Ryan Madigan replaces Dustin Hazelett at UFC 96
A pair of Ohio-based fighters have swapped spots on the UFC 96 fight card.
An undisclosed injury has forced Dustin Hazelett (12-4 MMA, 5-2 UFC) out of a bout with Ben Saunders (7-0-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC). UFC newcomer Ryan Madigan (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who recently signed a four-fight deal with the organization, will take his spot on the card.
Frank Trigg meets Danny Babcock at Feb. 14 XCF event
Veteran fighter Frank Trigg (18-6) will return to competition on Feb. 14 when he meets Danny Babcock (6-1) in the main event of Xtreme Cagefighting Federation's "Rumble in Race Town" event.
The show takes place Feb. 14 at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., on the eve of NASCAR's Daytona 500.
Trigg, previously announced for the show, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he signed a bout agreement over the weekend.
WEC 38 - Fight Bonuses
WEC 38 AWARDS AND BONUSES
(All awards include a $7,500 bonus for each fighter.)
WEC 38 Fight of the Night
– Jamie Varner and Donald Cerrone
WEC 38 Submission of the Night
– Urijah Faber
WEC 38 Knockout of the Night
– Jose Aldo
Fedor Undertrained For AA Fight
"He's obviously got unbelievable potential, but he had some distractions getting ready for this fight. The movie. The commercials. If Fedor wants to keep winning, and winning well, he needs to train professionally. Right now he won with his old tricks.
"The fact that Fedor won, don't get me wrong, I'm very happy about. But he won this fight because of the training before this fight. The experience he had before this fight. The trainers did everything we could to get him ready. But for title fights, we can't train the way we trained for this one."
UFC Seeks Greater Control Of Fighter Sponsorships
If plans it has go through soon, UFC may become quite the dictatorship with regards to fighter spnsor deals and money they make outside the Octagon while fattening its wallet in the process. UFC reportedly is considering a new business model requiring any company wanting to sponsor a fighter to work directly with UFC and contracts that give UFC access to some money that ALL fighters generate outside the Octagon.
WEC 39 - Official Fight Card Released
WEC 39 Fight Card:
-Mike Brown (#1 Featherweight in the World)* vs. Leonard Garcia (#10 Featherweight in the World)*
-Carlos Condit (#9 Welterweight in the World)* vs. Brock Larson
-Bart Palaszewski vs. Rich Crunkilton
-Rob McCullough vs. Marcus Hicks
-Johny Hendricks vs. Alex Serdyukov
-Marcos Galvao vs. Damacio Page
-Mike Budnik vs. John Franchi
-Justin Haskins vs. Douglas Lima
-Alex Karalexis vs. Greg McIntyre
-Danny Castillo vs. Phil Cardella
-Kenji Osawa vs. Rafael Rebello
Main card airs on Versus in the United States at 9:00 PM (ET) / 6:00 PM (PT)
Varner Wins Split, To Retain Title
Through four rounds, WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner and No. 1 contender Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone went to war, just like everyone in attendance in San Diego and everyone watching at home expected out of the two 155-pound warriors.
Unfortunately, it was an accidental knee strike in the fifth round that brought about the end of the fight. Varner kept his title via split decision, and both competitors promised another go round if the WEC would make it happen.
WEC 38 - Results (SPOILERS)
Main Card Bouts:
-Jamie Varner def. Donald Cerrone by Split Decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46).
-Urijah Faber def. Jens Pulver by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:34, R1.
-Danillo Villefort def. Mike Campbell by TKO at 3:55, R1.
-Jose Aldo def. Rolando Perez by TKO at 4:15, R1.
-Benson Henderson def. Anthony Njokuani by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 0:42, R2.
-Edgar Garcia def. Hiromitsu Miura by TKO at 1:18, R1.
-Dominick Cruz def. Ian McCall by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
-Scott Jorgensen def. Frank Gomez by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:09, R1.
-Jesse Lennox def. Blas Avena by TKO at 0:41, R2.
-Charlie Valencia def. Seth Dikun by Unanimous Decision (All three judges score the fight 30-27).
Affliction Day of Reckoning post fight quotes
Here are post fight quotes from the winners of Affliction Day of Reckoning. Fedor talks about capitalizing on Arlovski's mistakes, Barnett talks about his performance, and Dan Lauzon makes mentions of the low blows by Bobby Green. Some interesting quotes in case anyone hasn't seen
Fedor Emelianenko: Fight was even until I knocked Arlovski out
For a brief moment during Saturday's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" main event in Anaheim, Calif., Fedor Emelianenko (29-1) looked almost human.
Apparently frustrated by the effective striking, long reach and rapid speed of challenger Andrei Arlovski (14-6), Emelianenko looked wounded in the corner, and "The Pitbull" smelled blood.
Then suddenly, and with little warning, a crushing right hand flattened Arlovski and immediately returned Emelianenko's mystique. During the post-event press conference, the Russian champion said that despite appearances, he was firmly in control throughout the 194 seconds he needed to destroy the world's second-best heavyweight.
Tito Ortiz wants to see Vitor Belfor fight Anderson Silva
“Wow! That’s all I got to say. Vitor at 185 pounds. I don’t know. I see him beating the, uh, what was it, Anderson Silva. I see him picking him apart because you have two great boxers, and, man, that was amazing. That was the old Vitor Belfort that we all want to see. Him at 131 years old. He’s back for vengeance.”
Larry Merchant claims Affliction paid Oscar De La Hoya $5 million …
… to attend and help promote “Day of Reckoning” — a venture that his Golden Boy Promotions backed — rather than sit ringside at a big boxing match that aired on HBO that same night.
Here’s the Merchant rant via MMA Insider Blog:
“A celebrity who is here in bronze only [referring to a bronze statue of Oscar De La Hoya that stands outside the Staples Center]. Oscar De La Hoya, the live version, is in nearby Anaheim, where his company got a $5 million fee from a t-shirt maker so that he would be personally involved the promotion of a mixed martial arts show.It would take that much, Jim, to get me to go to one of those things.”
Affliction 2 Fighter Payouts, Attendance
The CSAC has released the disclosed fighter payouts from last night's Affliction 2 event. The total disclosed payouts were $3,308,000 with the lion's share-$1,500,000-going to main event loser Andrei Arlovski. That figure does not include a bonus going to Fedor, rumored to be over $1 million. Affliction claimed a live gate of 13,228 paid, but that has not been confirmed by the CSAC.
Baroni Positive Regarding UFC Return
Phil Baroni hopes to make his return to the UFC later this year, if he can get the all-clear from his contract with ProElite.
“I’d like to be fighting in the UFC. Its where I think I want to be. Fighting for Strikeforce is pretty good and so is Japan but I just want to be back on the big stage and not be a journeyman anymore,” he told Fighters Only.
Tito Ortiz not going back to UFC with Dana White still in charge
Tito Ortiz (15-6-1) takes another step away from his UFC roots at Saturday night's "Affliction: Day of Reckoning" event in Anaheim, Calif.
Still bound by a fight contract to the organization that gave him his start, Ortiz recently told TAGG Radio (www.taggradio.com), the official radio partner of MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), that he's excited to try his hand at MMA broadcasting, even though it's not for the UFC.
"This will be my first step to get my feet wet and see how it is," Ortiz said. "I'm very, very excited."