DaMarques Johnson Signs Multi-Fight UFC Contract
Popular TUF 9 welterweight finalist DaMarques Johnson and has signed a multi-fight contract with the UFC. The news comes courtesy of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Johnson is coming off a solid overall showing during his time on Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter Season 9. The Jeremy Horn trained fighter made his way to the TUF 9 welterweight final before being stopped by James Wilks via first round submission.
Leading UK MMA org folds; follows collapse of Cage Rage and Cage Warriors
Leading UK MMA promotion Cage Gladiators has today announced it has ceased operations and will no longer be staging events.
The Liverpool-based event produced a number of current UFC fighters, including Terry Etim and Paul Kelly, as well as hosting internationals such as Melvin Manhoef and Paul Cahoon.
Cage Gladiators released a statement this afternoon. "After many successful MMA events Cage Gladiators Ltd is sad to announce that it will no longer be putting on MMA events and is ceasing trading," it read.
Kyle Bradley vs. Sam Stout targeted for UFC Fight Night 19 event in September
As the UFC's first trip to Oklahoma in nearly 15 years continues to fill, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the negotiations that a lightweight contest between Kyle Bradley (14-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and Sam Stout (14-5-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC) has been targeted for UFC Fight Night 19.
Both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and bout agreements are expected to be distributed shortly.
"UFC is just getting started!" Video
If you're a fan of MMA, you need to check out this video. The UFC is truly pulling out all the stops for UFC 100, and this brief video documents their early beginnings, as well as what we can expect from this sport in the future, and a tribute to the legends of the game.
A must see!
Holly Madison goes from Playboy to ring girl this weekend
I'm putting this here because its big news!
“Had my UFC ring girl fitting today! Outfit looks bad ass!”
– Holly Madison — who is perhaps best known as Hugh Hefner’s favorite girlfriend during “The Girls Next Door” — Tweets about her fitting today for a UFC ring card girl get up. Madison has appeared in a UFC 98 video blog with company president Dana White not too long ago — she’s apparently a big fan of the sport. So is the 29-year-old Oregonian just having fun, getting dolled up for a special saunter at UFC 100 or will she somehow be included in the the first-ever Maxim UFC Octagon Girl Search at the fan expo … or all of the above? Can’t wait to get to the bottom of this …
RIGGS/DIAZ 2 FOR STRIKEFORCE WELTERWEIGHT BELT
A rematch between rivals Nick Diaz and Joe Riggs is set for the main card of Strikeforce "Carano vs. Cyborg" on Aug. 15. The bout will be for the newly created welterweight title.
Sources close to both fighters confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Monday. An announcement from the promotion is expected shortly.
It is the fourth title fight confirmed for the late summer card. Gina Carano faces Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos for the women's 145-pound belt, Josh Thomson defends his lightweight strap against Gilbert Melendez, and heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem defends against Fabricio Werdum.
Mike Pyle vs. Chris Wilson at UFC Fight Night 19
A welterweight fight between Chris Wilson and Mike Pyle has been scheduled for UFC Fight Night 19 in Oklahoma City. Sources confirmed with FanHouse Sunday evening that the bout will be made official later this week.
UFC Fight Night 19 is scheduled for Sept. 16 at the Cox Convention Center. Gray Maynard will reportedly face Roger Huerta on the same card.
Jeremy Stephens draws UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres for UFC Fight Night 19
Following the first back-to-back losses of his career, Jeremy Stephens (15-5 MMA, 3-4 UFC) will look to right the ship when he meets UFC newcomer and fellow lightweight Ronny Torres (14-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 19.
A source close to one of the fighters today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the bout is in the process on being finalized.
Rogers' Manager: 'Overeem Is Afraid'
Following Brett Rogers' impressive 22-second knockout of Andrei Arlovski on the June 6 Strikeforce event, many suspected that he would be next in line to fight for the organization's heavyweight title. However, Rogers' trainer/manager, Mike Reilly, told FanHouse Monday that he isn't surprised that Rogers isn't getting the first crack at champion Alistair Overeem.
