Todd Duffee out of Saturday's "DREAM: Japan GP Final" with injury
An undisclosed injury has forced ex-UFC heavyweight Todd Duffee (6-2 MMA, 0-1 DREAM) to withdraw from this weekend's "DREAM: Japan GP Final" event.
A source close to the event today confirmed the news with MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) after ESPN.com's initial report.
Nick Gaston (5-1 MMA, 0-0 DREAM), Duffee's originally scheduled opponent, also has been scratched from the card due to the late-notice change.
"DREAM: Japan GP Final" takes place this Saturday, July 16, at Ariake Coliseum in Tokyo. No North American broadcast plans have been announced for the event (officially dubbed "Fight for Japan: DREAM Japan GP Final – 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament Final").
Social Networking Pays Off: Carlos Condit vs. B.J. Penn in the Works for UFC Event in October
It appears Carlos Condit and B.J. Penn are on a collision course for a bout in October.
The power of social networking was at work on Monday with messages being exchanged back and forth between Condit, Penn and fellow top ten welterweight Jon Fitch.
When it was all said and done Condit issued a challenge to Penn, and he promptly accepted and now the UFC is on board as well.
“The people have spoken,” wrote Condit in a message to Penn. “They want to see us scrap, let’s give em’ what they asked for.”
UFC title hopeful Gray Maynard cleared for training, UFC 136 return possible
Gray Maynard can now resume his quest for gold.
The UFC lightweight contender today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that his doctor has given him the green light to resume training.
"I've been cleared," said Maynard (10-0-1 MMA, 8-0-1 UFC), who mentioned October's UFC 136 event as a possible return date.
The Las Vegas-based lightweight injured his knee in preparation for a highly anticipated rematch with lightweight champ Frankie Edgar (13-1-1 MMA, 8-1-1 UFC) at UFC 130. The injury came to light after Edgar withdrew from the bout with a back injury, which delayed the meeting until further notice.
For the record.... THANK GOD
Ken Stone vs. Donny Walker added to UFC Fight Night 25 in New Orleans
Bantamweights Ken Stone and Donny Walker will meet in New Orleans.
UFC officials today announced the addition to September's UFC Fight Night 25 event.
Featuring a welterweight matchup between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger, "UFC Fight Night 25: Shields vs. Ellenberger" takes place Sept. 17 at New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Welterweight John Howard Released from the UFC Following Loss at UFC on Versus 4
John Howard is the latest casualty from recent losses in the UFC as the Massachusetts’ fighter has been released from the promotion.
Howard’s manager Malki Kawa of First Round Management confirmed the news to MMAWeekly.com on Monday.
Going 4-3 during his time with the UFC, Howard has been an exciting fighter with true fire power in his hands, picking up wins over names like Dennis Hallman and Daniel Roberts along the way.
Dan Henderson Hopes to Defend Strikeforce Belt, Eventually Meet UFC Champion
Dan Henderson has a knack for big performances at contract time: In 2007, he knocked out Wanderlei Silva at Pride 33, becoming a two-division champion and positioning himself to get a lucrative deal when the UFC purchased Pride. Two years ago, he knocked out Michael Bisping at UFC 100, scoring the biggest highlight on the UFC's biggest stage and positioning himself to get a lucrative deal when Strikeforce decided to bid for his services.
And now Henderson is preparing to fight Fedor Emelianenko in the final fight of his Strikeforce contract -- a fight that could position Henderson to negotiate a new deal with Strikeforce's new parent company Zuffa, owners of the UFC. But while a win over Emelianenko could launch Henderson directly into a UFC pay-per-view main event, Henderson says his preference is to stick with Strikeforce.
Former ‘Ultimate Fighter’ Finalist Andre Winner Released from the UFC
The cluttered UFC lightweight division is a brutal place to work following the integration of the WEC roster, and inevitably there will be cuts based on performance and results.
The latest lightweight to have been released is British Rough House fighter Andre Winner who exits the promotion following his loss to Anthony Njokuani at UFC 132 – it marks his third in a row.
