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Nick Catone To Undergo Shoulder & Back Surgery, Return TBA
Nick Catone is nursing multiple injures and is unsure of when he'll be back in the cage. Catone will on Thursday undergo surgery for a long-running shoulder injury which derailed his preparation for Tomasz Drwal at UFC Fight Night 22. Additionally, he will get an epidural shot next week for his back, which he first injured in April. No return date set.
THQ may not release UFC Undisputed annually
Recently THQ blamed Red Dead Redemption for the relatively poor sales of UFC Undisputed 2010 when compared to the breakout hit of UFC 2009. Thankfully it now appears that they recognize there was a lot more to why the game faltered than just competition for dollars in the marketplace. While they don’t cite the quality of the game being an issue (actually referencing its 85 metacritic) what they seem to have realized is an annual UFC game may not be justifiable. “We’re considering a longer development cycle—15, 18, 21 months, rather than annually.” (after releasing UFC Undisputed 2011)
Diego Sanchez Returns to Greg Jackson's Camp
The Nightmare has returned to his roots. Former "Ultimate Fighter" winner Diego Sanchez has returned to Team Greg Jackson as a member of the team, and has already begun training with the squad as of Tuesday. Representatives at Team Jackson in New Mexico confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com, after Sanchez posted the news via his Twitter account. Sanchez was a mainstay at the Albuquerque gym for several years, growing up under the tutelage of Greg Jackson and striking coach Mike Winkeljohn.
Preliminary Estimates Have UFC 117 Doing Near 1 Million Buys, Chael Sonnen Puts Anderson Silva Over the Top
Bryan Alvarez reports at the Wrestling Observer (subscription required): Sonnen, as recapped in last week's newsletter, did the best one-man build for a PPV in years, perhaps ever. We don't have a buyrate and won't have a really good indication on how the show did until at least next week. I do know that using the method I usually use on Monday mornings, which is usually pretty accurate in terms of a predictor (I came up with 1.5 million for UFC 100 and the real number was 1.6 million, and 1.25 million for UFC 116 and the real number ended up being about 1.1 million, so it's sometimes up and sometimes down but usually close) the show is trending just slightly under the Quinton Jackson vs. Rashad Evans show, which did about 1 million buys.
After Being Sued by UFC, Bellator Issues Lawsuit Against UFC
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC today filed suit against Zuffa in a New Jersey court and alleges that "The Ultimate Fighter 12" cast member Jonathan Brookins (11-3 MMA, 1-0 BFC) joined the Spike TV reality series while still under an exclusive contract for Bellator. Brookins and his manager Mickey Dubberley were also named as defendants in the suit.
UFC 118 weigh-ins to air live on Spike TV
The UFC's fighter weigh-in ceremonies for this month's UFC 118 event will be aired live on Spike TV. UFC officials today announced the plans via Twitter. A featuring a lightweight title fight rematch between champion Frankie Edgar and the man he beat for the belt, B.J. Penn, UFC 118 takes place Aug. 28 at Boston's TD Garden. The weigh-ins take place one day prior. Spike TV also recently aired the weigh-ins for July's UFC 116 event. That broadcast drew an impressive 645,000 viewers.
Paul Daley Meets Jorge Masvidal At Shark Fights 13
British welterweight Paul Daley now has an opponent for his first North American appearance since his controversial post-fight punch at UFC 113. After signing with the Texas-based Shark Fights promotion this past month, Daley will take on American Top Team standout Jorge Masvidal at Shark Fights 13, which takes place Sept. 11 at the Civic Center Coliseum in Amarillo, Texas. Shark Fights confirmed the news today in an official release.
Leonardo Santos vs. Sotaro Yamada Added To Sengoku 14
World Victory Road today announced an 11th fight for their upcoming Sengoku 14 event, adding Leonardo Santos vs. Sotaro Yamada to the card. A Nova Uniao black belt, Santos looks to build on a submission win over former King of Pancrase Kiuma Kunioku. Santos has earned victories in six of his past seven outings, and the lone loss came via split decision. Five of Santos' seven career wins have come via submission. Meanwhile, Yamada fights for the first time under the World Victory Road banner. Yamada returns to MMA competition for the first time since August 2008, when he fought to a draw with Ryoji Suzuki. Since that time, Yamada has been focused on grappling competitions. Yamada's MMA record includes a 1-3-1 mark in his past five trips to the ring.
Alan Belcher Facing Possible Career Ending Injury
UFC middleweight Alan Belcher says his mixed martial arts career isn't on his mind right now as his main focus currently is to recover from a detached retina in his right eye. In an interview Monday with Purefight, the 26-year-old out of Biloxi, Miss. says the worst case would be the end of his competitive career while the best case scenario would still mean additional surgery. The timing of Belcher's injury is especially unfortunate considering his recent ascent in the middleweight division. Belcher has won four of his last five UFC fights with the one loss a close decision to Yoshihiro Akiyama. Additionally, he received either Submission of the Night or Fight of the Night in each of his last four fights.
Thiago Alves Hires Mike Dolce To Oversee Diet, Wants To Stay At WW
Thiago Alves does not want to fight at middleweight and is willing to do whatever it takes to stay at welterweight. Alves said Monday that he's hired nutritionist Mike Dolce, a veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter 7," to assure the UFC that he never again misses weight in the 170-pound class. Alves finds out today whether the promotion will grant his wish. "I think (at) 185, the guys are way too big for me," Alves said. Following UFC 117, Dana White said Alves belongs at 185 pounds and told him such in a text message. Alves apologized but said he wasn't ready to pack on more weight.
