Mike Wilkinson to move to Featherweight
Mike “The Warrior” Wilkinson made a fantastic UFC debut this weekend in a “Fight of the Night” candidate at UFC on FX 6 in Australia. He took on fellow UK countryman and friend Brendan Loughnane, putting on the kind of three round battle all fight fans could enjoy. Great standup, effective grappling and lots of heart were on display from both fighters for the full fifteen minutes. In the end it though it was Wilkinson that got the judges decision, keeping his undefeated professional record intact. We certainly had a lot to talk about when he came on the MMA Mental Podcast this Wednesday, with a planned drop to the UFC Featherweight division among the topics discussed.
Robbie Lawler Makes Octagon Return At UFC 157 Against Josh Koscheck
Promotion officials are currently hard at work trying to assemble the UFC 157 fight card, and it looks like they’re trying to fill it up before everyone checks out for a little holiday cheer.
The UFC announced a couple of UFC 157 bouts on Wednesday, and MMAWeekly.com confirmed reports of an as yet unofficial match-up between Josh Koscheck and former Strikeforce fighter Robbie Lawler.
The Koscheck vs. Lawler bout was first reported by the Orange County Register.
The two will meet in a welterweight match-up on Feb. 23 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
TUF 16 Finale winner Elliott nearly fought Papazian in sauna, now wants Gaudinot
There will be less real estate under the Christmas tree, and the stockings will be a little more stuffed in the Tim Elliott household this year.
Following a win over Jared Papazian (14-9 MMA, 0-3 UFC) this past weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale, Elliott (9-3-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) pocketed a $40,000 "Fight of the Night" bonus and a nice boost in the flyweight rankings.
But Elliott said if his opponent had gotten his wish, the fight likely would have never happened in the cage. Instead, it would have gone down in the sauna.
Bellator reviewing Eddie Alvarez's UFC offer with choice of match or let him go
Eddie Alvarez has his offer. Now it's a waiting game.
The former Bellator lightweight champ, one of the most coveted MMA free agents in years, has a contract offer in hand from the UFC. That leaves Bellator in a two-week period in which it can match the offer in an attempt to retain the fighter.
Bellator officials on Wednesday told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that promotion execs are reviewing Alvarez's offer from the UFC and are expected to announce soon whether they will match it or let him go.
Current UFC 155 betting lines
Can't believe Boetsch is an underdog
Can't believe Melvin is an underdog
& I thought Thunder vs Talent would be dead even
Can't wait for this event
The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale suspensions: Four fighters get six-month orders
Pat Barry, Marcos Vinicius, Vinc Pichel and John Cofer each face potential six-month medical suspensions following this past weekend's The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale event.
In total, 10 fighters were issued medical orders of varying degrees following the fight card.
The full list of The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale medical suspensions included:
Matt Mitrione: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 for precautionary reasons
Shane Del Rosario: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15
Pat Barry: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible right foot fracture
James Head: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 due to a right upper eyelid laceration
Marcos Vinicius: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared by an ENT doctor for a right infraorbital rim fracture and anterior right maxillary sinus and nasal fractures; minimum suspension through Feb. 14 with no contact in training until Jan. 30
Vinc Pichel: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible left foot fracture; minimum suspension through Feb. 14 with no contact in training until Jan. 30
Nick Catone: Suspended until Jan. 15 with no contact in training until Jan. 6 for precautionary reasons
Reuben Duran: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 for precautionary reasons
John Cofer: Suspended until June 15 unless cleared early by an orthopedic doctor for a possible right shoulder injury
Jared Papazian: Suspended until Jan. 30 with no contact in training until Jan. 15 due to a laceration above the left eye
Alexander Emelianenko announces retirement
Alexander Emel,ianenko the younger brother of heavyweight great Fedor Emelianenko, has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.
In a post that ran on his website and Facebook page, Emelianenko, who went 21-6 in a nine-year career, said he would no longer be able to compete due to "health problems caused by old injuries."
The 31-year-old also thanked both his supporters and detractors for motivating him to succeed, and said he would be focusing more time on his family.
UFC on FX 6 medical suspensions: Palhares, Mendes, Beltran out six months
Seven fighters from this past weekend's UFC on FX 6 event received medical suspensions of up to six months.
All UFC on FX 6 fighters were issued mandatory 21-day suspensions. However, additional suspensions included:
Robert Whittaker: suspended six months due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Rousimar Palhares: suspended six months due to a right-foot injury, though an orthopedic doctor can clear him early
Chad Mendes: suspended six months due to a left-foot injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Joe Beltran: suspended six months due to a right-hand injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Mike Pierce: suspended six months due to facial injuries, though a maxillofacial surgeon can clear him early; regardless, suspended for 30 days for precautionary reasons
Brendan Loughnane: suspended six months due to a left-foot injury, though a doctor can clear him early
Mike Wilkinson: suspended six months due to a jaw injury, though a doctor can clear him early
UFC WELTERWEIGHT DUANE LUDWIG NAMED NEW HEAD COACH OF TEAM ALPHA MALE
UFC welterweight Duane Ludwig has been named the new head coach of Team Alpha Male.
“It’s flattering to have the request and good timing, as I’ll be out for at least a year,” Ludwig recently told Sherdog.com. “With that said, chances lead toward me stepping away from the actual fighting and starting to train the next generation. To be given a team like Alpha Male is a coach’s dream. The work ethic of great wrestlers with a more Dutch style of kickboxing, such as mine, is going to be fun to watch. Everyone at Alpha Male is already a great and successful mixed martial artist, so this can only get better.”
US Marine Corps ends sponsorship deal with UFC
The United States Marine Corps have ended their sponsorship agreement with the UFC, according to a report from Stars and Stripes. The official reason given had to do with politics - members of the US Congress wanted to put an end to all military sports sponsorships.