"TUF" alumn Noah Thomas signs with WEC, replaces Eddie Wineland at WEC 41
Noah Thomas (13-4), a cast member from the fifth season of "The Ultimate Fighter," has replaced an injured Eddie Wineland (14-6-1) at next month's WEC 41 event.
Thomas will drop to 135 pounds to fight Frank Gomez (6-1) in a preliminary card bout.
WEC GM Reed Harris today announced via Twitter.com that Thomas had signed with the organization, and WEC PR Manager Dave Sholler confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he'll take Wineland's spot on the WEC 41 card.
Ronnys Torres debuts at UFC Fight Night 19
After a knee injury forced him out of a UFC Fight Night 18 bout with Melvin Guillard, UFC newcomer Ronnys Torres (14-1 MMA 0-0 UFC) will now apparently make his octagon debut at UFC Fight Night 19.
Torres told Tatame he's slotted for the event, though no opponent has been determined.
Fight Night 19 is expected to take place Sept. 16.
Scott ‘Hands of Steel’ Smith winds up for Nick Diaz
Scott Smith’s road to Strikeforce has been filled with twists and turns, much like his recent fights that have kept fans on the edge of their seats.
Smith — who currently competes in the 185-pound division — began his career fighting at heavyweight nearly a decade ago. His first major appearance, however, came during a light heavyweight tournament under the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) banner in 2005.
FRANK TRIGG SIGNS WITH UFC
Veteran fighter Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) is returning to the Ultimate Fighting Championship after signing a four-fight deal with the organization.
Trigg, who's a daily host for MMAjunkie.com Radio, today told MMAjunkie.com about the signing, which took nearly nine months to complete.
Trigg, who recently turned 37, went 2-3 in his first UFC stint from 2003-2005, but he's perhaps best remembered for two unsuccessful attempts at Matt Hughes' UFC welterweight title.
Very, very cool and I hope he tears it up!
Clay Guida: I'm Going To Have That Belt Around My Waist
UFC Lightweight Clay Guida is very confident that he's going to be the UFC Lightweight Champion one day. He knows he's ready for a title shot and will try to deny Diego Sanchez a promised title shot if Sanchez beats Guida at the TUF 9 Finale, and possibly earn a shot himself if he wins.
DREAM 9 - RESULTS (SPOILERS)
I've found it surprisingly hard to find all of last night's results in one place, so here they are:
* Jason "Mayhem" Miller vs. Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza declared a no contest
* Joe Warren def. Norifumi "Kid Yamamoto via split decision
* Bibiano Fernandes def. Masakazu Iminari via unanimous decision
* Hiroyuki Takaya def. Yoshiro Maeda via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 9:40
* Hideo Tokoro def. Abel Cullum via submission (rear-naked choke) - Round 2, 1:37
* Tatsuya Kawajiri def. Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante via unanimous decision
* Gegard Mousasi def. Mark Hunt via submission (arm bar) - Round 1, 1:19
* Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou def. Jan Nortje via TKO (strikes) - Round 1, 2:29
* Hong Man Choi def. Jose Canseco via submission (strikes) - Round 1, 1:17
* Ikuhisa Minowa def. Bob Sapp via submission (heel hook) - Round 1, 1:14
Strikeforce: Hamman out; "Feijao" vs. Kyle likely for June 6 prelims (*UPDATED - Now Confirmed*)
Light-heavyweight prospect Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante (7-1) is once again without an opponent for his June 6 Strikeforce debut, as opponent Jared Hamman (10-1) has been forced out of the bout with an unspecified injury suffered in training.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the change with Strikeforce Director of Communications Mike Afromowitz.
Additional sources close to the event have revealed Mike Kyle (11-6-1) is the leading candidate to fill in for Hamman on the preliminary card of the "Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields" event.
*This has now been confirmed. Link further down page
K.J. Noons Drops Manager, in Talks With Strikeforce
Zak Woods interviews Noons and gets the scoop:
WKR: Is Mark Dion still your manager?
K.J.: No, me and Mark had differences and have just got through with legal paperwork and he is not my manager as of couple days ago. We ended on good terms and I'm starting to move forword with my career.
