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Top Brazilian Prospect Bruno Carvalho Signs with Bellator
(mmaweekly.com)
Top Brazilian lightweight prospect Bruno Carvalho has signed a multi-fight deal with Bellator Fighting Championships and will begin competing there in 2013. The promotion announced the new deal on Tuesday. A striker with big knockout power, Carvalho has been targeting a move to a major promotion over the last few months, and now he’ll have his chance as part of Bellator as they head to Spike TV in 2013.
Submitted Nov 28, 2012 10:50AM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Matt Riddle vs. Che Mills Rumored For UFC on FUEL TV 7 In London
(themmanews.com)
News broke this afternoon that the Ultimate Fighting Championship would be returning to the United Kingdom this coming February with UFC on FUEL TV 7 and now the event may have it’s first event, pitting Matt ‘Deep Waters’ Riddle (7-3, 1NC) and English fighter ‘Beautiful’ Che Mills (15-5, 1NC) against one another. News of the Riddle vs. Mills bout was posted by Fighters Only, who noted that the “fight was being lined up for the London show.” UFC on FUEL TV 7 is expected to take place on February 16, 2013 at the Wembley Arena in London, England. The bout between Riddle and Mills should be featured on the main card, possibly even the co-main event.
Submitted Nov 28, 2012 9:12AM by sparky - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Michael McDonald eyes January return, open to interim title shot
(mmajunkie.com)
When bantamweight contender Michael McDonald (15-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) heard UFC President Dana White was considering him for a potential shot at interim champ Renan Barao (29-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC), the 21-year-old Californian didn't react exactly as you might think. "It was a very anticlimactic reaction," McDonald admitted to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I looked at it, and I thought, 'Oh, that's cool,' and I exited out. "I really stand by what I've said in previous interviews: I feel right now that I'm ready to fight anybody in the world. I really will accept whoever they put in front of me, no matter who it is. I feel like I'm ready, skill-wise, to take on anybody they put in front of me, and if that's who they're talking about, then that's cool."
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 6:53PM by BuffaloDave - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
FOX EXEC HOPES SUPER BOWL XLVIII AND UFC DOVETAIL IN 2014
(mmajunkie.com)
A weekend traditionally targeted by the UFC to piggyback on the Super Bowl may not host a pay-per-view, if broadcast partner FOX has its say. FOX President Eric Shanks said that the network would "love" to see a UFC on FOX event held in conjunction with Super Bowl XLVIII, which is set for Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. "We think that Super Bowl week in New York is going to be unlike anything else, and … we're going to own that week of sports television," he said. "There's nothing better than we can think of than a big fight that week." Shanks said he is working to convince UFC executives Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta to make the idea a reality. He joked that FOX wanted an outdoor stadium show in the chilly East Coast weather.
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 6:50PM by BuffaloDave - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Blackzilians get 'Training Day' treatment Wednesday night
(mmajunkie.com)
FUEL TV's behind-the-scenes show on top MMA camps next profiles the Florida-based MMA team Blackzilians, including Rashad Evans, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort and Michael Johnson.
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 6:41PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Magnus Cedenblad vs. Rafael Natal booked for UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago
(mmajunkie.com)
A middleweight matchup between Swedish prospect Magnus Cedenblad and Brazilian import Rafael Natal is the latest addition to UFC on FOX 6. MMAjunkie.com today confirmed that verbal agreements are in place.
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 6:39PM by FastKnockout - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
John Hathaway & Matt Riddle Agree To Fight Via Twitter
(fightline.com)
UFC matchmaker Joe Silva has been getting help from his fighters recently. Now, you can add John Hathaway and Matt Riddle to the list. The two took to Twitter to discuss a potential match, which could be added to the UFC on Fuel TV 7 card just reported for England in February. "(Dana White) last week I asked my twitter followers who they'd like to see me fight next and the resounding answer was (Riddle)," Hathaway posted. "He doesn't like British people, I'm British so lets do this! I'll even fight him in the UFC if he wants! What do you think?"
