Eric Schafer injured, replaced by Mike Ciesnolevicz at June's TUF9 Finale
Eric Schafer (11-3-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has suffered an injury and has been forced to pull out of The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale, which takes place next month in Las Vegas.
A source close to Schafer told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) the light heavyweight suffered a rib injury while preparing for the June 20 fight.
Stepping in as a replacement and scheduled to fight Tomasz Drwal (15-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is Mike Ciesnolevicz (17-3 MMA, 1-0 UFC), according to the The Times of Northwest Indiana.
Chonan & Bielkheden Cut By UFC
Das Boot is getting quite a workout in UFC today. 4 cuts by the promotion have now been confirmed today with the additions of Ryo Chonan and David Bielkheden. Both had losing records in their UFC fights.
Eight bouts now official for UFC 101; main event not yet announced
While an anticipated main event between UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn and challenger Kenny Florian has not yet been made official, seven other bouts were announced by the organization today.
In addition to several previously reported matchups, the UFC also announced a middleweight contest between Ricardo Almeida (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) vs. Kendall Grove (10-5 MMA, 5-2 UFC), and a lightweight showdown between Rob Emerson (8-7 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and George Sotiropoulus (9-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC.
UFC 101 takes place Aug. 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
The full card for the event now includes:
* Champ B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian (for UFC lightweight title)*
* Champ Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin (non-title fight)
* Johny Hendricks vs. Amir Sadollah
* Ricardo Almeida vs. Kendall Grove
* Josh Neer vs. Kurt Pellgrino
* John Howard vs. Tamdan McCrory
* Dan Cramer vs. Matthew Riddle
* Rob Emerson vs. George Sotiropoulos
* Jesse Lennox vs. Danillo Villefort
* Shane Nelson vs. Aaron Riley*
* Rousimar Palhares vs. Alessio Sakara*
* - Not officially announced
Not Only One of the Best, Rosi Sexton is One of the Smartest Fighters
Most mixed martial arts fans, obviously, know about British fighter Rosi Sexton for her exploits in the cage. She maintains a 9-1 professional record with her only loss being to Gina Carano.
But there's a lot more to Sexton than her fists and submission abilities â€“ she holds black belts in both jiu-jitsu and Tae Kwon Do.
Sexton also has quite the academic resume, as well. She has a maths degree from Cambridge University and a PhD in theoretical computer science from Manchester. She is also a fourth year student in osteopathy at Oxford Brookes University.
In short, there's a lot of brains to go with her brawn.
British Fighting Championship Dead In The Water
The British Fighting Championship was all set to debut next weekend in Nottingham, England following months of turbulent business negotiations in the current economic climate. The proposition was enticing with Grand Prix tournaments in each weight class planned to run over the course of the year to determine an eventual champion in each – with it the prospects of an international springboard onto the big stage… unfortunately, as of Tuesday afternoon, the BFC is stillborn.
Dana White: The man, the sport, and the money
Former street tough Dana White rescued the Ultimate Fighting Championship and transformed the mixed martial arts organization into the hottest sport in America. Get out of his way because he's not stopping now. And besides, you just might get hurt.
Most corporate titans don't look like this. It's hard to picture Donald Trump rolling into a shareholder meeting sporting a fresh shiner from one of his employees. And you definitely won't see Warren Buffett tossing up 300 pounds on the bench press. Thirty-eight-year-old Ultimate Fighting Championship(UFC) president Dana White may now have the boardroom cred of other business bigwigs, but with his round-shouldered build and two faint but permanent red lines along the edges of his nose (courtesy of a sparring partner), he mostly resembles just another fighter. And that's perfectly fine with him.
Indeed, White's tenure as the guiding force behind the rise of the UFC as the newest "fastest-growing sport in America" is best described as a knock-down, drag-out brawl in which he's now the undisputed champion. Nearly worthless and tainted by controversy less than a decade ago (the sport was not sanctioned by most states), White has helped elevate mixed martial arts (MMA) into the mainstream and transformed the UFC, the first MMA organization, into the biggest—and most surprising—success story in sports.
