UFC Continues Campaign to Sanction MMA in Ontario
Having succeeded in helping re-open Vancouver to mixed martial arts, the UFC continues the fight to get the sport sanctioned in Ontario.
That involves a two-pronged approach, with lobbyists working on both the Ontario and federal governments. Having expected sellouts shows in May in Montreal and June in Vancouver should help the UFC cause in Toronto, although privately the UFC acknowledges Ontario has proved to be more difficult than expected.
Canadian Horodecki Ready to make WEC Debut in Las Vegas
Some worry about ring rust as Chris (The Polish Hammer) Horodecki returns to action Saturday night in his World Extreme Cagefighting debut. The baby-faced 22-year-old from London, Ont., has fought just once since April 2008 after all.
But an excited Horodecki (13-1) sees it differently.
"This would be my fourth fight this year," he said. "If everything had went through the way it should have."
Of course it didn't.
Njokuani Impresses in WEC, Looks to Beat Horodecki
From breakdancing to cage-fighting and Nigeria to the U.S., Anthony (The Assassin) Njokuani has come a long way.
The 29-year-old lightweight takes on Canadian Chris (The Polish Hammer) Horodecki in the co-main event of a World Extreme Cagefighting card Saturday night in Las Vegas. A win over the former IFL star and the hard-punching Njokuani moves nearer the front of the 155-pound contenders' in the WEC.
Marcus Davis signs four fight deal with the UFC
Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis has signed a new four-fight deal with the UFC, according to a source in his camp.Davis, 36, made his UFC debut on the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter” in August 2005 and has made 12 Octagon appearances since emerging from the reality show, earning an 8-4 record.The source said Davis was targeting a spring return to action, though he has not been approached with a specific opponent or date.Davis is still healing from his last fight, a knockout loss to Ben Saunders at UFC 106, the first time he’d completely lost consciousness in 19 years of professional fighting. Prior to that, he lost a hotly contested decision to welterweight contender Dan Hardy at UFC 99.
Cung Le Ready For StrikeForce Return
Cung Le headlines this Saturday’s Strikeforce event in San Jose, Calif., against Scott “Hands of Steel” Smith. The bout is Le’s first following a 20-month hiatus from the sport, pursuing a career on the big screen that forced him to vacate his middleweight title.With another movie on the horizon, Le explained the timing was right to come back to combat sports.
Overeem Update: Dynamite Appearance, SF Update
More Alistair Overeem news, which means it's bizarre and going to bring out the haters. While his negotiations to face Kazuyuki Fujita at Fields Fynamite!! began a while back, apparently nobody told Andrei Arlovski, who according to his manager was offered the Overeem fight by DREAM. As for Strikeforce, you guessed it-pushed back yet again. One fight left on his K-1 deal, which appears likely for March or April. So if this holds true, don't plan on Fedor-Overeem in April.
Big John is back...but not as a ref!
Dave Meltzer gets the news that the beloved referee Big John McCarthy will be working his first Zuffa event since The Ultimate Fighter 6 finale two years ago. However, McCarthy will be working as a judge instead of a referee at WEC 46 scheduled to take place on January 10th in Sacramento...
WEC 45: Courtney Buck Says Fight Could Cost Him His Job
Sometimes, determining a fighter's true motivation can prove a little difficult. But as WEC newcomer Courtney Buck preps for his WEC 45 preliminary card contest with undefeated featherweight Brandon Visher , the Minnesotan's driving force is quite clear. An auto-finance underwriter by trade, Buck didn't have much time to negotiate with his employer before accepting the Saturday night fight at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. When Tyler Toner was forced to withdraw from the bout on Tuesday, Buck was asked to fill in. He accepted...but it could cost him his day job.
Ten Best - The Losses of 2009
There are no moral victories in the UFC: A loss means half the paycheck the winner gets, a step away from a title shot and a disheartening trip home.
But every now and then, a loss enhances a fighter’s reputation or showcases his skills in a way that makes people forget the overall outcome.
So we’re kicking off our unofficial year-end “Best Of” season with a list of the “best” losses of 2010 – ten performances worth saluting
Hendo-Shields For SF MW Title In April?
