Aaron Simpson nearly set on move to welterweight after UFC on FUEL TV 1 loss
If the docs say it's OK, count on seeing UFC vet Aaron Simpson at welterweight.
After a loss to Ronny Markes (13-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on Wednesday at UFC on FUEL TV 1, Simpson (11-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) said he's tired of being undersized at middleweight.
"I've been thinking about it over the last year and a half," the 37-year-old today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "Everybody I fight is cutting from 220 (pounds)."
UFC on FUEL TV 1 took place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. Simpson vs. Markes served as part of the event's main card, which aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook.
The noticeably bulky Markes pinned Simpson on the cage several times during the three-round fight, which ended in a split decision for the Brazilian.
Simpson, who saw a three-fight win streak broken, said he never gets heavier than 200 pounds.
"There were times I couldn't budge," he said. "[Markes] had his shoulder buried in my chest, and I couldn't move him. And I can defend a lot of people's takedowns and everything, and it was just one of those deals where that really dwarfed me."
A positive Simpson took from the fight was the power in his punches, which dropped Markes in the first round. However, that advantage was muted by his size deficit...
Legacy Fighting Championships signs Robert Drysdale to multi-fight deal
Legacy Fighting Championships has signed jiu-jitsu ace Robert Drysdale to a multi-fight deal.
Legacy promoter Mick Maynard today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) about the signing.
Although an opponent hasn't been finalized for the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, Drysdale is expected to debut at the organization's Legacy Fighting Championships 11 event, which airs live on HDNet.
The show takes place May 11 at Houston's Arena Theater. Featherweights Chad Robichaux and Joseph Sandoval also are booked to fight at the show.
Jorge Santiago Hoping To Re-Join The UFC With A Good Showing In 2012
Former Sengoku middleweight champ, and UFC vet, Jorge ‘Sandman’ Santiago (23-10) calls 2011 a “nightmare” having lost both of his Octagon appearances, a TKO loss to Brian Stann at UFC 130 and a decision defeat at the hands of Demian Maia at UFC 136.
After his release by the top promotion, Santiago signed a multi-fight deal with the Titan Fighting Championship promotion and is set to debut on March 2nd versus fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha.
Speaking to Tatame.com, Santiago talks about his “nightmare” year and his hopes to return to the Octagon by stringing together a few good wins in 2012.
Memorable Jamie Yager has army in tow for tonight's Superior Cage Combat 4 event
Fight for a while at the professional level, and your reasons for doing it change.
Jamie Yager (5-2) has been chewed up and spit out by the promotional machine behind UFC parent company Zuffa. Still, to many, he's the only guy remembered from his season of "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series.
That's worth something. So now, the plan is to merge notoriety with talent, and tonight, he attempts to put the latter on display when he meets Danny Davis Jr. (6-5-1) at Superior Cage Combat 4. The event takes place at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.
"I got on the show based on my looks and my natural, God-given talent and abilities, and I was able to portray a good thing to get on the show," Yager told MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio). "But that's only going to get you so far."
Akira Corassani withdraws from his bout with Jason Young
Hard-hitting featherweight Akira Corassani has suffered an injury and will be unable to compete against Jason Young as originally expected at UFC on Fuel 2.
The promotion recently issued a press release to members of the Swedish media, revealing that Young will meet a to-be-announced replacement at the April 14 event, which marks the UFC’s inaugural trip to Sweden.
Headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between top Swedish prospect Alexander Gustafsson and former Pride Fighting Championships star Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, UFC on Fuel 2 takes place at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm.
UFC boss: NSAC's handling of Mayweather, Diaz, Sonnen woefully inconsistent
OMAHA, Neb. – UFC president Dana White admits he doesn't know how the Nevada State Athletic Commission is going to handle the failed UFC 143 drug test of top welterweight Nick Diaz.
But after observing what White considers incomprehensibly inconsistent recent handling of boxer Floyd Mayweather and UFC middleweight Chael Sonnen, the UFC boss is praying for fair treatment.
