Alistair Overeem Will Return To The UFC, But Dana White Won't Deal With Him
It's no secret that Alistair Overeem's removal from UFC 146 was a huge headache for Dana White. Overeem failed a random test and received what amounted to a nine-month suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. He is eligible to re-apply in late December and could fight for the UFC as early as the start of 2013. Dana White made it clear he's still not exactly enamored with Overeem after UFC 146 though (transcription via MMA Weekly):
"He lied to me. He sat in front of us, he lied to us, I’m not interested. I don’t have to deal with people I don’t want to deal with and I don’t want to deal with him, Lorenzo will."
Brock Lesnar's Meeting With Dana White Reported To Have Not Gone Well
Former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar was a very visible member of the audience at UFC 146. UFC president Dana White told reporters at the post-fight press conference he would be meeting with Lesnar face-to-face later that night and that "anything (was) possible."
Well the cold water is already being poured on that parade. Dave Meltzer reported the following at the Wrestling Observer:
Brock Lesnar and Dana White met last night. We don't have any details other than the meeting did not go well. If Lesnar being at UFC is mentioned on Raw, then I'd guess it's WWE angle. If it's not, then it's anyone's guess what the game being played is, other than there is a game being played.
Palhares: ‘Sonnen asked to train with me’
The Brazilian Rousimar “Toquinho” Palhares revealed, on an exclusive interview with TATAME, that the American Chael Sonnen’s team got in touch with his coach, Murilo Bustamante, and asked help on the trainings for the Anderson Silva fight, slated for UFC 148.
Mirko Cro Cop Earns KO Win at K-1 Rising 2012
Mixed martial arts legend Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic continued his kickboxing resurgence on Sunday afternoon, flattening Loren Javier Jorge with a left uppercut midway through the pair's heavyweight superfight at K-1 Rising 2012 in Madrid, Spain.
Full fight is at the link.
Backstage Drama Ends Jason Mayhem Miller UFC Career, Dana White Confirms
Something involving Jason"Mayhem" Miller happened backstage after his fight against C.B. Dollaway at UFC 146. The details are not out yet, but the repercussions are already beginning to roll in.
The press conference seemed as if it was business as usual this time around, but several odd beats were dropped - including the announcements of the "Of The Night" awards. Dana White then let loose a very tasty nugget of information regarding what happened to the outlandish host of MTV's Bully Beatdown, Mayhem Miller.
Brock Lesnar Attends UFC 146, Dana White Hints Brock May Be Back
Former UFC Heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar made an unusual appearance at tonight's UFC 146 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The notoriously reclusive Lesnar is not someone often seen in the crowd at a UFC event. In the past his appearances in the crowd usually indicated he was negotiating with the promotion.
UFC president Dana White certainly wasn't denying that was a possibility. At the post-fight press conference, White pointedly refused to deny that Lesnar's return was a possibility. Then he ramped up the hints that Lesnar could return but admitted he had not spoken to Lesnar.
Yahoo! reporter Kevin Iole tweeted that White told him as much:
@KevinI: Dana asked if anything more to Lesnar being here, he said yes. Possibly may come back
UFC 146 bonuses and awards for 'Dos Santos vs Mir' fights in Las Vegas
UFC 146: "Dos Santos vs. Mir" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts.
To the tune of $70,000 each.
And thanks to double dipping on the first two, a "Fight of the Night" bonus was not given out. Pooey.
Here are the special fight bonuses for UFC 146:
Knockout of the Night -- Roy Nelson
Knockout of the Night part deux -- Dan Hardy
Submission of the Night -- Stefan Struve
Submission of the Night part deux -- Paul Sass
Fight of the Night -- None
Champ Pat Curran vs. Patricio 'Pitbull' Freire set for Bellator 73 on Aug. 24
Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran (17-4 MMA, 7-1 BFC) will attempt to make the first defense of his title when he meets season-four tournament champ Patricio "Pitbull" Freire (17-1 MMA, 5-1 BFC).
The title bout is set for Bellator 73, which takes place Aug. 24 as the finale of the promotion's "Summer Series" series of events.
