Yes, Junior Dos Santos is set to fight Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovoc at UFC 103
After conflicting reports and questions about Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic's standing with the Japanese-based DREAM organization and the UFC, the Croatian fighter is, in fact, returning to the octagon.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported on Wednesday that Junior Dos Santos (8-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) had been pulled from a UFC 102 bout with Justin McCully, and sources close to the negotiations now tell us he is set to fight fellow heavyweight Filipovic (25-6-2 MMA, 2-2 UFC) at UFC 103.
Randy Couture Doesn't Care, but Thinks Brock Lesnar Will Beat Frank Mir
Randy Couture has a big fight ahead of him against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 102, and if he wins he might just get another crack at the UFC heavyweight title, which will be decided in the main event of UFC 100, Frank Mir vs. Brock Lesnar. But Couture says he doesn't much care who wins that fight.
"I think both guys are amazing fighters," Couture tells our friend Steve Cofield of CageWriter.com. "I don't really care one way or the other. I'm leaning toward Lesnar. It's always harder for the guy who won the first one to make adjustments, come back and win again."
EXCLUSIVE: UFC 100 will be 9-hour live tv marathon free to all in the UK
The news many fans have been waiting for.
It’s official. Right here.
I can reveal that UFC 100, from the Mandalay Bay Resort, will be live and free on UK television - it will show free to air on satellite channel 433 and ALSO will be streamed free onto UFC.com on Saturday night for 9 hours, a marathon stint, between 9pm and 6am. It , and will show a programme of the 100 greatest fights in UFC history, followed by the Countdown show, followed by the live event.
Enjoy. Tell all who need to know. Send them this link. You heard it here first. More details to follow…
White: MMA to be bigger globally than football
One wears a coat and tie, and the other swears he'll never be a suit. At first glance, there might appear to be few similarities between Roger Goodell and Dana White.
Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, oversees the most popular sport in America. He's in a position of unrivaled strength.
But look at the big picture, and a challenger is emerging. White, the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has realistic plans to conquer the sports world.
The Hundie Awards
As we get closer and closer to UFC 100, 411mania’s Adam Tool takes a look back at the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship and picks out the winners of some very special awards. The Hundies recognize winners of the Most Satisfying Knockout, the Worst Flying Knee Attempt, Best Entrance, Weirdest Pre-Fight Ritual, and more!
Most Ironic Finish: Gabriel Gonzaga
When Gabriel Gonzaga was scheduled to face Mirko Cro Cop in the main event at UFC 70, plenty of people assumed that the fight would be ended by a head kick knockout. What nobody could've predicted though, was that it would be Cro Cop on the receiving end.
UFC 100: BISPING SAYS HE'S "TOO FAST, TOO FURIOUS"
As the days turn to hours, rising British star Michael Bisping feels that he's taken all the right steps, made all the right moves to overcome his next obstacle... former Pride dual division champion Dan Henderson.
"We brought in a lot of great wrestlers, but we also focused on what I like to do as well," Bisping told MMAWeekly.com on Wednesday.
BARRY VS. HARDONK LIKELY FOR UFC 104
A heavyweight match-up between Pat Barry and Antoni Hardonk is likely for UFC 104 in October, MMAWeekly.com has learned.
Sources close to the fight say both parties have agreed to the fight and bout agreements will be finalized it shortly.
Los Angeles' Staples Center will play host to the Oct. 24 event, headlined by light heavyweight champ Lyoto Machida's first title defense, against Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
CRO COP DROPS MIGHTY MO, BACK TO UFC?
The on-again-off-again relationship between Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic and the UFC may be on-again.
In a Tuesday report on graciemag.com, up-and-comer Junior Dos Santos says it is, by way of a fight with the Croatian MMA star at UFC 103. The bout would headline the Sept. 19 event hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
STEINBEISS VS. JENSEN SET FOR UFC FIGHT NIGHT 19
The original bout was called off on the day of weigh-ins "due to a medical approval issue regarding (Ryan) Jensen," stated UFC officials at the time. Independent sources confirmed to MMAWeekly.com that the alleged medical issue stemmed from Jensen's use of Adderall, which is not allowed under standard athletic commission rules.
According to drugs.com, “Adderall is a central nervous system stimulant. It affects chemicals in the brain and nerves that contribute to hyperactivity and impulse control.
Cro Cop vs. Junior dos Santos possible for UFC 103
Fast rising UFC heavyweight Junior dos Santos has recently revealed that he expects to face none other than Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic on September 19.
If dos Santos has his dates correct, that would place the bout at UFC 103.
The Brazilian knockout artist made the revelation during a recent interview with the Brazilian website Portal das Lutas.
Gegard Mousasi: ‘My Opponents Can’t Hurt Me’
Gegard Mousasi is hands down one of the least talked about top talents in the sport today.
Widely regarded my many of the MMA hardcore as one of the very best pound for pound fighters in the world, Mousasi plans on taking his respect as he prepares for the most high profile bout of his twenty eight fight career to date.
FRIENDSHIP ASIDE, BEN HENDERSON EYES WEC TITLE
Interim title, shm-interim title, this is a fight!
One of the WEC’s top prospects, Ben Henderson, has now vicariously become one of the bigger commodities in the promotion's lightweight division.
Originally earning his way into the organization riding a six-fight win streak, which included a victory over three-time UFC veteran Diego Saraiva, Henderson made an immediate mark into his new home when he faced off against Anthony Njokuani (now 10-2), a dangerous and explosive knockout artist, submitting him in the second round via guillotine choke.
ALVES SAYS WEIGHT CUT IS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE
As of 2 p.m. PST on Tuesday, UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves said he weighed 183 lbs.
The 25 year-old American Top Team product meets his biggest opportunity on Saturday when he faces reigning champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 100.
Wagnney Fabiano likely to face featherweight newcomer Erik Koch at WEC 43
Fast-rising featherweight contender Wagnney Fabiano (12-1 MMA, 2-0 WEC) is expected to go for his ninth consecutive victory against undefeated WEC newcomer Eric Koch (8-0 MMA, 0-0 WEC) in September at WEC 43.
A source close to one of the fighters told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that bout agreements are expected to be distributed and finalized shortly for the 145-pound contest.
WEC 43 takes place Sept. 2 at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, and features a main event of Donald Cerrone vs. Benson Henderson for the WEC's interim lightweight title.