UFC 103 GOING BIG IN TEXAS WITH 13 BOUTS
As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – including the fight cards. With the superfight between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort already signed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is set to put on a record 13 fights for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, which is presented by Tequila Cazadores, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 19.
Frankie Edgar vs. Kurt Pellegrino likely for The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale
ESPN.com's "Inside MMA" host Jon Anik reported today on his Twitter account that a Dec. 5 bout between Frankie Edgar (10-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and Kurt Pellegrino (14-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) is currently in the works.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has since confirmed with sources close to the event that both fighters have agreed to the contest.
The lightweight bout is expected to take place at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.
Antonio Minotauro Nogueira Newest Interview
In an interview with Affliction, Antônio Nogueira discussed his last fight, training, and the future.
When talking about his legendary fight with Randy Couture at UFC 102 he said, “The fight was beautiful, it was the fight of the night.”
Speaking of his future plans Nogueira explained, “My main goal is to fight Brock Lesnar for the heavyweight title, he’s big but I think I got better skills than him.”
"TUF 10" cast member Jon Madsen's road to UFC already crossed Brock Lesnar
Jon Madsen's first meeting with Brock Lesnar displayed the elements that would later make him one of the most intriguing up-and-coming heavyweights in mixed-martial-arts.
Even though they were only in high school.
Madsen was a freshman at Dolan High School in South Dakota, which was separated by about 45 minutes from Lesnar's town. That made the heavyweight wrestlers competitors in a high school event, and Lesnar, two years older, beat Madsen.
Report: Paul Taylor vs. John Hathaway, Nick Osipczak vs. TBA likely for UFC 105
While a promised main event is still lacking for the UFC's next trip to the U.K., the undercard is slowly coming together.
British-based magazine Fighters Only is reporting that a welterweight bout between John Hathaway (11-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) and Paul Taylor (10-4-1 MMA, 3-3 UFC) is in the works for UFC 105 on Nov. 14 in Manchester, England.
According to the report, bout agreements have yet to be signed, though both fighters have agreed to the contest.
Andrei Arlovski Postpones Boxing Debut to Focus on MMA, Sets Record Straight on Playing Russian Roulette
Fighters.com’s tenth-ranked heavyweight “Pitbull” Andrei Arlovski (14-7) has postponed his previously planned professional boxing debut anticipated for the end of September or early October to focus on MMA, Arlovski announced at Arlovski.com Wednesday night.
“MMA now is number one priority for me,” Arlovski assured fans during a video chat, but he hasn’t buried his squared circle aspirations, adding, “Definitely, I want to try [boxing].” Arlovski also announced he’s considering competing at a North American Grappling Association event, saying, “I’ve been working on my jiu-jitsu.”
"Superman" vs. "Doomsday" shifted to The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale in December
Despite previous reports to the contrary, a rumored matchup between Dennis "Superman" Hallman (41-12-2 MMA, 1-3 UFC) and John "Doomsday" Howard (12-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) will actually take place at The Ultimate Fighter 10 Finale on Dec. 5 in Las Vegas.
Initial reports suggested the bout would take place at UFC 106 in November.
Bout agreements have yet to be finalized for the match, though both parties have agreed to the contest.
Tyson Griffin plans to push Franca to the Limit
"Ask any professional fighter and they’re likely to tell you that they’ve never gone into a bout 100-percent healthy.
But every once in a while, when punching someone in the face, and often getting punched back, is your way of earning a living, you do have to take a step back and let your body recover.
That’s exactly where UFC lightweight Tyson Griffin found himself after his last bout. He scored a unanimous decision over a tough Rafael dos Anjos on April 1, but after amassing a 6-2 record against some of the best fighters in the Octagon, his body was telling him it was time for rejuvenation."
UFC hopeful Chris Wilson fighting for survival at UFC Fight Night 19
"As fans, we sometimes are immune to the personal issues that impact the lives and affect the performances of the athletes we love to watch.
We expect quarterbacks to throw touchdowns and guards to sink their free throws and sluggers to hit home runs and fighters to score knockouts, and we expect them to do all of that without letting on they have problems in their personal lives that make it difficult for them to concentrate fully on their jobs.
If there is anyone with excuses, it is veteran UFC welterweight Chris Wilson (14-5 MMA, 1-2 UFC), who is slated to face Mike Pyle (17-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) on Wednesday in Oklahoma City at 'Ultimate Fight Night 19: Diaz vs. Guillard.'"
Injured Sherk Haunted By Steroid Suspension
"Sean Sherk’s 2007 steroid suspension is always just a few steps behind him.
The former UFC lightweight champion was reminded of that last week when he withdrew with a shoulder injury from his bout against Gleison Tibau at UFC 104 on Oct. 24 in Los Angeles.
Sherk’s injury was scrutinized, however, when it was reported that he had been scheduled to take a drug test with the California State Athletic Commission required for his re-licensure that same week."
Bob Sapp to face Sokoudjou at DREAM 11
Bob "The Beast" Sapp (16-5-1) will stand in for an injured Gegard Mousasi to face Rameau Thierry Sokodjou in the semifinals of Dream's Super Hulk Tournament Oct. 6 at Dream 11.
The fill-in is just one of four professional engagements Sapp said is either done or close to done on his immediate schedule. The day after his Dream booking, he is set for a kickboxing match against Alain "The Panther" Ngalani in Hong Kong. The weekend after that, he's working on an MMA fight in Texas that is "80 percent done." Then, in late October, he plans to go back to Korea for a pro wrestling engagement, with more globetrotting in the pipeline for November and December.
Wes Sims: homeless to TUF House
CP: Were you ever worried about the stigma of getting back into the UFC via the reality show? Or did you just think that whatever got you in the UFC was worth it?
WES SIMS: No, people understand. Good or bad, there’s nothing that’s going to hurt Wes Sims. I’m a certified black man when I want to be. I’ve been on BET. I was on the “Iron Ring” for God’s sakes.
You were? I didn’t know that. I guess I didn’t watch much of that show.
Martin Kampmann ‘not worried about title shots’ heading into UFC 103 bout against Paul Daley
UFC 103: “Franklin vs. Belfort” took a big blow last week when it was announced that Mike Swick would no longer be able to compete against Martin Kampmann in a number one contender qualifier matchup, thanks to a “Quick” concussion suffered during training.
In a stacked welterweight division that includes contenders Jon Fitch, Thiago Alves, Matt Hughes, Matt Serra, Josh Koscheck and more, champion Georges St. Pierre has soundly defeated everyone he’s faced and in the process eliminated potential challengers to his title.
Swick and Kampmann, with a combined 29-4 record inside the Octagon and who are both undefeated in their campaigns at 170 lbs, were two of the few welterweights remaining with a legitimate claim as a top division contender.
DREAM 11: Gesias ‘JZ’ Cavalcante vs Daisuke Nakamura on Oct. 6
A lightweight tilt between Gesias Cavalcante (14-3-1) and Daisuke Nakamura (20-10) has been added to the upcoming DREAM 11 event from the Yokohama Arena in Kanagawa, Japan on Oct. 6.
Cavalcante looks to rebound from a unanimous decision loss to Tatsuya Kawajiri at DREAM 9. A two-time K-1 Hero’s champion, “JZ” has run into a rough patch as of late.
After incurring a decision loss to Shinya Aoki in the preliminary round of the Lightweight Grand Prix, he was forced to undergo surgery. Upon his scheduled return to competition on New Year’s Eve last year, he experienced an unexpected and demoralizing mishap.