking.” Check out the surfer showing off her dancing and stretching abilities in the photos and video below.
Pat 'HD' Barry recently made his return to kickboxing in glorious fashion, stopping his opponent with a trademark overhand-right knockout. Now he prepares to make his debut for GLORY, the kickboxing world's premier league, and tells Bloody Elbow there's more than a little ring-rust to shake off.
That return came at a small-hall show a few weeks ago. The first round was tumultuous, not least because Barry was vastly outsized, but in the second round it started to come together for him and he scored a big knockout to return to kickboxing with a bang.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with yet another international UFC Fight Pass event on Friday, this time from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The nine-bout card is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Neither fighter is in contention for a title, but the possibility of a haymaker knockout from “Big Country” or a Hail Mary submission from “Minotauro” makes this a scrap worth watching nonetheless. In addition, longtime Japanese standout Tatsuya Kawajiri looks to capture his second Octagon triumph against the well-traveled Clay Guida in the featherweight co-main event.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns with yet another international UFC Fight Pass event on Friday, this time from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The nine-bout card is headlined by a heavyweight clash between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Neither fighter is in contention for a title, but the possibility of a haymaker knockout from “Big Country” or a Hail Mary submission from “Minotauro” makes this a scrap worth watching nonetheless. In addition, longtime Japanese standout Tatsuya Kawajiri looks to capture his second Octagon triumph against the well-traveled Clay Guida in the featherweight co-main event.
The former welterweight title challenger and ex-Strikeforce middleweight champion was released from the UFC, as first reported by MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani. Shields' manager, Alchemist Management's Lex McMahon, released the following statement regarding Shields' release:
"Jake Shields has been released by the UFC. Jake appreciates the opportunities provided by the UFC and thanks Dana White and Lorenzo Fertita. Jake is an elite athlete who is one of the best welterweight fighters in the world with a long history of winning at a championship level.
"Jake and our team are already exploring options. I'm confident that Jake will have a new promotion to call home very soon. Jake thanks his fans for their support and looks forward to competing for them again soon."
Shields (29-7-1, 1 NC) lost a unanimous decision to Hector Lombard at UFC 171, snapping a 4 fight unbeaten run and dropping him to #11 in the UFC's official welterweight rankings. He'll obviously be removed from the rankings system ASAP and everyone else below him will be bumped up one spot.
The 35-year-old's UFC career began in 2010, right on the heels of his Strikeforce title victory over Dan Henderson. A split decision win over Martin Kampmann granted him a title shot against Georges St-Pierre, which ended in a decision defeat and an end to his 15 fight winning streak. A shock TKO loss to Jake Ellenberger ensued before he got back on the winning track vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama. A one-off at middleweight saw him defeat Ed Herman, only for the result to be flipped to a "No Contest" after he failed his drug test. Shields returned to welterweight and scored tight wins over Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia before the Lombard defeat.
So the question now becomes "Where does Jake Shields go from here?". Personally, and this is a bit "out there", I hope ONE FC signs him so that Ben Askren has a legitimate opponent to face. Otherwise it'll boil down to the usual interest of Bellator and World Series of Fighting.
Metamoris 3 is set for March 29th and the much awaited rematch of the biggest upset in competition jiu jitsu history between Eddie Bravo and Royler Gracie appears to finally be happening. The card is stacked full of grappling super fights between some of grappling's best.
Team Alpha Male coach Duane Ludwigsaid he had decided to start his own gym long before he gave notice to Team Alpha Male headUrijah Faber.
But his timeline for striking out on his own has been moved up now that his departure has been made public.
“It wasn’t f–king supposed to be like this, man,” Ludwig told MMAjunkie on Wednesday afternoon following word of his departure via “UFC Tonight.”
“Bang” said he met this morning with Faber to reveal his plans to return to his home state of Colorado and to assure he wouldn’t miss out on upcoming training camps for team members.
“I’m not going to bounce on anybody’s fight camp,” he said. “Then he f–king went and told the team and did a press release before I knew. I’m like, ‘What the hell?’”
According to Ariel Helwani on “UFC Tonight,” Ludwig will remain on as coach until May 24. A posting on Team Alpha Male’s website lists an opening for a head coach. Faber did not respond to a call requesting comment.
Ludwig said he’ll train a handful of the team’s fighters who are appearing in UFC events over the next two months, but added his return to his home state to start his own business is now “up in the air.”
“That’s why it was a bit sudden, because I was just giving Urijah the heads up; I didn’t really have much planned,” he said. “I think he kind of jumped (the gun).”
The coach nonetheless intends to keep an open door to future work with the team and said he’ll gladly work in Sacramento if asked. He said Team Alpha Male fighters are also welcome to train with him in Colorado. But moving forward, he said, his priority is creating a source of income not dependent on his physical health.
“I’ve been working for other businesses since I was 15, and it’s just time I do my own thing, man,” Ludwig said. “I gave Sacramento a year-and-a-half of my life and coaching. If I got hurt on this job, I would have no more income. There’s no residual income here, and I’m just at the point in my life where I’ve got to set up a residual business for myself.
“I’m still working paycheck to paycheck. I’ve got to set up a business; that’s just the smartest move. Plus, Colorado’s home. I’ve got to get my family back and get my life situated again. I’ve got to be smart about my finances, and right now, this isn’t a smart thing to do.”
Ludwig (21-14), 35, retired from active competition in 2012 with an injury TKO loss to Che Mills at UFC on FUEL TV 5, which marked his third straight loss. A protege of Bas Rutten, he made his MMA debut in 2000 and fought in kickboxing and MMA bouts for more than 12 years.
“I’m still going to have an open window for them to come train with me and to bring me out for training camps and seminars and stuff,” he said of his relationship with Alpha Male. “They’re still going to be an affiliate of mine with the ‘Bang Muay Thai System.’ It’s just time to open my own business.”
A personal VPN service can create a huge roadblock for hackers trying to access your computer. This roadblock is basically a wall of strong encryption that protects all the network traffic entering or leaving your computer. This thwarts a hacker's ability to perform network eavesdropping and man-in-the-middle type attacks.
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After having been out of the Octagon for more than a year and having lost four of his last six fights, the question swirling over BJ Penn’s head has been: why come back? Why did you step out of retirement and back into the cage?
Following last year’s UFC 168 main event Chris Weidman found himself under a bit of fire.
Truly though, it was his corner who appeared to cross the line of sportsmanship when an audible recording clearly revealed the corner say ‘good, **** him’ shortly after Anderson Silva hit the mat in pain with a broken leg.
To be clear, we don’t nor never have thought Chris Weidman was a poor sport or anything like that and now, the man responsible for the comments, Matt Serra, cleared the air through the MMA Hour:
“I heard the thing. And then at first, I was like, ‘Oh, what did Longo say?’ Then I was like, ‘Oh man, f—-, that was me.’ …None of us saw what happened. We saw him just drop, and I didn’t see Chris throw strikes.”
“For two months, me and Longo are talking every night, ‘Alright listen man, he does this, he does these shenanigans. This is where he’s going to f— him. This is where the kid’s going to f—him. This is where Chris is going to get him. If he gets him here on the floor, I swear this is where he’s going to f— the guy.’ This is how we talk. I hate to say it, but I’m being honest with you. …As far as Chris, we even tell him the mentality and all the mystique of this guy, ‘No, f— him dude. He’s stepping into the cage with you.’”
“I didn’t see it until the next day on how that thing broke. We’re not heartless pricks, we’re not bad sportsmen. He’s got kids, he’s got people who love him. The first thing I did when I knew it was me is I got Ed Soares number, and I gave him a call. If I hurt anybody’s feelings, of course Anderson’s kids, his wife and everything, I do apologize. That definitely did not come out of a bad place or negative place.”
No one who’s been paying attention all these years should be the least bit surprised that, even in semi-retirement, it was Georges St-Pierre who showed us how it should be done.
The now-former UFC welterweight champion announced today that he’s vacating the title, taking a break from MMA, and going in search of a “normal” life. Not quite as decisive or final as some of the other exits we’ve seen, but that’s part of what’s so great about it.
Walking away, possibly (probably) to return some day? Here’s an announcement we can actually believe. What it lacked in drama, it more than made up for with the establishment of realistic expectations (listen to today’s announcement).
After weeks of speculation and a few days of true uncertainty, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre today made it official: He’s vacating his title and taking some time off.
St-Pierre today made the announcement during a media call carried by MMAjunkie Radio.
St-Pierre, long ranked No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, said he simply needed a break from the sport. He made his decision after talking to UFC President Dana White and CEO Lorenzo Fertitta.
“I’ve been fighting for a long time,” St-Pierre said. “I have 22 fights in the UFC, and 15 were for a world title. I’ve been fighting a long time at a high level, a lot of pressure and criticizing. I’ve decided I needed to take some time off.”
St-Pierre didn’t count out the possibility of returning to the cage in the future, but he had no immediate plans. That prompted his decision to vacate his title.
“The UFC is a business,” he said. “I’m vacating my title out of respect for the other competitors.”
Soon after he narrowly edged Johny Hendricks (15-2 MMA, 10-2 UFC) via split decision at UFC 167, St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) said he would be taking time off from the sport in an emotional post-fight speech and declined to identify the apparently serious issues gnawing at him.
On Wednesday, Dana White held an impromptu media call to announce that the UFC would be acquiring eleven strawweights from Invicta FC in creating its own division. Not only that, but those strawweights, along with five others from the lusher global garden of straws, would compete in the 20th edition of The Ultimate Fighter, which begins filming in May.
The winner of the show will be crowned the first ever UFC strawweight champion, the tenth title in the UFC’s pantheon of divisions.
This news is a lot of things all at once. TUF, a franchise that often feels on the verge of playing itself out even as it expands into other countries, gets yet another fresh coat of paint, this time with an all-female house (season 18 was merely co-ed) and the highest stakes possible (season four, the "Come Back" season, dangled only title shots).
Then there’s the emergence of women’s MMA in the UFC in general, which now, a year after it got started, begins to perpetuate.
White had spoken about the introduction of the 115-pound division a few weeks back, which then opened questions about where he intended to get them. Invicta, a pioneering women’s league that Shannon Knapp has made into a springboard for athlete recognition in just a short year-and-a-half, was obviously the most poachable. In Knapp’s Kansas City-based Eden everyone was happy just to fight, and they fought hard, and they fought for the things they (and she) stood for. No promotion in 2013 has casted the kinds of cool vibes that Invicta has.
Everybody has been waiting and wondering what the next step is for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre ever since his post-fight comments following a difficult five-round split-decision victory over Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 in November.
St-Pierre said, “(I’m going to) hang my gloves up for a little bit and make sense of my life.”
In the weeks since, St-Pierre has refuted several rumors about him and his life, but has also remained in a cloud of mystery by telling TMZ.com, “I’m stepping out, but I’ll be training for myself.”
The merry-go-round that is the UFC's lightweight title picture continues.
Champion Anthony Pettis (17-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is injured and out of his main-event title defense against Josh Thomson (20-5 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at next month's UFC on FOX 9 event. "FOX Sports Live" on FOX Sports 1 first reported the news late Sunday night.
With that card without a main event, the flyweight title fight between champ Demetrious Johnson (18-2-1 MMA, 6-1-1 UFC) and Joseph Benavidez (19-3 MMA, 6-1 UFC) that was set to headline the TUF 18 Finale will move to the UFC on FOX 9 show. And in turn, a lightweight fight between Nate Diaz (16-9 MMA, 11-7 UFC) and Gray Maynard (11-2-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) will move into the new main event spot for the TUF 18 Finale, up from the co-main event.
UFC on FOX 9 takes place Dec. 14 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. The TUF 18 Finale takes place Nov. 30 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Pettis won the lightweight title against Benson Henderson in August at UFC 164 in his home city of Milwaukee, running his winning streak to four fights. It was thought that he would meet T.J. Grant in his first title defense, but with Grant still recovering from a concussion that knocked him from a title shot against Henderson – a shot that Pettis took in his place – Thomson was tapped for the shot at UFC on FOX 9. Thomson returned to the UFC in April after going 9-3 over his run in Strikefroce. He knocked out Diaz in the second round.
Dana White would never say never to a boxing vs. MMA showdown starring Wladimir Klitschko and Junior dos Santos – he just doesn't want to see it.
"I wouldn't want to put Junior in there to do that," White said at a pre-event news conference for the Brazilian's rubber match against champ Cain Velasquez at UFC 166, which takes place tonight at Houston's Toyota Center.
The two have been in each other’s face for years, ever since Silva confronted Sonnen over comments he made about then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and his Brazilian heritage.
In recent months, a fight between the two in the Octagon has become a real possibility. Sonnen has been angling for the fight at every turn, while Silva continues to say he wants the fight as well, and more for personal than professional reasons.
There’s been a lot of comparisons between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson leading up to their UFC 165 showdown, but Jones doesn’t think he and Gustafsson have anything in common.
“You have the number one pound-for-pound fighter in the world, Jon Jones, taking on a guy who is extremely similar to him in style, in aggression and in skills, and that man is Alexander Gustafsson,” stated UFC and Fox commentator and former fighter Kenny Florian during the UFC 165 Extended Preview.
Evolve Mixed Martial Arts and Jacksons Mixed Martial Arts have formed a strategic partnership that could potentially see the likes of Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre, Carlos Condit, Donald Cerrone and Clay Guida traveling from Albuquerque, N.M., to Singapore to train.
When UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey walked onto The Ultimate Fighter set for the first time to begin filming she was expecting to see opposing coach Cat Zigano in the room, but instead there stood arch rival Miesha Tate. Rousey asked Tate what she was doing there and when she said she was coaching, the UFC champion stormed out of the room in search of UFC president Dana White thinking she had been replaced as a coach on the show.
Stefan Struve, a mammoth 7-foot, 238-pound kickboxing and submission Mixed Martial Arts specialist, was recently sidelined from fighting in the UFC after being diagnosed with a leaking aortic valve and an enlarged heart.
Lex McMahon, Struve’s manager, gave an update on the “Skyscraper’s” health through a statement released on Aug. 20 [via Ariel Helwani, MMAFighting.com]:
Struve is optimistic about the eventual outcome and fully plans on living a long, healthy, active, happy life and eventually returning to competition in the octagon for his quest to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion.
UFC President Dana White seems to have a different opinion.
When asked on Wednesday if he thought Struve would ever fight again, here’s what White told 106.7 The Fan’s Chad Dukes:
“Yea, what he has is a serious condition, you know, and I honestly don’t think he ever will,” White said.
Although he repeatedly declined to answer questions about Wanderlei Silva, Chael Sonnen appears to have moved on from a showdown with the Brazilian former champ.
That, or "The American Gangster" has something up his sleeve.
"I'll need some fights to happen in the middleweight division (and) fights in the light-heavyweight division," Sonnen told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) at a Full Contact Fighting Federation event this past Saturday in Portland, Ore. "But as it stands right now, there's no opponent."
There’s an unmistakable feeling that happens every time Matt Brown steps inside the cage for a fight.
Somebody is probably going to bleed, someone will likely need stitches or a cast when it’s over, and Brown will be there every single time like a violent minister preaching a sermon of mayhem inside the Octagon.
Following his release from the promotion last year, Brenneman has put together a three-fight winning streak, mostly due to a decision on his part to make sure he’s more evenly matched physically with his opposition.
One thing is certain in the UFC middleweight division: former champion Anderson Silva has a rematch lined up with the man that dethroned him, Chris Weidman.
Where things go beyond that is anybody’s best guess.
UFC president Dana White isn’t standing pat, however. After revealing to UFC Tonight this week that he wanted to match up Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida at middleweight as the UFC 167: St-Pierre vs. Hendricks co-main event in November, the company president has added a twist to the situation.
The Culinary Union has been a thorn in UFC president Dana White’s side for quite some time. The Union’s efforts to block the UFC at every turn has been particularly loathsome in New York, where it has stymied the promotion’s efforts to open up the state to sanctioned mixed martial arts events for several years.
Former UFC light heavyweight titleholder Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida is the highest ranked 205-pound fighter on the UFC roster behind champion Jon Jones. He was defeated by Jones at UFC 140 by submission and hasn’t yet been able to work his way back to a title fight.
A middleweight match-up between Vitor Belfort and Tim Kennedy is in the works for an upcoming event in Brazil, according to Kennedy and UFC president Dana White. “I’m going to brazil to fight Vitor! I’m bringing ranger panties, Greg Jackson and Ranger Up,” tweeted Kennedy on Friday
There’s no questioning that Rory MacDonald and Jake Ellenberger are two of the top welterweight fighters in the world. They’re also the top two UFC 170-pounders that haven’t fought or aren’t scheduled to fight for the championship belt currently wrapped around the waist of Georges St-Pierre
Jose Aldo was originally scheduled to defend his UFC featherweight title against Anthony Pettis at UFC 163. However, an injury forced Pettis off the card, and in his place the UFC inserted Chan Sung Jung, a fighter that had not competed since he defeated Dustin Poirier in a “Fight of the Night/Submission of the Night” winning performance in May 2012.
Former UFC champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson has apparently booked his first fight since signing with Bellator Fighting Championships, but it won't be an MMA bout.
According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, Jackson will instead be strapping on the boxing gloves to face former multi-divisional champion Roy Jones Jr. The weight limit is currently unspecified, and the match will be a Viacom/Bellator-produced pay-per-view event to close out the year.
UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman ended Anderson Silva’s seven-year reign atop the middleweight division at UFC 162 on July 6 by knockout. The two are set to rematch on Dec. 28 at UFC 168, and Weidman’s coach, Ray Longo, thinks it’s going to be another bad night for Silva.
Rumors began swirling that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey would start taking on movie roles almost the second that she signed with WME (William Morris Endeavor), the largest and oldest talent agency in the world.
Liddell and fiancée Heidi Northcott once again became proud parents, welcoming Charles David Liddell Jr. –– that’s right, Iceman Jr. –– to the world on Tuesday night, according to UFC president Dana White.
“Charles David Liddell 8lbs 11oz just born. Congratulations @ChuckLiddell and @HeidiNorthcott!!!” White tweeted.
It's been just over three days since Chris Weidman won the UFC middleweight title in stunning fashion after knocking out Anderson Silva at UFC 162. But he's not sitting back and enjoying the spoils of war just yet.
Before "King" Mo Lawal and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson landed their historic deals that saw them sign with both Bellator to compete in MMA as well as TNA Wrestling to begin their pro wrestling careers, Bobby Lashley was an old hand at the trade.
When it comes to "The Ultimate Fighter 18," how is Ronda Rousey (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) getting along with fellow head coach Miesha Tate (13-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC)? "Oh, we're fantastic. We cooked cupcakes together last night and had a sleeping party and braided each other's hair."
Tim Kennedy earlier this week criticized his employer, the UFC, for how much it pays its fighters, and tried to put into context for fans how difficult it can be to make a living as a professional fighter.
On Thursday, however, Kennedy issued a statement on his official Facebook page, retracting his comments and apologizing for them.
UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (16-11-1 MMA, 15-11-1 UFC) still isn't happy with the way Forrest Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) handled himself following the pair's UFC 148 matchup. But "The People's Champ" believes Griffin is a deserving new entrant to the UFC Hall of Fame. As for Stephan Bonnar (15-8 MMA, 8-7 UFC), Ortiz isn't quite sold.
A pair of Bellator MMA Summer Series tournament finals will take place at this summer's Bellator 97 event, as Muhammed "King Mo" Lawal (10-2 MMA, 2-1 BFC) meets Jacob Noe (12-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC) and Vitaly Minakov (11-0 MMA, 2-0 BFC) faces Ryan Martinez (10-2 MMA, 3-1 BFC).
Your brain has a funny way of working when $100,000 is all but guaranteed to be heading your way. Just ask James Krause.
After accepting a late-notice bout with fellow lightweight Sam Stout (21-8-1 MMA, 8-8 UFC) this past weekend at UFC 161, Krause (20-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earned "Fight of the Night" and "Submission of the Night" honors after tapping out the Canadian for the first time since 2006. That guillotine choke comes with a $100,000 windfall in bonus money for the UFC newcomer.
Assuming, of course, that Krause passes his post-fight drug test.
"Yes, I am sweating it, but no, I've never done an illegal drug in my entire life," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "But I'm sweating it. To me, that's a life-changing amount of money. I'm worried about the damn multivitamin I took on Friday or Monday or whatever. I'm worried about the protein bar that I had. It's just such a life-changing amount for me that I'm worried about the gallon of water and if it had something in it."
Krause, who earned the June 15 win in an FX-televised preliminary-card bout at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, now must just sit and wait for the drug results to come back. But his mind races as he thinks about things like cough drops or anything else that could somehow screw up the test.
"You just get paranoid," he said. "But I should have absolutely nothing to worry about."
UFC Hall of Famer Randy “The Natural” Couture is one of four coaches on the upcoming season of Fight Master: Bellator MMA. The Spike TV original series debuts on June 19, and Couture says everything in filming went “fantastic.”
“It’s going to start airing the nineteenth of June on Spike TV. Everything went fantastic,” Couture told MMAWeekly.com.
UFC President Dana White has come out against testosterone-replacement therapy and knows fighters are getting an unfair advantage with it. But he believes one user, middleweight contender Vitor Belfort, has gotten a bum rap.
UFC president Dana White has never been shy when talking about the mistakes made by certain referees and judges that can cost a fighter a win or loss, and potentially affect their long-term futures with the decisions they make.
A knee injury has forced Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) out of August's UFC 163 main event, and "The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung (13-3 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has stepped in as an injury replacement and will now fight UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) for the title.
WINNIPEG – The rubber match between UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos (16-2 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and ex-titleholder Cain Velasquez (12-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) is expected to take place in October in Houston, likely at UFC 166.
WINNIPEG – Considering he's a guy who's usually already at a disadvantage by fighting guys who tower over him and weigh more, you may be surprised just how little Pat Barry cares about his fellow heavyweights using performance-enhancing drugs.
Even as the fight was happening, Rashad Evans knew it was a bad one.
The former UFC light heavyweight titlist could feel it as he stood in the cage across from Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 156 in February. Nogueira waited for Evans to attack. Evans waited for Nogueira. In the end, Evans acknowledges, "Really nothing happened."
Actually, one thing did happen. Evans (17-3-1 MMA, 12-3-1 UFC) lost a unanimous decision, his second in a row.
Canada, Brazil, Britain and Australia have all been recent targets of the UFC's ambitious expansion plans. However, after years of the world's most prominent MMA promotion teasing the possibility, Mexico could finally be next.
Metamoris Pro Jiu-Jitsu Invitational II takes place this Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles at the Pauley Pavilion and will stream live on Metamoris.com for just under $20.
It will feature 20-minute grappling matches between 12 of the best grappling practitioners on the planet, including the main event between Kron Gracie and Shinya Aoki, as well as UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub taking on Roberto “Cyborg” Abreu. The man behind this budding promotion is Ralek Gracie.
A third-generation member of the storied family, and he himself a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Gracie began Metamoris to continue to pay tribute and respect to the martial art he grew up around and has known and practiced all his life.
There are other highly-respected grappling invitational competitions like the ADCC, but none that stream live on pay-per-view, or feature promotional videos that mimic that of the UFC.
“I think jiu-jitsu deserves that respect,” Gracie told Bleacher Report. “I grew up with the respect for jiu-jitsu like that. Seeing it as something that is most important than pretty much anything. Of course I had a really biased opinion but it was like jiu-jitsu is right there with the food that you eat as far as importance for your soul and your life and your health and everything.”
Gracie’s father is Rorion Gracie, who was one of the founding members of the UFC. He famously sold his share of the promotion after UFC 5 due to the implement of rounds and time limits—feeling it took away from the true expression of jiu-jitsu and martial arts.
While Metamoris does have a 20-minute time limit on each match, there are no rounds and you cannot win based on points. You must submit your opponent. That seems to at least pay a little homage to his father.
“Absolutely, the influence comes from my family,” Gracie said. “It comes from the idea that Jiu-jitsu is an art, it’s not a sport. It’s something that needs to be free, something that needs to be unbound to be at its full potential.”
Gracie explained that he wants Metamoris to be “as close to a fight as possible but without any striking.” He also mentioned that the goal is “to keep it as
Brand new Bellator and TNA wrestling superstar Quinton "Rampage" Jackson grabbed the microphone during his introductory press conference and didn't come up for breath for nearly an hour. Talking non-stop, both answering questions and monologuing when the mood struck, Jackson addressed his new role as a quasi-Bo Jackson dual sport star.
"Me and Bellator, we tongue kissing right now, baby."
And while the analogies, including that one, didn't always make perfect sense, at times the passion peaked out from behind the anger and lethargy we've come to associate with Jackson. He seemed almost interested in what the future might hold for him with Viacom, the enormous entertainment conglomerate that owns both Bellator and Spike TV.
At other times, the old Quinton emerged, the one who has been complaining on and off the record to the MMA media for the better part of three years. Bellator shouldn't get too comfortable with Rampage's tongue in their proverbial mouth.
He will, inevitably, bite the hand that feeds him. Rampage Jackson will turn on Bellator, like he's turned on everyone else in his time in this sport.
First there was Pride, the promotion that plucked him from obscurity and, despite a loss in his inaugural bout with the company, was dead set on making him a star. And, for a time, he was happy. And then he wasn't, leaving in a blaze of glory, accusing the company of offering him payoffs to lose fights and other assorted nonsense.
Next it was movie producers who felt his wrath. Already in hot water after calling acting "gay" and lashing out at a crew member on set, Rampage went on a, well, rampage in the days before The A-Team's release. Upset at not being paid an additional sum for movie's press tour, Rampage took on the film's producers in a rant UFC president Dana White asked the press not to use in their stories, a kind gesture designed to keep the voluble fighter from doing himself irreparable harm in his new profession.
"I kind of almost regret doing the damn movie and stuff now," Jackson said during the UFC 114 post-fight press conference. "...Fox kind of threatened to sue me if I lost cause they didn't know I was fighting," said Jackson. "There was a whole bunch of pressure...I'm just so happy for (the fight) to be over with. I gotta leave tonight to go on tour for this damn movie. I regret I even did the movie. Almost."
And now it's the UFC's turn to face an angry Rampage Jackson. And make no mistake about it, despite proclamations to the contrary, Jackson's mind clearly wasn't on the future, one doomed to be spent in B-cities, in B-arenas, in the off brand promotions barely treading water in both wrestling and mixed martial arts respectively.
His thoughts, rather, were planted firmly in the past, the press conference a barely disguised therapy session for the airing of the grievances against his former promoter, the venerable Ultimate Fighting Championship.
"I lost a lot of love for MMA, I'm not going to lie," Jackson told the press. "I lost a lot of love for MMA back when I was in the UFC. Honestly they just killed it, they drained it."
Rampage, it turns out, was less than pleased with his time in the sport's largest organization, one that claims to have paid him more than $15 million during his 11-fight, six-year tenure.
For sure. But that could only buy so much happiness. Those pay checks, generous on the surface, seemed awfully small considering the UFC's vast revenue.
Questions lurked in his subconscious. Why was the UFC promoting their own brand over the fighters who spilled blood and sweat in the cage? Why was it so hard for his sponsors, even powerhouses like Reebok, to see the light of day in the Octagon? And why was UFC president Dana White spending so much time in the limelight anyway, often at the expense of the fighters he claimed to be promoting.
Enter Bjorn Rebney, Bellator promoter and the anti-White, at least in Rampage's view.
"I met Bjorn, and I instantly liked the guy," Jackson said. "You can look in his eyes and you can tell the guy don't have any ego, he gets it. The fighters are what makes the show.
"When fighters understand this, they're going to take to him the same way I took to him. In Bellator, they don't tax you for your sponsors, they help you get sponsors. They don't get mad at you for doing movies, they get you movies."
Much of the bad blood between Rampage and the UFC seems to go back to the fateful decision in 2009 to star as B.A Baracus in the movie remake of the 1980's television sensation The A-Team. It would be more than a year before Jackson stepped back in the cage, a year that clearly changed what had previously seemed to be a strong relationship between Jackson and White.
"It's like when you're in a relationship, and you have a new girlfriend, and you're happy all the time. You're all making out all the time. Then after a while, you ain't tongue kissing no more. You know what I'm saying? In the UFC, ever since The A-Team movie, it was like I cheated on them. And over here, I don't see why it would be like that in Bellator, because with Viacom, it's all set up, it's all in house."
Rampage found fault, too, with the UFC's insistence on keeping a regular schedule and making him fight both frequently and against top opponents. A vocal critic of the UFC's matchmaking, once saying UFC vice president Joe Silva needed to be "shot in the face," Jackson expressed confidence that Rebney and Bellator won't push him too hard or too fast.