A venue was not announced for the fight, which airs on MTV2.
Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney announced the fight during tonight's Bellator 70 event.
UFC president Dana White open to another comeback season of 'The Ultimate Fighter'
Eleven seasons have passed since "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series featured a "comeback" season, but another one could be on the way.
Following Friday's regular-season finale of "The Ultimate Fighter: Live" – the first season on FX and the first with live fights – UFC president Dana White admitted interest in a season that would exclusively feature former UFC fighters.
The success of the first one, "TUF 4," is a big reason why.
That season took place in 2006 on Spike TV and featured 16 fighters with previous UFC experience. While the decision to give the middleweight and welterweight "TUF" winners immediate title shots initially was met with criticism, it resulted in one of MMA's biggest upsets. After winning "TUF 4" with a narrow win over Chris Lytle, Matt Serra earned a title shot and then upset welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 69.
So would White consider a second comeback season?
"Of course," White said. "I think enough time has gone by by where there's enough guys out there where you could do that type of show again."
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If it was None Zuffa I'd like a line up like this:
1 Tim Sylvia
2 Mike Whitehead
3 Eddie Sanchez
4 Andrei Arlovski
5 Todd Duffee
6 Seth Petruzelli
7 Travis Wiuff
8 Abe Wagner
9 Joey Beltran
10 Neil Grove
11 Goran Reljic
12 Marcio Cruz
13 Pedro Rizzo - Especially if he beats Fedor
14 Paul Buentello
16 Sean McCorkle
Heck even throw in
Ricco Rodriguez or Tuchscherer or Morecraft or Tim Hague
Titan Fighting 22 Results; Johnson and Davis Victorious
-Anthony Johnson def. Dave Branch via unanimous decision.
-L.C. Davis def. Bill Kamery via TKO at 2:59 of Rnd 2
-Andrew Whitney def. Jose Vega via KO at of 2:55 of Rnd 1
-Fabio Mello def. Angelo Duarte via submission (arm triangle) at 4:34 of Rnd 1
-Rudy Bears def. Nick Nolte via submission (punches) at 3:57 of Rnd 1.
-Mirsad Bektic def. Willie Mack via TKO at 0:27 of Rnd 2.
Roger Heurta Signs With ONE FC, To Debut At ‘Destiny of Warriors’ Event This June
Matador’ Huerta (21-6-1, 1NC) has found his way across the Pacific Ocean, signing with the One Fighting Championship promotion.
The once highly touted 155-lbs fighter is set to make his promotional debut on June 23, 2012 at the upcoming ONE FC: Destiny of Warriors event set for the Stadium NEgara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
News of his signing was announced by MMAFighting.com who confirmed the news with Huerta’s manager Ali Abdei Aziz of Dominance MMA.
No opponent was named for Huerta, but another Dominance MMA fighter was named as having signed with ONE FC in Gregor Gracie.
Anthony Johnson misses weight AGAIN by 10 pounds for tomorrow's fight
Anthony Johnson, fired by UFC after missing weight in his fight with Vitor Belfort, just missed weight today by ten pounds for his fight with David Branch for the Titan Fighting Championships tomorrow night in Kansas City.
The Johnson vs. Branch fight headlines a show that airs on HDNet.
Johnson reached a deal with Branch to give him $4,000 of his purse for Branch to agreed to the fight.
On 1/13, Johnson's body shut down cutting weight for a match the next day with Vitor Belfort in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He ended up weighing 197 pounds for a fight in the 185 pound weight class, and lost in the first round.
UFC on FUEL TV 4 adds Page-Caceres
A bantamweight bout between Damacio Page (15-7 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Alex "Bruce Leeroy" Caceres (6-5 MMA, 1-3 UFC) has been added to July's UFC on FUEL TV 4 card.
Additionally, two previously reported bouts are now official: lightweights Rafael dos Anjos (16-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) vs. Anthony Njokuani (15-6 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and light heavyweights Nick Penner (11-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vs. Tom DeBlass (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC).
UFC officials confirmed the bouts overnight.