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 1:51PM by jjeans - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC on FUEL 7 heading to London's Wembley Arena
(mmafighting.com)
The UFC will finally return to London after a two-and-a-half year drought, booking a show that will take place on February 16 at Wembley Arena. MMA Fighting confirmed the event, which will be UFC on FUEL 7, with sources close to the promotion. It was first reported by the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper, though the report was eventually taken down from their website. The UFC has not visited London since October 2010,
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 1:15PM by jjeans - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Champ Rockhold calls Larkin attack 'pretty amateur,' eyes early 2013 for return
(mmajunkie.com)
When officials announced the Jan. 12 event in early November, Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) said he informed officials that a wrist injury lingered and that he was unable to fight. That's why he's particularly irritated by a series of verbal attacks from Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) regarding his willingness to compete. "He was obviously misinformed to some extent," Rockhold said. "I've been in that situation, but just to lash out at me, that's pretty amateur." Larkin, who today addressed his grievances with MMAjunkie.com Radio, was twice scheduled to vie for the title before injuries interceded. "I just feel like guys are acting like they haven't paved any way for them to go to the UFC and a catastrophe could happen on Jan. 12, where [UFC President Dana White is] going to be like, 'No. I didn't like the way you fought, and you're not going to come over,'" Larkin said.
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 10:22AM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Alistair Overeem vs. Bigfoot Silva Official… with Conditions; UFC 156 Tickets On Sale Friday
(mmaweekly.com)
Leading the way is a UFC featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger, and 145-pound first-timer, Frankie Edgar. A heavyweight bout between Alistair Overeem and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva was also confirmed. It comes with a special stipulation, however, as Overeem is still serving out a nine-month Nevada Athletic Commission suspension. Overeem’s sanction comes to an end as the year closes out, but he still has to go before the commission in January to receive approval for a license to fight in the state, so there are no gimmies. UFC officials wouldn’t book him if they weren’t all but sure he would regain licensure, but any promotion of the bout comes with the caveat “pending approval and licensing by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.”
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 10:19AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Champ Melendez Out, Healy vs. Masvidal Expected for 'Strikeforce: Champions
(mmajunkie.com)
Pat Healy (28-16 MMA, 6-1 SF) once again has an opponent for Strikeforce's final show. Sources close to the event on Monday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that Jorge Masvidal (23-7 MMA, 5-1 SF) has filled a slot left vacant by the injury withdrawal of lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez. "Strikeforce: Champions" takes place Jan. 12 at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 10:18AM by BuffaloDave - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Pascal Krauss vs. Mike Stumpf Joins UFC on FOX 6 in Chicago
(mmajunkie.com)
Two welterweights will return from extended layoffs in January at UFC on FOX 6. Well-rounded German competitor Pascal Krauss (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) and Illinois-based fighter Mike Stumpf (11-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) are set to meet at the event. UFC on FOX 6, the UFC's first network-televised event of 2013, takes place Jan. 26 at United Center in Chicago. The main card, including a title fight between featherweight champion Demetrious Johnson and challenger John Dodson, airs on FOX, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims. Krauss vs. Stumpf likely will be part of the prelims...
Submitted Nov 27, 2012 10:14AM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jesse Ronson guns for UFC contract following weekend win over Ryan Healy
(mmajunkie.com)
Sore hands and feet are Jesse Ronson's only career roadblocks at this moment. Ronson believes a recent victory over fellow lightweight Ryan Healy proves he's capable of joining his well-known teammates in the UFC. "I would like for this fight to put me on the next level, but we'll see how it goes," he told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). Ronson (12-2) dominated Healy (23-12) over three rounds to earn a unanimous-decision win at this past Friday's Score Fighting Series 7 event, which took place at Hamilton Place Theatre in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The event's main card, including Ronson's feet, aired on AXS TV.
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 5:32PM by BuffaloDave - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Former WEC announcer Joe Martinez tapped for octagon debut at UFC on FX 6
(mmajunkie.com)
Former WEC announcer Joe Martinez will soon make his octagon debut. Martinez recently revealed to Examiner.com that he has been hired for in-cage duties at next month's UFC on FX 6 event, which takes place on Saturday, Dec. 15 in Australia but due to the time difference airs live in the U.S. on Friday night. Promotion mainstay Bruce Buffer is set for his familiar announcing role that same weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale.
