Belfort's Manager Confirms Silva Fight For UFC 112
Following months of speculation on the fate of a postponed bout between UFC Middleweight champion Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort, the pieces are finally in place for an April fight. Fabiano Farah, Belfort's manager, confirmed today the fight is on for UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi. But Silva's manager, Ed Soares, hasn't confirmed the fight yet. So make of this what you will.
Herschel Walker makes rounds with "Fox & Friends," "The Howard Stern Show"
Some hardcore mixed martial arts fans have wondered aloud why Strikeforce, as a rapidly growing promotion, is willing to offer a platform to former NFL great Herschel Walker (0-0 MMA, 0-0 SF) for his professional fight debut.
The answer is simple: exposure.
Today came notice that Strikeforce will now look to capitalize on Walker's fame, and the soon-to-debut heavyweight will hawk the Strikeforce brand to a pair of very mainstream outlets.
Strikeforce today officially announced that Walker will be featured on Wednesday editions of Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" and Sirius XM's "The Howard Stern Show."
Wilson Gouveia Cut by UFC, Will Make MFC Debut in April
Following back to back TKO losses, the UFC has apparently trimmed Wilson Gouveia from their roster. However it didn’t take the fighter long to find at new home with Maximum Fighting Chamionships, according to a post on the promotion’s president, Mark Pavelich’s Twitter account.
Wilson always put on a show and was ready for a war every time out, but you do have to win in order to stay in the UFC, I think he could possibly make a comeback after a couple wins in MFC.
Nate Diaz clarifies weight-cutting remarks, sees future at lightweight and welterweight
Nate Diaz (11-5 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is not leaving the lightweight division permanently — he just wants a break.
Diaz, who came up short Monday night in a headlining fight with Gray Maynard (9-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 20, slammed his performance and said he wants to explore his options a weight class up.
"It's just a possibility," Diaz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm not going to permanently go, but I could probably jump around. If I want to make (155 pounds) all year long and be starving and miserable for that long, I'd probably want to get paid more. Until I start getting paid more, maybe I should ease up a weight class."
White Says Abu Dhabi Sale Will Advance Global Expansion
The UFC sold off a chunk to an Abu Dhabi company to speed up its world expansion plan, according to president Dana White.
"UFC has no financial issues and business has never been better," White told www.ufc.com. "We did this deal because of the huge opportunities it provides for UFC's global growth."
WEC Quick Quote: Urijah Faber feels he has the 'edge' over Jose Aldo
First off, you have to be able to match his speed, which I know I can do. Just be wary of all his tools. He's got some really dangerous tools. Stand up, he's got those low leg kicks that open things up for him. He's got the knees that seem to reach people's faces very, very easily, and he's got really fast, powerful hands. So I'll be aware of that, have good defense, and be ready to throw my own heavy punches and be able to dictate where the fight goes with takedowns. And I feel like, even though he's a black belt, I feel like I still have the grappling edge."
Urijah Faber sat down with Pro MMA Radio this past Monday (Jan. 11) to discuss his upcoming title fight with the young and dangerous WEC featherweight champion Jose Aldo.
Chris Leben Is Back After Win Over Jay "Tough Sucker" Silva
And "The Crippler" gave his defeated foe a lot of credit after their UFN 20 fight last night. "I love to stand up and bang with guys but when that's their strong point and I'm good all around I might as well put him where he's weakest. We knew stand up was his biggest attribute and it's a strategy of war, attack them where they're weakest. To his credit that guy is tough as hell. I've sunk that choke before and a lot of guys would have tapped, I know that for sure I've been around a while. It was pretty deep he's just a tough sucker."
Strikeforce: Andre Galvão anxious to debut
Without fighting since Dream GP’s finals, André Galvão is anxious to make his Strikeforce debut. While a visit to the training center of X-Gym, the black belt gave an exclusive interview and talked about the opportunity on United States. “I must fight on January 30, but I’m waiting.
Efrain Escudero's arm isn't broken after Evan Dunham fight at UFC Fight Night 20
"Hey guys out the hospital nothing broke lil mess up tendons. I will be back soon now in hungry!! And expect and Evan vs Efrain 2!!! I'm not puttin my head down at all i'm gonna come back stronger quote my words!!!!!!!!!"
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 winner, Efrain Escudero, reports on his condition after X-rays revealed no broken bones in his right arm. "Hecho in Mexico" got trapped in a gruesome Evan Dunham armbar at UFC Fight Night 20 last night, waiting until the last possible second to tap before the limb more than likely snapped.
Yoshizo Machida: My Son "Must" Fight Anderson Silva
They say father knows best, and in the case of Lyoto Machida his father believes the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion must fight Anderson Silva. He commented on such a fight in a recent magazine interview: "There is only one champion, so I believe this fight must happen. It's a professional issue, and I believe they can fight. Deep down, everyone wants to know who is strongest. Friendship is friendship, but they're not amateurs. The eventual winner isn't my concern. What matters to me is how they win, and their strategy. This would be a mental battle."
UFC 112: Edgar vs. Penn Likely For Abu Dhabi
The question going into last night was could Gray Maynard earn a title shot at BJ Penn at UFC 112? The Answer appears to be no. While nothing is definite yet, based on Maynard's split decision win it looks like Frank Edgar will get the next shot at UFC Lightweight Champion BJ Penn in Abu Dhabi. Edgar seems to have emerged as the frontrunner for the next shot, even though he does have one loss on his UFC record-Maynard.
WEC 46 Medical Suspensions
The CSAC has anounced the medical suspensions from WEC 46. Although all the suspended fighters can be cleared to return early, all 9 who were suspended got at least 60 day suspensions and 5, including Jamie Varner, got 180 days.