WKR: Have you been in contact with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker?
K.J.: Scott and I have been talking the past few days. I used to fight on Scott's fight cards in San Jose 10 years ago, so I've known him a long time.
UFC 98 Fighter Payouts
The NSAC today revealed the disclosed fighter payouts from UFC 98. A total of $957,000 was paid out with the biggest share-$200,000 each-going to Matt Hughes and main event loser Rashad Evans.
UFC: Undisputed 2009 Also Tops in Canada
The UFC: Undisputed 2009 takes up the top 2 positions in Canada, according to Rogers and the Canadian Press:
TORONTO — The most popular game rentals (all platforms) according to Rogers Video for the period ending May 24.
1 UFC 2009 Undisputed (Xbox ***)
2 UFC 2009 Undisputed (PlayStation 3)
3 Terminator: Salvation (Xbox ***)
4 Bionic Commando (Xbox ***)
5 Punch Out (Nintendo Wii)
UFC 2009: Undisputed Topping Charts in UK
While THQ’s UFC 2009: Undisputed has been a solid hit on US shores, the game has also made its’ mark in the international market. The game debuted on the top of the charts, according to Brit gaming tracker el33tonline:
The All Formats UK Software Chart top ten follows below:
* UFC 2009: Undisputed (THQ)
* Pokemon Platinum (Nintendo)
* EA Sports Active (EA)
* Wii Fit (Nintendo)
* Fifa 09 (EA)
* X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Activision Blizzard)
* Wii Play (Nintendo)
* Mario Kart Wii (Nintendo)
* My Fitness Coach (Ubisoft)
* Call of Duty: World at War (Activision Blizzard)
At No. 1, UFC 2009: Undisputed debuts in the software chart, with a console sales split of 52% on Xbox *** and 48% on PS3.
That level of success with the game in the UK shows that the UFC is becoming further entrenched in the sporting and cultural environment of the Brits and only bodes well for the future.
Aoki, Manhoef, Filho Among DREAM 10 Additions
During today's DREAM 9 event, several announcements were made regarding DREAM 10. Announced fighters for 10 included Shinya Aoki-who will not face DREAM Lightweight Champion Joachim Hansen as was expected, former WEC Middleweight Champion Paulo Filho and his opponent-feared striker Melvin Manhoef. Also announced was current DEEP Lightweight Champion Katsunori Kikuno vs. Andre Amade.
Jose Canseco loses MMA debut
to not surprise, Canseco lost his MMA debut in Japan to Hong Man Choi. To sum it up, steroid head Canseco threw some silly punches and kicks until he knocked himself off balance and fell to the ground. Choi then jumped on him and started some G n P punching forcing Canseco to tap out due to fear at 76 seconds into the 1st round
I would like to see Canseco vs Fedor or someone who can just play with him and then literally knock his head off with 1 hit, or Cro Cop leg kick to shut Canseco up forever...but those guys are too good to even contemplate a fight with Canseco
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WEC 42 Moved Up To August 9
MMA fans just got a double dose of big shows in early August. There are reports that WEC 42, originally scheduled for late August, has now been moved up to August 9 in Las Vegas according to the NSAC. That puts the WEC event, to be headlined by Miguel Torres vs. Brian Bowles, the day after UFC 101 in Philadelphia.
Fight Biz: "Mask's" vision sets course for future of Tapout
Charles Lewis Jr. always had been a visionary.
Whether it was creating what's grown into a multi-million-dollar apparel company from the back of a pickup truck or spotting unlocked potential in an aspiring mixed martial artist, the man most knew as "Mask" instilled success in himself and those whose lives he touched.
Along with co-founder Dan "Punkass" Caldwell and partner Timothy "Skyskrape" Katz, Lewis built Tapout into the most recognized clothing brand in MMA. And, he possessed a clear vision of the company's future.
Clay Guida Removed From UFC Undisputed 2009
Popular lightweight fighter, Clay Guida, was originally slated to be on the video game’s roster but had to be removed because of his hair.
THQ had reportedly offered Guida money to cut his hair so that they could keep him in the game but Guida apparently turned down the offer.