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Sources: Fedor-Silva In SF February 12
He's back. Fedor Emelianenko will return to the Strikeforce cage on Feb. 12, as he takes on Antonio Silva in a heavyweight main event from the Izod Center in East Rutherford, N.J. A match between former UFC heavyweight champions Andrei Arlovski and Josh Barnett is also said to be in the works for the February date. It remains to be seen how the New Jersey Athletic Control Board handles the licensing situation Barnett -- who allegedly tested positive for a performance enhancing substance prior to a scheduled bout with Emelianenko in the summer of 2009 -- is dealing with in California. His hearing before the California commission was pushed back at their Dec. 2 meeting. As speculated, Strikeforce will indeed hold an eight-man heavyweight tournament in 2011, and Emelianenko-Silva and Arlovski-Barnett are set to serve as quarterfinal bouts. Though the remaining combatants could not be confirmed, a third quarterfinal matchup between Fabricio Werdum and Brett Rogers is expected to take place in Columbus, Ohio, on a planned March 5 event. A fourth and final tournament bout is also set to take place on the March card. Semi-final and final bouts would then be held later in the year at to-be-announced events. The promotion will also hold two alternate bouts in case injury sidelines competitors in the main draw. Potential contestants could include “Challengers” series standouts Lavar Johnson, Daniel Cormier and Shane del Rosario. No word yet on if the winner might get an eventual shot at Heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem.
13 For 13: SF Announces Massive Prelim Card For Challengers 13
While it's not known if it's possible to cram 13 MMA fights into 3 hours, Strikeforce is going to try their best. The promotion today announced 13-yes, 13-prelim fights for the upcoming Strikeforce Challengers 13 event for a total of 18 fights for the event. 10 pro fights and 3 amateur fights will make up the undercard, and officials do plan to cram it all into a 3 hour timeslot. The event takes place Friday.
John Hathaway vs. Kris McCray Slotted For UFN 24
A fight with both fighters in need of a win appears set for UFC 124, as John Hathaway & Kris McCray are set to face off at the event on March 26. Verbal agreements are in place, paperwork pending. Hathaway is coming off his first career loss at UFC 120, while McCray tries to avoid losing 3 in a row and in all likelihood his UFC spot since making his official debut at the TUF 11 Finale.
2 Shine Fights Executives Step Down
The burgeoning Shine Fights promotion has lost two of its top officials. COO Jason Chambers and matchmaker Santino DeFranco have resigned from the organization. Chambers joined the promotion soon after the collapse of "Shine Fights: Worlds Collide" and a Din Thomas vs. Ricardo Mayorga headliner. The May show was canceled on the day of the event because of numerous regulatory issues and a contract dispute that halted boxer Mayorga from making his MMA debut. The organization recently announced the signings of fighters such as Rolles Gracie, Mike Ciesnolevicz and Efrain Escudero, but no upcoming shows have been set. The organization is run by Devin Price, a businessman who's the brother of former UFC fighter Dorian Price.
Sam Stout Off UFC 126, Cerrone In
With Sam Stout off next month's UFC 126 event due to injury, former WEC star Donald Cerrone has agreed to be the replacement and will face Paul Kelly at the event. This will be Cerrone's UFC debut after a recent 3-1 run to close out his WEC career.
Junior Dos Santos Needs To Fight Because He Needs To Get Paid
And apparently he can't wait until possibly August to face Cain Velasquez in Rio, so he has a simple message for Dana White: Interim Title Fight. Now. "Of course, it would be amazing to face Velasquez at UFC ‘Rio’ in August, but I cannot stay away from the Octagon for a year just waiting for him to recover. I really think that the fairest thing to do would be for [UFC President] Dana [White] to give me the opportunity to fight for an interim belt. I’m 100 percent focused on getting this belt. I’m in the best moment of my career, training hard and working so hard to reach the fight of my life, and, suddenly, it’s postponed eight months. It’s definitely not fair. I’m already five months away from fighting. I can’t wait eight months. Fighting is my life, not only because I love to do that but because I need to fight for a living. I still don’t make money like the other top guys, so I really need to work."
