Bonnar’s Back at UFC 94
After over a year on the sidelines due to injury, Stephan Bonnar will look to pick up his two fight winning streak where it left off when he returns to the Octagon on January 31st to take on unbeaten prospect Jon Jones on the main card of UFC 94 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Tickets are on sale now for UFC 94, which is headlined by the welterweight superfight between Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn, and the clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Lyoto Machida and Thiago Silva.
Also added to UFC 94’s preliminary card is a lightweight bout between Thiago Tavares and Manny Gamburyan, a matchup of heavyweight prospects Jake O’Brien and Christian Wellisch, and a welterweight meeting of Ultimate Fighter alumni Matt Arroyo and Dan Cramer.
Mangler On A Mission
Manny Tapia is a man on a mission.
The fighter that many refer to as "The Mangler” will face the toughest test of his career when he takes on WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres this Wednesday in Las Vegas. Fans wait in anticipation as this match-up has fight of the year potential. Tapia is ready and eagerly awaits the showdown between two of the best 135-pound fighters in the world.
“I feel good. I feel strong. I’m not thinking about it too much. I’m just keeping my head clear,” said the Chino, Calif. resident. “All the hard parts are already out of the way, that’s the training; the fight is just a bonus. The months of preparation, that’s the hard part.
Former TUF 8 Fighter Returns To Action
Months after being forced off TUF 8 due to a nose injury that drew a medical suspension, Karn Grigoryan returned to action this past weekend in a big way. He KO'd previously unbeaten BJJ Black Belt Daniel Rial in just over a minute, a win Grigoryan and trainer Gabriel Gonzaga hope earns him another shot in UFC.
Shooto Announces First 2009 Event
The Japanese promotion Shooto yesterday announced it's first event for 2009, "Shooto Tradition 5", to be held at Differ Ariake in Tokyo on January 18. The first bouts announced feature Shooto Pacific Rim welterweight champion Yusuke Endo taking on Dream veteran Koutetsu Boku in a non-title fight and the Shooto returns of Shooto veterans Junya “Kodo” Kudo and Jin Akimoto.
Carano To WEC? Not So Fast
Although there is continued interest among those in both UFC and WEC about adding former EliteXC star Gina Carano to WEC's ranks, it may not happen anytime soon. The hangup this time? The still-apparently-unresolved ProElite contractual situation that is keeping Carano and many other EliteXC fighters in limbo for now.
Aoki-Alvarez Slated for K-1 on Dec. 31
Consider it an early Christmas present.
Eddie Alvarez and Shinya Aoki, two of the world’s top four lightweights, have verbally agreed to fight one another at K-1 “Premium 2008 Dynamite” on Dec. 31 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Monte Cox, who manages Alvarez, confirmed the news to Sherdog.com on Monday.
Garcia Hit With $500 Million Lawsuit
Armando Garcia, who recently and unexpectedly resigned as the head of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), is the subject of a $500 million lawsuit.
CSAC Staff Services Analyst Frank Munoz and the Commission itself are also named in the lawsuit, which was filed last year by New Era fighting (NEF).
NEF is a California-based MMA promotion which claims that it was disadvantaged and harassed by "improper" CSAC practices.
The group claims it was hit with a cease and desist order by CSAC just minutes before a scheduled event in July last year, forcing it to be cancelled.
CSAC allegedly claimed NEF president Ron Kort was not a licensed promoter - despite having approved his application, issued a promoter's license, and cashed a cheque for the renewal of that licence.
UFC 93 Card Made Official
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today confirmed several bouts for its first-ever event in Dublin, Ireland, on January 17, 2009.
UFC 93: “Henderson vs. Franklin,” which will take place at The O2, features the highly anticipated light heavyweight clash between former UFC middleweight champion Rich Franklin and former Pride FC dual welterweight and middleweight champion Dan Henderson.
In the co main event of the pay-per-view (PPV) event, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will look to once again begin establishing himself as the top 205-pound fighter in the world when he rematches the most recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee, former UFC heavyweight champion and 2000 Pride FC Open Weight Champion, Mark Coleman.
