Georges St-Pierre vs. Dan Hardy official for UFC 111 on March 27 in New Jersey
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – British slugger Dan Hardy (23-6 MMA, 4-0 UFC) knew he earned a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre (19-2 MMA, 13-2 UFC) by defeating Mike Swick at November's UFC 105 event.
Now he knows the date.
At today's UFC Fight Club Q&A session in Memphis, Tenn., UFC broadcaster Mike Goldberg said he had confirmed with UFC matchmaker Joe Silva that St-Pierre and Hardy will meet at an as-yet-unannounced event on March 27 in Newark, N.J.
The event is expected to be dubbed UFC 111 and take place at the Prudential Center.
Tennessee Commission Greenlights Referee Shadowing
The Tennessee Athletic Commission may have stumbled upon a valuable tool in harvesting the next generation of mixed martial arts officials.
TAC Executive Director Jeff Mullen, a former judge, confirmed on Thursday that his sanctioning body had given the green light for up-and-coming official Brian Beauchamp to shadow assigned referees Dan Miragliotta, Greg Franklin, Mario Yamasaki and Herb Dean at UFC 107 “Penn vs. Sanchez” this Saturday at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.
"UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" takes another hit; lightweight Tyson Griffin out
When it rains, it pours.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the promotion that the UFC has lost another featured fighter in its first event of 2010.
Lightweight contender Tyson Griffin (14-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) has suffered an undisclosed injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his "UFC 108: Evans vs. Silva" main-card bout with Jim Miller (15-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
UFC 110 Sells Out In One Day
It didn't take long for UFC's Australia debut to be a success at the gate...in fact, it only took a few hours. After Fight Club members & Newsletter subscribers brought a reported 10,000 tickets to UFC 110 via pre-sales, the rest of the tickets went on sale to the public today and sold out in just a few hours...with no fights still officially announced for the event. While official word of the sell-out has yet to come from the UFC, a quick review of UFC 110's listing on Ticketek.com indicates an "Allocation Exhausted" alert for the event.
UFC Prelims On Spike To Return For 108
Spike TV has confirmed today they will once again air live UFC prelims in January, this time before UFC 108. Which ones haven't yet been determined. UFC & Spike officials continue to decide whether or not to do them on a case-by-case basis, although the main reason they're not being done for 107 is schedule conflicts, Spike had already scheduled it's annual Video Game Awards for the 2 hours before 107.
Tim Credeur Off UFN 20; Gerald Harris In
One TUF 7 alum out, another one in. Tim Credeur has been forced off UFN 20 in January due to injury, he was to have faced Mike Massenzio. The replacement is fellow TUF 7 contestant Gerald Harris, who didn't appear at the TUF 7 Finale but has won his last 7 fights to earn another chance in UFC.
Matt Hughes Confirms Renzo Gracie Bout
Pack your bags for Abu Dhabi, Matt Hughes fans. Dana White confirmed yesterday the former UFC Welterweight Champion would next fight in April but wouldn't confirm it's against Renzo Gracie-or where. But Hughes did-he said paperwork isn't done but he thinks an April 10 fight in Abu Dhabi against Gracie will happen.
RVCA Banned by UFC
As evidenced by the black electrical tape covering the RVCA symbol on BJ Penn's shirt at today's pre-fight press conference. RVCA was banned from the UFC in mid-November due to their sponsorship agreement with Fedor Emelianenko.
Bobby Lashley signs multi-year contract with Strikeforce MMA
Former WWE star and collegiate wrestling champion Bobby Lashley (4-0) has signed a multi-year agreement with Strikeforce and will make his mixed martial arts debut for the San Jose-based promotion at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday, Jan. 30, against an opponent to be named.
Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
UFC Quick Quote: Rampage Jackson wants to fight, not spell
"I had a very unpleasant 45-minute phone call with Rampage before the TUF finale (on Dec. 5). We started fighting on texts that day. He sent me a really bad text so I sent him a really bad text back. He wrote back, 'Call me, I can't spell good enough to fight on texts (laughs).'"
-- UFC President Dana White tells the Las Vegas Sun about his recent grammatically-challenged exchange with "retired" former light heavyweight champion, Rampage Jackson, prior to The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10 Finale on Dec. 5.
