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Michael Bisping believes his next fight will be against Chael Sonnen for UFC title
(mmamania.com)
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight Michael Bisping was dealt a setback recently when he was forced to withdraw from his bout against Tim Boetsch at UFC 149, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, on July 21, 2012, because of an injured knee.

"Yeah, left knee. Slightly torn meniscus. I had some loose bodies -- two rather large pieces of cartilage floating around inside. I had what they call, 'fraying of the knee' inside. It's general wear and tear. So they went in, repaired the meniscus, removed the loose bodies and cleaned up the knee, somewhat. That was last Wednesday. I'm still in a lot of pain, limping around a lot. But I'm hoping, within a few weeks, I'll be back in the gym, so I can fight ASAP."
He'd like that fight to be for the title, and he believes, if things go the way he thinks they will, that the man wearing the Middleweight Championship belt around his waist will be Chael Sonnen, the man who defeated Bisping by a narrow margin when the two squared off at UFC on Fox 2, in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 28, 2012:

"I wanna fight ASAP. Obviously, it depends on the knee and how well it goes. But I'm gonna do everything in my power to ensure that I can train, ASAP, as I said. I'd love to fight on the first of September card. That may be too quick. I know Hector Lombard's now fighting Tim Boetsch. He's gonna replace me there. So they're busy. Chael Sonnen's fighting Anderson Silva. I think Chael wins that fight. At least I think. The first fight is gonna give him a lot of confidence. The way he fought, handily for four and a half rounds. I think he's gonna go in there with a lot of confidence and do the same thing, but not get submitted in the last round. After that, Chael's gonna need someone to challenge him, and I mean, who is there? Vitor Belfort's injured. I mean, who are the challengers? I was fighting Chael for the number one contender. Just because I narrowly lost that fight doesn't mean I go to the back of the pile. So I'm hoping to fight for the title. Hopefully, I'll get the knee correct, and then they're gonna need a challenger. I'm here, ready and waiting."
Submitted Jun 19, 2012 7:30AM by lohmann - 30 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Feijao tested positive for stanozolol, now he's banned for a year
(mmajunkie.com)
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Rafael "Feijao" Cavalcante's recent failed drug test was due to stanozolol metabolites. As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported Saturday, the Brazilian fighter failed a test following his May win over Mike Kyle. On Monday the California State Athletic Commisssion confirmed the substance. The CSAC on Monday also said that in addition to Cavalcante's yearlong suspension and $2,500 fine, his win over Kyle will be overturned and changed to a no-contest.
Submitted Jun 19, 2012 12:04AM by lohmann - 8 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
NON-INJURY ALERT: Demetrious Johnson Avoids Surgery After Second Diagnosis Revealed No Hernia
(mmaweekly.com)
There is one hurdle down in making the first ever UFC flyweight title fight after Demetrious Johnson found out he’s avoiding potential surgery for a hernia. The best news was discovered on Monday when Johnson got a second opinion from a different doctor and found out he didn’t have a hernia at all.