UFC 125 salaries: Thiago Silva and Frankie Edgar top $872K fighter payroll
Main-card fighter Thiago Silva ($110,000) and UFC lightweight champion/headliner Frankie Edgar ($102,000) were the top earners at this past weekend's UFC 125 event. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of disclosed paydays from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. The total disclosed payroll for the New Year's Day event was $872,000. ... Champion Frankie Edgar: $102,000 (includes $51,000 win bonus)* vs. Gray Maynard: $52,000 ($26,000 win bonus)* Brian Stann: $42,000 ($21,000 win bonus) def. Chris Leben: $46,000 Thiago Silva: $110,000 ($55,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Vera: $60,000 Dong Hyun Kim: $70,000 ($35,000 win bonus) def. Nate Diaz: $33,000 Clay Guida: $62,000 ($31,000 win bonus) def. Takanori Gomi: $50,000 Jeremy Stephens: $36,000 ($18,000 win bonus) def. Marcus Davis: $31,000 Dustin Poirier: $8,000 ($4,000 win bonus) def. Josh Grispi: $15,000 Brad Tavares: $16,000 ($8,000 win bonus) def. Phil Baroni: $25,000 Diego Nunes: $20,000 ($10,000 win bonus) def. Mike Brown: $23,000 Daniel Roberts: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Greg Soto: $8000 Jacob Volkmann: $24,000 ($12,000 win bonus) def. Antonio McKee: $15,000 * - Although not reflected in the NSAC paperwork, both headliners received their win bonuses despite the draw.
Phil Baroni: I Was Given A Chance At UFC 125 And I Blew It
But despite the loss to Brad Tavares that now leaves his career mark at only .500 (13-13), he appearently isn't done fighting yet. "Hey guys thanks for the support. Im a fighter and Ill have to figure out how to fight through this and win some fights and get back in a big show. Its really the only option I have unless the UFC or another big promotion gave me a chance. Im a fighter and this is what I do...... I fight ... I was given a chance and I blew it. Ill have to wait and see. I plan on getting back on the horse ASAP and getting some wins regardless. 2011 can only go up from here lol."
Stann Dedicates UFC 125 Win To Fallen Marine
Brian Stann was fighting with a heavy heart Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during UFC 125. Stann, a former Marine, dedicated his TKO victory against slight favorite Chris Leben at the 3:37 mark of the first round in the co-main event to a soldier he served with in Iraq who died this week in combat. During Stann’s post-fight interview with pay-per-view announcer Joe Rogan, he spoke about the tragedy and how his thoughts were with the fallen Marine’s family. The crowd of 12,688 fans cheered wildly in support. Sgt. Garrett Misener, 25, of Cordava, Tenn., died Monday in Afghanistan during combat. Misener was one of 42 Marines who served in Stann’s unit during his deployment to Iraq in 2005. Stann, who in 2008 retired with the rank of Captain, received the Silver Star — the third highest military honor — for managing counterattacks and leading his team safely through a six-day ambush in Iraq with no casualties. “He was the most professional Marine I have ever met,” Stann said of Misener. “I believe he volunteered to go to Afghanistan and deploy again. I think this was he third or fourth deployment to combat.”
Coach Says Chris Leben Was Vomiting Before Bout With Brian Stann
First, great job by Brian Stann. He never looked better. Many have commented that Chris was very slow and looked off last night. The truth is that Chris was sick. He had a fever and chills when he stepped into the cage. He was vomiting in the lockeroom before the fight, and after a hard warm up he didn't have a drop of sweat. Big heart to fight like that, but he was moving slow motion. He was very sharp in training. He will be back.
GSP-Shields Booked For UFC 129
When GSP wants to fight in Canada, apparently GSP gets to fight in Canada. Dana White announced Saturday (via Yahoo! Sports) that Welterweight Champion Georges St. Pierre will defend his title as expected against Jake Shields at UFC 129 in Toronto on April 30. GSP was hoping to fight on the card after his most recent successful title defense in December. With the recent news that Randy Couture will potentially return to fight Lyoto Machida at the same event, it's now expected that this show will be the biggest in UFC history. GSP will come into this match-up having run through nearly every challenger at 170-pounds matchmaker Joe Silva could possibly offer him. In fact, Shields just might be the only one left.
