In search for life after fighting, Danny Downes remakes himself as an MMA writer
Danny Downes got the news in a text message. He'd been expecting it, and he thought he was ready for it, but he thought wrong.
This was the fall of 2011, a little more than a month after his second loss in as many attempts with the UFC. Before that he'd gone 1-1 in the WEC, beating the much-hyped Chinese import Tiequan Zhang via unanimous decision in the organization's final event.
But 0-2 in the UFC? "Danny Boy" could do the math. He knew he was likely on the chopping block, but the UFC's upcoming event in his hometown of Chicago that January gave him some faint hope. Maybe they'd keep him around for that. Maybe he'd get one more chance. Then he saw the text from his manager...
Nate Diaz vs. Gray Maynard Rubber Match Set for The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale
UFC lightweights Nate Diaz and Gray Maynard will meet for the third time at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale on Nov. 30 in Las Vegas.
UFC officials announced the bout on Sunday.
Diaz and Maynard first met in the semifinal round on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter. Diaz submitted Maynard with a guillotine choke. That bout doesn’t appear on the fighters’ official records due to it being a part of the reality series.
Warren KO'd in training
Ex-Bellator champ and Fight Master reality show star Joe Warren was reportedly KO'd during training which forced the cancellation of his Bantamweight semi-final tournament bout with Nick Kirk at Bellator 98.
Attila Vegh situation 'taken out of context'
The saga between light heavyweight contender Attila Vegh and Bellator over whether or not Vegh was being replaced for his upcoming bout with Emanuel Newton due to an injury or a "business decision" was nothing more than a miscommunication, according to Bellator's CEO Bjorn Rebney.
Vegh was slated to fight Newton at Bellator 106 in Long Beach, Calif., which will mark Bellator's foray into the pay-per-view market. Things got murky when he was replaced with Muhammed Lawal, who was knocked out by Newton back in July 2012 in his promotional debut. Lawal, of course, has more star power than Vegh, and a rematch with Newton translates into better intrigue, especially with the interim belt hanging in the balance...
UFC veterans Luiz Cane, Rodney Wallace headline event in Brazil
New MMA promotion Standout Fighting Tournament will have its first show Sept. 20 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and has signed Luiz "Banha" Cane and Rodney Wallace, a pair of UFC veterans, to headline their show.
Cane, a 32-year-old Sao Paulo native, reeled off three straight wins in the UFC light heavyweight division in 2008 and 2009, finishing the likes of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou and Jason Lambert, but he wasn’t the same since...
Bellator 98 weigh ins and Fight card change
Bellator Middleweight World Title Fight: Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (183.3) vs. Brett Cooper (184.8)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Justin Torrey (185) vs. Brennan Ward (185.3)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jeremy Kimball (186) vs. Perry Filkins (186)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Brian Rogers (185) vs. Mikkel Parlo (185)
Bellator Middleweight Tournament Opening Round: Jason Butcher (184.5) vs. Giva Santana (185.5)
Bellator Lightweight Feature Fight: Derek Anderson (154) vs. Patricky Pitbull (155)
Light Heavyweight Feature Fight: Jeff Nader (204) vs. Mike Mucitelli (204)
Lightweight Feature Fight: Andrew Calandrelli (156) vs. Ryan Quinn (155)
Featherweight Feature Fight: Nick Piedmont (145.5) vs. Matt Bessette (144.8)
Bantamweight Feature Fight: Glenn Allair (135) vs. Rico Disciullo (135.3)
Heavyweight Feature Fight: Josh Diekman (243) vs. Parker Porter (260)
Andreas Spang was originally scheduled to compete in the Middleweight Tournament, but was deemed ineligible to compete by the provisionary commission. Brennan Ward will now face Justin Torrey in the opening round of the Middleweight Tournament.