Carlos Condit vs. Chris Lytle on Tap for UFC Fight Night 19 in September
Final WEC welterweight champion Carlos Condit will look to bounce back from his UFC debut loss when he squares off against Chris Lytle at UFC Fight Night 19 on Sept. 16 in Oklahoma City, Ariel Helwani of FanHouse has learned.
Condit (22-5) is coming off a split-decision loss on the scorecards in his Octagon debut to Martin Kampmann at UFC Fight Night 18 in April, ending an eight-fight win streak that the Albuquerque native had compiled the last three years with the Pancrase and WEC organizations.For his UFC debut, Condit left longtime trainer Tom Vaughn at FIT NHB in Albuquerque for Arizona Combat Sports, a move that allows him to train alongside the likes of UFC competitors Ryan Bader and C.B. Dollaway.
Rafael Assuncao vs. Yves Jabouin targeted for WEC 43 on Sept. 2 in Ohio
WEC featherweight contender Rafael Assuncao (13-1 MMA, 1-0 WEC) will look to build on his successful debut for the organization when he meets newcomer Yves Jabouin (14-4 MMA, 0-0 WEC) at WEC 43.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned from sources close to the event that both fighters have verbally agreed to the contest, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Ultimate Fighter 10 Cast: Kimbo Slice Is the Star, Watch James McSweeney
The UFC has officially released the names of the 16 heavyweights who will participate in Season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter, and, of course, Kimbo Slice is the star. But the guy I'm most curious about is James McSweeney.
McSweeney, in case you haven't heard of him, is a former professional kickboxer who trains with Greg Jackson at one of the world's best MMA gyms.
Vitor Belfort, Matt Lindland Have No Problem Putting Past Behind
LAS VEGAS -- When we last saw Vitor Belfort and Matt Lindland in the same scene together, it was with the former separating the latter from consciousness at Affliction's last event, January's Day of Reckoning show.
Apparently, the two longtime MMA veterans had no problem putting the past behind them, as FanHouse obtained this photo of the onetime combatants together taken during UFC 100 week at the Xtreme Couture gym in Las Vegas.
Meet The Cast: TUF 10 Fighters Officially Unveiled
They're here! At the UFC Fan Expo, UFC & Spike officially unveiled the 16 Heavyweights that will make up season 10 of The Ultimate Fighter. The cast includes 4 former NFL players, a fighter in the U.S. Army still on active reserve, and the fighter also known as Kimbo Slice, among other notables and not-so-notables.
ANTHONY JOHNSON ARRESTED & CHARGED WITH 2 FELONIES (UPDATED)
UFC welterweight, Anthony Johnson, was arrested in Hayward, CA with 2 separate felony charges, and a misdemeanor charge for events that took place there on June 27.
When contacted by MMAWeekly.com on Thursday, representatives from the Hayward, CA Police Department confirmed Johnson's arrest, along with the charges he faces. According to the report, Johnson was held for 2 felony charges which included penal code 422 for criminal threats, and penal code 591, for damage to a power line, which according to police representatives usually means cut telephone lines.
DAN HENDERSON WILL WIN "BY BAD BEAT DOWN"
"By bad beat down."
That's how Dan Henderson put it when asked how he thought he would win the fight against Michael Bisping at UFC 100 on Saturday night.
It may be simplifying things a bit, but it does encapsulate rather succinctly Henderson's strategy for the fight.
Five things to watch for at UFC 100
10 June 2009
By Danny Acosta
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has carved out a historic corner for UFC 100. Despite the fact that more than 100 UFC shows have gone in the books, the symbolic century mark transforms this July event from usual summer sizzle show to organizational milestone.
The Mandalay Bay Events Center plays host to the card Saturday in Las Vegas. Here are five things to watch for come fight night, one for every finger in the fist.
TUF Could Soon Feature Mexico
The Ultimate Fighter could soon also be known as El último combatiente. On the heels of announcing a deal to bring UFC to TV in Mexico, Dana White isn't ruling out the possibility of a "Team Mexico" on a future edition of TUF, possibly taking on either a US or UK team.
Ultimate Fighting's Cold War Gets Hotter (TIME Magazine Article)
Imagine a pro quarterback with Peyton Manning's talent, playing up north in the CFL instead of the NFL. Or picture Tiger Woods shunning the PGA and all the major championships to star in the second-string Nationwide Tour. It may sound ridiculous, but the fast-growing, wildly popular sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) is grappling with such an unthinkable, uncomfortable scenario.
Dana on Japan: 'They're all crooked'
LAS VEGAS – UFC president Dana White Thursday told reporters that Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic may in fact honor the UFC deal presented him prior to his Octagon return at UFC 99.
On Tuesday, a report surfaced quoting heavyweight Junior Dos Santos saying he would be fight the Croatian MMA star at UFC 103 on Sept. 19 in Dallas. Dos Santos last week had been removed from his scheduled appearance at UFC 102 claiming injury.
Cuban Now a Zuffa Bondholder
MMAPayout.com has learned that Mark Cuban is now a Zuffa bondholder. The size of Cuban’s position is unknown, however, being a bondholder has its privileges. In addition to potential financial returns, he now has access to Zuffa’s financial results. While he cannot make those results public, he will be able to closely monitor the company’s financial status.
Coleman has alot of respect for Bonnar
Mark Coleman – The Hammer Talks UFC 100
PDG: What are your thoughts on your opponent; Stephan Bonnar? Mark
Coleman: I respect him quite a bit and he has never been stopped in the UFC. He has fought some wars in the cage and he has a huge heart. Stephan has good reach and a good standup game that you have to respect. I have been working a lot in training on my standup and I was hoping to use that in my next couple of fights but I'm going to have to be smart with him and probably take him to the ground. Where I do what I do best – Ground and Pound. I have nothing but respect for Stephan Bonnar and his fight with Forest Griffin was an amazing fight that put the UFC on the map.
UFC welterweight Anthony Johnson arrested for domestic violence on June 27
MMAmania.com (www.mmamania.com) has been able to confirm with the Hayward Police Department that UFC welterweight fighter Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was arrested on June 27 in Hayward, California on multiple charges including domestic battery and the destruction of a cell phone to prevent the reporting of a crime.
Johnson posted bail and was released that same day.
Stay tuned for more details on this breaking news.
Ultimate Fighting Championship gaining big fans in Canada
Ultimate Fighting Championship has other sports in a choke hold, topping the list of sports gaining interest in Canada, according to a study by Ipsos Reid.
Sports fans were asked whether their interest in various sports had increased, decreased or remained the same for the study, part of Ipsos Reid’s Canadian Sports Monitor.
The proportion of fans that are gaining interest is higher for the UFC than more than 30 other sports and sporting events included in the survey like hockey and the Olympics.
First UFC Fan Expo won't be the last; New York and Canada targets for future events
On the eve of the UFC's first-ever fan expo, Reed Exhibitions, the company behind the production of UFC Fan Expo 2009, is already looking forward to future events in association with mixed martial arts' biggest promotion.
Reed Exhibitions' Ed Gallo, the UFC Fan Expo 2009 director, recently told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that the organization is already eyeing future events.
Win or lose at UFC 100, Mark Coleman isn't calling it quits on his fighting career
Win or lose, whether he's with the UFC or not, 44-year-old Mark Coleman isn't calling it quits on his fighting career anytime soon.
The former NCAA Division I national wrestling champion and 1992 Olympian (and UFC 10 and UFC 11 tournament winner, first-ever UFC heavyweight champion, 2000 PRIDE Openweight Grand Prix champ and UFC Hall of Famer) said Saturday's UFC 100 fight with Stephan Bonnar will in no way be his last.