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The Ultimate Fighter Live Debut to Air Simultaneously in the UK
(mmaweekly.com)
Good news for fans of the new Ultimate Fighter Live in the U.K. as the show will broadcast in England with no tape delay. The show will begin airing on ESPN in the U.K. starting Saturday morning March 10 at 2 am local time in England. It’s the first time the show has aired in the U.K. at the same time as in the United States. There will be further announcements regarding future episodes and their air times soon...
Submitted Mar 6, 2012 1:35PM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: The Ultimate Fighter
 
With New York legalization again on table, MMA group hosts Tuesday rally
(mmajunkie.com)
Less than a mile away from a presser put on by the UFC's well-oiled publicity machine, a grassroots organization continues to advocate for MMA in the Big Apple. On Tuesday, the Coalition to Legalize Mixed Martial Arts in New York holds a rally in front of governor Andrew Cuomo's Manhattan office to raise awareness and voice support for bringing MMA to the Empire State. Additionally, an MMA documentary film festival is scheduled to take place at The Theater Lobby at Madison Square Garden. The governor's office is located at 633 Third Avenue in New York City. The two-hour rally begins at 11:30 a.m. ET, and the film festival begins at 4 p.m. Scheduled to appear at the rally is Michael Benjamin, a former New York State assemblyman who co-sponsored a 2011 MMA bill that's been resubmitted for the 2012 legislative session. The bill currently sits in the assembly's Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development committee. Afterward, an open mic will feature business owners and members of the MMA community. Longtime MMA journalist Jim Genia, author of "Raw Combat: The Underground World of Mixed Martial Arts," is also expected to speak...
Submitted Mar 6, 2012 1:33PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson suggests next octagon appearance will be his last
(mmajunkie.com)
According to former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (32-10 MMA, 7-4 UFC), his UFC career is just about done. Jackson on Tuesday wrote that his next UFC appearance will be his last, though he said he'll continue to fight on in some other fashion. "I feel sorry for my next opponent, no matter who or what it is," Jackson wrote via Twitter. "I will fight whoever they put in front of me – I always have – but it will be my last fight in the UFC." He then offered a controversial interview with "Fighters Only" magazine where he admitted to using testosterone replacement therapy at the suggestion of UFC-employed doctors. UFC officials have yet to comment on the situation, but Jackson said he's nearly done with the promotion, taking a swipe at the UFC payscale while announcing his intentions. "I have other things on my mind," Jackson stated. "I didn't say I would be done fighting; I just said I'm not fighting for the UFC (u fight cheap)." Despite the losing result, Jackson told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was encouraged by his training prior to injuring his knee. "honestly, before I hurt me knee, you guys should have seen the way that I was training," Jackson said. "I've got really good sparring partners, and I've got this really good wrestler names Tyson Jeffries that kicks my butt, and in this camp, I was kicking his butt. I was taking him down and wrestling got real competitive. That's how I hurt me knee because he's one of the best wrestlers I know. "I was sparring really good, and I was looking like a superstar, then I hurt me knee. That made me think, 'Oh, man, I've got a lot more time to fight.'" However, Jackson now suggests if that's true, it may not be with the UFC. "I don't need them or anybody else negative dealing with my career," Jackson stated.
Submitted Mar 6, 2012 9:16AM by BuffaloDave - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ben Henderson wants to fight all of the top lightweights in the world ... at the same time
(mmamania.com)
On Feb. 25, 2012, a new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion was crowned as Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar in a violent, five-round war at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan. Since that infamous night, speculation has run rampant regarding who "Smooth" will take on in his very first title defense. Edgar made it known that he believes he deserves an immediate title shot. Anthony Pettis was also vocal about his desire to have "first dibs," after he soundly defeated Joe Lauzon with a first round knockout on that very same UFC 144 card. On HDNet's "Inside MMA," Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez made the following comments in reference to his desire to take on "Bendo" in the cage: "I'd love to fight Benson Henderson. I've been around this game a lot longer. I'm not trying to be arrogant here, but I think I can handle him, and I'd like to find out. Much respect to him, much respect to Frankie and all that stuff, but I think I can beat them both. I can beat anyone right now. I'd love a piece of him." Hear what Henderson had to say after the jump:
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 10:41PM by prophecy033 - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Erik Koch Targeted for June Return to UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
In the land of featherweights, Jose Aldo stands as king, but one contender will be back in action in June that’s hoping to challenge him this year. Erik Koch, who has gone 4-0 in his last four fights, was forced out of a potential No. 1 contender’s bout in February against Dustin Poirier due to an undisclosed injury suffered in training.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 10:24PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 60 weigh-ins slated for Thursday, open to fans
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its sixth season on Friday with Bellator 60. The event, which includes a featherweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Pat Curran, takes place Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind. The weigh-ins, which also include the eight season-six featherweight-tourney fights, take place Thursday and are open to fans
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 9:59PM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
With surprising fan support, Tim Sylvia 'pretty much begging' for UFC second chance
(mmajunkie.com)
If you're an MMA fan and you spend any time at all on Twitter – or Facebook, MMA forums or any other online destination – you've probably seen a fairly big campaign to get Tim Sylvia back in the UFC. Even Sylvia, a former UFC champ, admits the support is surprising. But he hopes it'll amplify his message to the UFC: "I made a mistake. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I screwed up. But give me a second chance please. I'm pretty much begging."