Following UFC 125 win, Brian Stann wants Wanderlei Silva, top-10 ranking
LAS VEGAS – UFC middleweight contender Brian Stann (10-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) isn't exactly the "call out" kind of guy, but he also knows how to ask for what he wants. For instance, following an August win over Mike Massenzio, the Marine respectfully asked for a future booking with Chris Leben, which eventually resulted in his UFC 125 victory over "The Crippler." Following that win in the co-main event of Saturday's pay-per-view event in Las Vegas, Stann was at it again, and this time, he's got an "Axe Murderer" on his mind.
UFC 125 draws a reported 12,688 attendees for $2.17 million live gate
LAS VEGAS – Saturday's "UFC 125: Resolution" event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas drew a reported 12,688 spectators for a $2,174,780 live gate. UFC vice president Craig Borsari revealed the figures at the evening's post-event press conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended. Featuring an exciting and controversial main-event draw between champion Frankie Edgar and challenger Gray Maynard, the UFC 125 main card aired on pay-per-view, while a trio of preliminary bouts aired on ION Television – a first for the UFC. The number of complimentary tickets issued was not revealed, but the reported figured indicate the UFC generated an average revenue of $171.40 per ticket issued.
Not so fast Pettis - Maynard vs. Edgar 3 happening first
Less than two hours after UFC executive Craig Borsari informed the media at UFC 125's post-event press conference that Anthony Pettis would get the next crack at the UFC's lightweight belt, UFC president Dana White had a change of heart. White informed MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the promotion will instead book Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard III as soon as possible. "We changed the plans," White told MMAjunkie.com. "After Craig made the announcement, I had a lot of people talking to me, and the reality is, Gray Maynard deserves that fight. We had planned on doing Anthony Pettis next, but Gray went in there and fought his ass off and deserves another chance.
Randy Couture vs. Lyoto Machida Slated for UFC 129
Randy Couture isn't retiring after all......
No Rematch for Maynard, Dana White Says Pettis Will Get Edgar Next
UFC President Dana White has refused to give Gray Maynard an immediate rematch after he fought light weight champ Frankie Edgar to a split decision draw. Instead White will stick to his plans announced before the event to allow the final WEC light weight champion Anthony Pettis to get an immediate title shot to unify the WEC and UFC belts.
Report: Russow-Madsen Targeted for UFC Fight Night 24
The lineup for UFC Fight Night 24 continues to come together, as heavyweights Mike Russow and Jon Madsen have reportedly agreed to square off at the event. The show, while not officially announced by the promotion, has been confirmed to take place at Key Arena on March 26 in Seattle. MMA Weekly first reported news of the proposed Russow-Madsen matchup.
UFC 125 bonuses: Edgar, Maynard, Stephens and Guida each earn $60K awards
LAS VEGAS – Jeremy Stephens, Clay Guida, Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard each earned $60,000 "Fight Night" bonuses for their performances at Saturday's UFC 125 event. Stephens earned the night's "Knockout of the Night" award, Guida got the "Submission of the Night" bonus, and Edgar and Maynard each earned "Fight of the Night" honors.
UFC 125 fighter Dong Hyun Kim's lone goal is shot at champ GSP
LAS VEGAS – As far as UFC welterweight contenders go, Dong Hyun Kim rarely factors into title talk. And though the South Korean fighter's popularity slowly is growing back home, he hasn't registered much of a following here in the U.S. But as the undefeated fighter readies for tonight's UFC 125 main-card bout with Nate Diaz (13-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC), Kim (13-0-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) isn't worried so much about that second problem as he is the first. After all, he's got one goal one goal only: a shot at Georges St-Pierre's welterweight title.
Fight Path: Marlon Moraes the next version of UFC's Edson Barboza?
Marlon Moraes has been a skilled fighter from the beginning, as his two Brazilian Muay Thai national championships underline. But when given the choice, he picked mixed martial arts, and he became a second standout up-and-comer from his small Brazilian town. Several years ago, when a martial arts show came to Moraes's home town of Nova Friburgo, he was asked to be part of it.
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