'TUF' times: Sonnen says he turned down spot on 'TUF 1,' Jones once cut from tryouts
LAS VEGAS – The debut season of 'The Ultimate Fighter' has long been recognized as the starting point of MMA's current popularity boom and was responsible for launching the careers of stars such as Stephan Bonnar, Kenny Florian, Forrest Griffin, Josh Koscheck, Chris Leben, Diego Sanchez and Mike Swick.
But as successful as the 2005 series debut proved, imagine what it could have been with one Chael P. Sonnen.
Sonnen, who coaches on the upcoming 17th edition of the series, says he actually turned down a spot on "TUF 1."
Report: Urijah Faber vs Vaughan Lee slated for UFC 156 on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas
Reports are emerging out of Brazil that "The California Kid" Urijah Faber will make his long-awaited return to the Octagon at UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend against tough British fighter Vaughan Lee.
A Bantamweight bout that features one of the biggest names in mixed martial arts (MMA) is in the works for UFC 156 on Super Bowl weekend as Urijah Faber is reportedly set to make his return to the Octagon against Vaughan Lee.
Mukai Maromo meets Graham Spencer for lightweight title at MFC 36 in February
Maximum Fighting Championship will put its vacant lightweight title on the line in February.
The Canadian promotion recently signed a new multi-fight deal with Mukai Maromo (8-2), and he'll meet Graham Spencer (9-1) at "MFC 36: Reality Check" later this winter.
MFC 36 will take place Feb. 15 at Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, will get a main-card live broadcast on AXS TV.
Also recently added to the card is a heavyweight bout between Mike Hackert and Smealinho Rama.
UFC interim champ Renan Barao's coach prefers title shot, but doesn't want to wait
Barao coach Pederneiras would prefer title shot, but doesn't want fighter to wait.
Nova Uniao leader and coach Andre Pederneiras on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com he's waiting on UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby's call to tell him when and where UFC interim bantamweight champ Renan Barao is fighting next.
"If I had a choice, I would rather Renan fight Dominick (Cruz), but I don't want to wait too long," Pederneiras said.
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens rebooked for UFC on FOX 5
After their initial meeting was infamously canceled last minute, lightweights Yves Edwards and Jeremy Stephens will give it another go at UFC on FOX 5.
As MMAjunkie.com first reported earlier today, Edwards' original opponent, John Cholish, recently scratched due to a groin injury.
In his place steps Stephens, whose incarceration canceled their planned bout this past month at UFC on FX 5.
John Cholish out of UFC on FOX 5, replacement search underway for Yves Edwards
Yves Edwards (41-18-1 MMA, 9-6 UFC) needs a new opponent for UFC on FOX 5.
MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today confirmed with event sources that his original opponent, lightweight John Cholish (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), was forced off the card with a groin injury.
Officials are now searching for a replacement for the Dec. 8 card.
UFC on FOX 5 takes place at Seattle's KeyArena. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FX and Facebook, and Edwards vs. Cholish were expected to air on the night's FX broadcast.
Kendall Grove vs Mamed Khalidov meet at KSW 21
Kendall Grove will replace an injured Melvin Manhoef against Mamed Khalidov in the main event of KSW 21.
KSW co-founder Martin Lewandowski notified Sherdog.com of the booking on Friday morning. Manhoef was pulled from the bout two days ago due to a left leg injury. KSW 21 takes place Dec. 1 at Torwar Arena in Warsaw, Poland, and features a trio of championship bouts in addition to the evening’s middleweight headliner.
Invicta will crown 115-pound champion to headline Jan. 5 date in Kansas City
The all-women Invicta Fighting Championships on Friday announced a match to create the company's first strawweight (115 pound) champion between Carlos Esparza (8-2) and Claudio Gadelha (9-0). The bout headlines a Jan. 5 show at the company's home base, Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kan.
The 23-year-old Gadelha - from Mossoro, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil - is a three-time world champion in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She's used that as her base in winning six of her first nine fights via submission, all in less than 2:08.