"Bjorn knows that I'm rehabbing my knee, he don't care. In the UFC they don’t care (if you're hurt), you go out there and fight. When you have surgery, you should come back and have a warm up fight. The UFC don't care about you like that. Bjorn cares more about my long term," Jackson said. "Before, I was talking about retiring at like 35, which is in a couple of days. Now with what we're talking about, I've got at least four or five more years in me. Because if I'm injured and stuff like that, it's okay, heal up, take your time, he's not rushing me to fight at all. He wants me to rehab my knees."
It's unclear what plans, exactly, Bellator has for Rampage. Rebney was careful to reveal no specifics, not even confirming or denying whether Jackson would appear in one of Bellator's promotion defining tournaments, the normal avenue to a title shot. When he would fight, and even in which weight class, was left to the imagination.
Confirmed were plans to film a four-part reality series leading into his first fight and a Thursday appearance on TNA's Impact Wrestling on Spike. Though Jackson has no formal wrestling training, he's a long-time fan who expects to make the new sport a major part of his third act in MMA.
In addition to wrestling and fighting, Jackson is also eying a return to the silver screen. He's penned two scripts already, including a potential MMA movie he thinks has great potential. Engaged and alive, Rampage has a sparkle in his eye.
"I see me being happy with these guys for the rest of my career," he said. "I can just feel it."
If I were Bellator and Spike TV, I wouldn't get too comfortable with my new model employee. They'll be meeting the real Rampage Jackson soon enough, perhaps at a press conference for his new, new promoter. The question isn't if Rampage and Bellator will have a falling out. The real question is when.
Earlier this year, Gegard Mousasi made his long-awaited and long-overdue UFC debut.
He had been on fans' radar since winning the Dream Middleweight Grand Prix back in 2008, so when it was announced that Mousasi was finally headed to the Octagon, it caused a real stir.
When it was then announced that the now-205-pound Mousasi would be taking on the dangerous Alexander Gustafsson, that stir got a little larger. Then, of course, Gustafsson got injured, Mousasi was given IlirLatifi on a few days notice and he cruised to a relatively lackluster but easy victory.
After the fight, Mousasi announced that he had suffered an injury in training as well, which led to his cautious approach and would prevent him from returning to the Octagon for the immediate future.
Since that fight, he has flirted with a possible return to the 185-pound division. And, according to his Twitter account, he already has an opponent picked out should the mulled over move become a reality
Belfort is just 4-2 over his last six contests, but when you note that his losses came against Jon Jones and Anderson Silva, and that each of his four victories have been stoppages, he is actually as hot as it gets right now.
So while a showdown between him and Mousasi is most definitely an intriguing proposal, the Brazilian may have bigger fish to fry by the end of the year.
That's no guarantee, though, and a Belfort loss this summer or fall would definitely change things, so the scenario is a plausible one.
The matchup would sure look good on the UFC's end-of-the-year card anyway you look at it.
If Anderson Silva WANTS Roy Jones Jr., he's gonna GET Roy Jones Jr. -- 'cause RJJ tells TMZ he'll accept Spider's challenge to a boxing match ... but the clock's tickin'.
We spoke to the 44-year-old former boxing champ in L.A. this week ... who says he heard Silva loud and clear when Anderson told the New York Post about his dream to fight a "great champion" like Jones.
38-year-old Silva is currently under contract with the UFC ... but suggested that UFC honcho Dana White should strike a deal to make the fight happen.
As for Roy -- once considered the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet -- he tells TMZ, "I would love it ... Call me and we'll make that happen."
But Roy is concerned about his age -- and says if the fight is gonna happen, it's gotta happen ASAP -- in fact, Jones suggested the two get in the ring right after Silva fights Chris Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6.
While training to defend his bantamweight championship for a fifth time, pound-for-pound great Dominick Cruz became the unfortunate victim of a torn ACL.
Bad news became worse in December when "The Dominator" reinjured himself while rehabbing the surgically repaired muscle.
Fans have speculated about the kind of shape in which Cruz would return, and based on a recently surfaced photo (via MiddleEasy) of the champion, he has got a long way to go.
As you can tell from the included photo, without being able to properly train for an extended period of time, the left leg of Cruz has shrunk down to approximately half the size of its counterpart.
At the time of his injury, Cruz was coaching a live season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Urijah Faber. Following the show's conclusion, the duo were scheduled to meet in a rubber match for the belt at UFC 148.
Cruz last competed in October 2011, where he won a unanimous decision over current flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson. The win was the 10th straight for the 28-year-old.
During the absence of Cruz, the UFC decided to create an interim championship, which is currently held by RenanBarao. The Brazilian won the strap by defeating Faber at UFC 149. Since that time, the Brazilian has defended his belt against top contender Michael McDonald.
In April, UFC president Dana Whiteconfirmed that Cruz will not be stripped of his title, regardless of his length absence from the Octagon.
pcoming middleweight title challenger Chris Weidman has been nothing but confident heading into his UFC 162 showdown with Anderson Silva, and apparently, that trait isn't something he just developed.
In an interview with Bloody Elbow's Steph Daniels, "The All-American" revealed that prior to the now infamous cancellation of UFC 151 in September, he offered to step up and fight light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.
I'm the type of guy that loves big opportunities. I like when the cards are against me, and people think that I have no chance. I believe in myself, so when that fight (with Jon Jones) came out that it was in jeopardy, I called my manager and asked if there was a possibility that I could get the fight because I think I could take it. He was like, 'Really?' and I was like, 'Yeah.' He said give me a couple days, and I told him I was ready to go ... So, he called Joe Silva, and he was like, 'Are you kidding me?' I think Joe liked the fact that I did that. So he said he wasn't going to tell Dana and them unless I called my coaches to make sure it was all 100%. I called Matt and told him that I wanted to this. They were all on board, so I called back my manager, and he tells Joe Silva, and he thought it was awesome, so he called Dana White, but then they ended up throwing the fight out, and then the whole card out.
While anyone reading this article is probably quite familiar with the UFC 151 saga, here's a quick recap:
Jones was booked to defend his title against former PRIDE and Strikeforce titleholder Dan Henderson. Eight days before the event, "Hendo," citing a knee injury, withdrew from the contest and the event was ultimately canceled.
ChaelSonnen, Henderson's long-time friend and training partner, stepped up to fight "Bones" on short notice, but Jones refused the matchup, via Yahoo! Sports.
Jones eventually met Sonnen in the cage at UFC 159 last month, running through him en route to a Round 1 TKO.
Despite a loss to LyotoMachida at UFC 157 in February, Henderson could still make a title run if he gets past a former light heavyweight champion in Rashad Evans at UFC 161.
Meanwhile, Weidman boasts an undefeated 9-0 professional MMA record heading into his July 6 title bout with "The Spider."
He boasts six finishes in those nine fights and has defeated top contenders in Demian Maia and Mark Munoz.
Of course, Silva will be the stiffest challenge of his career, with an unheard-of 16-0 record inside the Octagon and also setting the UFC middleweight record with 10 successful title defenses.
Would Weidman vs. Jones have been preferred to a canceled pay-per-view event in September?
John Heinis is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He is also the MMA Editor for eDraft.com and contributes MMA videos to The Young Turks Sports Show.
FORTALEZA, Brazil – When Demian Maia entered the sport of MMA, he brought with him true world-class submission skills. As time went on, the world-champion grappler seemed to move away from those core abilities and focus more on other aspects of the sport. That's not going to be the case anymore.
"I think when you're training MMA, it's a new sport," Maia (18-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "People like myself come from one area, one martial art, and we need to improve on our other areas. So we're training a lot in these other sports, like in my case on my boxing. Of course, you start to get sharper in that sport, but in the previous one you lose a little bit.
"The main thing is when you're fighting, you do what you were training. So if you're training boxing and you're thinking, 'Yeah, but I'll fight with my jiu-jitsu,' it's not going to happen because it's something that happens subconsciously. You're going to fight like you've been training. Even if a good boxer is training a lot of jiu-jitsu for a fight, he's going to want to grapple."
Maia, who scored four "Submission of the Night" wins in his first five UFC fights, believes that exact phenomenon was what ailed him during a pedestrian 3-3 stretch between 2009 and 2011. Working diligently in training on turning himself into a more well-rounded athlete, Maia said the sharpness of his feared grappling suffered, as well as his drive to implement those skills at every opportunity.
In 2012, the onetime UFC middleweight title challenger made the drop to 170 pounds, and he's since rattled off three straight victories in the division. Maia said a return to his roots has been chief among the reasons for the turnaround, and he credits his manager Eduardo Alonso for steering him in the right direction.
"I think my success has been many things together, not just the drop but also how we organize the camp and the training," Maia said. "Eduardo, my manager, is taking care of everything, and he's very smart in how to organize everything and focus on the specific strategy for each fight and each camp. I'm bringing back more jiu-jitsu, and all those things together are making me much more sharp."
Maia's next appearance will be at August's UFC 163 event, which takes place at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena, against longtime UFC veteran Josh Koscheck (17-7 MMA, 15-7 UFC). It's a bit of an odd booking per UFC tradition, as Maia boasts a three-fight win streak while Koscheck has lost back-to-back contests. Still, Maia believes it's a matchup that makes sense in his overall progress in the division, especially given Koscheck's background as a four-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler.
"I think he's a great fighter, and he'll be a great test for me," Maia said of Koscheck. "I think if I want to fight Georges St-Pierre or Johny Hendricks – whoever is champion after they fight – both of them are great wrestlers, so I need to pass this test. I mean, I've fought good wrestlers like Rick Story and Jon Fitch and Dong Hyun Kim, a judo guy, but Koscheck was a really top-level wrestler.
"I was training at an academy in Chicago, and they had pictures on the walls of wrestlers in the newspaper, and one of those pictures was Josh. He's a top-level guy. As a fighter, I see this as a very big test, and I need to pass this test."
Mentioning the top two fighters in the division in St-Pierre and Hendricks is no accident. The 35-year-old Maia is careful in how he chooses his words, but he admits a shot at the 170-pound belt is the ultimate goal.
"Since I dropped, I would be a liar if I didn't say I was thinking about Georges and the belt," Maia said. "But now, I'm just thinking about Koscheck. I can't think about the title just yet. Normally, I'm quiet, but sometimes you need to ask so the fans know. Many fans might see you win but don't remember that you have three other wins before, so sometimes you need to remind them.
"Before the fight, I can't say too much, plus I think it's very bad luck if you start talking about title shots. First, I have a pretty tough opponent, so the main thing is to win this fight right now."
Maia is currently ranked No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie.com MMA welterweight rankings. No. 5 Nick Diaz is in semiretirement while he waits on UFC officials to decide whether or not to meet his demands for a fight with either St-Pierre or Anderson Silva. The remaining five fighters ahead of Maia in the rankings all have bouts in the near future, so a big move for the Brazilian is certainly possible.
Maia doesn't want to focus on the possibilities, instead keeping his mind completely on Koscheck. But the Brazilian knows his time may be coming, and he wants the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world to know he'll be representing their interests as he continues to focus on the incredible grappling he displayed during his earliest days in MMA.
"It's great to be representing Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the UFC," Maia said. "When I go in the octagon to fight, I'm truly thinking like a Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter. I feel like I have the support of the community, so I feel like I'm fighting for something bigger than just going in there to be an athlete. I'm representing a martial art that has changed many people's lives."
UFC on Fox Sports 1-1 in Boston finally has its main event and it's pitting a former UFC light heavyweight champion against the best promoter in the sport today.
As announced on UFC Tonight on Tuesday, former 205-pound title holder Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will headline the upcoming UFC on Fox Sports 1 card against middleweight title contender turned light heavyweight Chael Sonnen.
"I will be taking on Shogun, I will be fighting him on Fox Sports 1 on August 17 in Boston," Sonnen revealed.
Sonnen and Shogun flirted with the idea of fighting earlier this week as part of the UFC 161 card after the Brazilian's original opponent Antonio Rogerio Nogueira fell out due to injury.Unfortunately a deal could not be struck in time, but the two light heavyweights will still meet, it will just happen a couple of months later instead.
Prior to the fight with Rua coming up, Sonnen had been verbally sparring with former Pride champion Wanderlei Silva for a few weeks, teasing a potential fight between them later this year.The fight never materialized, so Sonnen says he's moved onto the fight with Shogun instead.
"I went after Wanderlei because he's the worst guy I could find, record wise, he's the worst fight in the UFC.I know what you're thinking what about (Mirko) CroCop? You're right CroCop was terrible, but Wanderlei's is actually a little bit worse," Sonnen stated."I couldn't get Wanderlei.
"So I'm going look why don't I fight the guy that actually destroyed Wanderlei for years in the practice room, and that brings us to Shogun. I like Shogun, I have nothing against Shogun, it's just good, solid competition, but Wanderlei did this to you Shogun."
Shogun is a former training partner of Silva's when the two were part of the Chute Boxe camp in Brazil when both were competing in Pride Fighting Championships. They actually began training again as part of King's MMA in California, although it's unknown if the two Brazilians still work together currently.
Regardless of his affiliation now, Shogun will face Sonnen in the main event of the UFC on Fox Sports 1-1 card headed to Boston on August 17.
Damon Martin is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report
The second UFC on FOX Sports 1 card is starting to shape up quite nicely, with the news that Donald Cerrone and Rafael Dos Anjos have agreed to fight as the co-main event, according to Indystar.com and the UFC's official Twitter.
The second fight card on the soon-to-launch all-sports channel takes place on August 28 at Bankers Life Playhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.
UFC on FOX Sports 1 2 will be the inaugural Wednesday-night fight card, part of the landscape of the new channel that was announced a couple months ago. Carlos Condit vs. Martin Kampman serves as the main event.
Cerrone looked impressive in his last outing. He defeated KJ Noons via unanimous decision in a lopsided and bloody affair at UFC 160. It proved to be a nice bounce back into the win column for the “Cowboy" after a devastating TKO loss to Anthony Pettis at UFC on FOX 6.
Dos Anjos most recently won a controversial split decision over Evan Dunham on the UFC on FX: Belfort vs. Rockhold card, his fourth win in a row. He has won his last three by decision.
This will most likely be the toughest and most important fight in the 28-year-old Brazilian’s career. He is currently ranked No. 10 in the UFC lightweight rankings and needs a breakout win and performance to catapult him further up the list.
A loss by the No. 6-ranked Cerrone would be devastating. With TJ Grant challenging Benson Henderson for the lightweight strap, a win may very well set up a title shot or at least, perhaps, a fight vs. Gilbert Melendez to decide who faces Henderson next.
The last time the “Cowboy” was in the title-shot discussion, he was left battered and bruised by Nate Diaz at UFC 141, losing by unanimous decision. He won his next two before the loss to Pettis and needs to stay consistent to get back on the track to a title shot. Two of the top-10 ranked lightweights face off in what is known as a shark tank of a division on August 28.
Who takes it? Let Bleacher Report know in the comments below.
Michael Stets is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report
Additionally, one complete season of "The Ultimate Fighter" will be available each month. The channel currently features all 10 episodes of "The Ultimate Fighter 13: Team Lesnar vs. Team dos Santos."
Episodes of "UFC Unleashed" and "Best of PRIDE" will also be hosted on the site, as well as one full UFC event replay each week.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed with sources close to the promotion that current plans call for the channel to start its event features with UFC 1 and progress chronologically. Included will be the infamous "dark ages" events that have never been released on DVD in the U.S.
UFC heavyweight knockout artist and former interim champion Shane Carwin has apparently announced his retirement on Twitter today.
It's been nearly two full years since Shane Carwin last fought in the UFC, and more than three years since his last victory. The former interim heavyweight champion has seemingly ended his MMA career through his Twitter account.
Officially retired 2day:-) thank you to my family, friends and fans! #dreambig GOD BLESS!!!
He never specified what he's retiring from -- he's also an engineer -- but the UFC retweeted him so I would assume that he means he will no longer compete in MMA.
Carwin ends his career with a record of 12-2, with all 12 finishes coming by 1st round KO or submission. His biggest achievement was KOing Frank Mir at UFC 111 to win the interim heavyweight belt. This led to a title unification bout with Brock Lesnar at UFC 116, where he dominated Lesnar in round 1 only to run out of gas and lose by submission in the next round.
Veteran MMA referee Josh Rosenthal awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.
One year ago, federal agents raided an Oakland, Calif., warehouse owned by Rosenthal and an associate that contained 1,356 marijuana plants, according to a copy of the agreement, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) obtained from the U.S. District Attorney's office in Oakland.
The drug's street value was estimated at more than $6 million.
Rosenthal is due in U.S. District Court on May 17. The government is recommending 37 months in jail, fines and five years of probation, during which he would be subject to random searches, according to the agreement. Without a deal, he faced 10 years to life in prison, a $10 million fine and a minimum of five years' probation.
However, the court ultimately will decide Rosenthal's sentence.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship didn’t want Mark Hunt and offered to pay him to go away, but Hunt knew something the UFC didn’t; he was a top heavyweight in the world despite his Pride FC record.
UFC president Dana White explained following the UFC 158: St-Pierre vs. Diaz pre-fight press conference on Thursday how Hunt went from unwanted to being one punch away from a title fight.
“(UFC matchmaker) Joe Silva was doing the deal to sign Mark Hunt for the (Junior dos Santos) fight. They were going back and forth, and Joe Silva called and said they turned down the fight. There’s a lot of different ways you can turn down a fight,” said White.
“I ended up calling Mark Hunt. When I talked to him, he was upset about a lot of things, a lot of things I didn’t know about. We talked. We had a good conversation. Then I called him back and fixed some of the things he was talking about, and now he’s back and we ended up getting the fight done.”
Hunt felt disrespected and unwanted, and rightfully so.
Back in December, UFC president Dana White made a big deal about Middleweight champion Anderson Silva refusing to sign an 8-fight contract to renew his commitment with the UFC. Instead, according to White, Silva insisted on a 10-fight contract. Following UFC 155, White said that Silva will sign a 10-fight deal at the post-fight media scrum.
However, after UFC On FX 7 Saturday night, Silva said that he has not signed a new contract with the UFC yet. Josh Gross of ESPN reported via Twitter:
I've confirmed that Anderson Silva has not signed a new contract with the UFC. No idea why Dana White said he did. Hope someone asks him.
Silva confirmed Gross's statement in an interview after Saturday's event. However, Dana did seem very confident that the UFC's most impressive champion will sign the contract. Additionally, when asked about his next title defense Silva said "I need to talk to Dana and Lorenzo."
The UFC still is considering more changes to its existing policies regarding drug testing, but in advance of UFC on FX 7, the promotion has instituted two new rules to act as deterrents.
All fighters who compete on international events will be tested for performance-enhancing drugs, UFC Vice President of Regulatory Affairs Marc Ratner today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Additionally, the promotion won't pay out fight-night bonuses until drug testing results are available, Ratner said.
Currently, the UFC offers cash incentives for "Knockout of the Night," "Submission of the Night" and "Fight of the Night." Typically, they are handed out after the event and announced by UFC President Dana White.
The changes will be in place this weekend when UFC on FX 7 goes down at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The event's main-card airs on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook.
In locales without an athletic commission, the UFC takes the role under the direction of Ratner, who is the former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. This time around, a new Brazilian commission appointed by the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) will oversee the event, Ratner said.
It was almost a given that Bellator MMA would draw much better TV ratings with its move from MTV2 over to Spike TV, but the question was how much of a difference the move would make.
Following Thursday night’s Bellator 85, which was the promotion’s debut on Spike TV, we now have an answer.
Bellator’s Spike TV debut was a resounding success.
“We had a great night last night. (The ratings) are fantastic,” remarked Spike TV president Kevin Kay on Friday. “938,000 viewers watched the entire (Bellator 85) broadcast.”
That number is head and shoulders above anything that Bellator was able to do on MTV2.
Kay was hesitant to reveal any sort of target that he or Spike’s other executives had for Bellator 85, but he sounded very pleased with nearly hitting the one million mark.
“They are really good numbers,” he repeated. “I never want to make any kind of guesses because I don’t think you’re ever right. I’m just happy with them. That’s a great start. It’s 400 percent higher than what we were doing on MTV2.”
I know I´m very late but here we go, Fransico Gonzales aka: "Cisco el gringo" won his thrid pro fight via sub (triangle choke) in first round in his December 13 bout vs Jesus Rodriguez at Desafio Extreme 2. That much you might already know but I thought I share the video he provided me with here...
By most any definition, UFC 155 is a deep, intriguing card, but it could have been so much better. Like many 2012 events, Saturday’s show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas was bitten hard by the injury bug. Phil Davis, Forrest Griffin, Chris Weidman and Gray Maynard were all originally set to take part in the promotion’s year-end offering before the usual assortment of ailments arrived to spoil the fun.
All is not lost, however, because the main course -- a heavyweight title rematch between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez -- is still on schedule. After relinquishing his belt to dos Santos in just 64 seconds at UFC on Fox 1, Velasquez will be highly motivated to reclaim his throne. Since then, dos Santos successfully defended the heavyweight strap for the first time with a second-round technical knockout of Frank Mir at UFC 146.
Extended title reigns are difficult to come by in the land of the giants -- a point Velasquez hopes to drive home in Sin City.
At UFC On Fox 5, Rory Macdonald spent 15 minutes laying down probably the most brutal beating former two division champion B.J. Penn has ever received. And that's saying a lot after what Nick Diaz did to Penn back at UFC 137. But after the fight, when Joe Rogan put a mic in front of him, the only thing on his mind was calling out Carlos Condit for a rematch.
Back at UFC 115, Condit gave Rory his only loss to date with a TKO at 4:53 in the final round. Rory wants to avenge that defeat and he'll get his chance at UFC 158. But, Condit had a few things to say about the challenge to MMA Junkie:
I kind of had a feeling that he was going to call me out. So I went over and, sure enough, he did. I think the whole thing was pretty, I don't know, the tone of it made it seem like I had wronged him. Like I did something wrong. I was just doing what the hell I'm supposed to do. I think it's probably the way that he lost. He was undefeated at that point. He was the man, the next big thing. I think he thinks it's his destiny to be the champion, and I went in there and smashed that dream. So I can see it. But it's a little bit odd, I think.
Carlos Condit is coming off his first ever shot at the UFC Welterweight title. Lasted 25 minutes in the cage with Georges St. Pierre and even dropped the champ in the third round. If he wants to get back into contendership soon, he's going to need to slow down the "Ares" hype train one more time.
MacDonald and Condit will battle in the Octagon on March 16 at UFC 158 in the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. St. Pierre will try to defend his tile against Nick Diaz in the main event and Johny Hendricks will look to solidify his own contendership against Jake Ellenberger.
Stay tuned for more info and the video (if we are lucky). Good to know is that he sent 35 minutes ago the notice on facebook. HE won by triangle choke without having a lot of time to recover from his last fight.
BMMAT/Bestmmatracker member Francisco "Cisco El Gringo" Gonzales (2-0-0) of Caracas Venezuela has signed for his third pro fight. Cisco will be taking on Jesus Rodriguez of Valencia, Venezuela at Welterweight (170 lbs.) on December 8th. Cisco´s third pro fight is going down in the town of Barquisimeto, Venezuela at Desafio Extremo 2 - Fight Party organized by Academia Manuel Depablos and Big Productions.
Cisco is coming off his 2nd win on October 27 at Supremacia MMA where he won via TKO stoppage in the 2nd round.
In the short interview I had with the CIMMA-Venezuelan Top Team member he sounded very positive and had high hopes for this upcoming fight. Cisco told me he would love to win via KO this time around and if possible in first round already, but obviously a submission wouldn´t be bad either.
Lets give Cisco our best wishes and make sure you look for the fight video of this Dec 13 bout to be uploaded shortly after. Of course we wish "our guy" the best of luck and I must say I am feeling pretty convinced that Cisco can Improve his record to 3-0 but first let´s all give him our best wishes shall we..
Here's a quick breakdown of Cisco's fight history.
Before turning pro Cisco amassed an amateur record of 4-1
1st he won by decision,
2nd by rear naked choke in 1st rd
3rd by tko in second round
4th he sadly lost via by ambar in first round while picking up a win in his
5th and last amature bout won by unanimus decision.
Out of those five fights he made three in a tournament and were fought in a single night.
Since turning pro he is undefeated and his pro fights look as follow...
1st pro fight were against Leonardo Citty were he won via armbar at 2:00 of the second round round
2nd fight were against Luis Ezequiel Cuenca and he won by tko at 4:50 in the second round
Hardly anyone is watching The Ultimate Fighter this season and judging by the quality of the fights, it's more than justified. That said, you absolutely should watch the season finale. Dana White has voiced his displeasure enough times during the show about the substandard quality of fights, so this finale card is filled with established UFC fighters, some guys from TUF 15, and the TUF 16 finalists themselves.
Once again a coaches fight has been scrapped, as Shane Carwin's knee injury forced him out of the main event against Roy Nelson. TUF 10 semifinalist Matt Mitrione steps in to face Big Country in a five-round fight.
This is a damn good card from top-to-bottom, including fights like Pat Barry against Shane Del Rosario, Mike Pyle against James Head, and a surefire FOTN contender Melvin Guillard against Jamie Varner. Maybe TUF should be uninspiring more often for us to get free shows like this but still provide drunken gems like "Just let me bang, bro".
NOTE: The TUF 16 finale will be tape-delayed to the West Coast, so it will air on FX December 15th at 9 PM ET and 9 PM PT.
It's been a long time since we have seen Georges St-Pierre compete inside the Octagon, but the wait is almost over as the UFC welterweight champion will meet interim welterweight champion Carlos Condit in a title unification bout on November 17.
The fight between the top-two 170 pounders in the UFC will be the headlining bout of UFC 154, a card that will take place in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Not that you need anything to get you pumped for the upcoming bout, but just in case your looking for some light reading heading into the bout, here are some numbers for you to mull over prior to the St-Pierre versus Condit bout.
When GSP steps foot in the Octagon on November 17, it will be the first time he has done so since defeating Jake Shields on April 30, 2011, more than 18 months ago. Since making his professional debut in 2002, he has never experienced a layoff of that length between bouts.
Normally this would be an area of concern, but we are talking about GSP here, a fighter that isn’t afraid to focus on his weaknesses and turn them into his strengths. Knowing the work ethic that St-Pierre possesses, no one should be surprised if he shows no hint of ring rust once the bell rings to begin his bout against Condit.
Looking at the fights the two competitors in UFC 154’s main event have finished, you will find the number 13 is very prominent.
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) and former middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen (28-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will serve as coaches on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" on FX.
The coaching assignments, as well as an April 27 fight date, today were confirmed by the Los Angeles Times.
Due to his coaching duties, Sonnen no longer will fight Forrest Griffin (19-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) at UFC 155 in December.
"TUF 17" filming begins Oct. 29, and the show then debuts on FX in January. The 17th edition of the UFC's long-running reality series is expected to feature middleweight and light-heavyweight fighters. Open tryouts for the tournament-based competition and show recently drew more than 120 UFC hopefuls.
Jones and Sonnen will serve as head coaches of opposing teams. As with past seasons of "TUF," their coach-vs.-coach fight will headline a pay-per-view event soon after the series' 12-week run on FX.
Sonnen, who suffered a second loss to middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his most recent bout, was targeted for a late-notice light-heavyweight fight with Jones at UFC 151. However, when Jones declined to take the fight on eight days' notice following an injury to original opponent Dan Henderson, UFC officials ultimately canceled the Sept. 1 show outright.
Although Jones said he offered to fight Sonnen a few weeks later at UFC 152, officials instead paired him up with Lyoto Machida and then ultimately Vitor Belfort, whom he submitted in the fourth round.
But since the UFC 151 cancellation, Sonnen hasn't missed an opportunity to call out Jones, even though he's currently booked to fight light heavyweight Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 in December.
"The more I realize how bad the fans want to see me fight Sonnen the more I am beginning to disregard whether he deserves it or not," Jones recently tweeted. "A part of me wants to do it for the fans. The other part of me feels as if it delegitimizes the importance of (the) championship."
After posting fantastic ratings for the first season, the UFC is off to Brazil once more to run their second season of The Ultimate Fighter. This edition will feature lightweights and welterweights, and tryouts commence the day after UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. More details from the official press release:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will be hosting a casting call for the second Brazilian edition of its long-running reality series, The Ultimate Fighter, on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro. Season 2 will feature lightweight (155 pounds) and welterweight (170 pounds) fighters.
