XFC 25 | Ryan Thomas Talks About Opponent Change
When Rocky France heard about Stephens dropping out, he jumped at the chance to call John Prisco, (Promoter and President of Xtreme Fighting Championships) and volunteer to take the bout. Prisco originally turned the bout down; until he watched the video of the first time Thomas and France met, just 3 months ago at Colosseum Combat 25. Frace told us in an interview, that Prisco called him back 20 minutes later saying, “Let’s do it!”
UFC Fight Night 28 preview: 25 pre-fight facts for 'Teixeira vs. Bader'
The UFC returns to Brazil for the fifth time this year for Wednesday's "UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader" event at Mineirinho Arena in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
As is becoming tradition for events in the MMA-crazed country, the fight card is loaded with matchups that pit Brazilian fighters against foreigners from around the globe.
Dana White: TJ Grant Will Get Next Crack at UFC Lightweight Title
Although new UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis‘ health is currently in question, his first title defense is not.
UFC president Dana White told Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports – an official MMAWeekly.com content partner – that TJ Grant will get the next shot at the lightweight title. Although Iole added that Pettis is still undergoing tests on the knee he injured when taking the belt from Benson Henderson at UFC 164 on Saturday night.
Antonio Silva vs. Mark Hunt to headline December 21st UFC Fight Night in Australia
UFC returns to Australia on Dec. 21, and heavyweight Mark Hunt will be on the main event of the Fight Night card.
Sources close to the situation told MMAFighting.com that Pride veteran Mark Hunt has verbally agreed to meet Brazilian heavyweight Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva in a five-round battle in Australia on Dec. 21, but the city or venue for the event has not been determined. Combate first reported the news.
Herb Dean says that (luckily) there wasn't any controversy with Anthony Pettis' armbar
Saturday night's UFC 164 lightweight title bout between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis ended in such confusing non-dramatic fashion as to create drama.
Did Benson Henderson tap verbally when Pettis torqued that armbar in the first round, or did he physically tap? There was a brief three or four seconds when nobody really knew what happened as Pettis peeled off of Henderson and began to celebrate.
The third man in the cage for that main event was Herb Dean, and he was on Monday's edition of The MMA Hour to clarify the sequence of events...
Signal to Noise: UFC 164's best and worst
There was much to love and hate about Saturday's UFC 164. A star was born and a new champion crowned at lightweight, but several key UFC fixtures found themselves likely wondering what's next after a series of deeply underwhelming performances.
It's time to separate the winners from the losers, the best from the worst and the signal from the noise...
UFC Veteran, Sean “The Muscle Shark” Sherk is retiring from UFC
At the age of 40 and after an extraordinary 14 year career, Sean “Muscle Shark” Sherk is retiring from the UFC with a 38-4-1 record, but will always be remembered as a UFC Lightweight Champion.
Sean Sherk began his road to the UFC as a wrestler at the age of 7. After 13 years of wrestling and 400 matches, Sherk began his martial art training with Greg Nelson at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. After realizing that his strong background in wrestling would give him a clear advantage in MMA, he decided to enter his first NHB fight in 1999 and won. Sherk accumulated an impressive 17-0-1 record before signing with the UFC in 2001.
Sherk began his UFC career against Tiki Ghosen at UFC 30 (2001). After going an astounding 22-0-1 Sherk recorded his first loss to Matt Hughs. After losing his first fight, Sherk was more determined than ever and went on a remarkable 12 fight winning streak. In 2006, Sean Sherk became the UFC Lightweight World Champion after winning all five rounds and defeating Kenny Florian via unanimous decision. Sherk credits his win to his superior wrestling technique and unwavering stamina from practicing extreme cardio using the Training Mask, a product he cofounded.
Jose Aldo: Don't pay attention to Dana White, I'm not afraid to fight Anthony Pettis
"I can fight Cain Velasquez if they want. It's not up to me, I'm not the matchmaker. I want to fight, I'm here to fight. I train everyday to destroy whoever they put in front of me. I'm not scared of anyone. They have two arms and two legs, and I will do my best and win. I agree with everything Andre says, and I can fight anyone. Sometimes Dana says things that you better not pay attention. (Dana) knows he promised us things and he knows he has to give us, so that's why he says those things. We'll see what happens."
Hugo Viana hurt, bout with Wilson Reis scrapped from UFC Fight Night 28
TUF Brazil 1 alum Hugo Viana has suffered an injury to his left knee. Subsequently, UFC Fight Night 28 will go on with 11 bouts.
Viana announced his knee injury on his Instagram account on Friday, and MMAFighting.com confirmed with sources close to the situation that Wilson Reis, who replaced Johny Bedford, is also off the card.
"Unfortunately, I won’t be able to fight at UFN 28 because I injured my left knee on my last jiu-jitsu trainings," Viana wrote. "Thanks God that’s not a bad injury and I’ll started the treatment next week. I hope to return to trainings to be able to fight in a next UFC show in Brazil."
UFC Fight Night 28 takes place in Belo Horizonte, Brazil next Wednesday, and is headlined by Glover Teixeira vs. Ryan Bader.