Replacement John Gunderson gets Rafaello Oliviera at UFC 108
UFC newcomer John Gunderson (22-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) replaces Sean Sherk (33-4-1 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and meets fellow lightweight Rafaello Oliveira (9-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) next month at UFC 108.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the change overnight. The bout was first reported by MMAWeekly.com.
UFC 108, a fight card ravaged by injuries, takes place Jan. 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view (main card) and Spike TV (two preliminary card bouts). Gunderson vs. Oliviera is part of the night's preliminary card, though it's unlikely to be part of the Spike TV broadcast.
The UFC has not officially announced the fight.
Prangley Out; Lawler Waiting for New Opponent
Robbie Lawler went nearly a year between bouts his last time out, and is currently six months between fights, hoping that Strikeforce can find him a new opponent by Saturday night.
Lawler learned today that Trevor Prangley, who was a replacement for his initial opponent, Benji Radach, has had to withdraw from Strikeforce: Evolution due to an undisclosed injury.
The news was first reported by Sherdog.com, and independently confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by Strikeforce executive Mike Afromowitz.
Lawler last fought in a headlining effort, losing to Jake Shields in June. He sat out for nearly a year prior to that bout when EliteXC, where he was the middleweight champion, quickly disintegrated.
There was no word on a new opponent for Lawler at the time of publication.
Cung Le vs. Scott Smith and Josh Thomson vs. Gilbert Melendez headline Strikeforce: Evolution Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The main card airs on Showtime.
UFC Fan Expo Set for Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th-29th
This past July, the first-ever UFC Fan Expo took the sports world by storm, as fans celebrated the past, present, and future of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. So by popular demand, the UFC, in partnership with Reed Exhibitions, has announced that the second UFC Fan Expo will take place May 28-29, 2010, back in Las Vegas, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
The jam-packed two-day event, occurring during Memorial Day Weekend 2010, will provide fans with the opportunity to experience a number of special events, fighter appearances, autograph signings, and training & development sessions with elite fighters and industry leaders.
Over 200 leading companies are expected to exhibit, covering 200,000 gross square feet of space, and will feature apparel, electronic gaming, food & beverages, fight gear, fitness equipment and supplies, nutritional supplements, lifestyle products, and much more...
Fabricio Werdum: I imagine my next Strikeforce fight will be against Andrei Arlovski
Strikeforce heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum talks about a possible rematch with Andrei Arlovski in his next fight for the San Jose-based promotion in Spring 2010. "Vai Cavalo" went three rounds with "The Pitbull" back at UFC 70 in a widely-panned bout that Arlovski won via ugly slap-attack. Werdum is still hoping to face Fedor Emelianenko in the near future, but it sounds like Strikeforce might have other plans for "The Last Emperor." Perhaps a rude welcome for the returning Alistair Overeem?
Shane Carwin would happily fight fellow UFC heavyweight contender Frank Mir
With the Ultimate Fighting Championship's heavyweight division in a bit of disarray due to a rash of fighter injuries and champion Brock Lesnar's mysterious but obviously serious illness, one fighter is openly contemplating options for future fights.Shane Carwin, who was next in line for a title shot until Lesnar was sidelined with injuries, initially opted to fight through his own ailment but has since decided to take time off to rehabilitate and to prepare for the birth of a child.When he returns, though, he's open to a fight with fellow contender Frank Mir.
Win or lose in WEC 45 main event, Donald Cerrone dropping to 145 pounds
Win or lose at Saturday's WEC 45 event, top lightweight contender Donald Cerrone is dropping a weight class and competing at featherweight for some future fights.The WEC 45 headliner today announced the news on MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).Cerrone, who said he hasn't even discussed the plan with WEC officials, plans to take a couple fights in the division and then bounce between the two weight classes."After this fight, I'm going to dabble down at 145," said Cerrone, who headlines the Versus-televised WEC 45 event at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. "I'm going to give it a go, win or lose. But it's going to be a win, so I'm not real worried about it.
The Fate Of Gina Carano
“Her agent and I have been in dialogue,” he added. “We had talked about having her fight again, but not fighting on Dec. 19. She’s going to acting classes, I heard, and doing a lot of weapons training, doing what they do.”The Strikeforce executive has followed this route before. The promotion’s other crossover star, Cung Le, relinquished his middleweight title in September when a blossoming movie career overtook his fighting responsibilities. Le will return to the cage on Dec. 19 after a 21-month absence.
