Chris Weidman vs Tim Boetsch at UFC 155
Two top middleweight contenders will meet in December at UFC 155 when Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) takes on Tim Boetsch (16-4 MMA, 7-3 UFC).
Multiple outlets, including foxsports.com and newsday.com, today reported that verbal agreements are in place. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) subsequently confirmed it.
The fight will be part of the main card of UFC 155, which takes place Dec. 29 in Las Vegas at a venue to be announced.
The main card, including a heavyweight title fight between champion Junior Dos Santos and former titleholder Cain Velasquez, airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and Facebook.
Rutten, Schiavello and Angle tapped for WSOF 1's NBC Sports broadcast team
Company officials confirmed with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that MMA legend Bas Rutten, veteran combat-sports broadcaster Michael Schiavello, and Olympic gold medalist/pro wrestler Kurt Angle have been selected for the broadcast team.
WSOF 1 takes place Nov. 3 and airs live on NBC Sports Network.
The event, which takes place at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, features former WEC champion and recent UFC competitor Miguel Torres in the headliner against an undetermined opponent. Big-show vets Josh Burkman, Gerald Harris, Bobby Lashley, Gesias "JZ" Cavalcante, John Gunderson and others have already been announced for the still-developing card.
Dan Miller’s Son Doing Well After Kidney Transplant
UFC fighters Dan and Jim Miller may be the ones in the family that get most of the attention due to their prowess in the Octagon, but there is another Miller that has proven himself more than worthy of the title “the toughest Miller of them all.”
Danny Jr., Dan’s son, was so dubbed by his uncle, and on Thursday he proved why, fighting his way through a kidney transplant operation made necessary by a condition called polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
“In March of 2010, he lost all kidney function. Today, September 6, 2012, Danny is now peeing again! Words can’t describe the emotion that we are feeling right now,” wrote his ecstatic mother, Kristen Miller, on Facebook on Thursday.
“He’s still in the OR (operating room) but will be headed to his PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) room shortly. His new kidney function will be monitored extremely closely...
'Best female fighter ever'? Rolling Stone says it's Strikeforce champ Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey can add Rolling Stone magazine to her ever-growing mass media resume.
Rousey, the unbeaten Strikeforce women's bantamweight champion, makes an appearance in the magazine's most recent issue in a short piece 33 pages in – next to a fellow Olympian in recent U.S. swimming sensation Ryan Lochte.
And Rolling Stone cut right to the chase with the all-caps headline: "The best female fighter ever."
Rousey (6-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) is coming off yet another dominant victory, defending her Strikeforce title for the first time with a 54-second armbar win over former champ Sarah Kaufman this past month in San Diego.
That win came on the heels of her title fight win over Miesha Tate in March, which took what for Rousey has become an almost crazy-by-comparison 4:27 to pull off.
The math is what makes that 4:27 crazy, of course. Rousey's three amateur opponents and five professional opponents outside of Tate lasted a combined 4:56 – an average of 37 seconds each. And as is well-known, all tapped to Rousey's signature armbar...
Gerald Harris tapped to meet Josh Burkman, Bobby Lashley targeted for WSOF 1
There's another big show in Las Vegas, but for Ray Sefo and the World Series of Fighting, Sin City is home.
"We have a lot of great fighters that aren't in other organizations, so we figured that we good bring something good," Sefo today told MMAjunkie.com. "Our goal is to look after fighters and fans first."
The World Series of Fighting president today announced that his fledging promotion has struck a one-year deal with NBC Sports Network and hopes to put eight to 10 events on the channel in that time.
Bellator champ Pat Curran eyeing early 2013 return, but awaits doctor's clearance
It was the worst kind of training injury, at just about the worst possible time.
Less than two weeks before he was to defend his Bellator featherweight title for the first time, champion Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) suffered a "freak accident" while sparring. And just like that, his title fight against Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC).
The broken orbital bone will keep Curran out of action for the rest of the calendar year, but he hopes the first part of 2013 sees his return.
