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Zelg Galesic vs. Alexander Shlemenko in the works for Bellator 50
(mmajunkie.com)
Russian striker Alexander Shlemenko (39-7 MMA, 4-1 BFC) will welcome Croatian banger Zelg Galesic (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BFC) to the Bellator Fighting Championships cage. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Shlemenko and Galesic have verbally agreed to meet at Bellator 50. Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly. Though Bellator officials have yet to announce any contests for the event, Bellator 50 takes place Sept. 17 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood Florida. The night's main card airs on MTV2. Galesic vs. Shlemenko is expected to feature on the broadcast.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 7:20PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
Gerald Harris signs multi-fight deal with DREAM, could debut at September event
(mmajunkie.com)
Gerald Harris (18-4 MMA, 0-0 DREAM) is bound for Japan. The ex-UFC middleweight today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that he's signed a multi-fight with DREAM. While Harris' debut for the promotion has yet to be determined, though DREAM representative Mike Kogan said today that there is "a very good chance" the fighter could appear on an as-yet-unannounced event, possibly DREAM.17, targeted for Sept. 25 at Saitama Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 7:19PM by Budgellism - 8 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations
 
UFC 138 Leben vs Munoz to Air on Spike TV
(bloodyelbow.com)
The UFC returns to the United Kingdom on November 5th for UFC 138 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. The card is headlined by Chris Leben and Mark Munoz in what could be considered a title eliminator for the Middleweight belt. Chris Leben has bounced back from the devastating knockout loss at the hands of Brian Stann at UFC 125 with a sensational knockout of Wanderlei Silva at UFC 132. Mark Munoz is currently on a three fight win streak that includes wins over C.B. Dollaway and Demian Maia. Today, Spike TV made it official when they sent out a press release stating they'd be the outlet for airing the event.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 6:09PM by FastKnockout - 6 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Matt Riddle welcomes newcomer Lance Benoist at UFC Fight Night 25
(mmajunkie.com)
It took a little while, but Lance Benoist finally has a date for his octagon debut. After signing a multi-fight deal with the UFC this past month, Benoist (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is scheduled to fight Matt Riddle (5-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at "UFC Fight Night 25: Battle on the Bayou." UFC officials today announced the bout, though its placement on the event's fight card was not made official.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 5:18PM by Budgellism - 3 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce Challengers 17 medical suspensions: Lanham heads minimal orders
(mmajunkie.com)
This past weekend's "Strikeforce Challengers 17: Voelking vs. Bowler III" event featured a few highlight-reel finishes and toe-to-toe scraps, but the evening's competitor's got off relatively injury-free. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) today requested and received the list of medical suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commissions. Just six of the evening's 18 fighters received suspensions, and most were of the minimal precautionary variety. However, Lionel Lanham was given a fairly lengthy order.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 4:33PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Paul Bradley steps in to fight Rafael Natal at UFC 133
(mmajunkie.com)
Paul Bradley (16-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who made a brief appearance on "The Ultimate Fighter 7" before doctors pulled him from the show with a contagious skin condition, has verbally agreed to fight Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) at UFC 133. Natal was today left without an opponent when his originally scheduled charge, Constantinos Phillippou, was promoted to a main card fight with Jorge Rivera in the wake of a doomed bout with Alessio Sakara.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 4:31PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With Alessio Sakara out, Constantinos Philippou faces Jorge Rivera at UFC 133
(mmajunkie.com)
The deck just keeps shuffling. With Alessio Sakara forced out of August's UFC 133 event, Constantinos Phillippou (7-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) has been pulled from a preliminary card bout with Rafael "Sapo" Natal (12-3-1 MMA, 0-1-1 UFC) and will now face Jorge Rivera (19-8 MMA, 7-6 UFC) on the evening's pay-per-view broadcast.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 4:30PM by Budgellism - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Curse continues: Sakara out of UFC 133 with torn ACL, Rivera awaits replacement
(mmajunkie.com)
Results of an MRI conducted today confirmed that Alessio Sakara (15-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has torn his ACL and will be out a minimum of six to eight months, a representative from American Top Team confirmed today with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). *this fight will never happen in the UFC..the third time it got canceld..cursed!..lol
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 2:22PM by RhythmAndStyle - 22 comments
Filed under: UFC, Interviews
 
Heading into Strikeforce Fight with Fedor, Dan Henderson Doesn’t Feel Outmatched or Small
(mmaweekly.com)
Current Strikeforce light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson (27-8) heads into one of the biggest fights of his career when he meets former Pride heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko (31-3) at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. The former Olympian has spent much of his career between fighting at middleweight and light heavyweight, and has won the Pride welterweight (185-pound limit) and the Pride middleweight (205-pound limit) titles.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 10:04AM by pmoney - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce, MMA Personalities
 
"UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" official with 12 bouts
(mmajunkie.com)
The fight card for next month's "UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami" event is now official with 12 bouts. UFC officials recently confirmed a bout MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) previously reported between featherweight prospect Felipe Arantes (13-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Yuri Alcantara (24-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC). All fights now have been announced for the Aug. 27 event.
Submitted Jul 25, 2011 10:01AM by pmoney - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Mike Pyle was winning fights when Rory MacDonald was rushing home from junior high to play with his Pokemon
(mmamania.com)
Are you ready to accept Mike Pyle as your 170-pound prospect killer? Well that's the role he's been cast as of late, what with the UFC setting up the 35-year-old war horse in match-ups against young guns like John Hathaway and Rory MacDonald.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 2:53PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
With historic trilogy victory complete, Voelker eyes Strikeforce's big stage
(mmajunkie.com)
or five solid minutes, it looked as if Strikeforce's first-ever "Challengers Series" trilogy was firmly in the grasp of Roger Bowling. Then, in a flash – well, the flash of a knee, really – everything changed. Bobby Voelker (24-8 MMA, 4-1 SF) instantly turned the tide of the matchup with a well-timed knee that sent his opponent stumbling backward. "Vicious" seized the moment, driving forward with punches to secure a second-round TKO. Now, the 32-year-old believes he's ready for graduation.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 2:51PM by Budgellism - 2 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Strikeforce Challengers 19 targeted for Sept. 23rd in Las Vegas
(mmajunkie.com)
The next installment of Strikeforce's "Challengers Series" events is expected to take place Sept. 23 in Las Vegas. MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) has learned that Strikeforce executives have tentatively reserved that date at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort for the 19th edition of the prospect-focused event series. An official announcement from the promotion is expected shortly.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 10:08AM by pmoney - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
UFC President Dana White: We Always Planned to Come Back to Denver
(mmaweekly.com)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship began in Denver nearly 20 years ago, but the promotion hasn’t operated a pay-per-view event in the Mile High City since “The Ultimate Ultimate” in 1995. Zuffa, the UFC’s parent company, wasn’t even the owner back then. UFC president Dana White, in an exclusive interview with MMAWeekly.com, says that the company he is part owner of, alongside Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, has long been on a course to return to Denver, but they wanted to do it the right way. Article includes video of Dana talking of the return to Denver.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 9:51AM by pmoney - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
UFC veterans Sean McCorkle and Efrain Escudero win at Championship Fighting Alliance 2 on July 23
(mmamania.com)
Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) 2 took place last night (July 23, 2011) from the U.S. Century Bank Arena in Miami, Florida. The 12-fight card featured a couple of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veterans in action, as Sean McCorkle headlined the show in his first appearance since his dismissal from the world's largest fight promotion earlier this year. "Big Sexy" took on extremely late replacement Cameron Befort and dominated the superheavyweight contest, knocking Befort down before locking in a kimura and earning himself a rather easy first-round submission win.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 9:17AM by pmoney - 3 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities
 
Strikeforce prospect Ovince St. Preux: I just think it's my time
(mmajunkie.com)
Fewer than two years ago, Strikeforce light heavyweight Ovince St. Preux (11-4 MMA, 5-0 SF) was an unknown commodity with a losing record looking to rebound from back-to-back defeats. Now, he's one of the brightest young stars in the promotion and has openly challenged the likes of former Strikeforce champions Gegard Mousasi and Renato "Bablu" Sobral. Following his eighth consecutive victory, the 28-year-old former collegiate linebacker said he remembers the moment things turned around.
Submitted Jul 24, 2011 8:51AM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Rampage irritated with everyone trying to wrestle him. Wants someone who will "come to fight"
(mmamania.com)
Both sides of this issue are very understandable... Rampage wants someone to let him throw his hands because he sees this as a chance to entertain fans and have some fun, but if I was in a cage with that mad man I would try to hold him down for as long as I can.. anything to keep those cinderblocks he calls hands away from me. "Jackson is also quite adamant that he feels Jones will execute the same game plan Evans had. He's already attempting to avoid that by engaging in a bit of psychological warfare in challenging "Bones'" manhood if he does, in fact, make it wrestlemania in Denver on Sept. 24 at UFC 135."
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 6:30PM by Patchedup15 - 55 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
Strikeforce boss says promotion seeking options to broadcast preliminary fights
(mmajunkie.com)
For as many entertaining scraps as Strikeforce broadcast in its pre-Zuffa era, fans of the sport always had one complaint: Where are the preliminary card fights? Perhaps spoiled by the UFC's recent strategy of utilizing varying combinations Spike TV, ION Television, Facebook and UFC.com to air entire fight cards, MMA fans wanted to know why Strikeforce wasn't doing the same. Now that the promotion is under the same ownership umbrella as the UFC, Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker said things may be changing.
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 5:05PM by Budgellism - 4 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dan Henderson doesn't want to leave Strikeforce but 'there is a chance' he may never defend his light heavyweight title
(mmamania.com)
After July 30, Dan Henderson's Strikeforce light heavyweight title could be nothing more than a piece of gold "Hendo" never got much use of. Parish the thought. That's because "Dangerous" Dan's contract is up after his bout against Fedor Emelianenko next Saturday night and now that the UFC has purchased Strikeforce, the negotiating table suddenly isn't so friendly.
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 5:03PM by Budgellism - 11 comments
Filed under: StrikeForce
 
Dana White confirms Urijah Faber vs Brian Bowles winner will receive bantamweight title shot
(mmamania.com)
Sometimes the food chain works itself out rather nicely. Such is the case with the bantamweight division, which is filled with talent but before just a few days ago had little order and direction. That's no longer the case after matchmaker Joe Silva and UFC President Dana White went to work and figured it all out.
Submitted Jul 23, 2011 5:01PM by Budgellism - 10 comments
Filed under: UFC
 
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