Rookie promotion Shine Fights features UFC vets during May 9 debut in Ohio
After watching the sport of mixed martial arts explode, seeing his brother excel on "The Ultimate Fighter 6," and feeling the need for an organization that puts good matchmaking before record padding, MMA fan Devin Price launched Shine Fights.
The rookie organization will make its debut on May 9 with a fight card headlined and co-headlined by former UFC vets Roan Carneiro vs. Ron Jhun and Antwain Britt vs. Antonio Mendes.
The event takes place May 9 at the Celeste Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Breaking-Parisyan Suspended 9 Months, Fined $32K
The NSAC today has suspended Karo Parisyan 9 months and fined him $32,000 for a positive drug test arising from his fight with Dong Hyun Kim at UFC 94. The fine is 40% of his total purse from the fight. Additionally, the fight result is changed from a split decision win to No Contest and Karo must submit to random drug testing.
UFC: Junie transformed from 'The Lunatic' to 'The Buddhist' Browning
Any journalist worth his salt writes Junie Browning off at his own demise. The writer's demise, that is. Just put the phone down to the 23-year-old UFC 'tearaway', media-styled bad boy of the last TUF series, and Browning puts stories on a plate for you. It's what every decent writer should be looking for. Fine, the odd sentence he comes out with is utter madness, but the guy has opinions, and he LISTENS. In fact, he's a great listener.
Strikeforce All But Finalizes April Card
With the announcement of what will be the 6 prelim fights today, Strikeforce has now virtually finalized it's April 11 card. Raul Castillo vs. Brandon Michaels completes the prelim portion of the card, and now the only thing left to be determined is an opponent for Brett Rogers with Joe Riggs vs. Phil Baroni likely not happening.
Rosi Sexton To Bellator FC
It now appears that Bellator Fighting Championshps will also feature some women's fights in addition to it's scheduled tournaments. The promotion has signed Cage Warriors Female World Champion Rosi Sexton to a 4-fight contract. Sexton will debut April 3 against Jessica Aguilar in a fight at 120 pounds, and the fight may air the following day on ESPN Deportes.
Dean Lister Invited To ADCC, Wants Fedor
Not in MMA though, but in combat grappling. Former UFC Middleweight Dean Lister, released by UFC earlier upon request, has been invited to compete in the Abu Dhabi grappling tournament once again this year. Lister won the tournament in 2003. He's also considering moving up to the weight class that Fedor Emelianenko, also expected to participate this year, will be competing in for a potential match against the MMA Heavyweight king.
Thiago Tavares Vs Melvin Guillard @ UFC 101
With UFC 101 still several months away the promotion has already started to put together some of the match-ups on the card. On Monday, MMAWeekly.com confirmed that a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Melvin Guillard would be added to the show.
The bout was confirmed by sources close to the fight who indicated the fight has been agreed to on the date of Aug 8 with bout agreements to follow shortly.
Why Catch Weight? Dana Explains Franklin-Silva
The UFC 99 main event of Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva is scheduled to be contested at a catchweight of 195 instead of at Middleweight, which Silva is dropping to, or Light Heavyweight, which Franklin now fights at. In explaining the reasons why, Dana White says he "met Rich in the middle".
Forrest Griffin returns to face Thiago Silva at UFC 101 in August
A light heavyweight contest between two fighters looking to rebound from high-profile losses has been added to the as-yet-unannounced UFC 101 card.
Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) will face Brazilian slugger Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC).
MMAjunkie.com (www,mmajunkie.com) today learned from sources close to the bout that the two fighters have verbally agreed to the contest and that bout agreements are scheduled to be signed over the next several days.
Those sources also indicated that UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled for Aug. 8 in Portland, Ore.
Chris Lytle Vs Kevin Burns @ TUF 9 Finale
The June 20 finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” season nine is filling out rapidly, with a welterweight meeting between veteran Chris Lytle and Kevin Burns booked for the Las Vegas event.
Sources close to the fight broke the news to MMAWeekly.com, with both fighters agreeing to the match-up and bout agreements expected to be inked soon.
New Wanderlei Interview, talks about his childhood, and future
Wanderlei Silva on his childhood, his motivations and his future
When Wanderlei Silva was in the UK recently, Fighters Only managed to drop in on his seminar at London Fight Factory and get a few words with him. Often described as one of the nicest people in the MMA game (outside the ring of course!), Wand more than lived up to his reputation. He sat down with us for a long chat and a very revealing interview.
Marquadt Ready For Title Shot, Will Wait
The dominance of UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva cannot be denied. The defending titleholder has dispatched of all challengers, but one fighter that previously lost to Silva could be the most dangerous match-up for the Brazilian left on the horizon.
That fighter is Nate Marquardt.
Blood Sport (NY Times)
My husband had flown to Las Vegas to see a fight. I couldn’t decide whether his recent interest in live bouts at the MGM Grand was better or worse than another guy’s passion for, say, the hilarious Americana of strip clubs. I noticed I didn’t exactly boast to friends about his new hobby.
FIrst Ever UFC Fan Expo To Coincide With UFC 100
The UFC will hold its first-ever two-day MMA exposition in conjunction with July's UFC 100 event, the organization today announced. "UFC Fan Expo" will be held Friday and Saturday, July 10-11, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas with meet-and-greet sessions with UFC and WEC fighters, MMA demonstrations, fan-inspired special events, training and development sessions, and other activities. UFC 100 is July 11.