Olympic Wrestler Ben Askren Signs With Bellator
Ben Askren, the aspiring MMA fighter and former NCAA champion and Olympic wrestler, has signed with the Bellator Fighting Championships.
Askren will fight in Bellator's welterweight tournament, which begins in the spring as part of Bellator's new deal with Fox Sports Net. In a statement, Askren said he's excited about the Fox Sports deal.
"I like that my fights are going to broadcast nationally, I like the tournament-style format and I love the opportunity to be a part of something exciting and new," Askren said. "I plan on winning Bellator. My goal, as it always has been, is to be the best in the world."
Bellator Matchmaker Resigns
Matt Stansell, matchmaker for tournament-based fight promotion Bellator Fighting Championships, resigned his post on Monday.
Stansell and Bellator CEO Bjorn Rebney said the split was amicable, though Rebney said Tuesday that Stansell stopped working with the company two weeks ago.
“The simplest way to put it is, as companies evolve and grow, sometimes that growth is best for certain parties to stay together and sometimes that growth requires that certain parties split,” Rebney said. “At this point, it wasn’t the right fit as we continue to grow and expand.”
Carlos Condit injury forces cancellation of UFC 108 bout with Paul Daley
After weeks of searching for a main event for the first event of 2010, the UFC has now lost a planned co-feature bout for UFC 108.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from a source close to Carlos Condit (24-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC) that the "Natural Born Killer" has suffered an injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from a main-card bout with British slugger Paul Daley (22-8-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).
No word yet on whether the UFC will seek a replacement opponent for Daley at the Jan. 2 event.
Update on controversial UFC sponsor Hoelzer Reich
It was only a matter of time.
California-based Hoelzer Reich apparel company has been banned from sponsoring fighters at future UFC and WEC events.
WEC general manager Reed Harris expressed his personal concerns regarding the company's "German-themed" apparel on today's edition of MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio), and the exec told Yahoo! Sports shortly after the interview that Zuffa, LLC, will no longer allow its athletes to wear Hoelzer Reich apparel into the cage at UFC or WEC events.
Interview with TUF 10 Winner Roy Nelson
Hello and welcome to MMA SUCKA!
Thanks for joining us Roy
Q. Congratulations on your wins on TUF, i personally enjoyed both fights and was wondering if you did actually count your punches against Kimbo?
No the commission actually told me it was 44 unanswered punches.
Q. Do you train with any members of this season of TUF still?
Mike wessel and Marcus Jones came out to train with me.
Q. Have you been suprised with the way your fights have panned out on TUF?
Jon Jones to Protest Loss To Matt Hamill
Jon should have been deducted a point for the accidental illegal blow. Matt should have been treated like we treat the Brazilians and given 5 minutes to regroup and offered a translator so the ref could make the right call and understand Matt could not continue due to his shoulder injury not the blow.This should be a NC for both fighters but not a loss. Hammil continued with an injured Shoulder and only complained once the action was stopped (warrior) but the fight was stopped based on the shoulder injury in our opinion.
TUF 10 Finale: 3.7 Million Viewers, 5.2 Million For Kimbo
Kimbo Slice still knows how to draw. The ratings for the TUF 10 Finale Saturday night are now out: 3.7 million viewers was the average for the entire broadcast, but the peak was 5.2 million for Kimbo vs. Houston Alexander. With the Finale ratings included, the final average for the season was 3.4 million viewers. The Finale was the most-watched Finale yet and #3 all-time for UFC.
UFC Announces Prelim Card For 109
Shortly after announcing the main card fights for UFC 109, UFC has now announced the prelim matches, which likely completes the card. 6 prelims are on tap for the event, with 2 new fights added today: Mac Danzig vs. Justin Buchholz and Tim Hague vs. Chris Tuchscherer.
UFC Announces PPV Card For UFC 109
UFC today announced the 5 fights that will make up the PPV portion of it's Super Bowl-weekend event, UFC 109. Dubbed "Relentless", the event iwll be headlined by Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman as well as Paulo Thiago vs. Josh Koscheck and perhaps a surprise add-Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Brandon Vera, among others.