Submitted Jun 19, 2012 12:01AM by lohmann - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Details emerge for International Fight Week centered around UFC 148 in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
With one of the biggest fights in company history taking place at UFC 148, plus the latest UFC Fan Expo, fans already had plenty on tap next month in Las Vegas. Now they can add even more to the list of options for the week. The UFC on Monday made official a partnership with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority for the first International Fight Week. International Fight Week kicks off July 3 and will feature five days of events, culminating in the UFC 148 pay-per-view on July 7. And the plan is to make the Las Vegas show around Independence Day each year an International Fight Week event. Tuesday, July 3 11 a.m.: UFC 148 press conference, Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo Wednesday, July 4 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 7:30 p.m.: Kick-off party and 3 Doors Down concert at Fremont Street Experience Thursday, July 5 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 11 a.m.–3 p.m.: UFC 148 open workouts at XS at Encore at Wynn 1–6 p.m.: Pool party with UFC octagon girls and fighters at Palms Casino Resort 6–8 p.m.: Downtown pub crawl with UFC octagon girls and fighters at Golden Nugget, El Cortez, The D, Golden Gate Friday, July 6 10 a.m.–6 p.m.: UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 4 p.m.: UFC 148 weigh-ins at Mandalay Bay Events Center 5 p.m.: First Friday Art Night at Cabana Suites at El Cortez 8 p.m.: Fan beach party with UFC octagon girls and fighters at Mandalay Bay Beach Saturday, July 7 10 a.m.–5 p.m.: UFC Fan Expo at Mandalay Bay Convention Center 11 a.m.–11 p.m.: Octagon Nation truck at Fremont Street Experience 3 p.m.: UFC 148 doors open at MGM Grand Garden Arena 4 p.m.: UFC 148 first bout 6 p.m.: UFC 148 viewing parties at Mandalay Bay, Palms Casino Resort, Golden Nugget, Lagasse's Stadium at Palazzo, Sunset Station, Santa Fe Station, Red Rock 7 p.m.: UFC 148 live on pay-per-view 10 p.m.: UFC 148 after-party at Tryst nightclub at Wynn
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 11:59PM by lohmann - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC, Miscellaneous
 
Bellator Inks Former U.S. National Wrestling Champion Shawn Bunch
(sherdog.com)
Another talented wrestling convert has joined the stable of Bellator Fighting Championships, as the promotion Monday announced the signing of former U.S. National and Pan-American champ Shawn Bunch. The news comes just two weeks after 29-year-old Bunch failed to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team at the national trials in Iowa, though the decision to trade the mat for the cage is nothing new. The onetime Edinboro University standout has long seen MMA in his future, he explained in a statement. “I’ve had my sights set on Bellator for a long time,” said Bunch, who last May told Sherdog.com that a lack of MMA experience kept him from the company’s inaugural bantamweight tournament in 2010. “While I’ve been training in MMA for over four years, I’ve never been able to fully focus on the sport with my wrestling obligations. After watching guys like Ben Askren and ‘King Mo’ [Lawal] -- guys I really look up to in this sport -- have success, I knew the time was right to make the move to Bellator.”
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 11:52PM by lohmann - 1 comment
Filed under: Bellator
 
UFC 147 Card Complete with ‘Mutante’-Moraes Middleweight Final, ‘TUF Brazil’ Undercard
(sherdog.com)
Having already lost several stars and headliners to injuries this summer, the UFC must now do without one of its top middleweights hopefuls from “The Ultimate Fighter Brazil.” The first international edition of the UFC reality show aired its last episode Sunday on Brazilian TV, and promotion officials announced Monday that an arm injury has left 185-pound finalist Daniel Sarafian unable to compete in his season-ending showdown against Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira at UFC 147. Rich Franklin vs. Wanderlei Silva Cezar Ferreira vs. Sergio Moraes Rony Mariano Bezerra vs. Godofredo Castro Fabricio Werdum vs. Mike Russow Iuri Alcantara vs. Hacran Dias Rodrigo Damm vs. Anistavio Medeiros de Figueiredo Francisco Drinaldo vs. Delson Heleno Hugo Viana vs. John Teixeira da Conceicao Leonardo Mafra Texeira vs. Thiago de Oliveira Perpetuo Wagner Campos vs. Marcos Vinicius Borges Pancini Milton Vieira vs Felipe Arantes
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 11:50PM by lohmann - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Jorge Santiago Celebrates Latest Win with Decision to Move Down to Welterweight
(mmaweekly.com)
In his last two fights, Santiago has gone 2-0 with stoppages in both bouts while competing in Titan Fighting Championships. His latest bout just last Friday, it took Santiago only 94 seconds to put away Justin Guthrie with a nasty inverted heel hook. The funny thing is, that’s not even something Santiago practices on even a semi-regular basis. Following a tough run in only two fights back in the UFC, Santiago is starting to breathe again and find new life with his team at the Blackzilians in Florida. As an original member of the camp, it took Santiago a little while to acclimate to the new team and new trainers, but he’s now found himself and the results are starting to show. “This is not the new, but the old Jorge Santiago from Japan. The old one, nothing else distracts me anymore, the only thing I have to do now is go out there and fight the way I like to fight, that’s it. Everything is getting more light for me, even the weight,” said Santiago. The weight comment holds an extra special meaning because following his last fight in Titan Fighting over the weekend, Santiago decided that he would be dropping down to 170lbs and testing the welterweight division.
