Fickett replaces Freire, Mizuno vs. Prangley added to "DREAM: Japan GP Final"
The July 16 "DREAM: Japan GP Final" event has undergone a couple changes.
UFC vet Drew Fickett (41-14 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) has replaced injured lightweight Willamy "Chiquerim" Freire (17-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) in a fight with Tatsuya Kawajiri (27-7-2 MMA, 7-1 DREAM). Additionally, Trevor Prangley (23-7-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) and Tatsuya Mizuno (8-7 MMA, 1-3 DREAM) have agreed to a light-heavyweight bout.
Report: Charles Oliveira vs. Joe Lauzon likely at UFC 138
After a No Contest against Nik Lentz, Brazilian lightweight Charles “do Bronx’s” Oliveira is expected to return to the UFC cage at November 19th, against fellow submission specialist Joe Lauzon.
According to Oliveira’s trainer, the bout is expected to take place at UFC 138. “They spoke about a possible rematch (against Nik Lentz), but he’ll have to go under surgery, so the opponent might be Joe Lauzon”, Ericson Cardozo told TATAME Tuesday night.
UFC names top five Octagon newcomers for 2011 half-year awards
Ah, yes. Another top five list.
With 2011 halfway through, it's time to roll out some typical mid-year awards. Filler? Maybe. Fun? Most definitely.
The subject of this particular list (courtesy of UFC.com), is UFC newcomers. It's an important distinction to make that this is not a reference to "Zuffa newcomers" or even "MMA newcomers" -- quite simply, the qualifier is that 2011 has to be the only year a participant has finally seen competition inside the Octagon.
Maynard still not cleared to fight; Edgar rep says champ could be ready by October
For now, UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar has a leg up on Gray Maynard – in the recovery room.
Edgar has been cleared to fight and is ready to compete in October, manager Ali Abdul Aziz today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
Maynard, meanwhile, has yet to receive the all-clear to begin a camp that would prepare him for a highly anticipated rematch with the lightweight champ.
"Right now, we're still waiting for him to be cleared by the doctor," said Gil Martinez, Maynard's boxing coach. "Hopefully, it happens this week."
Fedor Emelianenko Talks Retirement, His Legacy, and Possible Drop to Light Heavyweight
Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – Batman Begins
Former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko echoed a similar quote when he lost via submission to Fabricio Werdum in 2010. Prior to that loss, the Russian legend had never truly tasted defeat before.
Unfortunately, Emelianenko picked himself back up only to be put down again by massive heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva when the two met in February this year. The loss not only gave Emelianenko the second true loss on his ultra impressive record, but back-to-back defeats at that.
Former UFC lightweight champ Sean Sherk aiming for fall return
Sean Sherk is almost out of the woods.
The former lightweight champ today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the injuries which caused him to put his career on hold are lessening – to the point where he's back in the gym. And he now has a timeframe for return.
If all continues to go well, Sherk (34-4-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) said a fight in the fall against a top contender – and a top contender only – is his wish.
Bloodyelbow's Number One Ranked Scouting Report Lightweight Thiago Michel Signs With Bellator
BloodyElbow.com's #1 ranked lightweight on the 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, Thiago Michel, has signed with Bellator. BloodyElbow.com confirmed through a source close to the fighter last Friday. The 2010 WAKO World Cup kickboxing champion is rumored to possibly make his debut in the fall, around September or October in a tune-up bout before attempting to capitalize on an opportunity to fight for the Bellator lightweight crown by fighting in the tournament format.
Michel is currently 8-2 in his mixed martial arts career, amassing a 1-1 record since the Scouting Report was released in November. A loss to Alessandro Ferreira soured some fans who were intrigued with our report as Michel's lacking ground game was exploited by a better grappler. He rebounded five months later against Erick Barbosa at Brazil Fight 4 in a highly-entertaining showcase of his diverse striking prowess, utilizing improved takedown defense and a versatile kicking game.
UFC 132 salaries: Tito Ortiz ($450K), Wanderlei Silva ($200K) lead fighter payroll
Main card fighters and MMA legends Tito Ortiz and Wanderlei Silva were the top earners at this past weekend's UFC 132 event.
