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Strikeforce champ Gilbert Melendez won't need surgery, January return not set
(mmajunkie.com)
Strikeforce lightweight champ Gilbert Melendez won't need surgery to repair a bad tear to his AC joint, though a timetable for his return is unknown. Melendez's manager and father, Gilbert Melendez Sr., expressed optimism that his son will be able to compete on a Strikeforce card planned for mid-January, though it depends on how quickly the fighter's recovery progresses. "There's no definite yes," Melendez today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "It all depends if his body is healing on time as we anticipate." The junior Melendez currently is working with Dr. Warren King, the current chief of orthopedic surgery for the Oakland Raiders and a team physician for the Golden State Warriors, to make sure the process goes smoothly.
Submitted Oct 26, 2012 8:45AM by MMAcca - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Antonio Silva: Even if he was 'created in a lab,' I want to fight Alistair Overeem
(mmajunkie.com)
While it appears former Strikeforce heavyweight champion Alistair Overeem could be in line for a UFC title shot, it doesn't seem the "Demolition Man" is necessarily willing to wait for such a fight. So if Overeem is intent in returning as soon as his suspension ends in late December, he's got a willing opponent: Antonio Silva. "Bigfoot," who is coming off a recent win over Travis Browne, said he's more than happy to take on the massive Overeem, even if he was "created in a lab."
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 11:08PM by FastKnockout - 20 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Emanuel Steward Passed Away Today
(espn.go.com)
A legend in boxing left us today. Steward trained Championship boxers including, but not limited to: Tommy Hearns Lennox Lewis Evander Holyfield Oscar De La Hoya Miguel Cotto Wladimir Klitschko Prince Naseem Hamed I always enjoyed listening to him talk boxing & although he trained some fighters I was never a fan of, I always have had the utmost respect for him. RIP.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 5:05PM by Poor_Franklin - 7 comments
Filed under: Other Combat Sports
 
Mixed Martial Arts - Rousey to spearhead UFC female league
(uk.eurosport.yahoo.com)
The burgeoning superstar remains under contract to Strikeforce, but Rousey's performance in 2012 has convinced UFC president Dana White to add a women's division to the sport's flagship brand. Rousey still has three fights on her Strikeforce contract, White told Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday, and will fulfil that deal before she moves to the UFC. Sports Illustrated first reported Tuesday that the UFC would add women.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 4:45PM by Rabi - 28 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator 79 lineup complete, champ Eduardo Dantas and Paul Daley off card
(mmajunkie.com)
The lineup is set for next week's Bellator 79 event, and two notable names are off the card. Following his knockout loss to Tyson Nam in August at Shooto Brazil 33, Bellator bantamweight champion Eduardo Dantas is out of his title fight with Marcos Galvao. Additionally, visa issues have forced welterweight Paul Daley off the card.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 4:33PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
Kyle Noke out at UFC on FX 6, Seth Baczynski awaits new foe
(mmajunkie.com)
Injury has forced Aussie favorite Kyle Noke out of a planned UFC on FX 6 matchup with Seth Baczynski. UFC officials today announced the withdrawal, and "The Polish Pistola" now awaits a new opponent. UFC on FX 6 takes place Saturday, Dec. 15, at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre in Broadbeach, Gold Coast, Australia. The event's main card airs live on FX (on Friday, Dec. 14, in the U.S. due to the time difference) following prelims on FUEL TV.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 4:31PM by FastKnockout - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Glory Sports International Resurrects Dream; Plans NYE Return and Several Events in 2013
(mmaweekly.com)
Glory Sports International has resurrected the Dream fight promotion in Japan, planning a return to activity with a New Year's Eve special and several events in the works.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 1:46PM by FastKnockout - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Josh Barnett Agrees to Defend King of Pancrase Title Next Year
(mmaweekly.com)
Top 10 heavyweight Josh Barnett will return to Pancrase next year to defend his openweight King of Pancrase title.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 1:43PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson Says Joe Silva’s Matchmaking Is Why He’s Leaving the UFC
(mmaweekly.com)
Quinton "Rampage" Jackson unloads on UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for his choice of putting Phil Davis in against Forrest Griffin at UFC 155.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 1:40PM by FastKnockout - 25 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Dana White: Brock Lesnar contemplated UFC return, 'but never coming back'
(mmajunkie.com)
UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar had recently considered a return to the octagon. But, according to UFC President Dana White, that fleeting possibility is now a distant memory.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 1:27PM by FastKnockout - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With RFA 4 main card set, Efrain Escudero vs. Tyson Griffin named new main event
(mmajunkie.com)
The main card is set for Resurrection Fighting Alliance's first nationally televised event. RFA 4 takes place Nov. 2 at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on AXS TV. With an injury to headliner Gilbert Yvel, lightweights and former UFC fighters Tyson Griffin and Efrain Escudero now fight in the new main event.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 1:22PM by FastKnockout - 7 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Sean Sherk discusses his health, UFC return, Ben Henderson vs. Nate Diaz, and much more
(mmatorch.com)
It's been over two years since former UFC Lightweight Champion Sean Sherk has stepped inside the Octagon, but "The Muscle Shark" hasn't gone anywhere. Sherk's battled a series of nagging injuries during that time, but he's continued training, hosted seminars, and has gotten himself into the equipment business with his Elevation Training Mask (available at TrainingMask.com). All the while, he's continued planning his return to action, and isn't near ready to walk away from a sport he's been involved with for the last 13 years. I caught up with Sherk last weekend in Maplewood, Minn., where he was a guest for an event from local Minnesota promotion Cage Fighting Xtreme, and he discussed a number of topics, including his health, returning to action, the UFC's lightweight division, the upcoming Championship bout between Ben Henderson and Nate Diaz, and more. Here's what Sherk had to say:
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 10:54AM by Shawn91111 - 14 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Bellator Making Hard Push to Keep Eddie Alvarez
(mmaweekly.com)
According to Alvarez’s manager, Glenn Robinson of Authentic Sports Management, Bellator is pushing hard to keep their former champion right where he is as they make their transition to Spike TV in 2013. “Bjorn and Eddie had a great conversation and had some great talks. Bjorn has expressed interest in keeping Eddie, and talks have gone really well, and that’s all I can really say at this point,” Robinson told MMAWeekly.com this week. “Talks have gone really well with Bellator and Eddie just wants to fight the best fighters he can, and get a contract he feels is fair, but I can tell you Bjorn has gone out of his way to make Eddie feel welcome and talks have gone well so far, so we’ll see what the future brings,” said Robinson.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 10:44AM by BuffaloDave - 15 comments
Filed under: Bellator
 
David Mitchell vs. Hyun Gyu Lim completes UFC on FUEL TV 6 lineup in Macau
(mmajunkie.com)
A welterweight bout between David Mitchell (11-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) and Hyun Gyu Lim (10-3-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the final addition to next month's UFC on FUEL TV 6 event in Macau. Mitchell recently replaced injured Marcelo Guimaraes (8-0-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC). With the addition of the event-opening bout, UFC on FUEL TV 6 now features 10 total fights, including a Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le middleweight headliner.
