UFC boss White confirms Matt Mitrione turned down Strikeforce fight with Daniel Cormier
NOTTINGHAM, England – Dana White thought he had Daniel Cormier's next opponent all set up. Instead, it was back to the drawing board.
Cormier (10-0 MMA, 7-0 SF) was scheduled to fight former UFC heavyweight champ Frank Mir (16-6 MMA, 14-6 UFC) in about a month in Oklahoma City. But Mir dropped out with an injury, and White and the Zuffa brass went to work on his replacement.
White thought it was going to be Matt Mitrione (5-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) – but the UFC heavyweight turned down the fight earlier this week.
"It f---ing makes me sick," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) on Saturday following the UFC on FUEL TV 5 post-fight news conference. "Listen, you don't want big opportunities, I hear you. I get it, then. All I can say is, I guess he doesn't want big opportunities. I get it. Duly noted.
"He wants to fight a guy who weighs 205, but doesn't want to fight the guy who's the real heavyweight, the legitimate guy who's ranked. And Mitrione's not getting any younger."
UFC on FUEL TV 5 draws a reported 7,241 attendance for $970K live gate
Saturday's UFC on FUEL TV 5 card drew an announced attendance of 7,241 fans for a live gate of $970,000.
UFC officials announced the figures at the night's post-event news conference, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) attended.
"UFC on FUEL TV: Struve vs. Miocic" took place at Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England, and was the UFC's debut in the city. The main card aired on FUEL TV following prelims on Facebook...
Nick Catone says he's fighting T.J. Waldburger at TUF 16 Finale
Nick Catone (9-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) apparently has his next fight.
The veteran middleweight today announced via Twitter that he's slated to fight T.J. Waldburger (15-7 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in December at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale. Officials, though, have made no formal announcement.
The TUF 16 Finale takes place Dec. 15 at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
UFC Appoints New Europe, Middle East and Africa Executive VP and Managing Director
The Ultimate Fighting Championship on Friday announced the appointment of Garry Cook as its Executive Vice President and Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Cook, 50, has an impeccable track record of business success throughout his career. He joined Nike in 1996, rising to President and General Manager International of Brand Jordan in 2005. During his tenure at Nike he held a wide range of management positions from overseeing the licensing of Nike Team Sports in the US to leading the pan-European commercial strategy for Nike apparel EMEA...
UFC on FUEL TV 5 official weigh-in results
The UFC on FUEL TV 5 weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (FUEL TV, 4 p.m. ET)
-Stipe Miocic (239) vs. Stefan Struve (251)
-Dan Hardy (169) vs. Amir Sadollah (169)
-Yves Jabouin (136) vs. Brad Pickett (135)
-Paul Sass (156) vs. Matt Wiman (156)
-John Hathaway (169) vs. John Maguire (169)
-Duane Ludwig (169) vs. Che Mills (170)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, 1 p.m. ET)
-Kyle Kingsbury (204) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
-Akira Corassani (144) vs. Andy Ogle (144)
-Brad Tavares (185) vs. Tom Watson (186)
-DaMarques Johnson (183) vs. Gunnar Nelson (175) - 175-pound catchweight
-Robert Peralta (144) vs. Jason Young (145)
'ONE FC 6: Rise of Kings' card finalized, Honorio Banario title fight scratched
The full ONE FC 6 card includes:
-Shinya Aoki vs. Arnaud Lepont
-Kotetsu Boku vs. Zorobabel Moreira - for inaugural lightweight title
-Leandro Issa vs. Soo Chul Kim - for inaugural bantamweight title
-Ryo Kawamura vs. Melvin Manhoef
-Jens Pulver vs. Yanfei Zhao - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Min Jung Song vs. Masakatsu Ueda - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Kevin Belingon vs. Yusup Saadulaev - bantamweight-grand-prix opening round
-Bruce Loh vs. Gianni Subba
-Mitch Chilson vs. Ngabdi Mulyadi
UFC vet Clay Guida dropping to featherweight, likely to return in early 2013
Longtime UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida (29-13 MMA, 9-7 UFC) is headed to a new weight class.
The fighter has opted for a drop to the 145-pound featherweight division, his representatives from VFD Sports Marketing today announced.
A debut date and opponent have not been confirmed for his UFC debut in the division, but a rep told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) it'll likely come after the new year...
Dana White riffs on Jones' Injury, Bisping vs. Silva, Brock Lesnar, and more
UFC president Dana met with the media following Thursday's UFC on FUEL TV 5 pre-fight press conference in Nottingham, England, to discuss all sorts of news making headlines in MMA.
