UFC boss praises Roy Nelson's durability but unsure what his future holds
On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Roy Nelson did what Roy Nelson does best: Walk forward, opponent be damned, and wing right hands.
And while his gutsy performance earned "Big Country" one-half of UFC 143's "Fight of the Night" bonus, the loss leaves Nelson at just 1-3 in his past four fights.
So despite earning one of the loudest welcomes of the night from the Mandalay Bay Events Center crowd, is Nelson's spot in the UFC's heavyweight division secure?
"I don't know," UFC president Dana White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "We'll see what happens. I mean the guy brings it. He comes to fight. I just – you wonder what he could do if he really, really trained and got into it."
UFC 143 winner Barao wants title shot; boss says contender becoming Brazilian treasure
The Ultimate Fighting Championship's own media notes on Brazilian bantamweight Renan Barao (28-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) sum it up nicely: "Has best record, on paper, in all of MMA."
On Saturday night, Barao earned his 28th-straight win by downing onetime title-challenger Scott Jorgensen via unanimous decision.
The 24-year-old is now 5-0 under the Zuffa banner, and while UFC president Dana White isn't ready to grant him a title shot just yet, he admits the Nova Uniao product is quickly becoming one of Brazil's most popular fighters.
"He's got an incredible streak going," White told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "He's the buzz right now in Brazil. Everybody's buzzing about that guy. We'll see what happens."
Barao, of course, famously dropped his first fight as a professional and has since earned 28-straight wins. He debuted for Zuffa with a pair of WEC wins and now has three-straight UFC victories under his belt. He's a consensus top-10 bantamweight according to MMA pundits, and the win over Jorgensen only serves to reinforce that assessment. Yet with just two main-card appearances to date, he has yet to really resonate among casual MMA fans.
With Josh Koscheck's AKA relations strained, is Jon Fitch fight finally possible?
UFC 143 winner Josh Koscheck (17-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) dropped the first hint of trouble at this past Thursday's pre-fight press conference, when he talked about the importance of "Team Me."
Following his split-decision win over Mike Pierce at Saturday's event in Las Vegas, Koscheck opened the flood gates.
"I'll be training out of Fresno for now," Koscheck told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com). "I'm no longer affiliated with some of the people at the gym that I've been training at."
"That gym," of course, is American Kickboxing Academy, where Koscheck has long honed his craft. Koscheck made his way up the ranks alongside fellow AKA welterweights Jon Fitch (23-4-1 MMA, 13-2-1 UFC) and Mike Swick, and the family feel of the team lead to controversial fallouts with UFC president Dana White when the triumvirate refused to fight each other.
Recently, however, there have been rumblings of some discontent. Longtime AKA grappling coach Dave Camarillo left the gym in late 2011, and it appears Koscheck is now doing the same.
Chael Sonnen vs. Anderson Silva II set for June in Brazil.
LAS VEGAS – The rematch is happening.
At Saturday night's UFC 143 post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White confirmed that both UFC middleweight champ Anderson Silva (31-4 MMA, 14-0 UFC) and his nemesis Chael Sonnen (27-11-1 MMA, 6-4 UFC) have verbally agreed to meet in Brazil on an as-yet-undetermined date in June.
Silva was in Las Vegas for Saturday's fight card, and White said an agreement was reached during the event.
Bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
Brandon Vera injured, out of UFC on FX 3 rematch with Thiago Silva
A scheduled rematch between Thiago Silva and Brandon Vera will have to wait.
UFC officials today announced that Vera has suffered an undisclosed injury, and a replacement is being sought for his light-heavyweight bout with Silva at May's UFC on FX 3 event.
The show is scheduled for May 15 at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. The night's main card airs on FX.
Watch UFC 143 In The UK For Free On ESPN Freeview Weekend
The ESPN Sports network of channels in the UK is the official home of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and much like some US premium subscription networks, occasionally offer a Freeview weekend to entice new customers to sign up with them.
Since 6am GT on Friday ESPN, ESPN Classic and ESPN America have been free to watch, with High Definition options available depending on your provider and setup.
UFC 143 is free to watch tonight, with the Countdown to UFC 143 starting at 02:30 am GT and UFC 143: Carlos Condit vs Nick Diaz Live at 03:00 am GT.
Karl Amoussou vs. Chris Lozana set for Bellator 63
CHICAGO, Ill. (February 3, 2012) — Bellator Fighting Championships returns to Mohegan Sun Arena on March 30 for Bellator 63: The Assassin vs. Psycho. The Friday night affair will feature the quarterfinals of the Bellator Season 6 Welterweight Tournament, along with a host of preliminary fights featuring some of the best East Coast talent the sport has to offer. Tickets for the event go on sale at 10 a.m. EST on Saturday, February 4 and are available through Ticketmaster.com or at the Mohegan Sun Box Office. Tickets are priced from $30-$70.
The event will broadcast LIVE starting at 8 p.m. EST on MTV2 and in commercial-free HD on EPIX. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. EST, with the first fight scheduled for 7 p.m. EST. The preliminary card, featuring the area’s top local talent will be streamed LIVE and FREE around the world on Spike.com starting at 7 p.m. EST.
The night will be highlighted by Karl “Psycho” Amoussou (@KarlAmoussou) and Chris “The Cleveland Assassin” Lozano as the two vie for a spot in the welterweight semifinals. The Frenchman, Amoussou is known for his tenacious style and desire to finish every fight, leading to 11 finishes in his 13 career wins. For Lozano, the Cleveland Assassin looks for another shot at the Bellator title after coming up short last year against eventual tournament winner Douglas Lima. While Lozano should be a familiar name to Bellator fans after competing in the previous two welterweight tournaments, the evolution Lozano has made over the last half year should make “The Cleveland Assassin” one of the most dangerous fighters inside the Bellator cage.