All TUF Brasil 2 candidates must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a minimum of three professional mixed martial arts fights – holding a winning record (with verifiable records on mixedmartialarts.com and sherdog.com). Former UFC fighters are not eligible. Any and all costs associated with attending the tryouts are the sole responsibility of the candidate.
That penultimate sentence is certainly telling. Former UFC fighters are not allowed to compete on TUF: Brazil. Ex-UFC fighters have repeatedly tried out for the American version of TUF in recent seasons, and in fact this upcoming season already saw UFC rejects Nissen Osterneck and Jay Silva give it a shot. TUF 10 actually had former UFC fighters Scott Junk and Wes Sims compete on the show.
The first season of TUF: Brazil saw Rony Jason take the featherweight tournament and Cezar Mutante win the middleweight final, and the coaches were Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva.
There's no news on coaches yet, but they did say that the show will debut in March 2013 on Globo in Brazil.
With his career winding down, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Stephan Bonnar (14-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) has been begging for a big fight. Now he's got it.
USA TODAY Sports has confirmed with company officials that UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4, 15-0) is moving up to 205 pounds to meet Bonnar in the three-round main event of UFC 153 event, which takes place Oct. 13 at Rio de Janeiro's HSBC Arena.
Additionally, Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira (18-2, 1-0) meets fellow countryman Fabio Maldonado (18-5, 1-2) in the evening's co-main event. And in a bout first reported by Brazilian outlet Tatame, former interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1, 4-3) faces Dave Herman (21-4, 1-2).
The new additions to the card were necessitated when original headliner, featherweight champ Jose Aldo, and original co-main-event fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson on Tuesday were forced to withdraw with injuries. Aldo's opponent, former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar, now will be rescheduled for a later date, while Teixeira, who was expected to face Jackson, now draws Maldonado.
"UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar" now features a six-fight main card that airs on pay-per-view. Preliminary-card bouts are expected to air on FX and stream on Facebook.
The UFC 153 main event dodged a bullet this past weekend when featherweight champion Jose Aldo emerged from a motorcycle accident without any serious injuries.
According to Brazilian media outlet Tatame.com, Aldo’s motorcycle was struck by a car in the Copacabana area of Rio de Janeiro on Saturday as the fighter was on his way home. The 25-year-old fighter reportedly suffered minor scratches and a swollen foot but will still be able to defend his 145-pound title against Frankie Edgar on Oct. 13 at Rio’s HSBC Arena.
Nova Uniao coach Andre Pederneiras told Tatame that he has forbidden Aldo to ride his motorcycle in the future.
Following an eight-fight unbeaten run in World Extreme Cagefighting, Aldo made his Octagon debut at UFC 129, earning a five-round verdict over Mark Hominick. He followed that performance with another decision win against Kenny Florian at UFC 136 before knocking out Chad Mendes with a knee in the opening round of their January encounter. “Scarface” has lost just once in 22 professional appearances, with 15 of his victories coming via knockout or submission.
UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones is considered one of the world's top mixed martial artists. At 25, he is also arguably one of the most accomplished in the sport's short history.
After recently signing a worldwide sponsorship deal with Nike, the world's leading sports apparel and equipment company, Jones could well become the global face of the sport.
"The Nike deal means a lot to me," Jones told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It symbolizes something that I have been picturing forever. I preach about the law of attraction all the time and how if you focus on something and you apply yourself, if you do all the necessary steps and believe in it wholeheartedly, it can come to you.
"When I first joined this sport, I had a goal to be a UFC champion, and I had a goal to be sponsored by Nike. It's always been a goal of mine."
Jones (16-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who faces Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on Sept. 1 at UFC 151 in Las Vegas, is the first MMA fighter with a global Nike deal. As a testament to the growing popularity of MMA, it was entertainment mogul Ari Emanuel, the co-CEO of talent agency William Morris Endeavor, who first arranged a meeting between Jones, his manager, Malki Kawa, and Nike executives.
UFC flyweight contender and beloved UGer Ian "Uncle Creepy" McCall has made no secret of his previous drug addiction, its attendant brushes with the law, and the role MMA has played in bringing him into sobriety and success.
Unfortunately, an unresolved incident from the past caught up with him.
Undercover Laguna Beach detectives and DEA agents were in Irvine this past Tuesday morning working on an investigation when they observed a man they recognized. A warrant check revealed that he was wanted.
Ian Gregory McCall, 28, Irvine was arrested without incident for two Harbor Court warrants for possession of narcotic paraphernalia, possession of prescription meds without a valid prescription, and driving on a suspended license. The warrants had a total bail of $16,500.
Police said the investigation there is ongoing and said only that McCall’s residence is within the area they were watching.
The warrants are from 2009, for violation of probation stemming from some 2008 arrests. When the police pulled him over, they then added the driving on a suspended license, which he has pleaded not guilty to.
MMAFighting.com reports that a Laguna Beach Police Department official said that McCall was no longer in custody.
Given the heights McCall has achieved already, and the depths from which he hoisted himself, there is everything that the incident is barely a bump in the road.
3:37 PM PT -- Naked is in ... TMZ just obtained Jason Miller's mug shot after his crazy naked arrest today in an Orange County church ... and he's wearing the paper suit reserved for naked arrestees. Just like Randy Travis.
Recently-axed UFC fighter Jason "Mayhem" Miller was arrested today in Orange County, TMZ has learned -- after allegedly breaking into a church, spraying a fire extinguisher all over the place, and getting buck naked.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, the O.C. Sheriff's Office received a call early this morning from the Mission Hills Church in Mission Viejo about a possible burglary in progress.
When the deputies arrived, we're told they found the first and second floors covered in white fire extinguisher spray. Cops say the place was also trashed -- scattered CDs, books, and broken pictures.
When officers reached the second floor, we're told they found Miller naked on some couch -- totally awake and coherent.
Miller -- who also hosted the MTV reality show "Bully Beatdown" -- was taken into custody for burglary, and is currently being medically evaluated. It's unclear if Miller was under the influence.
It's worth noting -- UFC honcho Dana White cut Miller earlier this year, claiming "some crazy sh*t happened backstage" at UFC 146 and Miller was fired.
Miller and White went back at it on Twitter recently, with Miller telling White to "kill yourself." Calls to Miller's rep were not returned.
The 2012 Association of Boxing Commission convention in Clearwater, FL the ABC voted not to implement the he half-point system. It was also decided to wait an additional 90 days on the changes in the recommended Unified Rules judging criteria. During the 90 days, further public comment and feeback from stakeholders in the industry will be explored.
1. Effective Defense Removed as a criteria
2. Striking and Grappling are now considered to be given equal weight.
3. “Damage” is as a term has been used a descriptor when discussing the scoring of MMA rounds by officials. This terminology be replaced by the term “effective”
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Before becoming an MMA fighter and the Strikeforce bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey made her name by winning a bronze medal in judo at the Beijing Olympics. In a recent interview with Elie Seckbach, she talked about how great it was for all Olympians, no matter the stature, to get together and have fun.
Well, almost all Olympians. There was one Olympian who didn't want to mingle: Michael Phelps.
Rousey said while at a party for all American Olympians, the athletes happily mingled together. NBA players hung with the rest of the group, but Phelps had his own area that was just for his group.
"These NBA players are a bigger deal than this guy, and they're hanging out with us. We're teammates. We're not a bunch of groupies. Come hang out with us," Rousey said.
She said it was a similar set-up when Team USA visited "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which rubbed her the wrong way.
"I don't like being somebody's teammate and being treated like I'm a groupie. I didn't even want to go out of my way to say hello to that guy. Get over yourself. All you do is swim. If someone slapped you every time you jumped in the pool, I might have a little respect, but I was a swimmer before I did this stuff, and you can't tell me that swimming is OH MY GOD, because it's not."
Rousey isn't the first athlete to criticize Phelps, who can break Larissa Latynina's all-time medal record with three medals in London. Fellow swimmer Tyler Clary questioned Phelps'
About 14 months ago, at the same time Hector Lombard was piling up wins while cloaked in anonymity, Jorge Santiago was about to make a highly anticipated return to the UFC.
Santiago fought three times for the UFC in 2006, but went 1-2 and was unceremoniously cut. Rather than sulk or look for a new line of work, Santiago assessed his weaknesses, found a new camp and remade himself as a fighter.
Hector Lombard hasn't lost since facing Gegard Mousasi on November 5, 2006.
He won 11 of 12 after the UFC cut him and earned a new contract with the promotion. When he did, he was immediately welcomed as some sort of conquering hero by a portion of the fan base, which expected him to inject a jolt of life into what had become a staid middleweight division.
Fans were starving for a challenger who was good enough to beat champion Anderson Silva. Santiago, with that brilliant 11-1 streak and an amazing win over Kazuo Misaki, was deemed to be the guy.
Turns out, though, he wasn't. Far from it, actually.
Santiago was beaten up by Brian Stann and stopped in the second round of their bout at UFC 130. Four months later, he was repeatedly taken down and outworked by Demian Maia.
Larry Pepe, Creator & Host of Pro MMA Radio, broke the news that Forrest Griffin was granted a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), for his bout vs. Tito Ortiz at UFC 148.
Larry Pepe @LarryPepe
NSAC's Keith Kizer informed me that Forrest Griffin fought Tito Ortiz at UFC 148 with a therapeutic use exemption for TRT.
Both Forrest and Chael blood tested within normal limits for testosterone in pre-fight tests and a post-fight test on Sunday morning.
I think it is safe to say that Tito will not respond well, particularly in retirement fight.
Did not break any rules. Applied for TRT, satisfied commission needed
I believe that the negatives outweigh the positives of granting TUE's for TRT at this point
Amazing that not taking TRT is becoming admirable!
Disproportionate % of MMA fighters w/ low T or the system is being gamed by some fighters. Hard to argue otherwise
It is being called the biggest rematch of all time. UFC President Dana White is even predicting more than one million pay-per-view buys, something that has not happened since UFC 121 in 2010. Combine the comedic trash-talking genius of Chael Sonnen with the awkward, Portuguese-speaking, longest-reigning, most dominant UFC champion of all-time and toss in the ultimate missed-it-by-that-much moment in MMA history, and, yes, you have yourself a very intriguing main event.
The history runs deep on this rematch, and the first fight between Silva and Sonnen makes the second much, much more interesting. While people mostly counted out Sonnen in the first fight -- he was a more than 4-to-1 underdog -- he went on to dominate Silva for four-and-half rounds before the triangle armbar seen around the world.
Now, we are all left wondering the same thing: can Sonnen finish what he started? Let us first understand how each of these fighters looks in critical-performance categories and exactly why that first fight was so surprising.
The usually mild-mannered middleweight champion took no prisoners Monday during a UFC 148 conference call, speaking with unprecedented candor about his plans for Chael Sonnen at the July 7 event in Las Vegas.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m on bottom, side or top. Chael Sonnen is going to get his ass kicked like he’s never gotten his ass kicked before,” Silva said through a translator. “What I’m going to do inside the Octagon is something that’s gonna change the image of the sport. I’m going to make sure that every one of his teeth are broken, his arms are broke, his legs are broke. He’s not going to be able to walk out of the Octagon by himself, I can guarantee that. I know he’s listening: The game is over, no more s--- talking. It’s on now.”
One could almost see the MMA media’s collective jaw dropping as the “The Spider” unleashed what amounted to nearly two years of pent-up fury on the call. Even UFC President Dana White, who has presided over bitter feuds such as Tito Ortiz-Chuck Liddell and Rashad Evans-Quinton Jackson during his tenure, was taken aback by Silva’s words.
“What makes this one crazy is I’ve promoted every Anderson Silva fight since he’s been in the UFC, and I’ve never even heard him talk even remotely close to this,” White said. “He usually doesn’t say anything negative [or] disrespectful. I’ve never heard Anderson Silva talk like this.”
Sonnen nearly ended Silva’s title reign at UFC 117, battering the champion over the bout’s first four rounds before succumbing to a triangle armbar in the final frame. Prior to and after that encounter, Sonnen has been unrelentingly vocal in his disdain for all things related to Silva. “The Spider” plans on teaching him a lesson in their long-awaited rematch, which will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“I’m just gonna make him pay and make him eat everything he said -- not only about myself, but about our country, about everything. I’m gonna make sure that he never disrespects any fighter -- not only Brazilian -- any fighter,” Silva said. “I’m going to beat him the way his parents should have beat him to teach him manners because he’s disrespectful.”
Silva was a heavy favorite when the middleweights first squared off in 2010. Few expected Sonnen to put up the fight he did, much less dominate Silva like no other opponent in the UFC before him. Silva believes that their UFC 148 clash will resemble their first meeting in final outcome only.
“There is going to be no difference in the end. The first time we fought, he stepped out the loser, and he’s going to step out losing again this time, too,” Silva said. “The only difference this time is he’s going to have to go see a plastic surgeon after the fight.”
That said, Silva hasn’t spent much time contemplating their initial encounter.
“People who live in the past and things that are in the past are in museums. Right now, I’m focused on what’s gonna happen in the next few weeks. Right now, playtime is over. I’m gonna beat Chael like he’s never been beat before. There’s no more talking. I’m going to beat his ass out of the UFC. He’s never gonna want to fight again after I’m done with him,” Silva said.
The abbreviated teleconference ended in less than 30 minutes when both Silva and Sonnen prematurely left the call. Apparently the champion felt that he had gotten his point across.
“I don’t think there’s too much more Anderson Silva can say than he’s already said,” White admitted.
Apparently JDS is not one of those persons buying the anti-inflammatory medication excuse coming from AO (aka: Alistair Overeem) side, if you do not know the store behind the rib injury claimed by Overeems camp is goes something like this: AO got hurt in a training session which in it self lead to his doctor injecting anti-inflammatory medication mixed with testosterone into him to heal the injury, but of course that was not enough for Nevada State Athletic Commission who gave AO a unannounced test right before fighting JDS. Since they did not buy the story they suspended AO for 9 months.
Further on JDS claims that he is the living proof that you can reach the top au naturale and that a fighter using substances is not fighting with his own skills, he is enhancing his power with those drugs. He even went on claiming that "A guy who uses doping is a fake fighter" and that after a clean fight between two fighters you know who the real champion is afterwards.
Now JDS is scheduled to fight Cain Velasquez Sept. 22 at UFC 152 in Toronto, but should he win over the brown pride (aka: Cain Velasquez) he would prefer NOT to defend against a fresh off suspension AO. He even claimed that he think AO needs another fight before having a go at the title again and that AO doesn´t deserve to have a go at the title before doing so.
sources: MMANEWS.COM (by: Chris Howie)
ESPN.com (by: Josh Gross)
Fernandes (11-3) had spent most of his career at featherweight, winning DREAM's title in that division as well before dropping down to bantamweight. He holds notable wins over Joachim Hansen, Joe Warren and Antonio Banuelos on his record.
In Delorme, he'll be facing an 8-1 fighter who has won both of his octagon outings, with wins over Josh Ferguson and Nick Denis.
UFC also confirmed that Chris Clements has stepped in to replace Thiago Alves in a matchup against Siyar Bahadurzada. Clements (11-4) is riding a five-fight win streak into the fight.
Gorgeous Arianny Celeste has made a name for herself as a TV host, spokesmodel, Octagon Girl for the UFC and role model for women everywhere as a tough and pretty female, however, this past weekend she made headlines for the wrong reason.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, Arianny and her boyfriend, Praveen Chandra, were arrested in Las Vegas on charges of domestic violence.
What the rumor mill didn’t say, however, was that Arianny was acting in self-defense and thanks to being employed by the UFC for over five years, Arianny picked up some fighting moves of her own that helped her defend herself.
Praveen told authorities that Arianny kicked him in the nose during a limousine ride back to the Vegas hotel where they were staying, but we ain’t buying it. Praveen’s mugshot shows no damage to his face.
Arianny tells Hollyscoop exclusively, “I was defending myself after he choked me twice.”
The argument escalated once inside the couple's Wynn hotel room. A hotel employee responded after hearing crashing sounds coming from their room around 4:30 AM. When the employee checked up on them, an emotional Arianny came running out.
Cisco "El Gringo" Gonzales is from Caracas, Venezuela and he is also a member of Best MMA Torrents.
Among the years we've been on the business I've been honored to met many real life fighters, I always thought it could be a good idea to let us know about it, our community is full of fighters and fight fans, we are real and here to stay.
CONGRATULATIONS TO CISCO GONZALES FOR HIS PRO DEBUT!
About him: He Likes to Strike and exchange punches, He loves Boxing but he knows that the way to go is to learn everything and that's why he learns grappling too, He calls himself as a Boxer/Grappler.
Details: Age , Height & Weight: 25 years - 1.85 cm & 75-85kg
Nickname: He is "El Gringo" , people call him that way becouse when he went to train on Brazil, he didn't know portuguese, he had to speak english and then everyone on the team started to call him "El Gringo".
There is no word on the victim of the battery, so speculation would be inappropriate.
One can only assume that she will not be working tonight's UFC 146 event, with duties likely falling to Brittney Palmer.
This is the latest in a very weird week for the UFC, which saw top star Jon Jones arrested for a DWI despite claims from him in the past that it was the last thing he'd ever do, and then word coming out that Jon had had his car towed previously for driving recklessly while on a suspended license after he was pulled over in a strip club parking lot.
UFC fighter Nick Diaz no-showed a scheduled World Jiu-Jitsu Expo superfight with Braulio Estima on Saturday in Long Beach, Calif.
Diaz's absence understandably left fans and Estima steamed.
Diaz, who reportedly was going to donate his purse to charity, initially offered no explanation for skipping the event, which was sold online as a $9.95 pay-per-view.
The event included five other jiu-jitsu bouts – Kyra Gracie outpointed Strikeforce's Alexis Davis, for example – but world champion Estima was left standing on the mat as he awaited Diaz, who never showed for the featured attraction. Event organizer Renzo Gracie later announced the superfight had been scratched because Diaz didn't arrive.
"For Nick, I gave up a lot of things to make this happen," Estima said afterward. "I came here to fight. You said that you were going to gave this all to charity, make all these speeches and stuff. I'm here now. You let everyone down. You let me down.
"I think this is very disrespectful. I didn't expect this from you."
Estima, who previously hinted at a possible move to MMA, said he would fight Diaz in the cage, assuming he shows up.
"I will fight him any time, and I'll make sure I'm there," he said.
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz has torn his ACL, forcing him to pull out of his scheduled UFC 148 title defense against Urijah Faber.
Multiple reports announced news of the injury on Monday, and UFC President Dana White later confirmed it on his Twitter account. “It’s true Cruz blew his ACL. Stay tuned for more info,” White tweeted.
Later, Cruz issued his own statement via Twitter: “[I’m] bummed people. [Thanks for] the support as I battle this, big sorry to all the fans out there! I will recover [and] I will [be] back [to] put on a show!”
UFC 148 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and is headlined by a middleweight title tilt between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen. The rubber match between Cruz and Faber was expected to be the evening’s co-headliner, but it is unclear at the moment if “The California Kid” will remain on the card to face a new opponent.
Cruz and Faber have been competing as rival coaches on Season 15 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” the first iteration of the popular reality show to utilize a live format. Their bout was scheduled to take place about a month after the conclusion of “TUF Live” on FX.
Faber defeated Cruz in their first meeting at WEC 26, submitting “The Dominator” with a first-round guillotine choke to retain his featherweight crown in 2007. They two men clashed again this past July, with Cruz successfully defending his bantamweight title in a five-round decision at UFC 133.
May 1, 2012 - On Tuesday morning, ESPN the Magazine released its list of highest-paid professional athletes. Included were the obvious -- boxer Manny Pacquiao ($50 million), New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez $30 million), the not-so-obvious -- jockey Ramon Dominguez ($20.5 million), bull rider Silvano Alves ($1.4 million), and the downright ridiculous -- competitive eater Joey Chestnut ($205,000).
In all, the leading earners in 31 separate sports were listed, with earnings only including salaries and prize money earned in 2011. Among the sports not listed was mixed martial arts. According to the story, excluded sports were omitted because official salary data was unavailable.
UFC president Dana White has long been on the record against fighter salaries being made public.
"You don't have to know everything," he said just a few months ago. "And to be honest with you, it's not your f------ business. They're making a lot of money."
He is right and he is wrong. It is true, it is not our f------ business. Nobody wants their salary plastered on news sites around the world for anyone to see. There are certain things that should as a rule be kept private. Family squabbles. Pin numbers. And yes, money.
But there is another side to the argument, one that suggests holding this information from the public view actually holds back progress of the sport. Football, basketball and baseball are mainstream because they're big business. And part of the reason we know they're big business is because players salaries are made public.
People are obsessed by money. It can drive conversation, debate and attention. For proof, just go back to January, when
Just days before Alistair Overeem’s scheduled meeting with the Nevada Athletic Commission, UFC President Dana White has announced that Frank Mir will be the one challenging for the UFC heavyweight title against Junior dos Santos at UFC 146. The event takes place on May 25th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, fills in for Overeem after Overeem tested positive for elevated testosterone levels after a press conference for UFC 146 in March. He was scheduled to meet with the Nevada Athletic Commission on Tuesday to request a license for the fight next month. He was granted a temporary license for his fight against Brock Lesnar at UFC 141 in December. Due to the license expiring after that fight, along with passing drug tests both before and after the bout, the win over Lesnar will officially remain a victory.
However, the drug test results did immediately put his status as title challenger at UFC 146 in question. Mir was the first to volunteer as a replacement, stating “I would be excited if given the opportunity to compete for the UFC’s heavyweight title at UFC 146″. Now he is being given that opportunity.
On Saturday night in the Philips Arena down in Atlanta, the UFC’s most marketable grudge match will finally take place. Former training partners Jon Jones and Rashad Evans haven’t exactly been the closest of friends over the years, and after multiple postponements and a landfill worth of trash talk, the two light heavyweights will be able to prove which is superior.
Champion Jones has been on an absolute tear ever since his debut in the UFC, and there appears to be no sign of him slowing down. However, Evans, a former champion at 205, is going to be Jones’ stiffest challenge to date. An illustrious wrestler who has become an upper echelon-level striker, Evans could be the lone man thus far to not only give the champion problems -- he could beat him.
Jones is a terrific wrestler in his own right, and his unorthodox striking -- coupled with his tree branch-like reach – makes hi m the slight favorite entering the contest. He’s determined to keep the title around his waist and prove that it is he, not his adversary, who is the king of the light heavies. The bout’s outcome realistically is a toss-up, but Sherdog.com has found quite a few experts on the subject. Read on to see how dozens of professional fighters and trainers picked Jones vs. Evans:
Ian McCall: I’m going to go with Jon Jones. I think Rashad is one of the only people who has a shot at beating him. Not only physically, but mentally, because he knows Jones better than anybody else. Rashad’s a smart guy; he’s got a psychology degree. I think he’s in Jones’ head more than Jones shows. A perfect example: watch Jones when he did the telecast for the UFC. He was so nervous. He looked horrible and was fidgeting around like a ten-year-old kid. That’s not to say he’s mentally weak or anything, but he’s got holes and he was nervous. I can see Rashad exploiting that.
UFC Sweden, aka: UFC on FUEL TV 2: Gustafsson vs. Silva is literally hours away now and we´re all getting pumped up for the upcoming action tonight.
Although just days ago the Swedish version of the free newspaper Metro (among others) wrote something hilarious Wednesday 11 April.
Apparently Metro did it´s absolute best to make aprils fool joke here, or at least that´s how I look at it, lol.
Here in Sweden MMA is very new and while many of our youths love the action we still wrestle a lot with politicians and government officials who look on the sport in one way, not to even mention the masses where particularly the older generations think it´s a legalized street fight basically. As we all know street fights often have an aggressor as well as a victim though and victim mostly do not find this funny at all and makes no money what so ever on it, here in Sweden many seem to have difficulties separating these 2 things apart and doesn´t take notice of the fact that MMA requires 2 fighters to make it possible, at UFC level that also mean that both these guys are getting paid for doing the shit they wanted to do to begin with, please granny open your eyes will you?
Here under is the so called news article from Metro translated into english by me, so not exactly perfect but it will have to do, lol..
“I have never gotten hurt in a MMA fight before, not even a black eye”
Magnus "Jycken" (aka: the dog or dog) Cederblad is one Swede that is going to participate in the UFC event at Globen on Saturday. A person have pressed charges against the martial arts delegation
licensing of the event/the office of the chancellor of Justice. (aka: JK). That person want JK to know if the UFC event is even legal. TT
* MMA is a mixture of several martial arts like boxing, wrestling, karate and BJJ among others.
* A MMA-fight is 3x5 minute periods, 1 minute pause between the rounds. Title fights are 5x5 minutes
* A fight can also be won by KO, TKO or if 1 of the contenders choose to give up. Otherwise 3 judges will pick the winner of the fight. TT
Alistair Overeem (36-11 MMA, 1-0 UFC) is unlikely to fight champion Junior Dos Santos (14-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) for the UFC heavyweight title this summer at UFC 146.
Nevada State Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer today told (www.mmajunkie.com) the No. 1 heavyweight contender failed a pre-fight drug test conducted this past Tuesday following a press conference for UFC 146.
Overeem's "A" sample was flagged for an elevated T/E ratio that exeeded 10-to-1, well over the 6-to-1 limit. Kizer said the heavyweight has the right to request the test's "B" sample, which, if negative, would make him eligible to receive a fight license.
The former Strikeforce champion was among six top-billed fighters who were tested for the all-heavyweight pay-per-view event, which takes place May 26 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. All were tested for diuretics, masking agents, anabolic steroids and T/E ratios in addition to drugs of abuse.
Dos Santos, Frank Mir, Cain Velasquez, Roy Nelson and Antonio Silva all passed their tests.
Spike TV and Bellator on Tuesday announced the creation of a new one-hour reality show that is set to air starting in 2013 surrounding the MMA promotion and its athletes.
Details about the show’s structure or what it will be about is being kept under wraps, but the reality program will debut in 2013 on Spike TV, alongside Bellator’s move to the network.
The man in charge of developing the series is award-winning producer Bertrand van Munster, who was behind the CBS hit The Amazing Raceand several other series.
“Some of the most physically-gifted and fascinating athletes in the world fight in Bellator, and I believe they make ideal subjects for an innovative new non-scripted series,” said van Munster.
Bellator hasn’t set foot in the reality show arena yet, and CEO Bjorn Rebney seems excited for the opportunity to show a new side of the business to fans on Spike TV.
“We are thrilled to partner with an industry legend such as van Munster, whose creativity and ingenuity will help expose Bellator to an expanded new audience next year on Spike,” Rebney stated.
van Munster and Elise Doganieri will serve as Executive Producers for the new series. Sharon Levy and Tim Duffy, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV, will oversee the project for the network.
The unscripted reality show will debut in 2013 along with Bellator Fighting Championships, who shift their programming from MTV2 over to Spike TV.
The first everUltimate Fighter Live finale cardhas officially been announced for June 1 at the Pearl at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas and No. 1 contender’s match will headline the show.
Jake Ellenberger, fresh off his latest win over Diego Sanchez in February, will battle Xtreme Couture fighter Martin Kampmann with a shot at the UFC welterweight title on the line.
“The welterweight division is stacked and Jake Ellenberger and Martin Kampmann are going to fight for the chance to earn a title shot,” UFC President Dana White said in a release on Monday. “They will headline the season finale of TUF Live on FX to crown the next Ultimate Fighter. There’s a lot at stake for the guys competing on this card at the Palms.”
Kampmann is coming back from a big win as well after submitting Thiago Alves in the main event of UFC on FX 2 in Australia in early March.
It has finally happened. The UFC has announced that it has finally signed Fedor Emelianenko to a contract to compete inside the Octagon. UFC President Dana White announced the signing today via Twitter:
I never thought I'd say this in my life...We signed Fedor
The idea of Emelianenko signing with the UFC has been teased for the past couple years. Dana White claims that he offered the Russian fighter a contract that would pay him more than any fighter in the history of the UFC. Emelianenko's management team refused the offer as the UFC was still unwilling to copromote the M-1 Global brand in Fedor's bouts inside the UFC.
With Zuffa's acquisition of the Strikeforce organization, it looked like finally Fedor would compete under the Zuffa banner, but after losing three consecutive fights for the organization he would leave Strikeforce.
The UFC is not in the habit of signing athletes on losing streaks, but Emelianenko has won twice since leaving Strikeforce and at the end of the day, there was value in brining him to the UFC.
"I've said a lot of mean things, Vadim has said his share of mean things, but at the end of the day it's about business and putting together great fights", said UFC President Dana White when asked for a comment.