The co-main event will pit Shayna Baszler (15-7) against Alexis Davis (12-5) in a bantamweight fight.
Anderson Silva says he will fight whomever the UFC wants, GSP or Jon Jones!
“My first goal is the Georges St-Pierre fight, the super fight,” he said. “The second goal? Maybe Jon Jones. But this is not my decision. This is Dana [White's] decision.” they asked andy the day of the GSP fight the question.
the article also says they think the change of heart of fighting jones has to with jones saying he does not want to be the one who will beat andy.
so now it is on GSP and jones, if these fights happen
Score Fighting Series 7 weigh-in results: Mein and Petz cleared for tonight's headliner
The full weigh-in results included:
MAIN CARD (AXS TV)
Jordan Mein (170.4) vs. Forrest Petz (170.6)
Ryan Healy (155.2) vs. Jesse Ronson (155.8)
Tristan Johnson (145.8) vs. Will Romero (145)
Kevin Morin (155.4) vs. Alex Ricci (155.2)
Iraj Hadin (156) vs. Jason Saggo (155.4)
Brandt Dewsbery (168.4) vs. Ryan Dickson (170.6)
Ali Mokdad (184.2) vs. Elias Theodorou (185.2)
Desmond Green (155.4) vs. Roy McDonell (154.6)
Adam Assenza (154.8) vs. Tommy Cote (154)
Paul Jalbert (154.2) vs. Oliver Vadnais (155.6)
UFC bantamweight Nick Denis retires, cites potential brain injuries
UFC bantamweight Nick Denis has announced his MMA retirement.
The 29-year-old Canadian fighter, who made an impressive UFC debut earlier this year, made the announcement on Thursday on his personal blog.
Denis cited concerns over potential brain injuries.
Denis (11-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) signed with the UFC after posting a 10-2 record in organizations such as World Victory Road/Sengoku and KOTC. Then, in his UFC debut, he scored a 22-second knockout of Joseph Sandoval via stinging standing elbow strikes. But then came a submission loss to Roland Delorme in May in a back-and-forth bout.
Even before that defeat, Denis, a former Ph.D. student in biochemistry, had begun research into brain injuries following an especially vicious knockout loss to Marlon Sandro in 2009.
Bisping makes compelling argument for interim title
Michael Bisping has expressed sympathy for Chris Weidman over the American's fresh shoulder injury, and made a serious case for why his fight with Vitor Belfort should be for the interim UFC middleweight title.
Weidman was ruled out of UFC 155 on Wednesday by a shoulder problem that will require surgery. It leaves the 185-pounder looking at a three-to-six-month absence.
"The news that Chris Weidman is out for six months has really put a downer on the entire middleweight division," Bisping wrote on Bisping.tv. "I feel really bad for him, especially as he's already had a massively crappy month with Hurricane Sandy destroying his house.
ONE FC's Ole Laursen returns to kickboxing against top ranked Giorgio Petrosyan this March
This March, one of Asia's biggest MMA stars in Ole Laursen makes his kickboxing return against one of the best in the sport, in Giorgio Petrosyan.
Earlier this year, Ole Laursen notched the biggest win of his MMA career after a highly entertaining back and forth war against Eduard Folayang. Unfortunately, the ONE FC star wasn't able to follow up on that instant classic, and has been on the shelf for quite some time now.
The Filipino-Danish fighter has already booked his next fight, but it looks like it won't be in Mixed Martial Arts. The former Muay Thai champ announced that on March, which is roughly a year since his last ONE FC bout, he will be getting off the bench and will be making a return to his kickboxing roots.
John Moraga vs. Chris Cariaso slotted for UFC 155 in Las Vegas
A flyweight bout between John Moraga and Chris Cariaso is the latest addition to next month's UFC 155 event.
It's the 12th fight for the year-end fight card.
