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UFC Fight Night 12 Targeted for Jan. 23
The next installment of the UFC and Spike TV’s “UFC Fight Night” is being targeted for Jan. 23. UFC President Dana White briefly mentioned the event during yesterday’s UFC 78 conference call. Details of the possible event were minimal, though.
Filho fighting at WEC 31
A card that already has Curran vs. Faber is set to include Marshall vs. Gandulla for the LHW title and Filho defending his title against an unnamed opponent.
UFC 79: Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou possibly on the fight card?
Coveted light heavyweight free agent Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou — who boasts impressive stoppages of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Ricardo Arona — mentions in a recent interview that he is unsure of his next fight. Moments later he throws out December 29, which is the date for UFC 79: “Nemesis” at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Prior to these latest statements it was believed that the :African Assassin” was headed for the K-1 organization. It’s going to be very interesting to see how this situation unfolds.
Rankings for all weight classes. Not to shabby. Much better than the MMAWeekly's thats all I can say. Like always I got to express how messed up every ranking in the world is for still having Takanori Gomi as their top lightweight.
UFC Holds Fighter Development Meetings
As the sport of mixed martial arts grows, so does the growing need for the fighters, who are now becoming financially sound and successful full-time athletes, to understand the business side of the industry they work in. Recently, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the largest organization in MMA, held meetings with many of their fighters and employees to help educate and inform them on many business practices and personal decisions they are now being faced with. “This thing was long overdue,” said UFC president Dana White about the meetings. “We should have done this a couple of years ago because we've got a lot of growing pains right now.
Ed Herman Fights For Redemption
This weekend, two Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans will step into the cage again for a fight that has middleweight title implications. Ed Herman and Joe Doerksen will meet at UFC 78 in Newark, N.J., for a rematch of their 2004 fight, a bout that Doerksen won by triangle choke. Herman steps into this fight anxious for the opportunity to vindicate the loss. “I’ve got a lot of respect for Joe. I’ve followed his career since he beat me and we’ve run into each other from time to time and always had good things to say about each other, so I’m excited to go and revenge a loss, most definitely.”
UFC 78 Referees/Judges NJACB assignments
The following is a list of the referees and judges that will be used at UFC 78. Lightweight Bout Frankie Edgar VS Spencer Fisher REFEREE DAN MIRAGLIOTTA JUDGES DOUGLAS CROSBY, ROMULO BITTENCOURT AND ERIC COLON Welterweight Bout Ryo Chonan VS Karo Parisyan REFEREE KEVIN MULHALL JUDGES DOUGLAS CROSBY, ROMULO BITTENCOURT AND ERIC COLON Middleweight Bout Joe Doerksen VS Ed Herman REFEREE KEVIN MULHALL JUDGES DOUGLAS CROSBY, ROMULO BITTENCOURT AND ERIC COLON Light Heavyweight Bout Thiago Silva VS Houston Alexander REFEREE DAN MIRAGLIOTTA JUDGES DOUGLAS CROSBY, ROMULO BITTENCOURT AND ERIC COLON Light Heavyweight Bout Rashad Evans VS Michael Bisping REFEREE DAN MIRAGLIOTTA JUDGES DOUGLAS CROSBY, ROMULO BITTENCOURT AND ERIC COLON
Alessio Sakara vs James Lee at UFC 80
Not too familiar with James Lee but looks to be a good fight.
Did the UFC come to him with a better offer? Whats up with Soko? Read it here.
IFL Changes World Grand Prix LIneup Again
There are rumors that the IFL has pulled Lightweight Wagnney Fabiano from the World Grand Prix LW Finals match and replaced him with Shad Libbey. IFL reps wouldn't confirm or deny the change.
UFC Offers Couture The Nogueira Fight
At a press conference today, Dana White made note of 2 news items. One was re-affirming his Sean Sherk stance, the other was offering HW Champion Randy Couture a fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Spencer Fisher looks to take more strategic approach at UFC 78
At 31, Spencer (The King) Fisher isn't ready to slow down. But the mixed martial arts fighter does want to play it smart against lightweight Frank (The Answer) Edgar on Saturday night at UFC 78 in Newark, N.J. In the past Fisher has thrown punches, kicks, knees and caution into the wind. It's made for entertaining fights, but it has also put Fisher (21-3) under undue pressure at times. "I'm going to try to change things up for this fight," Fisher said in an interview.