It's unsure at this time when Emelianenko will debut in the UFC.
In a milestone for Brazilian MMA, “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil” began on Sunday, the first edition of the reality show to take place outside the U.S. According to the Brazilian Institute of Public Opinion and Statistics, Globo increased its audience by 15 percent during the “TUF Brazil” premiere. It was estimated that approximately 8 million people watched the show throughout the South American country.
Unlike its live American counterpart, which airs each Friday on FX, “TUF Brazil” follows a format similar to that of the show’s previous installments. Sixteen fighters will be confined in a house and divided between featherweight and middleweight. The top two from each weight class are expected to square off at UFC 147 on June 23, with the eventual winners earning a six-figure contract with the UFC.
Before the first episode began, Globo TV offered a general explanation about the UFC for the benefit of the novice MMA fans in Brazil. Then the premiere began, with 16 fights in Rio de Janeiro’s HSBC Arena to determine who would enter the “TUF Brazil” house. The premiere featured prominent national names such as Pedro Nobre, Delson Heleno, Gilberto Galvao, Sergio Moraes and Rony Mariano Bezerra as well as lesser known talents who also hoped to fulfill their dream of making onto the cast.
Mar 15, 2012 - The UFC will continue its European expansion next month when the promotion makes its debut in Stockholm, Sweden for UFC on FUEL TV 2.
And according to UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta, the organization hopes to debut in a few more European countries by the end of next year.
"I think Italy will be next," Fertitta said. "Me and Lawrence [Epstein, the UFC's general counsel] went out to Italy and met with the owners. There's really only one venue in Italy that makes sense for us. There's an arena right outside of Milan, it's owned by a family, and once again, they had these misconceptions about what this was. 'Oh my gosh, you're going to have these guys get in there and fight in a cage,' and all this other stuff. But we went out there, sat down with them, explained who we were, what our background was, safety, regulation, all those things. [We] invited them to the fight in Birmingham [for UFC 138], and they were blown away. They said, 'You guys are welcome any time you want.'
"So I get an e-mail from Lawrence earlier this week. They're having a fight later this month; they've already sold 15,000 tickets."
That event, the first for the upstart promotion Oktagon, will take place on March 24 at the Forum Assago di Milano and will be headlined by Valentijn Overeem vs. Michael Kita.
Dana White is a great promoter because after listening to him talk for just a brief while, he can make even a so-so bout sound like the next Fight of the Century.
The UFC president says a fight is "big, it's [expletive] huge," so often, he ought to consider trademarking the phrase.
But on May 26 at UFC 146 at the MGM Grand, it won't be hyperbole when White calls the card "big" and "[expletive] huge."
For the first time in UFC history, the main card will consist of five heavyweight bouts, putting about a ton-and-a-quarter of heavyweights into the cage in a three-hour span. UFC 28 featured four heavyweight bouts, but White was able to top it for UFC 146 when he finalized a bout between Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt that is expected to open the pay-per-view broadcast.
Also on the main card on the show will be Shane del Rosario against Gabriel Gonzaga, Antonio "Big Foot" Silva against Roy "Big Country" Nelson, former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez against "Fracturing" Frank Mir and, in the main event, a title bout between champion Junior dos Santos against No. 1 challenger Alistair Overeem.
Heavyweights have long been the most popular division in combat sports and the heavyweight champion is often regarded as the so-called "baddest man on the planet."
These 10 heavyweights average 6 feet 3 inches and 253 pounds. Most interesting, though, is that they have combined for a 162-51 record, and have 144 finishes among those 162 victories, according to records from Sherdog. They've combined for 83 knockouts and 61 submissions.
Of their 51 losses, they've been finished 35 times. That means that of their combined 213 fights, the bouts have been finished 179 times, or in 84 percent of the fights.
The group includes the reigning UFC heavyweight champion (dos Santos), two former UFC champions (Mir and Velasquez), a Strikeforce champ (Overeem) and a former International Fight League champion (Nelson).
According to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC), his UFC career is just about done.
Jackson on Tuesday wrote that his next UFC appearance will be his last, though he said he'll continue to fight on in some other fashion.
"I feel sorry for my next opponent, no matter who or what it is," Jackson wrote via Twitter. "I will fight whoever they put in front of me – I always have – but it will be my last fight in the UFC."
Jackson fought most recently at February's UFC 144 event, where he missed weight by six pounds and then lost a lackluster decision to Ryan Bader. Following the fight, Jackson revealed that a knee injury prevented him from training at full strength, as well as putting in the road work necessary to complete his weightcut.
He then offered a controversial interview with "Fighters Only" magazine where he admitted to using testosterone replacement therapy at the suggestion of UFC-employed doctors.
UFC officials have yet to comment on the situation, but Jackson said he's nearly done with the promotion, taking a swipe at the UFC payscale while announcing his intentions.
"I have other things on my mind," Jackson stated. "I didn't say I would be done fighting; I just said I'm not fighting for the UFC (u fight cheap)."
Feb 29, 2012 - Halt any talk about Frankie Edgar moving down to the featherweight division. Fresh off his unanimous decision loss to Ben Henderson at UFC 144, the former lightweight champion says that he's staying right where he is, and that he wants an immediate rematch.
Known for his soft-spoken style outside of the cage, Edgar made probably the most impassioned demand of his career in a Wednesday interview on The MMA Hour. After noting that he had given rematches to both Gray Maynard and BJ Penn, he said that he expects the same treatment after a close loss.
"I'm saying it, and I'm saying it loud: I want my rematch," he said. "I'm not going to have these antics or play these games. I'm telling you want I want. This is what I want. I think it's fair. I think the fans want to see it. It was fight of the night. Listen, even if these guys want to see me get beat up, I do get beat up in a lot of my fights, even in the fights I win, so it’s win-win for everybody."
Just days after the conclusion of the bout though, Edgar has yet to hear anything yet from UFC brass regarding a return bout with Henderson. In the immediate aftermath of the event, UFC president Dana White seemed to indicate two things. First, that Henderson would likely defend his belt against Anthony Pettis in a bout that would be a rematch of their 2010 fight of the year. And second, that he would like Edgar to move down to 145 and face champion Jose Aldo.
In the late 50s and early 60s, Emile Griffith and Benny 'Kid' Paret fought three times. The first time, Griffith took Paret's welterweight world champion boxing title. In the second fight, Paret too it back.
At the weigh ins for the second fight, the Cuban-born Paret slapped Griffith with a limp wrirst, and called him "Maricon" the Spanish street slang equivalent of "faggot." Griffith vowed that if Paret ever taunted him again in that manner, they would fight right there.
At the weigh ins for the third and final fight, Paret did it again. And that night, Griffith beat him to death in the ring.
We now live in better, less bigoted age, where it is taunting about sexual preference that is shameful, not the sexual preference itself.
"If there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out," said UFC President Dana White last year. "I could care less if there's a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there's probably more than one."
Now MiddleEasy is reporting that TUF15 fighter Dakota Cochrane, who crushed Jamie Varner last year at Titan Fighting Championships 20, is also a gay porn star.
The emergence of a prominent gay fighter is an opportunity for the world's fastest growing sport to show its ethical colors, and to judge Cochrane for the content of his character, and the quality of his fighting, and that is it.
PRIDE and UFC star, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, or 'Big Nog' has a conspiracy theory. He thinks there's a rivalry between American's and Brazilian's, and he implies that MMA Judges in the US are biased against the Brazilians.
"Americans have a rivalry with Brazilians, that is obvious. And why is that? It’s because the UFC has three hundred fighters under contract, and from those three hundred fighters we are fifty. The Brazilians are fifty, and we have more belts than they do."
"So from three hundred we are fifty, and with those fifty we get there and take care of business. They win (more) because they have more (people), they have a bigger infrastructure inside their gyms, they have support for the sport since they’re kids. But the sport is growing in Brazil and I believe that..."
"They look at us with (malicious) eyes, let’s say it like that. If you’re going to fight an American in the US you have to win the fight with emphasis because otherwise… You can’t win it by a thin margin."
Feb 21, 2012 - If you count yourself among those growing queasy with UFC 144 fever, yesterday probably didn't do you any favors. But that's not to say it was uneventful.
Between a late release of the first UFC 144 video blog, an abrupt Rampage Jackson-Joe Rogan beef, and Carlos Condit's latest return timetable, there were plenty of morsels to whet your appetite. So while we await the gear-up to Japan, catch up with all the MMA you may have missed on the Morning Report.
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The MMA Hour. Ariel Helwani and The MMA Hourreturn with a quartet of interviews featuring lightweight contender Joe Lauzon, broadcaster Mauro Ranallo, snakebitten UFC fighter Sean Loeffler, and journalist Daniel Herbertson.
Ian McCall: 'I'm on borrowed time, I shouldn't be here.' McCall, a contender for the UFC's inaugural flyweight championship, candidly recounted the drug overdose that nearly killed him.
Carlos Condit unsure of St. Pierre's schedule, 'would like to stay busy.' Condit gave a timetable for his return and revealed what it would take to get him back in the cage against an opponent not named Georges St-Pierre.
Loss to Anthony Pettis might have been the best, most painful thing to happen to Ben Henderson. Henderson discussed in painful detail the moment that, even now, can bring tears to his eyes.
Jon Jones named 'Honorary Race Official' for Daytona 500. In a strange melding of worlds, Jones will take part in the pre-race ceremonies for NASCAR's biggest race.
A rematch nearly three-and-a-half years in the making is expected to take place on April 20.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today learned that both Shinya Aoki (30-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) and Eddie Alvarez (22-3 MMA, 6-1 BFC) have verbally agreed to meet at an as-yet-unannounced Bellator 66 event.
Contracts are expected to be finalized shortly.
Bellator 66 takes place April 20, but Bellator Fighting Championships officials have yet to announce a venue for the card.
The pair originally met in December 2008, when Aoki needed just 92 seconds to submit Alvarez via heel hook and claim the WAMMA lightweight crown. Since that meeting, Aoki has pieced together an 11-2 mark, while Alvarez has gone 8-1.
Aoki, the current DREAM lightweight champion, makes his Bellator debut on the strength of a seven-fight win streak. He's fought twice before in the U.S., both times under the Strikeforce banner.
Alvarez, a season-one tourney winner who held the Bellator lightweight title for two-and-a-half years, lost the belt to Michael Chandler in November at Bellator 58. The spirited and back-and-forth bout, which proved one of 2011's best, ended in a fourth-round submission victory for new champ and still-undefeated Chandler.
ESPN aired a negative feature on UFC fighter pay at the beginning of this year, which resulted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship and Dana White responding with their own version of the piece and a few not-so-kind words for ESPN.
The problems between the UFC and ESPN are also evident in the United Kingdom, where the sports giant broadcasts the majority of Ultimate Fighting Championship events. The UFC's current contract with ESPN expires this August.
During a recent fan Q&A session via Twitter, Lorenzo Fertitta stated that he was “not happy” with the ESPN and when asked about the new partner after the current contract expires in August, Fertitta said that they want "something big ... ESPN is stopping MMA gaining maximum traction in the UK. Need a station with more views, gain traction then big fight PPV,” indicating that the organisation's aim for the UK market is to have fights broadcast on pay-per-view.
It seems then that all signs currently point towards a deal with FOX's UK counterpart, Sky television, after the ESPN deal expires in August. Despite moving away from the pay-per-view business, 'Box Office' movies and events are still big business and as the most established sports network in the UK, Sky certainly have the resources required to push MMA (and the UFC brand) into the mainstream outside of the United States.
Traditionally, the pay-per-view model does not work in the United Kingdom, but if the UFC were to put on an event at the O2 Arena featuring a big title fight and a couple of the most popular fighters on the roster, fans would almost certainly be willing to part with their hard earned cash to tune in. On top of live fight cards, if you include The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Tonight, UFC Central, Ultimate Insider, UFC FX and Fuel TV cards, which would more than likely end up spread across the various Sky Sports or Sky Entertainment channels, it could end up being the perfect scenario for the UFC.
The new gig casts further doubt on the Strikeforce fighter's potential return to the MMA cage.
According to the report, the film, which John Stockwell will direct, begins principal photography "in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico." That schedule all but assures Carano won't return to Strikeforce by year's end.
Carano (7-1 MMA, 1-1 SF) hasn't fought since an August 2009 title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Soon after, famed director Steven Soderbergh cast the 29-year-old for "Haywire," which opened nationwide this past month to largely positive reviews. Many reviewers singled out Carano, who starred alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas, for her performance.
"In the Blood" focuses on a woman (Carano) who hunts down her kidnapped husband while on vacation in the Caribbean.
Following "Haywire" filming, Carano was slated to fight Sarah D'Alelio this past June at "Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum," though she ultimately withdrew from the card for undisclosed reasons. She also was targeted for a Strikeforce fight this past December, but the booking never materialized. Nevertheless, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has maintained the former muay Thai fighter will always have an open invitation to return to the promotion.
Before her loss to Santos, Carano became arguably MMA's highest-profile female fighter following an undefeated run in the now-defunct EliteXC organization.
Amidst a late-night marathon on Twitter on Thursday night, UFC co-owner Lornzo Fertitta broke quite a bit of news, including heavyweights Cain Velasquez vs. Frank Mir and bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz vs. Urijah Faber 3 being likely for the summer.
According to Fertitta, Velasquez, who dos Santos knocked out in just 64-seconds to win the heavyweight title in November, is likely to take on another former champion in Mir next, but he did not announce which upcoming event will host the matchup.
Velasquez (9-1) has not fought since that loss, the first of his career, while Mir (16-5) was in action at UFC 140 in December, defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira via kimura.
While Fertitta did not go into detail on the matchup, it is likely to be a number one contender’s bout, with the winner taking on the winner of dos Santos vs. Overeem.
Meanwhile, Cruz and Faber will appear as opposing coaches on the upcoming 15th season of The Ultimate Fighter on FX and, according to Fertitta, the rubber match between the two is expected to take place at UFC 148 on July 7th in Las Vegas.
Miesha Tate is the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion, but for whatever reason, it seems that upstart Ronda Rousey is the one garnering the lion’s share of the attention heading into the main event showdown at Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey on March 3 in Columbus, Ohio.
Tate has openly questioned Rousey’s credibility in getting a title shot in his first fight at bantamweight, especially when she’s only had four professional fights on her resume. She does, however, realize this is a fight that excites fans and will likely draw more of them to favor women’s mixed martial arts.
“I believe that’s this fight at this point. Regardless of Ronda’s record, nevertheless, I feel like she’s still going to be a challenge,” Tate told MMAWeekly.com’s Damon Martin in an exclusive interview.
Tate isn’t one to hold her tongue, however. She openly despises Rousey and how she got the title shot.
“I feel she’s pretty much talked her way into this fight,” said Tate. “I think she still had one or two more fights before she earned a spot. She’s next in line, but she’s not the No. 1 contender.
“She’s gonna get what she asked for, but I don’t think she’s gonna want it.”
Feb 9, 2012 - Stop me if you’ve heard this one. Nick Diaz fights in Las Vegas, does his usual schtick enlarging his fame among his diehard fans and leaving the rest of the MMA world slightly confused, but intrigued. Then the drug-test results come back, and suddenly he has a real problem that won’t go away. Not without a suspension and a fine, in all likelihood.
Fast forward five years, and it’s the same story, only this time in the UFC, and at a time when he can least afford it.
If you were surprised to learn that Diaz has a bit of a thing for weed, I have some news about Ernest Hemingway and booze that may shock you. If, like most of us, you already knew that Diaz liked a puff from time to time and just assumed he’d gotten better at fooling the drug tests, the news is probably more of a vague disappointment than anything else. It’s not that he uses one of the most harmless drugs (and least performance-enhancing ones) on the banned substances list -- it’s that he got caught for it.
Fast forward five years, and it’s the same story, only this time in the UFC, and at a time when he can least afford it.
Less than 24 hours after UFC president Dana White announced Nick Diaz (Pictured) and Carlos Condit had agreed to an immediate rematch, it appears Part II has been scrapped before contracts were ever even drawn up.
Unfortunately for curious minds that want to know, Diaz’s longtime manager, Cesar Gracie, wasn’t able to provide much information outside of the fact his client’s future is still as uncertain as ever.
“Yeah, I said that (there will be no rematch). But that’s all I can say,” Gracie told ESPN. “I can’t say anything else. I can’t do anything.
“Quote that if you want to. There is not going to be a rematch. Other than that, that’s all I can say.”
More details should come to light on Friday when Condit and his manager meet with White in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This past Saturday at UFC 143, Condit was rewarded with a highly controversial unanimous decision victory to capture the interim welterweight crown. Many believed Condit should have lost the championship bout because Diaz seemed to be the more aggressive fighter and won the ever-ambiguous “Octagon control” aspect of their 25-minute affair.
At Saturday night's UFC 143 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that both UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) and his nemesis Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet in Brazil on an as-yet-undetermined date in June.
Silva was in Las Vegas for Saturday's fight card, and White said an agreement was reached during the event.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Sonnen, of course, had stated he didn't believe Silva would ever fight him again following the pair's memorable UFC 117 matchup, in which the challenger dominated for four-and-a-half rounds before relenting to the champ. Since that fight, Sonnen has alternated between campaigning for a rematch and dismissing the need for one.
White, however, said the likelihood of the rematch was never in doubt.
"Chael's full of [expletive]," White said. "You guys need to stop listening to Chael."
UFC heavyweight and No. 1 contender Alistair Overeem has been charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident over New Year’s weekend in Las Vegas.
According to a report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Overeem was cited by the Las Vegas Police Department for allegedly shoving a woman in the face at the Wynn Las Vegas on Jan. 2 at 3 a.m.
Overeem has obtained criminal defense attorney David Chesnoff to handle the case.
“There are two sides to every story,” Chesnoff told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “and we intend on vigorously defending this. Alistair maintains his innocence.”
The report also states Overeem is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 21 at 8 a.m., but the Clark County Office of the District Attorney tells MMAWeekly.com they have no record of such a hearing. Clark County court records also show no scheduled date.
MMAWeekly.com attempted contacting Chesnoff, but he was unavailable for comment at the time of this publication.
The last MMA and UFC fans saw of Overeem was in his Octagon debut at UFC 141, the same weekend of the alleged incident, where he TKO’d former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar in the first round of their main event bout.
Last week, @JoshTheGod and his “Underground Nazi H4ck3rGr0up” took over UFC.com for nearly two days. The group hacked the website because of the UFC’s public support of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), which would allow the US Government to shut down Internet websites that provide pirated content.
After the Ultimate Fighting Championship regained control of their web domain, @S3rver.exe stepped in as a contributing member of @YourAnonNews, another coalition that has loudly spoken out against SOPA and PIPA, and defaced UFC.com and UFC.tv to help the protest efforts.
Shortly after the Internet assault died down, UFC president Dana White (Pictured) claimed he couldn’t have cared less what the “terrorists” were trying to do and dared them to attempt another takeover.
Hours later, JoshTheGod posted a link containing White’s confidential information, including his current address, phone numbers and Social Security number. However, it appears several pieces of the info released on White was inaccurate.
Now that the dust has somewhat settled, one of the hackers has revealed himself to be a 13-year-old from Australia. That’s correct, one of the keyboard crunchers that cracked UFC.com has just barely cracked into his teenage years.
The hackers that claimed responsibility for re-directing the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s website a few days ago took aim at UFC president Dana White on Thursday, releasing his personal information on the web.
The hackers noted that their takeover of UFC.com was in response to the company’s open support of controversial Internet piracy legislation, SOPA and PIPA.
CHICAGO – Regardless of what Chael Sonnen (26-11-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) says, should he defeat Michael Bisping (22-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) at Saturday's UFC on FOX 2 event, Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) is next.
UFC president Dana White clarified the organization's plans at today's UFC on FOX 2 pre-event presser in Chicago.
"Chael is nuts," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He says all kinds of crazy things. 'He's the champion.' Listen to me. OK? Listen to me. He's not the champion.
"He will fight Anderson Silva if he wins. He will not fight for the heavyweight championship or Jon 'Bones' Jones. I have to have a separate press conference to stop all the stuff that Chael Sonnen says."
Bisping and Sonnen meet in the co-feature of Saturday's fight card, which takes place at United Center in Chicago. The main card airs on FOX.
Sonnen, of course, has stated he doesn't believe Silva will ever fight him again following the pair's memorable UFC 117 matchup, in which the challenger dominated for four-and-a-half rounds before relenting to the champ. Since that fight, Sonnen has alternated between campaigning for a rematch and dismissing the need for one.
As he prepares to take on British slugger Bisping, Sonnen is apparently in one if his dismissive stages.
As expected, the UFC will hold its third FOX-televised event on May 5, and the first fight announced for the card looks like a guaranteed barnburner.
UFC president Dana White today announced that Nate Diaz (15-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Jim Miller (21-3 MMA, 12-2 UFC) will take place on that date at UFC on FOX 3.
The event takes place at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J.
Diaz enters the bout after back-to-back career bests, flashing moments of absolute domination in wins over Donald Cerrone and Takanori Gomi. The 26-year-old is just 4-2 in his past six fights, but with five "Fight of the Night" bonuses under his belt, he's a must-watch competitor and may very well work his way into title contention with a win.
Meanwhile, Miller looks to build on the strength of his impressive submission win over Melvin Guillard at this past weekend's UFC on FX 1 event. Miller was decisioned by Ben Henderson in a bid for a shot at the lightweight title, but he's still 9-1 in his past 10 fights and extremely relevant in the 155-pound title picture.
The UFC made its network-TV debut with UFC on FOX 1 in November. The abbreviated/teaser show featured just one televised fight – Junior Dos Santos' title-clinching knockout of then-heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez. However, on Saturday night at UFC on FOX 2 in Chicago, FOX airs three main-card bouts, and FX carries the event's full preliminary card.
UFC President Dana White discussed the next fights for UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, middleweight champ Anderson Silva and light heavyweight champion Jon Jones with Fuel TV following Friday’s UFC on FX 1 event.
Jones is expected to headline April’s UFC 145 event in Atlanta with his challenger decided by next Saturday’s UFC on Fox 2 main event between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis. If Evans beats Davis and isn’t injured he’ll earn a long awaited matchup with his former teammate Jones, while Dan Henderson would likely challenge Jones for the belt if Davis wins.
The next shot at Anderson Silva will be on the line when Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping square off at UFC on Fox 2, but Sonnen has expressed doubts that Silva will rematch him after nearly dethroning him in their first meeting in 2010. However, White “guaranteed” that Silva would fight Sonnen again this summer should he beat Bisping next Saturday and that the matchup would likely take place at a soccer stadium in Silva’s home country of Brazil.
Finally, Georges St-Pierre’s recovery from knee surgery is well ahead of schedule and the welterweight champion could return as early as this summer, especially if Nick Diaz claims the interim title over Carlos Condit at UFC 143 early next month.
Watch Dana White’s complete interview with Fuel TV HERE.
Posturing, nonsense and the same old problems in boxing. Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have been going back and forth in an intense PR war over the past month. Floyd got his jail date pushed back so he could fight on May 5 and said he wanted Pacquiao, Bob Arum said Manny would be ready in May, but then changed it to June because of a cut suffered in November. Then Manny said he wanted to fight Floyd more than anyone else, so Arum said he didn't know who to call to discuss the fight. Then Floyd decided to say that there'd be no 50/50 purse split, effectively killing any chance of the fight.
The fight is already receiving backlash from many in the boxing community and the fanbase who feel that no matter what, Cotto simply isn't a tough style matchup for Pacquiao. The two went pretty even for the first four rounds of their November 2009 bout, but in the end Pacquiao simply wound up the much better man, and by the time Kenny Bayless mercy-stopped it in the 12th round, Cotto was refusing to engage Pacquiao.
It was unrealistic to think that he and Floyd were ever going to meet in May, but this is still not exactly a thrilling development.
It's not so much that Cotto/Pacquiao is a horrible fight, it's not really. It's just that it already happened once and pretty much anything was going to be a letdown with the constant "will they/won't they?"
Yeah, that one? It won't be overturned. Since the fight was in Brazil, with no regulatory commission, the UFC served as the regulator of the fight. They announced that they have no plans to change the fight to a no-contest.
"Based on the referee's verbal warnings and his determination that the blows were intentional and a disqualifying foul, this is not the type of decision that can be reviewed," Ratner stated. "Therefore, the decision stands."
However, Ratner did share some good news. The UFC will start using instant replay at their self-regulated, international events, and will encourage state commissions to come into the 90s and use replay.
While it may not be the exact outcome that MMA fans -- or Erick Silva -- wants, it's still a good sign that the UFC is willing to make a change to improve the sport overall.
"Outside the Lines has spoken with more than 20 current, former and potential UFC fighters, as well as agents and promoters," ESPN's John Barr charged. "To a person, they say UFC fighters have not received their fair share of the company's rapidly increasing revenue."
In short, the show charges that UFC pay is not fair. This is an extraordinariy claim to make in a free-market economy.
With the advent of recycling, there are now countless thousands of people employed to stand by moving lines of refuse, separating the garbage from the recycling. How much would you have to be paid to spend eight hours a day picking through garbage? Is the near minimm wage that scut line workers are paid fair? Best way to determine the answer might be to spend a day doing it, for 50 bucks.
The show established unequivocally that UFC main event fighters make far, far more than do first time prelim fighters, who can earn as little as six or eight thousand dollars if they lose. However, equally unequivocally the UFC is paying main event fighters vastly larger sums because so many more fans pay money to see the main event and main card fighters than they do the undercard fighters.
One need only see the extraordinary swings in PPV buys with roughly equal undercards to understand that main event fighters bring in the money. That may not be "fair" to the undercard fighters who may train just as hard as a Rampage Jackson, and often hold down a full time job simultaneously, dreaming of the day when all they have to do is train. But it is what it is in a free-market economy.
RIO DE JANEIRO – Anthony Johnson today grossly missed the middleweight mark required for his co-main event bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC 142.
Prior to the start of weigh-ins, UFC president Dana White said Johnson would "badly" miss weight.
Moments later, when he officially weighed 197 pounds, officials announced Johnson has been fined 20 percent of his "show" money (which goes to Belfort), and after rehydrating, he can weigh no more than 205 pounds on fight day.
Today's official weigh-ins took place today at HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, the same venue that hosts Saturday's pay-per-view event and Johnson vs. Belfort co-headliner. They aired on FUEL TV and streamed online.
Belfort (20-9 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who weighed in at 186 pounds, stipulated he'll only take the fight if Johnson (10-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) is no heavier than 205 pounds for the bout.
It's a shocking turn for Johnson, whose repeated issues making the 170-pound limit required of welterweights prompted calls he move up in weight. UFC 142 is his first fight at middleweight, though today's gaffe marks the third time he has missed weight during his UFC career.
When Vitor Belfort got the call from the UFC that he would be fighting in his native Brazil, he was obviously excited.
But the excitement soon turned to anticipation because Belfort then only wanted to know one thing. Who was he fighting?
The name Anthony Johnson came across the telephone, and without hesitation, like any other fight before, Belfort said yes. To some it may have been an odd choice because Johnson has spent his entire UFC career fighting at welterweight.
Belfort on the other hand trusted the UFC’s judgment and knew that if Johnson was their choice for the fight, then he’d prepare for him accordingly.
“I’m not a picky fighter like ‘oh no I don’t want this.’ I think of it like this, I’ve been in this sport for so long, I know so many managers, promoters, fighters, they have a way to do business. I do business like this… God is my manager, God is my everything. If somebody is trying to do something with me, that’s bad for me, I cannot stop it. I can control my intentions, to work for the UFC,” Belfort told MMAWeekly Radio recently.
“If they think this is a good fight to the UFC, then it’s a good fight for Vitor.”
As soon as Belfort got the news about who his opponent would be, he started training like any other fight camp. There was no lacking in his preparation simply because Johnson hadn’t ever competed at middleweight before.
"I've said this over and over before and I'm saying this again, I want Floyd Mayweather Jnr to be my next opponent and I haven't changed my choice despite recent developments," Pacquiao said.
"I am meeting with my promoter, Bob Arum, and I will insist that the fight with Mayweather be given the preference. Whoever the fans want me to fight, I will face him atop the ring."
Momentum for the fight has gained since a Las Vegas judge ruled Mayweather's jail sentence would not start until June 1. The decision was made largely due to the pre-booked date of May 5, which is pencilled in for Mayweather's next bout.
Complex negotiations between the Pacquiao and Mayweather camps must still take place before the pair can lock sights on one another, but the American issued his response to Pacquiao late on Tuesday, labelling him a "punk".
