Phil Davis makes quick return, meets Alexander Gustafsson on UFC 112 prelims
Despite some concerns about his availability due to a possible shoulder injury, Phil Davis (5-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) apparently received encouraging MRI results and has agreed to fight fellow light heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in April at UFC 112.
Sources close to the event confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the bout is in the process of being finalized for the night's preliminary card.
Gustafsson mentioned the fight in an official blog posting earlier today.
The bout was first reported as a possibility by MMAFrenzy.com over the weekend.
Din Thomas Plans MMA Welcome For Mayorga
Former UFC lightweight contender Din Thomas has been on a roll. Since bidding farewell to the UFC and the 155-pound class in early 2008, the American Top Team product has gone 3-0 as a featherweight, most recently earning a second-round TKO over Dustin Pague on Jan. 8 of this year.
Keith Jardine and Mirko Cro Cop Expecting Stand-up Battles
"Ben Rothwell is a big guy, much bigger and taller than I am," Cro Cop said. "He is very tough as well. But I am ready. He is very good with ground and pound, but I am not worried about this. I am ready if it goes to the ground. But I do not think it will go to the ground. I think this will be a stand-up battle, the Fight of the Night."
UFC strikes licensing deal with Fathead, lifesize UFC posters to be released
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has struck a deal with Fathead and will produce a series of lifesize posters of UFC fighters, the companies today announced.
Fathead, founded in 2005, produces more than 600 officially licensed life-size wall graphics of athletes and logos from a variety of sports leagues and teams.
Aside from a "Fathead Jr." poster that features UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn, Fathead has never offered MMA- or UFC-related products.
UCMMA To Implement Blood Testing In U.K.
“As the U.K.’s biggest promotion, we are proud to lead the way in fighter safety. Fighters will have to produce their blood test results at the weigh-in, with test results being no older than one month,” said UCMMA founder Dave O’Donnell.
Jardine Not Taking Bader Lightly At UFC 110
“We’ll see where this fight is going to go. I think he’s going to try to stand with me honestly,” added the 34-year-old. “He might force it to the ground, and if he’s really after those takedowns it’s going to end up on the ground eventually because he’s a two-time All-American."
Wanderlei Has Perfect Strategy For Bisping
"I've studied his game, I know all movements, I'm ready for him," Silva said recently in an interview with MMAWeekly Radio. "I feel great. I feel my technique growing up; my cardio is amazing. I feel really, really, really good."
After leaving family to study jiu-jitsu, WEC's Jose Aldo returned home a champion
Jose Aldo (16-1 MMA, 6-0 WEC) is a mix of tradition and rebellion.
The WEC featherweight champion's parents did not want him to move to Rio de Janeiro to learn fighting. They thought he was crazy; he should get a regular job and blend in. But at 16 years old, Aldo had already made up his mind. He wanted to be a world champion in jiu-jitsu.
Aldo's love of Capoeira, which started at the age of 14, had transformed into a desire to learn jiu-jitsu when he visited a local dojo in his hometown of Manaus, Brazil. Capoeira was beautiful, but it was soft. And though he was a nice guy and made good grades by Brazilian school's standards, Aldo could hardly be considered soft.
Reminder: "Countdown to UFC 110" preview show debuts Feb. 18 on Spike TV
The next installment of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's traditional pre-event preview show debuts Feb. 18 at 11 p.m. ET/PT with "Countdown to UFC 110."
The Spike TV special spotlights "UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez," which takes place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. Former champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meets top contender Cain Velasquez in the heavyweight headliner, and Michael Bisping takes on Wanderlei Silva in the middleweight co-headliner.
Spike TV airs replays later in the week.
JOHNSON INJURED, DANIEL ROBERTS FACES DOOMSDAY INSTEAD
A knee injury has forced Anthony "Rumble" Johnson off of the upcoming UFC on Versus card in March, and UFC newcomer Daniel Roberts has been tapped as a replacement to take on John "Doomsday" Howard in a welterweight match-up on the show instead.
