British Association of Mixed Martial Arts (BAMMA) is Launched
The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts today unveiled their plans for a series of events that will air on UK TV channel Bravo.
Holding a press conference at a trendy hotel in London’s West End, radio DJ Christian O’Connell was joined by members of Bravo, production company Giant TV and London MMA promoter Dave O’Donnell (formerly of Cage Rage).
O’Connell and co outlined the plans for a series of three events, to take place in June, August and September.
Using a tournament format, the June 27 event will see semi-finals of the lightweight, welterweight and middleweight brackets while the as yet unscheduled August show will feature featherweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight fighters. The finalists of each weight category will fight for titles on a September event.
The 3-hour long events will air on Bravo TV on a 24-hour delay.
Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Gegard Mousasi confirmed for DREAM Super Hulk Tournament
FiveOuncesOfPain.com has recently been informed by sources close to the situation that Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou will be facing off with Gegard Mousasi in the next round of DREAM’s Super Hulk Tournament.
Sokoudjou rebounded from consecutive losses at the hands of Luiz Arthur Cane and Renato “Babalu” Sobral when he stopped the much larger Jan Nortge by TKO with a storm of punches in the first round of the DREAM Super Hulk Tournament .
UFC 98 Fighters Test Clean
On Monday, the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the post-fight drug test results for the fighters of UFC 98, held May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ten fighters were tested for performance enhancers and drugs of abuse following their bouts: Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Matt Hughes, Chael Sonnen, Frank Edgar, Brock Larson, Kyle Bradley, Krzysztof Soszynski, Yoshiyuki Yoshida, and George Roop.
All fighters came back negative.
Okami Targeting September Return, Silva
UFC Middleweight contender Yushin Okami, currently sidelined due to injuries, says he is hoping to return to action in September. And not surprisingly, he wants Anderson Silva, who Okami is the last fighter to beat although Okami feels he los their fight (Okami's win was by DQ).
World Victory Road signs Olympic gold medalist Satoshi Ishii to Sengoku
Satoshi Ishii, a Japanese gold medalist at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games' Judo competition, has signed with the Japanese-based World Victory Road to compete in its Sengoku event series, the organization today announced.
Ishii, 22, is one of MMA's most promising heavyweight prospects.
In fact, Ishii had been in talks with the UFC but ultimately decided to sign with an organization closer to home.
Mirko Cro Cop 99 Deal Not Done. Yet. (Updated)
Although the deal is expected to be done as soon as today, Mirko Cro Cop is not yet official for UFC 99, which is why he's not being advertised yet. The reason why is not yet known but it reportedly has nothing to do with negotiations between the fighter and UFC.
Update: Now it's done. UFC has confirmed the fight.
UFC 102 Confirmed for August 29
The UFC has officially announced that its UFC 102 card will take place on August 29.
While the company has yet to officially confirm a venue for the event, the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon is expected to host the card.
While no bouts are official the rumored card for UFC 102 at this time are:
Randy Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
Demian Maia vs. Nate Marquardt
Keith Jardine vs. Thiago Silva
Matt Hamill vs. Brandon Vera
Chris Leben vs. Jake Rosholt
Wilson Gouveia vs. James Irvin
Gabriel Gonzaga vs. Chris Tuchscherer
Nick Catone vs. Mark Munoz
Junior dos Santos vs. Justin McCully
Evan Dunham vs. Matt Veach
Marcus Davis: Dan Hardy is a ‘disrespectful punk’ whose face will be Swiss cheese at UFC 99
“‘Hate’ is a very powerful word, I know…. But I hate my opponent at UFC 99. I hate Dan Hardy. I really can’t stand this guy and I am counting down to days to June 13, to the Lanxess Arena in when I can smash this kid in the mouth. I want to punch holes in this guy’s face. Hardy has gone so far beyond what is professional. This is more than another fight in the UFC for me, more than getting a win and working towards getting a title shot. This is war…. I’ve only met him maybe three times…. On none of these occasions did Hardy have the guts to say anything disrespectful to my face … like the little coward he is.
Ben Saunders ready to ‘whoop’ Mike Swicks ass with his ‘blades’ on June 13
“I don’t believe his hand speed will be that big of a difference, especially with the lack of a reach advantage, which he has had in almost all his other fights. It means I can hit him without getting hit and close the distance easier than him. He needs to be worried about my blades. The clinch is only one aspect and not something I feel I have to get. People seem to think that because I used it so well in my last fight, that it’s my bread and butter. I love the clinch and feel very confident there, but it is by no means my best and only form of attack.
Bellator IX Results (Middleweight Finals Now Set)
Bellator IX Middleweight Semi-Final Tournament bouts:
-Jared Hess def. Yosmany Cabezas by TKO at 4:26, R3
-Hector Lombard def. Damien Stelly by TKO (Strikes) at 2:56, R1
Bellator IX Non-tournament bouts:
-Nick Ring def. Isidro "Chilo" Gonzalez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:39, R1
-Shad Lierley def. Nate Murdock by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Alex Andrade def. Christian Fulgram by TKO at 2:01, R1
-Shawn Jordan def. Jayme McKinney by Submission at 0:30, R2
-Chan Leonhardt def. Dan Keenan by KO at 3:03, R1
-Chas Skelly def. Mike Braswell by Split Decision, R3
Despite reports, Frank Trigg insists bout with Josh Koscheck not yet on the table
Despite multiple reports surfacing Friday night that a September matchup between Frank Trigg (19-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) and Josh Koscheck (12-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) had been verbally agreed to by each fighter, "Twinkle Toes" insists he has not yet been approached about the fight.
Trigg insisted to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he was still in the dark regarding his first opponent in a recently announced return to the UFC.
Trigg has since gone on to publicly dispel the rumors through various postings on his Twitter account.
"Now hear this, now hear this... I know that I have no idea. That is all," read the first post, followed up one hour later by, "Rumors are not true. I have no knowledge who or when."
UFC continues European-market expansion with Portuguese broadcast deal
The UFC's global reach continues to expand as the organization recently announced a new broadcast deal with SIC Radical, one of Portugal's most popular cable television channels.
UFC programming commences almost immediately on the channel, which reaches nearly 2 million of Portugal's 3.5 million households.
The deal calls for the UFC to air episodes of "UFC Unleashed," "UFC Countdown and replays of UFC pay-per-views.
Tim Sylvia vs. Paul Buentello fight confirmed for Affliction 3 on Aug. 1
Former UFC heavyweight champion Tim Sylvia (24-5) is indeed booked to return to action against Paul Buentello (27-10) at Affliction 3: “Trilogy” at the Honda Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 1, 2009.
The long-rumored bout was recently confirmed by MMAFanhouse.com with promotion officials.
Sylvia has been on the shelf since getting steamrolled by Fedor Emelianenko at Affliction “Banned” in July 2008. That’s more than a year of inactivity, which could be a factor when “The Maine-iac” finally steps back into the ring on fight night.
He will, however, have a little tune up before his meeting with Buentello … if that’s what you want to call it.