It is being reported that that a Dan Henderson vs. Jake Shields Strikeforce Middleweight Title bout is in the works. Both men are reportedly in the end stages of the negotiations, and while bout agreements have not been signed, the proposed bout will likely take place in April on the next Strikeforce on CBS
Bang! Duane Ludwig steps up to face Jim Miller at UFC 108 with Sean Sherk hurt
Well when it rains, it pours.It's hard to imagine, but the injury-riddled UFC 108: "Evans vs. Silva" fight card has sustained yet another blow. However, the promotion has shifted seamlessly on the fly to minimize the damage.The Northwest Indiana Times is reporting that Sean Sherk is off the UFC 108 card after sustaining a sever forehead laceration and that mixed martial arts veteran Duane Ludwig has answered the call to fill in for "The Muscle Shark" against Jim Miller.The former lightweight champion was actually filling in for Tyson Griffin after originally being penciled in against Rafael Oliveira on the same card.
KJ Noons is ready for his Strikeforce return and a run at the lightweight title
Former Elite XC lightweight champion and professional boxer KJ Noons checks in with MMAmania.com prior to the Dec. 19 "Evolution" event from the San Jose-based Strikeforce promotion. Noons competed five times as a boxer in 2009 racking up an impressive 4-1 record before agreeing to a return to mixed martial arts under the Strikeforce banner. The San Diego native will be paying close attention to the outcome of Saturday's Thomson vs. Melendez main event as he awaits his debut opponent for a 2010 card -- but also knows a rematch with Nick Diaz is somewhere in his future. Can "King Karl" continue to be a force in the world of cage fighting? Or has the "Evolution" of MMA left him running to catch up?
UFC 109: Miller-Maia Promoted To PPV
UFC 109 now has a complete PPV card again with the promotion of Dan Miller vs. Demian Maia from prelim to PPV. The opening came up when Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was forced off the card due to injury, also taking Brandon Vera off.
UFC 110 To Air LIVE And FREE In Australia
If you live down under and didn't get tickets to UFC 110, you're not out of luck. The UFC and Network Ten today announced "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez" will be broadcast on One, an Australian sports network featured on free-to-air TV.
Make "Penn Vs. GSP 3" If You Want To Sell 40K Tickets At Aloha Stadium
That's the request of native Hawaiian BJ Penn on possibly his next fight. Despite losing last time to GSP and making us suffer through "Vaseline-Gate" he wants a 3rd fight with the Welterweight Champion, and suggests it be a superfight at Hawaii's Aloha Stadium...perhaps in part because Penn dosen't think a fight with Gray Maynard will sell out the stadium.
The Nightmare Has A New Dream
And for Diego Sanchez, it's working towards another shot at BJ Penn, probably with a healthy dose of "YES! YES! YES!" "To be honest I’m really f’nnnn pist off I hate losing and am more hungry for victory than ever ... All I can think about is working my way back to earn another shot at Bj Penn. My dream has changed it is no longer just become ufc champion it is to fight Bj Penn again. I will put my heart and soul into this!!! Im on a mission now. All you doubters shut up and watch me!"
Logan Stanton and Natasha Wicks Fired From UFC
**********.com has learned that both Natasha Wicks and Logan Stanton have been cut from the UFC as ring girls. Stanton’s contract expired after UFC 107 and the UFC chose not to renew it. Wicks was cut before the expiration of her contract. Ring girl Arianny Celeste will remain on with the organization; as her contract has been recently renegotiated- explaining her absence from UFC 107.
According to sources, there will be only two ring girls from this point forward. Though it has not been officially announced, our insiders are being told Chandella Powell, a former playmate, will be the newest ring girl. [Ed. note: We can't find many good pics of Ms. Powell, but apparently she's second from the left in this photo.] It has yet to be released when Ms. Powell will start her official ring girl duties, though UFC 108 would be the obvious choice.
Vancouver votes for two-year MMA regulatory trial, June UFC event now likely
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's long-anticipated Vancouver event today got a green light.
As expected, the Vancouver City Council today voted in favor of a two-year trial for mixed martial arts in the city.
UFC president Dana White has long hinted at the possibility of a show in Vancouver, and during this past weekend's UFC 107 event, said a June event would be likely if regulation was adopted.