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 9:55PM by prophecy033 - 19 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey Salaries Total $543,000 For Ohio Event
(themmanews.com)
On Monday, the Ohio Athletic Commission released the fighter salaries for this past Saturday’s (March 3, 2012) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event, totaling $543,500 for the nine bout card. Earning the biggest payout was former champ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza who earned $92,000 for his win over opponent Bristol Marunde. The payout also included Souza’s $22,000 win bonus. Earning the next top spot was lightweight Josh Thomson who made $80,000 with no win bonus for his victory against KJ Noons. Main Card Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000 Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000 Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000 Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000 Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000 Preliminary Card Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000 Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000 Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Fodor: $12,000 Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:40PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Ben Henderson Says Frankie Edgar Deserves a Rematch, Would Fight 'Tomorrow'
(mmafighting.com)
Mar 5, 2012 - Ben Henderson just can't seem to get his name out of everyone's mouth. Since earning the UFC lightweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, Henderson has somehow found himself within the crossfires of the MMA world, a casualty of the UFC's latest high-profile judging debate. Weeks after the controversial decision, Edgar, the former champion, has atypically embarked on a crusade for the rematch he feels he justly deserves. UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, steadfastly stands by his opinion that Edgar would be better served at featherweight, and even offered an immediate title shot against reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo to sweeten the deal.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:36PM by sparky - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
TATSUYA KAWAJIRI, MELVIN MANHOEF, FELIPE ENOMOTO CONFIRMED FOR ONE FC 3 IN SINGAPORE
(sherdog.com)
The lineup for One Fighting Championship’s third event is nearly complete, promotion officials announced Monday. One FC 3 “War of the Lions,” which will take place March 31 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, is headlined by a lightweight clash between Felipe Enomoto and Zorobabel Moreira. In another featured bout, former Shooto welterweight king Tatsuya Kawajiri will lock horns with an as-yet-to-be determined opponent at featherweight. The 11-fight card also includes a lightweight scrap between URCC welterweight titleholder Eduard Folayang and K-1 standout Ole Laursen; a 170-pound affair pitting Deep welterweight champion Yuya Shirai against four-time Deep veteran Fabricio Monteiro; and a middleweight showdown between Dream and Strikeforce veteran Melvin Manhoef and Deep light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:35PM by sparky - 4 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Breaking news: Josh Barnett's MMA license reinstated in California
(mmamania.com)
Strikeforce heavyweight attraction and former PRIDE FC star Josh Barnett had his mixed martial arts (MMA) license reinstated today (March 5, 2012) during a special hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC). But not without provisions. "The Warmaster" must consent to "random biological fluid testing" at a time and place determined by the commission prior to his participation at any event held in the state of California. Barnett, who is expected to fight undefeated division standout Daniel Cormier under the Strikeforce banner on May 19, has been battling the CSAC for over two years to get back in their good graces following his failed drug test back in 2009, one that sank the S.S. Affliction and canceled a late summer superfight against Fedor Emelianenko. Now he's back, primarily because the state of California "needs good fighters," according to the commission. More details on his reinstated license, as well as his upcoming fight against "DC," as they become available.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 3:45PM by SmileR - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
Report: Stabbed Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov in stable condition after regaining consciousness
(mmamania.com)
As a mixed martial artist, Blagoi Ivanov knows how to put up a good fight. The Bellator heavyweight, who was clinging to life after suffering a severe stab wound late last month, is reportedly in stable condition following emergency surgery, having regained consciousness over the weekend. The Bulgarian English-speaking news site Novinite has the report: Ivanov is now in a stable condition and is under a milder treatment regimen, doctors have told the BGNES news agency. The fighter's main problem is with one of his lungs and not with his heart, according to the experts that treat him.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 12:19PM by sparky - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Roy Nelson's Bet: He Will Drop to Light Heavyweight If He Can Get 100,000 'Likes' On Facebook
(bloodyelbow.com)