Olson Cuts to Bantamweight, Meets Gibson in TPF 12 Headliner
WEC veteran Casey Olson will return to the cage after nearly two years on the shelf, dropping to bantamweight to take on Cody Gibson in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 12.
Tachi Palace Entertainment Coordinator Jeremy Luchau notified Sherdog.com of the development on Friday. TPF 12 takes place March 9 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif. “Second Coming” will also feature a featherweight title defense from Georgi Karakhanyan, as “Insane” squares off with Micah Miller.
Main card, prelims set for 'Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey' in Ohio
The lineup, including the preliminary and main cards, is set for next month's "Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey" event.
The show takes place March 3 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
The main card, including a title fight between female bantamweight champion Miesha Tate (12-2 MMA, 5-1 SF) and Ronda Rousey (4-0 MMA, 2-0 SF), airs on Showtime. Prelims air on Showtime Extreme.
Titan Fighting 21: Jorge Santiago vs Leonardo Pecanha booked for March 2 in Kansas City
Deerfield Beach, FL - Authentic Sports Management today announced that its own former UFC middleweight and Sengoku Champion "The Sandman" Jorge Santiago will take on former Bellator competitor and fellow Brazilian Leonardo Pecanha as the main event of Titan Fighting Championship's March 2 card in Kansas City, Kansas.
"Titan Fighting 21" will take place inside Memorial Hall and HDNet will deliver the entire main card live starting at 9:00 p.m. ET.
"I can't wait to fight for Titan on March 2nd and to show everybody that "The Sandman" is back and more dangerous than ever before," said Santiago. "I train with the best coaches and some of the best fighters in the world, I've never felt better or more ready, and at Titan Fighting 21 I'm going to make a fight nobody will forget - especially Leonardo Pecanha."
UFC on FOX 3 adds flyweights Louis Gaudinot vs. newcomer John Lineker
The UFC's flyweight division is kicking off quickly in 2012, and the promotion's third event on network television today received a second 125-pound affair.
UFC officials today announced that Louis Gaudinot (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and John Lineker (19-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will meet at UFC on FOX 3.
Verbal agreements are in place for the matchup, and bout agreements are expected to be finalized shortly.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Gaudinot vs. Lineker likely will be part of the prelims.
War Machine going back to jail for another year
The fighter formerly known as Jon Koppenhaver has led a life that is fitting for a legally named War Machine.
He went 1-1 in the UFC and was released for making unfortunate comments about Evan Tanner, and general difficulty. Then he signed with Bellator and was released for posting really, really unfortunate things about President Obama on his MySpace.
He tried a career in porn, which was shut down when he beat up more or less an entire room of people at a party attended by porn professionals. And he recently got out of a year in County for felony assault.
He signed wiih Bellator, and was planning on fightng soon, but now he reports on twitter that is going back to lock up for a year.
Dan Henderson wants to wait for title shot, says UFC prez
Former Strikeforce light-heavyweight champion Dan Henderson has put himself in limbo, according to UFC president Dana White.
"Dan Henderson's in a position right now where it looks like he wants to wait for Jon Jones," White said today.
Earlier this month, White said Henderson (29-8 MMA, 5-2 UFC) turned down a fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on FUEL 2.
Henderson soon after defended his decision in an interview with Clinch Gear Radio, saying he thought it was undecided whether he or Rashad Evans would get the first crack at champ Jon Jones and that he didn't think a fight with Nogueira was interesting for the fans.
Henderson also clarified that he would have taken the fight had it been three rounds instead of the five-round length currently in place for headlining fights.
Of course, that was before Evans secured a title shot by beating Phil Davis at this past Saturday's UFC on FOX 2.
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey
Karlos Vemola is dropping another weight class and moves from light heavyweight to middleweight and now meets Mike Massenzio in May at UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV.
With aging gladiator retired, UFC 143 to debut new 60-second 'show opener'
It appears the UFC's famed gladiator is no more.
The UFC will debut a new 60-second opening for its pay-per-view events at this weekend's "UFC 143: Diaz vs. Condit" show in Las Vegas. It'll replace the one that's been in use for nearly a decade.
The segment, which was produced by the digital-production company Digital Domain (and sister company Mothership), features highlights from 18 of the UFC's most iconic fights.
Pat Barry Vs. Lavar Johnson Booked For UFC On Fox 3
Two of the UFC's heaviest-handed big men have agreed to throw down in New Jersey on May 5th at UFC on Fox 3, when Pat Barry will meet Lavar Johnson, according to an announcement on UFC.com this morning:
Get ready for heavyweight fireworks as verbal agreements are in for a showdown between knockout artists Lavar "Big" Johnson and Pat "HD" Barry on the main card of FOX's third event this May 5 in New Jersey
Karlos Vemola vs. Mike Massenzio added to UFC on FOX 3 in New Jersey
Karlos Vemola (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is dropping another weight class and moves from light heavyweight to middleweight and now meets Mike Massenzio (13-6 MMA, 2-4 UFC) in May at UFC on FOX 3.
UFC officials today announced the fight.
UFC on FOX 3 takes place May 5 at IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J. The main card airs on FOX, and prelims are expected to air on FUEL TV. Vemola vs. Massenzio likely will be part of the prelims.