"Manny Pacquiao I'm calling you out, let's fight May 5th and give the world what they want to see," Mayweather tweeted. "My jail sentence was pushed back because the date was locked in. Step up punk."
The next step will be for the respective camps to see eye-to-eye, something which they have never previously managed, and Pacquiao admits the situation may be taken out of his hands. "I don't choose the fight," said the 33-year-old. "It is my promoter who does because it's his job. My job is to fight, everybody must realise that."
The first international edition of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series appears to have a broadcast home in the U.S.
"The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil," an upcoming version of the show that features Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort as coaches, is expected to air on the FOX-owned FUEL TV.
UFC president Dana White recently shared news of the plans.
"Nobody knows this yet, and it's the first time it's being told," White told ESPN1100/98.9 FM in Las Vegas. "And to be honest with you the deal isn't 100 percent done yet, but I'm so confident it's going to happen. ... 'The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil' will air on Fuel TV. All this unique content that we're doing in these other parts of the world, Fuel TV is going to take."
FUEL TV officials couldn't comment on the plans when contact by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) but said they have a handful of UFC-related announcements planned for this week.
Filming for "TUF: Brazil" is expected to begin next week with a March 25 debut. It airs locally in Brazil on Globo every Sunday evening. It concludes with a live finale in June. The UFC recently held an open tryout for lightweight and middleweight fighters in Brazil for the show, and the coaches will meet at season's end.
In addition to "TUF: Brazil," regular editions of the reality series will move from Spike TV to FOX-owned FX this year. "TUF 15," which features bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber as coaches, debuts March 9. For the first time ever, all fights will be aired live during the Friday-night episodes.
Shortly after Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos was issued a year-long suspension for failing her “Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal” drug test, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker released a prepared statement regarding the future of their featherweight queen.
“Strikeforce has not seen the test results regarding Ms. Santos,” Coker expressed in his generic announcement. “However, we have a consistent and strong stance against any use of performance-enhancing drugs. We also have a long history of supporting effective drug testing of athletes by authorized regulatory bodies.
“Therefore, we will closely monitor the matter and will work with the California State Athletic Commission regarding any information we may be asked to provide. We also recognize that Ms. Santos has administrative process rights under California law and we hope that she is not prejudged before she has the opportunity to exercise such rights.”
Mac Danzig (20-9 MMA, 4-5 UFC) today revealed his next booking, a UFC 145 matchup with Efrain Escudero (18-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC).
"Just signed to fight in March," Danzig posted on Twitter. "Opponent is tough as hell, but they all are. Efrain Escuerdo, March 24, Montreal."
UFC 145 takes place March 24 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. UFC executives later confirmed the Danzig vs. Escudero matchup, which likely takes place on the evening's preliminary card.
Danzig looks to rebound from an October loss to Matt Wiman at UFC on Versus 6. The rematch of a controversial UFC 115 contest, in which Wiman was incorrectly awarded a technical-submission victory, saw Danzig drop a unanimous decision result. However, the bout did earn both men the evening's "Fight of the Night" bonus.
While Danzig's current octagon record is below .500, he is 2-2 in his past four bouts, including the controversial stoppage loss.
Meanwhile, Escudero returns to action after suffering a unanimous-decision loss to Jacob Volkmann at December's UFC 141 event. Escudero, the winner of the eighth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," was a late-notice replacement for an injured T.J. Grant and now looks for his first octagon win since he was released from the promotion in 2010.
Unless you crawled under a rock for the past week, it’s no surprise that Sweden has been in the UFC’s plans for an event this spring.
UFC officials on Wednesday, however, confirmed the UFC on Fuel TV 2 for the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. The promotion has been planning for quite some time to expand into Sweden, it’s just been a matter of when and where.
Despite the confirmation, little has been released by way of details, although there is one fight already in the works for the card. MMAWeekly.com sources recently confirmed that DeMarques Johnson will face off with John Maguire on the UFC’s first Swedish fight card, which is slated for April 14.
The UFC's new weekly show "UFC Tonight" debuts tonight on FUEL TV at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT).
The weekly half-hour show then airs each Tuesday in the same timeslot.
In a preview of tonight's debut episode, UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen debuts "Chael's Corner" – while also suggesting Jon Jones or Georges St-Pierre could be future opponents.
Former WEC broadcaster Todd Harris and UFC fighter Kenny Florian host "UFC Tonight," and Jay Glazer and Ariel Helwani are contributors.
The show includes event previews, fight highlights, fighter interviews, behind-the-scenes UFC footage and, of course, "Chael's Corner."
In the latest, the polarizing fighter, who meets Mark Munoz later this month at UFC on FOX 2, suggested he won't take a rematch with middleweight champ Anderson Silva is he's victorious. Instead, he may be looking to other divisions.
"I will be announcing who I'll be fighting very soon," Sonnen said. "But I promise you this: If I was GSP or Jon Jones, I'd be swallowing real deep right now."
A little less than two and a half years ago, Brock Lesnar was king of the hill.
As the centerpiece of the UFC 100 extravaganza, Lesnar dominated his rematch withFrank Mir in spectacular fashion, and the bout itself was just the beginning. Afterward, he taunted and flexed, spewing saliva toward the cameras that were fixed on the spectacle that this mountainous man had become. He dissed one prominent sponsor before informing the world of his post-fight plans with his wife.
The heel script seemed as though it came straight from the desk of World Wrestling Entertainment head Vince McMahon, and it elicited a strong reaction from those who resented the notion that a sports entertainment star could go from choreographed tough guy to legitimate champion in such a short time. Here was a monster, who, while weighing in the vicinity of 290 pounds on fight night, could redefine the heavyweight division with his frightening blend of size and athleticism. “He’s just too big” seemed a worthy explanation when forecasting Lesnar’s dominance for years to come.
It was polarizing. It was entertaining. It was fleeting.
On Friday, after succumbing to Alistair Overeem -- who is nearly his physical equal -- atUFC 141 in Las Vegas, Lesnar called it career. There would be no sound bites, no theatrics, no hoopla, just a man at peace with his decision.
“I’ve had a really difficult couple of years with my disease,” Lesnar said, referring to the diverticulitis that claimed nearly a foot of his colon. “I’m going to say that tonight is the last night you will see me in the Octagon. Brock Lesnar is officially retired. I promised my wife and kids if I won this fight that I would get a title shot and that would be my last one, but if I lost tonight ... everyone, you’ve been great.”
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We´re finally going to make a BMMAT P4P list, guys!
Before we make a poll we would first appreciate your opinions about what fighters you would like to see on that list. Keep in mind that this is a poll for the very best P4P fighters on the planet right now, not yesterdays stars or a list of the fighters that are closest to your hearts. Unless that guy happens to be named A. Silva of course, lol..
Please be honest and pick intelligently. Everybody has got different opinions about this but let´s try our very best and I am confident we will cut out the names for the final version of BMMAT´s very own P4P ranking poll. So please remember that this ain´t the poll itself but rather a way to gather names for the final poll!
One day before the new year evening the biggest main event ever is live on UFC 141, biggest for fame and biggest for weight, this two HEROES of the sports bring every freaking time and impressive show and everybody that loves MMA wants to see them fight. Its a fantasy fight the strikeforce champion vs Brock, it's also a call to the comparison between UFC and STRIKEFORCE, I guess doesnt matter now becouse everything is owned by the UFC, lol+
On the same card there's also the fight of Nate Diaz vs Donald Cerrone and Jon fitch vs Hendricks, very interesting! even Matyshenko vs Gustafsson is a big fight in my humble opinion. To end it if you watched TUF, you sure know who Nam Pham is, well he is fighting vs Jim Hettes that comes with a perfect record (of submissions), also a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter Manny Gamburyan is fighting the incredibly aggresive Diego Nunes. Starts with Ross pearson vs Junior Assucao
Super Heavy Card, I love it.
Who would you pick as a winner for the next UFC 141?
I CHALLENGE YOU, LOOK FOR ME WITH THE NAME MARCOS ON THE LEADERBOARD, MAKE YOUR PICK 100% FREE.
Joining Justin Bieber on stage during his concert in Brazil is one thing, but performing a couple of his songs equipped with backup dancers is proof UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva is truly a BELIEBER.
Silva’s shoulder might be too banged up to defend his throne against Chael Sonnen anytime soon, but there’s certainly nothing wrong with his fancy feet.
Speaking of Sonnen, it will be interesting to hear what MMA’s most articulate trash talker has to say about Silva’s latest performance.
We’re going to let Silva slide on this one, but if he dresses up as Bieber for Halloween then an intervention might be in order.
Next week's UFC 141 main event will remain intact.
After issues with a recent Nevada State Athletic Commission-mandated drug test, Alistair Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC) finally has taken and passed a test and been cleared to compete against Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC).
UFC president Dana White first hinted at the news today via Twitter, and an official later confirmed the passed test with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"Overeem is ready to go!!!" White tweeted. "Lesnar vs Overeem is on!"
"UFC 141: Lesnar vs. Overeem" takes place next Friday, Dec. 29, at Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena. The main card airs on pay-per-view, and prelims air on Spike TV and stream on Facebook.
The five-round non-title fight, which will determine a No. 1 contender in the UFC's heavyweight division, was thrown into doubt this past week when Overeem missed an out-of-competition test the commission ordered him to undergo on Nov. 17. As it turned out, NSAC executive director Keith Kizer notified Overeem of the test the same day the fighter flew to Holland to attend to his mother, who is dealing with a possible cancer relapse.
Fedor Emelianenko will make his return to the Land of the Rising Sun on New Year’s Eve.
Sherdog.com confirmed with a source close to the event Monday that “The Last Emperor” will lock horns with Olympic judo gold medalist Satoshi Ishii at Dream “Genki Desu Ka! New Year! 2011.” The bout had been teased previously by a number of sources, but it remained unconfirmed until today.
Going down Dec. 31 from the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, the event will also feature the semifinal and final rounds of Dream’s ongoing bantamweight world grand prix. Four men currently remain in the tournament draw, which features Antonio Banuelos, Masakazu Imanari, Bibiano Fernandes and Rodolfo Marques.
The Dream lightweight and featherweight titles will also be up for grabs, as company 155-pound king Shinya Aoki will put his belt on the line against former Sengoku champion Satoru Kitaoka, and 145-pound pacesetter Hiroyuki Takaya will defend his strap against two-time Shooto champion Takeshi Inoue. The event is expected to air live on HDNet.
Long considered the best heavyweight in the world, Emelianenko returned to his winning ways in November after suffering three consecutive losses. Following his defeats to Fabricio Werdum, Antonio Silva and Dan Henderson in the Strikeforce cage, the Russian outpointed former UFC title challenger Jeff Monson on Nov. 20 in Moscow. The face of M-1 Global, Emelianenko last competed in Japan four years ago, submitting massive South Korean kickboxer Hong Man Choi in 2007.
LAS VEGAS – "The Ultimate Fighter 11" veteran Jamie Yager and K-1 kickboxing vet Kultar Gill were among approximately 150 welterweights who attended Monday's open tryout session for "The Ultimate Fighter 15."
Additionally, more than 200 lightweight fighters also attended the all-day session, which aims to secure a cast for the upcoming edition of the reality series, set to begin filming in early 2012.
The prospective cast members gathered at the Fertitta family-owned Texas Station Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas.
UFC president Dana White and UFC matchmakers Joe Silva and Sean Shelby were among the executives judging the hopefuls through grappling matches, striking workouts and interviews. FX Director of Production Maureen Timpa also attended the tryouts.
Gill, who has not competed in a professional MMA contest since 2008, was a perhaps-surprising entrant into the 170-pound field's very first group of applicants. But it was "The Black Mamba" and fellow hopeful Cortez Coleman whose grappling match brought the first cheers from the crowded room after a few safety-first matches kicked off the festivities.
A DREAM and K-1 Hero's veteran, Gill boasts MMA fights with Yves Edwards, Joachim Hansen, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Caol Uno, among others.
Meanwhile, Yager made it to the quarterfinals of "The Ultimate Fighter 11," downing Charlie Blanchard and Ben Stark while competing as a middleweight. He was ousted from the tournament by Josh Bryan and then released from the promotion after suffering a second-round TKO loss to Rich Attonito.
Yager has since dropped to 170 pounds and rattled off three-straight stoppage victories.
Other notable welterweights included MMA veterans Sam Alvey, Blas Avena, Rudy Bears, Zak Cummings, Jacob McClintock, Leopoldo Serao and Dave Terrel, as well as a host of young prospects who each had to confirm a winning record with promotion officials before entering the actual tryouts.
Less than six months after Dominick Cruz defeated Urijah Faber to vanquish his biggest rival and retain the UFC bantamweight title, the champ can begin preparation for a rematch.
That's because on Tuesday, the UFC confirmed that the pair would coach the next season of The Ultimate Fighter when the revamped series moves to its new home on FX.
The season, which will feature both lightweight and welterweight contestants, will begin airing on March 9, 2012, with a two-hour premiere.
Cruz (19-1) has solidified his stronghold as the 135-pound division's best fighter, capturing 10 straight fights overall. Most recently, he defeated Demetrious Johnson by decision at October's UFC on Versus 6. But just prior to that, he beat Faber in a long-awaited rematch of their 2007 fight which remains the only loss on his record.
Cruz injured his hand in the Johnson fight but apparently will be ready to go by the springtime.
"This is a dream come true," Cruz said in a statement. "To get a chance to coach TUF and beat Faber again is all the motivation I need. This is going to be an insane season of The Ultimate Fighter."
The new season will air on Fridays for 13 weeks, with live fights on each episode. That would likely put a Cruz-Faber bout in June, about a year from their last match.
In that bout, Cruz won by scores of 50-45, 49-46 and 48-47 but Faber said afterward that he believed he did enough to earn the win. The Cruz victory puts them at 1-1 heading into a rubber match.
Faber is 26-5 overall and rebounded from his Cruz loss to beat Brian Bowles in a second-round submission at UFC 139, but despite his overall history of success, he's struggled recently in some big fights, going 0-4 in his last four title bouts.
faber has to win cheers axe g'day destructor vice and all etc..
UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (14-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) sees a much bigger role in the UFC than just a delivery man for punches, kicks, and throws.
Jones sees himself as an ambassador of the sport, and hopefully, a figure that will elevate the industry-leading promotion to new heights as it transitions to network TV.
"One of my main goals in the UFC is to try to change the sport for the better (and) try to elevate the UFC organization to a different level with the demographics," Jones said in advance of his title defense this weekend against Lyoto Machida (17-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at UFC 140.
UFC 140 takes place Saturday at Air Canda Centre, and its main card airs live on pay-per-view. Preliminary bouts air on ION TV and stream on Facebook.
MMA's demographic, of course, is heavily weighted toward young men, though there have been encouraging signs of gains in female viewership as of late. The past month's UFC on FOX was watched by 1.7 million women over the age of 18, according to figures released by the network, in addition to the historically strong demographics. Older demographics in males and female have lagged far behind.
FOX historically has been strong in young male demographics, which made it the UFC's choice when its TV contract with Spike neared its end this year.
Of course, younger demographics are the most coveted by advertisers, and Jones, who's the youngest undisputed champion in the promotion's history, is already something of a lightning rod for fans of the sport that alternately see him as humble and cocky.
The Ultimate Fighter season 14 finale is set after Wednesday night's episode determined the divisional championship pairings to take place at The Pearl at the Palms in Las Vegas on Saturday.
In the bantamweight class, John Dodson advanced to the final and will face TJ Dillashaw, while Diego Brandao navigated his way through the featherweight brackets to meet Dennis Bermudez.
Those were two of the eight pairings announced by the UFC following completion of the series.
Dodson faced heat from his Team Miller group all season long for leaking inside information to the opposition, and fellow semifinalist Johnny Bedford vowed revenge, but Dodson had the last laugh with a spectacular second-round KO.
He'll face Dillashaw in the finals. Dillashaw had previously defeated Dustin Pague to advance.
Brandao notched his third straight first-round knockout victory in advancing to the final, where he'll be matched up against Dennis Bermudez. Interestingly, Bermudez also finished all three of his TUF fights thus far, two by TKO and one by submission.
Also taking place on the main card, televised on Spike, is a bantamweight bout pitting the colorful Louis Gaudinot and Johnny Bedford. All three of those bouts, along with a lightweight fight with veteran Yves Edwards against season 13 winner Tony Ferguson will support the main event bout between coaches Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller. The full card is below.
Michael Bisping vs. Jason "Mayhem" Miller
Diego Brandao vs. Dennis Bermudez
John Dodson vs. T.J. Dillashaw
Yves Edwards vs. Tony Ferguson
Louis Gaudinot vs. Johnny Bedford
Stephan Bass vs. Marcus Brimage
John Albert vs. Dustin Pague
Roland Delorme vs. Josh Ferguson
Steven Siler vs. Josh Clopton Bryan Caraway vs. Dustin Neace
A key welterweight matchup between Jake Ellenberger (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Diego Sanchez (23-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC) has been scheduled for February.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with sources close to the event that Ellenberger and Sanchez will headline an as-yet-unannounced fight card expected to take place on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
While UFC brass have yet to make an official announcement, additional sources indicated that the event will likely take place in Ellenberger's hometown of Omaha, Neb., and air on FUEL TV.
Omaha's 18,000-seat CenturyLink Center (formerly Qwest Center Omaha) is said to be the leading candidate to host the event, but venue officials declined to comment on the potential booking.
Ellenberger enters the bout on a five-fight win streak that includes back-to-back first-round knockouts of Jake Shields and Sean Pierson. The 26-year-old, who earned "Knockout of the Night" honors for his stoppage of Shields, is actually 9-1 in his past 10 overall fights with the lone loss coming in his UFC debut – a hotly contested split-decision result against current contender-in-waiting Carlos Condit.
1. Anderson Silva (31-4)
Oh, the drama. After weeks of Anderson Silva and former challenger-stroke-antagonist Chael Sonnen going back and forth in the media, it appears that Silva's shoulder bursitis and associated issues will keep him sidelined into mid-2012. Though his hit list is beyond reproach, if “The Spider” is unable to step back into the Octagon until June, the lucrative rematch with Sonnen -- now unquestionably the middleweight division's no. 2 -- will have to wait. Presently, Sonnen is expected to tangle with rising challenger Mark Munoz in early 2012.
2. Georges St. Pierre (22-2)
A knee strain and a hamstring pull nixed Georges St. Pierre's much-anticipated Oct. 29 title defense against Carlos Condit. However, that same night, former Strikeforce champion and welterweight antagonist Nick Diaz went out in the Octagon and brutally took apart B.J. Penn, earning his biggest career win and another chance to try to fight for the UFC welterweight crown. Come Super Bowl weekend in February, St. Pierre will have the chance to put yet another welterweight star in his win column in his seventh consecutive UFC title defense.
3. Jon Jones (14-1)
In consecutive bouts, Jon Jones has taken apart light heavyweight icons Mauricio Rua and Quinton Jackson. On Dec. 10 in Toronto, he will have the chance to lock up consensus “Fighter of the Year” status when he looks to do likewise to another former UFC champion in Lyoto Machida. Jones' talent seems to have no visible ceiling, and perhaps his pound-for-pound cred, too: if Jones downs Machida, he's looking at a bout with another former UFC titlist and one-time pound-for-pound entrant, Rashad Evans, in what would be one of 2012's most anticipated showdowns.
Some might know that the 'elite' member axemurderer posted what he think could be a better logo for BestMMAtorrents.com, it all ended up as a 'Logo Contest'. It's funny how things can escalate, right?
Althought since we will be touching the THEME soon we don't really know what background or style we'll have, basically I will be wanting to leave the current goodies of the theme and obliterate those that are pesky. Optimization time. Ergo the timing for the logo contest couldn't be worse, that's why I'm asking to froze the current contest and wait until further notice, next step would be to get for real the cons and pros of the theme.
I invite you to goto the forum and MAKE A COMMENT. (don't put your feedback on this news post, instead on the forum)
UFC officials today announced Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC) will drop to 170 pounds for a February meeting with former Strikeforce champ Jake Shields (26-6-1 MMA, 1-2 UFC).
The two meet on the main card of UFC 144, which takes place Feb. 26 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Akiyama made his professional debut in 2004 and quickly rose to prominence while fighting under the K-1 and DREAM banners. While controversy followed Akiyama from his judo career into a few hotly-debated bouts with Kazushi Sakuraba and Kazuo Misaki, Akiyama continued to rise in popularity throughout the Asian market.
In July 2009, Akiyama made his UFC debut with a controversial split-decision win over Alan Belcher. However, he's struggled in recent contests, dropping consecutive fights to Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping and Chris Leben. While the bouts with Bisping and Leben were competitive and each earned Akiyama additional "Fight of the Night" bonuses, he looked fatigued in the latter rounds of both contests.
LOS ANGELES – Maybe fighting on Facebook isn't the worst thing in the world.
While many MMA fans and pundits have expressed their frustration that a key UFC on FOX lightweight matchup between Clay Guida (29-11 MMA, 9-5 UFC) and Ben Henderson (14-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has been relegated to the evening's Facebook-streamed undercard, it appears UFC brass is still dangling a rather large carrot in front of the winner.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from multiple sources close to the promotion that the winner of the Guida vs. Henderson matchup is expected to receive an immediate title shot against current lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (14-1-1 MMA, 9-1-1 UFC).
Guida and Henderson meet in the co-feature of Saturday night's UFC on FOX 1 event, which sees heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez defend his belt against Junior Dos Santos in Anaheim, Calif. The main event airs on FOX.
While an exact date for the fight with Edgar would certainly depend on the condition of the Guida vs. Henderson winner, multiple sources suggested the UFC's planned February event in Japan is the preferred destination. The organization, which hasn't promoted a show in the country since UFC 29 in late 2000, heads to Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Feb. 26, 2012.
To accommodate the traditional live North American broadcasting on Saturday night, Feb. 25, the event is expected to take place Sunday morning at 10 a.m. local time. Officials haven't determined broadcast plans or event naming for the show, and no broadcast plans have been announced for North America.
Edgar, of course, fought most recently at this past month's UFC 136 event, where he defeated top contender Gray Maynard via fourth-round TKO. The clash capped off an epic trilogy between the two, which ended in a dead heat at 1-1-1. However, with Edgar earning the lone stoppage in the series, many fans and pundits have put aside the need for a fourth meeting between the two rivals.
A hand injury has forced Patricio "Pitbull" Freire to undergo surgery, scuttling plans for his Bellator featherweight title shot against Joe Warren. So instead, Bellator will go to plan B.
By virtue of his recent 2011 Summer Series featherweight tournament win, Pat Curran was next in line after Freire, but now he's been bumped ahead with Freire on the shelf, and Curran will face off with Warren at an early 2012 event.
The promotion confirmed the bout on Tuesday, but has not yet finalized an exact date for the title fight.
This will be Curran's second shot at a Bellator championship. In 2010, he won a lightweight tournament and advanced to face reigning champ Eddie Alvarez, but lost a unanimous decision. Afterward, he dropped to featherweight and impressed during his three fights through the bracket, defeating Luis Palomino via submission, Ronnie Mann by decision, and then stopping pre-tournament favorite Marlon Sandro in a second-round knockout.
Curran is 16-4 overall.
Warren (7-2) recently attempted to become a two-division champion in Bellator, hoping to add a bantamweight belt to his collection, but in a first-round fight with Alexis Vila, he was knocked out in just 64 seconds. He previously won the 145-pound belt in September 2010 with a KO of Joe Soto. This will be his first title defense.
Freire (17-1), who won a season four featherweight tournament, will eventually take on the winner of Curran-Warren. The promotion confirmed that Freire's surgery was expected to keep him out of the gym for three months.
While the UFC has been busy promoting the size of the two heavyweights in its UFC 141 main event, one of those two big men says there are some big stakes to go along with the December 30 bout.
According to what former Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem told Ariel Helwani on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour, the winner at UFC 141 will get the next crack at the UFC heavyweight title.
"The winner of the fight between me and Brock [Lesnar] will fight the winner of Cain [Velasquez] and [Junior] dos Santos," Overeem said. And though he declined to pick a winner in this Saturday night's heavyweight tilt, he was not so shy about making a prediction for his own bout.
"You know what? I'm going to be bold," said Overeem. "I'm going to kick that guys ass."
But the supposed number one contender fight with Lesnar isn't the only topic of conversation for the Dutch heavyweight these days. There's also the issue of his split from longtime management team Golden Glory, which Overeem addressed in today's episode of his web series, "The Reem."
According to Overeem, he left Golden Glory because of a "major breach of trust," and has now settled at the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas as his new training home. As Overeem told Helwani, "I left the trainers [at Golden Glory] on very good terms, but the management not. The management, we left on bad terms."
Overeem went into slightly more detail in the new episode of "The Reem," explaining that the split was the result of many small communications leading up to one big one.
BIRMINGHAM, England – After being bumped from a championship fight with Georges St-Pierre in favor of Nick Diaz, Carlos Condit (27-5 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has his new target.
from sources close to the promotion that Condit and Josh Koscheck (16-5 MMA, 14-5 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet at UFC 143 in February.
UFC president Dana White revealed the likelihood of the potential booking at Saturday night's UFC 138 post-event press conference in Birmingham, England.
"Right now, Carlos Condit wants to fight," White said. "He wants to fight on the same card as GSP and Diaz, so we'll see what happens. Koscheck has been offered.
"It could be with Koscheck. Condit wanted that fight."
According to several sources MMAjunkie.com spoke with on Saturday evening, Condit now has it.
UFC brass have yet to officially announce UFC 143, but the event is expected to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. St-Pierre defends his welterweight title against Diaz in the main event.
Condit was expected to face St-Pierre at UFC 143 before a post-UFC 137 outburst led the champ to request Diaz, instead. White also revealed that night that Condit is next line should he prove victorious in his next fight, which now appears to be against Koscheck.
Koscheck fought most recently at September's UFC 135 event, where he downed UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes via first-round knockout. The win was Koscheck's first fight since suffering a broken orbital bone in a UFC 124 loss to St-Pierre.
FOX has announced its full lineup of programming that will air before and after next Saturday's historic UFC telecast, and it's without a doubt the most impressive TV lineup served up to fans surrounding any UFC event.
In addition to the one-hour telecast on FOX, which will feature Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight title, UFC programming will air on FUEL TV and FOX Deportes.
Below is an easy to read schedule of everything you can expect to see:
Friday, Nov. 11:
7:00 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT -- Weigh-ins live on FUEL TV
7:00 P.M. ET -- Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episode 3 on FOX Deportes
Saturday, Nov. 12:
3:00 p.m. ET -- Cain Velasquez: Brown Pride, episodes 1-3 on FOX Deportes
4:45 p.m. ET -- UFC on FOX prelims live on Facebook and FOXSports.com
5:30 p.m. ET -- Weigh-ins re-air on FUEL TV
6:00 p.m. ET -- UFC Primetime re-air on FUEL TV
6:00 p.m. ET -- Re-air of Cain Velasquez vs. Brock Lesnar on FOX Deportes
7:00 p.m. ET -- UFC prelims live on FOX Deportes
7:00 p.m. ET -- Pre-fight show on FUEL TV, hosted by Glazer, along with Kenny Florian and Stephan Bonnar
9:00 p.m. ET -- UFC on FOX broadcast, hosted by Curt Menefee, along with Dana White, Brock Lesnar and Joe Rogan. Mike Goldberg and Rogan will call the heavyweight title fight.
10 p.m. ET -- UFC on FOX post-fight show on FUEL TV, hosted by Glazer, along with Florian and Bonnar
In addition, FOX Sports Radio will air five hours live coverage on Nov. 12, which will include pre-fight analysis, the call of the heavyweight title fight and a post-fight show hosted by MMA journalist Larry Pepe.
UFC on FOX 1 takes place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Fedor Emelienanko is headed back to the ring to face UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jeff Monson, and the pay-per-view broadcast is now set as well.
Fedor vs. Monson will be available to U.S. customers via Integrated Sports Media for a price tag of $29.95 and it will air on Sunday, Nov 20 starting at 7:30am ET/4:30am PT.
The card will also be available through replays as well.
This is the first time Emelianenko has competed since losing three fights in a row in Strikeforce, and exited that promotion.
The one time heavyweight king will look to get his career back on track when he faces American Top Team grappler Jeff Monson on Nov. 20.
The hefty price tag seems a bit much for a fighter in Emelianenko, who has never drawn tremendous numbers in American pay-per-view revenue during his time with promotions like Bodog Fights and Affliction, but they will try, try again.