Mo "Executioner" Lawal Feels No Pressure As Underdog Against Feijao
While Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion Muhammad Lawal may not be the underdog against Rafael Cavalcante (Feijao), the champion has the midset that he is indeed the UD. "Feijao knows he wants the knock out. He doesn’t want the submission. He trains in the ground game, but I’m training with guys in Jiu-Jitsu that are comparable. So I’m not worried at the ground at all because I’ve got good submission defense.... I don’t know. If you ask me if I could beat anybody I’m going to say I can beat anybody. I’d win against anybody with a good game plan. It doesn’t matter who it is. Except my momma. It doesn’t matter who it is, I’ll beat them with a good game plan.... I’ve only been fighting for two years. There’s no pressure on me whatsoever. If there’s pressure on anybody it’s Feijao. He has the name. He’s been fighting longer and he’s been training longer. I remember watching Feijao just mashing people in the IFL. I think people look at me as having the bigger name but I don’t care. I think he’s the favorite. I’m the underdog even though I’m the champ.... I may be implementing a new style like from Bernard Hopkins, one of my favorite boxers. I’m going to implement his style. And maybe if that doesn’t work than a little of Paul Williams. So you’ll all be seeing some new stuff from me."
UFC 123 headed to Chicago: Starring Rampage, Machida, Jones and Griffin
UFC 123 is being lined up for Chicago’s United Center on November 20th, according to a report from the US today.
Anderson Silva out until February or March 2011 with cracked rib
"After the first round he [Anderson Silva] said he broke his ribs. He said told me he could not breath because of the rib. I told him to forget the rib and work the movement of legs and he would get the triangle… After the fight he went to the hospital and did an x-ray and the doctor said he did not break it, it was just a crack," Lemos said. "Anderson is expected to return in February or March."
UFC could be in Brazil alongside 2016 Olympics
The Summer Olympics will be headed to Brazil in 2016. The UFC could be headed south around the same time. That's according to UFC president Dana White, who states that the company is aggressively pursuing the promotion's expansion into Brazil, and they hope to be there before or during the Olympic year of 2016.
Fighters Only magazine announces 2010 World MMA Awards
Fighters Only, the world’s biggest Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) magazine, announces the launch of its 3rd annual awards today. Devised to celebrate success and achievement within the MMA industry, the World Mixed Martial Arts Awards gives fans across the globe the chance to cast their vote on which athletes, brands, and industry professionals have made the greatest impact on the sport in the last 12 months. Voting will take place across 20 different award categories including Fighter of the Year, Knockout of the Year, and Best Lifestyle Apparel.
Fabricio Werdum out until 2011
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker today confirmed to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the heavyweight fighter will be on the bench until January 2011. As a result, no opponent has been set for his return. "The date is really to be determined because Fabricio is not going to fight until the beginning of next year, so he's going to be sidelined for the next five months," Coker said. Werdum (14-4-1 MMA, 3-0 SF) said this past month that he intends to take the rest of 2010 off after undergoing a much-needed surgery on his elbow.
Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch Expected At UFN 22
It appears that Tomasz Drwal vs. Dave Branch will be added to the UFC Fight Night 22 card in the near future. Drwal was to have faced Nick Catone, who now appears to be off due to an apparent injury. Branch was to have faced Aaron Simpson, who is off due to a staph infection. Drwal-Branch will be a prelim if it happens.
Spike Shuffles UFC Prelims Lineup For UFC 118
Spike TV's "UFC Prelims" broadcast for UFC 118, which precedes the night's pay-per-view telecast, has undergone some changes in the wake of fighter injuries. Initially, the "UFC Prelims" broadcast was slated to feature Lauzon vs. Terry Etim and Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara. However, with today's changes it will now be Lauzon vs. Gabe Ruediger and Andre Winner vs. Nik Lentz, the latter bumping Gerald Harris vs. Joe Vedepo to prelims. Rather than broadcast Harris vs. Vedepo, officials opted for a fight between Winner, a "TUF 9" runner-up, and Lentz. (Spike TV and the UFC traditionally feature "TUF" cast members and UFC Fight Night regulars on the "UFC Prelims" specials.)
Strikeforce Returns To San Jose On 10/9 With MW Tourney Kickoff
Strikeforce returns to it's homebase of San Jose, CA for a major show on October 9 that will kick off the promotion's middleweight tournament. Scott Coker said the organization is still discussing two possible tournament formats for the middleweight grand prix: a same-night four man tourney, or an eight-slot grand prix held over the course of two events. Regardless of the format, the winner gets a title shot with either Tim Kennedy or Ronaldo Souza, who fight for recent UFC signee Jake Shields' vacant title at next week's "Strikeforce: Houston" event. The 10/9 event will air on Showtime.
Angela Magana Off Bellator 24, Carla Esparza Faces Fujii
Although she campaigned to keep her spot on the card as late as today, Angela Magana is now off Thursday's Bellator 24 due to a foot injury. Though she got a cortisone shot and sought clearance to stay on the card, Bellator officials today opted to replace her. She was to have faced Megumi Fujii in the first round of the women's 115 pound tournament. Carla Esparza is the short-notice replacement.
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