Dos Santos wants to knock Gilbert Yvel out
“I was training to fight with Napão, but happened that he couldn’t fight so they putted Gilbert Yvel, who’s a very though guy, he’s coming from victory by knock out in front of Pedro Rizzo and has a very good Muay Thai”, said the fighter, who can still show an unknown side to UFC fans. “I think that his weak spot is the ground. We’ve trained to make a work with intelligence and a good fight and I’m training a lot on the ground, but I won’t want to take it down soon, I’ll want to feel the fight standing up... I know that he’s good but I believe in me and I know that I can represent danger standing up“.
*scary fight..don't look down on Evil Yvel..both like to bang..so it's gone be a stand up war...
Jean Silva retires: "I'm too tired"
“Hey guys from TATAME, I announced to you in first hand my retirement. It’s 10 years of career and almost 40 fights. I’m too tired to train and administrate my new training center here in João Pessoa. Another reason is that my manager abandoned me. It’s complicated when you lose, because you don’t have any value anymore. I had other problems that made me think more on taking care of my family and my business around here. It’s sad to me, but sooner or later this day would come. I think I already gave my contribution to MMA, specially in England, where I fought most of my career".
*wow kinda shocked by this..as i have followed White Bear thru his career..but i guess it's smart to get out when you know you should..i do hope that he keeps training guys down in Brazil..
UFC to Twice Air Live on Versus in 2010
Versus, home of the WEC since June 2007, will begin carrying live UFC events in 2010 as part of a renewal agreement with Zuffa that will bring a total of seven WEC and two UFC events live to cable sports network next year, according to VERSUS.com.
Spike TV had previously been the exclusive cable channel for the UFC and the first UFC on Versus event will be the first time the UFC has aired an event live outside of Spike TV since the two partnered for The Ultimate Fighter in 2005.
Details of the first UFC event on Versus are to be announced.
The new agreement, which will also allow Versus digital media rights to stream preliminary WEC fights on VERSUS.com, can essentially put to rest rumors of Zuffa folding the WEC and sending its fighters to the UFC at least for the near future.
FRANK MIR: "Carwin is a better version of Lesnar."
Don’t get Frank Mir wrong – he’d like nothing more than a rematch with Brock Lesnar. He wants to show the fans, Lesnar, and most of all, himself, that the heavyweight champion's size is not an insurmountable obstacle.
But time moves fast inside the Octagon, and faster still in the unofficial rankings of division competitors.
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez are on a collision course for February in a fight with future title implications.
With Lesnar’s future in the balance, Mir says he’s ready to look elsewhere in the meantime.
An interim fight with Shane Carwin is a match-up that’s logical.
Nogueira vs Velasquez Bisping vs Silva official for ufc 110
Not that it mattered to the Australian ticket buyers, but two fights are finally official for the UFC's first trip Down Under.
The UFC announced that recently reported fights of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez and Michael Bisping vs. Wanderlei Silva are now official for the Feb. 21 event in Sydney, Australia
White ok for BJ at 170 but say work to be done at 155
UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn's Saturday night win over top challenger Diego Sanchez was so convincing, so thorough, so utterly dominant, that Penn fans and MMA observers immediately began to question whether there is any challenge to "The Prodigy's" crown at 155 pounds.
UFC president Dana White says there is.
BCN 5 - Bitetti Combat 5 Results
Carina Damm def Daiana Silva dos Santos via TKO (Punches) 3 3:27
Francimar Bodao def Alessandro Stefano via TKO (Punches) 1 1:50
Cassiano Tytschyo def Shane Williams via Sub (Guillotine Choke) 1 4:00
Gustavo Machado def Rico Washington Sr. via Decision (Unanimous) 3 5:00
Fabio Maldonado def Fernando Tressino via TKO (Retirement) 2 5:00
Murilo Rua def Jason Jones via TKO (Punches) 2 3:20
Paulo Filho def Tatsuhiko Nishizaka via Sub (Kimura) 1 3:00
"UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" draws reported 13,896 attendees for "over $1.5 million" gate
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The UFC's second-ever trip to Tennessee and first-ever to Memphis delivered on in-cage action, and a reported 13,896 fans came to the FedExForum to witness the events.
UFC president Dana White said at the event's post-fight press conference that "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" also delivered "over $1.5 million" at the gate.
The official numbers will be certified next week by the Tennessee Athletic Commission.
Featuring a main event between lightweight champion B.J. Penn and top challenger Diego Sanchez, UFC 107 featured the first title fight in the UFC since Lyoto Machida narrowly edged Mauricio "Shogun" Rua at UFC 104 in October.