White touched on Jon Jones' arm injury, the state of the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions, the possibility of seeing Anderson Silva fight Michael Bisping and GSP next year, Brock Lesnar, Rampage vs. Mitrione, Rashad Evans' future, and why TUF: UK vs. Australia was the "craziest" TUF season yet.
Watch the three-part video below
Shane Carwin Suffers Minor Knee Injury But Still Fighting Roy Nelson at TUF 16 Finale
Ultimate Fighter 16 coach Shane Carwin has suffered a minor knee injury that will prevent him from traveling on a scheduled trip to England this week, but he will still fight at The Ultimate Fighter 16 finale against Roy Nelson.
Carwin first reported the knee injury on his Twitter account saying, “ATTN UK Fans: I hurt my knee training and I will not be able to make the signing with the amazing people @FearlessUK.”
Carwin’s manager Jason Genet of Ingrained Media told MMAWeekly.com that he injured the knee while in wrestling practice, but he suffered no major tears or damage to the knee.
Bellator 74 weigh-in results: Welterweight tourney set as all eight fighters make weight
The full Bellator 72 weigh-ins included:
MAIN CARD (MTV2)
Lyman Good (170.2) vs. Jim Wallhead (169.8) - welterweight-tourney opening round
Nordine Taleb (170.8) vs. Marius Zaromskis (170.8) - welterweight-tourney opening round
Michail Tsarev (171) vs. Tim Welch (170.4) - welterweight-tourney opening round
Andrey Koreshkov (170.8) vs. Jordan Smith (169.8) - welterweight-tourney opening round
PRELIMINARY CARD (Spike.com)
Alexandre "Popo" Bezerra () vs. Matt McCook ()*
Casey Johnson (144.6) vs. Will Martinez (144.6)
Munah Holland (125.8) vs. Michelle Ould (123.8)
Derrick Kennington (154.2) vs. Phillipe Nover (156)
Jay Haas (145.6) vs. Brylan Van Artsdalen (145.4)
Kenny Foster (135.8) vs. Claudio Ledesma (134.8)
* - Weigh-ins scheduled for after official ceremony
UFC prez says Machida-Henderson likely, scratches head at Machida-St-Pierre
A light-heavyweight bout between ex-champs Lyoto Machida (18-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Dan Henderson (29-8 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is still in the works, UFC President Dana White today said.
"We're still working it all out," said White, who did not give a timetable for the proposed fight.
The matchup is widely expected to have title implications. But according to White, it's become suddenly difficult to find a title contender for current champ Jon Jones, who recently notched his fourth straight title defense...
Brian Stann thinks he beat Michael Bisping, doesn't want to fight 'up-and-comers'
Brian Stann thinks he beat Michael Bisping, doesn't want to fight 'up-and-comers'
By Jesse Holland ON SEP 26, 11:30A
Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
UFC Middleweight Brian Stann admits bias, but still believes he was the better man against Michael Bisping at the UFC 152 pay-per-view last week in Toronto.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) eliminated yet another contender from its middleweight title race following a unanimous decision win for Michael Bisping over Brian Stann at the UFC 152: "Jones vs. Belfort" pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Sept. 22, 2012) at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
There's just one problem.
The "All American" believes it was he -- not "The Count" -- who did enough to deserve the decision. And as he told the UFC on FUEL TV post-fight show (via MMA Torch), he's not the only one who feels that way.
"[I'm] disappointed obviously. Dana came back after the fight and told me he thought I won the fight. Of course I am going to be biased, I was in there and I thought I won. I have to take an analytical view. I knew it was going to be close, but I thought I won the fight. I think I could still fight the good contenders, I don't think I go back to fighting the up and comers. I think if I get two big wins in a row, I can get right back to a fight that means something. There are a lot of us to who have gotten there, fall down and then come back. That is what I have to do."
UFC's Diaz challenges suspension
Nick Diaz never has been one to go down without a fight.
An attorney representing the Ultimate Fighting Championship star filed a motion Wednesday in a Las Vegas courtroom seeking a review of a disciplinary order made against Diaz by the Nevada Athletic Commission after a hearing in May.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the NAC, said he thinks this is the first time a fighter has challenged an NAC disciplinary ruling in a courtroom in his nearly 15 years with the commission...
Lyoto Machida willing to meet GSP at 185 for middleweight fight
Despite a promised title shot after an impressive showing against Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4, Lyoto Machida is now out of the immediate title picture. He spoke with Globo Esporte on a number of topics, including UFC 152 and his desire to fight welterweight king, Georges St. Pierre, at middleweight.