The timing of the fight will also be a tough sell in the U.S. market with a live fight starting at 7:30am ET from Olympia Arena in Moscow, Russia.
Regardless, Fedor will face Monson and it will be available via pay-per-view starting on Nov. 20.
Recent reports suggested Belfort and UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva were slated to coach an upcoming Brazilian edition of "The Ultimate Fighter," though UFC officials shot down the rumors on Monday when contacted by MMAjunkie.com.
Belfort had been scheduled to fight Cung Le in the co-headliner of this month's UFC 139 event but eventually was forced off the card due to injury. Belfort recently rebounded from a vicious KO title loss to champ Anderson Silva with a dominant victory over Yoshihiro Akiyama at UFC 133. Belfort, who's now won six of his past seven fights, scored a "Knockout of the Night" award with the Akiyama victory. In fact, his past four victories (and nine of his past 10) have all come via knockout.
Johnson, who recently hasn't had trouble with his weight despite some slip-ups early in his UFC career, nonetheless will move up a weight class, and he'll do so on the strength of a 5-1 run that included a recent head-kick KO of Charlie Brenneman at UFC on Versus 6. Johnson was deep in welterweight title contention but now will test the waters at middleweight.
LAS VEGAS -- Up until now, it's been assumed that the winner of UFC on Fox 1's co-main event will be the next man up to face current lightweight champion Frankie Edgar.
But that's no guarantee.
UFC president Dana White told MMA Fighting that on the heels of Edgar's stirring comeback knockout win over Gray Maynard, he's yet to determine the champion's next challenge.
Asked whether it was a sure thing that the Clay Guida vs. Ben Henderson winner would earn a chance to fight for the belt, White initially said no.
But that's not necessarily his final answer. Moments later, he clarified his thoughts, saying that his unrelenting schedule hasn't afforded him the opportunity to sit down, examine the situation and make a decision.
"I don't know. I have no idea," he said. "We're going to have to see what happens. I haven't even thought about it. You have to understand, the only thing I'm thinking about now is FOX. I've just got to get past this event. Everything else is taking a back seat. All the other s--- will work itself out."
After a decision win over Anthony Pettis, Guida (29-11) is currently riding a four-fight win streak while Henderson (14-2) has won seven of his eight fights under the Zuffa banner, most recently dominating Jim Miller en route to a decision at UFC Live: Lytle vs. Hardy.
Still, the Guida-Henderson winner seems like the most likely option for Edgar. Other possibilities include the Donald Cerrone-Dennis Siver winner from Saturday night, or Gilbert Melendez if he is brought over from Strikeforce. Both Jim Miller and Melvin Guillard recently had win streaks snapped that likely removed them from the conversation.
LAS VEGAS -- With increased exposure comes increased scrutiny, as the UFC has learned through its fast rise to becoming a sports powerhouse.
As the promotion continues preparation for its network television premiere on FOX on November 12, they have faced a recent, ongoing campaign led by the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, charging that the UFC is unfit for children due to abusive and bigoted language by UFC president Dana White and his fighters, a charge White denies.
As part of that campaign, the union, which represents more than 50,000 workers on the Las Vegas Strip but is embroiled in bitter litigation with Fertitta-owned Station Casinos -- recently launched the website UnfitForChildren.org that details some of White's more controversial quotes. More recently, they have pressured some of the UFC's sponsors to pull advertising dollars from the promotion because of their " history of tolerating homophobic conduct that is hostile to millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people all over the world who struggle every day against bigotry and discrimination."
Asked about the recent developments, White argued that they were based in politics more than substance, and said the UFC would gladly welcome a gay fighter.
"Seriously, if you guys look at some of the stuff I said in the last 10 years, some of it stupid, some of it whatever, that's the one that bothers me. It's the only one that bothers me," White said. "The fact that these losers from the culinary union can go out and say I'm a homophobe and things like that, because It's the furthest thing from the truth. I think enough of you here know me that if I was, I'd tell you I was, and I'd tell you why I was. It's not true and it's just something these guys can throw up on a cute little website."
LAS VEGAS -- The UFC has finally, officially signed a deal to produce its first international edition of The Ultimate Fighter.
And despite UFC president Dana White's past statements that it would probably take place in either Canada or The Philippines, it will instead take place in Brazil.
"It's a done deal," White said on Thursday afternoon.
White said the UFC had signed a deal to produce and air the series in Brazil, though he did not yet know exactly where it would take place. But the series is also likely to air in the U.S. Under the promotion's new FOX deal, White said there are ongoing discussions, and that the show is likely to air on FUEL.
"Let me tell you what, if you're a UFC fan, you want FUEL," he said. "FUEL's going to be loaded with all kinds of UFC programming including live fights, and live fights from other countries."
The UFC just recently visited Brazil for the first time during the Zuffa era, in a massively successful show. Given MMA's roots in the country, the market has grown quickly and become a hot target for the UFC, which is seriously exploring a return within the next few months. The TUF deal shows how serious they are about continuing to grow the sport in Brazil.
But if you're in The Philippines or Canada, have no fear. TUF is likely coming to those markets and others, in due time.
"We're doing all those, too," he said. "This one just happened really fast."
Kenny Florian is not ready to call it quits just yet.
In the hours immediately after losing a UFC featherweight championship to Jose Aldo two weeks ago, Florian wouldn't commit to any future plans, but now it appears his decision has been made, and it includes a move back up to his former home in the lightweight division.
Florian told The Boston Herald that he considered retirement but couldn't bring himself to bow out just yet because of his continuing desire to scratch his competitive itch and passion for learning.
"I still love this sport tremendously and still want to be a part of it," Florian told the newspaper. "I know myself, and it's not even just being competitive, but it's just being there, learning and competing. There's still very much a fire burning there so I'm going to do it."
He also said he won't fight for the next six months as he takes time off to add muscle to better withstand the rigors of fighting in the bigger weight class.
Florian of course fought as a 155-pounder from 2006-2010, going 9-3 in 12 fights. His only losses were in championship fights against Sean Sherk and BJ Penn, and a No. 1 contenders fight against Gray Maynard. The last of those caused him to move down and try his hand at the featherweight division, where he won his debut against Diego Nunes before falling to Aldo in a decision at UFC 136.
While his previous history may have exhausted his championship opportunities in the lightweight division, Florian told the paper he has several personal goals he is interested in chasing and would not put a timetable on how long he has left in his career.
The 35-year-old fighter is 14-6 all-time and is the only man in UFC history to fight in four different weight classes, beginning his career as a middleweight before competing at 170, 155 and 145.
Donald Cerrone is called the “Cowboy” for the distinct hat that he wears to the cage. It is also his nickname because of the attitude he carries around at all times.
Cerrone will try to continue his current hot streak bext weekend when he meets Dennis Siver at UFC 137. Cerrone volunteered himself as a replacement fighter immediately following his last win Charles Oliveira, and the UFC was quick to tab him in place of Siver’s original opponent, Sam Stout.
Since a submission loss to Ben Henderson in early 2010, Cerrone has won five straight fights, including three in the UFC. He is 16-3 overall for his professional MMA career.
“I’m ready to go whenever I get the call,” said Cerrone, in a recent interview with UFC’s website. “I want to make some good money and put on good fights. If that means being ready at a drop of a hat, then that’s what must be done.”
It's an interesting clash of styles. Both men are highly competent boxers with equally dangerous jiu-jitsu skills. They're grapplers without being wrestlers, often eschewing that particular martial art in favor of more exciting fighting styles.
But who's better all around?
Some would say it's Penn, who famed boxing trainer Freddie Roach once called the very best boxer in all of MMA. Others would say Diaz, the foul-mouthed bad boy from Stockton who speaks softly and carries a big stick.
The person of the most interest, perhaps, believes that all things being equal, "The Prodigy" will get the job done -- as long as he comes at his best.
Then again, he would also re-sign with Strikeforce if the money was right. Or the UFC:
"Maybe. ... If they pay me what I deserve. Yeah, it's a contractual thing (with Strikeforce). I don't have any contract with Strikeforce anymore. (There is no specific organization I'm talking to), not yet. I would like to go anywhere that would pay me what I think I deserve."
Looking for his fifth straight UFC victory, lightweight Jacob Volkmann (13-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will meet T.J. Grant (17-5 MMA, 4-3 UFC) later this year at UFC 141.
UFC officials today announced the bout.
UFC 141 takes place Dec. 30 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event, which takes place on a Friday to avoid Sin City's usual New Year's Eve congestion, features a pay-per-view main card.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported, the event also will have a "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV, though it's not clear if Volkmann vs. Grant will be part of one of the broadcasts or a possible Facebook stream.
Since a pair of losses to Paulo Thiago and Martin Kampmann in his first two UFC fights, Volkmann has earned consecutive decision victories over Rony Torres, Paul Kelly, Antonio McKee and Danny Castillo. The former University of Minnesota All-American wrestler and practicing chiropractor dropped from welterweight to lightweight after the initial UFC losses.
The same day someone from the company's official Twitter account announced the fight, Shark Fights officials since have denied that their next event will feature a heavyweight headliner between ex-WWE star and Strikeforce vet Bobby Lashley (6-1) and UFC vet Tim Hague (13-5).
Shark Fights officials today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the fight hasn't been booked.
They also said they "have no idea" who tweeted the news from the company's Twitter account.
"It's not Tim Hague," Shark Fights CEO Bud Brutsman said. "We haven't even signed him."
Shark Fights 21 takes place Nov. 11 at Fair Park Coliseum in Lubbock, Texas. The event airs via delay on FUEL TV on Dec. 23.
Early this morning, a tweet stated that Hague would be filling in for Shark Fights heavyweight champ Darrill Schoonover (11-5), who was forced out of the Lashley fight with a shoulder injury this past week.
Chael Sonnen (Pictured) was hoping his game inside the Octagon and outlandish comments outside of it would score him a rematch with UFC middleweight king Anderson Silva. On Friday, Fighters Only announced the sport’s most articulate trash talker will host their “2011 World MMA Awards” on November 30th.
Molly Querim will return as the show’s co-host.
Furthermore, this year’s ceremony will be broadcast in primetime slots across North America by the FOX Sports Network. Replays will be made available on FUEL TV and FSN on dates to be determined.
The Pearl Theatre at the Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada will host the fancy black-tie reception.
“I say it every year that we want to make the awards show bigger and better and every year we have done just that,” Fighters Only CEO Rob Hewitt said. “However, none of it would be possible with out the support of the MMA industry, the fans, our sponsors and TV and venue partners who all believe as much as we do in this project.
“To celebrate the sport we love and the people within it in the way that we do is a crowning moment of the year for Fighters Only and we can’t wait to reveal this year’s winners.”
Fans can still cast their votes on a wide range of mixed martial arts categories. Polls will close on November 25th.
Tickets for the “2011 World MMA Awards” go on sale today on Ticketmaster beginning at 3PM ET/12PM PT. Seats for the shindig range between $55 to $99.
Beginning next year, fans will be able to watch select UFC events in 3D theaters across the country.
The organization announced Thursday that it had partnered with digital theatrical distribution company Cinedigm Digital Cinema to deliver 3D broadcasts of its pay-per-view events, starting with its annual Super Bowl Weekend card on Feb. 4, 2012. According to the release, the 3D broadcast will be available in more than 120 theaters across the country and will be the first of four of its kind next year.
"By partnering with Cinedigm, we're taking the UFC viewing experience to a whole new level," UFC President Dana White stated. "For the first time ever, fight fans can watch a UFC Pay-Per-View card in 3D at theaters across the country. We want UFC fans to have the best viewing experience possible and now they get a chance to experience major UFC Pay-Per-Views in 3D."
The UFC's first-ever 3D broadcast was UFC Live on Versus 3 in March, however, it was only available on television.
The Super Bowl Weekend card has yet to be announced, but middleweight contender Chael Sonnen has pushed for his rematch with Anderson Silva to take place that weekend.
UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre wants to recover the right way following an injury that scrapped his planned title defense against Carlos Condit.
St-Pierre on Wednesday told Sportsnet.ca that he actually suffered two injuries – not one as originally reported – and doesn't anticipate returning before the end of January or early February.
"The recovery, I want to do it well," he said. "I don't want to do it too fast."
The initial injury occurred Saturday while St-Pierre was training to fight Condit in the headliner of UFC 137, which takes place Oct. 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The champ said he suffered a "moderate ligament strain" that may have damaged the medial collateral ligament (MCL) in his knee. He believed he could still fight if he trained lightly, but on Tuesday, he injured his hamstring compensating for the original injury.
St-Pierre trainer Firas Zahabi on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter sprawled on a sparring partner's takedown attempt and appeared afterward to be injured.
"After he cooled down, I knew he couldn't fight anymore," Zahabi said. "I've been around, I've seen injuries, and I know that that kind of injury is going to take at least two to five weeks of not standing on it for it to be really good (and) sturdy to fight. That's just me estimating with what I've seen in the past."
In the wake of St-Pierre's withdrawal, Condit elected to wait for his title shot, and co-headliner Nick Diaz vs. B.J. Penn was moved to main-event status. Ironically, Diaz was originally scheduled as the headliner opposite St-Pierre before he was reassigned to fight Penn in the wake of his no-show of two press conferences in support of UFC 137.
"I wanted to fight Nick Diaz before this whole thing happened," St-Pierre said. "It's Nick Diaz who did not show up to both press conferences on the press tour. I talked to (UFC executive) Lorenzo Fertitta ... and he said to me, 'We cannot take the chance that you fight Nick Diaz and maybe he doesn't show up the day of the fight.' That's what he said to me and it makes perfect sense. I don't want to train the whole time and he doesn't show up."
UFC president Dana White has already stated that the new UFC 137 main event between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz will not be a five-round fight because, as he put it, "they haven't trained for five rounds."
However, Diaz's manager and trainer Cesar Gracie wants the world to know that Diaz is ready and willing to go five rounds with "The Prodigy" on Oct. 29.
"If they can't fight five rounds against each other, how are they going to fight five rounds against GSP?," Gracie said to MMAFighting.com on Tuesday.
Gracie said he told White that Diaz wanted to change the fight to a five-rounder but had yet to hear back from Penn's camp. After speaking to Gracie, both White and Penn could not be immediately reached for comment.
"Dana is good with it," he said. "We've agreed to it. If BJ agrees to it, we'll make it happen."
Gracie added that there was no hesitation on Diaz's part to agree to a five-round fight after hearing the news of GSP's injury and subsequent removal from the card.
"These guys have to prove they are ready. These guys are fighters. BJ has always said he's a warrior. ... The old school days of MMA, back when it was NHB, they fought forever.
"Don't be scared, homie. Let's make it five rounds."
Recent Strikeforce import Jason "Mayhem" Miller (24-7 MMA, 0-1 UFC) hasn't set foot in the UFC octagon in more than six years, but with a win over rival "The Ultimate Fighter 14" coach Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC), he's ready to challenge middleweight kingpin Anderson Silva.
"I've got another guy on the radar: the guy with the damn strap, Anderson Silva," Miller told the crowd at this past weekend's UFC Fan Expo Houston 2011. "He's the best fighter in the world, and I want to stick my nose right to his nose and see what happens."
First, though, the former "Bully Beatdown" has a bit of business to handle, and he's ready to put his British counterpart to sleep.
"I would prefer [the rear-naked choke] because it's just so intimate when you get a rear-naked choke on somebody," Miller said when asked how he'd like to finish the Dec. 3 contest, which headlines The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale in Las Vegas. "You're behind them, and you're like, 'Yeah, I'm going to whisper a lullaby in your ear.' To me, that's awesome."
It's a lofty ambition but one perhaps not entirely out of reach. Silva is expected to rematch Chael Sonnen in his next outing, but Miller believes growing popularity from his "TUF 14" coaching gig and an impressive performance against an opponent such as Bisping could elevate him to top contender status.
Scott Coker doesn't believe Ken Hershman's exit from Showtime spells the end for Strikeforce's relationship with the premium cable channel.
The Strikeforce CEO today spoke with Showtime executives following news of Hershman's departure from the network, reportedly for a job at HBO, and said the network wants to remain in the MMA business.
"There are negotiations going on to extend the deal, and I believe both sides want to make a deal," Coker told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Both sides have indicated to me that they'd like to stay in this relationship."
Coker said the much of the same executive staff will oversee the remaining events Strikeforce owes to Showtime, which comprise three major events and three of the promotion's Challenger series through February 2012.
Ken Hershman has stepped down from his position as executive vice president and general manager of Showtime's sports and events programming, reportedly in favor of a position at rival premium-cable outlet HBO.
Hershman, has long been considered a supporter of MMA and will apparently replace Ross Greenburg, who recently stepped down from his role as president of HBO Sports and was not necessarily a believer in the sport.
Despite his past support of MMA, Hershman and UFC president Dana White have often failed to see eye-to-eye, and the two have often traded verbal barbs in the media.
While injury forced a short delay in Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez's planned title defense with season-four tournament winner Michael Chandler (8-0 MMA, 5-0 BFC), fans won't have to wait long for the contest.
Originally scheduled to take place at this weekend's Bellator 54 event, company brass recently announced the matchup has been moved back just five weeks and will take place at November's Bellator 58 card.
Already featuring middleweight champion Hector Lombard in a 195-pound non-title fight with Trevor Prangley, Bellator 58 takes place Nov. 19 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Vasyli LLC, a leading global supplier of footwear and orthotics, has collaborated with two-time UFC champion B.J. Penn and launched the new pro model biomechanical flipflop.
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One FC head, Victor Cui always had a great relationship with the Philippines' top MMA promotion. Alvin Aguilar and the URCC brass have been working with them since they first started Martial Combat, up until One FC was conceived. Two of their biggest stars, Eduard Folayang and Eric Kelly making a huge impact on their debut event last September, and now they will move forward with this relationship as the two promotions have officially partnered up.
URCC officials have exclusively confirmed the news to BloodyElbow.com stating that they have finalized the deal with One FC during Victor Cui's recent trip to the Philippines.
Among the details on this partnership is an exclusive fighter sharing between the two promotions. The URCC will be sending fighters exclusively to One FC for Asian shows, and conversely, the URCC will be the only Philippine promotion that One FC can work with. While they can still send or share the top Filipino fighters on their roster to other promotions in the US, CNMI, Middle East, and other continents, this is a move towards trying to corner the Asian market for One FC, as they have also been reported to have secured similar deals with Korean and Thai promotions, Road FC and Dare.
Shane del Rosario was on the fast track to superstardom in the Strikeforce heavyweight division. Undefeated after eleven professional fights, he was slated to take on fellow undefeated ex-Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier this past June in a clash between two of MMA's top heavyweight prospects.
And then fate intervened.
On April 14 earlier this year, another driver crossed the median and T-boned del Rosario's car, causing serious damage to the former Muay Thai world champion's back, herniating multiple discs and putting his mixed martial arts career on hold.
Del Rosario had previously hoped to return in mid-fall, but progress has been slow. He updated his injury status to MMAmania.com. We've got an excerpt below:
Once-beaten Brazilian Thiago “Big Monster” Santos will take the place of the injured Mike “300” Hayes in the semifinals of Bellator Fighting Championships’ fifth-season heavyweight tournament, promotion officials announced Monday.
Santos (Pictured) will step in to face undefeated Bulgarian sambist Blagoi Ivanov at Bellator 56, which takes place Oct. 29 at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan., and also features Eric Prindle taking on Ron Sparks.
After earning a split decision over Neil Grove on Oct. 1 in Lake Charles, La., Hayes was issued a 60-day medical suspension by the Louisiana Boxing and Wrestling Commission due to a fractured orbital bone sustained during the fight. Santos, who was slated to face Ivanov in the quarterfinals before visa issues forced his withdrawal, made his stateside debut at Saturday’s Bellator 53 and earned his tourney reserve spot with a quick rear-naked-choking of Josh Burns.
Two and a half years have passed since Lyoto Machida knocked out Rashad Evans at UFC 98 and became the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight titleholder. He defended the crown once against Mauricio “Shogun” Rua before losing by knockout in their rematch at UFC 113. Another defeat to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson followed, leaving Machida in limbo.
A highlight-reel knockout against hall of famer Randy Couture before 55,000 fans at UFC 129 put Machida back on track and back in play at 205 pounds. Now, he awaits the most difficult test of his career: a five-round title bout against reigning light heavyweight king Jon Jones in the UFC 140 main event on Dec. 10 in Toronto. The former champion believes he has the weapon he needs to dethrone the man they call “Bones.”
“It’s hard to say what the perfect style is to stop Jones,” Machida told Sherdog.com. “I have a lot of trust in my skills against any fighter. I won’t change what people have seen, and I’d rather show them in the Octagon instead of talking about it beforehand. Jones wasn’t my problem until the UFC booked the fight. I’ll spend a lot of time studying him and find the best way to stop him. I know he’s versatile, but I have my own talents and know what it takes to win.”
Bubba Jenkins hasn’t fought in MMA yet, but he already knows what kind of fighter he doesn’t want to be.
“I will not be the lay-and-pray type of wrestler,” Jenkins (Pictured) told the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Savage Dog Show.” “That is just a promise to everyone who is out there.”
Jenkins probably could be a successful lay-and-prayer if he wanted. Wrestling at 157 pounds for Arizona State, he won the 2011 NCAA Division I championship. He’ll make his MMA debut Dec. 2 when he takes on Chris Huerta at Tachi Palace Fights 11.
It was a proud moment for Scott McQuary when Chael Sonnen cinched an arm-triangle choke that forced Brian Stann to tap out.
McQuary, who joined forces with Sonnen three months prior as a jiu-jitsu and muay Thai coach, said the submission was one of a handful drilled into the fighter over the course of training camp.
"I saw it as an opportunity – because in all of Chael's fights previously, he was always in those positions," McQuary on Monday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He had people's backs. He had the mount. He had side control, and it was just a matter of a little tweaking to see where the opening was, and then working on the finish."
Chael Sonnen, the submission artist? That's a big departure for the onetime middleweight challenger's run inside the octagon. Until Saturday's UFC 136 event, Sonnen had finished exactly none of his nine fights unless, of course, it was he who was tapping out.
In 2012, it's aiming to put on 34 shows, a 22 percent increase. In 2005, the year in which the promotion broke onto basic cable, 10 events filled the calendar.
Meanwhile, the UFC offices have spread into a new building. In about a month, the promotion arrives on network TV.
"This year was a big year for us," UFC president Dana White said. "But the next year is going to be the real big year for mixed martial arts. Next year is going to be the real big year for MMA. Next year is the one that's going to change everything and take it to the next level."
UFC on FOX 1 takes place Nov. 12 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., and features a heavyweight title fight between reigning champ Cain Velasquez and Junior Dos Santos.
Just over a year ago, hulking heavyweight prospect Shane Carwin was the scariest (expletive) on earth. Over a five year span, the full-time engineer had compiled a perfect 12-0 record en route to earning a big money match-up against then-division kingpin, Brock Lesnar.
Carwin would take center stage at UFC 116 after claiming the Interim heavyweight strap, which came at the expense of Frank Mir's ability to chew solid foods. His frightening stoppage over the former 265-pound deity continued a streak of violent finishes that on paper, read like a work of fiction.
12 straight wins. 12 straight finishes. There wasn't a fighter to date that was able to survive more than three and a half minutes against the 5XL fist bumps.
When the opposing goliaths eventually did hook 'em up on July 3, 2010, it seemed like just another day at the water plant for the Greg Jackson disciple. Lesnar wilted under the powerful paws of the beefy bumrush, and seemed seconds away from a technical knockout stoppage.
"The training has a great flow, thank God. Flowing good, with everything based on the fight. Cung Le can be a predictable guy. We know what to do to match his game. This is a great match for Wanderlei. This fight won't pass blank. Cung Le is going to sleep in this one. In the best way, with brutality. Wanderlei will show everyone that he belongs on top. We are all united for this, and Cung Le will pay the price."
Over three years ago Vitor Belfort decided to cut down to middleweight after having started his career as a heavyweight and then spending a majority of it at 205-pounds. The Brazilian felt this was the right move to guarantee career longevity.
The plan proved to be a stroke of genius after "The Phenom" scored two knockouts at each Affliction pay-per-view (PPV) event. The second was particularly brutal. A little over half a minute into his bout with Matt Lindland, the Team Quest fighter was out cold and stiffer than a Stan Hansen lariat.
When the clothing company turned mixed martial arts (MMA) promoter went belly up, Belfort returned to the Octagon. His first fight back was against Rich Franklin who met a fate not too dissimilar from that of "The Law." It took place at a catchweight of 195-pounds but the message was clear: Vitor Belfort was a force to be reckoned with at middleweight.
Stacey Noell-Wozniak, a 26-year-old wife and mother of two young daughters, was recently diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia and immediately underwent aggressive and intensive chemotherapy treatment. As a result, Stacey has been unable to work and subsequently has faced growing medical bills. In an effort to offset the high costs of treatment, CageReligion.com reached out to Stacey's family to help auction signed mixed martial arts memorabilia at a fundraiser in Warren, Michigan on Sunday, ultimately raising nearly $8,000.
A handful of the world's top mixed martial artists — including Jon Jones, Rashad Evans, Shane Carwin and Forrest Griffin — donated numerous signed items to the charity including signed shirts, photos and fight shorts.
Chael Sonnen is funny, sure. But he's crossed the line, manager Ed Soares today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
"First the guy gets in trouble for fraud, then he tests positive for steroids, and now he wants to kick in someone's door and slap their wife in the ass? This guy should be in jail; he shouldn't be fighting," the Anderson Silva rep jokingly said.
Sonnen called out the middleweight champ in a post-fight interview following his victory over Brian Stann at this past weekend's UFC 136 event. But the fighter's comments a week prior set things off, Soares said.
During his pre-fight media duties for the pay-per-view event, Sonnen gave a racy provocation to MMA broadcaster Mauro Ranallo.
"You tell Anderson Silva I'm coming over and I'm kicking down his backdoor and patting his little lady on the ass, and I'm telling her to make me a steak, medium-rare, just how I like it," the trash-talking champ said.
For most fighters, the path from the cage to the dressing room to the press conference to the hotel to the airport, and finally, the deafening quiet of home is like a space shuttle in reentry – one-thousand miles per hour to 25 in a school zone.
Then it's back to the day job of the gym, the occasional interview, the signings, the seminar. The next fight comes around, and blastoff.
After 14 months away from fighting, it's been a bumpy ride back for Chael Sonnen. The world he's created and the world in which he finds himself day to day, well, they disagree.
In MMA, he's a onetime middleweight title challenger who jolted us to attention and then seemed to implode on the weight of his shortcomings. He's a blowhard, a pathological liar, a funny man, a talented guy who almost took the mighty Anderson Silva's title. Almost.
HOUSTON -- Saturday night's UFC 136 marks the fourth event in four weeks for the Las Vegas-based promotion.
Get used to it.
The schedule continues to grow at an exponential rate, according to UFC president Dana White, who said that the organization has already penciled in dates on its 2012 calendar.
The final tally? Thirty-four events. That's a serious increase from 2011, which will see 27 live events by the time Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem close out the UFC's year in Las Vegas on December 30.
That increased number of shows will come as welcome news to fans in markets that have been promised events but were shut out in 2011, like Sweden and Ireland. Though no locations are yet set in stone, the increased frequency of events will at least provide additional opportunities to visit more parts of the world as the UFC continues to grow its global footprint.
White also reiterated his plan to host two events on the same day at least once next year, with their first experiment in dual productions tentatively planned for late February, with shows in Las Vegas and Japan.
In 2011, the UFC re-opened what they believe will be a huge market for them, hosting a show in Brazil to great fanfare. It was the organization's first venture there since 1998. Afterward, UFC CEO and chairman Lorenzo Fertitta was so pleased with the reception that he voiced a hope the promotion could bring as many as four events there in 2012.
Aside from that, entering the Japanese market would be something of a coup for the UFC, which has not brought fights there under the Zuffa banner.
The expanded schedule is just one of many planned and/or official UFC initiatives and changes to roll out in 2012. Also among them, a move to network television on FOX, a departure from longtime cable home Spike, the addition of a flyweight division, and a revamping of The Ultimate Fighter to include live weekly fights.
HOUSTON – UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has been on quite the whirlwind adventure in the past 14 days.
After defeating Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, Jones was planning to take a little vacation. Then came a challenge from Rashad Evans, which Jones answered. Now, it's Lyoto Machida. No sweat, says "Bones."
"Obviously taking Lyoto on nine weeks has sped up a lot of things, but I feel between every great challenge lies great reward," Jones today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I think I'm on the verge of something amazing happening by beating three champions in one year. I'm honored."