Rosi Sexton vs. Sheila Gaff title fight official for Cage Warriors 49 in Wales
The conclusion to Cage Warriors' four-woman flyweight tournament now has a date.
Officials have announced that finalists Rosi Sexton (13-2) and Sheila Gaff (10-4-1) will meet at Cage Warriors 49 on Oct. 27, and the winner earns the organization's vacant title.
Cage Warriors 49 takes place at St David’s Hall in Cardiff, Wales, and the main card streams live and free on MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Franklin-Le, Kim-Thiago, Nedkov-Silva, Zhang-Tuck official for UFC on FUEL TV 6
The long-anticipated UFC on FUEL TV 6 event is now official for Nov. 10 in Macau.
Many fights are set for the card (also dubbed "UFC Macao: Franklin vs. Le"), including the middleweight headliner of Rich Franklin (29-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) vs. Cung Le (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC).
Other official bouts include welterweights Dong Hyun Kim (15-2-1 MMA, 6-2 UFC) vs. Paulo Thiago (14-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC), light heavyweights Stanislav Nedkov (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Thiago Silva (14-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC), and lightweight Tiequan Zhang (15-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Jon Tuck (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC).
Lorenzo Borgomeo vs. Eric Reynolds tapped new XFC 20 main event
This month's Xtreme Fighting Championships 20 event has a new headliner.
Danny Salinas (10-4) is out with a bicep tear, and Blackzilian team member Lorenzo Borgomeo (9-4) has stepped in as a replacement to take on fellow lightweight Eric Reynolds (15-5).
Officials recently announced the change to the card, which takes place Sept. 28 at Tennessee's Knoxville Civic Auditorium.
Bellator's Rebney looking forward to Spike, but excited for Season 7 'rock stars'
Bellator Fighting Championship in January makes the big move from MTV2 to Spike TV.
Given that Spike has a much larger potential audience, is a more natural home for MMA than a music station and is easier to find on cable and satellite systems, it's easy to understand Bellator's excitement.
But that doesn't mean the upcoming Season 7 on MTV2 is a throwaway, a season with a case of senioritis just waiting to graduate to Spike.
'Strikeforce: Cormier vs. Mir' official for Nov. 3 in Oklahoma City; tickets on sale next week
Strikeforce's November visit to Oklahoma now is official, and tickets for the event go on sale next week.
As first reported by USA TODAY and MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com), heavyweight Daniel Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) puts his unbeaten record on the line against former UFC champion Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) in the main event. And middleweight champ Luke Rockhold (10-1 MMA, 9-0 SF) will defend his belt against Lorenz Larkin (13-0 MMA, 4-0 SF) in the co-main event.
Ricardo Lamas Accepted Offer To Fight Jose Aldo Before UFC Changed Challenger Plans To Frankie Edgar
While there have been a long list of injuries forcing cancellations and reschedulings of UFC fights, one of the rare cases where fans were more excited about the replacement fight than the original came when Erik Koch was injured and forced out of his title bout with Jose Aldo. In place of Koch, we're being treated to Frankie Edgar's first bout at featherweight being a title shot.
But the fight almost didn't happen as, according to a story at Bleacher Report, Ricardo Lamas was offered (and accepted) the fight with Aldo:
"They [UFC] had called me first on Thursday," Lamas stated. "They had called me up at about 3:30 p.m. Central time and said, 'Obviously Koch is injured and we need to know tonight if you want to take this fight with Aldo? We think you deserve it and we need to redo your contract. We need to get it all done by tonight.'"
Jorge Patino injured, Lucas Pimenta steps in to next week's Legacy FC 14 title fight
Welterweight champion Jorge "Macaco" Patino (27-13-1) has injured his knee, and Lucas Pimenta (8-0) has taken his spot in next week's Legacy Fighting Championship 14 headliner.
He now meets Jeff Rexroad (5-1) for an interim title.
Legacy FC promoter Mick Maynard confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) overnight. According to Maynard, Patino tore his torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). A time table for his return isn't known.