UFC 155 takes place Dec. 29 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with a championship headliner between heavyweight titleholder Junior Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez.
Alistair Overeem, Golden Glory settle legal issues
UFC heavyweight Alistair Overeem continues attempts to chart a smoother path towards his future. A few days after UFC president Dana White revealed that the former Strikeforce champion would likely return from his suspension to face Antonio Silva in February, Overeem and his former fight camp and management team at Golden Glory have resolved their outstanding legal issues, reaching a settlement to dismiss dueling lawsuits.
In a press release distributed to the media by Golden Glory through their attorney Roderick J. Lindblom, it was announced the two sides reached an "amicable resolution" to their dispute.
Rickson Gracie's 'Mestre do Combate' event live stream
The promotion is the brainchild of the legendary Rickson Gracie, and features some unique rules.
Today's event follows a "Rio vs. Sao Paulo" theme. Murilo Bustamante and Fernando Veras will coach teams, and five guys from each side will take each other on (not all at once, though that would be cool). There will also be three other bouts, the main event and two co-mains. Here's a look at the card:
Vitor Miranda vs. Elton "Monstro" Rodrigues
Peterson Maffort vs. Robert Peter
Luciano "Izzy" Correa vs. Oseias Viana
Samurais vs. Scorpions:
Fernando Camoles vs. Kitner Moura
Armando Sixel vs. Thiago Fernandes
Gerson Conceicao vs. Alexandre "Sagat" Nunes Brandao
Celso "Farpado" Baldow vs. Udi Lima
Jefferson "Jeffinho" Nunes vs. Glauke Eugenio
As stated above, the event will feature some unique rules. Fighters will weigh in the day of the fights, not the day before. There will be a 10-minute first round. And the most interesting difference is that if a fight is close to getting finished at the end of a round (someone is threatening with a submission, or has his opponent hurt with strikes), the round will continue until either a finish comes or the person gets out of danger. Big John McCarthy has been brought in by Rickson to make sure everything runs smoothly.
Glory Intends to Make Dream NYE Bigger Than Ever; Plans Full Assault on the U.S. Next Year
For a brief period, it had appeared that major MMA in Japan had seen its final days when Dream’s parent company Real Entertainment closed its doors earlier this year. But then things quickly changed.
In stepped Glory, announcing that the promotion would revive Dream for at least one more New Year’s Eve show from the Saitama Super Arena.
“Dream has a great name in Japan – it has a great name around the world – but it’s a very strong Japanese product, so it allows us from the get-go to be more dominant in the Japanese market, which is an important piece of the puzzle in our global quest,” said Glory Managing Director Marcus Luer.
“Taking over the Dec. 31 date also is very significant with what MMA and K-1 had done in the past on NYE in Japan. It’s a big day for the martial arts world, and we like the combination of being able to get in that slot and being able to do what we bring in the stand-up fighting world bigger and better.”
Nick Diaz Wants Main Event Fight When He Returns; Still Targeting Georges St-Pierre
Nick Diaz is very excited about his return to action in 2013, and he’s looking for the biggest fight possible.
Still serving out his one-year suspension after testing positive for marijuana following his last bout in 2012, the Stockton native is eyeing his return early next year when his ban is lifted in February.
Once licensed, Diaz is gunning for the biggest fights possible, and that includes settling a long standing rivalry with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre or current top contender Johny Hendricks.
'TUF 17' coach Jon Jones: Chael Sonnen doesn't deserve UFC title fight
Five months from now, Chael Sonnen (27-12-1 MMA, 6-5 UFC) will fight for the UFC's light heavyweight title.
He hasn't registered a 205-pound win in the octagon since 2006, and he was soundly defeated by UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in his most recent appearance. So why did UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones (17-1 MMA, 11-1 UFC) agree to coach opposite Sonnen on "The Ultimate Fighter 17" and ultimately face him in the octagon?
"Bones" said it was an easy choice. This is his chance to silence the trashtalking master by beating him down in a cage.