Submitted Oct 25, 2012 10:36AM by BuffaloDave - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Report: Jose Aldo Vs. Frankie Edgar Targeted For UFC 156 In Brazil
(mmamania.com)
On October 13, 2012, we saw one of the greatest fighters on the planet completely destroy Stephan Bonnar in the headline fight at UFC 153. Though that fight in itself was a nice little treat for fight fans, it was a result of a super fight falling through, a bout that was supposed to feature Jose Aldo defending his featherweight crown against Frankie Edgar. Now, as reported by Brazilian website clicrbs, that matchup is being sought out yet again by the UFC, and it is likely for UFC 156 in Brazil. Details on the event have yet to emerge, but it is expected to be a major Brazilian show in a high-profile city. The event is likely to occur in January of 2013. So far, Aldo vs. Edgar has been the only bout rumored for the card, but seeing how great recent Brazilian cards have been, I'd expect it to fill out quickly.
Submitted Oct 24, 2012 11:16PM by Budgellism - 27 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Luiz Cane released from UFC contract
(bloodyelbow.com)
Luiz Cane entered UFC 153 in a must-win position. After losing three of four at light heavyweight, the Brazilian striker decided to drop to the middleweight division and was matched up with Chris Camozzi. Unfortunately for him, he dropped a unanimous decision. And according to his manager Alex Davis (via Tatame), he has been released from his UFC contract as well. Davis also said that Cane has had to undergo two knee surgeries lately and that he will be back with some wins outside the organization.
Submitted Oct 24, 2012 8:00PM by sparky - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
WSOF 1 adds Tyrone Spong vs. Travis Bartlett to NBC Sports-televised main card
(mmajunkie.com)
Next month's World Series of Fighting debut has a late addition to the main card. Officials today confirmed veteran kickboxer Tyrone Spong (0-0) will now makes his MMA debut on WSOF 1's NBC Sports Network-televised lineup. Spong meets fellow light heavyweight Travis Bartlett (7-2) on the card.
Submitted Oct 24, 2012 5:16PM by BuffaloDave - 9 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Michael Johnson Meets Myles Jury at UFC 155
(mmaweekly.com)
Fresh off his knockout of Danny Castillo at UFC on FX 5, Michael Johnson will fight for a 4th time in 2012 when he faces Ultimate Fighter veteran.
Submitted Oct 24, 2012 4:17PM by FastKnockout - 17 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick dies
(wnyt.com)
NISKAYUNA - NewsChannel13 has confirmed that Olympic gold medalist Jeff Blatnick from Niskayuna has died following complications from heart surgery. Sad day for MMA this guy was one of the biggest proponents for MMA in the dark days.
Submitted Oct 24, 2012 3:42PM by machodog76 - 16 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Replacement Marcus LeVesseur meets Michael Chiesa at UFC on FOX 5
(mmajunkie.com)
A broken hand has forced lightweight Rafaello Oliveira to withdraw from UFC on FOX 5, but he's been replaced. Stepping in for the Brazilian is Marcus LeVesseur (22-6 MMA, 1-1 UFC), who is set to meet "The Ultimate Fighter 15" winner Michael Chiesa (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), sources close to the event told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). The new matchup serves on the FUEL TV-televised prelims of the event, which takes place Dec. 8 at KeyArena in Seattle. Main-card fights air on FOX. MMAjunkie.com passed along news of Oliveira's injury earlier today, though his replacement wasn't known at the time. Earlier this month, LeVesseur won a hard-fought split decision over Carlo Prater at UFC on FX 5, which put him back on the right track after his octagon debut at UFC on FUEL TV 3 ended in a first-round submission loss to Cody McKenzie. Boasting an amateur wrestling record of 155-0, LeVesseur notably outpointed current Bellator welterweight champ Ben Askren on the mats at Augsburg College.
Submitted Oct 24, 2012 2:53PM by sparky - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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