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UFC vet Jacob Volkamnn signs World Series of Fighting deal
A week after his UFC release, veteran lightweight Jacob Volkmann has found a new home in the MMA world. Volkmann (15-4 MMA, 6-4 UFC) has signed a multi-fight with the upstart World Series of Fighting promotion. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed the deal, which MMAFighting.com first reported. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. According to MMAFighting.com, Volkmann is likely to debut at WSOF 3 in April. The events, which feature a mix of big-show vets and prospects, currently air on NBC Sports Network.
Jeremy Stephens vs. Estevan Payan slated for UFC 160 on May 25
A featherweight bout between Jeremy Stephens (20-9 MMA, 7-8 UFC) and Estevan Payan (14-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest addition to May's UFC 156 event, the UFC's annual Memorial Day weekend show. UFC officials today announced the bout. UFC 160 takes place May 25 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook. Stephens vs. Payan likely will be part of the prelims. With the addition, the latest UFC 160 card now includes: Champ Cain Velasquez vs. Antonio Silva - for heavyweight title Junior dos Santos vs. Alistair Overeem Ryan Bader vs. Glover Teixeira T.J. Grant vs. Gray Maynard Donald Cerrone vs. KJ Noons Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Abel Trijillo Amir Sadollah vs. Stephen Thompson Estevan Payan vs. Jeremy Stephens
White: If UFC champ Jose Aldo goes to lightweight, he's staying at lightweight
Earlier this week, MMAjunkie.com reported that, with a win over Anthony Pettis in August, UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo then would fight for the lightweight title.
UFC boss leaning toward Dan Henderson, not 'Shogun,' for Rashad Evans
Two high-profile light heavyweights coming off recent losses could be pitted against each other, according to UFC President Dana White.
The Ultimate Fighter 17 Episode 6 Recap: Bowling, Bets and Wild Card Talk
In last week’s episode, Team Sonnen’s Kelvin Gastelum upset Team Jones’ Bubba McDanial, giving Team Sonnen match making control. Following the loss, the wild card scenario began being discussed. McDaniel, a training partner of Jones’ outside of the show, is a front runner for one of the wild card slots that will give him a rebirth back in to the tournament. “Bubba lost his fight, but he’s completely healthy. He has very little damage. I think Bubba’s definitely a candidate for the wild card,” said Coach Jon Jones...
Urijah Faber vs. Scott Jorgensen slotted as new main event for TUF 17 Finale
With the flyweight title fight getting scrapped after Johnson got injured, the UFC has booked a new main event.
Benson Henderson wants to fight Georges St-Pierre after Melendez
The UFC called 2013 the year of the superfight, and now lightweight champion Benson Henderson has thrown his name into the discussion. Henderson intends to request a blockbuster match-up against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre following his upcoming title defense against Strikeforce lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez on April 20, 2013 at UFC on FOX 7. UFC Tonight first reported the news. "My main focus is on defending my title against Gilbert Melendez on April 20," Henderson told MMAFighting.com in a statement. "That's it. But I am a fan of the sport on top of being a competitor. I see all this talk about super fights and other fighters getting to dictate what weight classes they want to move up and down to in order to get title shots. I'm the UFC's lightweight champion and I feel I should be allowed to make such statements myself. "I want to fight in the biggest fights and against the best fighters," he continued. "Georges St. Pierre is one of the greatest fighters in our sport's history. Of course I'd love to fight him, and I think the fans would want to see that fight too. It would be an honor to go up against such a great competitor, especially with a title on the line.
Matthew Riddle again tests positive for marijuana, cut from UFC
Matthew Riddle (8-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) was off on his timetable to cease marijuana usage prior to a fight. The welterweight fighter on Tuesday confirmed to MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio) that he failed his second post-fight drug test for marijuana and has been released from the UFC. Riddle flunked a test following UFC on FUEL TV 7, where he earned a split call against Che Mills (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC).
Overeem's UFC 156 blood test clean – with testosterone levels below normal range
A blood test administered to heavyweight Alistair Overeem following his loss at UFC 156 earlier this month has come back clean, and with testosterone levels below the normal testing range.
Demetrious Johnson vs. John Moraga title fight in jeopardy according to NSAC (UPDATED)
A planned April 13th flyweight title fight between champion Demetrious Johnson and John Moraga is "in jeopardy" according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Reasons are unclear at this point.
