White says Lesnar could return for UFC 114; champ welcomes fight with "stalker" Mir
With the silence finally broken, now the speculation can really begin.
After UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar (4-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) revealed on this morning's edition of ESPN's "SportsCenter" that he has been blessed with a miraculous recovery from a potentially career-ending case of diverticulosis , UFC president Dana White issued a generic target date of "summer" for the champ's return.
On a media call following the "SportsCenter" appearance, White and Lesnar both got a little more specific about the possibilities.
With the UFC's December announcement that it would hold its second-ever UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with a Memorial Day weekend event, believed to be UFC 114, White today admitted that scheduling the heavily anticipated return of Lesnar at that card might make sense.
Ross Pearson Returns At UFN 21, Opponent TBA
TUF 9 Lightweight winner Ross Pearson will make his second official post-TUF appearance at UFN 21 in March, joining teammate and fellow TUF 9 castmate Andre Winner on the card. Pearson doesn't have an opponent yet for the event, he had been expected to face Matt Wiman but that won't happen due to a Wiman injury.
Brock Lesnar says high-protein diet to blame for ailment, vows permanent change
While the MMA world has known about Brock Lesnar's struggle with various mystery ailments for several months now, few specifics made their way to the public.
Today, following an appearance on ESPN's "SportsCenter" in which he professed a clean bill of health, Lesnar opened a bit more about his harrowing experience and road back to recovery.
"Everybody has life-changing experiences, and this is one of them for me," Lesnar said on a media call this afternoon. "I believe everything happens for a reason."
Lesnar said what happened to him was a slow-developing illness.
Wes Sims Likely Opponent for Bobby Lashley in Miami
"From Yohan Banks to Jimmy Ambriz , it seems Strikeforce has finally found a worthy opponent for unbeaten heavyweight prospect Bobby Lashley . MMAFrenzy reported that UFC veteran Wes "A-Whole Show" Sims will step up on short notice to fight the NCAA wrestling standout on January 30 in Miami."
Strikeforce Women’s Tourneys Launch in April
The ladies have not been forgotten.Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said two previously announced eight-woman tournaments, at 135- and 145-pounds, will kick off at the promotion’s Challengers event in April.Strikeforce 145-pound champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos and Gina Carano, whom Santos defeated by first-round technical knockout last August in San Jose, Calif., will not compete in the tournaments, said Coker.
Cole Miller vs. Andre Winner targeted for lightweight bout at UFC Fight Night 21
A lightweight matchup between "The Ultimate Fighter 5" veteran Cole Miller (16-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) and "The Ultimate Fighter 9" finalist Andre Winner (10-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is expected for UFC Fight Night 21 on March 31.Sources close to the event indicated to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that at least one fighter has formally agreed to the bout, though bout agreements have yet to be signed.
Despite apparent title snub, Hieron happy with Strikeforce and feeling "like a ninja"
Simply put, Jay Hieron (18-4 MMA, 1-0 SF) has not always had the best of luck in his MMA career."The Thouroghbred" has endured the demise of both the IFL and Affliction, and he watched helplessly as a planned 2009 Strikeforce title fight with Nick Diaz turned into a preliminary card bout with Jesse Taylor.Now Hieron fights Joe Riggs (32-10 MMA, 3-2 SF) on Jan. 30 at "Strikeforce: Miami," while DREAM champ Marius Zaromskis faces Diaz for the vacant Strikeforce belt on the same card.
As Kampmann preps for Saunders, future dates with Swick, Daley also in the plans
UFC welterweight contender Martin Kampmann (16-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has twice been on the verge of a title shot, only to come up just short on each occasion.Such was the case when Kampmann was defeated this past September by British slugger Paul Daley.While the loss was certainly disappointing for Kampmann, "Hitman" recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he's already traveling the path back to title contention.
Trainer Says Edgar Not Afraid To Bang With B.J.
Mike Constantino, one of his trainers, believes Edgar might be “The Answer” to Penn’s reign when discussing the match up with MMAWeekly.com recently.“I think Frankie poses a good shot,” said the AMA Fight Club head instructor, but he wasn’t giving up any secrets. “I can’t really get too far into it because my opinion is a strong opinion and hopefully it’s the right opinion, so I really don’t want to say why I think he can beat B.J.”
Mike Brown Not Waiting Around For Title Shot
Former World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight titleholder Mike Brown could wait to fight the winner of Jose Aldo and Urijah Faber, but he has no plans on waiting that long before getting back in action.“I want to stay busy. I want to fight another one, like, as soon as possible,” Brown told MMAWeekly.com.
Nam Phan In Title Fight,Eyeing Return To Japan
After years of struggling to make his breakthrough, California fighter Nam Phan finally had his opportunity in 2009.Upon signing with Sengoku, Phan pulled off the victory of his career, defeating former Shooto champion Hideki Kadowaki, and elevated himself to Top 10 status in the featherweight division.While he lost to upset specialist Michihiro Omigawa in his next fight, Phan tasted success and is eager for more come 2010.
Charles 'Krazy Horse' Bennett arrested ... yet again
Controversial lightweight fighter Charles Bennett (22-16-2) has run afoul of the law once again -- he was arrested for felony aggravated battery on Monday (Jan. 18), according to Sherdog.com.Bennett was taken into custody at the FIT NHB gym where he trains and booked at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County, New Mexico.
Firas Zahabi Is Trying to Recruit Gegard Mousasi as a Sparring Partner For GSP
As UFC welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre puts on more weight and continues to dominate every 170-pounder in his path, finding sparring partners who can push him is apparently becoming more of a problem. In a talk with Heavy.com, Tristar Gym owner and longtime GSP trainer Firas Zahabi says that he can't even put him up against other fighters his own size in training anymore, adding "It's getting scary. Georges is getting better and better, believe it or not."
Lift The Ban Watch: New York To Try Legalizing MMA Again?
It appears MMA legalization will get another chance in New York this upcoming year, as the state budget proposal from NY governor David Patterson reportedly includes a proposal to legalize MMA in the state. The state of New York is currently $7 billion in the hole, and the belief is that major MMA events could bring in between $10 million-$15 million per event.
Lashley Not Facing Ambriz At SF Miami
Despite the FSBC approving the fight after the original fight was not approved, Strikeforce has announced Bobby Lashley will not face Jimmy Ambriz on 1/30. Ambriz was considered as a replacement opponent after original foe Yohan Banks was not approved by the FSBC.
Spike TV brings back "UFC Primetime" series for GSP vs. Hardy
In anticipation of their UFC 111 main-event fight, UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Dan Hardy will be featured in Spike TV's three-part "UFC Primetime" special.
The series debuts Wednesday, March 10, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Subsequent episodes air in the timeslot on March 17 and March 24.
UFC 111 takes place March 27 at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., and airs on pay-per-view.
Different from the UFC's traditional "Countdown" shows, "UFC Primetime" goes more in depth and focuses on some of the biggest fights of the year. One popular "Primetime" special, for example, focused on the highly anticipated second meeting between St-Pierre and B.J. Penn, which took place at UFC 94 in January 2009.
The UFC 111 special follows Hardy as he prepares for his bout in his home country of England. The cameras also focus on St-Pierre has he holds his fight camp in Canada and the U.S.
Rashad vs. Rampage Likely For UFC 114, Not 113
Blame Canada. Because the UFC 113 fight card for Montreal continues to be stacked to the gills with a bevy of great match-ups, the Rashad Evans vs. Quinton Jackson grudge match will likely be moved to UFC 114 on May 29 in Las Vegas. That's according to a text message from Dana White to Dave Meltzer.