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 3:41PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC's Chael Sonnen and Molly Qerim again host World MMA Awards ceremony
(mmajunkie.com)
For the second straight year, UFC fighter Chael Sonnen will serve as host of Fighters Only's World MMA Awards. Sonnen has again has been paired up with CBS Sports Network/NFL Network anchor Molly Qerim. The duo hosts the 2012 World MMA Awards official ceremony, which is a black-tie ceremony held Jan. 11 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Broadcast and/or streaming plans haven't been announced for the event, though Versus and FUEL TV has aired past installments.
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 2:00PM by BuffaloDave - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator announces championship-rematch clause with move to Spike TV
(mmajunkie.com)
While fighters will continue to control their destiny in the Bellator cage, chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney has given himself some wiggle room. The fight executive today announced a new championship-rematch clause that will go into effect with the organization's upcoming move to Spike TV. When "called for," Rebney will have the option to book title-fight rematches. Rebney said he listed to feedback and made the change. "When a fighter's earned a shot at the world title by winning The Toughest Tournament in Sports and competes in a title fight that knocks fans like us back in our seats (win or lose) delivering an incredible fight, when a rematch is called for, we will deliver it." he wrote on bellator.com. "Championship fights give us some of the greatest moments in MMA. And, rematches of incredible championship fights will give fans like us more of those electrifying moments while staying true to the world’s best fighters having had to earn their way to those title shots."
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 1:57PM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Johny Hendricks: “Boxing is not my strong point, my jiu-jitsu is better”
(cagedinsider.com)
Bold statement from the Collegiate wrestler turned knockout machine. UFC 154 marked Johny Hendricks’ fifth straight victory in the octagon, with three by way of knockout. Hendricks has now placed himself in the number one spot for a title shot, which he feels he is more than ready for. “That’s why I laugh when people say ‘we’ve figured out your left hand.’ My boxing isn’t my strong point. It’s something I’ve only been doing for five years; I’ve only been striking for five years. I’ve done wrestling my whole entire life,” Hendricks told MMAWeekly Radio. “So if anybody’s going to say anything, wrestling is my strong point. I feel my jiu-jitsu is better than my hands.”
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 1:57PM by jjeans - 23 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
DREAM 18 - GLORY 4 NYE Card: Phil Baroni vs. Hayato Sakurai, 16-man HW tourney set
(bloodyelbow.com)
Several bouts have been added to the co-promoted DREAM and GLORY NYE show including an MMA bout between Phil Baroni and Hayato Sakurai, along with a stacked 16-man heavyweight tourney featuring some of the best kickboxers today.
Submitted Nov 26, 2012 2:16AM by FastKnockout - 19 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Other Combat Sports
 
RFA 5: Downing vs. Rinaldi full card set for November 30th
(prommanow.com)
The RFA 5: Downing vs. Rinaldi full card is set for Kearney, Nebraska, on November 30th at the Viaero Event Center. The main card will air LIVE on AXStv beginning at 10 p.m. ET. Jared “Demon Eyes” Downing will take on Jordan “All Day” Rinaldi in the main event to crown the RFA featherweight champion. The co-main event will be welterweight fight between MMA veterans James Krause and Joe Jordan.
Submitted Nov 25, 2012 9:01PM by sparky - 1 comment
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Quebec commission declines to hear Alessio Sakara's UFC 154 appeal request
(mmajunkie.com)
Patrick Cote's controversial UFC 154 disqualification victory over Alessio Sakara will stand. On Friday, Quebec's La Regie des alcools des courses et des jeux (the baord that governs combat sports in the province) declined to hear Sakara's protest that referee Dan Miragliotta mishandled the bout, which took place Nov. 17 at Montreal's Bell Centre. French-language outlet LaPress.ca was the first to report the board's decision.
Submitted Nov 25, 2012 4:43PM by FastKnockout - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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