Report: Evan Dunham vs. Rafael dos Anjos added to UFC on FX 8
Resurgent lightweights Evan Dunham (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and Rafael dos Anjos (18-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) are set to meet at UFC on FX 8. The news was reported by the combat-sports website of Brazilian network Globo TV, though MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) was unable to reach UFC officials for confirmation on the bout's status. UFC on FX 8 takes place May 18 at Arena Jaragua in Jaragua do Sul, Santa Catarina, Brazil. The event's main card airs live on FX following prelims on FUEL TV and Facebook. Dunham recently took to MMAjunkie.com Radio to vent at an Internet writer who said he had no business fighting the Brazilian. "I wanted to remind him that two of his losses are two guys I beat," he said. "I would love to go fight that kid and put the hurt him just so I could rub it in that other dude's face."
Anderson Silva's camp talking possible Jon Jones bout at catchweight this year
UFC Middleweight champ Anderson Silva's agent, Jorge Guimaraes, teased the possibility of a super fight between Silva and Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones later this year in New York at a catchweight of 190 pounds.
Tito Ortiz showed up backstage at UFC 157 and has a plan for 'Cyborg' Santos.
Tito Ortiz has a plan. It's detailed and forward-thinking and not terribly flexible, but still, it's a plan. He seems pretty sure that it's a good one. UFC President Dana White seems to feel differently, but what else is new? "I made so many mistakes with my career," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) backstage at this past weekend's UFC 157 event in Anaheim, Calif. "I'm not going to make the same mistakes with my clients." By clients, of course, he means Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos, the former Strikeforce women's 145-pound champion who Ortiz represents as part of his foray into the world of fighter management. And by mistakes, he means signing a contract where there's "no future," which is what he claimed the UFC offered his fighter recently. So he turned it down, he said. He opted to sign her to a three-fight deal in Invicta FC instead – a decision White could only shake his head at when quizzed about it at a fan Q&A a day earlier.
Broken hand cancels Daniel Straus' title fight with Pat Curran at Bellator 95
A long wait is about to get longer for Bellator's Season 6 featherweight tournament winner, Daniel Straus. Straus (21-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) broke his hand during a training session and has been forced to withdraw from a title fight against featherweight champion Pat Curran (18-4 MMA, 8-1 BFC) at Bellator 95, which takes place April 4 at Revel Resort & Casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Multiple sources close to the event passed along the news to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). A replacement search is currently underway for Straus, who most recently appeared this past October in a non-tourney fight.
Signal to Noise: UFC 157's best and worst
UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche was, generally speaking, an excellent event. We all bore witness to an historic moment with women making their way to the UFC, a thrilling preliminary card and much more. Not everything was perfect, though. We all were forced also had to sit through a dreadful co-main event, not all of the referee stoppages were as good as they could be, among other problems. Let's separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst and the signal from the noise at UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche...
Early UFC 157 PPV buy estimates: 400-450k for Ronda Rousey's debut
Much of the talk ahead of UFC 157 was how many pay-per-views a show headlined by female fighters could be. Some were predicting in the 700,000 buy range, leaning on a large number of non-MMA fans buying simply to see a historic moment or having been captivated by Rousey's "mystique." Other's predicted a low 200,000 number...
UFC fighter Chael Sonnen sues West Linn restaurant co-owner
Professional mixed martial artist Chael Sonnen is suing his business partner and the co-owner of his West Linn restaurant, claiming he embezzled $20,000 and owes Sonnen another nearly $23,000 in borrowed money and unpaid rent...
Jose Aldo earns lightweight title shot with win over Anthony Pettis
UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo (22-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) is now one win away from a shot at the promotion's lightweight title. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Monday confirmed with UFC President Dana White that if Aldo is victorious in his August fight with Anthony Pettis (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), he will move up to 155 pounds for a shot at the title in that division.
UFC 157's Brendan Schaub unapologetic for getting 'cerebral' on Lavar Johnson
If you asked most fans, Brendan Schaub was supposed to meet Lavar Johnson in the center of the octagon on Saturday at uFC 157 and start trading bombs with him until one of them was no longer awake. Instead, Schaub got "cerebral."
Champ Dominick Cruz unhappy on sidelines but still uncertain when he'll be clear
UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz hasn't fought in 16 frustrating months, and he's absolutely itching to get back in the cage. Still, he believes it's imperative to keep the ultimate goal in mind.
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