"We'll see what happens," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) following Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event in Omaha, Neb. "We'll see if inconsistency prevails again."
White's frustrations with the NSAC include his usual gripes: judges and referees that need better education and execution of their responsibilities. But more importantly, White points to the commission's recent directives for Mayweather and Sonnen as prime examples of how everything is certainly not equal.
"How about the Nevada State Athletic Commission royally kissed Floyd Mayweather's ass when he walked in there," White said. "This guy is going to jail. The judge is allowing him to not go to jail until he has his fight. Right?
UFC's heavyweight division unlikely to include Tim Sylvia, Herschel Walker
OMAHA, Neb. – All sorts of online campaigns have been launched to get fighters signed to the UFC, and many of them have worked.
For now, it looks like one former champion's won't.
"No," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) when asked whether Tim Sylvia could possibly be seen again inside the octagon. "I don't even know what Tim Sylvia's done. The last Tim Sylvia fight I saw, he got knocked out by a boxer. What has he done since then?"
Silvia (30-7) is 6-1 since the fight White referred to in which ex-boxing champ Ray Mercer knocked him out in nine seconds. Although most of his recent fights have been contested at super heavyweight, Sylvia slimmed to heavyweight and outpointed Andreas Kraniotakes this past November in the revamped ProElite.
After UFC on FUEL TV 1 classic, White says all future main events five rounds
If you were left begging for two more rounds after Jake Ellenberger's thrilling three-round victory over Diego Sanchez, you weren't alone.
Following Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event in Omaha, Neb., UFC president Dana White admitted he "blew it," and all future main events will feature five rounds.
"Already thought and done," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm actually pissed at myself about it, so yeah."
Tim Sylvia can be a title contender and beat 80-percent of the heavyweights in the UFC
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Heavyweight Champion Tim Sylvia is doing a little bit of campaigning asking for fans help to get him back into the ranks of the UFC. "The Maniac" took to "The Underground" to post this video asking for fans support for his "push" to get back into the world's largest mixed martial (MMA) promotion, a place he called home for more than six years before he was sent packing after a loss to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 81.
UFC on FUEL TV Weigh-In Results
Jake Ellenberger (170) vs. Diego Sanchez (170)
Dave Herman (234) vs. Stefan Struve (256)
Ronny Markes (185) vs. Aaron Simpson (186)
Philip De Fries (241) vs. Stipe Miocic (240)
T.J. Dillashaw (136) vs. Walel Watson (135)
John Albert (135) vs. Ivan Menjivar (135)
Jonathan Brookins (145) vs. Vagner Rocha (145)
Sean Loeffler (185) vs. Buddy Roberts (184)
Anton Kuivanen (156) vs. Justin Salas (155)
Bernardo Magalhaes (155) vs. Tim Means (155)
Strikeforce's Gina Carano cast for 'In the Blood' action-thriller
Following a starring and debut role in "Haywire," Gina Carano now has been cast for the lead film role in the upcoming action-thriller "In the Blood."
The news comes from "The Hollywood Reporter."
The new gig casts further doubt on the Strikeforce fighter's potential return to the MMA cage.
According to the report, the film, which John Stockwell will direct, begins principal photography "in late spring or early summer in Puerto Rico." That schedule all but assures Carano won't return to Strikeforce by year's end.
Carano (7-1 MMA, 1-1 SF) hasn't fought since an August 2009 title loss to Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos. Soon after, famed director Steven Soderbergh cast the 29-year-old for "Haywire," which opened nationwide this past month to largely positive reviews. Many reviewers singled out Carano, who starred alongside the likes of Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas, for her performance...
RIP K-1 legend Mike Bernardo, 1969-2012
A reliable source close to the situation has confirmed that K-1 legend and one-time MMA fighter Mike Bernardo has passed away. Further details will be provided as they become available.