Legacy FC 14 takes place Sept. 14 at Houston's Arena Theater, and the main card airs on AXS TV (formerly HDNet).
Former UFC, Strikeforce fighter Jason 'Mayhem' Miller charged with misdemeanor vandalism
The Orange County (Calif.) District Attorney today charged Jason "Mayhem" Miller with a misdemeanor count of vandalism for allegedly breaking into a church.
Miller faces probation or up to one year in jail, OC district attorney spokesperson Farrah Emami today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Miller's arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Orange County Superior Court, were he will either enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.
The fighter did not respond to a request for comment.
A complaint filed today alleges that Miller "did unlawfully deface with graffiti and other inscribed material, damage and destroy church property, real and personal property belonging to Mission Hills Baptist Church." The damage was totaled at $400.
Should Miller plead not guilty, a pre-trial hearing would be set for a later date.
Sheriff's deputies arrested Miller on Aug. 13 after he was found naked but coherent on the second floor of the church, the OC Sheriff's Department said. They found fire extinguisher spray on the first and second floors, broken windows, broken pictures, scattered CDs and books and glass. Miller was taken to an Orange County jail and released on Aug. 14 after posting bail.
Miller (28-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) was released from the UFC following a loss to C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146. The former host of MTV's "Bully Beatdown" assured fans he was OK after his release.
UFC Announces Tryouts for Season 17 of 'The Ultimate Fighter'
'The Ultimate Fighter' (TUF) season 16 hasn't even started airing, but tryouts were announced today by UFC for season 17, which is scheduled to air on FX in early 2013.
UFC said today the spring 2013 season would feature light heavyweights (205 pounds) and middleweights (185 pounds). Tryouts will be held at the Palace Station Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. at the Grand Ballroom, on Sept. 17th.
Coaches for the show are yet to be named.
Dana White Confirms Many Undercard Fighters Compensated After UFC 151 Was Cancelled
One of the hardest parts about UFC 151 being cancelled were the undercard fighters who not only lost the chance to fight on a huge card, but they also lost a payday.
While many fighters in the UFC are pulling in the kind of dollars that prevent them from having to worry as much about competing 3 or 4 times a year just to stay afloat, that’s not the case for many of the undercard fighters being paid much less as they start out in their UFC careers.
So when UFC 151 became the ‘lost show’, the fighters on the undercard were then shifted and shuffled to all of the other upcoming cards later this year.
Lyoto Machida and Chris Weidman unlikely to get immediate UFC title shots
One fighter had been offered a title shot but declined it, and the other has done everything he can think of to get one.
But for those respective fighters, former light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and middleweight Chris Weidman (9-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC), neither is likely to get a shot at the belt in his next fight.
UFC President Dana White, though, is mum about what could be next.
Let's start with the latter, Weidman. The undefeated wrestler steamrolled highly ranked Mark Munoz in July, which moved him to 5-0 in the UFC. Despite a "Knockout of the Night" performance against a fighter many considered the next middleweight title challenger, Weidman got no assurances he'd cut to the front of the line.
And despite a respectful campaign in recent months to get middleweight champion Anderson Silva interested in the fight, the New Yorker still has no assurances.
UFC President Dana White was asked about the possibility of Silva vs. Weidman on Tuesday on FUEL TV's "UFC Tonight."
Resurrection Fighting Alliance 4 Card Features UFC Veterans And Intriguing Prospects
Gilbert Yvel vs. Marcio Cruz
Tyson Griffin vs. Efrain Escudero
Fredson Paixao vs. Alessandro Ferreira
Toby Imada vs. James Krause
Chidi Njokuani vs. Phil Dace
Dakota Cochrane vs. Derrick Burnsed
Sergio Pettis vs. Jimmy Jones
Bubba Jenkins vs. Jimmy Spicuzza
Lance Palmer vs. Nick Macias
Chris Holdsworth vs. Tyler Shinn
Steve Mocco vs. Carl Postma
Gregor Gillespie vs. Joey Angelo
Derek Bohi vs. Tyler Perry
Cory Galloway vs. Jerry Shapiro