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 11:42PM by lohmann - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, Fight Camp / Team
 
Dana White in ‘Battle of Wills’ with Doctors Over Surgery for Meniere’s Disease
(mmaweekly.com)
Back in May, White missed the first UFC event of his career since Zuffa took over the organization when he was unable to attend UFC on Fuel TV 3 in Virginia. A few days after the event he was supposed to have surgery, but the doctors eventually decided to treat him with medication instead. Unfortunately, according to White only about 50-percent of patients with Meniere’s disease actually respond to the medication so he’s lobbying very hard to get the surgery instead. “It’s a battle of wills,” said White when appearing on HDNet’s Inside MMA, as he continues to seek surgery to hopefully curb the issues he’s having with Meniere’s disease.
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 11:34PM by lohmann - 0 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Paul Sass vs. Matt Wiman added to UFC on FUEL TV 5 in September
(mmajunkie.com)
A lightweight matchup between undefeated submission ace Paul Sass (13-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) and four-time "Fight of the Night" winner Matt Wiman (14-6 MMA, 8-4 UFC) has been added to UFC on FUEL TV 5. UFC officials today announced the booking. UFC on FUEL TV 5 (also dubbed "UFC: Nottingham") takes place Sept. 29 at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. The main card airs live on FUEL TV (during Saturday afternoon in the U.S.) following prelims on Facebook. It's the UFC's first event in the English city.
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 6:45PM by Budgellism - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC 150 Draws Max Holloway vs. Justin Lawrence
(mmaweekly.com)
Two weeks removed from his latest victory and Max Holloway already has his next fight mapped out for UFC 150 in Denver. UFC officials on Monday announced that Holloway would square off with Justin Lawrence on Aug. 11 at the Pepsi Center.
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 4:06PM by Budgellism - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Cane injured, Okami now meets Palhares at UFC 150
(ufc.com)
Brazilian striker Luiz Cane has been injured and forced out of his UFC 150 bout against Japan's Yushin Okami. Stepping in to meet Okami will be Cane's countryman, submission specialist Rousimar Palhares. Plus, two fighters known for their striking abilities will go at it as TUF Live standout Justin Lawrence joins the ranks of the UFC featherweights to take on Max Holloway. Verbal agreements are in for both Denver bouts
Submitted Jun 18, 2012 2:38PM by Shawn91111 - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
A Look At The UFC 149 Changes That Have Ravaged The Card
(bloodyelbow.com)
Let's take a look at how the card looked on May 9th, the day that the UFC officially announced the main and co-main events: Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch [FW title] Mauricio Rua vs. Thiago Silva Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Thiago Alves So fight fans, here's how the Calgary main card looks right now: Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao [Interim BW title] Hector Lombard vs. Tim Boetsch Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 9:43PM by Budgellism - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Randy Couture Went About TRT ‘The Natural’ Way
(mmaweekly.com)
While performance enhancing drug use in sports is always a hot-button issue, none has been hotter recently than talk about testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) in mixed martial arts; well, except maybe the latest doping salvo launched at Lance Armstrong in cycling. But with high profile fighters such as Chael Sonnen, Frank Mir, Nate Marquardt, and others involved in the talk about TRT, and particularly in getting a therapeutic use exemption from athletic commissions for its use, it is the topic on nearly everyone’s lips. And the talk covers all aspects. Some say that if there is a proven deficiency that a fighter should be allowed to use TRT to bring his testosterone level up to what is considered normal. Others say that TRT should only be allowed for individuals that have a proven condition, not just a deficiency.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 9:08PM by prophecy033 - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Dustin Pague Pulls a Chris Leben, Accepts Fight at UFC on FX 4 One Week After Last Bout
(mmaweekly.com)