Following his UFC 135 win over Jackson, Jones told anyone who would listen that he was ready for a little time away from the sport after fighting three times in just seven months, as well as both capturing and defending the UFC's light heavyweight title.
HOUSTON – When Saturday night's UFC 136 event hits Houston's Toyota Center, it will have been three-and-a-half years since UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) and his nemesis, Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC), first locked horns.
In other words, a little too long thinking about one man, according to Edgar.
"I'm sick of talking about how sick I am of talking about him," Edgar told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I have a loss to him and a draw to him. I want something definitive. I want a definitive win."
The pair's history began innocently enough. Just budding prospects with only 12 fights between them at the time, the two met in April 2008 at "UFC Fight Night 13: Florian vs. Lauzon." Maynard outmuscled Edgar en route to a unanimous-decision win, and the lightweight division simply rolled on, ostensibly taking little notice of the result.
Ratings for the third episode of "The Ultimate Fighter 14" slipped compared to the first two installments.
Overall, episode No. 3 of the Spike TV reality series scored a 1.0 household rating and averaged 1.3 million viewers on Wednesday. The first and second episodes scored 1.5 million and 1.6 million viewers, respectively.
Spike TV officials today emailed the ratings information to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
This season features Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller as coaches. For the first time ever, the show spotlights bantamweight and featherweights fighters. In an elimination round of fights, an initial group of 32 was whittled down to 16, who are now official cast members.
In the third episode, Team Miller's Johnny Bedford defeated Team Bisping's Josh Ferguson via unanimous decision to advance to the semifinal round of the bantamweight division's tournament. Team Miller now leads 2-0.
The TUF 14 Finale is scheduled to take place at the The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, December 3, and will air on Spike TV at 9pm ET/PT.
The card will be headlined by five-round middleweight match-up between TUF 14 coaches Michael Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
“Bisping and ‘Mayhem’ spent the last few months as TUF coaches and they really got on each other’s nerves,” UFC President Dana White said. “On Dec. 3, the talking finally ends and these two will go at it inside the Octagon. There’s a lot at stake in this fight. Not only do they get to settle their feud, but they get to prove that they belong in the mix to fight Anderson Silva.”
“Jason is one of those guys that you either love him or you hate him,” Bisping said. “I definitely don’t like him. I think most people around him find him very, very annoying. I know people on The Ultimate Fighter did and I was no different. On Dec. 3, I’m going to kick him in the ass.”
“I definitely got under his skin during the season,” Miller, who owns a record of 34-8 with one no contest, said. “We hate each other’s guts at this point and on Dec. 3, we’re going to get in the cage across from each other and settle it. I’m excited for this fight.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – UFC president Dana White was willing to give Kurt Angle an opportunity in the UFC.
However, the 1996 Olympic gold-medal wrestler and WWE/TNA wrestling performer wasn't being targeted for a pay-per-view fight with Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson.
According to UFC president Dana White, Angle simply was offered a slot on the heavyweights-only 10th season of "The Ultimate Fighter" a few years back.
In recent interviews, Angle has talked about White's supposed offer for a PPV slot. But White said that's simply not true.
Not surprisingly, they first discussed a deal seriously when fellow WWE vet Brock Lesnar moved to MMA and made a splash with the UFC. Lesnar went on to win the UFC heavyweight title and has become one of the organization's top pay-per-view draws.
Looks like another Strikeforce star is jumping ship and heading over to the UFC real soon. Dana White says that Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, will be moving to the UFC as soon as possible. MMAWeekly has it.
"We do want to bring Gilbert Melendez over and we’re looking at it right now... We’re going to bring Melendez over ASAP. We’re looking to bring him over now."
"(Getting an immediate title shot is) a possibility. The thing is, that division is so stacked. And usually timing has a lot to do with (who gets the next shot)."
The last time we saw Chael Sonnen before a fight, calling him outspoken would have been a massive understatement.
Ahead of his UFC middleweight title fight against champion Anderson Silva at UFC 117 in August 2010, Sonnen was a whirlwind of controversial comments, outlandish outcries and, well, near lunacy.
Sonnen came closer than anyone before him in the UFC to stopping Silva, but his submission loss was followed by a suspension for elevated testosterone levels. And that was followed by a plea deal for money laundering in a mortgage fraud case. Is it possible that Sonnen has mellowed out?
Brian Stann, Sonnen's opponent at UFC 136 next Saturday in Houston, thinks it's a case of selective mellowing based on who Sonnen is fighting.
Tim Credeur, who returned to the UFC in June after a nearly two-year layoff, has been forced out of UFC 137 later this month.
Stepping in to take Credeur's place against Brad Tavares on the pay-per-view card in Las Vegas will be UFC newcomer Dustin Jacoby. Jacoby's trainer, Marc Fiore, made the announcement on his Facebook page and Twitter feed Saturday morning. The UFC has not yet announced the change, and Credeur vs. Tavares was still listed on the official fight card at UFC.com on Saturday morning.
There will be a time when the UFC featherweight champ's kidneys say, "No way, Jose."
A recent video documenting Jose Aldo's weight-cut for UFC 129 is proof positive.
The 25-year-old is misery incarnate as he attempts to shed the final ounces for the 145-pound limit. At one point, he refuses to get back into a bathtub containing a chemical that aids the process but creates a burning sensation on his skin.
Of course, he cuts the pounds. What's he going to do? Not make weight?
Aldo recently pointed to a weight regimen designed to pack on quality muscle mass as the cause for the battle with the scale. But he admitted a time is coming when his growing frame will no longer support the demands he must put on it to fight in the featherweight class.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene for today's official on Versus 6 fighter weigh-ins, where all 20 competitors hit the scale.
Today's festivities took place at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The city's nearby Verizon Center plays host to Saturday's event, which includes a main card on Versus and prelims on Facebook.
Check out images of all the fighters, including UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and fellow headliner Demetrious Johnson.
A small but vocal crowd attended today's weigh-ins, where all but one competitor made weight. Preliminary-card fighter and promotional newcomer Bryan Bloodworth, who replaced injured Jeff Hougland earlier this week, came in heavy at 138 pound. Opponent Mike Easton agreed to fight at a catchweight of 138 pounds, and Bloodworth will be fined 20 percent of his "show" money.
For a full rundown of the proceedings, check out our UFC on Versus 6 weigh-in results post.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was on scene and reporting live from today's UFC on Versus 6 fighter weigh-ins.
Today's festivities took place at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The city's nearby Verizon Center hosts Saturday's event.
Among those weighing in were UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and title challenger Dememtrious Johnson, whose both weighed 135 pounds for their Versus-televised headliner.
Only Byron Bloodworth, who fights Mike Easton on the night's prelims stream on Facebook, failed to make weight on his first attempt. The fighter, who took the bout just earlier this week as an injury replacement, weighed 138 pounds. He has two additional hours to make the 136-pound limit.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The fact that Reed Harris was hosting UFC on Versus 6's pre-event press conference instead of UFC president Dana White is all the proof you need that the UFC could simultaneously host a show in Japan and Las Vegas.
Harris, the UFC's director of community relations and the former head of the WEC, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the company's multi-team approach to hosting events makes it possible.
His comments came a few days after a Yahoo! Sports report in which White said the UFC is planning to host simultaneous events both in Japan and in Las Vegas, presumably in February.
Japan has produced a lot of content that is weird to Western eyes and ears, some of it not mentionable. Now Alistar Overeem, the first man to earn a world title in both kickboxing and MMA, has entered the Ultimate Sumo Championship.
The first tournament from May, shown at bottom, featured Semmy Schilt, Hayato "Mach" Sakurai, Akebono, and the old UFC logo, among others. The second tournament was aired in Japan with a bracket that contains more familiar names:
Minowaman vs. Shinichi Suzukawa
Yanagiryuken vs. Wanderlei Silva
Kiyoshi Tamura vs. Yasuyuki Hirose
Alistair Overeem vs. Winner of a preliminary match
In any heavyweight bout, Stefan Struve’s tall, lanky frame draws plenty of attention.
In the best of times, the 6-foot-11 Team Schrijber representative’s 83-inch reach can vex his opponents. When things do not go well, it is often because the 23-year-old did not fully utilize his physical assets. That is what Struve believes happened in his most recent Octagon appearance -- a knockout loss to Travis Browne via Superman punch at UFC 130.
“The last fight I made a stupid mistake of coming in with a knee strike when he was coming in for that punch. I should have used my reach in a better way,” he said during a pre-fight teleconference. “We’ve been working on that, and I’ve improved a lot. I’m always working to get better ... and just trying to use my reach the way I should. I think I’m really starting to pick it up.”
The Dutchman takes on kickboxing ace Pat Barry in the co-main event of UFC Live 6 on Saturday. The card goes down at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., and is headlined by a bantamweight title contest between champion Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson. The event will be televised on the Versus network.
Dave Herman was wiped from the UFC 136 bill for undisclosed reasons on Wednesday, his bout with Mike Russow replaced by a featherweight rematch between Nam Phan and Leonard Garcia. On Thursday, Herman revealed the reason behind his removal from the card: an apparent failed drug test for marijuana, which he denies.
“It’s disappointing,” Herman told Clinch Gear Radio. “I’ve been training really hard, and I feel like I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in for a fight, but stuff happens. Maybe it’s for the best, [to] give me some more time to get even better and give an even better show in my next fight.”
Herman asserts that he submitted a urine sample to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation through an independent testing service on Sept. 15. One week later, the heavyweight claims he was called by the commission and told that he would need to resubmit his specimen, as his first sample had been lost.
Dan Henderson has been saying it for years: He does not enjoy fighting at middleweight.
The former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion is currently focused on his return to the UFC against Mauricio Rua in the main event of UFC 139 on Nov. 19. However, the decorated veteran admits that there is one enticing fight out there that could lure him into another rodeo at 185 pounds.
“There’s only one fight I’d probably want at middleweight, and that’s Anderson Silva,” Henderson (Pictured, file photo) said during Tuesday’s UFC 139 press conference in San Jose, Calif. “I'm not fond of cutting weight at this point.”
Though the fight with Silva was apparently discussed for Henderson’s first bout back in the Octagon, the conversation was halted when it was learned the Brazilian had suffered a shoulder injury in his most recent title defense against Yushin Okami.
Explosive UFC middleweight Vitor Belfort may be less than a week removed from withdrawing from a bout at UFC 139 due to injury but he’s already got a date and opponent in mind for his eventual return to the ring.
With his medical issue only expected to push his readiness back a month, Belfort recently expressed his desire to fight at UFC 141 on December 30 against the winner of Chael Sonnen’s scrap with Brian Stann in early October at UFC 136.
Longtime mixed martial arts veteran Dan Henderson, who surrendered the Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Championship in order to make his highly-anticipated return to the Octagon, will get down and dirty against fellow PRIDE acquisition Mauricio Rua in the UFC 139 headliner in less than two months.
"Henderson vs. Shogun" is booked for Nov. 19, 2011, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship apparently has big plans for February, as promotion president Dana White revealed Tuesday that the organization will attempt to hold two events simultaneously in early-2012.
“When we go to Japan next year, we are going to be putting on a show at the same time in Las Vegas,” White told Dave Meltzer of Yahoo Sports. “We’ll be doing a lot of that in the future.”
Dave Herman has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled heavyweight bout with Mike Russow at UFC 136, promotion officials announced Wednesday. As a result, the matchup has been removed from the event’s pay-per-view broadcast and will be replaced by a featherweight rematch between Leonard Garcia and Nam Phan.
Reasons for Herman’s withdrawal were not disclosed, and it is currently unknown if Russow will still compete on the card, which goes down in a mere 10 days.
Emanating from the Toyota Center in Houston, the show will be headlined by a lightweight championship rematch between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard. Additionally, the Oct. 8 event will feature a featherweight title scrap pitting Jose Aldo against Kenny Florian, as well as a pivotal middleweight attraction between Brian Stann and Chael Sonnen.
A pair of bantamweight contests has been added to UFC 139, promotion officials announced Tuesday, as former WEC champion Miguel Torres will meet Nick Pace while rising prospect Michael McDonald will square off with Johnny Eduardo.
Just moments after Cheick Kongo knocked him out cold in one of the most stunning turnarounds in recent UFC history, Pat Barry tweeted, as usual, in all caps: "WELL THIS IS KIND OF WACK!! STILL HYPE!!!"
Jeff Hougland has suffered an unspecified injury and will not compete in a scheduled bantamweight contest against Mike Easton at Saturday’s UFC Live 6. Instead, Easton (Pictured) will lock horns with Octagon newcomer Byron Bloodworth, the promotion announced Tuesday.
Bellator Fighting Championships has undergone a change of plans for its Oct. 8 offering, as Bellator 53 will no longer take place at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino. Instead, the event will emanate from the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla.
Going up against the UFC juggernaut has proven a fool’s errand on more than one occasion, but that is the position in which Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney finds himself. Being hemmed into its Saturday slot on MTV2 often leaves the fledgling promotion in head-to-head battles with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Bubba Jenkins will make his MMA debut inside the Tachi Palace Fights cage.
The NCAA All-American wrestler confirmed Monday to Sherdog.com that he has inked a deal with the Lemoore, Calif.,-based promotion and will make the move to MMA on Dec. 2, when he faces fellow professional newcomer Chris Huerta at TPF 11 “Redemption.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is poised to launch what could be one of the most pivotal moments in the company’s history. On heels of signing a new seven-year television contract with the Fox family of networks, the company has put together its for live event for its new TV home, UFC On Fox 1: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
DENVER – Rashad Evans (16-1-1 MMA, 11-1-1 UFC), who faces the winner of Saturday's UFC 135 main event, admits he has an odd feeling that Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) will emerge victorious over UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC).
But he'll also admit he's pulling for Jones. There's beef between them, and he wants nothing more than to face his former training partner in the cage.
"I would rather fight Jon Jones," Evans said Friday at a UFC Fight Club Q&A session in Denver. "We already have a situation with the whole Greg Jackson thing and the thing splitting up, so I would like to fight him."
Jones and Jackson meet in the featured contest of this weekend's UFC 135 event, which takes place at Denver's Pepsi Center.
Jones looks to defend the UFC's 205-pound title for the first time since earning it with an impressive win over Mauricio "Shogun" Rua this past March. But Jackson has written off Jones' performance, claiming a "rusty" Rua presented little challenge.
Jackson has also criticized Jones' UFC track record for missing many of the division's key names. Evans believes "Bones" is deserving of praise for his accomplishments but also thinks there's something to be said for the amount of attention given to Jones so early in his career.
The Ultimate Fighter 14 started its run last night, and the ratings were pretty comparable to the last few seasons. The two-hour season premiere scored a 1.1 rating and averaged 1.5 million viewers. It was number one-rated program for males 18-34 and males 18-49, and was the second-highest rated program of the day for males 18-49. The first episode was arguably one of the best ever, and featured a ton of entertaining fights as the competitors needed to defeat an opponent to get into the TUF house.
While it can't compare to The Ultimate Fighter 10's incredible debut that averaged 4.1 million viewers, it's pretty similar to TUF 13 (1.6 million) and TUF 12 (1.9 million). This season is the first to have featherweights and bantamweights competing, and features Michael Bisping and Jason "Mayhem" Miller as coaches. The coaches will meet in the season finale, currently scheduled for December 3rd.
This season of the show will be the last on Spike TV, due to the UFC signing a broadcast deal with Fox. The next season of the show will air on FX.
With the third installment of the critically acclaimed and bestselling "UFC Undisputed" videogame franchise set for a January 2012 debut, officials are beginning to roll out the details.
And while many MMA fans are looking forward to the release because of the addition of the UFC's bantamweight and featherweight divisions, as well as a "PRIDE rules" game-play option and fighter walkouts, THQ is also making additional tweaks to gameplay.
The development company recently released its first "Inside the Octagon" video segment, highlighting several key changes to "UFC Undisputed 3," particularly in the ground game.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Of the million things that concern UFC president Dana White in putting the best foot forward with UFC on FOX 1, the quality of the officiating is up there at the top.
White needs to look no further than the debacle of this past Saturday's mega-fight between boxers Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz to put his nerves on edge.
"I don't care who they put in there as long as he doesn't blow a multi-million-dollar fight and a huge opportunity for the sport," White today told MMAjunkie.com(www.mmajunkie.com).
According to UFC president Dana White, it looks like we're going to be seeing a lot more fights on TV and no more on Facebook as soon as the Fox deal kicks in. He said this a month ago, right after the deal went down, but it seemed to not register with anyone at the time. Here is a link to the interview (the Facebook stuff starts at the 3:36 mark), and here's what Dana had to say about it.
Josh Koscheck (15-5 MMA, 13-5 UFC) is the final obligation on the current contract of Matt Hughes (45-8 MMA, 18-6 UFC). Consequently, the former UFC welterweight champ is playing his future by ear after he fights the onetime title challenger Saturday at UFC 135.
"The outcome of this fight won't really matter, to be honest," he said today. "After this fight, win or lose, doesn't matter, I'll talk to the UFC and we'll figure out what we want to do."
UFC 135 takes place Saturday at Denver's Pepsi Center. The event's main card airs on pay-per-view. Two preliminary bouts to air on Spike TV make up a lead-in to the main card, and the remainder of the preliminary card streams live on Facebook.
The largest MMA promotion in the Southeast United States, Xtreme Fighting Championships (XFC), recently announced that former WEC champion Jamie Varner will take on Nate Jolly in the main event of XFC 14 Friday, October 21st at the UCF Arena in Orlando, Florida.
After much speculation due to the troubling financial state of event promoter Fighting and Entertainment Group, the K-1 World Grand Prix has finally returned with the Final 16 to take place on Oct. 29 at the the Nanjing Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium in Nanjing, China.
Badr Hari, one of kickboxing's most polarizing figures and the last man to defeat 2010 K-1 World GP champion Alistair Overeem, is also making his return following his absence from 2010's GP for a self-imposed break from the sport due to numerous disciplinary problems.
Hari, Hesdy Gerges, Tyrone Spong, Ruslan Karaev, Daniel Ghita, Ben Edwards, Melvin Manhoef, Dzevad Poturak, Sergei Lascenko, Rico Verhoeven and Anderson "Braddock" Silva are the names currently listed for the Final 16, with five more to be announced at a later date.
Former five-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. is fighting WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The 34-year-old Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) is widely regarded as one of the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world (along with fellow 147-pounder Manny Pacquiao). The 24-year-old Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 K0s) is lesser-known among casual fans, but considered one of the sport's hottest fighters after outpointing Andre Berto for the welterweight title in a Fight of the Year candidate on Apr. 16.
Ortiz has just one win over a world-class opponent in his prime: his unanimous-decision win over Berto for the welterweight title. But he has enough quick knockouts over recognizable names -- Vivian Harris (KO 3), Mike Arnaoutis (TKO 2), Jeffrey Resto (KO 2) -- to show he's more than a carefully matched prospect. Perhaps the biggest trial of Ortiz's career came when he quit during the sixth round of a 2009 slugfest with Marcos Maidana, opening himself to harsh criticism and questions about his constitution. Not until the Berto fight, where he showed tremedous courage by twice coming off the canvas to win, did Ortiz fully redeem himself.
To hear British slugger Michael Bisping (21-3 MMA, 11-3 UFC) tell it, he's really only a win or two away from a shot at UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
"I'm always myself," Bisping today said on a media call promoting the Spike TV reality series. "I never change, and I always speak my mind. Sometimes that does me good and sometimes that does me harm."
Unfortunately for Bisping, fight fans in the U.S. have generally preferred to view the Brit as a perennial heel. He owns one of the best career records of any fighter currently competing in the promotion, yet many fans on this side of the Pond would prefer to watch a non-stop reel of Dan Henderson blasting Bisping into unconsciousness at UFC 100 than to take a single glimpse of any of the Brit's wins over Yoshihiro Akiyama, Denis Kang, Chris Leben, Dan Miller or Jorge Rivera, among others. More.
This Saturday night (September 17, 2011), two promising middleweights will meet as The Ultimate Fighter season 11 winner, Court McGee takes on top South Korean prospect Dongi Yang in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 25.
It was one of the most shocking stories in mixed-martial-arts history.
Former Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz (25-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC), handed the biggest opportunity of his career, no-showed a pair of pre-event press conferences and was pulled from a UFC 137 fight with UFC titleholder Georges St-Pierre (22-2 MMA, 16-2 UFC).
The world struggled to make sense of the situation, and honestly, so has Diaz, himself. The fiery Californian admits he dropped the ball, but he's shocked St-Pierre went along for the ride. And that supposed disdain for the press? Garbage, Diaz said. Media members should feel free to stop by his gym anytime.
"I'm not trying to make all these little excuses," Diaz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "If I'd have known the fight was going to be off, I would have [expletive] gone to the press conference, or I would have told somebody, 'Hey, if I don't make it to this stupid [expletive], I'm not fighting.' I think that people would have gotten me there. I think people would have come and gave two [expletive] and gotten me to that press conference."
When the XFO said they were going to go big and put on a show at the Sears Centre, they weren't messing around. The show was set up to either be the launching pad to get Jeff Curran back into the UFC or be his last fight. After all, if you are going to go out, why not go out with a bang.
Team Curran's Mike Stumpf recently returned to fighting after nearly a three year layoff in May of this year at XFO 39. He took on Dan Bolden in a three round battle earning the unanimous decision after dumping Bolden on his butt time and time again.
He makes the third fighter this year to have fought for the Xtreme Fighting Organization who has gotten the call up to the UFC. Eric Schafer recently got the short notice call after his recent victory at XFO 41 and Jeff Curran secured his spot with his victory at the same card as Stumpf.
Stumpf will be stepping in for Daniel "Ninja" Roberts who suffered an undisclosed injury and had to withdraw from the bout just a week prior.
His opponent, T.J. Waldburger made his UFC debut in September of 2010 and defeated David Mitchell by unanimous decision at UFN 22. The win marked his fourth straight victory, but his next fight snapped that win streak. In March of this year, he took on Johny Hendricks and lost via TKO just over ninety seconds into the first round.
Stumpf will be joined by fellow Chicagoan Mike Lullo at the Battle on the Bayou card on Saturday September 17.
UFC 137 just added another familiar name to the card as Chris Camozzi will be taking on Francis Carmont on the night's preliminary card. Camozzi was apart of the eleventh season of "The Ultimate Fighter" where he won his first fight to get into the house, but he sustained a broken jaw and was forced to leave the house.
Camozzi was given a second chance with a fight on the finale against James Hammortree where he earned a unanimous decision. He followed the victory up with a second, this time a split decision over Dongi Yang.
Unfortunately at UFC 127, he suffered his first loss in five fights when Kyle Noke was able to secure a rear naked choke and force a tap out at 1:35 of the first round. Camozzi was given his walking papers from the UFC after the loss.
He was able to rebound at Shark Fights 15 in a controversial fight against Joey Villansenor. The fight was originally ruled a split draw, but it was later revealed that one of the New Mexico judges' could not add correctly. Ultimately the fight was turned over to his favor when the scorecard was correctly added.
He will be taking on UFC newcomer Francis Carmont. Carmont makes his debut after putting together a five-fight win streak and compiling an overall record of 16-7. He is a member of Tristar Vale Tudo, which also happens to be the home of current UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Carmont has impressively stopped 14 of his 16 opponents.
UFC 137 takes place on Saturday, October 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season 11 veteran, Seth Baczynski, couldn't believe it.
Just over a year removed from losing his job with the UFC after a decision loss to Brad Tavares on the TUF 11 finale, he got the call to step in on short notice to replace the injured DaMarques Johnson against Clay Harvison on the UFC Fight Night 25 card.
Baczynski had gone 2-0 in his stint outside the promotion including a thrilling victory over Tim McKenzie in which he gutted through a nasty armbar and recovered to finish the fight with ground and pound in the first round.
The fighter out of Power MMA has made the drop to welterweight since his appearance on the reality show and he's ready to make an impact this Saturday night (September 17, 2011) in Louisiana.
Baczynski spoke with MMAmania.com about how good it feels to be back in the UFC, getting a second chance to make a good first impression and the current mood at his gym.
Mixed martial arts fans are invited to train with Forrest Griffin, Tito Ortiz and Frank Mir.
UFC officials recently announced that the three fighters will each host two-hour training and development sessions at October's UFC Fan Expo Houston. Scheduled in conjunction with conjunction with "UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III," the two-day UFC Fan Expo Houston Oct. 7-8 at Houston's George R. Brown Convention Center. Tickets for each session cost $150 and are limited to just 100 participants.
Griffin's session takes place at 9:30 a.m. CT local time on Friday, October 7, and focuses on MMA fundamentals, including footwork techniques and introductory ground work. Ortiz hits the mats on Saturday, October 9, at 9:30 a.m. CT local time and focuses on his signature ground-and-pound techniques. Later that day, Mir talks bout striking and jiu-jitsu.
Additional fan-focused events at the UFC Fan Expo Houston include Q&A and autograph sessions, photo opportunities, a grappling tournament, a full trade show and other attractions and events.
Confirmed expo attendees, each of whom will be available for autographs, include Pat Barry, Vitor Belfort, Stephan Bonnar, Shane Carwin, Donald Cerrone, Phil Davis, Rashad Evans, Urijah Faber, Jon Fitch, Forrest Griffin, Clay Guida, Jason "Mayhem" Miller, Cole Miller, Frank Mir, Matt Mitrione, Tito Ortiz, Amir Sadollah, Brendan Schaub, Matt Serra, Jake Shields, Wanderlei Silva and Miguel Torres. A number of other fighters will also be available through exhibitor-sponsored autograph sessions.
Featuring a lightweight title fight (and trilogy bout) between current champ Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard, as well as featherweight champ Jose Aldo putting his belt on the line against Kenny Florian, UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
After a pair of no-shows at two press conferences on consecutive days, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion has been removed from his UFC 137 showdown with reigning UFC king Georges St. Pierre. In his stead, former WEC titleholder Carlos Condit will challenge St. Pierre.
“Nick Diaz has lost his opportunity at the welterweight championship, and Carlos Condit gets it,” said UFC President Dana White at a Tuesday press conference in Las Vegas, which Diaz failed to attend. “I’ve had my reservations with Nick Diaz for some time now. We haven’t heard from him. He hasn’t returned my calls. When we brought him in to sign to fight Georges, I told him that all purses he’s ever made up won’t add up to as much as he would make in this fight. But I told him I needed him to do certain things. You have to promote the fight. You have to show up for pressers. You can’t start fights at fights.”
Not surprisingly, Condit jumped at the opportunity when White called “The Natural Born Killer” to offer him a shot at the welterweight belt.
“When we called Carlos for this fight, he started crying and had to call us back 15 minutes later,” White said. “Condit deserves this shot. He’s the guy.”
Former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem (35-11 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is UFC bound, and Brock Lesnar (5-2 MMA, 4-2 UFC) will welcome him to the octagon.
UFC officials today announced that Overeem and Lesnar will meet on Dec. 30 in the main event of a rare Friday-night UFC card (expected to serve as UFC 141) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The five-round contest serves as a No.1 contender's fight, and the victor meets the winner of the Nov. 12 bout between current UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and top contender Junior Dos Santos.
"This is the fight the fans want," UFC president Dana White told "The Los Angeles Times" earlier today. "Both of these guys are monsters. Can Lesnar take Overeem down?"
UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta echoed White's enthusiasm for the fight.
"Our thinking when we bought Strikeforce was to give fans the fights they want," Fertitta said. "Obviously, Alistair's one of the best heavyweights in the world, but he also has that 'it' factor – the tremendous look. He's huge. It's a star factor."
The UFC heavyweight title will be up for grabs as the first UFC on Fox main event with champion Cain Velasquez taking on top contender Junior Dos Santos.
UFC president Dana White made the announcement on a Friday media conference call.
“There’s no secret how excited we are about this new television deal with Fox,” White said. “Most of the people that know about the UFC and the rapid growth that we’ve had over the last 10 years, and I think one of the big reasons for that… we deliver.
“We are going with the most prestigious championship in all of sports. The heavyweight title. So on Nov. 12 at Anaheim Honda Center, UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez will take on No. 1 contender Junior Dos Santos on the number one network in America, Fox.”
Just weeks before UFC light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones' first title defense and Quinton Jackson's first opportunity to reclaim his lost title, a behind-the-scenes drama has spilled into the public.
Jackson has accused Jones' camp of infiltrating a private, Denver-area facility where he's sequestered himself in preparation for their headlining fight at UFC 135. He said he's proven there's a spy in his midst.