Lyoto Machida, one of the top Light Heavyweight Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) talents, was recently on the cusp of receiving a much desired rematch with current champion, Jon Jones. After his impressive knockout of Ryan Bader at UFC on Fox 4, he was promised a title shot against the winner of the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson fight that was scheduled for UFC 151.
Vitor's BJJ coach comments on the armbar
Was there a Jiu-Jitsu fan that didn’t jump out of his seat when Vitor Belfort slapped that armbar on Jon Jones?
Countless practitioners “pulled” along with, tugging on an imaginary appendage to help the black belt coax the tapout from Jones; but the champion was one tough nut to crack. What followed was a barrage of elbows and frontal and spinning kicks that wore away at the Brazilian’s resistance, ultimately putting him away by americana lock in the fourth round.
But why didn’t that armbar pay out?
“It was bending backwards, in so tight. I think two things were missing: to bring the knee in when doing the armbar, and to hug the leg to work the sweep. Then Jon Jones really wouldn’t be able to defend, because he’d be swept,” Gilbert Durinho, Vitor’s Jiu-Jitsu coach, weighed in.
But from the photo taken behind the scenes afterwards one could tell the hold took its toll. The champion with his arm in a sling showed just how much damage was done. The loss doesn’t matter too much, what counts is Vitor’s grit.
SEPTEMBER 22, 2012
Bonnar on UFC 153 fight with Silva: 'Like cramming for a final in college'
How do you prepare for arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history on just a few weeks' notice?
Stephan Bonnar (14-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) is still trying to figure it out as he readies for a late-notice light-heavyweight fight with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva (32-4 MMA, 15-0 UFC) next month at UFC 153.
"It's just like cramming for a final in college," he told MMAjunkie.com Radio. "I've got a big test in a few weeks."
So how do you prepare for such a major pay-per-view fight with essentially a three-week fight camp?
Recovering UFC commentator Kenny Florian undecided on potential MMA return
Retired UFC fighter and current broadcaster Kenny Florian is in shape.
After all, "round is a shape," he told recently joked with MMAjunkie.com Radio (www.mmajunkie.com/radio).
But the former UFC title challenger, who was the first competitor to fight in four different UFC weight classes, said injuries are healing, he's getting in better shape, and he's now hesitant to completely discount the possibility he'll someday return to the cage as a fighter.
Florian (14-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC), who commentates this weekend's UFC on FUEL TV 5 event with booth mate Jon Anik in Nottingham, England, retired from MMA back in May, seven months after his final UFC appearance: a title loss to featherweight champion Jose Aldo at UFC 136. Sure, it was the fighter's third unsuccessful bid at a UFC title, but during an illustrious nine-year pro career, "The Ultimate Fighter 1" runner-up became one of UFC's biggest fan favorites.
However, the 36-year-old called it quits after a back injury kept him out of the gym and made training all but impossible. Recently, though, he's seen improvement on that front
What Does the Future Hold for MMA in Japan?
With reports by AsainMMA.com saying that Japanese MMA promotion Dream’s parent company, Real Entertainment, has closed up shop, major MMA in Japan is at a crossroads right now.
Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, AXS TV’s Hans Thompson said of Real Entertainment’s closing, “I don’t have exact numbers on how many staff, but they essentially haven’t had a staff for much of this year aside from a handful of individuals.”
Thompson believes that Real Entertainment had kept Dream on life support as to not lose booking rights for one of Japan’s premier areas on one of its biggest entertainment days...
UFC 152 medical suspensions: Jon Jones, five others suspended indefinitely
Five fighters, including UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones, were issued indefinite medical suspensions following this past weekend's UFC 152 event.
The Office of the Athletics Commissioner of Ontario today released the suspensions to MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).
UFC 152 took place Sept. 22 at Toronto's Air Canada Centre, and in his fourth consecutive title defense, Jones submitted Vitor Belfort in the night's pay-per-view headliner...
Fighters receive pay following cancellation of 'Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy'
Fighters left in the lurch following the cancellation of "Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy" will be compensated, MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned.
Jorge Gurgel, Pat Healy, Adriano Martins, Jorge Santiago, Josh Thomson and Yuri Villefort were among those confirmed to have been promised at least partial pay, and additional sources confirmed the promotion is planning to compensate all 19 athletes who were left without a fight.
The exact amount issued to each fighter was not disclosed, but sources MMAjunkie.com spoke to said many fighters received their contracted "show" money.
"I cannot give you amounts because the financials involved are private, but I can tell you that Zuffa is taking very good care of Jorge Santiago and Yuri Villefort," said Authentic Sports Management publicist Jen Wenk in a statement...