AKA: Sure, Train With Us, but Only if We Get a Percent of Your Income
When Affliction went down in flames, Paul Buentello decided he might want to go to the UFC. Dana White's feelings on Zinkin Entertainment are well known, and Buentello decided to replace Bob Cook and get a new manager. As a result, Buentello was suspended from the American Kickboxing Academy, where he's trained since 2000:
According to the fighter and his long-time trainer and friend, Dave Velasquez of Nor Cal Fight Factory, the dispute arose when Buentello replaced Cook with a new manager.
"I’ve always came to this crossroads, if I ever go back to the UFC, I gotta have somebody on board that’s gonna sell me like I’m the best thing since sliced bread," said Buentello. The native Texan believes that someone is Elis Pacheco of New York-based Dedos Marketing Group, which has worked with Ice-T, Fat Joe and Beyonce Knowles.
Cook, Buentello’s former manager and trainer, declined comment.
Frank Mir ‘went into depression’ and ‘got sick’ over Brock Lesnar obsession
In what could now officially qualify as a somewhat unhealthy fanaticism in regards to avenging a previous, and utterly embarrassing defeat at the hands of current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, Frank Mir recently went on record with the Las Vegas Sun stating that the news of Lesnar’s recent health problems made him ill…. literally.
“When he got sick it screwed up my training because he was such a driving force for me,” said Mir. “I went into a depression for two to three days where I didn’t go to the gym, I got sick — I drove myself insane thinking we may possibly not fight again.
“I couldn’t live with that.”
Apparently the obsession with Brock isn’t really with Brock at all. No, according to Mir’s father you can chalk it up to a deep seeded disdain for losing.
Major Surgery May Still be Needed for UFC'S Lesnar
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar continues to have serious health problems, according to UFC president Dana White.
"He's still really sick," White told reporters Thursday. "We won't know for probably another month and a half. He had that minor surgery, he's going to change his diet, do some things and see what happens."
Alan Belcher: ‘I feel disrespected’, ‘ready to let my fists do the talking’
Just two days shy of his UFC 107 showdown with the always dangerous Wilson Gouveia, Alan “The Talent” Belcher is flat out pissed, and it’s not at his opponent but the current predicament he finds himself in. The predicament being a “Fight of the Night” caliber athlete being snubbed from main card honors.
“I have tons of people coming out to support me, and it kind of helps me get over the fact that I’m not going to be on the main card… it pisses me off.”
MMA Quick Quote: Herschel Walker calling on his younger personality for upcoming Strikeforce debut
"You know what is strange? I didn’t want to mention my age. Like I said, I have these multiple personalities so that 25 year old that is inside is doing this fighting ... I have been in mixed martial arts for 30-something years and this is a great opportunity for me to get in there and show them what I can do. I tell you I love it. I have been eating one meal a day for over twenty-something years I have been doing that. My regimen hasn’t changed that much. I feel good. I am not going to embarrass AKA. I am not going to embarrass the fighters at AKA. I won’t embarrass Strikeforce and most of all I won’t embarrass myself. When I step into the ring I will be ready to go."
Recent Strikeforce acquisition and former NFL great Herschel Walker comments on his transition to mixed martial arts when he debuts for the San Jose-based promotion in January 2010.
White confirms Jackson's return, says Evans fights "Rampage" with UFC 108 win
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – It was supposed to be a glorious day for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
With the UFC rolling into his hometown of Memphis, Tenn., for this Saturday's "UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez" event, Jackson was supposed to be the focus of the week.
Instead, that honor has fallen to lightweight champion B.J. Penn and challenger Diego Sanchez, but UFC president Dana White said at Thursday's pre-event press conference that Jackson should be the only one concerned at his absence.
"If anyone should be upset, it's 'Rampage,'" White said.
BJ Penn: Diego Sanchez Is Underestimating Me
MEMPHIS -- Diego Sanchez has repeatedly said that his endurance and cardio will be one of the reasons why he will defeat BJ Penn and capture the lightweight title at UFC 107 on Saturday. But when FanHouse asked "The Prodigy" about that at Wednesday's media workout, Penn, who claims to be in the best shape of his life, said that Sanchez couldn't be more wrong.
Diego Sanchez: ‘I’m here to claim what’s mine’
Diego Sanchez may be the challenger going into this weekends lightweight championship clash against B.J. Penn at UFC 107, but judging from The Nightmare’s recent statements during the UFC 107 Countdown Show, he wouldn’t know it.
According to Diego, he’s already the champion; This fight is just a formality for the San Diego based fighter.
“From the moment I stepped down to 155, I knew in my heart that I was the best 155 pounder in the world,” said Sanchez during the recent Spike TV broadcast.
“I’m here to claim what’s mine. It’s my time now.”