First UFC forever altered combat sports
On November 12, 1993, everything most Americans thought they knew about fighting was thrown out the window. At the time, most people figured that the marquee heavyweight boxer, the imprisoned Mike Tyson, was the baddest man on the planet. But there were people with amateur wrestling backgrounds who thought otherwise, figuring that a wrestler could take a boxer off his feet and once he got him there, the boxer’s weapons were useless.
“EliteXC: Renegade” Medical Suspensions: Nick Diaz Issued 60-Day Suspension
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, which oversees athletics in the Lonestar State, has issued a series of medical suspensions following Saturday’s Elite Xtreme Combat event. MMAjunkie.com acquired the paperwork this afternoon. “EliteXC: Renegade” took place the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The main card aired on Showtime, and the preliminary fights should be available on ProElite.com later today.
Did Bo Cantrell Take a Dive Against Kimbo Slice?
During Saturday’s “EliteXC: Renegade” event, Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson posted a questionable 19-second victory over MMA veteran Bo Cantrell. However, cries that Slice’s opponent took a dive appear unfounded, especially in light of some post-fight findings.
UFC 80: Alessio Sakara vs. James Lee
Light heavyweights Alessio Sakara (11-6) and James Lee (12-2) will throwdown at UFC 80: “Rapid Fire” at The Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, England, on January 19, 2008. MMAmania (www.mmamania.com) first learned about the match up earlier this morning from members of the Sakara management team. In addition, representatives indicated that this will be the last fight for Sakara at 205 pounds in the near future — he plans to dip down to middleweight (185 pounds) regardless of the result in the United Kingdom.
Brad Imes Cruises At PFC 5
Brad Imes decided to forgo the gogoplata in favor of a more traditional route to victory Saturday night in his Palace Fighting Championship debut. Imes (10-3) routed previously unbeaten Chris Blair in the main event at PFC 5 “Beatdown in 4 Bears,” as he roared to a TKO victory 4:13 into round one at the 4 Bears Casino in New Town, N.D. The heavyweight runner-up on season two of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality series, Imes has reeled off five consecutive wins – all of them by stoppage, all of them inside one round. He had won his two previous bouts by gogoplata submission.
Tompkins revealed this weekend that the IFL had withdrawn Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Wagnney Fabiano from the 155-pound final against the undefeated Horodecki on Saturday, Dec. 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. and replaced him with Shad Lierley. Tompkins said Fabiano would instead fight for the soon-to-be minted featherweight (under 145 pounds) championship Dec. 29. No opponent has been announced. The IFL plans to use its year-end event as a staging point to launch the new weight class, according to Tompkins. “I believe the IFL, in that show, is going to start a 145-pound division, and Wagnney will be fighting for a 145-pound title,” Tompkins said. “We’re big fans of Wagnney Fabiano. Obviously, he’s waved the Canadian flag for [the Toronto Dragons]. We hope he becomes the 145-pound champion.”
UFC 81: Tito Ortiz wants to fight the Rashad-Bisping winner in February
While in Edmonton, Canada, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz discusses his intentions for the future. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was supposed to headline the the upcoming UFC 78: “Validation” card on November 17; however, talks broke down and Michael Bisping filled his spot against “Sugar.” Ortiz has one fight remaining on his current UFC contract.
Six Reasons why Houston Alexander Fights
Houston Alexander doesn’t hear a thing. Despite the roar of the crowd, the thumping beat of the entrance music blaring through arena speakers, and the shouts of his opponent’s cornermen, as well as his own team’s, nothing breaks the Nebraska fighter’s focus when he enters the Octagon. He stares across at his opponent, who - for the next 15 minutes or less - will try to hurt him, make him bleed, or most importantly, take away what he has fought so hard for over the last six years.
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