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With "Little Nog" likely heading to UFC, Murilo "Ninja" Rua fills in at Bitetti Combat
After his twin brother first revealed earlier this week that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is close to signing a deal with the UFC, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported the fighter was scratched from a Sept. 12 fight at Bitetti Combat. Now, taking his spot on the Brazil-based card is PRIDE veteran Murilo "Ninja" Rua, who meets Alex Stiebling.
Submitted Aug 22, 2009 5:11PM by jae_1833 - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
Frank Fertitta Jr., Father Of UFC Owners, Dies
Frank Fertitta Jr., founder of Station Casinos and the father of UFC owners Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, has died. He was 71. Frank Fertitta Jr. died earlier today following heart surgery in Los Angeles. He reportedly had been ill for some time. No official statements have been released yet by Station Casinos or UFC.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 6:54PM by DCRage - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Kang offered fight with Bisping at UFC 105
Denis Kang has been offered a fight with Michael Bisping at UFC 105, Fighters Only has been able to confirm.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 3:23PM by Wolfenstein - 24 comments
Filed under: UFC
Dan Hardy v Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 105
A source in Seoul tells us that the South Korean welterweight was offered the fight this week and has provisionally accepted.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 3:21PM by Wolfenstein - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
Report: Penn vs. Sanchez At 105
Turns out Michael Bisping may not headline UFC 105 after all. According to InsideFights, a source within UFC says that BJ Penn's next UFC Lightweight Title defense against Diego Sanchez will happen at UFC 105 in November. This comes despite Penn saying he's never do a UK event again over money issues and 105 expecting to be a free TV event in the US.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 2:40PM by DCRage - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
Video Post: Randy Couture Trains for Nogueira
Check out the video below as former UFC heavyweight champion Randy "The Natural" Couture trains for his UFC 102 bout with Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 2:07PM by BrutalKnockOut - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
DirecTV to Drop Versus, WEC?
Versus, formerly Outdoor Life Network, was rebranded in 2006 and is the home of the National Hockey League as well as collegiate sports from the Pac-10, Big 12, Mountain West and Ivy League conferences, the Tour de France bicycle race, Davis Cup Tennis, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), World Extreme Cage fighting (WEC), the Indy Racing League and Professional Boxing.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 1:19PM by emfleek - 3 comments
Filed under: WEC, Miscellaneous
Jim Miller to face UFC newcomer Steve Lopez on UFC 103 preliminary card
With Thiago Tavares recently bowing out of a UFC 103 preliminary card matchup due to an injury, Jim Miller (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) will now fight UFC newcomer Steve Lopez (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be distributed shortly.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 1:17PM by emfleek - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
Chuck to dance with Anna Trebunskaya
Looking back now, it's hard to believe there was a time when we thought that continuing to fight in the UFC was the worst thing Chuck Liddell could do for his long-term health and career legacy. Then he decided to join a televised dance contest with a bunch of "celebrities" and a disgraced former congressman, and suddenly we find ourselves wishing that he'd just come back and get hit in the head over and over again instead.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:09AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Dana White: Shane Carwin Hates Brock Lesnar
"Brock is ready to go now and wants to fight," said White. "Carwin makes the most sense. He’s 11-0, and he’s been kicking the [expletive] out of everybody. [Gabriel] Gonzaga destroyed [Mirko] Cro Cop and he [Carwin] totally destroyed Gonzaga. Plus, he hates Brock Lesnar."
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:07AM by emfleek - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
Frank Mir: Fedor Emelianenko Is Ducking Top Fighters in UFC
When Frank Mir owned the UFC interim heavyweight title, he always made clear that he didn't believe his own belt made him the best heavyweight in the world: Mir, like most MMA observers, said that Fedor Emelianenko is the top heavyweight. But now Mir's opinion has changed. Asked on the DAM Show why he thought Fedor had chosen to fight for Strikeforce instead of the UFC, Mir echoed UFC President Dana White and others who have suggested that Fedor isn't interested in proving himself against UFC champion Brock Lesnar and the other top fighters in the UFC.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:05AM by emfleek - 26 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Paul Buentello Plots Next Move
Paul Buentello is a man in limbo. After his fight against Gilbert Yvel was scrapped along with the entire Affliction promotion, "The Headhunter" is one of the few fighters from the "Trilogy" card who has yet to land with a new promotion. FanHouse spoke to the 12-year veteran at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose about where and when he hopes to fight next. Check out the full video interview below.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:05AM by emfleek - 5 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
Having defeated Marloes Coenen, Belgian fighter Cindy Dandois says she's ready for "Cyborg"
For a brief period in women's MMA, it seemed the fashionable thing to do was to call out fan favorite Gina Carano (7-1). Everyone wanted a piece of "The Face of Women's MMA," knowing that a win could catapult them to instant stardom. For Belgian fighter Cindy Dandois (1-0), Carano's just the start. Dandois, whose lone career win came against Strikeforce's top female contender Marloes Coenen (16-3), wants Carano, slugger Erin Toughill (10-2-1) and, oh yeah, champion Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos (8-1).