Dana White has been nudging Roy Nelson, and trying to convince him to drop to 205 for a while now. Today, "Big Country" suddenly made a pretty smart bet by saying that he will finally drop to light heavyweight, IF he can add 100,000 'likes' in Facebook. Here's Nelson explaining it in his own words: The reason is my friend and I had a discussion about what was better? I think twitter just because of use and for fans interaction, but Facebook is 20x bigger. So we decided to bet. I said if it so easy and great I should be able add 100K fans in 2 weeks because I have that on twitter. Facebook is bigger and better so this should be easy. Right? Bet is I will try to get to 205 if I can add 100k to Facebook.com/RoyNelsonUFC in two weeks. I love to win bets. Plus he will have to give me a part in his next movie.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 7:03AM by Budgellism - 18 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Benavidez tops flyweights in SI.com's March MMA rankings
(sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
Big news in the UFC. Well, actually, it's rather small news. OK, I'll lay off the size wisecracks and simply let you know that with the behemoth fight promotion launching its flyweight tournament at Friday night's UFC on FX event in Sydney, Australia (9 p.m. ET, FX), it's time for SI.com to add the 125-pound weight division to our monthly rankings. Sure, we could wait to see what happens in this weekend's two semifinal bouts, then introduce the crème de la fly crème next month. But like a thrill-a-second mixed martial artist, we're not about to sit back and play it safe. We're just boldly going for it.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 1:38AM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Ryan Couture happily proves naysayers wrong, wants on May card
(mmajunkie.com)
Ryan Couture has just been riding the coattails of his father Randy all along. He couldn't even find a way to beat Matt Ricehouse. There's no way he'd have a shot against veteran Conor Heun. Wrong, naysayers. Wrong. "I think that should shut up just about anybody that said I don't belong here," Couture told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after his latest Strikeforce win. "To not only beat a guy who is tough and experienced, but to finish him – no one has ever done that. It feels really good."
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 1:34AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce's Josh Thomson: 'This is entertainment business, not the boring business'
(mmajunkie.com)
Josh Thomson (19-4 MMA, 10-2 SF) was mad at the performance he gave against K.J. Noons (11-5 MMA, 3-3 SF), and he cursed when asked to rate it afterward. Despite dominating every round and winning a unanimous decision, Thomson's anger was replaced by near-tears in the locker room.
Submitted Mar 5, 2012 1:31AM by prophecy033 - 9 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dana White '100% UFC', Apparently Done With Strikeforce Involvement
(bloodyelbow.com)
Since the day it was announced that Zuffa was purchasing Strikeforce, their relationship with the UFC has been an odd one. Are they competitors? Are they business entities designed to help each other? Are they simply undefinable relatives? When UFC president Dana White appeared on a Strikeforce broadcast earlier this year, it was an odd moment but seemed to signify that he was taking a much deeper interest in the promotion. He said as much, claiming that he was going to look to get more control over Strikeforce with production, something he admits he's a bit obsessive about. That apparently was nothing more than a pipe dream as on Saturday, White responded to a fan on Twitter about his role in the world's No. 2 fight promotion: BenShuffain Ben Shuffain @Strikeforce has the worst commentators in sports. @danawhite needs to fix this asap #TateRousey Mar 04 Favorite Retweet Reply in reply to @BenShuffain? @danawhite Dana White @BenShuffain @strikeforce tell Showtime, they run that shit not me. I'm out. I'm 100% UFC Mar 04 via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 9:22AM by Budgellism - 9 comments
Filed under: UFC, StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce: Brandon Saling (Bigot and Pedophile) Allowed To Fight.
(offendex.com)
Brandon Saling, a competitor on tonight's card, was allowed to fight despite being a registered sex offender and a known bigot. I'm extremely disappointed this guy made it past the vetting process and someone's head needs to roll for this. The SS bolts and 88 are on his shoulder.
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:24AM by BlueSkiesBurn - 55 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce: Conor Heun Bonded with His Father in a Bar Brawl
(mmaweekly.com)
Strikeforce lightweight Conor Heun meditates in his Hollywood loft, singing praises of a greater good. His roommates, all MMA fighters and trainers, watch from across the living quarter as Heun finds peace and calm burning incense and lifting his hands towards the ceiling.
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:10AM by prophecy033 - 0 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals Set
(mmaweekly.com)
It will have been just under a year and a half when it happens, but the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will finally reach its conclusion on May 19, according to Strikeforce officials. Though they have yet to name a venue or location, finalists Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will square off to determine the tournament winner.
Submitted Mar 4, 2012 1:03AM by prophecy033 - 3 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
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