Both competitors earned disclosed flat-rate paydays. Ortiz netted $450,000 for his upset victory over Ryan Bader, and Silva scored $200,000 in a disappointing first-round loss to Chris Leben. The two fighters combined to secure 50.9 percent of the $1,277,000 total disclosed payroll for the event.
Andrei Arlovski headlines ProElite event slated for Aug. 27 in Hawaii
Late this summer, Andrei "The Pitbull" Arlovski looks to prove he's not all bark and no bite.
Leo Khorlinsky, the former UFC heavyweight champion's manager, today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the fighter will headline the first offering of the newly revamped ProElite on Aug. 27 at Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Broadcast plans for the event have yet to be announced.
Khorlinsky said a tentative opponent is in place for the late summer show, though bout agreements have yet to be signed. Arlovski (15-9) begins training early next week at Greg Jackson's academy in Albuquerque, N.M.
REPORT: Spike has given up on UFC
A source at Spike, speaking on the condition of anonymity, indicated that the company has essentially abandoned any notion of a new deal with the UFC, since it believes the UFC is "very close to a deal with G4."
"They want their own channel, and this is an opportunity for their own channel," the source said.
As for the Spike counter programming moves, it's "pretty obvious why we're doing what we're doing," the source said, but it hasn't resulted in any animosity between UFC and Spike employees.
"We're all just doing our jobs," said the source.
Chael Sonnen Returns to 205lbs, Faces Lyoto Machida at UFC 136 in Houston
A fight between Chael Sonnen and Lyoto Machida is all but a done deal.
Sources close to the situation tell Fighters Only that Sonnen will be making his UFC return at light-heavyweight and is almost certain to face the Brazilian former champion.
The fight is apparently being considered for UFC 136, which takes place on October 8th in Houston, Texas. No fights have been announced for that card but Jose Aldo and Kenny Florian are expected to headline.
Machida is a fighter that Sonnen has long had his eye on, and not just because he is a training partner and friend of Sonnen’s favourite smack-talk target Anderson Silva.
Let the discussions begin!
Justin Bieber - MMA's Newest Judge
Justin Bieber - MMA's Newest Judge
Its seems the musical anti-christ Justin Bieber has joined the rest of the worlds MMA fans by playing judge. According to Dana White, who was speaking at the UFC 132 psot fight press conference, the multi million selling popstar found himself scoring the Denis Siver Vs Matt Wiman fight in favour of the eventual loser, Matt Wiman.
Spike TV adds "UFC 134 Prelims" special featuring Fisher-Tavares, Mitchell-Thiago
Following August's upcoming UFC 133 broadcast, "UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" will be the next pay-per-view event to get a "UFC Prelims" special on Spike TV.
Officials recently confirmed the broadcast plans with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
The two bouts set for the one-hour special include Spencer Fisher vs. Thiago Tavares and David Mitchell vs. Paulo Thiago.
URL and page headline list Mitchell-Swick as being on prelims, which is inaccurate.
UFC Targeting February 26, 2012, at Saitama Super Arena for Japan Show
Just last week, UFC president Dana White mentioned that the UFC would be heading to Japan sooner rather than later.
Now it appears the promotion has targeted a tentative date and venue.
According to sources speaking to MMAWeekly.com on Sunday, UFC officials are looking at a Feb. 26, 2012, date in Japan with the show currently targeted for the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama.
While the venue has been reserved by agencies working with Zuffa in Japan, this is still just the preliminary location they are focusing on for a return to Japan. Other venues and locations are being looked at, but Saitama Super Arena is currently the most likely landing spot.
Urijah Faber Feels He Earned The Win At UFC 132
The fight was everything you could want from a championship bout, both men came to throw down, never gave up ground and never let the other hold much of an appreciable lead for long. It was thrilling and they were both rightly awarded the Fight of the Night bonus, but, though he has a fatter wallet and plenty to be proud of, Faber still believes his name should have been read the victor when the judges rendered their decision.
Chael Sonnen Doesn't Want To Be The Next Man To KO Wanderlei Silva
Helwani asked Sonnen if he was surprised by the quick finish and Sonnen took the opportunity to get at least one more verbal jab in at Silva's expense.
"Yeah," responded Sonnen. "The only guy that would have finished him quicker was me. …Wanderlei is going to need to do something else. I don't have any interest in getting in there with him. I don't want to be the next guy to force him to have a flashlight shined in his eyes."