If victorious at Shark Fights 17, Jake Rosholt hopes for return to the UFC
Jake Rosholt has been fighting professionally for four years and has seen his fair share of ups and downs during his still-young career.
The three-time national-champion Oklahoma State wrestler had a short stint with the UFC in which he went 1-2 and was released in late 2009. Add neck surgery to repair two herniated disks to the list, and it's safe to assume that Rosholt's best days are still in ahead of him.
Rosholt (11-3) returns to action for the sixth time in 2011 when he meets Matt Horwich (26-18-1) at Friday's Shark Fights 17 event, which airs live on HDNet from Dr Pepper Arena in Frisco, Texas. There, he looks to avenge his lone loss since exiting the UFC.
Refferee's DANGEROUS mistake in Kim Couture fight
If you guys haven't see this outrage, you should.
The video of this incompetant referee in this fight is included, as is the step by step photo documentation of this.
The choke is applied at 1:59 of the video. Kim couture appears to be out at 2:07. She's CLEARLY UNCONSCIOUS at 2:11. THe Ref stops the fight at 2:19.
Quite frankly, she's lucky to walk out with such an idiotic, ignorant ref working this fight. This guy should NEVER work another fight again. He should NEVER have another human's well-being in his hands ever again.
For the record, it was a slick scissors choke. Plus, it shows that Kimmy Doesn't have much of a future in MMA...But both of those things get overshadowed by this buffoon.
Seriously, check it out
Pat Barry: I lost better than anybody.
"I was hitting [Kongo] and then all of a sudden I opened my eyes and I thought I won. That was the first thing out of my mouth was, 'Yo, we got him.'"
"I also didn't know I was lying on my back. I thought I was standing face-to-face with him. So when the doctor said, 'Can you try to sit up for me?' I looked at him like, how am I going to sit up when I'm already standing? That doesn't even make sense. You're the worst doctor in the world. You should be fired."
A kinder, gentler Chael Sonnen talks Brian Stann.
Chael Sonnen's uspension from the California State Athletic Commission expired this week. As soon as he was clear to fight again, the 34-year-old was back to his ways — calling out fighters and injecting himself into the fray as soon as possible, seemingly making up for lost time.
But while he has been callous and combative in other interviews, it was a more genuine, less venomous Sonnen who answered reporter Megan Olivi's questions.
Hatsu Hioki meets George Roop at UFC 137 in October
Former Sengoku World Victory Road champion Hatsu Hioki will make his U.S. debut on Oct. 29.
UFC officials today announced that the Japanese superstar will face scrappy veteran George Roop at UFC 137.
Featuring a pay-per-view headliner between UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre and former Strikeforce titleholder Nick Diaz, UFC 137 takes place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
All Fighters Pass UFC 132 Drug Tests, Nevada to Restart Out-of-Competition Testing
All 15 fighters that were tested for drug by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the UFC 132 card have come back clean, according to Executive Director Keith Kizer in a statement put out by the commission. This means they passes a test for performance enhancing and recreational drugs.
The fighters that were tested include main eventers Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, co-main eventers Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben, Tito Ortiz, Ryan Bader, Carlos Condit, Dennis Siver, Melvin Guillard, Shane Roller, Rafael Dos Anjos, Brian Bowles, Aaron Simpson, Anthony Njokuani and Jeff Hougland.
In other news, an infusion of cash has also allowed Nevada to begin out-of-competition testing again, according to Kizer in an interview with Brett Okamoto of ESPN:
The commission has had the authority to randomly test its athletes since 2008, but financial restrictions have limited its ability to do so since 2009. That changed last month, when Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law a bill that will feed close to $200,000 into the state's program during the next two years.
"We have the money this month, so I would be surprised if we didn't do some tests in July," Keith Kizer, executive director of NSAC, told ESPN.com. "Each test runs right around $200, so when it's all said and done, we'll test a pretty good chunk."