Ben Henderson wants to fight all of the top lightweights in the world ... at the same time
On Feb. 25, 2012, a new Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight Champion was crowned as Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar in a violent, five-round war at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan.
Since that infamous night, speculation has run rampant regarding who "Smooth" will take on in his very first title defense.
Edgar made it known that he believes he deserves an immediate title shot. Anthony Pettis was also vocal about his desire to have "first dibs," after he soundly defeated Joe Lauzon with a first round knockout on that very same UFC 144 card.
On HDNet's "Inside MMA," Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez made the following comments in reference to his desire to take on "Bendo" in the cage:
"I'd love to fight Benson Henderson. I've been around this game a lot longer. I'm not trying to be arrogant here, but I think I can handle him, and I'd like to find out. Much respect to him, much respect to Frankie and all that stuff, but I think I can beat them both. I can beat anyone right now. I'd love a piece of him."
Hear what Henderson had to say after the jump:
Erik Koch Targeted for June Return to UFC
In the land of featherweights, Jose Aldo stands as king, but one contender will be back in action in June that’s hoping to challenge him this year.
Erik Koch, who has gone 4-0 in his last four fights, was forced out of a potential No. 1 contender’s bout in February against Dustin Poirier due to an undisclosed injury suffered in training.
Bellator 60 weigh-ins slated for Thursday, open to fans
Bellator Fighting Championships kicks off its sixth season on Friday with Bellator 60.
The event, which includes a featherweight title fight between champion Joe Warren and Pat Curran, takes place Friday at The Venue at Horseshoe Hammond in Hammond, Ind.
The weigh-ins, which also include the eight season-six featherweight-tourney fights, take place Thursday and are open to fans
With surprising fan support, Tim Sylvia 'pretty much begging' for UFC second chance
If you're an MMA fan and you spend any time at all on Twitter – or Facebook, MMA forums or any other online destination – you've probably seen a fairly big campaign to get Tim Sylvia back in the UFC.
Even Sylvia, a former UFC champ, admits the support is surprising.
But he hopes it'll amplify his message to the UFC: "I made a mistake. I was wrong. I'm sorry. I screwed up. But give me a second chance please. I'm pretty much begging."
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey Salaries Total $543,000 For Ohio Event
On Monday, the Ohio Athletic Commission released the fighter salaries for this past Saturday’s (March 3, 2012) Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey event, totaling $543,500 for the nine bout card.
Earning the biggest payout was former champ Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza who earned $92,000 for his win over opponent Bristol Marunde. The payout also included Souza’s $22,000 win bonus. Earning the next top spot was lightweight Josh Thomson who made $80,000 with no win bonus for his victory against KJ Noons.
Ronda Rousey: $32,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Miesha Tate: $19,000
Josh Thomson: $80,000 (no win bonus) def. K.J. Noons: $38,000
Kazuo Misaki: $50,000 (no win bonus) def. Paul Daley: $45,000
Lumumba Sayers: $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Scott Smith: $65,000
Ronaldo Souza: $92,000 (includes $22,000) win bonus) def. Bristol Marunde: $10,000
Sarah Kaufman: $25,000 (includes $10,000 win bonus) def. Alexis Davis: $4,000
Roger Bowling: $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Saling: $5,000
Pat Healy: $22,500 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Carlos Fodor: $12,000
Ryan Couture: $10,000 (no win bonus) def. Conor Heun: $8,000
Ben Henderson Says Frankie Edgar Deserves a Rematch, Would Fight 'Tomorrow'
Mar 5, 2012 - Ben Henderson just can't seem to get his name out of everyone's mouth.
Since earning the UFC lightweight strap with a unanimous decision victory over Frankie Edgar at UFC 144, Henderson has somehow found himself within the crossfires of the MMA world, a casualty of the UFC's latest high-profile judging debate.
Weeks after the controversial decision, Edgar, the former champion, has atypically embarked on a crusade for the rematch he feels he justly deserves. UFC President Dana White, on the other hand, steadfastly stands by his opinion that Edgar would be better served at featherweight, and even offered an immediate title shot against reigning 145-pound champion Jose Aldo to sweeten the deal.
TATSUYA KAWAJIRI, MELVIN MANHOEF, FELIPE ENOMOTO CONFIRMED FOR ONE FC 3 IN SINGAPORE
The lineup for One Fighting Championship’s third event is nearly complete, promotion officials announced Monday.
One FC 3 “War of the Lions,” which will take place March 31 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, is headlined by a lightweight clash between Felipe Enomoto and Zorobabel Moreira. In another featured bout, former Shooto welterweight king Tatsuya Kawajiri will lock horns with an as-yet-to-be determined opponent at featherweight.
The 11-fight card also includes a lightweight scrap between URCC welterweight titleholder Eduard Folayang and K-1 standout Ole Laursen; a 170-pound affair pitting Deep welterweight champion Yuya Shirai against four-time Deep veteran Fabricio Monteiro; and a middleweight showdown between Dream and Strikeforce veteran Melvin Manhoef and Deep light heavyweight champion Yoshiyuki Nakanishi.
Breaking news: Josh Barnett's MMA license reinstated in California
Strikeforce heavyweight attraction and former PRIDE FC star Josh Barnett had his mixed martial arts (MMA) license reinstated today (March 5, 2012) during a special hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).
