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Hendo Says He's Got Shields In April, SF Says Not Yet Official
Although Dan Henderson says his Strikeforce debut will be against Jake Shields in April, Strikeforce officials says the bout is not yet confirmed. No date was given and Hendo also said the fight's at 185, but it's not known if it's for the SF Middleweight Title held by Shields. No comment on the report from Shields' father, who is also his manager.
Paul Daley on Potential Koscheck Fight: 'That Fraggle Is Going to Get Rocked'
Paul Daley subtly let the cat out of the bag about who his next opponent will be, as he recently posted on his Facebook page that he was, "... Ready to kick one Fraggle haired customers a**." Daley (23-8-2), the hard-hitting British fighter who is now 2-0 inside the Octagon, didn't name names, but most assumed he was referring to Josh Koscheck (14-4).
Strikeforce's Benji Radach re-injured but plans to return in April
The injury bug has struck Benji Radach again.The Strikeforce middleweight on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his right bicep, shoulder and pectoral muscle could be torn and an MRI will reveal the extent of the damage."It's somewhere between pink and black and all the colors in that range," Radach said.
Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. Falaniko Vitale set for Shine Fights III
A bout between former EliteXC middleweight champion Murilo "Ninja" Rua (17-10-1) and Strikeforce veteran and longtime SuperBrawl fighter Falaniko Vitale (26-9) is set for the next Shine Fights card.Company officials today announced the bout, which MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) first reported as likely in November.
Wilson Gouveia talks UFC release and return to light heavyweight
Although the UFC released him in December, Wilson Gouveia (12-7 MMA, 6-4 UFC) is moving back up to light heavyweight, and he plans to work his way back to the octagon.Gouveia failed to make weight for a middleweight fight with Alan Belcher at UFC 107 – the second time he had done so in a three-year, 10-fight stint with the promotion – and he recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) he was done trying to cut the extra pounds.
Beating Chael Sonnen Will Get Nate Marquardt The Next Title Shot
According to Marquardt, of course. He is of the understanding that a win over the streaking Chael Sonnen at UFC 109 gets him a one way ticket to a 185-pound title match. Dan Henderson seemed to think the same thing, until a series of setbacks led to his departure after his Zuffa contract dried up. He also doesn't agree with Vitor Belfort getting the next shot at Anderson Silva "just because he hasn't really fought at 185".
UFC bolsters UFC 110 preliminary card with Lytle vs. Foster, Dollaway vs. Reljic
Two previously reported bouts are now official for next month's UFC 110 preliminary card. The Ultimate Fighting Championship today confirmed Chris Lytle (27-17-5 MMA, 6-9 UFC) meets fellow welterweight Brian Foster (13-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC), and middleweight C.B. Dollaway (9-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) takes on Goran Reljic (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC). MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously passed along news of both bouts, which take place Feb. 21 at Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia. The show, which is the UFC's first in Australia, features a heavyweight pay-per-view headliner between contenders Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez. Fan favorite Wanderlei Silva takes on Michael Bisping in the co-headliner.
Kendall Grove Could Face Mark Munoz At UFC 112
Kendall Grove's mystery opponent at the as-yet-unannounced UFC 112 event could be "The Filipino Wrecking Machine." Mark Munoz reportedly is under "intense consideration" to be the opponent for Grove in Abu Dhabi. It is unknown whether bout agreements have been distributed, but at least one fighter has verbally agreed to the contest. However, Munoz first needs to be cleared by an orthopedic doctor for injuries suffered during his UFC 108 bout earlier this month before getting the green-light to begin camp (he is under medical suspension until July 2 unless cleared early).
Stout Living the Dream in the UFC
Sam Stout didn't hesitate for a moment when asked what the coolest thing he has experienced over the last 10 days. 'I was at my after(fight) party in Vegas, and MC Hammer came up to me to congratulate me. He sat down and we hung out and talked for a bit too.' You can't touch that.
Dos Santos vs. Gonzaga Added To Versus UFC Show
The Junior Dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga fight that was set for UFC 108 but called off is now on again. It will be the co-main event of the upcoming UFC on Versus event. The first fight had to be scrapped due to a Gonzaga staph infection.