Michael "Mike" Bernardo (born 28 July 1969) is a South African former kickboxer and boxer from Cape Town. Bernardo is known as Beru-chan in Japan, where he has taken part in K-1 World GPs since 1994. He holds notable wins over Mirko Filipovi?, Andy Hug, Francisco Filho, Branco Cikatic, and 3 straight wins over K-1 legend Peter Aerts.
NY MMA bill clears Senate committee
The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) today applauded the Senate’s Committee on Cultural Affairs, Tourism, Parks and Recreation for approving S.1707A, which would authorize the New York State Athletic Commission to add Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) to the list of contact sports that may hold matches and exhibitions in New York, and sending the bill to the Committee on Commerce, Economic Development and Small Business for consideration.
"New York is one of only three states that does not allow professional MMA events to take place within its borders,” UFC Chairman & CEO Lorenzo Fertitta said. “It’s unfair to the millions of UFC fans in New York who want to see matches in person without having to travel out of state, and we hope this is the first step in legalizing MMA in New York in 2012. Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in history – both in fans and in participants. There are literally hundreds of MMA schools and training facilities in New York, and the UFC has contributed to economic development and job creation in scores of communities around the country and across the world.”
Gary Goodridge Diagnosed with CTE/Pugilistic Dementia
Former UFC, Pride and K-1 star Gary Goodridge has a new battle on his hands, but just like his fights in the cage or ring, he won’t go down without swinging.
Goodridge recently visited a top neuro-physician in Canada where he was diagnosed with early onset CTE/pugilistic dementia.
CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy) by definition is brain damage caused by repeated head trauma, resulting in degeneration of brain tissue. It’s commonly found in boxers, football players, ice hockey players and other athletes who have suffered repeated traumatic shock to the head.
ROBERT EMERSON-SAVANT YOUNG, FRANCISCO RIVERA-ANTONIO DUARTE ADDED TO TPF 12 LINEUP
Two more bouts have been added to the bill for Tachi Palace Fights 12 “Second Coming.”
Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau Monday told Sherdog.com that a 150-pound catchweight bout between Robert Emerson and Savant Young and a bantamweight clash between Francisco Rivera and Antonio Duarte will take place on the March 9 card.
Going down at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., TPF 12 is highlighted by a bantamweight tilt between WEC veteran Casey Olson and recent TPF 135-pound title challenger Cody Gibson. Georgi Karakhanyan will defend his welterweight strap against Micah Miller in another featured attraction.
John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar promoted to UFC on FUEL TV 1 main card
It looks like John Albert's wish to be a main-card fighter has come true sooner than expected.
A bout between Albert (7-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and fellow bantamweight Ivan Menjivar (23-8 MMA, 2-1 UFC) has promoted from the preliminary card to the main card of Wednesday's UFC on FUEL TV 1 event.
FUEL TV officials today confirmed the addition, which brings the FUEL TV-televised main card to six bouts, with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC on FUEL TV 1 takes place at Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb. Albert vs. Menjivar initially was slated for the night's free preliminary-card Facebook stream, which precedes the night's televised main card. (As a reminder, FUEL TV is now available as part of a free-preview week on many cable platforms.)
The full UFC on FUEL TV 1 card now includes:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV)
Jake Ellenberger vs. Diego Sanchez
Dave Herman vs. Stefan Struve
Ronny Markes vs. Aaron Simpson
Philip De Fries vs. Stipe Miocic
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Walel Watson
John Albert vs. Ivan Menjivar
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Jonathan Brookins vs. Vagner Rocha
Sean Loeffler vs. Buddy Roberts
Anton Kuivanen vs. Justin Salas
Bernardo Magalhaes vs. Tim Means
Alistair Overeem Officially A Blackzilian
Amidst a long and public dispute with Golden Glory that has yet to be resolved, it appears that UFC Heavyweight #1 contender Alistair Overeem has signed with Authentic Sports Management, and will begin training in Florida alongside Anthony Johnson, Rashad Evans, and Melvin Guillard.