The bout was initially reported by the Boston Herald on Sunday, and independent sources confirmed the bout to MMAWeekly.com as well.
Daniel Roberts (9-0) gets a chance to step into the UFC octagon for the first time on just over a month's notice.
UFC Quick Quote: Heath Herring calls out Dana White and Zuffa for unfair treatment
"I really don't care too much for them, and I don't think they care too much for me (Dana White and the UFC ownership group).... They've got their guys they want to push, guys they want to market. Randy Couture, Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir are the guys they want to push and market. The problem is if you're one of the guys who's not one of their favorites, they want to keep you out of the competition.... I'm trying to make money for myself, feed my family, and these guys are trying to do everything they can to make it impossible for me.... With the way the UFC's pay scale is and as much as it costs me to get ready for a fight, at the end of the day I made like 40 grand...
- NOG HAS HIS EYE ON VELASQUEZ, NOT TITLE SHOT YET
Being a multi-time champion in Pride and the UFC isn't enough for Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The Brazilian fighter is ready to gear up for another run at the heavyweight crown, and the next step towards that achievement comes at UFC 110 when he faces rising star Cain Velasquez.
After battling several dangerous staph infections over the last two years, Nogueira showed everybody what he had left in the gas tank when he defeated Randy Couture last August to put himself right back in the title picture.
Spike's "UFC Prelim" broadcast returns for "UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy" in March
While Spike TV will not be broadcasting any preliminary bouts from the upcoming UFC 110 event in Australia, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the fight promotion that the cable channel's "UFC Prelim" program will return for UFC 111.
The one-hour broadcast of preliminary card contest from "UFC 111: St-Pierre vs. Hardy," which takes place March 27 in Newark, N.J., marks the third of 10 scheduled "UFC Prelim" programs in 2010.
While the complete card for UFC 111 has been made official, Spike TV and the UFC have not yet announced which two contests will be guaranteed for the pre-pay-per-view teaser.
Demian Maia: This is a dream fight and I will be ready for it
"I knew about it last night. I still can't believe it. My manager called me and they asked if I wanted to fight for the belt. I said ‘of course, you don't even have to ask it'.... I'll have time to prepare an strategy. I'm coming from a heavy training camp and I'm in a fight rhythm. I'll let my body rest this week and I'll start the training next week.... I'll go train boxing with Luis Carlos Dorea (Nogueira brothers Boxing coach) for sure. My physical preparation wlll be with (Rafael) Alejarra...
UFC Quick Quote: Dan Hardy is exactly where he wants to be
"Being the underdog in this fight is exactly the position I want. I wouldn't have it any other way. When you step into a fight as a favourite, it takes some of the excitement and drama away from it all. It almost takes my interest out of the fight. If I'm looking at moving forward in my career and reaching the top, I'm going to need to be the underdog in a few bouts. That just shows you are taking risks and are prepared to go up against the best fighters in the world. I should always be fighting guys that are considered better than me. The moment you fight guys who are worse than you, you might as well give up
NCAA Champion Eric Larkin Moves To MMA
2003 NCAA Division 1 National Champion, Eric Larkin, will be making the move from wrestling to mixed martial arts in 2010, and has signed on with a manager while training for his debut fight.
A four-time All-American wrestler at Arizona State, Larkin has trained wrestling with fighters for some time now working with Jamie Varner, and other top notch fighters in Arizona.
Soares says delaying fight was never an option, but light heavyweight was
Never one to refrain from speaking his mind when asked to give his opinion, MMA manger Ed Soares has been frequently criticized as of late for trying to manipulate the UFC's matchmaking process or hand-select opponents for his clients, such as UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva.
Soares once again became a focal point of attention this past week when he suggested middleweight contender Chael Sonnen needed to avenge his February 2009 loss to Demian Maia before being considered for a title shot.
When Silva's UFC 112 opponent, Vitor Belfort, was forced to withdraw from the contest. Maia was named as the replacement. Several observers cried, "Foul," but Soares insists he had nothing to do with the replacement choice.
Soares said the process began on Thursday while he was in Brazil. A phone call from UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta got the ball rolling.