"I don't think Overeem was ever planning on fighting Brett," Reilly said. "I think Overeem is afraid of Brett. He's afraid of a big striker who is going to knock him out. ... I don't think anyone is going to admit that, but I'm not going to shy away from it. He's had two opportunities to fight Brett but he hasn't taken either of him."
DREAM Super Hulk Semifinals At DREAM 12, Not 11
That according to tournament participant Gegard Mousasi, who says the semifinals will now happen at the unannounced DREAM 12 in October. The original plan was to hold them at DREAM 11 on September 23 along with the Welterweight GP Semifinals and Finals.
Frank Mir on Lesnar: ‘I don’t think he’s physically capable of going 5 rounds’
Frank Mir is a man who has had his past life taken from him by tragedy. He had to give up his belt and was faced with a long road back to his title.
From encountering everything from doctors who said he would never fight again, the tremendous amount of rehab he had to face and overcome, clawing his way back to the top of the UFC’s heavyweight division, to now facing a genetic freak who is at the last step to full redemption.
UFC still fighting for respect even in its home town
Event No. 100 is right around the corner for the UFC. It's a long way from the days of struggling to sell 4,000 tickets. The UFC is a lock from a live gate standpoint, events regularly draw between 12,000-16,000 around the country, yet the promotion has to be incredibly proactive to court coverage similar to the NFL, NBA, MLB and even NASCAR in those local markets. That irks UFC owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta along with president Dana White. Newspapers for the most part still turn the their noses up at mixed martial arts. That included the UFC's hometown newspaper, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, until recently when the paper named Adam Hill, the first full-time MMA newspaper beat reporter in the U.S. But that doesn't mean the Fertittas and White are curtailing the fight in Sin City. The UFC sort of lashes out at the local media for the lack of attention in a Sunday story in the LVRJ.
Wanderlei Silva on Franklin Loss, Griffin vs. Anderson and Fedor in the UFC
Wanderlei Silva is one of the greatest fighters in the history of mixed martial arts, but after falling to Rich Franklin at UFC 99, he's lost five of his last six fights. Does that mean his fighting career is just about over?
Silva doesn't think so. When I talked to him over the weekend, he sounded excited about returning to the Octagon late this year, and about his work as a trainer and as an ambassador for MMA. He also refuted reports that he had a hard time making the 195-pound limit for the Franklin fight, offered a prediction on the upcoming Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva fight at UFC 101, and talked about whether his old friend from their days fighting in Japan, Fedor Emelianenko, will ever fight in the UFC. Silva's comments are below.
UFC 100 Preview: Dong Hyun "Stun Gun" Kim Aims to Help Zuffa Push Into Korea
Back in May of last year, Dong Hyun Kim made his UFC debut at UFC 84: Ill Will against British fighter Jason Tan. Unknown to most casual MMA fans at the time, Kim was actually making history under the South Korean flag in that he had become only the second Korean fighter to set foot into the Octagon since Joe Son at UFC 4. After three rounds of action that saw the "Stun Gun" tactically out-strike Tan and pick him apart, Kim ended the bout via a technical knockout in the third round to become the first Korean to win in the UFC. Most fans didn't see this match as it was on the undercard, but the nation of South Korea erupted overnight after the battle aired three times on Korean network Super Action.
Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum for Aug. 15th Strikeforce event
"Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg" received another significant addition of talent today, as Strikeforce officially added a heavyweight title fight between current champion Alistair Overeem (29-11) and challenger Fabricio Werdum (11-4-1).
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) confirmed the addition to the Aug. 15 card, which will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif., with Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz.
Michael Bisping: "Dan Henderson Crossed the Line"
You know what, out of nowhere just recently it's got all personal. I'll be lying if I said it hasn't pissed me off. He's really, really annoyed me, he's really pissed me off. In a lot of interviews he's talked not about my fighting ability but about me as a person, and I think he's crossed a line and he's pissed me off.
I spoke to somebody from the UFC this morning and they told me they did an interview with him and in the space of two minutes he called me a moron and a douchebag twelve times, you know what I mean?