WEC Definitely To PPV In 2010, DirecTV Sooner
During a radio appearance Monday night, WEC GM Reed Harris said big things are on the horizon. He's optimistic WEC will be back on DirecTV very soon, maybe even in time for WEC 45 on December 19, and WEC will absolutely be on PPV next year-just a matter of when. Harris says WEC is targeting mid-year for the first PPV, maybe sooner, depending on how the January card goes. Additionally, WEC will run a Saturday show in March during the annual Arnold Classic in Ohio.
UFC 108: Lauzon-Stout Promoted To PPV
Originally scheduled to be a prelim match at UFC 108, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout has now been promoted to the PPV portion of the event. It becomes the 4th PPV fight for the 1/2 event, with the not-yet-announced Gilbert Yvel vs. Junior Dos Santos expected to round out the PPV, leaving 6 prelim matches on the undercard. This will be J-Lau's first fight since a torn ACL suffered earlier this year.
Kenny Florian has changed for Clay Guida
My body definitely has changed. I definitely am at my biggest and at my leanest.... I feel very, very strong. I feel I'm at my quickest, and I'm in tremendous shape right now.... We've really gone back to the basics. I feel like it's been a total rebirth, a total upgrade of what I've been doing.... I believe people are going to see even more of a change in the way that I look and fight from here on out. It's going to be more of a change than what it was after the Sherk fight.... He's one of those guys who's a survivor, and he's very, very tough. I have my work cut out for me. This is a great fight for me to get back on track. He's a very well-respected opponent, he's one of the best out there and that's who I want to fight. Those are only the people I want to fight."
-- Former two-time number one lightweight contender, Kenny Florian.
Dana White: Dan Henderson wasn't worth the money and brings nothing to the table
"He's happy, but the reality is that I pushed him into signing that deal. I told people over the weekend that he'd sign within the next week. I wanted him to s**t or get off the pot. He was in this limbo forever, and he needed more motivation to make a decision. Do you think that there's any guy we can't get that I want? Other than Fedor [Emelianenko]? So far, he's been the one guy we can't get. But everyone else that we've wanted, we got. If I wanted Dan Henderson, I could've signed him. For the money he wanted, he's not worth it. He's not a big pay-per-view star, he's not a big attraction, and he's not going to sell out arenas. He wants way too much and he doesn't bring anything to the table. Here's the reality: If I wanted him, he'd be in the UFC. It's not like, 'F***, Strikeforce beat me out.' He's been a free agent for a long time. If I wanted him, I would have signed him by now."
UFC Sponsor Hoelzer Reich, Neo-Nazi sympathizers?
Found this to be interesting:
Jamie Vine of Hoelzer Reich has e-mailed me and asked me to clarify a few things regarding their company and the ties to neo-Nazis as has been written about previously. The company became the subject of much debate following the news that Joe Brammer would be walking out at The Ultimate Fighter Finale wearing a Hoelzer Reich shirt.
Exclusive: Why Henderson Chose Strikeforce
herdog.com: Why did you pick Strikeforce over the UFC?
Henderson: The decision was based on a number of things. It wasn’t just a financial thing. It was the fact that I felt I wasn’t getting the fight that I wanted in the UFC. That was a big part of that -- that I wasn’t and that it got yanked away from me. I think I stepped up for the UFC a number of times and had earned that right again for a title fight. And the fact that publicity-wise, CBS offers quite a bit more than a pay-per-view and Spike TV.
Vladimir Matyushenko vs. Steve Cantwell set for UFC 108 prelims
A light heavyweight bout between veteran Vladimir Matyushenko (23-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and former WEC champion Steve Cantwell (8-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is set for the preliminary card of next month's UFC 108 event.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) learned of the Jan. 2 matchup over the weekend.
Nima Safapour of No Limits Media Group, which represents Matyushenko, today confirmed that bout agreements have been distributed and signed by Matyushenko.
UFC 108 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.
Matyushenko, a former top UFC light heavyweight contender, returned to the UFC in September after a six-year absence from the organization. The 38-year-old Belarusian topped Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic training partner Igor Pokrajac via unanimous decision at UFC 103 to pick up his 10th win in his past 11 fights.