Akiyama Wants Silva In Japan But May Get Him In Vancouver
Yoshihiro Akiyama was supposed to return to UFC this weekend and face Wanderlei Silva in Australia, but he was left out when UFC chose Michael Bisping to face Silva instead. But according to sources in his camp, he may now get Silva-or Bisping depending on what happens this weekend-at UFC 115 in Vancouver if the winner remains healthy. But if that's not the case, Akiyama's hiatus since his UFC debut in summer could get even longer. And Akiyama wants Silva in Japan, but his camp says it won't work because of UFC's TV deal in Japan.
TUF 11 Exclusive: Nick Ring part of The Ultimate Fighter Season 11
Ring is an Intercontinental Muay Thai champion, as well as being one of only four finalists during the PRIDE FC United States tryouts that were held several years ago. Nick currently holds an undefeated record of 10-0 with seven decisive stoppages in his ten bouts as a professional.
Ring joins Costa Phillipou, Chris Camozzi, Kyacey Uscola, Kyle Noke, Victor O’Donnell, Cleburn Walker, Warren Thompson, Charles Blanchard, Charley Lynch and Kris McCray as middleweights FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently been able to pin down as participants for the upcoming installment of The Ultimate Fighter.
Phil Davis makes quick return, meets Alexander Gustafsson on UFC 112 prelims
Despite some concerns about his availability due to a possible shoulder injury, Phil Davis (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) apparently received encouraging MRI results and has agreed to fight fellow light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in April at UFC 112.
Sources close to the event confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout is in the process of being finalized for the night's preliminary card.
Gustafsson mentioned the fight in an official blog posting earlier today.
The bout was first reported as a possibility by MMAFrenzy.com over the weekend.
Din Thomas Plans MMA Welcome For Mayorga
Former UFC lightweight contender Din Thomas has been on a roll. Since bidding farewell to the UFC and the 155-pound class in early 2008, the American Top Team product has gone 3-0 as a featherweight, most recently earning a second-round TKO over Dustin Pague on Jan. 8 of this year.
Keith Jardine and Mirko Cro Cop Expecting Stand-up Battles
"Ben Rothwell is a big guy, much bigger and taller than I am," Cro Cop said. "He is very tough as well. But I am ready. He is very good with ground and pound, but I am not worried about this. I am ready if it goes to the ground. But I do not think it will go to the ground. I think this will be a stand-up battle, the Fight of the Night."
UFC strikes licensing deal with Fathead, lifesize UFC posters to be released
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has struck a deal with Fathead and will produce a series of lifesize posters of UFC fighters, the companies today announced.
Fathead, founded in 2005, produces more than 600 officially licensed life-size wall graphics of athletes and logos from a variety of sports leagues and teams.
Aside from a "Fathead Jr." poster that features UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, Fathead has never offered MMA- or UFC-related products.
UCMMA To Implement Blood Testing In U.K.
“As the U.K.’s biggest promotion, we are proud to lead the way in fighter safety. Fighters will have to produce their blood test results at the weigh-in, with test results being no older than one month,” said UCMMA founder Dave O’Donnell.
Jardine Not Taking Bader Lightly At UFC 110
“We’ll see where this fight is going to go. I think he’s going to try to stand with me honestly,” added the 34-year-old. “He might force it to the ground, and if he’s really after those takedowns it’s going to end up on the ground eventually because he’s a two-time All-American."
Wanderlei Has Perfect Strategy For Bisping
"I've studied his game, I know all movements, I'm ready for him," Silva said recently in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. "I feel great. I feel my technique growing up; my cardio is amazing. I feel really, really, really good."
After leaving family to study jiu-jitsu, WEC's Jose Aldo returned home a champion
Jose Aldo (16-1 MMA, 6-0 WEC) is a mix of tradition and rebellion.
The WEC featherweight champion's parents did not want him to move to Rio de Janeiro to learn fighting. They thought he was crazy; he should get a regular job and blend in. But at 16 years old, Aldo had already made up his mind. He wanted to be a world champion in jiu-jitsu.
Aldo's love of Capoeira, which started at the age of 14, had transformed into a desire to learn jiu-jitsu when he visited a local dojo in his hometown of Manaus, Brazil. Capoeira was beautiful, but it was soft. And though he was a nice guy and made good grades by Brazilian school's standards, Aldo could hardly be considered soft.