Newest UFC Banned Sponsor: Full Tilt Poker
You Gotta Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em...UFC apparently does. Word is coming out that sponsor Full Tilt Poker, one of the top online poker sites, is the latest UFC sponsor to be blacklisted by the promotion. No specific reason given yet but rumors are it's because of UFC entering into a similar sponsor deal with fellow online poker site UltimateBet, which partners with the Absolute Poker site. There are also rumors Spike TV had something to do with it.
Fitch Signs Extension, Confirms Thiago Fight
Top UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch has signed a new 5-fight extension with UFC that will keep him with the promotion well into 2010. Additionally, Fitch also finalized the paperwork that confirms his next fight will be, as previously reported, at UFC 100 against Paulo Thiago.
Mike Brown vs Urijah Faber set for WEC 41
A much discussed rematch between current WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown (17-4 MMA, 3-0 WEC) and the man from whom he took the belt, Urijah Faber (22-2 MMA, 7-1 WEC), has been signed according to a report from FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
The signing has since been confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
According to the report, the bout will headline the as-yet-unannounced WEC 41 event on June 7 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
WEC's Danillo Villefort heading to the UFC's welterweight division
According to Davis, Villefort, who had already dropped from middleweight to welterweight for his WEC debut, wasn't interested in dropping from 170 to 155 pounds to stay in the WEC, which recently eliminated its 205-, 185- and 170-pound divisions. Villefort would have needed to drop to lightweight to stay in the organization.
Lyoto Machida’s secret revealed
Besides telling all his preparation routine, the undefeated fighter revealed a curious tradition in his family, a secret until then: urine therapy. Once in the day, he and his family drinks their own urine. “My father does that for a long time and bring it to us. People think it’s a joke (laughs).
Sengoku 8: Possible Title Eliminator Fight Signed
A Lightweight fight between Leo Santos & Kazunori Yokota has been signed for World Victory Road Sengoku 8 on May 2. The winner of this fight is likely to be the first challenger to Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka, which probably will happen in August.
Carano Says Cyborg Fight Will Happen
Of course the question is when. Although Gina Carano has been staying out of the MMA spotlight for now while taking a break from fighting, she still says her much-anticipated fight with Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos will happen this year. It just seems to be a question of when and if StrikeForce will be able to pay enough to secure Carano's services based on her drawing power.
New Jamie Varner Interview
WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie “C-4” Varner recently spoke with PDG about his recovery from injuries sustained in his victory against “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone, the fans that hate and when he will return to defend his belt.
PDG: Obviously, people are going to want to see a rematch between you and “Cowboy” Cerrone; any objections?
Varner: I will smash his face in. I was kicking his ass in the first round of our fight but I broke my hand and that is when the fight changed. That was the first fight in my career where I actually got hurt. I would like to think that the odds of that happening again are very slim and I think that a rematch would be an easy fight.
Bobby Lashley beats Guida
i would have figured this was posted already, but I havnt seen it. Bobby Lashley beat Jason Guida by unanimous decision. Heres the link
Either Guida did way better than I expected, or Lashley really isnt that good yet
Murilo Rua Signs With DREAM
Former PRIDE fighter and one-time EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo Rua has signed a multi-fight deal with DREAM. He's expected to debut at DREAM 8 on April 5 but the promotion hasn't announced anything regarding his participation or an opponent.
UFC Running 2 August PPVs
Portland fans can stop crying now, they're getting their UFC after all. The promotion announced today they will run 2 PPVs in August: UFC 101 on August 8 in Philly then UFC 102 on August 29 in Portland. UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled to be headlined by BJ Penn vs. Kenny Florian for the UFC Lightweight Title, while 102 may have Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
GSP - First MMA Fighter in Gatorade Commercial
"Today I shot a commercial for Gatorade - [I'm] proud to be the first MMA athlete to be sponsored by Gatorade, and also proud for the sport - it shows how far it has come. [It's] really an honor for me to be [in] the company of such other great athletes. Tomorrow I shoot the movie "Death Warrior" - I'll write more in a few days when I have some time. Thanks to everyone for all their support! "
Here's a 30-second teaser.
TAKANORI GOMI RETURNS TO SHOOTO
Announced for the May 10 event at JCB Hall is former Pride and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi, according to Japan-MMA.com. He returns to Shooto for the first time in nearly six years to face current Shooto 154-pound champion Takashi Nakakura.
AFFLICTION 3 ON JULY 11, FEDOR LIKELY
July 11 is shaping up to be a busy night for mixed martial arts enthusiasts.
Affliction will counter-program UFC 100 on the summer date with its third event at a location yet to be determined, according to sources close to the situation.
The card is just under a week from the first anniversary of “Banned,” the clothing company’s initial foray into MMA promotion.