But not without provisions.
"The Warmaster" must consent to "random biological fluid testing" at a time and place determined by the commission prior to his participation at any event held in the state of California.
Barnett, who is expected to fight undefeated division standout Daniel Cormier under the Strikeforce banner on May 19, has been battling the CSAC for over two years to get back in their good graces following his failed drug test back in 2009, one that sank the S.S. Affliction and canceled a late summer superfight against Fedor Emelianenko.
Now he's back, primarily because the state of California "needs good fighters," according to the commission.
More details on his reinstated license, as well as his upcoming fight against "DC," as they become available.
Report: Stabbed Bellator heavyweight Blagoi Ivanov in stable condition after regaining consciousness
As a mixed martial artist, Blagoi Ivanov knows how to put up a good fight.
The Bellator heavyweight, who was clinging to life after suffering a severe stab wound late last month, is reportedly in stable condition following emergency surgery, having regained consciousness over the weekend.
The Bulgarian English-speaking news site Novinite has the report:
Ivanov is now in a stable condition and is under a milder treatment regimen, doctors have told the BGNES news agency. The fighter's main problem is with one of his lungs and not with his heart, according to the experts that treat him.
Roy Nelson's Bet: He Will Drop to Light Heavyweight If He Can Get 100,000 'Likes' On Facebook
Dana White has been nudging Roy Nelson, and trying to convince him to drop to 205 for a while now. Today, "Big Country" suddenly made a pretty smart bet by saying that he will finally drop to light heavyweight, IF he can add 100,000 'likes' in Facebook.
Here's Nelson explaining it in his own words:
The reason is my friend and I had a discussion about what was better? I think twitter just because of use and for fans interaction, but Facebook is 20x bigger. So we decided to bet. I said if it so easy and great I should be able add 100K fans in 2 weeks because I have that on twitter. Facebook is bigger and better so this should be easy. Right?
Bet is I will try to get to 205 if I can add 100k to Facebook.com/RoyNelsonUFC in two weeks. I love to win bets. Plus he will have to give me a part in his next movie.
Benavidez tops flyweights in SI.com's March MMA rankings
Big news in the UFC. Well, actually, it's rather small news.
OK, I'll lay off the size wisecracks and simply let you know that with the behemoth fight promotion launching its flyweight tournament at Friday night's UFC on FX event in Sydney, Australia (9 p.m. ET, FX), it's time for SI.com to add the 125-pound weight division to our monthly rankings. Sure, we could wait to see what happens in this weekend's two semifinal bouts, then introduce the crème de la fly crème next month. But like a thrill-a-second mixed martial artist, we're not about to sit back and play it safe. We're just boldly going for it.
Ryan Couture happily proves naysayers wrong, wants on May card
Ryan Couture has just been riding the coattails of his father Randy all along. He couldn't even find a way to beat Matt Ricehouse. There's no way he'd have a shot against veteran Conor Heun.
Wrong, naysayers. Wrong.
"I think that should shut up just about anybody that said I don't belong here," Couture told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after his latest Strikeforce win. "To not only beat a guy who is tough and experienced, but to finish him – no one has ever done that. It feels really good."
Dana White '100% UFC', Apparently Done With Strikeforce Involvement
Since the day it was announced that Zuffa was purchasing Strikeforce, their relationship with the UFC has been an odd one. Are they competitors? Are they business entities designed to help each other? Are they simply undefinable relatives?
When UFC president Dana White appeared on a Strikeforce broadcast earlier this year, it was an odd moment but seemed to signify that he was taking a much deeper interest in the promotion. He said as much, claiming that he was going to look to get more control over Strikeforce with production, something he admits he's a bit obsessive about.
That apparently was nothing more than a pipe dream as on Saturday, White responded to a fan on Twitter about his role in the world's No. 2 fight promotion:
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@Strikeforce has the worst commentators in sports. @danawhite needs to fix this asap #TateRousey
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@BenShuffain @strikeforce tell Showtime, they run that shit not me. I'm out. I'm 100% UFC
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Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals Set
It will have been just under a year and a half when it happens, but the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix will finally reach its conclusion on May 19, according to Strikeforce officials.
Though they have yet to name a venue or location, finalists Josh Barnett and Daniel Cormier will square off to determine the tournament winner.
Aaron Simpson Headed in for Surgery Then to a Drop to Welterweight
A cut down to 170 pounds sounds like a pretty good idea to former Arizona State wrestler Aaron Simpson; so he will now officially make the move.
Simpson, who fought at the inaugural UFC on Fuel event in Omaha, Neb., in February, lost a decision to Ronny Markes and remarked afterwards that he was considering a move from middleweight to welterweight.
After Misaki, Strikeforce's Daley wants to fight Marquardt for title
Onetime Strikeforce welterweight title challenger Paul Daley (29-11-2 MMA, 1-2 SF) assumes that he'll get past Kazuo Misaki (24-11-2 MMA, 1-0 SF) at Saturday's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event.
And Daley also assumes that recent signee Nate Marquardt will get past Tyron Woodley when they meet, likely for the title, as he's heard from people within Strikeforce.