Brock Lesnar's fighting future to be revealed next week via press conference
UFC President Dana White has revealed that both he UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar will hold a joint press conference next week in Las Vegas to discuss Brock's future as a mixed-martial-artist. White confirmed the news to MMAfighting.com recently on a trip to New York, refusing to elaborate on the nature of the press conference, only saying Lesnar’s future would be out in the open. Confusing yet very positive reports have surfaced recently with Randy Couture revealing previous conversations with the champ and that he's already back in training and may be fighting by spring. Lesnar required surgery to repair damage inflicted by intestinal diverticulitis. The promotion recently announced that number one contender Shane Carwin will battle former champion Frank Mir at UFC 111 in his absence and we may finally know by the end of next week if that bout will be contested for an interim title or the true title (if the Minnesotan is forced to surrender the belt in anticipation of a long or permanent absence).
Melvin Manhoef training at American Top Team for Robbie Lawler
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned from sources close to the fighter that Melvin Manhoef is currently “training like a maniac” for his upcoming middleweight showdown with fellow heavy handed slugger Robbie Lawler, and furthermore has made the trip out to the American Top Team in Coconut Creek for the match-up. This isn’t the first time Manhoef has made the journey to the Florida based gym to sharpen his skills, as the feared Dutch knockout specialist admitted his intentions of returning to the gym in a 2009 conversation with 5 Oz. “I will definitely go back to ATT to train,” said Manhoef. “The guys there help me to improve my ground skills and have become good friends of mine.”
Dan Hardy Is A Legitimate Threat And Needs To Be Treated As Such
A friendly reminder to the GSP fans from Greg Jackson that anything can happen in MMA. He sees Dan Hardy as being in a position going into his fight with GSP similar to the one Matt Serra was in at UFC 69, when he shocked the world by TKOing GSP for the UFC Welterweight Title.
Keith Florian Says Brother Ready For Gomi, Whoever
The rumors have circled since the weekend of UFC 108 when Gomi's signing was announced, and immediately Florian's name was mentioned as a possible opponent. Florian's brother and head coach, Keith Florian, says they'd take that fight in a second, but as of now it's still up to the UFC."I think Gomi would be a great fight for Kenny. He's one of those people who was No. 1 in the world for a long time, and I think that would be a great fight for us," Keith told MMAWeekly.com recently.
Bellator Adds To Featherweight Roster
Bellator Fighting Championships on Wednesday announced the latest addition to the growing roster for its Season 2 featherweight tournament, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.The 23-year-old Pitbull is a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is known throughout his home country for his devastating striking ability. He boasts a perfect 12-0 record with all but two of his fights finishing via KO, TKO or submission. Six of these 10 early finishes occurred in the first round.
Herschel Walker on Howard Stern - "I Sleep Four Hours a Day and Only Eat One Meal a Day"
Howard asked Herschel what it means when he says he only sleeps 3 or 4 hours a night. Herschel said he sleeps 4 hours at the most and he only eats one meal a day. He said he doesn't eat meat anymore even though he owns a meat company. He eats salads and soup and bread. He said he does that late at night when he's going to bed.
Dana: UFC In DC Likely In 2011
The Nation's Capital is now on notice-Washington, DC may be next on Dana White's hit list. After a very successful UFC Fight Night in nearby Fairfax, VA, the UFC President says a UFC PPV will probably be held in DC in "the next year, year-and-a-half. We'll bring a big PPV here".
UFN 20 Fighter Payouts
The Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation has released the official fighter payouts from UFN 20. The total disclosed payouts are not known at this time because payouts for Mike Guymon & Rory MacDonald were not revealed, but the biggest share of the payouts-$60,000-went to Chris Leben.
Dear Diary: I'm Way Better Than Wanderlei Silva! Signed, Michael Bisping
And Bisping feels very confident in his game plan for the fight in Australia. He wrote this in an online diary for The Daily Telegraph (Australia): "I believe it's a very winnable fight for me, though. I know Wanderlei's a legend but I truly believe styles make fights and that I've got the perfect style to beat him. Obviously I'm going to have to be wary of his aggressive style and his punch power, but I'm very confident of going to Australia and beating Wanderlei. He's experienced and possesses heavy hands but, other than, I feel I'm way better than him. I know I have the ability to beat him – it's now just about executing my game plan on the night…"
Kenny Florian: No Gomi Fight Offer Yet, Predicts PPV If Booked
Despite rumors to the contrary, Kenny Florian says today that a fight with new UFC signee Takanori Gomi is not set yet. Florian has not been offered the fight but he says if it happens, it should be on PPV. Spike isn't the right place according to KenFlo.
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