Jackson (32-8 MMA, 7-2 UFC) and manager Anthony McGann believe Jones (13-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) is scared to fight and looking for a way out.
Jones' manager, Malki Kawa, denies he's used any underhanded tactics in the buildup to the Sept. 24 pay-per-view event and counters that Jackson is using spying allegations to excuse an imminent loss.
Whatever the case may be, the allegations have added a bizarre twist to the buildup of UFC 135, which takes place at Denver's Pepsi Center.
(After a one year hiatus, W-1 is back with a solid inaugural U.S. show.)
Apparently rumors of the demise of Warrior One (W-1) MMA were greatly exaggerated as the Toronto, Ontario-based promotion that made waves with its stacked Canadian cards the past two years but hasn’t held an event since last October, is back with another impressive offering — this time for American MMA fans in Florida.
W-1: Reloaded is set for October 15 at the Bank United Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and according to W-1 president Jack Bateman, the reason his organization has not held an event in almost a year is that it underwent an ownership restructuring and he and his new partners were carefully laying the groundwork for the promotion’s foray into the U.S. because they wanted to make sure they took their time and did it right.
“Everything has come together and I couldn’t be happier with the way the company has evolved and the quality of our first event in the States,” Bateman told CagePotato.com Monday. “I have a great group of partners who are at the top of their specific fields and whose skill sets bring a lot to the table when it comes to promotion and putting on events like we’ve come to be known for putting on. We have some big signings we’ve been working on and will be having a few of those names on our next card in Miami on October 15.”
This Saturday, the rematch between middleweight belt challenger Yushin Okami and Anderson Silva takes place. Silva is on a dominating 14 fight win streak with his last loss due to a tournament disqualifying illegal upkick. That kick knocked Okami out. Yushin is on 3 fight win streak after losing to Chael Sonnen, whom he has been training with since. With notable improvements in his wrestling, putting on muscle mass and Sonnen in his corner, he intends to dethrone Silva. He wants to finish the wrestling domination where Sonnen failed, include heavy striking to bring down the champion and become the first Japanese UFC title holder.
Two top tier light heavyweights also rematch when Mauricio "Shogun" Rua fights Forrest Griffon. And after getting KO'd in the path of Cain Velasquez's heavyweight title run, Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Noguira will again be tested by part of the new breed of UFC heavyweights in TUF finalist Brendan "The Hybrid" Schaub.
UFC 134 happens in Brazil, putting a Brazilian in all fights on the pinnacle of this stacked card.
Mixed martial arts pioneer Royce Gracie will be in Rio this weekend when the UFC heads back to his home country, the nation that is credited with giving birth to the sport. Gracie, of course, won't be competing at UFC 134 in Brazil, but that doesn't mean he's not still hopeful of one more match.
There's a caveat to that, as he's not looking for just any match. There's only one fight he wants, and only one organization that can give it to him. Even though Gracie realizes that time is running short to make it a reality, he hopes to have a shot to avenge the one loss he still thinks about. He wants to fight fellow legend Matt Hughes.
"That's the only one," Gracie said on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour. "I want to be able to show up to the fight. [Last time], I didn't show up. It happens."
Gracie said that the first fight against Hughes -- a first-round TKO loss at UFC 60 back in May 2006 -- was the only time in his career he didn't have his A-game, not peaking on the right day.
Former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is ready to return to the Octagon just months after undergoing surgery for diverticulitis and said Thursday that he’s 100% healthy and motivated to reclaim the UFC title.
“I feel like a new man – great, healthy, strong. I feel like I used to feel,” Lesnar said in a video released by Fusion Ammo after declaring ‘I’m back!”.
“Right now it’s one day at a time for me,” Lesnar continued. “I believe there’s still a bright future in the UFC for me. My health is 100-percent. I feel great. My motivation is there. I want to get on the map again and become the UFC heavyweight champion again and I believe I will do that.”
Lesnar’s return has not yet been scheduled, but he is rumored to return as early as UFC 140 on December 10 in Toronto, which doesn’t yet have a main event as every current champion is already scheduled to defend their title between now and November.
The UFC and FOX are slipping Manny Pacquiao's punch in the first event of their new partnership.
The main card of the yet-unnumbered show on Nov. 12 will feature just two fights as opposed to the usual four or five, the "Las Vegas Sun" reported Thursday.
As a result, the mega-popular boxing champ's fight with Juan Manuel Marquez won't overlap. The Nov. 12 event will still be a full card, but more matches will be "dark," and likely streamed on Facebook.
"All of our interests are aligned," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) shortly after a Los Angeles press conference announcing the historic deal. "They're fired up about the product. We're fired up about the network."
Boxing and MMA have several times brushed shoulders on the calendar. This past July, a bout between heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye took place halfway across the world in Hamburg, Germany, as UFC 132 ramped up in Las Vegas. White was seen watching the boxing event backstage.
According to a report from the Sports Business Journal, the promotion has inked a deal with the network for seven or eight years, giving Fox the rights to broadcast as many as four live MMA events per year.
Most of the UFC's weekly programming, which currently airs on Spike and Versus, will reportedly now be broadcast on the Fox-owned FX channel. This includes events such as “Ultimate Fight Night,” as well the UFC's long running reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter.” According to the SBJ's sources, Fox could pay the UFC up to $90 million, and a deal announcement could come as early as this week.
Fox subsidiary Fuel TV will also benefit from some UFC programming. However, the SBJ writes that Fox will not re-brand Fuel TV to give the UFC its own channel.
The UFC was rumored to be in talks to purchase struggling cable network G4 with plans to transform it into an independent UFC network. However, those plans seem to have been scrapped in favor of the aforementioned arrangement with Fox. The promotion's long-standing contract with Spike TV will reportedly expire at the end of 2011.
The five-fight pay-per-view main card is set for UFC 136, and the October card features two title fights and what's expected to be a No. 1 contender's bout.
UFC 136 takes place Oct. 8 at Houston's Toyota Center.
Headlining "UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard 3" is a third meeting and lightweight title fight between champion Frankie Edgar (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) and challenger Gray Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC).
"Frankie and Gray had a 'Fight of the Year' candidate the last time they met, and I expect nothing different this time around in Houston," UFC President Dana White stated about the draw. "Both guys truly believe they won the last fight, and the wait for their third fight is over. On Oct. 8, neither of these guys plans on leaving it to the judges."
Also slated for the PPV main card is a featherweight title fight between champ Jose Aldo (19-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and challenger Kenny Florian (15-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC).
The four-fight televised main card for October's UFC on Versus 6 event is set.
Headlining the Versus-televised show is UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz (18-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Demetrious Johnson (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC).
"UFC on Versus 6: Cruz vs. Johnson" takes place Oct. 1 at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It marks the UFC's debut in the U.S. capital.
Also on the main card are Charlie Brenneman (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) vs. Anthony Johnson (9-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC), Pat Barry (6-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Stefan Struve (21-5 MMA, 5-3 UFC) and Mac Danzig (20-8-1 MMA, 4-4 UFC) vs. Matt Wiman (13-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC).
Two days after suffering a savage defeat at UFC 133, light heavyweight Matt Hamill has announced his retirement from mixed martialarts.
“Today is a sad day for me. After six years and 13 fights in the UFC, I’m ready to hang up my gloves and retire from this amazing sport,” Hamill, 34, wrote in a statement on his official website. “I was ready to make this decision after UFC 130 but my friends, family coaches and most importantly my daughter encouraged me to give it one last chance.”
Hamill’s “last chance” came Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where he faced 24-year-old Alexander Gustafsson on less than one month’s notice, having stepped in to replace the injured Vladimir Matyushenko. After a relatively even opening round, “The Hammer” was nailed by a left hand from the Swede and brutally pounded out with elbows from mount. It was Hamill’s second consecutive loss, as the Ohio native also dropped a short-notice unanimous decision to Quinton Jackson in May.
Hamill, a lifelong wrestler who was born deaf, entered the UFC after taking part in the third season of Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter.” It was then, Hamill said, that the troubles which would ultimately cause him to retire began.
UFC FOLLOWING NFL BLUEPRINT, OVEREEM HAS TO PLAY BALL
If there is any football player thinking if he is cut by the NFL there is another place to earn a good living, gain notoriety and possibly parlay this into a job outside the gridiron someday, it ain’t going to happen. Simple as that. And with the United Football League dicey at best to kick off a third season, even marginal players or veterans trying to hang on, know they have to go all out for that last coveted roster spot in these next few precious days after the lockout ended.
Bottom line is just that, the bottom line. The NFL is the example for all pro sports. They rarely suffer foolish behavior– goofy yes, hello Ochocinco and TO– but they don’t have to tolerate prima donna attitudes. Even those with something still to offer like future Hall of Fame receiver Randy Moss, can find themselves looking for a team if they become or are perceived to be difficult and on the decline.
More than baseball, certainly more than the NBA, the UFC seems to have followed an NFL blueprint in setting up their game plan. I don’t know that Zuffa ever discussed these things with say Jerry Jones, and it’s doubtful they would, but look at how they have handled recent situations so, well, NFL-esque.
In the end, Dana White says, the split between the UFC, Strikeforce and its Golden Glory fighters came down to business issues.
Reigning Strikeforce heavyweight champ Alistair Overeem along with fellow Strikeforce fighters Valentijn Overeem and Marloes Coenen and UFC heavyweight Jon Olav Einemo were cut during the last week in a surprising development. Questions arose over what precipitated the move.
On Thursday, UFC president Dana White spoke about the issues that led to the split.
"This is actually a pretty simple explanation," he said. "If you look back throughout history, we haven't had any Golden Glory guys fight with us since Semmy Schilt, right? And the reason is we have very different business practices. It's tough to do business with them. The bottom line is the way they do business is, you have to pay them, not the fighters. We don't work that way. It's not the way we do business. It's not how it works in the United States with the athletic commissions. You don't pay the managers and the managers pay the fighters. You pay the fighters and the fighters pay the managers."
This Saturday July 30th, two giants of mma, champions and former Pride top dogs meet inside the cage to battle for the very first time. Both have many credentials on their resume, have fought alongside each other for many years and are both huge names in the mma world. These huge mma profiles are Fedor "the last emperor" Emilianenko and Dan "Hendo" Henderson and they have now agreed to meet in a heawyweight bout as Hendo doesn´t want it to be a catchweight!
It is not the first time Dan Henderson has fought heavyweight against a top opponent and has beaten Big Nog earlier in his career (Rings King of Kings -tourny semifinal on February 26, 2000), pulling out a split decision win. Fedor won the Pride Heavyweight on March 16, 2003 at Pride 25 (unanimous decision) and dethroned Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (aka: Big Nog) to become the champ. A few years later, Dan Henderson finally dethroned long lasting Pride champ Wanderlei Silva at Pride middleweight Championship February 24, 2007 (Pride 33).
After being bounced out of the UFC for failing to gain proper medical clearance to use testosterone, Nate Marquardt has signed with a new promotion -- one that doesn't have an American TV deal and doesn't have many high-profile opponents for Marquardt to fight.
The promotion, the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts, said on Friday that it has signed Marquardt to an exclusive deal, making Marquardt by far the best fighter in the organization.
The question now is whether BAMMA will be able to find appropriate opponents for Marquardt, a Top 10 middleweight who had been planning to move down to welterweight before the UFC cut him. Almost all of the top talent in the welterweight and middleweight divisions is tied up to North American promotions, and Marquardt may soon find himself fighting unknowns in fights that few American fans will see.
Roger Bowling has been defeated only once as a professional MMA fighter.
The loss came at the hands of Bobby Voelker (23-8 MMA, 3-1 SF) in late 2010, and with the knockout victory, Voelker avenged a decision loss to Bowling (9-1 MMA, 2-1 SF) that took place five months earlier.
It's been nine months since their second meeting, and Bowling now has the opportunity to avenge the loss when the trilogy takes place Friday at in the headliner of Strikeforce Challengers 17.
"Nothing really changes just because I know him," said Bowling, who headlines the Showtime broadcast from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "I know what he's going to do. I know what his strengths and weaknesses are, I know what I'm good at against him, and nothing really changes.
"He's got heavy hands, I got heavy hands, and it's going to be a great fight."
There isn't a lot of animosity heading into the rubber match. In fact, it's the opposite. The pair of welterweights gets along quite well, and despite who wins or loses, Bowling said a post-fight tradition has been formed.
Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem has been removed from the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix after declining a September 10 date for his semifinal matchup with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
Undefeated prospect Daniel Cormier will replace Overeem and face Silva at the Showtime-televised event, according to Tatame.
The move came just hours after Overeem announced that Zuffa threatened to pull him from the tournament if he didn’t fight in September instead of a planned October return.
The September 10 Strikeforce fight card is also expected to feature the second semifinal between Josh Barnett and Sergei Kharitonov as well as middleweight champ Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza vs. Luke Rockhold, which was confirmed with three other bouts earlier today.
They talked about it on twitter, and apparently the UFC liked what they came up with so they went with it. Carlos Condit will face one of the biggest challenges of his career when he faces former UFC welterweight and lightweight champion B.J. Penn at UFC 137. UFC.com announces it:
The title fight between GSP and Nick Diaz won't be the only showcase for elite 170-pounders this fall in Las Vegas. A match between two of the best welterweights in the world has been set as "Natural Born Killer" Carlos Condit will take on BJ "The Prodigy" Penn at UFC 137.
Dana White confirmed today that both men have verbally accepted the bout.
UFC president Dana White today confirmed via Twitter that Ortiz and Evans will meet in the headliner of UFC 133, which takes place Aug. 6 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
It's been a roller coaster of a day for the promotion, as Phil Davis was forced to withdraw from the late-summer headliner due to a knee injury, and Ortiz, who earlier this month saved his job with a first-round submission of Ryan Bader at UFC 132, reportedly declined the fight. A rumored replacement pitting Lyoto Machida against Evans in a rematch of their UFC 98 bout never came to fruition, and for a while, speculation was rampant on who would step into the spot.
Rashad Evans (15-1-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC) is waiting once again.
Injury has forced Phil Davis (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) to withdraw from a planned UFC 133 matchup with former champ Evans, who now waits on a new opponent.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Tuesday confirmed the unfortunate turn of events that was first reported by MMA Fighting.
Evans was initially expected to face current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones at UFC 133, which takes place Aug. 6 at Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center.
Evans had been in line to fight then-champ Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 128 before a knee injury forced "Suga" off the card. As Rua healed from his own knee injury, Evans sat out nearly a year waiting for the title shot rather than taking a non-championship bout and risking his shot at the belt. But when he lost the slot due to injury, UFC officials gave it to Jones following his early-February victory over fellow top prospect Ryan Bader at UFC 126.
The evolution of sponsors in the MMA game can usually only go so far.
Patches on fight shorts, t-shirts, an occasional can of an energy drink, and supplements are the standards in the MMA world of sponsorships.
Well one music group is expanding their reach by sponsoring fighters and providing them with walkout music, while giving them a cut of proceeds for any sales the song might generate.
Coalition Fight Music (CFM) have inked a deal with J. Manly of Team Cesar Gracie to provide walkout music for many of the team’s fighters starting with Nick Diaz for his upcoming fight at UFC 137 against welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre.
The world’s premier mixed martial arts promotion announced Wednesday afternoon that Brian Stann will welcome Chael Sonnen back to the Octagon at UFC 136. The event takes place October 8th inside the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas.
Sonnen hasn’t been seen since tapping out to middleweight king Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Since the August 2010 submission loss, Sonnen has been up to his eyeballs in controversy. Now that his failed drug test, suspension, Testosterone Replacement Therapy disclosure and Federal plea bargain for money laundering are in his rear-view mirror, the controversial wrestler can finally look forward to resuming his fighting career.
The flood gates have been opened, no hassle, no hoops, just a sign up page. The open registrations will not last long, so if you have some friends that were not able to sign up for whatever reason, now is their chance to get a brand spanking new account. Spread the word.
To all our new members I would like to say welcome to BMMAT. This is a community of MMA enthusiasts who come together to share all things MMA, which include but are not limited to boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, conditioning and fitness regiments and even diet books. This is a community and in a community you get out what you put in. So please remember to SEED all torrents for as long as possible and help us grow our community and the sport we all love so much.
It’s been more than a decade since the UFC made a trip to Japan, but it appears the wait for them to go back is over.
On Thursday, UFC President Dana White revealed plans that will see the promotion go to the Land of the Rising Sun in 2011.
“The rumor is true, we’re going to come to Japan and probably very soon,” White said. “This year.”
The UFC hasn’t gone to Japan for an event since 2000 with a card headlined by Tito Ortiz taking on Wanderlei Silva, which was UFC 25.
More than 100 events later, the UFC will be heading back to Japan.
There were more than a few concerns raised about an event being held there after massive earthquakes rocked Japan earlier this year, and at the time White sounded as if the promotion wouldn’t go there for quite some time.
Now he seems ready to forge ahead and bring the UFC back to Japan.
The promotion currently houses several top fighters from Japan, that much like the show coming up in Brazil, could feature many of them on the show. Fighters such as Yushin Okami, Takanori Gomi, as well as recently signed featherweight star Hatsu Hioki could all be a big draw fighting in their home country.
Rogers, who competed in the Strikeforce heavyweight grand prix just two weeks ago, allegedly strangled and punched his wife after reportedly admitting to drinking earlier in the night.
In addition to the felony charge, he's also been issued a misdemeanor charge of endangerment of a child. According to the report, Rogers' daughter tried to intervene during the alleged altercation, though Rogers told police his wife struck him first.
According to the report, Rogers' wife reportedly was "strangled, punched repeatedly in the head and face, and lost a tooth in the struggle."
Bail was set at $100,000 during Wednesday's hearing. His next hearing is scheduled for Friday at 11 a.m. CT (local time). More.
direct blows to the ear as experienced in boxing mma bjj wrestling etc. can and will result in a collection of clotted blood. which if not treated will or can become trapped between the surface skin and the supportive cartlidge of the ear. causing the outer skin to become swollen or deformed due to lack of blood flow resulting in a white fibrous cauliflower-like formation
whilst head gear is most effective to preventing the incidence of injury some levels of boxing mma the head gear is impractical.
those are grappling a good sized cauliflower is like a badge of honour to mma boxing fans.
lol take what michael bisping had to say before being the coach of tuf season 9. to when he was a actually a contender on tuf season 3 , and soon to be tuf 14 coach.
never had a cauliflower ear.. then got one during tuf 3 i can tell you. yes it does hurt as much as it looks. it was horrible. i've had ' em a couple of times now and you never get used to em and the agony. it is just the feeling.' treament of a cauliflower is simple.
procedure where the excess fluid is drained as necessary, either by drawing it out using a hypodermic needle, or by making a small laceration and expressing the pocket of fluid. a compressive dressing is then used to sandwich the layers of the ear together to allow healing and prevent infection.
Nate Marquardt remains on suspension from the state of Pennsylvania after failing to receive medical clearance prior to the weekend's UFC on Versus event. In the aftermath of the shocking development, which included Marquardt's firing from the promotion, many questions have arisen.
Which part of the medical review did Marquardt fail to clear? How did six weeks go by without a resolution? And how did Pennsylvania suspend Marquardt when it appeared he'd never been licensed in the first place?
While most of the situation is still shrouded in mystery, at least one of those questions can be answered.
Gregory Sirb, the executive director of the state's athletic commission told MMA Fighting on Monday that Marquardt had indeed been granted a license to fight, pending medical clearance.
"He was licensed. He completed all his paperwork for licensing probably a week before," Sirb said.
PITTSBURGH – Onetime UFC middleweight title challenger Nate Marqaurdt (31-10-2 MMA, 10-4 UFC) had hoped to drop to the welterweight division.
Instead, he's the one who's been dropped.
Less than one hour after the UFC officially announced that Marquardt has been scratched from Sunday's UFC on Versus 4 event, UFC president Dana White informed the world Marquardt also has been released from the organization.
"I'm sure you heard that Nate Marquardt is out," White said in a short video clip posted on his Twitter account. "It's true. He failed his medicals. Not only is he out of this fight, out of the main event on Versus, he will no longer be with the UFC."
Neither White nor Marquardt's management team were immediately available when contacted for comment.
The announcement comes on the heels of a hectic afternoon in which sources told MMAjunkie.com Marquardt "did not receive medical clearance" and was pulled from a planned main-event bout with Rick Story. Charlie Brenneman was quickly tapped as a last-minute replacement, and a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry was promoted to the evening's featured slot.
I’m honest with myself, and when it is time, I will go. At 36, that day when I will walk away is coming. It’s coming soon; I know that and I’ve come to accept that. But it is not yet. I know I could have all kinds of wins if I was fighting different types of opponents, but I am fighting the best opposition in the division… I’m the Last of the Mohicans. Out of the fighters who helped build the UFC from what it was in the 1990s to what it is now in 2011, they’re all gone except for me. Chuck Liddell has retired; Randy Couture has retired. I’m the last man standing, and now everyone thinks Ryan Bader is going to put me down, too… I’ve been stopped due to punches, but I’ve not been knocked cold. But Bader has heavy, heavy hands … I don’t want to go. I’m not going to go. I am going to push the pace and win this fight July 2. My back is right against wall. I’m coming out swinging.
Yep, that’sTito Ortiz “In his own words
Tito, making everything dramatic. I don’t want to beat a dead horse, but he’s absolutely right. His back is against the wall. Most fans don’t think he’ll be beat Ryan Bader on July 2 and I doubt he will either. If he doesn’t, he’s going to be faced with either retirement (something he admits is “coming soon”) or fighting outside the UFC for the very first time in his 25-fight career. Unless he desperately needs the money, I hope he chooses the former. It would be kinda sad to see him fight somewhere else at this point sorta like it was when Michael Jordan came back and played outside Chicago for Washington. Okay, maybe not that sad, but you know what I mean.
In March of 2010, boxing legend James Toney signed a multi-fight contract to join the UFC. Fast forward just five months past his embarrassing submission loss to Randy Couture at UFC 118 and the 42-year-old was promptly let go from the world’s premier mixed martial arts show.
After a brief return to his day job this past February, which produced a unanimous decision win over Damon Reed, it appears Toney is ready to give MMA another go. According to BJPenn.com, Toney will face UFC Hall of Famer Ken Shamrock on September 23rd in El Paso, Texas.
However, MMAFighting spoke with Toney’s manager who claimed the when and the where would likely be determined this Saturday when the two camps gather to discuss the specifics.
“The earliest date as I know it would be late September, and the latest would be late October,” Trever Sherman told Fighting early Friday morning.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship is accusing a Nebraska bar of illegally televising a fight without permission from the mixed martial arts promoter.
In a lawsuit filed this week, an attorney for the UFC claims The Edge Bar and Grill in Alda showed a live broadcast of the March 19 event, which featured a fight between Jon Jones and Mauricio Rua.
"It is logical to conclude that (the bar) either used an illegal satellite receiver, misrepresented their business establishment as a residence or removed an authorized receiver from one location to a different business location in order to intercept Plaintiff's broadcast," the complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Lincoln says.
Larry Davidson of Elwood, named as The Edge's owner in the lawsuit, did not respond to a message left on the bar's answering machine.
The UFC accuses Davidson and his company of illegally receiving the broadcast, showing the event without distribution rights and violating copyright law.
The promoter is seeking as much as $260,000, plus attorney's fees.
The Cavalcante/Wilcox pick was given and three members picked the seven fight card entirely correct! jmartins, vagyr4 and destructor picked 7/7. primaigna, yuka, JayZiZZ, ghostride, emeliaven, kns, Ruger, denishorvat, turkskurk and saintxombi picked 6/7.
The purse is distributed with pick accuracy priority and then randomly with 10,000 points going to jmartins, 3,000 to vagyr4 and 1,000 to primaigna.
Thanks to everyone who played! Thanks to turkskurk for scoring the contest and saintxombi for getting drunk with redneck girls!
There are more than two months left until UFC 134: Rio takes place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but the event can already be called an unabashed success.
Ultimate Fighting Championship officials on Saturday issued a statement saying that the event sold out in just one hour and 14 minutes after tickets went on sale. UFC president Dana White on Thursday had stated that there were 16,752 tickets available at the HSBC Arena.
UFC 134 marks the first time the promotion has operated in Brazil since UFC Ultimate Brazil in Sao Paolo in 1998. Ultimate Brazil featured the likes of Frank Shamrock and Pat Miletich defending their UFC titles, as well as the classic showdown between Wanderlei Silva and Vitor Belfort.
None of those fighters will grace the UFC 134 fight card, though several Brazilians will be featured on their home turf. The main event pits UFC middleweight champion and Brazilian Anderson Silva against Japanese fighter Yushin Okami. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, also Brazilians, will be featured on the card as well. Shogun rematches Forrest Griffin, while Nogueira faces rising heavyweight contender Brendan Schaub.
the buff who claims to loose 2 kilos every event. under the bright lights as he twists spins and jumps, and waves his arms as he performs his duty.
reciting names weights records the buff introduces the fighters of the ufc, to the world.
he is the mc of announcers getting you more amped and charged for whats to come next..
breif history on the buff 180 and 360
after accidentally facing the wrong corner one night, while performing his announcing duties. buffer made a quick 180 degree turn to the opposite corner with out missing a beat. the move drew a roar from the crowd.
joe rogan wanted more so buffer said he would try a 360 at ufc 100 so buffer practising in his hotel room slipped twice on the floor. then came fight night ufc 100 the buff hesitated. as he turned from frank mir to brock lesnar. he thought if im gonna do it, ive gotta do it now. the spin at 360 sent the crowd in to a frenzy.
the famous bellowing phrase its time as he introduces the fights with 180 or his 360 turns.
This Saturday is round two of Strikeforce's inaugural World Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament. Two important fights from the gp reinforce SF: Overeem vs. Werdum. After getting doomed to a KO highlight reel for Junior dos Santos, Brazilian Fabricio Werdum has repolished his career by defeating Mike Kyle, Antonio Silva and most memoriably, Fedor Emelianenko. He will rematch an opponent whom he has submitted before in Amsterdam's Alistair Overeem. Alistair has been destroying his MMA competition since then and holds championship belts in Strikeforce and DREAM. Last year he won the K-1 kickboxing World Grand Prix to further add weight to his combative resume. The grand prix allows for either Overeem to avenge his loss by demolishing his opponent or for Werdum to cement his superiority in the MMA world.
The co-main event is an overshadowed fight between Josh Barnett and Brett Rogers. Barnett is a legend in MMA with a sample of wins being over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Pedro Rizzo and Randy Couture. His opponent has been called back to Strikeforce to fill in the grand prix and is an extreme underdog. But Brett Rogers knocks opponents out.
Pick the winners of this card correctly and win points to redeem bandwidth! There's a 14,000 point purse with 1st place: 10,000 pts, 2nd: 3,000 pts and 3rd: 1,000 pts.
The winners will be announced 72 hours after Strikeforce. DO NOT SPOIL IN THIS THREAD.
The natrual looooool he did not earn that respected name in the mma world for losses or aye idle diet and aye idle thorough work effort. to get to the top, of the mma world class food chain.
the natrual making his debut at ufc 13 in 1999 coutoure was "33" tito ortiz debut was ufc 13 as well who was put back to aye alternate and went on to win his debut fight. couture how ever stayed competitive, from his debut in the vast expanse of the new mma evolving sport. right up untill ufc 129. randy managed to win the lhw championship 2wice, the hw championship 3hree times, be the 1st holder of ufc weight divsions in 2wo classes at the same time. and may i add get himself inducted to the ufc hall of fame. at 48 years of age. randy was 43 when he won his 3rd hw title. at 33 the natrual will never forget the format of the tournaments then to how far the ufc has come leading to ufc 131.
only fellow mat hughes has fought in the ufc as many times as the natrual though even with hughes time in the ufc has not been in any where near as many title shot bouts as the natraul. as couture stepped in the octagon at 33.
Several reports have surfaced stating that UFC officials are in talks with Comcast to purchase a controlling interest in the G4 network.
The UFC has long flirted with the idea of starting their own network, but it appears they may be on the cusp of buying one instead.
Reports began surfacing on Wednesday that UFC officials were in talks with Comcast to purchase the G4 network.
Comcast took over NBC Universal in early 2011 with a buyout from GE for $13.8 billion. Since that time, different NBC affiliates have undergone changes under the new ownership and this would be the first major sale since they took over.
According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, later confirmed by the New York Times, the UFC is in talks to take over the struggling network, which is currently available in approximately 60 million homes.
The New York Times later reported that UFC officials were seeking to purchase 60 percent or more in a controlling interest of the G4 network.