Acquired in 2001 for $2 million by White and other investors, the UFC now fills arenas in North America and Europe, produces a hit cable series (Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter) and has smashed the all-time pay-per-view record. In 2006, the UFC generated more than $200 million in pay-per-view revenue, outperforming boxing and pro wrestling. Last year, Time magazine estimated the UFC's value to be over $1 billion.
MMA Quick Quote: Tom Atencio walks the walk, Dana White talks the talk
“I want to thank Prize Fight as well as Fight Force for putting on this card. I’ve been seen in front of the cameras before as far as the business side, but it’s time to fight. I’m doing something Dana White won’t do and that’s fight. He talks like a fighter, so why doesn’t he fight? I’m stepping up to the plate and win, lose or draw I attempted it. I don’t ever think he would fight.”
– Affliction Vice President Tom Atencio takes a rare stab at his UFC counterpart, Dana White, during the press conference to promote his upcoming welterweight fight against Randy Hedderick at “Ultimate Chaos,” which is scheduled for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss., on June 27. This will not be the first time that the 42-year-old steps into the ring — Atencio made his mixed martial arts debut back in 2005 and has competed sporadically ever since. He currently runs Affliction MMA, staging two major pay-per-view (PPV) events within the last year. During that time White — who was at one time an aspiring boxer — has been vocal about the “t-shirt” guys wasting gobs of money and running a poor operation. Atencio, for the most part, has bit his lip … until now.
Fedor vs. Barnett Possible For August
According to a Russian MMA news site, the long-rumored matchup of WAMMA Heavyweight Champion Fedor Emelianenko vs. Josh Barnett for the title may finally happen (again) in August. A loose translation suggests it will be at the 3rd M-1 Global/Affliction event planned for early August.
Jason MacDonald Cut From UFC
Apparently when Dana White says UFC needs more guys like you, it doesn't necessarily mean UFC needs you. Such is the case with UFC veteran Jason MacDonald, who despite being the subject of said praise from Dana has been released from the promotion.
10 Great Freak Matches: Part 1
Here’s something wonderful about disavowing any responsibility to your fellow man: You can throw any two people in a ring, instruct them to smack each other in the head until one falls down and then count the gate receipts. (Toughman’s Art Dore -- your patron saint.)
JORGE GURGEL VS. CONOR HEUN STRIKEFORCE JUNE 19
A lightweight contest has been added to the upcoming Strikeforce ShoMMA event set for June 19 in Kent, Washington as submission specialist, Conor Heun, returns to action against former UFC fighter, Jorge Gurgel, in a bout that will in all likelihood wind up on the main card for the televised event.
Trainer John Hackleman: Chuck Liddell has "more than one fight left in him"
Dana White's message to Chuck Liddell was clear before UFC 97: Don't just win, but bring it again. Following "The Iceman's" first-round TKO loss to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, White was adamant that one of the most storied and famous careers in mixed martial arts has ended.
Or has it?
John Hackleman, Liddell's longtime trainer and close friend, told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) – with confidence – that Liddell isn't done yet. Liddell has one more fight on his UFC contract, but Hackleman hinted that the fighter would explore competing elsewhere if White keeps the door closed.
Sengoku Gets TUF with "Project: Gold Rush"
At a press conference yesterday, World Victory Road announced that Sengoku is currently developing "Project Gold Rush," a new Ultimate Fighter-style portion of their SENGOKU-G TV series which will see new and debuting fighters from gyms like GRABAKA, Yoshida Dojo and PANCRASEism competing for spots on the Sengoku roster.
(Although, unlike the mother of all MMA reality shows, "P:GR" will presumably focus more on the prospects' training and less on bodily fluids / beverage hurling.)
There will be 4-5 fighters from each gym spread across the bantamweight (60kg / 132 lbs), featherweight (65kg / 143 lbs) and lightweight (70kg / 154 lbs) divisions. Beginning later this month.
Liborio named National Coach for USA Grappling
USA Wrestling is excited to announce a new alliance to provide leadership for USA Grappling, its national program in the sport of Grappling.
International respected coach Ricardo Liborio of Coconut Creek, Fla. has been named the National Coach for USA Grappling.
“Ricardo Liborio brings credibility to our Grappling program,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “We are confident that we will not only sustain our competitive excellence but will take it to a new level with Ricardo on our team. USA Wrestling is committed to maintaining our dominant position in international Grappling.”