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:03AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
Report: Chase Gormley meets Stefan Struve at UFC 104 heavyweight contest in October
One of the names lost in the UFC's recent heavyweight match shuffling was undefeated prospect Chase Gormley (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). The recent Affliction transfer was originally scheduled to face Ben Rothwell but was left without an opponent following the flurry of new matchups that ultimately resulted in a heavyweight title fight between champ Brock Lesnar and challenger Shane Carwin.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 11:02AM by emfleek - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
Frank Mir plans on striking with Cheick Kongo at UFC 107

“I think the advantage of being well rounded is not having to force anything. As long as we’re boxing with each other, I feel very comfortable against Cheick Kongo. Obviously I don’t want to eat one of his knees, so I probably will try to strike with him a lot because if I just try to dive at him there’s always a chance of taking one of those.”
Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir dishes on his planned fight against the hard-hitting Cheick Kongo at UFC 107 from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee on December 12. Did his TKO win over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 92 over-inflate his confidence in the stand-up game? Or does the Las Vegas native have the arsenal to stand and bang with the Parisian — who is known for his poor wrestling defense?
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 10:21AM by grappler0000 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Randy Couture Proud of Protege Gina Carano
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture was in Gina Carano’s corner this past Saturday as she faced the toughest opponent of her career at “Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg.” Although her supermodel-face didn’t leave the cage the same way it entered, Couture is still proud of the work his protege put in despite the disappointing loss. “I think she had some opportunities to win,” the UFC Hall of Famer said on Carano’s behalf. “It was an amazing five minutes. They made a lot of transitions, a lot of positions, and I think Gina caught Cyborg with some shots that got her attention, and obviously Gina got overwhelmed on a couple of occasions, but I think overall, she did some great things.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:37AM by emfleek - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
Brandon Vera Prepares for UFC 102 With an Eye on Lofty Goals
Brandon Vera has the loftiest goal imaginable for an MMA fighter, and even if you don't think he can do it, he's not afraid to say it publicly: Vera wants to hold the UFC heavyweight belt and the UFC light heavyweight belt simultaneously. That's the goal that drives him. Never mind that Vera has never even been the No. 1 contender for either title, Vera insists that he can do it. But in the mean time, he's just focused on beating Krzysztof Soszynski, the man who will be on the other side of the Octagon from Vera on August 29 at UFC 102. In an interview with FanHouse, Vera discussed the upcoming fight and his long-term plans in the sport. The full interview is below.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:35AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
Three fights into his UFC career, former Pride and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira says the best is yet to come. And though his headlining fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102 may be long overdue, he feels it’s the best opportunity possible for redemption. “I’m gonna have a lot of people against me, but I’ve been very focused and very well-trained,” he told reporters during a media teleconference Tuesday. For a guy that’s been in the game as long as he has, ups and downs come with the territory. The stakes, however, have doubled since he’s come to the UFC and met with mixed success.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 8:34AM by emfleek - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
Shane Carwin ‘honored’ to fight Brock Lesnar at UFC 106
“I have verbally been offered the fight with Brock and I have verbally accepted this fight. My manager and the UFC are handling the the details. I am honored that the UFC has given me this opportunity. The fans of this sport are what makes MMA so great. I expect to be fighting at UFC 106 in November.” Number one heavyweight title contender Shane Carwin shares his first public thoughts on challenging division champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21. Carwin was expected to take on Cain Velasquez at UFC 104 on Oct. 24; however, the promotion today shifted gears and opted instead to put him up against someone his own size — Carwin and Lesnar are far and away the biggest competitors on the UFC roster. And they both have strong wrestling backgrounds. On paper, the fighters appear to be very evenly matched. However, Lesnar has dedicated himself to training mixed martial arts for the past few years. Meanwhile, Carwin still holds down a full-time job as an engineer at the North Weld County Water District in Colorado.
Submitted Aug 21, 2009 7:09AM by SmileR - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, MMA Personalities
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