Former Ultimate Fighter competitor Dustin Pague will look to make the ‘Chris Leben move’ when he steps into another fight just 2 weeks following his last fight in the Octagon. An injury to Francicso Rivera has opened up a spot on next weekend’s UFC on FX 4 card, so Pague has accepted the chance to face Ken Stone in Atlantic City. Pague follows in the footsteps of Chris Leben, who did almost the exact same thing when he was victorious in a bout against Aaron Simpson and then returned two weeks later to face Yoshihiro Akiyama. Leben went on to defeat Akiyama as well and Pague hopes for the same kind of success.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 9:00PM by prophecy033 - 7 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Pierce Happy to Continue His Reign Over Brazilians in the UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Mike Pierce has never been shy about asking for a fight. Following a win over Paul Bradley at the inaugural UFC on Fox show, he then called for a fight with former welterweight title contender Josh Koscheck, and he got it. Then Pierce asked to face a Brazilian fighter because it would be “an easy fight”, so UFC matchmaker Joe Silva handed him Carlos Eduardo Rocha, who had gone to a split decision with Jake Ellenberger in his last fight. Pierce beat Rocha soundly last weekend at UFC on FX 3, so with the chance to call out anybody he wanted after that fight the Oregon based fighter was a little more reserved. Just a little bit.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 8:58PM by prophecy033 - 8 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Finally Settled in the Octagon, Chris Camozzi Taking Aim at Nick Catone
(mmaweekly.com)
After suffering back-to-back losses in the UFC, Chris Camozzi was able to get back on track with a win over Dustin Jacoby in January. In the process, he was able to finally feel fully in synch with the promotion for the first time since debuting for them two years ago. “The fight got me back in the win column, obviously, but it’s just another step for me to becoming more comfortable in the Octagon,” he said. Camozzi told MMAWeekly.com that he feels that comfort level will continue when he fights again on June 22 at UFC on FX 4.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 8:56PM by prophecy033 - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC
 
Nate Marquardt Discusses Strikeforce Title Bout With Tyron Woodley
(bloodyelbow.com)
Former UFC middleweight Nate Marquardt will finally be making his welterweight debut on July 16th in Portland, Oregon. He'll be taking on Tyron Woodley for the vacant Strikeforce welterweight title, and Strikeforce posted an interview with him where he talks about his undefeated opponent. Here's what he had to say, and you can check out the whole video below the jump.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 8:52PM by prophecy033 - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Champion Junior Dos Santos Calls for Random Drug Testing in the UFC
(cagepotato.com)
Between irresponsible TRT use and baseless speculation concerning the recent injury epidemic, the use of performance enhancing drugs in MMA has cast the sport in a rather negative light of late. So it’s a breath of fresh air to have a fighter not only come out against PED use, but to express a willingness to take part in more comprehensive drug tests. And it’s even better when that fighter is the current UFC heavyweight champion. In a recent press conference, Junior Dos Santos stated that he advocated random blood testing for his future fights for both himself and his opponents. “I am champion and never have used anything, and I am proud to say that. It is unfair to use substances. With or without authorization, it makes a difference. A fighter who can do this kind of treatment is not himself in the octagon and using tricks to improve [his] performance.” This is significant for three reasons. First, because Junior Dos Santos said it. It’s unlikely that Dana White will read this and retort “I would rather watch flys [sic] fuck,” as he did when Ben Askren accused White of not doing enough to prevent the use of PEDs. If your heavyweight champion wants something, especially when that something will contribute to the legitimacy of your sport, you’d do well to accommodate him.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 8:48PM by prophecy033 - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mizugaki Faces Hougland at UFC 151
(mmaweekly.com)
A pair of bantamweights have been matched up and added to UFC 151 in September as Takeya Mizugaki faces off with Jeff Hougland. Sources close to the match-up confirmed the fight with MMAWeekly.com on Sunday.
Submitted Jun 17, 2012 6:07PM by lohmann - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
BXC 1 Streaming FREE on Sherdog at 7:30ET (in a few minutes)
(sherdog.com)
Just in case some didn't see it in the General MMA Talk forum:
Submitted Jun 16, 2012 6:47PM by Kpro - 0 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
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