Anthony Johnson vs Matt Brown at TUF 9 Finale
Just weeks after the proposed match-up between Anthony Johnson and John Howard fell through, Johnson now has a new opponent as "Ultimate Fighter" season 7 competitor, Matt Brown, has been tapped as a replacement to fight on the "Ultimate Fighter" season 9 finale show.
The fight was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Tuesday.
Ribeiro vs. Yamamiya Added To Sengoku 8
A light-heavyweight showdown between Brazilian jiu-jitsu whiz Alexandre "Xande" Ribeiro and veteran Kei Yamamiya has been added to World Victory Road Sengoku 8 on May 2. The fight is the second confirmed fight for the event, which will feature Round 2 of the promotion's Featherweight GP tournament.
Matt Serra Still Doesn't Like Matt Hughes
Making sure it doesn't get lost in all the upcoming hype for various other fights, Matt Serra today took the opportunity to fire more trash talk in the direction of Matt Hughes ahead of their UFC 98 co-main event fight. Serra made it clear he, simply put, still doesn't like Hughes.
Sylvia Vs. Mercer Boxing Match Now Off For Now
The planned main event boxing fight between boxing legend Ray Mercer and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia at Adrenaline MMA 3 on May 30 is now off. The New Jersey State Athletic Control Board will not sanction the fight. This means Adrenaline 3 will be an all-MMA event. The promotion is looking for a replacement main event, and Adrenaline may try again elsewhere in June.
Former NFL offensive lineman Bobby Jones to try out for “The Ultimate Fighter
The tenth season of TUF will be casting mixed martial artists in the middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. It should be noted that a press released issued by Spike lists the heavyweight cutoff at 225 pounds.
An undefeated heavyweight with a combined pro/amateur record of 2-0, Jones first made his MMA debut on August 24, 2007 during a Fight Fest show in Ohio, where he recorded a TKO over Darby Hodge at just 0:34 into round 1. He followed up his successful debut with a second victory last January when he recorded another TKO in the first round, this time against William Clifford
Lawler vs. Shields Likely For June 6
As the second Strikeforce event continues to come together, word out of Robbie Lawler's camp is he is set to face Jake Shields on what would be a June 6 event in St. Louis. Other sources close to the fight confirmed this, but Strikeforce officials did not.
Anderson Still plans to face Roy Jones Jr.
PDL – It looks like your dreamed-of bout with boxer Roy Jones, which would mark your retirement, may really happen. Is that true?
AS – After my contract with the UFC ends and end my career in MMA, I intend to have a boxing match with Roy Jones. That’s something that’s already been arranged, it’s all practically a done deal. Now I just have to wait and see.
Paulo Filho: “I’m more focused now”
"I’m 100%, training hard with the Master Distak, who is giving a great base, and the Master Oswaldo Alves, who has helped me on the ground, a totally different vision of Jiu-Jitsu. I found a cool girl that gives me support. My father is in good health, everything is perfect for me. I think this is the best stage of my life", said Paulo.
Newest UFC Banned Sponsor: Full Tilt Poker
You Gotta Know When To Hold 'Em, Know When To Fold 'Em...UFC apparently does. Word is coming out that sponsor Full Tilt Poker, one of the top online poker sites, is the latest UFC sponsor to be blacklisted by the promotion. No specific reason given yet but rumors are it's because of UFC entering into a similar sponsor deal with fellow online poker site UltimateBet, which partners with the Absolute Poker site. There are also rumors Spike TV had something to do with it.
Fitch Signs Extension, Confirms Thiago Fight
Top UFC Welterweight Jon Fitch has signed a new 5-fight extension with UFC that will keep him with the promotion well into 2010. Additionally, Fitch also finalized the paperwork that confirms his next fight will be, as previously reported, at UFC 100 against Paulo Thiago.
Mike Brown vs Urijah Faber set for WEC 41
A much discussed rematch between current WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown (17-4 MMA, 3-0 WEC) and the man from whom he took the belt, Urijah Faber (22-2 MMA, 7-1 WEC), has been signed according to a report from FiveOuncesOfPain.com.
The signing has since been confirmed by MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
According to the report, the bout will headline the as-yet-unannounced WEC 41 event on June 7 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif.
WEC's Danillo Villefort heading to the UFC's welterweight division
According to Davis, Villefort, who had already dropped from middleweight to welterweight for his WEC debut, wasn't interested in dropping from 170 to 155 pounds to stay in the WEC, which recently eliminated its 205-, 185- and 170-pound divisions. Villefort would have needed to drop to lightweight to stay in the organization.
Lyoto Machida’s secret revealed
Besides telling all his preparation routine, the undefeated fighter revealed a curious tradition in his family, a secret until then: urine therapy. Once in the day, he and his family drinks their own urine. “My father does that for a long time and bring it to us. People think it’s a joke (laughs).
Sengoku 8: Possible Title Eliminator Fight Signed
A Lightweight fight between Leo Santos & Kazunori Yokota has been signed for World Victory Road Sengoku 8 on May 2. The winner of this fight is likely to be the first challenger to Sengoku Lightweight Champion Satoru Kitaoka, which probably will happen in August.