Here is the most recent official card:
205 lbs.: Rich Franklin (24-3) vs. Dan Henderson (23-7)
Main card (Televised):
205 lbs.: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (16-3) vs. Mark Coleman (15-8)
185 lbs.: Denis Kang (31-10-1) vs. Alan Belcher (13-5)
205 lbs.: Andre Gusmao (5-1) vs. Antonio Mendes (15–3)
155 lbs.: Nate Mohr (8-5) vs. Dennis Siver (12-6)
Under card (May not be broadcast):
170 lbs.: Marcus Davis (15–4) vs. Chris Lytle (26-16–5)
185 lbs.: Rousimar Palhares (8-2) vs. Jeremy Horn (80-18-5)
205 lbs.: Ivan Serati (10-2) vs. Tomasz Drwal (14-2)
170 lbs.: Thomas Egan (3-0) vs. John Hathaway (9-0)
Lindland Vs Belfort In January, Not Babalu
Renato "Babalu" Sobral defeated Bobby Southworth recently to capture the Strikeforce light heavyweight championship. One unfortunate side effect for the new titleholder, however, is that he has been removed from a fight against No. 3 ranked middleweight Matt Lindland.
Affliction had planned to pair Babalu and Lindland against each other at the promotion's Jan. 24 event at The Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. It now appears that Babalu's recent effort at 205 pounds for Strikeforce may have necessitated the bout with Lindland to be at a catch weight in the 190 to 195-pound range.
Sylvia Aims at Japan, Ken Shamrock
After losing to Fedor Emelianenko last July, Tim Sylvia plans for a big return.
The former UFC heavyweight champion is prepared to fight in Japan in roughly 30 days. Sylvia’s manager, Monte Cox, is actively seeking a fight for “The Maine-iac” on K-1 and Dream’s co-promoted “Premium 2008 Dynamite” card on Dec. 31 or World Victory Road’s Sengoku event on Jan. 4. Cox said Sylvia has been granted a certificate of eligibility to participate in either promotion.
Clementi vs. Tibau in the works for February
Intheguard.tv learned today that the lightweight bout between Rich 'No Love' Clementi (40-13-1) and Gleison Tibau (27-5) was offered to both camps and is being negociated for February. We were unable to confirm whether the fight will be featured in the UFC Fight Night 17 or UFC 95 taking place in London.
Mike "The Hulk" Easton vs. Chase Beebe for UWC Bantamweight Championship
UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge
MAN "O" WAR
Mike Easton vs. Chase Beebe UWC World Championship Title Fight
Washington, DC - East coast regional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) powerhouse the UWC - Ultimate Warrior Challenge announced today the signing of a fight between H.I.T. Squad's Chase Beebe and Team Lloyd Irvin's Mike "The Hulk" Easton. The bantamweight bout (135lbs) will be the Co Main Event for UWC: MAN "O" WAR, which will take place February 21st, 2009 at the George Mason University Patriot Center Arena in Fairfax, VA. The winner will be crowned the UWC Bantamweight Champion of the world.
One Round Too Many - An in depth look at rematches
The holidays are full of repetition. Turkey on Thanksgiving, turkey on Christmas; socks from mom, socks from grandma; Charlie Brown learning, for the 53rd consecutive time, that he needs a more supportive group of friends.
Increasingly, things aren’t looking too different in the cage. After beefing up its roster with international talent and surprisingly adept “Ultimate Fighter”-bred participants, the UFC has returned to the photocopy machine, signing or reportedly considering matches that have already been definitively decided on multiple occasions.
I guess the writer from Sherdog seems to think a little different than me when it comes to the opinion that Wandy Rampage, Chuck Randy, and even Faber Pulver would make a good rematch.
UFC 91 Fighters Pass Drug Tests
The NSAC chose 10 fighters for random fight night drug tests at UFC 91, including Randy Couture & Brock Lesnar. NSAC head Keith Kizer has announced that all 10 of those tests came back clean.
UFC pushes the boat out in hyping up St Pierre vs Penn II
In the run up to the super fight between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, HBO ran a series of shows entitled "De La Hoya-Mayweather 24/7". This series of shows lead to a record number of PPV buys, standing at 2.4million. Now the UFC is planning to run a similar series of shows entitled "UFC Primetime: St. Pierre vs. Penn”.